Saturday, 12 November 2011

Versace for H&M...

"A Vogue Idea"

I guess everybody’s aware of the Versace for H&M collection that will launch in a couple of days.

I hadn’t actually seen the collection up till now. And I’m not sure how much I like it.

I mean some of the pieces are nice but I’m not really sure about the palm prints!

So, here’s what I liked and I also created some looks…

I have really started to like the red-turquoise combination. The draped red dress is very glamorous and the vest is really hot!

The jacket has quilted details on the yoke and sleeves, gold-colored zip at front and cuffs and gold- and silver-colored studs at the hem. I think it would work very well with the gold metal mesh dress.

Initially I thought that the bling was too much but I think it's really keeping up with Versace's sensibility!


The bustier is made with patterned silk and has cut-out and decorative gold-colored buttons at the back. The skirt is in silk with gold- and silver-colored studs.

In my opinion, the Greek border at the hem looks fabulous. And I love the back of the bustier.

Take a look at their campaign. I really liked it.

See the entire collection...

Well, I would have really liked to see a more toned down collection because I feel this collection is too extreme as far as H&M is concerned. Although it does justice to Versace!

What do you feel about the collection? 'Too out there' or 'I guess it could work'?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It's all about the mystery...


It’s true that now and again when I flip through the newspaper pretending that I’m reading the news, I’m actually looking for the page with astrological predictions.

A lot of us may say that we believe in predictions and not a day goes by when we leave the house without reading what’s going to happen to me (and a million other Virgos) through the day! But is it really true that a person sitting far away from us can decide what’s going to happen to us in the next few days? And then happily publish it!

I believe that fate can’t be decided. Last Saturday, while crossing the road, I was almost hit by a truck which I hadn’t noticed while walking. I believe that eons of years ago I was placed at that exact same spot where I would years later be almost hit by a truck! Now I don’t believe that some newspaper wrote that or that this same incident happened to a million other Virgos.

I think zodiac signs are merely a system to generalize the world population into categories based on their personalities. Why? I have no idea!

And I also feel that these predictions mostly make a psychological impact on our brains and we relate to it some way or the other because first thing in the morning we train our brains that this is going to happen to us!

 I’m a Virgo which means I should be a perfectionist. Sadly, I’m not….sometimes! Although it’s true when it comes to my blog. I will edit my pictures for days and still think that the lighting is not perfect!

Modest and Shy – are my and my sign’s biggest traits. The reason I don’t have many outfit posts yet.

Virgos are known to be meticulous, reliable, practical, diligent, intelligent and analytical. I have been found to be reliable and practical but the rest I have no idea!

And also – Fussy and a worrier, Overcritical and harsh, Perfectionist and conservative. I will say I’m extremely fussy. I don’t eat food that does not look good. And I’m awfully overcritical and harsh. I cannot walk by the street and not comment on what people are wearing (in my head)!

Virgos like - Cleanliness, animals, healthy foods, books, nature – of which I certainly do not like animals (any) and healthy food (I like to imagine that I do)!

They say Virgos like to serve. I definitely like to be served. They are very good friends, so am I!

Virgos have the uncanny sense to see what's wrong with a person, a situation or your environment. It's why Virgo makes such natural critics. This seems very true about me!

Virgo might be a "clean freak," but most Virgos have a messy closet somewhere or a disaster under their bed. Extremely true for me.

I read somewhere that if you are travelling with a Virgo, you can never be late. This is absolutely true. I am never late anywhere. It's like I have a clock inside me.

Having said that, I will say that even though I don’t believe in predictions, I do like to know what the stars have to say about me once in a while. And I’ve never had an experience where I read a prediction and it came out to be true!

I think it's just that I love things that I don’t understand and is not in my control! Do you do too?

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The Statement necklace!

“A Vogue Idea”

Talk about trends and talk about accessories; I know what comes to your mind – ‘statement necklace’!

It’s the thing right now. Everybody’s wearing it, every store has it, and you can even get it in street markets throughout the world.

And it has always been there around us but seems like we just started noticing!

If I look back into my History of World Costumes class, the costume that always intrigued me was of Egypt. The women wore a sheer linen cloth draped around their body paired with the impressive jeweled collar or the Usekh collar. I guess that is the start of statement necklaces. I believe that for a woman, to demand attention and respect from her subordinates, it is very important that along with her striking personality, her outfit should also have an impact on the people, and that is exactly what the Egyptian women’s attire did!

Think about all the tribes across the world. Their clothes are pretty simple, and in some cases there are no clothes. But what seems mandatory in all of them is the use of jewelry. Every tribe is known for their style of ornamentation. And the beautiful thing is that since they are not exposed to luxurious materials, they creatively use whatever is around them to make adornments.

India has had royalties as well as tribes, which means we have a lot of styles of jewelry at our disposal. Isn’t it amazing how a necklace created almost 50 years ago in Gujrat, looks so contemporary and modern!

 This beautiful necklace made in the 1920’s in Himachal Pradesh, was worn as a charm for wealth and fortune. It was made with real British Indian Silver Rupee. If that doesn’t make a statement then what does?

And far along the north east India, tribal women use natural items to beautify themselves. The neck pieces shown here one made from shells and beads and the other from the teeth of buffalo, both dating back to the 20th century. I know I would love to own these pieces because they really make a statement!

Now this was just a prologue to today’s Vogue idea, because while going through a lot of websites and blogs, I found someone from my own city with a very quirky Indian taste in clothing, who also happens to make some very fancy but head turning jewelry.

So let me introduce you to….

Polka Princess, creator of the blog “chappals vs stilletoes”

Check out her blog here -

I really like the way she mixes up different elements of clothing together to create outfits, also the way she uses colors to brighten up an attire.

And even though she has to be formally dressed for her office, she will add some unique element to make an outfit stand out among the rest.

I think this picture best explains her quirky Indian style. The way she has teamed up an ethnic printed leggings with a casual tunic, and add to that the colorful bangles, in my opinion it is very Indian and yet has a very international appeal to it. I think the mustard, fuchsia and the cyan works very well!

Now, what really fascinated me about her blog is that she makes these amazing pieces of jewelry and the line is called Howrah Bridge!

And I'm obsessed about it.


And my favorite piece! The statement necklace!

You can find more pieces here -

There was a day when I would take out a dress from my wardrobe and team it up with some accessory. But today, I pick up a statement necklace and pair it with a dress and I go out there and I make the statement!

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