Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Globe Nominations!



Yay the Golden Globe nominations are out.That means we are that much nearer to the awards season and I for one cannot wait(yes yes I am an awards show enthusiast,mock me all you want).For starters, lovestruckcow will be pleased as punch to know that 'Black Swan' has picked up quite a few nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress-Drama for Natalie Portman's portrayal of a haunted ballerina(something tells me that she's going to get lucky at the Oscars this year,just a hunch or wishful thinking,I mean she sure as hell deserved a win for her star turn in 'Closer').'The Social Network' too picked up quite a few nods,and I can without a doubt say will go home with the Best Picture and Director awards(poor Christopher Nolan,he could'nt have picked a worst year to release Inception).Colin Firth will win Best Actor-Drama fo sho for his portrayal of King George the 6th in The King's Speech.In Best Television Series-Drama I want Dexter to win,even though I know Mad Men will be fourth time lucky.Likewise in the comedy category I would prefer it if 30 Rock or Glee won,but something tells me Modern Family will be triumphant at the Globes too just as they were at the Emmys.The biggest Globe shocker though has to be Burlesque getting nominated for Best Movie-Musical or Comedy-considering one film critic described it as Showgirls meets Glitter, begging the question-does it really deserve the nod?Also i'd like to give a shoutout to Emma Stone(whose comic timing and choice in movies I absolutely love) and like really hope she wins her first globe for Easy A,even though I am most definite that either Annete Benning or Julianne Moore will win in that categoryt(Best Actress-Musical or Comedy).So untill January 16th next year, keep your fingers crossed and hope that my Golden Globe favourites don't go home disappointed :P





Sunday, December 12, 2010

My First Dress Went a Little Like This

Ok so as you may or may not know,I'm currently in design school, and recently made my very first dress,and as is the tradition,am sharing the almost awesome results with ya'll.This time too my sister Huma was kind enough to take on the ardous task of modelling the clothes.So the inspiration for the shoot(if u can call it that, was those oh so stylish upper east siders on 'Gossip Girl' and 'Teen Vogue' fashion editorials).However the end results turned out way different,but nice nonetheless.Btw i styled the shoot as well,so do let me know what you think!









High waisted tiered skirt-actually my dress with the top bit folded in(a boy's-make that stylist-gotta do what a boy's gotta do),white tank top-Zara,pearls-Forever 21,handbag with gold chain handle-Zara,brooches-off the street in Rajasthan(believe it or not).

And oh if you hadn't already figured out the title of the post is actually a play on the 3-OH-3's song 'My first kiss went a little like this'(just thought you'd like to know).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sonam Kapoor Exclusive!

Ok so recently I got the chance to interview Sonam Kapoor,and boy was I kicked.Ever since 'Aisha' she's pretty much been my favourite (when it comes to sartorial choices that is,she still can't act to save her life though).So she was sweet and all that and well aware of her design terminology,apart from being drop dead gorgeous(she really is,though toning those ginourmous thighs and butt wouldn't hurt).She sure worked the crowd,what with journalists swooning over her every word.So the interview did'nt reveal to me anything that i didn't already know(or could have predicted) about her,but this fun little rapid fire of sorts did lead to a few revelations that kinda surprised me.read on,

From the following options , choose one:

Sartorial Diary: Blair Waldorf or Betty Draper?
Sonam Kapoor: None.

(funny considering 'Aisha' pretty much seemed like an Indian version of 'Gossip Girl')

SD: Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelley?
SK: Audrey Hepburn.

(this would explain her classic feminine personal style)

SD: Herme's Birkin or Chanel 2.55 quilted bag?
SK: Chanel quilted bag

(I don't know why I even bothered asking this question since she's pretty much always seen carrying different versions of the 2.55)

SD: Madonna or Lady Gaga?
SK: Madonna

(she was quite unimpressed with Gaga's avante garde fashion choices,saying it had all been done before, and made this very evident)

SD: Facebook or Twitter?
SK: Both are equally entertaining.

(is she even on Facebook?)

SD: Blogs or magazines?
SK: Magazines because they are available online also.

(err I was kind of expecting her to give her opinion on which were more entertaining to read, and not whether they were accessible online)

So this tete-a-tete with the not so divine Miss Kapoor revealed to me a few things about her.Firstly, the way she talks makes her sound scarily similar to a certain air-headed blonde socialite(P Hil.,no points for guessing), and secondly she has a long way to go both in terms of acting abilities and learning the fine art of humility(which is indeed the true mark of a star,not necessarily of the acting variety)!



