Fashion Week held in Pakistan, defying Taliban threats

18:09, November 06, 2009      

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Defying Taliban's threats, the fashionists in Pakistan clustered in the southern commercial hub for the ongoing Karachi Fashion Week to showcase a different side of the terror-torn country.

Intricate and colorful fabrics lit up the catwalk as bold models shrugged off all security fears as well as local social norms. But hopes of attracting top international designers and models to Karachi were scuppered after a wave of high profile terror attacks across the country, killing over 300 people in October.

The Karachi Fashion Week has, however, attracted 35 top Pakistani designers, many of whom are well known in South Asia, such as Deepak Perwani and Maheen Khan, who recently attended the Milan fashion week in Italy.

"We want to show that there is positivity in Pakistan, that there is hope for people to continue living at least a certain kind of life even in the face of terror," a young and upcoming designer Sanam Agha told reporters.

Postponed twice over security concerns, the four-day fashion week runs until Saturday to show off the wares of the country's top designers along with 30 of its top models.

The courageous fashion event is being held as Pakistani security forces continue to battle entrenched Taliban and other militant fighters in the remote, rugged South Waziristan tribal region.

"Despite all sorts of hurdles and difficulties our country faces, our designers are far more creative and our models are prettier than those of many other nations," said one of the top models.

Source: Xinhua
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