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Pakistan Fashion Week 2013


While the city is steeped in the greatest miseries of all time, from bomb blasts to target killing, I stepped into a completely different world this Tuesday, 9th April, when the Fashion Council hosted its 5th Fashion Pakistan Week.

House of Maheen opened up with a tribute to the birds on the endangered animals list. Her collection titled ‘flight’ featured her signature styled classic black pants with fancy headgear and feathers. Lots and lots of feathers. I absolutely loved the saris that were a part of her collection. Absolutely loved! But then I am a fool for saris.

Next up were Deepak and Fahad, taking inspiration for their collection from metallics. Bearing chains, metallic studs, the collection revolved around mellow browns and steel greys.

Showcasing at Fashion Week for the first time was Zari Faisal. Her ‘Plush’ collection drew inspiration from vintage oil paintings. Pinks, golds and beige were the main colors highlighted in it.

With lawn being such an integral part of the fashion scene in Pakistan, FPW 2013 also saw the emergency of textile mills such as Orient showcasing their lawn collection. Their spring summer collection of lawn made one wonder whether lawn has indeed taken over fashion or not?

Aamir Baig with his tribute to stripes took control of the ramp next. A rebel symbol of the 60s, stripes have steadily gained popularity. While the debate over ‘whether horizontal stripes make you look fat’ continues, Aamir Baig and his collection were perfectly suited to prisoners all over the world.

Mona Imran and her ‘Safari’ collection next came up, daring to use bold animal prints on icky shamoze silk. The fabric that incites fear into the hearts of every living soul in Karachi, when paired with animal prints left me petrified.

Ayesha Hassan’s SS’13 collection took inspiration from the art of Zillij mainly used in Moroccan architecture. Models wearing gorgeous ‘matha pathees’ paraded around wearing her collection. Warm colors like maroons and greens and blues were her main focus.

Possibly my favorite collection of the night was that of Ahsan Nazir. His global remix saw a fusion of global issues highlighted through different colors made for a very vibrantly hued collection.

Emraan Rajput came next with her ‘denimology’. The collection breezed by without really leaving a mark in my mind. What I do remember is the low crotch pants which I just cannot for the life of me understand. Why do they even exist?

Next Aamna Aqeel’s collection was showcased. Her collection reminded me of Michael Jackson and his ‘Thriller’ video. The idea behind it was the balance between Yin Yan and labeled ‘Finding Glory’.

Rizwanullah was once more MIA on Day 1. Therefore Faiza Saqlain came up. Her collection titled ‘Marvi’ was based on ethnic Sindhi culture, however almost instantly made the mind scream ‘Wardha Saleem already did this love.’ I did like the use of ethnic jewelry. She too opted for low crotch pants which like I said I just cannot understand.

To close day 1 Bani D showcased their ‘Seraiki meets western world’ collection. To start off, Bushra Ansari’s sister sang a song, which made several people leave their seats. Yes it was that bad. Jewelry by Artel and showstopper like always was Sania Saeed.

That was the end of Day 1. All clothes featured are now available by Labels e store here: http://www.labelsestore.com

pictures courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ShariqShafaatPhotography


Fashion Pakistan Week – Day 2


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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Online Shopping – Confession of an addict!


Ever since I learnt about it, online shopping has become the bane of my existence!  The ease with which one can buy things online is unmatchable. While many people believed that online shopping in Pakistan cannot flourish, the numerous website operating within the country have proven them wrong.

I myself fell a victim to online last month, when a friend introduced me to a website selling high quality branded cosmetics. Going by the name ‘Just4Girls’ http://www.just4girls.pk/ this site is cosmetic heaven.. especially for people like me.

It took some serious effort on my part to make myself push the place order button, but once I did, there was no stopping me. I would add items to cart, fill in the details, but when the time came to place the final order, I always chickened out. But then I saw these gorgeous nail polishes from Beauty UK, being sold by Just4Girls at a discount, and instantly I was onboard.

