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Kiran Malik opted for a classic black blazer with a deep neckline and a skirt. She accessorized her black outfit with layered diamond necklaces and bracelets. Her exaggerated eye liner adds drama to the look.

Saheefa walked the red carpet in the gorgeous red gown. The beautiful dress featured a cascading trail behind it. She tied half her hair back and kept her makeup simple. She added pearl earrings to accessorize the look.

You can always count on Mehek for a winning red carper appearance. She turned heads at the LSA red carpet in this stunning number by Namah. She kept her style sleek and simple with foxy eyeliner, slicked back hair and a matching clutch bag.

Another clear winner on the red carpet was Urwa Hocane in Sana Safinaz. Urwa wore a dramatic look befitting a top actress and now producer in this all encompassing Sana Safinaz gown. She finished the look with diamond earrings.

Nimra Jacob was another one of the nights big winners taking home the award for the Model of the Year award. She dazzled on the red carpet in this stunning velvet crop top and saree-esque skirt paired with a matching velvet blazer. We love her minimalistic makeup. However, we do wish that she had accessorized the look.

Zainab Reza was the picture of modern elegance in this pink and black dress. The black bodice of the dress fit her to perfection while the pink larger than life, ruffled sleeves added drama to the outfit. She wore her hair in a slicked back bun and accessorized with a black clutch.

Tell us a little about your new webseries.

My new webseries, called ‘Khoj’, is by Pikchur Tv – A new streaming platform that is has an application where you make an account and watch the series, absolutely free! The director is Areeba Naveed, who I was very lucky to have gotten the chance to work with. In this crime-thriller, I play the role of a police sub-inspector, alongside the esteemed Samiya Mumtaz.

How did you decide to pursue acting/modelling as a career? Did you always want to become an actor?

I joke about how I knew I wanted to be an actress before I was born. It’s true! It’s something I’ve always known and never questioned. Modeling is something that kind of just happens to you if you’re in this industry.

What are your hobbies outside of modelling and acting?

I love hitting the gym and doing pilates and yoga. I enjoy spending time cooking for myself and my loved ones.

What is your beauty routine?

My ‘beauty routine’ isn’t limited to skincare. It involves something for the mind, body and soul – This may sound cheesy but I feel like if you take care of these three things, you feel pretty beautiful. I focus on a clean diet, as much as possible. I work out regularly, and take time out for myself in order to stay connected to myself and recharge my batteries. Haha. Spending time with people who encourage me to grow and learn is also pivotal. For me, this is my beauty routine!

Do you work out?

Yes. My day feels incomplete without some sort of movement.

Acting in Pakistan is still considered very taboo. Did you face problems when you decided to pursue this career?

None, whatsoever. I am incredibly blessed and lucky to have come from a family full of artists, who understand what it means to have a creative drive, along with the inherent need to bring this creativity to fruition.

How do you handle the fame that comes with being an actor? Does the hate or the pressure ever get to you?

Haha. I don’t think I’m there yet! I wouldn’t call it fame. But being in the public eye comes with its own tribulations. I have become more thick-skinned, and I feel it’s extremely important to have a close-knit circle of loved ones. This makes it easier to deal with any negativity your audience may direct towards you. It also allows you to get constructive feedback from people who really know you, so that you can also grow and learn if you are in the wrong. I’m lucky and blessed to have a great circle of loved ones who I can rely on.

What’s your favourite part about your work?

Being allowed to immerse myself into the reality of another human being.

Who is your favourite designer?

I love Rano’s Heirlooms. Always have. Growing up, I’d see Rano Khala’s designs and they always seemed so magical. Forever my favorite.

Name three things on your bucket list.

Acting in a leading role in a Hollywood Production, with a great script and crew. Times three.

Who is your inspiration?

My parents and my brother. Honest, driven and hardworking. So, so talented.

Describe your perfect day off when you’re not working.

Working out, spending time with loved ones, cooking and making coffee.

What advice would you give to young actresses?

Believe in yourself, even if others may not. Work on your craft. Polish it. Take constructive criticism. Don’t get lost in the superficial nature of this industry. Respect your coworkers, and your crew. Do not compromise on your values for momentary gains. What is meant for you will come, even if it takes time. Stay grounded, and don’t forget to take breaks and recharge.

Sasha Raja had one of the best Eid looks. This romantic saree in the shades of pink and green really stole our heart. We especially love the pearl details of the blouse. She accessorized the outfit with floral earrings and a few rings.

Mariam Ishtiaq chose to wear Ansab Jehangir for Eid and we’re here for it! She let the outfit do most of the talking which is great. Her long wavy hair was tucked back from one side and she wore sparkly flats. Our fave part of this photo is her baby bump!

Hiba Mehmood looks absolutely fire in this Farah Talib Aziz outfit for Eid. We love the candy colours but most of all we love how Hiba styled this look. She accessorized her look with a metallic Dior Bag and Aquazurra heels and the coolest shades ever!

Urwa Hocane always knows how to make a style statement and she does just that in this stunning Agha Noor outfit. The black embroidery on the white looks splendid. Urwa pairs the outfit with traditional black khussas.

Malaecah Malik
looks like a dream in this lengha choli. Everything about this look – from the stunning colours of the outfit to the understated jewellery and makeup – is amazing! We’re obsessed!

Mahira Khan has been slaying it with all her looks recently while promoting her new movie. She turned heads in this Faraz Manan gown. She accessorized her stunning dress with very little – just green earrings and wore her hair in waves. We love everything about her look!

Makeup artist Henna Baig of The Cutting Edge Salon talks to us about her hair and makeup secret

Makeup trends for summer?

The Korean gradient lip tint! It adds enough colour to the lips without making them look outlined and done. Eyes are matte in earthy or neutral shades with individual false lashes and brushed out eyebrows.

What are some tips to make foundation look natural during the summer?

l       Use a low coverage matte foundation (preferably mineral or liquid)

l       Conceal only if and where required

l       Let the weather and the natural skin oils play as highlight, adding extra highlight will only make the face look sweaty.

How do you suggest people protect their natural skin and hair from makeup and styling?

