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Indian Fashion Blog - Rated as the most influential blog in New Delhi by Hindustan Times 2011, presently based in Chennai.
Finalist - Fashion Blog category at Blogadda WIN14 awards.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interesting Details at Theorem by Nitin Chawla at Jabong Stage, Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014

LOOK

Young and talented Nitin Chawla showcased a range of wearable separates with quirky details and prints in Jabong stage on day one at Lakme Fashion Week. The color palette comprised of neutral greys that were occasionally paired with autumnal plaids. 

DETAILS

REXINE/FAUX LEATHER PATCH POCKET ON GREY WOVEN TUNIC

SOLID TROUSER + PLAID SHIRT + CHECKED JACKET

TYPOGRAPHY PRINT ON PLAIDS (SMARTLY PAIRED WITH SOLID OUTERWEAR)

CONTRAST OF BLACK AND GREY IN SHIRT TEAMED WITH SUBTLE PRINT

CONTRAST FRONT PLACKET INTERESTINGLY EXTENDS TO FORM THE FLY OPENING IN THE TROUSER

SUSPENDERS

CUT PANEL DETAILS IN TROUSER

QUILTED SLEEVES


WATCH THE FULL SHOW...


Monday, August 18, 2014

Illustration - Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence — Oscar winner, wearer of Christian Dior ball gown, and lover of pizza — turned 24 last week. In honor of her 24th birthday, I made this illustration of Jennifer Lawrence wearing the iconic Dior gown at Oscars.



Outside of her acting prowess, though, Lawrence continues to delight audiences and win fans off camera with her brutally honest interview answers.... 

Has grace in clumsiness.... 

Love for FOOD....

COFFEE.....

AND FAMILY :)

Jennifer Lawrence earned instant acclaim to become one of the most sought after names in Hollywood...

And she still gets star-struck! #ADORABLE

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cara Delvigne Illustration featured in IFB Links a la Mode

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it's hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It's not all about the clothes.

Links à la Mode: August 14

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Schedule - Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014

Block your dates! Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 will be held from 20th – 24th of August 2014 at Hotel Palladium, Mumbai. Ace designer Amit Aggarwal, known for his edgy creations will be opening the show along with Masaba Gupta who is famous for her quirky prints.

I will be live tweeting from the shows on behalf of Triveni Sarees and will also have a brief collaboration with Jabong.com. Looking forward to traveling to Mumbai and meet you all at the extravagant fashion event.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Illustration - Cara Delvigne

The biggest disappointments in life are the result of misplaced expectations. Tempering unrealistic expectations of how something ‘should be’ will greatly reduce unnecessary frustration. Hence, if you can make a reasonable living doing what you love, DO WHAT YOU LOVE. You may not get rich, but you’ll get to do what you love, and that’s priceless. Of course, be smart, take the necessary steps, and ease into it. Don’t quit your day job until doing what you love pays the bills. I had recently quit my day job as a fashion designer to completely focus on blogging and I managed to bring a paint brush on paper to make an illustration after some two long years! It's a great feeling to find your old self back and go back to doing things that you once loved.

English supermodel, actress and singer Cara Delvigne turned 22 on Aug. 12 2014. Happy Birthday, Cara!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Featured in IFB Links a la Mode: August 7th 2014

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To Trend or Not To Trend

Just a few years ago, fashion editors were complaining about "peacocking" and the ridiculousness of street style. It seems like the pendulum is beginning to swing the other way, because now, it's all about the basics. Whether it's denim, a crisp suit, or just keeping a fresh face, it's never been so hot to not be too trendy. The non-trend-trend, or something.

Links à la Mode: August 7th

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Featured in Hindustan Times Brunch - August 3 2014

Hindustan Times Brunch featured a very interesting story about bloggers who boldly reject common stereotypes associated with fashion blogging. I was featured as a part of the story titled 'FASHION BLOGGERS - NOT JUST POSERS' along with other popular fashion bloggers including Aanam Chasmawala of What When Wear, Swati Ailawadi of The Creative Bent, Gia Kashyap of Gia Says That, Aayushi Bangur of Style Drive, Sonaksha Iyengar of The Sonshu and Manou of Wearabout.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Glamorizing Violence is More Shock Than Chic

A fashion photographer and self proclaimed human rights activist drew inspiration from the gruesome 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape incident that still hits a raw nerve in India.

MORE SHOCKING THAN CHIC
Fashion celebrates creativity and the thrill of the imagery. But dressing up a brutal and horrifying crime scene with lights, expensive designer clothes and cosmetics comes across as a fetish rather than an artistic form of expression that's intended to create awareness. Fashion, even as a form of art is a medium to advertise or promote a commodity - be it a brand name or product or the artist himself. Fashion is fantasy. Glamour is a medium to celebrate something that we look up to and it probably takes 20% sexual perversion, 30% insensitivity and 50% infantile attention seeking desperation to glamorize a gruesome rape scene that shook the nation!

STEREOTYPING MEN & WOMEN
The photographer might have drawn inspiration from a crime that happened in reality but the photo shoot further promotes stereotypes that women are victims and men are sexual predators.

GLAMORIZING VIOLENCE IN PAST
While this is one of the first such cases in India where violence has been translated into glossy fashion photo shoot, many big fashion brands and photographers in the West have come under severe criticism in the past for glamorizing violence.

A Bill Blass AD from 1966

Duncan Quinn Ad campaign

New Zealand boutique Superette ad campaign

Steven Meisel's September, 2007, "Make Love Not War" spread for Vogue Italia is clearly midst of a violent attack while the theme was inspired from Army invasion in Middle-East.

