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

 

Review: Moroccanoil Treatment at Kromakay Salon

My avid followers probably know I travel a lot on a daily basis via public transport. The humidity, heat, and pollution can adversely affect the hair strands and make them limp and unhealthy. Compound that with the fact that I rarely have time to hit the salon and take care of my hair. Lucky for me, my hair is naturally strong and thick but unfortunately, with the rise in humidity levels, it puffs up and makes it impossible to tame. I must admit; I have tried almost every product to settle down the frizz and volume. There have also been times when I have opted for quick solutions for my hair. For example; once a year for the past five years I have opted to get my hair permanently straightened. This is obviously not good for anyone’s hair and is quite expensive to get done. The reason I’m telling you this is because I felt obligated to share one of the best hair care experiences I have had in a very long time. It’s not that expensive and the experience is definitely worth a try! 0 A few weeks ago I came across this new treatment by Moroccanoil which is offered at the Kromakay Salon at Colaba, Mumbai. The result of this amazing hair treatment has long lasted even after five washes, which is very rare when it comes to hair treatments. 1 My Review of the Treatment
Once I went in, it was quite simple for me to choose the treatment I wanted. They don’t have an array of treatments (which is good), as they have divided the products into three main categories: Hydration, Volume, and Clarify. I opted for the Hydration treatment. The treatment began with washing and conditioning my hair with the Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and the Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner, respectively. This was followed by a Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask which was applied to sections of my hair in order to get even application. The mask was left in my hair for 45 minutes during which I got a very relaxing 20 minutes head massage. Post massage, I went in for a quick rinse and then the stylist styled my hair using the new range of products; ‘Moroccanoil Root Boost’ and ‘Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse.’ 3 As you can see in the ‘before and after’ pictures above, my hair was transformed into a more healthy and shiny version of itself.

I can’t stress this enough, it has been a month since I got the treatment done and pending its results, I have been using the Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and the Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner along with the serum, ever since. I would definitely recommend this treatment, so do check it out and let me know how your experiences have been. 4 -XOXO Kreena

Elements of Design

As a fashion student in one of the best design schools in the country, I feel honored to be part of a proud tradition of alumni who have contributed to the ethos of fashion in India. As I enter into my second year of university, I will be flooded with assignments! So in order to get my faithful viewers something after school i’m creating this new category. This category will feature updates of my assignments and creative work. Hope you all enjoy!

Moving onto some of my past assignments, I would like the viewer to understand the basics of design. Design is a very well thought out process, that needs a planned methodology in order for the creative juices to fly. And unless you are a creative genius, your stream of thought and creativity needs a guided methodology in order to get your ideas on the page.There are various elements of design that need to be taken under consideration, and they are as follows:

  • Lines/dots
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Space
  • Form

This post is dedicated to Lines and Dots. A simple dot or a line can help an artist create emotion and convey a message with ease.

Here are some examples in which I showcased a few emotions and nouns using lines and dots.

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1.Death, 2.City, 3.Attraction, 4.Electricity2

 1.Desert, 2.War, 3.Army, 4.Metamorphosis

Here I have depicted the word “economy” by using dots, lines, and a combination on both. 3

Here are a few images created using lines, dots, and a combination of both.
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A girls face using dots.5

A car using a combination of lines and dots.
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A scenery using a combination of lines and dots.

Now we move onto another element which is space. There is positive, as well as negative space in any image you can see or imagine. Space needs to be utilized properly in order to create a balance in the picture. Here I have created two images considering the positive, and negative space in each of the square boxes. The idea is then for the viewer to spot their eyes to the whole picture, rather then focusing in-on-any particular part.8Other elements of design like color, texture, and form are very common.  This is  a situation where colour as well as texture play vital roles in the formation of an image.

Here I created an image using most of the elements of design. Lines and dots are used to make snow flakes. I have used negative and positive space to create the snow man, and used the emphasis of the color red to give a festive feeling.

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In design, there is no right or wrong. It is how you play with different elements to communicate your message.

Here is am image created just by using lines, you can call it a doodle as well.12 An image can be created by using several aspects of design, whether it is geometric, abstract, or stylized. Here I took a natural object i.e. the bottom of a foot and created the same using geometric, abstract, and stylized design.10

1.Natural, 2.Geometric11

3.Abstract, 4.Stylized

I hope you guys appreciate my posts on design, feel free to ask questions on any of my topics on Facebook or Instagram.

-XOXO Kreena

Color Me Rainbow

My latest post on nail art will have all your friends and family wondering what salon you go to. You can surprise them and take all the credit 😀 and maybe give some to Livemodish. Now although this mani may look very complicated due to its’ intricate design, I assure you its very easy to accomplish.

