Best Dressed IIFA 2014 – Tampa Bay

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While some celebrities are basking in the glory of the awards won , some are tired after the performances and some who are tired schmoozing around , I will share with you my list of best dressed at this much awaited yearly foreign gala awards event called IIFA. This was 15th year of IIFA awards hosted in Tampa Bay, Florida. Some chose to let go of their much-needed voting duty and follow the razzle dazzle while some chose to finish voting and reach Tampa Bay just about in time.

So without wasting any further time on my yappity yap on why, what , who lets just see who totally nailed the looks.

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Deepika Padukone – Sabyasachi

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Deepika Padukone in Zuhair Murad

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Priyanka Chopra in Monique Lhuillier

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Priyanka Chopra in Prabal Gurung

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Priyanka Chopra in Herve Leger

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Kareena Kapoor in Giorgio Armani

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Kareena Kapoor in Giorgio Armani

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Sonakshi Sinha in DKNY

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Sonakshi Sinha in Nikhil Thampi

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Aditi Rao Hydari in Payal Singhal

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Vaani Kapoor in Nikhil Thampi

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Bipasha Basu in Sonakshi Raaj

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Bipasha Basu in Rocky S

The neutral tones rules the Green carpet with white, black and nude being the first choice. Pop up colors were seen like red and blues on a few. Sleek hair do , bright pouts and million dollar smiles were flashing for the shutter bugs. Well since I didn’t go to Tampa Bay myself, nor do I have an associate working there, all the images have been borrowed from High Heel Confidential and Getty images.

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7 wardrobe staples for Ethnic wear – India

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Ethnic wear has always lured me towards it time and again, from the summery colorful kurta & patiala to boho chic long skirts , from the oh-so-hyped anarkali to the sarees in rich vibrant colors. They bring a fresh change to the usual western wear dressing. I enjoy varying my style from chic uptown girl to a desi belle on weekly basis. In my attempt to do so, it makes it imperative for me to know what’s in my wardrobe. The eternal question comes back again is how do I create a basic wardrobe for ethnic wear.

But before I brief you on 7 wardrobe staples for ethnic wear fashion , these tiny little monstrous questions might be jumping in your head. So read on.

WhyBecause it’s a fresh twist from the same ole fashion

WhenWear it to Work | Evening out | Festivals | Weddings

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1) Kurta – The prime ingredient of any ethnic wear fashion fix starts with purchase of colorful Kurta.

You can buy different kind of Kurta depending on the following criteria to create a big collection

Style – A line, Straight cut , Anarkali

Length – Long , knee-length , short length

Sleeves – Full Sleeves, 3/4th Sleeve , Half sleeve, Cap Sleeves , sleeveless

Fabric – Cotton, Linen, Chikankari , Kashmiri , Chiffon, Georgette , Silk ,Khadi , Jute

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Silk Kurta

Buying tip - The first buy has to be white , cream , black & maroon Kurta. Then you can keep adding different colors & styles. Always prefer solid colors to prints as it gives you more permutations to style. My favorite shopping place to buy different kurta would be Cottons, FabIndia & Anokhi for the solid colors. Quirky prints can be tried at Biba & Global Desi.

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Black Silk Kurta – Red Dupatta

White is the must have ladies. Grab it in all possible fabrics – cotton, linen, chikankari , Kashmiri , Georgette & Silks. They are the best investment ever.

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White Kurta with Chanderi Pink Dupatta

2) Leggings –   I remember how in my childhood days, we would get Churidar stitched from tailors – yes , all of you might have worn those shabby , loose from the knees or maybe extremely uncomfortable & tight fitted churidars. Since the time knit fabric came into picture , life became easier for all . Leggings are a boon & saviour from all of the tailoring hassles. Grab them in all the colors possible colors.

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Leggings – different colors

Buying tip – As the Fashion Basics buying rule commands, start with neutrals like off white , black , maroon & brown. You can then proceed to red, mustard yellow, green , indigo blue , rani pink and so on. My favorite pick ups have been from Cottons & Biba.

3) Patiala – They have so much room , I can breathe well and I can move however I want to :) What more do I want ? They are an alternative option to leggings.

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Nargis Fakhri in Patiala & white Kurta

This entire look has an air of elegance & sublime beauty to it. It’s so chic & comfortable.

