LFW WF 2013: The best evening wear trends (with gif & instant style tips)

LFW WF 2013: The best evening wear trends (with gif & instant style tips)

Architecture at Amit Aggarwal
Amit Aggarwal’s dresses were beyond ordinary red carpet gowns. They were architectural wonders, sculpted and moulded in a fine manner with metal, drape, chiffon and jersey. You got to be bold to wear this look.

Instant style tip: Look for skirt and 60s inspired dresses that have a bit of buckram or tough lining that support the flare.

Amit Aggarwal at LFW WF 2013

(Taken on Nokia Lumia 820)

Gold at Vikram Phadnis
Sticking to our favourite metal (and festive colour), Vikram Phadnis’s dresses, jumpsuits and separates were rich and very wearable. Especially if you love gold too. 🙂

Instant style tip: This one’s easy enough for the bling lovers. If you aren’t one, you could always carry a sequinned clutch or pair of shoes.

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Bold construction at Jatin Varma
Jatin Varma combined structure with fluidity in eye-catching colours (shocking pink and cobalt blue). The nylon mesh and crochet binding on the intricate gowns were stunning!

Instant style tip: Tough to find, even tougher to wear. Best to pay a visit to the designer himself!

Fire on the ramp at Kommal Sood
Kommal Sood presented gorgeous cocktail dresses that shone bright in fiery colours. I loved the idea of orange evening wear and short capes.

Instant style tip: Mix and match sequinned pieces with luxurious separates for an offbeat red carpet look.

Dark ages at Rocky Star
Black has turned into Rocky Star’s signature statement, this time with lace, tulle, silk and velvet. Sheer was everywhere, and so was opulence. Only for the daring!

Instant style tip: This look has to be worn with stark makeup or you’ll look “incomplete”. The lips should be dark and the eyes deeply coloured.

 

LFW SR 2013: Best designer stalls!

LFW SR 2013: Best designer stalls!

Fashion week is not just about the fashion shows, trends and celeb showstoppers. It’s also about taking a closer look at my favourite or upcoming designers’ collections in the “stalls” area (it’s called The Source at Lakme Fashion Week).  In this season of LFW, a few desginers chose to showcase their collection in creative ways that were in like with the theme of their collection. Here are the best stalls from Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 (in no particular order):

Pia Pauro’s Greek boathouse

Check out the wooden slats, sailoring equipment and the hat hung on the wheel.

Pia Pauro LFW SR 2013

Anushree Reddy’s charming salon

Cute picture-frames, vintage furniture and the very girly white-and-pink theme!

Anushree Reddy LFW SR 2013

Arjun Khanna’s men’s tailoring boutique

It’s got the feel of a royal hunting lodge!

Arjun Khanna LFW SR 2013

Five reasons I’m excited about Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2013 kicks off today and I’m super excited! Here’s why.

Naeem Khan

The man who’s dressed FLOTUS Michelle Obama a number of times will be showcasing his work Saturday night. And he will participate in a workshop on Friday, talking about his style and creations. Meeting or seeing this man is reason enough to attend Lakme Fashion Week.

Menswear

The best menswear designers in the country will be on the ramp after a long gap. The list includes veterans like Narendra Kumar and Arjun Khanna, along with young designer Kunal Rawal (he did the men’s costumes for Aisha). Narendra Kumar’s shows are always worth a watch, and this time he’s expected to make a strong statement on the country’s socio-political situation. Hmmm….!

Narendra Kumar SR 2012

One more platform for GenNext designers

Lakme Fashion Week has been supporting new designers for several years now, but this  time they get an additional benefit with support from Zovi.com. The online shopping site will manufacture and retail one garment from each of the debuting designers. So get ready to shop already!

Live webcast

Lakme Fashion Week shows will be broadcast live on YouTube, which means instant fashion! So we can all watch the shows in our PJs over the weekend. They’ve already got a preview of the season online, so check it out:

Jewellery

Very few fashion weeks have accessory designers participating. It’s good to see Suhani Pittie back at LFW, and I’ve always wanted to see Pallavi Foley’s creations up close. This is my chance! 🙂Suhani Pittie LFW

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 is from March 22 to 26, 2013 in Mumbai.

