2 things I love the most – Fashion and Music, and their brilliant collision!

20 Jan

There is something about the marriage of fashion and music, that makes everyone transcend into a fantasy-land where no rules and boundaries stand true. When iconic fashion designers create costumes for iconic pop-stars, the result more often than not is mind blowing, and the visuals remain in the hearts of the audience for a long long time to come.

 
I love the relationship between fashion and music, for one creates the visuals of a world that excites and provokes the mind through eyes, and the other creates a similar effect through ears. And what comes out is an experience that you not only want to witness but also be a part of. 
 
Looking back at time, thinking of Madonna in her Jean Paul Gaultier conical bra costume, that she wore in her Blonde Ambition tour, in 1990, the media and audience went into a frenzy. Her rebellious image and her avant-garde costumes, gave way to a new culture where she was an idol for millions.
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A similar frenzy was created more recently with Alexander Mc Queen’s futuristic love for muse Lady Gaga, and hers in return for him. Wearing the iconic see-through lace dress (that covered even her face) which she chose to wear in MTV Music Video Awards 2009, and many many more that she wore in her videos and on red carpet (I cant seem to forget the horrific meat dress though). 
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While many of my favourite music stars of this era seen in jaw-droppingly creative and dazzling costumes: 
> Rihanna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci for her  Diamonds World Tour
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> Niki Minaj in Jeremy Scotts creations on her Pink Friday tour
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> and Katy Perry, in her delicious candy costumes designed by her stylist Johnny Wujek
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But, you have to give it to Miley Cyrus, for creating a stir like no other, with her bam-in-the-face sudden make-over that has made everyone’s eyes wobble with amazement and well, maybe even shock. The ‘Wrecking Ball’ star, who created waves for her ‘Twerking’ (Thanks to her,it became a term valid in the Oxford dictionary recently) in a skimpy nude bikini, gyrating with Robin Thicke, with her now-infamous wink and tongue lashed out. This popstar seems to have caught everyone’s attention. I love her music, for one, and the way she has transformed into a pop-star true to the present day! 
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Miley Cyrus is now gearing up for her ‘The Bangerz World Tour’, and Roberto Cavalli is creating her looks for the tour. Just received the few sketches of the costumes that Miley would be wearing, and I think they are pretty amazing. Sharing with you all, the first look that I received from Roberto Cavalli’s press office!  
Black knitwear jumpsuit all over embroidered recreating a zebra pattern.
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Nude jumpsuit in stretch silk tulle all over embroidered with Swarovski crystals creating a nude effect on the body.
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Over washed denim sleeveless jacket,shorts and bra with an all over ombré embroidery of metallic studs and crystals.
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Washed denim with python print jacket, shorts and bra embroidered with a dégradé of blue crystals
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Project: Raid your boyfriend’s wardrobe!

7 Oct

In my case, lucky me, boyfriend = husband; and wardrobe = his entire menswear (customized womenswear) label, VASTRALAB by Sandeep Kumar located in Shahpurjat, Delhi.

In these difficult times of recession and economic slow down, why shop for new things? Just raid your man’s closet, and have fun being creative while you reinvent some menswear garments into trendy womenswear. Borrow shirts/waistcoats/jackets/ and basically anything you think you can carry off and give it an absolute carefree feminine twist😉

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Look 1:
Borrow quirky retro print shirt for men, mismatch it with printed pants and cinch in the waist with a thin belt, clubbing it with a cool bandana, platform heels and futuristic sunglasses to create a fun eccentric look

Here I am wearing:

Telephone and taxi print men’s shirt (Vastralab); Printed crepe pants (customized for me at Vastralab); White rope belt (Forever 21 ); Bandana worn as knotted head band ( Nikasha); Silver retro futuristic sunglasses and platform heels (both from Zara)

 

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Look 2:
Pick your man’s formal Bandhgala waistcoat for an uptight look which is fun yet formal. Just tighten it by overlaying the buttoned part and create a feminine shape with a thick leather belt cinching the waist. Club it with patterned stockings and loafers.

Here I am wearing:

Charcoal grey Bandhgala waistcoat (Vastralab); Polka dot stockings (china flea market) ; Studded loafers, (Zara); Metal chip wrist-band (Anaikka); Leather belt (Forever New)

 

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Look 3:
Go retro while you get yourself your man’s linen white jacket to make it a chic 80’s style broad shouldered blazer and club it with a 50’s style polka dot full-circled dress. Accessorize with some classic pearl string and cat eye glasses to complete the retro look.

