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?

Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011: Name an occasion, take your pick of clothes

Yesterday Speaking Chic wrote about fashion for all personality types at Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011 (VHIMW 2011) . Today we write about  clothes for all occasions—straight from the VHIMW 2011 ramp.

Clothes for hanging out/ college/ casual Fridays

Cropped pants/ shorts, comfy hat and subtle stripes and checks are great for chilling our with friends.

Below: From Sanchita Ajjampur

Model at Sanchita Ajjampur VHIMW 2011

Clothes for a foreign holiday

For the lucky dudes who are heading for a Mediterranean cruise or a relaxed holiday in Europe, we recommend neutral shades like beige, ivory and grey. Mix classic with the contemporary (like this structured jacket off-set by slinky cowls).

Below: From Karan Johar- Varun Bahl

Model at KAran Johar-Varun Bahl at VHIMW 2011

For festive occasions

The season for celebrations is about to begin—Navratri, weddings, Diwali, and some more weddings. Time for sherwanis, traditional looks, and embellishments on rich fabrics.

Below: From Shantanu-Nikhil

Model at Shantanu-Nikhil at VHIMW 2011

For formal yet fun occasions

Sometimes a guy wants to have fun but would prefer to be classy over casual. Think blazers and jackets in fun prints and colours. Be bold!

Below: From Troy Costa, Manoviraj Khosla

Model at Troy Costa at VHIMW 2011 Model for Manoviraj Khosla at VHIMW 2011

Guys—which of these looks do you wear most often?

Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011: Looks and styles for all guys

Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011 just concluded in New Delhi, and it was every fashion-conscious guy’s delight. (Women loved the shows too, for obvious reasons… drool!).

There were some fabulous collections and clothes for all guys, and we think every guy would be spoilt for choice! (Why should only women get a range of fashion options, right?).

So we thought it would be fun to match the guys we know with the clothes they’d like to wear. And the results of our little experiment are worth sharing. For obvious reasons we’re not revealing the names of the guys here, just their fashion attitude. Take a look and tell us if you know such guys.

For the guy who likes colour

He likes bright colours—as the mainstay of his look or just to break the monotony.

Below: From Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna; Manoviraj Khosla

Model at Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna VHIMW 2011 Model at Manoviraj Khosla VHIMW 2011

For the geek

Even geeks have a style beyond the dark and thick glasses. Separates carelessly thrown together with a book bag is the modern geek.

Below: From Sanchita Ajjampur

Model at Sanchita Ajjampur VHIMW 2011

For the guy who loves kurtas every day of the week

Who thought kurtas with slim trousers could be oh-so-chic?

Below: From Rajvi Mohan

Model at Rajvi Mohan - VHIMW 2011

For the rebel

Hoodies may have got a bad name recently, but they’re not the same anymore. There’s more than one on a tee, it’s in front, or it’s with a fitted sweatshirt. Either ways, the hoodie still seems to say “I don’t care”.

Below: From Anky

Model at Anky - VHIMW 2011

For the mysterious hottie

I saw one at a restaurant, another driving a Jaguar, and a third at fashion week. Sigh!

Below: From Rajesh Pratap Singh

Model for Rajesh Pratap Singh at VHIMW 2011

For the modern guy who likes homespun fabrics

He likes traditional Indian silhouettes and classic textiles in contemporary styles.

Below: From Abraham & Thakore

Model for Abraham & Thakore at VHIMW 2011

Guys—which one is you? Gals—which of these would your guy wear?

LFW W/F 2011 Day 2: Narendra Kumar jazzes up menswear with a swingin’ show

There was live music, dancing and some very polished gentlemen. No, it wasn’t a dance club from the mid 20th century, but Narendra Kumar’s show at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. The collection, presented to a live rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly me to the moon, comprised formal evening wear for men.

It was one of the few shows we girls could swoon, whistle and cheer (it was a virtually all-male show). Each model did a little jig or dance step on head ramp, spreading the joy of music and rhythm.

Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

The collection’s focus was bespoke suits (especially classy tuxedos). The colours were beyond black—deep sapphire, wine, green, pale pink, midnight blue, along with neutrals. The men looked dapper in single and double breasted jackets, with broad, narrow, peak and notched lapels. The tuxedo lapels were inspired by Japanese kimonos, while we also saw draped and cut away collar jackets and the iconic “smoking”. The trousers were sexily slim with turn-ups.

