Fashion Pakistan, the Karachi based council, is all set to roll out the next edition of Fashion Pakistan Week Festive 2018 over the weekend, and as always, there’s much anticipation attached to the designers on the lineup, their collections and the kind of buzz they will or won’t be able to create.
Spanning over three-days with line-ups on the first two days and a solo show on the third, a combination of 15 good and some not-so-good designers are scheduled to showcase. We can also be sure of some star spotting as we here several designers have roped in top celebs to close their shows for them.
Here’s the lowdown…
Tena Durrani will be opening the show on day 1, which is great considering she has a strong eye for design. Tena is someone with a strong aesthetic and it’ll be exciting to see what she has in store for the upcoming festive season.
Next up, Huma Adnan, who has partnered with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to employ and empower refugee women in Pakistan, will be showcasing her first bridal collection at a fashion week. Her collection, Dehradhun is a tribute to her ancestral hometown, which she has not ever visited but is living through old family albums and anecdotes. Huma’s collection will also feature pieces of craft made by the refugees she has been working with.
One of the most exciting collections of Day 1 promises to come from The PinkTree.
“The colour pink has been associated with the gentle, the soft and the feminine,” press notes introducing the collection say. “It was the ‘girly’ colour. But then came along women who rescued the colour from this stereotype and turned it into the colour of empowerment, strength and fearlessness. One such group is the Gulabi Gang from central India,” filmmaker Nishtha Jain has been quoted to say.
The PinkTree pays tribute to Sampat Pal, Nishtha Jain and Gulabi Gang with its FPW Winter festive 2018 collection, Gulabi Gang, inspired by Nishtha Jain’s the ground breaking documentary. We’re expecting some powerful optics here.
Ending the day will be industry favourite HSY, who shows in both Lahore and Karachi and whose collection is reportedly inspired by mother nature. Here’s Sheru, in his ‘Element’.
On day 2, Wardha Saleem will be opening the show with her bridal collection, ChandBala which pays homage to the glory of the Mughals of the sub-continent. Chandbala derives inspiration from the bali (hoop) drawing as seen in the caves of Ajanta. Wardha’s collection is a splendid mix of fabrics like organza, silk, jamawar, velvet incorporated with zardozi and gota work and as expected will tap into her love for colour and tradition.
One of the most highly anticipated shows in Day 2 is Maheen Karim’s ‘Lueur de Luxe,’ a unique collection of ensembles based on the luxury jewellery she had initially set out to design. So, if your preferred colour palate includes tangerine orange, cabaret pinks, coral and red, then this is a collection you should look out for. We can be sure to this collection feature at all the major balls, galas and parties around new year!
Maheen Khan will be closing Day 2 and from what we’ve heard, hers – as always – is a groundbreaking concept in minimalist wedding wear.
Day 3 at FPW will feature a solo show from Deepak Perwani, hosted at Ronak Lakhani’s lovely residence. Ronak, who is a Board Member, hosted a fantastic sundowner for FPW earlier this year and will lend her hospitality, once again, to fashion’s favourite crowd. We expect this to be a grand finale and after-party rolled into one exciting package.
Here’s the complete lineup:
- Watch this space for more updates on FPW W/F 2018