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GT – September 16-30 2017

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TV Series:

Big Little Lies

One of HBO’s recent offerings, Big Little Lies is a slick and compelling murder mystery directed beautifully by Jean-Marc Vallee, the celebrated director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild.

The show focuses on four female leads played by movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. It follows the lives of four moms, some working and some stay at home, struggling in their respective relationships. A murder takes place in their midst and the show revolves around the unfolding of the mystery behind it.

While the mystery is interesting and bound to capture your attention, the great thing about this show is the microscope focused on the lives of these women. The acting is superb. The show is a visual treat as well. Highly recommended!

Movies:

Punjab Nahi JaunGi

Pakistani cinema might have some hope left for it yet. Panjab Nahi Jaun Gi is a hilarious romp of a film with stellar performances by Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat and Urwa Hocane.

It follows Fawad (Humayun), a typical Punjabi son of a feudal lord as he tries to woo a progressive and urban beauty Amal (Mehwish). With more twists and turns than Punjabi bhangra, we see how Fawad finally comes to the realisation that life isn’t always going to go the way you want it to even if you are an entitled, land-owning rich Punjabi.

It’s definitely worth the watch, least of all for Ahmed Ali Butt’s hysterical cameo as the best friend who delivers right on the nose comedic one-liners.

Books:

BOY OF FIRE AND EARTH —By Sami Shah

Sami Shah’s debut novel set in Karachi features Wahid, a half djinn half human teenager who unaware of his unique heritage is embroiled in a quest to save the soul of his beloved from vengeful djinns.

A pure urban fantasy a Boy Of Fire And Earth breathes new life into the old myths of Pakistan, specifically Karachi, such as the ulat pair chudhail, and the djinns hanging from trees. It’s at once familiar and shocking with the scenes at times graphic and violent, perhaps more graphic than any Pakistani novel before but it somehow doesn’t detract from the story, which has you sitting on the edge of your seat as you follow Wahid through the streets of Karachi dealing with demon’s both human and other-worldly.

Music:

HOT 100

TOP 5

# Song Name Artist
1 Despacito Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
2 Wild Thoughts DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna
3 Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) Cardi B
4 Believer Imagine Dragons
5 Attention Charlie Puth

1. Express Nail Spa by Stage Line cosmetics   

While on our recent shopping trips to Emporium Mall we discovered a piece of heaven for all you Nail enthusiasts. right opposite Mango at the Stage Line counter you will find Express Nail Spa by Stage Line cosmetics. This is a one stop shop for all you nail lovers. Here you can unwind after a hectic shopping spree for a quick express manicure, get OPI nail paint, French mani or acrylic nail services.

2. House of charizma

Charizma exhibits its latest Ramp to Reality festive Pret collection that features fusion of modern silhouettes and edgy cuts for you and your daughter to make you a fashion duo this season of celebrations.

Visit www.houseofcharizma.com to shop online

3. The Resourceful Fakirs by F.S. Aijazuddin

The Art historian tells the tale of his ancestors, three brothers who flourished in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab.

4. Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor

The comedy play runs from Sep 22nd to 24th at Alhamra Hall 2, Lahore. More info on the fb page.

These delightful trinkets have our heart! Afshan Shafi compiles a list of the accessories worth acquiring this season

Artsy Miu Miu with Python Inserts

Lily Aldridge with the Graffiti City Balenciaga Bag

Trendy Bucket Truss Bag

Kate Mara with the Denim Valentino Rockstud

Monochrome Embellished  Zac Posen Clutch

Kourtney Kardashian with the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack

Crossbody Prada with Velour Emblem

Classic Camel Bottega Veneta

Effervescent & Fun Kenzo Eye Tote

By Mahlia Lone

Dessange, a legendary name in haircare in France with its flagship salon just off the Champs-Élysées in Paris, has been brought to our country by Dessange Pakistan CEO Farooq Alvi.

