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Models: Off Duty Style at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014


We see a lot of red carpet and on-the-runway photos floating around after major fashion or media events however we rarely get to see what models dress like in between the shows, when they are on the go!

It’s obvious the socialites will dress extremely well on the red carpet or at any event for that matter. But it’s so much more fun to see how models, who have seen a LOT OF BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES in their careers, get creative with their own wardrobe when they are in a rush!

I tend to think that personal style is what gives each model that certain edge or personality over the others. And I can go on and on about how I prefer the relaxed & natural state of fashion as opposed to the layers of make-up and overly expensive & made up looks.

Here’s a look at some personal style choices that a few models made at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore.

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Here we see Fauzia wearing a black & white screen print dress, black leggings, some glitter ballet shoes and a pop of color on the lip to go with the super bright carry on. Her tied up hair and reflective ray bans really complete this ‘futuristic & monochromatic’ look.
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Areeba has a great sense of off duty style, that being said this is one of her weaker looks as compared to the other days I saw her. I love the military jacket the most. Wish she somehow added some color to the whole outfit instead of so much black. Perhaps a loose grey t-shirt and blue jeans with military boots would’ve completed the look to make it more casual and timeless.
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Recently I have been obsessed with POLKA DOTS, so it was love at first sight when I saw this dress at Zara in Bali. Now that I look at the photo, I wish I had sported a delicate vintage looking watch or something with this dress. But I usually stay away from accessories anyways.
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Gauri was one of the three models who came from India to participate at this fashion week. She wears a sheer salmon color high neck with cap sleeves, black pants along with my favorite part of this whole outfit…. the tan sneaker heels. She does a good job of carrying the casual chic look as she prefers to carry a backpack rather than a traditional girly handbag.
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Himangini also dropped in from India for this show. Again I love the sneaker heels! They look great paired with loose 80’s wash boyfriend jeans along with a sports jersey and round shades.

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Behind The Scenes: Photo shoot ‘Of Love & Other Monsters’ in Paperazzi for Natasha Salon


I am sure you all saw this crazy editorial shoot called ‘Of Love & Other Monsters’ which was published in Paperazzi Weekly around Valentine’s Day. (see below)

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This was a huge passion project for both Natasha Salon and H&Z Creative Agency.

But there was a lot of work that was put into executing the shoot by all people involved including Zara Tareen, myself & the lovely ladies at Natasha Salon (Natasha & Sabrina Khalid) when it came to the photography, post/special effects, art direction, copy writing, make-up, styling and concept development. Not to mention the faces of the shoot, Amna Baber & Bilal Ashraf (besides myself.) Aside from all the hard work, we had a few goofy fun moments that I’d like to share and of course the prep for each look was fun too.

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Getting my hair crimped.. crimpled? Wait what’s the right word?

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Here’s my little doll friend who is waiting in line to get her make-up done as well! Wait till you see what she looks like in the double page title spread! Can you spot her?

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These lace lashes were super cool.

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Blood stain lips.

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Time for a selfie, while Sabrina does my hair.

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Zara fixing the dress before her shot.

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Bilal & Amna in their characters.

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Bilal I think you spilled something on your shirt.

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Sabrina taking a look at the set while Zara adjusts her lighting.

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Bilal and I getting into our characters before Zara starts clicking.

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Amna scaring me with her very last look! Stop it Amna!!!!

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How to Be a Model: Coco Rocha’s 7 Secrets to Making it a Career


How to Be a Model: Coco Rocha’s 7 Secrets to Making it a Career

How to Be a Model: Coco Rocha’s 7 Secrets to Making it a Career

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Islamabad Fashion Week: Behind The Scenes


I know I took a long time to post these but here they are…

Behind the scenes fun from Islamabad Fashion Week…

Zeba & I at the rehearsal

Mehreen trying to keep it together!

Me...waiting for my turn for make-up at Tariq Amin's Salon

Mannu (The coordinator) with his signature "WTF" look...

