Pakistani supermodel 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. ‘Lehengas’ with borders of pearl in aqua and coral won audience approval.
Peppy Indian soundtracks set the pace for models, as they sashayed down the ramp in a collection that featured jalabiyas, dresses, saris, salwar-kameezes, lehengas, as well as jumpsuits.
Mehreen Syed closed the show in a heavily adorned white outfit, whilst Indian model and actor Dino Morea presented the sole male ensemble - a gold and white ‘sherwani’, unconventionally paired with jeans and traditional shoes.
Photos Cortesy: Dubai Fashion Week