Here is a roundup of all the collections showcased on Day 1 at the Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week 2019.
Show Opener: Zara Shahjahan – Adab
The show kicked off with an elaborate display of chikankari , zari, zardozi, kamdani and gota work. Lucknow’s distinct style, a 400-year-old story and one which has not only survived but flourishes today was brought to life on the runway. In this city where arts, music and literature thrived and remarkable monuments were constructed which continue to serve as beautiful reminders of grandeur in the city’s history. From pastels to bolds, intricately embroidered to fully embellished work, each piece was adorned gracefully. Traditional khussas and ghongroos on the end of pants made the walk musical and soulful. Jhoomars, knotted braids, shalwars and liberal use of kamdani, all made fashion statements. The collection showcase ended beautifully with a graceful and collective ‘adab’ from all the models.
Sania Maskatiya – Isfahan
This new spring summer evening wear line, Isfahan had everyone swooning. It was a nod to the seductive lustre of the Orient. It imbued the elegance and mystique of the ancient East with a modern vibrancy and aesthetic, embellishing velvet and cotton with equal esprit. The soft pastels and bold jewel shades into striking neoclassical silhouettes had every piece shimmering into the spotlight with iridescence.
Hussain Rehar – Fifth Dimension
Hussain Rehar, being a staunch practitioner of expression through embellishment, drew the idea of bold and flamboyant into edgy chic embellishments which empower the modern women of Pakistan. His collection was indeed a memory of the future. Fast paced, electrifying and fierce are perfect words to describe his pieces.
Yahsir Waheed – Samah Musst Hai
Yahsir put forth a youthful collection which was about contrasts as well as illusion. The mood was eclectic bohemia with contrasting fabrics that created a unique tone of the collection. Going ahead with let your hair down, feel the vibe and enjoy the clothes concept, his pieces were out of the ordinary. Printed dresses with lace and organza frills on the hems, matching separates with sequined details, multi-colored sequined blazers, snake prints with fringe detailing some of the leading looks on the runway.
Fahad Hussayn – Suraiya Titanic
Celebrating a successful decade of decadence, Fahad Hussayn presented ‘Suraiya Titanic’ spring/summer glamorously. The collection featured hand painted truck art inspired layouts and characters infused in hand-painted, illustrated and vector drawings, giving it a new contemporary direction. Pieces created from luxury lawn had signature Fahad Hussayn cuts that were custom engineered into abstract prints. From trendy maxi dresses, to bold organza jackets, colorful printed pants, trench coats and flowy lowers, the first segment of the show had much of this. Alongside, the display also had a range of cotton couture consisting of festive season looks combined with Print Museum and Fahad Hussayn Couture sensibilities for both men and women. Accomplished with intricate detailing and label’s signature finishes, the collection featured a range of novelty couture pieces from the heritage revival series. PFDC is proud to continue their partnership with the global giant Unilever’s hair care brand, Sunsilk as their title sponsor and Aquafina as the Blue Carpet and beverage partner. The Media Partner is HUM TV, the Footwear Partner is Borjan, the Fragrance Partner is J. Fragrances, Transportation Partner is Careem, and the Radio Partner is FM 89. The Associate Sponsors are Lipton, Engine, and Almirah.
Bridal Couture Week Day 2 brings more stars on the ramp
After the glamorous showcase on Day One, Day Two of the bridal extravaganza was a continuation of the glitz and bridal statements with the country’s acclaimed couturiers, bridal wear designers and retail brands. As always BCW left its audience stunned with its majestic stage, uniquely set for a one of kind fashion show.
On Day Two of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with Emraan Rajput’s earthy hued fusion collection Shalima.
It was followed by Aisha Farid’s Nur un Nissa a collection fit for the Mughal empress.
The next show was by Kausar Sajid with her Parivarsh collection which has revived ancient embroidery techniques over luxe and delicate fabrics for the modern-day bride.
Shakeel’s by Zeeshan Danish’s hand embroidered bridal collection Kimkhwab and Sheeba Kapadia’s Claire De Lune for the new age bride.
Chinyere’s Ishq Nachaye Gali Gali for the woman who presents femininity through unique and beautiful patterns of embroidery, embellishments and motifs.
Humayun Alamgir’s Nawabzada a collection inspired by the fashion choices of the royals, elite and the influential.
Next in line was Embellished by Sadaf Amir’s Bagh e Baharan which featured colours of flowers from all seasons and transformed the ramp into a garden.
Rici Melion’s timeless couture pieces in their latest collection Zyanya, encompassing artisanal craft forms showcasing renditions of Turkish floral, textures and seaming.
Day 2 comes to an end with the return of Lahore’s favourite Maria B. with her collection The Lady of Amritsar.
