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August 3, 2017

Festive fusionista

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With Raksha Bandhan and Ganpati festivities around the corner, it’s time to create a brand new closet, which is contemporary in style and Indian at the core. It’s time to steer clear of the gloomy blacks and greys and embrace a riot of colours like never before. Having toyed with Indo-Western fusion for years now – I see this fusionista dressing as the ultimate sartorial catalyst, which is fail proof. Nothing works on the Indian olive skin tone better than a pop palette of colours, shine-on bling and statement jewellery. This festive season, say hello to the now-trending cape-utta (a hybrid of cape and dupatta) and sharara pants or wide-legged, flowy trousers.

The drama exuded by a cape look is limit-less and will prove to be the ultimate weapon in your festive wardrobe.

Opt for silhouettes that accentuate your body and pick from the timeless and classic Indian textiles. A draped pre-stitched sari or a metallic lehenga are perfect traditional looks with a twist. The trousers or bottoms can make or break your ensemble. The trick is to keep them super casual. For instance, pair a salwar with a sequinned or a digital print T-shirt or gravitate towards a solid kurta style.

Dhoti pants with vibrant peplum detailings and draped tops are making their presence felt across the board. As you entertain your friends and family, make an impression in a geometrical patterned front-slit  shift dress.  Add a pair of chiffon palazzo pants to the look and you’ve nailed the ensemble.

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One can’t go wrong with Baroque embroideries, which is also a major runway story internationally, what with the likes of Balmain and Gucci embracing it with great gusto. Invest in a Victorian cropped jacket and a cowl gown. All you need is a hand-embroidered shrug and you’re  good to go.Channel your inner nomad slicker in a boho skirt and team it with a cowl top. The ubiquitous Patiala salwars can be sure-shot sartorial winners when clubbed with peasant tops. Taking of tops, the cold-shoulder crop tops aren’t going out anytime soon and look sensational when teamed with handwoven lehengas.

Finish the look with a power blow-dry, a bold pouch and statement jhumkas. Pick a dramatic but minimal accessory and focus on one feature – either your eyes or the mouth. A sleek pony tail or a messy chignon can never let you down.

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June 27, 2017

My Summer Break

My Summer Break

Summer Breaks are all about heading out for some great R&R to a fun & chilled out destination. It’s also about exploring and opening up to newer vistas. Read my blog for ‘My Summer Break’ story and my shopping indulgences for some of the season’s latest must haves…..

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May 29, 2017

Style took centre stage at the French Riviera

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Bringing on their ‘A’ game to the mother of all red carpets, the Indian stars stood their own at Cannes 2017.
The French Riviera is host to a multitude of exciting style moments every year when the stars descend at the Cannes film festival. This year was no different as the sartorial choices of celebs grabbed reams of news print at the ten day long parade of the world’s most fashionable movie stars.
While we saw a host of International celebrities walking the red carpet, the Indian divas too stunned us with their stylish appearances. Some of my favourites at this year’s Cannes were:

1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

An epitome of beauty and grace, Aishwarya Rai’s sartorial choices every year at Cannes grab as much eyeballs as probably a blockbuster bollywood film would. She looked stunning as she channelled her inner princess wearing a Cinderella-esque couture gown by Michael Cinco. Truly a belle of the ball, I loved her off-shoulder fitted-to-the-waist plunging neckline ballroom gown. Poker straight hair & minimal makeup completed her look.

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Her choice of the gorgeous red ruffled Ralph & Russo gown for her second appearance also grabbed headlines as she completely stole the show!

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2. Deepika Padukone

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Deepika Padukone hardly ever gets it wrong. Making an appearance in a sheer wine-colored one-shouldered Marchesa gown with shimmery floral work Deepika was on the ball completing the look in her Jimmy Choos.

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For her second red carpet appearance, Deepika took monotone styling to the next level. The style queen wowed all in a deep green gown by Brandon Maxwell which featured a trail and sexy thigh-high slit! Hair neatly pulled back into a textured ponytail Deepika showed off her neck tattoo in this one shoulder gown.

3. Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor is a queen at Cannes and she knows it. A constant at the Cannes red carpet, she knows how to win the game — every single time. Sonam yet again slayed the Cannes red carpet in a soft blush coloured gown by Ellie Saab. Loved her radiant look, she definitely knows how to make a statement on the red carpet year after year!

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Signing off in style Sonam wore a shimmering gold Ellie Saab gown and was indeed a sight to behold!

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May 4, 2017

Chic Itinerary

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Summer spells lazy-yet-luxe holidays! Are you heading to your friend’s pre-wedding bash to the charming Abu Dhabi or planning a South of France getaway or thinking of soaking in the beauty of Capri islands? All of these travels entail comfort, chic and practicality. Needless to say that it’s crucial to pack your travel essentials – your trusty vanity case, swimsuit, a crochet and lace jumpsuit or a mini and of course a resort gown for the night of unapologetic theatricality.

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February 27, 2017

Trend-spotting at Oscars

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Given the current socio-political gloom across the world, staying positive and radiating positivity are the two best things one can possibly aim to do. And the Oscars red carpet reflected this resilient spirit to stay strong and conquer the turmoil with a blizzard of head-to-toe gold looks radiating shine, optimism and happiness. Fringes, embroidery, 3-D beading, sleek polished hair and pink lips were some of the trends which emerged.

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January 11, 2017

Closet confidential 2017

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New Year means a brand new closet, a refreshing new personal style and some nifty finds. It’s time to create a new style vocabulary, break away from the trappings of tiring ‘trends’ and de-clutter your already-exploding wardrobe.

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December 23, 2016

How to be the party princess

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The party season is here and it’s time to channel your inner glamazon, let go of all the stylistic inhibitions that you may have harbored in the year gone by. Wearing a chignon slightly messy and a bold bright pout, I bet each one of you will own every room you walk into as you partake X’mas festivities! Capturing the spirit of the season, my new collection is an essence of today’s style junkie – fearless, confident and ready to take on the world. Picture a menagerie of styles which help you mix and match and play dress up and you’ve nailed my core aesthetic.

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October 22, 2016

Festive chic

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Diwali festivities are around the corner and it’s the time to go all out and embrace your convival spirit. The very mention of the festival of light brings to mind – elegant card parties, boisterous family sit-down dinners and fun late nights with friends. Laughter, banter, flower arrangements, flickering diyas and delectable delicacies – all make it truly an evening to remember.

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October 12, 2016

A moment of gratitude

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The sweat of the brow, the anxiety of meeting deadlines, the hectic schedules, the awry sleep hours, the umpteen meetings, the angst over whether things will go as per plan….it’s all over. Phew….Putting together an event is a great task and no matter how well in advance you start working towards it, the run up to the final evening is nothing short of sheer craziness.

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