Here I am wearing:

White linen jacket (Vastralab); Halter neck polka dot dress (customized at Vastralab); Pearl necklace (accessorize) ; Queen Elizabeth inscribed ear studs (china flea market)

 

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Look 4:
Mix street style with slick men’s tailoring to create your own unique style. Club a man’s formal satin collar jacket, with a crepe side-slit straight-cut skirt and make the outfit buzzing by adding street-stopping neons in cropped sporty top, sneakers and accessories.

Here I am wearing:

Black formal blazer for men (Vastralab); Black side-slit skirt (customized for me at Vastralab); Neon cropped top (Adidas); Neon green polka dot sneakers (picked up on streets of Thailand); Lots of neon bangles (Delhi Haat); Spiky Headband (Aldo accessories); Sunglasses (Zara)

India – International fashion’s new home

20 Sep

There was a time when we all loved our big International travels to the US or Europe, for the sole reason of shopping, and when we returned, we loved flaunting brands that were not available in India. But for those of us who were at the receiving end of this show off, it was a nightmare to not be able to reach the far lands in order to keep one’s self ahead in trends. 

In my recent travel to continents like – Europe, Australia, and other countries in Asia, I for one, loved the fact that there are  few mass fashion brands and big luxury houses remaining in the world, that are not yet available in India. It gives me immense confidence and ease to travel around the world while not worrying too much about shopping in hoards from stores that are not available in my own country. I rather like to enjoy my stay in a new land, while looking for the local flavors in fashion that are more like souvenirs from a culture, rather than one massive shopping agenda that eats up all of your head space. I like to take in the beauty and vibrance of a city, instead of getting nervous to not skip an opportunity or make a hasty bad decision while picking up things that are not available in my own city. And thanks to the recent liberalization in our Government’s FDI laws (which was announced exactly a year back – 20th September 2012), more and more of my favorite fashion brands are crossing the borders to reach me and keep me at par with my friends abroad. I am sure most of you enjoy the same.
 
After we welcomed with open arms and pockets – our favourite high street brands from around the globe, like Vero Moda, Forever 21, and Zara (Who has witnessed phenomenal success, and is now opening 18 new stores across India additional to 10 of them already present, in the next 3 years), there are many more in row waiting to enter this thriving young market. And we are waiting eagerly to catch hold of them with bated breath.
 
Hence, I thought of sharing with you all some good news on what are the other major international brands that have recently set foot or are planning to come to India, in the near future. 
 
– Michael Kors  (high fashion apparel and accessories brand for men and women) has just set foot partenring with Genesis Luxury Group, and is now available in India at DLF Emporio, Delhi. 
 
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Above: Images are from Michael Kors Fall Winter 2013 campaign themed the ‘American jet-setter’, shot by the designer’s usual collaborator, Mario Testino
 
 
– Belgian watch brand Ice-Watch, known for its yummy range of clear and colorful watches has ventured in the country. It will be available in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Kochi, plus across various online shopping portals. 
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Above: the colorful range of watches at Ice Watch, starting at Rs 5,500
 
 
– Popular American brand- The Limited, has moved forward to enter the Indian market. The company would kick-start its retail operations by opening over five stores early next year. 
 
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Above: The Limited store facade 
 
 
– Famous sportswear brand Umbro, known for its soccer related apparel, footwer and equipment, is entering the Indian market with a collaboration between – Future Lifestyle Fashion and Iconix India. The brand will be available through Central and Planet Sports, and exclusive brand outlets across the country. ImageImageImageImage
Above: Some of the famous campaigns of the sportswear brand Umbro.
 
– Massimo Dutti, one of the high-end fashion labels from Spain’s famous Inditex group, that also owns Zara, has finally gotten a clearance to enter the country with a a joint venture partnership with Tata-run Trent.
 
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Above: Massimo Dutti’s Fall Winter 2013 campaign,  shot by Mario Testino 
 
There are few of my other favorite brands that are waiting to come like the Sweden’s fast fashion retail giant – H&M (Hennes and Mauritz), The casual wear brand from US – GAP, and the Japanese mega fashion brand – Uniqlo. According to the latest news, while GAP is soon planning to come, but owing to the steep fall in rupee against the dollar, H&M has pushed the opening of its stores in India to the year 2016, and Uniqlo has postponed it to the year 2015
 
Now, all I hope is that the rupee starts behaving itself, pulls itself upwards, and the sorry state of economy in India gets better real soon, so that we can lay our hands on the gorgeous fashion items bought from these super international brands, with enough in our pockets to splurge.
 
