As part of our on-going 70th-year of Independence celebration, we bring you a new perspective on Pakistan through some extraordinary people who are forging ahead and breaking new ground as they march on to a beat of their own. It is a proud moment indeed, as six young and dynamic Pakistanis made it to the the Forbes “30 Under 30” 2018 list in fields as varied as Manufacturing and Industry; Venture Capital; Retail and E-Commerce; Enterprise Technology and Education.
Our key focus this month is on Waqas Khan, the Lahore-based abstract artist who has created an international appeal with his complex and hypnotic art work composed of millions of minute, intricate dots on canvasses of grand proportions. Like many people who have witnessed his art up close and in person, we were awe-struck by what we saw.
As an ode to our heritage, we chose the regal Lahore Fort as the location for Waqas Khan’s cover shoot with ace photographer and filmmaker, Abdullah Haris. Resplendent in all its glory, and harking back to a Golden Era of economic prosperity and cultural renaissance, the historic fort serves as the perfect backdrop in contrast to young and creative Waqas Khan’s novel approach to the age-old concept of spirituality in art.
2016 was a big year for feminism in fashion. Dior’s first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri sent out a strong message at their Spring 2017 collection which also marked her debut, with the tee shirt reading “We Should All Be Feminists”. Young and trendy fashion designer, Seher Tareen is also on the front lines of the feminism in fashion debate in Pakistan with her latest collection, “Hear Me Roar”. With her previous collections also entrenched in thoughtful messages and movements, such as her 2014 Luxury Pret capsule collection “Neo Nouveau” inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century, Tareen has quite a track record of rooting her fashion in deeper meaning.
Also featured in this issue of DESTINATIONS is a story on the evolution of the region’s favourite brew “chai”, as it moved out of classic tea houses to dhaabas (kiosks) into today’s new and hip, millennial chai cafes. Writer and photographer, M. Bilal Hassan follows the trail and makes a compelling case in favour of this hot drink as it seems to be fuelling Pakistan’s financial hub, Karachi.
Lastly, as we mark this landmark year, it is to say Pakistan is not 70 years old – as you turn the pages, the stories go on to show, it is 70 years young and the changing of the guard has ushered in a new set of flag-bearers.