Trend alert – Layering

I don’t know if you guys have been following the Amazon India Fashion Week, A/W 2016. Even I’ve been trying to catch it in bits and pieces, frantically googling in between chats with my mother, deciding which designer’s style resonates with me.

Irrespective, one trend caught my eye. A trend that cut across designers and days and sensibilities.

Layering.

Longer skirts and pants worn under slightly shorter hemlines.

Designers experimented with fringes, tassels, net, sheer and florals, layering contrasting separates, one on top of the other for an unexpected and refreshing twist.

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Even though many designers experimented with this, Eka and Anavila actually ruled this trend.

Check out glimpses from Eka‘s collection below.

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I love the nightwear-meets-nomad vibe that I’m getting from this refreshing set of oh-so-comfy outfits.

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Don’t you feel like snuggling into these and going off on nap-mode?

Meanwhile, Anavila with her collection “Folk” has done the incredible once again.

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She’s teamed sweaters and sneakers with sarees and managed to make it look so chic!

Wow. I absolutely adore her style sensibility.

Can’t wait to wear those pleated pants/skirts under a shorter saree!

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And don’t miss the gorgeous french braids.

God! I just can’t stop staring at her collection. Especially the second outfit from the left… that jacket!!

The Amazon India Fashion Week had some pretty incredible collections this time. I will soon be doing a roundup and giving you guys tips on how to incorporate hints and bits into your own wardrobes.

Until then, enjoy this post. And think up, how you will layer up your skirts and dresses this year.

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Image source: Verve

 

 

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

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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


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/

10 outstanding examples of creative dressing

I am not a good photographer. At least not yet. Which is why, to illustrate my yarns of copy (yes, I love to write), I shall attach images borrowed from Indian blog wearabout. Beautifully shot by photographer Manouwearabout curates images of street style from Indian and Bhutan.

And I’d like to share some of these photographs to help you guys get an idea as to what I mean when I say “dress creatively”.

Check it out.

  1. Opposites attract | When Check met Floral

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What I love about her is how she has combined seemingly contrasting prints (checks and florals) and made it work so well together. Well, well, on first glance, most of us if asked if the two go together would undoubtedly exclaim, “Hell no!”.

Doesn’t hurt to experiment does it? Well, the results clearly show. The fitted vest balances the looseness of the anti-fit skirt/lungi.

Chai High Tip: Next time, think twice before you throw away that old wraparound.

2. Layer, layer on the wall

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He has worn a shirt. And then another shirt. And then wrapped a jacket around his waist. Wait, are those pants knit? Love his flair. Especially because, not many men can pull it off.

3. Because, Orange is the new black.

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Don’t shy away from wearing socks with pumps. See how it good it looks!

4. Comfy in a saree

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A striped blouse and a printed saree? OMG! One would never think, right? You’d be like, “Hey ,wear a hot-pink blouse. It’ll look epic.”

Thank God, she didn’t take your advice.

5. Flower girl

Here’s how to wear the midi skirt. Go today and buy one.

6. Librarian-chic

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Stern yet fun. Wine and purple and brown and white. Interesting colours. Interesting silhouettes. Interesting hair. Interesting expression.

Who said, dresses were just meant for “girly”girls?

7. Dark romance

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Dark slinky fabrics, a burgundy lip and Mary Janes. It’s like the girl-next-door just found her dark side.

8. Local inspiration

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No earrings. Just a chunky choker and a matching watch. Love the ethnic inspiration in this uptown look.

9. Sieves for style

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Nothing like a bright smile and happy shoes to lift up an outfit. The sieves? Well, she’s pulling it off!

10. “My sun and moon”

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Night-sky dress and a morning-light jacket. With a neckline that cuts through it all. “Small” women, when it comes to skimpy necklines, you’re blessed. So don’t take it for granted. 😉

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Well, so with this gorgeous selection of images from wearabout, I’m sure you guys will now look at your wardrobe in a completely new light.

As for the people featured here, guys keep doing what you’re doing. Cause its working.

 

Until my next post.

Shivani

 

 

Colouring outside the lines

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Most Indians seem to suffer from a serious lack of imagination, when it comes to everyday dressing.

Not that I am an expert.

I mean yes, crop tops are everywhere. BUT HELL, go easy on them. I am serious. My Pinterest page was full of them about two years back. And while the world has graduated to other forms of styles, India seems to have discovered crop tops and maxi dresses yesterday.

