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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.
Links à la Mode: August 14
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- Al-Balsam Life: 2014 Fall Hottest Makeup Trends
- Attire Club: Fashion Knock-Offs: Insult or Flattery?
- Beautify My Life: Am I Boring, or Just Brand Loyal?
- Beauty Editer: 10 Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin
- Clothes Medley: DIY Tips to Maintain and Repair High Heels
- Everyday Starlet: 6 Lessons from Lauren Bacall
- Fashion Moriarty: The “Nothing New Challenge”
- Fierce in the City: How to Wear Backless Clothes
- High Heels in the Wilderness: Do You Have Wardrobe Workhorses?
- Madame Ostrich: Let’s Talk About Leather
- ModaVracha: Necessary Hair Products for Natural Hair Transition
- My Legendary Style: Top 10 Items Every Girl Needs in Her Wardrobe
- Purushu: Illustration- Cara Delvigne
- Save, Spend, Splurge: Is $200 My Minimum Price Point for Clothing?
- Storybook Apothecary: 7 Ways to Get Audrey Hepburn Style
- Style Curated: Q&A with Costello Tagliapietra
- Tea for Shoe: 9 Irresistible Handbags for the Young Professional
- That Paki Blog: Bareeze MAN – The Dapper Road Trip
- Wild Beauty World: Are You a Makeup Genius? Loreal Wants to Help
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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.
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.
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!
The orange camo print jacket/waist coat was heartbreakingly amazing. I loved the leather accents through and through.
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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As one sits and ponders over the state of menswear, one can’t help but sigh. It’s not hopeless, it’s just that there’s so much cacophony, everything gets confused and in this confusion it all gets lost. As I said earlier, it’s very important to know where one stands and what he wants for himself, even in fashion. Brands and labels, when start off, get lost along the journey. A very important part of it is staying true to their roots and ideals. One of such labels in Pakistan who stuck to it’s signature and ideas from the start has been REPUBLIC by Omar Farooq. Omar’s attention to the details of his pieces, and the thought he puts into them sets him apart. When one is in need of a true Italian suit, REPUBLIC is there at the front, and you cannot ask for much more precision and perfection, considering this is Pakistan. It was because of these (and obviously other great) reasons that REPUBLIC was nominated for the Woolmark Prize. Now this is a big deal, for a Pakistani designer to be nominated for one of the most prestigious fashion awards in the world. YSL and Karl Lagerfeld were of the first few winners when this award was launched. You see, this award recognizes only the best in the game, those working with wool hands on, and being innovative with whatever work they produce. It was a pleasure to see Republic’s name on the same page as Public School NY, and Agi and Sam. This nomination is a testament to the fact that REPUBLIC has earned a name for itself not only nationally and internationally as well! His label is the “it” label for high quality menswear, and if you are in the mood to splurge on good clothing, REPUBLIC is the option. When I reached out to Omar to tell me about his experience with Woolmark, he said it was one of those experiences where one can only learn more and more and grow. He said that being in Pakistan, one doesn’t get to know how to reach out to the clientele besides the one in Pakistan, and having experienced the Woolmark nomination, he saw that we need to expand our horizons and delve into the deep waters of fashion. A person needs top be challenged, and Woolmark was just the experience to teach one that, says Omar. Apart from that, Omar had to say that get your paperwork done in time. It will make things hectic once it comes a time to show at the regionals. It won’t even leave you time to go out sightseeing comfortably. While REPUBLIC unfortunately didn’t get to go on to compete at the world wide stage of the Woolmark, being a part of the Woolmark experience, and getting to be nominated among so many high profile international labels, is just an amazing thing for Pakistani fashion. We should be proud that Pakistan creates such amazing designers who have the potential to go to the international level and make a name for us. It is up to us to provide our designers the ability to expand and evolve in their creative pursuits so that we keep getting innovative collections over the years. What I have learned and observed from this experience is that Playing safe just won’t cut it anymore if Pakistani fashion wants to expand globally, or even nationally. We can’t stay at a static point in our fashion approaches and diss every other person who tries to break the norm. We need to encourage differential approaches and methods to fashion in Pakistan, and let the boundaries grow. Step out of our comfort zones. Here’s hoping REPUBLIC goes places around the globe and makes a name for not only itself, but also the Pakistani fashion industry. Wishing Omar all the best, with lots of love! Images Courtesy: Republic’s Instagram here
With LCM behind us, Milan steps up its menswear game by giving us a number of big names to look forward to. While some brands stuck to their signatures in their new collections, others experimented. But what came to behold was the fact that unlike LCM, MFW had to offer a more subtle and an understated feel to its collections. Surely, the street style blogs are an indication that the man at those shows liked his wardrobe dapper, and while is not afraid to experiment, he would still prefer to go for normcore any day and take whatever normalcy the clothes have to offer instead of making a statement. Some of the labels did make a statement – Vivienne Westwood – but most of the labels stuck to catering to the common man needs.