And I really hope that Indian fashion brands garner maximum attention of big investors and retailers to make them one of the big global brands and have their presence all over the world (which I feel, till now only Hidesign and Forest Essentials, have been able to achieve a little bit, and within fashion designers only Manish Arora). 
 
I truly wish and believe, that soon a ‘Made in India’ tag would be as valued around the world, as a ‘Made in France’ or a ‘Made in Italy’ one. Amen! 
 
P.S. Please do share with me if you know of anymore international fashion brands coming to India in the near future.

WHEN GUCCI MET GOOGLE – Technology reached new fashionable heights

6 Sep

 

 

 

Gucci has pioneered the concept of visiting real fashion stores, online. The luxury brand shook hands with Google Business Photos project to launch the indoor view of the store on Google maps through the street view Technology. With Gucci’s first men’s flagship store in Europe – Milan’s Brera District, you could be sitting anywhere in the world and can be taking a virtual walk and a 360 degree view of the store, while going through the men’s collection in store, and making your plans on what to buy next.

 

Divided into multiple floors, you can visit the ground level for shoes, luggage, lifestyle accessories and perfumes; upper level for ‘Made to Order’ services for men’s clothing and shoes; and the lower ground level is for the ready-to-wear collections along with shoes, silks, an assortment of sunglasses and belts. 

Want to experience the virtual Milano Gucci store trip? It’s pretty cool!! 

 

Here is the link, go visit! Google Maps 

http://goo.gl/n665hl 

 

 

Grazie! 

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The Roma Journeys – Fashion shoot

2 Jun

Fashion Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh ; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model- Miriyam at ND Models Agency

Fashion Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh ; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model- Miriyam at ND Models Agency

Miriyam wears – Loop knit cardigan by Pret; Leather bra top by Kunchals; Textured skirt with leather trimmings, and leopard pendant, both by Bg’s; Black stone ring by Forever 21

Fashion Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh ; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model- Miriyam at ND Models Agency

Miriyam wears -Wide knit cardigan & jumpsuit, both by Pret; Tan suede belt by Forever 21; Black metal neckpiece by Bg’s

Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model - Miriyam at ND models agency

Miriyam wears – Cable knit muffler by Alcott; Paisley print maxi by Bg’s

Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model - Miriyam at ND models agency

Miriyam wears -Chunky knit shrug by Diesel; Khaki zipper dress by Pret; Tinted aviators by Rayban at Sunglass Hut

Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model - Miriyam at ND models agency

Miriyam wears – Faux fur jacket by Forever 21; Snow flake print dress by Pret; Statement neckpiece by Bg’s

Styling by Amandeep Kaur; Photography by Vivek Singh; Hair & make-up by Shallu Chandla; Model - Miriyam at ND models agency

Miriyam wears – Knit tunic, button down dress, both by Pret; Headband & neckpiece, by Forever 21

 

 

* Hi guys!! Sorry for posting after soooo damn long, just got super duper busy (n also a bit lazy to b honest). I had been planning to post this shoot since the longest time, but nonetheless, the final push came when my dear friend Vivek Singh, gifted me A3 size, extremely high quality prints of the same shoot, and the pictures looked stunning to hold. My hearts was like – how could I not share this with you guys….so here it is.

* In the farms on the outskirts of Delhi – the shoot was an adventure, working away from the urban settings of delhi, in the quiet of a village, with constant inflow of buttermilk, knick knacks to nibble on, and ginger tea…in the winter sun, it actually felt like an indulgence trip than really work. With the astonished and gasping look on the villagers faces, we rushed our team to places where peace could be met, and startled eyes could be avoided, though i think its damn sweet, when sometimes people cant understand what madness v r upto. And don we all just love fashion for the fun of this madness attached??

So here were few pictures that were an extension of our madness and love for fashion…hope u enjoyed going through them. Your comments and remarks are always welcome!!

Revolutionary Fashion – The spray way

27 Jan

Life as it seems has become simple and complex at the same time with the coming of new technology, better ways and newer & quicker things at hand. World has today come to such a juncture where amid hundred thousand things happening every day, we sometimes feel like skipping all the steps and taking a big leap into the future. Fashion – as a way of life, has also stepped along and has transported itself at a point where new and fiercely ahead, is the only way to go.

Now have you ever imagined or fantasized of customizing your own garments with your own hands, that too in no time and much equipment hassle? If yes then there is news that will most probably bowl you over. Well….it seems like a product from a sci-fi flick, but it surely has stepped into reality amongst us as the ‘bizarre new thing’. Customized Fashion is now just a whiff of air away.

