This year’s Bridal Couture Week wasn’t short on glamour or star power…
… unfortunately neither was it short on glaring fashion faux pas on the runway.
The three-day event showcased bridals by notable designers like Fahad Hussayn, HSY, Amir Adnan, Sonya Battla, Nickie Nina among others, but like all fashion shows, this one too had its fair share of hits and misses.
Also read: The best celebrity showstoppers from Bridal Couture Week Day 1
We list the looks we couldn’t get past.
Aisha Farid’s cold-shoulder-with-a-side-of-everything lehenga
Aisha Farid’s design, BCW Day 1. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
This cold shoulder + cut-out sleeves + front open chiffon shirt + layered lehenga is confusing. There are so many elements at play here one would think the designer tried too hard to incorporate every trend out there before it went out of style.
HSY’S granny bridal clutch
HSY design, BCW Day 1. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
Vintage is all the rage now, but this HSY clutch looks like a granny clutch no bride would want to be caught dead wearing.
Gogi by Hassan Riaz’s wide paincha shalwar for men
Hassan Riaz design, BCW Day 1. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
In Regina George’s words, “It’s not going to happen.”
When Ali Sethi wore a Nida Azwer shawl on FPW ’16, he turned heads. However, this look by Hassan Riaz missed the mark for a number of reasons: the two-sided purple velvet shawl is paired with a blinding red banarsi underside, and the tassels are a bit much for a men’s shawl; the print of the kameez is too striking; and the wide paincha doesn’t save the ensemble either. All these different elements don’t come together as a coherent look. And the shalwar… let’s just stick to more conventional lowers like regular shalwars, straight pants or churidars for men.
Amina Yasmeen’s sheer floral dress
Amina Yasmeen design, BCW Day 2. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
At first glance the embroidery and flower appliques look like bird droppings — visually the design is not appealing — and upon closer inspection the appliques look like some weird growth. Especially on the sleeves. This dress is a no-no.
Ayesha & Usman Qamar’s pleated bell bottoms
Ayesha & Usman Qamar design, BCW Day 2. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
This look would’ve worked if the bottoms were simple straight pants or churidars or even plain bell bottoms. But the pleated flare just don’t cut it. They make the pants looks awkward and disproportionate.
This patchy kameez from the Classic Red segment
The Classic Red design, BCW Day 2. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
Most designers blend different patterns and material for a novel look; however, this mismatched embroidered patch resembles a patchy quilt. Patterns done wrong.
Annus Abrar’s shiny, cardboard Nehru jacket
Annus Abrar design, BCW Day 3. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
We’ve already established that shiny kurtas/waistcoats/shawls/shalwars are no-go zones for men. And this outfit is not only in violation of two of these rules, but also manages to create a new one: no materials that look like cardboard! If you haven’t noticed, this shiny Nehru jacket is terribly stiff, resulting in crease marks and an obviously uncomfortable model. Not good.
Sonya Battla’s two-tone banarsi gharara
Sonya Battla design, BCW Day 3. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
Sigh, where does one begin? Sonya Battla’s old school farshi gharara is ruined by a chattapati that just doesn’t contrast well, a velvet shawl that makes no sense in the summer and a dupatta that is reminiscent of curtain fabric and draped crumsily on Sadaf Kanwal’s head.
Emraan Rajput’s front-open short sherwani
Emraan Rajput design, BCW Day 3. Photo: M. Haris Usmani, Ahsan Qureshy.
This sherwani opens up to reveal the zipper of the pants, which is an awkward, cringe-worthy look.
After sifting through the designers’ offerings at BCW, we have a serious question: Why are there so many shawls and winter material on the runway when it’s blazing hot in this city?