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Yesterday being the Valentine’s Day, I guess all of you must have spent good times with your dear ones in special ways. I too went for a drive with my family and close friends to the beachside followed by a cozy dinner date. And yes I had an amazing time, especially after the very discerning 2020 owing to the pandemic. The one thing that I really loved was my Valentine outfit. Yeah, I wore this cute white silk shirt with little hearts all over and teamed it up with blue denim jeans and silver hoops. The gorgeous shirt available at VivanyaFashion – India’sFashionDestinationtotally stole my heart the moment I spotted it and I knew I had to buy it for Valentine’s Day. Secretly, I was overjoyed with all the admiration I was receiving. Also, because I was happily collaborating with the brand – being a blogger.
So, here’s presenting you a glimpse of my V-Day outfit. Vivanya Fashion is a lovely fashion destination for smart wear across all ages and I’m sure you would love it too. Try it to believe it!
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Hoping that you guys have read my previous post on the virtual launch of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital Season First-Fluid Edition. I must say that I’ve had a fabulous time witnessing the digital launch of the biggest fashion event of the year – in the capacity of a guest blogger. In continuation of my previous post, today I present the highlights of the remaining shows of my favourite designers straight from the fashion runway. Take a look and enjoy the larger-than-life show!
After the lovely collections showcased in the first two days of LFW 2020, Day 3 started with a Podcast by Nonita Kalra – the renowned writer, journalist, and former Editor in Chief of popular magazines like Bazaar India and Elle, to discuss on topics like Sustainable Fashion, Biodiversity and Humanity. The other panelists present for the podcast were: Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and Advocate-UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals; Indian Lawyer Afroz Shah, best known for organising the world’s largest beach clean-up project; and last but not the least, UN Resident Co-ordinator in India Renata Lok-Dassallien. Listening to the podcast was great fun.
Moving ahead with Day 3, Designer Amit Aggarwal gave an ode to the glowing star and the never-ending light that illuminates in each of us with his Tresemme presented collection First Light inspired by traditional basket weave. The collection showcased a blend of organic Indian Chanderi and Matka silk. It was an ideal look that balances fashion and styles on the crowing glory from top to toe. Check it out here.
Day of LFW 2020 comprised some of the best designers and their shows were worth viewing (on the laptop screen!). The first in the line comes Designer Disha Patil who in her collection The Labyrinth not only created a sensational fashion offering for brides but allowed her personal style statement to shine though.
Star attraction: Bollywood Actress Diana Penty was the showstopper for this collection.
Then came designer Masumi Mewawala with her collection The Adorn, which brought luxurious looks that are ideal for high fashion ensembles. The collection recreated the romance and vintage appeal of the Elizabeth Era with lavish splashes of contemporary twists. To complete the glamorous theme of the collection, the designer also created hair ties and buns. This bridal collection will thrill the bride-to-be as she takes her Saat Pheras. Here’s a sneak peek into the collection.
The next collection Neo Phulkari by designer-duo Sukriti and Aakriti originated from Punjab, was inspired by phulkari or flower-work with delicate embroidery details, which makes the perfect contemporary Indian wear silhouette.
Check out Bollywood actors Radhika Madan and Aparshakti Khurana gracing the lovely collection here.
Moving a little ahead with Day 4, another amazing collection that left a mark was Anushree Reddy’s bridal collection Nazira, which was full of 3D handcrafted crystal embroidery, zardozi, katdana and delicate thread work. Her demi couture collection consisted of everything that the trousseau shoppers can dreamt of. Take a preview of the collection here.
The last show of Day 4 was Designer Kunal Rawal’s Uber Cool collection presented by NEXA. Inspired by the colours of NEXA, the collection was spread over a military shade card of black, off white, and grey. A definite stylish fashion statement that not only offered interesting shapes and silhouettes but also brought together a line of versatile formal separates that had distinct mix and match possibilities.
Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite ‘suitable boy’ Ishaan Khattar along with the spirited Sonakshi Sinha walked the ramp as showstoppers.
The last day of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 had the stunning and out-of-the-world grand finale show by Designers Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni. Inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme Spotlight Ready, the ramp witnessed Lakme ambassador and beautiful actress Mrunal Thakur flaunting their collections. Following her tradition of using the ramp as her artistic canvas, Rimzim Dadu immersed in the concept of kinetic art with tech for a live virtual experience. The ultra-glam look for her collection was all about kohl-rimmed eyes in the boldest shades from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Have a look here!
The final showcase of the day by Saaksha & Kinni presented an impeccable display of vibrant colours, prints and textures with every single piece designed to celebrate the Banjara tribe and resilience of women. The look that was fresh with slight sheer on the lips and bright hues on the eyes came straight from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Take a sneak peek.
Hello lovely readers! How are you all? So today I have some fun stuff in store for you! The Co-Ord. When it comes to clothes, I prefer opting for outfits that can be slipped on in the morning without much ado or giving too much thought. The last thing I would ever want to do is to sit around looking for shirts/tops to team up with bottoms. Many a time, we hate wearing matching tops and bottoms, unless we are lounging in our pjs. Very often, we don’t even have the luxury of time to do this.
Looks like someone in the fashion world sensed the trouble and came up with a perfect solution. Coordinates or popularly called as co-ord sets add a give a fun millennial spin to our fashion mood. Co-ord sets are colour and style coordinated clothing sets that don’t need to be matched with other individual clothes to make the outfit look perfect – they are already the perfect outfit.
So, no more wasting time trying on dozens of combinations to find a good look. All you have to do is – buy ready co-ords off the fashion shelves. A lot of fashion brands have introduced quirky co-ords to amp up your style statement and make it a cool ensemble.
