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C O N T E N T S 08- Katherine Kelly Lang Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis

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My mother told me when I was very young to believe I could do anything. Having your parents support your hopes and dreams is everything. While I was still in high school, I went to a movie set while on vacation with ...

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On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy launched a campaign with Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE to #LetGirlsDream ...

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I grew up in Larissa an amazing city built by the river Pineios. Filled with history and a rich cultural background. Let's not forget the establishment of Thessaliko Theater which has given the space for so many prominent actors to communicate their art and also the first ancient theater of Larissa located in the city center...

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52- Oriental taste of European Sustainable event Sofia Green Fashion Days will be held for the fifth time in capital of Bulgaria and once again will unite together INTERNATIONAL likeminded designers, sales professionals and producers of Eco and Bio products...

58- TRADE SHOWS DETERMINE MUCH OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE ON THE HIGH STREET By Angelina Kali The big fashion events like the international fashion weeks of Paris, London, Milan and New York get all the hype. But the real business is often done at the major fashion trade fairs such as Texworld in Paris, Magic in Las Vegas, MICAM in Milan and Pure London...

66- NETFLIX to Release SHARMEEN OBAIDCHINOY’S Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, is all set to release Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM in 2020 which will be available in over 190 countries. Indeed, SITARA is the first Pakistani Animated Film to be released and distributed by NETFLIX USA...

86- GL A M O R O U S F A S H I O N W I T H S CU D E R I A F E R R AR I I recently attended a fashion event organised by Silk Road Fashion in London with Scuderia Ferrari. There were plenty of designers who had that vava-voom factor showcasing their latest collections, perfectly mirroring the brand values of the iconic car brand...

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Editor's Message This edition of Moda Dynatie was trendy and contemporary, we can consider this edition as one of up-tothe-minute. We introduce our readers to WOODZ, they Specialized in Videography and Photography, WOODZ shares Wedding story and realising it into perfect memory. WOODZ do not stop here, they are also in the Fashion Industry. Page 14 This edition’s most happening event was attending Emirates Fashionistas, A platform connecting Fashion, Beauty, Media and Entertainment World. This is Shomaila Maurer the founder of Emirates Fashionistas.com. we have been very impressed to see many people from different countries living in the UAE and calling it home launch EmiratesFashionista’s social platforms. Page 58 Among Pakistan’s leading fashion design house Sania Maskatiya returned to the prestigious New York Fashion Week platform with its F/W 2019 collection as part of The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers’ (CAAFD) long running tradition of introducing emerging designer showcases. to present the collection at NYFW F/W 2019. Page 64 We are delighted and very proud to be a part of Nehr Ghar Films official premiere of the highly-anticipated crime-thriller Laal Kabootar at Cinepax Cinemas at Packages Mall in Lahore on 19th March 2019 and at Nueplex Cinemas in Karachi on 21st March 2019 to much acclaim. Laal Kabootar has released across Pakistan today, i.e. 22nd March 2019 in collaboration with GEO Entertainment as Channel Partners, FM91 as Radio Partners and Footprint as official distributors. page 54 We look forward to hearing your feedback magazines@modadynastie.com

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Katherine Kelly Lang interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis


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1. Was your mother being an actress the reason why you began a career as an actress or a personal need? My mother told me when I was very young to believe I could do anything. Having your parents support your hopes and dreams is everything. While I was still in high school, I went to a movie set while on vacation with my mother in Mexico, and the whole experience was fascinating to me. From that moment on, I had my heart set on being an actor. My mother encouraged me, yes, but it was my decision and she didn’t try to influence my choice one way or the other.

2. Were you more within the confines of certain roles when you made your debut, or you wanted to take a dive into the uncharted waters of acting? Discovering the journey of the character and the story allows me to explore a world other than my own experience. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life, but it is rewarding to pretend to live through things that you will never experience in real life.

3. What’s your greatest accomplishment as an actress? Playing Brooke for over 32 years seems unbelievable. This role has given me so much and I’m so fortunate. The privilege of coming to work every day and fulfilling my passion to be an actor is priceless. Creating a character like Brooke, who follows her heart, who’s authentic and who doesn’t fake it has been an amazing accomplishment.

4. You are best known for playing Brooke Logan in the CBS daytime show The Bold And The Beautiful. Was it a gut feeling that the show will be a success and you accepted the role? Everyone knew about Bill Bell and his success record with other shows. So there was a lot of excitement and optimism about this new series. We knew it would be a success. But in my mind I gave it around five years. No one could have ever known that 32 years later the series would still be one of the most watched dramas in the world.

5. The role of Brooke has evolved throughout the years, and the writer always pull something out of their caps to make it interesting. But what would be interesting for you to see in this role?


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I would love for Brooke to face more adversity and to have bigger challenges to overcome. The series is about love stories and family. Brooke has had more love stories than any other character. Now I would like for Brooke to show that she’s gained some wisdom and savvy. I hope she will take on more of a leadership role and influence other characters. I would like the story to demonstrate that her experience has led her to make good choices when she comes up against adversity.

6. You have been nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy for ‘’Outstanding Supporting Actress’’ in a drama series and a second for ‘’Outstanding Lead Actress’’ in a drama series; how’s that feel to you, the love of your fans? It’s nice to be recognized by your peers and to win awards, but it’s not the main reason we do what we do. The acting itself is its own reward.

7. How difficult is for a working mother to juggle too many things at a time? Is there time for family? I was pregnant three times during the filming of The Bold and the Beautiful. Brad Bell and the production were always great about either hiding my pregnancy (wardrobe, props and camera tricks), writing it in, and giving me time off to give birth and take care of my newborn baby. The show is so family friendly, I’ve been able to bring children, when they were babies and toddlers, to the set. Sometimes they even played Brooke’s fictional children on the show. That was great, because I could be close to them while I was working. Maternity breaks weren’t the only breaks I took. I did some outside TV and film projects, too, and even some much-needed vacations. The production has been pretty flexible overall, so that’s one of the reasons why I’ve stayed for 30 years. I could be a mother and an actress.

8. How is life with your granddaughter now? Usually, parents do more and spend more time with their grandchildren than their children, is this true? It’s delightful to be able to spend time with my grandbaby. She's adorable, sweet and fun. I’m spending time with my daughter and my granddaughter together at home. Sometimes she leaves the baby with us. We baby sit. We play with her toys. Read her stories. Try to put her to bed. We go shopping and buy clothes for her. I’ve always spent a lot of time with my children. It was a priority.


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This is a kind of equation: katherine-Brooke, for me: KatherineWorld Traveller. I’m following you on instagram and I see you traveling most of the time. How do you find time to do all this trips? Do you like traveling? 9.

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I see you’re actively participating in many sports events. You did the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon in 2014. Do you exercise daily and what advice do you

I love traveling. Thankfully The Bold and the Beautiful shooting schedule has lots of weeks off so I can travel.

I like to push myself to discover new limits. I’m always outdoors. Nature and being active make me happy. I think that’s good advice to give anyone. Stay active and push your body, no matter what your level is.

10. Who is your favorite actor you want to meet and perform together?

16. What’s that attracts you to visit Italy often?

I don’t think like that. I like life to surprise me. Besides, you never know what the reality of working with someone is going to be like. Better to live without too much expectation.

11. If you had to choose one what that would be cinema, theater or television? I wouldn’t want to choose. The work of the actor is the same in the end, no matter what the genre. Things are cyclical. Now all the film actors want to do television.

Italy holds a special place in my heart. I love it there. The the people, the food, the history, the architecture, the fashion. I visit Italy as often as I can for work or pleasure.

17. It’s been quite some time you have been involved into the fashion industry with your own brand of kaftans. How do you get the inspiration? I really like that hippy bohemian style. I love the beach as well. There’s a little Middle Eastern influence in there as well.

18. What kind of fabrics do you use? 12. Of all the roles you have played, name your favorite one. Besides Brooke? One of my favorites was playing bounty hunter "Enona” in “Lonesome Dove”.

13. What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future? I’m open to playing any kind of character.

14. You left B&B for a while and went to the jungle. It was something you did for your chosen charity Breakaway From Cancer or to test yourself under harsh conditions in the wilderness? It’s fun to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I was excited to try to make money for my charity Breakaway from Cancer. That’s really why I did it. But I wasn’t really ready for the physical effects of a lowcalorie diet, eating only rice and beans. I was also really disappointed that I left so soon without winning the money I wanted to donate to my charity. But I’m glad I did it. After these outside projects it's always nice to get back home to the set of The Bold and the Beautiful and Brooke.

15. Also, you spend your days off mountain bike riding, horseback riding and running triathlons.

The kaftans are made mostly with delicate silks and some of them have some great beading too.

19. What are your future plans? I hope to keep pushing my limits. I just want to continue to find joy in life through balancing my pursuits as a philanthropist, actress, mother, partner, daughter, business woman and athlete.

20. What’s your motto in life? True beauty comes from inside, and from having selfesteem. If you take care of your body and surround yourself with positive people, you will have a genuine smile. And when you smile, the world smiles with you.


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SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY LAUNCHES LET GIRLS DREAM CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH GUCCI’S CHIME FOR CHANGE

[New York, 12th October 2019] On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy launched a campaign with Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE to #LetGirlsDream in support of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Equality Now’s efforts to bring an end to child marriage.

Compelled by this critical global issue, Sharmeen ObaidChinoy has partnered with CHIME FOR CHANGE on her new animated short film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, about Pari, a young girl whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage. It is the story of 12 million girls around the world who are married off as child brides every year denying them the right to education and an opportunity to fulfil their dreams. In Nigeria, 76% of girls are married before the age of 18. In Central African Republic it’s 68%, in Chad it’s 67% and Bangladesh is 59%. For Pakistan; 21% of girls are married before their 18th birthday and 3% are married before the age of 15 and in the US where 23 states have no minimum age for marriage, over 160,000 children under the age of 18 were married between 2000 and 2010.

To accompany the film and in coordination with Equality Now and Girls Not Brides, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and CHIME FOR CHANGE have launched a campaign around the theme “Let Girls Dream”. At LetGirlsDream. org and through the hashtag #LetGirlsDream, visitors are encouraged to share their dreams and to call on the global community to help break down the barriers that keep so many girls and women from pursuing theirs. Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele, President and CEO of Gucci Marco Bizzarri, singer and actress Lou Doillon, model and actress Elle Fanning, model and activist Bethann Hardison, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen, actress, model and entrepreneur Neelofa, editor and publisher Elise by Olsen, actress Saoirse Ronan, model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith, musician Alison Wonderland, visual artist John Yuyi, and acid attack survivors from Hothur Foundation, girls and women from mothers2mothers, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Lower East Side Girls Club, and many others, have already shared their dreams on the platform.

Written and directed by Sharmeen, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore where a fourteen-year old girl, Pari, dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told through the perspective of her six-year-old sister Mehr, who is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lay in the path of women from her family. It is a story about the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] which embodies this struggle. To coincide with International Day of the Girl, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE hosted the premiere of SITARA, followed by a conversation with Obaid-Chinoy, Executive Producers Gloria Steinem and Ariel Wengroff, producer Imke Fehrmann, and composer Laura Karpman, moderated by Kimberly Drew. At LetGirlsDream.org educators globally have the opportunity to request a local screening, discussion materials and activities that encourage girls and young people to share their dreams and inspire one another.


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“Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle; it is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it. For me, SITARA is more than a film, it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girls’ dreams, freeing their daughters from the burdens of early marriage.” said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is also a CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board Member along with Sarah Brown [Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education], Leymah Gbowee [Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2011)], Jada Pinkett Smith [Actor, Advocate and Founder, Don't Sell Bodies], Julia Roberts [Actor, Activist and Philanthropist] and Cleo Wade [Artist, poet, and author], to name a few. The music for SITARA has been composed by Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Recorded and mixed at the world’s most famous and iconic studio, Abbey Road studios, Karpman’s score has been paramount in bringing the film’s story and characters to life. The film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, and Darla Anderson, the Academy Award Winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3.


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SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY LAUNCHES #LETGIRLSDREAM CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH GUCCI’S CHIME FOR CHANGE

HASSAN ALI & WIFE


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DESIGNER Meraas an d C i ty W al k w e l c o m es th e 9th e di ti o n of th e Arab F as hi on W e e k


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Meraas M e raas an d C i ty W al k w e l c o m es th e 9th 9 th e di ti on o n of th e Ara Arabb F as hi o n W e e k


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[Karachi, 9th October 2019]: Coke Studio is all set to open Season 12 with the hamd, “Wohi Khuda Hai” in the vocals of Atif Aslam. Wohi Khuda Hai will be released on 11th October 2019.

Penned by Muzaffar Warsi, the lyrics of Wohi Khuda Hai are a praise of GOD as the One Creator of a system that runs and maintains an order of the universe in balance and harmony. The piece goes on to describe this in the various experiences of the human connection with the Divine; through the seen and unseen and, ultimately, with one’s heart and soul. A piece that was originally made iconic in the vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wohi Khuda Hai remains a national favorite, as a composition that has been etched into our cultural framework. It has been sung and covered countless times across the globe, taking on different colors, profoundly impacting audiences with the universal appeal of its poetry. This season at Coke Studio, the rendition presents Atif Aslam in a space that offers an exploration of the essence of the hamd, by witnessing the play of a soundscape that serves the contemplative nature of the verses. Etched into the framework of Pakistan’s cultural memory, Wohi Khuda Hai is an exploration of wonder and awe at the capacity and ability of Creation and a means to reflect on its beauty.

Coke Studio to open Season 12 with “WOHI KHUDA HAI” performed by Atif Aslam!


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For this season, Atif Aslam brings to the canvas of Coke Studio an experimentation of ambient and introspective discovery - once again exploring the melodies hidden in his voice and showcasing his versatility with genres that are new to his repertoire. Reflecting on his life journey, Atif Aslam has said, “I still don’t think I have made it. When I started, for the first few years, I used to think, with fame and money, I’d made it. But after that I asked myself, ‘What have you made? This is all material that you have.’ After that, the real search started. That is when the fun started. Even today, I am caught in that search. I will keep at it, always.”