In an outfit designed by mum Sunita.Notice how the high waisted skirt is consderably tight around the hip-thigh area(ahem)







Go easy on the Hors d'oeuvres hon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's All In The Details

At a time when reality shows rule the roster and being loud(bordering on being obnoxious) gets you noticed, I really admire people who have a quiet confidence about themselves,and treat everyday acquaintances just as nicely as they would their near and dear ones.Someone wise once said, 'God is in the details' and rightly so.The way you thank the doorman when he holds the door open for you, or the way you handle a situation when things aren't exactly going your way, reveals your true qualities and the kind of person that you are.At the risk of sounding like an elitist,I would like to point out that our family and upbringing has a lot to do with it, and is what separates the nice from the not so nice.So the next time you meet someone new, don't let the hotness of their Facebook profile pictures or their fancy toys (read: Blackberrys, designer flats or any other thing that they might have bought to make up for what they lack in personality) fool you, and pay attention to the small things.

Yes I do realize that this particular post is not even remotely related to fashion , music or any other pop culture phenomenon, but I just felt like I needed to do this,get this out there in the virtual world.So with a little help from recent events(such as watching 'The Social Network'-the review for which will follow shortly-amongst a host of other incidents)I gathered the courage to share this deeply personal side of me.Wait, don't get the handkerchiefs out yet, your favourite fashion blog(the things we'll tell ourselves to keep ourselves happy :P )will be back with more light hearted frothy fashion centric posts shortly.So until next time,keeping it real.Sartorial Diary.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Colour Blocking

Ok so these pictures were a part of my street style assignment,and my sister Huma,who almost always has to serve as my guinea pig whenever i'm in the mood for styling,hairstyling et al, has been after my life to put these up.So here goes,and do let me know what you think of my styling efforts(or lack thereof).Be nice!







blazer-Promod,red mid waisted pants-Zara,white tank top-Zara,black patent leather tote-River Island,bejewelled flats-a shop in Promenade whose name i can't seem to remember,bangles-Sarojini/Goldy's Nest.

And seeing how much fun I had doing this,I am going to make this a regular feature.So until next time.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Open Letter



Ok so remember I told you sometime back that Nandini Bhalla had become the editor of the Indian edition of Cosmopolitan.And wow, I am blown away by the result.She sure showed us(or rather the India Today Group) how much better Cosmopolitan can become.It really begs the question,why wasn't she hired any sooner!?I mean I love everything from the retro prom themed fashion editorial with Jacqueline Fernandez to the section which featured stylish people on the street(a theme I seem to be getting all too comfortable with).Even the pages borrowed from the international editions of Cosmo seem to be better(you will love the fashion spread featuring the boys from 'Jersey Shore').It really makes you wonder,was the previous editor trying her absolute best to come out with a shoddy magazine,considering she pretty much had the same resources at her disposal.Anywho,I commend Nandini Bhalla for the awesome transformation she has brought about in India's first fashion related magazine( or was it ELLE?).I truly commend her good taste,so much so that I too am contemplating a career in editorial work rather than fashion design(which seems to be getting the better of me).Cosmopolitan is officially my third favourite Indian fashion(or partly fashion) magazine.But don't take my word for it,go grab the October issue,which happens to be the first issue under Ms. Bhalla's editorship, and see for yourself.And incase it's a little too late for that,you always have November(the issue that is!).
Until next time.
xx



That's the October 2010 cover btw.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Best Dressed:Fashion Week

Ok sorry for the lateness and the blurry-ness(In some pictures-yes that is what a few beers will do to you-make you lose track of the camera flash), but I'm finally posting pictures of some slightly interestingly dressed women(yes,sadly this time there were no extra ordinarily dressed people-of the female variety that is!).FYI these pictures are from day 4.





Loving the power shouldered tuxedo-esque blazer from New York based brand TT(which I mistook for Tarun Tahiliani-someone kill me now,please!)



Love how she's used colour blocking to turn her simple outfit from drab to fab(I know,I know,such cheesy-might I add pansy-cliches can be totally avoided!)



Vogue India's Junior Fashion Editor Archana Walavalkar wearing a FCUK sequinned dress and a vintage Chanel 2.55-esque bag.



These shoes are kinda nice(the neon nail paint kinda sealed the deal for me!)



