September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday!!

Fashion Bombay completes one year today and we had a quiet celebration at Theobroma in Bandra. We also celebrated the Ayodhya verdict which is thankfully well thought of and just. We do wish we could live in a world free from prejudices and bias towards people, religions and cultures. We don't need to understand or like everything but we need to understand the right to free will without hurting any sentiment and also take people for what they are and not for where they come from.

Coming back to our birthday celebration, Jasleen exercised her lung power to fill up some balloons while Sonu arranged a very yummy cupcake in pink especially for Fashion Bombay!
 This is what we wore.

Sonu wore an oversized denim shirt with elbow patches with newly purchased gold wedges
 Shirt, Dad's| jeggings, Only| wedges, Bandra| flower brooch, Claires| bag, Paprika| coin ring, Amrapal| sunglasses, Ray Bans
  • Wedges are everywhere this season and you are sure to find a style to suit your body, height and wardrobe.
  • We recommend going for something less chunky if you're not too tall, with slinky straps works well for petite bodies while really chunky wedges also tend to suit small feet a tad more than really large feet.
  • The over-sized shirt borrowed from her Dad has a relaxed look that brightened with her flower brooch.
 Jasleen wore a knee-length jumper with hot pink flats
 Jumper, Hill Road, Bandra| flats, Zara| badges, borrowed| bag, Forever 21

  • The jumper in knee-length is so fun to work with and comfortable. Jasleen went for the very aviator look with her badges and a wing brooch (borrowed from her husband, G) while the pink flats added the 'girlie' ingredient.
  • The same jumper can be dressed up for the night with a sequinned jacket and wedges. A clutch in a contrast or matching colour would add zing to.
  • Jumpers and rompers can look good on all body types. While someone petite will look good in a romper and taller person can carry of the fuller jumpsuit well. You can also decide on the material based on your body type. The jersey material works well to show of a curvy body.

September 24, 2010

In The Tasting Room

After a week-long break with loads of work and the LFW, we thought we’ll meet in a new location for our meeting (something other than the Palladium Mall). We chose this insanely gorgeous Tasting Room restaurant in the Good Earth store. The d├ęcor is classy yet subtle and rustic. A wonderful place for candlelit dates, work meetings or post shopping sojourns.This is what we wore:

Jasleen wore lace printed leggings with a modified blazer
Lace leggings, U and Me, Chembur|tunic, Fashion Street| Jacket, Marks & Spencer (modified)| vintage gold bolt clutch, a gift from my mum-in-law

• Jasleen modified her old blazer by changing the buttons to an antique gold with an anchor and the epilates that she borrowed from her father-in-law (ex-commander Air India). 
• Modifying your blazer is a really simple thing to do. Add shoulder pads, big buttons, change the sleeves, add badges or brooches and metal links for a whole new look.
• Jasleen found these lace leggings at a local store in Chembur. They have well-done lace and the floral print eliminates any kinky overtones.
• Wearing wedges and carrying a clutch makes the look formal. You can wear the same combination with ballerinas and a sling bag  for more a casual shopping or an in-flight travel look.

Sonu wore a sunflower print dress with a linen shorts worn as knickers


Dress, Cotton Colour| shorts, Forever New| wedges, Bandra| Buddha cuff, Curio Cottage| spiral bangle, Colaba Causeway| bag, Aldo
  • With the sun shining again, Sonu wore a bright sunflower dress for some casual meetings and supper.
  • Shorts are a great way to reinvent the old style bloomers for short dresses. It keeps you comfortable all day long and looks stylish when it peeks under the dress as well.
  • You can try shorts in varying lengths with tunics and dresses; they are a great way to make them formal too.
  • Sonu’s wedges add chic to the cute ensemble. You can also gram up something cutesy with a denim, leather or boyfriend jacket.
  • Sonu’s SJP inspired gold Rayban are the buy of the season. Post Sex and the City 2 we have been looking for something similar and Sonu was lucky to find is almost the same!

