Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Brands To Know - Perrin Paris

As a self-proclaimed professional instagram stalker, on a particular day, I was as usual stalking random people on instagram, you know doing my thing. Whilst checking out pictures from Sutton Stracke's profile when she was in Paris for the Haute Couture shows, I noticed her and friends were posting images of a clutch from a certain luxury brand which I wasn't aware of. Perrin Paris. The ladies were wearing these very edgy glove inspired clutches and me being a crazy bag lady had to find out more. I started doing some research on Perrin Paris and am so in love with the brand now. So I thought I would blog about it and share it with you guys because our Delhi ladies LOVE their bags.

Perrin Paris is one of the oldest luxury glove makers around. Founded in 1893, their gloves became extremely popular in the twenties and they were actually one of the few brands to have boutiques around the world. Eventually, due to the lack of demand for gloves, the family closed the brand. They did however continue to manufacture and supply leather to other haute couture houses thereby safeguarding the family's tradition and techniques.

A few years ago, Michel Perrin (CEO of the brand) and his wife Sally decided to revive the brand by launching a line of handbags along with their gloves. Their bags, much like their gloves, are all handmade and a result of beautiful (and painstaking) craftsmanship involving techniques that have been passed down generations spanning over a century.  Only the finest leather and exotic skins are used to create their products. It's not only their quality that is a class apart, it is also their designs which are extremely unique and innovative.

As I check out their handbags online on their website, I am completely obsessed with each and every one of them especially their clutches and the super edgy ball bag. Their glove inspired clutches come in three different types Le Zip, Capitale and Cabroilet and make a serious statement. Skull, studs, laser cut spider web, leopard printmetallic and exotics; these clutches have got me hooked and I'm just dying to get my hands on one (its a simultaneous bag fund situation currently).Their very avant-garde and architectural Riva Ball Bag is another favourite. Made out of woven leather and grosgrain, and inspired by retro wicker baskets it comes with a leather interior pouch to store all your belongings. I don't think there will ever be the need to make small talk when you walk in to a party with this bag! It's an immediate conversation starter.

Glove Clutches

Riva Ball Bag

Even though the brand has been revived, the family doesn't feel the need to expand in a rush. The leather goods are produced in limited quantities simply because they want to ensure that quality is never compromised. A point one has to agree with. As long as they ship internationally from their website, that's all that matters to me!

P.S, if any of you fabulous Delhi ladies happen to be in Paris, Los Angeles or New York this summer, be sure to check out their boutiques!

Paris: 35, Rue des Petits Champs, 75001, Paris, France
LA: 346 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
New York: 987 Madison Avenue at 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

SS and Resort 14 Printed Accessories

Hello lovelies! Summer's indeed peaking in Delhi (40 degrees plus) and it seems to be absolutely impossible to even think of clothing at the moment. Flimsy fabrics, flowy silhouettes and light colours is what is probably on everybody's mind. And to amp up the style quotient, what better way then to don stylish printed accessories that are all the rage this season -- on your feet and on your head (literally).

Shoes with delightful prints can perk up the most boring of summer days. Showing up in a multitude of heel types and with prints ranging from Pop culture to classic florals, I suggest you dress in one single shade from the print and let your feet do all the talking.


I love the colours on these Stella Jean printed fabric sling backs -- what a ravishing shade of cobalt. Featuring a flower motif here and there, with classic cars, these are definitely my favourite out of all. Walter Steiger -- known for putting the curves at the right places -- incorporates a very Impressionist-like print in his canvas pair. Mary Katrantzou's lace-up booties with airy cut-outs are crafted in satin with a delicious pink-green print. And these Oscar de la Renta sling backs are loud yet understated -- and can easily slide from day to night wear. And while you are at it, check out these adorable new pumps from the J Crew and Sophia Webster collaboration. Click here for the shoes.


Apart from shoes, caps are definitely needed this season to protect our pretty faces from the harsh sun. Personally for me, caps are a big no-no but looking at these, I am quite swooned and tempted. A very stylish way to add quirk to your travel wardrobe, printed caps are the new sporty essentials.


