Pakistan Fashion Week ramp replete with trendsetting moments

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Updated 14 April 2019

Pakistan Fashion Week ramp replete with trendsetting moments

  • Sunsilk Fashion Week was a three-day event where designers showcased their spring/summer collections
  • This season’s ramp truly embraced the spirit of warm weather with huge, eclectic prints

LAHORE: Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) held its 20th fashion week between April 11 to 13th at the swanky Nishat Hotel in Lahore, showcasing the crème de la crème of Pakistan’s couturiers and trends that are expected to dominate the fashion landscape for the rest of the year.

From resort to daily wear, avant-garde to bridal wear, the ramps were a diverse sampling of aesthetic from designers who set the standard for fashion trends in the country with a special focus on color.

Neons, pastels, and saturated rich colors mixed and contrasted off each other making for one of the more colorful ramps in recent history. Across different silhouettes, both eastern and western, casual and formal, Pakistan’s couturiers did not hold back on color. In fact, for the finale show, HSY presented an entire collection in a deep romantic red.

But if there was one color that truly had its day under the spotlight this fashion week, it was blue. Laced boldly into prints, such as Rokni’s show-stopping gown and across Saira Shakira’s fun separates- even in menswear designer Rice Melion’s runway- blue seemed to be the week’s top tone!

The ramp for spring and summer was also heavily dominated by a bold black/gold combination with designers offering up a number of ways to serve the fierce look. From upgraded casual looks like those seen in retail giant Khaadi’s Chapter 2 show, to formal evening wear as seen on the ramp for popular designers Fahad Hussayn, Hussain Rehar and Zara Shahjahan.

Despite an unbridled focus on color, few palettes say ‘Summer is here’ like whites do. Designers like Zara Shahjahan, Sania Maskatiya, Hana and Chapter 2 served up looks that encompassed daily-wear, special occasions and even bridals with the fresh summery purism of white.

For the last few years, every fashion week in Pakistan has seen designers pulling ideas from the archives; reviving cuts, fabrics and the handiwork of bygone eras, particularly when it comes to traditional eastern wear and this fashion week too had its moments of revival.

Designers like Kamiar Rokni and Sania Maskatiya gave the best of Pakistan’s fashion history a contemporary reset by producing delectable ‘gota’ (traditional applique embroidery) work and reimagining contemporary gowns with quintessentially Pakistani twists.

Finally, as far as eccentric runways go, it seemed this season’s ramp truly embraced the spirit of warm weather with huge, eclectic prints. Sameer Karasu’s collection “High Street Savages” was full of bold, expertly placed prints. Saira Shakira, Zaha and Fahad Hussayn also let their prints do the talking, creating entire collections out of the playful contrasts of print-on-print.

Disney tops earnings estimates ahead of streaming launch

Updated 10 November 2019

Disney tops earnings estimates ahead of streaming launch

  • Revenues in the past quarter were boosted by a 52 percent rise in Disney’s studio operation
  • Disney has become the biggest Hollywood player with the acquisition of studio and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox
SAN FRANCISCO: Walt Disney on Thursday reported better-than-expected quarterly results, fueled by the release of blockbuster films “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” as it prepared for its new streaming television service.
Disney profit in the recently ended quarter was $1.05 billion, down from $2.3 billion a year ago, on revenue that grew 34 percent to $19.1 billion.
The slump in profits came as Disney absorbed key film and television operations of 21st Century Fox and geared up for its launch of the streaming service Disney+ that aims to compete globally against Netflix and others.
“We’ve spent the last few years completely transforming The Walt Disney Company to focus the resources and immense creativity across the entire company on delivering an extraordinary direct-to-consumer experience,” said Disney chief executive Robert Iger.
“We’re excited for the launch of Disney+ on November 12.”
Iger said the company reached a deal for the service to be on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, the latest distribution agreement for Disney+.
Disney shares were up more than five percent in after-market trading following release of the earnings figures.
Revenues in the past quarter were boosted by a 52 percent rise in Disney’s studio operations with box office hits “The Lion King,” “Toy Story 4” and “Aladdin” fueling gains.
The entertainment giant expects revenue in the current quarter to be boosted by the forthcoming release of a sequel to “Frozen” and the final installment of the “Star Wars” film saga.
It will thereafter take a “hiatus” from “Star Wars” box office films but has an array of spin-off shows planned exclusively for its streaming service.
Disney has become the biggest Hollywood player with the acquisition of studio and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
However, integrating Fox into Disney has cost more than expected and the newly added studios have brought in less money than hoped.
Disney saw smaller revenue gains in its cable and broadcasting operations as well as its theme park division.
Iger would not disclose details of pre-sales of Disney+ subscriptions, but said the price — $6.99 monthly — has met with “great enthusiasm” by consumers.
The Disney+ online streaming service will debut in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands before gradually expanding internationally in Europe then rolling out worldwide.
Its films and TV shows will be available, along with the library it acquired from 21st Century Fox. That includes the “Star Wars” and Marvel superhero franchises and ABC television content.
Disney+ will also combine offerings from powerhouse brands including Pixar, with content from Hulu and sports network ESPN.
Apple last week launched a streaming television service that features a budding library of original shows starring big-name celebrities, aimed at winning over its gadget lovers at home and on the go.
The Apple TV+ on-demand streaming service launched in more than 100 countries at $4.99 per month.
Original Apple TV+ shows have so far been met with lukewarm early reviews, but the low subscription price and an offer of year-long memberships free with purchase of the company’s devices was expected to encourage viewers to tune in.
Netflix, meanwhile, has budgeted $15 billion this year for original shows, on top of the billions it has devoted to exclusive productions in recent years.
Amazon, which has deep pockets thanks to its e-commerce and cloud services, has also poured cash into original shows for its Prime Video service.
This sets up a potential spending war among the major streaming players, according to analysts.
Even more competition looms on the horizon, with AT&T’s Warner Media to launch its “HBO Max” in early 2020 after reclaiming the rights from Netflix to stream its popular television comedy “Friends.”
NBCUniversal’s Peacock service is also launching next year.