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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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Music at Fashion Pakistan Week 6


Heard a lot of great music out there at FPW6 this time around.

But I still think most designers are using various tracks through out the show rather than making an effort to get someone to make them a proper mix for the show. Yes using separate tracks gives you a flexibility to change the order and timing last minute, but unfortunately the DJ who sits up there doesn’t quite mix the songs together quite well. When you do a pre-produced mix (with the right DJ of course) you can ensure that the transition between song A and B won’t be offensive to the audience. And by that I mean all sorts of weird overlapping sounds that just make you want to go WTF.

Also, it’s so important to set the right mood with the right selection of music for a particular collection to create the desired visual impact.

The two designers/brands who stepped up ahead of the game and put time and effort into getting their mixes created were Aamna Aqeel & Daaman. And from the feedback seems like the music played a key role in how people responded.

AAMNA AQEEL’S MIX:

Aamna came over for a meeting and mentioned that she wanted her music this time to go more on the happier, feminine and softer side. Last time we did a nice fashion meets deep house sound. She really liked this track called ‘Moves Like Ms Jackson’ that I played for her and wanted everything else to sort of go around that. The challenge was that FPW initially required a 15 minute mix which I knew was going to run too long. During rehearsal Sheroo confirmed that it indeed will run only 6 – 8 minutes max. We tried to change the choreography so that the show spans over at least 10 minutes but we were really pushing it. So last minute executive decision was to start the mix from 4:56 onwards so that her favourite song could play during the finale. Yeah lot of work goes into this stuff. Here it goes.

DAAMAN’S MIX

When I first had a meeting with Malyha and Owais from Daaman, they made it very clear that they didn’t want too upbeat of a tempo or something to electronic sounding. They also wanted a ‘HAPPY’ positive sounding mix with a lot of feminine vocals and more known songs rather than underground tunes. This was the best that I came up with within their requirements and turned out, this mix was quite the favourite amongst the models, designers and anyone who was there to attend rehearsals or the show itself. I guess the Adele vs. Daft Punk mix really makes its impact and the first track (mix of Royals) really has a ting to it too. Check it out!

To hear some of the other mixes that I have made previously you can go to http://www.mixcloud.com/hiratareen

Oh and stay tuned and check back in a few days for some crazy images and video from backstage madness at FPW.

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Xpoze Monthly Valentine Issue Interview & Photo Shoot – BTS


 

For their February Valentine issue, Xpoze Monthly decided to do a cover, interview and feature couple photo shoot of my wonderful husband Ali Safina and I.

Let’s just say there is about 12 – 13 pages of in-depth Q&As and well.. lots of photos. **TMI ALERT**

Luckily my other partner in crime was the one photographing us. Wild guesses? Yep… Zara Tareen.

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This is us(Zara, Myself, & Ali Safina) at NPRO waiting for my hair to get done. Zamin from NPRO did my make-up & hair, he’s really good. (The phone cover was a gift from my Mom. You can find more like this at http://www.katespade.com/accessories-tech/ks-accessories-tech,en_US,sc.html )

 

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Here are some selfies of the process and after the make-up. The hair is still missing the crazy amounts of backcombing and product.

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Some behind the scenes moments published in the issue.

 

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The lovely cover.

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The contents page.

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A nice little collage from another blog called Umairica

 

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And last but not least, one of my very favorite shots of the photo shoot. Ali looks crazy good! m.A.

 

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My #BridalMakeup by Natasha Salon


In case you guys missed it. Here are the pics once again of me at Natasha Salon right before heading out to my Rukhsati and then my Valima the following day.

The ladies (Natasha & Sabrina) were jam-packed at their salon but still gave me proper time & service in making me feel beautiful right before my big day. And I just love all the different ideas they have for hair do’s! Feels like playing dress-up back in the childhood days. Lots of fun! Thanks again ladies if you are reading this!

Here are the pics. Which look do you like better?

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Hira Tareen's Valima Make-up

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EXCLUSIVE BTS – #ZoeViccaji ‘Tanhai’ Music Video Styling Part 1: Concert Scene


Lately, the soulful and sweet voice of Zoe Viccaji is not only making waves in the Pakistani music scene, but also across the border. She has recently been signed on by Universal Records in India to release her very first album. And to say that we are extremely proud of her, would be an understatement!!! She recently shot her music video for her track ‘Tanhai’ in which I was lucky enough to do her make-up/hair & styling. Zoe is a good friend and a wonderful human being, so it was great working with her.

