Monday, November 17, 2014

Glamour Untamed

Any reader who has been around for the turn of the century on my blog will know how I am not a very 'winter person', so to speak. Sure, trench coats, double breasted jackets, bombers, cardigans, cashmere have their charm and as an ardent lover of fashion, it is almost impossible to be oblivious to it. However, I tend to get lazy. My best friends are my tartan PJs. My beanie over ruffled hair fails to embarrass me in public. Simply put, it is just too cold to care.
So before it gets too cold for me to stop caring, let me unleash a can of glamour untamed on this blog. This should not be too anti climatic since the outfit in itself is all about the glamour of the current era. Lacy camisoles, a chunky necklace in gold emblazoned with powerful gems, a little black skirt with the handiwork of glass beads all across forming geometric patterns, the perfect cherry coloured platformed oxfords and the warmest swankiest chunky cardigan in a slatey shade with hints of ecru.
If this doesn't sound like winter wonderland to you, then maybe this visual revelry of an outfit that I came up with will make you a believer.
The skirt comes from the hands of the immensely talented designer who runs her label Thats Thefft, an outfit from which you saw here on my blog. The necklace is crafted by the hands of designer Ankita Tiwari whose label Aé-Teē has been spotted on every Queen Bee of Tinsel Town. If there is a jewellery label that just gets me, it is definitely this.
Clarks India's latest campaign, Shoe Diaries with Rina Dhaka is what really got me to style these uber cool shoes. As one of the bloggers collaborating with Clarks on this really cool campaign, this is my ShoeDiary. You can head to ShoeDiaries and find out everything about this and enter their contests to win exciting prizes. 

Skirt: C/O Thats Thefft
Shoes: C/O Clarks India
Cardigan: Zara
Necklace: C/O Aé-Teē

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

Till the next post,

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Players gonna plaid

The tartan patterned plaid shirt is like hot chocolate on a nippy day. Comforting, yet never goes out of style. Plaid isn't just confined to the kilts of the hot Scottish men or the sexy school girl outfit *cough* and here at FTLOFAOT, I give you my own version of the plaid look. In this weather where I was seemingly undecided about whether it was chilly enough for a jacket or warm enough to just float about in my maxis, I decided to do a little cool layering with my dependable custom made black maxi dress and the plaid shirt. Its certainly hipster since the floaty maxy and the shirt both exude a very devil-may-care vibe, but hey, turns out the devil does care and teams up a leopard print clutch against the plaid shirt. Hair, Brooklyn-ish gold hoops and black multi-strapped flat sandals could easily be classified as norm core but thats the thing, I always do norm core in parts and elements.
This was my outfit for Day 4 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and the photographs are courtesy the lovely couple behind The Fashion Flite.

Plaid shirt: Zara
Black maxi dress: Custom stitched
Black strappy sandals: Forever 21
Portfolio clutch: ASOS
Gold Loops: Forever 21

Till the next post,

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,


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