Shopping spree: Accessories (belts, shoes, bags) and makeup galore!

You can’t shop fashion unless you’ve got the right accessories and makeup to go with your clothes! Here are my top accessory picks from the shopping I did on my Spanish holiday:

Shoes: Studded sandals and brogues

Studded sandals from Shana Brogues

Jewellery: Leaf necklace

(Note to self: Gold polish still rules the accessories world.)

Leaf necklace from Bershka

Belts for all occasions:

Super wide to slim…

Belts: white, purple, lace, black

Bags:

The floral summer tote and Blanco clutch define cute-n-casual chic.

Bags for summer

Makeup haul: Lips, eyes, face, nails… it’s all there!

 Makeup haul from Spain

Note the brands we’re missing here in India: Bobbi Brown, NARS and Sephora. I wasn’t going to let some of the world’s best makeup pass me by! BTW, the Bobbi Brown foundation is flawless and invisible, like second skin. No kidding.

Smashbox lip gloss set: I L.O.V.E [heart] lip glosses, and I got this Smashbox set for just Rs 1000 (approx).

Smahbox lip gloss set

NARS Blush: Makes me blush! 😉 Also bought orange-red lip colour in pencil form.

NARS Blush in Gina

Happy weekend shopping, ladies!

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Shopping spree: Accessories (belts, shoes, bags) and makeup galore!

You can’t shop fashion unless you’ve got the right accessories and makeup to go with your clothes! Here are my top accessory picks from the shopping I did on my Spanish holiday:

Shoes: Studded sandals and brogues

Studded sandals from Shana Brogues

Jewellery: Leaf necklace

(Note to self: Gold polish still rules the accessories world.)

Leaf necklace from Bershka

Belts for all occasions:

Super wide to slim…

Belts: white, purple, lace, black

Bags:

The floral summer tote and Blanco clutch define cute-n-casual chic.

Bags for summer

Makeup haul: Lips, eyes, face, nails… it’s all there!

 Makeup haul from Spain

Note the brands we’re missing here in India: Bobbi Brown, NARS and Sephora. I wasn’t going to let some of the world’s best makeup pass me by! BTW, the Bobbi Brown foundation is flawless and invisible, like second skin. No kidding.

Smashbox lip gloss set: I L.O.V.E [heart] lip glosses, and I got this Smashbox set for just Rs 1000 (approx).

Smahbox lip gloss set

NARS Blush: Makes me blush! 😉 Also bought orange-red lip colour in pencil form.

NARS Blush in Gina

Happy weekend shopping, ladies!

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LFW: Trends seen on Day 3

Day 3 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 was it kicked off with the accessory show, and ended with a rock glam show by Shantanu-Nikhil. We pick our top fashion and accessories trends of the day:

The gleam of metal

From Siddharth Tytler’s Metalosophy show to metallic accessories, there was enough metal on the ramps to send security officers into a tizzy. 😉 Siddharth Tytler’s collection had gold and silver embellishments (or strong metallic hints) on dresses, blouses and even shorts. At Malaga there were gold and silver sequinned bags shining on the ramp, while Suhani Pittie used real metal  to create some interesting neckpieces and cuffs.

(Below left to right: Siddharth Tytler, Malaga, Suhani Pittie)

Siddarth Tytler at LFW S/R 2011 Malaga at LFW S/R 2011 Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun’s gold applique glittered on the ramp, giving a rich look to his outfits, while Anita Dongre used gold and silver ribbon borders (though there was nothing unusual or luxurious about them).

(Below left to right: Debarun, two pictures from Timeless by Anita Dongre)

Debarun at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011

Fashionable nomads

Babita Malkani sought inspiration from Baul singers from Bengal and the fluid, feminine silhouettes were nomadic, bohemian and chic. The prints included those of Baul singers, Bengali scriptures and abstract designs of musical instruments like the Iktara.

Meanwhile at Aparna and Norden Wangdi’s aptly-titled “New Tower of Babel” the softly draped and asymmetrical dresses had symbols in Japanese, Chinese, English and Sanskrit  in resham, prints or sequins. While the look was anything but sloppy, the outfits reflected new-age nomads.

