We are Delhi's most stylish bloggers yayyy !!!! ..... What happens when high street fashion peaks perfection ?? .... This was the tagline for the Second Edition of DLF Promenade Fashion Bloggers Meet 2013 !! ..... On 19th March, DLF Promenade, Delhi organised a Fashion Bloggers Meet to introduce fashion bloggers and their readers with its participating brand's Spring-Summer 2013 collections .... A styling contest ensued with Fashion Guru Suneet Varma  as judge ..... Delhi Style Blog participated along with other Fashion Bloggers from Mumbai and Delhi .... and we won the contest :) ..... You can read all about it here Fashion Bloggers Meet First Edition ...... On November 13th , DLF Promenade organised the Second Edition for showcasing Autumn Winter Trends and we were invited to participate in the Style Challenge with Fashion Diva Anupama Dayal as judge and Bhumika Pant from Dior as co judge !! .... This time we had to style one male and one female model with the participating brands at Delhi's swanky DLF Promenade Mall with Hair by Looks Salon, Make Up by Inglot and refreshments by Mamagoto ..... The parameters were same as before .... The contest was judged on the basis of overall impact, wearability, originality, detailing and presentation ...... And we are proud to share that we won second time in a row !!!!! ..... So here is the story of our battleplan and subsequent win as Delhi's Most Stylish Bloggers 2013 !!  :)

DLF Promenade Fashion Bloggers Meet
Aanchal Sukhija and Aabhaas Walia

The Collective in Delhi is a one of its kind, super-premium retail concept, known for its breadth of exclusive fashion with over 100 of the world’s best fashion brands under one roof known for menswear and accessories ..... If you want to pick up a head to toe Versace look .... or maybe the latest "It" bag .... or a luxury cufflink to amp up your evening look .... this is The Go to Store in the Capital !!!! ..... Recently we were invited to have a detailed interaction with Tateossian, London ..... an unique jewellery and accessory brand by designer Robert Tateossian who is better known as the "King of Cufflinks".... and we were totally amazed at how such a lil bit of finery could amp up a gentleman's sartorial credentials sky high !! .... Literally at that !!!! ..... The star of the collection was this meteorite limited edition cufflinks made from a Meteor that landed on earth 5000 years ago from outer space and probably 30,000 old !!!! ..... Fashion nerds that we are .... the whole story of Tateossian captivated us due to these historically significant investment pieces !!! ..... But for us at DSB, it was a tete a tete with Julie Woodhead, Buying Director of The Collective, and Ekta Rajani, Fashion Director of Grazia, India that really made this blogpost happen !! ....... Imagine a job as the buyer for an Aditya Birla Group venture ...... the limitless funds ..... the best of Global luxury brands to choose from .... and a shopping spree to stock a store !!! .... OMG is there a heaven better than that for fashionistas ? .... Julie is one lucky lady in a job which is her passion as she talked about the various luxury brands The Collective curates ..... Ekta Rajani of course needs no introduction to us Indians .... She is one of India's foremost Stylists, Fashion Savant and Fashion Mag Journo .... She has always been a hit with us Bloggers because as Fashion Director of Grazia ..... she keeps a sharp eye on the fledgling Fashion Blogging industry and makes it a point to notice and applaud our individual voices as Street Style Fashion Artists whenever she meets us at Fashion Weeks and other industry events !! .... When Julie gifted us the The Collective's Autumn Winter 2013 Collection Coffee Table Edition "The Green Room" .... we were ecstatic !! ...... First because i love Coffee Table Books .... its print in a world gone Digital .... its Hardcover with the very best of photographs, illustration and concise prose .... it looks pretty as a Drawing Room accessory .... and its the creme de la creme of premium advertisement !! ..... The Green Room is very stylishly curated .... and no wonder why !! .... The Collective in its infinite wisdom roped in eight of India's best Celebrity Stylists, Ekta being one ..... to create a wardrobe out of the store's collection .... based on Four Themes of Drama, Narcissism, Chaos and Debauched .... in their Signature Styles supported by a phalanx of models, make up artists and photographers ..... to truly create India's first Style Collective !!! ..... Now that the store is offering Duty Free Shopping .... aka 40% less on iconic brands such as Armani Collezioni, Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Versace Jeans, Hackett, Lagerfeld, True Religion, Versace Collection and many more ..... starting today the 6th of December till the 8th of December ..... we at DSB thought of sharing  excerpts from "the Green Room", their lookbook this season .... with you dear readers !! .... Wish you a very jolly Winter Shopping spree :)

The Green Room The Collective
The Green Room The Collective Autumn Winter 2013

Designer Pawan Sachdeva is one of those fashion people that prefers staying under the radar ..... In my one year of covering Fashion and Couture weeks in India ..... i have never come across him in the numerous post fash week parties or social events !! ..... But i have certainly heard of him many a times, in relation to Men's designer collection wear ..... it is another matter that he makes stunning womenswear too !! ..... So when i got invited to "The Festival of Hope" , a Fashion Show celebrating Cancer Survivors in association with the Indian Cancer Society .... there was an invite from Pawan to walk for his Finale show as a Fashion Blogger !!!! ..... Celebrating the survival from Cancer and also creating awareness among the citizens,  this was “The Festival of Hope”'s third chapter and Pawan has been lending his support to this worthy cause since its inception .... Along with cancer survivors , his creations were showcased on well known names from industry, society, models and Bollywood personalities ..... I was thrilled to walk for such a worthy cause with my bloggers weapon, my camera :) .... and because it was a collection which was truly a class apart ..... i clicked my fellow Ramp walkers backstage before the show ..... ( can't let go of documenting a designer collection, can I ? ;p) ..... The best thing about the collection was its palette of monochrome .... Black and White ... Classy Cocktail Couture !! .... Although there were beautiful formal gowns and dresses .... i especially loved the Tuxedos and Contrast Shawl Collars .... very very James Bond and Savile Row !!! ..... Polka dots, Paisleys, Velvet, Black Lace on Nude Satin and Colour on Colour Bead Embellishments made the collection truly red carpet, glamorous and ageless !! ..... Indeed it was so refreshing to see a designer's creations on real people and different body types after waves and waves of thin famished models on the catwalk :P .... Choreographer Ronica Jacob did a fabulous job of keeping us in line with timely cues .... and Deepa Arora sang one of my most favourite song live ... "Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai" .... the song certainly calmed my palpitation before the ramp walk !! .... Do check out A Class Apart !!

