For an event that's practically still an infant in Pakistan's fashion fraternity (just two years old!), the Hum Showcase sure is doing a skillful job of showing local fashion shows how it's done.
Two days of stellar fashion were followed by a third last night as the Showcase wrapped up its 2018 edition. Local models and foreign talent brought their A-game to the ramp and with a mix of Lahore and Karachi-based designers showcasing some very solid collections, the affair really amped-up the sartorial quotient.
And we also want to take this moment to give a shout-out to whoever put the music together for the night; we couldn't stop bopping in our seats!
Without further ado, here's the line-up from the night, complete with our top picks!
Top picks: A glimmery gold statement sari, a peekaboo crop top coupled with palazzos and a long vest, a black foil-printed sari that you can dress up or down and THAT sparkly blazer
The show started off with a bang with Umar Sayeed showcasing his aptly named collection 'Good as Gold'. Seriously though, some ensembles practically looked like fiery liquid gold on the runway!
Sayeed managed to stay true to his authentic, traditional aesthetic while also mixing it up with contemporary, edgy silhouettes in darker hues. His dedication to his craft was evident: the intricacy of the embroidery, the punchy foil prints, the voluminous cuts, we could go on and on.
Hot pinks coupled with delicate embellishments and gota accents on crisp cottons resulted in regal, timeless wedding wear. It's rare to covet nearly every piece in a collection but there we were, wanting just that straight after Mahira Khan walked the ramp as his showstopper. What a good note to kick off the show on!
Top picks: We tried, we really did but nothing called out to us.
Jazib Qamar is known for his quirky style so we can't say we were surprised with his Yaksui collection because hey, at least no one can say he didn't bring the funk.
The designer showed that menswear doesn't have to be boring and that's great but it also doesn't have to be so...extra. While one or two "artisanal" pieces stood out, they were styled to look mismatched and most of the collection was way too busy and OTT to actually be retail-friendly. Apparently, the brand does a fair bit of business so maybe there is a market for these eccentric clothes.
But still, why were we seeing so many jackets, albeit some eye-catching ones for Spring/Summer?
Top picks: The cut-out top paired with a net gharara, the all-white number with a ruffly dupatta and so many statement pants!
We thought we were over peplum, we thought we were over the cold-shoulder. Turns out, we just needed Sania Maskatiya to give 'em a little makeover.
After two bright collections, the designer's soft colour palette for 'Sahvar' was just what we needed to cool off the eyes.
It was shimmery summer couture at its finest, structured but fluid ensembles in silk and various nets in cream, gold and silver were paraded down the runway. The use of zardozi, sequins, resham and beads only elevated every ethereal outfit.
Fashion that goes from ramp to reality has our hearts and Sahvas was just that; it was opulent, dramatic but also very practical.
Top picks: Everything!
With Miraka, the Misha Lakhani label had promised to "provide steady opportunities to skilled artisan communities and to take heirloom traditions from the heart of Pakistani villages to the rest of the world.”
The result? A collection of flowy, wearable numbers in the form of polished, hand-woven separates, sheer fabrics coupled with dainty details and statement pants that screamed summer ready. These were pieces you know you'd go back to, time and time again for how effortless they looked. These were items that were simple yet anything but basic. These were outfits suited for a woman who marches to the beat of her own drum.
One thing's for sure, no one does casual chic quite like Misha. Speaking of casual chic though...
Top picks:Again, everything especially these two outfits modelled by Saheefa Jabbar and Fouzia Aman, they're first on our list to splurge on!
Chapter 2 is all about mixing form and functionality with individuality, where every design has an added focus of celebrating craft and their latest collection 'Urban Canvas' was no different.
Inspired by contemporary architectural styles of minimalism, the all-embracing vibe of this collection was definitely laid-back despite the loud layers. They even managed to make a case for belted dupattas, which was a trend we just had not been able to get on board with!
The brand brought out some really vibrant, well-tailored smart casuals for men and women both, which are bound to sell from their store like hot cakes!
Top picks: An emerald green lehnga that looked spell-binding coming down the runway, this yellow kameez coupled with a hint of print, the heavily-embellished ensemble worn by Hania Amir and most of the menswear!
The couture design house will soon be opening a flagship studio in Karachi and what a way to get us geared up for that!
Elan's attention to detail is unparalleled and their showcase last night was yet another testament to that. 'Nafeesa' managed to blend old-world glam with quintessential Elan panache. Printed pants mixed with a colourful array of different shades, bright and light and scalloped dupattas looked exquisite paired together.
Models walked down dressed in awe-inspiring ensembles with pops of neon that just added this flirtatious touch to the whole mood. They're bringing back shalwars and boleros, the whole nine yards and we're here for it!
And we bet those fancy tassels on borders are going to be huge now. What a cute little touch!