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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Fashion Stars of 2014!

2014 was a solid year for Pakistani fashion, with many established designers continuing forge ahead on many fronts. Designers like Zara Shahjahan, Sania Maskatiya, Khadijah Shah and Sana Safinaz all had good years. They showed at multiple fashion weeks, consolidated their retail presence and continued to design everything from pret to bridals. Designers like Misha Lakhani, Faraz Mannan and Fahad Hussayn operate on a smaller scale but still impressed with their luxe craftsmanship and aesthetic sense.
karachista picks fashion stars 2014
Fashion Stars of 2014
But who were the real fashion stars of 2014 – designers that stood out from the crowd for some reason or another?

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Nida Azwer Flash Sale online only at Secret Stash

Secret Stash is Pakistan's answer to Vente Privee. It's a site where you can get genuine designer goods at deep discounts. As well as shoes, bags and belts from the likes of LV, Tods and Micheal Kors, Secret Stash holds flash sales for local premium designers too.

Designer goodies on Secret Stash



They currently have a flash sale on Nida Azwer tunics - mainly cotton kurtas along with a couple of silk digital prints. With deep discounts, these pieces are a steal. Check out the sale at www.secretstash.pk/flash-sale


These kurtas are a steal
Like Vente Privee, Secret Stash is exclusively an online store. However, they do allow people in Karachi to make appointments to view specific items from the site. Check out the site for some real desinger bargains.


Monday, 29 December 2014

Blogger's Treasure Hunt at Dolmen Shopping Festival #DSFKHI


Media and bloggers at the treasure hunt
How well do you know Dolmen Mall? Would you be able to locate every store in the Mall faster than someone else? That's what the Dolmen Mall Management had dozens of media and bloggers thinking at the fun-filled Scavenger Hunt earlier last week!

Kerastase Gold Lounge at Dolmen Shopping Festival #DSFKHI


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Kérastase Gold Lounge at Dolmen Mall

Find the Kérastase Gold Lounge on the first floor of Dolmen Shopping Festival and let the Kérastase girls let you in on all the secrets for beautiful, manageable hair!

Friday, 26 December 2014

20% off the new winter collection at Babyshop - only till Monday

This limited offer runs from 26th December to 29th December

Makeup as art: Nabila shows how its done

Makeup artists in Pakistan are about so much more than bridal makeup. We are now see amazing editorials with avant garde concepts and looks.

Model Nooray Bhatti in Makeup by Nabila
Model Nooray Bhatti in a look by Nabila

Thursday, 25 December 2014

What's On in Karachi - 26th December - 1st January 2015

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What's On in Karachi - 26 Dec - 1 Jan 2015
What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the Youth Art Festival, Nadia Farooqui's winter exhibition and lots more!

Play Monopoly at Dolmen! #DSFKHI

dolmen shopping monopoly
Life size Monopoly now at Dolmen
The Dolmen Shopping Festival has something for everyone! So if you are looking to kill time playing a board game, head on over to Dolmen City Mall and play life size 3D Monopoly!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

All the discounts at the Dolmen Shopping Festival! #DSFKHI


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Fun filled Dolmen City Mall
So here's a list of all the exciting discounts available at our favourite stores at Dolmen Karachi! Don't forget to miss out on any!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Dolmen Shopping Festival kicks off tonight #DSFKHI


Get ready for brilliant deals, fun and chances to win at everyone’s favourite shopping destination in Karachi, Dolmen Mall. The annual Dolmen Shopping Festival (DSF Karachi) kicks off this Saturday, 20th December, with crazy discounts and activities for the whole family.

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Mango sale is now on - and it's full of great bargains!


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Bargains at Mango Sale Winter 2014
Trendy bargains at the Mango sale
Mango Sale Winter 2014
The Mango winter sale is now on

So I swung by Mango sale earlier today to check out their winter sale and it's packed with great deals. This isn't one of those phantom "selected item" sales where everything you actually like isn't discounted - practically all the winter stock is discounted between 30% and 50%.

UMSHA by Uzma Babar at Telenor Bridal Couture Week 2014

Uzma Babar showcased her own line UMSHA's new Bridal collection 'Shehnai' on Day 2 of Telenor Bridal Couture Week in Lahore last weekend.
uzma babar with all the models at the end of her show
Umsha by Uzma Babar TBCW 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014

What's On in Karachi - 18th - 25th December 2014

What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the The Crafter's Expo, CAP's Pop Museum at the railway station and winter clothing exhibitions to get you geared for the festive season!

