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.
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When it comes to nailing trends, Lara Dutta is truly a champion. We spotted one of her statement looks and couldn’t help but notice her trendy envelope clutch. Lara works her clutch trend well with a contrast off-shoulder dress. Either day or evening, envelope clutches can be teamed with any kind of look. You can pick a solid coloured or a printed piece according to your style. We bet it will instantly liven up your look.
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 Lavin, Zuhair 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.
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SHE IS HOLLYWOOD’S grunge girl, whose distinct look reflects even on her red carpet ensembles. Kristen Stewart, who turns 24 today, is a style icon for all girls who love to live the ’90s in a laidback, grunge style. Here’s a quick update on how you can copy her look.
Almost always seen in skinny jeans with casual tees and shirts, Kristen shows the way to do effortless layering. A light blue button-down shirt over a white printed tee, topped with an oversized jacket is what you can wear to exude that cool, devil-may-care attitude. Add a pair of high-top sneakers, the more worn out, the better; and you are ready to go.
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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.
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.
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