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Music Awards

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It was a great coincidence as the two music awards from different parts of the world took place yesterday. The Grammy’s and the Mirchi Music awards took place yesterday and it was great to see the vivd contrast between the western and eastern music awards and the celebs who attended it. Though in a way its a WWW part 6 but this time we have the fashion police keeping the check on the style quotient of the award night.

Starting from the best dressed from both the Grammy and the Mirchi Music awards:

Manushi Chillar

The Miss World 2017 took our hearts at the Mirchi night, she stole the night in that beaded black gown. It was the night of the music awards and so she let it be the night devoted to music and not to her dress. The beaded gown had the right kind of bling, her stylist did justice to the Zara Umrigar gown with the right amount of glitter by her diamond jewellery.

Nashrut Barucha

Pyaar ka Punchnama star was the star for the night in her black gown, stole our hearts and that string of diamonds was what that Nishita and Mitali dress needed. She made her entrance in that beautiful ensemble and she truly looked like a diva in that draped organza black gown.

Chrissy Teigen

The soon to be Mamma was all shimmery in that Yanina Couture dress. Even though she is due but she didn’t let the style in her be sacrificed for anything, not even the Grammys. She wore a front slit Yanina fashion’s silver shimmery  dress, complementing it was her wavy hair and the soon to be Mamma glow.

Cardi B

She looked like a swan, she was seen wearing an Ashi Studio dress. That dress was so different and yet classy. Her stylist did a fab job in pairing the dress in such a way that it did not end up looking like a fashion blunder. Her hair looked perfect giving her the vibe of a swan with a dash of diamonds.

Rita Ora

Rita glittered and was looking damn hot in that high slit diamond studded Ralph and Russo black gown from their Spring and Summer 2018 collection. She was looking extremely beautiful and those diamond studs looked great with the gown with a touch of wavy hair and that was all she needed to create a memorable look.

The celebs who need a good stylist:

Gauhar Khan

Although black was the color for the Mirchi Music night but that white feather took our attention away from the sheer dress to those weirdly attached white feathers. The Sid Tyler dress was actually a bold step by her to give a go to the sheer dress but the dress didn’t make it. The embroidery was very intricate but the feathers were awkwardly designed for a knee length dress.

Zaria Wasim

Secret Superstar star was a bit too red. Keeping in mind that unlike other celebrity she lacks the height but then people with short height should prefer wearing fabric that fits them correctly. The red dress if would’ve have been more skin tight and not to flow she would have looked far better.

Lana Del Ray

Everything about her dress was great, it was Gucci that she was wearing with the right sequins and how can that not be of any good but that head gear just put the whole thing off. Yes she always does something to stand aside from every body else but that head gear was just one wrong step. Even her really long 60’s style eye liner couldn’t make up for the weird head accessory.

Who Wore What Part 5

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Its WWW part 5!!!!!!! I mean we are done with the Filmfare, Zee awards and guess which is that one award which is left? Okay, lets play a tiny little game. Our celebs have one thing in common, stylishness. And the paps absolutely love their style and are always so alert to catch that one perfect shot. But why do our celebs dress up so much and why are they so stylish ? A little hint, it is related to fashion. Lets not keep you in a suspense this time the WWW is for the HT Style Awards.

Yes, our celebs are super stylish not just for the paps or for you guys but they are stylish because they want to grab on to that stylish HT Style award trophy. The HT Awards happened last week, and like the name of the award the red carpet saw all the style sensations glorifying the beauty of the awards. Everyone looked extremely stylish, worthy of the award. But this time we saw another emerging style icon, Hina Khan gracing the award night.

Hina has definitely broke the image of the onscreen ‘bahu’ and came out as an extremely stylish celebrity. Big Boss probably helped her break the shell of her image in the reel world. But even on the award nights she looked really stylish, her highly fuller sleeves made the look and her sleek pulled back hair did their wonder. She even won an award as the most influential personality, which is a great achievement for a TV star.

