the woman the myth the film
for shehla chatoor Issue 02, 15-21 September, 2013 www.paperazzi.com.pk
khadijah shah in the spotlight +nida azwer’s bridal trends
PINK IS MY FAVOURITE COLOUR
Issue 02,15-21 September, 2013 www.paperazzi.com.pk
contents 06 Being Natural is Just a Pose Annem Zaidi’s first solo show. 10 Jab we met Feeha Jamshed and Nadir Zia’s Mehndi celebrations 14 Take back the night Hamza and Sarah’s party celebrations 16 Just Married Shiraz Riaz and Mariam Ghani’s Mehndi 18 Happily hitched! Ali Khar and Rafia Najam celebrate 42 Tough Love By Sanam Taseer 44 Quintessentailly cool About Attiya Noon’s Home Couture 47 Bridal Trends By Nida Azwer
Publishing Editors: Samina Khan & Meher Tareen l Contributing Editor: Ali Nizami l Contributing Features Editor : Laaleen Khan Contributing Fashion Editor: Amna Salman l Art Director: Abdullah Khan l Creative Director: Muhammad Asif Marketing: Zahid Ali 0301- 8479758, Saad Malik 0321-4466100, Sohail Abbas 0300-4652194, Turab Shah 0300- 2018217 Photographer: Irfan Younas l Publisher Arif Nizami l Published at PTPRINT Press, 4- Shaarey Fatima Jinnah Lahore. Paperazzi is a project of Paper Magazine and Pakistan Today. l Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zahra Amer Fatin Gondal & Shahnawaz Durrani
Mariam Muslehuddin, Bisma Ahmad, Annem Zaidi, Alizah Raza, Mujtaba Khan & Mustafa Muslehuddin,
being natural annem zaidiâ€™S
is just a pose
Ravale Mohydin & Daneese Ali
d paintings of female bodies dresse s sse dre nt are nsp tra yet in layered , ity igu amb g uin rig int an d create while the contrast between dark and o light added drama. Her first sol a was y ler Gal Art eer show at Tas huge success, like her thesis at NCA.
Umair Abid Suniye
Zoe Khan, Maha Khan & Tehmina Abbasy
Annem Zaidi, Shenaz Akhtar & Riffat
jab we met
Nadir Zia and Feeha Jamshed threw the most happening Mehndi of the season. Friends and family celebrated the couplesâ€™ upcoming wedding with great ethusiasm, dancing the night away!
Noor Us Sabah Gillani, Sana Hafeez Sheikh & Anoushey Irfan
The happy couple
Maha Burney & Nida Azwer Rubya Chaudhry 10
Tania, Anoushey Ashraf, Shahbaz Sumar, Freiha Altaf & Ayesha Omar
Zoe Viccaji & Sanam Saeed
Mariam Azmi Emaad Sidiq, Nida Butt & Hamza Jafri
Bushra Parekh with a friend
The Boys 2013
Sania Saeed & Marina Khan
Humayun Saeed Frieha Altaf
Subcontinent furniture held a threeday exhibition showcasing the finest hand crafted and hand painted antique furniture at one of the many remnant buildings of the British colonial era. Founded by Sonia Rehman Qureshi. Event done by Catalyst
Sherezad Sheikh, Mohsin Saeed & Sonia Rehman Mahira Khan, Mrs. Humayun Saeed & Sana Saeed 12
take back the night
Hamza & Sarahâ€™s Wedding Party A great night celebrated with friends and family.
Sarah & Hamza
3 Mustafa, Seher & Zaina
Mustafa, Salman, Maryam, Mehar, Zara & Asjad
Friends with Rabia
Asjad & Zara 14 I july 10 - 16, 2011 14
Farhan & Rumina Yasir, Shameen, Umar, Sami, Mehru & Anum
Taimour, Omar, Annum, Sarah, Hamza & Azam
Aneeqa & Anum
Ahmed & Mehar Rabia, Zubia, & Friend 2013
Moiz & Seher Ahmed
Last week Shiraz Riaz and Mariam Ghani tied the knot. Paperazzi was there to catch the epic mehndi, with lots of dancing and celebration this was a night to remember.
