Month: May 2015

Fun & Flirty!

What do you wear on a date night in summer? A pretty chiffon dress in a trendy color of the season. Pair a glamorous punk chic necklace to give the otherwise soft girly look an edge. Necklaces with crystals, spikes and tassels are fashionable right now. The trending colors for summer are pastels in all shades, whites , coral and turquoise. You can’t go wrong with this look. Or you could up the edgy quotient by wearing a pair of black ripped skinny jeans which are all the rage right now and a chiffon shirt with a stand out necklace. The number 1 rule to follow while wearing a statement neckpiece is to keep the earrings simple. Wear a pair of classic hoops or studs for that neat chic look.

Surukku Pai

Surukku pai is a small bag usually made out of fabric with drawstrings used as a closure. This could easily be one of the oldest accessories in the South of India. The surukku pai culture began in Madurai. Most of us will remember our grandmoms or their friends sporting a surukku paitucked into their sari at their waists. A vivid memory I have, is of the elderly ladies who were regulars at the Jaganatha Perumal temple, fiddling with their surukku pais. It was an accessory with a lot of utilitarian value. Usually the ladies would wear malli poo in their kondai and carry their Vethilai paaku and some money in their pais. Those were the good old days when cellphones didn’t exist and nobody carried their makeup around. So you didn’t need a huge bag. The surukku pai was a much more aesthetic and handy version of the manja pai.
Chenthamarai, a tailor in Papanaickenpalayam reminisces that he used to stitch the surukku pais from the left over bits of cloth given to stitch blouses at no extra charge. In more recent years the paati’s surukku pai has transformed into a more contemporary fashion accessory. The surukku pai has given way to the chic potlis or the batwas of today.  Younger women generally tend to pair a polti with a sari or a salwar kameez. The potlis come out in a rainbow of colors during the wedding season when they attend many a muhurtham. Designers have also made the batwa an accessory to own. My favourite designer duo of the batwa are Chamee & Palak. More widely known for their lehengas, their batwas are unique and ornate.
A temple border kancheepuram sari paired with a simple mangalagiri cotton potli for a morning function is elegance personified. On the contrary, carry a hand embroidered batwa made of benares silk fabric for a night out to feel luxurious and grand. The beauty of the modern surukku pai lies in the fact that you can use it to dress up or dress down as you deem fit for the occasion. The potli is also a good gift to give your family and friends. It is indeed a lovely piece of handcrafted art that represents our culture and heritage and therefore the most appropriate gift to give your friends from abroad. It shows them our diverse crafts and the variety of textiles our country has to offer. Be a fashionista and carry your surukku pai with pride!

ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu MetroPlus

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/fashion/the-surukkupai-women-back-into-fashion/article6519720.ece

Frame a statement

Summer is the season to bring out your florals and whites and, of course, your collection of sunglasses. A great way to stay cool this summer is to wear shades. They come in a variety of colours and shapes. The four biggest sunglass trends seen on models and runways are the Lennons, the Aviators, the Oversized Cat Eye and the Mirrored sunglasses.

Made famous by music legend John Lennon of The Beatles, these sunglasses are round with a shell frame. It’s retro chic and is the trendiest shape to own and wear this summer. You can wear it all day to work and back with your pair of linen trousers and a cotton shirt to beat the heat.

A more fun and cool way to wear this trend is to pair the Lennons with a madras checks cotton dress. If you want to be bolder and experiment with being a Bohemian, wear the Lennons with a floral maxi and a floral wreath in your hair.

The aviators have been around for a long time now and make their way back to the top of the fashion list almost every summer. Synonymous with pilots, they are cool and hip to sport. They lend you that edgy chic like no other, whether you’re wearing them on your long mountain drives or to the beach. Ripped jeans, a white top and a pair of aviators are all you need to be a fashionable summer rebel.

The oversized cat eye is currently one of the biggest trends seen at European fashion weeks. The cat eye makes you feel like a diva at once. The popular Italian actress Sophia Lauren made it popular.

Wear them with a knee-length dress to hike up your glamour quotient. Coachella is a popular music and arts festival held in California every year and the fashion trends spotted there usually become a rage the world over. Mirrored sunglasses were a huge trend there this year. But they are definitely not for the faint hearted. You can pick them up in all colours of the rainbow. Stay stylish with a pair of mirrored shades worn with a long skirt in pastel pink and a white crop top.

If you have a round face, the oversized cat eyed pair of sunglasses or the mirrored one is the best shape for you. A square-shaped face can rock the aviators. If you have an oval face, consider yourself lucky because all shapes look awesome on you. For a heart-shaped face, pick the round Lennons for a perfect fit. Go own the pair that works for you.

The aviators have been around for a long time and make their way back to the top of the fashion list almost every summer.

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for the Hindu Metro Plus, 16th May 2015

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/frame-a-statement/article7211624.ece

Walk like a Bohemian Tribal!

What exactly is bohemian style ? It’s attributed to the gypsies of eastern Europe. Their style is long flowing skirts, floral tops and stacked accessories. The Bohemian trend is very hot this summer. Add to it a bit of tribal fashion be it a tribal printed skirt or a necklace and voila you’re insta fashionable! So to be a trendy diva on vacation this summer, stack the necklaces. You could wear a couple or even go up to 3 depending on how big a statement you want to make. Wear the layers with a bustier and long skirt like our model. Another way to own this Boho tribal look is to layer a few pendants. Choose earthy semi precious stone pendants to stay true to the look.

