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Style Partners – Tacfab Fashions

October 31, 2017
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Fashion Weeks are those two weeks in a year when the fashion enthusiasts get into their best of attires, strutting their way through the crowd of those who cheer tassels and bomber jackets more than an elementary chaos of monochrome mundaneness that otherwise consumes us all. While we all wish to be in our best of attires 365 days of the month, these few select days are when we give in our 100% to look the best versions of ourselves. Keeping up with the requirements, and given the 2nd yearly season of the fashion week commences during the Indian festive season, I collaborated with Tacfab Fashions to be my style partners for one of the days of the fashion week. Tacfab Fashions Pvt. Ltd. operates under the parent company, Sahib Textiles, which is a 65 years old textiles house. They are into wholesale dress material and fabric manufacturing business since 1947. Tacfab specialises in ready-to-stitch, salwar kameez sets and dress material fabrics that infuse the latest trends with the ethnic silhouettes flawlessly. After spending an hour with the brilliant team of Tacfab Kamla Nagar and trying out an array of dresses, anarkalis, pakistani palazzo-kurti sets and some really amazing off-the-runway fusion dresses, I picked up this really vibrant Anarkali to wear to the fashion week. Their are so many things that I loved about this look. 1stly, the ombre dye-design of the Anarkali definitely anted up the design quotient manifolds. The fitting was absolutely complimenting around the torso with a voluminous skirt falling below the waist to floor lengths for added drama. The side slit of the Anarkali made me feel like the Indian Angelina Jolie at times (no kidding) while the hassled and embellished dupatta turned out to be the star of the overall look. The best part about …

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Bohemian Rhapsody in Mumbai – OOTD

March 15, 2016
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If you happen to be in Mumbai during the ‘winter season’ (and you belong to a colder region like Delhi) then all you need to do on your visit is soak up the warmth of the sun, put on some anti-tan lotion and feel boho! That’s exactly what I did in the month of January, when I was flown down to Mumbai to attend the launch of OPPO F1 smartphone. Post the media event, I took a mini break to experience the hospitality of The Resort and to bask in the glory of a beautiful beach. The Resort is situated in front of the Aksa Beach, which is quaint and much cleaner as opposed to the super-crowded beach life of Southern Mumbai (note : Juhu Beach & Bandstand). Now beachwear in India is a little different from the western world. We don’t get to flaunt a bikini (Mumbai is not eligible for even a sarong) and so the beachwear comes down to the breezy silhouettes in light fabrics. Forever21 in India is filled with a section that only speaks about bohemian flavours. Right from the earthy colour palette, fringe décors to the tribal embroidery and prints; one can find a variety of summer-friendly designs at F21. This Georgette midi dress in crisp white with minimal thread work is apt to keep the sweat away and makes one feel at leisure. So to keep up with my Bohemian spirit, I thought of doing an OOTD post and pose for the camera right on the Aksa Beach. Usually I either wrap up my hair in a bun, but for this added boho flavour, I decided to braid down my tresses in fine gypsy style. Now the look works apt in case you have long tresses, a beach to hit and don’t want the …

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#MondaySaves – SALE Must Have Jackets

January 18, 2016
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The comfort of having e-commerce in our lives has turned the entire shopping experience into one happy hobby time. If not for our cravings to add on some more clothing to our wardrobes, the e-commerce round the year sales are worth surfing through their thousands of collections; every now and then. Gone are the days when Sale season only meant the ‘end of season’ discounts galore. Now everyday is a discount sale on the web world. And now, when the cold breeze is wearing off slowly, giving way to the spring season, the end of season sale too can be seen reflecting on these .COMS! With massive discount festivals running a 3-day gala affair, with cut-offs as high as 80%, the shopping therapy just can’t get any better than that. How To Shop Smart Sale shopping might seem like a genuine blessing, but it is more a strategically planned marketing plan that the e-commerce giants milk on. Not saying that it’s bad for our health, but if you ain’t a smart shopper, you might get doped into buying something which is on ‘discount’ for almost the same amount as its actual costing. The idea is to analyse your cart carefully and ask yourself ‘Is this jacket worth spending INR XXX on?’. Don’t go by the discount cut only, but the actual worth of spending a few bucks on something which might actually look like a few pennies instead. Current Stocking Scheme I am one of those buyers who often check out the physical stores for their end of season sales, so as to invest in off season clothes that are worth a buy, will be in trend and will definitely last worth the money spent on them. Even if we are slowly approaching the spring season, we still have a …

