His or Her ?

The gender norms in the realm of fashion are disappearing faster than ever. Driving the shift is arguably contemporary open-mindedness that encourages gender fluidity.

The world today seems an appropriate moment to express oneself and push boundaries. If not now then when ?

What do you think, does it add on to the cosmic chaos, simply voices it or maybe helps resolve it ?

 

This trend is not going away!

The trend came in like the new cool school kid, you hate him but you want to be friends with him. Third season in a row, the extra lo..ong sleeves have made a room for itself in the fashion realm, passing the threshold of a fad and becoming a full swing of a major trend.

These unrealistically long sleeves are very extra, just what one would want in today’s chaos. Also called Vetemens sleeve, this seems to be a favorite trend for designers to express varied emotions. This summer saw the long sleeve in all possible ways; Loewe’s extra bell, Chanel’s all over frills and Dior’s tunneled cuffs.

Though this trend has flooded the ramp, the consumers are yet to decode its practical day-to-day consumption.

Yoga Beer

Marrying two major millennial loves, this trend should certainly find place in your “must-try” list for this year. Though its origin cannot be traced definitively. Practiced and propagated by Miki Towbridge, Brooke Larson and finally branded by Berlin’s Beiryoga.
Are these two of your major loves also ?

Negative Space Eyeliner

Time to try this trend at home!

Flooded all the ramp last year, this minimal trend is now safe enough to be carried on the streets.

The – “Less is more” approach can add a graphic edge to your makeup.

What would you try – Floating lines or incomplete dashes ?!

Wire Nail Trend

The latest manicure trend has arrived! Wire nails is another Korean contribution to the fashion world. Eun Kyung Park, the master mind behind various other manicure trends also adds this to her list.

Gold accents paired with clear polish make for a minimalistic manicure.
What do you think of this trend ?

Cheese Tea..you heard that right!

Let’s give your imagination a toss, and introduce you to the latest combination of yummy Cheese froth over iced tea.

Experimented in Taiwan in about 2010, this bizarre drink has gained popularity in China, Singapore, Malaysia and has now set its foot in the United States and is spreading across the world.

Heytea, is one brand popularising the cheese tea trend, offers the tea in many flavors like matcha, oolong, jasmine, and black tea.

This trend is an absurd sounding combo and also is  a fusion of two favorite things from a millennials diet. The other major reason for the quick fame of the trend is its Instagram-able attribute.

 

 

 

 

Christian Dior Resort 2018

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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Campaign for Dior Resort 2018

Maria Grazia Chiuri presents her first cruise collection for Dior, in the middle of Mother Nature aptly living up to the theme of the collection on May 11, 2017. The show was held on a super-remote mountaintop, in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, in Calabasas, California.

The designer dug deep into Dior’s archive for muses starting with the Ovale line designed by Christian Dior in 1951, whose form alluded to primitive female depictions such as the Venus of Willendorf. Dior’s forever love for heritage and reinventing the past lead Chiuri to come to with this 2018 Resort collection inspired by the cave paintings and bringing fresh vitality to femininity.

Her idea of infusing the past, wild and ancient femininity with shamanic intuition that celebrates instinctive spirit and today’s state of the art.

This collection draws direct inspiration from Wolves painted in the prehistoric cave paintings and some modern day inspiration from the work of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and feminist shamanic healer Vicki Noble, infusing new life into Monsieur Dior’s beloved art of divination.

The collection has more than one influences, “For me, I found it close to L.A. You think L.A. and you think Hollywood, Oscars, the red carpet, but honestly I feel people love this place because you feel in contact with the natural elements” says Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior sense of design.

These profound prints were placed onto silk jacquards and rich textured fabrics. At some places, these prints were made into sequined embroideries in earthy shades.  The entire collection Proportions and lengths are adjusted to a contemporary landscape in which sport mixes with haute couture and tradition becomes ornamental abstraction.

Other than the primitive prints, the dresses flowed long with breezy breezy silhouettes. The color palette was mostly golden ocher contrasts with blacks along with military greens, brick reds and the classic white.

The collecton had a very tasteful muted bohemian vibe. The color tones kept earthy, but the details were chunky fringes, human patterns and colorful feathered dresses. A very prominent use of robes and long jackets over dresses was showcased along leather boots.

The designer wonderfully put across the importance of contemporary essence in her designs to resonate well with the women today. In terms of keeping up with today’s scenarios, an inevitable touch of luxe sport spirit was evident in the collection along immense feminity.

