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The Multiple Facets of Jewellery Adornment

In Sanskrit, the word for jewellery is ‘aabharan’ that means to admire and protect. Jewellery is thus believed to be worn to take care of and protect our body and sensibilities of mental and physical well-being.

Adorning ourselves in beautiful jewellery and accessories is meant to enhance our beauty and aesthetic appeal. History reveals that, in ancient times doctors would recommend an amulet that can be worn to guard the body from diseases.
Today, magnetic belts are commonly worn to increase the circulation of blood to specific body parts that can help these parts heal.

Gold and many semi- precious stones are considered auspicious and are believed to be tokens of wellness. Adornment does not always need to be elaborate, flamboyant or expensive. Adornment can also be simple. Adornment occurs in tribal areas, in the mountains and in villages where even though the lifestyle is simple, people still consider wearing jewellery significant.

Design characteristics and embellishments are commonly found in all parts of nature and design draws inspiration from this using plants and animals to create stunning jewellery designs that are be used as forms of adornment. We can see adornment and design all around us. For example in the stripes of a zebra, peacock feathers, swans eyes, butterfly wings etc. and all of these designs help us in our design sensibilities.

While adornment has always been an important factor in design with multiple meanings and uses, teamed with comfort, it acts as a personal expression of ourselves.


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The Bollywood Celebrity Replica Trend



Recall the days when you brought a magazine with you to your favourite tailor and asked them to duplicate the ensemble of what your favourite star wore in a specific film? Now, you just have to go online, look at a variety of replicas that are available to purchase on websites, then select what Bollywood stars wore in their newest film or at particular red carpet event, and then simply order it. From a saree to a particular salwar kameez, you will be able to find it.

E-commerce brands have understood that Bollywood style clothing sells in a very large way, not just in India, but globally as well. Rahul Garg, the co-founder and CEO of ArtisanGilt.com stated that the global customers purchase extremely high-value products and their quantities are over double then by local customers.

According to Garg, these consumers are happy purchasing very expensive replicas of specific garments and accessories that have been showcased by Bollywood stars. He also claimed that his garments are actually made by the same materials and are designed precisely like the original.

Garg also stated that within the case of global customers, Bollywood is the main and important sector to showcase fashion garment trends in India. And that most these consumers purchase these particle items for social parties, particularly weddings.

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Bollywood Actresses and their Social Commitments

Who said that Bollywood Celebrities are only interested in themselves?

Indeed two weeks ago they attended an event organized by Nikhar Tandon in Mumbai to raise funds for cataract surgeries and medical camps, moreover a part of the proceeds will be developed to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The host of the event was the founder of Samyedana Foundation, created in order to support under-privileged children. In this case the show was about artworks made by different artists, including Nikhar herself.

Among the guests present, some caught our attention for their sober and good-looking outfits. One of these was Karisma Kapoor dressed in a white shirt and floral pants, enhanced by high heels and open toe Louboutin shoes paired a statement necklace. The outfit was completed with a simple hairstyle constituted by a fishtail braid.


Other actresses opted for monochromatic outfits, for example Aditi Rao Hydari choose a long black kurta and embroidered pants designed by Anita Dongre, complemented by golden heels and a clutch in the same colour, finished by a beautiful necklace. The makeup was really simple and she looked chic and elegant.

Also the outfit chosen by Lisa Haydon was Black, even if it was a little bit more eye-catching because of the stripes on the dress. The chiffon top featured roses around the neck softening her outfit.

Completely in contrast with them, Parineeti Chopra opted for white trousers and same colour top paired with nude open shoes. Finally Gauhar Khan, the famous Raw Star, was wearing a black high- waist skirt and a white sleeveless top, obviously with black pointed heels. A puff hairstyle completed her outfit.

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Will Freida Pinto ever Act in Bollywood?

Freida Pinto is a famous international actress who comes originally from India. She was born and grew up in Mumbai. Everybody knows her for her appearance in “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), a movie directed by Danny Boyle.

Now Freida is an affirmed actress, who is waiting to present her new film “Knight of Cups” in 2015, in which she has acted with Hollywood actors Christian Bale and Natalie Portman. In the meantime she finally expressed her intention to work in India.



She is 30 years old, but has never worked in her own country. Indeed from when she was young she has always wanted to become a global actress so at some point of time she just packed her bags and took a plane to Hollywood. According to what she said, the most difficult thing is to convince Hollywood that Indian actors can play different roles, not just the ones related to their country. 

Freida explained that when she goes to an audience, she is just an actress playing a role, not an Indian actress. Fortunately nowadays filmmakers are not so strict, they are open to hire actors from India in order to play different characters. A behaviour that was not so diffused 10 years ago.

