Maheen Khan, the doyenne of Pakistani trends, brought Pakistan Fashion Week to a close with her swansong, an ode to the fashionable women of Karachi in the 1960s and 70s.
Ahead of the show, Khan surprised the audience with the announcement that this was to be her final one. The classic collection in flowing silk served as a reminder of the city’s glorious past.
“I saw the life in Karachi in the 60s and 70s. The women were very elegant; they were like swans. They didn’t have fully embroidered clothes or too much glitter. So I was trying to bring that back. Bring elegance back,” she said.
For her collection, Nida Azwer experimented with fabrics, using a rich colour palette. The designer gave a fusion twist to her classic silhouettes, pairing saaris with wraps and lehengas with crop tops. Her use of geometric laser cut layers gave the collection a contemporary feel.
“It’s inspired by the Renaissance time. The colour palette is all reds, oranges, blues and black. There’s a range of Western and Eastern silhouettes put together, lots of prints, lots of layering, digital prints, laser cut, embellishment, embroideries. It’s fun. You can pair them together, you can wear them as separates,” she said.
The collection of French-born Sadaf Malaterre kept true to her minimalist aesthetic. Basing her pieces around a single spray of embroidered white flowers on black, the designer worked the motif onto scarves, skirts and wrap jackets, creating a chic, restrained show.
And finally Mohsin Ali brought freshness to the Sana Safinaz brand by experimenting with textures, silhouettes and colours offering an edgy pret-a-porter collection.