What should I wear: sari or dress? Or both?

 

Priyanka Chopra in Louis Vuitton on cover of Vogue India November 2010

If you think Priyanka Chopra’s wearing a sari made into a dress on the cover of Vogue India, you’re not the only one. The big hoarding on Mumbai’s Peddar Road had me convinced the smart fashionistas at Vogue India had tailored a sari into a dress for the actor. Turns out that the corset-and-skirt are from Louis Vuitton’s India-inspired capsule collection. Another dress from the collection below:

Louis Vuitton sari dress

The pictures I saw got me umm… excited, to say the least. I got thinking on which of my Mom’s saris I would like to make into another garment, and drew up a wishlist:

  • Brocade sari: Dress (but not a sheath—it’s overdone), flared dress (that can double up as a kurta to wear with churidar), or mini skirt
  • Chiffon sari: Loose tunic or layered dress/ jacket (like Nachiket Barve often does)
  • Net sari: Loose-fitting blouse
  • Sequinned sari: Sexy party dress
  • Lace sari: Blouse or waistcoat (to be worn over a solid tee/ shirt)

 

Which sari would you tailor into another garment? Tell us!

Chic Diwali gifts: Light up a friend’s home

What’s a Diwali without gorgeous diyas and candles to light up the home of your loved ones?

Seeing the lovely candles and candle holders in the stores, I thought why not gift them to friends and family. These Diwali gifts would be light on your pocket, and would double up as decorative living room accessories during get-togethers, and be used often as well. 🙂

We suggest you pick candles and candle holders from Good Earth (if you’re in Mumbai) and the Bombay Store. For more affordable options, try Westside and Marks & Spencer stores in your city.

I particularly liked the coloured glassware and the gold motifs—they’re super stylish and trendy! Check out a couple of affordable gifting options (from Marks & Spencer) in the pictures below:

Looped candle holder from Marks & Spencer Decorative candle holders- Marks & Spencer

Are you gifting candles and candle holders to your friends this Diwali?

Chic Diwali gifts: Quilted bags

Who says you need to save up for a decade to buy a fabulous quilted bag like Chanel’s? Not anymore, you don’t.

Fortunately for us fashion fiends, high street brands have taken a leaf from Chanel’s page and adopted quilted bags to their product offering, making them much more affordable. And some of their bags are just gorgeous. I knew I had to have one the moment I spotted one a few days ago. And it made it to my list of great Diwali gifts to give (or want).

Don’t believe me? Check out the pictures. On the left is the famous Chanel bag. On the right is Aldo’s spin-off of the classic accessory.

Black Chanel quilted bag Aldo black quilted bag

Yup, the high street version won’t last forever, but true fashionistas need new bags every season, right? 🙂

Wear the Trend: Say yes to checks

In our previous post on the plaid trend, we promised to show you how to wear checks and plaid. Here are some handy tips.

Checks for girls

  • Check shirt with a boyfriend jacEsprit checkered shirtket: great for a formal event
  • Short checkered dress for the day
  • Plaid skirts or long check shirts with plain or bold leggings
  • Checkered shirts with simple cardigan when it’s cold.

Checks for guys

  • Checkered trousers in basic colours with tee: for the fashion forward
  • Check shirts with khakis to keep it casual
  • Checks with corduroy for colder weather
  • Checkered blazer with plain tshirt

Some thumb rules to wear plaid/ checksEsprit checkered shirt with neutral skirt and leggings

  • Check shirt with jeans and sneakers are just right for college.
  • Pair checks with a neutral garment
  • Plaid + boots = winter sexy! (but don’t overdo it)
  • Wear checkered trousers or jackets in black, white and neutrals to office and meetings.

Where to buy checks

Esprit and edc by Esprit both have checkered collections this season for guys and girls. Girls can also visit Chemistry for plaid shirts and short dresses.

Which plaid or check garment is on your wishlist this winter? Tell us!

Chic Trend: Mad for plaid

From Louis Vuitton’s plaid skirts and jackets to Christian Dior’s equestrian-inspired pencil skirts, plaid (unevenly spaced checks) made their presence felt on the Fall 2010-11 runway. Glimpses from their shows:

Louis Vuitton plaid wool skirt Christian Dior plaid riding jacket DKNY plaid dress

From left to right: Louis Vuitton plaid wool skirt, Christian Dior double-breasted riding shirt with epaulettes, DKNY plaid dress

Though I’ve never owned a checkered garment, I think it’s time to go hunting for a non-wool, plaid-inspired skirt or shirt for my wardrobe. Maybe even a trouser. After all, plaid and checks are perfect for winter.

Are you wearing checks yet?

