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Friday, 20 March 2015

Fashion Pakistan Week: What we are and aren't looking forward to

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Despite strong names like Deepak Perwani and Nida Azwer, the lineup lacks depth.

It’s Fashion Week time! The Fashion Pakistan Council has just announced the lineup for Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week Spring Summer 2015. The four-day event features some of Pakistan’s top designers but there is also a significant high street presence at the event.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Ansab Jahangir: Behind the scenes with the upcoming designer

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Ansab Jahangir hard at work with her team behind the scenes

With so many designers competing in an ever-growing industry, it takes real effort to spot the ones to watch out for. Introducing Ansab Jahangir - the upcoming young designer from Karachi whom we happen to have met behind-the-scenes and in action. 

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.
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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?

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.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Fashion as Art – Pakistani Fashion Designers Umbereen & Sharmeen take fashion to new heights of artistry


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Detailed hand embroidery from Umbereen Sharmeen
Does fashion qualify as art? It does when sisters Umbreen and Sharmeen are doing the designing. While it’s arguable that a beautifully cut dress or a creative ramp presentation is art, Umbereen and Sharmeen are different because they treat design as fine art. For them, their designs are expressions of a message they want to convey and a way of depicting emotions and opinions. When designer Umbereen describes herself as an artist rather than a designer, it’s tempting to take this as another example of the pretentiousness of the fashion world. Then Umbereen brings out her designs and it’s clear that this is not fashion as we know it.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

HSY celebrates 20 years in the Pakistani Fashion industry

 HSY - Hassan Sheheryar Yasin
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin aka HSY

He’s the guy who’ll walk down the catwalk with his own face plastered all over his jacket. He always seems larger than life, theatrical and even egotistical, but Hassan Shehryar Yasin is very different from what you would expect from a self-styled “Couture King”.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

London Fashion Week - Omar Mansoor showcases his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection

 Sleek, sophisticated and feminine – Omar Mansoor’s “Confetti” pret collection for LFW A/W ‘14 is simply gorgeous.

Omar Mansoor LFW A/W '14 - Ivory full length gown
Omar Mansoor LFW A/W '14 - Elegant and striking

Monday, 10 February 2014

Fahad Hussayn – Couturier extraordinaire

Fahad Hussayn PFDC Sunsilk fashion week 2013
Fahad Hussayn at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013
Fahad Hussayn may just be one of the most under-rated designers in Pakistan. True, his over-the-top ramp styling always garners press coverage but both the press and consumers are apt to dismiss him as a marvel of styling over substance. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Faraz Manan brings his Nawabi collection to Karachi


Faraz Manan's Nawabi Collection at Ensemble Karachi
Faraz Manan's Nawabi collection at Ensemble Karachi
 Ensemble recently gave Karachi-ites the opportunity of a closer look at Lahori designer Faraz Manan’s latest collection. The talented, mercurial Manan burst on to the fashion scene in 2003 and impressed with his flair for cuts and elaborate detailing.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Pakistani fashion veteran Deepak Perwani is back in the zone

Deepak Perwani's Bridal Couture Week collection
Deepak Perwani's Bridal Couture Week collection was regal and inventive
Deepak Perwani is coming up to his 20th anniversary as a designer. As he approaches this milestone, Perwani is riding on the high of a pretty stellar year. His Frieda collection won acclaim at Fashion Pakistani Week (FPW) and went on to sell well in-store despite being an edgy, unusual collection. He opened a new store in Dolmen Mall, which complements his flagship store on Zamzama. His winter bridal collection shown at Bridal Couture Week (BCW) in Lahore was one of the highlights of the three-day event.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Fashion with a conscience - Designer Sania Maskatiya & retail giant Gul Ahmed team up to sell designer scarves in aid of LRBT

How gorgeous are these designer scarves? Bright and elegant, they are perfect for pepping up your spring outfits. But these are no ordinary scarves - these come with the gift of sight.

Sania Maskatiya Scarves for LRBT
Sania Maskatiya Calligraphy Scarves for LRBT

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

Sunday, 22 December 2013

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.

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


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

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

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

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