Fashion Pakistan Week – Winter Festive ’16

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For starters, I just fail to understand what will it take for designers to understand that winter festive does not necessarily means clothes for wedding or a bridals to be sent down the runway (you have a bridal fashion week for that). Yes, it is the upcoming ‘wedding season’ and people attending will want clothes but atleast give some worthwhile options… Festive does not have to mean you do the same old work in floral filgree over and over again – There quite a few that missed the ball altogether, others presenting rather meh collections and few managing to hit the right balance between wedding attendees and festive look. The collections that actually made themselves noticeable Read the rest of this entry »

PSFW 2014 Day 3

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While Day 3 is usually touted to be the best day of the fashion week, there were quite a few surprises in store for me as the collections walked down the ramp.  Some hits, some pleasant surprises and some misses, but it was a quite the satisfying day.

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Fashion Pakistan Week Day 3

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High street brand like Levis while introducing its products does not veer away from what it is. Even bringing on stylists like Rana and Ayaz, who can only do so much, Introducing yet another denim, Levis kept the look and feel of the show their usual self. Read the rest of this entry »

And the designers are revealed..

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If you have been following my blog, during PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, the title sponsors collaborated with designers to create limited edition bottles like last year. However this year instead of revealing the bottles, the designs were revealed wherein people guessed who designed what (read about it all here)

Well the wait is over!! During an event, the four designers behind these four bottles were revealed. Adding two new names to the list, Sana Safinaz and FnkAsia and retaining Khaadi and HSY made up the four Sunsilk Edition designer bottles. While I did have some idea of who designed what during Fashion Week, Sana Saf were the ones which were BAM! Out of the blue..Khaadi and Sana Saf went the lawn inspiration route with motifs from their lawn lines incorporating motifs onto their bottles (i liked Khaadi’s last year’s better), HSY went the glamour route, lots of glitter and bold gold or if done up in fashion black satin with a dash of gold and FnKAsia based their bottle on the “freedom of spirit that exudes from the women in Tharparkar as they are not shackled by urban laws.”.

Its interesting to encourage these collaborations that bridge the gap between designer and masses who could not afford luxury designer wear so its just a way for them to own a piece.



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With just 8 films this year, I personally felt it was too soon for any awards ceremonies regarding movies to take place. The film industry needs to regain its foothold firmly before any such award ceremonies regarding movies could take place . The awards, while ran for painstakingly long hours in this hot and humid weather (yes it was outside). While it is open for debate whether ARY film Awards should have taken place…or not, it gave our local celebrities to strut their stuff on red carpet. While many did come as if it was their phuppi ka walima, quite a few did made their mark on the red carpet.

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Actress Model VJ Mahira Khan stunned in black and white Mango separates at the awards. While many may disagree but she pretty much hits the ball outta park with the ying yang ensemble. The crop top and tailored pants stood out for all the right reasons in a sea of OTT gowns. Minimally chic, she paired it up with white heels and a studded clutch and a watch to go. Leaving her signature mane like she does, the only pop of color came through the customary red lip color in just the right amount accenting the whole look.

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Veteran designer Maheen Khan showed everyone how its done in playing it cool in the hot weather. With the midnite purple and gunmetal seperates, her look was understated chic with a relaxed vibe to it. I am in Love with her hair color and to say it went brilliantly with the whole look would not be a mistake. She styled the look with  a single pendant, a metal cuff and a gun metal clutch.

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Shehla Chatoor’s Samsara collection was bound to make an appearance on the red carpet. And as I said earlier in my review, it would definitely be snagged up, and it did. With a host of celebs opting for it, this particular piece was one of my picks from her collection and Sabeena Pasha shines, literally rocking the hell outta that dress. The gold chain details on the back were fun, and side swept hair and gold heels, and you don’t need anythin else gurl to steal that spotlight.

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Winner of the best actress Jury award, Aamna Ilyas was in HSY from his venom collection. The red, another one of my favs, the model just makes it work going all out in the strapless ensemble. Playing up on the sheer trend, the layered part of the gown provided ample amount of that and and the pop of color via her ring was just the right hint needed. with her hair up in a chignon, this one was definitely in no doubt for the night.

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Off all the people, I never expected Noor to make an appearance on the list, but she managed to do so. In a faiza saqlain, she was one of the few of the night to opt for a sari. What worked in her favour was the color, the flawless makeup job and an understated look that stood out for its simplicity in the of OTT bling ness of the night. The Manish Malhotra-esque Sari was an easy breezy pick for the weather and one that looked good.


