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Aug 22, 2014

Day 2 Round-up of Lakme Fashion Week

l shared a round up of day one at Lakme Fashion Week yesterday with lots of fashion secrets and upcoming Asian fashion trends this Autumn which you all loved. Well, as promised here’s your second daily dosage of fabulous Asian fashion and trends even before they are in the magazines. You can’t say l don’t spoil you ;) enjoy fashionistas! 

Divya Seth

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Divya Seth bring together the long flowing frocks and seamlessly incorporates embroidered jackets. The peak of Autumn elegance wouldn’t you say? 

The secret of the Divya Seth look is starting with an Autumn toned jacket with detailing on the front. To spice it up like Divya just create a frock you can wear underneath or buy a printed viscose/linen piece with collars - Zara’s perfect for it and add a scarf or jacket that compliments the piece nicely. 

Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti

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Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti uses bright colours with a rich fabric which seems to looking as if it’s floating and gives it that umph you normally which you had in a party outfit. The quality of the fabric and colour fusion in Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti’s garments carry the bright Indian look and feel beautifully. 

The cherry on top is the wonderfully Indian patterned tailored jacket tops.

The statement pieces and secret of this outfit is the unique Indian fabric to create the jacket tops. With minimal detailing brown waist belts and two layered dangly necklaces to become the bell of the ball.

Rouka Shreejith Jeevan 

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Rouka Shreejith Jeevan magically transforms fabrics into Autumn/Winter fashion wants! Yes, in other words l want it! The designer has produced garments perfect for individuals who are not a fan of bright and garish colours. 

The floral patterns and autumn leaf art work strokes combined with innovative design gives it that high fashion luxury touch.

The secret is to be innovative with Autumn colour floral or leaf fabrics and try a fusion of creams, beiges, black and browns!

Sayantan Sarkar

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Sayantan Sarkar created more of a modern spin with traditional Indian colours however, fashion techniques used were different to as we have seen with other Lakme designers. For instance, Sayantan Sarkar had a consistent logo print through out the collection.

I admire the uniqueness of the garments; we wouldn’t necessarily find on the high street but not afraid to work with a more traditional palette and move it to the 21st century designs.

The secret here is not to forget your roots and even recycle your old fabrics or clothes from South Asia and transform into something you would wear today in Britain. 

Soumitra Mondal

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Soumitra Mondal graced the runway with a chic yet gorgeous cream, pale pink, peach and beige garments. The Indian designer used classic Asian styles as a silhouette added fine floral detailing and embroidery

The secret is creating timeless fashion garments in creams and peach. The detailing needs to be focused on one area of the garment e.g. trousers, sleeves, top half of kameez or neck area. Buy garments with mini panels and pleats to create the Soumitra Mondal runway look.

Sara K blog fashion takeaways
- Play with fabrics
- be subtle yet create a personal sense of style
- Use Autumn colours to create frocks and long kameez dress or jackets

Look, feel good and enjoy yourself!

Aug 21, 2014

Lakme Fashion Week AW14 - Day 1 Round-up

For all the latest fashion trends and most importantly the juicy South Asian designer secrets this Autumn/Winter - l’ve blogged about my top 10 collections featured in day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week. 

Arunima Majhi

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Arunima Majhi rocks the runway with one of my favourite fashions symmetrical patterns.  The Lakme fashion designer combines symmetrical patterns with plain skirts or trousers. And to look extra unique you can add a complimentary coloured blazer or waist coat. 

The secret is to take a good look at the patterned piece, pick a colour from it and use as the base of the outfit. In Arunima Majhi’s case it’s my on trend favourite’s this season navy and cream.

Karishma Shahani

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Karishma Shahani focused on layering with her casual Asian fashion collection. The designer used a fusion of tie and dye colours which are seen on scarf and skirt above. Then pair with a matching jacket to give it the trendy Karishma Shahani look.

