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

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While Fashion Pakistan Week A/W’14 was awash with many trends of which some stood out in particular and had our minds already scheming on ways to incorporate them not just for our winter wardrobes but also getting a head start on Spring’15. Here is a look at trends we feel you should get ‘with’ now!

Firstly the nineties trend of cropped jackets is now bigger than ever. With the likes of Sanam Chaudhri, Ishtiaq A. Khan, Fnk Asia, Gul Ahmed and Faraz Manan incorporating it into their runway looks. Whether you want to add the garment to traditional wear, or infuse some cropped edge into your western looks, these designers showed us a myriad ways to work with. Ishtiaq Khan went both ways, choosing short vest like quilted orange jackets that he combined with the age old pleated shalwars and short kurtas along with breaking it up with cropped tops and pants. So while the eastern looks veered towards the traditional the western ones were sassy and modern.

Sanam Chaudhri brought something all the more original to the table showing us couture eastern wear made younger and hipper with cute vests and stately tail coats cropped in the front which proved just how polished and charming relaxed luxury can get. Whether in velvet on top of tapered harem-esque, silk shalwar pants or a closed front fitted, embroidered  choli style vest combined with a chic short kurta shalwar separates, Sanam Chaudhri displayed to us the kind of classy edge adding cropped jackets can bring to formal eastern wear.

Fnk Asia worked with vest style cropped jackets on top of floor grazing maxis and also knee length lace dresses. Patch works and prints were dominant in their jacket designs. Similarly Gul Ahmed  displayed  how cropped jackets can be added to any length, by using it in both a silk maxi, and a Russian inspired jacket and knee length skirt combination. Perhaps the hottest style of the lot was one of Faraz Manan’s designs, where he added a beaded white and gold fitted jacket to a barely visible cropped top and ripped boyfriend jeans.

If there was one thing we learned from FPW 2014 it was that drapery is a trend that all the cool girls will be doing, not just this winter but also spring/summer 2015. Sana Safinaz personified drapery in both their collections, with both Ather Hafeez and Mohsin Ali doing their own take on it. While Mohsin Ali’s collection was all about luxe luxe and more luxe, Ather Hafeez had a beachier, bohemian take on it. Speaking of Mohsin Ali, his silk draped concoctions and printed pants are something we just cannot get enough of! Similarly, Ather Hafeez’s draped skirts and maxis have us wanting to escape to a paradise island and forget about winter altogether! Another distinguishing note were the Goddess draped silk floor length skirts in beautiful champagne colors, seen at Maheen Khan, Zaheer Abbas and Nida Azwer.

As you all may already know fringing has been high up on the fashion radar for a few seasons and it was also a micro trend witnessed at FPW 2014. There were fringed jackets and shrugs as seen at Maheen Khan, Sadaf Malaterre and Zaheer Abbas. We particularly loved the long sheer plus fringe jacket seen at Zaheer Abbas which brought together two prominent trends, you guessed it, sheers and fringe! Fringing remained true to its boho and relaxed nature at Ather Hafeez for Sana Safinaz and was seen on scarves and accessories, showing those who are less sold on the style ways that they can ease into it.

Much to our content leather was very much all over the place this season on the runway. Shehla Chatoor’s entire Misaki collection was based on the combination of meticulous leather weaves and oriental prints. The intricate interwoven leather technique seen on her cropped bodices for saris and tops worked beautifully with the opulent flow of Chantilly saris and silken ball skirts. We loved that the designer experimented with the rock and feminine contrast. Also seen were sport’s wear inspired, lust worthy leather pants with the ‘Shehla’ logo emblazoned on the front. Leather skinny pants also featured at Ayesha Farook Hashwani as an accomplice to her Baroque inspired kimono jackets. On the other hand, Deepak Perwani’s menswear collection was filled with leather accessories crucial to the look, such as gloves, boots and detailing on coats.

Lastly, classic monochrome had an encore fashion moment as it was seen in multiple designer’s collections. In fact, Sadaf Malaterre and Adnan Pardesy’s entire collection was based on monochromatic looks. Black and white never looked as good as it did in flowing ball skirts as seen at Adnan Pardesy. Similarly Sadaf Malaterre’s Parisian meets Gatsby inspired creations demonstrated that the sophisticated combination is never out of fashion.

Photography: Tapu Javeri | Layout:SecretCloset.pk

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