Lakme’s new launches: Perfect Radiance Compact and Fruit Blast face washes

In the recent past, Lakmé has launched several makeup products, such as the popular Gypsy makeup collection and Lakmé Day Perfect Lip Color.

This month, Lakmé launched two new products (technically one product and one product range): Lakmé Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Lightening Compact and Lakmé Fruit Blast face cleansers (or face washes).

Lakmé Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Lightening Compact

Lakme Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Lightening Compact Radiance is the new buzzword in makeup. Women today want makeup to give them a healthy glow rather than a matte look. And Lakmé’s Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Lightening Compact promises to give women just that. A recent addition to the Perfect Radiance range (which already includes foundation, cream and facewash), the compact is available in six shades. The shades have been especially developed for Indian skin tones by leading makeup expert Cory Walia.

The compact contains Vitamin B3 to lighten skin tone and reduce intensity of blemishes. What’s more, it has SPF 20 to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Price: Rs 150

Lakmé Fruit Blast Face CleansersLakmé Fruit Blast Face Cleansers face washes

Strawberries, watermelons, mandarins, raspberries… yum! Much as I’d be tempted to eat these,  the new Lakmé face cleansers are not meant to be eaten, but applied, lathered, and washed away. The face washes contain anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids (found in berries) and AHAs (found in citrus fruits).

The face cleansers are for a range of purposes, based on their ingredients. So the  Lakmé Melon Melt Fruit Quench face wash with watermelon and muskmelon will deep cleanse, refresh and rehydrate your skin; while the Lakmé Berry Lush Fruit Energizing face wash with strawberries and raspberries will exfoliate and keep your skin soft  and smooth.

Price: Rs 70 onwards for 50 gm tubes.

Party dresses: Shimmer, shine and sparkle

Glisten like a jewel by blinging up your dress this Christmas or New Year’s eve. Show your shiny side as you let your hair down and dance the night away. Speaking Chic shows you the top trendy dresses to make you shimmer, shine and sparkle over the next two weekends.

Trend 1: Fabrics that shine

Opt for dresses in fabrics like jacquard, lamé, and even brocade. These come with inbuilt metallic shine that keep you in the spotlight. Some fabrics can bulk you up, so make sure you take a second (or third) opinion when you try on your dress at the store.

Dresses from Zara, Mango and French Connection.

Zara brocade dress Mango jacquard dress French Connection jacquard dress

Trend 2: Make sequins your best friends

Twinkle among the sea of partygoers with a dress that has the sequins in the right places and in the right dose. Or shine like the sun with a healthy overdose of sequins on your cocktail dress.

Dresses from Arpan Vohra and Mango.

Arpan Vohra dress gold Mango sequinned dress

How will you shine this party season?

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Party dresses: Black is chic!

Party dresses: Black is chic!

It’s Christmas week; it’s time to get in the party mood. And it’s time to pick out the right party dress, accessories and makeup. We kick off our party series with eternal party favourites: Little Black Dresses (LBDs).

LBD with a twist

Wear your LBD in an unusual cut that will flatter your body shape.  Charles & Keith studded beltCinch it at the waist with an eye-catching belt: it could be in a pop colour or studded, or both!

Dress from Vizyon; belt from Charles & Keith.

 

Vizyon black dress with belt

Asymmetrical Dresses

Asymmetrical hemlines are fun to wear and can play peek-a-boo if you want to flaunt your toned bod. Add on some shimmer and sparkle, and you’re set to party!

Dress from Vizyon.

Vizyon black dress

 

 

LBDs: Little Black Blazers

If you like to defy convention and stay away from dresses, try a night-time blazer with interesting details like sequins or stones. Pair with super skinny dark jeans or mini skirt.

Blazer from mapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi.

 mapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi Blazer

Which of these LBDs do you want to wear?

Winter Layering Trends: Go Casual

Layering clothes for winter is a tricky business. What goes or doesn’t go with what can be confusing, especially for those who want to stay trendy even while bundled up in layers.

Speaking Chic kicks off a series on layering for winter. In this series, we will bring you the top layering trends of winter 2010-2011 and give you easy, accessible and affordable examples so that you can get the looks. Do try this guide at home.

We kick off the series with a layering trend for all seasons: casual.

Go casual with tee and denim

Warm up your year-round staple of jeans and tee by starting with your favourite plain tshirt and pairing it with a fun wrap, shrug or cover-up. Choose winter accessories in interesting colours and prints to give your outfit a softer look.

Layering Formula:

Basic tee (cotton or wool) + knit cover-up + jeans + scarf

Winter layering trend casual 2010

Row 1: Tshirt from Zara; Shrug from S.Oliver

Row 2: Tshirt from French Connection; knitted vest from S.Oliver

Washed denims with colored studs in “Catie Fit” and scarves, both from S.Oliver

Trendy winter dresses: Fun with details

Yup, it’s winter, and we’re all busy paring down our wardrobe to focus on simpler outfits that will take us through the next few months. But simple (and simplified) clothes need not be boring.

After all, it’s all in the details: opt for dresses with detailing that add an interesting touch to your outfit.

We’ve dug up some trendy winter dresses with detailing that you can wear to work, a formal event or just for the day you want to adopt your understated style.

Trendy Winter Dress 1: Ruffles

Ruffles are ultra-feminine and a fun touch to a knee-length dress. Pair this purple Marks & Spencer dress with a neutral jacket, but keep the buttons open to let the ruffles show.