In these terms, the following five collections were fun, visually appealing and at the same time very very wearable.
Expect the collection to be a step out of the comfort zone of the contemporary man, and be prepared to shatter those expectations. The collection was love at first sight, and while pastels dominated the other runways, we got see the emergence of a new color; flamingo pink. With the flamingo print shirt rocking the social media waves, this collection featured light tones of other colors such as blue, brown but the various shades of flamingo hues and the prints is what makes the collection stand out. It was very dapper, and effective in making a statement with the sharp suits and jackets.
Think basics. and then think individuality. Yes, functionality of the everyday wardrobe, with a hint of colors. With the common man now being on the go all the time, it only made sense to give the models earphones (A collaboration with Beats by Dre). What’s specifically summery about this collection is the relaxed fit and the footwear – sandals. With earthy, neutral tones and the basic of every menswear wardrobe, the collection featured denim, leather, wool all incorporated effectively, and stylishly, to give a youthful feel to an old men’s wardrobe. The colors were neither too dull, nor too bright, and had the effect they were aiming for; a stylish metropolitan guy you’d run into on the subway!
Stripes and black and white, the Gucci show was a step away from the regular Gucci collections. But this collection appeals for it’s use of the sailor concept that executes into the way the youth of today might get into it. While a lot of people are not on board for the collection being so dull, cliched and tried, I think the collection is reaching out to the social media infested man, who would take his labels, his style, and his statement seriously, even if it is a collection defying the regular image connected with Gucci. Call it an anti-hipster mentality, but cliched is not being done by anyone else right now, and for that fact, the stripes, the sailor theme, and the black and white attire works so perfectly. And it doesn’t hurt that it was an extremely wearable collection!
Prada went the retro road with it’s S/S’15 collection and the result was amazing. With denim jackets and the coats, the collection seemed like a modern form of the western attire. Yes, it was denim, but we also got to see embellishments and leather that seemed to indicate that there’s a thin line between menswear and womenswear, with the few girls thrown in to highlight it. The stripes and the plaid added to the retro vibe. But the collection itself was very adaptable to the concept it was trying to execute. And the fact that it was werable, that doesn’t hurt, does it? Because in the end, no matter what happens, and how much theatrics a collection displays, if the collection doesn’t sell, what’s the use?
Dark, grungy, youthful and black. With hints of yellow and grey. Yes, and the cuts of the clothes, the stripes and the prints make this collection a visual treat for someone who like his clothes tones down (me!). the collection had a very boyish vibe to it that appeals to the younger lot, and not the working man, while it might attract them too with it’s sharp suits and casual jackets, it’s essentially a modern sophisticated punk collection.
Floral love. I think tropical prints exude a very vacation like feel. But floral has this classy modern feel to it that I love a lot.
Here i am donning something that’s fun, light yet I like to retain my signature, and how can i forget my boots. I love my boots!
Here’s a picture collage of some things I find in my backyard.
Recently, a twitter user complained about the inaccessibility of fashion blogs to common folks and regular people to connect with each other, who can actually wear stuff as regular people on the street. It is true that most of the fashion blogosphere is dominated by high fashion, and bloggers rarely highlight that part of fashion that goes into making everyday wear of a person, who is into fashion, but not high fashion. Such people exist everywhere, and when I go through the search engine terms of my blog, I realize how it is sort of our responsibility to make fashion accessible to everyone. So I have decided to review one such designer who is doing work for the masses and by the engagement level on his Facebook page, I am happy to see our people being into fashion. It sort of makes me realize how it is everyone’s desire to look naturally good, and how much internet access to the common man is making things change.
Taha Piracha is the designer in subject here. When going through his Facebook page here, I quickly realized that his design aesthetic appeals to the youth of today, with an inclination towards eastern wear with a modern twist. Their kurtas have a traditional chic appeal to them that end up being statement makers on their own. But then I stumbled on to their Shirts collection and I realized how such a small tumble through the Facebook pages lead me to discovering a brand that had all that I was looking for. I instantly fell in love with the floral patterned shirt, and that is what I got. Although that was not all that I liked. I really like a paisley patterned maroon shirt on the album. The shirts, made it evident that Taha Piracha had a signature aesthetic that translated from his Kurtas to his Shirts. He had his specialty embroidered shirts, but also had the regular stripes and gingham patterned shirts to make it for every other man.
