Bold ‘Hum showcase’ schools audience on color trends

Updated 21 April 2019

Bold ‘Hum showcase’ schools audience on color trends

  • Hum’s annual couture showcase was a case study in palette combinations
  • The showcase exhibits catwalk collections that are known for their fashion innovation

ISLAMABAD: Hum Showcase, an annual fashion event which garners praise every year as an innovative couture platform for both high-street and high-end designers, concluded in Karachi this weekend. For three days, Pakistani designers lit up the catwalk with their carefully curated collections, a spectacle that embraced all the colors of the rainbow and schooled the audience in the art of color theory. Most of these collections will eventually be toned down for commercial retail, but their three evenings on the ramp were pure, uninhibited couture, with palette combinations that were not always for the faint of heart.

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

There was a medley of yellows on the ramp- in unabashed mustard, pretty pastel shades, blazing ombres. Yellow was undoubtedly the color of star-shine with designers like Emraan Rajput, Khaadi Khas, Sublime by Sara and Wardha Saleem giving their collections a heady sun treatment with what appears to be the trendiest color in summer’s fashion cycle.

Paint The Town Red

Red was just a short distance away from the ramp’s leading yellows and was splashed generously across the ramp on all three nights of the showcase. The reds were best and most creatively accomplished by the daring silhouettes of 9Lines, Hussain Rehar and Wardha Saleem.

Purple Haze

From the saturated dark hues of Jazib Qamar’s menswear ramp to the pretty lilacs from Natasha Kamal, purple had its day in the bright lights! Designers like Zonia Anwar and Sana Safinaz played with feminine purples and hit all the right notes for a resort collection.

Lean and green

From muted olives to metallic silks, one of this season’s reigning color champions is green. Bold shades of verdant green colored the ramp delightfully packaged in the collections of Deepak & Fahad, and Mahgul who used a particularly memorable shock of green juxtaposed against a white shirt. Western-wear brand Outfitters showed off the color in a boiler suit no less, and Sana Safinaz did not hold back on the audacious lime!

Pink About It

Pink has partly undergone a revamp after its many years ruling the landscape in the famed shades of millennial pink. 9Lines and Khaadi Khas brought the shockingly pink neons to the runway over the weekend, Mahgul opted for a muted tea pink, and Zonia Anwar gave some of her best looks the pinky-rose treatment.

Happy Blues

Across menswear and womenswear collections, from professional wear to spring-time resort lines, blue remains the pillar of this year’s fashion runways, and Pakistani designers paid their own homage to it with panache. Designer Hasan Shehryar Yasin presented a number of blue looks in varying shades from royal to navy, menswear designer Munib Nawaz cleverly contrasted a striped navy and white shirt with a navy plaid suit and Zaheer Abbas, undoubtedly one of the most innovative designers on the showcase runway, gave hints of periwinkle in a sky blue gown.

Three eclectic nights of the hum showcase closed with one profuse feeling of optimism: that the scorching summer months ahead might have been partly off-set by the daring seasonal interpretations of Pakistan’s finest couturiers. The kaleidoscope of fearless color which mirrored many of the takeaways of fashion week some days earlier confirm that in Pakistan, at least some things in the coming months will shine brighter than the sun.

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.