Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You must be Jegging!

When I first saw the word ‘jegging,’ I didn’t know what to think. What is a jegging?

Jegging (noun) a jean-legging hybrid featuring the deliciousness of denim with the fit of a legging.

Or in my own definition: If jeans and leggings had a baby, it would be called a jegging.

Interesting, I thought, sounds comfortable yet cute at the same time. Truth be told, I love leggings much more than jeans. I don’t find jeans very comfortable, always digging into awkward places...okay, too much information. But, from my personal experience, jeggings are light, comfortable, cool in the summer, and easy to dress up or down. Even though they have been around for about a year now, they are still seen everywhere and are so easy to wear!

Here are three of the most recommended jeggings that I have found:

Top Shop Jeggings



JBrand Jeggings



Joe’s Jeggings



Here are a few different ways to wear them:







Ritu Kumar

If you know me, you know that I love Indian designer Ritu Kumar. Not only is she a pioneer of Indian fashion, but she always creates strong collections with equally strong advertising campaigns.

When my interest in the fashion industry was beginning a few years ago, I started researching Indian designers. I have always enjoyed wearing sarees, Punjabi suits, and lenghas, and wear them every chance that I get; I feel more beautiful, feminine, and sexy than in anything else that I have ever worn. It was only natural that my interest in fashion was drawn towards Indian wear. So, here I was on a quest to find amazing Indian fashion designers. After typing in things like ‘Popular Indian designers’ and ‘Indian fashion designers’ into Google, I kept finding designers that were, of course, good at their craft, but no one that had the ‘wow’ factor that I was looking for. I guess more than anything, I was looking for someone that was inspirational, a designer who I would love to work with in the future. Finally, after a long search, I happened to stumble upon Ritu Kumar’s website.

Amazing. From the introductory page, I was in love. Images of Lord Krishna and his gopis flashed across the screen only to have Ritu Kumar’s name slide in front of me. As I went deeper into the site, I fell in love with the clothing. From her everyday wear of trousers, dresses, and jackets, to the event and party wear of suits and saris. Then, oh my gosh, then, I clicked on the bridal wear label-saved the best for last. The first image flashed across the screen of a model holding a gorgeous dupatta (scarf) over her head, henna adorned her hands, and bangles sat neatly on her wrists. Wow, gasp, OMG. Love. I can’t even tell you how long I stared at the images that flashed across the screen (great advertising campaign on her end!). Traditional yet modern is her take on designing; this is probably why I love her designs so much. Ritu Kumar is able to come out year after year with amazing and modern designs, yet still keep a traditional look in her clothing.

Below are a few pictures from her strong advertising campaigns. So amazing, I could stare at these for hours. Well actually, I probably have already!

















Monday, March 29, 2010

Lav & Kush

Feminine, sexy and sustainable are a few words that describe Vancouver based designer, Angela Saxena's fashion line- Lav&Kush.

This gorgeous line is proudly made in Canada with eco-conscious methods in mind. Using fabric composed of bamboo, organic cotton, and micro-modal jersey, to name a few, Lav&Kush is taking ownership of earth friendly manufacturing methods while creating its clothing. Doing its part for the earth is just one aspect of this company; Lav&Kush also prides itself on creating amazing designs with soft fabrics and luscious textures for its trendy urban clientèle.

Below are a few designs from the collection:









Photo Credit: Lav&Kush

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Twinkle in Red

Twinkle Khanna graced the cover of Grazia's February 2010 issue in a gorgeous red Blugirl Applique dress. So graceful and sweet.



Photo Credit: Bollywood Chick

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mitra Masterpiece

Showstopper Koena Mitra walked the runway in a gorgeous jaw dropping lengha by designer Joy Mitra, at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010. This multi-coloured masterpiece was created with the theme of Krishna-Radha in mind; Koena being the modern day Radha. I love the black and red colour combination for this lengha, especially with the gold detailing. So glamorous, yet traditional at the same time.








Photo Credit: NDTV

Friday, March 26, 2010

How low can you go?

Ohmygosh! I am so excited! Guess what? Guess, just guess! Give up? Okay, for all the tall ladies out there who don't often where high heels because it adds even more height to their giant-ness (I'm talking about myself here)...LOW HEELS ARE SO IN!! Named one of the top trends in Vogue's Accessory Guide for Spring 2010, low heels are a must have this year. Platform wedges and sky high stilletos? Getting thrown in the closet for now.

Missoni



Marni



I also love these mens style lace-ups

Junya Watana



Yohji Ramamoto



Photo Credit: Style.com

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Traditional Take Over

As always, Tarun Tahiliani wowed at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010. With sophisticated and traditional designs, Tahiliani returned to his Indian roots through his traditional hand woven creations. Incorporating darker colours in his collection with the use of black, burgundy, navy, and brown - Tahiliani was able to pull off a memorable show, quite different than his usual bridal wear collection. Though different for Tahiliani, this theme has been done before. Remember Sabyasachi Mukherjee's collection from Lakme Fashion Week back in 2008? Seems that traditional Indian fashion is returning...






Pasileys 2010

So, you know how I love the Indian influence on Western trends, right? Well, guess what? Paisleys are so in!! The paisley design, if you didn't know, originally came from India back in the 1800s'. Now they are making a huge comeback in prints. I especially love the bikinis down below, sexy!


Milly Dress



Photo Credit: Wear Else


Marchesa



Photo Credit: Stylelist


Etro



Photo Credit: Trendhunter Magazine


Luli Fama



Photo Credit: Daily Telegraph

Update your Wardrobe

Recently I modeled for this amazing women's clothing store, Wear Else, on Vancouver's talk show Urban Rush. I loved loved lovvveedd the clothing that I was wearing, so I thought I would do a quick post on the trends that are hot this spring and summer!


Prints

Possibly the hottest trend this year. Prints are everywhere and because there is such a variety of prints out there, every person can find a print perfect for them!

In order- Trina Turk Top and Skirt; Jacqueline Conoir Dress; Milly Dot Silk Dress; Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Long Dress






Navy Blue

Navy Blue is the new black. The hottest and most demanded colour this season! Looks great with a pop of brightness like the Milly dress has below with the bright belt.

In order- Milly Sailor Dress; Trina Turk Botanist Dress; Pleated Dress






Nature

Clothing inspired by nature - seen in many different prints with leaves, flowers, greens and beiges.

In Order- Elie Tahari Dress; Rebecca Taylor Poppie Dress





P.S. The great thing is that most of these dresses can be found at Wear Else!!!

Photo Credit: Wear Else

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Relaxed and Chic

Recently came across this magazine cover of actress Lara Dutta wearing Burberry Prorsum for the March 2010 issue of Indian Vogue. I adore her outfit here, the ruched blue skirt and the v-neck sweater; she looks so chic yet very relaxed - my favorite way to dress!




Photo Credit: Magxone

Neha Dhupia in Anand Kabra

Wearing timeless pieces that take you back to royal India, actress Dia Mirza models designs, by designers such as Anand Kabra, detailed with heavy embroidery, created from beautiful silks, and made into full skirts galore. From very light and innocent to dark and dramatic, she pulls it off.