Against the historic backdrop of Hyderabad’s historic Talpur Mir mausoleum, Rizwan Beyg presents ‘Pearlessence’, a collection that pays ode to the three decades – that he completes this year – as Pakistan’s pioneering designer. This is couture in its true essence, painstakingly crafted by hand, reflective of Rizwan’s eye for detail and the impeccable finesse of his construction.
It is also a collection that is synonymous with the designer’s long-standing passion for seeking out and reviving indigenous craft techniques, translating them into sustainable designs and seamlessly transporting them from a rural setting to the runway.
True to its name, ‘Pearlessence’ is dominated by a retinue of assorted pearls with dainty thread embroideries and sequins wound about them. These embellishments have been hancrafted by artisans living in Southern Punjab, working under the directions of BUNYAAD, a project founded by Rizwan which is dedicated to following the guideline, ‘Changing lives … one stitch at a time’.
The embroideries are splayed out a monochromatic ivory canvas, with silhouettes flitting between traditional and modern: lehngas, fitted bodices splaying downwards into mermaid skirts, hybrids of the trouser, the eternally classy kurta and the exquisitely tailored button-down shirt with oversized pockets.
Far from the commercially gaudy realms of modern-day apparel, there is a refined elegance to ‘Pearlessence’. It is a collection that refrains from following the latest fads, dedicated instead to timeless heirloom pieces meant to be worn with love and cherished forever. Quintessential Rizwan Beyg.
‘Pearlessence’ is featured on the catwalk of this year’s HUM Showcase.
This article was published in the Herald's April 2019 issue. To read more subscribe to the Herald in print.