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Fashion Extravaganza Experienced At FPW Winter/Festive 2019

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The most grandeur fashion event of Pakistan ‘Fashion Pakistan Week’ showcased its second instalment of the current year ‘FPW Winter/Festive 2019’ last week in Karachi. The three-day fashion affair featured the top most cutting edge designers from Pakistan and abroad, who showcased their formal, semi-formal and bridal collections, highlighting the latest trends of the season.

From the array of 20 designers with their diverse collection, five came on the runway on day one, seven on day two and the rest eight on day three.

Prior to the event, Alkaram Studio hosted an exclusive sundowner in association with the Fashion Pakistan Council. The sundowner was a first look at the collection ‘La Vie En Rose’ with hints of pinks, blushes and corals in the chic and luxurious décor. The event also collaborated with Pink Ribbon Pakistan for Pinktober, in solidarity with the patients and survivors of breast cancer.

The three-day event was all about glamour and style. Outside the ramp area, the evenings began with the presence of renowned personalities from the world of Pakistani fashion and entertainment at the purple carpet in dazzling dresses and dapper attire. A  Physiogel booth was also buzzing with celebrities, media, stars and fashionistas as the stylish and light-hearted actor, Ali Safina engaged the comers in conversations revolving around trends and their personal style. Many also experienced the glamorously decked up Chocolatto booth, ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments, decadent desserts and giveaways.

Day one was opened by Alkaram Studio who displayed inclusivity and diversity of cultures in an extravagant hour-long showcase of their Luxury Pret collection titled ‘La Vie En Rose’ using feminine blush tones, pink roses and an array of different techniques, which was followed by ‘Gul-e-Nar’ by Boheme, in which prints in the form of bandhani dupattas, traditional Sindhi fashion with a mix of modern techniques in prominent striking colours. Third show of the night was ‘Lost in my French Garden’ by Gogi Hasan Riaz, where sharp silhouettes, vibrant colours, and classic couture to flamboyant looks in silk, organza and old french embellishment techniques were seen on the runway. Tirana’ by Yasmin Zaman was a collection of deep colours and rich fabrics of Pakistani formal wear with loose jackets and elaborated sleeve details. The grand closing of day one was with ‘Mahnoor’ by Ayesha Farook, which featured flat braid work with a strong emphasis on gold and geometric designs.

Celebrity showstoppers started off with the Muneeb Butt and Ayeza Khan for Alkaram Studio, Saboor Aly for Boheme, Nimra Khan for Gogi by Hasan Riaz, Sarwat Gilani for Yasmin Zaman and Fauzia Aman for Ayesha Farook’s opulent closing.

Many prominent personalities attended day one, including Hajra Yamin, Azekah Daniyel, Alishay Adnan, Maheen Khan, Aamna Aqeel and key media personnel amongst others.

The evening of Day two of the event opened with Stella Jean, a Haitian-Italian designer who works in Rome and is considered to be Giorgio Armani’s protégé, unveiled her collection ‘Laboratorio Delle Nazioni’ meaning an Italian-Pakistan bridge which was a multicultural collaboration with the local artisans of Chitral, Gilgit and Hunza. Following that was an energetic fashion display by Humayun Alamgir with his collection, ‘Style Mara Tou Darna Kya’ that highlighted the bold, flamboyant designs needed in fashion. The Pink Tree Company showcased, ‘Color in Technicolor’ homage to old movies and the nostalgia that comes with it. Zuria Dor continued the bold take on fashion with ‘Centre of Gravity’, a mix of craftsmanship and the artistry of couture on rich, pure fabrics. Fifth designer of the night, Zellbury brought to the ramp their collection ‘Shahi Rendezvous’ which was a 21st century take on the bright flora and fauna of Mughal Art, with an emphasis on inclusivity and independent women. Splash showcased a global ‘Streetwear’ trend with their vibrant, funky, young designs perfect for the trend-following fashionistas. Fashion maestro, Maheen Khan closed the evening with a breathtaking collection titled ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something not so blue’ showcasing the intricacy of designs and bold colours perfect for the Winter season.