September 15, 2010

In the Bungalow

Our weekly meeting led us to Bungalow 8 in Colaba, a beautiful store spread over two lavish storeys of a gorgeous heritage structure. Here's how we dressed up.

Sonu wore a romantic silk dress with a brown and gold belt
 Dress, vintage| belt, Only| ballerinas, Bandra| bag, Paprika| bracelets & chimes, Curio Cottage & Aquamarine
  • A dress is perhaps the most versatile piece of clothing on your closet. Make full use of it.
  • Dresses like these are ideal for formal events, meetings and dinners.
  • The shoes and choice of bag and accessories will determine where you can wear your ensemble. Wear it with flats for daytime events and heels for an evening affair.
 Jasleen wore jeggings with a tunic and jersey waistcoat
  Tunic, Fashion Street| jesggings, Only| bag, Forever 21| mojris, Bandra| waistcoat, gifted by husband G from Forever 21| watches, Tommy Hilfiger and handmade in pink leather by Harshad Patankar
  • The white tunic is a basic of any wardrobe. Pair it with a belt or jacket for a twist.
  • Pair with printed bottoms or a floral scarf to try something different.
  • Wear wedges for the day and sky high heels for the night, carry a vintage clutch for a formal look.

September 13, 2010

Fashion on a canvas

Fashion is more than just clothes, it's an art. This shoot tries to personifies that.

Styled by Sonu Bohra
Photos by Jitu Savlani
Makeup and hair by Asha Hariharan 
Paintings by Madhusudan Kumar


Black & White art
Wardrobe courtesy: Tube gown, Rahul Mishra; necklace, Aquamarine.
These are musical expressions of the series Naad Brahma (Music of the Cosmos), which represent the all-encompassing universe of light and sound. This black and white painting is titled Poetry in Motion. The minimal strokes depict the crescendo of the amalgamation of melody and rhythm.

Mythological art:

Wardrobe courtesy: Jumper, Shane & Falghuni Peacock; bracelet, Ogaan; earrings, Curio Cottage
This painting is representative of Lord Krisha's words of enlightenment to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. The philosophy of Karma and Dharma is illustrated through the epoch making events of the epic. The figurative mythological painting is a conglomeration of muted colours.

Abstract art:
Wardrobe courtesy:Dress, Kallol Datta; painted Converse, Lotus White at Attic; all jewellery, Popley
The painting titled Khayal is expressive of the human emotions and feelings towards nature. The forceful rendering of the brush strokes depict the volcanic depths in the rapturous music created by the human voice, which is known as the ‘Voice of God’.

September 11, 2010

Q&A

Q: I am getting married in two months and still hunting for a lehenga for the engagement and wedding. Please suggest silhouettes and embroideries for both. I am tilting towards red btw.
--Renu Pareek 
A: Red is gorgeous, every bride must wear it. If you are really fair then go for a deeper red/ borderline maroon, but if you are wheatish then wear a brighter red or a rich velvet red. Velvet and zardozi, velvet and pearls both look great. Zardozi also looks great on rich silk. We prefer the more traditional work to the typical Swarovski and big stones fare. Also, if you are thin to medium size wear a full A-line ghaghra, instead of the mermaid shape, especially for the wedding.
Lehenga, Anamika Khanna at Ensemble; choli, AZA; necklace, earrings and kadas, Amrapali; ring, Curio Cottage; red sandals, Charles and Keith

For the engagement wear something more modern, try a pastels or nude colours like salmon pink, mauve, yellow again depending on your skin tone. You can wear a corset style with the mermaid skirt for the engagement and try to keep the wedding very traditional.
 Lehenga, Krshna Mehta| earrings, kadas and necklace, Amrapali| pearl necklace & Maharani bag, Malaga
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Q: We end up buying extremely expensive ensembles which we can hardly ever use again after the wedding. Please suggest some ideas to reuse them.
-- Renu Pareek

A: The wedding attire is not very reusable entirely, so you can divide the ensemble. Use the dupatta with another salwar kameez or the choli as a blouse with a sari. The ghaghra maybe later can be paired with a simple gold choli and plain dupatta and you can wear it for a relative/friend's wedding.

