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23 Sep

Frieha’s Fabulous 50!

Frieha Altaf's 50th birthday celebrations began on a yacht that sailed, under full moon, around midnight. It was gorgeous, the moonlight leaving a silver trail on the water's surface, eighties music playing in the background and just enough people to be around happily, without having to make superficial small talk. I haven't known Frieha long, just around 12 years. And I remember meeting her for the very first time, backstage at the first Carnival de Couture held in Karachi. I introduced myself (there had been work-related communications over the phone) and she beamed a fabulously dimpled smile at me, "Finally, we meet!" Contrary to what I had heard, Frieha was not scary. And believe it or not, while the world finds...
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23 Aug

Fashion Season Starts with VCB…

To celebrate beauty in our bleak landscape is a great idea and the VCB, now in its eighth year has been consistent in its delivery of at least one show a year. However, no event is complete without controversy and this year that controversy lies in Reckitt Benckiser (Veet) taking the show from Frieha Altaf to ARY Productions. No event is complete without controversy and this year that controversy lies in Reckitt Benckiser taking the show from Frieha Altaf to ARY Productions. Frieha Altaf, who conceptualised the show for 7 years, with Tapu Javeri who has always been a judge on the awards segment and still is. "Frieha Altaf has done a fabulous job with VCB," Mr Danish Khawaja, Senior Vice President...
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17 Jan

Amin Gulgee’s One Night Stand

The timing was perfect; had this installation taken place today it would have been next to impossible to make it to Amin Gulgee's studio next to Bilawal House. The city has been virtually at a standstill for over ten days but you'd be surprised at how much activity has been taking place regardless. What do people do? Life, while you're living it, can't be put on a standstill. Affan Baghpati, Shehril Shehzad and Zeerak Ali express the immortality of platonic love through slipping sand. It would come down and go right back in. This was easily one of my favourite installations of the evening. Life goes on. And so does love. That is what Amin Gulgee brought to...
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14 Jan

Society Sartorial: Frieha, Fareshteh & Shehla Chatoor

High heeled and well turned out, the brunch was quite the fancy fashion parade. Here, Frieha Altaf was spotted in a hip, BCBG Max Azria dress, Michael Kors heels and a Shanghai Tang clutch. Fareshteh carried her Shehla Chatoor Oriental Kaftan equally savvily. Seen below, Shehla dressed up her Oriental Coat with fur and as Frieha pointed out, she has gorgeous sun-dipped hair that was entirely natural. ...
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1 Sep

Refresh: a new face in Pakistan’s pool of fashion models

Abeer Adeel, 23, is 5"10', married and has two young children. She isn't conventionally beautiful but Abeer has the height and poise of a runway model. Let's hope she has the walk too. "I always wanted to model," she spoke to me at a recent fashion event, "and my parents and husband have allowed me so there's nothing to stop me anymore." "I feel Frieha is protective of her models and keeps them safe from controversy and harm," she added. "I'd like to stick to doing good, quality work and Frieha is a good mentor." Abeer with her mentor and guide, Frieha Altaf Abeer was gleaned at the Veet Model Hunt this year, where she emerged winner....
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31 Aug

Misha Lakhani debuts with Vintage VaVa Voom!

Misha Lakhani poses next to a mannequin dressed in a velvet column. Misha Lakhani’s debut last evening was quite the talk of the town; it had fashionistas buzzing with excitement on several accounts of the Lakhani name stepping into fashion, competition for several other high society designers who have been around for years, etc.  After spending time with the designer, seeing her vision unravel from a concept store to a professional launch, I have to say that while Misha Lakhani may be privileged to have the financial backing to afford a Central Saint Martins education, a high end boutique (in central Clifton on the same road as Ensemble and Xander’s Café) and a professional debut, she is...
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12 Aug

Iftar at Nomi’s: where the African Grey was louder than any of us!

A gentle evening breeze kept the outdoors cool, a squawking parrot made sure he was heard above the social chatter and Nomi's dress code - white - ensured a sense of serenity was maintained through-out the iftar that he hosted today. Shamaeel, who hosted an iftar for council members last week and Nomi, who put together the most eclectic of people for his. Iraj in a sufi-mode, Shamaeel doing the desi-girl and Fareshteh wearing black in a white theme GT. After hours: Tapu, Nubain, Saqib and Frieha lounging after that lavish feast! Fauzia, risking a plate of pakoras and Nadia, avoiding food at all costs to lose the...
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23 Apr

Most fashion journalists ARE the best dressed people around!

Muniba, in a Monsoon LBD, was undoubtedly Best Dressed that day. So I am on a roll here but  have to drag you all back to Pakistan Fashion Week 3 and the Zong Award for Best Dressed (lady and gentleman) on the red carpet. Two judges were appointed each day and on Day 1, the award went to Muniba Kamal (Editor Instep) and Declan Walsh (who, wearing jeans and a work shirt joked that the award was rigged). Both journalists, Walsh does qualify as good looking and Muniba is both good looking and fashionably well dressed. Hani Taha wearing Shehla Chatoor. There's just something about intelligent women that makes them automatically attractive. And like it...
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26 Feb

Fashion & Friends for Frieha (and Crescent) at Flo!

[youtube=] Frieha Altaf of Catalyst PR poses in one of the new prints by Faraz Manan by Crescent Lawn I have not been able to drag myself to the lawn exhibitions this year, not a single one, especially at the Imperial and Palm shamianas. But Frieha Altaf is a smart event manager and she organized a press view for Crescent at Cafe Flo, in an intimate and elegant way. I don't know when and where the lawn will officially be launching. The new and improved Sam: spotted during the makeup call at Rukaiya's salon And here you see Sam all prepped up at the show Fareshteh Aslam and the...
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