For skin:

  1. Cleanse your face properly and make sure there is no makeup on your face when you go to bed.
  2. Scrub twice a week (at night) followed by a sleep in face mask according to your skin type.
  3. Invest in a good foundation brand that doesn’t clog your pores.
  4. Always use a sunscreen (day time) and moisturizer or any primer before applying foundation.
  5. Use very gentle cleansers to remove eye makeup and work with a very soft hand.
  6. Scrub your lips before going to bed especially if you have been using dark/bright lip colors.
  7. Keep your makeup brushes and sponges clean.

For hair:

  1. Make sure you also prioritise haircare
  2. Always invest in professional hair products like a sulphate free shampoo and a deep conditioning mask.
  3. Use a heat protection serum before styling.
  4. Treat your hair with a protein treatment every weekend.

What is your go-to skincare routine?

I like to cleanse and tone my skin daily. I scrub twice a week at night, followed by a sleep in face mask. Always use sunscreen and moisturizer!

Never sleep with makeup on!

Keep yourself hydrated!

What mistakes do most brides make in your opinion? If you could give the brides who come to you advice, what would it be?

Keep yourself hydrated at all times! Don’t neglect your body and the nutrition and hydration it needs weeks prior to your big day. Also, red is not always the way to go. Brides should look into peaches, off-whites, golds and pinks as they compliment our skin tones. There should be one focus point in the makeup, either glam up the eyes or the lips. Don’t do both! A no makeup look is done with makeup. It doesn’t mean that you use NO makeup.

What challenges have you faced as an MUA in Pakistan?

Clients have these heavily filtered photos and videos saved as makeup inspo where all the brides look like flawless porcelain dolls. It’s impossible to match their unrealistic expectations.

What consists of your everyday makeup kit?

Moisturizer, concealer, mascara, brow gel, lip and cheek tint.

Top 5 foundations?

l       Guerlain

l       NARS

l       Bobbi brown

l       Too faced

l       MAC

Hira Khan is the epitome of grace in this pink and white look. She pairs a hot pink sweater with flared white pants and a Valentino bag. Hira wears her hair in lose waves and we think she looks absolutely perfect for the summer.

Once again,
Hussain Rehar is the undefeated best dressed male in literally all of Lahore. The ace fashion designer pairs a mustard top with blue pants and chunky black shoes. We love the pop of colour his red bag adds. 10/10!

One of our favourite looks this fortnight was Shanzay Sheikh in Mahnoor Iqbal. This kurta is such a work of art. We love a good floral print without it being too overwhelming. Shanzay wears her hair black in a sleek ponytail and accessorizes with silver earrings and silver heels.

Amna Baber stuns in this silk button down paired with a silk skirt. She pairs her outfit with pointy louboutins and keeps her hair and makeup simple. We love the entire look!

One of our favourite traditional looks this fortnight was Rabia Butt in this stunning gharara. Rabia always pulls off traditional looks so effortlessly and this time was no different. She turned heads in this all white gharara by Mohsin Naveed Ranjha. She paired it with jhumkas, silver bangles and kept her hair simple in a bun.

Hania Amir looks picture perfect in Lulusar’s eid collection. She wears a gorgeous rust outfit which is a perfect fusion between eastern and western. We especially love the dupata. Hania pairs the look with black statement heels.

We speak to millennial entrepreneurs and NCA graduate Ammal Naeem and her partner Eman about their new design studio called Outcomes.

Tell us a little about Outcomes.

It started with the vision to create value based designs and find likeminded designers willing to explore the realm of creativity. The idea is to remain free of mental barriers when designing so that the creative mind is given the space to flourish and create designs that are new and authentic.

What are your backgrounds?

Ammal: I did bachelors in architecture from NCA.

Eman: I have done my BBA from FAST.

Who came up with the idea?

Ammal: It’s been a combined desire for both of us wanting to start a venture that would support our collective vision. I wanted to bring my designs to life which I had been designing since my student life at NCA.

Eman: I wanted to use my skills of marketing to promote new ideas.

What are your roles?

Ammal: Since we want the design studio to be a space for all creative minds to be able to express themselves, we both act as designers simultaneously working on evolving the entire concept. I primarily I focus on the design element and where as Eman focuses more on the finances and the marketing. The production is a combined effort and we wouldn’t be able to handle one without the other.

Do you think your time at NCA helped you get an edge over other designers/architects?

Studying architecture from NCA taught me to question every design I came up with. The question ‘why?’ had a major impact on me as I was taught to question everything I did and why I did it. It liberated me and led me to spend time with myself to figure out what I was truly passionate about.

How are you able to use social media as a tool for your business?

Social media has the power of reaching a far greater audience than ever possible before. We are not limited to our geographical boundaries and can reach a lot more people all around the globe. It also has provided us the opportunity to start small and test our designs out before we decide to take this on a larger platform.

What advice would you give other young people like yourselves who are thinking about starting their own ventures?

As far as we have come we believe that it is paramount that you are passionate about what you are doing. We know that it has been said to death by now but there are so many hurdles that come with starting a new venture and if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, it’ll be very hard to get through those difficult periods.

Any last comments for your readers?

As much as it brings us happiness to be able to share it in this form with you, our struggle, especially as women working in a predominantly male dominated field (vendors, contractors etc.) has been substantial. We want to appreciate all those who became a part of the journey leading to the first collection.  Here’s to hoping for a future that makes it easier for women to come out and be able to explore their creative side!

Fatima can do no wrong when it comes to fashion. I mean, this look is giving! She pairs a lilac skirt with a plain white top and white sneakers. I love how she chose to accessorize with a chunky white clip. Love everything about this look!

No one does relaxed fashion quite like Mehek Saeed. Our favourite fashionista and new mama snaps a quick mirror selfie. We love her embellished top and oversized black pants. She accessorizes her look with black Birkenstocks and a brown belt bag.

Zainab stuns in this blue and white beach outfit. She accessorizes her summer look with a Christain Dior visor hat and keeps her hair and makeup simple. We’re here for it!

