Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 2

Living in a world of all things textile, the sustainable fashion & Indian textiles day is the most anticipated day at Lakmé Fashion Week. The designers showcased a different perspective towards handlooms and Indian weaves as they celebrated fashion with home grown textiles as their primary concept.

The show opened with a black and red Assamese Mekhla Chador at Aagor by ANTS Craft, an NGO that empowers women of the Bodo tribe by giving them creative support. Yards of fabulous woven textiles were turned into stunning garments for the ramp. Making a show stopping entry was Bollywood star Sara Jane Dias in a slashed multicoloured skirt with a black blouse.

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Making a beautiful debut at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 is Pranami Kalita’s label ‘Pariah by Pranami’ which was a visual treat on the catwalk. Bringing the beauty of Assam to centre stage, she worked wonders with Muga, Eri and Pat silk, all indigenous silks renowned in Assam. She gave a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian handloom by including weaved-in traditional Assamese motifs on crop tops, culottes, gowns and more. The models took to the ramp in beautiful capes, one-shoulder gowns, and off-the-shoulder dresses among others.

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Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama presented an interesting collection consisting of  invigorating lines and shapes that were hard to decipher. Her label P.E.L.L.A. showcased hand woven pure Eri silk, Jamdani, Cashmere and Pashmina all ideal for the coming season.

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Padmaja‘s collection, called the ‘Loom of my Mind’ brought the beauty of slow sustainable fashion to centre stage. The collection showcased the magic of handlooms that revealed the Maheshwar weavers’ expertise with specially woven fabrics that were highlighted with intricate detail and accuracy. The ensembles consisted of scarves in earthy colours along with fluid shapes that lent an element of ease to the collection.

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“Working Hours” from the label ‘The Runaway Bicycle’ by Preeti Verma pedalled fashionably as a debut at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection was youthful, relaxed, and portrayed a sense of freedom in fashion as it was inspired by different professions of the era gone by. The collection showcased the feminine-androgyny trend which was fresh, wholesome and colourful in Khadi and organic fabrics.

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The aesthetics of designers JasonAnshu for their label ‘The Small Shop’ had a vibrant painterly, whimsical, languid feel with sustainability being the highlight of the garments. Their collection of 12 ensembles called ‘Planet Love’ was a limited edition line that portrayed a fine balance between unique hand work and natural fabrics.

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The burst of colours and prints in Mayank Mansingh Kaul & Monisha Ahmed’s collections provided a much-needed relief from the sea of blacks and greys. Busy prints, sexy chiffons and tailored pieces took the runway by storm.

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Kallol Datta’s collection was filled with his trademark baggy silhouettes, velvet, polka dots and midnight blues. The designer’s creativity is so intense and innovative; it is a visual challenge to delve into his thinking process and figure out his extreme construction techniques and ideas.

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Alan Alexander Kaleekal’s collection, ‘Garçonne’ was a mix of sharp tailoring, conventional fits and interesting gender norms. This innovative but totally wearable women’s wear line consisted of elongated sleeves, raw-edges, delightful suits and separates for the anti-fit distressed theme.

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Pallavi Dhyani’s collection ‘Three’ was inspired by the beauty of imperfections in life. The collection consisted of samurai-style robes, blouse with pyjama-pants, colour blocked jumpsuit, pinstriped monochromatic jacket over a classic white kurta, an overcoat with crimson bandage wrapped around the waist, and a floor length loose fitted basic dress paired with a casual blazer layered on a calf length top teamed with pencil trousers. In terms of colour monochromatic colour-blocking was essential in the shades of  rose-gold, beige, caramel, monochrome and ruby red.

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Weaver’s Studio presented a collection of Indo-western silhouettes. The colour palette was very muted as a deep blue palette was juxtaposed with hints of red.

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Bina Rao for Creative Bee Foundation‘s collection titled Nuovo-eco-classic pays tribute to Indian crafts like block printing and hand painting. The women’s wear line consists of lots of florals and flares in warm hues of brown, red and ochre, giving it a bohemian theme. The ensembles include flared long skirts in raw silk in deep red and rust; overlap short blouse with embroidery and patchwork with Kalamkari motifs; dupattas woven in silk and painted with Kalamkari among other mesmerizing designs. The collection was semi formal and with minimal embellishments. Rao’s men’s collection included styles in classic brown and black in textured silks with block prints in natural dye.

