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Chameleon by Deepak&Fahad – A Story in Review

There was a time when the sun ruled the world. The trees grew, the fruit was was fresh, and the grass was amazingly green. I used to get up in the morning and feel the love radiating from the earth. Everything was so bright, so beautiful, so love-filled. And in turn, i fell in love over and over, and with everything i saw; Love at every other sight. Love at first sight is overrated. You learn to fall in love with everything every time you look at it. It’s the harmony of the disoriented colors, they fit together like a puzzle meant to fall in love with.

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The puzzle pieces; the people who i am, the personalities I adopt, they make me who i am. And the best thing is, this world where I am, everything fits. My mind, body and soul. All of it.

I danced in the wind like a flower. No. Let me rephrase it. I danced in the wind, for I was a flower.

But then the world changed. Concrete took over. Winds were blocked. And the sun was never seen.

But I didn’t give up. I braved the harshness of the skyless rain, the exhaust air, and the dust of the plastic. I wasn’t going to give up.

I stood tall, stood strong. And I survived. And i might be withered and broken, I still live. I walk on…

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Deepak and Fahad’s  Chameleon collection shown at Fashion Pakistan Week Dubai was a colorful affair that one couldn’t help but stare at, and in a good way. Usually the camo print is associated with army and some may call this military pattern so 2008, Deepak and Fahad put a whole new spin on it and incorporate the color loving man of today’s needs in to the collection by making the prints full of color.

With picket fence, puzzle pieces, and tetris patterns in the collection, it was a breath of fresh air for the kind of person who just wants to have fun with his clothes and wants a breather from all the dapper being spread around..

Deepak and Fahad have stuck to colorful patterns for this collection and it’s safe to say that that is their signature; putting a colorful spin on menswear. The collection will appeal to the younger lot more than it might the older audience, but I think it’s time to make exceptions.

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Top Menswear Picks from Lakmé Fashion Week

With the growth in the menswear market across the globe, i would expect there to be more menswear out there in the region, but it’s just so…sad that there’s not enough care to go around.

With Lakme Fashion Week happening a couple of days ago, I did notice that some of the menswear pieces stood out all at once. While it’s very obvious that womenswear designers will also churn out a menswear piece or two, but some will handle both of them with the same detail one pays to womenswear in the sub-continent. And one saw that transition of the conceptualization of the collection transcending into menswear pieces that the designers showed.

Here are my top Menswear picks from the Lakme Fashion Week.

Asa Kazingmei: Spaced Out

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His collection was out of this world. Literally. It looks like something Lady Gaga would wear, and not in a weird way. Which is good, because it’s very easy on the eyes, and one just doesn’t want to look at it for its sheer unorthodx-ity,  but also because it works. One can wear it and look good! It’s weird? Yes. It’s wearable? YES! And that is something menswear really needs. It’s a collection meant for the bold, outspoken people who just love to snatch the spotlight wherever they go, and rightfully so.

Theorem by Nitin Chawla: Fall Staple Style

Theorem by Nitin Chawla

I think this collection had to be the strongest menswear collection shown at LFW. It’s a very fall collection with all the fall colors, which is actually not that bad, and the pattern of the year; plaid.  But it was such a cohesive and a dapper collection, it was hard not to fall in love with it. The printed shirts were good but the jackets stole the show. The red and blue plaid jacket was to die for! It was a very staple fall collection, and if one wants to look good, but not be the kind who gives off the feel of giving too much time to the wardrobe, then this collection is just for that man.

Sayantan Sarkar Design Studio: Fusion Love

Sayantan Sarkar Design Studio

Another unorthodox collection which very obviously featured the minimalist Japanese culture, as was evident from the block prints of the kokeshi dolls from that region, and the aesthetics of the jackets. But what made the collection kick was taking such a rich culture, and fusing it with another culture to create something so simple and beautiful. It was a collection for the arts student who wants to stand out from the crowd for it’s creativity, but not try to hard, for it’s a subtle and a beautiful piece of individuality.

INIFD’s Gen Next Show: Fly, Birdies

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I, unfortunately, could not find out the names of the individual students who presented at the show, but the menswear pieces shown showed a lot of promise. It was very obvious that the students were trying to incorporate the current trends into the collections. What one got to see was a simple, yet innovative, display of menswear that one cannot shy away from. It was strong, and indicated a lot of potential for the growth of menswear. I mean, it was simple and that’s where the strength was. It wasn’t trying too hard, not going down without a fight. It was the perfect fit for a graduate student.

 Antar-Agni: Brooding Artist

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It was a very dark and brooding collection. The lose silhouettes and th dark hues just add to the cohesiveness of the collection. It featured everything for everyone. With jackets to suits to coats, it featured everything a man might need on a stylish walk in the dark. It’s the kind of collection which just speaks through its simplicity and the way the drapes, the fabric and colors come together. If you thought you’re the fashionable brooding artist who likes boldness to be subtle, this collection is just for you. It’s a perfect blend of life and death, evening and morning. It’s poetically beautiful.

