Project Runway: PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 Finale

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The PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 closed on a high note with a platter of some of the best couturiers from the country showcasing a symphony of artistry on the ramp. The success of PLBW as an organization can be measured by the fact that each passing year the collections have only grown in terms of refinement, creativity, and innovation; the three qualities that define the direction our fashion industry is moving toward as it develops.

True Love by Zara Shahjahan at PLBW 2013

Opening on the finale was Zara Shahjahan, a relatively young designer who judging by how far she has come in a short period, has the potential of becoming one of the greats of the future. Her showcase; True Love, identified with the young urban bride, taking vintage elements and spinning them into a modern city life story which was an enjoyable interpretation. With the first segment of the collection that focused on English floral prints with sheer overlays of white tissue to form voluminous ghaghra skirts with pockets, Zara brought traditional silhouettes to modernity. She is a trendsetter all the way, and established this as she applied her concept on a variation of perfectly stitched silhouettes including short and long shirts, capes, vintage and modern shararas and asymmetric cuts. She then moved on to display the maturity of her craft that comprised beautiful gold and silver embellishments on a palette of red, white, and blue hues paired together and as solids. Zara was careful with her layering making even her formals look light and easy to carry which we appreciated. The beautiful clutches to compliment Zara’s bridals for the show were courtesy Caanchi & Lugari.

Rang Barsay by Nomi Ansari at PLBW 2013

Nomi Ansari’s showcase was aptly titled ‘Rang Barsay’ and filled the room with his genius interplay of a maze of colors appearing in a single ensemble without making it appear busy or garish. The trick is to use different hues in small amount and when Nomi adds his fine     intricate hand crafted embellishments, the effect is of multiple forces working together to achieve a sublime result. The king of color opened his showcase with Nadia Hussain wearing a umbrella skirt made entirely of gold credit cards that was very cleverly crafted. The strong suit of Nomi’s collection lay in the elaborate symmetry of thread work and antique embellishments that complimented traditional silhouettes that included silk printed saris paired with shimmering kaamdani pallu, colorful anarkalis, traditional Hyderabadi peshwas, Lucknow lehngas, chatta pati ghararas and short kurtas with printed colored stripe chooridars and dupattas. The designer who has a sense of humour as colorful as his work also brought in a very convincing Salman Khan doppleganger to perform for the crowd between segments.

Asifa & Nabeel at PLBW 2013

Asifa and Nabeel upped their game by leaps and bounds with their collective of chic black and bronze gold wedding formals that were brimming with sophistication. Each ensemble had been carefully constructed to lead to a cohesive and distinct portrayal of their signature that identifies with a modern minimalist technique with a focus on clean lines and cut. There was a markable focus on short mini jackets and vests, even in the sari blouses that were delivered perfectly. The detailing on sleeves and back lines was striking and the team did an excellent job of juxtaposing velvet and textured sheer metallic fabrics making the silhouettes sing. There was a quite understatement to the clothes with bursts of joy as we saw black velvet lehngas with Hyderabadi neckline white shirts, straight loose gold Izaars with short shirts, sleeveless open velvet embellished capes, gold lehngas, and a sleek black androgynous sherwani kurta strut down the ramp.

Sana Safinaz at PLBW 2013

Sana Safinaz stunned and overpowered with a showcase that took Pakistani Bridal Fashion to new heights of excellence. Like everything that the beloved gurus touch, this was a collective overflowing with rich glamour and strong sophistication. Based purely in a magnificent palette of gold, bronze, black, white, and red on tissue, net, velvet and textured silks the team began with a showcase of modern embossed gold saris, exotic chandni embellishments and self detailing on white, short loosely constructed shirts, and bejeweled  sari blouses. Silhouettes displayed innovation and a strong confidence reflected in sweeping long black gold capes with oversize sleeves and sharara inspired silk jumpsuits. Poncho jackets with high low hemlines fell beautifully on sleek pants. Layering with black and red spun with gold lehngas was especially captivating and the technique of gota and metallic gold work was on an advanced level altogether. Sana Safinaz ‘s grasp over how to style separates is one of the finest yet.  No doubt fashionistas will be lining up to place their orders for these very beautiful and very wearable ensembles for this wedding season.

The Orientalist by The House of Kamiar Rokni at PLBW 2013

The House of Kamiar Rokni presented a wonderfully fitting finale that brought the PLBW 2013 to a close. The collective took the audience on a journey through time and cultures weaving a story that culminated in achieving the pinnacle of what one sought out to search. The ensembles were sewn together like different pieces of a puzzle, each carefully place together and adorned with painting like embellishments and thread work. Silhouettes were experimental involving pirate puff sleeves, gota trimmed jumpsuits with pockets, layers of contrast fabric textures and prints, and heavy use of exotic handwoven silk brocade. The collection allowed for the free use and variation of colors that found their own path. Cummerbunds, jackets, vests, and capes took over silhouettes that were complex and intricate. This was a collection aimed to inspire and experience with the artists that created it.

Stay tuned for all the Day 3 Black carpet images coming up shortly on our Spotted Gallery and the complete collections on their Designer Profile. If you missed our Day 1 and Day 2 reviews, catch them now on the blog!
Photos courtesy Faisal Farooqui and the team at Dragonfly.

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