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Kareena Kapoor – Flaunting Patiala & kurta looks

Kareena Kapoor has been, I think ,the official brand ambassador of this Fashion trend. She sported this look for couple of her movies – “Bodyguard” & “Jab we met” being the major ones.

Buying Tip – Do check the fall of the fabric while you buy. Stiff fabrics will make you look broad. Try loose cottons & satin silks. As usual begin with Off white,  black , maroon, indigo blue & then shift to pink, red & green colors. I have got the best ones again from Cottons , FabIndia & Anokhi.

4) Salwar Suit – Once the separates are sorted, we can now move on to buy few classic salwar suit sets. They come handy when you have to attend a friend’s engagement or a religious ceremony or a Diwali party. If you haven’t bought one yet , then you are reading the right blog.

Salwar suits can be bought on the basis of following criteria -

Style – Anarkali , Straight cut with churidar , short kurta style with patiala , angarkha

Fabric – Cotton, silk, chiffon, Georgette

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Sonam Kapoor – anarkali suit

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Deepika padukone – White Anarkali suit

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Alia Bhatt in a Red Anarkali suit

Buying Tip – Pick up fabrics according to occasions. Select a style that suits your body type as well. For eg – Anarkali is a big no for heavy busted women , Straight Kurta are a No for Pear shaped women. Steer clear of too much of detailing, you don’t want to be a christmas tree.

5) Heavy Dupatta - A colorful dupatta increases the style quotient of any salwar suit. You can always mix and match lot of these dupatta. You could take your pick from heavily embroidered Phulkari or Kutchi work dupatta, a Bandhani or a leheriya , chanderi silk or even an ikat dupatta. Indian textiles gives you a wide array of options to select from.

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Phulkari Dupatta – Punjab

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Leheriya Dupatta – Rajasthan

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Chanderi Silk – Madhya Pradesh

Buying tip – Have fun with colors. You can go overboard with embroidery , hand work & fabric textures. Yes, they come a little expensive but you could think of it as heirloom pieces. They can be best bought at the state shops promoting Indian crafts. Oh, also please do check out Patan na Patola stoles , they are gorgeous.

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Patan Patola – red stole from Gujarat

6) Saree Blouse – I am sure all of us own that one golden blouse which seems to go with everything and anything for the wedding festivities. Before we start making big purchases on these fineries, I would suggest to go for one golden blouse, one black blouse and one off-white blouse. These 3 are neutral colors and typically gel with all sarees. Since color blocking is still a big trend, you can then experiment with various contrasting colors or maybe go with a light-dark monochromatic scheme. You could get them stitched by following criteria -

Neck line style – High neck, boat neck, halter neck , deep V neck , backless

Sleeve length – Long sleeves, 3/4th sleeve , half sleeve, cap sleeve, sleeveless, one shoulder , corsets , halter neck, noodle straps

 

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Gold basic Blouse

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Black Blouse – Shraddha Das flaunting Blue saree

Buying Tip – Invest in good quality fabric. Stay away from tacky , shiny golden fabric. Matte finish always looks more elegant and suave. Ensure the fittings are done well , not too tight that your bulges seep out and not too loose for people to have a peep in :) Hail good tailors , if they exist !

7) Skirts - Long and knee-length ethnic skirts seem to be the flavor of Indian fashion industry now. It’s a middle route for those who don’t want to dress in a western outfit and yet look stylish. Various Fashion brands have now been introducing long skirts as a fashion must have in their spring summer 2014 range. Brands like Biba , FabIndia, Anokhi , Vintage Earth , Pantaloons & Cottons come up with an interesting range of skirts. My favorite place turns out to be a Rajasthan state-run handicraft store which has beautiful block printed skirts.

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Long embroidered skirt – denim trend

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Block printed Long skirt

Buying Tip –  Start with Indigo Blue , maroon , mustard yellow, pinks & greens and then build around it . The idea being typically long skirts are available in Indian textiles with natural vegetable dyes, so a certain color palette flows in it. They come in soft fabrics, crinkled fabrics , silk & satin as well. Choose the fabric according to the occasion you plan to wear it for. Cottons for the regular wear & silks for the occasional wear.

So ladies, rummage through your wardrobes, take inventory, make a purchase list and go shopping. Or are you plain lazy to go out in this heat ?

