Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another look: Couture Spring 2012

Couture week is going on, so how can I sit and be so laid back about it? But I have been and that's coz my son has been a bit sick and my day is spent making sure he feels his 100% and eats well. But, I have been itching to do a post of my top favorite looks from the Couture show, and I am super excited. This stuff makes me really really happy :)
Aah, to the day when I would actually wear one of these beauties and walk nonchalantly around house, as if I have like 100's of these hanging in my closet - do my chores in them! Hmm...that's going too far.

Before I explode this article with images, my question to you is - What does haute couture mean to you? Do you think it can be worn outside of the fashion runway? We all can fall in love with the intricacies of a flower on the dress, but does that grand vision of a designer make for a desirable/affordable outfit?

I have always wondered the point behind haute couture because although I do understand the creative outlet it provides for certain clients ( I mean hello - traditionally couture is made to the exact measurements of the potential clients), but then I get lost on the sale-ability or common folk wear-ability of it. I mean I would be really uncomfortable with a feather sticking out of my ass - even if its a custom fit. If you know what I am trying to say.

Nonetheless, it still a welcome sight to the standard (read safe) dresses, pants and skirts swaying down the runway. It definitely is. It also the thing that sometimes a princess girl's/woman's dreams are made of.

Didn't mean to send you on a thinking trip...Anywhoway - here are my chicest choices from the other realm of designers for now.

BOUCHRA JARRAR
Am loving this woman! She is a French designer making her (big) splash...and if you haven't heard enough about her already, well let her clothes do the talking, darlings! Personally, I love her sense of style, details and the whole vision. She really had me at the fur wrap-harness thingy!

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2012

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2012

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2012
Blue and black is such a tricky combo - and look! its done so perfectly here

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2012

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ALEXADRE VAUTHIER
Do you mean Gaultier? No, No, Vauthier. Ha ha, just being silly here!
This man is a genius. He knows how to make a simple blouse look like its drooling with sass. (Ooh, haven't used that word in years!) Simple elegant draping yet dripping with deep sensuality. Shiny leather booming with plumage causing the heart to flutter with deep desires. This is the type of designer whose clothes you must accumulate in your closet. After you have saved enough.

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012

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CHRISTOPHE JOSEE
Honestly, I did not know much about the designer or what to expect from his clothes. So, when I finally perused his collection, I instantly fell for his minimalistic yet totally mesmerising feel. The curve sheath dresses with clever cut-outs are my favorite. I also enjoyed the unexpected textured ones - how divine!  Oh, and did you know that the gowns with pops of unexpected color as well boldly mono colored ones took my breath away? Well, now you do!

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

Christophe Josee Spring 2012

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MAURIZIO GALANTE
This Italian designer is a regular at the Paris Couture shows - no wonder he knows the drill. When I perused his collection, I noticed a bit of craziness and wildness in the clothes, and somehow it reminded me of the carnival that Gaultier put in his shows. I still loved the whimsical veils type of headcoverings, plastic crochet jackets, ribbon woven like shawls and net hybrid boleros. Pretty stuff some - and this my friend is pure Couture. According to me.

Maurizio Galante Spring 2012

Maurizio Galante Spring 2012

Maurizio Galante Spring 2012
I actually love this bolero type jacket


Maurizio Galante Spring 2012


That's all folks. Hope you enjoyed my picks! Let me know what you think.

Love!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"I'm queen of the castle"

I have to say, I just can't get enough of Seinfeld. And, I love, love, loeevee Elaine's character. Such fun, fearless, neurotic woman who can handle the three even more neurotic, silly men around her, like they were some five-year olds. She's also very confident - about herself, her sexuality and what she wants in life. Her zest is super contagious - I mean if she can do it, then why not me- kinds. Right?

Initially, I had some issue accepting her dressing style - especially those gigantic blazers on ill-fitting-high waisted-washed out jeans. But, then it grew on me and I kinda' found her a bit more endearing because of all these baad fashion choices. And then actually these styles made her character even more fun and loveable. I think some of her outfits were plain outrageous, but then some were trendy, and so NOW.

Sooop....taking her character as inspiration, I created 3 different "Elaine" looks. Fun and fearless - just like her!

Elaine from Seinfeld
Hope you like what you see...or I would have to do the Elaine dance. Your choice :)

Love!

btw, did you figure the title of this post? Its one of the dialogues by Elaine. I will let you figure what she is referring to here...



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BIG Like VALLI...oh, and I am back.

Chicas, chicos, ladies, gents, friends, foes, followers and YOU, yes, YOU....I am back! What a stint in the family world I had! So, in the past couple of weeks I managed to:
- host a family of 4 from India
- host a big FIRST Birthday bash for my son (he's one...can you believe)
- finish off a photography assignment for a big jewelry firm (while I had family over from India)

Phew! and Kapow! That was hectic. But, I am here to announce that style and fashion are back via me, your Life Stylist...(ha, I love how it sounds, so serious and all) so let's make good style choices together. Cool?

Ok, I also have some very interesting announcements to make as well, which I will do so in a day or two.

In the meantime, let's light up the (fashion) torch, shall we? There is so much to flame illuminate.

Because I am back after such a long time, I thought I will start with a whattissh boom!. And, thanks to the lovely folks at Style.com, I am bringing to you the Lookbook of one one my newly favorite avant-garde designers...Giambattista Valli! Quick, say his name - 10 times - fast! :)

Couture is Valli's forte and it shows in each fold of his fabric, each petal of a flower on the bodice, and each pleat of his pants.

SPRING 2012 COUTURE




 Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture
I like the simple belt over the dress..totally unexpected

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture
                                                                                                     I need this dress like I need air. Is it just me?

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture


Oh, its so good to be back. This year is going to be great for all of us and I can already see it in the styles!

Love!

Shivika

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2.0.1.2

Happy New Year!

May this year bring lots of good luck, good health and good fashion our way! Cheers!

I am around, I am around. Its just that a lot of family things going on, and I haven't had the luxurious time to sit and write fabulous posts. But, they are all building up, so I will be posting some exciting stuff soon. Promise!

Love!