The Bridal Couture Week opened up with dramatic aplomb of desi wedding glamour that left Lahore enchanted with the splendor of couture paraded on the runways. This bridal extravaganza by Hum TV Network marked its 16th edition this year, and the 3-day affair introduced us to some exciting new trends, bold contemporary accents blended with traditional cuts and some timeless classics that never go out of style.
It was surprising to see the majority of the designer line-up of new talent and emerging fashion house, and while it’s amazing to see the most sought-after fashion platform welcoming newbies with open arms, we certainly missed the charisma of Pakistan’s most celebrated couture maestros, such as Fahad Hussayn, Ali Xeeshan, and Tena Durrani amongst others.
The Bridal Couture Week event consisted of bridal showcases, live performances, and a hair show by Pantene. While many of the collections left us disappointed with their lack of creativity and panache, we’ve rounded up the ones that we made us swoon with delight to present you with the hottest bridal collections of the season.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Nilofer Shahid is undoubtedly one of the most elegant women in Pakistan’s fashion industry, and her talent and flair for opulence and traditional handcrafted techniques stand unparalleled across the industry. She had been missing from the picture for far too long, and but we’re glad she decided to make a glamorous comeback on the runways of the Bridal Couture Week 18.
Her collection was a tribute to the legendary Mughal Empress and famed tiger-slayer, Nur Jahan, and it was an elaborate kaleidoscope of powerful aesthetics, bold cuts, and stunning artwork. I adore how she revived the traditional beauty of Kashmir art and handcrafted embroideries with a juxtaposed blend of contemporary trends and modern cuts.
Badshah Begum revives Empress Nur Jahan’s bold and dominating personality with colors that stand out, and her love for arts and literature that is vividly etched across the embellishments.
Dastaan opened up with a dazzling line-up of timeless trends and traditional classics that a mother passes onto her daughter’s trousseau. Reema Ahsan has created the ultimate bridal collection for the modern desi bride who wants to retain her traditional elegance and still make a bold, contemporary statement.
The collection is brimming with sensual nude palettes, chandelier-like embellishments, traditional accents, fine fabrics and bold color combinations with rich embroideries.
Tabassum Mughal’s strikingly refreshing showcase, Romantic Musings, opens up a delightful myriad of trends and cuts that allow women and brides to explore both, traditional classics and contemporary fusion. It offers the modern bride several timeless classic ensembles and handcrafted embroideries, along with reviving a bold bohemian charm juxtaposed with a contemporary capsule of modern accents.
We couldn’t help but fall in love with the charming contrasts, especially the scarlet reds with grey metallics and earthly silvers. We also spotted some ensembles that rocked a charming traditional beauty blended in with Victorian-inspired cuts and finely crafted embellishments.
Umsha by Uzma Babar
Buoyed by exquisite craftsmanship, rich textures, bold color palettes, and extravagant embellishments, Uzma Babar’s Muhabbat Nama is a glamorous tribute to traditional bridal trends and cultural values. It has revived some of the most timeless traditional silhouettes to give the modern bride bold confidence juxtaposed with classic elegance.
The collection strutted in this Bridal Couture Week collection is a tale modern tale of romance that is inspired by bridal traditions, cultural customs, a flamboyant flair for glamour and embellishments that leave you exalted with their intricacy. We adored this display of affluent reds paired with earthly nudes and metallic silver, while the pastels turned out to be a refreshing breath of creativity!
MNR Design Studio
Mohsin Naveed Ranjha set the ramp on fire with a feisty round of glamorous ensembles marked with bold color palettes, audaciously revealing cuts, heritage-inspired embroideries and classic embellishments presented with an exquisite blend of modern trends.
Their new collection, Heer, is a whirlwind of glamour and grandeur, to say the least!
Nickie Nina stole the show with a modern and sassy collection, Catalina, which paid tribute to the vibrant culture and awe-inspiring architecture of Cuba. We couldn’t help rejoice at the luxurious spread of velvet endorsed by this flirtatiously playful collection.
Catalina blends in western charm and quirky color palettes with a stunning myriad of exquisite multi-dimensional embroidery, digital printing, figurative designing and the intricate art of chicken kaari. The Baroque influence of Cuba is vividly etched across all the silhouettes, and we adored the jewel tones, coupled with the popping pinks, turquoise, gradient yellow, vibrant green, and smoked blues.
Garden of Eve is a regal bridal collection that revives the traditional glamour and handcrafting magic that is synonymous with the incredibly talented couture maestro, Mehdi.
It presents a gorgeous series of elegant ensembles that play a loud bejeweled glamour with deep tones of silver, copper, bronze, gold and of course, the traditional reds. The silhouettes are utterly mesmerizing, and we adore the modern cuts and liberal use of metallic accents.
Munib Nawaz’s Farz Karo opens up an exciting and satirical world of imagination, inspired by the eccentricity and fantastical life of Ibn-e-Insha. It opened up with luxurious aplomb of fine fabrics, regal charm and sharply tailored ensembles fit for a king.
The collection was largely centered on experimental ensembles, bold prints and simplistic traditional accents for the gentlemen, but it also showcased some chic saaris and Victorian-inspired silhouettes for women. Munib Nawaz has created a bold and eclectic collection that presents cultural accents and classic techniques with a sassy modern vibe that is infectiously voguish.
HSY set the BCW runway ablaze with an excitingly innovative collaboration, HSYxHarrisTweedHebrides, which brought to life HSY’s vision of a Mughal Princess getting married to a Scottish king. The silhouettes and gowns were all exquisitely tailored with fine wool and fabrics from Harris Tweed Hebrides, and the creations were a gorgeous blend of eastern techniques and western trends.
The collection presented the modern Pakistani women with a gorgeous curve-hugging variety of sharply tailored suits, blazers, military-style peplum blouses, and foot-grazing gowns. The most stunning feature of this collaborative collection was undoubtedly the geometric accents captured from Islamic art juxtaposed with Scottish emblems, lions, serpents and Celtic crests.
Summing it up, Bridal Couture Week was lit with traditional red to bold blues and made us drool with their style and embellishment!