Pakistani Fashion Keeps The Flag Flying High

Lahore to display its style streak

Young designers will display a total of 62 unique creations based on specific themes * Workshops for young fashion designers to train them for the upcoming KFW By Ali Usman LAHORE: ‘Step Fashion Montage’, a one of a kind fashion show, being organised by the Step Institute of Professional Development is all ready to set the ramp on fire. The event will begin on Monday at the heart of the Mall Of Lahore. The event will not only give a platform to aspiring fashion designers to display their prowess but also provide an opportunity to young models 14 female and three male to walk on the ramp for the first time. What else: around 200 professionals from the fashion and textile industry are expected to grace the event with their presence. Theme-based collections: The show will display theme-based collections. Saima Bashir, one of the novice designers will display a collection of four costumes based on the theme of ‘Old Lahore’. Her outfits are a blend of traditional old Lahori motifs on western cuts. “Such events could give an opportunity to young fashion designers and models to display their skills,” she said while appreciating the initiative. Some of the other participants, including Kashif Samuel and Seher Niazi would display a collection inspired by ‘Beggars’ and ‘Chinese Art’, respectively. “It has been a nerve shattering yet enthralling experience so far,” Seher said while talking to Daily Times. Another participant, Maria Azam, whose collection was based on the unique designs and motifs of the ‘Kelash Valley’, said, “I am very confident my costumes will create ripples”. A total of 62 brand new and unique creations would be displayed at the fashion show. Fashion workshops: Karachi is set to host workshops for professionally untrained fashion designers to qualify them for the upcoming Karachi Fashion Week (KFW). The KFW will be one of the biggest fashion events in the country and will be held from January 31 to February 3. The organiser of KFW, Arshad Siddiq, told Daily Times that 20 students from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad would be attending these workshops. He said some of them would also be given a chance to participate in the KFW. Gohar Ajmal, a renowned fashion designer from the United Kingdom and Italy wil conduct these workshops. “The country needs more fashion weeks to make fashion a full fledged industry and consequently will help portray a softer image of Pakistan,” Siddiq said. He added that fashion is about sophistication and not money and even people with moderate incomes could afford to be fashionable, all it requires is a little know-how.

Courtesy Daily Times

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  1. Milind Kher

    This is the way to go. Music, fashion and other such pursuits are things that are very constructive and will keep the minds of the youth away from destructive things like violence and terrorism.

    This is what needs to be supported and encouraged. And if the orthodoxy feels bad about it, tough luck.

  2. Ummi

    Milind , it seems you live in some other world. WHo says Music does not bring violence? Google a bit and you would find out how Rock and Rap Music provoke violence

    As far as the title of the post is concerned, what I see that instead of Flag, the brief cloth on the body of the lady is sure flying high.

  3. Ron

    Its absolutely brilliant to see that Pakistani fashion is slowly and surely gaining wide acceptance.

    Inspite of right-wing blah blah blah , its really great that young Pakistanis are increasingly using means like music and fashion to express themselves.

    Full support to them.

    One of my favourite Pakistani bloggers “karachikhatmal” ,once wrote that one of the major reasons for extremism in Pakistan is that a large section of youths have absolutely nothing to do!!!!…..

    Therefore , i completely agree with Milind Kher when he writes:
    “Music, fashion and other such pursuits are things that are very constructive and will keep the minds of the youth away from destructive things like violence and terrorism”

  4. Milind Kher

    @Ummi,

    Neither the Taliban nor the Al Qaeda listen to rock or rap music. Yet they indulge in extremely violent activities.

    For sure, the music groups would not incite even a fraction of the violence that these groups do. Furthermore, violence incited by music is only a theory of cognitive psychology, it is not an established fact unlike the established reality of terrorist violence.

    Our upcoming generation is not going to bend to moral policing on matters of dress and music. There are far more weighty issues of justice, ethical behavior and humanity that need to be grappled with.

  5. Ron

    @Milind

    ” There are far more weighty issues of justice, ethical behavior and humanity that need to be grappled with.”

    Personal freedom and employment are perhaps the most important need of todays youths like me.

  6. Milind Kher

    @Ron,

    Employment is definitely a prime concern.

    As far as personal freedom is concerned, I find that the parents of today are far more evolved and mature than they used to be earlier.

    It is possible though that there may be individual cases where personal freedom is being compromised.

  7. Ron

    @Milind
    “I find that the parents of today are far more evolved and mature than they used to be earlier”

    Sadly , such parents can be found mostly in metros and among upper classes….

