Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The Flouncy Peplums

The curves are back in fashion. And so, designers are donning the flouncy Peplums once again in their collections for the season, which were actually introduced during the fifties as a part of the New Look by Dior. A peplum is a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce. They secure the waist and highlight curves in a way that’s enticing yet modest.

The peplum can be made deliberately flared and enhanced to accentuate greater curve to the hips or closely fit to the stomach and the hips to emphasize on the tight waist of the garment. A peplum can either be part of the dress or worn as a belt over a bottom half. Peplums add an extra charm to simple pieces of ensembles. They are a kind of über feminine. It is also one of the most-liked on the red carpet at the moment.
"My Week with Marilyn" UK Premiere, Emma Watson
2011 CFDA Fashion Awards, Chloë Sevigny
Blake lively
Cannes Film Festival 2011, Aishwarya Rai
The latest among the repertoires on the runway which were among my top-list can be seen here. Not only the designers have made these peplums look so chic once again but also they have used sumptuous fabrics & colors. Some have even reinvented the original peplum into avant-garde shapes.

fall 2011 couture Chanel
fall 2011 ready-to-wear Cynthia Steffe
fall 2011 ready-to-wear Mary Katrantzou
fall 2011 ready-to-wear Moschino
fall 2011 ready-to-wear Sportmax
pre-fall 2012 DKNY
spring 2011 ready-to-wear David Koma
spring 2011 ready-to-wear Juan Carlos Obando
spring 2011 ready-to-wear PPQ
spring 2012 ready-to-wear Christian Dior
spring 2012 ready-to-wear Jason Wu
spring 2012 ready-to-wear Vera Wang
Inspired by this coming back of a lovely trend, I had my imagination go wild. So I just made a random illustration in between my classes on the Sketchpad in my Mac. I wish to own a peplum dress or make one myself sooner. :)

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The nine yard long story

Howdy, everybody. Winter is all over the place & it has already started sending chilled breezes. Also, the wedding season is on in full swing. And with it comes the eternal favorite of women's attire in India, the Sari.

From ethnic to contemporary, from traditional to designer, from embroidered to less embellished, from pink to beige, from georgette & chiffons to delicate nets, from a teenager to a grandma, the Saris can be adorned for any occasion, any time of the year, & have become an evergreen favorite of many.

That's the reason why ladies love to don the nine yards not only in India but around the world. Here are some of the dazzling looks of the divas who have carried the Sari with great style & elegance across the globe.

Aishwarya Rai

Cameroon Diaz

Elizabeth Hurley

Eva Mendes

Gisele Bundchen

Lisa Ray

Nicole Scherzinger

Paris Hilton

Naomi Campbell

Victoria Beckham

Designers & fashionistas too have experimented with the flamboyancy of the Sari to make a style statement on the runway. They have refashioned there Indian inspirations into a modern avatar of the draperies.

fall 2008 ready-to-wear Alexander McQueen

fall 2009 ready-to-wear Balenciaga

fall 2010 couture Chanel

fall 2010 couture Elie Saab

fall 2011 ready-to-wear Roksanda Ilincic

spring 2011 ready-to-wear Issa

spring/summer 2008, Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermès

spring/summer 2008, Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermès

spring 2011 couture Elie Saab
So, my suggestion to all the pretty women who'd love to make a statement by wearing Sari, go on, turn heads around, mesmerize, look stunning, carry it off like you'll conquer the world!

Friday, 25 November 2011

First Ramp Collection

Well this is my first post, although Im just a fresher in this field, I would love to share my views & ideas that can be combined to form remarkable trends.

So, I thought what else could have been the best other than putting up my own first ramp collection.

These are a few of the ensembles of my graduation collection, the theme being Lunar Eclipse. I have used shades of blue, gray, silver & black, chiffons, silks, ombre dyed fabrics, lots of surface design techniques & different varieties of sequins.

I take great inspirations from my ideal designers, Giorgio Armani, Coco Chanel & Elie Saab, whose collections are my all time favorites.

What keeps me moving & experimenting can be quoted in the words of a great designer, "Fashion is to acknowledge the elegance of the uncomplicated."