5 steps into Autumn!

Wardrobe changes are about to begin!

#1 Mid-length skirts

We are done with summer dresses… but skirts? No! It’s a great time to invest in mid-length skirts. Pair it with boots and you are ready to go. For shorter girls, you would look shorter if you go for a full-flair skirt. So, make sure that your skirt has a slit.

#2 If you really wanna wear those dresses!

Some of you, like me, love dresses and I hate to see them go for a waste at this season and in winter too… Tried and tested, wear your dresses with tights (choose fishnet/thin translucent if you can bear the gusts of wind!). Or, you can wear above-the-knee boots! It works perfectly well too!

#3 Now that we got the outfits done, accessories come in!

Big belts can easily be your statement piece this autumn. Better to go with bolder accessories than the thinner and delicate counterparts! Try on a few scarfs and ta-da! This autumn is all about making a statement. Be a minimalist when it comes to the number of accessories. Wear just one or a maximum of two.

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#4 A Trench can never be less than Iconic

A good trench coat is a must-have! You can wear it into winter as well! For this season, I would recommend you to have a thinner coat like a duster. However, a trench would give you a great look. It gives you a standard look that you can wear it to any place regardless of whether it should be formal or not. Living in the tropical part of the northern hemisphere, I don’t really experience harsh winters. For those like me, we can go for our trench coat cousins – the trench-coat look-alikes but with a thinner material to suit our season!

#5 For those into Street Style

A good bomber jacket and trainers is essential. A staple look would be a crop tee, jeans, bomber jacket and your favourite trainers. To dress up your look, you can wear boots. Top it off with a cap! Wear dimmer colours. Bright colours or colour pop is not in. Maybe button-me-down clothes or zipped clothes can lift your look. One of the best styles for this season to look chic and casual will be Street Style.

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Top 5 picks for each style from Stella McCartney Pre-Fall/Winter Collection 2017-18

Stella McCartney has come up with the brand new collection that just released a few days ago. It is all about fall and winter this time!

Fringes, blazers and weather-bearing fabric encrusts this collection to its ultimate! Black, white, faded red and camel brown are the dominating four colours on the palette reflecting winter.

Casual Style: 

This is the daily-wear style. This came as a complete surprise to me that Stella McCartney has Casual styles in this collection. This usually festive brand does come up with great daily-wear clothes…. daily-wear clothes that wouldn’t get you cringes but glances of pure admiration.

This is the most casual outfit that I found in the collection. Not great but still chic.

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This is the most futuristic of Stella McCartney’s closet of casual outfits. It is my favourite as it has a unique style that may come up to be the trend soon. Also, it goes with the weather. You don’t want to wear short exposing clothes this winter!

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Gothic style:

For all those who scream black, Stella has got a lot for you to choose from. It goes from sleek black to black with golden dots and sequins. The range for black is from head-to-toe full-sleeved collared black ensemble to leather black cape.

You can never go wrong with this outfit.

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This is my favourite black outfit as it has the flavour of gothic and punk in it; yet, it is so elegant and graceful, all at once.

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Prints and Fringes to enliven the Fall and Winter:

Yes, you are right, there are quite a few prints and fringed clothes. The prints do not overpower the mood of the winter/fall but it’s presence is felt. Fringes on the other hand dominate the outfit and makes sure it has the spotlight.

Girly style:

Stella McCartney is not Stella McCartney without a lace outfit. This is the only lace outfit but it does have a edgy effect to it. It shows the feminine side in a powerful and bold way. It is not completely girly but it can be put under this style as who loves lace more than the girly girls?! The pleats complete the girly side to the dress.

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Fur to the fullest:

Don’t get me wrong! I love animals and I don’t encourage killing them! This collection does include a few fur coats. I am not sure if it is real fur or not but from a fashion point of view, it would not be right for me to not review it.

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The fur coats give a warm feeling and it makes the winter look warmer. It looks perfect with any dress beneath it – let it be a solid colour or full prints. The coats have different patterns and this pattern styles give depth to the outfit.

This is Stella McCartney pre-fall/winter 2017-18 collection for you, dear readers!!! Yes, there are the trench coats, blazers and capes. But those are all a bit too normal for Stella McCartney’s brand new collection! Meet you again with another review and top picks of a new collection!

Until next time,

L.R.

P.S. To see all 40 outfits, see Vogue France.

Raffiey Nasir Haute Couture 2017 is nothing but Ravishing!

Singapore meets Raffiey Nasir at Singapore Modest Fashion Weekend 2017 “Gala Night”… by L.R.

