Summer Ease in NAushad Ali

There is nothing more enticing in summers than a relaxed piece of clothing that lets you flow and your body breathe while looking gorgeous. This is exactly what my Naushad Ali outfit makes me feel this summer. A designer with minimalist inclinations, he believes in revisiting designs to adapt more than to add. He fosters a deep love of Indian traditions and crafts, creating designs that bring together modern cuts and heritage fabrics.

While i knew of the brand for a few years now, it is my time in Pondicherry that got me further aware him, his designs and techniques revives India’s traditional fabrics and sustain its practitioners. His label endeavours to balance the inspiration of India and its history, in all its forms, while keeping a keen eye on the world of today. At his studio in Pondicherry, every garment is designed, tailored and packed with earnest dedication.

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Lavender Dream with Ni:Sh

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This label from Hyderabad is really close to my heart. A friend who followed her passion to design and started her store with some refreshing designs and silhouettes, something Hyderabad hasn’t seen before.

I have seen the work of karigars, to the last fit. The handwork the styling tips, the color combinations, everything label Ni:Sh offers niche collection for all age groups and occasion, pret and couture. From bloggers styling her outfit to Tollywood celebrities showing off her outfits, her studio in Jubliee hills showcases is open now.

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Knockout Pink, Masaba Gupta

I really like Masaba Gupta’s designs, they are vibrant, fun and comfortable. The quirky prints, classy and some times playful silhouettes add a character to your look.

This particular kaftan cape was my favourite piecs from her festive collection. It enhances my styles, can be worn as an Indian option or a western outfit, the styling only ends where you ideas do.

The store now open in Hyderabad offers some really good jackets, capes, dhoti kurtas, sarees and some accessories as well.

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In conversation with Abhinav Mishra

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Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

The Deccan Story beings in some of the coolest and most stylish designer previews in Hyderabad. with wedding season approaching soon and this summer getting the best of us, Deccan story has come to rescue with a summer friendly wedding collection by much talented Abhinav Mishra.

Originally from Allahabad, Abhinav Mishra has always had a penchant for design, he decided to go to one of India’s top-ranking colleges for Fashion and Design, Wigan and Leigh College, Lucknow and started his career in the décor and events industry with – Rani Pink.  He much later started his eponymous fashion label in 2009.

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Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

He is displaying his new collection ‘SAHIBA – Spring Summer ’18’ which is a dreamy collection of ethnic silhouettes. The couturier is known for his glamorous ethnic wear with pastel tones, textures and intricate embroideries. With an underlying mystical and romantic theme, this collection is the perfect amalgamation of traditional and contemporary silhouettes. ‘SAHIBA’ tells the story of a young girl who spends an unforgettable summer in Jaipur. The collection is an embodiment of his muse, a fun yet elegant and poised girl. He also introduces a stunning range of sarees in light hues and delicate Bougainvillea motifs and much more that is on display at ‘The Deccan Story’ Hyderabad .

His designs are light yet elegant ensembles featuring stunning mirror work. Pastel coloured lehengas with crop tops, impeccable shararas with long kurtas and anarkalis with delicate mirror work in natural fabrics, he has them all! The ensembles have a gottapatti touch inspired from Rajasthan paired with the elegant and soft looks of Lucknow.

Loving the pastel collection by Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

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Abhinav Mishra happy with the amazing response at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

How did you come up with the idea of ‘SAHIBA’?
Abhinav Mishra: Since I do a lot of weddings and the guests seem to enjoy the vibe of weddings, I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a wedding line. The holiday environment surrounding weddings inspires the collection greatly.

What are the go to colours for summer weddings that suits the Indian skin tone ?
Abhinav Mishra: Navy blue, bright mustered yellow and olive green. However, peach, pink and white are evergreen.

