Bloggers Meet Up

Amir Adnan has been a pioneer in the Pakistani Menswear Industry and the brand has been around for a few months. Whenever one talks about Sherwanis or Shalwar Kameez, the one name that pops up in the head is Amir Adnan. This year however, they came out with a western collection for men. They got bloggers from Lahore to meet up at their newly launched flagship store on M.M. Alam Road, Lahore, right after a heavy grooming session at Toni & Guy!

We were hosted by the PR Manager of the company, Ms. Naveen Qazi, who not only coordinated the whole thing but made sure that everyone had a great time. The photography was done by Muhammad Shahroze .

We were asked to pick out the pieces that we liked and got to pair them up with anything in the store or with anything that we wanted to bring to the shoot.

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The Bloggers: L to R: Usama Humayun, Momin Ali Munshi from Galaxy Lollywood, Nawabzada Murtaza

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2015 : Trends and Faux Pas

As featured in Express Tribune (Pakistan)

Its that time of the year when sweaters come out, fireplaces are lit up and when hot chocolate/coffee becomes our kryptonite. The year is coming to an end and as we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome 2016, lets go over the biggest trends and faux pas of this past year.

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Statement Coats

The Fall/ Winter campaigns this year were big on Oversized Statement coats and Long length coats. Double Breasted coats were trending everywhere and bringing the whole retro look back to the racks in menswear shops.

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Draping Coat

We don’t know if Kim Kardashian is the one to be held responsible for making this trend not only popular among the ladies, but the trend picked up very quickly amongst the men of the world. It was big on the streets of some of the biggest fashion capitals of the world. And to be honest, its not a bad trend considering how its very difficult to wear layers during the period when the weather is transitioning from Summer to Fall. Its not too hot and its not too cold yet and wearing a coat makes you sweat.

Solution: Just drape the coat instead of actually wearing it.

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Longline Shirts/StreetWear

Some people might disagree with this trend because its not for everyone but 2015 was the year of Streetwear. Long-lined T shirts and shirts in general were Big! Its not everyones cup of tea but for those who can really pull it off.

Yeezys / Trainers

Now if it werent for the YEEZYs. Kanye West’s collaboration with Adidas and this fabric trainer was the most sought after shoe of all time. It was like the hunger games! Fans cued outside stores for ages before getting a pair and most of them had to go back without anything. The shoes originally costed $200 but after the soaring demand, the shoes were being resold over E Bay and other platform for as much as $1500. Well clearly anything touched by Lord Yeezus turns to Gold. Literally!

Monogram Slippers

Formal slippers were already a major trend for men but 2015 was when guys started getting custom monograms and embroidery on their Slippers/loafers. A nice way to put an individualistic spin on things.

Color Trends:  Camel and Military Green

Two colors that were bigger than the staple greys, blues, blacks and whites were ‘Army Green’ and ‘Camel/Nude’. For complete mono-color looks to statement coats, both the colors were big in street style.

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Metal Cap Shoes

One name : Giuseppe Zanotti. The one man who single handedly made the whole metallic cap – toe shoe a big thing. He was also the one who introduced metal in footwear for men.

Wide Legged Trousers

The wide legged trouser was big on the Runway. Again, a very retro trend that picked up this year. It is a tricky trend because not everyone knows how to pull it off but for those who do, it some how works out and looks cool.

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Turtle Neck

Turtle necks and roll over sweat shirts/ sweaters have made a comeback this year. They have never really gone out of style but this year they were seen everywhere from the ramps to the streets.

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Chelsea Boots

The one thing that comes to mind with Chelsea Boots is British Fashion and British Street Style. You can blame Harry Styles of One Direction for this but the trend is nice. They have become a sort of wardrobe staple for this fall and look nice too. Considering how they can make an entire ensemble look semi formal.

 

 

 

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Man Bun

For me, the biggest Faux Pas for 2015 was the Man Bun. A lot of guys have been seen sporting the whole trend but for some reason it just has gone a little over board. ‘How to make a man bun’ was one of the most Googled phrases of 2015 which is absolutely ridiculous. They look good on some people but the worst kind of man buns is the one with the undercut and the pony tail which is just plain absurd.

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Source: Vox – An ultimate guide to the “Man Bun”

Super Low V- Neck

Okay. Lets take a moment to mourn the death of fashion with these super low V Necks *takes a moment*.

