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16 Oct

Fashion Week Wish List

Tapu Javeri sitting on a customized chair in the Casa Hamza VIP Lounge at the very first PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore. Should have appreciated a good thing while it lasted! Fashion week is coming up, yet again. And life would be so much more pleasurable if the following 'perks' were made available at local fashion weeks, hence making the long working hours a little less stressful...
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16 Oct

“I’m deeply impressed by what I have seen and want to take Pakistani designers to the world stage arena.”

 - Australian fashion consultant Margaret Rushe Farrell talks about liaising between Australia, Europe and Pakistan. Fashion consultant Margaret Rushe “We came here with no expectations at all,” Margaret Rushe Farrell, the Australian consultant visiting Karachi Fashion Week told me over a sun-dappled lunch at Café Koel. Monday afternoon was the first meal the buyers were allowed outside of the hotel, as KFW’s neck-break schedule had them tied down to the venue for four days. “I am so deeply impressed by what I have seen,” she continued. “I want to take Pakistani designers to the world stage arena. I want to show the world that Pakistan is not about guns and fighting but also about fashion. It should be a...
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10 Oct

Karachi Fashion Week ends on a patriotic high-note

There are two things that make good fashion work: confidence and contextualization. Any designer who has the confidence to design what is ingrained in his persona and also manages to make it relevant to the world around us has higher chances of impressing his audience. And that’s exactly why Sanam Agha, Munib Nawaz and above all, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi left a strong imprint on the last day of Karachi Fashion Week. Usman Dittu’s collection was a bit all over the place but his couture saris proved once again, that precision of pattern (especially when it comes to sari blouses) is his identity mark. Clean cut and contemporary. A definite trend for men and women alike, a happy...
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6 Oct

Ensemble’s charity drive takes fashion on a night out

NEWS ALERT: Ensemble Lahore will be moving into 10Q, a space formerly occupied by the PFDC Boulevard. Mahin Hussain Shehrnaz Husain Multi-retail stores offering desirable fashion labels are popping up every week, in almost every nook and commercial cranny of Pakistan's big cities. There are countless in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and even Faisalabad though I wouldn't label all of them with a  'desirable' stamp of approval. It can still be safely said that Labels, The Designers and Ensemble are three of the biggest names in one-stop fashion stores, followed very closely by Melange in Islamabad. In fact Melange would pose very sound competition to the others if it were anywhere other than in Islamabad. The thing...
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3 Oct

Mausam misses the mark

It’s difficult to resist a hero in uniform. Make him a fighter pilot and his charisma will multifold to dynamite. Memory throws a thought back to Flight Lieutenant Arun Varma (1969) in Aradhana, a film that etched 27-year old Rajesh Khanna’s tilt of the head as his trademark. The uniform reminds one of Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh - Shah Rukh Khan – as an icon imprinted in romantic memory. And can one ever forget Squadron Leader Shekhar Malhotra (Shashi Kapoor), the man with the killer smile, whose air crash in Silsila (1981) took the heart sinking with it? Take any fighter pilot from the history of cinema and you’ll be left with a swoon and a smile. That is what...
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30 Sep

Dou Rukh: two sides of the same picture

In this constant pursuit to keep photography alive as an art (as opposed to a commercial exercise alone), Karachi's ace photographers Arif Mahmood and Tapu Javeri launched a book of interesting portraits at the IVSAA today. The book titled 'Dou Rukh' captured many of Pakistan's high profile faces from a vast cross section of fashion, television, humanity and arts. Mathira, photographed by Arid Mahmood The portraits were undoubtedly striking, as expected from two of the most experienced names from the field, but it was the event itself that was just as delightful. Warm albeit breezy, the IVSAA courtyard lit up to welcome a diverse gathering of interesting people, including many of whom had been photographed for the book. A...
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27 Sep

PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week announce dates

Lahore top design duo, Nickie Nina will predictably open fashion week on October 20. The Pakistan Fashion Design Council has announced confirmed dates for the upcoming PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week. The four day trade event will be held (as per tradition) in Karachi between October 20 and 23. The event has been announced as a precursor to Spring/Summer 2012 but several designers have confirmed that they will be showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections, releasing the designs in their stores within a month. With runway shows in the evenings and exhibitions organized simultaneously, the fashion week will also continue to offer textile corporations a platform. Names like Gul Ahmad, Al Karam etc will showcase their Autumn/Winter fabric collections...
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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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