Thursday, November 17, 2016

Music festival dressing with Kanelle

The first edition of EDC India just transpired over the last weekend and if you follow me on instagram then you definitely know about our fabulous 'glamping' experience with Budweiser India and Food Talk India at EDC. Apart from the brews, the musical line up (which was insane, by the way), a very essential component of a successful stint at a music festival is the right look. The power of fashion is insane. Imagine you fall in love with a woman only to realise that she is the kind of a girl who wears floral crowns at music festivals. *barf* That bit of anticlimactic scenario aside, there are definitely a few things you could keep in mind when you create your music festival look.

  1. I rant about this like it's my religion but yeah, it probably is. Be original. Think about what you find fun and work around it. Pick a piece of clothing you love and create a look around it. Never fails.
  2. Stay comfortable. I cannot possible emphasise this enough. Music festivals tend to turn into a breeding ground for insane dancing, singing, head banging and anything else that floats your boat. It is key to wear clothing that is not too tight, allows for movement of arms and legs and does not run the risk of leading to a wardrobe malfunction (unless that is a part of your look of course!).A good idea is to wear distressed shorts, knotted shirts, funky psychedelic tee shirts, maybe tee shirts of your favourite band, fringed denims, vests and jackets to layer. If you must wear a dress then ensure it is not too tight or too short in order to allow for ease of movement.
  3. People tend to forget that it is your feet (and the soles of your shoes) that carry you through a music festival. Avoid heels of any kind even if you feel comfortable in those since most music festivals tend to be held in mushy grounds. Sneakers are probably your best friend or comfortable flat boots, if you may.
  4. Keep your accessories minimal but a statement sling is always a good idea. You could stack up on your wrists too since that kind of a look works well with a music festival's colourful vibe.
  5. And lastly, bring a little bit of madness to your outfit. It could be a randomly slashed teeshirt, a glittery hairband, a scarf. a leather jacket, spiked boots, a metallic sling or anything else that you feel defines your style and carries with it an element of a music festival's madness and colour.
I put together this outfit in association with Kanelle by Kanika Jain whose Fall Winter, 16 collection Blue Jean Baby is truly after my own heart. The half slashed tunic with the geometric foil print, the fringe detailed jacket and the bootcut denims checked all the right boxes when I had to put together my look for Day 1 of EDC India. The techniques used to convert the classic 'ol denim into a piece of apparel more statement and definitely edgier is what makes me love Blue Jean Baby. It helps that the look is roomy, comfortable and gives my love for layering another outlet. Added these dusty rose suede block heels to spew a little colour into the look but of course changed into good old sneakers to go dancing like a mad person.

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project


Friday, November 11, 2016

FTLOFAOT with Jabong India for Republic of Denim

There are not too many ways to say this: e-commerce in India is such an exciting place to be at right now. Not only are all the players making the user experience so smooth, the kind of labels and brands they are bringing access to, for the Indian masses is insane. I am a huge proponent of the online shopping movement and have managed to induct my geriatric parents into the lair of online shopping too. And that is no mean feat. The safest, best online shopping experience in my family definitely rests with Jabong and that is not to say that I've not had great shopping experiences elsewhere. You have got to love the wide array of brands and the seamless customer service that Jabong gives but my ultimate clincher in favour of Jabong would have to be their seriously commendable efforts to stay ahead in the game with their quirky, yet fashion forward aesthetics. From the perspective of someone who shops with them and also works with them on a multitude of projects, the creative team has some serious drive to outdo themselves with each advertorial and editorial.
If you have not already seen the #RepublicOfDenim video here, then head to the website to find the entire series of denim stories that I shot for alongside some of the best bloggers in the country. Republic of Denim taps into every conceivable style of denims with ideas on how to style them by your favourite bloggers. Find all the denim styles up for sale on Jabong and key into the madness right here. I decided to ring in the seventies with my flared denims and a bardot top with serious bell sleeves.
Props to the entire Jabong team for a shoot that would definitely make it to my top ten crazy, fun shoots.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The ides of summer

Every time I sit down to get my outfit and style musings together, my brain tends to go into overdrive with almost everything else of significance around the world. It has been 30 minutes since I started on this piece (wrote the line above basically) and I have managed to read up on the American presidential poll, what the experts have to say about the smoke situation in Delhi, the effects of music on the growth of plants, the fibonacci sequence, you get the drift. 
Style that requires explanation is like a really bad joke: no one cares a hoot about it. Also, bad jokes> trying too hard in an outfit, any day of the week and twice on sundays. Exploring my easy peezy summer fashion vibe, my love for layering and the 50 shades of blue in this outfit. A good way to draw the Indian summer to an end after it has overstayed it's welcome. 
There is always something great to be said about minimalism.

