Style Files | The best of Lakme Fashion Week winter festive 2014

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Last weekend was every fashionistas favorite time of the year. No, not Christmas or sale season - it was Lakme Fashion Week! It is an event that needs no introduction, especially after we at Style File enjoy covering it live every season so this time around, Mumbai's favorite fashion week took it up another notch. With the fantastic LFW Apartment to catch our breathe in between shows and the wonderful stylists at Tigi sprucing us up to look our best every second, this was definitely the hottest place to be at.

Of course, what took the cake was the the very purpose of fashion week itself - the fashion! From attention grabbing prints to a musical extravaganza during a show, the designers shone bright and I'll be bringing you the very best collections that stole the show!

Shehlaa by Shehla Khan


The collection exuded romanticism and everything feminine. With delicate fabrics like velvet, tulle and lace used in flowing skirts, cropped blouses and peasant sleeves, the collection was dreamy and something only fairytales are made of. Pastel tones complimented the effect of the collection and Shruti Hassan, looked flouncy and sweet, a showstopper that was made for the collection.

An Ode To Indigo by Priyadarshini Rao

As the name suggests, the collection revolved around blue and indigo tones like that of turquoise, jade and cobalt. Taking on a relaxed nature, I enjoyed how wearable the collection is. The asymmetrical hems, relaxed fits and loose silhouettes are the perfect example of desi chic and would make the perfect pick for a hot summers day.

Mystical Nuit by Ridhi Mehra

Ridhi Mehra's collection reflected the beauty and mystery of the night sky as it kept with the theme of the moon and stars along with a palette of blues, blacks and a hint of sparkle. Lisa Haydon exuded just that vibe as the showstopper in a navy and silver gown.

Found and Lost by Suhani Pittie 

Suhani Pittie's collection spoke of jewellery that was held close to the heart. Innovation was key as the jewellery took a variety of forms such as armlets, cuffs and body chains in copper, brass and acrylic among others. Displayed on achromatic tones of white and black, the jewellery was the showstopper in itself.

Mille Fleurs by Neha Agarwal

Debut designer Neha Agarwal was a breathe of fresh air. With embroidery and mirror work, the palette was the just needed pleasant pop of colour for the winter season. The usage of authentic Indian fabrics in contemporary pieces upped the chic quotient in this collection and was definitely one of my favorites this season.

Himalayan Couture Collection by Shantanu and Nikhil

The collection by Shantanu and Nikhil imbibed the fluidity of water of the Himalayas and brought that to life in their clothing. Opulent and rich, the gold work of brocade and silks were the fabrics of choice on a rich palette of colours with each look being accompanied by unique head gear and masks. An attractive feature of the collection was the draping carried out and it brought to life a contemporary take on a saree and gowns of the collection. 

Chandelier Chic by Farah Sanjana

With an aura of elegance, the collection used the classic achromatic shades of black and white. With the theme of a chandelier print used throughout, the usage of sheer fabric and panels made for a chic and modern collection.

Diffusion by Varun Bahl

The most glamourous of the season, Varun Bahl's collection brought to life metallics, floral motifs and ruffles that were present throughout. Pieces like cropped tops, peplum blouses and draped jackets brought a sophisticated and modern air about it. A trendy zipper detail was a feature on skirts and jackets throughout the collection. Priyanka Chopra stole the show with a textured bob and metallic jacket.

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Which was your favorite designer this season?

xo Dayle

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Beauty | Kiehl's Rice & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo Review

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When the monsoons arrive, my hair becomes another more unruly, eviler version of itself. This time around; I decided to take a route untraveled and try a shampoo that seemed appropriate for the season to regain back my good hair days of yore.

Did I have a happy ever after?

Packaging: The packaging of the shampoo consists of a sturdy transparent plastic bottle with a flip open cap which holds 250 ml of product. The packaging instructions and branding of the shampoo are in basic purple, black and white tones which are both clear and direct.

Price: Rs. 1390

Product: The product is a clear yellow toned liquid of a gel-like consistency. The fragrance of the product is a pleasant citrus smell which is very refreshing which stays on in your hair. As mentioned in the instructions itself, the shampoo foams lightly hence it doesn't lather too thickly. If you like to really lather your hair good, you will need to add more of the product.

Feel of the product: Minimalist & Beneficial

Availability: The availability for the shampoo is moderate as it is available only at Kiehl's stores.

