Now that Lux Style Awards nominations are out, speculations as to who is hot favourite in each category have started. Everyone is predicting winners and vouching for their personal favourites. Here are my two cents on the matter:
Model of the Year (Female)
Nominations are exactly similar to last year’s. My personal favourites in this category are Cybil and Rabia Butt. They have got looks, they have been consistent and have amazing persona. Both have been doing very well both on runway and in photo shoots. If anyone can challenge them, it’s Amna Ilyas and I see this one going to her. She has really made her presence felt in 2012 and now stands as one of country’s top model at the moment. Here petite figure and dusky complexion gives her an extra edge. My prediction is that Amna Ilyas will be taking the trophy home this year though you still cant rule out possibility of any of the other nominees taking this one home.
Model of the Year (Male)
My personal favourite is Shehzad Noor but Waleed Khalid seems to be the most likely winner. As for last year’s winner Abbas Jafri, frankly speaking at this point I am a bit tired of his looks.
Best Fashion Photographer
Rizwan ul Haq
I want to see Nadir Feroz winning this one, he has done some amazing work in 2012 and was definitely designer’s favourite. Guddu Shani could challenge him.
Best Hair and Make-up Artist
Creative Team at Nabila
Creative Team at Tariq Amin
Juju Haider & Shammal Quraishi at Toni&Guy, Lahore
Maram Azmat & Abroo Hashmi
Hands down, this one should go to Juju Haider & Shammal Quraishi at Toni&Guy, Lahore; they have soared to amazing heights in a matter of no time and quality of their work is par excellence. Maram Azmat & Abroo Hashmi lacks the finesse while Raana Khan isn’t as strong as other nominees. Nabila and Tariq Amin are the gurus but it’s time someone else wins this category.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Luxury Pret
Iman Ahmed at Body Focus
Khadija Shah at Elan
Shehla Chatoor is definitely the strongest of above five in luxury pret category. Her evening wear has a signature of its own and she has a very strong and loyal client base who always ensure good coverage for her. Elan by Khadijah Shah would be her strongest competition.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Pret
Iman Ahmed at Body Focus
A very talented and young lot of designers but no one can boast of both strong retail presence and supremacy of design like Sania Maskatiya can, this one’s definitely hers for the taking.
Best Menswear Designer
Republic by Omar Farooq
Menswear has been quite a disappointing affair in 2012 and this is reflected in the nominations. Last year’s winner Republic is strongest of the lot but he hasn’t been very active in last year. Ammar Belal moved to New York last year and has been absent, don’t remember the last time I saw anything by Ismail Farid making the news. Ahmed Bham has a long way to go. Never been an Amir Adnan fan, he might have the stores across the country but all he does is make sherwanis and kurtas which works well for him but don’t think is enough to qualify to win an award.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Lawn
Khaadi by Khaadi
Mahnoush by Arjumand Amin
Orient by Deepak Perwani
Sana Safinaz by Sana Hashwani & Safinaz Muneer
So Kamaal by Elan
Sana Safinaz are the most likely winners but my vote will go to Elan by Khadijah Shah, her last year’s lawn was one of the best of the season. She has intoduced some great diversity to designer lawn category and has made quite a mark for herself.
Best Emerging Talent
Misha Lakhani (Women’s wear designer)
Abdullah Haris (Photography)
Natasha’s Salon (Hair & Make Up Artist)
Saima Azhar (Modeling)
Sana Sarfaraz (Modeling)
I am torn between Misha Lakhani and Abdullah Haris on this one. Both have done amazing work in 2012. Abdullah Haris is a creative genious and never compromises on his craft while Misha Lakhani has established a niche for herself in no time. If I had to predict a winner I would chose Misha Lakhani, Abdullah Haris might be a bit to too arty for judges taste and his lack of commercial appeal might not play in his favour. His work is not everyone’s cup of tea.
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