Jewellery exhibition - Allure by Mehryn Tabani exhibits their latest collection of ethnic costume jewellery with a contemporary twist

Fashion jewellery in Pakistan - Allure by Mehryn Tabani
Modern Ethnic jewellery - Allure by Mehryn Tabani
Statement jewellery is one of THE trends of the season. If you're looking for something special, Allure has some great options. Mehryn Tabani uses Jaipuri-style elements in her pieces for jewellery that is intriguing blend of traditional and comtemporary.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

MANGO Sale upto 50% off starts tomorrow!!

Our favourite international brand MANGO is going on Sale up to 50% off from tomorrow Thursday, 18th of December 2014!

MANGO sale all over Pakistan
MANGO Sale starts tomorrow!

Foodpanda is a Pakistani foodie's road to self-indulgence

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I just love the convenience of ordering things online. Pakistan is a little behind the times when it comes to ecommerce but all that is changing. Not every business is geared to managing online orders, which is why it’s great when service providers like Foodpanda set up shop here in Pakistan. 

The Best of Hair, Make Up & Styling from Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14


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Different styling at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014
Hair, makeup and ramp styling can make or break a ramp collection. Nabila and her team did an impressive job, styling so many looks for different designers. Here are some of the hair and make up looks that will be remembered for the following weeks.

Deepak n Fahad at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Deepak n Fahad showed their monochromatic collection on Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 2 FPWAW14.

deepak and fahad at the end of the show with the models
Deepak n Fahad at FPWAW14

FnK Asia by Huma Adnan at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W14 #FPWAW14

Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 saw Fnk Asia's collection by Huma Adnan. Click here for a full review of Day 2 FPWAW14.
FnK Asia by Huma Adnan at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W14
Fnk Asia by Huma Adnan at FPWAW14

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Nishat Linen launches Swarovski jewellery in Pakistan


Models at the Nishat Swarovski Jewellery Launch Pakistan
The glittering launch included a fashion show, fireworks and a sky lantern display
Swarovski Jewellery came to Pakistan last night in a sparkling evening at Rajbah Farmhouse. Amid fireworks and a sky lantern display, Nishat Linen announced a retail distribution partnership that begins with five Swarovski stores. The event included a fashion show that showcased some of Swarovski’s Autumn/Winter range and there was also a chance to see the jewellery up close.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Karachi Shopping - Splurge Vs Steal -Designer Jewellery

We're back with our increasingly popular Splurge vs Steal feature. This time we bring you some designer jewellery. Shehla Chatoor's fabulous jewellery and some pieces from high street newbie Sapphire that are a fraction of the price.

Shehla Chatoor's designer jewellery vs Sapphire
Splurge on a Shehla Chatoor's designer piece or get the look for less with a bauble from Sapphire
Shehla Chatoor's designer jewellery became an instant hit when she launched it earlier this year. Her pieces have been spotted on celebrities and socialites, and work well with both eastern and western ensembles. Shehla uses Indian and oriental elements and combines them with her unique aesthetic sense. Shehla's pieces are a great alternative to "real" jewellery and perfect for destination weddings as well as less formal occasions.

The newly-opened Sapphire had a trial range of accessories on opening day that echoed Shehla's pieces although they don't have the level of detailing and flair that Shehla's pieces do. The quality and finishing of Sapphire's pieces is great although the designs are a little pedestrian compared to Shehla's. Still, at an average of Rs5,000 - 6,000 compared to Rs18,000 and up for a Shehla necklace, Sapphire's a great way to get the look for less.

The Sapphire pieces sold out on the first day and I'm not sure when they'll have more in - but when they do, grab them before they're gone.



Thursday, 11 December 2014

What's On in Karachi - 12th - 18th December 2014

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What's On in Karachi - 12th -18th December 2014
What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the a Hip Hop Beatbox Festival Night, Layla Chatoor's new pret collection and Laila Shahzada's art exhibition!

#TBT Fashion Week - Mumbai Style #LFW14

Lakme Fashion Week has it all – divas, style, groupies, stars and of course bucket loads of fashion. This time round it also had three of Pakistan’s top designers – Rizwan Beyg, Sania Maskatiya and Zara Shahjahan. Sunday quizzed them about their fashion week experience and all things Mumbai - the food, the shopping, the people and the style.

