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2 Mar

One Step Forward…

Nomi Ansari grand finale Fashion Pakistan Week Summer 2014 may have taken the platform one step forward in terms of better content but the question is: will it grow hereon or (once again) fall two steps back? Instep Review. Published: 2 March 2014 Google maps of Lyari on silk trousers. Monochrome patchwork on smart, rilli-crafted tunics, travelling the sartorial mile from rural Sindh to urban Karachi. Metallics that create gold and silver, mercurial illusions. And Parveen Shakir prints on postman satchels: imagine that! You actually needn’t bother with imagining because designers at Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) brought all these ideas, and more, to trend-setting Spring/Summer collections that’ll be widely available in retail stores soon. The content at fashion week:...
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21 Feb

Day 2 at Fashion Pakistan Week S/S 2014

A stronger day than the first, Day two at the Fashion Pakistan Week S/S 2014 presented some serious style, whether it was the high street trendsetting brand Gulabo, the elegant and now available Tughra line by Shamaeel, the trends show by Maybelline which featured diverse capsules from Sania Maskatiya, Sublime and Sanam Chaudhri or the Toni & Guy #HairMeetWardrobe show, which offered high glamour by Maheen Karim. Jafferjees took a very New York leap in revealing a smart, modern Summer line and Nauman Arfeen has (over the last two collections) emerged as a very impressive menswear designer. Sheep may have been the weaker link of the day but it showed potential to grow, perhaps the brand just needs to shepherd...
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17 Feb

Move over, Sindh Festival, it’s FPW time!

Shamaeel, after her showing, last year. To a fashion journalist (that's me) there's hardly anything more exciting than the idea of fashion week around the corner. And as this week begins, that thrill is stepping in with Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2014 (#FPWS2014). The fashion council may have skipped (yet) another season by giving Autumn/Winter a miss (the last FPW was in April 2013) but it returns with a stronger lineup, offering a happy mix of designers from Lahore and Karachi, from the pool of established veterans to a puddle of talented newbies. From the given lineup, I am looking forward to Gulabo, Shamaeel Ansari, Nomi Ansari, HSY, Deepak Perwani, Fahad Hussayn, Faraz Mannan, Mohsin Ali, Nida Azwer,...
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