The three-day Bridal Couture Week fashion extravaganza featuring contemporary and traditional bridal fashion by renowned and emerging designers wrapped up with a plethora of bridal inspiration for the new age bride who is in search of chic and effortless ensembles.
BCW have paved the way for Pakistani fashion designers in making their mark not just in their home country but on the global fashion stage as well by encapsulating the latest bridal trends for international market.
For everyone who missed out on witnessing the stunning designer showcase, here’s a roundup of the season’s hits and misses.
The queen of style brought on the ramp fresh and subtle hues pieces worn beautifully by models. The collection was as powerful as the great Nur Jahan herself and pays tribute to her sense of style and aesthetics.
With stylish fabrics, colours, cuts that were unique and timeless, the bridal ensembles painted a picture of pure elegance and a welcome of infusion of confidence.
Sharp tailoring and clean lines, Arsalan collection showcased bold, strong and bespoke menswear collection. With use of traditional yet modern embroidery techniques, hand crafted embellishments, and hand-woven fabrics, the designer created quintessential pieces for the men of today.
Soft silks, rich brocades, plush velvets, and opulent jamavars and finest of gabardines were the main highlights.
Munib Nawaz seems in the process of rediscovering himself as a menswear designer. He was the worst offender of the night, whose collection was all waste of time and effort. If more attention had paid to the finishing of the clothes it would have been a resounding hit.
Actress Hania Amir was the showstopper of the designer and the dress she was wearing didn’t appeal the fashion critics. The Choli looked like a cheap crop top and didn’t even sit right, the lehnga was also quite lackluster.
Aisha Sadya collection was an ethereal dreamy showcase at BCW. The perfect combination of opulent, traditional craftsmanship and antique supremacy, ‘Jewels of secret garden’ gave the quintessential vintage aura. The colours for the collection come from the fauna and flora of this exotic secret garden. Birds, tiles and flowers inspired the motifs and designs.
It is a fact that design house has a specific clientele and inevitably, there is a place for each designer in the industry. Haris Shakeel is another one whose clients are loyal to his work. While the designer did not push his innovative boundaries and chose instead to showcase a collection that continued the designs of days gone by, some elements did jump out. Most of the ensembles lacked craftsmanship and didn’t take the collection where it could have gone.
With impeccable finish, intricate details and a gorgeous plum colour rarely seen on brides, Ansab’s collection mesmerized the fashion enthusiasts. The pastel in the colour palette showcased the softer side of love.
Captured by masterful techniques, flaunting sketched embroidery modern silhouettes and neutralized by sublime cuts her couture was finest, radiant and ensnaring.
Umsha By Uzma Babar
Umsha’s bridal collection ‘MuhabbatNaama was bold yet wearable. Made of extravagant silhouettes and textures as old as time, this collection was a blend of both modern world romance and cultural values. Contemporary silvers, affluent gold’s, popular pastels, flamboyant red sands were the main highlights off the collection.
The dreamy, contemporary collection by designer Mohsin Naveed Ranjha had us drooling. Lots of floral detailing, adorned generously with crystals is what we like on the modern bride!
The collection was dedicated to the label’s addawals, hand embroiders, tailors errands boys and to everybody else who is directly or indirectly involved in making every modern dream bride outfit become a reality.
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin collection was more about festive wear that lightens the runaway with frilled maxi skirts paired up with matching embroidered cholis.
With all garments exclusively crafted with pure Harris Tweed he brides wool, the designs incorporate botanical motifs, geometric shapes inspired from Islamic art all merged with Celtic crests, lions, serpents and Scottish emblems.