Chic Makeup: Lakme’s Gypsy collection (Part 1)

Speaking Chic spent a few days trying out Lakme’s latest makeup range: the Gypsy collection. Here’s the first part of our review.

About the Gypsy Collection by Lakme

The idea behind Lakme’s Gypsy collection, made in collaboration with designer Malini Ramani, is to take Indian women a makeup range that will see them through the festive season: Diwali, weddings, Christmas, New Year and some more weddings (up to January).

Lakme's Gypsy collection of makeupWhat’s in the collection

Lipsticks, lip glosses, lip colours, blush, eye shadow, kajal, nail polish.


Mostly earthy undertones, with several vibrant colours. Each makeup product has a distinct colour palette.

Lips: Enrich Satin Lip Color

I started with the Enrich Satin Lip Color lipsticks and discovered, much to my delight, that they did feel like satin on my lips, as the name suggests. The colours ranged from rust to brown. I liked most of the colours (10 in all), and they’re bound to please women of all ages.

Application was easy and the colour came out well in the first coat itself. With just a couple of coats, the lipsticks stayed in place for 5-6 hours, and even after a meal. Lakme says that these lipsticks contain sunscreen, vitamins and olive extracts for soft and smooth lips. Must say that the lipsticks certainly didn’t leave my lips dry.

Sheer Satin Lip Gloss

I love lip glosses, and I can’t imagine life without them. The eight shades of Lakme’s Sheer Satin Lip Gloss were enough to satisfy my thirst for lip glosses, and I liked the slight metallic sheen some of them had. They lasted long (though not as long as the lipsticks), and smelled and tasted great. 😉 My favourite shade: No. 11.

Lip Palette

Lakme Gypsy collection lip palette

Lakme’s Lip Palette of five very earthy brown shades comes with a lip brush that will require basic skills, which you can learn in just couple of minutes. Some of the shades were similar to the Enrich Satin Lip Color lipsticks, but the difference was that these are slightly glossier. Most of the shades are suitable for women of all skin tones. (Hence makes a great Diwali gift.)

Have you tried the Lakme Gypsy collection’s lip range? Tell us what you think!

Coming soon: Part 2 of the review (Eyes and Nails)

WLIFW: Reynu Taandon’s hole-y safari

On day 5 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, designer Reynu Taandon took fashionistas on a safari in clothes replete with holes. In Reynu’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection Safari Glam, the garments were, well, perforated. The little circles were cut precisely into the fabric using a laser-based technique.

Before you say,“No way I’m gonna wear clothes with holes”, recall the recently-popular cutwork jackets. And then take a look at the pictures below. The shorts in the first picture are wearable,  while the varying hole diameters in the beige shirt give a whole new meaning to safari chic. (Scroll down further for a close-up of the shirt).

Reynu Taandon top and shorts at WLIFW Reynu Taandon outfit at WLIFW

Note the fringes and gold studs on the left pocket.

                                  Close up of Reynu Taandon shirt WLIFW

What do you think of Reynu Taandon’s safari collection? Tell us!

WLIFW: Preeti Chandra’s easy colours for the summer

On Day 5 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Preeti Chandra presented a collection aptly called Summer Eye-Candies.

Preeti used colours that didn’t pop, but were summery enough, such as citrus, fawn and mossy green. Shintz and shimmer added glamour to the clothes, while gold and candy colour embroidery on necklines and bodices created sophisticated drama on the ramp.

Preeti Chandra's green outfit at WLIFW Preeti Chandra dress at WLIFW Preeti Chandra orange jacket at WLIFW

Even though easy silhouettes defined Preeti’s collection (tunics, shifts, and kurtas, kaftan dresses, loose trousers and jackets), the designer added a formal touch with ivory shifts with silver embroidery and ribboned wedges.


What do you think of Preeti Chandra’s summer colour palette? Tell us!

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.

LFW: Sailex’s edgy angels

Sailex’s duality-themed collection portrayed the contradictory facets of a women’s mind. This collection of gowns and dressed (called “Fallen Angel”) portrayed the duality with fluid lines, rich fabrics, some bling, and military elements.