Raffiey Nasir started out his journey in 2009 and here he is, featured at the Singapore Modest Fashion Weekend 2017! This is reportedly the first modest fashion show at Singapore and all the collections showcased spoke in different tones. I attended the last segment of the fashion weekend last Sunday and witnessed 3 designer collections.

This collection was exhibited at the end – people do say that best things wait for the end to happen! The Gala Night show’s hostess revealed that the collections are based on the Eid celebrations that will happen during late June 2017.

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Guess that there were 19 outfits in the collection… Here, I have displayed 10 outfits! Nope, it isn’t that these were my 11 favourite outfits but, these were the only outfits i could catch properly in my phone camera! Although I was seated in the first row in the second tier (it was elevated – the first tier of seats were reserved for the designers’ guests) of seats, I couldn’t get snap these pictures clearly – Forgive me! Note to myself #1- Get a camera, the next time you go to a fashion show.

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The Palette for the Night!

Shades of blue, tan and black ruled the runway! Champagne, tan and sparkly metallic colours are the indicators of festivity… the surprising colour in the palette is blue and the shades of same! Blue is always a calm colour. A colour that radiates elegance. A colour that doesn’t want to be out of the occasion. But, it sure is a colour that will not be forgotten! Nasir takes this to his advantage a features multiple outfits with this colour.

“Blue is always a calm colour. A colour that radiates elegance. A colour that doesn’t want to be out of the occasion. But, it sure is a colour that will not be forgotten! Nasir takes this to his advantage a features multiple outfits with this colour”

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Trends the reigned the collection

All the outfits conveyed modesty with its long skirts. The reason why each of them spoke differently is because of the difference in design! The trend of ruffles seems to have an effect on this collection. Along with these playful ruffles are cheery fringes and tassels! Personally, I felt that they could be reduced as looked overdone with the dress. It looked like there was too much going on. However, they did bring life to the dress!

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For the ‘Shape of you’

Are you Apple-shaped woman or Perfect hour-glass? Then, these are made for you – the waist part is usually covered with layers of dress or fringes and so, it gives a fuller appearance! I wouldn’t suggest the Pear-shaped gals to go for this collection as it might make your hips and waist appear broad….but the first pic in this post (with the pants) maybe your best chance. My rectangle lasses, this is the match made in heaven! This collection sculpts to show you off as a shapely woman.

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My favourite bits and pieces

One of my favourite outfits is a pink one, but I couldn’t snap a non-blurry picture of it… Sorry guys.. However, I did get a picture of this dress (look below the next para!) It was the only dress of the its colour – It had a certain punch to it.

My two other favourite parts of the show was the tan-brown outfit (displayed as the first picture in this post) and the totally futuristic collar-lines! The tan-brown outfit is particularly spectacular for one, it has a beautiful contrast between the colour and the sparkly silver and two, it is an outfit that people can rock in even on days outside the entire festivity!

Most of the neck lines were the basic necklines.. there were of course some boat-shaped neck lines.. and then there were these collars that stole the show! People do love long necks… but there will soon be a time when the collars are back in fashion! The broad collars show majestical elements. It is combined with the boat-shaped necklines and this is quite an interesting twist… But do remember, while wearing this kind of neckline, DO NOT wear statement earrings! A neck piece (a big and bold one) would do the job… and do be considerate of it because you don’t want to overdo the dress.

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Next up is THE dress that stole the thunder of the show! With a special introduction (a mystical song) and a huge round of applause, I can safely claim that this dress was a  definite hit. The metallic patterns graced the dress as though fabric has never seen its finest in fashion. It did hug the body like most of the displayed outfits but had uniqueness added to it.  It had the metallic light on it and the tan in the dress showed itself off too! It was elegant and it stood out compared to the rest of the outfits. This was a perfect outfit to close the show.

“The metallic patterns graced the dress as though fabric has never seen its finest in fashion”

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The designer, later on, brought to light that even though this collection may embrace the occasions, it is nothing but the Raffiey Nasir Haute Couture 2017!

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication. Nasir was one of the only designers who met his collection’s admirers after the show was over! He was kind enough to engage in a small talk with us.

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You guys do remember Vindhya, the vlogger, right? Yep, we went together for this show! She is standing to the right of Nasir! Having a friend with you is a good thing! Having a friend with the same interests and craziness is the best thing ever! We were thrilled to take a photo with Nasir and to find our way to a pita place twenty minutes away! This whole experience of going to a fashion show was super fun! Raffiey Nasir, if you are reading this, then I must say that you made our day when you talked to us and posed with us for a picture!

L.R.

Guest Blog Series – For the Poet in you #3

Dark Fantasy

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Oh may I plunge?

And drown in the smooth waves,

the waves of your

Dark Dark Hair…

 

Oh may I gaze?

