Lux Style Awards 2016 – did the best people win?

Pakistani Celebrities and the who’s who of our fashion world turned out for the 15th Lux Style Awards this weekend. Every year the LSAs dole out awards to the fashion and entertainment industries and every year there are accusations of favoritism and partisanship. Still, Lux remains the most coveted and credible Pakistani award.  So how did fashion fare in this year’s LSAs?

Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi at this year's Lux Style Awards
Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi at this year’s Lux Style Awards

For the most part, I would have picked the same winners. Hasnain and Fouzia have had great years as models and are both versatile in shoots and striking on the ramp. Nabila continues to lead the pack in terms of hair and makeup, with a record 10th win. She’s announced she will no longer be submitting her portfolio for the LSAs and will take a mentoring role instead. People have questioned her winning streak but anyone who ever sees her portfolios knows why she has won so many times – no one else in the industry has the same flair, vision or consistency.

Nabila picks up a record 10th Lux Style Award and bows out of future competitions
Nabila picks up a record 10th Lux Style Award and bows out of future nominations

Luxury Pret was a hotly contested category but Shamaeel had an excellent 2015, with her new Karachi flagship store and regular sellout exhibitions in Lahore. Her signature style is opulent but wearable and her range had depth in terms of silhouette. Amir Adnan was the undoubted leader in terms of menswear while Alee Hassan was a great choice for best emerging talent. Faraz Manan’s bridal prize was well deserved – he showed some real innovation in terms of cut and his swarovski-encrusted creations won him fans both locally and abroad. His Lawn award was more controversial. I’m not a fan of Crescent lawn though Kareena of course looks fabulous in anything she wears. Crescent have improved their quality over recent years but the award is for lawn design rather than lawn quality. I found nothing exceptional about Faraz’s lawn designs last year, which admittedly was a lackluster year for lawn. Sana Safinaz’ lawn was probably the most innovative last year, with interesting effects in terms of fabric and embroidery. The other contender was the wildly popular Elan lawn – last year’s designs were some of the best of the season.

Khadijah Shah also lost out in the high street Pret category. Generation beat her brand Sapphire to the prize in the biggest upset of the LSA’s fashion section. Sapphire was a game changer in 2015 with great designs and phenomenal sales. They had a huge impact on the industry and sent many larger companies back to the drawing board. Generation has really upped its game recently but their best work has been in this calendar year; 2015 was Sapphire’s year and I think they should have won.

Nilofer Shahid wins a lifetime acheivement award at the 15th Lux Style Awards
Nilofer Shahid wins a lifetime acheivement award at the 15th Lux Style Awards

Still, the Lux Style Awards wouldn’t be the same without a bit of controversy. Here’s the full list of winners. Who would you have picked?

Fawad Khan and Ahmed Ali Butt hosting at the Lux Style Awards
Fawad Khan and Ahmed Ali Butt hosting at the Lux Style Awards


Model of the Year (Male): Hasnain Lehri

Model of the Year (Female): Fouzia Aman

Best Fashion Photographer: Abdullah Harris

Best Hair and Makeup Artist: Nabila

Achievement in Fashion Design (Luxury Pret): Shamaeel Ansari

Achievement in Fashion Design (Pret): Generation

Achievement in Fashion Design (Bridal): Faraz Manan

Achievement in Fashion Design (Lawn): Faraz Manan

Best Menswear Designer: Amir Adnan

Best Emerging Talent: Alee Hassan (Photographer)


Best Film: Jawani Phir Nai Aani

Best Supporting Actor: Javed Sheikh (Wrong No.)

Best Supporting Actress: Ayesha Khan (Jawani Phir Nahi Aani)

Best Director: Adnan Sarwar (Shah)

Best Male Singer (Film): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Teray Bina Jeena OST Bin Roye)

Best Female Singer (Film): Abida Parveen (Maula OST Bin Roye)

Best Film Actor: Humayun Saeed (Jawani Phir Nahi Aani)

Best Film Actress: Mahira Khan (Bin Roye)


Best TV Play: Diyar-e-Dil

Best Writer: Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar (Sadqay Tumhare)

Best Director: Anjum Shehzad (Rang Laga)

Best OST: Zeb Bangash and Momin Durrani (Diyar-e-Dil)

Best TV Actor: Faisal Qureshi (Rang Laga)

Best TV Actress: Mahira Khan (Sadqay Tumhare)


Ali Zafar gets the LSAs off to a rocking start
Ali Zafar gets the LSAs off to a rocking start

Album of the Year: Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh (Noori)

Song of the Year: Rockstar Romeo (Ali Zafar)

Best Music Video Director: Salman Noorani (Mariam by Mooroo)

Best Emerging Talent: Slow Spin

Best Dressed Male Hamza Ali Abassi
Best Dressed Female Mahira Khan
Life Time Achievement Nilofer Shahid

Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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