The Art of Disguise #9: H & M turns elite and fashionable with the Conscious Exclusive Collection 2017!

Truly Exclusive… By L.R.

Hey people! We have come to the very last post in the series!

H & M is the place I usually go to find good daily wear and rarely part outfits… When i went on one of my visits to the store, I was amazed with this new collection: Conscious Exclusive 2017!

It is said to be inspired and made from recycled waste – Who knows if this is a rumour or not! It first came to the stores on the 20th of April. And fate sent me to shopping on the very same day!

My favourite dress

This was my very favourite dress in the collection! It was available when I went to the stores… Sadly, my size was not there!!! Anyhow, being a fashion lover, I wanted to try it on and ta-da! I wore the one with a bigger size!

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The dress that sold out in one day!

Party dress? Yes, for sure! The pink sequinned dress was and is still eyed by many! It was sold out the very first day in UK!

The Other ones in the collection

These outfits are equally good and some are so good that celebrities have walked on the carpet wearing them! I don’t have all of them in the gallery – The best ones are here!

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I was so happy to walk in on the first day of the release! This collection did not become very popular here, I guess, because people are more exposed to the advertisements for H & M spring collection. The Conscious Exclusive 2017 collection is a little bit elegant, a little bit playful, a little bit exotic and a little bit ethereal!

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 #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.

 

The Art Of Disguise #5: 10+ Fashion Styles Explored!

If this series had a prequel, this should have been it! By L.R.

Sherlock Holmes could judge you based on what you wear… what if you could trick him into thinking you were someone else? Welcome! 10+ Fashion Styles to explore and to discover who you really are! Are any of you in for a social experiment? Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to know what it is about!

#1 Casual

For the girl who thinks just 10 times before picking out her dress for the day! Usually girls take a longer time! We are girls and its worth it!

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#2 Sporty

When Athleisure takes the centre stage and gymming is in trend!

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#3 Romantic

For the ones who search for love and respect equally… for the ones flaunting womanhood! They have elegance, style and a tinge of girliness that makes them the synonym for lady-like!

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#4 Girly Look

For the young girl in you, who likes frills, ruffles and lace! For the princess in you!

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#5 Grunge Look

When you have the “I-don’t-care” look and still look great!

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#6 Exotic

Time to be one of the kind! Go bold and dress yourself in the never-seen-before!

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#6 70s is back in trend

When they say that fashion doesn’t die, we know that it just comes back… fast forward a half century!

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#7 Edgy

A little bit of attitude doesn’t hurt! When you are a trendsetter and not a trend follower!

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#8 Tomboy

Comfort comes first. Who told that we need to be fancy to be right?

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#9 Chic

Fashionable as always. Stylish is a word that belongs to you.

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#10 Artsy

Layering is an art.

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#11 Bohemian

When Exotic is running mildly in your veins… You just have to adjust your inner free spirit with the one projected outside!

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#12 Vibrant

You can never miss this girl!

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#13 Classic

Always elegant and poised… the royals of the fashion industry! When you know that you can never be outclassed…

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#14 Gothic

Can we include more black? Yeah? Then lets do it!

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#15 Street Fashion

Lets just get this over, shall we? No more words exchanged!

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This series will be there till the first week or maybe the second week of April! So, all the fashionistas who are up for a social experiment for trying on a different style, do send in a guest blog post! Record the reactions you receive, record what you feel and put the pictures (one of your style and the one you flaunted with for the social experiment!) in!

L.R.

The Art Of Disguise #4: Disguising Winter with Spring

Originally posted on Styled by McKenz:
Boy oh boy am I bummed that the weatherman is calling for a half a foot of snow tonight… all I want is warm weather so I can start wearing some spring pieces and begin packing away my boots! (Is that too much to ask?!) In the meantime, I have…

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Originally published in StylebyMcKenz and written by McKenzie Morgan

This Art Of Disguise post is different from the rest in the series just like the last one about the Duchess of Cambridge. It is not about how you perceive a person differently with their appearance… this post is about how the season influences change in outfits!

Do check out this blog StyledbyMcKenz! It has many more of these transitions, make-up and fashion tips and an interesting segment named “Weekly Wrap”! Don’t miss it!

If any of you fashionistas are doing any blog post of Style Swap, do send a link or the article to therinkfashion@gmail.com ! I’ll get in contact with you about publishing it or re-blogging it in my blog!


L.R.

Styled by McKenz

Boy oh boy am I bummed that the weatherman is calling for a half a foot of snow tonight… all I want is warm weather so I can start wearing some spring pieces and begin packing away my boots! (Is that too much to ask?!) In the meantime, I have been dreaming of warmer weather and putting together a few spring outfits plus coming up with a handful of tips that will help you easily transition your winter wardrobe to spring.

Outfit Details- sweater: Banana Republic, statement necklace: Francesca’s, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Palm Beach Sandals, bracelets: Alex and Ani 

I know for a lot of people right now it is much too cold to neglect their sweaters all together which is why my first tip is to start breaking out the color. By adding a colored sweater to your wardrobe you can continue staying warm during those brisk mornings but won’t…

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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.