Friday, June 24, 2011

H&M comes to India?




The Times Of India earlier reported that the Swedish retail giant which is on every corner of every street in pretty much every other country in the world... But India, is now finally arriving on Indian shores... But keen folks may have to wait upto 24 months for that day, when the H&M doors finally open to the public... And High Heel Confidential covers all the H&M dresses all the celebrities wore to its opening. Either way, the wait is long.
I've debated over this with my friends for the longest time. Just when Zara announced that they were pitching their tents on the Indian shores. They were against it right from the beginning.
And here are some of the pros and cons I collected into an orderly fashion...

Pros:
-The basic, it makes fashion available to those interested who can't necessarily afford to go abroad on shopping trips, or those who just want clothes on easy access. And what's so wrong in that?
- H&M will set a new standard for multinational retail giants to also consider giving the Indian market a shot. Topshop, River Island, Bershka, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel will all watch closely at the success of H&M and Zara after both are fully extablished... Compare profits and earnings and customer feedbacks and compare the information gained to their own use... Further increasing chances of finally bringing all the multinational giants finally into India, putting our country on the map.
- Potential improvement in sense of dressing? No? Okay. Money can't buy you taste, tis true.
-Fashion finally becoming an accepted phenomenon in our country and not being limited to just Rohit Bal or Suneet Verma but also allowing people to express themselves and their tastes by way of dressing, and H&M and it's cheap prices will allow people easy access to freedom of expression.
-Saving a shopping trip abroad for people who flew to places like Dubai or London to shop for clothes which only a select few privileged abroad go-ers only possessed.

Do these reasons make sense to you? Do you agree with everything just mentioned?

Cons:
-Every embroidered/acid washed/bell bottomed/all combined jeans wearing man and woman would now have access to these clothes, which will not allow the so to speak 'fashionably forward' to remain exclusive in their sense of dressing and the clothes they own.
-Inevitable case of a 'who wore it better' amongst two girls who showed up to the same party wearing the same dress, or two boys wearing those same baby pink cargos, oozing of their 'metrosexuality'.
-That the market hardly ever really knows what the customers ever want because 9 times out of 10, I go into a store in India and I want nothing. If the clothes in the same store in London or Dubai can be better, why must they cater to JUST the group of people who buy them the most, small minorities all combined together accumulate into a vast number of people, all wanting something Zara nor H&M will keep, presuming there's no demand for it, when in fact, there is. Guys like to wear studded denim vests sometimes too, you know! The fact is, the more variety you have, the more you sell and the more you make. Of course, I'm just an independent blogger who barely knows about how the world works... But ultimately, it's us bloggers who go out and review these stores, we're one of the common people you're opening the stores for, if you don't please us, you don't stand a chance of pleasing very many either. If you cater to everyone from self proclaimed hippies to the 'Boho Chic' girls and boys, and everything in the middle, your sales WILL inevitably rise.

While majority of the Cons side sounded rather superficial and spoilt (coming from Indian friends who switch from an American accent to an Indian one when they talk, at random) I do understand their fears and agree with them one hundred percent. However, I am also not one to deny the world the pleasure of fashion. Us Indians, we're in a good place now... We're improving faster than one would expect and the world is turning to us for expansion of their products and companies. I welcome H&M to India with open arms and can not wait to do my review on it when it finally does arrive! I hope the Indian stores remain true to the H&M image with young, fresh sales persons to help you, arguably cheap prices for good fashion stuff and a good stock of world wide appreciated clothing, not getting the rejected stuff into our stores would be great. So let's hope and pray for the best!


On other news, sources here in London tell me, Vivienne Westwood is also looking to set sail towards Indian market. Plans are being made and ideas are being thought of... Who knows!
The question is- if Vivienne Westwood was indeed opening their stores in India, who would you wish to see as their brand ambassador? I'm going to get SO much heat for this but I think Rakhi Sawant could totally pull this one off... Given she educated herself a little bit, got a little less controversial (when she's not in hiding) and learnt how to pronounce the word 'Jesus' as 'Jeezus' and not 'Jijuss'. After all, Dame Westwood is a Christian after all, isn't she?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Photos Of The Day:



What editorials are meant to be people! This is how it's meant to be! Incredible!





Via Monica Rose

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Playing it safe with accessories

Another day, another look

Combining my love for food with my love for everything else!

