As the temperature is soaring, everyone is feeling the heat. Looking fashionable in such weather seems next to impossible. But with some creativity, one can easily beat the heat and come out as a winner. With the below-mentioned hottest summer trends, you can strike a perfect balance between being comfy and stylish. Let’s have a look at the latest Indian fashion trends.
Comfort at its best
With sun at its peak, everyone looks for comfort wear that not only relieves you from the scorching heat but also makes you look uber chic. This calls for loose-fitted, lightweight and breezy garments. One can match tops and kurtis in cotton and linen fabrics with skirts, palazzos, pants or even shorts to create an occasion-friendly ensemble.
This year printed shorts are one of the hottest Indian summer fashion trends. Prints can vary from full bloom florals to graphic prints that add oomph to your otherwise monotonous wardrobe. One can pair a plain white or black tee with printed shorts and you are ready to rock and roll! Printed shorts are some of the best summer-wear that make you feel comfortable without compromising on the style quotient.
Bardot tops have emerged as the most popular Indian summer fashion trend of 2016. These utterly stylish tops are reigning this summer and make you look effortlessly chic. Basically it is an off-shoulder top, also known as cold-shoulder top that reveals your shoulders and falls over your chest to give a frill-like effect. Everyone from Bollywood celebs to their fans are flaunting this summer trend with panache. One can pair a simple bardot top with denims, shorts, skirts or even palazzos to create a killer statement look.
Summer fashion in India is incomplete without a statement sari. Your summer wardrobe is good for nothing if you don’t add a handful of statement saris in cotton and linen fabrics. These saris are not heavy on fabric or embroidery but are lightweight and are an easy to carry attire in summer season. One can pick an appropriate statement sari for an informal get-together or a small event.
This season we are witnessing another hot fashion trend for summer; long capes. Yes, wearing a long jacket-style cape over your pair of denims or shorts look extremely trendy. Adding a cape to your normal daily wear gives an edge to it. A long cape could be in any breezy fabric like cotton or linen and could be either full-sleeves or sleeveless depending upon your choice. Pairing it with a sundress or any other knee-length dress is also a good idea.
Cotton kurtis have become a quintessential part of our wardrobes. These are not just great comfort wear but also look great on each and every body type and shape. The versatility of kurti makes it a must-have summer wear for one and all. The huge variety of styles like anarkali style, flaired or straight kurti gives you the option of pairing it with pants, denims or churidars. One can wear a long straight kurti with loose-fitted ankle-length palazzo for a coffee date or at office without giving it a second thought.
Paint the town red
This summer make sure you have at least one red colour outfit in your wardrobe. Be it a vibrant red top or a ruffle skirt, red is a go-to colour this season. Adding a red jumpsuit or red cape will also be a wise decision as this poppy colour is definitely in this season. It will certainly add zing to your closet and you is sure to make you stand out.
Accessories are the key
Summer fashion is incomplete without great accessories. Accessories have the power to turn a boring dress into a stunning outfit. This summer don’t forget to add the right accessories like a pair of cool shades and georgette scarves to get all the attention you crave. Different styles and sizes of handbags is also a great investment to make this season as it immediately revamps your overall look and makes you look ultra-fashionable.
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Cannes Film Festival is one-of-its-kind. It not only promotes and showcases movies from across the globe but is also a great gateway to the world of fashion. Every year it set fashion trends that rule the entire year. Celebrities from the film fraternity turn out for movie premieres in the best designer dresses that frame the fashion trend for upcoming year. This year was the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival and yet again we witnessed some of the hottest fashion styles. Let’s have a look at the best red carpet looks from this year.
When in doubt, wear black! Yes, black is the safest bet for red carpet events. It’s not just a formal colour but also makes you look slimmer. No wonder most of the celebrities choose to wear black at formal occasions. This year too many celebrities wore black gowns at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 but the gorgeous actress Julianne Moore and talented Kristen Stewart really caught our eye. While Juliane opted for a sheer black Givenchy gown along with Chopard jewellery, Kristen looked fabulous in a retro-inspired Chanel dress with a sheer button-up top. Both rocked their respective black numbers with grace and panache.
