Most Stylish Men of The Year – 2014

Evolution of menswear style in Pakistan hasn’t been at par with womenswear but one can take respite in the fact that it is evolving though at a more sluggish pace then one would want it to.

2014 saw emergence of some delightful red carpet fashion in menswear department. While old guns continued their commendable performance in style department, a lot of new stars got a chance to shine as well thanks to more opportunities/awareness in general and a significant increase in red carpet appearance in particular.

Style Supplement takes a look at stars who were an absolute delight to watch on the red carpet and wowed everyone with their style quotient. Here’s the list of some of most stylish men on the red carpet.

6.Adnan Malik

Adnan Malik¬†has been the most consistent of the stylish men lot. Whether it’s a fashion week red carpet or a simple, subtle launch, Adnan always dresses for the part. His blazers in particular have been slick, stylish and right on trend with their florals and windowpane patterns.¬†

Adnan Malik at FPW Adnan Malik in Ahmed Bham

5. Kamiar Rokni

Dapper meets sporty is the best way to define Kamiar Rokni’s style. Whether its the slickly cut jackets, orange knitted tie or a punchy pocket square, he brings it every single time.¬†

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4. Shammal Qureishi

Simple and to the point. Mirrored aviators, flower lapel pin or a woven plaited belt; Shammal is very good at making minimalist, statement making details work. 

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3. Emaad Irfani

Whether its the HSY emblem jacket or a sharp two button suit, ex-model Emaad Irfani has always complimented his exceptionally good looks with equally stylish clothes. 

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2. Ammar Belal

Most experimental of the lot and a personal favourite, Ammar has been one to watch out for. It’s amazing how he make a t-shirt under suit look work so well. The double breasted electric blue blue jacket on the other hand is a collectibles item.

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1. Fawad Khan

This was no-brainer. Fawad Khan shone on all fronts in 2014 whether it’s the silver screen or the big screen but it’s his red carpet looks that excited me the most. Fitted waistcoats, striking pocket squares, well tailored suits; he has undoubtedly been the most stylish male star of 2014. ¬†

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Best Dressed Men of the Month – April

 

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Here’s a fresh batch¬†of best dressed men as part of Style Supplement’s Best Dressed of the Month Series. As a principle, I have decided not to feature female looks in this category and dedicate it solely to menswear.

Month of April saw a flurry of some great events and launches from PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week to HSY store launch and more.

This month seemed to be all about sharp suiting, tailored blazers and best of eastern wear. Take a look and let me know your favourites.

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Lux Style Awards 2013: Style Supplement’s Best Dressed List

Left for a five day trip to north on the next day of Lux Style Awards where there was no cell coverage let alone Internet access so couldn’t cover LSAs on the blog. But I believe in a policy of ‘late better than never’ so here’s my two cents on 12th Lux Style Awards Red Carpet.
LSAs were held in Lahore this year so as expected, red carpet was full of glitz and glamour. Shehla Chatoor dominated the red carpet as most of the stars were spotted wearing her pieces. √Član, Sania Maskatiya and Deepal Perwani were some of the other designers spotted.
As for the celebrities, Mahira Khan was clearly best dressed of the night in a dress from √Član by Khadijah Shah’s latest collection. I was rooting for that dress to make it the red carpet and there was no one better than Mahira to pull it off.

Best Dressed:

Amina Sheikh and Ali Xeeshan were declared best dressed male and female on the red carpet by the jury.

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If it were me, I wouldn’t have chosen her as best dressed but she does look great and I can get behind the idea but it is the best dressed male award that I cant wrap my head around.

Ali Xeeshan

He looks like a pirate who borrowed a suit from his cousin in Toba Tek Singh to attend LSAs. The fit is bad, shirt seems ruffled and pants need hemming. No idea who was on the jury that selected him as best dressed but I am pretty sure they have no idea how the fuck menswear works. (sorry for using profanity but I am quite flabbergasted)

StyleSupplement’s Best Dressed:

As for my personal favourites, let’s start with the men. I think there were tons of men who looked far better (and saner) than Ali Xeeshan but if I had to pick one I would choose model Waleed Khalid as the best dressed male on the red carpet.

