Man of the moment: Marc Jacobs


AS ONE OF the hottest names to reckon with on the global fashion map, Marc Jacobs turns 51 today, Style Mynt wishes him a fabulous birthday and looks back at some of his inspirations and most iconic designs.

Jacobs went on from being a geek to being one of the biggest designers in the industry, heading design houses and running his eponymous label. Apart from creating designs that would be etched in our memories if not our closets forever, the designer has undergone quite a transformation himself.


The designer is known for being a chameleon when it comes to style. From obsessing over a theme or particular trend one season to completely abandoning it the next, he has been a grand influence in the fashion world. Known for his bags, he will always be known for revolutionising Louis Vuitton bags. Jacobs has moved on from the design house and now makes accessories, kids wear, menswear, footwear and bags and owns two labels, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs.


If you are looking for casual wear that is dripping chic yet not overdone in anyway, Jacobs is your man. From layers to stripes and volume to grunge there isn’t a stone left unturned. Reinventing classics is his specialty. He has collections that are extravagant and are meant just for the runways and others that are perfect for your closet. From collections that are sublime and soft to over-the-top bold, this designer surely knows how to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

We have rounded up some styles that are reminiscent of Marc Jacobs’ designs and should definitely be a part of your wardrobe.




Loving loafers

YOUR OUTFIT DOESN’T have to be perfectly coordinated to make a statement. Setting a perfect example of this new trend is our very own John Abraham. The actor picked muted tones and put them all in one single outfit. Notice the simple loafers that John teamed with this ensemble. You can also replace those boring lace-up formal shoes with easy-to-wear loafers. So boys, this sure is a great inspiration for everyday styling.

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10 key pieces in the autumn winter wardrobe



Dress by Aneeth Arora —- Whether be it in wool or in its warm and fuzzy cousins, Aneeth’s dresses are to die for. Though limited to a colour palette of red, blue and grey, her silhouettes held endless possibilities of winter layering.


Flatforms by Rimzim Dadu —-They may not suit the taste palettes of every fashion enthusiast but there is no denying the quirky appeal of the very versatile flatform. While it was mostly flat footwear that ruled the runway this season, flatforms added a dose of glam to the trend.


Leather jacket by Arjun Saluja — The leather jacket, over the years, has seen as many transformations as any other fashion garment. Arjun lent the humble jacket his own touch with interesting zip detailing and out-of-the-box silhouettes. A must-have for every rock chick out there.


Ikat pieces by Anita Dongre — Channeling timeless elegance and superb craftsmanship, Anita’s Ikat woven garments were clear winners. If you are a connoisseur of arts and crafts and have a finger on the fashion pulse, this is one investment you must make this season.


Draped piece by Tarun Tahiliani —- The seasoned designer creates drapes like no one else does. Tarun did an outstanding job of designing for the opening show of WIFW with every of his draped garment on our must-lust list. With classic Indian silhouettes peppered with a dash of contemporary, his draped creations will be a safe investment for your wardrobe.


Tap print saree by Masaba for Satya Paul —- Last year’s motley assembly of her signature prints (including the fan print) gave way to the ubiquitous tap this season. Those in love with quirky prints, look no further.


Vintage gown by Shantanu and Nikhil —- According to the designer duo, the several years spent living away from the Indian shores has helped them develop their signature style. No wonder that their exquisitely crafted patio-length gowns had plenty of Victorian elements woven into them along with a very vintage feel.

Tussar silk trench coat by Abraham and Thakore — Understated sophistication was the buzzword for the designer duo’s collection that saw the unique marriage of environment-friendly tussar silk with contemporary cuts and silhouettes. Perfect for the modern Indian woman on the go.


Blood splash print dress by Kallol Dutta —- And if opting for the edgy look is your style, Kallol’s designs served as an antithesis of everything that is beautiful when played by the book of rules.


Shift dress by Pankaj and Nidhi —– Known for perhaps doing the best shift dresses in the industry, Pankaj and Nidhi’s eye for detailing is unparalleled. Their garments exude a structured and a clean look with superb craftsmanship that deserves a round of applause.


