Check Mate

Hollywood beauties are smitten by Louis Vuitton’s latest checkered offering. And they all seem to instinctively pick up a version that’s most suited to their personality…

Super babes Miranda Kerr, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, Kirsten Dunst and Isabelli Fontana seem to have something apart from a million women wanting to be like them and more than a million men wanting to be with them. Binding all of these beauties together is a checkered Louis Vuitton dress as each of them has been recently spotted donning one of the iconic brand’s Spring Summer 2013 offering.

 

Kirsten Dunst got comfortable in a long dress with oft white and caramel checks and to say that the dress seemed to just glide like honey over her milky complexion, would be an understatement. Check out the picture and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Lol… did I just say Check… Must be the LV effect!

Kirsten Dunst in a honey and cream version of the LV dress

Kirsten Dunst in a honey and cream version of the LV dress

 

Kristen Stewart looked smashing in a bold white and black checkered number. While she would look gorgeous in the caramel outfit that her namesake donned too, we’d say the black does justice to her goth look. Interestingly, given the controversies she’s been in and out of lately, people seem to be judging and categorizing her purely as Good and Bad – White and Black. Spooky!

K Stew -- matching outfits with personalities, perhaps?

K Stew — matching outfits with personalities, perhaps?

Miranda Kerr’s structured shirt dress is less caramel than Kirsten Dunst’s. Thumbs up from us — the soft nude checks make her look less of an ice queen and more feminine.

Miranda Kerr opts for soft nude and white checks

Miranda Kerr opts for soft nude and white checks

Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana teamed her LV checkered skirt with an all covering white top. While we’ve nothing against the top itself, can’t say we’re a fan of the combination… just falls flat and fails impress, doesn’t it. On the bright side, thank God for her vibrant smile, it can set any wardrobe disaster straight.

Isabeli Fontana: Love the skirt, not so much the top.

Isabeli Fontana: Love the skirt, not so much the top.

 

We know Jessica Alba’s tired of the cute tag, but that doesn’t mean she steps out in this!!! Black and white checks are not meant for everyone and we think Jessica’s helped send that message out successfully.

Black and white's just not for cutesy pie Jessica Alba

Black and white’s just not for cutesy pie Jessica Alba

Guys and gals: Get a pair of Dhoti pants!!!

Actor Sangeeta Bijlani goes for the androgynous look with a vest and dhoti pants ensemble. How cool is that!

Actor Sangeeta Bijlani goes for the androgynous look with a vest and dhoti pants ensemble. How cool is that!

While a dhoti can make you look incredibly sexy, the undesired folds and creases after 5 minutes of roaming around in a dhoti can  make the outfit look very drab. The solution? A ready to wear, pre-stitched dhoti!!! Yes, as simple as that. Fashion designer Anita Dongre dolled up actor Purab Kohli and sultry siren Sangeeta Bijlani in dhoti outfits. Take a cue and follow suit…

Follow actor Purab Kohli's 'dhoti pants' style file to stand out at a family function

Follow actor Purab Kohli’s ‘dhoti pants’ style file to stand out at a family function

Pippa is back. But we’ll look at her from the front…

Pippa Middleton rocks it in a Gucci bag in London. Pic courtesy: Splash News.

Pippa Middleton rocks it in a Gucci bag in London. Pic courtesy: Splash News.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, the now pregnant wife of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has a hot sister who is still unmarried and has caught the attention of several single men around the globe. And though mostly talked about for her posterior, the young lady does look dapper when fully clothed, flashing her dimples. Here’s a recent picture of Pippa, in London. Wrapped in trench coat style jacket, carrying a Gucci Fall/Winter 2012-13 brown leather medium Soft Stirrup bag with top-stitching and gold spur detail. Adorable, isn’t she?

Bikinis and more: James Ferreira rocks IRFW 2012

A model flaunting a dangerously cut bikini by James Ferreira at the IRFW 2012

Resort wear is a tricky business. Everyone thinks it’s the easiest thing to design in the world but there really are only a few whose creations catch your attention and fewer still whose designs make their way into your dreams, keeping you up all night. As I browsed through pictures of what was paraded on the runway on Day One of the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week, in Goa, I didn’t feel the need to stop and spend more than 5 seconds exploring a creations… at least not for the right reasons. That some of the models flaunted uninspiring body frames, didn’t help either. Then I stumbled upon fashion designer James Ferreira’s creations for IRFW. The show seemed like it was a hit, and James, as always, looked like he was having fun. The outfits were simple, flowy and most importantly, functional. There were reversible shorts in cotton crepe, languid dresses for swimwear covers, dresses and jumpsuits for women. The male models strutted in black cowl jumpsuits, swim trunks and white sheer trousers and shirts. We’ll leave the pictures to do the rest of the talking…

