September 28, 2015

Not A Racist

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Monochrome is one of my most favourite of all trends.
Maybe, I shouldn't call it a trend, coz I feel it's a classic.
Monochrome might be restricted in terms of colors, but it's as versatile as it gets.

I'm not a racist.
I love my blacks as much as I love my whites. But I love them best together.

This is the outfit I wore on Day 4 of Lakme Fashion Week that I attended in Mumbai from the 26th to the 30th of August. When I saw this pair of leather joggers hanging on a rack at Forever 21 (that too at a discounted price), I knew I had got myself one outfit for fashion week. And I did!!! :)

Next on my wishlist is a pair of denim joggers........any leads, anyone???

[Black kimono: Forever 21 | White shirt: Elle Fashionwear | Leather joggers: Forever 21 | Golden hoops: Commercial Street, Bangalore | Layered necklace: Pantaloons | Rose gold watch: Tommy Hilfiger | Pink sneakers: Westside | Make-up courtesy: Lakme | Hair courtesy: Bedhead by TIGI India]

Pics courtesy: Hyderabad blogger Aaria Krishnamurthy

Monochrome with a pop of colour is my go-to choice of styling. And the best thing is that there are gazillion ways in which you can play around with it!!!

Do you dig monochrome as much as I do? Let me know how you style black & whites!

Wishing you all the power for waking up to yet another Monday!!!

Anupriya DG
September 25, 2015

Label Alert: Amalraj Sengupta & Antar-Agni

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The Fashion Week hangover is still going strong (you can expect two more posts in the near future with 'Lakme Fashion Week' tags) and I'm here to share, with you guys, the work of two of my friends who double as two of my favourite young designers in the country right now. Their designs are contemporary, fresh and interesting, resulting in clothes that are true statement pieces!

AMALRAJ SENGUPTA by Amalraj Sengupta

This eponymous label by one of my closest buddies is one that has been going strong since the past five years. This guy, effortlessly one of the best students during our college days, has a design sensibility that is crisp, clean and futuristic. His clothes flaunt structured silhouttes and are fabulously finished and tailored to perfection. Amalraj Sengupta uses details as points of interest in garments with otherwise minimalist silhouettes. Clever patterns are his forte and his clothes are perfect for a tailored, androgynous look. Amalraj is more popular for his menswear line, with fashionable men from all over the country swearing by his jackets, suits and shirts that flaunt impeccable cuts and subtle details. 



Amalraj Segupta takes a bow
This season, Amalraj showed a collection dominated by menswear and interspersed with a few women's pieces. The pieces, made of denim, leather and indigo, were smart, well-cut and very international in appeal. Interesting layering options made the clothes versatile and wearable, while his contemporary take on tie-dye gave a fresh twist to the men's garments.
You can see more pictures of his collection here.

ANTAR-AGNI by Ujjwal Dubey

Ujjwal might have been a couple of years junior to me in college, but his work is as impactful and as mature as it gets. Layering, anti-fit and draped patterns make up his signature style and neutral hues his preferred color palette. In a short span of time, Ujjwal has succeeded in making a mark in the industry, dressing not only men and women from all over India, but also some of the biggest  young Bollywood stars such as Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. 

Ujjwal Dubey is all happy with his show
Ujjwal's latest collection was a story of layers and asymmetry in blacks, beiges and greys, with a smattering of camouflage in between. Intelligently draped garments with their pseudo-layers and loose silhouettes were sent down the ramp in a melange of oversized-clothes-clad girls and rocking-them-kurtas men. The flavour of his clothes lies in their almost-unisex appeal and use of handwoven khadi fabrics, making the pieces highly desirable by the style-conscious fash-frat.
You can see more pictures of his collection here.

Also, look who I spotted seating front row across the ramp from me during the show - Bollywood's cute couple, actors Ritesih Deeshmukh and Genelia D'Souza, looking dapper and relaxed, all set to enjoy the latest fashion shenanigans!

So, what do you think of these two talented guys and their amazing work???
Aren't their clothes da bomb?

Yeah, I know I got some cool friends! :D

If you loved their designs as much as I do, do be a sport and share....give a shoutout, talk about them, or just use your social media skills to spread some love!
I'll send oodles of hugs your way! 


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Note: All pictures are taken by me and are copyright of Style Prism
September 20, 2015

{Beauty Box} The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Turns 20!

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One of the most iconic of The Body Shop's fabulous range of products is the humble Tea Tree Oil that is dubbed the Superhero for skin emergencies. This classic beauty fix from the house of The Body Shop has been working miracles since years and is, not surprisingly, a bestseller.

