LFW SR 2013: Pia Pauro’s Grecian Goddess is light, bright and right for the season

LFW SR 2013: Pia Pauro’s Grecian Goddess is light, bright and right for the season

Designer Pia Pauro travelled to Greece, fell so deeply in love with the blue sea and white homes, that she made a collection inspired by the country. Pia Pauro’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 was mostly blue and white with a touch of gold and bright colours. Her prints were “Mykonous” and “Olympia” with fish motifs and gold thread embroidery. The very long and short dresses and tunics had cute turquoise bikinis peeping through, making the ensembles perfect for vacation in Goa, Greece or St. Tropez. Resort wear is always fun, though this collection could have been more fun with a few more interesting pieces. Too bad I’m not going anywhere! I want to carry those large beach bags.

Pia Pauro at LFW SR 2013 - 2

Pia Pauro at LFW SR 2013 - 1

Pia Pauro at LFW SR 2013

Chic Preview: Lacoste Spring / Summer 2013

Chic Preview: Lacoste Spring / Summer 2013

What to Expect- Humour and Sports

Remember the jogging suits from the 1980s? I owned a couple of them, and this season they’re getting a 21st century update with a touch of humour, thanks to Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has updated the brand’s eighties’ jogging suits.

Lacoste SS 13  Lacoste SS 13

So where’s the humour? For starters, you can’t miss the fanny packs he’s added (quite tongue-in-cheek), and the matchy-matchy shirts and pants (thankfully not the oversized fits).

Then there’s the capsule collection of polo shirts for men and women that will feature the brand’s iconic elements like tennis balls, rackets and courts—all very Wimbledon-y! You’d wish you played tennis…

The element of fun

There’s a little bit of fun in the entire collection, like the graphic and geometric prints in yellow, orange and other spring colours; and mixing of navy, red, electric blue and dark orange with lighter tones for contrasts.

Lacoste SS 13 look

The soothing look

Spring/ Summer 2013 is largely about neons and bright colours, so the Lacoste idea of pure white separates with pearly greys, pale yellows and light blues would be a sight for seeing-too-much-bright eyes. And the easy silhouettes indicate comfortable luxury that will hopefully make our summer a more relaxed one.

SS 2012 fashion: Trend repeats, misses and some AW 12 predictions

SS 2012 fashion: Trend repeats, misses and some AW 12 predictions

Trend repeats- from earlier seasons

Colour blocking

Yup, colour blocking was still around this season, appearing on dresses, separates and even swimwear.

Below: Bric a block tunic dress from French Connection

French Connection colour blocked dress

What’s in store: This trend is likely to continue into AW 2012-13, though with darker tones and stronger contrasts.

Tropical prints

Call them abstract florals or forest prints- the tropics have been spotted on ramps and high street recently.

Below: Skirt from Zara

Zara Tropical print skirt

What’s in store: Wait till next year for them to make an exit. (Or not!)

Trend misses- made it on the ramps, but not on high street

Sporty casual wear

Almost every fashion magazine wrote about sports-influenced separates and managed to put together editorial shoots based on the sports theme. While sportswear brands like Puma, Reebok and casual brands like Levi’s and Energie may have had the right separates for the look, most of high street missed out on this.

Below: Women’s Move long graphic tank top from Puma

Puma Graphic tank top

The twenties

The twenties were a high fashion trend this season (Gucci and Ralph Lauren). But flapper styles- drop waist dresses, straight silhouettes, neutral tones and jersey fabrics- were almost nowhere in the malls. Did you see anyone dressed remotely like a flapper?

Tribal influences

Tribal prints were seen in several high fashion collections such as Burberry, but they didn’t catch the fancy of the high street folks.

Autumn/Winter 2012-13 trend predictions:

Lace

Lace all over, lace inserts, lace detailing and even some kinky/ fetishtic looks with lace.

Below: Lace dress from Mango.

Mango Lace dress

Prints

Tropical prints and abstract florals ruled over the pretty delicate florals of the past few summers. Expect head-to-toe prints coming season, especially Baroque styles.

What are your fashion predictions for A/W 2012?

