Monthly Archives: August 2013

My Fave Trends at PCJ Delhi Couture Week and India Bridal Fashion Week

30th August 2013

All these back to back fashion weeks are making my head spin! So, I’ve decided to in the words of John Legend- ‘to take it slooowwww’ that’s why I’m here posting a trend report on PCJ Couture Fashion Week and India Bridal Fashion Week when everyone else is already in the thick of blogging about Lakme Fashion Week. Ohhh Well! And yep I’ve put together both fashion weeks in the report because no matter how many times the organisers say there’s a huge difference between both I’ll disagree.

SEXY BACK
It was all about the sexy back at both Fashion Weeks. The prettiest examples were from Manish Malhotra with demure front necklines with open or low backs which just looked sooo yum.

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WHITE & GOLD

White and Gold was trending all over the catwalks and I love these bold White and Gold looks. Who says you need colour to make a statement?

Sexy Back, trend, Fashion, Top 5 trends, PCJ Delhi Couture Fashion Week, India Bridal Fashion Week, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Rohit Bal Shantanu & NikhilL-R Rohit Bal, Shantanu & Nikhil.

Sexy Back, trend, Fashion, Top 5 trends, PCJ Delhi Couture Fashion Week, India Bridal Fashion Week, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Rohit Bal Shantanu & Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Suneet VermaAnamika Khanna and Suneet Varma’s softer White and Gold looks

JERSEY SARI

Jersey Sari’s have been around for a while but these super hot incarnations needed to be shared. Seriously how super sexy is the master of drape- Guarav Gupta’s sari? I just can’t get enough of this trend and yep I’m still pining over the Sonaakshi Raaj sari Deepika Padukone wore recently!

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JACKETS/CAPES

Layering in general was a big trend at both fashion weeks. There were cute bolero shapes at Rohit Bal and JJ Valaya and longer jackets over saris, pants and gowns at JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore and Meera & Muzaffar ALi. Capes were also all over the place with the most directional at Anamika Khanna and pretty sheer capes at Masaba Gupta @ Satya Paul

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THE ETHNIC MASH UP

I can’t think of a better name for this trend than- The Ethnic Mash Up. We’ve already become accustomed to the humble sari getting an injection of youth with pop art prints via the likes of Masaba Gupta and Aarti Vijay Gupta and then of course the jersey sari via the likes of Guarav Gupta and Sonaakshi Raaj. This reworking of the traditional continues with some exciting mash ups.

Sexy Back, trend, Fashion, Top 5 trends, PCJ Delhi Couture Fashion Week, India Bridal Fashion Week, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Rohit Bal Shantanu & Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Suneet Verma, Guarav Gupta, Jyostna Tiwari, Monisha Jaising, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, JAckets, capes, Satya Paul, Masaba Gupta, Anamika Khanna, A/w, 2013, Anju ModiAnamika Khanna’s beauties- Is it a sari? is it a gown? is it a suit?

Sexy Back, trend, Fashion, Top 5 trends, PCJ Delhi Couture Fashion Week, India Bridal Fashion Week, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Rohit Bal Shantanu & Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Suneet Verma, Guarav Gupta, Jyostna Tiwari, Monisha Jaising, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, JAckets, capes, Satya Paul, Masaba Gupta, Anamika Khanna, A/w, 2013, Anju ModiMasapa Gupta @ Satya Paul and Gaurav Gupta- Is it a gown? Is a Sari?

Images: PCJ Fashion Week Facebook, India Bridal Fashion Week Facebook and Barcode 91

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WEDDING WEDS: BIBI LONDON’S NEW BRIDAL LOUNGE

28th August 2013

BIBI LONDON– that gem of a store I raved about last year has just expanded and now has an exclusive Bridal Lounge. Gorgeous Rohit Verma, Tarun Tahiliani and Shyamal & Bhumika pieces fill the Bridal Lounge in an explosion of regal reds, creams, blues and golds in rich velvets, silks, jacquards and georgette. Yep, it really is Bride heaven. I visited the boutique recently and took a few pics to share with you. A must visit boutique for any Brides-to-be!

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Images: my own bar the last which is via BIBI LONDON Facebook Page.

