Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mallika Sherwat for Indian Women

If you haven't yet heard about Mallika Sherawat taking a stand for India and speaking out against the crimes that are taking place against women, then where have you been hiding? We love her passion and the fact that there is a Bollywood celebrity taking a strong stance in the media for this. We believe that if more Bollywood celebrities were to follow in her foot steps the issue would be handled a lot quicker. 




Below is the original video when she was first confronted by the journalist.





Do you agree with how she has handled this? What are your thoughts on Bollywood and how they have responded to this issue in the media?

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Time = Mulled Wine!

Christmas is by far one of our favourite times of the year, there's so much love and happiness all around and we love the time we spend with our families. In anticipation we wanted to share with you our favourite recipe for Mulled Wine! It's the perfect treat and is great for a party or a warm treat after a day out shopping (or working!). 





Ingredients

1 Bottle of your favourite light Red Wine - we recommend a Pinot Noir
2 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Cloves
2 Star Anise
2 Lemons - Quarter them, squeeze in and leave the peel in
2 Oranges - Quarter them, squeeze in and leave the peel in
1 Tbsp Sugar (can add to taste)
Grated Nutmeg

Recipe

1. Get out a large sauce pan, put on high heat and add 1/4 of the wine, juice of the lemon and orange (keep the peels), cinnamon, cloves, star anise and sugar.
2. Stir until syrupy.
3. Add the rest of the wine, throw in the citrus peels and the nutmeg.
4. Stir, turn the heat off, and let it cool until it reaches room temperature.

VOILA! You've got some amazing Mulled Wine! Yum yum yum!

Psssstt… Want to hear a secret? Put the mulled wine in the slow cooker on 'keep warm' so that it stays warmer longer - great idea for parties!



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Sunday, November 24, 2013

NATIONAL ASIAN WEDDING EXHIBITION

We recently took part in the National Asian Wedding Exhibition at ExCel London. It was an amazing turn out and experience, and we met so many great people! 

We were lucky enough to represent three amazing Designers at the exhibition (who you can also find on our boutique) - Bubber Couture, Sapana Amin, and The Little Black Bow. All out of Mumbai, these three up and coming designers create trendy items with high quality fabrics. Visitors absolutely loved the pieces and we're so happy to get such positive feedback!





Friday, November 8, 2013

Designer Profile: Sapana Amin

Known for giving a fusion Western touch to Indian clothing, designer Sapana Amin is quickly becoming known for her sexy and easy to wear pieces. We recently met this American born Indian designer to find out more about her inspiration, struggles and aspirations.  

What is your background? 

I was born and raised in the US. Moved to Bombay, India when I was 23, a year after finishing College where I majored in Fashion Design and minored in Fashion Merchandising.

How long have you been designing for? 
Sapana in a piece from her collection

I moved to India about 8 years ago to pursue my fashion career but seriously started my business which is called "Sapana Amin' about 4 years ago. Before that I would design pieces for friends, family and myself.

What inspired you to go into the fashion industry? 

Well, it wasn't something I always knew I wanted to do. I was always interested in art but never saw fashion as a career growing up in Virginia with Indian parents who encouraged a career in medicine or computers. Hence I was going to be a pharmacist! But my first year in college I realized I didnt want to do that and fashion just came to me- I didnt think twice or ask anyone for advice. I just did it and there was no turning back. I had found my way.

Why did you choose to design Indian Fashion and not Western Fashion? 

During my third year in fashion school I just knew I wanted to have my own business in designing Indo-Western garments. Being an Indian growing up in Virginia, I didn't see many Indians around me, but I still always felt very connected to my culture. I thought girls like me would love a mix of both their cultures in what they wear to Indian functions. Indian outfits in the States were not following the fast moving trends & styles of the Western culture, and because I saw that first hand I wanted to do something about it.

What do you find most difficult about this industry? 

Finding the confidence in what you create- I'll be the first to say it is not easy to start a business from scratch in fashion or any other field. In the fashion industry there are a lot of designers out there, so a lot of competition, and to find yourself, your style- to be different, was very difficult for me. I was quite insecure about my work when I first started designing, hence it took me some time to get started on my own label. I still have a long way to go, but today I feel quite lucky to have so many people appreciate my work. 

