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RED CARPET REPORT – FASHION PARADE LONDON

Encyclomedia PR in collaboration with Mustang Productions put up a small & fashionable affair at the Asia House, London recently. Notable Designers who presented their collections before a select high profile audience at Fashion Parade London included Nomi Ansari, Maheen Khan, Sania Maskatiya & Layla Chatoor. The show was very well received by audiences & designers, with a general view that more high fashion events of the sort should be promoted within the South Asian diaspora in UK.

As promised, we’re happy to be covering Fashion Parade’s Red Carpet on our pages … So here it is, a quick round-up of all the looks that caught our attention:

1. THE BEST DRESSED

Our best dressed ladies from the night, Ayesha Mustafa (of Fashion Compassion) & Ammara Hikmat (of Encyclomedia PR) chose to pair their statement necklaces over mid-length dresses. Ayesha finished out her cobalt blue pencil dress with booties, red lips & a Fashion Compassion palestyle clutch, whilst Ammara added a blazer over the lime colored leather skirt to beat the winter chills. Both looked lovely & very ‘Fashion Forward’ (which was also the red carpet dress code). Got a favourite of the two?

Ammara Hikmat and Ayesha Mustafa at Fashion Parade London

2. TEAM SANIA MASKATIYA

 CEO Mustang Productions, Sadia Siddiqui and Attika Chaudhary (B4U presenter) picked Sania Maskatiya in support of the designer’s show. Sadia wore a wrap tunic with cigerette pants from the designer’s ‘Hazaan’ collection, whilst Attika wore a digital print Kaftan from ‘Naksh’ collection.

Adnan Qazi (CEO of Silver Lemon Media, next to Sadia in picture below) posed  in a quirky tie & pocket square by ‘Velsoir’ , ash blue Top Man jacket & black Zara Jeans.

CEO Mustang Productions Sadia Siddiqui & Attika Chaudhary in Sania Maskatiya

Maheen Khan, Princess Yasmin & Sadia Siddiqui at Fashion Parade London

Maheen Khan, Princess Yasmin & Sadia Siddiqui at Fashion Parade London

3. THE DAPPER BOYS

Nomi Ansari looked bang on trend in a plaid TopShop blazer worn over Zara pullover, D&G jeans & Paul Smith shoes.

Zac Timol - Owner of luxury brand Velsoir attended in his own creations. Very Dapper !

Nomi Ansari and ZAC Timol at Fashion Parade London

4. THE SHOWCASING DESIGNERS

Layla Chatoor & Nazneen Tariq presented their collections at the Fashion Parade, and both the designers get a ‘miss’ from us for over-styling their outfits… Too many jewels & too much bling for a fashion event

Layla Chatoor Mashaal Moazzam and Nazneen Tariq at Fashion Parade London

Image Credits : RAFYL

3 Reasons You Will Love PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Tilism, Sultanate, Orientalist, Jaageer, True Love and Rang Mahal !  

No, these are not chapters from a history book. These are just a few names of the collections that are  ready to hit the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week runway , starting today. Everybody’s super excited; Designers, Models, Magazine Publishers, Bloggers, Journalists, Photogs –  The energy levels are high & so are the Expectations. The Three Day Bridal extravaganza will be held in Lahore from 10th-12th October & boasts an impressive lineup of designers including Kamiar Rokni, HSY, Ali Xeeshan , Élan, Asifa & Nabeel , Fahad Hussayn, Misha Lakhani, Nickie & Nina, Nomi Ansari, Sana Safinaz, Sania Maskatiya and Zara Shahjahan.

As much as we love to keep you guys posted on the latest happenings on & off the runway, we Admit : The influx of information & pictures on social media is a bit  too jarring & takes the focus away from what’s being presented on the runway; Celebs strutting the Red Carpet in floor sweeping gowns, pouting & posing for The Daily’s photogs, the ‘Who was wearing what’ , The Front Row drama & power-play, Tweeters & Bloggers posting a crazy number of blurry pictures on social media pages – all of that and much more contributing to the overall ….’Noise’ . As Tom Ford likes to say : “I don’t understand the need for this immediacy. In Fact I think it’s Bad” . So before we all fall victim to this noise, let’s take a look at what to expect and why we think the #PLBW (the official Hashtag) 2013 would be better than its 2 predecessors :

1. THE FINALE

Kamiar Rokni PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 collection

Ok so you do not really have to remember all the collections’ names. What’s important to know is that Kamiar Rokni’s ‘The Orientalist’ is the most anticipated collection this Bridal season as he marks his debut on the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week platform. The design house has collaborated with renowned jeweler, Raema Malik of ‘Gold’ who has designed exclusive bespoke jewelry pieces for the collection in the traditional craft of ‘Polki” and “Meenakari” including necklaces, jhoomars and tikkas. Together with Maram & Aabroo , the design team has executed an exclusive make-up & hair ‘Look’ for the finale, that’ll be defining the bridal make-up & hair trends for the coming season. A little birdie tells us that this might be the designer’s finest works to date & that he has put in years of effort in bringing this together.