Founder Jacques Dessange started his career as the hairdresser of Dior and Chanel models and progressed to mega stars like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda; he’s famously the originator of the coiffé-décoiffé, a modern, easy, gradient cut that emphasizes natural movement and gives a mussed up and tousled, “touch me” look. Dessange also pioneered the balayage (shaded hair colour) technique and, ironically, the “California Blond.” Dessange salon products and services come highly recommended by Vogue magazine and the salons cater to men as well, not just women.

With so much expertise under their belt, I decided to try out a cut by Dessange Pakistan, Lahore branch, hair style director, Peter Bhatti who took me through the steps.

First his assistant prepped my locks with the five minute shampoo protocol. A clay application was applied to my scalp and a protection crème to my strands—a procedure unique to Dessange salons, which ensures your hair is at its peak health all the time, and is built into each hair service. Then, I experienced my first ever super luxurious shampoo locally in a sleek massage chair with a wash basin that actually adjusted to accommodate my head comfortably. Lastly, a mask was applied as a last step. The fragrance of the products was heavenly. Best of all the Phytodess range is sulfate free as well as 90 per cent organic. Sulfate, Peter said, has salt in it, which over time dries up the hair and scalp.

Trainers from the Dessange training centre in Paris came to town earlier this summer to train the local hire in cut, colour, product knowledge, mani-pedi and skin care, Peter said. Every three months, two trainers from Paris will routinely visit to teach the staff two latest cuts and every six months the local directors will attend the training school in Paris for refresher courses. This way the clientele will be assured up to date services.

Sounded impressive. I was now curious to see the results of my cut. Peter expertly advised me what would suit my face as he applied hand sanitizer just as his assistant had done earlier. Not only did the cut freshen up my look, but the blow dry he then gave me was out of this world. He unwrapped fresh-from-the-package brushes (tools are never used twice), which didn’t at all get snagged in my hair like it happens at other salons here. After the blow dry, he used a cold blast and mussed up my hair to give an unbelievably sexy bed hair look that I could never even dream of duplicating myself.

Already happy with my hair, I was then shepherded to the makeup room for the five minute complimentary makeup application. Vicky B., makeup stylist, applied natural looking makeup using Dessange cosmetics. The peachy pink blush he used was exceptionally flattering imparting a fresh and youthful look. The idea is that the clients should leave the salon perfectly polished. There is no need to go home to get ready after a Dessange appointment; you can directly go to lunch or an evening out. Convenience at its best!

I was shown the blue lit hair spa and the body spa with its massage tables and sauna, but the service hadn’t started yet since I had gone at the soft opening. That is for another day.

As I was leaving, I scheduled my next appointment; I was so pleased with the results and left feeling completely relaxed,  happy and pretty.

Yasir Hussain is a triple threat: actor/VJ/scriptwriter. His films, Karachi Se Lahore, and Lahore Se Aagey, as well as TV projects Shaadi Mubarak and Nayal have received accolades from the press. His controversial joke at an award show landed him in hot water but the actor has come out strong with his fresh upcoming projects like Kaala Bichu and his hot new look. Yasir chats with Sana Zehra in his inimitable jocular vein

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

Someone just asked me “Kasam khaye Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagay aap nay khud likhi hay?”

If you woke up and had thousands of unread emails and could only answer five of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

I never reply to emails. I only reply to my WhatsApp and Snap Chat.

Describe the colour blue to somebody who is blind.

Blue is like a cool breeze in summertime.

What was that one time when you screwed up big time and no one found out?

Never. Because when I screw up everybody almost right away finds out.

“When I screw up everybody almost right away finds out”

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Boatox!

What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?

Sajjal Ali, Mahira Khan and Saba Qamar.

Name a fictional character would be most boring to meet in real life? And which would be most exciting and why?

Captain America would be boring because he will only discuss American agenda and Wonder Woman would be exciting for obvious reasons.

What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

Best is a-year-old camera I bought from Turkey and worst is the coffee maker, which I never use.

What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?

You are so funny that we can’t even take you seriously.

What quote or saying do people say but is complete bogus?

“Men don’t cry.”

Dumbest way you’ve been injured?

I was touching leaves while taking a stroll in Vietnam and one of the plants had shit load of thorns.

