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    Four Pakistani designers promise Turkish motifs and old world romance

    Sign up for Ottoman accents and traditional Sindh embellishments as four Pakistani designers debut at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) this time.

    Ottoman charm
    A multi-award winning designer, Faiza Samee has exhibited her pieces at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. “I have been inspired by Central Asian landscapes and the old-world romance of the Ottoman royal court,” she says about her tunics, trousers and jackets in silks and velvets with bead work from ‘pahadi craftsmen’ of Afghanistan and ajrak printing from Sindh.

    Truck fetish
    Bringing vibrant neons to LFW, Rizwan Beyg has clients like Jemima Khan, Cherie Blair and the late Lady Diana. He uses birds and florals as seen on Pakistani trucks. “I’ve worked with the original truck artisans who decorate them with luminous paper.” Expect solid colour blocking mixed with bold prints and fun accessories.

    Japan effect
    Recently shortlisted for the 2014 global ‘Woolmark Award’, Sania Maskatiya is showing prêt, diffusion wear and haute couture along with select menswear. Her collection ‘Sakura’, draws inspiration from the starkness of Japanese landscape, tea houses, turtles and treasure chests.

    Vintage story
    Extravagant details like Gara embroideries and Swarovski crystals are designer Zara Shahjahan’s trademark. “I have made a special selection for Lakme, which is very feminine and flowy,” she says. On August 22.

    — Sharmistha Maji

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