What’s more? This year The House of Kamiar Rokni has been allocated the Fashion Week ‘Finale’, a term which had become synonymous with HSY.  What’s not to Love ! Watch out for The Orientalist on 12th October.

P.S. Just us having a De Ja Vu with that pic? Find out Here .

Kamiar Rokni PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

2. THE DEBUTANTS

Aside from the veterans like Sana Safinaz & HSY, this year also marks the Bridal Debut of a few popular names on the PLBW platform. The reigning Queen of Pret, Sania Maskatiya is all set to put her foot into the Bridal market as she will be presenting her collection “TILISM” today, which the designer says combines centuries old embroidery techniques & remembers Indo-Pak craft traditions, some of which are now nearly extinct. Interesting !

Tilism by Sania Maskatiya for PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Tilism by Sania Maskatiya for PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Zara Shahjahan will also be showcasing their Debut Bridal collection ‘TRUE LOVE’ with the printed Floral Lehengas of particular interest to us. It was quite a bold move on part of the designer, considering not many Brides would be open to the idea initially, but if executed well it will be such a breather from the usual heavy embellishments.

Zara Shahjahan PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Left : TRUE LOVE for PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013, Right : Cybil Chowdhry with Zara Shahjahan

You might recall seeing this tall & beautiful girl at various social events & fashion magazine pages – That’s Deena Rehman. With PLBW 2013, Deena marks the debut of her eponymous Label & from what we have seen so far, it’s quite impressive. The strong vintage look to her clothes is so NOW. Plus, she gets to enjoy a lot of support from Industry friends & designers so consider her a success already.

Deena Rehman PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Left : Deena Rehman (Image: SundayTimes) , Right : DEENA for PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

3. THE HAIR & MAKE-UP TRENDS

One of the biggest dilemmas that brides in our part of the world face is deciding upon their hair, make-up & jewelry ‘look’. And while some  like Khadijah Shah & Kamiar Rokni have put a great deal of effort into their jewels this time, it is the hair & make-up which will be key areas of focus throughout the Fashion Week. The styling team of Maram & Aabroo was a perfect pick for the official make-up artists , and Toni & Guy Lahore will be taking care of the hair ; a match made in heavens. Although we must say, we would love to see the supremely talented Natasha’s Salon on the platform next year, since Natasha has completely ‘transformed’ the bridal hair & make-up trends that we know today.

Maram and Aabroo Salon & Studio for PLBW 2013

Highlights include:

  • A special L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Trend Show showcasing the ‘IT LOOKS Fall/Winter 2013/2014′ on Day 1 by stylist Shammal Qureshi, technical consultant for L’Oréal Professionnel and creative director at Toni&Guy – Lahore , featuring capsule collections by Mohsin Ali, Sublime by Sara and Wardah Saleem.
  • L’Oréal Paris has created exclusive make-up looks in collaboration with HSY, Fahad Hussayn and The House of Kamiar Rokni for their respective collections where Maram & Aabroo and Toni&Guy-Lahore will be sharing their interpretation of bridal make-up trends for the season.
  • A customised Beauty lounge where L’oreal Paris Pakistan will be introducing a special edition PLBW Bridal Make-Up Kit, which can be used to recreate favourite make-up looks from PLBW 2013, and an Essie Nail Bar where visitors can experience the brand’s acclaimed nail colour range firsthand.

Maram and Aabroo for PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

You can follow Maram & Aabroo on their Twitter Handle Here  for Live make-up looks from Backstage. Technology FTW !

PLBW 2013

Here are the teasers/banners of some of the other collections that we are looking forward to :

Misha Lakhani and her effortless Bridals for the very Chic

Misha Lakhani PFDc L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week

Nomi Ansari & his eternal love for Rich & Vibrant hues

RANG MAHAL by Nomi Ansari PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

JAAGEER by Ali Xeeshan for a lesson in history & flawless Attention to detail

JAAGEER by Ali Xeeshan for PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

Fahad Hussayn for the High Drama & great Bridal aesthetics

The Great Mutiny by Fahad Hussayn for PFDC L'oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013

 Khadijah Shahof Elan for her signature ethereal & subtle bridals loved by most modern day brides

The Sultanate by ELAN for PLBW 2013

Now does all of that set your pulse Racing?

Stay Tuned to the Blog & Follow Us on Twitter , Instagram & Facebook for the latest updates from the Bridal extravaganza.