One of our favourite looks this fortnight was Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan in Faraz Manan for the Iifa Awards. She wore a peplum top by the Pakistani designer paired with flared pants. The embellished outfit turned heads at the red carpet. Sara chose to wear her hair down in loose waves. 10/10!

Influencer Hemayal chose to wear Ali Xeeshan Theatre Studio on her big day. She tied the knot wearing this stunning saree by the designer. We love the details of this outfit, the incricate work on the veil, the stunning peach colour and the ruffles, it’s all to die for!

Sameen always knows how to stand out from the crowd and she does just that in this all white outfit. She keeps the look simple and accessorizes with Van Cleaf earrings and a brown bag. We’re obsessed with her clean and fresh look!

Make-up artist Geena Kashif gives us the best tips for summer

What are some makeup trends for summer?

  1. Clean Makeup look with a focus feature is the hottest summer trend in terms of makeup
  2. Metallic eye shadows
  3. Glass Skin
  4. Bold/glossy lips
  5. Kitten eyeliner
  6. Bronze Skin

What are some tips to make foundation look natural during the summer?

Less is more! Focus more on concealing areas where it is needed, use a sheer foundation, powder on areas where you crease and use a setting spray that holds your makeup in this heat and makes it transfer proof.

How do you suggest people protect their natural skin and hair from makeup and styling?

For skin, make sure to double cleanse your makeup followed by a skincare am and pm routine that should change after every 3 months. Make sure to use SPF daily and exfoliate your skin at least twice in a week.

For hair, I would highly recommend getting a hair mask. Hair oiling is a must and a heat protection spray when you use any hot tools.

What is your go to skincare routine?

My current go to skincare is cleansing my face with the Inkey Oat cleansing balm, The Ordinary Hylaronic Acid Serum, Glow Recipe Plum Plump cream, Clinique all about eyes eye cream, Aveeno Sunscreen SPF 50 followed by Huda beauty silk balm.

What mistakes do most brides make in your opinion?

The biggest mistake most brides do is to not take care of their skin or have a proper skincare routine that works for their skin type. You cannot expect magic to happen on your big day if you just wash your face with soap! Skincare is essential! If anything don’t sleep on SPF, moisturizer and an eye cream.

If you could give the brides who come to you advice, what would it be?

My advice would be to do your homework on how you want to look on your big day. Don’t be shy to have a conversation with your artist, tell them what you like and what suits you and then be open to the artist’s suggestions as well. All this will ensure that your experience is smooth and no time is wasted resulting in a great partnership where it is a win win situation for both the artist and the client.

What challenges have you faced as an MUA in Pakistan?

People have a lot of expectations from a makeup artist, they show us photos and videos that are filtered, airbrushed, smoothed and photo shopped to perfection and expect us to make their skin look just like that. The biggest challenge to date is educating the client about texture which is completely normal. Makeup sits on your face, it doesn’t make pores, bumps and fine lines vanish! Makeup will look like makeup! I highly encourage fellow artists to also go easy when editing their photos and videos, let’s normalize and embrace the realness of how makeup looks.

What consists of your every day makeup kit?

Glow recipe dew drops, Tarte Shape Tape concealer, Huda Glowish Luminous Powder, Lancôme Lash Idole Mascara, NARS Orgasm liquid blush, Mac Matte Bronzer, Dior Universal 001 palette, Makeup by Mario lipstick in Rasa.

Top 5 foundations?

  1. Makeup Forever Ultra HD
  2. Huda Faux Filter Stick
  3. Armani Luminous Silk
  4. Massarat Misbah Silk Foundation
  5. Smashbox Studio Skin

Actor, model and influencer Merub Ali gets candid about her childhood, date nights and more

Did you always want to become an actor?

So acting wasn’t something that I initially wanted to do. But as time passed and I got more opportunities I became more interested in it because I liked acting.

How did you find yourself in this career?

I was accidentally put into this career because of the music video I did for Sajjad Ali when I was younger. So yeah, it all kickstarted from there.

What was your childhood like?

My childhood mostly consisted of me just reading books and spending time with family. I was a very extroverted yet introverted child. I’ve always been that. It takes me time to open up to people and that’s how I was as a child too.

You’re very young. Does the work pressure ever get to you?

Uh yes I do feel the work pressure sometimes. I like working24/7 but whenever it gets too overwhelming for me, I just take a step back and take a break. Maybe go on a vacation or spend time with family at home, so I can kind of stablise myself before I get back into it.

What’s your favourite thing about being on set?

The fact that I’m working. I love working! I’m the kind of person that can work 24 hours if you ask me. I like making art out of whatever it is that I’m doing.

Is it hard to find time for each other when you and Asim are both working?

Yes, it is sometimes. Mainly because we’re both in different cities. But we do make a lot of time for each other because we are each other’s priority.

Where do you like to go for date nights?

I honestly like going in my PJs to watch a movie. That’s the ideal date night for me. I don’t really require a lot. Sometimes I do, but usually I don’t.

Describe your perfect day off.

My perfect day off is at home with my dog, with my family, and online shopping or playing games on my laptop. That’s it!

Name three things on your bucket list.

To skydive! I want to get a car for myself and also build a house for my parents.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I hope to be more wiser and InshAllah be ahead in my career. I never think about the future but when I do I just hope for the best because I’ve never been on a path. I just like the flow of things in the present. I don’t like thinking about the future.

There is a major cancel culture these days. Does the pressure of always being politically correct ever get to you?

Umm, yes. Because sometimes you might say something else in an interview and people will pluck words out of a sentence and use it in a wrong way against you. But I honestly think if you don’t have enough knowledge about something it’s better you don’t speak about it. If you have a proper argument against it then sure, why not? I mean, I would still suggest not to. Just don’t make comments until you don’t know the situation. Specially if it’s very sensitive.

Do you think there are some taboos with working in the entertainment industry in Pakistan?

People view the entertainment industry in a very negative perspective. And I honestly think it wholey depends on you. If you want to do something bad that’s entirely your choice and if you’re on the right path that’s also your choice. So it’s basically how you handle yourself in the industry and not about whoever is around you. Logon ko same scale pe tolna nahi chayiye. There will be good people and bad people everywhere. I don’t think people should see this industry from such a bad prespective.

