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13 Jan

Engro Excellence Awards in picture

I don't know whether this is Atif's new look for 'Bol' OR is he inspired by the Taliban OR whether he is actually following in JJ's footsteps, God forbid. All jokes apart he looked quite good in this new avatar and let's just hope the beard and 'zulfain' are a fashion and not religious statement. He does, after all, get commissioned in a melodious albeit religious Engro ad every Ramazan. Ayesha Omar may not have sounded or looked as smooth as Atif but she put up a decent performance with Faiz Ahmad Faiz's 'Bol ke lab azaad hain teray'. We are used to Tina Sani's perfect rendition of this anthem but Ayesha managed to lend it her unique raspy tone. That...
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9 Jan

Nabila documents the changes in her life

After months at the grind - and I must admit that Nabila, Zain (Mustafa, Project Manager) and Saima (Zaidi, Graphic Designer) were being ground more than anyone else - Nabila launched her L"oreal sponsored book at the Commune Artist's Colony where she keeps her office. Needless to say, it was an effortlessly elegant affair with everyone in presence to laud her commitment to excellence for more than two decades. It was an honour to be part of this book, which I texted and edited for Nabila. This means that I wrote as she spoke and I made sure the script would be presented with as much perfection as her work. Someone asked me at the launch whether it was a difficult...
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9 Jan

Engro Excellence Awards, a truly inspiring evening!

After being unable to write for more than two weeks - a mesh of personal and national crises to blame - I found my spirit yesterday and the Engro Excellence Awards are to thank for it. When you see so many luminaries together under the starlight sky and Mohatta Palace backdrop, you realize that there are visionaries thinking much beyond their own personal radii and it makes you want to honour them. Engro did so by honouring Dr Atta ur Rahman (Physical and Applied Sciences), Abdul Sattar Edhi (Social and Humanitarian Services) and Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi (Literature) and to see these legends step up and receive the honours were indeed moments that will go down in history. Much more on the Awards...
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17 Dec

BTMs or ‘Bhenji Turned Models’

Really, there is no sense to this post except my mind kept wandering to common, often racist/mindless remarks we use in our everyday language. No offense to anyone, I had to share since BTM is the latest I heard today. You have to agree, it is hilarious! BTM: Bhenji Turned Model Hai-gaas: Lahoris (when you want to insult them) Mailaas: Karachiites (when you want to insult them) Akhroat: the Patthans ( as in walnut brians) Barsaati keeray: the young, under-nourished (and not very gora) youth of Karachi BBCDs: British Born Confused Desis I'm sure millions others are popping up in your mind...
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7 Dec

Peshawer Fashion Week: No Joke!!

A fashion show that actually took place in Peshawer not too long ago! More fodder for foreign press! Well what d’ya know! Turns out the text message doing the rounds this weekend could actually be true! Peshawer Fashion Week could actually be well on its way, hot on the heels of Fashion Pakistan Week, PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, Bridal Couture Week and the upcoming, Islamabad Fashion Week! Apparently (though nothing is for sure yet) Peshawer Fashion Week is being sponsored by Khyber TV, a television channel that obviously wants to inject some glam regional news on its headlines. And it will be held within the slightly liberal areas left in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Um, are there...
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5 Dec

The Styling of Bridal Couture Week

The best thing about BCW styling was that all three days were assigned to three different hair and makeup artists. Depilex styled day one, Khawar Riaz the next and Tony & Guy the last. But if that was the best thing then the Shahzad Raza style segment, pushed into the schedule by sponsors (of which the stylist is brand ambassador), was undoubtedly the worst. Brides of Dracula? Ather Shahzad models were designed to boast the stylist’s skills in hair flair but what they presented were different ways to wear wigs, hair extensions, add-ons etc. None of the styling was natural, which is what it should have been and the models ended up looking like brides of Dracula. The...
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5 Dec

Runway Brides

Style 360 in collaboration with J&S hosted a much-needed Bridal Couture Week in Lahore (Dawn Images Dec 5, 2010) Reema walks for HSY bridals This is not the first time a stage for bridal fashion has been put up in Pakistan. India’s Bridal Asia was imported once and Bridal Waves upheld itself for two seasons before fizzling out. Veet’s regular ‘Celebration of Beauty’ shows border on bridal clothing too however Bridal Couture Week, held last weekend in Lahore, can be appreciated as the first event aimed to provide a cohesive, sustainable platform for Pakistan’s mammoth bridal industry. The three-day ‘week’ had teething problems, expectedly, but there was nothing that can’t be fixed with a little planning. The only question...
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29 Nov

BCW: the press that had other pressing issues :)

The ludicrousness of the situation has me getting this racking laugh out of my system before I pen my review of Bridal Couture Week for Dawn. I flew out for the event because I have been going on and on about the significance of a bridal platform for Pakistan and I wanted to justify my nagging scribbles. So there I was, in the chilly city of Lahore driving out to the Royal Palm for a press con that was apparently introducing visiting designer Muzaffar Ali from India to us. Great. Time check. I was running half an hour late. Damn. Apparently not enough damn. The Summit Hall was empty half an hour into the scheduled time, with just a couple of...
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29 Nov

Munni, Sheila on the wall, Who’s the hottest babe of all?

Munni picks up from where Beedi left If there’s a debate hotter than which council hosts the better fashion week in Pakistan, then it’s who rocks the dance floor better in Bollywood…Munni or Sheila? Munni of course being the uber-popular Malaika Arora from ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ and Sheila being Katrina Kaif, cast in entirely new skin (or body) in ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ from the upcoming Tees Maar Khan. There has never been a better ‘teaser’ in recent film history! Munni became an overnight hit when Salman Khan’s Dabangg released to a full house and was declared one of the biggest blockbusters earlier this year. Munni became a mantra but then Sheila became every man’s dream one-night stand when she was hit...
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26 Nov

You just don’t get it, do you?

I don’t like giving explanations over what I write and this is not a justification merely an elaboration on why I think Saba Ansari of Sab’s Salon (or anyone for that matter, including Khawar Riaz) should not be assigned every fashion week or show that happens in the country. And I am posting this because contrary to popular belief in the fashion industry, I have absolutely nothing personal against Saba. On the contrary I have immense respect for her for having the ambition and courage to break out of a commercial whirlpool into fashion. As far as I know it, her salon in Karachi does incredibly well and she did not need to step into fashion; she merely did it...
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