Chic News: Padma Shri Ritu Kumar, Hidesign sunglasses, Reiss coming soon…

Chic News: Padma Shri Ritu Kumar, Hidesign sunglasses, Reiss coming soon…

Veteran designer Ritu Kumar is now Padma Shri Ritu Kumar after she received her honour from President Pranab Mukherjee couple days ago. It’s an honour long due for the lady who revived Indian textiles and crafts decades ago, making it “fashionable” to wear the work of Indian artisans. Hats off to her!

Ritu Kumar Padmashri 2013

Hidesign is not just a bags brand anymore, they’ve got sunglasses too. They’ve recently introduced sunglasses for men and women, with staples like aviators and wayfarers, along with leather inlayed styles which promise to become a Hidesign classic. I especially like the use of deep pink, and the absence of plastic!
Prices range from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4500.


Remember Kate Middleton’s elegant engagement dress? The good news is that the brand that made that dress Reiss is coming soon to India, in partnership with Reliance Brands. The bad news? You will have to wait till summer 2014 before you can get hold of Reiss’s elegant dresses. The prices may be premium but worthwhile, given the high quality in design and tailoring. BTW, Reiss does menswear too.

kate Middleton in Reiss dress

And lastly, If you haven’t seen this Dove video yet, you’re not living in 2013. Okay, kidding. Watch it now, and maybe the video will change how you perceive yourself. Of course, most women featured in the video are of a certain skin colour and meet but let’s forgive Dove for that oversight and focus on the bigger picture.

Battle of the shampoos: Catty or clever?

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For the past couple of weeks, the online and offline world was buzzing with a mystery shampoo that promised to solve all hair problems. A website sprung up, so did a Facebook Event, and ordinary women and celebs flocked to malls to wash their hair with the mystery shampoo.


And just as people were waiting for the mystery to be revealed, Dove hijacked the campaign, claiming: “There is no mystery. Dove is the No. 1 shampoo.” Dove_mystery

The next day, it turned out the mystery shampoo caught napping was actually Pantene. Smart way to confuse consumers, eh?

Speaking Chic says: In this dog-eat-dog world, what’s ethical and what isn’t is kinda hazy, isn’t it? Either ways, may the better shampoo win!

What do you think of Dove’s marketing strategy? Was it super clever or super catty?

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