The first cap by Kenzo is from their Resort 14 collaboration with New Era, featuring a swirl print in four shades. The House Of Holland twill baseball cap features a dove print inspired from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet and is totally quirky. Eugenia Kim's suede-trimmed canvas cap features a tropical hibiscus print making me reminisce of a Goan holiday. And finally, I love this number by Etro with the house's signature paisleys. This cap seems to be selling out everywhere -- an indicator for you to pounce upon it as soon as you can!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

WIFW AW 14 - Rahul Mishra

Without a doubt, the most awaited and important show during fashion week was Rahul Mishra. From being the first Indian to ever win the Woolmark prize to being the first Indian designer to have clothes on Rent The Runway, and creating a new fabric that consisted of merino wool and silk, Rahul has crossed major milestones in the last one year and has made India proud. Considering he grew up in a town where electricity was a luxury and his school fees was merely seven rupees, what he has achieved is simply remarkable.

The hall was packed to say the least with people craning their heads to catch a glimpse of the clothes (I was one of them). The set itself was beautiful with 3D paperwork along the centre of the runway. An amazing start already.

His collection, The Lotus Effect featured geometrical shapes (mainly the hexagon) along with lotus motifs intricately embroidered on garments constructed from his new fabric. The clothes, mostly non traditional, proved that Indian designers need not always send saris and salwar suits down the runway. Instead, the silhouettes focussed not only on beautiful designs, but a lot complicated and painstaking techniques, intricate hand knots and scientific innovation. The permanent texture of bandini on ultra-light merino wool was a prototype. What made the clothes so special is the lightness of the fabric. When I saw the dresses, it almost looked like they were made out of cotton as opposed to wool.

The colour palette was beige, black and monochromes towards the end with pops of red, yellow and blue. I loved some of the sheer clothes, especially the white asymmetrical dress with embroidered floral and geometric motifs on it, paired with cigarette pants. An off white dress with yellow tree motif embroidery was another favourite. The embroidered jackets, again, light as air, are most definitely going to be on every Delhi-ites wish list for next winter. Finally, the real show stopper was the very architectural jacket on the runway. The patches you see standing up on the shoulders are actually 2-D which were made to look 3 dimensional! The patches were supported by a metal wire first, and then sown on to the shoulders. BRAVO! The show ended with a throwback speech by Alexa Chung in Milan leaving me with goose bumps.

If you haven't already heard, Rahul Mishra's collection is now on Pernia's Pop Up Shop. What surprised me the most was how accessible his price points are for designer wear. A fully hand embroidered jacket in silk organza for 26,000 INR! After everything the designer has achieved, and still so humble; he is truly one of a kind. Next winter instead of buying a woollen dress from Zara or any other international brand, I am opting for a Rahul Mishra creation. Jai Hind!

Click here to see the entire show or scroll down for the video.

The very complex yet magnificent architectural jacket

N.B: Most of you are probably wondering what exactly is Merino wool. It is said to be one of the finest, softest wool available. It is mainly used in producing athletic wear because of it's wicking (drawing sweat away from the body) properties. In addition, due to its finer fibres and small scales, Merino doesn't retain odour making it anti-microbial.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Currently Trending: Minimalist Totes - Getting Down To Business

When you're out and about running errands, going to work, or live out of a suitcase (like I do) you don't have time for fussy handbags that come with all that drama. You want a bag that fits the jet set go lifestyle. I like my bags streamlined, fuss free, NOT heavy but super stylish at the same time. It's all about the minimalist handbags in classic shapes that are devoid of too much hardware and are of course LOGO FREE. Here are my top picks:


1. Balenciaga Padlock Nude Work XS With Snakeskin Top Handles - This bag screams Mister Wang with its stark minimal design. However, it was the snake-skin top handle that totally stole my heart. It adds just the right amount of luxury to it which is great if you don't want to spend oodles on bag made entirely out of exotic skin. The size is perfect for the day or the night. I've put this one on my wish list on hoping it will go on sale in the summer as the price tag is a tad bit steep. Click here to purchase.

2. Jil Sander J Large Leather Tote - Whistle Whistle, Tom & Jerry style!! Check out this slick baby from the house that defines the term minimalism. I am loving the shape of this bag. A little sporty (kind of like a duffle bag) and a little futuristic, this is an undeniably sophisticated tote. Six slit pockets make it easier to organise all your tid bits so you're not left fumbling whilst looking for your belongings. The beige leather lining means luxury inside and out and the minimal hardware ensures that the bag isn't too heavy to carry. Finally, the cherry on top is the price. It costs just about one lac rupees which in my opinion is amazing. Click here to purchase.

