Islamabad Fashion Week 2016, which took place 0n March 26 and 27, showcased collections by a variety of seasoned Pakistani designers, including Amir Adnan, Usman Dittu, Shaiyanne Malik, Muneeb Nawaz and Kuki Concepts as well as some new names.
Here are our top picks from the runway:
1. Ahmad Bilal
Ahmad stayed true to his reputation of fusing traditional designs with global influences. He coupled a more traditional floral lehenga with a modern, bold-coloured choli and an embroidered waistcoat and dupatta.
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2. Zahid Bashir Khan
Zahid from Kuki Concepts pulled out a number of jaw-droppers this fashion week. His theme for his runway line was Mah-e-Mir in which he portrays the struggles of poet Mir Taqi Mir. Zahid starts off his collection with pure white dresses, which are then followed by more black, reflecting Mir’s later years in which the poet remained isloated and distressed due to the death of his daughter, son and wife.
Zahid’s white embroidered dress worn by Nadia Hussain dominated the runway. From its ruffled skirt, to its bedazzled strap, Nadia’s modern dress is sharply contrasted, yet complimented by Aimal Khan’s more traditional look.
Another praise-worthy white piece from Kuki Concept was this white dress, with its incredibly detailed bead work.
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From Kuki Concepts later pieces, our favourite is this gothic-meets-traditional dress; silver and bronze embroidery paired with black lace seems risky, but Zahid pulled it off with class.
3. Obaid Shaikh
Obaid’s maroon cropped velvet waistcoat, embroidered dupatta and printed slit pants make for a refreshing combination.
4. Shaiyanne Malik
Shaiyanne kept it traditional with this lehenga choli. Her layer of net over the lehenga, bordered by maroon jamawar, presents a new twist to the contemporary lehenga.
5. Amir Adnan
Traditional, dark colours seemed to be the theme of Islamabad Fashion week, with maroon, gold, and dark hues of blue and green dominating the runway. Amir Adnan stole the show for men’s fashion on the runway by combining classic colours, with meticulous thread-work.
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6. Iqra University students
Pakistan’s newest talent stole the show with their bold designs. Iqra University presented its Graduate Catwalk Show during the fashion week. The students caught everyone’s attention with their out-of-the-box creations. The young designers worked on a wide range of themes, experimenting with fabric, print, embroidery and cuts to create their breath-taking collections.