Launching Event of “munaXa”
By Tepu Sultan
Islamabad has always been known for its small, meagre contributions to the fashion industry. But in these times of crises, this small quintessential city has led from the front by hosting the launch of a budding new designer, Munaza Ikram, a graduate of the University of Creative Arts, Rochester, England.
The event centred on a catwalk show by models showcasing her formal spring/summer line 2009 titled “Zest” under her label name “MunaXa”.
An event by Mirador Productions, in co-ordination with “Natasha’s Salon”,who gave an undoubted perfect look to the models, it was a strictly private affair at a scenic farmhouse tucked away behind the famous Sahi Farm. Although there was plenty of waiting, once the event began, the audience was truly mesmerised by the designer’s flawless taste and impeccable ensembles. The designer showcased her different creations by presenting them in various categories. The first part of the launch unveiled models gliding on the ramp with beautiful embroidered saris in a shower of colours. One particular piece, Munaza says, was a fascia pink ensemble with a splash of sequined flowers along the middle that she actually stitched combining together different pieces of fabric to create a single sari. With such painstaking effort going into every single creation, one may only imagine the height of passion this young, talented designer has brought to her. And what a welcome addition to the Islamabad fashion scene!
The next sequence was based on formal, traditional wear with elegant embroidery with an intertwining of sophistication, vigour and feminine beauty. Even though embroidery is quite common, but “Zest” formal wear reached out to the average consumer’s aesthetics and made quite an impact.
The fusion category was a refreshing blast of Capri pants coupled with trendy sequined and beaded shirts that can be worn at all events ranging from a wedding to any formal occasion, be it a dinner or simply a party. The attraction in these clothes lies for every young woman – whether single or not – while wearing these creations, one may be deemed modern, chic and trendy, yet maintaining a splendid aura of demure elegance and classy at the same time.
Every designer wants to make a statement in his or her collection – especially when launching into the fashion business. Munaza made a couture statement with a presentation of five gorgeous gowns celebrating her creativity and intellect. Inspired by the lily of the valley and wisteria – the flowers used for weddings – which when united mean intertwining happiness in life. The gowns, with interwoven patterns on the bodice leading from the front to the back, eluded an aura of a dreamy Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With the Wind” gliding down the ramp yearning for her true love. The fairy tale-like atmosphere left the entire audience in awe of the flowing fabric decorated with delicate intertwined vines on the dresses truly hit home.
For a debutante, it is a great ode to creativity and a passion for fashion to overcome the fear and uncertainty enveloping us now days. And given the economic meltdown, hearing that her prices are reasonable provides a breath of fresh air to the worried mothers and young women all over the capital city. The exquisite breathtaking designs that are both pleasing to the eye and to the pocket are a rare find indeed.
Munaza is a driven, and most of all, well-groomed, qualified, talented young designer who has sprung up in the midst of confusion and strife. And given her zest for creative outfits for her gender, she is one designer to be reckoned with! All you passionate fashionistas must not miss her outlet opening on Sunday, the 17th of May 09 – take the chance to grab the mix and match of fusion wear and the delicacy of tasteful and sophisticated formal wear that are true works of art! Watch out for her fall/winter collection! I certainly will!