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Monday, August 29, 2016

#Not My First But My Best – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive ’16


Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

 

The madness takes place twice a year and I am glad to say that ‘I am not a new victim of this!’ Lakme Fashion Week has always been something I look forward to as there is so much creativity, drama and inspiring people you get to meet. Apart from months of preparation from the designer’s side there are so much efforts put together from so many teams. Right from the logistic team, to the choreographers, models, PR people and basically everyone who is not coming to just ‘attend’ the show!

And this time around I too attended the fashion week with a mission on my mind – keeping up with the MissMalini fashion squad! So slaying like a girl boss was my only option. It all started when I was to interview the designer maven Tarun Tahiliani before his opening show at LFW. He was one of the designers I had never met and if you see him from far away, you will not peg him to be a chillian-like-a-villian kinda guy. But like always the universe surprised me and how!

 

Tarun’s show was spectacular to say the least and I was so excited to see how the rest of the days will go if the opening show was THIS good! So for the next day I got all dressed up to officially see all the shows back to back and enjoy all the madness in between.

Shoes- Adidas Originals Superstars | Skirt - Koovs.com | Cold shoulder top - H&M | Choker - gifted

Shoes- Adidas Originals Superstars | Skirt – Koovs.com | Cold shoulder top – H&M | Choker – gifted

That day I also met the gorgeous Lara Dutta Bhupati and had a fun chat with her:

Besides the interview there were some shows that were the major highlights of the day. Aartivijay Gupta‘s gorgeous pastel vibes, Doodlage‘s funky patch-work, Gaurang Shah‘s celebration of the great Indian spirit and Suhani Pittie‘s inspiring ‘Nowhere people’ collection really hit the spot. (Hope you guys saw my live updates on Snapchat and Instagram).

The fashion week was racing and before I could blink, came the last day of the show with all the amazing designers and Sabyasachi as the grand finale. So I decided to dress the part, by wearing something I designed myself a while back from my mom’s old shawl.

OOTD: Shoes- Adidas Originals Superstars | Skirt- The Hippieque | Body chain: Top Shop (Dubai) | Shirt: Marks & Spencer

OOTD: Shoes- Adidas Originals Superstars | Skirt- The Hippieque | Body chain: Top Shop (Dubai) | Shirt: Marks & Spencer

And the skirt was a big hit! Even Shilpa Shetty Kundra complimented me on the skirt (she got me blushing!). Even though I knew that I will see more than enough people wearing the superstars but I choose comfort over standing apart from the crowd (sue me! Meh.)

Started the last day with a super cool chat with Illeana D’cruz:

And then Prachi Desai:

And no, interviewing celebrities was not even on my list of to-do things just FYI. The interviews were like a snack break in between the shows where I got feasting on the show stopper’s dress! The shows that I absolutely loved were Riddhi Mehra, Swati Vijayvargie, Anushree Reddy and the quirky Kunal Rawal. Speaking of Kunal, I shared a rather cozy moment with him and his show stopper – Ranbir Kapoor (burnnnnn ladies! BURRN!)

I swear to god I wished this interview never ended!

Right after the show I rushed back upstairs to quickly change for a much bigger cause than Ranbir’s hug – Sabyasachi’s grand finale! So I ditched the traditional-school-girl look and got my glam mode on in this number.

Shoes: Top Shop (Dubai) | Skirt worn as a dress: Thrifted | Hair - Esther | Makeup - Eshwar Log

Shoes: Top Shop (Dubai) | Skirt worn as a dress: Thrifted | Hair – Esther | Makeup – Eshwar Log

Since I had no time to prep my closet up with LFW approved clothes, I hung an old pleat skirt as a one-shoulder dress and added these tan peep-toes and voilaaa! Ready for my second row seat (which is a HUGE deal just FYI) at Sabyasachi’s grand finale.

Stage at Sabyasachi Grand Finale

Stage at Sabyasachi Grand Finale

The show began with a 40 piece orchestra from the Symphony Of India Orchestra which played live during the entire show. As the stage lit up with models glittering in Sabyasachi magic, I had more than just butterflies in my stomach.

And then came the moment we were all waiting for – Kareena Kapoor Khan looking glorious in a masterpiece of an attire. Impeccably regal and glowing, the stage could have gone brighter with Ms Kapoor’s charms.

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

And this fairy tale ended soon but the memories of such a spectacle will always be in my heart!

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Sabyasachi

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

#Molten Musings


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Top: Zara | Charm choker: Hippieque | Leather sling: Zara | Skirt: Thrift shop | Sneakers: Adidas Originals

 

I am a huge fan of cinching silhouettes as I believe in the notion – if you got it, you flaunt it! But sometimes, it’s good to slip into something loose and comfortable. This post was shot during Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort ’16 when I needed all the comfort (and fashion) in the world to survive the fashion frenzy around me. Cold shoulder tops are all the rage right now and that’s what instantly came to my mind while dressing up for the day. This glazed skirt featuring a thigh-high slit, had been lying in my closet since ages, as it’s not exactly a number you’d wear on a normal day (chances of getting a comment as ‘OTT’ would be higher than someone appreciating it!) So LFW was my only shot and I took it! I accessorised it with a black leather sling bag and a pair of wedged Adidas Originals. A charmed statement choker, which I had made a while back, brought a little boho touch to the look.

