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!

LFW: Nachiket’s mix-and-match dazzles

Nachiket Barve got the idea for his Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 Magpie collection from the bird that steals shiny objects to decorate its nest. The designer “stole” inspiration from around the world, drawing inspiration from objects as varied as fabergé eggs, Moroccan star motifs, Marrakech’s tropical sunsets and Ukrainian paintings.

In true Nachiket style, there was plenty of colour (burgundy, turquoise, purple, ink blue and more) with relaxed, yet structured, silhouettes. The designer expertly combined various techniques in a single garment, such as cross stitch beading with silk and glass beads and 3D appliqué on graphic resist origami dyed dress.

Nachiket Barve cross stitch purple dress Nachiket Barve wrap dress LFW

Nachiket experimented with churidars, kurtas and saris for the first time, with interesting results. For instance, there were couple of tie-and-dye saris with appliqué borders. Also seen was the use of clever layering in contrasting colours.

Nachiket Barve sari LFW

Speaking Chic says: A fun, delightful and wearable collection, with several garments worth keeping for several seasons.

LFW: Ritu Kumar’s got stars in her eyes

Veteran Indian designer Ritu Kumar began her post-show press conference with a sweet smile and the words, “I know this collection has come as a surprise, but it’s not a transformation. Rather, it’s a reflection of India moving to a fairly different silhouette from when I started a few decades ago.”

Indeed! I half-expected to see kurtis, cotton blouses and churidar kurtas at LABEL by Ritu Kumar. What I did not expect was a collection of predominantly evening wear.

Called Summer Constellations, Ritu’s son Amrish Kumar (Creative Director) gave a modern twist to the highly-favoured Indian textiles, using them with modern silhouettes and drapes.

The dresses and gowns alluded to the night sky, with a hint of shimmer and twinkle. Using easy-to-wear fabrics like slinky knits and georgettes, even as the makeup and hair styles reminded me of the 1930s. The colour palette was mostly navy blues and blacks, though there were warm reds and oranges in her prints.

 RITUKUMAR-LABEL     Ritu Kumar Label LFW

Some of the surprises in her  collection: short jackets, asymmetric tunics, and experimenting with a jumpsuit and head gear! Even though the collection was not spectacular, it spoke about the Indian fashion consumer—young, demanding, seeking something wearable, fun, trendy and affordable. That’s LABEL in a nutshell.

Model in Ritu Kumar LFW

A new aesthetic has emerged, not for the Indian fashion follower, but for Ritu Kumar’s LABEL. I’d like to know what the girl next door thinks of it.

Would you buy these clothes? Tell us!

LFW: Neeta Lulla preview

Popular Bollywood and bridal wear designer Neeta Lulla will be showcasing her new collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010 tonight. We got a sneak preview of what’s in store for us, courtesy the designer and model Nethra Raghuraman:

Neeta Lulla LFW Nethra Nethra in Neeta Lulla LFW 

While I’m not so enthused after seeing this outfit, let’s reserve our judgement till later tonight.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

LFW: Sailex’s edgy angels

Sailex’s duality-themed collection portrayed the contradictory facets of a women’s mind. This collection of gowns and dressed (called “Fallen Angel”) portrayed the duality with fluid lines, rich fabrics, some bling, and military elements.

His colour palette was anything but subtle—black, tomato, magenta, navy and purple, accessorised with gold. He played with textures and embellishments, by mixing velvet and chiffon and using pleats, drapes and glittering external shoulder pads and epaulet to give his collection certain amount of edginess. He added texture to models’ hair as well, with crimped sections, hair flying lose, or pulled into a haphazard updo with strands all over the place.

Model at Sailex LFW W/F 2010 Sailex with models LFW

Sailex says that the woman who wears his outfits is strong and daring, and the type “who could bash someone up”. For that to come through, we’d need a bit more edginess. Even so, I liked most of what I saw. His gowns could be a good investment for bold party girls.

