Haute Stuff

February 13, 2015



In which I indulge in some Haute Haberdashery

Sure, if you’ve met me you’ve probably never seen me accessorise in big ‘statement’ jewellery. I have a few signature jewellery pieces in clean themes and simple lines that are a huge part of my day-time mix for the ease of throwing them on halfway out the door and never having to suspect if they’ll pull the day’s look together – they always do. But sometimes, on special occasions, I’ll fixate on the thought that jewellery should be larger-than-life and celebratory, gather one in.

It’s been one of those times when, having done my usual – lets call it ‘inspiration run’ – through some of my favourite fashion blogs and magazines, a common theme jumped out at me – haute couture. When Kirtilals asked if I’d like to do a collaboration with them, I felt compelled to seek out some rather couture-inspired jewellery pieces which riff on very detailed and intricate craftsmanship, drawing from India’s traditional jewellery designs. Kirtilals specialises in creating jewellery which skilfully navigates that fine line between classic and innovative.

An Exotic Bloom 

I think that florals are really hot right now so I included an ornate studded gold necklace that did … Read More »

Bangalore Fashion Week Highlights: Day 4

January 25, 2015

Deepika Govind : Deepika Govind pays homage to a glorious bygone era in the history of Karnataka in her collection entitled ‘Bazaars Of Hampi’. The designer showcased a collection built around the drape based silhouettes of early Indian civilizations. All the looks shown were based on fluidity, accentuating the earthy sensuality of Indian women in a time before ours.

Trends On Runway by Aslam Khan: Aslam Khan showed a very straightforward collection of menswear aptly titled Trends On Runway. The show was a simple curation of smartly tailored suits and jackets in tussar silks and brocade. The colour palette remained light with beiges, oranges, rusts and gold. The looks flowed from casual daywear to dressy to festive. This was a collection you could wear straight off the runway!

Suvankar and Rinku :Suvankar and Rinku paid tribute to the handicrafts of Bengal in their collection at Bangalore Fashion Week. The collection saw simple ornamentation with interesting twists like mirror work, button work and floral appliques.

Chaitali & Biplab : Chaitali & Biplab’s collection called ‘Maharani’ was a festive collection inspired by some vintage photographs and lifestyles of maharajas and maharanis of ancient India. It mixed natural fibres with some quintessentially Indian crafts. Ornamentation was an interesting mix … Read More »

Bangalore Fashion Week Highlights: Day 3

January 24, 2015

The Versatile Six Yards by Snapdeal: Snapdeal proudly presented ‘The Versatile Six Yards’ at the 12th edition of Bangalore Fashion Week showcasing some coveted bridal pieces from India’s finest couturiers. The show was curated to reflect the sensibilities of a today’s modern bride with traditional silhouettes and ornamentation reinterpreted to meet the requirements of the new age woman. The collection included bridal couture pieces from design heavyweights like Manish Arora, Ritu Kumar and Malini Ramani.

Fahd Khatri: Fahd Khatri showed a collection that celebrated the craftspeople of Gujarat through a creative reinterpretation of Kachchi Ajrakh in up-to-the-minute clothing. The wide-legged ajrakh one-piece quickly became our favourite casual wear piece for Spring/Summer 2015.

Pooja Tanveer Chougule: Khadi comes of age in Pooja Tanveer Chougule’s S/S 15 collection aptly entitled ‘Made In India’. While this ancient weave continues to be a symbol of freedom, the designer gave it a luxe makeover by introducing silk into the weave and decorating it with Indian mythological prints created out of vegetable dyes.

Soucika by Kamal Raj Manickath: For Spring/Summer of 2015, ‘Soucika’ by Kamal Raj Manickath showcased a stunning bridal wear collection entitled ‘Kalyanasougandhikam’ inspired by the flora of the season. Painted perennials, beaded blossoms and appliqué blooms, Soucika’s florals were a delightfully mixed … Read More »