Vogue Italia depicts domestic violence with a glam photo shoot

Whitney Cunningham - Crime scene victims photo shoot - Cycle 8 - America's Next Top Model.

Calvin Klein Jeans ad campaign, starring David Walliams' supermodel wife Lara Stone, was banned in Australia for being 'suggestive of violence and rape'

Dolce & Gabbana -  Probably the most famous ad campaign that was banned for being provocative and provoking

GLAMORIZING VIOLENCE IS NOT RAISING AWARENESS!
Yes, you heard it. Glamorizing violence is not raising awareness against a social issue but it is the cheapest and most insensitive way to cash in on the social construct that sex sells and controversy give you easy fame. Right from the photographer who recreated Nirbhaya gang rape incident to Vogue Italia that depicted domestic violence with glam photo shoot - claim that the photo shoot was to create awareness. Dear super-concerned-fashion-labels-and-photographers, try creating a photo shoot with slave market as a theme and see if you can get Lupita Nyongo (who is a biggest IN celebrity now) to wear avant garde rags (say Viktor & Rolf or Rei Kawakubo), clad in chains and handcuffs for a glamorized portrayal of the slave trade violence to 'raise awareness' like you claim. Of course, you can't! I sincerely hope that this will the last of those ads where we never see the male model's face, but there is always a close-up of women's faces as they are raped.  Yes, we are assured that your products are high end and you don't have to advertise it by recreating a rape scene to show that her lipstick or mascara does not necessarily smudge even in the course of violence.

HOPE WE SOON PROTEST AND RAISE OUR VOICE AGAINST THESE ADS THAT OPENLY PROMOTES RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SKIN COLOUR.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fashion Designer’s Travelogue with Moto G

LOOKING AHEAD

Sometimes, tough phases in life help you decide on which bridge to cross and which to burn. After serving as a fashion designer with the Lee Cooper team in Mumbai for a year, I have decided to quit my day job and relocate to Chennai in order to completely focus on this blog and Rivista di Moda magazine. It is a difficult decision that I made with both heart and head after careful consideration. Wish me luck :)

LOOKING BACK

Past one year at Future Group has been an enriching journey where I could identify with the Indian retail market, retail trend cycle and consumer psychology. Travelling to Tirupur, the knit hub of India to get my designs developed has been one of the most exciting learning experiences that I still reminiscence looking at the photos in my phone.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL!

I visited Tirupur earlier this year and thanks to Moto G, the super smartphone from Motorola for making my life easier in the new city that I was completely unaware of.
Traveling smart with #MyMoto

PLANNING THE TRIP AHEAD WITH REMINDER NOTIFICATIONS.


DOCUMENTING THE TRIP; TRAVEL SELFIES TO BEGIN WITH ;)

FINDING A SUITABLE HOTEL
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TAKING GUIDANCE FROM GOOGLE MAPS

RETRIEVING FILES FROM GOOGLE DRIVE SINCE A LAPTOP OBVIOUSLY HAS TO CRASH WHEN YOU NEED IT THE MOST.

TAKING OPINION FROM MY BOSS IN MUMBAI

TAKE MORE PHOTOS & EDIT THEM WITH THE COOL FILTERS

SHARE THE PHOTOS WITH FOLLOWERS IN FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

SEARCH FOR A GOOD LOCAL RESTAURANT AND TREAT YOURSELF WITH A  DELICIOUS MEAL!

MOBILE PHONE RECHARGE WHILE TRAVELING

SET UP WIFI-HOTSPOT AND CONNECT TO INTERNET FROM YOUR LAPTOP

CAPTURE STUNNING PHOTOS

MORE PHOTOS FROM 37000 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND!

AND GO THROUGH THE PHOTOS, REMINISCENCE THE GOOD TIMES.. WEAR A SMILE!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Manish Malhotra - Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

Former Miss India Kanishta Dhankar in Manish Malhotra's creations at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

Ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra showcased his couture collection titled ‘Portraits’ at Shree Rajmahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014. The collection captures a girl in her most intense and beautiful moment – when she is a portrait of perfection, when she becomes a bride. The collection aimed at lavish and bling studded nuptial affairs featured plenty of heavily zari embroidered bridal ensembles that were hand crafted by Kashmiri master craftsmen. Manish Malhotra smartly styled his models with regal nose rings by Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.

Models clad in head to toe gold dust ensembles with adundance of mirror and gota embroidery sashayed down the beautiful ramp decorated with dimly lit flickering candles. A variety of collar details including peter pan, polo necks and Manish Malhotra’s signature low cut back with elaborate ivory thread-work were teamed with vintage shoes in old gold. Vintage golden hues paved way for rich jewel tones of ruby and old emerald. The menswear range consisting of bandhgalas and sherwanis with exquisite hand embroidery were pristinely tailored.

Bollywood starts including Huma Qureshi, Urmila Matondkar, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Alia Bhatt walked the runway for this celebrated fashion designer.


Manish Malhotra accessorized his models with regal nose rings from Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers

The menswear range consisted of fitted bandhgalas and sherwanis that were pristinely tailored.


The vintage golden hues paved way for jewel tones of ruby and old emerald.

A model displaying fashion designer Manish Malhotra's creation at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014


Manish Malhotra's intricate hand embroidery on display at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi at Manish Malhotra's couture showing

Manish loyalist Urmila Matondkar spotted at the show




Bollywood's talented young brigade Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor conclude the show for Manish Malhotra