Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Engineering Glamour with Rimzim Dadu

Every piece of clothing tells a story. Sometimes the story is a perfectly plotted fairytale, with the right amount of punctuations. At other times, the story is at best a nightmare. And at many others, the story comes to life through the channel of its garment and the wearer slips into character as soon as they put it on. Those are the best kind of clothes.
Rimzim's garments tell you that story. Think of a Mozart symphony that found a visual channel. A way to put a song into pictures. A technique to weave the symphony into textile. An idea that translated months of engineering into the finest form of understated beauty.
The surface texturing spell as cast by her clothes are the first thing that pop into your head when you take a moment to feel the garments. As a designer who believes in making her own textiles and redefining fabrics, Rimzim's garments give you a sense of earthy beauty that tease you into putting them on. It then, seemed ideal that we break the mould of 'My Village', her label and cast it in a light as never seen before. A dark palette with a hint of metallic tones and a body language to make you think Dangerous Liaisons in the present day were our essential ingredients for this potent concoction. The emphasis is on the natural sheen of the cording in her clothes, the minimal yet emphatic accessorising and the dramatic tones of the make up complementing the backdrops and props.
This editorial takes storytelling of one kind and uses it to augment the art of storytelling via another medium. Textures in apparel create an alloy with multi-level storytelling. The molten wire crop top and the hand embroidered metallic grey skirt, the handwoven leather trench worn over a 3D appliqué floral vine shirt in black, all lend it a feel of rich, unfailing, exaggerated glamour. 
Thank god for artistic license.

Styled and directed by: Namit Sirohi of Valley of Chic
Co-styled, modelled and story by: Shreya Kalra
Photography by: Aditya Saxena
Make up and hair by: Makeup by Supreet Dhillon
Location courtesy: Odean Social
All garments by: Rimzim Dadu


Friday, June 10, 2016

How to reuse wedding jewellery after wedding

I must be honest about this. Getting engaged and being one step closer to tying the knot, changes your perspective about a ton of things in life. You stop making impulsive Indian buys, for one. You actually start to stop and mull over jewellery decisions that you are or would be making. Yes, imagine. While I'm still quite clueless of what I really want for my wedding, the practical (almost non-existent) person in me decided to share a video on 'how to repurpose your wedding jewellery' with you all.
This video is in collaboration with Kalyan Jewellers and their Bridal property, Truly Bridal; which is everything you need to know about, before and after getting married. I, along with a few other extremely talented people from the fashion, beauty and jewellery industry have attempted to answer every question that plagues a bride-to-be.
I hope you enjoy the video and tune in to their channel for a lot more of these.
Tips on repurposing your wedding jewellery:

  • Wear your rani haar over a crisp white shirt with well tailored pants to go from work to cocktail dinner.
  • Use your pendant from your pendant set as a brooch for your plain clutch. 
  • Add your heavy chaandbalis to a cocktail gown or evening dress for the perfectly regal look.
  • Create your own hathphool with a big cocktail ring and a gold chain.
  • Use your multi stringed haar as an opulent piece of headgear or mathapatti for weddings and parties alike.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

That thing about white

Melbourne Street style took over my internet feed as the Australian Fashion Week attendees stepped out in their Sunday best to attend what we better know as the weeklong fashion 'show and tell'. What you see is what you become. Ergo, this week I decided to work on a story that would serve as an inspiration for most of my readers hopefully for the season to come. That is the thing with street style: you need not have the exact same piece of apparel in the exact same colour, but you can always try and achieve a similar vibe with the pieces that you own. For example, while a particular pair of YSL booties that Kendall Jenner and a few other supermodels love to wear and strut for the shutterbugs in, might not be something that I own, getting the vibe with a pair of black leather wedge booties with black skinnies and muscle tees is still an option for me. Besides, emulating a look only yields best results when you do so by putting your own spin on it. 
I'm working with shades of white to create two looks that I am feeling this season. One is a floaty maxi dresses with lace details at the bottom and sleeves in a shade of ivory. This dress is by the label KharaKapas that takes immense pride in Indian handloom with a twist of modernity. Nothing feels better than pure cotton against your skin in the almost fatal Delhi summer heat but that is no excuse to not dress the look up. I decided to DIY a choker for myself (and this is possibly the only way I could stand out in a sea of chokers appearing everywhere!) made out of jute wrapping string! You heard that right. It gave it an earthy, repurposing fashion feel and definitely made my resolve stronger about choosing investment fashion over fast fashion.The all-white and lace details look is reminiscent of some Jane Birkin french fashion moments but maybe with a slight Indian hip, vagabond twist.
The second look is all white. A white vest with a white linen pair of joggers. Athleisure continues to be a solid hot trend (CUE: Louis Vuitton Cruise, 17 show at Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Rio) and I am all for giving it a fresh take every time. Chuck your old sneakers for high tops. Add a military jacket and a leather clutch to finish off your look. 
How do you like your whites now?
In another news, the Wooplr Fashion Carnival is on and giving you access to really great fashion clothing steals like no other. All the looks that you see on your favourite stylists and bloggers on Wooplr are now up for grabs at really really great prices. Needless to say, all my looks from the blog and pssssstttt...some secret ones too are always up on Wooplr

