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12 Nov

PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week day two: bombs away!

If you’ve been in one of those hot & cold situations that leave your hands feeling clammy then you’ll know what it must have felt like to be at fashion week last evening. The text messages started pouring in after eight, relatives insisting everyone return home immediately. It was bizarre, with fashion flashing in front of our eyes, while lives must have been flashing in front of so many on the other side of town. No matter how much you try to sugar coat life in Pakistan, you know that the core is as bitter as hell. But the show did go on. HSY announced the elimination of the three customary breaks; he knew people would have left. The air...
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30 Sep

What washed out fashion week

Instep Sept 26, 2010 The bright lights and vivid colours of fashion weeks have worn out and washed out, leaving behind a very tired, dull and lacklustre fashion industry. From April (when FPW2 concluded fashion week season) to date, there has hardly been any inspiring activity and it’s just not the socio-political dynamics of the country that has caused this dreariness. Designers, it appears, are burnt out/out of steam after participating in fashion weeks galore and the only road to recovery for them seems to be foreign trips. For shows, exhibitions or inspirations, who knows how the wheels of creative minds work? What we do know is that they’re certainly not working on new collections as the PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week,...
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24 Apr

These windows speak to me 2

The pull of fashion is such that I went back to Ensemble today, just to check out the freshly stocked racks of clothing and seeing how fabulous the fashion really was. It was, it was! Sabyasachi Mukherjee was there in full glory though I have to say the collection was a little geared to winter and it was way too steep! Beautiful but steep. The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week collection was in from Kamiar Rokni and it was thrilling to see some diluted and less pricey versions from the same. Loved the range of crumpled khaki kurtas by HSY. Slate by Faiza Samee (designed by Faiza's daughter Rabia Ghaznavi) was a complete sell out; with those bright summer prints how could...
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24 Apr

These windows speak to me!

If memory serves me right then it was Zeba Husain, in recent years, who upped the ante for fashion in Pakistan. We had fashion shows before, of course, but she initiated the 'mother of all shows' the Carnival de Couture several years ago. It changed the entire dynamics of how fashion was put up and things were never to be the same again. The Carnival led to the opening of Ensemble in Karachi and Lahore, the Ensemble fashion shows and now, fashion installations at the store. Brilliant conceptualization by Wow Factor, support from L'Oreal and with Zeba running the show, you had another great event to talk about. Aesthetically it was superb, from the tasteful red carpet to the gourmet...
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