Saturday, April 4, 2015

Telenor Pakistan Fashion Week 2015 in Karachi

The 3-day Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week 2015 (TFPW2015) ended in Karachi Thursday April 2, 2015.  Designers presenting latest fashions at the show included HSY, Nida Azwer, Sadaf Malaterre and Sania Maskatiya, Zara Shahjahan, Deepak Perwani, Amir Adnan, Sanam Chaudhri, Yousuf Qureshi, Shameel Ansari and Somal Halepoto. Here are some of the latest fashions presented  at the show:

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Mayraj said...

Biggest issue here is a country that desperately needs investment is seeing money outflows..

Ayyan Ali: Supermodel in a Pakistani jail

The model has made stunning disclosures during her interrogation, naming several politicians and businessmen who used her services to stash cash abroad, according to officials attached with the investigation of this case, which is likely to be referred to a special team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Background discussions and interviews with the supermodel’s family and friends reveal she has admitted to taking money abroad since 2011. Despite several attempts, the people named by Ayyan during interrogation did not respond.
After a modelling show in Karachi in March 2014, investigators say, she travelled to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and extensively in Europe, including London, Germany, Romania, Italy and France.
Ayyan laundering money for political heavyweights since 2011, investigators reveal

Riaz Haq said...

From Washington Post:

How #Pakistan’s top supermodel Ayyan Ali ended up in jail. Absent from #TFPW15 in #Karachi

Ayyan Ali was used to being watched. As Pakistan’s top supermodel, she was one of the country’s most photographed figures. Her pale skin and startling gray eyes had launched countless marketing campaigns. Her every action was fodder for gossip magazines.

Perhaps that is why she arrived at Islamabad’s international airport after midnight on March 14: to avoid the crowds. But as Ali settled into the VIP departure lounge, she was being monitored nonetheless. This time, however, it wasn’t her adoring fans ogling her. It was the police.

Acting on a tip, Pakistani authorities inspected Ali’s luggage and allegedly found $506,800 stuffed inside a small suitcase, according to Pakistani media. They arrested the model and aspiring actress for money laundering.

Ali’s arrest has upended more than Pakistan’s fashion industry. According to Pakistani media, she has also implicated politicians and fellow models from inside jail. Her arrest comes amid wider inquiries into Pakistani politicians and money laundering.

Often known simply as Ayyan, Ali has been the face of Pakistan’s booming fashion industry since the age of 16. She is so famous that there were calls for her to become the first Pakistani to represent the country at the Miss Universe Pageant. (She did not.)

Over the past five years, her fame has spread far beyond the catwalk. She has seductively posed with dripping ice cream bars, driven a blood orange Lamborghini in a cellphone commercial and served as Calvin Klein’s brand ambassador in Pakistan. On social media, she posted pictures of herself on her own private jet with the caption: #HATERSACTINGFUNNY‬.

In recent months, Ali had sought to reinvent herself as something of a bad girl. She embarked on a singing career, releasing several singles including a song called “Earthquake,” for which she posed with a cigarette perched between her lips.

Bad girl or not, Ali’s March 14 arrest nonetheless stunned Pakistan. Authorities accused the nation’s top supermodel of attempting to smuggle the small fortune onto a late night flight to the United Arab Emirates. Khurram Latif Khosa, one of Ali’s attorneys, told the Guardian that his client was never going to take the cash out of the country. Instead, Khosa says, Ali was going to hand off the money – proceeds from a legal property sale, he claimed — to her brother before boarding her flight.

According to Pakistani media, however, Ali later admitted to officials that she had received the money from the brother of a prominent national politician. One paper described a ring of politicians using models as mules for an alleged international money laundering outfit.

Ali’s arrest comes amid wider worries over the nexus between crime and politics in Pakistan. Last month, Pakistani officials raided the Karachi offices of political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, arresting 20. And on April 1, London police arrested another member of MQM on suspicions of money laundering. Mohammed Anwar was the sixth man to be arrested in the British investigation, which does not appear to be connected to Ali’s arrest.