Ok so when I was hoping to spot an interestingly dressed model, I kinda had a Bhawna Sharma or a Sapna Kumar in mind.But Sonalika Sahay kinda managed to get my attention with her interesting choice of outfit(I was as surprised as you are,I mean do people really expect a Sonalika Sahay to dress well?I certainly don't, but anywho)



Ok so I could'nt help but click a picture of channel [V] VJ Andy.
I mean c'mon people the man is friggin hillarious on Dare to Date, and he's kinda also dressed nicely, so there!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Street Fashion:Reloaded

Ok so rememeber the street fashion assignment I was supposed to do as a part of college?Well instead of shooting 'real' people on the streets, I decided to have a little faux photo shoot with my friends,and the nice person that I am(ahem),I'm sharing the results(which were way awesome btw) with all 7 of you(now how exactly do I go about getting more followers :P)



Rukmini and her new Burberry flats,sitting pretty next to her Juicy Couture carry-bag(which in my opinion is just as nice as the blue bag that came inside it)!



Girls just want to have fun?a little too much (drunken) fun if you ask me.Mallu/Aditi in her new found hotness!
black suede wedge peep toes-Aldo
grey peep toes with bow detail-Zara



Dressing up can be so much fun, haina?
'Aisha' eat your heart out!



Safari chic anyone?
Mallu channeling her inner bohemian.

I styled the shoot, and shot a few of the pictures with Rukmini Kapoor(future creative genius I tell you).
More pictures from the shoot to follow shortly.Until next time.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Men's Fashion Week?

It certainly seemed like it at day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2011,what with the overdose of immaculately dressed men.Now don't get me wrong,the women looked nice too but they came nowhere close to the men.Save a few,they all looked like android copies of each other with their power shouldered blazers and mid waisted pants(which almost seems to have become a uniform of sorts for stylists/editors/pyt's).I mean, I see as well, if not better dressed women when I go clubbing.When I come to Fashion Week,I expect to be wowed by the level of sartorial genius on display(where is a Manish Arora loving Japanese buyer when you need one?),and day 2 left me wanting for more.Hopefully day 4 will be more eventful(when it comes to spotting some seriously stylish women that is)!



Adore the overcoat bow-tie/cravat combo and the Edward Cullen-esque hair on steroids!



Ok those Vans look-alike sneakers are to die for(seen to be believed).



Loving the rolled up sleeves and dishevelled hair.



Man of the hour:Mr. Gaurav J.



Jenjum totally pulling off the baby pink cardigan.



How cute is the bowler hat!



I want hair like that! Now!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Style Stars

Ok so 'People' magazine came out with their annual best dressed issue,and since I did'nt entirely agree with their choice of the ten best dressed(I mean while I do think Twinkle Khanna dresses well and what not,she is most certainly not THE best dressed celebrity India has to offer),so I decided to come up with my own list of India's most formidable dressers.

First on our list is stylist extraordinaire Nidhi Jacob.This woman makes everything from bad 80's hair to geeky glasses work for her.With her slouchy cardigans and floral skirts/dresses, Nidhi takes granny chic to a whole new level.



Next on our list is Roohi Jaikishen.If this woman looks this good at 40+,I can only imagine how smoking she must've been in her heyday.Roohi is not your run of the mill socialite/industrialist's wife and hence steers clear of logo emblazoned handbags and tacky shiny designer garb.Instead she opts for age appropriate ensembles accessorised with statement pieces.




Priya Kishore deserves to be on this list for her hair do alone.I mean who else can pull off a Rihanna-esque shaved-off from the sides mohawk so effortlessly.This elfin beauty can make the simplest of tank tops and mid waisted dhoti pants look extremely elegant,teaming them with quirky jewelery and accessories(courtesy her store Bombay Electric I'm guessing).


(the one on the right,like duh)

Next we have Delhi's very own blue eyed boy,Vogue India's junior fashion editor Edward Lalrempuiia.In my opinion,he's popularized the whole preppy look in India(or in Delhi atleast),and that is why nowadays you see every second person sporting horn rimmed glasses and rolled up sleeves.While I think that Mr. Lalrempuiia is somewhat inspired by Karl Lagerfeld when it comes to dressing up,kudos to him for pulling it off,because like I say even imitating takes a lot of hard work(and good taste!)




Ok so when it comes to Sonam Kapoor,I really could'nt care less whether it's her own sense of style that shines through or her stylist's.Either way I love all most all of her sartorial choices(on screen or off).



