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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

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Karachi Cinemas - Fancy a night at the movies? Check out this review of the premium cinema multiplexes in Karachi

Cinema Wars: Karachi’s best spots for a movie night

Published in the Express Tribune on 8th Sept 2013

Fancy a night out at the movies? The cinema has become one of Karachi’s favourite past-times in recent years. With the opening of Nueplex in Phase 8, Karachi now has four family-friendly premium cinemas. But how do they compare and which offers the best experience to movie-goers?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Bottega scion brings trunk show to Karachi - Corto Moltedo displays a gorgeous eclectic collection

Published in the Express Tribune on Spetember 4th 2013

KARACHI:  Pakistan’s social elite loves its designer labels. From Hina Rabbani Khar with her Birkin to newly-wed Chinioti teenagers toting Chanel 2.55s, there’s no dearth of luxe label groupies in Pakistan.
On Tuesday, for the first time ever in Pakistan, they got a chance to meet an international designer in person and shop his collection. Top Indian stylist Pernia Qureshi, in collaboration with Labels, presented a trunk collection by rising star Corto Moltedo.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

21st Century Parenting – Are your kids getting enough screen-time?

 Published in the Express Tribune on 1st September 2013

Wired parenting is an entirely new ballgame – savvy parents need to re-access their attitude to screen time. Unlike time spent in front of the TV, computer time may be crucial to your child’s development.

This video of a car crashing into our lounge was knocked together by my 10 year old

The Google generation of school kids needs a radically different set of skills. While you or I might remember trawling through encyclopedias or library books to complete school projects, generation X, Y and beyond, of course, seek answers online. Even ignoring the issue of inappropriate sites that pop up for innocent key words, they soon realize not all websites are equally reliable. Search engine optimisation techniques used by commercial sites mean that the top sites resulting from a search may be sites looking to sell you something or earn dollars from clicks. They may be sites pushing a particular agenda and may not be impartial. Students have to learn at a much earlier age to question sources, look for corroborative data and sift through misinformation. In our internet-dependent age, these may be some of the most important skills they learn in school.

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