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Winter festive is not complete without a little bit, or a lot, of bling! Hemant Agrawal‘s metallic & shimmery collection consisted of simple yet elegant shifts, dresses and saris. Without the use of printing or embroidery, the ‘heavy metal’ collection showcased a collection of ensemble created with zari or metallic yarn.

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Anavila is known for constructing simple and modern saris that not only look comfortable but have a classic touch to them. ‘The Sari In Us‘ by Anavila showcases how to nonchalantly pair the nine yards with sleeveless-cropped blazers and flimsy long coats. If power-dressing is all the rage, then this collection shows you how it’s done.

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Monaco Tourism presents Sanjay Garg’s label ‘Raw Mango‘, a metallic collection that consisted of lots of palazzos, well-tailored separates, and slip dresses in silk and long coats. A riot of colours appeared on the ramp as the ensembles glittered with motifs and weaves that thrilled fashion lovers.

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So that’s it for Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week 2016. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

P.S. I was keen on doing future fashion week posts based on the trends, where I break down the trends from the entire day instead of writing collection reviews.
Let me know what you would like to read, in the comments below.

Until next time.
-XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 0

The much awaited Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 kicked off to a grand show by Tarun Tahiliani along with Kangana Ranaut, as his showstopper. Tahiliani showcased his ready to wear collection inspired by sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s life size hemp and cast bronze sculptures.
Here is the break down to this magnificent Winter Festive 2016 collection.

Designs – The collection consisted of organic motifs and abstract designs. Graphic textures and shading was the key to create a 3D feel on a digitally printed fabric, solely to give depth to the design and still keep the garment light and playful. Fringe was huge in his designs, from hemlines and sleeves to shoulders, tassels and fringes were seen on almost all of the pieces.
Garments – The collection consisted of kurtas, dhotis, kaftans, tunics, concept saris, shift dresses.
Silhouettes – Indian wear silhouettes with modern touches like cowls and capes.
Fabrics –  The collection was made of light, easy and breathable fabrics as the outfits cater to a no-nonsense style and comfort. The fabrics used were mostly jersey and textures in chanderi, soft net, Italian tulle, crepe georgette, micro pleated tulle and heavy crepe georgette.
Drapes – Ensembles using drapes such as cascades, cowl drapes and capes to showcase it’s elegance and fluidity.
Color palette – Celebrates earthy autumnal colors like cobalt blue, ravishing red, rust, deep olive, and charcoal
Textures – Tahiliani plays with textures in the form of woven textiles, embroidery, fringing, crochet, and prints that looked 3D, creating the illusion of texture.
Beauty – Experimented with the trendy glittery lips.

Enjoy this collage of my most adorned pieces from the collection!

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Until soon
-XOXO Kreena

 

Kazo – Collection Preview A/W 2014

What happens when like minded people get together and talk about sequins on a top or pleats on a skirt? Fashion events have become a favorite thing in my weekly planner. Recently I attended a bloggers meet at the Kazo store at R-City Mall in Ghatkopar. The event was lavishly presented over cake-pops, and overall the respective bloggers curried through their entire collection picking out favourite tops and clutches. I will say this in all honesty, if you are looking for sequins, florals, or monochrome print pieces you will find it all under one roof. I don’t say this enough, but presentation is everything; and the way the store′s visual display team color coordinated the sections of the store and enhanced the customer employee interaction was nothing short of fresh air.

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My first pick from their collection is a sequined high-low dress and I paired it up with wonderful gun metal spiky earrings by Kazo India.

9 My second pick from their collection is this sequined dress and I paired it up with a gold clutch and jeweled earrings to complete the look.This party look was created under one roof for a very affordable price. 10I had an amazing time at the event with blogger Debasree from All She Needs and Magali from Life. etc

11Untill next time, take care 🙂

-XOXO Kreena.

Think Pink

October has already begun and it marks the start of the Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In India, breast cancer accounts for about 25% to 33% of all cancers in women. And sadly, over 50% breast cancer patients in India are detected when they are in stages 3 and 4, which greatly impacts the survival rate. Due to ignorance and lack of understanding, breast cancer isn’t being thought of as the deadly disease that it is.

