Spring Summer Trends 2014 – 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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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.

A Girl in a boho-chic skirt

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Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Goin’ places that I’ve never been.
Seein’ things that I may never see again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way – 

 

Long skirts for me have been synonymous with a carefree attitude, chilled out summer evenings and a relaxed pace of mind. More popularly known as the Maxi skirts, I like the Indian version of this flowy five metres of fabric. The richness of the colors and its countless hues, varieties in fabrics, hand crafted work in the designs and the twirl that you get when you move – all to die for.

I would say , it turns out to be the most comfortable styling piece in the hot Indian Summers. Bollywood divas have also been flaunting it in lot of movies – think of Preity Zinta in Lakshya , Sonam Kapoor in Delhi 6, Yami Gautam in Vicky Donor, Mallika Sherawat in Pyaar ke Side effects, Kareena Kapoor in Qurbaan . The common element of dressing was long colorful flowy skirts, kohl eyes , junk jewellery and a boho- chic vibe to it.

I admit I am a big fan of this style sense.

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I teamed a black cotton top with  a tribal folk art inspired floral skirt in bright green colors . The red border added the color contrast element to it. The Tibetan necklace and junk jewellery in the hands with Kolhapuri chappals finished the look. Did I mention, a half pencil of Kohl as well ?? :)

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Tibetan necklace with Silver junk jewellery – Boho Chic trends Spring Summer 2014

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Street Style Fashion Photography – Floral maxi skirt – spring summer 2014

Bright green floral maxi skirt : Appleblossom

Black Top : Appleblossom

Necklace : Tibetan Flea market

Silver cuff and bangles : Flea market

Silver Kolhapuri chappal : Street find in Mumbai.

 

All my bags are packed , I am ready to go : This inspired our second look for this shoot – Traveller’s delight , comfortable yet stylish.

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Cerulean Blue Hand embroidered skirt – Denim waist coat – Spring Summer 2014 Trends

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Cerulean Blue Skirt : Bijouris – Ahmedabad

Blue full sleeved tee-shirt : Cotton world 

Denim waistcoat : Appleblossom

Necklace : Dhokra Jewellery from Craftcanvas

Red Bandana- Flea Market

Red Kolhapuri chappals – Street find from Mumbai 

 

Maxi skirts are a big rage even for Spring Summer 2014. While the market is flooded with chiffon and knit fabric version, you could opt for the Indian textiles and rich colors to opt for boho-chic look.

Style tips -

  • - Wear this long printed skirts with solid colored tops and vice versa ( If solid colored skirts, then you can opt for either solid colored tops or prints like florals, nautical stripes, checks etc)
  • - Style it with silver/ dull gold matte finish jewellery to give it an eclectic vibe. The more , the better. Add color pop ups in hand cuffs, maybe a bandana, colorful Kolhapuris and vibrant jholas.
  • - Add a denim jacket/waistcoat or a colorful vest to add an extra style element or maybe throw around a colorful stole.

So while we are busy preparing for our next shoot, do send us your street style pictures on drpatel.falguni@gmail.com  if you want us to publish it on our blog. We welcome sartorial choices in styling.

Stay Stylish and keep smiling.

As always, share and spread the word, if you like :)

( Venue Location : Small railway station near Sarkhej- ahmedabad. And yes, we were very safe while we were shooting )

 

 

 

Spring Summer 2014 Trends – Florals

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Well if you feel the wanderlust
Just grab a car or hop a bus
In every town there’s excitement to be found
So much is happening
Don’t miss the joy of spring
The world’s in love just look around

Spring fever comes to everyone
Spring fever, it’s time for fun
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

Florals have been a classic ageless trend which is always around the corner whenever Spring season breaks in. It exudes the freshness, colors and closeness to the Mother Nature. Inspirations are derived from countless flora surrounding us , from ditsy daisies to bold carnations, from exotic lotus to heady fragrance emanating sweet peas.

