Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 Attracts Foreign Buyers to Karachi

Top fashion designers Maheen Khan, Deepak Perwani, Wardha Saleem, Obaid Shaikh, Sanam Chaudhri and others are showing their latest creations at the ongoing Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi, Pakistan. It's being sponsored by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. In addition to domestic and foreign media, there are also several international buyers from overseas chain stores attending the show.

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Riaz Haq said…
Compliment from #India: "quality and finesse of #Pakistani embroidery can outshine their Indian counterparts" #FPW16 …

Prasad Bidapa, who was in Pakistan for a fashion show, loved the trends and styles sported by the gorgeous Pakistanis.

We have long known that the quality and finesse of Pakistani embroidery can outshine their Indian counterparts, especially in the bridal segment. Their colour palettes are muted and the designers balance tradition with modernity across their lovely collections.

The models are truly gorgeous and some of them are truly one of the greatest beauties I have ever seen. Getting to work with leading Pakistani designers at Huma Nassr’s Shaan-e-Pakistan was a fascinating experience. The trends that I witnessed with the designers were an eclectic blend of couture and also concentration on pret versions of ethnic styles.
Riaz Haq said…
BBC News - #Pakistan fashion enters #London spotlight with new #EidCollection

Dozens of Pakistani designers have been showcasing their latest trends in a Pakistan Fashion Week event in London.
Hundreds attended the two day event, spending thousands of pounds on the latest trends ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid next month.
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.
Riaz Haq said…
How #Pakistan's Chitral region stole the show at #Milan #Fashion Week 2019. Stella showcased her latest Spring/Summer 2020 collection at the event, which incorporates multiple elements from the culture of Chitral and Kalash

Just last week, Pakistani models Mushk Kaleem and Alicia Khan made headlines for being selected to walk for Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean at the ongoing Milan Fashion Week.

But that’s not all. Stella showcased her latest Spring/Summer 2020 collection at the event, which incorporates multiple elements from the culture of Chitral and Kalash!
Kaleem opened the show for Jean sporting two looks, and was immensely grateful for the opportunity.

The collection was later featured on Vogue. Jean seems to be on a fashion mission of-sorts, travelling to different parts of the world to discover little-known artisanal traditions.

For her latest collection, the designer travelled to Pakistan where she met with the women of Kalash who specialise in multi-coloured embroideries.

According to Vogue, these local artisans made the 15,748 inches of embroideries that Jean used to in her designs. The handmade embellishments, mixed flowers and geometric shapes, popped up on a flared mini-dress with a voluminous bottom punctuated by eyelet, a kimono-like jacket, a shirt-dress featuring utility pockets and a puffy blouse with a maxi collar.

For two weeks, Jean lived in the remote valleys of Chitral with the Kalash people. There, among a small population of about 3,000, she learned about the embroidery women do to adorn their dresses, a tradition that, much like the Kalash people themselves, is at risk of becoming extinct.

In an effort to raise awareness about the Kalash and to provide their community with income, Jean collaborated with the Chitral Women’s Handicrafts Center, founded by the 22-year-old Karishma Ali, on the collection. For several weeks, 46 women in the center embroidered more than 4,000 meters of material for her.

On the runway inside Milan’s Palazzo Arengario, the colourful stitching wrapped around dresses, adorned belts, and decorated the hemlines of Jean’s summer dresses. It was the first time the embroideries were ever presented for use outside the Kalash community.

Riaz Haq said…
See #KateMiddleton's Personal Note to Her #Pakistani #Fashion Designer and Élan’s creative director Khadijah Shah, to say thank you.

Kate Middleton is thanking those who helped her look stylish on her recent tour of Pakistan.

As the royal mom and Prince William boarded a plane back to Islamabad after an unexpected electrical storm changed their flight plans the previous night, she looked glamorous in a black and white embroidered kurti by Pakistani designer label Élan.

Earlier this month, Kate reached out to Élan’s creative director, Khadijah Shah, to say thank you.

“Thank you so much for all of your help ahead of my tour to Pakistan,” the note reads. “I am so grateful to you and your team for the wonderful selection you made for me to chose from — although having so many beautiful things did make the decision making a little more difficult!”

“I loved the outfit I wore, so thank you for all your time and effort,” Kate continued.

Though the body of the message was typed — on custom stationary from Kensington Palace — the royal personalized the note by writing “Dear Khadijah” and signing her full name “Catherine” in cursive.

I was delighted to have even been considered, this is just humbling to a whole different level. However what’s most commendable is the consideration, grace and thoughtfulness of HRH the Duchess Catherine, it is no wonder that she is so respected and beloved @KensingtonRoyal

“I was delighted to have even been considered, this is just humbling to a whole different level,” Shah captioned a photo of the letter on Twitter. “However what’s most commendable is the consideration, grace and thoughtfulness of HRH the Duchess Catherine, it is no wonder that she is so respected and beloved.”
Riaz Haq said…
#China #Pakistan FTA-2: #Pakistan textile #exports to rise to $25 billion in new regional hub. As #coronavirus outbreak puts the globalisation into reverse and challenges existing global value chains, new supply chains continue to form behind the scenes.

With the second phase of the CPFTA, there is a possibility of relocating the production of international brands, many of which have facilities in China that import cotton fabric from Pakistan as raw material—to Pakistan itself. The inflow of Chinese investment in machinery and technology in order to set up production bases in Pakistan will drive innovation and economies of scale, thereby making Pakistan regionally competitive in cotton-based garments. In addition, Pakistan will garner a favourable position for exporting to other markets that have so far been trading primarily with China as well as potentially to other Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) members.


The period from 2009 to 2015 witnessed an increase in direct export of cotton suits from Pakistan to India that peaked in 2015 at USD 247,800 from USD 4,100 in 2009. The growing appetite for Pakistani designs and styles in India also led to the development of a huge parallel industry in India, where manufacturers in Surat, Gujarat took inspiration from the Pakistani designs and patterns and replicated them on to the domestically produced fabrics.

India’s markets got flooded with Pakistani cotton suits – both originals and first copies - for tag-conscious and price-conscious customers respectively. Since the India-Pakistan trade ban in 2019, the supply of these Pakistan-made garments was once again re-routed via Dubai; India imported USD 68,100 of cotton suits via the UAE in 2019, jumping significantly from USD 3,600 in 2018.

While pricier cotton ultimately impacts the consumers of cotton-based garments, re-routing via third country pushes the prices further up. Despite this, the Dubai-angled triangle for trade between India and Pakistan continues to exist as the mechanisms of indirect trade remain more organized than those of direct trade.

The question is what an agreement like CPFTA2 can lead to, given the current circumstances. There can be two scenarios – one, shifting away to sourcing raw material via routes that are not as cost-effective, could hurt Pakistan’s export competitiveness vis-à-vis other trading partners, like China in this case, or two, Pakistan, despite the disruption of cotton supply from India, could manage to produce/source cotton at competitive prices, and emerge as a regional hub for cotton-based garments. The latter is just as likely, if not more.

(Nikita Singla is Associate Director and Priya Arora is a Senior Research Associate at Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF), New Delhi. Priya Arora is a Senior Research Associate at the Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF), New Delhi.)

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