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British Fashion invasion – Lahore heralds the arrival of Monsoon

By Anber :

I vividly recall a teenager Me navigating endlessly through MONSOON ‘s website, hoping a friend from UK would send over my favorite stuff from the British High Street Brand to me in Pakistan. This was some 10 years ago. For die-hard fans of Monsoon like myself , the Brand opened up its first ever store in Pakistan at Dolmen Mall Karachi in Jan’2012 , stocking a unique range of Ladies’ and Children’s’ Daywear, Occassionwear, and Accessories.

After its huge success in Karachi , Monsoon is now all set to launch its second store in Lahore. This will be an exciting opportunity for Lahore’s hard core fashionistas to shop the hottest International trends at a store that resembles London’s flagship store on Oxford Street . With Monsoon just around the corner (pun intended) we can’t wait to get our hands on to their latest Autumn/Winter 2012 collection & gear-up for the coming season. :D

Monsoon’s Fall 2012 collection is all about gorgeous textures, warm floral prints & earth tones, perfect for a golden autumnal day. Here is a list of ‘A Wardrobe Affair’s must-grabs from their Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection:-

Monsoon Fall 2012 Collection

Dark Winter Florals Topped Vogue UK’s “30 Ways to Re-Invent your Wardrobe” last week  (Read Here) . Shift from the more vibrant summer florals to darker hues this Winter. Pick the white one for a flirty feminine look at a Day Party whereas the opulent embroidered one would make a perfect choice for a Girls Night Out.

Monsoon UK Fall 2012 Collection

If you have been following me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/AnberJ) recently, you would know that Sequins are the next Trend-To-Be.  Shimmery Burnt golds or velvety blacks, a sequinned Blazer like the one above is a must-have this season. For those wanting a more elegant counterpart, wear this warm wool sweater with jewel encrusted detailing around the neck over a dress & you re ready to make a fashion statement.

Monsoon Fall 2012

If you want a Dash of Color to that star studded Party, this Cobalt Blue velvet floor length gown would be just the right choice. Pair it with a statement neck piece for a Red Carpet Diva look. For ‘Safe Players’ like myself, the studded Biker Jacket is a MUST-HAVE this Winter season. Period.

The store opens on 31st August’2012  at Mall 1, located on Gulberg’s Main Boulevard. Watch this space for the launch pictures & poptastic appearances ;) Let the shopping frenzy begin !!

 

From RAMP to REAL – Mehreen Syed in Kamiar Rokni

At a recent launch event, Mehreen Syed was spotted in the same floral jumpsuit that she walked for Kamiar Rokni at the PSFW 2012 earlier this year.  Wish we had a full length picture . But from what we see, waist-up it is a boring one for us. The make-up made her look washed out. The hair too hid the detailing around the neckline. Much prefer her on the ramp.

Mehreen Syed in Kamiar Rokni

Mehreen Syed with friends at the launch of multi-designer furniture store Jeuni in Lahore

Mehreen Syed in Kamiar Rokni PSFW 2012

Mehreen Syed in Kamiar Rokni PSFW 2012

Yummy Mummy or Not? Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes

Three very distinct and unexpected appearances by Aishwarya Rai at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival . We knew there would be extreme opinions and so they came pouring in – some hated ‘em – some loved ‘em – some out of pure Ash-thrashing fun and some criticising for the heck of it . Here s our review of the most hyped and talked about appearance of the Cannes.

1. In Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

We wouldnt say we ‘disliked’ this look , but the ‘Lungi’ effect just didnt work for us. Whereby the outfit itself was quite unique and intricately embellished, it felt a tad bit ‘over-embellished’ for the Cannes. Should have rather picked it for a Bachan affair . Also, you wear a closed neck, stiff shouldered, full sleeved dress ‘only’ if you are skinny (focus on the ‘only’). She could have done better.

Aishwarya Rai in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at amfAR’s Cinema against AIDS gala dinner at Hotel Du Cap

Aishwarya Rai in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at amfAR’s Cinema against AIDS gala dinner at Hotel Du Cap

Aishwarya Rai in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at amfAR’s Cinema against AIDS gala dinner at Hotel Du Cap

Aishwarya Rai in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at amfAR’s Cinema against AIDS gala dinner at Hotel Du Cap

2. In an Angelo Katsapis Maxi Dress

Now we re talking Cannes . As simple as the two toned maxi dress by the Australian designer was, this rather casual look of Aishwarya’s was our personal favorite. Loved the hair & make-up and the L’Oreal nostalgia it brought along.

