Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Unfashionable Must-Haves

You know those Youtube ads featuring girls who LOVE fashion and are taking your precious seconds from viewing the video you typed in to see to tell you what hair-do to make for a PERFECT date? Can't stand em. Not that they do not have an ADORABLE hair-do or slinky dress on, but to advocate an idea of perfection which simply can't be measured is irksome. Anything advocated in the name of fashion is starting to get to me. Yes, I realise I am writing on a FASHION BLOG and I need to CHILL. Perhaps its the Radiohead music thats soothing and irking my emotions as I type this, but words are flowing out. Is it that stuff which is FASHIONABLE & TRENDY are reasons enough for us to run and purchase? Sometimes lived-in and convenient can make a treasured purchase. So in the tradition of advocating the uncalled for, here is a LIST OF TOP TEN UNFASHIONABLE WARDROBE MUST HAVES (and I didn't even disrupt your Youtube viewing) 

Steve Jobs wore them, Obama wears them, and your father wears them. Three incredible people wear it year after year. That means they are a classic. Wear with anything you want - laid back style Tshirt, or under a bohemian dress to emphasize on your lady-hood. Not much can trump the manliness of this piece of garment. They might not be seen on the runway anytime soon, but they can teach something about having confidence enough to wear whatever the heck you like. 

Ok- perhaps I'm getting a tad personal here. Having an elder brother, I did get his hand me downs growing up. Sweatshirts, jackets, hoodies - baggy and long still sit in my wardrobe taking a lot of space. Its the idea of leaving everything for imagination which perhaps makes it so less fashionable. Then again having left everything for imagination could be alluring? Hmm maybe this theory works easier on GQ centerfolds of the likes of Megan Fox. 

Cool girls wear it and make it fashionable. But the idea of an elastic band slinky, long, loose shorts deems it an easy clothing. Doesn't count if the shorts are not short and don't touch the knees. 

This might already be a wardrobe staple for everyone, but this list talks about wearing it outside of the gym or tracks. Wearing it to go on a very fashionable lunch? Yup. 

A outerwear that should make the onlooker double look and fiddle for change in  their pockets to shell out for you. Grim, old, damp looking jacket that sits comfortably on your cold shoulders and neck. Engulfing heat inside that no clean cut jacket can do. Warmth empathizes the homelessness of this jacket. Don't worry about ironing it. 

Yes, its what got Marc Jacobs fired from his Perry Ellis design job. Not really, but it resonates the Grunge movement which was what Marc Jacobs was inspired by. This one has actually been seen on the runway in the past years, but don't buy it from the cool-kids section of the mall. Instead buy it from the lumberjack section where the word 'slim' doesn't belong next to fit and style. 

The ones that make your butt look like one bubble (not in a sexy rap song way). Comes in handy when studying, writing, or eating a tub of ice cream on the couch. 

Personally Ive never got airplane swag like socks, but people who travelled in international flights have often gifted these fuzzy socks given to them in flight. Why on this list- why waste? They are comfy and they are super quality. They don't deserve to be shamelessly hidden in your sock drawer. 

Because women's Tshirts are cut funny. And they dont make the right crinkles that your curves can to an ill fitting shirt. Boyfriend to borrow from or not, these are a good buy to sleep in and wake up to make breakfast in. Waffles for one.

Men's under pants that I've only seen Gwen Stefani wear in the video ' 4 in the morning'. Regardless that Gwen Stefani makes everything look like a "must-have", long johns look "PERFECT" to be in this list.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What are you watching?

I wanted to be a bigger person and not put a Television in my room. My brother rolled his eyes. Mocks me every time I takeover his television. Still not putting a TV in my bedroom, but not stopping from watching TV either. (who watches TV on TV anymore anyways! right?)

I wouldn't know how to talk to you if you said you didn't grow up watching TV. Flop show, Circus, Small Wonder, Dekh bhai Dekh, Doogie Howser, Seinfeld are a few shows I remember loving. Now I love watching HBO Girls. Thats about it. And sometimes Comedy Nights with Kapil. And youtube clips of Conan. TV shows have an awesome power to form identity in our brain. Certain scenes, jokes, characters, personalities become an association point for our real life. The clothes the characters wear, the sets they perform on, and most definitely the music that plays on the show never leaves our noggin.

