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{ Stylaned } - A Wonderland called Sephora

{ Stylaned } – A Wonderland called ‘Sephora’

Each time I visit the ‘first in India’ newly opened Sephora store in Select Citywalk Mall, New Delhi, it feels like my very first time there. With the excitement that Alice must have had in wonderland, there are new products to discover each time, a tester for EVERY product, there is never enough time to try out everything. I love it!!

Raging on Polkas - Akanksha Redhu

:: Raging on Polkas ::

Polka Dots are such an evergreen trend. They may come and go and come back again, in all sorts of sizes, colors and quantities, but inside all of us, there will always be the child that loves polkas, any given day! For some reason I relate Polkas to vintage. Maybe because I wore them a lot in my childhood and not so much now. Which is why when I laid my eyes on this vintage Vogue cover, I had to do something about it. This is model Marie Lise Gres wearing a hat and dress by Hardy Amies,and photographed by Henry Clarke.UK Vogue,March 1965

Manish Arora - Delhi Couture Week - Day 3

Manish Arora – Delhi Couture Week – Day 3

Manish Arora knows how to put up a show and boy does he know it right! And since he was showing in the Capital after a gap of over three years it was literally a high octane, full power blast of a show. Energy was ripping through everyone! While I have very few words to express my sheer enthusiasm I do have a truckload of photographs from the show. It wasn’t easy trying to pick out the few that got to come up on the blog. Nevertheless, here they are.

Anju Modi - Delhi Couture Week 2012

Anju Modi – Delhi Couture Week 2012 – Day 3

This year, Anju Modi presents her collection DEVI. The collection takes inspiration from some of the most vivid characters inked throughout the Bengali literature and those that have been cinematically brought to life.
Like always her garments were so much more than just garments, art, stories infact. Layers upon layers of intricacy so thoughtfully brought together. One look and you know that not just anybody is capable of such craftsmanship. Anju Modi’s shows always leave me in complete awe and love with her.

Stylaned Featuring Priyal Prakash

{ Stylaned } – Priyal Prakash House of Design

Introducing #stylaned as a regular feature on the blog. In collaboration with @naina
As our very first feature we bring to you Priyal Prakash House of Design and a drop dead gorgeous gown from her collection. But who says it should be limited only for the evenings? With a fabulous open-back and sultry gold detailing on the sleeves and bust it really does take sexy to the next level. When you have a beautiful gown like this you MUST NOT clutter the look. It will only downplay the beauty of the gown. Let the gown shine in all its singularity and play with just one set of accessories to accent the look.

JJ Vallaya - Delhi Couture Week

JJ Valaya – Delhi Couture Week 2012 – Day 1

When you know its JJ Vallaya, you know its going to be EXTRAVAGANT. Actually in this case collections by ALL the designers will be extravagant, it being ‘Couture Week’ and what not. But still, JJ Vallaya was one show I was really looking forward to. And it delivered…maybe a little too much, but thats what couture is all about. Crazy amount of detailing on traditional Indian silhouettes – lehengas, sherwanis, anarkalis and just a bit of unwanted experimentation with the traditional silhouettes which could have been avoidede. Nevertheless, here are glimpses from the show.

Denim & Beers

Denim on Denim & Beers

It was International Beer Day, Friendship Day & Sunday (read nursing-a-hangover-day). If you are looking for more excuses to go out and drink beer then clearly you are not a ‘Beer’ person. I had also managed to win a bucket of international beers at Shiro, Hotel Samrat through TWITTER so a couple of my friends and I decided to make a day of it. First stop Shiro to kickstart the day with some never before tasted beers, then onto a typical Sunday brunch, followed by an at-home movie.

Euphoric Magazine

Euphoric Magazine Launch at Blue Frog

Usually my Wednesday nights are a lot more silent and sober compared to this one! It was the official launch of Euphoric Magazine - India’s biggest for clubbing and dance music at Blue Frog, New Delhi. The icing on the cake was ofcourse DJ Dale Anderson spinning some crazy stuff for al the guests. And the guests were p-l-e-n-t-y and pretty too! It is NOT that easy to spot so many good-looking, well dressed people under one roof in Delhi on a Wednesday night

Carol Gracias

Delhi Couture Week Update

The PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 which will be held from August 8 – 12, 2012 at The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi has recently announced that in order to bring out the ‘Indian’ element of the Couture Week, FDCI has made a conscious choice to showcase most of the collections through top Indian models. Out of the 32 high profile models who are ready to scorch the ramp this season, 25 are Indian models and the remaining are of foreign origin.

