Earlier this month Chanel rocked the runway with their Autumn and Winter Couture collection for 2014. And l take a look at the western trends us Asians can take away this Fall from the Chanel runway show in Paris.
The show consisted of sequinned and embroidered frock dresses. I’m a big fan of the finely cut jackets and tailored garments which cinch in at the waist. Oh yes, thin waist belts are back in! My favourite, l do love waist belts as l can draw in attention to small areas of your body if you have a smaller waist like myself, instantly making you look slimmer and not to mention it just gives your body more shape.
For the Chanel couture look the colours to stick to are silver and black or white and gold! A great contrast! Or change it up try black and white monochrome style - it’s a classic so you can’t go wrong if you use the right patterns in combination with the colours (see 2nd image below).
I even spotted Asian scarf style pattern (last image above) and women wearing Pakistani style toppies! Yes, those toppies our uncles or old fashioned Dads wear (see 3rd image above). All Chanel have done is pin the hat to the back, covering the bun and back comb the fringe at the front.
For special occasions such as Eid why not take Chanel’s couture advice and make a dress out of a sequinned and beaded Indian or Pakistani pashmina. Buy two of the same if you feel you haven’t got enough fabric. Why not create a on trend jacket, dress or something new with eastern and western elements.
I brought a black and silver decorative pashmina from Green Street in London! I will have to share the photos and update the blog tomorrow!
The Sara K Asian fashion blog is usually updated with the latest Asian fashion events l attend in Britain. And this weekend Sid and me l went to Imani Studio Eid & Ramadan fashion event. For those of you who don’t know Sid is my big sister, an Asian fashion fanatic who is mentioned in My Story.
For those of you who are not aware Imani Studio are based in Manchester - it’s a Pakistani Designer Boutique and it stocks well-known Asian designers such as, Maria B and HSY.
Every year Imani come down to London (at least 2-3 times a year) to share their collections with all us Londoners and British Asians in the South East. And this time round it was at Hilton’s Edgware Road.
Imani Studio was one of the reason’s l started changing my perception of Asian fashion when l was younger. I was bored of seeing traditional salwaar kameez and once l saw Imani Studio’s collection and website l started realising there was so much more to Asian fashion l had not even touched the surface, hence the British Asian fashion blog you see today.
I loved Imani Studio gave British Asian fashion a fresh look and more advance digitally. Especially seen as their website had modern fashion, purchased at a click of it button and it made a big difference to my perception of the brand. So when l found out they were coming to London l wanted to take a look for myself and check out some Eid (special occasions) and casual fashion for all my readers.
Sid was looking to find someone for a special occasion which was cropping up at the end of the year and found two outfits below - yes the left one was slightly big but gives you an idea. It was panelled embroidered net print in sections.
Then she tried a on trend blue and silver dress jacket with silver detailing jacket which looked much better in person. I really need to invest in a new portable yet professional camera asap so l can share HQ photos with you all ;)
A casual trend l keep noticing at fashion shows and events is jumpsuits with jackets! When l say jumpsuits l mean with palazzo style trousers with an elasticated waist.
There were various combinations and styles you could pick from from floral embroidered (image 1 below), pale pink and purple anarkali boarders or a blue and jewelled golden ensemble paired with an embroidered neckline.
The prices range from £50 for casual Asian clothing and £175 for party wear and went up to £299 for special occasion events. However, understandably prices can increase much higher if you pick a designer such as, award winning Pakistani fashion label HSY.
If you weren’t able to attend the event, don’t worry Imani can be found selling clothing via their website and if your like me and like to see fashion in person and try it on - they will be back in London later on in the year.
If you give an Asian a piece of fabric, we use it as a nice and simple dupatta. If you give a western designer the same, they create a lavish cape! Just take a look at the wonderful creations made by Ellie Saab and other well-known western designers. Even on the 2014 runway shows we saw more capes.
In Asian culture we traditionally see dupattas worn over shoulders or just being draped across the body. I am fascinated by the Asian dupatta, when l first started blogging l posted a blog inspiring readers new ways to wear the dupatta.
I must add the dupatta shouldn’t be mistaken for a headscarf that is worn for religious reasons but a dupatta is worn as cultural fashion.
The western designers have transformed what we usually see as a jacket and dupatta and turned into a luxurious cape with a difference of course, not like Red Ridding Hood midi cape with a hood. Instead the western fashion designers designed capes that are seamlessly incorporated it into their fashion in return giving it a fashion WOW factor.
Essentially, it’s a piece of fabric that will be attached to my top as a dupatta or scarf sits.
This look is like the modern day female superwoman! So empowering - I love it!
At British Asian Fashion Week, it was refreshing to see a chiffon cape attached to the back of the dress.
I’m intrigued cultures and countries across the world do something different with fabric, call the piece of fabric something different, they wear it differently. That’s the beauty of fashion; everyone expressed themselves in their own ways.
It’s time us British Asians were innovative and expressed ourselves with our fusion fashion!
British singer and celebrity, Ellie Goulding is bringing the Asian loved bindi back.
I was blogging the other day on Asian fashion trends this Summer whilst flicking through the channels on the TV and caught Ellie Goulding performing at the T festival which was being broadcasted on the BBC Three.
