Fashion hits & disasters from the Obama visit

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bid India farewell yesterday after a three-day visit. Everyone talked about the renewed N-deal, the R-day parade and the town hall, but of course I’ll be talking about fashion. 🙂 Here’s my take on the fashion hits and disasters of the Obamas’ India visit. (More disasters than hits).

Disaster #1: Michelle Obama’s arrival dress

As her “arrival” dress, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a printed dress made by Indian-origin designer Bibhu Mohapatra. My take: not impressive! The floral print on the dress was too big, even for someone of her height and frame. Plus the lines across the dress added more confusion to the outfit. Maybe she could have skipped the matching jacket for a plain one.

Michelle Obama floral dres Bibhu Mohapatra

Disaster #2: President Obama names PM Modi a “style icon”

At the state banquet Sunday evening, President Obama stated, “The Prime Minister [Narendra Modi] is a style icon. I would also like to wear a Modi kurta.” Sure, while the Modi kurta is perhaps Indian politics’ latest contribution to fashion (remember Nehru jacket?), I don’t think PM Modi is a style icon. Yes, his wardrobe his carefully selected and he ensures he is well-groomed, but style icon? Nope! (one good reason below).

Disaster #3: Narendra Modi’s “selfie” suit

What looked like a pinstripe suit from afar at the chai pe charcha (evening tea), was actually lines and lines of the PM’s name all over. Take a look:

PM Modi suit tea with Obama

PM Modi suit tea with Obama

Now you know why PM Modi isn’t a style icon.

Disaster #4: … And the grey one

In the 1980s I remember all the male members of my family wearing grey “safari” suits, but the truth is that grey is not a flattering colour for most Indian men. But PM Modi wore light grey at the state banquet and well, didn’t carry it off. A darker grey or a navy blue would have looked so much better. And the tan shoes with the grey bandhgala? Oh no, no, no! :-O

Obamas PM Modi banquet

Hit #1: Michelle Obama’s state banquet dress

Ms Obama’s navy blue billowy dress with a gold and red print looked fantastic. She was a picture of poise and elegance as she greeted Indian VIPs. It was the right touch of colour, a pleasing print and totally appropriate.

Hit #2: Indian First Lady gifts FLOTUS a pashmina shawl

Awww… sweet gesture from Indian First Lady Suvra Mukherjee. I’m sure Michelle Obama receives plenty of gifts wherever she goes, but an authentic pashmina shawl is always special. I wonder if she will ever use it though? (No, don’t answer that).

 

IBFW: Hot colours, new looks, WTFashion moments & more…

IBFW: Hot colours, new looks, WTFashion moments & more…

Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week Delhi 2013 drew to an end last week, so here’s a quick look at some “trends” I observed from the various shows.

Brides want to try new styles…
A whole new set of designers are experimenting with bridal wear and creating radically new looks for the modern Indian bride. While Falguni & Shane Peacock did a goth bride, Shantanu-Nikhil used sharp silhouettes and unusual neckline shapes for their bridal outfits. (Below: Neha Dhupia for Falguni & Shane Peacock, Shantanu-Nikhil)

Neha Dhupia for Falguni & Shane Peacock at India Bridal Fashion Week

Shantanu & Nikhil at India Bridal Fashion Week Delhi 2013

… While some designers look at the past
Mughal, Renaissance and Kotwara influences- the days of yore fascinate designers, brides and fashion-loving Indians in equal measure. (Below: Meera Muzaffar Ali, Ashima-Leena)

Meera Muzaffar Ali at India Bridal Fashion Week

Ashima Leena at India Bridal Fashion Week Delhi 2013 (2)

Hot colours for brides are oranges and nudes
Jewel tones like rich purple, bright blue and peacock green have almost disappeared from most designers’ colour palette, in favour of orange, coral and peach shades, with nude, ivory and beige. Must say that some shades of orange I saw on the ramp were delicious. 😉 (Below: Ashima-Leena; Tarun Tahiliani)

Ashima Leena at India Bridal Fashion Week Delhi 2013

 

Tarun Tahiliani-India Bridal Fashion Week

 

Gold is still the black of Indian bridal wear
Embellishments are golden… ’nuff said. Us Indians will always be obsessed with the yellow metal.  (Below: Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal; Suneet Varma)

Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week

Suneet Varma at India Bridal Fashion Week

 

Fashion weeks will never be short of WTFashion moments
From Rina Dhaka’s overtly kitsch collection to some sort of headbands at Adarsh Gill, ramp shows will always have some seriously WTFashion styles. (Below: Adarsh Gill, Rina Dhaka)

Adarsh Gill at India Bridal Fashion Week

Models for Rina Dhaka- India Bridal Fashion Week

What did you think of the collections at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week?

