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Fashion Pakistan Week – Day 2

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So I may be a teensy bit little late with my review. But well things have been crazy. Case in point, day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week.

Blogging is fast becoming a very rewarding interest. With events like fashion week reserving front row seats with great view for social media, what else can it be. Having designers like Sanum Chaudry, Arsalan and Yaseer and Zaheer Abbas showcasing their latest collection, it sure for a sight for sore eyes.

Sanum Chaudri kept the fun in funky alive with her bright, attractive designs. Taking inspiration from ‘Shibori’, a Japanese resist-dye technique, the collection called ‘Kage’ was classic Sanum Chaudhri.

Arsalan and Yahser with their leather clad male models certainly helped the atmosphere, especially for people (read women) like me. Their collection labelled Urban Slick revolved around the idea of leather being a very important part of a man’s wardrobe. We sure love our men in leather.

Showcasing quite a collection of dresses, cardigans and jeans, Debenhams enlightened us with the must haves of fall 2012.

Making a comeback with their fall collection sisters Aneeka and Salma Cheema’s Baani D displayed their ‘Desi Boho line. A mixture of western style with a hint of tradition the collection was fresh. Sania Saeed once more embracing their outfit to walk down the ramp certainly helped matters.

Zaheer Abbas took us back to the British era with white evening gowns accompanied by very chic hats. Feasting on the idea ‘white is always right’ the collection titled ‘Virgin with net and jute threads, certainly had the oomph factor surrounding it. Very Jane Austeny.

New comer Aamir Baig had some serious competition to beat. His ‘Black O Block’ collection featured block printing, dating back to the Indus Valley civilization.

Adnan Pardesi collection Axiomatic took the art of ‘ralli’ making and created fresh a modern look. Using hand crafted techniques like weaving etc, a wide array of colors found their way into his designs.

All in all Fashion Week Pakistan day 2 was a great day for fashion, without question. Enjoy the pictures.

Pictures courtesy Catalyst Pr.

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Fashion Pakistan Week – Day 1

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With names like Sonya Battla and Warda Saleem in the running, Fashion Pakistan Week’s day 1 was enveloped with expectations.

Sonya Battla’s collection reinforced the answer to, why black is a fashionista’s best friend. Other designers tried to brighten up the room with their bold choices. Some hit the spot, others fell a little short.

Zahid Khan’s Kuki Concepts lived up to its name, being a little kooki and all. The colors were bold and vibrant; however there was just too much going on for some of the dresses.

Ayesha Hassan’s quirky designs, intricate embroidery and gota kaam by Nargis Hafeez, the gold palette by Maimoona H all had a remarkable impression.

Nargis Hafeez

Deepak and Fahad with the men’s collection provided the much needed eye candy to my sore eyes. Their jackets were trendy, the women’s wear was chic.

Deepak and Fahad

The best collection of the night without doubt went to Warda Saleem. After impressing everyone with her first showcasing during Fashion Pakistan Week in April, she once more stole our hearts with her bold and funky outfits. I particularly loved the shoes that had been altered to match the colorful dresses.

Ishtiaq Afzal Khan’s collection included browns, greens with just a little touch of pink. For the most part he managed to baffle everyone with his designs. However once we had seen a few we were able to better digest what he offered. Can’t wait for day 2.

Here’s is what you can expect to see:

1 Sanam Chaudry
2 Arsalan Yaseer
3 Debenhams
4 Bani D
5 Zaheer Abbas
6 Amir Baig
7 Nine West
8 Adnan Perdesi

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Another nail in the coffin.

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Ever since I joined the social networking site Twitter, in July 2011, my whole world has turned upside down. In a good way. Where previously I had to keep my dark humour mostly to myself, I now get to share it with the world… or at-least the 700+ people who for God knows what reason follow me on the site.

A friend introduced me to the site saying ‘it’s tons of fun’ and I asked her the same question I now dread hearing from other people, ‘What does one do on Twitter’. The question as I have learned in almost a year is, everything.

Once I got hooked on to the site there was no stopping me. Connecting with other social castoffs, sharing experiences the world was instantly a better place. Soon twitter was doing things for me that people can’t even do for themselves… like find me a job. Yep. You heard right.

Twitter is a world of endless possibilities. I have ‘talked’ and not just ‘stalked’ many of the well known people in the Pakistani media, who have been very encouraging. Very recently I was one of the six people covering Fashion Pakistan Week 2012 solely for Twitter. Social media is a powerful thing indeed.