Sanjeev Bijli in Pawan Sachdeva A Class Apart
Sanjeev Bijli in Pawan Sachdeva

Study by Janak is one of those grand old dames of chic couture in Delhi ..... that have always existed in your consciousness whether you have shopped there or not ..... You simply know about SBJ (Study by Janak) because whenever you have had a marriage or a big occasion in the family .... someone or the other would always mention its many stores as a must stop destination for luxury occasion wear shopping !! ..... Such is its fame !!! ..... Recently SBJ organized a gathering of top stylists and fashion media of the city where we were introduced to their Winter 2013 collection .... which was just instore in anticipation of the upcoming wedding season ..... We had a super time checking out their multi floors in the South Extension store and was completely bowled over by the fabulous designer collections and their own in house label ..... SBJ's Made to Measure service is something i have personally experienced in my family and their superior craftsmanship, impeccable tailoring and immaculate guest service relation has already made me a fan for life !! ..... Their stylized occasionwear needs no introduction to the sartorially inclined of the capital .... Delhi Style Blog however took this wonderful opportunity to style a cocktail and bridal look on their very handsome mannequin and our equally stunning blogger Aanchal :D .... Do have a look :)

Study by Janak, Aanchal Sukhija, Delhi Style Blog

Imagine you have to attend a fashion event ..... imagine you have a naughty 20 year old for company, whose concept of time in the real world doesn't match with HER universe ..... imagine the said 20 year old driving fast and furious through the crazy streets of Delhi with a slightly sprained ankle !! .... Are you with me on this crazy story till now ?? :p ..... Yesterday it so happened, that we were invited to Style Arrest 's Pop Up Shop event at The Dirty Martini, the Olive bar at Mehrauli, Delhi. ..... Stylearrest.com is promoted by our good friend and super model Sonalika Sahay, and we simply had to go check out all the fashion goodies we had seen online so far ..... It was decided that Aanchal and me will go for the event ..... but till 6 in the evening ..... there was still no sign of Aanchal or her phone !! .... The mad creature just got a new Apple 5S from her dad and she was offline from everything wireless !!!! ..... When she surfaced on the virtual world finally, i was spitting mad ..... but charmer that she is, she conned me into believing she hadn't forgotten about the event, and was on her way to give me company in a lil bit of shopping at DLF Promenade Mall, before the event ..... Well Aanchal came and i fainted !! ..... She was dressed like a punk with crazy hair, disreputable jeans and a fat sprained ankle in a pair of sneakers !! ..... So i did what any civilised Stylist would do on an occassion like this .... I decided to make a style statement out of her personal attire and took her for emergency shopping to accessorise and fashion her up !!! ..... We landed at the BYSI store at the mall where i wanted to shop according to my initial plans ..... and between the store Manager, Punam Prasad, her store girls and us, we spruced up Aanchal's hair, did the most minimal makeup possible and styled her as a Bengali Bahu gone mad !!!!!! ...... Do check out the results .... and catch the fashion event on our facebook page  Delhi Style Blog on Facebook :)

Aanchal Sukhija, Delhi Style Blog

Fashion Designer Jenjum Gadi is famously known as the King of Gota, but for his Spring Summer 2014 ready to wear line, at Fashion Design Council of India's Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, he presented a devastatingly stunning collection of insect prints that literally made jaws drop !! ..... Of course insect prints are nothing new ..... the Victorians made the shiny beetle into fashion art ..... Cicadas, dragon flies and other insects were very popular during the Art Nouveau period .... In 1997, Thierry Mugler was inspired by insects for his seminal haute couture presentation "Insect Woman" .... in recent times, Lanvin, Thakoon, Tory Burch have also been bitten by the bug print ..... but to see Jenjum's collection "Insecta" Spring Summer 2014 on the runway was an exercise in straining the extraocular muscles ..... eye poppingly !! ( in case you didn't know the EOMs or extraocular muscles are the fellas that cradle your eye ball and are the fastest reacting muscles in your body :P) ..... The first question the fashion press asked Jenjum in his post show conference was predictably ... "Why insects" .... i just smiled at one corner .... because just a few days back during the fittings session for fashion week, i espied the now famous dragon fly ensembles and was most curious about his inspirations .... For his Autumn Winter 2013 collection, Jen's inspiration was his hill tribe ancestors through the storytelling of his grandmother, and therefore named "Clan" ..... and now this time his inspiration was most obviously nature .... and therein lay a clue .... The designer was channeling his roots .... the beautiful land of orchids .... Arunachal Pradesh .... one of the 18 biosphere reserves of India ... a land of unparalleled biodiversity rich in species both flora and fauna ..... Now for some people the idea of insects is very creepy ..... but they are without doubt a very intrinsic part of the terrestrial eco system .... often reviled but very needed to maintain the balance in nature .... and Jenjum pays the most beautiful sartorial homage to the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms ..... the arthropods Insecta :)

Jenjum Gadi Spring Summer 2013 WIFW FDCI Insect print fashion
Jenjum Gadi, Insecta,  Spring Summer 2013 

Pero by Aneeth Arora presented "Labour of Love" Spring Summer 2014 at Fashion Design Council of India's Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on October 12th ..... the first indication about the collection appeared on the brands facebook page with a picture of a collection of recycled dolls with the description ...... "She looked to the skies and wished. She remembered all the people that inspired her. The journey had just begun. And by late evening, it started raining. Polka Dots. Gems and Dolls" ..... And that was precisely what happened .... there were polka dots on the runway .... gems in the press kit ..... and living dolls in straw boaters, ribbons and lace, bows and hearts .... merrily gliding out of a Parisian Cafe .... with cupcakes and periwinkles in flower vases ..... to the bossanova strains of The Girl from Ipanema .....

"Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes - ahhhhh
When she walks, she's like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes - ahhhhh
ohhhh - But he watches so sadly
How can he tell her he loves her
Yes he would give his heart gladly
But each day, when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at himmmm ... "

