December 11, 2017

Fashionable One - A fashion extravaganza at 1 MG Lido Mall

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1 MG Lido mall recently held a two-day fashion extravaganza where leading brands, that house their stores in the mall, showcased their latest collections on the runway. This was the 4th edition of Fashionable One that is becoming a fashion event to reckon with in the city of Bangalore. 
The mall turned fashion runway on the evenings of 2nd & 3rd December, where models sashayed down the catwalk dressed in the trendiest AW clothes and accessories from brands like AND, Fab India, Marks & Spencers, ALDO and Hidesign. The finale on the 3rd saw a gorgeous curated show by homegrown celebrity fashion designer Ramesh Dembla, for whom the showstopper was none other than another Bangalore star - the lovely Kriti Kharbanda!

I was honored to be a part of this exciting fashion event and attending the shows proved to be an enriching experience for me. From getting first looks at the trendy, contemporary new collections from high-street fashion brands like M&S and AND, to witnessing the regal drama of brand Krishna Dembla's magnificent bridal lehengas unfold on stage; it was a fashion experience one should not have missed! 

Here are some glimpses of the starlit evenings where fashion reigned supreme and the city got a sneak-peek of what's going to rule the fashion charts this season!













If you are in Bangalore and haven't visited the 1 MG Lido mall yet, you sure have missed out on some fulfilling fashion & lifestyle experience. 1 MG Lido is the country’s first of its kind & unique downtown shopping & dining destination, designed on the lines of the most successful and vivacious high street areas from all over the world. It showcases more than 40 renowned national & international brands such as H&M, Aldo, Clarks, Hidesign, M&S, Fab India, Global Desi and others. 

Fashionable One is a signature annual fashion property of 1 MG Lido. The 2-day fashion extravaganza showcased the best of 2017’s styles. In its 4th edition, in a row, the property has gone bigger and better with each year.

So - Bengaluru peeps - next year, be sure not to miss out on this exciting fashion event! 
I, for one, can't wait for the next edition already....and you should stay tuned to Style Prism & 1 MG Lido mall on social media to stay updated about it!


Hope you all are having a great end-of-the-year!!


Love,
Anupriya


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all views expressed are my own. Images are all courtesy 1 MG Lido mall.
November 16, 2017

Pink Jacket, Green Thoughts

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With global warming becoming a harsh reality, and our lives getting faster by the day; it's time we gave fast fashion a serious second thought.
As my fellow blogger & bestie Sayantani says in her latest post, "Be accountable for what you buy. Shop Responsibly. Don't buy something because it's a huge trend. Buy it because it makes your heart skip a beat and because it fits your style. Let's take it slow in fashion."

This post is much inspired by what she had to say. I have been thinking on those lines since some time now, but her words  just drove the point home for me.
No, I'm no saint who can just let go of her shopaholic habits just one fine morning....like turning your back on a bad relationship that you know will end up breaking your heart. I still get tempted by the random denim dress I spot at a discounted price in H&M, I still end up ordering something I've been eyeing on Koovs.
But, I definitely try to control my urge to check out ALL the offers/deals texts/e-mailers I get from the brands or websites. I buy something only if I feel I'll wear it more than 4 times or in 4 different ways. And I'm definitely trying to NOT buy 2-3 discounted items from fast fashion brands, and pick ONE unique piece of clothing or accessory from a sustainable brand or small-business designer with the money I saved instead!

Also, I spent the last weekend organizing my closets and collecting clothes and shoes that I haven't worn in almost a year. Some have become old, some I've worn way too many times, and some I don't just fit into anymore. While searching on the net last week, for an NGO who collects old clothes and stuff, I came across a blog post by someone that mentioned Sri Rakum School For The Blind in Bangalore (thankfully, not far from my place) where one can donate old clothes, books, stationery and even food. So, on Sunday, me and the man lugged 2 big bags of our clothes & shoes to this school and dropped them off for those underprivileged kids. We not only felt lighter in the physical sense, but emotionally too! It's a beautiful feeling, this, we tell you!
[If you are in Bangalore and looking for a place to donate something, do drop in to Sri Rakum School for the Blind in Indiranagar. They operate from 8am to 8pm on all days of the week.]

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Coming back to the topic, it's time to practice these li'l actions that can have a big effect on the global scenario. Give away your old clothes and make space for new ones in your wardrobe. Buy less, buy unique. Trends will come and go, so don't over-indulge in buying trending styles - they might go out of fashion sooner than you realise. And of course, try to invest in more sustainable pieces and small businesses - their styles will not only be chic and comfortable, but will also make you stand out in the F21 and H&M-clad crowd! 

I showcased my clothing brand Howrah Bridge at Shuffling Suitcases Edition II in Mumbai last month, and came across quite a few amazing sustainable and designer brands at the event.
One such designer was Diya Mehta who works mostly with tie-dye techniques on natural fabrics. Her silhouettes are easy, colors are pretty and the beauty of tie-dye makes each piece covetable.
I picked up a vibrant tie-dye long jacket from her and needless to say, I love the pattern, the colors and the soft fabric of the piece. 
I can totally see myself layering up this season in this beautiful longline jacket - and add fusion twists to all kinds of looks with this number!