Soonam Kapoor lived to her title as the style diva. She turned the red carpet to a yellow carpet for sure. The bright yellow dress was the perfect color for the most stylish night of January 2018. She wore a Hyunmi Nielsen yellow dress along with Aquazzura by Edgardo Osorio heels. The heels gave the bright look of the dress the right kinda bling. And it is needless to say that she was yet again styled by her stylist sibling, Rhea Kapoor.

The power couple of Bollywood, Mira and Shahid Kapoor set the perfect mood for the night. The sensational couple were from few for whom the paps desperately waited for. Mira glittered in the star cut racer-back pristine white Monisha Jaisingh gown, Mira was spot on, the new mamma was the sight catcher. Shahid wore his favourite designer, Gaurav Gupta. He wore a black star check tuxedo from GGman. The black and white combo of the power couple looked amazing on the red carpet.

Miss World 1994, the never ageing Aishwarya Rai Bachhan glittered in a Manish Malhotra attire. She looked gorgeous as hell, she was seen posing like a queen. It was like she was in her territory completely, not denying the fact that all the other celebs have stylist and look as superb as their on screen personalities but she is hands down the most beautiful woman of probably this eternity. Well, apart from all the praises she looked like an empress wearing the raw silk corseted blouse encrusted with muted antique gold floral embroidery. The corset blouse was complemented by the navy blue and grey lehenga skirt with a wreath embroidery in antique gold. Because, the dress had a lot of embroidery so to tone down the look and to let the outfit grab some points, her makeup did not include a pop color of lipstick and was rather a nude shade. It helped the outfit to be noticed more than her hair and makeup.

Younger Chopra from the house of Chopra, Parineeti chopra wore a different type of dress. It was the first time we saw Parineeti sporting a sheer dress. For the night of the awards she chose a sheer dress by the designer Sadek Majed. On the other hand we had Sonakshi Sinha twinning with Varun Dhawan. The twinning duo took everyone by a surprise to be seen wearing the same color for the awards.

The Shetty sisters shook the awards with their glittering dresses. I mean how can someone look so seamlessly young and beautiful, we have to give it to Shilpa Shetty Kundra who sizzled on the red carpet. But Shamita wasn’t far behind  in sizzling, she glittered equally and made the sound of shetty sister roar.

The veteran beauty Sri Devi Kapor looked even younger, she attended the night along with her husband Bonny Kapoor. Even she glittered at the carpet in an Temperley London outfit and that pink glittered was all we wanted. But then their was this one diva who took our heart. Deepika wore her pink Kanjivaram saree that was gifted to her by the evergreen diva, Rekha. But more than her dress its the message that came out through, it was the style awards and style does not mean to wear different designer and different outfits every time. But it means to look even more prettier in the way you carry an outfit no matter how many times you wear it. It was the second time Deepika was seen in this saree, but she looked even more gorgeous than the first time she wore it.

Who Wore What

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The 4th Who Wore What, this time its the 63 rd Jio Filmfare Awards that took place on the 21st of January. The legacy of the Filmfare continued , all the B-Town stars looked amazing. It was filmfare and you could easily guess that with the way they were dressed. There were a lot winners and so many stars took their black divas home but do we really care about all that jazz? Nah, no jazz here all we look for is total sass!

Starting in no particular order the divas that took over the red carpet looking super gorgeous and an epitome of beauty.

Alia Bhatt

She wore a voluminous Monsoori ball gown at the Jio Filmfare Awards. But for the beautiful gown by Monsoon she chose to go all vintage with her hair. She looked like a teenage girl, that gown made her so young and so fresh it was lovely watching her walk that carpet. A big thumbs up for that outfit!

Sonam Kapoor

Well well well, the sale icon of Bollywood took a road not taken and stepped out in a Vera Wang outfit. Yes, the style icon wore the Fall/Winter 2017 collection of Vera Wang to the 63rd Filmfare. She entered the red carpet with Akshay Kumar for the promotion of their movie, Padman. She paired the stupendous Vera Wang with an Elie Saab clutch and was yet again styled by her sister, Rhea Kapoor.

