Collection : Celebrate Eid With Labels E-Store

3 days, 3 outfits and 1 shopping destination. Labels E-Store is the place to be to satisfy your need for variety in terms of designers, cuts and styles with absolute convenience. Here are my top 10 picks.

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MAHEEN KARIM Jumpsuit – Buy Here
MISHA LAKHANI Toga – Buy Here
KHADIJA KARIM Silk Net Outfit – Buy Here
FAHAD HUSSAYN COUTURE Outfit – Buy Here
INSAM Outfit – Buy Here
SILK BY FAWAD KHAN Jumpsuit – Buy Here
SANAM CHAUDHRI Lace Pants – - Buy Here
ZUNERA BY LABELS Sari – Buy Here
LABELS Chikankari Shirt – Buy Here
PALETTE Angarkha – Buy Here

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Sale Alert: Saks Fifth Avenue

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest sales of the month at everyone’s favourite place, Saks Fifth Avenue. Below are two looks from the sale that I’ve got my eyes on.

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LOOK 1

ELIE TAHARI Lambskin Jacket – Buy here
REBECCA MINKOFF Blouse – Buy here
BLANK NYC Denims – Buy here
VALENTINO Sandals – Buy here
ORYANY Bag – Buy here

Look 2

WYATT Shirt – Buy here
TRACTR Pants – Buy here
GUCCI Clutch – Buy here
SAINT LAURENT Pumps – Buy here
BLOSSOM BOX Earrings – Buy here

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What’s In A Bag?

Not one to shy away from fashionable statements, ace stylist Maha Burney shares with CoutureAbility all the daily essentials that she keeps away in her gorgeous bluette Prada Saffiano proving that when it comes to fashion, she’s effortlessly chic inside out!

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SHOP:

PRADA Saffiano Lux Tote – Buy Here

MICHAEL KORS Wallet – Buy Here

MICHAEL KORS Aviators – Buy Here

MAC Impassioned Lipstick – Buy Here

Dior Mazette 028 Lipstick – Buy Here

GIORGIO ARMANI Maestro Foundation – Buy Here

DIOR Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo Blush – Buy Here

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Fashion Alerts: New Face of LABELS E-Store

The ultimate online fashion destination, LABELS e-Store, has a new face and there’s no denying how crisp and fresh it looks.

Check out the site at www.labelsestore.com to quench all your shopping desires.

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Fashion Alerts: Diva Haute Couture by Sana Rashid

After a highly successful trunk show last month in London, Sana Rashid of Diva Haute Couture is all set to embellish Karachi with her Spring/Summer ’14 collection, namely, Confessions of a Summer Romance.”

Diva Haute Couture was started in 2008 by Sana Rashid and as the heiress to the Al-Murtaza Machinery legacy, she was destined to join the fashion bandwagon. A textile design graduate from IVSAA, Sana further went on to complete her Masters in Fashion from the prestigious Ravensbourne College, London.

With their ever-increasing success, the brand will soon be re-launching a studio in Karachi and also plan to stock across Pakistan, Middle East, London and across North America.

As the name suggests, the collection uses a soft summery pastel palette that is enhanced by kanthas, blockprints, tarkashi and nets. Shot with an international team against London’s gorgeous backdrop that originally served as the inspiration behind the collection, “Confessions of a Summer Romance” by Diva Haute Couture is all set for a 2 days exhibit starting from June 20th to 21st at Forty4 restaurant, Clifton.

Stay tuned for the red carpet coverage and exhibition details.

You can check out Diva Haute Couture’s Facebook page here.

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Collection Review: Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker

When it comes to reviewing fashion, it is pure passion but when it comes to reviewing fashion for a cause it is immense appreciation and pure love. Staying true to such genuine aesthetics, eyewear maestro, Warby Parker, is no stranger to the aforementioned term ‘Fashion with a Purpose.’

With a brilliant mission statement, namely, “We believe that everyone has the right to see,” not only does the brand cater to beautifully crafted frames and impeccable quality at brilliant prices but also partners with non-profit organizations to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. As a result, Warby Parker has successfully distributed over 500,000 pairs of glasses to those in need.