Why are we the laggards when it comes to fashion? Yeah, yeah, we have better things to concentrate on… Like inventing the Zero and landing on Mars, but a little experimentation wouldn’t hurt. Will it?
Instead of blindly borrowing the styles worn in the West and following them when propagated by our so-called-fashion magazines.
Why?
We only rely on fashion designers and the professionals to do the thinking.
Sarees are widely perceived to be ‘shaadi’ or ‘graduation’ worthy, thrown out of the work-culture with the polyester sheer shirt somehow being handed that advantage.
God I have begun to hate that shirt.
From the slimy streets of Bandra to the shimmering ‘hi-end’ malls, the racks are stacked with the Polyester Georgette Sheer shirt with metal buttons. Sheesh!
I wouldn’t hate it so much, if my colleagues and contemporaries teamed it with an interesting skirt or a hand painted stole. Or wore something that didn’t look so much like a signature copy-paste from a magazine or a TV show. I mean yes, we all need inspiration and we do look at celebrities and movies for interesting styles, but wouldn’t our world be a little more interesting if we just had a little more colour.
If people built their brands around themselves, and their clothes were the packaging?
And everything they wore hence forward would just be building blocks of the narrative on the journey that they, the human being as a brand, would build? I mean, people, GO OUT. Discover India. The world is knocking on our doors for we have the craziest and most awesome of crafts.
Try making a dress from a block printed fabric. Or even a crop top, if you insist.
Add a border… Not a thick one. Choose the narrow gold one, that gets lost in a sea of eye-hurting borders that your tailor chooses to unceremoniously heap onto the edge of that hideous Anarkali.
Wear some beads. Not the inglorious ones you see hanging from Forever 21 or Aldo.
Wait! I am not supposed to dictate these terms. So yeah, if the Forever 21 accessory department is you, go ahead.
Choose your beads. Handpick your stole. Scout the streets for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you can play up or play down. Wear the sheer shirt if you must! Of course it’s not bad. JUST add some story to your outfit.
I mean we’re all born creative right? And it doesn’t hurt to look good.
Why must we all be a product in the mass-produced, heavily industrialised market of today, wearing what the export houses churn out in billions?
When Gandhiji said ‘spin’… he had a point.
When I say so, I have another.
Assert yourself through curating your look.
Assert your independence when it comes to style.
Stop following.
Start leading.

Quick tips from a self-confessed fashion snob

1. There is a story behind every outfit

Okay, I don’t mean to put designers out of business… I just aim to put you into one – the business of creating your own fashion. Of styling yourselves for self-expression.  Of dressing according to occasion, weather, mood… In fact, consciously or unconsciously, already, everything from your state of mind to the exciting date you went for the night before influences your choice of outfit at a given moment. Don’t snort! I am not kidding.

I don’t know about you, but my baggiest t-shirt miraculously finds its way through my head onto my shoulders, on days that I am too bored/lazy/irritated to dress up AND more interestingly, on days I am feeling…hold your breath… naughty, excited or even SEXY!

Now, that I have (and embarrassingly so) described my go-to outfit for two extreme situations, I realize, that since I am going to be feeling a lot of the former (if not the latter) situation, I had better stock up on tees that don’t have my college logo emblazoned across it!

Talking about t-shirts, I personally like them a little slouchy, with wide armholes. Forever 21 has some amazing options for basics.

Like this one.

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Get it here

The best part about this tee? You can pull it on upon everything from withered, fraying denims and little floral skirts to even maxi dresses!!

Here is an interesting way to work the slouchy tee trend.

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Get it here

So, can you pull this off?

Tip: Look it up online to choose styles that interest you, and head to the store the following weekend to grab it! ALWAYS try before you buy.

The good thing about Forever 21 is that their basics can even be worn with ghagras and sometimes with sarees too!  When you go in, analyse a style based on what it would look like with shorts, sarees, skirts, lehengas and dresses!

For example, a black fitted basic works wonders with a silk saree and an ornamental neckpiece.

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Maybe its time we look to Anamika Khanna for inspiration. Her knack for creating fabulous outfits from seemingly contrasting elements for Sonam Kapoor is something we can all be inspired by.

2. An interesting thing about crop-tops

I know…I know…I have bitched about this style in a previous blog post, but that was primarily because the streets of Bandra and Colaba were exploding with machine-made replicas of the same pattern in alarmingly-large versions of prints that once dominated the runways.

The motifs of sunglasses, owls and elephants. God!

But, (and this is where the story gets a twist), should you choose to walk in one of the many boutiques Bandra has to offer and pick up a fitted version, say a gold sequinned one that may seem too jarring at first glance, pause and think of the old Kanjeevaram in your mom’s closet. Looking better already?

3.  When it comes to Indian-wear, everything doesn’t work anymore

No more shoddily tailored anarkalis or Christmas-tree inspired sarees. It’s time to build a skyscraper-high bonfire OF EVERYTHING that has polyester, nylon or synthetic in it. No faux-chiffons or georgettes, please.

When I say Indian, I mean true Indian. Go back to the loom, go back to the start. Go back to khadis, block-prints, silks, tussars, cottons… Get ‘class’ back into Indian-wear.

Think sustainable, green and natural.

4. And when it comes to western-wear, walk away from the usual

A heady mix of sets and separates are ideal for a well-rounded wardrobe. From boyfriend-tees to statement-setting dresses, from distressed jeans to bright gypsy skirts, from sheer blouses to hand-embroidered jackets; your wardrobe should be a canvas painted on with a myriad different hues and mediums.

Especially, as you have the advantage of being born in a country admired for its colours and crafts. Borrow the colourful skirt from the Banjara tribe in Rajashtan, the gold hoop earrings, the nath and the fitted blouses from the Maharashtrian woman, the anklet from the local woman who giggles on her way to her chores, the gajra from the Tamil (check reference) woman, the big red-bindi from the Bengali mother, and use it to lend interest to your everyday attire.

There is no classification in fashion. It’s about whether you have the balls to pull it off. And, the desire to make a difference. To preserve the heritage of a country so rich in culture, to celebrate the yarns that the village-woman passionately weaves into fabric, to wear what this country so passionately produces, that which has awed outsiders for generations.

To wear that which has lovingly been created.

That’s all. Till my next (and hopefully more visual post)

– S.K