Brand: Zubia Zainab
Production: Centaur One
Talent: Aidah Sheikh
Photography: Aimal Butt
Hair & Makeup: Shamroze Sandhu
Jewellery: Zahid Jewellers
Influencer, mom and entrepreneur Alyzeh gets candid about her style, her favourite designers and more
How would you describe your personal style?
As of late a bit colorful, fun, with touches of vintage luxe. But for mom duties â€” athleisure all the way!
Your favorite fashion designer?
Loving Toteme and Celine lately!
Do you believe in sustainable fashion? Have you changed your wardrobe to make it more sustainable in the recent years?
Iâ€™ve been a collector of vintage Chanel for the past 15-20 years so Iâ€™ve always been into sustainable fashion in some capacity. I love the idea of buying pre-loved vintage pieces and have been collecting pieces for ages.
Where in Pakistan do you love to shop?
At my exhibits. I have a company called The Exhibit â€” we host multibrand expos every couple of months with everything from fashion, interiors, jewelry, accessories, make up and so on â€” there are some established brands on board and some upcoming ones, I always end up picking some gorgeous things. Our nation is so talented!
What is the oldest item in your closet?
My grandmotherâ€™s sari with real gold and silver work on it. Truly an heirloom piece.
What, in your opinion, are must have items that are essential to a great closet?
A good pair of jeans, a nice pair of gym leggings, some plain t shirts, a set of loafers/pumps and a classic bag.
Your most prized possession?
My daughter! Material things literally mean nothing in the bigger picture.
Your favorite accessory?
My arm candy. I love stacking my bracelets!
What item in your closet makes you cringe?
Thereâ€™s a few. You know how some things can be so ugh but you absolutely love themâ€¦ I have a few pieces like that and Iâ€™ll never get rid of them â€” hence theyâ€™re still in my closet lol.
How does style differ in the two big cosmopolitan cities that you live in, Lahore and London?
In London I feel I can be less conservative and that I can really push my limits and experiment with fashion â€” plus I can buy new season items instantly. In Lahore if I wear western it takes ages to get your shipment across, and I dress very conservatively in comparison. However, I also love love love what the local brands are doing and love buying unique pieces (like some nice co-ords) hand pairing them with my personal style.
We speak to the actor about his upcoming work,his bucket list and more
Did you always want to be an actor?
It happened out of the blue. As a fresh graduate of theatre, film and television (TFT) from BNU I jumped into work as a line producer under HUM TV initially. I mostly prioritized working behind the camera but Alhamdulillah for where life has brought me now.
Out of all your projects, which one is your favorite?
For me, my favorite project is always what’s coming next and anything that is in the making under my attention. So currently that would be a feature film called Money Bag Guaranteed, The legend of Maula Jatt, a comedy feature film Shortcut and Jindo a drama serial.
What do you like to do on days when you’re off from work?
Those are my favorite days of the year. I love being lazy when I can. I like to practice the extrovert side of my personality too. I like to go watch a movie or go out with my friends. I love chilling with Barfi. I’m a go with the flow kind of person.
Do you think that there is a stigma attached with working in the entertainment industry? If yes, how do you deal with it?
I do agree that there is a stigma attached to the entertainment industry. However, things are changing now due to the way the new breed of actors are conducting themselves. However, I do feel that this stigma stems out of the roots of the hypocritical nature of our society. It’s ironic that people don’t want to associate themselves with you but at the same time, they’re striving to get a selfie with you. I believe they’re ignorant because they don’t realize how much hard work goes into it. I personally don’t pay heed to such opinions because of where I stand in my career and life right now.
Name three things on your bucket list.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don’t know. I didn’t expect 5 years ago that I’d be just where I am right now. So only God knows the future. I think I’m merely happy where I am right now. I am trying to live this moment to the fullest.
There is a major cancel culture these days. Do you ever feel the pressure of that getting to you in terms of what you say or what you post?
I love this quote from Charlie Chaplin that says: you do not need power to bring in the world, but love instead. So I believe the power to cancel someone is something I discourage. The culture can be a very powerful way to manipulate and mis-use any situation.
I think empathy, tolerance and patience are the emotions that should trend. I certainly don’t feel threatened by it. I don’t seek validation through my posts. Which is why I don’t really post that much, I just talk about the stuff I feel strongly about.
How important do you think social media is in today’s world for an artist?
I hate the misuse of social media. I surely support the notion that it is very important for an artist today to project your work. If used wisely, I think it’s a great tool. Otherwise it’s not really important for an artist.
What’s the best thing about being on set?
It’s an entirely different world. I would say it’s ability to help you disconnect with reality cause we all love to fantasize and dream.
Who is your favorite director?
For dramas my favorite directors are Anjum Shehzad, Badar Mahmood and Haseeb Hassan. My favorite film directors are Bilal Lashari, Nadeem Baig and Faysal Qureshi.
Favorite Pakistani actors?
Oh there are so many! Sania Saeed, Nauman Ijaz, Samiya Mumtaz, saleem Miraj, Late Mr. Moin Akhtar Sahab, Ahmed Ali Akbar specially in Parizaad, Hania Amir along with Kubra Khan, Yumna Zaidi & Iqra Aziz to name a few.
What advice would you give to young people who want to be actors but might be struggling to get their big break?
My advice would be to believe in themselves. Be persistent, have faith only in Allah. This is the key. There are no other. Don’t go for anything else except these.
Aneesa looks ready for the summer in this fab beach look. She pairs her Mermaids cutout dress with the Hermes Oran sandal. The scarf tied around her head brings the look together!
Amna always knows how to make a style statement and she does just that in this outfit. Her neon green top is perfect for spring. We love the flared + ripped jeans combo, right on trend. Her mini Lady Dior adds a pop of color to the outfit.
Hania Amir turns heads at the Arab Fashion Week in Zeena Zaki. The sparkly black co-ord set with the garter midriff made this dress a great choice for the event. Hania chooses to slick back her hair and keep her make up simple.
Amna Baber is channeling some major Greek Goddess energy in this hot pink Muse Luxe saree. We love her glowy makeup and glossy lips. She keeps her hair flowy and open. Her look exudes femininity and we are here for it!
Alishay looks stunning in this monochrome look. She wears a full sleeved black top with high-waisted cream pants. The flared bottoms are all the rage right now and her bag looks super cute. Her simple hair and makeup goes perfectly with the outfit.
Real bride Sawab looks like a dream in this red Sabyasachi outfit. She accessories the outfit for her big day with some gold jewelry. We love her simple look and she proves that sometimes less is definitely more. Priyanka who?!
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