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30 Jun

The power of fashion

Leaders: do we care what they wear? Fashion has been a medium through which a person expresses his personality by the outfit he/she opts to wear. And perhaps, it’s this idea of putting yourself out there and making a statement through sartorial choices that appeal the most to politicians worldwide. Since politicians have constantly endeavored to put their best foot forward, their aim to gather support of the masses now surpasses the speeches made and political agendas set. The following are just a handful of politicians who have made fashionable-headlines:   Hina Rabbani Khar Pakistan’s youngest (and prettiest) female Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar came under fire by fashion critiques at home and abroad for her choice of Birkin bag.  At her...
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28 Sep

5 minutes with Zainab Chottani

By Manal Khan     Zainab Chottani may not have made it to the brouhaha of big names of wedding wear designers in the country (yet) but she has steadily acquired a quiet respectability amongst her fans. Zainab's name boosted to fame after she started showing at fashion weeks and since then she has been busy associating herself with Bridal Couture Week, Fashion Pakistan Week, TV shows (dressing morning show hosts and lending wardrobes to serials) and showing whenever the need. Her latest appearance at the Shaan-e-Pakistan showcase in Delhi has further propelled her 'bridal' success and paved her way to reach out to the Indian market as well. She is available by appointment at her studio in Karachi which is where she stocks her collection.     Something Haute catches up...
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9 Oct

Couture week is a Bollywood playground

Here's a very small peek into Couture Week in India. I know there's much more to report but it'll take time! The buzz here at the Grand Hyatt has been incredible for the past two days. Hundreds of ushers, helpers and organizers scurry here and there all day, just to ensure that the two daily shows breeze through without a hitch. They have to, because the runway as well as front rows play host to Bollywood royalty. So far I have seen Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sonam and Anil Kapoor (who btw is an absolute hunk and much much more dignified and desirable than Big B), Amitabh, the Khans including Shah Rukh, Saif as well as Kareena, Karisma (looking...
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