This week in pictures – Karachi 26th March – 1st April

This week started off with a Lahori flavour with Karachista in Lahore – sightseeing, shopping and, of course, eating! It also saw Khadijah Shah throw a fab Marrakesh-themed party to celebrate Elan Lawn 2016 and Farah Talib Aziz throw a lavish tea to launch her lawn. The rest of the week passed in Dubai for a fab new project we’re doing with Swarovski, though we still managed to put up everything from wedding style to April Fool’s jokes on our popular Instagram @karachista1 – oh and we hit 70,000 followers so thank you every one!

1. I don’t get to Lahore nearly often enough so when I do, I like to check out all the new shops that have opened. This is a glimpse of Amber Gohar’s lovely new studio in Gulberg.  Her prices are comparatively reasonable and her finishing and silhouettes are lovely.

Amber Gohar's Lahore Studio
Amber Gohar’s Lahore Studio

2.  Although Zara Shahjahan does have a Karachi studio, I popped in to check out her formals and also to scope her recent fashion week collection. It’s not in this picture but, seeing it up close, I really liked the washed natural linens she used and her play with structure.

Zara Shahjahan formals

3. A little sightseeing is a must! Didn’t have a chance to do the Lahore Walkabout but the new sightseeing bus is excellent and great value for money at Rs200 a ticket.

Lahore Sightseeing bus
Ash Daredia checks out the Lahore Sightseeing bus

4. Khadijah Shah threw a gorgeous Marrakesh-themed evening to celebrate Elan lawn 2016. Shazreh Khalid put together an amazing ambience and it was a great opportunity to see this year’s collection up close, with many invitees wearing Elan Lawn.

5. Farah Talib Aziz and Crimson launched their first lawn collection – Sharmila Farooqui and designer Farah Talib Aziz twinning here in one of the loveliest prints.

Sharmila Farooqui and Farah Talib Aziz in Crimson lawn

6. More of Crimson lawn – this time Farah’s daughter and muse Maliha with makeup artist Natasha Khalid

Natasha Khalid and Maliha Aziz in Crimson Lawn
Natasha Khalid and Maliha Aziz in Crimson Lawn


7. This was a jet-setting week! After a brief stop in Karachi I headed to Dubai for an exciting new project with Swarovski, NeoArabia, where I got the chance to wear some amazing international designers and bond with some very cool bloggers from Dubai.

Shooting in the desert for Swarovski
Shooting in the desert for Swarovski

8. This was such a fun look – in a Victoria Beckham tweed suit with a spectacular statement necklace. Loved the material of this outfit – a tweed blend of yellow and white with a touch of blue. Such a great contrast shooting tweed in the desert. The makeup artist with me is the lovely Sophie Begtrup, who looks like a model and styles like an angel.

Shooting for Swarovski in the Liwa desert wearing Victoria Beckham

9. Meanwhile, back home, team Karachista spotted the lovely Natasia Khalid in a beautiful Shehla Chatoor sari

Natasia Khalid in Shehla Chatoor


10. Finally we pulled a little April Fool’s joke yesterday – announcing that Hermes and four other international designers were opening up in Dolmen Mall. Our post attracted quite a few comments before we revealed it was an April Fools.

Karachista Hermes April Fools joke
Karachista Hermes April Fools joke
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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