Sunsilk Fashion Edition Bottles at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Ladies, lets accept it ! We all suffer from a certain kind of OCD when it comes to picking the right shampoo. Standing before the drugstore shelf every month ain’t the best of feelings, especially when the wishlist is so elaborate ; it HAS to have a great smell, a fancy shmancy bottle, must come at a good price & above all , should be nice to the hair. So this morning while I was shampooing my hair with the newly launched Sunsilk Co creations shampoo by HSY, I realized what a great blend of all these factors the shampoo presents. Hardly any strands lost & my tresses feel & smell GREAT !!!

An initiative by PR Catalyst & Marketing, Four Sunsilk Fashion Edition Bottles were launched in collaboration with one designer each at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. Here’s you look at the launch pictures…Go On….Decide…Which one would you be picking for your hair type?

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Karma

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Karma at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by HSY

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Khaadi

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Khaadi

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Maria B

Sunsilk Fashion Edition by Maria B

Images Courtesy : Catalyst PR & Marketing

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 – ELAN Runway Review

Elan’s Ode to a nightingale was one of the most stellar luxury pret collections to go down the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 runway. Backed by her very strong & unique aesthetic, Khadijah Shah created a series of Chinoserie-style outfits heavy on Chinese artistic influences & oriental prints. From Red Carpet favorites like kimono wrap dresses & maticulously crafted full skirts to the more relaxed evening-wear separates, Khadijah experimented with a range of silhouettes most designers would steer clear of. The best part ? The embellishment was limited to let the cuts & prints do most of the talking. Loved the bulbous gold detailing on Cybil’s shoulders & cuff accents. Loved it All !

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

One of most ooh-ed & aah-ed outfits of the collection on Mehreen Syed below. Paper magazine’s Editors Meher Tareen & Samina Khan walking the walk at the end of the show.

Elan PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography ,  Faisal Farooqui (Dragonfly)

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

For their latest showing at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013, design Label FnK Asia presented a very modern ethnic collection titled “East of Bengal”. Like Misha, Huma Adnan also reconstructed the Sari giving  it an intense tribal & funky makeover with the use of scripted prints, bright palette, beaded embroidery & draping techniques.

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Although it called for a refreshing change to see FnKAsia present a very Indo-Bengal collection at the PSFW runway, it was hard to ignore the close inspiration it drew from our favorite Indian designers, Masaba Gupta & Anamika Khanna. From the styling ( big orange bindis) to the silhouettes (pant sarees, printed dhoti shalwars , bright scripted sarees, tiered skirts) , the aesthetic seemed too…BORROWED ! (see image below)

Masaba Gupta & Anamika Khanna

For us, the bustier Tops with the tribal pants & printed skirts were a clear winner. Extremely Wearable !

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography , Faisal Farooqui & team at Dragonfly

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani’s collection “Configurations” at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 screamed “Laid Back Luxury Pret” , offering a variety of relaxed silhouettes to the modern day socialite. Her signature belted maxis ran throughout the collection, with embellished net dopattas draped onto dresses for a more formal, east-meets-west vibe (Trend Alert). Based in fabrics such as crushed silk, tie-&-dye chiffon, georgette, crepe, net and shamose satin, the color palette varied from citronelle green to olive ,ivory, cranberry red & black. The styling was kept minimal aiming for an effortless, boho-Chic look.

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Although it was BIG on the wearability & fun factor, the collection seemed a mere ready-to-wear version of the designer’s debut collection at PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week’2012 ; drop waists, digital prints, net dopattas, monochrome one-shouldered dresses – Misha stuck to her signature cuts & drapes. And we liked it for that ; after all, she’s just two collections old.

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Misha Lakhani PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography (Pixel Art Studios)

Tapu Javeri – PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Tapu Javeri kicked off Day 1 of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 with his Spring/Summer line of prints, bags and scarfs tilted ‘Tapulicious’. The show featured four distinct print capsule collections by Sadaf Malaterre, Adnan Pardesy, Wardha Saleem and Rizwan Beyg. Crystal hoop earrings & spiral bouffants by Team N-Pro (Nabila) ran throughout the runway looks.

Tapu Javeri PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Tapu Javeri -Tapulicious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Our love for the bags aside (on the lustlist of many already), the collection seemed too repetitive of Tapu’s past showings. There was little innovation there when it came to the kleidoscopic prints & ”Pappu Yar Jang na Kar” gun motif , already done in the designer’s t-shirt collection. It was the balcony print bags & Pappu Yar Jang na Kar clutches that stood out the most with Wardha Saleem’s sequin crop jackets, baby-doll & balcony print dresses complementing them well.

Tapu Javeri - Tapulicious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Tapu Javeri-Tapulicious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Tapu Javeri -Tapulicious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Just us or anybody else not feeling Rizwan Beyg’s very John Galliano-esque collection as well ?  Too costum-ey to be termed as “Tapulicious”.

Tapu Javeri -Tapulicious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Images Courtesy : Faisal Farooqui & Team at Dragonfly