The Lux Style Awards 2018 took place last week in Lahore. Celebrity attendance was pretty low and the show itself was short of gripping acts or performances. Looking at the positive side, the red carpet showed so much improvement and boy I am so glad. Although there were a lot of Bollywood inspirations coming in, but as long as you’re making the red carpet of Pakistan proud, a little aesthetic help from here and there doesn’t hurt (much). Before I list my best and worst dressed, I can’t stress enough on the fact that I have absolutely no animosity towards the particular actress or model so please do not take it personal. We’re here to discuss the clothes and the looks that went with it, nothing beyond that. If there is an aim of this critique then that is to make the stylists, non-stylists and self-proclaimed stylists realise that yes your work is being watched and judged and we will not let you turn celebrity clients into clowns and send them on to the red carpet. Thank you very much.
BEST DRESSED: (In random order)
1. FRIEHA ALTAF : I have literally been waiting ages to have Frieha on the best dressed list and finally on the day of her acheieving the “Lifetime achievement” award, she ends up on my list *yay*. In a Sana Safinaz crushed toga-esque gown with fringes and fur topped with diamonds and the perfect pumps, she looked just GLAM!
2. AYESHA OMAR: Ayesha had an outfit change during the show and this was her second look. In a satin one-shoulder gathered bodice dress by Kristina Fidelskaya, Ayesha looked fairly gorgeous. Since Ayesha’s return from the big fat Maybelline event in New York, there’s a whole new confidence emerging from her. Lets just hope it isn’t temporary and that she becomes a seasoned red carpet attendee soon.
3. SADAF KANWAL: Sadaf Kanwal has really started to master the art of carrying whatever she wears, really well. For the Lux awards she chose to wear a deep blue satin gown by Zaheer Abbas. Coming from a local designer, the stitch and fit is fantastic since satin is a very tricky and delicate fabric to work with and I believe the finesse of this gown can be matched with any international designer. Gold tasseled earring and strappy heels made this look a winner.
4. UZMA HASSAN: So many saree appearances on the red carpet but absolutely non carried it with such poise and grace as Uzma Hassan. She wore a beautiful marigold Indian silk saree by Wasim Khan. Hints of accent colours and a choker necklace around her neck..beautiful!
5. MEHEK SAEED: Mehek Saeed of Grazia Pakistan really really stood out in that futuristic vibe bustier gown by Hussain Rehar. Dangly earrings and sultry make-up by the super talented Fatima Nasir added the cherry on top. She looked totally red carpet ready! Thumbs up, to you woman!
ON THE EDGE: Mixed thoughts on this ‘Hurrem Sultan’ inspired look on Mathira designed by Mansoor Akram. Waist up I think she looks really nice but on the lower half it’s either too much volume thats bothering or that frilly nightgown type detail seems a bit overwhelming. What do you guys think?
WORST DRESSED: (in random order, although the order doesn’t make a difference since they were all horrible)
1. URWA HOCANE: Mohsin Naveed Ranjha (MNR) has been churning out really nice work since the brand launch but this is pure disaster. Fringes and fur in all the wrong places, and then the ugly 3D embellishment and don’t even start me on that hideous train at her back. Urwa is such a popular star amongst the masses and it’s really sad that she has nearly always failed to impress.
2. SANAM SAEED: Another regular on our worst dressed list, Sanam Saeed! Why would anyone celebrity wear a bridesmaid gown to an award ceremony? Indeed it’s beautiful on it’s own since it’s by the master couture house Rami al Ali but isn’t it a little too tight? How did she breathe, walk or even exist in it???
3. SAHEEFA JABBAR KHATTAK: It’s good to make statements but if they look like this then maybe not. Her look is as confusing as Imran Khan’s choices of spouses. And is that a sheer trouser peeking under the skirt hem? OH LORD! *toaba*
4. NIMRA KHAN: When you are short on time and you just add on to your silk satin night suit *weep weep*. This Zubia Zainab creation is ugly to the bones, I am really sorry to say! The colour, the stitching and the drape is so so so bad in taste.
5. ROMA MICHAEL: And yes this cropped top monstroisty happened too. I need not say more, the sensible will understand 😉
FASHION FOR THOUGHT: With the ‘Red Carpet’ being a very westernised concept, it is naturally expected to see celebrities in gowns, dresses and everything western. This year, Sajal Ali and Mahirah Khan chose eastern attire on the red carpet which didn’t go down well with the majority of people. Some said ‘it was too shadi-type’, others said it was too desi and so on. Although it isn’t a crime to wear eastern outfits on the red carpet but the least you can do is make the right choice of the outfit. Here’s what these ladies wore:
Looking at these you can’t deny that they don’t look wedding or Nikkah ready. Okay, Sajal in her IVY peshwas can maybe get away with it but Mahirah in the gharara and all, with just a tikka missing it is actually a full on bridal look. What if one fine day, say Jennifer Aniston decides to wear a white wedding gown to the Oscars? How awkward would that be? It’s new for us but eastern wear has ruled the red carpet many times internationally, it’s just about projecting it properly and styling it fiercely. Just for the record here are two unforgettable looks from Sonam and Vidya at the Cannes in 2014 and 2013 respectively:
So yes you can make statement style happen in desi wear too, but only with the right combination of make-up, styling and outfit. It’s easier to get away with a ball gown or a dress but eastern wear is tricky. Red carpet events don’t happen often in Pakistan, but when they do, all we ask of our celebrities is the decency to dress like a STAR and have an attitude to go with it. Is that too much asking?
That’s all for now folks, see you when the next carpet rolls out! 😉 Ciao!