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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Blazer: Amir Adnan

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Head to Toe in Amir Adnan

 

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Head to Toe in Amir Adnan

 

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

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Momin’s Moments

Our friend Momin Ali Munshi of GalaxyLollywood.com and Troika events in 3 different ensembles from Telenor Bridal Couture Week #TBCW15, almost a week ago.

 1. The first image features a jacket from an upcoming designer who goes by SAQ (Sajjad Ahmed).

2. The second image features a Camouflage print blazer by Munib Nawaz.

3. And lastly, the 3rd image features an intricately embroided HSY, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin, eastern jacket.

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!

KARMUEL YOUNG – Innovative Fashion for Men

Fashion has always been a very “Women” centric term. Not to sound misogynistic but it is true. The Fashion Industry relies more on female consumers. There is a relatively smaller percentage of men who take Fashion seriously. And even for the ones who do, there is not much they can play around with to look Fashionable. Whereas women have elaborate dresses, evening gowns, they get to play around with accessories and shoes and bags, Men really do not have a lot to play with when it comes to putting together a Fashionable Look for themselves. Some men do have this individual style which is why they can wear whatever they want and look extremely stylish but usually men struggle with the art of Fashion!

Scrolling through Instagram we came across this wonderful new brand by the name of Karmuel Young. So this brand came out with this wonderful new accessory that will widen the list of accessories that men get to play around with when defining their style! The idea is simple but extremely brilliant!

2 words!

SHOE CUFF


The best thing about this accessory is that it adds a certain oomph to classic footwear. It adds style and individualism. They are detachable and can be put on any shoe from brogues to sneakers. These show cuffs come in different textures as well – from leather to fur. 


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Pre-Fall 2015/16 Republic by Omar Farooq

Pakistan does not have a huge offering for men when it comes to Fashion and Menswear. Especially for guys who follow the whole “Dapper” way of life. It is problem, a ‘BIG’ problem indeed.

Even as a consumer, I have rarely ever come across a brand that is producing high quality stuff in Pakistan. Fortunately sometimes when it is high quality, it someway or the other compromises on the aesthetic of the piece of clothing itself. Its not like you would wake up one day and say: ” I need a Maroon suit”, and it will be there in a shop, perfecting hugging the body of a mannequin! You will probably have to get a bespoke suit made. If you were in another country, where menswear is widely available, there is a probability that you might have found such a suit there.

In Pakistan however the only brand that seems to get it right every time is Republic by Omar Farooq. They might not have every single suit you could possibly dream of, but it would not be wrong to say that currently, this one brand is single handedly building a “Dapper” Pakistan!

The brand recently came out with its Pre-Fall 2015/16 collection. The campaign was shot by exceptional genius himself – Abdullah Haris. Starring Wahab Chaudhry (the modern hipster with a cool beard, the man bun and greek face), Ahad Gillani and Kamran

Style tip: You dont always have to ‘wear’ your coat. Let it hang!

 Style tip: You dont always have to wear your coat. Let it hang! Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)


Style tip: You dont always have to wear your coat. Let it hang!
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

One of our favorites from the collection. From the way the coat hangs on the model’s shoulders to the thin tan knitted belt!

One of our favorites from the collection. From the way the coat hangs on the models shoulders to the thin tan belt! Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

One of our favorites from the collection. From the way the coat hangs on the models shoulders to the thin tan belt!
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Simple and classy. Not much happening. Minimalism.

Simple and classy. Not much happening. Minimalism. Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Simple and classy. Not much happening. Minimalism.
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Simple and classy. Not much happening. Minimalism. Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Simple and classy. Not much happening. Minimalism.
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Tartan pants arent something that everyone can pull off. This is for guys who have the guts for it. And for those who do, Tartan is one stylish way of standing out from the crowd.

Tartan pants arent something that everyone can pull off. This is for guys who have the guts for it. And for those who do, Tartan is one stylish way of standing out from the crowd. Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Tartan pants arent something that everyone can pull off. This is for guys who have the guts for it. And for those who do, Tartan is one stylish way of standing out from the crowd.
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

The classic double breasted gray suit with a turtle neck. A gray suit should be a wardrobe staple!

The classic double breasted gray suit with a turtle neck. A gray suit should be a wardrobe staple! Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

The classic double breasted gray suit with a turtle neck. A gray suit should be a wardrobe staple!
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Who wants some Salmon?

Who wants some Salmon? Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Who wants some Salmon?
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Who wants some ‘more’ Salmon?

Who wants some 'more' Salmon? Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Who wants some ‘more’ Salmon?
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Red oomph!

Red oomph! Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Red oomph!
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Class

Class. Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

Class.
Pictures : Republic (Facebook Page)

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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.

#DGFamily

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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

Shoes: Deltoro

Sunglasses: Prada

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Scarf: Hermes

Shoes: Nike

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Bag: Goyard Paris

Shoes: Nike

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Bag: Burberry

Shoes:  Deltoro – Blue VelvetSlippers