And just gaze

into the dark hues of your

Dark Dark Eyes…

 

Oh may I tread?

Tread till the end

on your soft, mellow and

Dark Dark eyelids…

 

Oh may I tether?

Tether myself to you

and let my soul be purged by your

Dark Dark Fantasies…

 

©Yaash Jain, 15th July 2015.

 

Yaash is a poet and his writing usually dwells on life and its mystics. It does sound like good song lyrics Yaash! It has a certain rhythm to it.

Dear readers, back to you again, if you guys have already written or inspired to write on the topic of April 13th’s blog post, – First Love or First Crush – then do send it in to therinkfashion@gmail.com by April 12th midnight! Waiting to hear from you!

L.R.

Guest Blog Series – For the Poet in you #1

When tailored garments meet the raw Earth…

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Almost as though she were a part of the woods,

And a part of the tailored culture —

She stood in grey to her viewers.

 

While her cherry red lipstick spoke volumes,

The floral dress floated around

The whiteness exposed the nature

And there was a miracle found.

 

Against the ethereal happenings, the green made its case

That a fairy tale photo cannot exist

When a forest doesn’t have a face…

 

©THE RINK 2017

Voila! That is the first poem on THE RINK’s guest blog series on poetry! The writer prefers to be anonymous and has handed over the copyrights to THE RINK. Remember, you don’t need to hand over the rights to get publish on this platform! To check out the topics for April 6th, click here. Also, the poet got stuck in naming this poem. Can you think of a good title? Yeah? Put it in the comments section below!

L.R.

 

5 Trends seen in Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture

It has been a long while since this collection Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture has been released but hey, the season of spring has just started this month!!! I know that The Art of Disguise series is running but I had to post a Trends post because I love them! So, lets see what the trends are!

#1 The Orange Era

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Suddenly ‘Orange’ has started to rule and reign the world! This Armani Privé Spring 2107 Couture is dominated with this vibrant colour and sprinkled with colours like black and tan.

Why the trend? It was the In-Colour in 2015… that doesn’t make enough sense and so, I did more surfing – I just can’t seem to think of why this colour has been chosen! However, this can be a foreshadow of Trump’s presidency (they were designed before the elections) and yes, according to the saying, Orange is the NEW Black! Grazia Daily puts this colour as the “It-Colour” of 2017 due to the increase in orange-based pinboards at Pinterest and some interesting observations in the fashion runways!

Styling it as an OOTD: Originally, I thought styling with a colour should be quite easy. I would style it such that the colour doesn’t dominate the outfit – very unlike the collection presented here wherein they have emphasised the orangeness. From this collection, I would say that a 3 piece orange outfit with the layering outfit being lace or net with a tinge of grey or green would do it! As a daily outfit, I would suggest a multicoloured (with orange dominant) skirt with a pale orange top and a orangish greyish neck-scarf or head-scarf / accessory!

#2 Ruffles & Lace

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A pretty common trend in 2017 is the ruffles and lace from the 1850s! The sudden new-found rapid popularity of bringing back this trend has definitely aced the runway and caught millions of eyes!

Why the trend? Ruffles doesn’t show off any of your “fatter” body parts! It is all masked underneath the ruffles and rather, it is seen thinner! Also, if you notice carefully, you will see that the upper part of the body has ruffles – it may signal the rise of pear-shaped women and it will suit them better! And for the lace, it highlights the delicate feminine side of the woman. Lace, on the other hand, is styled up as a skirt in both cases here signalling lightness of spring!

Styling it as an OOTD: From the Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture, I can safely say that when you are not an apple-shaped woman, go for ruffles in your top! Pair it with pants because skirts would make you look a bit plumpy. Lace skirts would best be seen layered with a monochrome skirt (of any size!) or even ruffled up like in the picture. Leave your arms exposed and a cropped blouse would go well!

#3 It’s time to Shine!

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Shiny metals are back in the fashion books! Suddenly, this trend has become a favourite of many fashion designers!

Why the trend? This trend shows luxury – almost like the elixir of outfits! There is no necessity to make a jewellery statement! Your outfit will sum it all up!

Styling it as an OOTD: I am not quite sure if this outfit would fit in daily outfit section but it does fit in festive look! Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture highlights that you can style it such that only one part – either the upper or the lower part – is jewel encrusted and if you want the dress to be fully jewel-encrusted, then opt for a deep strapless dress. You have to be quite careful while carrying this look and walk as though you own it! It may grab a lot of attention and so, really decide which event you want to wear it too!

#4 Let’s call out for some freedom

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Free the nipple movement in back on track! Quite a controversial topic even now!

Why the trend? Feminism!