#TBT Fashion Week Mumbai Style: Rizwan Beyg, Sania Maskatiya & Zara Shahjahan

All three Pakistani designers at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 chose to stay very true to their signatures and showed collections that were reflections of their own sense of style. Zara showed florals, Sania showed digital prints in contemporary silhouettes and Rizwan showed Truck Art. There are those who argue that it’s time for Rizwan to move on from truck art but as long as he’s innovating and is still inspired by it, it’s not for anyone to dictate to any designer. After all even Chanel reinvents its signature suits and pearls every season but you never hear anyone tell Chanel to move on from pearls.
Rizwan Beyg, Sania Maskatiya, Zara Shahjahan at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Layla Chatoor's Winter Pret Exhibition is this Monday 15th December

Layla Chatoor Pakistani designer Luxury Pret 2014
Layla Chatoor Luxury Pret 2014
Need some extra outfits for the wedding season? I know I do - I'm always caught out by all the periphery events at shaadis. There are all those lunches, dholkis and milaads that somehow crop up every year. You'd think I learn but I never do.

Luckily Layla Chatoor has timed her winter pret sale perfectly. As well as capes and fusion outfits, she has plenty of her Eastern pret. Elegant and intricate, it's perfect for the coming season.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sanam Chaudri at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Sanam Chaudhri showed her collection 'Bano' on Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 2 FPWAW14.

Sanam Chaudhri with the models at the end of the show
Sanam Chaudhri FPWAW14

Emraan Rajput at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Emraan Rajput showed on Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 2 FPWAW14.

Emraan Rajput at the end of his show with the models
Emraan Rajput FPWAW14

Monday, 8 December 2014

A marriage made in retail heaven - Sapphire brings a touch of Elan to the Pakistani High Street

Aiming to provide an affordable range of quality pret with designer flair, Sapphire is hoping to emulate the sort of fast fashion model that international retail giants Zara use.

The first Sapphire store opened its doors this Friday at Dolmen mall, at a media launch that turned into a shopping frenzy. Media and close friends were invited to shop, which they did with enthusiasm, but general mall goers also crashed the launch. They may have come to get a first look at the long-awaited store but once in, they stayed to shop.

Karachi Shopping - This week's Star Buy

Blocked's fun Lego Kurtas for boys
Eastern wear for boys is generally so boring. The only options are plain kurtas or embroidered ones that have a 'little shezada' or 'shaadi' vibe. Those may look adorable to the older generation but young boys tend to find them boring.

Shehla Chatoor at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Shehla Chatoor opened Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 2 FPWAW14.

Amna Ilyas, Shehla Chatoor, Ayesha Omar
Shehla Chatoor FPWAW14

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Zaheer Abbas at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Zaheer Abbas closed Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014 with his 'Neo-Nude' collection. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.
Zaheer Abbas FPWAW14
Zaheer Abbas FPWAW14

Amna Aqueel at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Amna Aqueel showed her solid 'Black on Fire' collection on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.

Amna Aqueel FPWAW14
Amna Aqueel FPWAW14

Friday, 5 December 2014

Vogue Paris "Panoplies" Doll Editorial proves fashion lovers are never too old for dolls

Have you seen the Vogue Paris Doll editorial in their Christmas issue? If not, brace yourselves - it's gorgeous and inspired! Fashion has had a thing for dolls recently - vis Moschino's Barbie collection - but Vogue Paris' "Panoplies" (meaning outfits) editorial takes the whole doll idea to a new level.
Doll fashion shoot by Vogue Paris - the Dior doll
Vogue Paris' inspired "Panoplies" editorial - the Dior 'doll'

Gul Ahmed at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Gul Ahmed showed their print collection on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.
Gul Ahmed FPWAW14
Gul Ahmed FPWAW14

Competition winner Laiba Khan and Karachista enjoy customised Kerastase hair treatments #Kerastase

Kerastase treatment for great hair
Kerastase is a hair care regime that claims to be different
I’m in danger of becoming a Kerastase junkie. On of the lovely perks of my job is that you get to try all sorts of fabulous treatments and the folks at Kerastase have let me try their rituals not once but twice. I have to say I’m a total convert and am considering buying some of their home care products with my hard-earned cash.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fawad Khan talks to Karachista about winning the Lux Style Award for Best TV Actor (satellite) and what he's up to next

Fawad Khan wins Lux Style Award for Best TV Actor (satellite)
Fawad Khan wins Lux Style Award for Best TV Actor (satellite)
Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan just won the Lux Style Award for Best TV Actor (satellite) for his role in Zindagi Gulzar Hai. He talks exclusively to Karachista about how it felt to win his second Lux Style Award and his plans for the future. Watch his interview right here.

