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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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16 Oct

“I’m deeply impressed by what I have seen and want to take Pakistani designers to the world stage arena.”

 - Australian fashion consultant Margaret Rushe Farrell talks about liaising between Australia, Europe and Pakistan. Fashion consultant Margaret Rushe “We came here with no expectations at all,” Margaret Rushe Farrell, the Australian consultant visiting Karachi Fashion Week told me over a sun-dappled lunch at Café Koel. Monday afternoon was the first meal the buyers were allowed outside of the hotel, as KFW’s neck-break schedule had them tied down to the venue for four days. “I am so deeply impressed by what I have seen,” she continued. “I want to take Pakistani designers to the world stage arena. I want to show the world that Pakistan is not about guns and fighting but also about fashion. It should be a...
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10 Oct

Karachi Fashion Week ends on a patriotic high-note

There are two things that make good fashion work: confidence and contextualization. Any designer who has the confidence to design what is ingrained in his persona and also manages to make it relevant to the world around us has higher chances of impressing his audience. And that’s exactly why Sanam Agha, Munib Nawaz and above all, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi left a strong imprint on the last day of Karachi Fashion Week. Usman Dittu’s collection was a bit all over the place but his couture saris proved once again, that precision of pattern (especially when it comes to sari blouses) is his identity mark. Clean cut and contemporary. A definite trend for men and women alike, a happy...
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8 Oct

Karachi Fashion Week in a nutshell

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DhkOc2GehY] In my opinion, here’s what can be appreciated about KFW… 1. The platform is sticking by its word on being regular on the calendar. KFW is a follow up to IFW (Islamabad Fashion Week) that was held in January earlier this year. Both KFW and IFW fall under Arshad Siddiqui's newly found Pakistan Fashion Council. 2. The runway, thanks to CEO Tariq Amin’s refined aesthetic, was impressive. 3. KFW shows started on time, with negligible twenty minute delays. The days wrapped up, quite wonderfully for PST, around 10pm. 4. As part of a larger picture, KFW is a launch pad for new or undiscovered designers, designers that may or may not make it to the country’s more credible PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that has...
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8 Oct

The fashion at Karachi Fashion Week…

Nadya Mistry Karachi Fashion Week, organized by Triple E’s Arshad Siddiqui with Tariq Amin as CEO, kicked off on Thursday with several undiscovered designers out of which Jazib Qamar emerged a star. I didn’t catch the first day or the first half of the second day (as I’m not covering this event for any publication other than my own) but was eager to go for the second half to experience what was being talked about as a constructive platform for Pakistani high street brands and uncelebrated yet talented designers. Attractions on Day Two (for me) were Nadya Mistry, MAK (as he has been a student of my Fashion Media class), Mona J (another FaMed student responsible for styling...
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