Monday, May 31, 2010

She never disappoints.

She's HOT. She's popular. She's pretty much every mans dream. And a challenge for any stylist to beat.

KIMBERLY KARDASHIAN


Also very lovingly known as Kim Kardashian, or just Kim, or Kimbo, Kimmi, Kimstuh, Kimberoo.
Anyway. So uhm, she's a social diva, she's always at the right places, at the right time. She's wearing the right clothes and meeting the right people. She eats the right food and she says the right things. But what REALLY makes her so special to me? It's her style of course. An inspiration to millions of girls across the globe, who wish to dress JUST like her... she makes her style seem affordable, smart, and fun at the same time. Her style does not exude a rich-bitch aura but instead something quite contrary. (I'm all into auras btw) and she isn't flashy about her brands. She might have Aldo shoes on and make them look like YSL and have YSL shoes on and make them look inviting. :)
If you leave aside Victoria Beckham, she might possibly have the worlds second largest collection of Louboutin shoes. And the best hair in the world. She's always got a smile on and she always give out a positive aura (even through youtube, yes it's true)
Not to dwell much into her aura et al, I'd rather just talk about her style.
Former stylist herself, I hear. She now has a very successful stylist of her own- Monica Rose. (Who I love btw, and also follow on Twitter. LOL) The two together form a very talented duo, as is obvious and every time this socialite steps out to make an appearance at the-
Ball
Gala
Gala
Ball
Party
Premier
Party
Party
Ball
Gala
Premier
Launch
Party
Party
Launch
Shopping
Shopping
Shopping
Gala
Shopping
Ball
Shopping


She never ceases to amaze me. I love her style. Personally, with such a versatile face+body, I feel Kim K. can swing from classic to boho in three seconds flat. One event she's wearing a Herve Leger, the other morning shopping in her 7 for all Mankind jeans with her Louboutins on and looking glamourous as always. She's in trend, she's chic, classy, boho, all in one woman.
Her make up artist- Mario does a FAB job too. The 'Glam Squad' as she refers to it, sets up on a task almost every day to dress her up for an event she may need to glamorize herself for. The right eye shadow, with the right lipstick and the right hair style. It's all very important.

Here are just a few of her outfits she's worn for many occasions. She's a true style icon. Undeniably. Deal with it.



Bag by Balenciaga
Tribute Pumps by Yves Saint Laurent

Belt by Yves Saint Laurent.

Bag by Balenciaga
Booties by Yves Saint Laurent




SIR, YES SIR.

Major trends come and go and only few manage to leave an impression on me. Firstly, for the life of me- I'm not sure WHY bell bottoms even exist (Although I must add here, is that Missoni is the ONLY label that could do justice to the trend, I mean ANY Missoni garment could look nice with a pair of bell bottoms.)
What I loved, and I can't believe I'm saying this- is the military trend. I never thought I'd end up appreciating our women in combat. But who knew? There are so many chic ways to pull this look, it's not even funny. Designers like Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Giuseppe Zanotti, Alexander Wang, amongst others have done good to this trend and broken all clichés of it.

Here's a super chic way to rock this look. Simple, and hot. Basically. Prepare yourself for summers. (who cares if this is sooooo last season, pfft.)

ARMY GIRL


Meanwhile, I also realized how huge a fan of shoes I am. And I really began to appreciate this 'rugged' looking pair of shoes made to look so fab and chic. Teamed with an outfit, these shoes are not only SO statement worthy but like, also just the right accessory to take an outfit from drab to fab in no time! I imagine celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus, Marykate and Ashley Olsen, Taylor Momsen and Karolina Kurkova totally making this look work for them. Nah? Yeah. Here are a few shoes by Guiseppe Zanotti, Balmain, Alexander Wang and Fendi living upto the trend. (Don't like the Fendi boots, at all though)
Guiseppe Zanotti

Fendi Suede Boots

Alexander Wang Hanne Tripple Buckle Boots

Giuseppe Zanoti for Balmain



Saturday, May 29, 2010

ZARA Ladies and gentlemen, has FINALLY opened their FIRST ever store in India in Delhis Select Citywalk mall. And it's HUGE. Apparently the biggest store in the mall or something. I'm so glad they've opened a store here. My friends are not too happy with this news though, they feel that since Zara's now available to everyone in Delhi (Rightfully so) it'll lose its exclusivity, and that everyone will be wearing the same clothes and all the good clothes will be worn in all sorts of ugly ways by all sorts of ugly people. Pish posh. Makes no sense. I'm glad it's opened because now people don't have to go abroad to be able to buy Zara or secretly buy it at Sarojni Nagar market and claim a visiting uncle got it for them. It also puts India in the fashion scenario, further more. This will eventually lead to MORE multinational stores like Topshop and H&M amongst others, to open their stores here. And eventually, maybe 20 years down the line, we won't get all the shit rejectamento. And all the stocks in all the shops will be at par with the ones across the world. Right? I mean, why should we be two rejected seasons behind?
So, the plan for tomorrow is- My friend and I are heading stright to Zara tomorrow 3 PM and buying out the ENTIRE store, literally. And from what I hear it isn't too expensive like I was imagining it to be.