Namit Khanna at Narendra Kumar LFW W/F 2011 Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011 Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

The fabrics were just as luxurious with Dupion silks, velvet, smooth Ari silk, patterned and textured handloom silks and brocades. The beautiful jackets had hand and machine embroidery, quilting, appliqués and motifs from the Art Deco and Nouveau periods.

Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011 Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

We were almost disappointed when the fun show came to an end, though Kabir Bedi in a white brocade tux and some more singing provided some cheer. 🙂

Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

Chic Pics: 250 topless models audition for upcoming fashion week in Delhi

It will soon be time for the third edition of Van Heusen India Men’s Week and preparations are on in full swing. So 250 young men turned up for the model auditions of India’s only fashion week exclusively for men. A glimpse of the auditions:

Van Heusen India Men’s Week models

The bare-chested guys would have been enough to make many of our readers swoon!

Anyways, a jury (that didn’t ogle) judged the men on attributes like confidence, attitude and physique. The jurors Ashish Soni, Aparna Bahl, Gautam Kalra, Jamal Shaikh, Namrata Joshipura, Naveen Ansal and Rohit Bal selected 20 new faces for Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011.

The very hot and lucky models who made it are:  Akshit, Ankit Raj, Arya Bhat, Danish, Himanshu Sherawat, Honey, Krishna Chaturvedi, Kuldeep Samant, Pankaj Tanwar, Puneet Beniwal, Ravinder, Romey, Shekkar Singh, Siddhant Bhutani, Sulabh, Sumit Grewal, Sumit Sejwal, Taher Ali, Uday Sandhu and Yashwant.

Here they are with the judges and with some clothes on:

Van Heusen India Men’s Week models

Ladies, pick your favourite and tell us who you want to see on the ramp. 😉

Have a drooling weekend!

Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011 will be held September 2-3, 2011 in New Delhi.

Chic Insider: Big B’s Bbuddah… fashion story (by stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi)

If you’ve seen Amitabh Bachchan in the promos of the upcoming movie Bbuddah… hoga terra baap, you’ve seen his brand-new look: bold, striking, even quirky. There are bright colours, eye-catching prints and funky accessories (think green glares and yellow scarf).

Bbuddah hoga terra baap stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi Leepakshi Ellawadi, a sub-30 Mumbai-based fashion designer is behind the much-talked-about look. Her creativity has come full circle since her days in NIFT Bangalore, where she won the Best Design Collection award for her Hindi film-inspired collection (starring mostly Amitabh Bachchan).

As costume stylist for Big B in Bbuddah…, Leepakshi has come a very long way in a very short time. In an interview with Speaking Chic, Leepakshi narrates the story behind the fashion and costumes of Mr Bachchan in the movie.

Understanding Amitabh Bachchan’s character
The director Puri Jagannadh didn’t tell me the kind of look he wanted for the movie’s lead character. All I got were some CDs with his dialogues and character sketch. Mr Bachchan’s character is an ex-gangster in India for a mission. He’s sarcastic, outlandish and likes to be the centre of attention. Most importantly, he doesn’t believe he’s old, and doesn’t like being called “Bbuddah”.

Peeking into Amitabh Bachchan’s wardrobe
The first-look trial with Mr Bachchan went well. I discovered that he’s experimental and open to new ideas, and was surprised with the range of garments and accessories in his wardrobe. I absolutely loved his pair of tiger-print jeans which is nothing less than a work of art.

Costume concepts
Mr Bachchan and I sat together to discuss every scene of Bbuddah… hoga terra baap. As we evolved the looks, I realised that I needed to strike a balance between the character’s flamboyance and the essence of the scene.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baapSo even though I’ve experimented with colours and prints, I used mix and match, pairing the brights with more subdued tones. We needed to make sure everything’s in sync and nothing clashes. Even the inner linings of jackets are reds and greens. We teamed prints with contrasting shirts. For example, I’ve used a bright turquoise and shirt with a black body.

 

Shopping with Mr Bachchan
Mr Bachchan and I went shopping for the movie in London for 10 days, my look sheets in hand. He helped me a lot, telling me what he liked, even as people asked him for autographs and pictures.

We shopped at Harrod’s, Armani, Burberry, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Gucci and Etro.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap

About the famous glares—several of them are Mr Bachchan’s personal collection, handmade and handcrafted, and cost around Rs 15-20 lakh each. [Speaking Chic note: OMG, really?] I also used my personal collection of Pucci and Etro scarves that I’ve garnered over the years. and Mr Bachchan’s personal collection of watches in the movie.

