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3 May

Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week S/S2015: Day One

Oomph. Zing. The Wow Factor.   All that was missing in the collections shown at Day 1 of the Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week SS2015 but let’s not start on a negative note. There were positives of the evening that cannot be ignored.   How absolutely cool it was for fashion week to begin and end at a decent hour. At 10pm Mariam, Mehreen (my colleagues at Instep) and I were seated at the Noodle House, filing the daily story for Instep, which will be in print tomorrow morning. The fabulous timing made it possible for us to at least mention every collection and grab a meal after the show too. So proud of the council, Latitude and whoever it took to ensure this punctuality....
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12 Oct

PLBW Day 2: Misha Lakhani steers wedding wear towards restrained elegance

I love fashion and I recognize the efforts being made by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council to make PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week the most credible and strongest platform for wedding wear in Pakistan. However, it has to be said that delays and endless breaks in the schedule have also made it akin to a drama serial like Humsafar that you have to watch even though it has more ad breaks than actual airtime of content. If I counted (which I actually will today) then from the 4:00pm time mentioned on the card for the 'Early Evening Shows' to begin, one spent 8 hours at the venue for not more than 2 hours of fashion show. The shows were not...
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21 Apr

Surrealism gives prints a hand at fashion week

While solids were a big trend at the PFDC fashion week last year - most memorably established at Kamiar Rokni's Minimalist collection - this season was just as much about prints. Anyone with an eye on international fashion could have predicted the popularity of prints for spring/summer 2012 and anyone who has been following trends may have come across art on fashion or surrealism to be exact as one of fashion's biggest inspirations. At PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, I found Sadaf Malaterre and Anjum Alix Noon's as the most interesting for their uniqueness and their surrealistic edge. Anjum created the prints and Sadaf designed the clothes; both being good friends, their ideas gelled completely. This (above) is very Picasso. And taken...
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11 Aug

All that glitters may be bridal gold

Forget red. The contemporary bride is willing to experiment and we found the perfect example in accessory designer Mahin Hussain, who chose to order an unusual gold ensemble from Sadaf Malaterre. Malaterre is an unusual choice for a bridal, as the designer is best known for her western, chic aesthetic. She has always taken pride in not taking the commercial route to monetary success, instead sticking to her casual, Bohemian signature that she does best. Well it takes one artist to appreciate the other and in this case Mahin Hussain opted for the unconventional Sadaf Malaterre bridal to wear to her wedding. The front of this paneled shirt was embroidered with tiny gold glass beads and gold sequins in two different sizes,...
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24 Apr

These windows speak to me!

If memory serves me right then it was Zeba Husain, in recent years, who upped the ante for fashion in Pakistan. We had fashion shows before, of course, but she initiated the 'mother of all shows' the Carnival de Couture several years ago. It changed the entire dynamics of how fashion was put up and things were never to be the same again. The Carnival led to the opening of Ensemble in Karachi and Lahore, the Ensemble fashion shows and now, fashion installations at the store. Brilliant conceptualization by Wow Factor, support from L'Oreal and with Zeba running the show, you had another great event to talk about. Aesthetically it was superb, from the tasteful red carpet to the gourmet...
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