Delhi Couture Week 2012…Day 2

Day 2 of DCW started with Ashima-Leena’s bridal collection ‘Rang Ratan’. A lot of pastel shades were seen along with gold sarees with delicate embroidery.

Next show was of the Evoluzione by designers Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta.

Anamika Khanna’s collection was based on black & white with hints of gold, bright red & blue. Jewelled scarves were a notable feature in the collection. Another interesting thing was heavily embroidered floor length jackets.

Moving on to Gaurav Gupta’s couture collection which was based on pinks, oranges,  gold & white. The beaten gold embroidery, the bright pinks and oranges against the beige and nude colors created a flirty yet mature collection.

I feel Day 2 was spectacular and I think brides all over the country are lusting over these amazing creations!

What did you like? The pastel lehengas, the heavy jackets or the draped gowns…..

 

 

 

Delhi Couture Week 2012 – Day 1

The onset of the most exuberant times of the Indian calendar has begun with the first show of Delhi Couture Week 2012 by designer Varun Bahl. Net bodices, lehengas & shararas, exquisite embroidery all this and much more adorned the ramps with the models dressed in his outfits. Blacks, olives, navy blues and shades of red were the predominant colors in the collection. With this collection the designer definitely wanted to change the idea of Indian couture to be vastly bridal wear oriented.

Here are a few of the best outfits.

The second show was by JJ Vallaya whose collection stressed on the fact that Indian couture is definitely bridal. Inspired by the ottoman empire, the silhouettes and the embroidery made a very unique statement.

Images from www.hindustantimes.com

I personally loved the concepts of net bodices with lehengas and jackets with lehengas.

What did you think of the non-bridal concept of Varun Bahl’s show?

Do share your thoughts!

An amateur’s guide to wine tasting!

Four Seasons Wines had recently hosted a food and wine tasting event inviting all city bloggers for a luncheon at the amazing Oasis Restaurant at Park Street, on 28th July 2012.

I had tasted red wine before but I never really understood what the hype was about! Nevertheless, I was very excited when I was invited for the event. Part of my excitement was also because this was going to be my first meeting with all the other city bloggers.

The invite!

The bloggers – (L-R) – Swarnali Das, Anupriya DG, Ayantika Bhattacharya, Sayantani Saha, & Me

Also the one who took this picture – Debiparna 

And also Shayoni!

We were welcomed at Oasis by the owner, Mr. Pratap Darayani and Four Seasons Wines representative, Mr. Peter Mitter and once we were all seated and served with platters of snacks, we all got to doing what we love so much…clicking pictures! We were so engrossed in talking and laughing that the wait for former Miss Earth, wine connoisseur and our host that afternoon, Miss Shamita Singha went unnoticed.

Before our enriching session with Miss Shamita had begun, Mr Peter Mitter enlightened us on his knowledge on wines.  He is one of the founding members of the Calcutta Wine club, the first and only one of its kinds in Kolkata.

Wine has much more to it than taste. It’s an experience which brings together all your senses. This is where the 4S come in to the picture – See, Swirl, Smell, & Sip!

The first sense – sight! You hold the glass against some source of light to see the color of the wine. The color of the wine gives you the age of the wine. A bright raspberry red color or a pale green to yellow is a typical young wine while a rich brick like color or a deep golden is an old variety. While you are at it, you can also feel the weight of the wine as in whether it’s a lighter or a heavier type. Then you swirl the wine in your glass, a table as a support would be helpful.

The second sense – smell! The purpose of swirling the wine is to let the aromas come out. You bring the glass close to your nose to get a whiff of the flavors infused in the wine. You might get a varied mix of aromas ranging from fruity and spicy, to woody and musty. You also start to paint a mental picture of the place origin of the wine.

The third sense – sound! This is a small part where you clink your glasses and say cheers.

The fourth sense – taste! And now you take a large sip and roll it in your mouth so that you coat your mouth completely with the wine and you can taste it entirely. You can feel the lightness or the heaviness and also the after taste or finish of the wine.

Now let’s come to what happened at the event. We had assembled to learn how to pair the right type of food with the right type of wine. The general rule here is white wine for white meat and red wine for red meat. But there’s more to it.

The lovely Shamita Singha telling us about the wines!

We started off with Four Seasons Chenin Blanc which was paired with Veg Wontons and Herb Infused Chicken Reshmi Kabab. The Chenin Blanc has a pale yellow color with lighter aromas of citrus fruits. Due to its lighter taste it pairs well with light foods like appetizers or snacks.

For the main course we were served Grilled Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce with Garlic Bread, Fries and steamed vegetables. This was paired with Four Seasons Viognier which is a little dry and has a pale gold color and tropical fruity aroma. This also has a smooth lingering finish. This pairs well with medium bodied, mildly spiced dishes as this is slightly heavier than the Chenin Blanc.

We went on to dessert with Brownie with Vanilla Ice cream paired with Four Seasons Blush Wine. This has a pretty salmon pink color and hints of floral scents and it works best with desserts or sweets.