Styling it as an OOTD: I wouldn’t really want to style it as an OOTD and so, I really have no idea about how to style this. I would personally feel very uncomfortable. Also, I have seen this trend only in fashion weeks and not out of it. I guess very few ladies can actually carry out this look – it is a personal expression.

#5 Petalled with Jackets!

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The Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture shows off its jackets! The collection is all about layering the outfits with jackets of all types from blazers to party wraps!

Why the trend? Spring jackets got its spotlight from the spring of 2016! It is the best of the other trends when it has to be styled as an OOTD because it keeps the weather in mind. In spring, the weather can go from being warm to breezy in no time!

Styling it as an OOTD:  This trend in any other way is already seen in many common OOTDS like a light trench coat, a tee, jeans and boots… But with this particular collection’s insight would be: A lighter hue or net or lace paired with a solid monochrome or print pair (a top and a jacket) with any outfit neutral pants! A short skirt would look over dressed and so, opt for a long skirt if it is for a party outfit!

These are the trends that I noticed. Pardon me if I did not add anything or rather, even better, put in the comments section!

Source for pictures : http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2017-couture/armani-prive

The Art Of Disguise #1: When denim and choker is exchanged for lace and ballerina shoes!

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This is my first post in the series! To give it a little bit of introduction (apart from the intro I gave in February to March!), this is about dressing in a completely different style and seeing if it could change your attitude or personality for sometime! Can you be different when you are dressed differently? Can you feel or think differently when you are wearing different clothes?

It is all about the style swap!

FullSizeRender 24I met my vlogger friend Vindhya today to hear about her stories on this theme! Interesting fact: She has some clothes, that her mother made her buy, which is really not her type… This was like a long time ago but she told that when people complimented her, she actually found herself a bit prettier!!! Well, this is like a loooong time ago and so, we did something to really know whether she had different feelings in different clothes or maybe just to find that she feels the same regardless of which style she sports!

She is not Vindhya without her signature choker chain, her denims, her tank tops or metallic accessories or outfits! We explored a little bit today – went to the malls and she tried out different outfits that I chose for her. After this, we went back and we did style swapping – where I dressed her up like how I would dress myself!

BEFORE we went to the mall, Vindhya was dressed like this:

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After the outfit experiment at the malls!
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Outfit #1: Romantic Fashion Style with a Pastel Pink Button Down Dress and Ballerina Shoes!

We explored the romantic fashion style first. Surprisingly, she felt good in that style and actually liked it as an outfit and she kept telling me about how she would love to pair it with her boots! This was actually the first time I saw her without her choker chain! It is also one of the times when you see her with a pastel pink shade!

She did not tell much about her feelings or thought or anything change with this outfit! But, it did change with the next outfit…

Outfit #2: The Classic Fashion Style with a Monochrome Jumpsuit.

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This is a burgundy monochrome jumpsuit with lace details and a neck tie-detail – we decided to make it style it up like the classic scarf style. This is when it started happening!

She felt very formal like she was going to attend a business meeting or like she was a person with power! When I noticed her movements closely, I did notice that she started moving around with a confident aura – the way she walked to the way she moved her hands! I felt that she looked dignified!

Outfit #3: My style!

After a long day at the mall, I was surprised that she actually had the energy to try on another outfit! This time, she was dressed in my style! I love the Indian prints with a British touch but I felt that she would look better in the current styles that I love: frills, ruffles, lace!

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The first thing I did was to take her choker chain off! That is me at sometimes but i would always love a thin delicate chain more than a choker! She wore a smocked dress with a lot of ruffles! It was layered with a lace coat and a chain of course! I also parted her hair in a different way – she always takes a centre partition and I just like side partitions! I am not a person who wears bold make-up and so, she wore on a Pink Paws Paluches Rosees shade from KATY PERRY ❤ Covergirl Collection. unnamed-1

She told me that she felt the outfit was very comfortable. After the shoot, she also told me, “I totally didn’t feel like myself. And I felt more delicate and submissive. I was totally out of my element”. If I didn’t know her from before, I would definitely say that she did look like a shy and sweet next-door girl!

“I totally didn’t feel like myself. And I felt more delicate and submissive.”

-Vindhya, the model in these pictures and vlogger of fashion, music and random fun stuff!

It was quite a day with Vindhya and the different outfit styles! Her videos are mostly fun-based and what she loves! Here is one of her favourite and best videos – Date Outfit Ideas By Vindhya B ! Do see her videos and if you like it, give a thumbs up! Stay tuned for the next one in the series The Art Of Disguise!

Recent update: You can see how the style swap happened and our reactions to it here: The Art of Disguise! STYLE SWAP W/ PRIYA //Vindhya B.