Zainab Chottani

17. Links à la Mode Feature

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‘I have a picture in my mind. An entire scenario. And sometimes dialog. Yes, even that. For what? Gift giving. After the brainstorming, shopping, purchasing, but then to get a puzzled face in return. Where did I go wrong?

IFB bloggers continued to share some of their favorite gift guides, which I clearly need.  Useful gifts, festive gifts, gifts under $15, neutral gifts, some with a bit of glitz, and for our domestic animal friends, gifts for furbabies. I’ve certainly heard and seen it all now.

Fashion trend themes are about dressing in neutrals for the holidays, layering with a kimono, leather pants, and glam oxfords or retro wedges. Also included in this roundup is a DIY project, a beauty care review, a bloggers social media dilemma and a no holds barred review of the Pakistan Fashion Week. Helpful advice is given on purchasing and authenticating second hand handbags, and what it means to be ethical in fashion. Now, those are gifts unto themselves.

May all your gifts be received with joyous expression, excitement, and the words, “nailed it!” be heard.’

Links à la Mode, December 17

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Fashion Pakistan Week – Winter Festive 2015 Day 3

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It was a mixed bag of fashion week with many veterans and experienced designer stumbling onto finding a contemporary footing with some traditions that are ingrained within their audience. The final and Day 3 was no different either with designers putting on a show. With Zaheer coming out on trumps with his succinct collection and Nilofer Shahid showcasing her technical finesse, balancing the interpretation and tribute facets within her collection, the concluding day rounded off with an interesting note of sorts; with a lesson for designers for the need to step up their game seriously instead of mediocre offerings.
FPW15 - Day 3

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Zainab Chottani veered past her bridals to showcase a pret collection titled Aqua on the second last showing for the night.

Going for an array of sharp tones of orange, blues and greens, combined with black and white graphic prints and colorful embroidery, to her credit, Zainab Chottani did combine these intelligently enough to present us with a decent presentation. The silhouettes ranged from laid back tops, capes, dresses, jumpsuit to high collared halternecks, short dresses and maxi.  While the styling that included top knots, shades and scarf tied around the neck were very seventies references. The vibe echoed through the shape of jumpsuits and pants. The separates definitely showed retail potential, a mark that is usually missed by pret shows going dramatic just for the sake of ramp. What I also liked were the custom made bags made out of graphic prints to contrast the solids of the garments.

Through out the collection, I was reminded strongly of Ishtiaq Afzal’s debut collection owing to the nature of the shape and colors of the embroideries that she chose to use. The floral motifs were similar in shape and also in color. Thankfully this one fit better and was without any embroideries at odd placements. The few solid menswear were basics but nothing home to talk about.

From the collection if i had to choose, it had to be the capes with which the show started but the accessories were the one that I really liked esp the round bag. (the first 4 pictures)

*Images courtesy Tapu Javeri and his team