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21 Mar

Colour and Style at Xander’s

(L-R) Umair Tabani, fashion's new and very welcome addition, Adnan Pardesy looking for a plus-one, Maheen Karim in an unexpected ethnic avatar, Kiran Aman sporting a chic new haircut, Sanam Chaudhri in her Deepak ki lawn and Rukaiya who looks stunning though not too happy here! These breakfast meetings at Xander's are what we call real life 'cute-meets'. There must be more of them, the conversation was so insanely entertaining! Also at the table were Frieha Altaf, me and Fareshteh who was gliding in and out avoiding the bouts of smoke. Now you see Shamaeel, also in a festive shade of mimosa that I'm still trying to figure out!      ...
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16 Mar

Lawn campaigns par excellence!

For those of you who are not following the latest TVC craze, here's my choice of Summer 2012's best lawn campaigns yet. [youtube=] The feel is old school, classic and regal. Good job Guddu Shani! [youtube=] Sun, sand and wind blown so fresh and perfect for a French summer. Kudos Shahbaz Sumar. [youtube=] Nostalgic for a dusty old romantic movie. Asad ul Haq draws Sonam Kapoor into Pakistan....
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15 Mar

KR’s Zulu for the tribal rain dance!

The summer wardrobe is trickling into my wardrobe very nicely. Here's the second print I bought from the KR exhibition: Zulu from the Modernist selection. Maheen Karim has styled this print in her signature three-way tunic with all three prints incorporated. I do feel it may be a bit too much but am enjoying the tribal feel. Note that the embroidered border has been applied to the yolk, sleeves and hem and the chaak (side slits) of this tunic are in front not at the sides as customary. I have to say that there was a 6 inch ribbon with 6 crystals on it that I found absolutely no use for. If I were to follow the picture in the catalogue...
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13 Mar

“We even have a designer from Chichawatni,”; FPW3.

Mr Daniel Tarshish, British Deputy Head of Mission, spoke at the press conference, smartly suited in Ahmed Bham who will be making a fashion week debut at FPW3. I’m so excited that Pakistani fashion is finally coming together, as Spokesperson FP Deepak Perwani more than vehemently stated that one designer from Chichawatni, two from Islamabad and two from Peshawer would be showing at FPW3. What he meant was that, as the name suggested, ‘Fashion Pakistan’ was a platform that encompassed fashion from all over Pakistan. Very, very exciting! Though I have seen a few fashion labels trickling in from Islamabad what sounds promising is Chichawatni and Peshawer. Just imagine! All this information, along with the list of 25...
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12 Mar

“The umbrella is Pakistani fashion and our strength is content.”

Shamaeel Ansari, Chairperson Fashion Pakistan council, breaks the silence on the upcoming FPW3 Shamaeel at FPW2 Speculation is rife regarding Fashion Pakistan’s comeback after spending two years in the shadow of Lahore’s Pakistan Fashion Design Council. But the FP board is confident that now that logistics are under control they will take off exactly from where they left. They will be able to make up for lost time. Fashion Pakistan Week 3, scheduled to begin on April 6 in Karachi (though there there may be a change of date), will dispel many false rumours doing the rounds, FP’s new Chairperson Shamaeel feels. Can you give us a brief recap of what took Fashion Pakistan (FP) two years to make...
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11 Mar


What exactly is the British Council reconstructing? This exhibition titled Reconstruction - that has traveled through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and will now proceed to Moscow, Russia after spending a week in Karachi - is all about recreating the culture heritage of various regions in contemporary fashion. Sophia Kokosalaki's designs combine her Grecian heritage with the steely, urban structure of London, where she now lives. The journey from culture to contemporary fashion is one almost every Pakistani designer undertakes at least once in his/her career but not always is it so refined and sophisticated. The fusion we see is often too literal. This exhibition is a very welcome benchmark for comparison. It shows how culture can be recreated by the reincarnation of...
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9 Mar

A fashion moment at Park Towers

Meesha Shafi-Rehman and Aamina Sheikh at the TR-10 show at Park Towers today When L'Oreal invited me to be part of the TR 10 campaign, I agreed simply because I do use L'Oreal moisturizers and shampoos and have been using them for the past ten years or more. TR 10 is very new but I've used the White Perfect, Hydrafresh and the Collagen anti aging cream. The main reason to be part of this talk show was, well, most of the women on the show were fashionable and because I really did want to talk about ten things I juggle in my everyday life, how they stress out the skin and how to counter that damage. You...
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4 Mar

SOC’s ‘I’m every woman!’ style statement for the Oscars

Oscar moment! Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy with Daniel Junge. Her Bunto Kazmi kameez is beautiful and you can get a peek at the flag dangling from her wrist! Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s sartorial choices were as successful as her Oscar-winning documentary. Very similar to her acceptance speech, her wardrobe was confident while retaining the pureness of being a sophisticated and contemporary Pakistani woman. She chose her designers (all women) intelligently: Sania Maskatiya for a young and progressive feel, Sana Safinaz for an essence of fusion with the world’s aesthetic ethos and Bunto Kazmi for the richness of hand-embroidered Pakistani couture. Her jewelry was just as much a statement as her clothes. The gold cuff she wore to the ceremony -...
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4 Mar

The House of Kamiar Rokni for Bonanza

I think that the merger of Kamiar Rokni and Tia Noon's design brilliance with the corporate structure of the House of Bonanza (formerly having very little fashion significance) is the biggest revolution since buttons. Okay, so buttons aren't very fashionable when they come in plain black but they do serve a greater purpose and been stylized to look much funkier than the original two-eye model. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what The House of Kamiar Rokni is destined to do for Bonanza: give it a flash of fashion while keeping it's utilitarianism alive. The NEWS collection featured the Rilli skirt (2010) which has made way into the Bonanza lawn series in 2012. Voila! The...
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29 Feb

IFW, Oscars, LPNY and Humsafar

Islamabad Fashion Week has been postponed to April 10, 2012 which means that between FPW3 (April 6-9), IFW (April 10-13) and PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (April 13-16) April will be a month to conserve energy for. Add the Sky Fashion Showcase to that list (March 26-29) and you'll be exhausted already. What a feeling! Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's Vanity Fair party outfit by Sana Safinaz was accessorized by a lovely (ruby and diamond) ring and bracelet designed especially for the occasion by Sherezad Rahimtoola. SOC was also presented a pair of diamond earrings to go with the bracelet but she couldn't wear them as the earrings she had worn earlier (by Kiran Aman) were quite heavy and she couldn't...
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