Your favourite designer?

Honestly, my personal favourites are Maria B and Zara Shahjahan. I think their clothes are amazing!

What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

Remember, accepting failures is actually accepting your success. Failures only make you stronger and determined. So there are going to be a lot of ups and down in the journey but if you’re being yourself and you love what you do you will eventually reach where you want to. Never ever doubt yourself. You should always remember your goals and whatever comes in the way, you just have to really pass through.

We are obsessed with Shanzay Sheikh’s eastern look. She wears a black kurta with flower embellishments and a skinny white shalwar. She accessorizes her look with black shades, a maroon bag and silver shoes — perfect for the summer!

Alizeh Rabbani looks like a vision in this pastel button down top and flared white pants. We love her cute little mini Lady Dior bag that matches perfectly with the blue in her outfit. She keeps her hair and makeup simple. 10/10!

One of our favourite looks from this fortnight was Sarwat Gillani’s Cannes Film Festival look. Sarwat Gillani chose to wear Elan to the red carpet and looked fabulous! She tied her hair back in a ponytail and kept her hair and makeup simple.

Sona looks super fab in this plaid blazer. Her brown blazer and brown leather pants go perfectly together. She adds a pop of colour to the outfit with her emerald green bag and shoes. We love her voluminous beachy waves!

Mahnoor turns heads in this stunning outfit. She pairs a ruffled nude top with black flared pants. Her pointed heels and black bag complete the look.

Namrah is the epitome of grace in this gorgeous Nadia Khan outfit. This look is perfect for the summer. She pairs the white dress with nude YSL heels and silver earrings. We love the sleek hair.

Influencer Sophiya Salim Khan of Keeping Up With Khan takes us inside her closet

How would you describe your personal style?

In the moment! So one thing I learnt from my grandmother is just to wear whatever you feel like wearing on a particular day. Be it clothes, shoes or accessories. Mostly I dress in the same outfit everyday, which is a black T-shirt and black pants. I let the day and my mood decide how much I’m going to dress up or down.

Your favourite fashion designer?

This is a tough one! I really can not pick one as they all shine bright for their own genre & what they bring into the fashion scene. Currently drooling over Ansab Jahangir – their cuts, colours and prices are just on point.

Do you believe in sustainable fashion? Have you changed your wardrobe to make it more sustainable in the recent years?

Definitely a recent awareness came about, and it’s here to stay. Once you start learning about true sustainability, it’s hard to unlearn some facts about the fashion industry. Sustainable fashion begins with sustainable choices. The transition from buying cheaper to buying sustainable is a habit that doesn’t reflect in price points as much as it does in the amount we buy. Also what we do with how much we already have. Rather than buying and donating, I’ve started to buy less & to upcycle my wardrobe more.

Where is Pakistan do you love to shop?

Instagram!! I absolutely love how Instagram has helped me discover & be able to shop from so many local brands. No matter where they may be located in Pakistan, through great logistic services & social media, I feel unique brands have never been more accessible.

What is the oldest item in your closet?

That would be my great grandmothers shawl collection, which I was lucky enough to inherit & shall be cherished for generations to come.

What, in your opinion, are must have items that are essential to a great closet?

The basic everyday shalwar kameez, jeans, simple T-shirts, a good pair of black joggers & you are good to go!

Your most prize possession?

My great grandmothers Shahtoosh shawl

Your favourite accessory?


What item in your closet makes you cringe?

The items I bought when I was in college on sale thinking I’ll fit into them later, totally unnecessary.

How does style differ in the two big cosmopolitan cities that you live in, Lahore and Islamabad?

Having lived in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad, I can see how totally different each city’s fashion expression is.

Islamabad kind of reminds me of Karachi, very chilled out & relaxed fashion sense, putting comfort first. As compared to lahore which is such a fun cosmopolitan for fashion, as you will see all forms of fashionable expression wherever you go together & no one is bothered by being over or underdressed.

Urwa Hocane on self love, passion and life beyond acting

How does it feel to see yourself on the cover?

Always a pleasure collaborating with GT! The team is super cool and it’s always been a great experience.

How did you decide to pursue a career in acting and filmmaking? Is this something you always wanted?

It happened by chance. I used to do theatre in Islamabad and started getting offers for hosting and acting. I would say the career chose me.

How are things in your personal life now?

I am in a very good place Alhumdulillah. My personal growth expedited in the last 2 years and I am focusing a lot on self love and self care is important not just for me but for everyone around me.

What are your hobbies outside of acting and filmmaking?

Gardening is my favorite hobby and I definitely have a green thumb. I also enjoy painting and reading books. So yes art and nature have always have been my soul food.

Has your perception of the entertainment industry in Pakistan changed overtime? If yes, how?

With experience you get to learn a lot more about your respective field. I always believe in growth. I don’t stick to same perceptions for a long time. Things always evolve and grow as time goes by so should the perceptions.

What is your beauty routine?

Lots of water and sleeping on time. I like to keep educating myself about eating healthy and I practice things that resonate with my well being. Like I said earlier, all this falls under self love and self care and that’s what helps me.

Do you work out?

No. I guess I’m always on the go and that is enough exercise for my mind body and soul.

People in Pakistan don’t consider acting a proper profession. What do you have to say about that?

I think it’s a profession of passion. I work 12 hours a day and sometimes also on Sundays!  It’s very much a profession that requires a lot of hard work and patience. I firmly believe that with time this perception will change and acting will be considered as a solid profession. As a matter of fact, I feel that change has already started to take place in our society. The quality of Pakistani content has improved in volumes and so will the perceptions InshaAllah.

Acting in Pakistan is still considered very taboo. Did you face problems when you decided to enter this career?

Not at all. My parents are very progressive who trust me and my choices. I have been blessed with family and friends who have always supported me and been my strongest support system when it came to my professional choices.

Do you like the fame that comes with becoming an actor?

I love the creative process more than the exposure that comes with it. I enjoy it as much as an introvert could. For me fame is when what I do and what I produce is genuinely loved and appreciated by all.

What’s your favourite part about your work?

