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Monday, 30 December 2013

This year's fashion stars - the people who set the pace for Pakistani fashion in 2013

Sania Maskatiya

2013 Pakistani Fashion Stars- Sania Maskatiya
Sania Maskatiya

She was the only one to show entirely new collections at both Fashion Pakistan Week and PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW). Her bridal collection at PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week (PLBW) was one of the most experimental and innovative. Currently one of the most creative Pakistani designers, she has spearheaded the change to a more tapered silhouette for Eastern wear. Sania’s core strength is her textile background but she also shows a flair for cut and design. Her lawn for Sapphire Textiles was one of this year’s most popular designer lawn collections. She has also taken her collections abroad to various international desi fashion shows. This year saw two new Sania Maskatiya retail outlets, one in Lahore and one in Dolmen Mall, Clifton. Her Karachi flagship store in Defence, despite having a huge display space, almost feels too small to house all the designs Sania has to show at any one time. In terms of energy, business sense, creativity and sheer talent Sania is one of fashion’s frontrunners in 2013.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Pakistani Fashion round-up 2013 – The year Pakistani fashion went digital

Nauman Arfeen Pakistani Fashion Roundup 2013 - review of 2013
Nauman Arfeen at Fashion Week Pakistan in Karachi

Fashion-wise, 2013 has been a great year with fashion weeks, store launches and plenty of design excellence. As year-end parties and weddings showcase the best of Pakistani fashion, here’s a look back at the biggest fashion stories of 2013.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Umaima Mustafa launches chic store - Debut designer shows she's serious about fashion

The Store

An elegant symphony in cream and natural stone, offset by distressed vintage furniture. The interiors are as stylish as the clothes.

The store - Umaima Mustafa Store Karachi - Pakistani fashion designer launches chic retail outlet
Umaima Mustafa's chic new store

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Crafter's Expo and the British Women's Association Christmas Fair - so many goodies in one day!

Isn't it always the way? There's nothing on for weeks and then two fabulous events clash and you have to dash from one to the other or decide which one to miss. A couple of weeks ago on Sunday 15th December, craft loving Karachi-ites faced just this dilemma. In this case missing one of the events was unthinkable. The annual Crafter's Expo was held at the Royal Rodale Club while The British Women's Association Christmas Fair took place at the Beach Luxury Hotel.

Cupcakes at Crafter's Expo Karachi

Top tips for surviving the wedding season

Pakistani Wedding season survival tips
PHOTO: Rammal/Nabia Mehmud courtesy Express Tribune Pakistan

 December in Pakistan can mean only one thing – Wedding Season: a never-ending string of dholkis, mayyuns, mehndhis, nikkahs, baraats and valimas. Even if you love the colour and drama of big fat Pakistani weddings, the sheer scale of the winter marital marathon is exhausting.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Dhoom 3 Review - 5 things to love and hate about the Bollywood blockbuster

5 things to love about Dhoom 3

1. Aamir Khan 

He is simply awesome in this film. The film perks up whenever he is on-screen. His sexy pumped avatar, his screen presence and his sheer range as an actor make the film worthwhile.

Layla Chatoor's designer pret exhibition in Karachi - her latest exclusive collection is a sellout success

Intricate and elegant - Layla Chatoor's Eastern Luxury Pret

Layla Chatoor's exclusive pret exhibitions are eagerly awaited by those in the know. Her luxury eastern pret is elegant and intricate.

Friday, 20 December 2013

7up Chef's Bonanza adds some fizz to winter

Chef Fazil -- 7up Chefs Bonanza Pakistani fine dining festival
7up Chef's Bonanza brought international chefs such as Malaysian Fazil Shahreen Bin Ahmad to Pakistan
Foodies in Pakistan have been enjoying a treat this winter. The soft-drink brand 7up has sponsored a nationwide food festival, the 7-up Chef’s Bonanza, flying in international chefs to cook at restaurants in Karachi, Islamabad and Karachi. None of the chefs participating in the event are run of the mill chefs or mere line cooks. They are executive chefs and head chefs with global experience managing and opening restaurants. During this 25-day celebration of great cuisine they are taking over some of Pakistan’s best restaurants. Places like Fuschia in Karachi and The Polo Lounge in Lahore are hosting evenings where these experienced international chefs offer a unique gastronomic experience.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Shehla Chatoor wows Delhi with solo exhibition at PFDC Delhi

Shehla Chatoor exhibits at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council store in New Delhi, India
Shehla Chatoor with her models at the PFDC store in New Delhi
Shehla Chatoor is absolutely one of my favourite Pakistani fashion designers, whether we are talking bridals, eastern luxury pret or fusion wear.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Pakistan Bridal Fashion by HSY, Mehdi & more at Pantene Bridal Couture Week Day 3

Self-styled King of Couture HSY and Mehdi were the headline designers for Day 3 of Pantene Bridal Couture Week, bring this celebration of Pakistani Bridal Fashion to a close. Here are some of the best pictures from Day 3.


