KARACHI: The Lux Style Awards are categorised as one of the ritziest events in Pakistani showbiz but with such pressure comes some sure-fire sartorial howlers. Ayesha Omar and Syra Yousuf bedazzled us with their refined sense of appeal. However, the A-listers who got caught in between dubious fashion trends include Sarwat Gilani and Sadaf Kanwal. Here’s a breakdown of their hits and misses.
From her avant-garde hairdo to the seamlessly-cut halter neckline to the subtle embroidery on her emerald-green Tena Durrani dress, Ayesha revivified the evening like no other. The most bracing thing about her? She refuses to follow trends. She managed to make her classic YSL clutch appear edgy and we were rapt. The hue of the dress complemented her dewy-flushed make-up and the sensual cut-outs at the waist were the cherry on top.
Velour is one of the leading catwalk trends of the season and also one of the easiest to get wrong. But Syra rocked it dead-on in a noteworthy burgundy-meets-marsala toned Sania Maskatiya ensemble. Radiating simplicity, composure and delicacy, the meek ensemble wasn’t so meek after all — the exaggerated slits and the floor-skimming design added spunk to her otherwise timid aura. Her dainty heels and embossed pants too were hard to miss.
Four words: been there, done that. Sadaf, we know you’re keen on embodying old-school glamour but there’s a thin line between rustic and overstated. Sadaf laboured eyes of spectators with bustier-design overkill in a form-fitting Nomi Ansari dress that exuded boredom with a chiffon train and lacklustre design. Adding insult to injury, Sadaf’s look was less about the outfit and more about the hair — the Tintin-esque poof on her head was abysmal.
It takes confidence to eschew a humbly-patterned outfit for an ostentatious one but, man! Sarwat’s guise was a catastrophe in profile of a gown. It seemed as if she may have gotten slightly carried away with the gargantuan fabric that added needless stiffness to her petite frame. Donning elaborate sheer-overlays and a half-sleeved design fused with silver-embroidered accents, there was way too much to absorb about her Rizwan Beyg number. Talk about over-the-top.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2015.