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My Experiments with Orange

5 Sep

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A Single Sunflower

A Perfect Start to a bright, sunny day in Bangalore, India – A Single Orange Sunflower. Unintentionally, I ended up experimenting with Orange. Trying on bright colours and carrying it off in a chic way is an achievement in itself. My Experiments with Orange is a journey of fashion, food and fun, all depicted pictorially below.

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My Experiments with Orange

Worn: Orange shirt by Vero Moda, Navy baggy trousers by Vero Moda, Victoria pendant by Accessorize, Sunglasses by Benetton, Blue Leather belt purchased in thrift market, Black shoes with bow detail by Atmosphere, Prada-inspired colour-blocked Cutch bag purchased in thrift market, Watch by Calvin Klein.

Posing coyly, feeling self-conscious in taking my own pictures, I decided to experiment more with orange through a perfect lunch date at a Chinese restaurant. The palette was brimming with orange, red, bright yellow and complementary mint colours.

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Colour blocked Lunch

A colour-blocked lunch with Orange Passion drink that matched with my Prada-inspired colour blocked clutch, a complementary Lime Mint Cooler and an appetizer of Chicken Wings served with orange colour sweet chilli sauce.

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Sweet Chilli Sauce

I didn’t enjoy the main course so much, but loved the hot ‘n’ cold dessert – a Fried Ice Cream topped with caramel sauce.

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Fried Ice Cream Dessert

Lunch was succeeded by a stroll along the retail space and getting engrossed in a whole new retail experience, being totally flabbergasted by the amass of fashion products at display and aspiring to buy them someday. I happened to notice a store window with orange floral detailing and orange outfits at display.

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The Orange Store Window at UB City

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Paul Smith Dressing Room

The Paul Smith Store equally resonated the warm, orange feel trough its lighting and in-store display. I wished I could buy some exquisite British products (nostalgia – missing London).

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Colours of Anthropologie – II

13 Jul

Anthropologie has been my favourite brand for a very long time. Its timeless, universal, hand-crafted collection exuberates colour, vibrancy and chicness. For some time, I have been subscribing to Anthropologie‘s online newsletters and so far I have collected some of the best direct marketing or e-marketing campaign posters. Here are some of the best.

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Un-blue Pastel Pink denims Anthropologie & AG Stevie ankle

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Anthropologie Spring occasion floral dress

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Everyday black and white printed dress

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Anthropologie's Indigo maxi printed dress

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Multi-coloured Printed floral maxi dress by Anthropologie

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Catamaran multi-coloured printed dress

Spring Bell-bottom denims

Colour-blocked pants by Anthropologie

Soft, nude summer dress by Anthropologie

Read my previous Anthropologie post by clicking here.

Prada Inspired Colour-Blocked Clutch

8 Jul

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Prada Inspired colour-blocked clutch

From Prada to Gucci to Louis Vuitton and numerous other brands, Colour blocking is the trend for Spring-Summer 2011. Bright reds, fuchsia, electric blues, teal and peacock green are all rage this season.  This brings light onto my latest acquisition, a Prada Inspired Colour-blocked Clutch picked up from a thrift shop in Bangalore.

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Side view of Prada Inspired colour-blocked clutch

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Colour blocked clutch against Marilyn Monroe Pop Art background

Clutch: Red-Yellow-Black with gold studs and a gold chain – Thrift shop, Bangalore, India

Available in 3 more colours (Off White-Pastel pink, Brown – Dark brown – Black, Pastel Pink – White – Black)

H&M back to its Swedish roots

2 Feb

Well!! H&M has finally decided to collaborate with Swedish Hasbeens, a cult shoe brand that uses handcrafted technique and environmentally friendly methods. Hasbeens makes shoes out of wood and the leather with a genuine handcrafted leather finish, something traditional and contemporary at the same time. It will seem to fit perfectly well in H&M’s SS11’s bohemian look.