Chic Trend: The Linen Buying and Wearing Guide

Chic Trend: The Linen Buying and Wearing Guide

Where to buy linen:

  • A number of high- street fashion brands have included linen in their summer 2012 collection. For men, the top choices are Tommy Hilfiger, Zodiac, Allen Solly and French Connection. I loved the delicious colours in Tommy Hilfiger’s menswear collection.

Solid linen shirt from Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger-linen shirt

  • Women can check out linen tops and tunics at AND and Allen Solly. Again, there’s a good choice in colours though styles are limited.

White and navy linen dress from AND.

AND-Navy white linen dress

  • Alternately, you can buy linen fabric that you like, and get it tailored into fabulous jackets and trousers. Siyaram’s just-launched Royale Linen collection (with Manish Malhotra) offers high quality linen in a range of patterns, colours and textures.

Linen buying tips:

  • Linen shirts mostly have looser fits, especially for men. So men may need to buy a size smaller than the usual. I learnt this the hard way when I bought a Tommy Hilfiger linen shirt as a gift for a friend.
  • Opt for shirts, jackets and trousers that are close to linen’s natural shades such as ivory, ecru and grey if you want a classy look.

Arklow Washed Linen shirt from French Connection.

French Connection Arklow Washed Linen shirt

How to wear:

  • My favourite formula to wear linen- Linen shirt + chinos = Smart and sexy!
  • Skip the jeans if you can. Denim makes you feel warm, which is the opposite of what you want to be in this weather.
  • Wear beige or white linen jackets with pastel shirts or blouses.
  • If you want to wear an all-linen outfit, then pair coloured linen shirts with neutral linen pants (white, gray or beige). Pure white linen shirts go with all colours, from indigo to tan.

Ultimate linen inspiration

Shah Rukh Khan in Don 2! Loved the linen jacket.

SRK in Don 2- linen jacket

Also read: Chic Trend: 5 reasons to wear linen this summer

Chic Trends: 4Ps for summer fashion (Part 1)

Chic Trends: 4Ps for summer fashion (Part 1)

Ladies, I’ve just coined a simple term to remember the hot trends for this summer: the 4Ps (not to be confused with the 4Ps of marketing!).

And the 4Ps for summer 2012 fashion are

Ta-da!

  • Pleats
  • Peplums
  • Pastels
  • Printed pants

Now, repeat the 4Ps over and over again till you know the list by heart.

In this post, I’ve highlighted the first two trends (or Ps): pleats and peplums.

Trend 1: Pleats

Pleats this summer are all in the skirts! Long or short, bright or pastels, regular hemline or asymmetrical, wear pleated skirts with grace. The other day I saw a woman wearing a maxi pleated skirt that was transparent below the knee, and it didn’t look as funny as it sounds. Really!

How to wear: Wear a bright pleated skirt with neutral or printed blouse.

Chic tip: While accordion pleated skirts are hot right now, they may be fashionably far-fetched from some. You could opt for a formal box pleated skirt or a pleated dress instead.

Skirt from Mango

Mango pleated flared skirt

 

Skirt from United Colors of Benetton

Pleated skirt from UCB

 

Dress from French Connection

 

French Connection pleated dress 

Trend 2: Peplums

Peplums came in to serious public view after Michelle Williams wore a peplum gown to the Academy Awards in February, and Kate Middleton has been spotted at least a couple times in peplum-ed outfits.

So what is a peplum? It’s a strip of pleated, gathered or flared fabric that is attached to the waist line of a skirt, dress, jacket or top. It could even be an overskirt of sorts.

How to wear: Wear a peplum on a dress or skirt that ends at the knee or just below. When wearing a solid dress or skirt, wear classic jewellery.

Chic tip: A peplum can be unflattering if you got zero curves around the waist and hip area- so wear with caution. Also, choose a peplum dress or skirt that is sleek and sculptured rather than slouchy or loose.

Dotty peplum dress from Fever London (available on Rock.in)

Fever London peplum dress- Rock.in

 

Zara skirt with frill

Zara Pencil skirt with frill

 

What’s your choice among the pleats and peplums?