If yes, then go through these 3 super links I like for Ethnic wear :

https://www.jaypore.com/

http://www.voonik.com/women

http://www.indianconceptsonline.com/categories/Womens-Wear-Women-Corporate-Wear/cid-CU00037370.aspx#

Hope you enjoy browsing through these sites and end up shopping some of the 7 wardrobe staples for Ethnic wear Fashion in India. Next post will be on basic footwear a woman should have , besides the 50 extra heels that we have :)

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13 Wardrobe Staples – Western Wear in India

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I like my money right where I can see it , hanging in my closet

 Carrie Bradshaw , Sex & the city 

 ” I do not have anything to wear” is one of the commonest lines heard in every household almost every other day, despite the clothes overflowing out of the wardrobes. More often than not, women end up shopping on impulse , under stress, those silly PMSing days , party frenzy , pay rise , weekend travel plans , travel internationally ( yes we shop before we travel to wear during the travel  & we shop while we travel for the post travel days) or maybe just like that ( women don’t need reason to shop ).Despite so much of shopping worth thousands done, most of us don’t shop wisely. We end up buying the latest trends & fads without having the basic wardrobe in place. I have ended up helping few friends to arrange their wardrobes, shuffle through it, list down missing things and as the budget allows, first make those purchases and then buy extra around it.

This blog will enlighten you on the wardrobe basics , but specially designed for Indian climate and demographics. In this blog I will cover must-have-basic-foundation for western wear in India. The idea being , first invest in basics and then add show stoppers later on . It would be absolutely foolish to buy a neon colored pant if you don’t even have basic black pants. 

So here is the list of 13 must have’s for Indian women’s western wear wardrobe.

 

1)  White Shirt –  This is my go-to option when in dilemma on what to wear. It is absolutely versatile piece. Wear it with denims or long skirts or short skirts or work wear trousers or shorts.

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White Shirt – Deepika Padukone

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Different kinds of white shirts

Buy them in 2 kind of fabrics - Cotton for day wear & Silk for evening wear . You can vary the sleeve style - Full sleeves , 3/4th sleeves, sleeveless.

( Wearing instruction – Do not wear white , black or colored intimates , opt only for nude toned inner . Yes , I know they are very granny style , but well , you don’t want to look tacky either )

 2) Black Shirt – For all of you working in corporate, you will want to keep one extra black shirt. It has that crispness about it, clear air of authority and no nonsense attitude about it. For those who are in other sectors , a black blouson top is more beautiful than a shirt . Wear the shirt  with denims , shorts & short skirts.

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Black shirt – Miranda Kerr

Buy them in cotton/ linen fabric for day wear Tops and in Silk / georgette /chiffon for evening wear . You could vary styles in sleeves like Full Sleeves , 3/4th sleeve , sleeveless.

3) Solid colored Tops /Blouses –  I am a big fan of solid colors rather than prints as they allow immense mix & match and lets me create a big wardrobe around it. Once you have black & white tops , now go for all possible colors that you love in plain colors.

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Solid Mustard Yellow colored Top

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Champagne colored Sleeveless Top

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Mint colored chiffon blouson

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Color options

Colors – Red , Blue , Green, Pink, Yellow , Purple , Beige & then its shades.

Fabrics – Cotton , Linen , chiffon, georgette, silk

Style – You can buy interesting styles , vary the sleeve length , check for tiny detailing in patterns.

These tops can go over your denims, trousers, shorts, skirts both long & short, even on Patiala , dhoti pants , Zouave pants , palazzo etc. Try monochromatic schemes like wearing an aqua blue top over navy blue long skirt. Try contrasting schemes like a yellow top with a hot pink palazzo for a high-spirited look.

4) Printed Tops – Start by investing in Polka dots , Stripes , checks initially. They are ever green patterns and will sustain all fashion trends. Next step would be quirky prints available in the markets currently. Buy them frugally as you never know when the trend dies.

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Polka dotted Chiffon blouson

For the rest all who are interested in textiles of India, you could build a basic wardrobe of tops in ajrakh print, kalamkari, bandhni, leheriya , batik , tie & dye , chikankari , phulkari , south cotton , ikat , chanderi , Kashmiri work & kachi work .

5) Blue Denim - A classic blue denim is an absolute must have in any wardrobe. As much as it is essential for the wardrobe building, I know we all have dreaded making that one denim purchase. Either the fit sucks or the right blue color isn’t available or maybe god only knows why did the designer decide to stick stars & studs just on the bum when everything else was perfect in that denim !

