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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.

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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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Main Paindu Hi Theek Hoon

That Paki Boy:

I spoke English and am now naturally inclined to think in that. But when I got out of my cocoon and entered the real world, I realized how important it is know your mother tongue. As a dentist, I see many patients in the hospital who don’t know how to speak urdu, and our seniors, they don’t know how to speak punjabi. So having spent the past 8 years out of my shell, I realized how lucky i am to have learnt all that i did. Sure, i look like a walking talking engraiz putla, but deep down, i know where myroots are.

Our obsession with the english language takes us away from our roots. Like katy perry say
“I don’t drink champagne
When I’m back home with my friends
We sip on tea on the porch
‘Cuz I’m still the girl next door
No fancy things when I come off tour
I slip back into my jeans
‘Cuz I’m still the girl next door,”

I realize how true this verse from her song Girl Next Door is. We forget that this is who we are, this is a part of our culture, and it is up to us to know it, learn it, and keep it alive. Being paindu is us, Being paindu is Pakistani and being Pakistani is Paindu. That’s one aspect of patriotism. And be proud to be a Pakistani…be proud to be a paindu.

Don’t let the glitter fool you. In the end, har koi gaon hi ho k reh jata hai!

Originally posted on Blogaey:

Main aik qasba main paida hua hoon jahan larkon aur larkiyon k liay 1, 1 govt. primary aur high schools thay aur baqi kuch private schools thay. Private schools main bhi co-education bas class 5 tak thi. Jahan koi public park na tha, 1 civil hospital tha aur kuch clinics. Jahan koi college na tha, matric k baad parhnay doosray shehr jana parta ya phir ghar beth k private exams. Jahan govt schools main bethne ko kursiyan na thein, danday parna, murgha ban k maar khana roz ka mamool tha. English tou door ki baat perfect Urdu bolnay aur parhaanay walay teachers bohat kam thay. Inter ki tution parhne bhi qareeb k kisi shehr rozana Bus main jana ana hota tha.
Maine 16 saal wahan raha, wahin parha aur Matric k baad F.Sc kerne Lahore chala gaya aur phir wahan se Karachi.

Shehr main aa ker mehsoos hua k bhai…

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Sometimes You Have to Love in the Moment and Enjoy it. Not Instagram it.

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I love where i live. But sometimes, I just like to absorb the view and bathe in the beauty. When you take a picture of a certain moment of beauty, you invade the moment. You don’t live in it anymore. It’s like you’re not in that dimension, and are trying to be in two places at once. It’s not good. Living in the moment is so pure, so human, so natural – taking a picture just might take all the fun away. For that one moment, for that one snap, you are not in THAT moment. And it’s just not worth it…

On Menswear and Rain

As it rains, and i don full sleeves even midway through may, I stare out my window in the car. With Bon Iver playing in through my pod, I look out and see the amazing view that just stands there. Romantic. And I love it. It’s a sight that evokes emotions in me. And I want to be able to capture it. But knowing me, I naturally incline towards fashion.  I think

This is a perfect background for a photo shoot. But would anyone use it for menswear?

Menswear shoots in Pakistan tend to be more macho, and there’s this stereotypical approach towards menswear fashion photography not just in Pakistan but also the whole world. While I see trends changing and male models adopting to a more “softer” look in some of the shoots, the prevalence of the macho hunk might take some time to get over.

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The stereotypical male model figure that seems to be dominating everyone’s attention and rules the world

Women get to have so much fun with their clothes and their photo shoots range from exotic locations like amazing amazonian back drops to then donning a motorcycle jacket and slipping out to an adventure. Girls just wanna have fun, and they do. Guys, on the other hand, have nothing to them if they don’t come up to a certain stereotype of the male body. Yes, that’s what models are for, but if we can have plus size female models on the covers of a few magazines, then what’s wrong with menswear delving into the more softer side of the world.

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I’m not stating go all feminine, I was just wondering how to use such backdrops and incorporate them into a collection. What’s wrong with not being rugged for a while, what’s wrong with showing a vulnerability to your photos, a soft nature enhanced look that just…makes the whole thing look beautiful.

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There are some people and some photographers, brands and magazines (Bergdorf’s shoots in particular) that seem to be enhancing the softer side of menswear. And the trends are speaking out too. Pastels and florals have been dominating the runways, shoots, magazines and so many collections everywhere.  Things are changing. But It’d be nice to see more of the embracement of this particular (softer) side of menswear here in Pakistan.

