Sari on steroids!

Designers reinterpret the Indian staple in their own unique handwriting…
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Namrata Joshipura

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Nachiket Barve

Designers at the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week cleverly morphed the Indian classic with their honed aesthetic. Amit Aggarwal presented a sari inspired gown in his signature sculpted style. Nachiket Barve injected an unmistakable S&M vibe by transmogrifying his sheer studded skirt and draping it around a bodysuit like a post-coitus sheet. Falguni and Shane Peacock, on the other hand, sweetened their versions with glistening beads and dramatic feathers. It’s amazing the sari offers myriad scope to mould and transform itself thus making it the purest form of a couture dress.
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Amit Aggarwal

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Falguni and Shane Peacock

Chainmail mayhem

Fall Winter 2017 is high on the shine-on classic 

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Balmain FW17

One look at the fall winter runway images pouring in and one can vouch that Over-The-Top shine seems to be the sure-shot style winter winner. Balmain saw a warrior like sheath chainmail which was in two metallic tones and Paco Rabanne slashed it in laser-like cut-outs. Rochas on the other hand showcased a tiered fringed look. It’s interesting to see the contemporary version of the 60’s classic this season. One can’t wait to see its red carpet adaptations.
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Paco Rabanne FW17

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Rochas FW17

Cognac Carnival

The upcoming fall winter seems to be high on the toasty tone… 

A warm palette of coganc tones was seen across the board at the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. Designer Anthony Vaccarello at Yves Saint Laurent accented his black-heavy line with a smattering of va va voom leather looks in cognac. There was a cognac rosette accented a one-shoulder black gown which was slashed at the thigh and there were many more leather minis in the same tone. Balmain army was also heavy on rust – from the fringed body-con minis to accessories – the colour eclipsed the runway. Lemaire presented a chocolate brown overcoat and Isabel Marant layered her floral denims with thigh-high cognac boots. It’ll be interesting to see how the colour percolates on high street brands in the coming week.

A GREY area

The classic tailored pantsuit combo makes a comeback like never before this fall winter 

Rosie Assoulin presented a broken-tailored, soft grey pantsuit at New York Fashion Week and Fendi’s runway saw a jacket skirt combo in the same tone in Milan. New York’s King of minimalism Narciso Rodriguez sent out a dull grey cropped pants jacket ensemble and Thom Browne layered a sharply tailored look with a matching fur coat. Rebecca Taylor too showcased a grey belted jumpsuit accented with a pair of red booties. The classic seems major across the runway and it’ll be interesting to see its interpretation in editorials and on red carpets in coming months.

Miss Metallicas dazzle at Vanity Fair Oscars party

The soiree saw head-to-toe shine-on numbers

Deepika Padukone‘s black and gold look with a statement train was slammed online as she had sported a similar look at Vogue Beauty awards in 2012. Also, her hair and make-up was styled in a similar manner.
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Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, looked sensational in a shimmery black Michael Kors number. PC decided not to accessorize the look at all and let the gown do all the talking.
However, one key trend which emerged across the board was of the head-to-toe unapologetic bling and metallic looks.
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A pregnant Rosie Huntington-Whiteley glowed in a liquid-like, silver and beaded Versace gown.
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Another one to slay in a fresh-off-the-atelier Versace number was Halle Barry. She completed the look with bracelets and silver shoes.
Sofia Vergara, Kate Upton and Amy Adams embraced shine like never before. Guess it was Hollywood’s way of showcasing that in times of gloom and unrest, sparkling is the best revenge!

A touch of velvet

New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 lines are heavy on the rich fabric 
From Erin Fetherston and Lacoste to Prabal Gurung and Monse – designers have toyed with the plush velvet. Prabal Gurung sent out a jewel-toned burgundy belted dress while Lacoste presented a three-toned sporty zipper romper. Sachin & Babi sent out a floor-length gown in velvet which had embroidery on the neck and sleeves and Erin Fetherston’s runway saw a velvet jumpsuit. Looks like the rich luxurious fabric is here to stay and who can blame the designers? It spells a decadent evening and also photographs stunningly which it an editorial favourite.
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Erin Fetherston

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Sachin & Babi

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Prabal Gurung

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Lacoste

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SAG 2017 red carpet highlights

The red carpet saw a delicious array of pristine whites, ornate blacks and shimmery jewel-tones
White emerged to be a popular red carpet tone on SAG 2017 red carpet with the likes of Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Brie Larson and Viola Davis opting for it. While Natalie played the Diorissma to the hilt in Christian Dior, Meryl Streep looked elegant in a Valentino which had bird prints. Brie Larson rooted for clinical minimalism in a halter Jason Wu and Viola Davis channeled her inner white knight in a Vivienne Westwood.
Thandie Newton opted for a surrealist Schiaparelli creation while Taraji P Henson turned heads in a beaded and appliqued Reem Acra creation. Sophia Vergara gave the cold shoulder treatment in a mesh embroidered Zuhair Murad while Maisie Williams brought the 90s back in a pink jewel-toned slip. Emily Blunt was a vision in a champagne toned textured Roberto Cavalli gown. There was plenty of black too – be it Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen, Kate Hudson in Dior or Claire Foy in a sheer and black Valentino.
Sparkle soignees
Actress Maisie Williams arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Maisie Williams in a jewel-toned, slip-inspired gown

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Thandie Newton in a surrealist Schiaparelli

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Actress Emily Blunt arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

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Kate Hudson in Dior

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Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen

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Claire Foy in Valentino

The White Knights

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Natalie Portman in Dior

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Brie Larson in Jason Wu

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Kerry Washington in a sheer and off-shoulder white number