Style Prism is proud to be a part of the celebrations as The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil leaves behind its teenage years and steps into the 20th year of helping us achieve clear skin!!!

This potent purifying treatment is made from the tea tree leaves from plants in the foothills of Mount Kenya and the making process of this beauty must-have encourages sustainable and organic farming methods. 

Renowned for its anti-bacterial properties, the Tea Tree Oil soothes skin blemishes effortlessly, as if with an invisible magic wand! Thus, this is the go-to beauty product for those of us not blessed with the perfect skin.

The 10ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop is priced at 695 INR and is formulated with 15% organic tea tree oil. The Body Shop is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this iconic product by introducing a limited edition 20ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil which is priced at 1195 INR.

The oil can be applied with fingertips or cotton buds and the consistency is light and non-sticky. A few drops of the oil on the affected parts of the skin works wonders, that too, without drying out the skin or causing irritation. 

And here's The Body Shop's brand ambassador, actress Jacqueline Fernandez, telling us why she swears by the Tea Tree Oil!!! :)

If you haven't used this miracle product yet, its time you did!!!
And while you are at it, pick up the 20ml's available for a limited period only!


Disclaimer: The Body Shop sent the product to Style Prism for review. But the views and opinions expressed in this post are entirely mine.

September 13, 2015

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Fashion Week came and went. And so did all the crazy moments spent with friends - old and new. But what stayed back with us are the memories. And the pictures.

In all the Fashion Week frenzy, I couldn't take post-worthy pictures of all the outfits, but here's one of which I, fortunately, could bribe a friend to take a few snaps!

On Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week WF 2015, I chose to bring together two of my sartorial loves - monochrome and denim. This striped maxi skirt and studded red top had been borrowed from another blogger buddy Sayantani with which I added my favourite denim jacket (actually a shirt), a military-esque brooch and tassel earrings!

[Studded red tee: Myntra, borrowed | Monochrome striped skirt: Koovs, borrowed | Denim shirt: Commercial street, Bangalore | Tassel earrings: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | Brooch: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | Bag: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | Watch: Giordano | Ring: Aquamarine, Mumbai | Sandals: Westside]

There's a bunch of designers whose work at the Fashion Week I want to share with you guys. Will be back with more fashion show posts soon!

Have a lazy Sunday!!!

September 07, 2015

The Gaurang Shah Show: An Experience To Be Cherished

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I went for quite a lot of shows during the five days at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 - young designers, fresh designers, veteran designers, experimental designers, traditional designers - and some of the shows and work have stuck to my mind like a good book you read or a touching movie you watch.

The show by Hyderabad-based designer Gaurang Shah was one such show that stood out amongst all the glamour and glitz of Fashion Week fervour. I have watched Gaurang's shows in earlier seasons of Lakme Fashion Week before, and the drama and theatrics involved in his shows take them a level higher than most others.
But, this time, the designer just outdid himself with a show that was magnificent, dramatic, beautiful, larger-than-life and magical - in short, an experience worth cherishing!

The show started with the soulful strains of singer Razab Ali and his group's live music, accompanied by a glorious performance by dancers Akilesh & Apoorva that transported us to another world together. 
Gaurang's models walked the ramp to the continuous vocals of the live singer who belted out rendition after rendition of soulful songs, enveloping the audience in an aura of art, beauty and music!
The collection, named Samyukta - after Prithviraj Chauhan's wife - was an elaborate mix of Kanjeevarams, Upaddas, Paithanis, Benarasis, Patan Patolas; interspersed with elegant embroideries like Zardosi, Gota, Aari, Chikankari and others. Gaurang presented clothes for modern-day brides and grooms who are traditional, yet confident; soft-hearted, yet strong-willed; stylishly contemporary, yet quintessentially Indian. 

The vibrant color palette; models sporting gajras, bindi & sindoor; and the flowing silhouettes culminated in a collection that wowed us with its intricacy, beauty and proximity to Indian heritage & traditional techniques. The show, ended with the dancers rounding up the final line-up with yet another goosebump-inducing performance and the man-of-the-moment, Gaurang Shah, coming on to the ramp amidst an applause brimming with admiration and amazement.
Gaurang, as always, brought out the best in Indian handlooms, showing us what our community of weavers and artisans are truly capable of!

Post-show, I couldn't help clicking some of the gorgeous ladies who had graced the front row, resplendent in all their Gaurang finery! Turns out, the designer impressed us equally both on and off the ramp!!! :)

This was one show that I'll not forget too soon and the beautiful experience of this show will remain with me forever...

