More on Pakistan Fashion Week


karachiDawn Reports:

KARACHI: Pakistan’s fashion week was to kick off with an opulent opening ceremony on Wednesday Nov 4, 2009, against a backdrop of militant violence and security fears that delayed the event and kept away foreign glitterati.

Models will sashay down catwalks for four days, flaunting the latest creations by local designers in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation, where most women cover up and observe varying degrees of Islamic dress.

‘Our fashion week starts today and will continue till Saturday,’ said Tehmina Khaled, spokeswoman of Fashion Pakistan, which organises the event.

‘The situation was so painful in the country that we postponed it for three weeks,’ she told AFP, referring to a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Taliban militants in which more than 340 people died in October and November.

Extremism has plagued Pakistan for years. The latest surge in violence has been blamed on militants avenging the US killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and a Pakistani offensive in the northwest.

Fashion Week organisers, however, were determined that the show must go on in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi, where the luxury Marriott Hotel is hosting the launch under stringent security.

‘We have been maintaining strict security measures in the area but have intensified them for this event,’ police official Ahsan Zulfiqar told AFP.

The fashion event – originally scheduled for October – planned to introduce designers and models from abroad, but the fragile security situation has left organisers counting on local talent.

‘We have 32 designers from across the country who will participate in the event,’ Khaled said. ‘There is no designer or model coming from abroad due to security reasons.’

Karachi is the cosmopolitan hub of Pakistan, complete with glitzy shopping malls and a thriving cafe culture. But it has not escaped the shadow of Taliban violence, militant cells are believed to operate in the city of 14 million, where the profits from crime and kidnappings allegedly bankroll the insurgency in the northwest.

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26 responses to “More on Pakistan Fashion Week

  1. If this Fashion Show was staged to show the world that we are still alive and kicking then, sorry to say, this is an ‘extremist’ reaction in response to the extremist acts being perpetrated by the terrorists. This is not the Pakistan which exists in the daily life of an average Pakistani. Exactly how many Pakistani girls wear this kind of a dress? Will an average Pakistani girl even like to wear such a dress?

    Realize that it is one thing to stand against acts of deliberate killing and mass murder and an entirely different thing to go overboard and put up a show which parades half-naked women down an aisle for people to see. And all this just to show that we are not going to give in to the terrorists?

    Just my 2 cents!

  2. YLH


    First of all these fashion shows happen all the time.So I am not sure what you are talking about.

    Secondly since you’ve called this an “extremist” reaction could you tell me how many people were killed at this fashion show or how many schools were closed down or how many cars were blown up at this fashion show?

    Shame on you for equating murder and mayhem to a simple fashion show.

    The question of dress is also a personal matter. Would you be alright if someone said wearing a burqah was extremism? If wearing a burqah is not extremism, these clothes are not extremism as well.

    Stop imposing what you think Pakistan ought to be … Let people do as they please, conservative or liberal, burqah or half naked etc etc.

    Let me remind you of a barrister who walked out of Lady Wellingdon’s party some 90 years ago…because Lady Wellingdon made a remark about his wife’s low cut strapless dress. That barrister was Mahomed Ali Jinnah. He said “if Mrs Jinnah feels chilly she would ask for a wrap herself”.

    So grow up and realize that you are the extremist for dictating on others what they should or shouldn’t wear.

  3. YLH

    PS: your two cents are counterfeit. Take them back.

  4. Its not the Pakistan that exist from Most of the Frontier region to southern Punjab, the Saraiki Waseeb….Baaqi sab khaab O Khayaal….

  5. A

    Good answer YLH

  6. kashifiat

    bai- sharam aur bai hia –

    Allak ke laanat, un par jinhoon nai

    Organize kia
    Pasand kia
    promote kia

  7. Bloody Civilian

    Allak ke laanat, un par jinhoon nai…Dekha

    ek jhalak tu aap ne bhi dekh lee hazrat

  8. Ummi

    ignorant PPP jiyala YLH thinks that extremism is all about killing people or hurting them. If that is the case then Shiaism is all about extremism in which people hurt each other with chains,knives and what not.

    In real world extremism is all about going beyond the limits;be it a religious practice or a fashion show.

  9. YLH

    kashif can you explain why God would throw laanat on these beautiful women but not on you who wants the same thing after death?

    I just don’t get your umbrage.

  10. YLH

    So now I am a PPP Jiyala. I am only Pakistan ka Jiyala Jinnah ka Jiyala not PPP ka Jiyala.

    Extremism is when you impose your views on others and/or kill people because of them.

    You guys condone such extremism.

  11. YLH

    Also I am not sure what “real world” you speak of…I certainly don’t know this “real world”.

  12. Zia Ahmad

    Kashifait saab,
    Allah ki laanat kay thaika bhi mil gya aap ko?

  13. Hayyer

    I find fashion shows quite silly. No one wears those absurd dresses, in Pakistan, India or even Europe.
    As for laanat, it is all about self restraint is it not. There are norms that you follow even when provoked. If you need God’s help to restrain yourself then you are no better than an animal anyway.
    Women have the law on their side, men have at least if nothing else the morality, if not the fear of the law.
    Lets face it. Mankind has progressed even if femalekind remains the same; certainly it has in the west. A woman dressed provocatively is does not justify carrying her off. She does not need a mehram.
    Men are sufficiently restrained, not just by religious law, but by custom, and they do not respond to the provocation unless invited specifically, and then too with extreme care at every stage of provocation. It is women’s empowerment; sure they need it after millenia of objectification.

