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Gypsy Chic Touch of Gold Color of Summer

altuzarra resort 2015.

Aug 21, 2014 / , , , , , ,

Despite resort collections having come and gone, it is never too late to critique – and appreciate – a well-designed, concise collection. Amongst floral dresses, feminine silhouettes, and controlled Spring-esque glamour, Joseph Altuzarra gave his refreshing take on the season of Resort-wear. Without losing his signature sleek, powerful way of designing, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year has woven together his quintessential style with a season that calls for something lighter. Balancing the two factors looks effortless in the hands of Altuzarra, with a drool-worthy set of over 30 ensembles prepared. As the designer as stated, he designs for "a woman, never a girl", emphasizing the gentle maturity that he incorporates in all of his designs. True to his word, the collection seeps of confidence and a look suitable for the strong woman looking to make a statement. With crisp business jackets, sailor-esque colors, sharp, no-nonsense black stilettos, and a sea of bodycon dresses, there is more than one outfit we would be coveting this season. 

A cultural connotation of this collection was present, as there often is in so many of the most beautiful collections that designers offer. When they draw inspiration from the world, the fascinating places in which they've spent time in, and their home countries which serve as their inspiration, the collection is enhanced solely through meaning. Of course, the collection then needs to retain its tasteful quality, as most tend to do. With Altuzarra's leap into Resortwear, he intertwined the maritime theme with an edge of North African references. This was evident in the tribal-esque patterns embroidered delicately on tunic dresses, the cotton fabrics molded into enlarged sleeves, and the darker colors of maroon and olive, which peppered the collection at times. He used staple items to retain consistency – the stilettos are a constant, evergreen addition to each outfit, while an elegant, office-esque button-down shirt served as the base for multiple looks. Pantsuits, whether white-washed or in a glorious red shade, also contributed to the bulk of the collection; somehow managing to be interesting with each variation. The incorporation of a tighter silhouette, a belt cinching the waist, or jackets with wonderfully-tailored collars did the trick. And of course, those dresses. The LBD made a guest appearance more than once, which may have been surprising when considering the rest of the collection. But again, Altuzarra showed the relevance of these dresses through his designs. Sheer sleeves reminiscent of Victorian era clothing, precise cut-out patterns, flowing fabric down to the knees – each of these factors brought the dresses to life.

What do you think of Altuzarra's Resort collection?


wildfox's british charm.

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While some may argue that fashion is actually not art, and instead, is a commercial industry, I'd have to say that the two worlds are blended into one. Though it might be the romantic in me, I do believe that fashion holds a fair amount of artistic presence and that, designers, like artists, use this medium as a form of expression. In this way, fashion becomes relevant in terms of literature, art, and expression – it blends all these qualities into one. What I'm getting to is this: Wildfox merged fashion and literature in their latest collection, one that seeps of artistic value. 

As the beautiful, doe-eyed models seem to be declaring, this Fall collection holds a fair amount of innocence and good-fashioned beauty. Of course, this is portrayed through the tasteful and striking lookbook – all of my favorite images are included above. In a tribute to Jane Austen and the time of subtle romance, Wildfox has created a modern adaptation of this era. Many have done this before them, but what sets this collection apart is the incorporation of modern-wear; while Victorian fashion is the inspiration behind the collection, there is versatility and appeal retained for this era. With simple white shirts, printed slogans, soft pastel shades, and a minimalistic approach to layering, Wildfox has used Victorian glamour as a precedent for a reimagined sort of glamour. 

What do you think of this lookbook? 

- M 

london photo diary.

Aug 9, 2014 / , , , , , , , , ,

The charm of London is hard to pinpoint, even after spending a blissful two weeks in the city this summer. Is it the unpredictable weather, which – luckily enough for us – was (mostly) sunny and airy? Is it the endless shopping opportunities, from the tucked-away vintage wonders to the glowing flagship stores? Or is it the beautiful architecture that you are constantly surrounded with? It would have to be a combination of these covetable factors, some of which are exclusively applicable to London. In no other city can you get the perfect combination: it is not only a walking city, but one with charm, character and history, balanced with the chic British edge of shopping and nightlife. Perfection is an understatement. So I spent two wonderful weeks with the family, catching up with old friends, and ultimately exploring this gorgeous city – as well as shopping and eating my heart out. Read on for more of my London adventures! 
In the first few days, the quintessential London gloom had descended upon the city. Living in the tropics definitely does not prepare you for colder weather, and despite having lived in New York for as many years as I have, I can't quite handle it anymore. We were definitely taken aback by the rain and change in temperature, but this change was refreshing after a sweltering Bombay summer. Equipped with Steve Madden boots, an Anthropologie blazer, and other essentials tailored for colder seasons, I was well prepared. After a while, we were graced by the sun as we walked around one of our favorite parts of London – North and South Audley street. Whether I was stopping for a scrumptious breakfast treat at Café Richoux, popping into the Marc Jacobs boutique, or heading for drinks with the family at Roka, this area was packed with exciting options. 
New Zara crossbody and Vanity Fair's Young Hollywood Issue / Company's lovely summer magazine
While major cities don't often have nature constantly in the midst of all the skyscraper-esque glory, London is one such city. I captured Instagram-worthy shots of streets decorated with gorgeous flowers on a daily basis. Most of our time was spent at the incredibly touristy area of Oxford Street, where Selfridges was beginning to take on the characteristics of a second home. Meanwhile, Marylebone High Street was another favorite, with beautiful dining options; in particular, Chiltern Firehouse was an outstanding favorite. Other restaurants that had us swooning were Coya, and of course, a name synonymous with reasonably-priced and amaaazing food, Wagamama. Other than the food, some exploring was called for. While doing an exclusive photo-shoot with my friend and London-based photographer, Katya, (outfit posts coming soon!) we got to explore Regents Park (photo above, right). Within the large, picturesque space, there is a quaint private area called St. John's Lodge Gardens. It was there that we were lucky enough to shoot one of the outfits, and it was truly a setting I was grateful to have, along with the pleasant weather that day. Additional hotspots included Victoria & Albert museum – which had a lovely bridal exhibition, on the history of wedding-wear – and Oxford University, to which my family and I took a day trip.
Shopping on Bond Street / Catching up with my friend Tarini on Oxford Street
Juicy Couture's Regent Street store / Brandy Melville on Carnaby Street
Shopping in London is overall a breezy task – except for a minor detail: there are too many options. From Kings Road to the aforementioned Oxford Street to the beautiful and renowned Carnaby Street, you could spend days submerged in the shopping areas that this city has to offer. We must have spent at least five straight days completing this task, going through all possible options. Of course, we immediately went for high-street favorites – Topshop on Oxford Circus (enjoying the photo-booth and bubble tea in between), Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 among others. H&M – with an influx of sales and heavily-reduced prices – was a favorite, as it always seems to become a part of my wardrobe staples. Brandy Melville has become even better in the last few years, due to its beautiful basics, rebellious and free-spirited image, and a wonderfully-designed boutique. Other covetable lines were offered by Hollister, Anthropologie, and Wildfox. All of my summer purchases will surely be featured in upcoming outfit posts, so look out for those!
Breakfast at Chiltern Firehouse / Waffles at Café Richoux
Afternoon at Roka / Selfie time at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel

Look out for more details of my summer holiday with a photo-diary on Spain! Meanwhile, keep up with Moments with Meera on Instagram and Twitter