Ladies, Van Heusen is not just for the board room, but for the night club, Sunday brunch and more! With their Limited Edition line of dresses and bags, there are a handful of stylish (and somewhat affordable) choices that can be worn beyond the confines of the office.
Here’s a glimpse:
As you can probably guess from the pictures, the clothes and accessories have sophistication written all over them (even if you’re not in the European countryside). The form-fitting silhouettes, luxurious fall of the fabric and the elegant colour mix of ivory, peach and royal blue make for a delicious collection. Meanwhile, the bejewelled clutches add the right dose of glamour.
The pleated and sheath dresses could take you from day to night, while the lace and sequinned dresses are occasion wear pieces that you could treasure for years to come. Since white lace, black sequins and draped dresses are now all-season classics, and these dresses are almost a bargain (priced between Rs 4000 and Rs 8000), it would be a good idea to bring out your credit card! 😉
The Van Heusen Limited Edition collection is available in 26 Van Heusen exclusive stores across India and select department stores. Prices range from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000.
Orange, lemon and sweet lime are juicy, sweet and the right of sour. And this summer, they’re delicious enough to wear. An easy balance of colour between neon, sorbet and pop shades, the citrus colours of orange, green and yellow can easily be worn as dresses or separates, and can be paired with each other.
Take a look at Speaking Chic’s citrus picks and read some handy style tips below:
Some tips to wear citrus:
- These colours should be worn with a light neutral shade like beige, white or khaki. So if you’re wearing an orange top, try on a pair of beige slim fit trousers.
- For citrusy pants, you could wear a contrasting coloured top or printed blouse.
- Citrus + citrus = Yummy! (Warning: Take your husband/sibling/ mom’s opinion before you step out in a top-to-toe citrus ensemble).
- If you’re wearing a bright orange or yellow dress, make that the key piece of your look. Which means your bag, shoes and earrings should be subtle. Nude pumps or a tan belt would look great!
Kolhapuris gone wild
Aprajita Toor’s footwear was part of designer Debarun’s ramp show. This designer seems to love to give a personal touch to the typical kolhapuris and sandals. The colours are bright, the embellishments are cute though kitschy—the ones who love the Indian boho look will like these shoes.
These wedges from Frou Frou by Archana Rao are embroidered to go with the vintage theme of her collection. Notice the cross-stitch pair on the top left. Archana Rao is perhaps the kind of designer who wants her collection to be exactly the same theme, right down to the last detail (there were similar prints/ embroidery in her garments).
Unusual (weird?) shoes
Megha Garg had some very unusual shoes. From afar, they seemed like boxes. A friend had to point out that these “green things” were actually footwear. 😛
There are very few menswear designers who can create collections that make an impact. Sanjay Hingu is one of them. For Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013, he used just a few colours in the collection. So green, brown and red dominated, while neon pink made a guest appearance. This hot colour was on piping, lapels, collars and button plackets. The colour also peeked out from below jackets (on shirts). I like how he kept the jackets and pants simple, but played around with the few colours and details for attractive evening (and maybe even day) outfits for guys.
I can imagine men not liking the idea of wearing a neon colour, but if Indian men can wear maroon, yellow and green pants, why not just a bit of neon in their ensemble? Now that they are daring to wear colours, might as well wear them loud and proud!
Designer Pia Pauro travelled to Greece, fell so deeply in love with the blue sea and white homes, that she made a collection inspired by the country. Pia Pauro’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 was mostly blue and white with a touch of gold and bright colours. Her prints were “Mykonous” and “Olympia” with fish motifs and gold thread embroidery. The very long and short dresses and tunics had cute turquoise bikinis peeping through, making the ensembles perfect for vacation in Goa, Greece or St. Tropez. Resort wear is always fun, though this collection could have been more fun with a few more interesting pieces. Too bad I’m not going anywhere! I want to carry those large beach bags.
Debarun’s collection for his brand new pret line Be You is all about weaved striped fabric, especially kora cotton and cotton viscose. The prints featured in the collection were block prints, circles and stripes, reminding me of my middle school geometry class.
