The two-day Sindh Fashion Festival, which began with fanfare and humongous festivity on Wednesday taking place at the National Academy of Performing Arts, unfortunately could not continue its celebration and style strut on ramp as Karachi fell prey to deadly attacks on Thursday.
The attack, which claimed the lives of 13 policemen, was aimed at their bus resulting in 55 more injured. The Sindh Fashion Festival organised and arranged by businessman Shehryar Taseer, was scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday as planned. However, owing to these unfavourable and tragic circumstances, the Day 2 of the fashion fest has been delayed to be held later.
“The efforts that the police officers of Karachi have made to keep the city safe, especially over the days of the Sindh Festival so far, have been immense. In light of the attack that claimed the lives of so many of these brave men, it is inappropriate to hold an event that is essentially celebratory in nature, because today (Thursday) is their funeral,” Taseer said while talking to Daily Times. He also added how the date for Day 2 of the fashion fest will be announced soon, following for, which he would personally ensure that all the funds from the event will go directly towards helping the families of those who have been killed in the line of duty. “The Day 2 of the Sindh Fashion Fest will be dedicated to the families of the martyrs who died today (Thursday).”
The Sindh Fashion Festival’s Day 2 line-up comprised some of Karachi’s finest fashion designers including Faiza Samee, Munib Nawaz, Nomi Ansari, Sonya Battla, Farnaz Mustafa, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi and Sana Safinaz. Taseer, who also walked the ramp for designer Amir Adnan, was accompanied on stage by Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari to auction off a watch that sold for Rs 1 million. MPA Owais Muzaffar has donated a valuable watch of his to be put for auction on Day 2 of the Sindh Fashion Festival, the proceeds of, which will be sent to the victims’ families. Not just this luxury watch, but other expensive luxury items will also be put up for auction on Day 2.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PPP leader Sherry Rehman also graced the event. Others in attendance were leading dignitaries, journalists and media persons.
Make-up artist and stylist Nabila Maqsood was behind the creative direction of the event whereas the media and PR was handled by Tehmina Khaled of TakeII. The beautiful event’s set-up and backstage management was carried out by Productions O21.
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