ISLAMABAD - Jointly organised by Embassy of Brazil and Verve Events, the fashion show titled 'Colours of Brazil' was true to its nomenclature where the collection of Kamiar Rokni were presented to audience.
Ambassador of Brazil Alfredo Leoni and Arsalan A Khan were the moving force behind the event. Arsalan said that his trip to Brazil was a life changing experience, and that promoting the Brazilian culture is now a lifetime desire.
The event was the result of a project initiated in 2011 by the Brazilian Embassy with the invitation to four young and talented Pakistanis to visit Brazil and experience the best of the Brazilian cultural life.
They included Arsalan A Khan, Creative Director of Verve Events, and Kamiar Rokni, one of the most prestigious fashion designers of Pakistan. The event held at local hotel gathered more than 400 guests from the diplomatic corps and fashion industry, along with Pakistani trendsetters.
Kamiar Rokni states that Brazil is all about the "Mix", -- the mix of European and African, the mix of Brazilian and Japanese, the mix of urban sophistication and natural beauty -- these are the contrasts and collisions that especially inspired him.
Kamiar speaks about this collection, saying, "The starting point was mid-century modernism and from there we move on to Bahia and the African influence and we end with a touch of nostalgia and an interpretation of the glamour that the Name Brazil evokes." The collection is supported by headpieces made in collaboration with Hashim Ali that keep the same influences in mind with a nod to the Japanese culture that is very much a part of Brazil.
The music was essential to keep the upbeat tone of the evening. Traditional Brazilian music -- Samba and Bossa Nova -- gained a new twist with electronic beats added in.