Levelling with The Animal

Levelling With the Animal

Two trends that I have been going ape-shit over lately are finally here together, in one outfit post – Animal Prints and Barely there Distressed Denims. Occassion was my mom’s birthday lunch for which we all went to Cafe Delhi Heights in Gurgaon.
It has barely rained in Delhi this season. Still with all the cloudy moody skies I don’t feel like wearing full length clothes…something about the imagery of the hemlines getting dirty in the sludge etc. So I prefer shorter hemlines, folded or short trousers, skirts or dresses. I’d say shorts too but Delhi/Gurgaon isn’t really a girl-wearing-shorts-friendly city.

shoppers-stop

Are You a Shoppers Stop First Citizen Yet?

‘We all love a bit of retail therapy and sometimes the impulse to buy is too strong to be denied; but if we are to be honest the smart shopper in all of us searches out the incentives that make that ‘perfect buy’ even more worthwhile. Whether it is a buy-one-get-one-free offer or just an end of season sale, the price of loyalty cannot be overlooked.

Pan Collars

Pan Collars

Pan collars proved to be one of the hottest trends during the cooler months, and it seems that it’s a look which is set to stick around right through the summer season. The good news is that it’s also one of the easiest ways to look chic and stylish. With this in mind, here is a quick guide to some of the best ways to wear a pan collar over the coming season

HP Envy Ultrabook - Urban Jungle

The HP Envy Ultrabook – Fashion & Envy – Urban Jungle

This time around HP has nailed it with their Envy Ultrabook, with new ideas, forward thinking, sleek design, keeping in mind what people want these days and making the laptop something that you will enjoy ‘living’ with rather than just ‘using’ for work! It truly is FASHION, done the right way. I recently got my hands on the HP Envy Ultrabook 4-1002TX. And I have not stopped talking about it ever since!

The Beauty Board

Pinning Mania Access – A Taste

So with the much hyped craze about Pinterest, I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about and boy did I get hooked! I am still very new with Pinterest but I love being on it. Its my make believe world but besides that it actually does inspire me in so many ways – to take up personal projects that I never would have had time for before, experimenting with trends I would have never wandered near before, make-up tips and even huge motivation for fitness! Enough words – Pinterest is more about pictures so heres a little bit of my Pinterest to maybe get you hooked!
Meanwhile do’nt forget to follow me too! Akanksha Redhu on Pinterest.

The Shopper's Brigade

The Shopper’s Brigade & a Neon Necklace

I always try and dress in basics while going out shopping to make it easier to visualize how a certain garment or accessory will look with anything else in my closet. If I over-crowd myself with complex prints or patterns and silhouettes it gets tough for me to mix n match in my head. So I , by forceful habit now, stick to basics like a plain white tee, neutral bottoms and if I absolutely must indulge myself, I add a kooky accessory or shoes which can be removed instantly.

Gul Panag

Artic Maxim Cover Girl Night

A swag party by Artic Vodka to celebrate the MAXIM Cover Girl, in this case, Gul Panag was as good as any Thursday Night could get! A packed club – The Guvment, Bristol Hotel, Gurgaon; loads of alcohol, food and people! There was even a small ramp show but the star of the evening was ofcourse the ever gorgeous and fantastically toned Gul Panag. I really need to grab my own copy of MAXIM coz I cud’nt get enough of her!

Drinks & Canvas Green

Drinks and Canvas Green

The colored denim trend has been raging for quite a while now. I have’nt dipped my pretty legs in all available colors. But the 2 colors that do happen to really work for me are Canvas Green which im wearing in this post and Coral which you will pobably see in another one. Just the deviation from the usual indigo denim color makes the denims somehow appear lighter and bearable for summer-wear. Plus I love color!