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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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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