As supermodel Indrani walked down in a signature Pero anti fit baby doll dress ..... polka dotted ribbon in her hair and red bindi dots on her bare feet ... followed by a bevy of girls in floaty loose sheer layers full of light and grace ..... the frow tried to cheer politely (the front row claps soundlessly while the cat calls, whistles and ovations come from the non front rowers heheh :) ..... while the media pit cattily chinese whispered "Sarojini Nagar" (you gotta be a Delhiite to understand this epithet :p .... Sarojini Nagar market is the most famous flea market in Delhi ..... if you want export surplus summer cotton, lace, knit, hosiery or any kind of summer sheers for an unbelievably cheap 100 rupees or 2 USD .... this is the place to shop .... if you still don't understand the reference, you need to talk to a Delhiite :P)
Herein lies the problem with a label like Pero ..... It's distinctly Indian in its textiles, easily identifiable with locally made and internationally famous Indian handloom textiles and its variations ..... The "look" of Pero is nothing new for the average Indian ...... This kind of shabby chic is what we wear at home or sell to foreigners ...... It is pretty difficult to think of buying Pero at its designer level price point as an anti fit silhouette for an Indian body type ....... So here then is a very brave designer who is absolutely convinced of marrying an International aesthete to local material at a selling price that demands your curiosity ...... To Appreciate Pero you have to understand the journey of Every garment that comes out from the atelier of Aneeth Arora !! .... It is a Labour of Love .... by hands, that stitch every heart, embroiders every dot, closes every lining .... without a machine !! ..... Truly hundred percent handstitched and handcrafted .... in the brands own words .... "‘Péro’ interprets international aesthetic using local material and skills, taking inspiration from what surrounds us, to make a product that connects with people, wherever in the world it is placed. The Indianness of ‘péro’ rests in the textile process, where materials pass through the hands of one craftsperson to the other, carrying forward the Indian tradition of the hand made, and creating pieces that are at once unique. The resulting garment evoke some sense of culture from which it originates, this culture communicates internationally in such a way that the wearer looks equally at ease in the streets of Paris or London, as she does here in India.The look is not about an age group or season, it is about a mindset , a willingness to incorporate the effortless style of the local people in ones attire." ......

ndrani Dasgupta for Pero by Aneeth Arora Spring Summer 2014 WIFW
Indrani Dasgupta for Pero by Aneeth Arora Spring Summer 2014 WIFW

When Charu Parashar's Spring Summer 2014 collection "A Persian Dream" opened with the track Endless Reverie from the album Elysium For The Brave by Persian singer Azam Ali ...... I shivered with goose pimples at a coincidence ..... Azam Ali, Iranian singer raised in Panchgani, India and resident of Los Angeles and Quebec is also someone who is known for her unique jewellery pieces, specially the Farvahar or winged disc - the national symbol of Iran and the Medallion and vine motif design from the Carpets of Isfahan ....  truly unique jewellery and therefore she is frequently featured in Blogger style diaries across the globe ! ..... I have been recently following the sartorial style of Azam .... And then million of miles away in the East, here was Charu Parashar presenting her Persian Dream to a soundtrack of Azam Ali !! .... Co incidence is it not ? .... The Resham embroidery motifs in her persian collection, also reminded me of William Morris's illustrations of the Rubayat of Omar Khayyam, the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosqueand the Persian motifs taken from the rich textile culture of the Safavid dynasty of ancient Iran ..... which also gave birth to our own Mughal motifs descended from the Timurid dynasty of Iran !!! ...... CP's romantic sexy sophistication with flowing hemlines and breezy sleeves brought ancient Persia onto the modern red carpet ..... and her finale gowns certainly brought in the whiff of the Bengali Garad and/or Korial saree ..... with its pristine white with red border  .... the colour palette was very basic salmon pink to red to white ..... the show was stylized with bandana caps with latkans, gold hoops and disc ear rings, bracelets, with pearl, gemstone, and mesh potli, minaudiere and clutches ...... The make up was subtle and classy with a sharp half winged liner on the eyelids with gold highlights in the corner, and a nude pale pink lip.

"I am really excited about this season. The new reinvented look is inspiring. I have experimented with print and embroidery. This time I tried to create a very classic look. The print is basically inspired by Persian carpets and culture. We have done a lot of resham work," Charu said.
The designer added that through her collection she is trying to create an identity for today's woman with clothes which don't just make style statements but are also classic in appeal.
The ecru coloured garments lend a dreamy feel. She also used a lot of Banarasi chanderi for her white collection. It has sheer bodices in net, embroidered with resham work. The translucent feel to the apparels adds sensuousness. - Post Show Press Meet interview.

Charu Parashar Spring Summer 2014 WIFW
Sonalika Sahay for Charu Parashar Spring Summer 2014

One of the hardest parts of being a music blogger is setting aside your personal musical tastes and biases to adopt a neutral view on what you are presenting. You can’t be elitist when it comes to genres because there is a niche audience for every kind of music. And you most certainly can’t call out commercial EDM for the obtuse music it is, because an overwhelming populace of listeners exists that would take no time in turning over your unsuspecting bottom to the Mexican mob if caught insulting their favourite Swedish House Mafia. So it was with an open mind and firmly bit down tongue that our very own Akanksha Chauhan drove to Galgotia University Campus One in Greater Noida to experience what has been touted as Asia’s largest electronic music carnival – Sunburn Noida 2013! 

Akanksha Chauhan at Sunburn Noida 2013
Akanksha Chauhan

The sisters Gauri and Nainika brings to you a holiday collection inspired by the colourful Amalfi coast, and the charm and grace of vintage Hollywood heroines ..... We loved the collection :) ..... for now enjoy the pictures, we will be back with the review, music and closeup details shortly :)

Gauri Nainika Spring Summer 2014 WIFW
Gauri Nainika Spring Summer 2014

Gaurav Gupta presented his couture collection "Lightfall" on the last day of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 ..... by that time we had just seen two back to back couture weeks ... the Bridal Fashion Week preceding DCW by a week .... 12 shows in that one, and 8 shows before GG's in DCW!! .... Even with all the eye fatigue of watching one couture collection after the other ........ The moment we saw the runway set at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, with the Medusa heads dripping lights on to the runway and the beautiful hourglass with the stunningly worded press kit, we knew we were in for something spectacularly different than the other Indian couture offerings so far !!

"Once upon a checkered dream
Of songs in lace and rivulets of gold
Silence became the song the theme
By light the tale of its falling was told
somewhere she said an eye would blink
And somewhere a cave will stall
Night would be the torch to everything
On the day light falls "
- Press Kit, Gaurav Gupta

