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Art Basel Week in Miami Beach

Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel

 We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.


S.O.B. Clothing

I came across this clothing line while on one of my followers' blogs, The Messenger Bag, it sort of reminds me of Alexander McQueen. What do you all think?


Emaad Irfani

Breath-taking, heart-hitting extremely arresting, Emaad Irfani is ‘hotness personified’ in the truest sense of the word. This tall hunk got a blend of Mexican and Spanish features that makes him stand out in the crowd of faces in Pakistani fashion industry.

1. It would be nice to hear about your earlier years, leading to how you took off as a model, who is considered hotness ‘personified’?

Well ! When it comes to my Childhood I was so much into sports even still I am I was born in Peshawar. My father was in the army so like all army families, we traveled and lived all over like Quetta, Lahore, Peshawar, Kharian, Pindi, etc. Eventually, in 1992, when I was 12, my father retired from the army. In 1996 we moved to Lahore where my father got a job in PIA (Pakistan International Airlines). So for the last ten years or so I have been in Lahore. I went to school all over Pakistan cantonment schools, army schools, and eventually I graduated from the Lahore Asia American School of International Academics. I did my BA from the National College of Business Administration and I did my Masters from LUMS. I have two older siblings, a brother and a sister, both are married with kids. I am the youngest and also the black sheep of the family (laughs).

2. What sparked your interest in modeling?

To be honest NO ONE! As I have told already, I was so much into sports and I always wanted to be a cricketer :) But my Khala (aunt) was really persistent that I should try it out. She told me to go and get my portfolio done. First I was like “Kai mai kiya portfolio banwaoon ga?” But she was the one who called up Ather Shehzad and got an appointment for me. So I went there and I got a portfolio done. That was in 2002, when I was doing my bachelors. After the portfolio, I slowly started doing shows for HSY, more shoots at Ather Shahzad, and that’s how it all started.

3. You have immense charisma and charm and nature has endowed you with a perfect height and looks and how do you combine these attributes with the requirements of the modeling profession.

It’s very erratic, especially for male models in Pakistan. It’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s all trial and error, you basically learn as you go. Like in the west models take their portfolio to agencies and that’s how the process works. And here criteria is much different, These days’ anyone can do modeling in Pakistan, because it’s quite easy, although height and looks are important for modeling but still I have seen some people with short heights can still get print shoots, but still it is better than before.

4. Can you name your gurus and your ideals?

I have always admired Good works but when it comes to my Gurus , I like working with HSY , Umar Sayeed as I feel more comfortable working with them. And my Ideals! umm My Father :) he’s my ideal.

5. All your professional efforts combined with gifts of nature, are they fetching reasonable returns in financial terms?

The first thing that needs to be done for a person who wants to enter modeling is to get a photo shoot done. The cost for a good photo shoot would be about Rs.40,000 ($700 approx). That’s a lot of money for someone who wants to start off, and of course there are no guarantees about who will make it or not. So you might just end up with a bunch of very costly pictures (laughs). Male models are never treated like female models; female models are paid much more than male models. I think it’s a universal thing. But then again there are a few established models that do well. This is something that you can categorize as a serious hobby; it is not a serious job at all.

6. What is the future of male models in Pakistan and what kind of effort does it take to stay at the top? Would you like any of your offspring’s to be a model?

Koi effort nahi! The most intrinsic thing is that basically you don’t have many male designers. The established ones are may be about five or six which would be Lawrencepur, Deepak Perwani, Hassan Shehreyar Yasin, Omar Saeed, etc. But now because of fashion school operating for the last ten years or so, more and more people are taking the plunge and coming out with their own label, some of them being men’s wear. So the future looks quite optimistic. Now there is the idea of a Pakistan Fashion Federation, there is fashion television, and fashion seems to be the new line for people.

There is a lot of exposure; people are investing, so it has become a more prolific business. As for the earning potential, when I started I was totally naïve, I didn’t know who was Nilofer Shahid, or Meeras or Hassan Sehreyar. When you are younger, the modeling industry seems very glamorous from the outside, but when you enter it, you learn the tricks and trades of modeling. This profession is not very lucrative; you cannot support yourself at all. You can make good money from commercials but people don’t understand that commercials and fashion modeling are two different things. For example, for commercials a person with a short height can do well too, but for fashion modeling, the catwalk has certain limitations.

