A prerequisite in every Indian woman's closet, the quintessential shawl is a keeper for life. And well why not?- serves every damned purpose in the book of purposes! Since recently I have been experimentally tremendously with mine, and I highly recommend that you give it a shot too - Either as a head turban; or tied over my shoulders as a flowing cape; loosely strung over my arms over a bare dress or playfully hung around my neck- subordinately falling into a flow with the rest of my ensemble. Sounds good? I assure you, it looks even better. Sometimes style lies tucked into ubiquitous everyday objects, all you've got to do is look for it. There's so much inspiration out there, all we need to do is reinvent it.
Talking about inspiration - That was precisely the one factor that the Delhi Couture Week '11 immensely lacked. I'm all for Indian designers but when I saw every designer ignorantly mistaking couture for bridal wear I was astonished at the lack of innovation. Sonu Bohra of Fashion Bombay poses a very valid dimension by saying that the designers create what sells, since eventually this is business. But I strongly question their oblivion to experimenting, to exploring the possibilities of a new genre. India has an immensely strong consumer power so why live under the blind impression that only bridal wear sells? Helmut Lang could have stuck with his Alice-in-Wonderland inspired cobalt ruffled dress for Vogue's 2003 issue but he took the daring leap into androgynous and minimal creations, and do I necessarily need to elaborate the enormity of acceptance and appreciation that androgyny receives today? I quite frankly believe that Indian designers have immense talent to set new pars, but the need of the hour is to detach from the clique- to present something on the runway that does not entitle someone to break into a yawn because they've seen it 23456789 times before already.
Style update for the month? - Metallic accessories are the coolest kids on the block. True story. Been obsessing to the G over these babies and if you've taken a look at Reed Krakoff's Kit bag or Pamela Love's Tall crystal cuff, I'd bet my favorite pair of Jimmy Choo's(future) on the fact that you would too.
Also, thank you for the overwhelming response for Style Fiesta's first vlog! I'm so glad you guys liked it & I promise there will be more coming up very soon.