Tell us one thing people don’t know about you?

I am single.

Anything to say about the recent controversy?

That controversy is not recent anymore!!!

Finally, what does GT mean to you?

Great talent in good times!

Photography by Haseeb Siddiqui

By Afshan Shafi

Jhanvi Kapoor, Sridevi’s daughter, is the latest Bollywood kid to hit the block and is blowing all the competition away!

A student at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in L.A, she is currently honing her acting chops for a rumored film debut with Varun Dhawan. On the love front, she has previously been in a long term relationship with industrial and political heir Shikhar Pahariya, who studied at Regent’s Uni, London and is an avid polo player. More recently she dated Akshan Ranjan  who has now moved on to Navya Nanda, Amitabh Bachan’s granddaughter.

All said and done, Jhanvi has really made her mark with her stellar fashion choices. She loves a princess silhouette and rocks Manish Malhotra like no other. Unabashedly luxe, she ups the glam quotient in jeans with a classic Hermes Kelly or in the finest Indian couture. Read on for an edit of her best looks

By Afshan Shafi

Parisienne Marta Cygan’s blog Life Of Boheme is a refreshing departure from the digital sea of brand-replete, almost scarily trendy Instagrams of self proclaimed fashionistas. With daringly disheveled hair, a wicker handbag ala Jane Birkin and ultra fresh natural makeup, this is one tres French social influencer!

In an interview this year with Who What Wear, Cygan pointed out that’French girls aren’t obsessed with It Bags and don’t really buy them: “We can use a basket to run around the city with, and it’s the same one we would use to go to the beach in the South of France during the summer. Then we have a timeless luxury bag to go out.”

Read on for some of her key looks in sun

Soaked locales

In a Tibi robe with Row Sandals

In a Tibi robe and Row Sandals

In a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini asymmetrical top carrying a Anna White bag

In trousers from Pomandere, sweater and boots from Nanushka

Carrying a Wicker Wings x Life of Boheme bag

In the French Riviera in a MaxMara dress

In an Rachel Comey top and skirt by Christopher Esber

In a floaty Anna October dress

Mikaal Zulfiqar is not a new name in showbiz. With impressive projects under his belt including our favourite Diyar-e-Dil, Mein Sitara, Sang-e-Mar Mar, Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan, Mirat ul Uroos, etc. has left the audience wanting to see more of this sensitive actor who exudes general likeability. He recently went through a very open split with his wife of six years—Sara, yet the vibe he gives off is one of serenity, balance and calmness. Mikaal indulges Sana Zehra with a rapid fire round

Acting or Modeling?

Acting

What’s your favourite place in Lahore?

My friend Omer’s

What’s the strangest thing you’ve done to prepare for a role?

I’ve done some pretty strange things.

Can you describe the situation where you felt the most nervous?

Just before hosting an award show, those few seconds before you step out.

If you’ve to be the best in the world at any sport what would it be?

Golf

If you get a chance to star in any movie of your choice what would it be?

James Bond

What’s the last song you listened to?

Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers & Coldplay.

“(I want to be) James Bond”
—Mikaal Zulfiqar

What’s your favourite band of all times?

Dave Mathews Band

How often do you wear a suit?

Quite often considering the job I do

Favourite city to visit?

London

What would you bring to a one-day trip to Mars?

Sarish Khan

If you had a chance to play any superhero who would it be?

Super man

If you get a chance to take acting classes with anyone who would it be?

Al Pacino

Biggest fear in life?

Underachieving

Favourite fashion trend of all times?

Glasses

Advice to inspiring actors?

Work hard, work on yourself and rehearse.

Who would you trade your life for one day?

Dan Bilzerian (American professional poker player)

What movie made you want to be an actor?

Wanted to be a singer, became an actor by default. It was actually Ricky Martin who inspired me to be a singer.

Your dream role?

James Bond

What makes you really upset?

Fake people

Of all the hobbies in the world what is one hobby you will never give up?

Instagram

Describe yourself in three words?

Simple

Loving

Hardworking

Fictional character you want to spend a day with?

Can’t think of one.

