Celebrations of Indian clothing are seen in large strokes across the recent spring/summer runway. Sometimes in factual translations, like dresses sparkling with embellishment in silhouettes mimicking lehengas, and other times through luxurious colors pulled from memories of unforgettable Indian adventures. The gracefulness between West and East is more evident than ever this season. What is certain is that India’s influence for spring/summer has allowed for something more varied and a wide net of influence that is steeped in a rich appreciation for all things Indian! Borrow It Bindaas explores the catwalks of this season to see who has the exact Indian touch!
Matthew Williamson has visited India over 40 times. He experienced the Holi festival in one of his trips, and the idea of carnival-goers throwing brightly colored powders over each other really had him thinking, moreover he drew on this for the powder prints in his Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
Pinks bled into whites on a smooth sheath dress with ambers dripped into ochres over a mountainous scene printed on Bermuda shorts, all of which were brought to life from Matthew Willamson’s colorful India memories.
Marchesa is one of our favorite designers who also found their influence in just a beat of a heart from India this season! Layered gowns were fashioned to form saree-like shapes. Meticulously arranged crystals sat encrusted on radiant fuchsia tones, while a white lehenga inspired two-piece dress floated with feather-like softness down the runway.
We love how the result of the line honored Indian costumes with evolution towards modernity while retaining the classic elegance and modification of our traditions. This season’s designer, Georgina Chapman said that she used traditional Indian techniques and that the silhouettes are embellished with pearls and crystals.
Vera Wang’s use of layering coupled with South Asian textures, colors, prints, and embroideries. Her inspiration was the masculine tailoring of Indian men’s traditional dress with the delicate grace of saree, and new less literal translation of Indian glamor.
The sumptuous, intricate brocades, gauzy ikats, and the deep color palette of jade, sapphire, and gold were suggestive of India. We think Vera Wang’s dance with the country and its sweeping history and luscious visual liveliness was expertly assembled.
Mary Katrantzou sure knows how to command a crowd, and she sure knows how to command a print to do something different with it and move it on to a whole new place. Her Spring/Summer collection was of beautiful old Indian stamps splashed with symbolic birds, icons, national symbols, history, and works of art.
She used earthy tones of amber and green to represent India’s rich agriculture wealth, and hints of fresh blue to represent the all-year sunshine and blue skies India experiences. The zig-zag lines are not only to represent the stamps’ edges but also the hundred of railway lines that goes around India. We love how Mary’s perception of the line was more about the stories and print!
So there it is! The richness of India’s visual heritage is always an inspiration to abroad designers. The embroideries and color from India are so magnificent that they will always be an influence in the fashion industry. What’s your take? Leave us and comment and let us know!
Written exclusively for ‘Borrow It Bindaas’ by Monika Rajwani
Photo Courtesy: Vogue UK
Sometimes she dazzles in a funky dress and other times she goes classy in a feminine gown. Yet this diva makes great style statements on the red carpet almost every time. She sure does have style and no one can challenge it! In this edition of Celebrity Spotlight, Borrow It Bindaas features the striking actress, Neha Dhupia!
Hard to believe but Neha doesn’t have a stylist to dress her at red carpet events or when she has to make public appearances! Her mother and friend, Chola tell her what works and what doesn’t!
Her favorite international designers are Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. She likes Victoria Beckham for the simple and clean cuts and Diane von Furstenberg because of the feminine clothes. Her favorite Indian designers include Masaba, Gaurav Gupta, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi Muckherjee, and Rohit Bal.
We love how innovative Neha is when it comes to mixing and matching! For example her lehenga look-skirt with a blazer! Or that one time when she wore a red Victoria Beckham dress and wore it again with an embellished jacked and Indian jewelry.
Neha’s must have accessories are shoes and sunglasses. She loves shoes from slippers to knee-length boots! She once also revealed that she couldn’t do without a watch! “I just can’t do without a big dial watch. Watches are my weakness. I love to hoard as many watches I can. And I feel a big dial black or white or chrome watch can instantly add oomph to a dull and simple look.” We can’t agree more with Neha’s statement!
Her fashion icons include Hollywood diva Audrey Hepburn and Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor. “I love Audrey Hepburn for her classic style and elegance. And in India it is Sonam Kapoor as she carries herself very well be it Indian wear or western vintage outfits that she accessories it with a quirk. I feel that I’m in a happy space now and I love it this way”.
You will tend to see Neha in white, black, and gray a lot. Those tend to be her favorite colors!
Neha also has plans to venture into fashion e-commerce, as she herself is an online shopping addict. She says, “I myself shop for shoes and clothes all the time from various sites and if I can get to see what the dress I wish to buy will look like on me in as good as a 3D avatar. What more can I ask for? It’s a boon for all of us e-shoppers.”
Since Neha is known to be one of the better dressed women in Bollywood and is usually spotted in desirable creations by top designers. She also has a large number of followers on Twitter, and these two factors were instrumental in Neha being chosen for Twitter face for Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week this past season!
She loves to wear what she feels comfortable in, yet she’s very fashionable. However she always looks different and takes risks while always getting it right!
More Looks Of Neha We Love!
Written exclusivly for ‘Borrow It Bindaas’ by Monika Rajwani
Photo Courtesy: Vogue India, ApnaTimePass, StyleMeIndia, Pinkvilla
Wedding Series: All About the Groom+Groomsmen
Ask any groom or their groomsmen if they’ve ever worn their sherwani/kurta from their wedding or their friends wedding chance are you’ll either hear no or maybe once in the last few years. Most men are never too concerned with their kurta/sherwani and most the time aren’t even the ones choosing it… so why spend so much for something that will be sitting in the back of their closet?
Borrow It Bindaas has the perfect solution! Ladies get your groom and his groomsmen to rent their Sherwani/Kurta from us. Sherwanis/Kurtas are not cheap- They can run to up to $600! Save yourself all the time, money and especially the hassle!
Let Borrow It Bindaas take away your stress and help dress you and your guests! Take a Peek into our Bindaas couple Yazmin & Patrick who came to Borrow It Bindaas prior to their wedding and we took care of the rest. Their guests rented from Borrow it Bindaas! Borrow It Bindaas was delighted to have all of Patrick’s groomsmen and friends rent kurta pajamas and sherwanis.
“I contact Borrow it Bindaas when guest’s and Patrick’s groomsmen started telling us they also wanted to wear Indian clothes! I was in communication with the Borrow it Bindaas team a month or two prior to my wedding where they helped us with sizing and styling our guests. They had a groomsen collection of 8 kurta pajamas and the rest of patricks friends rented sherwanis and other kurtas from the Borrow it Bindaas Mens Collection. They made the whole process hassle free and all of Patricks friends got to wear kurtas/sherwanis!” -Yazmin
Trust us, and save the trip & hassle of going to India or even the little India in a nearby city. Thinking of buying online? Most sites will take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive and either fit will be off or prices will be so expensive. At Borrow It Bindaas all of our Inventory is in-house so you won’t have to wait 6-8 weeks! And like with every Borrow It Bindaas rental we do our best in helping you choose your size and custom tailor if needed!
If you are getting married soon, or know someone who is check out our wedding services we offer Borrow it Bindaas Wedding Services. For more information, email us at email@example.com
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