5 Jewellery Pieces Every Girl Must Get Her Hands On

The key to going from drab to fab is picking the right accessories. Here are the hottest pieces this summer.

1. Statement Necklace – Every girl must own a couple of statement neckpieces. An important rule to follow is to keep the earrings simple while wearing a statement necklace. So wear a pair of minimal studs in the same colour as the necklace that you’re wearing. Bold necklaces are very fashionable at the moment. Make a statement in the boardroom with a statement necklace paired with a white cotton shirt and trousers. A funky alternative is to wear a statement necklace with a sari for work. It will make a serious statement for sure. You could also explore your punk side by wearing a necklace with spikes and stones. It’s edgy and very chic especially when worn with a linen dress for summer.

2. Layered Pendants – Layering pendants is a very bohemian trend. This trend has been spotted at all fashion weeks across the globe. Wear turquoise and citrine coloured pendants with a white cotton midi dress to be summer ready. Another way to be a gypsy goddess is to wear a few pendant necklaces with a pair of jeans and a casual shirt.

3. Tassel Earrings – Tassels are trending on all runways the world over. An easy and quick way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is to own a pair of tassel earrings. There are a few ways that you can flaunt tassel earrings. You can pair them with a pair of denim shorts and a funky tie and dye T-shirt to chill out at a pool party this summer. Another way to wear the tassel trend is to wear the earrings with a floral printed maxi dress for a summer party. Tassels for me mean freedom and summer is the perfect season to have fun with them.

4. Bold Blue Rings – Blue is the trendiest colour of the season. So why not buy a few bold rings in shades of blue? Turquoise, aqua and indigo are all fashionable colours right now. Wear a bold ring with a chikankari kurta and leggings for a day out with your family. Or wear these rings with a shift dress in navy or white for a movie date with your special someone.

5. Hand Harness – Besides rings, hand harnesses or haathphools are funky and fun. You’ll be insta-cool if spotted wearing a hand harness. There are a variety of haathphools that you can wear. A simple chain link hand harness worn with ripped jeans is a huge trend this season. An ethnic hand harness with a full-length skirt and a crop top will make you stand out in a crowd. Go out there and have fun experimenting with hand harnesses!

Remember to have fun while staying stylish!

ShriVyshnavi Annush for Fashion 101, 7th May 2015

http://m.fashion101.in/english/news/FAS-BLOG-5-jewellery-pieces-every-girl-must-get-her-hands-on-4986019.html?referrer_url=

Casually summer!

Look cool this summer with shades and cotton scarves. The trendiest sunglasses are the round shaped shell framed Lennons, named after the music legend John Lennon of The Beatles. Think hip, trendy and Coachella! Wrap a light and airy cotton scarf over your shorts and crop stop and be insta chic this summer. All shades of blue – Indigo, Aqua and turquoise are trending at the moment. Stay fashionable by picking a blue scarf!

Whats hot for the party season?

Its that time of the year when everyday there is a party to go to. Each one of us is in a celebratory mood, eager to meet our friends and family who have come home for the holidays from near and far.The hottest trends at the moment are fringes and shimmer. Shimmer is ubiquitous for dinner parties. Its glamorous and brings out the diva in you. A long gold lame maxi dress is sure to make you feel like a showstopper in a fashion show. Tall women look best in a maxi. If you’re the petite type of woman, the best type of dress to wear is a short one that reaches until just above your knees. Accessorize it with a gold colored belt at your waist and voila, you have upped your style quotient. To complete the look, wear a pair of glittering gold stilletos. It is the party season after all, so be bold and own your style.On the contrary, if you’re the kind of woman who likes to play it safe but would also like to be fashionable, carry a glittering metallic evening bag in gold or silver. For a more traditional occasion, one can always wear a chiffon sari and pair it with a sequinned blouse. The blouse lends instant character to the otherwise plain sari and will dress up the whole outfit.
Now lets talk about the other trend on the runway – the fringe. There is something about the fringe look that shouts casual luxury! The easiest way to own the fringe look is to flaunt it with accessories. A sling bag with fringe detail is the “in” thing and the easiest way to stay trendy. The brands that I really like are Zara and Rebecca Minkoff.
Another way to stay trendy, is to wear a pair of fringe gold colored earrings with your little black dress, popularly known as the LBD. Depending on the occassion, you could wear the earrings even with a lovely kancheepurarm sari. A mix of the traditional and contemporary will most definitely make people stop, take notice and compliment you. If you’d like to be a tad bit bolder, experiment with fringe detailed shoes. The exquisitely detailed and dramatic fringe detailing on your pair of stilettos is sure to draw all eyes to your feet. Schutz and Chloe are well known luxury brands for their fringed stilettos.Its okay once in a while to splurge on shoes. A word of caution, these stilettos are definitely not for the faint hearted.
My favourite way to flaunt the fringe look, is to wear a leather jacket with fringe trimmings over my favorite pair of blue denims and boots. It keeps me comfortable and stylish at the same time. A popular belief is that in order to keep up with the latest fashion trends one has to sacrifice comfort. I disagree! Its picking what works for you and your body type that makes you truly stylish.

ShriVyshnavi Annush for the Hindu MetroPlus, December 26th 2014

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/shimmer-time/article6728015.ece