Imagine a funny feathered fellow who used to live happily on the island of Mauritius ..... Discovered by humans in 1598 ..... and because it was a friendly bird and fearless of its human predators (having been isolated by its island location, from contact with humanity) ..... the Dodo greeted the new visitors with a child-like innocence which earned it its name "Dodo" (meaning something similar to a simpleton in the Portuguese tongue) .... and because it could not fly to save its ..... err .... 'donkey' .... It was caught, roasted and massacred for its easy meat by humans and their domesticated entourage of cats, dogs and pigs ..... by 1681, the entire species of bird was wiped out of the planet ! ..... "The extinction of the Dodo within only about a century of its discovery called attention to the previously unrecognised problem of human involvement in the disappearance of entire species .... it has since become a fixture in popular culture, often as a symbol of extinction and obsolescence." - Wikipedia ....... In 1995 Pomellato (Italian jewellery group) decided to create a new jewellery brand called DoDo .... that could satisfy two principal criteria: (1) be more affordable in order to reach out to a younger client base, (2) highlight the importance of sentiments and ecology (hence the name DoDo, an extinct bird of the Mauritius Islands) in a world turning rapidly materialistic ....... Therefore they tied up with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) .... the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species .... DoDo the brand supports and contributes to WWF by the sale of the cutest animal charms and pendants we have ever seen ..... no wonder fashionistas and the stylish set like to be seen in DoDo jewellery .... in memory of a bird that stands for the need to maintain eco-diversity on the planet and protect it for our future generations !!!!

Marc Jacobs is shameless !! ..... We kid you not .... so says his tattoo over his superbly muscled chest wall to the left of his sternum :p ...... 33 tattoos and counting .... If ever there was a poster boy for creativity in the multiple satellite field of fashion .... Marc Jacobs it is ..... inspite of pushing 50 .... he is gorgeously fashioned and on the way to being a vintage icon in the footsteps of old uncle Karl and other fashion luminaries ..... The latest news is that hunky Marc has been appointed the creative director 2013, for Diet Coke, the world’s number one diet soft drink as the brand celebrates its milestone 30th Anniversary this year ...... So what does this insanely talented designer and hottie do as brand new seller of the world's most fashionable drink ? ...... Why put on his kilt ( scottish mini skirt for men with faux chastity belt thingy hanging around the waist :p ) ..... get into a photo booth and strips for the ladies of course ..... HAVE YOU SEEN the ads peeps ? ...... If you have not, you are most welcome to ogle this dish on our blog ..... Do check out Marc Jacobs swigging a can of Diet Coke ...... Holy Mother of God ...... Talk about forbidden apples ..... for the ladies of course ..... Hahahahahahaha ..... Allow us to point out THAT tattoo on his manly left forearm .... " Bros Before Hos " ..... waste of a superb male specimen we say !!


It is the biggest award show of the year !! .... whichever way you want to look at it .... The Oscars is THE most recognised and viewed award show of the planet ..... and for the general public, apart from the movies and its peripheral galaxy .... it is also the biggest fashion parade on earth ! .... The red carpet arrivals of the 'It' stars are in an entertainment genre all by itself .... every look is captured and dissected by fashion critics and opinion makers under the harshest of competitive showmanship of who wore what ...... the opinions are endless and the media merciless in presenting those opinions ..... We at Delhi Style Blog had a rather sleepless night too .... India time being what it is ..... by 6 AM IST we were literally propping up our eyelids with matchsticks !! ..... By now we all know who won what ... and at a fast recap .... Best Picture : Argo .... Best Actor in a Leading Role : Daniel Day-Lewis ..... Best Actress in a Leading Role : Jennifer Lawrence ..... Best Actor in a Supporting Role : Christoph Waltz ...... Best Actress in a Supporting Role : Anne Hathaway .... Best Director : Ang Lee .... Now for the style files ladies and gentlemen ..... Prepare to be disappointed ..... Yes, that's right ..... we were pretty disappointed with all this pale beige, lavender, sea foam blue and pale pale skin and make up that the western world is so taken up with .... The Hollywood glamour that we have come to expect from the Oscar red carpet A listers was missing this year ..... Nothing and nobody was sensational .... General media ( read western and a few of our national dailies) was flogging a dead horse raving about looks that would be about average in any other year !! ... Have a look at the circus and see if you disagree :)


" I want to be a living work of art" - The Marchesa Luisa Casati
Marchesa Luisa Casati was an iconic european socialite whose opulent life revolved around decadent fashion and over the top moments ...... The fashion label Marchesa, named after this famed fashionista has been a New York-based high end fashion label since 2006 and was co-founded by British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig in London in 2004 ..... Elegant evening wear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection and has been a glamorous red carpet favourite for long !! ..... For their fall collection at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 .... Marchesa did not disappoint ..... After all befitting its namesakes desire to be a living work of art, the designers were influenced by an equestrian Goya painting and a pair of Toreador pants .... Art and fashion were never better married in recent times ....... We are totally in love with the collection, particularly an incredible strapless fuchsia gown that every stylist dressing Hollywood stars worth her name must be salivating over ..... given that the Oscars are just around the corner on 25th Feb :)