Recycle tip 1: Break your lehenga choli set and pair it with a spaghetti top, a corset or a tunic blouse that you can tuck in. Accessorise with interesting waist belts or hair accessories. Match any dupatta in contrast or similar colours and get a brand new ensemble!
Pink net lehenga: Anamika Khanna, choli and dupatta: Falguni & Shane Peacock, gold shoes: Aldo, necklace worn as maang tikka: Amrapali, assorted kadas: Curio Cottage

 Recycle tip 2: Take your simple sari and dress it up with an embellished corset. You can get a heavy shrug made in velvet, brocade or raw silk to take the glamour a notch higher.
Sari: Jashn, blouse: Tarana Masand (Ensemble), crop shrug: Tarun Tahiliani (Ensemble), hair braided with gold link and nose ring: Curio Cottage, plain gold kadas: Aquamarine

Recycle Tip 3: Don't fear to mix your skirts with more traditional tunics. You can dress-up or dress-down the skirt with a belt or wear a simple tunic with a lot of accessories.
Sherwani: Tarun Tahiliani (Ensemble), skirt: Anita Dongre Interpret (AND), earrings: Curio Cottage, clutch: Aquamarine 

For saris nets are still in because they can carry a lot of weight but personally we recommend trying georgette brocades and vintage brocades, it’s unique and really stands out.
 
Brocades border sari, Rakhee Grover Jain at Ensemble; Blouse, Kiran Uttam Ghosh at AZA; maang tikka, long necklace, bangles and ring, Curio Cottage, clutch, Aquamarine

We hope this helps and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. You can send us pictures and we can help you choose things. Good luck!
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Q: I have some short dresses, should I style them with loose pants instead of leggings /tights?

 -- Kt
A: We believe there is no hard and fast rule to wearing clothes. It is about how you wear it. Wearing a tunic with loose pants personifies comfort and if worn ‘correctly’ it’ll exemplify your personal style as well. Here are some suggestions to wear this trend for the three basic body types.

Jasleen is an apple shaped body type.
For the apple shaped: Apple shaped women have broader shoulders compared to their hips, so wearing loose pants with short dresses balances the body. Also leggings and tunics are so overdone - straight pants, loose linen pants, zipper pants - all make for interesting options.











Sonu is an hourglass body type.
For the hourglass shaped: Your curves are equally distributed around both the upper body and lower body, add a belt on your waist to show off your curves.

For the pear (spoon or bell) shaped: Since the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement, wearing a tunic/ dress with loose pants will add unnecessary volume to your lower body. To avoid this, wear a belt under the bust to create a balance.
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We would be happyy to answer your styling queries too. Email us on info@fashion-bombay.com for any styling or shopping woes.

September 10, 2010

Real Life Style Icon!

When Sarah from Yes and Yes contacted us a few weeks ago for an interview in her "Real Life Style Icon" section, we were super excited. Today, the interview is out and we couldn't be happier.We share our ideas and inspirations here. Hope you'll like the interview and get to know us a little bit more.

Also drop by Stylepile to read our guest post on stilettos and their evolution over the years. Aren't they an absolute must-have? Read the article here.

P.S: Eid Mubarak to all our friends. Hope you'll have a fabulous weekend.

September 09, 2010

Fashion's Night Out

Vogue has masterminded a global fashion event that is taking place in 16 countries around the world. We were dying to be a part of it, but unfortunately it's taking place in the capital (so Delhiites rejoice!).  With 68 luxury brands under one roof, fashion lovers will certainly go ga ga over this one. You can even avail of specially designed Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh t-shirts for Rs.500 only! There are also some limited edition products up for sale only for one night tomorrow. Click here for more information.
Date: Friday, 10 September
Venue: DLF Emporio Mall, New Delhi

P.S: If this excites you and if you can make it for the big night then do share your experience with us. We'd love some first hand information on the event. You can also

South Avenue S/S

The day was cold and breezy, thanks to the incessant rains. Our meeting was unavoidable, so we dressed up to show you what we wore today.