"Lightfall" was indeed songs of lace and rivulets of gold ..... a collection so stunning and mesmerising, as befitted the poetic press release crafted by Gaurav's stellar right hand Navkirat Sodhi, who is a published poet in her own right ..... and the superbly crafted runway music by Madhav Shorey of the band "Kohra" .... it started with the tinkling of cathedral bells as we were seated and the runway lit up into flaming medusa hair followed by an Luminiscent apparition in a play of sheer and gold .... a beautiful instrumental piece by David August "Forgive Me if i Bleed" played as points of light intersected and radiated from a stunning black gown .... and segued into the electronic tanpura and the magical vocal droning of Sheila Chandra as super model Jesse Randhawa stunned in an orange sharp shouldered brocade jacket over layers of tulle ... to actress Rekha's song as courtesan Vasantsena voiced by Lata Mangeshkar came on the speakers as Gaurav's famed sculptural drapes floated down the runway in 3Desque yellow flowers blooming on neon sari gowns .... to rain and thunderstorms on the speakers that culminated with the golden gorgeousness of show stopper Kalki Koechlin as the astral princess of "Lightfall" !!
Many were bemused by Gaurav's collection .... it was avant garde, it was scintillating, it was edgy, contemporary, it was Art !! ..... futuristic in design and conception, for an Indian woman fed on the usual trite "bridal wear" that passes off as "couture" .... Indeed the Fashion Design Council of India who hosts the Delhi Couture Week even ran a twitter campaign asking fashionistas about what is considered couture in India .... the question being ... Is traditional bridal couture the denominator for "couture" in India ? ..... Inarguably, the Bridal market in India is the biggest and most voracious buyer in the luxury apparel segment .... every Couturier and Fashion Designer worth his salt would naturally target the money guzzling machinery surrounding the "Great Indian Wedding" .... but oh to see a presentation like "Lightfall", one must have the appreciation for a story, with all the senses of sound and sight aflame ! .... A most beautiful representation of what a woman can be ! .... and i was reminded of the James Cameron movie "Avatar" and its "Tree of Souls" and the luminescent neurons connecting the universe of Pandora where every single organism is connected so radiantly into one supreme consciousness !! ....  From the extreme vintage to the future light years from now ..... a woman draped with the luminescent brilliance of Gaurav Gupta's soul of imagination !!! .... Its our pleasure to record all that we felt through our camera ..... So here is Lightfall through our eyes ..... our biggest photo presentation till date !!

Gaurav Gupta Lightfall Delhi Couture Week 2013
Gaurav Gupta Lightfall Delhi Couture Week 2013

Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, the half English, half French duo of fashion label Meadham Kirchhoff presented their spectacular Spring Summer 2014 collection at London Fashion Week recently ..... as the live streaming started, we at this part of the world watched amazed at the absolute theatricality of the Elizabethan inspired school girl look straight out of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen meets modern Street Style mavericks "Chanel meets Birkenstock" look ..... Of course these Central Saint Martins alumnus are already renowned for their presentation of a parallel universe where trends don't matter , their story does .... And their universe of SS 2014 is Mary Poppins gone rogue to a horror soundtrack (apparently from Batman mixed by Jeffery Hinton) .... dead roses on the runway and hanging on to dilapidated wicker fences ... a grey backdrop ..... in contrast to .... girls in flaming ringlet curls adorned with bows by master hair stylist James Pecis, ...... baby doll dresses with lace trimmings, ..... Children story book character bags, ..... knee high school girl socks ... and Alice hats by famous milliner Moody and Farrell !! ..... But for all the theatricality, it was a very Ready To Wear collection ..... and undoubtedly one of the very best ever seen in London Fashion Week this year !! ..... Do have a look :)

Meadham Kirchhoff London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014
Meadham Kirchhoff London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014

So we have completed one year of the blog today .... and its been such a journey .... to even try to recap the past year is sheer madness .... so as Chief Story Teller of the blog, i am going to share the story of us now .... as we are ....... In many ways it is also the story of the rise of blogging in Delhi, the capital city of India, where we are based ..... Of course there have been bloggers before when we started .... but these pioneering people were known only to a limited circle until Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest burst in a phenomenal manner on a generation who started on the social media game a few years back in school and reached college in the last 2 years .... They had time to finally document the urban global consumer life around them .... and all of a sudden .... like it happened before in the other parts of the online world .... brands and corporates woke up to the fact that here is a generation who would trust the independent voice of online blogs than get influenced by ads in print and on TV, merely because these "online media" came from amongst them, is one of them, is as much a consumer like them, .... in comparison to "paid content" from advertisers, or "editorial control" in a traditional print medium ..... It is no secret that India is one of the fastest growing digital markets in the world ..... and we at DSB has just about stopped explaining who or what is a Fashion and Lifestyle Blog to most people here :) .... Welcome to our world and story !!

Fashion Blog Delhi India
Dimpy Kapur, Shima Ahmad, Aanchal Sukhija, Akanksha Chauhan, Delhi Style Blog

Asher Swissa, better known as DJ Skazi, and one of the most prolific EDM superstar in the world, played at blueFrog Delhi recently .... He is unarguably one of the biggest names in the world of psy trance .... and his brand of rock n rolla electronica has a huge fanbase in India .... us included !! .... So off we went ... Channelling Skazi’s punk and hard rock origins in our outfits we incorporated autumn’s hottest trends ... chains, rivets and studs ...  for a truly rocking rocker chic look ..... Dressed to kill our female assassins arrived at Blue Frog just as the venue started filling up with Delhi’s reverent psyheads ... While DJ Leon Russell started proceedings inside warming up the audience for Skazi, Neuromotor took centre stage at the courtyard .... Neuromotor is the alter ego of DJ/producer Frédérick Talaa, one of the trance scene’s most well-known icons ... Among cheers and whistles, he started his set by churning out some acidic techno ... We loved the funky trance beats and the trip hop undertones in his music ... Meanwhile inside, the highly anticipated act of the night had set underway by then .... A roar resounded in the club as Skazi himself took to the stage! ... Having been on the electronica scene for over ten years and pioneering the use of live electric guitar and hard rock elements in his music ... Skazi has established a name as one of the forerunners of psy trance in the world with his own unique style of hardcore dance floor trance ... He has performed at prominent electronic music festivals across the world such as Fuji Rock Festival, XXXPERIENCE Brazil and many more ... Track after lethal track that Skazi unleashed from his hard rock fuelled electronica arsenal, set the arena alight with maddening energy! ... Anarchy seemed to have gripped the venue as a seemingly lacklustre crowd surprised us by transforming into an army of raving fans ... By the time Skazi played his most popular tracks like ‘Hit and Run’ and ‘Warrior’, the atmosphere had become infectious, nobody could stand still ... A state of trance had descended upon Blue Frog .... 
“When I choose ma men I choose them like a warrior 
When I makin' love I make it to destroy ya” 
We sang along .... dancing on aching feet that refused to stop moving .... A tireless raving crowd at Blue Frog saw the night melt into morning even as Skazi went on and on injecting us with his adrenaline pumping trance beats .... Check out what we wore for a night of sheer fun .... and also our fav track list of this phenomenal DJ !! .... plus meet Nishant Matta .... a 21 year old Delhiite who is making a name for himself in event photography .... infact Skazi publicly appreciated Nishant's photograph on his FB page :)