Which TV show theme songs formed the best memories for you? I can easily recall the theme songs of all the above mentioned. OK- atleast the ones with lyrics I can. I am sure its not just me. And I am sure you can come up with a much better list of TV shows. So I asked Kartik to contribute here and name his top 5 TV show theme songs with reasons why. Here they are:

{In Kartik Mahajan's words} :-

>> Teardrop – Massive attack (House)
 One of the most profound opening sequences on television, the now cancelled show (House), had graphics in the background that corresponded to every character. In fact the lat name 'David Shore' is pops up on the image of a human head. The music fits with the title sequence seamlessly and also has a eerie sort of tone that sets the pace for the slow but chaotic happenings of the show.
>> Bad things – Jace Everett (True Blood)
One of the baddest rawest shows on TV, True Blood has a set of cult die hard fans and then everyone else that has found a way to look at it out of context. A show about a town full of rednecks n hillibillies living alongside vampires, demons, fairies and ghouls and their everyday lives, the title track howls brilliantly. I wanna do bad things to you....
>> Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs – Kelsey Grammar (Frasier)
Easy to sing along with, sung by the lead star and a degree of sophistication that was last seen on TV... never. Frasier has always had a massive following and the opening sequence tune can be recognised no matter where in the song you hear it from.

>> Suicide is Painless  - Johnny Manddel & Mike Altman ( M*A*S*H)
One of the greatest shows on TV ever (M*A*S*H). Albeit a bit dark and sprinkled with a generous dose of black comedy, the title track became as popular as the show. The lyrics were written by a fourteen year old in a few minutes and for years, half the world hummed them while walking around whether or not they knew anything about the Korean War.

>> Star Trek Theme (Original TV series) – Alexander Courage 
William Shatner. The original. The first man to go where no man has been before and first man to truly command the Starship Enterprise. This show changed everything for sci-fi on TV. In a matter of years it eclipsed every other attempt at sci-fi that anyone else was trying or had ever tried. The title sequence was another utterly recongnisable tune with words written to overlay the music in the most calm but profound manner. The opening track really was the calm before the storm. 

Kartik Mahajan is a new friend whom I love to debate with. About everything and anything. He is also a writer, a smart person, fashion enthusiast, and a Radio Jockey. Though he might win every argument, he did ask me to write here that he loves my blog. No he didn't, but he cant argue with what I write here. I can see him getting mad reading this shit right about now. 

even if I tried

Though I am not proud to say much has progressed in my life in the new year, I can say this year I feel I have become more comfortable with myself- with faults and all. I wear my specs to events and be able to SEE, I sing aloud 90s pop songs while running in the park, At work I can wear my jacket chest to backside and feel less cold, I'm not too shy to smile at boys who are 'out of my league' (as a 'friend' not so gently put it to me). You might say its hardly an achievement, but to me its a step closer to being all that I can be. We say a lot of times the world doesn't see who we really are and feel misunderstood. Instead of putting on an act of a better first impression, being myself will project me best to the world. Perhaps also help me see the path that I need to take to reach my dreams. To sum it up, optimistic and being comfortable are the positive remarks on my report card SemesterI 2014. Or how I would read it- self assured and growing. 

Here are a few inspirations of the moment -

effing Christopher Kane is such a force. Keeps blowing the mind with what he designs every collection. Image- Fall Winter 2014 by British Vogue.

Proenza Schouler last year Spring-Summer show was about making the ugly beautiful. I only saw beauty. Image from Jak and Jil

Aneeth Arora's péro shows are a reflection of hardwork, team effort, adorableness, and clear direction. I find her an amazing inspiration.

Band of Outsiders FW 2014-15 show. Just saw this and realized how there is place for imperfection. even on the runway. Image- Fall Winter 2014 by British Vogue.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love today

It's that day, and since 'Love' is the essence (and in the name) of this blog, lets talk about it. Go ahead,  give that shameless hug to yourself, you know you love it. Happy Valentine's Day to you. Yea, you!

Get yourself the cliche red rose. Put it in a cute holder next to your side of the bed, and wake up to it. 

Make friends who gift you 'Special occasion' Chocolate boxes. Don't get into buying these for yourself, thats a steep slope of tears and creamy praline filled mouthfuls you do not want to have. 

And shamelessly ogle at men/women you admire. Do it. 

Feeling the love? 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

sustainable fashion by Nikhil D.

Yes its time to come out of the dark. 
There are too many good things happening around us for me to be in a 'mood' to not update. My apologies for that. To start with a close friend and talented stylist (his work here- www.nikhild.tumblr.com) worked on a very personal project with 11.11 ElevenEleven and created a line of one size all / same for both sex Tshirt collection. 

I personally love the results for the following reasons - 
A. They are the perfect length for me. Not the snugly weird cap-sleeves styles that is so popular in the women's Tshirt range in the market. The neckline is clean, it ends on the right space in between butt and legs.
B. It ain't synthetic. Its cotton or silks in natural hues. I like what blends in with nature. 
C. Its made with recycled fabrics. Nikhil used scraps from the 11.11 archives and created unique pieces to sell. So once you buy one Tshirt, there is no replica of the same with anyone else. 

