Lakme India Fashion Week

Lakme India Fashion Week
It was glamour, fun, and five days of fabulous fashion showcased at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) fall-winter 2009/10. The show ended with the Grand finale presented by designer Anamika Khanna who showcased her BridalSutra Line.

The designs were inspired by Indian style aesthetics and are more wearable than ever with Indian handloom, embroidery, and indigenous prints ruling desi designer’s ensembles.

The emerging trends this year are surely lean silhouettes, voluminous sleeves, scooped backs and utterly feminine ensembles. Designers innovatively used pleats to offer an element of fit and flow. The colors of the season are blacks, greys, deep wine reds and ochre yellow.
Taking confident strides, models flaunted ensembles with fantastic cuts such as lehengas teamed with a slim golden belt, churidaars peeping under the sarees, pastel shades with golden borders of one-shoulder kaftans, bordered kurtas with interesting knots in fabrics, which reflected the confluence of many states and cultures.

The designers who stood out were Nachiket Barve and Rahul Mishra, both for superb cuts and wearability, Rishta by Arjun (Saluja) for a strong, graphic collection, Walnut for its sheath dresses and Wendell Rodricks, Narendra Kumar and Manish Gupta for their wearable collections for Westside. Anamika Khanna weaved together an Indian heritage accompanied by a modern eclectic touch. With color, craft and texture as her forte, ensembles wowed the audience

Bollywood was part of the event with likes of John Abraham and Mugdha Godse walking for designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Jiah Khan for Sunaina puri, Arbaaz Khan for Wendell Rodericks and Anil Kapoo for Kunal Rawal. Katrina Kaif walked for Barbie, all in pink! International Supermodel Naomi Campbell created waves with her stunning presence on the ramp, while SRK and Akshay Kumar caused sensations.

Take a look!

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LIFW 2009

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Must Have Accessories this Season

Accessories trends this season

Accessories are going to be bigger this season than they have ever been. So here’s a quick update for you so that you don’t lag behind.

 

Scarves and Stoles, from basic single color to bold prints, not to forget animal prints, all will be instrumental in making a style statement this season.

Colorful Handbags, totes, pleated hobos, clutch bags are all in vogue, indulge in colors and stay away from basic black and nudes.

Belts, thick sash belts, chain belts, braided leather belts are some of the most desirable options.

Banglesglass, wooden, metallic, multicolored will all look good.Bangle Glitz

Oversized Jewelry from huge statement necklaces, oversized hoops to gigantic cuffs,  this season is all about bold jewelry.

Sunglasses – brightly colored frames and Aviators are in vogue this season so, make sure that you do buy a few.

 

For an amazing range of apparels, accessories and jewelries log on to www.Carmaworld.com .

 

 

The Best of Oscars Red Carpet

Divas at Oscars

The 81st Annual Awards were a stunning display of sparkles, glam and neutrals. Though the celebrations were toned down this year with lots of natural-hued gowns but that doesn’t mean there was less glamour than years past. Ivory, icy gray, cream, and champagne gowns were rampant but divas like Natalie added a dash of color with bright hues as well. The best of Oscars is as follows:

 

 

  • Taraji P. Henson was a real beauty. It’s nice to see someone with a sophisticated bob walk the red carpet. The ethereal layers on this gown are gorgeous. And that train is so dramatic.
  • Anne Hathway looks white-hot in her sparkly strapless gown.
  • Kate Winslet knows how to shine on the red carpet and this Yves Saint Laurent gown is no exception. Its asymmetrical design is perfect for showing off her curvier shape and her fabulous retro hair keeps it simple. miley-cyrus
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  • Miley Cyrus sizzled in an ivory silk chiffon beaded v-neck ball gown with a tiered skirt.
  • Penelope Cruz looks stunning. The beading, the tulle, the strapless bodice—a perfect combination. She looks like a princess, which is a good thing because she actually won! sjp
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  • Sarah Jessica Parker goes for the princess look in this “barely mint” Dior Haute Couture gown, cinched at her tiny waist with an embellished belt giving her gown a more dramatic feel.
  • Frieda Pinto looked stunning in a royal blue gown with sequined detailing and one sleeve. Everything on Freida Pinto is simple, except perhaps her dress. She has gorgeous shiny hair, divine skin, a perfect combination!

You loved them, but now is the time to decide on one ultimate. Who will earn the Oscars crown according to you? Do share your views.