Finally we also had a taste of Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabarnet Sauvignon Wines which is a deep purple colored dry red wine. It smells of rich blackcurrant and spices, and has a smoky woody aroma and has a rich lasting finish. This red works very well with very heavy bodied dishes like barbecues, or very spicy tandoor recipes.

My favorite was the Four Seasons Viognier, the reds might take some more time to get used to!

I am highly grateful to Four Seasons Wines, Mr. Akshay Gopal and Mr. Peter Mitter for organizing this wonderful event,  Mr. Pratap Darayani for the lovely venue and food and Miss Shamita Singha for taking time to enlighten us on the beauty of wines.

Four Seasons was generous enough for gifting each one of us a bottle of Shiraz red wine.

The afternoon was simply perfect with the right food, the great wines, the amazing hosts, and the fabulous ‘us’!

Images courtesy – Anupriya & Debiparna

From my mother’s closet…

I had mentioned in my last post that I was working on a concept. Well, for a long time I have been fascinated by a lot of Indian crafts. And the other day while ransacking my mother’s wardrobe, amongst all her lovely sarees, I found one that was very unique to my eye. It was a usual cotton woven saree which we call as ‘taant’ in Bengali. A pale pink base with the design woven in a deep ink blue. And as I have always loved wearable fashion, an idea popped into my head.

I love the way the threads are woven so intricately to create such amazing designs.

Well here’s the full shot!

Its a straight cut sheath dress with a little metal at the back.

Well I hope you liked what you saw. Do let me know if I can improvise on anything!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful week!

Blog turns a year old….

It’s been a year I wrote my first post and I can say I have moved a long way since there.

I love that I have made new friends through this blog and have received new opportunities. I agree that I have been a little slow but that’s just a part of the process. I hope to grow more along with my blog, make more friends from across the world and I make a promise to take up blogging a little more seriously from now and work on it more.

Now taking a look at what has been happening…..

I bought a dress form UK size 12. I have been planning to get started with my own clothing line for a looong time now. So this is my first step towards that.

I had made this cropped jacket in my final year of college. I never had the chance to do a photo shoot. And since I had recently bought the dress form, thought it would be a good idea to showcase it.

My friend Anupriya DG of Chappals vs Stilletos who has a fabulous brand “Howrah Bridge” had come up with a line of cotton scarfs in some amazing retro prints. I had told her to keep one for me. And I finally got it.

And outfit post is in the cards.

I have started working on a concept. I have a lot of glass beads, sequins and glass cut-pipes and Vogue. Any guesses on what I’m making?

New ballerinas with cute bows on it.

Braided knit necklace

A lot of outfit posts are in working right now.

Be sure to check back in a couple of days.

Thanks to everyone who has supported/helped me in this one year.

Fabulous India…

As we grow older, we develop a comfort zone in our wardrobe as well. You might find yourself going for the same type of clothes everyday the minute you open your closet.

And right now a lot of you are thinking T-shirt+Denim. Well, for me it happens to be the kurti+leggings/patiyala+dupatta(optional) combination. Its very clumsy for a lot of people but I find it to be very comfortable specially if I have to wear the entire day. I find it very difficult to wear denims in this hot & humid weather. Plus I love to dress it up in Indian accessories.

Well, that said, here are some shots of me wearing my favorite type of clothes on a usual work day…

Kurti – Tailored, Leggings – Shoppers Stop, Duppatta – Lucknow/U.P, Bag – FabIndia, Bangles – Thrifted, Watch – Guess, Necklace – Mango, Flat Sandals – Colaba/Mumbai

So my comfort zone is Fabulously Indian. What is your favorite type of clothing?

Always judge a book by the cover….

When we meet someone for the first time, we create an image, a personality of how that person might actually be. Its funny how sometimes you can be totally amazed at how different the person is from your own imagination. And that’s why we say “Never judge a book by its cover”

But don’t we all thrive to make ourselves presentable at all times and show off something that we don’t actually have. Haven’t we all, at any time, tried to win someone just by the way we look.

So, I think its time we have a new rule – “Always judge a book by its cover”

Lets see how this works…Here are a few of my pictures from a few days back.

My sister took these in our backyard.

Top – Kappahl, Jeans –  Kraus, Bag – Thrifted, Earrings – Thrifted

What does my photograph tell you about me? Am I a funny person or a loner?

We might see a lot of amusing results…..

This runs true for blogs as well. When I visit a new blog, there have been many times when I haven’t bothered to look through the pages because the header image wasn’t exciting or maybe the background was dull. There are so many reasons.

 Speaking of blog layouts, even after a lot of changes, I am still pondering over my blog layout….any suggestions?

Lost in time…

I apologize for the long pause from blogging…I can give a million reasons to the question “Why?” but I don’t think that’s necessary. Just a few words about what’s been happening in my life. First I got a job as a designer for an ethnic wear brand and it’s been almost 5 months, then I had lost around 15 kgs from when I moved in Kolkata to when I last posted. But sadly I am not progressing anymore now. Anyways, our house in Kolkata was under renovation for about a year and now it’s almost ready. So I have been a little busy doing furnishing and home décor shopping.