Courtesy KarachiTips

But today, the world I built for myself high up in the skies came crashing down with two texts from my fellow tweeples… ‘Twitter is blocked in Pakistan’ they said. Removing sleep from my eyes like nothing ever did, these text shook me to the core. I jumped out of bed and logged on to find Twitter inaccessible.

What followed was a wail of ‘NOs’ and ‘How could they’. But soon I discovered, like everything in Pakistan, this ban had a flaw too. I logged on to a twitter client that I used and managed to tweet like usual. Once there I saw many of the tweeples I follow had already beaten me to the punch. Some were using Twitter for mobile, others had set up proxies. Furthermore they were helping others how to find the loophole as well. The funny bit was that, very few actually knew what the cause behind this ban was. Something to do with blasphemy perhaps? I usually get most of my news from Twitter, so I am kind of in a rut here.

The bottom line, bans like these never work. There was a similar ban on facebook once. Nothing happened. Then came the infamous ban on certain words over the sms. Boy did my vocabulary increased that day. And now this. Seems like the only thing Pakistani government is capable of doing is imposing bans on everything the people can do. Ban on pillion riding, cng stations for selling cng on Saturdays. Ban on malls after 8 o’clock. Instead of finding solutions for things we cannot do, we put restrictions on things we can do. We just love to make a fool out of ourselves. These bans never really accomplish anything. They just help us, the awam find new ways of breaking the so called rules.

We as a nation are screwed. Enough writing, back to tweeting like a rebel! Ciao.

Day 4 – Fashion Pakistan Week 2012

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After a star-studded Day 3 of Fashion Pakistan Week 2012 that nearly blew people away, expectation for day 4 were unusually high. With the bar set so high, people were left questioning what could day 4 possibly offer that would top day 3. By the end of the night, however, too much was left to be desired.

Completely off the schedule, the show started very late. With too many people trying to be a part of the event, security was extra tight, and made one wonder, if day 4 too would contain pleasant surprises. Alas.

Sana Safinaz opened the show with their collection. The label that needs no introduction, the collection included glittering shades of gold, greens and purples. The evening gowns in silk and chiffon gave off an eloquent look of pure luxury. One of the most well received brands, Sana Safinaz once more displayed why people all over the world love their designs so much.

And then, the never to happen before occurrence in a fashion show! Models clad head to toe in black ‘abayas’ took control over the ramp, clutching in their hands some very ‘Tapulicious’s bags. Yes, Tapu Javeri had done the unthinkable! He, for his showcasing got models to dress in burqas, to highlight his leather bags. That wasn’t a necessity I believe, because no one could steal a look off the bags anyway! With Nazia Hassan playing in the background, even Freiha Altaf made an appearance in an abaya clutching a very Tapulicious bag.

I am afraid it all went downhill from there. There were some surprisingly highpoints, but not enough to save the night for being a disappointment. Up next was Abdul Samad. Ah! Abdul Samad. While I am sure his heart lies in the right place and what he did was all in good faith, the end result came back to bite him…. in the behind. He based his entire collection on the great man, the founder of Pakistan Quaid –e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. No one was sure what exactly to expect from him, but once unveiled, so many comments, and not good ones.

His showcasing opened up with Zaid Hamid in the background. And people actually applauded. That was the second never to happen before occurrence in one show on the same night! Ejaz Aslam appeared on the ramp sporting a very fake mustache and wearing a black velvet Sherwani complete with a turban. I am guessing Quaid-e-Azam wore that to someone’s wedding? Not sure. What followed suit was simply horrifying and also in a tiny way reminded me of my grandfather in his ‘I am out to hunt’ pictures. There was one Jinnah’s lawyer inspired ensemble too, that included a wig and the gown they give prefects to wear in school. The suits were sharp and possibly the only thing that saved Abdul Samad’s showcasing from heading towards utter doom.

After committing a possible blasphemy against Jinnah, Abdul Samad walked the ramp with Sajad Hassan as Liaquat Ali and Mohmmar Ranaa as Quaid-e-Azam. I was left thinking if I was infact at Pakistan Fashion week or the theatre play ‘Pawnay 14 August’ featuring these great men.

Iman Ahmed’s Body Focus Museum now replaced the ‘Jinnah’s fashion museum’. The collection appeared as if it took heavy inspiration from Grecian goddesses. Models draped in pure elegant whites took over the ramp. The palette used by Iman Ahmed was mostly black and white with very little hint of color. She did go overboard with the goddess-y look, making the models wear dresses that looked like tents.

