Day 1 of Fashion Pakistan Week from the backrow

Published: April 1, 2015
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Photo: Saba Khalid

When you sit all the way in the fashion “dungeon” or what is affectionately called “the back row”, you notice and hear a lot of things you would not normally know or hear about while sitting all the way in the front.

None of it has anything to do with the actual show.

That is because your view of the runway is usually obstructed by a lady who decides to Empire State out her hair that day. The front rowers smoothly click, swipe, post on 10 different social platforms in a matter of seconds. You get up excitedly to shoot from your Chinese phone, stumble on your Bata heels, and fall in the lap of a fellow Z-lister as he takes his 9,480,985th selfie. Even if you manage to get that picture, it takes half an hour to upload it thanks to the 0G internet connection you have.

So instead of paying attention to the show, what choice do you have but to imagine what celebrities, designers, bloggers and journalists are “actually” thinking, saying, feeling during the show.

Here are some candid moments and my imagined thoughts from Day 1 at the Fashion Pakistan Week:

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Photo: Saba Khalid

Let’s hope that after this post goes out, this fashion pariah is not escorted from the fashion dungeons on Day 2 and executed publically on the runway.

Saba Khalid

Saba Khalid

A blogger for Rolling Stone magazine, a contributor to Kulturaustauch and Musikexpres, Saba is an Institute for Foreign Affairs (IFA) Cross Culture scholar for the year 2012 who also teaches creative writing to young aspiring writers. She blogs at www.thecityalive.com and can be found on instagram as @thecityalive

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