Coming soon: The other 2Ps- pastels and printed pants!

Chic News: Mango gets serious about India

Chic News: Mango gets serious about India

Were you surprised to see the Mango Spring/ Summer 2012 ad featuring Kate Moss on TV? It’s probably the first time I saw an international fashion brand advertise on Indian television. In the advert (called the “Spy Game” commercial), Kate Moss slips into a variety of looks, from casual to party.

Do any of you remember seeing ads by competing international brands earlier? Probably not.

Also, if you’ve noticed the Mango website recently, they’ve opened shopping for Indian users though shipping costs are high for orders below Rs 5000. And oh, the folks at Mango have recently roped in the agency OMD India for media buying and planning across traditional and online media.

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All this is good news, of course! Because it means the Spanish brand Mango is getting very serious about expanding in India and making it big in the country.

So we get better collections, more variety and hopefully a better shopping experience (online and offline). And the best part—the competition will up the ante as well. I’m waiting for Zara (another Spanish brand) to come up with an answer!

LFW S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

Best looks from Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012:

Archana Rao

“Frou-Frou” was wearable, practical and minimalistic. Loved the menswear inspiration (structured shirt) combined with the feminine touch (polka dots, sheer fabrics). I got inspired by the mix-and-match styling as well.

Archana Rao at LFW S/R 2012

Megha Garg

Fluid floating drapes, multiple layers, ombre effects and digital prints on jersey and silk organza. When you wear this, keep your makeup all dark, and you would look goth!

Megha Garg dress at LFW S/R 2012

Drashta

Cocktail wear taken seriously. Inventive stuff– inverted seams for unconventional detailing, cropped lace jackets, slashed sleeves for tunics, and a grey coat dress in ribbed silver weave. Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira

Tie-and-dye and bandhini on a single fabric, for very wearable skirts, tops, swirling maxis and blouses. A drape here, a fold there, a tuck in there- good construction!

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Masaba Gupta

Ahh, the prints. Warning: for the quirky fashionistas only!

Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2012

Accessory of the day

Headgear at Shivan-Narresh.

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Beauty look of the day

Sky-high updos at James Ferreira.

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Crazy but interesting looks

Prashant Chauhan

An interpretation of Tibetan attire with use of silk, wool, patchwork and floral patterns. Most interesting bits: baubles of wool, exotic head gear and 3D flowers. (Umm… not sure if the model could see through that).

Prashant Chauhan at LFW S/R 2012

SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover

Take a look at the pic below. Not an easy collection to conceive, design and execute. Hmmmm!!!SoFake Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover at LFW S/R 2012

Tanya Sharma

Don’t get taken aback by the “Gaga” look. You could wear the garments as separates for a saner look. 🙂

Tanya Sharma at LFW S/R 2012

On my wishlist

Jumpsuits: James Ferreira, Drashta

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012 Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Swimsuit: Shivan-Narresh (when I get into shape)

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Special moment of the day

James Ferreira bringing his entire team on the ramp. Not too many designers acknowledge and thank their karigars and creative teams.

James Ferreira2

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

There were more than a couple of celebs walking the ramp. My fave: hottie Prateik for Masaba Gupta. But why is he wearing baby pink shoes?

Prateik at Masaba Gupya LFW S/R 2012

LFW S/R 2012 Day 1: Shows to watch today

LFW S/R 2012 Day 1: Shows to watch today

Fashion lovers, Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 kicks off today! Here are the shows I’m excited about:

Gen Next show: Every season, LFW kicks off with the Gen Next show. It’s always interesting to watch India’s young fashion talent present their first collections. Looking forward to it! The Gen Next designers are Archana Rao, Shikha Grover & Vinita Adhikare, Manoj Kumar & Vinod Bhardwaj, Tanya Sharma, Megha Garg, Yogesh Chaudhary and Prashant Kumar.

Below: Shashank and Prajwal, Gen Next show at LFW W/F 2011

Shashank and Prajwal LFW W/F 2011

SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover: Sapna and Sukriti’s first collection for SoFake emphasizes on classic cuts, strong structured shapes and the use of basic colours “black, grey and white” that can be paired with anything. Their inspiration? Kathakali and the British Raj!

