Saturday, 27 August 2016

For All Those Who've Experienced One-Sided Liking

After trying my hand on hard core fashion writing for 5 years now, I decided to focus on lifestyle blogging for a while. As my college has begun, taking out time for shoots has somehow became a huge task. (Although I'm soon gonna post fashion shoots on the blog)
Opting for journalism and mass communication in college has helped me realize that there's so much more to writing than I was aware of. Fashion writing is still my forte but wouldn't mind giving lifestyle writing a shot!
And here's my first attempt at that. 
Ours is a generation which falls in and out of love every day. Liking somebody for real is life changing.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Monsoon Diaries by Rahul Mishra at the India Couture Week 2016

I'm a sucker for pretty show setups. Put me in a room with an out of the box setup and I'm all set for the next few hours. Rahul Mishra's Monsoon Diaries setup by Abhishek Kaushik was built by recycled paper which created illusions and gave a shadow effect.


Traditional techniques, flared silhouettes and handcrafted embroidery comprised Mishra's couture collection. The audience was stunned to see the zipper jacket and sari combo, blazer jackets with ghagras and capes instead of blouses. 
It was like the entire show had a story to tell. One that the whole crowd was eager to listen. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Hiraeth by Rimple & Harpreet Narula at the India Couture Week 2016

The third day of ICW kicked off with the first show being Reynu Tandon's followed by Rimple & Harpreet Narula's show. The show began with the first outfit being an extremely beautiful white lehenga. The chunni was made of net with a thin border of sequins, subtle yet graceful. As far as the blouse is concerned, it was to die for! Heavy thread and sequins work.




After this super pretty lehenga, came a line of more lehengas in the shades of white. Some had net work while the others had heavy sequins work. This line was so pretty that the entire media section had their phones fixed to the ramp to capture the best of these lehengas. 

The Last Dance of the Courtesans- Tarun Tahiliani for India Couture Week 2016.

It was 10:05 PM and the call for the show to begin had still not been made. We media people utilized this time to marvel at the courtesan setup for Tarun Tahiliani's show. With a chandelier at the beginning of the ramp and strands of chameli flowers on the sides, the entire Durbur Hall smelled as well as looked stupendous.

After some waiting, the lights went off and I got completely bound to the ramp for the next 30-40 minutes.
The beiges had delicate embroidery while the shades of red had intricate swarovski work. After an eye feasting collection of reds and beiges, Tahiliani also put in a touch of black (not one of my favorites to be honest)

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Diva Rose by Simran Aggarwal- Store Launch.

With a beautiful chandelier right in the middle of the room, the store of Simran Aggarwal is a burst of colors where you'll get to witness fine designs. The brains behind Diva Rose is a NIFT graduate who believes that every woman is a diva. (Pretty evident in her collection)



On the right side of the store, you'll find the pret and couture collection. The pret collection lies between INR 10,000- 25,0000 whereas the couture collection ranges from INR 25,000 to INR 1,50,000.
I personally loved the pret collection. The colors used for this collection were so so so pretty and the textures reminded me of Serena Van Der Woodsen's dresses from Gossip Girl! Diva Rose's pret collection is all about peplums, cut out dresses, off shoulders and every such detail which fascinates the age group of 18-25.




This orange peplum cut out dress was the winner of the evening for me. As soon as I laid my eyes on this dress, my heart was stitched to it. 


The couture collection was not like any usual couture collection. Gowns had a modern touch, backs were made of sheer net, capes had exquisite thread work. In a nutshell, there were designs many had never seen before. And the best part was, this was all quality work. The different types of materials used felt so soft and comfortable to the skin. 




Those who are on the lookout for something fresh and crowd pleasing, pick Diva Rose. Trendy Mannequin gives it a big thumbs up! 


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-Shweghna. 





Tuesday, 28 June 2016

With Love From Jaipur.

I recently went for a two-day vacation to Jaipur to get away from the mundane routine I follow in Delhi. All I did in those two days was raid the Jaipur markets. Glad to do so, I came back with kaftaans, palazzos and kurtis. With one kaftaan, it was like love at first sight so I ended up wearing it the next day and doing a shoot in it at the hotel itself. (Clothes that excite me and make me feel pretty have to be on my blog)
Apart from the print, I love how comfortable and airy the kaftaan was. If only I was shorter in height, I would have ended up wearing it like a dress. Sadly, had to wear my all time favorite shorts with the kaftaan. For 200 bucks, it was a steal!







Kaftaan- Jaipur
Shorts- Only
Kohlapuri chapal- Colaba, Mumbai


-Shweghna.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Bill Cunningham- Forefather of Street Style

If your social media handles aren't flooded with news of Bill Cunningham's death, then you're sure as hell not following the correct people. On 25th June, 2016, the fashion world lost one of it's treasured jewels.
For the unknowns, Bill Cunningham was a legendary New York Times fashion photographer. His co-workers and friends described him as kind, humble, extraordinary and passionate. Some even said that seeing his street photography was like seeing the entire New York city.
With a Nikon FM2 in hand and the New York streets as his workplace, Cunningham captured both the affluent and the working people of New York.



This Harvard dropout lead a simple life. As Bernstein wrote in his beautiful eulogy, "he didn't go to the movies. He didn't own a television. He ate breakfast nearly everyday at the Stage Star Deli on West 55th Street where a cup of coffee, sausage, egg and cheese could be had, until very recently, for under $3. He lived until 2010 in a studio above Carnegie Hall amid rows and rows of file cabinets, where he kept all of his negatives. He slept on a single-size cot, showered in a shared bathroom and, when he was asked why he spent years ripping up checks from magazines, like Details, said: "Money's the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive."
Easy to spot, riding his bicycle in a blue French workers' jacket, khaki pants and black sneakers, nothing escaped from the lens of his camera. 


In 2008, the French conferred the Legion of Honor on him. In 2009, the New York Landmarks Conservancy made him a living landmark. In 2010, a documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" premiered at the museum of Modern Art to applauding reviews. 
These are just a few of Cunningham's achievements. The man was a living legend whose demise marked the end of an era. 





-Shweghna.