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21 Apr

Surrealism gives prints a hand at fashion week

While solids were a big trend at the PFDC fashion week last year - most memorably established at Kamiar Rokni's Minimalist collection - this season was just as much about prints. Anyone with an eye on international fashion could have predicted the popularity of prints for spring/summer 2012 and anyone who has been following trends may have come across art on fashion or surrealism to be exact as one of fashion's biggest inspirations. At PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, I found Sadaf Malaterre and Anjum Alix Noon's as the most interesting for their uniqueness and their surrealistic edge. Anjum created the prints and Sadaf designed the clothes; both being good friends, their ideas gelled completely. This (above) is very Picasso. And taken...
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18 Apr

HSY’s finale: when the show gets bigger than the collection

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp0B3U7L4a8&feature=youtu.be] A fifteen minute delay (or was it thirty minutes?) led to the HSY finale and I have to admit, it was grand. Half a dozen bronzed and muscled torsos carried in regal, white silk flags boasting the HSY monogram and they followed a very haute Fayeza Ansari clad in a white hot-pant jumpsuit. The show began with white and ended with gold. Predictably, the entire collection was all white and gold, enhanced further by Asmaa Mumtaz's styling. It was grand but was it the strongest collection shown at PSFD Sunsilk Fashion Week? No. Just as critics at the Fashion Pakistan Week complained that Nomi Ansari (and not Honey Waqar) deserved the grand finale, similarly those who had been blown over by...
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17 Apr

Karma’s colours at PSFW

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wCqtlPz_U] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CJYJT2Lt8c&feature=relmfu] Karma by Maheen Kardar Ali got a new colour wave as the label broke away from traditional molds that is has always been associated with. I've never had this much fun at a Karma show before, despite the fact that they are always grand productions. Why? Well, simply because this Seussical collection was cheeky, a clear departure from the sugar coated fashion we've been served for so long. The new Karma, I felt, had a more interesting personality. It was tangy and fun, just like the jelly beans and sour-suckers in the goody bag: unpredictable, colourful and long lasting! Karma gets Seussical at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week This collection had individuality; I especially enjoyed the confident mis-matched...
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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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