Ringing in Pakistani bridal week with wedding bells

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Designer Gold by Reama Malik joined forces with veteran designer Wasim Khan.
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Ali Xeeshan has fans across Pakistan.
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Ali Xeeshan is known for his creativity.
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Ali Xeeshan is known for his creativity.
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Fahad Hussayn's outfits were a hit.
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Fahad Hussayn's outfits were a hit.
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Designer Gold by Reama Malik joined forces with veteran designer Wasim Khan.
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Miska Lahkani wowed the crowd.
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A piece by Nickie Nina.
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An outfit by Sana Safinaz.
Updated 18 October 2017

Ringing in Pakistani bridal week with wedding bells

LAHORE: Pakistan has two seasons — the summer and wedding season. Both influence fashion trends in the country, with the summer catwalks boasting cool, comfortable clothing and the wedding season runways offering attention-grabbing outfits fit for a princess.
The country’s booming fashion industry puts a great deal of effort into dressing wedding-goers for the events that litter the social calendars of many across Pakistan. A large leg (or two) of the fashion industry in the country is dedicated to all things bridal couture and this year, the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) put on their seventh annual Bridal Week in collaboration with L’Oréal Paris (PLBW).
On Oct. 14, the three-day event kicked off at the Nishat Emporium in Lahore. Orchestrated by Mustang Productions, a UK-based production house, the event saw a significant boost in energy and excitement from its previous iterations. The event was also marked by an impressive attention to detail that is usually only found on the runways of non-bridal fashion.
Designers flaunted their creations on the runways in a manner that shook up the bridal industry. Weddings, being so ingrained in the Pakistani psyche, are notoriously difficult to breath fresh air into, but these designers succeeded.
Jewelry played a major role in the showcase of bridal wear, with designer Gold by Reama Malik linking arms with veteran designer Wasim Khan to unleash upon the waiting audience a show that was missing the one thing every bridal offering had — overwhelming embroidery.
The first night saw internationally-recognized Ali Xeeshan show off his colorful creations, which were inspired by destination weddings, in a showcase that was reminiscent of an art installation. The show featured massive portraits of frequent collaborators, including revered fashion photographer Abdullah Harris, that only the master of runway dramatics could pull off.
Night two brought out fantastic presentations from Mahgul, who has grown a cult following for her designs that utilize traditional techniques to out create sensible modern outfits. Similarly, Misha Lakhani and Sania Maskatiya, whose trademarks lay in their expert (however different) approach to cutting and designing for women’s bodies, also wowed the crowd. The night opened with a solo show by Sana Safinaz, which tied together the increasingly common mix of Eastern and Western aesthetics strewn throughout the wedding wear industry. Geometric embellishments, feather accents and figure-hugging cuts easily melded into the collection that included intricate, layered bridal wear.
Night three featured the best of bridal couture and also kept fans on their toes with appearances by superstar entertainers such as Fawad Khan, Sajal Ali and Maya Ali, who played a show stopper for the king of color, Nomi Ansari. The finale was a well thought out production by Fahad Hussayn, whose collection managed to seamlessly place darks and neutrals hand-in-hand with bright hues, like crimsons and pinks.
In the West, fashion and wedding wear do not usually mix. A separate bridal fashion week exists outside the fashion calendar catering to buyers and the bridal world at large, but in Pakistan, that distinction does not exist. With winters that go and come in the blink of an eye, there is not a strong need for a wardrobe to battle the elements. Additionally, the consumers of fashion often find their weekends (and week nights) booked with wedding prep, pre-wedding festivities, events in the double digits, the big days themselves and, of course, post-wedding festivities that call for clothes fit for the occasion.
Other fashion weeks in Pakistan — the spring shows held by the Lahore-based PFDC and the Karachi-based Fashion Pakistan Council — usually end up having a sprinkling of wedding wear thrown in too, but this year was a high point for the specially-dedicated week.
If it was the pinnacle of the bridal wear mountain that has been built over the past seven years, we can only imagine how much bigger — and better — it will be in the years to come.


Shanina Shaik spotted on and off the runway in New York

Shanina Shaik attended the Diesel x A-Cold-Wall party during New York Fashion Week. (AFP)
Updated 11 September 2019

Shanina Shaik spotted on and off the runway in New York

DUBAI: A-Cold-Wall, founded by Virgil Abloh protégé Samuel Ross, and Diesel Red Tag unveiled their hotly-anticipated collaborative capsule collection during New York Fashion Week via an installation, which took over SoHo’s Grand Street on Sept. 10. Ahead of the big reveal, the brands celebrated the launch by hosting a glamorous dinner that was attended by a drove of celebrities, including Karrueche Tran, Kehlani, and Shanina Shaik. Nearly everyone in attendance was wearing pieces plucked from the new Diesel Red Tag x A-Cold-Wall Spring 2020 collection.

Victoria’s Secret model Shaik chose a tie-dye splattered t-shirt, which was neatly tucked into a pair of black, slim-fit jeans. Shaik, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and whose mother is Lithuanian-Australian, accessorized the casual, laid-back look with a miniature leather handbag and a pair of black, pointed-toe pumps. With her black hair pulled back into a sleek, low-hanging ponytail, Shaik exuded effortless cool.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The NEW @diesel X @acoldwall collection out now @for.successful.living #diesel

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The 28-year-old has been keeping quite busy this NYFW. Following the dinner, Shaik attended Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Spring 2020 show on Tuesday. Additionally, she’s been spotted at shows by Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, PrettyLittleThing x Saweetie and the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party. And when she’s not turning heads on the front row, she’s stealing the scene on the runway, including at LaQuan Smith’s Spring 2020 showcase earlier this week.   

Indeed, it appears that the model hasn’t let her recent divorce slow her down. News of her split from longtime beau Greg “DJ Ruckus” Andrews took the internet by storm when It was first announced in June. The model filed the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Court in July, citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PLT tonight @prettylittlething

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News of their split came as a shock to fans as, earlier this year, Shaik spoke to British model Rosie Huntington-Whitely about starting a family.

“Personally, I’m thinking about a family and when to settle down and have all that as well,” she told the website Rose Inc. “But there are so many things on my dream board that I need to tick off and want to do, and hopefully I’ll do some more movies as well. If I can do all of that, I’ll be very happy,” she added.

The model married Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in May 2018.