Lahore: Young designer Fahad Hussayn took the lion`s share of compliments on the second day of the ongoing Pakistan Fashion Design Council L`Oreal Paris Bridal Week, thanks to his vision, imagination, designs and styling in his collection, which stood out against the run-of-the-mill lines offered by other designers.
Lahore-based Hussayn has climbed up the ladder of success with his maverick approach, grandeur, drama and great styling reflected in his collection "Raat Raakh", showcased here Monday.
The line was inspired by a tale of a night traveller, a bride who has lost her love and is seeking another. All these elements were executed perfectly through his line that started off with free flowing plain garments in darker hues and graduated to colourful saris, voluminous multi-panel lehengas, multi-coloured sherwanis and skin-tight kurtis resembling the 1960s era.
There was a beautiful marriage of brocade and velvet in his line. He had cleverly used brocade borders, velvet blouses and played around with a mix of velvet and net in his saris. Appliques on the arms, lehengas, and intricate embroidery were other ways he used to add drama to his line.
In the background were popular Bollywood numbers like "Satrangi re" and "Hai rama" that set the mood for the evening.
However, other designers of the evening failed to match up the opening act.
What followed was lack of creativity and clothes designed for mere commercial purpose. Loud, boisterous use of colours and too much bling did no good to the creations of Emraan Rajput and Maria B, respectively.
Rajput`s collection was titled "Vedaas", and tacky sherwanis for men in hues like coral blue, yellow, golden, rust, white, beige with heavy use of crystals and embroidery around the neck and cuffs, was all one could see. Unfortunately, it was too much for the eyes to take.
Maria B showcased "From Paris to Lahore". The show started off on a subtle tone with plain, free flowing garments in colours like beige, light pink and white with little detailing reflecting western and Pakistani sensibilities very well.
But then she lost the track. Layered garments, layered lehengas in brocade teamed with heavily embroidered long kurtas and net dupattas took away the beauty of the entire concept. With gota, mukesh, crystals, sequins, the kurtas lost their charm and to add to the spoilers was the Nehru cap.
There was too much of everything. And as it is said, too many cooks spoil the broth; it did in the case of Maria B.
However, in some of her garments, the designer interspersed gota beautifully and it made the clothes look subtle, somber and elegant. She also used feather headgears, which complimented the collection.