nd it’s that time of the year again for the hottest fashion event south of the Vindhyas when the country’s swish set heads to Mumbai for the Lakme Fashion Week. While many argue that Delhi takes the crown when it comes to showcasing some of the best collections from domestic couturiers, Mumbai definitely takes the cake for its eclectic mix of style, quirky fashion and perhaps the best turnout by social butterflies and fashion highbrows alike.
From some of the best names in Indian fashion — Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahliani, Anita Dongre and Neeta Lulla, all geared to show their latest at Mumbai, the five-day fashion riot will also see a gamut of highly-qualified make-up artistes and hairstylists wield their magic wand. A melting pot of creative ideas, fabulous fashion and unparalleled style, we are as excited as you to catch the latest that LFW will showcase for Summer Resort 2014. The Week kicks off on Wednesday, March 12 and ends in a flourish on Sunday, March 16.
Style Mynt raids ateliers and studios to bring you a preview of what’s to come over the next six days. Catch the latest action to unravel on the ramps as we guide you through the best designs of this season.
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ow you see me, now you don’t. That’s exactly how the mesh trend can add allure to your overall persona. Layer it up on windy days and dare to bare when it’s bright and sunny. There’s so much you could do with mesh.
Designers have gone full-throttle in experimenting with this trend with various shapes, cuts and textures. From mesh over-sized shirts to embellished mesh skirts, the Spring/Summer 2014 runways have been a sheer delight. Vera Wang’s intricate mesh tunic with pants was in contrast to the straightforward mesh top by Elizabeth & James. Christian Dior, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim and Alexander Wang also sent out models dressed in luxurious swatches of mesh.
International celebrities seem to push the envelope while adopting mesh into their wardrobes. While A-listers like Kim Kardashian showed off her innerwear through her mesh attire, others like Taylor Swift kept it elegant . Fashion forwards like Natalie Dormer and Katy Perry too have played around with mesh to suit their personalities. Back home, stars like Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut have also experimented their looks with mesh ensembles.
For the girl on the go, mesh fabrics can be extremely versatile. Just the thickness of the mesh can say lots about your style. While micro-mesh is utterly feminine, athletic mesh gives a sporty finish. A slouchy mesh top will look great with jeans or with faux leather pants. But for a more formal or dressy event, intricately patterned mesh will seal the deal. If showing off to much skin is not your thing, opt for layering. Wear a neon camisole under a mesh blouse to make the colour pop from under. Or wear a patterned bustier while going for a bolder look.
Mesh could be the coolest trend this season for the fearless fashion folk.
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ome summer and our eyes long for the azure blue of the high seas and the cool, cool breeze to playfully flirt with the bronze of our skin. And what better way to surf the white waters than to embrace sailor chic or nautical stripes and patterns and take the boat out to the waters or simply sip cocktail by the beach.
The international runways have been flooded with designs that scream nautical, just in time for the well-heeled folk to take off on their exotic beach holidays. While Kenzo combined two trends together for their take on nautical – logo Tees and the classic combination of white and blue, Tanya Taylor went easy on the silhouettes with her nautical inspired collection for resort fashion. With Viktor & Rolf’s ensembles you could easily go from prep school onto your sail boat. Valentino took classy navy shades and brass buttons and put together a look for the elegant dresser. J Crew combined denim hot pants with a blazer to give it a formal look.
Having its early roots in Madame Coco Chanel’s designs, nautical prints and designs seem to be a huge hit among the who’s who of Hollywood. While Liv Tyler can single-handedly lift the trophy for channeling cool elegance, the wild child of fashion, Kate Moss too took to the Breton stripes and paired it with classic denim for a comfort look. While Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has raised the flag high for the nautical trend, Zoe Saldana looked the high street way while shopping for her $50 nautical striped dress.
