April 2015 archive

TFPW – DAY 2

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Day 2 at TFPW was easily my favorite. Half of the collections shown on the night were my top pics from throughout the week and the line up was delivering stunning after stunning designs.. for the most part anyway.

Before we get into it though, let’s take a quick look at my attire for the second day.. KR__4992_5832(1)KR__4942_5783(1)IMG_0136-1

You’ll find that as the days go on, there will be less pictures of me.. which is pretty shocking considering I’m always making sure I get my photos done, haha – the downside of not having my amazing beautographer with me, I suppose.  My days were so full on in a great way, I barely got a second to think and the moment you step onto that red carpet, even though the entire time is spent having your photos taken – you never get around to getting photos done with your own camera. God knows where the pro pics ended up so for now, let’s just make do with the ones above. I wore a well fitted pair of black jeans with a black vest top and a powder blue sleeveless duster jacket on top. I added nude caged shoes and a nude soft clutch and a camel fedora. Finally, I added a couple of silver accessories to finish the look off – very simple and chic.

So.. down to business. The shows on Day 2 were:

AMIR ADNAN
SANAM CHAUDHRI
JAFFERJEES
ABDUL SAMAD
ZAHEER ABBAS
CAANCHI LUGARI
GUL AHMED
FAHAD HUSSAYN

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SANAM CHAUDHRI

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Before I get to my thoughts on her collection, I randomly met Sanam on the morning of Day 1, when the hustle and bustle of setting up was in full swing and I was walking aimlessly around the venue, taking in my surroundings. Sanam asked me how I was doing and if I was comfortable.. and the first thing that struck me about her is how incredibly beautiful Sanam is – a tall, stunning woman with an air of elegance and grace that surrounds her. You know you hear about those people with the amazing aura’s? Yeah, well she’s definitely one of those.. someone you immediately find yourself drawn to. I guess that moment stood out to me since no matter what part of the world you’re in, fashion is a cut throat industry and as an outsider coming in to attend the shows, you appreciate the moments where you meet genuinely nice people and Sanam was probably one of my favorites from my trip – her warm and friendly personality not to mention impeccable sense of style completely won me over. (Am I totally fan girl-ing right now? Lol)

Sanam’s Zingara collection was stunning.. channeling ‘gypsy chic’ vibes, the colours ranged from muted greys to browns to pink and blue hues. As far as I’m concerned, Sanam’s designs were the most original on the runway through out the week and the level of intricate detail in her work was jaw dropping. I loved the layering and those wide legged trousers with the resham rope belts in contrasting colours were to die for!

JAFFERJEES

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As far as wear-ability is concerned when it comes to my own, personal sense of style – Jefferjee’s won it for me. Heavily influenced by the swinging seventies, there was a lot of fringing and eye popping colour combinations – I wanted it all!

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I really really liked every one of Zaheer Abbas’s designs, definitely one of the strongest collections of the week. An all white palette featured organza layering, stunning embroidery and a couple of vivid prints – Abbas demonstrated a range of silhouettes executed to sheer perfection.

GUL AHMED

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Gul Ahmed was the dark horse of the week for me. I don’t know why.. but I just wasn’t expecting much from the collection – maybe because till that point, my only knowledge of Gul Ahmed was that they sold ‘middle of the range’ lawn, a conclusion I had perhaps come to on a trip to Pakistan many a years ago. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with their collection. White was definitely all over the runway but the gold embellishments and dreamy silhouettes were a winning combination.

FAHAD HUSSAYN

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Now, on to the finale of the night plus what I would consider to be my favorite collection of the entire week. I was blown away by Fahad Hussayn’s work. I’ll throw my hands up and fess up right now that I had no knowledge of his previous work or collections, which is why I took no notice of the disappointment of some of the other frower’s, who told me that this collection was far too similar to a previous one. Whatever the case, it was all brand spanking new to my eyes and I fell more and more in love with every design that came sauntering down the runway. The drama, the detail, the colours – everything was on point. I suppose my only negative would be that certain pieces from the collection did really remind me of Balmain – a sentiment that was shared by several of my instagram followers when I posted up a picture of Fahad’s work, but where the lines of inspiration end and those of imitation begin is a blurred one in this market. Aside from that, I really really loved it.

Sorry it was a such a long post guys.. but I wanted to do justice to all the great collections I saw that night!

Day 3 coming up tomorrow so I’ll catch you then!

As always.. thanks for reading!

xox

*RAMP PHOTOS BY TAPU JAVERI*

TFPW – Day 1

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you are already aware that I’ve been in Karachi, Pakistan for the last 6 days to attend Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week S/S 15.

