Trends to take home from London Collections: Men A/W 2015

(Published in Instep, The News on 25th January, 2015)

Paris and Milan fashion circles may be replete with mammoth names like Gucci, Prada and Corneliani but fashion and style runs way deeper among the Brits and is not only limited to red carpet glitz and runway showmanship.

The best thing about British fashion sensibility is its adaptability and street value; style is something that comes naturally to Brits and is discernibly distinctive, effortless and devoid of gimmicks. It is no surprise that some of the most fashion forward menswear high street brands (ASOS, River Island and Topshop to name a few) and celebrated menswear icons (David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Eddie Redmayne and Colin Firth) hail from good old England. Brits are undoubtedly mavens when it comes to street style and it is for this primacy that their bi-annual menswear showcase London Collections: Men is the most cutting edge and fashion forward stop in the menswear fashion week European circle that takes off from London and ends in Paris.

One could write endlessly about the fashion on display at LC:M A/W 2015 but there were certain palpable trends in the four day showcase that could be identified by their malleability and relevance with our local fashion climate.

And since our menswear style game is still run-off-the-mill and average at best parting few exceptions, here are a few trends from the London runway that are do-able, gel well with the social norm and will definitely give you an edge over rest of the straight fit-jeans and hoodie wearing crowd.

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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. 

Shammal Qureshi wearing HSY jacket Shammal Qureishi at Toni & Guy Launch Redah Misbah and Shamael. Redah Misbah & Shammal Qureshi

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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10 Best Menswear Looks of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014

Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014 edition just came to a fabulous end. It was probably one of the most refined and polished fashion showcase of bi-annual event yet with all designers bringing their A-game.

Best part of the fashion Week was the volume of menswear showcases which keep on increasing with every edition. This edition featured menswear pieces from not only the regulars like Deepak & Fahad but saw the return of veterans like Deepak Perwani who showed an exclusive menswear collection.

Here is a compilation of 10 best menswear looks that walked down the runway.

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Waist Coats – Not just for the old anymore!

There used to be a time when waistcoats were considered more of a middle-aged and older men attire but gone are those days thanks to a bunch of fashion-forward menswear brands who have managed to push the trend into younger lot. More and more fashion enthusiasts are sporting the waistcoat look now and looking better than ever.

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          Model Jahan-e-Khalid rocking a tangerine waistcoat on Eid-ul-Azha.

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Bareeze Man shows at Amsterdam Fashion Week and has a new online store!

Bareeze Man was the surprise package of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week and one of the best things to happen to menswear in Pakistan in recent years. The brand is sailing steadily and has made quite a few headways since it’s debut at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in April this year. (Read more here)

It just showed a collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week. It was a slightly altered version of its PFDC Collection. While pieces were mostly the same, it was styled quite differently from Bareeze Man’s last showing. Crisp, clean and clothes for a man of style; it was a sharp collection. Minuscule colour details and styling touches brought life to collection. To sum it up: it was good, wearable fashion, just what one expects from Bareeze Man.

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Shoe Galore at London Collections:Men Spring/Summer 2015

 

I love the British fashion industry. They are creative, they take business seriously, they respect the established and nourish the newbies. Infact, no industry encourages and nourishes the young designer lot and infant brands as much as British fashion industry does specially British Fashion Council.

And their London Collections: Men initiative churn out one amazing collection after another every season and Spring/Summer 2015 season was no different. Shoes in particular were at there full glory. Last season, it was Louis Leeman who swept me off my feet with it’s vibrant shoes collection. This season has witnessed arrival of many more dedicated menswear shoe collections. Have a look and lust away.

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Today I am Wearing – Ombre’ Effect Polo by Yellow

I have been contemplating over featuring my personal looks on the blog for a while. On one hand, it felt a bit too self-involved while on the other hand the thought of putting myself out there always scared me a bit.

But my love for menswear fashion and style in infinite and when you are into something so deeply, it’s just the natural step to go all in. So here’ my first ‘Today I am Wearing’ post. There are a lot more to follow hopefully.

The look is very simple and casual. Something I wear quite often when ever I am going out for a movie or to a dinner with friends. Hope you like it.

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