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.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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