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25 Dec

Meeting Shahrukh Khan

SRK twenty minutes after the first time I met him at couture week in Mumbai I met Shahrukh Khan last year at the HDIL Couture Week for the very first time. It was the last day and the whole of Bollywood was in Bombay to support fashion's great walk. While I had seen SRK on the catwalk with Gauri a year earlier (for Karan Johar and Varun Bahl's menswear show), he came and left and it was impossible to access him. Luckily, he was sitting in the front row the next year, again for Karan Johar's show. Followers will remember the show that featured Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan; they pulled SRK up as well and they did...
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25 Dec

“One of these days I will come to Pakistan” – SRK

(Published in Dawn Images 18.12.2011) “It’s not just difficult to get hold of Don… It’s impossible.” That dialogue rings just as true for the man who wears the mask of Don these days; Shah Rukh Khan has been living out of a suitcase and he is impossible to pin down. His life has been a whirlwind for the past few months  – “I never know where I am anymore” – as he flies from one city to another, first for Ra.One and then for the juggernaut that must continue with Don 2. Releasing this week, Don 2 is the sequel to Farhan Akhtar’s remake of the original and already has everyone’s interest as the year comes to a close. It’s amidst this tsunami of...
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23 Dec

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: day four

It was a good day. No, let me rephrase that. It was a great day. Infact, it was the kind of day that should have been everyday. PLBW started on a high note and ended on a high note. There was a dip in between but Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan salvaged the situation. Here's a bit about day four. Karma is back with the collection that we've been waiting years for. Karma's finale Nida Azwer's was the most creative/artistic collection of day four. She designs clothes for children and so the 'family' fashion made sense. Sanam Marvi's live singing at Nida Azer's show which added delightful dimension...
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21 Dec

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: day three

It's almost 2 am and I am uploading these images but writing in phrases. Want to get this over with as have too much work tomorrow. Your comments are awaited, as always. Ali Xeeshan's Pahal Gaam 1. Ali Xeeshan: interesting show, innovative collection. Lots of colour, bordering on a vintage look. Inspiring women to dress like individuals and not one of a crowd. The shalwar is definitely back! Crystal galore at Rouge 2. Rouge by Faraz Manan stuck with silver whereas the rest of the country's designers are predicting gold as the base metal colour for 2012. Pretty colours, safe collection. No oomph. No moments. Kind of boring and predictable. 3. Sara Rohale Asghar's collection...
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20 Dec

PFDC L’oreal Paris Bridal Week: day two

"What do you honestly think of fashion week now?" Mr Owais Mazhar asked me after Day One and I replied that the platform had done full justice to the industry but the designers were still struggling. It would take another few years and consistently happening weeks to fine tune the process to perfection. They needed time to get into the discipline of it. Most importantly they needed to realize that fashion week was a platform to convince people that creativity counted, not just commercialism. And that fact was more than visible on the second day of bridal week. Because while Fahad Hussayn's commitment to fashion and energy was more than palpable, the event struggled to keep high energy afloat as the...
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17 Dec

LPBW fever begins

For many of us the PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week has officially kicked off. It was a blissfully timely and smooth Air Blue flight to Lahore (compliments L'Oreal) and though we were initially a bit apprehensive about flying Air Blue, it came as a blessing in disguise. Yes, the flight was punctual and landed without any technical difficulties etc. The general opinion amongst Civil Aviation staff was that the government has deliberately destabilized PIA to make way for Indus Air, being flown in by Feryal Talpur, the President's sister. Anyway, bumped into Zaheer Abbas and Raheel Rao at the airport lounge. The designer was quite excited about designing his first bridal collection, which he will be showing in Nabila's Gold to Bold...
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