Last year in spring I(D) was in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Los Angeles, for campus open house, with my portfolio of illustrations .... and my admission advisor Bryanne Hill was bragging about a certain alumni whose name i didn't quite catch but definitely sounded French to my ear .... As I was shown around the campus, we came across a Limited Edition Designer Barbie Doll collection amongst which was one by the above esteemed alumni ...... Monique Lhuillier ( pronounced : moNEEK loolYAY ... The caps part are emphasized more than the non-caps :p ) ...... OF COURSE i knew about Monik Lui Li er !!!! ( the Indian pronunciation my friends hahahaha) .... Anybody Indian who watches the Oscars and have a drop of motherland-blood-loyalty towards AR Rahman would know about the queen of the Hollywood glamour set, if sartorially inclined of course ( 2 things about typical Indians - 1. nobody knows what the Academy Awards are, everybody knows the Oscars, since Lagaan, when it didn't win, and for the late bloomers, since Pussycat Dolls sang Jai Ho wearing cholis and dhotis ...... 2. everybody knows a fashion designer but we trust the sartorial sense of our local darzis(tailors) to make us fantastic copies (even of Monique after this post :p) at a rupee-economy-rate ) ..... Having said that my dear readers, we know how to appreciate a fabulous collection .... especially if it is in jewel colours of oxblood red, royal purple, emerald green, amethyst, silver, gold and bronze .... And that is what Monique Lhuillier presented in the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Fall 2013 !!!!!!


Cancer is the scariest thing in the world .... and to meet survivors who smile even with a turban on their head because they don't have any hair left .... or survivors who wear special blouses because they only have one breast left .... leaves one speechless with gratitude for a healthy body!! ..... We usually tend to have a very prejudiced view of the elite fashionable set usually seen in Cancer awareness fundraisers .... but the fact is medical research is expensive ..... and among these "swish set" are peeps contributing and fundraising for concerns like Cancer survivors, with a vengeance that most of us "bread and butter" citizens stay away from BECAUSE it has not happened to us or our loved ones yet ...... Prejudice is the biggest mental cancer there is ..... Philanthropic moneyed people are the biggest contributors to charities ..... Even if they buy a highly expensive couture creation whose sale proceeds just might feed a family for a year or fund a child's education ..... or even if they donate their time to highlight social causes !!!! ..... Even if they have money to spare unlike most of us .... they are doing a noble thing, and our society must learn to appreciate such initiatives ...... because at the end of the day it is uplifting the life of the underprivileged in no small measure ! ...... On February 18, 2013, Sahachari Foundation announced the third edition of Design One, a two-day couture extravaganza to be held on February 27, and February 28, 2013 on the lawns of The Lodhi Hotel ..... Design One 2013 brings together established and upcoming designers with a unique offering of distinct, carefully selected fashion and accessories ...... The foundation's objective is to raise awareness and funds for deserving NGO's while promoting talent from across the country .... On the occassion, fashion designers Shivan and Narresh ( the retro swimsuit designers for the movie "Life of Pi" ), donated a specially designed Mastectomy Blouse for All .... for breast cancer victims to the Women's Cancer Initiative - Tata Memorial Hospital ..... and Arti Shetty of All Cargo donated a car to Sakha Cabs for Women, a service provided by the Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd via Sahachari Foundation.

On 15 February 2013, a meteor entered Earth's atmosphere over Russia and exploded over Chelyabinsk with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs ... It was unanticipated and too small an object to be identified on radar .... And no we have not turned into a newsdesk, people of the world :p ... Its the Russian connection that we are marvelling at .... Particularly at the recently concluded Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 collections of Tadashi Shoji on Day 1 and continuing with Rozae Nichols/Clover Canyon, Elie Tahari, Christian Siriano, Zang Toi, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein ..... From the regal beauty of the Peterhof Palace of St. Petersburg .... To the opulent gowns of the ice princesses of Imperial Russia fleeing its demise in peasant blouses .... To the the grace and elegant glamour of the Bolshoi ballet and Opera .... To the snowy tundra of Siberia ..... To the military Cossack hero of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy and Sholokov ... To heroines out of Russian romantic literature .... To a 1960's Russian film "Ivan's Childhood" ..... The Russians exploded into New York Fashion Week to inspire with a vengeance .... Celebrated and trend worthy ..... Pre dating the meteor by a week ( NYFW Fall 2013 was from 7th Feb - 14th Feb ..... Meteor hit was on 15th Feb ) :p



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