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Sizzling swimwear

WITH THE WINTER clothes now safely tucked away into the deepest corner of your wardrobes, it’s time to show off that nicely bronzed skin. What better way to do that than to slip into your sexy, sizzling swimwear and make merry while the sun shines.

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Celebrities abroad have often dropped their inhibitions and their clothes while taking a plunge in the deep azure of the high seas. Miranda Kerr showed off her perfect 10 figure in her printed bikini. Cara Delevingne took a break from her cheeky posing to the shutterbugs to enjoy some downtime in a monochromatic two-piece. Rock chick Rihanna took a daring plunge (literally!) in her blue one-piece with thread details on the back.

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The runways for Spring Summer and Summer Resort were dotted with some of the hottest swimwear of this season. It was a riot of colours with Aqua Bandita’s bikinis complemented by billowing sheer wraps while Michael Kors showed cutesy prints on the label’s two-pieces. Nicolita had a tribal inspiration for their bandeaux top-high-waist bottom two-pieces. Paul and Joe’s halter-neck monokinis were accompanied by trench coat-styled cover-ups in lighter fabrics. Chloe borrowed nautical inspirations for the label’s line of swimwear.

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The Indian ramps too saw a mix of designs meant for the tropical climes with designers like Asmita Marwa and Suman Nathwani ruling the runways with their creations. While Suman’s pieces were a loud pop of colour on the stark white runway, Asmita’s neutral shades were complemented with sheer covers in gossamer fabrics.

Wearing a swimsuit in public is no mean feat. For those who are proud owners of washboard-flat abs, slip into a sexy two-piece. If you have a slight paunch, opt for a one-piece or a tankini. Also remember to wrap your lustrous mane into a swimming cap. Now, who would want post-swim limp hair from all the chlorine in the pool? If you love to experiment with your style, go for swimsuits with surface ornamentation to see you through all your summer blues. Don’t forget to step into the sunshine armed with enough SPF coverage and go enjoy a healthy tan.

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Man of the moment: Marc Jacobs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Metallic Heels

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NO MATTER HOW sober your style is, you cannot shy away from the metallic heel trend. Metallic accents are not only trending in footwear, it is also in rage in the accessory, jewellery and the bag industry also. From high-shine silver to glistening gold, metallic footwear is the most irresistible thing right now.
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Not that metallic sandals were not there on the fashion landscape earlier but design houses of Alexander Wang, Christian Dior and Raf Simons are some of the designers that have given a fresh take on this trend in the form of shapes (pointy and sleek) and texture. From high street to parties, everyone is working this glam-chic trend in their own way.

 

Giving us style inspirations are our celebs. Everyone from Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Freida Pinto, Emma Watson and Kim Kardashian has been spotted wearing high-shine metallic heels.

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prdtAs we said metallic heels are not only restricted for evenings. They can also be included in day wear. Here’s how you can incorporate this trend in your everyday style.

It all lies in the way you style your metallic pair. If you plan to wear it during the day, make sure your outfit is not too loud. Wear muted tones with metallic heels to let the shine pop in an understated way.

Wear metallic heels with similar shade in non-metallic hues. Picture an all-white ensemble paired with silver toned pumps or a beige dress teamed with gold thong sandals. It will not only make the look chicer but dressier too.

Pointy or curved, at least one pair of metallic heels deserve to take space in your closet. Get your own pair today.

Wearable art

DO YOU THINK fashion is art? If not, think again because runways world over are being inspired by art in all it’s hypnotising forms. Pop art has been popularly seen on clothes but say hello to garments imprinted with art forms inspired by muralists, graffiti, abstract art and of course pop art.
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From Lady Gaga to Ciara celebrities are not shying away from this trend. Danielle Lineker looked super chic is her piano printed dress. Whether they wear art as fashion to red carpet events or just casually there is no stopping these A-listers.
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Prada‘s 2014 collection was loud and worthy of being in an art museum, while Chanel turned their clothes into palettes. Celine showed us how clothes can be an abstract piece of art while Christopher Kane’s modern art on fabric made the entire line come alive. Prabal Gurung and Jil Sanders have also let pop art inspire their collections. Dolce & Gabbana and MSGM‘s strong use of art will surely make heads turn while Aquiliano Rimondi used sultry pictures of Gauguins Tahitian women on the garments.
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Whether you are an art junkie or not, this is one trend that gets my vote with ease. Test the waters by wearing art-inspired leggings or dive right in with dresses that are gallery-worthy. Go casual with a pop art tee and jeans paired with colourful footwear, heels for the glam doll and ballet flats for the dainty yet casual girl. You could always let kitsch loafers to complete your look. Party the night away in a heavily printed dress accentuated with some pop accessories. We definitely think fashion is art, so let your imagination colour your clothes.

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10 key pieces in the autumn winter wardrobe

 

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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.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.


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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.