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4 Apr

An open letter to fashion designers

By Aamna Haider Isani   The fashion industry has come a long, long way but there are miles to go before you can rest.   It’s April 3.   Today is a couple of weeks after the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW) concluded in Lahore and about four days before Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) is scheduled to kick off in Karachi. Together, both these fashion weeks stand for the two credible, fashion forward platforms in the country. Other fashion weeks have emerged all over but they – and I don’t say this enough – do not serve fashion.   Deepak Perwani made a much needed comment on the recent streak of social activism in Karachi, where the words FIX IT were stenciled across town,...
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29 Mar

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – The Haute Review

  Despite what the critics say, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a super blockbuster hit. It has reached a whopping $160 million opening at the box office. What that means is that regardless of whether the film is good or not, everyone will, and should, watch the movie at least once.   And why wouldn’t they? It’s the ultimate battle between two of DC’s iconic characters, Batman and Superman, and while Christian Bale was the love of our life as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s series, Ben Affleck’s character portrays Batman closer to the comic books.   But that’s all this movie has to offer. Which is depressing because the movie could have done so much more! You have a plot, characters, a stellar cast,...
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14 Mar

Fawad Khan, live in India

Catching up with the man of the moment, who’s on a whirlwind tour promoting the upcoming Kapoor & Sons in India.   It’s almost impossible to remember Asher Hussain, Zaroon Junaid and Bond G Kaboom, if you can recall that completely clumsy clunk of a comedian who danced around trees and wooed Jutti behind bougainvillea hedges in the backyard. It is almost impossible but also important to recollect characters of Fawad Khan’s past because they have all defined the man, the actor and the huge star that he’s evolved as today. Between them and Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore, his aristocratic film debut in Khoobsurat or the self-deprecating Oochi, in hilarious anecdotal commercials popular on television these days, everything rolls up to make way...
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9 Mar

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, coming up!

  The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016 line-up promises some sharp and cutting edge style.   By Aamna Haider Isani     The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week kicks off very soon and it reveals a line-up that promises some sharp and cutting edge style for women always on the lookout for trends.   The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016 lineup   Now in its eighth year, #PSFW (the fourteenth fashion week organised by the PFDC) has been monumental in starting and consistently maintaining the need for seasonal collections to streamline trends and establish market leaders in the country. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that almost every major designer has shown on this platform. This year’s event will feature 16 of Pakistan’s biggest fashion brands and 11 textile brands that will...
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7 Mar

A new bridge over the border

Shaan-e-Pakistan is emerging as a regular event that aims to bring the very best of music, food and fashion from Pakistan and India on one platform. There is, however, a small spanner in the works…   By Aamna Haider Isani   The strongest bridge connecting Pakistan and India has been culture, which takes fashion, music, television, theatre, food and film under its wrap with the aim to promote a common point of interest. For years efforts have been made on both sides of the border, with India welcoming Pakistani actors and musicians in various realms of entertainment and Pakistan initiating collaborative events, especially those using fashion as the hook.   The Carnival de Couture, organized more than a decade ago in Karachi, comes to mind as...
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4 Mar

The lost art of dance in Pakistani cinema

  Recently held in Alliance Française by the same name, 'The lost art of dance in Pakistani cinema' was an eye opening journey for any cinema-lover/media student/film critic. The low attendance of anyone from the media industry, however, was shocking. You would think that the people so interested in producing films and 'preserving/reviving cinema' would have attended an event like this. Sadly, there were barely any people from our mainstream film industry present. Guddu Khan, moments before breaking into a chorus of 'Thank yous' to all the people who came to see his archive   What was this event? It was an exhibition held by Guddu Khan, one of the few people who have created an impressive archive for Pakistani cinema, ranging from original film...
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29 Feb

The new Khaadi-scape

By Aamna Haider Isani   Shamoon Sultan opens the first of six Khaadi megastores at Dolmen Mall, Karachi.   Shamoon is the man with the vision but he's a team player so everyone has a sense of ownership.   Karachi: This was a busy weekend for Shamoon Sultan. Friday saw the grand opening of a brand new (and first) Khaadi megastore at Dolmen Mall, Clifton Karachi. The megastore opened to public on Saturday, offering the new collection of Khaadi lawn to frantic shoppers. And a couple of hundred miles up north, Khaadi also opened its first flagship in Rahim Yar Khan. In Karachi for the launch of his megastore, Shamoon Sultan, despite suffering the exhaustion of countless sleepless nights, was on cloud...
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28 Feb

Bachaana: the ‘haute’ review

There are several reasons why Bachaana works. First of all, the lead characters are delightful. Vicky, played by Mohib Mirza, is the obvious star. Tall, dark and handsome, he’s easy on the eyes, confident in front of the camera and he effortlessly carries the film from the beginning to the end. He has a fun script to work with and it all adds up. Sanam Saeed, despite not being at her very best, has a strong character to play with. Contrary to our first impressions of the film and its tagline (Read: https://www.somethinghaute.com//bachaana/) Aalia, an Indian girl, is not a damsel in distress and does not need a man to save her. She’s quite the trouper and actually saves him...
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26 Feb

Sania Maskatiya’s 5-year journey to the top!

Sania Maskatiya talks about digital prints, plagiarism and rumours surrounding her brand!   by Manal Faheem Khan   Sania Maskatiya immediately dismisses my claim when I ask her what it's like being at the top of the Pakistani fashion industry. "I wouldn't say we're on top, there are so many other established brands out there," she modestly brushes off the suggestion. Her impact on the industry, in five short years, is nevertheless undeniable. Sania opened a flagship store in Karachi when high street retail was limited to a handful of brands; her success motivated so many to follow in her footsteps. But it's refreshing to talk to a designer, who despite so many achievements - multiple stores, Lux Style Awards, Woolmark Prize nominations, local and...
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