Monday, February 29, 2016

The Kimono Walk

I recently visited Jyoti Chandhok's boutique in North London and she pulled out a number of stunning jackets that she had designed and gotten made in India. One of these is this kimono inspired silk and cotton jacket. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Vintage Florals: A Ritu Kumar Floral Sari

One of my favourite designers is Ritu Kumar, so imagine my surprise when I was gifted this saree from family recently! This beautiful silk saree is made with a painted white floral pattern all over and actually comes with a white and black blouse with stunning embroidery (not pictured here).

Saturday, February 20, 2016

PICKS OF THE WEEK




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: CHIARO BY DEVIKA KALIA


A fashion design brand made from the love and passion for creativity is what label Chiaro by Devika Kalia stands for. Still a fairly new brand, Devika's brand brings together vibrant colours with a mix of styles to create a unique clothing collection. You'll find simple pieces with a focus on tailoring, to heavily embroidered pieces with a feminine touch.


In this spotlight, I go through what inspired Devika to pursue fashion design, what she finds difficult in this competitive industry, and what advice she would give to aspiring designers.


What is your background where did you go to school?

I was born and raised in Jalandhar, Punjab, did my graduation in Commerce and Masters in Business Administration.




How long have you been designing your collection for?

I have been designing since many many years now, initially for myself, friends and family but the brand itself was established in 2013.

What inspired you to go into the fashion industry?

Creativity. I could only imagine myself doing something in life that involved a creative pursuit to it, and fashion design is something where your imagination can fly to 
infinite dimensions, there are absolutely no boundaries.

What do you find most difficult about this industry?

If you have a lot of love and respect for what you're doing and if your focus is strong, then nothing comes across as difficult. In fact with such creative work like this, everyday there is something new and something more beautiful than yesterday - so, nothing really.

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


I'd say that the online shopping platform has made it easier to expand in to newer international markets. Since I sell largely internationally, I don't think it would have been possible without online portals and I'm sure a lot of other designers are profiting through such work bases.



What is your favourite part of going to work every day?

To see my imagination come to being. I love it when my clients place their trust in me and give me complete freedom and independence to design for them however I like. There's always this unsaid charm about a design after its construction is done.

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

I would advise them to not try to take any shortcuts, speak less so your work can talk more, and have respect for other peoples' work.

What is your ultimate aspiration for your brand? Where would you like it to be 20 years from now?

Well, I would like to see this brand cater to more and more people globally, but right now my focus is how much of my own imagination, creativity and my energy I can contribute to my work; and accepting gracefully each day as it comes.




You can keep up with Devika by following her on Instagram here and Facebook here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Jacket: An Indian Embroidered Long Jacket


The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards were recently held at the gorgeous Grovsenor Hotel, London. This event was one of the funnest award shows I've been to!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BEST NEW INDIAN FASHION DESIGNERS

I'm always looking out for new and upcoming fashion designers that give you something a little different. For me, it's the fresh take on designing the really catches my eye. From the styles to the colours and fabrics, these are designers that may not be mainstream just yet, but you definitely should keep your eye on.

ZAINAH by Pooja Khokha Arora (New Delhi, India)

I've worked with Pooja a few times over the past year. I used to featured her items on the site when I had the online boutique, and then was in touch with her to create a few outfits for my brother's wedding events. You can view one of the outfits here. Not only is she great at what she does, she easy to work with, picks high quality fabrics and ensures that you're happy with the items. That's a win-win in my books!


View Pooja's site here

Jyoti Chandhok (London, UK)

You've probably seen me in a few of Jyoti's outfits here, here and here, and all I can say is that she really is an amazing designer. Jyoti's outfits are for the fashion forward crowd who want something a bit more unique rather than the heavy, 'bling-bling', Southall type of clothing. All of her items are created in India and shipped to the UK. She works with some of India's most sought after tailors to create stunning outfits. Along with Indian wear, she also has some cool jackets and separates that would look fab for everyday wear.

Visit Jyoti's site here

Harkiran Basra (Brampton, Canada)

I recently discovered this designer through Instagram and loved the aesthetic of her pieces. Feminine and fabulous with great attention to detail is the best way to describe her work! She has some really beautiful pieces that I would love to wear - I would follow her to see what amazing items she comes out with next.

View Harkiran's site here

LAKSHMI (Chennai, India)


If you love silk sarees, then you will fall in love with Lakshmi. I happened to stumble upon Lakshmi's website a couple of years ago and fell in love with their sarees! From benarasis to khadis to kanjeevarams- they carry an amazing array of silks that sell out FAST due to the amazing curation of items. The best thing is they have an online store that you can buy directly from, AND it's updated regularly. Love!


View Lakshmi's site here

The Purple Sack (New Delhi, India)

The Purple Sack creates fun and quirky accessories and home wares that have that Indian touch to them! I'm in love with the colours, patterns, and design of their products. Their products are unique and I would love to carry the below bag with a few of my outfits!

View The Purple Sack's site here

Monday, February 8, 2016

Travel Diaries: Snow Day x Hallstatt Part 2


Glorious, glorious snow! I love snow! And since London doesn't get alot of it, whenever I'm in snow I don't want to get out. I even tried having a snowball fight with the hubby, but it ended up being a one-way fight with me throwing snowballs and him running away. I win!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PICKS OF THE WEEK



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HAUTE COUTURE 2016: ELIE SAAB



Taking us on a journey through the British empire in India, fashion designer Elie Saab fused drapes and structure to create a stunning modern yet colonial inspired collection.

Pastels are at the forefront with lilac, blue and beige being the strongest colours. The trends to watch this coming year are emphasized waistlines, showing off the d├ęcolletage, and adding a bit of masculinity (the boots in this instance) to a fairly feminine outfit.
















I adore that this designer was able to create something so different by bringing together two cultures; and actually am surprised that it hasn't been done before! I'm wow'd by the embroidery and how classic the styles look. Definitely one of the best shows for me!

Photo Credits: Vogue, Elie Saab Facebook

Monday, February 1, 2016

Travel Diaries: Hallstatt, Austria


Imagine going on a train through the Alps mountain range of Austria and reaching a small train station beside a stunning lake. You walk down a small hill and take a boat across the lake to a beautiful snowed in village with a population of 946 people. This is Hallstatt, Austria.