Nomi Ansari opened the evening bridal shows on the final day of PFDC Lâ€™OrÃ©al Paris Bridal Week 2013 with a collection titled â€˜Rang Mahalâ€™.
The 3rd PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week also marks the exciting new addition of an early evening bridal showcase. The platform is set to define and present contemporary and traditional Pakistani Bridal fashion, make-up and hair trends, fusing to create the ‘look’ for the 2013 – 2014 bridal seasons.
The collection drew inspiration from the post-partition era, the cultural heritage influence that has its shadows in our sense of dressing and style to this day, which serves a reminder of the lavish era the sub-continent has witnessed over the years. The collection featured timeless pieces which could be described as being majestic, ethereal and melancholic, carrying the glory of the past in its elaborate pure and pristine ensembles.
‘Rang Mahal’ was a perfect marriage of the old and contemporary, the known and the forgotten, a celebration of style meticulously crafted in hand woven fabrics and rare embroidery techniques packaged in a vibrant, colourful fashion. With hand woven and printed fabrics that are especially commissioned to local craftsmen, the collection followed the age-old techniques of weaving brocade, luxury silk and cotton weaves, with cuts that were a mix of old and new silhouettes such as contemporary cuts with skirts, lucknow cuts and churidars.
The colour palette was signature Nomi Ansari and featured bright and muted hues, pastels and rich traditional bridal colours including acid greens, scarlets, ivories, corals and rani pink, which was predominantly used. Other tones relevant to traditional celebratory events such as ochres, saffron and canary amalgamating with shades of aqua, sapphire and turquoise were also incorporated into the bridal ensembles.
‘Rang Mahal’ also featured men’s wear in a mix of traditional and contemporary groom’s wear that was a fun mix of vests, achkans and kurtas in a diversity of dynamic colours that depart from the traditional colour palette. In addition to the fashion presentation, the showcase also featured a unique dance performance by Husnain Saleem, a lookalike of renowned Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
Nomi Ansari also collaborated with PFDC’s official bank, Bank Alfalah for a unique design installation, fashioned out of credit cards, which was showcased on the ramp during the designer’s show.
Make-up for Day-3 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 was done by the creative team at Maram & Aabroo, hair styling by TONI&GUY - Lahore with male models styled by Khawar Riaz and photography by Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly.