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Mandira Bedi

The adage goes — all that shines is not gold. But for television’s golden girl, Mandira Bedi, the hue dominated her debut collection and earned Mandy a gold star for her efforts. Color-blocked saris emblazoned with thick gold in single as well as multiple stripes became the talking point of her show. The colour palette was in vibrant shades with hot pink, turquoise, royal blue and juicy orange dominating the range. It was quite heartening to see Mandira have real women like Shaheen Abbas, Kiran Coelho and Jamuna Pai walking the ramp for her. A true homage to womanhood —– curves, flaws, et al.

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 Asmita Marwa

“When in doubt wear a white shirt” The most trusted fashion notion ran throughout Asmita Marwa’s collection. Grandpa-sized shirts, kimono-inspired crop tops, easy-breezy pyjamas were again at the centre of things for summer. There was not plenty to choose from when it came to silhouettes, but the embellishments on the clothes — a plethora of safety pins — is what added a dose of punk to the collection. Boho-chic string-headbands poured equal glimmer into the collection as much the lame gingham checks did.

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 Abdul Halder

With viscose, tulle and chiffon, Abdul created a magnificent cocktail-wear collection. Gowns, maxis, long skirts in shades of navy, turmeric yellow and scarlet made for elegant party wear. What made the collection stand apart from just another formalwear set to statement making partywear was the use of intricate thread embroidery. Thumbs up to Abdul’s work!

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 Sailex

With the work on his fabrics quintessential shibori, Sailex played around with cotton silk, crepe and chiffon in traditional silhouettes like tail shirts, pencil skirts, sarees and even suits that got a summery facelift. The most striking entry was made by a model in a pair of dungarees that hinted at sports luxe. Long silhouettes and clean lines well favoured the fast-approaching summer days.

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 Payal Singhal
Influenced by the Moroccon-Islamic living, Payal Singhal’s creations looked as intriguing as culture fusion can be. The silhouettes were unexpectedly simple and clean. The talking point was metallic Moroccon embroidery that depicted the theme of the collection well. Keeping this inspiration in mind, the colour palette seemed to echo her sentiments. Muted colours like sand, grey, rose and cerulean dominated Payal’s work.

Bollywood Fridays – Highway

after making a thumping debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year, Alia Bhatt pairs up with Bollywood’s rugged hero Randeep Hooda in this week’s release Highway. Will the Imtiaz Ali film mint gold at the box office just like some of his earlier movies including Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar?

A far cry from her diva-esque look in SOTY, Alia’s look in Highway is distinctly different from her debut. The actress leaves behind the frills of her previous film to embrace the thrills of this Bollywood drama, paired with Randeep who wears his famous attitude on his sleeves. The costume design in the film resonates with the rough terrain the film has been shot in, and here’s how you can copy the looks of the stars.

Alia portrays a city-bred girl who finds herself abducted by a gang of kidnappers. As the actors travel through the hinterlands, Alia flaunts kaftans, oversized kurtas and monotone scarves that double up as turbans.

Randeep plays Mahabir Bhati, a member of the gang of kidnappers who oozes his personality through his action and his clothes – a combination of military jackets, comfy pants and checkered muffs.



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Disclaimer: The cast, crew and production house of Highway has not endorsed Myntra or any of its products.

 

Jogger Chic!

thank the sports luxe trend for marrying comfort and style creating completely unexpected and fresh looks. Our current favourite piece from this trend is the jogger pant. Stepping out in your sweats has never been so chic!

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The trend went from the streets to the runways and designers like Alexander Wang, Pankaj and Nidhi, Kenneth Cole and Sanchita adapted this style into their collections.

From supermodels to singers and actresses, everyone’s taking a break from body hugging short numbers with this super comfy piece. While Priyanka Chopra, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and Emily Blunt wore jogger pants while traveling, Sonakshi Sinha even wore it at a movie event, matching them with a tailored jacket and heels.

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Jogger pants, although can never really replace jeans, are much more comfortable than a well-worn pair of denims, making them so popular among street style bloggers and celebs alike.

Like slouchy pants, you need to be extra careful while styling joggers. Don’t show up at work wearing your jogger pants with a loose tee and sneakers, you will look like you rolled right out of bed and landed up at work. Contrast the softness of joggers with something sharp and tailored. Pair them with a fitted tee and a blazer with pointed toe heels for work, or a silk button down shirt and strappy sandals when you have a post work evening planned. Try jogger pants with a flirty crop top for a relaxed weekend with friends. But that’s only if your abs are in great shape!