Coming up next: How to wear plaid/ checks

Sleek hair is great for India: TIGI’s Akos Bodi

Akos Bodi is European Education Director at TIGI, the company that makes great hair products. He was at Lakme Fashion Week (thanks to Lakmé Studio) to promote TIGI Catwalk’s new range of hair products, called Sleek Mystique, which he used to style hair for designer Arjun Saluja’s show.

Sleek Mystique is a silky, straight-hair look defined by the Catwalk Sleek Mystique collection. The collection comprises six products to help women get smooth, soft and straight hair.

Akos Bodi at workAkos spoke to Speaking Chic about Sleek Mystique, why it’s  great for Indian hair, and dos and don’ts of hair care.

Tell us about the Catwalk by TIGI range of hair products and how Sleek Mystique fits into it.

The Catwalk range of hair products  focuses largely on shape: volume, curl and sleek mystique. The Sleek Mystique collection is a natural outcome of that.

What does Sleek Mystique mean to you?

To me, Sleek Mystique means simplicity. Women try to do too much with their hair, but Sleek Mystique gives hair a dramatic look, while keeping it simple. Sleek Mystique is inspired by the Orient, hence the combination of black and red colours on the product bottles. It’s a hair trend that won’t fade away.

Why do you think Sleek Mystique will work in India?

We’ve been focusing too much on volume and texture for the past few years, it’s time bring back something simple, yet dramatic. Sleek Mystique comes especially handy when women want to fight humidity and its effects on their hair. Layers are popular in India, but can sometimes be more difficult to handle with the humidity. The products add a very small amount of weight to the hair, but don’t weigh it down completely.

How do TIGI hair products fit into fashion?

We’re not directly involved in fashion, but the evolution of fashion and trends helps our involvement. TIGI’s been on catwalks in New York, Paris, Milan, London and now India.

I have only five minutes to do my hair in the morning, and I want a Sleek Mystique look. What should I do?

Use the blowout balm, it’s great on wet hair. It’s almost like a serum, you need to apply just a small amount on your hair. Or you could use the Work It Haute Iron spray and run a flat iron through your hair.

Sleep Mystique hair If I have the luxury of 30 minutes or more, how could I style my hair to get the Sleek Mystique look?

Go through the entire regime: shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, balm. There are various options you could choose from: do a ponytail, or use spray and backcomb your hair.

A lot of urban Indian women have short to medium length, layered hair. What do you suggest for them?

Use the Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm throughout your hair, and then brush hair from side to side to give it volume.

Time to bust hair myths. Most Indians neither use a hairdryer nor hair products, believing it will damage their hair, or grey early. What do you think?

Yes, heat can damage your hair, but only if you overdo it. Heat dries out the hair’s natural moisture. So you should use the hair dryer, but don’t use it all the time.

Product overuse can be harmful as well. Here’s a simple thumb rule: the finer your hair, lighter the product should be.

That’s a rule I’ll remember. Finally, any handy hair tips for us?

Firstly, use a high quality shampoo  and conditioner; very few people realise their importance in maintaining their hair.

Use good products to style your hair, but make sure you know how to use them correctly. And remember the rule: the finer your hair, lighter the product. So if you have thicker hair, use a stronger product or more of the product.

Finally, don’t overdo on the heat.

PS: CATWALK by TIGI’s ‘Sleek Mystique’ range (and other products) are exclusively available at Lakmé Studios and select Lakmé Salons.

Would you try the Sleek Mystique look this festive season? Tell us!

Big sunglasses: not so chic?


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Everyone has an opinion on fashion, including guys. Two brave and smart guys two Speaking Chic readers, both guys. Both are techies, both recently back from the US, and both wrote in separately to Speaking Chic. Both had the same complaint—women (and men) in oversized sunglasses.

Yes, we girls love those. But the guys hate them just as much. Mumbai-based Chandresh’s litany of complaints about sunglasses started with him seeking a good pair in the US. “The first time I tried the cool Ray-Ban Aviators, they turned out so big for my face, I could fit both my eyes in one lens.” And then begins his story of woe. “Few years back, I remember watching Paris Hilton wearing big sunglasses covering half her face. I figured she was just trying to get attention with such stupid glasses… And the next thing I see? Girls wearing glasses that have been carved out of their bedroom windows.”

Meanwhile, Satish opines that the big sunglasses hides the wearer’s beauty. The Hyderabad techie says, “These glasses look really funny when worn even by beautiful women. They hide their beauty, and all time and effort they spend to get their eyes to sparkle goes in vain.”

Good point, Satish. FYI, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is known to never step out without her large sunglasses:

 

So what’s in store for the future of sunglasses? The guys are optimistic. “Perhaps time will heal everything including bad taste,” says Chandresh.

