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An appearance from Dino Morea, a fabulous collection from HSY and cultural style dominated the ramp on the opening day of Dubai Fashion Week

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Published: Thu 21 Apr 2011, 11:33 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:45 PM

La Chantal By Saba

PAKISTANI MODEL MEHREEN Syed opened Saba Waseem’s 36-outfit opulent fall collection with a stunning sequinned black dress. ‘La Chantal’ experimented with silhouettes from the Indian subcontinent without straying too far from their traditional form. Billowy outfits in orange, green and black generously used about 30 yards of chiffon for the kameez (tunic) alone.

Blouses encrusted with crystal were paired with flowing lehengas (skirts) and sheer dupattas (stoles). Ensembles were accessorised with elaborate arrangements of flowers and peacock feathers decorating the models’ hair.

The collection worked in a balance of fabric with embellishments, as low-slung encrusted bodices were paired with solid-coloured skirts featuring minimal embroidery. Innovative design elements such as beaded tassels along the hip and elaborate ornaments adorning plunging necklines dominated the runway.

Mehreen Syed closed the show in a heavily adorned white outfit, whilst Indian model-turned-actor Dino Morea presented the sole male ensemble - a gold and white ‘sherwani’, unconventionally paired with jeans and traditional shoes.


HSY’S COLLECTION ENTITLED ‘Voyage National’, celebrated the raw beauty of traditional Pakistani handicrafts. Opening with a video of Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s freedom address, HSY took audiences through a visual journey of the nation’s glorious history, its present and its hope for a bright future.

The embroidery on the 42-outfit collection was done by an organisation directed at improving economic conditions of Pakistan’s female artisans.

The upbeat show with its fast pace presented outfits in a range of fabrics including silks and cottons. Women modelled embroidered cropped jackets, whilst men arrived in long, tailored suits with tasselled shoulders. The ladies dazzled in embroidered knee-length jackets worn over embellished saris, as the men displayed cinched-waisted ‘sherwanis’ over straight-cut trousers.

Outfits in varying shades of deep green and mustard dominated the runway, alongside outfits in deep hues of camel brown, pink and blue. The models carried hand-woven bags from Kizmah, a collaboration between designers Zainab Ulmulk and Nadia Malik, that complemented the outfits beautifully.

Al Motahajiba

AL MOTAHAJIBA’S FALL-WINTER line-up lavishly utilised fabrics and Swarovski crystals to create a wardrobe fit for a leading lady of style, elegance and substance. The collection comprising jalabiyas and abayas, paid special attention on stylish cuts and embellishments.

Sinuous jalabiyas in magnificent hues of pink, green and white were adorned with crystal piping and sequinned sleeve borders. Empire-waisted capes were worn over gowns and delicately held in place with bands of crystals.

The colourful jalabiyas were followed by a presentation of traditional abayas featuring a variety of contemporary details ranging from baggy sleeves to tapered ankles. Panels of coloured silk worked their way into the black fabric as black capes flared to reveal their colourful inner sides.

Flared sleeves were a near permanent fixture on the runway. The two-piece abaya, with a separated skirt and bodice also made an appearance with pale gold appliques along the neckline and the shayla.

Lomar Thobe

EXHIBITING THEIR COLLECTION for the third time at DFW, Lomar Thobe opened with an informative video looking at the evolution of thobe styles over the past decade. The collection marked the only menswear collection at this season’s fashion week.

The 22-piece collection featured a range of thobes from casual to formal wear and utilised fabrics such as jersey, cotton and silk. A different twist to the thobe was presented in the form of dual-coloured outfits with bands of darker hues running down the side and thobes with shorter sleeves revealing all-black sleeves featuring innovative designs.

Formal thobes were in rich shades carrying subtle motifs and high collars. The traditional white outfit, we are accustomed to seeing in the region, was transformed with bright piping accompanied by a dash of colour along the insides of the collar. Zips and pockets were added to bring out the casual facet of the thobe.

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