Celebrity showstoppers ramped up the style quotient, starting off with Karishma Ali for Stella Jean followed by the dapper boys; Shehzad Sheikh, Agha Ali, Fahad Mirza, Ali Safina and Asad Siddiqui for Humayun Alamgir, Navin Waqar for Pink Tree Company, Hina Altaf for Zellbury and Areeba Habib for Maheen Khan’s sumptuous closing.

Many prominent personalities were present on day two, including Momal Sheikh, Khalid Malik, Zara Noor Abbas, Sarwat Gilani and many Embassy Consulates including The US CG Robert Silberstein, German Consul General Eugen Wollfarth, Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvoste with his wife Lidia Pontecorvoste, Mike Nithavarnkis from the UK Embassy, key TDAP members and Zahir Rahimtoola amongst others.

The third and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive 2019 concluded in a rather extravagantly ritzy manner where the last eight of the 20 designers marked the latest trends and must haves for the Winter Festive season.

Zainab Chottani commenced with an opulent collection titled ‘Khwahish’ which was a visit to an inexorable classical feminine personification of a majestic look with contemporary silhouettes. This was followed by ‘Darwaish’ by Huma Adnan who took inspiration from the pattern, prints, embroidery, vibrant colours that she sees every day. ‘Uraan’ by Nauman Arfeen illustrated the story of a man learning to let go of his son as he grows into an adult and gets married. ‘Limitless’ by Saba Asad unveiled the glamour of the new generation and ‘Talea’ by Shiza Hasan weaved in a myriad nuance of femininity, recreating a magical tale in fabric and bridal wear. Sixth designer of the night, Sadaf Fawad Khan showcased her latest bridal collection ‘Adam & Eve’ which comprised of an assortment of pastels as well as traditional colours that are forever classics. ‘Ishq-e-Raag’ by Ayesha Ibrahim juxtaposed the traditions of the Mughal with dainty details, soft feminine colours and a blend of traditional craft and modern sensibility. A head-turning closing show by Deepak Perwani’s latest bridal range ‘Shalimar’ ended the night on a high note.

Celebrity showstoppers further elevated the glamour on the ramp starting off with Mawra Hocane and Fahad Mustafa who walked for Zainab Chottani, Deputy Counsel General of USA Darian Arky and Noor Khan for Huma Adnan, Wasim Abbas and Ali Abbas, the father-son duo for Nauman Arfeen, Shaneira Akram for Saba Asad, Wasim Akram for Shiza Hasan, Hania Amir and Feroze Khan for Sadaf Fawad Khan, Sumbul Iqbal for Ayesha Ibrahim and Wahaj Ali and Sarah Khan for Deepak Perwani’s opulent closing.

Amongst the lit lighting and décor were famous faces with the likes of Fawad Khan who came out support his wife Sadaf, Physiogel brand ambassador Ayesha Omer, Asim Azhar, Nina Kashif, Sharmeela Farooqui and Sarwat Gilani amongst others.

The make-up maestro Nabila from N-Pro and N-Gents, styled the models and showstoppers with her signature finesse and style throughout the event.

Prior to his showcase, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan Council (FPC), Deepak Perwani said a few words, “This is my last term as Chairperson of FPC and I’d like to thank everyone who supported me throughout my tenure and also the Pakistani fashion industry which is only growing by the day. I encourage all designers to participate in our elections next month.”

Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive 2019 had many other names at the back like Nubain Ali as the show director, Production 021 as the official event management partner, Faisal Farooqui as the official photographer, and Talking Point as the official PR and Digital partner.

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P.F. Chang’s Introduces Lunch Bowls

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After opening it first outlet in Karachi in November last year and making much hype, PF Chang’s just introduced it special distinctive lunch bowls menu.

Initially, the restaurant has introduced seven flavours made out of chicken, beef, shrimps, rice, noodles and assorted vegetables. Here’s what each bowl is named and contained.  