  14. aliarqam

    “The sex Industry sells clothes and the fashion Industry sells prostitution and pornography”

  15. aliarqam

    “It appears that the more powerful women become, the more pressure there is for us to get rid of the padding and curves that make our bodies so different from the bodies of men…When we lash out at our stomachs and thighs, our hips, our backsides, our breasts, and our cellulite, we are hating our femaleness.
    We live in a culture that demonstrates its ambivalence toward women in the prevalence of rape and battering. When we hate our bodies, we are turning against ourselves.”
    -From When Women Stop Hating Our Bodies:

  16. yasserlatifhamdani

    I am not sure why gentlemen here are assuming fashion shows should represent the clothes on the street? In what country does that happen? Yes clothes of daily usage are also part of a fashion show… but there are so striking works of creativity… which then become the talk of the town when worn at parties… parties in Islamabad and Lahore are known for clothes like these…

    I am a little amused at this confusion of fashion and/or art with democracy or majority’s sentiments. Who says this is not Pakistan? Isn’t this Pakistani soil? Aren’t the models Pakistani? Isn’t the designer Pakistani?

    If mullahs of all kinds can claim that they are Pakistani despite having the allegiance of less than a few million, who is anyone to say that this is not Pakistan? What is this “real” and “unreal” business? Who the hell gave anyone the right and when to define who is real and who is not? If the Mullahs can try and speak and act like Arabs and still be considered Pakistani… why can’t our fashion and glamour brigade act like the more developed nations of the world and still be considered Pakistani?

    Just like I’ll defend Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui’s right to practise his faith freely as well as an Ahmadi’s right to practise his faith freely… I will defend (to the chagrin of both Kashif and his Ahmadi counterparts) the rights of the fashion brigade to live and do as they please.

    Pakistan belongs to everyone of its children.

  17. Hayyer

    Sex can be commercialized but not as a consequence of the fashion industry. Fashion is an attempt to sell clothes by selling sex appeal. That is a basic urge-to look good. Full robing hides sex appeal and that is why women prefer raised hemlines. Except in hot climates like in the subcontinent where a bare minimum is comfortable most of the year.
    There is no need to wear apparel designed two thousand years ago.
    Women in power need to de-emphasize their sex appeal and look powerful. Sexy powerful women would be drive male underlings round the bend.

  18. Junaid

    I am a little amused at this confusion of fashion and/or art with democracy or majority’s sentiments. Who says this is not Pakistan? Isn’t this Pakistani soil? Aren’t the models Pakistani? Isn’t the designer Pakistani?

    The idea is foreign. Try not to copy but to innovate.

    Typical Paki reasoning.

    Apni Matti per chalne ka Saleeqa seekho
    Sang-e-Mar Mar per chalo ge, to phisal jao ge.

  19. yasserlatifhamdani

    What idea is foreign? Fashion shows?

    How about “cars”, “telephones”, “television”, “aeroplanes”, “constitution”, “democracy”… the language you are writing in.

    How many things should we discard because they are “foreign”? Agar tumhe sang-e-mar-mar peh nahee chalna to na chalo… doosro ko kiyoun kehto ho?

  20. Hayyer

    Apni matti par chalte rahoge to matti par he chalte rahoge. Sang e mar mar ka khwab bhi na dekh paoge.
    Not to say that it is only through fashion shows that dreams are dreamed. But you dont have to see them if you dont want to. Besides as YLH asks, how about the men?

  21. Ummi

    dhakkan like Yasser Hamdani always try to be a copy cat and never miss a chance to show off how much he and his wife are impressed with those Western values which even people in West don’t like anymore.

  22. Vajra


    Jane bhi do, yaar, dhakkan to hum sab-hi hain, jo Angrezi me likh rahein hain, bahez kar rahe hain. Is chhoti-si cheez par kya itni bari galti hui ki hame sab-ko ucchalna pare, chillana pare?

  23. yasserlatifhamdani

    As usual I was not aware of the fact that my wife and I organized this fashion show.

    But I’d like everyone to notice how these third rate crooks try and bring people into discussion who have nothing to do with it. Please note this when I respond in kind at an opportune time…

    The problem unfortunately is with the disgusting mindset that these crooks like Ummi, Kashifiat and others belong to.

  24. D_a_n


    there is no one stopping your from being as poisonous and as moronic as you want…
    that has been established for a long time here on PTH as we are stuck with you commode flies on such issues….

    However, as someone who has had the women of his family abused by you, I fail to understand why you felt it necessary to mention someones wife when there is NO need for it…

    Have you noticed that never have the ladies of YOUR family been abused here? Has anyone mentioned your wife, sister, mother?

    Ofcourse not…there is nothing stopping the rest of us except our own decency and good breeding. Something that surely was never passed onto to you.

    You now stand head and shoulders above even the 3rd rate RSS/BJP scum that likes to come and throw around their bakwas on PTH.

    Please take a moment, reflect on your ‘achievement’ and be thankful that the honor of your ladies is intact in the hands of those at PTH…

    PS: To Kashifiat: As chief Dalla, please make sure you control your ‘girls’ when they come here. Poison directed at us is bad enough but managable. Leave our ladies out of it.

  25. DCMediagirl

    There’s enough hypocrisy in some of these comments to choke a horse. Maybe some of you haven’t heard that when many Saudi women get home or their planes take off from Riyadh the first thing they do is throw off their abayas, revealing the up-to-the-minute, straight off the runways in Paris and Milan fashions they wear underneath.

    As to the picture accompanying this article, the embroidery and jewelry are sublime but the headwear is…not.

    Otherwise, big thumbs up to Fashion Week in Pakistan!

  26. wajid

    DCMG: don’t mind the headwear – those were to sodomize people like Ummi and Kashifiat. kudos to the fashion and art in Pakistan.