Pakistan fashion gala sees young designers in keen contest

Lahore, March 11 (IANS) Young designers passing out from the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) on late Thursday gave one another a tough competition, showcasing their talent at the ongoing PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016. They got a huge applause from famous designers for their effort.

Models flaunted mesmerising designs by four young designers, as part of the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent competition, which gave them the opportunity to take part in the ninth edition of the event, hosted by Pakistan Fashion and Design Council (PFDC).

Saiqa Rahim, a recent graduate, in her collection ‘Yurt’s Manifestation’ highlighted crop pants, boot cuts and off-shoulder necklines.

The major trends in her designs were monochrome prints and geometrical contrasts. Models looked ravishing in the long and intricately worked upon jackets.

Another young designer, Unza Khalid with her collection ‘Melodious Lay To Muddy Death’ stunned the designers holding the fort with her simple yet elegant pieces in dull green colour. “I am inspired by nature. I want to inculcate nature within designs,” she said.

“To be a part of PFDC is a great opportunity for me. It will help me making a brand in my own name,” Khalid said.

Khalid’s collection was also inspired by pre-Raphaelite painting by John Everett Millais.

Sheers and free-floating pieces were the highlights of her collection.

After Khalid, a beautiful collection by Hira Ali received cheers. Ali said her designs are inspired by “Alice In Wonderland”. The summer-look ensemble in white and blue was clean, fresh and featured 3D textures on silhouettes.

“It was dream to inculcate ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in my designs. I have made the pieces look fresh and cool from that concept only,” she said.

The only male designer among the four, Ghulam Dastgir also gave a neck-and-neck competition to his fellow female designers.

In Dastgir’s collection of short dresses and gowns with soft colours, the leather bags finished off the models’ looks.

(The writer’s visit is at the invitation of the event organisers. Ruwa Shah can be contacted at ruwa.s@ians.in)

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