Chic Weekend: Get a haircut at b:blunt, shop at Ensemble, Grab a Lavie bag

Speaking Chic’s weekend to-dos for fashionable fun!

Get a haircut at b:blunt

One of our favourite salons B:Blunt has just opened at hip and happenin’ Bandra. The salon will be run by Shimsha and Shefali Shetty, the sisters known for great hair styling. So if you’re in Mumbai’s western suburbs, and you’re looking to prep your hair for the hot summer ahead, you know where to go!

Below: Abhishek Bachchan with the Bandra b:blunt team.

b:blunt team: Avan Contractor, Shimsha & Shefali Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Adhuna Akhtar and Osh Bhabani

Shop for Rohit Bal and Kotwara at Ensemble

Ace designer Rohit Bal and Kotwara’s collections recently hit the racks at Ensemble, Kala Ghoda (Mumbai). While Rohit Bal’s collection comprises flowy crushed kurtas, Kotwara’s designer duo Meera and Muzzaffar Ali have used chikankari work on whites and soft pastels.

Below: An outfit from Kotwara’s Ensemble collection

Kotwara - summer 2011

Grab a Lavie bag

We like Lavie bags because they’re affordable and chic. 🙂 Would be a good idea to check out their bags—they’ve got a whole range from sensible work bags to trendy clutches. (Available in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.)

Below: Lavie Cloris bag

Lavie CLORIS bag

Chic summer trend: The bold and the bright

If you’re bold and you love colours, the next few months are the right time to make hay while the sun shines (pun intended!). Bright colours are a hot high-street trend this summer, and we show you how to wear them.

Solids

Take your pick of an eye-catching tshirt or tank top: choose from pink, orange, green and red. Want to turn heads? Pair two bold colours (top and skirt or tee and pants) and walk with attitude.

Below (left to right): Blouse from French Connection, orange tee from Zara, red skinny trousers from Zara.

French Connection blouseZara orange tee Zara skinny trousers

Mixed

Tone down the boldness by choosing a garment that cleverly mixed a bright colour with a neutral (especially white) or other colours. The amount of colour will decide the boldness levels.

Below: Top from Mango, Shirt dress from French Connection.

Mango yellow and white top French Connection red and white shirt dress

Accessorise!

Got mostly neutrals and soft shades in your wardobe? Or going from office to dinner? Give your style an instant summer update with a large bag, belt, scarf or shoes.

Below (left to right and bottom): Shoe from Catwalk, orange peeptoe from Tresmode, bag from Guess.

 

Catwalk blue shoe Tresmode orange sandalGuess bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you wearing bright colours this summer?

Chic summer trend: The bold and the bright

If you’re bold and you love colours, the next few months are the right time to make hay while the sun shines (pun intended!). Bright colours are a hot high-street trend this summer, and we show you how to wear them.

Solids

Take your pick of an eye-catching tshirt or tank top: choose from pink, orange, green and red. Want to turn heads? Pair two bold colours (top and skirt or tee and pants) and walk with attitude.

Below (left to right): Blouse from French Connection, orange tee from Zara, red skinny trousers from Zara.

French Connection blouseZara orange tee Zara skinny trousers

Mixed

Tone down the boldness by choosing a garment that cleverly mixed a bright colour with a neutral (especially white) or other colours. The amount of colour will decide the boldness levels.

Below: Top from Mango, Shirt dress from French Connection.

Mango yellow and white top French Connection red and white shirt dress

Accessorise!

Got mostly neutrals and soft shades in your wardobe? Or going from office to dinner? Give your style an instant summer update with a large bag, belt, scarf or shoes.

Below (left to right and bottom): Shoe from Catwalk, orange peeptoe from Tresmode, bag from Guess.

 

Catwalk blue shoe Tresmode orange sandalGuess bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you wearing bright colours this summer?

LFW: Fashion lessons from Day 5

One would expect some exciting stuff happening on the last day of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. Though the day began well, there were not too many “Wow” moments that day. Here are some fashion lessons we learnt on Day 5 of LFW.