Anushey Hasham & Marjan Ahmed
Shiraz Riaz & Marium Ghani
Javed sheikh, Sana Jafri & Behroze 16 Sabwari I july 10 - 16, 2011 16
Shehroze & Syra Sabwari with Myra Faisal
Maria & Maha Sheikh Noor Hasan & Sanam Agha Minhal & Tehmina Ali
Ali Salman Ayesha Omar Sharmane Sayeed & Iman Hasan
Corto Moltedo & Pernia Qureshi
Maha Jawed & Anoushey Ashraf
Nomi Ansari 2013
Hamza Khar & Kumail Qureshi
Mona Najam Mother of the bride Sahar Bandial
After the wedding festivities in Karachi earlier this year Ali Khar and Rafia Najam hosted their Valima at the Falettis in Lahore. The bride and groom were most excited to greet their friends and family. Rafia Najam & Ali Khar
Zara Khar & Alishae Khar
Mohsin Tariq, Umair Virk, Zain Qureshi, Ahmed Shaikh & Essa Mian
Elsa Ali Raja & Khadijah Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar
Jehanzeb Najam & Ayesha Najam Hammad Mazhar & Arooj Khar
Myra Hussain & Rafia Najam Aleena Peerzada & Hassan Qureshi
Jehanzeb Amin 2013
hot & spicy
The much-awaited Peri Peri Original opened its doors to the food lovers of Lahore at a grand event organized by Verve. The eatery deals with mouth-watering concoctions of chicken. Spicy treat!
Uzma & Xille
Amna Kardar & Imtisal
Charlie, Sundas & Sara
Arun & Rachel Natty & Babloo Sangeeta
Waleed & Sherry 20
Salman, Sana & Omar
Zeina Haider & Tanya Shah
perceptions of silence Islamabad: Launch exhibition for Art & Soul Gallery and MeArt World online Gallery. The exhibition was inaugarated by advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr.Sartaj Aziz.
Shah Abdullah & Amann Omar
Saira Mna Arham & Sanie Bokhari 22
Zara Sajid & Sartaj Aziz
Saad Kureshi, Sonia & Zeenia
Zainab Omar & Sadia Oberoi
Safinaz & Sana Zoe Viccaji looks radiant in a printed silk Shehla Chatoor dress.
Elegant as ever in tunics paired with flared pants.
h s ' o h w e e w s i h t
looks beautiful in a Sana Safinaz citrus green gown.
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Syra Yousuf Alishba Yousuf dresses up a casual outfit with a glamorous updo.
effortlessly chic in a printed Sania Maskatiya ensemble.
Amna wears a digitally printed crepe silk wrap shirt by Nida Azwer.
Amna Ilyas, the dusky beauty from Karachi is at the forefront of Pakistanâ€™s Media Revolution. At just 22 she has not only made her mark as a model, she is now staring in two mainstream films. Amna Salman finds out more.
Photography by AyAz Anis | Makeup and styling by RAAnA KhAn | Written by AmnA sAlmAn
Who's that girl? Tell us a little bit about your family. I ’m one of 3 sisters, both of whom used to model back in the day. I have a younger brother and a very supportive mother. I was very young when I lost my father. I hope he’s in a better place. I miss him dearly. What did you imagine your career to be when you were a child? I wanted to be a doctor but my career plans changed pretty early on as I was approached for modelling when I was 16. Why did you start modelling? To be honest initially I was drawn to modelling because it was financially lucrative, but as I progressed I started appreciating it as an art form as well. I realised I was made for it and now I thoroughly enjoy it. Do you remember you first campaign? Well the first time I modelled it wasn’t really a campaign. Akif Ilyas, who is also a family friend, approached me for some photographs that later turned into my first portfolio shoot. What would you describe as a memorable stepping-stone? The first experience that brought me face to face with the fashion industry and put me on a public platform was my first time walking the ramp at the first Fashion Pakistan Week. This was a definite turning point in my career. The key players in the fashion industry got to see my walk, work ethic and professionalism. Can you share some of the cons of being in the fashion industry? In fashion and media too much exposure works for you and against you. Also it’s a very time consuming profession so there isn’t much personal time to spend with family, which really bothers me. Everyone talks about cliques and camps within the industry. Have you experienced this firsthand? Cliques are a reality. For example a photographer or other prominent people in the industry sign models for a period of time and train themso they are bound to work with these photographers exclusively for the agreed amount of time. I am not against the concept per say as long as the incentives are high enough. Do models and actors get exploited in the industry? Not if they don’t want to. You have to learn to say no. Who you consider your mentor and why? My family has been my support system. I have also been really blessed to come across more good people in the industry than bad. Akif Ilyas not only discovered me but has been very encouraging as well. When it comes to modelling, Iraj has been an inspiration and a role model. How did ‘Good Morning Karachi’ come along? A talent agency approached me and said that I met their requirements of a dusky 20 year old. This was followed by a meeting with Sabiha Sumar (who made ‘Khamosh Paani’). By the end of the meeting I was signed on to star in the movie. The film was shot back in 2010. The movie is set to release in 2014. 32
