Designer Exhibitions galore – Eid shopping options in Karachi

Still looking for the perfect jora for Eid? There are still plenty of exhibitions in town in the last fortnight before Eid. Some of the ones worth a look-in include Ayesha Ellahi, Samina Shahjani, Nida Ali, Blocked and Nadia Ellahi. None of these will break the bank yet all have demonstrated their chic designer credentials time and again. (follow the links on each designer’s name for venue details)

Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's Fall Collection
Ayesha Ellahi’s Fall Collection

First up, Ayesha Ellahi which is tomorrow. Ayesha is known for her funky cuts, diffusion screen prints and polki handwork. This collection includes knee length tunics, aar worked silk net kurtas as well as her signature screen prints on shot silk. Here’s a little teaser of what you can expect. Prices range from Rs5,000 – Rs16,500.

Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's diffusion screen prints
Signature touch: Diffusion screen prints
Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's diffusion screen prints
Soft subtle colours on shot silk
Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's diffusion screen prints
Printed Palazzos
Pakistani designer Ayesha Ellahi's diffusion screen prints
On-trend 80’s style stud detail

Samina Shajani and Shan Unar are showcasing their Eid collection of Rilli, Block Prints and Formal Wear on tomorrow and Friday 5th October. Samina uses blocks originally designed by Noorjehan Bilgrami and subsequently used by Nadia Ladkawala. She puts a modern twist on a traditional technique.

Pakistani fashion designer Samina Shajani's collection
Samina Shajani blends block prints and embroidery

Saturday 6th October sees three exhibitions. Sobia and Sumbul are showing at Grandeur Zamzama and have a good reputation though I’ve yet to see their work.  Nadia Ellahi is showcasing her digital prints collection. Even though a couple of designers have already done these types of ethnic prints, Nadia has brought her own flair to the theme. Her brand typically exhibits quality, style and attention to detail and this collection should be no different.

Pakistani fashion designer Nadia Ellahi's digital print collection
Nadia Ellahi’s digital print collection looks gorgeous

Blocked is also showcasing on Saturday. Go early because the exhibition is always hugely popular and they are not taking orders.

Pakistani fashion designer Blocked by Afsheen Junejo
Blocked is known for its quirky prints
Pakistani fashion designer Blocked by Afsheen Junejo
Bird detail from a Blocked tunic

Blocked is famous for its quirky, cool block prints. They feature all sorts of interesting images including teacups, birds, cages and elephants. They do have some unstitched fabric on offer but try to get hold of their stitched kurtas which have fabulous modern flattering cuts. Blocked is very reasonably priced and their outfits make for perfect, out of the ordinary day wear. You can see a sneak preview of their full collection here. Unmissable.

Pakistani fashion designer Blocked by Afsheen Junejo
Whirling Dervish Blocks

Finally do take a look in at Nida Ali on Monday 7th October. Her silk and chiffon painted/printed tunics are far from run-of-the-mill and are very reasonably priced from 4000-7500. Perfect if you want something a little different.

Pakistani fashion designer Nida Ali

Pakistani fashion designer Nida Ali

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Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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