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

Truly Exclusive… By L.R.

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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!

The Art of Disguise #8: Burberry brings the Whole Art of Trench Coats to display

Burberry, its trench coats and its history. Straight from Singapore… By L.R.

For all those who missed the Burberry Trench Coat Exhibition in Singapore at ION Orchard, here are the details! Burberry is the classic British brand that is known for its trench coats… why even the royal family owns those coats! It is recommended by the royal stylist and do I need to go further about its reputation?!

Starting with the Tools!

As soon as I entered the store, I witnessed the Burberry essentials to make the coats. It was displayed on the wall and a table on the right. All the tools were put on display and even some of the iconic straps with buckles and a few other fabric pieces made into belts and collars were exhibited.

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Here is a closer look – get to see what was displayed on the table!

The Most Important part of making a Trench Coat? Assembling!

The Burberry attendant went on to take me into the journey of Burberry from its past to present. After showing these tools, he went on to show me the way Burberry cuts its fabric and the different pieces they gather to make the signature trench coat.

These pieces are to be assembled properly before the trench coat is made. Also, one thing that is amazing about this company is that all its coats are made in Britain. No, no third world country is taken advantage!

It’s more fun when it has the C-word: Customised!

A fun fact? Most of the Burberry trenches are customised! So, they do need your exact measurements! During the exhibition time, Burberry prompted that its buyers can get their monogram on their trench coats. It becomes just so special with the initials in a golden coil!

Usually, since it is customised, Burberry doesn’t really suggest the monogram concept. However, the exhibition took it to a whole new level!

Fashion. Check. Stop!

The next stop was at the different collections ranging from 2010 to 2017 were on display! There were mannequins lined up as though they were on the runway. The attendant told that personally he liked the latest collection trench with the cape the best! Who doesn’t like a bit of batman and harry potter and gothic nature? Cape has surely turned the comic enthusiasts more into fashion!

Personally, I liked the one with the lace. It looked more elegant. Another surprising thing is that all the trench coats displayed there had different fabric!

Tropical Country and Trench Coats… something is funny

I couldn’t stop myself but ask the representative about how often do these coats sell on average! Singapore can never be extremely cold. Professionals are allowed to wear shorts to work due to the weather conditions! Then, how do these trench coats sell?!

He replied that usually the spring/summer collection never faces any reduction in sales. As for the autumn/fall and winter collections, people travel to the colder countries and he just smiled. Yep, Burberry makes the cut. People do need Burberry in their lives.

The Time it became famous!

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These outfits look kinda vintage today but in the past, it served great purposes! The outfit on the left was used a 100 years ago. It was used by a person to battle the cold in one of the poles, if I am not wrong. He used the same fabric to build a tent and he survived the cold! That is one of the first times when the Burberry fabric was acknowledged!

The outfits on the left belong to a certain Sir and Lady who sailed their way to a place of extreme climate. In return to the fabric and outerwear from Burberry, they named their ship as “The Burberry”!

These pieces are still there in original condition! The store attendant went on further to tell me how Burberry embraces its past. He took me to the nearest set of trench coats. He showed how the current trench coats mimic the ones made during the World War time! There were places to hold the gun and there were clutch for the arms! The shoulders of the trench coats did surely have the army like definitions!

I missed the portrait room because I went to the exhibition only during the last few days. However, this was one grand experience!

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.

The Art Of Disguise #2: A day with the Black Leather Biker Jacket!

To be totally honest, I had no idea that I would wear the famous badass black leather jacket ever!  But today, I wore it… I wore it for the entire day! I went through so many OOTDs and found that it is best matched with
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2. Tank top, denims and boots!

With the idea in mind, I thought of wearing the dress and biker jacket for the first half of the day – to my college.

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I won’t lie to you but I had to change many things – from simple things like just brushing my hair and pulling it back together (my thick and inevitably heavy jacket kept rising and it got tight near the shoulder area) to the mundane activities like typing in my laptop!! My metal zips in the jacket kept clacking and clinking against the keyboard. Obviously, I  didn’t know how to carry a biker jacket well!! However, it became better as the day went… I became more comfortable with the style!

It was quite amusing the way stereotypes work! This dress isn’t really the best match for the jacket… I mean, the dress shows a delicate feminine side. The jacket in pure contrast shows edginess! I had to meet new group mates today and they totally could not decipher me! They did not know if I were the shy and silent type or the adventurous and don’t-care type!

So, it was exciting to carry this style! It was just as challenging too!

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That isn’t the exact pose that you would expect someone in a such a jacket to be posing in, but there it is!

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This is when I wore a striped tank top, jeans, a choker and boots! This picture doesn’t do much justice to show I looked but the jacket is there! This was for the second part of the day… an evening out with friends. No big reactions from them. So, I had to push them over to tell me how I looked! One said that I looked open-minded culturally – I guess what that means is something like being accommodative and coming out of the ‘conservative’ dressing style. Just guessing – I still don’t know what that means. Another one of my friends popped in to say that my outfit looked like something that would go well with an airport scene – thank you models for making this outfit an airport look! Hahaha! What I felt inside was a bit different, I felt like I was on my way on dressing like a hipster!

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That was my day in the biker jacket. If you guys think about anything else as a disguise on a regular day for you, put it in the comments section!  Also, if you would like me to try on different looks like another way to wear this very same jacket, I would love to!

Adios!

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.

Fashion from India to Singapore

Written by L.R. Originally published in lifewithlilred

Dressed with my thoughts and draped with my experience, I present to you my guest blog post Fashion From India To Singapore – originally published in lifewithlilred. Thank you Sarah for the opportunity!!

Hello hello and welcome to a poignant and thoughtful post by my friend Lakshmi from The Rink. Spring is always connected to transformation and new life. In this personal excerpt from Lakshmi, she discusses the metamorphosis of her personal style after she moved from India to Singapore. Miss Lakshmi has been featured here on lifewithlilred […]

via Fashion From India To Singapore — lifewithlilred

For Singaporean Fashion Designers!

Don’t miss it! By L.R.

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I do know that it is kind of late but fashion designers out there, leap to take this chance! This is the Asia NewGen Fashion Award exclusively for the Singapore Fashion Designers. Read the guidelines, judging criteria and eligibility well! Who knows, you might be the one receiving the award!!

If you have any doubts which I can answer, then shoot them in the comments section!

All the best!