Jewellery Trends I’m Crushing On Right Now


August 8, 2016

 Neon Accessories:

Wear it under a buttoned up collared shirt or over a vintage tee. Perfect recipe for a proper arm party- color, metal, cuffs, bangles, tons of color and touches of neon.

Paint The Town Red:

Every girl needs red shoes! I like my shoes to be as unique as my jewellery. The bottom necklace is from DANNIJO holiday collection – one part Cleopatra, two parts Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). It’s about bold statement pieces that will take any ensemble to next level chic.

Textured Metals for The Win:

Oxidized brass and iridescent Swarovski crystal discs spice up anything and everything. Wear them with dresses and jeans in a combo of the colored fur and the velvet booties. Textured metal necklaces are great layered; minimalism in a big way. So is this sleek clean collar!

Pearl Party:

I am just not into traditional pearls. The pearl necklace on the bodice is vintage. It is major! The gunmetal and pearl necklace is old skewl Dannijo. That vintage fur/pearl collar- is cool as shit! You could sew it on a jacket. I love the print on the dress, it feels very Mad Men vintage. Colour blocked bibs are fun and instantly add colour to any look. The oxidized brass and oxidized silver jewellery are classics. Wear one big … Read More »

Que Style Takeover


June 26, 2016

 

White Lace Dress from New Look, Striped foil skirt from H&M, Suede jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Heels by Zara.

A few days ago, TataCliq invited me to do something really fun for Que magazine. I got an email asking me to to explore Que, that I will find that was about real people and real stories. Sure enough, it’s for the short girl, the tall guy, the plus sized working mom, the Libran, the perfectionist, the sapiosexual, the drummer, the dreamer and the procrastinator. And y’know what? Que is about as #IRL as I’ve seen any fashion platform get in India. I promptly circulated it among my team for references on how to tell stories that matter. The Style Takeover meant I styled The-Little-White Dress from New Look in a way that was uniquely my own and so of course, I added a foiled leather jacket, a foiled striped skirt and metallic heels. It’s pretty cool to see how bloggers from around the country have styled it too!

Beewitched


December 22, 2015

   

I’m a sucker for beautiful design especially when combined with robust functionality. And there are no better examples of this combination than in nature. Ever look at honeycombs and wonder why bees make the perfect hexagons, with jewellers’ precision? ;) Besides being a gorgeous mix of delicate configurations of lines and angles that reflect a desire for barely-there jewels, hexagonal honeycombs make the perfect optimised compact grids to store in- minimal weight and maximum strength. Imagine if your jewellery reflected this too, y’know, besides just looking pretty.

Caratlane.com recently introduced it’s BeeJewelled collection with jewellery made in grid-like formations play host to strips of diamonds in waves which add a touch of just-enough glamour to an edgy collection. The designs are powerfully impressive ranging from fan-like frills of honeybee wings to honeycomb-inspired geo-styling that is delicate but strong. My favourite pieces are the ones that also allow a sense of movement (like these earrings) in all the geometrical grids and wire-work, softening the rigidity that geometric designs can sometimes end up with.

{I’m wearing the Remi Droplet Drop Earring, Sidra Drop Pendant, Aina Deep Twist Ring and the Eira Sparkle Ring on a plain canvas of an off-shoulder white midi-dress to keep the attention … Read More »

Day 2 at BFW 13th Edition


July 25, 2015

Day 2 ended with a embarrassingly massive fangirl moment with showstopper Lisa Ray

I don’t find myself in ethnic wear too often but there are some designers that make me reconsider this strongly. Gaurang Shah’s collection presented the modern age bride who is traditional and culturally rooted. Walking down the ‘aisle’ were jamdani sarees and ensembles in khadi, uppada, kanjeevaram, paithani, benarasi, patanpatola accentuated with zardosi embroidery, parsi embroidery, chikankari embroidery and hand-painted kalamkari. Simple but strong, I was drwan to the elaborate unconventional drapes of anarkalis, lehengas and kurtas.

Also to be mentioned is Nidhika Shekhar who showcased a wonderfully feminine collection in pastel nudes, dusky pinks, foggy aquas some punches of black & blue. The ornamentation was intricate and minimal with zari, nalki, moti & sequence – so pleasant on the eyes at a sometimes over-the-top A/W festive parade!

Riya Kodali’s collection was inspired by the marine life, announced the host.The designs themselves were so-so but go up close and there is something to be said about the embellishments. Hand embroidery and appliques dominated the lehengas and gowns. The highlight of my day has to be Lisa Ray who walked down the ramp in a meh gown in blue with fish embroidery with american stones featuring the theme of the show. The … Read More »

Day 1 at BFW 13th Edition


July 24, 2015

Day 1 couldn’t be better with discovery of designer gems at Bangalore Fashion Week!

