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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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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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Dhoti Suit: Yay or Nay? Anju Modi @ India Couture Week

So the menswear in India is picking things up quick. The recently held India Couture Week featured some spicy menswear, and when i say spicy, i mean something mouth wateringly delicious. We are, sub continental, after all (thus the analogy). It’s the first time I am stepping across the border and noticing stuff. And this is an idea I just had to talk about.

Anju Modi Dhoti Suit India Couture week

While the sherwani has been aptly been used with the dhoti, it came off as a bit of a pleasant surprise when i saw the dhoti paired up with the tux jacket; thus term Dhoti Suit. Now this is something to look at. Wear a dhoti with your suit jacket, and ditch the trousers. This is so unbelievably desi! Anju Modi being the designer to bring it to my attention.

Over the years, menswear from the sub continent has adopted so many “western” trends into the eastern wardrobe, but this just stumps them all. It’s desi innovation at its best, no?

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Well, this is actually the bandh gala jackets, and not exactly a suit jacket, but you get the point!

tell me what you guys think of it? yay or nay?

REPUBLIC by Omar Farooq at the Woolmark

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. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60838 PM.bmp 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.   Fullscreen capture 7262014 60914 PM.bmpWhen 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. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60845 PM.bmp 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. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60956 PM.bmp 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! Fullscreen capture 7262014 60855 PM.bmpImages Courtesy: Republic’s Instagram here

 

Evolution as a Person and Its Projection Through Fashion

When we’re growing up, we rarely see the things that we experience as changing us to our cores. But at the same time, our cores remain the same. I think it is very essential to evolve as a human being. You cannot just stay at one point in your life and not see the ability to grow into something better, or sometimes worse, over time. Time passes, so should we. With the passage of time, so should our skins, and we should allow ourselves to evolve.

Evolution is inevitable if one needs to progress in life. That phase of monotony, where everything is just how it is, and a person is doing the same thing over and over, it’s just so…stagnant. To be able to absorb the world, as it keeps on shifting, and the incorporating the desired and needed changes in one’s self is what keeps us afloat as humans. To evolve is human. And evolution is necessary to survive.

In fashion, this very well may be called adapting to the trends. But who makes these trends? Who calls the shots? If we look at the various designers and labels, we see how it happens. Inspiration, Creativity, Work, and Individuality account for all the things that make one person’s work stand apart from another’s and evolve on it’s own.

We saw YSL do it in his time. If you’ve seen the new biopic based on his life, we see how over time, YSL evolved as a human being and it translated into his work. Similarly, this is what Karl Lagerfeld is doing to Chanel. He’s making an age old label relevant in today’s time. Thanks to the human ability to evolve, fashion is evolving. If it weren’t for the ability of these people to grow as humans, we would never see fashion grow. And we’d never have the Moschino that Jeremy Scott is giving us. This is what Christopher Bailey is doing to Burberry, and Hedi Slimane is doing with YSL. They’re letting the labels they work for, evolve. Evolve to be relevant, evolve to be human.

Hedi Slimane did to YSL what can clearly be aimed at the label’s inclination to appeal to the instagram addicted youth of today.

Sure, anyone can make the staples, or the little black dress, but to turn a piece of clothing into a work of art; that is what these people have been doing. And along with the evolution that they’ve been going through, they’ve held on to the things that make them stand out, thus creating their signatures.

In Pakistan, we have seen the new age designers such as Akif Mehmood, Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeshan evolve into something that speaks volumes of their artistic growth. The veterans, Mahin Khan, Rizwan Beyg, Sana Safinaz, etc have all proved how their labels have evolved into something that’s their signature.

Ali Xeeshan
Ali Xeeshan

Similiary, we have our style icons. Surely they didn’t get to their lime-lightened spots because they were able to be great and awesome from the start. They evolved! Alexa Chung, The Blonde Salad, Adam Gallagher, Rihanna, Blake Lively etc are living examples of how fashion evolves as the human beings evolve. It just shows.

Growth is regardless of age. It happens even when the bones stop growing, but the mind absorbs. The mind’s ability to let the human being create something out of it is amazing. In fashion, this is how we get great collections every year.

Even if we look at ourselves, as fashion bloggers or fashionistas, we see that with the passage of time, our wardrobes evolve into this huge projection of how we feel and what we have become. As we grow and change, so do our wardrobes.

If it weren’t for the human ability to evolve, we’d be stuck at a point where everyone would look the same, feel the same because they’d be donning the same. And a true fashionista would never let that happen, right? So one just HAS to evolve. Fashion, and life, call for it.