I typically avoid denim purchase as much as I can , as I know I would have royally screwed my mood by the end , unless gods decide to be kind on me that day.

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Blue denim – Alessandra Ambrosio

Invest in these– 1) Straight snug fits  2) Boot cuts for evenings.

Colorwise invest in one dark blue denim & one light blue denim.

6) Black Denim – After the Blue denim , 2nd must have piece is a black denim. They work as perfect work wear option for people working in non corporate areas and also as a perfect evening wear.

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Black Denim – Miranda Kerr

Buy in straight fits & boot cuts both , depending on your body type.

7) White Pants –  They always have a very 70′s feel to it – hippy and retro, but it has been my favorite since my college days. A woman needs to have a pair of white pants , be it in denim or corduroy or linen.They are absolutely gorgeous to perk up the day. Wear it with colorful blouse tops for the day meetings, brunch or idle hang outs & dress it up with silk tops for the night parties.

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White wide legged pants tangerine Silk blouson – Neha Dhupia

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Classic white pants with white jacket

( It goes without saying – Ladies check the quality of the fabric, it shouldn’t be See through. Also only and only nude colored thongs to be worn for everybody’s sake )

8) Denim Skirt – I am yet to meet a girl who hasn’t worn a denim skirt till now . Come Summers and we want to flaunt our legs . Denim skirts are the most versatile option . Dress them with cotton white shirt, black top , colored tops or printed tops .

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Denim skirts by Stella McCartney

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Denim Mini Skirt – Miranda Kerr

 

Buy them in 1)straight fit , knee-length or a mini  2) A line if you have a pear shaped body . Invest in two shades Dark blue & Light blue.

9) Black Skirt - Whether you want to go to a board room meeting or want to let your hair loose & party, you need to have a black skirt for sure.  Team it with shirts & solid colored tops for day board room meetings, add a jacket for some oomph. Team it with silk tops in prints or solids for evening parties.

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Black straight fitted skirt – work wear

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Black Skirt – formal wear

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Black skirt A- line

Buy them in  (1) Long skirt with straight fit  (2)  Short skirt with straight fit, A-line

10)  Shorts – Yes each one of us must be having various colored shorts in our wardrobes but shopping basics is to first have that one denim shorts which fits perfectly well . The length & the fit of the shorts is very important . 

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Denim Shorts – Alessandra Ambrosio

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Neon green shorts styled with basic black Tee and White jacket

 

Once you have denim shorts, you can start buying shorts in other colors starting with black, beige , white, khaki , navy blue ,olive-green  & then bright colors like red, orange, pink, green & yellow.

11) Jacket – If you do not have a jacket as yet & are planning to buy one, then your first purchase should be a black jacket. Get it in linen fabric as it is versatile, you could wear for work & party both. Your second purchase can be ivory or off white jacket followed by all strong solid colored jackets doing rounds in the fashion circuit. They spike up any outfit and make it look more structured.

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Black Jacket styled with Denims white shirt

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White jacket styled with blue denim and champagne colored top – Miranda Kerr

Buying tip – Check up the shoulder pads, they are passe & they make you look big . The length of the jacket & sleeves should be comfortable enough for you to raise your hands up without feeling uncomfortable.

12) Denim  Waistcoat - This is the latest entrant in the must-have’s but I swear by its versatility and all my friends who have tried it agree to it.  Invest in a smart denim waistcoat to perk up any outfit. Wear it on plain tee, printed spaghetti , cotton day dress, maxi dress or on a crisp white shirt .

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Denim waistcoat styled with floral maxi dress and scarf

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Denim waistcoat styled with white long skirt

Buying tip – Opt for a light blue to a medium blue shade, not a dark blue version of it. Lace trims are good add ons to it.

13) White & Black Tee shirts – I am not much of a tee – person but yet I have few basic white & black Tee shirts. Grab them in full sleeves, 3/4th sleeve, cap sleeves with v-neckline or a crew neck. They can be worn with denims, long ethnic skirts, short skirts, colored pants , palazzo etc.

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Black basic Tee styled with a pink skirt

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White basic Tee Styled with wide legged white pants

Buying Tip – Fabric quality & fit are of utmost importance. Do not & I repeat , Do not buy a snug fit unless you have washboard abs .