The fashion secret is not to be afraid of being different - grab a saree and a matching blouse and play around with your clothing. 

Ujjawal Dubey

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Most people prefer to be comfortable than look fashionable second. If you agree like my sister, you’ll like Ujjawal Dubey women and menswear. The collection featured outfits you could wear everyday yet practical and very fashionable. The designer (above, far right) highlights you can still look stylish and comfortable this Autumn.

The menswear was simple, modern yet it emphasised a new style we have not seen before on the high street - very masculine and manly!

The secret to Ujjawal Dubey’s looks are using comfortable cotton jersey fabrics and again layering. Also the cut of the clothing should compliment your body shape.   

Outhouse

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Outhouse floored the runway with Egyptian goddess style. The dresses were one tone, architectural beauties with flawlessly tailoring of the garments gave that WOW effect.

The accessorising with stunning costume jewellery was the cherry on top. Whether its a kaftan cape (above, far left) or a long dress or sheer panelled, organza overcoat Outhouse takes the modern age Asian fashion accessorising to new heights.

The secret is accessorising - be different, be innovative but be futuristic! The high street or Asian fashion jewellery will not do. For the Egyptian look you need middle eastern jewellery. For the innovative look make your own Egyptian inspired costume jewellery by buying unusual statement jewellery pieces and experimenting by layering different lengths. Keep an eye out on the high street (RIver Island), vintage shops and online boutiques.

If you love the Outhouse collection - you will love the Christian Dior's 2004 egyptian themed Haute Couture collection and recreating Chanel's Indian Empire blog post. 

Saniya Maskatiya

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I saw the Sania Maskatiya at Faisana Fashion Weekend in Mayfair a few months ago and l fell in love with the designers collection. You can imagine my excitement when l heard the designer would be at Lakme Fashion Weekend. 

One of the many reasons l love the Pakistani designer, Sania Maskatiya is the combinations of beautiful patterned silk fabrics that she creates dresses and jackets from what looks like canvas artwork. In addition, l love Sania Maskatiya for creating elegant yet practical fashion pieces you can wear casually, out with friends or with jewellery during Eid.

It’s hard to advise you the magical secret of the Sania Makatiya’s collections as the Pakistani designer produces garments with her personal sense of style and that Sania Maskatiya ora. For example, when l see her collection online, l can just tell it’s Sania’s collection - not because i’ve seen it before but she has a unique fashion theme which is present through-out her fashion collections. 

If l had to give anything away, pick floral or autumn print silk dresses (leaves or bird printing.) In addition, l would say her secret is, creating your personal sense of style yet being modest. 

Urvashi Juneja

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Urvashi Juneja featured monochrome fashion and once again a designer adds plain fabric with the monochrome fabric. The plain fabric draws away and focuses on the print. To create an elegant and fashion week look - remember not to go over the top! 

The secret is to tailor a panelled dress with a mix of monochrome and plain fabric. And to give it that Urvashi Juneja touch add a silver waist belt. 

Anju Modi 

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Lakme Fashion Week is incomplete without our Indian party and bridal wear. Anju Modi dazzled us with cream, navy with gold detailing lengas, suit jackets and sarees.

The secret is to choose modern, classic Asian suits with no more than 2 to 3 tone colour in the suits.

As Anji Modi shows us don’t over do it with accessories on this occasion as the outfit should do all the talking ;)

Nitin Chawla

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It’s great to see another side to mens and women’s Asian fashion. We are used to seeing bridal and embroidered gowns but designers Nitin Chawla are bringing office/smart casual fashion to the forefront. 

My Dad wears similar fabrics Nitin Chawla uses in this collection - professionals in South Asia are known for wearing the safari suits fabric. However, it’s one of the first times l have seen it done well on the runway. I particularly like the new age smart/casual outfits and the cut of the clothing and simple detailing looks amazing. 

