Models present creations by Pakistani designer Sonya Battla on October 21, 2012 during the Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi. – AFP

KARACHI, Oct 21: Fashion Pakistan Week is organised by the FP council, an alliance created by international designers to promote Pakistani designers and a special thanks to its board members, Sultana Siddiqui and Style 360 for their continuous support.

This was announced before the shows began with Sonya Battla showcasing her Spring/Summer 2013 line with key sharp colours, zardozi, flowy silhouettes and block prints in a signature collection. Vertical panelled shirts in silks and handkerchief cuts were put on the ramp with embroidered panels featuring paisley motifs.

Deepak and Fahad put a collection on the ramp that featured the kiffayah weave as the inspirational element of design for the collection, also symbolising ancient Muslim architecture via bright colours and exclusive, easy to use menswear and women’s wear. The opening had a male model with his face draped in the kifayah that is symbolic of the struggle of Palestinian freedom fighters against the oppressive Israeli regime. The collection was sparky, exciting, charged, fetching and infused with young promise by the designer duo that is just what we need to infuse new, positive energy into the industry. Dubbed as the hottest thing to happen to fashion since Jazib Qamar, coming of age sleeveless jackets, hoodies, etc in cool winter hues topped this collection off with a great finish.

First timer Maimoona Arshad showed her Marlene Dietrich-inspired Last Night collection that featured mesh pants on Ayyan and draping.

The immaculate hair and make-up for all the segments was by Saba Ansari and her team at Sabs Salon.

Ayesha Hasan’s Keeping Secrets was all about deliberation and the hypocrisy found in our society coupled with questions about morality.

The collection could be defined as simple yet intricate, minimalist yet affluent and in contrast to norms in society as well as relating to it in more ways than one in its cuts, colours and embellishments.

It featured a wide array of designs with panelled long shirts and interesting draping. A vocal performance by Rubya Chaudhry closed the segment.

A short break later, Sultana Siddiqui of Hum Network, the event producer of FPW, gave away the best dressed celebrity awards to Rubya and Tapu Javeri. Minimalist and abstract art painter Frank Stella was the inspiration for Zahid Khan of Kuki Concepts’ inspiration for his collection that featured black and white with a shot of pink with yarn rolls as earrings. A yellow print line, a tie dress and Ayyan in an earth tone silk dress stood out here. Nabila Adeel for Nargis Hafeez showed bridal wear in patialas, churidars, Dhaka shalwars with Kashmiri embroidery in timeless cuts and period pieces in zardozi, threadwork and dori kaam.

Ishtia Afzal in Desert Rose showed a palette of brown, green and pink denoting the richness of soil and an amalgamation of the modern and the classic in cuts.

Golden memories and folk play defined Wardah Saleem’s collection inspired by folk toys in vibrant chic that came to life in mesmerising colours, digital prints and cuts, embroidery and block prints. An impressive showreel with a playful feel of the collection preceded the ramp show that also featured toy horse motifs on the dresses by the designer.

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