Well, enough with my life…Moving on….

First a trend which till now I despised but now it’s like I can see it in a new light. Trend in question – The Skirt with Kurti! And I’m not talking just about the maxi flared skirt with the sleeveless very short kurti. Lately I have noticed a few fabulous women pulling this trend off with flair. I would have never believed if I hadn’t seen this girl wearing a mini flared cotton skirt with a regular half sleeve kurti with side slits. It was wonderful!

So, I did some looks for this trend.

Kurti – Fabindia, Skirt – Etsy, Shoes & Belt – Zara, Bag – H&M, Necklace – Promod

Kurti – Fabindia, Skirt – Etsy, Shoes & Bangles – Accessorize, Bag – Global Desi, Earrings – Forever New

Kurti – Fabindia, Skirt & Bib Necklace – Etsy, Shoes – Aldo, Bangles – Accessorize, Bag – H&M, Belt – Promod

And now I’m looking for the perfect skirt and kurti that I can pull off.

That’s all for now. I’m gonna leave with some outfit shots I took while shopping for home decor.

And of course THE look!

Top – Vero Moda, Jeggings – Pantaloons, Bag – Venice, Earrings – Kolkata(streets), Watch – Guess

Hoping for more outfit posts soon! Take care….

Versace for H&M…

“A Vogue Idea”

I guess everybody’s aware of the Versace for H&M collection that will launch in a couple of days.

I hadn’t actually seen the collection up till now. And I’m not sure how much I like it.

I mean some of the pieces are nice but I’m not really sure about the palm prints!

So, here’s what I liked and I also created some looks…

I have really started to like the red-turquoise combination. The draped red dress is very glamorous and the vest is really hot!

The jacket has quilted details on the yoke and sleeves, gold-colored zip at front and cuffs and gold- and silver-colored studs at the hem. I think it would work very well with the gold metal mesh dress.

Initially I thought that the bling was too much but I think it’s really keeping up with Versace’s sensibility!

 

The bustier is made with patterned silk and has cut-out and decorative gold-colored buttons at the back. The skirt is in silk with gold- and silver-colored studs.

In my opinion, the Greek border at the hem looks fabulous. And I love the back of the bustier.

Take a look at their campaign. I really liked it.

See the entire collection…

Well, I would have really liked to see a more toned down collection because I feel this collection is too extreme as far as H&M is concerned. Although it does justice to Versace!

What do you feel about the collection? ‘Too out there’ or ‘I guess it could work’?

It’s all about the mystery…

IFB PROJECT #20: WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?

It’s true that now and again when I flip through the newspaper pretending that I’m reading the news, I’m actually looking for the page with astrological predictions.

A lot of us may say that we believe in predictions and not a day goes by when we leave the house without reading what’s going to happen to me (and a million other Virgos) through the day! But is it really true that a person sitting far away from us can decide what’s going to happen to us in the next few days? And then happily publish it!

I believe that fate can’t be decided. Last Saturday, while crossing the road, I was almost hit by a truck which I hadn’t noticed while walking. I believe that eons of years ago I was placed at that exact same spot where I would years later be almost hit by a truck! Now I don’t believe that some newspaper wrote that or that this same incident happened to a million other Virgos.

I think zodiac signs are merely a system to generalize the world population into categories based on their personalities. Why? I have no idea!

And I also feel that these predictions mostly make a psychological impact on our brains and we relate to it some way or the other because first thing in the morning we train our brains that this is going to happen to us!

 I’m a Virgo which means I should be a perfectionist. Sadly, I’m not….sometimes! Although it’s true when it comes to my blog. I will edit my pictures for days and still think that the lighting is not perfect!

Modest and Shy – are my and my sign’s biggest traits. The reason I don’t have many outfit posts yet.

Virgos are known to be meticulous, reliable, practical, diligent, intelligent and analytical. I have been found to be reliable and practical but the rest I have no idea!

And also – Fussy and a worrier, Overcritical and harsh, Perfectionist and conservative. I will say I’m extremely fussy. I don’t eat food that does not look good. And I’m awfully overcritical and harsh. I cannot walk by the street and not comment on what people are wearing (in my head)!

Virgos like – Cleanliness, animals, healthy foods, books, nature – of which I certainly do not like animals (any) and healthy food (I like to imagine that I do)!

They say Virgos like to serve. I definitely like to be served. They are very good friends, so am I!

Virgos have the uncanny sense to see what’s wrong with a person, a situation or your environment. It’s why Virgo makes such natural critics. This seems very true about me!

Virgo might be a “clean freak,” but most Virgos have a messy closet somewhere or a disaster under their bed. Extremely true for me.

I read somewhere that if you are travelling with a Virgo, you can never be late. This is absolutely true. I am never late anywhere. It’s like I have a clock inside me.

Having said that, I will say that even though I don’t believe in predictions, I do like to know what the stars have to say about me once in a while. And I’ve never had an experience where I read a prediction and it came out to be true!

I think it’s just that I love things that I don’t understand and is not in my control! Do you do too?