Pakistani couture royalty descends on London
Mustang Productions’ annual, prestigious Fashion Parade happened last night and what a fabulously fashionable spectacle it was. Pakistan’s finest designers, including Hira Shah, Saira Rizwan, Seher Tareen, Mehreen Noorani and Faiza Samee descended on the catwalk at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, for a fashion savvy and high profile audience, including Bollywood actress Amy Jackson, Olivia Grant, Nancy Dell’Olio. Nomi Ansari took us on a retro ‘Joy Ride’, featuring a kaleidoscopic rainbow of hues and fun iconic designs, inspired by emoji’s with a superhero theme, donning cyclops style bright glasses and magical capes. Catsuits, cute mini skirts and dresses were embellished with quirky badges and eclectic prints, symbolising an interwoven tapestry of Pakistani and popular culture.
A vibrantly bright colour palette was also used by Ali Xeeshan, as the rainbow theme continued through his collection, which paid homage to the late artist Prince. Trend-setting Ali Xeeshan as always, made a statement with his avant-garde signature style. In rhythm to Prince’s Kiss, models sashayed down the catwalk in floral patterned flares, harem pants and mini skirts. Decadent lengha ensembles stole the show, featuring floaty tops and a lengha skirt with unique colourful layering of patterned embellishment.
Couture King HSY showcased a broad range of styles, including a summery mustard ensemble, featuring chic wide flares/sharara, with an equally billowing cape. More contemporary items were glitzy evening dresses, but a particularly eye-catching design was the rather risqué tribal printed hotpants, with matching hood covering the head.
British-Pakistani designers Khushboo’s By Chand and Raishma made their debuts at Fashion Parade, with Khushboo’s revealing a new fusion collection of glittering trouser suits, dresses and gowns, whilst Raishma’s ice queen theme, flaunted an array of her sumptuously glamorous gowns and formalwear, now available in House Of Fraser and John Lewis department stores.
Winning duo Aamir Naveed and make-up artist Ambreen created flawless beauty looks and simple, yet chic hairdo’s on the models. Founder of Fashion Parade, Sadia Siddiqui’s adorable daughter Laila Naim who was also the first Pakistani Burberry model, made a special appearance during the charity raffle for the initiative Save The Children.
Images: Nas Din