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Rising Designer: Kanwal Malik

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This week, I spent a day at the studio with Lahore’s quickly rising designer; Kanwal Malik. She is known for her funky designs, chic cuts and vibrant fusions – and might I add, she is a total sweetheart!

Kanwal studied her bachelors in Fashion Design from PIFD and graduated in 2017. She went on to for work prominent designers in Lahore. Six months ago she launched her own label “Kanwal Malik’ and has reached many milestones in a short span of time.

She recalls “I wanted to become a designer since the very beginning. I think it was something built into me since my childhood. I’d dress up my dolls and stitch little garments for them”.

Her pieces are vibrant and popping. Kanwal’s aesthetics is very distinguishable and she draws her inspiration form various elements. Her team alongside her merge elements to create fusions whether be it from a European palace to wildlife. When it comes to designing, she has one rule – “think outside the box. There is no fun in being the same as everyone out there!”

At the studio she had all three collections being showcased. Our favourite was the “Romantic Revolution”, her bridal collection which was delicately put together and carefully crafted with intricate embellishments. Her winter collection “Gouter” which launched last month and quiclkly became a favourite amongst her clients especially for wedding season. Lastly, her first collection which she debut with – “Scintillating Fanstasy”, and they were all beautifully brought together creating a fusion of fun cuts, motifs and colors.

Kanwal will be showcasing her collection with the Boulevard in Dubai this coming week and later in June she will be flying out to Florida to exhibit her collection. Her clientele has spread vastly through North America and the UAE and she hopes be selling worldwide one day. 

She urges upcoming designers and graduates to stay focus and determined because success doesn’t come easy and hopes that she will be keep on going in dress Gigi Hadid one day, the ULTIMATE dream!

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PSFW ‘ 19 Roundup

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Recapping all three days of Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week 2019

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Customise the catwalk with great hair trends this summer

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TONI&GUY KARACHI presented “Runway to Real Life Hair” using label.m Professional Haircare range for reviving the 80’s trends for summer 2019 in a star studded event at its plush outlet at Karachi’s posh locality.

The fashion parade showcased models with brands’ latest creation in hair styling, cuts and colouring. The show was ended at the appearance of two talented stars of upcoming Pakistani feature film Baaji, Aamna Ilyas and Usman Khalid Butt.

Saeeda Mandviwalla – Creative Artistic Director TONI&GUY KARACHI and essensuals Hairdressing Karachi and Ambassador  label.m says, “TONI&GUY KARACHI is bringing vibrant colours to textured and sleek hair, to carry confidence and individuality with no cultural boundaries. This summer is all about revisiting the 80’s trends to present-day from runaway to real life.”

She further explained that this summer, TONI&GUY KARACHI would showcase the mastery in Fashion Editorials, Cut & Colour, Avant-Garde, and Men’s Styles accentuating’s dexterity in hair & beauty, inspired the Legacy campaign – looking at our past, present and future through three distinct styles i.e. vintage, contemporary, and creative.

At that point, Mandviwalla also remembered Toni Mascolo, the founder of TONI&GUY and his motto “Success breeds Success” and promised that TONI&GUY KARACHI would also keep inspiring, motivating and educating thereby staying ahead of the curve in the business of hairdressing.

British Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi and UK Trade Director for Pakistan – Elin Burns was also present at the event and said, ‘’Pakistan is a great opportunity for UK businesses as we have a brilliant young market with a taste for British Brands and a history that links us culturally, socially and economically. I am proud to have the British Deputy High Commission associated with TONI&GUY KARACHI’s career in Pakistan since 2004. Their unique business strategy not only has amped creativity in the hair and beauty industry in Pakistan, it has helped strengthen international ties between our two remarkable countries. Looking to the future, I congratulate them on the launch of the new campaign “Runway to Real Life Hair” as a new benchmark in hairstyling while also setting trends for 2019.

The TONI&GUY KARACHI’s ‘Runway to Real Life Hair’ Show digital marketing and PR management was done by Mind Map Communications.

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PSFW ’19 Day 3 off the ramp!!!

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Here is a roundup of all the collections showcased on Day 3 at the Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week 2019

Khaas

Khas Stores with Khas Philosophy of quality, innovation, designs and khas trend presented its Khas designer lawn collection. The pieces reflected apparel for comfort, luxury and Khas look.

Sanoor

Sanoor Introduced a unique eclectic blend of design philosophies, artistic tastes and styles from rich cultures of various civilizations around the world. The spring summer collection was a combination of pastel colors, exotic flowers, paisleys and oriental ornamentation and much more with a touch of fine embroideries that gave a fresh summer feel.

Almirah

Almirah represented class and sophistication and signified traditional ideals with modern execution. The collection had a blend of palette of subtle colors and finest fabric. With a wide range and countless designs, the sherwanis, waistcoats, and formal suits sewn in threads of sophistication and embroidered with the glory of incomparable workmanship.

So Kamal

The collection presented a range which was youthful, fun loving and free spirited. Having a palette of brighter tones – florescent accents and Deeper Hues, So Kamal created a wardrobe to cater a woman of every walk of life. They also introduced the Athleisure Line focusing on volume harem pants – cuff jackets and so kamal logo tees. The Evening line consisted of big emphasis on details of Sequence, cut pipes, gottas and beaded embellishments and floral colored embroideries.

Zaha by Khadija Shah – Wild Things

An eclectic collection rooted in the glamour and decadence of the eighties. A decade of bold style and even bolder women. The collection comprised of flamboyant yet easy to wear silhouettes featuring clashing animal prints in punchy primary colors. The ‘Wild Things’ glamorous display was a pleasure to watch and remarkably loved by all.

Nomi Ansari X Tūhura

Fashion powerhouse Nomi Ansari joined forces with Pakistan’s leading online sportswear brand, Tuhura Athletics, to debut a luxury active-wear collection. The limited-edition capsule, inspired by the designer’s active on-the-go lifestyle and retro style, featured a variety of silhouettes and colors. The collection ranged from head-to-toe animal prints, full monochromatic studio-to-street styles, fierce neon sets and must-have metallic windbreakers.

Republic by Omar Farooq – Metaphor 

A luxury street-wear capsule collection by Republic by Omar Farooq explored the evolution of symbolism from a form of basic communication, to that of self-representation and anarchic expression. Neon shirts, vests and stripes on single toned suits added a pop of color to sophisticated menswear sprucing up the runway looks.

HSY – Rani 

The iconic fashion force, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin celebrated 2019 as his 25th year in fashion and one in which he comes full circle with the HSY brand. HSY’s journey has been one with his mother; his guiding light as a strong icon of an empowered and empowering woman. In ode to their bond, the collection was titled ‘Rani’, his mother’s nickname and ‘queen’. The pieces were a clear depiction of powerful, independent, free-spirited and elegant women. The collection pieces were mostly all red and had patterns which were hand-made and the fabrics used were georgette woven out of silk yarn, predominately based in a monochromatic color palette ‘red’ because the color has a special significance in HSY’s life as the first colour he saw when he got his sight back, 25 years back.

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