All these years of working on myself,
those sleepless nights and lethargic days,
and finally being able to smile through the pain,
Would I want to give it all away?
Were all those years, just for vain?
I’ve always been intrigued by Scarlett. I was about 14 when I read Gone with the Wind, and every essay henceforth was either based on the book, or the character, including the one I wrote in my board exams.
It should therefore come as no surprise that Scarlett’s sartorial sensibilities have made their way into my aesthetics, and have inspired some (if not all) of my creations.
Scarlett was bold and knew what she’d look good in. She dressed to highlight her best features – like when she wore green to compliment her catty eyes the time she met Rhett in jail, or when she pulled her dress just a tad lower to show off her fair shoulders. She was proud of her tiny waist – achieved no doubt by a rib crunching corset (the concept of which I disagree with – fashion should not be injurious to health; though not the intention – which was to highlight her best feature), and she didn’t give a damn what the world thought of her – whether it was dancing in the black crepe of mourning with a strange man, or riding a buggy to oversee business with the Yankees.
Scarlett was strong, beautiful and she knew how to work her strengths to her advantage. This outfit is built on that sentiment – take what’s best about you and enhance it to the moon. This outfit draws attention to the waist – “upper” waist mind you, while covering the problem areas – tummy, love-handles, thighs and hips with a flared, multi-layered skirt.
A long, flared gown with layers of lace and frills underneath, is the starting point for my lehenga design. I’ve replaced the corset with a tiny draped choli that lets you breathe (Thank God for little pleasures), and shows off your midriff. An Indian style dupatta with gota motifs completes the look.
In terms of fabric, I’m imagining pure woven cotton – polka dots for the outfit, solid white for the frills and petticoat. Perfect for brides who’d rather avoid bling.
The hair is kept short and jewellery is traditional Indian gold. The illustration is almost a creation of a new sensibility, one that brings the aesthetics of the west and marries it with the silhouettes of the east.
Scarlett may have taken self-preservation a bit too far. But she certainly knew how to rock a trend. Let’s learn from her the art of dressing, as well as resolve never to make the mistakes she made.
If you haven’t read the book, you can buy it here.
I’ve been in your boat. A boat lost in the Pinterest sea. So many pretty ideas. But which one to choose?
I have been attempting to design a few Indian outfits to wear to weddings – since everybody has suddenly decided to get married in the first half of 2017. And while my Masterji like all Masterjis is being a bit of a tantrum queen, a glimpse at his creations sort of makes it worth the wait.
Since frills and ruffles are going to be big in 2017, why not incorporate these elements into your Indian outfit?
A little layer here, a flounce there, and you’ve got a lehenga that transcends cultures.
Embroideries on dresses are back. Especially the interplay of embellishment with sheers and overlaying it on strategically placed opaques.
Mixed textures are the rage, be it in the form of applique, or pairing contrasting fabrics together.
The off-shoulder trend ruled the western world. And while Manish Malhotra and Payal Singhal have brought it to India, a lot of scope for experimentation still remains.
There’s tons of inspiration out there. But sometimes, you need someone to put it all in order.
Someone like me. 😉
Have a fun weekend.
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
I turn up the volume
to turn off the thoughts
in my mind.
The beats press down upon
the ebb and flow of my head
alternating between battering them into
submission and fanning them on
– An empty shell one moment,
overflowing with thoughts
the consistency of stormy seas,
Spaghetti straps, loose hair
flip flops, cigarettes, denims with a tear.
Nicotine stains, crinkled eyes
endless kisses, nights of vice.
Soulless cries, hollow hearts
Crumpled sheets layered with dust.
Coffee stains, cold coridoors
wanton lovers lost forever.
Some of us are planning to drink and dance, some are planning house-party hopping and the rest are thinking of staying in and drinking wine under the covers. Well, whatever be your plan, here’s what we suggest you buy, to make your new-years a little more new. 🙂
Hope you enjoy this edit.
A knockout when going out
Nothing like a sheer, short number to dance the year away. Wear with leather ankle boots and gold jewellery.
Tulle and Knit Dress | Zara | Check it out here
Stay in like a kingpin
If you’re like me, you’d choose a warm, snuggly pair of sweatpants in a hue that’ll match the wine you’ll drink while Netflixing the hell out of 2016.
Sweatpants | H&M | Check it out here
Beach vibes with your tribe
If you were smart enough to realise that you needed to get the hell out of the cities, this easy-breezy super-chic number is for you. Wear it while staying put on the beach from sundown to sunrise.
Ikat Jumpsuit | Khara Kapas | Shop here
House party? You got yourself free beer, smarty.
You got yourself a free alcohol pass, which means you should splurge on a nice jumper for the occasion. A slouchy off-shoulder jumper is comfy, stylish and will keep you warm when you’re not dancing yourself sweaty.
Off-shoulder sweater | H&M | Check it out here
Sleeping early? Stay cozy.
If you want to stay away from all the hype and for once turn in at the right time (something you’re hoping to carry forward to 2017), get this darling duvet from Nicobar.
Chevron Twin Duvet | Nicobar | Shop here
Well, that’s all for now. Have an amazing what-remains-of-2016 and make sure you draft realistic resolutions for the new year.