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The Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] in collaboration with L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, presented the sixth PFDC L’Oréal Paris Week 2016 which officially commenced on Wednesday 28th September 2016, marking the sixth consistent year of the bridal couture platform.

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The first day of #PLBW16 was opened by HSY, followed by Sania Maskatiya, Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Show and showcases by Saira*Shakira and The House of Kamiar Rokni respectively as summarised below. Make-up for Day-1 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 was done by the creative team at N-Pro for womenswear and N-Gents for menswear.

This year, the PFDC L’Oréal Paris team aims to redefine both bridal hair and make-up, whilst the styling and makeup teams will present their trends for the season using L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris and Excellence Crème products.

Indeed in continuation of the beauty meets fashion platform each season, this year L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris has collaborated again with three designers to create and define three distinct bridal makeup looks for the season including Ali Xeeshan, The House of Kamiar Rokni and MAHGUL. Indeed both Ali Xeeshan and MAHGUL have also artistically interpreted their bridal week collections through bespoke installations in partnership with L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris being displayed at bridal week itself.

PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 Day-1 was opened by HSY.

Inspired by HSY’s vision of the different stages of a woman’s thought process, HSY showcased ‘The Kingdom’. The collection comprised of 4 different Kingdoms and capsules, each depicting a different stage of a women’s life.

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The first Kingdom is titled ‘Kalajar’ which paid homage to a woman who is coming out in to World; the capsule is based in a deliberately monochromatic palette to illustrate her societal ties and responsibilities and indeed how society itself expects her to be and dress.

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The second Kingdom is that of “Mahkar”, which means fragrance. It is a capsule which embraces a woman’s freedom to dream; hence the inspiration for this Kingdom comes from fragrances and flight of birds. The entire collection is made in beautiful printed fabrics designed and hand crafted by leading artisans in Como, Italy. This capsule uses hues of navy blue, depicting how a woman is shredding he monochromatic skin and moving toward color in her life.

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The third Kingdom is that of “Khat-e-Sahil”, synonymous with the title; this stage depicts a woman’s journey where she is found on the shore of two Worlds. In this stage, a woman is found in her warrior, power elements; she is beautiful and bold, in sepia tones and fabrics such as jacquard woven in silk, handmade in Milan and Florence.

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The fourth and final kingdom is “Sherastan”; the Woman is the Sher or the Queen; she is fierce, independent and dresses as lavishly as she desires. She is an element unto herself.

Leading television and film personalities Mawra and Urwa Hocane participated in HSY’s showcase as showstoppers.

HSY with his showstoppers Hocane sisters. Mawra & Urwa at #PLBW. #BORJANPlbw16

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Bridal Showcase: Sania Maskatiya

Following HSY, Sania Maskatiya showcased one of her most opulent collections to date, ‘august dream’. Featuring deluxe tones, sumptuous textures, regal motifs and lavish silhouettes; it takes you on a journey of roses, romance, castles and kings. Indeed the collection adorns every Sania Maskatiya woman’s most august dream.

“Our experience at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week is always delightful and we look forward to showcasing an ‘august dream’ this year. The collection draws inspiration from traditional design and techniques for a modern day contemporary bride, envisioning ethereal elegance and sophistication staying true to the brands ethos through harmony of cuts with embellishments.” said Sania Maskatiya.

Male model Shahzad Noor participated in the designer’s showcase as a showstopper.

Bridal Showcase: Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Show

 The Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Show featured individual capsule presentations by 3 designers:

Aamina Naeem made her ramp debut at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 as part of the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent segment with her collection titled ‘Bourgeois Mistress de Haute Naissance’.

Making her ramp debut at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016, Maryam Amjad showcased her capsule bridal collection titled ‘Medusa’ in the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent showcase.

Sara Naqvi made her ramp debut at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 as part of the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Segment with her collection titled ‘Sarkash Rajkumari’. The collection portrays Naqvi’s fascination with Pakistan’s culture, history and heritage specifically with the intricacy of workmanship of the Mughal Era.

Bridal Showcase: Saira*Shakira

Saira Shakira’s bridal collection for PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 is titled “Zohra”. For this collection, the designer duo derived inspiration primarily from Europe having used variety of fabrics such as tissues, organzas and tulle. The colour palette featured muted pastels with a hint of golds and reds, the collection will feature long, flowy and sleek cuts. The collection featured both womenswear and menswear pieces.

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One of Pakistan’s leading music artist Hadiqa Kiani participated in the designer’s showcase as a celebrity showstopper.

#HadiqaKiani performing for #SairaShakira at PFDC Bridal Week 16 #TravelistaPK #DestinationsPK

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Bridal Showcase: The House of Kamiar Rokni

The finale of Day-1 was presented by the design trio Kamiar Rokni, Tia Noon and Rehan Bashir of the coveted House of Kamiar Rokni. Titled ‘Heritage 2016’, the collection stayed true to The House of Kamiar Rokni’s love for craft, tradition and the timeless classic beauty associated with Pakistani wedding wear.

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Heritage 2016 draws its inspiration from the traditional Pakistani wedding and the character and mood of the diverse events part of each wedding. Inspired by a sense of nostalgia drawn from the more vintage Pakistani weddings, The House of Kamiar Rokni reinterpreted traditional clothing and jewelry to present a collection that is timeless in its beauty.

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The collection is based in rich fabrics, from heavy velvets to rich, pure silks complemented by tissue, organza net as well as touches of brocade and jamavar. With craftsmanship engaging traditional zardozi, resham and gotta with accents of pearl and crystal, Heritage 2016 presented three distinct colour stories: from the very soft and pastel pinks, aquas, lemons, whites and blues to a medley of strong, sharp and bright colors in a nod to the House’s folk influences; moving at the end into solid jewel tones.

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The House further emphasised the dupatta this season as a versatile statement piece in itself. Indeed Heritage 2016 presented traditional silhouettes across a range of cuts to deliver a mood that is clean and unfussy.

It's a wrap! #PLBW16 #TravelistaPK #DestinationsPK

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