Aanchal Sukhija Akanksha Chauhan Delhi Style Blog Skazi Bluefrog
Aanchal and Akanksha, Delhi Style Blog, Skazi at Bluefrog Delhi

Hello peeps .... this is the second post in our series .... where we profile street beggars in and around Delhi primarily .... At the onset, as we already said in our first post on this topic .... we specify that the object of this exercise is purely sartorial .... this is not a social or moral commentary on the rights and wrongs of begging .... The existence of beggars in India is a given .... they co exist side by side with all sorts of people from various economic backgrounds .... this then is just a documentation on our part .... where we have captured them as they are .... if they happen to catch our eye with what they wear .... The idea is not to glamourise them either .... for what they wear is almost always a matter of what is available to them as a necessity ... mostly charity clothes .... but Style is always a personal subject .... and many a times we have been inspired by the way the clothes come together .... This is just another topic for blogging for us .... it doesn't reflect nor indicate our personal views on the subject of "begging" .... Its about the clothes, period. .... you can read the first in our series here ( Indian Beggar Style Diaries Part 1 ) 

"Must a name mean something ?" Alice asked doubtfully
"Of course it must"  Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh ; "my name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.” 
- Lewis Carroll

Indian beggars
Simran and Raj

What's the music scene in Delhi, DSB ? .... That's the most frequent question we get ... since our blog spread its wings in the last year .... though we have covered massive acts like Guns N Roses, Enrique Iglesias and Infected Mushroom before .... we have not really chronicled all the new wonderful acts coming up on the Delhi scene .... but hopefully that is going to change with the welcome addition of Akanksha Chauhan into the DSB family ..... who joins us as our music beat .... Akanksha is in her own words ... "student of Architecture, Aquarian, Dreamer, Lover of all things dark, fantastical and obscure, Self-absorbed writer, Music fiend, Cosplayer, Deviant " ..... she along with our veteran blogger Aanchal .... will be blogging on the music scene in Delhi ..... starting with FuzzCulture's EP launch on 29th August at BlueFROG, Delhi .... here's to looking forward to more reportings from our cool cats on the prowl :)

Akanksha Chauhan and Aanchal Sukhija, Delhi Style Blog

I am a curvy girl …. sometimes i am an UK size 12 and sometime 10 …. i have never reached size 8 …. and i don't know nor care what size zero is …… if i have to buy a dress …. the best way to describe me would be size 12 …… i would rather wear a dress a bit loose than a bit tight ….. of course i always have a problem with a loose waist because most brands do a straight version in dresses …… but then as a trained stylist ….. i have an eye for what suits me down pat ….. and currently …. without any bias …. the one brand in Delhi …. made just for figures like mine is undoubtedly BYSI !!! ….. We at Delhi Style Blog have done a story on them before ….. (read it here) ….. and since then, this has been my go to brand for some kickass dresses ….. The most delightful thing about the store in DLF Promenade of course is the fact that they bring in new styles almost twice a month ….. even more delightful than that is the Store Manager Punam Prasad and her team of cheerful fairies ….. who have become my friends via my numerous shopping sprees !! …. The pricing is on par with Zara, Forever New, BeBe and other stylish Hi Street brands ….. but what differentiates BYSI is its understanding and super fast delivery of the latest trends ….. on this particular trip i picked up 3 dresses ….. and one of them eerily looks like it is from Louis Vuitton's Spring Summer 13 collection :p ..... Now for a girl who is ever aware of the way the Dollar is rising .... What better way to rock a trend than being the sharpest shopper of intelligent brands like BYSI ;) ...... I recently attended the Preview of Designer Nidhi Tolia's collection for Bridal Asia at China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency .... And in the same evening I also attended Designer Nitin Bal Chauhan's Bhootsavaar night at Turquoise Cottage, Dlf Mall, Saket ...... I did not have much time between both the events ..... So I needed an outfit that would suit both day and night outings .... Plus it had to be classic .... because Nidhi Tholia does classic couture ..... And at the same time, it had to be modern, edgy, psychedelic ..... because Nitin Bal Chauhan is famous for making psychedelia into a fine art !!! ....... Quite a task for one poor dress to perform, don't you think ? ..... What did I choose ? Check it out :D

Dimpy Kapur Neon Bysi Anju Modi Autumn Winter 2013 military
Dimpy Kapur in a neon Bysi dress, Anju Modi AW 13 military cap and Topshop heels

FOREVER 21, one of the largest fashion clothing, footwear and accessories retail chain in the U.S.A launched its second store in Delhi at the Pacific Mall on 14th August 2013 ..... Though they have been in India since 2010 in a tie up with the middle east based Sharaf Retail Group .... everyone who has ever shopped at this Los Angeles origin brand .... always knew that what you get in Forever 21 stores in the States was never the same in India .... the pricing was different, the styles and stocks were different .... it was very frustrating really to see such lovely stuff on their American website and not to have the same in India .... but since it started its partnership with DLF Brands ... with the first flagship store in Saket, Delhi ..... For the first time, the collections in store are the same as the US stores ... What it means to us Indians .... is that we don't have to salivate over the phenomenal variety of styles as seen on its website .... they are available right here in our home town !! ..... This was the best move Forever 21 could ever employ in a country where stylish highstreet was synonymous with Zara !!! ..... Since its opening at Saket ... Delhi Style Blog has been a frequent visitor to the store .... and there has never been a trip where we have ever come back empty handed .... so we gleefully accepted their invitation for the store launch at Pacific Mall :) .... The 15,500 square feet store was unveiled by Actress Yaami Gautam ....
Mr. Alex Ok, Global Director, Forever 21 said "We are extremely excited to launch our first store in the Western region of Delhi at Pacific Mall. Working with our venture partner, DLF Brands, has enabled us to enter the market in a systematic manner. Pacific Mall is the perfect location for Forever 21 given its unique location, conceptual entertainment events and impressive design."
"Our strategy was to embark expansion for Forever 21 into India within 2013 and Pacific Mall has provided us with an excellent location that we will make into a fashion Mecca. The shopping experience of the mall is excellent and we are convinced that the mall will generate year over year positive traffic index." said Mr.Timmy Sarna, DLF Brands spokesperson.
Complementing Forever 21 apparel and accessories, the store will feature the retailer’s other brands, including 21MEN ... a line of fresh, fast fashion for men of all ages ... Love & Beauty, a cosmetic line .... and Forever 21’s lingerie and shoe line.
Do read on to find out what our young 20 year olds .... Intern Aanchal and Potential Intern Harshman Singh picked up as their summer favourites from Forever 21's latest collection :)

Forever 21 delhi india
Aanchal Sukhija Arya, Delhi Style Blog, in Forever 21 

Of august gold-wreathed and beautiful
Aphrodite I shall sing to whose domain
belong the battlements of all sea-loved
Cyprus where, blown by the moist breath
of Zephyros, she was carried over the
waves of the resounding sea on soft foam.
The gold-filleted Horae happily welcomed
her and clothed her with heavenly raiment.

