So I hear ‘Zara’ is this huge company that makes all possible trends affordable. They opened their first store in India (77th in the world) at Delhi with a by invitation only party. Red carpet, cocktails, fashion show, presentation, Bollywood… it all seemed very exciting. Oh! Also the Sales was allowed at 8PM. From 8PM – midnight, the real Fashion Night Out occurred in Delhi. Everyone was playing model – from skinny girls to straight boys. Zara truly does cover all popular trends – Shredded denims, power shoulders, clogs, jumpsuits, nautical blazers, Balmain military looks, safari jackets… they had it all! With an amazing mens’, kids’, teens’, womens’ collection at affordable prices, I fear visiting the store the day it opens for mass public. The Spanish must never had such a grandeur welcome.
Designers wear Zara as well
men finally have someplace to shop in Delhi
Narresh working the ‘ombre vest’ look
Shrivan looks good in everything!
Champagne goes well with denims.
Fashion show had models in great hairstyle. natural and side braids Alexander Wang style.
The TRF line will be seen on every girl in Delhi! most products were under INR 1000/-
On my regular route through the frequently updated sites, I saw the perfect blue colored house of Malene B on The Selby. The blue is the day-blue but not turquoise. It is ocean blue but not green. It is sky blue but not baby blue. I hope the painter understands what blue I want after looking at the Selby’s images of her house. A woman who knows her blues, knows her purple as well. Malene B is a carpet designer and not the kinds who travels to India, Morocco, etc and buys the local handicrafts work and sells it at a bomb cost. She travels yes;; but for inspiration and craftsmanship only. The designs re unique and capture the essence of the line. My favourite is the ‘Mehndi’ to which I expected the expected Paisley print in pinks and green. Her vision was of the actual hands on the carpet with the accurate mehndi/henna designs. See it to beleive it.
The blue walls
Deepika Padukone for Vogue India May 2010 issue
I miss you…
Skinny boys get to eat anything!
shrivan and narresh gorging on pastries…yumm
Having always wished to witness the makings of the various hand-made fabrics and embroideries, I was really excited to see the Manali women wear a tweedy material dress, which like any other regional garment of India, is not pre-tailored but draped on the wearer’s body and then held together through pins, knots, tucks etc. This ‘dress’ of the Manali women is called the pattoo and protects them from the cold and allows them to use it to bring ease to their daily chores – fruit picking, baby carrying etc. If you notice from the images, this dress is non obstructive to the arms of the wearer and unlike the national sari, leaves the person wearing it free from the worry of it coming undone by stepping on the skirt or the drape falling from the shoulder. Though not the most seductive drape, this could very well be the Indian Grunge look. The women wear it over layers of shirts – sweaters- blouse, they wear it according to their convenience – deep neck/one shouldered/high neck etc and sew them in the same family of patterns and colors – greys with a splash of neon.
After seing the machine that they use to make the pattoo, I decided to take this perfect souvenir home. Not yet narrowed down on how to use it for the upcoming winter – it is a toss between using it as the armchair fabric or as a shawl-jacket.
I have been looking at a lot of Indian ethnic garments and fabrics for an upcoming family wedding. Having always dreaded buying the costume-ey clothes that made you look like from a period drama of the likes of Akbar-Birbal, I decided to not waste my parent’s hard earned money and get something that I will wear over and over again for non-Indian-traditonal/wedding events as well.
Still to finalize the decision, I couldnt help get attracted to the traditional Sari designs and materials. Much to my mother’s apprehension (I am not with ‘it’), I liked the subtle embroidery, hand woven fabrics, silk-linen materials, chantilly lace, etc as opposed to the Swarovski and manish malhotra-esque designs. One thing I am attracted to that is not from the past nor present is playing with the sequins to create skirts and dresses that could double as lehngas and kurtas respectively. And I know the perfect designer who could do the best job: Atsu Sekhose. Atsu’s studio is like the ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’ where chocolate is sequins and Wonka is Sekhose. Some of the most amazing embroidery work happens in his studio which could be the best kept secret in the Delhi design circuit. I will ssh and pray that he agrees to make me some of his amazing creations.
Speaking of Sari, I saw this radiant woman in a Sari right outside the designer’s stall area during Mumbai Fashion Week. She had recently shaven her head which before you think is a sign of rebellion and boldness, was probably because of religious or health reasons. Reasons aside, the woman absolutely glowed with her fresh take on a neatly draped Sari and subtle makeup and accessories with that summer friendly head-do.
Sari is a very easy garment to flatter most body types but only when worn perfectly.
H&M just did a Summer campaign using the beach for their swimwear line for women, kids, elders, and boys. The women line is not just modeled by any women, but by the it-models. Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Sasha Pivovarova, Erin Wasson, and Julia Stegner. In my mind the line-up is perfect with Daria being the surfer, Sasha the Russian white girl loving the sun, Lara with that amazing body (can you actually say she is ‘curvy’ after looking at these photos!?), Erin Wasson the skater girl, and Julia Stegner as the all-star athlete. The Regular Girls of the World can relate more to Lauren Hutton who is 60something and looking radiant on the beach sans the bikini. But for us model-dreamers (read: Lara Stone worshipers), the models will make sure the line is going to be out of stock as soon as it is stocked even in cities where there is no beach.
Here are some shoot images with the models:
Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone
Daria, Lara and Julia
More pretty people
Eat your heart out Victoria’s Secret
Check out the site. Photos, interviews, videos with the models at the Perfect Beach.
My perfect beach will be living the life of the girls in the video by Train – She’s on fire. Sigh*