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KFW pays tribute to Mehnaz

January 29, 2013

A model presents a creation by designer Shabs on the 2nd day of Karachi Fashion Week in Karachi.–Photo by AFP.

KARACHI: Pink Chiffon, Eden Robe and Vasim Asghar presented their collection in Act One of Day 2 of the ongoing Karachi Fashion Week.

Pink Chiffon presented a puritanical pallete with lace trimmings and then moving on to a more colourful presentation with Indian motif block print in classic eastern wear. A one-off was an off-shoulder silk leopard skin print dress worn by model Fouzia.

Eden Robe for kids had tiny tots in smart jackets in deep, formal colours with waistcoats and shalwar kurtas. It was simply adorable the way the boys took to the ramp.

Eden Robe for men featured the same attire in slightly mature form and colours as well as pattern. Velvet pajamas, jamawar sherwanis, Kashmiri embroidered kurtas, Chinese collar jackets, tux with velvet collars, rough-cut jackets and moonlight shimmer fabric were just some of the designs and elements used in creating the collection.

Designer Vasim Asghar’s Moulin Rouge-inspired collection in red and deep black featured a short dress worn by Saima Azhar over sheer red stockings. Loose, billowing fabric was used to create further drama and special effects in the clothes. Fouzia in an oversized v-high neck, a short black sequin dress worn over striped stockings added to the element of surprise which slightly tamed down as the show progressed. Intelligent use of minimal embellishments on such a strong pallete and Iraj and Nadia’s multi-tier long shirts drew the segment to a sensational close.

Sobia Waheed and Sapphire, both of Brands Just Pret, showed a navy blue jumpsuit with silk scarf, handkerchief prints, orange and gold, military green silk dress with calligraphic motifs and matching accessories with prints with mute embroidery, respectively.

Probably the most-awaited segment since the KFW began, the tribute to Mehnaz courtesy Shabs Couture commenced by observing a moment of silence and prayer for the departed soul. What ensued not only warmed hearts and tugged at the heartstrings and was an intensely emotional moment for all and sundry while remembering the legacy left behind by the indomitable singer, and also in many ways symbolizing the undying, resilient spirit of Karachi which the late singer called home.

The collection and accessories were as wacky and crazy as the style sense of the divas of Lollywood during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s shown to the tune of Mein jis din bhula doon… and other such classic compositions.

Models present creations by Malaysian designer Sharifah Kirana on the 2nd day of Karachi Fashion Week.–Photo by AFP.

Malaysian designer and KFW regular Sharifah Kirana showed form-hugging, clinging classic Hollywood gowns, impressive colour blocking and a line inspired by the concept of hijab in Islamic fashion for women. It showed a highly evolved sense of design and spoke volumes about the market for such products in Pakistan for women who want to dress modestly while maintaining a keen eye on styles and ongoing high fashion trends.