The award-winning and talented Adnan Malik is the Director of the video and had a clear-cut vision of how the treatment of the video should be which lead to numerous meetings about the wardrobe and the overall look for each scene, not to mention constant trips to Mango (who was nice enough to sponsor a lot of the wardrobe pieces)

The mood/styling of the entire video was intentionally quite natural, understated and minimal but one of the most fun scenes to style and do make-up for was the ‘concert’ scene. The story line cannot be revealed just yet, however it is a scene of Zoe as a true rockstar putting the past behind and ‘arriving’ to a happy moment in her musical career and life.

THE MAKE-UP/HAIR
Zoe Viccaji Make-up & Styling by Hira Tareen for Music Video 'Tanhai'

Here are noteworthy products I used for Zoe’s make-up:
Eyes – Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadow in ‘Celestial Silver’
Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick in ‘In Vogue’ which is a cool bright pink (almost red) shade

And for the hair I wanted to achieve a more carefree rockstar look, so we went with a bed head/messy & tousled style.
On damp hair I used a combination of the Rusk Thick Body & Texture Amplifier Spray along with the Sea Spray by Paul Mitchell. Once I applied the sprays, I combed out the hair, took lots of sections, rolled and pinned them up as seen in the photo below:
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I let it sit for about 15 minutes or so… then dried it with a diffuser blow dryer thoroughly. After it seemed like it was dry I pulled out the pins… flipped the hair downwards and dried it again to give a volume boost to the hair.

THE STYLING & WARDROBE:

Zoe Viccaji Music Video Styling by Hira Tareen

EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENE PHOTOS: 

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So this was just the one of the many scenes. Keep watching this space for more exclusive BTS coverage of Zoe’s hot new music video. Trust me, you won’t find this anywhere else!

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Exclusive #BTS of Natasha Salon Profile Shoot for #Hello! Pakistan


The make-up mavens style up a storm in Hello! Pakistan’s October 2013 Issue. H&Z got a chance to photograph them! But before we release the actual photo shoot here are some behind the scene candid shots…

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The über talented and extremely fun to work with trio from Natasha Salon at a Serene location in Karachi, Pakistan

(Left: Hina Durrani, Right: Sabrina Khalid, Bottom: Natasha Khalid)

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Zara and I checking out the frame.

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Photographer Zara Tareen crouching down in a corner to get the best possible frame at Cafe Flo in Karachi.

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The beautiful mother/daughters trio!

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Sabrina and Natasha Khalid in between shots while Zara prepares the frame.

Now go and grab the October 2013 issue of Hello! Pakistan to see the actual shoot and these stunning ladies in action!

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Kayseria Pret Karachi Launch BTS: 3:30PM


Some pics from getting ready at the Sabs Salon & sneak preview of some of the catalog printouts

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Live to Dye


My hair had been black/dark brown for years and I wanted to change my look for 2013 without having to compromise on my hair length. So I thought who better than Nabila to consult with.

I decided that I wanted this ‘dip dye’ thing. Not only because it’s hot right now but also because it can just grow out and I can easily chop the tips if it’s a disaster 😛

Here are a few pics of the process and then the final look.

My original hair color that I had for years.

My original hair color that I had for years. Bye bye black!

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This is where my hair was stripped because I had dark hair dye in it previously.

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Here is the final look with a brown on the overall head and the color “milkshake” at the tips (about 4 to 5 inches)

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Who Wears this $h*t?


 

Yeah seriously, I mean… what’s WRONG WITH PEOPLE?? WHO would wear something like THAT ???

An elegant satin rust color halter top with sequin gold jacket and pants by Sana & Safinaz that fit ever so perfectly? Are they out of their MINDS? Is THIS what they call “fashion” these days? Well they better… oh…wait…. that’s ME!

I WOULD WEAR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!  😛

Ok enough useless banter… I just thought it was funny that I saw my own face on some viral Facebook post poking fun at Pakistani Fashion. Thanks Bubby for sharing this with me.

 

 

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I’m baaaaack!!!!


So I know I have been away for a bit, okay…a REALLY long time. A lot of you have been asking me when I will post again. Just so you know I didn’t forget about this space.. I’ve just been busy planning my trip to my homeland.. Pakistan.

Karachi, Pakistan to be specific.

Most of my friends were shocked to hear about my plans of going back from my comfortable life in good ole Dallas, Texas 🙂 But hopefully in the next few months I will share with all of you my experiences here in Pakistan as much as I possibly can, so you can see this country from my eyes. Yes we are struggling here but there is still something special and beautiful about this place, and I am thrilled to be back.

Stay tuned!

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Fashion Week in Pakistan


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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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