From the male lot, Ali Xeeshan stood out with the three piece Ahmed Bham suit with an unbuttoned (would have died otherwise) white cotton shirt. The power blue suit has made a comeback and Xeeshan definitely seems to be having fun in his. Its cool, suave and not so serious at the same time.

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Best Supporting Actor Winner and one of the hosts of the night, Humza Abbasi, cut a clean picture in a black ensemble (possibly by Omer farooq though i still have to get confirmations on that). Fuss free the simple black sherwani scored more points that any of the other OTT satin patches and attempts to twist classics. Don’t do it if you can’t do it right. He looked downright dapper and without needing to try too hard…are others taking notes!!


HSY for President!!

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HSY’s latest collection titled sher collaborated with an NGO working towards welfare of education of girls and women empowerment. Incorporating crafted skills of these women into the collection, HSY should be applauded for his initiative and 20 years in the business. However did the collection deliver? In most parts yes! But wasn’t without flaws.

Employing crafted skills of women from Shergarh, HSY’s collection featured a multitude of patterns embroidered and printed, usually ones falling under the umbrella of Islamic patterns and sub continental motifs. These included geometric patterns as well as paisley and floral vines and motifs. The collection that was heavy on embroidery and print. From fully embroidered and appliquéd to embroidery done on sheer fabrics, plain and juxtaposition with printed fabric, he pretty much explored a diverse range in his presentation. Using browns, teals, reds, yellows, indigo and beiges, he kept his tones earthy…a far departure from HSY we saw earlier in FPW going all out dark glam or his usual signature.

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As far as silhouettes go, seeing his last few luxury prêt collections, he took a 180 degree turn to present a very…so to speak…a ‘pakistani’ collection. The silhouettes were a far cry from the silhouettes that we are used to seeing from him. Presenting menswear and womenswear, he had quite an array on display. There were kurtas, flared pants, shalwars, sherwanis, waistcoats, straight pajamas, flared tuncs, straight tunics, churidaars, saris, jumpsuits, floor lengths .. phew! I even spotted a pair of overalls. The collection made heavy use of organza, georgettes and silks through which he played on sheer layering, varying lengths and looser silhouettes.

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However I was not quite on board with the styling… the extra high spiralled braid with a paranda, wasn’t my cup of tea and felt too ‘punjabi’ to put it cultural terms. The collection which should appeal to the city crowd felt a wee bit too desi gaaon-ki-gori with that. Also many of the embroidery placements though commercial and sellable were expected of sorts. The high low hemline kurta felt funny with its drooping sides, some of the crushed flared long tunics seem a little dated since we just dusted our hands off them a few seasons ago.

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Loved the men’s kurta’s…and especially that shalwar on the model leading the pack was fun. The straight pajama in this one was done to perfection ending just at the right length, the overalls with sherwani were a quirky way, the layered flared pants were fun, the sleek panelled tunic worked because of that plain middle panel providing that break, the high waisted flared pants went all out with patterns and loved it for that and the sari with the jacket was one of my fav looks.

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He ended the collection with an inspiring speech, giving out a social and patriotic message. With so many feathers in his cap, it wouldn’t hurt to add one more of standing up in next elections now would it?

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P.S. A note of thanks to team at Lotus for their timely efforts. From pictures to seating to press kits, they nailed it like always. The team at Golin Haris, my bloggers in crime, keeping me company virtually or in person, and everyone who actually reads the individual reviews that I keep writing (though I am planning to change it up)…Thank you.

The Capsules

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Tapu with his kitschy prints had always captured the attention of his audience. Be it Karachi or Paris, the guy never fails to impress. Evolving from the ‘KARACHAKRA’ the collection this time around explored the realms of japanese, spanish art and animal prints. The signature Tapulicious prints this time around were divided into three distinct separate capsules for which three three designers namely Kamiar, Mohsin Ali and HSY were broughy on board to design ensembles using these prints.


KAMIAR’s ORIENTAL TALES: Fresh off the success of his Orientalist collection, made Kamiar a natural choice for the collection inspired by Japanese murals. The japanese paintings by Tapu’s Aunt Mariam Syedullah, were converted into prints and juxtaposed with small shots of Karachi giving a kaleidoscopic twist to the paintings. The silhouettes echoed Kamiar’s last oriental sensibilities with chic separates, dresses and kaftan styled in a minimal twists of styling, were simple and non fussy. Possibly the most commercial of the lot. The print bags and clutches were a dominant feature in all the outfits and complimented the outfits rather than taking away from them.