The history of floral in fashion stems way back to the Egyptian period. Real flowers were used in garlands and wreaths or worn as a single flower or leaf. The Greeks also used flowers for adornment and in the Roman Period floral inspiration was worked into royal crowns.

It is thought that the first floral printed fabrics originated from the East, with ornate designs sold to Europeans at very high prices. It was a symbol of status to wear a floral pattern, unlike its commonplace on the high street today.Gradually the European’s figured the weaving techniques and started creating ornate floral designs on luxurious textiles.

So let’s have a look at the Spring Summer 2014 trend – Florals

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White and floral mix never go out of Fashion and Style. They both together are a must have, I would say.

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Venexiana’s Spring Summer 2014 Collection just revived back the memories of luxurious drapes mixed with florals. Venexiana is known for its exquisite fabrics, dainty ornate embellishments and flows. What better way to pep up some spirits after a hot languid summer afternoon than these flowy breezy maxis?

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A tea dress, a Short flowy dress, a midi skirt and Kaftan’ish dress . All had tangerine orange, peach and Whites as the base for Spring Collection. All I could associate this with would be fragrant sweet peachy peonies.

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The Indian interpretation of florals is captivating. We Indians definitely know how to use the burst of colors. Anupama Dayal showcased the best collection of florals for Spring Summer 2014 – Wills Fashion Week. The usage of colors and fabrics was oh-so-pick-me-up-now kinds.

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Spring Summer Trends 2014- Anupama Dayal – Indian floral Lehenga

This surreal powder blue lehenga with floral prints makes a perfect evening wear for a friend’s spring wedding . Again an exotic piece by Anupama Dayal, Yes , I seem to be smitten by her floral collection.

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The Hollywood A-listers are flaunting this trend with new age designs in Black and white. Katy Perry and Rita Ora at the Chanel Spring Summer 2014 Show.

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Kayley Cuoco aka Penny cuts quite a striking picture in this floral gown. Though I must admit it would look better in a costume themed party, but well its Penny, everything’s forgiven .

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How can you go without mentioning Blake Lively on a fashion blog ? She and Freida Pinto both looked fresh and bubbly with their florals in the front row for Michael Kors Spring Summer 2014 runway show.

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Spring Summer 2014 Trends Floral – Neha Dhupia

The floral trend is not necessarily a floral print , but also a floral embroidered work. The beautiful white sheer fabric has exquisite floral embroidery and Neha Dhupia carries it with such an Elan.

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Spring Summer 2014 Trends- Floral – Sonam Kapoor- Abu Jani

And there we go overboard on anarkalis :) Floral embroidery in beautiful spring shades put together on our very own “Anarkali”. Sonam Kapoor adorns this brilliantly hand crafted piece from Abu Jani collections.

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And finally , Anupama dayal seals the floral marks with the fashionista Sonam Kapoor. The vibrant florals make an interesting base for the earthy indigo jacket styled together. A fabulous outfit put together for Summer afternoons :)

After having checked the runway, Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities using florals , why not invest in some basic pieces which can last you forever ?

List of Must have’s for Summer florals -

1) Floral Tea dress for a casual brunch

2) White Maxi dress with floral embroidery/floral burst of colors for an evening out

3) White Peasant Top with floral embroidery

4) Bright Floral Long skirts for Indian Summers

5) Vibrant Floral waistcoat to style up a plain white shirt and denims.

6) Floral chiffon saree in pastels :)

7) Floral accessories like flip-flops , hair pins, hair bands, Tote bags etc.

If you have any Stylish picture of yours in Florals, do send us to publish on our Blog. We would be featuring it under the section Street Style.

I hope you enjoyed the blog. Do spread the word and Share if you Like :)

Stay Stylish and Keep Smiling.

