PBCW showcases the big, fat Pakistani wedding
By Faisal Quraishi
KARACHI: Karachi-based designer Zaheer Abbas opened Day Two Show One of the ongoing Pan-tene Bridal Couture Week at the Expo Centre by showcasing his Jashn-i-Ja-naan (a celebration of love) collection that displayed fine lines and carefully constructed silhouettes to compliment any bride’s trousseau. His choice of colours remained exceptional, especially mehndi and parrot green, with a few experimental contrasts to give an edge to the overall look. Overall the collection screamed detailed finesse and sophistication. Humai-ma Malik drenched in beige and gold was his choice of showstopper.
PBCW newcomer Somal Halepoto for Ronak displayed intricate bling metal thread work, vibrant colours and a fusion between traditional and modern that carried her signature style as well.
Next, Uzma Babar’s Reflections followed five main ceremonies associated with weddings, from may-own to nikah, with elegant shimmery fabrics crafted to finesse and creating the perfect fit that would make any bride proud on her wedding day.
Rani Emaan was next and she chose to feature a live performance by celebrated talk show host and singer Tony Navaid Rashid who sang a medley of old and new popular favourites and received a huge round of applause. The models sashayed down the ramp in splendid outfits from the designer’s Jewel of the Nile
line in hues of reds, greens, gold, coral and nudes befitting regal couture and denoting eastern value-added stone embellishments to the tune of rocking beats. It pumped up adrenaline among all those present and established Tony’s reputation as an entertainer par excellence.
Show Two opened with a hair and make-up show by Saba Ansari of Sabs Salon, the official stylist of the event. She showcased new
trends and also created new looks for brides justifying her position as the best in the industry when it comes to executing bridal looks.
Afterwards, the Power House of Fashion featured high profile designers who showcased their style sensibilities in bridal fashions. These included stalwarts of the fashion industry such as Ali Xeeshan, Khadija Shah, Kamiar Rokni, Nickie Nina, Sana
Safinaz, Shamaeel Ansari and Umar Sayeed. The show was the highlighting feature of the day and the jewel in the crown that is PBCW.
Yasmeen Zaman featured the motifs extensively found in Mughal art and architecture and followed the fine sensibilities of the great Mughals with their roots in Central Asia when it comes to design element. She incorporated all these influences in her clothes
which were a testament of our rich cultural heritage.
Finally, Faraz Mannan’s Istanbul was all about the obvious, and that was the influence of Asian culture with a hint of European flavour. He employed the liberal use of chikan kariy thread work and Sivarovski in his outfits in shades of gold, metallics, ice blue, nude pink and olive green for his couture and ready to wear chic women’s wear and menswear.
WEARING bridal outfit, a model on Saturday sashay down the ramp during the PBCW—White Star