Fashion Refresh

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May it be an engagement party or marriage reception, to look perfect on each occasion we always turn to our traditional attires. The ethnic ensembles not just embody the spirit of Pakistani women but also subtly accentuate her curves. Hence, ethnic wear like sarees, lehengas, anarkalis, and kurta pajamas of various silhouettes and shades are deemed suitable for special events till date. However, continuous influx of new fashion trends and huge changes in our lifestyle has led to a general evolution of the traditional dresses as well – that can be very aptly termed as modern ethnic ensembles. These modern ethnic ensembles are high on style yet absolutely hassle free, providing ease of carriage to wearers. They possess sleek designs with opulent craftsmanship.

For instance, the long traditional kurtis have evolved into chic and elegant ethnic dresses with fit and flare cut or asymmetrical hemline. To help you adapt the latest additions and subtractions to our beloved traditional garments, take inspiration from the looks below and perfect your modern ethnic look this festive season.

Speaking of festive season, banarsi fabric is a trusted fashion staple for many when it comes to a fancy occasion. The metallic textile from the city of Banaras has been revived by designers and celebrities alike and is now on every woman’s wish list.

Traditionally, the banarasi weave was solely dedicated to the saree and was considered an item of great preservation and celebration. More recently, this regal looking textile comes in more than one iteration, with options ranging from dupattas to voluminous lehengas. Banarasi dupattas have the ability to instantly elevate the simplest of kurtas and shalwar-kameez. Whether it's a pure silk fabric or the more budget option of art silk, this gleaming textile will definitely make you feel luxe and chic, come the festive season. Apart from banarsi dupatta, jaal weaving along the dupatta borders will also be a popular trend for ethnic wear.

So, if you’re a fashion freak and worried of what new to do this festive season, then follow these tips and styles and mark an impression with your stylish choice, playful combination and eclectic ethnic wardrobe.

• Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
• Hair and makeup: Adeel Sahir
• Designer: Zainab Hasan
• Jewellery: Ombre
• Photography & Styling: Yasser Sadiq
• Model: Urshia Hussain