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Faisana: Fashion Weekend wows UK audiences with the crème of Indian and Pakistani design talent

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2Nida Azwer, Aamna Lakhany, Umar Sayeed, Aisha Tabani ChowdhryThe UK welcomed a first of its kind entry on the fashion calendar, which saw three of India’s and three of Pakistan’s most celebrated designers from some of the most-lauded fashion houses all on one platform.

The Mayfair Hotel, London played host to the ‘Faisana Fashion weekend’, where  renowned Anita Dongre, Rina Dhaka and Bhairavi Jaikishan (India); and Umar Sayeed, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya (Pakistan) showcased their collections.

The fashion weekend, curated for the first time together on one international satge, was a two-day event, hosted by South Asian fashion influencers, Radhika Hasan and Aamna & Aisha, launched with an exclusive Champagne, Canapés and Couture evening on 2nd May in Mayfair Hotel’s Crystal Room.

Influencers, VIP’s and celebrities such as singing sensation Kanika Kapoor; former Bollywood actress Madhoo; actress, comedian, writer and singer Meera Syal MBE; and one of India’s original supermodels, host VJ Nina Manuel were privy to a runway show featuring the latest collections from all participating designers, presented by the designers themselves.

Sania Maskatiya 1The evening also featured a classical dance performance by celebrated Kathak dancer Fasih ur Rahman of the Akademi institute.

A free to attend, open exhibition, The Grand Trunk Show, took place on 3rd May, showcasing a wide range of the designers’ pret and couture collections for the general public.

The Faisana Fashion Weekend marked the first event to combine Indian and Pakistani fashion from the respective countries, showcasing the high end of South Asian fashion. The participating designers are fashion icons in India and Pakistan respectively.

Their unique designs transcend the contemporary, the young and hip, hence a perfect fit for the London and wider UK market.

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