As the rain wiped away the red carpet and most of the external decor on Day 3 of the Pantene Bridal Couture Week Lahore 2012 (BCW), the spirits of the organizers of PBCW did not falter.
Slowly and steadily, the crowd trickled in to watch the show which finally started after a two hour delay. While Bodybeat Productions’ performances on the first two days were energetic and entertaining, the last performance by film actors Sana and Bubrik (Veena Malik’s former love interest) was less impressive.
That being said, the three day event put up by the organisers was well-coordinated overall. BCW learnt a few things from PFDC L’oreal Paris Bridal Week earlier this month
Mehdi displayed the BCW finale. The collection titled ‘Jewels of Mehdi’ focused on jewel tones and a bygone era. Overall, the collection was well put together. Many pieces were real hits such as the red moqaish sari worn by Fia, Rabya Chaudhry’s sari with a full sleeved orange blouse and Nadia Ali’s slimming pretty pink silhouette and encrusted head piece.
Sadaf Arshad is a Gujranwala-based designer who has opened her doors to Lahori clients. Surprisingly, her collection was the most structurally sound collection shown at the finale of BCW. The layered bridal in gold and red, worn by Mehreen Syed, added a new dimension to the designer’s work. The poncho style shirts were cut and stitched very well and the embellishments were neatly and intricately placed.
13 of Pakistan’s most sought after designers opened the second act by displaying one outfit each. Noore walked the ramp wearing a chili red Deepak Perwani bridal; Mehreen Syed endorsed a lovely orange and red bridal with a contrasting maroon dupatta by HSY; Fauzia sported a very simple and elegant green Maheen Khan; Ayaan modelled a sexy black and hot pink Mina Hasan and Fayeza Ansari donned Nickie n Nina’s latest collection. Nadia wore a beautiful Nomi Ansari dress and Rabia Butt wore a delicate looking lace appliqued Rizwan Beyg ensemble. Neha wore Sana Safinaz’s hottest new piece, while Nadia Ali and Nomi Qamar walked about in Umar Sayeed.
The evening opened with Ahmed Bilal’s eclectic collection. It was hard to concentrate on the designs because of the unusual (read outrageous) sari-like togas being modeled by the male models. As model Mohammad walked out on the ramp, it seemed that there had been an accidental wardrobe exchange back stage. He was draped in what could have been a lovely sari in deep purple with shocking pink edging.
The famous jewellery brand had some interesting pieces on display, such as a beautiful goldmatha patti. However, even for imitation jewellery, some of the pieces looked very artificial. More than anything else, the styling of the jewellery had some of the models’ resemble sacrificial cows, and ended up looking very out of place in a bridal fashion show. What worked against the jewellery designers was the choice of dresses worn. Some of the outfits overpowered the jewellery and got merged in with the silhouette. For instance, Fauzia wore Sania Maskatiya and even though the outfit was stunning on its own, the jewellery got lost in it because there was too much going on.
Shazia Bridal Gallery
The first act closed with Shazia Bridal Gallery’s show inspired by all things that shine. Rabya Chaudhry wore an interesting outfit with a layered front open shirt in off white and beige, with an additional deep maroon velvet panel. Fayeza Ansari wore a pretty sleeveless worked coat with a higher hemline at the front. Both outfits looked elegant and were well-stitched. The designer worked with some icy tones such as ice blue and the colour palette translated well on the ramp.
Tabassum Mughal’s four seasons collection theme honoured all the seasons with its wide colour palette. Ayaan represented winter with a white lace outfit and a head piece shaped like a tree draped with crystals to depict a snowy winter. Fayeza Ansari’s draped lace had an Elan feel to it, something we saw two years ago. Rabya Chaudhry balanced what seemed like a bouquet of flowers on her head to depict the arrival of spring, wearing an outfit in navy and black with beautiful embroidery.
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