Friday, 22 May 2015

Sue Mue

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend the launch, or re-launch rather of a lovely boutique tucked away inside Green Park market. Sue Mue (pronounced as sueee, the Indian term for needle), a label started in 1968 by the current owner Mohita Gujral's parents is a must visit. 

The first thing I noticed when I entered the store was their lovely pret-a-porter line. Simple, yet beautiful Pakistani style suits with pyjamas, embroidered pastel coloured kurtas, flowy kaftan style dresses, all crafted from pure fabrics were meticulously stitched and not a seam was out of place. If the karigars and masters have been with the brand for over 40 years, one can't expect anything less than perfection. Their pret garments are priced at INR 4000 (for linen shirts) and upwards. 

I was curious to know why the label was being re-launched so I got to digging deeper. "Sue Mue has been re-inventing itself for the past 47 years to stay abreast with new retail trends and to fulfil growing customer needs. The newly furnished store boasts a dedicated floor for our bespoke couture line and a separate section for traditional handwoven Banarsi weaves" explains Mohita. 

I made my way up the staircase to explore the couture floor. There, amongst gilded Louis XV style furniture were racks of skilfully crafted ,colourful couture garments displaying intricate hand embroidery like zardozi, aari and shadow work on luxurious fabrics. The brand has an in-house team of designers who look after Sue Mue's bespoke line.

If you're looking for new additions to your summer wardrobe or do some bridal shopping, Sue Mue should definitely be on your list of boutiques to check out. 

The Couture Floor

Ready To Wear

L-R: Mahima (in Sue Mue), Moi and Snigdha

L-R: Mohita Gujral and a friend, both wearing Sue Mue

Sue Mue Couture


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Where is Karlito?


If you've been obsessed with Fendi's Karlito bag charm, Fendi is launching an insane capsule collection with Karlito on clothes and accessories to further fuel your obsession. The icon is seen on sweatshirts, jeans and shoes in embroidery and fur appliques, complete with a Karl Loves Fendi signature or in nappa leather and fox fur iPhone covers or even on a hat, shopper and backpacks. This capsule collection is going to be sold out before you know it. Trust Karl to create yet another frenzy amongst the fashion flock.

To launch the line, the label released five super fun videos with models Joan Smalls, Nadja Bender, Lily Donaldson, Doutzen Kroes and Kendall Jenner wearing the limited edition goodies and looking for Karlito who basically is everywhere! Check out the Nadja Bender video above. And click here to be directed to the European Fendi website if you want to shop the stuff NOW! Or simply wait for it to hit the boutiques at some point this month. 

Karlito Jeans & Sneakers

Karlito Fleece

Monday, 11 May 2015

A Not So Traditional Look For An Indian Wedding Reception

It's not very often I blog about my looks since I'm not much of a style blogger. But once in a while, I come up with a cool look and love dissecting it on the blog. Recently, I was to attend a wedding and I wanted to look fabulous. Not for anyone else but more so for myself. I am still holding on to some baby weight due to which I'm not always feeling so pretty.

The major question was what to wear. Nothing fit me and whatever did was kind of outdated so it was a bit of a task. I don't wear very traditional suits or saris so it was a bit tough to decide my outfit. The Nehru jacket and dhoti look had been over and done with, the heavily embroidered vest that came as a part of my Anamika Khanna was worn a few times (not to mention super tight now too), I wasn't in the mood to wear my JJ Valaya couture anarkali and neither was I in a Sabyasachi mood. Initially I thought I'll just put on a simple sequinned with suit but I wasn't loving it. Finally, it struck me. My Valaya couture skirt that was part of my wedding sangeet outfit from over four years ago! A beautiful, dark blue piece, with metal rings inside to give it a structure and layered frills to add a bit of grace; this skirt was perfect. I've always wanted to channel the whole Carolina Herrera look (signature white blouse and a ball gown skirt), so I wore a white, high collared Zara shirt over it. Although this wasn't really a traditional Indian wedding reception look, I didn't really care. It was working for me and I loved myself in it. I didn't bother getting my hair done. For some reason I just hate looking so made up. So I just tied it up like I usually do and left a few loose strands to give it a slightly messy feel.

Next up, jewellery. I've always wondered why us desis find it imperative to wear gold, diamonds, or any sort of fine jewellery to wedding functions. Anytime I've considered junk jewellery or statement Swarovski necklaces, I seem to get a disapproving nod from either my friends or family. Quite frankly, I'm sick of seeing people at weddings dripping in diamonds. It's so boring and far from fun. Very clichéd don't you think? Nowadays, Indian clothes aren't so traditional anymore. All our designers are constantly evolving and giving us some fabulous indo western clothes. Shouldn't we be evolving as well? Why run to the bank locker before every wedding?

I had made up my mind. I wasn't going to be seen in a single diamond (minus my engagement and wedding rings). I chose to wear Dior jewellery. A stunning statement Mise En Dior necklace with Mise En Dior earrings.  I just wanted to do something fun. Finally, to complete my look, I carried a pastel pink, mini Be Dior purse. Everything came together really well. I couldn't get over how gorgeous the necklace looked. It's not always fine jewellery that steals the show!

What do you think of my look?

Mise En Dior Jewellery