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18 Sep

Meera rehearses with Pappu Samrat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxqO1Nrvm68 Meera with Ahsan Khan at the Lux Style Awards The movement of this medley was too fast to capture neatly, though I'm sure fellow Tweeter Tapu Javeri got the perfect pictures. The costumes in this sequence were hideous but the moves were groovy. Look out for the Mathira number in the actual ceremony. I totally regret not capturing it on camera but I guess it's for the best!  ...
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6 Sep

Nostalgia: A reminder of Ismail Farid’s genius streak

      Anyone who knows Murtaza knows that my boy has the attention span of a poodle. But Ismail managed to keep him occupied during this ingenious shoot, photographed by none other than Rizwan-ul-Haq for a fashion campaign last year. Ismail had already shot menswear using a female model (magnificent concept that was) but I must say I was a little skeptical when I was offered to bring Murtaza for this spread. No regrets, he'll grow up to be very proud of it. Thank you Ismail!  ...
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6 Sep

Copycat, copycat where have you been?

While felines are fashion’s favourite mascotts, copycats are spoilers the industry could happily do without! Louboutan versus YSL: painting the town red with these passionate red souls. One brilliant designer – and there are only a few on that mantel in Pakistan - will create a pattern that has the potential to stir up a nationwide trend. Consider the multi-panel ankle length shirt re-introduced by Sana Safinaz two years ago as an example. Within months, most designers in Pakistan had reinterpreted the paneled shirt in their own collections. High street brands then created inexpensive versions of the high-end design. Many fashionistas in Pakistan tweeted that this Valentino gown seemed inspired by Sana Safinaz. Go figure!  Soon...
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5 Sep

Visas prevent designers from Pret a Porter, Paris

Eight Pakistani designers, coined as Pakistan's Super Eight by French fashion enthusiast Alexandra Senes, have very sadly been reduced to the number four as far as their presence in Paris is concerned. The Atmosphere, a section of the Pret a Porter fair hosting the Super Eight, however was just as rich as the designers left behind were quick enough to package off their wares. According to Adnan Pardesy who did manage to fly out in time and kept tweeting his tour, "The show was gr8. Very well received. And the interest in the product from buyers is interesting." Pity that someone so creatively well-crafted as Kami couldn't be one of Pakistan's fashion ambassadors to Paris. Kamiar Rokni, Khaadi...
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4 Sep

What’s written on the runways?

A quick look into the tangled web of fashion weeks in Pakistan… Will Rizwanullah ever model on the PFDC runway again? Here he steps in for Ali Xeeshan. ‘Fashion Week’ is the new buzzword. And there are three registered fashion councils in Pakistan, all three of them attempting to organize at least two fashion weeks a year.  It’s a ridiculous number of fashion weeks for a country as small as ours. From what one has witnessed, one united fashion council was established for Pakistan in 2006 but it very quickly segmented into the Pakistan Fashion and Design Council (Lahore) and Fashion Pakistan Council (Karachi). The PFDC took off under the leadership of Sehyr Saigol while FP elected Maheen Khan...
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26 Aug

Young and restless at The Designers

Fashion is no longer an expensive hobby for bored housewives who have too much money and time on their hands. Nor is it the launch pad to pseudo-stardom for people without a skill to their name. Here’s to a new era of young fashion graduates… Fashion buyer Asad Tareen with Adz Pardesy, fashion's favourite feudal YBQ and Shahi Hasan Fashion is Pakistan’s new cash cow. Right? Well, not exactly. While so many people step into fashion expecting to carve out a lucrative slice of this seemingly rich pie, not many of them realize how difficult it is to establish and run a business in a city that is always half shut. If fashion entrepreneurs (that would be anyone...
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24 Aug

Shamaeel impresses with her A/W2011 collection

Shamaeel in her studio after a 'wipe-out' day! The question is, why would anyone want to spend more or even as much on an inferior label when you can get true-blue-blood fashion at the atelier of Shamaeel? This Autumn Winter collection was a diverse extension of Shamaeel's signature: knotted casual tunics, heavily embroidered couture pieces and light, trendy formals which were snapped up by her fans before you could say 'go'! Contemporary feminine chic at its very best! The prints in the formal pieces were an extension of the miniature series; this time depicting Chugtai art. While the silhouettes were still loose and flowing there was an emphasis on the waistline (even drop waists) and...
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22 Aug

In conversation with Rabia Z

Emirati designer Rabia Z at Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi.  AHI: We have the very first corporate sponsored billboard for women who cover their heads… RZ: …that is fantastic. It is common here in the Gulf but nice to see it outside of GCC. AHI: Meanwhile, what I see as an ‘extremist’ streak of menswear designers are promoting their collections through very disturbing campaigns of women with their faces completely muffled under their scarves… RZ: They are probably trying to copy the West, misrepresenting Muslim women and then calling it “art”! AHI: What do you say for human figures featured without a head? RZ: This bit is OK.  Even net-a-porter does that with their video clips of outfits as do Islamic clothing...
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