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STONEAGE A/W’14-15: A Cool Way to Handle the Chill

Fall is upon us and the air is beginning to get chilly. It’s about time we went out while a little bit of sun is shining and stock up on the winter wear that makes our wardrobe stand out. Of course, when walking downtown, one would wanna look absolutely fabulous, and would want to look good when going for a cup of coffee, but there is a certain feeling associated with the winter air that somehow, i feel, needs to be translated into what one is wearing. And good for us, that Stoneage offers us exactly that. Continue reading

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Always Be Prepared

“You can never be over dressed, or under educated.” says Oscar Wilde. And he is right. The thing about style, is that it always depends on the occasion. Being appropriately dressed (even if it’s overdressed) is something a style seeker must always be ready for. Also, what good is style if you’re not up on substance? This week’s link roundup gets you ready for all of that so you’ll never be caught off guard. This season anyway. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.

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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

 

This Eid, Do Simple, Go plain – MY PICKS

I have always felt more inclined towards more simple eastern wear. Sure, sherwani’s look great with bling and what not, but when it comes to everyday attire, or even special occasions like weddings or Eid, I have opted for subtle show, or maybe even a plain and simple kurta/qameez.

Lucky for me that this year, a lot of the mainstream brands have opted for simpler eastern wear for their Eid collections. With various colors, ranging from orange to sea green, there’s a lot to going on that can perk up your wardrobe!

Bonanza: PC Aamna Isani
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Here’s a list of my picks for where to shop at for Eid this year.

  • Gul Ahmed
  • Bonanza
  • KHAADI

Designers

  • REPUBLIC (made to order)
  • Sania Maskatiya
  • Amir Adnan
  • HSY
  • Emran Rajput

Have a fashionable Eid guys!

The Lost Case of Androgyny – Arsalan Iqbal at PSFW

Lets be honest, there never really was any, androgyny out in the Pakistani fashion scene.  Sure, there’s a picture of Fia Sofia and Rubia Butt trying to look like a man. But that won’t make the cut for androgyny.  With androgyny, we mean Tilda Swinton, and David Bowie, and that girl from Katy Perry’s lyric video of Unconditionally where the model looks like Leo DiCap. So you see, it’s a very tricky thing to handle, this androgyny, and when it comes to creating a collection that makes use of such elements, one is treading on thin ice. It’s delicate, and if you slip, you drown. Sure, using androgynous looking models can work, but lets be honest, where do we have that in Pakistan?

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So it came as a genuine surprise that the menswear designer Arsalan Iqbal decided to walk on this ice, and that too while making his debut as a womenswear designer as well. He was at the same time, debuting at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, so it needed to be a collection that left its mark. And with the concept as such, his Cargwar collection dealt with androgyny and true to the meaning of Cargwar, utility. Utility was an essential part of the collection. And the theme of Odysseus and the concept of it was very artsy.

When I first saw the collection on the ramp, i was left confused and my initial reaction was a direction away from the collection. It took me some time to digest all the monotony of the collection. But this confusion lead me to think a lot about the collection. And as I went through the details of it, is when I understood how truly androgynous the collection really was. The lowers and the upper pieces, when dissected as separates, made it clear how well conceptualized the collection was. It was made for anyone, any girl, and any boy. It had the ability to be worn by both sexes, and it exuded a sort of mysteriousness one would associate with androgyny. White is the perfect colour for that and it was the dominant one in the collection.

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The lowers, worn by guys and girls alike and all their various forms; jodhpurs, harem pants, shalwars etc are more in focus for me, as the way they were designed, it kind of resonates with the hipster approach I have towards fashion. It’s skinny, it’s loose, and it’s essentially unique. We rarely get such kinds of lowers in Pakistan for the guys, and even the girls, i assume!

Another factor that got me inclined a lot towards the collection was the use of metallic studs and the rivets. Nothing speaks Punk more than studs/spikes on clothes, and gives of a careless attitude, and along with that, adds a youthful sense to the clothes. It’s good to see designers focusing on the youthfulness of clothes. Yes, the business man has always known to pay to look good, but in this gadget infested youth of today, individuality and labels make a huge part of their lives, and the House of Arsalan Iqbal is catering to us with this collection. As for the older people, you can always go with the tops.

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Another thing that the collection highlighted a lot of was the footwear. Man! It was breaking my heart, it was THAT good!

