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22 Mar

Beyond the Runway

  The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week wore a cloak of confidence that camouflaged its few shortcomings and enhanced serious progress that is being made in fashion.   By Aamna Haider Isani   What the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016 wore last week was a cloak of confidence. The fashion week in Lahore, held over four days, was happily clad in a sense of security, magnitude and optimism that it has managed to achieve through a series of successful runs over the past few years. The lineup was impressive, hardly any collections were misplaced, and the juxtaposition of ready to wear, luxury pret and even lawn worked in cohesion with the keynote being industry development.   The Fashion   Designers have come into their own sense of identity and it...
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13 Apr

PSFW: Mohsin Ali for Libas

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. 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...
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8 Oct

PLBW Daily Diary: Day Four Finale

The last day of the PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week was long - it literally started one day and ended the next (at 1:00 am precisely) but other than the inexcusable delays in timing, the event ended on a good note. That good note being consistency and bravado to face the odds. Agreed, it isn't easy swimming against the current, and the PFDC has managed to do just that for five pret weeks and one bridal week (yes, Hassan, we were listening each and every time you pointed it out). Very quickly, I'll take you through the last day's lineup, which began with a style segment from Khawar Riaz and Adnan Pardesy. Adnan, who has impressed with his devotion to couture...
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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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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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24 Mar

Why are there two fashion weeks, anyway

(Published Sunday, 03 Jan, 2010) ‘It’s simply because there are two fashion councils led by ego, as opposed to logic.’ Pakistan is perhaps the only country in the world that has two fashion councils. Many countries have several fashion weeks, but only one fashion council. The United States of America has the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the United Kingdom has the British Fashion Council and nearer to home, India has the Fashion Design Council of India. Fashion Councils are usually non-profit organisations, working towards the growth of the industry and fashion weeks are part of the resulting growth curve. Pakistan’s two fashion councils can be seen as two influential cartels: the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC or Lahore Council) under their...
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