Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pretty in Prints

There are prints, prints and more prints everywhere this season. Actually, since last season, prints of all sorts have been in focus. Florals, animal prints, geometricals, graphic prints, tribal prints -- big and small and in hosts of colours— are dominating the ramps as well as the shops. 

Jonathan Saunders


Peter Pilotto



From skirts to dresses; from pants to clutches and scarves—everything is looking cheerful in vibrant prints.

Emilio Pucci

Jonathan Saunders scarf

Peter Pilotto

Proenza Schouler
Roberto Cavalli
Michael van der Ham

 So if you have always been too conscious to wear a print, this is the time to embrace this trend.

Jonathan Saunders

Tory Burch

 Pair your patterned garment with a black, nude, khaki or colour-block skirt or trouser. Or get an uptown look with a short dress in an interesting print. In case of animal prints, wear either your top or bottom in a solid color, preferably black or beige.

Tory Burch


Alexander MaQueen

Aminaka Wilmont


Alexander McQueen

Philosophy de Alberta

 Whether you fancy wide-legged pants or ankle-skimming skirts or tight trousers, you will find them in panoramic prints. If you are still not too sure, start with a printed clutch/tote or scarf.


Burberry Tote

Dolce and Gabbana scarf

Jimmy Choo Embroidery on Print

Proenza Schouler belt

Clover Canyon

Chuck your necklace and settle for a bracelet instead with a printed top. But then, if your style statement demands several necklaces around your dainty neck—go for the bling!

Clover Canyon

Emilio Pucci

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Alberta Ferretti

Fashion experts have always warned against wearing prints from head-to-toe and but to stick to one printed garment. But breaking all rules, fashionistas are wearing clashing prints all over this season. So if you can pull it off, go for it. Pair big prints with smaller ones for a polished look.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Stunning Tribal Sarees of Orissa

India is rich in its heritage and culture. And this is evident in India's rich tradition of textiles as well. Of the 29 states of the country, each have atleast one distinct style of textile. Some states have even developed a variety of styles, designs and materials. This is primarily evident in the traditional Indian sarees. And natural fibres are the most popular choice of the elite as well as the common women on the roads.

Orissa's Kotpad region has one such typical style of sarees and dupattas (longer stoles).  Kotpad is situated in the Koraput district of Orissa. Weavers of tribal-domianted  Kotpad use vegetable dyes prepared from the bark of Aal trees, without any chemical fixing.

These sarees/dupattas mostly have red or black temple borders, all over red background with brown borders and a sprinkling of `butties' bird, animal and fish motifs. Available in both vibrant andmuted shades and colour combinations, these sarees are ideal for any occasion. And of course, go for chunky jewellery for a sophisticated look.

Kotpad Tussar

Cream-Pink Kotpad Tussar Saree
Kotpad Dupatta
Cream and aal brown cottoon saree
Kotpad yellow dupatta
Brown Dupatta
Tribal cotton tussar stole
Elegant pink-red stole

Habaspuri Sarees/Dupattas

Habaspuri Tussar

Dupatta in bright red

Siminoi Indigo Royal Tussar Cotton saree