Nikhil put in his styling skills after the Tshirt line was complete to work with photographer Colston Julian in Mumbai and make a short film with his friends starring and modeling the Tshirts. Some images shot by Nikhil D behind the scene during the filming - 

The film we be showcased TODAY (Friday, 28 June) at The Grey Garden in Hauz Khas Village 6PM onwards. Feel free to drop in to buy the limited edition collection, browse, meet like minded people and enjoy Live music by Alisha Batth

Address for the event: 
The Grey Garden2nd Floor, 13 A, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi28th June 2013, Friday

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Dead in the water
It's not a paid vacation/
But I've got someone to make reports
That tell me how my money's spent
To book my stays and draw my blinds
So I can't see what's really there
And all I need's a great big congratulations
-MGMT 'congratulations'


Friday, March 22, 2013

Changing Sun

Ah! when creative people decide to get together and DO things for fun...

Last year Nikhil D (freelance stylist and bloggerconceptualized a shoot with friends (also super talented individuals) using Calvin Klein's men's underwear. Yup - those little fabric garments that have paved way for highly sexy images (see: VodianovaHidetoshi Nakata, Marky Mark & Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Djimon Hounsou to name a few). So whats different from whats not already been done before? Well, for starters both female and male models wore men's Calvin Klein underwear. O-wait they both also wear women's blouses/shirts with their Calvins. It was CK underwear 30 years celebration last year, perhaps that was the starting point for this shoot... 

There are different connotations one can derive from these images. The name - Changing Sun - which was made using names of the 2 models - Goksun Ergur (Inega models) and Lapsang Sundal Souchong (Inega models). The pairing of blouses bought from street shops in Shillong, Delhi and Mumbai with a New York City branded underwear. The waves of high and low make the images interesting. The photographer who is one of the finest young talents in the country- Bikramjit Bose, agreeing to do an independent photo story. The fresh makeup almost identical for the man and woman given by hair & makeup artist Liz Van Der Merwe (Inega Models). 

My favorite take back from this - not having to explain yourself to anyone and doing what makes sense to you. Its exciting to see projects come to life when they are backed by just passion. 

If you enjoy, leave a comment below. Will forward them to the people involved. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pretty Girls | Delhi

Besides the fashion at Delhi fashion week the prettiness attending the shows had me in a trance. These ladies got it all to make you fall in love at first sight. Enough pretty to not even make me ask their name, what they do, where they are from... 
Hope you enjoy -

And some music to compliment the prettiness-


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Manish Arora | Fall Winter 2013

Tonight Manish Arora showcases his Fall-Winter 2013 collection for the second time as part of Delhi fashion week. First time, it was in Paris- where he shows his collections every season and what he's making his home slowly and surely. 
This is a collection in lines of what Manish Arora is about, in my opinion: originality, clear vision, personal life reference, and opulence. 

The show opened with a print look. A direct rendition from what he saw at The Burning Man festival in August 2012. It is of no doubt that Manish Arora would enjoy a place like that. He is known to spend New Years holidays dancing to Goa Trance. The prints were of the blue sky, sandy desert and Burning Man featured metallic art installations. Sticking to this new direction of softer silhouettes that please the Parisian and western palettes, this show had easy skirts, belted blouses, fur, bomber jackets, long coats, and Tshirts. I like this shift. Containing the crazy in prints, textures, fabrics, embellishments, colors, and sanity in shapes. The collection rode waves of shifting influences. From Burning man to glitter and opulent gold jewelery inspired from India (and made in India by Amrapali). One of my favourite pieces was the optical illusion green and black top. Nothing short of what a Manish Arora superhero would wear. The evening stuff comprised of black velvet with draped gold chains defining the bodice. Black satin trousers and blouses patterned with a Bindi-esque cut outs. The patterns were strange. Not what you and I have seen before. Perhaps something only visible in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. Oh, but you don't really need to find reason behind it. Comprehend what is obvious - like the letters 'E G O' embellished in gold on a turbaned model.

Previous posts on Manish Arora:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{behind the scenes images} Wills India Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2013

Time for that biannual event when we start hearing 'fashion' more often in everyday conversations. The biggest fashion week in India- Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week from 13th to 17th March held at Pragati Maidan, Delhi where designers - young and experiences, showcase their next season collections (technically Fall - Winter 2013, but generally- whatever sells more). 

To start with, yesterday photographer Zacharie was able to click backstage images for Namrata Joshipura show. This was Zacharie's first time shooting backstage. I was convinced the images would be great because of his unique eye of capturing people. At backstage, its less about a choreographed, synchronized show of the collection, but more about the preparation that leads up to the show. These photos let you feel the different energies of organisers, models, make up and hair stylists, stage set up people, sound technicians etc involved.
Hope you enjoy too- 

All images Zacharie Rabehi copyrighted.