 
[Tie-dye long jacket: Diya Mehta | Navy dress: Street shopping, Pune | White lace-trimmed pants: Howrah Bridge | Tan belt: Westside | Tan boots: Hush Puppies | Maangtika (actually earring): c/o The Raw Mango]


Photography by: Arjun & Chaya of Arya Photography


Tie-dye is one of those intrinsic Indian handicraft techniques that has always appealed to me. The way different tying techniques result in creating different patterns while dyeing is nothing short of magic, if you ask me! That, and a little bit of science, of course!
A skilled artisan can actually work wonders with a bit of string and some dyes. 
It's crafts like these which, when championed in the form of stylish clothing made with natural fabrics, inspire us to go the sustainable way and uphold the sartorial treasures that our country has to offer! 

What do you think?
Do you like being on the fast fashion lane? Or are you one for choosing sustainability over high-street trends?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


Love,
Anupriya
November 06, 2017

Colors of Fall

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November is here.
That means changing colors of the leaves, a chill in the air, pumpkin spice, hot chocolate, and all our favorite jackets coming out of the closet.

When we think of Fall, the colors that instantly come to our minds are golden yellows, rustic oranges, earthy olive greens and muted browns.
And with the advent of this glorious season, these are the very colors that I felt like putting together into a Fall-perfect fusion outfit that you can wear on a day out with the girls as well as to a movie date with the guy.

I don't know why, but nowadays, I tend to veer towards fusion styling whenever I feel like dressing up to stand out in the crowd. I love the play of mix-n-match when I pair Indian pieces with western counterparts or add an ethnic twist to modern attires. 
Who else loves to flaunt fusion fashion?













[Yellow midi dress: Westside | Olive green shirtdress (worn as jacket): c/o Splash | Checks handloom scarf: Howrah Bridge | Mirrorwork & tassel earrings: Kruti Arts | Embroidered jootis: Local market, Jodhpur]


Photography by: Arjun & Chaya of Arya Photography



The Bangalore weather is perfect now for such chic, light layering outfits.
And I LOVE wearing my long shirtdresses as jackets - have you tried that yet? They are super-versatile, just pair then with a tee & denim or with an Indie dress like I have done, for a super-cool look that's sure to get you noticed!

Also, aren't the colors in my outfit reminding you of those gorgeous Fall images that look perfect as your computer screensaver?

What do you think of the look?
Will you try a similar layered look this Fall?


Stay tuned for more exciting fashion looks coming up throughout this month. I have put together some interesting layered looks for you guys to take you through these cooler months!

Till next time!


Love,
Anupriya
September 25, 2017

Durga Puja Lookbook - How To Dress Up During The Most-Awaited Bong Festival

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Durga Puja - these two li'l words are enough to send any Bengali into a tizzy of excitement! These words give rise to images of magnificent idols of the Mother Goddess, loads of good food all around, people enjoying in revelry, and of course, everyone decked up in new clothes (every Bengali woman's favorite part of this festival). Unlike most festivals, that last for a day or two, Durga Puja is celebrated for four whole days! Which means, four days of unadulterated fun, hogging on street food, turning heads in cool clothes and having the most exciting time of the year!

For us, Bengalis, this festival is wrapped in nostalgia & emotions - for these few days, we eat, breathe & live the festival & its rituals with a dedication seldom seen at other times. 
For us, Durga Puja means the first tentative steps we took out of our homes, with friends, without the commanding protection of our parents.
It means the first all-nighter we pulled with cousins - pandal-hopping and biriyani-hogging.
It means the first shy smile we boldly threw at our crush from three houses down the street. And the heart-warming feeling of his eyes on our saree-clad avatar during Ashtami morning pushpanjali.
It means gobbling down unlimited number of phuchkas at any street stall, without anybody stopping you after the 10th one.
It means having egg-rolls, chowmein, ice-cream, cold drinks - all in the duration of a couple of hours, while out pandal-hopping.
It means making back-to-back plans with friends and family, till no time of any of those four days is left free on your calendar.
It means meeting up with friends whom you don't get to see during the rest of the year - the NRIs, the married ones, the not-so-close ones and even the workaholic ones.
And it means flaunting your style at its trendiest best, sashaying down the road in much-planned & thoughtfully-put-together outfits, as if its your fashion runway!


So, this Durga Puja, me and Sayantani from Live Laugh Dressup have come together to share some ideas about how you can dress to impress during this big, fat Indian festival! 
This lookbook features my fashion brand Howrah Bridge (for any of you who are not aware, I am a fashion designer by profession and I own a clothing & accessories brand) and a few chic looks from its new Festive '17 collection. The clothes are trendy & fashionable, while having their roots in Indian tradition, crafts & fabrics - a charming mix of contemporary and traditional, that gives your style the ideal edge in order to stand out in the crowd!
So, check out the looks and get inspired!