After a long break, as the show resumed Deepak Perwani’s ‘Before Sunrise’ was showcased. Elegant dresses, glamorous sarees, what was there not to love. The palette wasn’t too screaming in your face bright. With his classy evening gowns Deepak Perwani showed the world how it is really done.

By this time I believe the highpoint of the night had already come and left. Feeha Jamshed was next. She dedicated the collection to her late sister killed in an unfortunate accident. The idea was very moving, but left the crowd utterly depressed. The slow moving, tribute paying models, coupled with the rose petals all gave off a very ghastly impression. By the time it was over, I was just sad.

And finally Honey Waqar. Bright, shiny and over the top designs described the complete collection. Shimmery dresses with huge roses everywhere were a little intimidating, and not very easy on the eyes.

One idea used both by Deepak Perwani and Honey Waqar was incorporating faces onto the clothes as design. I am no fashion critic but the image just scares the living daylights out of me! If I see someone wearing someone’s face on their clothes, I won’t be able to look at anything else for the rest of the day. If I own one, I would make sure it hangs in the darkest corner where the eyes won’t follow my every move. But hey that’s just me! 

 

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Pictures Courtesy Imagine Ex.

 

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Day 3 Fashion Pakistan Week 2012

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Just like all good things come to an end, so is Fashion Pakistan Week 2012. Day 3 is already over and we are looking at Day 4 in the eye.

So day 3, what can I possibly write about day 3 that would do it some justice? As one by one the designers showcased their collections, people were left gasping for more.

The show was opened with Shamaeel Ansari telling the audience why she has been the number one choice for fashionistas and celebrities for more than 25years. The bold hues, with such intricate detailing made her showcasing a very tough act to follow!

Bani D took the reins from Shamaeel, and contrary to what most thought, they managed to put up a spectacular show. The idea behind their collection was hip traditionalism, something bound to be a huge success with Pakistani youth and seniors alike. The jewellery used to accessorize the dresses was provided by Artel by Bina Ali. I simply loved the head accessorizes which gave the outfit a very traditional yet funky look. Highpoint for Bani D? Sani Saeed walked the ramp completely rocking one of their outfits.

Famous for his close attention to detail, Ahmed Bham presented his collection next. And what better way to start the showcasing, than getting another designer to walk down the ramp for you? Ahmed Bham did just that. Out came Nomi Ansari wearing Bham’s very own design making the crowd go wild. Well known for his menswear, Bham’s designs were all about men embracing their feminine side. Bright orange and floral prints were flaunted by male models. If guys really look that good wearing such prints, I promise not to judge them anymore.

Monsoon/Accessorize came up next. Their designs gave off a very cool, breezy impression. And since their theme was beach inspire, it was all too well. Their outfits ranged from causal separates to glamorous maxi dresses. They also showcased their adorable children collection, with the adorable little models strutting around confidently. I totally loved the golden classical music which accompanied her collection.

After a short break, Maheen Khan unveiled her much awaited ‘Gulaboo’ collection. According to her, this collection came out of her ‘love for Pakistan and all things Pakistani’. The truck art inspired collection was bold and trendy and gave people a reason to talk about. Models wearing helmets walked the ramp wearing one gorgeous outfit after another.

Up next was Warda Saleem. Her Thar inspired dresses used bright, vibrant shades with beautiful ethnic prints. The Ghungroo shoes were simply to die for.

And then, Rizwanullah came up. Unveiling his daring and bold outfits, Rizwanullah showcased his glamorous collection. While some people were not very impressed others clearly looked mesmerized. I simply loved his black gown but not really sure how I felt about the man tights.. The question on everyone’s mind however still was why didn’t he show up yesterday?

And last but so not the least Nomi Ansari. The show stopper, the spotlight stealer! Nomi Ansari very sneakily used celebrities to showcase his designs. Maheen Khan first came out wearing his outfit and it just got better from there. Soon huge names like Hina Dilpazeer, Adnan Siddiqi, Nadia Hussain, Ayesha Omar, Maria Wasti and of course Meera came out adorned in a Nomi Ansari outfit. That was definitely a way to bring the night to an end.

Really looking forward to day 4. You too can join us through live streaming. Simply visit https://www.facebook.com/FashionPakistan.Org and join the fun!

Pictures Courtesy Imagine Ex. 

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