A model in James Ferreira resort wear for IRFW 2012

A male model wearing shorts and a sheer shirt designed by James Ferreira for IRFW 2012

James Ferreira (centre) flanked by Isha Sharvani and models in his creations at IRFW 2012

Ritu Beri opens up on criticism for her opulent designs, the most expensive book authored by her and more…

Based in New Delhi, Indian fashion designer Ritu Beri is the first Asian designer to head the French fashion brand, Scherrer. We caught up with the style guru when she came to Mumbai to promote her festive collection for the season. She discusses her new line, future plans and one of the most expensive books, authored by her…

In conversation with Ritu Beri…

Model Lisa Haydon in a Ritu Beri design

Your appearances in Indian fashion events are far few and in between. Why do you keep your fans here waiting so long to catch a glimpse of your work and you?
Ritu Beri: Firstly I love Mumbai, so I am always happy to be here. My schedule has kept me very busy and I have been away travelling, hence I have not been available in the past and I’m now showcasing in Mumbai.

You wanted to start lifestyle stores. What’s the update on that?

Ritu Beri: I intend to establish “Cultural Embassies” representing the Exotic, Mystical and Magical aspects of Asia in Various Forms. The affinity between various cultures culminates in a miracle of perfection and I want to show this to the world.

Whose style sense impresses you — in Bollywood and Hollywood. Why?
Ritu Beri:
Amongst the Indian celebrities, Rekha is who I admire as a person and her charismatic and sophisticated style. Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness is another favourite.

Your designs have sometimes met with criticism, that they’re too opulent or over the top. Your take…
Ritu Beri:
I love to explore the impossibilities and work in an inspired mode while mostly designing to satisfy myself. I love to work with rich brocades, jacquards, chiffon and georgettes, fabrics that lend sensuality to any look. I try to blend the old world charm of traditional embroideries with modern day patterns and shapes to create interesting textures that allure any look.

You are showing your festive wear line in Kimaya. Can you please describe your line, your inspirations, target audience, etc…
Ritu Beri:
The collection is inspired by our rich culture and heritage. The line comprises of opulent and elaborate silhouettes. The spirit is intrinsically feminine, romantic but flamboyant; the collection is about rich, artistic hand work modelled into contemporary silhouettes with subtle details of embroidery to enhance the soft feminine appeal. Our brand has the same spirit ‘The essence of art meets the divinity of designer couture’ and our target audience is the same.

You wrote and published the most expensive book till date — Firefly – A Fairytale. Any plans to unleash the author in you again?
Ritu Beri:
Firefly is about my experiences in the fashion industry. It is not an autobiography and I prefer to call it a fairy tale. I enjoy exploring the impossibilities and like to work in an inspired mode only to satisfy myself and my passions. I love doing homes and furniture. I dream of writing many inspirational books and more than anything else I keep on doing my charity.

If you don’t mind me asking — why was the book so highly priced (Rs 1 lakh each)?
Ritu Beri:
Firefly was a limited edition of 100 copies. The book release was a great success. It sold out in hours and we went in to print the second edition the very next day.

Ritu Beri

Sridevi shines in coral: The grand return of pop hues

Bollywood actor Sridevi with daughters Jhanavi (in beige) and Khushi


It’s official. Pop colours are back. Designers have been harping about pop shades, bright candy hues and fluorescent tones staging a comeback for a year now; almost every brand worth its salt has introduced slim fit pants in a variety of colours – but when it was when I saw Sridevi attend the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour in Mumbai, with her two daughters in tow, dressed to kill in a flowy coral hued strappy Nandita Mahtani gown, that I realized color was here to stay for quite some time.
Mandira Wirk, Nandita Mahtani, Vikram Phadnis – the designers unleashed colour heavy lines on the runway. And the tones had a fluorescent edge to them.

Mandira Wirk’s collection, inspired by London, had bold cuts and shades that would make the person donning it make heads turn on a summery day, lending depth to the pleasant, soft sun rays.

Model wearing Mandira Wirk

Nandita Mahtani’s creations had glamour, and an indulgent trait to them, thanks to the fluorescent hues.

Model wearing Nandita Mahtani outfit

Vikram Phadnis’ line had Indian clothes, with strong Turkish influences. He teamed muted kurtas with netted skirts in bright peach and bubbly butterfly greens. I can already see the trend being a rage with the swish set, soon trickling down to the masses as well. Bring it on!