Zainab Raja - In the season’s most trending dresses

She’s got the looks of a star and the tenacity of a supermodel, but Miss Veet 2016 winner Zainab Raja’s most admirable quality might be her fearlessness. Whether she was effortlessly serving cover-worthy snapshots or valiantly posing for the camera while a snake crawled over her body, Raja earned every ounce of her Miss Veet 2016 glory with guts – and that’s the same she has been doing ever since she entered the world of acting. Here, the bold and badass actress and model is giving us some major style inspiration with the season’s most raging garbs. She has adorned some of our favourite pieces for the festive season.

If you’re someone who doesn’t want to be on the Eastern bandwagon this season, go for the classic velvet maxis. Straight or wide, the long dress is a symbol of femininity, and this season, it is back in trend. Versatility has transformed it over the years into an impressive element in the feminine wardrobe. Long patterns to the ground give a distinct elegance, a look as if detached from the stories of Hollywood or ancient Greece. Monochrome with gold or silver accents and paired with glittery pump heels and statement jewellery, the maxi dress is a must-have of the season. And while some of you might go for the maxi trend, the vast majority would still embrace the classic lehenga choli trend when it comes to a wedding event.

But what should you be looking for when you’re on a lehenga shopping spree? This season, it’s the aesthetic appeal, art work and craftsmanship going on to the outfit that needs to stand out. Sometimes less is more, it is the beauty of placement and intricacy that’s important. You can choose the traditional embroideries and mirror work that we often see brides wearing for their wedding but make sure it is unique yet classic, something that is not a fad. A timeless design is always a great choice. For your festive wardrobe, keep your tradition alive with vibrant colours like purple, gold and a hint of green and orange. You can also choose a natural colour like white – it’s in now and looks great on everyone.

A mix of solids with a little bling, some fun breezy florals and crafted art pieces with a blend of new techniques and colour combinations will all be huge this season. New silhouettes, innovative sleeves, clothes that are versatile and styles that are classic, designs that are unique and remain a trend forever will be seen everywhere. In terms of the silhouette, the loose, baggy silhouette is the way to go now. Skin fitted blouses and sleeves were a thing of yesterday. These silhouettes are classic and traditional silhouettes never age. A new innovation of an old silhouette is always a good investment. We call these the art pieces that you got to own.

Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
Hair and makeup: Angie’s Salon
Designer: Saira Attellier
Photography & Styling: Mohsin Zaidi