HSY - Pakistani Bridal Fashion at Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013 PBCW Lahore
A sparkly finale by HSY

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Pakistan Idol - The search is on!

It’s finally happening. After years of anticipation, Pakistan has finally landed the lauded Idol franchise. Pakistan Idol starts airing on GEO TV this week but does it have what it takes to grip the nation?

Pakistan Idol contestants
Hopefuls ready to audition for Pakistan Idol

Monday, 9 December 2013

Sonya Battla hits the high-street with Kaju

Sonya Battla's new store Kaju at Dolmen Mall Clifton, Karachi
Sonya Battla’s new shop Kaju stocks distinctive yet affordable designer pret
Veteran designer Sonya Battla is all set to launch her new retail outlet Kaju on December 19. Kaju stocks a new, affordable, ready-to-wear line by Battla that includes daywear and semi-formals. Located opposite Liberty Books in the retail-hub Dolmen Mall, Kaju’s soft opening revealed a store whose simple clean lines echo Battla’s design sensibility.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Day 2 of Pakistan's other Bridal Fashion Week PBCW- Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013

Day 2 of PBCW had perhaps the weakest lineup of the three day event but there was still plenty to see. Ali Xeeshan was the only headline designer but both Maria B and Zainab Chottani managed a good showing. Scroll down for all the best pictures from Day 2 of this Pakistani Bridal Fashion extravaganza.

Ali Xeeshan

Ali Xeeshan - Pantene Bridal Couture Week PBCW 2013 - Pakistani Bridal Fashion
Ali Xeeshan PBCW 2013
Ali Xeeshan - Pantene Bridal Couture Week PBCW 2013 - Pakistani Bridal Fashion
Ali Xeeshan PBCW 2013

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Giveaway! Win a fabulous Nida Azwer Designer Scarf.

This competition is now closed.  Congratulations to Ms Nazia Asad, the lucky winner of a Nida Azwer designer scarf. Keep reading Karachista for great Fashion & Lifestyle features plus more chances to win fabulous prizes!

Grab a little Nida Azwer style. Win this fabulous Nida Azwer designer scarf in Karachista's very first giveway.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Pakistani Bridal Fashion's other fashion week - all the pictures from Day 1 of Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013 Lahore

I was not in Lahore for this show and the livestreaming was patchy so I'm not doing a proper review. Still, it's great to see the pictures - as you can see it was the usual mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. According to twitter and friends on the ground, highlights from Day 1 included Ammar Shahid, Fahad Hussayn, Deepak Perwani, Ayesha Somaya and Nida Azwer.

Ammar Shahid


Ammar Shahid - Pakistani Bridal Fashion PBCW 2013 Lahore
Looks like the gown silhouette remains popular in Lahore

Bonanza makes a play for the big-time with Satrangi

Stunning winter ad campaign by NKF films and Maha Burney takes the brand's image to new heights

Maha Burney and NFK films ad campaign for Bonanza Satrangi Winter 2013
This purpose-built set was conceptualised by Maha Burney and designed by Amina & Anisa Rashid Khan
Bonanza has just launched their Satrangi winter collection and boy, have they done it in style. An uber-stylish shoot and TV commercial by NFK films, styled by Maha Burney, announces that Bonanza is upping the ante. Smaller players like Fifth Avenue and Crossroads may rely on dull shoots of models in coats but Bonanza has shown that their winter gear can make a very chic style statement.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Review: Gori Tere Pyar Mein - Lacklustre at best

