Amazon India Fashion Week – Day 1

Hello,

I am going to review Varun Bahl‘s collection for Amazon India Fashion Week, A/W 2016. And tell you how you can borrow from it. 🙂

Day 1

Varun Bahl | Nocturne

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Amazon India Fashion Week, Autumn Winter 2016, kicked off with Varun Bahl’s collection titled ‘Nocturne’.

Remininscent of a garden at midnight, the collection takes the viewer on a walk through wilderness. Think peacocks, flowers, the outline of a dark twig against the night sky and other motifs and inspiration taken straight from Mother Nature.

 

 

Overall if you were to imagine the collection, picture this. Fluid silhouettes, botanical textures, embellished sheers, tasseled and fringed hemlines, and lots and lots of layering, tiering and ruffling.

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Contrasting hued florals were worn together. Dresses were worn with pants. Fur capes were worn with dresses. Gowns were worn with fur capes. And jackets were worn with gowns.

 

Embroidered flower and nature elements grazed the ends of long sheer skirts. Midi skirts ended with wide fringed hemlines shimmying as the models walked. And tiered skirts, dresses and tops crafted from fluid chiffon-georgette-like fabrics billowed on the ramp.

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But the most striking was the way separates were layered. Longer skirts peeked from underneath shorter asymmetric dresses. And kneelength skirts modestly covered-up beneath sheer floorlength skirts.

Shorter skirts were backed by longer skirts worn underneath. And longer skirts partially concealed shorter skirts worn underneath.

Embroidered sheers were worn over opaque florals. And tasselled underskirts were worn under shorter hemlines.

And to add beauty to all this layer-play  were prints and embroideries of flowers and birds and branches and all things nature.

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There were embellished jackets with sheer sleeves, exposed shoulders and ruffled necklines, flowing sleeves and shimmering dresses, wreaths and textured garden elements…

Meanwhile front zippers on floral bomber jackets added a sporty element to the romance of the billowing skirts.

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As the show proceeded, the garments slowly went from day to night, white florals to dark florals, hints of ornate to full-blown glitter, casual day-dresses to  “lehenga” skirts and shimmering gowns embellished with applique and embroidered flowers.

 

The collection took us to that fated flower garden where the fragrance of a fruit bursting unexpectedly fills the void and silence of the night.

The footwear was kept simple. Models walked in low-heeled patent loafers in metallics, nudes and the obvious blacks.

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“‘I have actually played with the idea of period and age… This is a collection that can be worn by any woman.’

‘… the cuts I have used are both simple and classic, allowing for ease in styling and layering. Frills from straight hemlines were added to bring out a tinge of romance to the walk,'” he said.

All in all, Varun Bahl’s Nocturne is a fluid, embellished collection of dark florals, creatively layered and topped with glitter.

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So what can we learn from Varun Bahl’s collection?

I absolutely love the idea of extending lengths of shorty-short dresses and skirts by wearing a longer (if sheerer) layer underneath.

So, if you’ve got a dress that you think is too short for work, wear a lace, net or crochet skirt underneath to extend the look by a couple of inches.

Not only will it look interesting, you can actually create different looks with the same separates over and over again.

 

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Source (Because I didn’t go for the show) 😉

Indian Express
Hindustan Times
Verve
Economic Times
IANS


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Midi skirt, sorry we didn’t acknowledge you sooner.

Say hello to the midi skirt. Already a few seasons old, the trend is yet to gain mass acceptance amongst self-proclaimed fashionistas and the youth. And it’s kind of surprising as Indian celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and gang have already worn the midi on numerous occasions.

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Indian celebrities and how they chose to wear the midi skirt.

Although I won’t recommend wearing it the way these gorgeous women have (read the top they’ve chosen to pair with the skirt), this example tells you that the midi skirt is flattering. And very much in vogue.

Then why are we still shying away from it?

Chances are, it’s our obsession with mini skirts and all things short that beat the midi out of the race, every time we go shopping.

And maybe because we can never understand what top will go with the midi skirt.

Check out how these women are pulling off the midi. See, how they’ve paired it with everything from sweaters, bralets and camisoles to even a collared shirt!

Still not sure? Buy a basic tank top from Forever 21 and team it up with your midi skirt. Accessorise with a simple neckpiece like this or this. .

Alternatively, you can choose to go modest with a top like this.

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Or you could choose to wear a well fitted denim top with your midi. Like this.

 

Or you could wear it with a simple check top. Like this.

To buy your top, click here.

Okay. So now, hopefully I have alleviated any fears you may have had about the midi skirt.

So read right on, and check out the 5 cutest midi skirts in the market.

  1. The thigh-high slit skirt | Zara | Rs. 2,890

 

2. First time florals | Zara | Rs. 3,490

 

3. Hot spring nights | Rs. 2799 | Buy it here

 

4. Unexpected romance | Rs. 2250 | Buy it here

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5. Play it safe midi | Rs. 1,699 | Buy it here

 

 

I hope I’ve convinced you to step out of your comfort zone of blue jeans and white tops.

The length of the midi makes it safe for work, while a change into a skimpier top in the evening can make you date-ready in seconds.

Until, my next post.

Happy shopping. 🙂

 

Not to forget, here are the lovely blogs and websites from which i have borrowed
my images.
http://blog.styleestate.com/
www.vogue.in
www.celebuzz.com

www.lolobu.com

http://thewowstyle.com/

http://www.bedazelive.com/

http://www.prettydesigns.com/

http://shopruche.com/

www.bloglovin.com

http://laceandlocks.com/

http://www.halliedaily.com/

http://fashiongum.com/

‘Effortless’ style and how to get to it.

