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.
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.
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
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.
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.