Embrace color and respect the classics this wedding season

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Updated 09 December 2019

Embrace color and respect the classics this wedding season

  • Many designers went back to the basics of Pakistani wedding wear
  • Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week witnessed the return of timeless red

ISLAMABAD: Nothing can quite kick off the wedding season like a fashion extravaganza dedicated to all things bride, such as the 17th edition of Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week in Lahore.
From Friday through Sunday, designers from across the country presented their bridal collections, which this year brought even more color to the City of Gardens. Bright hues, dark and monochrome, timeless red, classic blue, mehndi green and turmeric shades of yellow dominated the palette of mostly classic silhouettes.




Honey Waqar's collection on night three of PHBCW. 8th December 2019. (Photo courtesy: Faisal Farooqui/Dragonfly)

Many designers went back to the basics of Pakistani wedding wear, with full lehngas, romantic anarkalis, longer shirt cuts and strong dupatta styling choices.
Aisha Imran, Haris Shakeel and Shamsha Hashwani lead the charge with brights – neons, pastels, saturated hues and jewel tones – in an evident departure from metallics and neutrals which had prevailed on runways in previous years.




Almirah's collection on night one of PHBCW. 6th December 2019. (Photo courtesy: Faisal Farooqui/Dragonfly)

In a teasing contrast to this display of color, Maria B, Munib Nawaz and Almirah embraced the dark side with ink-black creations. The Pantene Hum show has proven that monochrome is no longer a wedding no-go.
Beyond the color-no color juxtaposition, natural pigments also made their way. Haldi – turmeric – which is a staple during pre-nuptial celebrations, entered the runway not as an excellent ingredient of beauty treatments, but a sunny inspiration. Chinyere, Nitasha  Bilal and




Maria B's collection on night two of PHBCW. 7th December 2019. (Photo courtesy: Faisal Farooqui/Dragonfly)

Zonia Anwaar were among the designers who featured warm yellows and oranges in their collections.
Similarly, mehndi – henna – another staple at Pakistani weddings, was embraced by Honey Waqar, Humayun Alamgir and Munib Nawaz, who infused its greens in their pieces.




Mehdi's collection on night three of PHBCW. 8th December 2019. (Photo courtesy: Faisal Farooqui/Dragonfly)

Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week witnessed the return of timeless red, which for many years was sidelined by metallic shades. Red is far from dead and is now going to be on top again.
With red back, it's also time to rethink pink. From subtle to bold, Kausar Sajad, Nilofer Shahid and Haris Shakeel gave pink a makeover that has us thinking how to reincorporate the hue back into our wardrobes.
And one more special appearance: classic blue. As the Pantone Color Institute has named it the color of the year 2020, it had to be present in this season's trends, and had its day on the ramp in the collections of Souchaj and Sadaf Amir.


More snowfall raises safety fears in Pakistan's southwest

Updated 20 January 2020

More snowfall raises safety fears in Pakistan's southwest

  • Pakistan’s frost-ravaged southwest braces for more snowfall
  • Death toll due to recent extreme weather reached 106

KARACHI: The Met Office on Monday said that more snow is expected in parts of cold-ravaged southwestern and northern Pakistan over the next 48 hours, where life has already been paralyzed by torrential rains and snowfall last week.
The countrywide death toll from avalanches, landslides and other extreme weather-related incidents during the recent cold spell has risen to 106.
New storms are expected in some of the country’s most isolated places in northwestern Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, according to the meteorological office.
The news made residents fear for their lives and safety.
“A new snowstorm will create new difficulties for us who live here,” said Hashim Khan, a resident of Balochistan’s Muslim Bagh area, which was badly affected by the recent record snowfall. He told Arab News over the phone that road access to remote villages was still cut off and communities remained stranded.
Authorities, however, say that this time they are prepared to address all dangers.
“Snowfall is expected, but it will not be as heavy as it was last week. We are ready to tackle the situation,” Muhammad Younus, an official of the provincial disaster management authority (PDMA) told Arab News.
According to NDMA data, out of the 106 people killed by the recent weather-related incidents, 79 died in Azad Kashmir, 20 in Balochistan, five in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two in Gilgit-Baltistan. 
At least 103 people have been injured, while nearly 1,300 houses were damaged, mostly in Balochistan. 
Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced relief packages for the families of victims, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) spokesman Saqib Mumtaz said on Monday.
“Chairman NDMA Lt. General Muhammad Afzal visited the rains and snowfall affected areas of Balochistan where Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Imran Zarkon briefed him on the losses and damages caused by (the) recent spell of rains and snowfall in the Province,” he told Arab News.
According to the PM House statement, Rs500,000 “will be extended to the families of every deceased person,” while Rs50,000 will be paid to those who are injured. Financial assistance of Rs100,000 “will be provided for the families with houses fully damaged or collapsed,” and between Rs25,000 and Rs50,000 will be given to those whose houses were partially damaged.
PDMA Balochistan said it had faced challenges in restoring the province's land transportation network, as heavy machinery for road clearance was insufficient. The NDMA chairman said the equipment will be supplied, funded from the National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF).