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Carrying on from where I left off, the second part of this article will look at rest of the designers that showcased at the finale show of London Fashion Week with Deepak Perwani closing PFW 2012.

LALA TEXTILES

Lala Textiles is another textile mill based in Pakistan that showed its print collection. Just returning from my holiday in Pakistan, I know how crazy women can go after these lawn and cotton printed fabrics. The prints were nice and summery. The style was flowing and loose- perfect for the summer heat. But I personally did not go ga ga over them!

AMMAR BELAL

Ammar Belal’s collection had a foot tapping start but had to be stopped before it even began because they did not have the outfits. So while we waited for the full collection to arrive at the venue, the High Commissioner of Pakistan made a little speech. Speech over, the music started and the show began! Ammar Belal’s collection was very young and had spunk! Taking after his mom in style and designing, Ammar Belal has made a name for himself. He is known for his funky and “out there” designs considering he is based in Pakistan. My favourite piece was a red biker jacket and sequinned/jewelled transparent tights. And while I usually stay away from taking pictures with any “celebrity”, I did take a picture with Ammar Belal. Totes embarrassing!! *cringe* Umm..never again. I’m better behind the camera.

It was great to see the first two models walk out in the Pakistani flag colours with the female model wearing the Pakistani flag’s design as a T-shirt. Definitely getting that for my feeling-patriotic-day outfit. Deepak Perwani walked the ramp modelling clothes for men. Finally! someone who had thought about the poor guys as well. All in all the collection was okay. I would not call it amazing. There were some great individual pieces but I would not call it a sell out collection.

And here’s me being a total loser posing with a local cele-brity (obviously I know celebrity is one word!). It’s funny how his hand is almost touching my shoulder. “Respaaaact baji jee!”

GUL STYLE

Gul is a London based Pakistani designer. If I am not mistaken, his outlet is on Ilford Lane, East London. While most of the designers in the show were Pakistan-based, Londoners will be glad to know Gul is based in London so they can see him directly. His collection was more bridal with a few party outfits thrown in. The work was quite similar to what I have seen previously, lots of embroidery and embellishment on gowns and frocks. There was some good use of colour but nothing I have not seen before but of course for the London audience, it would have been something new!

DEEPAK PERWANI

And then it was time for the season finale. Who better than Deepak Perwani to close Pakistan Fashion Week 2012. This guy knows how to drape a woman’s body. The designs were crisp, the fabric fell in the right places and the tailoring was to a high standard. There was something for everyone in this collection. Deepak Perwani’s collection itself put up a show. Every outfit was captivating and it kept you interested. I would’ve preferred to see more fusion and western wear from him. Here’s to hoping he comes back next year!

And that is THE END!

It was quite a show. I was gutted I could not attend the fashion week in Pakistan when I was there, so it was a pleasant surprise to visit it in London. Hah!

Now a couple of suggestions I would humbly put forward:

They need to have more representation of Pakistani models from Pakistan. Even if they cannot, they need to hire better models. Most of the models could not walk properly, they were too wooden or over excited. It did not seem natural.

It’s great they are trying to showcase variations of talented designers from Pakistan but they need to scrutinise the designers, who wish to showcase, properly. Case in point, Moazzam Abbasi’s collection was disappointing to say the least. There needs to be more representation from Pakistani designers like Karma, Muse, Élan, Zara Shahjahan and the likes- a mix of old and new.

The collection they show should not just be focussed on bridals. Yes, us Asians love getting married and there is loads to be made from bridals but we need more Pret wear and more practical clothes. Catch a glimpse of what fashion week in Pakistan looked like earlier this year in the photos below. I felt the collections shown back home were more up to date than the ones shown in London. At the same time, it was an amazing effort and with only second year running Riwayat Ltd has done a commendable job. They will have to raise the bar later this year when Adnan Ansari spoke of showing at London Fashion Week. The kind of stuff that I have uploaded below needs to be put out there.

In terms of queuing, us Pakistanis will never learn the etiquette of standing in a line whether it’s in London or Pakistan or any where else for that matter. It was shameful seeing people, old and young alike, pushing each other trying to get into the venue!

Anyway, that said, hope you enjoyed these posts. It’s always good to see what’s going on in other parts of the world in terms of fashion. Leaving you with some amazing Pakistani designers who have been wowing me recently. Stay tuned for more exciting posts. Till the next one xxx

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It’s always great to visit fashion shows and see all the exciting new designs and talented people showcasing their work. But this show was even more special because it was part of Pakistan Fashion Week. Although the fashion scene in Pakistan has caught up and is at par with any  other international brand because we have the quality material (Pakistan being the second largest exporter of fabric in the world!!), the resources and quite clearly the talent. Yet, that part of Pakistan is always overshadowed with what’s wrong with the country. I’m not going to indulge more in that side of the conversation and I’ll focus more on the main event itself.

