MARYA Fall/Winter 2012 Collection.The exhibition will be held at ‘Fashion Pakistan Lounge’ Lahore on Saturday 3rd Nov’2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/MARYA.com.pk
The Cambridge Satchel has quickly become the ultimate cult bag for fashion bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas.
The Classic Cambridge Satchel
In 2008, Julie Deane’s daughter, Emily, was being bullied at school. Wishing to improve her daughter’s life, Deane found a nearby private school that promised a happier environment. Realising that this would be expensive, Julie wrote a list of 10 things she could do to raise the necessary funds to send both of her children to the new school. Ironically, her children (Emily and her son Max) were reading Harry Potter at the time and had both asked if they could have traditional leather satchels like those toted by the book’s main character’s, and thus Deane included ‘make satchels’ in her money-making list.
With just £600, the time limit of a six-week school summer break, no prior business knowledge, and the unerring support of her beloved mother, Freda, Julie resolved to start a business manufacturing the leather satchels, and so The Cambridge Satchel Company was born. Julie’s colourful handmade leather satchels, based on an original Oxford and Cambridge satchel design and aimed at school children become a instant must have, sought after by twenty-something fashion bloggers.
Following coverage by international fashion magazines and a collaboration with the fashion brand Comme des Garçons, production increased drastically. The company then stared their own factory near Leicester. To say the company has been a runaway success would be an understatement. Four years on, it boasts sales figures of over £1 million a month, their own factory, 65 employees and countless stylish celebrity followers, such as Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel. Earlier this year, Bloomingdale’s New York store even dedicated all eight of their windows to showcasing the bags. Deane credits the company’s initial recognition to the network of prominent fashion bloggers who championed the satchels from the very beginning, as the ad shows(below).
This is a truly inspirational success story and we love the super duper satchel.
Julie with her mother, Freda at 10 Downing Street, holding The Downing Bag
Available at www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk, and ASOS
Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Selfridges, Bloomingdales and so on.
After the success of three chocolate boutiques in Karachi and Lahore, the chocolatier extraordinaire, Lal Majid spreads the luxuriousness of all things chocolate from an intimate chocolate shop in prestigious Zamzama to a flagship multi story Patisserie on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, opening on Thursday, 1st November, 2012.
Bedazzled by her favourite childhood story book, “Hansel and Gretel”, Lal Majid dreamt of her own house of chocolates oneday. Her dream soon transformed into a reality when she started her own luxury chocolate company, Lals.
Determined to lead a confectionary renaissance, inspiring chocolate artisans and pastry aficionados, Lal’s creates handmade edible masterpieces made with the finest ingredients.
“We believe that passion is what makes an artist; it’s the difference between those who settle for ‘good” and those who can’t stop at anything less than ‘great’.”
“Lals patisserie, offers its customers an array of sweet and savory concepts to choose from. This intimate patisserie serves customers premium Italian style gelato made fresh daily as well as blended frappes. The coffee bar serves a wide range of hot and iced coffees made from Lavazza’s 100% Arabica beans. Aside from the wide range of chocolates normally on display, this patisserie will have a wide selection of home made fresh pastries such as eclairs, chewy cookies, assorted cupcakes, brownies and other decadent delights. All made upstairs in our kitchen under Lal Majid’s personal supervision.
The most exciting part of this flagship patisserie is the Make Your Own Chocolate Bar concept. Here you can choose from milk, white or dark chocolate and combine either of those with numerous toppings to have a customized chocolate bar made just for you! In the coming months we will be adding to our menu scrumptious sandwiches, pastas and other savory delights. “
Apart from delicious tasting and live jazz music Lals offers guests the chance to make their own chocolates with help of an expert. If you are in Karachi you don’t want to miss this!
Partnering with SOS Childrens Charity for the past 5 years the Marigold Gala in Toronto finally raised enough awareness and funds to commence the building of an SOS Children’s Village for 150 orphans in Muzzafarabad, Pakistan. Here are some of the stylish guests at the gala. Photography by Sidra Syed & Ali Wasti.
Fashion Pakistan Week October 2012 concluded its three-day showcase of the country’s top fashion design talent in Karachi last Tuesday. A range of emerging designers impressed with out-of-the box Autumn/Winter collections and innovative ways to recreate traditional Pakistani attire. Karachi ladies loaded up their Chanels and Celines, painted their lips red and doled out air kisses generously in between posing for the paparazzi. But the action did not begin and end on the ramp. Parties, edgy street style and hot models goofing around made this event the place to be last week, and here’s 10 reasons why — in no particular order.
