Wedding Fashion: Saris dipped in gold

Gold is everywhere this season… around your neck, on your ring finger and wrist, and of course, it’s on our clothes. Designers can’t bring enough gold to their lehengas and saris, and we don’t mind, because this time it isn’t OTT.

At Lakme Fashion Week, Anupama Dayal’s collection, which made plenty of good use of Indian embroideries and embellishments in the form of zardosi, gota and brocade.

How to wear gold in your wedding outfit:

  • Wear a sari, lehenga or kurta with gold metallic embellishments.
  • Tone down the bling with a broad gold border on your dupatta or sari.
  • Wear a gold blouse or choli with your lehenga or sari.
  • Don’t forget the gold jewellery!

Anupama Dayal kurta with gold embroidery LFW  Anupama Dayal sari in gold LFW  

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Wedding picks: Top sari and lehenga trends

Wedding picks: Top sari and lehenga trends

As promised, Speaking Chic brings you a special wedding wear series. Our series is not just for Indian brides, but for all our readers who are attending weddings of their friends, family and relatives over the next couple of months.

We kickstart our wedding 2010-2011 series with our top sari, lehenga and churidar-kurtas trends for Indian weddings.

Jewel Tones

Indian weddings are delightfully colourful. Wear jewel tones to make a striking appearance at the wedding, but make sure it’s not ostentatious or loud. (Shyamal & Bhumika lehenga below.)

Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan lehenga in jewel tones

Printed

Who says printed saris should be restricted to day wear? Embellished printed saris look rich, festive and traditional, and can be worn to a wedding with the right jewellery. Take a look at the Satya Paul creation below:

Satya Paul blue sari at Lakme Fashion Week

Shruti Hassan is wearing a blue silk sari with embellishments on the border and blouse (bodice and cuffs).

More hot trends to wear (for sari, lehengas and other Indian wedding wear) coming soon. Stay tuned!

Chic Winter Picks: More trendy coats

In a post last week, Speaking Chic picked out three trendy coats for winter. We bring you some more trendy coats to bundle up in.

Trend 4: Military

Anything to do with the military style is still in. Here’s a coat with metallic buttons, epaulettes, and a belt in (military) green. (Available at Zara.)

Zara military style coat winter 2010

Trend 5: Ruffles

Why should ruffles be restricted to dresses, gowns and blouses? Check out this wool coat with ruffle detail (from French Connection).

French Connection Winter Sun Wool Coat

Trend 6: Camel

Vogue.co.uk on camel coats: “If you buy only one coat this season make it camel.” Camel (the colour!) is bang on trend this winter. ‘Nuff said!

Mango camel coat winter 2010

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Chic Winter picks: Top 3 trendy coats

Which coat are you buying/ wearing this winter?

Beauty Handbook: Aishwarya’s Guzaarish look deconstructed

Speaking Chic breaks down Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s makeup and hair in Guzaarish for you. Most of the makeup is bang on trend this season, so do try this at home. (Not recommended for nurses and most working environments.)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's makeup in Guzaarish

Shaped eyebrows: Thick to thin

Nude eyes and face: Skin-coloured eye shadow, light base, no blush

Flicked eyeliner: Speaking Chic had recommended this look for Diwali, it’s a hot trend.

Bold and full lips: The makeup artist defined Aishwarya’s lips with a lip liner just beyond the her natural lip line, and then filled in with deep lip colour. Result: Hot lips. (Another trend we had written about!)

Hair: Done in long braids/ plaits, then wound around in an updo. Curls near the crown and temples.

Which of these makeup tips are you going to try?

Chic Winter Picks: Top 3 trendy coats

As promised, we bring you the best of winter wear to gear you up for the cold weather. The season’s trendiest coats kick off our winter wear series.

