Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lawn rankings

A couple of friends and I decided to rate the varioussss.. lawns that have dotted streets and roads of Karachi lately. We've come up with a ranking that is based purely on our opinions. Some of the designers have made it both the best and worst categories as you'll find out. Also, our opinions may be biased by how the clothes have been stitched and the photography and modeling, but we've tried to judge besides these factors. The images have been taken from various websites, including,, etc

Here's for you to look and comment:


#1 (Best) - Sana Safinaz

#2 - Lakhani's House of Zunn

#3 - Sana Safinaz

#4 - Sana Safinaz

#5 - Sana Safinaz

#6 - Lakhani's House of Zunn

#7 - Crescent

#8 - Crescent (red one)

#9 - Deepak Perwani

#10 - Umar Sayeed

And now the worst 7 we picked out!

Here goes, THE WORST 7:

#1 (Worst) - Sadia Lawn

#2 - Sadia Lawn

#3 - Sadia Lawn

#4 - Karma: The gypsy lawn collection

#5 - Khaadi

#6 - Sana Safinaz

#7 - Khaadi

#8 - Umar Sayeed

Looking forward to some feedback girls! Enjoy

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Lawn collections: as beautiful as they look?

Here I am, sitting in front of my PC, ogling at glossy pictures of beautiful models, looking as glamorous as ever. Today, it is the latest, multiple lawn collections that have caught my eye. And even though I am not much of a lawn person myself (rather, I solemnly detest the particular fabric in question), I cant help feeling the wow factor when I stare at Amina Sheikh looking resplendent in this particular lawn attire designed by someone I honestly just read the name of.

“Should I get one for myself?”

“No,” screamed my rationality, “the prints are all the same. You cant tell one designer from the other.”

“But look at her, perhaps I can look as glamorous wearing it…”

“Only if your idea of glamorous is a tarted up blend of various prints and colours. Or if you wanna look like a dastarkhuan on which biryani would be shared a decade back.,” the rationality reminded.

“Yea, guess I should not. But just look at these pretty girls!”

“Yea, just look at them…”

And I did notice something. In most of the photos touting elaborate lawn collection, just look at the wonderful photography. The wind blowing the fabric off, the angles at which the models have posed, the dupattas dangling away in another corner while the model poses separately, the weird hand poses, and much more…

No wonder these gals look so hot. And no wonder the result is disappointing when we don on the same prints… sigh…

Look at this photo from Nadia Hussain’s latest collection.

While the outfit looks decent, how many will dare to carry the pose around without being made a laughing stock of? (kinda reminds me of Angelina Jolie’s leg pose at the Oscars 2012 that was excessively ridiculed). Yes yes, the dupatta is hanging somewhere else too.

Here’s the next one, an Asim Jofa number.

Again. To look as ravishing as Eman Ali does in the above photo, you’ll have to sprawl you’re A-line frock like her, do that funny curve she’s done with her wrist. And wait, where’s her other leg. Will you have to hide that too? And once more, yes yes the dupatta is swaying somewhere else.

This below is a Yahsir Waheed outfit.

Oh dear! The model had to do an acrobat move to convince us the dress is pretty!

And in this Crescent Lawn piece, Karishma Kapoor had to resort to jutting out her leg in mid-air to give that feel-good look to the outfit.

The point’s not to ridicule the models, who, no doubt, are very beautiful looking females. The point is to put a reality check in our minds. The photography and hotties are too good to be us and lets not forget that when buying the next lawn ka jora. Buy what would look good on you and not what looks good on them. Unless, of course, you can jut out your leg every hour of the day, make sure your dupatta is perfectly swaying by the wind or by fans, and you can stand and walk at a 60 degree angle to the ground!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Why winters make me uglier

I dont like winters. I never have and I dont think I ever will. Thank god for living in Karachi where they are more bearable, but until recently, I wondered, 'are they'?

Without any proper heaters and insulation and what not, us Karachiites are just not braced for this season which may be a blessing for some. Sure I enjoy the low electricity bills and the lack of any icky sweaty feeling you get during the summers, but other than these, I've begun to hate winters.