Browsing through the glossies

Iraj, Me, Nadia & Zeba after the Day 1 Couture Show

Fauzia, Mannu, Mehreen and I

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Day 2: Models & Mannu leaving the hotel for make-up calls

Mannu & I, outside the hotel waiting for the car.

Inside our bus with the crazy driver who loved playing Munni Badnam & Sheila Ki Jiwani

The talented hair & make-up artist Nasir with Model Zeba

Model Nadia Hussain, trusting no one but herself to put on her lashes the right way!

Rabia & Cybil lounging at Tariq's...

Nice collage on Tariq's wall

Model Sophiiya Khan getting her nails done while she sleeps! A true diva!

Zeba made to jump on my request so I could take this cool pic!

I got a little too excited and jumped out of the frame...

Zeba again

Nadia relaxing after make-up and hair..

At the venue..models waiting for the Pret show madness to end...

Nooray looking cute in her glasses

Koni & Saima attached at the hip backstage

Afterparty...

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Lakshmi Menon for J.Crew Spring 2010 Catalog


It’s very refreshing to J Crew diversify their brand by using a South Asian model.

First New York & Company, now J Crew… GO LAKSHMI ! 🙂

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Why Don’t More Indian and South Asian Models Book Top Jobs?


Do South Asian models have what it takes to make it big on the international fashion scene? Are the scouting agencies not looking hard enough in South Asian countries?

Or does our culture, traditions and/or religious values hold us back from pursuing this as a serious career ? Please comment and let me know what you think…

AND find out what Indian super model Lakshmi Menon thinks on New York Magazine

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Somewhat Disappointing:The Future of Fashion: Celebrating Five Years of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund – Fashion at the Park, Dallas, Texas


This was my first time attending Fashion at the Park (kinda like Fashion week for Dallas, happens every year at North Park Center,) so I did expect some good things because their marketing design, brand image and caliber of sponsors seemed very high.

This show the 8pm Saturday show.

“A runway fashion show to celebrate five years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund – the fashion show will feature multiple designers who have been lauded as award finalists and featured in Vogue, including Doo.Ri, Phillip Lim, Michael Bastian, Marchesa, Thakoon and Peter Som.
Personal appearances include Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Thakoon Panichgul and Peter Som.”

The vibe was decent. They were heavily staffed. Show started with a pretty cool video about the struggling fashion designers and how CFDA gives them guidance and a jumpstart so they can run a successful business. However when the models started strutting out with the first designers collection, I kinda had the “is this it?” empty feeling hoping that the show would progress to blow me away. It didnt.

The models weren’t terrible, but not impressive (considering this is one of the biggest fashion events that takes place every year in dallas). Some of them had awkward walks. I did spot Chantal from America’s Next Top Model (cycle 9) which was pretty cool. But she happened to blend in pretty well with the rest of the rigid and awkward (and not in a good high fashion kind of way) models.

I mean… I know this is supposedly “high fashion” and the models have to have a pretty straightforward walk devoid of any extra “ooomph” but not to the point where they are making the designer’s garments look like sweats.

Speaking of the designers, my favorites were Marchesa and Philip Lim. That being said I didn’t really see anything that would bring out the “ooohs and aaahs” from me. These are supposed to be some promising designers with a bright future, but the clothes lacked opulence and class and just the overall X factor.

Even the runway shows and collections I have seen come from countries like Pakistan and India are far more impressive. Except they don’t get to have the formal training and academic edge like these designers do, and most of their work doesn’t get seen in the international market.

I mean yes most of this seemed like ready to wear and it wasn’t supposed to be overly intricate couture stuff, but it was missing something!

Again my opinion of the collections might be clouded because of the overall feel of the show with consisted of a not too impressive stage setup, OK models, and very commercial music!

To be fair, I’ll attend more of these to see if this was a one off thing or most of these Fashion at the Park shows happen to lack that allure that I was expecting to see.

But I must say, the appetizers were great, i thoroughly enjoyed the lamb and fish cones. And the cocktail servers quick and friendly.

I would definitely go again!

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