The designer popped out and it filled me with delight a man that knows how to dress and that’s always good to see (above, far right.) I’m not too sure about the bright trainers but hey atleast he’s being real - let’s face it bright trainers is how many young lads dress these days. I’d like to see him in classic black brogue boots ;) On the other hand, I’m far from a menswear expert and from what he’s produced he knows his fashion! I need myself a Nitin Chawla tailored jacket!

The secret; you could try tailored coats and jackets with tartan/check shirts and tan belt. 

Zara Shahjahan

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Zara Shahjahan used pastel colours and traditional Asian fabrics which we normally find in the back of our wardrobe from years ago. The designer transformed traditional Asian fashion with modern floral prints, light embroidery to produce a chic, afternoon tea look with the fashion garments. 

The secret is to get your old garments out and pick a statement piece to create a trendy blouse, jacket, skirt or trousers. Then for the other piece, tailor a simple top or trousers to compliment the embroidered piece. Ensure the plain fabric piece you buy matches and they cut suits your body shape.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

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And finally, last but not least Rajesh Pratap Singh showed off two of his collection - one was a pastel casual wear and other was a more sophisticated ensemble. The garments featured long black coats and midi dresses with shiny floral embossing. 

The secret is to use black as your base colour and it will be hard to find floral embossed fabric to alternatively you could add leather over tops and dress panel. You can find artificial leather fabric from most good fabric retailers and online :) 

Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week was eventful as it has a wide array of fashion styles for all the different moods. Plus each designer had their own unique designer theme and technique we could all try in Autumn.  

More from Lakme Fashion Week to follow tomorrow…

Lakme Fashion Week AW14 Opening Show - Amit Aggarwal & Masaba
Yes, it’s that time again Lakme Fashion Week - Winter Festive 2014 and my mouth was watering when l saw the opening show yesterday with Amit Aggarwal & Masaba Gupta. As you all know l like to offer my readers and followers something different so here are the amazing Asian fashion trends round-up straight from yesterday’s opening show of Lakme Fashion Week (India Fashion Week.)
I’ve added the video from yesterday’s opening show, you have no excuse to check it out and look hot this Autumn & Winter.
Watch the opening show >
Amit Aggarwal

Amit Aggarwal’s collection reminded me of the Egyptian Christian Dior Haute Couture collection. Whereas, Amit Aggarwal created some show stopping bridal, party wear and red carpet worthy garments.
I love the way the Lakme fashion designer has created extraordinary body architecture out of fabrics (photo 1, above). 
As l am a promoter of casual, practical and everyday Asian fashion my favourites had to be the black sheer panel master piece - minus the frock layer you could wear to a dinner party just add a waist belt to break up the elements. 
Masaba Gupta

I’m loving Masaba Gupta who uses cream as a base colour & add 3-tone prints to create the new indian chic master pieces. And they are practical so perfect for British Asian fashion! 
My personal favourite Asian fashion trend; patterned jackets are a classic statement piece! If you want to create that dazzling elegant look just make the jacket longer ;) 
If your feeling spontaneous why not try plain fabric mixed with patterned fabric on the boards of a sari dress. For the final touch add a statement necklace piece.
Stay tuned tune to the blog all this week as at the end of everyday l will be rounding up the best fashion trends from Lakme. Don’t worry it will be fashion trends you can wear during Eid, the office, dinner parties, evenings out and just everyday.
If you want exclusive live fashion trend feeds straight from Lakme Fashion Week runway, check out www.instagram.com/sarakblog
Aug 20, 2014

Lakme Fashion Week AW14 Opening Show - Amit Aggarwal & Masaba

Yes, it’s that time again Lakme Fashion Week - Winter Festive 2014 and my mouth was watering when l saw the opening show yesterday with Amit Aggarwal & Masaba Gupta. As you all know l like to offer my readers and followers something different so here are the amazing Asian fashion trends round-up straight from yesterday’s opening show of Lakme Fashion Week (India Fashion Week.)