PHOTOGRAPHER: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

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A d az z l ing be au ty f rom E g y p t A dazzling beauty from Egypt , Nour abo elbeeh is inarguably among the most beautiful women in the arab world. Her eyes, charisma, and elegance are unparalleled , This sultry charm has been her passport to the world of fame, fashion . Actress, philanthropist, Top beauty queen, fashion model, and actress,Poet, blogger , is there anything that the beautiful and super talented Nour abo elbeeh cannot do? Her style is a blend of two parts quirky to one party haute couture, but no matter what she throws on, there's always an elegance about the way she wears her clothes. Nour abo elbeeh is going to be successful in the global market , She is talented, good-looking and professional." Look at her beauty and popularity! It crosses boundaries. Fashionista and an influencer even before the term was coined, Nour revolutionized the fashion industry in Egypt with her creative mind and unique spirit, inspiring and empowering women from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and achieve their heart’s utmost desires. - Saddam Rekik


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TRAVEL The famous island of Crete in Greece is one of the most outstanding places around the world. Iraklion in Ancient Greece is worldwide known as the Palace of Knossos. Many tourists visit the area of Iraklion especially for Knossos because is very important to people who love history and discovery of myths. Crete as an island has a lot of unique, picturesque beaches and many squares and buildings of the Venetian era. A visitor can also enjoy the cuisine and the products of the island as long as the special olive oil that is produced there. Crete is a very big island so apart of the area of Iraklion tourists can also enjoy Chania, Rethymnon and Ag. Nicolaos areas. They are important too, having a lot of sightseeing to show.

IRAKLION, CRETE, GREECE Travel Blog by Despina Dimotsi


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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Larissa an amazing city built by the river Pineios. Filled with history and a rich cultural background. Let's not forget the establishment of Thessaliko Theater which has given the space for so many prominent actors to communicate their art and also the first ancient theater of Larissa located in the city center. Every part of Larissa is also filled with my personal memories. It's a place that I will always return to charge my batteries and meet my loved ones.

2. What did you initially studied and why you chose acting alongside? I studied English Language & Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During my studies, I also attended a lot of acting workshops so as to combine these two big loves of my life. Later, I came to Athens and I got registered to Mary Vogiatzi Traga Drama School. I chose acting simply because it could decode my inner feelings and thoughts more creatively and eloquently than anything else.

3. How long have you been an actress? From where did you get started? I've been acting since 2005 but this whole spiritual path was never linear, it was filled with transitional phases, ups and downs and me trying to figure out what I wanted to do and how to do it. A very difficult path full of self-confrontation yet a very rewarding one in the end. Everything started from Thessaloniki from ''Ora Theater'' whose owner was my most adorable acting teacher Mary Moraitopoulou an amazing and inspirational actress herself with so many accomplishments.

4. What are the strong points an actors should have? I really don't know what works for every actor because it's a very personal matter. For me, it is the intense personal situations I've been through. These are always the sources I'm using while acting or writing. Everything derives from my personal life and my philosophical perceptions. This is what creates my art and makes it rich and multileveled.

5. What kind of roles have you performed throughout your career? I have almost performed everything. From classical comedy and drama plays to modern ones. But I think I am more attracted to modern ones.

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It was produced for the very first time in Greece. I was the translator, the lead and the line producer of it and it was directed by the very well-known actor Alexandros Stavrou. Next show was ''Prisoners'' by Ignacio Del Moral & Veronica Fernandez where I was also the lead. In the summer I took part in the chorus of '' The Saviors of God - Spiritual Exercises'' by N. Kazantzakis directed and dramatized by Panos Aggelopoulos. This was staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was such an amazing experience for me,a dream come true and a great honor to have played in this ancient sacred theater. Another show written by Kiki Selioni took me this time abroad to the stage of the Royal Central Theatre in London. I played Lady Macbeth there. Finally I directed ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' by W. Shakespeare at Mavrommati Elementary School and I had so much fun working with all these children and expanding myself creatively into the role of the director. Right now, I'm on the process of writing something new-something I want to try, but I can't disclose much right now.

8. Please tell me a few things about ‘Yard Gal’. ''Yard Gal'' was a milestone for me. The plot:

6. You’ve done quite a number of TV series. Mention some. I starred some years ago in ''Oikogeneiakes Istories'' a very popular and successful TV series with very high ratings. The stories were always very real and I think that this made the audience feel intimate to their content. It was a great experience for me being the lead and I was also very happy for the high ratings. Next, I took part in ''Klemmena Oneira'', a very prominent Greek TV series. There I had a very intriguing role of a double faced corrupted nurse who had the power of influencing people for her own benefit. I really enjoyed that too because this kind of roles are always challenging for the actor. In both TV series, I've worked with very important people and this was the greatest gain for me.

7. In how many theatrical plays have you performed so far? The first theatrical steps were made in Thessaloniki. I was a lead in ''The Butterfly's Evil Spell'' by F.G. Lorca and in ''The Beet and the Devil'' by Yorgos Alisanoglou both staged at Ora Theater. At Parathlasi Theater I played Lady Ann in ''Richard III'' by W. Shakespeare. Later on I moved to Athens where ''Yard Gal'' took place.

Two teenage girls do drugs and prostitute themselves in very violent urban and lonely background. No families around and no safe homes. They only have one another and they are ready to sacrifice their life for each other's sake. They are luben and underground and they don't care and they have come to tell to all these ''good'' and ''respectful'' citizens to fuck off because they are rotten deep down to the core and the have a terrible lack of morals while being so consumed with theirselves and how to take advanatgae of everything. They have come to tell all of us that what matters the most is true love between people, and true friendship. Those high morals these two girls have come in total contrast with their apperance and their lack of manners. They confront the ideas we have about what is really rude or not. It was a play I first read while being a student in the University in Thessaloniki in one of Savvas Patsalidis' theater courses (major theater critic and professor). So when I first read it I simply fell in love with it. It really reminded me of my teenage years and the so strong frienships I had back then. The truth of the play shocked me to my core. I said to myself that one day I wanted to play in it. My dream came true few years later when I moved to Athens. I decided to stage and produce the play by myself. I tried to find it in the bookstores but it was never translated in Greek. Therefore I decided to undergo this procedure too. Christos Moraitis supported me a lot into this step by publishing it.


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At the time I had finished translating it they called me to keep a role in ''Klemmena Oneira'' the TV series I have already mentioned above. There I met Alexandros Stavrou and without knowing him personally, I kind of sensed that he would be able to understand the play. We had a scene together so we got to know each other and I told him my idea. He was very enthusiastic and supportive and he even offered to produce it by himself. I was the line producer and I co-starred with Mary Karfaki. The show was a great success and it was extended for a lot more months than we expected it to last due to the great demand of the audience. When the shows ended I thought about a unique way of promoting my Greek translated ''Yard Gal'' book more. I thought that everyone should read it in order to come face to face with the big truth it confronts and not only the theater lovers, so to make it more popular I started taking pictures of it wherever I went. This was a really successful way of catching the attention of a lot of people. This travel book is still continued.

9. What are some of the films you participated in? I started participating in short films. The first one was called ''Nekros Thaftis'' by Rena Harami, then ''6/2'' followed by Maria Stefanidou. The last one was ''Black Boxed'' where I wasn't only starring in it but I have also written and produced it. As for feature films the first participation was in ''The Balland of the Ripped Heart'' by Yannis Oikonomidis. A film that will be on in October. It was a blast working with such an amazing director as Oikonomidis. Another film in which I starred is ‘’Ciao Italia’’ by Giorgos Papatheodorou where I was lucky enough to work with so many inspiring Greek actors like Ilias Logothetis and Elisavet Konstadinidou. ‘’Ciao Italia’’ will be out in September.

