Footwear

Loving loafers

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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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While clothes make the show, sometimes it is accessories that steal it. We saw a plethora of accessories, some classic and some avant-garde, at Wills India Fashion Week – Autumn Winter 2014. Here’s a quick breakdown on the pieces that are going to be hot sellers next winter.

Footwear

footwearMove over stilettos, it’s time for flats in endless varieties. There were modified juttis with mesh details and straps at Tarun Tahiliani and wool and raffia woven flats at Paromita Banerjee that complemented their Indian silhouettes and weaves respectively. And for the sporty ones, Kallol Dutta presented his signature silhouettes with matching sneakers. Anand Bhushan’s spiked boots and Rimzim Dadu’s woven flatform shoes also caught our attention. As clothes on the runway are becoming easier and relaxed every season, it is no surprise that shoes are taking the same direction while making their own statements.
Headgear

head-gearWhile hairstyles play an important part in the overall look of an ensemble, designers are exploring newer ways to add to the mood of their collections, and this time we saw innovative headgears take that role. Hairbands have made a permanent home at fashion weeks, in ornate forms – whether Tarun Tahiliani’s embellished black and gold ones, or parandi inspired tassled pieces at Pratima Pandey, beaded ones at Dev r Nil and minimal bands at Masaba for Satya Paul. And if you’re not into hairbands, Payal Pratap’s Orient inspired golden bun pins are just the thing for you.
Jewellery

JwlryLike a cherry on the cake, jewellery adds that perfect finishing touch to a garment and the runways saw a variety of adornments this season. Anupama Dayal, who is as known for her clothes as she is for her jewellery sent her ‘Kama’ models down the runway in pearl and gold matha pattis and folksy necklaces that epitomised feminine beauty. Raakesh Agarvwal’s bondage inspired chain linked cuffs and collars, on the other hand showed the dominatrix side of a woman. Anand Bhushan’s silver DNA earrings, Gaurav Jai Gupta’s terracotta necklaces and Myoho’s cloth bangles were among those that stood out.
Bags

bagsThe sports luxe trend has influenced bags too; backpacks showed up on the runways of Abraham & Thakore, Masaba for Satya Paul and Sanchita, the latter who also used faux fur on slouchy clutches. On the contrary, minaudieres and box clutches are still going strong, as seen at Nikasha and Shantanu & Nikhil’s shows. What caught our attention were the button embellished bags at Dev r Nil.

Not mere etceteras, accessories are covetable pieces that can drastically change the character of a look, so we would suggest spending some time on choosing the right ones and getting the look you desire.

An affair to remember

five days, ninety eight designers and hundreds of breathtaking creations – what a charged up week that was! Style Mynt sat through each and every show, resolving to get you the best of Summer Resort fashion. Happy shopping, then.

Colours

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Pastels have been ruling international runways and with the sizzling hot tropical summers our country has, it was no surprise that every other designer made plenty use of them in their collections. Cool mint green, powder blue, soft peaches and pinks and creamy yellow are what will be soothing our eyes this summer.

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Contrasting with the chalky pastels was surprisingly a colour that is associated with winter – black. Whether in sheers, solids, prints or metallic, black is one classic that proved itself to be seasonless. Pastels or brights, colours were used extensively in solids contrasting and coordinating with each other. Colour blocking is one trend that we never seem to be having enough of.

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Silhouettes

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LFW saw our favourite garment, the saree, being given new looks with innovative draping, pre-stitched styles and layered with tunics and jackets. Layering also showed up in the form of waistcoats, paired with everything from dresses to sarees.

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This summer, waistcoats will help you add interesting twists to plain outfits without breaking a sweat (literally!). Summer layers were light and relaxed and many designers paired long tunics and kurtas with loose pants for an airy and comfortable silhouette.

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Two of the major trends from last year, the crop top and the high-low hemline, are going strong this time around too. The high low though, got an update with a sharp step, instead of a gradual slope.

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Surface

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Another typically winter look showed up at LFW with metallic effects in the form of embellishments and fabric finishes. We will thank this trend when we have sultry summer evening social dos to go to. Sheers are strong this year too; pair them with metallics to create a brand new look.

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Florals are a staple every summer, and this time they are bigger, bolder and even three dimensional. No longer dainty, even men can wear florals boldly, as seen at the opening show by Manish Malhotra.

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Apart from florals, digital abstracts, collage prints and loud statement logos made their presence felt on the runway. Big, number prints gave a nod to the sports luxe trend that continues from last year.

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Hair and Make up

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It was the season of contrasts at the Fashion Week; from soft, side-parted hair left loose, to hair worn in high puffs and buns on top of the head and from a fresh, natural look in most of the shows to dramatic make up in Gaurav Gupta and Anju Modi’s shows.

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Hair also got a dressed up look with bands and jewellery; and we are sure they will come in handy as the heat and humidity kick in.

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Summer woes didn’t seem to show on the men, who walked in with stubbles and beards, raising temperatures on the runway. As long you don’t take it as an excuse to be lazy, a scruffy stubble is welcome.

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Accessories

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While high heels rule the catwalk as models go about sashaying down, what stood out this time, were the colourful and sporty brogues in leather and canvas. Call it the sports luxe influence or just another fad; we love it when fashion gets practical. Speaking of which, the portfolio clutches and bags were a welcome change from tiny minaudieres that have made dime a dozen appearances last few seasons.

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Round sunglasses made a comeback, giving the summery outfits a fun vibe. They will be the perfect accessory for all you bohemians at heart.

