KARACHI: The third Karachi Fashion Week spanning four days opened with Fifth Avenue showing an assorted collection of trendy menswear and women’s wear in a variety of designs and basic knitwear that holds appeal for the younger crowd and the international buyers.
With the show being seen live in 18 countries, according to the organizers, the week provided an impetus to the presenters to take extra measures at styling.
The others who showed in the daytime slot included Newports Institute with their highly experimental wear based on the designs of its fashion students and flamboyant designer Aamir Baig who showed a collection of knee-length dresses of sheer fabric and minimal embellishments to the tune of the latest hit Lollywood track, Chhamak Chhallo.

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However, things turned interesting further in the evening slot when Waseem Noor fresh back from showing at Pakistan Fashion Week, the UK, showed a stunning collection of fusion wear in strong, bold colours and a heightened sense of personal style.
But it was KFW veteran Sharifah Kirana-Ghazali who floored critics with her take on bridal wear in ivory mostly with embellishments and painted face silhouettes along with expertly-crafted dresses that fit the models like gloves. The line was inspired by her home country Malaysia’s legend of Tun Teja of Malacca, regarded as the most beautiful woman of her time.
Jazib Qamar in menswear got a resounding round of applause as his menswear opened new vistas in design and got the crowd all charged with its expertly crafted low-crotch pants to jackets that complimented the male physique no end.
Finally, Trevor Castelino’s take on western wear with a line strongly inspired by salsa along with a few bridal wear closed the show with a somewhat extended segment in which in black line stood out as the strongest in the entire collection.
Foreign buyers are the backbone of any fashion week and KFW boasted quite a few of them with potential buyers coming from Australia, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and more.
The KFW show started shortly after the slated time and ended around 10pm with the best male and female model awards going to Usman Patel and Saba Sikandar, respectively.
The KFW will continue for another three days with noted celebrities and fashionistas expected to make an appearance at shows featuring designs by Rizwanullah among others.

The choreography on the first day of the KFW was done by Imran Kureishi, hair and make-up by Aliya Tipu and Tariq Amin as the consultant.
The third KFW is organised by Arshad Siddiqui of Triple-E.
The first day of the Karachi Fashion Week (KFW) was an alluring experience as a potpourri of fashion designers — from established ones to aspiring ones to retail brands — all displaying their creativity, with some hitting the mark and other mostly, missing it.
To highlight the diversity of the event, the first night not only saw established brand Fifth Avenue showcasing some of the best of their winter collection, but also gave a chance to upcoming designers, who made their debut in the fashion world. Some of these included Jazib Qamar whose menswear collection sported a casual, funky look and Trevor Castelino whose women’s line exuded an air of sensuality.
Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue’s collection for women was in sober, as well as playful colours — from shocking pink and maroon tops to brown leather jackets — while the men’s collection had a more formal look, albeit with a funky touch. Sticking to their signature style, the collection also saw numerous dinner jackets, all in hues of brown, black, grey and blue.
“With the best fabric and a wide range of materials, what we brought to KFW 2011 was the best of the best from the winter collection for this year,” said Amir Anees, the CEO of Fifth Avenue.
Newports Institute
They might be young, but they know about cuts and style and that showed in their work. A team of students from Newports Institute presented four collections: western-gowns based on the theme of ‘Dreams’; cocktail dresses based on ‘Mughal Art’; dresses based on ‘Science Fiction’ and an eastern bridal collection. While some pieces were eye-catching, the multi-coloured cocktail dresses with a tinge of a Indo-China touch were off the mark and gave the impression that the designers are still in the experimenting phase.
Aamir Baig
Aamir Baig, who has been in the profession for the last eight years, showcased a collection that was a fusion of eastern and western designs, and consisted mainly of knee-length dresses that incorporated classic embroidery along with western cuts and styles. All of his models adorned masks, which added a mysterious touch.
Waseem Noor
Waseem Noor’s collection was a complete fusion of bold designs consisting of western cuts, eastern fabrics, jamawar borders and embellished necklines. Since this was one of the first collections, the knee-length cocktail dresses initially made an impression, but with a number of designers using the same concept over and over again, it became a little excessive.
Sharifah Kirana
Deeply inspired by legendary figure TunTeja (regarded as the most beautiful woman of her time), Malaysian designer Sharifah Kirana brought forward a wedding trousseau collection, which may be suitable for Malaysian brides, but not for Pakistanis. The models were in short white gowns made out of satin or chiffon. One of the trousseaus even sported a motif of a lady’s face, both in the front and at the back of the outfit. The highlights of the collection were the bridal dresses in red and pink, with floral embroidery and embellishments of diamantes.
Jazib Qamar
Jazib Qamar’s menswear collection titled ‘Road Lane’ was, perhaps, one of the day’s most daring experiment. He brought forward unconventional colours along with a bold collection of shoes and funky accessories, which included long lockets and wrist bands. Qamar not only toyed with the outrageous combo of a copper green shirt and pants with florescent green chappals, but also experimented with a bright yellow top and a lungi-ish shalwar with white chappals. However, his out-of-the-box approach seemed to have backfired as the creations did not deliver the impact he had hoped for.
Trevor Castelino
Trevor Castelino’s collection, which flirted with the colours black, deep gold and white, was based on the musical “Moulin Rouge”. A daring mix of western-styled outfits and enchanting silver jewellery by Taneez, the collection was one of the better ones of the night. However the designer, like so many others in Pakistan, is talented but needs to be directed and guided in the right direction.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.