MOHSIN’s KITSCHY WARRIOR: The vibrant prints inspired by Spanish artist Joan Miro fell into the kitty of edgy Mohsin. The prints with their vibrant shapes and linear elements reminded me of artists Alexander Calder and Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings. The prints were combined with geometric shapes and made into a range of body con dresses and two separates.  I was just backstage during the frenzy and prints are amazing. Mohsin intelligently color blocked the prints in geometric solid elements and also paired them with geometric shape prints to tone down the print and add a certain layer to the whole garment. My picks were definitely the body cons with a bit puffed up sleeves ( I liked the contrasting elements) and those polka dotted pants. The double tape warrior masks finished off these sections in terms of styling.



HSY…nuff said: The prints juxtaposing HSY, Vaneeza’s eyes, animal prints and chevrons all came together in a monochromatic black and white to create sort of optical illusion prints. Majorly menswear, I wasn’t too sure about the loose palazzo pants that were created for menswear. They seemed sloppy and were not appealing. Also the addition of that hat with that jacket and tiger pants was unnecessary (sexy policeman deja vu anyone???) While the menswear usually consisted of jackets and bandhgalas, both the womenswear, the dress and the romper were aces in my book. While I loved how the whole look came together in the charcoal grey dress with the styling, the romper was impeccable in its fitting.

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HSY’s resort collection titled VENOM opened up the Fashion Pakistan Week 2014. Known for his OTT and luxe collections, Hassan Shehryar Yasin or popularly known as HSY went a bit a minimal route for his debut showing at the FPW platform. Delving into a darker theme of revenge and femme fatale, if you are aware of his works, will not appeal to you in the first outing. It is now that I am reviewing it, I can see the change of track that he took with a darker color palette.

The venom theme revolved around a darker color palette of blacks, dark beiges, golds and blacks. With ombre effects and patterns, the silhouettes ranged from streamlined jumpsuits to layered pants, bustiers, jackets and moving onto voluminous shirts and skirts. What caught my eye were the graphic chevron lowers that were layered with sheer fabrics. From chiffons to printed silks the collection was more luxury than pret but viewing his last collections, this has to be included as his most wearable one.

The collection was heavy on contrasts and prints especially the snake skin print (the VENOM connection) juxtaposed with graphic chevrons and floral handworked embroideries. While he may have started off with a minimal route, the latter pieces of the collection did include the usual OTT that he is known for but we have seen him do better. Major gripe was that while one of the other jumpsuit (first one) was impeccably fitted, the strapless snake skin printed jumpsuit with sweetheart neckline a black long upper was really oddly fitted around the crotch area. Also a red piece with sunshine yellow floral embroidery, the tones of those colors did not quite gel well.

My picks, the ombre jumpsuit, the chevron jacket and the red bustier with layered pants. Instant love with all three of them.. I love jumpsuits for men..provided they are styled well..while I wore  a jumpsuit second day on the red carpet myself (more on that later), I loved the ombre one. The graphic chevron print was drool worthy, one of the pieces I have my eye on and that shade of red was bang on perfect
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*Images Courtesy Tapu Javeri and his team 


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HSY’s spring summer 2013 collection BELIEVE was the finale presentation of the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. Starting off with around 25 hunks in ‘I ❤ HSY’ t-shirts and trousers in colors that I want to own one of each pair, the luxury pret collection was presented in sets of monochrome color palette.

While the embellished and embroidered womnswear was strictly okay in pretty much controlled silhouette, it was the pastel menswear that was literally the fresh breath that everyone (esp men in the crowd *raises hand*) were waiting for. The womenswear in chiffon silks and laces, was in a variety of silhouettes of dresses and tunics of varying lengths although all of them were embellished. While he nailed the lime green color, at many occasions it was the gladiators (which he was introducing on the show) that brought the look down and were its undoing. The blue lace dress with its silhouette did not work, nor did the huge ice blue cape with those summery capri look. Neither the front gold dress with chiffon worked for me
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While he scored low on the embroideries (though was pretty but at many occasions too overdone), he scored high on the choice of color using pastel tones of blue, peach, green and browns.  Menswear on the hand was surprisingly very good. The ombre effect, print, embroideries and pastel shades all came together for a perfect outing for a guy who was looking for fun menswear within conservative restraints.

My picks, LOVEEED the minty green ombre suit, the peach ombre, the camel colored suit sans the embroidered shirt, the subtly printed suit from menswear,. Also was sold on this color of lime green pants, and notch collar safari inspired jacket was interesting  From womenswear I liked the draped tunic in peach and the bloused sheer embroidered dress in blue. And the trousers of each one of those guys, Loved the hues.

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