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Trend #8 : Tangy Tangerine

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 22, 2013

Tangerine

Tangerine better known as ‘Narangi’ in hindi, may be just a shade of  orange but is making waves in style. IFP feels this is gonna be a huge trend especially in bridal-wear, come this summer season. Move aside reds & maroon, tangy tangerine colour is here to shock everyone.

In earlier times, women in northern India have applied sindoor in tangerine colour & some still continue to do so. Today this color has found a place in the modern woman’s wardrobe. Kurtis, anarkali and sarees in this color are for the bride who loves to make heads turn.

Tangerine color is best combined with metallics hues as well as dark blue & green in sarees or anarkalis. One can opt for monochrome design combined with black for jackets. Tangerine colour paired with golden detail work in a lehenga is pure royalty and will definitely make the bride stand above the rest.

If  tangerine might be too loud for you, then opt for jewellery, nail paint, clutch, stilettos and belts in your look. Earrings & bangles with minakari work look beautiful on a lehenga or a saree during festive season.

Eminent designers like Suneet Varma, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Gaurav Gupta &  RohitGandhi+Rahul Khanna have used shades of tangerine in their recent festive & bridal collection. One of the best examples of Tangerfinr in bridal trousseau are celebrity brides Kareena Kapoor who wore a tangerine orange lehenga for her sangeet & Vidya Balan who opted for a tangerine colour silk saree for her D-day.

Brand courtesy : Suneet Varma, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna & Sabyasachi for the outfits & Alpana Gujral for the jewellery. Clutch by ‘Love to Bag’ & shoes by Jimmy Choos.

Photo Courtesy : www.perniaspopupshop.com

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Trend #7 : Flaunt your ‘Animal Instinct’

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 20, 2013

Animal

I have personally seen people creating style collage with western designs but seldom have come across a collage that is made displays design by our very own Indian designers. IFP wanted to display it’s love for Indian styles via these recent collage trends by portraying outfits, accessories by designers from India.

Another trend which will do amazingly well this year are pieces & prints which are inspired by animals. IFP detest wearing fur or clothing made by slaughtering these beautiful living beings. Instead we urge our readers to opt for animal prints, motifs and patterns in your style.

IFP shows how you can flaunt your love for animals in a stylish way by wearing an animal print saree, kurti or top. This trend is for women & men of all ages, but avoid wearing animal print from head to toe. If you are just getting started with this trend, opt for animal prints in minimal quantity like wearing an animal print belt, clutch or just a top. Sunglasses with animal print frames are very fashionable and the right amount to flaunt this trend. Indian jewellery too has many animal motifs in form of elephants, leopard, peacock, snake, birds and butterfly displayed in the intricate designs. One of IFP’s favorite is Farfalla collection by Indian origin UK based designer Aruna Seth which are effortlessly classy.

Combine leopard, tiger & zebra print tops with pastels or black bottoms and vice-versa.  For a ‘pop of colour’ you can choose neon colour accessories with animal prints. Sarees in zebra & leopard prints are perfect for the evening cocktail parties and kitty lunch.

For casual outings, how about picking up a stole with cool flamingo print on it or a T-shirt with beautiful bird motif. The options are infinite and you can search for a unique piece that is close to your heart. Through this article, IFP requests it’s readers not to try products made out of animal skin, tried or tested on animals.

Brand Courtesy : Saree by Satya Paul, Shoes & Clutch by Aruna Seth, earrings by Manish Arora for Amrapali, Bracelet by ‘Amrapali’, ring by Farah Khan Ali & stole by Janavi

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Trend #6 : Wearing Art

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 11, 2013

Art

Art is no more limited to the walls anymore, wearing art is the latest trend in India. Indian designers are including beautiful art from various parts of our country. Masaba Gupta,  Satya Paul, Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary, Neeta Lulla and many more designers have incorporated art in their recent collection. Mughal paintings, Madhubani & Kalamkari are favourite but contemporary art forms like hand prints, animal motifs and other everyday prints are also making their way in fashion.

Incorporating ‘Art’ is not just limited to clothes……….try wearing jewellery that depicts ‘Art’ or carry a clutch with painting printed on it. Hindu god & goddess paintings are fine to be worn but make sure the use of such form is not done on shoes or in any insulting manner.

