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24 Apr

135 years of handbag history

Staying relevant in a competitive market for more than 2 years is quite an accomplishment by itself. But when your family has been successfully running a business for nearly 135 years, that is something worth writing about . The Jafferjee family has been dealing with leather as early as 1880, and that was the inspiration for their latest collection at Fashion Pakistan Week, 2016, where the collection was based on discovering our roots and how it all began.     Everyone wonders what Pakistani fashion was like back in the early days, specially since we haven't done a very good job of archiving all that precious data that is now mostly lost. However, Murtaza Ali, Director at Jafferjees, was luckily able to paint...
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20 Apr

One step forward, two steps back

  Fashion Pakistan Week SS 2016 was a messy cross between a government funded trade show and high-end fashion event. Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2016, held in Karachi last weekend, was an extremely mixed bag.   The three-day showcase proved that FPW16, a platform now in its eighth year, still hasn’t been able to find the structure, stability and standard for it to qualify as an established event. Blame that impression on the daily delays, ugly spaces, designers pulling out at the last minute, others managing only 4-outfit capsule collections, pools of mediocre models and a general lack of oomph. Each day was a confusing mix of high fashion, high street, accessory, textile and students all under one umbrella. This would not work anywhere...
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27 Jun

Another Quirky Collection from Mahin Hussain

  Mahin Hussain speaks her mind on the brand-obsession amongst Pakistani women and how her collections are usually too edgy for everyone.   Mahin Hussain’s aesthetic is faultless, especially if you’re looking for unique, stand out pieces. It’s no wonder that her clutches have been seen in the hands of celebrities, fashionistas and stateswomen alike. One of her most popular designs, the Sequinned Flag clutch, was spotted in the hands of Dr Maleeha Lodhi on her visit to meet UN Secretary General Ban-Ki moon; Pakistan’s Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has also proudly carried it. The clutch is quite a star but not bigger than it’s creator. Anyone who has seen her Hundred and Thousand Rupee Note clutches will know that she’s...
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3 May

TFPW SS2015: Day 2

No beating around the bush or sugar coating, I have to say it like I saw it. The second day at TFPW was not great. If we were looking for some missing oomph yesterday, then all efforts were completely brushed under the rug today. At one point the collections had become so mundane that Abdul Samad’s runway gimmickry brought a moment of (misguided) thrill. As least it was entertaining.   Unfortunately I do not love fashion week for its entertainment value but for its fashion forwardness, for the new and unexpected trends it promises to offer, for the mental notes it pushes one to make on what trends to adapt and what to wear. Fashion Week, so far, has not managed to...
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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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24 Apr

Hello bagwati!

Tapulicious bags are truly quirky and fun statements to carry! The detailing is at par with any established brand of bags available at this price. Bagwati. sigh. I cross my heart and say that I would rather have this eclectic piece of art for a bag than something that comes in a six-digit figure. Or more. These Tapulicious bags by Tapu Javeri were showcased at Fashion Pakistan Week 3 (the burqa collection) and carry forth his digital rendition of an ode to Karachi: Karachakra. I last saw a smaller, trial collection of these bags at the Karachakra exhibition last year and they must have done well for Tapu to submit to full-fledged production. The bags...
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