The invites for Manish Arora's Spring Summer 2015 show, carried a candy coloured three eyed Goddess Kali image with a very trippy pink universe dotted with astral lights ... The moment we saw the invite on instagram, we got the first hint of a signature Manish Arora show .... colourful, sparkling and a swayamvar of modern and mythological references !! ..... Many in the non Indian world do not know that aeons before Miley Cyrus put "twerq" in the dictionary and stuck her tongue out at the world in general .... our very own Goddess Kali was werquing it , tongue dripping in blood on top of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the Cosmos !! .... Hah ! Take that Miley .... you are just a pastel copy of Bhadra Kali, the Goddess in a gentle mood :p  ... Coz when Ma Kali twerqs her bootiyan .... heads roll, the Gods shiver in their pants, and even Dracula and the Cullens hide their vampire fangs !! .... Trust Manish, the supreme Zeus of the Indian pantheon of Couturiers .... to pull both these references into a wisecrack of a collection logo .... in presenting the Miley ness of Kali .... hahaha ... who would have ever thought of the terribly empowered Divine Goddess in pastel hues ? .... For that matter, who else but Manish to offer a common language .... between today's Global cultural icons recognised for their tongues in the West where he showed .... and the notoriously feared and worshipped deity from his creative mothership India !!

Manish Arora Spring Summer 2015 Goddess Kali
Manish Arora SS 2015

The Fashion Design Council of India has released the schedule for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014 dear readers. The five-day fashion event takes off from March 26-30, 2014 at Hall no. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This season of WIFW A/W’14 will witness the participation of 119 designers from a mix of leading, as well as upcoming designers from all over the country. As an Indian Fashion Blogger, we are so excited. Here is the the schedule infographic that you can download to your mobile for easy portability, and the official press release from FDCI.

Hall 18 Pragati Maidan Map
Map of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

It was during fashion legend and couturier Suneet Varma's couture show in 2013 to celebrate 50 years of Judith Leiber (a luxury bag label collaboration) at Delhi's swanky DLF Emporio mall, that i had my first masterclass with the reigning queens of fashion choreography, Aparna Bahl, Tania LeFebvre and Anisha Bahl ... together known as the legendary Preferred Professionals !! ...... There is hardly anyone in the Indian fashion industry that do not know or know about these incredible girls !! .... Consider this .... they have existed as a company for the last 17 years .... almost two decades ... the youngest one of us in DSB is a 20 year old .... which means Aanchal was a 3 year old toddler when Aparna and Tanya set up their business .... prior to that Tania was an established model most famous for the Rayban ads of the nineties .... Aparna was a reputed make up artist ... and Anisha, the kid sister of Aparna, was a college kid with a tape recorder and the knowledge of using a pencil to fix a tape whose reel would get stuck in the player head .... real urban cool people in the nineties India !! ... To have an idea of what the fashion industry was during that time read this excellent article which quotes Suneet Varma and Sunil Sethi, the chief of Fashion Design Council of India.

Preferred Professionals India's best fashion choreographers
Anisha Bahl, Aparna Bahl Bedi, Tania LeFebvre, Preferred Professionals

I don't speak Italian, but i do speak Moschino, said Jeremy Scott's T shirt as he took his final bow for his first runway show for Italian fashion house Moschino .... and he couldn't be more truer ..... Both brand Jeremy Scott and brand Moschino are synonymous with the irreverence of the "talented young at heart" .... and they came together for a collection that was the best of Milan Fashion Week and personally for me, my most favourite collection this season from the circus of the Big Four (of course there is Paris coming up, but till now :) ... Rita Orra and Katy Perry , Jeremy's girl pals were there to lend support in the frow in head to toe Moschino ... oh how i envy them, am in  serious lust over each and every piece from this collection !!

Moschino Autumn Fall Winter 2014

Meet Naomi, aka "The Duchess" from director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a modern day Caligula in a saga of greed and excess ..... based on the memoir of real life stockbroker and fraudster of the 1980's and 90's ...... Jordan Belfort !! .... If you have seen the movie already, you will appreciate this post better .... if you have not .... maybe this post will help you appreciate it more sartorially at least :) ..... In a nutshell .... Leo is Jordan Belfort .... a stockbroker whose greed and hedonistic lifestyle and ultimate comeuppance forms the plot of the movie ..... Australian actress Margot Robbie plays Naomi Lapaglia ..... Jordan's second wife ..... who is the hottest thing on the screen since Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct ...... and we have a premonition that by the time the Oscars come around in March, ...... she will have her own Style File in each and every top fashion blog in the world !! ...... Lead star DiCaprio's look in the movie has already been well documented ..... Costume Designer Sandy Powell mostly dressed Leo in Giorgio Armani power suits from the 1990's with gold Rolex and Gucci loafers ..... but what we loved most was Margot Robbie's portrayal of Naomi in 1990's fashion from dresses sourced from that period ..... as a promiscuous, sexy, tight clothes wearing, big hair, false nails Barbie Type husband snatcher ..... to a bored, Brand wearing, nouveau riche trophy wife .... In real life, Margot Robbie is fast becoming a Hollywood fashionista with a personal style to watch out for !!! ..... Check out our own style file of this Australian blonde bombshell !!