Review Gori Tere Pyar Mein - Kareena Kapoor & Imran Khan
Gori Tere Pyar Mein could have been a much better film
One thing is certain – the combination of Imran Khan and director Punit Malhotra is like a lead balloon. Their attempts at rom-coms are enough to make anyone “hate luv stories”. A Bollywood romantic comedy is deceptively simple. Songs, dances and a few laughs frame a basic formula - boy meets girl, kahani mein twist, love conquers all. Gori Tere Pyar Mein is a classic example of how to get it wrong.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Ram-Leela Style guide

The film Ram Leela may have its faults but style-wise it’s a winner. Designer Anju Modi has created some wonderful costumes and the film is full of inspiration for fashion lovers.
Deepika Padukone - Ram Leela Style guide
Add some desi-girl vibrancy to your wardrobe this season
1. The gaghra-choli
The decision to dress Deepika entirely in gaghra-cholis may have been based on authenticity but, all of a sudden, the Gujrati signature costume has never seemed more desirable. Our tailors, bodies and sensibilities may not be able to cope with the sexy, backless cholis Leela wears in the movie but, with less revealing blouses, this is a trend that is going to have wings. Expect to see multiple versions of the lengha-choli at every wedding for the forseeable future.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Ram Leela Review - Bollywood movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ram Leela is the story of two lovers from feuding Gujarati clans. Played by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, Ram and Leela are a sensual, audacious, 21st century version of Romeo and Juliet.

Ram Leela Review - Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Shamaeel Ansari - the unsung doyenne of Pakistani fashion

Shamaeel Ansari - Pakistani fashion designer
Shamaeel Ansari is known for her silhouettes, detailing and craftsmanship.
Elegant, cosmopolitan and oh-so-pretty – Shamaeel Ansari’s designer wear is a class apart. Despite being one of the pioneers of Pakistani fashion, Ansari is a relatively unsung hero. Her exquisite pieces wow at Fashion Weeks but are perceived as not being widely available. While relatively new designers are forging ahead with retail outlets and multiple lines, the Shamaeel brand has taken a more low profile route. This has led some to believe that designing is merely a hobby for Ansari and that she is not serious about the business of fashion. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The 5 best Cafes in Karachi

coffee at bulters - The 5 best cafes in Karachi
Karachi's cafes offer more than just great coffee
In Karachi, the distinction between a café and a restaurant becomes a little blurred. In general, a café has a more relaxed atmosphere and a simpler menu than a restaurant.  Restaurants are generally somewhat more formal and tend to focus on full meals. The casual environment of a café is suitable for meetings and for hanging out. Cafes generally offer light snacks and desserts along with hot & cold drinks. That said, it’s seems that Karachi-ites like to have fairly substantial items on cafe menus so the distinction ends up being more about ambience, size and atmosphere.

Karachi has some great cafés. They invariably serve breakfast too because we Karachi-ites love our café breakfasts. Cafés in Karachi tend to introduce extensive breakfast menus or disappear without a trace. These are Karachista’s top five cafes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

What reminds you of the UK whilst in Pakistan?

My winning entry to the blogging competition held by the British High commission in Islamabad.
Karachi is a sprawling mixture of old and new
On the face of it there seems to be little in scorching Karachi to remind anyone of Britain apart from some oft-neglected architecture. The British Raj that built some of Pakistan’s finest old buildings may be long gone, but it has left isolated bastions of British-ness in the clubs formed by long-gone expats. The steamed puddings at Karachi Boat Club can transport me straight back to my school days in London while the wooden-paneled staircases of Sindh Club remind me of my days at Oxford.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Styling 101 - add panache and personality to the way you dress with some simple styling tips

It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Style is not just about beautiful clothes. The prettiest outfits can look simply awful if they are styled badly. Vidya Balan in this lovely Sabyasachi Mukherjee jora at the Cannes film festival is a prime example.
Vidya Balan at Cannes in Sabyasachi - Fashion disaster
Vidya Balan in Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Monday, 4 November 2013

The perfect Dinner Party Gift

It’s considered impolite to turn up empty-handed to a dinner party but a hostess gift shouldn’t be the result of a last-minute dash to a florist or bakery.

