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17 Sep

LSA rehearsals; I heart the lifeline!

Without giving away when the Lux Style Awards are actually going to be held this year, I will let on that if the rehearsals are anything to go by then they are going to be super! The energy within the rehearsal hall was cackling as film and fashion, music and melodrama came together for a camaraderie that can only blow some life into this otherwise dark abyss that we live in. Skeptics, cynics and critics will keep complaining about the fact that the awards will be held in dark times but you know what? They will keep criticizing and we will keep cheering because these awards light a candle in the windy darkness for some of us at least. We're not...
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10 Sep

Instep on MBKD

StarBytes Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif- Ali Zafar starrer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan releases around the world Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, the Bolly flick that Pakistan is so invested in because of Ali Zafar, premiered in India and Pakistan a couple of nights ago, and the reports are better than just good, everyone. We can almost see that guy who tried to get MBKD pulled from theatres ‘cause Katrina was smoking a bidi in it smoking at the ears, but MBKD made it, and made everyone smile, at least a little. A reviewer from Bollywoodlife.com sent her editors a quick message saying: “Movie belongs to Katrina. Otherwise the film is okay, funny in parts and with tacky dialogues in some places. The cinematography is good.” Meanwhile, another...
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10 Sep

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan premieres, has something for everyone

By Faisal Quraishi | From the Newspaper   Mere Brother Ki Dulhan opened throughout Pakistan on Friday. KARACHI: The exclusive back-to-back premieres of Yash Raj Films’ Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), which opened throughout Pakistan on Friday, were well-attended events. Not only were the glitterati and celebrities in full attendance, but the event also wiped away unsavoury memories of Ali Zafar’s Bollywood debut, Tere Bin Laden, being banned at the last minute from being screened throughout Pakistan. But then there’s a big difference in the content matter of both the films: where the TBL was somewhat loosely structured around a fake Osama bin Laden look-alike and focused on certain elements of society who exploit a situation to their benefit, the MBKD is a light-hearted comedy skirting around the...
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9 Sep

MBKD makes a heart warming premiere

Hop on for the joyride! Ali Zafar's Yash Raj venture, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, premiered in Karachi today and it sent the crowds home with smiles pasted to their faces. Two things make Indian films a hit: stars and soundtracks and MBKD offered both. A light hearted fun watch with an absolutely amazing soundtrack. Don't expect anything deep from the film; it doesn't have a soul. But it does have spirit and what more do you need for entertainment? Spirit and a bucket of popcorn will do nicely, thank you very much! With Frieha and Rukaiya at the premiere  You can read my official review in the newspaper but a few words on the premiere...
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6 Sep

Nostalgia: A reminder of Ismail Farid’s genius streak

      Anyone who knows Murtaza knows that my boy has the attention span of a poodle. But Ismail managed to keep him occupied during this ingenious shoot, photographed by none other than Rizwan-ul-Haq for a fashion campaign last year. Ismail had already shot menswear using a female model (magnificent concept that was) but I must say I was a little skeptical when I was offered to bring Murtaza for this spread. No regrets, he'll grow up to be very proud of it. Thank you Ismail!  ...
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6 Sep

Copycat, copycat where have you been?

While felines are fashion’s favourite mascotts, copycats are spoilers the industry could happily do without! Louboutan versus YSL: painting the town red with these passionate red souls. One brilliant designer – and there are only a few on that mantel in Pakistan - will create a pattern that has the potential to stir up a nationwide trend. Consider the multi-panel ankle length shirt re-introduced by Sana Safinaz two years ago as an example. Within months, most designers in Pakistan had reinterpreted the paneled shirt in their own collections. High street brands then created inexpensive versions of the high-end design. Many fashionistas in Pakistan tweeted that this Valentino gown seemed inspired by Sana Safinaz. Go figure!  Soon...
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5 Sep

Visas prevent designers from Pret a Porter, Paris

Eight Pakistani designers, coined as Pakistan's Super Eight by French fashion enthusiast Alexandra Senes, have very sadly been reduced to the number four as far as their presence in Paris is concerned. The Atmosphere, a section of the Pret a Porter fair hosting the Super Eight, however was just as rich as the designers left behind were quick enough to package off their wares. According to Adnan Pardesy who did manage to fly out in time and kept tweeting his tour, "The show was gr8. Very well received. And the interest in the product from buyers is interesting." Pity that someone so creatively well-crafted as Kami couldn't be one of Pakistan's fashion ambassadors to Paris. Kamiar Rokni, Khaadi...
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4 Sep

What’s written on the runways?

A quick look into the tangled web of fashion weeks in Pakistan… Will Rizwanullah ever model on the PFDC runway again? Here he steps in for Ali Xeeshan. ‘Fashion Week’ is the new buzzword. And there are three registered fashion councils in Pakistan, all three of them attempting to organize at least two fashion weeks a year.  It’s a ridiculous number of fashion weeks for a country as small as ours. From what one has witnessed, one united fashion council was established for Pakistan in 2006 but it very quickly segmented into the Pakistan Fashion and Design Council (Lahore) and Fashion Pakistan Council (Karachi). The PFDC took off under the leadership of Sehyr Saigol while FP elected Maheen Khan...
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