3. Fendi 3Jours Leather Tote - All right people, make space in your bag closet for the coolest revamp of the season! Karl Lagerfeld has updated the super popular Fendi 2Jours tote making it bigger and with wings. The bag has an open top with a snap button closure and because of its structured frame, it doesn't slouch. Also, the shoulder straps are longer on the 3Jours making it easier to carry on your shoulders. Perfect for a busy day with lots of running around. The metallic silver is in line with the SS 14 trends (metallic colours are HUGE this season) and it has this funky space age vibe to it. In addition, the protective feet means you can put it on the floor without having to worry about getting the leather dirty. Overall, one of the nicest updates I've seen this season. Click here to purchase or Check Fendi at DLF Emporio for availability.

4. Tod's D-Cube Small Leather Tote - I've always been a big fan of Tod's shoes and now their ready to wear stuff, but their handbags never rubbed on to me until I saw this one. I am totally loving the D-Cube bag with its boxy shape, roomy interior combined with the soft and smooth leather. And the colours, ah the colours it comes in especially this stunning blue. If you've been looking for that perfect day/travel bag, this is the one. Click here to purchase or check Tod's at DLF Emporio check for availability.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Discovering The Latest Lady Dior Ad Campaign

Of all the Lady Dior videos I've seen starring Marion Cotillard (I've probably seen them all!), the making of the this ad campaign was the best in my opinion. From playing a mysterious woman whilst hiding something in the black Lady Dior in Lady Noire Affair to leading a double life in Lady Rouge, this time, the French actress is jumping on a trampoline against a grey background.

Shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Marion is seen floating in the air, almost ballerina like (notice how her toes are pointed in the shots) looking graceful as ever holding on to the most iconic handbag, the Lady Dior. The behind the scenes video is so beautifully shot with Like A Million Dreams by Yodelice playing as Cotillard jumps around wearing these ethereal dresses from Dior's pre-fall collection. Note how light the dresses are showing you can genuinely be so carefree when you wear them. My favourite shot was with Cotillard in a pleated dress holding a very feminine floral printed Lady Dior. That is the beauty of these bags, they are reinvented season after season whilst continuing to be timelessly elegant. Check out the video below. It is truly lovely.

Pre-Fall Lady Dior Bags In Deer Skin

Image Courtesy: Christian Dior


WIFW AW 14 - Arjun Saluja & Dev r Nil

Dev r Nil - Whilst the collection was portrayed to be about freedom of expression, to me it was all about the celebration of big bold prints -- geometrics, florals, and big birds all shone bright on the ramp. Also, it was actually the first time the duo worked with leather. I really enjoyed the way they used it throughout the collection. They incorporated leather accents on some silhouettes, however what caught my eye was the leather cutwork especially on the jacket sleeves, busts, dresses and skirts with an underlay of a bright contrasting fabric. Head-to-toe prints may have been the highlight of the collection, but it was also interesting to note the play of textures through the use of different fabrics and embroidery.

Currently on my wish list is the short bolero-style jacket with embroidered flowers and birds accentuated with a leather border along with a black and yellow printed double breasted jacket. This was paired with matching printed cigarette pants. Click here to see the entire show or scroll down for the video.


Arjun Saluja - Inspired the by the city of Lahore and its history Arjun kept silhouettes simple and fuss free with the drama being in the detailing -- such as the unexpected placement of zippers, or distressed leather.

Take the sari paired with somewhat of a biker jacket style blouse. "The zipper exposes reality when its opened and regresses us when its closed," said the designer when I asked him what inspired him to create such an interesting blouse. A leather blouse with an uneven asymmetrical hem worn under a sari with pleats on the opposite side which the designer adds was to show the contradiction in our society. I liked how grunge/ punk was so easily mixed with a traditional sari in these two looks. I am hoping to see one of the big fashion editors wear this creation to an international fashion week.

The collection was too metaphorical for me to translate but I loved seeing plaid in his clothes, especially in the dress paired with matching plaid stockings/ tights and the cape. Also seen were hoodies, trousers and dresses in menswear suitings paired with oversized jhumkis to add a bit of an Indian touch. Click here to see the entire show or scroll down for the video of both the shows.


Image Courtesy: Fashion Design Council of India and

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Gucci Brings Its Florentine Silk Artisans To Their Mumbai Boutique At The Palladium Mall

For a while now, I've posted beautiful images about how luxury goods are made and talked about the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into it which involves techniques that are passed down through generations. This time, you can see the magic happen in person.

