Cropped coats and capes at Karachi fashion week

Karachi, Feb 20: Models here sashayed down the ramp in off-shoulder maxis, knee-length shift dresses, and sleeveless kurtas, wearing cropped coats, capes and long jackets to cover up their bare skin – an essential ingredient for making these garments a commercial success.

At the sixth-edition of the Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) spring/summer 2014 beingheld here Feb 19-21, eight designers late Wednesday showcased their creativity on Day One.

A mix of established fashion crop, a few commercial labels and a group of budding fashion students presented a mix of silhouettes – traditional and western – in this port city of Pakistan.

“Karachi is a cosmopolitan city and we have a large audience of working women in this city. They are wearing western formals to the office, and if they want to go for a casual outing, they can pick up a dress and cover their bare parts with coats, capes or jackets,” a senior Pakistani fashion journalist told IANS.

A wide array of smart cropped coats in digital prints, embroidered long jackets and free-flowing colourful capes accompanied every designer’s show.

Designer Aamna Aqeel’s “After the Winter” was high on lace, chiffons and silk with western silhouettes dominating the design. Striped palazzos, body-hugging lace dress and a bouncy floral skirt were the highlights of her show.

Designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin announced his “resort wear” collection. Taking inspiration from snakeskin and calling his collection “Venom” was the only common denominator of his line. The confusing tale he presented on the ramp could hardly be called resort wear.

Models strutted down the ramp in snakeskin prints jumpsuits and long dresses with a generous dose of sequined embroidery on some garments. It was a tad disappointing to see a designer, who was celebrating 20 years in the fashion industry, present a mediocre collection.

Designer Nida Azwer presented a collection that was wearable and high on craftsmanship. Intricate hand embroidery on plain white fabric, with accents of gold and silver with a bit of layering, digital printing, emboss and foil painting and cutwork resonated with the audiences.

Another designer to go for capes was Zainab Chottani who used bright colours: bottle green, feisty orange, navy blue and black in her line, accompanied by a dash of embroidery on hemline and sleeves. She also used scarves around the neck to give her designs a contemporary feel.

Reinventing “gota” and using it heavily in jackets and coats in various hues — wine, blood red and glittering gold, was what designer Adnan Pardesy presented on the ramp.

It wasn’t a pret collection by any means, as Pardesy is known for his structural cuts — something that was evident from his clothes. Some of the garments could be worn as separates, but it was a collection that would fall more on couture lines.

The first day of the fashion week was western inspired with Pakistani wat of covering up the bare essentials.

(Shilpa Raina can be contacted at shilpa.r@ians.in)

IANS