Top Ten fashion trends for Spring 2009

 

2009 Spring Trends

2009 Spring Trends

Spring is here at last with some exciting trends-a lot of which we’ll all be able to pull off, no matter what our body type. I think the look in general will be soft and extra-feminine. Check out some of the most interesting trends:

 

  1. Spring is all about colors, so make sure you wear plenty of it. Vivid colors like hot pink and electric blue will be really big.
  2. In vogue this season is the little white dress for its glamour quotient.
  3. Feminine floral prints are also going to make a comeback this spring and butterfly motifs and prints will also be quite popular.
  4. Accessories are going to be really big this season. Opt for long oversized necklaces, big bangles and bold jewelry, stylish handbags.
  5. Jewel encrusted clothing are also going to make a come back and will not be restricted to evening wear. In 2009 they return brighter, bolder, and more elegant. This time pieces are not just embellished but often completely encrusted by jewels; the feeling is luxurious, exotic, and yet the glamour remains somewhat understated.
  6. In Spring fashion tends to get a little more revealing; the combination of sheer and opaque fabric will work wonders. 2009’s sheer pieces are a mixture of the soft and feminine.
  7. Flairs, ruffles and bows are also smart options for spring. Look for bows at the shoulders and hips and ruffles at hemlines.
  8. High waisted skirts and pants will make a style statement this season, so make sure you own them.
  9. Single shouldered dresses and tops as well as asymmetric shoulder-lines have made a huge return in 2009. Its versatility and endless possibilities to wear it makes it one of the hottest trends.
  10. Bohemian look will make a powerful statement this season. The best way to pull this off this Spring is to pair a bohemian styled piece with something a bit more conservative like a beige skirt or vest.

Each new season brings with it a sense of excitement. I’m looking forward to vivid colors, bold accessories and feminine prints. Do visit us at www.CarmaWorld.com for an exclusive collection of apparels and accessories and let us know your take on these trends?

 

Nandita Das in Toronto

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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.

 

For beautiful jewelry for that very special wedding day, visit us at http://www.carmaworld.com

The Time is Festive!

 

 

Hi again!

 

Come September, and the anticipation begins, excitement mounts and we wait with baited breath for the festive season to come engulf in its mood of celebration.

 

End of the year is marked by the festive spirit in all cultures and India is no exception. With the confluence of varied elements of varied cultures that India is, our festivities take on a whole new dimension.

 

There is hardly ever a lull period in the Indian festive calender but this period is usually packed to the brim. It begins with Navratras, which are week or longer affair marked by fasts, dandiya raas and vibrant clothes. It is followed almost immediately by Dusshera and Durga Puja.

 

Diwali soon follows to fill our lives with light, fireworks and excitement. The year culminates in the celebration of the birth of Christ and the birth of a whole new year.

 

The mood for all festivities is set by spirit which takes over one and all. The refulgent colours, the bright clothes, exquisite accessories, mouth watering delicacies… it is endless.

 

This season is considered most auspicious and so it coincides with wedding season.

 

The individual expression of all this celebration is the attire. We dress in our best clothes and accessories to join in the jubiliation.

 

This festive season try out the beautiful collection Kurtis at CarmaWorld. Adorn yourself with exquisite jewelry in Polki, Cubic Zircons and Faux Gold or accessorise with a beautiful clutch bag.

 

Bedeck yourself in clothes and accessories from CarmaWorld and be in the spotlight at all weddings and festivities.

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Home Made Beauty Recipes

Hi again!

 

We all like to look beautiful. So, to help you achieve that, here are a few easy- to- do beauty tips. Go ahead, try them and look beautiful!

  • Mix six-teaspoon petroleum jelly, two-teaspoon glycerin and two-teaspoon lemon juice. Apply this moisturizing lotion at least twice a week if you have dry and flaky, arms and legs
  • Peel and grate a cucumber. Squeeze the juice to this, mix half-a-teaspoon glycerin and half-a-teaspoon rose water. Apply this on sunburns, leave it for some time.
  • If you have cracked heels, melt paraffin wax; mix it with little mustard oil and apply on the affected area. Leave it  overnight. After 10 or 15 days, your heels will become smooth.
  • Massage your body with a mixture of coconut oil and any of your favourite scented oils like lavender or rosemary. 
  • For rough palms, use a mixture of glycerin and limejuice in equal proportion.

·         For cracked heals, massage the foot with coconut oil and keep the foot in warm water for some time. Wipe the water off the feet and apply a mixture of hibiscus flower(10), Henna (1 handful) and juice of half a lemon. when dry wash it off.

·         Remove scars on your hands and feet by rubbing  them with lemon peel. 

Anarkali Style – The Royal era beckons you

 

Hi there!!

 

Its here, its there….its everywhere!

The latest style silhouette to create waves in Indian fashion are the “Anarkali Style” ensembles.

 

This style is absolutely magnificent. Designed as a billowing kurta, which is cin ched at the waist and then allowed to flow out. Usually teamed with a fitted churidar, it is an ideal silhouette for the Indian body type.

 

The style brings alive the royal splendour of the mughal courts alive and swirling.

 

It has become a rage with one and all – whether its the Bollywood beauties or the girl next door, they have all taken famously to the style.

 

Bollywood actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Lara Dutta, Tabu, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Urmila Matondkar, Diya Mirza have all sported this style.

 

For your dose of Indian & Bollywood Style, visit us at http://www.carmaworld.com

The Unforgettable Tour continues…..