Now that we have recovered from the trauma, lets talk about how this trend was just – BAD! Guys with a nice build might have some how worked this out but 2015 was Not the year for a low V Neck. And for those of you who still have this in your closet, please burn your low cut shirts.

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Trademark Logo Fashion and Accessories

For some odd and incomprehensible reason, guys from the South Asian Regions and Arab countries really like wearing accessories and clothes plastered with Trademark Logos. And lets be honest, it looks bad. Whether its the monogram Gucci print or huge belt buckles with the alphabets LV, H (Hérmes) or G (Gucci)  on them. And the idea of wearing Polo shirts and then tucking them in to show off your branded belts is a big FAUX PAS. So please. Stop!

Half Sleeve Button Downs

Half sleeve button down shirts have been a very common piece of clothing that one can easily buy. But for us, its not the best of trends. Its just off-putting and seems like a disproportionate mistake. Its better to go with a full sleeve button down and fold the sleeves.

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Ugly Trainers

Yes we know that trainers have been trending for a long while but that doesn’t mean you get to wear Grandpa Jogger-like trainers! If you do like the trend then please invest in a nice pair of trainers. Research a little before you end up buying a pair because even some of the biggest brands sell the ugliest trainers! So don’t be to brand obsessed and look for something that is aesthetically pleasing.

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3 Quarter Length Trousers

3 Quarter length trousers, more popularly known as Bermuda pants in our part of the world are a huge mistake. Please just do yourself a favor and dispose off all such items in your closet. These pants are odd and are not trendy in anyway. Nothing can justify the use of these pants unless youre a fisherman or your profession requires you to wear them (which is highly unlikely). As alternative for these is what is more popularly knows “Cropped Pants”. Cropped pants look nice, they provide a semi formal look, they don’t look too shabby and they show off your shoes. So if you are fond of showing off some skin then you can always get a pair of cropped pants or crop of a pair of pants that you already own.

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Patterned Button Downs

Horrendous Printed Button Downs = BIG NO = FAUX PAS OF ALL TIME.

Gentlemen, please get ride of the paisleys or awkward stripes! They do not look good. What you should be wearing is a nice crisp plain shirt. Plain shirts are always a safe bet. They go with practically everything. You can wear them formally and casually. The best thing to do is to invest in nice plain white and neutral colored shirts.

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Football League T-Shirts

Gentlemen, we don’t mean to offend anyone and we understand how serious you are about your favorite football leagues, but you don’t have to advocate your fanaticism by wearing your respective Football league T- Shirts (unless you’re playing football). If you are into sportswear, there are quite a few other options. Its 2015 (and soon will be 2016), and no one will question your loyalty to your favorite league if you don’t wear those jerseys.

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Why is Fashion so Female Centric?

Going through magazines and browsing online, I’m sure most of you would also feel that Fashion is a very Female Centric term. And by Female Centric I’m not trying to be misogynistic or anti-feminist, but the thing is that this is an Industry where from models to streetstyle to Bridal Fashion, it all usually focuses on women.

Particularly in South Asian countries, especially Pakistan where the society is more patriarchal and chauvinistic as opposed to other countries. It would make sense as to why Fashion is not seen as something that men could or should associate to. Where young boys and men are usually nurtured in a way that Fashion becomes a sort of taboo and guys who like to dress up well usually become social pariahs.

In Pakistan, this whole concept really takes shape as the Fashion Industry, which is one of the most lucrative economic assets for the country, is purely a female centric notion (for the lack of a better word). You see, if we break it down, Fashion weeks are 3 to 4 days events with a majority of brands showing collections for women. When it comes to Fashion for men in Pakistan, sadly most people in the Industry would link it to Grooms’ Fashion. Where elaborate Sherwanis and Kurtas somehow become the sole link between Fashion and Men in Pakistan.

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Source: Republic by Omar Farooq Featuring Yousaf Shahbaz

 

Breaking it down further, there are very few brands for men in Pakistan! I can literally sit here and list down most if not all of them. If a guy wants to get a suit made, he would have a potential list of 5 – 6 brands/shops that he can go to, to find the suit he wants. You have Republic by Omar Farooq, Ammar Belal, Munib Nawaz, Amir Adnan and now upcoming brands like Jermyn Street Clothing and Fibonacci Bespoke. Which is why a majority of men would chose to go the Bespoke way and get a suit made for themselves in a way that pleases them.