10. You have done a short film title called ‘Black Boxed’. Tell us for your involvement to this. This was a film I wrote and produced. I also starred in it. It was an inner urge to create it beacuse I had to communicate my feminist manifesto. It has to do with the dirty game social media and the cosmetic companies play on us, women. They want to make us feel inadequate and non valuable if we have wrinkles, cellulite and all kinds of non - Barbie/ model like features. Women tend to forget who they really are and that beauty lies only in uniqness and imperfection. We are beautiful because we are unique on our own ways, each one of us.

We need to wake up from this emotional roller coaster of wanting to look like Barbie girls of hating our bodies of hating ourselves. We have to put an end to our need of waiting for the likes on Facebook in order to feel valued and accepted. The film was nominated by the Female Filmmakers Festival in L.A. and awarded with special honors by the Artfools Eco-Fashion Film Festival in Greece.

11. If you had to choose over one of the three, theater, cinema and TV, what would be the one do you choose? That's a difficult question because I really like all of them. Each one has their own charm and I want to use all those three means to communicate my art.

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What is acting for you?

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13. What’s your acting style? I have attended many workshops on acting techniques but I think the Meisner one was closer to me. Finally, I created my own style which is based on simplicity (less is more) and on the presence of the moment.

14. What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actress? I think that my greatest accomplishments were ''Yard Gal'' and ''Black Boxed'' because they are my creations i.e. my children.

15. What’s your favorite actor and why? What can someone say about the talent of Holly Hunter. She had such a great impact on me when I first watched ''The Piano''. Another one is Aggeliki Papoulia for her simple and at the same time direct acting style.

16. What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future? I've always liked roles that depict lumpen personalities, but I also liked comic ones though. I guess I am easily getting bored with something which stands in between.


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L’Oréal Paris has launched the first ever Skin Center in Pakistan

[Lahore, 10th October 2019] L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, has launched its first ever one-stop skin-care solution, “L’Oréal Paris Skin Center” in Lahore at Al Fatah, Johar Town, with an exclusive launch event featuring L’Oréal Paris Pakistan Spokesperson Mehreen Syed and Garnier Spokesperson Juggun Kazim. The L’Oréal Paris Skin Center features the most efficient and effective expert solution for all skin types for all genders, under one roof. The skin testing unit analyses all skin types based on which, the L’Oréal Paris beauty advisors recommend the relevant skin care regime from Garnier’s basic skin cleansing to the advance end of the spectrum with Revitalift’s Anti-Aging products. They have also dedicated an entire section of the L’Oréal Paris Skin Center to the skin care needs of men. The exclusive launch event featured a meet and greet with Garnier Spokesperson Juggun Kazim, skin care influencers/bloggers, beauty advisors, and L’Oréal Pakistan’s team. This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Mr. Anis Iqbal Sheikh, CEO of AlFatah Departmental Store. The afternoon further featured another meet and greet with L’Oréal Paris Pakistan Spokesperson Mehreen Syed, Salar Farooki, Marketing Director at L’Oréal Hair and Skin Care, and Madiha Qaiser a celebrity makeup artist. Speaking on the occasion, Salar Farooki, Marketing Director at L’Oréal, said, “L’Oréal Pakistan is breaking new grounds with the launch of L’Oréal Paris Skin Center. This Skin Center will enable us to get to know our customers better and interact more effectively with them and giving them the best possible solution for their skin.” “L’OREAL Paris Skin Center is going to revolutionize the approach to Skin Care in Pakistan. The layout has been designed prioritizing ease of navigation-one look and you’d know where to go for your specific needs. The immersive screens constantly updates on “hot from Paris” products”, said Bilal Basit Abbasi, Product Manager L’OREAL Paris Skin Expert. Beauty and skin influencers got to experience the skin testing unit at this educationally interactive launch, and shared their reviews on which products they had used in the past.

Indeed, for more than a century, L’Oréal has devoted itself solely to one business: beauty. The group’s mission is to provide the best in cosmetics innovation to women and men around the world with respect to their diversity. L’Oréal wants to bring beauty to all people. Their ambition for the coming years is to in over more customers in Pakistan by creating the skin and hair products that meet the infinite diversity of their beauty needs and desire.


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A Journalist takes action in Fashion

Behnood Javaherpour

was born into a family involved in design and textiles in Tehran; Iran. His father was the pioneer of designing and producing camping equipment in Iran at the time. His mother was an antique dealer who was also involved in the thriving textile world. As a child, he grew up in a household of creativity and colour. Behnood furthered his education at the Politecnico di Milano where he studied International Business and then later he went on to Instituto Marangoni to continue his passion and enthusiasm for fashion. He graduated in 2011 and established he's own label Behnood in 2005 in Napoli. After years of successful business in Italy, Behnood has extended his brand into the Middle Eastern and Europe market where his outfits are popular amongst the fashionable professionals.


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Where do you get inspiration from?

As people play an important role in my job, I usually get inspired of what give people sense of identity and makes them feel alive. For instance, colour, nature and culture. Regarding culture, I should say my country is very rich on it and mostly I get inspiration from old and beautiful Persian handicrafts and miniature artworks.

What do you like to design?

I would rather to design something which influence people psychologically. Many people believe that Architects can have impact on one's life style but I say fashion design is also forming humans' life style. Combination of nature's colors are good example of it. Each color can project one's feature and interest, they would lift human spirit.

What materials do you use in your designs? I usually use natural materials for my designs like wool and silk.

What is the fashion for you?

I cannot find an exact interpretation for fashion. I suppose nobody can do that. In my mind, fashion is instinctive, projects what people think and derives from their character. In other words, unlike many people, I believe characters make fashion rather than fashion makes characters.

Colors you choose for the 4 elements of nature. Red, Blue, White, Green.

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[Lahore: 17th October 2019]: Markings KHUDI, a motivational, inspirational and developmental publishing platform launches its fourth title, Tina’s Steps to Success by Mahin Ashfaq [#TinasStepstoSuccess].

Indeed, Markings KHUDI was first launched with ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’, followed by its titles ‘Hum Nay Suna Hum Nay Dekha - Volume I’ and ‘Wind Beneath Your Wings’. ‘Tina’s Steps to Success’ explores how a healthy physical activity can change how you function in your daily life. Using the basic principles of Taekwondo, the book illustrates how one can evolve feelings of helplessness and anger into acts of positive mindfulness and kindness. With themes ranging from respect, perseverance, selfcontrol, integrity, and indomitable spirit, this profound feel-good book will resonate with readers both young and old.

Speaking about her book Mahin Ashfaq said; “Inspired by what Taekwondo has taught me, my book follows the story of a young girl named Tina who strives to incorporate the five principles of Taekwondo into her daily life. She understands how Taekwondo is not just a physical sport but a tool to help her develop as a person. I hope that my book inspires young children to seek their own passions and inculcate similar principles into their lives.”

Speaking about the publishing house’s fourth title under Markings KHUDI, CEO Markings Kiran Aman has said; “This book is coming out at a time where it has become pertinent to speak more about feelings of helplessness and bullying amongst children. I believe the tools provided in this book can be useful to many people, old and young, who are either victims of bullying or peer pressure. I am happy to be able to publish a book on such an important and evolving concept.”

With many independent titles and over fifty corporate titles under Markings Publishing and Markings Corporate, Markings KHUDI is dedicated to an eclectic assortment of interests: self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, inspiration, health & healing, development, spirituality and lifestyle.