Fabrican sprayed on mannequin

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A Spanish fashion designer and a Professor of Particle Technology have come up with a Fabrican Spray on Fabric through which clothes can be created by merely spraying it on the skin. Seamless fabrics can be sprayed directly into the body using aerosol technology. This magical spray creates novel clothing that can also be washed and re-worn. An aerosol can or a spray gun is used in spraying the liquid. The spray is made from small fibers blended with polymers that join the fibers together. A solvent is also present in the spray that releases the fabric in liquid, and disappears as soon as the spray touches the surface of the body. Fabric is formed by the cross linking of the fibers, creating a non woven clothing. The web of the cloth is thin, but desired thickness can be brought in the garment by using multiple layers. As the fibers are created in a diffused form, other materials such as pigments or perfumes can also be added to it.

Fabrican Spray on body directly to form clothing

Fabrican Spray on body directly to form clothing

Fabrican Spray on body directly to form clothing

Fabrican Spray on body directly to form clothing

T shirt formed by Fabrican

T shirt formed by Fabrican

The liquid can be used directly over the body using aerosols, or sprays, and gets dehydrated quickly, becoming a new fabric. The texture of the fabric can be altered by adding or changing the blend of the fibers that are used in the spray. Fibers such as linen, acrylic, and wool can be used. The technology is believed to find creative applications in the fashion industry. This spray has other useful applications as well; such as medical dressings, bandages, hygiene wipes, air fresheners, upholstery fabrics for furniture, etc.

And here we find ourselves again with fashion to have established yet another invention to push the level of creativity of its designers, thus giving this world more novelty and innovation every passing day.

Fabrican on garment frame

Fashion show for garments created out of Fabrican

Fashion show for garments created out of Fabrican

You could also read this article on Fashionfad.in – http://fashionfad.in/fashion/infocus/content/viewEntry.aspx?slno=153

Laura Laine (Fashion Illustrator)- The Dream Weaver

20 Jan

Fashion can be aspiration, it can be the lure or lust for all things pretty, or it can even be a state of mind at a given time, but out of all feelings and emotions, for many, fashion is about being dreamy.

Turning Fashion into a dreamland where stylish fantasies take form, seems to be the new fun way taken by an immensely talented fashion illustarator – Laura Laine. Coalescing and combining two different Medias to create a fascinating new picture, the young artist has created some of the most sensuous and beautiful fashion illustrations of all times. Laura Laine fused her unique style of illustration with simple product photographs and brought them to life by making her delicate fashion figures have an enjoyable interaction with the fashion products, thus making the visual look like, almost straight out of a fashion lover’s dream.

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Loewe Perfume bottle

In the series of visuals that the illustrator created for Elle Russia and Muse magazine, one can see graceful little fashion divas created out of intricate pencil drawings, playing with beautiful and iconic fashion commodities; like there is one where a lovely lady is lying possessively on a Prada perfume bottle, one gracefully sewing beads into a Chanel quilted bag, one taking a leisure flight in a parachute hung bag, and then one peeping softly through a YSL bootie window. All visuals represented the sheer love and desire for fashion that the artist herself beholds.

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Prada perfume

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Chanel Bag

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Parachute Bag

What bowls one over is the fact that Laura Laine is no older than just 25 yrs of age, but how with her spectacular talent she has gotten herself an impressive list of clients including Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Iben Hoej, Daniel Palillo, and even got published in one of the best publications that include – The New York Times Magazine, Elle Girl, The Guardian, Muse magazine, Páp Magazine and many more. The young artist studied fashion design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, with a focus on fashion illustration and has been freelancing ever since for the biggest brands of the industry.

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Heels & Clutch

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Bag closet

One of the main unique characteristics of her illustration is the style in which she draws the intricacies of her drawings. Her predominant way of using the pencil so minutely in varied shades, that it clearly brings out the texture she wants to portray, be it fur, silk, tulle, leather and most importantly the hair on her models body. Her signature long mane mostly flows elegantly and delicately giving a beautiful movement to the complete body posture. Lura Laine is one of the few great fashion illustrators of today who don’t only have the talent to draw but also the imagination to bring out the unthinkable.

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Dior Heels

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - YSL Perfume

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - YSL Booties

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations

Laura Laine's Fashion Illustrations - Swing Bag

You can also read the article on fashionfad.in – http://fashionfad.in/fashion/infocus/content/viewEntry.aspx?slno=146