In regards to promoting your brand and products, what do you find is the most useful tool for this? 

Marketing my brand. If people dont know about you, how will you get orders and do business? So I have realized how important it is to promote my brand in every way I can. Whether it's through the Internet, doing exhibitions, or word of mouth, I have been doing my best to put my name out there and slowly I am seeing a difference, a good difference.

What is your favorite part of going to work everyday? 

I have two! One is seeing my vision turn into reality. When I sketch out an outfit and see the final product and it turns out just as I imagined, and sometimes even better. Two is when I receive an email from a client, or someone I don't know, telling me how much they love my work, or how much they liked their outfit and how happy they were to work with me. NOW that makes all the hard work I have put into this business all worth it. It just makes my day!


Bohemian Rani Festive 2013 Collection


If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring designers, what would it be? 

It's not easy, but if you love what you do it is so worth it. And be confident in what you do- if you don't believe in yourself, why would anyone else?

What is your ultimate aspiration for your brand?

I would love to be a brand like a Ralph Lauren or a Chanel, a household name in this industry. That's not going be easy, I know that, but it's not impossible!  At the end of the day, I'd be happy and content if I'm still designing 20 years from now.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

I have many! Haha... But work wise- I'd say when my embroiderers promise me they will deliver an outfit on a certain day and it doesn't happen. Then accordingly I have to tell my clients, and that's one thing I hate- disappointing my clients. But over all I feel I'm pretty lucky to have good people working with me.



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mani Jassal: The Archaic Maharani for Kenton Magazine

If you haven't heard of this amazing up and coming designer already, you'll definitely want to keep reading on! Canadian designer Mani Jassal is known for her fusion South Asian designs and adding an edgy touch to her outfits. Also a stylist, her fashion forward style can be seen in the Kenton Magazine editorial styled by the amazing talented designer herself. 






Photo Credit: Kenton Magazine

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW & SHOP

You're invited to preview & shop designer Sapana Amin's Spring/Summer 2014 collection. A gorgeous collection of fusion Indian/Western wear including saris, suits, and lehengas, this is one collection you do NOT want to miss! 

I recently met with Sapana and viewed her collection. Along with being a sweetheart, the quality of her work is strong. Her items are different from what you'll find elsewhere as well. This bohemian inspired collection is made with tribal prints and can be worn in the day or evening. 



Would love to have you there!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

We're live!

Hi everyone,

Scarlet Bindi is now live! Check out scarletbindi.com for the latest in South Asian fashion!






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Saturday, September 14, 2013

SCARLET BINDI BOUTIQUE

Hi everyone!

So, we're only 2 days away from launch and we are so excited! We're going to be featuring some amazing designers, and we can't wait to share this with all of you. Below is a bit of a teaser from us:






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Can't wait!

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fabulous Fashion Inspiration: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

We love Harajuku Girl sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! 



From an all out crazy fashion sense to her extremely cute personality we can't stop oohing and aahing over her blog and music videos. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Day 6: Archana Kochhar, Shyamal & Bhumika & Sabyasachi

Archana Kochhar

Using a warm fire palette, Archana Kochhar designed a strong collection using various shades of orange, red and brown. 


What really stands out to me in this collection is the fusion style items (especially the red knee-length skirt).


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Day 5: Shruti Sancheti, Gaurang & Rahul Mishra

Shruti Sancheti

Asymmetry is a strong part of this collection and can be see through the necklines, hems, and drape of the clothing. 



Loving the silk fabric and the dhoti pants with silk cuffs at the bottom. The items are beautiful and have a trendy touch to them. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Day 4: Amit Aggarwal, Nupur Kanoi & Payal Khandwala

Amit Aggarwal

Expectations were high... and he rose above them! Amit Aggarwal's models strutted down the run way in stunning pieces that were unlike any other.



Made with a modern touch, these items appear to be beautiful Western style gowns but have that traditional sari touch through the draping and the pallu. The saris are synched at just the right places- hugging the curves of the body. I can see his designs having a very strong celebrity following.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Day 3: Shehlaa & Shantanu Goenka


Shehlaa by Shehla Khan

Shehla Khan always creates gorgeous feminine and flirty pieces (which we love!). 