Tell us more about the movie. I was bound not to take on any projects for 3 months after signing up for the film. They wanted me to read, learn and totally absorb the character and the story. Rafina is the main lead and the way it’s shot I am in every scene in the film. The story is about Rafina’s struggle to become a model. However many social issues such an arranged marriage, middle and lower middle class dilemmas and the general freedom of women have also been touched upon. What would you describe as your biggest challenge which filming? The film is in English, which a real challenge for me, as I had to work very hard on my dialogue delivery. Tell us about your second movie, ‘Zinda Bhaag’. Haroon Massey, who was assisting Sabiha Sumar for ‘Good Morning Karachi’ called me about a film being made in Lahore. I had my audition via Skype and they signed me up instantly. Apparently they thought I am exactly the kind of cheeky and confident girl they wanted for the role. Directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, Zinda Bhaag is releasing on 20th September 2013. Describe yourself 5 years ago. Badtameez, short tempered and immature. Describe your self now. Professional, spontaneous, confident and responsible. I am a happy person generally.
I was drawn to it because modelling was financially lucrative, but as I progressed I started appreciating it as an art form as well. Are you currently in a relationship? I have a lot of friends but I am not in a relationship, nor am I looking to be in one yet. I would like to concentrate on my career and settle down in my late twenties perhaps. What are your future plans? There is another movie in the pipeline. Basically I want to be satisfied in my own field and work even harder as a model and actor. I would definitely like to do more films and excel in the projects I sign on to. What advice would you give aspiring models? The most important thing is to complete your education first. Modelling requires a lot of hard work so don’t consider it a career option just because you don’t want to study. The fashion industry is thriving in Pakistan so there are various kinds of projects available. So I would advise young aspiring models to make informed decisions. They also need to learn about the business of fashion first and not just the art of modelling. I use to watch ANTM (America’s Next Top Model), it taught me a lot about modelling.
Amna wears a signature digital print tunic by Sania Maskatiya,from her Naqsh collection. 2013
Amna wears a silk crepe dress with fold-over neck by Misha Lakhani
Amna wears an off shoulder black Shehla Chatoor dress with signature metal detail
Now lets get serious... Wedding Shoot with Amean J July 31st 2011
Profile shoot with hubby Nadir Firoz Khan, Jan 2013
life on paperazzi
All dressed up for Eid! Me, my dad & my brother London, 1986
Stylist & Art Director Chilling at ‘Diîner en Blanc’- New Yorks first flash mob white party Lincoln Center, New York 2012
Columbia College graduation with my college bestie and parents New York, May 2003
Me & Unum Muneer at Humas wedding
Summer bliss in Koh Samui Thailand , May 2013 Just the girls Me, my baby cousin, Nani, Mom, Khala and Mumani 2006
Saira & Ahsan Najmi’s wedding party- An amazing nig ht with an amazing couple! December 12th 2009
diana the woman the myth the film By LaaLeen Khan
he’s one of the world’s most beloved royals and led an extraordinary life that continues to ignite public interest.
Di’s appeal never seems to ‘die’ down, as demonstrated by bestselling books, salacious newspapers reports, tabloid headlines and glossy magazine features. Vanity Fair alone published 5 posthumous Diana covers since her death in 1997. Eerie ‘what-if’ reproductions of Diana’s present-day looks include Newsweek’s 2011 ‘Diana at 50’ cover and Israel Zohar’s recent portrait of Diana at 52. Larger than life, she remains an eminently marketable brand that continues to intrigue and sell.