“If you feel too much of the history, you get stuck in a box.”

 

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Published for Bluin Artinfo

May 2017

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Looks from Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton Creative Director for Women’s Collections, presented his fourth Cruise collection for the house on May 14, 2017 at the Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan. He fused fashion, nature and architecture expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the 2018 Cruise Collection showcases the designer’s love affair with Japan.

“It was one of the first places I travelled to when I was seeking inspiration, some twenty years ago, and I’ve been a regular visitor ever since. (The Collection is a) culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very long time,” says Nicolas.

The unique location chosen by the designer as he believes that it encapsulates Japan’s “fusion of urban and natural.” Miho Museum is located on mountain one hour outside of Kyoto. The museum is revealed through a spectacular metal tunnel and a futuristic suspension bridge, designed in 1997 by I.M.Pei.

The cruise collection had various prominent Japanese influences throughout, majorly paying tribute to designer Kansai Yamamoto. Yamamoto created icons, symbols, and characters for the accessories, which featured Kabuki mask-like designs. These inspirations are translated in the Cruise collection in accessories, prints and make-up. The models wore dramatic eyebrows, exaggerated winged eyeliner, and colorful face as the Kabuki masks.

The garments had a blend of classic motifs native to Japan, inked landscapes, ceremonial dress, samurai clothing, the keikogi robe-like outfit worn for martial arts, as well as cinematic influences from Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano. There were pantsuits and tunics featuring Hokusai-like prints. Leather sweaters reminded one of the Japanese warriors.

The collection along depicted the culture of Japan also evoked the question of evolution.

 

Gucci Cruise 2018, Florence

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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Looks from Gucci Cruise 2018

The grand Gucci Cruise 2018, was held in Florence at the Palatina Gallery at Palazzo Pitti on May 29, 2017. The venue was an apt choice for the kind of muse Alessandro Michele had while putting together this collection.

The collection was everything Renaissance, bought in the modern world with absolutely no rules. Right from the paintings hung on the walls to the embroidery on the chairs helped to build up the mood for what followed.

The Cruise line offered some women’s gowns and fur coats along dresses, skirt and shorts. The men’s pieces were injected with graphics, slogans and embroidered details if not quilted.

There were prints, paired with prints worn under a layer of some more prints. Leopard-spot turbans, head scarves, bandeaux, nerdy tinted spectacles, glittery-framed sunglasses, medieval hairpieces and loads of bling. Pearls were woven into flowing tresses and at an instance adorned over the face. Embellished, glittery monogrammed GG tights and socks that went along many looks.

The major highlight of the show was the sparkling “GUCCY” typo on one of the model’s chest.  This trans-seasonal collection urged the viewer to unleash all norms of fashion. Slogans like “GUCCIFY” or “GUCCIFICATION” made sure this collection was like the one that was showcased never before.

The models had minimal makeup on with flushed cheeks and glistening eye-lids. The collection was an interesting mix of the renaissance art and 21st century fashion.

Everything about this Cruise collection was “GUCCIFIED” right from the personal invites, to the grand venue to the glorious collection.

 

Bizarre Trend: Food to Face Trend

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We might soon feel ambiguous about being alive in such vivid times to experience a mind boggling trend – Food to Face.

It might have emerged in bits and pieces, but saw a commendable rise when blogger Newton explicitly Instagram video showcasing the use of your most usual kitchen stuff for make-up.

Cacao powder as eyebrow filler and eye shadow, honey as primer, burnt tips of coconut husk as eyelash, flour as a brightening under-eye concealer, beets and coconut oil as lip color and red gelatin powder as blush.

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This trend was taken way too seriously by Frito-Lays when the brand entered the cosmetics market. They launched a bronzer called Colour de Cheetos which happily claimed to give users the perfect shade of Cheetos orange.

 

Cheetos also launched a fragrance, Cheeteau Perfume, which the brand describes as being crafted from hand-extracted cheese oils.

 

Last year another food giant, KFC also entered the cosmetic market with the launch of its peculiar fried chicken scented sunscreen and edible figure licking nail color.

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“Make-up” makes up a large segment of the market and a key direction for the skincare industry has been an inclusion of food ingredients in skincare products. While this usually an inclusion of fruits and vegetables is incorporated, Cheetos into beauty products provides a new, comical take on this trend, and could appeal Millennials.