Sadia Zaheer

Lahore-After the success of day first, the prestigious Loreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 entered its 2nd day with an amalgamation of more promising designers who continued to outshine the ramp with contemporary and traditional bridal looks.

 The second day of bridal week kicked off with its first show earlier that evening which showcased by Nickie Nina and Sadaf Malaterre followed by late evening shows with collections from Fahad Hussayn, Misha Lakhani and Sonia Azhar with the evening’s finale presented by Ali Xeeshan.

Nickie Nina opened the day 2 with her collection titled ‘Garden Party’. The collection featured bridal ensembles designed on a diverse array of fabrics such as chiffon, satins and organza embellished with swarovski crystals and infused with reds, pastels and other dynamic colours. The collection drew inspiration from the dressing sensibilities of ladies in the pre-World War I era.

The choice of fabric and embellishment had a lot of variety but the collection did fail to impress the audience. There was nothing much special in the collection that could grab the attention. 

Sadaf Malaterre was up next with her debut collection. The collection was simple according to the bridal collection of others.

A flowy, feminine and romantic fabric such as chiffons and nets were used in a diverse palette with beaten gold infused with a variety of colours.

The collection laid emphasis on cuts and finish but collection did not work well. Overall, the collection was feminine and echoed a muted elegance, but did not bring anything new to the table.

After a break, the late evening show began with the famous designer Fahad Hussyun who showcased his label’s fall/winter 2013 bridal collection titled ‘The Great Mutiny’.

The entire collection portrayed a love story from the feudal lifestyle of the landed aristocracy in Awadh. Fahad with bold and beautiful collection delivered so much variety from styling to color palette.

He used a range of intricate thread embroideries, metallic ribbon work, custom casted chain embroideries paired with traditional zardozi, gota and panni work in vintage finishes.

For his collection, exclusive make up looks were created by L’Oréal Paris in collaboration with the participating Bridal Week style teams of Maram & Aabroo and Toni&Guy – Lahore.

Next up was Misha Lakhani, collection titled ‘Bohemian Heiress’ inspired by a journey of the designer through Ottoman Turkey, its threads of many cultures, 17th century old Indian romanticism, jewel tones, and the bohemian heiress who challenges convention yet loves all things traditional.

She never fails to impress us. This year, again she has brought something out of the box to the ramp. She used fabrics such as French velvet, muslin, net, gold tissue, chiffon, georgette, brocade and karandi. The colour combinations and the drapes were amazingly done, with perfect contrasts. The colour palettes were absolutely to die for! The overall collection was beautiful and elegant.

Sonia Azhar was next up showcasing her ‘Divine Unison’ collection. She used a lot of props. Butterfly wings caught the attention but darkness ruled her clothes. She laid great emphasis on the beauty of women and her elegance. Structured cuts, varied lengths, lesser volume and more linear lines in purple hues made collection elegant and chic. 

Ali Xeesahan closed the show with his collection Jaageer - Royal Deluxe Bridal ‘13’. Ali proved the mastery by captivating the audience with his perfection. The collection was hit with an antiquity of the riches and goods, with ethereal techniques and melodic cuts representing the finesse and feel of royalty. Ali showcased both women’s wear and menswear ensembles with amazing presentation. The collection had the woo factor.

It was a hit and we loved the creativity and theatrics that he brings with him on the ramp. Humaima Malik walked for Ali Xeeshan as a show stopper and caught the attention of everyone. She dazzled the ramp with her beauty and style and literally stole the show!