Winter is here, and you know what that means —wedding season. If you’re anything like us, you’ll find yourself stuck for inspiration until fashion week, that is. This year Pakistan Fashion Design Council’s L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week presented countless options for everyone even tangentially connected to winter weddings—the bride, of course, but also her sister-in-law, and also her second cousin’s best friend who’s only attending the wedding for the gulab jamun. We isolated six trends that emerged from collections that ranged from uber-traditional like Sania Maskatiya and Nomi Ansari to quirky-cool like Ali Xeeshan and Mahgul.
Someone must’ve photocopied and distributed a memo that read “go big or go home” because there were a lot of trailing trains on the ramp at PLBW. Impractical? Yep. Dramatic? Yep. We wouldn’t recommend this look for anyone but the bride, but done right it can add the right amount of flair.
Borrowed from the boys
And if you’re getting sick of being traditional, some designers presented interesting looks that borrowed heavily from menswear. While we wish we would’ve seen more of this trend on the ramp, at least it was a start.
Evening gowns as wedding wear
On the other end of the spectrum, designers presented westernstyle evening gowns as viable options for wedding wear. Sana Safinaz led the pack, but others followed close behind.
All red everything
The designers presenting at PLBW must’ve picked up on the fact that red is trending internationally, because red could definitely be seen making a comeback on the ramp. And not just as an accent colour — we spotted all-red ensembles where everything from the dupatta to the gharara was scarlet. Contenders for best red included Wasim Khan and Misha Lakhani, with notable mentions going to Sania Maskatiya and Mahgul.
Another raging trend on the runway had us seeing double. We spotted two dupattas on numerous outfits. It went like this- – one dupatta was draped over the models head while the other crisscrossed around her front. Alternatively, one dupatta was belted and one flowed freely
Party in the back
When it comes to wedding wear we often neglect the backs of our joras, but not after PLBW. Designers made a strong case for treating the back of their outfits like entities unto themselves, with heavy embellishments, scooped backs, worked straps and more.