 

This look made me a complete head turner, sitting first row for some stunning shows that day. While most of you are already a pro at styling the cold shoulder trend, here are couple of tips to keep in mind (because why the hell not!)

 

1. Layer it with some amazing baubles

2. Keep it casual with a good pair of denims

3. Interesting back is a huge plus point

Details of the latest outfit post on twashion.com.

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4. Keep it preppy with a lovely print!

So go on and have some fun with the cold shoulder trend and always remember…

The world is your runway and you’re a supermodel!

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

#The Lush Life


Photography: Lucid Illusions || Knee high boots: Koovs | Dress & faux fur jacket: Forever 21 | Vintage style reflectors: Blurr accessories

 

The city looks so clean and green during monsoon that it’s hard to not love Mumbai. South Bombay especially being the architectural marvel, looks like it has been dusted off by a magic cloth. So what do I do when I see a beautiful yet gloomy day? Take on the town! All you have to do is pick out a bright printed dress and layer it with a jacket (because it can get a lil’ chilly sometimes). A pair of gum boots should be a perfect pick but if you are a little daring (like me) you can get away with a pair of faux leather knee-high boots as well. I love gum boots but there’s something really cute about the knee-high boots when paired with short dresses. Don’t you agree? You can always go a little edgy when it comes to picking out your sunnies for the day and that’s why I chose these vintage style silver reflectors. Keeping up with the dramatic lush life look, I even styled my hair in a faux bob! Tell me in the comments below if you want me to do a blog post to show you how to make a faux bob without cutting an inch of your precious hair! (You know you want to!).

Oh and speaking of monsoon, hope you have the essentials to survive the rains in style. If not, fret not and checkout this video below.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

#It’s a Hippieque World



Music Composed by Anshuman Bhattacharya | Lyrics and Voice by Hrishitaa Sharma | Mixed and Mastered at Promethean Studios | Shot by Harshit Sohu | Video Edited by Chirag Chaddha

 

Seldom have we had a thought, an idea, a breakthrough that directs us towards a path. It is scary to start something new and even scarier NOT to! We can push ourselves to believe ‘this is not the right time’ or confine ourselves to the current reality shutting out the possibility of this space to grow but honestly, it is never too late! Take it from the person who had ‘The Hippieque’ tucked away in her list of things to do for more than 2 years. So one fine day I decided that I cannot contain this any longer in my mind, I need to set it free and let it come to life. So if you have a longing to do something, anything, that you have been keeping away, just try getting out of your schedule or your realm of excuses and go forth. Things will spontaneously fall into place; rather make way for it to succeed.

 

With the spirit of a free soul, a keeper of progressive and independent thoughts, The Hippieque takes to ‘Hipster’ to partially define it. Conforming to the style with a certain touch of panache and poise, The Hippieque embraces ‘Chic’ and together The Hippieque comes to life with both these elements keeping it glorious and grounded at the same time! To come to think of it, we live in a hippieque world where every person has an element of opposing the norm and breaking free to ‘breathe,’ also exhibiting an innate ‘grace’ of functioning. The Hippieque is in every one of you. You just need to embrace, love and flaunt it!

 

Hope you like it! Welcome to The Hippieque world!

Friday, October 23, 2015

#BeTheirSuperHero



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dog-5-xeena-change Dog-6-drogo Dog-7-Thea Dog-8-meenal end-dog

 

Directed, Produced and Music by Hrishitaa Sharma | Video Edited by Ravi Java | Agency: Kreaserv

 

I promised you all that The Hippieque is coming up with a Diwali campaign soon, and here I am keeping my word. This Diwali, I will not tell you how to dress up, I will not tell you what’s trending in ethnic wear or even how to create an ethnic ensemble from your current clothes. But I will address the elephant in the room (or should I say ‘Dog’ in the room). Every year countless number of animals get affected during our festivities of Diwali. Among them is the man’s best friend. But what is a man doing to comfort them that day?

Every year while we are getting ready for the festival of lights,
We forget to notice our dog’s plight.
We see their remorseful eyes but we shrug it off with a cuddle
And the poor dog is left all alone in this hurdle.
They hide under the bed or curl away in a corner,
They still wag their tail for the happiness of their owner.
A sound of a cracker makes them scared for their life,
With disorientation, deafness, loss of appetite, how will they survive?
We have no right to call ourselves a dog lover or an animal person
Till we do our bit for this impact to lessen.

So make the right choice here and make Diwali what it’s really meant to be – a celebration of lights and not devastation of animal lives. Because you know, if the roles were reversed, they’d do it for you!
#BeTheirSuperHero

PS: HAPPY DIWALI everyone! Thanking all the 11 dogs and their owners for their support. And thanking every one in advance who choose to #BeTheirHero this Diwali.