Markings KHUDI proudly launches its fourth title: Tina’s Steps to Success by Mahin Ashfaq


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Vassilios: I didn’t know you enjoy such events with horses. I was totally surprised.

Despina: I know but a friend of mine was participated so I found it interesting enough to attend.

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this event about? I saw the most beautiful Arabian horses and many studs from around the world but I need to be informed about it.

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Well, the All Nations Cup is one of the main events in the worldwide Arabian Show Calendar. It is the first leg of the European Triple Crown, including the All Nations Cup, the European Championship and the World Championship in Paris. This is a show not to be missed and so I did. I attended the event in Aachen in Germany.

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it’s something that most people don’t know about it but I can assure that this event changed my attitude through those animals. I didn’t expect that horses can be so gorgeous creatures.

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So next time we need to attend together and, why not, to start horse riding! A new hobby is always a good idea.

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Lahore, 29th October 2019]: Pakistan’s Leading Music Festival: The Lahore Music Meet [#LMM5] proudly announce the dates for their fifth edition scheduled to take place at Alhamra Art Center in Lahore on the 1st and 2nd of February 2020. Once again, the team at The Music Meet bring the twoday musical celebration to 4 stages packed with Live Performances, Masterclasses and Conversations with Pakistan’s finest musicians. Since 2015, LMM has endeavored to lay down a fertile setting for the nurturing of Pakistan’s emerging, contemporary and traditional music landscape. LMM boasts an alumni list of more than two hundred artists from all genres of the Pakistani music and creative arts scene, this includes legends such as Attaullah Esakhelvi, Ustaad Naseerudin Saami and Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad; regional acts including Mai Dhai, Akhtar Channal, Saeen Zahoor and Bushra Marvi; esteemed members of the industry such as Arshad Mahmud, Tina Sani, Sajjad Ali and Javed Bashir; pop/rock artists such as Ali Noor and Hamza, Jimmy Khan, Ali Sethi, Omran Shafique, Gumby, Ali Azmat, Haniya Aslam and Abid Brohi; independent popular musicians Abdullah Siddiqui, Ali Suhail, Takatak, Poor Rich Boy and Red Blood Cat; electronic artists such as Rudoh, Alien Panda Jury and Slowspin amongst many others. The event, like always, will be open to the general public. The Lahore Music Meet is women-led and consists of Festival Directors Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha with Sana Nasir as Lead Designer and Munizeh Sanai as Creative Director. #LMM5 is celebrating its fifth year as a well-established and unique platform for day long musical performances and meaningful conversations and activities pertaining to music enterprise, education and academia. Our ultimate goals remain to create a meaningful engagement between audiences and musicians, encouraging new talents and fostering relationships between individuals within the music fraternity. By providing a platform of such scale, once every year, LMM hopes to enrich the ever growing Pakistani music ecosystem within Pakistan and abroad. Official partners for this #LMM5 are the Alhamra Arts Council with Lotus Client Management & Public Relations as the official communications and PR partners.

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EVENT The 6th An dydote F as hi on F a i r The 6th Andydote Fashion Fair closed its doors after a successful two-day event with 30 designers showcasing their new collections for FW’19-’20. Some of the designers are: Abstracto, Ana Koutsi, Angry Sally, Art of Π, Astra jewels, Athina Gkini, Com.si, Dion & Felle, Drama Queen, Eikositria, Forever Young, GirlGang, Handispart, Individual, Iosifina, Irene Hussein, Kalliope, La Chaine, Las Zebras, Marivee, Mya, N8notto, Neenaout, Omma, Sotiria, The Motley Goat, and Zoya. Professionals and buyers from all over Greece visited the exhibition and were presented with all the new styles and faddish! An exciting and fashionable Andydote Fashion fair will take place at Olympic Velodrome, on the 25th - 27th of January, 2020. Some of the big titles were the media partners such as Moda Dynastie, Elle Greece, HELLO Greece, That’s Life, Artfashion.gr, FASHION DAILY, Niroi TV, Funviews Online, and Greece Now (insert in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia). Refreshments and taste providers were Kostilatas Springs, Lick the Spoon, Giagia…mas. Photographer: Alexandros Chantzakis


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DESIGNER Sofia Green Fashion Days will be held for the fifth time in capital of Bulgaria and once again will unite together INTERNATIONAL likeminded designers, sales professionals and producers of Eco and Bio products. Bulgaria demonstrates its interest to sustainability in fashion industry, more and more people try to use organic cosmetics and consume bio food and beverages. This demand is inspiring producers to develop actively in this sphere, and fashion designers get insight to create wonderful things from natural fabrics, authors of accessories to use traditional style in performing and use recyclable or natural materials. From the first event and till now Sofia Green Fashion Days has international status. Participants from many countries attended the Exhibition and Fashion shows and brought back incredible memories from hospitable Bulgaria. On 29-30 November 2019 organizers will greet participants from Greece, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Nigeria, Morocco, and surely local participants from Bulgaria. The greatest news of the upcoming event will be special guest - S. E. Madame Zakia El Midaoui Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Bulgaria who will present her splendid collection traditional caftans. Organizers expect responses from other countries meanwhile preparing to make the next event in the historical center. Surrounded by ancient ruins and main city sights it will attract a lot of visitors as from local people as well from tourists. Day time Green Expo will show visitors the magnificence of organic and bio sector in food, beverages and cosmetics, authors and designers will present their last creations in eco-friendly craftsmanship. In the evening spectators will enjoy fashion shows, which is traditionally started now with the performance of Second Life collection. This project is made together with Sofia municipality, from collected clothes which are recycled and anti-bacterized in TexCycle company Bulgarian designers give a new breathing to the clothes. Money from sold pieces is sending to Dog’s shelter. Sofia Green Fashion Days is fascinating project in the field of Fashion, beauty, cosmetic, food and beverages industries, which acts in fully accordance with Nature. XXI century demands that we rethink the future of Fashion which has to become Sustainable, Eco-friendly and Ethical and organizers follow this.

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Comments to photo: KlothyAfrikana, Evi’s Wonderland, Maison Saint-HÊrem, 4ME, Aryanco , Tentorium , Maira Oils, Bio Cali, Qazami ,Kissos Products , Azaria , AzA, With Freya, Natali Mark Handmade, Mattheu Collection , S. E. Madame Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Bulgaria, Wolf Walley, Polina Petrova


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EVENT The big fashion events like the international fashion weeks of Paris, London, Milan and New York get all the hype. But the real business is often done at the major fashion trade fairs such as Texworld in Paris, Magic in Las Vegas, MICAM in Milan and Pure London. Hundreds of millions of dollars of business is transacted at the most important fashion trade shows. And the decisions made by the buyers for retail chains, online retailers and department stores at these trade fairs will determine much of the clothes that will be widely available. If you want to know what trends will be in vogue before anyone else or thinking of starting your own fashion business, fashion trade fairs should top the list of things to attend. Having started my own label and akpremier.com e-commerce site recently, I view my attendance at Pure London’s event during 21-23 July as a critical component in pursuing my business. Not only will I have the chance to discuss directly with thousands of buyers even from household names like Harrods, ASOS and John Lewis, but I will also have the opportunity to meet people from the entire supply chain. As Pure London is open to the general public, it is an excellent opportunity to hear the views of potential customers what they think. Remember that it is Your purchasing power that will determine the success or failure of a collection. And I do believe in the old adage: “The customer is king!”

