BCW ’17 Day 3: Bridal extravaganza comes to an end

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KARACHI: This weekend has been all about fashion, just as the crowd eagerly waited for the final day of QMobile Hum Bridal Couture Week (QHBCW) 2017 to begin.

This day featured seven well-known designers who showcased their latest bridal collections, styled by Sweet Touch. The three-day bridal extravaganza was choreographed by Vaneeza Ahmed and organised by the HUM Network.

The show started as the dynamic duo Asifa and Nabeel opened the day with their collection ‘A Roaring Melodrama.’ What caught our attention was the floral work and the pastel colour palette used for the collection. The collection was all about the intricate work on sleeveless straight shirts, lehenga, gharara and long maxi gowns. The silver bridal outfits stole the spotlight for the showcase. Kubra Khan and Shahzad Shaikh showstopper for the duo.

Next in line was Annus Abrar displaying his collection ‘Shehnaai’. This collection was all about dark and bold colour bringing back the ‘traditional’ bridal look. However, this collection did not really catch our attention like a couple of other collections. The collection featured knee-length shirts, ghararas, heavily embellished lehengas and cholis.

Following that was our only favourite collections from Act 1 by the very talented menswear designer Emraan Rajput. His collection  Chashme Shahi featured a diverse colour palette of greens, maroons, moonlight blue and blacks. The collection was all about intricate embroidery done on hand woven fabric along with painted waistcoats and trousers. During this collection, he featured his first bridal which was a golden and white lehenga choli worn by Nooray. Junaid Khan was the showstopper for the designer wearing a black kameez with elaborate yellow embroidery, with a special performance.

The finale for Act 1 was by Sana Abbas who’s collection ‘Noor’ with silver and pastel colour palette. The collection was all about heavily embellished tops/long kameez and ghararas/lehengas. What particularly caught our attention was the silver and blue gharara and long embellished kameez worn by show-stopper Sonya Hussain.

Thus concluding the first show for the final day. The overall act was nothing out of the ordinary.

Just as the final Act for BCW 2017 was about to begin, people took their seats hoping for a grand finale. The designers in this Act were Nickie Nina, Ahsan’s menswear and Sonya Battla.

Nickie Nina opened the Act with their collection ‘Nouvelle Mariée Vol. II’ featuring a mixed colour palette of blues, pinks, silvers and greys. The collection saw heavily embellished peplum tops with ghararas, long gowns, long shirts with ‘chatta patti’ work on ghararas and embroidered pants. The dominant fabrics used were Jamawar, organza and raw silk. Sumbal Iqbal walked the ramp as the showstopper in a heavily embellished silver shirt with a silver gharara paired with a pink net dupatta. This collection might not have been the best work by the duo, but it did seem wearable.

Next up was Ahsan’s menswear collection titled ‘Samjhota.’ The solid colour palette for this collection seemed to be a good idea because the work and the outfits were not really a treat to our eyes. The UK-based designer showcased sherwanis, short coats, straight pants and heavily embroidered jackets.

It was finally time to conclude the show as Sonya Battla with her unique collection ‘Aatish’ left the crowd in awe. The collection featured pieces in bold colours with velvet, organza and net duppatas dominating the collection. The use of velvet in the collection with intricate work on each outfit kept us waiting for more. We loved the maroon velvet mermaid lehenga with heavily embellished golden choli perfectly paired with a ‘matha patti.’

Pakistani actress Humaima Malick showstopper for the designer, wearing a beautiful white and gold shirt and lehnga. The band Fusion performed during Sonya Battla’s collection.

The model Sunita Marshall, won the ‘Queen of the ramp’ award, whereas Hasnain Lehri and Cybil Chaudhry won the ‘Best Male Model’ and ‘Best Female Model’ award respectively, presented by HUM Network President Sultana Siddiqui.

This concludes another edition of QHBCW. The event overall could have been better. The designer’s line-up could feature more of the veteran designers, along with the upcoming talent. Looks like things will turn out better next time now.

Until next time.

BCW finale