Others in line to open are-
Forever 21 and...
The collective which houses many brands like Armani Collenzioni, D&G, Ralph Lauren amongst others.
Can't wait for the collective to open up in Delhi. It'll be the first in Delhi.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer by the sea, compare the two?

BLAKE LIVELY- VOGUE USA JUNE 2010
JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ- VOGUE INDIA JUNE 2010

Okay while I was writing the title out, it just suddenly hit me- that it's ALREADY JUNE. Omg.


Okay, and while I think that this months Indian Vogue has been the best there's been yet (Not really saying much since I don't quite think much of this issue either) with Jaqueline Fernandez gracing the covers in a white Versace slit gown. Shot in Sri Lanka (Which is apparently where she hails from, I hear) I like the cool, summery, breezy feeling I get from this image. Quite.

Then there's Blake Lively in a slit Michael Kors top. Cover girl for Vogue the second time around. Love the colours. Except I wish she hadn't made that daft expression. Oh well.

According to me though, (And I can't believe I'm saying this) the winner of this issue has to be th Indian Vogue cover. I love the colour theme across the page and everything. While I don't quite care much for the gown but I love how everything is so intwined with everything else on the page. Good job then, I guess- Edward Lalrempuia and Anaita Shroff Adajania. Some of the cover story images were also shot by a young talented underwater photographer- Sumer Verma. Quite like it.

Picture courtesy: www.highheelconfidential.com (FAB site on Indian fashion scenario, make it your bible, do it now!)


Xoxo
Fashionmeal.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wrap em up!


HERVÉ LÉGER

Eventually, every woman looks for that ONE dress that she must covet. That dress that flatters her figure, compliments her skin tone and that one dress that makes her unique. That woman must look no further than the master himself- Max Azria for Herve Leger.
I've been the hugest fan of the bandage dress forever.

In theory, if you look at it. A bandage dress seems to limited a style to base your entire brand around. I mean, just when you think that the man couldn't possibly re invent the bandage dress, he surprises you yet again. He'll always do something so unique and different to the dress that you're left wondering how he achieved it and feeling slightly stupid for doubting the genius. Right?

A listers like Mischa Barton to Kim Kardashian have worn his clothes to many red carpet events and have been unanimously been termed as the best dressed of the night (or even generally speaking, perhaps) and you'd have Mr. Azria to thank for it. These hot bodies just carry the garments. You've also seen rich girls Serena Vander Woodsen from Gossip Girl and Naomi from 90210 wear his clothes on their very successful shows. Adding to the exclusivity of it all.

A genius, really, never ceases to amaze me. Collection after collection I'm always curious WHAT he'll do next. It could be anything, but whatever it is, you'd least expect it. His shows always have the surprise element which is very crucial to every designers runway collection. What must go on the runway, should surprise and leave people with a good after taste of it.
Mr. Azria does that pretty darn well, nah?

Here's a few images of the few favorites I have. And I especially loved the blue marble effect bandage dress that Miley Cyrus wore to the Grammy Awards this year (the girl's got style man, you can't deny that.)
Check it out.




Miley Cyrus at the Grammy Awards 2010



Monday, May 24, 2010

To buy or not to buy?


Here's something that annoys me. When one person wears too many flashy labels, all together causing him/her to look so utterly foolish. Such is the case, unfortunately, with the Delhi crowd.
I've observed a few from the apparent 'social elite' crowd from Delhi and the trends go something like this-
For men:
2007-08- The monogramed Louis Vuitton and Gucci belts. (everyone had them, fake or real)
2009-10- The hermes belts- Which almost everyone seems to have too.
2008-09- The Burberry shirts. (And just to be 'sublte' about their money, the shirt wouldn't hve the standard checks all over the shirt, but the inside of the collar, which was the men being subtle about their wealth, and lame)
Women-:
2008-2010- Louis Vuitton of any kind- ugly, small, big, pretty.
Then came the Chanel (knock off's too) and the Gucci's.