Red never goes out of vogue. Also known as the colour of passion and sensuality, red looks ravishing on one and all. Keeping this in mind, stunning Bella Hadid and super model and actress Rosie Huntington Whiteley wore red gowns at Cannes 2016. Bella flaunted a daring thigh-high slit Alexandre Vauthier’s red satin halter neck gown and looked like a million bucks. Rosie also chose an Alexandre Vauthier gown and completed her look with jewellery from Chanel Joaillerie. They did complete justice with the red and made it their own.
Yellow is synonymous with all things bright and beautiful. And this is what we witnessed when we saw the gorgeous Anna Kendrick in marigold Stella McCartney gown and Bulgari jewellery. The silhouette was simple yet eye-catching, all thanks to the pop yellow colour. Apart from Anna Kendrick, Jessica Chastain also chose a yellow strapless gown for her red carpet appearance and looked dazzling.
Sometimes a neutral hue does all the wonder. Which is explains why designers came up with nude coloured gowns. Who rocked a sheer Atelier Versace sheer gown? None other than our very own ‘Gossip Girl’, Blake Lively! She looked like a true diva in her sheer gown with little glittery sequins and made onlookers go wow! Ex-Miss world and Bollywood starlet Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also chose a beautiful cape style sheer gown and owned the look. In addition, the very talented Kirsten Dunst sported a sheer nude gown with lace detailing. Not to forget, Bella Hadid’s Cavalli Couture gown that made her look angelic.
White is indeed a serene color and looks great on all skin complexions. We spotted actress, Eva Longoria, of Desperate Housewives fame, sporting a divine Pamella Roland white dress with a beaded top and fish-cut white fitted skirt. Her sartorial choice made her win the fancy of fashion police. Another hit at Cannes fashion was Indian beauty Sonam Kapoor, who dazzled in her white Ralph & Russo’s dramatic gown with embroidered cape. She looked utterly sophisticated and classy in her white ensemble. Calling her a delicate princess won’t be an exaggeration! Kirsten Dunst, actress-par-excellence also chose a fitted white gown with delicate straps and gave shutterbugs a visual delight!
Though the list of eye-candy fashion statements on the Cannes red carpet was endless, the above mentioned are our personal favourites. Take a look and I’m sure you will be mesmerised by the fashion at its best!
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Mehndi art or henna tattooing is one of the most popular rituals among Indians. A bride has henna applied on her hands and feet just before the wedding ceremony. It’s a symbol of beauty, aesthetics, and fertility and is considered a blessing as she starts her new life as a married women. The art and history of applying henna in intricate designs is something India is proud of.
Even westerners are becoming increasingly interested in getting themselves tattooed with henna as it not only looks beautiful but also smells great. And the best part is it is temporary. Henna or mehndi also has medicinal properties as it’s a natural component derived from mehndi plant. It soothes your stomach and skin and has other ayurvedic properties too. One can have ample design options ranging from flora and fauna to other motifs with delicate patterns that can all be drawn with henna.
So, let’s have a look at some of the most creative henna tattoos.
Flowers as henna tattoo looks amazing. It not only has aesthetic value but also has a meaning when used as a bridal henna design. Blooming flowers signifies the onset of new beginning or life. One can choose to get a detailed floral pattern, a lotus flower, vines, leaves or a simple petal flower henna design. All designs look delicate and feminine when done with precision and neatness. Basically application of henna can lead to the formation of a myriad designs. It could be anything and everything. But floral patterns are one of the most common as well as creative styles of henna tattoo.
Henna tattooing is among the most sought-after forms of body art. One can adorn different parts of one’s body with mehndi without any fear of pain or side-effects. Also, its temporary nature gives you an opportunity to experiment with various designs. Other most creative style of henna tattooing is getting animals drawn on with mehndi. In India, brides insist on getting a peacock done with henna on their hands. A peacock is considered lucky and happens to bring good fortune in the post-marriage life of a bride. Also, parrots, butterflies, swans and humming birds are drawn to support the elaborate henna design and symbolize the messenger of love and success. You can get a little edgy and can get a cat tattoo done with henna if you happen to be a cat-lover. When it comes to henna tattooing, options are limitless!
A dreamcatcher design has its origin in native North America. People in North America are besotted with the prominence of dreamcatcher design and don’t shy away to get a permanent tattoo done with dreamcatcher as the main element. The intricate design and symbols that together create a dreamcatcher can be drawn with henna tattoo. The dreamcatcher is usually used to protect kids from nightmares and catch good dreams. Now more and more people are becoming inclined to get a dreamcatcher made with the help of mehndi. Generally it is a circular pattern with interweaving symbols and designs. It is unique and creative.
