Karachista’s Diary – 31st Jan to 5th Feb 2015

A glimpse of last week in Karachi

If you’ve been following our fab What’s On feature you’ll know that there’s lots going on in Karachi. This is the flip side – Karachista’s diary is a look at what’s been happening in and around K-town over the past week…..let us know what you think. Karachista is getting a brand new look soon and this is one of the features we’re thinking of adding…so tell us yay or nay?!

Kidney Centre Youth Initiative brunch Karachi 2015
The Kidney Centre Youth Initiative brunch is always one of the highlights of the season
Maheen Karim at the Kidney Centre Youth Initiative brunch Karachi 2015
Maheen Kareem at the Kidney Centre Brunch     pic: Frieha Altaf

The Kidney Centre Youth Initiative brunch was last weekend and the Cavalli-themed brunch lived up to its reputation as the most exclusive charity do in town. Packed with A-listers, the brunch was the usual mix of old money, socialites, designers and celebrities. The committee pulled off the theme brilliantly and the atmosphere was relaxed and convivial.

Nomi Ansari, Sadaf Malaterre and Frieha Altaf at the Kidney Centre Youth Initiative brunch Karachi 2015
Nomi Ansari, Sadaf Malaterre and Frieha Altaf       pic: Frieha Altaf
Hira Tareen Aarij Hashmi & friends     pic: Aarij Hashmi
Mews Cafe in Karachi
Mews opened this week on E-Street in Clifton

The biggest news of the week was the opening of Mews, a new café on E-Street. This week saw a series of pre-opening events at the café – including teas, brunches and dinners. Mews finally opened to the public on Wednesday and it’s a gem of place.

Mews Cafe in Karachi
One of the pre-opening events was a high tea for friends and family
Mews has a number of outdoor and indoor eating areas
Mews has a number of outdoor and indoor eating areas
Newly-opened Mews Cafe in Clifton
Newly-opened Mews Cafe in Clifton
Neeshay Rabbani, one of the owners of Mews
Neeshay Rabbani, one of the owners of Mews

Styled to look like a British Mews, it consists of several cosy rooms and outdoor eating areas. The menu is compact but appealing, an interesting blend of comfort food and health food. So far I’ve only tried their tea snacks and desserts but those are very good.

Butler's chocolates, Valentines Day Karachi
Butler’s Valentines display manages to avoid being tacky

Meanwhile Karachi is gearing up to Valentine’s Day. You’ve probably already spotted some of the yearly tacky display of red hearts and stuffed toys – Butler’s is one of the few that keeps its Valentine’s decorations classy. Expect to see loads of special red valentines outfits in stores and the price of roses jacked up to astronomical heights.

Sapphire’s Valentine’s collection is full of gorgeous, wearable kurtas

Personally I think it’s far more chic to pull out something sexy from your wardrobe for Valentine’s Day – most Valentine’s collections are nothing special and focus far too much on red. If you do want to but something new, have a look at Sapphire’s Valentine collection – these are tunics you’ll wear again and again, though perhaps they aren’t exactly what you want for a romantic tete a tete. I you really want something red, Threads and Motifs have some elegant options.

Threads and Motifs, Valentines Day Karachi
These elegant outfits from Threads and Motifs are gorgeous if you really want to wear red

The Cheapmunks held a comeback gig midweek and although they are great, the sound system left a little to be desired. It was patchy so those at the back couldn’t really hear the music and the gig had an amateur feel. Still, the young, hip crowd meant that it was a good place to people watch – guests included Mahira Khan and Ayesha Khan.

The Cheapmunks comeback gig in Karachi
The Cheapmunks comeback gig in Karachi
The Cheapmunks gig attracted a young, hip crowd
The Cheapmunks gig attracted a young, hip crowd

Finally the Volkswagen Festival deserves a mention – the VW Beetle was my favourite car when I was growing up. Karachi’s got a lot of VW enthusiasts judging from the crowd and it was fabulous to see so many grand old cars in all colours of the rainbow.

The Volkswagen Festival 2015 in Karachi
The Volkswagen Festival 2015 in Karachi

Coming up in next week’s diary the Karachi Literature Festival, Anwar Maqsood’s Dharna and Asian restaurant Tao…watch this space!

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Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerastahttps://karachista.com
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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