Saturday, 23 March, 2013

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 - Recap Part I

I had a bunch of Wills Fashion week pictures with me and It's not everyday that I click such good pictures (by my standards ofcourse) so I thought of putting these up to a better use. And while putting these together, I'd been secretly wishing I could take the next flight to Mumbai and watch Lakme Fashion Week. Ugh the bug has bitten :)

Siddartha Tytler's collection was predominantly about Little Gorgeous Black Dresses, bodycon, glittery, sheer and every ingredient you need for Sexy. Anupamaa Dayal's collection titled 'Ishq-e-dilli' was flowy black and whites and took us back to the Mughal era. It was a dreamy affair, the only thing I dislike are Bikini Sarees. They just don't make sense to me (Sorry I was busy disliking it therefore No picture, you can google and see what I'm talking about though). Nikasha's collection called 'Raat Ki Rani' was a little run-of-the-mill, except for the lovely version of patiala bottoms shown in the picture.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013- Siddartha Tytler, Anupamaa, Nikasha
 L-R: First two from Siddartha Tytler's Show, Anupamaa Dayal, Nikasha

Pankaj & Nidhi's Collection, called The Music Box had hints of baroque with contrasting hues and contrasting cuts - Flares in some and clean, straight cuts in others.

Pankaj & Nidhi's Music Box- Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013
Music Box by Pankaj & Nidhi

Sumptous Flares and very couture line-up of Indian Ethnic. I had plenty of favorites in this one! Style Curry Recommends :)

Label 'ekru' of Ekta Jaipuria & Ruchira Kandhari

The huge Red bindis were consistent throughout the Abraham & Thakore show, oozing substance and elegance through meshy golds. While Rajdeep Ranawat left me a little baffled, even though the clothes were all swagger but some pieces were confusingly OTT. Namrarta Joshipura's show, however, was classy impressive both in direction and apparel.

L-R: Shows of- Abraham & Thakore, Rajdeep Ranawat, Namrata Joshipura

Taking cues from the 90s and using Indian textiles, was Rina Dhaka's show at the WIFW. It was about no-fuss straight cuts and drop-waists. 

Rina Dhaka's Show

Experimenting with monochrome mode, Clicked during Manish Malhotra's Show

Click here for more of Manish Malhotra's A/W '13 collection

Monday, 18 March, 2013

Manish Malhotra at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W '13

This was one of my most looked forward to shows in the week, it is the bollywood designer daddy Manish Malhotra we're talking about after all. I must confess I tried to go well in time to grab a good spot in the photographers pit because I knew this show is going to be a full house and It sure was. The chick sitting next to me was leaning all over me to get good clicks.

Siddharth Malhotra from Student Of The Year Walked the Ramp for Manish Malhotra at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter '13

The show was as usual a starry affair with Siddartha Malhotra (Student Of The Year fame), Esha Gupta (umm what movie was she in? ) and Jacquelyn Fernandes (Not trying to recall any movie she was in). But the point is, all three of them looked gorgeous thanks to the beautiful Manish Malhotra outfits. I loved Jacquelyn's outfit the most, stunning phulkari work with the bandh gala and cut-out back.

Jacqueline Fernandes walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter '13

Manish Malhotra has been bagging a lot of praises for the social welfare he does by bringing on the ramp traditional craftsmanship. After the kashmiri thread work and chikankari in last few collections, it was time to revisit Punjab in all it's glory. The collection was titled 'Threads of Emotions'. Handcrafted phulkari with a modern twist in the form of anarkalis and lehengas. The menswear consisted of bandh galas and pathanis with turbans. 

Manish Malhotra Menswear clothing for men at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013

Manish Malhotra Lehengas and suits at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter '13

Presenting the Designer himself, he looks so Sauve!

Manish Malhotra with Bollywood Celebrities Esha Gupta, Siddhartha Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandes

Saturday, 16 March, 2013

Masaba For Satya Paul: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 13

What happens when king of exquisite prints meets the queen of quirky eccentric prints- Creative genius! Masaba for Satya Paul was an absolute delight to watch. For me, this was the only show that has effortlessly blended fun while keeping intact the wearability. Neon hints and vivid lipstick prints gave the timeless classic Satya Paul sarees a youthful makeover. Also spotted were walking telephone booths, ha! I mean telebooth printed sarees and dresses. 

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 13 displaying Telephone Booth prints

I am SO digging this grey with neon lippie printed dress. It's like Satya Paul is 16 again :D!

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week displaying Quirky lipstick print collection

Masaba Taking a bow!

Masaba Gupta Taking a Bow after the Masaba for Satya Paul show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W '13

Monday, 11 March, 2013

As Simple As It Gets

It's complicated, but it doesn't have to be.
This is what I think everytime I'm in a fashion fix. The fix arises mostly when I can't decide what to wear or whether what I'm wearing goes with the occasion or not.
Have you spent ages trying on different outfits and still not feeling sure of what you've picked out is the best for that day? I used to, too.

