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Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show: Grand Finale

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Day Three and the Finale of the ‘Catwalk Cares’ Virtual Fashion Show was filled more glamour and star power including showstopper appearances by Sarwat Gilani, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ayesha Omer and Kiran Malik. The designers’ line up was as follows

NOMI ANSARI

The king of kaleidoscopic creations Nomi Ansari opened Episode Three and said he was happy to see the whole fashion industry -designers, models, saloons and event management forging together united and supporting the frontliners and the industry.

He presented the four -looks ”Festive Couture’ capsule of signature Nomi Ansari pieces modelled by supermodel Fauzia Amaan. The pieces included a shimmery midnight blue sari worn with a backless cut-out blouse; a classic twirly can-can sharara in pastel floral hues; a black and silver glittery lehngha choli and a pastel floral kaleidoscopic sharara with matching sleek top.

SANA SAFINAZ

Safinaz Muneer of fashion giant Sana Safinaz thanked Frieha Altaf while continuing to “pray for the frontliners. ”

The label’s three piece fusion couture capsule ‘Anatalya” was inspired by Greco Roman statues and, draping techniques from classical antiquity and modelled by dusky Maha Taharani. The collection was composed of luxurious georgette in deep solid hues inky- navy blue, crimson red, and forest green which were transposed onto contemporary and minimalistic silhouettes embellished with pearls and crystals in floral motifs, and accessorized with hand cut brooches and belts.

SONYA BATTLA

Sonya Battla’s three piece capsule collection ”Chawkhandi’  was inspired by the embossed clay etching found at the historic Chaukhandi Tombs, woven together classic prints and springtime hues for timeless ready- to-wear pieces in pure cotton paired with elegant chiffon dupattas..

Battla’s muse was actor and social activist Sarwat Gilani whose own minimalist personal style mirrors that of the designer.

Sonya was excited to be part of ‘Catwalk Cares’ and thought the exercise was “a considerate and well thought out effort to celebrate the brave frontliners while bringing the industry together.

REPUBLIC by OMAR FAROOQ:

Omar Farooq, Creative Director menswear label Republic was of thought that Catwalk Cares was a brilliant initiative. Republic also used a celebrity showstopper, TV and Film actor Mikaal Zulfiqar, who dazzled in a navy blue cotton shalwar kurta worn with a midnight blue tropical wool waistcoat embossed with a hand-embroidered Republic emblem-logo.

The other two pieces in Republic’s capsule ‘Majorelle’ which was inspired by the ebullience of botanical gardens, modelled by Walid Siddiqui, included a sky blue short kurta worn with slim pants and a faded inky and botanical hued embossed waistcoat with a similar white and grey combo.

FARAZ MANAN

Global glam-couturier Faraz Manan said he felt that Catwalk Cares ‘ was a “symbol of hope and resilience” while supporting and paying respect to the brave.

His Summer Couture capsule was modelled by actor, model, fashion entrepreneur Kiran Malik. The three piece capsule included; a sleek shimmery ivory Grecian draped sari hybrid, a breezy cream bell-sleeved opera overlay coat worn with slim pants and a short tunic, and a soft canary sleeveless shirt tunic worn with flared pants.

SHEHLA CHATOOR

The finale designer of the show was the bridal couturier Shehla Chatoor, who was excited to be part of an exercise that united the Fashion world.  

In her latest collection ‘Noor: The Divine Light’, Shehla used rich fabric including gossamer tulle and pure organza, in luminescent hues of ash grey and cream-white. The first two beautifully handcrafted ensembles, modelled by supernova Mushk Kaleem, were fashioned into sleek, contemporary silhouettes embellished with intricate, rich traditional embroidery including zardozi, thread work, mirror-work and deft cutwork elements dovetailed with modern pearl and Swarovski accents.

To further represent this blend of the bold and the elegant Shehla chose actor, host singer and fashionista Ayesha Omer as her showstopper calling her “the ultimate Shehla Chatoor IT girl. Ayesha dazzled in a floral embroidered can-can sharara skirt paired with a sleek backless long-sleeved blouse endnoted with an Elizabethan type ruffle made from fresh flowers.

The Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show ended on a positive note with images and footage of the frontliners in their PPE suits receiving Eid outfits by participating designers at Indus Hospital and the Expo Center from Frieha Altaf CEO of Catwalk Events & Production whose innovative brainchild and CSR effort united the Fashion industry.  

Catwalk Cares partnered with Studio by TCS for deliveries suits to frontliners and Nabila as official stylist to guide models and celebrities for makeover and also providing them with Zero makeup kits.  

Watch the whole finale show here.

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Hussain Rehar’s New Collection: An Amalgamation of Tradition and the Contemporary

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Dipped in sophistication and grandeur, Hussain Rehar has tried to recapture the essence of Eighteenth-century with his new clothing line; “Nizam Begum” showcasing the out-of-the-world aesthetics and design philosophy, that takes you on a ride back in time to that same era; with royalty oozing out of each ensemble. The whole collection is a testament to the finest craftsmanship, careful designing and hard work that’s reflected in the exceptional attention to the details. Apart from the astounding intricacy, Hussain Rehar has used the finest fabric available, to provide an amalgamation of both royalty and comfort in his outfits.