I found a funny website that had these images and I had to share this on my blog! It combines my love for food with my love for fashion, animals, sleeping, etc! It's so funny and well done. Because to think that someone actually thought of coming up with products like these or ideas like these, I'd like to be inside the mind of that gentleman, thank you very much.

Check it!




Combining my love for food with my love for sleeping. This is a bed.


A hamburger cake with cars and smokes? LOVES this.



Combining my love for fashion and food, and here it is... Ready for Gaga to wear it.

Okay these are cute. Aren't they?

Awww. Not that I would eat a turtle.. But look at it! I love animals! 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Such a pure look

Such a pure look

Marni brown cashmere sweater
385 GBP - brownsfashion.com

Roksanda Ilincic silk skirt
$914 - net-a-porter.com

Gucci sandals
$398 - net-a-porter.com

Bottega veneta handbag
2,130 GBP - matchesfashion.com

Dorothy Perkins wide belt
10 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Another Red Carpet look

Another Red Carpet look

Azzedine Alaia sleeveless dress
$4,129 - boutique1.com

Suede heels
$595 - rupertsanderson.com

Kara by Kara Ross tie dye bag
$1,967 - boutique1.com

A simple look

A simple look

Herve Leger long dress
$1,150 - net-a-porter.com

Manolo Blahnik black high heels
$1,096 - shopsavannahs.com

Charlotte Olympia leather handbag
395 GBP - net-a-porter.com

Amrita Singh bangle bracelet
$100 - couturecandy.com

Red Carpet look

Red Carpet look

Michael Kors leather gown
$4,595 - net-a-porter.com

Roberto cavalli shoes
$755 - net-a-porter.com

Alexander McQueen studded handbag
1,975 GBP - net-a-porter.com

3 Statement pieces and 1 simple piece.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Christopher Kane Cosmic Print T-shirts.

Today my friend Emma and I went to the Christopher Kane sale and might have died JUST a little bit. No kidding.
I'd been lusting over the Kane cosmic print t-shirts and I finally got them! They also had hoodies but this is all I could afford at the moment.
I got one in blue and one in orange. And love them like my babies. It's true.

Check out what we bought, below!



Tshirt number one.

Tshirt number two.


Emma bought this, which I'm not sure of what it is...


And this which I LOVED on her. 



All in all, a good day for us happy shoppers. Yay!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kim Kardashian in London wearing Gucci SS11.

Kim Kardashian was at Debenhams today at Oxford Circus to promote her new fragrance (Which BTW, does smell rather nice). She opted for a Gucci SS11 colour block dress, gold Obi belt and suede green and gold (snake skin?) strappy heels also from the Gucci SS11 collection. (This would be her second look from the Gucci SS11 collection, first being the black and green dress she wore with Christian Louboutin Lady Daf's and a YSL clutch in Vegas)

Too bad I didn't get to meet her. I'd prepared so many things to say to her! But some day, some day.
Not my favorite look on her but she rocks it.

The runway version. I wish she'd worn the shoes the model wore!



She's as stunning in reality as she on reality TV. 
Truly an inspiration to so many. 

Feeling low today.