Aishwarya Rai at Cannes Film Festival

Aishwarya Rai at Cannes Film Festival

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Cannes film festival 2012

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Cannes film festival 2012

3. In Elie Saab gown from Fall 2011 couture collection

At the Cosmopolis premiere at Cannes, Aishwarya looked rather confident, comfortable and an almost yummy mummy in the royal blue Elie Saab gown. We say almost because this could have turned out great had she omitted the belt to look less top-heavy (though we believe it was a ‘Do I look like I care’ message for the tabloids) and chosen better accessories.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai at Cosmopolis premiere in Elie Saab Fall 2011 gown

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai at Cosmopolis premiere at the Cannes in Elie Saab Fall 2011 gown

Mathira shoots for Hello ! Magazine

Though there was alot of skin show in the photoshoot – but hey what did you expect – its Mathira we re talking about here – But we were quite impressed with her shoot for Hello! Pakistan. Think she makes a good face for the covers and should focus more on modelling (not the ramp – last time we had her on the ramp , we ended up disagreeing :P ) . That said, beautiful shots by Nadir Firoz Khan in outfits by Ayesha Hashwani, Sanam Chaudhri & Maheen Karim.

(Styling : Maha Burney, Makeup & Hair : N-Pro Team )

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Ayesha Farook Hashwani

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Ayesha Farook Hashwani

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Sanam Chaudhri

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Sanam Chaudhri

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Maheen Karim

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Maheen Karim

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Maheen Karim

Mathira's photoshoot for Hello! magazine wearing Maheen Karim

Images Courtesy: Nadir Firoz Khan Photography

Poll it – Freida Pinto at the Cannes Film Festival 2012

Of all five appearances of Freida at the ongoing 65th Cannes Film festival , which one’s your favorite ? For us the Michael Angel gown was a clear winner followed closely by the Neon Atelier Versace. Off the Red-Carpet there couldnt have been a better pick than the asymmetrical Ferragamo .

P.S. To find out what Freida’s wearing, read the captions under each image.

Freida Pinto at L'oreal Bash in Paco Rabanne Spring 2012

Freida Pinto at L'oreal Bash in Paco Rabanne-Spring 2012

Freida Pinto at Desert Dancer Photocall in Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012

Freida Pinto at Desert Dancer Photocall in Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012

Freida Pinto at Moonrise Kingdom Premiere in Michael Angel gown

Freida Pinto at Moonrise Kingdom Premiere in Michael Angel gown

Freida Pinto at the opening night dinner of Cannes Film Festival in Versace gown

Freida Pinto at the opening night dinner of Cannes Film Festival in Versace gown

Freida Pinto at Rust & Bone Premiere in Atelier Versace Spring 2012 gown

Freida Pinto at Rust & Bone Premiere in Atelier Versace Spring 2012 gown

 

In Manish Malhotra

Also present at the NDTV’s Greenathon event was Sri Devi , wearing a Manish Malhotra embroidered saari , that was reminiscent of the one she wore earlier this month (see here) . And Boy are we loving each one of them ! Though light blue is just not a personal favorite in saaris, the yellow Kashmiri embroidery does wonders for this one . Keep em bringing Ma’am.

Sri Devi at NDTV's Greenathon event

Sri Devi at NDTV's Greenathon event

Sri Devi at NDTV's Greenathon event

Sri Devi at NDTV's Greenathon event

 

Shoaib & Sania inside Hello ! Pakistan

Aaah  , finally we get hold of a post-marriage picture of Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza in the premiere issue of Hello ! Pakistan . We think this is one of the best appearances of Sania, with the hair & make-up perfectly complementing the blue satin silk dress.

Caption : ‘Shoaib wears an applique work linen jacket & a hook button shirt, both by Narendra Kumar. Sania wears a satin cowl neck dress from Cue by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna & polki gold earrings with diamonds & emeralds , a pear-shaped rose-cut gold ring with diamonds, all by Rosentiques Fine Jewellery‘.

Sania Mirza & Shoaib Malik inside the premiere issue of Hello! Pakistan

Sania Mirza & Shoaib Malik inside the premiere issue of Hello! Pakistan