This year at #PLBW19, PFDC has showcased a mix of established, young, and contemporary designers within an enlarged scope of the bridal platform, following two distinct sets of show segments: Early Evening and Evening shows. Here are the highlights form Day-2:
EARLY EVENING GROUPED BRIDAL SHOWCASE
Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 early evening grouped bridal showcase was opened by Saira Rizwan’s bridal couture collection titled “Aaina”. The collection revolves around the concept of reflection and self-love. Being a woman in our society and the upbringing that it entails means constantly doubting yourself and putting the love for others over and above the love for our own selves. In times like these, it is essential that a woman reflects on her abilities and capabilities and finds herself to be beautiful and valuable enough to keep her going through the storms without falling apart.
The collection featured intricate and detailed sheesha work that resonates with the theme of self-reflection and love, and gotta work with techniques of chevron and linear designs in hues of dominantly reds, golds, silvers and pastels; following a very royal palette with colour transformations depicting this journey of the self. The silhouettes for the collection included contemporary modern cuts in elegant floor-length gowns, paired with delicate traditional work to display a fusion of two eras.
Sumbul Iqbal participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
Ahmed Sultan showcased his bridal collection titled “La Vie en Rose”, which directly translates to Life in Pink. The collection besets a timeless charisma by pairing the traditions of the past with trends of the modern day in a novel way featuring exquisite details and iridescent hues with floral patterns being the overarching focus.
Sara Ali Khan participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
J&H Studio made its PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 debut with the collection, “Kaleido Nyfi”, which in ancient Greek means ‘The most beautiful form of a bride’. Influenced by the 18th century optical instrument Kaleidoscope, J&H Studio celebrates the facets of a sense of symmetry and balance to ultimately create a cohesive composition. The authority of shape and proportion can be seen in the collection. At times it may be intense, soft or it may just quiver the senses.
With a vision to reinvent classic silhouettes and translating them into luxurious fabrics while keeping things sleek and architectural in terms of design, “Kaleido Nyfi” is an exploration of essentials rendered with simplicity, elegance, purity and tonality. Intricately embellished by hand, the collection features fabrics such as silk, organza and tissue with a color palette comprising of whites to gold segue to delicate embroideries in saturated hues of fuchsia, turquoise, tangerine, greens and cerulean. From cholis to lengthened hemlines, the motifs and colors, the collection is inspired by the Italian Florentine and Mughal frescos.
Tayab Moazzam Studio
Tayab Moazzam Studio made its PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 debut with “Feline Riposte”, a collection that showcases a modern day bride in all its glory bringing forth an amalgamation of bold and sublime hues entailing flattering silhouettes and impeccable craftsmanship. With a color palette of solid maroons and greys along with a hint of nude beige, the collection features fabrics such as velvets, raw silks and organza nets with intricate and delicate embellishments. Handcrafted with extrinsic embroideries, sequins, tilla work, gota and stone work, the collection is embossed with prints and motifs that illustrate power and modernity.
Mawra Hocane participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
Making her PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 debut, Asma Aslam showcased her bridal collection titled “Serene Glam”. Inspired by the beautiful and magical sun kissing the nature and sky at sunrise, the collection combines intricate and bold patterns and hues of early morning fused together to create a balance between modern and traditional elements with elegance.
The collection features unique embellishment techniques, gradation of color and classic silhouette with a signature approach. This collection celebrates the true will and essence of life with beauty of its modern appeal and soft hues. It is a perfect balance of delicacy and glamour.
Sara Loren participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
EVENING BRIDAL SHOWCASES
GROUPED BRIDAL SHOWCASE – 1
The House of Kamiar Rokni
Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 evening grouped bridal showcase was opened by The House of Kamiar Rokni with the bridal collection, “Golestān”.
“Golestān”, the Garden of Roses, represents a poetry of ideas. Drawing from Kamiar Rokni’s Persian heritage, “Golestān” explored the influence of Iran in Sub Continental design, playing with the diversity within femininity, from the modern to the classic, from softer to bolder expressions. Indeed, Rokni envisions modern couture as layered and multi-faceted, embracing different aspects of our nature.
“Golestān” also takes its title and creative interpretation from Persian poet Sa’adi’s magnum opus, presenting a collection as a confluence of many ideas but ultimately proposing a celebration of one’s individuality; one where no two flowers are alike in the House of Kamiar Rokni’s Garden of Roses.
The ties that bind fashion, art, culture and imagination make up the very fabric of The House of Kamiar Rokni’s DNA.
“Golestān” was based in rich velvets, organzas, jacquards, chiffons, handwoven silk trims with detailed silk and tissue nets, introducing multiple rich textiles within one outfit. The collection explored many silhouettes across a colour palette that channels rich, high contrast bursts to the softer, dreamier and more ethereal hues.
Misha Lakhani’s bridal collection for PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 was titled “Pairidaeza”. The collection celebrates freedom and versatility, and features Misha’s signature craftsmanship with an emphasis on subverting traditional motifs and reinterpreting them in a manner that is contemporary yet classic. Romantic, modern and nostalgic at the same time, the collection embodies a new voice of tradition and has something for everyone be it an engagement, wedding or trousseau.
GROUPED BRIDAL SHOWCASE – 2
Multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya showcased their F/W 19/20 bridal collection titled “DILARA” on day two of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019. Styled by Sarah Tabani, the showcase was complemented by jewelry from Allure by MHT and shoes from Charles & Keith.
Sonia Azhar showcased her couture 2019 collection titled “Timeless Pieces”. The 2019 Couture collection draws inspiration from a woman who is not afraid. She fulfils all aspects of womanhood including vulnerability and embraces it with pride. She looks after herself and those around her and takes joy in celebrating her existence as a gift of God. The collection explores these untapped energies through its materiality, paying homage to the femininity and individuality of modern women.
Mansha Pasha participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.
MAHGUL showcased her latest bridal collection titled “Tales of Bijin” as the finale on Day-2 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 in Lahore.
The collection was based on the power & magic of love & beauty. The collection is inspired by folklore where it is said that in a land east of the Sun, at a time immemorial, a deep darkness covered the realms of men and spirits alike. A stagnant decay pervaded the hearts of all those who entered. Until one day a beauty bloomed into existence that shone so bright it blinded all those around it by its sheer brilliance. Clad in drapery so fine the world had never seen before and radiating serenity it moved through the lands, warming the hearts of all those it touched. Once the world had been cleared of darkness — her mission accomplished — she lay down in a meadow wrote odes to beauty and love.
These “Tales of Bijin” were carried across the Seven Seas, personifying beauty, art and goodness. Her scrolls might have been lost but her fanciful stories carried wherever the winds and poets took them.
“This collection is deeply embedded in the philosophy that love and beauty conquers all. Designed as clean and bold in equal measure, the Tales of Bijin plays on contrast in its motifs and mixing of cultural elements with minimal embellished silhouettes.” said Mahgul Rashid.
IFAP Founder, L’Oréal Paris Pakistan spokesperson and supermodel Mehreen Syed participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.