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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.
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