Manushi Chillar

The Miss World, wore a red Sonakshi Shiraaj scarlet gown to her first Filmfare awards. The best accessory that she carried with herself was her Miss Worl tiara. The tiara brought the beauty of her dress which she paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch.

Kajol

The 90ies diva walked in a Manish Malhotra maroon classic velvet gown. The outfit spoke for itself it suited her body type and was far less worse than what she wore Mickey contractors event. The silhouette went well with her vintage styled hair and she looked beautiful.

Parineeti Chopra

She definitely chose a very blingy attire for the night but even then she looked drop dead superb! She was seen wearing a Kujta & Meri beautiful red carpet gown which accompanied with jewels from Aurelle and completing the look with a sleek side part. Her makeup was not too much and her stylist let her dress do all the talking.

Preity Zinta

She was the perfect light for our eyes. Her pink gown swept so elegantly on the carpet took our heart. She wore a Garrison Roferos’s pink gown. She looked like a barbie for sure and red lips took her look a notch higher than everybody else. She was delight on the carpet.

Madhuri Dixit

She walked the red carpet in a Mark Bumgarner fall/winter 2018 ensemble for the biggest night of the year. That gown did justice to her title of the most beautiful faces of Bollywood. She looked ravishing in that black MB gown and wore Jaipur gems accessorised and beautiful square emerald earrings. Her pulled back hair in a pony definitely gave a very fresh vibe.

And now the gents who made our hearts throb:

Shahid Kapoor

The rajput from the movie Padmavat chose an all white outfit. Shahid was seen wearing an all white Gaurav Gupta suit which looked so hot with his sauce look. Just by looking at him one can never say that he is a father, that dapper ensemble is just so handsome.

Ranbir Kapoor

He looked really handsome in that royal blue checked jacket and suit. It was good seeing him after a very long time.

Ranveer Singh

The crazy maniac of a person and the most unpredictable B-Town celeb was a total eye candy. No one can ever match up to his level of styling and the type of thoughts and courage it takes to pull out such out of the box outfits. Ranveer, wore the movies for the award night in praise of the movies. Who would have thought that a Filmfare will have such an outlandish dress to be remembered.

Raining Surprises

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January has not even ended and 2018 has so much to offer us. It seems 2018 has a lot of surprise planned for us. Just after Gigi Hadid x Maybelline came to surface there was not hot new for the glamour industry. It was the Balmain x L’oreal exclusive collection that stunned. There is so much to say about all the goodness that is coming our way in 2018. The limited edition is beyond our imagination and the colors are not the everyday-colors they definitely scream  Balmain. The shades are very pop and unusual. The 12 color riche Balmain lip colors are edgy and embody 3 three femininities; Safari, Rock and Couture.

But enough said on this bedazzling collabs, there is so much more coming our way. All the surprises are worth waiting for. For instance, Mickey Contractor completed 12 years in the industry and with MAC hosted an event. The event marked the entry of many B-Town biggies and all of them put their best dress forward for the event. Mickey probably got the best event till now on completing so many years in the make-up world. The event saw the presence of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with Abhishek Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit Nene with her husband, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol, Sonali Bendre, Sushmita Sen and many other celebrities making the event a big one. The event was no less than the perfect B-Town with all the gorgeous divas.

Well, these might not interest you that much but guess what Dabbo Ratnani calendar got launched last week and it was a total SURPRISE! Yet again this year itself Dabbo Ratnani and his wife hosted an event which marked the first look of the calendar. Dabbo Ratnani always have the oomph in them. He portrays the actresses with their rawness and beauty, that’s what makes it the most awaited calendar of the year. His calendar celebrates the celebrities in a more raunchy yet sophisticated way. Sunny Leone and Kriti Sanon definitely hit the brief on that one, their shoot was oomph level 2.0. Yes, thats right their shoots were very sexy and so are the end results. For some these surprises might not hold so much importance but the next one surely will.