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#LockerStyle Ft. Aakanksha Kapoor

November 28, 2015
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Everyone is trying to change something in the world. While most of us are busy debating over topics like ‘Make In India’ and ‘Global Warming’, there are a few who are actually putting in an effort to alter the lifestyle for a prosperous future. One such diva whom we met recently is Aakanksha Kapoor, who believes in the power of staying organic and working towards a greater cause – empowering the farmers of India! As we stepped into her freshly renovated abode, our thoughts were clear – understanding in depth the purpose behind ‘I Say Organic’ and how she manages style with her busy timeline. Not to forget, that she is soon opening her first ‘I Say Organic’ store in Saket (Delhi), the life is surely tick-tocking on a crunch for this Delhi lad! With no further delays, sharing with you Aakanksha Kapoor’s Locker Style dairies and a definition of her personal style. Photographs by Faizan Patel Photography Pledge for a healthier future with ‘I Say Organic‘. Define yourself in one line. Loud, fun-loving and super passionate with a knack for uplifting everyone around me. Life is incomplete without? Love, dogs, coffee, a good workout and waffles with chocolate and mint cream!   5 things in my bag include? Lipbalm, worknote book, two pen, wallet, chewing gum and Nivea moisturiser.   My idea of a party look consist of? Bandage knee length dress with heels and earrings. Currently I am using? 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden perfume because it’s beautiful, timeless, soft and soothing. I prefer plum and wine lip colours for the winter season because I’ve recently started experimenting with darker lip shades and makes any look vibrant. Otherwise my go to lip colours for day and a chic evening look are different shades of nudes and brown. My …

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STYLEBUYS.com – Our Fashion Mediator

October 23, 2015
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StyleBuys.com gives ‘Single Window For All E-Shops’ experience! As e-commerce is expanding at an unprecedented rate in India, all of us who are hooked to internet shopping are being gratified like never before. There are more websites, more variety and more fun! But I have to admit that this can also lead to a lot of confusion and mess when I have to hop from one site to another say in search of my dream dress. I tend to spend more time looking into the stock available on one shopping portal and then I venture into another.  The same drill continues until I get hold of something that not only satiates my style-sense but also fits me well! Yes, it eats up a helluva precious time. To this great problem I have finally got a great solution! It is a place where I can get the best of trends from all other leading shopping portals without setting a foot in each of their search engines separately.  Stylebuys.com hunts and gathers products from trusted ‘shops’ like Koovs, Myntra, Jabong, Faballey, Indiatimes, Snapdeal, Zivame, Flipkart et al, and serves it on a single plate to much of our convenience. On finding something appealing, I click on it and get redirected to the source-site or shop. Suppose I pick a floral skirt from Koovs, I get redirected to Koovs.com and here I can make a purchase. So, Stylebuys.com is a fashion search engine and not a shopping site per se. The search service by StyleBuys.com is quick and endowed with various helping tools to make our hunt easier and time-saving. Here we can view up to 200 items on a single page. The loading is quick, the site is not too heavy. Apart from women they have got sections for men and kids …

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Amazon India Must Have Ft. Festive Look

October 10, 2015
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Ever since Amazon India has come into existence, online shopping experience has become a serious trend in the country. Country like India, where buying in bulk or buying in sale has always been a popular concept, is now well equipped with the modern amenities of a leisure lifestyle. Gone are the days when we used to step out in scorching sunlight, planning out days/months in advance, what we will wear for the festive celebrations. Now that the festivals are lined up closely in order (Starting this month), I had to give into the festive mood and feature something that every desi girl is currently doing – setting a look rack for the festivities. When Amazon India Fashion team decided to send across some love from their #MustHaveFashion category, I was instantly able to relate the colours and texture of the product to this celebratory season. Amazon India sent across a lovely structured Da Milano bag, which has been sophisticatedly textured on a pop of red tone to set the mood. The Ensemble Giving into the breezy autumn season, I picked up the kurti from a set of two that I purchased a couple of months back from Myntra. Breaking the monotony of the yellow printed kurti, I added a darker tone of palazzo pants that I thrifted from the locals of Delhi. The Print Festive season in India means embroidery and prints. Mostly, derived from the middle eastern influence, Paisley design is very famous in traditional Indian forms. One can opt for such detailed prints or keep it simple with gota patti or add dollops of embroidery to please the bling-struck festive feel. The Hand Bag Star of this outfit post is this Da Milano structured hand-bag. Like I had mentioned earlier too, I absolutely love the rich red colour of …

