Chic Fragrances: Romantic perfumes for Valentine’s Day

The best perfumes make for great indulgences— for yourself, or as gifts for your special someone. This Valentine’s Day, gift an exotic perfume to your special someone, or choose a fragrance that makes you feel gorgeous for your night out.

L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Eau de Toilette

This new fragrance has a heart of jasmine and orange blossom, with a lingering aroma of musk and patchouli.

L'Occitane Fleur Cherie perfume

Emporio Armani Diamonds

Adorn your dressing table with this diamond-inspired perfume bottle (Diamonds for femme). Though the fruity freshness comes from raspberry and lychee, the perfume has a floral heart built with rose, tinted by freesia and lily of the valley.

Emporio Armani Diamonds perfume

The homme variant has a woody signature, and is encased in a sleek crystal-clear bottle with a classy chrome spraycap.

Ralph Lauren Summer Romance

 

 

The latest offering from Ralph Lauren’s Romance collection, this fresh fruity floral perfume in a pink bottle will transport you to the nearest tropical island. The fragrance evokes romance with blooming flowers (hibiscus, tiare flower), exotic fruits (mandarin, passion fruit), and milky sweet musk (exotic woods, apricot musk).

Ralph Lauren Summer Romance perfume

Which is your favourite “romantic” perfume?

Tennis Fashion: Men shine like the sun

Australian Open 2011 has almost come to an end, and the leading fashion trend among men was the abundant use of bright and sunny colours.

Robin Soderling and Tomas Berdych both wore variants of yellow, though Robin’s tennis outfit was carefully mixed with black. We don’t think it’s an ideal combination.

Robin Soderling clothes Australian Open 2011 Tomas Berdych clothes Australian Open 2011

Not to be outdone in the yellow department, but retaining his classic, elegant style, Roger Federer chose a white tshirt with hints of yellow in the right places: collar, shoulder and wrist and headband, and even shoes!

Roger Federer clothes Australian Open 2011

Fashion lesson from Roger Federer:

Classic + Trend = Chic (yet safe)

Our favourite player Rafael Nadal took colour experimentation a step further by pairing his grey shorts with a colour that was neither orange nor red nor fuchsia nor peach. Take a look:

Rafael Nadal

Which player’s outfit impressed you the most?

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Fashion News: Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 designers announced

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011’s advisory board recently announced Gen Next, Emerging, and Accessory Show Designers for the upcoming LFW Summer/Resort 2011.

Here’s the complete list:

Gen Next Designers:

  • Anna Liza Ganguly &  Anita Walia
  • Deepti Purthi
  • Manas Dash
  • Miriam Strehlau
  • Shivaji Dutta
  • Timsy Kamboj

Emerging Designers:

  • Abhishek Byas
  • Jelin George
  • Pamela Phlaphongphant  & Archana Banchongrati
  • Sabah Khan
  • Sabbah Sharma
  • Vaishali Shadangule
  • Atithi Gupta

Below: An outfit from Jelin George’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010 collection.

    Jelin George LFW 2010

Accessory Designers:

  • Eina Ahluwalia
  • Malini Agarwalla
  • Prabhat Kumar
  • Rachana Reddy
  • Rina Shah
  • Rohan Arora
  • Suhani Pittie

Below (from left to right): Picks from the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010 collection of (Row 1) Eina Ahluwalia and Malini Agarwalla; Row 2: Rohan Arora and Suhani Pittie.

Eina Ahluwalia LFW 2010 Malini Agarwalla LFW 2010 Rohan Arora shoes LFW 2010 Suhani Pittie jewellery LFW 2010

More LFW News

This season renowned stylist and designer Aki Narula will mentor and guide the Gen Next applicants. I say they’re a lucky bunch!

Also, veteran designer Rohit Bal is now a member of the LFW Advisory Board.

Which designer are you looking forward to this season?

Shopping News: Sales everywhere

Discounts, offers, deals… you’ve seen the SALE sign everywhere. So what’s on sale right now? Here’s a short list by category:

Fashion

  • Vero Moda (upto 70% off): Liked the winter wear (light blazers, shrugs and cover-ups)
  • Guess: Saw some crazy discounts on denims, tops and dresses.
  • Chemistry: upto 50% off
  • ONLY: Upto 7o% off, great for affordable jeans and casual wear
  • Levi’s: upto 50% off
  • French Connection
  • Esprit
  • AND

Sportswear

  • PUMA: End of season sale, upto 60% off on sneakers, sweatshirts, track pants, swim wear and more.
  • Adidas: Flat 40% off

Department Stores

  • Reliance Trends
  • Central “Happiness” Sale: upto 51% off across brands
  • Marks & Spencer: sale on selected items

Beauty

  • B:Blunt: Flat 50% off on all colour services (till end of January).

