By Muhammad Asad Ullah
As Pakistan entertainment industry celebrated Pakistan’s most cogitated golden statuettes, 6th HUM awards recently in Toronto, we saw some head-turner appearances on the red carpet. In terms of the style, this year’s big fashion story was a preference for the palest of hues. From sparkling metallics, to chick sleek and bolder colour choices, the red carpet was filled with plenty of encore worthy looks, a pinnacle of iconic style. Badly structured silhouettes, too blingy couture lines, awkward poses and dodgy hairdos are often part of the narrative, but with sprinkling A-list stylists, designers and makeup artists working strenuously behind the scenes, every attendee pulls out all the stops when it comes to their red carpet looks. Not only did our favourite stars push the envelope in their respective nominations but they also stepped it up with on the red carpet as well. From classic Anarkali glamour to bold neon, fluttery ruffles, crystals aplenty and vintage gathered strapless gown, there are plenty of looks that broke the mold for awards season style. The fashion desk curates the hottest red carpet looks that made the cut this year.
Vaneeza Ahmed; Mawra Hocane and Hareem Farooq
Anyone who has seen Mahira Khan at Cannes, or any other big-time red-carpet event can probably agree on the narrative: the woman knows how to make an entrance. She’s the red-carpet professional and HUM Awards was no exception. Sporting staggering nativity scene and minimalism taking over the centre stage, Mahira opted for a traditional full-length Elan ensemble with intricate details, zardozi work in white-on-white and silver colour palette sheer-bodice, complimenting printed border on the rich chiffon dupatta. The chiffon layer complimented the faded printed floral pattern in blush pink, exceptionally protruding Khadija Shah’s creation as the most buzzed-about ensembles and the favourite red carpet feminine appeal – remixing optic florals on florals. Very eastern and traditional shimmery finish!
Fawad made an appearance on the red carpet after quite long, but does he ever fail to look good! Republic by Omer Farooq has established itself as the go-to designer for everyday and formal wear and whenever Fawad is spotted sporting his creation, it’s always a tip-off that some exciting collection is under way. It’s always a teaser Republic throws off. Fawad’s sharp tailored suit that comes from Republic, brings international cuts and sharp edgy lapels to the fore, upstaging the mantra of menswear. Plain white pocket square, three trifling lapel pins and a slim black-tie caterwauled masculinity with appealing approach.
Embracing the acid tones, Hania Amir went for full sparkle of fabulosity and wit in neon strapless gown by Husain Rehar. It was fresh and bright yellow – radiating the fashion aesthetics of sleek and edgy cuts, as she draped a net organza french blue dupatta - a very hot combination. Slicked back hair and lack of bling, a perfect twist right on time. If you’re taking an inspiration and just not ready yet to dare with all-neon look, you can try a little mesh with texture and chromatic colours but for fashion get-goers Hania is a winner with this exotic look.
This woman knows how to keep it sophisticated and make an elegant statement, Vaneeza opted for Faraz Manan’s ethereal pantsuit featuring his trademark intricate embellishments, delicate details and romantic lace in all-white palette. Vinnie alluded to, rather flaunted the flared pants. With tired notions of haute couture gowns, very shadi wears and blingy plethora of sequins going by the wayside, no bling is a phenomenon we expect to stick around for a while.
Proving there’s no better accessory than luminous skin and peach nude lipstick and blush-on, Mawra Hocane made an appearance with a glowing complexion that even outshined her dull peach couture dress with plunging décolletage. If you couldn’t already tell from the sexy silhouette, the ruffled gown trailed, is by Manish Malhotra. Mawra rocked every inch of the look with loose natural curls and no accessory mantra. The dress, which featured an off shoulder draped back, was a fitting look for the actress as she adorned a thousand-watt smile.
Hareem Farooq opted for simple contrasts, the monochrome by Zaheer Abbas. Black full-length skirt with white blouse was the most effective chic look, mirrored in clean cut lines and sharp silhouettes, sleeves giving a hint of individuality with a deep shadow of Victorian Era sleeves. The perfect pattern play, couture detailing and design by Zaheer Abbas played its part in this style timeline. Curling hair on one side, minimalism with accessories and dark maroon lip shade – all Hollywood perfect!
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