Estee Lauder, a make-up company, has been spreading Breast Cancer Awareness for a very long time! In fact the coolest campaign promoted by the giant conglomerate is the use of the colour pink projected onto iconic monuments all around the world! Our very own Bandra Worli Sea Link, in Mumbai, is all set to glow pink everyday from the 4th of October to the 11th of October, 7:00 pm onwards.

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Many other iconic landmarks across the world have been glowing pink for this cause, as seen below.

2Los Angeles International Airport, USA
3Niagara Falls, USA
4Empire State Building, New York
5White House, USA6Parliament Building, Canada
7Tokyo Tower, Japan
Breast Cancer Campaign Turn London Landmarks Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness MonthBuckingham Palace, London
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10Fountain of Neptune, Italy
11Burj Al Arab, Dubai
12Opera House, Sydney

Stay Pink! Stay Happy!
Take Care ❤

-XOXO Kreena

Midnight In Paris

What do you do when the world you were so comfortable and accustomed to living changes, and the only reason it ceases to affect you is because there are other things that are keeping you occupied and helping you keep your mind of it. Personally speaking, there are millions of things happening around me for which I have no control over- but is up to me to decide how I want to go about these things. I can either pause, cry and let my situations envelope my life or I can go about things in a positive way in order to keep myself active and pushing forward.

My avid followers will notice a change in my blog posts. Perhaps my writing style has become a lot more philosophical to say the least. But the truth is I have become to busy and preoccupied with life to think about the other things happening around me. For example I love dressing up, in either heels or fashionable pieces of clothing, but due to my long commuting times to and from NIFT (3 hours every day) it becomes quite impossible to do so. Nevertheless I stick to my mantra and still try looking the best I can. Even tights and tops have a way of being paired up that`ll make the person wearing it look good.

This brings me to my outfit post. I wore simple black leggings and paired it up with a midnight blue top which had gold bow accents in the front. The look is very simple so I had to add a little bling! Gold is one of those colours that bring life to a dull outfit. I teamed it up with gold sequined flats and a long necklace with subtle black earrings and a bracelet.  As for the accessories the navy blue bag brought the entire look together.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Top, Necklace, Flats – Bangkok, Leggings – Sirens, Bracelet, Earrings – Colaba, Bag- Forever 21

I hope you guys enjoyed this post.

-XOXO Kreena

Jean-Claude Biguine

Recently I attended an event for the opening of the Jean-Claude Biguine salon in Bandra hosted by Grazia Magazine, Neeta Lulla, and Nishka Lulla. It was a fun filled event with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and pretty people! The JCB stylists worked out amazing hair styles on the models to showcase their services. The salon also offers a whole range of services like spa, makeup, hair treatments and nail art. All in all, it turned out to be a great gathering of talented people from across the industry. Here are a few pictures from the event:

1 2 3 4 5Neeta Lulla 6Nishka Lulla 7 8Dress – Bangkok, Shoes – Queup, Bag – Dubai (gifted)

XOXO Kreena

Pop of Pink

A pop of color is all you need to own your outfit. Either it is a bright bag, funky shoes, neon arm candy, or even an item as minuscule as a head-band can do the trick. The mantra is simple – live modish without breaking the bank, and I understand we all have those outfits that are casual and nothing too extravagant or aesthetically good looking but trust me ladies, it hardly takes time or energy to choose a colour that will make your boring outfit look interesting. Be careful that you don’t over do it and just stick to one statement piece at a time. Don’t opt for a bright pair of shoes and pair them up with a colourful bag, because what ends up happening is that the statement piece which you are trying to highlight gets distracted with the other eye-catching items you are rocking.
Moving onto my outfit you can observe the subtle ways in which I have paired up my bright pink bag with a neutral top and leggings. I also added a few gold accessories and the added pop of pink in my shoes and ring brought the look together. So what starts as a neutral outfit choice turns into a more aesthetic look with great emphasis on my pretty pink bag (If I say so myself).
So don’t be afraid to experiment and make your outfit look interesting with a little pop of color.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7Top, Bag – Bangkok; Necklace – Forever 21; Arm Candy, Ring – Colaba; Shoes – Dubai, Leggings – Sirens.

-XOXO Kreena