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5 Apr

Shoania: A match fixed in headline heaven

  The Indian take: Sania Mirza…of course, what else did you expect from her. Yeh toh hona tha, after all she is Muslim before being Indian. She did refuse to play doubles with the Israeli Shahar Pe’er in 2006 and she was photographed sitting with her feet up towards the Indian flag. She even faced possible persecution by the Indian Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act. We think she should give back her Padma Shri and Arjuna Awards. Let Pakistan give her the Pride of Performance for marrying Shoaib Malik. We’d love to hear the Pakistani Taliban’s take on her skirts! The Pakistani take: Sania Mirza…of course, what else did you expect from Shoaib Malik who was desperate to marry an...
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31 Mar

Sara Shahid relocates Sublime in Karachi

Summer blues: Me, Sara Shahid, Fareshteh Aslam and Fathma Amir at the launch. Sara Shahid of the Lahore based label Sublime flew down to Karachi to launch her brand of clothing at Labels.  She has been stocking at another multi brand fashion boutique – The Designers – for several years but I think Labels will be a much more lucrative and appropriate option for the minimalist label. While The Designers has been great for formal, wedding wear, Labels has been synonymous with the working woman’s wardrobe, whether it is designed for ‘on the job’ or formal evening clothing. Sublime fits the bill perfectly. Also, the higher footfall at Labels will ensure better success for the brand. [caption id=""...
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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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8 Mar

Guess who’s coming for dinner?

Instep, March 8 2010 Imagine this: your taste buds are happily enjoying the sights and sounds of BBC food. You spend your days salivating over the TV set and your evenings wishing your husband cooked like Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein or the ultimate Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver. Forget cooking like Jamie, you wish you were married to him and living the ultimate dream life on River Cottage (instead of Hugh Fearnley, no offense). The men replace their Pamela Anderson fantasies with Nigella Lawson fantasies...
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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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4 Mar

Warning: Approaching Valentine’s Day!

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 8, 2010 I’d have to agree with Ashton Kutcher in hating Valentine’s Day. I hate it with a vengeance. Valentine’s Day is when people in love start painting the town red. As if we didn’t get enough red on a daily dose of betel juice that is spat into public walls. But no, red to Valentine’s Day affectees symbolizes all those mush brained couples who like flaunting the fact that they’re in love…with each other. How corny is that…statement, not question. As far as I see it, come February and ugliness as well as tackiness starts setting down in town. Lovers (and losers who just want to pose as lovers) start picking up on hints of...
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4 Mar

Cosmetic surgery is the new painkiller

Published in Instep, The News on Feb 1 I’m 35 years old and every time I look into the mirror I feel that a slight lift of the eyebrows would make my forehead look so regal…I close my eyes and think of Rekha and her winged brows. Then I pull the skin on my face back and think of the wonderful fillers that could erase the gentle laugh lines appearing around my mouth to get that smooth flawless look. At that point I think of Elizabeth Taylor, who I admit isn’t the best person to fantasize looking like anymore. Okay, okay…all you people who know me know I need much, much more than little nips and my makeover begins with a...
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