Pakistan aren't holding back when it comes to showing the world what they have to offer the global fashion industry. It seems every few months theirs a fashion show but unlike most fashion shows it's not just for the sake of doing a fashion show but they showcase incredible talent. And with the British Asian landscape looking dry of designers, where better to look but our fellow friends in the east!
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP 2015) showcased some of the best upcoming and Pakistani fashion designers that are currently thriving in Pakistan. The show was full of wonderful fusions of Asian fashion and trends that l had to share in the fashion blog - it's full of inspiration for your own creations!
Zaheer Abbas created a modern Pakistani tribal twist paired with the perfect dangling costume jewellery to compliment the garments nicely. I liked the plain top paired with the heavy printed skirt synching down from the waist. The burgundy and black tailored embroidered maxi jacket dress really caught my eye especially with the modest Arab fashion boom!
Ali Xeeshan unveiled his floral collection, a lengha suit with a kimono style chiffon turquoise throw over topped the look off beautifully. It's perfect for evening dinner party. If it's too flamboyant for you, you could always opt for a western cut frock. The light detail on the neckline adds a touch of class. It's nice to see Pakistani designers working with floral prints for a change and it shows Ali Xeeshan's versatility to work with eastern and western trends.
Adnan Pardesi inspired me with the off white and black kameez anarkalis and cape style maxi dresses which are still in fashion! The damask embroidery against the off-white sheer paneling was a breathe of fresh air. Also the floral boarder with the black boarder adds a new dimension to South Asian fashion. Adnan Pardesi highlights you don’t have to do much to look elegant and radiant.
This next designer surprised me at Riwayat's Pakistan Fashion Week in January and didn't let us down at TDAP. Sehar Atif featured traditional techniques and fabrics against modern designs. I partially love the way Sehar Atif is innovative in the ways she drapes embroidered fabrics across the shoulder. Sehar Atif's not afraid to use plain fabrics and jewelled belts round the waist. I salute her for thinking outside of the box and creating alternative fashion for ladies who love Asian fashion but are sick of the traditional boring Pakistani fashion we usually see in Britain.
I hope these TDAP 2015 fashion show trends inspire you and show you there's a different side to South Asian fashion and one that allows fashion freedom. It's not all about bridal but beautiful fashion suits you can wear to most occasions. With trends on the runways you can find our own British Asian identity to rock out!
I hope you enjoy reading the magazine, as much as I loved sharing the hidden fashion gems and supporting women promoting their fashion business. I'm always on the lookout for inspirational women running or thinking of starting up a fashion business. If you're one, please get in touch and you can join me at one of my exclusive meetups for women with fashion businesses.