- Demetrios Chalkokond, 1488, Florence, Italy

Suneet Varma India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 The Golden Bracelet, Sonalika Sahay
Sonalika Sahay in Suneet Varma Couture The Golden Bracelet 2013

I love Gaurav Gupta's voice .... i can listen to him speaking for hours ... not only because, he is erudite, cultured, sophisticated and an interesting conversationalist ... but also because he speaks in the manner of Dr Sheldon Cooper(if you don't know who that is, this article is not meant for you :) ... and except for the Bazinga bit ... Gaurav's vocal modulation and inflection is so like the sexy Dr Cooper that it is uncanny, except GG's voice is more heavy .... even his witty retorts and quips !! .... until now, i used to see him only during press conferences and had no clue about that sharply wicked intelligence .... and now that i have actually interviewed him face to face ... i shudder to think what this poor man goes through every time the fashion media asks him the same stale questions at post show conferences ... it must be very trying for a man with quick wit to spare .... to be patient, calm and deadpan pleasant to hackneyed hacks ..... but then he is a Capricorn (me too) ... and we goats are very famous for our patience !! :) .... Come to think of it, just like his signature structured drapes .... GG(we will call him GG henceforth) as a Fashion Designer is a layer of drapes cunningly crafted to the market sentiments of the press ..... GG the Dude exists in a parallel universe peopled with imaginary characters who is more of his ilk ... they are the imaginative muse for his creations ... and how do these two diff universe meet ? ... well as he puts it ... "Fashion is an art ... And Art like lot of other creative things is not always understood ... but the moment people come across my designs ..... if they interact with the piece or check it out in the mirror, we have had a dialogue ... THAT moment doesn't need words" ... probably that is where the two worlds of Gaurav Gupta converges !! ... It is unspoken and unexpressed ... but as I chatted with GG about this and that, it was a delight to discover the Dude behind the Fashion Designer .... We both love Lemon Fizz ... the roadside "thelawalla Banta" lemonade ..... Nirula's Golden Glow icecream soda ... Thai food .... salad .... flea markets .... shoes .... rings .... metal accessories .... except his sick obsession with Rajma ... (he even has Rajma with his toast !!!!) ..... And then as i mentioned earlier, we both are Capricorns, and both share an alma mater in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London (he is from Gareth Pugh's batch) .... Naturally, the London angle was explored .... Camden, Brick Lane (he stayed around here), Shoreditch are some of his fav places ... he was half punk half hippie in style ... "floated between both the spaces .... attended world music gigs, goth gigs, followed Hare Krishna monks and danced with them down Oxford Street ... went to raves and s & m parties .... had to experience all of them, get exposed to the whole world" he said .... i curiously asked, who did GG find cool when he was in high school ? ... "You would not believe ....popular artists Sridevi, Rekha, Amitabh" ... my brows shot up ... (i mean look at his sophisticated constructions) .... he smiled mischievously "Come on, what can i say? I am a Delhi Indian boy !!" .... Hahaha this Delhi boy is also a "Trend Clairvoyant" like most ace designers are ... Just look at our 3rd most popular post on our blog featuring GG's neons from his Spring Summer 2013 line... trust me the stats for the post is mind boggling (Gaurav Gupta Neon) .... GG did neons, debuting right along side Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade et al .... even before it hit the local market !! ... then i remember his zippered black fall collection which was au current with other global fash players too ..... he says he doesn't know why things trend, but always finds himself unconsciously knowing it ... trend clairvoyant!!  i tell you !! ... Then his taste in music ... i have heard Tchaikovsky and Brahms on his runway .... but equally Indian classical too ... very eclectic he agrees .... his favourite is Tabla player Talvin Singh associated with Asian Underground music, with collabs with Madonna, Massive Attack .... He loves World electronic music with slightly eastern sounds ... loves Squarepusher, Braindance but also Beatles :) .... I can go on and on but because this is a blog post, i must stop .... needless to say ... GG is a very very fascinating man and when i saw the preview of his new collection "Lightfall" to be presented at the final day of the ongoing PCJ Delhi Couture Week, that is Sunday, tomorrow .... i knew i had to attempt to put down in words, my interactions with him and share his preview with you :)

Gaurav Gupta

Last month, the newspaper headlines screamed .... the price of Gold has plummeted !! .... and while the whole world and its brother were selling or offloading their gold investments .... what do you think we Indians were doing ? ... We were buying of course !! ... hahahaha ... Indians love gold ... period !! ... and we like our gold only as 22 carat or more thank you ... And we can never have enough gold !! ... In fact .... collectively, per capita, we own as much gold as the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bank of England !!! .... You gotta give it to us ... we know real money when we see it .... and our dearest acquisitions are always a 22 carat yellow metal that we have been taught to hoard and pass down the generations ... since our birth :) .... The worst financial debacle for an Indian household is selling the family gold .... and the best celebration and insurance is without a doubt increasing the family gold hoarding heheh .... With wedding season around the corner ....  Azva by World Gold Council showcased a new range of 22kt gold bridal jewellery at the India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 ...... With designs meant to capture the imagination and fancy of the contemporary Indian bride, the new Azva collection featured perfect couture gold jewellery crafted by some of the best craftsmen in the country ....  Donning a flowing gold gown, Alia Bhatt sizzled on the ramp in a stunning Azva neck piece, bracelet and earrings as the showstopper .... Do check out the stunning pictures and press release :)