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie

Annaikka by Kanika Saluja is one label that is more in the couture league than Ready To Wear and her Spring Summer 2014 collection is a powerful, sassy take on a woman who is a Dare Devil yet fiercely disciplined .... Edgy yet unapologetically Woman ..... someone comfortable in the limelight yet centred in her own innate awareness !! .... It is really surprising that our Indian Fashionistas (mostly and visibly Bollywood) who wear such stupid fripperies time and again on the Red Carpets have overlooked the language of Kanika's clothes ..... If you gotta make a statement, try Annaikka my beauties !! .... When we saw the clothes for the first time during the fittings, we were bowled over by the attention to detail, the immaculateness of the finish and the strong engineering design construct .... No wonder since the petite Kanika Saluja is a graduate from the Philadelphia College of Textile Design and Engineering .... add to that a family legacy of her parents beading factories of highly skilled craftsmen that did intricate work for legends such as Oleg Cassini and Roberto Cavalli !! ..... With a background like that .... it is very easy to be who she is, in reality too ... An unapologetically confident designer who speaks intelligently about her collection and inspiration in post show Press Meets where most of the Fashion Press meekly listens to what she has to say with respect !!!! .... In fact that is the first thing i noticed about her ..... Such a tiny lady (very petite) but such a tall presence with her long mohawk hairstyle and Samurai self assuredness :D ..... I watch her at Press Meets and grin at the inane questions that come her way from the mostly perplexed uneducated-in-fashion newspeople that our TV and Content channels send to Fashion Week ..... "Is it wearable?" ..... "Is this a metallic trend?" ..... "Are you a feminist?" ...... Hahaha ..... Her frustration with the press is not easily noticeable, but its there :) ..... and she has the stubbornness of brilliance that do not allow her to give trite soundbites or charm the press into giving her glowing reviews ..... Therefore you will not find many write ups about her on the net, and neither does she seem to give a damn about it :D .... If you want Disney Princess prettiness, Annaikka is not for you ..... Annaikka the label is meant for a regal Queen, above comment and criticism ..... who will do as she pleases , no effs given whatsoever !!!!! ..... Presenting the dizzyingly glamorous and powerful "Shivoham" Spring Summer 2014 "!

Annaikka by Kanika Saluja Spring Summer 2014
Annaika by Kanika Saluja SS 14 Shivoham

Hello peeps ! Here we are with our second part of 15 Style Tips from Fashion Design Council of India's Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 runway shows .... After a hibernation of three weeks it is good to see you readers checking out our Part 1 of the series we blogged about yesterday .... Thank You !! .... You know blogging is a funny business ..... especially when you blog in your spare time as and when you can .... there are a million ideas and stuff we would love to share with you .... but Life happens .... and you are forever trying to snatch some time out to share your passion .... Most blogs die because Life is unpredictable .... It happens without regard to your to do lists, your me time, your family time, your holiday time .... your blogging schedule goes for a whack and you are left praying that your precious readership do not forget you .... It happens with all personal bloggers .... We are an obsessed lot .... obsessed about exclaiming and oohing and aahing about all the shiny new things we come across ... read about ... experience .... that we MUST share !! .... Its pathological really ... this sharing habit .... on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook .... the communication channels are never enough !! .... and then Bam ! you realise that you must buckle down and have a proper conversation .... through a blogpost .... and capture why things appeal to you ... in a logical sorted way ..... when all the time your mind is still on a fantastic show you saw on FTV, a new hit on YouTube, a Devil wears Prada rerun on TV .... You see .... all Fashion and Style Bloggers are inherently scatterbrained NEW and IT chasing fiends with a death wish to report their visual experiences ... heheheh .... with blatant disregard to why should people read your stuff .... and why should your opinion matter !!! .... But blog we must ... in the search for that Holy Grail of Hope that someone out there reading this will find a similarity with our experiences in discovering a whole new world of fabulous style and fashion !!! .... So here it is, our final part of the 15 Style tips from the fashion shows of Spring Summer 2014 .... you can catch up with   Part 1 here :)

15 Style Tips from FDCI WIFW Spring Summer 2014
15 Style Tips from FDCI WIFW Spring Summer 2014

Before we know it, its another year and Spring Summer 2014 is upon us !! .... A very happy New Year to you peeps !! .... We at DSB had a very lovely vacation, December 2013 was packed with things to do, events to attend and precious family time .... we have been so busy that we put the blog in hibernation .... but before we share with you the wonderful things we saw and chronicled for you in December .... we thought we will bring to you a recap of some of the wonderful trends we picked up from the Fashion Design Council of India's Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 .... which caught our eye and is on our to do list !! .... One benefit of watching Fashion Weeks live is definitely the education that we fashionistas get about how things can be styled and adapted to a general girl's wardrobe ..... coz lets face it ..... we all have our favourite things in our closets which are much loved ..... but too often worn and seen ...... The trick is how to update the old favs with new styling and add a few more priceless classics to see us through spring !! ..... As we girls went through the DSB photo archives of the amazing shows we saw in October at Pragati Maidan .... we decided that the first post of the new year is definitely going to be tips and trends we ourselves implemented in our wardrobes or are planning to in the near future !! .... And what better new year gift can we gift our dear readers than sharing with you our top 15 styling trends we gleaned from the Spring Summer 2014 shows !!!!

15 Style Tips from FDCI WIFW Spring Summer 2014
15 Style Tips from FDCI WIFW Spring Summer 2014

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