Pakistan is abuzz with rumors and theories as to how a fashion darling became an alleged felon facing up to 14 years in prison. Some paint Ali as a patsy.

“My first reaction was there goes one more girl,” fashion matriarch Maheen Khan told the Guardian. “A lot of these girls come from very protected families and can be very naive. I think of her as a victim.”

Much of the media coverage has centered on the conditions Ali faces in Pakistan’s notorious Adiala Jail. The country’s No. 1 model is now one of 4,500 inmates, including convicted murderers and terrorists. Pakistani newspapers have reported that Ali is living in relative luxury inside a private room with a TV, refrigerator and cellphone, but the BBC reported that’s not the case.

Riaz Haq said...

Rahman Malik's brother named by #Pakistan’s top supermodel Ayyan Ali in money-laundering case. #TFPW15 #Karachi

Riaz Haq said...

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Pakistan to France Ghalib Iqbal said that Pakistani fashion industry had registered a growth of 79 per cent recently which was one of the largest industrial growth rates in the world.

He was speaking at a fashion show of high end Pakistani textile products. The show was organized as part of activities of 37th edition of Texworld being held in Paris, France, said a message received here Wednesday.

The ambassador announced that a more elaborate fashion show would be held in Paris next year to present high end Pakistani textile designs.

This year, a total of 35 Pakistani companies have set up their stalls in the Texworld, out of which 12 have been sponsored by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while others were participating on their own.

A total of 945 companies from 27 different countries are participating in the fair which is held twice a year in Paris.

President of the exhibition, Michal Scherppe welcomed and appreciated the participation of Pakistan in the fashion show organized as part of the event.

The show presented the designs created by Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture and Sarena.

The colourful and highly imaginative designs were appreciated by the spectators.

Earlier, the ambassador visited the stalls set up by Pakistani exporters and discussed with them the prospects of business development in France and assured them of full support and cooperation. –APP

Riaz Haq said...

#Pakistani who designed dresses for Angelina Jolie and Madonna sweeps an old house In #Ajmer. … via @HuffPostIndia

Noted Pakistani designer and artist Yousuf Bashir Qureshi has fulfilled a promise he made to his mother, even if it meant taking a trip into the heart of Ajmer to first discover, and then sweep the floor of an old house quietly residing in Langar Khana.

Qureshi’s mother Abida Bashir had asked her son to fulfil her dream of finding her childhood home where she resided before migrating to her family to Pakistan in 1947, and clean it.

Making his debut trip to India, Qureshi managed to track down the house, and was overwhelmed by the memories that his mother had passed on to him come to life. “The moment I confirmed that is the native house of my mother’s family, I closed my eyes for a minute, recalling the childhood days that my four uncles and six aunts spent here,” Qureshi told ToI. He kissed the doorstep to his family’s past. “It was a very emotional moment… it was as if I was with my entire family as I went from one room to another.”

Qureshi spent two hours reminiscing in the home that has received a few modern makeovers, but retains a few elements of the past, including the fluting strains of qawwali from the dargah nearby. Just before he left –- accompanied with pictures of the old house from the present owner as a gift -- he swept a part of the building, to fulfil his promise to his mother.

A graduate from the University Of Nebraska in Food science, Qureshi has garbed celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, and Denzel Washington, and Madonna, and is also an avid photographer and a gardener. Qureshi eventually returned to Pakistan in 2002 to start his label YBQ, that is based out of Karachi, that he runs alongside being a resident professor at Indus Valley School.

Riaz Haq said...

BBC News - Meet #Pakistan's first supermodel. #fashion #design

Nadia Hussain, seen as Pakistan's first supermodel, says it is more acceptable to enter into a career in modelling than when she first started 20 years ago.
She says the industry is thriving as attitudes in the country change.
At 37 and with four children and a flourishing business, the model who is also a trained dentist and still appears at fashion shows.