The Solis Music Festival was held in Islamabad over the weekend and it was a lit event with people from around the capital streaming in to enjoy some quality music that hasn’t ever been experienced before. Exploring new and modern music options, Solis was one of its kind events with music sensations from around the world in attendance. It was also for the first time that our own music sensation Turhan James performed at the local festival.
James was an EDM DJ for the night and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that his beats electrified the crowd. With Pakistan being the country that is relatively new to such music experiences. James was completely a breath of fresh air and an exciting surprise for the attendees. Though he got his training from Canada and has performed in an international music festival, ELE, it was for the very first time he performed in the country. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it was definitely a prestige and a proof of his talent to perform alongside Spanish electronic music sensation Danny Avilla among others.
Turhan James is the son of Frieha Altaf, who set the trailblazing standards for his son to follow the footsteps over. Just as Frieha Altaf is the pioneer of the red-carpet culture, James has started EDM DJying in Pakistan and has given an identity to it as well.
James’s most popular song, ‘LA’ featuring the vocalist Kelsey Hayes, was a huge milestone for him. It hit 1,000,000 streams in just over six months with 735,500 fans and 65 countries on Spotify and was quickly placed in multiple Spotify curated playlists, including, ‘New Music Friday Cratediggers’, ‘Fresh Electronic’ and ‘Chill Tracks’. Other than his performance in Solis this year, James will also be performing at MBDP.
Turhan James got his shot to establish EDM DJying in Pakistan, and with the likes of the local crowd swooning over what he had to offer, we are sure he has set a precedent. For everyone around is raving all about this new performance in town.
Enriched with captivating patterns, Shiza Hassan’s debut unstitched collection “Luxury Winter Shawls 20-21” is here!
Shiza Hassan, one of Pakistan’s most popular fashion brands, launches its debut unstitched winter collection “Luxury Winter Shawls 20-21”. Modern techniques convoluted into traditional craft with a variety of soothing colours, Shiza Hassan’s first-ever Winter unstitched Collection consisting of Velvet, Jacquard, Karandi, Twill, and beautifully embroidered shawls is now available nationwide.
Displaying artistic and exquisite patterns, warm hues, elegant motifs, and intricately opulent embroideries; Shiza Hassan’s new collection exudes luxury and sophistication with a glamorous vintage touch. A splendid amalgamation of contemporary and tradition; the enduring elements of folklore and cultural heritage are strikingly visible in each mosaic. Delicately designed according to the latest and modern trends, every piece from the collection is perfect for any intimate gatherings.
Shiza Hassan, the brain behind the brand says “Considering the economic crisis in our country during this global pandemic, for the very first time, we are launching a winter collection that comes in a fairly reasonable range. Our brand always tries to cater to the existing situations so that our clients can have a stress-free shopping experience. My whole concept has always been to revamp old ideas and creating new trends out of them. I believe in living in the present and bringing vitality. Every patch from the collection is different from the other. I clove to the traditional craftsmanship while keeping it modern and high-toned. The whole collection has a quintessential charming aura that effortlessly goes with everyone’s personified fashion taste. The refreshing and stylistic cuts with edgy silhouettes exhibit antique art with an oomph of modern grace. We tried to put an extra effort into each design that makes it befitting and desirable for women of every age and I hope our patrons have the best experience wearing this collection.”
Established in 2014, Shiza Hassan, an Haute Couture Label is known for its elegance, opulence, and dynamic fashion aesthetics. Specialised in Bridal, Formals, and Luxury Pret, the brand is led by the eminent designer Shiza Hassan who is a LUMS graduate, holding a diploma from NCA. The coveted label showcased its bridal collection at Fashion Pakistan Week 2019, PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2018, PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal week 2017, PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2017, and PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2016. Now, one after the other, Shiza Hassan is producing quality work that is loved not just nationally but internationally as well.
Apart from that, the brand is actively working with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC), Rizq Foundation, and Qarshi Foundation.
Hum Style Awards 2020 – The Good, the Bad, and the Dazzlingly Hottest
Hum Style Awards 2020
The enchantment and glitz of a perfect Saturday night, and with the true spirit of a star-studded affair, Hum Style Awards 2020 kickstarted the year with a bang. Held at Expo Center Karachi, the Hum Style Awards was indeed filled with glamour and graced by big names of the fashion and entertainment industry and turned out to be a compendious evening. The red-carpet ceremony began with a spark with megastars including Reema Khan, Tariq Amin, Zara Noor Abbas, and Mira Sethi among many, walking along and flashing their brightest smiles and deluxe attires. However, the zing started to fade after a few hours, turning into a drabber experience, and the diminutive size of the red carpet relative to previous years just added to the walk being shorter and people getting bored quickly.
The event turned out to be unusually timely, and before it was half past nine, the hall was filled and the show about to begin. The stage was remarkably gorgeous with the graphics setting a starry-night mood, mirroring the space with so many of the industry’s stars. Though the hall space was relatively cramped, making it appear congested at a few spots, especially when there was movement. And what better way to start the show, than with a splash of patriotism invigorating one’s spirits through our beautifully melodious national anthem.
The boost of patriotic sentiment was followed by a performance by a rap dup, Young Stunners, which turned out to be moderately successful in energizing people. It even managed to make the audience laugh at some spots, especially with the comical references to videos of celebrities that went viral on social media – the actor Ali Rehman Khan’s video leak where he is repeatedly seen saying to a restaurant’s staff, “Aap ko pata hai main kaun hun?” (“Do you know who I am?”)
