Bold and the beautiful.
Fashion weeks are exhausting business for anyone involved enough to be working full time on them. On this side of the Atlantic, Fashion Week proceedings took on an edgier twist than those of Milan, Paris, London or New York. Fashion Pakistan Week Winter Festive 18 shows saw designers embracing varied multi-cultural influences. Colour also made a refreshing comeback, too - Maheen Khan's, hot pink, violet blush and acid green stood out amongst the usual sea of earthly tones. FPW Winter Festive is known for Bridal showcases, but cutting the cliche expectations and tailoring a beach resort or luxury collection is always a winning game too. Fashion desk lists down the top four designers, at the fore of the Pakistan fashion scene, each with an idiosyncratic signature aesthetic and all focused on dressing the modern woman in inspired, dynamic and beautifully crafted designs. Maheen Khan Maheen is one of fashion's congenital romantics, given to grand gestures that stir the emotions. The designer's own inclinations toward a darkish glamour were evident in the popping deep colours as she draped dress trailing threads of old gold lurex. The collection featured exaggerated lopsided collars, skirt with pink florals and minimalism for the bridal wears. Sadaf Kanwal in blush pink ensemble was perfectly parallel to how romanticism is the perfect combination of sensitivity with strength. Perfectly structured silhouettes, pure volume, sculptural and movable pieces! The Pink Tree Company Something about the unnecessary pace of change in the industry got The Pink Tree Company thinking about what attaches women to their wedding wardrobes. What makes a dress a favourite dress? That's where they started for this year's collection. Winded in 50 shades of pink, the collection paid an ode to Gulabi Gang. From cotton to organza, velvet and silk, the collection featured gota, ghararas, lehhngas and voluminous organza dupattas -- predictable line of traditional wedding wear -- but tailored to detail. Feminine strength in all its multifaceted power! Their workmanship is lovely and intricate. Deepak Perwani Celebrating 24 years in fashion fraternity, Deepak flaunted the signature sexiness of his brand in a dramatic presentation. The most awaited collection of Fashion Pakistan Week this season. It was a triumphant solo show with a lot of layering; somewhere vibrant hues, somewhere feminine and a whole lot of intricate work, machine embroideries, sequins, crystals, screen prints, block prints and digital prints. The most prominent feature of the collection were the regal traditional pieces and sexy bustier kaftaans that remained feminine and never crossed over to tacky. Sleek ghagra cholis, long tapered shirts, heavy lehngas paired with a less intricate net dupatta was the order of the day. The plunging necklines will definitely be making a mark in the upcoming wedding season, with brides who are willing to dare and bare with a touch of class and glamour. Deepak's men collection featured sherwanis, suits and waistcoats paired with kurtas and pyjamas. Maheen Karim Whispy chic, utterly exotic and done with all her heart and soul is the only way to describe Maheen's collection. Lots of ruffles and off shoulder sexiness, a fair amount of riding-habit edgy cuts, some chunky pleats, plus the can-canned skirts; dare we say, a shade sexier than previous collection and more decadent. Maheen's big eccentricities, like those tangerines, salmon and prints, are winning big time. One had to love the clash prints and worked wearable kaaftans even though they may not be to everyone's taste. However for the lover of the western wear or Pakistani wardrobe, they were embellished minimum with obtruding flower patterns. Maheen Khan, The Pink Tree Company Deepak Perwani, Maheen Karim
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