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18 Nov

Toni&Guy gets behind the bridal

Ayyan all dressed up in a Tazeen Hasan bridal. Fashion has come full circle with bridals, but now they come with a twist and truck loads of professionalism. Instead of operating from studios, bridal designers are now prepping up for showing bridal collections at the PFDC and L'Oreal Couture Week next month. Moreover, they are collaborating with corporations and salons to establish a sync that can only take bridal fashion further. And so, stepping onto the bridal bandwagon designers Tazeen Hasan and Ahmed Bham collaborated with Toni&Guy to launch the Bride & Groom Services Lounge at the salon better known for cutting edge hair treatments. Ahmed Bahm steps out of reclusion to claim his credit It...
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26 Oct

FAO: Pantene and Style 360

 The W in BCW is weakening a brilliant platform Moammar Rana and Nadia presented the finale for Nilofer Shahid at the first edition of BCW First of all I can't call a two-day event a ‘week’. Two days, when falling on a Saturday and Sunday (or otherwise, depending upon where you live) can safely be referred to as ‘weekend’. Second, I refuse to call a fashion event managed by a TV channel ‘fashion week’ at all. Fashion weeks are trade events organized and coordinated by fashion councils, thereby assisting the fashion industry to grow. There HAS to be council involvement; that’s exactly what councils are here for. So to solve the Style 360 and Bridal Couture Week conundrum,...
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25 Sep

Ten years and counting

At their tenth anniversary there was an appreciation that the Lux Style Awards have come a long way but also an apprehension regarding which path they’ll be taking now. Mathira has the moves and she got Bootylicious at the LSAs. An event that was launched a decade ago to acknowledge excellence in Pakistan celebrated its tenth anniversary in a manner that did not quite justify the aplomb of the occasion. The tenth annual Lux Style Awards certainly had more moments than the show has had in the past three years but it did not out-do the magnificence of Malaysia (2007), as was expected and hoped for. The evening rode entirely on the shoulders of the BNN (Banana News Network)...
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10 Apr

Is the beauty of fashion week skin deep?

Sublime by Sara Shahid: Pakistani fashion in co-existence with different elements of society The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week held last week looked better than ever but without a concrete business model it remains to be a flash of beauty at best. Out of the twenty-five collections shown at PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week, an impressive twenty plus added either elements of handcrafted couture, well-defined trends in street wear or high voltage drama to the value of Pakistani fashion. As that value was emitted out to the world via the media – local and international that included Telegraph, Times London, IANS and Elle India – it built recognition for this country’s fashion industry as it has never known before. Recognition,...
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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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17 Sep

Nabila

Nabila’s first coffee table book for L’Oreal is in the making and its bone structure looks visually stunning. Documenting Nabila’s journey through hair design over 25 years,  – from the absolutely subliminal to the extraordinarily whacko – and with Zain Mustafa involved in the conceptualization, Saima Zaidi the graphic designing and myself handling the text and editing there isn’t really much that can go wrong. Let’s just hope the print quality does it justice. The narrative is minimal and yet it’s so riveting in the way it connects the ebb and flow of her personal to her professional life. Nabila’s personal upheavals and their influence on her personal style reflect in everything little stroke of work she has done within that time frame....
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27 Apr

Ayesha Toor and her dark, white streak

Wild streaks: whether her white streak is natural or tapered, Ayesha Toor's style is for real. Ayesha Toor has never really been accepted as a fashion model - which btw is a compliment considering she has more character than conventional pretty looks imperative to bridal shoots - but this girl has a fabulous sense of style which comes naturally to her. Caught here at the exhibition 'Lyrical Movement' at Photospace Gallery (displaying the work of Nubain Ali, Ayaz Anis and Kohi Marri, which I will discuss later for style comes first!), she sported a very Cruella De-Villish white streak in her hair which stood out like an applique of snakeskin on a kid leather bag. It had...
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1 Apr

Beauty goes back to the future

What you decide to wear will define your wardrobe but how you wear it is always equally important. You can ruin the best outfit with the wrong shoes or the strongest statement by wearing the wrong lipstick. There are reasons why some women – who are still outlining their lips with dark pencils before filling them in with a lighter shade - will never be considered style icons. Fashion may define what you wear but your style will reflect in how you wear it and this season’s beauty trends are all about futuristic, almost alien trends. Hair: the long and short of it Think Pocohontas, think Pandora. The good news for Pakistani women: long hair is an asset now because braids...
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4 Mar

Cosmetic surgery is the new painkiller

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 1 I’m 35 years old and every time I look into the mirror I feel that a slight lift of the eyebrows would make my forehead look so regal…I close my eyes and think of Rekha and her winged brows. Then I pull the skin on my face back and think of the wonderful fillers that could erase the gentle laugh lines appearing around my mouth to get that smooth flawless look. At that point I think of Elizabeth Taylor, who I admit isn’t the best person to fantasize looking like anymore. Okay, okay…all you people who know me know I need much, much more than little nips and my makeover begins with a...
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