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10 Aug

Rising, Shining Pakistan (Part II)

This is Pakistan shining. Amidst all the negativity there are individuals who propel spirits and blow optimism into the daily drudgery of our lives. Music, film, fashion…these are all silver linings now. They are flashes that shine brightly and bring out stars from behind the dark clouds. That said, stars today are no longer the glamorous, untouchable icons that they once used to be. Just like the Royals – who have transformed from being power houses of glamour and rich lifestyle a la Princess Diana to Top-Shopping, jeans and t-shirt new age Queens like Kate Middleton – twenty first century celebrities too want to be lifelike rather than being larger than life. That holds true for Pakistan’s brightest star Atif Aslam as...
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9 Aug

Rising, Shining Pakistan (Part I)

This is Pakistan shining. Amidst all the negativity there are individuals who propel spirits and blow optimism into the daily drudgery of our lives. Music, film, fashion…these are all silver linings now. They are flashes that shine brightly and bring out stars from behind the dark clouds. That said, stars today are no longer the glamorous, untouchable icons that they once used to be. Just like the Royals – who have transformed from being power houses of glamour and rich lifestyle a la Princess Diana to Top-Shopping, jeans and t-shirt new age Queens like Kate Middleton – twenty first century celebrities too want to be lifelike rather than being larger than life. That holds true for Pakistan’s brightest star Atif Aslam as...
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25 Jul

Ten years and counting!

The Lux Style Awards fashion nominations 2010 prove how far the industry has come in ten years. Tenth anniversaries are milestones and if traditions are to be respected then this year’s Lux Style Awards, marking ten years of the country’s premium awards show, are destined to make a celebratory big bang. One remembers how they began in Karachi in 2001, representing a fashion industry that was barely standing on its own feet. That industry is soaring today – numerous fashion weeks, foreign exposure as well as buzzing retail presence being the wind beneath its wings. That said, Unilever, the chief sponsor has not done justice to the show christened to honour excellence in fields of fashion, film, television and music. One has...
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1 May

‘WHAT IF’ THE ROYAL WEDDING WAS HELD IN PAKISTAN

His Royal Highness Nawab Shahabuddin Mohammad Akbar the XXIII (popularly known as Prince Akbar) is all set to marry Sonya Usmani in what is marked to be the wedding of modern day Pakistan. As the country winces under inflation and instability, many are making discounts for a day that’ll bring a spirit of celebration, formerly expected from the cricket team. The government, as expected, has announced Friday April 29, as a national holiday. Critics believe the royal display of wealth a show of apathy towards the nation’s crumbling economy – “They’re using the taxpayers money to pay Nizamuddin’s bill,” - argued one socialite who wasn’t on event manager Frieha Altaf’s guest list. But Royal Family spokespeople are arguing that since most...
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27 Apr

The Talented Mr Javeri

Wanted: one KaraCHAKRA bag! I'm really disappointed in Tapu Javeri. I mean why would anyone in their right frame of mind do this to women who are already suffering under the weight of inflation, national insecurity, heat and other problems. But it just shows the apathetic and insensitive nature of Mr Javeri that he would go and launch a limited edition of KaraChakra bags that are to die for. OH isn't that peachy: another thing to die for! The bags feature psychadelic imagery of Karachi: you can pick out landmarks like Frere Hall, Empress Market, Tower, The Habib Bank building as well as camels on SeaView/Clifton beach etc. NOW is when someone has finally started looking into the beauty of the city...
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26 Mar

Hilary Alexander, value addition to the upcoming fashion week

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 they’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 the Eugenia Shepphard award for media to her....
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24 Mar

Strike a deal, there’s nothing to it!

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...
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9 Mar

Is Sushmita in town again?

Seven years ago Sushmita Sen came to Pakistan, Karachi to be specific, for the very first time. She was here with Saif Ali Khan and Malaika Khan, accompanied by a professional Indian dance troupe. They were all here for a concert/extravaganza held at the far out locale of the Arabian Country Club. The security situation was better back then and so were the roads and the late drive out and back to such a distant venue didn’t appear all that far fetched. Anyway, bottom line is that while Saif serenaded with his guitar and Malaika grooved to popular beats, Sushmita wowed Karachi by interacting with the crowd and narrating Urdu poetry much to the delight of everyone. She was a...
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1 Mar

With Jhoom, Channo can finally Rest In Peace

It has been long overdue but Ali Zafar’s fans can finally stop calling him “Channo Boy” now that his Huqa Paani and Masty days are over. An era of bubble gum pop is blowing away with drastic winds of change. These winds have brought Ali new horizons and escalated heights of stardom, making this boy from Lahore a man of the world. And the genre of music he was known for has been popped, overwritten and replaced by a much more mature sound that comes as an ode to self-discovery rather than an urge to please teeny-bopper fans. Reading between the lyrics of this twelve track album, one senses the nomad in Ali Zafar overshadow the urban, city slicker. And it’s...
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