Rizwan Beyg: Truck Pop

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His truck art collection, though the same as PSFW 2013, was kind of a treat to the menswear shown at LFW. It was the perfect amount of color the indian menswear ramp needed. You can read my views on the collection here.

INDIVIDUAL PICKS

I so wish Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty had more of menswear. Though their women wore very masculine pieces (it is after all, a feminist spin on menswear), i just wish they had the guys walk down the ramp in some of those pieces. The androgyny/unisexiness of the collection was just perfect and left me craving for more from them.

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Ikai had one menswear piece that I left me wanting more from them. The jacket is just the thing that can leave one in awe, and i wanted more awestruck-ing.

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SVA had a good collection, but nothing left me feeling like I hadn’t seen this before. Though the following look stood out.

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Outfit – Bow Tie

InstagramCapture_05ee95e4-e28e-42be-8c1a-d52edf1bd407_jpgHere I am wearing the STONEAGE JEANS’ bowtie. It’s a woven bow tie I had been contemplating showing to the world, but how. I had known for long that I wanted it to be this shirt. So I just went along with it. And the brown woven belt is such a look/life saver.

In the back, you can see my room. Will do a detailed post on that once I get the time to set it. You know, boys will be boys, and our rooms will be messy!

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OUTFIT – AIR TIE

BvhQjGKCUAAUY9kIt’s hard to have a formal look and stand out. I really like this shirt for it is plaid, and plaid is such an amazing pattern for this fall. And the air tie is the perfect tie to be sporting in order to look preppy, but not too uptight. If you’re going sans tie, make sure you either get a pocket square or a waistcoat with your jacket, otherwise the outfit would look really incomplete.

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Fickleness of Weirdness in Fashion

cd31edc830e3f3fa785cdcff688de32cIt scares me how self absorbed everyone is becoming. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that our generation wants every one of them to be special. We want to make history. Every one of us wants to leave a mark. And this makes us self absorbed to a a point where it just becomes unbearable.

I have been observing a lot of people like this. Specially the people in fashion. In fashion, everyone aspires to be “some thing”, something so different and unique. Uniqueness is what a lot of individuals in fashion strive for. And in this quest of trying to be different, there’s some personality traits of the people that get washed out in monotony. And that monotony is how they try and break the stereotype, all of the guys, and in turn end up creating a new stereotype that I sometimes question if it is the right way to go about it. Being unique is awesome, but somewhere along the way of trying to be different we get lost in the uniqueness, we lose ourselves.

It devours us. It makes us different, yes, but somehow it alienates us from the rest. It steals our identity. People cannot see past it. I think the ability to relate with others matters a lot. And if one cannot relate beyond the desire to be unique, and not achieve some sort of purity in the process, I think that  one’s being different is of no use. Fashion is supposed to inspire, and evoke feelings, emotions and thoughts that other forms of art cannot. And if a person is so oblivious to the rest of the world, i think the art just fails to leave the mark. That’s one of the reason the cohesiveness of the collection matters so much.

It’s only cohesive if the people staring down the runway see the cohesiveness; the cohesiveness is not just for the designer him/herself, but the ones who see the piece of clothing, and the ones who wear it.

Yes, being weird will get you noticed, and I firmly believe in the quote of Andy Worhol

In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes

Yes, you shall get your fifteen minutes, after that, what? What will you do after that? Who will you be? Will you be someone so deluded by the weirdness and the fickleness of the industry that takes micro seconds to change?

But if you think about it in terms of art, i think it is very necessary to be different and think different. Because a person’s art is an embodiment of who they are and if one is not different, does not think different, how will one create something different. But it does not justify being a self absorbed diva. I think people think being a diva is going to accredit them in front of others. What it does, in turn, is just cone off as very crass and bitchy. Confidence is also something that matters, but it doesn’t mean to diss people. I think a lot of people just think their word is the final verdict, for themselves. But if one thinks that way, how will the mind open up to experiencing and absorbing new things. Its like one needs to be vulnerable to a point where the vulnurabilities become strengths. Get what i mean?

You just need to see deeper than the shallowness projected by fashion. You need to look deep into yourself, regardless of what the fashion makes you believe. You need to find you, and embrace what makes you unique. Not be unique for the sake of being different. What if you are just like the rest of us? What if one is not that unique? You don’t need to be a diva to get far. When Tyra Banks says Fierce, it means embrace the weirdness of you. Not what other people think of you. You can only be fearless if you are true to your roots.

Can you still survive? Yes. You can. Just be you. Do what you love and be who you are.

Superficiality is very transparent. One can see right through it. Be opaque. Be deep. Be who you were meant to be. Be skin deep.

