This week in pictures

This week we’ve been drooling over other people’s holidays – with designer Warda Saleem in New York, Mawra Hocane sky-diving in Australia and an EO retreat to Hunza, we’ve totes got vacay-envy. Still Karachi isn’t so bad – we’ve been trying out the new Arbor Cafe (just go for the great desserts, the food is so-so), hanging out with Syra Shahroz at the Pepsi launch and getting set for the upcoming Hum Style Awards. Oh and we’ve found the an ace Pakistani cartoonist online – she calls herself The Pakistani Martha Stewart and she’s simply brilliant.

1. Mawra Hocane’s Sydney Sky Dive was definitely the image of the week…you gotta admire her for smiling like that at 14,000 feet – we’d probably be screaming!

Mawra Hocane on top of the world

2.  Designer Wardha Saleem’s also been globe-trotting. Here she is in New York City….and yep, we’re so jealous!

Designer Wardha Saleem in New York City
Designer Wardha Saleem in New York City


3.  Closer to home, the Entrepreneur’s Organisation headed off to Gilgit and Hunza for a retreat, filling our timelines with incredible scenery – Gilgit Baltistan just shot way up our bucket lists.

EO members enjoying the beauty of Pakistan in Hunza
EO members enjoying the beauty of Pakistan in Hunza


4. Back in Karachi, Mahgul held a trunk show at Ensemble and it was a great chance to see her Trunks of Sabine collection from PLBW16 up close.

Misbah modelling Mahgul’s latest bridal collection at her trunk show


5. Pepsi launched their latest campaign #KhanaBaneyExciting at Mews with a MasterChef-style plating challenge and a sneak peek of their new TV commercial starring Fawad Khan and Syra Shahroz.

Syra Shahroz at Mews


6. The Hum Style Awards are just around the corner – we caught up with the gorgeous Saba Qamar rehearsing for the show.

Saba Qamar


7. More celeb spotting – doesn’t Sanam Baloch look graceful in this Layla Chatoor outfit from her new pret collection?

Sanam Baloch in Layla Chatoor


8. More TV stars – this time Sarah Khan and Aagha Ali in Nauman Arfeen’s new “In the mist of Autumn” collection.

Nauman Arfeen’s Naushemiyan


9. We’ve been dying to try out the new Arbor Cafe thanks to all those Facebook videos of their signature Blast Cake – a gooey brownie encased in a chocolate net that melts dramatically when the server pours hot chocolate sauce over it. The dessert lived up to the billing but the appetisers and entrees were frankly disappointing – they’re apparently tweaking the menu so here’s hoping it gets better. In the meantime, go for dessert…we spotted several others that looked divine.

New in town – Arbor Cafe


10. This girl’s been bringing a smile to our faces for a while now – Saher Sohail aka The Pakistani Martha Stewart. She’s got a wicked sense of humor and a brilliant etsy store based on her cool cartoons.


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

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