Telling stories

What are your upcoming projects?

I can’t wait for the world to see my upcoming film called Tich Button. It is a true labour of love and I’m thrilled to share it with everyone.

Who’s your favourite designer?

I don’t have a favourite as I happen to be a very simple person. I will wear whatever fits my mood. My personal choices are very basic.

Name three things on your bucket list.

I believe in living fully everyday as it comes but if I must answer it’s mostly travelling and exploring new places in the world.

Who is your inspiration?

I find inspiration in every day. Passionate and hardworking people inspire me. And for me, living and being in the now is extremely inspirational.

Tell us about your first shoot.

It was a photo shoot for my first job as a VJ. I remember being very nervous and overwhelmed.

What advice do you have for aspiring actors or filmmakers?

Follow your heart and tell stories that matter to you and be true to yourself first because when you do that you are automatically true to your work and to your fans. You will always deliver projects filled with love and passion.

As a first time producer, how was your experience producing a film for the silver screen and of that magnitude?

It took endless hours of hardwork to be honest. Yes initially it got very intimidating doing this for the very first time, but if there is one thing I have learnt in this journey of Tich Button, it is that with true dedication and hardwork one can over come all hardships and find solutions for anything. Project on such a big scale always comes with its challenges but the key is ones grit & resilience and not giving up no matter what. There were days when I thought I couldn’t move on but my team has been amazing and like they always say “Team Work Makes the Dream Work”. So yes tons of positivity and always knowing that sky is never the limit and one can always achieve higher.

Photography: Mohsin Khawar
Makeup: Nabila
White dress: Elan

Eman Suleman looks like a dream in this stunning saree by The House of Kamiar Rokni. The saree itself is such a masterpiece. Everything about it from the bedazzled blouse to the sparkly fabric is mesmerizing. Eman keeps her hair straight and accessorizes with a chunky bracelet.

We love ourselves a good risk-taker. Hassan surely brings the drama with this look. We love the oversized pants and chunky shoes. He accessorizes the look with a crossbody mini bag.

Mehreen turns heads in this white men’s starched shalwar kameez paired with a navy blue waistcoat. Thought this is mostly seen as a masculine outfit, we feel like Mehreen pulled it off perfectly. We hope to see more ladies rocking this attire.

Sarah Khan stuns in this gorgeous Farah and Fatima outfit. We love her simple look. She wears her hair straight and keeps her makeup simple. 10/10!

Style star Aamna Rizvi always knows how to make a statement and she does just that with in this saree. We love the multicoloured pallu with the black blouse and saree. Aamna accessorizes her outfit with silver Afghan Jewelry which is all the rage right now.

We’re obsessed with Aima’s rock star look. She pairs a black sheer top with an oversized blazer, leather pants and leather boots. Her Christian Dior Bag completes the look.

Actor and designer Rehmat Ajmal speaks to us about her brand Rehstore, her time at NCA and life after marriage

How did Rehstore come about?

Rehstore was born in 2019 shortly after I graduated from NCA. It combines my love for both art and fashion. Today, 3 years later it has surely become the most important part of my life. It is true what they say “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Tell us about your new collection.

Sona is a step forward for Rehstore as we introduce hand embellishments. Like every other custom article that is part of our work so far, these can also be customized and so it becomes a personalized, individualistic experience for the buyer. This collection is all about luxurious drapery that encapsulates festive energy while also remaining minimal. It is perfect for intimate weddings.

Who is your inspiration?

I always say I draw inspiration from nature. Sometimes I design around it and sometimes it designs around me.

What’s your favourite product?

It has to be the new hand painted envelopes and notecards set. It makes for a perfect gift for all stationery lovers.

You studied Textile and Design from NCA. Do you feel that gives you an edge over other designers that haven’t?

I feel everyone holds a unique expression as designers and artists. Personally, spending four years at NCA studying the subject has definitely helped me technically but I believe experience and hard work can take you a long way ahead in life with/without a degree.

How is married life going?

It is going great. Can’t believe it has been over a year!

How do you like Karachi?

I fall in love with Karachi everyday. There is something about the wind here that really lifts my spirit up. I also love the concept stores, coffee shops and local art running through the veins of the city. I cannot wait to have my friends visit so I can show them around!

How do you find the perfect work life balance?

Being a freelancer gives me the freedom to draw a perfect balance. It allows me to run my business, keep my marketing consultancy going and work hours that suit me. With a little bit of structure, discipline and empathy for yourself you can get the engine running pretty smoothly.

We see from your Instagram that you’ve taken up baking recently. How did that happen?

Well I have always been fond of cooking and baking. It is just that I am taking out more time to record videos and create content around it. I am finding it so soothing and therapeutic just like painting.

What are the differences between the two big metropolitan cities that you’ve operated from, Karachi and Lahore?

In some moments it feels like both cities are the same and in other moments it feels like they are not. I have found Karachi to be more diverse and also more fast paced in comparison to Lahore. But then Lahore is my home that is so culturally and historically enriched so really, one I am falling in love with and one I already love.

Does the pressure of cancel culture and posting the right thing ever get to you?

No, not really.

What advice would you give to young people who are trying to get their big break?

There are two things that will never fail you; hard work and consistency. If you are working hard to be consistent and are consistently working hard you will not have to find your big break as it will find you.

Is there a message that you would like to give to our readers?

I would definitely like to thank everyone who has ever helped me in regards to my small business. Your kindness and sincerity truly elevates the experience of it all. Be it the teams that come together to create artistic photographs or friends and family extending support and love. None of anything would be possible without all of you.

Photographer: Mehlum S. Sadriwala

Muse: Sona Rafiq

Hair & Makeup: Bryan William

Jewelry: Ali Javeri Jewelers

Alyza turns heads in this casual chic outfit. Her oversized mom jeans are on point. She pairs them with a crisp white cropped top. She accessorizes with a Gucci belt and white sneakers. We are living for this look!

Style star Neha Maneka turns heads in these tan matching separates. She pairs the outfit with orange pointy heels and an orange clutch. Her beachy waves make this the perfect summer look.

