Connect with us

Entertainment

MNR- Delivering Antiquity and Grace on the Ramp

Published

on

Right after PLBW’19, we had a conversation with Mohsin Naveed Ranjha about his showcase. From ethereal pieces in collection to background music to beautiful narration and a connection with a social cause i.e. Forced Marriages (Abuse and Marital Rape), everything was on point and  aptly synced with the traditional aura of exquisiteness and regal trance.

  • How do you feel the Pakistani Fashion Industry has evolved overtime?

I believe that the industry has gotten out of the trivial race for looking the most west-inspired and burlesque, I love how everyone has started to understand their style and they know what they want and where they want it from. The involvement of many talented and fresh designers has not only given a lot of options to people but also has left them with the contentment of catering to the desired target market that they want.

• What inspired you to create this collection for PLBW’19 and how has the journey for this been so far?

True to our identity, at MNR we value tradition and always aim at taking inspiration from age old techniques and historical South Asian art-forms. For this collection, we explored the beauty of flora in South East Asian miniature paintings constructing each piece of fabric together carefully to emote glamorous silhouettes with luxurious patterns and magnificent craft . With this collection, we intended to propagate the beauty of our heritage by showcasing heirloom pieces that would be fit for a queen and generations to come.

• How have you incorporated the creative vision for the brand in this particular collection?

We always have had the expertise of eastern fashion, our vision has always been essentially creating couture that projects the raw beauty of our region. We try and work around extremely traditional elements and silhouettes and we have done that this time around as well.

About Chahar Bagh
“The collection is a dreamy play of silhouettes essentially worn by South-Asian royalty. We have played around more forgiving cuts, layers of fabric draped to depict old age grandeur. Both Abubakar and myself have been extremely invested in each minor detail of the collection.” – Mohsin Naveed Ranjha

• How do you feel PLBW this year was different in terms of the deliverables?

PLBW this year seemed promising because more fresh talent had participated. In regard to models and the designers that took part, it’s encouraging to see how more and more people are working hard to produce great fashion. Also, the involvement of new set designers, choreographers and organizers and an overall mood of diversity has developed which feels great.

• Whose collection did you like the most at PLBW?
It would be biased if I take one name because I realize how everyone worked so hard for their collections and I have always been excited and enthralled to see new work. Everyone was equally great and full of talent.

• They say it’s harder to create bridal couture due to limitations of structure and traditional elements? What do you think? Is it more difficult to design bridals than high fashion luxury prêt?

While designing bridals, I have always been in love with how people around me carried the most modest silhouettes in utmost glamorous way. The women I have known greatly value the importance of looking good and feeling good. Designing bridal couture for myself and Abubakar have always meant expressing ourselves through the bridal by putting in signature elements and staying true to what we have seen, what we have loved through the years.

• What’s the typical creative play and process you follow for each piece in the collection?
The design process is fairly similar to other fashion businesses but the fact that each team member is personally involved in bringing life to a piece of fabric, one thing I share with my team who I call my family is that they all work so passionately and tirelessly and each one plays an important role in shaping a garment and design pieces that makes our clients look beautiful and feel beautiful.
Our brand is multi dimensional, Abubakar deals with all the creative play and process. We make sure things are done and they’re up to our set standards.

• What exactly does Chahar Bagh depict?

Chahar Bagh has played an important part in Islamic art and architecture since centuries. We tried to present our version of the Chahar Bagh, a collection that is a marriage of beautiful raw colors with surreal flora elements.

• What’s next and upcoming for Mohsin Naveed Ranjha?
Both Abubakar and myself have been restless the past year as we are trying to expand the business in different dimensions, we have recently launched a bridal collection in acknowledgement to us completing 5 glorious years in the business of fashion. We’re striving everyday to bring something new and innovative to our capacities.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Junaid Khan Wins Hearts with His Performance in “Yaariyan”

Published

on

The ending of this megahit drama “Yaariyan” couldn’t have been better. The ensemble cast included Junaid Khan, Ayeza Khan, Momal Sheikh, and Muneeb Butt in the leading roles. With everyone essaying their characters to the best of their abilities; there was one person who truly stood out among the rest, and that was Junaid Khan.

“Yaariyan” was a socially relevant drama serial about love and betrayal, directed by Syed Wajahat Hussain and produced by Erum Binte Shahid. It went on to become one of the greatest hits of the season with its power-packed cast and brilliant storyline.

Standing out with his brilliant performance among the rest, Junaid Khan essayed the role of Ahmer; an emotional yet humble character who is married to Sadia, played by Momal Sheikh. He is deeply in love with his wife but because of some misunderstandings, they don’t end up together and part ways. Junaid proves through his character how versatile he can be, he not only portrays Ahmer’s convolutions with dedication and conviction but also did justice to convey the importance of forgiveness in marriage and relationships.

