Fashion Pakistan announces details for FPW 5, 2013

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[Karachi: 03rd April 2013]: The Fashion Pakistan Council is pleased to announce the official list of fashion designers, labels and brands participating in Fashion Pakistan Week 5, scheduled for 9th and 10th April in Karachi.

The fifth edition of Fashion Pakistan Week will showcase spring/summer collections from 26 mainstream and upcoming designers, retailers and textile houses and will feature 13 fashion-packed shows daily. Designers include Nauman Arfeen, Sania Maskatiya, Sana Safinaz, Aneeka – Bani D, Shamaeel Ansari, Maheen Khan, Deepak Perwani, Ayesha Hassan, Obaid Sheikh, Hasina Khanani, Arsalan and Yahseer, Emraan Rajput, Hajra Hayat, Ishtiaq Afzal, Aamna Aqeel, Aamir Baig, Zari Faisal, Deepak & Fahad, Kayseria, Jafferjees, Ahsan Nazir, Gul Ahmed, Ayesha Ibrahim, Orient, Mona Imran and Faiza Saqlain. Indeed the participation of prominent textile brands Gul Ahmed and Orient in this year’s event is manifest of Council’s efforts to bridge the gap between the textile and fashion industries and to bring them on a similar platform. The make-up and styling will be done by Saba Ansari and her team at Sabs.

Furthermore, FPW 5 will also celebrate the achievements of participating fashion talent through 3 illustrious awards. Member designers of the Council will be judging featured Pakistani fashion talent with 3 accolades during the show; 1) The Emerging Talent Award, to recognise the efforts of up and coming fashion talent 2) The Diamond Designer award, to celebrate the life time contributions of a designer to Pakistan’s fashion industry for over a period of 18-20 years and 3) The Best Collection Award, which will be based on voting done via the council’s Facebook page.

Fashion Pakistan Week will be choreographed by Catwalk Event Management & Productions with back stage management by Production [021] & show production by CKO. Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly have been engaged for all official photography for the event with Hum TV on-board as official media partners and PR being undertaken by Lotus Client Management and Public Relations.

Speaking about FPW 5, Shamaeel Ansari, and Chairperson Fashion Pakistan Council said, “As we move towards the 5th iteration of Fashion Pakistan Week, we are pleased to see the success this platform has achieved in just over 5 years. This year, apart from the well-established names, specifically for FPW 5 we look forward to showcasing collections from a significant number of newer emerging talents. Further, we are proud to announce a 35 per cent surge in membership from Lahore and Islamabad based designers, which is heartening for the Pakistani fashion industry as it provides discerning fashion consumers with more choice and provides greater exposure to fashion designers in other cities.”

As per their commitment of highlighting Pakistani Fashion to an international audience, Council Members will be participating in the Singapore Exhibition by Fashion Pakistan Council which is scheduled to be held at the prestigious Tanglin Club in Singapore.

All collections showcased at the fashion week will be available the next day at Style 360/Label’s e-store –

About Fashion Pakistan Council

With an objective to foster and promote fashion within Pakistan, The Fashion Pakistan Council was first established in 2006 by founding members Maheen Khan, Shamaeel Ansari, Deepak Perwani, Sabeen Ameer Ali, Sana Safinaz, Honey Waqar and Amir Adnan.

Since its inception, the council has spearheaded the development of the fashion industry with its pioneering week of fashion, Fashion Pakistan Week [FPW] first held in 2009. Indeed this March 2013 marks the fifth installment of FPW. This week of fashion has come to be renowned as the leading platform in Pakistan to showcase and reveal top trends and new talent such as the likes of Wardha Saleem, Nomi Ansari, Shehla Chatur, Bani D and Misha Lakhani all of whom debuted at the FPW platform.

The council also introduced their first standalone multi-brand flagship store FPL in Lahore 2009 and a second store in Karachi 2012. Their flagship store currently retails over 18 designers, both mainstream and upcoming, situated in the heart of Lahore’s retail center, Gulberg.

Currently, the council is led by seasoned entrepreneur and fashion designer Shamaeel Ansari as Fashion Pakistan’s chairperson. Amir Adnan, Honey Waqar, Safinaz Muneer and Sabeen Amer Ali also sit on the board of FP. Their combined vision is to promote retail brands within the domestic market through their fashion week platform and stores, and to eventually encourage and facilitate the export of Pakistani brands to international fashion houses. Members of FPC participate in prestigious international fashion weeks such as Milan Fashion Week 2009 in Italy, Audi Fashion Week 2010 in Singapore, Colombo Fashion Week 2009 and Miami fashion Week 2010. FPC have also a memorandum of understanding with the Fashion Design Council India. Further, Fashion Pakistan has collaborated in the past with private and governmental organizations who have been sponsorship partners of FPC. Some of these include MCB, Etihad, Ponds, Toni & Guy, Bank Alfalah, Shan Foods, Q mobile, TDAP and GSK. The council also aims to train and develop the local labor force in the country so that the country’s finished products can compete on the international stage.

Between 2013 – 2015, Fashion Pakistan endeavors to set up a permanent venue for the holding of mini shows for buyers, as well as a textile and research cell and a fashion and costume museum.

For more information on Fashion Pakistan please visit: https://www.facebook.com/FashionPakistan.Org

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