“It is a huge achievement for all of us at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week to see the 6th fashion week … Gives me immense pride in being a founder member and see it becoming such a success.”
Maria B’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection for PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week titled ‘The Sunshine Collection’ is inspired by happiness, joy, innocence and youth. The colour palette is bright candy colours in hues of corals, pinks, tangerine with hints of aqua marine and lemon yellows has been used to come out with a clean silhouette combined with flattering volumes. The emphasis is on bold prints and asymmetric, modern patterns that forms the soul of the collection has been designed using pure cottons, Khaddars and hand printed silks and hints of embellishments and high – impact wearable accessories.
Maria B. is one of the largest manufacturers and retailers of women’s fashion in Pakistan. Her eponymous brand was launched with a vision to revolutionise women’s retail in the country and to create Pakistan’s first women’s fashion brand after her graduation from the prestigious Pakistan School of Fashion Design [now Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design] in 1998. Today, Maria B. has 11 outlets across the country and five brands under the label including: Maria B. cottons, Mgirl, Maria B. Evening, Maria B. Lawn and Maria B. Brides. In 1997, Maria B. won an international fashion competition held in Belgium by the name of ‘Les Etoiles de la Mode’. Here, she was also named as one of the three upcoming designers in the world. Maria B. has always worked on an export-oriented strategy, for which purpose her product lines have been displayed at fashion events across the world including in Chicago, USA (2001); Paris, France (Prêt-à-porter, 2001); New York, USA (2002); Bangkok, Thailand (Bangkok International Fashion Fair, 2002); Birmingham, UK (South Asian Fashion Mela, 2002); Los Angeles, USA (2003); Washington DC, USA (2004); and Manchester, UK (Asian Brides Show, 2004); Los Angeles, USA 2011. Maria B. is currently available in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Oslo, New Delhi, Dubai and Manchester. Maria B. will be showcasing her bridal collection at the prestigious PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week in December.
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