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Runway to street wear: three takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week

So the Lakme Fashion Week closed, showcasing the best design talent in the country. But for people like you and me, there is more than just admiration that we can show.

For the ones looking for simple and fresh trends for street style, LFW is not to be dismissed due to lack of non couture inspiration. Here I list the three things every girl next door can take away from this weeks fashion show:

1. Shivan and Naresh: Color Blocking

These designers brought out the fresh and bold look with major color blocking on their runway designs for cruise resort wear. Adding a twist with their cat eyewear.


One trend which will definitely not be hard to inculcate for street wear. We are talking about color blocking on shirts, wide legged trousers and even bags. Go for bold and bright summer hues.

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And I’m sure most of us have mastered the look with cat eyeglasses.

2. Sabyasachi : Vintage Florals
Now crop tops and skirts have taken the world by storm, but what is even better than this plain combo is the combo in vintage florals.

Subtle yet elegant. Paired with pastel pair of heels for the right look for any day event.


3. Anamika Khanna : Warrior Princess
This was the finale for the fashion week and was royal and pristine in every true sense. But there is something to be picked up from this unique ensemble.


Monochromatic intricate outfits, matched with a dark lip stain and bold jewellery. This is the right time to indulge in body chains, head chains, bold chunky earrings and earcuffs.

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I hope you folks like the blog post and the takeaways from LFW.

Much Love,

The Carnelian Cloak

VERA WANG (NYFW) : Black for Spring? Did I hear that right?

Marie Antoinette was criticized for a long list of things. She was accused of being promiscuous and a spendthrift. But no one can deny her personality and charms. She has been mentioned time and again in history for her style, which ranged from sophisticated to simplistic

And this is probably the reason why she was the reason behind Vera Wang’s beautiful (and some what odd, if I may say so) Spring ’15 collection.

We see glimpses of what we saw with the other designer such as Rebecca Taylor (look at the  previous blog post), tailoring and soft feminine ruffles meet again. But what seems like a major difference is the choice of colors to reflect this on the runway.

Wang chooses Black to capture the many moods of Marie Antoinette. 

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She has intricate details in all her designs. With ruffles in the black tailored jacket.

We see a delicate use of Brocade in bright patterns with trendy cuts. 

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Even the florals that have been used remind you of Wild Austrian Landscape, just like white gravel on the runway was meant to take you back to 18th century Versailles.

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Don’t miss the pale pink brocade and fine ruffles on the hem, adding such charm to the look.

Last, but not the least were these Maxis that are Ball Gown inspired. Simple, yet eccentric with the flow.

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I think Vera Wang has captured all the faces of Marie Antoinette and 18th century Austria with authenticity and perfection. The garments were tailored to reflect a woman who exercises control, but at the same time we see loose flowy maxis to reflect charm. Brocade is a perfect choice to imitate the French luxury, at the same time the simple outlook does Antoinette’s character justice.

Wang, spun magic on the runway.

Black for spring doesn’t sound that bad after all, does it?

Signing off, CC

NY Fashion Week : Pastels ruling the runway

It’s that time of the year again when NYC hosts its Fashion Week. And though there have been some really amazing designers, the ones that stood out were Prabal Gurung and Rebecca Taylor.

With pastel tints and shades and interesting prints and eye catching cuts, Gurung presents a great show.


Being a Nepalese, his inspiration for these prints were from the Great Himalayas.

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He has also introduced his line of footwear featuring strappy stilettos, which were multicoloured and inspired from his favorite artists.



Rebecca has been an all time favorite. For spring ’15 she has used pinks, blues and lilacs.

Much like Gurung, Taylor has used interesting prints. But she has used far more tailoring than the former did. But then again you expect nothing less than sophistication from Rebecca Taylor.

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Her inspiration for her choice of her collection’s palette was different from Gurung. She has played on ideas of feminity and romanticism to bring ruffles and tailored trousers on the same stage.

Both designers seem to love the florals though.

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I have loved both these different perspectives at the spring ’15 runway.

What do you think of the two?

you think pastels are here to stay?

maybe knock florals off altogether? 

Let us know. 

Ciao, CC

Reasons why Manish Malhotra is my favorite designer

There are so many Indian designers these days who I absolutely love. But still there is something about Manish Malhotra that makes him score a spot in my top designers, no matter what season.

1.) He personifies craftsmanship

From brocade to kashmiri kadhai to phulkari, he is the master of fine Indian craftsmanship. His designs are known for their intricate designs and elaborate handwork.

Check these excerpts from his previous lines. It’s a perfect blend of colors and the perfect silhouettes.

Phulkari Collection at it best




Kashmiri Kadhai, subtle pastels



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2.) He is every Bride’s dream(no, not in that way)

His Bridal collections are to die for, and I’m sure every girl in India will nod her head violently when I say – Tying the knot in one of his intricately designed lehengas is just the ultimate dream come true. Only Kareena Kapoor got to live that dream.

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Model walk the ramp for designer Manish Malhotra show at the Delhi Couture Week 2012, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: IANS)


3.) He dresses half of Bollywood

I don’t get how this isn’t a great reason for him to be a favorite. Half of tinsel town wears him to the red carpet. We know why.





Those are my top three reason.

Do you have any more reasons why you like Manish Malhotra??
Tell us!

Love, CC

Floral makes a Spring come back

Spring-Summer season is upon us once again and here we are getting our florals out. I am in agreement that nothing says the end of winter like florals. and here is Alberta Feretti proving me right.

She says her Spring Summer ’14 collection was inspired by the countries and cultures that followed the sun. Well, her creations are no less than a reflection of that.

With white cottons and floral work.


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And bright hues for a perfect summer day.









And a touch of black. to keep things interesting.







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I love her inspiration. the structure and work. each unique.

Makes you wanna take a trip down the country roads.

Fashionably yours, CC

and DIOR stole the show!

It’s been a week since the Paris Fashion Week. and The house of Dior has managed to grab all eyeballs with its ultra fabulous line for Autumn Winter 2014-15.

Everyone who knows Christian Dior knows Raf Simons. and this visionary designer has proved his mettle yet again with a mish mash of sportswear, masculine styles and bright bold colors.

Here are some of my favorites from the ramp:














The edgy accessories weren’t far behind. Check these out. and the hybrid footwear deserves a special mention!!


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Photos courtesy:
Bold and Beautiful. Absolutely loved it.

Fashionably Yours, CC

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