With a few hits and many misses, PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2012 concludes with Nida Azwer stealing the show.
Inspired by and dedicated to the people of Pakistan, his collection titled ‘City of Gardens’ was pleasant but not impressive. The overly dramatized choreography added to the dramatic milieu but overshadowed his pieces.
HSY boasts the finest cuts; even though there was not much innovation in that department, the outfits flaunted the skill of a seasoned hand and that is what brought HSY’s collection together.
The outfit that gained the most appreciation was a volumised aubergine piece worn by Mehreen Syed that had unusual oval motifs. While the motifs for women were interesting, the overly embellished jamawar kurtas for men were overkill. Do you really want to see your man dressed in outfits that are adorned with as much embellishments as you? Probably not.
Fahad Hussayn’s ‘Laaj Nagar’ collection was a kaleidoscope of colour and print, with embellished sleeves and some peculiar head pieces.
The mix of the traditional gotay ka kaam with the more contemporary printed silk made for an interesting combination, and is something that can be carried off by fashionable ladies at bridal soirees. The same print was also fashioned into palazzos, a multi-layer skirt and a long jacket for men.
While most of his collection ranged between the combination of pink and orange, the use of teal and bronze established that his colour palate is in sync with international fall hues.
Quratulain Baloch also made an appearance in a Fahad Hussayn number and lip-synced during the final call, which got the crowd really pumped up. The menswear collection was better than what we have seen so far with the kurtas more appropriate for men with less ostentatious colors.
Saai’s collection ‘Sliver’ was by far the most unexciting of the evening. The designer is known to use a lot of white in her collections, so it would have been interesting to see her move away from her trademark palate.
The cuts for this collection included off-the-shoulder ponchos and bubble dresses with see-through backs. The use of plum was a welcome change from the whites and it was nice to see shararas being used in bridal outfits.
Her collection titled ‘Chibhali’ had the audience out of its seats in applause. Remodeling Kashmiri outfits, Azwer’s collection told a story with each piece, staying true to her label’s signature style.
Sequined jumpsuits paired with mukaish worked coats added not only bridal glamour to the look but also transformed a normally casual cut outfit elegant and evening worthy.
Her collection employed shades of blue, gold, bronze and green accents — a refreshing break from the regular pinks and reds associated with bridal wear.
Resham may have been the show stopper for this collection, but Noore’s outfit stole the show; a heavily embellished cerulean blue shirt colour blocked with pewter was Azwer’s strongest piece.