The pioneering Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] and L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, presented Day-2 of the sixth consecutive PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016. This year, the PFDC proudly introduced an entire day dedicated to fashion designers set to make their solo show bridal debuts on Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week. The second day of #PLBW16 opened with bridal showcases by MAHGUL, followed by Shiza Hassan, Farah & Fatima, Saira Rizwan and Shamsha Hashwani as summarized below. Make-up for Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 was done by the creative team at N-Pro for womenswear and N-Gents for menswear.
Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 was opened by MAHGUL who showcased her first complete A/W’16 bridal collection titled “The Trunks of Sabine”. The Trunks of Sabine weaves a narrative through the imaginary and historic character of Sabine; journeying into the depths of her majestic trunks, to discover a pastiche of various artisans and influences that Sabine met through her travels, from Persia to the Khyber Pass and across the Subcontinent.
MAHGUL is one of only three designers hand-picked by L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris to collaborate on the beauty meets fashion platform, to create and define a distinct bridal makeup look for the season. MAHGUL has also artistically interpreted her bridal week collection through a bespoke installations in partnership with L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris to be displayed at bridal week itself.
Shiza Hassan made her PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 debut with her collection titled ‘Aroos-e-Abrashami’ in Persian or ‘The Silken Bride’. The collection is driven by a celebration of craftsmanship and legacy of the Persian craft of carpet making. Carpet making reached its epitomy as an artform in Iran during the Safavid era. The collection paid homage to this woven wonderment of over two thousand year old craft. The influence and spirit of Persian ‘shikargah’, ‘tree of life’ and their signature patterned motifs as seen in the masterful woven carpets lives on in this ode with a strong emphasis on creation of surface fabrics and hand embellishments. The tailored cuts and silhouettes were classic yet modern. The collection featured printed digital surfaces alongside organzas, nets and tissues and features a variety of cuts from jackets, flap shirts, bustiers, flowy drapes, shararas and lehengas with varying lengths, volume and diversity in fabrics.
Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
Farah & Fatima
Farah & Fatima also made their PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 debut with their collection titled ‘Shahnoor’. With creative director Fatima Sayed at the helm, the collection was based on Kashmiri Shawls and Kashmiri Art. Using a variety of pure fabrics such as net, organza, velvet and brocate, Sayed infused intricate embellishments like Gota Work, French Knots, Pitta, Mukesh Work. The collection comprised of fusion cuts and silhouettes and ranges from modern tops and cigarette pants to traditional lehengas and ghararas. The colour palette was derived from the beautiful rich colours used in Kashmiri Shawls which included families of red, orange, green and beige.
Also making her PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week debut this season was Saira Rizwan with her collection titled “MADEMOISELLE”. The collection was inspired by the vintage era fused with a modern touch to it. Rizwan used sheer fabrics such as nets, organza and tissue with cuts suitable for everyday modern women that love to wear fusion clothes. The embellishment work ranged from intricate cutwork, fine thin lines, and hand thread embroidery to a variety of champagne and silver colour crystals and gem stones that completes the look of an outfit. The colour palettes used in the collection were pastels, mostly in pink, silver, grey, and gold tones with silhouettes that were simple and sleek.
Film and TV actress Hareem Farooq participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
The finale of Day-2 was presented by Shamsha Hashwani who made her bridal ramp debut with her collection titled ‘A Mughal Mirage’. The collection narrates a childhood memory of the designer: a beautifully designed, Indian carpet in her parents’ house with depictions of the Mughal Dynasty intricately designed on the border. For Hashwani, the Mughal miniatures were animated; bejeweled men smoking from pipes, figures with caps dancing in twirls, and warriors on horses fighting with swords. It was her mirage. The collection symbolizes the Mughal Dynasty inspired from that carpet and was heavily embellished with zardozi, resham, marori, beadwork, appliqued pearls and Swarovski. Various detailing techniques such as French knots and bullion knots had been used with a fusion of classic and detailed work with modern, yet traditional cuts.
Film and TV actress Sohai Ali Abro participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.