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Grunge & Wine on the rocks – Benetton India

December 19, 2014
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Delhi Winters have been lately playing peek-a-boo with an on-off cold-chill covering the heart of India is an icy blue ambiance. Sometimes we Delhiites can be seen adorning long coats, clad with mufflers and hand-gloves; while for those sunny Autumn days, something light and rhythmic. Amidst the anticipation of how cray the weather can get, we are all gearing up to welcome in a new year. Presenting to you something for the warmer days of Delhi, an infusion of wine and noir; that can never go wrong. Dress it up with a long black jacket to fight the chills or walk in the glory just as it is. Vintage Printed Top, Maxi Skirt, Faux Fur Bag, Bellies – United Colors of Benetton Follow United Colors of Benetton Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow me : Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Google+

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Print on Print Trend | United Colors of Benetton AW’14

December 1, 2014
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Trends are like the major highlights of this fashion industry. With each season comes the trends. Some of them stay for a long time, while some dissolve within weeks. However, their are certain trends that tend to repeat; season after season. Take for instance, the Print on Print Trend. Source : Benetton.com Now a lot of fashion experts across the globe try to set some rules for this particular trend. But my personal opinion says that if it looks good overall, their ain’t no particular rule that needs to be followed. After all, it’s not mathematical mind-boggling question. Source : Benetton.com United Colors of Benetton has come up an array of prints for this Autumn Winter Season. For those who have been associated with United Colors of Benetton for long know, that their signature style is more on the basic lines with the emphasis on solid shades. Well, you’ll be surprised to learn about the prints – series that have launched this time. From the obvious floral prints to military prints, they have also taken over digital photograph prints and font-style prints for their Autumn Winter collection. Now before I show you how United Colors of Benetton AW’14 became my inspiration to try this print on, check out the basic rules tips on how to decode this fun fashion trend. TIPS TO DECODE PRINT-ON-PRINT TREND 1. Match the colors – Something that I have incorporated in my #LOTD too. While matching the prints can come out a bit too loud for most occasions, matching the color palette will tone down the double prints ; bringing the two style into one perfect match. 2. Break up the monotony with solids – Something that is a must for this trend. In order to bring in more definition, throw in a matching solid …

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Chikankari Sarees – An ode to Lucknow’s tradition

November 27, 2014
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No matter how westernized way of fashion we Desi people are adapting, their is still something about the traditional ‘Vastra – Andaaz’ (apparel style) that keeps us rooted to our land of origin. In this fast moving life where lazer prints and chemically framed embellishment techniques are much preferred, the art of handwork is diminishing. This post is dedicated to one such brilliant fashion statement, that was impregnated in the weaves of cotton fabric centuries back; by our royal ancestors.  Source : Pinterest Chikankari – Chikan Embroidery Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife,[1] it is one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles. (Wikipedia) Technique The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari.  Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Nowadays chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in different colours to meet the recent fashion trends and keep chikankari up-to-date. Lucknow is the heart of the Chikankari industry today and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan. (Wikipedia) Check out this video by NDTV to know more about the embroidery art! The most profound display of this art form can be found in Lucknow Sarees. Lucknawi Sarees What I personally like about Lucknawi Chikan sarees is the intricate detailing giving a delicate appearance to the wearer.  The finesse by which they are crafted boosts of royal weaves and bring out a more sophisticated look when draped right. How To Maintain Lucknawi Sarees? 1. Avoid wearing necklace or any sharm jewels that might …

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Knits Love : French Connection AW’14 Collection

November 13, 2014
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That time of the year when your ‘Eau De Parfum’ will be replaced by dollops of ‘Body Butter’. True story, but it’s just not the grease for the skin, but something to keep the skin warm too that’ll save us from the harsh winters. Talk about staying warm and staying stylish too, we have French Connection making sure that all stays in vogue this Autumn Winter’14. This season they are spreading some old-school ‘Knit Love’.  From printed jumpers, cropped party cardigans to wool-blend Vhari knits and embellished woolens; French Connection has taken the knit-wear to a whole new level. Check out some of the knits that I personally loved trying out.  Glitter Jitter Knits Cool and casual with a touch of sparkle, this Glitter Jitter Knit offers a glam alternative for cool winter evenings. Embelished jumper Cotton-wool blend long sleeves with round neck.  Stingray Sparkle Forget about solid colors, the new season is all about printed knits and this jumper’s abstract knit fits the bill perfectly.   Autumn Vhari Dress smart for cooler climes without Autumn Vhari Knit. Pair with printed leggings and a clutch for the day. Velma Knits The slouchy jumper gets a glamorous revamp, thanks to an eye-catching faux pearl trim. Wear Velma with boyfriend jeans for luxe downtime dressing. Doe Deer Throw the wool-blend Doe Deer jumper on with jeans for a casual and cosy cold-weather look. Not just knits, but French Connection’s AW’14 also showcases an array of Jackets & Coats. WOMEN’S WEAR The Autumn Winter 2014 collection looks towards Eastern influences depicting the contrast in Russian wealth, the grandeur of the Tsar regime set against the bleak landscapes of Siberia. A rich colour palette of dove grey, celestial blue and berry punch dominate the collection, modernized through paisley and digitized floral prints and adapted on …