Ravi Ranjan Kumar of Vastragatha is fresh off the fashion school boat and raring to go! I spent an hour chatting with him last afternoon after his show – I grew quite enamoured by his structured designs and use of texture. The shell and cape silhouettes were so unique and flattering. Ravi tells me he used natural linens, cottons, silks and dabka fabrics and layered them in the Sujani method which is essentially a technique of quilting. It is this that gives the garments that wonderful hold and structure! They were embellished with simple lines of stitches running through them sometimes giving way to motifs of birds and trees, rivers and fish and the occasional ‘man in meditation’ in zardozi and peeta. Ravi lamented on how we’ve all lost our ties with nature and he hopes that this collection will make you consider renewing our bonds with Mother Nature

Rehane welcomes you to a world of pastel hues. Almost soothing to see mellow yellows and minty greens in fall/winter collections – you’d generally expect dark and pallid tones. Rehane did everything from skater dresses to sarees … Read More »

Music+Muse


July 1, 2015

Pigging backing off some prolific pop artists of our time for style inspiration.

Animal print jumpsuit by FCUK, Lace jacket by Vero Moda, Strappy Sandals by Annabel, Ear Cuffs by Via Mazzini 

No one has more fun with fashion than RiRi, no wonder she is such a darling of the fashion pack! Tats aside, quite simple to do a RiRi inspired look, really – clean gilded lines in throwback silhouettes, strappy sandals and statement jewellery pretty much hit the spot each time! Round it off with a couldnt-care-less shrug and you’re good to go.

Crop top by Veni Vidi Vici, Denim skirt by Vero Moda, Confetti handbag by Phive Rivers, Patterned shoes by Trishuli 

This is an age where irreverence begets respect and Miley refuses to fly under the radar. This fashion chameleon has not only redefined twerking, she has also set the style bar pretty high for the rest! Pop and punk go like peanut butter and jelly for Miley – cut-out crop tops with denim skirts and jackets, printed shoes in playful patterns and an inexplicable accent bag – let the tongues start wagging!

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Alice’s Adventures in Smartphone Land


May 25, 2015

It’s a Friday night and Alice’s friends are probably out partying or doing shots or something. Alice has just wound up a binge watch of yet another season of Mad Men with a cross-legged, blissed out Don Draper purring “Ommm” in the season finale. Alice immediately falls into an existential crisis; season finales will do that to you.

Alice reflects on the everyday of her life. Work was stable. Rent was reasonable. She’d just signed up for a gym membership and bought a cold-press juicer. Her Tinder profile gets a match a day and she’s perfected the art of Instagram filters. And yet, Alice couldn’t put her finger on it but something was missing. She slides on her favourite blue tee, pulls up her knee high socks, starts to brew a cup of tea and curls up with her iPhone to catch up on her favourite beauty bloggers on Youtube. She’s in between tutorials for ‘Friday date-night makeup’ when a flaky Duracell bunny interrupts her with an ad. Instead of ‘skipping in 5 seconds’, she just falls deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole.

Lo and behold, Alice finds herself in a magical world no words can explain. Although, she thinks to herself, sometimes a screenshot is worth a … Read More »

Anouk x Disney x Republic of Chic


May 7, 2015

Disney gone Desi! 

It is as though someone at Myntra got wind of the fact that I’m a closet Disney fan. You see, I’m that lil’ girl that played the Ultimate Collection of Disney Princess Soundtracks on loop until her parents had to hide the cassette. And I’m still that (big?) girl who sings all the songs from The Little Mermaid in the shower (in that cartoonish Lobster falsetto to boot). Needless to say, I got a lot of my fashion inspiration from the fairytale princesses.

Somewhere between then and now, I did grew up and forgot all about the Technicolor stuff I loved to doll myself up in. And thats why, when the Anouk x Disney collaboration came along, it forced me to break out of my monochrome comfort zone. Anouk x Disney itself is somewhat of an unconventional collab, with it’s Disney meets Desi vibe. It is a collection paying tribute to Disney’s most iconic character – Mickey Mouse. One glance at the page and you’ll see playful technicolour prints, Mickey motifs set to peacocks and paisley. One of these vibrant scarves and jumpsuits is definitely on my wishlist too.

Pink Crop Top from Anouk Disney Collection, Polka dot skirt from Sheinside, Striped Pants from Bangkok, Platform Heels from Zara, Mickey headband from Forever21 

I paired the … Read More »

Haute Stuff


March 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 »

Shades Of Summer : Vogue Eyewear Spring Summer ’15


March 1, 2015

When I think of sunglasses, I immediately think of mini investments and lifelong camaraderies. While there’s always a great mix of bang-on-trend sunglasses available at the local mall, I’ve been blindingly afraid of cheap lenses leading to UV ray related wrinkles and straight up blindness! The hypochondriac in me hadn’t used the words ‘accessible-to-all’ and ‘sunglasses’ in the same sentence until I came upon Vogue Eyewear – On-point and Italian crafted designs in stellar quality proving a great pair of sunglasses don’t always have to cost an arm and half a leg.

Last month, I was kindly invited to be a part of an amazing blogger engagement activity with Vogue Eyewear to model the S/S ’15 collection. Not only was I to be featured with 5 other awesome-sauce bloggers from all over India but I was also to be shot by the legendary Atul Kasbekar! I was styled in these lovely sunnies – an adaptation of the cat-eye but interestingly chameleonic in a way that they would look great on every face shape. The theme was ‘In Vogue’ and Allia Rufai dressed me in an oversized top and striped pants which I paired with my trusty studded heels. Elton Fernandez drew on bold brows and lips … Read More »