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16 Mar

On the prowl!

How many fashion models are catwalking into television, consequently stripping fashion of its glamorous mystique! When I sit at a fashion show I do not see ‘models strutting their stuff down the ramp’ as so many people like to call it. I see rows of disgruntled daughters-in-law, rebellious siblings, abused wives, estranged lovers and in some unfortunate instances even housemaids, helpers and domestic staff. Such is the line up of Pakistani fashion models. Most of them are all these characters because thanks to their greater involvement in television serials, they are acknowledged by their acting profile rather than their modeling. Almost every fashion model, with the exception of a handful, has stuck her finger in too many pies. The result is...
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4 Mar

Why do women move in herds when it comes to style?

Published in Instep, The News on March 2, 2010 Let’s face it: as women in Pakistan, most of us are not really encouraged to take individual decisions in our lives. We live in the protective shadow of either our parents or our husbands and those of us who manage to break away (by means of a foreign education perhaps) are eventually considered social outcasts or worse, rebels. There’s hope for us if we’re effectively lured back into the roost (the most desirable lasso being a suitable boy) but if we blow the candles on our twenty fifth birthday cake in a bachelorette pad in London, as our global salt and pepper of friends pop a cork with us, we’re mentally crossed...
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4 Mar

Forget your raashee, what’s your pedigree?

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 15 2010 An old friend of mine once hilariously remarked about the pedigree of a certain blond fashion designer, the kind you usually see in red nails and cheetah prints or those who freakishly resemble birds of prey. She took offense, let there be no doubt about that, but it did invoke this question over and over again: do human beings, women especially, have pedigree or is it a word used exclusively for canines? I think they do, especially the blond types that think their status is gauged by the size of diamonds they wear. They may have pedigree, just very little class. You may have the money to plaster foreign labels on every item...
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3 Mar

Throwback to Shiny, Happy Fashionistas!

The Shiny Happy People that make Fashion "Oh So Fabulous"! The most frequently asked question in my fifteen-year career as a fashion journalist has been, “why are all male fashion designers gay?” And I have patiently always given the same answer, broken down in two parts: 1)    It’s the same way all over the world because gay men usually have heightened (and better) aesthetics which makes them perfect for fashion, and 2)    It’s really none of your business unless you’re thinking of marrying one. We as a nation absolutely love to dig into peoples’ personal lives, their sexualities especially and form an opinionated moral brigade to deal with our own insecurities or shortcomings. Why should anyone be bothered about anyone’s sexual preferences unless they...
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3 Mar

Oh no! The Empire (silhouette) Strikes Back!

Published in Instep, The News on Jan 18, 2010 If only empire line waistbands could become a cause for suffocation! It is a rather unusually violent thought to begin a fashion column with but having seen one empire line waistband too many is reason enough to become trigger friendly. This is for all my friends out there who have at some point asked their tailors to cause unnecessary emphasis on the bust with this completely unsuitable style. Unsuitable for the well-endowed Pakistani woman, that is. The empire silhouette originated in France and was created to give women something less cumbersome or less confining to wear. With the corset tightening the life and breathe out of women, it was a welcome and significantly...
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