(Below left to right: Babita Malkani, Aparna and Norden Wangdi)

Babita Malkani at LFW S/R 2011 Aparna & Nordan Wangdi at LFW S/R 2011

Art meets fashion

Rajat Tangri’s Bella Donna sought inspiration from Italian Renaissance painter Fra’ Filippo Lippi, using his painting of Virgin Mary and infant Jesus on his jackets and dresses. Meanwhile Rimi Nayak took a step toward being a mixed media artist by inserting buttons into plastic tag string and attached these on to fabric.  She also used origami on her dresses and skirts.

(Below left to right: Rajat Tangri, Rimi Nayak)

Rajat Tangri jacket at LFW S/R 2011 Rimi Nayak dress LFW S/R 2011

Women get daring

Projecting personalities on the ramp is always tricky, and is usually done with the clothes, hair and makeup. But once in a while, it’s nice to see accessories speaking up for the battered wife as seen at Eina Ahluwalia. Models wore gold pendants shaped like daggers, knives, trishuls, bows and arrows, sickles and even a skull with semi precious stones.

Euna Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011 Eina Ahluwalia accessories at LFW S/R 2011

Shantanu-Nikhil introduced their bridge brand S&N Drape with evening wear meant for a glam rock diva. With thick orange eyeliner and big crimped hair, the models walked with attitude and some flipped their hair and flirted with the cameras. Corsets replaced sari blouses, and petticoats were absent. Boleros were worn over slinky bodysuits and bronzed brocade was used for sheath dresses. And the divas ended the show with some fun dancing with the designer duo.

Shantanu Nikhil dress at LFW S/R 2011 Shantanu & Nikhil at LFW S/R 2011

Hotties on the ramp

Pictures below, enough said!

(Aditya Roy Kapoor for Debarun and Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri)

Aditya Roy Kapoor

Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri

Wedding Fashion: Brooch it up!

I love accessories—especially the smaller ones like hair clips, bangles and rings. They may be small in size, but they make a big (yet subtle) impact on my final look.

Which brings me to my accessory of choice this wedding season: the brooch!

Brooch for wedding: fashion accessory

How many of us have brooches? (I didn’t, until a short while ago). How many of us have brooches and wear them often? (I’m waiting for the wedding cocktail tonight to wear mine).

How to wear a brooch (some fun ideas!):

  • If you are wearing a kurta-churidar-dupatta, let your dupatta hang on one side and use the brooch to keep it in place.
  • Run a hair pin through it and use it as a hair decoration.
  • Wearing a long jacket? Pin it right in the middle!
  • Use it to keep your sari pleats in place (to draw attention to your envious waist).

Where to buy a brooch:

  • If you don’t have a brooch yet, fret not! Your friendly neighbourhood store (where you buy scrunchies, hair clips and other goodies) might have some.
  • Head to the multi-designer stores like Ensemble, Re or Amara—they stock accessories from clutches to sandals to art jewellery, and you might find brooches there.
  • Several Indian bridal wear designers also have brooches.
  • Hunt online! There are plenty of fashion sale websites that offer great deals. I bought the Tarun Tahiliani brooch I from a website recently, and it cost me approximately Rs 1500.

Wedding fashion: Trendy clutches, purses to hold on to

Every wedding outfit needs to have the right accessories, and we can’t stress enough on how useful the fancy purses and clutches are for weddings. Not only do they look great and complement your outfit, you need them for your lipstick, mobile, and miscellaneous things like money and keys.

My favourite clutches are the ones that are bejewelled, in neutral (or popular) colours, and look great with most of my outfits. After all, it isn’t possible to have a matching clutch for every outfit, is it?

The first clutch is by Cleo, available across department stores like Lifestyle; found it pretty spacious and total VFM. The second one is from Kazo (stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab).

gold clutch bag from Cleo Clutch bag from Kazo

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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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Chic wedding makeup: Mesmerising Metallic

If you’re going to a wedding this winter, your sari, lehenga or kurta-churidar is most likely to be embroidered in gold. After all, zardosi, gota embroideries and everything gold is in vogue this season.