This was the second Pakistan Fashion Week in London. It is a brainchild of Riwayat Ltd. Co-founded by Adnan Ansari and Chris East- it was their common love towards promoting Pakistan and it’s culture through fashion that turned this event into a reality. In the company’s own words “If there is one thing that showcases the vitality, style and creativity of Pakistan globally it is fashion.” I could not agree more!

The location that was chosen for the event was grand- right in the heart of Central London just off High Street Kensington in the Kensington Town Hall. I decided to go on the season finale show. You know you’ve entered Pakistan Fashion Week when one of the top designers of Pakistan, Deepak Perwani, compliments you by saying “Nice outfit” while you cross paths. Compliment taken- thank you very much! ;)

The moment I entered, there was quite a buzz about the finale show. There were numerous designers and jewellers showcasing their designs. The place was jam packed with people and it was great to see it was not just Asians who were interested in the fashion week. I had a good walk around the venue and saw the designs. It was a shame Umar Sayeed did not show at the event. Everyone was excited and waiting for the show to start.

MAHEEN KHAN

After fighting for my place within the photographer’s ramp, I stood waiting for the show to start. Mehreen Syed, a top model from Pakistan was headlining the show and she opened the finale with Maheen Khan’s clothes. Maheen Khan is to Pakistan what Karl Lagerfeld is to Chanel. Quite a comparison, I know! But her name is synonymous with fashion in Pakistan. She has been designing since decades and has made quite a name for herself. What I do love about her designs are they are practical. They’re not your run of the mill bridal outfits. Her outfits are what normal people like myself can wear on an evening out, to a dinner party or a formal evening.

I found the models’ walk to be a bit wooden. There were a couple who were great to watch on the cat walk. But Mehreen Syed was the photographers’ favourite and they kept on praising her!! They loved the way she walked and posed.

VASUO FAZAL

Next one up was a new name I had not heard before- Vasuo Fazal. Knowing little to nothing about him, his designs were a breath of fresh air. They were vibrant, colourful, fun and daring! Just what you need for the summer.

MOAZZAM ABBASSI

The collection opened with promise when another top Pakistani model Sunita Marshall walked the ramp for this designer. In my opinion, that was the only highlight of the collection. The designs were old and outdated. Half way through I lost interest. The purpose of a collection is to keep your audience captivated. Bring one amazing outfit after another. But the collection just went downhill after the first outfit. Even the French photographer next to me was like “May be they just paid money to get into the show because it’s in London”.

         LAKHANY SILK MILLS (PVT.) LTD

Being the second largest exporter of cloth in the world, it was an opportunity for Lakhany Silk Mills (a clothing manufacturing conglomerate) to showcase their material in vibrant prints and designs. Their Pathan “pugri” (variation of a turban) covering the face of the models was amusing.

ZAHEER ABBAS

Zaheer Abbas’s collection started with a bang. Totally opposite from the previous designers, his focus was more western and fusion wear. There were hints of Balmain in his collection with the short dresses and pointed shoulders. He used a lot of silks and structured cuts to enhance the outfit. In terms of tailoring, there is still space for improvement but I think it was a good effort by this lad.

More continued in the next post. xx

ASIANA BRIDAL SHOW LONDON- Behind the scenes

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What has been catching my eye lately are the gorgeous small designer leather accessories i.e. cardholders. Coming in an array of colours, these are the perfect accessory to put your plastic money in aka debit/credit cards or even your business cards. A great conversation starter especially if you’re into networking. It’s like having a small part of designer goodness in your bag. A great gift I may add. I gifted a gold Prada cardholder to my friend and she loved it!!

And they work really well if you’re going out and can only stash as much in a clutch. So putting your card in a cardholder actually gives you a bit of reassurance that should you lose that (LET’S HOPE NOT!), someone will notice!

From DKNY to Alexander McQueen, Smythson to Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry to Prada and many more- they’re all adding a bit of glamour to this otherwise ignored piece of accessory. I love the nudes and pastel shades used by Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch (love the bow detail too!). At the same time kudos to Prada for using a range of colours from bright reds to golds. I love the signature skull detail on the Alexander McQueen cardholders. I cannot wait to add one of these to my collection! :D

So if you’re looking to treat yourself or buy a gift for someone close to you, do browse these lovely creations. Ranging from £45 to over a £100, there’s something to match everyone’s range.

Click here to view the collection on Net-a-Porter.

Click here to view Prada’s collection of cardholders.