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I am not sure whom he’s wearing but it looks like HSY. Camel colour, narrow tie and that white peeking pocket square wins it for me. This look is so GQ appropriate which I consider a style bible.

Nubain Ali, Hamza Tarrar and Shehzad Noor (who won Best Fashion Model [Male]) would come second on my list. Kamiar Rokni looked good too.

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As for the ladies, to me Mahirah Khan was hands down the best dressed female on the red carpet. Not only her Elan by Khadijah Shah dress was gorgeous but she pulled it off perfectly.

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Feeha Jamshed in a canary yellow gown and Amna Illyas in black Shehla Chatoor dress would come second.

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I really liked Humaima’s choice as well but it was a bit too obvious. Spectacular nonetheless.

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PFDC Sunsilk fashion Week S/S, 2012: The Best Looks

      So, the fashion weeks season is still a month or two away from starting and as I am quite bored of this lull surrounding our fashion industry, this lack of any exciting activity     has forced me to share with you best looks and trends from PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Spring/Summer, 2012 that was held in April this year.

¬† ¬† ¬†Since we are on this subject, the news is that PFDC has scaled down its annual activity from 2 to 1 ready-to-wear fashion week per year and instead replaced the Autumn/Winter show with L’Oreal Bridal Couture Week that will be held in October this year. Being a fan and believer in ready-to-wear being the crux of fashion, I am quite disappointed by this news. Besides, Pakistani bridal couture is¬†ethereally¬†beautiful but incredibly boring from a critical point of view.

     Moving back to our topic, here are the looks that had me in absolute awe, these are the looks and trends that are fashion-forward, wearable and represent the exact direction I would wish to see our industry move in. These are the looks that just clicked me and impressed me more than others.

Colour Blocking: The dopatta-less kurti look has been all rage this summer and this Karma tunic has colour blocking done to perfection. Its a perfect summer look for a casual hangout. Just lose the bow and replace pumps with a comfy and stylish but heel-less chappals and you are good to go.

 

Crisp White: I find nothing more stylish and timelessly elegant than a men’s white trouser. You can replace the sheer top with a light hued neutral coloured shirt. Casual sandals complete this HSY look. Though white trousers can totally work for a semi-formal attire too.

 

Sportswear: Crisp, tailored sportswear makes a fashion statement like no other. The v-necked jersey shirt, Pakistan flag polo tee and those lined three-quarter pants in the centre. Ammar Belal upholds his tradition of doing things no one else dares doing. This is fashion forwardness, atleast by Pakistani standards.

 

 

Simple Chicness: Critics weren’t really impressed by her collection but I found it to be absolutely beautiful well-made. This Zara Shahjahan¬†kurta is one of my fav. numbers from her collection. What a smart use of print.

 

Two tone: For all stylish men who aren’t afraid to take risks, this two-tone Fahad Hussayn¬†jacket is perfect amalgam of style and class. Absolutely beautiful!

 

Animal Print: Animal print has become quite a rage among seasoned fashionistas but Muse went an extra mile with an animal embellishment. The dress is sheer elegance and chicness. And polka dots trousers is quite exquisite and an item in itself. Both pieces can be worn as separates.

 

Kitsch: Kitsch is another trend that I would love to see trickling down to the street fashion. This was best collection by Karma ever.

 

Red Carpet Glamour: Okay someone please pack this HSY gown and ship it to all those starlets who turn up at Lux Style Awards in most hideous of the gowns. Why on earth did I not spot this dress on Lux Style Awards Red Carpet?

 

 Summer Cool: Another of my favourite number from Zara Shahjahan collection, bubbly, youthful and stylish as hell.

 

Mixing Prints: Any of these Kamiar Rokni pieces can be worn individually with neutrals too but that floral skirt is a beauty.