I’ll be honest, apart from a few pictures I’d seen in passing on social media websites in previous seasons, I had no real idea of what to expect from FPW. I made a conscious effort to keep it that way – I resisted the urge to google or youtube shows from the past as I wanted to have a completely fresh and open mind when attending the shows. So… armed only with my knowledge of London and Paris Fashion Week’s for comparison and a suitcase full of hats, I set off to experience what the best of Pakistan’s Fashion Industry has to offer.

To set the pace for the next few posts, let me just explain how I intend to do this – I’ll list all the collections shown on a day and only discuss those that I liked or really didn’t like. Make sense? (For pictures of ALL the collections, head on over to my Instagram). Right, let’s get to it then.. oh wait, before we do – here’s a quick look at what I wore on Day 1.

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The red carpet was an interesting experience for me. What stood out to me almost immediately was that attendees, women especially, aim to dress in a manner that is more ‘glamorous’ rather than ‘fashionable’ – think more ‘Gala photo op’ than ‘Fashion Week’. Don’t get me wrong, people looked absolutely stunning and I suppose the hint’s in the name – it is ‘Red Carpet’ not the street style at Somerset House that I’m use to. There were a few people who really stood out to me as they nailed that glamour factor while still working current trends day after day – but more about that on my recap post in a few days.

So back to what I wore… I had repeatedly been told by people in the know how of FPW to ‘tame down’ my usual looks as they just wouldn’t fly. Seeing as it was going to be the first time I was going to meet so many of these industry professionals, I obviously wanted to make a good impression and not stick out like a sore thumb in a room full of glamazons.. but I really battled with the thought of having to compromise my own sense of style to ‘fit in’ on the Red Carpet. So I didn’t. I grabbed a fedora, took a deep breathe and walked in..   IMG_0d091IMG_0093-001 IMG_0105cIMG_0096-001

I went for a look that I thought would be ‘playing it safe’ – a simple monochrome ensemble with a bold lip for a colour pop. I teamed a pair of well fitted cigarette pants from ASOS with a graphic print tee from Petals & Peacocks, draped a blazer on top, added some barely there strappy black sandals and a statement clutch and of course, a fedora.

 OK – thanks for baring with me and my verbal vomit.. let’s FINALLY get down to the shows.

7 shows were on schedule for Day 1 and they were

NIDA AZWER
BANK ALFALAH RISING TALENT
LALA TEXTILES
SANIA MASKATIYA
FNK ASIA
MADIHA RAZA
SADAF MALATERRE

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NIDA AZWER

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Day 1 kicked off with Nida Azwer’s “French Trellis Collection” which was easily my favorite of the day.. by a mile. The collection which was inspired by French architecture, featured a muted colour palette, baroque appliques and intricate embellishments across a range of capes, jackets, crop tops and trousers and skirts.

SANIA MASKATIYA

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Sania Maskatiya was another favorite of mine from the night, I loved the burst of colours and the draped silhouettes of some of her pieces. The black and white clashing print two piece with the orange shoes was a winner for me – need to get my hands on it!

For me, those were the two that stood out on the night. Another one to mention was the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent show – props to the Fashion Council for supporting aspiring designers with the opportunity to showcase their designs on such a huge platform! 4 designers were competing for a cash prize and the designs themselves were.. interesting. Rishma Shakir and Hassan Riaz got points for creativity!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with my favorite moments from Day 2. I actually have all the posts ready but don’t want to overload you guys all in one day – I went a little content cray cray on Instagram as it is! So sorry these are late, had a nightmare with WIFI in the hotel but I know a lot of you kept up with the shows via my instagram and Snapchat anway :)

Thanks for reading (this infinitely long post) my loves – until the next one!

xox

*RAMP PHOTOS C/O TAPU JAVERI*

WITCHERY

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Hello my loves! So while I’m sat here in my hotel room, taking in all that’s happened in the last few days here in Karachi, I can’t help but feel a big smile creep up on to my face – but I’m going to save all those deets for my next post, which focuses on my experience at TFPW15 in full. For now, let’s talk about this outfit I wore a week back, courtesy of Windsor Store.

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If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may have noticed that an all black ensemble is always my fail safe option for feeling comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing. Seeing as everyone these days is busting out their best Festival looks but it’s far far too cold in London still to be prancing around in frayed hot pants and a crop top – I thought I’d incorporate the festival fad into a look that is still UK “spring” friendly..

I teamed this printed top with a pair of distressed jeans from Daisy Street and a long kimono jacket from MONKI. I added a black fedora hat, some cute embellished round sunnies and a quilted mini flap bag to accessorize and finished the look off with an awesome pair of ankle boots with fringe detailing. I did like this outfit.. may have been since I felt like the wicked witch of the west but you know.. ;)

I’d love to ramble on and tell you guys everything I’ve been up to but seeing as it’s 5am and I do have another big day tomorrow.. I really do think I’ll leave till my next post.

As always, thanks for reading my loves!

xox

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