LFW Summer/Resort 2011: Top 5 things we’re excited about

  1. A taste of Japan: Established Japanese designers will showcase their collections at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. These are Somarta by Tamae Hirokawa, Motonari Ono and Araisara by Sara Arai.LFW S/R 2011
  2. Exciting designer line-up: Some of India’s leading designers (absent last season) will make an appearance. We’re excited about Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Shantanu-Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Raakesh Agarvwal and Pria Kataria Puri.
  3. Accessories galore!: This season at LFW will see a whopping 15 accessory designers on the ramp. We’re looking forward to Suhani Pittie and Rina Shah of Rinaldi, and would love to get a dose of the other designers’ accessories. (Below: Picture from Suhani Pittie’s LFW Winter/Festive 2010 collection)Suhani Pittie LFW W/F 2010
  4. Watching LFW LIVE!: It’s not possible to go to every show. So in the middle of a working day, fashionistas can just log on to LFWTV.in and get the latest from fashion week!
  5. Great fashion, of course!: Fashion week is about fashion, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. Would love to see some fabulous trends for the summer!

Chic Reviews: Lakmé Fruit Blast Melon Melt and Pear Butter Mask

Speaking Chic readers review the recent Lakmé winter launch: Fruit Blast face washes. (This is part 1 of the series).

Lakmé Melon Melt Fruit Quench Face Wash

(Reviewed by Noor)

About the face wash

It’s a cocktail of muskmelon and watermelon in gel form that will deep cleanse, refresh and cool your skin. Rich in Vitamin A, B and C, the creamy gel will lathers to transform your skin into never before freshness, radiance and hydration.

Price: Rs. 70 for 50 g, Rs. 125 for 100 g

Lakme Melon Melt Fruit Quench Face Wash

Noor says:

This face wash has an amazing fragrance—that’s the first thing I noticed about it!

The face wash gave me a “fresh” feeling, but only for the first five minutes. My skin felt amazing  for those few minutes, but I wish this effect lasted longer. Besides this, it’s just like any other face wash.

While you can use the face wash in the morning, I recommend Lakmé Melon Melt after a day out as the skin needs to feel cool after being out in the heat.

Rating: 2.5/5

Lakmé Fruit Blast Pear Butter Deep Hydrating Mask

(Reviewed by Deepti)

Lakmé Fruit Blast Pear Butter Deep Hydrating Mask

About the mask:

The mask contains pears and pure shea butter and is formulated for deep cleansing and intense hydration. Soft, buttery yet grainy textured pears are rich in vitamin C and K that help revitalize skin. Shea butter helps moisturise the skin, promoting cell renewal.

Price: Rs. 150 for 50 g

Deepti says:

I like this mask—firstly, it made me feel cool and fresh. After using the product, my skin felt soft and supple, and I was happy to note that the freshness lasted a long time. The soft, creamy texture and the invigorating fragrance is a bonus.

What I didn’t like was that if I applied a cream or moisturiser after using the mask and stepped out of an air-conditioned room, my face would become oily.

Overall, I liked the mask, and I would recommend it to my friends.

Rating: 3/5

DisclosureSpeaking Chic received these products for review from Lakme.

Part 2: Coming soon

Weekend Fashion: Chic Reads

India’s obsession with fairness and foreigners has had an impact on fashion and lifestyle advertising. We wonder if Indian-made Killer jeans be as successful without foreign models in its ads. Open Magazine explores the white obsession in Indian fashion advertising.

Women have been dressing like men since decades. And androgynous fashion continues to be an everlasting trend. But why don’t women shop like men? Some lessons from the Wall Street Journal .

Refinery 29 predicts the top colour trends for fashion in 2011. Update your wardrobe, ladies!

And a cool video to round up the weekend: the Style Highs of 2010. Enjoy! (Also read Speaking Chic’s 2010 fashion trends highlights).

Chic Finds: At the Mango sale!

Every shopaholic’s thumbrule:

Christmas time = Sales!

Mango sale shopping bagMango was the first of the high street brands to go on sale last week December, so I headed to the mall on a crazy weekend. Store was crowded, but not yet crowded enough to host catfights over popular pieces.

Some good clothes, and lots of good prices! I came back with a lighter wallet and three very chic pieces.

So what’s in the bag?

1. Mango catalogue

Mango shopping catalogue

2. Black capris

Mango black capris

Always needed in Mumbai. So totally worth the purchase.

3. Printed tshirt with neckpiece

Mango tshirt printed gold neckpiece

The combo of print, oversized rosette on right shoulder and in-built neckpiece makes this an irresistible top.

4. Black printed blouson with gold highlights

Mango black blouson with gold Mango black blouson with gold

I couldn’t let this piece go. Will wear with beige trousers and sexy stilettos for the day; and will probably add some long earrings for the night. Loved the shoulder tie-ups.

Did you go sale shopping recently? What did you buy?

Chic and easy party looks: Sequinned & studded

There are party dresses, and then there are some more party dresses. But how do you transform a cocktail or evening dress into a complete party outfit? It’s all in the accessories! We show you how to get the right party looks with two classic sets of accessories: Sequins/ shimmer and studded.

