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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LSA 2013: Lux Style Awards Red Carpet wish list (Part 2)

Here is the part 2 of looks I would like to see on Lux Style Awards 2013 red carpet.

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This was my favourite piece from Sania Maskatiya‘s collection. The print is simply divine, would look great on LSA Red Carpet.

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Fnk Asia is usually all about ready to wear and funky pret but there recent collection had quite a few pieces with red carpet potential like these two for instance. Solid colours if draped right do great on red carpet.

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Wouldn’t be an HSY collection without a few Red Carpet worthy luxury pret. Raise the hemline by a few inches and these dresses will be red carpet ready.




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But my favourite from HSY collection was this embroided gown with a sheer overlay. Ali Zafar’s wife Ayesha Fazli wore this to Cannes Festival and it looked great.

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Karma’s great gatsby inspired collection was a runway hit. These intricate pearl embellishments and stand out colours belong to LSA Red Carpet.

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Nobody fuses tradition with modernism like Misha Lakhani does. These draped sari dresses would be good choice for someone with a bold sense of style.

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Maheen Karim dresses are always red carpet friendly.

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These Muse dresses would be great choice for someone going for elegance and understated glamour on the red carpet.

 

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Shehla Chatoor has always been a red carpet queen. You are always bound to find her creations on any red carpet in abundance. These four looks from her recent collection land in my list of favourites.

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Crazy prints and bold colours – theses dresses are not for the faint hearted.

 

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Probability of finding this Rizwanullah gown on the red carpet is very slim. But it would be awesome if anyone has the courage and taste to bring this dress to LSA Red Carpet.

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Chic and subtle glamour in its most traditional definition. These Zonia Anwar pieces would be a safe bet for anyone not going for experimentation.

It’s a long list and I came across so many good looks that I couldn’t feature due to space constraints so now if you see a celebrity wearing something ugly or unflattering on LSA red carpet, feel free to bash them. With so many amazing options available there is simply no justifiable excuse for bad dressing.

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PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week: Looks from the Black Carpet

   When it comes to spotting stylish fashionistas, this year’s PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week was a lot more subdued affair than last year’s glitz but they did roll out a carpet. Here’s what the fashionistas, socialites and fashion who’s who wore to PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week throughout the four days.

Selina Rashid Khan in Akif Mehmood

     Selina wore a top from Akif’s ‘Glamazon’ collection shown at PFDC Sunsilk fashion Week earlier this year. The look was an instant attention grabber and looked even better in real, the effect of gold motifs on the front is quite ravishing. Black blazer and Chanel bag makes her look like one hell of a chic publicist.

Alizeh Waqar in Nickie & Nina

      She also wears a dress from PFDC’s pret week from earlier this year. That collection was an inspiring affair and same could be said about this dress. The overall effect is too heavy and it just has a bit too many details and doesn’t appease visually.

Maida Azmat in Kamiar Rokni

     And another look from the PFDC April show. Have to say pretty impressed by swiftness of Lahori fashionistas and their appetite for the latest and the most fashion forward look. This collection was as usual Kamiar Rokni at his very best and the dress looks amazing on her. Brownie points for pulling off print on print look.

Faryal Aftab in Muse

     Faryal Aftab, the women behind the brand Muse looks super chic as usual. The tweed jacket is a beautiful piece of outerwear in itself but I am sure the dress looks even better without it.

Hamza Tarar in HSY

    The long HSY blazer from his latest ready-to-wear collection looks good but the super slim pants and extra long shoes are ruining the look. The colour combination isn’t working either, could have gone for a looser pant and in black maybe.

Aamna Haider Isani in a Shehla Chatoor kurta and an Alexander McQueen Knuckle Buster clutch

       Print is interesting and love how the burgundy in the print plays with the burgundy Alexander McQueen delight. Understated but stylish.

Arshy Ahmed in Kamiar Rokni

    I saw this stylish woman in front row and wondered who she was. The cut of that dress is superb and the colour looks great on her. Another win for Kamiar.

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: 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.

  

PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week: Collection Reviews, Day 1

      Conventionally speaking, bridal is not my cup of tea and being a loyal fan of western apparel and fashion-forward designs, anything conventional and commercial in nature is watched with reprehension by me. This is the very reason that bridals fails to excite me and as much as I appreciate the labour and work that goes into making a bridal piece and appreciate the beauty of the final piece, lack of innovation and experimentation in the bridals department is what causes the lack of anticipation on my end.

          However, when the most established and reputed fashion council of Pakistan takes on bridals and organize a bridal week carrying all the necessary ingredients of a usual fashion show, a fashion aficionado like me can do nothing but take notice. So, to sum it up, PFDC in collaboration with cosmetic giant L’Oreal Paris is staging a full fledged Bridal Couture Week which is currently underway from  18-21 Dec, 2011 in Lahore. Commercial giants like HSY, Karma, Maria B and Umar Sayeed are part of the list of presenters along with the newly talented lot of Ali Xeeshan and Fahad Hussayn.

       The event has so far turned out to be quite successful with a few very notable collection and some rather boring ones. Here’s a quick review of the most-talked about and worthy collection of Day 1.

HSY:

      Widely acclaimed and commercially successfully fashion giant of Lahore HSY presented his collection on Day 1. Here it is pertinent to mention that HSY was filling in for Nomi Ansari who was scheduled to show too but had to pull out at the last minute due to date conflicts with the organizers.

       His collection titled ”Game of Kings” was themed on the dynamic game of Polo. With a colour palette of black and varying shades of golden, it was an ornate show where models adorned polo headgears and playing sticks. Clothes were delicately dazzling with lavish details. The collection comprised of both menswear and womenswear looks with the focus on rejuvenating the traditional bridals clothes with modernity. Hemlines went up and the usage of traditional dupattas was shunned. Presenting bridal wear as separates was a very novel idea. The collection for most of its part was very pleasing and definitely experimental however apparently the designer went a bit too overboard with the experimentation as the use of polo accessories with bridals seemed a bit disoriented, some of the menswear looks seemed as if they belonged more to a fashion show ramp than a bridal week runway.

         However, minor glitches apart, it was an opulent collection that was the right fusion of tradition and experimentation and the clothes worked. Black and metallic gold colour combination was the most notable and trend setting aspect of the collection and we can expect to see a lot of this trend in the coming future. The transitional aspect of the pieces from bridals to evening wear was another high point of the collection.

          

          Other presentation of the day included Sonia Azhar’s collection, her collection though very beautiful was quite boring with no innovation or experimentation. Bridal and evening wear dresses in traditional silhouettes and and conventional detailing walked down the runway with nothing exciting or path breaking. Moamar Rana, Hadiqa Kiani and Adeel Hashmi walked the finale for her.

      On a side not, the runway for all four days has been designed by Hamza Tarrar of Casa Hamza and what an amazing job he has done with it, the gold shimmering runway of Day 1 was dripping with elegance and splendour.

     There were some amazing collections displayed by Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan on Day 2 and Day 3 respectively which will be reviewed later.

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.