From hit music numbers to blockbuster drama serials and the notable appearance on the silver screen with tons of accolades to his credits, Junaid Khan has accomplished a lot in a very short span of time.  It may be worth mentioning here that Khan commenced his career as a musician with ‘Call the Band’, in mid-2000s, and later grew into acting. Nowadays, he is one of the busiest and highest paid actors on television.

Famed for his distinctive voice and acting chops, this versatile rock star has proved himself one of the finest artists of our industry. This leisure travel lover, cinema-geek and total foodie who is a strong proponent of social media has a charismatic personality and is climbing on the ladder to success and greatness with each passing day.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Finally! A Childbirth Educator in Town

Published

on

Considering the issues faced by women during and after pregnancy, this is high time that we started taking help from professionals. The most important thing is to normalise the concept of seeking therapy during and after childbirth. There are many women who are unaware of their situations and health issues and are hesitant to ask around for help. There are many facebook support groups where women can post openly or anonymously to seek help but there needs to be a formal education system to get them prepared for a time period that can be overwhelming and exhausting at the same time.

We had an informative conversation with Mahvish who is the new childbirth educator in town that can be quite fruitful for new mommies and the ones in the making.

How did you come up with the idea of establishing Bump & Beyond?

I gave birth to my daughter in New Zealand as my parents reside there. The pre & postnatal care I received in New Zealand was beyond my expectations & this led me to research infant & maternal care in Pakistan.

In order to have an empowering & satisfactory birth/ parenting experience, it is critical to learn skills & strategies as it takes you a long way in this life-changing experience. Bump & Beyond has been established with the objective of providing expectant parents with evidence-based choices that exist during pregnancy, labour & early parenthood. At Bump & Beyond, you learn hands-on skills & knowledge which facilitate to make your journey to parenthood a happier, more satisfactory one.

Do you think ante & postnatal care in Lahore is lacking greatly?

Not just in Lahore, all over Pakistan! I come from a family of gynecologists & obstetricians and had an idea of the services that are lacking here prior to getting on this venture. Quite often, doctor’s lack the interest or time to educate patients around their and their baby’s well being. Simply put, a doctor’s objective starts & ends with a baby being delivered (hopefully safely).

Pre & postnatal education is an integral part of all prestigious international health care systems. Historically, our governments’ investment in the health sector has always been poor/low, hence no such facilities exist at a public or private level – I find this extremely unfortunate because Pakistan has one of the highest infant & maternal mortality rates in the world

What do you hope Ammi’s will take home with them after a session at Bump & Beyond?

There is too much information out there on the internet & too little given by doctors, often misleading us. My aim is to allow every expectant and new mother to feel more empowered & aware of the many choices they have as a new parent, for themselves AND for their baby. This will not only allow them to be more confident parents but also look after themselves in the process of this life-changing journey.

Where do you hope to see Bump & Beyond in the next 5 years?

Within my private practice, I envision Bump & Beyond as an institution which is a one-stop shop for pregnant women & new parents – this is where they come to learn evidence based choices, and is a platform that is considered both safe & reliable for women to voice/discuss their thoughts & concerns during their journey.

I also hope to integrate Bump & Beyond with the public health sector & be able to reach out to the masses in order to provide them with the much needed awareness during pregnancy & parenthood.

Do you feel pregnant women are particularly vulnerable during gestation?

Absolutely – pregnancy is a time of phenomenal transition and a woman’s physical & mental health is subject to changes.

How was your own personal experience of being pregnant in Lahore?

I was lucky to have a non-complicated pregnancy, for the most part, however, I ended up having SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), which is considered common pelvic/pubic pain in pregnancy for some women. Unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness & support here, I was unable to manage it safely. I still suffer from pelvic pain and have been undergoing physiotherapy for a year now!

Do you think the quality of antenatal care a woman receives increases her chances of postpartum depression?

100% – postpartum depression is a function of 2 key factors; (i) your physiological tendencies/history of depression + (ii) your support system during pregnancy/postpartum. Good antenatal & postnatal care (along with a supportive husband!!) can go a long way.

What certification did you do to become a childbirth educator?

I acquired a Diploma in Childbirth Education from Childbirth International.

How long was the certification?

1 year

Do you think the market is ready for such services or are people a little confused about what you offer?

The market is definitely very information hungry and I can see that through my social media. However the concept of disciplined antenatal sessions is new here and I understand it’ll take time for people to understand its exact relevance, given that our culture has largely relied on information & totkas passed down from ‘saas’ & ‘mother’. Having said that, I see a lot of women now wanting to access more update-to-date, evidence based information now and that is where the opportunity lies.

How long does a woman have to enroll in the program for?

The antenatal classes span over 4 sessions – I encourage pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester to sign up for all 4. However, I also offer the choice of signing up for individual sessions.