1. Hottest New Designer: Misha Lakhani
Misha Lakhani made her debut as a fashion designer when she opened her first outlet in Karachi earlier this year. Lakhani showcased her couture collection last at bridal week last month and her pret line this week at the Fashion Pakistan Week. The Central Saint Martins design graduate mixed a timeless aesthetic with a modern perspective perfectly. Some of the most-coveted looks from her show included long silk dresses with masculine tuxedo-collar inspired halter tops and a striking blue velvet dress submitted to discharge printing (in which a bleaching agent is employed to remove aspects of the original colour).
2. Best Accessories: Jewellery by Kiran Aman
Kiran Aman’s jewellery collection titled Sceptres of Beauty accompanied designer Maheen Karim’s clothes. Inspired by a woman’s innate desire to conceal, protect and provoke, Aman used masks, parasols and Venetian fan structures and played with gold enamel, multi-coloured sapphires and quartz to produce some serious statement jewelry. Stand-out piece: a Lapis bead masked necklace paired with a Maheen Karim gold dress.
3. Beauty look of the season: Top knot
The top knot was the most translatable hair style off the ramp this season, so trend-worthy it started appearing on the red carpet the very next day. The top knot was best exemplified at Sanam Chadhri’s Japanese Shibori-inspired collection show.
4. Most Fresh: Maheen Karim
Designer Maheen Karim made spikes look ultra glamorous. She sewed glass beads on to a black and gold kurta to punk up the sleeves. The final effect was provocatively gorgeous punk rock glam.
5. Hottest Model: Rabia Butt
Model Rabia Butt has a sultry face and a perfect strut. One of the most sought-after models in Pakistan right now, Butt wears a permanet sexy-vixen expression that’s perfect for both fashion editorials and head ramp.
6. Best Fashion Week Party: Saba Ansari
The all-white after-party thrown by make-up stylist Saba Ansari on the last day of Fashion Pakistan Week drew in all of Pakistan’s fashion-industry insiders. There were cabanas, candles and some of the yummiest hummus in town.
7. Best Collection: Zaheer Abbas
Upcoming designer Zaheer Abbas’ collection was the strongest, most confident showcase this season. Abbas used a single design element as his inspiration for cuts: linear tunnels, and he played this with white cloth and embroidered jute and added bits of net for depth. The result was a perfect balance of femininity and ethereal rawness.
8. Power Women: Maheen Khan and Shameel Ansari
Maheen Khan and Shameel Ansari are the CEO and chairperson of the Fashion Pakistan Council, in charge of putting fashion weeks together every season. These two ladies teamed up together in to introduce fashion weeks to Pakistan and can be credited with providing a platform for new talent in design to showcase their creativity to Pakistan and the world. This is their fourth edition of Fashion Pakistan Week.
9. Top Trend: Patchworked outerwear
Fashion Week in Pakistan usually sees a fair share of heavily embroidered coats on the runway but this time designers tried something new. Different styles of patchwork were infused in long coats, jackets and capes to produce beautifully chic outwear, with some great local touches. Adnan Pardesy redefined an age-old patchwork craft called ralli, while design label Baani D incorporated pieces of the traditional pashmina from Kashmir into their jackets. Designer Wardha Saleem juxtaposed black-and-white patterns with denim and colourful Pakistani folk toy motifs to produce some fun long coats and capes.
10. Best Dressed: Maira Paganwalla and Raana Khan
Fashion journo Maira Paganwalla, the 26-year-old Karachi correspondent for Lahore-based magazine Good Times, pairs Pakistani high-street brands with luxe labels and ethnic jewellery to breaks the dated rules of the red carpet. What she’s wearing? Day 1: Rag and Bone jeans, top of her own design, Celine trapeze bag, Guiseppe Zanotti shoes. Day 2: Dolce and Gabbana leather pants, the Karachi tee t-shirt, classic salmon Chanel bag, Louboutin wedges. Day 3: Top of own her design, Rock and Republic jeans, Cavalla belt, Hermes Birkin bag and Lanvin shoes.
Meanwhile, hair and make-up stylist Raana Khan pulls off the impossible by seamlessly pairing loud tribal patterns with even louder accessories, and wearing designer Wardha Saleem on two days.
Image credits: Adeela Badshah, Faisal Farooqi, Kohi Marri
[29 Oct 2012]
– Anam Mansuri
The Olivia Rose Ring by young Iranian designer Leila Kashanipour has become a favourite with celebrities, style icons and industry insiders. As seen on Olivia Palermo, Iman Pasha, Ana Beatriz and Anam Falak. The beautiful 22-Karat Gold Plated ring is available in three colours for £250 at boticca.com and www.leivankash.com. Love. Love. Love.