Disclaimer: All the photos used are courtesy of Net-a-Porter and Prada.

Do keep on visiting my site for everything that’s fashionable!! Love xx

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Anyone suffering from shopaholicism (yea I just invented that word! haha) look away!  For I have been eyeing up some great stuff be it a pair of shoes or a technology accessory, that staple leather jacket every wardrobe should have or the Chanel bag. Sigh! the list is never ending. But the key is to buy pieces that stay in your wardrobe for at least a couple of years because not everyone can afford a shopping spree every week or month!

I subscribe to credible online shopping sites like The Outnet (a “considerably” cheaper version of Net-a-Porter and owned by the same company)  and Brandalley. That way I find some amazing bargains so for me it’s a year round sale! So here is a list of  things I’ve come across and I think will be great additions to any wardrobe plus a couple of wants (which you don’t necessarily need!)

1. Leather Jacket

So normally I don’t buy leather jackets because when I look at the origin of the jacket- most of them come from Pakistan. And that’s a great thing because Pakistan and India source some of the best leather and that is why most of the jackets in Zara, Mango and TopShop would either be Made in Pakistan or Made in India. What stops me from buying them is the exorbitant price tag that comes with the jacket. Frankly, I can buy a stylish leather jacket from Pakistan for fraction of the price. HOWEVER! (Yes, there is a however!) If you are looking for style and unique design then forking out on these jackets is definitely worth it.

It’s a great thing then that Muubaa’s Spring Summer collection of leather jackets is on SALE on Brandalley. Just one more day to go and you can bag yourself up to 70% off so I say why not!! Click here to avail the fantastic offers now.

2. Technology Accessories

I love technology. I love gadgets and I love the fact how designers have come on board designing some amazing accessories for them. I love my iPhone 4s and I cannot help buying accessories for it. Some times people make fun of the fact how much casing I have for that one phone. How ironic it would be if I still manage to smash it! (I HOPE NOT!!!)

Anyway, I never knew that apart from designing some drool-worthy dresses, Lanvin actually designed an iPhone 4 case! I came across this lovely surprise on Net-a-Porter’s website. I have to say it is one of my most favourite at the moment. For £45 it’s not exactly cheap for a case but then again, how often do you buy a designer case for your phone.

courtesy Net-a-Porter

courtesy Net-a-Porter

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3. Makeup

With summer around the corner (I know I’ve been pining for them since forever and I hope summer this year isn’t the peek-a-boo kind!!) it’s all about the pinks and the peaches. So I am loving this soft glow blush by Chanel called Blush Horizon De Chanel. It’s all about keeping it understated especially during the day and let your skin breathe under the sweltering heat.

And I also love this strawberry pink lip colour by Chanel. Ah! I can just picture the whole look. Mmmm summer.

4. Footwear

How often do you come across the perfect golden pair of heels that are not too over the top yet classy enough to stand out? D&G have this perfect pair on sale! For £71 you cannot go wrong and they are a gorgeous pair and they look so comfortable.

courtesy of BrandAlley

If you want to buy this pair or browse other D&G pairs on offer, click here.

Gearing up for the new season, I’m also trying to get fit. And by trying I mean finding the right pair of trainers. So that means I haven’t really started running or working out yet! I know, I’m more excited about what I’ll wear than the actual exercising! haha. But anyone remember the Puma Alexander McQueen collaboration? I remember my (late) fashionable friend Sareena wearing one of these. She was the most fashionable person I had known.

This rib cage design is very McQueen and a great motivation to work out in these fabulous shoes. “Oh darling! I’m working out in my McQueens! Pha pha pha!” I can’t believe I just said that. -_- haha! *cringe*

courtesy of BrandAlley

With 54% off, they’re selling out fast. So make sure you get your hands on them IF you like ‘em by clicking here.

I guess that wraps up my shopping splurge for the week. I do want to add loads more stuff but I am holding back. A little at a time! ;)

Again, the key thing for me is being in the loop, subscribing to credible websites and hunting for the best bargain! The adrenalin rush from that is better than plain ol’ retail therapy! ;) Till the next one. xx

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With an unpredictable weather in England, I am hoping I will get to wear one of these shoes I bring back with me. Check these beautiful sandals or “chappals” as we call them in Pakistan. They’re all made of real leather and handmade in amazing colours. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, shopping in Pakistan is heaven!! Especially with the exchange rate of pound VS rupees Khe Khe Khe! :p

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So everyday I decide I need to update my website because it’s been TOO LONG and the fact I’ve been buying some amazing stuff while I’ve been here in Pakistan and have not been able to share it at all!!