Whether it's a posh dinner party or a casual affair, the hosts will have worked on the ambience

Sunday, 3 November 2013

From my bookshelf to yours - Great Reads 1: Cracking Stories

Books have been my passion, my solace, my favourite pastime and my indulgence for as long as I can remember.
One of my reading spots
I love sharing great books and am always hunting down books that I've lent to one friend or another. These are some favourites from my bookshelf - books that I owe many pleasurable hours. These are not my top 5 books of any genre but they all have gripping stories and are well written. I hope you enjoy them as much I did.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Sowing the seeds for Peace between India & Pakistan

The Exchange for Change program aims to change attitudes in India and Pakistan at the grass roots level

Exchange for Change, Citizens Archive Pakistan, Karachi Exhibition
Visitors to the Citizen's Archive Pakistan Exchange for Change exhibition at Frere Hall
Peace between India and Pakistan occasionally appears within reach but more often seems nothing more than a fool’s pipe dream. There is so much ugly history and distrust between our two nations that it’s difficult to imagine the situation changing. It’s easy to bemoan the situation but some bright souls are actually spearheading initiatives like Exchange for Change to make peace more likely.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Extravagant birthday bashes highlight a culture of excess

Children's Birthday parties are getting more and more elaborate in Pakistan
Extravagant Pirthday Parties Pakistan - cake from La Reve in Lahore
A designer cake from La Reve bakery in Lahore
The invitation was a cupcake inside a floral china teacup with a little golden spoon. The momento for guests to take home was a little jewellery box. The décor included little chandeliers and vintage Victorian-themed accessories. The affair had all the trappings of a major celebration except this wasn’t a wedding or coming of age party. This was a little girl’s birthday party in Karachi.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Juggun Kazim - More than just a pretty face

A profile of Pakistani TV host, model and actress Juggun Kazim published in the Daily Times Sunday magazine

Newly wed Juggun Kazim shares her thoughts on marriage, celebrity and motherhood.

Pakistani model, TV host and actress Juggun Kazim
                                                                   Juggun Kazim                            Make-up and Photography by Maram Abaroo

Monday, 21 October 2013

The 5 best restaurants in Karachi

There are some marvellous eateries in Karachi – from dhabas to fine dining, there’s something to suit every taste. These are Karachista’s top 5 restaurants in Karachi – all places that combine a lovely ambience with consistently great food.
Best Karachi restaurants - Beef Carpaccio at Okra
Beef Carpaccio at Okra

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Ayesha Farook Hashwani opens e-store

Pakistani designers are waking up to the potential of e-commerce. Ayesha Farook Hashwani (AFH) has become one of first premium Pakistani designers to launch her own e-store:

Thursday, 17 October 2013

PLBW 2013 - Is it really Fashion? - Bridal Fashion Week in Pakistan

Does bridal wear merit a fashion week? The best bridals are essentially timeless whereas fashion weeks should be about trendsetting, innovation and artistic vision.
PLBW 2013 - Pakistani Bridal Wear - HSY
HSY opened PLBW with a classic collection
There’s no doubt that there are trends in bridal wear — long shirts versus short, farshis versus lenghas, deep colours versus pale and much more. Beyond this, times have changed. Bridal joras no longer need to overpower the brides, and brides no longer hide under heavy dupattas. They want to make a statement with their joras and enjoy being the centre of attention. Every bride wants to look unique and dreams of a jora that reflects her personality.

PLBW 2013 - Day 3 - Pakistan Fashion Design Council L'Oreal Bridal Week

PLBW Bridal Fashion Week Day 3 – A Fitting Finale

Pakistan Fashion Design Council L'Oreal Bridal Week PLBW 2103 - Kamiar Rokni
Kamiar Rokni wows with his Orientalist collection
The third and final day of PLBW was by far the best – a super line-up and collections that lived up to the billing for the most part. Nomi Ansari provided the masala, Sana Safinaz the sophistication and Kami delivered an artistic showpiece that brought this fashion week to a spectacular end.

Monday, 14 October 2013

PLBW 2013 - Day 2 - Pakistan Fashion Design Council L'Oreal Bridal Fashion Week

Theatrics, Brilliance and triumphs of style over substance - PLBW Day 2

Ali Xeeshan ith his models and showstopper Humaima Malik
Ali Xeeshan ith his models and showstopper Humaima Malik
Day 2 of PLBW was perhaps the weakest day of fashion week with a mixed bag of collections. Misha Lakhani was by far the best although both Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan showed some great pieces and would both have fared better if they had chosen to show fewer pieces.