Do you also offer postpartum support?

Yes – currently I am doing one on one support sessions which encompass breastfeeding, postpartum blues or depression management, and transition to parenting. Going forward I will be introducing group sessions for postpartum support also.

What certification did you do to become a childbirth educator?

I acquired a Diploma in Childbirth Education from Childbirth International.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

UNDER THE COVERS: With Saba Aqeel

Published

on

Saba Aqeel Ahmed has worked tirelessly to set up her home-based bedding business. She strives to deal as fairly and honestly as possible (with the help of her refund and exchange policies) and always makes sure to provide the best quality products so as not to disappoint her customers. She is the mother of four young daughters, a dedicated and honest businesswoman; and a loving wife all wrapped up into one person.

 

  • What pushed you to set up your own business?

I set up this business as a means to support my 4 daughters and husband. I realized that the extra income generated by my business could be put towards my daughters’ higher education and to improve our current standard of living. I also chose to start this business because of my inability to sit idle and my desire to become an economically productive member of society.

 

  • What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in setting up this home-based business?

There were many challenges that I came across while I was initially setting up my business. One of the main problems was transport. I didn’t have a car or driver! This made it quite difficult to commute and get things done. Moreover, my in laws weren’t very supportive of the idea of a working woman either. This became quite worrisome as I wasn’t receiving the kind of support I needed and it lowered my morale quite a bit. In addition to this, one of the hardest things to accomplish was building recognition for my brand.

 

  • There are so many different types of businesses out there. Why did you decide to take up bedding?

Originally I hadn’t decided that I wanted to produce and sell bedding. I had already been contemplating setting up a small home-based business and a close friend suggested that I should pursue bedding. Her husband already owned bedding store so I thought “why not?” I was inexperienced at the time so it was nice to be able to rely on someone who knew what they were doing. Through them I was able to learn a lot about how to grow my business and was able to expand my network of contacts too. Working in bedding textiles is also very unique as not many entrepreneurs have thought to enter this field yet.

 

  • Once you re-started your business for the second time how did you manage to expand it?

Initially, when my business launched I only circulated the news amongst my family and close friends through a Whatsapp message. Then orders started to come in, and as I sent out more products I began to receive positive feedback. From there I was recommended to potential customers outside my immediate family and circle of friends. However, I had to take a short hiatus to focus on a few family matters. Once I re-launched my business I explored new avenues of self-promotion such as online pages, Instagram, and Facebook and that is how I was able to expand my customer base.

 

  • What advice would you offer to someone looking to start their own business?

Give it your all! Don’t pay too much attention to what other people say about you, keep your head down and just keep going. Inshallah, all your efforts will be rewarded if you put in the maximum amount of effort into what you do and keep your intentions clear.

 

  • Was your family supportive of your ambition to run a home-based bedding business?

In all honesty, my family has always been quite supportive of everything I’ve ever wanted to do. I got married at quite a young age only having done my FSC at the time and was very financially vulnerable. It was a blessing to have a supportive husband that encouraged me to take up entrepreneurship and my daughters that pressed me to my get BA degree. However, my in-laws are more conservative and weren’t too keen on the idea of me setting up this business. In this case, I took the executive decisions to carry on and with the support of my husband and daughters I was able to set up a successful career.

 

  • What are some of the most important things you’ve learned as a result of managing this business?

Running this business has in fact been an invaluable learning experience. I had always led quite a sheltered life, but after starting this business my eyes were opened to some very harsh realities. I learned to observe people closely and realized the importance of being polite. People working as sales representatives or offering any goods or services are often wrongly criticized for things beyond their control. Even if they make a genuine yet minor mistake. On the other hand, I also learned how kind and considerate people can be and what the lengths people will go to support you if they care about you.

 

  • Being a working mother can be quite difficult. How do you manage all your responsibilities?

Being a working mother is quite hectic. My children are my number one priority and the whole reason that my entire business is set up at home. This way I am able to look after them while getting on with my work as well. I do all my designing first and only visit the bazaar on selected days to pick out the fabric so that my kids aren’t left alone for too long. It’s a huge responsibility to make sure your children and house aren’t neglected while you work. Especially for me, since I live in a joint family system, and need to be extra vigilant so as to avoid any criticism. At times the routine gets very tedious and work does pile up but at the end of the day, it’s also quite rewarding.

 

  • What is your main focus for the future at this point?

My main focus at this point is educating my 4 young daughters.

 

  • Is there anything you’d like to say to the audience that reads your interview?

Yes, I’d like to take this opportunity and use the Scary Ammi platform to say that every working mother has a lot of responsibilities to shoulder. So it’s important that we do our best to support the work that these mothers do because even the smallest bit of encouragement can do wonders for their morale.

Continue Reading

Trending