 

Colour Corollary: There’s something about these two Karma dresses, especially that kimono, a dress form we don’t see women wearing very often. And that block print on the fist dress is just delish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, April 2012: Looks from the Red Carpet

Sara Shahid of Sublime and Express Tribune Life & Style reporter Hani Taha, Hani wearing Shehla Chatoor jumpsuit.

Sabene Saigol, editor Libas International in a Dolce & Gabanna Spring 2012 printed top.

Lux brand ambassadors, Reema, Meera and Humaima Maillick in desperate need of a stylist.

Khadija Shah wearing a bejeweled colour blocked top from her label Elan' .

Fashion journalist Aamna Haider Isani in a Khaadi Khaas print from PSFW, Oct 2011

Ammar Belal and Amina Haq, both clad in Ammar Belal's collection "Reunion 2012"

Jessica Bumpus, British Vogue Features Editor in Fnk Asia Jacket from PSFW, Oct 2011 Collection.

Faryal Yousaf in her label, Muse.

Andleeb Rana Farhan in Shehla Chatoor and Kiran Chaudhary in Sania Mastakiya

Shehrbano Taseer in Elan' outfit and Gucci heels.

Photo Credit: Faisal Farooqui and the Team @ Dragonfly via Lotus PR

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week April, 2012: Day 2

¬† ¬†PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week continued on Day 2 and 3 at Expo¬†Center,¬†Lahore. Quality of presentation was top notch with everything from presentation to choreography done to perfection. HSY who officially announced opening of HSY Event Management handled the choreography and wowed all with his whimsical take on it, the collection presentation simulated by HSY’s choreography turned the entire show into a pleasurable watch. here’s a round up of notable collections:

 Ammar Belal:

¬† ¬† Ammar Belal did what he does best, put on a show. His collection¬†titled¬†“Reunion 2012” was an ode to the high school days, presenting a youthful collection with modern¬†western-wear¬†inspired pieces, the whole show was aided with a choreographed performance with Rihanna blurting out in the background and the dance troupe performing sporting the ABCD labelled pieces. The streak of energy and youthfulness that the collection exuded with the choreography and young students from schools and colleges of Lahore modelling was reciprocated equally in the clothes with a spurt of youthful garments, geometric shapes, slim fitted pants, striped blazers, sporty polos bearing flag of Pakistan, kness lenght pants, all in all it was ¬†a fabulous display of fashion that young and the energetic should be following in 2012.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Although the collection was smart and Ammar Belal cant be praised enough for his sensibility and fashion forward aesthetic. I still feel if Ammar starts focusing more on ¬†editing and tweeking, its just that almost all the pieces of his collections are wearable and great¬†individual¬†clothes to have in one’s closet but I just feel a little attention on editing will help him appeal more to buyers and clients and help him expand his brand.

Fahad Hussayn:

¬† ¬† ¬† The other notable collection of the day was Fahad Hussayn with his collection “Paranoir”. It was an all black and white collection, which happens to be FH’s signature colours. The collection consisted of ¬†lace appliques on saris, colour blocked dresses and geometric patterned skirts.

  

10th Lux Style Awards, 2011: Red Carpet

¬† ¬† ¬†So after putting up a dismal and uneventful show for the last two years, LSAs finally returned with all its glitz and glamour. Glamour quotient at this year’s show was not as high as its previous outings but overall the celebs put up a good show¬†strutting down the runway wearing luxurious designer couture worth thousands of rupees. Lets get down to business pronto and have a look at what everyone wore and how well they did on the style front!!

  Starting with host, Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan in Deepak Perwani

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†She didn’t do a very good job with hosting but she looked absolutely gorgeous in all her looks. Blue was the colour of the night with a lot of girls showing up in flowing blue silk gowns.