Ok. So a lot of people comment on my “unique” sense of style. They say it’s distinct. A lot have even used the word “fashionable”. And of course, there are others who turn up their noses and coax me into wearing something more “normal”. Normal meaning tighter pants, asset-enhancing dresses and shinier Indian-wear.

That’s not “me”. My standard reply. And of course, people don’t get that. After all, how can a material thing be you? Come on Shivani, aren’t you “deeper” than that? How can your outfit be “you”
 is what they’re probably thinking as they roll their eyes and smile disdainfully within.

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Buying an outfit is an action. You pay money. Money that exchanges hands. That goes from the retailer right down to the dexterous eye that picked the fabric amongst hundreds of swatches.

The act of picking and choosing an outfit is literally paying homage to the designer who visualised the outfit, pattern-master who used his years of perfected skill to draft the pattern, the craftsman who laboured for hours on his sewing machine, no thought to trends or design, food for his family being the only motivation, and the smiling sales lady determined to not sit at home and be just a “wife”.

And yes, you could say that applies to every other thing we consume.

Maybe being a fashion student opened my eyes to the hard work that goes behind every glittering red carpet appearance that people so easily dub as “shallow”. The hours spent draping and re-draping an outfit, months before a Sonam Kapoor wears it to Cannes. The long hours spent by junior designers for a meagre salary, all justified because of their passion for fabrics, embroideries, craft and art. The multiple sampling and redo’s, the search for the right colour combination, fit and finish


There is a story behind every outfit, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

Which is why, what you wear could be an expression of you. It could be your way to show your support towards a certain striving group of talented professionals toiling to create a piece of art, that you’re going to strut around in.

Which is why, when I pick an outfit, I make an experience out of it. I touch the fabric, feel it, try it on
 It’s not as easy as going to Hill Road and picking up a zillion tops just because they’re ‘cheap’. Though, I can’t deny there’s a charm in getting something stylish for less, but it should be driven by a quest for art rather than a mad scramble for a bargain. Or, that’s just how I feel. And I bet, others who you think have a “unique” sense of style feel.

We make an event out of our fashion. It’s something to be cherished. Which is why, owning a saree from your mother’s trousseau is so special. There’s a story to it. A legacy. Which is why, the dress you wore on a special date always holds a dear place in your heart. Which is why you never part with certain old t-shirts and warm mittens.

They’re special. And they deserve more than just a cursory glance. Which is why, each time you buy an outfit, you need to really feel it. To be it. Until you and the dress are one. United in that brief moment of passion. And not every store or boutique has the power to make you really connect with a dress, a top or a scarf.

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I personally love plaids, loose silhouettes and natural fibres. I love clothes I can breathe in and float about. I like contrasting styles, textures and breaking mental blocks in daily dressing. I like glamming up a ‘sack’ of a dress with bright beads or giving it some seriousness by pairing it with brogues. I love baggy denims, oversized boots and ultimately breaking its androgyny with a fluttery chiffon top. I like playing with my outfits. I love walking into the big fat Indian wedding wearing a cotton backless choli with a Nagaland hand-woven skirt and a Kalimpang fabric as dupatta. And to arrive to raised eyebrows as everyone has piled on more glitter than they can handle! Ha Ha!

There’s beauty in fashion, no denying that. But there’s more beauty in being creative on your own. By carefully handpicking pieces that connect to you. And then putting it all together in a flawless display of art.

So enough of the jargon. Should we get down to business? Here are a few designers, brands and stores that I love. I have covered all price ranges and all kinds of looks for a holistic approach to dressing. Don’t claim you’ll find your “The One” here but no harm in looking. Right?


SHOPPING GUIDE

Cherry Fig | assorted

This Mumbai brand sources outfits from all over. Slashed labels, minor defects, Global brand redo’s
 you get the drift. But, and I am serious, if you really look, you will find some adorable clothes. I got myself a faded plaid ‘Vero Moda’ dress, some quintessential ripped denim shorts and an embroidered mini dress. Needless to say, I am very happy with Cherry Fig.

Addresses:

Dr BR Ambedkar Rd, Pali Village, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050


Khara Kapas | for dresses and contemporary Indian wear

If you love cotton and long flowing silhouettes, this is the place to shop from. I haven’t bought anything yet (I am on a budget), but if you have money to spare and a style sense to create, here’s where you should go. I absolutely love everything on display.

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To shop Khara Kapas, click here

Mohh | for jewellery

Wedding or no wedding, festival or no festival, this collection of Indian-heritage inspired silver jewellery is going to leave you gasping for air. Yes, it’s that good. And I think Khara Kapas and Mohh are two brands that go well together. So, the next time you’re looking to give yourself a new look, you know what to do.

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To shop Mohh, click here

Forever 21 | dresses and basics

Well well. It’s a clichĂ© and you’re already probably shopping from here. But, I couldn’t help myself as I absolutely adore this brand. From basics to not-so-basics, their dresses and ganjis are just fabulous. The piles of clothing and jam-packed aisles may be a deterrent, but if you can muster up some courage and grab a bottle of cold water to keep dehydration in check, you will love what you get. In fact, even if something seems too blah at first, once you’ve got it, you will end up wearing your Forever 21 dress more often than any other dress. Just make sure you buy something simple and wearable rather than an over-short number that you’ll wear just once.

For instance, don’t you just love these plaid numbers?

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To shop Forever 21, click here

SSS OR Street Style Store | for shoes

Whether you’re on a budget or not, this is the place for shoes. I got myself a nude pair of Oxfords and they are extremely comfortable. And I paid just 700 bucks! It may take time to arrive and you may need to call them up a dozen times, but rest assured when it does come, it’ll all be worth it.

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To shop SSS, click here

Well, that’s all for now. Happy shopping. 🙂