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15 Oct

PLBW: Last Day Last Show, Best Show!

The three day PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week ended on a high note, highlighted by the brilliance of colour from Nomi Ansari, the dignity of Sana Safinaz's colour chrome and of course the grand finale. But the day, in its entirety, was a good one. Zara Shahjahan Zara Shahjahan has the potential to be creative - as she was with floral lehngas and ghagras with pockets - however, the crowd pleasing commercial pieces were run of the mill. They may be essential to keep the business warm but I would like Zara to take the leap of faith and plunge into her skills wholeheartedly. Nomi Ansari One of the most widely appreciated (and copied) designers, Nomi...
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11 Oct

PLBW takes off with trendsetting wedding wear

When it boils down to basics, a day at fashion week has to be judged by the quality of design it sends out on the catwalk, the amount of style seen on its red carpets, front rows and the kind of push it gives the fashion industry in general. That's three solid checks for PLBW Day One. HSY HSY brought his three muses to the catwalk: Vaneeza, Mehreen Syed and Reema, cast in the splendour of three collections in red, gold and midnight blue respectively. The runway does require exaggeration and his layering was very ambitious but the impact was grand and served a diverse palette of wedding wear for brides to choose from. I feel I should...
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16 Feb

Saturday Part 2: Meeting Mini Bindra

I bumped into Mini Bindra at the Sana Safinaz studio yesterday. And though she was on a super busy schedule, she graciously agreed to meet me for coffee today. Mini Bindra, who is visiting from India to stock up on Pakistani fashion, runs the PFDC Boulevard in Delhi. The multi-retail store, which opened three months ago marked notable expansion of the Pakistan Fashion Design Council, and Mini confirmed that our designers were doing very well in India, especially Sana Safinaz, Libas and Elan by Khadijah Shah. The very charming Mini Bindra, who I incidentally bumped into at the Sana Safinaz studio. What more, Mini shared that a Bollywood starlet was recently in the store and she picked up a...
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6 Oct

PLBW Daily Diary: Day Three

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 L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week should have started with Nickie Nina and ended with Khadija Shah’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. [caption id="attachment_2556"...
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4 Oct

PLBW Daily Diary: Day One

Nabila is capable of perfection and this style show wasn't a patch on Rock n Folk, Sompteux, the garden show, the Refresh show, even the Old to Bold style show that she showcased at PLBW last year. This was an oft-executed concept, first witnessed on the PFDC runway when designer YBQ painted an ensemble on to Aamina Sheikh. Paper doll missed the point. From the luxe debut that PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week made last year – and we were shown repeated footage of the pomp as a reminder - I have to say that this year’s kick-start was comparatively quite limp. Yes, times are hard and we must be gracious and thankful for any flash of...
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17 Sep

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week announces dates

Zaheer Abbas' bridals made a debut at the first PLBW last year while Nabila opened the show with a Gold to Bold concept. One expects something conceptual to happen this year too. As expected, the Pakistan Fashion Design Council has proven that they are sorted and well organized. They have already sent details of the upcoming PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week, announcing that the event will be held in Lahore between October 3 to 6, 2012. The final lineup of designers has not yet been revealed but the orientation letter from official publicist Lotus promises that it will come by the end of the week. Fantastic. It's no secret that PFDC will be opening Pakistan's first official multi-label...
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1 Jan

Upping the bridal ante 2

The third dimension Star power: Mahira and Fawad for Umar Sayeed 1. Star presence may not have been enough to overwhelm but it was enough to keep the interest alive all four days. Naheed Siddiqui closed the show for Kiran Aman whilst Hadiqa Kiyani, Moammar Rana and Adeel Hashmi walked for Sonia Azhar. HSY’s Game of Kings brought out Lahore’s celebrity socialite Shameel Alam as well as Meesha Shafi’s Great Dane. Josh picked the show up for Sara Rohale Asghar, Quratulain Balouch and Bilal Khan breathed more life into Asifa & Nabeel’s closing while Sanam Marvi pelted out some of Pakistan’s strongest sufi playlist for Nida Azwer. Last but not least, Humsafar superstars Mahira and Fawad Khan put the ‘grand’...
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21 Dec

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: day three

It's almost 2 am and I am uploading these images but writing in phrases. Want to get this over with as have too much work tomorrow. Your comments are awaited, as always. Ali Xeeshan's Pahal Gaam 1. Ali Xeeshan: interesting show, innovative collection. Lots of colour, bordering on a vintage look. Inspiring women to dress like individuals and not one of a crowd. The shalwar is definitely back! Crystal galore at Rouge 2. Rouge by Faraz Manan stuck with silver whereas the rest of the country's designers are predicting gold as the base metal colour for 2012. Pretty colours, safe collection. No oomph. No moments. Kind of boring and predictable. 3. Sara Rohale Asghar's collection...
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14 Dec

Oops, they did it again!

Nomi Ansari with his good friend, model Tooba Siddiqui Nomi Ansari has pulled out of showing at the upcoming PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week. Before you indulge in the inevitable and start taking sides on whose fault it is, I have one thing to say: Don't shoot the messenger, please. From what I have understood, Nomi Ansari was given a confirmation to open the fourth and final day of fashion week, December 21st to be exact. This confirmation was made right in the beginning of event planning, after which he agreed and started preparing for the show. Due to family weddings and personal commitments, he says the 21st was the only day he could show, which is precisely...
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15 Apr

PFDC-L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week versus BCW!

It may be another tongue twisting event in Pakistan's already choc-a-bloc fashion week schedule but a Bridal Couture week is just up Lahore's right alley and it's a welcome addition despite the saturation. Spotted at the press conference: Sara Shahid, Nickie and Nina, Maheen Kardar, Shahzad Raza, QYT, Hani Taha, Fahad Hissayn, Maram, Zara Shahjahan and others. Also, a Bridal Couture Week, or any fashion 'week' rightfully belongs to (any) fashion council instead of corporations that just get involved in fashion for the profit. Why else, I ask, would Style 360's Bridal Couture Week be charging stylists for providing a service? "I've paid 800,000 (8 lakhs) for four shows," says Saba Ansari. "They have scheduled two shows a day...
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