All in a day's work: Sheru, Munibs, me, Kami, Fareshteh, Andy and Kashan at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion week in Lahore.
Frieha Altaf makes a super style statement
Photos by Faisal Farooqui, courtesy Lotus PR...
As always, the last day was the very best.
Kamiar Rokni, HSY and Ammar Belal walked for Ali Xeeshan as 'Munda shehr Lahore da' pelted in the background!
Best collections of the last day:
1. Adnan Pardesy
FnkAsia's fashion week collection was stronger than the label has ever been, and what makes it better is the fact that it'll be out in the market soon if not already!
3. Ali Xeeshan
Summer 'must-have': Cotton gharara with cargo pockets. Colour: bone.
Best productions of the day:
1. Ammar Belal: 'Wild Thang!' Buzz was that he wanted live animals - lions or at least pythons - on the catwalk but the council declined
2. HSY: 'DJ got...
Akif's 20-piece collection for autumn/winter 2011 was the highlight of the evening
TOP FOUR COLLECTIONS OF THE DAY:
2. Khaadi Khaas
4. Sadaf Malaterre
PRODUCTION OF THE DAY
With corsages, bubbles and cupcakes, Karma spins girlie magic at their show.
KARMA: replete with roses, bubbles and pretty cupcakes for the front rows, this showing was picture perfect as far as production goes. The collection, though not razor sharp in design, had some interesting pieces and indicated that Maheen Kardar was finally rerouting herself back into the game with her own vision for her label.
Runner up: Asifa & Nabeel for bringing chandeliers and live qawwals to the runway.
DISAPPOINTMENTS OF THE DAY
1. Sarah Salman for showcasing the most...
Ather Hafeez and Maheen Khan rolled into one, Mohsin is a fresh gust of wind blowing in from Quetta
Thank God the cricket fuss and fever is over and we can all detox and go back to leading our normal lives. Back to fashion, Day One at fashion week impressed and we're all set for today's lineup which opens with Karma and moves on to Republic, Sara Salman, Akif, Sadaf Malaterre, Rizwanullah, Asifa & Nabeel and a Khaadi Khaas finale. But let's go back a step before we take two steps forward.
The young label once again surprised and impressed with its simplicity of design, which was clean and very focussed. Elegant in its approach of eveningwear, it...
In true cricket spirit, here I am reporting fashion week live from Lahore. We are here at the Expo Centre Stadium for the first day of the test match where the Pakistan Fashion Design Council is expected to bowl eight overs with a line up of Nickie Nina, Beekay, Zaheer Abbas, Yahsir Waheed, Sahar Atif, Muse, Mohsin, Fahad Hussayn and Sublime. The weather conditions are bright and the pitch looks good as itâ€™s been jacked up a couple of feet. Fashion weekâ€™s beeches are packed with Lahoreâ€™s socialite spectators and a few fashion enthusiasts from Karachi who are here to cheer for their team. There we see Rizwan Beyg here in the VIP enclosure for Adnan Pardesy and Zaheer Abbas....
What happens when fashion weeksâ€™ red carpets are rolled up and bright lights turned out? The idea behind any fashion week in the world is trade but retail reality is not so ideal for designers in Pakistan
Almost six months after an event in Karachi, the PFDC & SunsilkÂ Fashion Week is wheeling its way back to Lahore. Pakistan Fashion Design Council, one of the countryâ€™s two main fashion councils, made a commitment to hosting fashion week alternately in Karachi and Lahore. And as the event approaches, Lahoreâ€™s fashionable elite is airing out its designer wardrobes and getting that final shot of Botox for extra measures. It is essential to look flawless on the red carpet and thereâ€™s so much focus on...
As far as memory serves me, fashion commentator Hilary Alexander was first scheduled to come to Pakistan for the original Pakistan Fashion Week, planned and panned back in 2007. PFW, a Jang Group project for which IMG was roped in, never materialized but the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (one of the country's TWO fashion councils) has managed to invite her for their event next week. Alexander will no doubt bring extensive experience and value to PFDC's table. Hopefully theyâ€™ll be listening to it all.
Hilary Alexander won the British Fashion Journalist of the Year award in 1998, then again in 2003. This year the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) will be conferring theÂ Eugenia Shepphard award for media to her....
Fashion has historically collaborated with popular artistes, striking deals that have benefitted both, but in Pakistan this equation is a little too complicated for credit.
(Dawn Images, June 6 2010)
Pop icon Ali Zafar poses for the SS 2011 Stoneage campaign
We all love to talk about fashion but in reality, fashion exists in an elitist bubble that not many of us are privy to, especially not in Pakistan where the fashionable middle class is stripped to a minority. Fashion designers are still catering largely to the slim margin of elite society that can afford to splurge thousands on clothes. And there are only a few designers who are taking the leap of faith and jumping out of the...
(Published Sunday, 03 Jan, 2010)
â€˜Itâ€™s simply because there are two fashion councils led by ego, as opposed to logic.â€™
Pakistan is perhaps the only country in the world that has two fashion councils. Many countries have several fashion weeks, but only one fashion council. The United States of America has the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the United Kingdom has the British Fashion Council and nearer to home, India has the Fashion Design Council of India. Fashion Councils are usually non-profit organisations, working towards the growth of the industry and fashion weeks are part of the resulting growth curve.
Pakistanâ€™s two fashion councils can be seen as two influential cartels: the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC or Lahore Council) under their...