Magnum’s Lahore gala celebrates fashion, chocolate

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Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night.
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Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night.
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Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night.
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Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night.
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Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night.
Updated 19 October 2017

Magnum’s Lahore gala celebrates fashion, chocolate

ISLAMABAD: Magnum’s fifth year on the fashion calendar was a lesson in events dripping in sophistication while upping the bar on combining different worlds with fashion.
Fashion and food have come together more and more over the years with the food revolution, particularly in Pakistan, leading international chefs to take up residency in the country and its own culinary background lending to delicious gastronomic creations.
Understanding the marriage of the arts, ice cream and chocolate, Magnum celebrated this union in a lavish night, aptly titled the Magnum Chocolate Party. The who is who of the fashion and entertainment world, including musicians, artists, models, designers and merely the fashion inclined with the style chops to prove it, gathered for a night of decadent creativity and, of course, yummy gratification.
The approach to chocolate and its place alongside fashion in the world of creativity and art is what has made this event a must attend on the fashion calendar year after year. Beyond the fashions that are shown on the ramp in the especially curated fashion showcase, the entire event, though heavily planned to a tee, embraces the aspects of fashion that sometimes get left out of the narrative: fantasy, transformation and whimsy. The event takes seriously both chocolate and fashion but found a way to make the combined taste one that was pleasing to feast on both literally and aesthetically.
This year’s ‘A Chocolate Affair,’ held last week, brought a guest list that could not have been sweeter with award winning chocolatier Paul Joachim, and with him an extremely literal combination of chocolate and fashion. In collaboration with highly celebrated Pakistani fashion designer Ali Xeeshan, they created a life sized sculpture of a dress made completely (from based to embellishment) out of chocolate. Paul whose nickname leaves no room for argument on his aptitude with chocolate (he’s called the Chocolate Genius) created a diverse chocolate installation that was displayed throughout the event. Including chocolate faberge eggs, trays of crowns, dramatic masks and table top sculptures.
The runway show itself was a list of some of the most innovative design houses to come out of Pakistan to date, and was orchestrated and directed by one of them, The House of Kamiar Rokni, headed by Kamiar Rokni and Rehan Bashir, and was hosted by the charismatic and stunning Zara Peerzada. The duo produced one of the most magical moments of the evening with their one of a kind dress worn by Pakistani rockstar and muse Meesha Shafi, serving as a backdrop for fashion imagery through projections lighting her up center stage. Meesha, who herself is a combination of arts with a career that encompasses singing and acting, sang (beautifully) Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good.’
The collective of designers who drew inspiration from the product of the night, chocolate, approached their collections with the artistic eye that Magnum aims to celebrate. Powerhouse Élan, sleek menswear Munib Nawaz and contemporary master Hussain Rehar’s creations hit the ramp with capsule collections created exclusively for the event. Élan’s gowns were delicious confections made of sparkles and tulle flowing effortlessly with their signature expert cuts. Munib Nawaz produced a collection inspired by chocolates varying hues from dark and rich tones to flecks of gold. Hussain Rehar seemed to bring a box of your favorite cocoa nibbles to life with textural and 3D pieces that like Munib were made in dark, milk and golden chocolates.
The night of fashion, and have we mentioned chocolate, solidified its place as a respected and celebrated platform for the industry’s creatives to bring to life not only their imaginations but inspire a touch of playful thinking in all those attending.


Behind Wes Gordon’s revolutionary vision for Carolina Herrera

Wes Gordon just wants to make happy clothes, and that's exactly what he's been doing since his appointment as Carolina Herrera's creative director. Photo: Shutterstock
Updated 20 November 2019

Behind Wes Gordon’s revolutionary vision for Carolina Herrera

  • Since his appointment as creative director, Wes Gordon has managed to seamlessly incorporate his own joyful flair into the fashion house
  • His ability to maintain the house’s old world glamour in addition to his revolutionary and exuberant vision has appealed to a new generation of clients

DUBAI: Wes Gordon just wants to make happy clothes. And the Atlanta-born designer, who was handpicked to be Carolina Herrera's successor after she announced her retirement in February 2018, has done just that since his appointment as the New York-based label’s creative director. You don’t have to look further than the brand’s Spring 2020 collection, showcased at the bottom of Manhattan Island inside a glass bubble lined with plush, white carpet that was inspired by the rare botanical phenomenon, super bloom.

“Carolina Herrera is a brand about beauty,” declares the designer. “No one knows what tomorrow is going to be like. We just know today, and the things that we’re able to control ourselves, I feel like it’s our job to make them beautiful,” The 33-year-old told Arab News.

Indeed, in today’s current political climate, there’s never been more reason to inject joie de vivre back into fashion. “There’s a lot of dark and uncertainty right now,” muses Gordon. “And you can’t fight dark with dark.”

A model walks the runway at the Carolina Herrera Ready-to-Wear Spring 2020 show. Photo: Getty
Carolina Herrera Ready-to-Wear Spring 2020 show. Photo: Getty

During his year-long tenure — He made his debut last September with an upbeat Spring 2019 collection, after running his own eponymous label for several years in addition to serving as Herrera’s right-hand since 2016 — the Central St. Martin’s graduate has churned out three joyful and upbeat ready-to-wear collections built on the foundation of vibrant hues and that serve as a refreshing departure from the sea of blacks and greys that have dominated the runways for the past few seasons.  

“I love color,” shares Gordon. “Bold, vivacious, saturated colors — nothing grey or sad. So the first thing I do before I start designing a collection, is think really hard about colors.

“My biggest takeaway from the role is that something beautiful will always be successful. When you’re able to create something that’s just gorgeous, it will always do well.”

However, helming Carolina Herrera is no small feat. As one of the biggest fashion brands in the world, Gordon recognizes that his stint as a consultant at the label eased his transition since he was already familiar with the company.

Since his appointment, Gordon has managed to seamlessly incorporate his own joyful flair into the fashion house founded 39 years ago, without straying from the brand’s DNA or alienating its existing clientele.

While the designer does admit that it is virtually impossible for there to not be a change — “I’m not Mrs. Herrera,” he states — he does revel in the fact that though his designs are unique, clients are still able to look at them and say, “that still feels Herrera.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His ability to maintain the house’s old world glamour in addition to his revolutionary and exuberant vision has appealed to a new generation of clients, which include everyone from “Euphoria” actress Zendaya to American screenwriter Lena Waithe, whom he dressed for the 2018 Met Gala.

As for the woman he designs for? “She’s fabulous and fantastic. She’s the best dressed and most fun woman in any room.  If every woman in the street is wearing grey, she is wearing hot pink. She dresses for herself and treats every moment like a celebration,” he notes. Very much like Carolina Herrera herself.