Last night, we all witnessed and literally fell for the glamour that dazed almost the entire of lahore. Yes, we’re pretty much talking about the most anticipated bridal show to take place this year, which we witnessed though Live Streaming (in my pjs literally) and drooled over, the fabulous Khadijah Shah’s dramatic collection Palais Indochine.
Now the time has come where we are expecting full poetry whenever Elan’s work is showcased
This show had everyone’s exceptions notches high as we were shown teasers of the fabulous show set designed by the fabulous and extremely talented event manager Shazreh Khalid, who literally outdid herself, as the venue was like a mystical fairytale garden . The whole place came alive with a set that was dimly lit screaming mughal architecture, propped up with heavy floral decorated Gazebo’s covered in foliage of beautiful white flowers that sprinted spirally down the pillars. I could most definitely imagine how pleasant it would’ve been sitting outdoors and enjoying the cool weather, as the glorious smell of the damp earth would’ve filled the air and as everyone sat silhouetted underneath the starry sky, glinting like a handful of diamonds. There is nothing quite like an open-air show, and that too in such a beautiful venue.
The show not only had our jaws wide open with its splendid decor, but a beautiful orchestra also played melodiously, lifting up the rich mughal ambiance even more with its traditional tunes. Pakistan’s heritage is full of glamour and thats what was brought out the most by Khadijah Shah.
Then the fabulous show finally took a start and i was left staring at the screen while the models cascaded down the stairs looked like mughal princesses, those Rich velvet Lengha’s outshining in the most zealous bridal tones and bedecked in golden dabka threadwork that was pleasing to the eyes. Net Dabuttas were heavily embellished with rhinestones and sequin’s work in silver ,somewhere defining the border and elsewhere splashed on the dabutta .
Khadijah Shah’s signature voluminous and figure-skimming lengha’s were paired with fine silk blouses and long capes, gliding down the ramp. What we couldn’t help noticing was the density of the embroidery as the thick floral patterns made with sequin’s were intricately sewen into the borders of the lengha, mastered with multi-coloured thread work flowers that spread delicately amidst the silver work. Hardly any material was left unrevealed under the heavy delicate wisps of work.
Adding to the drama was the the smoke mist machines that depicted the dreamy effect to perfection and the models were literally gliding down the ramp, passing through the thick jungle of leaves around them. Slimming silhouettes, plunging necklines ( and backs), the use of Dark blue with that velvet shawl adorned by the stunning Fatin Gondal, pale silver and almost veneered gold bronze coloured outfits literally stole the show.
That being about the womenswear, the menswear was not what you call the typical- Sherwani jackets were embellished with some rather cool badges some shaped as dragonflies, some as leaves. There were sherwani’s where the collar’s were embellished with golden badges and we also couldn’t help falling in love with the Velvet embroidered shawl. Other than that, i was so engulfed into the womenswear that captivated me till the very end and i just couldn’t keep my eyes open to all the menswear outfits.
Overall, the show for me was quite a hit though i do agree to the fact that the choreography of the models could’ve been better because it felt like everyone was all over the place and were not quite as synchronised as i’d like them to be, but the beautiful ambiance and the stunning outfits had me absorbed in them to the point where i totally ignored these little flaws. So here’s a huge round of applause to team Elan and Khadijah Shah for putting up an amazing show and taking the level of shows notches higher than what is showcased in Pakistan. I was reminded of the time when every designer had their solo shows, which was definitely better than the fashion weeks and want this trend to come up back again. So here’s to new and grander beginnings of fashion shows:)