WIFW A/W 2012: Key looks and moments from Day 5

WIFW A/W 2012: Key looks and moments from Day 5

Look: The confident woman

At Kotwara by Meera Ali, the models wore breeches, skirts and ivory shirts in wool, chiffon, bamberg crepe and suede. The look combined structure and flowing lines, which I adore. I want to be this woman!

Kotwara by Meera Ali at WIFW AW 2012

Kotwara by Meera Ali at WIFW AW 2012

Look: The quirky woman

There were bright geeky glasses, printed shorts, skirts and dresses, along with funky motifs (exaggerated lips) at Niharika. You need to be very funky to carry off this look!

Niharika at WIFW AW 2012

Niharika at WIFW AW 2012

Hippie gone upmarket

Tanvi Kedia’s hippie-deluxe look is about non-conformist glamour with mish-mash of prints like sandwiched stripes, tapestry patterns and hazy geometrics.

Tanvi Kedia at WIFW AW 2012

Sheer in winter, anyone?

You can layer sheer fabrics in wintery colours like purple and dark blue with jackets, trousers and skirts this winter. Raj Shroff showed us how.

Raj Shroff at WIFW AW 2012

For the girl who wants to be a cop

For those dreamt of dressing in a khaki uniform for work, Rehane has the right look for you—caps and all!

Rehane at WIFW AW 2012

For the music-loving geeky gal

Noise-cancelling headphones- check. Geeky glasses- check. Sequins- check. Feminine silhouette, manly shoes- check. It was all happening at Schon by Sakshi Pradhan!

Schon by Sakshi Pradhan at WIFW AW 2012

For Gwenyth Paltow fans

If you liked Gwenyth Paltrow’s “cape” at yesterday’s Academy Awards, Tahera Peeran’s wraps are for you.

Tahera Peeran at WIFW AW 2012

Accessories of the day:

Sling-bag with old-fashioned lock at Verb by Pallavi Singhee.

Pallavi Singhee at WIFW AW 2012

Carved bags at Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant.

Virtues at WIFW AW 2012

Uncut diamonds and polki jewellery at JJ Valaya.

JJ Valaya at WIFW AW 2012

WTFashion moment of the day

Abdul Halder’s strategically-placed birds made me cringe. Which woman would want to wear this?

Abdul Halder at WIFW AW 2012

Fabulous ending

JJ Valaya ended WIFW A/W 2012 with a Turkish flourish. He used unusual art and craft based forms such as mother of pearl inlay, Turkish miniatures, Iznik Ceramics, weaves of the Sultan’s robes, exotic birds and graphic calligraphy in his jackets, dresses, breeches, shirts and blouses.

JJ Valaya at WIFW AW 2012

JJ Valaya at WIFW AW 2012

JJ Valaya at WIFW AW 2012

Customary Bollywood appearances of the day

Irfan Khan looking out of place at Kotwara by Meera Ali.

Irfan Khan at WIFW AW 2012

Kangana Ranaut all pouty and serious at JJ Valaya.

Kangana Ranaut at WIFW AW 2012

WIFW A/W 2012: What happened on Day 3

WIFW A/W 2012: What happened on Day 3

Here’s what I learnt on Day 3 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012.

The standard Indian inspirations were still on the ramp

Gujarat and Rajasthan have inspired designers across the world, and continue to do so. Abraham & Thakore harked back to their NID, Ahmedabad days with hand-woven and hand-printed textiles. (Below: Abraham & Thakore)

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Abraham & Thakore at WIFW AW 2012

Meanwhile, at Pallavi Jaipur the designer combined Rajasthan’s colour, kitsch and patchwork with an urban flair. The key accessories were hair pieces.

Pallavi Jaipur at WIFW AW 2012

Pallavi Jaipur at WIFW AW 2012

Europe’s varied culture made for interesting fashion elements

Rajdeep Ranawat’s A Bohemian Legend was influenced by the gypsy way of life with rich fabrics and bohemian influences such as paint splatters, and contoured and colour blocked vines with Chantilly motifs. He used embellishments by Swarovski Elements, chains and leather tassels with pearls and filigree. (Below: Rajdeep Ranawat)

Rajdeep Ranawat at WIFW AW 2012

Rajdeep Ranawat at WIFW AW 2012

At Pankaj & Nidhi, the 200-year-old Polish folk art of Wycinanki (vih-chee-nan-kee) came to life with hand-cut felt fabrics appliquéd on to fabrics. Note the peacock and floral motifs.

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

I remembered by school days

Dev r Nil’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland was a bit different from what I imagined when I read it in school, but the play with optics, butterflies, floating gold fishes and surreal flights was just as enchanting. (I now want to read the book again).

Dev r Nil at WIFW AW 2012

If there’s one thing I didn’t mind about “needlework” in school, it was the cross stitch. It was fun, easy, and I could use lots of colours! So I especially liked Pankaj & Nidhi’s cross stitch on leather, using wool yarn and silk tapes. And the cross stitch was done by punching holes in the leather to form a grid. Mesmerising stuff!

