We were not looking for the bestÂ or worstÂ dressed celebrities at the Lux Style Awards this year; we startedÂ looking for Pokemons once Tapu Javeri tipped us off that the Expo Centre were crawling with them. And boy did we catch them all over the place! Some were dashing and heroic, some were glamorous and sexy, some were curiously creative and others were downright unsightly. We'll leave the judgement for you!
Pokemon name: Arcanine
This one is known for having incredibly good looks and moves as if it's flying. Fawad is now a legendary Pokemon that boasts a regal and proud appearance. We loved Fawad's choice of wardrobe - Republic by Omar Farooq as always - and he was one of the most...
The Lahore-based designer, known for his dark and grungy aesthetic, brings his Goth appeal to Labels, Karachi
Itâ€™s a year for fashion explosion all over the country and itâ€™s a time when designers from Lahore are gravitating towards the coastal shores of Karachi. While several big names have tried their luck at various multi label boutiques in Karachi over the years â€“ HSY, Sublime, Kamiar Rokni and other equally prominent names are a few examples â€“ not many have managed to flag it. But all that is changing and for the bigger and better. Today there is, most prominently, the retail giant Sapphire spearheaded by Khadija Shah and it is looming over other brands. The Elan designer will also be opening...
Mohsin Ali for Libas
Using gentle pastels to create a multipurpose collection that could be taken apart and put back together in any variation, Mohsin Ali for Libas was a hit. So many trends were offered in this cornucopia of design, which took Mohsin Ali three months to work on with Sehyr Saigol. It was evident that the best of two different aesthetics came together.Â Loved the use of pastels (though I'm not a pastel person at all) perspex, neon ribboning, and loved the crystal sneakers, which brings me to my point. Collaborations
Collaborations need to happen at an industrial scale. It's great that an established label like Libas should engage a young name like Mohsin and allow him...
The bird's nest braid sets the stage for braids as style for the season and Mohsin Ali's impressive capsule collection brings him back in the game.
Ideally, Day Three of the PFDC Lâ€™Oreal Paris Bridal Week should have started with Nickie Nina and ended with Khadija Shahâ€™s Elan, which was the strongest of the evening. Layla Chatoor, who had come to make a debut/comeback from Karachi, fell in between, her colour palette subtle and beautiful but her lack of confidence and runway experience showing to her disadvantage. It would be fair to say that the evening started on its strongest note and then gradually slipped into monotonous tedium of seeing one generic bridal after the other.
Mohsin Ali: cute designers with a quirky sense of style are always a welcome addition to the fashion scene.
The headline may be misleading but Hazaran designer Mohsin Ali is surely soon be known for his bow-ties, which remind me of a) The Bow-Tie killer in Problem Child and b) Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl. It's trendy to be in bow-ties and Mohsin has proven himself to be a talented, savvy and trendy young designer. He's still upcoming but with the deals he has struck with Crimson in Lahore and The Designers in Karachi, I have no doubt that he'll be up there very soon.
Mohsin (in another bow tie) sits next to comrade...
Muniba Kamal with the young and talented Wardha Saleem, who has brought her vibrant FPW3 collection to store. Fun, funky fashion for the fearless females out there!
Five labels either launched or upgraded their collections at The Designers yesterday, out of which Wardha Saleem (above) was the first I noticed.
Sania Maskatiya branched out to The Designers too, which makes her a label available at all three major multi label boutiques in Karachi: Labels, Ensemble, Ensemble One and now The Designers as well as her own flagship store. That's what I call spreading the wings and I guess it's no coincidence that birds have become trademark in most of Maskatiya's prints.
On racks was...
The second day of the fourth chapter of PSFW was higher on energy and buzz. The Sunsilk lounge was bustling with fashionistas and I must add that it was a great idea to offer picture souvenirs to those who were photographed against what I like to call the 'Wall of Fame'.
Nickie Nina's underwater collection
Â Nickie Nina: Act One opened with an underwater collection by Nickie Nina. It was a departure from the luxury couture that they usually create and some of the pieces were struggling to stay afloat. That said, it was encouraging to see the design duo experiment with their work. NN have a huge following in Lahore and any influence they can have on getting...
Fashion is no longer an expensive hobby for bored housewives who have too much money and time on their hands. Nor is it the launch pad to pseudo-stardom for people without a skill to their name. Hereâ€™s to a new era of young fashion graduatesâ€¦
Fashion buyer Asad Tareen with Adz Pardesy, fashion's favourite feudal YBQ and Shahi Hasan
Fashion is Pakistanâ€™s new cash cow. Right? Well, not exactly. While so many people step into fashion expecting to carve out a lucrative slice of this seemingly rich pie, not many of them realize how difficult it is to establish and run a business in a city that is always half shut. If fashion entrepreneurs (that would be anyone...
With Frieha Altaf (right), the woman without whom Pakistani fashion would not be the same!
Â It has been a long and arduous summer and while last evening at Asad Tareen's multi-brand store The Designers was no less steamy, it did inject some much missed fashion activity back into the daily drudgery of our lives in Karachi. Plus, the icy blended mint lemonades really saved the day.
The launch of Adnan Pardesy, Wardah Saleem, Mohsin Ali and Akif Mehmood amongst a few new labels at The Designers kicked off what we can hope will be a buzzing beginning of a new season for fashion. While all collections were geared towards Eid and therefore safe conventionality - they were nothing...