    In south asia, vast majority of parents/elders still want to “control” the lives of the younger generations thus trampling their freedoms and desires.

    Many young talents in various fields simply go waste.

    Such a shame.

  8. Milind Kher

    @Ron,

    In that case, you have to get people of their generation to sell your idea to them.

    Clashing with them may make neither of you happy..

  9. Ron

    @Milind

    Actually south asian kids are always taught to “obey” their parents all the time.

    Thats what many of them do….and bury their dreams to meet their parent’s expectations.

    A very important thing S.Asian kids need to be taught is “Individual Thinking and Decision making”…from a very early age.

  10. Haq

    please concentrate on the real issue…PTH should provide readers with a larger and higher resolution picture of this model.

  11. Junaid

    @Haq

    And probably also request the model to show some extra skin as well for the ooogling , sex starved Pakis.

  12. Rafay

    Who wrote that headline?

  13. kashifiat

    Its clear,

    In Islamic culture, society, norms

    Vulgarity & nudity is anot allowed.

    Those who are supporting this shameful event are very “Courageous people” because they are challenging Allah will.

    So sad & so bad

  14. yasserlatifhamdani

    Rafay which one…? Flag flying high? Or Lahore to display its style streak?

  15. yasserlatifhamdani

    Kashifiat you write:

    “In Islamic culture, society, norms Vulgarity & nudity is anot allowed.
    Those who are supporting this shameful event are very “Courageous people” because they are challenging Allah will. “

    What about persecution of minorities, bigotry against other people, lying, violence… all the things you and your Jamaat-e-Fitna-e-Maududiat are actively promoting in society…. would these be alright with Allah’s Will? Does Islam allow that?

  16. kashifiat

    1- One wrong thing is not the valid reason for other wrong thing.

    2 – Where we promoted violence – any reference ???

    3 – We are very carefulabot minorities & keen interested in saving their all rights, but we can’ts say any non muslim as Muslim @ name of human rights🙂

  17. kashifiat

    “Keeps The Flag Flying High”

    Flag high OR dress high – LOL

  18. Clarifier

    @ Kashifiat….

    ‘We are very carefulabot minorities & keen interested in saving their all rights’

    can you please mention, for the benifit of all concerned what was the public action taken by the Jamaat/JUI on the violence/riots inflicted on dirth poor Christians in Punjab late last year?

    How many posts did you write stating that those who carried out the lynching and burning were challenging Allah’s will? How many street protests did the IJT/Jamaat/JUI do in solidarity with the christians of Pakistan?
    How many times did you and your friends in the Jamaat publicy claim or blog that those who did those disgraceful acts are beyonds Allah’s Grace and can no longer call themselves Muslims?

    If you can provide specific examples I would be most grateful indeed…

    – The fact of the matter is that the model showing skin bothers you more than any amount of innocent blood being spilt…especially when you claim very loudly to classify what is ‘innocent blood’….That is the real tragedy here Kashif.

  19. haq

    Junaid,

    men all over the world would have the same reaction, believe me I am living in Europe and see the same reaction among men here to a good looking woman.

    This has nothing to do with being sex starved or not….also relax….the comment was supposeed to light up the discussion.

  20. yasserlatifhamdani

    “1- One wrong thing is not the valid reason for other wrong thing. ”

    No. But depends on how you define wrong. We don’t think this is wrong… we think you are wrong.
    And we think you have no mandate to speak on behalf of Allah.

    “2 – Where we promoted violence – any reference ???”

    Ha ha. Ok. Jamaat-e-Fitna-e-Maududiat has been calling for violence against people who disagree with it ever since its inception. 1953, 1970-1971- the rape and plunder of Bengali Pakistanis in East Pakistan by Al Badr, the shameless support for Taliban that that crook Amir of yours- Munawar Hassan- is guilty of…
    When did you not promote violence? What about the violence your student wing engages in on campuses?

    “3 – We are very carefulabot minorities & keen interested in saving their all rights, but we can’ts say any non muslim as Muslim @ name of human rights ”

    Your own website is full of lies about minorities… you even supported by posting an article defending the murder of a Christian man in Sialkot. You routinely condone violence against minorities in the name of blasphemy… your position on Gojra was pretty clear. Your shameless articles against Dr. Salam is a case in point.

  21. yasserlatifhamdani

    btw Adnan Syed aka AZW has been asking you a question that you refuse to answer because you are dishonest.

    https://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/separate-religion-from-politics/#comment-25366

  22. kashifiat

    “Verily, those who love that indecency should spread among the believers deserve a painful chastisement in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah knows, but you do not know. (Al Noor: 19)”

  23. kashifiat

    “O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan), then, verily he commands Al-Fahsha (i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse, etc.)), and Al-Munkar (disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam, etc.)). (Al Noor: 21)”

  24. kashifiat

    There is a difference between “Struggle” “Jihad” & Violence.

    Movement against Ahmady religion was “Struggle”
    “Albader” was “Jihad” against Indian agents.

    & I am proud on both

  25. Clarifier

    @ Kashifiat…

    you have willfully avoided my questions above? They were simple enough so I though that Good & Honest Muslim that you are (you never fail to remind people)….you would answer…

  26. yasserlatifhamdani

    “There is a difference between “Struggle” “Jihad” & Violence.

    Movement against Ahmady religion was “Struggle”
    “Albader” was “Jihad” against Indian agents.

    & I am proud on both”

    Yes… and Maulana Maududi’s abuse against Jinnah was a Jehad against what ?

    Thank you for proving my point that Jamaat-e-Fitna-maududiat is promoting and provoking violence against Pakistani citizens… especially minorities.

  27. kashifiat

    Dear Mr Clarfier !

    U should come with ur real name, because in my view courageless persons don’t deserve to answer

    Any how,

    Every Muslim condemn that incident & I too wrote on that issue, u can check there.

    JI leadership always distributed cakes @ Dec 25 & they have good relation ship

    Regarding skin show, I have clear the position through verses , if u obey them…

  28. kashifiat

    “and Maulana Maududi’s abuse against Jinnah was a Jehad against what ?”

    He never did, provide prove ?

  29. Clarifier

    @kashifiat…

    my name is off least importance..my questions however are another matter…

    Christian Citizens of Pakistan were killed in religiously motivated Violence and I asked you specifically what the IJT or the Jamaat did to show their outrage as good Muslims should…
    Did they claim that those that did this were beyond Allah’s Mercy? Did they say that those that did this should consider themselves no longer part of the Ummah for their acts were repulsive to Allah and his Messenger PBUH?

    and all you can come up with is that ‘they distribute cakes’? My initial reaction at reading that was intense anger that only the Punjabi language has the flexibility to represent….but my proper reaction is an infinite sadness your Haj has not brought you any closer to the utter Humanity that lies in your Deen…

    so answer the question. It is simple enough OR..continue to hide behind the ridiculous excuse that I should provide you my NIC number before you will do so….or answer it anyway….Im a coward arent I like you said?

    why dont you show me how brave you are son…

  30. Ammar

    Quote “Its clear, In Islamic culture, society, norms Vulgarity & nudity is not allowed. Those who are supporting this shameful event are very “Courageous people” because they are challenging Allah will. So sad & so bad”

    @ Kashifiat! Please do enlighten us if blowing up innocent civilians and destroying public schools does concur with Islamic ideology?

    I am not one of those advocates who would suggest these fashion shows portrays a “Softer image” of Pakistan as enlightenment or modernity does not disseminate form Iman Ali’s Cleavage!!!

    They represent a secluded elite class who are stuck in their “kitty parties”. But such shows are business ventures and they do provide some relief to an entertainment starved nation.

  31. yasserlatifhamdani

    Actually Ammar that is bad class analysis. Most models, designers etc do not come from any elite class (whatever that means) but are derived almost entirely from the urban petit bourgeoisie…

  32. kashifiat

    Ammar, u wrote

    “@ Kashifiat! Please do enlighten us if blowing up innocent civilians and destroying public schools does concur with Islamic ideology”

    Brother, who is supporting this act both things are EQUALLY WRONG & I condemn BOTH. Read my stant here

    You also wrote “But such shows are business ventures and they do provide some relief to an entertainment starved nation”.

    Brother ! for entertainment purposes, one shouldn’t cross the limits impose by Allah ST

  33. kashifiat

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Ha ha ha – Old style

  34. kashifiat

    Dear Mr. Clarifier !

    Go back & check the newspapers, u will find that they condemn that act.

    No need to go in debate

  35. yasserlatifhamdani

    Kashifiat mian…

    Must have explained a million times that each linked post goes into moderation. I was just about approve your post when I got a blackberry alert about your latest response.

    Now bugger off. It will stay in moderation till someone else comes along.

  36. kashifiat

    Ammar is right “I am not one of those advocates who would suggest these fashion shows portrays a “Softer image” of Pakistan as enlightenment or modernity does not disseminate form Iman Ali’s Cleavage!!!

    They represent a secluded elite class who are stuck in their “kitty parties”. But such shows are business ventures ”

    I am 100% with u Ammar. My answer regarding ur question are under moderation. Lets see how they treat with them🙂

  37. yasserlatifhamdani

    This secluded elite class humbug is created by those who just can’t accept the fact that most Pakistani models and designers come from the middle class … and are almost never secluded.

    When was the last time – since Amina Haq – that any woman from the secluded elite became a model?

    Try listening to Mehreen Syed… Pakistan’s top supermodel… her English language skills are worse than even Kashifiat mian and now that is saying something.

    Most models however do come from the white-collar college going middle class families who are fluent in English. They are not poor but they are certainly not upper class “secluded” elite.

  38. kashifiat

    Typical “Maula Jut style”.

    Ziddi bacha . hahahah🙂

  39. kashifiat

    Hahahahah🙂

    YLH exposed his mental health situation by writting above master piece.

    My parents never taught me to behave like this.

    Schizopheranic !!!!

    U Need Clopixol Injections

    Raza ! I have told u, he is here to damage ur image.
    Safe ur self😉

  40. yasserlatifhamdani

    Dear Kashifiat,

    Your moderated post has been approved.

    Next time don’t jump the gun … we don’t censor your posts at all. There is a lot of entertainment value in them.

    The only reason a post gets sent to moderation is because it has a link in it. It is then approved manually.

  41. kashifiat

    Every one can see the mental illness, interest level & moral value of Mr. YLH

    He is severe case, he need Flunxol Depot also, along with Clopixol.

    Bechara Jawani main … ho gia
    cha cha cha

  42. Rafay

    Good Lord! Look where the debate’s gone!

    Some of us just have to get used to the fact that we like to look at beautiful women. And some women have to get used to the fact that some men treat them as objects of beauty because, well, sometimes they are just that. No?

    Anyway,

    @YLH: If Fashion is what’s keeping our flag flying high, it’s time to cut our losses and run for the hills.

  43. Clarifier

    @ Kashifiat…

    It was not there in the newspapers..if you had an adequate response you would have provided it.

    Listen son. Next time you call anyone a coward, make sure your not shitting your pants yourself….

    as I said…your Hajj has done nothing for you. You’d have been better off buying a car with that money.

  44. yasserlatifhamdani

    Rafay the headline was in response to our tattered flag in the land down under…. in the test and one day series.

  45. OMLK

    This is not exactly relevant to the main article but is regarding the questions being posed to Kashifiat about the Jamat e Islami condoning violence and his non-specific replies. Recently on TV (one of the business channels i think) the Amir of JI was being interviewed wherein he balsted the Pak army for killing people in Swat etc. The anchor then asked him to equally condemn the killing of innocents in terrosit bombings in Islamabad and the amir of JI flatly refused!

  46. kashifiat

    So Mr. Clarifier ! U r Rugger, who wrote on my blog

    Rugger, on November 19th, 2009 at 1:18 pm Said:
    Save your money kashif…
    I cannot fathom that your Hajj will be maqbool considering the abject hate that resides in your heart….

  47. kashifiat

    ooooooops

    All master pieces of Mr. YLH has been removed, so readers can’t be bless by his actual thought & moral values.

  48. Clarifier

    No shit sherlock!

    Well done. Now answer my questions wont you please?

  49. kashifiat

    I have given u Rugger, go back & check the newspapers.

    Otherwise enjoy “Skins” which u want to see

  50. Clarifier

    There is nothing in the papers.

    Apparently, you have no shame. You have no answers but yet are content with stripping yourself and letting us bask in the ugliness that lies underneath……

    your bankruptcy is total…..

  51. AZW

    Two thoughts come to my mind after following this discussion:

    1) Nothing brings out the religious lot swinging with Quranic verses like women not dressed appropriately. I was struck by the virtue and vice squads in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan under the Taliban, and more recently in the Taliban occupied Pakistani areas; their Islam would start invariably with subjugating women, making sure they are covered, making sure any worldly activities involving woman are curbed firmly. Female schools, music CDs and cinemas are the first casualties wherever religious fanatics swoop in. Somehow covering up women is the start and the end of Islamic rule.

    None of the religious groups mentioned above have ever offered a social plan on how to alleviate poverty. None of them ever have delivered an economic plan to increase society’s prosperity. The rule of Islam is just expressed first and foremost by making sure that women are covered.

    It does not matter if the woman does not want to cover herself. It does not matter if woman wants to bare her shoulders, put on a dress that makes her feel beautiful. What matters for them is what the Sharia has ordained. Individual choices mean little in the world of extremists.

    Here is the deal; my version of modernity gives folks like Kashifiat, Ummi, Talkhaba (shall we call them the Vice Squad, naming each of them individually is a bit tedious) complete freedom to preach their view of purity and self piety to the others, provided they do not use force others or spread hatred against sects and practices they do not agree with. They are most welcome to quote Quranic aayaats and Hadiths to anyone; they have full freedom to proselytize, yet no coercion against anyone would be allowed. With the same token, the society is free to live a life the way it wants, as long as individual’s safety and liberties are not threatened. It is a two way street; freedom to preach, as well as freedom not to accept the religiously mandated lifestyle.

    2) @ Clarifier: First of all, welcome to PTH (I have not read you before therefore assuming you are new here).

    Regarding your questions to Kashifiat (and the Vice Squad in general), I predict that you will not hear anything from the VS. They have spewed a lot of venom in their fiery sermons in the empty Urdu newspapers and magazines, and are not ready to be quoted for the hateful stance they have taken against minorities. From what I have noticed about them over the past year on PTH (and my occasional forays on to their blogs where I wrote a few comments), they are a low lot, latching on to their version of religion, because they have nothing else to stand upon. Their thinking as reflected in their comments, show a marked paucity of humanism, a world starkly black and white, a human defined first by the religion or sect he was born to, than anything else. They are an unfortunate reality of the society all around us; and their counterparts are found abundantly in each religion and culture, where the minds seldom venture beyond their own Holy books or the color of their flags that they wave.

    They do however enjoy the right to air their emptiness here on PTH. To block them is unfair towards them; to engage with them is being unfair towards ourselves. There are much better topics to discuss in the world, then to engage with a bigot who seems to think he is superior because he alone possesses the correct word and creed.

    Let’s leave them at that. And by the way, the pictures are beautiful. Haute Couture by definition is a bit exclusive; yet never have a good fashion failed to permeate through the whole society. All the reason for us to be proud of the creativity of Pakistani designers amongst all the negative news that invariably engulf us these days.

  52. Ammar

    Let fashion be fashion! YLH I do agree with your analysis but the point was not intended @ the models, it was directed at the consumers and their taste of fashion does reflect the Pakistani society per say. That said modernity and secularism cannot be deduced by what one wears.

  53. kashifiat

    More than 3 hours have passed lot of comments have approved but still i am observing a typical sentence

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  54. ylh

    I know it is hard to believe for jamaat e islami kay paltoos …but some people have work to do during the day. Will see pending comments when I get the time.

  55. Majumdar

    Wish the “flag” had been flying even higher. Someone shud have kept a table fan next to the ramp.

    Good show though!!!

    Regards

  56. kashifiat

    Mr. YLH or Mr. Busy !

    What “Other”u do instead of speading your own narrow vision of your own eutopia.

    On the contrary lot of time in spending liberal garbage & have no time to approve link

    What a non- sense.

  57. Milind Kher

    @AZW,

    I completely agree with you when you say that many would like to prove their Islamicity by subjugating women, and indeed other than women, the targets are cinema and music CDs.

    For the sake of being able to lead a sane and enjoyable life, you should pray that TTP never rules Pakistan.

  58. updike

    Religion means practising (some kind of a) fascism in the name of a god or god-construct. This is especially true of this religion from 7th century Arabia. Fascism needs to suppress women. Otherwise it cannot survive and “prosper”. Fascism develops perverse ideas of chastity, obedience, subservience, flattery and pseudo-martyrdom in order to suppress women and misuse men. Fascism must reduce women to pleasure-givers and house-maids for men and reproduction-machines for producing new generations of fascist soldiers. This is especially heinous when done in the name of a god or god-concept.

    Leave aside the past 1400 years, even the last 62 years of Pakistan are an ample, cogent and convincing proof of this.

    A pakistani woman (with a muslim name) wrote to me that men have it worse under this 7th century arabic religion because this religion is sexually cruel to women, but even more violently cruel to men. She wrote that some men are subjected to far worse physical cruelties than many women.

    It is a religion for masochists. A masochist is unhappy when he sees a human being who is not suffering like himself. When a masochist invokes god for his masochism, for his own sufferings and for those of others, then he really brings hell on earth.

    The idea that a book contains final perfect truth is itself a masochist idea. Such an idea is extremely useful for inflicting maochism upon mankind.