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

Surface textures excite me

Think splashes of blood red, orange and rust on black and grey texturised fabrics with surface ornamentation. Floral art work compliments sexy cut-outs in modern silhouettes—this happened at Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma and I enjoyed almost every outfit I saw.

Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma at WIFW AW 2012

Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma at WIFW AW 2012

And Anand Bhushan created junkyard fashion by reinterpreting industrial steel, copper and other material through texture, form and colour. For instance, the dresses seemed like moulds or casts. The colours came from the effects of industrial methods like rusting, oxidation and tarnishing. Worth a look!

Anand Bhushan at WIFW AW 2012

We all enjoy old wine in a new bottle

Manish Malhotra’s been working with Kashmiri embroidery over the last few seasons (even in movies like Bodyguard), and this season was no different. The intricate thread and zari work from Kashmir featured on borders of churidars, pants and saris, along with matching belts and sleeves. Some of the stuff did look familiar, but his fans would love it.

Manish Malhotra at WIFW AW 2012

Manish Malhotra at WIFW AW 2012

Chic News: Junglee is here, brings limited fashion choices

Amazon.com’s Junglee is here! I was quite excited to know Amazon.com had finally made a foray into India so I’ve spent good amount of time over the past few days on the website.

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Junglee.com’s got over 1.2 crore products to choose from with over 14,000 brands selling books to electronics to clothes to garden furniture. But of course, I’m more interested in the fashion. 🙂

Brands, brands, brands

On the fashion front at Junglee, there’s not-so-good news- the fashion choices on the website are still limited.

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While there are quite a few big fashion and accessories brands on their seller list, Junglee still has a long way to go to make a mark. Especially if you compare it with amazon.com and amazon.co.uk’s brands- they’ve got some really cool brands like Mango, Desigual, Diesel, Gas and Esprit, among others.

Currently, the fashion (clothes and accessories) brands on Junglee.com include Label by Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul, Fab India, Hidesign, Gitanjali, Bata, Puma and a handful of others.

Facing the fashion competition

Junglee will have to face competition from the fashion and flash sales websites that have been around for a while (Fashion and You, 99 Labels, Myntra) along with the more recent launches (Freecultr, BeStylish.com).

I would love to see Junglee’s fashion section acquire a strong local flavour with focus on Indian brands and designers like Latin Quarters, Wills Lifestyle, Metro, AND, Seven East… you get the drift. Junglee could even seek to carve out a niche in this area as a supporter and an online store for several Indian brands.

Some cool international brands would be fun too! It would be good to see top brands on Amazon during the season throughout the year, instead of just seeing old maal on flash sales sites.

In terms of user experience, the website is easy to navigate, clutter-free and has a good range of filters—like price, colours, sellers and brand.

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Waiting to grow

Of course, it’s still the early stages for the site and for Amazon in India (someone told me Amazon has big plans for India and Junglee is only a beachhead for them). I assume the folks at Junglee will be working hard to expand their fashion brand base… fingers crossed!

What do you think of Junglee.com?

Chic February Guide: What to do, where to shop, what to buy this month

Chic February Guide: What to do, where to shop, what to buy this month

It’s February already! And while it’s time to take stock of broken resolutions, it’s also time to figure out your fashion agenda of the month. Here’s my guide to being chic this month.

Buy Valentine’s gifts: Fragrances

It’s the month of romance so it’s the right time to buy some chic gifts for your special someone and close friends. Give your guy the newest launch from the Giorgio Armani perfume stable—Code Sport. The fragrance is a woody aromatic citrus and an explosion of freshness on a base of torrid sensuality. I know why the ladies will love this one. 😉

Armani Code Sport

Guys looking for a special fragrance for their special gal could try Ralph Lauren Romance Valentine’s Day 2012 Limited Edition, a fresh sparkling floral. The pink-silver carton enveloped with delicate metal-grey entwining flora and vines would make her swoon. 🙂

Ralph Lauren Romance perfume

Buy Valentine’s gifts: Gizmo

The Diesel Noise Division’s VEKTR headphones are the perfect gift for a fashionable music lover (or a musical fashionista). These headphones fuse Monster’s secret experimental audio savvy with Diesel’s iconoclastic design.

Diesel headphones

The gizmo has a sharp and faceted look and translates Diesel’s obsession for innovation and details: head of the Mohican inside the cushion and on the metal piece, contrasting colour, and clash of different finishing outside-inside (shiny and matt). Even the cable is designed not to tangle. Can’t wait to hear music on this one!

Shop at: Ensemble

Ensemble’s end-of-season sale kicks off today, and if I was in the mood for designer wear that’s where I’d be headed. (I shopped at their Lion Gate store during the sale last year). Running up to February 4, you can get up to 70% off on outfits from designers like Savio Jon, Tarun Tahiliani, Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Gauri & Nainika, James Ferreira (picture below) and many more.

Ensemble Sale- James Ferreira

Attend: ‘Demystifying the Drape’ workshop

At Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, fashion designer Shaina N.C. will shed light on the different ways the sari can be re-vamped. The workshop is meant for those who wear saris regularly and those who don’t. I’m hoping I can make it to this workshop.