There is republic day on every leading clothing and cosmetics website. For those looking to try on the amazing Balmain collection , Gigi Hadid collection or any other cosmetics or make-up products go to Nykaa. Nykaa is giving out the best discounts on almost all the brands other than the premium brands. But on the contrary this sale is everything that you ever want sorta sale. You will see discounts on so many beauty and make products especially on the contouring range! Also why stop yourself at Nykaa all the brands, Vero Moda , Zara, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Nautica, GAP have got some amazing sales that are going on and that will probably end after 26th. So get those shopping bags and your cards ready cause January has got some crazy fun surprises to make it the best start for the year.

2018 is being so good to us, no wonder what’s next in store for us. A lot of other launches and fashion shows are coming up so can’t wait to see what all the designers have for us this year!

Gigi X Maybelline

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Gigi Hadid world’s highest paid model is into a lot of project. With brand like Reebok Woman, Bulgari in her kitty she has now started her latest endeavour with Maybelline. Her new project is the latest buzz in the fashion industry and not just in the domestic market but also in the international markets as well. During the launch of her limited edition makeup adventure with Maybelline, Gigi said, “I have always believed that great makeup doesn’t have to cost a fortune,” Gigi says about the line. “I was empowered to create something that I couldn’t find before, while also making sure it was a full set at an affordable price.”

Jet Setter Palette

Her launch began with the entry of the first ever jet setter palette. The palette was everything that was present in her statement. It is economical, and had a wide range of products in a compact palette. With two lip balms, four eye shadows, one highlighter, one matte bronzer, two concealers, and one mini mascara — oh, and two travel size brushes — this palette truly has everything you need to create a variety of killer makeup kit.But that was just the start, the jet setter palette was part of the first phase of her launch, there is a lot that came after the amazing jet setter palette.

East + West Coast Palettes

Precisely after the launch of the palette Gigi launched a dozen other products under to broad range categorized as the “East Coast Glam” collection and “West Coast Glow” collection, clearly named after where the 22-year-old model spends most of her time.The East Coast collection is inspired by the “vibe of Gigi’s favorite Soho alleyways” i.e. smudgy, chic, and perfectly imperfect. It features products with neutral tones we can imagine wearing to work, plus vampy shades we can’t wait to slick on and wear out on this weekend. There are two Eye Contour Palettes in “Warm” and “Cool” shades. Both palettes include five matte shadows that are meant to mimic the eye’s natural contours to recreate Gigi’s go-to eye look. Not sure how to go about eye contouring? Pick up the special Eye Contour Brush, which has narrow and flat sides for getting into all the nooks and crannies of your lids.

East Coast eye shadow palette

But what is an eyeshadow look without liner? No worries — the East Coast collection has got you covered with a black liquid liner for razor sharp cat eyes AND a smudgy gel liner. For skin, the East Coast collection has two tinted primers, which are lightweight and give major #modeloffduty vibes; top with the collection’s “Liquid Strobe” highlighter for a silvery iridescent glow and you’re practically Gigi. Lastly, the East Coast collection has three matte lipsticks — including a light nude named after Gigi’s pal, McCall, the quintessential Gigi nude, and a mauve-y purple we can’t wait to don all season long.

West coast eye shadow palettes

Gigi’s West Coast Glow collection has an eyeshadow palettes (also named “Warm” and “Cool”) feature yummy beachy shades with pops of color. And the real treat is that the collection has a nude gel eyeliner made specifically to sweep along the waterline for that well-rested I-just-spent-the-day-at-the-beach look. With the Lash sensational mascara (which features Maybelline’s patented 10 layer brush) and you’ll look bright eyed and bushy tailed regardless of how much sleep you got the night before. Lastly, the collection boasts a golden shimmer gloss and three poppy matte lipsticks that range from orange to red.