What I liked:
  • The sturdy packaging. While the large size of the bottle may not make it very travel-friendly, it is strong enough to stay firmly shut.
  • The citrus fragrance is refreshing and it stays 
  • It adds bounce and volume to the hair.
  • It strips away oil from your scalp and clarifies your hair like a charm 
  • It is is free from parabens, if you are particular about ingredients use *just like Sunsilk's Natural Recharge shampoo*
  • Post-wash, you are left with with clean, shiny hair.
What I didn't like:
  • While it does an excellent job of clarifying your hair, it dries up the hair to a great extent. While this affected my greasy scalp too, unfortunately I think drier scalps would be affected a great deal.
  • While you receive a large quantity of 250 ml in the bottle, at र 1390, it is expensive. 

Rating: 7/10

My advice: The shampoo does a good job at clarifying your hair and is a great product in total if you are not someone to be easily affected by dryness and the hefty price. As an alternative, you can always try another one of my clarifying favorites 

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Personal Style | Simple pleasures

As life has gotten as busy as a bee lately, things which have always seemed routine are now more cherished than ever. Freshly ironed skirts are such a joy to slip on. The bus ride back home with the wind blowing my hair around rather clumsily, now seems like the perfect time with my thoughts. The sound of the rain is so blissful. And don't even get me started on how elated a hot cup of tea makes me feel at the end of the day.
It is funny how we take the simple things in life for granted when in fact, they are the ones to give us the most pleasure.

Printed crop top - Street stall {Colaba} | Denim shorts - GAP via local store {Bandra} [Previously seen here] | Reflective aviators - Forever 21 | Gold kolhapuris - Street stall {Bandra} |
 Lancome lip lover in 'Rose Des Nymphes' on my lips  | Revlon 'Fuchsia Fever' on my nails  

Street shopping falls into the simple pleasures category as well, as I've mentioned before and almost my entire look today speaks for that. Don't forget to include green grass, palm trees and denim shorts since they are some of the most simple things that I revel in.

What is your favorite simple pleasure?

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DIY | Fashion & Beauty ideas for the monsoons

So you're all made up and buckling your shoes when the sky turns a sinister shade of grey *around 50 shades of it, that is* And then starts the downpour. Which means poor you is now stuck till the sky clears out. There is no need to sulk because I've got a list of wonderful fashion & beauty ideas you can try out when you're holed up at home. The best part is, most of them use kitchen ingredients and equipment you can find at home which means you won't have to spend any of that green.
Let's do it!

Pamper yourself with a pedicure

They are definitely the most underrated parts of your body because although they take you everywhere, they never get the care they deserve. All you need is a scrub, a foot brush, warm water and some pretty colour. I love some me-time with a DIY pedicure which involves scrubbing, buffing and varnishing and which ends up in velvety soft feet!

Nourish your peepers

Give your eyes a little lovin' after they spend hours staring at a screen! First relax and make yourself a cup of green tea and after you've dipped it, remember to stick the tea bag in the freezer for 15 minutes. While you are waiting, take a few drops of coconut oil and using the gentle touch of your ring finger, apply the oil beneath your eye *be careful not to get any in* Then find a comfy place to rest, close your eyes and place the now iced tea bags over your eye lids. Coconut oil is a miracle portion and will nourish your under eye area while the cooling green tea bags will de-puff and soothe them.

Clean out the clutter

While accessories are a beauty to behold, storing them is always so darn tricky. What's worse is that, for them to look their best, they need to be maintained and stored well. My personal favorite trick is skipping boxes and choosing hooks. Find hooks that can be stuck firmly with the help of an adhesive or double sided tape and stick them in a place that is clean, dry and not in direct sunlight. Club your bracelets, chains and necklaces of similar lengths together and hang them on their individual hooks. Next time you have to pick one out, you will never have found it easier!

Soak your blues away

Allow yourself to recuperate from everything life has to throw at you with just bath salt. Having a tub would be the ideal way to soak in the flavours but unfortunately not all of us have that luxury. Hence, a bucket will do just fine. Add a few spoons of the bath salt to your bucket and take in the fragrance. Make sure to dampen a small portion of it and scrub it on your body as well, especially your elbows, shoulders and knees. You might just never want to step out of there!

Clean up time is important too

Investing in makeup equipment is always exciting but if you don't take care of your goods, they will affect the results that show. I stress the importance of hygiene when it comes to makeup equipment mainly because it is something that we put directly on our skin. Brushes, especially those for the face like the stippler or the buffer are best washed regularly. Make a mixture of warm water, liquid soap and coconut/olive oil in a glass and stick your brushes in. Wait for a hour and gently remove the mixture off the bristles of the brush. Then thoroughly wash any remnants of oil or makeup with liquid soap and water and dry it for a day.

And there you have it - a few fashion and beauty ideas that you can try for the gloomy monsoon days spent indoors. Which ones are you planning to try out?

xo Dayle
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