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KAZO’S WINTER COLLECTION’14

November 4, 2014
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The festive season is over. So what? Do we really need reasons to party? Besides, as 2014 is slowly crawling up to it’s finale; an array of parties is nothing but obvious. And what a better way to say adieu to 2014 than adorning some fine trends and play it up with elan? Kazo, the apparels & accessories brand is one such name that offers a range perfect for any sort of party. Be it an autumn pool side brunch party, or a glamorous cocktail evening affair; their fine detailing and an ode of embellishments makes their Autumn Winter’14 collection the perfect match.  Check out the two looks that I styled on Anushri, from Kazo’s Trendy & Limited Edition AW’14 Collection. Champagne Celebrations Style note : When in doubt, befriend the monochrome basics. LBD works for most of the occasions. Team it up with this embroidered jacket if the Autumn evenings get cold. Accessorization should be kept to minimal and an earcuff will work perfectly for this ensemble. The Evening Soirée Style Tip: My personal favorite, this classy style works best to boost up your confidence. From an office party to looking all rad in sophistication; this ensemble is easy to crack and easier to flaunt. If your peplum is lacking the real affect, wrap around a sleek belt for more definition.  KAZO AUTUMN WINTER 2014 COLLECTION About Kazo KAZO is a young international brand that amalgamates international trends and fashion at a value that is affordable for the woman of today. Carving out a niche for itself at the centre of the fashion industry within a short span of time, KAZO stands for classy and sophisticated fashion made for the diva who loves to experiment with style. The main asset of the collection is that it is highly affordable which …

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‘RANI’ For the Indian Bride by NIkasha – Preview

September 4, 2014

Nikasha speaks about being dedicate and pretty with this collection, inspired by the landscape of traditional and rare color combination, with interplay of precious embroidery and archived romantic prints including the jasmine bud, cherry blossoms and Siuli. This is a well curated selection of all the elements a soon to be married girl would desire to keep in her coterie, which ranges from lighter to heavier embroidered silhouettes. The collection has an inherent joie de vivre in a vibrant and festive mood for the bride and her trousseau. The collection will be on display for the next one week at Ensemble, DLF Emporio Delhi.  Personal opinion : The colors are fresh and girly, making it the right color palette for a young bride. The embroidery is perfectly apt for the occasion and is light on the wearer. The silhouettes and fit (can be customized too) will perfectly compliment your body type. Indo – western looks with Peplum tops, Shararas, Dhotis and Anarkalis steal the limelight. Price range is not too much for the product that we are getting in return.  Follow : Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest 

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A Zotiqq Jewellery Experience

August 23, 2014
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Jewellery can either make or break your style. Accessorize it right and even a pair of basic denims and plain tank will upgrade to a runway-style #OOTD. I am a jewelry junkie. Why I call myself a junkie? Well, because everytime I step out for shopping, no matter what; I always end up adding more jewels to my already flooding jewelry collection. Not to forget all those times when my mom has scolded me for buying some more of the junk I already have. You see, clothes can be worn out, but jewelry stays forever. Don’t remember how many times I have been complimented for wearing a particular jewel rather than a particular apparel! Now that I have made my point, let me introduce you to one such hub of artificial jewels that range between vintage, classic to cocktail styles. Presenting to you Zotiqq.com – the venture by my dear friend and blogger Ritu Rajput of The Indian Beauty Blog. The first time she introduced me to her expansive jewellery collection, I was literally blingstruck! And when she asked me if I would like to feature some of the products on #Kalapalette, it was a straight away yes (tee hee) from me. Combination Rings Set Taking up the midi-rings trend that has been trending since a while now, I had to invest in a few combos from Zotiqq. They are gold, they are classy and they are frigging adjustable. One issue that I have faced earlier with rings is that they can’t be customised for your finger width. But Zotiqq offers that option. Shop it HERE The Disc Man Necklace The next on my list was this vintage coins necklace. I have seen plenty of such coins necklaces with various other labels, but somehow they just don’t fancy me much. But this one stood out from …

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Lifestyle Off Sale Preview {Store Review}