Gigi Hadid Collection launched in India

Recently, Mumbai hosted the launch of Gigi Hadid’s collection with a long list of Bollywood A-listers. The event also saw the presence of Elton Fernandes the leading make-up artist of B-Town. The launch welcomed a very vivid range of lipsticks from the limited collection of Gigi Hadid. The palette that was launched has vibrant lip shades, mascara and felt-tip eye liner. The collection was then launched on Nykaa. And everybody is going crazy over this NYC spirit make-up edition. It will definitely be the top seller without a doubt. Can’t wait to try’em Gigi Hadid lip colors!

Vibrant Gigi Hadid Lip Colors

75th Golden Globes

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The 75th Golden Globes took place on 7th of January 2018  in California. Golden globes is considered to be the most prestigious awards, preceded by the Oscars. And award functions are often correlated with the dresses that the celebrities and the type of make-up they did. But the 75th Golden Globes brought with them a wave of support for the movement, Times Up. All the actresses wore black outfits in support of the movement. Many men came out in support of the movement by either wearing pin batches or by wearing black shirts. But 75th Golden Globes is registered in history, it has now turned into a remarkable event because the entire film fraternity of Hollywood came out in complete support for the movement.

Times Up

Black was the only color that shined the brightest during the Golden Globes. Even though all the Hollywood actresses were supporting a very imperative movement they still didn’t leave the sass behind.  All the actresses slayed at the Globes in the most adorable and marvellous black outfits. They took it to a whole new level, making it the most versatile colour of all.  Higlights from the event are :

Oprah Winfrey

She was the star for the night. She looked so beautiful and so gorgeous for the award show. And she was not the start for the way she was looking but for the inspirational speech she gave on Times Up and on #MeToo. Her speech inspired a lot of women and was the highlight from the globes. Oprah wore a customised Versace gown for the 75th GG.

Reese Witherspoon

She was most passionate supporter of Times Up. Reese wore a black custom made Zac Posen gown for the event. She accompanied the custom made gown with Bulgari Jewels and Jimmy Choo heels with a Tyler Ellis clutch to go with the gown. Her were in a side part, she looked ravishing.

Traces Ellis Ross

The Rainbow Johnson from Blackish chose a very interesting look. Traces wore a turban and dress from Marc Jacobs Spring ’18 collection. She accompanied the Marc Jacobs dress with heels from Jimmy Choo and an Irene Neuwirth Jewellery to go with the dress. She choose a fiery red lip color to match the vibe of the dress and the movement.

Gal Gadot

The Wonder Woman actress wore a Tom Ford black evening dress and tuxedo jacket at the GG. She paired the dress with earrings from Tiffany which added a bling to her look. She choose a wine red lip color and her hair were pulled  back in a pony.

Nina Dobrev

The Vampire diaries star wore a Ralph Lauren dress along with a Alexis Bittar’s encrusted spike accented choker. She chose a Stuart Weitzman clutch to go with the dress and with her look. Her hair were wavy and beautifully textured for the evening.

Eva Longoria

Eva the new mommy to be wore a total black deep v-neck custom gown for the GG. Her pregnancy added a low to her look and she looked gorgeous. Eva besides her pregnancy looked sexier in that  Genny dress. She did justice with the gown by not doing too much with the hair and make-up.

Emily Clarke and Kit Harrington

The Game of Thrones stars shined bright in their black dress. Emilia looked lovely in the black deep neck gown. Just like all the other actresses Emilia too went for a red lip stick but with a centre part. Kit accompanied her in a black suit and black shirt both GOT stars were in complete support of Times Up.

Angelina Jolie

After such a long time its was a relief to spot Angelina at the GG. She drop dead looked so beautiful and elegant in the Versace gown and her hair were tied in a messy bun. She wore Forever Mark jewels and Stewart Weitzman shoes.  Jolie was a vision in black, no less than the queen that she is.

Festival of Juttis and Parandis

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The festival of juttis and parandis is here, 13th January is set some hours away, followed by 14th of January making the day of Makar Sankranti. The beautiful and the most loveable festival Lohri is here. Its time to get those juttis out, the beautiful kurtis and suits ironed and the accessories ready! This time its total relief to welcome Lohri due to the extreme weather that is there outside. Nothing is better than letting these frosty winters to go away and to welcome the season of spring.