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THINGS YOU NEED:

  • White nail paint
  • 5 bright colored nail paints
  • A paint brush and tooth pick with black and white nail paint or acrylic paint

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  • You can even purchase nail paints with a thin metal point used for nail art.

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These nail paints are worth purchasing, especially in black and white color, as it works with any nail art.

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STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Step 1: Apply a white coat of nail paint onto your nails, and after it dries apply 2 coats of the colored nail paint. The white nail paint will ensure that the color looks bright and stands out.

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Step 2: Make alternate black and white vertical brushstrokes on all your fingers. I continued the alternate color sequence on all the nails. For example, the last line on my index finger is white and I continued it with the first line on my middle finger with black nail paint.

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Step 3: Make alternate 2 and 3 big dots on the vertical lines with the same color. If you make 3 dots on the first line, make 2 dots on the second one and keep alternating.

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Step 4: Now make tiny dots within the big dots with the opposite color, as seen below.

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Step 5: Finish this manicure off with clear glossy top coat and flaunt it.

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You can definitely play around with colors in this manicure. Please send me pictures of your manicure after you try it.

Tag me on instagram – @livemodish or leave comments below or on my facebook page!

Until next time 😀

-XOXO Kreena.

Accept, Adapt, Adjust

People often come and go in our lives on a daily basis influenced by graduations, promotions, different careers, and different jobs, but we need to choose the friends that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We need to adapt to the changes and move on and take life as it comes. I met up with a few of my friends the other day after four long months. We were a tight group of  girls that ditched class together, ran to the washroom after every lecture to fix our hair and make-up, we joked about everyone in class, celebrated birthdays, and had our share of fights as well. After graduation, we separated into different fields; people have either started working, pursuing post-graduation, or moved out of town for certain reasons. So when we decided to meet after a very long time I was eager to learn what my girls were up to and all the stories we were  going to share of our lives. After a fun afternoon session of mingling we suddenly realized that we ran out of things to talk about, which was then followed by an awkward silence. It was then that we realized that times had changed. No longer can we bitch talk about the people from our class, take frequent breaks to the washroom, crack the type of jokes everyone would relate to. Things had changed and we all needed to accept it. There are people that will leave an imprint in your life and there will be certain moments when you will think about them even when you listen to a song, go to a certain place, or have a certain type of food. Anything that brings back memories. But from my own personal experiences I have learnt to accept the change as a normal process of life, adapt to it, and do things a little differently based on my current situation. The mantra i’d like to put across is this- manage to cherish the little things in life in the present moment that will affect your future outlook and you will find what is most important in your life. 🙂

Moving onto the outfit post this is one of my favorite tops that I recently purchased.  Mostly because of the frilly shoulders and the amazing fit. I usually love tops with a back belt attached to it because it tends to create a perfect body hugging fit. You can either wear this outfit with an array of accessories as I have done or you can simplify the look and ditch all earrings, necklaces, etc. In this post I specifically wanted to try on the feather earrings (which I am not the biggest fan off) and I must say, they definitely pull the look together.

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Top, Bag, Earring, Necklace, Shoes – Bangkok; Leggings – Linking Road; Arm Band – Colaba

-XOXO Kreena

Let the festivities begin!

Recently I blogged about Mumbai’s fashion week and what got me wondering was why it was named “W/F” (Winter/Festive) when all the fashion weeks around the world use “A/W” (Autumn/Winter)? I did a little research and it turns out that there are several factors that account for fashion weeks in India to be named just winter festive as opposed to autumn/winter.

  • First and most obvious has to do with India’s tropical climate, India doesn’t have a season of Autumn (only summer, monsoon, and winter).
  • Secondly the end of the year is when major festivals are celebrated all over the country like Onam, Karva Chaut, Navratri, Diwali, etc.
  • Thirdly November, December and January are the months where most of the wedding ceremonies take place due to mild climate.

This is why only in India can we see beach wear, heavy accessories, and bridal trousseau in winter collections. If you ever take a look at any fashion show outside India, most of their winter collections will comprise of trench coats in leather or woolen fabrics, dark colors and minimal accessories.

Moving onto the outfit, it is just something I put together for a casual day out. You can take a casual outfit to another level just by throwing in a ring or a light necklace in a way of color blocking, contrasting or matching with the outfit.
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Tank top – Colaba;Top – Forver 21; Leggings –  Sirens; Watch – Tommy Hilfiger; Bag – Gifted; Necklace – JC Penny; Ring, Flats – Lnking Road.

-XOXO Kreena