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1 Dec

Day 2 at FPW15 has highs and lows

  Day 2 at Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive 15 was expected to be most exciting. It boasted an interesting mix of designers: Wardha Saleem, Maheen Karim, Elan, Nida Azwer, FnkAsia and Deepak Perwani. There was Obaid Shaikh too but people conveniently tried to overlook that one show. Unfortunately not all the big names managed to deliver. Other than three impressive collections, it was live singing by Zeb Bangash (for Wardha Saleem) and Zoe Viccaji (for Deepak Perwani) that was the highlight of the day.   By Aamna Haider Isani   Here’s a look at 3 of the day’s strong collections:   Designer: Khadijah Shah for Elan Collection: Sauvage Elan's wild trip   This vibrant display of jungle life had me at snakes; they were coiled in the...
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9 Nov

Sparkling couture features six designers from Pakistan

Six eminent brands from Pakistan flew out to Dubai for a gala celebrating 120 years of crystal giant, Swarovski.   By Aamna Haider Isani   Crystals sparkled everywhere. They were casually strewn across glass tabletops, catching the candlelight at dinner. They dazzled on the lapels of men’s dinner jackets and twinkled delicately throughout the day as they were flaunted on chokers, pendants and the variety of accessories that women walked in wearing. The most spectacular display, however, was the Sparkling Couture exhibit itself. As curtains parted to reveal the customized gowns that over 40 designers from 11 countries had designed especially for the event, there was an audible gasp of delight followed by a murmur of excitement.   This Elan ensemble took...
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27 Sep

Is it time to rethink fashion week?

The PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week had all the markings of a success – most importantly a stellar lineup – and yet it fell short of being sensational. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the elements.   By Aamna Haider Isani   How does one stand out at fashion week?   That’s a question Vanessa Friedman, Chief Fashion Critic at New York Times asked after New York Fashion Week, which was unraveling in the Big Apple around the same time as fashion week was taking place in Lahore. Friedman tossed the answer between concepts, ideas, celebrity appearances, gimmicks and ultimately, better collections. There may be a good seven decades of experience between NYFW and PLBW but the issues, uncannily, are the same.   So, how does one stand out at...
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3 Mar

Lend us a ‘foreign’ hand, will you?

We love to complain about ‘outside influences’ in our cinemas, our TV screens and our music but it’s high time to introspect and fix what’s wrong within. (Published in Dawn Images on Sunday, March 3 2013) The horror! The horror! The shock to see a well-known Indian face on a Pakistani billboard is absolutely scandalous. Reality check: these celebrity faces wouldn’t be so well-known if we, as a nation, weren’t so deliriously besotted with Bollywood! Indian films are released in our cinemas, Indian and Turkish TV serials are put up on our cable channels and Indian songs blare at our weddings where we dance the nights away with Radha, Munni, Sheila and Chikni Chameli. Then why the hue and cry over a...
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3 Nov

Khadijah Shah does bridals with elan

          Khadijah Shah is one of the most popular bridal designers in Lahore, for good reason. Her office has stopped taking orders for bridals that require delivery before March. That means the next five months are locked, blocked and booked for Khadijah Shah who has her hands full and therefore no time to think of fashion shows. She says it's unlikely she'll be showing at PFDC's inaugural bridal week (being organized in collaboration with beauty giants L'Oreal) this December. But that won't cause a dent in her business, that is obviously flourishing with or without extra publicity. Shah's work speaks for itself, her forte being the classic and traditional line she sketches. This recent image from her bridal atelier...
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