Brand Courtesy : Masaba Gupta, Artygator, Maya’s Arc, 

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Trend #5 – Sorbet Colours in Indianwear

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 7, 2013

Sorbet

 

IFP is not just thinking of having those yummy sorbet ice-creams during the summer season but also using the sorbet colour palette in styling. During winters rich shades of burgundy, purple, auburn, magenta take over the wardrobe but during summers, lighter hues take centre stage. Though IFP loves pastels colours…… fashion wise it will be sorbet colours which will rule the Spring/Summer collections.

Which colours come under Sorbet colour palette? Think of fruits like lemon, watermelon, peach, mango & green lime. Also colours like baby blue & pink along with lavender come under sorbet colour palette. A beautiful Indian attire in sorbet colour can be paired with champagne pink pumps and diamonds to get this trend right. Sarees in these colours rock any evening party or daytime event.

Who says sorbet colours are just limited to western wear? IFP has given you an example by the way of the collage above at beautiful designer outfits in sorbet peach, pink & blue. Do keep the make-up subtle when you are wearing sorbet colours & try delicate jewels instead of chunky ones.

Brand courtesy : Raakesh Agarwal, Anita Dongre, Malaga, Christian Louboutins, Clinique & Bvlgari Perfume.

Photo Courtesy : Strandofsilk.com, Ulta.com & Christianlouboutins.com

 

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Trends #4 – Floral all the way

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 6, 2013

Floral

Even though it is cold outside in many parts of India, that does not deter us to look forward to spring. IFP loves floral motifs and prints and believes this trend is evergreen for summertime. But that does not mean that only the girls get to flaunt it. Women of all ages can use this trend wherever they go.

Going shopping, carry a floral shoulder bag, a day at the beach……how about a hat with floral motifs on them, day out with girlfriends….wear a floral top or dress. off to office……how about wearing shoes with flowery details, at a wedding……a floral motif saree with some scenty gajra in the hair. If a blogger like me………..then don your best floral earrings & feel heavenly.

We might not even know this, but every women uses the floral trend in her day-to-day life. Be it the clothes, the perfume, the bags, clutch, jewels, shoes or even her stationery. Flowers are the best remedy to pep up your mood so IFP recommends loads of it stylewise. Just avoid the big, chunky pieces though … 🙂

Brand Courtesy : Forever 21, Topshop, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Vera Wang & Clinique

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Trend #3 – Pearls Galore

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 3, 2013

Pearl

Wearing a strand of pearl is classic, but wearing shades of pearl is what IFP terms as ‘In Vogue‘ for this upcoming season. Think iridescent and lustre when you think about pearl finish. Ways to incorporate pearl look can be by opting for a pearl jewellery, shoes with pearl detailing, a watch with ‘mother of pearl’ dial, a pearl potli bag or even a nail paint with pearl finish.

Also one can combine pearly shades with golden, bronze or copper embroidery in their outfit. Pastels colours with pearl detailing are often the best combination for an outfit. The best part is that one can work this trend at any age.

Photo Courtesy : Strandofsilk.com, Manolo Bhalnik, Omega watches & Tanishq

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Trend #2 for 2013 – Indian Ishtyle Clutch

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 1, 2013

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‘Clutch’ has never been in so much demand as they are right now, but  IFP has been noticing the beautiful clutches designed by our desi designers, making it really big at red carpet events lately. The reason why IFP adores these clutches – the rich fabric, the ethnic detailing, the vibrant colours, the traditional motifs and the fact that these clutches are ‘Indian’.

Combine an ethnic Indian clutch with your denim, churidhar-kameez, saree or your even cocktail dress. The best way to work them, is to wear an understated outfit and bag it with a bright clutch………..you are surely gonna make heads turn with this look. The more colourful, the better this clutch looks but do keep the rest of the look simple.

IFP recommends clutches designed by Malaga Bags for the beautiful detail-work on every clutch, Art meets Fashion for the funky new- age Indian look and Fabindia for the inexpensive clutch in rich fabric like brocade. Also clutches by Ananya, 5 Elements, Anusha Lalwani & Cupidity make it to IFP’s trend list this year.

Brand Courtesy : Malaga, Art meets Fashion, Fabindia, Ananya & 5 Elements

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Trend #1 for 2013 – Gem studded Jewels

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on January 31, 2013

Jewels

IFP is listing down few trends which will continue making it big in 2013. So much is written about clothes but so little there is to find about beautiful Indian accessories. Starting with jewellery, something that every woman loves, IFP gets you a look at few trends which you can wear and even store for the future.

