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CRABTREE AND EVELYN

30 Sep

My midterms got over last Friday and subsequently I attended an informal afternoon tea at Crabtree and Evelyn’s boutique for bloggers. Crabtree is celebrating their 40th anniversary even though it has come  relatively recently in New Delhi but has probably created that same set of worshipers like in those of London. Their boutique was rather cute and contained their new ranges including some specifically for India!

We got hand massages (perfect timing after exams) and had cupcakes (I KNOW!).  So all in all it was rather fun! I met new people along with introspecting their collections like their Jasmine and Lavender hand and body scrubs (my favorite) and I think I tried on their Lavender hand scrub which smelled very fresh.


I am wearing a blue dress from Zara, Black belt with golden details from Mango and a bag from New Look.

Will post more regularly now! X

 

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Size 20 is not that fat either

25 May

Five years ago, Jean Paul Gaultier, known for his stimulating

Velvet- The model used by Jean Paul Gaultier

collection, experimented. He used a size twenty model ‘Velvet’ as his runway model. The swap apparently shocked all the fashionista’s around the world and thus made it controversial.

Jean-Paul wanted to show beauty can be universal, He thinks all women are beautiful and aims to challenge society’s beauty stereotypes. That’s why he featured Velvet and a much older model in the show.“- A spokesperson was quoted at the fashion show.

It is always (and wrongly) assumed that to be fashionable; you need to be skinny. In the 1960s, people saw their first supermodel-Twiggy. People objected it by saying that she won’t last the industry long but ironically, she brought the revolution that thin was in. All the people of fashion industry worshipped her. They wanted models no more than size zero and perceived people more than that to be fat. I remember reading an article on Jezebel about Anna Wintour where she stated that she disliked fat people and wants everyone to be slim who are in her magazine. That is why she asked Oprah to lose some weight to make the cover.

Oprah on the cover of Vogue

“I suggested that… she lose a little bit of weight… I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trouper! She totally welcomed the idea and she went on a very stringent diet and it was one of our most successful covers ever.”-Anna Wintour

But are the thin models that we deem to be somewhat perfect; actually real? Good computer skills help. So does airbrushing. The cult to be ridiculously thin or perfect is somewhat stupid. I was glad that Jean Paul Gaultier used the model to differ himself from this issue.

When women see pictures of models in fashion magazines and say, ‘I can never look like that,’ what they don’t realize is that no one can look that good without the help of a computer.-Christy Turlington

The obsession to have a figure like Kate Moss is not exactly a paradise either. Women often adapt rather unhealthy means to become thin which causes them eating disorders, stomach ulcers and other illnesses which they do not seem to mind now since they get thin, but what about five to ten years later?

Look at Suzy Menkes or more recent, Adele. They both are so influential and have made an impact in the world. Adele was heard saying that ‘She makes music for ears, not eyes.’ Amen to that.

But since we are talking in opposition to be skinny, let us talk for it too. Looking from a designer’s point of view, they want their product to sell. Hence, they want a medium through which their product looks attractive. Why would they want their product to be put on something (in this case, someone) which will be mocked?

 I reason that skinny is fashionable only till an extent that it is healthy and original. None knows that if this ideology will actually become a trend but I definitely perceive that designers should experiment with all sizes.

Heck, if Vogue can make an ageless issue, why can’t they make a plus-size issue? Women of all size, color, age are pretty because beauty lies in your eyes.

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Will’s Lifestyle Fashion Week Hangover (2011)

4 May

(Wearing: Last year’s printed dress fro Bershka, London; Brown shoes stolen borrowed from my sister; Blue bag from Dubai )

 This was the first time I attended the Will’s Lifestyle Fashion Week which happened in Delhi. I attended only three shows (I intend to attend the whole thing next time) but they all were unique and were quite parallel. Due to some confusion, I couldn’t get photos (ok no confusion, my camera died) but I got the runway photos from Y Magazine (for which I was covering the show) and did the outfit post after I came back.


Rehane’s Show

Rehane introduced fruity summer look in her collection with western silhouette and lace embellishments. Her collection had of color and was collection with a lot of incitement. Her collection had a European Couture touch, for which this Chennai- based designer, is known for. The dresses incorporated of this season’s tunic and tube dresses along with A- line skirts and floral prints.

Accessories were a vital part in her collection. She incorporated multi-stripped belts with bags and 3D accessories (thinking Banana Republic, I suppose). But the hairdo was the major part of her collection. There were headbands along with life-size flowers screamed American fifties hairdo in a modern way. She did not use a lot of make-up and kept it light, simple and exciting.

The major problem for me in the show was that her collection did not symbolize autumn or winter of any sort. I felt that the look was rather unfinished or more modifications could have happened. The bags were a major problem (ahem Jessica Szohr in Gossip Girl ahem) they did not coordinate and nor did they look ramp-like. But the show was fun and enthralling so I guess that is it.

Urvashi Kaur’s Show

A ballet dancer started the show while dancing on a sufi tone. The collection incorporated of colorful Angarkha tops where neck-accessory was a major part. The model carried some impeccable scarves which had a mix of both Indian and western touch. The show for me was rather unique.

Kallol Dutta 1955 Show

This was probably the best one I attended. I loved how Kallol Dutta mixed neutral colors and I loved his freshness and how he incorporated geometrical and abstract designs in his collections.

Galliano, Balmain and what not

24 Apr

It seems like the fashion world is getting  hot this spring. First there was the departure of Galliano from Dior which still disturbs me since I still have mixed feelings over this whole ordeal. Then on Fashionista I read that Prabal Gurung maybe replacing him whereas on The Cut, they say that Marco Zanini from Rochas is also interested and feels he has the ‘potential’. So there is still some uncertainty over the whole issue which I hope clears before the Winter RTW.

Photo: The cut

In other news, Christopher Decarin left Balmain and will be replaced by Olivier Rousteing, the deputy designer of Bailman (which is quite predictable!) and Grace Coddington celebrated her 70th (if you followed me on twitter, I announced it quite a while ago).

Everyone seems very excited about the royal wedding (trust me, even my mum is getting jitters whose birthday is the same day haha). Even Delhi is filled with posters and most of the channels are covering their wedding and other happenings.

I know I have been out for ridiculously long time . It was easter and we got a long weekend (trust me, these three days were SO desperatly needed). My weekend started with Roman Holiday and will end with Marie Antoinette. Also summer is near (I mean the holidays. The weather has been summery for quite a long time).

This post has a quite abrupt ending but I am planning to make my Willls Lifestyle Fashion Week Post a big one (yes, I haven’t still blogged about it. Kill me.)

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