Pakistani Shalwar Kameez widely discussed at Milan Fashion Week
Milan: Men’s wear showed in Milan fashion week have been critically discussed worldwide. Women’s dressing went mainstream for men like never before during this International fashion gala.
Gucci was the most extreme with lace shorts, satiny bow tops and floral suits all for men. None of the looks could rightly be called unisex, or at least as the term has been used until now,
reserved for looks that possess a gender neutrality. These outfits had a decidedly feminine point of view, emphasized even more by the female models who wore versions of the same.
Growth in men’s fashion has been outperforming women’s, however, and last year Prada announced plans to focus on menswear.
There was something of a revival at the storied houses of Versace and Missoni, too.
Versace’s newest Spring/Summer 2016 Men’s Collection was unveiled and got huge attraction at Milan Fashion Week 2015, particularly Pakistan’s national dress – the shalwar kameez.
With models sashaying down the sandy oasis runway, Donatella Versace unveiled an array of silk head scarfs, printed shirts and coloured suits.
Comparisons were instantly drawn between the Italian fashion mogul’s designs and Pakistan’s national dress, the salwar kameez.
Her layered pieces looked controversially comparable to traditional Pakistani wear, which was worn by a variety of the models and differed in lengths, colours and fabrics.
Speaking exclusively about her collection, Donatella stated: “With every collection I always push forward to something new.”
And she had done just that. Unlike many of Versace’s previous designs, the SS 2016 collection modestly concealed the models’ flesh and opted for minimal stylised layering.
Reaction towards the Pakistani-esque collection has been mixed throughout social media.
One commented on instagram “You can start wearing Indian clothes to work now, Versace has made the look acceptable in western society!”
Others, however, criticised the fashion house for not paying homage to the designs’ inspirations. @Bahawal7 posted:
“You should at least have had given some credit to the country from where this style actually originated.”
@reema__786 stated: “They took out salwar kameez concept wow.. Next will be turban and bhangra for sure.”
Although the salwar and kameez were mostly worn for cultural purposes, they are now major features within modern fashion culture.