And now since I am strapped for time and there are lots more seriously stylish celebrities and regular joes out there(like LOTS more),I will keep updating you on them in subsequent posts.So, peace out and until next time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

What Were They thinking?

Eeeesh.What was she thinking?!There is no way in hell that Jessica Alba can pull off the mini gown with long sweeping train look that seems to have swept over Hollywood.If the gorgeous January Jones could'nt do justice to this look at the Emmys, what makes Mrs. Cash Warren think she can?From the hair to the sagging boobs(that's what motherhood'll do to you),this look has disaster written all over it.Next!



Its about time that Katy Perry ditched the whole pin up look,especially if it means she's going to parade around in cheap tarty excuses for clothes.I mean c'mon Katy, you can do better,so much better.Everything from her hideous polka dotted wrap dress to the heels(which would've been perfect had it not been for those fug straps) make her look like Betty Boop on a bad day.And don't even get me started on that tacky hair colour.Katy honey if you can upgrade boyfriends(from unstable mess Travis McCoy to the charmingly funny Russel Brand), you can most certainly upgrade your wardrobe too!



Not like Leah Michelle's my style icon or something, nor am I particularly fond of her sartorial sense, but c'mon, you gotta feel bad for a girl who looks like something that the ruffle monster threw up on the biggest night for tv actors.Much like her alter ego Rachel Berry, the girl is working her butt off to gain it girl status,what with the newly slim figure and bangin bangs(I know,I know that cheesy adjective could've been avoided, but c'mon people mistakes happen)and it all comes undone with one bad fashion choice and that too on the biggest night on tv.Tch tch.However gleeks need not feel bad, as she can still redeem herself as soon as she sacks the buffoon she calls her stylist and books an appointment with Ms. Zoe,pronto.

Monday, August 9, 2010

NEON-It was love at first sight.

If I had to pinpoint one single moment when my love affair with neon began, I would have to say it was after seeing Manish Arora's kitschy concoctions in the pages of 'Outlook'(an indin publication),circa 2003.Eversince then, anything remotely loud(much like neon itself) catches my fancy for some unexplainable reason.So you can just imagine how happy I was when I saw that this Fall designers are endorsing all things neon.Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

Lecoanet Hemant(blazer and shoes)



Nida Mehmood(hat)





REVE by Khushali Kumar(maxi dress)



RISA by Abhijeet Khanna(high waisted skirt and tube dress)



Friday, August 6, 2010

Fall Fashion Guide

So I was just going through the Fall 2010 runway looks, and it seems that even this Autumn/Winter the boho meets goth meets femme fatale look (ok in retrospect that makes me sound like a person who knows zilch about fashion;much like my friend Nayantara) that has been popularized by the likes of Kate Moss,Ashley Olsen and LiLo(Lindsay Lohan for those of you who've been living under a rock) will prevail.I've put together a few looks from Indian designers, that should most definitely become a wardrobe staple for all of you(I mean women) this Fall.

First on our list is this black high waisted skirt from Gaurav and Ritika.Now what's so different about this version you ask, the fact that it's not a normal fitted pencil skirt.Enough said.Pair this with a white racerback and a statement necklace, and you're good to go.



Next we have jackets.I heart this black military inspired one from ANKY by Ankita and Anjana Bhargava(don't let the name fool you).



Also these Nehru inspired vests(the perfect accompaniment to neutral hued tank tops and tye dye/acid washed jeggings:the denim version of leggings) by Tarun Tahilliani.





These long cardigan type thingys would like nice belted over floral dresses.


Abraham and Thakore



Sanchita




Some other jackets that I really like.

Vineet Bahl



Bian by Gurpreet Pia Flemming



Cue' by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna








Pashma



For those of you tomboys/feminists out there who hate wearing skirts, worry not,you have plenty to choose from:

Leggings:

Kavita Bhartia



Ridzyn



Sanchita



Ritu Kumar



High Waisted:

Cue' by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna



Pankaj and Nidhi



Pyjamas:

Sanchita





Wide Leg Trousers:

Tarun Tahilliani



And what would winter be without dresses.Here I give you many options including a few from designer to watch out for Amit Aggarwal(India's very own answer to Alber Elbaz).

Cue' by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna









Kavita Bhartia



Morphe' by Amit Aggarwal





Vineet Bahl



Shantanu and Nikhil




Sanchita



And don't hate me for doing this, but these two dresses from Mynah(eeesh what were they thinking keeping that name) are actually quite nice.