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. Élan, 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 Élan 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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Image Credit: Catalyst PR and Faisal Farooqi @ Dragonfly

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Tapu Javeri launches ‘Tapulicious 2’ in Karachi

Ace photographer Tapu Javeri launched his second book ‘Tapulicious 2’ last week in Karachi.

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With supermodel of yesteryears Aminah Haq’s bronzed face perched on the cover, the book is a collection of rare images that Tapu has captured over last 2 decades. Book is priced at Rs. 2500 and is available at Liberty Books. Let’s take a look at what everyone wore to the launch event.

A guest at the launch in one of 'Gulabo by Maheen Khan' most popular truck art print.

A guest at the launch in one of ‘Gulabo by Maheen Khan’ most popular truck art print.

 

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Fareshte Aslam of Unilever in a Karachakra print by Tapu Javeri scarf with fashion journalist Aamna Haider Isani who wrote the captions for ‘Tapulicious 2’

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Feeha Jamshed in a dress from her collection shown at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week last month.

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Rubya Chauhdry and Maida Azmat, both wearing Wardha Saleem’s ‘Doodle Junction’ collection shown last month at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week.

Pictures Courtesy: Catalyst PR

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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week: Day 2

Only three collections worth a discussion from Day 2 were by Feeha Jamshed, Yahsir Waheed and Shehla Chatoor. Rest were regular offenders who have never impressed in the past and – judging by what they showed  – wont be making any headways in the near future.

Onto the good collections now:

Shehla Chatoor:

Luxurious, extremely high end and very sensual – exactly what Shehla does best. Collection had in-house made accessories and shoes which just made the collection all the more spectacular. While prints were signature ‘Shehla Chatoor’ abstracts, what stood out from the collection were the silky neons, leather fringes and the gladiator sandals. Handbags, shoes and accessories iss definitely something Shehla can dable in more frequently.

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Feeha Jamshed:

Monochromatic stripes, checks, houndstooth and fish herringbone with most fierce leather details – Feeha ventured into new territories stepping away from her ethnic wear sensibility and going global and was equally brilliant at it.

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Yahsir Waheed:

Yahsir Waheed gave a whole new spin to the pop culture phenomenon known as ‘truck art’. Frolic prints with catchy lines printed on them. The show was all about pop culture and it did full justice to it.

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2012: A year in fashion

   (Published in Instep, The News on Dec 31st, 2012)

     Like each preceding year, 2012 was another year when the fashion industry experienced tremendous evolution and grew from strength to strength. New players emerged while old ones upped their game; in a bird’s eye view it was a happening year.

Fashion Pakistan Week made a comeback:

     2012 marked the return of Fashion Pakistan Council endorsed Fashion PakistanWeek after a hiatus of two years. FPC, which prides itself for organizing the first ever council sponsored fashion week back in 2009, went a bit astray since then. Departures of several CEOs, lack of organizational structure and the shaky climate of the country pushed the council into hibernation but it finally regrouped this year, brought some order into council business and held a fashion week in April featuring all the bigwigs from Sana Safinaz and Umer Sayeed to Nomi Ansari and Deepak Perwani. The council under its new CEO, Shamaeel Ansari had a second coming in October with the Autumn/Winter edition of the fashion week.

Maheen Khan at FPW 3

Maheen Khan at FPW 3

PFDC opens the gateway to India:

     One of the major happenings of the year was the opening of a PFDC store in Delhi, India. Pakistan Fashion Design Council expanded their PFDC-The Boulevard franchise to India after opening stores in Karachi and Lahore.

 The store conceived in collaboration with Indian fashion entrepreneur Mini Bandra was inaugurated in September with a fashion showcase featuring 18 Pakistani designers. The store not only features PFDC affiliated designers but offers up names like Rizwan Beyg, Sana Safinaz and Ayesha Hashwani as well. Fashion show held at the opening featured Mahira Khan, Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch and Sonya Jehan to bring in the glamour and prestige.