Today morning saw a mob outside Debenhams unlike any other. People being trampled and injured, crying and smiling, flashes lighting and people screaming out only one word- Kim.
That's right. Kim Kardashian was in Oxford Streets Debenhams today promoting her new fragrance.
What should have ideally been one of the most memorable days of my life quickly took a turn for the worse.
Don't get me wrong. I can't fault Kim on anything here. She came in and did what she had to, and left. And to have been in her presence was gratifying enough.
For me though, things came to mind. Stuff I'd been struggling with for a while now. And oddly, of all the places, it hit me the second Kim Kardashian walked into the room.
I'd been struggling with my identity. Since I was in my early teens I have been trying to figure out who I really am and where I really belong because I have friends from every kind of social groups and as much as I love them and enjoy their company, I feel like the hippie ones probably smoke too much pot, the shopping kinds spend way too much money, the clubbing kinds go clubbing way too often and then there are those who just like to sit at home and do nothing except talk over a glass of wine. I like that, I do. But I want more for me.
I'm currently studying in London. My parents pay for everything from my tuition fees to accommodation to my expenses. And I feel sick to my stomach about it. I'm terrible at managing my expenses and I cant handle the pressure anymore. I went into Selfridges today and saw a Dries Van Noten top and a Jil Sander top both for under a 100 quid, combined but I couldn't buy either only because I knew I'd run out of money eventually and that I'd need the money later. I'm sick of feeling under pressure. Feeling like I can't be myself. Feeling like I'm a constant source of let down for my family. I'm turning 21 this year and haven't achieved anything I've desired to. I know nothing comes on a silver platter. But the first step is getting a damn job and apparently no one wants to hire me. So how do you think that makes me feel, really? I can't wait to start earning my own money and being responsible for my own stuff. My own life!
Today seeing people crying after meeting Kim only made me realize how bad I want that, for myself. I want people screaming my name, begging for me to wave to them and jumping over barriers trying to get a glimpse of me. Does that make me superficial? Does that make me stupid? Am I dreaming the impossible? Am I just naive? Am I being childish? NO.
I come from a social life most can only dream of. Now, I'm not sipping on champagne on the back of my fathers limo (it's normally just wine. Just kidding) or even attend fancy socialit-ey events. No. I have my circle of friends who love and adore me and the plus side is that they all dress well. :) So they look good at any given time of the day. Hah. But as a child, I never had that. The horrible horrible school I grew up in for most of my childhood never respected me and well, I struggled every day to fit in, to find myself a friend circle I could associate myself with. Don't get me wrong. I had 2 best friends in that school too. But from the teachers telling my parents I'm a failure and won't be getting anywhere in life to my peers vetoing me out of any social gathering, My self esteem only got lower. From how I felt about my personality to how I felt about my looks. And each day I walked into that school, it only got worse. Until of course, I shifted to a better more accepting school. Sure I got bullied there too but I found some of the most amazing people I know today. My art teacher included. She gave me strength and courage to look beyond what I knew. To explore, and be happy with who I am. Unfortunately, that is impossible since I find myself to be repelling in every way. My art teacher was the only one who ever told my parents that they ought to be proud of me. Which always brought my mother to tears. She is a phenomenal woman and if it weren't for her, I'd probably have hung myself by the time graduation night from school approached.

I have a dream. I want people to scream my name, beg me to wave at them, I want people to talk about me in positive light. I want people to know and appreciate my contribution to humanitarianism, animal rights and fashion alike. I want people to love what I wear and imitate me, I want people to get weak in the knees when they see me, I want people to respect me and want to know more about me (with me of course, still living my life privately) And then I want all those idiots who ever picked on me to brag about being in the same school as me while I pay no attention to them. I want to take my mother, father and sister on the red carpet where I receive my award for contribution to the fashion industry. I want my friends to be proud of making the right decision of sticking by me, I want to never ever have to worry about anything being too expensive because I want the finer things in life (No, not caviar) I want to get ma Gucci awn. I want people to take interest in what I'm doing. I want to inspire people to dream as big as I do and never give up. I want people to know that life will never be easy asa kid but what you make of yourself when you grow up is all that matters. I want to put an end to bullying, animal cruelty and embroidered denim. (Figured I'd throw that one in there casually) Now tell me, do you think I can do it?
Because on days like these, I succumb to my low self esteem issues and start believing I'd never be able to approach my dreams in any manner.
I look at what Kim Kardashian has established for herself. I want that. I want it all. Not from her. But build it on my own terms. I was in awe of how crazy people were over seeing her. THAT, is respect earned. And she did it. she did it well.
But to be honest though, I hate that I'm 20 and haven't achieved anything on my list of things to achieve by the time I'm 20. :\
I feel like I'm getting older and not getting anywhere in life. I want to stop using my parents money and earn my own. I guess everything has its own time. I'll have my own. It will happen soon and you'll know who I am. But you won't know anything about me. That's the beauty of it all.


Have a good day everyone! (Except for the idiots I worked with on a shoot who threw me under the bus- you guys can rot in hell for all I care! :) Just sayin). Dream big, never stop and always work towards it. Life is short and you need to live it every second of the day. Hopefully yaw'l are having a better day than I am. But I'm just happy I finally got to see my own style icon in real life. This is huge. I'm very happy. And one day, I'll be her stylist. Or something like that. It'll be awesome.

See you on the other side!
Love,
Fashionmeal.