Beauty & Health

Model Dairies – Pia Trivedi

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A ramp regular, Pia Trivedi towers over most of her contemporaries. The model-turned-actress is known for her statuesque frame and her strong presence on the ramp. The top model walked for designer Gaurav Gupta at the just-concluded Lakme Fashion Week. Pia shares the secrets of her beautiful life with Style Mynt.
Routine: “You will find me in comfy casuals when I am not working.”
Love to wear: “I have a thing for peplum silhouettes. I can’t have enough of this trend”
In between shows: “Instagram takes most of my time. I also try to reply to mails whenever I get free time.”
Will not wear: “I will not wear crop tops but I like the trend on other people”

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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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Bollywood Fridays – Dedh Ishqiya

poster-creative_1it’s Friday again and this week, Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya is all set to hit the box office. And we surely cannot wait to watch this one! The gorgeous Madhuri Dixit makes her second comeback through this film and what else can be better than watching her in a Vishal Bhardwaj film? As the name suggests, Dedh Ishqiya promises to be more dramatic than its prequel. Apart from the versatile Naseeruddin Shah and the super talented Arshad Warsi, there’s Huma Qureshi joining the Ishqiya gang. Well, we are all going for it! But for now, here’s taking a quick look at what the film’s protagonists are wearing and how you can shop these looks from us.  

The talented costume designer Payal Saluja, a Vishal Bhardwaj staple, is behind the styling and costume design for Dedh Ishqiya. A quick chat with her revealed the looks of the lead characters in the film.

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Madhuri Dixit as Para

Plays: A widowed begum of Mahmudabad.

Wears: Shararas, Anarkali suits and lehengas with kurti instead of choli. The embroidery includes baadla, chikankari and mukesh work.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work and jhoomar

Footwear: V shaped tilla shoes with slight heel

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Huma Qureshi as Muniya

Plays: An Indian girl with a bold cosmopolitan attitude.

Wears: Salwar suits inspired by Lakhnavi and Avadhi culture focusing on Nazaqat and Nafaqat (Refinement and delicacy). The look is a blend of Ishqiya’s roughness and Dedh Ishqiya’s surreal theme.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work

Footwear: Tilla chappal

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Arshad Warsi as Babban

Plays: A criminal who has conned a jewellery shop owner.

Wears: Achkans and kurtas with Lakhnavi inspiration

Footwear: Combat boots and leather sandals

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

Trends 2013 – through the rear view mirror

as the year draws to a close today, we look back at the multitude of trends we saw – some that were going strong since the previous year, some rehashed from decades ago and some brand new.
Which ones were expected? Which ones were overdone? What would we want to see the next year too? Here’s a look at what we think were the key influences on the trends of 2013.

Classic Ladylike
Midis and pencil skirts, peplums and pussybows and loads of lace – the uber feminine and most elegant styles reigned, and how! Such was the charm of this trend that even the most tomboyish girls couldn’t resist trying something from this style. A new silhouette, the high-low hemline emerged as the winner, and was seen on everything from tops, dresses, skirts and even kurtas. We haven’t had enough of the high-low just yet, so bring on some more, 2014!

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Old World Opulence
While Baroque was going strong since 2012, it was the one grand motion picture, the Great Gatsby, which turned the course of fashion towards the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Gold and more gold, along with geometric shapes and a return of velvet in the second half of the year, gave us all the grandeur we could ask for.

Skin Show
What a year it was for innovative ways of showing off skin! And we don’t mind one bit! Crop tops returned from the 90s and took over street style (also perhaps increasing the number of gym memberships this year). The red carpet also saw a lot of action, with the thigh high slit and strategically placed sheer panels reaching new levels of daring.

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The most mundane objects imaginable were turned into curious motifs for prints and accessories, the moustache being most popular among the lot. And for those who just couldn’t get enough, the print on print trend happily obliged. Whether clashing or co-ordinated, prints were worn top to bottom and we got to experiment with combinations we never thought could work!

