Project Runway: PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 Day 2 Moments

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The second day of PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 showcased six more couturiers with some considerable hits and misses in no particular order. Therefore we will cover the ones we loved the most starting with Misha Lakhani who after her winning debut at PLBW in 2012, when she had only just begun her label, has only become more seasoned, stronger, and ever more polished as a bridal designer. Known for her stunning separates we were surprised to see Misha work with more matching silhouettes but there she proved her incredible versatility and sophistication as an artist. Her showcase of 17th century Ottoman Turkey inspired glamorous vintage, gold sequin detailed saris and lehngas in muslin, net and gold tissue were spectacular. The young designer has managed to create a whole new niche in what was accepted in the world of bridals until now. Stepping away from heavy flamboyant indulgence, Misha’s bridals are intrinsically refined, intricately beautiful, and convey a harmony of vintage elements and stylish modernity. Her silhouettes displayed a healthy diversity with short coats paired with long kalidars, saris draped on dresses, sheer shirts layered over lengha cholis, and angharkas on a delicate muted palette of shades of gold, ivory, saffron and lime hues. View more collection images on the Misha Lakhani Profile Page.

The Bohemian Heiress by Misha Lakhani at PLBW 2013

Fahad Hussayn released a wave of creativity with his three part showcase; ‘The Great Mutiny’ that marked his true potential for couture. His bridal wear showed remarkable control and let the artistry speak for itself. Starting with simple white cotton layered silhouettes with metallic ribbon and gota lace borders accompanied by scattered statement floral motifs, he eased the audience in with brilliant minimalist structured cuts. We particularly respected the confident tailored collared blazer on a soft sharara. There was a great interplay of vests and capes in the collection as he experimented with shapes. Then came the marvelous printed mens shawls that we can see being very popular at weddings. Next came the solid color blocking of voluminous layers in pink, grey, green and shimmer fabrics all gelling together beautifully on the ramp. Our favorite part of the collection was the segment of stunning ink blue and ivory gold bridals that exuded royalty. While the deep blue has been almost as popular as traditional reds at PLBW, Fahad Hussayn used the antique combination better than any of the other showcases.

The Great Mutiny by Fahad Hussayn at PLBW 2013

Sadaf Malaterre put the fun back in bridals with playful shaded color blocking and soft feminine ruffle layers in her lehngas that were young and vivacious. Her collective was cohesive and gracefully simple, ridding itself of fussy complications and perfect for the bride who wants to dance at her own Mehndi rather than worry about being weighed down with heavy layers. The detailing on the ensembles was limited to delicate butterfly appliqué and lots of dancing micro shimmer. The colors were bright but deeper making the sequined shimmer appear all the more attractive on the reds, purples, and pinks. Color blocked chiffon saris with some brocade folds in the pleats was a lovely touch.

Sadaf Malaterre showcase at PLBW 2013

Given that Ali Xeeshan presented the finale close to midnight at an event that started at 7pm, he did a brilliant job of waking up the crowd with an admirable three segment collection spanning the historic eras post partition. The elaborate detailing and maze of vibrant colors on the ghararas he showcased were exceptionally beautiful combining hand woven silk brocade, fine colored thread work, and embellishments with ethnic mirror work that was particularly striking. He kept the cholis simple and modern using solid colors and giving a crop top effect using modern boat necks and full fitted sleeves. The designer also focused on outer layers with nehru collared jackets and blazers in breathtaking brocade silk fabrics. Ali Xeeshan’s handle on color play that goes beyond fabric mediums into his thread works is truly unparalleled and is one of his greatest strengths as a bridal designer.

Humaima Malick Showstopper for Jageer – Royal Deluxe Bridal’13 by Ali Xeeshan Theater Studio

Stay tuned for Day 2 Black Carpet pictures coming up on our Spotted Gallery shortly and the finale of PLBW 2013 which should be very exciting given the stellar line up of Sana Safinaz, Zara Shahjahan, Nomi Ansari and the House of Kamiar Rokni showcasing among others. In case you missed Day 1 coverage catch it on the Blog. To view the Nickie Nina collective at PLBW 2013, visit their Profile Page.
Photos courtesy Faisal farooqui and his team at Dragonfly

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