TRADE SHOWS DETERMINE MUCH OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE ON THE HIGH STREET By Angelina Kali International fashion model, Journalist, TV Reporter and Social Media Influencer


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1. What’s your background in fashion? I got a Diploma in Fashion Design from a French high institute in Beirut, Lebanon, the capital of Arab fashion. I have got a master's degree in textile design and now I am getting a degree in design.

2. At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion? Since, I was young I was attracted to strong colors and in the most important stage I was impressed with elegance when I finished my high school studies I decided to study fashion design in a place that is certified and experienced internationally.

3. Where do you get your artistic inspiration from? I take inspiration from everything around me and each group has its own inspiration and my new collection is of geometrical decoration in architecture in the eighteenth century.

4. Have you ever felt to push the boundaries of creativity? I generally innovated a new chic in the fashion world, especially I design fabrics too.

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I make the simple lady's dress feel like she is wearing a precious piece.

6. What skills are important for a fashion designer for a successful career in the industry? The fashion designer has to learn a lot of skills from how he understands what the lady wants to end, how to turn an idea into his mind into a reality that suits this lady.

7. Please tell the top three things in your styling kit that are must haves. A new idea of fabrics and mixing two new types of fabrics with each other and that the design has a special spirit.


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I measure my success when women remain faithful to my designs and they work to advertise my creations.

9. Do you follow some trends for your looks? I'm trying to blend the line of fashion with my world and my design.

10. What kind of style you would love to have in your outfits? In my design, I have to be simple in a special design that gives it richness.

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Taffeta, tulle, organza, satin and silk fabrics are usually used.

12. Name some celebrities who have worn your clothes. There is a lot in the Arab and European world, but the last one who wore a dress was Queen of Canada at the World Beauty Awards.

13. Do you find men and women well-dressed today? Unfortunately no. The reason is that many designers are not talented, and people do not consult a fashion consultant.

14. What sorts of things do you do to prepare yourself for an upcoming fashion shoot or show? First a good reading of what I did in the previous group and then study how to design a new creative group be innovative ideas and have a link with the previous group.

15. How do you stay updated on current trends? I watch almost all the fashion shows and be present in the fashion weeks and I read a lot of books and magazines in the fashion world.


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16. What is your most memorable fashion moment? Good or Bad. One of the best moments I have when choosing my name is to be the designer of dresses for the ceremony of the beauty queens of Europe.

17. What do you like and dislike in wearing a high fashion collection? I love richness in design and I hate to have cheap, inexpensive and inexpensive design.

18. Have you ever worn something that is totally out of fashion in your life? Yes before becoming an expert in appearance and fashion designer.

19. When is your next collection showcased? Soon here in Dubai.

20. What role do you think social media/influencers play in fashion today? Currently we are in a time following the social media and people are now following the influencers, bloggers and stars on the social media.


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[Karachi, 23rd October 2019]: Coke Studio is all set to release the second episode of Season 12, featuring Billo by Abrar Ul Haq, Saiyaan by Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji, and Roshe by Zeb Bangash. This episode of Coke Studio Season 12 will air on 25th October 2019.

Coke Studio to release Episode Two of Season 12 on 25th October 2019

Abrar Ul Haq takes the stage this season in a whirlwind of rap and bhangra, opening a gateway to the past with a remake of the iconic song that started his musical career: Billo. Released in 1995, Billo took the country by storm with its quirky lyrics that talk about a young man’s infatuation with his Billo; a girl who is famed for her beauty, and whose house the young man is determined to visit. The young man declares his intentions of taking a marriage procession to her home and winning her as his bride, cursing everyone and anything that stands in the way of this pursuit. For Abrar, Billo was the song that changed everything. It brought him overnight fame and turned music from a hobby to a lifelong calling. Abrar has been wanting to take this visit into the past, to recreate this memory using the melodies, rhythms and instruments that now populate the world’s musical canvas. Coke Studio’s rendition of Billo stays true to the nostalgia of the tune, offering listeners a space where they can relive a time in which bhangra-pop enlivened Pakistan’s music channels. “Music is spiritual. It comes from within a person. Sound can create such a strong impact; this is something you feel in music. You’ll hear something and get goosebumps. If you’re sad, a song can uplift your mood. In a way, it’s a cure. It has the power to induce nostalgic feelings and has a spiritual side to it that brings you closer to God ... There’s something extraordinary about music.” says Abrar Ul Haq

Shuja Haider teams up with Rachel Viccaji in Saiyaan, a Punjabi ballad calling back to the glorious Lollywood of the 60’s and 70’s. Woven with Punjabi metaphors, the song features a jilted lover who implores their beloved with a passionate plea, coaxing them to return. The sadness of the lyrics is contrasted with a musical arrangement that is almost playful in nature, illustrating the tension between the two characters in the song. The theme of all-consuming love, which is wrapped in visual metaphors inspired by Punjabi folklore, is arranged over a composition that hints at music from the golden era of Pakistan’s film industry. In this process, the singers deliver an ode to the artists of a bygone era, all the while creating a voice of their own.

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“Music has given me hope. What is greater than hope? Who knows? If I couldn’t do music, I couldn’t have done anything else. What would I have? Just imagine. I don’t have a formal education. Where would I work? What would I do? Music is the biggest blessing in my life. Music has given me everything.” says Shuja Haider “Music is life. Everything around you is music. In a busy street, or on a quiet roof, if you listen closely, you’ll [hear] different elements of sound and they all have a relationship to each other. There’s always music happening around you. We probably got jealous of the birds sounding so beautiful. People probably wanted to curate those sounds, so they said ok we’re going to create our own music. Somebody starts singing and then someone starts drumming and that’s music.” says Rachel Viccaji. Zeb Bangash returns to Coke Studio this season with a Kashmiri ode to loss: Roshe. The song first caught Zeb’s attention when she came across a video of Ali Saifuddin’s version of it on YouTube. For Zeb, this was

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DESIGNER [Karachi, 14th November 2019]: Multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya formally announces the launch of the Winter Festive 2019/2020 collection titled INARA. INARA features Sania Maskatiya’s signature handcrafted pieces perfect for the winter festivities. With embellished and digital printed outfits, in bright hues, jewel tones and a classic monochromatic palette, the collection comprises of 80 distinct designs available in color options and designs variations. For INARA, Sania Maskatiya has used a wide range of fabrics including velvets, cotton nets, crepes and silks, embellished with gota, zardoze and ari techniques, available in varied silhouettes. With distinct feminine cuts in luxe fabrics and signature prints in multiple sizes for the winter festive season, this collection is now available online and in-store at Sania Maskatiya Flagship outlets.