Saptami

The morning that brings with it the rhythmic beats of the dhaak and the spiritual vibrato of the conch shells. The morning that says 'pujo is here'. The morning that urges us to jump out of bed, dress up and go out!
Saptami is all about hanging out with friends, hogging on all kinds of street food and warming up to the festivities that start to set in.
This day is for dressing lightly, but fashionably - nothing too gorgeous, yet something that'll turn heads. An easy-breezy dress, worn with some nice jewellery does the trick. Chic prints and bright colors make sure you command the right amount of attention wherever you go. Add a twist to the tale with some cool glasses or fun footwear, and you are all set to rule the streets!








[Black floral dress/green midi dress: c/o Howrah Bridge | Wooden-framed cat-eye shades: c/o WoodGeek]


Ashtami

THE most-awaited day of the festival - the one we reserve the best clothes and the most exciting plans for! A morning starting with anjali - preferably on an empty stomach, if you want to be in the Goddess' good books - going on to a lunch of yummy bhog, an evening of decked-up revelry and a night of fun. The day every girl - from 9 to 90 - wants to drape a saree. The day the local puja committees bring in the best singers to entertain you or put up the most dramatic cultural programs. 
Ashtami means flaunting the elegant nine yards, saying pious prayers as you throw the anjali flowers at Maa Durga's feet, meeting up with the closest friends or cousins, and preparing for Sandhi Pujo (the ritual which marks the transition of the festival from Ashtami to Nabami).
Of course, we couldn't think beyond sarees for this auspicious day - but we ditched the traditional way, and put our own style spins on it. This year, on Mahashtami, we urge you to go all out and experiment with your saree looks - drape it in an interesting way, pair it with off-shoulder tops or kurtas, accessorize it with belts or boots, and just have fun with it! Give it your own unique touch to stand out in the saree-clad crowd on this special day.











[Checked linen sarees/black ikat panel kurta/kalamkari & ikat blouse: c/o Howrah Bridge]



Nabami

The second special day, after Mahashtami, Mahanabami dawns on us with a festive cheer bright enough to get rid of the Ashtami hangover. The day when lunch means feasting on sumptuous Pulao and mutton dishes. The day for visiting the last few pandals that you might have missed out on. The day that calls for grand dinner plans with family. The day your crush might come, say hi to you - after the mute exchange of meaningful looks on Ashtami.
Nabami means trying to live the joyful moments flashing by, as the festival gallops towards the end. Nabami means dressing up in your most gorgeous clothes that year, so that you dazzle & shine throughout the day.
Sayantani goes the ethnic way for this day, flaunting an asymmetric tunic with an embellished yoke with trendy straight pants, while I keep it cool & casual in a fun mix-n-match dress for those of you who like simpler styles. Just add statement jewellery to make your looks stand out and get going! Comfy, yet chic, is the mantra for the day, so don't forget that!






[Printed midi dress/asymmetric kurta/straight pants/tassel earrings: c/o Howrah Bridge]



Dashami

A morning that brings with it bittersweet notes, as the festival draws towards a much-dreaded end. A day of trying to fit in as much fun as possible in the last few hours. A day of preparing to bid the Mother goodbye. A day of farewell rituals - shindoor-khela, bodhon and bishorjon. A day when married women color the Mother Goddess (and each other) red with vermilion and children bring their books to be blessed by the Gods before they depart to their heavenly abode. A day when the whole locality travels with the Gods on their journey towards the rivers/ponds/lakes, to bid them goodbye as the idols are immersed in water.
Dashami is for celebrations that reek of both happiness & sadness. Dashami is for taking blessings from our elders once the Gods are gone. Dashami is for gorging on sweets and indulging in a sense of bonding with your neighbors, friends & family; as if reassuring each other that it's all gonna take place again, albeit after a wait of twelve months.
This day calls for trendy looks that are comfy, stylish and eye-grabbing. Channel a fun, carefree look in cotton dresses - checks are so in right now - paired with sliders or brogues and quirky accessories like bow-ties! You can even unleash your inner boho queen and go for an easy-breezy maxi dress with trendy details like cold-shoulder sleeves. Add a touch of whimsy with a head-scarf or a cute ring. Be fun, fearless and fashionable - after all, it's your last chance to dress up for Durga Puja!






[Cold-shoulder maxi dress/checked midi dress/green scarf/pink mirror ring: c/o Howrah Bridge | Wooden bow-tie: c/o WoodGeek]


Photography by: Shubhadeep Saha



It's time to gear up for Durga Puja!
I know you might be in a mad rush of last-minute shopping, trying to complete pending work before you slip into the festive mode, making plans for the puja days or even travelling towards your hometown - but if you are still in a dilemma about what to wear on the special four days, hope we have been able to be of some help!

Do let us know if you tried any similar looks for the festival, or if our outfits inspired you to try out any new styles this Durga Puja!
We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Also, if you liked any of the clothes from this lookbook, please contact me on howrahbridgebyadg@gmail.com
You can also follow Howrah Bridge on Instagram and Facebook for more collections and products!

Do check out Sayantani's post for a better look at her outfits for this lookbook.

And of course, don't forget to follow me on Instagram & Facebook for more real-time Durga Puja style updates!!!


Wishing you all a splendid festive season ahead! Eat, drink and be merry!!!



Love & best wishes,
Anupriya

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