Note: All pictures are taken by me and are copyright of Style Prism

September 03, 2015

Style Spotting @ Lakme Fashion Week WF 2015

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The last week has been crazy hectic, but sartorially fulfilling.

Five days full of madness - rushing around between stalls; trying to land passes to the big shows; hurriedly gulped (designer) cups of coffee; professionally touched-up eyes & lips; mindless posing for pictures here, there, everywhere; envious glances at the well-dressed women all around; lots of hugging & air-kissing; some goodie bags in between; flauntingly sipped glasses of Sangria; clothes, clothes & more clothes; a dose of quirk, a dash of bling; old pals, new friends; and lots & lots of talent...

Yes, I am just back from the media-monopolising, larger-than-life Lakme Fashion Week that was held at the Palladium Hotel from the 26th to the 30th of August 2015. And as always, it has been a whirlwind of an experience!

To see hundreds of people running, dashing, strategising, collaborating, discussing, swearing, rushing, gushing - all in the name of fashion!
If you detach yourself from the crowd for just one moment, try to see the whole thing as someone who's not a participant; then it almost feels surreal....

Needless to say, I have got tonnes of pictures for you all from the fashion week and I'll be putting up posts about the fashion shows I loved, the designers to watch out for and the trends to follow this season.
But, I'm starting the fashion week series with the street style pictures - I had great fun people-watching these 5 days and even greater fun going up to some of them to ask for permission to photograph them. So, compiling this post has been a fun experience from start to end and I'm super-excited to bring some of the coolest people from the event to you guys - style spotting off-the-ramp and how!

Ria Ana Sejpal
Co-owner, The Anarae Store
Boho-chic just got an upgrade with Ria's cool accessories and beautiful colour combination of emerald and cobalt. I've seldom seen someone rock a maang-tika and a hat at the same time with such elan!

Justine Rae Mellocastro
Co-owner, The Anarae Store
A girl who describes her own style as minimalist and normcore, Justine caught my eye with her uber-cool hairdo and ear-cuff. This girl sure knows how to do punk in her own chilled-out way!

Al Claudius
Blogger, BowtiesandBones
Print mixing - check. Rocking the shorts - check. Coloured hair and beard - check. Sporty shoes - check. Al sure knows how to blend in all the happening trends into one stylish outfit. Specially loving the pop of colour on the rolled-up sleeves of that monochrome blazer!

Moomal Mehta
Deputy Director, Asia Society
Moomal oozed so much grace and beauty as she sashayed down in her maxi skirt, that I couldn't help but ask her for a picture. Her tall posture, elegant demeanour, clean look and effortless style just gave 'sexy' a whole new meaning!

Prarthana Singh
Who knew a woman who's skilled behind the camera, can look so stunning in front of it too? Prarthana nailed a perfect monochrome look that's easy, comfortable and minimalist, but creates maximum impact!

Sabina Manekya
Owner, Sabina (bespoke clothing store)
Right from the moment we both stepped out of the (very spectacular) Gaurag Shah show, I stalked her till I got this picture. Sabina painted a picture of ethereal elegance in her pristine white separates, paired with a vibrant Gaurang dupatta. Those chunky earrings, that big red bindi and the flowers in the hair just bring out her classic beauty in a way that left me mesmerized. #girlcrush

Divya Niranjan
Co-founder, Blueprint Coleccion
This girl is as sweet as she's talented and after much persuasion, she agreed to pose for a picture. Wearing one of her own designs, Divya just cinches the deal with that samurai-esque belt around the waist!

Yosuke Masco
Global Business Development Manager (India), WEAR
All-whites on guys always tend to remind us of Jitendra, but Yosuke pulls off the laidback look effortlessly, thanks to those suspenders and shoes. Of course, the shot of red that comes from the wine in his glass helps too!

Layering seemed to be the flavour of the season at LFW, and Garvika does it just right. she works with the monochrome color palette in an interesting way and of course, I can't take my eyes off those shoes!!!

Srishti Nadhani
Blogger, StoreUntold
A self-confessed lover of quirk, Srishti mixes and matches like there's no tomorrow! The clashes of colours and prints on her absolutely make sure she turns heads and she did!

There were, of course, scores of other men and women whose sartorial sensibilities caught my eye.....but situations were such that I couldn't fulfill my desire of documenting their styles for this blog.

I'll be back with more fashion week posts in the coming days.
Stay tuned! :)

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