Once you have these many basic pieces in your wardrobe , managing styles around it becomes easy. I have not covered dresses in this section as it in itself is a very long segment. Let your creativity speak now. You could style it in your own personal way with accessories , footwear , scarves, stole, headbands , hand bags , aviators etc.

I hope this helps you take your inventory & list down what you have to buy in the next-sale coming up for the season :)

Watch out this space for the next blog on – Wardrobe staples – Ethnic wear for Indian women.

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Indian Fashion Brands SS 2014 – VR Surat

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Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright
And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
That the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city

 

Spring Summer Fashion Trends for 2014 has been the crux of my recent blog posts. The idea was to scout the runways and the celebrity styles , both internationally and within India , and then create a post which could inspire other fashionistas to pick and choose from it. While doing so , I also checked on how Indian brands are placing themselves with these Fashion trends. India being a country full of colors, it was no rocket science to figure the bright color palette. Trends like prints , sheer , pastel etc were high on radar encapsulating more of maxi and palazzo as their staples. The three brands that will catch any Indian Fashionista’s attention will be BIBA, Global Desi and AND for the optimum usage of bright colors, quirky prints and cleverly infusing season’s trends that would suit Indian demographics.

My earliest memory of prints would date back to the time when as a child I would see my maa getting dressed up in a printed chiffon saree from Garden Vareli. Prints for me back then were synonymous to it being floral prints. Let me tell you, my individual style has been more of solid colors and no prints. Yet, lately I have developed a penchant for quirkier prints and strong color blocks. No wonder I was kind of attracted to the hot pink Palazzo put up on the BIBA’s latest SS 2014 collection. Bold colors, tribal to quirky prints and breathable fabric – ultimate fashion solution for hot summers in Gujarat.

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Biba SS 2014 – Tuk tuk printed Hot pink palazzo in summery cottons

 MyStyle tip –  I will team this “tuk tuk” printed palazzo in hot pink color with  tops in ivory or indigo blue for a casual look through the day. They will be perfect for a brunch or movies session. I could team it with silk tops for the luxe feel for evening . My favourites in accessories would be Kolhapuri chappals in different colors, quirky stack of bangles and silver junk jewellery.

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BIBA SS 2014 – Indigo Blue Leheriya long skirt

Long boho skirts is one other trend to watch out for this summer.  Much of the movies that were shot in Delhi brought back this Delhi university(DU) dressing vibe available to the whole country. It would be just a common sight to see a DU girl dressed in a long skirt with cotton tops, stole around the neck, bangles, junk jewellery and Kohl ( Who am I kidding, most art colleges have girls dressed in this way ). Nevertheless , I love this long leheriya skirt by BIBA for a simple reason. It is indigo blue, it is a leheriya, it is long and it is cotton. What more can I ask for ? I believe in investing in basic pieces to create wardrobe and this skirt would be one of that investment.

My Style tip – I would wear this Indigo blue leheriya skirt with a scarlet red bandhani top . It will be a beautiful adaptation of Print on print trends capturing Indian textiles and comfort all at the same time. I would accessorize it with Kolhapuri chappals ( Kolhapuri chappals business is skyrocketing , the way I keep adding them to each outfit ), long silver junk jewellery or Dhokra jewellery from Orissa, a waistcoat in light blue denim fabric to make it chic or an intricately embroidered Kutchi work waistcoat to add extra styling element.

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Global Desi SS 2014 – Rickshaw printed bright yellow jumpsuit

Global Desi brand has reinvented themselves this summer with an upbeat “Mela” vibe to their entire collection. This stunning quirky printed yellow jumpsuit is a sure shot conversation starter at any party. You wear this girl and I guarantee, you will see people turning around to watch you.  The bohemian motif of “cycle rickshaw” has been used by the “Global desi” brand to infuse and reinforce the “Mela” theme of their Spring Summer 2014 collection. Is this me or do you too agree ?- Tuk Tuk , Rickshaw, long skirts, palazzo, jumpsuits – bohemia – travel !! Indian fashion brands are definitely promoting boho vibe a lot this season, can’t complain – I love it to the milky way and back.