7. Anything you want to Share with us?

There is a lot to share about but, yes I just want to tell Shawana Saad that I miss her a lot :) Now you must be curious who Shawana Saad is :P I would like to thank Shawana Saad 
for all her supports and love throughout my life as she always encouraged my work.

8. How do you stay in shape?

I have been an athlete all my life. I go to the gym on and off, but I keep myself busy in sports. There are guidelines that you need to work on. Well! My Sports and 1 hour workout (sometimes) makes me in good shape, I never go for dieting :) Like if you have a tendency to gain weight then of course you have to make an effort to maintain your weight. And like it or not, but looks are highly essential, you are selling a product by the way you look. So you have to work on your looks and style. When people say that models are all about their looks, all about themselves, very pretentious and all, they forget that that is what they are required to do!

9. Share with us some of your memorable shows?

Oh yes, there are many but it is always good working with Hassan Sherayar Yasin and all shows for him are really memorable but after so long I enjoyed my last show with Umar Sayeed where I was a Show stopper and I really rocked the Ramp ;)

10. Please pass on a message to those who are lured to this profession?

As in any profession, you have to learn to be patient and you have to be totally dedicated. If you have talent then no one can stop you. You need to have a good and positive attitude and, of course, that applies to any profession. And like I said, right now there are not as many male models, so that makes for less work for male models. The established 4-5 models get the best opportunities and work, but with the fashion institute, things are changing, so in the future there will be moremale designers and a brighter future. Then there are Pakistan fashion weeks. So there are many positive things that are coming up

About Summer suits

Summer is just started, and men do not want to wear clothing that is made of heavy fabrics, especially when it comes to everyday men's suits or formal clothing. In business or for many professional men, the men's suits or the business clothing codes do not change, even when the weather gets hot.

But even on the hottest of days, men are also adapting their professional wardrobe to go with the summer season, in this way they can step up against their competitors. Adapting their men’s suits with the summer season gives also a comfort at the same time. Here are some tips or guide on how to pick men’s suits for summer season that give comfort and style.

A cotton suits is one of the greatest choice in summer season. They said cotton men’s suits are king of hot weather, in professional wear or in business attire. A natural cotton fiber are very breathable, the heat and sweat will not become trapped in the suit. Choosing a cotton men’s suits look for the one that do not appear like wool. A cream, stone or khaki is very good in summer season than navy or black men’s suits.

Many say that wool fabric in suits is very adaptive in all season, which is true. A true light weight wool suit, are very perfect in summer season because it keeps you cool and repels moisture.

Linen also is one the best fabric in summer it breathes well and can actually absorb moisture while still feeling dry to touch. In this fabric it is stronger than cotton. Linen also cool to touch. Linen men’s suits are always classy, because it looks incredibly good and it is very lightweight, in this way men are able to enjoy wearing them in summer.

This suit is perfect for men when he wants to get dressed up during the day because of its lighter look. But in this fabric it is easily wrinkle.

Seersucker is another top-pick for summer. Seersucker is puckered which makes it one of the cooler fabrics since this puckering creates space between the fabric and the skin. This fabric does not require ironing because it has a wrinkle-like appearance.

Moreover, when you are selecting for a suits for summer, always look for a label to see what the garment is made from. A quality plant fiber fabric like cotton, have for over a millennial successfully wicked away heat and provided protection from the sun. These natural properties allow them to dispel heat and pass moisture through.

During hot weather loosen up is very advantageous, this allow air flow as you move. Airflow help sweat on your skin to evaporates. You may unbutton your cuffs to allow more airflow up into the sleeves.

Suits are generally not something you need to worry about. Try to choose colorful and light colors of shirt to go with your summer men’s suits. In summer season a white cotton shirt is a safest choice.

Fashion Show

Republic Collection at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010 Karachi

Republic's menswear collection inspired by France's biggest star, Alain Delon of the sixties era, a diversity of fabrics such as linen, tropical wool, twill cotton and microfiber, with satin and suede trims were utilized.