While I can go on and on about the whys, the one thing that I noticed yesterday was winters have actually been contributing towards making yours truly ugly! (Please keep the cliched 'so when were you pretty anyway' comment to yourselves :p)

Here's why:

1. I find winter fashion in the traditional shalwar kameez very difficult to do. As I have already established earlier through this blog, sweaters on shalwar kameez are something I have yet to fancy, which leaves only the option of shawls for poor me. And though those can be worn stylishly (kudos to ladies who can pull it off), sometimes, you just really need the layering to stay warm. And the recent winters in Karachi (oh-so-never-ending!) have not been a piece of cake, at least not for hypothermic me... And no, no matter how much I love them and no matter how much I feel they look better on me, I cant pull off western type stuff at all places, especially not at my office and not in public places

2. The dread of making a trip to the salon in the chilly winter breeze.. And the excess use of cold water and sometimes fans needed for some much-needed grooming. Oh, and is it only me, or does the drier skin actually make the already-horrendous threading an even more painful procedure?

3. The laziness. I'd stay tucked in the bed sipping some hot, sweet, calorie-laden drink or have mouthfuls of rich nuts than go out and flex my muscles a bit. It's an open invitation to the pounds to come and pack up on me!

4. The laziness again. And how it makes me want to not get up and put on eyeliner or blush, and in the end going to visit people all bare and plain.

5. The posture too! I tend to wrap my shawl very severely around me when the wind has been blowing very hard. The result? I end up looking like a slouching ol' maid.. The confident walk and straight posture of the summers is waved good bye in the face of survival instincts against the winters.

I'm sure if I think more there'll be ten other reasons I'll find to blame winters for bringing out the ugliness in me. Where art thou, summers? :(

Monday, 30 January 2012

Vish'z Collection

It's been a busy few weeks for this fashion basher, with lotsa ideas to bash upon, but not the energy or time... sigh. And the constant apologies I have been writing for not posting since long are becoming quite a commonality now.. another sigh... so I'm not gonna be sorry about infrequent posts.. hmph!

So the first on my to-blog list is my friend Mahvish's collection. I'm gonna put up pictures more and write less, cuz the home-based designer has done much of the job of explaining the outfits in good detail. Before I go on ranting further, here are some of the photos for you to stare and share.. Click to enlarge each snap:

So now that you have taken a look and are familiar with the price range too, let me tell you which one my eyes fell for. It was the red one with the Chinese-type dialect on it in Slide 7.

The good thing is she will get the outfits stitched to your taste, as in, your choice of fabric, colour, etc, and any slight modifications in design you'd like. For example, I got my motif printed on the back and got a boat neckline instead of the chinese collar.

I love the flexibility the girl has to offer, and I also think the designs are pretty cool, and can be custom-stitched to your size.

I'll come back with more of her photos soon. In case anybody is interested in her collection, please leave a comment at my blog, I'll post it to her, or write to me at

take care guys!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Woman, what's with the chooridaars??...

...a guy at work asked me and my work BFF one day.

Honestly, it got my thinking. Let me admit that I was already biased against the oriental leg wear, first for the acute inconvenience it brings for the wearer, and second, for how they make my already skinny legs look more skinny :(

"On top of those tent-like kurtas you guys wear, it looks like 2 mini canes hardly managing to support a huge, airy structure," I tried defending the sweet women folk, but deep inside, I couldn't agree more. Reasons? I have yet to condition myself to develop a fancy for them for reasons mentioned before.

And you know what's become quite irksome lately? The stretchy type material pants, which cling all the way to your legs, including the thighs.

I'm sorry for sounding so graphic, but the effect, especially on girls who have anything BUT spidery, well-toned legs, is devastating. PLEASE KEEP THE SLITS CLOSED IF U JUST HHHAVEEEE TO WEAR THAT CLINGY SKI-PYJAMA WE'VE COME TO ACCEPTING AS A CHOORIDAAR! (I'm sorry my dear dear friends who are fond of these, the bashing's aimed at the pants, not you guys :D)

Which reminds me to add that, in contrast to this version of the chooridaar, the 'primitive'version, left slightly loose at the thighs, was much better. Check it out below, so nice and sweet!

Perhaps the stretchy pants might work, but there are two conditions for those to look slightly close to decent:

1) Wear them with kurtas which are closed all along, and dont have side slits

2) If u HHHAVEEEE to still wear them with a slit-wala-kurta, please choose a dark colour like black. It does look better.

Anything other than this? Either make the effort and get a nice one stitched by the tailor or please dont help bring the profits of white stretchy pants' sellers to double digits!

Oh, just before I sign off, I personally feel chooridaars look better on longer lengths. Perhaps an inch or two above the ankle is a good length. Anything shorter just adds weight to the comment my colleague made, which I mentioned at the beginning of the piece.

Hoping this post will influence some chooridaar aficionados into wearing the pants more gracefully!