I’ve added the video from yesterday’s opening show, you have no excuse to check it out and look hot this Autumn & Winter.

Watch the opening show >

Amit Aggarwal

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Amit Aggarwal’s collection reminded me of the Egyptian Christian Dior Haute Couture collection. Whereas, Amit Aggarwal created some show stopping bridal, party wear and red carpet worthy garments.

I love the way the Lakme fashion designer has created extraordinary body architecture out of fabrics (photo 1, above). 

As l am a promoter of casual, practical and everyday Asian fashion my favourites had to be the black sheer panel master piece - minus the frock layer you could wear to a dinner party just add a waist belt to break up the elements. 

Masaba Gupta

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I’m loving Masaba Gupta who uses cream as a base colour & add 3-tone prints to create the new indian chic master pieces. And they are practical so perfect for British Asian fashion! 

My personal favourite Asian fashion trend; patterned jackets are a classic statement piece! If you want to create that dazzling elegant look just make the jacket longer ;) 

If your feeling spontaneous why not try plain fabric mixed with patterned fabric on the boards of a sari dress. For the final touch add a statement necklace piece.

Stay tuned tune to the blog all this week as at the end of everyday l will be rounding up the best fashion trends from Lakme. Don’t worry it will be fashion trends you can wear during Eid, the office, dinner parties, evenings out and just everyday.

If you want exclusive live fashion trend feeds straight from Lakme Fashion Week runway, check out www.instagram.com/sarakblog

Designer Talk with Huemn - Lakme Fashion Week
When you think of Asian fashion you think of saris, bridal wear and traditional indian fashion. However, what about the sportswear lover and ladies who want that Asian inspired Adidas and Nike style? Well, Huemn are the designer label to buy.
They don’t just create sportswear looks but practical Asian dresses and saris you can wear with your running shoes. 
Huemn seamlessly transform the looks, which we do in Britain very often - one day we are in our Nikies, then sari and another day in a elegant dress. We transform our looks and Huemn have encompassed all our different sides to our personalities. 
l enjoyed looking at Huemn’s 2014 collection as they added that sportswear inspired collection that is much needed in Asian fashion. 
Thanks to Lakme Fashion Week l had the chance to ask some questions l was itching to ask the inspiration designer duo at Huemn.
What is International Asian fashion missing?
At Huemn we always say; this is the best time in fashion to be unafraid and experiment. And we need to embrace body shapes.
What is your favourite Asian inspired casual/smart outfit - Men & Womenswear?
We would recommend sari-trousers, tunics with interesting seam play, shorter pyjama lengths, easy breezy silk sweatshirts!
What would you suggest a short woman for her daily wardrobe?
Opt for comfy sneakers with a built in wedge heel.
Great advice from the duo! It’s exactly the type of advice we need in the Asian fashion industry. 
They will be showcasing at Lakme Fashion week, so watch out for their new collection - www.facebook.com/HUEMN.
Thanks Huemn X
Aug 19, 2014

Designer Talk with Huemn - Lakme Fashion Week

When you think of Asian fashion you think of saris, bridal wear and traditional indian fashion. However, what about the sportswear lover and ladies who want that Asian inspired Adidas and Nike style? Well, Huemn are the designer label to buy.

They don’t just create sportswear looks but practical Asian dresses and saris you can wear with your running shoes. 

Huemn seamlessly transform the looks, which we do in Britain very often - one day we are in our Nikies, then sari and another day in a elegant dress. We transform our looks and Huemn have encompassed all our different sides to our personalities. 

l enjoyed looking at Huemn’s 2014 collection as they added that sportswear inspired collection that is much needed in Asian fashion. 

Thanks to Lakme Fashion Week l had the chance to ask some questions l was itching to ask the inspiration designer duo at Huemn.

What is International Asian fashion missing?

At Huemn we always say; this is the best time in fashion to be unafraid and experiment. And we need to embrace body shapes.

