ho can ignore England’s day out at the races at the Ascot, where all the focus is on the wonderful hats and fascinators that dot the ladies’ heads? Elan’s Polo Cup, instituted by the enterprising Khadijah Shah in Lahore does something similar as the who’s who head out to witness it. Ascot it is not, but it is a comment on the more relaxed, laid back Pakistani style. Jeans and boots are a hot favourite, blazers are all the rage and straight blow-dries are eternal, though we love the fresh faced, tousled windblown look favoured by the newer crop of fashionistas. Polo has always been synonymous with luxury, distinctiveness and royalty and the Polo scene of Lahore is constantly bustling with activity during the crisp, winter afternoons of December. Here’s a sneak peek into Lahore’s day out at Elan’s Polo Cup final 2013…
The hostess Khadijah Shah looks radiant in skin tight jeans, an Hermes belt worn on skinnies under long boots with a classic-cut coat. An emerald green clutch and chunky bracelets and a chain completed the look and of course the big, dark shades. Husband Jehanzeb Amin sported jeans and a white shirt with a khaki blazer.
Fresh-faced beauties: Mahgul Rashid is smartly dressed with a belt cinched around the waist of a pin-striped business-like shirt with pure white jeans and nude heels with a Chanel Interlaced chain bag to go with the color palette she’s opted for. Ayesha Noon, while she may not have the show-stopping chutzpah of Meesha Shafi or Zara Peerzada is definitely a fashionista to watch, getting the demure button-up collar trend spot on and relaxing the severity of it with a cropped white sweater. And we love the windblown hair look – it’s a nice change from one perfect hairdo after another
Ammar Khan and Yasmin Khan rock it in neutrals with Yasmin of Cosa Nostra amping up her top with a chunky bright blue firoza necklace. Yawar Noon teams khaki corduroys with blue layers on top. It’s best to keep it clean, especially in the bright light of day.
Always stylish Maheen Ghani Taseer (wife of the missing Shahbaz Taseer) puts on a brave front in jeans and a comfy yet luxurious cashmere sweater. Newly wed Minahil Sadiq Saigol opts for funky printed jeans, bright red shoes and jacket – these days girls just wanna have fun more than ever.
We do love men who dress up so a thumbs up to the ever cheerful Kamiar Rokni teaming up a proper blue shirt with a blue tie and a jacket worn over upturned black jeans. There’s a lot to be said for dressing for the occasion even if you are in ‘saada Laahore’! Be casual but keep it stylish…
Complete style mavens and fashion creatures – blogger Batur Mehmood and model Zara Peerzada – were all about eccentric fun with Batur in a floppy hat, a charcoal grey blazer and matching toads and Zara in a trendy polka-dotted navy trench coat and a contrasting purple hat.
The emerging Lahore based designer, Deena Rehman looked edgy in an-off white jacket with metal details, skinnies and perfect bright red lips. Pal Sahar Zafar was more subdued in neutrals, camel colored blazer, white tights, zipped up rock chic heels and a chunky belt.
With a career on the rise post Waar, Meesha Shafi’s fashion sense is constantly changing. Here she opts for a casual chic look in an all black look accessorizing with an abstract scarf. What happened to her wacky dress sense? Well there is a baby on board here, so Misha’s dressing is more relaxed. Those signature red lips are perfectly in place as they should be.
Old friends Aamna Taseer and Anila Shah keep it comfortable and coordinated with jackets in the classic monochromatic black and white. Jeans and shades complete the daytime look – simplicity works best, especially when Burberry and Chanel are involved.