Know any other sale in your neighbourhood or nearby mall? Tell us!

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Zara Sale: Disappointing, but worth a visit

No girl wants to miss a Zara sale. That’s apparent from the crowded store and the queue at the cash counter. But my weekend visit to the Zara store at Palladium (Phoenix Mills, Mumbai) made me wonder why people were shopping like no tomorrow.

Zara sale shopping There were racks and racks of tshirts and casual wear, and I have enough of those already. Even in the Zara Woman range, there were very few worthwhile “womanly” blouses, shirts and tops. A number of printed tunic-style shirts I spotted were what you will get for half the price at a local or Indian brand store. A rack of formal shirts behind the cash counter (Rs 1190 each) was overpriced. However, there was a sizeable range of trousers and pants.

Unfortunately, when I found something I liked, it wasn’t available in my size (but I don’t blame Zara for that).

And then the size inconsistency. So while a black-and-white dress I liked in size S was too big for me, another dress in size S was just right. I know that the right size often depends on the garment’s cut, but I’ve experienced this often with Zara clothes, including skirts. I didn’t see this size inconsistency at Mango.

A relative who had visited Zara last month told me that several tshirts that seemed to fit her well had very loose shoulders and made her look quite awkward. I noticed the same with a tshirt I tried.

Overall experience: Disappointing, but there are still some great steals!

Despite all this, I did manage to find some clothes that fit me well and were wearable. My goodies: multi-purpose dress and skirt, and a somewhat-stylish tshirt.

  1. Printed dress: It gives the leopard print look, though it’s not. Luckily not made from wool, so I can wear it even in warmer weather. 🙂
  2. Printed brown tshirt: With net and buttons on the neckline.
  3. Grey skirt: The lace trimming adds a trendy touch.

Zara printed dress Zara brown tshirt Zara grey skirt

Bollywood Fashion: Vidya Balan wears Sabyasachi… yawn

Vidya Balan’s penchant for Sabyasachi Mukherjee is well-known, but is the actor restricting her wardrobe too much? After all, she’s young, and has a real woman’s body which will be able to carry off a variety of styles.

We spotted Vidya Balan at a car awards ceremony over the weekend, and one glance at the sleeves, bodice and contrasting dupatta was enough to hint that the creator of her floor-length kurta and churidar was Sabyasachi. Take a look:

Vidya Balan Sabyasachi Vidya Balan in Sabyasachi

To confirm my inkling, I managed to ask her as she was leaving, “Who are you wearing? Sabya?” She looked pleasantly surprised, then smiled (a sweet one!) and said, “Yes, I’m wearing Sabya.”

We’re tired of seeing Vidya Balan in similar outfits again and again and again. Could someone please introduce the No One Killed Jessica star to other talented designers who also do great Indian wear?

Chic Finds: At the Mango sale!

Every shopaholic’s thumbrule:

Christmas time = Sales!

Mango sale shopping bagMango was the first of the high street brands to go on sale last week December, so I headed to the mall on a crazy weekend. Store was crowded, but not yet crowded enough to host catfights over popular pieces.

Some good clothes, and lots of good prices! I came back with a lighter wallet and three very chic pieces.

So what’s in the bag?

1. Mango catalogue

Mango shopping catalogue

2. Black capris

Mango black capris

Always needed in Mumbai. So totally worth the purchase.

3. Printed tshirt with neckpiece

Mango tshirt printed gold neckpiece

The combo of print, oversized rosette on right shoulder and in-built neckpiece makes this an irresistible top.

4. Black printed blouson with gold highlights

Mango black blouson with gold Mango black blouson with gold

I couldn’t let this piece go. Will wear with beige trousers and sexy stilettos for the day; and will probably add some long earrings for the night. Loved the shoulder tie-ups.

Did you go sale shopping recently? What did you buy?

Fashion trends in 2011: What we want to see, what we don’t

Here’s our fashion wishlist and not-wish-list for 2011. What’s yours?

Fashion trends wishlist

  • More fun prints! (Already see them coming in S/S 2011)
  • Makeup: Statement lips and eyes, but no heavy kajal please!
  • More fashion brands coming to India (at affordable prices)
  • Fewer but better fashion weeks in India
  • Real-sized models: Because even the “plus-sized” models have flat stomachs.

Fashion trends not-wishlist

  • Lady Gaga: in a meat dress, shopping without pants, heelless shoes… Enough!
  • Photoshopping celebrities to make them look lighter (Like Elle India did on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)
  • Oversized jewellery: Loved the statement necklaces of 2010, but would love to see some delicate jewellery as well.
  • The seventies! Overdone.

What do you want to see or not want to see in 2011?