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Nargis Fakhri’s Madras Cafe Promo looks

26th August 2013

Nargis Fakhri has been shot in SOOOO many amazing labels for editorials across all the leading Indian glossies. And its great to see that even her off duty style is pretty damn hot. Here’s my favourite looks from her recent promos for new film ‘Madras Cafe’

Nargis, Fakhri, Pankaj & Nidhi, Madras Cafe, Bollywood, Promotions, Peter Pilotto, London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, John Abraham My fav look, Nargis Fakhri in one of London Fashion Week coolest labels- Peter Pilotto.

Nargis, Fakhri, Pankaj & Nidhi, Madras Cafe, Bollywood, Promotions Nargis Fakhri in Pankhaj and Nidhi dress.

Nargis, Fakhri, Zara, Pankaj & Nidhi, Madras Cafe, Bollywood, Promotions, Peter Pilotto, London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, John AbrahamI like this casual look too. The Biker Jacket continues to be a must have item this A/w and this Navy version from Zara is ohh soo versatile.

Images: High Heel Confidential, Lakme Fashion Week, Peter Pilotto, Miss Malini

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Friday Fives: Zara A/w 13 Jewellery

23rd August 2013

I can’t bring myself to do any proper A/w shopping posts because I’d have to then face the fact Summer is almost over! yep denial in work over here. But jewellery is season-less non? Well that’s what I’d like to think and so here I am sharing these beauties that have just dropped in store at Zara.

Zara, crystal, flower, necklace, costume jewellery, a/w 13, trend, shoppingI just can’t resist Zara’s statement costume necklaces.

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Images: Zara website

and just thought I’d pay my respects for the inspirational Rosalia Mera, the Inditex group Co-founder who passed away this week. She revolutionised the Spanish and global high street with her brands Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka!

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Wedding Weds: Bridal Updo inspiration

21st August 2013

I’m in the midst of wedding hair trials so have been collecting plenty of inspiration to take to my appointments. For the Hindu wedding I’ve been looking at low bun options for two reasons- firstly the Mr. and I are around the same height (I’m 5’9) and secondly I want to have my dupatta draped over a low bun rather than the top of my head. I think the later option would just look too severe on me.

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deepika padukone, bride, wedding, reception, updo, hairstyle, love aaj kal, Dia Mirza, Shantanu & Nikhil, Frieda PintoI love this romantic look on Frieda Pinto- the soft height at front and soft curls pinned up at the back.

deepika padukone, bride, wedding, reception, updo, hairstyle, love aaj kal Deepika in Love Aaj Kal. I like this in-between option. Heads covered but not fully.

deepika padukone, bride, wedding, reception, updo, hairstyle, love aaj kal, Dia Mirza, Shantanu & NikhilDia Mirza in a gorgeous Shantanu & Nikhil Anarkali. I like the side parting and long fringe.

deepika padukone, bride, wedding, reception, updo, hairstyle, love aaj kal, Dia Mirza, Shantanu & Nikhil, Frieda Pinto, Sonam Kapoor, Thank You I LOVE both these styles.

deepika padukone, bride, wedding, reception, updo, hairstyle, love aaj kal, Dia Mirza, Shantanu & Nikhil, Frieda Pinto, Sonam Kapoor, Thank You, Neha Dupia, TOifa, Anushka Sharma Anushka Sharma’s HOT retro hair and make up at the Filmfare awards earlier this year. I’m still cooing over the canary yellow Victoria Beckham gown she wore at the event!

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A note to all brides with dark hair (without any highlights) when looking for inspiration remember that any styles on brides with highlights (esp blonde brides) will look very different on you. All the different hair tones add more interest to the hairstyle. This is not me saying to go get your hair dyed! just to be aware of the differences!

Images: High Heel Confidential, Miss Malini, Facebook, Instagram

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Anita Dongre: Jaipur Bride 2013

19th August 2013

I haven’t even finished looking through all the PCJ Couture Week pics and here I am posting look book images from Anita Dongre’s Jaipur Bride 2013! They’ve been popping up all over the blogosphere and I had to share them. As always they are just soooo pretty. I love the pops of neon and fushia and the bold Gota Patti work, I can’t wait to see the whole collection and see the accompanying short film shot at Samode Palace, Jaipur.

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Anita Dongre will be showcasing this collection on Friday at Lakme Fashion Week

21st August- Just adding the awesome short film that’s just gone live via Vogue India!!!

