Indian Fashion

OOTD : Color Party Semi-Formal Look

April 17, 2015
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While mix-matching your outfit in the right modish manner matters a lot, some add-on elements of  style equally put in the extra punch to bring an OOTD to life. Be it for a day to day wear or some selective date-meets, elements as basic as a bag need special attention. While somehow we still neglect these important accessories and then quite wonder what went wrong! Imagine your work wear consists of a mundane white blouse – denim jeans combo and you yet try to achieve some kind of style? How about we add on a flattering sling bag or laptop bag to go with it? Toss those boring black laptop sleeves and give it a quirky uplift. Of course, for a daily work wear routine we need to maintain a sense of sophistication and professionalism. In such scenarios, the likes of Holii brands come in handy (and vogue)! For a blogger’s profile, their ain’t no boundaries on a meeting dress-code, but surely we need to play by the professionalism rules; and yet maintain our ‘fashionable’ image in front of the world. Always juggling between a hand bag to a sling to a clutch, I am quite not able to commit on one bag to go with at the meetings. So this post is dedicated to that one style of bag, that’s all what we need, to keep it stylish and yet formal. Presenting to you, the Holii Laptop Bag. SUMMER TEMPTATIONS Climb the fashion ladder a little higher this summer with an exclusive style statement with the new Holii bags! Shake off the cold with Holii’s new summer collection, a range of bags crafted to match the glamour of your sunny days out in the city. Have the spotlights focused on you with the new Magnolia range which will keep …

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee Couture – India Couture Week, 2014

September 8, 2014

Sabyasachi Mukherjee kick started the India Couture Week 2014 with a mesmerizing grand opening. Named ‘Ferozabad’, the theme of the collection was given a setup of a royal Indian train. Keeping up with his signature style of draping the Indian silhouettes, Sabyasachi showcased a diverse color palette with hand embroidery, appliqued tulle, parsi and zardozi work. From Renaissance-style coats to tulle-khadi blouse & lehenga; this grand opening was a treat to watch! Check out some of the glimpses that I captured of this breathtaking fashion show. Copyright © 2014, Kalapalette.com. All rights reserved.

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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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Saree Makeover at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014

March 14, 2014
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Indian fashion weeks are incomplete without the trace of ‘Indian Tadka’ init! Which is why, most of our desi designers make sure that they keep on experimenting with that 6 yard stretch. Examining Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014’s recently commenced shows, I was quiet amused by the makeover these ethnic Sarees have got.  Let’s take a look (and get inspired) as to how one can absolutely indulge in some desi way of wearing n stylin the 6 yards drape! AARTI VIJAY GUPTA Inspiration : “Indian Miniatures” – Inspired by the paintings from 16-19th centuries; depicting potraits, court scenes, flora and fauna. Makeover : Digital Prints like Haridas & Akbar | Flat collar cholis | Halter peplum blouses Colors : Brown | Sun Yellow | Emerald | Orange DIGVIJAY SINGH Inspiration : “Ludo and Ladders” – Inspired by the childhood games of Ludo as well as Snakes and Ladders Makeover : Long Sleeved Jersey Cholis | Fluid Kurtas | Belted Waist | Wrap Around Palla Colors : Red | Blue | Green | Yellow HUEMN Inspiration : Sportswear – breezy fresh energetic young upscale look. Makeover : Color blocked Sarees | Jersey blouses | Giant numerical motifs Colors : Bright Yellow | Red | Black | Silk Beige MANDIRA BEDI Inspiration : Tribute to the Indian women achievers. Celebrating Mandira Bedi’s trade mark sarees. Makeover : Dual tones | Sensual Cholis | Minimalism | Fun to wear Sarees Colors : Series of solid colors to match the rising mercury PAYAL SINGHAL Inspiration : “Lady Sahara” – A homage to Marrakech and the beauty of Islamic culture. Makeover : Moroccan Filigree work | Salmon ‘kora’ prints | Raised Hem | Cut-out Shoulders | Elbow length sleeves | Print on Print Colors : Sand | Grey | Rose | Cerulean blue QUIRK BOX Inspiration : “Quirk-e-Sultanant” taking forward the *quirkiness* the inspiration has been driven from Mughal influence …

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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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Desi (Indian) Etiquettes, BIBA Style