Next to showcase was designer Omar Farooq with his label “Republic”. Republic’s menswear Prêt-à-porter collection for Fashion Week was entitled “Mediterranean Affair”. Inspired by France’s biggest star, Alain Delon of the sixties era, a diversity of fabrics such as linen, tropical wool, twill cotton and microfiber, with satin and suede trims were utilised. The collection consisted of slim fit suits, weekend double breasted jackets, polo blazers, pleated drop crotch cotton trousers and shirts that drape, complemented by brooches and cotton bow-ties. A renowned fashion designer who is also the official Spokesperson for the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin, walked the ramp for Republic. Talking about his label the designer said “Republic creates for the quintessential man, an extraordinary man, that demands to stand apart from the ordinary”.

Republic was founded in 2007 and launched in January of 2009. Founder, owner and creative director Omar Farooqhas a degree in Management from Adelphi University, New York, U.S.A. He spent 2 years researching elemental designs for the urban man and innovating on them further to create signature cuts and styles. He showcased his collection in charity show called “Fashion Gives Back” in which the Fashion Week and other designers participated featuring live music from the famous band “Fuzon”. The charity show was produced by HSY and styled by Asmaa Mumtaz. He has travelled extensively around the world to find the best fabric and stitching materials with the commitment of giving his customers global quality at local prices. Designing comes naturally to him as it is simply a passion. He defines his label’s signature style as chic and elegant, while also pointing out that Republic is never shy of taking risks and experimenting with the latest trends, as one never becomes a trend setter unless one is willing to set trends. Republic is a lifestyle for the urban man with a range of collections ranging from prêt-à-porter, formal, semiformal and informal wear with accessories to match. The label also has a huge clientele for custom-made sittings and recently launched their traditional designs division. The biggest accolade that Republic has received in its one year of operations in Lahore is the immense response from its clients that keep coming back to the store. After all, there is nothing like a confident man that wears Republic

World’s Most Expensive Bikini Pictures

World’s Most Expensive Bikini

Model Molly Sims flaunted this designer bikini and is residing at the centerfold of the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The bikini is packed with over 150 carats of D Flawless diamonds. Other ornamental diamonds include:
1) 51 carat D Flawless Pear Shape
2) 30 carat D Flawless Emerald Cut
3) 15 carat D Flawless Rounds (pair)
4) Platinum-set 8 carat D Flawless Pear Shape

World’s Most Expensive Bikini

World’s Most Expensive Bikini

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011

Ermenegildo Zegna Men's RTW Spring 2011

Basking in the success their unity has yielded, second and third generation Zegnas took a bow at the close of the label's powerful centennial show as the audience rose to its feet. Indeed, la famiglia is at the core of Ermenegildo Zegna and its secret to business longevity. The show consisted of the signature line and the fashion-forward Z Zegna label and drew an extended family of industry bigwigs including Domenico De Sole, Robert Polet, Allen Questrom, Burt Tansky, Santo Versace, Armani’s John Hooks and Ferragamo’s Michele Norsa. As if flaunting its men's wear dominance, the house sent out a battalion of models (nearly one for each year the company has been in business) down the runway at La Triennale, where the label is staging its 100 Years of Excellence retrospective. The fashion offer for worldly gents seeking European flair was rich. A textured seersucker suit opened the Ermenegildo Zegna section and set a savvy sartorial tone, while seemingly weightless jackets and linen trousers showed off the house's tailoring talent. Saddle stitching and leather piping on technical outerwear pieces and loosely tied leather belts added an eccentric touch to the ultra-sophisticated wardrobe. The Z Zegna line was introduced with a swift drawing of black curtains from the glass roof of the Triennale room, which caused a near greenhouse effect as temperatures soared inside. Creative director Alessandro Sartori paraded slim-lined, lightweight tailoring in chalky whites, slate grays and brick tones to a driving, techno beat. The collection felt easy and breezy. Jackets – three-button, double-breasted or deconstructed - looked fresh with slim trousers or jeans. Zegna’s reputation for luscious fabrics was on full display throughout, from luscious cashmeres and sleek silks to high-tech mixes incorporating paper or nylon. One hundred years old never looked so good.