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Making a mark at LFW

I loved the buzz and energy at the recent Lakme Fashion Week. Since the focus was on winter, the fabrics on show were pashmina , jamdani , wool, gingham, mul and, of course, silk.

The silhouettes ranged from fitted to free-flowing bias cuts. The popular trending colours were deep reds like Marsala and ox-blood, ivory, black, teal and jewel-toned blues.

In the gen-next category, my favourites were Kriti Tula of Doodlage and Sidhartha Bansal. Kriti’s designs were quirky and yet very wearable and ranged from dresses to separates.

Sidhartha’s clothes were full of refreshingly fun prints. His milk-bottle printed shirts are sure to be very popular.

Among the emerging designers, Armaan Aimaan, Swati Vijayvargie and Sreejith Jeevan made a lasting impression. Armaan’s clean silhouettes in black and white were trendy. If you’re looking for smart Indo-Western clothes for an occasion, this designer duo’s creations are must-haves.

On the other hand, Jaipur-based Swati’s creations were in bright jewel tones. To me, the Ikat knee-length jackets and palazzos were instant picks for formal dinners.

Sreejith Jeevan is based in Kochi and his ivory collection would have been the perfect choice for Onam. His contemporary tunics were made out of ivory cotton mul with zari borders.

The designers who caught my eye for prêt and casual wear were Aartivijay Gupta and Ilk. Both had very different design sensibilities. While Aarti played with prints of kitchen vegetables on fabrics likejamdani and pashmina , Ilk had minimalistic designs in mul .

Camouflage prints were a huge trend and Theorem by Nitin Chawla and Munkee See Munkee Doo used these in innovative and fashionable ways.

For most of us, our main priority is to get through a regular day. Fashion trends may not loom large in our lives but we can experiment with prints and silhouettes in our own ways. Being well-dressed and well-groomed is a sign of self respect. Don’t we always remember the well-dressed person at any gathering?

Also think about the positive impact of fashion on artisans and weavers. Isn’t that reason enough to take it a bit more seriously than we do now?

– ShriVyshnavi Annus for the The Hindu MetroPlus

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/making-a-mark-at-lfw/article7634328.ece

The monsoon has set in and all the trees look lush and healthy. Hurrah! Actually we in Coimbatore, have nothing to complain about the weather since there was really no summer to speak of. Monsoon is special to the Indian subcontinent and there is something very romantic about it.

Fashion wise, the biggest monsoon trends are all about carrying tote bags, colourful umbrellas, fun wellingtons, jolly flipflops and nice big ethnic jewellery.

Tote bags

Forget the boring brown and pick bold printed totes. The tote bag is the best fashion invention because you can fit pretty much everything that you need for a day. A versatile tote will fit in your wallet, stationery, books, medicines and the mobile battery bank that you just cannot live without. For me, the tote is the quintessential fashion buy. Look for quirky prints or florals. The quirkier the bag the more eyes it will draw and who doesn’t want to be looked at?

Umbrellas

My first childhood memory of the monsoon is a green umbrella with cartoon elephants printed all over it, and of course, jumping in puddles which was strictly forbidden. Therefore, I can’t imagine not having a stylish umbrella to get me through the monsoon. Neon umbrellas are a big trend at the moment. You can also pick up the transparent ones to add to your style quotient. My personal favourite is the Alexander McQueen umbrella that comes with a skull handle. Tres chic .

Wellies

Wellies short for Wellington boots is the most practical fashion trend of the rainy season. They usually are made of rubber. Forget buying the boring black ones that will make you look like a construction worker. Look for neon wellies in pop colours like fuchsia and orange. They will most certainly brighten up your outfit in this weather. Also, you can actually go for a stroll anywhere in the city without stressing over getting your feet muddy in the puddles. Wellies look best when worn with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into the boots, and a shirt.

Ethnic Jewellery

Movies are a huge influence on fashion. So, flaunting Indian jewellery during the monsoon is a must. Bring out the jhumkas and big hoop earrings and wear them with your palazzos and tunics. Ghunghroos are also very fashionable during this season. They lend you a delicate look. Wear them in your anklets or earrings. Even a necklace with ghunghroos on an indigo saree will make a style statement. Make some noise and have fun with ghunghroos!

Flipflops

Last but definitely not the least, the flip flops are a must have. All of us grew up with the memory of the white and blue rubber chappals. It is indeed a relief that we now have access to more stylish looking flip flops. The choice is abundant. Havianas are my favourite because they offer all kinds of floral prints and pretty colors. Wear flip flops with a casual outfit. A major fashion faux pas is to wear them with a dressy outfit for a formal occasion. Stick to wearing them for casual brunches on your deck or pool parties no matter how pretty they are. Of course, you can wear flip flops to the kai vandis selling the delicious molaga bajjis that are so very tempting during the monsoon.

Experiment and have fun with fashion!

An article by Shrivyshnavi for The Hindu MetroPlus, on June 29th, 2015

Top Trends of 2015

Tassels, Statement earrings, Spikes and Sequins are the big trends seen on the runways for Spring Summer 2015. Here are some ways that you can adapt these trends and stay stylish.

Tassels – You could work this trend any which way you desire. A heavily embroidered dupatta with tassel embellishments at the corners paired with a simple shalwar kameez, is perfect for a pooja at home. A more contemporary way to rock this trend is, to wear a tasseled jacket or a fringe bag with a pair of jeans and a shirt. Or you could choose to play it safe and simply experiment with the trend and wear a gold coloured tasseled cuff with your sari.Statement earrings look best when worn with a simple outfit. For maximum effect, wear a knee length sundress with a pair of earrings that almost scrape your shoulders. It’s a sure shot way of getting people to notice you. Long earrings look best on people with a slender neck. The best way not to overdo this look, is to skip the necklace while choosing to sport statement earrings. Look stunning while wearing a heavy georgette sari with chandelier earrings at a wedding cocktail party. Being the odd one out and not wearing a dress to the party is sometimes a good thing. For me, the sari is the most fascinating and versatile piece of clothing. It is made for our body types. Believe me when I say that Indian women look sensational in a sari.My favourite trend of the new year is Spikes. It shouts rebel! Each one of us has a rebellious side and what better way to express it rather than through fashion? Whether its a clutch, a necklace or ballet flats be runway ready in spikes. The British designer brand Alexander McQueen is the cult brand for accessories with spikes. You just have to own a McQueen clutch! Get in touch with your rebel side by sporting a spike ear cuff by our very own  Manish Arora for Amprapali. Manish Arora is well known for his edgy designs. Today, you have the freedom to mix and match. So go ahead and be different – Wear your spikes with something as traditional as a sari. As Indians, let’s admit that we adore bling! Fortunately for us, sequins is still a big trend for the new year. Whether you want to go all out or be subtle, there is something for everyone who wants to wear this trend. I prefer to stick to sequinned accessories and keep my outfit plain. But the choice is yours. Wear a sequinned belt to dress up the otherwise plain little black dress. The same belt can be worn to complete a pair of jeans and a white shirt. If you’re aiming for a more formal look and still want to wear sequins, pair a sequinned bag or a clutch with your sari. Fashion is about being clever and choosing accessories that can be repeated with different clothes for different occasions.

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu MetroPlus

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/fashion/tasselled-spiked-sequined/article6751606.ece