Nude colours are still around

Harangad Singh and VJ Balhara used beige, sand and similar colours in good doses in their collections. While VJ Balhara sought rustic inspiration, Harangad Singh had aristocratic influences, and showed us an interesting way to wear beige this summer without looking dull—with soft colours like lemonade and pink.

(Below left to right: VJ Balhara, Harangad Singh)

VJ Balhara at LFW S/R 2011 Harangad Singh at LFW S/R 2011

Markets rule over fashion

At Satya Paul that evening there was marine inspiration and we saw enoughsequins, twinkles and other shiny things that made us blink more than needed. And at Abdul Halder, we felt the designer was trying too hard to be as wearable as possible that it almost bored us. The common thread? We suspect they’re both tailored (pun intended) for very specific markets (though different ones, of course).

(Below left to right: Satya Paul, Abdul Halder)

Satya Paul at LFW S/R 2011 Abdul Halder at LFW S/R 2011

Feminine fashion is always in style

From Pallavi Mohan’s A Pocketful of Posies to Gauri-Nainika’s grand finale, we loved the soft feminine silhouettes, fabrics and details. At Pallavi Mohan’s Not So Serious show, there were cascades of ruffles, lace on sleeves and tiers, peasant tops and sexy baby doll blouses. At the finale Fantasy Collection, Gauri and Nainika showed us cocktail dresses with spiraling drapes and textures in pastel shades of white, blue, green, pink and yellow. And there was plenty of lace, frill details, tulle and soft satin. No better way to make you feel all girly and ladylike.

(Below left to right: Pallavi Mohan’s Not So Serious, Gauri-Nainika’s Fantasy collection)

Pallavi Mohan at LFW S/R 2011 Gauri Nainika at LFW S/R 2011

We love quirky chic

We enjoyed some of the accessory designers who kicked off the final day of Lame Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. Prabhat Kumar showed us how accessories can be kinda crazy—with a reptile-like texture on bags… not for the light-hearted! Meanwhile, Rohan Arora showed us a riches-to-rags story, for the inflation-struck Indian fashionistas. From the colourful embellished heels to the flats with basic prints, they were all worth a look. Meanwhile, we also liked Rachana Reddy’s  fan, rectangular, oval and pill box shaped clutches and sling bags.

(Below: Prabhat Kumar, Rohan Arora, Rachana Reddy)

Prabhat Kumar accessories at LFW S/R 2011 Rohan Arora accessories at LFW S/R 2011 Rachana Reddy accessories at LFW S/R 2011

Bollywood Fashion: Is Shazahn Padamsee the next style icon?

I saw Shazahn Padamsee at the Zara sale couple weeks ago. Petite and cute, she was dressed in jeans and layered tshirts. She looked like the girl-next-door, but someone the guys would want to see again. 🙂

Shazahn has been promoting her latest film Dil toh baccha hai ji all over the country, and we’ve been quietly making notes on Shazahn’s sense of style. It’s refreshing to watch a girl with no airs or attitude getting her share of the limelight. While we think that Shazahn is style icon material, it’s up to her and her PR machinery to see whether they want to make her famous just for wearing good clothes. (Ring a bell, anyone?)

Here’s our take on the young lass’s style statement:

Outfits

Shazahn has got a very down-to-earth sense of style. She wears clothes that you or I would wear, or want to wear. And most of the time, she’s bang on trend!

Shazahn Padamsee Dil toh baccha hai ji

Our favourite outfit: Shazahn manages to don a certain attitude when needed, like in this red polka dot dress from French Connection, which was a tricky one to pull off.

Shazahn Padamsee Dil toh baccha hai ji

Accessories

We’ve also noted that Shazahn prefers minimal accessories, but ensures her selection is in tune with current trends—statement necklace and oversized bag/ clutch.

Our favourite accessory: The leopard print clutch Shazahn carried to the music launch of Dil toh baccha hai ji. (We wrote about the leopard prints trend recently).

Shazahn Padamsee accessories at Dil toh baccha hai ji music launch

Makeup

Shazahn’s day makeup is usually minimal—a good base, and lots of lip gloss.  For the evening, she opts for a dewy look, which is a Speaking Chic favourite. Our two bits of advice: Shazahn, you look great, but be very very careful that you don’t go overboard!

