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11 Oct

So who’s showing at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week?

Karachi Fashion Week is behind us and was certainly better than expected. Over now to PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, the next council-endorsed (and therefore credible) fashion week to be held. There are some exciting new names as well as the tried and tested. There is also an absence of many regulars, who have preferred to hold out for PFDC's bridal week scheduled to take place in Lahore next month. Here's the first teaser to Pakistan's most established platform for pret a porter...
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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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8 Oct

Karachi Fashion Week in a nutshell

[youtube=] In my opinion, here’s what can be appreciated about KFW… 1. The platform is sticking by its word on being regular on the calendar. KFW is a follow up to IFW (Islamabad Fashion Week) that was held in January earlier this year. Both KFW and IFW fall under Arshad Siddiqui's newly found Pakistan Fashion Council. 2. The runway, thanks to CEO Tariq Amin’s refined aesthetic, was impressive. 3. KFW shows started on time, with negligible twenty minute delays. The days wrapped up, quite wonderfully for PST, around 10pm. 4. As part of a larger picture, KFW is a launch pad for new or undiscovered designers, designers that may or may not make it to the country’s more credible PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that has...
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8 Oct

The fashion at Karachi Fashion Week…

Nadya Mistry Karachi Fashion Week, organized by Triple E’s Arshad Siddiqui with Tariq Amin as CEO, kicked off on Thursday with several undiscovered designers out of which Jazib Qamar emerged a star. I didn’t catch the first day or the first half of the second day (as I’m not covering this event for any publication other than my own) but was eager to go for the second half to experience what was being talked about as a constructive platform for Pakistani high street brands and uncelebrated yet talented designers. Attractions on Day Two (for me) were Nadya Mistry, MAK (as he has been a student of my Fashion Media class), Mona J (another FaMed student responsible for styling...
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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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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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18 Sep

Meera rehearses with Pappu Samrat 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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