Lahore: The final day of the just-concluded Pakistan Fashion Design Council L`Oreal Paris Bridal Week here turned out to be the best of the four-day fashion fete. Kudos to label Karma and veteran designer Umar Sayeed for showcasing their design prowess by bringing fusion designs and fine embroidery on the ramp.

Designer Maheen Kardar of label Karma interestingly married Western sensibilities with Eastern values by fusing the two together and creating a jumpsuit-cum-gharara with a bit of detailed workmanship. The idea instantaneously struck a cord with the audience who applauded this experimental design here late Wednesday.

She also paired the halter neck embroidered short kurti with palazzos, long detailed jackets with empire collared kurtis; a sari and a shrug too complimented each other well. In short, the collection was chic, sexy and wearable.

The next show by designer Nida Azwer was a delight to watch. She had churned out a collection not just for men and women, but for children as well. Hence, on the ramp, little children sashayed down the ramp along with models, electrifying the atmosphere and the mood of the audience.

Her line was titled "Awadh Collection" and one could clearly see the influences of that era in her designs.

The garments exuded richness and royalty. In some of her garments, she had used pictorial representation of court scenes, Mughal art on the fabric using silk thread with bling. She brought in hues of red, pink, ivory and antique gold on the ramp.

The last show by designer Umar Sayeed took a long time to start, but when it did, the grandeur, the craftsmanship, the beauty of the timeless bridal pieces and interesting use of colours was worth the wait.

There was bling in his line, but the craftsmanship was so fine and detailed that the bling gelled and never looked over-the-top. There was no experimentation with cuts, but the colour combination of purple and blue, pink and black, green and blue were a treat for the eyes.

The long free flowing anarkalis, with embroidered borders, clever use of sequins and embroidery even on the panels kept the audience mesmerised. And these pieces were something, a bride would definitely want for her wedding because of their timeless, elegant appeal.

(Agencies)