But hey, this collection was anything but boring. Even the block prints were geometric (check out the scarf in the picture above). The tops, ganjis, jackets and dresses were wearable and trendy. I prefer Debarun’s Indian wear, though Be You will be doing well commercially.
Maybe we should hold on to our black and white prints end of this season, ladies. For black-and-white promises to be around next season, according to Anupama Dayal and Masaba Gupta among others.
(Below: Looks from Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal)
Islamic and Mughal art inspired Anupama Day’s zigzag and checkerboard prints on sharara-like trousers, jamas and angarakhas creating a flowy effect; while Masaba Gupta’s watercolour prints were true to the Satya Paul DNA.
(Below: Look from Masaba for Satya Paul)
Are you wearing black and white yet?
What to Expect- Humour and Sports
Remember the jogging suits from the 1980s? I owned a couple of them, and this season they’re getting a 21st century update with a touch of humour, thanks to Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has updated the brand’s eighties’ jogging suits.
So where’s the humour? For starters, you can’t miss the fanny packs he’s added (quite tongue-in-cheek), and the matchy-matchy shirts and pants (thankfully not the oversized fits).
Then there’s the capsule collection of polo shirts for men and women that will feature the brand’s iconic elements like tennis balls, rackets and courts—all very Wimbledon-y! You’d wish you played tennis…
The element of fun
There’s a little bit of fun in the entire collection, like the graphic and geometric prints in yellow, orange and other spring colours; and mixing of navy, red, electric blue and dark orange with lighter tones for contrasts.
The soothing look
Spring/ Summer 2013 is largely about neons and bright colours, so the Lacoste idea of pure white separates with pearly greys, pale yellows and light blues would be a sight for seeing-too-much-bright eyes. And the easy silhouettes indicate comfortable luxury that will hopefully make our summer a more relaxed one.
What to Expect
How much can you experiment with denims, especially in summer? After all, denims are not usually the right fabric choice for warm weather. But with light washes and a strong focus on the colour offering for both men and women, the casuals at GAS seem interesting this season.
The GAS Spring/Summer 2013 collection experiments with all shades of indigo, and treatments of varying intensity from raw to a strong wash. The bright colours of the women’s collection are a homage to spring, playing with strong contrasts between light and dark colours. The GAS folks call this the “chiaroscuro” effect (pronounced kia-ros-kuro).
Meanwhile, the surprise addition is pastels for men, since lighter hues have not exactly been the choice of colour for Indian guys. But I think at least a handful of cool Indian men might be willing to wear coral, peach and aqua green. The “raw used” look continues, and so do dusty, neutral shades of gray and light blue.
What to Buy and How to Wear
Wear the GAS fluo jeggings with sleek printed tops; or pair neon blouses with neutrals.
The printed reversible jeggings are best worn with feminine blouses in light hues of yellow, pink, green and light blue
Pastels for men: Pastel chinos + denim shirts OR Pastel tees + dark jeans.
What to Expect from Vero Moda’s Spring/ Summer 2013 collection
Get stylish casuals to dressy club wear at Vero Moda this Spring / Summer. They’ve got a wide colour palette (bright fuchsia, mint green, white) in simple easy-to-wear silhouettes. The prints include two-tone bold stripes, ombre effects, tie and dye and the ever-popular florals.
Detailing includes beading, with lace and neon hints on lightweight and sheer fabrics like silk, satin and organza.
PS—British model Poppy Delevingne is the face of Vero Moda for 2013, chosen for her fresh look and easy elegance.
Bang on Trend
The “True Summer Look”: Lots of soft hues in pinks, whites and washed blues, seen on light fabrics.
Updated Florals: They’re on dresses, tops, pants and shorts—but get a 2013 summery twist with the new colour palette.
Black and White: This classic combo gets a bold edge at Vero Moda from Spring/ Summer 2013, with larger-than-life stripes and prints.
What to Buy
Floral printed pants and shorts
Black-and-white pieces (as stripes or colour blocked dresses)
Feminine white tops (the basics for the season)