My Style Tip : This jumpsuit doesn’t need much styling. It’s the most eclectic piece I feel Global Desi has designed.  I would accessorize it with funky colored gladiators in hot pink or turquoise blue with just a little dash of gold in it. I would add a solid colored head-gear , maybe a scarf or bandana or even a hair band ( gold Grecian band) and stack up some dull gold cuffs with color pop up of blue.

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Global Desi SS 2014 – Aqua Blue sheer maxi with printed bustier top.

I had recently written on Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2014- Sheers , highlighting how to wear this sheer trend in daily lives. Global Desi gives that blog just the right amount of justice with this aqua blue sheer maxi trend. Come Summers and I hunt my wardrobe for the best of the last season’s to check what will fit in this season. Maxi trend is one of them , stayed on since last 5 years. But this year , we saw “sheer” interpretation of it. Fluid fabrics in sheers teamed with the very Indian Mela feel infused bustier , this aqua blue sheer maxi is a must –have for Spring Summer 2014 from Global Desi.

My Style tip – I would team with beautiful kundan polki studs in my ears ,gold flat slip ons for my feet and style it with just one statement finger ring. I would do my hair in a loose side bun or a side braid for a casual yet chic evening wear.

For those of you who aren’t such a big fan of prints and bohemian vibe, fear not. AND has done a fabulous work in creating a very chic range of Summer wear. I loved AND always for its fits. I believe this was one of the first brands in India which made wearing dresses seem very effortless and stylish. The best part was , the sizes were always available. I mean , hello, lets accept it, how many of us are paper-thin like the models they show in ads ? The desire to wear the dress is there, but the size isn’t available. AND just did that right . Coming back to Summers, I am in love with their “Cinnamon Mocha “ Collection and “The Blue Jay” Collection.

 

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AND SS 2014 – Cinnamon Mocha collection

For those who are still the classic stylist, the “Cinnamon Mocha” collection will be a delight.  Structured neat cuts , fluid fabric, pastel mocha shades equals to a stylist’s ultimate dream. For the working women this is the collection to watch out for.  Shirts in ivories mixed with cinnamon, palazzo in mocha , skirt with slits in mocha  , collared maxi dress in sheer  – a wide range of apparel to select from. My pick out of the whole look was the middle one – Mocha palazzo with a printed shirt.

My Style tip – It’s a classic style , so let’s go to basics. I would accessorize it with nude pumps , tan belt , tan satchel , dull gold choker, hair tied neatly in a braid and the never-to-forget classic watch.

The Second collection to watch for in AND was “The Blue Jay” Collection.

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AND SS 2014 – Blue Jay collection

A spectrum of blue shades, from Indigo to aqua, with a mix of white – Mediterranean vacation is all I can think of.  Pack this gorgeous bustier maxi for the stroll by the beach, or maybe just flaunt it to a brunch if you can’t make it to the beach .  It’s a trademark of AND to create a particular design fabric and then create every possible garment out of it. They did the same by making a singlet top, a waistcoat, a short dress and a maxi.  More the options, better for the consumer.

My Style tip – I would team this beautiful maxi dress with a coral pink silk stole and wear it like a neck scarf . I would finish the styling with a fishtail braid, white gladiators , and a classic Tissot watch.

All of these BIBA, GLOBAL DESI and AND collection have hit the racks in the Surat’s most luxurious mall VR Surat. Yes, its situated at one end of the city but when you reach there , I bet you , it’s a delight.

You could have a look at VR Surat mall here  -  http://www.vrsurat.com/

So while all of you lovely bunch here are headed to do your next purchases of this Spring Summer 2014 collection to Global Desi, BIBA and AND at the VR Surat , I think I’m good to go to Santorini .

Or maybe just plan it my head.

Keep Smiling and Stay Stylish.

( You could also check the collections here:

BIBAhttp://www.bibaindia.com/home/collection

Global Desi - http://globaldesi.in/collections/view/1

ANDhttp://www.andindia.com/spring-summer-2014/index.php )

 

 

Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2014 – Sheer

Sheer curtains for garden decor
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I come home in the morning light
My mother says, “When you gonna live your life right?”
Oh, mother dear, we’re not the fortunate ones
And girls, they wanna have fun
Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun 

 

Sheer is one of the hottest trends for Spring Summer 2014. I get quite perplexed on how to wear it as a daily wear. Unless you are a celebrity or a socialite who hobnobs quite regularly in various soirees , wearing this trend could be a little tricky. So fellow women folk out there, let your creative juices flow and see how you could team it with various bralets, nude shorts or colorful pop up elements .