Spring Summer 2014 Trends – Crop Top

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The runway reports have already been written , the Elle’s, Vogue’s and Harper Bazaar’s have featured it  – Trends Spring Summer 2014. Everything is up there on everyone’s favorite bitch “Google”. Fashion, trends and runway reports are now just a click away. But in this era of over exposure to all possible information, how much to consume from the varied assortments available is a matter of question. So I was obviously thinking what would make this blog different from any run of the mill blog ?

Decoding the trend straight from the runway , seeing its translation into street wear as strutted around by fellow international bloggers , checking its adaptation on Hollywood celebrities and then here in Bollywood – that’s what I will be doing in the Spring Summer 2014 Trends series.

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Crop Top Richard Chai Spring Summer 2014

This Richard Chai’s white-green crop top wins my votes hands down. Out of all the tops showcased across the season, I was fascinated only with this one ( Partly because it is styled with white wide legged pants – season’s next trend ). Pair it with the similar white wide legged pants or fitted denims or burgundy pants. You will definitely be leaving few gasping for breath.

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Navy Blue and powder blue crop tops are the two wearable tops on a regular day . The black crop top ,  we shall leave for the celebrities and socialites who would be hobnobbing at the soiree by the pool side.

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Crop Top trend 2014 – Fashion Bloggers

Fellow fashion bloggers internationally wore this crop top trend with Midi skirts. It definitely makes it a very elegant combination. The cut length of the top is made up for by the extended length of the skirt. All in all , a wearable trend. ( Go, hit the gym right now or join a belly dancing class you aren’t allowed to wear this trend with a big paunch , no ways !)

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Chic resort wear is what comes to my mind when I see this. Drop dead gorgeous combination of navy blue with powder blue stripes  and Black with Beige coat.

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Presenting the rock stars of Hollywood wearing the crop top trend.

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Rihanna crop top 2014 trends

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Nicole Scherzinger crop top 2014

And after these three hotness , let’s have a dekko at how our very own Bollywood celebrities wore this trend.

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Deepika Padukone crop top 2014

This is how this stunner wears her crop top – teamed with a long skirt giving it a feel of lehenga choli with a modern twist.

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Another elegant version of crop top sported by ever stylish Neha Dhupia. She makes the outfit look very majestic and regal with the right hint of jewellery.

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Pernia Qureshi crop top 2014

How can you not mention Pernia Qureshi in an Indian Style blog ? I always look forward to checking out her ensembles.

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Priyanka Chopra crop top 2014

Priyanka has been seen in quite many crop tops in last 6 months. This though is one of the best appearances in the same.

So from runway models to fashion bloggers to Hollywood rock stars to Indian fashionistas , you checked them all out. While you figure out whether you have a beach body to wear this trend or not , or whether you want to hit the gym to wear this trend, I will go check whether I would wanna wear this trend or not .

( PS – As of now , NO, but maybe someday through the season :P )

Keep Smiling and stay Stylish.

Do spread the word of style around :)

6 yards of Poetry

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Drape me round and around, 6 yards of myself and Three forth an ounce of you,

Together we create a moment under the willow tree , an anticipatory moment in the caravan,

a regal delusion , a rustic delight , a poetic memory “

Saree – 6 yards of Poetry for few .

And 6 yards of cloth adorned by mommies and aunties in India for rest all. Saree has been the most rudimentary form of dressing across the length and breadth of India for women. Though with globalization , it has hardly been able to retain its monopoly in the urban India. With the advent of easier options of ready to wear sulwar kameez, modern women got rid of saree as it took time to be draped well. With more exposure to the cultures across the world, Indian youth became open to Denims, skirts , shorts and Dresses.

The modernisation has penetrated the roots of the old world society so much so that if I mention Saree shopping, everybody around me asks ,” So what is the occasion ? Why would you want to wear a saree on a regular day ?” And as usual I roll my eyes to their ignorance and smirk within :)

Well well let me tell you , it’s a new-found love. I never thought I would wear sarees so often. About 5 years back, I had started a retail store in this city where people would think twice on wearing a day dress casually . It took me almost 2 years to convince that just like your denims and Tees, these too are an everyday dressing staple for so many people, typically Parsis and Goan Christians. ( One friend still teases his wife as Goan aunty if she wears a dress.. True Story. ) At that point of time in my life , I was obsessed with dresses. Day dress, evening dress, beach dress , brunch dress, cocktail dress. I have a closet full of them which lay just there for now.