And the best makeup to complement Indian wear this season is to metallic. We show you how in Speaking Chic’s Mesmerising Metallic makeup guide:

Face

If you can carry off a bronzer on your skin, then bring it on. Or stay safe with your oft-used blush.

Eyes

Lancome metallic eyeshadow PosePlay up the metallic tones with the right eye makeup. Here’s how:

Sweep metallic eye shadow over your eyelid. (Check out Lancome’s Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Pose).
Or, if you want to add more colour, cover your upper eyelid in a colour that matches your outfit (pink, purple or green). Then add a dot of golden/ metallic eye shadow/ shimmer on the inner corners of your eyes.

Lips

Avoid pinks and purples; instead use an earthy lip colour and add a touch of gold (lip gloss or shimmer) only to the centre of your lips. (Try Avon lipsticks in metallic shades.)

Hair

Moms are bound to have lovely hair ornaments (like maang tikkas) they hardly wore. Borrow a gold-themed one for the wedding, while minimising other accessories (you don’t want to overdo the bling, right?).

Check your makeup in the mirror once, smile, and you’re set for the wedding. 🙂

Are you ready to go metallic for the next wedding?

Manish Malhotra gets Ash back on the ramp

Manish Malhotra’s couture bridal collection for HDIL India Couture Week comes soon after his LFW collection, and this time with a much-talked-about showstopper.

Manish went festive with plenty of colours: white to flame red, maroon, wine and jade green. He sexed up the collection with tiny cholis and cutaway backs, teamed with tiered or panelled lehengas, and velvet and brocade borders. Like his LFW collection, he often used shaded net for saris, with zardosi and crystal embellishments. Oh, and he favours kalidar kurtas.

Take a look:

Manish Malhotra couture week- orange lehenga Manish Malhotra couture kalidar kurta

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the ramp for Manish.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Manish Malhotra

Didn’t think much of this corset-fit blouse.

What do you think of Manish Malhotra’s showstopping outfit for Aishwarya? Tell us!

LFW: 10 things we learnt at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010

Gold is in

That’s what Sailex told me just after his show. And I guess he was right. Model wearing gold chainsOxidised silver has almost disappeared, and there were plenty of gold accessories as well as embroideries (gota and gold ribbon work).

Less of more is more

We Indians want to show off our jewels, but don’t want to show too much of it. Hence, the current look is neither OTT, nor is it minimal. We’ve struck a fine balance between the two. Thank god for that.

The grass is greener on the other side…

Western wear designers attempted Indian garments for the first time (Anupama Dayal and Nachiket Barve); while primarily Indian wear designers offered western garments (Label by Ritu Kumar). Are the new endeavours are driven by aesthetic or business needs, or both?

Live tweeting has almost replaced journalism

I love tweeting, and I’ve live-tweeted a couple events. I rather enjoyed reading the tweets from fashion magazines, websites, TV channels and LFW, but sadly, I wonder if the urgent need to get the information out is replacing fashion journalism and criticism. Not much note-taking, and you should have seen the amount of press releases that went unused.

Love it or hate it, Bollywood is big

As a friend told me, “When big Bollywood stars don’t show up, people complain [that the fashion week is thanda]. When a Bollywood star does show up, people complain that film stars are replacing fashion.” True!

Indian Standard Time is as stretchable as lycra

As we waited to enter the main show area for the grand finale (which started more than an hour late), we could spot the models rehearsing. Most shows started at least 20-25 minutes late, while some were delayed by as much as 45 minutes.

Model at Label by Ritu Kumar It’s all on the head

Head gear in various forms appeared everywhere—Little Shilpa, Jelin George (Gen Next), Label by Ritu Kumar, among others. Is head gear the new wide belt?

Lots of clothes doth not maketh a collection

The designer creates clothes for his “collection”. But what if you leave the show feeling confused about what the collection was really about? Some designers used all fabrics, all colours, all possible trendy embellishments. Where’s the theme or thought behind it?

Winter, Summer, Festive, Resort… it’s all the same, right?

We saw bikinis, beach and resort wear on the ramp, along with minis and shorts. Even seasonless Mumbai deserves new fashion trends.

Fashion Week is fun, but tiring.

🙂

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.