India Bridal Fashion Week: 5 outfits I want to wear to my wedding

India Bridal Fashion Week: 5 outfits I want to wear to my wedding

My big day is barely four months away, and India Bridal Fashion Week Delhi 2013 came along at the right time. Looking at all the pictures from the week gave me a good idea of outfits I could try, some embellishment options I could explore, or hot colours for brides over the next few months.

Here’s my pick of the outfits I’d choose to wear for my wedding (and the related ceremonies). My top choices range from lehengas for the wedding ceremony to gowns for the sangeet. Which outfit is your favourite from these?

WIFW AW 2013: Hot trend- metal!

WIFW AW 2013: Hot trend- metal!

There’s more than one way to wear metal on your clothes, according to Siddharth Tytler and Anaikka at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013. Siddharth loves goth glam looks, so metallic embellishments remained the focus of his collection, but he made it interesting to watch (and wear) with feminine skirts and combining with textures like sequins and leather.

Siddharth Tytler WIFW AW 2013 Siddharth Tytler WIFW AW 2013

Anaikka innovated with metallic thread patchwork on garments, beads and spikes. Long chains were wrapped around the torso, while heavy metal embellishments covered a body suit all over, creating the illusion of bondage.

Anaikka WIFW AW 2013 Anaikka WIFW AW 2013

Would you wear metal?

WIFW AW 2013: B&W to be around next season too?

WIFW AW 2013: B&W to be around next season too?

Maybe we should hold on to our black and white prints end of this season, ladies. For black-and-white promises to be around next season, according to Anupama Dayal and Masaba Gupta among others.

(Below: Looks from Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal)

Anupamaa WIFW AW 2013 Anupamaa WIFW AW 2013

Islamic and Mughal art inspired Anupama Day’s zigzag and checkerboard prints on sharara-like trousers, jamas and angarakhas creating a flowy effect; while Masaba Gupta’s watercolour prints were true to the Satya Paul DNA.

(Below: Look from Masaba for Satya Paul)

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Are you wearing black and white yet?

WIFW AW 2013: Masaba is more offbeat than ever with Satya Paul debut

WIFW AW 2013: Masaba is more offbeat than ever with Satya Paul debut

Designer Masaba Gupta finally made her debut for Satya Paul on the first day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013.

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013 Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Masaba’s creations were quirkier than ever with lipstick prints and paint splotches. Lipstick motifs were all over the clothes and accessories—saris, dresses, vanity cases and clutches.

Masaba clearly made Satya Paul appealing to her fans and beyond with her offbeat prints, neon trims, and contrast jackets with saris. I can already imagine copies of the lipstick prints everywhere. Maybe nail paint is not too far behind? 😉

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013 Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Take a look at Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul (WIFW AW 2013) in this video:

Formula 1 Fashion: Race day dressing

Formula 1 Fashion: Race day dressing

If you’re as excited as I am about the race at BIC tomorrow, you will either be at the circuit, glued to your TV set, or chilling at a sports bar with friends. Either ways, you gotta dress for the part of a Formula One fan!

So here are my top fashion tips for race day.

What NOT to wear

  • Your favourite LBD (the race is the afternoon, and it’s in Noida not Paris!)

 

  • The office shirt- it’s the weekend, it’s a sporting event, and you gotta chill. 🙂

 

  • Casual shorts- The race is usually attended by the who’s who, and “beautiful people” from across India and the world. So keep your beach bermudas for your next Goa trip, please.

 

  • Rock star tee- The Metallica tshirt, really? After last year’s debacle?

 

  • Tottering heels- Those are for the after party, dahling!

 

What you could wear

  • Your favourite team or driver tshirt, paired with chinos or jeans (skinny ones for women). Or this classy Delhi Formula 1 polo from Lecoanet Hemant. It’s got the route map traced on it and will take you to the next season as well.

