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matthew williamson pre-fall | moroccan magic.

Jan 22, 2015 / , , , , ,

From looking at this 'sun-bleached' Pre-Fall 2015, it is clear that London-based designer Matthew Williamson did his research. By looking towards the exotic locale of Morocco, he recognized the country's association with 'wanderlust, exuberance, and romanticism'. A daring identity could easily be another association with the city of Marrakech, as reflected through the plentiful amount of geometric prints and unrestrained use of color. The collection, as well as the locale it drew inspiration from, evokes a sense of adventure in itself. For someone like me, who has a palpable sense of wanderlust, Morocco is high on the list of places I'd love to visit. And with Williamson's carefully-controlled flamboyance, vivid use of color, and desirable prints, Morocco's reputation as an art-infused country is even greater. The key to Williamson's artfully-executed portrayal of a country is his lack of cultural appropriation, as many a brand have been guilty of in the past. Instead, with a delicate combination of being tasteful and producing covetable fashion, Williamson's Pre-Fall collection is, as many a critic has suggested, a success.

"The lean terracotta-hued waffle knit cardigans and fluid, split-sleeved silk blouses are sure to lend just the right amount of retro charisma to a modern woman’s wardrobe." – Vogue

Glamour-infused and intricate embellishments, in an array of sleek patterns, covered v-necked T-shirt dresses, while silk-concocted halter dresses were even more alluring. The halter dresses were a particularly strong point of the collection – in particular, I adored the shining silver creation, with a turquoise border (see below, right.) Daywear was a surprising strength, with light dresses and stunningly elegant pantsuits. The daring application of color throughout the collection is commendable – bold magentas, sun-kissed oranges, and other hues reminiscent of Moroccan title and artwork. Tiny mirrorwork is a constant, additional detail to many of the dresses; and one that I was quite taken by. Williamson managed to pull through with a collection that caters to his 'chic, sun-seeking clientele', as Vogue describes them to be, but didn't bridge the gap between gorgeous and unpredictable clothes. A touch of glamour uplifted his usual strategy – but the formula was the same; evening dresses, and feminine silhouettes. Nevertheless, my praise for the collection will outweigh the negatives, with sophistication and fluid transitions between both nightwear and daywear.

What do you think of this collection?

- M

winter transitions | modcloth edition.

Jan 15, 2015 / , , , , ,

The magic of winter comes in many forms, but for those inclined towards fashion, the cold weather means that it is the season to practice the art of layering. Knitted and woolen scarfs, gorgeous cardigans (check out Modcloth's collection here!), and fur-lined pullovers are some of the many items used to layer. While it is practical and sometime necessary in cold weather (something we wouldn't quite understand here in Singapore), layering is also an opportunity to enhance any look. With this idea in mind, Modcloth has asked a panel of bloggers to deliver their take on winter layering, and the transition from fall to winter – one that can be tough to style. Simplistic, sophisticated yet with an edgy indie touch, Modcloth has created quite a name for itself in the fashion world. Described by the company as, 'distinctively darling' – a term that is refreshingly accurate – Modcloth is the go-to brand for easy winterwear. 

So my look would lean a little more toward the mid-Fall weather range, with a military-style dress and ankle boots. This look incorporates layering, yet allows for some seasonal transitions; the kind of look which would work in sunny Singapore or wintery London. The olive green dress above has a beautifully-fitting silhouette, with a light flair to the bottom. The fabric allows for a bit of warmth in cold weather, but the scarf and coat are the perfect additions to contribute to the ensemble. The similarly-colored scarf can be draped around the neck in a multitude of styles, and keeps in line with the uniformity of the look. For the true winter-factor, we can turn to Modcloth's chic, monochrome trench coat, reminiscent of those seen on many a runway. The subtle cut and adornments down the middle give the coat a fabulous edge, as Modcloth is so known for. Finally, the accessories uplift the subdued color palette. By turning to mauve and wine-esque hues, the stunning ankle boots (definitely on my wishlist) and adorable leather bag give the look a perfect dash of color. Layering has never been this easily attained – and all from one gorgeous brand. 

What do you think of this look?


instadiary: calcutta.

Jan 11, 2015 / , , , , , , , , , , ,

After a very, very hectic winter holiday (with an unfortunate lack of blog posting!), I am back in Singapore and ready to start off my next semester. Though MWM was sparsely updated, my Instagram account had constant updates from my holiday in Calcutta, India. From celebrating on Christmas and New Year's Eve to attending several Indian wedding functions, the holiday was packed with social events and plenty of Instagram opportunities. If you follow me (@meeranavlakha), you would have seen my many #ootd's for these occasions. Above left was my get-up for New Year's Eve. I chose to wear Topshop Singapore and a beautiful neckpiece from The Ordinary Co., one of Singapore's leading jewellery brands. I was so excited to wear this stunning piece of jewellery, with a line of encrusted stones in various shades of silver and cream. It brought the simple LBD – a classic, risk-free option – to an elevated level. For a Christmas Eve party, I wore a lace crop-top, mini-skirt combination. Above, on the right, I wore a teal Forever 21 crop paired with a Bershka bandage skirt. 
One of the best things about being in Calcutta in the month of December is the slightly cold (by tropical-Singapore standards), windy weather. While it's not quite sweater weather, it does allow for donning Brandy Melville knits and full-sleeved v-necks. It was a wonderful break from the shorts and tank-top combinations that Singapore's weather calls for. On the left, I wore a printed Bershka top, with a striking ribbon-tied design at the back. It was perfect for the weather on this particular day, with a chill in the air and plenty of sunshine. Above on the right, I am wearing my beloved Brandy Melville sweater. With its see-through quality, it is the perfect pull over to wear over a thin crop-top. Each of these pictures had a ton of natural sunlight, but with the help of VSCOcam – the best editing application and my ultimate favorite, used by some of Instagram's best – the photographs looked even better. I think the beauty of Instagram lies in this – a simple photo, enhanced with the help of a few applications, but shared in the fastest and easiest way.
There's nothing like an Indian wedding. The color, the fashion, the countless functions involved – it is quite sensational to say the least. We attended a few of these events. At one of the afternoon functions, I chose to wear bright florals and a myriad of color. The skirt (known as a lehenga), was in a vivid shade of yellow, covered in fuchsia, violet and lime green. Pairing it with a crop-top from Hollister gave the look a bit of a 'Western' touch, but was in keeping with the light cottons I was wearing. For a night function, I was excited to wear a beautiful old-rose sari with an iridescent gold border. I always love wearing a sari but I get very few chances to do so in a year. This particular one had a gorgeous fit, and was perfect for the event that night. The trip was overall one of the best winter breaks I've experienced, with dozens of memories I will always look back at. Remember to check out more of my photos and #instadiaries: @meeranavlakha!

- M