What is your favourite Asian inspired casual/smart outfit - Men & Womenswear?

We would recommend sari-trousers, tunics with interesting seam play, shorter pyjama lengths, easy breezy silk sweatshirts!

What would you suggest a short woman for her daily wardrobe?

Opt for comfy sneakers with a built in wedge heel.

Great advice from the duo! It’s exactly the type of advice we need in the Asian fashion industry. 

They will be showcasing at Lakme Fashion week, so watch out for their new collection - www.facebook.com/HUEMN.

Thanks Huemn X

Sara K blog at Asian Women Mean Business event with Angela Malik
This Asian Women Mean Business event was special not only because the guest host was business woman and chef Angela Malik but we were invited to her lovely Modern Asian Deli in Ealing where she would be cooking for us. 
I walked into the Deli and apart from the wonderful scent of oriental spices l was pleasantly surprised by the organic look and feel of the decor. It was like nothing l had seen before from an Asian business. The Deli was bright, spacious and brands colours were dotted around areas but were not overwhelming unlike many Asian establishments. On one side of the Deli there was an area where individuals could grab some lunch and on the other side was an area to sit and mainly for Angela’s cooking classes. It was refreshing to come across an authentic yet clean and professional British Asian Deli.
As l glanced over to see Angela’s prep’ed vegetables, l was met by the lovely ladies of Asian Women Mean Business who welcomed me in and even though l didn’t know them they made me feel at ease. It was as if l had known them for years, l knew they were going to be great hosts as the welcome usually tells us all l need to know ;) 
I was glad to finally meet Rupinder and Panna (Asian Women Mean Business) as l’d only come across them on social media, they seemed really friendly and supportive. So l had to take a half day from work - client online strategies and deployment would have to take a back seat for these wonderful ladies. Plus to be honest, when l heard the evening consisted of Angela Malik’s cookery session, food, chit chat with nice ladies and more food - you need to say no more l’m there! 
Apart from demonstrating and cooking for us Angela shared her story from when she was an accountant to pushing to live her life long dream of being a chef with not having much to fund her passion.

I was inspired by some words to encouragement and shared her trials and tribulations which l and genuine people like Angela. It’s had to find honest, straight talking and real women who don’t hide behind a smoke screen. She was right; we don’t need designer bags on our arms, caked on make-up and hair extensions as we have much more within us to give e.g. knowledge and experiences.
Angela explained she was never in control of her finances especially after marriage and she had to learn the hard way. Yes, ladies you shouldn’t expect anything from family or men and just work hard in life and be in control of your future. 
Family, society and community tells us how to be yet we need to break from that mould and not worry about what others think as long as you are true to yourself. Not being scared to ask for help, listening to experts in the field (do your research) and just going for it!
In terms of business; the main takeaway was - Angela Malik told us half of her money went on branding e.g. logo and brand identity which l discussed in a previous brand identity blog. She mentioned how imperative it was to create the ‘Angela Malik’ experience and how it shine through now in everything she does. With branding/marketing no-one can try and replicate Angela Malik. There’s only one Angela Malik ;) 
We were asked what business challenges we faced and the ladies responses included women not supporting others, not a lot of Asian women in business and we have no voice. No inspirational Asian women and being afraid to doing something different to societies norm. 
Also on a business prescriptive from speaking to some of the ladies l found aspect most of the women found as a business challenge was harnessing social media (digital marketing). I found women needed support with their digital strategy and as you all know l am always more than happy to help so feel free to check out my industry articles specialising in digital marketing - Are you effectively Embracing the Power of Social Media? I hope it helps.
Something Angela said that struck a cord; she mentioned integrity (honest and having strong moral principles.) It reminded me of my parents who kept my siblings and me away from family and Asian community politics and brought us up to have strong morals. It’s shaped who l am today and l would have to full hearted agree with Angela. When l leave this earth l want to leave knowing you helped others and passed on your knowledge to make the world a better place than when you came into it. 
I would highly recommend Asian Women Mean Business to Asian Women who not only want to go into business but want to meet like minded women who are more than happy to listen and support you.
Thanks Rupinder & Panna! Xwww.asianwomenmeanbusiness.com
Aug 15, 2014

Sara K blog at Asian Women Mean Business event with Angela Malik

This Asian Women Mean Business event was special not only because the guest host was business woman and chef Angela Malik but we were invited to her lovely Modern Asian Deli in Ealing where she would be cooking for us. 

