Apparently it does, especially if itâ€™s online, as Daraz Fashion Week 2016 is all set to change the way Pakistan shops for fashion!
â€œYou know what weâ€™re trying to do here?â€ Mubeen Maayr, CEO Daraz in Pakistan said at the little pre-event press meet held at CafÃ© Koel this Thursday. â€œWeâ€™re trying to change the perception of fashion and show how itâ€™s not always elitist and unaffordable.â€
Daraz is going to try and take fashion to the masses through Daraz FW 2016 that they have planned for April 20. The â€˜first shoppable fashion show in Pakistanâ€™ will be held at the Commune Artist Colony in Karachi and broadcast online, immediately making the collections available to buyers. Fashion Week sales will continue online for the next three days, or as we suspect, till stocks last.
Muneeb Maayr, CEO and co-founder of Daraz in Pakistan
Thereâ€™s not much risk of stocks lasting, however, as the designers onboard are extremely high-value names and they have all designed 10 exclusive looks each for this event. Featured here are Feeha Jamshed, Zara Shahjahan, Tena Durrani, Amir Adnan, Deepak Perwani, Generation and Hamza Bokhari, who is a Bank Alfalah Rising Talent winner. Bank Alfalah is also title sponsor of the program.
On-ground retailers have always had production and turn-over issues with designers but Daraz has all the back-end work sorted out in advance. Jena Bautmans, Fashion Director at Daraz, moved from Paris to Karachi six months ago and has been working with the designers to get all production out of the way in time for the show. The designers have been asked to provide 10 looks each, which will be broken down into separates. Each item will be available in small, medium and large options and the starting price will be PKR 3000, over 70 percent lower than the average prices these labels retail at.
Haider Ali, MD at Feeha Jamshed
â€œWeâ€™re very excited to be part of this show,â€ said Amir Adnan, the only participating designer present at the press meet. â€œWe have handed over our collection and have over 200 units of each item in stock as back-up if the demand exceeds the initial supply.â€
And thatâ€™s where the buck will fall.
Letâ€™s rewind a little to the Black Friday sale Daraz hosted in November 2015. The sale led to 2 million visits on the website and such a frenzy that the site crashed. That sale, of course offered a cross section of everything imaginable and this is purely fashion, but even then, what are the kind of numbers Daraz is looking at, one wonders? The answers varied from, â€œOh, we have thousands of clothes in stockâ€ (a PR representative) to â€œwe have supplied a couple of hundred pieces per designâ€ (a design house representative) to â€œtwenty pieces per lookâ€ (an honest Daraz official).
Salima Feerasta in Shamaeel
The numbers may be ambiguous but this is a starting point and a unique way forward, for Pakistan at least. The Daraz Fashion Week 2016 should be a 100 percent success as long as systems do not fail. Remember Balmain for H&M, that glorious, limited edition of clothing that was sold out within the first few minutes of availability? We predict that is whatâ€™s going to happen on Wednesday, so have your smart phones charged and your internet connection double checked if you want to shop online immediately. When it comes to a comparison of numbers (twenty pieces for potentially thousands of visitors) then weâ€™re afraid the Daraz FW 2016 looks just as elite as fashion gets.