Sun, Moon and Stars
Apart from flowers and animals, other creative forms of henna tattooing are becoming prominent. For example, things like sun, moon and stars made with mehndi. Such designs not only look amazing but also have a meaningful relevance. Getting a star designed with henna represents your shining qualities. On the other hand, the moon henna tattoo signifies lasting love. Not to forget, the sun design shows that you are a lover of everything bright.
Names and phrases
The list also includes another very creative yet common henna tattoo design which is getting one’s name or an important phrase made with mehndi. Some people like to get their names or just initials designed with henna on different parts of their bodies. Others love to get a phrase like ‘carpe diem’, ‘seize the day’ etc designed. These kinds of henna designs show one’s intellect, passion and personality.
Other random designs
Henna tattooing is so versatile that one can choose to get anything and everything made with it. But the majority of people love to get something either they are fond of or has some relevance to their lives or identity. Most popular among these designs are those of dragons, snakes, mermaids, roses, scorpions, hearts, butterflies, owls, feathers and tinkerbell (to name a few).
I’m sure by now you must be tempted enough to get yourself a cool and trendy henna tattoo. So, what are you waiting for?
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After a few days of sunshine and warm weather in London, the rain and clouds have made another unwelcome appearance. So, to cheer myself, as well as all of you guys up, I have decided to create a lighter blog post this week with all the funniest memes I have found.
Tell me which one you prefer in the comments below!
From Back to the Future Day (21st October 2015) - thankfully multi-coloured hats and inside out pockets are still not standard attire!
I think we can all relate to this! Am I right?!
Well I like to believe this is the case! :-p
I have this reaction far more than I should! (note to self: be less judgmental)
30 and counting...:-p
I can so hear Miranda Priestly saying this
I 100% agree with this one - I love wearing bright clothes. Everyone should be able to wear what they feel comfortable in without fear of judgement.
Can always rely on Carrie for top notch life lessons!
This happens literally every evening I go out!
So true! (for me at least) :-p
I hope this cheered you up! See you soon for my next article.
Spring season is all about giving your favorite parkas a break and indulging in something cool and fashionable. The Spring / Summer season lets you go out and have some fun in the sun. But the question here is, what clothes will be suitable for this weather? Spring calls for something comfortable yet stylish. So I’m going to that you through some of the most stylish outfits for the spring season.
This is the go-to attire one spring dress. A flowy breezy maxi dress is all you need to look extremely stylish. One can choose from a variety of options like sleeveless, strapless, or even tube maxi in light fabrics like chiffon, georgette or cotton with floral prints or other quirky prints on it. If you are opting for a plain or striped maxi dress, compliment it with a scarf, a denim jacket and a pair of sneakers and get the spring spirit on.
Bring out the trendy you with off-shoulder dresses. Yes, this spring is all about being fun and flirty. Dress for spring with an off-shoulder dress and pair it with a chunky neckpiece or a printed scarf and you are ready to rock a casual meet-up with friends or a date with your crush.
Small floral prints
Unlike last year, this year small floral prints like daisies are in. Big garden floral prints take a backseat and give way to 90’s inspired little floral prints on dresses and tops. Be it monochrome or multi-color, small floral print dresses, blouses and frocks are among the most stylish spring outfits of this year.
Get your hands on shirt-dresses
This spring is all about shirt-dresses. This casual attire is as necessary as a white button-down in any girl’s closet. One can play around with a shirt-dress depending upon the occasion. Wear it with a pair of sneakers and aviators for a day get together or change it into a formal outfit by adding a tan belt or a golden neckpiece with peep-toes.
Ruffles are back
We witnessed a lot of ruffle dresses in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The trend of ruffles has made a comeback this spring. Ramps and runways across the planet are showcasing lots of voluminous frills, over-the-top ruffles and other structural dresses as the hottest trend of this season. Ruffle dresses in lace and sheer fabrics look romantic and feminine.
Bohemian fringe jacket
Jackets and coats are not restricted to winters only. One can opt for cotton based jackets and coats and pair it up with denims and t-shirt. This spring try your hands on Bohemian style fringe jacket and pair it up with hot-pants and t-shirt. This spring you can look uber chic with fringe jacket and gladiator shoes.
