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NYFW S/S’15: When Consumers Direct Fashion

Fashion is one of those industries that is considered frivolous, self indulgent, and highly disconnected from the real world. People call it fake, superfluous, and something not for the masses. But what they forget to look at, is that fashion is so much more more than sparkly clothes and spotlighted threads. It’s about the much ignored part of everyone’s lives; growing up. And if time has shown us anything is that fashion has grown up to be something much much more than a grasp-able thing for a select few. Now it is for everyone. Now, everyone can contribute to it.

With so many fashion weeks happening across the globe, and so many new things coming out, it is only natural to feel that fashion has come to a point where saturation of ideas and cuts supersedes the idea that fashion weeks will churn out something new, something exciting, and something that will blow our minds away; fashion is expected to wow the audience. And with the recently concluded New York Fashion Week, it was very obvious that innovation has been taken over by wear-ability, needs of the masses, and the mundane. NYFW came to a point where every other collection seemed forced and one could not help the feeling of having seen it before. It reminded me of the Lorde song Tennis Court where she says “Well, I’m bored.”

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Since I have quoted Lorde’s song here, the song also goes on to say “because I’m doing this for the thrill of it, killin’ it, never not chasing the million things I want.” Looks like the designers are doing the exact opposite of this verse.

What we saw at NYFW was an ode to the consumer. The dresses/clothes shown were highly wearable, even if they were not price compromised, but the runway looks would be the kind of looks one would see “people” wearing. While coming down to the needs of the customer is all good, and feeding the trend of normcore seems like a good idea in a country where on the basis of consumerism thrives companies forward, it should not come as a surprise that innovation got lost along the way. Sure, a few handpicked designers put up beautiful displays of their creations, but fashion week is supposed to be about the clothes and the focus should not be taken away from it. Some of the theatrical designer presentations did have great clothes (Thom Browne for instance) and should not be dissed along with the general shows, but there was so little of what these good clothes and innovative ideas, that NYFW left a really bad taste in the mouth. And it seems so hard to recover from it.


Fashion, is first and foremost, a form of art; and I think people, and designers alike, have seem to forgotten that. It is not just about creating clothes that sell – it is about creating art, wearable art. Innovation in fashion is a must if one needs to see new ideas being born. But I think that in the world of street style, and personal style blogging, people seem to forget that there are people out there for whom fashion means more than just looking good. Fashion is an embodiment of our ideas, our beliefs, and our senses. Fashion is supposed to evoke emotions (good or bad), fashion is supposed to make one feel special. Where’s the specialty in wearing high priced logo-ridden clothes that are worn just for the sake of them being the “it” item nowadays. There is no Thrill in it. There is no fun in it.

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A lot of menswear shown at NYFW felt like one had seen all of this before on some ramp somewhere. Yes, sportswear and gypsy urbanite is a trend that seems emerging all over the world, but what I don’t get is why every other designer would want to get lost along the monotony by doing the exact same thing? This need to hop on the trend-specific bandwagon is what drives art away from fashion. We are so blinded by the idea of trying to make it in the world, that we forget that making a mark and creating a collection worth noticing is about not being lost in the crowd but about being able to stand out and think individually, and on one’s own.

Wear-ability accounts for this loss of innovation in fashion. People are so consumed by the idea of looking like something/someone they saw that they forget they have the ability to be an individual, and individuality requires on to think out of the box and be a pink dot when everyone else is wearing black. And designers are feeding this need of the people.

There used to be a time when people would follow designers. But now, in this world of instagram likes, freedom of tumblr reposts, twitter hashtags, and facebook shares, it seems the masses are being the driving force behind fashion; and while to a certain degree it is a good thing letting designer know what you want; but how will we be able to find someone who tells us what we don’t want, or what new things we can have, if fashion weeks keep directing their ideas according to the people’s needs?

9Lines Sunnies – A Unisex Appeal

I think 9lines is one of those brands that you just gotta have because it’s so unique and speaks volumes about one’s taste (read more here). It’s like, if I’ll have 9lines, i’ll be able to stand out from the crowd, and feel like I’m wearing something made just for me.

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That’s the effect 9lines apparel has on me. And their stationery is worth flaunting at school too.

But photophobic people like me, and sunglasses lovers alike, can rejoice because 9lines have come out with their amazingly fun sun glasses range. The sunnies are to fall in love with. They’re stand out material, and will make you feel the special that you are.

You just gotta have em!

Another factor that makes the 9lines phenomenon tick is the androgyny and unisex-iness of the brand. Not many people have delved into unisex fashion in Pakistan, and with 9lines doing something much needed, it comes as no surprise people have fallen in love with it.

Does this mean the audience is warming up to the idea of unisex fashion, or is the whole being different phenomenon that is taking 9lines to new heights? You tell.

While I drool over the glasses…

Here are my favorite picks from the collection

You can order them online on the 9lines page here or the website.

Orange with Black Rim Mirrored Round Sunglasses Group Shots (6) Retro Steampunk Sunglasses Round Striped And Letter Punk Sunglasses for women Light Green Mirrored Round Sunglasses (4)

Photography Credits: HSK Studios

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.


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…


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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Armani in Pakistan? Yes!

I am not kidding. It’s real. Armani comes to Pakistan with it’s luxury line Armani Collezioni. The store is expected to open real soon, so keep your ears and eyes open for it.
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The amazingly talented people at Sefam are the ones to thank for it. They collaborated with Armani to bring the Armani Collezioni Menswear Fall ’14/15 Collection this fall in Pakistan.The collection will be ready-to-wear and made-to-measure formal suits and accessories for men.

Now the thing to be more excited about, for me, is that this time, it’s a menswear only line at the moment! How cool is that? Us men are being put first somewhere, thank God.

Now be ready to embrace the Itialian authenticity and step out in the style known all over the world for it’s exclusivity and beauty. The precision, the cuts, the finesse, all of the classic traits of Armani, now in your wardrobe!

*the deatils of the launch will be notified on my facebook page here, and my twitter here. Follow me for updates as they come in!

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


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.


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.


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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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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