Silliest nickname ever given to you?

Mickey Mouse

Favourite song to play in the car?

Passionfruit by Drake

If you had to choose another career what would it be?

Forex trader

Last movie that made you cry?

Every movie makes my cry.

Any hidden talents?

I can sing.

Who do you cherish the most in the world?

My kids!

Sarish Khan: A lawyer, a crown holder and an advocate for gender equality, this beauty with brains who has rightfully been called badami by many is a law graduate from George Mason University School of Law focussing on International Human Rights. In the past, she has worked in Karachi with USAID on securing education for young children in Pakistan, she is currently the U.S. Women’s Empowerment Ambassador for Comprehensive Disaster Response Services and an Education Mentor for the global organization Pakathon that develops programs for improving the economic and financial well being of Pakistan. Her recent movie Chalay Thay Saath received mixed reviews by the press but her performance impressed the audience. The actress/humanitarian sits down with Sana Zehra for a candid rapid fire session

What do you find yourself doing a lot these days?

Photo shoots

What’s your current obsession?

OMG food!

What’s your favourite place to visit in the world?

Home

What’s something you own that you truly cherish?

My life

What’s one sports or activity you don’t ever want to give up?

Dancing for sure

What makes you angry?

Gossip

“My naani Sabiha Khanum is always on point!”
—Sarish Khan

How would you describe yourself in three words…?

Impulsive, intelligent and irreplaceable

If you had a chance to play any Disney princess who would that be and why?

Pocahontas because she saves the guy

Who’s the most fashionable woman you know?

I think my naani Sabiha Khanum as she’s always on point.

One thing you can never live without?

My mom

Fashion trend that can never let you down?

Red lips

Favourite thing to eat?

Haleem

Who do you look up to most in life?

My mom

Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

It was from my mom—No matter what you choose to do in life just remember even when you think no one’s watching just remember God is watching.

What TV show have you been watching these days?

Rerun of Game of Thrones

Fictional character you’d want to spend the day with?

OMG! Khaleesi from Game of Thrones

Last movie that made you cry?

I don’t really cry in movies.

Any hidden talents?

Can’t tell you!

Best gift you’ve ever received?

Someone once wrote me a handwritten love letter that was pretty cute.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I don’t know; I don’t have any surprises.

Silliest nickname you’ve ever been given?

OMG!!! Badami!

When do you feel most creative?

When I’m sleeping as that’s when I dream.

Favourite song to play in the car?

Wicked Games

What movie made you want to be an actress?

All of my naana naani movies.

Leather or embellished?

Leather

Cash or card?

Card

Always early or running late?

Neither, I am always on time.

Heels or flats?

Heels

Lips or eyes?

Lips

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

Style or function?

Style

Long hair or short?

Long

Favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Black jumpsuit

Early mornings or late night?

Late night

Karachi or Lahore?

Lahore

Backpack or handbag?

Handbag

Cats or dogs?

Dogs

No food or no TV? 

No TV

Snap chat or Insta story?

Snapchat

What’s your favourite word you use all the time?

Epic

By Sana Zehra

Adnan Pardesy launched his eponymous label in 2007 after graduating from the Asian Institute of Fashion Design. He defines his design philosophy as minimalist and employs structure and architecture as his inspiration. Since his debut appearance at Karachi Fashion Week in 2008, the fashion designer has shown both at Singapore and at Pakistan Fashion Week 1 and 2 as well as exhibiting at Ogaan Delhi in 2010; he has also been nominated for Lux Style Awards as Best Emerging Talent; now he is all set to showcase at FPW 2017. Pardesy gives Sana Zehra timeless fashion tips

What is the biggest fashion mistake women make?

They become part of the crowd than to stand out.

Favourite place to find budget buys?

Well, clothing wise I think Zainab Market is a great place.

Favourite place to shop in Karachi and why?

Lifestyle is a great place to shop for sunglasses and watches. It’s one of my favourite places.

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

Saba Qamar. She is absolutely stunning and very talented. She would be fun to do a makeover of. I think she under plays her sex appeal.