Wearing horizontal stripes could add to the optical illusion of a broader body type. So tread with caution. You could opt for solid bottoms if you want to wear your stripes on top. To play safe, you could keep your wardrobe colour limited to the classic white and blue. But if colour is more your thing, try stripes in a variety of hues. For a casual, laid-back look, pair a blouse with nautical motifs with blue denims. For a slightly formal looks, you could pull on a navy blazer and throw back a square kerchief around your neck. While choosing the right footwear, men could opt for casual loafers while women could slip on a pair of espadrilles for a completely head-to-toe nautical look. Big, slouchy hand bags look best with this trend and you could get inspired by the colours of the ocean while choosing the right one for you.
So now all you need to do is to plan a perfect picnic on the yacht and sail away. Aye, aye, Captain!
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s the winter climes give way to balmy weather, there is no need to pack your pants away, yet. The world is still going gaga over the layering trend – that seems to transcend season changes as well as geographical boundaries. You can still wear your pants but replace your warm winter tunics for a summer dress.
While this not so run-of-the-mill trend is proving to be extremely popular with bloggers, celebrities too seem to have given in to their allure. Emma Watson turned heads at the Golden Globe Awards this year when she made a grand entrance in a Christian Dior dress, open at the back and paired with black trousers – a look that was a spectacular combination of demure and edgy.
Jessica Biel and Zoe Kravitz incorporated the sheer trend into their ensembles, while Kareena Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz wore front-open dresses with bottoms. Deepika Padukone’s Naeem Khan crop top and trousers with a flowy skirt-train was refreshingly different from all the gowns galore at the IIFA awards.
Given the edginess of the ensemble, to style it right could be a tad difficult. But once mastered, it will win you brownie points from your fashion-forward friends. To escape the onslaught of a chilly office environment, pair a smart shirtdress over slim-fit trousers. A sheer maxi dress worn with distressed skinny jeans exudes a rocker-boho vibe and is perfect for a music festival under the stars.
And for those who are willing to experiment, Arjun Saluja designed an interesting skirt-over-trouser combo for Autumn Winter, 2013. But if it’s not your cup of tea, try pairing a high-low skirt with faux leather pants and a crop top for an edgy take on this trend.
So if you are the kind who likes to wear the pants in your everyday life, this trend is a must-try. One word of advice — Never say never!
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s summer inches closer, hemlines go shorter. But it looks like the swish set is not letting go off their sleeves, instead preferring to keep them full-length or long enough for the fabric to kiss the wrists. Wearing this style statement on their sleeves (pun intended) gives us glam girls the freedom to experiment with the length of our hemlines. Perfect it for a dazzling red carpet statement or go for a demure design for the workplace.
While Gwyneth Paltrow scored some sizzling brownie points with Saint Laurent’s LBD, Taylor Swift went for glam shine with her Zuhair Murad rendition. In anticipation of spring, Kerry Washington slipped into a soft pink Stella McCartney ensemble. Closer home, Parineeti Chopra opted for polka dots on her long sleeve-short dress while Lisa Haydon oozed elegance in her outfit. Singer-VJ Anusha Dandekar opted for some feathers and fun with her cobalt blue dress.
On the runway, Lebanese designer Elie Saab sent his models out in bejewelled dresses, in his trademark textured and iridescent designs. From Valentino, the colours were earthier instead of the ephemeral while Victoria Beckham’s designs were more fun and frolic, steering away from the regular red carpet prescription. Aneeth Arora (Pero) had the quintessential Indian summer in mind when she added long sleeves to her floral designs while Sanchita kept hers cool and casual.
If you are more inclined towards a cleaner look, keep accessories to a minimum. You could opt for delicate charm bracelets dangling off your wrists to add an extra dollop of elegance. To look like the belle of the ball, step into a pair of stilettoes or induce some extra glamour by donning a pair of shiny metallic sling-backs. And if comfort style is more your thing, you could pair your attire with a pair of smoking slippers. In terms of pairing a bag with your dress, steer clear of large hobos and instead opt for dainty clutch purses to complete the look.
No points for guessing that this trend could be your best bet to enter the season’s coveted dress circle.
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