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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Best Dressed of the Month – March

Guys, here are the best dressed people for the month of March. While I like to keep this list centered around best dressed men, sometimes you come across such well dressed women that you just can’t overlook. On another note: Only one foreign celebrity in the entire list. Go Pakistan Fashion!

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Best Dressed of the Month – January

It’s a new year and a new month so I thought let us start off the new year with something new and exciting. ‘Best Dressed of the Month’ is the first of many interesting features coming your way.

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Emaad Irfani at LUX Calendar Launch

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Emaad Irfani is handsome and smart and he can probably make sweat shirt and gym trousers look smart but in this particular case, the suit is contributing equally to that very stylish look. Low cut blazer, spread collar, complimenting pocket square and a million dollar smile; he is looking the very definition of draper. My only criticism, those pants need a little but of hemming.

Emma Watson at Golden Globes

Emma Watson in Dior at Golden Globes 2014

This was one of the most talked about looks of Golden Globes and got a lot of mixed reviews. I, for one, loved it. It’s so striking and statement making. It’s a red dress on a red carpet yet it’s not boring. And the best part is the surprise in the back. It takes guts to wear a dress like that to Golden Globes and Emma Watson has surely got them plenty.

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Lupita Nyongo’o in Mary Katrantzou

Style is 50% knowing what looks good on you and Luptita is definitely very self-aware in that department. Bright, stand out colour always look great against dark toned skin and when that colour comes in a print as visually interesting as Mary Katrantzou’s, that is definitely ‘best dressed list ‘material.

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Kamiar Rokni at LUX Calendar Launch

Sometimes a simple, sharply tailored charcoal grey suit is all you need to get the job done.

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Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Shammal Qureishi at Toni & Guy Launch

Shammal Qureishi at the launch of Toni & Guy, Islamabad

Put together hair, plaited belt and some colour in the form of lapel pin; it’s the simple details that make the difference.

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Daft Punk in Saint Laurent

Call me crazy but I love there techno, sci-fi helmets and tuxedos fit to to a tee. Well tailored, well hemmed and well cut. Good Job!

Sidra Imran in Fahad Hussayn

Sidra Imran in Fahad Hussayn at LUX Calendar Launch

 

Cate Blanchett in Prabal Gurung

Cate Blanchett in Prabal Gurung

Beautiful print, very fashion forward, very Cate Blanchett.

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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.

Amina Sheikh at New York City International Film Festival

    Model and actress Amina Sheikh adorned various looks during her Red Carpet appearances at the recently concluded New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF)

    Her movie Seedlings (Lamha) was screened at the festival and played the lead role opposite her husband Mohib Mirza and picked up an award for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Here’s what she wore over the course of the 8 day festival.

Kamiar Rokni

    Dress is from an old collection of Kamiar Rokni and he has shown the dress at fashion weeks more than once. The applique on the dress is beautiful and olive green is a stunning colour to be worn on red carpet. Only flaw is that the dress is a bit too on the bridal wear side.

Kamiar Rokni at PFDC Fashion Week, 2010

       She made another appearance in Elan’ by Khadija Shah. This time she got is very right. The dress is from a recent collection, photographs very well and she carried it with elan’, pun intended. This is the same dress that Shehrbano Taseer wore to Lux Style Awards, 2012 and Khadija Shah herself has been spotted wearing.

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Elan’ at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2012

        And finally, she wore a one-shoulder snake-skin printed gown by Maheen Karim. I am not a big fan of dress with brooches or of animal print dresses for that matter but Amina pulls it off magnificently using her super model skills to full force.

Maheen Karim

    Amina Sheikh is definitely one of the most well dressed people around, she knows her style well and pulls off any kind of looks tremendously.

 

 

 

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.