Prints galore!
Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap1

Print-on-print is bang on trend right now, and Mr Bachchan wanted me to make some such pieces. I had some fabric from Chennai lying with me, so I made a piece for him. (He’s wearing that piece in Rang barse in the movie.)  The prints are mostly florals and paisleys and “engineered” prints.

The Big B experience
Leepakshi Ellawadi with Amitabh Bachchan for Bbuddah hoga terra baapIt has been an amazing experience working with Amitabh Bachchan—like living a dream. Early on in the shoot, when I’d knot Mr Bachchan’s scarf, my hands would shake. One day he grabbed my hand and asked why they shook. “It’s you!” I replied.

Thanks to Amitabh Bachchan for being so patient and stylish—he’s anyway so stylish,  he made my job a cakewalk!

Bbuddah… hoga terra baap releases July 1, 2011.

Chic Insider: Big B’s Bbuddah… fashion story (by stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi)

If you’ve seen Amitabh Bachchan in the promos of the upcoming movie Bbuddah… hoga terra baap, you’ve seen his brand-new look: bold, striking, even quirky. There are bright colours, eye-catching prints and funky accessories (think green glares and yellow scarf).

Bbuddah hoga terra baap stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi Leepakshi Ellawadi, a sub-30 Mumbai-based fashion designer is behind the much-talked-about look. Her creativity has come full circle since her days in NIFT Bangalore, where she won the Best Design Collection award for her Hindi film-inspired collection (starring mostly Amitabh Bachchan).

As costume stylist for Big B in Bbuddah…, Leepakshi has come a very long way in a very short time. In an interview with Speaking Chic, Leepakshi narrates the story behind the fashion and costumes of Mr Bachchan in the movie.

Understanding Amitabh Bachchan’s character
The director Puri Jagannadh didn’t tell me the kind of look he wanted for the movie’s lead character. All I got were some CDs with his dialogues and character sketch. Mr Bachchan’s character is an ex-gangster in India for a mission. He’s sarcastic, outlandish and likes to be the centre of attention. Most importantly, he doesn’t believe he’s old, and doesn’t like being called “Bbuddah”.

Peeking into Amitabh Bachchan’s wardrobe
The first-look trial with Mr Bachchan went well. I discovered that he’s experimental and open to new ideas, and was surprised with the range of garments and accessories in his wardrobe. I absolutely loved his pair of tiger-print jeans which is nothing less than a work of art.

Costume concepts
Mr Bachchan and I sat together to discuss every scene of Bbuddah… hoga terra baap. As we evolved the looks, I realised that I needed to strike a balance between the character’s flamboyance and the essence of the scene.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baapSo even though I’ve experimented with colours and prints, I used mix and match, pairing the brights with more subdued tones. We needed to make sure everything’s in sync and nothing clashes. Even the inner linings of jackets are reds and greens. We teamed prints with contrasting shirts. For example, I’ve used a bright turquoise and shirt with a black body.

 

Shopping with Mr Bachchan
Mr Bachchan and I went shopping for the movie in London for 10 days, my look sheets in hand. He helped me a lot, telling me what he liked, even as people asked him for autographs and pictures.

We shopped at Harrod’s, Armani, Burberry, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Gucci and Etro.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap

About the famous glares—several of them are Mr Bachchan’s personal collection, handmade and handcrafted, and cost around Rs 15-20 lakh each. [Speaking Chic note: OMG, really?] I also used my personal collection of Pucci and Etro scarves that I’ve garnered over the years. and Mr Bachchan’s personal collection of watches in the movie.

Prints galore!
Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap1

Print-on-print is bang on trend right now, and Mr Bachchan wanted me to make some such pieces. I had some fabric from Chennai lying with me, so I made a piece for him. (He’s wearing that piece in Rang barse in the movie.)  The prints are mostly florals and paisleys and “engineered” prints.

The Big B experience
Leepakshi Ellawadi with Amitabh Bachchan for Bbuddah hoga terra baapIt has been an amazing experience working with Amitabh Bachchan—like living a dream. Early on in the shoot, when I’d knot Mr Bachchan’s scarf, my hands would shake. One day he grabbed my hand and asked why they shook. “It’s you!” I replied.

Thanks to Amitabh Bachchan for being so patient and stylish—he’s anyway so stylish,  he made my job a cakewalk!

Bbuddah… hoga terra baap releases July 1, 2011.

