Sana Sarfaraz’s take on Pakistan’s disastrous male fashion industry


Men have the right to be just as fashionable as women; this is the motivation behind the recent increasing trend of male fashion becoming popular. However, the question of whether there should be a distinction between the sort of fashion that is related to men and the sort related to women begs to be asked.

Obviously, male style and fashion is distinct in its sort and should be handled with the dignity it demands. Unfortunately, for our esteemed fashion designers, that dignity seems to be losing its importance day by day.

Our designers are left with zero imagination for male style and so, by copying the west, they are endeavoring to devastate the fashion industry of Pakistan. The example of this can be seen in terms of a recent fashion show, in which male models had to don saris in the name of fashion.

Needless to say, the model looked ridiculous.

I understand that all designers want to be cutting edge and different! And, it’s nearly impossible to be that way with the eastern outline for men. In any case, it’s uncalled for to send a male model on the ramp wearing a saree or a gharara and dupatta. It’s wrong, unethical and strongly against the norms. Are you trying to send out a message to the men of this country that to look fashionable, you have to dress like a woman? It is unfortunate. Also, no male model is to be blamed for such fashion disasters; it is their job to listen to the inept designers or else they will be kicked out of the league.

I am not at all against men having a fashion sense; in fact, I believe male grooming and fashion is something good. It is not bad to look good. I support men wearing splendid hues but since when is it all right and stylish for men to wear dupattas?

What our so called fashion designers need to be reminded of is that fashion for a nation is representative of its norms, values, culture and trends. Think and do something original. Add to the pride of Pakistan instead of making it difficult for those male models to survive in this judgmental society.

Regarding these fashion disasters, I spoke to a dear friend who is a part of this industry since a long time now, the beautiful eye-candy, Sana Sarfaraz (super-model and actress).

I feel extremely sad for the male models who wind up wearing such silly and feminine garments to please designers. Obviously they get paid for their job and so, for the purpose of professionalism, they can’t say no or retreat simply because a bit of fabric is not well-designed. I feel only the designers should to be reprimanded for it, for not being genuinely innovative and copying international trends. These designers are to be blamed for playing with a fine model’s career and image publicly.

I am not a designer so I don’t know whether I have the power to share my perspective on it. However, as a layman, I firmly believe that men’s wear should, above all else, look masculine. Furthermore, the designs ought to be such that it can transform a fair looking man into a smart hunk. No big surprise why individuals spend such a great amount for Armani and other branded suits. Why do you think they do so? These designers ought to look up to such brands and should think of something creative for their own development and improvement”.

A designer is a creator; he or she needs to be smart and different, innovative and creative. It is very important for designers these days to come up with thought-provoking and concrete ideas. Pakistan is moving forward, but not by accepting other cultures or trends, it is moving ahead with its own identity and culture and needs to maintain it. Our very own culture is beautiful and is being lauded around the globe; it is time for our designers to understand this fact and start thinking outside the box.