Street Eeks: What NOT to wear at a cricket match ever

Street Eeks: What NOT to wear at a cricket match ever

Folks, there are things you can wear to a cricket match, and there are things you just don’t. This girl I spotted at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium over the weekend got it all wrong! Firstly, she was dressed in all black on a warm day, with a funny floral, black-silver skirt. (I can’t even describe it!).

Fashion in Mumbai

Then there was a sling bag across her body of a very odd mud colour and long dangling earrings (not in picture). But I can’t decide what’s worse- her shoes with the funny heels (aspiring me to be booties), or the black socks with them! Or the skirt. Or the odd black top…Yikes!

Meanwhile, I aimed for chic comfort at the India-England match- wearing a purple polo tee with lemony pants and my loafers of the moment.

Fashion in Mumbai

What would you wear to a cricket match?

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: History lessons from the fashion ramp- decoded

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: History lessons from the fashion ramp- decoded

We love the present, but we can’t help looking back into the past especially when it comes to fashion. Every fashion lover seems to have a favourite moment from the days gone by. But I’ve looked back into the past to figure out whether the designers’ claims about the era are historically accurate.

Pernia Qureshi

Drop waist dresses from the 1920s. Bead work on luxe fabrics from the Fifties.

Historical accuracy: High

Pernia Qureshi flapper dress at LFW W/F 2012

Pernia Qureshi 1950s at LFW W/F 2012

Anita Dongre

Knee and calf-length pencil skirts, dresses with pleats and gathers (1950s)

Historical accuracy: Moderate

Anita Dongre 1950s at LFW W/F 2012

Ritu Beri

Glamour, beauty and indulgence. (1950s)

Historical accuracy: Low (Nothing Marilyn Monroe about the collection, as the designer claimed)

Ritu Beri Fifties at LFW W/F 2012

Archana Kochhar

Prints from the 1970-80s- like checkerboard, geometric, zig zag.

Historical accuracy: Low (Prints from the 1970s-80s include florals, animal prints and even ink splattered.)

Archana Kochhar at LFW W/F 2012

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Peplums on the runway!

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Peplums on the runway!

Internationally, peplums are not a new trend. The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen spotted in peplum dresses and skirts more than a few times, and some high street brands cleverly made it part of their summer collection. On the Indian fashion week ramps, peplums have grown up.

Take a look at the peplums at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012:

Soft peplums in light fabrics at Drashta

Drashta peplum at LFW W/F 2012

Belted peplums at Sailex

Sailex peplum at LFW W/F 2012

Elaborate 3D peplums at Rajat K Tangri

Rajat Tangri peplum at LFW W/F 2012

Peplum jackets at Nupur Kanoi

Nupur Kanoi peplum jacket

What’s your take on peplums?

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

My mind is a blur- I’ve seen abstract, bizarre, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic and many more prints over the past few days at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Here’s my picks of the prints spotted on the ramp.

Kaleidoscopic prints at Pankaj-Nidhi

Pankaj Nidhi at LFW W/F 2012

Eccentric prints at Kallol Datta 1955 (moon faces, snails, safety pins!)

Kallol Dutta at LFW W/F 2012

Doodles from Aartivijay Gupta’s book- sketches of faces and figure blocks.

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Retro-geometric prints at Archana Kochhar

Archana Kochhar at LFW W/F 2012

Rorschach inkblot test-like patterns at Ken Ferns

Ken Ferns at LFW W/F 2012

Geometric abstract prints at Shift by Nimish Shah

Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW W/F 2012

Which print do you want to wear in the new season?

LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

One: Fashion shows by Pallavi Jaikishan (for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week), Ritu Beri, Shyamal & Bhumika, Shivan & Narresh, Swapnil Shinde!

Below: Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Swapnil Shinde LFW SR 2012

 

Two: New faces can usher in new fashion (hopefully). Pernia Qureshi of Aisha fame will be presenting her first collection on Saturday. I also enjoyed Nimish Shah and Payal Khandwala last season for their fresh take on design. And GenNext designers are always fun to watch!

