Trend Alert: FPW A/W’14 Runway Trends (Part I)!

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FPW’14 consisted of three days of non -stop glamour, glitterati, gossip and most importantly fashion! As expected the big names did a great job wowing us but it’s the new comers like Mohsin Ali who really made our jaws drop! Outfit after outfit exuded attitude, invigorating freshness and a certain kind of almost French combination of glamour and nonchalance. Trends spotted on the runway this season were on the mark in terms of the international fashion scene which further cemented our admiration of the techniques adapted to by our local limitlessly talented craftsmen.

One of the major trends this A/W ‘14 was ball skirts. Though showcased in more than a few designers’ collections, they ranged in styles. Adnan Pardesy’s collection consisted of ethereal white’s ball skirts which had a light and airy feel to them. (Think a sophisticated version of white prairie skirts with elements of black in the hemline details.) Mohsin Ali on the other hand worked with opulent printed, voluminous ball skirts, cinched in at the waist. Similarly, Shehla Chatoor’s Misaki collection combined leather crop tops and casual white shirts with structured, full pleated skirts in oriental, noir prints. Key players like Sanam Chaudri opted for more streamlined silhouettes, velvet, Baroque-esque skirts. Maheen Karim a wizard of fabric manipulation infused structural grandeur to a billowing soft silk digital print ball skirt coupled with a scintillating embellished corset. Nida Azwer presented both floor length and adorable midi versions of the ball skirts in cascading prints and cut work.

The late nineties and early noughties trend of statement logos held a strong place in current winter collections with different designers dabbling in it in their own individual way. Shehla Chatoor’s collection consisted of easy to spot Shehla logos that emphasized a sporty feel. From embroidered backs of white shirts illustrating the ‘1995’ year of the label’s inception, to cross body bags and even vertically placed on the front of these drool worthy leather, sport luxe trousers worn by the supermodel Iraj. One of the most iconic logo examples from this season consisted of a champagne colored sequined Sana Safinaz shift dress by Ather Hafeez , emblazoned with a simple yet bold ‘SS 14’ in the front reminding one of an uber glamourous sports team. Ather Hafeez’s collection also paid homage to the Sana Safinaz label in the form of Urdu calligraphic embroidered monochromatic crop tops which simply said ‘Sana Safinaz’. (Very very cool- all of this reminded us of school and really made us want to be picked for Ather Hafeez’s team!).

Statement saris are still riding high on the fashion radar, with designers showing us every possible way they can be done differently and why sometimes old school is still the best way to go. Nida Azwer combined saris with wrap around, gorgeous velvet blouses. She also showed us a novel approach that fought the popular micro sari blouse and introduced a cooler structured long koti like blouse worn over the sari as well as a fitted one just touching the sari skirt making it appear as one silhouette without looking choppy. Other designers experimenting with the drape included Ather Hafeez who showed us a bohemian, bubble hem, one shoulder sari with the pallu tied casually around the waist that captured the beach vibe of his collection and simultaneously proved the truly universal nature of the style. Sanam Chaudhri showed us a princess like, traditional white and gold full sleeved Chantilly lace sari that sang vintage romance, proving our earlier old school point! Ishtiaq Afzal Khan added a long quilted blazer to a navy blue simple sari while Maheen Khan had models that looked like they had descended from a higher plane in minimalistic, gold silk harem style pieces.

Just in time for winter, capes and capelets were also spattered majestically on the runway. Maheen Khan’s deep blue velvet capes are already on every fashionista’s lust list – sure to bring out a dramatic edge to even the simplest of winter outfits! Ayesha Farooq Hashwani exemplified velvet capes with a Tudor touch to them. Covered in intricate gold handwork they were like pieces of starry art that would be appreciated and carried anywhere in the world. Fnk Asia also stood true to the glamour element of capes, making theirs in the ankle grazing and printed silk variety. Inspirations for capes ranged widely; in the case of Sanam Chaudhri it was Spanish matadors, visible in her red and gold embroidered capes while Shehla Chatoor opted for Romanov fur collared styles.

Stay tuned for lots more detailed FPW’14 trends coming your way!

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