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So you see, with a grown fashion industry I am sure that we will get more and more collections that can sell and stick to a theme. With collections as monotonous yet so diverse in characteristic as this, here’s hoping the Pakistani menswear industry grows beyond the staples!

Ramp Images Courtesy: Fasisal Farooqi and his team at Dragonfly

Taha Piracha and The Case of Approachable High Fashion

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.

When I got my shirt from Taha Piracha, I was excited. Usually, when you order clothes online, you kind of end up being disappointed that the colors don’t match, or something is off, But i experienced nothing like this. I was happy with the end product and what really made it great was that the finish of the product was fine. It was nicely stitched and the size fit perfectly. While I could’ve got it custom made to my size, I, unfortunately, due to my hectic lifestyle, could get the regular sizes they had to offer. Yet it fit perfectly. I was lucky enough to have it in time to wear it to the X-Men Days of Future past premiere in Islamabad. Here I am wearing the shirt with Tariq Amin at the premiere (excuse the blurry photo as my little brother took it).

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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.

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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

REPUBLIC’s S/S’14 Collection at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Dissected

So here we are. After a long long time that Republic by Omer Farooq showed his collection at PSFW. Although i wish he had done it last year, since i actually went back then, but anyway, I’m glad he did. His work has always been one of the best of menswear and he makes his pieces for the modern metropolitan man who is not afraid to step things up.

So here we go dissecting the PSFW collection that REPUBLIC by Omer Farooq showed this year.

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THE PASTEL TOUCH

I love how Omer knows what the modern man needs. His incorporation of pastels is a testament to the fact that the REPUBLIC man is not afraid to amp things up in his wardrobe and add a little subtle pink to his wardrobe that’s easy on the eyes and doesn’t make one flinch. The pastels had a heavy influence on the collectionand they were just the right amount of color one needs.

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50 SHADES OF BLUE

Blue is one color every man should have in his wardrobe. Denim is so obvious, but it’s better to step out of that old black suit and try a little bit of color, and blue is just the right one for that. It’ll not make you look stupid (if you’re not a fashion lover, that is) and it’ll be the perfect look to make you stand out from the rest at the event you are attending.

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THE WINDOWPANE

A pattern to be confused with plaid, this pattern was seen in the REPUBLIC collection. The fact that it’s so obviously the year of the plaid, it was a good way to go the plaid way, while not being hundred percent plaid.

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STRIPES PINNED and PLAID-ed

Can I just say how hard it is to make a striped suit look good? And what a great job Omer did with the striped pieces he showed? The red stripes were my favorite one.  The pin striped suits were just beautiful. And I liked them the most. I have had a crush on the pinstripe suit for a long time, and it was fun to see it on the Paki runways. And then there’s the customary plaid (Muhammad is seen donning). How can we do without that?

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THE ACCESSORY TALK

So the botanical prints were a huge hit. Everyone loved them. It’s not something you see in your normal Paki wardrobe. Honestly, it was an innovative step towards Pakistani menswear. The shoes were lust worthy and the bags and the scarves were just so cool. Vacations just got trendier!

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Other Trends Worth Noting

  • The Double Breasted Suit
  • The Man Bag
  • Wide Lapels (as opposed to narrow).
  • Trench Coats (or the summer coat)

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Go Ceremonial with REPUBLIC’s Ceremonial Collection

Indigo Blue. Yes, that’s the whole collection’s color. if you know well enough, you would know that Blue is the color of this year. It was almost everywhere in the menswear shows all over.

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Why I love the collection is majorly because of the blue color, but besides that, you don’t get to see clothes like these in Pakistan normally. REPUBLIC brought the modern cut for the modern man to Pakistan and made it available for the masses (yes, well, some of the mass). the tailors here are very thick skulled to understand the needs of the meterosexual man and live like it’s still the 90’s. With REPUBLIC, you should know you are on top of the trends.

With it being the wedding season and all, REPUBLIC should be the go-to designer for your groomswear. It’s cool, hip and trendy; something the grooms of our generation are trying to opt for (i think). Now I know nothing about the cuts of lapels and stuff )and I know I should!) but seriously, I have never seen something as cool as this in any store in Pakistan here.  The tuxes are just “gorgeous” (can we call menswear that? yes!)

And it’s not that expensive too (20,000 and + ) so why not go for this?

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Pictures courtesy: REPUBLIC’s facebook page.