What are the must-haves a woman must have in her closet at all times?

6” stilettos in black, beige, gold and silver.

A black dress.

Off-white and black button-down shirts.

A cotton skirt.

Favourite all time designer?

Karl Lagerfeld and Umar Sayeed

If one is really stuck and you don’t know what to wear, what would you suggest?

When in doubt just wear black.

Item worth splurging on?

Shoes, sunglasses and watches.

Any suggestions for men?

Avoid polyester and unnatural fibres when choosing to buy menswear.

What are some of the famous names you’ve worked with?

I have worked with Mahira, Ayesha Omer, Kalki Koechlin, Sanam Saeed, Hareem Farooq… and the list goes on.

Who is your favourite person/celebrity to style at all times?

My favourite person to style at all times is my muse/best friend Aania Shah. She is a gorgeous, super talented girl with a heart of gold and an amazing love for everything fashion.

Who is the most difficult celebrity you’ve worked with?

To be honest, I have never really had a difficult time working with anyone. People have always responded very well.

“A well cut straight knee length kameez flatters every body, shape and size”

Who is your favourite makeup artist?

Well Nabila is absolutely fabulous.

What is the worst makeup mistake women ever make?

Putting on nude lipsticks and shiny eye shadow.

What’s your favourite food?

I can always eat a beef steak at anytime of the day.

Do you know how to cook?

I can make some good eggs. If that’s cooking, then yes.

Favourite vacation spot?

Amsterdam.

Have you ever been in love?

Well I’m not sure if I was in love or was in love with the idea of being in love.

Any fashion related message?

Keep it simple.

Any styling advice?

Keep it classic and stay in vogue forever.

What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?

Lehnga choli is not going out of style for a while. Short lengths are in to stay. Gold and beige will never go out of style.

What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

A well cut straight knee length kameez flatters every body, shape and size.

What trends would you like to see die?

I am done seeing too much cold shoulder sleeves. It’s been done to death.

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

I would love to see woman going for more tailored looks rather than relaxed kaftan fits. You need to be happy in your own body no matter what your size.

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

Black bridals!

What does GT mean to you?

Fun

Party

Trendy

Young

Quixotic By
Adnan Pardesy

Who? Fatima Kasuri

Why? The model/mom/ socialite knows how to mix high street with designer well to produce her own take on trends

Who? Danyal Zafar

Why? New kid on the block looks like a younger version of Ali. Here, he shows us how to pair distressed jeans with a white tee for a cool look

Who? Iffat Omar

Why? The actress has been sporting several pairs of Umar Sayeed embellished jeans all summer to great effect

Who? Mariyam Saqib

Why? We love her Tom Ford Natalia East-West Python Shoulder Bag, which takes center stage

Who? GeitiAra & Sabeeka Imam

Why? Wowza! And that’s how you do black

Who? Momina Mustehsan

Why? The singer is cute, fresh and perky looking in her gingham top and flip flops

Aliha Chaudry, TV personality, wife and graduate of BNU, is a naturally introverted but ambitious young woman who is not afraid to grow and make her mark on the Pakistani showbiz industry. Aliha tells Fatima Sheikh what makes her tick

How did you come into this field?

I have done my bachelor’s in filmmaking and acting that’s how I entered this field. Right from the start when I was in my freshmen year, I started getting offers. By the time I was in the second year of college I had my own TV show.

How did you join singing?

It’s a funny story. I have always been passionate about music and hosted a show on which we would play songs of different artists and videos for a channel called style 360. Basically, I was a VJ and I used to sing songs during the free time between recordings. One of the show’s producers heard my voice and encouraged me to sing professionally and the rest as they say is history.

How many songs and videos have you released so far?

I have done about 5 to 6 music videos, which went on air on all music televisions of Pakistan and India as well. They are also widely available on social media.

Have you done concerts too?

Yes, I have done many concerts, not just all across Pakistan but also abroad.

Which concert did you enjoy the most?

I enjoy doing school and college events the most because the energy is great and the overall vibe is just oh so amazing! However, the corporate events are more of like a job, which you obviously enjoy because that’s well paid. But if I compare them then the school/college events take the trophy.

