“Saba Qamar is very daring, experimental and doesn’t mind taking risks.” – Alishay Adnan

June 19, 2022

The celebrity stylist and image consultant breaks down four looks she created for the actor recently.

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e often see our favourite cele-brities appearing in their finest evening attire at various red carpets, film promotions and premieres. More often than not, these stars are lauded for their stunning sartorial choices. And that leaves us with the question, who exactly is picking out those artfully stylish outfits? This is where celebrity stylists come in. Nowadays, celebs rely on stylists to work their magic and create a signature look that doesn’t only turns heads, but also makes them stand out from the rest.

Just recently, actor Saba Qamar was spotted looking absolutely gorgeous for her latest film Kamli’s promotions and movie premiere. Celebrity stylist and image consultant Alishay Adnan was responsible for coming up with such stylish moments for the talented and versatile actor, who has done a phenomenal job in the film.

We caught up with Alishay, who has been styling for almost seven years now, and is the brains behind styling Saba for her recent gigs.

Alishay started her career as a stylist at Daraz.pk and eventually became the marketing manager for women’s fashion. “My heart was always in styling so I after my job I took it up as a freelance career and ever since I’ve been a stylist. It has been great because I enjoy working with different people, different brands and different projects. I feel that my creativity only grows when I’m putting myself in various situations, around different people,” she tells Instep.

The celebrities she has worked with include names like Mahira Khan, Iqra Aziz, Sanam Saeed, Ayeza Khan, Urwa and Mawra Hocane, Syra Yousuf, Hania Aamir and Ayesha Omar among many others.

For the media junket, Alishay wanted something fun and more playful. “Though it was again a pant suit, I chose a very bright orange colour and colour blocked it with a pink shirt. The main idea was to give happy and summery vibes,” she shares. “For her hair, I decided to go for a young look – high ponytail, half dyed hair with a nice blow dry. I felt that fresh makeup like light pink lips and flushed cheeks would go well with the overall look, so we opted for that,” she adds.

The first event was the press conference and according to Alishay Adnan, she likes to dress Saba Qamar according to her personality. “She is very daring, she’s experimental and doesn’t mind taking risks,” she says. “I didn’t play it safe and went with a zebra printed suit and paired it with a neon shirt because it showed off her bold personality and the way she carried the look was so amazing,” explains the stylist. As for her makeup and hair, Alishay went with a soft, makeup look and gelled back ponytail that oozed confidence.

This look was created for a photoshoot and Alishay chose an all-white ensemble simply because it screamed sophistication. “I wanted to keep it classy but with a twist. So, I added a playful element by going for a printed shirt inside that had a dramatic collar,” elaborates Alishay, adding that she wanted the collar to pop out and show the print. “I styled it to reflect Saba’s daring personality and give that oomph factor to her entire look. Because everything else was already going towards the sophisticated side, I tried to aim for sexy as far as her makeup and hair was concerned. I gave her a gelled back hair look for that androgynous, strong woman vibe.”

The movie premiere was obviously a dream come true. Alishay reveals that she opted for an outfit by designer Zain Hashmi, whom she discovered recently. “I think his work is so phenomenal and bold. I love the way he plays with cuts, which are very feminine – perfect for someone like Saba Qamar. So, for the premiere, I chose a body hugging, off-shoulder gown which enhanced her hour glass body and made her collar bones stand out so beautifully. Moreover, the colour complemented Saba’s golden complexion. We gave her a cape just to add some character and drama to the outfit.” The hair and makeup was all about soft curls pinned behind the ears and a very glowy, dewy look with defined eyes, natural lip colour and perfect contouring to enhance her features. For accessories, the stylist went with diamond and emerald earrings by Sherezad jewellery which gelled well with the entire look.

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