Zoya Afroz, Azva by World Gold Council, India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Fashion Designer Rohit Bal presented his bridal collection on the ramp for the first time in the ongoing Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 !! ... although he has done many couture shows in the past .... but this was something else altogether ... from the awesome set design by immensely talented Scenographer, Sumant Jayakrishnan .... to the cleverly compiled runway music of vintage sensual bollywood blockbuster tracks ... that infused the models with such languidness and feminity .... to the perfect choice of opener Noyonika Chatterjee (24 years plus in the fashion industry and still rocks and how) .... to the most stylish Indian actress currently, Sonam Kapoor, who stunned as showstopper ... Rohit Bal aka Gudda clearly outshone the opening show and all the shows till date (today is the last day) ... and i have a feeling Tarun Tahiliani's finale has to be beyond all expectations to even compare to Gudda's presentation !! ... 'The Mulmul Masquerade' on day 4 of India Bridal Fashion Week ... stunned right from the clever use of fabrics ... mulmul, voiles, chanderi, velvet .... to his beloved paisleys and signature Kasab embroidery from Kashmir ... to Shibori tie n dye techniques ... to his combination of gold and shimmer sequins ... to his colour palette of black, red, off white, champage beige ... to the Shakespearean Elizabethan muslin collars and ribbons snaking down the sleeves ... to the Sufi dervish pants for men ... to his signature stunning peacock, parrot, leaf, lotus and creeper motifs .... each look gathered applause from the crowd .... It was such a pleasure to see the brilliant designer standing in the media pit amongst the press people to observe the execution of his spectacular show, very unlike other designers who are mostly hiding in the green rooms till the final bow :) .... We present you a visual treat from the imagination of Rohit Bal !! ... Words are clearly a surplus here as you can see :)

Rohit Bal Sonam Kapoor India Bridal Fashion Week 2013
Rohit Bal with showstopper Sonam Kapoor India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Shantanu and Nikhil's collection “To Die For” in India Bridal Fashion Week, 2013 truly lives up to its name ..... When we first saw the preview during the press meet, modeled by Zoya Afroz ..... we were a tad dissappointed .... because the gown looked like it belonged to their collection from their last showing at Aamby Valley couture week ...... But were we in for a big surprise !! ...... This collection was all about feminity, grace, elegance, sophistication and a new age Bride who likes to be contemporary and chic and yet is love, emotion and heartbeats ... drumming an eternal song in gold !! ..... Of course, both brothers are reknowned for their ethereal layering of chantilly and tulle, and it was present in wispy whisperings and flounces throughout their collection ..... but the fluidity and grace on the ramp was so beautiful this time .... that we had goosebumps at the poetry in motion !!
"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned."
The above quote from the song of Solomon truly describes the era of romantic renaissance in Rome and Paris, which Shantanu and Nikhil ended up contemporizing so well .... The collection reminded me of the Uffizi Gallery, the most popular museums of Florence and its famous art works by many of Italy’s Renaissance Masters ..... As they say, Love is patient, love is kind ..... It does not envy, it does not boast ..... It is not proud, It is not rude, it is not self-seeking .... It is not easily angered ..... how cunningly the duo ended up selecting the color palette to evoke the above mentioned emotions with the shades of camel, chocolate, beige .... and presenting gold the way gold has never been presented before ..... To keep the emotions moving .... they gradually segued into red, black , grey and olive .... but all with that subtle dash of gold ..... It was very Rococo in the way they made it luxe, ornate and with strong emphasis on silhouette and shape .... in creamy, pastel-like colours, gold leaf booti embellishments, and even the curving hathphools seen on both men and women in gold !!! .... The themes were definitely love and gaiety .... and were reflected in the flattering silhouettes with elements of nature, curving lines, asymmetry and also on the beautiful dewy fresh make up which we so loved .... As their press release stated .... "This collection focussed on the soft and beautiful bride who always embraces everything feminine and dotes on chic and contemporary fashion." .... Without much ado .... ladies and gentlemen .... a collection to die for :)

Shantanu and Nikhil India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

JJ Valaya opened Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 in typical Indian late lateef style .... the show scheduled for 8 pm started at 1030 pm .... the venue at The Grand, Vasant Kunj was way too small to accommodate "the invited" and the press .... "the invited" were seated much before the media and therefore we had a first time experience of watching a couture show seated on each others lap ... or standing on each others toes .... but then we are Indians .... and we are used to travelling on a single cycle with the entire family, and its a shame if you can't fit at least 15 family members into one Maruti 800 .... maybe that is why a lady from Valaya's seating team literally threw a fit because she didnot know where to throw the press people away .... all the poor mite did is shout and shake in her lovely beige Valaya outfit as she commanded us press types to climb onto each other and not cross the holy rope that separated "the invited" from "the barely tolerated", aka the media ..... if i were Valaya, i would have done off with her head of course .... because i am sure JJ, the genial, sweet Sardarji knows the worth of publicity from the same media types, which all his celeb guests put together cannot ensure .... as a true blue Punju he knows that at the end of the day after all the "shoshabaji" and "hello jis" are done, the impressed "invited" will still look at pictures that people like us put up and get their outfits done from Diwan Saheb (since this is couture, i will not mention the local darzis lol) .... the few that will come to his atelier will want bespoke and none of those clothes already worn by models on the ramp seen by every nukkad in the country (kya karen ? those good old days of exclusivity are over, now even "gaonwallas" with crores of "khandaani khet" are internet savvy) .... so the purpose of a couture showing is to showcase a design house's innovation, craftsmanship and creativity .... and the dissemination of a couture house's design aesthete can only be done through the media ..... and i am not foolish enough to presume team Valaya do not think it relevant that the media be seated for his show !! ..... Anyhow, the most striking experience of JJ's show was no doubt the set design of scenographer, designer and installation artist Sumant Jayakrishnan .... it was such a stunning masterpiece, with boats, royal arches, cupolas .... a veritable royal court fit for the collection theme called "The Maharaja of Madrid" .... I cannot comment much on the garments .... all looked nice and royal .... i could barely see them through the armpit arches of the fellow standing in front of me .... but looking through the photographs of my camera person .... few things stood out ..... For whatever it is worth, here is my opinion .... can we leave Spain alone ? .... is the Spanish government secretly trying to ensure all things spanish should show up in every fashion show across the world ? .... Suneet Varma already did Spanish this year .... Georgina Chapman did it with Marchesa too .... and Anita Delgado meets Kapurthala is a stale story really ..... and off with the Turbans too .... i know i know its a Maharaja story JJ was selling .... the only turban that looked good was on Kabir Bedi .... now that man is a bonafide Maharaja .... turban or no turban ..... we already "ooh aahed" enough when Manish Arora showed turbans on the ramp in Paris and Wills India Fashion Week, Delhi this year .... now only a bland "oh" of observation remains ..... and what is with the curtain tassels hanging around the men's neck ? .... looking at the pics, you would say what lovely clothes !! .... and the clothes are lovely no doubt .... but hey this is Valaya .... he is one of our most revered couturiers .... he can do jamawar paisleys, gota, brigade with both his eyes shut ..... Of course i appreciate his excellent craftmanship, but why is he forever dressing the Maharajas of Mandwa, Kapurthala, Timbuktu whatever ..... For all the pedal pushing of Maharaja themes in Indian couture, look at what our actual erstwhile royals are wearing !!! ..... Simple chiffons and elegant pearls .... Very Jaqueline Kennedy still .... And the contemporary business Maharajas are into contemporary bespoke .... As in yes we are Indian, and extremely proud of our heritage and culture, we will always wear, gota, zardozi, and an inordinate amount of jewellery ..... But we also want a global touch to go with our Indian couture ..... and this idea of a Spanish Maharaja is a Grandee with too many layers and embellishment with the stinking armpits of an Indian summer .... But then what do i know ? .... Many peeps must be wanting this only .... Here have a look .... And just for the record, because so many peeps thinks fash bloggers maynot be able to afford couture and therefore the opinions are suspect .... I can but i won't .... But if you are wearing Valaya couture, i will still clap for you, because i know how much these creations cost, and thereby how much you need a validation of your financial worth ... So i shall clap :)