It's all so precariously planned out. Literally like there's someone dictating the trends to them. But what's ironic is, that there IS no one doing any such thing. It's the pots of money that people have and have no idea what to do with. Hence, leading to competition. Seriously ridiculous.

Thats why, I fell in love with Balenciaga. It's detailing, the colours it came in (There's even apple green!) and the subtlety of it. And only someone with the least bit of Fashion knowledge would be able to tell. To a common man, it's an ordinary bag.

I however, won't be buying a bag. But my future plans are to by this wallet (See above) sometime in September. Perhaps another colour. It's an ordinary bi-fold wallet and I love how it looks! This, is something I've wanted to own for the longest time. Something I'd been obsessing over forever. And I'll have it, soon enough. Love it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

R.I.P.

So, I'm not sure whether it was today... Or yesterday or the day before that but an Airplane had a severe crash landing in Mangalore. A clear case of a drunken pilor (after watching his landing stunt he tried to pull) I don't understand how planes still crash. We're all in 2010 people. Mature, developed and everything! I thought plane crashes were so 1990's? :s
Anyway, to the people who lost their lives. Rest In Peace. And to those who lost someone- I wish you strength. So unexpected and random, this tragic loss is. What's worse is that it was avoidable. I really do feel sorrow for the loss we've incurred today and hope we can recover from this, stronger.

Xoxo
Fashionmeal.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

If chocolate could kill.


It's a slice of heaven, it really is. This chocolate mousse recipe I found somewhere I can't recall.
Every bite you take is sinful, and yet so divine you feel the need to not stop eating.
The cake serves well, plenty and can get quite heavy after a few bites so be sure to cut just a sliver at a time.
I swear by this cake. As all my friends in the real world know that if there's ONE person who knows food- Tis me. I pay attention to its taste and presentation et al. And all combined together, impress me.

I have to admit. There's a girl in my college. Her name's alisha. Her eggless chocolate cake is to DIE FOR. Perhaps better than this even. And I literally got after her life to make me more but she never did. Oh well, she'll pay for the long torture of waiting for it. The cake, it's like- once you have it. You just can NOT stop. It's addictive. No drug though, but addictive none the less.

Anyway, to continue with the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 500g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 1 tbs plain flour, sifted
  • Melted chocolate, to decorate
  • Chocolate sorbet, to serve

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease and line the base of a 20cm round spring-form cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

  • Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.

  • Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer or use an electric hand beater and beat on high for 10 minutes until very thick and pale. Gently fold in the flour then fold in the chocolate mixture until combined. Pour into the cake pan and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake. Remove collar from cake pan and transfer the cake to the fridge for 1 hour to cool (this step is important as it sets the middle of the cake).

  • Meanwhile, to make the coffee mascarpone, dissolve coffee in 1 tablespoon of boiling water and set aside to cool. Beat together the mascarpone, coffee and sugar in a bowl until stiff.

  • To make the chocolate leaf, brush non-toxic leaves with the melted chocolate. When cool, peel the leaf off.

  • Slice the cake and serve with a dollop of coffee mascarpone, a chocolate leaf on top and a scoop of sorbet on the side.

  • Monday, May 17, 2010

    New Talent: Sara Hussain


    So, photographers are aplenty. And talent never ceases to amaze me. In whatever form it may be.
    My friends boyfriend can dig his nose with his tongue. That's talent. My sister can draw warped looking people. That's talent ( I think).
    There's this one person. Her name's Sara Hussain. She graduated from the same school I did and she's just two years younger to me, but way ahead of her age today. Her talent, it's far from nose picking and drawing warped creatures. But it doesn't cease to amaze me each time she uploads her stuff on Facebook. A little sister to

    me, Saras new hobby shows great potential and I know one day, perhaps maybe we can work together. There's a lot of demand of talent like hers.
    Sara will be showcasing a collection of her photographs at Ai, MGF Mall, Saket on the 20th of May along with a very talented creative group of artists. Arists just like her, showcasing their talent (No, not the nose picking kind. This is something substantial, perhaps something with a future, no?) It starts at 8 PM and I'm not missing it for the world.

    Just to show you some of her pretty pictures, this is a preview.

    So, what d'you think? Pretty darn amazing eh?

    Xoxo
    Fashionmeal

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Christian Louboutin for men.


    SO, since everyone knows already. (By everyone I mean, everyone who reads this blog, which is no one, so no one really knows) I love Christian Louboutin and how he makes any woman so very sexy. Agreed?
    And I always prayed to lord above that he'd do a mens series too. Like, red soled shoes for men. Why not, right?
    And just that, he did. He introduced his line for men with these high top trainers. I'd love them if they weren't making you bleed every time you held them! I mean, the spikes all over kinda just killed it for me. If you minus out the spikes, I'd be saving up for a pair of those. They come in white and black. My verdict- lose the spikes, hot otherwise.