Lately, I've started reverting to simplicity in all forms and considering that I'm a Punju (Punjabi, yeah true blue North Delhi-ite), it is a big darn deal since sho-shaa (Showing-off) is our said forte. Maybe it's just a no-fuss mood. I will go back to my authentic punjabi self in sometime :)

I mean, nothing against the OTT style icons that defy everything Simple. Specially Lady Gaga, The lady's got swagger! But Isn't that entertainment instead of fashion OR maybe these two terms co-exist?
Questions. Questions. Questions
Imagine if this happened: 

Remember I was whining in one of my previous posts' about How there's not one good purely online fashion retail brand in India? Looks like someone was listening :) 

Just recently, I heard of bhane. It's basically the online venture of Shahi exports, the popular Indian export house. There are a couple of things I like about bhane. foremost being the strong branding. The essence of which, for them, is simplicity. Evident perfectly in their Interface, merchandise and styling. Also, extremely impressive customer service! Now let's just hope that wasn't a one-time wonde *fingers crossed*
Sure it's not everything that I was looking for but it's good start.

Just a peek into what I bought and How I wore it:

Jumper: Kazo, Jeans: Bhane, Shoes: Forever21, Bag: Forever New

Sprucing up this simple post with a little Quirky

Guess we all need a small dose of fun with fashion :)

Tuesday, 1 January, 2013

New Beginnings + OOTD

Hello World!
It's a refreshing New Year. Instead of making resolutions (because obviously I failed to follow the ones I made last year), I'm leaving behind the bad juju- from some wrong decisions, regrets, mistakes in 2012 and starting on clean slate. I'm excited about all the new opportunities and adventure that i'm going to see and be a part of! I'm currently multi-tasking a lot, doing things that I enjoy, studying what I like so there's no reason to be unhappy :)
If all this gleaming and rainbows-butterflies talk is making you nauseous, I'll stop.

Do you have any idea how cold is it in Delhi? This is the city of extremities, both in terms of people and weather (You know what I'm talking about when I say 'people' of Delhi, unless you've been living under a rock)
And to give you a fair idea of the weather, here's a picture of two poor street chums Changu-Mangu we've been taking care of lately.

December was much more than just cold, lazy afternoons and naps. Here's what I wore on Christmas:

Dress: Forever21
          Leggings: GK M Block Market
        Coat: Local Boutique
        Shoes: Carlton London
Earrings: Splash
Santa Cap and Red Braided Hairband: Party Hunterz


Saturday, 3 November, 2012

High-Street Trends Online? Not in India, Baby!

Time for some not-so-random rant J

Like most of you, I love finding jaw-dropping eye-popping deals online. Stuff that makes me go “You won’tbelieve how much I got this for!” in front of others.
But the rarest thing is finding high-street trends on the Indian sites. Because they give you none!(yeah, except for maybe 1 or 2 websites that come slightly close to the category but not enough for me to be talking about them)

We’re all exposed to the hot 'off-the-runway’more or less affordable versions in the offline space (ZARAs and MANGOs of theworld), why not have an online brand for us Indians that can serve the same purpose minus the offline overheads?
Like I mentioned, I keep myself updated with who’s selling what and bookmark my favorites. Here are some online brands I'm digging for their affordability and merchandise

Studded Tee at Love culture for $16 (approx. INR 850)

Geometric Print Jeans at GoJane for $34 (approx. INR 1800)

Tribal print crop top at Gojane for $15 (approx. INR 800)

Suede Peep-toes at Gojane for $27 (approx. INR 1450)

Sequined Jumper at Miss Guided for 26 Euros (approx. INR 1800) 

Lace Peplum Dress at Boohoo for 26 Euros (approx. INR 1800)

Aztec Neon Necklace at The Quiet Riot for $4 (INR 215)

I’d love to have a website giving me these at the same prices within India. After all, no sane soul will pay more than double the amount for shipping from these sites to India.

Is anyone listening?


Friday, 31 August, 2012

Discovering Globus

The new collection at Globus is a burst of colors. Some very nomad chic pieces and others contemporary and refined for those who don't want to burn a hole in their pocket.

My favorite were the bags. I saw everything from neons to smart color blocks and different textures.

 The green clutch below looked stellar and extremely reasonable at that.

Globus is one brand that does Ethno-chic very well. Remember Deepika padukone in Love AajKal? The blue kurta and Red churidar? It flew away from the racks at Globus and you could spot the Delhi University girls wearing them over and over again. Cray cray!

Few other things i liked
This sheer mint blouse

      Fun graphic tshirts for men

They had a whole lot of cute accesories, would have been difficult to click one thing so i took a shot of the entire wall. Go check it out yourself :)