JJ Valaya India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, daughter of an ex Air Hostess, wife to Prince William, mother of Britain's future regent just gave birth to a baby boy. The new royal will be His Royal Highness, Prince of Cambridge .... and as England starts with a royal blue celebration .... the rest of the world media can heave a sigh of relief .... every newswire for the last few days have been talking about nothing but the arrival of the royal baby .... Twitter was the worst .... my entire newsfeed from the western part of the world was about the same topic .... Well ... now that the current most famous baby in the world is born .... lets look back at the sartorial choice of Kate for her pregnancy .... because for us in this part of the world .... her dressing sense is more of an interest to us than an antiquated monarchy !! .... And as England's new mums wait for an announcement of the baby's name, to name their own un named babies  .... (lol, there was a news feature on the same even by our TV news) ... we bring to you Kate's excellent choice of maternity wear which no one can fault for their classic, sophisticated, chic appeal :)

The top looks of Kate Middleton's pregnancy

Kate in a Mulberry coat in Mint green

Did you know that Victoria Beckham uses a bird poop facial offered at a New York city spa .... or that tennis superstar Serena Williams takes a 1000 litres of Evian natural spring water spa at Hotel Victor in Miami ? .... I kid you not !!! ..... Celebs will do anything for eternal beauty and youthfulness .... Even Queen Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt was famed for her modern spa like beauty regimen like rubbing goose fat on her skin and bathing in ass's milk .... And in India we of course were "spa-ing" even before the word "spa"  was invented ..... an Indian bride's "Solah Shringar" or the 16 steps of ritual cleansing and beautification is legendary .... right from oiling and massaging the hair with perfumed hair oil and then washing with shikakai, bhringraj, amla to drying it with incense and sandalwood smoke to rubbing body scrubs of sandalwood, multani mitti, turmeric and gram flour to soaking in rose petals in milk ..... our "spa-ing" traditions are as Barney Stinson says ... Legen ...... wait for it ...... dary !!!!! .... hahahaha .... According to Spa-Finders, the world's largest travel service dedicated solely to health and fitness vacations .... the 3500 year old Indian born Ayurveda, a complex medical system identifying imbalances in a person's "doshas," and prescribing a personalized, detoxifying regime of diet change, exercise, meditation, massage and herbal medicine ... features in its 2013 Top 10 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast .... and going to the spa with friends in tow for relaxation, beautification and celebration is officially an established trend in spa attendance ... Dubbed "Social Spa-ing", the emerging spa trend was ranked as 2010's top trend in Spa-Finders' Spa Travel Report, and the group spa experience phenomenon is continuing to flourish in 2013. (Spafinder)

Esparanza Spa and Beauty Lounge, Delhi

I first came across the fashionable, trendy high street brand bYSI, in Singapore .... Bugis Junction, in Singapore, to be precise .... Bugis junction is that tiny piece of Singapore .... that every tourist and traveller to the island country .... almost always checks out first :) .... it is thaaat legendary for the fastest, latest, fashion trends emerging in Singapore ... the collection of stores a tad more affordable than the big girls on Orchard Street .... I still remember the Bugis Junction bYSI store more clearly than the others ... here was a brand stocking the latest runway trends, fashionably chic but affordable !!! .... and as we all know, Singapore is truly fashionable in terms of global emerging fashion ..... That is one of the myriad reasons why we Indians love to travel to this shopping heaven !! .... Affordable trendy runway fashion !!! .... Obviously, i shopped like crazy at bYSI :) .... And in little more than a decade, "the bYSI brand travelled beyond Singapore’s shores to twelve countries in the region, spreading its ideology of aiming to dress every woman in the latest fashion, fresh from the runways." .... When bYSI opened at DLF Promenade mall in Delhi, guess who was the happiest shopper ? :D .... Anyhow, to cut to the chase, bYSI has not disappointed me until now, and we at Delhi Style Blog very happily accepted an invitation to check out their latest collection with a bunch of blogger friends .... It was truly fun to style and shoot ourselves along with our good friends Aien Jamir from A J Store and Shreya Kalra from FTLOFAOT .... The clothes as you can see are bang on trend ... mainly neons, greens, yellows, pastels .... has a bit of the 60's vibe to them but in a firmly 2013 silhouette .... basically, sophisticated classic staples with an equally young fun on trend styles .... the accessories and bags too are very summer of 2013 ... aka bright, eye catching and vibrant !! .... and the best thing is definitely the price .... very competitive compared to other high street brands .... do check us out :)

BYSI India, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Fashion One International announced the fourth edition of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week (AVIBFW) 2013 ..... India Bridal Fashion Week will host its first edition in Delhi, which was previously held in Mumbai .... ( it was also announced that IBFW will be showcased in London too from 2014 onwards) .... 12 acclaimed fashion designers will showcase the finest bridal couture collection from the 23rd of July till the 28th of July 2013 .... and during the Press Meet on 10th July, at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, the 12 designers gave us a preview of their upcoming collection .... Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is the ambassador for the event ... wearing a Jyotsna Tiwari outfit and will be seen during the Fashion Week .... We at Delhi Style Blog bring you an exclusive preview of the designers participating and their collections .... So what is new for the Indian Bride ? .... Is she going to channel Queen Elizabeth 1 in a desi avatar as Rohit Bal intends .... or a Roman princess from the times of Pompeii as showcased by Suneet Varma .... or she will be a Royal Begum from the famed Mughal Miniature paintings as shown by Ashima and Leena .... or maybe she will be a story unveiled .... like the curious print of Calla lilies and American Indian, headdress feather war bonnet, that we spied on opening show Couturier JJ Valaya's bride ..... have a look further on :)

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