You got married a year back in a very grand affair? How did that change your life?

I got married a year ago and it has changed my life quite a lot. (Haha) Yeah we had a lot of functions, like a Sangeet night, a Bollywood night, followed by two mayun and a bridal shower so roughly there were about 10 functions. Although, I wanted a very quiet wedding considering I’m more of a private person, but my husband wanted an ample amount of functions. And, moving on to the part how it has changed me, it has made me a more responsible person. Also, I was less communicative, but I guess now I have become more so because marriage is about understanding and communication is the key.

“I enjoy doing
school and college events the most because the energy is great and the overall vibe is just oh so amazing!”

You took time off from work? And you have sort of made a comeback after marriage? How supportive is your husband?

It has only been a year I got married and I was travelling abroad a lot with my husband. He’s an architect and his projects are also abroad, so there was a lot of travelling. The first few months of marriage are always very busy. One is taking time to adjust to a new home, to a new kind of a lifestyle, adjusting with your new family, getting to know them so I was busy in all of that. I had put work on hold and I always planned on continuing it again, but only when I could properly give it time. A year into my marriage, the dust has settled, therefore, I’m working again. My husband is quite supportive because we are both from creative fields. I support his work and understand it and he does the same.

What kind of an equation do you share with your husband?

I believe friendship is really important in any kind of relationship whether it’s with your parents or with your spouse. So we have this comfort where we can talk about anything. Like I said earlier communication is key. I was more of an introvert but after my marriage I have become more expressive. We share a healthy relationship because we were family friends before getting married. We have that bond where we can talk about anything.

You said you have done a lot of travelling this year? Which city or country did you like the most?

I went to Azerbaijan with my husband two months ago and Baku had a very pleasant feel to it. Apart from that I love New York City, my brother lives there and I always have an amazing time when I go there.

“Communication is key. I was more of an introvert but after my marriage I have become more expressive”

How was your childhood? What did you aspire to be?

I was the youngest out of my siblings and my sister got married when I was a child and my brother went abroad for his schooling. I felt like the only child of my parents. We shared a very close bond. I had aspired to be a teacher actually. I was always very fascinated by my teachers as they were extremely nice to me. It was my dream to be a teacher. I was also in Student Council and was a bit of a geek. I had 6 A’s in my O Levels and I was the teacher’s pet.

Tell us about your cat?

I have an adorable cat called Leo. She’s of Persian breed and she’s like family. I know most people don’t understand your equation with your pets but I believe your pets are like family and so you should treat them like a family member.

You talk a lot about animal rights as well on your shows.

There are no proper NGO’s in Pakistan for animal rights. The ones which exist are on a very small scale. Not like PETA which works internationally and there are no proper rules and regulations for animal rights. It really makes my heart heavy. I believe animals are living things and they deserve our love and attention as much as humans. I don’t wear real fur even the ones that were gifted to me. I only wear faux fur not made from animal hair. I love animals and they deserve to be treated right and sometimes I come across videos on social media where animals are not being treated right, and it really saddens me. I wish one day I could do something about it.

Who was your inspiration for singing?

If you talk about Pakistan I really appreciate Atif Aslam’s songs and his whole journey actually. The kind of passion he has for singing and it rightly shows in his performances. Apart from that I love Selena Gomez for how humble she is off the camera, and how she is there for her fans. Taylor Swift I admire for the amazing powerhouse of a talent that she is.

Who was your inspiration for hosting?

I grew up watching Nadia Khan because my mother used to watch her show a lot. I loved her positive attitude and if you talk internationally I really enjoy The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

How are you in your private life?

Well, like I said before I’m more of a private person. I’m an introvert. I have a very close-knit circle of friends. I like to spend time with my close friends and family when I’m not working. And, I’m a simple person at heart. I enjoy simple things.

What do you feel our industry is lacking right now?

I feel that people have to be more supportive and encouraging rather than only focusing on strategy. They should also experiment with their filmmaking skills. It’s about time TV dramas evolved.