The workshop is on February 6, 2012 from 2 to 3.30 pm at Artisan’s Centre, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

Look forward to: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

FDCI & CEL AW 12 logoFDCI’s Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 kicks off February 15 in New Delhi, and it’s going to be the fashion event of the month. Designer duo Shantanu-Nikhil will open the season and pave the way for over 130 designers to showcase their collection. WLIFW A/W 2012 promises to bring awesome fashion and fresh trends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you looking forward to this month?

Fashion wishlist for 2012

Fashion wishlist for 2012

Happy New Year, readers! To kick off the year, here’s my wishlist for fashion in 2012.

Less brocade, no fur

Indian fashion has been taken over by brocade over the past couple years and it’s the mots ubiquitous fabric at weddings, sangeets, and the like. Meanwhile, despite PETA’s efforts and greater environmental consciousness, fur was everywhere on the international ramp and red carpet. We’d like to see less of both, please.

Below: Looks from Shyamal &Bhumika and Neeta Lulla, both at LFW W/F 2011

Shyamal & Bhumika brocade- LFW W/F 2011 brocade-Neeta Lulla at LFW W/F 2011

Young Indian women dressing as individuals, not clones

Enter a mall, beauty salon or a multiplex in any city in India, and you will spot Indian girls dressed in a uniform: skinny jeans, tshirt, open flat shoes and long straight hair. With new brands, international magazines and the amazing Internet, I’d been hoping for fashion to be more individualistic. But that didn’t happen last year, so maybe we’ll see a transformation this year. Do we really want a society of clones—people who look and think alike?

More quality fashion weeks, please!

In the battle of the fashion weeks in India (too numerous to name here), what we see are lists and lists of designers. But what we see on the ramp is often repetitive, mediocre or even amateurish. I’d like fashion boards to separate the wheat from the chaff and give us something that amazes, shocks and excites us. And if all they get is what we see on the ramp, then sadly the industry needs to rethink how it recognises and nurtures talent.

And my personal wishlist…

De-clutter and go minimal

I have too many clothes and not enough space, which makes it all the more difficult to buy new pieces every season. De-cluttering is not an option for me anymore, it’s a necessity!

Help others make the right fashion choice

I helped a couple friends select the right outfits, accessories and even complete looks. Now I’d love to help some more. 🙂

And umm… blog more often 🙂

‘Nuff said!

What are your fashion wishes for 2012?

New Year Fashion: Dress your best to welcome 2012

New Year Fashion: Dress your best to welcome 2012

It’s time to party and ring in 2012 in style! Dresses, makeup, accessories—confused? Here’s our party style guide for you.

Little Black Dress

I’m not going to bother saying the LBD never goes out of style (you already know that). But you can wear it differently: wear it in tiers or with detailing like lace, sequins and beads.

Below: Dress from Esprit, dress from Zara

Black dress from Esprit

Zara open back dress

Bling for 2012

Bling works if you want it to work. Metallics, rhinestones and faux crystal embellishments are perfect for the party night of the year.

Below: Jacket and dress both from Vizyon

Party jacket from Vizyon

Metallic finish party dress from Vizyon

Party in prints

Crazy, funky, colourful prints have been the rage in 2011 and they will be around next year too. Choose a bold print that reflects your attitude.

Below: Look from Pria Kataria Puri Lakme Fashion Week W/F 2011, dress from S&N Drape by Shantanu-Nikhil at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2011

Pria Kataria Puri at LFW W/F 2011

S&N Drape WIFW A/W 2011

Long-drawn beauty

If you’ve got the right figure (lean) and plenty of confidence, choose a light-coloured gown for a dreamy feminine look.

Below: Look from Wendell Rodricks at Lakme Fashion Week W/F 2011

Wendell Rodricks at LFW W/F 2011

Skip the dress…

… And wear trousers instead. Or a jumpsuit. Or even shorts. And don’t be surprised when the heads turn in your direction. 😉

Below: Look from Hemant-Nandita at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2011, look from Nachiket Barve at Lakme Fashion Week W/F 2011

Hemant-Nandita at WIFW A/W 2011

Nachiket Barve shorts at LFW W/F 2011

Accessories

Wear high heels, even if you hate them. Come on, it’s only one night a year!

Below: Partyy shoes from Steve Madden; Veruschka sandal on bestylish.com

Partyy R- Fuchsia from Steve Madden

Veruschka shoes from BeStylish

Party. Clutch. Need we say more?

Below: Amoures clutch from French Connection, Lucy sequinned wallet from Toniq

Amoures Clutch from French Connection

Lucy- Sequinned wallet- Gold from Toniq

Jewellery- dangling earrings, cuff and a long necklace.

Below: Cuff from Mango

Mango bracelet with stone

Bonus party tip: Inglot’s “Crazy Nails” nail enamel gives your nails the salon look with funky patterns. Can’t wait to try this.

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What are you wearing on New Year’s eve?