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He is an international, chameleonic and creative music guru from Spain.The entertainment accomplishments that this music business executive has achieved, are truly remarkable. Estanis Figueroa (and many of his alter egos aka Larry Capolla, Satanis, Dani Otero, est4nis) show that a fearless and ingenious mind ... never gets bored! Estanis Figueroa recorded his first EP (as a drummer) at age 17 for the band ASH, that was not signed to PDI Records only because the band was too young and neither member had done the (at the time) mandatory military service in Spain. Besides being the drummer for the band, he also acted as their manager and his work was able to land the young act in reputed magazines like Heavy Rock or RIP and perform in local High Schools (1990 /1991) He studied "Recording Engineering and Album Production" in Los Angeles (1992 / 1993) and worked as an assistant 2nd engineer for Red Zone Studios in Burbank, where Earth Wind & Fire, Kenny G and L.A Guns were regular recording Artists. (1993) Studied "Music Business Certificate Program" at UCLA and by 1995 was already being mentioned and credited in albums by awarded Artists like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, BabsĂłnicos or 2 Minutos. He worked for a top Latin Artist agency and grabbed experience as an Artist Manager, Record executive producer and concert promoter. With his fast learning and "go-get'em" attitude, by 1996 he was organizing his own tours and shows from Latin bands like Los AutĂŠnticos Decadentes, Todos Tus Muertos at Hollywood legendary clubs like the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Since 1998 and for a couple of years, he was managing, signing and promoting the Mexican Artist TITAN. Under his belt and direction and at age 24, Estanis Figueroa was touring the world as opening act for multi-platinum artist Moby, licensing their songs to commercials in Japan, including their tracks in Oscar nominated movies like "Amores Perros" (IĂąarritu) and getting six figure contracts with Warner Chappell while taking the European Festival circuit by storm as the first ever Latin electronic band to reach such goals. After the world was shaken in Sept 11th, 2001 (not precisely by his 28th birthday on that day) Estanis Figueroa decided to re-invent himself due to the obligated immobilized career that his band TITAN had suffered from the closing of their USA label, Virgin Records America. It was then when he decided to fly to the island of Ibiza, dance club capital of the world. His knowledge acquired through this last years as an electronic music artist manager, landed him a job as a Label manager for the iconic brand PACHA. During this "3-year long weekend" as he refers to it, he was able to produce 8 albums and 2 DVD's with the world's best DJ's and house labels. Also, he organized launch parties in cities like Manila, Zurich or London.

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GL AM OROU S FASH ION W ITH SC U DE RIA FE RRARI At t h e Si lk Ro ad Fas h i o n L o n do n By Angelina Kali

I recently attended a fashion event organised by Silk Road Fashion in London with Scuderia Ferrari. There were plenty of designers who had that va-va-voom factor showcasing their latest collections, perfectly mirroring the brand values of the iconic car brand. There was the glamour presented by Oksana Kalinina Couture. Then the leading edge in design was delivered by Hespera. And the chic was so eloquently conveyed by Atelier Diana Miculit. @silk_road_fashion_london Photography Vladimir Meshkov


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1st International Children’s Film Festival Gujranwala from 25th – 30th Nov 2019

Gujranwala (25th November): The Little Art announced the 1st International Children’s Film Festival - Gujranwala (ICFF-Gujranwala) 2019 in collaboration with Cinepax Cinemas. The festival will be presented by The Little Art in collaboration with Doaba and Cinepax Cinemas at the Cinepax Cinemas in Kings Mall, Gujranwala from Monday 25th till Saturday 30th November 2019.

The first day of ICFFG kicked off with over 1100 children attended at Cinepax Cinema Kings Mall, Gujranwala. Some of the participating schools were Jadeed Dastagir School, The Learning Hub, The Noor School, LACASSchool, Beacon house School and Allied School. Today's best films by the audience response were ZOG, Feedback from students about the film

This year’s festival in Gujranwala is showcasing selected 116 films from 27 Countries, including several films by young Pakistani film makers. These films have been selected from a total of 3590 film entries from 116 countries. We received a heartwarming response from film makers from all over the world eager to share international films for Pakistani children.

ICFF – Gujranwala, International Children’s Film Festival is a project by The Little Art initiated in 2010. The Little Art is a not-for profit organization that promotes art education and provides entertainment opportunities without discrimination to Pakistani children, enabling them to keep up with constantly evolving world cultures and experience rich and diverse issues through the best international educational films in cinema.

The film programming has been carefully curated keeping in mind the young audience largely comprised of school children from different backgrounds. ICFF-Gujranwala will have shows running in morning slots that will run from Monday 25th till Saturday 30th November 2019 at the Kings Mall, venue of Cinepax in Gujranwala. The festival Jury this year that selected top international entries for this year’s festival consisted of known Play-writer/Critic/ Educationist Mr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Documentary Filmmaker Mr. Ali Ijaz, Director/Owner KINO films Ms. Tazeen Bari and Independent Researcher at Film Museum Society/Educationist/Filmmaker Ms. Wajiha Raza Rizvi. The Festival is open for Public on Saturday 30th November 2019. The Festival program and booking information is available now on the website, www.thelittleart.org

After successful festivals in Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad and Bhakkar with over 20000 children participated, Lahore International Children’s Film festival comes to Gujranwala. The Festival is open for Public on Saturday 30th November 2019. The Festival program and booking information is available now on the website, www.thelittleart.org


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[Karachi, 28th October 2019] Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service, is all set to release Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM in 2020 which will be available in over 190 countries. Indeed, SITARA is the first Pakistani Animated Film to be released and distributed by NETFLIX USA Written and directed by two-time Academy and threetime Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen ObaidChinoy, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore, where, Pari, a fourteen-year-old girl dreams of becoming a pilot and whose story is told through the perspective of her younger sister, Mehr. It is a story about the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] which embodies this struggle. “Waadi Animations is proud to have created an animated short that is at par with the best of the world and we are delighted that SITARA will be available to a global audience on Netflix. We hope it will lead to thoughtful discussions as we also begin screening the film in schools and community centers around the world. We strongly believe that Investing in the dreams of young girls will lead to a more equitable world.” said Sharmeen ObaidChinoy. Chinoy had earlier launched a campaign with GUCCI’s social impact initiative Chime for Change to #LetGirlsDream by encourage girls around the world to share their dreams and gain inspiration from one another. A robust school outreach program is alsready underway across the world to encourage girls to hold meaningful conversations about their dreams and how to achieve them. The website for this campaign is www. LetGirlsDream.org The music for SITARA has been composed by Grammy and Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Finances and produced by VICE Studios, the film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, and Darla Anderson, the Academy Award Winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3, VICE Media Group CEO Nancy Dubuc, and Emmy-nominated Ariel Wengroff as well as Sharmeen’s animation production company Waadi Animation with Imke Fehrmann as the producer for SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM. In Pakistan, the Waadi Animations Team is spearheaded by Art Director Salman Nasir, Animation Director Kamran Khan, CG Lighting Supervisor Adnan Saeed, Director of

NETFLIX TO RELEASE SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY’S “SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM” Photography Faizan Ali, Editor Husain Qaizer, Sound Effects Editor Sameer Khan, co-producer Eleyna Sara Haroun and Associate Producer Syed Ayub with Salman Iqbal, Jerjees Seja, Imke Fehrmann and Sharmeen ObaidChinoy as the producers. Indeed, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM will join a growing slate of Netflix animated titles for families, which includes feature films Klaus from Sergio Pablos [November 2019] as well as The Willoughbys from Kris Pearn and Over The Moon from Glen Keane in 2020.


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[Karachi, 30th October 2019]: Coke Studio is all set to release the third episode of Season 12, featuring Aadam by Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad with Humnawa, Chal Raha Hoon by Umair Jaswal, and Mubarik Mubarik by Banur’s Band and Atif Aslam. This episode of Coke Studio Season 12 will air on 1st November 2019. Presenting the story of mankind’s innate connection to music are Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad with Aadam, a composition by Hazrat Amir Khusrow that has been handed down to them through Sufi tradition. The piece, as presented by the duo, brings together three couplets and two taranas expressing the legacy of music in the Sufi tradition as well as the collective human inheritance. The first couplet narrates the incident of Hazrat Aadam’s creation, as told by Khusrow, presenting music as humankind’s Divine inheritance and an integral part of our story in the Divine Order. It is joined by two other couplets, celebrating the Sufi Chishti Order’s religious practice of using music as a vessel to gain connection with the Divine, and recalling the famed musical gatherings of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. A piece that follows its own ebb and flow, Aadam is presented by Coke Studio with Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad at the helm, leading the rise and fall of this composition as it climbs towards its crescendo.

