Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FTLOFAOTxThat's Thefft

Act 1: We find the protagonist living in the comforts of her city abode. There is nothing that, that life does not fulfil. Materially and socially both, she finds herself in the situation many would kill to be in. It's the bane of the Generation Y cosmopolitan existence. She lives in the times where a sex video will circulate faster than a call for people to urgently donate blood. Who would not, in times like these have an existential crisis or two? But there is always that bottle of Belvedere to numb the pain before the 'fight or flight' response of the body inclines itself towards flight. Some days, just some days she wished she could get away from it all and find a way to explore the flip side of her existence. 

Act 2: She clearly doesn't belong here. The rickshaw wala bhaiya passes her by in his ornate little ride not stopping to stare. The alienation comes from within. She walks a mile and observes the people of the sleepy town wide awake at an hour where most city folk are likely to be sound asleep in their satin sheets and down feather comforters. The shops smell of fresh ink on parchment as the freshly printed newspapers are unpacked and set up on the stands, ready to be sold. An old man stands at the corner, playing with his dog while observing the men at work. The more she explores, the more the feeling of alienation is driven away. She doesn’t belong there yet she finds comfort in little signs of life and humanity. The handiwork of her beautiful salmon coloured dress perfectly complement the colours and tassels of the ornate rickshaw. Little kids being rushed to school smelling of soap and sandalwood exhibit an enthusiasm to learn and explore, unmatched by most adults. The fresh stash of beetle leaves being washed and set out for business. The signs of art, beauty and debauchery continue to haunt her as she stands in a corner and lights one up, watching the town wake up and smell the coffee. We aren't much different, she realised. Life and death across the border remains suspiciously similar to her neck of the woods. The pink lip stood for her pop culture consumption from the city life. The orange lower lip epitomised her new found old rustic fixation that she was taking back. We aren't much different, she mused. Just that we all choose to live double lives.

The handmade lovelies like this dress from That's Thefft always bring out the best in me. Be it in setting the mood of the shoot or my short stories. Thank you for inspiring this one. Find their delicate pieces of apparel with the most stunning handiwork on Facebook and instagram also. 

Photography and editing by the hugely talented Pretika Menon aka Jvack Toto
Dress: That's Thefft
Boots: Saint G Shoes
Bag: Marc Jacob


Monday, November 16, 2015

The name of the wind

A lot of my inspiration to write comes from the books I read and the movies I watch. Fashion isn't much different to me. A form of literary art is something I find a lot of comfort in giving a pictorial sense to, via my fashion aesthetics. When I read 'The name of the wind' by Patrick Rothfuss, a large part of my brain mulled over 'Kvothe' and his antics for days on end. I could not wait to see what he would do next and immediately hopped over to the next book. The concept that Patrick attaches to the naming of the wind in order to enslave the wind to do as you please is so beautifully described that I more intensely than I imagined hung on to each of Master Elodin's classes waiting for him with bated breath to decode the science and magic of 'naming'. The allure of Jvothe's love for Denna and the unparalleled chase that he undertakes to find his love had my emotions maxed out at moments. If being a Potter head comes as second nature to you then the University that teaches magic and sympathy (with a few teaspoons of voodoo dolls) might just be your next dream destination. And if you haven't read the book, never mind. The edgy fantasy fiction feel of this cape top, the large neon bindi and the hair enslaved by the wind *and defying gravity* will hopefully still manage to transport you to the city of Imre and remind you of the skills of artificery and alchemy.

Cape top: Qbik (Delhi)
Skirt: Stalk Buy Love
Shoes: Rungg Shoes
Cuboids: Miss Flurrty
Rings: Forever 21 and Loviza (Singapore)

Photography by Pretika Menon aka Jvack Toto

Ever wished you could take a poll on which fit of jeans worked better for you and wanted a large set of virtual friends to reach out to? Wanted the most obscure piece of clothing (just because!) and didn't know where to begin quizzing people? Or just wanted to brainstorm over a really love(hate) piece of clothing that was making the rounds and you couldn't make up your mind about how you felt? Wear is the discussion is that much and more. I can't think of the number of times I've wanted to just quickly google away some sartorial queries but google couldn't read my mind so I gave up that pursuit. But maybe this absolutely exclusive secret online portal could do that job. I'm glad to be a blogger enlisted with them and I can't wait to see many more of you right here on Facebook. There onwards, you could gain access to the invite only group. Check them out and show them some love. 


Friday, November 6, 2015

FTLOFAOTxWills Lifestyle

Wills Lifestyle has made up its mind to power through this Autumn Winter. First there was the first ever digital fashion show as we saw the mannequins go on a break in a one-of-its-kind holographic display at their Select City Walk store. The season's latest pieces were seen on the models as they walked down a virtual ramp as a part of the exclusive visual merchandising done by the store.
Then, it is the collection itself. Having associated Wills Lifestyle as a brand, to primarily formal clothing appropriate for the highest corporate set up, I was in for a wonderful surprise as I explored the collection this season. From festive bright pops of colours to ditzy prints, turns out Wills Lifestyle is going all guns blazing into Autumn Winter, 2015. I love the fact that it is tapping into some of the biggest trends this season and the colour palette is rich and mature as much as it is fun and playful.
To make things easier for your shopping season, I decided to give you a lowdown on five key pieces to pick from the Autumn-Winter, 15 collection at Wills Lifestyle. The five pieces have been styled over five looks which require little or no styling. I have kept the hair and make up fun, easy and simple, at the same time there is a little bit of experiment in each look. Pair the separates with the basics already in your closet and you have five complete looks to flaunt this season.
Whoever said fashion is not for the easygoing and lazy, definitely did not have the chance to see this post. 

Look 1: This quilted tee shirt in navy blue with a leather panel across the front from Autumn-Winter,15. It's easy to style, fun to wear and fabrics are very winter friendly.

Look 2: Denim shirt. Barely a need to re-emphasize how effortless a style denim on denim is. Break the monotony of blue on blue with a pair of coloured or neutral heels.

Look 3: This double layered tunic in red and white is cool because of two reasons. One, it's attached layering and two, it's a great play on contrasts of the fabric.

Look 4: For every English weather loving girl at heart, those cozy cardigans are a must have. This one scores brownie points for the polka dot knit.

Look 5: Lose the cardigan from over this textured coral number with power shoulders and bead work which make it such a great choice for cozy dinners (with or without the polka dotted cardigan)



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