Priyanka Chopra goes short on fear

Khatron ke Khiladi is back with season three (called tiguna), and this time it’s the other way round. The contestants are men, and the host is a woman—actor Priyanka Chopra.

Two episodes have been aired so far, and in both episodes Priyanka has shocked and awed us with her wardrobe. She’s gone super-duper short. In the kick-off episode, she wore a printed dress, covered with a shrug with sharp bejewelled shoulders.

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And in the second episode of the Indian adaptation of Fear Factor, Priyanka wore a one-shouldered pink top with blink-and-you-miss hot short pants. Note her coloured hair and funny hairstyle in the picture on the right. Looks like a golden retriever’s hair straightened. Un-chic!

Priyanka, we know you’ve got great legs, and that’s part of the reason why the producers and Colors roped you in (you’re not a great host, sorry). But at least try to get the clothes right. Chuck the fancy stuff, which screams “trying too hard”!

What we’d like to see Priyanka wearing next on the show: jeans with boots, a masculine shirt, military and camouflage—cargo pants, khakis et al.

What do you think of Priyanka Chopra’s clothes in Khatron ke Khiladi 3?

Weekend views: Kareena mixes colours

Now that Kareena Kapoor is not size zero anymore (whatever that means), she’s covering up, but very tastefully. I was pleasantly surprised to see Kareeena in a casual salwar kameez on the reality talent show—India’s Got Talent. The actor paired a white kameez with a green salwar and a light blue net dupatta. Take a look:

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Not sexy, not flashy, not in-your-face; instead, very, very sensibly put together. I’d love to wear such an unusual and And we mean the colours. At a time when every actor opts for a super short dress for TV and an evening gown for the red carpet, Kareena chooses traditional Indian wear. And we’ve rarely seen her in a bad sari.

Meanwhile, if you watched Kareena’s latest release We are Family over the weekend, you would have noticed her trendy outfits: bold prints, plaids and checks (all thanks to Manish Malhotra). A moviegoer especially liked her shrugs.

wearefamily-kareena kareena_wearefamily

What do you think of Kareena’s telly and big screen outfits? Tell us!

Lookbook: Archie Panjabi

Everyone’s talking about Archie Panjabi, and Archie at the Emmys. This talented actor, born Archana Kaur Punjabi, is one of the few Indian-origin actors creating a stir in LA. Archie’s Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series, has brought a ray of hope to thousands of minority actors hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

At Speaking Chic, Archie’s inspired us to take a look at her on and offscreen looks over the years.

In East is East, Archie played a Pakistan-origin, British-born girl in her troublesome teens (ponytails, uniform and all!). In Bend it Like Beckham, she played a delightful role as the desperate-to-get-married elder sis. And as a journalist in A Mighty Heart, Archie donned a no-makeup look (pic below right).

ArchiePanjabi_eastiseast  Archie Panjabi_mightyheart 

In The Good Wife (the award winning role), Archie’s character Kalinda makes for a classy private investigator and a no-nonsense woman. She’s got a strong preference for the semi-formal look, hair tied back, smart jackets, and proud of her origins (note the dark eyeliner accentuating her very Indian eyes).

Archie Panjabi in A Good Wife  Archie Panjabi A Good Wife

While Archie looks great on-screen, and her striking north Indian features are perfect for the red carpet in an unconventional sorta way, we’re not great fans of her red carpet choices. Take a look:

Archie Panjabi_mighty_heart  Archie_Panjabi_Emmy

Left: At the premiere of A Mighty Heart—not a great choice of blue, the gown looks crumpled, and suddenly transparent over her left leg make the gown seem like an unfinished job.

Right: At the 2010 Emmy Awards, in a Tadashi Shoji creation. Firstly, black chiffon is not a very contemporary choice, and the “bandages” on the top half minimise the shimmer on the bodice. The interesting drape around her waist could have been the saving grace though. Tadashi Shoji does have some good outfits in his collection, if only Archie had chosen better. And we would have liked to see a diamond on two sparkling on her as well.

What do you think of Archie Panjabi’s red carpet looks? Tell us!