Day Three at PSFW started with the strongest collection Rizwan Beyg has done since his Carnivale showing almost a decade ago. And it was an unfair disadvantage for everyone following. How do you follow that?
Truck art was redefined like never before, created by artisans in rural areas, and the entire collection was manufactured ‘ethically’. The images were so powerful and so inherently Pakistani. This was a show only someone with Rizwan Beyg’s confidence could have put out. It was visually splendid. Nothing on Day 3 could impress after it.
I don’t know why I don’t have a visual for Zonia Anwaar on my iPad but I will be updating as soon as the official pictures come in. So, apparently young Zonia was brave enough to take the slot after Rizwan Beyg. She’s a kid with a long way to go but I do think that taking the route to ‘society chic’ fashion is the wrong route for her. From what we saw at her debut, she’s capable of making stronger statements than the ebb and flow of pretty chiffon and silk clothes.
Nida, like Khadijah Shah, is one of those designers who design glorious bridals but still has not managed to translate the strength of their bridals to pret. This was a luxury collection, again very balanced and pretty, but took no risks and presented no innovation.
Why would someone who has always shown immense potential, decorate a perfectly edgy and impressive core with that gold bunting? We got a statement in this collection but it was the wrong one. We want the old Mohsin back!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do luxury PRET. Apparently there are velvet ropes outside the newly inaugurated Sana Safinaz store in Karachi, allowing only 40 women in at a time. Just like a Louis Vuitton boutique. And the reason is that these girls have the right aesthetic, the finesse and the right vision for what they want seen as fashion. This was a drool-worthy collection, made more desirable by the fact that everything will be at the store.
This was Layla Chatoor’s PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week debut and it was very promising. The vintage accents, especially on jackets, were well-finished.
Adnan Pardesy showed a confusing collection. Like many designers, he gives up his passion for detail and colour for ‘high society’ designs, which don’t impress. I missed the intricacy of his craft that we once saw and admired.
Note: The Karma show started after 11:15 so I can’t review it.