A new film taps into our fascination with the late Princess’ legacy, iconic fashion choices & penchant for eastern men
We may morally condemn the voracious curiosity about all things Diana, but it’s hard to resist a peek into her life. Judging from numerous made-for-TV films about the princess over the last three decades, TV producers agree: from naïve celebratory biopics about her wedding to Charles in the 80s, to low-budget melodramas depicting his liaison with Camilla in the 90s, to a series of investigative documentaries since her tragic demise, the world now awaits the first quality feature film on the princess produced for theatrical release. Starring Brit-Aussie Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, Ecosse Films’ Diana attempts to recreate the last two years of Diana’s life. Originally titled Caught In Flight, the film is based on Diana: Her Last Love, by Kate Snell and 2006 inquest reports on her death. An excerpt from Snell’s foreward: “…the love Diana was seeking…had to include a man, a family, the feeling that she was loved for herself, and that she could maintain the love of the public;”—Granada Media, 2000).
Director Herschbiegel interprets Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan—the pivotal core of the narrative—along with her summer fling with Dodi Al-Fayed. Hasnat is the Pakistani-British NHS cardiac surgeon who, according to popular opinion, never sold her out for fame or riches. He even rejected an offer to act as a script consultant for this film although producer Robert Bernstein tells the Daily Mail that Hasnat met Snell and “allowed her to meet his family and his friends, and it’s through that relationship that we were able to move forward.” He also reveals implicit approval from Buckingham Palace, who permitted the crew to film scenes at the Kensington Palace gate and gardens. However Dr Hasnat has criticised the film and denies giving direct or indirect approval. At 5’5” and 44 years, Naomi may not be a dead ringer for the 5’10” Diana who died at 36, but her screen interpretation seems poignant and sensitive in the previews of the film. “It’s not just about matching her physically, it’s about getting inside her, getting the interpretation right,” she says. ‘She (Diana) had a very expressive face. She had that sideways smile we all remember, and those big eyes and a strong, athletic walk.’ For the role, Naomi undertook six weeks of voicecoaching, wore a series of wigs, shaved her eyebrows and added a small prosthetic to her nose. Diana’s final two lovers are portrayed by Lost alums; Hasnat is played by Naveen Andrews, a British actor of South Indian origin, and Dodi is played by Cas Anvar, a Canadian actor of Iranian origin.
We were never intending on making a documentary. This is a film. You interpret it in a way to benefit the film.
Dr. Hasnat Khan continues to remain a bachelor despite attempting two engagements and a short-lived marriage. He currently practices as a cardiac surgeon at an Essex clinic. “I really have tried to move on. But it keeps coming back for whatever reasons,” Hasnat Khan revealed to The Telegraph in 2008 about his relationship with Diana. Only this time, it’s even bigger than ever and on the big screen. One may wonder whether Hasnat deigns to watch Naomi and Naveen acting out his romance at a cinema in Essex or Lahore. Intensely private as he is, Hasnat will probably just wait for the DVD. Diana will be released on September 20th in theatres across Pakistan by HKC Entertainment, the company that brought Bride and Prejudice and The Reluctant Fundamentalist to our shores.
Julian Day: On fashiOning Diana fOr the screen I interviewed Diana‘s London-based costume designer via telephone to gain insight into his aesthetic experience. Julian Day has previously dressed Emily Blunt, Kristen Scott Thomas and Helen Mirren in various films. Laaleen Khan: Julian, you’ve reinterpreted iconic Diana dresses to perfection, with startling results. What did you have in mind when depicting the style
evolution that occurred in the last years of Diana’s life? Julian Day: I had a look at the reference, a number of pictures, and reinterpreted it to take into consideration the height and shape difference between Diana and Naomi. I reinterpreted those clothes to give the same impression for Naomi’s shape. It’s very pared down, much simpler, less complicated. Fashion plays a big role in her (Diana’s) life. Towards the end of her life, she liked to pare down what she was wearing (and kept it) simplistic. LK: Are there any other iconic moments from Diana’s life you would’ve liked to aesthetically recreate from her earlier years, such as her wedding day complete with her fairytale gown and the dazzling Spencer tiara? JD: Not really. In all fairness, some of the things she wore when she started her relationship with Charles were not particularly nice. I think, as she got divorced from Charles and away from the royal family, she was able to use her own style decisions. She became more of herself. She was a fairly stylish lady. LK: Oliver has said that he was looking for the rig ht vibe with his casting choices rather than lookalikes. What was your experience like recreating Hasnat and Dodi for the screen? JD: It’s about interpretation of a look in a sense. As a costume designer, I’ve got to be aware…I did a bit of research into the royal household, what they wore. It’s all about creating a mood.