What's On in Karachi - 4th - 11th December 2014


What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the BWA's fabulous yearly Christmas Bazaar, a writer's workshop and a string of winter clothing exhibitions you shouldn't miss!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn Winter 2014 - Day 3 review #FPWAW14

Maheen Khan's swan song takes FPW out on a high!
FPW day 3 review Karachista
FPW ended on a wonderful note and young council deserves praise for a well-planned and vibrant fashion week
Day 3 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn Winter 2014 was a poignant affair, ending with what may be the last ever ramp show by Maheen Khan – the doyenne of Pakistani Fashion. While the finale was a celebration of the stellar ability of one of Pakistan’s most senior designers, the rest of the evening was about the best of young Pakistani design talent.
Day 3 saw excellent shows by some of the young designers who personify the current vibrancy of the Pakistani fashion scene. They displayed originality, skill and technique in collections that were both striking and diverse.

Ayesha Farook Hashwani at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Ayesha Farook Hashwani showed her stellar collection 'Baroque' on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.
Ayesha Farook Hashwani FPWAW14
Ayesha Farook Hashwani FPWAW14

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Levi's at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Levi's showed their winter collection on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.

Levi's FPWAW14'
Levi's FPWAW14

Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn Winter 2014 - Day 2 review #FPWAW14

FPW amps up the fashion fever on Day 2!
Review of Day 2 by Karachista
The show had a refined, high fashion feel.
Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week brought some exceptional collections to the ramp. This was a strong day on paper and delivered on that promise. The designers showing had very different styles but, barring a couple of exceptions, each delivered on their own aesthetic. From the eastern elegance of Sanam Chaudry to the edgy glamour of Shehla Chatoor, there was plenty to love on Day 2 of FPW.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan showed his 'Aurora' collection on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan FPWAW14
Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan FPWAW14

Monday, 1 December 2014

Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn Winter 2014 - Day 1 review #FPWAW14

Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 opened last night with a buzz as Karachi’s fashion elite turned out in force for Fashion Pakistan Council’s flagship winter event.

Zaheer Abbas FPW AW 2014
Zaheer Abbas FPW AW 2014

Ayesha Ellahi's Winter Exhibition this Wednesday, 3rd December

Ayesha Ellahis winter collection is available at her "Winter Hues" exhibition this Wednesday 3rd December. Look out for kaftans, wraps, tunics, kurtis and more. Ayesha has a wide colour range in linens and silks and she has some great semi-formal pieces.

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Athar Hafeez for Sana Safinaz at Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 #FPWAW14

Ather Ali Hafeez for Sana Safinaz showed a bright breezy collection on Day 1 of FPW A/W 2014. Click here for a full review of Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014.

FPWAW14 Safinaz Muneer and Athar Hafeez
Athar Hafeez for Sana Safinaz FPWAW14

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Johnny Rockets Karachi turns 1

Johnny Rockets Karachi
Johnny Rockets Karachi
I can't believe that Johnny Rockets in Karachi has turned 1 and I've only just gotten round to checking it out. They held a bloggers meet recently and I finally tried their burgers and shakes.

What's On in Karachi - 27th - 3rd December 2014

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What's On in Karachi 27th-3rd Dec 2014

What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the fun-packed Creative Karachi Festival, Risham Syed's art Exhibition and the launch of Outhouse jewellery in Pakistan.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Creative Karachi Festival - this weekend at Alliance Française de Karachi

Art, Music, Food in Karachi
Fun for the whole family

The Second Floor (T2F) is one of the most vibrant artistic forums in the city, encouraging performance art, creative writing and a host of other arts. They have arranged a fabulous festival this weekend at the Alliance Francaise de Karachi in collaboration with the Karachi Accueil Society.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Madiha Raza’s stunning “Flight of Birds” collection steals the show at Maybelline New York Millennial Fashion 2014

Madiha Raza's Flight of Birds collection was the highlight of the evening

Fashion Pakistan Council’s showcase for new talent was a low-key yet beautifully professional event. Held at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Maybelline New York Millennial Fashion 2014 had all the trappings of fashion week in miniature. A select crowd of established designers, fashion media and trade representatives watched shows by five upcoming designers.
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