My Lahore feat. Zara Shahjahan

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SALIMA FEERASTA AKA KARACHISTA PLAYS A ROUND OF RAPID FIRE WITH THE FABULOUS DESIGNER TO SEE WHAT MAKES HER A QUINTESSENTIAL LAHORI

Native or Visitor?

Native.

Typical Lahore Experience:

Lahore Walkabout. It’s a great way of experiencing the charm of Old City. You wander through the twisting lanes of old Lahore to iconic historical sites like the Badshahi Mosque, the newly restored Shahi Hamam and of course, the Lahore Fort. You visit old havelis’s and have lunch at the Fakir Khana Museum, enjoying traditional food like saag and makai ki roti.

Who do you call when you want to let your hair down?

My closest friend, Ayesha Fazli.

Ultimate Desi Food Joint:

There are so many, but my favourite is Andaaz in the Old City. Their rooftop terrace has great views, but it’s their food that keeps me coming back. There are loads of delicious dishes and some of my favourites include their khatti daal, the palak paneer and the till tikka.

Favourite restaurant:

Once again, it would have to be Andaaz. There are loads of different cuisines available in Lahore now but there’s nothing like our own desi food.

What would you do if you were Governor for a day:

I would cancel the Orange Line. So many gorgeous old buildings have been knocked down or are going to be knocked down, while others will have their foundations rocked. Our heritage is being destroyed in the name of progress.

Go-to spa:

Nirvana.

Favourite shops:

The Last Word is my favourite shopping experience. I also love the old vintage shops in Main Market.

Best dessert in town:

I’m not really a dessert person, so am not really qualified to answer that.

What would you change about Lahore:

The traffic! It’s grown so much over recent years that it now takes ages to get anywhere.

Which building would you love to restore:

The train station. It’s so beautiful.

Worst memory:

I’m sure there are some, but none bad enough to be kept in my heart.

Best memory:

I grew up, here so my childhood memories are beautiful and all in Lahore.

Favourite hidden gem:

The bazaar behind the train station. I’ve found some beautiful antiques there.

Essential luxury:

We get five months of beautiful weather in Lahore, so we take full advantage of the parks. There are some really nice ones and my favourite is Model Town Park.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:

As much as Lahore has developed, many people still have a small town mentality. The best advice I’ve ever been given is to ignore the gossips and just live my life.

What are you up to these days?

For my Spring/Summer collection at fashion week, I’ve drawn inspiration from colours of Kashmir, the pink chai and shawl colours, as well as from their embroidery and traditional phirans. PSFW is always a blast, and I loved showcasing my collection.

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