LK: What was your criterion when selecting jewellery with Chopard and accessories with other brands? Was anything specially made for the film? JD: The jewellery was all chosen with Diana’s style in mind, all from past and present collections. Things she had worn. Tod’s produced bags and shoes, original bags they’d made for her. Jimmy Choo produced the classics that she wore. Oliver Goldsmith produced a range of sunglasses that she worn. LK: How many of Diana’s Pakistani outfits did you recreate for Naomi? Did you enlist any Pakistani or Indian fashion labels for any of these? JD: I luckily am married to someone of Asian origin and (am aware of) the intricacies of wearing the shalwar kameez. We went to the Asian areas in London and chose fabrics and had them produced by seamstresses here. LK: How many outfits were there total and how much time did it take to design and produce them? JD: Between 100-120 different costumes for her. I only had 6 weeks to do it all and very little money. LK: If you were asked to work on a biopic on the Duchess of Cambridge, how would you dress Kate? JD: (She began with) Reiss and the highstreet. Designers are getting to know her now. She’s got her own style. Diana created a style for the royal family. Kate is following in her footsteps, a proxy really. Kate is a fairly classic dresser. Her and her husband dress very normally and I wouldn’t change a thing.
In the Spotlight Up close and personal with Khadijah Shah from the exquisite brand Elan. Find out a little more about her here.
How would you define your personal style? I have a classic sense of style- I like to be elegant and pulled together. What’s the best thing anyone has ever said about your work? People compare our embellishment to jewellery and the detail of our embroidered pieces seems like art to most. What is your biggest strength as a designer? An eye for beauty. How would you define the fashion scene in Pakistan? It's burgeoning, vibrant, controversial and ripe with possibility. How would you describe your childhood? Full of love, fun and adventure. I was brought up by my grandparents and indulged thoroughly. What do you value most in your friends? I value loyalty the most. What’s your nickname? Deej Who are your fashion influences and inspirations? I'm influenced by western design philosophy in general. I appreciate how they create beauty in every aspect of the garment, from the fabric, cut, drape, stitch to the button detail as opposed to relying solely on embellishment. I'm inspired by everything beautiful, it could be beautiful people or works of art and jewellery, lastly every season I’m inspired by a different set of colours which I'm eager to see people wearing. What is your greatest fear? I'm petrified of tsunami. 40
What’’s something very few people know about you? I'm a child at heart What do you like to do for fun? I like to hang out with my friends and talk eat and drink till the wee hours of the morning. What do you wish you had more time for? I wish I could travel more. My work keeps me tied down. What’s your favourite holiday spot? I love how paris makes me feel. I also cherish london for its familiarity and all the college memories it invokes. Who do you look up to? I look up to my grandfather, Asif Nawaz. I think in many ways I'm most like him as a person. Who is your favourite hero in fiction? Mr Darcy If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My restless nature. Who is your go to person for uncontrollable laug hing fits? My mother- Aneela Shah What’s your favourite TV show? My mother- Aneela Shah What do you consider your greatest achievement? Élan Where would you like to be in five years? Sunbathing on a yacht in the Mediterranean.
samina khan roksanda ilincic 2013 abeera sami sublime 2013
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lina ahmed in Misha lakhani
pink is my favourite colour from softest blushes to bubblegum pinks fall catwalks were an ode to pink. as seen at miu miu, sublime, sonia rykiel, chanel and roksanda ilincic.
chan pink el velvet boy ba $2,000 g
natalia vodianova sadia shah
essie petal pink rs.800
toyWatch Fluo rs. 29,160 2013
expat mens Shalwar Kameez That’s an interesting fabric, lovely really, so much intricate work, such an interesting colour… pity we don’t wear it like that here sweety. Buy boski in a solid colour or go back to Pittsburg.