Our favourite makeup: Smokey eyes!

Shazahn Padamsee Dil toh baccha hai ji makeup

What do you think of Shazahn Padamsee’s style statement?

Chic trend: Leopard prints for your wild side

Leopard prints are red-hot right now! To start with, the Vogue Australia cover this month features model Catherine McNeil in a leopard print zip-up.

So unleash your wild side over the next few weeks with leopard prints in your wardrobe. If you’re lucky enough to find a chic animal print (different from leopard print) garment, don’t let it go.

But let’s admit it: leopard print outfits are not every fashionista’s cup of tea. Speaking Chic brings you simple tips to make it easier for you to wear the trend according to your personality.

Bold Chic

If you’re bold, adventurous and don’t care a damn what the world thinks, make the leopard print the focus of your look: a blouse, dress or coat. If you’re in an experimental mood, dare to pair your leopard print top with printed tights.

Blouse from Zara; Dress from Mango.

Zara Top leopard print Mango dress leopard print

Experimental Chic

Not sure if you can go all catty? Add strong elements of leopard or animal prints with a skirt or bold accessory. Or cover your leopard print top or dress with a black blazer or coat, enough to let your wild side show.

Blazer from Vero Moda; shoes from Tresmode.

Vero Moda black blazer Tresmode print studs

Demure Chic

If you’d rather tone down your animal prints, or the occasion requires subtlety, we suggest you opt for accessories with just a hint of the wild cats. Think shoes, cuffs or clutches!

Peep-toes from Charles & Keith (from my wardrobe); Clutch from Steve Madden (from my wardrobe).

Charles & Keith shoes Steve Madden clutch leopard print

 

 

How are you wearing leopard prints this season?

Chic and easy party looks: Sequinned & studded

There are party dresses, and then there are some more party dresses. But how do you transform a cocktail or evening dress into a complete party outfit? It’s all in the accessories! We show you how to get the right party looks with two classic sets of accessories: Sequins/ shimmer and studded.

Speaking Chic tip: Start with your dress as a “base” and play around with colours, accessories and jewellery till you find the right combo. You can choose one offbeat accessory if you like to experiment.

Sequins and shimmer

Party dress sequins & shimmer

Dress from James Ferreira and Savio Jon’s After Eight collection at Ensemble
Headband from Zara
Watch from ToyWatch (Gems collection)
Violent Thunder Clutch from French Connection
CELO shoes from Tresmode

Studded

Party dress studded
Dress from James Ferreira and Savio Jon’s After Eight collection at Ensemble
Hairband from Zara
Studded clutch from Aldo Acccessories
Shoes: CENT and CULT dressy peep toe with laceup, both from Tresmode

 

Which party look will you opt for tonight?

Wedding fashion: Trendy clutches, purses to hold on to

Every wedding outfit needs to have the right accessories, and we can’t stress enough on how useful the fancy purses and clutches are for weddings. Not only do they look great and complement your outfit, you need them for your lipstick, mobile, and miscellaneous things like money and keys.

My favourite clutches are the ones that are bejewelled, in neutral (or popular) colours, and look great with most of my outfits. After all, it isn’t possible to have a matching clutch for every outfit, is it?

The first clutch is by Cleo, available across department stores like Lifestyle; found it pretty spacious and total VFM. The second one is from Kazo (stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab).

gold clutch bag from Cleo Clutch bag from Kazo

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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? 🙂

LFW: Seeking kitschy chic

Malaga’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection Flamboyart comprised bags, shoes and jewellery. Designer Malini Agarwalla used a number of themes: pictorial depictions on bags and pendants, traditional fabrics and prints on jholas, potlis, and shoes, along with bibs, bangles and cummerbunds in gold and gota work.

Malaga bag and jewellery at LFW Malaga LFW show; bag and necklace

Unfortunately, the kitschy look has been around for a while now, and most of the pieces didn’t stand out from the stuff we see everywhere. I did like some of the trendier waistbands, bangles and some of the neckpieces.  But the bib Sophie Choudhary wore on the ramp was too big to be worn by anyone!

Sophie at Malaga LFW show

What do you think of Sophie’s jewellery? Tell us!