Ivory dress: C/O Khara Kapas
Black multi strapped sliders: Forever 21
Embellished hairband: C/O Foojhadi
Choker: DIY
White vest: Mango
White joggers: C/O StalkBuyLove
Military jacket: Chemistry
Yellow clutch: Aldo
High tops: Adidas 

Photography: Click Occasion Photography


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MadSamTinZin: Tales of Brok-pa

While it may come as no surprise to many, my first reaction to being faced with anything alien is to read up on it. My first tryst (virtual, of course) with the Brok-pa tribe of Ladakh almost didn't seem to end. I went from one article to another. A documentary that I tried hunting down but landed on a thesis about them instead. A whole page full of notes. I forgot that I was to plan a shoot with the garments that had been so painstakingly created by the designer powerhouses behind the label MadSamTinZin. It was as if the garments came together with the original inspiration to create a whirlpool of sorts that only seemed to take me deeper. 
Veni, vidi, vici. I came. I saw. I conquered. It almost remains unchallenged that the Brok-pa tribe is the last of the Aryan Race. Four villages. 1800 people. Sharp beautiful features. Unfettered by modernity yet inspiring any modern day Shakespeare who dare lay their eyes on them. Tales of Brok-pa brings back Alexander's lost army to the present day and age. The unexpected drapes, the surface ornamentation, the coloured thread detailing on the bodice that makes you think of tiny little flags planted all across. The collection pulls you into a world of its own. A world where beautiful coin jewellery and head gears known as the 'tepi' not only serve as pieces of ornaments but serve to ward off evil and diseases. Mountains, trees, water and flowers. It's no wonder that berry blossoms find their way on to their head and flowers are an integral part of each household. If I didn't know any better, I would say that a tiny part of my soul flitted away to this Greek paradise as soon as I donned a piece so beautifully crafted by MadSamTinZin. Far from the maddening crowd.

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project

Dress, hand harness and head gear: C/O MadSamTinZin
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Till the next creative outbreak,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ten pointers for a holiday at Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak is to Bali, what Paris is to France. Gather around for Bali's finest cafe culture, the pristine white sand beaches and an unparalleled nightlife. A five day holiday in Seminyak, a southern region on the island of Bali, Indonesia made me realise how the culture and vibe in all its regions was so different. I might have sold my soul to trade the Eat, Pray, Love experience for a beautiful tan and a very European boutique shopping experience but that is not to say that it does any less justice to a Balinese holiday. More on that later.
My first impression of Bali was that it was a very warm and welcoming city. It definitely has something to do with the fact that the people of Bali espouse a culture that is very laid-back and very dependent on ensuring the people in Bali, especially tourists are content.
Start off with booking a villa as opposed to a hotel while planning a trip to Bali. Villas give you a more authentic insight into the Bali life as opposed to hotels and are obviously more private (and that is never a bad thing). Look for one that is close to the Seminyak beach and the bars, preferably since that is the real essence of a Seminyak Balinese holiday.
For all those of you with attention spans shorter than a goldfish, here are the important things to know, places to go to and general pointers from my holiday in Seminyak, Bali:

  • The currency is a little complex and slightly confusing. First things first, if you have trouble doing mental math like me, you might want to practice a few basic conversions before you go to Bali. The Indonesian Rupiah includes notes of 5000, 10000, 20000 and so on and might take you for a surprise. I cannot even begin to explain how dreadfully rich I felt with lacs of Indonesian Rupiah just before I figured out how little that was in IDR. IKR?

  • Coffee and Cafe. Seminyak boasts of some of the best cafes in all of Bali and beautiful coffee. The Australian cafes have delightful breakfasts made with the freshest produce. Get your fill of eggs, avocados, organic cakes and even smoothies before you take off for a day in the smoldering town. Revolver for coffee and Sisterfields for breakfast would have to be my two DO NOT MISS choices. It helps that Revolver also has cute outdoor booths with the greatest interiors (For cool, rare weather) and brilliant wall art too. Sea Circus has great churros but the food was kind of disappointing.

  • Day bed and chill. Netflix and chill is so passé when you could be booking a day bed or cabana at Ku De Ta and Potato Head and chilling your day away. Not literally of course. Work on your Bali tan, order some great cocktails, smoke some cigars if you like, some of that great food and music to really get you into the holiday mood. The cherry on top, undeniably is the great view of the Seminyak beach and the infinity pool just before that. DO NOT MISS the beautiful legendary KU DE TA sunset. The best photo op and every bit worth the hype.

  • The local food experience. Personally, I am a huge fan of Indonesian food. Just something about it with its spices and fragrant rice and just the aromas of the meat makes my mouth water. Really not an Indonesian holiday if you do not get yourself some of that Warung. Aside from that bad joke, my best Bali food experience would have to be at Made's Warung, which just so you know is pronounced as Muh-day, not Made as in Maiden. It is this great restaurant (with an adjoining icecream parlour) with the greatest satay, nasi goreng, nasi lamak, randang and other such. 

