The Best of Wills Lifestyle Indian Fashion Week

India’s biggest fashion trade event, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WLIFW) Spring/Summer 2009, recently concluded in New Delhi. In its 12th year, WLIFW along with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) aimed at providing a platform for new talents to showcase their potential. A total of 87 designers participated in this mega event.

 

 

The event brought with it new colors, new trends and new fashion. The most popular at the show were short skirts, balloon tops, flowy tunics and dresses. Cotton and silk were the main fabrics and the color palette ranged from hot oranges and pinks to pastels and hues of navy and green.

 

 

It’s time to brush up your wardrobe and get in tune with this season’s trends. Here are some of the best and most wearable trends of fashion week.

  Deepika

 

 

 

 

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Bridal Fashion – What’s Hot

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Bridal Fashion

Wedding is the biggest dream event for girls in India. This is the d-day when all the eyes would be on her and she wants to make the most of it in everyway, after all she is the queen today. Marriage being the most extravagant affairs calls for lavish celebrations and vibrant dresses. Here are some handy tips to help you hunt for the best and trendiest wedding ensemble.

Colors

The Hot colors this season are jewel tones and metallic colors like Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Emerald Green, and Blue. Burgundy, Cherry Red, Brick and Wine color are some other safe options. Pastel shades continue to be popular as well.

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee vouches for myriad hues of crushed diamonds, sapphires and rubies, brought alive with the luster of liquid gold, silver and copper and textured, to work fabulously with Indian skin tones and features.

Fabrics

 

Banarsi koras, silks, tissues, organza and brocades are some of the most popular choices. Flowy chiffons and georgettes are also in great demand.

Embroidery

The challenge here is to smartly blend classical with the contemporary– so you see streamlined fits with traditional intricate embroidery—in dull antique gold or metallic. Kundan work is popular and so are mukaish, zardozi, mirror, gota and pearl work. Add crystals for that extra dazzle and you have that perfect look.

The Silhouette

The silhouette is tight and neatly cut and extremely feminine. The fish-cut skirt is popular, as is the A-line ghagara with a fitted choli. The emphasis, according to Neeta Lulla is on the shoulders and back.

 Accessories

 Maangtikas and bindis are going to be really popular this season and so is Diamond jewelry. Jadau and kundan jewelry are also in vogue. Neeta Lulla recommends classical jewelry because she believes that jewelry lasts whereas fashion doesn’t. Kaleeras are also a rage this wedding season, so make sure that you do buy one for yourself.

Body Tattoos / Stick-ons designed to serve as arm bands, necklaces or body ornaments are gaining popularity and are in great demand today.

To complete the look, go for ethnic silk clutch bags and comfortable footwear.

 

 

 

According to Neeta Lulla “Elegance is the buzzword and a lavish use of fabric, textures and the dupatta in different drapes are very in. I am even doing two dupattas, one for head and one for the body”.

Designer Manish Malhotra suggests a “sans-accessories-high-on-costume” look. According to him, this wedding season brides can play down the accessories and make their outfits the prime focus. After all, Priyanka made a bold fashion statement for brides-to-be in “Dostana” with an intricately embellished lehenga which had a traditional yet contemporary twist with long slits.

 

 

Your wedding day is meant just for you. That is why you need to shine and look your very best, so no matter what you wear just top it up with oodles of confidence and you will certainly leave a mark.
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Shopping & Sales

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If somebody had to ask you about shopping, what would you say?

 

Well, most women really enjoy shopping. Especially those times when it is absolutely unplanned and you manage to find something you really like. It acts as a great stressbuster and also as a confidence booster.

 

A great shopping expedition renews a woman’s confidence in herself, gives a refreshing boost to her self image and lends a spring to her step.

 

Not that any woman needs a reason to shop but added incentives never harm. And a sale is as a good an incentive as there can be.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Come check out the Grand Festive Sale at CarmaWorld.

See you there! 

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Bridal Jewelry

The wedding day is a special occasion for every bride. Swathed in bridal finery, bedecked in magnificent jewelry, with hands and feet and a flutter in her heart, she is poised at the threshold of a whole new life.

 

The jewelry that a bride wears holds special significance. Indian bridal jewelry itself varies from region to region as well as in different communities.

 

Usually, precious stones such as jade, garnet, emerald, amethyst, pearl and coral are widely used in Indian bridal jewelry. These stones are said to pass their own special healing touch to the wearer.

 

The mangal sutra is an important item in the bridal jewelry. This necklace is tied by the husband around the wife’s neck as a symbol of their union. This is usually created on a necklace strung with black beads. It is considered a protection against the evil eye. Brides usually make a few changes to suit their individual tastes, keeping well within the prescribed parameters.