Lately, H&M has also stocked ‘H&M Waste Collection’ made out of waste fabrics but there’s no saying that how far this will prove useful. Fast fashion and eco-friendly don’t go hand-in-hand, its quite contradictory. Like the brand Hasbeen, I hope this collaboration will go larger than themselves in actually doing some good to the society by contributing part of the money to some good cause.


Black Swan

26 Jan

Here I go, I just happened to see Darren Aronofsky’s film, Black Swan and I am in total awe of it. In a swan like grace, the director has splendidly encapsulated every moment on reel. The most impressive thing about this movie were the alluring, graphically memorable posters in addition to the regular movie posters, showing the contrast between the graceful yet fragile dancer against the menacing black swan.

Designed by La Boca, a London-based design firm, the four posters, as described by Nouse.co.uk, are nostalgic of the bygone era. They are reminiscent of the Polish and Czech film posters of the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s, engaging in a diverse artsy movements such as surrealism, cubist, symbolism and art nouveau. The posters are an artistic complement to the film, reviving the graphic movement in poster making.

These graphic posters have filtered down to t-shirt designs by designer Markus Lupfer showcasing his Embellished Swan Dress onAsos.com. This truly coincides with the trend of printed or embellished animal prints on t-shirts and sweaters. Although, Amy Westcott was the official costume designer, The Rodarte sisters have designed the stunning ‘vulture inspired’ collection for the movie. Nevertheless, the beautifully crafted tutu dresses worn by Natalie Portman have further enhanced her beauty on-screen.

Rodarte, otherwise known as Kate and Laura Mulleavy have created 40 costumes for the psychological thriller, although my favourites are the beautifully illustrated costumes of the ‘Black Swan’ and the ‘White Swan’, which I have displayed along with some look-alikes of styles available online based on the theme ‘Black Swan’. (courtesy: Polyvore.com)

The movie, the costumes, the graphic posters all have an undeniable aesthetic quality to it. I recommend the movie to all despite all the negative feedback.

Lanvin for H&M

23 Nov

Gosh!!! I couldn’t wait to write about H&M’s collaboration with Parisian luxuxy house Lanvin!!! Yes, its finally here today!!! I happened to have a glance at the new store window at H&M and I was totally flabbergasted!!! Not to mention, the website too is amazingly done!!! I love the graphic illustrations and the new look on the mannequins that flows right onto the collection, the t-shirt graphics, the packaging, window display and onto the digital world!!!

With all the excitement and hosh posh going to womenswear, I decided – why not have a look at the menswear collection!!! Not to mention if you are going to shop for  menswear collection at the H&M store, today, early morning you don’t have to wear a shopping bracelet or shop under just 10 minutes per section!!! WOW!! Lucky men!!!

‘Lanvin for H&M’ offers men a daytime relaxed-fit tuxedo jacket with matching jogging pants!!! I must say… quite comfy there!! Its great… it’s all about dressing up, it’s all about an individual style statement, mixing it up in your own fashion!!

Designed by Lucas Ossendrijver, the menswear collection includes a nylon trench jacket (who doesn’t want one now – it’s so in vogue), trousers with ruched cummerband for men, double-breated navy wool coat with gold buttons, navy seeksucker blazers and Alber Elbaz’s trademark ‘bowtie’. Love the whole 1920’s look with mouthbrow (thin pencil moustache ) and slicked back hair!!! This so reminds me of John Waters!!!

Colours of Anthropologie

31 Oct

 

Anthropologie Catalogue Image


Anthropologie… Just as its name suggests – colourful, versatile and global!! I was here to witness its inauguration last year on Regent Street!!  Colourful tea bags were used on front window display!!!

This is still my most favourite brand for its creative window displays, aspirational products right from hippy looking, natural handloom products or products with a vintage, kitsch feel, having a globe trotter look!!! It carries influences from all parts of the world… Russian dolls to Moroccan textiles to Indian prints to British heritage.  It truly encompasses the human ‘anthropology’.

 

 

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