Personal Style | The nuances of luxury

Luxury is a unique word, reserved only for an occasion deemed worthy. It is only the velvetiest of robes, the most sparkling champagne, the largest of hotel suites, the sleekest of sedans and the most glittering diamonds that are associated with it. It is rare, precious and used to describe only the most indulgent of experiences. So does that mean time as well, is a luxury?
  They say you only miss a good thing when its gone and that is when it struck me; time is, in fact, the most precious luxury of them all. Being at a stage when moments seem to be slipping by, I keep savoring every second that passes by and have even started relishing the otherwise mundane. So a simple bicycle ride seemed run-of-the-mill while on vacation, now seems like a little bit of time that had every possible luxury I love - fresh air and sunshine, a beaten part and a pop of colour.

The greatest of luxuries may not always be full of grandeur and extravagance but I believe that they will always be precious and treasured.

Neon crop top - Street stall {Colaba} | Polka dot high waist shorts - Forever 21 [Previously seen here] | Thong sandals - Street stall {Bandra} | Floppy hat - Forever 21 | Revlon 'Fuchsia Fever' on my nails | L'Oreal Moist Matte 'Orange Power' on my lips [Review here

As the monsoons slowly turn to cooler climes, I decided to give it one last short with my *obviously* favorite trend of the year, the crop top. Pair them in neon with a clash of prints and you get a look that is bright, bold and perfect for the mobility of a short bicycle ride. Of course, I remembered to throw on this floptastic hat and a smack of orange lipstick
Who needs diamonds and champagne when I've got a bicycle and a floppy hat!

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Style Files | Does fashion have strings attached?

The recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week got a me thinking about a number of things - what I need to stack up on in my closet for the season to come, how can I wear sequins during the day without looking like I just came from my prom and mainly how there is so much more than clothes to fashion.

In India, Bollywood *a culture in itself* is synonymous with fashion. Hence the A-listers in the front row at fashion week and an actress promoting her latest flick, on the ramp. Two worlds that have gotten intertwined in each other and have fared exceptionally well. Captivated onlookers like yours truly sit there in the journalist section, live tweeting away how the showstopper looks ravishing with those textured curls. The hoarde of socially savvy kids are instagramming away to glory making sure their shot is the hottest of the press. The showstopper does a little twirl that a ballerina would be proud and the audience gives her a cheer. Then she stares straight into the cameras that are flashing at 90 miles a minute s and gives them a look that will be on the front page of the tabloids tomorrow. Tweets are being posted as quickly as ever, with the right hashtag of course. Don't forget to get that shot of her striking a pose like that and make sure you get a good angle as well.

Somewhere in between; while checking in at fashion week on your social platforms or making sure you use the right instagram filter; I found myself asking the question - does fashion need the theatrics? Does it need the flashing of cameras, the strut of the showstopper, the endless stream of tweets? Does it have the strings that come attached to it or would it do just fine being clothes draped on mannequins?

We're a part of a generation that is short on both, time and attention spans so we do everything in our power to make sure things run swiftly and don't require too much brain space. Social media runs on that principle and that's one of the reasons it is such a phenomenon. From the store launches shared on Facebook, pre-event tweets that get the buzz going and Instagram shots shared straight off the ramp; social media provides for swift and interesting content and delivers it right to the screen of your phone. The theatrics of celebrity sightings, ribbon cuttings, selfies and ramp walks definitely add the pizzaz to it all. I believe that fashion is multi-dimensional -  there is a lot more than just pretty clothes and it has literally thousands of strings attached to it. The social media aspect, the glamour, the glitz of it add so much more substance to the world of fashion. In fact, the strings only make it more engaging, more interesting and more wonderful for all of us to be a part of.

So guys, what are your thoughts on this?

xo Dayle
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Style Files | Trend Report - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014

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Remember the time I spoke about why we need to have fashion week in our lives? Well my post today is dedicated to one of those very reasons. Fashion week provides us with trends which helps us predict what is popular for the forthcoming season which influences just about every fashion conscious girl there is. So as we bid farewell to the summer of 2014, the recent Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 showcased what is in store for the season to come and it was all kinds of awesome!
My personal take on fashion week, its designers and collections, is to decipher the look, item by item and make my prediction for the season to come; lets take a look:

  • Cut-work detail:

I'm a big fan of detail in terms of cutouts, in my personal style as well so when I spotted it on the ramp, it caught my eye in a jiffy! Cut-work detail is something that I find adds a certain intricacy to an item and bring it up a notch, which was the case on the ramp as well.
The detail of cut-work was seen around the decolletage, the waist and the torso of the clothing.