  • Art and street art. A very essential part of the Seminyak experience, is the traveler's tryst with art. You need not necessarily be a serious, pensive art shopper to assimilate the beauty of fine Asian and Oriental art on display in the numerous art galleries in Seminyak. Apart from the art galleries (that also have some really affordable pieces of art by the way) there is also the street art that is a DO NOT MISS. Be it the graffiti outside Cafe Revolver or the famous one of Frida Kahlo with guns.

  • The Bali Rains. Although it is dry and hot all year around in Bali, occasional downpours are not unheard of. Incidentally, the first day of my trip saw a heavy downpour beginning in the afternoon extending all the way till the evening. While I was happy it cooled things off a little, be ready to find a plan B for the time being to make the most out of the rains. A Balinese massage at a Spa or some great seaweed facials are a great way to spend that holiday time productively. DO NOT MISS Bodyworks but make sure you book in advance. 

  • Visa procedure. This is stated often yet there seems to be some kind of apparent confusion about it everytime this comes up. So let me be your travel agent extraordinaire, un momento. The visa for Indians is on arrival in Bali. Also, since October 2015, it is now free of cost for Indians. All you need on yourself is a valid passport and your flight tickets to obtain a visa. 

  • Flea Markets. There are a lot of flea market options for the enthusiastic shopper in Bali. Not only are there flea market pop-ups, there are also some that are regular fixtures. DO NOT MISS the brilliant wristbands (ideal for stacking), funky necklaces with Hamsa charms and all kinds of stunning Dream Catchers. Not only will these serve as the perfect souvenirs, they will also always remind you of the Balinese beach life. There are also great bargains you can find on hand embroidered bags, pouches and home decor pieces. Interesting hangings, cute looking mirrors and even the ever popular Balinese soaps are great options to treat yourself to in Bali. Always remember to bargain when thrift shopping.

  • Beach please. It's almost hilarious to be mentioning it as a separate pointer but no really, what is life without some Vitamin Sea. Now that I have exhausted all my beachy puns, let me tell you about the cool Seminyak beach with a pristine blue sky and white fluffy clouds that should totally be hashtagged as #cloudporn. There is the option of drinking some Bintang beer and coconut water as you lie on the day bed and work on the tan. If you're feeling adventurous, get yourself a surf board or a boogie board and jump into those waves. Speaking of beaches, head to Jalan Mesari beach and DO NOT MISS this Spanish bar there by the name of La Plancha. With its colourful beanbags and colourful umbrellas, that sight is breathtaking by the beach at night.

  • Boutique shopping. If you're looking for investment pieces or have deep pockets in general, then the Seminyak shopping experience might be just what the doctor ordered. DO NOT MISS Jalan Raya (name of the road) dotted with the best designer boutiques on either side. A few that I personally loved would have to include Magali Pascal (easy breezy with a French sensibility), One Teaspoon (Those frayed denim shorts and their bikinis), Uma & Leopold (for their sexy beaded, sequinned shorts). 

Have questions?
Fire away. 


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sephora Delhi: The BIG Makeover

I might not be the ideal person to talk about the difference between contouring and strobing but I definitely know a good make up product from another. It has taken a few years but I can safely say that I have developed a few basic make up skills that work quite alright for me. Hell I don't think I could ever be as ingenious as Kylie Jenner and them (in)famous lips but let us take one baby step at a time. My self proclaimed make up hoarding ways meant that I would on all my travels, hunt down Sephora like a hyena but thanks to Arvind Brands, guess who lives 15-20 minutes away from a Sephora outlet!

There is not much I could say about Sephora that beauty bloggers have not told you before. But here is a perspective from a lazy fashion girl who spends all her time getting her look right and very little time applying make up. Sephora is like a super mart for all your make up needs. There is something for everyone. And there is everything for anyone. Housing international brands like Stilla and Benefit, Sephora manages to be your go-to place for every beauty skincare need. But here is the interesting part: 

Two days back was the official unveiling of the revamped Sephora in Delhi which means quite a few things for the Indian Sephora shoppers. Let me start by telling you that the feel and vibe of the place is so fresh and so in sync with the international outlets. The neon hoardings, the brilliant blow up art over the make up counters, the face lift in terms of layout and organization of products are just a few of my favourite things. My favourite feature has to be the newly established Benefit Brow Bar alongside a large section just dedicated to Benefit products. Waxing eyebrows as opposed to threading them is still a concept relatively new to the Indian market but the brow bar has experts who walk you through the entire process of determining what the shape of your eyebrows should look like and only on your approval do they go ahead with it. A highly clinical yet interactive brow bar ensures you get perfectly waxed eyebrows with inputs on how to maintain the shape, filling them etc.As per usual, I spent a lot of time browsing through the fragrance section which is beautifully bifurcated into Men and Women now stocked with every conceivable perfume. The large LCD screen behind the billing counter that has great videos from an assortment of runways with fun, upbeat music ensures that the shoppers have fun (and possibly break into a dance move or two) while buying their make up.
The fragrance wise coded and organized toiletries(obviously color coded automatically) with baskets of each collectively available now, at Sephora, was so soothing to my eyes and my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.Enjoy this visual treat.



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