Lecoanet Hemant F1 polo

  • Accessorise with sensible shoes (loafers, moccasins, slip-ons) and sunglasses to beat the mid-afternoon sun. Fendi or Fastrack- it’s your choice!

WIFW SS 13 Day 2 Recap

WIFW SS 13 Day 2 Recap

Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra’s been using a lot of Kashmiri embroidery and chikankari recently, and for this ramp collection, he continued with the latter, associating with the NGO Mijwan. And there were the usual suspects of colours like ivory, creme, burnt orange, dull shades of red, pink and the like. Some great stuff to look at, but not new.

WIFW SS13 Manish Malhotra

AM:PM
Ankur and Priyanka Modi stuck to a simple colour palette, but with exotic imagery of god-birds, the Mayan maze, and birds of paradise. Exoticism was balanced with elegant fluid silhouettes, though the designer duo could have taken a few more risks.

WIFW SS13  AM:PM

Anaikka
The designer tried to capture the multiple facets of a woman through garments crafted for specific personalities, character traits and looks. This ranged from the simple feminine charm to the complex mysterious allure. Two key themes in the collection: attention to detail and strong use of monotones.

WIFW SS13 Anaikka

Dev R Nil
Clever print mixing in dresses and separates comprised this very wearable collection. The colour palette was restricted to mostly nude, taupe, pale lime, and navy blue with sparks of tangerine and fuchsia.

WIFW SS13 Dev R Nil

James Ferreira
Moving away from last year’s tie-and-dye, the designer’s new collection features hand painting by textile artist Bhamini Subramaniam and minimal embellishment. Chic and modern, the draped silhouettes were all seen before.

WIFW SS13 James Ferreira

Kavita Bhartia
The “Romanian” influences is not quite apparent, and the headgear was quite disconcerting. The odd-coloured wigs distracted us from the garments, which were quite likable once you saw beyond the wool-hair.

WIFW SS13 Kavita Bhartia

Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap Singh experimented with new materials (fabrics and otherwise), used tassellation and various drapes for a slightly futuristic look (big shoulders, surface textures).

WIFW SS13 Rajesh Pratap Singh

SCHON by Sakshee Pradhan
Marking the journey of the sparrow, the rich fabrics and an outfit with some embroidery were the only interesting bits about the collection.

WIFW SS13 SAKSHEE PRADHAN

Samant Chauhan
Samant Chauhan attempted to create masterpieces worth royalty with Bhagalpuri silks, “assi kalis” and zardozi embroidery. Are all the garments worth royalty? Are they all masterpieces? The answer to both questions is “No”, though some of them are certainly arisotocratic, if not regal.

WIFW SS13 Samanth Chauhan

Surbhi Chawla
Lots of “influences” in the collection (nomadic, tribal, gypsy), but the common thread to bind them all together was missing.

WIFW SS13 SURABHI CHAWLA

Accessories of the Day
Nathnis (nose accessories) at Sakshee Pradhan.

WIFW SS13 Sakshee Pradhan

Quirky statement earrings at Surbhi Chawla.

WIFW SS13 SURABHI CHAWLA

Customary Bollywood Appearances of the Day
Parineeti Chopra for Manish Malhotra. Maybe she could have tried to carry the outfit a bit more gracefully?

WIFW SS13 Parineeti Chopra for Manish Malhotra

Diana Penty for Sakshee Pradhan- drab, just like her look in Cocktail.

WIFW SS13 Diana Penty for SAKSHEE PRADHAN

Manoj Bajpai for Samant Chauhan. Can’t miss the royal weapon there!

WIFW SS13 Manoj Bajpai for Samanth Chauhan

WTFashion Outfit of the Day
Is it a bird? Is it a garbage can? No, it’s WTFashion! (Spotted at Khushiz).

WIFW SS13 Khushiz

LFW S/R 2012 grand finale: Glimpses from the Rohit Bal show

LFW S/R 2012 grand finale: Glimpses from the Rohit Bal show

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 drew to a close last night, with Rohit Bal presenting his collection in the lawns of Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. I loved the decor, enjoyed the ambience and was mesmerised by the entire presentation. There were live musicians, pristine white and off-white cut-out trees and a two-level structure!

LFW S/R 2012 Rohit Bal

LFW S/R 2012 Rohit Bal

And here’s a video I shot during the show. Enjoy!

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