What with running after tailors, last minute shopping, requests I get from my friends in London and maintaining a fine balance between giving full attention to my friends and family- it’s bloody hard!!

Anyway I thought I would share this gorgeous top or “kurta” as we call it in Pakistan. It is made of the softest cotton that will ensure I don’t die in the London heat. What I love is the attention to detail given to this top- notice the embroidery at the back, the cut and embroidery near the left knee cap, the green shoulder patch and the bright orange colour!! It is LOVE!

I find a lot of people underestimate the fashion scene of Pakistan but there is clearly no need. With Fashion Week in Pakistan just wrapped up a couple of weeks back, the pictures from the show were mind blowing. I will definitely be sharing those real soon. Till then enjoy this post. Much love xx

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Asian weddings are known for their colour, flamboyance and a VERY generous dose of glamour! So my brother’s wedding was nothing less. The outfits were a culmination of months and months of planning- and it all paid off in the end. As I am still away, again I apologise for not posting regularly. However, I thought this collage of three wedding outfits should compensate for that :P

The first outfit that I wore for the Henna/Mehndi function was a “Gharara”-all hand embroidered and tailor made. What I love about Pakistan is the fact that we all rely heavily on our tailors. The concept of ready made/pret-a-porter range is now catching up but I still prefer to design my own outfit and get my tailor to stitch it. So it’s not only cheaper but you get to stand apart with your individual style.

The second one on the Wedding day (with the colourful jacket and underdress) was by this amazing designer called Ali Xeeshan. The moment I lay my eyes on this outfit, I was sold! And then began a hunt to find this designer who I last saw at the Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week in March 2011. My friend, Maddy (love you!) finally tracked him down and with her help I was able to order the outfit. Although truth be told, I did come along some hick ups, the original dress was not to my liking so I had to refine it- but the end result was worth it and everyone was talking about my outfit and so I’ve forgiven the guy for messing it up a bit!! ;)

The third one (a black gown) on the “Walima” or the function after the wedding day was an emergency outfit that I wore because my original outfit- a sari, was not delivered on time. So relying on house bound aunty “darzis” (or tailors) has its downsides as well!! My advice: ALWAYS keep a back up outfit!! ALWAYS!!

This post is just a sneak preview of what I wore on the three days. I will post more detailed ones once I am back in London town. Till then enjoy these and you can always enquire more about the outfits! :D xxx

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Hello my fashionable followers/readers/fellow bloggers!!

I know I have not been as regular as I usually am but you cannot expect me to work while I am away. Writing full on posts feels a bit arduous! ;) For that follow me on Twitter (@NidaJehan) and get all the latest (read: regular) posts and pictures. BUT! I have been piling up work for myself and I will be updating you all on what I bought/wore/styled/wanted-to-die-wearing!!

So I bought this top from this local boutique called Chinyere’. It’s a subsidiary of this clothing conglomerate called Bareeze’ whose unstitched cloth of the finest cotton, silk and chiffon Pakistani women swear by! It was on SALE!! Yes!! So not only was it a bargain but it was really stylish as well. Value for money I would say! The colour is very Spring/Summer and around the neck is a hand embroidered design that looks like I’m wearing a necklace so you don’t need to wear any jewellery. Very smart! It’s shaped like a paper bag upside down and is tight around the legs. It is very flattering to the figure. And if this top isn’t impressive enough from the front, check out the back! Keeps the onlooker entertained from front and back! hah! I got it for a cool Rs.3000 which is a cool £20! Not bad at all.

 

Till the next one!! Enjoy xxx

I have not updated my blog for 2 weeks or so and it was eating me as if I’d cheated on a best friend!! So here I am quickly tapping on my iPhone hoping the load-shedding won’t happen in the next 10-15 minutes. For all of those who do not know what load-shedding is- the practice of cutting off electricity in Pakistan for an hour or hours on end (mostly) while the corrupt politicians waddle away the country’s resources. This is a discussion for another time.

Anyway! Clothes in Pakistan are all about flamboyance, flare, colour and prints. With summers literally around the corner, every textile mill owner and designer is collaborating to churn out designer lawn after designer lawn. The thought of “aunties” salivating and running crazily towards these exhibitions just gives me the creeps. Hence this is one thing I intend to stay away from while on my time off here.

I love this dress mom got me from this local boutique that does ready to wear ensembles. You can pair it with tights, jeans or even the traditional “chooridaar” pyjama. I love wearing such flowing, flared and summery prints. I like the detail on the neck and at the back. The prints are similar to what the current fashion weeks were all about- lots of colour, prints and patterns.

Love this fuss free look!

For more information in regards to the clothes, you can always contact me. Till the next one xx

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