Gucci will be holding a Silk Artisan Corner at their Palladium Mall boutique on the 12th and 13th April. The artists will present the drawing technique of the iconic Flora Foulard and will personalise scarves with the guests' initials. Is there anything more luxurious than Florentine artists hand painting your initials in front of you on a silk scarf?

When Grace Kelly or should I say Princess Grace of Monaco visited the Via Monte Naploene boutique in 1966, Rodolfo Gucci commissioned master illustrator Vittorio Accornero to create a floral pattern on an original silk scarf as a very special present to the Princess. What followed was a silk scarf printed with nine bouquets of flowers from all four seasons, with berries, butterflies, dragonflies resembling somewhat of a fairy-tale. How magical.

In addition, to celebrate this iconic motif, Gucci will unveil its latest perfume from the Flora series, Gucci Flora 1966. A sheer floral chypre, it features a blend of bourbon pepper, rose, patchouli and peonies. Its not only the perfume that's exquisite, so is the sophisticated bottle and the black silk pouch bearing the colourful flora motifs that houses it. The perfume will be available at the boutique for one month only.

Owning a Gucci Flora product means you hold a piece of fashion history. It continues to be reinvented and is also combined with other Gucci icons like the Bamboo or the Horsebit. I have been fortunate enough to own a beautiful silver bracelet and a pair of earrings both from the Flora series along with many pairs of their amazing footwear. Also, If you ever happen to be in Florence, be sure to visit the Gucci Museo and see all their icons up close like I did last summer. It is truly a wonderful experience.

Isn't the black silk pouch just lovely?

My little memento from the Gucci Museum in Florence. Love the Flora

Image courtesy: Gucci

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Bag Review: Victoria Beckham QUINCY Bag

Before I indulged in my last big handbag purchase, it was down to two difficult options. The Givenchy Antigona or the Quincy by Victoria Beckham. However, even though I chose the Givenchy for now, Victoria Beckham's latest baby is still stuck in my head and its already been added to my wish list for later this year.


The Quincy is a smaller version of the Liberty bag, also a favorite (and a BEST seller) and comes in the prettiest colors. The one I tried at Bloomingdales in Dubai was a bright pink but they also come in a slick black color and a grey. Size wise, its the perfect size, not too big that it becomes a pain to carry but not too small either (width is 33 cm and height is 23 cm for the pink) so you can fit your basic daily essentials without a care in the world.The bag is structured but not too stiff and the looped tab fastening at the top means you can adjust the shape of the bag. What fun! The leather is beautiful buffalo skin with a nude calf leather trim and cotton-canvas lining. It comes with an optional shoulder strap which is adjustable. Hallelujah! In addition, I like that the hardware is minimal, it makes the bag lighter.

More than anything, being a big fan of the minimalist aesthetic and understated luxury, I love how Victoria's bags just refuse to shout out the brand's name. They're just so great looking as is. In fact, had I not been familiar with her bags and seen a random person with one of her designs, I would have no qualms in walking up to them and ask where the bag was from because they're just so beautiful and sophisticated. I own one of her two-toned leather clutches and the only place where you can see her name on the exterior is on the zip fastener and that too if you stick your face to the clutch (refer to the picture below)! Point being, the designer's bag have a way of making a statement.


Despite being a newbie in the bag industry, with Victoria Beckham, one never has to worry about quality or craftsmanship as she never compromises on either. All her bags are handmade in Italy with the finest materials and she is meticulous about the entire process. The woman designs bags that are truly luxurious, stylish and functional at the same time. The Quincy, my lovelies, is a real keeper.

Click here to purchase the pink and here for the black. Unfortunately the grey bag is only on the Victoria Beckham site and they don't ship to India. You can order it to a friend within the UK though. Click here for the grey Quincy. If you prefer to buy yours closer to home, I remember the Kitsch boutique in Defense Colony (011-46098212)  had the Liberty totes but you can always ring them to find out if the Quincy will be available and when.


WIFW AW 14 - Anand Bhushan

Most designers usually draw inspiration from art, culture, history, etc. Meanwhile, at Anand Bhushan it was all about studying shiny, happy people. Digging beneath the 'perfect' exterior of what people portray themselves to be and discovering the "cracks that have been filled and the fragments glued back". A very cool, intriguing, albeit an unusual inspiration. I guess its all about going down to the bottom of what defines each and every one of us as human beings. Our DNA.