Through the use of sheer fabrics, floral prints and embroidery, and hints of metallic, Shehla has been able to create a beautiful collection which has really caught our eyes!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Day 2: Nikhil Thampi, Debarun, Payal Singhal, & Anita Dongre

A packed day at Lakme Fashion Week, Day 2 had a large number of designers showing but only a few really caught my eye.

Nikhil Thampi

With a different take on Indian wear, Nikhil Thampi showed a strong monochromatic collection with metallics. 


Mixing in crop tops, asymmetry, wrapped skirts and tops, and knotted pallus, Nikhil gave a modern touch to these pieces. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week 2013, Day 1: Manish Malhotra

Let's get right into it! Manish Malhotra presented an elegant and feminine collection on Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013. Using a more subdued colour palette along with pastels, the collection had A-line skirts, sharrara style trousers, long tunics, plunging necklines, and soft metallics.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MANSI MALHOTRA TRUNK SHOW 2013

Taking a break from the fashion weeks, let us introduce you to (in case you don't know of this amazing designer already!) Mansi Malhotra. This designer creates gorgeous one-of-a-kind couture pieces and you will be able to view her new collection on Sunday August 18, 2013 at the Master Robert Hotel in Houslow.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Delhi Couture Week, Day 5: Gaurav Gupta & Manish Malhotra

In a stunning finale to Delhi Couture Week, two well-known and amazing designers presented collections in their signature styles.

Gaurav Gupta

A collection with pieces that will surely be seen on stars like Deepika Padukone, Gaurav Gupta has created body con dresses with strong shoulders and high slits. Though these sexy dresses are sure to be popular, there are also a few pieces that are a bit too overdone with heavy layers and over the top necklines.



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Delhi Couture Week 2013, Day 4: Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Manish Arora's first ever bridal collection uses quirky and colourful designs and patterns on A-line, panelled skirts. The high and heavy necklines give off a strong tribal inspiration - love the accessories as well!



Saturday, August 10, 2013

Delhi Couture Fashion Week 2013, Day 3: Satya Paul & Varun Bahi

Two strong collections showed on Day 3 of Delhi Couture Fashion Week 2013: Satya Paul and Varun Bahi. Both collections stuck mainly with neutrals and pops of colour and were young and fresh.

Satya Paul

Created by Masaba, this collection is modern, trendy, artsy and gorgeous! Through the use of high necklines, stitched sari-look dresses, vertical lines and capes, Masaba has added a Western twist to the more traditional Satya Paul collection. She's injected a bit of sass into it!




Thursday, August 8, 2013

Delhi Couture Week Day 2: Anamika Khanna & Monisha Jaising

Very different from before, designers are really starting to hone in on their specialties and styles. Take, for example, the following two designers who showed at Day 2 of Delhi Couture Week. 


Anamika Khanna

Becoming known for her modern take on traditional Indian fashion as well as the draping and neutral colours used in her collections, you can always tell when the Anamika Khanna stamp is on a collection. Working with a more androgynous look, these pieces emphasize straight lines and strong shoulders.




Sunday, August 4, 2013

Delhi Couture Week, Day 1: Anju Modi & Sabyasachi

The first day of Delhi Couture Week was absolutely beautiful. Both designers presenting their collections did an impeccable job showing their signature styles that always stands out from the rest.

Anju Modi

Always a fan of Anju Modi, the cuts, colours and prints in this collection have a bit of a bohemian eclectic vibe to them. The designer has defined the shoulders in many of the pieces, as well as worked with layers and gota work to create a fresh and young collection.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

India Bridal Fashion Week, Day 5 & 6: Suneet Varma & Tarun Tahiliani

The two final days of India Bridal Fashion Week showed four different collections, but two really caught my eye - Suneet Varma's 'The Golden Bracelet', and Tarun Tahiliani's grand finale show.

Suneet Varma

A beautifully done collection inspired by the Romans, Suneet Varma used different styles of draping, elegant embroidery and gorgeous accessories to fuse together the Indian and Roman culture through fashion. The femininity of the pieces can be seen through the light pastel colours, emphasized waist lines and gorgeous jewellery.


Friday, August 2, 2013

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, Day 4: Ashima & Leena and Rohit Bal

Day 4 of India Bridal Fashion Week included two collections that took inspiration from history. Ashima & Leena presented a collection with dusky and matte colours; Rohit Bal showcased a collection full of rich colours and fabrics. 