Johri in Punjab

For the North Indians for winter after Holi, Lohri is the most celebrated festivals. And that is because Lohri even in this chilly weather makes you wanna get up and dress up and dance around the auspicious bonfire which marks the end of the cold weather. Relating to some mythological facts, according to Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna manifests himself in his full magnificence during this time. Also a bonus information is that the earth is farthest away from the sun at this time and begins its journey towards the sun on Lohri.  Eating popcorns and rewadis becomes the thing on this day. Its that one day that everybody decides to ditches their quilts and blankets to celebrate this auspicious fest.

But enough on all the facts and information, every festival is incomplete without the zest of fashion.  Its Lohri, favourite festival of the Punjabis and all the other North Indians so why not make it colourful? Yes, no festival is complete without some beautiful bright colors. So, leave those bulky and warm blacks and greys and step out in some beautiful colors to make the festival even more glorious.

Juttis

For the ladies, dump those boots and booties for the day and grab on those handcrafted beauties, your juttis! For those who are missing on life by not owning a pair of juttis, should just log on to Instagram. After amazon or Myntra its Instagram that has so many amazing clothing brands. Whether you want to go the traditional road or the rather modern road for this day its a total win-win situation for the Instagram users. Insta has these amazing clothing and footwear brands that have very traditional yet the most funky and chic juttis available.

Enough focus on the footwear, for the ones looking for a traditional look you can wear a salwar kameez ( opt for a plain salwar kameez) and then pair it with a heavy dupatta. Yes, make the dupatta the hero for this festival. You can experiment in loads of way like instead of going every plain and simple you can wear a suit with a little work or print on it and then use contrasting dupatta this way your suit will be the hero and not just the dupatta. Then after the clothes going on to the accessories, its the perfect occasion to wear jhumkas! No matter what size your jhumka is just put them on! Jhumkas look so perfect with salwar kameez that is there no doubt that this heavenly match could ever go wrong.

Additional to jhumkas you can (optional though) wear some silver coated or golden coloured bangles any of the two which suits the combo of suit and jhumkas. Now, the tricky part, MAKE-UP!!!! Okay, so because there is not much which is going with your dress and accessory so you can go for slightly loud make-up. And by slightly loud I mean a rather darker shade of lipstick and nothing else. The reason why loudness right now is only circling around the lip color because firstly its not an event or a function its celebration which happens during the night. And by during the night it means the bonfire will only help your lip color come into notice. So you can tone down your eyes and cheeks and chose a rather darker shade of lipstick to glorify other features on your face and not look heavily dolled up.

Beautiful parandis

For the hair its more of a personal choice sorta thing, people in the villages and rural areas opt for parandis specially for this day, but obviously none of us are going to do that. Instead let your hair down and let them be free. Moreover, its is said that Lohri marks the coldest day in Northern India. Therefore do cover your self nicely, fashion is important but not at the cost of your health. Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti.

Huda x Nykaa

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The most famous make-up brand, Huda is making its way in the Indian market. Nykaa being the leading online seller of cosmetics and make-up products, lured Huda Beauty into the Indian market. Yes, Huda products will soon be seen int he Indian market and all the make-up enthusiast can grab on their Huda product whenever they want.

Huda products are considered to be the top most make-up products which are not just economic but also of a very good quality. Mostly all the leading beauty bloggers and even the actors and other celebrities prefer either Mac or Huda products for the make-up. Huda has a wide range of make-up products, from eye shadow palette, amazing lip colors, bases, fake lashes and what not. Its a great deal for the Indian market because here the leading make-up brands were Mac and Bobby Brown, though Sephora also owned some share in it and so does Clinque and other brands. But Mac was the leader in India and now with Huda stepping in the Indian market it will give a tough competition to the leading brands.