The bushy browed young ex-Victoria secret model Miranda Kerr was a heavenly delight walking on the ramp for Stella McCartney at the Paris Fashion week SS 2014.

 

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Miranda Kerr – Stella McCartney SS 2014 – Paris Fashion Week – Sheers

The intricate detailing , fluid silhouette and the sheer fabric – it all teamed up to one expression – HOT.

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Miranda Kerr Close up Stella McCartney 2014- Sheer

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Mulberry Spring Summer 2014 – Sheer Stripes

Mulberry showcased the surreal pastel trend mixed with sheers in stripes. It called for a visual delight in its own way, the floaty drapes oozing sex appeal in a very demure way.

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Beyonce -Sheer white dress at the Grammy Awards 2014

Sheer is having a major moment on the red carpet. Whether it is a gown with a backless vibe or a sheer panel around the cleavage, the trend is still here to stay. Beyoncé also showed off the trend, in a sexy white floral Michael Costello backless ensemble. If you have it, you flaunt it – Well this seemed to be the theme of this gorgeous white dress.

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Sheer pastel dress by Elie Saab -2014 trends

If there is anything to do with embellishments and intricacy of the detailing in the western Fashion world, Elie Saab just knows which buttons to press it right. This ethereal coral pink sheer dress with floral embellishment is but just one of the examples.

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Manish Malhotra SS 2014- Lakme Fashion week – Blush pink sheer skirt

And in the Indian fashion world, Manish Malhotra would be the undisputed King of the sheer trend. Recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion week, this blush pink floral work lehenga translated the sheer trend in Indian wear aptly. Teamed with a very chic blouson , this ensemble could be easily carried from day to-night by changing the accessories.

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Manish Malhotra Lakme Fashion week 2014 – sheer mocha lehenga

Teamed with the solid background of mocha-cinnamon fabric, this lehenga by Manish Malhotra takes the Indian wear to a different level. Teamed with a peter pan collared halter blouse , it makes a chic mix for a contemporary Indian wear.

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Deepika Padukone in a sheer Dolce and Gabbana gown

Deepika Padukone has evolved in both her acting and styling skill sets eventually. She has given some knocking public appearances in the recent times and sheer has been her way to go. Of course all will remember her famous gold gown from the recent Film Award functions but I loved this more, the green sheer gown from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Monica Dogra in black sheer Veda Raheja SS 2014 collection

She is stylish and very individualistic, maybe that’s why she managed to grab my eye balls. She is experimental in her looks and has a very boho chic vibe to her dressing. So to see Monica Dogra in this stunning sheer black gown by Veda Raheja was an absolute delight to my stylist eye .

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Sonam Kapoor wearing a sheer blouse and Saree-dhoti ensemble by Tarun Tahiliani

And while we are talking of trends, we can’t miss past Ms.Sonam Kapoor for her sartorial sense. Trust her to try off beat styles and carry them with such oomph. This particular Tarun Tahiliani ensemble took the Indian fashion world by storm. Sheer black blouse with dhoti styled saree – no one but Sonam Kapoor can do justice to this piece.

While I have tried putting up the looks that caught my eye across the Fashion weeks and celebrities, here are some style tips that you could use to wear the Sheer trend.

  1. Invest in a sheer ivory / black blouson top. You could team it with maxi skirts, pencil skirts, colorful shorts or wide legged pants.
  2. Team lace tops with sheer skirts or use sheer as a panel in skirts.
  3. Sheer blouses can be worn well with chic chiffon sarees. Floral prints from Garden Vareli or abstracts from Satya paul or even a street find :)
  4. Sheer palazzo are a great way to amp up your style quotient. When in doubt wear a pair of nude boyfriend shorts inside.
  5. Sheer backs , sheer cleavage , sheer thigh slits are classy ways to add a dash of sex appeal to your ensemble.

I hope you had fun reading this post and you got inspired enough to make a purchase of your next sheer outfit.

If you have any styling queries or want product reviews – do write to me at drpatel.falguni@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer them all.

Till then , feel free to share the post if you like.