Pleated skirts are the best investment one can make this spring. Add this girly skirt into your wardrobe and you are spring-ready. Pleated skirts in pastel hues, rainbow colored or single bold colours look just fab with collar shirts or round neck tees. Add a pair of sandals and sling bag to complete your stylish spring look. Printed pleated skirts can be transformed into statement attire when paired with plain crop-tops and flats.
Fashion is recurring in nature and this is why we witness many fashion classics making their way back into today’s time. One such example of classic fashion is tie-dye dresses. The tie-dye trend will remind you of throwback summers which meant free-spirited anti-fit dresses that are reminiscent of the rather care-free attitude of that era. One can choose from an array of options like sleek silhouette tie-dye dresses, anti-fit dresses or wrap-arounds tie-dye skirts with blouses.
Kick flare pants
Last year we were introduced to kick flare pants and this year is no different as the trend is going to be bigger and better only. One can enjoy the ankle-exposing length pants in denim, cargos, sweat pants or printed cotton pants this spring. Match it up with a trendy top and carry your cool.
Add a dash of pink this spring
Subdued shades of pink are going be all the rage this spring. Get your hands on the feminine shades of pink be it pastel, blush or baby pink and let your soul submit to the serenity of spring. From soft pink bottoms to stunning tees, pink is going to make you look ravishing. A baby pink dress would be a perfect choice if you are going for a day engagement party or a baby shower. And if you are thinking to add a splash of pink in your office wears, get yourself a pale pink mini skirt which looks classy and sophisticated with white blouse.
I’m sure you got all the pointers you were looking for to look stylish this spring. So what are you waiting for? Head out and soak up the spring spirit!
Indian designers are known for their impeccable designs worldwide. Their forte is not limited to just Indian dresses but has also forayed into making some of the most remarkable gowns. Gowns are popular formal attire of western countries. But Indian designers have come up with a version to suit the needs of Indian women. Not just in India, even Hollywood actresses and other dignitaries are inclined towards the gowns made by Indian designers. Many Indian fashion designers have come up with gorgeous dresses that are to die-for. Let’s have a look at designer Indian gowns flaunted by our very own Bollywood actresses.
Deepika Padukone in Gaurav Gupta Ensemble
The talented and very beautiful Deepika Padukone is a die-hard fan of gowns. Her athletic frame and petite figure help her flaunt any dress be it a sari, lehenga, suit or gown. But what really wowed me was Deepika’s choice of Gaurav Gupta’s ensemble. This golden sheer gown designed by renowned designer Gaurav was flaunted by the actress at Idea Filmfare Awards 2013. She looked every bit a diva in this dress. The ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actress completed her look with golden pumps, red lipstick and side-swept hair.
Yami Gautam in Sonakshi Raaj Dress
The dimpled beauty Yami Gautam was spotted in a sunshine yellow Sonakshi Raaj gown at 14th Zee Cine Awards. Yami looked very stylish in the off-shoulder structured bright yellow gown. This figure-hugging dress with flared bottom is perfect evening attire. Matched with a pair of emerald earrings and a ring, Yami looked like a million bucks.
Swara Bhaskar in Gauri & Nainika Gown
The gorgeous Swara Bhaskar rocked a hot pink gown by designer duo Gauri &Nainika at 14th Zee Cine Awards. She looked enchanting in a floor-length mermaid-style gown with frill detailing at the shoulder. The colour, structure and concept of this particular gown is both edgy and classy for a formal evening.
Katrina Kaif in Naem Khan
Who doesn’t want to wear a Naem Khan outfit? And if angelic Katrina wears one of the stunning gowns by Naem Khan, it ought to be a deadly combo, which was the case at 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards where Katrina wore a beautiful black shimmer gown by none other than ace designer Naem Khan. She looked oh-so-hot in strapless body-hugging gown and made onlookers drool over the beauty of the actress as well as the unique design of the gown.