Tough love Sanam TaSeer
aving been offered editorial space to give people unsolicited advice I decided to put it to good use in my ongoing cause -- a mission to civilize. At times I think that my only real legacy from my granny, dearly departed Cristobel Peter Taseer, is a very English tendency to run around like an old lady trying to teach people manners. Here are some of the things that make me wonder how much longer humans are going to stay at the top of the food chain: Ghoulish license plates Every day Pakistanis manage in new and innovative days to drive me crazy on the road while falling just short of criminality. It's easy to be annoyed at drivers who hog the middle lane, hover inches from your tail at high speeds or cut across you at a junction, but what petty annoyances would have you calling for antisocial motoring legislation? Picking one's nose at traffic lights is an obvious candidate but until my dying day I will never figure out what prompts Pakistanis to write something as mundane and innocuous as a license plate number in ghoulish horror movie script. Only one step up from the league of seemingly normal looking guys who drive around this city with a rear window full of stuffed toys. C U L8rz I spent less time, as a literature student, trying to decode Shakespere than I do the average text message. The Japanese could work miracles within the constraints of the haiku. Far from being a romantic boon it is sad that somehow for generation text a 140 character limit has only resulted in the invention of the word LOLZ. 42
Fathers-to-be, trust me, watching your child being born wont ruin the ‘mystery’ Ladies please stop perpetuating the archaic myth that it is some kind of horrible experience for men to be with their partners at the birth of their children. It astounds me that some men still need to be persuaded of the rewards. Any man who has the opportunity should not miss a minute, and should enjoy every second. Trust me, you will not end up with PTSD. Organic preschool The latest trend especially designed to make children develop their innate faculties for ‘natural play’ in a ‘toxin-free environment’. So basically, it means you charge people (a lot of) money for letting kids run around the yard, with rocks and ropes for toys, for a few hours before they can go home to their playstations and plastic Ferraris. Someone kill me with a crayon. not-so-supercuts Typical crusty over-styled hair on desi men and women who always look like they are going to the prom makes me wonder if the Iranian Government had the right idea when they banned most hairdos. Stop backcombing and dip-dyeing it-- wash it, brush it and then leave it alone. ‘‘‘We don’’t need no education. We don’’t need no thoug ht control” Mathira has of late become a deeply divisive figure in the feminist blogosphere with many women hating her for trying to promote birth control in a too sexy way. The ultimate goal of all feminists, male or female, is and rightly should be the welfare and social and political emancipation of women. Birth control adverts that read like public service announcements will not achieve that goal. I also heard a few women moaning about how Josh might have chosen someone more ‘refined’ to which my reply was ..’Ladies, I think they are still hiring’. Fear of ice Ice in your drink does not give you a sore throat. Cold weather does not give you the flu. By that logic people in the Netherlands would be walking around clutching their throats and sneezing constantly. Influenza is a virus. I know it is called a common cold but (repeat after me) There. Is. No. Connection. Fancy-cakes Dried out, wildly expensive and foul tasting… I have never met a fancy cake I didn’t want to stomp on. They smack of over-compensation for some deep seated fear. Stop showing off and serve me something I can eat. Kids in the cinema Kids in inappropriate movies, new-born INFANTS in movies, kids in fine dining restaurants post 10pm ….which brings me to my next point. making kids fat I am in no way advocating fat-shaming and body fascism. However, where obesity in children is concerned, I am discomforted by the glee with which this development is greeted by thousands. Needless to say the pitfalls are numerous, included but not limited to the fact that Samoa Air has started charging double for fatties. And anyway, I mean really, what are we? Saudi?
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Trying to figure out how to revamp your space? Attiya Noon gives us some key tips and tells us about her inspiration behind her cool eclectic furniture design.
