As most of you will know, I live in Singapore. Singapore is a melting pot of several cultures with the Chinese culture and community being the largest. Then there is the Malay community, the Indian community and the Caucasians (me). The latter being the smallest.
The Indian community in Singapore is very strong and they have their own little India. They represent the largest group at the international school which my son attends, so I interact with them quite a lot. They usually dress in ‘western attire’ but when they have a celebration or ‘dress up’, they usually go for the traditional Indian style of dress.
That was certainly the case for a fashion event I was invited for organised by Fuchsia, that celebrated 6 designers from Pakistan. Both the Indian and Pakistan community came together to enjoy the fabulous fashion on display and dine afterwards. Here is a recap of some of my favorites of the night. Lots of vribrant colours, luxurious fabrics and high heeled shoes for you to feast your eyes on!
Below you will find some more information on the designers for those that are interested. Although the images are not specifically named per designer they appear in the order of appearance as the designers below.
Nida Azwer has been designing and working in fashion under the aegis of her eponymous label since 2005, only one month after she graduated from the prestigious Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. Her label includes a Prêt a Porter line, Haute Couture and Bridal lines.
Nida Azwer’s label has come to be recognized for the designers’ love of classic and vintage design elements infused with traditional craft such as tukri ka kaam, rilli, kantha, zardozi and miniature embroidery worked into contemporary fashion silhouettes. All clothing and apparel created under the Nida Azwer label is meticulously hand worked in Pakistan, using only pure fabrics including Irish linen, chiffons, hand-woven silks and brocade.
A graduate in textile design from the prestigious Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan, Sania Maskatiya has been designing since 2007. Heralded as one of Pakistani Fashion’s ‘Fresh Faces’ in leading Pakistani fashion magazine Diva’s 2010 annual edition, Sania’s signature aesthetic has come to be regarded as a balance between elegance, comfort and practicality.
The name Gul Ahmed is synonymous with comfortable, beautifully designed and affordable lawn. Recently Gul Ahmed introduced its formal line under the brand G-Pret which is about transforming conventional to contemporary. The collection features pure rich fabrics with modern geometrical prints and intensely-worked embroideries. This gives the collection an individual and contemporary look. From the full-length dress to the more practical straight-cut tops over narrow palazzo pants, the collection is a diffusion wear and Haute Couture, for women of all ages. It effectively interprets modern trends into a blend of traditional outfits and is simple yet grandeur and plush.
An award winning fashion designer, Feeha began developing her unique style, often coined malang-chic, at the age of fifteen years. Her intuitive design ideals are born out of father, Tanvir Jamshed, industry beacon and pioneer. His brand, TEEJAYS, starting in the 1970s, was responsible for revolutionizing the fashion business in Pakistan by creating designer wear for the masses. Feeha’s artistry has expounded on her father’s evolutionary methods and philosophy which is progressive, unconventional and breaks traditional barriers.
Feeha Jamshed and Haider Ali Baig established their label in early 2012 to bridge the gap between high-fashion and affordability; concepts that were born from the secret brilliance of Pakistani couture and Feeha’s inherited passion to make fashion accessible to the masses.
Sonya Battla, the pioneer in the fashion industry, needs no introduction. With a Major in Women’s Wear Fashion from the American College in London, UK, Sonia is a mark of high end, luxury fashion. Using only the highest quality fabric, her every collection claims to set new trends through a uniqueness in expression of color, innovation of pattern and a refined palette of embroideries. The name Sonya Battla draws in people who love and understand fashion.
She recently showcased her latest collection at the Alchemy Fashion show in London, to widespread acclaim.
Another highlight of the show were the little ones.
And the slightly older girls
What the women wore at the event
The fashion by the women attending the event was just as spectacular as on the runways as the photo at the top of this article proves as well as the picture below.
Also notice how all the women have beautiful long hair. I stood out for all the wrong reasons with my short frizzy hair!
They also love their shoes ultra high and glamorous. Here is just one example I spotted.
I had a fabulous evening and it was great to celebrate Pakistani fashion, colors and glamour!
Which is your favorite creation from the above?