Syra looks so stunning in this eastern outfit. She wears a yellow floral kameez with an absolutely gorgeous cutwork organza dupatta. Syra keeps her hair and makeup simple but adds a pop of colour to the outfit with her choice of heels.

Zara exudes elegance in this Hira Ali Studio peshwas. The cut, colour and fabric all make the outfit stand out. We especially love her slicked back bun and bold red lip.

Zainab is the epitome of casual chic. Sweatsuits are so trendy right now and Zainab does justice to them. She pairs hers with a black leather bomber, a mini Dior saddle bag and black sneakers. We are obessed with her monochrome look.

We love Fatima’s summer look. She pairs a collared cropped top with flared jeans that are all the rage right now. She wears the Hermes Oran Sandal in white and keeps her hair straight. We love it!

We speak to the actor about his upcoming work,his bucket list and more

Did you always want to be an actor?

It happened out of the blue. As a fresh graduate of theatre, film and television (TFT) from BNU I jumped into work as a line producer under HUM TV initially. I mostly prioritized working behind the camera but Alhamdulillah for where life has brought me now.

Out of all your projects, which one is your favorite?

For me, my favorite project is always what’s coming next and anything that is in the making under my attention. So currently that would be a feature film called Money Bag Guaranteed, The legend of Maula Jatt, a comedy feature film Shortcut and Jindo a drama serial.

What do you like to do on days when you’re off from work?

Those are my favorite days of the year. I love being lazy when I can. I like to practice the extrovert side of my personality too. I like to go watch a movie or go out with my friends. I love chilling with Barfi. I’m a go with the flow kind of person.

Do you think that there is a stigma attached with working in the entertainment industry? If yes, how do you deal with it?

I do agree that there is a stigma attached to the entertainment industry. However, things are changing now due to the way the new breed of actors are conducting themselves. However, I do feel that this stigma stems out of the roots of the hypocritical nature of our society. It’s ironic that people don’t want to associate themselves with you but at the same time, they’re striving to get a selfie with you. I believe they’re ignorant because they don’t realize how much hard work goes into it. I personally don’t pay heed to such opinions because of where I stand in my career and life right now.

Name three things on your bucket list.

  1. Performing Umrah or Hajj.
  2. I’m really trying to start to praying five times a day. I really do aspire to be able to do that.
  3. I’m trying to be a good human being.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I don’t know. I didn’t expect 5 years ago that I’d be just where I am right now. So only God knows the future. I think I’m merely happy where I am right now. I am trying to live this moment to the fullest.

There is a major cancel culture these days. Do you ever feel the pressure of that getting to you in terms of what you say or what you post?

I love this quote from Charlie Chaplin that says: you do not need power to bring in the world, but love instead. So I believe the power to cancel someone is something I discourage. The culture can be a very powerful way to manipulate and mis-use any situation.
I think empathy, tolerance and patience are the emotions that should trend. I certainly don’t feel threatened by it. I don’t seek validation through my posts. Which is why I don’t really post that much, I just talk about the stuff I feel strongly about.

How important do you think social media is in today’s world for an artist?

I hate the misuse of social media. I surely support the notion that it is very important for an artist today to project your work. If used wisely, I think it’s a great tool. Otherwise it’s not really important for an artist.

What’s the best thing about being on set?

It’s an entirely different world. I would say it’s ability to help you disconnect with reality cause we all love to fantasize and dream.

Who is your favorite director?

For dramas my favorite directors are Anjum Shehzad, Badar Mahmood and Haseeb Hassan. My favorite film directors are Bilal Lashari, Nadeem Baig and Faysal Qureshi.

Favorite Pakistani actors?

Oh there are so many! Sania Saeed, Nauman Ijaz, Samiya Mumtaz, saleem Miraj, Late Mr. Moin Akhtar Sahab, Ahmed Ali Akbar specially in Parizaad, Hania Amir along with Kubra Khan, Yumna Zaidi & Iqra Aziz to name a few.

What advice would you give to young people who want to be actors but might be struggling to get their big break?

My advice would be to believe in themselves. Be persistent, have faith only in Allah. This is the key. There are no other. Don’t go for anything else except these.

Aneesa looks ready for the summer in this fab beach look. She pairs her Mermaids cutout dress with the Hermes Oran sandal. The scarf tied around her head brings the look together!

Amna always knows how to make a style statement and she does just that in this outfit. Her neon green top is perfect for spring. We love the flared + ripped jeans combo, right on trend. Her mini Lady Dior adds a pop of color to the outfit.

Hania Amir turns heads at the Arab Fashion Week in Zeena Zaki. The sparkly black co-ord set with the garter midriff made this dress a great choice for the event. Hania chooses to slick back her hair and keep her make up simple.

Amna Baber is channeling some major Greek Goddess energy in this hot pink Muse Luxe saree. We love her glowy makeup and glossy lips. She keeps her hair flowy and open. Her look exudes femininity and we are here for it!

Alishay looks stunning in this monochrome look. She wears a full sleeved black top with high-waisted cream pants. The flared bottoms are all the rage right now and her bag looks super cute. Her simple hair and makeup goes perfectly with the outfit.

Real bride Sawab looks like a dream in this red Sabyasachi outfit. She accessories the outfit for her big day with some gold jewelry. We love her simple look and she proves that sometimes less is definitely more. Priyanka who?!

We speak to actor and model Mahenur Haider about life in the fashion industry, upcoming work and more

How does it feel seeing yourself on the cover once again?

It always feels amazing to see myself on the cover and this time is no different!

You’ve worked with Mohsin Khawar several times before. What is it like to shoot with him?

Shooting with Mohsin Khawar is always a blast. It’s always really comfortable. We all have so much fun on set. I remember shooting with Mohsin a lot when I had just started modelling. I think we’ve worked on countless projects together! We always make a good team.

How did you decide to pursue acting as a career? Did you always want to become an actor?

I guess deep down I always knew that acting was what I wanted to do.

Has your perception of the modelling industry in Pakistan changed over time?

I never formed a perception about the modelling industry in Pakistan. For me, modelling has always been work. It was always a job and that’s how I’ve looked at it.

