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31 Mar

Sara Shahid relocates Sublime in Karachi

Summer blues: Me, Sara Shahid, Fareshteh Aslam and Fathma Amir at the launch. Sara Shahid of the Lahore based label Sublime flew down to Karachi to launch her brand of clothing at Labels.  She has been stocking at another multi brand fashion boutique – The Designers – for several years but I think Labels will be a much more lucrative and appropriate option for the minimalist label. While The Designers has been great for formal, wedding wear, Labels has been synonymous with the working woman’s wardrobe, whether it is designed for ‘on the job’ or formal evening clothing. Sublime fits the bill perfectly. Also, the higher footfall at Labels will ensure better success for the brand. [caption id=""...
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30 Mar

PS: Sana Safinaz lawn

1. Many women have written in to comment on how disorganized the exhibition was. 2. Many others have written to point out that the 'women in burqa with a wad of fifty thousand rupees' was back the next day, selling the joras in black. Even they were sold out within an hour. 3. Many, many women have been asking whether there are any, absolutely any, prints left over. If SS decide to go in reprint, you will find out here!...
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30 Mar

Lawn with the wind!

Claimer: None of these events are fictitious and a resemblance to any person – dead or alive – is absolutely intentional. However, let children be warned that lawn exhibitions are attended by professional fashion followers and in no way should minors be brought into the style arena. This is not entertainment; this is serious business! I drove past The Imperial at precisely eight thirty on Saturday morning, March 20, the day Sana and Safinaz’s lawn exhibition was to begin. There was another hour or so for the gates to open but women and wallets (meaning men) had started assembling outside, facing the big wooden gates like a crop of sunflowers leaning towards the sun. Talking about the sun, it was...
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24 Mar

Babe Watch

March 24, 2010 As promised last week, here’s a round up of models – old and new – that I’ve been observing on fashion week catwalks of recent. Some of these girls redefine the very term ‘fashionably feline’ whereas others belong to the variety that I wish was now extinct! Rabia Butt wears Kamiar Rokni at the TRC/Ensemble show Who are Pakistan’s best models these days, you must be wondering, and after seeing so many of them up close, walking by on fashion week catwalks, I have a concrete answer! Rabia Butt, Fayeza Ansari and Neha Ahmad have what it takes and here’s why...
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16 Mar

On the prowl!

How many fashion models are catwalking into television, consequently stripping fashion of its glamorous mystique! When I sit at a fashion show I do not see ‘models strutting their stuff down the ramp’ as so many people like to call it. I see rows of disgruntled daughters-in-law, rebellious siblings, abused wives, estranged lovers and in some unfortunate instances even housemaids, helpers and domestic staff. Such is the line up of Pakistani fashion models. Most of them are all these characters because thanks to their greater involvement in television serials, they are acknowledged by their acting profile rather than their modeling. Almost every fashion model, with the exception of a handful, has stuck her finger in too many pies. The result is...
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8 Mar

Guess who’s coming for dinner?

Instep, March 8 2010 Imagine this: your taste buds are happily enjoying the sights and sounds of BBC food. You spend your days salivating over the TV set and your evenings wishing your husband cooked like Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein or the ultimate Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver. Forget cooking like Jamie, you wish you were married to him and living the ultimate dream life on River Cottage (instead of Hugh Fearnley, no offense). The men replace their Pamela Anderson fantasies with Nigella Lawson fantasies...
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4 Mar

Why do women move in herds when it comes to style?

Published in Instep, The News on March 2, 2010 Let’s face it: as women in Pakistan, most of us are not really encouraged to take individual decisions in our lives. We live in the protective shadow of either our parents or our husbands and those of us who manage to break away (by means of a foreign education perhaps) are eventually considered social outcasts or worse, rebels. There’s hope for us if we’re effectively lured back into the roost (the most desirable lasso being a suitable boy) but if we blow the candles on our twenty fifth birthday cake in a bachelorette pad in London, as our global salt and pepper of friends pop a cork with us, we’re mentally crossed...
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4 Mar

Forget your raashee, what’s your pedigree?

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 15 2010 An old friend of mine once hilariously remarked about the pedigree of a certain blond fashion designer, the kind you usually see in red nails and cheetah prints or those who freakishly resemble birds of prey. She took offense, let there be no doubt about that, but it did invoke this question over and over again: do human beings, women especially, have pedigree or is it a word used exclusively for canines? I think they do, especially the blond types that think their status is gauged by the size of diamonds they wear. They may have pedigree, just very little class. You may have the money to plaster foreign labels on every item...
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4 Mar

Warning: Approaching Valentine’s Day!

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 8, 2010 I’d have to agree with Ashton Kutcher in hating Valentine’s Day. I hate it with a vengeance. Valentine’s Day is when people in love start painting the town red. As if we didn’t get enough red on a daily dose of betel juice that is spat into public walls. But no, red to Valentine’s Day affectees symbolizes all those mush brained couples who like flaunting the fact that they’re in love…with each other. How corny is that…statement, not question. As far as I see it, come February and ugliness as well as tackiness starts setting down in town. Lovers (and losers who just want to pose as lovers) start picking up on hints of...
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4 Mar

Cosmetic surgery is the new painkiller

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 1 I’m 35 years old and every time I look into the mirror I feel that a slight lift of the eyebrows would make my forehead look so regal…I close my eyes and think of Rekha and her winged brows. Then I pull the skin on my face back and think of the wonderful fillers that could erase the gentle laugh lines appearing around my mouth to get that smooth flawless look. At that point I think of Elizabeth Taylor, who I admit isn’t the best person to fantasize looking like anymore. Okay, okay…all you people who know me know I need much, much more than little nips and my makeover begins with a...
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