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Image Khadi Kool by Deepika Govind SS2013 IMG_5656aTrend watching in Bangalore…

Are you making these style mistakes…?

The last time I looked at my shopping patterns, I realized that I had spent far too little on clothes and far too much on skin care. A quick peep into my friends ‘shopping lists showed the same. Many of us had just stopped buying clothes regularly. There were the many pairs of shoes, the odd trinket or two, a spot of fine jewellery, a roomy handbag, but buying clothes every now and then? Not much.

This would therefore be on top on my list of the style mistakes we make as women and one that we should change this year. We assume, and wrongly so, that our clothes will pass muster if our accessories are right. We think that radiant skin will make up for an ill fitting blouse. We think brown lipstick will go with everything and therefore need not be updated. The wrong bra is fine — after all it is under the clothes.  A baggy top will hide all weight issues. And so on.

If I were to compile a list of style mistakes,here’s where I would begin. Buy clothes more often, no matter how tempting skin care and cosmetics look. This would mean taking the effort to go to the boutiques, searching out interesting items of clothing and learning to wear them well. This could mean that you need to do some research too, as in checking out fashion blogs and magazines.

What a waste of time, you say! Well, I would have agreed some time ago, but the new enlightened me has just noticed that you cannot buy clothes off a rack anymore for a polished look. You need to wear clothes with structure and construction. It is important to wear the right fits and visit the tailor if you need a nip here or a tuck there. I know how comfortable an old pair of jeans can be. But a new pair of well fitting jeans can make transform your entire look. And updating your lingerie wardrobe is mandatory too!Image

Fashion wise, this is the year of brights (think radiant colours like greens and luxurious blues), whites (teamed with black or worn as in all its stark purity) and stripes (like striped skinny trousers), but don’t go overboard and buy a whole wardrobe of these styles. Add them discreetly to your look, like a vibrant scarf or a striped blouse and start there.  The idea is not to look like you stepped out of Vogue, but to make people think you might have.

Get Khadi cool:

I am a huge fan of Indian fabrics and every year, I find myself delighted at the kind of fabrics our local designers work with. This summer, I checked out the hugely talented  Deepika Govind’s Khadi collection and as always, this designer’s work is top class and ultra stylish. If you get the time, check out her Khadi Kool collection. I found this collection so fine and summery that just running my hands through each garment was akin to feeling the rush of a cool breeze along my finger tips.

If you had any doubts about khadi, here’s a short excerpt of an interview I had with her…

Can you tell us about how khadi has evolved over the years in general?

Deepika: From the roughly woven, slubbed khadi cotton that was woven as a symbol of protest by Gandhiji and freedom fighters of India during the Occupation years, today khadi can be found in finer avatars, in both cotton and silk. `The Indian linen,’ a finely woven khadi garment is a style statement. Khadi is perceived as much more than a fabric, it represents a way of life.

Why is it such a unique fabric?

Deepika: It is hand woven, using hand spun yarn. That makes it completely handmade….in India.

Tell us about how you made khadi ‘cool’. Do you see more and more young people wearing it?

Deepika: This collection is all about wearing Khadi the way it is: coarse, with missing weaves and slubs. Elements such as hardware zipper detailing, prints inspired by conversational art, artisanal kutch embroidery and lace cutouts make it trendy and atypical. Silhouettes such as the mul wrap trousers, the highwaisted pleated flared pants and the peplum top, knee-length dresses, all in pop colours, would definitely appeal to the young – at-heart.

What are the new styles you brought in this summer in your khadi line that are in line with the fashion trends today?

Deepika: High-waisted trousers.  Asymmetric tunics. Ladder-like textural effects. Peplum tops and of course, khadi sarees with prints following the lines of Conversational Art.


Beauty Buzz

Girls, you know what BB creams are finally, but do you know what the CC cream is? Read on…

Looks like it’s time to bid goodbye to the multi-tasking BB cream (Blemish Balm) that had a triple effect — as moisturiser, serum and primer and say hello to the new CC cream. CC — which stands for Colour Correcting (or Colour Control), which is in many ways, one step ahead of the BB. Besides doing all that the BB does, it also corrects your complexion, by hiding your flaws and brightening your skin tone. It is supposed to be lighter than the BB and therefore far lighter than a regular foundation. It can supposedly all kinds of miracles for your face, like hiding your blemishes, making your face more luminescent, removing surface oils and correcting your colour related flaws instantly.

The bad news: it is not yet easily available here. Pick up one on your next trip abroad or get a friend or relative to send you one this season! But remember — you have to buy a CC cream in the right colour,preferably closest to your own skin tone.



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