Why ? Because I have found new love – Classic Indian Saree.

I mean who wouldn’t want to wear a saree ? Why do women want to wear saree when they reach 40 or above? ( Yes 30’s are the new 20’s right ? ) Why can’t we embrace this uber graceful attire at any age group ? Why are we so shy to wear a saree ? Do you think it makes you look very desi ? ( I wouldn’t mind being one ) Do you think your friends and your husband will mock you ?

Gather confidence women ! Till date I am yet to come across an outfit which is sexy as hell and yet classy and romanticized as the poetry that takes your breath away.

India is rich in textile variation coming from almost 20 plus odd states with different weaves, different methods of printing, different works, different colors and different fabrics. In last 6 months I have picked up sarees from different states which includes silks from Chennai, Onam saree from Kerala, Puneri sarees from Pune ,hand block printed sarees of Jaipur,  chanderis from MP and last but not the least my own creations at Appleblossom.

So sharing with you folks two of Appleblossom’s own creations.

Bicycle print saree in blend cotton

Bicycle print saree in blend cotton

This Bicycle print is a contemporary take on the traditional form of dressing. The effort to blend different fabrics, colors and patterns in an aesthetically pleasing way gave rise to this piece of art. The usage of Coral pink in the front pleats embedded with French blue colored bicycle makes it quirky and fun. The zig zag black and white pattern adds to the geometry of the saree which is coupled with a boat necked crop top blouson.

Mirror image Tam print saree in neon shade and checkered black and white printed  cotton blend.

Mirror image Tam print saree in neon shade and checkered black and white printed cotton blend.

Nisha Vikram, founder of Craftcanvas, flaunts this lovely Tamil print saree with elan. She has always been fascinated with Indian textiles and crafts. Keeping the color trends in mind , I created this saree using the Tamil alphabets in the print, though a mirror image . Neon Green with fuchsia became the base. To add a stark contrast , I added a checkered pattern. End result – A big wide grin on Nisha’s face :)

The blocks will be made for future, prints will be designed, patterns would be created, all fresh and new. While I do all of that, you guys keep checking this space for more updates :)

Till then,

Keep it simple and stylish.

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Emerald Green – Color of 2013

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Green is the color of balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Green is also the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth.

Emerald Green was the color that ruled the fashion and art fraternity for 2013. Fashion, jewellery and interiors ~ every field saw a burst of Emerald Green usage. Here are the ways how you can style your outfits with a healthy dose of Greens :)

Chic evening wear with Long Emerald Green skirt

Chic evening wear with Long Emerald Green skirt

Day dress with peter pan collars - Ideal for a Brunch
Day dress with peter pan collars – Ideal for a Brunch

Casual day out with girl friends - Fun and flirty
Casual day out with girl friends – Fun and flirty

Amp up your style quotient with this gorgeous Emerald green pants
Amp up your style quotient with this gorgeous Emerald green pants

Style your routine work wear with an emerald colored top
Style your routine work wear with an emerald colored top

Ruffled day dress in emerald Green color

Ruffled day dress in emerald Green color

Style a neutral outfit with Emerald Green Pumps

Style a neutral outfit with Emerald Green Pumps

Carry this Emerald Green messenger bag for mood uplift

Carry this Emerald Green messenger bag for mood uplift

Beautiful green Vase

Beautiful green Vase

Door to the heaven - Emerald green interiors

Door to the heaven – Emerald green interiors

I had always been attracted to green color from childhood and the fascination is still very strong. For those who love green color, here is an interesting link which claims to define personality :

http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-green.html

Hope you enjoyed the mix of emerald greens :)

Cheers

Traditional Love

Ethereal
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Do I contradict myself ? Yes more often than not.