Speaking Chic tip: Start with your dress as a “base” and play around with colours, accessories and jewellery till you find the right combo. You can choose one offbeat accessory if you like to experiment.

Sequins and shimmer

Party dress sequins & shimmer

Dress from James Ferreira and Savio Jon’s After Eight collection at Ensemble
Headband from Zara
Watch from ToyWatch (Gems collection)
Violent Thunder Clutch from French Connection
CELO shoes from Tresmode


Party dress studded
Dress from James Ferreira and Savio Jon’s After Eight collection at Ensemble
Hairband from Zara
Studded clutch from Aldo Acccessories
Shoes: CENT and CULT dressy peep toe with laceup, both from Tresmode


Which party look will you opt for tonight?

Party dresses: Let’s paint the town red, white and green!

Red dresses are this winter’s LBDs, or so they say. But red isn’t the only colour popping up all over town. Other rocking colours for party dresses I’ve been spotting are green and white. Check out our top trendy party dress picks in these colours.

Party colour: Red
Red is an instant attention-grabber. If you’re bold, love being the cynosure at a party, then red is your colour for 2011.

Dress from Chemistry.

Chemistry red party dress

(Picture from Chemistry Facebook page)

Party colour: Green
After seeing some fabulous green evening dresses, I’ve begun to believe that green is the most underrated colour in fashion. What say?

Gown from Gauri & Nainika, available at Ensemble.

Gauri & Nainika green gown

Party colour: White
The colour of snow and winter, and can make you stand out among a sea of dressed-in-black partygoers. Add pop-coloured accessories and makeup to avoid looking too pale.

Dress from Prashant Verma, available at Ensemble.


Prashant Verma white dress

Which is your favourite colour to party in? Red, white or green?

Party dresses: 2010 trends you can still wear

As you ring in the new year, you’re ready to look like you’re in 2011. After all, 2010 will be so last decade. But if you’re stuck with past season party dresses you want to wear for the big bash on New Year’s eve, don’t lose hope just yet. Some trends are still pretty much out there, and  you won’t look outdated.

Trend 1: Military
Spring/Summer 2010 was hot on the militry trend. Khakis, epaulettes, camouflage prints ruled the ramps and streets. Choose to go all-out military with boots, or soften your look with a feminine accessory like a bow or rosette clutch.

Gown and shrug from Sailex NG.

Dress Sailex NG LFW

Trend 2: Drapes
Draped dresses became popular early 2009. They’re feminine, graceful and can make a woman look really sexy.

Dress from Vizyon.

Vizyon pink dress

Trend 3: Bodycon
Another oldish trend. If you’ve been working out hard in the gym, slip into a bodycon dress to flaunt your toned body.

Dress from French Connection.


French Connection purple bodycon dress

Have you decided your party dress yet?

Chic Party Makeup: New Year 2011 guide (part 1)

Be the quintessential party animal on New Year’s Eve with makeup to usher in 2011 looking your chic-est. Speaking Chic illuminates some top makeup trends.

Smokey eyes
Classic look, but not an easy one to try at home. Too much eyeshadow and you look like a witch. Too little, and it doesn’t make an impact. Give your smokey eyes the 2011 twist by ditching the black eye shadow in favour of grey, silver, teal, taupe or dark blue. Add some sparkle or glitter on your eyelids or corners of your eyes to get the perfect party look. Smokin’ hot!

Speaking Chic tip: Get your smokey eyes right with the help of this video.

Dewy skin
MAC mineralize foundationIf you’ve got the confidence to carry off a clean makeup look, the dewy skin look is just right for  you. The best way to look nude yet glowing is to apply a foundation that gives your skin the right amount of sheen. I use MAC’s Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation for this.

Speaking Chic tip: Apply some loose powder after the foundation. This might take away some of your dewiness initially, but as your skin gets oilier during the party, the glow comes right back.

Which trend will you party with?

Indian designer duo Walnut to be part of Japan Fashion Week

Designer label ‘Walnut’ by Divya and Nidhi Gambhir has been selected to showcase their designs at the next Japan Fashion Week.

The designer duo will showcase their collection at the Asian Designers Collection in Tokyo in March 2011. ‘Walnut’ by Divya and Nidhi Gambhir was selected by the Asian Designers’ Collection Committee from a shortlist of five designers. The other shortlisted designers were Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta, 5X by Ajit Kumar, Neelanjan Ghosh and 11:11 Cell DSGN.

Here are some glimpses Walnut by Divya and Nidhi Gambhir’s show at the recent Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WLIFW).

Walnut by Divya & Nidhi Gambhir Walnut by Divya & Nidhi Gambhir

The jury, comprising representatives from the Onward Kashiyama Co Ltd and New Designer Fashion Grand Prix Committee, announced their decision after they visited India mid-December for one-to-one meetings with the shortlisted designers.

“Japan is a comparatively new and growing market where Indians are making headway,” according to Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). The visibility and exposure this event brings to Divya and Nidhi Gambhir, and to the Indian fashion scene should have hopefully positive results.