She would like to become a role model for other Indian girls who dream of a different life, but at the same time she doesn’t forget her origins: Indian education permitted her to appreciate real relationships and to do not be scared by other countries’ poorness because she already experienced her own country’s one.

Indeed the only reason why she never made a Bollywood movie is that every time an opportunity came up, she was already committed with another film outside India. Maybe finally it is the right time for the actress to come back to her origins?

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Dapper Jacket Trends for Men

Indian men are always experimenting with fashion and recently there has been much interest in the famous velour jacket spotted on Karan Johar during his popular chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’. The stylish director is spotted in a new colour of these velour jackets in most episodes of his chat show. This trend has caught on with many famous personalities that are wearing these jackets in royal colours like teal, burgundy and claret.


Actor, Ranveer Singh who is definitely the talk of the town for his bold style statements has been seen wearing a brocade and jacquard jacket that also became extremely stylish. The fabric for these jackets has a slight shimmer instead of a gloss and when made with good quality fabrics, these jackets are sure to please.

Ace designer, Sabyasachi recently launched a collection of floral printed suits that is forecasted to trend in 2015. These suits suit young and lean men that sport bush-beards like Sabyasachi’s typical men models. The tuxedo was another favourite trend of 2014. One can never go wrong with the classic tuxedo and it truly is the ultimate form of gentlemen’s dressing.

Imran Khan who is usually impeccably dressed often shows up in luxurious tuxedos at events and the dapper white jacket tuxedo with fitted black pants is another favourite.

With the festive season and New Year, not only will the ladies will look glamorous in their shining gowns but also well-dressed men are sure to steal the show!

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Latest Indian Fashion Trend Predictions for 2015


We’re now in 2015 and are soon to be entering the crazy fashion season which includes hundreds of shows across a number of cities, showcasing an influx of new fashion ideas and trends. This can be slightly overwhelming in the fast pace of the fashion world, especially within the ever-evolving Indian fashion sector. But don’t panic, we’re here to help!

This year will bring a huge variety of new and exciting Indian trends that can be worked into almost everyone's wardrobe, whether you are looking for a casual day outfit or stand-out evening attire. Here are our top 4 trend predictions for this year,

Colour Blocking

2014 saw an influx of neutral tones and toned down hues swarm the runways and high streets, but colour seems to slowly creeping back into the limelight. The colour-blocking trend is one that has come and gone many times, but this year we’re seeing it come back with a point of different to keep up with the latest Indian trends; layering! By layering up contrasting colours it creates bold and stylish look that can be worn in variety of ways to suit peoples personal styles.


Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Sougat Paul

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Sougat Paul




Feminine Sheers

Sheer has also been a popular trend in the past but this year we’re seeing it take a feminine turn. In the past the sheer trend is been somewhat edgy in it’s aesthetic, but this new sheer trend takes on a feminine embodiment in the form of stylish evening dresses and gowns. This trend can be worn as a daring skin bearing look or teamed with other garments such as underskirts as a classy layering technique.

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Anita Dongre

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Sougat Paul


Gold Embellishment

Black is a trend which will never go out of fashion, and what better way to embrace it than with a stylish gold embellishment. 2014 was the year of bold and basic trends with minimum detail, but 2015 is always seeing an influx of pattern and embellishment. Black and gold are definitely the colours of choice within the latest Indian trends for 2015; a match made in heaven!

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Anita Dongre

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Anita Dongre


Fringing

Tassels and fringing is a trend that has been on and off for a while now, but mainly within festival fashion. The 2015 trend is all about dressing up the fringing look; think evening gowns and girly dresses. Bright colours are also a key part of this trend, forget the natural brown and nude tones of 2014, and go for bright and bold hues for a quirky and stylish look!

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Sougat Paul

Predicted and latest fashion Indian trends for 2015 | Sougat Paul

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Best Dressed Celebrities from the Filmfare Awards 2015 in India


The most anticipated and loved award show of the season has now taken place, as well as eagerly predicting the winners, there was one thing we couldn’t help but look at; what the Bollywood ladies were wearing! Most went for formal Indian designer wear or gowns for the special occasion, while some went for more unique outfit options.

Everybody at the event looked fabulous, but here is our best dressed list from the event:

Sonam Kapoor has to be the star of the show for us, she looked amazing in in this gorgeous Indian designer wear which included a slinky beige two piece with a lace embroidered bralet and silky skirt. Her outfit was perfectly complete teamed with a matching sheer cape and layered up statement gold jewellery, just beautiful!

