After the exciting and flawless execution of Day 1 of PBCW 2014, Day 2 started with shimmering celebrities and socialites on the beautifully decorated Red Carpet, with lots of lounges by different sponsors. The ramp had a mesmerizing appeal with its flower chandeliers and constantly changing images on the digital backdrop.
Show 1 of Day 2 kicked off with the elegant presentation of Zaheer Abbas. His collection “Jashn-e-janaan” was a beautiful display of a wedding affair. Making his debutin 2010, Zaheer Abbas has truly transformed his brand into an eponymous label by bestowing a new meaning to the way Pakistani fashion is perceived around the world.
Zaheer Abbas’ collection was followed by Somal Halepoto’s “Ronak” line. In her debut collection at PBCW 2014, Somal halepoto stayed true to her style and element. The collection represented her signature use of intricate embellishments, bright colours and the precise fusion between modern and traditional work. Her line was sophisticated, chic and modern, with a tasteful touch of traditional influences.
“Reflections” by Uzma Babar was the next collection to follow. The collection was based on the five main ceremonies — from mayoon to valima which reflect the ‘Big Fat Weddings’ of Pakistan. With high-tech gleaming fabrics, peppered with glittering beads to give a radiant look to the brides, her outfits were expertly crafted to perfection with fine detailing and vibrant colours, reserved especially for the wedding season.
First Act of Day 2 was concluded by Rani Emaan’s “Jewel of the Nile”. Her collection based on hues of reds, maroons, golds, corals, greens and nudes with very intricate but detailed embellishments was breathtakingly gorgeous and will be remembered for a long time. The exquisitely done pieces were adorned with quintessential kora and dabka but resham cut dana, tila, pearl and real stones rule the roost. The fabrics included chiffon, kundan, zari, banarsi, self-jamawaar and self-chamois were carefully chosen and put together.
After the fantastic and ravishing showcase by the legends of our fashion industry, the audiences were given yet another collection to talk about by charismatic Yasmin Zaman. Her collection was inspired by the motifs and patterns found in Mughal art and architecture. Her collection was based on the floral and geometrical designs symbolizing the fusion of Central Asian and subcontinental art forms. The element of arches has also been incorporated to signify the Central Asian aesthetic which has influenced the evolution of dress sense in the subcontinent. Every piece was mastered to perfection with traditional craftsmanship employing aari, zardozi, kamdani, melded with in-house hand-printing to reflect the commonality in our traditional and modern demands.
Day 2 of PBCW 2014 was concluded in a dramatic and glamorous style by none other than the brilliant Faraz Manan. His collection titled ‘Istanbul’ was inspired by the beautiful fusion of Asian culture and European flavour present in Istanbul. Manan conjured up fabulous creations out of chikan kari, thread work, and Swarovski to execute this glamorous collection. His collection encapsulates couture and ready-to-wear women’s and menswear for an androgynously chic line. He also used regal hues like gold and metallic, ice blue nude, prink and olive green to translate austere elegance into his very warp and weft.
PHOTO CREDITS: Faisal Farooqui , Ahsan Qureshy and Haris Usmani