    Yay or nay? Come on!

    Respect for Katy Perry!

    So, like the Jimmy Choo light up shoes aren't bright enough for this diva, she out does her bright side by going all out at the MET COSTUME GALA 2010. And Katy Perry is the only one who comes to my mind when I wonder about who else can actually rock this look. All I think of IS Katy Perry!

    Respect.

    Anyway, No words on who the gown's by but I remember hearing Katy Perry say it was a French design house.
    Looks good, eh?

    I love this look. Plus I love how she teamed an old school hairstyle with this totally modern if not futuristic gown. And those sparkly nude Louboutins add to the whole glamour. I love it!




    Jimmy Choo Zap Sandals.







    Katy Perry at the MET COSTUME GALA 2010.

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Aishwarya Rai Canne Not dress. :(

    Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong in being fat. Heck, I'm over weighed myself. But it's worse when you're actually not all that ginormous but you end up looking really big thanks to the clothes you wear. Super, right?
    Okay, so maybe Im not really clear... but I'm referring to Aishwarya Rai at Cannes Film Festival 2010.


    Day 1 saw her in an Elie Saab couture gown which was stunning, except she killed it. It looked like flab was oozing out of everywhere. Gross. Plus the hair is pretty messed up too.


    Day 2 saw her in an Armani Privé black lacquered sequin gown that was just an inch short off the ground. Which looked absolutely ridiculous because you could see those hideous gun metal coloured shoes and the black Ferragamo clutch didn't do much for the outfit either. Plus, all in all she just looked fat... again.



    Day 3 was a saviour. We saw Aishwarya Rai in a Pink/Magenta Gucci gown. This one, fits her like a dream, it's the right length, the right colour for her skin tone, and the hair is done well too. All in all, YAY! for me.




    Amongst Aishwarya who was totaaalllly chilling with Eva Longoria btw, was also Mallika Sherawat who wore a Nude Dolce and Gabbana with tie up platform ankle boots also, nude with a slight tinge or grey. Personally I love this look and give it a full 10 BUT her stupid expressions and that hair makes no sense and therefore I'm compelled to give her a 7, JUST for that.
    Deepika Padukone looked amazing in a Rohit Bal Saree except I'd wished that the back of the saree was longer, and moved behind her like a trail. That adds a little something to the luring characteristic of a Saree. But awesome none the less.


    Anyway, gotstuh run. Lots of love.
    Xoxo
    Fashionmeal

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    As a stylist. I've always felt that what made an outfit so lovable or totally hatable was the use of accessories. I've seen beautiful couture gowns walk down the red carpet totally ruined by the wrong bag/shoes or the by the use of unnecessary accessories like shawls and hair bands. NOT required.
    My main emphasis however, lies always on the shoes. And the bags. How a woman is styled is not just all reliant on her dress but the bag she carries and the shoes she walks in too.
    Here's a Parallel Universe (kinda) system.

    The Giuseppe Zanotti's retail for about $695 (Rs 31392)



    The Parallel Universe makes it Available through Nine West and retails for about $88.95 (Rs 4016)



    They're literally identical! It's great that one can actually afford a pair that looks exactly LIKE the Zanottis. They dont just look similar. They look the same. That might not be allowed (legally and all) but who cares.

    Xoxo
    Fashionmeal

    Sunday, May 9, 2010

    As everyone who knows me would know, my favorite designer is Christian Louboutin. He is the GOD of shoe making. I love how his shoes are crafted and especially their red souls that ALWAYS look good with no matter what design the shoe might be.

    Respect.

    Anyway so his Fall/Winter Collection is out. And I'm myeah about the shoes. There's some shoes I love. the rest I'm not too sure about. The leopard print with the studs, those boots? I can totally picture Khloe Kardashian or Kate Moss in them, eh?


    Xoxo
    Fashionmeal.










    As everyone who knows me would know, my favorite designer is Christian Louboutin. He is the GOD of shoe making. I love how his shoes are crafted and especially their red souls that ALWAYS look good with no matter what design the shoe might be.

    Respect.

    Anyway so his Fall/Winter Collection is out. And I'm myeah about the shoes. There's some shoes I love. the rest I'm not too sure about. The leopard print with the studs, those boots? I can totally picture Khloe Kardashian or Kate Moss in them, eh?