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10 Apr

Fashion Pakistan Week S/S 2012: Day 3

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wccuK1bBTdc&feature=youtu.be] You know the feeling of excited desperation you get when you’re reading a great book or watching a super film and you never want it to end. Well I got that feeling at FPW yesterday. The day was so amazing that I didn’t want to let go of it, despite exhaustion kicking in like never before. But what a day! What a line-up, even from the unexpected new stars of fashion! Meera strikes a pose for Nomi Ansari Meera has never looked this good before and Nomi Ansari injected a shot of adrenalin to a day that was already very high on good fashion! Mehreen Syed poses in Shamaeel spring/summer 2012 Shamaeel's floral collection was gentle...
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8 Oct

Karachi Fashion Week in a nutshell

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DhkOc2GehY] In my opinion, here’s what can be appreciated about KFW… 1. The platform is sticking by its word on being regular on the calendar. KFW is a follow up to IFW (Islamabad Fashion Week) that was held in January earlier this year. Both KFW and IFW fall under Arshad Siddiqui's newly found Pakistan Fashion Council. 2. The runway, thanks to CEO Tariq Amin’s refined aesthetic, was impressive. 3. KFW shows started on time, with negligible twenty minute delays. The days wrapped up, quite wonderfully for PST, around 10pm. 4. As part of a larger picture, KFW is a launch pad for new or undiscovered designers, designers that may or may not make it to the country’s more credible PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that has...
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8 Oct

The fashion at Karachi Fashion Week…

Nadya Mistry Karachi Fashion Week, organized by Triple E’s Arshad Siddiqui with Tariq Amin as CEO, kicked off on Thursday with several undiscovered designers out of which Jazib Qamar emerged a star. I didn’t catch the first day or the first half of the second day (as I’m not covering this event for any publication other than my own) but was eager to go for the second half to experience what was being talked about as a constructive platform for Pakistani high street brands and uncelebrated yet talented designers. Attractions on Day Two (for me) were Nadya Mistry, MAK (as he has been a student of my Fashion Media class), Mona J (another FaMed student responsible for styling...
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4 Sep

What’s written on the runways?

A quick look into the tangled web of fashion weeks in Pakistan… Will Rizwanullah ever model on the PFDC runway again? Here he steps in for Ali Xeeshan. ‘Fashion Week’ is the new buzzword. And there are three registered fashion councils in Pakistan, all three of them attempting to organize at least two fashion weeks a year.  It’s a ridiculous number of fashion weeks for a country as small as ours. From what one has witnessed, one united fashion council was established for Pakistan in 2006 but it very quickly segmented into the Pakistan Fashion and Design Council (Lahore) and Fashion Pakistan Council (Karachi). The PFDC took off under the leadership of Sehyr Saigol while FP elected Maheen Khan...
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4 Apr

PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week Day Two

Akif's 20-piece collection for autumn/winter 2011 was the highlight of the evening TOP FOUR COLLECTIONS OF THE DAY: 1. Akif 2. Khaadi Khaas 3. Republic 4. Sadaf Malaterre PRODUCTION OF THE DAY With corsages, bubbles and cupcakes, Karma spins girlie magic at their show. KARMA: replete with roses, bubbles and pretty cupcakes for the front rows, this showing was picture perfect as far as production goes. The collection, though not razor sharp in design, had some interesting pieces and indicated that Maheen Kardar was finally rerouting herself back into the game with her own vision for her label. Runner up: Asifa & Nabeel for bringing chandeliers and live qawwals to the runway. DISAPPOINTMENTS OF THE DAY 1. Sarah Salman for showcasing the most...
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30 Sep

What washed out fashion week

Instep Sept 26, 2010 The bright lights and vivid colours of fashion weeks have worn out and washed out, leaving behind a very tired, dull and lacklustre fashion industry. From April (when FPW2 concluded fashion week season) to date, there has hardly been any inspiring activity and it’s just not the socio-political dynamics of the country that has caused this dreariness. Designers, it appears, are burnt out/out of steam after participating in fashion weeks galore and the only road to recovery for them seems to be foreign trips. For shows, exhibitions or inspirations, who knows how the wheels of creative minds work? What we do know is that they’re certainly not working on new collections as the PFDC & Sunsilk Fashion Week,...
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