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The real statement this fashion week though, was made through jewellery, as designers like Mawi, Mrinalini Chandra and many more presented their collections, each distinct from the other, and as stunning as the rest. Unusual shapes and motifs, innovative material and worn in the most interesting ways – jewellery has never been this inspiring.

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With this plethora of fresh silhouettes, prints and colours and interesting styling and accessorising, we can guarantee that this summer is going to be exciting.

IMAGE CREDITS: Lakme Fashion Week

Shirt up with Rajesh Pratap Singh

 

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a glittering evening it was, reserved for the very last and the very best. The ambience was magical, with hundreds of burning candles lighting up the night. The air was thick with the scents of summer flowers, and towering mirrors on the stage compounding the glimmer of the candles. The finale belonged to Rajesh Pratap Singh, in every sense, the designer mesmerising his audience with his renditions of the basic shirt and its many avatars. In what was a fantastic stage direction by Lubna Adams, the play of light and shadow enhanced the beauty of Rajesh’s designs, the gossamer fabrics casting a spell with every move. The lawns provided the perfect canvas for the artiste to paint his pretty picture and Rajesh did so with aplomb.

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Showstopper: As is the norm, the brand ambassador for Lakme, Kareena Kapoor took to the ramp in a beautifully crafted full-length coat dress, her every step followed by the watchful gaze of close friend and designer, Manish Malhotra from the front row. Bebo was accompanied by the likes of Alecia Raut, Kanishtha Dhanker, Siddharth Rawal who paraded some of Rajesh’s creations for the day and night.

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What we loved: Classic separates and extremely wearables designs are what Rajesh’s forte is. Staying true to the spirit of the quintessential white shirt, the designer sent out a mix of pristine whites, followed by sorbet hues for the summer that preceded darker hues for the night. So there were plenty of sheer buttercup yellows, apple greens and salmon orange that gave way to thicker black fabric with metal disc worked into the structure of the material. A mix of well-cut blazers for men and women, sports luxe jacket, front-zippered boxy dresses, suits and belted shirt dresses made up the essence of Rajesh’s collection this season. His skirts had neat knife pleats, necklines accentuated into cowls, dresses with bare backs, culottes grazing the shins with attention to detail in every garment. The footwear sported by the models deserve a special mention with their plexiglass heels complementing arm candy sculpted out of the same material.

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Music mania:  A fast rendition of Daughter’s Get Lucky seems to be a favourite with designers as models matched their step to the thumping beats of the track. Susheela Raman’s Like A Rolling Stone followed by Yeasayer’s Sunrise kept the momentum going. Each track resonated with the energy that was palpable in the designer’s clothes.

Pick of the day: The drama exuded from every inch of the stage, the set direction as glamorous as Rajesh’s clothes. Driving the point home about the versatility of the designer’s shirts was an ensemble that had two button-downs layered over each other, breaking the fall of the fabric by a belt cinched at the waist. For those looking for easy summer layering, take cue.

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Inspired by: The magical effect created by a series of twin mirror sets arranged on the ramp had the designer’s theme of an ‘Illusion’ leap out at the audience. The day and night contrast was pronounced, soft summer pastel sheers replaced by glam shine lame as the show progressed.

Hair and make up: The women had their hair fashioned into a crop with make up expert Clint Fernandes wielding his magic wand with his brush. Without going over the top while complementing the resplendence of the setting, the eyes were kept dark while adding a dollop of shine to the apples of the cheeks.

Parting shots: Presenting the endless possibilities of romancing a button-down shirt, Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection stayed true to the spirit of his imagination.

Colour Me Silly: Holi Gets Fashionable

create a splash this spring not just with colours but with your wardrobe too. Holi gives us an excuse to let our inner child out while we party it up, but it doesn’t mean you let your style take a back seat. Clothes are a very important part of every Indian festival, so this Holi make sure you look fabulous with some hot looks from Style Mynt.

Look 1: Holy Holi

The Holi Pooja usually takes place on the eve of the festival or on the day itself. This is a ceremony to dress up for and wearing new clothes is usually a must. Ethnic clothes are most appropriate but remember not to go overboard with the bling. Whether you wear an Anarkali or a fitted salwar suit, dress it up with drop earrings, some pretty bangles and moderately high heels to complete your look. The boys can go for a silk kurta pyjama set or even an embroidered kurta over jeans with classy leather sandals.

Look 2: Colour me pretty

This is when the real party begins; playing with colours is fun but also needs you to get down and dirty. Dress the part and you will have a blast! White is often the first choice of clothing so that all the colours ‘pop’ once they are on you. However pastels like yellow, blush, powder blue and mint are also good options. If you feel like standing out in the crowd a vibrant hue would be the best. Girls can choose from simple salwar suits, tees and tanks paired with shorts or pants. The boys can wear kurtas, tees and jeans. Remember to wear clothes you are prepared to bid goodbye to, as the colours sometimes refuse to wash off.

Look 3: Holi Party

Playing Holi is not really everyone’s cup of tea, a lot of people host parties where you don’t necessarily have to participate but can just relax while you socialise and indulge in some delicious delicacies. Again, ethnic clothes are most ideal for Holi parties all though this time you can dress up more than you would for the Pooja. We are talking silk, shimmer, contemporary twists to traditional Indian wear, jewellery to adorn and footwear that will make heads turn. Perfect :)

Men can wear party shirts and trousers as an alternative to Indian attire, but most appropriate for the ladies would be a salwar suit or a saree.

So no matter how you are celebrating this festival of colours, make heads turn wherever you go. Happy Holi!