But in the past few months I have realized this one fact of life which might be true for one and all – Why do I have to select ? Why do I have to choose stereotypes ? Why can’t I be a multitude of all ?  In the maze of life’s puzzles which it keeps throwing at me , I also keep figuring what is it that I like in Fashion . Clean cuts , symmetry, colors , silhouettes, western attires or Traditional wears. I have come to a conclusion ,which is also as vague as its thought process, that I like everything depending on the mood and the occasion.

So this post will let you skim through the colors, cuts and silhouettes which caught my attention in this season’s Lakme Fashion Week.

Ethereal

Ethereal

One word for this lehenga – Ethereal. Pristine whites and sublime salmon pink add but a hint of celestial world to its dainty wearer. Perfect for the best friend’s wedding or your very own reception. You could team it with statement Pearl jewellery and real lotus for the added pizzazz.

Handlooms

Handlooms

Call it a floor length Anarkali style dress or a Lehenga. I dig it completely for the usage of solid colors and rich Indian textiles which makes it look splendid. Apple red silk mixed with eggplant purple yolk front and back , trimmed with dull gold borders – A Regal Visual delight for the Queen of 21st century.

Aah well , So I would like to believe about myself.

Folksy

Folksy

This saree captured the attention for its Blouse styling. Sleeveless jacket style blouse which can be used later to dress/layer a long maxi dress, Jumpsuit or a plain tee to render an interesting twist to the look. Perfect deal for a pooja invite , a relaxed dinner-do or just an evening out for a play.

Stripey Affair

Stripey Affair

Now this is an absolute Out-of-box thinking by Sabyasachi .

Mix stripes in a perfect retro style blouse with satin silk drape saree in pastel shades and add lace work – a recipe for experimentation in true style. I would definitely want to wear this. Very young and flirtatious look for the Gen-X .

With so much of variety to choose between Ethereal divinity, Regal Bloom, Folksy art and stripey affair , who would want to just stick to western silhouettes ? Not me. I embrace Traditional Love with open arms , well maybe this is just the beginning of my new obsession.

See you soon guys. Till then , Keep it Stylish always :)

 

 

Monsoon Trends 2012

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With the Monsoons having sprinkled its first showers all over India, Fashionista ‘s in the girls might already be looking out for the new wardrobe for the monsoon.So what are the pointers that you keep in mind while getting ready in monsoon??

Fabrics ~ Usually Georgette and crepes lose the sheen when they get wet but plus pointer is they dry also v fast .Cottons also should do but avoid denims /linen/ viscose /jersey /silk fabrics. They take the longest to dry off. Polynylons, silk and rayon work the best. At the same time you want your skin to breathe and no stench coming from the clothes.

Colors ~ Basic logic says avoid whites and pastels at least for the bottoms as u want to enjoy the splashing in water to the fullest, not worry about the stains that follows it . Wear darker shades for bottoms like olive greens, browns , navy blue and blacks.Brighter colours of nature like greens , blues, reds, pinks , yellows can be used for tops . They make the gloomy clouds also fun-filled . I know a couple of people who go in depression in rains. Seeing bright colours will bring the zing back.

Pairing ~ Shorts ,skirts and cropped pants are the best options to wear for evening out . Avoid long maxi , maxi skirts unless you want to sweep the muck along with u. Anything above ankle is good. So Capri, culotte, shorts, skirts , dresses work the best for day and evening wear.

In heavy rains its best to keep an outfit extra for office since you don’t want to sit in the AC in the wet pants and shirt . Avoid leather shoes/pumps and also fancy velvet ballerina’s. Opt for PVC ballerinas or pumps so that your feet are covered and the backside of ur clothes also isn’t stained.

