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12 Nov

Pakistan Fashion Week…really?

Something Haute looks over the rising number of ‘Pakistan Fashion Weeks’ held around the world and whether they do justice to the title.   By Maliha Rehman   Pakistani fashion is at an interesting turn point. Designers are striving to push boundaries, fashion weeks are wielding heavy doses of glamour and there is consistent critique directed towards improving standards and promoting originality. And yet, there is a multitude of ‘Pakistan Fashion Weeks’ unfurling about the world that hardly have similar ambitions.   ‘Pakistan Fashion Week': an official-sounding name for events that are hardly as illustrious. In recent times, PFW’s have made appearances in Dubai, Doha and most significantly, in London, where the events have featured consistently for the past four years.   With Adnan Ansari of Riwayat at...
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7 Nov

Design with a difference

  Sam Abbas   Sam Abbas, with two decades of experience in interior design under her belt, opens a swanky studio in Bath Island.   Samina Abbas, better known as Sam and also as cricketer Zaheer Abbas’s talented wife, took her experience to a quaint villa in Bath Island, magically transforming it into a space that belied its origin. With over 3000 large and little plants lending a human touch to the sharply designed space, it was easy to forget that you were in Pakistan.   With everything laid out so tastefully, Sam Abbas's showroom is nothing short of a work of art. It makes us wonder: if her studio is so impressive then how spectacular must her home...
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6 Jul

Zaheer Abbas forays into ready to wear, finally

  The critically acclaimed designer marks his retail debut in Pakistan with an Eid Collection as well as a limited edition of lawn prints.   Runway to retail: He’s been catering to a niche clientele for several years but Zaheer Abbas’ designs will now be available at Ensemble.     “He shows impressive collections but where can you ever buy the clothes he designs?” This statement has been haunting designer Zaheer Abbas, who made a memorably impressive debut five years ago but stayed inaccessible to fashion buyers at large. He finally took the plunge this weekend – much to the delight of fans in Karachi – as he showcased his first ready to wear line while simultaneously launching his eStore at www.zaheerabbas.net....
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3 May

TFPW SS2015: Day 2.2

Zaheer Abbas     I must say I was pleasantly surprised by what Zaheer Abbas put out. As I tweeted, there’s never been a doubt as to what he can drape and design but Zaheer Abbas often designs in a vacuum, with no link to retail in Pakistan. I mean, what’s the use of putting out beautiful clothes if you’re not impacting market trends. If you have the potential to design then push your designs into production and help influence trends. Back to the collection, it was easy on the eyes and impressive. There was an ethereal, Garden of Eden feel that made it almost heavenly. Now, will it stay in the heavens or will it come down to earth?   Gul Ahmed   The very opposite...
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3 May

TFPW SS2015: Day 2

No beating around the bush or sugar coating, I have to say it like I saw it. The second day at TFPW was not great. If we were looking for some missing oomph yesterday, then all efforts were completely brushed under the rug today. At one point the collections had become so mundane that Abdul Samad’s runway gimmickry brought a moment of (misguided) thrill. As least it was entertaining.   Unfortunately I do not love fashion week for its entertainment value but for its fashion forwardness, for the new and unexpected trends it promises to offer, for the mental notes it pushes one to make on what trends to adapt and what to wear. Fashion Week, so far, has not managed to...
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