Jasleen wore a floral-printed dress with a cape

Dress, Ritu Kumar Label (also worn here)| Hakoba cape, Fashion Street| gladiators & bag, Forever 21| belt, too old
  • Q: Why? A: Two words -- Comfortable and colourful.
  • Eliminate the dullness of the weather by adding colour to brighten your ensemble. The silhouette and length of the dress gave was perfect for an eventful day.
  • The belt worn like this adds shape to almost all body types.
  • Add a jacket, cape or a wrap to keep you warm and cosy. 
  • The tote comes in handy for all your files and notepads.
Sonu wore an oversized top with linen pants 






Top, vintage| pants, Mango| ballerinas, Pieces| bag, Aldo| belt, Charles & Keith
  • There is something special about over-sized tops, tees and shirts. They are versatile, wear them with a belt, blazer, vest or a wrap
  • Small to medium sized women can wear them in almost all those combinations, large size onwards women choose your over-sized tops correctly, one which is a size or two larger not more.
  • Sonu added a belt to add shape and also avoided to repeat her earlier post.
  • The ballerinas add colour to the otherwise dull outfit.

September 04, 2010

The big fat Indian wedding

As the wedding season steers its way through, the JSo team does what they are best at. We styled an exciting bridal fashion shoot for the current issue of Stylspeak Magazine.The magazine is on the stands, go get your copy now!

For the Mehendi Ceremony
Ensemble, Anand Kabra| hand accessories, Malaga| clutch, Malaga

For the Cocktail party

Ensemble, Shane and Falghuni Peacock| necklace and bracelet, Aquamarine| rings and kadas, Curio Cottage| shoes and props, stylist's own

For the Wedding wows
 Lehenga worn as a sari, Krshna Mehta| earrings, kadas and necklace, Amrapali| pearl necklace & Maharani bag, Malaga

Photos: Arjun Chipalkatti
Hair: Seema V. Jerajani
Makeup: Farida Mistry
Stylists: Jasleen Kaur Gupta & Sonu Bohra

September 02, 2010

At Hamleys

It finally stopped raining and we could wear something other than old shorts, tunics and worn out shoes. A happy bright sunny day called for some dressing up and that's what we did.

Sonu mixed stripes and flower print with her tunic and cropped jacket combination
Floral dress, Fashion Street| cropped jacket, United Colors of Benetton| brogues, Aldo| link chains, Besos| bag, DKNY (Courtesy: my sister)

- Mixing prints doesn't come naturally to everyone, to begin with start with mixing neutral colour palettes. Pick one major print and complement with a minor or a safer print. So if you pick your major print as big flowers then your minor print should be a more basic stripes, polka dots or simple checks.
- Sonu even blinged up her cropped jacket with a lovely link patch.
- You can wear this look with and without pants with high-heels and a clutch to fit evening occasions.

Jasleen wore a tiered skirt with pink/nude wedges
Skirt & Shirt, Fashion Street| wedges, courtesy Pavers England| brocade gold clutch, Forever New

-Jasleen has being OD-ing on the wedges because they seem to go with almost anything. Little skirts are her weakness and she spotted some really nice ones recently in floral and graphic prints in the Forever New sale.
- Jasleen wore her short skirt with a basic linen shirt worn outside the skirt, For skinny figures, tuck in the shirt and wear it with a nice belt.
- You can also wear a very colourful tee with a waistcoat and gladiators, but this look is a little young so make sure you can carry it off.
- This same look can be worn with a blouse, a boyfriend blazer and Oxfords for a grownup, vintage look
- Wear this skirt over a dress and let the hem of the dress show, it makes an interesting combination.
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