Wild Child, Matte Top coat by Beauty UK from Just4Girls

I have since purchased four Color Studio Professional nail polishes from them, along with a matte top coat also from Beauty UK. I have also been eyeing the Sally Hansen cuticle remover which they are out of but I signed up to be notified as soon as it’s back in. (Yes you can do that).

Color Studio Professional from Just4Girls

The thing you gotta love most about online shopping is the facility of the things being delivered to your doorstop. You select things you want when you log onto the computer ‘pour passé le temps’. And soon enough they are arrive. The service by Just4Girls was highly satisfying. Providing cash on delivery services, my orders arrived within two days of my placing them.

A regular online shopper Atiya Abbas who hooked me to online shopping thinks online shopping is a great way to get your hands on brands it’s not possible to find in Pakistan. ‘I remember watching videos where people showed products and I thought I would have to make do with cheap and possibly dangerous substitutes available here. Not anymore.’ Here is a snapshot of Atiya’s haul from various online websites. Atiya is a frequent visitor of webpages like Splurge, International Makeup in Pakistan, Beauty Unleashed and Just4Girls.

Owl pendants from Splurge, China Glaze nailpolishes from International Make up in Pakistan, lipsticks from Just4Girls, blush from Beauty Unleashed.

Another customer new on the online shopping scene, Ayesha Ahmad swears by the snake ring she just bought online. A home based enterprise operating on Facebook ‘Dhanak’ sells various female products, from skin care items to jewellery. Branded products like body shop, Nyx, Avon etc are available from the page.

Snake Ring from Dhanak

Numerous pages such as Dhanak operate through Facebook. Pictures of things available through them are uploaded and interested customers can browse through these albums and place orders for what they like. I too purchased this beautiful pendant from Dhanak. However these pages do not offer cash on delivery services and payment has to be deposited in an account number provided by the owners before the products are delivered.

Pendant from Dhanak

I also chanced upon another webpage selling jewellery. Going by the name HAYA, this page is run by another woman entrepreneur. I preordered two necklaces I absolutely fell in with the minute I saw the pictures. Even though I suffer from some weird condition where wearing metal causes my skin to break out with crazy hives and rashes, I was still undeterred from buying these babies!

Necklace from HAYA

Necklace from HAYA

Where so many advantages of online shopping exist, there are also some disadvantages. As Ayesha recounts, she ordered a clutch from one such webpage online. The order was finalised and she deposited the money in the account. However when she received the clutch, she found out the color was brown and not black as she previously thought.

Issues like these will bug you no doubt, but look on the bright side. The birthday of my nephew was around the corner. Everybody gave him toys. I wanted to do something extra. I had recently come across a webpage selling custom made cushions with personalized messages and images. And viola, the idea for the perfect present. I got these lovely cushions made for my niece and nephew. Courtesy RTW Creations. They arrived within a week.

Personalized cushions from RTW Creation

This blog on online shopping cannot be complete without me mentioning my most prized possessions purchased online. Books. Yes. I admit I am a book worm. I have been looking for these everywhere but couldn’t find them. One visit to Liberty Books and delivered to my doorstep!

Books from Liberty Books

One of the coolest t-shirt brands to hit the country, Azad is already making a name for itself. Launched very recently quite a number of people have purchased their shirts. So when I had to buy my brother a present, guess where I headed? Online of course!

Azad T-shirt from IAmAzad

I also managed to get my hands on this Kajal by Rivaj from Eye Love Makeup So dark it is it makes me look like a raccoon! I still love it even though at times it seems I have been punched.

Kajal by Rivaj, Eye love Make up

Most of these pages do charge an additional fee for delivery. However Azad tees delivered through Blue Ex carried no extra charges, with cash on delivery! The is an entire online store available on the webpage with products ranging from tees, to branded lawn from Deepak Perwani all delivered to your house, with no shipping charges. Pay cash once your order is delivered.

All this I purchased in the month of May! Thank God I just got my paycheck. June watch out!

Bear with the poor quality photographs. I am a writer not a photographer!

Shopped anything online? Tell me.

Day 3 Fashion Pakistan Week 2012


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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