Marks & Spencer purple dress with ruffle

Trendy Winter Dress 2: Rosettes and flowers

This is the perfect dress to take you from office to business lunch drinks to dinner and coffee.  The floppy flower on this Vero Moda dress breaks the monotony of the black and white palette. Avoid a statement necklace with this dress. Instead, pile your wrist with thick bangles, choosing colours that depend on your mood and the occasion.

 

Vero Moda Lynette short dress

Trendy Winter Dress 3: Accordion Pleats

Pleats are not just for high school uniforms, as this knit dress from Zara shows. I also liked the fabric detailing around the neckline. I’d carry a catchy oversized bag with this dress, or wear sensible Mary Janes or pumps for a schoolgirl look. 🙂

Zara grey knit dress  with accordion pleats

Which chic trend do you want to wear?

Marks & Spencer opens 4th Delhi store with special ramp show

It’s not often that a foreign clothing brand opens a 14,000 square feet store in India. But when it’s Marks & Spencer (as Marks & Spencer Reliance India), it’s bound to be done in style.

Marks & Spencer celebrated the opening of its fourth Delhi store at DLF Promenade with a ramp show that featured established models like Krishna Somain and Alisha Paika, along with loyal customers.

While a ramp show is nothing unusual, I love watching ordinary people dressed stylishly, looking confident, and beaming as they flaunt their style statement. Plus we don’t get to see ordinary people (read: ordinary-sized people) on the ramp often. Check them out:

 Marks & Spencer new store Delhi Marks & Spencer new store Delhi

Meanwhile, take a look at the new store at Delhi’s DLF Promenade.

Marks & Spencer new store DLF Promenade Marks & Spencer new store DLF Promenade 

Anyone been there yet?

Winter Wear: Fur coats, anyone?

This season, more than any other in recent times, designers rocked the ramp with fur. Yup, protests, processions, anti-fur campaigns, PETA notwithstanding. Fur appeared on coats and jackets (the obvious), skirts, boots and hats. Here’s Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano.

Chanel fur  Jean Paul Gaultier fur  John Galliano fur

Taking a cue from the top-notch international designers, high street brands have introduced faux fur in their winter 2010 collections. The presence of fur on the high street ranges from fur trims to full fur coats.

Check out Zara’s anorak with fur collar and French Connection’s Laura faux fur coat.

Zara anorak with fur collar  French Connection Fur Coat

Faux or real, will you wear fur this winter?

PS: For the record, Speaking Chic is anti-fur.

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Wedding fashion: Chic embroidered jackets for sangeet

A richly-embroidered jacket for weddings has been on my wish list for a very long time now. And after thinking about it over and over again, I think it’s the right time to buy one. 🙂

Embroidered jackets look elegant and sophisticated, and are ideal for traditional gatherings such as the sangeet. I’ve seen some women wearing such jackets at weddings too.

Rohit Bal embroidered jacket   

Left: Rohit Bal jacket; Right: mapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi

How to wear embroidered jackets:

  • Make the exquisite jacket the focal point of your look. Wear your jacket with a simple kurta and churidar in the same or contrasting colour.
  • Or go casual with a comfortable camisole and tight pants/ knit leggings/ churidar.
  • Experiment with your silhouette by pairing your jacket with loose pants, lehenga or skirt.
  • If you’re petite, add on a pair of high heels (no wedges, please). Stilettos, pointy toes, and peep toes would bring a touch of class and grace to your look.
  • Keep the jewellery subtle and minimal (you want people to look at your jacket, right?)
  • Walk tall!

Would you like to add an embroidered jacket to your wardrobe?

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Bigg Boss: Veena Malik makes a leggy style statement

After Priyanka Chopra on Khatron ke Khiladi, it’s time for Bigg Boss’s Veena Malik to go very very short. In the episode aired on Thursday December 2, the Pakistani Bigg Boss contestant was seen wearing super-short black shorts, with a loose white shirt and sports jacket (purportedly Ashmit Patel’s).

Veena Mallik in Bigg Boss Veena Mallik in Bigg Boss shorts

Veena made the most of this short opportunity (pun intended) to show off her legs. She added drama to her look with her choice of footwear: her trademark high heeled pumps with err… patterned socks. Of course, wearing socks with sandals is not a fashion faux pas since last winter, but this is perhaps the first time we saw this on Indian television, worn with such nonchalance.

Check out Veena Malik’s pictures from Bigg Boss. With her style statement, she seems to be saying, “I have awesome legs, and I’m going to show them off.” Also: “If I get nominated in the near future, at least the men will vote for me/ my legs.”

What do you think of Veena’s style statement? Will you dare to wear shorts, heels and socks together?

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Wedding fashion: Let the kalidar kurtas bloom

For those who can’t (or won’t)wear saris at weddings for whatever reason, kalidar kurtas are the comfier, trendy and easy option. They are feminine, add grace to your gait and can create a colourful impact with shaded or alternating panels.

Handy tips to wear kalidar kurtas:

  • Kalidar kurtas are versatile: you can play with necklines, colours and embroideries.
  • Opt for longer kalidar kurtas as hemlines drop this season.
  • Team with a churidar; dupatta is optional.

mapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi kalidar kurta Manish Malhotra kalidar kurta LFW

Left: MapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi

Right: From Manish Malhotra’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection

 

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