Hello peeps .... this is a new series that we are starting .... where we profile street beggars in and around Delhi primarily .... At the onset, let us 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. .... Having said that, the whole idea for a blogpost came from Aanchal .... she has this habit of photographing beggars on the street ... whenever she finds someone eye catching, she whatsapps me with a tiny tid bit about the person ... and gradually we ended up with many images on our phones .... that is when it occurred to us !! .... We document couture, fashion week, trends and high street ... so why not document someone with limited choices and for whom clothes serve only as a mode of protection from the elements.... but even if the priority is functional, we have found that some people are a natural with what they wear, the way they wear it .... Call us shallow, but it pleases the eye beyond the obvious tragic nature of circumstances ... to quote Albert Camus :

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”







The invite read ... Les Parisiennes are happy to present Jonas G men's apparel ... with an illustration done in retro colours and fashion ... showing two men dressed very nattily ... but with bare feet and a hat .... in a kitchen !!!!! .... Our interest was piqued .... very piqued .... what could be the meaning of this fanciful illustration ? .... For the non Delhiites ... Les Parisiennes (the Parisians) ... is a sartorially famous concept store in the Shahpur Jat village complex in Delhi ... So we three set out through the narrow gullies of Shahpur Jat ( read more about this fascinating village here  ) .... who knew there resides a small world of such design and creativity ... where they create, explore, share and live a dream .... in a village full of meandering streets ... with small bistros, cafes and boutiques, which solve the snakes and ladder puzzle of what’s in and what’s out .... where this charming neighborhood has openly accepted the challenge to stylize a world of old havelis and rickety apartments ! .... We were looking for Les Parisiennes ..... a french name .... from village elders in beautiful red bandhini turbans smoking hookahs away to glory ..... who did not bat an eyelid as we gingerly asked them for directions .....  So we were directed and entered a store ...... housed in a beautiful haveli .... with a warm welcome accompanied by some authentic french food ..... for a minute it was like a culture shock!!! ....... Who says, time machines are yet to be invented? ...... You just need some chemical reaction to take place in your brain via your eyes and bazinga !!! ..... We were transported from these meandering village streets of India to France ..... eating and drinking its famed gastronomical delights ..... all in the comforts of our native land !! ..... As we observed the outstanding interiors of this old haveli built in 1930 .... surrounded by le parisien et la parisienne  ... all we could think of was .... that this world is a truly magical place ... to contain such a cocoon of one culture sheltering the butterfly of another .... Les Parisiennes is a vintage chic boudoir .... a unique concept store offering carefully selected women’s wear, kid’s wear and now men’s wear .... a fabulous range of home accessories  ...  and its very own French CafĂ©, ..... Owned by two French ladies ... Catherine Prakash and Lucie Salaun ..... the store is totally Parisian in concept .... with its muted colours of gray and cream ... laidback decor ... with black leather butterflies climbing creamy white walls .... the Rattan woven furniture .... baby piano ... bird cages ... antique patinas ........ A whiff of a Parisian world spilling out of vintage trunks and armoire .... amidst the relics of an Indian haveli where light pours in through woven rafters and the air slowly stirred by whirring long stemmed ceiling fans !!! ..... Such an exquisite marriage of cultures was probably influenced by the owners themselves who are married locally .... and it shows in their commitment towards social causes ..... The store makes it a point to act socially responsible by adopting Dhyan India’s campaign towards women empowerment .... Read on about our tryst with Jonas at Les Parisiennes :)




Dimpy Kapur, Shima Ahmad and Aanchal Sukhija Arya, Delhi Style Blog as Les Parisiennes :)

The Devil Wears Prada actress Meryl Streep turns 64 today ... Though this supremely talented, record breaking, 17 times Academy Award nominee and 3 time Oscar Winner is far known for her more famous roles in a glittering career spanning 30 decades .... we who are more sartorially inclined, remember her most in her role as Miranda Priestly, the editrix of Runway Magazine, which is the temple for the flock of the New York Fashion world in the 2006 movie "The Devil Wears Prada" .... adapted from Lauren Weisberger's book of the same name .... Though Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor was the inspiration for Streep's character, as is widely believed ... (Weisberger once worked as her assistant) .... both Patricia Field (stylist and costume designer of the movie) and Streep were very clear that the character sketch should be uniquely "Miranda Priestly" .... a stand alone character in terms of styling, fashion and idiosyncrasies ... who is more classic and "rich lady" as befits an Alpha female, .... compared to the equally stylish but more modish characters of Andy and Emily ....  Patricia Field (also designed costume for Sex in the City remember?) had a $100,000 budget for the film's costumes, and was supplemented by help from friends from throughout the fashion industry ... Ultimately, almost $1 million worth of clothing was used in the film, making it the most expensively costumed movie in cinema history !!! .... In today's fun post, we revive the myriad looks of Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada ... along with some of her most famous quotes from the movie ... ( and oh yes, if you do not understand what we are talking about till now, this post is not for you dear friend :) .... this is a fan post for Meryl Streep who acted as this Fashion Editor character in a movie called The Devil Wears Prada( yes yes we are sounding like parrots, but what to do, needs to be said) ... and since today is Meryl's birthday, we are indulging in a photoblog of her looks from the said movie :D )



Happy Birthday Meryl Streep



When I first read "Confessions of a Window Dresser" by Simon Doonan .... it was because of my very private OCD of window shopping .... that particular disease you develop when you are a shopaholic in denial .... and the only way to satisfy mad shopping urges is to do "window shopping" ... that oh so clever term for "shopping with no intent to buy" heheh :) .... And because of my bouts of window shopping, i naturally got a super education on the role of "window displays" in stores .... that siren call that lures unsuspecting victims to shop when you don't need the shopping !! ..... Simon Doonan is a celebrity window dresser .... to make it simple ... Simon decorates and arranges the displays in the the windows of shops, currently at the New York based clothing store Barneys .... He is most famous for putting a bunch of taxidermed(stuffed)  rats in tuxedos with diamond bracelets as collars for a Saville Row display among other equally shocking creative ways to entice a curious shopper to the proverbial parlour .... a shopper who is "immune to slick big budget advertising" and has the attention span of a fruit fly !! .... This post is not about Simon though .... it is about the powerful Art of Window Dressing ... a 24 hour advertisement for a store even when it is closed ... Every savvy retailer understands the power of a shop window as a means of luring in customers with a curation of their products, style , price and competitor differentiation which are executed by a specialized tribe called the Visual Merchandisers  ... As far back as September 8, 1901, the venerable New York Times said in an article titled "The Art of Window Dressing" ...  "The object of the show window can be made to induce customers to enter the place. To gain that object, we must give people something to see. To make them see, we must give them something attractive - in other words we must hold up the passing pedestrian on the street, and, if he has no desire to buy, we must create in him the desire." ...... And one of the most imaginative in the business of seducing customers to buy is definitely Selfridges, London, .... a high end department store voted the best in the world, stocking all the latest fashion collections, must have toys, gifts and baubles ... Its founders are credited with the phrase "the customer is always right" ... and its flagship store at Oxford Street, London (opened on 15 March, 1909) is famous for its window displays and "consistently attract tourists, designers and fashionistas alike to marvel at the current designs and styling and fashion trends." ... Shima was in London recently and took photographs of their Summer 2013 windows called the Selfridges Seasonal commandments .... read on to see what she saw :)



Selfridges Window, The Seasonal Commandments, Summer 2013

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