  • Metallic:

I like to think of metallic finishes as a sort of shape-shifting to ones closet. It can take it up, bring it or just keep it neutral all while keeping a rather fierce feel to the clothing you are in. Whether you play it big with metallic finished clothing or even a little with accessories ; metallics are here to stay this winter.
The silver, bronze and gold metallic finishes on the ramp were played up with textures like brocade and sequins.

  • Sheer panels:

My favorite part of the sheer element in clothing is how it adds a sexy, peek-a-boo vibe to look without revealing too much. So when panels are introduced in clothing with the sheer touch, it can only be good. Mixing the structure of panels and the sexiness of the sheer, we've got a smoking combination for winter!
Whether on the lining, the shoulders or the midriff, sheer panels in clothing are the next hottest thing this season.

  • Body jewellery:

Lets keep our traditional rings and necklaces away for a second. Over the seasons have you noticed how accessories have slowly yet steadily begun spreading over the area of the body with ear cuffs, armlets and now even body chains? Well this season, the trend is about to go all out with bold and edgy jewellery that covers all the nooks and crannies of your bod.
This season, your waist and forearms will thank you for accessorizing them as well.

  • Tulle:

The stuff princesses and ballerinas are made of; the feminine and flouncy fabric of tulle  made its way to the ramp. If I had my way, I'd be wearing it 24 x 7 because it so damn cute but at fashion week, tulle got a makeover beyond just cute to chic and ethereal.
Seen in large skirts and layered looks, you know you want it.

  • Gold detail:

Known to a symbol of luxury, gold adds a richness that nothing can compare to. Whether in your clothing, your accessories or makeup; reverting to gold is a fail safe zone. That is something a few designers agreed with as well as they added the detail of gold piping and print to add a distinction to their collection.
This season, add a touch of luxury to your clothing with gold prints and borders.

And while we've now covered the major trends that will sweep the stores in the months to come; there are a few micro trends that rear their heads as well.

  • Deep Hues: The season of fall and winter will be incomplete if not for a deep hues and jewel tones that are full of depth.
  • Sportswear: From sweatshirts and sneakers, the winter to come needs its sporty touch.
  • Sequins: Both, life and winter will be incomplete without a little touch of sequins.
  • Peasant sleeves: Adding a relaxed flair to a look, peasant sleeves will make you look cool without trying too hard.
  • Pleats: They've adorned your school girl uniforms and they aren't going out of fashion anytime soon. Pleats will soon be all over your western and traditional wear, looking magnificent as ever.

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

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Personal Style | Best of both worlds

If you assume that I will be speaking about Miley Cyrus' dual avatar as the title may suggest; you may be partially right. The past few weeks have been a blur to me. I've recently started working at a fashion magazine and along with Style File and the rest of my life; I've begun to learn that juggling and keeping all of the balls in the air is a task not for the faint of heart. I've started to savor the earlier mundane tidbits of life , my prior sole focus on Style File is now being split two ways and I have days when I feel like even 30 hours would not be enough. In the end, when it all comes together, it definitely has its glamorous, shiny, wonderful days but the exhausting ones are not far behind. Who ever said jugglers had it easy, huh? 

My current state of mind is one of transition where I'm experiencing so much and learning the ropes of it all. The trick, I think, isn't in getting the balls up in the air but in keeping them there and hopefully, that will bring out the best of both of my worlds. If Miley Cyrus can do it, whose to say I can't be my very own Hannah Montana?

Forever 21 pink aztec print dress | Zara black ankle strap stilettos [previously seen here] | Ayesha Accessories studded cuff [previously seen here] | Zara black tote [previously seen here] | Accessorize & Gifted rings | On my lips - Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker 'Punch Bowl' | Lakme Absolute styled hair

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Aztec prints on just about anything grabs my attention so slipping on this jersey dress with my favorite heels was a match made in fashion heaven. As far as accessorizing goes, my thumb rule is keeping it light yet dressy and my set of rings and studded cuff came to my rescue. I finished the look with a delightful messy bun by the talented team at Lakme Absolute and my makeup in plum tones with a deep purple eye and a plump pink lip.

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