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14 Mar

My thoughts on Sania Maskatiya lawn

As you may have read in my previous post, I'm not too impressed with most of the lawn out there: it's too busy, too frumpy and basically too everything. Spring/summer, for me, is about staying cool, looking minimalist (to look cool) and appearing fresh not overburdened or stuffed as a Thanksgiving Turkey. The only lawn I have bought (so far) is from Sania Maskatiya, that too because I wear and appreciate the brand's ideology. It is distinctive and the lawn, to SM's credit, was just as original. But here's an honest appraisal because unlike the outpouring of absolute glory and gushing and fawning by marketing departments (and star-struck bloggers) nothing, not even lawn by your favourite designer, is perfect! [caption id="attachment_2882"...
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13 Mar

Let lawn today be gone tomorrow!

(Published in Dawn on March 10, 2013) Lawn mania hit an all-time high last year and though the 'movement' may still be underway, one feels it won't be long before we come full circle and head back to our staple/healthy diets of Gul Ahmad, Al Karam, Nishat and even Mausummery, where lawn is still regarded as a light weight, simple and breathable fabric to be worn through summer. What more? We will realize the attraction in buying a flexible yardage of fabric (as needed), in the very print that we like. One can understand the fascination in purchasing one or two varieties of 'dress-up' lawn from a designer of your choice but why, in this age of inflation, are women swaddling...
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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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