Monday, October 20, 2014

Back to the roots

Now is a good time as any to go back to the roots. With design mavens like Sanjay Garg for Raw Mango, Vaishali S, Wendell Rodricks teaching us a thing or two about going back to the Indian textiles, the design scene in India looks richer than ever before. The saree in khadi, matka silk, chanderi and other hand spun textiles is suddenly the new cool option. Not to say that it ever was not. India's design history has always been rich and our resources are never ending. The man power is talented and it is phenomenal what a little tapping into it can do. But these designers with interesting cuts and drapes are making these options seem so much more appealing to everyone. I for one am sold.
To the outfit now. With an attempt to do a half drape saree, this look is the more earthy and unkempt one amongst the two that we shot for my friend's college project. The half saree look can be achieved this Diwali even without the complications of the whole nine yards. Take a cue from the photos and you definitely run the chance of upping the style quotient at that coveted Diwali party. ;)

Half draped saree: Dastkar Mela, Delhi
Jewellery: Paharganj, Delhi
Earrings: Forever 21

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soul of a wanderer

I have contemplated the theory that I have the soul of a hippie. On days I just want to pack up and leave, irrespective of the day, time and state of affairs in the Republic of Kalra. But apart from the whimsical thoughts too and more on point of what I choose to put on my back, I have enjoyed sporting a look or two where I don at least one element of a very bohemian look, even if not more. This look, however, is entirely another story. A shoot I modelled for, for my photographer's fashion school project, I shared one of the images from my shoot here and the response propelled me into sharing the entire look with you. Its whimsical, yet practical. Hippie, yet mature. It is an alter ego which I best describe as 'a wanderer' that surfaces occasionally and mostly when I decide I cannot flow with the mainstream anymore.

Black maxi dress as kurta: which I got stitched
Floral pants and the accessories: Photographer and stylist's
Strappy sandals: Forever 21

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WLIFW: Day One

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week kickstarted today and is it politically incorrect to say that the shows were just about lukewarm? Are we taking the same trend and showcasing it in the same permutation combination? Or can I look forward to more exciting shows in the days to come?
Alpana & Neeraj's 'kawaii' themed Japanese line with minimalistic design and lot of bow detailing made for a beautiful runway presentation. Hemant-Nandita played with ikat and used some great '70s inspired silhouettes that made you think a retro funner summer resort line.
Meanwhile, us bloggers have a tendency to run our own little fashion show off the runway. I went sporty luxe with a tinge of gothic. A Dhruv Kapoor sweatshirt in bonded jersey and mesh paired with leather skinny pants made for an almost androgynous look. Of course worn with those shoes my mother would never approve of but I adore.
Just an insight into Day One's outfit. Here's to hoping for better shows tomorrow.

Sweatshirt: Dhruv Kapoor
Leather pants: Next
Shoes: Charles and Keith
Clutch: Zara


Monday, October 6, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015: A call for a cause or a call for attention

When the Chanel models took to the asbestos streets at Palais de Tokyo at the Paris Fashion Week, their choice of cry for protesting was feminism. But is it really embodying feminism? 
Ever since I saw the show, complete with its theatrics of eyebrow maven Cara Delevingne taking to protesting against inequality between men and women into a Chanel megaphone, I have been slightly perturbed by the nature of these theatrics. Now I am not someone who studied gender deeply, but with a basic understanding of gender and law and what really entails feminism, this feeble attempt by Karl Lagerfeld to make Chanel ready-to-wear a part of second wave feminism missed the mark. His idea as I read on was simple, "my mother was a feminist, and I was brought up with a history of that." Completing his thought, given how 'cool' the concept of being feminist has become in this day and age where every average woman without a real understanding of the issues with gender norms or gender inequality, claims to be a feminist, it seemed like the right vendable move. Are we, in the process, over simplifying feminism? In my opinion, yes. Do beautifully tailored pant suits on typically beautiful models suffice to carry forward the desired message of feminism? Probably not. The idea of feminism in sartorial choices is wonderful except I failed to see anything that had not been said before. Women have been taking to pant suits like fish to water since the late '60s ever since the induction of this androgynous piece of clothing in our wardrobes. The collection highlighted khaki, tweed with a hint of psychedelic, pin-striped with a lacquered sheen, skirt suits with lacey blouses, leather stripped dresses and knitted sweater dresses. The collection was on point with the luxurious use of fabrics and bringing a whole bag of elegant to the table. But do slogans on the lines of 'Be different', 'free freedom', 'history is her story', 'women's rights are more than alright', really convey the essence of this zeitgeist called 'feminism? Why are we lapping up everything that is the current politically correct flavour of the season, in this case feminism? 
A creative director known for having called Adele, 'a little too fat' preaching a feeble sermon of feminism to the fashion world and the world at large is resounding hollow and downright fallacious.
We all love a little drama on the runway but this is when we ask ourselves the larger question? Should the drama ever overpower the clothes? 
I believe that fashion has the power to be a purveyor of great social and political messages. I do also believe that a surreptitiously worded slogan hinting at some kind of equality between men and women does not create an impact that a cause like this deserves.
Sorry Karl, this Boulevard of Chanel did not create the fashion Bastille that you hoped it would.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shine, seal, delivered