Coke Studio to release Episode Three of Season 12 on 1st November 2019

“Your soul and your ears seek purity. What are you giving your soul? It is important for the soul to hear what is pure and to be able to understand it. The soul gets nourishment from this. You will find peace in the qawwali.” says Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad.

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Revisiting the heartache of a loss experienced years ago, Umair Jaswal brings Chal Raha Hoon to Coke Studio Season 12. Written during Umair’s university years, Chal Raha Hoon is a song that flows between grief and hope, speaking of the darkness that follows the end of a relationship. Umair counts the distances that have come between him and the person he loves, sings of the sunlight burning his wounds, declaring that the days have turned to ash. These words are interwoven with resilience: “chal raha hoon” (I am walking onwards), Umair keeps reminding himself. Hidden in Chal Raha Hoon are the lessons that Umair learnt from the experience that inspired it - that life does move on, the sun keeps shining, and one’s pain becomes a source of growth and artistic inspiration. Reaching his audiences eight years after it was first written, Chal Raha Hoon signifies a new direction for Umair, of sharing music with the world that is more personal and comes from a place of vulnerability and honesty. On Coke Studio, Chal Raha Hoon find its voice as a rock ballad, with a musical arrangement designed to complement the shifting mood of its words. “If I want to give one thing to the world with my music, with my art, it is honesty. If one is honest, one’s work will speak for itself. If one is honestly.

On Coke Studio, Chal Raha Hoon find its voice as a rock ballad, with a musical arrangement designed to complement the shifting mood of its words. “If I want to give one thing to the world with my music, with my art, it is honesty. If one is honest, one’s work will speak for itself. If one is honest, everything is going to be alright. With my music, I try to spread my truth. If, in one’s heart, one has complete faith that something is their truth, one should express it and people will connect to it.” says Umair Jaswal. Celebrating the rich relationship between music and wedding festivities in our part of the world, Mubarik Mubarik comes to us in the unique hues of the Baloch culture. The lyrics are simple and heartfelt and a mix of two aspects of Balochi poetry and music: haalo and naazek. A song of celebration, the naazek aspect of Mubarik Mubarik praises and celebrates the bride and bridegroom on their wedding day. The song also lives within the haalo genre of Balochi poetry, wherein the word haalo is repeated several times and means ‘come’, inviting listeners to join the festivities. Musically, the song also includes a zahirok, which is the Balochi counterpart of Eastern Classical raags and forms the basis of Balochi music.

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[Karachi, 23rd October 2019]: Coke Studio is all set to release the second episode of Season 12, featuring Billo by Abrar Ul Haq, Saiyaan by Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji, and Roshe by Zeb Bangash. This episode of Coke Studio Season 12 will air on 25th October 2019. Abrar Ul Haq takes the stage this season in a whirlwind of rap and bhangra, opening a gateway to the past with a remake of the iconic song that started his musical career: Billo. Released in 1995, Billo took the country by storm with its quirky lyrics that talk about a young man’s infatuation with his Billo; a girl who is famed for her beauty, and whose house the young man is determined to visit. The young man declares his intentions of taking a marriage procession to her home and winning her as his bride, cursing everyone and anything that stands in the way of this pursuit. For Abrar, Billo was the song that changed everything. It brought him overnight fame and turned music from a hobby to a lifelong calling. Abrar has been wanting to take this visit into the past, to recreate this memory using the melodies, rhythms and instruments that now populate the world’s musical canvas. Coke Studio’s rendition of Billo stays true to the nostalgia of the tune, offering listeners a space where they can relive a time in which bhangra-pop enlivened Pakistan’s music channels.

Coke Studio to release Episode Two of Season 12 on 25th October 2019

“Musc is spiritual. It comes from within a person. Sound can create such a strong impact; this is something you feel in music. You’ll hear something and get goosebumps. If you’re sad, a song can uplift your mood. In a way, it’s a cure. It has the power to induce nostalgic feelings and has a spiritual side to it that brings you closer to God ... There’s something extraordinary about music.” says Abrar Ul Haq

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There’s always music happening around you. We probably got jealous of the birds sounding so beautiful. People probably wanted to curate those sounds, so they said ok we’re going to create our own music. Somebody starts singing and then someone starts drumming and that’s music.” says Rachel Viccaji.

Shuja Haider teams up with Rachel Viccaji in Saiyaan, a Punjabi ballad calling back to the glorious Lollywood of the 60’s and 70’s. Woven with Punjabi metaphors, the song features a jilted lover who implores their beloved with a passionate plea, coaxing them to return. The sadness of the lyrics is contrasted with a musical arrangement that is almost playful in nature, illustrating the tension between the two characters in the song. The theme of all-consuming love, which is wrapped in visual metaphors inspired by Punjabi folklore, is arranged over a composition that hints at music from the golden era of Pakistan’s film industry. In this process, the singers deliver an ode to the artists of a bygone era, all the while creating a voice of their own. “Music has given me hope. What is greater than hope? Who knows? If I couldn’t do music, I couldn’t have done anything else. What would I have? Just imagine. I don’t have a formal education. Where would I work? What would I do? Music is the biggest blessing in my life. Music has given me everything.” says Shuja Haider. “Music is life. Everything around you is music. In a busy street, or on a quiet roof, if you listen closely, you’ll [hear] different elements of sound and they all have a relationship to each other.

Zeb Bangash returns to Coke Studio this season with a Kashmiri ode to loss: Roshe. The song first caught Zeb’s attention when she came across a video of Ali Saifuddin’s version of it on YouTube. For Zeb, this was the fortunate outcome of an exploration into Kashmiri music that had been sparked when she met a group of Kashmiri students in Delhi, who requested that she perform a song in their native tongue. So began the process, nearly four years ago, of working on the song with house band member Zain Ali, who presented it to Coke Studio this season. For Zeb, this has been an experience of trusting the destiny of a song – that it was meant to happen when the time was right, and when the world was ready for it. The song speaks of love and loss; its poetry was written by the Kashmiri poet Mahjoor, who lived in the early 1900s. Mahjoor was greatly inspired by the verses of Kashmir’s last empress Habba Khatoon – whose own verse has been used in the chorus of this song. Coke Studio’s rendition of Roshe offers an ambient space in which the poetic themes of nostalgia and separation are meant to be contemplated upon. Zeb encapsulates the song’s melancholy feel vocally, while she once again, takes on a language that is new to her repertoire with the meticulousness she is known for. “I decided to pursue music professionally when I saw how it enables you to connect with people. It’s a beautiful feeling. You can move people; you can talk to them. You sing a song and someone connects to it and you don’t even know about it. That’s really lovely for me. That someone is having their own relationship with a song sung in my voice.” said Zeb Bangash

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Moda Dynastie Magazine October 2019  

Moda Dynastie Magazine is a fashion and lifestyle magazine, dedicated in providing its readers with essential guides about the global and re...

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