She looked equally ravishing in her other looks.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†A lot of celebrities faltered when it came to makeup and styling but Mahira’s styling looked effortlessly glamorous and complimented her every outfit. Ayaan on the other hand was a demo¬†of bad-styling, her makeup was grasping for attention and orange lips with the curly hair looked overdone.

      A lot of celebrities including best-dressed of the night Amna Ilyas, Frieha Altaf and Aminah Shiekh wore Fahad Hussayn.

      Amna Ilyas was declared best dressed female celebrity of the night. She did look flawless, very LSA appropriate glamorous still her gown seemed a bit too complicated for a red carpet appearence. In my opinion, Amina Sheikh was more deserving of the best dressed award.


¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† It was more of a signature Fahad Hussayn dress than Amna Ilyas’s. The gown had a very Alexander McQueen¬†avant garde aesthetic touch. Understated makeup and silver jewellery were the right choices with the dress.

           Aminah Haq and Ammar Belal are unarguably the most stylish couple of Pakistan. They are red carpet regulars and their presence on red carpet always take things to a whole new level.

Aminah Haq and Ammar Belal, both in Ammar Belal

¬† ¬†Aminah Haq wore a fawn coloured gown while Ammar Belal supported a retro tux from his latest ”Disco Inferno” PFDC Collection. Nude colour doesn’t look very well on people with lighter skin tones but Aminah Haq rocked that look with perfect¬†accessories¬†and makeup. This look could have been a serious contender for best dressed on red carpet had it been not so understated. But Ammar’s 70’s look was definitely one of my most favourite look from the night.

Worst look from the women’s side was Mathira’s

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Animal print is the worst possible option for a red carpet¬†affair like LSA’s.¬†It is vulgar and tacky but then vulgar and tacky are Mathira’s signature style so we can’t argue on this one.

        From the TV fraternity, two women that really impressed me were Sahira Kazmi and Savera Nadeem, both were wearing Sana Safinaz and looked stunning yet not too flashy.

Sahira Kazmi and Savera Nadeem both in Sana Safinaz

Bushra Ansari in Umar Saeed

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Bushra Ansari has a lesson to learn from Sahira Kazmi. Sahira Kazmi looked glamorous without flashing any skin which would have looked very age inappropriate for someone of her age group. Bushra Ansari’s Umar Saeed ensemble was very beautiful but she needs to realize that her age of wearing sleeveless on red carpet is long gone. Its not an issue of modesty, its an issue of looking at your best and flashing your skin if you don’t have a perfect figure is not the way to go to get that.

     Other notable mentions include Feeha Jamshed and Frieha Altaf:

Frieha Altaf in Fahad Hussayn and Feeha Jamshed

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I am absolutely in love with Feeha Jamshed’s personal style, she always look uber glamorous and chic. Frieha Altaf was one of the many wearing Fahad Hussayn on that night. Black and Gold always make a very luxe combination and her golden¬†accessories are doing absolutely the same here.

     While most women turned up in standard gowns, some went the unconventional way wearing non contemporary colours and taking big fashion risks. Nabila being the style icon that she is went the high road and her risk surely paid off:

         

¬† ¬† ¬† Most disappointing fare of the night for me was the best dressed male of the night, HSY. Journalist Hani Taha and Xpoze’ editor Andleeb Rana judged the red carpet. Hassan Shehrayar Yasin was declared best dressed male but his attire was a major¬†disappointment. They were so many chic looking men that night, I fail to understand logic behind choosing¬†¬† him as the best dressed of the night.

HSY in HSY

¬† ¬† ¬† He doesn’t look bad, the problem is that he looks boring as hell. This suit is as standard as it could get, there is no wow factor. You can find uncles wearing more fashion forward suits at weddings than this. There were so many draper looking men on red carpet that night like Ayaz Anis Khan, Ammar Belal, Taimoor Damas, BNN Boys.¬†Decision of¬†choosing HSY over of all those is a decision beyond my comprehension.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†But all in all, it was a decent affair, celebs have matured big time with their style senses, here’s hoping that next year’s event is bigger and better in magnitude.