Day 3 of the Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show season 2 opened on August 16, amidst much fanfare. The anticipation for the last day was on it peak after two successful days of fashion presentations.
Day 3 featured five designers and brands including Shamsha Hashwani, Lawrencepur, Nauman Arfeen, a collection from AIFD graduates, Rozina Munib and debut of an original song by Ali Tariq.
Here’s a rundown of the fashion presentations on the final day:
Shamsha Hashwani’s luxe prêt-à-porter eastern fusion capsule ‘Behesht’ resonated with old-world grandeur with three beautiful womenswear and two suave menswear ensembles. Red and orange Kashmiri embroidery was the highlight of her collection. Hasnain Lehri and Fouzia Aman walked for this fusion of contemporary and traditional designs.
Nauman Arfeen showcased Summer/Autumn 2020 collection titled ‘Muskaan’ which was inspired by ideals of positivity, energy and joy, keeping in mind the stress we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The designer showcased his festive collection in a fashion film featuring Junaid Khan and Rubab Hashim. The collection included four menswear pieces comprising beige and off-white embroidered jamawaar and raw silk sherwanis and one womenswear piece: a pistachio green net sari embellished with pearl work.
Aiman Rao, Sehrish Talpur, Omair Mazhar and Laraib Yousuf are the graduates of Asian Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD), who presented their collections. Models Raahima Ali and Sadaf Khan wore their designs.
Aiman Rao’s daywear garment took inspiration from African tribal culture and art using yellow silk accented with a kaleidoscope of multicoloured aluminum bottle caps. It was hand-painted with African tribal script as well as scraps of fabric were used for appliqué work.
Sehrish Talpur’s eveningwear garment was inspired by ancient Egyptian art forms and culture including deities and hieroglyphics. It was made of Egyptian cotton in a cafe au lait hue, hand-painted with coffee to render a look of faded Egyptian script.
Omair Mazhar’s ‘A Trip Down The Memory Lane’ eveningwear garment was a cotton silk ballgown in tones of brown. It paid homage to his beloved father and his poetry and used original poetry scripts from different phases of his father’s life as print on the garment dovetailed with different handcraft techniques to render a vintage feel.
Laraib Yousuf’s avant-garde garment was artistically created with a combination of Origami sculpting (the Japanese art form of folding paper into three-dimensional objects) and Macramé (the art of knotting) using chamois silk in shades of midnight blue and beige.
Autumn/Winter 2020 collection
Lawrencepur’s Autumn/Winter Collection was inspired by dapper styles popular in the 50s. The capsule included five looks based on those trends, fused with a contemporary touch. These included double-breasted and six button jackets and suits, complementing trousers, slim shirts, classic ties and flamboyant pocket squares. Shahzad Noor was the face of the brand on the ramp.
Sands of Arabia
Rozina Munib presented her chic and eclectic semi-formal collection ‘Sands of Arabia’ inspired by ‘the mesmerizing view of sand, sparking bright like a diamond, under the sun’. Fahmeen Ansari wore her designs. Using a mix of pure silk and net, in subtle hues, the five piece capsule collection had a lot of shimmer and shine on sheer fabrics.
Live performance by Ali Tariq
Catwalk Cares Season Two also revived the live entertainment associated with fashion shows. The second season concluded with a live performance by singer Ali Tariq of Parey Hut Love’s ‘Bekha Na‘ fame. This was the world- premiere of his first original song ‘Chaho Na‘.
Watch the show and live performance here: