Recently I interned with Paperazzi Magazine and had the opportunity to attend Fashion Week, Pakistan 2017. I was required to cover the red carpet which entailed taking pictures of major fashion figures and celebrities and of course shoot my favourite looks from the runway.
It was lovely to work with the Paperazzi girls, Mehak Elahi and Mehreen Hashmi. I got to connect with so many amazing personalities such as stylist Amal Qadri from ‘Shake Things Up by Amal’, editor of Niche Lifestyle, Zainab Malik, jewelry extraordinaire Nazneen Tariq and makeup maestro Saima Bargfrede.
The first day of fashion week is not usually crazy and it was my first time working at the event (I didn’t know what to expect) so I opted for something simple. I wore my Zara embroidered shirt with white trousers and my Gucci Marmont pumps.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Suffuse by Sana Yasir. When I saw the outfits and the beading details on them, I was actually stunned and really wanted to rip a few pieces off the models. My favourite look was this whimsical dress on showstopper Mehreen Syed.
This was the craziest day of the week! There was a swarm of photographers, TV channels, actors and fashion icons. If I’m being completely honest, I was fangirling quite a bit. I wore a silk blouse from Zara with denim and jazzed up my look with statement jewelry designed by my mother. I had to rewear my Guccis because the amount of running around I was required to do my feet wouldn’t have it any other way. Let’s not forget that carpets, wires and stilettos aren’t a good mix for clumsies like myself.
Now about the runway, two words… Wardha Saleem. The theme of her collection was the Mehndi/Sangeet Bride and the presentation had dhol walas walking the ramp, some dancing to traditional wedding songs, bright colours, classic chatta patti and models twirling and just having a fun time. The designer entertained every single person there with the upbeat and contagious energy of her collection.
It was the last day and I wanted to doll up a little. I wore a printed Sana Safinaz kaftan with these gorgeous metallic cuffs from YBQ Designs which made me feel like Wonder Woman.
The third day was a blur but I was most excited to see what Tena Durrani had in store for us and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. I loved the peplum tops on bridal lehngas, structured ruffles and pleats mixed with Pakistani beading and embroidery.
Unfortunately I couldn’t attend Sana Safinaz’s Grand Finale which was exclusive and what good would mere interns do there? Just kidding. But I had a lot of fun stuffing my face with delicious sandwiches and red velvet cupcakes at the Lux Press Lounge. I didn’t care that I was at FPW and I’m pretty sure none of the IT girls worried about fitting into their outfits for the next day either. Come on, a girl’s got to eat!