After a strong start with day one, the second day followed pursuit with some hits and some misses. The line up for the night included the celebrated HSY, Hussain Rehar and Mahgul, a runway debut by Neelo Allawala and U&I by Umer and Imrana, as well as Outfitters and Neelo Allawala showcasing their collections.
HSY- HSY Active
This collection meant to put a fashionable spin on contemporary athleisure clothing, making it casual yet wearable.
Highs: Not your typical athleisure tracks and tanks. Interesting casual tunics and outerwear, which is what athleisure is about today
Lows: The kurtis and kurtas in there didn’t seem to make sense
An evening wear collection that aimed to suit modern day women with its pants and lightly worked tops, but failed to make any sort of impact with its lack of innovation.
Highs: Some commercial likability in there somewhere
Lows: Forgettable, to say the least
U&I by Umer and Imrana- Living Traditions
The debut that stole the show! This beautiful collection of handloom fabric was spun into beautiful outfits, complete with quirky printed details.
Highs: The colours, silhouettes, printed details and even the fun accessories that went with it all!
Lows: Absolutely none!
Mona Imran- Bejewelled
Couture separates and dresses in jewel tones, that made this just another collection of gowns and ensembles which made minimal sense on (as it would off) the runway.
Highs: The colour palette had immense potential, and could have been used to make sleek eastern or western matching separates
Lows: The ill-fitted dresses and gowns
Targeting the youth was popular brand Outfitters, which brought some spunky outfits to the runway. While the styling could have been toned down a bit, some pieces looked better on their own as compared to the OTT outfits that were put together.
Highs: The slogan pants saying ‘#Feminist’, ‘#Flawsome’ were fun and in step with international trends
Lows: The kitschy take on fashion with OTT styling didn’t always work
Hussain Rehar- H2O
Having fast made his name with a unique aesthetic, as expected Hussain Rehar did not disappoint! Bright colours and prints were fashioned into smart layered ensembles that looked just as fun on the runway as they would off it.
Highs: The silhouettes were simple yet unique, letting the prints and designs shine without getting boring
Lows: The use of organza was a bit excessive, and something we can do without
Mahgul- Between Ebony and Ivory
Though not one of the designer’s strongest collections, we saw some experimental, beautiful and wearable pieces that would make for a pretty formal wardrobe.
Highs: The understated, long kameezes with minimal embellishments
Lows: An incohesive, albeit pretty, collection with a bit of this and a bit of that