Monday, June 27, 2016

DVF: Then and now

While Taxi Driver and American Hustle made DVF clothing and the glamour that was its +1 appear almost unattainable, I write this post with the hope that my fashion sensibilities that hardly ever ascribe to set trends and ideas will help you break the mould. 

Ever since I remember having found my bearing, the iconic silk jersey wrap dress by DVF, the fashion label of the erstwhile princess Diane Von Furstenburg; has been on my list of things to possess. You know, that list with items we all collate that we hope to call our own by a certain age. Why, you ask? Because this dress stands for everything that I am and hope to be. It embraces the power that comes with being a woman while at the same time it continues to belong to a league of its own. Pieces of clothing like these do not have a shelf life. They are the shelf. The bold prints usher in the Studio 54 glamour while the ballerina inspired top with just the right amount of décolletage and cleavage and the fluid skirt bring in the Park Avenue princess feels. Every dress as iconic as the wrap dress has a story to tell and in this case, I believe that the story of Diane going from strength to strength has only further added to the novelty of a piece like this.

Why is it important to know your designer? Can we detach the person that is the artist from their talent and the by product? I truly believe that a part of the artist will always find its way into their skills. I would not shy away from talking about the multitude of achievements under her belt because it inspires confidence for all the women vying to wear a DVF. A woman like herself known for her philanthropical work and undying efforts to honour the female entrepreneurial spirit via her awards is the kind of woman that her designs embody. A woman like the first woman of many a countries, be it Michelle Obama or Kate Middleton who have in the past won many a harsh critics over with individualistic and highly regarded fashion sensibilities. It comes as not the faintest surprise then, that the wrap dress has comfortably incised itself into the Costume Department of Metropolitan Museum of the Modern Art, New York.

The reigns of the creative province might have been bequeathed to Jonathan Saunders this year but like they say, there is always a right time for everything. Here's to hoping for everything iconic that arises from a design process that is incredibly iconoclastic, much like the cherished wrap dress.

Wrap dress: DVF by Diane Von Furstenburg
Large pearl studs and lace socks: Forever 21
Silver block heeled sandals: Bershka
Moss green suitcase bag: C/O Once Upon a Trunk

Photography by: Vinay Singh Tomar Photography

There is no rule to styling your wrap dress. Ever. Remember to head on to Wooplr where I share all my outfits (yes, even those that I find too narcissistic for instagram) and all my fashion inspirations. Better still, head over to Wooplr and browse through the inspirations and outfits of many a fashionable girls across the country and find easy ways to replicate those looks. Word of caution: Get inspired, do not copy. 


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



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