Military, Grunge and Punk
While the Met Ball of 2013 was dedicated to 90’s Punk, along came the grunge and military styles for those who wanted something rugged and edgy. Camouflage prints, combat boots, double denim and studs on every possible thing; anti fashion became sought after and polished. We especially loved the ear cuff worn on one ear – way to be rebellious and stylish at the same time!

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Androgyny
This was also the year of amazing contrasts. With the uber feminine trend, androgyny also emerged as a strong look. Brogues and smoking slippers were quick ways to get a bit of menswear inspired fashion, and borrowing from the boys almost became a norm. The minimalism of androgyny also gave respite from the sensory overload of prints and textures that were all around.

Sports Luxe
Perhaps one of the biggest new trends to emerge this year, Sports Luxe was a fresh and much more stylish take on sportswear inspired fashion. Who would have thought sweatshirts would be statement making and rubber watches would be cool again? This year also saw a new invention – the wedge sneaker that combined comfort and style, the essence of Sports Luxe. And that’s why we don’t want this trend to end!

So there it is, this year’s trends, and what a stylish year it was! Tell us in the comments section, which were your favourites and which ones you would want to bid adieu to with 2013.
Wishing all of you a fun, fashion filled 2014!

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Abstract prints and Kaftans draw the curtains on IRFW

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PRINTS AND TEXTURES: Buildings and landscapes of faraway lands at Sounia Gohil, florals and stripes with a fair bit of abstracts thrown in. Rocky S went the abstract way with metallic detailing and a bit of shimmer on the yoke preceded giant florals and  some more abstracts at Turquoise & Gold. 

COLOURS: Gorgeous blues with whites and hints of mauve and orange for that cool holiday vibe, sky blue and orange met purple and brown. An off white and bark brown story gave way to spunky oranges and gunmental, greys, dull gold and silver. At Turquoise & Gold, there was a gorgeous orange and cobalt blue story with shots of purple, muted greens and greys.

SILHOUETTES: Cropped tops with flowy skirts and dangerously high slits on skirts and maxi dresses, the  silhouettes married fit with flow effectively at Sounia Gohil. Everything from breezy palazzos to short skirts and one shoulder maxi dresses at Babita Malkani. Easy jumpsuits and maxi dresses glammed up with a hint of glitter, drawstring kaftans and short dresses with keyhole detail, glamorous maillots followed by baby doll dresses at Rocky S. Maillots were back at Turquoise & Gold along with bikinis, Kaftans and cropped blouses.

ACCESSORIES: Chunky plastic bangles and printed canvas tote bags with sunglasses (Sounia), crochet and thread bangles paired with kerchiefs around the neck and thread neckpieces and ultra glam golden heels, T bar silver flat sandals, beaten silver and golden hoops and neckpieces in breathtaking spiral designs.

HAIR AND MAKE UP: Glossy mouth with middle parted hair with hippie braid at Sounia and Babita Malkani. Nude make up with blow dried hair with slight crimping at Rocky S.  Skin illuminating matte red mouth with hair in middle parting and pinned back at Turquoise & Gold.

FRONT ROW GLITZ: Sushmita Sen in an Alexander Mc Queen for Rocky S.

TRENDS WE HEART:

  • The coming season will also belong to florals, just like the season gone by. But this time, they would be bolder, bigger (as seen at Turquoise & Gold). If you are on the heavier side, we would advise you to miss them; else, please say hello to the giant floral print!
  • A matte red mouth (Turquoise & Gold) instantly brightens up one’s complexion, while keeping things real and not too dramatic. This is your colour, if you are bored of the poppy pink already.
  • While putting your resort wear wardrobe together, you just can’t look beyond the Kaftan. It hides cellulite, looks good on any frame and completes your wardrobe as it’s not just restricted to resort wear.
  • The abstract print is the biggest thing in prints right now, if what we saw on the ramp is anything to go by. Why abstracts? Because it keeps the mystery alive, and who would mind a bit of mystery in her look?