Sunday, January 30, 2011

Islamabad Fashion Week-Day 3: A fresh take by budding artists

A model (left) presents a creation by Bareeze-Chinyere while another (right) shows off a dress by designer Shaiyanne Malik during the third day of Islamabad Fashion Week on Saturday. Some 90 male and female models, mostly newcomers, are participating in the four-day event which aims to promote the country’s textile industry. PHOTOS: AFP
ISLAMABAD: The third day of Islamabad Fashion Week saw much more creativity than the first two days. The event showcased three prĂȘt shows by Shaiyanne Malik, Bareeze (Chinyere) and Iqra University, along with a couture collection by Kamiar Rokni. The decor was remarkable, with tastefully decorated candelabras on the sidelines.
Infused with various textiles and embellished with swarovski crystals, Kamiar’s couture was the glitz and glamour of the show. The artist’s work was fresh and used pagan symbols craftily laden with crystals.
Audience swayed to the music during Kamiar’s show, which was a great infusion of 80s rock with singles like “My Sharona” by The Knack. Chinyere’s closing song, which was a remix of Pakistan’s national anthem, was a fresh take.
Budding artists of Iqra University with their collection “Fauvist de construction” did a fantastic job creating unique funky designs and put on an entertaining show. Ayesha Yousaf of the graduating class at Iqra University presented Lady Gaga inspired baroque prints. “I’ve had a great time at the fashion week,” she said, “but it has been hectic.”
Chinyere’s collection was great and received standing ovation. The team redefined prĂȘt wear and took high street fashion to a high-end scale.
Its traditional collection of clothes, jewellery and accessories were a fusion of great colours, presenting funky bags, clutches and an inspiring jewellery collection.
Shaiyanne’s traditional collection of ghagras and cholis, however, was tacky and not up to the mark. The designer brought very generic kurtas and shaadi-wear.

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