Our Staff Reporter KARACHI The fourth installment of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in Pakistan began here the other day. Indeed this time, the Pakistan Fashion Design Council and Sunsilk teamed up with Expo Pakistan, in collaboration with the TDAP whereby PFDC Sunsilk Fashion week is being held in parallel to the trade event. This association looks to further help institutionalise fashion industry specifically, guiding it towards the processes necessary to become a part of Pakistans exports globally. Day 1 of Fashion Week was structured into 2 acts, which featured 3 ramp shows each with 5 distinct designers and a show by the students of the PIFD. Act 1 Act 1 of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010 was opened by Maria B. and her womens wear prt--porter collection for PFDC Sunsilk Fahion Week entitled Neo Natives. The designer drew her inspiration from ancient world cultures from Aztec to Persia to fuse a global identity for the women of today. Through this collection the designer looked to project a world that is full of love, acceptance and respect for each others cultures and identities. Act 1s second show belonged to the debut collection of young designer Zonia. Her menswear and womenswear collection was entitled Aurora Luminescence The Glowing Murk which was inspired by an amalgamation of two tremendous natural wonders to achieve a manmade termination in the form of experimental garments, which are a concoction of colour inspiration from Aurora waves and the silhouettes are attained by focusing on bioluminescent mushrooms which are ruffled, frill yet composed. The collection utilised unique and unusual fabrics combined with a white luminous fabric which glowed in blue or green focusing mainly on the luster and drape of the fabric. Next on the runway was Karachi based designer Zaheer Abbas with his womenswear collection for the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week entitled Myth. For this collection Abbas had drawn inspiration from elements of art and architecture along with Roman sculptures influenced by 'wet drapery, a term used by art historians to describe cloth that appears to cling to the body in animated folds while it reveals the contours of the form beneath. Zaheer Abbas inspirations were driven from East to West and from history to the future. For his second showing at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, Abbas went back in time; from classical statuary to modern dresses for his Spring/Summer collection. Act 2 Opening for Day 1s Act 2 was the Karachi based designer Nida Azwer with her women swear collection for PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week entitled Foliaceous which drew inspiration from the textures and hues that surround her. Based in a flowy silhouette using fabrics such as cottons, linens, silks and organza, the collection marked the designers foray into textures where she explored the textures of fresh leaves using traditional techniques such as cutwork accentuated with lace in the earthy tones of green and blue. Next on the Karachi runway was the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design [PIFD] where six students, Farwa Zaheer, Ridah Syed, Rubab Haider, Maryam Jaleel, Asma Iqbal, Komal Afridi, Safa Tariq and Saba Ijaz showcased their indiviual pieces and capsule collections. The first days finale was by designer Akif showcasing his womens wear prt--porter collection for PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, Mast Patang, inspired by the Pakistani kite flying festival of Basant. In this collection he harked back to his childhood memory of congested old Lahore buildings where thousands of colourful kites were being flown from every roof top. Mast Patang was worked in a variety of fabrics such as velvet, linen, chiffon, viscose and cotton and engaged a vibrant colour palette including yellows, reds and oranges symbolising the rich colours of the kites themselves, along with the colour deep blue, indeed symbolic of the colour of the night in which these kites are flown. The designer presented French styled velvet jackets, jumpsuits inspired from the Far East and striking waistcoats all fused together with traditional Pakistani embroidery to create a collection representing Pakistans culture.