Working along similar lines, Warby Parker has recently and very successfully collaborated with supermodel Karlie Kloss to launch three stunning sunglasses through which a portion of each sale will benefit an organization dear to Karlie, namely, Edible Schoolyard NYC. Edible Schoolyard NYC provides low-income public schools with kitchens and gardens. Via a curriculum led by Edible Schoolyard staff, students benefit by learning the gears to develop healthy habits. In addition to this and keeping their main motive in mind, for every pair sold, Warby Parker will distribute a pair.

Moving on to the design aspect of the frames, the trio are an ideal depiction of Karlie’s main characteristics of being polished, graceful and full of personality. The brand worked side by side with Karlie to ensure that her welcoming nature and super fun energy is perfectly personified within the designs and craftsmanship of these feminine yet classic sunglasses that will simultaneously prove to be immensely flattering and practical for all face types.

The frames are constructed from ultra-strong and lightweight titanium in Heirloom Silver and Heirloom Gold featuring gradient lenses in shades of Violet Clover, Sepia Wash, Faded Slate, Copper Fade and Indigo Wash.

“Collaborating with Warby Parker on this capsule collection was an amazing experience. I’ve always admired their commitment to social enterprise and am so excited that our partnership is supporting Edible Schoolyard NYC’s inspiring work,” Karlie says while discussing her collection.

Co-CEO and co-founder Neil Blumenthal says, “We’ve been looking forward to working with Karlie, and not just because we’ve been friends for a while. Her enthusiasm, great taste and giving spirit make her a natural collaborator for Warby Parker.”

All in all the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker frames are immensely practical, classy, on trend, and marvelously flattering providing an effortlessly chic look.
The frames are available June 10 online and in stores at a dazzling price tag of $145 each and a definite buy this season!

You can shop the entire collection here.

Happy Shopping!!

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Collection: Maria Ali

Designer Maria Ali graduated from the prestigious Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture. She has been pursuing her passion for fashion designing by designing for friends and family for more than a decade. It was this sincere commitment and passion towards designing that led her to launch her own label, namely, Maria Ali.

With clothes ranging from smart casuals, luxury pret and classic formals, one is destined to appreciate her design anesthetics consisting of a perfect blend of subtle romanticism along with sophistication.

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Spotted: Zahraa Saifullah in Mahnoush and Hermes

Zahraa Saifullah was spotted at the launch of Mahnoush’s spring/summer 2014 lawn looking immensely regal donning one of their lawn designs along with an Etoupe JPG shoulder Birkin. I would’ve loved to see just a tad hint of purple to offset that border on the shirt. A top bun and black pumps provided the finishing touches.

Below are some of my choices to serve as the perfect statement accessory.

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Delvaux Madame PM here

Bottega Veneta Stretch Knot here

Bottega Veneta Snakeskin/Metal Mesh Knot here

Balenciaga Classic Envelope Clutch here

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Style Profiles: Shazia Deen of Neemar

There has rarely been a time that Shazia Deen hasn’t caught my eye when it comes to dressing well. I’ve always found her to be crisp, ultra chic and effortless in her ensembles, precisely the way I’d like my own choices to be…no nonsense and easy. The sophisticated jewellery designer knows where it’s at when it comes to accessorizing and adding that extra oomph to an otherwise simple outfit via a bold-coloured statement accessory.

Below are some of her looks that I’ve absolutely adored over the years and by the looks of it, her go to labels are definitely Chanel, Hermes, Charlotte Olympia and Bottega Veneta. I, for one, am drooling over that green Chanel. Almost makes me regret going neutral on my last purchase.

More power to you Shazia!

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Photo Credit: Style On Paper, Crescent Facebook, Fashion Central, Sunday Times, Mehwish Khan Facebook, Sana Safinaz, Niche Lifestyle

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Rendezvous: Feeha Jamshed For CoutureAbility

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With her firm aesthetics, design sensibility and her down-to-earth self, Feeha Jamshed has quickly and successfully carved her name in the hearts of many. She’s taught many of her onlookers on how not to be dictated by fashion, but to own every inch of it with immense ease. A definite fashion guru rather than a victim, Feeha shares her opinions in reference to the world of fashion, her label’s design philosophy, life after marriage and images from her recent trip to Bali exclusive to CoutureAbility.