Taha Piracha clothing has prices and styles that make it a brand that knows it’s target market. And the target market is anyone wanting to make a unique statement. While some may argue that fashion blogs are for people with interest in fashion and not for common people, but when it comes to buying clothes, it is everyone’s concern to have the best, and have it under budget. Taha Piracha has kept in mind both these things. Similarly, when the buyer is exploring his/her options, the blogs will ultimately be stumbled upon and the high fashion, and street fashion will inter mix with each other.
Another thing that made me incline towards Taha Piracha is his being vocal against bullying on his Facebook page. He recently made a post on the Pink Shirt Day which is basically an anti-bullying day celebrated across the world. Everyone knows I am very vocal about my experience with bullying and how I am helping spread the word against it.
It is really important to realize that the fashion comes to a point in everyone’s life where almost every earning man thinks before having access to it. To get the thing worth your money is what matters. And in the end, a happy customer means a good business.
you can check out Taha Piracha Clothing on the facebook page here
White Wash Your Wardrobe
You know how you think of summer and it reminds you of coolness, well, white is as cool as it gets. This summer, brighten up your wardrobe with white. The color dominated the runway in all forms, but we got to see all white ensembles as well. Plus, if you’re skeptic about going all white, then you can add a little black to it. It’s just like being in a black and white old Hollywood movie!
Feel the Blues
When on vacations and road trips, the sky holds a charm for us. It’s fun to just sit and stare at it. And you can add the nostalgia of the sky in your wardrobe by going Blue. Blue is the color many labels opted for to bring out the summer feel in their collections; be it sunny mornings or late night parties in the breeze, blue will be the color to get you through it in style.
Everything blossoms in spring and the way the beauty transcends into summer, you can’t help but go out and smell a fresh flower or two. Flowers are the symbol of spring, and it’s a good thing the collections from the fashion weeks featured floral prints as a major trend. Adding the floral touch to your wardrobe will give it an easy, breezy, laid back vibe that is just perfect for the vacation season.
The Deal with Red
Sometimes you just crave to be bold and different, you just want to stand out and let the confidence ooze. No color does that better than Red. Red was a prominent color on the runways and adding something red would do wonders to your look. Even a simple red tee adds the much needed punch to your look. Go big, go confident, and go red!
Get your print on
With the incorporation of digitization in this era in almost everything, it’s time we showed it off in the clothes that we wear. While girls have been having fun with all the prints they get to don, it’s time for us guys to get our prints out in the open. The runways were a testament to the fact that printed outerwear is a must have this season and it’s better to go all crazy with whatever print you want to opt for.
Striping through summer
Getting lost in the fun. That is what summer is all about. And with the fun that stripes bring to your look, you can be sure to bring the style from the office to the beach with you. The stripes on the runway were available in all forms and looks; casual, business, resort, you name it. This trend is just the perk you need in your wardrobe to look dapper and cool at the same time.
Pull up the Pants
A lot of times we go with the norm and forget that men have loads of options on how to wear their pants instead of the usual dress pants. For this season, the trend to hit the runway has been the high waisted pants. Sure, they end up looking like usual pants, but when you pull it up that high it adds an edge to your look that’s modern and dapper!
The Long Short Way
Summer wardrobe is incomplete without shorts. But this season is the season when the designers let it all loose and we now have the trend for long loose shorts. Beachwear just got more fun and sartorial. This trend gives you a look that screams “it is summer” and while you can go with the regular shorts, it won’t be as chic as this.
In Gossip Girl, Blair exhales that sandals are not real shoes. Well, guess what Blair? Sandals are the news shoes and they’re here to stay. The runways saw a plethora of shoes, but the footwear that left as the victor were the sandals. Sandals are available in all forms and, my personal favorite gladiators, will complete your summer look like no sneakers or loafers would. Sandals ftw!
Bag it out
Accessories are an integral part of a look and you can always put on a pair of sunnies to add the summer touch but this summer, go flinging the bag. The runways showed that any sartorially aware man would complete his summer look with a bag. The man bag, as it is called, is an appropriate addition, while you can always go along with the backpack or the tote bag. Yes, men, carrying a bag now is considered chic. And with one carrying an iPad around all the time, this trend could never have come at a better time.
Atlas by Coldplay from the Catching Fire Soundtrack I am so excited about it! The Fault in Our Stars by Troye Sivan from The fault in Our Stars Soundtrack This song is hauntingly beautiful and captures the emotions of the book so well. can’t wait for the movie! Aura/Burqa by Lady Gaga The controversial single. I kinda like it. I have a lot to say about it. Will do when the album comes. “Imagine Us” by Martin Kierszenbaum Penelope by Zak Waters