Recently, Huda Kattan the founder of Huda beauty did a January cover for Grazia India. Huda looked ravishing on the cover and also did a piece for the magazine. In the interview she talks about her journey from being a beauty blogger to turning into an entrepreneur and then starting the biggest makeup brand. She talked about her journey in this industry and what it takes to be a businesswoman and owning a make-up empire of her own. She even talked about her new venture and her debut in the Indian market. Probably by the end of January Nykaa will start selling Huda products on its website.

Huda Beauty

Taking a look at Huda Kattan’s career path, she started off as a blogger from America with the name Huda Beauty. And later on became the #1 blog in the Middle East and a top 20 beauty blog worldwide. She posts her video content to her self-titled YouTube channel. She is a Hollywood trained makeup artist and beauty consultant. Later she moved to Dubai and started of her own make-up brand by the same name as that of her blog, Huda Beauty. She first came up with her concept of the beauty blog while at the University of Michigan. She was a beauty and fashion enthusiast since childhood. She has over 23 million Instagram followers, more than 2.1 million YouTube subscribers, and over 45,000 Twitter followers.huda kattanIn her interview with Grazia, she mentioned the changing trends in fashion. She said that any sort of imperfection adds character. Then continued saying that thick thighs, cellulite , gaps in teeth , stretch marks or skin order need to be celebrated. She further added that these things make a person unique and these things should always be celebrated and rejoiced about. Thereafter, also added that Huda will always find such people who have something unique about them. She felt a lot has changed during the years over the definition of perfection. She supports imperfection in any form and said everyone else too should celebrate these things and not hide them.

Well, it will be a delight to see the response that Huda products will get in India and it will surely be surreal. The big launch of Huda is what India has been waiting for a very long time and it will be worth the wait. Nykaa has done a great thing for all the gorgeous Indian ladies out there. We can’t wait to go all Huda because thats how badly we’ve been waiting for!

 

Trapped In Print

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2016 started off with color blocking being the major trends and that continued for about 2 years and now with 2018 kicked its time to trap the print. Initially a lot of people had lesser idea about what really are prints where can you buy it from.  And these prints and the printed fabric was only available at selective places. Prints lost their existence long ago but now they are making a come back.

2018 will be marked as the return of prints.  Instagram is blown away but the amount of profiles that are being created for the selling of these prints. And there so many differnt ways of prints that are availabel nowadays. Block print, then there are hand prints and then there the Madhubani prints. There is no end to these and talking about Instagram these accounts are actually very unique and exclusive.

Garments by Chidiyaa

There is an account on Instragram named as Chidiyaa. The account features block prints on cotton fabric , so they have block printed sarees, dresses, tunics, kurtis, skirt, dupattas and what not. And its not just any block prints they are specially hand crafted by block printers of Jaipur. Its an amazing site for those who so love wearing prints, its a dream come true for them.

Block print designs by Chidiyaa

Talking about block prints, not many people know the beauty of these prints. For a block prin, first a block is made out of wood and then the pattern or the design is carved on that wood piece. Then these blocks are soaked in water so than they absorb the color nicely and in a repeatitive fashion the block is dipped in the color and then stamped on the fabric. This is done with a lot of precision and neatness, these block printers are so experienced that every piece of pinted fabric comes out to be beautiful.

Then there is another account that I explored just a few days ago, Picchika. So now is yet again an amazing clothing brand that features block prints and hand painted clothes. The difference between the two clothing brands Picchika and Chidiyaa is that, Chidiyaa features bold designs and prints, generally their block prints are of Black, White and Red color and no other color. But Picchika has a different story all together. Picchika features clothes in elegant prints, they also only create clothes of pastel colors they do not feature colors. Their prints are very elegant and very floral.

Designs by Picchika

Picchikas designs are very delicate and its mostly floral prints on pastel fabrics. And generally they do a lot floral print on silk fabric. But they usually have suits, sarees, kurtis, and lehengas. But for those who love wearing minimalistic desgins Picchika is the brand for you. They even have hand printed floral designs that makes this brand stand out from the rest. Talking about hand prints, Madhubani prints are the most intricate prints one could ever come across. They are part of our heritage. Madhubani prints are the most antique wearable hand printed pieces.