In an attempt to create some fantastic eerie, gothic yet reminiscent of a lot of elegance kind of photographs, we managed to ruffle a few feathers in the mall. (Read: mall guards)
Does that make any difference in the larger picture where I got to combine the stunning and classically elegant jewellery by Minawala and the magic of the make up brushes of the talented Sakshi Malik in Delhi. The answer would have to be a no.
The idea behind picking these particular jewellery pieces and this kind of styling was to create an editorial that highlights the versatility of this jewellery. The long chandelier earrings with successive flowers, the chunky statement ring with the use of rubies and diamonds and the classic bracelet with a spray of diamonds in a structural format could work wonders with your lehenga for your best friend's wedding just as much as they could with a snake print camisole and leather pants a la Pantera loving rocker chic.
There is no marriage that works just as harmoniously as that of the right jewellery and the right make up. Make up artist extraordinaire Sakshi has worked on a dramatic look complete with false eye lashes and full oxblood lips and smokey eyes to complement the shades of winter and fall as seen in the jewellery.

The make up artist Sakshi Malik can be reached on instagram and twitter at username: sakmalik
Find her on Facebook at Sakshi Malik and Minawala Jewellers at Minawala jewellers.

The break up of the make up used:
Started off my prepping the skin with himalaya cleanser and toner. Followed by biotique morning nectar moisturising lotion. Then I applied the 'stila one step correct' primer with a foundation brush. I used MAC studio finish concealer in shades NC 42 and 35 on the under eyes, forehead, under the lower lip and also on the sides of the lips. Then I used 'bourjois healthy mix foundation' in shade 56 all over the face, neck and ears with a stippling brush. I contoured the cheeks, jaw line and nose with foundations in shades 'almond' and 'warm walnut' from my Bobbi Brown BBU palette. Also used my MAC bronzing powder in shade 'matte bronze' on the cheek bones. Secured it all with MAC translucent powder. 
Eyes- first applied my eye primer by 'two faced'. Then used a cream pigment in pearl from my illamasqua reflection palette. Used a pearly eye shadow from my NYX palette on top. MAC Prunella to line the eye lids and blended that with MAC eyeshadow 'sketch' and used it on the crease line. Also used black shimmer eye shadow from my NYX palette on the crease line. Defined the eye brows with black eye shadow from my screenface palette. Mascara used was 'great lash' from maybelline. And used fake lashes 'sultry' that I got from primark, London. Used prunella under the water line too to give a smudged effect. Last I used 'rice paper' from MAC on the brow bone as a high lighter. 
Cheeks- contouring with the Mac bronzer. 

Lips- prepped with a lip balm. Then applied MAC lip pencil in shade 'nightmoth'. Used revlon lipstick in shade 'black cherry'. 

Snake print camisole: Zara
Black Leather pants: Next
Jewellery and location C/O: Minawala Jewellers

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at

Till the next time,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Street Chic

Anything that floats your imagination. Anything that makes you break out of your shell. Anything that gives you wings. You can own any style that catches your fancy. Because frankly, the only rule that I play by when it comes to my sartorial choices is that there are no rules. The only fashion rule that I have played by for as long as I remember is going by my instinct. I love inspirations and I love my share of world street style blogs. But the final verdict on any look that I create is by answering one simple question, "how true to my style will this be?"
I'm gearing up for the exit of this balmy summer season. And fall definitely is the herald of all things grey and oxblood. This dress put together with my black and white buckled heeled loafers seemed to liberate me in a way that a flouncy dress or A-line skirt could not.
With a dash of gypsy gold and a bag that epitomises all that is right (or wrong) with our generation, I came to a conclusion that this is my idea of street chic.

Dress and accessories: Forever 21
Shoes: Charles and Keith
Bag: Zara
Sunglasses: C/O American Swan

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Piece de resistance

It has to be counted as a perk of being a fashion blogger when you are exclusively introduced to labels that you might not have encountered till that point. If you have in the past seen or invested in one of the timeless pieces by That's Thefft, then consider yourself darn lucky. When I first saw the lookbook of this particular label, I was in a state of awe since each garment by designer Mihika of That's Thefft is painstakingly hand embellished. The designs are truly modern and chic and definitely for a modern day diva. Having known to be a self confessed embellishment and sequin lover, I decided to pick this 'Ibbie' dress to style since its rich, yet Indian brocade element in a full skater silhouette posed a challenge. The belt created at the beginning of the skirt with chunky red gems and a plain black blouse of the dress both fall in fashionable harmony with the gold brocade. The stiff brocade makes the dress appear grand in all its glory. I decided to give it a raw Indian feel with complementing red and gold jhumkas and a sturdy leather and rose gold Daniel Wellington watch. The 'I-woke-up-like-this-hair' (just kidding, I have to put in a lot of effort to even slightly curl my poker straight hair :/) seemed like the right idea with the combination of the brocade, the jhumkas and the bright red lips. Thats the thing with That's Thefft, each piece is a piece de resistance. You never have to try too hard.
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For all the information about the latest That's Thefft collection that goes live in stores on 20 September (Including Ibbie), find them on Facebook here.

Ibbie Dress: C/O That's Thefft
Leather watch: C/O Daniel Wellington
Envelope clutch: Aldo
Rose gold sandals: Zara
Jhumkas: Beget, G.K-I

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at


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