Below: Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW S/R 2012

Nimish Shah LFW S/R 2012

Three: Wendell Rodricks will release his memoirs The Green Room on the last day of fashion week. I can’t wait to read it.

Four: Kallol Dutta may look strange and “scary”, but his fashion is quirky and he’s got a great following. He will present at the grand finale with Pankaj-Nidhi- it will be a must-watch!

Below: Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme

The Lakme Grand Finale Designers with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme - Kallol Datta(L) and Pankaj-Nidhi - Copy

What are you excited about this season of Lakme Fashion Week?

LFW W/F 2012 Preview: Archana Kochhar

LFW W/F 2012 Preview: Archana Kochhar

Collection theme: Retro

What to expect: Geometric printed cocktail saris, playful tunics, fluid dresses and gowns. I’m liking the idea of a chessboard print on an embellished gown (see below). Maybe gowns will be fun after this.

Archana Kochhar LFW W/F 2012 preview

Archana Kochhar LFW W/F 2012 preview

Key trends:

  • Geometric shapes
  • Colour blocking of bright hues like electric blue, bright yellow and shades of green offset against the tints of black, white and grey.
  • Retro-inspired prints (from the 1970s and 80s)

Watch out for: The Indian alphabet as embellishments- a very desi twist!

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week (July 30-Aug 5)

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week (July 30-Aug 5)

Follow: Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2012

It’s time for Lakme Fashion Week again, fashionistas! There’s a great mix of establish and upcoming designers for the Winter/Festive 2012 edition, so stay tuned to this blog for updates from fashion week. 🙂 Some designers to look forward to: Ritu Beri, Pallavi Jaikishan, and first-timer Pernia Qureshi (of Aisha fame). BTW, Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi are the grand finale designers.

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 is from August 3-7, 2012 at Mumbai.

Below: Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi with Purnima Lamba, Head- Innovations, Lakme.

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Buy: Kitsch Umbrellas

I’m bored of black umbrellas, floral print umbrellas and the kiddie umbrellas. If you agree with me, then opt for a fun umbrella that expresses the quirky side of your personality. Nida Mahmood’s new range of umbrellas is 100% Bollywood, with visuals and one-liners from classic movies and songs. I like the “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi si” umbrella.

Nida Mahmood ek ladki bheegi bhagi si

 

Nida Mahmood pyar hua

Umbrellas by Nida Mahmood are priced Rs 2000 onward, available on the designer’s website.

Ogle: Vu-Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV

In a unique fashion-technology collaboration, veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani has designed a high-end TV for Vu Technologies. The 3D, 55-inch TV has been designed with unusual ornamental patterns constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry. The fine use of latticework in muted Swarovski elements adds a subtle luxury feel to the TV. And tech lovers will enjoy the in-built PC with Windows software, graphics card and other cool stuff. Technology as art, anyone?

The Vu-Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV will be showcased at the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition in New Delhi and Mumbai. Price on request.

Protect your eyes: GUNNAR Optiks

GUNNAR Optiks eyewear is finally available in India! GUNNAR’s Advanced Computer Eyewear and Advanced Gaming Eyewear lines are designed to protect your eyes from the harsh glare of computer, mobile and other screens that are part of our daily lives. Their products should be on the must-have list of all stylish cubicle dwellers.

Below: GUNNAR Optiks Advanced Computer Eyewear

Gunnar Optiks eyewear

You can pre-order GUNNAR eyewear in India at Infibeam. Prices Rs 4,500 onward.

Gift: Chic stuff for Raksha Bandhan

Boys, here are some chic gift suggestions for your lovely sisters:

Diamonds: Always a favourite, it’s for those who can afford it! 🙂

Beauty products: Always a favourite with women, gift boxes are easy to find n most stores such as The Body Shop. Opt for those with more than type of product, like the Armani Code Gift Box (it’s got a fragrance, shower gel and body lotion).

Accessories: Choose art and semi-precious jewellery based on your sister’s style statement. Watches and bags are great gifts too, and you get great options for every budget.