Even with a slouchy piece like jogger pants, it is important to get the fit right. Make sure they are not so baggy that they make you look like you borrowed your boyfriend’s sweats!

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or not, joggers are a must have for comfy-chic style!

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Colour of the month – Navy

iIt has the sophistication and slimming quality of black, without its overpowering darkness, making it black’s most popular replacement. It pops up on the red carpets ever so often in the form of evening gowns as well as tuxedos, and since the award season is here, this month is dedicated to the colour Navy blue.

This deep shade of blue gets its name from the uniforms worn by navies and sailors around the world, and is an essential neutral for those on dry land too!

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Navy is the most obvious colour choice for men who want to wear something other than black, and celebs like Abhishek Bachchan, Bradley Cooper, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have endorsed this colour through their formal wear. Whether it is Rita Ora in her leg flashing coat dress, Aditi Rao Hydari in her minimal column gown, Bipasha Basu in Indian finery or Meryl Streep in her shift dress, this versatile colour lends an air of elegance to all kinds of outfits and on people of all ages. Even the enigmatic Sushmita Sen,  who swears by black, deviated towards navy at an event.

Navy might seem like a winter colour, but designers DKNY, Giorgio Armani and Rahul Mishra used it for their Spring Summer ’14 collections, while Manish Malhotra made good use of navy for his couture line.

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Being a neutral colour, it is quite easy to wear navy. But since it tends to age you a bit, add a pop of a bright colour with it, or if you wear a head to toe navy outfit, add funky accessories for some edge.

One of the classic colour combinations is navy with white, and is great for summer for its cool, nautical vibe. Navy can also serve as a good backdrop for little pops of neon, and if you want to colour block with navy, use saturated colours like orange, mustard or emerald green to brighten it up. But the one colour that complements navy very well is orange – think an orange scarf or even orange lipstick with a navy dress. Men can perhaps pair orange loafers with navy chinos.

Some of the classic must haves tend to be in navy, for example, a tailored blazer and trousers for men and a pair of well-fitted jeans or jeggings for women. It is a building block for your wardrobe, so you have no excuse not to wear navy, even if it’s spring!

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Colour of the month – Radiant Orchid

every year, Pantone, the international authority on colour trends, announces a colour for the year and this year, it is a lovely combination of fuschia, pink and purple, the Radiant Orchid. This colour signifies great joy, love and health, and we wish this hue brings you the same in 2014!

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Neither soft as lavender, nor deep as purple, radiant orchid is quite a unique colour that can brighten up the dullest of days. It is the colour celebs choose when they really want to stand out. It seems to be a favourite with Michelle Obama who often wears different shades of purple. Sarah Jessica Parker colour blocked it with warm red jeans, Dita von Teese went the literal route with orchid flowers in her headpiece and Kelly Osborne went the whole nine yards and even dyed her hair in this colour! Closer home, Sridevi and Bipasha Basu went head to toe in a deeper shade of orchid and even Bollywood machos Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan weren’t afraid to wear this striking colour.

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Designers Swapnil Shinde, Krishna Mehta, Max Mara and DKNY also used this colour in different variations in their Spring Summer ’14 collections. Talk about being right on trend!

And now that radiant orchid is the color of the year, we are going to be seeing a lot more of it! So here are a few tips on how to wear this colour:

  • It is a very saturated colour, so you can use it as an accent with accessories like statement heels or a cute bag, like Jessica Alba, who carried a tote in the colour.
  • It is also great for colour blocking; combine it with other brights like orange, lemon or teal or neutrals like camel and grey. Make note of the dress Ms Alba wore! Keep the silhouette clean and the look accessory less.
  • Orchid really pops in a print, especially on a darker background. We predict more dark florals in orchid this year!
  • Let orchid give a fresh look to your make up. Try it in an eye shadow or nail polish, and if you are feeling bold, wear an orchid hued lippie, as seen in Prabal Gurung’s Spring Summer 2014 show.
  • It is easy for colour shy guys to try, as it is not as feminine as a baby pink or peach. Wear softer tones in formal shirts, and brighter ones in a t-shirt or sweater and you can always layer it with something in a more traditionally masculine shade. Still not convinced? Start with accessories like sunglasses or a cap.

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So go ahead and stock up on the colour of the year!

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