What are your hobbies outside of modelling and acting?

This is such a heartbreaking question! I don’t get to do anything really because I’m so busy with work. When and if I get a day off, I like to go for a swim.

What is your beauty routine?

I wake up at 6AM every single day. I like to do yoga. Sometimes I work out. I always make sure that my early mornings are dedicated to myself and my mental well being. All of this is, of course, followed by a healthy breakfast.

People in Pakistan don’t consider modelling or acting a ‘proper’ profession. What do you have to say about that?

To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve never come across anyone who has such views. Everyone around me knows how hard I work. No one has ever questioned it being a proper job.

Acting in Pakistan is still considered very taboo. Did you face problems when you decided to pursue this career?

Not really. However, I did face problems when I decided to quit my career. There were so many people who didn’t want me to leave. So I had to come back.

Tell us about your upcoming projects.

I’ve shot a film with Fahad Sheikh which should come out this year InshaAllah. I’m also going on set to shoot my next play in March, so that’s also in the pipeline. I’m very excited.

How do you handle the fame that comes with being an actor? Does the hate or the pressure ever get to you?

People are always very sweet and supportive when they approach me. People that have seen my work and decide to come say hi are always so nice and that is a big motivation for me. I’ve never really gotten any hate so I feel blessed in that regard.

What’s your favorite part about your work?

Literally everything!

Who is your favorite designer?

I personally love Sana Safinaz Couture.

How do you stay in shape?

I do Yoga. I also try to watch my diet and eat healthy.

Name something on your bucket list.

The number one thing that I’ve always wanted to do is skydive!

Tell us about your first shoot. What was it like?

My first shoot was back in 2013. That day was the first time I had worn heels in my entire life! Can you imagine? It was a 2 day shoot for Bareeze’s eid campaign. I still remember it so well. Since it was my first time ever wearing heels, by the end of the shoot I literally couldn’t walk. It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

Who is your inspiration?

I get inspired by anyone who’s hardworking, regardless of their profession.

What kind of photo shoots, in your opinion, are the hardest to do?

Underwater ones.

Describe your perfect day off when you’re not working.

Day off? What does that mean?

What advice do you have for aspiring actors and models?

My advice to all those people is to never give up and stay motivated. There is a long road ahead of you; so work hard and don’t lose hope!

Photography:  Mohsin Khawar

Blue dress:  The House Of Kamiar Rokni

Saree:  Mahgul

Coats:  Quiz

Makeup:  Saad Nasir

Styling:  Aarinda Noor

Influencer Mishael Arif takes us inside her closet

My personal style in three words

I would say my personal style described in three words is definitely fusion, colorful and traditional.

My top 5 wardrobe essentials

1. A black crop top. If you find one with a low back and neck it can double up as the perfect sari blouse!

2. A casual cotton saree. A saree is my favorite thing to wear to any event. Lunches, dinners, weddings, birthdays. They flatter literally every body type and you just can’t go wrong.

3. Jeans. My favorites are high-waisted, mom jeans in a dark blue wash.

4. A white cotton gharara. In the summer, pair this with literally any shirt you have and watch your outfit go from casual to smart casual in minutes!

5. A cool denim jacket. It’s the perfect accessory for autumn or winter. An oversized vintage one will work with any outfit — even shalwar kameez!

My top 5 shoe essentials

1. Comfortable white trainers are my number one essential. I love my Nike Cortezs. They go with everything. I also have my eye on some Air Force 1’s which I might get next.

2. A comfortable pair of block heels. Trust me, these will be the ones you reach for the most during shaadi season.

3. A pair of fun khussas. My faves are the handmade Sindhi ones from Chauhan Jutti House. They are made by local artists. I have them in almost every color!

4. Pointed flats or loafers smarten up any outfit whether it’s desi or western.

5. Colorful stilettos. They’re not the most comfortable but they make great statement accessories for dinners and nights out.

My favourite vintage item

I’m not sure if it classifies as vintage as I’m not entirely sure how old it is BUT it has to be my oversized denim jacket. I love it because of the fit but also because of the story behind how I got it. I was in Istanbul for an exchange program at university and I went out with a bunch of friends wearing my Zara denim jacket. When it was time to leave I went to the side to get my jacket and turned out some other girl had taken it! She left me hers (by accident or on purpose, we will never know) but I love the vintage cut of it and it’s much more me!

My most prized possession

This has to be my Grandma’s heirloom jewelry. Since I have a sister I don’t know which pieces I will get to keep but wearing it has been an absolute joy and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

What are you even doing in Lahore if you haven’t been to the highly proclaimed Paragon Salon?

Located in the nucleus of the city, Paragon has become the it-place in town in a very short span of time. If you’re someone who wants to spend quality time with your friends or just take insta-worthy photos, this salon is for you. Their neon lights, the vintage bike parked inside and laid back vibe gives you an ultimate relaxing experience. Paragon Salon is more than just a Salon, it’s a place where you make memories.

With their 5-star uber cool services, they are, hands down, ruling the throne of grooming services in the city. Their acclaimed hydra facial and Brazilian Hair Treatment does wonders!  Even if it is as simple as a haircut, you can trust Paragon to upgrade your look in just one visit. From Hair Styling to Mani-Pedi, they are experts in taking care of you from top to bottom. Forget all your worries with their calming head massage, after all, what better way to end a tiring week of work, right?

On top of that, they are revolutionising the city by breaking all stereotypes around male grooming. As it is known, men are not that comfortable with the idea of threading, facials and basic skin cleansing. Paragon, through their A-list Influencers and celebrity clientele, has broken this barrier and set a normal tone for men to come and feel comfortable in getting services done. The professional staff with their friendly smiles and welcoming demeanor, instantly make you feel right at home.

The whole aura of Paragon is designed in a way that it gives you a crazy dose of dopamine, from the minute you step foot in, to the moment you get back in your car. You leave with a part of the salon with you. This is exactly why whoever said money can’t buy happiness definitely hasn’t been to Paragon yet.



Eid shopping this year is bound to be a very different experience as compared to what it has been in the past. However, that doesn’t mean that the spirit of the occasion is lost in any way, shape or form.