And Satish wrote: “Whether men we (men) like it or not, women wear what they like, and some of them end up looking funny!”

Point taken, gentlemen. But will the ladies listen? Take our poll and tell us what you think!

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Chic Micro-trend: Denim for your feet

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After years of being discarded as “too casual”, denim emerged as one of the key trends from the international Spring Summer 2010 catwalks. From Dolce & Gabbana to Jean Paul Gaultier, this fabric appeared from out of the blue in a variety of garments, other than jeans. There were edgy jumpsuits, hot shorts, mini skirts and casual dresses. Soon enough, denim hit the high fashion street, with Mango and Zara giving their summer collections a denim twist.

But if you don’t want to wear a denim dress, you’ve anyways worn jeans all your life, and we don’t need denim jackets in India (thank you very much), cash in on the trend with denim shoes!

Footwear made of denim can be surprisingly versatile. They can be sneakers, pumps or wedges. How do you want to wear it?

How to wear the trend

If you’re looking for dressy, sexy or stylish to go with jeans or a non-denim dress, then look out for the denim shoes at the high street stores. Mango has this chic pair of denim shoes at their Indian stores. I also liked this pair for guys, but Indian men are not too high on Mango’s radar.

Meanwhile, check out this really cute pair of denim lace-ups I found at a Mango store abroad.

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If you’re sportier types, head to the nearest Converse store. This American and Indian teen (and post-teen) favourite is likely to have a pair or two of denim shoes on their shelves. Casual, smart and comfy.

What do you think of this trend? Are you waiting for lunch hour to rush to the nearest store? Or have you had enough of denim already? Tell us!

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Curves are back, and how!

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I love curves. I heart Crystal Renn, my laptop’s rounded corners are a blessing in disguise, and I prefer dome-shaped structures to unseemly glass buildings any day.

So when I saw some very smooth and sexy curves on the streets over the weekend, I whistled. I lost focus and the model ran through my mind all day.

Stop thinking whatever you are, people! It was a four-wheeled beauty— a Volkswagen Beetle, bathed in red. It’s cute, yet smart. Powerful, but not intimidating. Strong, but curvy. If that isn’t sexy, what is?

As if reading my mind, Volkswagen today announced in a TOI ad: Curves are back.

The timing couldn’t be better. The car’s on my wish list now, and if anyone knows a way to make pots of money very quickly, please contact me offline.

PS—Volkswagen has not paid me for this blog post.

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2009’s biggest fashion lessons

Bling it on!

Naeem Khan_Michelle Obama (1)As they say in the west, “Keep it simple, stupid!” They like to keep the bling factor very low. But back home, we just loooove to pile it on. Luckily for us, 2009 brought with it a licence to bling. From the ubiquitous shimmery lamé to fully-sequinned mini dresses, and  Naeem Khan’s gown for Michelle Obama, it was all about bling. And who could miss the handful of gold chains women threw around their neck. Thrilling times for Indian women. I couldn’t be happier!

2010 prediction:

Keep shining, all through the year! (And anyways, bling is never out of fashion in India). 

Why match, when you can clash?

The bolder fashionistas dared to experiment with mismatched colours, textures and prints. Before we knew it, everyone was doing it. You could wear a green shirt and offset it with a pink bag. Or a carefully mismatched sari blouse. In a nutshell, No one matched their clothes and accessories. I made the most of my bright red H&M bag, carrying it with anything and everything. I loved this trend because I could finally wear garments that were a few shades apart. So my sky blue shirt with bold silver buttons and my favourite pair of blue jeans didn’t look funny at all!

2010 prediction:

This one’s for keeps, at least for all of 2010. Make the most of it!

Belts are not just to hold up your trousers

Belt-Lanvin Spring 2009Turns out that belts are not so boring after all. From the runways to the streets, women wore belts to accentuate their figures, define their waistline and to make a statement. On the runways, Lanvin  used belts extensively in his Spring 2009 RTW collection, while closer home, Tarun Tahiliani used our own Indian belt – the cummerbund – extensively in his S/S 2010 LFW collection.

2010 prediction:

Keep the belts on, ladies, at least for the first half of 2010.

Saris are not just for our moms

I have always avoided saris like the plague—they were difficult to wear, uncomfy to dance in, and were meant for Kareena Kapoor in Green Sarimom and aunties. Circa late-2009: I insisted on wearing a sari for a family wedding, sorry, no lehengas for me. I even wore a kanjeevaram for the pre-Diwali office lunch. Maybe Manish Malhotra’s lovely saris for Kareena Kapoor at red carpet events did the trick. Us girls realised how a sari can actually make you look gorgeous, not an aunty at all.

2010 prediction:

Let’s go sari-hunting!