Bows are back! After festooning gifts and flowers, artistic bows are now a common sight in the fashion circuit. Bollywood’s obsession to flaunt funky bows is a clear sign of the new fetish that is making way into new designer wear. In the Victorian era, bows were spotted not only in women’s apparels but in menswear too. However, they happened to be a slightly smaller, rounder and subtly-designed. Bows fell out of fashion thereafter but made a stronger comeback in the late 1940s studded in brooches, brocades, gemstones and jewels. From then on, bows have been in and out of fashion.
Bracketed in simpler patterns and elegant shapes to lend a certain ladylike feel, bows are turning into a tad more fun and frivolous add-on to newly designed garments, bags, clutches, rings, earrings, heels and ballies now. Bow-tied straps, pussy-bow blouses, bow-topped shoes, bow-shaped studs or bow hair accessories — designers are working magic with knotted surprises in their latest ensembles. FromDeepika Padukone and Parineeti Chopra to Swara Bhaskar and Sridevi, actresses are experimenting with peculiar bows to boost their style files.
Steal a glance at B-town beauties looking pretty and poised:
For her prominent appearance at The Late Late Show with James Corden, Padukone opted for a savage look in a monochrome Wolk Morais jumpsuit. The high-neckline jumpsuit is decked with a black pussy-bow on top to give an aristocratic look. The bow complements the jumpsuit quite well and gives an edge to her aura. Styled by Elizabeth Saltzman, she paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes. While Hung Vanngo assisted her for make-up and Christian Wood did her hair, she stepped out in a natural skin tone, light pink lip shade, bold black eyeliner and wavy light-brown tresses.
Pretty in pink, Parineeti Chopra graced the Filmfare Awards in an off-shoulder evening gown designed by Filipino designer Mark Bumgarner. With an adjoining big bow at the top, the dress made the 28-year-old look regal and resplendent. Keeping everything else simple while making it dramatic with the bow, the actress nailed the look with silver earrings from The Diamond Gallery and an Aurelle ring.
Like a bride straight out of a fairy tale, Swara Bhaskar donned a white strapless gown designed by Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. The gown is not only embellished with embroidered gemstones, but fragments of ribbon-like bows too. Looking divine, she accessorised exquisitely with rings and earrings from Ghanasingh Be True.
At Javed Akhtar’s birthday bash, Sridevi styled it right in black-and-white. A Valentino pussy-bow blouse and ankle-length black culottes, the outfit adeptly put the bow in spotlight. The Chanel clutch and Gucci pearl T-strap sandals went with the flow. However, her make-up looked a bit overdone and had scope to be toned down.
Dressed in a Temperley London embroidered outfit, Sonam Kapoor wore a matching white bow. The silk bow looked great with the attire. Styled by Rhea Kapoor and Chandini Whabi, she wore maroon boots from Stuart Weitzman to accent her fashion statement.
Wearing a full-sleeved sheer aqua mini dress designed by Shehla Khan, Shraddha Kapoor kept it sweet and simple at the Bigg Boss 10 house. A long ribbon tied into a neat bow near the collar area enhanced her look. Opting for natural makeup and lip colour, Kapoor wore Steve Madden stilettos with the dress.
Taking organic cotton and linen to the red carpet in monochromes, Neha Dhupia wore a parachute organic cotton shirt and black pinstripe linen skirt from The Chola Label at the Filmfare Awards 2017. The organic shirt boasts of a giant pussy-bow, which pushes the envelope for the actress. Dhupia accented it with pearl studs and a long layered necklace from her own vintage collection.
Looking like a cute schoolgirl, Kalki Koechlin recently dressed herself in Gucci dress adorned with laces and a black Gucci handbag. Styled by Ekta Rajani, she wore a pink bow and pearl earrings along with it to complement her dress.
Clearly, bows are timeless when it comes to accentuating style statements, be it jazzing up with jewellery or adding it to the dress itself. So, are bows the next big thing?Read more at:evening gowns | bridesmaid dresses australia
Menswear took center stage in Paris on Wednesday, as the city's Autumn / Winter 2017 shows began. Here are some of the strongest looks from day one.
There was plenty of vivid color and pattern on the catwalks -- not least of all at Walter Van Beirendonck, where bright yellows and turquoises competed with multiple prints for attention. The collection was all about covering up against the cold, with scarves, hats and surrealistic oversized gloves providing the focal point of the print-covered ensembles, blending rough woollen textures with smoother silks and satins, for a compelling look.
There were also plenty of prints at OAMC, where autumnal leaf motifs and dreamy pendant accessories set a quieter tone for the season -- a vibe that was echoed at Lemaire, where soft neutral shades were layered for a chunky, textured result.
Meanwhile, abstract tailoring gave new meaning to the 'layering' trend at Y/Project, with double layer jackets folded back on themselves for extra bulk. The archives of history provided reference points for some of the accessories by the label.
Valentino also embraced color and got political with inspirational and directive slogans, printed across colorful sweaters, coats and accessories. Elsewhere the Italian house nodded to gentlemanly outerwear, with sharp tailoring and plenty of checks.Read more at:short formal dresses | long formal dresses
Did you know that Firefly: A Fairytale, Ritu Beri’s autobiography, is one of the most expensive books to be sold? Priced at a lakh, it was launched in 2006. “Penguin had commissioned the autobiography. But I found what I wrote boring. So I reworked it, added cut-outs and pop-up elements to it. Penguin said it was too expensive for them to publish, so I went ahead and published 100 copies myself. I sold 85 copies and I kept the rest for the future,” says Beri.
Hosted by city-based designer Vivek Karunakaran, the session at The Hindu Lit for Life 2017, featuring Ritu Beri, titled ‘The Fire of a Restless Mind’, which is also the name of one of her books, had numerous interesting anecdotes. Karunakaran also conducted a short rapid fire round, where he asked her questions ranging from which celebrities need help with styling to what she does when she sees a friend badly dressed. Beri answered them in a gracefully diplomatic manner.
The articulate designer also took the audience through her first show in 1987 to her shows in Paris, 25 years in the industry, and her love for khadi, among other things. As someone preparing for medical entrance exams, a young Beri overheard a conversation about NIFT opening its campus in Delhi. She appeared for the exam and was one of 25 students chosen to attend the course. “I did my debut show at Lodhi Gardens. I didn’t want recorded music and approached Zakir Hussain, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Hariprasad Chaurasia to do the music. I became a household name with my first show,” she says.
Back in the day, not many were sure about what fashion designing really was. There wasn’t a reference point and she found it fun to experiment and pave her own path. She would spend hours in libraries going through numerous books on fashion — but it wasn’t the designers she was looking at but the embroidery on the clothes pictured in the books. And the books gave credit to one name — Francois Lesage.
“When I went to Paris, I made many calls to his office and his secretary would say he was busy. Finally, on the day I was leaving, I called again and Lesage answered. I told him I was dying to meet him and he said ‘Don’t die, come now.’ We spent an hour-and-a-half talking about fashion,” she says. And soon enough, he became her mentor. She determinedly pushed Indian fashion into the très chic Paris market.
Ahead of her first show in Paris in 1998, she told Lesage that she wasn’t sure what to do and his brief was ‘do what you wear.’ The clothes were Indian, the commentary was in Hindi, the models wore alta and walked barefeet.
Going by her love for all things Indian, Beri is now trying to promote khadi in a big way. It is the fabric of the moment. “I carry only khadi clothes as gifts when I’m travelling. I have French friends who’ve stepped into Khadi Gram Udyog, and stepped out with khadi clothes. Let’s support this national fabric,” she signs off.Read more at:formal dresses | cocktail dresses