Gul Ahmed Ideas just released their Eid Collection 2021, which features a lively variety of colors and designs for an occasion that celebrates selflessness and love. The collection, which includes a wide variety of products, has something for everyone in the family. Gul Ahmed Ideas is bringing a special atmosphere to one of the most auspicious holidays in our calendar, from casual kurtas for men to a host of chic styles for women.

  • Unstitched

GulAhmed is introducing a new palette to its customers for the festive season, offering both subtle and expressive designs of modern embroidery. The unstitched range makes it easier to achieve the youthful looks that this occasion necessitates. The 3-piece collection that combines a variety of fabrics including but not limited to organza, cotton silk, lawn along with embroidered, screen and digital prints is one to behold this Eid.

  • Ideas Pret (Festive)

This one is for our society’s fast-paced women. The Ideas Pret collection for Eid 2021 brings vivacious couture for those searching for an easier approach to finding the right outfit this Eid.With an abundance of grace and elegance, the ready-to-wear suits is all about lifting spirits this Ramadan.

  • Royal Festive

Every woman in a household is a queen or princess in her own right, and GulAhmed’sRoyal Festive collection gives her just what she deserves. These embroidered garments elevate elegance to a whole new level.

  • Men’s Kurtas

This Eid is a time to celebrate with our friends and family, and there is something for everyone at the Ideas table. Their incredible collection of men’s kurtas has been designed to make them feel brilliantly confident within themselves.

  • Men’s Shalwar Kameez Suits

Full shalwar kameez suits, built to complement individual personalities, are available in the men’s style wardrobe as part of the clothing range this year. With a variety of looks to fit every taste, the Ideas Man Eid Collection is sure to make this Eid a memorable one for all.

  • Ideas Home Bedding

Feeling perfect inside isn’t often enough unless a certain exquisiteness can be channelled into our surroundings as well. The aura and soul of this festive occasion can now feel full thanks to the fashionable comfort of Ideas Home Bedding.

  • Ideas Home Bath Linen

There is no room in the house that is less important than the others. With Ideas Home Bath Linen, you can upgrade your towels with a wide range of options.

  • Shoes

This year’s Eid will be different from previous years’ celebrations. Ideas, though, is covering every part of holiday shopping to make life relatively simpler. The Eid 2021 collection completes every look with a comprehensive yet stylish shoe collection for women in a wide range of colours and styles to match every outfit.

  • Bags

A modern woman’s outfit is never quite done without a handbag! This year at Ideas, they’ve got it all covered. With an extensive line-up of exquisite handbag styles that are built to complement every outfit, there is something for everyone.

To explore the Eid collection in greater detail and to grab some for yourself, head over to the website

Despite working in the music industry since over a decade now, most people had not heard of Aleem Zafar. Shying away from the spotlight, this talented artist preferred staying behind the scenes, assisting some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in building their brand. These include the likes of Ali Zafar, Asim Azhar, Billy X and Humaima Malick, to name a few. From managing PR to designing artwork and from releasing their songs to handling media and fans- Zafar has done it all for the celebrities he’s worked with.

With ample experience, Aleem finally decided to bid his previous work farewell, overcome his inhibition and embark on a journey as an artist. With accolades under his belt including a nomination in the Shorty Awards for best emerging talent (2015), along with being a brand ambassador for Daniel Wellington, he started off his new career with a captivating tribute to Junaid Jamshed’s hamd “Ilahi teri chokhat par.” His soothing vocals and remarkable presence caught the attention of his audience.

When asked about his tribute, here’s what Aleem had to say:

“It was always my dream to pay tribute to Junaid Jamshed. I had been planning to do so since years and finally got an opportunity in 2019. When it happened, despite all my preparation over the years, I felt it was so quick that I couldn’t really register much or believe my wish was being manifested.”

Soon later, Aleem decided to take on another challenge and release his second tribute to the legendary Mehdi Hassan with a cover of “Yeh watan tumhara hai.”

Talking about his rendition, Aleem added:

“Once I had committed to working on this, I did have second thoughts- first Junaid Jamshed, followed by Mehdi Hassan, why was I making such difficult choices! Nothing was going to stop me though, not even my own reservations. I’ve always loved this track & it’s been a part of every Pakistani’s life since a decade. I had to do it, but I made sure not to make any changes to the composition and keep it as original as possible, yet add a modern touch. I’m really glad people liked it.”

Aleem’s tribute was also shared by television presenter and journalist, Iqrar ul Hassan, on Instagram and twitter, while praising his work.

Aleem Zafar is a name everyone needs to get familiar with. With the abundance of talent and experience he has, it won’t be long before he becomes a household name, featuring in the top 10 charts!

During the summer months of 2020, there was never a big need to buy new clothes. We all just stayed home in our comfy tees and pants. However, businesses have now opened again and the season is changing.

There is a genuine need for most of us to have a new men’s wardrobe for the winter. Lucky for us, the Great Winter Sale by GulAhmed and Ideas is now available exclusively online. With up to 70% off on the hottest menswear, you can look great for every possible occasion.


Winter is almost here. Therefore, you will need some outerwear for your winter wardrobe. Ideas Man has rolled out one of the most versatile winter wear in the country. The range has got everything from half-sleeve to patterned knit to solid-colored.


Well, some of their designs are flat 70% off! It will be a tragedy if you miss out on such a bargain. Plus, they have released a pack of two basic tees in just over a thousand rupees.

GulAhmed Fabric

If you are someone who likes to get his shalwar kameez tailored to his needs, then you will love their latest winter collection which is up to 70% off. Moreover, the boxed edition of Chairman Latha is available at 20% discount.


With more than 250+ unique colors, patterns, and designs, you can create a versatile wardrobe for yourself. Made with premium quality materials, shirts from Ideas Man are durable, yet fashionable.


Khakis are perfect for work and play. These are perfect for business meetings, conferences and workshops. You can wear them with sweaters, blazers, casual shirts or your favorite polos.

Hurry up! The good stuff sells out fast. The Great Winter Sale is available exclusively online on GulAhmed’s official website.


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