“Styling is a way to tell people who you are, without having to speak!” –Anushe Khalid

July 03, 2022

The celebrity stylist shares details about the looks she’s created for stars with respect to recent film promotions and premieres.

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aving completed her undergraduate degree in Germany, celebrity stylist Anushe Khalid always knew that fashion was her true calling. Though it was never planned, the talented, young stylist always found herself pursuing things that were somehow related to style. “Though I studied international business back in Germany, to be brutally honest, some part of me always knew I would end up doing something linked to fashion,” she tells Instep.

Talking about how it all started, the celebrity stylist recounts, “I started off as a fashion content creator while working a corporate job. However, I didn’t enjoy it. Then one day, I got a call stating that I was shortlisted for the position of a stylist. I went for the interview, and luckily, I was selected. Without wasting much time, I quit my corporate job, and it’s been almost six months that I have been doing what I am passionate about.”

In a short span of time, she has come a long way and is the brains behind styling celebrities for different film promotions and premieres. Describing how the premiere season has been like, she observes, “It has been phenomenal and unlike anything I ever expected! It was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. While I love the pressure, it can, at times, become a little overwhelming. Nonetheless, I truly enjoyed every bit of it.”

Anushe shares that she hasn’t been a stylist for too long, but over the last few months, she has had the opportunity of styling a few renowned stars from the industry. “Some of the most talented individuals I have styled include the likes of Sarmad Khoosat, Zahid Ahmed, Nimra Bucha, Syed Jibran and Uzair Jaswal, to name a few,” she adds.

As for where she draws her inspiration from, the stylist says that she draws most of her inspiration from real people. “I feel a person’s personality speaks volumes of who they are and what they represent. And the clothes they wear should only be a reflection of that. I firmly believe that styling is a way to tell people who you are without having to speak, and I try to reflect this in my styling as well,” she stresses.

Here are five looks that she recently created for some of our favorite stars.

Stylist Anushe Khalid

The stylist came up with this look for one of the media junkets for Sarmad Khoosat’s Kamli. “This look was entirely inspired by Sarmad’s own personality – the fun, playful side to him. I kept the rest of the outfit all white. That allowed me to make a statement through this impeccable tweed Rastah jacket with leather pocket detailing – essentially making it the center of attention, just like the man wearing it,” she explains.

White on white is Anushe’s favorite summer combo, and that is exactly the look she created for Kamli’s leading man Hamza Khawaja. “Keeping the weather in mind, easy, breezy, lighter colors are always my go-to. For Hamza Khawaja’s press conference look, I went with this white Deepak Perwani cotton kurta paired with white trousers.” She adds, “I wanted to elevate the look and add some oomph factor, so I opted for a white waistcoat with embroidery in pastel hues. It not only complemented the neutral ensemble but also aligned with the theme of the movie.”

Anushe Khalid created this look for actors Zahid Ahmed and Syed Jibran, from Ghabrana Nahi Hai, for a magazine’s cover shoot. “As Zahid Ahmed was the protagonist in the movie, I selected an off-white and beige, suit from Republic by Omar Farooq for him. Syed Jibran also wears an all-white shalwar kurta by Republic paired with a coat,” she reveals. “The main idea was to align both Zahid and Syed Jibran’s passionate and exuberant personalities through their looks, ensuring that they leave a lasting impression that was inimitable. Both looks ooze confidence and uniqueness. With the combination of harmonizing colors and accessories, I was able to achieve a one-of-a-kind look for both.”

“I styled Nimra Bucha in this timeless gold sari and paired it with an exquisitely embellished black shawl,” says the stylist. “Initially, we hadn’t planned to do this outfit and had chosen something completely different. I work better under pressure as it allows me to come up with some of my best ideas and this look definitely goes down on my list of favorites. It conveys uniqueness like no other,” explains Anushe. The celebrity stylist pays special attention to the minor details that help emphasize and convey the artist’s personality to the best, which makes a spectacular difference in the finished look.

According to the stylist, she styled this look for Kamli’s Lahore premiere, in which Sarmad Khoosat can be seen wearing this incredible tuxedo from Hassan Sheheryar Yasin. “I have always loved HSY’s work. Though the outcome is always super chic, you can immediately tell that his ensembles are for the bold, risk-takers who aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone,” she shares. While many people opt for a solid-colored suit for premieres, I went with black trousers and paired it with a beige blazer. The black collar detailing allowed for the look to come together in a cohesive yet daring manner.”

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