Pakistani Fashion Trends Summer 2015 – the hottest trends from TFPW15

Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week featured some fab Pakistani Fashion Trends for Summer 2015. White was, of course, a major talking point, with 5 predominantly white collections. While white should definitely be making it into your closet this season, TFPW spotlighted plenty of other chic new trends. From capes to laser cutting, check out this season’s top 10 trends.

1. Dhotis & Harem pants


Both dhotis and harem pants have been on the fashion radar for a while now and several designers showed versions, including Gul Ahmed, Shamaeel Ansari, and Body Focus Museum. They come in all shapes and sizes – from Somal Halepoto’s voluminous purple ones to Zaheer Abbas’ sleek white pair. Glam them up with a choli and sweeping jacket or keep it simple by pairing them with an elongated T-shirt.

2. Laser cutting

This is a technique that more and more designers are playing with. Madiha Raza and Nida Azwer both used it extensively in autumn and incorporated it in their collections once again this season. Wardha Saleem also used laser cutting for her capes for Jafferjees and on pants in her own collection. This is a trend that’s set to grow as more designers experiment with the technique.


3. 3-D embroidery

Three dimensional embroidery is a major international trend at the moment – with both Chanel and Dior using 3D florals recently. TFPW saw 3D embroidery from Nida Azwer, Sanam Chaudry, Wardha Saleem and others.


4. Embellished pants

With hemlines going up, the focus is on lowers once again. Various designers showed embroidered and embellished trousers, ranging from Amna Aqeel’s fully embroidered white trousers to Sanam Chaudri’s cutwork trousers and lace palazzos.


5. Balloon Sleeves

This is another international trend, spotted at the likes of Paris Haute Couture Week, that cropped up on the ramp at TFPW. Zaheer Abbas, Deepak Perwani and Zara Shahjahan all embraced the bohemian appeal of balloon sleeves.


6. Capes

Even though it’s summer, capes continue to be Pakistani fashion trend. Some designers have lightened the fabric, opting for sheer organza, but the formal embroidered cape has somehow crossed seasons to become an unlikely yet buzzing summer trend.


7. Boleros

Boleros and shrugs are also very hot this season. Shorter than jackets and capes, these just cover the shoulders. Zaheer Abbas’s embroidered bolero was one of THE pieces of fashion week, but Nida Azwer and Madiha Raza also showed interesting laser cut boleros.


8. Wide leg trousers

From Nida Azwer’s Armani-style pants to Sania Maskatiya’s crisp printed pants with a collared waist, plenty of designers presented their versions of wide-legged trousers. Flattering and chic, they are a great foil for shorter hemlimes and crop tops.


9. Fringes

TFPW saw several designers channelling the international 70s vibe using fringe. Iman Ahmed of Body Focus turned heads with an asymmetric, sleeveless fringed leather coat while Zara Shahjahan used fringing on a stunning black maxi. Sadaf Malaterre’s fringed blush-pink dress was particularly memorable while Inaaya and Jafferjees picked up on the trend.


10. Belts

Designers are cinching in waists using ribbons, strips of fabric and braided ropes. Some like Iman Ahmed are using leather or chain belts that sit on the hips. Although belts may be more deconstructed this season, it’s time to watch those waistlines.

Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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