Crop top: Zara
Denim vest: H and M
Pants: Vanilia (Hague, Netherlands)
Boots: Saint G

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

FTLOFAOTxAmazon India x POPxo: India Modern at AIFW

There is something to be said about the massive number of women and men who have taken to digging out their old Indian archetypes for dressing up at Fashion Week. One in every five people at Amazon India Fashion Week was seen wearing a bindi or a pair of jhumkas. I'm no one to decide whether people all across the world wearing it accounts for cultural appropriation. But I do believe, for reasons right or wrong, we are seeing a massive wave of style currently that we love to call 'India Modern'. The 'India Modern' prototype understand the Indian weaves. He/she understands Indian fabrics. He/she understands what they see on the ramp and give it an interpretation they best deem fit in the modern day India. On day 5 at Amazon India Fashion Week, I had the privilege of attending the shows as a POPxo Super Blogger in collaboration with Amazon India. The one show that redefined the day's proceedings for me was the First Show: the accessory show. Accessories are having such a big moment in the Indian fashion scene currently and while we are keeping up with the world and creating contemporary pieces, it was absolutely heartening for someone like me to see collections that worked around the classic Indian motifs in jewellery pieces. The revival of the gold jewellery. The pairing of the glamorous diamonds with Indian clothing and western wear alike. The styling of the shows which included fluid drapes that appeared to be very fusion, with dull gold jewellery and flowers in the hair. My favourite would have to be the collection by Mine of Design; Ambar Paridhi Sahai's label
I also put together an outfit from Amazon India with a lot of influence of velvet since nothing spells old Indian regal charm like the use of velvet.
Find snippets from the three accessory shows and my outfit below.

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project

Teeshirt dress, slip dress, bomber jacket: Vero Moda (available on Amazon India)
Shoes: Clarks ( available on Amazon India)
Bag: Kenzo


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Italian Trade Agency at AIFW

Indian fashion is going global and simultaneously taking along, the Indian Fashion Weeks. Amazon Indian Fashion Week, Spring Summer, 17 is currently under session and this time promises to take things a notch higher. If you have been living under a rock, then you must take a moment to soak in the fact that Italy has been a partner country at AIFW this season. Things just got very hot at AIFW last night as the Italian Trade Agency, or ITA as it is more popularly known came forth with a very luxe presentation with the choicest Italian labels on the Indian ramp. Italian labels take immense pride in their inherent elegance and the labels being showcased like Fratelli Borgioli, Diemille, Gianna Melianie, Lella Baldi, Loriblu amongst many others were no different. I immediately think of outstanding craftsmanship and fine leather as I think Italy and the show really was a culmination of all your la dolce vita fashion dreams. *Insertion of basic Italian phrases is a must*

Serious innovation with lamé fabric, neoprene, and a variety of diaphanous fabrics were the order of the day. The bags did well to complement the eclectic mood of looks and the men's wear did not disappoint either. I was for a few moments therein, transported to an international fashion gala and in all probability, this is what the Italian Trade Agency working along with a supremely talented team of Indian show directors and stylists intended. We captured the essence of this fabulous country and it's sensational fashion aesthetic with a few of our favourite looks.

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project

Directed by Rashmi Virmani
Styled by Gopalika Virmani

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Good Earth for Nilaya: The launch

Solve this puzzle. What do you get when you put together 'Nilaya'; an offering of Asian Paints that is basically like couture for your walls, with Good Earth: a name synonymous with only the finest of sensibilities in the world of home decor?

It is really alright if you cannot because this post is dedicated to this new dimension of home decor that the partnership between Nilaya and Good Earth has unveiled: a line of 'Silk Route' themed wall papers. With fairy lights strung from tree to tree and the classic Good Earth lamps paving the way, the event to launch the Silk Route line of wallpapers was every bit magical. The centre pieces with large peach and white roses dotted with hydrangeas and the wallpapers, hung like tapestries right in the middle for all to explore. There were little cabanas done up in decor by Good Earth and the Nilaya wall papers in contrasting prints formed the folding doors right at the back. The Nilaya and the Good Earth teams ensured that we went home well versed with the detailed concept of Silk Route and the different landscapes explored in the wallpapers through this fabled journey.

When you think Good Earth, your mind automatically drifts to eclectic and romantic Indian prints with a colour pattern that prides in the richness of our heritage with a dose of modernism. There is not much from the house of Good Earth that does not stir a little something in your soul. Nilaya has redefined what surfaces meant to an Indian household. After a fantastic collaboration with Sabyasachi, this endeavour to roller-print some of the finest wallpapers for all structures alike is everything we have waited for. 

The Silk Route collection of wallpapers explores three segments of the mysterious Silk Route journey. 'Charbagh' which etches out blossoming blooms and plants found in the walled gardens. 'Palmyra' which is an 'imagined oasis paradise with lush foliage and exotic birds'. 'Xanadu' where the Silk Route originated from across the Great Wall of China.

For all those asking, the wallpapers are ready and stocked at the Good Earth Select City Walk Mall, New Delhi.

Photography by: Ilina Luthra
Find all information on Good Earth here and more on Nilaya by Asian Paints here.



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