Wise up on inflation - coping with austerity in Pakistan

It’s time to get smart about austerity. You’ve seen the plunging rupee and headlining inflation figures on the news but more than that you will have felt the pressure on your pocket. Whether you’re a member of the Birkin brigade or a low-paid blue-collar worker, you will be aware that money simply doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.
Cash is tight by the end of the month                                     DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID, Express Tribune

Saturday, 12 October 2013

PLBW Day 1 - Pakistan Fashion Design Council L'Oreal Bridal Week kicks off - three days of Pakistani Bridal Fashion

PLBW Day 1 - Drama, Opulence and Edginess

HSY at PLBW 2013 - Pakistani Bridal Fashion
HSY Tribute to Women collection

PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week opened with a very strong lineup on Day 1, with HSY, Elan and Sania Maskatiya headlining the show. Despite lackadaisical timekeeping sapping some of the energy of the evening, overall it was an impressive start to fashion week. The amount of individuality on the ramp was inspiring, as designers displayed very different spins on bridal couture.

Friday, 4 October 2013

The best of Pakistani Fashion at the TDAP fashion show

Pakistani Fashion designer rizwan beyg's truck art collection
Rizwan Beyg's famous take on truck art
The Trade & Development Authority Pakistan’s fashion show is usually little more than a blip on the fashion calendar. It was always a little-regarded adjunct to the annual EXPO, conscripted to add a little glamour to the proceedings but with a patchy or second-rate lineup. This year things were a little different. Some of the biggest names in Pakistani fashion came together to show on the platform. While the exercise may not have resulted in many concrete sales, it was a great advertisement for the best of Pakistani fashion.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Motherhood Taboo: Post-Natal Depression

Post Natal Depression is rarely acknowdged in Pakistan despite affecting large numbers of new mothers
New motherhood is no picnic. The indignity of childbirth, stitches in unmentionable places, the physical marathon of labour, the month-long bleeding and more. It doesn’t matter how easy your pregnancy was or how much you wanted a baby, the reality of motherhood usually comes as a bit of a shock.

Fashion Pakistan Council announces an exciting year of fashion events

Fashion Pakistan Council press conference
Deepak Perwani with members of Fashion Pakistan Council's New Board
Fashion Pakistan Council’s new board announced an exciting year of fashion events at their press conference on Tuesday. Over the next year the council plans a Fashion’s Day Out, two fashion weeks and a Fashion Expo with FPCCI along with various initiatives to support and expand the fashion industry. They also announced a GENEX event in May of next year where new graduates from all over Pakistan will present collections, mentored by senior designers. They specifically mentioned building bridges with other councils and focusing on the business of fashion.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Designer Exhibitions galore - Eid shopping options in Karachi

Still looking for the perfect jora for Eid? There are still plenty of exhibitions in town in the last fortnight before Eid. Some of the ones worth a look-in include Ayesha Ellahi, Samina Shahjani, Nida Ali, Blocked and Nadia Ellahi. None of these will break the bank yet all have demonstrated their chic designer credentials time and again. (follow the links on each designer's name for venue details)
Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's Fall Collection
Ayesha Ellahi's Fall Collection

Identity Theft: Pakistani Designer Brands Victimised

Ayesha Farook Hashwani's Photo Shoot stolen for rival's billboard

Ayesha Farook Hashwani's Photo Shoot stolen for rival's billboard
Motifz claims that even their logo was used in the advertisement without consent. PHOTO: PUBLICITY
It seems there is no limit to flagrant brand identity theft in Pakistan. Model Saima Chinoy spotted this billboard in Islamabad recently. Others would have barely noticed anything wrong but as the model in the picture, she was horrified to see the shoot she had done for designer Ayesha Farook Hashwani, was apparently advertising Motifz.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Pakistani Fashion loses touch with its roots

On the lookout for a traditional luxury pret outfit? Finding something exceptional might be tougher than you’d expect
Deepak Perwani on Karachista
Headline designers need to channel more of their creativity into Eastern outfits.       Photo: Faisal Farooqui
With our headline designers concentrating on Western and fusion pret, finding the perfect traditional jora in the luxury pret range can be a challenge. Earlier this year, some of our top designers showcased their pret collections at Fashion Pakistan Week and PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. There was some fabulous cutting-edge fashion on display but a disproportionate amount of it was Western or fusion. Eastern wear needs the shake-up of cuts and concepts and redefinition of silhouettes and techniques that creative designers can spearhead. It’s an area that too many of our best designers are neglecting.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Fashion Central store opens in Lahore

