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27 Apr

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week: Day One

It was such a buzzing evening. There was a delightful vibe to the venue. If I had to describe Day One of PSFW in one word, I would say ELECTRIC. And if I was given another two words, I would say Unnecessarily Late. The collections, however, went from one strength to another. Good, solid content is what any fashion week is about and after six seasons, one is delighted to report that PFDC is getting closer and closer to design-retail synergy and perfection. Sadaf Malaterre's capsule for Tapu Javeri prints and bags. Tapu Javeri had given four of his fun and quirky Karachi-centric prints to four different designers. I feel Sadaf Malaterre and Wardah Saleem nailed the capsules with...
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14 Mar

My thoughts on Sania Maskatiya lawn

As you may have read in my previous post, I'm not too impressed with most of the lawn out there: it's too busy, too frumpy and basically too everything. Spring/summer, for me, is about staying cool, looking minimalist (to look cool) and appearing fresh not overburdened or stuffed as a Thanksgiving Turkey. The only lawn I have bought (so far) is from Sania Maskatiya, that too because I wear and appreciate the brand's ideology. It is distinctive and the lawn, to SM's credit, was just as original. But here's an honest appraisal because unlike the outpouring of absolute glory and gushing and fawning by marketing departments (and star-struck bloggers) nothing, not even lawn by your favourite designer, is perfect! [caption id="attachment_2882"...
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21 Feb

Colour me, WICKED!

I'm very fond of Meherbano Sethi, who has been successfully managing the Luscious brand of makeup for several years now. And I feel that in lieu of the fashion week mania that we are experiencing in Pakistan, to have a limited edition of nail colours for summer is just wow! It's a great idea, one that many major cosmetic (especially nail) companies all over the world - OPI, Sally Hansen, MAC etc - have practised. Nail colour collections have been customised around movies, celebrities and of course fashion designers. So it's very hip of Meherbano to take up the idea in Pakistan. And her selection of designers as super as the shade card that she's chosen. Bright, vivid and joyous...
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16 Feb

Saturday Part 2: Meeting Mini Bindra

I bumped into Mini Bindra at the Sana Safinaz studio yesterday. And though she was on a super busy schedule, she graciously agreed to meet me for coffee today. Mini Bindra, who is visiting from India to stock up on Pakistani fashion, runs the PFDC Boulevard in Delhi. The multi-retail store, which opened three months ago marked notable expansion of the Pakistan Fashion Design Council, and Mini confirmed that our designers were doing very well in India, especially Sana Safinaz, Libas and Elan by Khadijah Shah. The very charming Mini Bindra, who I incidentally bumped into at the Sana Safinaz studio. What more, Mini shared that a Bollywood starlet was recently in the store and she picked up a...
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3 Dec

The Court for Couture

(Published in G.L.A.M, November 2012) Ali Xeeshan's quirky tribute to all 'Womaniya' of the world COUTURE is spelt DECADENCE. Whether you’re talking of haute couture that inspires Dior to bring a million flowers on stage (literally) or you’re talking bridal couture that drives designers and artisans around the bend in putting hundreds of hours into crafting one single ensemble. Couture spells decadence, opulence and unapologetic glamour. It needs and deserves a stage just as grand. Chanel couture at Paris Fashion Week The world’s most magnificent couture shows are held in Paris. “These clothes are for a world of privileged people,” Karl Lagerfeld said (quoted by Tim Blanks) after his Autumn/Winter 2012 showing this July, in which...
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6 Oct

PLBW Daily Diary: Day Three

The bird's nest braid sets the stage for braids as style for the season and Mohsin Ali's impressive capsule collection brings him back in the game. Ideally, Day Three of the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week should have started with Nickie Nina and ended with Khadija Shah’s Elan, which was the strongest of the evening. Layla Chatoor, who had come to make a debut/comeback from Karachi, fell in between, her colour palette subtle and beautiful but her lack of confidence and runway experience showing to her disadvantage. It would be fair to say that the evening started on its strongest note and then gradually slipped into monotonous tedium of seeing one generic bridal after the other. [caption id="attachment_2556"...
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20 Sep

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2012 lineup: first look

It hasn’t been made official yet but of course, a journalist can hardly be expected to wait for an official announcement. None of this has been confirmed by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council or Lotus (the official publicist for PLBW) but I have been able to put together an informal lineup of designers and I’m confident that it’s quite accurate, especially with the designers that I’ve spoken to. This is what (or rather who) you can expect to see at the second annual PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week… Names to look forward to: Fahad Hussayn, PLBW 2011 Fahad Hussayn: This will be Fahad’s second showing at the PLBW. He showed a magnificent Kashmir inspired collection last time and got raving...
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12 Nov

Mahira sparks up Labels

Multi-label boutique Labels collaborated with five of its high value designers to execute this shoot for the paramount 500th issue of Sunday magazine. Quite an achievement that Sunday - which under the shadow of STS had placed a ban on Labels - should award this anniversary issue to Zahir. But then Sheherbano Taseer is a breed apart and a gene pool above. She makes Pakistan proud, unlike her step sister. Anyway, back to fashion and this fabulous shoot. Planned at the picturesque Port Grande, the savvy new waterside food street in Karachi that would remind one of Singapore's Clark Quay if it could whip up a club scene, the shoot was coordinated and styled by Maha Burney and her artistic husband...
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3 Nov

Khadijah Shah does bridals with elan

          Khadijah Shah is one of the most popular bridal designers in Lahore, for good reason. Her office has stopped taking orders for bridals that require delivery before March. That means the next five months are locked, blocked and booked for Khadijah Shah who has her hands full and therefore no time to think of fashion shows. She says it's unlikely she'll be showing at PFDC's inaugural bridal week (being organized in collaboration with beauty giants L'Oreal) this December. But that won't cause a dent in her business, that is obviously flourishing with or without extra publicity. Shah's work speaks for itself, her forte being the classic and traditional line she sketches. This recent image from her bridal atelier...
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19 Apr

Fashion in full force, Doo-buy!

Doo-buy. Or Dubai. The place reeks of retail and driving along the large pathways that line this concrete jungle, you'd think there were no inhabitants humans in this place. Only looming buildings, speeding cars and lights. It's only when you step into the malls that you see the hustle bustle of life. Aaah, the smell of retail, and it's not just therapy when you're shopping. Even when you're window shopping, it's retail aromatherapy! So obviously, Doo-buy is the best place for fashion brands to flourish. Especially Pakistani fashion brands that attract South Asian socialites like bees to honey. Indeed, that is what one witnessed when Labels opened at Studio 8 on the lush Jumeirah strip. Studio 8 that day was a...
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