As a fashion blogger, and that too menswear, I am always looking for things that are exciting and new. I emphasize on the word "innovation" a lot and while I do believe designers in Pakistan have their concerns when it comes to experimentation because the ones on the receiving end are not always responsive, sometimes a designer needs to focus on innovation just for the sake of it. And if a designer keeps in mind the wear-ability of the collection along with experimentation, this makes the collection more fun. Because sometimes the people need to be told and showed what they want, or like.
The summer is almost upon us and it's time to go for some new wardrobe shopping. I was discussing a couple of days ago with a celebrity journalist the condition of high street fashion brands in Pakistan and one name that kept coming under "consistently good over the years" was Stoneage. I love the fact about them that they have churned out quality denim over the years and have been "consistent" with the quality of the clothes they are making.
Apart from that, their campaigns have always been fun and exciting. There was the campaign with Meesha Shafi and Moin Khan, and there was one with Ali Zafar. Then there was also Stoneage's collaboration with HSY back in the days. What it shows is the dedication of Stoneage to catering to the Pakistani awaam and at the same time knowing that the use of Pakistani faces for their campaigns is what'll set them apart. While international models dominate the billboards with their goray faces, Stoneage keeps it Paki, and keeps it good. The campaigns are fun, cool, and use local models. And that's a good enough reason to love Stoneage. Even so, the clothes are to die for. See their S/S 2014 collection here, and the A/W 2014-15 collection here. Aamiriat wrote this amazing post on their A/W 2013-14 campaign. Read it here
So here I am, showing you guys, once again, how much I love Stoneage with a sneak peak at their Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
The denim, their signature hot seller, is worth investing in. It's a bit pricey, but worth the money. I got mine a couple years back and it's still lasting me. Plus, they have it in so many shades and styles, they cater to every need; even the ripped denim.
They also have great chinos and pants, if denim is not your thing.
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The tees are amazing. With really cool prints that I would definitely wanna rock. Here's a look at what's in stores.
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Apart from apparel, their accessories are to die for. I'm a huge fan of their bags and footwear.
There you have it. Let me know what you guys think of the collection.
There's a lot of mess on my table. Amidst all the crazy, there's Alexa Chung's "It" and it lies on top of my school register on which i take notes during class. I take notes, but I feel like i never return to them. Like when the ball of the pen drops to let the ink flow, it flows in vain; never to be read. Because hey, I have a perverted book lying on top of something that's supposed to help me get somewhere in life. I have covered the dirty parts in silver marker. So that it doesn't look ugly. I had once bought GQ magazine where the book shop keeper had covered all the nudity in it with black marker, making the pages stick together. It made the magazine look ugly. And I couldn't read the piece on some director of porn so I could feel like a moderate, progressive Muslim.
Last week we had the Pukhtun Festival in Islamabad. When talking to the woman behind it all, Shandana, she told me that this event was not just about the celebration of a culture, it was about the connection the geographical borders cannot end, it was about brotherhood, it was about being there for each other, and it was about unity.
Here are some of the pics from the event.
Everyday of our lives, in Pakistan, we are wondering so many things and so much is happening at the same time that it is hard to let these things go unnoticed. So obviously, these things end up influencing the kind of art coming from this region. You can see it in the pieces our artists are churning out at art exhibits, and you can see it in the poems our writers are writing. Even our novels are not free of the influence.
So naturally, it comes out in Fashion too.
With groomswear industry dominating the menswear section of the fashion industry, it was good to see the bridal fashion weeks paying good attention to menswear this time around. I wrote about the menswear trends from PLBW. But this time around, i'm going to talk about the Telenor Bridal Couture Week.
As times change and trends come and go, we look back at the past and think of the things that inspire(d) us. While we look at style icons from Hollywood, Bollywood, Fashion, Music and so many other places, we forget that people out there in the real life are also style inspirations and we can look at them to reinvent our wardrobes.
One of those group of people is the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Ground and Cabin crew from the good old days. Their wardrobes were stylish, colorful and so contemporary. As PIA is set to introduce their new wardrobe today, lets look back at the time when flying in style started in Pakistan.
TDAP Fashion Showcase Backstage Pics taken by the talented photographer Jaffer Hasan.
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Art plays a huge role in our lives and it is always fun to go around looking for things that inspire, and art is one of them. But for me, the city has always been a great place to find inspiration from. Since I've been a kid, I have loved the urban feel of the cities. It's always held a very magical and a mesmerizing hand on my thoughts.
Over the years, our lives have evolved. Our cities have evolved and it has had a huge impact on our art. To show the urban effect on our art, and our lives, My Art World, the gallery in Islamabad, is displaying a two person show by Mina Arham & Amal Uppal from today to next week, 20th March. It's gonna be awesome and a fun event.
Check out the sneak peak here
'tis the time to be merry
for colors are ruling the world
yet the trend's in no hurry to flurry
Back in 2013 when Rizwan Beyg showed his Truck Art collection at PSFW, it wowed the critics and fans alike and left a mark on our hearts that still hasn't gone away.
The new Kayseria Vision store opened up in H Block, Defense, Lahore.
The space has been created in collaboration with the fresco master Ustad Saif-Ur-Rehman and it looks beautiful.