Fashion Central store in Lahore
Fashion Central - an elegant new shopping destination in Lahore
Fashion Central, the swanky new multi-brandstore in Lahore, opened its doors this week. Located above Butler’s Café near Hussain Chowk the store is simply massive, covering 3300 square feet. With itschic wooden floors and painted ceilings, Fashion Central provides a sophisticated shopping experience.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Omar Mansoor at LFW SS14 - Pakistani designer presents seventh London Fashion Week collection

From Faisalabad to London - Omar Mansoor's Fashion Journey
Omar Mansoor London Fashion Week SS14
Omar Mansoor's Madam Butterfly collection at London Fashion Week SS14 Photo: Shahid Malik

The likes of Burberry, Christopher Kane and Temperley may hog the limelight at London Fashion Week but emerging designers areone of the cornerstones of the event. For the past 7 years an emerging designerfrom Pakistan has quietly been making a name for himself.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Kalki Koelchin features in parody video that attacks India's rape culture

A link to the viral video for those in Pakistan without a Youtube proxy. Kudos to AIB, Kalki and everyone involved.

Update: sorry this link doesn't show up on mobiles or iPad - you're gonna have to fire up your laptop/desktop.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Subcontinent Furniture's beautiful antiques grace Frere Hall in Karachi

Subcontinent antique furniture at Frere Hall
Subcontinent's antiques at Frere Hall

Subcontinent Furniture’s recent exhibition of antique furniture impressed Karachi’s active community of art lovers and antique enthusiasts. Held in the beautiful and fitting surroundings of Frere Hall, the exhibition displayed a wide selection of lovingly restored and artfully enhanced pieces. From dowry chests to jhoolas (swings), the exhibition displayed a remarkable range of 19th and early 20th Century furniture.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Indian stylist extraordinaire Pernia Qureshi and her fabulous online store Pernia's Popup Shop

Stylist Pernia Qureshi : Game Changer

Published in the Express Tribune on 15th September 2013 

Anamika Khanna at Pernia's Popup shop
Stylist’s Pop-Up Shop offers a stunning range of clothing and accessories.

In love with fashion from across the border? Warm up your credit card because it’s no longer necessary to beg for a visa to indulge in your love for Indian style. The best of Indian fashion, from superstar designers to emerging stars, is now just a click away. Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, India’s answer to Net-a-Porter, offers a stunning range of clothes and accessories picked by Indian stylist Pernia Qureshi.
Pernia may be just 28, but she has swept onto the Indian fashion scene like a force of nature. She moved back to India in 2008 after post-graduation stints at the hottest fashion mags in New York, and then worked with the likes of Tarun Talhiani and JJ Valaya. But what really made India sit up and take notice was when she styled the 2010 film Aisha. Pernia dressed star Sonam Kapoor in Dior and Chanel, and her unique cosmopolitan high fashion aesthetic has been in the limelight ever since. Within a few short years, she has proved that she is a game changer and is shaping up to become one of the most powerful women in Indian fashion.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Ayesha-Somaya: Semi-Annual sale of Luxury Pret and Semi-formal Kurtas by Pakistani Designers Ayesha-Somaya draws a huge crowd

Karachi-based Designer duo Ayesha Somaya are hugely popular because of their creative, wearable clothes

Bridal by Pakistani designers Ayesha Somaya
Ayesha-Somaya's exhibitions are notorious in Karachi for being something of a scrum. Before they opened their retail store, society ladies would climb over each other to get into their highly-subscribed exhibitions. Since they opened their flagship store in Karachi, fashion lovers have been able to indulge in Ayesha Somaya's unique Luxury Pret whenever they like.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Dou Gharee - Pakistani Pop Idol Bilal Khan releases video featuring Annie Ali Khan for his new song Dou Gharee

Bilal Khan hits the right note with Dou Gharee
published in the Sunday magazine of the Daily Times on Sunday 8th September 

Singer Bilal Khan
Fall in love with Bilal Khan all over again with his new song Dou Gharee. Upbeat and romantic, Dou Gharee is a world away from the raw tormented ballads that launched Bilal Khan as a pop sensation. However, unlike his some of his subsequent songs, Dou Gharee has the same soulful vibe that characterizes previous hits “Lamha” and “To Kiya Hua”.
Singer Bilal Khan and Annie Ali Khan in a still from the video of Dou Gharee
The song was written during Bilal's US tour, on New Year's Eve in New York

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