Colourful gems top IFP’s list of ‘Must Have’ in your wardrobe…..the jewels can be made of precious or semi-precious  gems. Ideally precious gems like rubies, emerald & sapphires are combined with uncut diamonds, pearls or kundan work for an ethnic Indian look. Wear gem studded earrings over Anarkali, a gem & kundan ring with your little black dress for the cocktails, an embellished necklace over your saree, gown or your top for a formal party. This trend has been followed over centuries in India and is a full proof ‘Hit’ when it comes to styling.

Photo Courtesy : Amrapali Jewels & Alpana Gujral

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Festive Looks which IFP loved

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 14, 2012

IFP picks up few favourite  from this season’s Fashion Weeks which we are sure will rock your festive season. Colours like vermillion, coral, peach, amber, magenta and golden are favourite among designers for the year. Sheer fabrics like net are used in detailing only but fabrics like silk, chiffon and crepe still hold their own. Banarasi silk has come back in a big way this year where lehengas & sarees were made out of this divine silk handloom. Embroidery has been limited to the hemlines which is very much in vogue this season…….so you can leave behind ‘all-over heavy detail work’ outfit behind…………..opt for less.

Photo Courtesy : Lakmefashionweek.co.in, FDCI

Ritu Kumar

Gaurang Shah

Vineet Bahl

Bhairavi Jaikishan

Neeta Lulla

Pallavi Jaikishan

Sabyasachi

Manish Malhotra

Anju Modi

Ashima-Leena

Varun Bahl

JJ Valaya

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‘Fashion Fundas’ this Monsoon Season

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on June 18, 2012

Monsoons have come in many parts of India and we would like all our readers to enjoy this weather. IFP gives you a low down of what works in the rainy season and how can you be stylish.

Neons do stand out

Monsoons don’t mean that you have to dress in something dark as usual…try adding few neon pieces to your style and get noticed from far away in the rains. A neon windcheater is helpful while one is driving a bike or crossing the road since the color is visible from far away. To beat the gloominess around you, opt for neon color watches, glasses, nail color or even outfits. IFP recommends wearing neon color gumboots and raincoat to enjoy the monsoon to it’s fullest.

Work with Water-proof make-up

Do you dread putting on make-up once the monsoons arrive……..have no fear waterproof make-up is here. Avoid heavy foundations on your face instead go light with a powder form of foundation. Skip the lipstick which might have the risk of bleeding in the rains and opt for a gloss or transfer resistant lip stain which last longer. Rains don’t mean that you can skip your sunblock, it is equally important to wear a sunscreen even during this season.Waterproof mascara & eye-liner are easily available at all stores in India……IFP recommends Maybelline’s Colossal waterproof Mascara & smudge-free Eye-liner pencil.  IFP also loves Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock which gives a lighter feeling to the skin and Clinique Chubby stick gloss which stays without bleeding.

Go short

By short we mean this monsoons the hemlines go up……..bring out your denim shorts, capri pants, pencil skirts or knee-length dresses. The length is left to you to decide as per your comfort levels. If you are the demure types, then short skirts add the element of flirtatiousness to your look. But if you prefer sophistication then pencil skirts or knee-length outfits will do fine for office wear. IFP recommends Capri pants in various colours which suit women & men of all shapes-n-size.

Add a platform

Keep your best shoes for special occasions and get wedges or platform heels for the monsoon. These heels don’t let your feet get dirty and are easy to walk around in. Avoid closed ballerina flats & stilettos during the rains since it is difficult to walk in muddy waters in such shoes without getting your feet dirty. Open toe wedges and strappy sandals get IFP’s vote for the monsoons since they allow proper aeration of the feet plus they don’t stink.

Bright is the Key

If you are an umbrella type of a person, they why stick to the good ol’ black umbrella which one gets to see every where. Go colorful with bright colored umbrellas which will instantly lift your mood. If you wanna take some style risks then opt for a japanese style umbrella called ‘Wagasa’ or bubble umbrellas which are more ‘lady-like’. IFP loves floral printed umbrellas which never go out of fashion.

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How to look good while you are expecting?

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on November 25, 2011

Who says woman who are expecting cannot look stylish? Here are few celebrities who have rocked in every type of silhouette while proudly showing off their baby bump.