Best Dressed Celebrity's from The Filmfare Awards 2015 | Sonam Kapoor


Illeana D’cruz was another favourite of ours in this simple and classy black tailored number with a flattering plunge neck and feminine cape. The whole outfit was bought together perfectly with a simple gold belt and subtle up do.

Best Dressed Celebrity's from The Filmfare Awards 2015 | Illeana D'cruz


Deepika Padukone stood out to us as usual with this stunning white gown with a unique waterfall silhouette, lace embroidered body and simple white heels. She teamed the look with a classic up-do and dark lip, a perfect combo!

Best Dressed Celebrity's from The Filmfare Awards 2015 | Deepika Padukone


Shraddha Kapoor looked gorgeous in elegant and feminine Indian designer wear in shimmery tones of gold and nude. She teamed the fabulous gown with neutral make-up and soft wavy locks, a match made in heaven.

Best Dressed Celebrity's from The Filmfare Awards 2015 | Shraddha Kapoor


Last but not least, Sophie Choudry was a favourite of ours in this opulent and elegant gown with a faltering strapless silhouette and detailed gold embroidery, simple but stylish!

Best Dressed Celebrity's from The Filmfare Awards 2015 | Sophie Chroudry

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Sources: Rediff

Top 10 Most Cheesiest Love Songs of All Time


Valentines day is upon us and with it it brings all things cheesy and lovey dovey. Cheesy love songs never seem to go out of fashion, and we’re at that time of year again when they are out in full force. Whether you love them or hate them, you will probably know most of the words and sing along when you hear them, we know we do!

Here is our top 10 list of the cheesiest love songs of all time:

1. Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - 1984


2. Sonny & Cher - I got you babe - 1965


3. K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life - 1998




4. CĂ©line Dion - My Heart Will Go On - 1997




5. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You- 2003



6. Seal Kiss From a Rose official video - 1994




7. Tony Bennett - The Way You Look Tonight - 1958

8. Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You - 1978


9. Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is - 1984




10. Bryan Adams Everything I Do I Do It For You - 1991




Valentines Gift Ideas from Strand of Silk


Valentines day is drawing nearer, and weather you hate it or love it; it’s hard to escape it! With an influx of Valentines Day gifts swarming shop front displays, TV adverts and magazines, it’s hard to know where to look or what to select.

We are here to make it a little easier for you! We have selected our top 3 Valentines Gift ideas and Indian Accessories sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face.

First is this stunning clutch bag by Meera Mahadevia. This exquisite clutch bag in gold polish is the perfect and luxury gift for a special occasion such as Valentines Day. It features a maroon velvet base ornamented with gorgeous metal flowers at the front lower half. The dazzling big semi-precious embellished stones make it all the more striking and desirable for that special someone. This versatile and easy to combine shape is ideal for those days that require something really special.

Valentines Gift Ideas from Strand of Silk | Stunning Clutch Bag by Meera Mahadevia


A Meera Mahadevia clutch bag is exquisitely detailed with a variety of semi-precious stones to create luxury fashion forward Indian accessories. Hand-made to the last detail, no two bags are identical though each enjoys a life-long after sales service. She designs luxury clutches for Bollywood actresses to famous celebrities.

Second is this stunning Diagold ring, which is a playful take on fine jewellery with a distinct message and look. This Diamond and Ruby Encrusted Bird brings with it a Pear Cut Emerald for an awe-striking effect. Indian Designer Varda Geonka's 'Bird' ring is intricately crafted from 18-karat Gold and plated white for added brilliance. This signature piece will make a love-forever precious investment for that lucky lady.
Valentines Gift Ideas from Strand of Silk | Stunning Ring from Diagold


The Diagold Designer collection by Varda Geonka offers fine and intricate Indian accessories created with passion for creation. Known for it's trendy designs, quality products and exemplary service. Each stunning piece undergoes the 4C's test: 'Cut, Clarity, Carat, Colour' with each stone cut with precision to create stunning master pieces.

Last but not least are these pretty circular dangling earrings by Roopa Vohra, in a stunning hoop design encrusted with five sparkling white stones. It also features a teardrop shaped striking red semi-precious stone with five golden chain danglers. This charming feminine style will make the perfect pretty gift for Valentines Day.
Valentines Gift Ideas from Strand of Silk | Poyvore featuring Stunning Roopa Vohra Earrings


Roopa Vohra is a Mumbai based Jewellery designer who creates contemporary and stylish Indian accessories. Her trademark styles incorporate traditional Indian crafts like Thewa and Kundan into her contemporary styles. Her collections include a range of Necklaces, Bracelets, Cuffs and Earrings in sterling silver plated with 22 kt Gold.

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