KARACHI, April 8: Fashionistas came together for Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) 3 on the opening day (Saturday) with veteran fashion designer Bunto Kazmi opening the day with a pristine 14-piece collection that focused on the timeless elegance of eastern cuts and embellishments.
It was followed by Sanam Chaudhri’s essentially western ensembles titled "Bitten" and shown with an edge and definite attitude. Sanam Agha displayed menswear and women’s wear in multi-textured fabric featuring drop-crotch pants, etc.
Ayesha Farooq Hashwani opened the second half with Luxe Chic that zeroed in on club culture reminiscent of Studio 54 glamour era days with print on white and flowy silhouettes with black-sequined fabric for cocktail dresses also featured in georgettes and embellished with broach jewellery.
Pinx by Pinky showed Goddess Unleashed while Arsalan Yahseer focused on a vibrant colour palette with red and black contrasts and mango yellow in formal and casual suits.
FP CEO and celebrated fashion designer Maheen Khan showed purity in colour, design and cuts by presenting a flawless collection that featured no-nonsense design sensibilities with French chiffon and focused vision with sleek lines at the end of Day One. A black, paneled embroidered vest stood out visibly in the collection.
Fashion Diet is the official supplement partner for FPW3 with make-up and styling by Saba Ansari of Sabs Salon. Textile Development Association of Pakistan CEO Tariq Puri and Sultana Siddqui of Hum TV were presented with token of appreciation by FP Chairperson Shamaeel Ansari on the first day.
Day Two of FPW3 opened with a minute of silence for 135 soldiers who had been trapped in an avalanche in Siachen before Shehla Chatoor put a spectacular collection on the ramp seeped in sophistication and luxury, and comprising cocktail dresses and eastern wear with a modern edge. It featured white and gold combinations along with beige and printed silks, fiery greens, rust, paisley borders and Mughal miniature prints.
Kuki Concepts’ Zahid Khan delved into regal attire with a show reel preceding his ramp show. Maharaja-era inspired menswear and women’s wear featuring banarsi borders with self-worked organza fabric was the sum total of this collection.Designer duo Ayesha Somaya’s Pink Camouflage in various hues of pink offset by floral prints with silver embellishment and jeweled collars, tassels, fabric wisps and multi-layered silhouettes spoke of the design ethic of this particular label.
In the post-break slot on Day Two, the creative director of Fashion Pakistan Council presented token of appreciation to Mahira Khan and Bunto Kazmi for her relentless work in Pakistani fashion.
The British fashion retail brand Next represented by Afifa Hussain and Farrukh Rehman in Pakistan showed smart casuals, office wear along with footwear and accessories. Colourful and spunky kids wear also comprised this segment’s showcase. Tayyab Bombal paid homage to predecessors with his menswear and women’s wear.
Umar Sayeed showed his classic silhouette this time with solid colour long, voluminous shirts with black and white print trimmings worn over print lowers that lent it a superlative look and definite appeal.