We’ll call them the new Rat Pack of Pakistani fashion. Six emerging and established Pakistan-based designers presented collections in Paris recently, and we (and the Paris fashion community), were impressed with the show.
Pakistani fashion is often overshadowed by the dozens of Indian fashion weeks that get covered in international media (we’re guilty of it too). To help bolster the country’s fashion industries internationally, the Pakistan Embassy in France recently hosted a special fashion show in Paris where six established and emerging Pakistani designers presented couture and ready-to-wear pieces. No word on whether or not the French political right were protesting diversity outside the venue, but the buyers and media inside the venue reportedly liked what they saw.
HSY (Hassan Sheheryar Yasin), Muse, Tapulicious featuring Wardha Saleem, The House of Kamiar Rokni, Munib Nawaz and Mohsin Ali all presented at the “Paris-Lahore-Karachi” show, and showed a side of Pakistan’s arts and crafts heritage that we haven’t had a chance to fully appreciate in the past. Beautiful draping, elegant silhouettes, luxe fabrics, zardozi embroidery, intricate beading – the country’s designers and craftspeople have a lot to offer, and we have our eye on Mohsin Ali as the next fashion superstar from the subcontinent.
We say, viva Pakistan fashion!
Photography: Maison Moulin de L’Est