Tell us something about Home Couture? How it all did started? For me it started while I was living in London and worked for an eco friendly design business. I got great exposure to some interior design gurus and thoroughly enjoyed it. My mother, who is my partner at Home Couture was already in the furniture business. It seemed like a natural transition to open a store for the two of us when I moved back to Lahore with my family. Tell us something about your academic qualification? Do you have a professional degree in interior design? I have a bachelor’s degree in History and Social Sciences. My work with interior designers in London taught me much of what I know about the field. However, it took many months of working with artisans in Pakistan to learn how furniture production works in Pakistan. How would you characterise your personal style, including your preferred colour scheme? My personal style is definitely eclectic where I like to see a mix of traditional sub continental and oriental designs with a rustic French or classic Italian twist. You see this interplay of genres in many pieces at Home Couture. There are no hard and fast rules or preferences regarding colour schemes for me. Colours must be chosen with respect to the lighting, mood and purpose of the space, and seasons. What sort of interiors/ furniture appeal personally to you? I like to pick very classic pieces and give them a make over through fabric, polish and proportions. My interior style is eclectic which gives me a lot of space to play around with various looks. What advice do you wish someone had given you about finishing your own home when you first started out? Two words: Go slow! These days, people feel they should move in to fully furnished houses. The trouble is, a house will be a home when you begin to live in it and personalise the spaces. These personal touches come when you live in a space, and grow into it. Most of us are always eager to know what the "latest" colour is in design, and furnishings trends. Can you comment on what you see in trends and how homeowners might create interiors that are up-to-date but classic? Classic by definition never becomes outdated but it is certainly a hot trend at the moment. You can add fun bold prints or colours to classic pieces or you can use them with original finishes that are slightly distressed. The colours this season are predictably mustards and yellows. Use classic styles for staple pieces of furniture and interfuse it with bright accents and achieve a timeless yet, trendy look. Who are some of the artists, locally and internationally that inspire your work? The artists who really inspired us at home couture recently were those who produced the interiors of the Alhambra and other Moorish mosques and palaces during the Nasrid dynasty. Some people are baffled about where to place
colour. If their favourite colour is blue for example, they don't know if they should buy a blue sofa, paint the walls blue, or order blue carpeting. Can you comment on using our favourite colours and ways to incorporate them into home decor? The best way to incorporate bold colorus in to a space is to use it in accent pieces, such as cushions, small tables, frames, etc. If you really want the colour to have a strong presence in the room, then less is more. Paint one wall in your chosen colour and leave the rest of the space neutral with hints around the room. How can young couples begin decorating when they're on a budget? They should start with revamping any furniture they already have of their own or from family. You’d be surprised at what can be done with old pieces. Once the basics are out of the way, you can accessorise over time. What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one? All work can be frustrating in bits but it’s a reward each time a piece of furniture lands up in someone’s home as though it always belonged there. Many people like the idea of updating their interiors for the seasons. What techniques do you use to transition your home from winter into spring/summer? Changing fabrics and cushions is the easiest way for seasonal interior updates. Brighter colors and pastels look great for the summer, while, reds, blues and jewel greens work well for the winter. Window dressings (changing blinds or curtains) is also very impactful and can control the amount of light you wish to allow in seasonally. Amongst all the Home Couture pieces made till date, what is your personal favourite? Each new piece we design becomes a favourite. My current favourite is an inlaid emerald green and black cabinet in at the store. Do you do office furniture/interiors or just domestic furniture? We do all kinds of spaces. While designing furniture and doing interiors where do you draw inspiration from? From all over the place. For example, last year it was the Chinese year of the dragon so we featured the oriental dragon theme on many of our pieces. I've always been inspired by the beauty and angles on a horse's body so you see horses all over the place in our showroom! We've taken ideas from far Eastern furniture design and art, combined it with Islamic geometric patterns to produce eclectic 'star' pieces. These days we are very inspired by the symbolism from old civilizations such as the Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians so you’ll see those symbols at the store this fall in various forms! What are the future plans regarding Home Couture? We have lots of plans! We hope to build on the success we’ve had in our first year and continue to bring fresh ideas in to the store. Expansion is on the cards as well.
bridal trends By AmnA SAlmAn
Nida Azwer believes a bride should choose a style & colour that compliments her & not worry about whatâ€™s in fashion, as her bridal outfit should be timeless. here she gives us different options, Traditional vs Modern.
traditional Anushka's mehndi outfit had a wedding procession embroidered all over her lengha. The zardozi was extremely fine and detailed with men lifting a dolhi and elephants carrying the bride. The dupatta had a lovely border with little elephants sprinkled all over. The lengha and choli was embellished with zardozi, crystals and kamdani.
