umbrellas in light shades, fresh rose 'potlis' (bags) and jewel
encrusted hand-fans - a whole range of ramp accessories added drama
to the second day of the PFDC-Sunsilk Fashion Week in this Pakistani
Out of the eight designers who showcased here late Thursday evening
at the Expo Centre, four - Omar Farooq, Sadaf Malaterre, Khaadi
Khaas and Akif Mehmood - stood out.
Farooq's showed an immaculate men's wear range under his lable
Republic and the collection had Sherlock Holmes look for men in
Titled "Vegabond", the sophisticated line was inspired by the movie
"True Grit" and had slightly upper slim fit trousers with extra
fabric nipped at the waist and shoulders. It was teamed up with
smart-fitted tweed coats, woollen tench-coats, leather jackets and
Farooq accessorised them with hats, interesting brooches, leather
belts and big handbags.
Designer Sadaf Malaterre is getting better with every season. This
is her third fashion show with the council and her best so far.
And this time she created a pleasant atmosphere by presenting soft,
feminine clothing line in breezy blue colour sprinkled with little
starry shimmer. The flowing chiffon was transformed into panel
Models hit the ramp dressed in multi-layered gowns with transparent
umbrellas in their hand and surprised everyone by sharing
pleasantries on the ramp with big smiles on their faces. It was fun
to watch this with peppy music in the background.
Young designer Akif Mehmood knows the pulse of the audience and is
in tune with fashion trends. Hence he presented a very wearable
clothing line titled "Fkeerni" (Rags to Riches), inspired by gypsy
The tone was muted earthy brown with some floral prints in materials
like khadi, cotton and he used velvet and brocades on long gowns and
jackets, short coats. A lot of path-work dominated his clothes,
however, he kept the use of embroidery minimal.
The surprise package was Khaadi Khaas, an extension of retail giant
Khaadi by Shamoom Sultan. His line Bohemian Rhapsody had a young,
energetic feel. Though there was not much experimentation with
silhouettes, the colourful prints and long dresses, gave a boho look
to the entire line. The kaftans, tunics and bandanas gelled well
with the theme.
Karma by Maheen Kardar Ali had opened the show and he made a
beautiful rose arrangements on the stage - fresh rose flowers
bouquets were places on the ramp and rest of the stage was decorated
with roses. When young moms strutted down the ramp with their kids,
it was a beautiful sight. The focus was more on kids than on
But in the second round, the models took charge when they came in
palazos with kurtas, spaghetti top teamed with heavily embroidered
lehengas, printed jumpsuits, dresses and gowns in myriad colours and
he used a lot of embellishment on neck, back and hemlines. Ali tried
to showcase everything without much focus on silhouettethe, so his
line lost focus and appeared to be unimpressive.
"Chand Begum" by Sarah Salma had nothing new to offer. Inspired by
vintage style of dressing, the designer played it safe and used
fabrics like chiffons, chicken and satin embellished with hand
embroideries, mirrors and crystals - an utter disappointment.
For his collection Sweet But Salvage, Rizwanullah restricted the
colour palette to black and white. He showcased trench coats, long
cowl neck dresses, multi-layered gowns, hence nothing new.
Same was with designer duo Asifa-Nabeel whose collection was
inspired by Sufism and presented both men's and women's wear. The
male models sported beige kurtas and female models one came in
traditional salwaar-kameez on the ramp. The fabric was chiffon and
silk, embellished with traditional thread-work, stones, zardosi and