I walked into the Deli and apart from the wonderful scent of oriental spices l was pleasantly surprised by the organic look and feel of the decor. It was like nothing l had seen before from an Asian business. The Deli was bright, spacious and brands colours were dotted around areas but were not overwhelming unlike many Asian establishments. On one side of the Deli there was an area where individuals could grab some lunch and on the other side was an area to sit and mainly for Angela’s cooking classes. It was refreshing to come across an authentic yet clean and professional British Asian Deli.

As l glanced over to see Angela’s prep’ed vegetables, l was met by the lovely ladies of Asian Women Mean Business who welcomed me in and even though l didn’t know them they made me feel at ease. It was as if l had known them for years, l knew they were going to be great hosts as the welcome usually tells us all l need to know ;) 

I was glad to finally meet Rupinder and Panna (Asian Women Mean Business) as l’d only come across them on social media, they seemed really friendly and supportive. So l had to take a half day from work - client online strategies and deployment would have to take a back seat for these wonderful ladies. Plus to be honest, when l heard the evening consisted of Angela Malik’s cookery session, food, chit chat with nice ladies and more food - you need to say no more l’m there! 

Apart from demonstrating and cooking for us Angela shared her story from when she was an accountant to pushing to live her life long dream of being a chef with not having much to fund her passion.

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I was inspired by some words to encouragement and shared her trials and tribulations which l and genuine people like Angela. It’s had to find honest, straight talking and real women who don’t hide behind a smoke screen. She was right; we don’t need designer bags on our arms, caked on make-up and hair extensions as we have much more within us to give e.g. knowledge and experiences.

Angela explained she was never in control of her finances especially after marriage and she had to learn the hard way. Yes, ladies you shouldn’t expect anything from family or men and just work hard in life and be in control of your future. 

Family, society and community tells us how to be yet we need to break from that mould and not worry about what others think as long as you are true to yourself. Not being scared to ask for help, listening to experts in the field (do your research) and just going for it!

In terms of business; the main takeaway was - Angela Malik told us half of her money went on branding e.g. logo and brand identity which l discussed in a previous brand identity blog. She mentioned how imperative it was to create the ‘Angela Malik’ experience and how it shine through now in everything she does. With branding/marketing no-one can try and replicate Angela Malik. There’s only one Angela Malik ;) 

We were asked what business challenges we faced and the ladies responses included women not supporting others, not a lot of Asian women in business and we have no voice. No inspirational Asian women and being afraid to doing something different to societies norm. 

Also on a business prescriptive from speaking to some of the ladies l found aspect most of the women found as a business challenge was harnessing social media (digital marketing). I found women needed support with their digital strategy and as you all know l am always more than happy to help so feel free to check out my industry articles specialising in digital marketing - Are you effectively Embracing the Power of Social Media? I hope it helps.

Something Angela said that struck a cord; she mentioned integrity (honest and having strong moral principles.) It reminded me of my parents who kept my siblings and me away from family and Asian community politics and brought us up to have strong morals. It’s shaped who l am today and l would have to full hearted agree with Angela. When l leave this earth l want to leave knowing you helped others and passed on your knowledge to make the world a better place than when you came into it. 

I would highly recommend Asian Women Mean Business to Asian Women who not only want to go into business but want to meet like minded women who are more than happy to listen and support you.

Thanks Rupinder & Panna! X
www.asianwomenmeanbusiness.com