I couldn’t help but notice her clothes, fashion fusion - east meets west and more importantly you couldn’t miss the Indian accessory - the bindi.
Now this is what l partly mean by British Asian fashion!
Ellie Goulding incorporates the bindi with her western fashion such as black, shorts and crop tops then just adds a bindi creating an indie look.
I’m sure l’ll be seeing the bindi more often now, on the high street and on British fashionista’s this Summer.
If your a regular to this fashion blog, you will know l’m an Asian blogger who genuinely cares about her readers and every once in a while l do a blog that addresses beauty issues. At the end of the day your skin and face are apart of you and the complete look. I’m a big promoter of natural beauty and being happy with the body your in. Now a big issue for me and many of my Asian friends is dark eye circles!
From doing some research, speaking to people and other Asians dark eye circles seem to be a bigger problem with Asian people. From being a young age l have always been aware of my dark eye circles - it hasn’t helped that l have big eyes :( it used to really really knock my self esteem. I started wearing lots of make-up in my teens just to cover it up.
Like most of you reading this blog like me you’ve tried everything - from various eye creams and sleeping lots! I’ve tried Garnier, Boots Vitamin E, Clinque and Body Shop. Nothing works! So this is a blog for all you lovely people (men & women) with the similar issues, I’m here to help and don’t worry your not alone ;)
After further recommendation l’ve decided to invest in Estee Lauder Advance repair eye gel/cream. Also l’ve started fortnightly eye treatment with my facial beauty package at the beauticians. Which l will be sharing more information about my secret beauty weapon very shortly ;) Let’s just say natural beauty products from Dubai are magic!
Anyway back to dark eye circles… I’ve been told it’s genetics, it’s an Asian thing oh no it’s lack of sleep - l could go on… And trust me l’ve tried everything even traditional cucumber - nope none of these help! However just recently a dear friend and my amazing beautician advised me it could be blood not circulating round my eye area and very thin skin which drains any tone of my skin away causing discolouration and dark circles. Also l’ve noted they aren’t even dark as in black or brown but just a different shade of my actual skin tone.
I am and always have been very conscious about them and l think people lie just lie to me and say they aren’t bad at all :D but l’m the one that looks in the mirror and it can frustrate me. I worry l look like i’ve just woken up and l just want to wake up and walk out the door ;)
Years of trying different things and pondering what to do. It made me think… if l’m stuck with my dark eye circles how can l cover them up but still look natural and not wear any other make-up. As I’m sure many of you know it can be super difficult to find the perfect shade for our unique Asian skin tones and most concealers on the high street are not very good, the textures greasy and easily fade.
When l was 17 l wondered into House of Fraser and Christian Dior counter for my free beauty consultation and mini make over curtesy of Glamour magazine. It was a perfect 17th birthday, the Dior make-up artist totally transformed my eyes with Dior make-up and concealer. The Dior make-up lady told me about Skinflash, a pen style concealer. l instantly thought l’m sure she’s having a laugh and it wont cover anything at all, just someone trying to sell me their brands. After all western brand don’t specialise in Asian skin tones. After searching for years, I resisted Christian Dior for years and was happy with MaxFactor pan stick!
Then at age of 24 l started going to the beauticians for facials just to look after my skin. After the treatments l looked at my skin and it was gleeming! I had not seen it look so good in all my life but then l looked closer and the only thing that got me down were my dark eye circles were there once again. The current eye treatment the beauticians giving me will only make a difference over time but l still think it won’t ever match my face skin tone. So it made me think, l need to find an alternative.
The other week, l was on Oxford Street and decided to pop into House of Fraser to see if Dior could help me. Yes, after 7 years but this time to finally make a purchase. In all them years l remember Dior concealers were the best for coverage. YSL is known to be the best pen concealer however, sadly not for Asian tones that would suit Asian skin tones in most London outlets. And l had tried everything and l can use creams that don’t work but l needed a short term fix and make-up always comes in handy till then. Dior was the one for me.
If your passing by a Dior beauty counter, get one of the lovely ladies at Dior to try it out on you. Only 003 Sand will suit some Asian skin tones and of course it won’t match all Asian skin tones. I also love the fact you don’t have to put much on but 2 tiny dots, gently dab it on and it blends right in to your skin unlike most concealers which I’ve had to put an another layer and then top it up 1/2 hours later. Dior concealers stay on! Dior need to make a some for Asian skin tones.
If your on a budget check out MaxFactor was a selection of tones but don’t expect it to be a Dior. Where as if you want a professional product Dior’s concealers are incredible!
No one ever told me before but my best advice is to test and trial - ask people who don’t work for the brand and experts who are not biased.
Sid (older sis) gave me the best tips - get the beauty consultant to put it on and walk away. Go about your day as normal and then go home and check it before bed. Look at your make-up in all different lighting e.g. Home, sun light and restraunant. You’ll know if it’s the prefect match and if it’s a great product by testing out people recommendations!
Everyone’s different so don’t expect 1 size to fit all ;) you may have to go through a lot till you fall in love with the perfect concealer. As long as you do your research and trial you’ll get there!