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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.
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