The collection on the whole was not one that was easy to create and displayed the use of some interesting materials. The concept dress that opened the show, made out of steel and beads "was the first to start working on and the last to finish" says Anand when I asked him a few questions at the stall. Another interesting piece at the stall was a molecular structure inspired jacket crafted out of industrial copper and glass beads. Also, as I was browsing the clothes at the stall, I picked up a few pieces to examine the finishing underneath the embroidery, and it was impeccable. I was telling Anand how surprised I was because I have seen some shoddy finishing on clothes I have purchased from some of the biggest names in our country.

The show started with clothes featuring DNA and chromosome motifs out of which a favourite was a black and white embroidered top paired with wide legged trousers and another, a white, sheer floor length dress with 3-D DNA work on the bust. Moving on,  a black jacket with beads on the bust would sell out instantly for its everyday appeal. The black dresses in the last three looks got me all excited, especially the mini-dress with a flirty skirt and leather applique reflecting the whole cracked surfaces theme on the bodice. The closing dress (black leather and plastic pieces embroidered on a floor length net dress) lingered in my memory for a while. There was something extremely morbid, yet extremely sexy about it. Click here to see the entire show.

Cracked Surfaces
A closer look at the stalls. The concept dress is the first image from the left.

Image Courtesy: The Fashion Design Council of India,

Thursday, 3 April 2014

WIFW AW 14 - Vineet Bahl & Kiran Uttam Ghosh

Vineet Bahl - At Vineet Bahl, it was all about pretty pastels. Whilst pastels aren't really winter colours, however, off late, spring colours have made their way to the winter collections and to be honest, I don't really mind. Light blue, pink, pastel yellow and mint green; after all, one does need some cheering up in the cold and often dreary Delhi winter.

Overall, the clothes were more on the traditional side with the exception of a few pieces like a jacket or the cropped tights. Honestly, if you think about it, this is what sells. If I have to pick up an outfit for Eid, I don't think it'll be a some crazy creative type dress. It'll probably be on the lines of the beige kurta with dori and patti ka kaam (work that is seen throughout the collection) paired with shararas with Japanese blossom embroidery or even the magnificent blue embroidered shervani worn with cropped palazzos. I am a bit partial to kurtas paired with palazzo pants so I have a strong feeling mum and I are going to end up buying quite a few clothes from the collection. Click here to see the whole show.

The first two from the left are my favourite.

Kiran Uttam Ghosh - Metallic queen, Kiran Uttam Ghosh did wonders with her signature herringbone pleated fabric. Choli, wrap dress, jacket, cape all made out of the same material, all worn in various creative ways and all of them feather light. However, there was more than the pleated fabric. It was about layering and mixing of textures and contrasting colours and she did both of them well. Case in point: a white collared shirt worn under a silver pleated dress with a sheer teal jacket an sheer black embroidered pyjamas to complete the look. In addition, there were paisleys, a whole lot of them. My personal favourite was seen on Carol, a black paisley texture dress worn over a white pleated dress. Also on my lust list was an antique gold paisley embroidered jacket. Click here to see the whole show.

The many faces of Kiran's signature pleated fabric
Paisley loving!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WIFW AW 14 - Shantanu & Nikhil

When I started the reviews yesterday, I thought I'll do it in a very organised fashion. You know, follow the order of the shows bla bla. But as I started to type the Vineet Bahl review, I just got way too impatient to get down to talking about my absolute favourite first day show, which was Shantanu & Nikhil. So I decided, forget being all orderly and organised, just start writing about their show.

There was no drama or crazy sets at the show. Just really good clothes in ivory, dusty pink, and spicy red. The mood was conservative with high collars prevalent throughout. The duo kept their clothes extremely feminine (peplums et al) with leather adding a bit of a fierce touch. This isn't the first time they have worked with leather. In 2010, I bought a suit from them which had black and gold leather applique on the kurta. This time however, it was intricate, laser cut leather which came in the form of a dress, or the bodice for a sari gown. You can see closer images below the runway photos.

The western wear, a collection of smart dresses and jumpsuits, was relatively minimalist with the exception of the strapless ballgowns. Case in point being a red jumpsuit with only a slim waist belt to accessorise or the red maxi dress (currently on my wish list). Speaking of accessories, I was a big fan of the very boudoir style demi-gloves in lace. Funky gloves can change the look of an outfit drastically and I swear by my pair of fingerless gloves. If these accessories are going to be up for sale, its a MUST HAVE.

