Itâ€™s not every day that Hamza Ali AbbasiÂ Â talks about his personal style. But he has one. And there’s no reason why we shouldn’t talk about it.
Weâ€™d have to agree that fashion isnâ€™t Abbasi’sÂ brand but at the same time we have to say that he has a distinct sense of style and combined with his active nationalism he has become a great ambassador for the shalwar kameez. Like Imran Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi has been seen in a shalwar kameez at almost every occasion, whether at the Lux Style Awards â€“ for which he also won Best Dressed in 2016 â€“ or even in the USA when (recently) touring to raise funds for the Namal Education Foundation. Weâ€™re sure he has donned the Air Force uniform for Parwaaz Hai Junoon but then heâ€™ll be seen in a shallu and possible laacha in Maula Jutt as well.
We also noticed that other than turning to his trusted Master in Islamabad, Hamza also shops a lot at the Amir Adnan store in the Capital city.
â€œWell, I am into simple black or white shalwar kameez and he has a lot of them,â€ he gave a simple reason. â€œAnd his ready to wear stuff fits me really well,â€ he added. â€œIt will also last me years, (which is great) since I donâ€™t go shopping for clothes often.â€
â€œAnd of course, he (Amir Adnan) is a really nice, polite and a genuine guy.â€
Is there something to be said for dressing culturally and promoting our own sartorial identity, I asked him.
â€œYes, I would love to see our artists promote our own culture,â€ Hamza replied, â€œWe are not just entertainers but representatives of Pakistan. I wear a lot of western stuff like tee shirts and jeans in my private life but I make sure I wear desi Pakistani outfits in public appearances.â€
It may be difficult for everyone to take that stance and honestly, not every man will look as good in a shalwar kameez as an Imran Khan or Hamza Ali Abbasi do (plus it isnâ€™t the most practical outfit) however, there is something to be said for waving your countryâ€™s flag and nothing says you belong to a place as well as itâ€™s national dress.
- Watch this space for men who give us shalwar kameez style goals.