Rizwan Beyg is termed as the “fashion guru” of Pakistan. Though there are many other names in the fashion and design industry in Pakistan, Rizwan has his special place. Beyg’s entry in the fashion world was accidental rather than intentional. He was challenged by his friends and being the adventurous type he accepted it. Beyg organized a charity show in which his designs were displayed. People were overawed by what they saw and so Rizwan Beyg the designer was born.
Rizwan Beyg’s designs are quite different. He mostly uses pastel shades and is known for his masterful use of black and white. His bridal wears is not drowned in heavy embroidery, zardozi and resham work. The use of embellishment is also restricted but the dresses are elegant and beautiful. His designs are basic like his palette but very chic. Rizwan has done countless shows both in Pakistan and abroad and has received appreciation. He never ceases to stun the foreign media and people with his designs. His designs though traditional border more towards the west.
Rizwan Beyg holds the distinction of being the first designer to introduce designer printed cotton and voile fabrics at affordable prices. His designs are versatile and artistic. Rizwan Beyg also designed dresses for the late Princess Diana.
When choosing an exclusive, one of its kind wedding dress, the first name that comes to mind is Bunto Kazmi. Ms. Kazmi belongs to the Kazmi Family; a family which has been associated with the fashion industry for the past 5 decades. Her mother in law and maternal Aunt Sughra Kazmi was a talented designer herself and groomed her creative daughter in law to take over the family business.
Although Ms. Kazmi designs formal and semi formal clothes too, she excels in bridal wear. Her designs transform a girl to a princess. Her work is heavily inspired by Moghul designs. Ms. Kazmi’s dresses are mostly heavily done and pearls, tassels and other embellishments are very artistically used. The color combination is beautiful too. Her clothes do not look too gaudy nor to flashy. There is a certain grace and regality in the outfits designed by her
Ms. Kazmi showcases most of her designs on ramp rather than in print. When beautiful models elegantly dressed in Bunto Kazmi’s creation walk gracefully down the ramp, people watch with hushed reverence marveling at the creativity and artistry of the designer. Ms. Kazmi’s work has been showcased in all the big venues of the world. Bunto Kazmi’s designs have put Pakistan on the fashion map.
Hassan Sheharyar Yaseen (HSY) is a leading dress designer of Pakistan who has heavily influenced the fashion scene in the last decade.
Yaseen started off as a fashion choreographer in 1994. He organized many shows both locally and internationally. He later got himself enrolled in the Pakistan School of Fashion Design (PSFD) in 1996 and graduated in 2000.
In 2000, Yaseen launched his label HSY which initially produced bridal and formal wear. Gradually Yaseen expanded his horizon and started designing semi formal and casual wear too. Yaseen’s designs are unique, he too like other designers finds inspiration in the rich heritage of Pakistan but his presentation of the conventional is more contemporary yet within the cultural norms. In the world where designs are here today gone tomorrow, he believes in designing timeless dresses.
Yaseen has now started men’s line of clothes as well as the exclusive HSY jewelry. In 10 years, HSY has become a well known fashion house both in Pakistan and abroad especially in Dubai. HSY has two outlets each in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Outside Pakistan HSY can be found in Dubai, Manchester and Houston while outlets in New York and Toronto are being planned.
Yaseen has won the Lux Style Award for the Best Designer in 2005. His clients are the members of the Royal Families as well as elites from South Asia, US and Europe. But Yaseen does not cater to rich people only his line PERT is designed for the middle class as well.