Monday, November 29, 2010

Loving this Video Lookbook

A simple and charming fashion lookbook video that does the job ( which I presume is to showcase your latest collection interestingly).

Sure, it isn't as refined and expensive looking as "Lady Noire " directed by some famous French director (Olivier Dahan of Ma Vie En Rose fame, actually) , but it is a great marketing tactic for a new fashion brand.



Of course, you might want to check out options  for adding direct links to buy the featured products. French Connection's recently created "YouTique" being a good example.






Elusive Lookbook 2010 from Samantha P on Vimeo.
Final Major Project (Raffles)


To check the channel see this link - http://vimeo.com/channels/fashionlookbooks


And for YouTique see this one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWNvNrv3VwE
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Currently crushing on...Sue Wong - Feather Mini


Yes, yes, feathers are everywhere and we all have seen many feathered skirts and dresses on the runways, over the past few seasons.
Yet- this one seems fresh and charming , I am thinking it is the tiny pleat detailing on the bodice and the beading on the skirt.
Also, the soft colour will complement most skin tones, and should work quite well for both day and evening .


http://www.couturecandy.com/sue-wong/feather-mini-/product.html

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Currently crushing on...Alexander Wang Cotton-trimmed silk-chiffon dress


What a beauty ! Grey really is a color for all seasons.
The two shades of grey used in two different fabrics, are making this one hell of a sophisticated dress.
Like they say, sometimes it's best to whisper,in order to be heard.

http://www.theoutnet.com/product/211906

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Currently crushing on...Manoush Embellished chunky-knit tank


I can't imagine a nicer way to brighten up a dull winter morning, can you ?
Apart from a steaming hot cup of cappucino , that is...

http://www.theoutnet.com/product/203391

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Currently crushing on...Haute Hippie Beaded silk top


A beautiful top that you can use for a little layering, to liven up your look.
Imagine it being used as part of a twin set (under a matching grey cardigan) - lovely and subtle.


Me, being an Indian , I'm also thinking that this little top can make a fabulous blouse for a nice chiffon saree , that has also been worked with some beading !!

http://www.theoutnet.com/product/62828
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rebecca Minkoff Runway Design Challenge

Oh Yay !! I love, love, LOOOVE Polyvore and Rebecca Minkoff Bags.
So, when they get together to bring us a contest like this , it is bound to be great fun.

Create your own Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch for a chance to have your creation sold in stores and debut on the runway. You could be the designer of the next It bag!

Everyone please participate , because you never know ...



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Monday, November 22, 2010

Currently crushing on...GUCCI Cashmere, silk and wool-blend cardigan




The Perfect black cardigan . This , as every woman knows is the life saving piece in your wardrobe.
I'll take twenty of these, to last me the rest of my life, thank you!


http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/108807

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Currently crushing on...MARC BY MARC JACOBS neoprene laptop case


Yummy ! A hot pink laptop sleeve is exactly what one would need to get inspired into writing a great post. Seriously. And, look at the price , sweet.

But still , adding two little handles for portability sake, would have made the deal sweeter...


http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/98504


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Currently crushing on...ALICE BY TEMPERLEY Trophy knitted cropped cardigan


One of the most versatile nautical pieces I have seen recently.
The best part is, it seems quite fresh, even though I feel stripe fatigue is going to set  
in soon.

Maybe its the cropped length or the varying stripe width , whatever it is, this is one cardigan I would love to own- right now!



http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/101290

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Currently crushing on...DION LEE Rorschach Magyar silk-blend organza dress



I love beautiful fabrics , and so , a designer who creates stunning prints on fantastic fabrics and keeps the cut simple is my favorite kind of designer. A perfect example can be seen here.
Just the right mix of simple and stylish.



Check out all the pictures and details here-

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/104800

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Currently crushing on...DONNA KARAN Draped wool-fleece jacket



Absolutely loving the combination of draping and a tailored look.
If you have too many classic jackets in black and capes are not your scene , this might just what you need to spice up your winter wardrobe.
Replace the dress in the picture, with jeans and a white silk shirt for the day , the jacket still works beautifully. 


Check more pictures and details here-


http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/108401

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Digital Luxury Experience.

It is really great to find out that Luxury buyers are highly digitally engaged , almost twice as much as the regular (non-luxury) consumer. While old Luxury Brands with a hundred or more years of history and a well established name have an edge, it is not impossible to build a new Luxury Brand online.


So, if you have a great product that is "luxurious" in every sense except the age of the Brand, and the deep pockets for marketing, you don't have to worry that you might not find the right target audience simply because you don't have a stunning boutique on Rue du Faubourg Saint-HonorĂ© in Paris. 

Of course having a wonderful old history and beautiful boutiques help , in fact those are the charms of a luxury brand , but until you have your own brand history and you can afford that boutique, you don't have to despair - there is plenty you can do to get your new Brand established .
We are lucky, we live in these times of digital marketing.



                                                                  

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French Connection's YouTube Boutique (YouTique)

I love the way marketing videos are evolving , here is a great example, see how FC has used YouTube in a clever way to link the video to actual products on the shelf and to sales.

Vogue and Elle , can you see the potential for your websites as well ?


What do you think, is this a great idea or a little too far-fetched ?






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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Just saw this video by H&M - "All for children"

I have to say I find this video endearingly " Phirangi"  (foreign) and totally hilarious.
This same woman would never explain things so patiently, to another Indian , she would probably be selling or buying vegetables and bargaining nastily.


