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30 Mar

Feeha Jamshed launches an independent label

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Zb3OdwQf0&feature=youtu.be] In a show that was more about emotions than anything else, Feeha Jamshed launched her own label at Showcase 2012. The collection retained her signature contemporary silhouettes though they were slightly more western than the designs she creates for awami brand Teejays. That said, she kept her aesthetic intact as she paid tribute to her sister Minnaal who passed away in Paris last year. My heart went out to Rabia Butt too, who lost her mother last year and also couldn't hold back the tears. A very sentimental show....
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30 Mar

Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada at Showcase 2012

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi7QvRcpbs4&feature=youtu.be] Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's collection at the Sky Showcae 2012 was vivid, vibrant and visually very very impressive. These kitschy kind of clothes may not be everyone's cup of tea - certainly not amongst conservative and sophisticated Pakistan's fashion-goers - but it taught a lesson or two in what a collection needs to come together as.  The clothes, jelly bags, shades and florescent shoes, as well as the bright cuboid pony-tail holders were perfectly coordinated. A fun show to watch, it would have been better if it had been available to buyers, accessories et al....
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26 Mar

Fashion Hunger Games begin: may the odds be in your favour!

There's something Maheen Khan said when I met her two weeks ago: "I love fashion weeks because that's a time when we designers stop thinking about sales and start thinking about concept. It channels us towards creativity." When we were one: Rizwan Beyg will be kick starting his own SHOWCASE (today), which will undoubtedly be well planned and impressive given his obsession with perfectionism whereas Maheen Khan will be reviving Fashion Pakistan Week next week. As they say in The Hunger Games: May the odds be forever in your favour! Maheen will be showing her classic Maheen line as well as her high street label Gulabo at Fashion Pakistan Week 3 (FPW3), one of the many fashion weeks/showcases...
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25 Mar

Fashion’s black swan flies high

Nabila pushes the unconventional in a hair show marking L’Oreal Professionnel’s trends for Spring/Summer 2012. (Dawn Images March 25, 2012) Nabila snipping Iraj's hair as part of the performance. Passage of rites? The image of a silken strand of hair weaving through a needle said it all: Nabila’s hair show for L’Oreal titled Somptueux (which translates to lavish and plump in French) would interlace fashion with beauty. The intriguing invite Sure enough, the show drew an analogy between couture and hair that is just as opulent and indulgent. Hair trends envisioned chocolate brown, magenta red and blonde as colours for summer 2012 and costumes, designed impeccably by Zaheer Abbas stuck to the same palette while dressing three...
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22 Mar

Ready for a Simply Sublime summer?

The Simply Sublime summer campaign hits trails on March 25 If there's anything to effectively take the mind off doom and gloom looming over the Asia Cup final, it's the colour and joie de vivre of the upcoming Simply Sublime collection. While Sara Shahid may not be showing at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, she is all geared up to stay in the picture through her summer collection which continues her love for citrus, cheerful colours. With everything under Rs8000/- here's another reason to stay happy. The collection will be available at the Sublime flagship store in Lahore. Happy shopping!...
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21 Mar

Nabila’s two-headed twins

As you can see I am taking a break from my writing (not that all my stories have been submitted) but I needed a breather and for me this is it. Nabila's show on Sunday came as a welcome detraction from the wretched Pakistan v India cricket match. Not only did I get to see many of my fashionable friends but the evening also provided a wake up call for creative consciousness. Many, in fact most of us, tend to go down the commercial route and forget that creativity is key to excellence. Nabila gave us that wake-up call as she shook people out of their comfort zones with this brilliant rendition of L'Oreal Professionnel's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign, Somptueux.  Colours...
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21 Mar

Colour and Style at Xander’s

(L-R) Umair Tabani, fashion's new and very welcome addition, Adnan Pardesy looking for a plus-one, Maheen Karim in an unexpected ethnic avatar, Kiran Aman sporting a chic new haircut, Sanam Chaudhri in her Deepak ki lawn and Rukaiya who looks stunning though not too happy here! These breakfast meetings at Xander's are what we call real life 'cute-meets'. There must be more of them, the conversation was so insanely entertaining! Also at the table were Frieha Altaf, me and Fareshteh who was gliding in and out avoiding the bouts of smoke. Now you see Shamaeel, also in a festive shade of mimosa that I'm still trying to figure out!      ...
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16 Mar

Lawn campaigns par excellence!

For those of you who are not following the latest TVC craze, here's my choice of Summer 2012's best lawn campaigns yet. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLuf7kSfvhg] The feel is old school, classic and regal. Good job Guddu Shani! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCcE7pchhLI] Sun, sand and wind blown so fresh and perfect for a French summer. Kudos Shahbaz Sumar. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXqdJYz0w-Q] Nostalgic for a dusty old romantic movie. Asad ul Haq draws Sonam Kapoor into Pakistan....
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15 Mar

KR’s Zulu for the tribal rain dance!

The summer wardrobe is trickling into my wardrobe very nicely. Here's the second print I bought from the KR exhibition: Zulu from the Modernist selection. Maheen Karim has styled this print in her signature three-way tunic with all three prints incorporated. I do feel it may be a bit too much but am enjoying the tribal feel. Note that the embroidered border has been applied to the yolk, sleeves and hem and the chaak (side slits) of this tunic are in front not at the sides as customary. I have to say that there was a 6 inch ribbon with 6 crystals on it that I found absolutely no use for. If I were to follow the picture in the catalogue...
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