July 4, 2014
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Lifestyle and Home Center announce much awaited OFF SALE ~ Savings of up to 50% across leading brands ~ Delhi/Gurgaon/Ghaziabad/Noida, July 05, 2014 Lifestyle, India’s leading shopping destination synonymous with fashion and gracious living and Home Centre, one stop shop for all home needs, have announced their exciting ‘Off Sale’ offering incredible discounts on leading national & international brands. The sale begins from July 5th, 2014.  The brand has also announced a special preview sale for its loyalty club, The Inner Circle members during 2nd to 4th July, 2014.     Avail upto 50% off on more than 500 national and international brands as you choose from a wide variety of exclusive products ranging from menswear, kidswear, ladies western & ethnic wear, cosmetics, watches, perfumes, home furnishing & décor and much more at irresistible prices! Standard Chartered & Axis Bank Credit & Debit Card holders can avail 5% additional cash back on purchases above Rs 5000/-(T&C apply).   Says Mr. Kabir Lumba, Managing Director, Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd. “Our Off Sale is enthusiastically sought after by our customers who see it as a wonderful opportunity to splurge and avail huge discounts on their favourite brands. As always, we really hope our customers enjoy themselves and have a good time shopping.”  Women : Ethnic Section  Women : Western Wear  Women : Jewellery   Women : Footwear  Men : Apparel   Men : Footwear    Kidswear   To start my this year’s Off Sale shopping, I purchased this breezy shrug from AND, Lifestyle. Actual cost : Rs.1999/- Discount : 30% Sale cost : Rs.1400/- Grab the opportunity to give your wardrobe a monsoon makeover. Unleash the shopaholic in you as you make the most of the hottest deals on chic ensembles and trendiest décor collectibles. Hurry to the Lifestyle and Home Centre stores at the following locations: Lifestyle …

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Print 2.0 – The French Connection India Way {Collection Review}

July 1, 2014
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Mix matching colors, fabrics and playing fusion with silhouettes is a common story. But what becomes experimental is when you try to throw a print on another print. Yes, I am talking about the crazy amalgamation of say, Houndstooth over Gingham print. How’s that for an inspiration? Having been following up on French Connection India collection for over 3 years now, I had to checkout their SS’14 collection too. Although, a little late from the general standards of featuring an SS’13 collection (now that the monsoon is coming), I had to share what I found in French Connection India’s SS’14 collection. Being an international brand, French Connection makes sure to include the current trend in their collection, like always! Just like last year’s SS’13 collection saw lots of neon and solid palette love, this year adapted the international runway trend of Print on Print. Not just prints, but French Connection has showcased a line of breezy summer fabrics, quirky prints and a dash of glitter too. Take a look at the collection! With a collection so artistic, I had to create a few looks with em! So much to choose, experiment and mix-match with, I had a great time putting up the following 4 looks for all my readers. Check them out. Print on Print Rules 1. Always match the solid tones of two prints. Eg. A black print on white solid base will always go with a white print on a black solid base. 2. Neutral print goes with a colorful print. 3. Mix prints in similar color family. 4. Same patter can be matched in different scales/print sizes. 5. Add a solid element to break up the prints. Now that you have enough reasons to try out this fun trend, go ahead and visit your nearest French Connection …

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Max Fashion Icon 2014 City Finale

February 25, 2014
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   Max Fashion India, the leading international value fashion brand, hosted their city finale for Max Fashion Icon 2014 in Delhi.  The alluring fashion property launched by Max, revealed the top 15 contestants who battled it out at the City Finale for Max Fashion Icon. The event ensued to be a high profile affair in the presence of the who’s who of Delhi and the contestants were cheered on by enthusiastic guests at The Kila, Seven Style Mill Compound. The high profile panel of judges included Mr. Vasanth Kumar – Executive Director-Max, Jatin Kampani – Ace Fashion and Bollywood photographer, Nandini Bhalla – Cosmopolitan Editor and Renowned Fashion Designers – Malini Ramani and Shivan & Naresh. The evening was graced by the gorgeous model, Preeti Dhata   The evening proved to be a complete fashion treat with outstanding poise and glamour as the contestants walked the ramp in style showcasing three different collections – ethnic and western wear for men and women. The western wear for women featured Max’s spring collection with a key underwater theme brought alive by waterscape prints, pearl embellishments and shaded effects.   The men’s western wear round comprised re-interpreted military look and washed out pastel shades that are the key looks for the upcoming spring season along with fresh tropical inspired prints and patterns. The ethnic range for Max Fashion Icon showcased their fusion skirts in varied lengths and bold colours, tribal motifs and an eclectic mix of patterns.   The contestants were shortlisted from the hundreds of hopeful contenders who registered for the contest online and the auditions that took place in the city last week. The popular designer duo Shivan & Naresh’s shoes style | LOVE The city finale winners now go through a series of grooming sessions and mentoring with top professionals in …

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