Fashion and Lifestyle Pakistan|Karachista

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Behind The Scenes at Zara Shahjahan's City Of Gardens shoot

Loved Zara Shahjahan's City of Garden's collection from Lakme Fashion Week? We have some exclusive behind-the-scenes of a shoot for the collection. Pics of the shoot will be up once they are out, but meanwhile here's a sneak peek

Getting set for the shoot

New In Town: Simply Flowers - an upscale boutique florist with flair

Floral Arrangement by Simply Flowers, Karachi Florist
“Congratulations! I love you! Happy Birthday! Sorry! – whatever you want to say, say it in style with an upscale bouquet from Simply Flowers”
Bukhari Commercial is rapidly becoming a treasure trove of style. Some of the most stylish boutiques and studios in town are dotted around the commercial area including Sania Maskatiya, Baroque, Renaissance, Ayesha Farook Hashwani and Breathe.

These boy and girl themed bouquets are perfect for new mums -  their Bouquet in a Bag has its own water resevoir so no need to rush around looking for vases

The area now boasts a chic boutique florist, Simply Flowers. With its classy all-white French interior, Simply Flowers is a haven of floral elegance.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

My award-winning blog - my entry wins the blogging competition held by the British High Commission in Islamabad


So way back in the April, the British High Commission in Pakistan held a blogging competition - which I won! The competition was part of their initiative "Celebrating Connections" between the UK and Pakistan.


As a British Pakistani who started off as a confused desi and is now proud of being both British and Pakistani, this is a subject close to my heart. I had great fun writing this piece and was totally stoked to be chosen as the winner. I was finally able to sync diaries with Mike Reilly, the Head of Mission at the Deputy High Commission in Karachi (what can I say, I'm a very busy person), and was able to enjoy tea with him and members of his communications team.

 As you may have noticed Mike is VERY tall - at 5' 6" I'm no midget.
They presented me with a certificate and some lovely goodies including this fab flag pin with the British and Pakistani flags.
We chatted about life in Karachi, law and order, expat life and the like. The tea was "Brit-Raj" rather than "Great British Bake-Off" - chicken patties and mixed biscuits instead of scones and Victoria sponge. It would all have been very atmospheric if the gorgeous old buildings hadn't been surrounded by barbed wire behind a host of security measures. Unfortunately that's a sign of the times we live in. It was, however, a great experience and I got to meet some lovely people. I'm so happy to have won and would like to thank the judging panel for their kind comments. You can read my winning entry here.
Me - in Layla Chatoor pret with my Britain-Pakistan pin

Pakistan Shopping: The ultimate guide to the best ready-to-wear pants, palazzos and shalwars

Ayesha Somaya embroidered formal trousers
With shorter shirts, worked pants are coming into their own - this pretty pair by Ayesha Somaya are available at theit store

If you’re serious about fashion, you have to love the shift away from three-piece joras. Once the retail sector realized that customers would buy just kurtas, they stopped bothering with complete suits and it’s actually great not to get lumbered with a matching shalwar and slapdash tie’n’dye dupatta. While it’s a relief to escape the tyranny of the matchy-matchy three-piece, shopping off-the-rack has become a bit of a challenge.

Pakistani pret trousers, ready to wear trousers, chooridars, palazzos
Clockwise from top: Thredz, Sheep, Sania Maskatiya and Ego

Monday, 27 October 2014

Shehla Chatoor's Vintage Garden Collection 2014 - an exceptional Eastern Luxury Pret collection

Pakistani Designer Shawar Kameez by Shehla Chatoor
Shehla Chatoor Vintage Garden Collection 2014

Shehla Chatoor’s new Vintage Garden collection is at top of many wish lists. The outfits in the collection are pretty confections of lace and net, enhanced by delicate pleating, intricate threadwork and exquisite detailing. The ensembles are embellished with colour-matched pearls, Chantilly lace, dainty cutwork and fine hand embroidery.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Faraz Manan's Lyallpur Bridal Collection 2014

Faraz Manan recently showed his latest Bridal and Formal collection at a solo show in Lahore in association with Ather Shazad.

Faraz Manan Pakistani Bridal Wear 2014
Faraz Manan Lyallpur Bridal Collection 2014

Fashion gives back – Pakistan’s top designers team up for Lahore’s Bargain Basement Sale to raise Rs2.5 million for Charity


Fawad Khan pitches in to raise money for good causes

Last Wednesday saw the 5th Bargain Basement Sale by The Fundraisers, a group of civic-minded young women from Lahore. Over 80 designers from Pakistan took part – donating a huge variety of items including wedding wear, semi-formals, cotton tunics, handbags, art and jewellery. A host of happy shoppers got their hands on designer goodies at a fraction of their retail value.
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