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Cosmopolitan India: Ft. in Trainer Trend Story

16th August 2013

I’m so excited to share the pics from this months Cosmo India! I was approached by the lovely Dessidre @ Cosmo India to take part in an upcoming Sneaker trend story and here it is! I still can’t believe me and my oh sooo awkward posing made it into the mag! : )

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Wedding Weds: Ivory Bridal Shoes

14th August 2013

I’ve noticed on the ‘ole wedding blogosphere that Indian brides have a penchant for Jimmy Choos (or Jimmy Choo-esque) heels when it comes to the big day. There are lots of exciting alternatives (not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with Mr.Choo!) and in today’s wedding Wednesday I’m sharing the work of some other exciting designers.

Harriet Wilde, Sakura B Ivory, £449.99

Ruth Shaw the designer behind the label only designs wedding shoes and the collection is known for its quality and vintage feel to the designs. I’m smitten with these Sakura B Pumps with metal flowers on the heel.

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Aruna Seth, Farfalla in Ivory Tulle Lace, £595

I love this pretty lace version of the classic Farfalla and the other fab thing is that she offers several of her styles in a high and low heel. Esp great if you’re either not good in high heels or like me are the same height as the Mr.

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Emmy, Eva, £495

All of Emmy’s collection is soooo pretty esp this pretty pump with 20’s art deco-esque detailing.

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Charlotte Olympia, Runaway Bride, Belinda, £975

Charlotte Olympia is one of the hottest Brit talents out there. Her Runaway Bride collection is for the bride that’s looking for something a little different and this pair def makes a statement.

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Freya Rose, Kelly, £195

Freya Rose has a large collection of Bridal shoes and accessories. They also have these shoe clips, were a rose or bow can be clipped onto your plain pumps to make them more bridal-y.

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Images: Charlotte Olympia website, Aruna Seth website, Harriet Wilde website, Freya Rose website and Emmy website.

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PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013: Sabyasachi

12th August 2013

Sabyasachi opened PCJ Delhi Couture Week with a beauty of a collection titled ‘Opium Dream’ and in turn silenced any murmurs of criticisms that lingered from his dressing Vidya Balan at Cannes. I loved it all. The muted colour palette and toile de jouy fabrics were beautifully enhanced with tilla and zardozi work, hand embroidery and applique. And as always Sabyasachi’s work was all about an understated luxury with an old world charm. It was interesting to see Sabyasachi work with sequin embellishment, he used it more as another texture to add depth and interest to tone on tone pieces. Beautiful I say just Beautiful!

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Friday Fives: Deepika Padukone’s Chennai Express Promo wardrobe

9th August 2013

The Chennai Express promos are in full swing and as always its the wardrobe choices I’m interested in! Deepika has been looking soooo hot and here are my fave five promo looks of hers so far…

deepika padukone, sonaakshi raaj, sari, sonam kapoor, chennai express, promotions, shah rukh khan, indian junior idolDeepika Padukone in a Sonaakshi Raaj silk sari with pretty lace placement and embroidery.

deepika padukone, sonaakshi raaj, sari, sonam kapoor, chennai express, promotions, shah rukh khan, indian junior idol, PCJ, Delhi Couture Fashion Week, 2013, manish Malhotra, anamika khanna, pankaj & nidhiDeepika in Pankaj & Nidhi

deepika padukone, anamika khanna, sonaakshi raaj, sari, sonam kapoor, chennai express, promotions, shah rukh khan, indian junior idol, PCJ, Delhi Couture Fashion Week, 2013, manish MalhotraDeepika in a simple and elegant outfit by Anamika Khanna

deepika padukone, sonaakshi raaj, sari, sonam kapoor, chennai express, promotions, shah rukh khan, indian junior idol, PCJ, Delhi Couture Fashion Week, 2013, manish Malhotra, anamika khanna, pankaj & nidhi, Arpita MehtaDeepika in Arpita Mehta

deepika padukone, PCJ, Delhi Couture Fashion Week, 2013, manish malhotra, sonaakshi raaj, sari, sonam kapoor, chennai express, promotions, shah rukh khan, indian junior idolI LOVE Manish Malhotra’s PCJ Delhi Couture Fashion Week collection and Deepika and Shah Rukh Khan were the showstoppers at the event. Deepika looked Ahhh-mazing in this stunner of a lengha!

Images: Facebook, Vogue India, Miss Malini, Arpita Mehta Facebook, High Heel Confidential

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