History: The Nizam Begums were the wives of the Nizams; rulers of the princely Hyderabad state. Nizam begums; queens of the Nizam dynasty, led extraordinarily lavish, posh and royal lifestyle, which was reflected in their unique, timeless attires, adorned with intricate embellishments and designs, openly expressing their royal stature, style and taste in dressing.

 

The ‘Nizam wives’ can be seen here, photographed in Hussain Rehar’s new Eid collection, reminiscent of that same glorious era, where he has tried to recreate the same great style and timeless fashion, by introducing and infusing a contemporary touch and creating a masterpiece that’s both sophisticated and outstanding; a stellar addition to one’s wardrobe, a piece of clothing that’s a must-have, timeless and making the one wearing it stand out as if draped in finesse.

What’s more interesting, is the fact that this intriguing piece of clothing, although affordable, is a limited edition range. Hussain Rehar has attained his inspiration from the Nizam Begum, so the collection is named after them, as a tribute to their timeless, sophisticated style and breathtaking dressing sense. The elegant pieces create a balance between the traditional and contemporary, and the final result is an outfit that is too tempting to resist.

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Catwalk Cares Season 2 Recorded Amid Strict SOPS

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Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show Season 2 was recorded amid the setting, perfectly similar to any other fashion week outside of the Covid-19 pandemic except there was no engaging audience present and instead the side rows were eerily filled with empty wooden benches. The show was recorded at a grand and modern set comprising a sizable runway for ramp and desired lighting at Net Set Studio Karachi.

The show that was successfully recorded in the first week of August, for later virtual transmission, will be aired on ARY Zindagi TV worldwide into three-day format and on ARY Digital for its YouTube transmission under the aegis of ARY as the Official Media Partner on this Independence Day.

Frieha Altaf, CEO of Catwalk Event Management & Productions on the occasion thanked and gave credit to his friend Asad-ul-Haq (ace advertising filmmaker) for suggesting to present Catwalk Cares Season 2 on a ramp.

“Those who were in attendance though were a selected number of Media, came to the recordings at different time slots in order to follow the strict SOPs. Likewise, designers and brands along with their models were also assigned separate intervals so as to avoid crowding,” explained Frieha.

She added that participants were instructed to wear masks, keep a social distance and using hand sanitizers when off camera and continuously urged to remain safe.

At the show, singer Ali Tariq of ‘Bekha Na’ from ‘Parey Hut Love’ did the world premiere of new song “Chaho Na” while popular Folk- Rock singer Natasha Baig performed the song ‘Kaseria’ for one of the participating brands Kayseria.

SABS Salon is the official Makeup and Hairstylist of Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show Season 2 while Samiya Ansari of SABS, a trained wardrobe stylist and fashion editor helped in guiding and oversee looks.

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Rameez Anwar Pays Tribute To His Own Legacy

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Rameez Khawaja Anwar, a composer and multi-instrumentalist takes the legacy of his grandfather, the renowned Pakistani music director Khawaja Khurshid Anwer farther by creating music that sounds back to an era when melody was in its pure form.

Rameez’s upcoming music video for his new song, ‘Woh Umeed Ki Manzil,’ is a love letter to songs of Bollywood-Lollywood past. The composition use instruments like vibraphone, bansuri, and sarangi, to the piano entrance to give a memorial to the golden era of sub continental film. The centrepiece of the track is an evocative vocal performance from Zeb Bangash, with the kind of flair typical of singers from that era. 

Born and raised in Texas, Rameez was always drawn to the film songs composed by his grandfather and other luminaries of the Bollywood-Lollywood film industries. 

“Growing up in America, my musical influences definitely skewed more towards Western pop, rock, and a little bit of hip hop, but our parents always made sure my siblings and I were exposed to Desi music from a young age, Rameez racalls.

The music video was directed by Maham Khwaja, another of Khurshid Anwar’s grandchildren.  Maham has tried to recreate the look and feel of one of her grandfather’s songs, from the black and white images to the hair, makeup, and wardrobe, and to garden setting overlooking a winding river with frames full of fog.  The video includes Aniqa Khwaja (no relation) and Nikhil Saboo, both are young and upcoming actors. 

The seed for the song actually began with Rameez’s father, Dr. Khawaja Nauman Anwar, when the latter was just a young boy. Anwar came up with the melody after reading a novel when he was 15-years old.  At the end of the novel was a poem which began, ‘Woh umeed ki manzil, ab kahaan nigaahon mein,’ on which Anwer came up with the melody in just ten minutes. However, despite growing up under the same roof as Khurshid Anwar, the young Anwar was not musically trained, so the tuned sat and kept in humming in head till his own son became able to grow the melody into a full-fledged song.

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