 

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Source: Republic by Omar Farooq Featuring Yousaf Shahbaz

 

Somehow all Red-carpet events seem to focus more on what women wear and not as much on what men wear. And if you think about it, from a business perspective of these Media houses, its probably because Men in this part of the world do not really give a rats ass about what another guy wore to an event. Women on the other hand would screen magazine images, carefully gauge social media trends, conclude what new length of Lawn Kurtas seems to be more popular amongst the masses, what all the rich and elite are wearing to weddings, if a velvet choli seems to be more in trend or not, and the list goes on and on. Men on the other hand would just take out whatever touches their hands first in their closet and wear it. Sadly, thats how guys in this part of the world usually operate! A weird thing that I have personally noticed is how the richest of men in Pakistan look like they had their great-grandfathers pick out their clothes. It just doesnt add up. I mean if youre worth a billion dollars as per Forbes and other magazines, why can’t you spend a little time and get a nice suit made for yourself?

But why is that? Why cant guys seem to think about Fashion and Style and being dapper! I mean your style is a reflection of your personality. Your style defines how seriously you take your own being when it comes to your priorities in life! Your style is an expression of your being. Men should not really be afraid of figuring that bit out. If we go back to the a few decades, I think the men in Pakistan and South Asia were more Fashion conscious. They spent time on themselves! If you sit with your grandfathers you would know, how they are more particular about clothes than most of their grandsons. Having the perfect shave, a decent haircut, wearing coats and overcoats, polished shoes; everything about their generation seemed more dapper.

Well it would not to wrong to say that over the years Men have become more Fashion conscious. Even in our part of the world, young guys have started paying more attention to the way their grooming and the way they dress up. In my opinion, the advent of international institutions like Toni & Guy, led by the very well groomed and dapper Shammal Qureshi (Creative Director of the Northern Region in Pakistan), paved the way for others to fill a void. After the brand opened its Salon in Lahore, things changed tremendously. People started realizing the importance of a well groomed look, something which was not really happening on the same scale before because such services were not being provided for men really. Moreover, with the evolution of media and pop culture that is being directly marketed through social media, young men have started paying more attention to the way clothes fit. Even if it’s a simple pair of jeans, now a days guys would go an extra mile to make sure that their skinny jeans fit them properly and their blazers don’t droop around the shoulders. We still have a long way to go but at least there has been a visible progression in the right direction. Social Media has played a huge role in all of this, and if you come to think of it, it has only blown up over the last few years. Instagram curates all these street style images from around the world and what better way of gauging trends than by observing what men wear on the streets of some of the biggest cosmopolitans of the world.

So gentlemen, its a request, rather a plea, please start investing in yourself. Spend a little time to iron the t-shirt that you wear so casually because it reflects the person you are.

When a woman wears a pair of high heels, her entire physicality and stature changes. She becomes more poised, her back becomes more erect, the way she walks, her gait changes completely and she somehow turns into a creature made out of glass! Sophistication kicks in and her high heels put her on a raised pedestal and makes her feel good about herself. Its the same thing with men. When men wear suits, the same things happen. The posture, body language, walk, everything changes. We become more conscious of ourselves because well thats how the brain works. One starts feeling good about oneself and then you try to do whatever you can to maintain that.

So if you like the idea of being stylish and fashionable, be it. It really wont compromise your masculinity.

Peace!

Tradition meets Fashion

There is something insanely stylish and intriguing about fashion when it is combined with traditional elements. It is not only a way for people to stand out but its an expression of an homage to ones own roots. Recently the Italian Fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, has started shifting its focus to Sicilian Traditions. Considering that Domenico Dolce, one half of the designer duo, traces his roots back to Sicily. The campaigns started focusing on Family values with models being chosen from every generation to give the viewer a family oriented image of the brad. Their entire collections gradually started showcasing reds and vibrant color palettes, polka dots, frills, Matadors and extensive use of embroidery.

The result: Awe inspiring and extremely stylish.

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Dolce and Gabbana Men – Tradition X Fashion

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Travel Series – Turkey

Turkey is the place to be for everyone! With its beautiful landscapes, strong culture & gorgeous people, who would’nt want to be there. One of our friends Ahmed Kalis decided to take a little vacation in Turkey and we followed him on his stylish journey.
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Shoes: Deltoro – Blue velvet slippers

Gray Scarf: Fendi

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Bag: Burberry

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Sunglasses: Prada

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Scarf: Hermes

Shoes: Nike

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Bag: Goyard Paris

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Bag: Burberry

Shoes:  Deltoro – Blue VelvetSlippers