Priyanka Chopra in Arpan Vohra
Former Miss World and actress par excellence, Priyanka Chopra is known for her choice of garments. She amazes her fans and fashion police every time with her occasion-appropriate dressing. Yet again, PC made onlookers go gaga over her golden and black Arpan Vohra gown at the red carpet event of TOIFA 2013 in Vancouver. This halter neck gown with golden and black detailing accentuated her perfect curves and made her look chic. To complete the look, the actress chose a side-swept hairstyle and black clutch and looked fabulous.
Kajol in Ayesha Depala
Our very own dusky beauty, Kajol made a rare appearance in a spectacular beige strapless gown by Ayesha Depala at Vogue Beauty Awards 2012. The veteran actress flaunted the gown with grace and panache. The gown itself was a piece of art with very fine embroidery detailing. The embroidery on the bodice and the skirt enhanced the curvy Kajol’s figure and made her look ravishing.
Huma Qureshi in Nikhal Thampi
Huma Qureshi is one of the Bollywood actresses, known for her acting prowess as well as her fuller figure. When Huma Qureshi chose a cherry red gown by Nikhal Thampi at the red carpet event of 20th Annual Life Ok Screen Awards, she made us adore her even more. She did complete justice to the off-shoulder gown with a knee-high slit. Huma flaunted her envious curves in a modest yet pristine manner. This gown certainly makes its place in our list of favorite Indian designer gowns.
Fashion wear is an amalgamation of the imagination and creativity of a designer. Some dresses win over the masses and others just create a spectacle.
A designer’s work is beyond the understanding of a layman. Usually they create garments which make you go weak in your knees and sometimes they come up with the dresses which can safely be called unusual, outrageous or that just have no wear- ability factor. These type of dresses just serve to put on a good show, cause a stir, but also to inspire people to let there imaginations run wild.
Let’s have a look at some of the most extravagant fashion week dresses of all time.
Gaurav Gupta’s black gown worn by none other than the very beautiful Kareena Kapoor Khan at Lakme Fashion Week is one of the finest examples of extravagant dressing.Without a doubt Kareena can more that pull off the look and she carry's the dress with great panache. Nonetheless, in my opinion it is over-the-top for public wear and is therefore apt for Indian runway fashion only.
Manish Arora is one such designer who creates fashion show outfits which are high on creativity and fantasy and low on wearability. His creations are quirky, imaginative and irreverent in the truest sense of the word. His ensembles are more of a story than a dress.
1. Gaurav Gupta’s Ensemble
2. Manish Arora - The King of Quirk!
He takes inspiration from fairytales, carnivals, the circus, cartoon characters and brings out exaggerated silhouettes with bold colors and patterns. He believes in creating outfits with too much bling and shimmer. He makes extensive use of appliqués, motifs and embroidery to create something extraordinary yet too extravagant to wear.
His outfits are a form of showmanship and create a wonderful spectacle, however they are of course impractical and belong only on stage or on a runway.
Though many national and International icons have sported his creations time and again. Big names like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Heidi Klum and Lady Gaga are some of the celebrities who have Manish Arora as their go-to designer.
New York has emerged as one of the prominent fashion capitals in the world. Many renowned designers showcase their collections at the prestigious fashion week every year. Some outfits are to die for and others make you scratch your head in bewilderment.
3. New York Fashion Week - Elaborate Face-Mask
One such outfit was seen at Givenchy 9/11 New York Fashion Week which was organized to pay tribute to the American Dream. A model showcased a white dress with an elaborate white face mask - calling it extravagant isn't an exaggeration.
Paris is undoubtedly the fashion hub with most of the haute couture designers who present collections setting the trends for the season. Yet again there are many striking designs which make your head turn in awe. Some designs are of course far away from practicality and feasibility factors. One such design which caught my eye at PFW SS16 was a multicolored printed dress with wide arms. I love it, but would not want to be seen walk down the street in it!
Yet other outlandish outfits were seen during last year’s London Fashion Week, with some of them being too bizarre to be believed. One such outfit was a cactus themed outfit with big wavy H-shaped black and white ensemble which covered the wearer’s head. In truth I thought this one really missed the mark since it looked funny rather than creative. I guess it would make a good fancy dress outfit!
The above examples are some of my favourite extravagant fashion week dresses. Let me know of any which you think should have made the list!
4. Paris Fashion Week - Manish Arora Strikes Again!
5. London Fashion Week - Cactus Outfit
The above examples are some of my favourite extravagant fashion week dresses. Let me know of any which you think should have made the list!
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