 

A bride from South India wears a thaali as a symbol of their marriage. This is usually in the form of a thick yellow thread with gold pendant.

 

Brides from Maharashtra wear stings of pearls in a cascade from the temples down to the shoulders, framing the face. The Punjabi bride wears bangles that are made of ivory called churas. Some churas are set in ivory with inlay work done on them. They are given by the bride’s mother and it is customary to wear them for about 40 days after the wedding ceremony. Red and green bangles or churas are important in many communities of India..

The parting of her hair is decorated with a gold ornament called the tikka.

 

Toe-rings are another jewelry item that is worn by married women in many parts of the country. The women from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar wear toe-rings called bichwa. Kashmiri women wear a long suspended cord with an ornament from the pierced ears. Brides from Bengal wear the iron kada or bangle called loha. This is artistically encased in gold. A red lac bangle is yet another important bridal jewelry item.

 

Fine filigree jewelry in silver is a hallmark of the artisans of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Filigree work uses silver wires of varying thickness to make geometrical shapes, leaves, flowers and butterflies and birds. Jaipur is famous for enamel work – exquisite bangles and necklaces with colored enamel paneling on crafted gold.

 

Kundan jewelry also finds favor with many Indian brides. Kundan jewelry is characterized by gems embedded in gold leaf and not rim or claw. This jewelry style is inspired by the Mughals. Temple jewelry from South India is inspired by temple statues and motifs and is usually characterized by red and green semi precious stones. Jewelry in the southern states is inspired by nature – paisley motifs, rice grains, melon seeds, cobra head and birds.

 

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Kurtis – Tradition with a Modern spin

 

 

 

Hi again!

 

Its amazing how the face of Indian fashion is undergoing a dramatic change. Traditional Indian attire is no more limited to salwar kameez and saris but has metamorphosized to accommodate contemporary influences.

Not just that the salwar kameez and sari ensembles have acquired entirely new facets but this process has also churned up a new kind of ensemble – the Kurti.

 

The Kurti or the tunic- is a shorter, smarter and contemporary version of the traditional kurta. It has been a rage on all fashion circuits. Its versatility, smart appeal and convenience has made it a soaring success with women all over the globe.

 

It can be worn with jeans, trousers, long flared skirts, salwars. You can wear a simple Kurti for a day out shopping, or a more dressy version for the night out. The options are endless…

 

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The Golden Touch!

Hi all!

 

Traditionally the color gold is associated with riches, lavishness and extravagance.

Gold is back in vogue and with a bang- in both its traditional and contemporary avatars! This glittery color is the hot favorite with all our fashionistas. It’s the latest color to have touched the lives of the fashion brigade.

 

For a long time bling was in but now you don’t need to go bling-bling all over the place. Gold in its muted, understated and vintage tones is also taking centre stage. Gold is the color of choice.

 

You don’t need to go OTT with it. Go in for golden accents on your clothes or golden accessories. Accessorize your outfit with golden jewelry or a terrific gold clutch or even a mobile cover and be set to sizzle.

 

For clothes, bags and jewelry in gold, log onto www.carmaworld.com.

 

All that glitters is Gold!

 

Bag it!

Hi again!

 

Do you ever wonder about the various names that are used to refer to a simple handbag? It’s amazing how a simple thing that is essentially used to hold things can take immense proportions or be diminished to miniscule sizes. It some times works as a carry- all and at the others as the ultimate style statement. However, whatever be the length or breadth of it one thing is for sure, it is a woman’s prized possession.

 

So here we bring a simple lesson on the various types of bags that exist.

§        Tote: It’s an open top bag with straps or handles.

§        Field Bag: A flap- top shoulder bag with utility- type closures (buckles, snaps, etc.)

§        Clutch – A small, handheld bag or a larger, geometric shaped version that is tucked under the arm

§        Satchel – A large, handheld bag.

§        Pouch – A soft, small bag.

 

Well, this list doesn’t claim to be extensive so please feel free to make your additions. Until then let’s bag it!

CarmaWorld Style & Shopping Guide

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Ethnic appeal, exclusivity, convenience and a unique shopping experience are just some of the things that CarmaWorld has on offer for you.

Launched in November 2006 by Carma Online Pvt. Limited, www.carmaworld.com is one of India’s most loved shopping destinations.

And now CarmaWorld brings to you the CarmaWorld Style & Shopping Guide to keep you in sync with the latest in style and help you put your best self forward. Always!

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