PFDC Boulevard Store in Delhi - Sonya Jehan walking down the runway wearing Nida Azwer at the fashion show in Delhi

PFDC Boulevard Store in Delhi – Sonya Jehan walking down the runway wearing Nida Azwer at the fashion show in Delhi

     PFDC Boulevard, Delhi is a first of its kind venture which has taken Pakistani fashion to a foreign shore and who better to execute this project than PFDC and its super savvy head Sehyr Saigol. The store will present the perfect medium for local designers to present the Pakistani aesthetic that is marginally distinctive from the Indian one in its use of colours, silhouettes and embroideries. And one has to commend the swiftness with which PFDC moved to get a step in as soon as trade avenues opened up.

Sania Maskatiya shows how it’s done:

     While 2011 was the year that saw Sania Maskatiya make an impactful entry into the fashion world with her Dilkash collection, that led to her being labeled as a most promising upcoming designer, 2012 was the year she substantiated her position, took home the Lux Style Award for Luxury Pret and proved she means nothing but business. With collection after collection, despite having a newborn to care for, Sania Maskatiya and her team cracked the perfect formula of fusing signature artistic aesthetic with commercialism. Her fashion forward prints and cutting edge drapes were not only critics’ favourite but her designs were an equally hot retail commodity too.

     Sania Maskatiya – with the aid of her very business savvy brother Umair Tabani, who oversees the business side of her design house – accomplished what not even the established old guns can boast of: she sold what she showcased at fashion weeks. Fashion week collections always made their way onto racks and red carpets, and she achieved mass availability via multi-designer boutiques. All above attributes are very seldom spotted in our fashion industry where more than 50 per cent of the fashion week collections never make their way into retail.

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Feeha Jamshed’s gears up for a massive attack:

     Feeha Jamshed was touted as one of the brightest new name on fashion’s horizon when she first emerged back in 2009. Daughter of Tanveer Jamshed of Teejays, Feeha’s unique fusion pieces, her drapes and cuts could never receive their due appraise and exposure as her work was marred by inconsistency.

    Her sister’s tragic death in 2011 came as a shocking setback; she had to turn down a golden opportunity to show at Pret-A-Porter in Paris. 2012 was the year of return for her, and a sense of melancholy ran deep in the collections she showed at various showcases.

FJ Mass

FJ Mass

     She emerged out of the tragedy stronger than ever and launched her own eponymous label compromising of couture, pret and an affordable FJ Mass line. FJ Mass, consisting of extremely affordable pieces under 5000 rupees, has branched out her creativity on a potentially bigger and commercial scale letting a more varied customer enjoy her designs. Will she keep up this consistency in 2013?

Feeha Jamshed Pret

Feeha Jamshed Pret

 

Online retailing makes a powerful entry:

     While the phenomenon of online shopping is a decade old idea, it wasn’t until 2012 that Pakistan got its very own version of net-a-porter in the form of Labels eStore. It brought all the mainstream big names just a few clicks away from the reach of consumers from North America to Far East.

     One of the biggest hitch that designers faced up until now was the problem of mass availability, it is just not financially feasible for a designer to have a flagship store in more than one or at most two cities of the country, advent of multi-designer houses solved the issue to some extent but even their presence is limited to major cities. Thanks to the digital accession of Labels eStore, designer wear is available to everyone even if they don’t have access to a physical outlet.

      Labels eStore is a first of its kind initiative in Pakistan that offers all kinds of designer wear from fresh off the runway collections to made to order bridal pieces in every corner of the country and abroad via home delivery. Powered by fashion entrepreneur Zahir Rahimtoola – the man behind the multi designer store Labels – the idea of fashion accessibility was brought to a whole new level with Labels eStore.

Fashion blogging becomes the new rage:

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 2012 was the year when fashion bloggers became a force as they tweeted, blogged and made Facebook pages. They covered fashion weeks live from the venues, spotted red carpet trends, updated us minute by minute and made their presence felt loud and clear.  From Fashion Pakistan Week to PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week and PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week to product launches and collection displays, bloggers were an intrinsic part of fashion affairs as PR agencies realized their online clout and kept them in the loop. It’s a whole new dynamic and one that will get more influential with time as Pakistan catches up with the world.

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.