Favourite 15: PFDC Swarovski crystal couturiers 2015

In a country where couture is basically and only considered to be bridal wear, it’s good to have such events that create awareness (for the viewers) and hands on opportunity (to the designers) to discover as to how much ‘couture’ potential a design house has. PFDC in collaboration with Swarovski presented the crystal couturiers weekend featuring eight prestigious designers. All proceeds from this event were donated to the launch of various schools for girls, in alliance with CARE Foundation which is already providing quality education to over 3,000 girls across Lahore.

The eight featured designers were each given Swarovski stones as inspirations which they had to incorporate in their respective themes. The designers and their themes were as follows: (quite a selection this is!)

SUBLIME by Sara Shahid

10998884_886327774763461_652844514509368559_n

11035299_888861597843412_6560782712004726874_n

HSY 

11025196_887338494662389_8547467131193984093_n

10426182_888875237842048_6323118247969628466_n

KARMA

10672334_886327248096847_3257495798427197105_n

10403137_888887264507512_3071712295331471089_n

FAHAD HUSSAYN

10994055_886374298092142_4703787320628070223_n

11016098_888864041176501_7233303472061344582_n

SAIRA SHAKIRA

603785_886376761425229_8464363705093514246_n

11025150_889321197797452_5573356715499484497_n

ELAN

1782012_886853901377515_6958534264184452352_n

11016076_889314591131446_3148253047887878186_n

NOMI ANSARI

1517728_887340917995480_3475173706988812079_n

10402004_889305177799054_5802108660363823627_n

LIBAS by Sehr Saigol

1505143_886853148044257_1150484136475476794_n

11046860_889325534463685_9004531333194017393_n

Okay so now that the air has been cleared, of what all the PSCC15 fuss was about, let’s head to the favourite 15:

1. Saira Shakira presented some very fine and strong couture aesthetics. I think they really understood what “Crystal couturiers” meant, hence their collection probably had the best ‘couture’ pieces of the whole lot and were way more relative to the whole concept of PSCC15. A notch above for sure!

14272_895309783865260_7265470534289709645_n

2. What beautiful detailing!

10999639_895310087198563_76164542144055985_n

3. This has got to be an absolute favourite. It feels so fairytale, so pretty! Home-grown Valentino much?

11034312_864950316893820_2907379326370324589_n

11071411_895309780531927_3439182468615390048_n

4. These fabulously talented girls were on a roll! Look at that gorgeous dress!

11059496_895309870531918_5930889311252377032_n

5. Taking another slot; another Saira Shakira number. Superb detailing and conceptualisation.

10994346_895309963865242_2467371292596824802_n

6. Karma acted pretty smart by choosing a theme like “Constellation”, because it could easily be made relevant with swarovski crystals. This dress in particular was of high fashion aesthetics no doubt. Looks right out of a European runway.

10406693_893588894037349_3056549467777937389_n

7. Another one by Karma. This could have ended up very desi but again Karma pulled it through well!

15890_893589050704000_5074237459213623529_n

10517673_864946746894177_2638731668772482176_o

8. Another elegant piece by Karma.

11001620_864947056894146_4240551105171398763_o

9. What Elan showcased was too bridal couture-ish more than anything (less than HSY I guess). Although no doubt Khadija Shah is well ahead of her game in signature embellishments and cutwork, I feel she has a lot more potential to think out of the box in terms of a “couture show”. Elan could have fared better had they focused more on the silhouettes than just the embellishments. Nonetheless, it is amongst some of the finest work that our country has to offer. This one was very close to Chanel, but never mind, it is still absolutely tres-chic!

10364022_895940513802187_8623172401742217618_n

10. Elan doing what it does best; ethereal bridals.

11069559_895940520468853_5597453991123867352_n

11. Another Elan, well-styled ensemble.

elan-2

12. Fahad Hussayn is immensely talented for sure, which his work shows. Unfortunately some of the times I feel that his dresses are overly done, perhaps some breathing space or lesser accessories or maybe less prominent styling could help him up his couture game. These were the best executed ones:

10344303_864944210227764_8371136323822032420_o

13. Some exquisite details;

11004576_864944470227738_344817851895724657_o

14. Another subtle gown;

11081499_901773776552194_6392452125626269407_n

15. Nomi Ansari had the most difficult Swarovski stone. Tangerine was already in your face enough, and he decided to make “marmalade”. Not a smart move, every piece was a variation of what he had shown before at previous fashion weeks. This saree though deserves the last notch for all the right couture reasons!

10387693_891102857619286_724460913836990879_n10997606_864949333560585_8422696470342845222_oFashion for thought: Like I said earlier that couture in Pakistan strives on bridal wear, we don’t have major red carpet events or award ceremonies like they do abroad. So it really didn’t come as a surprise that most of the designers who participated in PSCC15, drifted towards more of bridal wear because we aren’t used to the whole “haute couture” idea. Events like these give opportunities to unleash creativity and push all innovative boundaries, which the designers should have taken benefit of. Having said that, it was a good attempt to at least present a different side of couture in Pakistan not the usual lehnga, gharara and choli one. Kudos to Saira Shakira, Karma, Elan and Fahad for their brilliant effort. Till next time; fashion away peeps!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s