October 22, 2013
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Those who don’t know the current India scenario, well the festive and wedding season is in full norm. Every corner of India is glittering with enthusiasm, happiness and lot’s of colorful love. Celebrating this season, many apparel and accessory brands across the country are pushing their ‘Festive Range’. One such colorful brand is BIBA.  Located across various cities of India, this store has much more than the ‘ethnic wear’ to offer. Two days back I was invited to review the Festive Season 2013 collection from BIBA. A wide variety of ethnic wear, ranging from simple mix and match, to a goth inspired ‘Rockstar’ collection. The icing on the top, is the designer yet affordable collection from Rohit Bal for BIBA.  Choosing my favorite looks was the most difficult task, as the collection had so much to offer. Still, I managed to score three looks which will suit every ‘Desi Girl’! LOOK 1 : Simple and Chic This look is meant for those, who like it simple yet elegant. The idea is to infuse in the traditional hues of blue and red, with a simple silhouette, and nothing fancy. The only shine of the look is the golden block print and the Banarasi style border.  Tip : Team such a look with statement earrings, like I have adorned here. They not only keep the overall look festive and sober, but brings the right amount of drama required to justify the occassion. LOOK 2 : Shimmer Queen This look, from Rohit Bal for BIBA collection, is meant for those who love to live up the festive glitter. The right amount of shimmer print, infused in a sun-kissed orange semi-anarkali suit guarantees the spotlight on you. The bright contrast of this combination will make sure that you stand out in the crowd. Tip : Go …

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Mustache ‘Not Just For The Boys’ – Outfit Post

September 12, 2013
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I am so so sorry for being M.I.A. from this blogging world. Well, a lot has been brewing up lately, and I assure you that you all are going to love the outcome. Stay tuned for that! But for now, to get back on the blogging scenario, I was getting an itch to do an outfit post. Currently most of my days go out playing a *professional*. And by that I mean wearing a lot of (Semi) formal outfits. When it comes to dressing up seriously, people usually opt for a very boring color palette of muted shades of grey and monochromes. Well, the question is… how to break this mundane way of dressing? You can always opt for some pop of color in terms of a fancy scarf, or statement earrings or a sun-kissed handbag. Well, I tried thinking on the same lines and incorporated a combination of muted colors wedded to some serious bling. And by bling, I mean gold bling.  Keeping my quirky style up, and matching up to my professional field… I had to infuse in some *trend*. Since the last year or two, I have seen some serious involvement of the Owl print and the Mustache print! Thanks to Masaba, now we have the *lipstick* and camera print too. Since finding trendy accessories is a tough call, I thought of D.I.Y. – ing my own! My verdict (on semi – formal dressing) :  1. Keep it basic, but stylish. 2. If you don’t have a lady gaga moment, play on the lines of sober colors. (Something other than monochromes) 3. Keep your silhouette comfortable. Don’t let it loose and baggy, nor try to look seductive! 4. Play double safe with accessories which are pleasing in a concrete professional environment. Have you seen those cinema scenes, …

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5 ways to go *SALE SHOPPING*

July 18, 2013
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A seasonal change might turn some feet blue, but for those who just can’t get enough of pampering themselves, this is the season to empty your wallets! Many of you might have your own shopaholic confessions. Some might have been saving since ages, and pinky promising daily to indulge in SALES ONLY. The current season is when it’s not just the water pouring, but crazy sales pouring too! But how many of you actually go home, ‘Happy’ after cutting your hard earned money, and piling up on your a quite similar wardrobe?? Or shall I say, how many of you actually wear the stuff you purchased in the name of *Sale* and a *good bargain* ??? Honestly, Indians are good when it comes to marketing. A lot of brands sell previous year(s) collection on sale, and oh my! they sell like hot cakes. For you, it is a good bargain, but for many of them it is simply cutting down on a tiny percentage of profits. Well, we cannot do anything about the clever marketing strategies, but we can certainly make the most out of these sales, if of course, executed intelligently. So here I am, dropping down my TOP 5 WAYS TO GO *SALE SHOPPING* this season.  1. Know what you want source – keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk There are very high chances of  people going shopping with an open mind, and end up buying stuff which they don’t intend to wear in the coming months, or never wear them at all. Such buys keep lying in your closet for ages doing nothing. So before stepping out for sale shopping, do the following : a. Utilize google power – There is no harm doing a little research about your body type, and the looks which compliment you. A lot of style experts and …

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Father’s Day with ARROW

June 11, 2013
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Since Father’s day is right at the corner, ARROW invited me and my father over to celebrate “FATHER’S DAY” with them. Offering a wide range of men’s wear, this place is a paradise for those men who have issues finding fashionably inclined stores to match up their taste.  From polo shirts to washed blazers, a man can find every look to check on the the occasion board. Check out me and my father’s experience at Arrow’s South Extension, Delhi store. Check out their John F. Kennedy inspired collection called “THE PRESIDENT COLLECTION”. Make this Father’s Day memorable for your father.

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