2 Minute Interview With
Ruby Shakel is amongst the most sought after designers of Pakistan. She has been a successful fashion designer for the last two decades. Her brand name is synonymous with luxury and glamour and she is renowned especially for her ethereal bridal wear collections. Her huge client base is not only limited to Pakistan but is spread all over the globe including UK, USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and many other countries. Recently MAG caught up with Ruby for a brief chat. Excerpts:
What is fashion for you?
Fashion for me is how you carry yourself.
What matters to you the most as a designer?
Well I have to ensure that whatever cuts or colours I am using are going to suit my client.
Your greatest achievement is...
I am satisfied with whatever I have achieved up till now.
Worst part of being a designer is...
The worst part is that one way or another family gets neglected.
Who in your opinion is the greatest fashion icon?
What is the biggest myth about the fashion industry?
Well I can't say anything about that. (laughs)
What fashion predictions would you like to make for 2012?
In 2012, long flowy cuts are going to remain in vogue. I believe this style is very feminine, so it should stay for 2013 as well.
Which colours will be hot this season?
All the vibrant colours will stay in.
What can we expect from you in 2012?
You can expect lots of bridals from me in 2012.
Any message for the amateur designers out there?
Work hard and be loyal to your work.
Art – A Classic Play
by WAJIHA JAWAID
An Urdu adaptation of Yasmina Reza's famous play, Art was recently staged at Arts Council Karachi. The enthralling performance of talented performers of NAPA Repertory Theatre gave a new height to this classic play. It is a story of three friends, Sameer – an affluent man who has recently developed a taste for modern art, Sahir – an Urdu poet and Salman – an ordinary paper market worker. Their friendship faces a tough time when Sahir buys a painting at an exorbitant price. His intellectual friend Sahir criticises him for buying an article in the name of art which is nothing but a white canvas whereas Salman being a diplomat tries to settle down the conflict between his two close friends. There were interesting arguments that took place between the three friends regarding that painting, which was not only entertaining but also thought provoking. The situation becomes complicated however, when arguments move from artwork to attacks on each other's personal lives putting their friendships in jeopardy. The captivating performances of seasoned artists of Repertory Theatre kept the audience engrossed till the last scene. Adnan Jaffar was very convincing playing the character of a rich divorced middle-aged guy. Fawad Khan performed the character of a stereotypical intellectual with ease and perfection. However, the most entertaining was the promising Mansoor Ahmed Khan, who played Salman's character. He played a simple guy who didn't have any opinion about anything and he was trying to tackle the situation by keeping a diplomatic approach.
Yasmina Reza is a French playwright who garnered international acclaim for her play Art. She received the 1998 Lawrence Olivier Award for best comedy and the 1998 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for best play, as well as Moliere awards for best author, best play and best production. The play has been translated and performed in over 30 languages. The play was translated in Urdu by Samina Nazeer and Tariq Siddiqui, while the former also directed the play.
How To Spark A Breakthrough
Turn your dream into a reality – it's easier than you think.
We're willing to bet you've got a dream. Maybe it's writing a prize-winning novel or running a gorgeous boutique, swapping that dreary desk for life in the classroom or taking a chance on the other side of the world. We have some good news for you. Your dream is perfectly achievable, and now is the perfect time to turn that genius idea into something fabulous. But where do you start? Here, we give you some expert tips to turn that dream into a reality.
Create A Vivid Vision
Seeing really is believing. Whether it's writing a novel or starting a business, if you can't truly see yourself doing it you've already created unnecessary barriers that will get in the way of your success. Picture yourself six months in the future. Seeing yourself there actually takes your brain in a new direction. And, your confidence will rocket, too. Your brain will actually become conditioned to the fact that this dream is possible.
Make A Habit
Once something is a habit its a lot easier to do. And that habit can be something as simple as going to your local coffee shop for half an hour every day to work on your big idea. You'll be amazed what you can achieve in that short space of time.
Focus On The Finance
Starting a business may actually cost less than you think. Having three to six months' salary saved as a 'comfort buffer', so you'll know you can pay your bills, leaving you to focus completely on the goal itself. Even if your dream is to retrain or write a book, it is still sensible to have a financial bottom line.
Perfect Your Pitch
Whatever your dream, selling yourself is essential. Have a good stance, stand tall, hold your head up high and look people in the eye. You create the climate with your energy, so be positive and excited. Speak clearly and don't be afraid to raise potential problems – just make sure you do it early and then go on to offer solutions.
Brave That First Bump
Every endeavour involves struggles; the key to success is how you handle them. Ask yourself if it really was a failure and think about what you can take from the mistake, instead of focusing on why it was so bad.
Find A Mentor
Finally, remember that you don't have to do this by yourself. To find a great mentor or coach, go for a personal recommendation and remember that you can be coached over Skype, phone or email. But whether you have help or you do it alone, you must learn to evaluate your own success.