Fashion and Lifestyle Pakistan|Karachista

Friday, 1 August 2014

A chic Eid - Fab picks from some of Pakistan's best designers for a fashionable Eid

So Eid Mubarak folks - hope you all had a wonderful, love-filled Eid. Hope this Eid brings us all health, happiness, Iman and Barakat.  The blog has taken a back seat in Ramadan but I'm hoping to get back up to speed soon. I'd love to see what you all wore for Eid - send me pics and I'll feature some on Insta, Twitter, Facebook and the blog. Did any of you wear one of my top picks for a fashionable Eid (as featured on If you missed the article, here it is:

Calling all shoppers: 12 hot picks for a chic Eid

Whatever your style, putting together the perfect Eid look has never been easier. The last few weeks have been crammed with exhibitions and Eid collection launches – from designers as diverse as Maheen Karim and Zara Shahjahan. From Eid Lawn to exquisite hand-crafted formals, there’s something for everyone.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Eid shopping!

If you love clothes, then you gotta love the pre-Eid exhibitions that are crammed into Ramzan. They are a great way to stock up on great designs - even if Eid at your place is a laid-back, hanging around in your pjs, gorging on sheer korma, type of day. Personally, I'm looking forward to Layla Chatoor, the launch of Gulabo's new line, Mahin Hussain, Farah Talib Aziz and Farida Hasan. I meant to get this post up earlier but was still globe trotting so missed out on Sanam Chaudri and Shernaz which were on Saturday the 5th . Never mind -- there are still lots of exhibitions to catch - plus great Eid stock at Sania Maskatiya, Nida Azwer and a load of other retail outlets . Here's a quick around up of upcoming exhibitions in Karachi.

Layla Chatoor Summer 2014

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Fashion as Art – Pakistani Fashion Designers Umbereen & Sharmeen take fashion to new heights of artistry

Detailed hand embroidery from Umbereen Sharmeen
Does fashion qualify as art? It does when sisters Umbreen and Sharmeen are doing the designing. While it’s arguable that a beautifully cut dress or a creative ramp presentation is art, Umbereen and Sharmeen are different because they treat design as fine art. For them, their designs are expressions of a message they want to convey and a way of depicting emotions and opinions. When designer Umbereen describes herself as an artist rather than a designer, it’s tempting to take this as another example of the pretentiousness of the fashion world. Then Umbereen brings out her designs and it’s clear that this is not fashion as we know it.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Shehla Chatoor launches exclusive jewellery line

Shehla Chatoor Jewellery Exhibtion
One of Shehla's lovely pendants
Uber-chic designer Shehla Chatoor recently launched her jewellery line, a collection of striking statement pieces that work equally well with both Eastern and Western outfits. With ethnic motifs and gold accents, the bold pendants and eye-catching earrings are stunningly elegant.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Chanel Resort 2015 - the Chanel shalwar kameez?!

The Chanel resort 2015 collection, shown on an island in Dubai featured everything from a quilted gas-can handbag to harem pants and shalwar kameez. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Chanel is no stranger to courting rich overseas buyers - remember the Paris-Shanghai and Paris-Bombay collections? And Karl Lagerfeld is not a man to shy away from a cliche - a man who shows a Cowboys-and-Indians collection in Dallas was bound to show harem pants in Dubai.

Chanel Resort 2015 - Chanel Cruise Dubai
A jewelled Dubai skyline with harem pants - well the shoes are nice at least

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Blocked Summer Exhibition - the coolest block prints in town.

Pakistani Designer Blockprint dresses by Blocked
Blocked by Afsheen Junejo - stylish and
 Don't miss Blocked's summer exhibition, this Saturday 17th May from 10 am - 5pm. Blocked by Afsheen Junejo is a fave label of many of Karachi's most stylish women. Her quirky block prints featuring anything from teacups to Iznik motifs are unusual and creative. Best of all, her stitched kurtas are available in the sort of funky cuts that darzis never manage to nail.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Zara Shahjahan - Love Bug Collection - PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014

Zara Shahjahan's Spring 2014 Love Bug collection at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week was pretty, creative and bang on-trend.

Zara Shahjahan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014 - Love Bug collection

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