His colour palette was anything but subtle—black, tomato, magenta, navy and purple, accessorised with gold. He played with textures and embellishments, by mixing velvet and chiffon and using pleats, drapes and glittering external shoulder pads and epaulet to give his collection certain amount of edginess. He added texture to models’ hair as well, with crimped sections, hair flying lose, or pulled into a haphazard updo with strands all over the place.

Model at Sailex LFW W/F 2010 Sailex with models LFW

Sailex says that the woman who wears his outfits is strong and daring, and the type “who could bash someone up”. For that to come through, we’d need a bit more edginess. Even so, I liked most of what I saw. His gowns could be a good investment for bold party girls.

Fashion Qs: White to wear?

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Speaking Chic launches a new series: Fashion Qs. In this series, we answer readers’ style and fashion queries. Here’s a pertinent question from a reader:

White Lies

Hi Speaking Chic, recently I read that  white is the colour of the season—little white dresses, white blouses, white pants etc. But it’s the monsoon here, and I want to avoid wearing whites for obvious reasons. But then I a celeb watch story that said pop colours are in. That’s in complete contradiction to whites! So what colours do I wear the next next couple months? And what do I do with my whites?

— Shaili, Mumbai

Dear Shaili, fashion trends are ever so confusing, especially when you like to read a number of mags or websites. Here’s the bad news: each editor has her own view of what to wear and what not to. But you’re right about the whites and the pop colours—both are in. High fashion stores were teeming with whites, while some some are brimming over with colours like electric blue, green and red.

And the good news: white is almost as timeless as black (especially in seasonless Mumbai). So it would be good to wear them on non-rainy days (you don’t want to be the next Zeenat Aman in Pukar), you could also keep them aside for later use. Or you could wear your whites during the day, saving the pop colours for night. Or team your white blouse with a dark jacket or fancy shrug for a dinner out with friends. And ride the bright colour trend with an eye-catching bag or clutch.

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Stuck in a fashion dilemma? Write to us at speakingchic [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment below.

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Painting Flushing Meadows Red!

While Sharapova made an unglorious exit from the US Open over the weekend, she didn’t fail to surprise with her choice of dress. Known to work closely with the Nike team, her lilac dress was perfect for her long legs and her tall and lean frame. However, I think the neon green bands across her dress are best left to cyclists, not tennis stars.

Despite the loss to a player ranked 30 spots below her, Sharapova’s creative and entrepreneurial streak continues. The Russian player is now designing accessories for Cole Haan, starting with an over-the-knee boot.

Her opponent was Melanie Oudin, who wore the cutest sneakers– a pleasant mix of dark pink and yellow, with three blue stripes, perfect for her young years (this feisty player is only 17!).

Oudin used her sponsor Adidas’s customisation site for the bespoke shoes. Fellow American Sam Querrey did the same with his shoes- a pair of red with a dash of dark blue.

Speaking of red, this fiery colour is ruling the roost seems to be ruling the roost at this hard court event. World No. 1 Roger Federer is wearing an eye-catching yet elegant red, adding an element of fun to his elegant backhand. Jelena Jankovic, who made an early exit, wore a red dress with ruffles at the waist and on the skirt- oh so feminine, but lacking a good fit. And then there’s Kim Clijsters with her red FILA tee and co-ordinated skirt, and a host of East European players like Kateryna Bondarenko and drama queen Vera Zvonareva.

The bright colours of the summer don’t end with the red. There’s the bright pink (donned by the Williams sistas, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova), and the very summery yellow of Rafael Nadal’s t-shirt. While the t-shirt gives women (and men) a cheeky view of his toned biceps, the blue head and wrist bands are in sync with new fashion mantra- Make contrasts work!

While some players stick to the safe choices (like blue), I love the experimentation with colours at the last Grand Slam of the year. But autumn’s round the corner, and the bright colours of the season will soon fade away… Enjoy them while they last!