For many, the start of a brand new year is a time of reflection. A time to look back at the year gone by, ponder over lessons learnt, adventures undertaken and journeys completed. As we at DESTINATIONS look back at our year, one that marked the launch of the magazine and saw it establish itself as the definitive voice on travel and lifestyle, we are filled with gratitude at the overwhelming response from our readers and resolved to continue on our mission to bring you the best of Pakistan and abroad.
That’s a promise that is executed masterfully in our cover shoot for our New Year Special Edition. Featuring the sublime Sadaf Kanwal and shot by the maestro himself, photographer Abdullah Haris, our editorial shoot creates history by bringing the best of international couture to Pakistan. Feast your eyes on divine creations by Christian Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Juan and Roland Mouret, styled under the skilful eye of top international stylist Ozzy Shah. In a complementing feature, the London-based Shah, stylist to the stars, discusses his Pakistani heritage, his rise to fame from a Vogue intern to styling shoots for leading international publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and dressing divas such as Monica Bellucci.
DESTINATIONS’ second cover is no less spectacular, for it features the power couple of the art world, Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi. Internationally renowned for their thought-provoking works of art, these contemporary miniature artists talk to us about inspiration, their new home, their collective love for Pakistan and a recent trip to the mesmerizing Hunza Valley. Meanwhile, art historian and museum curator Sona Datta weaves a compelling tale of retrospection based on the works of both Khalid and Qureshi, chronicling how their life and art are inextricably intertwined.
In yet another nod to DESTINATIONS’ position as one of the country’s leading magazines, we were amongst the select few handpicked by the Dubai Tourism Board last month for a chance to discover the real Dubai, beyond the swanky malls and the glitzy high-rises. Read all about the 4-day trip in our special Dubai segment, and open your eyes to a side of the city rarely seen by tourists, one that is marked by true Emirati hospitality and culture.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, leading journalist and media producer Fifi Haroon provides a rare personal insight into the life of one of the most prominent families of the country, as she remembers the Karachi and Hyderabad of her cherished childhood.
Also in this issue, journalist and actor Mira Sethi writes an engaging account of her recent Parisian sojourn, while designer Hira Ali gives us tried and tested tips for backpacking across the USA. Yoga practitioners Saba Rana and Azmat Alibhai discover the pristine coast of Gawadar and the chaos of Cairo respectively; while architect Fatima Zaheer Khan takes us on a tour of an idyllic country retreat nestled in the heart of rural Punjab.
For all these tales of travel, exploration, cutting-edge fashion and lifestyle, turn the pages of our New Year Special and feast your senses.