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MNR- Delivering Antiquity and Grace on the Ramp



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.

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Zubab Rana- The fashionista with an unmatchable screen presence!



Enviable fashion sense is something not many actresses in our industry have been blessed with, but one actress who has impressed us with her fashion sense is Zubab Rana. A budding actress and a beautiful model, Zubab Rana manages to light up the frame every time she appears on our screens. From ramps to dramas, there isn’t anything the actress can’t do.

Born on 3 June 1998, the young actress started her career with Naseebo Jali in 2017 and received a nomination for the Best Soap Actress at Hum Awards right with her debut role. This doesn’t only speak of the actress’s mettle as a performer, but it also helped her make her mark on the small screen in a short period of time. She then appeared in Mere Khudaya and Bandish, and again received a nomination for the former as the Best Emerging Talent at the Lux Style Awards.

That isn’t all. We haven’t just seen the actress making her mark on the screens, but she has also stolen the show every time she has appeared on the ramp. She has established herself as a successful model and is renowned for her effervescent charm as an actress and a model, both. Having started her career as a ramp model, there is no denying her talent on the ramp, but what took everyone by surprise was her talent on the screens as well.

After her powerful performance in Rishtay Biktay Hain in 2019, we can currently watch the actress starring in Mehboob Apke Qadmon Mein, a drama that revolves around the power of black magic, Zubab Rana has been weaving magic with her performance in the play. She is featured as Sunaina, a sweet and innocent girl who is in love with someone and wants to stay happily with her love. Zubab Rana’s acting makes you feel for Sunaina and all the problems in her way. In every scene, she stands out with her phenomenal acting, making us root for her.

So far, Zubab Rana has done wonderfully in every drama she appears in. It looks like the actress is on the rise, and we can’t wait to see where she would be heading next!

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Ali Zafar foundation to distribute amongst Christian and Transgender communities



On a tweet posted by Ali Zafar, he showed the conditions on the ground as he went live on Instagram with his team who was seen distributing Rashan amongst a Christian community.

Many celebrities have raised their voice to raise awareness in the Corona battle, however, Shahid Afridi and Ali Zafar take the lead in going all out in their Rashan Distribution campaign.

Ali Zafar had also posted a video a few days ago of a transgender “Julie” highlighting the plight of their community. “We must make an inclusive society where everyone feels equally empowered and a part of the society, like a petal in a flower. Only then we can get rid of the thorns”. the Singer Actor quoted whose foundation has so far distributed Rashan amongst almost 3500 families so far.

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This Social Networking App is definitely the New Thing in Town



When boredom hits us hard, we all cuddle up to our social media accounts rooting around for something new and exciting. Right now, when the world has come to a standstill and people are ready to do anything to spice up their lives and when cooking, baking, watching, or reading looks so monotonous, we all are on the hunt for activities that put a little jazz to our dull days.

There are no real-life meetings, a cup of coffee, or a smoke break. All we have is our phone with the same contacts, plenty of work emails to respond, and some messages in the “other” section of our messenger. Some of us are so bored that we have gone through all those messages and some are on the verge of responding to those messages.

But, there is one thing that is keeping us occupied all of a sudden? As controversial as Tinder sounds, the long-lived thunder has been stolen by this new app called Bumble. You can either date or find BFF on the app depending on your preference. The dynamics of this app are slightly different from Tinder as it gives women the first right to make a move. Is this actually a conscious effort to change the patriarchy considering the fact women are entirely in control of choosing whoever they want to talk to and on the other hand, men do not have the option to initiate the conversation at all. This is probably one of the reasons for the app to flourish in a country like Pakistan where there is a pipping hot debate on feminism every now and then.

The main difference between Tinder and Bumble is the reliability of having a verified account. You cannot have an account on bumble without your picture and since the whole idea behind this app is about being kind, if there is slight misconduct from any party, the account gets suspended immediately for good and all. Unlike Tinder, Bumble gives you more details about the person in contact so, the swiping is not just about the looks here.

If we peek into the real world, there are very few opportunities to find friends or even a potential match once you are done with your school or college. Which means, a very little chance of getting your dupatta stuck in the button of his waistcoat. Such an app will put you closer to the network of a person who otherwise does not have the slightest chance of meeting you in real life. If not a match, you may end up finding some incredible friends that many people actually claimed to have found so. Hence, the dating pool is marginally better on this app.

The cons of having this app are “anything can happen”. Stay alert and know your moves. Don’t get caught into the traps of instant meetings or any kind of thugs disguised as a chum. Take time to know the person and learn about the similarities you have with them if any. These are the very basic tips that we need for any online encounter.
Although a lot of success stories have been witnessed through the app from outside Pakistan, the app is still less productive and less popular among the masses. It is either the pressure of being on a dating app or stigma attached to being associated with these apps. However, this pandemic does seem to change the whole narrative of online amity.

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