Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

Threads of unity collected threads for more than one shirt

22 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

When you think of Pakistani fashions, you know for sure it is not just pieces of fabric sewn together. It is always color, layers, embroidery, beading, layering… lots of effort and love put together to create one garment. So, to attend Pakistani fashion show is always a thrill, – you know there will be many “wows” and “awes” and other exclamations. It is extra bang when you know this show supports those in need – victims of flood.

On Saturday night, February 19, Westin Arlington Gateway was full of that color and sparkle. “Threads of unity” fashion show, featuring Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari, graced the runway and left everybody in pure ecstatic mood. There is so much elegance and femininity to these clothes, no wonder lines formed after the show to buy those off the rack!  There was men collection, too, as well colorful and embroidered.

Shannon Grewer, founder of Fashion for Pakistan flood relief, highlighted in her speech, that there are still tons to be done, although media almost don’t talk about it anymore. It is not “hot” anymore? Yes, tragedy happened more than half year ago, but considering that about 20 million people got directly affected by it, and fifth part of whole country went underwater, the amount of resources needed to rebuild and recover is enormous. And of course, fashion is always there to help.

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Threads of unity

12 Jan

An event to benefit Fashion for Pakistan flood relief is coming on February, 19. General admission is $65 ($75 at the door), VIP is $100. Tickets can be purchased here

Yours truly is an official photographer for this event. Stay tuned for article with pictures.


Pakistan fashion fighting flood

17 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Yesterday night Pakistani Embassy was flooded… with people. Everybody came to  celebrate the launch of Fashion for Pakistan Flood Relief, a non-profit organization established to raise funds for the floods victims and to increase the awareness among Americans of this tragedy.

Ambassador of Pakistan  Husain Haqqani and his wife Farahnaz Ispahani warmly greeted all the guests, gently reminding about the importance of the cause they all gathered together for. Fashion is wonderful but money has to be raised to surmount the tragedy. Although the most of the water has receded, complete devastation, disease and hunger remain. There is limited access to clean water… and food shortages. Standing water, submerged land and dead livestock have led to numerous cases, particularly in children, of gastroenteritis, diarrhea, skin infections, cholera, typhoid, malaria and hepatitis.

The fashion designer featured that evening, Deepak Perwani, asked the media to send a word out that Pakistan is not “only bombs”, which is only small, negative part of the whole culture, it is many positive things, including fashion. Fashion defines whether or not country is in stable economic situation, but it also shows people’s hope for brighter future, despite of current tragical situation. He believes that his country will manage to overcome these hardest obstacles and become even stronger and happier nation. His clothes made the audience go “awe” numerous times, and cameras would not stop clicking.

Designer Deepak Perwani flanked by models and Ambassador couple

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