Oh Ombre!

WATERY COLOURS MERGING into each other for a soft and dreamy effect – ombre is what we are crushing on this summer. The lovely Aditi Rao Hydari wears it to perfection with pink and purple palazzo pants by Nachiket Barve, who is known for using ombre extensively.


The watercolour like effect of ombre shading reminds us of crushed ice candies and that’s what makes it perfect to chill out in the scorching summer heat.


Ombre is not limited to women’s fashion; men can wear it too. Your basic t-shirt gets a new look when it has an ombre shading, and is sure to make you stand out as you step out for some weekend fun.


IPL catches fashion fever

IT IS IPL time again, and we know what that means – a month and half of cricket fever taking over every topic of discussion, an extra tab on your internet browser for live updates and cable bills being paid on time.

creative-2_celebsSome of us will go to the stadium to feel the excitement, while others will stay home to cheer for their favourite teams. Whichever way you choose to watch the matches, it is always more fun when you dress for the occasion.


Even the hottest Bollywood celebs wear their team colours, so get inspired and get your own IPL gear in place. While you can always wear your team jersey, you can also pick up a sporty polo tee in the colour of the team you are rooting for. Your trusted, much-worn jeans, a pair of comfy sneakers and a cool watch are all you need to go with it.

Girls, you can balance the boyish shape of the polo tee with a cute pair of shorts in a contrasting colour. A pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun and the arch lights while adding a touch of style to your casual outfit.


So grab the popcorn and yell out loud, for we’ve caught the IPL fever!


What’s looking good: Coloured bottoms

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IT’S HIP HIP hurray to bottoms this summer. Be prepared to adore the coloured chinos, denims and trousers. Comfortable yet stylish, these bottoms are going to add dollops of style to your boring top. No more worrying about what to wear for a fun casual day out. Coloured bottoms are here to stay. Refer to our Look Good feature to know more. Click on


Chambray Chic

WITH THE DOUBLE denim trend still going strong, how can chambray be left behind? For those of you not so well versed with fashion terminologies, chambray is a cotton fabric with half its yarns white and half coloured, usually blue, that gives it a double shaded effect. While this lightweight fabric is usually a staple for men’s shirts, it also lends itself well to women’s tops and dresses.


This simple fabric has been spotted on the most glamorous celebs, proving itself as a must-have material for summer. Blue chambray shirts are a classic, as seen on Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Timberlake and Imran Khan, the latter who wore it under a casual blazer. Katie Holmes and Anne Hathaway wore cool summer dresses in chambray, while Deepika Padukone glammed it up in a cut out style shirt paired with a pencil skirt.


Sweet summer chambray was also presented by Louis Vuitton, Elizabeth and James, Paul Smith and J.Crew in their summer and resort collections.


There are many ways to wear chambray. While tops and shirts are the most obvious ones, try out a shirt dress and pair it with neutral coloured accessories. Men can try chambray kurtas for a change and pair them with linen trousers and leather sandals for that elegant, casual look.

But to use chambray to its full potential, replace your thick denims with relaxed fit trousers and shorts. We guarantee it will be your saviour during the heat wave. Pair your chambray bottoms with a simple white shirt for the classic look or a bright coloured tee when you are in a fun mood.

To stay cool under the scorching sun, comfy chambray is what you need this summer.


Wear your birds and bees

COME SPRING and fashion seeks inspiration from the buzzing bees, the chirping birds, the colourful butterflies and many more of nature’s beautiful creations. The bird and insect patterns are not only dominant in clothing this season, but also form a vivid inspiration for accessories.


The runways have come alive with prints, patterns and elements drawing inspirations from the world of birds and insects. While LavinZuhair Murad  and  Missoni were the biggest patrons of the trend in the current season internationally, Indian designers like Dev R Nil, Anavila, Raven and Rose and Little Shilpa used birds and insect patterns in their latest collections.

Lavin’s winged insect appliqués and embroideries, Missoni’s bird motif and Zuhair Murad’s custom guipure lace patterns depicting wing shapes of butterflies and dragonflies offer some extremely creative usage of the bird and insect patterns in clothes.

At home, the work of Dev R Nil saw an extensive use of the swan print and Anavila linen sarees were decorated with dragonflies. Raven and Rose used the colourful peacock plume motif to the fullest and Little Shilpa stuck to extensive use of feathers in accessories and ensembles.


The Bollywood and Hollywood stars also seem to be using the birds and insect inspired clothes and accessories to soar on style and glamour. While Freida sported a butterfly brooch on her red suit, Beyonce cut a pretty picture wearing a gown with purple plume fringes. The royal relatives also cannot seem to look past the beauty of birds. The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton’s sister Pippa is sure a big fan of feathers as suggested by the pretty plumes on her fascinator.

In the Bollywood scene, Bipasha sported bird prints recently at a promotion while Ileana dug the pelican motif. Sonam oozed glam in a bird wing inspired ear cuff teamed with a black Elie Saab gown at an awards show.

A tip to wear the bird and insect inspired clothes and accessories right is to let them be the hero piece in your look. Keep it simple and let it speak for itself. Do not overcrowd your look with other prints or loud colours, lest the appeal of Nature’s muses is lost in a clutter.

IMAGE CREDIT:,, Will’s Lifestyle, Lakme Fashion Week,,