What do you feel the industry’s strength?

I think how so many new people have joined the industry, be it in movies, dramas, music productions. It’s bringing in new talent, ideas and creating job opportunities for a lot of people, which is a great thing. Thumbs up!

Can you cook?

Well, I can’t really cook except a few things but I’m a foodie. I can eat. (Haha)

Who do you like in international politics??

I really like Justin Trudeau and his positive vibe and how he seems so approachable to his people.

Which actor do you like in Pakistan in terms of acting?

I think Saba Qamar is a phenomenal actor and so versatile.

Who’s your favourite fashion designer internationally and locally?

Internationally, I like Valentino and Alexander Wang for their gowns. For more of an edgy look I really like Balmain. They have really upped their fashion game. Locally, I like Muse and Sana Safinaz.

What’s your personal style like?

I love fashion, but I also wouldn’t wear something, which isn’t going to suit me or my personality. If you ask about my personal style, I love rocker chic and if I am going out formally, I love simplicity and class. I’m not a fan of bling bling or very loud clothes. I love earth tones and black is also my favourite colour. You’ll see a lot of black and grey in my wardrobe and in summer pastels.

What’s one make up trend you wish would go away?

All that layering of foundation along with excess of highlight and contour.

What is one fashion trend you wish would go away?

Boyfriend jeans—I just don’t get them. I never have.

What’s your favourite movie of all times since you have also studied filmmaking?

There isn’t just one. I love Leonardo DiCaprio and the way he does justice to each and every character he plays. I love Shutter Island; I loved watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey being the comic hero that he is, in such a serious role was just phenomenal. I liked Atonement. And, on a lighter side, I enjoy Owen Wilson’s movies.

What are your current projects? What will we be seeing you doing next?

I have signed two dramas; I’m venturing into acting as well.

You will be seeing me on TV again soon. Also, there are some collaborations on the music side, along with some brand endorsements and ads.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without apart from any human?

I’m a huge coffee addict. I don’t think I can live without coffee and, if I may add my cat, Leo.

What’s one quality you hate in a person?

I’m not an advocate of hate but I don’t like people who are unkind, act rude or full of themselves.

The city life or the beach life?

City life

Favourite sport?

Cricket

What’s your favorite emoji?

It’s the clap sign. (Hahaha)

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Introvert

Kind

Good at keeping secrets

Nickname?

Nonie and Lazy

What makes you angry?

Stupidity and people who try to act unkind or too smart

What annoys you?

Traffic

Last item you purchased:

A highlighter kit

What did you google last?

Hmm, I actually YouTubed a song and kept listening to it: Feel by Mahmut Orhan

Favourite quote?

“Be yourself cause the world will adjust to it anyway.” —Anonymous

Where can your fans find you?

I have an Instagram handle which is @aalliihha and a fb fan page as well by the name of aliha chaudry

Mahlia S. Lone

This issue is chock-a-block with celebs. First up are Mikaal and Saarish in a red hot shoot. Mikaal’s just out of a six year marriage and single again ladies. The two actors share an easy camaraderie and steamed up the camera lens with their chemistry. Yasir Hussain talks about how he lands himself in hot water by joking around and how he has redeemed himself by focusing on his work. Adnan Pardesy gives timeless fashion tips both for men and women. And upcoming singer Aliha tells us how she broke out of her shell after marriage. A natural introvert, she learnt to communicate and open up in her year old marriage, which has made her more confident and ambitious to become a big star.

All who were around in the 80s will remember the buxom South Indian Bollywood star, Sridevi who did many a choreographed number with the likes of Jeetander and Mithun. She left movies to marry filmmaker Boney Kapoor with whom she had two pretty daughters. While the mother’s style left much to be desired bordering on the cheap and garish, the daughters are classy fashionistas who have managed to transform Sridevi into a class act as well. Jhanvi Kapoor is all set to follow her mom’s example and venture into films, hardly surprising, but it’s her unerring style and fashion sense, which has everyone turning heads. This is a girl to watch out for!

With all this and more on all the latest fashions, I give you this issue. Enjoy!

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