Pakistani talent crossing borders
Fashion DNA Pakistan is a designer mentorship programme for emerging Pakistani designers organized by the British Council. The programme takes off with extensive catwalks, interviewing, mentoring sessions and finally a UK catwalk show where the privileged designers get to showcase their clothing lines and splash the creativity on the ramps.
While the full collection will be presented at Fashion Pakistan Weekin Karachi in April 2016, the selected designers rocked the ramps of the London Fashion Week A/W 2016 from 19th to 23rd February.
The fashion event successfully captured attention of the fashion following ladies. They were delighted to see an array of vibrant and ethnic clothing displayed by the Pakistani fashion designers.
Among the few was Wardha Saleem, a young designer who managed to impress the audience with her innate fashion creativity. There was significant emphasis on bright colors, floral and bird prints, elegantly featured through digital printing and the use of poly silk, suede and raw silk.
To understand both eastern and western fashion sensibility is a talent. Zaheer Abbas, the immensely artistic designer, rocked the ramp with this wild forest themes. The patterns were centered to twigs, olive nests and forest imagery. Note how the models are wearing Gilgiti topis to add the much needed eastern ethnic flair, breaching all cultural barriers and bringing the west closer to eastern long lived traditions.
The House of Kamiar Rokni is among Pakistan’s premier fashion design houses. At London Fashion week 2016, Kamiar Rokni framed exclusive cultural aesthetics in accordance with a more universal sense of style. The designer tapped into the subcontinent heritage with playful silhouettes and styling with western touch for neutralization. The designs featured pant suits, long skirts, jackets, culottes and short dresses. The contrasting banarsi jamavar fabric was the talk
of the evening!
Fashion DNA aims to bring the UK and Pakistani fashion designers to collaborate together for strengthening the relationship between the fashion industries and help understand the cultural dynamics and support the emerging designers.
We hope to witness more collaborations for the bloom of the Pakistani fashion industry.