Umbrellas and rain coats are other accessories to be added.. Black umbrellas are a passe though I would love to carry one with big granpa style for the cheap retro thrills of it. Checks and polka’s are another classic styles . I also would love Floral  in bright vintage patterns. Does someone make them ?To sum it up…

Basic Do’s

- Wear Polynylons, cottons with blend

- Wear dark shades for bottoms. Bottoms can be Capri’s , shorts, dhoti pants, harems, culottes, palazzo which end at ankle , jodhpuri breeches . Basically anything but denims.

- Wear Covered footwear ie ones with straps . Play with colours to add pop up to the outfit. Use bright shades of green , orange , pink and yellow. Crocs are a good choice if you can carry them.

- Wear bright colors for tops  like indigo blue, red, yellow, olive-green, tangerine orange, fuchsia pink , aqua blue. Use fabrics which dry easily and do not cling to the body.

- Wear trends like neon in belts and bags. Carry waterproof bags to prevent water seeping in ur goodies like make up, books, phone etc.

- Carry colorful umbrellas and rain gear. Umbrellas are available now in various sizes and patterns. Pick up the one which goes the best with ur style, can be floral , checked, polka dotted , plain bright coloured or even retro black and white . Transparent raincoats and windcheaters also work great if umbrella isn’t ur cup of tea.

Basic Dont’s

- Dont wear denims , linen . They take the longest to dry off and become v heavy in weight post getting wet.

- Dont wear transparent fabrics for obvious reasons :P

- Dont wear pastels and whites as they tend to get dirty and stained very easily with muck and water all around.

- Dont wear dresses/pants ending well below ankle. Fold them and keep them stacked for the next season.

-Dont carry canvas , denim , leather hand bags. canvas and denim wont save ur stuff , leather would get spoilt and attract fungus.

-Dont wear leather shoes/pumps again for the same stench and fungal reasons.

Having said this, now carry the trends of 2012 on.

- Mix floral and neon

- Do solid color blocking

- For the classic look , keep one element neutral colored

- Keep the make up neutral and waterproof

- Hair tends to get frizzy , so good hair care is v imp

Considering this very basic pointers , now chillax in ur balcony with a hot cup of tea and enjoy the drizzle :)

Bling it on

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Continuing with the love for fashion jewellery , after the classic and ever so chic pearls , the second metal closest to my heart would be some dull gold bling. Initially like everyone I too was pretty apprehensive to carry off such bling  pieces through the day but after experimenting it for couple of times , dull gold fashion pieces won my heart hands down.

A statement chain with charm pieces or a quirky pendant , kitsch bangles over a watch and a sexy bracelet with chunk bangles in colors … All this would just perk up any dress. They can transform the dullest work wear to smart fun wear .

This is how my favourite blogger  BEE from  http://atlantic-pacific.blogspot.in/ wears it ever so gracefully and stylishly. Mix multiple dull gold bangles , bracelets and watch together to create your very own individual identity.

Our another favorite style icon Sonam Kapoor too uses gold bring really well. Thanks to her Stylist Pernia Quereshi who has been doing her looks majorly. You could also check up Pernia’s latest venture  here http://perniaspopupshop.com/

Gold bling with sexy cocktail dress be it off shoulder, one shoulder, tube or mandarin collar.. It’s a sure shot attention grabber.

The third favorite stylist is Rachel Zoe of course .. She has made an eminent name for herself in past couple of years with her TV show. She also uses Gold in good dosage for styling. Black dress or black blazer with breeches mixed with statement gold piece ~ instant power dressing with feminine charm .

How can we miss the queen of eccentricity ? The “who-gives-a-damn-attitude” girl .. Our very own Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw :) Stylise a simple monochromatic day dress with little gold bling and you are ready to carry it through the evening without having to change.

Have a look at the gorgeous Anne Hathaway‘s styling. You could style up a high glam long gown with stunning gold piece , stylish up-do to give you a neat look.

Lastly you could also glam up a printed dress with gold long bling neck piece to lend it an instant dressed up look just as BEE does it.

I hope you had fun going through my personal favourite jewellery styling options.

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