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‘The Anniversary Edition’ launches, celebrating 5 yrs of Mahnoush

Portraits By Abdullah Haris

This 2014, Pakistan’s premium boutique lawn brand, Mahnoush, celebrated their half a decade of beauty, consummate quality and one-of-a-kind design aesthetic with the launch of ‘The Anniversary Edition’, a new signature lawn collection for spring/summer 2014, that will be available across Pakistan and internationally on March 28.
The exclusive preview was attended by fashion, media and social personalities alike including models Huma Khan, Natasha Hussain, Uzma Khan, Nooray Bhatti, Zara Peerzada, Cybil Chaudhry, Alyzeh Gabol, Alizeh Waqar; stylists Shehzad Raza, Maram and Aabroo; designers Fahad Hussayn, HSY, Tia Noon, Ali Xeeshan, Zara Shahjahan, Sadia Mirza, Rana Noman Haq and celebrated artist Shahzia Sikander.
For this collection, Mahnoush CEO and Head Designer Arjumand Amin, introduced a chic aesthetic journey with her signature researched prints based on 12 unique designs in two colour variations each. Renowned for unusual and unique colour combinations, the Mahnoush S/S 14 colour palette is inspired by vibrant summer tones as well as softer hues with silk and jacquard borders and panels, embroidered necklines, broaches and meticulously crafted embroidered shirts.
In celebration of Mahnoush’s five definitive years in lawn and fashion, Amin further introduced a campaign inspired by five modern, diverse and dynamic women in Pakistan, each of whom are symbolic of what Mahnoush represents over the course of its journey: quality, distinctiveness and beauty. 
The five incredible women celebrated by Mahnoush are master couturier Bunto Kazmi, the fearless filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, artist extraordinaire Shahzia Sikander, dynamic social entrepreneur Roshaneh Zafar and leading athlete and sporting entrepreneur Naseem Hameed.
Speaking about Mahnoush and their five years celebration with these five incredible women, Amin said, “Mahnoush in Persian means ‘seeker of beauty’ and that is precisely what we have worked to achieve with each individual design. Indeed this year we mark half a decade of seeking beauty; at Mahnoush, we believe that a unique eye, coupled with meticulous attention to detail equals excellence. That is our creed – five years on, we have endeavoured to bring polish, aesthetic and a distinct fashion experience to our patrons. Also with our five-year anniversary edition, I am honoured to be celebrating five unique women, each of whom has worked to change the landscape in which they operate. 
Mahnoush is thrilled beyond measure to have the honour of celebrating Bunto Kazmi, the incredibly elegant and talented couturier. This self-effacing and media-shy personality creates not just beautiful clothes, but works of art, heirlooms to be passed on from one generation to the next. With intricate workmanship and motifs that ultimately save the best of our sartorial traditions for coming generations, she is a living legend. 
We are equally delighted to have Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy celebrated; she was an obvious choice for us. She brought fame to the nation and attention to the thousands of women who are the victims of acid attacks in Pakistan with her documentary Saving Face in 2012, which won an Academy Award. She followed this achievement with another, an Emmy Award for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban, and was the first non-American to win the Livingstone Award for young journalists. She was conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan and was also included in Time magazine’s 2012 annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. We love her! 
The brilliant artist Shahzia Sikander is also an integral part of our five incredible women. She is responsible for re-inventing miniature painting as practiced in Pakistan today. Her multi-media work in video, animation, mural and installation has pioneered a new discourse in the arts by bringing contemporary miniature painting into the international arena. She was recently awarded the MacArthur Genius Award and is currently working on a new project commissioned by the Samdani Foundation, Dhaka. 
A true Pakistani hero, Mahnoush celebrates Roshaneh Zafar as a ground breaking social entrepreneur. She is renowned for her pioneering work in helping women in lower-income groups achieve economic parity. Founder and MD of Kashf Foundation, Zafar based her organisation on the micro-financing model of the Grameen Bank, started by Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus. Kashf has disbursed over 2.2 million loans and redirected the lives of thousands of households. 
Finally, Mahnoush is proud to commemorate the spirited sportswoman Naseem Hameed, a Pakistani sporting icon who gained fame for her country when she won the gold medal in the 100-metre dash at the 11th South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2010. She became the fastest woman in South Asia by clocking in at 11.81 seconds, and she was appointed ambassador of sports in recognition of her achievement. She has opened an academy to train other women athletes in Karachi, to contribute to the development of sports and women in Pakistan.”

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