As we all know India is mildly schizophrenic as a country, not in a debilitating way, people from other countries actually find that amazing about us.
But even we Indians can be caught off-guard sometimes...this woman for instance, has no idea how fantastic her story sounds and that is what is drop dead funny.



H&M has captured a certain kind of India very well, but I always wonder when they will capture the other India ...the emerging "fashion crowd" of India.


Indian brands are already engaging with the young fashion crowd, but It would be interesting to see the Indian "High street fashion set" through  H&M's eyes.






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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Currently crushing on...J.CREW Frank bead-embellished merino wool sweater



 Loving the colour combination and the fact that not only is it ultra-chic,  it basic enough to be worked into many types of looks that can be worn everywhere from office to cocktails.

Now , hand on heart , tell me isn't that what every woman actually wants ? Smart key pieces, that work with everything she already owns and make every outfit look fresh and of-the-moment
 , and of course make her look sleek and glamorous !

A very hard-working garment, this one.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thakoon - Another down-to-earth modern designer I like




When I saw the September Issue and noted this new whiz kid designer Thakoon being personally promoted by Anna Wintour, I thought to myself  ' Wow , is he lucky ! Let us see if this guy stays grounded and uses this amazing opportunity to do great work, or whether he gets carried away and stops focusing on his designs'.


I am happy to note that so far, he is really managing to do well, despite all the publicity and positive reviews he has been getting, he has retained his approachable and polite nature at the same time he comes across as confident and savvy. He is also definitely doing some great work. In fact what seems very nice about him is that when you talk to him he seems more interested in discussing his work than the general goings on in the fashion world.


His style is " wearable and casually sophisticated with a little edgy twist " which is fantastic, and not an easy balance to achieve on a consistent basis.



So here is wishing the young designer all the best, I hope he stays the way he is, which is 
open , relaxed, curious and connected to the real world.


To see his latest work check out this link -
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8wlU4zqLhM&feature=related




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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Single & Loving it - Don't try to have it all , just have a good life !!


Note- See the nice video at the bottom of post !

Lately ,I have been advised to reconsider my "singlehood" by several well meaning male friends through direct remarks ; I appreciate both their simple candour and genuine concern and I really do love them for caring, but I feel they just don't get me anymore !


Also, as is inevitable I suppose, I have been subject to subtle and not-so-subtle barbs about "settling down" and "growing up" ,  by both much-married and soon-to-be-married women , some of these women are not even really close to me , but they act as though it  is one of  their life's greatest achievements to have "snagged"  a man and therefore their well-deserved right to talk down at any single woman.I really have nothing to say to  such women, who I am sure care less about my future "loneliness" than about trumpeting their superior "femininity" , which obviously needs a man ( and later a child) to validate it. Because they seem to understand and care so little about me and my feelings, I feel absolutely no need to clarify and put forth my true opinions , and I simply avoid serious discussions with them.

Still , if these women want to delude themselves that all single women are secretly jealous of them and their fabulousness , they are welcome to entertain themselves, I might even play along till I get bored, YAWN !
Finding someone you are sure you like (with flaws and all)  and want to spend the rest of your life with, and then having them feel the same way, is a rare and beautiful thing and no doubt an important milestone in a person's life. But in my opinion, to frantically seek a partner and then to hang on to him with fierce desperation, just because being single scares you, is - to put it mildly- unromantic and even slightly pathetic.

I definitely don't want to be in that kind of a relationship, if one can call it that, and frankly I see too many of these everywhere, to believe that a genuine relationship is as easy to find as these women make it sound , maybe my definition of a "real" relationship is simply different from that of other women. 




I truly believe that in the sphere of romantic relationships things will happen if and when they are meant to happen, it is a highly personal thing and there is no point trying to pretend there is a formula that works for everyone - there is NO such formula.
At business and at work a certain amount of navigation and manouvering is required to get ahead , but when it comes to personal relationships I think these "scripts" fail.

Of course, worried parents and well meaning friends will always want to intervene and see if they can help things in some way and that is okay, to an extent. But, after a point when you have tried to explain your views over and over again, it gets a little wearisome and you begin to wonder why everyone is trying so hard to find some
 sinister (or sad ) story behind why you choose to be single .Why don't they want to believe that you are quite happy ?

The truth is simply that , I haven't come across anyone , with whom I can imagine creating a whole new kind of life . I am happy in my present single status, and busy trying to get some of my cherished dreams off the ground, why would I bring in additional complexity into an already tough and busy life , I don't think I have the required "bandwidth" ???

Not to mention , this isn't an irreversible decision and maybe in the future, when I am ready, I will find someone who is right for me. I have been in enough relationships to know what I want and I think , when I find it, I will know how to keep it, thank you!
I am not insecure about my "lonely" future right now, and , how is a man going to secure my future anyway ? Can he really be everywhere with me or protect me from every calamity that strikes me?

Companionship ? Why can't I have a network of friends and other like-minded people, who care enough to be there for me in times of trouble, isn't that all one can hope for anyway  ?


This is a choice I have made based on my priorities at the moment , I want my freedom to try and do all the things I dream of , and If I can't meet the right person along the way while being who I am and doing what I want to, well...I am quite happy to be by myself.

If that is making some people jealous and/or nervous, then they'll just have to learn to handle it !!


Meanwhile , I don't like being forced to constantly defend and argue my point fanatically, and I refuse to do so.

Here, enjoy the Video-





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