Review: The Mind-blowing Solo Fashion Show By Sana Safinaz At FPW2019


Aimed to present western aesthetics for local audience, the Sana Safinaz’s latest collection is a balanced blending between East and West. The collection ‘Message from the East’ have been crafted to show the exquisiteness when west meets the east’s traditional motifs and artistic creativity.

Famous for their artistic fusion work, Pakistan’s fashion designer duo Sana Safinaz showed a range of modern-day cuts, colors and styling. However, the array of designs didn’t succeed in presenting something for everyone. Some Victorian style cuts are not very practical and can’t be adopted in 21st century, yet we can still say that the idea and creativity behind the collection startlingly displayed in the essence of ‘Message from the East’.

The wonderful amalgamation of materials from light net to dense fabrics, bright to dark shades and unique cuts proves the designer duo has a amazing chemistry to present out of box concept. One thing is very confusing, the season has been changed, from winter to summer, but Sana Safinaz added velvet and suede in their collection. Pakistan’s fashion enthusiasts can’t wear such heavy material in the upcoming hot and humid season, May be the designer duo focused their international clients for these heavy fabric designs.

Some of designs gives the bohemian vibes. The designs included flared trousers paired with long shirts. The rich shades integrated with light to heavy embroidery, silk thread work along with pearls, tassels, rhinestones and traditional fringe style kiran.

For the wedding season and brides-to-be, Sana Safinaz displayed lehengas, cholis and gowns made with satin, tissue, organza and mainly in greyish or silver tones with experimental embellishments on dupattas.



Review: Ali Sethi's Chandni Raat Is An Emotional Treat For Music Lovers


Ali Sethi’s latest song Chandni Raat is a deep song that takes out the treasure chest of recollections for those people who have to face the distress of longing.

Directed by Sarmad Khoosat and Awais Gohar, Chandni Raat has been composed using only three conventional instruments. These includes the violin, horn and piano which is almost 130 years old. The important thing to note is that musicians have not used any digital instrument.


Produced in Los Angeles by Grammy-winning musician Noah Georgeson (‘Narcos’ OST), this Urdu ghazal builds upon a famous ‘sher’ or couplet from the late Saifuddin Saif:

Chandni Raat badi der ke baad aayi hai
Lab be ik baat badi der ke baad aayi hai

(It’s a Moonlit Night after all
I wish to tell you something after all)

Lahore-based lyricist Shakeel Sohail added the remaining lyrics and give it a more deep meaning.

The music video shows a glass house with broken windows that portrays depressing atmosphere. One can see many stranded characters waiting inside it with their luggage. Just before the end of the video, all people come together while sharing the peace, unity and the gloominess changes in to light. Reaching to find each other for comfort, support, kindness, these characters shows solidarity.

If you are a keen watcher, you will definitely relate these characters with diverse segments of Pakistan’s society. All people have their own personal stories that echo the ghazal’s classic themes of Wasl (Union) and Firaaq (Separation).

“I trained in ghazal singing for many years, and one of the things I noticed was how lightly people had begun to take the genre. Young people think a ghazal is a sad love poem! Actually the great ghazals are full of powerful messages — about love, war, God, social justice — that go all the way back to the Sufis.”

"Chandni Raat is actually talking about the emotions through a beautiful music. The music video has already received a great deal of praise from Pakistan as well as India’s audiences, who have interpreted it as a call for togetherness and peace in a time of conflict.