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10 Apr

Fashion Pakistan Week S/S 2012: Day 3

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wccuK1bBTdc&feature=youtu.be] You know the feeling of excited desperation you get when you’re reading a great book or watching a super film and you never want it to end. Well I got that feeling at FPW yesterday. The day was so amazing that I didn’t want to let go of it, despite exhaustion kicking in like never before. But what a day! What a line-up, even from the unexpected new stars of fashion! Meera strikes a pose for Nomi Ansari Meera has never looked this good before and Nomi Ansari injected a shot of adrenalin to a day that was already very high on good fashion! Mehreen Syed poses in Shamaeel spring/summer 2012 Shamaeel's floral collection was gentle...
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9 Apr

FPW3 Day Two

It's very flattering how my friends and followers have been asking why I'm not promptly uploading my thoughts on FPW3 but really, this back to back fashion marathon is exhausting and between this, a family wedding and filling forms for China and Hong Kong visas I'm going crazy. As for FW, I'm trying to reserve all thoughts for my official reviews. Anyhoo, a little must to be said. Sana Hashwani, dressed in Cavalli, was Best Dressed on Day 2. Seen here with her gorgeous daughter Zuvair. Hani Taha, dressed in a Shehla Chatoor jumpsuit, put up strong competition but it would have seemed rigged had I nominated her for Best Dressed! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pd8O-EpLEKY&feature=youtu.be] The venue was certainly...
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9 Apr

Fashion Pakistan Week 3 day one

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz1z51hgcy8&feature=youtu.be] - I quite felt the buzz on the first day of FPW3. Despite the heat and the long walk to the venue, there was fashion in the air and style in most of the runway shows. In brief: - It was great meeting so many bloggers and twitterers that one encounters in cyberspace but hardly gets to meet. - Depilex's terrible Hair & Makeup at the recently held Showcase made one appreciate Sab's Hair & Make up at FPW3. She really has come a long way and did a great job of creating slick, clean looks for models. - As Karma works with Asmaa Mumtaz, Sanam Chaudhri worked with Ayaz Khan, Rana and Maha Burney for the styling of her show. Ideally each...
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30 Mar

Amir Adnan gives us clean, cut menswear

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMg-iml5KE8&feature=youtu.be] Amir Adnan, after years in the industry, presented his first fashion week collection at Showcase 2012 and it certainly did impress with clean lines, immaculate detailing and no fuss styles. Even the hints of hand-embroidery were subtle and very sophisticated. The black and white palette was perked up only with hints of red or purple detailing....
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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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