KARACHI: The second day of Trade & Development Authority of Pakistan and Fashion Pakistan’s export showcase was held at a local hotel in Karachi, attended in full by eminent members of the media and fashion industry. There were exciting photo booths and snack bars near the red carpet area, where all the attendees let their hair down and had lots of fun. Another noteworthy element on Day 2 was the fact that even without celebrity showstoppers gracing the ramp, the event created a buzz among all industry bigwigs as the entire concept of Pakistan showcasing exportable apparel on the ramp for all buyers, sellers and clients is a unique venture in itself. A total of six designers showcased.
The collection consisted of a white colour palette coupled with colourful Multani sheesha work with lots of overcoats, sundresses, drapes and capes. Peplum tops, straight pants, skirts and stunning jewellery like maatha patti and earrings were the highlights of Amna Aqeel’s collection.
Our favourite Pakistani leather and accessories brand was the next to showcase. Leather bags for girls, some with floral brooches stood out in colours of black, red and green. As for men, there were leather briefcases, travel bags and satchels in grey, black and brown. The wardrobe was done by Wardha Saleem.
Jeans and pants paired with short, cotton coats and jackets in a colour combination of greens and blacks were the key features of Zuria Dor’s collection. Silk off shoulder jumpsuits and denim peplum tops with flare pants with lots of statement accessories were the highlights. There was one denim top with emperor sleeves which had white embroidery on its sleeves, paired with skinny jeans that really stood out from Zuria Dor’s collection.
The Karachi-based designer showcased a lot of denims with embellishments as well as maxis and tops paired with 3D print skirts and floral tights. I liked the variety and the quirkiness to Adnan Pardesy’s collection.
Nauman Arfeen’s collection was set in a white colour palette. White organza capes with floral printing at the back totally got my attention. Off white shalwar kamiz paired with white short coats stood out. I wouldn’t say the same about Nauman Arfeen’s womenswear but his menswear game is the strongest.
Out of the entire autumn/winter collection that Maheen Khan showcased, her colourful sundresses set in a colour palette of red and green stood out the most.
Published in Daily Times, November 13th 2017.