Gota kingri is a signature Nida Azwer silk net with gota work mixed with zardozi motifs on the bottom. The lengha is ideal for mehndi.
Anushka Lakhani & Nida Azwer
modern Sanamâ€™s valima outfit was made in Italian lame and was very heavily work in zardozi and Swarovski crystals. The patterns were French inspired and very European. The ghayr of her shirt was over 6 meters which was intricately embellished throughout.
Ice blue double layered panel shirt with embellished sli p. The border of the dupatta has detailed floral and bird motifs in zardozi and the sleeves are very detailed as well. The whole outfit is very flowy and grand look ideal for a wedding reception.
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Happy Haider 15 September - 21 September
Our fab new astrologer Zahid Haider, styles up your stars. find out what’s in store for you this week!
21-A, DHA Phase 1, Lahore.
You are finally feeling peaceful and now you will feel charitable, you will want to be good do good. You will meet smart interesting people, you will feel social and it’s time to throw a party. This is the time you will get your new project. However towards the 20th 21st be a bit cautious as your good luck may run out.
Early on in the week you will feel accident prone, you may fall ill. A home concern that may have been causing you upset however looks to come to an ease. You will feel loved and, it may be that a wealthy powerful lover is heading your way. The air of mystery and intrigue that surrounds you seems to be the main attraction. Overall you are feeling light and spiritual.
You’re starting this week with a bang; partnerships are at all time high whether business or love. If you had some money stuck for a while it will come through. However 18th 19th you may be travelling but it won’t be easy. You will be inclined towards bad company. Try to stay away from trouble. End of the week you will be soaring high time to buy that new car you had your eye on.
Early in the week be careful someone may want to steal from you and you may encounter arguments that may turn into fights. Try and control your temper, if you are travelling try to avoid it as you seem to be accident prone. Someone may try to emotionally blackmail you to get their way. But towards the end of the week you’re feeling bright and cheerful.
If there was a case you are fighting good news is around the corner. You could be having a second thought about a plan that you seemed to be in control of but which appears to now have taken a life of its own. A love scenario may be changing and it will make you look at the relationship differently. You may argue and fight with loved ones. Take time to reflect on how to return to your comfort zone.
It looks like this is a great week for you! Great news seems to be pouring in; you’re set to be busy on the homefront. Though the18th and 19th seem to be tricky you may not be feeling so great avoid any decision making. Towards the end of the week you are glad the last couple of days are over, you are feeling mentally relieved and back on your feet again.
If you need to make peace with someone, or even with yourself, then there couldn’t be a better time. You may find the love of your life; if you are in a relationship you are feeling hopelessly romantic. Great news from home, and perhaps the start of a new venture, you will be extremely attractive to the opposite sex.
Financially you are doing great this week, Your faculties should be at thier sharpest and you’ll be able to get your point across with flair and determination. It’s time to start something new, whatever you’ve been planning put it in motion. Things are looking bright dear Scorpio!
sagittarius capricorn 23November/21December
Your mind is multitasking and working at optimum levels, everything is fast moving. You’re loving your kids even more. You will feel fresh and revitalised. You will gain your colleagues respect, if you are working it maybe time you will get that promotion. You will see some money coming in from family or loved ones. You’ll be meeting friends and feel very social.
Try to avoid any expenditure early this week. An upset friendship may take a little while to heal, and if you can’t take a face to face encounter just yet the chances will most certainly improve, if you put your feelings down in writing. End of the week is looking great, you will meet new people, travel. And be surrounded by your loved ones.
It looks like you are playing mother hen to your friends, who may not appreciate your overly protective ways, no matter how well-intentioned. A verbal tussle with a friend will be over but take heed of what has been said. You may be building something or working on your house. Busy days ahead, by the end of the week you feel brand new.
Decision making does not come naturally to you. However this week try to make those decisions you haven’t been able to make, you can do it! But avoid doing this on the 18th and 19th as decisions you make may backfire. Try not get obsessive as your love life could turn chilly as a result of neglect. Towards the end of the week the stars are shining bright.