Embrace layers but don’t go overboard with adding too much of fabric in order to hide the baby bump. You might just end up making it look more prominent. Try the traditional silhouette like an ‘Anarkali’  which will help you to show off the bump in a subtle manner. Lara Dutta does look graceful in the ‘Anarkali’ above at a recent event.

Opt for brighter shades to peep up your mood since one might get alot of mood swings during this happy. Channel happy mood by wearing cheerful colors like yellows, reds and pinks. You can also try wearing floral prints but avoid larger prints and gloomy shades. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who has recently delivered a baby girl, knew how to look cheerful & glowing in a rani pink saree.

Avoid too fitted silhouette since you might wanna announce to the world in a delicate manner. So try flowy fabric like crepes, silk, chiffons, cotton instead of clingy ones. Padma Lakshmi definitely knows how to flaunt her baby bump in a satin top paired with black leggings & boots.

Show of other assets as well which you might end up not focusing on like your legs, your toned arms or your sexy decolletage. Put on your best accessories and shoes  while you walk out that door beaming with confidence. Love Karisma’s look wherein she gave emphasis on her legs by wearing a churidhar that also helped her look slimmer.

Shoes play a very important role for all ‘mother-to-be’ since during these times comfort is top priority. Try platform which do not exceed more than 1 & 1/2 inch, ballerinas or flat sandals. Proper grip of the shoe is a must since that minimizes the risk of falling. There are so many variety of shoes available for expecting mothers in a wide variety of colors. Kajol wore comfortable golden platform slip-ons at a book launch while she was expecting.

Photo courtesy : www.ibnlive.com

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Whats ‘IN’ – Menswear this Wedding season

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on November 3, 2011

Fashion is quite often focused on what women wear, but we do tend to ignore how the men can be styled better. In India, men have just started getting more conscious about what they wear, how they dress up, grooming & styling themselves. Like every year, I write about Bridal couture……………..so this time around I thought why not write about what fashion is ‘IN’ for the men this festive season as the months of November & December are floored with weddings in India.

Monochrome prints

Monochrome literally means a design in a single color or combination of single colors to form a design or a print. recent trend which one can see would be velvet cut-out on silk or fabrics alike. The prints are often symmetrical are look best when used as a dinner jacket, coat, bandhgala or a Sherwani. Avoid monochromatic prints for trousers, go subtle on this print. Too much is a recipe for fashion disaster.

Incorporate ‘Stole’ in your wardrobe

Stoles are big this winter season…………..thankfully they are not limited to western wear only. Indian designers have taken out the dupatta and replaced the style with a shorter version i.e. a stole. Drape it on the shoulder, wear it around the neck with the Jodhpuri jacket, wrap it in a knot  or tuck it in your blazer.

Don’t be afraid of color

Guys tend to play it safe when it comes to dressing up for any occassion. Add color to your style and say ‘Hello!’ to a new you. Try adding color in smaller amounts at first, once you are comfortable go bold with it. Keep the base of your outfit plain while adding color in form of a stole, print or detail work. Check out few looks above & below to convince your that color can be good for your style.

Photo Courtesy : Lakme Fashion Week, FDCI.org

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IN, OUT & FOREVER – Menswear this summer

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 27, 2011

What’s IN????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resort-wear

Many of my guy friends have told me that I write very less about men’s fashion…………….I believe them totally. I also believe that menswear in our country is yet to reach a tipping point since there are not many designers who create clothing line for men. Men are just starting to get a bit more conscious about their dressing style now…………..thanks to our celebrities who somehow motivate them in a good fashion way. This summers the menswear trend which gets my vote has to ‘Resort Wear’…………..arises a question what actually is ‘Resort Wear’????? It is better explained as a collection inspired by the tropical hot-spots of the world comes a comfortable, light weight, casual range which can be worn all year around and are easy to carry. Generally made from cotton, jute and microfiber, it consists of nautical striped T-shirts,short sleeve shirts, lightweight jackets & coats, breathable trousers and pleated shorts in pastels or lighter colours. Better example would be a colourful Hawaiian shirt initiated this trend but somehow avoid wearing those except when you are in Hawaii. Look much more trendy with this new designs be it at a club, party, hanging out with friends or on a date. Designers like Riyaz Ganji, Troy Costa, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Gaurav Gupta have already displayed their Resort wear collection at the fashion weeks.

 

What’s OUT????

