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17 Sep

Day One at PLBW 2015

  By Aamna Haider Isani     Day One at the PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week was buzzing with all things bright and beautiful, from the ambience to dazzling collections, from front row fashion to backstage banter. Society turned out in full force, with Sehyr Saigol, Musharaf Hai, Mian and Naz Mansha, Aamna Taseer, Saadia Rashid, Kauser Humayun, Nabila, Zeba Hussain, Sherezad Rahimtoola and Rehana Saigol at one end and Fawad Khan, Farhad Humayun, Zara Peerzada, Meesha Shafi and a plethora of designers at the other.       “You know you’re in Lahore when you see fake hair and false eyelashes in abundance,” someone in the front row cattily commented but in all seriousness, Lahore is a beautiful city and its beauty reflects in the way men and...
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16 Aug

Is Fashion Dead in Pakistan?

The rise of a ready to wear revolution has resulted in the death of innovation and creative expression in Pakistan. Can someone step in and save style?   I like to think of fashion as poetry in motion.   Alexander McQueen 1999: This was one of the most memorable moments in McQueen’s show history. Two robotic hands unraveled from slumber and aggressively spray painted model Sharlom Harlow. She says: “It almost became this like aggressive sexual experience in some way. And I think that this moment really encapsulates, in a way, how Alexander related to—at least at this particular moment—related to creation. Is that all of creation? Is that the act of a human being being created, the sexual act? Is it the act...
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1 Oct

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: Day One

Unable to attend the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2014 in person due to personal reasons, I resorted to live streaming the event from the comfort of my bedroom couch. Thank heavens for technology. It’s not the same thing; there’s no way I would critique clothes and collections in detail without doing them the justice of close observation. But impressions can be made, about the collections, the showings and the event. Divine Decadence by HSY The show got a strong kick-off with a Divine Decadence collection by HSY that was very smart. The face accessories may have been dark ala Fahad Hussayn but the collection easily took the attention away from the dramatic ornamentation to the modern fluidity of the first segment....
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4 Jun

Fashion weeks lead to fashion retail

Sania Maskatiya and Umair Tabani, the brain behind the brand. Designers should have the space to create while someone else worries about the business and Sania's lucky to have that in her brother. How many times have I heard the question, “What do fashion weeks achieve?” as most people feel it’s an opportunity for certain designers to claim the spotlight before they disappear into the woodwork for the next six months. People feel that way because while runway images may make for ample media fodder (and we do love churning pictures out on different angles for the next six months) clothes shown on the runway were seldom seen in stores. I said 'were' because that holds true...
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22 May

FDA: Fashion Daily Allowance for shopaholics

The joy of driving back home with a boot full of newly purchased merchandize is an immeasurable pleasure for the shopaholic. And you could diagnose me as one. That said, I try never to exceed the credit limit on my card and my delight is always multiplied when I stumble across great bargains. Those great bargains, in my opinion, come in stores that offer high style for a fraction of the cost. 1. Sana Safinaz Store x The Sana Safinaz store is one-must-stop at DMC, especially for those visiting Karachi. To get a well-style, trend pushing (short, smart as opposed to long and flared) tunic for Rs3500 is a smile but when that tunic comes with a Sana Safinaz label it's nothing short...
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26 Mar

Skip to end April and the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week

I have jump-skipped to the last event in April because PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, scheduled to take place in the last week in Lahore, promises to be the best fashion week in Pakistan. Ever. Here's why: On the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week red carpet last year: Humaima Malik, Meera and Reema. Lahore is beautiful this time of the year and being the heart and hub of culture, it's where star sightings are most frequent. The lineup (at least part of the line up that I have drawn up by speaking to designers randomly) includes Sana Safinaz, Shehla Chatoor, Sania Maskatiya, Maheen Karim (who'll be showing twice, once with Bonanza and the second time with her own western luxury...
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21 Feb

Colour me, WICKED!

I'm very fond of Meherbano Sethi, who has been successfully managing the Luscious brand of makeup for several years now. And I feel that in lieu of the fashion week mania that we are experiencing in Pakistan, to have a limited edition of nail colours for summer is just wow! It's a great idea, one that many major cosmetic (especially nail) companies all over the world - OPI, Sally Hansen, MAC etc - have practised. Nail colour collections have been customised around movies, celebrities and of course fashion designers. So it's very hip of Meherbano to take up the idea in Pakistan. And her selection of designers as super as the shade card that she's chosen. Bright, vivid and joyous...
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17 Apr

Karma’s colours at PSFW

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wCqtlPz_U] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CJYJT2Lt8c&feature=relmfu] Karma by Maheen Kardar Ali got a new colour wave as the label broke away from traditional molds that is has always been associated with. I've never had this much fun at a Karma show before, despite the fact that they are always grand productions. Why? Well, simply because this Seussical collection was cheeky, a clear departure from the sugar coated fashion we've been served for so long. The new Karma, I felt, had a more interesting personality. It was tangy and fun, just like the jelly beans and sour-suckers in the goody bag: unpredictable, colourful and long lasting! Karma gets Seussical at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week This collection had individuality; I especially enjoyed the confident mis-matched...
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23 Dec

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: day four

It was a good day. No, let me rephrase that. It was a great day. Infact, it was the kind of day that should have been everyday. PLBW started on a high note and ended on a high note. There was a dip in between but Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan salvaged the situation. Here's a bit about day four. Karma is back with the collection that we've been waiting years for. Karma's finale Nida Azwer's was the most creative/artistic collection of day four. She designs clothes for children and so the 'family' fashion made sense. Sanam Marvi's live singing at Nida Azer's show which added delightful dimension...
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