India and Pakistan are two countries that are so different and yet so similar. Despite our troubles, we have a shared history and similar tastes. Despite being severed over and over, there is a bond that still exists between the two.
This is a bond that is a celebration in itself because of its deep-rooted history, culture and traditions. With a vision to showcase beauty and elegance it holds, Shaan-e-Pakistan, a three-day cultural event brought together an exquisite collection of apparel and accessories by both Indian and Pakistani designers under one roof. This cultural fest was helmed by Huma Nassr with the objective to promote the love, peace and most importantly, fashion between the two countries. This beautiful gesture had many takers as was evidenced by the crowd in attendance at the event.
The event exhibited the couture collections by designers which opened for sale. It was a platform for not just showcasing the collections of the designers but also an interaction between the business houses of both countries. The best part about the exhibition was the fact that one could get to personally meet renowned designers of the country and across the border to seek their insight on international trends and get some styling tips from them.
Some of the Pakistani designers that showcased their collections were:
Asifa and Nabeel
The designer duo from Pakistan Displayed their collection in soft Pastel shades keeping in mind the international trends. Their collection showcased embellished traditional wear.
Sanam Agha believes in the delivery of perfect cut, fit and finish. Her collection primarily ranged from flowy fabrics to brocade and Pashmina. She launched her label Aasman at the event. The collection showcased chic and vibrant clothes for all occasions.
Sahar Atif collection used the local essence of Pakistan in her collection. She displayed two very distinct ways of looking at the traditional Pakistani clothing. Whereas on one side we saw a collection of shadow work, tarkashi and cut work, on the other hand was a ensemble of geometrical and floral prints.
Samina Shajani’s designs gain forms from a creative mix of floral colours and embroidery. Although it is a heavily embellished collection yet it is weightless and wearable for a bride.
Ali Xeeshan’s signature collection was a rich display of brocade, silk and velvet. The play of colours is designed to appeal to people who prefer bling to make a style statement.
Huma Nassr’s collection is a collection designed for the youth. Her collection is inspired by Pakistan and includes chic and stylish drapes.
The stage had two gates with the flags of both the countries.
Aditi Govitrikar made an appearance as a showstopper for Rajneeral Babutta while Evelyn Sharman walked the ramp for Jyoti Sachdev Iyer.
The star team of Aashmin Munjal and the experts from Kanika Beauty studio gave the models a nude look to compliment the theme of the show.
Glimpses from the exhibition
Trade often leads to confidence building and social interaction. It is the pillar behind peace and harmony between countries. Shaan-e-Pakistan is one such initiative at building bridges, through fashion.