Outfit – Going Tribal

tribal menswear t shirt tee navajo mensI have been in love with the navajo/tribal print for so long, I had been craving for it in some of the menswear brands here in Pakistan. So I was surprised when this shirt caught my eye randomly walking outside my college, which happens to be in a very commercial area. I think this shirt was a steal.

I chose sandals to go along with it to complete the whole tribal look, i mean, i can’t wear shoes to a tribal event, right?! *bad joke*

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Outfit – Grunge

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I think I’m just going through one of my phases where I just wanna be left alone to contemplate about things. So it just fits the whole brooding and moody feel i am going through nowadays. The faded grey jeans, the black tee and my combat boots.

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3rd Feature at IFB Links à la Mode: What Really Matters

I am honored to have been selected the third time by IFB for the weekly Links a la Mode section of Independent Fashion Bloggers. It’s a big deal to be selected out of so many submissions, and having over a 60,000 members i’m so humbled to be among the lucky few to have been selected.

This time, the post selected is

Bareeze Man S/S’14 – The Dapper Road Trip.

My previous posts that made it to the feature were

1. Existentialism and Fashion in Pakistan

2. 5 Innovative Collections from London Collections: Men + Trends off LCM

You can read the posts by clicking on their names.

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Here’s the link up to the feature:-

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It’s not all about the clothes.

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Bareezé MAN S/S 2014 – The Dapper Road Trip

We’ve had a dearth of sartorially lovable menswear brands in Pakistan that cater to a westernized approach to clothing. But latelly things have been changing. One of the game changers to enter the really really shallow waters of Paki menswear is Bareeze MAN. They’ve been active for over two years but now they’ve gone bigger than before by actively showing their Spring/Summer 2014 collection not only at PSFW but also at the recently held Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Amsterdam.

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The collection, obviously is themed around the modern traveler who likes to look good while going on the road trips. The earthy tones of sunset orange, brown, white and blue make it obvious that it chose to hit a spot close to nature, for a road trip through the city is never really a road trip. It stems from the glorious mountains you pass through, the cross roads that confuse you, the waters that seduce you, and the roads that lead to nowhere.

This collection is a homage to the modern man that has the ability to not succumb to the concrete. This collection is a journey of innocence, that connects man to what made him, and in return, falling in love with one’s self all over. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a very masculine collection, too. It’s a basic collection for every man to be worn every day. From work to partying, to hitting the road, it has it all.

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The one at PSFW featured menswear staples that are a must for every man to have in the wardrobe, maybe even the jumpsuit, since it’s making waves everywhere. But what differed was the details this time.

The leather, the suede, the white pants, and the shoes; everything was distinctively modern and spot on!

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The orange camo print jacket/waist coat was heartbreakingly amazing. I loved the leather accents through and through.

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The styling, I admit, looked better than at PSFW. Somehow, the collection seemed more enticing this time, thanks to the styling.

And once again, we look forward to the progress Bareeze MAN will bring to the Pakistani Menswear.

Here are some of the backstage images.

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On Monsoon and Reality Checks

Waking up to a bright sun is something one rarely gets to experience in monsoon. But sometimes, it need not be August to rain like it does in monsoon. I know it’s a cliched expression; but yes, for some people it’s rain 24/7 in their hearts. Their bodies wreak of stagnant tear drops, and the sun never comes out to dry them out of their gloom. It just seems nice to stay back in bed, sleep all day and do nothing. It’s the perfectly seeming way out of this world. The sun’s not out, so it’ll be muddy, it’ll not be a normal day. It’s not right. You’re just not right. Everything’s just not right.

Yes, it’s very poetic and all. But our miseries do not make us who we are. What makes us who we are is the ability to get out of the bed, jerk the tear drops away, wear the rain boots and the rain coat, and grab that umbrella and step out into the world.

Our umbrella’s will be our shelter from the downpour; the things that hurt us. Our boots will give us the grip to hold on to the ground, and walk through the mud, walk on the ground. And as we wait for the rain to stop it just keeps on getting stronger and stronger. It makes things hard for us; it makes life hard for us. But that’s how it is. This is your reality. The rain is your reality. the mud covered, broken side walks are your only option. But hey, you just can’t make it.

You think you can’t. But you can.

You can walk through the storms, even if it’s not monsoon. That’s just how life is for you. You will get out of this bed, this cocoon of misery, and you will get out and show the rain you can conquer it. You can get through the day. And when you reach the place you wanted to go to, the struggle will have been worth it.

Or would it?

The time lost, the energy spent, the days spent worrying, the stress endured, the emptiness felt, the vacuum flushed into the life, the wrinkles ironed, the hair that fell; is it worth it?

And you call this being in touch with reality?

Maybe losing one’s self is the reality. Maybe the rain might not wash us down, but it washes us inside out, and leaves us hollow and empty.

It’s scary. Reality.

But we love the rain. It’s so romantic. The  idea of it. Don’t we?

We love our lives, no?

Also, sunshine is overrated.

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