When Designer Pawan Sachdeva invited us to view his Spring Summer 2014 collection "The Urban Glam" .... we were thrilled to find his collection so very us !! .... It is trendy, summery, young, vibrant, urban with a delightful retro touch ... In fact the pleated circle skirts, tiered maxi and collared dresses inspired us to style a concept shoot with Lewis Carroll's Alice as inspiration :) ... In our eyes, Pawan's Alice is a dreamer .... She is urban, a budding fashionista, her day starts and ends with music and she is an avid reader, devouring magazines and fiction to people her imagination with grand adventures where she reigns as the impossibly enchanting heroine !! ... Even in her mundane day to day life, checking out the latest modish fashions on online stores, hunting for the perfect song list for her gym and zumba classes, meeting up with friends for coffee, lunch and movies, attending summer literary soirees as a privileged guest list member, shopping for elusive cool in curated trunk shows .... she is essentially a dreamer embellishing her life one beautiful sequin at a time ... Pawan's Alice, is in her Wonderland everywhere she goes .... even in the Discotheque :)




Pawan Sachdeva SS 14

"In the folds of these moments, there are some pure bonds .... Prayers of love are being recited and reverberated by some unseen Angels ... The earth is speechless and the sky bewildered with light .... so much light, that spreads to the heavens !! ... There is a melody in every awake and sleeping breeze .... a beauty in every movement .... as if Love is in the air !!! .... What is this love ? ... What is this dream ? ... What are these feelings of love flooding in ? ... Days have changed, nights have changed ... Conversations have changed .... The way of life have changed !! "
A song was floating in the air as we walked down from Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan towards the ghats of the Yamuna ... Angel and Aanchal were tripping on the Bhang laddoo prasad from the darshan at Banke Bihari temple and still chanting Radhe Radhe ... The afternoon sun of the Indian month of Phalgun was absolutely incandescent !! ... There was so much light everywhere ... maybe it was the sun ... maybe it was the place ... maybe it was the bhang ... i don't know ... but our hearts and souls were distended with love and curiosity ... i say "distended" and not "filled" because to be filled means you cannot take in anymore .... yet everything and everyone we encountered had a peculiar quality of love and light ... Maybe we were surprised ... roaming around an urban village of Goswamis (Brahmin priests) ... with no cellphones ... no money(though thankfully Aanchal had brilliantly tied a few hundreds to her dupatta end just as a fallback :D, smart girl), ... no Man (this is patriarchal India ;P) escorting us ... just a blue elephant Kaleerey (a dome shaped streamer with tinkling bells tied to a bangle) on Angel and a red one on Aanchal, and my Nikon of course .... yet we did not encounter the beady eyes of city life even once !! ... Everything was so Pakeezah ... that beautiful Urdu word for purity .... In fact looking back i get goosebumps even thinking of coincidences that happen with me ... Angel had rinsed her hair in the temple complex after Bihariji's darshan ... her long curly hair was the popular target of many Holi water guns ... and it dripped in colour any way she moved ... So she washed it under a temple tap ... and in no time her hair dried in all the sunlight into Medusa curls ... I was just thinking of telling her that she looked like Meena Kumari in Pakeezah ... when i heard the song .... "In lamhon ke daaman mein .... Pakeezah se rishte hain .... Koi kalma mohabbat ka .... Dohrate farishte hain ..... Khamosh si hai zameen hairaan sa falak hai .... Ek noor hi noor sa ab aasman talak hai ..... Nagmein hi nagmein hai jagti soti fizaon mein .... Husn hai saari adaon mein .... Ishq hai jaise hawaon mein .... Kaise yeh ishq hai .... Kaisa yeh khwab hai ... Kaise jazbaat ka umda salab hai .... Din badle raatein badli, baatein badli ..... Jeene ke aandaz hi badlein hai" !!! ... Get the Pakeezah connection ? :p  .... This is Part 2 of our #Roadtripping Series 1 ... with The Filmy Owl, Delhi's hottest talent, our favourite doodle artist, aka Angel Bedi !! .... presenting Angel and Aanchal, the Queens of Sass :D



The Filmy Owl Angel Bedi and Delhi Style Blog


"No, no ! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time ! " .... When Lewis Carroll told a story to little Alice once upon a time, rowing down the river on a lazy sunny afternoon .... it resulted in a huge book of many pages ... the Adventures in Wonderland ..... that changed the world ... that changed My world !! .... Thats the thing about adventures .... it changes you .... you are never the same when you come back to where you started ! ... So was our trip to Vrindavan on Holi, with  The Filmy Owl , the alter ego of Angel Bedi, who "aims to doodle quirky smiles across the universe, all the way to infinity" with her brilliant illustrations of life in the Indian capital, Delhi :) ... We at DSB have been thinking about a roadtripping series for long ... the idea is to discover the innate Style Barometer of the hot young creatives we know locally and socially beyond their fame and celebrityhood ... to know and understand their unique worldviews that fuel such brilliant outputs in the field of fashion, art, entertainment and music .... We have been following Angel avidly on Instagram ( 9834 followers) , on Facebook ( 30362 ) as The Filmy Owl and on her personal FB page, and she is just the sort of person you would want to go on an adventure with ... Filmy is local slang for die hard movie fans whose life and vocabulary is peppered with scenes and dialogues from blockbusters and Owl is well, ... an incredibly wise bird by connotation ... Angel is as filmy in real life as her quirky sassy doodle characters .... and as wise as the Owl on the tree who "saw more" and "spoke less" delivering wit in nano bites, enough to sting but with a dash of self deprecating humour !! ... Here is our picturesque account with the very lovable Filmy Owl :)