Shivan – Narresh: Shivan and Narresh are best known for their resort wear. Since I’m already in the process of getting into shape this summer, I’m looking forward to their swim suits. 😉

Below: Shivan-Narresh at LFW S/R 2011

Shivan & Narresh 3

James Ferreira: He is known as a “master draper and cutter” and returns to the Mumbai fashion scene after a gap of five years. James will present “Save the Air” that is dedicated to Mumbai, and hopes to bring around awareness for the quality of air we breathe.

Which show are you looking forward to today?

Chic Trend: Are loafers the new “it” shoes?

Chic Trend: Are loafers the new “it” shoes?

I last saw men and women wearing loafers in the last 1980s, or maybe the early 1990s. The most common ones I remember seeing were brown with little tassles. And then, those shoes disappeared.

But now, they’re in almost every good shoe store in town. I was extremely sceptical about them, but they seem to be THE SHOES for the season. Here’s why:

Reason 1: They are comfy. I’m not used to “closed” shoes being a Mumbai gal, so I wasn’t sure if I would be comfy in them. I tried on this pair at Tresmode, and they were super comfy. In fact, they seemed tailormade for my feet. 🙂

Below: Newbuck loafers from Tresmode (for women)

Tresmode loafers

Reason 2: This season, loafers (also called “slip-ons”) are available in a mindboggling range of styles and colours for both men and women. Loafers can be simple slip-on shoes, with minimum or no detailing or it could have a fancy buckle or faux laces.

Below: Mockk from Steve Madden (for women)

MOCKK loafers- Steve Madden

Reason 3: You can wear them almost everywhere! I wear my Charles & Keith loafers to movies, meetings, dinners and to run errands.

Below: Loafers from Charles & Keith (for women)

Charles & Keith loafers

Reason 4: They are great for both cold and warm weather. While I wouldn’t recommend loafers for summer, I don’t find them making my feet too sweaty in the current Mumbai weather. In Delhi recently, I wore my loafers with socks.

Below: Loafers from Carlton London (f0r men), available on BeStylish.com

Carlton-London-loafers-men

Reason 5: Loafers are chic! End of discussion! 😉

Do you have your pair of loafers yet?

WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 5 highlights

WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 5 highlights

Highlights of Day 5 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 in Delhi:

Prints galore!

From nature-inspired prints to geometric and the increasingly-popular digital prints, the mind-boggling range of prints have got us excited for next year’s summer already!

Below: Rajdeep Ranawat, Vineet Bahl, Geisha by Paras & Shalini

Rajdeep Ranawat at WLIFW S/S 2012 Vineet Bahl at WLIFW S/S 2012

Geish by Paras-Shalini at WLIFW S/S 2012

Drapes dominated

Drapes are feminine, flattering and can be sexy. Ruches, ruffles, gathers and more—you can never run out of ways to wear them.

Below: Amit GT, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna, Rehane

Amit GT at WLIFW S/S 2012 Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna at WLIFW S/S 2012

Rehane at WLIFW S/S 2012

Subtle is sweet

The fashion scene today reflects the urge to grab five seconds of fame with statement accessories, plunging necklines and rising hemlines. So it was refreshing to see subtlety on the ramp in a country obsessed with larger-than-life style. The subtle looks meant delicate accessories and lighter or no embellishments.

Below: Rehane, Geisha by Paras & Shalini, Vineet Bahl

Rehane at WLIFW S/S 2012 Geisha by Paras-Shalini at WLIFW S/S 2012

Vineet Bahl at WLIFW S/S 2012

Contrasting looks of the day

The sweet, understated, modern Indian woman at Virtues.

Virtues at WLIFW S/S 2012

Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna’s diva from the future—bold and adventurous.

Rohit Gandhi- Rahul Khanna at WLIFW S/S 2012

Accessory of the day

There’s a feather is Rajdeep Ranawat’s hat! Cute!

Rajdeep Ranawat at WLIFW S/S 2012