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Spring Summer Trends 2014 – Prints

Spring Summer 2014 trends - Prints
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Picture yourself in a boat on a river, 
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies 
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, 
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes. 
Cellophane flowers of yellow and green, 
Towering over your head. 
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, 
And she’s gone. 
Lucy in the sky with diamonds 

Prints have been dominant in Fashion since 2000 BC. Till almost 18th century flora was the main inspiring motif in prints. With the advent of technology and globalisation, prints saw new patterns being developed. Artists/ illustrators/graphic designers find inspiration in anything surrounding the daily life. From a creatively simulating object of art to a psychedelia inducing trance music, from banal objects of daily life like camera, ludo, fan, spectacles, bicycle ( Yes, these were the elements doing rounds since last 3-4 years) to picturesque landscapes. Through re-imagining the mediocre, the ordinary became playful and even precious.

Prints are BIG on trend yet again for Spring Summer 2014. Lets see how the international and the Indian runways were filled with it.

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Manish Arora Spring Summer Trends 2014 – Prints

I was definitely bowled over the eclectic mix of colors against the pristine white backdrops in few designs of Manish Arora. He style involves rich palette of psychedelic colours and kitsch motifs in garments that combine traditional Indian crafts like embroidery, appliqué and beading with Western silhouettes

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Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014 Trends – Print

Mara Hoffman – my new favorite designer from New york fashion scene to watch out for. She has a very boho chic style inspired from world travel, nature and photography. Chic patterns and cuts in a riot of colors. Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Lauren Conrad, Eva Longoria Parker are a small list of her clients.

 

 

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Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014 Maxi Prints

 

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Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014 Prints

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Valentino Spring Summer 2014 – Prints Trend

Valentino showcased a collection with a mix of North African inspired embroidery and prints , rich in colors and fluid in silhouettes. I loved the mix of rich colors against the backdrop of neutral black color.

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Masaba – Spring Summer 2014- Prints

Masaba has been the unofficial Queen of prints in Indian fashion Industry. She took the fashion world by storm with her bold patterns and bright color combinations. At first they looked very runway-ish to me, gradually I fell head over heels in love with this outlandish concept of wearing a camera print or a mythologically inspired print.

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Wills Fashion week – Spring Summer 2014

Yogesh Surendri, Pankaj and Nidhi, Anupama Dayal , Masaba and now Quirk Box are the few Indian Designers who have treated prints as their main forte.

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Pankaj and Nidhi – Wills Fashion week – 2014 Spring Summer Trends Prints

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Deepika Padukone – Spring Summer 2014 Trends – prints

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Sonam Kapoor – Spring Summer 2014 Trends- Print

And this is how our very own Bollywood fashionistas wear this Spring Summer 2014 Trend of Prints.

To end this section on the Prints trend , here are 5 Style tips that you could turn handy for you -

  1.  Pick one Printed maxi skirt that you can mix and match with solid colored tops .
  2.  Invest in one blouson top – maybe African or oriental inspired print . This could be a chic evening wear option with classic white pants or colored pants if you want to go bold.
  3. Pick a pair of printed colorful palazzo’s. Bright reds, pinks, blues, greens, indigo and yellows are the color to go for. Printed pants isn’t my style at all. ( if you have skinny legs, then and only then you can wear this trend, or else you might just look like “tangdi kebab” dressed for a carnival )
  4. Printed jacket can add a color and print pop up to a neutral outfit.
  5. Printed Saree in bold colors is a must have :)

Hope this helps you revamp your wardrobe, remove those prints from last few seasons, see which fits the bill and then style it a little differently this season.

Watch this space for our style review of the few famous Indian brands in the coming few posts. I am excited about it :)

Keep smiling and keep it stylish.

 

 

 

 

Best Dressed – Oscars 2014

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Sandra Bullock in a Stunning Navy blue Alexander McQueen

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Amy Adams in navy blue Gucci Couture gown

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Cate Blanchette in her beautifully embellished Armani Prive gown

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Anne Hathaway in a Gucci Column dress.

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Lupita Nyong’o in a powder blue customised Prada

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Jennifer Garner in an Oscar de la Renta with tassels

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Angelina Jolie in a dazzling Elie Saab couture

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Which one according to you was the best dressed out of these gorgeous women ?

Do comment on the section below and let us know your Style quotient.

( PS -  For me, Sandra Bullock wins hands down for her stunning Alexander McQueen appearance finished with a porcelain perfect makeup and hair )

Keep smiling and stylish.