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22 Aug

Faraz Manan celebrates with friends

He’s the newly crowned king of bridal couture and with his Crescent affiliation and friendship with Kareena Kapoor Khan – that has evolved over several years of lawn campaigns – he’s also lawn royalty. And Faraz Manan got a royal nod for this when he picked up two Lux Style Awards for Best Designer, Bridal and Best Designer, Lawn this year. Jet-setting between London, Dubai and Lahore, the quiet and unassuming designer was in Lahore this weekend to celebrate his win with friends. His party welcomed an interesting mix of old school stalwarts and youthful new designers. The fine dining area at Cosa Nostra welcomed Babra Sharif and Resham, designers such as Khadijah Shah, Umar Sayeed, Zara Shahjahan, Kamiar Rokni, HSY...
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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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2 Dec

FPW pulls out the BIG GUNS on Day 3

…Some of Pakistan’s best bridal couturiers play to their strengths   By Aamna Haider Isani   Day 3 featured some very big names in Pakistani fashion – Umar Sayeed, Faraz Manan and last but not least, Nilofer Shahid. And all three of them pelted out some fabulous wedding wear and artistic couture. An unexpected surprise was Nauman Arfeen, whose simple, rustic collection provided a much-needed dose of menswear that didn’t look like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Other than the top names, Zaheer Abbas put out a neat but forgettable show and Delphi by Nida Tapal showcased some lovely examples of how crochet can be incorporated into formal wear; a jarring palette let the collection down. Zainab Chottani unraveled a colourful collection...
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13 Feb

Fashion at Sindh Festival ups the style ante!

It is a very big bubble. What else can I call the existence and execution of the grand Sindh Festival, celebrating our culture while the governments talks with the TTP to bring peace to the turbulent northern Pakistan. But it's a beautiful bubble, at least the Fashion Festival (first part of the festival that I have attended) was absolutely glorious. From the organic ambience of the Hindu Gymkhana, the stellar style and creativity of the show, the tasteful choreography to the kaleidoscopic burst of fireworks at the very end, the two hour show did not disappoint for even a second. The elements came together, proving that a combination of all the right details can make or break a show. At this...
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21 Feb

Colour me, WICKED!

I'm very fond of Meherbano Sethi, who has been successfully managing the Luscious brand of makeup for several years now. And I feel that in lieu of the fashion week mania that we are experiencing in Pakistan, to have a limited edition of nail colours for summer is just wow! It's a great idea, one that many major cosmetic (especially nail) companies all over the world - OPI, Sally Hansen, MAC etc - have practised. Nail colour collections have been customised around movies, celebrities and of course fashion designers. So it's very hip of Meherbano to take up the idea in Pakistan. And her selection of designers as super as the shade card that she's chosen. Bright, vivid and joyous...
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9 Apr

FPW3 Day Two

It's very flattering how my friends and followers have been asking why I'm not promptly uploading my thoughts on FPW3 but really, this back to back fashion marathon is exhausting and between this, a family wedding and filling forms for China and Hong Kong visas I'm going crazy. As for FW, I'm trying to reserve all thoughts for my official reviews. Anyhoo, a little must to be said. Sana Hashwani, dressed in Cavalli, was Best Dressed on Day 2. Seen here with her gorgeous daughter Zuvair. Hani Taha, dressed in a Shehla Chatoor jumpsuit, put up strong competition but it would have seemed rigged had I nominated her for Best Dressed! [youtube=] The venue was certainly...
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1 Jan

Upping the bridal ante

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week debuts in Lahore The rukhsati, Ali Xeeshan brings theatrics to his show (Published in Dawn Images on Sunday, January 1, 2012) A glamorous black carpet was rolled out in Lahore last week. Grandeur, opulence, excellence and theatrics came to mind as one walked upon it to witness the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week (PLBW), a curtain raiser on Pakistan’s coveted bridal couture. Bridals are perceived as couture in Pakistan and as couture is customized, so would be the fashion week honouring it. It was here that fashion was to be elevated and twelve designers would be anointed to higher status of couturiers, possibly the best in Pakistan. Subsequently, expectations ran high. Amongst the highly anticipated...
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