The Filmy Owl Angel Bedi and Delhi Style Blog
Aanchal Sukhija and Angel Bedi

When Tarun Tahiliani, legendary couturier,  put the White Bindi on his entire crew, runway models and fashion week guests at Day 1 of the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week 2014 ... it made people curious as it did us !! ... The White Bindi is a symbol of protest against child marriage ... and No Child Brides is an initiative to create widespread awareness of the cause in partnership with the NGO Child Survival India .... The Facebook page of No Child Brides states statistics so chilling that we at DSB was compelled to request our readers to show support for this noble cause ... Consider this !! ... "Did you know 39,000 underage girls are forced to marry everyday …. India has the record of having the highest absolute number of child brides: about 24 million .... This represents 40% of the 60 million world's child marriages! .... Being forced into an early marriage ruthlessly ends any ambition, a young girl can have ... It is the beginning of a slew of problems that make life hell for them ... Getting exposed to domestic violence is just one of them ..... Child brides are 200 % more likely to be subjected to domestic violence .... According to Unicef, 47.3% of Indian girls are married by 18 years of age, and 18% are forcefully wedded by the age of 15 .... These marriages are often performed without the consent of the girls involved in the marriage. .... As long as families, communities and governments tolerate child marriage, motherhood in childhood will remain an everyday occurrence in developing countries, and girls’ basic human rights will continue to be violated .... We just can't accept this status quo anymore ... We must get our next government to make eradicating this social evil, an important part of their development agenda .... We started our campaign by asking women to sport a white bindi and raise awareness about the child marriage problem in India ... And now, thanks to good people like Tarun Tahiliani and his entire crew, our cause has reached the Lakme Fashion Week ... When we went to Tarun Tahiliani and told him about what we are doing, he instantly agreed to support our cause ... He made his entire crew, models and his guests, wear the white bindi ... It caught eyeballs, made the media curious, and most importantly, made everyone at the Lakme Fashion Week aware about the gravity of the child marriage issue in our country ... A lot of people have been asking us "Why the white bindi?" ... Apart from the fact that you will find all sorts of bindis at a bindi shop, but never a white bindi ... We feel its a simple way to stand out and stand up for a cause that really needs us to .... Infants born to child brides are 60% more likely to die in  their  first year !! .... India is home to 1/3rd of all the child brides in the world ... And despite making Child Marriage illegal in 2006, our government has done nothing to enforce these laws .... We think this is an inhumane violation of Human Rights and it’s high time we made our next government pay heed to the gravity of this pandemic."



Jacqueline Fernandez for Tarun Tahiliani LFW 14
Jacqueline Fernandez for Tarun Tahiliani LFW 14

Have you seen the Holi special movie release Gulaab Gang featuring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla? What a movie !! Though film critics are quick to point out all the imperfections in the story line ... for us Indian Women it is revolutionary on many counts ! ... For the young generation of urban India, for the first time we saw a movie poster with an all female starcast .... with the leading lady and villain, both happily married actresses of Bollywood .... For the first time, the spirit of Holi .... otherwise known as the most colourful festival of India ... was depicted with the colour of women empowerment ... all the colours of a multifaceted Indian woman, not just a cardboard stereotype !! .... No wonder, one of India's leading mall DLF Promenade, chose to have a special screening of the movie for a select group of women achievers, on the occasion of  Women's Day !! ... Here is the link to the movie .... At the cost of giving an opinion against the established film critics ... we loved it !! ... Therefore our style shoot is called Gulaab Gang (gulaab = pink) in deference to the pink saree clad women vigilantes of the movie.
Holi is a spring festival of India, celebrated on the Phalguna Purnima (full moon of the Spring or Vernal Equinox) ... here is the wiki link for our non Indian readers  :) .... As you will read if you follow the link .... there are many stories related to the origin of Holi ... however this is our favourite :
"In Braj region of India, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna, a Hindu deity. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as a festival of love. There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana, poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi" !! ..... So therefore this is our first Style post in a series on Holi celebrations, we present the colours of Holi with two mavericks from the Indian shopping scene .... accessories by the Queen of Indian Kitsch - designer Nida Mahmood .... and the most fun fast fashion  brand Forever 21 :)



Gulaab Gang Holi special
DIY Nida Mahmood Matchbox necklace


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