Ashima & Leena

Named 'Delhi ka Dastaan', this collection took inspiration from the Mughal times. By using rich fabrics with dusky colours, the designer duo were able to catch the element of tradition by using a subdued colour scheme, a-line skirts, and simple makeup and hair.



Thursday, August 1, 2013

India Bridal Fashion Week, Day 3: Falguni & Shane Peacock and Raghavendra Rathore

Two gorgeous collections showcased on Day 3 of India Bridal Fashion Week. The first, by Falguni & Shane Peacock, showed the bridal colours of red and white, with a very feminine silhouette seen through out. The second show, by Raghavendra Rathore, had a more masculine aesthetic.

Falguni & Shane Peacock

This designer duo created a stunning collection using intricate embroidery and light sheer fabrics. Emphasizing the waist throughout, this feminine collection has hour glass silhouettes with plunging necklines. Very bridal and very gorgeous! 




Wednesday, July 31, 2013

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, Day 2: Jyotsna Tiwari & Meera and Muzaffar Ali

Three shows took place on Day 2 of India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, but only 2 caught my eye: Jyotsna Tiwari for her use of rich and bright colours, and Meera & Muzaffer Ali for their use of neutral tones and rich embroidery and fabrics.

Jyotsna Tiwari

Trendy and fashion forward, this collection broke away from the others we've seen so far with the use of gorgeous colours and varying cuts. From the peplum tops paired with contrasting A- line and umbrella cut skirts to create a modern take on bridal fashion, to the naked arms which have been hidden away by sleeves in most collections for the past few years- we’re seeing a difference with this collection when compared to the rest. Many of the items aren't overly embroidered, and the pieces which are, are paired with a simpler complimenting items which calm the outfit down – for example a heavily embroidered skit with an un-embroidered blouse. It would, however, have been nice to see something a bit different than a peplum top as these have been around for a few years now and, if anything, holds the modernity of the collection back.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013: Day 1; JJ Valaya and Shantanu & Nikhil

An Indian bride-to-be's haven, India Bridal Fashion Week started off with a bang showcasing two of India's prominent and popular designers: JJ Valaya and Shantanu & Nikhil. Both stood out in their own way, one for it's heavy embroidery and design and the other for a more minimalistic and monochromatic inspired theme. 

JJ Valaya

Using a mix of fabrics and cuts, JJ Valaya presented a collection using beautiful fabrics and patterns. Though the pieces in the collection don't seem to follow a certain theme or inspiration, the heavy embroidery keeps up to his name as we have seen in many of his collections before.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

IIFA 2013

Some stunning outfits at IIFA 2013 with strong use of metallics and beading. Loving the intricate embroidery on each item as well as the fact that the hair is styled cleanly away from the face.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Abused Goddesses

68% of women in India are victims of domestic abuse, can you believe that, 68%? In a country where religion is a huge part of the culture and worshipping Goddesses is a daily routine, abuse is seen for many as a normal way of life. This is extremely sad and both men and women need to be shown and made aware that this is not okay. Please spread the word and help campaign to stop violence against women.

Below are a few images from Adfest and SpikesAshia making a strong statement.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2013

Tarun Tahiliani has done an amazing job with these ready to wear pieces for his Spring Summer 2013 collection, they are elegant and feminine with a beautiful simplicity to them. Using a range of silhouettes, we can see an emphasis on light airy fabrics, feminine prints, chunky accessories, and asymmetry.









Orange is a strong colour through out this collection and I can see it becoming even bigger in the coming year. 

Oh and that's not all, check out a few images from his couture collection below:



Wow!  *Jaw Drop*

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PS. Did you notice those amazing anklets in the first two pictures? Love!


Lots of love,

-Neha xx

Sunday, June 16, 2013

FilmFare Magazine June 2013: Sonam Kapoor

Bollywood style queen up'd the glam factor with this stunning shoot for June 2013 issue of FilmFare magazine. Dressed in Atsu and Dolce & Gabbana, she brings a proper star vibe to this shoot.








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I love the last vamp inspired look. The short hair and dark lips really suit her!

Keep well

-Neha xx