Monthly Archives: November 2012

My Dawn Images Profile Shoot

Aside from modeling, acting and djing, a lot of my time is spent working with my sister in our company H&Z Creative Agency. See our page here

Recently a blog called Style Stripped did a blog on one of my shoots and it reminded me to blog about it as well 🙂

Here are a random few snaps from one of our shoots we did for my interview for Dawn Images.

Above: The accessory table with lots of fun stuff including my favorite gold Coach sneakers.

Above are the mood-board/references for each look of the four looks that I created.

Here are the four final looks based on the four facets to my personality. (Top Left) DJ, (Top Right) Geek, (Bottom Left) Model, (Bottom Right) Actress.

Zara Tareen you are amazing for capturing me the way you do! Nabila’s team did a great job with the references and executed the looks nicely. Thanks to Sanam Chaudhri for providing some of the dresses you see. My favorite was the neon jacket in the Geek look and the gold jumpsuit in the DJ look.

Doing personality shoots is fun because I got the chance to combine my favorite designer pieces with some of my personal wardrobe and accessories. What’s not fun is crying, but it certainly was worth it after seeing the intensity in that shot.

Fashion Pakistan Week 2012 – Sanam Chaudhri’s Kage Collection Look

FPW held in Karachi this October was a great experience. Rehearsals were quite fast and effective and things were well organized.

One of my favorite looks was in Sanam Chaudhri’s Kage Collection show.

This was the first show on the second day. Hair was done by the talented team at Toni & Guy Karachi headed by Saeeda Mandviwalla and make-up was handled by the vibrant and familiar team of Sabs Salon.

A lot of times when I participate in these fashion weeks, I notice the one thing that we are still a bit behind on is the make-up. Sometimes when the designers want to be creative, the make-up is overdone because a lot gets lost in translation when just explaining verbally.

This happened to be one of my favorite looks because I think the make-up and look really complimented the vision of the collection rather than take away from it. The make-up was kept very minimal and Sanam did a great job communicating the look to the make-up and hair team with a visual reference. She also stood there till she was satisfied with the look. This is very important, since by default the models and the rest of the team prefer very enhanced eyes and a make-up heavy face. It’s quite a challenge sometimes to be able to get everyone to agree that the models look great with less make-up.

Backstage a lot of models were worried that they didn’t look good enough because of the minimal make-up. However, this show got some great reviews, so I am sure their worries were put to rest.

Below are a few of my snaps of the process.


The make-up look was supposed to be completely nude with touches of red on the eyelid. The eyebrows were lightened with a foundation stick and the plan was to stick on paper cut-out black brows. Later on Sanam decided to do without the cut out black brows, which I think in retrospect was a good decision.


Since the collection had a heavy Japanese influence, the hair was tied up with knots at the top. All the models had a slightly different variation of this look.


A special technique was used to create the ‘knot’ look. Some rubber rollers were used to create the shape and structure of the knots and the hair was wrapped and pinned around the shapes.


Here is the finished look on the runway. The art direction, styling and accessories was the teamwork of Maha Burney and Sanam Chaudhri both. Sanam designed and made the accessories herself for this show while Maha came up with the make-up & hair look along with some other styling touches. Both did a great job! 🙂

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