The audience also witnessed the launch of Tasmina and Zulfiqar Sheikh’s Sacch movie’s latest song. The cast members who braced the runway included debutant Elysée Sheikh paired with Asad Zaman Khan, along with veterans including Ayesha Sana and Uzma Gillani.
Day 2 of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers – internationally acclaimed singer and actor Ali Zafar walked for Emraan Rajput, and the stunning queen of television Ayeza Khan walked for Aisha Farid. Nimra Khan graced the ramp for Kausar Sajid, while Urwa Hocane walked for Shakeel’s by Zeeshan Danish while Sanam Jung walked for Sheeba Kapadia’s showcase. The very lively Juggan Kazim walked for Chinyere while singer Falak Shabbir, vlogger Shahveer Jafry and cricketer Hasan Ali walked for Humayun Alamgir. Mawra Hocane walked for Sadaf Amir and Junaid Khan with Zubab Rana strutted down the ramp for Rici Melon. The veteran classical performer Nighat Chaudary added allure to the show during Maria B.’s segment.
Bridal Couture Week Day 1
The 17th edition of the biggest bridal show extravaganza, Bridal Couture Week (BCW).
Show one of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with Fahad Hussayn’s collection Labyagawachi trousseau bridal collection.
It was followed by Aisha Imran’s Shadi Mubarik in romantic hues for the charismatic classic bride.
The next was Almirah with its collection Ethnic Seams which drew its inspiration from the splendour and intimacy of Eastern art.
It was followed by Samsara Couture House’s Hayal, inspired from the tulip era in the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
Zonia Anwaar came next with her collection Zoella which was modern yet infused traditional techniques with her signature cuts for the young millennial brides.
Ziggi Menswear’s monochromatic collection Fana – ‘Annihilation of the Self’ which was constructed using luxe fabrics, rich embroideries and motifs inspired from Sufism.
Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture showcased Abooro with her vision of beautiful Mughal legacy, blending them with her revivalist techniques of kora dabka and was awarded the Pantene Rising Star for her beautiful debut collection.
Haris Shakeel who amalgamated embroideries with block and screen printing in his collection Ishq.
Next was Royal Tag’s very aristocratic menswear collection The Royal Ceremony, inspired by the majestic Syon House and Garden in London.
Day one came to an end with globally acclaimed master couturier Nilofer Shahid’s collection Dastaan e Firdaus.
Day one of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers – the bhangra king Abrar Ul Haq walked for Fahad Hussayn and Minal Khan showcased for for Aisha Imran. The veteran actor Aijaz Aslam was show stopper for Almirah, while the undisputed queen of our entertainment industry, Saba Qamar graced the ramp for Samsara Couture House whereas Nausheen Shah walked for Zonia Anwaar. Noor Khan walked and ‘Soch The Band’ performed for Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture while Kinza Hashmi closed the show for Haris Shakeel.
The eternal Adnan Siddiqui walked the ramp for Royal Tag and Sarah Khan added allure to Nilofer Shahid’s timeless pieces.
Bilal Ashraf named most sexiest Pakistani man
The sizzling topless number dharak bharak in Superstar hands Bilal the title of sexiest Pakistani man of 2019
The British Asian publication Eastern Eye names Bilal Ashraf sexiest Pakistani man of 2019. Bilal Ashraf is the only Pakistani actor who makes it into the top 10 of this list based on votes from fans around the world, buzz generated on social networking sites, positive impact, and media attention.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Paperrazzi Bilal Ashraf was overwhlemed. In his choked up voice he tried to remain humbled, “I am beyond humbled to be featured as part of a list among such legendary gentlemen.”
Bilal Ashraf expressed his surprised and said he wasn’t expecting this at all. “This has come to me as a surprise and such moments make the struggle and commitment we all put into our work all worth the while. This encourages me to try my best to further myself in my field. I’m extremely grateful.” he added.
This rounds off a great year for the actor, which included a lead role opposite great Mahira Khan in blockbuster film Superstar. Ashraf’s films released so far include Operation 021, Janaan, Yalghar, Rangreza and Superstar.
British Pakistani showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and compiles it annually, praised Bilal and described him as the future of Pakistani cinema. “Pakistani cinema is on the rise globally and that is thanks to a new generation of world-class actors like Bilal. He will lead a future generation of cinema stars that will ultimately help empower his country and inspire others living there,” said Asjad Nazir speaking to the local publication.
Tiger Shroff entered the top 10 for the first time and came in fourth. Pop superstar Zayn Malik came in fifth and TV star Harshad Chopda was ranked sixth. The rest of the top 10 for 2019 were actor Mohsin Khan (8), cricketer Virat Kohli (9), and South Indian superstar Prabhas (10).