Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fashion - the movie

This is not a movie review blog, so I won't go on and on about how great a movie Fashion is. Even though I don't like the idea of writing about what which celebrity wore, I believe the clothes and styling of the movie are worth a dekho.

Unfortunately, there aren't many images of the movie available on the Internet, esp. of the character of Mugdha Godse. She sported awesome looks and I totally loved her attitude.
Priyanka Chopra's look keeps changing, and it's a very beautiful subtle change. Initially, she wears everything matching, when she's come straight from Chandigarh, and slowly, as she starts climbing the stairs to success, her palette becomes soft, glamorous.

"When she starts losing it all, she becomes very edgy - everything from the colour palette to the make-up becomes softer to show she doesn't care any more about her looks before her resurrection takes place. " - Rita Dhody, Stylist, Fashion the movie.

I loved almost all the looks and dresses, and here are the few I could find online:

Heart her head gear- which i suspect is a neck piece, and her hair-do

Trust me, this looks so much better on screen. This photo doesn't do justice.

Love it. But do we really have to keep those buttons open?

She carried this with such attitude....


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I heart J crew!

Quite like it's summer collection, the fall collection is something I so wish to own. All of it!
The refined palette of peaches, mustard, grey and brown..the softness of silk and cashmere and chiffon and sigh! Everything beautiful!

Images courtesy : J Crew

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

100% recycled

Have you ever looked at all those poly bags you get when you go shopping and wondered at the huge quantity consumed by you? Wondered how much they impact the environment and feeling guilty about it?

I do, but frankly, not always. Because in our cities, you get poly bags with everything you purchase - groceries, toiletries, clothes, food etc. We save those bags, and use them to throw away garbage, carry lunch boxes to office, store miscellaneous stuff, or to carry heavy stuff from one place to another. So It's kind of difficult to totally stop using them.

But we can try. By using fabric bags as much as possible (paper isn't strong enough). Or other alternatives, like these:

This bag, available here is 100% environmentally friendly, the main fabric is a RECYCLED Jute coffee sack and the lining is certified ORGANIC Hemp canvas of the highest quality. And it's cute too! Plus big enough to put all your groceries in. They are expensive, but am sure if we looked around, we'll find similar stuff in our local markets.

These seriously cool bags, made out of recycled packaging (polypropylen) and cotton, are worth a dekko. Like most recycled stuff, they aren't cheap, but if you wish to purchase them, go here. Even if you don't, it's a pretty cool site. :P

Like always, I wish such stuff was available in India too. It is, actually, but not as gorgeous. And definitely not cheap. Till they do that, we are back to polybags. And trashing the planet. :(

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Must-haves winter '08

Not really. Nothing’s must-haves. It’s all an individual perception. These are stuff you may stock up to look fashionable and smart, but it really isn’t a necessity. What is a must-have - any season - is attitude.

However, let’s focus on the more ‘required’ stuff:

Boots: Experiment with colours this season — go wild with scarlet, mustard yellow, electric blue, aubergine, mint.

Ponchos: Team your skinny jeans and boots with a poncho. They look real cool while keeping you warm – but keep in mind that not everybody can carry off them well, and may end up looking slouchy. Always wear what you feel comfortable in.

Tunics in solids: Like last year. :P Opt for solid colours this season as opposed to the usual prints. And team with knitted scarfs, shawls and skinny jeans. Tights if you can bear the cold ;)

And of course, the usual accessories in bright, funky blocks of colors. Do I sound bored? I am! I don’t see much new stuff coming up. It’s all recycled, restyled and presented to us. New bottle, old wine. Maybe that’s what fashion is really about! And it still looks beautiful (sigh!).

News doing the rounds in fashion circles is that the late night schedules of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) and the Delhi Fashion Week (DFW) have been cut short due to 'Karva Chauth' falling right in the middle of the two big shows. 'Karva Chauth' falls on Oct 17. Now, on Oct 17, WIFW will hold its last show at 6 p.m. and at DFW, the last show is scheduled for 5 p.m.

While on DFW, it’s on from today, promising luxury and creativity in full throttle at the Emporio bringing together an eclectic mix of designers ranging from industry top-notches to emerging youngsters. Organized by the newly created Fashion Foundation of India (FFI), the five-day DFW will run parallel to the premier Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) to be staged at the Pragati Maidan exhibition complex Oct 15-19.

I do hope the new kids on the block like Abhijeet Khanna, Alpana and Neeraj of label Azara, Jason Anshu, Atsu Sekhose, Gaurav Gupta etc. show some promising stuff.

Even Sabyasachi agrees with me!