Spicy Chicken Bowl

Chang’s special chicken marinated in sweet spicy chilli sauce with green onion, served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Crispy Honey Chicken

Chicken balls in lightly battered tangy honey sauce with green onion served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Mongolian Beef (also served with chicken on demand)

Sweet soy glaze, flank steak, garlic and snipped green onion served with white or fried rice.  

Korean Bibimbap Bowl

A delicious bowl of chicken, fresh greens, Asian mushrooms and assorted vegetable on rice topped with fried egg and kimchi slaw

Chiang Mai Noodle Bowl

A nutritious bowl of marinated chicken, egg noodles, coconut curry broth, grape tomatoes and wanton crisps.  

Tokyo Udon Noodle Bowl

Served in both chicken and beef with special Japanese wheat flour udon noodles, the other ingredients of this bowl are fresno peppers, green onion, mushrooms and fresh basil.

Tempura Bowl

A spicy and crunchy shrimp and vegetable tempura spread on the bed of fried rice serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Claimed to be the Asian-American restaurant, and famous all over the world because of its distinctive taste and ambience, the first PF. Chang in Pakistan was opened in Lahore’s M. M. Alam Road in the summer of 2018.

The overall experience at P.F. Chang’s was quite different from the usual restaurants. The prices were a bit on the higher side but the quantity of meal in bowls is enough for a person even having a big appetite and it can serve to two with an average appetite. Also, the combination of Asian American taste and texture of the food give it a flavour, which grabs the taste buds of Pakistanis quickly who are usually fond of Chinese cuisine and American fast food.  

P. F. Chang’s is an American-based, Asian-themed, casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The name “P. F. Chang’s” is derived from those of Paul Fleming (P. F.) and Philip Chiang (whose surname was simplified to Chang).The restaurant has its headquarter in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The chain specializes in American Chinese cuisine, plus other Asian dishes. Besides 208 restaurants in the United States Chang has more than 100 in international markets including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Philippines, South Korea, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and United Kingdom.

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Money Back Guarantee To Be Released on Eid-ul-Fitr

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The only Pakistani film which has confirmed its release on this eid-ul-fitr yet is Money Back Guarantee. Produced by Zashko Films, and penned, directed, and co-produced by actor/director Faisal Qureshi of Game Over Productions, MBG is said to be larger than life with names such as Fawad Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Waseem Akram, Aisha Omar, Hina Dilpazeer, Shaniera Thompson, Mani, Gohar Rasheed, Shafaat ALI, and more. The film is also the second venture of Na Band Na Barati famed actor Shayan Khan, who is to be a part of the stellar cast of this all-out comedy entertainer this time. Besides this, many additional surprises are awaiting in guest appearances of other stars.

Zain Farooqi of Zashko Films views, “Pakistani Cinema will see exponential growth, we will continue our efforts to invest and globally support Pakistani films”

If ‘The Legend Of Maula Jatt’ doesn’t make to hit the screens of local cinemas before or on eid, Money Back Guarantee will prove to be the first Pakistani release of super star Fawad Khan after his debut, Khuda Kay Liye 13 years back.

So, all these facts have made the MBG one of the most anticipated Pakistani films this year.

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No Show Of Witnesses From Meesha Shafi In Court

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The Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar legal battle, which started in April 2018, regarding accusation of sexual harassment by the former on latter, takes a new turn in 2020.  

In the hundred crore defamation case filed against Meesha Shafi by singer actor Ali Zafar, the court was adjourned to 17th of January after a no show from Shafi or any of her witnesses.

Prior to this, Shafi was summoned to appear for her cross examination, however Shafi’s team requested adjournments on three occasions prior to this pleading that they would not be able to appear for cross examination due to lawyer’s strike as Zafar’s lawyers waited in court. The judge had granted request and summoned Shafi’s witnesses on the 7th of January, however her lawyer Saqib Jillani once again asked for adjournment.

Earlier, The Lahore High Court had dismissed Shafi’s case against Zafar in a 15 page long judgment. Zafar is now seeking damages for loss of reputation and mental trauma caused by allegations of harassment tweeted by Shafi on 19th April 2018. Zafar has reportedly also filed a criminal case in the FIA with evidence of a conspiracy against him by “closely related” individuals.

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