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#LockerStyle Ft. Anika Dhawan

September 9, 2015
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Anika Dhawan has introduced a whole new perspective to the wedding scenario in India. Called the ‘Wedding Décor Couturier’, this Delhiite has been transforming wedding camps into a decorative piece of memorable art since over 5 years now. From theme based décors to the occasion based customised brain storming, Anika’s joint label called ‘Rani Pink’ is behind designing pandals and interior-exterior designs for an impactful one-of-its-kind wedding experience. If you’ve been following her label Rani Pink on the social circuit, you are very well versed with her kitsch to classic style of wedding décor. But what is her own personal style? Apart from designing the sets for her own wedding, which designer trousseau did she wear to make it extra special? What is her everyday style running through meetings and travelling to channel her wedding décor magic, nationally? We, for our Locker Style diaries #2 presents to you a sneak peak into her closet. Take a look! Photographs courtesy – Faizan Patel Photography Follow Anika Dhawan’s Label – Rani Pink Tell us something about your knack for creativity. My occupation as a wedding designer is not just confined to creating props and setting up mandaps for an event, there is a full story that revolves around it. Something that is close knitted to the lives of the bride and groom , something that forces me to completely engross myself in their lives for a minute and feel their hopes and aspirations of what they would expect from their wedding, so if I’m not creative enough to weave a simplistic story into a fairytale, then Id feel something is definitely missing from the experience I promised them. Also its something I love doing, something that keeps me on my toes and helps me entail a vision that helps me grow as a person each …

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Indian Fashion Trends That Made History

August 15, 2015
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Happy Independence Day to all my ‘Desi Swaggers’! Hope you’ve all had an inspiring start of the day with a power packed speech by Mr. Modi over a cup of your hot Darjeeling Tea. The history of our country’s Independence is truly remarkable. Although we can never analyse the depth of struggle that our heroes put into giving us a free world that we live in now, such notable days are still worthy of paying tribute to our heroes and remembering them for their work and sacrifices. Their are several ways in which Indians celebrate the Independence Day. While some opt to fill their social media feeds with inspiring posts, few celebrate the day by watching historic movies over a palette of Indian cuisines; and then their are some who put up their best ethnic avatar to add on to the celebrations. Everything tangerine, green and white is their motto. Well, I too have been shuffling through my wardrobe, trying to pick the right trio coloured #ootd for the day. But don’t you think the same trio style every independence day has become a bit mundane? Well, for those who are feeling patriotic and are looking at adopting it to their personal style, how about a throwback to our Indian history and the styles of our great heroes? Fashion is a piece of art that too strives on inspiration that can float in from almost anywhere. On the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, presenting to you a list of some remarkable trends that were sworn in as a signature by our great Indian Heroes. Take a look! THE GANDHIAN GLASSES The father of our nation was known for his khadi drapes, a walking stick in hand, kolhapuri flat chappals and his famous round reading glasses. The simplicity of these wired frames were soon taken over …

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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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AN ODE TO THE BREAK UP!

February 13, 2014
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The season of LOVE is here. For those who are madly in love are busy planning out a memorable day (as if the other 364 days of the year ban you from such a feeling), and for those who are single are always questioning WHEN and HOW? Well, amidst all this, we forget to live the life that we have. Breakup can be a terrible experience, but it is also the end to one sad tunnel, and the beginning to a new chapter of your life. This post is dedicated to all those who have had a breakup in life. It is just a part of your amazing life, don’t ruin your moments over something which is very small, rather look up to something that will bring a smile on your face. Styling : Apurva Saxena Photography : Rashmi Nair Model : Manubhav Bag & Shoes – Lacoste  Shirt – The Collectives White Denims – Calvin Klein Jeans  Polo shirt and Duffle bag from Lacoste “Thought I couldn’t live without you It’s gonna hurt when it heals too Even though I really love you I’m gonna smile cause I deserve to Quickly I’m learning to love again All I know is I’mma be ok”  ― Leona Lewis

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