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16 Nov

When gold gets lyrical

We live in a day and age where time and practically everything that falls within the twenty four hours of each day is measured in its monetary value; how well it will sell. It’s a rare and extraordinary pleasure to come across a creative artist who designs for the delight, the thought and the consciousness of design. And that’s why the brand KFJ is special. The kind of jewellery Kiran Aman designs is a pleasure for the soul, not just the visual senses, and each of her collections – my personal favourites being Time Scripts Man. Man Scripts Time and Esoteric – has been a reflection of what has moved her at that particular moment. These days it’s Harmonia, her...
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22 May

“I am a control freak" – Adnan Pardesy

Adnan Pardesy talks about retail and the reason why he’s not up for ready to wear yet   Adnan Pardesy has been deemed one of the most talented young couturiers in Pakistan, and also one of the laziest. It has taken him seven years and several successful fashion week showings to emerge from his old showroom on Queen’s Road to mainstream fashion territory. Pardesy opened his new studio in Clifton last week, finally making himself accessible to walk-in clients and fashion lovers. He still hasn’t opened with ready to wear in stock but he does confess to be experimenting with a luxury prêt Eid collection to test the prêt-a-porter waters. In this day and age when ready to wear is becoming the...
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5 Feb

So KFJ, I so love!

They say third time is lucky and like a cat looking for the right place to settle down, jewellery designer and publisher Kiran Aman has experimented with two stores previously before setting down for this little haven of artistic expression. Tucked away on the second floor of Ocean Mall, the KFJ (Kiran Fine Jewellery) store opened yesterday to a delighted clientele that could not wait for the event to finish before they started buying. There's something about Kiran that sets her apart. And that something is her unfaltering passion for what she does, whether that's publishing books or creating pieces of jewellery that are unique, designed with a deep symbolism at their heart. There is nothing conventional about her jewellery -...
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23 Sep

Frieha’s Fabulous 50!

Frieha Altaf's 50th birthday celebrations began on a yacht that sailed, under full moon, around midnight. It was gorgeous, the moonlight leaving a silver trail on the water's surface, eighties music playing in the background and just enough people to be around happily, without having to make superficial small talk. I haven't known Frieha long, just around 12 years. And I remember meeting her for the very first time, backstage at the first Carnival de Couture held in Karachi. I introduced myself (there had been work-related communications over the phone) and she beamed a fabulously dimpled smile at me, "Finally, we meet!" Contrary to what I had heard, Frieha was not scary. And believe it or not, while the world finds...
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30 Sep

Dou Rukh: two sides of the same picture

In this constant pursuit to keep photography alive as an art (as opposed to a commercial exercise alone), Karachi's ace photographers Arif Mahmood and Tapu Javeri launched a book of interesting portraits at the IVSAA today. The book titled 'Dou Rukh' captured many of Pakistan's high profile faces from a vast cross section of fashion, television, humanity and arts. Mathira, photographed by Arid Mahmood The portraits were undoubtedly striking, as expected from two of the most experienced names from the field, but it was the event itself that was just as delightful. Warm albeit breezy, the IVSAA courtyard lit up to welcome a diverse gathering of interesting people, including many of whom had been photographed for the book. A...
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7 Mar

Drops of Jupiter

Kiran Aman and Sonya Battla trace their way through the constellation with collections inspired by the Milky Way Kiran Aman and Sonya Battla   Sonya Battla and jewellery designer Kiran Aman delivered a little bit of heaven last week when they launched their new collections at the Karachi Planetarium, a virgin venue for a fashion event. Inspired by celestial bodies and the galactic world that exists parallel to ours, the event interpreted Aman’s ‘Meet your Void’ and Battla’s ‘Stellar’ with grace and raised the bar for how fashion events may be done in Pakistan. While fashion continues to churn out commercial shows ad nauseam, this event proved how effective design can be when a little intellect is applied to it. “A single speck of dust...
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