Summer black

SAYING BLACK IS classic would be the understatement of the century, especially now since it’s one of the hottest shades this spring/summer 2014. If you thought black was only for the evenings or winter months, think again; there are limitless ways to work this colour when the sun is out. The best thing about this trend, it can be seamlessly carried over to winter as well.


Whether you are stepping out to meet your girlfriends for some iced tea or are headed for a fancy do, you can wear black. Shruti Hassan looked super sophisticated in her solid black halter gown while Charlize Theron’s black shorts and tee was classy yet casual. Margot Robbie sizzled in a black maxi that turned heads. Kate Beckinsale looks uber-stylish in a black jacket and trousers while Selena Gomez worked the soft-Goth look perfectly.


Runways of designer’s from Diesel to Ellie Saab saw black used in their own signature styles. From Saab’s super feminine lace, shimmer and strategically transparent collection to Diesels massive reflective sequins and studs on all black ensembles there is no escaping this trend. Men’s collections saw a lot of black too; Alexander Wang’s black tees and shorts are summer-casual yet trendy. Ralph Lauren’s clean cut dresses in black are great for those who like to dress more on the conventional side.




Feel like getting in on this trend but are not sure how? Black can make you look quite hot, literally. So be sure to wear cuts that are loose and let your skin breathe. Airy maxis, strappy dresses, loose shirts and shorts are all great picks. Strappy sandals in black are great to pair with most of these options.

So bare your shoulders or sport a slinky back dress, sheer panels, linen, cotton and jersey are all great choices for black fabrics. There are very few wrongs in life, so take your chances with black this season, just make sure you keep it breezy with the cuts and fabrics.



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The young and the restless


with veteran designers at the Wills India Fashion Week rolling out their creations season after season, the arc lights have shifted to younger yet immensely talented designers, who are taking the Indian fashion industry by storm. With a healthy presence of international buyers and fashion forward folk at the event, no wonder in terms of business the national capital leads from the front.


‘Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna

‘Myoho’, a label founded by Kiran Jaisinghani and Meghna Agarwal presented Indian handlooms in relaxed, contemporary silhouettes. Long tunics and kurtas layered over loose pants in deep reds and black had touches of interesting draping, and stringed feet and cloth bangles added to the monastic yet feminine look.


Prama by Pratima Pandey

Romance was in the air, with French and Hindi renditions of ‘La vie en rose’ that played as models walked down in floral prints and embroideries, dots and circles, layered over each other, in kurtas for women and tailored suits for men. A clean palette of black, white and red echoed the feeling of a Parisian love affair.


Vaishali S

Vaishali’s strength has been Indian textiles, and today she gave us light and ethereal, yet very wearable clothes that had fine workmanship in pleating and weaves. Crochet detailing added more textural interest to the monochrome collection that had touches of pale yellow and navy in sheer layers for an interesting play of light and shadows.

While Myoho, Prama and Vaishali S are all about easy wearability, another crop of designers are pushing the envelope with their out of the box silhouettes, textures and strong statements.



Rimzim Dadu

Can delicate chiffon and tough leather ever work together? In Rimzim Dadu’s village, they can, and oh, how beautifully! Stripped apart, corded and then put together, chiffon found a new form that was at par with the structure of leather, perfect for the interesting silhouettes. Woven flatform shoes echoed the intricate texture of the garments, while giving them a fresh, sporty touch.


Kallol Dutta

Tyre tracks and blood splatter prints intensified the sombre mood at Kallol Dutta’s show. The maverick designer doesn’t play by the rules. Unusual, billowing silhouettes that mystify the shape of the body, find takers among those with a fearless, artsy bent of mind. If you want to break away from conventional rules of fashion, Kallol is your best friend.


Anand Bhushan

Unearthing the glossy layers of ‘plastic people’ to reveal their core, down to the basics of DNA and atomic structures and exposing them by bringing them out to the surface – Anand Bhushan’s ‘Broken’ was true to his signature style of 3D textures and unconventional aesthetics. Cracked mirror textures gave out a strong message, while being visually pleasing in their own special way.

In a fast changing world of fashion, it takes a combination of talent and grit to break through the crowd and make a mark in this cluttered, chaotic, colourful world. These young guns are an inspiration to aspiring designers and the ones to watch evolve in the years to come.