I present an artistic take on fashion brand Gulabo Jaipur’s conventional and fuss-free co-ords:
Beating #WorkFromHome Blues
Working-from-home does mean you’re your own boss, but it also means losing track of days which is not always the best! But it can be – when you play dress up in block printed, languid co-ord sets! Modern, comfortable silhouettes with a stroke of Indian block-printed aesthetics which transform your look from casual to meeting-ready in just a few seconds.
Photo Courtesy : Gulabo Jaipur
Lounging in Lockdown
Whether you’re working-from-home or spending your time indulging in self-care, these lounge sets are super comfy and can take you from day to night. They even help to uplift your mood. Spin your own distinct style around the conventional matched set with cool co-ord sets. Modern with the touch of Indian aesthetics, ditsy block-printed floral motifs and relaxed comfy silhouettes are perfect for all your moods through the day.
Photo Courtesy: Gulabo Jaipur
And finally, with the onset of festive season, we all have those moments when we feel extra traditional and dressing up in ethnic wear suddenly becomes the need of the hour. Why not try this quirky co-ord set! Add a much-needed touch of conventional embroidery with a dainty chiffon dupatta or style your look with a leheriya, bandhani dupatta to give you the festive feels you need this season.
The word “myth” may bring to your mind silly adolescent misconceptions such as – a watermelon growing in your stomach if you eat the seeds, perhaps or if you sneeze with your eyes open your eyeballs will pop out. But when it comes to the subject fashion, I think that women still subscribe to certain myths about how to dress that we simply think are false.
Though these may be bit less dramatic than growing a large fruit in your stomach, they’re still important to us because we dress ourselves every single day and so letting go of falsehoods about certain colours or accessories can make a difference.
Scroll to find out if you’re holding on to these fashion myths and see why I think it’s time to let them go once and for all.
#Myth 1: Mixing Prints is a No-No
We all have heard the ‘you can’t wear more than one print’ warnings, but no one ever explained it Why? Let me tell you people that sometimes in life, you must take risks. So, bust this myth now and looks for prints with complementary shades and rock that killer mixing. Just remember to take color into account.
#Myth 2: Keep Gold and Silver separate
We are in a time where fashion and style are so limitless that mixing silver and gold has now developed into an incredible trend. So, don’t be afraid to mix up gold and silver bangles or rings together because if the style matches, there’s no reason to not wear them together to build up a dual metallic look.
#Myth 3: Sequins are too Dressy for the day
Sparkle doesn’t have to be OTT, yet so many people reserve it exclusively for evening wear. I absolutely find no logic behind it. You can easily wear sequins during the day too. Just try to make the look more casual and always wear it with a tee. It can be your statement piece without being too much if you make sure to balance it out.
#Myth 4: You should wear a dress to look Feminine
Why limiting your style? A top and a pair of pants can still look as sophisticated. If you’re in the market for a more feminine wardrobe, look for form-fitting, colorful outfits with stylish, playful designs. You don’t need that girly makeover that includes accessories such as a pair of ballet or a headband.
#Myth 5: Newer means Better
Just because the shops are lined with shiny brand-new collections, doesn’t mean that these are better than the clothes already in your wardrobe. Trends will come and go, so don’t go crazy spending loads of money on one particular new style. Shop for fit, not for trend and nail the classics that you’ll be wearing for years.
Need a break from your monotonous routine? Let’s escape into the glitz and glam world of the tinsel town. Talking about movies, they’re not only about the storyline, dialogues, sound and production. There are many underlying threads that combine to make a movie loved by the masses.
One of those is the style and fashion that form the essence of movies. In fact, there have been movies that essentially revolve around fashion as its core subject. I can recall some of my favourite ones that have certainly left a mark on viewer’s mind. The styling and costumes depicted in them not only made them loved by all but also iconic over the years.
While it would take forever to make a list of all the noteworthy fashion styles in films, here are few significant examples that come to my mind now. Read and I’m sure you would want to watch them too:
Devil Wears Prada
A cult-classic fashion movie that tops the list. The Devil Wears Prada is about Andy (Anne Hathaway), a smart but sensible new graduate who lands in a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. The real drama begins is when Andy discovers about the strange and crazy world of fashion. Andy’s Chanel looks and Miranda Priestley’s collection of crazy trench coats and bags still inspire us even after 14 years of it’s release. If you count yourself as a true fashion lover, I highly recommend you this movie. It’s one of my favourites too.
A beautiful piece of art as I would term it. In his final film before retirement, Daniel Day-Lewis plays an obsessive-compulsive dressmaker for the wealthy in 1950s London. The story continues with a drastic change in Reynolds’ meticulous lifestyle when he falls in love with Alma (Vicky Krieps). Phantom Thread is a film that gives us a direct insight into how much work goes into creating couture garments. For all the fashion lovers out there, watching this will be an emotional experience.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
A rare gem that’s worth the guilty swipe of a maximised credit card. Confessions of a Shopaholic is about a young woman, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) who is a shopping addict and someone who thinks buying is always the key to happiness. She lands a job in a finance magazine and realises there is more to life than just shopping. Also, how can we forget that signature green chiffon scarf that’s the highlight of the movie. From what I hear, when the moment got released, it pushed thousands of women into wearing oversized belts, designer tweed trench coats and vibrant colours. People still love the movie and are taking fashion cues from it.
P.S – A must watch.
The Great Gatsby
Last but not the least, a movie all that’s about glamour. Beautiful, Marvellous, Amazing! Words are not enough to describe how perfectly articulated this movie is. For those with a love of the glitzy side of the 1920s, this film would not disappoint you. It tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio), a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan (Carry Mulligan), a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth. If you haven’t given much thought to style in the 20s, this film will quickly take you back to the retro styles you so love to watch. Watch it, as I promise it will make you a huge fan of the amazing styles and would want to have them in your current closet.