Trend 1: Sharp lines

A streamlined coat in solid colour is a winter wardrobe basic this year. Sophisticated and smart! (Below: Straight coat from Zara)

Straight coat from Zara

Trend 2: Colour

Remember Kajol in My Name is Khan? She wore pop-coloured coats, and reds are really popping right now. Warning: for the bold woman only. (Below: Red coat from S.Oliver)

S. Oliver red coat

Trend 3: Double-breasted

Why should this trend be restricted to old business suits? (Below: Double-breasted coat from French Connection)

French Connection grey double-breasted coat

 

 

Which coat will you wear?

Coming soon: Wedding and winter specials

The climes are a-changing. Even as the mercury drops, the wedding fever spreads. Speaking Chic will bring you the best of fashion, beauty, clothes, accessories and makeup to tackle the onset of winter and the upcoming wedding season: the chic way!

Stay tuned.

Do leave us any questions you want us to answer about winter or wedding wear in the comments below.

Chic fad: Wear the president

If you’re a Barack Obama fan and want to celebrate his India visit (starts today), here’s your chance to wear your heart on your sleeve. Or your tshirt. Tantra’s come up with some cool tees for Obama fans to wear.

Obama Tantra tshirts

Also, check out Inkfruit’s Obama tshirts – they’re fun and affordable (Rs 399 only).

So if you’re politically inclined, are seeking a US visa, want to impress the girl doing the Political Science major, or would just like to show support for Obama, do it the right way—with a cool fashion statement. 🙂

Chic Diwali gifts: Sporty watches for girls

Diwali is not too far away, and it’s time to draw up a list of things we covet (separate lists for guys and girls). Our list is too long to share in one go, so we’re kicking this off with Diwali gifts for girls.

First up on our girls’ list: a sporty, oversized watch. It’s classy, it makes a statement, and it’s very very trendy. I liked the ones at Swatch and a couple at Toy Watch Co.

Check out these Swatches:

Swatch gold   Swatch silver

What chic accessory do you want as a Diwali gift? Tell us!

LFW: Jewellery tells a global story

Jewellery designer Suhani Pittie broke out of her oxidised silver mold with her recent Lakme Fashion Week collection, called Free Religion. Suhani’s jewellery was a mix of two worlds—though “very Indian in my DNA”, she made the most of several nomadic influences in this collection.

Expertly rolling several eras and cultures into a cohesive gypsy-inspired collection, the jewellery had both rustic and contemporary touches. For instance, necklaces or individual pieces in antique gold finish were combined with turquoise stones, coloured enamelled pieces, or coloured fabric. Suhani made ample use of beads, stones and studs and symbols open to multiple interpretations. The oft-used crescent could symbolise Islam, Shiva’s hair adornment or the Chinese Yin.

Suhani Pittie neckpiece with crescent Model wearing Suhani Pittie jewellery at LFW

My favourite piece from the collection was a neckpiece that started as a temple necklace, added a foldable steel plate (it really was foldable, I checked), with a small metal Ganesha and coral and turquoise pieces.

Model in Suhani Pittie's jewellery

Speaking Chic says: Very artistic, but the retail collection may be a card swipe or two.

LFW: Nachiket’s mix-and-match dazzles

Nachiket Barve got the idea for his Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 Magpie collection from the bird that steals shiny objects to decorate its nest. The designer “stole” inspiration from around the world, drawing inspiration from objects as varied as fabergé eggs, Moroccan star motifs, Marrakech’s tropical sunsets and Ukrainian paintings.

In true Nachiket style, there was plenty of colour (burgundy, turquoise, purple, ink blue and more) with relaxed, yet structured, silhouettes. The designer expertly combined various techniques in a single garment, such as cross stitch beading with silk and glass beads and 3D appliqué on graphic resist origami dyed dress.

Nachiket Barve cross stitch purple dress Nachiket Barve wrap dress LFW

Nachiket experimented with churidars, kurtas and saris for the first time, with interesting results. For instance, there were couple of tie-and-dye saris with appliqué borders. Also seen was the use of clever layering in contrasting colours.

Nachiket Barve sari LFW

Speaking Chic says: A fun, delightful and wearable collection, with several garments worth keeping for several seasons.