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29 Jan

Bombay Dreams in Karachi

Mahirah Khan and Feeha Jamshed dreaming of Bombay in Karachi? Sulking celebrities? Of course not! Of all the people you bump into at places, Mahirah and Feeha are two of the most pleasant. "Why not Karachi Dreams?" Mahirah laughed out from where she was seated in the Arts Council for Shah Sharabeel's Bombay Dreams and one has to agree. Look out for Instep Today for a detailed observation on that. Back to the girls, it may not be apparent in this picture, but Mahirah's 'look' set the tradition for style this year. Very sixties, she wore her trousers in drainpipe and her cotton top short. 2011 will be about streamlined, power dressing as opposed to the fuss and frill of the last...
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16 Jan

Pakistan in Vogue, again!

Thanks to Jemima Khan, Pakistan gets another worthy mention in Vogue, this time in the January edition of British Vogue. Mentioned as one of the recommended shopper's stops in Islamabad, Jemima puts Maharaja Handicrafts in Super Market down as a must visit. I have to agree that Maharaja has always been an essential stop-over in Islamabad but who would have thought - in their widest dreams - that it would get an honourable space in the revered pages of Vogue. Me-thinks the fashion councils should get in touch with Jemima to help push a cause for Pakistani fashion since she used to dabble in a bit of designing when she was in Pakistan and she can liaison effectively. It could actually...
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15 Jan

Is style affordable in Pakistan?

Fabric is. Fashion isn’t (Instep Today, The News 15.1.2011) While having lunch at Aylanto last week I noticed a pair of legs walk in and they were no ordinary pair of legs. Clad in opaque black tights crowned at the bum with a tight belted mini-dress, these legs were of the fashionable variety. Needless to say the woman wore boots; high heeled, spiked patent leather boots. I spotted another similar specimen at Butler’s the other evening. A tall, rather Amazonian woman walked in wearing very well tailored, high waisted trousers, heels (despite her towering height) and she wore her long hair in a casual knot somewhere down the middle of her back. Another fashion statement. They’re all over the place. Sometime in winter – approximately...
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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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