With the Indian wear, most of the silhouettes had very flouncy and flowy skirts making it very pretty, very girly. An ivory anarkali with a million layers one underneath the other was a favourite and so was a jacket with paisleys on them that was worn over a puffy skirt. As mentioned above, collars were kept high infusing a very Victorian touch. The clothes weren't just amazing to look at, they came with the highest level of craftsmanship. A bridal lehenga took over a month of work as everything was hand embroidered. Even a Victorian blouse which featured 3-D machine embroidery took nearly three weeks to complete. Click here to see the show or scroll down for the video.

The lehenga took one month to create
Victorian blouse with 3-D machine embroidery took almost three weeks to complete

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

WIFW AW 14 - Anupamaa Dayal

At Anumapaa Dayal, the message was clear. It was all about seduction and believe me, if those teeny tiny cholis (provided you have the body to wear it) don't seduce, I don't know what will! Overall it was a very colourful collection with the colours remaining very traditional; bridal red, saffron, lime green, bright yellow and pyazi.

Silhouettes remained very Indian and very pretty. A yellow chiffon saree worn as a dhoti in particular caught my eye. Dhotis are so hot these days and one made in chiffon with an embroidered border is even better. It was paired with a pearl encrusted choli. So feminine and so sexy. Another favourite was a lungi skirt with gold gota embroidery paired with a pink bandau choli and a dark red dupatta. The sarees, mainly Banarasi or Chanderi came in bright colours with different types of embroidery on them; gota, zardozi or gold lace needlework. All very intricate. My favourite was melon coloured saree with brass roses paired with an orange and green brocade choli and a bright pink dupatta.

The first two looks from the left are my favourite

The highlight of the collection, however, were the extremely sexy cholis. Whilst most designers looked to cover up this season, Anumapaa was inspired by Mira Nair's Kamasutra. The cholis came with cap sleeves and plunging necklines or as bandeaus reminding me that I need to go for a run and do those intense abdominal exercises to be able to even think of wearing them! Click here to see the show or watch the video below.

Images via The Fashion Design Council of India and

WIFW AW 14 - Tarun Tahiliani

A runway set lit up with chakras, thumping house music and an amazing addition of two folk artists that clapped their instruments throughout the show, Tarun Tahiliani opened WIFW with a bang. The artists eventually came on to the front of the stage as Tarun came to take a bow and started dancing. A very nice touch.

Moving on to the clothes, we saw Tarun Tahiliani's aesthetics transitioning into lighter modes at the Bridal Week last year -- beige, lights and even whites. This has now descended upon his silhouettes that have completely gotten rid of non-necessary largesse -- a benchmark shift we would like to term. The colour palette stayed customary to the FW theme. Black and white, reds, a bit of blue here and there and emerald green. There was an emphasis on layering with beautiful separates that can be worn individually. Kaftans, pashminas, palazzo pants, lungi skirts, dhotis and scarves that are likely to sell out as soon as they hit the boutiques. P.S. notice the menswear influence on the collection with the dhotis and lungis.


Prints and embellishments were key elements throughout the show. The designer used what he called Pleated Enamel, a slimming print, which creates the illusion of drape. More digital prints were seen on skirts, dresses, salwar pants and jackets rating it high on the day to day wearability factor. The clothes make a statement with just the prints especially the jacket paired with the dhoti draped skirt.

When it came to the embellishments, what I found most interesting was that most of the embroidery was usually on the upper half, with the bottom being much lighter and more fluid allowing for movement. A saree inspired long dress with an embellished neck, a peasant dress with zardozi accentuated shoulders and embellished neck line, an embellished tweed jacket paired with a dhoti sari or the jewelled neck corset with a red concept sari to point out a few. Even the outfit worn by Shilpa Shetty, a layered Kanjeevaram puffy draped skirt (or lehenga) worn with a draped corset blouse can be worn so easily by a bride who wants to be comfortable on her wedding day and walk around with ease. Its so much easier when the bottom part of a silhouette is lighter.

Overall, the collection had the perfect contemporary touch making it easy to incorporate the clothes into daily wear and with eveningwear being relatively light. I seriously can't wait for all these clothes to hit the stores. I'm going to be like a kid in candy land! The dhotis, lungi skirts and the opening look (ivory jacket with zardozi shoulders paired with black silk linen salwar pants), LOVE times a million! Click here to see the entire show or scroll down for the video (unfortunately the music isn't the same).

Images via The Fashion Design Council of India and