Paris Menswear Backstage + Trends

Givenchy - Trends: monochrome tailoring, men’s and women’s sportswear-styled pieces and updated uniforms.
Givenchy – Trends: monochrome tailoring, men’s and women’s sportswear-styled pieces and updated uniforms.
Dior - Trends: Bohemian meets bourgeois, pinstriped suits mixed with deconstructed denim pieces, an arty edge alongside a new take on sailor stripes and boat shoes paired with a tuxedos.
Dior – Trends: Bohemian meets bourgeois, pinstriped suits mixed with deconstructed denim pieces, an arty edge alongside a new take on sailor stripes and boat shoes paired with a tuxedos.
Haider Ackerman - Trends: layers of rich material for a five-star boho nomad look.
Haider Ackerman – Trends: layers of rich material for a five-star boho nomad look.
Hermes - Trends: florals, vibrant colors and graphic details.
Hermes – Trends: florals, vibrant colors and graphic details.
Kris Van Assche - Trends: pants ripped at the knee, mix & match prints and cut-off ties
Kris Van Assche – Trends: pants ripped at the knee, mix & match prints and cut-off ties
Lanvin - Trends: Leather Inserts, Visible Stitching, Somber pallatte
Lanvin – Trends: Leather Inserts, Visible Stitching, Somber pallatte
Louis Vuitton - Trends: preppy style, military cuts and utilitarian jumpsuits.
Louis Vuitton – Trends: preppy style, military cuts and utilitarian jumpsuits.
Rick Owens - Trends: exploring animality and sensuality through costume and make-up.
Rick Owens – Trends: exploring animality and sensuality through costume and make-up.
Raf Simons - Trends: collages of inspiration, fabrics from the collection and the off-the-wall hair styles.
Raf Simons – Trends: collages of inspiration, fabrics from the collection and the off-the-wall hair styles.
Paul Smith - Trends: blazers, fringing, satin fabrics and off-the-wall prints with casual looks
Paul Smith – Trends: blazers, fringing, satin fabrics and off-the-wall prints with casual looks
Trends: printed silks and embellishments.
Valentino – Trends: printed silks and embellishments.
Kenzo - Trends: Parisian chic meets urban New York style, colorful looks and large polka dots.
Kenzo – Trends: Parisian chic meets urban New York style, colorful looks and large polka dots.
Dries Van Noten: Inspired by dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the Russian Ballet
Dries Van Noten: Inspired by dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the Russian Ballet

Top 5 Collections at Milan Menswear Fashion Week + Trends Off the Runway

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.

Marc Jacobs

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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.

Fendi

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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!

Gucci

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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

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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?

Les Hommes

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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.

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yellow menswear

5 Innovative Collections at London Collections Men + Trends From LCM

London Colletions Men kicks off the menswear shows of the season and we always see the aristocratic, elegant and gentlemanly collections that we expect LCM to show. But along with that, there are some collections who make things a little more fun, and present to us an imagery the world takes as a granted part of menswear. If there’s anything that LCM proves, is that the man of today is not afraid to take risk, be artistic and make his wardrobe a cool place of envy.

I present my list of the collections that did just that. Unusual collections with a side to them that’s creative conceptualization translated in its best form.

KATIE EARY: Peace Out!

Katie Eary S/S'15 LCM London Spring Summer London 2014 2015

Taking a whole new spin at the 70’s, Katie Eary’s S/S’15 collection featured a colorful world of the cowboy who just might not be into bull riding, but prefers peace over anything. And along with peace, is into an array of colors; preferably sunset. Ombre hues of the sun dominated the tops, and the patterns seem to take inspiration from the sea creatures; with fish skeletons and fins. Don’t forget the cowboy staple; denim. yes, people like that exist, it’s not always about following your ancestors and traditions, we can take two cultures and mix them up to create harmony; and in the collection’s case, something beautiful!

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Xander Zhou: Hormonal Balance

Xander Zhou S/S'15 LCM Summer Spring London 2015

With a dark collection, Xander Zhou maintained a simple aesthetic appeal to a probable manic collection that was down to earth and spoke volumes with the designs. It was a collection meant for the young adult, with all the hormones raging in, and the obsession with pop culture. But how it differs is the interpretation in a dark way. It was in short, a dark depiction of the years where one is going through so much psychological evolution, it’s dark and bright at the same time. And the glitter seemed to depict the fun times, even though it was shades of dark rage.

*****

SIBLING: Fitting In By Making Space

Sibling S/S'15 LCM Summer Spring London 2015

Another one of the collections aimed at the young mind, but putting a different spin  on it. Sibling’s S/S’15 collectiona was an ode to the effed up mind of a teenager where fitting in is hard when you are so different. But it gave a message that it is ok if you are weird, be yourself and you’ll be beautiful. It’s all about embracing the ugly, and sticking to your beliefs. It’s ok to rebel and not be a part of the crowd. While the message came out strong in weird stringy silhouettes and the graphic skeleton prints and the bone necklaces, the collection was aimed at a more sickly part of young adult life where punk rules, and in an absolutely deconstructed, ripped up way; just like life itself.

*****

MAN: Childhood Collage of Memories

MAN S/S'15 LCM Spring Summer 2015 London

We know it is three designers that present in a single show. But what we need to know is how beautifully the concepts merge into each other. With MAN’s focus being on childhood memories since long, this collection was an ode to the collage infested walls of our rooms from childhood memories, with stickers on our backpacks. And in these backpacks, we pack our memories of youth and take to the metropolitans of the world where we get lost in the fine patterns of the buildings. But hey, Bobby Abley knows we have everything on iTunes and DVD, so why not go watch The Little Mermaid and relive those memories from our childhood?

*****

Christopher Shannon: Filling the Empty Gaps

Christopher Shannon S/S'15 Spring LCM Summer London 2015 2014

While our dads read newspapers, all we did was make words out of headlines and the mashed up versions of the fonts got engraved in our heads. Then we came up with fonts mixing it all and gave it all to the digital world to use. With a laid back attitude to one’s life where everything just comes along and happens, it leaves emtpy spaces to be filled by one’s own mind. Christopher Shannon’s S/S’15 collection was an ode to the time when windows were open and small was big, and innocence prevailed. The loose shirts and the long shorts exude an easy breezy vibe, that is reminiscent of childhood summers.

Now that I look at the collections, I notice how youth and childhood seems to be such a common theme among them all. I think nobody grows out of their memories, and somehow is looking for a way to express something close to their hearts. Also, it is a great market move. Nowadays, social media has made the ability to have it all in reach of youngsters, and the bigger consumers of the day are them. So it only seems right to target them. Sure, you can wear a suit and look dapper, but can you make a statement. With so many social hierarchies and divisions, it only makes sense to target the underdogs, the people who are different and don’t conform to the norms.

 TRENDS

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Denim

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