Adnan Siddiqui, the host for the night, gave the show’s opening note, which was perhaps the only part of the hosting that can be termed enjoyable. The other hosts that followed, namely Aamina Sheikh and Usman Mukhtar, steered the event in a way which could have been made more entertaining if it were Adnan Siddiqui paired with Aamina for the show, as Mukhtar’s part sounded rather clumsy, with forced jokes in between. His Hum Smile Awards segment left a lot of the peers watching the show super perplexed, as his supposed impression of PTV’s host Tariq Aziz, was downright vague. The only thing that seemed spontaneously amusing about the hosting, was the use of political jokes here and there, which is rarely observed in Award ceremonies. From the comment on how Imran Khan is the only Prime Minister without his own business and hence, is bent on erasing all business from Pakistan, to the “boot polish” statement, the spritz of comedy was like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise mundane script.
The performances were energetic, and made the audience recall all the classic, vintage Pakistani music, while appreciating the present-day music that is part of our television and film industry. The second performance by Ahsan Khan and Sara Loren was riveting, though if the music is to be viewed separately than the dances, both the performers lacked the energy and the vibe of the tunes, despite being great at dancing usually.
The highlight of the event was the performance by Zara Noor Abbas, who appeared to be an embodiment of grace and art, rhythm and style, as she moved to the beat of the classical songs. Her performance was thoroughly refreshing and delightful, one which reminds you of not only the beauty of the art itself, but also the ability of a great artist keeping the viewers fascinated, throughout.
Dancing to the superhit tunes of the blockbuster film of last year, Superstar, the power-couple Farhan Saeed and Urwa Hocane brought life to the show, as they shook the stage with their dynamic moves. The flow of the choreography and the beat of the dance numbers kept the fun alive till the next performance, which was undoubtedly another key feature of Hum Style Awards. The said performance was a splendid concert by Abrar ul Haq, instantly making the audience fall in love and sway with the hit Punjabi beats. However, had the concert been live, it would have added more of a buzz in the environment.
The Award Categories included the Rising Star 2018-2019 won by two of the Nominees including Mush Kaleem, the Hair and Make-up Artist of the Year 2018-2019 secured by Qasim Liaqat, Fashion Photographer of the Year 2018-2019 bagged by Alee Hasan, Best Model Female 2018-2019 won by Zara Abid, Best Model Male 2018-2019 won by Aimal Khan, Designer of the Year Lawn 2018-2019 received by Zara Shahjahan, Most Stylish Performer 2018-2019 won by Asim Azhar, Timeless Beauty won by Reema Khan, Most Stylish Actor Television 2018-2019 won by Sonya Hussyn in the Female Category and Mikaal Zulfiqar in the Male Category, and Most Stylish Actor Film 2018-2019 won by Mahira Khan (Popular) and Kiran Malik (Jury) and Ahad Raza Mir in the Female and Male Category, respectively.
Surprisingly, despite Superstar being one of the highest grossing film of the previous year, Bilal Ashraf was not nominated for the Most Stylish Actor Film category. If there were two awards given in the Female category in the name of Jury and Popular Choice, there surely could have been made room for two awards being awarded in the Male category as well, deservingly giving one of the awards to Bilal Ashraf.
Other Categories included Most Stylish Sports Personality 2018-2019, won by Hajra Khan, Captain of Pakistan Women’s National Football team. This was a novel deviation from the usual practice of recognition being granted to cricketers alone, as well as the fact that a woman bagged the award.
Style Icon given to Aisha Omer, and other prestigious awards that were part of the ceremony were Best Model Male and Female, Designer of the Year Pret Wear, Bridal, Menswear, Demi-Couture, and Lawn, as well as Retail Label of the Year and Excellence in Interior Designing and Furniture Manufacturing.
Mehwish Hayat Louds Using Truck Art for the Rights of the Girl Child
The Ministry of Human Rights initiative “Truck Art for Awareness and Advocacy for the Rights of the Girl Child in Pakistan” mesmerizes stakeholders.
- “The biggest achievement of this intervention is that Truck owners, Truck drivers and Truck artists own this initiative” says Samar Minallah (Anthropologist/ Pioneer of the Truck Art for Awareness intervention in Pakistan
- “Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan stands tall for upholding all constitutionally enshrined rights of the girl child” Dr Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights
This year marked over 25 years of the International Day of the Girl Child. The Ministry of Human Rights, government of Pakistan, through the Huqooq-e-Pakistan Programme, in collaboration with the European Union held a launch event on 11th October 2019 at Lok Virsa in the country’s capital, Islamabad.
20 Newly painted trucks transverse across Pakistan to ensure the right message reaches the right audiences. Trucks, moving billboards, here are becoming vehicles for spreading awareness regarding educating girls, and truck art is making its way to bridge communication gaps between key stakeholders involved in ensuring rights are given to the girl child
“Let’s pledge to give girls a better brighter future” said Mehwish Hayat, the appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the Rights of the Girl Child by the Ministry of Human Rights, in her talk engaging with the participants of the launch event.
“The brightly painted trucks through Pakistan’s indigenous truck art support us in creating awareness as well as amplifying a message to begin advocacy from within the grassroots of Pakistan from the remotest of areas” says Minallah.
She further added that Hayat Khan, a truck workshop owner, extended great cooperation in this regard and played a pivotal role in convincing other truck drivers to change the paintings on their rides.
The Launch evnt was attended by over 400 participants. A gathering with all relevant players present to commemorate the Day of the Girl Child. The event marks not only the beginning of a new era of the amplification of the rights of the girl child but also is a testiment to the fact that the Pakistani society is proud of its traditional art forms and the role community members like truck owner, drivers and artists are taken up for the cause.
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