Madhubani Scarf

Though Madhubani is known but yet not turned into a fashion trend. But trapping ourselves in prints, also includes the selective prints. There are certain clothing brands that have limited patterns and designs but somehow that is not the fashion trend. The changing trend in fashion is all about bringing the Indianness and collaborating it with the modern designs. And thats why block prints and hand printed fabrics and garments are turning into the latest trend.

block prints
An artist at work

A lot can be done with prints, pairing prints is pretty easy. There not too much which needs to be done with prints. And moreover they give a very moreish kinda look. Though the embellishments filled garments are always a delight for the crazy fashion enthusiasts but print gives a very traditional yet classy look.

 

Fabrics of Dilli Haat

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Dilli Haat is a handicraft wonderland for all the handicraft lovers. Its almost like a pilgrimage for all those who embrace the beauty of handicraft. Its that one place that shelters everything from handmade leather sling bags, juttis, fabrics, earrings, sceneries and the amazing food which on just mentioning leaves you salivating.

Bengal Print Silk Sarees

But everybody has already talked about the beauty of all the junk jewellery you get from that place. But its not about the jewellery today, its about the fabrics  that makes you go bambozzled. The fabrics available in Dilli Haat throughout the year is of unmatched quality. Though it might sting your pcokets but thats just OKAY for the amazing stuff you get on spending a little extra. The fabrics available in Dilli Haat is from all around India, there are stalls from Kashmir, Orissa, Kolkata and many more states. One of my favourite fabric element till date is the fabric sarees from Orissa and Bengal stalls.   I have more inclination towards the sarees and dupattas from Kolkata stalls because of their amazing prints!

Bengal printed silk saree

But hang on with Bengal one might think that its the white cotton saree that I am talking about but no these are the sarees that I have only seen in Dilli Haat and these are just superb sarees due to the bring colors that they come in. These sarees are hell lot lighter than the normal gorgette and cotton sarees. In fact beside being lighter they are just  unapologetically beautiful. Another amazing fact is that these sarees can be worn with so much panache, I mean yes too much goes on with the Bengal sarees due to their prints and the bold pattern but when worn with a nice junk jewellery it gives a much more classy look.

And why just sarees ? Why not appreciate the dupattas? The dupattas are so pretty. Pair them with a plain kurta and churidar or even salwars or even palazzos or even pants they look super gorgeous. And then add a jhumka and a bindi and tidy your eyes and you are good to go!

Ikat print

Talking about the Orissa stall in Dilli haat, they fabric their is cotton only but with Ikat print. Not many of us know what Ikat, but take a look at your mom’s closet and you’ll find one Ikat printed suit which is basically what Orissa is famous for. Ikat gives a very subtle look. First, it is cotton so super comfy, easy to wear, no problem nothing wear it all day you still won’t feel trapped in it.

Ikat stall

Second, they have the same pattern running through the entire fabric and its drop dead classy. Wearing an Ikat saree with some oxidized jewellery and there you go with your traditional. But then pne negativs fact about these would be they are just too simple and very sort of dull at times, I mean they do look fab on our mothers but for the ones in their twenties it will surely make them look super mature. But that is I think is the beauty of Ikat, its simplicity.

Pairing Ikat dupatta

Ikat goes well during traditional outfit kinda days, or even in office because of how sophisticated the fabric and the print are. So thumbs up for an Ikat outfit in an office environment because you will extremely beautiful but wearing in a party would be too dull. Though Ikat is available in the form of a saree or a suit or a kurti and no such specific dupatta is available of this work. Also you can at times spot silk incorporated Ikat dupatta in which the dupatta is that of Khadi silk with borders of Ikat but these are not available in Delhi, these special dupatta of Ikat and silk are only available in Orissa. Its almost like the best chikankari work is available in Chandigarh, and the famous dupattas of Chandigarh are only available in its native state Chandigarh only.