This was a fashion week that almost wasn't. But despite all the setbacks, Karachi Fashion Week not only kicked off to a great start, but also made it worth the wait. And the good news was that the fashion was not too safe but edgy and creative. Mariya Kassam of Soire says, "I had a fabulous experience. The shows, the ambience and, most importantly, the collections were superb. In fact, we've now added to our brand list two of the hottest up-and-coming designers Fahad Hussayn and Sheila Chattur."
Deepak Perwani's collection was a feast for the senses. We loved the subtle hues and the use of Amrita Sher Gill's art. One of the foremost artists of the 20th century and a symbol of fusion between the east and the west, Gill was the Frida Kahlo of the subcontinent and Perwani's designs paid a lovely homage to her creativity.
The Japanese kimono was a huge influence in both Umar Sayeed's and Fayez Agariah's creations. So edgy that we are tripping to buy it.
Umar Sayeed's collection was inspired by the Sadequain paintings. The collection consisted of bubble dresses, draped dresses and embellished capes. The finale outfit was a jacket with a six-foot trail featuring Sadequain's work, complemented by beautiful intricate embroidery.
Designer Shamaeel returned to the limelight after a 13-year hiatus. His collection was a mix of the ancient and modern, inspired by miniature art.
Zarmina, Ahmed Bilal and Nida Azwer all presented extremely wearable collections.