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
LIBAS by Sehr Saigol
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!
2. What beautiful detailing!
3. This has got to be an absolute favourite. It feels so fairytale, so pretty! Home-grown Valentino much?
4. These fabulously talented girls were on a roll! Look at that gorgeous dress!
5. Taking another slot; another Saira Shakira number. Superb detailing and conceptualisation.
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.
7. Another one by Karma. This could have ended up very desi but again Karma pulled it through well!
8. Another elegant piece by Karma.
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!
10. Elan doing what it does best; ethereal bridals.
11. Another Elan, well-styled ensemble.
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:
13. Some exquisite details;
14. Another subtle gown;
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!
Fashion 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!