Blazers with jeans

Handsome men like Ranbir & Arjun can never go out of style, but pairing jeans with blazers is so out of fashion. Pairing a shirt or a T-shirt is very much acceptable but to put on a blazer as well seems so wrong. There are amazing trouser fits available in the market to suit individual body frame…………….why not pair the blazer with pants instead of denim. You can either be casual or formal but mix & match of both is a disaster. If you are thinking of wearing this attire, drop the idea………….instead go for casual blazers with trousers as seen in the resort wear collection.

What is Classic???

Achkan and Bandhgala Suits

Classic, classic, classic…………………..any man of any age, any body type and any skin colour looks amazing in an Achkan or a  Jodhpuri suit also know as ‘Bandhgala’. This I can confidently say is what we can offer to the West when it comes to dressing formally. One can get to see people wearing ‘Bandhgala’ at parties, weddings, red carpet events or meeting the Indian President. Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Amitabh & Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Imran Khan, A.R.Rahman and the list is endless………….have been seen working this style on several occassions. Even our Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh represents his country abroad wearing a ‘Bandhgala suit’ and Chacha Nehru sported one so elegantly. Have I given you enough reasons why this style is evergreen???? So make sure you have one in basic black if you are not much into bling or detail work. For the summer season try combining an unbuttoned Bandhgala jacket with a cotton kurta or opt for a bandhgala in a lightweight fabric to beat the heat.

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IN, OUT & FOREVER – Indianwear for Ladies in Summer

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 24, 2011

What’s IN????

Knee Length Kurta with Churidhar

Summer time often remind me of cooler things like lemon juice and cold shower, so why should our dressing be any different???? The knee length kurta combined with chudidhars are back for the summer and absolutely required. Go for fabrics like cotton and chiffons for that lighter feel…………………accessorize your outfit with a dupatta or a stole, a bag and jewellery.Try straight cut or flared at the hemline for style. One can also opt for kurtis with trousers or pants. Pastel colours are great since they help you keep cool throughout the harsh heat but you can opt for darker shades for night time. One might get to see alot of this style in the upcoming Indian Fashion Weeks…………………so go ahead buy as many as you want to be trendy & ready for the Summers.

What’s OUT????

Heavily layered Anarkalis

I have seen every single celebrity wear one of these and am totally sick of it by now. Heavy Layers of fabric like crepe and silks with a touch of velvet is great for winters but the summers call for something light. No doubt the Anarkalis look fabulous, but do ask yourself this……………….Is it the right silhouette to be worn in heat???? This trend is on it’s way out, so stack them up in your wardrobe and go light…………

 

Trend that’s Forever

Saree

A Saree is a creation we Indians have given to the world…………sensuous, stylish, evergreen saree gets my vote for a must have in every Indian Women’s wardrobe. Come summer or winter, the saree stays firmly in it’s place…………try draping the saree as you wish or one can even pair it with leggings, go the traditional gujarati way, double drape it like the 1960s, wear it the Bengali style, try on ahalter neck or a strappy blouse, pleat it up for the sexy look………..infinite ways to drape your saree. That’s way it is the trend which will be my favourite in Indianwear. Go try it on for the next partyto look ‘OH SO FABULOUS’.

 

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IN, OUT & FOREVER – Pants this summer

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 22, 2011

What’s IN????

Wide Leg

Flared bottoms or wide leg pants are gonna be so ‘In Vogue’ this upcoming summer season and why not???? Who wants to wear a fabric that clings to your skin in the harsh summer heat………..go loose this season. Try khaki capris, colourful shorts, wide leg trousers in order to beat the scorching heat……………….just a word of caution here : Avoid pants which give a feel of bell bottoms………..you don’t wanna go too wide legged.

 

What’s OUT???

Skin fits

Please store skinny pants or jeans in your wardrobe…………………infact hide them till the trend knocks on your door again. Why wear these in the hot summers and feel totally like an ‘Egyptian mummy’???? Be comfortable this upcoming season, wear these some other season…………..try cotton skin tights instead which still allow circulation of air.

 

For KEEPS

Straight Fit

Come any season all year round, Straight fits in pant style gets my vote………….hands down. Straight leg trousers or denim work for me with a formal shirt or a smart top. Accessorize it with open toe heels and voila…………you are rearing to go. This trend equally works for guys also. Pleated trousers also are fashionable but check first if they suit your body style or not.

 

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