Q. Feeha, your style aesthetic is synonymous with the term “casual chic” specifically because you own your ensembles rather than it being the other way around. Is that a huge influence while designing for your label, Feeha Jamshed, as well?

FJ: Any designer who understands his/her own style of living will only produce that product. Yes I do like to put my style out there in terms of fashion.

Q. What precisely is the quintessential design philosophy behind the name ‘Feeha Jamshed’ and how would you differentiate it from your legendary label ‘Teejays’?

FJ: ‘FEEHA JAMSHED’ is all about a woman who has discovered her true self and owns her style unabashedly. She is strong, independent and free-spirited in that regard. We are a label design for the stylish urban women.

‘Teejays’ embodies the same design aesthetic as ‘FEEHA JAMSHED’ as I learned everything from my father. The only thing that sets my label apart from ‘Teejays’ is the fact that ‘Teejays is geared more towards the androgynous look while my label has a lot more femininity in terms of design.

Q. Can you give us an insight on the upcoming tailoring trends and colour palettes?

FJ: Boxy silhouettes, rolled-up tapered trousers, westernized shalwar kameez, an influence of late 60s and early 70s and purple will be big in the coming year along with black edgings.

Q. What is the one fashion trend you would like to initiate/restart in Pakistan?

FJ: To present shalwar kameez in a very global, modern and jet-setting light.

Q. What is the one fashion trend you would like to eradicate from Pakistan?

FJ: The handkerchief dresses that are shown a lot on the ramp these days should be eradicated completely and blanked out from everyone’s memory.

Q. Being a working woman in Pakistan, do you feel you have had to face any forms of restrictions/challenges in your work place?

FJ: I believe the challenges at the workplace come with the package which makes the environment more interesting. I believe in Marilyn Monroe’s saying “We live in a man’s world” which is beautiful only if you’re a woman in it.

Q. Is there someone specific both nationally and internationally that you would like to dress?

FJ: Locally, nobody in particular but I would like to continue seeing my clothes on stylish women. Internationally, I would like to dress Queen Rania and Cate Blanchett.

Q. What is a day like in the life of Feeha Jamshed?

FJ: Just a hectic day like any ordinary woman’s day with three lines under her label.

Q. Now that you are married, how different is managing work life and personal life?

FJ: I don’t get to see my parents as much I would like to because of my hectic work schedule and then heading back to my new home

Q. What’s commendable about you is the fact that whatever label you carry, you own it. Describe your style mantra to us.

FJ: My style mantra is to combine different pieces together and make an outfit. I would call my style ‘eclectic’

Q. I understand you were in Bali recently, tell us a little about your trip and your shopping indulgences.

FJ: Bali is a very eclectic place booming with culture, art and fashion and that makes it a very uniquely stylish place. I bought some very interesting pieces by local fashion designers there.

Q. Which designers invade your closet the most?

FJ: My closet is not a shrine to designer labels.

Q. What is the most prized possession found in your closet?

FJ: My mother’s tweed slacks, her velvet oversized coat, her vintage costume jewelry, her Afghani phulkari shawl which is 150 years old and my grandmother’s jewelry.

Q. What advice do you have to offer to the aspiring designers out there?

FJ: Have a signature style!

Q. Lastly, what do you think of ‘CoutureAbility’ as a blog?

FJ: It’s great to see this influx of new blogs but what makes ‘CoutureAbility’ different is the fact that it’s purely dedicated to fashion!

Favorite designer nationally:

Kamiar Rokni and Umar Sayeed

Favorite designer internationally:

Yves Saint Laurent, Yohji Yamamoto and Givenchy

Wardrobe staples:

A classic white shirt, a classic denim shirt, a well-fitted pair of denim jeans and black or brown platform heels

Recent indulgence:

My Tom Ford cat eye glasses

Last Vacation Spot:

Bali, Indonesia

Heels or Flats:

I choose my shoes depending on the occasion and what I am feeling

Shoe designer you swear by:

Manolo Blahnik

Which watch do you wear:

My grandmother’s vintage watch

Current favorite books:

100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

3 rules of fashion you cannot live without:

There are no rules required in fashion. One should set his/her own rules!

What’s overrated in fashion:

Everything!

Prêt, luxury prêt or couture:

Retail/Prêt and couture because I like to sketch from scratch

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