Chic video: Imran Khan drops his jeans for Levis, oops… we mean dENiZEN

Levi Strauss Signature is now dENiZEN, and who better to announce it to the Indian youth than Bollywood’s chocolate boy Imran Khan?

In this cute advertisement, Imran drops his Levi’s Signature jeans at a public walk-in laundry for a wash, sitting in his underpants. As a coy Monica Dogra (another customer) gyrates to the music, a baffled Imran looks on. The ad ends with Imran pulling out dENiZEN jeans from the machine, and enjoying the comfort they bring.

Our verdict: Cute advertisement, intelligent casting, good choice of music and even better chemistry.

PS: dENiZEN is a recently-launched mass jeanswear brand in Asia (especially for upwardly mobile youth from 18-28), and will soon be introduced in the US as well. The dENiZEN Spring-Summer line is available at dENiZEN and multi-brand stores across India. Denim bottoms range from Rs 799 to Rs 1399. Also available: casual tops and shirts.

Chic summer trend: Do the stripe-tease!

If there’s one trend most international celebs are wearing this spring (summer for us), it’s the Breton stripes aka French navy stripes (Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung, Claudia Schiffer). In an earlier post, we wrote about wearing neon and bright stripes this summer. In this post, we show you more ways to wear the stripes.

Wear the stripes differently

Give the stripes a 2011 twist by wearing a tshirt, blouse or dress with stripes in navy or black (or whatever colour you please) that are thinner, narrower, wider or closer. Guaranteed to make you look trendy without being a clone.

Below (left to right): Picasso stripes slouch dress (girls) from French Connection; look from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

French Connection striped dress

Keep it casual or make it formal

For a casual look, guys and girls can wear their striped tshirt with straight or boot-cut jeans and a sun hat. Girls can carry a slouchy bag. For a formal or semi-casual chic look, wear the top with white, navy or beige trousers or loose-fit pants.

Below: Hat from Zara (guys)

Zara hat

Add another trend

Girls can mix navy-striped blouses with hot trends like lace or soft shoulders. Guys can look for navy stripes with trends like the ubiquitous “numbered” tees or with fabric detailing on sleeves and collars.

Below: Stripe numbered tee from French Connection (guys), double stripe t-shirt (guys) from Zara, look from S.Oliver spring/summer collection

Zara double stripe tshirtFrench Connection stripe tee

s.Oliver Casual navy stripes with lace blouse

Mix and clash

Print mixing is big this season, so why not mix your stripes with spots, stars, florals or other prints? Girls can wear lacy or printed skirts or expertly mix blocks of colour and print, while guys can team it with checkered shorts.

Below: Dress from Mango, skirt from French Connection.

Mango dressFrench Connection white lace skirt

 

 

 

 

How are you wearing stripes this summer?

Chic finds: Summer essentials for guys

Why should girls have all the fun, right? With the change of season, it’s time for guys to update their wardrobes too. We dig out the bare summer essentials for the boys:

White shirt

Simple and summery, can be worn casually or to work. White linens are excellent for the terribly hot Indian summer.

Below: White shirt from Energie’s Summer/ Resort 2011 collection; white shirt from Zara.

Energie white shirt Zara white shirt

Fun summer wear

Even the “grownup” boys can have fun in the summer. These casual and fun shirts and tshirts are just for them. 🙂

Below (left to right): Tshirt from French Connection; shirt from Lee.

French Connection printed tshirt Lee blue shirt casual

Shorts/ Bermudas

In neutral shades or bright, plain or printed, nothing beats a pair of comfy shorts and bermudas to lounge around in.

Below (left to right): Look from Celio’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection, bermudas from Lee.

Models @ celio fashion show (2) - CopyLee bermudas

Sneakers

Canvas or fabric sneakers in bright colours or white are ideal to pair with bermudas, jeans and casual Fridays.

Below (left to right): Sneakers from Energie; canvas sneakers from Converse.

Energie sneakersConverse canvas sneakers

Sunglasses

Hot sunglasses for hot weather!

Below: Sunglasses from Fastrack

 

Fastrack sunglasses

 

Bonus: Bright colours

If women can wear bold pop colours, why can’t men? And hey, they need not look like Govinda. 😛

Below (left to right): Yellow tshirt from Cantabil’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection styled by Rocky S; blue pants from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

yellow tee Cantabil Blue pants from energie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your brother/ friend/ boyfriend wearing this summer?