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Bergdorf’s Spring/Summer Menswear

 

The best thing happened to Pakistan Idol : PEPSI !

Originally posted on UMAIRICA:

So many music contests have come and gone and as were there winners and nobody even remembers them.. What a waste and that’s why my blog title makes sense. Whatever that Pepsi touches in Pakistan turns into gold. Be it cricket in early days and even today and of course music, Pepsi has played a vital role in making stars whom we fall in love with and became fans of. It won’t be wrong if I say that Pepsi gave life to Pakistani music. It was only until Pepsi came into the picture that we saw Vital Signs become bigger and better, how can we even forget Pepsi Top of the Pops, which gave the biggest boost to the Pakistani pop music industry and then came battle of the bands and of course endorsing all the fantastic bands and singers .. wow Pepsi ! Thanks for promoting the talent ‘NONSTOP’!

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Pakistan…

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Models: Off Duty Style at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014

That Paki Boy:

Yes, Yes yes! Somebody captured this! Finally! i was dying to see how paki models did and man! They do it gooooood!

thank you so much Hira for this extremely delighting insight into a part of fashion that, as you said yourself, remains hidden.

Don’t worry, you look great in the polka dots! And not accessorizing is a thing too, so you look amazing!

Originally posted on The FashionEasta :

We see a lot of red carpet and on-the-runway photos floating around after major fashion or media events however we rarely get to see what models dress like in between the shows, when they are on the go!

It’s obvious the socialites will dress extremely well on the red carpet or at any event for that matter. But it’s so much more fun to see how models, who have seen a LOT OF BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES in their careers, get creative with their own wardrobe when they are in a rush!

I tend to think that personal style is what gives each model that certain edge or personality over the others. And I can go on and on about how I prefer the relaxed & natural state of fashion as opposed to the layers of make-up and overly expensive & made up looks.

Here’s a look at some personal style choices…

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CHAPTER BLUE…!!!

Originally posted on I Spoke Bespoke:

So our fashion sovereignty has sent in their final verdict. Blue, in whatever shade variation it may be, is still the astute choice and a happening color of the season. And why not..??? It’s got a great sense of coolness to it and an appropriate shade can take you pretty far in creating a stellar summery look. Showing up on many designer’s color palette, Blue color made a huge comeback in fashion some two seasons ago, especially when color blocking became the hot trend around the globe. But to my excitement, it was still trotting our runways and the red carpet at the 7th PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. However, after seeing one specific tone of navy blue, I did have flashbacks of my high school uniform, but hey…I did’t let this change my mind. If done the right way, It’s suitable for every environment, it hits that smart-casual territory exceptionally well, keeping your look put-together and most importantly it adds…

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Best of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week

Originally posted on Style Inn:

Menswear was at its full glory at the recently concluded PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week and that is thanks to two brands, Bareeze Man and Republic by Omar Farooq. They set new benchmarks, presented fresh fashion and upped the style ante quite a few notches. Apart from the two, there were selective glimpses of menswear brilliance from other brands noticeably Sania Maskatiya and Arsalan Iqbal.

Here’s a look at some of the trends on the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week runway that stood out. While there were many looks that I loved, there’s always a few trends that you can borrow from the runway and apply them to your everyday dressing.

Here is a list of what I absolutely loved at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2014.

A Dispersion of Print:

Making menswear interesting and lively is always a tricky. Play safe and you end up looking too boring, overload the apparel with…

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Countdown to the Body Love music video and the launch of the Body Love Campaign!! Boom.

Originally posted on Mary Lambert Sings:

Dear citizens of the universe (and beyond) (like bed bath and beyond) (but actually not at all like bed bath and beyond),

I’m releasing the Body Love music video in one week.

I decided to launch The Body Love campaign in conjunction with the anticipation of the video starting today. Every day on my Instagram, I will focus on a part of my body that I embrace, and offer you to do the same- posting a picture with it, hashtags, and a description that will automatically post to the Body Love Campaign website. Your empowerment and strength can be a tool for others. I believe we can build each other up.  I think self love is one of the most important and potentially culture-shifting movements that is happening and can be propelled. I was inspired by Denise Jolly’s “Be Beautiful” project, and Sonya Renee’s  “The Body is Not an…

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