If a bride wishes to go white, what do you suggest?
Abhinav Mishra: It is okay to turn to white. However, to consider an example, if the base is white the embroidery should be 80% golden in such a way that the colours look codominant. These are perfect for the wedding days and my clients mostly opt for  lighter shades. The skirt is usually heavy, so is the blouse and the dupatta is decently embroidered. The accessorising should can be done very well and the outcome is a modern and trendy bride.

It is seen that you use a lot of mirror work, what is the reason behind that?
Abhinav Mishra: I am from Lucknow and Mukaish work is very common there, but it is also time consuming. So, I have tried to replace the Mukaish work with mirror work instead. I typically use smaller mirrors and surround them with sequins to give a soft Mukaish look.

In terms of silhouette, what is going on with the shararas, ghararas and anarkalis?
Abhinav Mishra: I like to go simple with my cholis and shararas keeping the traditional look intact. Top hyderabad lifetsyle blogger, summer weddiing guide

We haven’t seen any chikankari in your work, especially since you hail from Lucknow,why is that? indian travel blogger, best hyderabad blogger
Abhinav Mishra: My first collection was a chikankari collection. It takes a lot of time and I have been really busy lately so I would say my next 2-3 seasons you will be seeing a lot of chikankari for sure. I like how even most youngsters are now fun to work with and love experimenting,  they are willing to wear a chikankari kurta with a mirror work gharara and banarasi dupatta. However, I feel chikankari is an evergreen.

This by far is my favourite piece from the collection, adorned by mirror work this will look good on all Indian skin tones

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Location: The Deccan Story, Rd Number 45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Ph:091210 10679

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Spring Fling with Archana Rao Label

It’s no shocker that pastels are hottest spring’s fling, light pink hues in particular are popping up everywhere this season. Pastels of all shades are welcome be it blue, lavenders, blush, lime.. pick anything.

I really like the tone-in-tone look, when it comes to adding some color to my wardrobe, being a person who is mostly in forever love with black and marsala i have been experimenting with colors a lot and well what better time than spring and summer.

This particular look is chic yet utterly wearable. Archana Rao ‘s garments are a combination of fresh fashion and oodles of femininity ;  adding the bow belt helped give the over sized coat the right shape and fit. The wooden clutch expertly handcrafted, brings more color to the look . I went all in and experimented  with these sporty footwear (i love it for the intricate detailing and comfort) instead of heels.

Jacket by Archana Rao

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Shirtdress by Label Pallavi Kandoi

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Bow belt and clutch Archana rao

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Jacket: Archana Rao Label; Wooden CLutch
& Bow Belt: Archana Rao Label; Inner: Shirtdress by Label  Pallavi Kandoi; Glasses- H&M; Footwear- Kanabis

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The Over-sized Jacket

Women fashion trends have been borrowing pretty much all they can from menswear, for years now. Be it slouchy oversize silhouettes, big bold coats, jackets, blazers, shoes, hats and let’s say even shirts. Call them boyfriend jeans or boyfriend coats it’s all there everywhere.

Blame it on the cycle of fashion, because as much hit as these trends were in 80’s they are all back in vogue now, whatever the reason is I am loving it.

Here I am wearing an AND dress with on of my favorite colors for fall- Marsala. I love the roll neck (or turtle neck/high neck as most call it) as a kid I use to have a section of turtle neck knit shirts with long sleeves that almost came till my fingers.

It’s a fun dress with an A line silhouette so I paired it with a belt, to not make me look baggy and paired with the gorgeous boots and nerd glasses to complete the look.

 

I am a girl who is constantly torn between desk work at office, attending events, meetings and of course blogging. So I always like to have multiple styling options at hand.

For the second look I teamed up the same dress with an oversized checkered coat which has beautiful botanical embroidery and lace insert panels from ‘Astronaut Likes Tea Collection’ F/w ’16 by Archana Rao

This jacket added a whole new dimension to my dress. Of course I switched to boots for heels, nerd glasses to stylish tote and added classy earrings from Micare to give my style an urbane look.

Over-sized blazer cans be teamed with almost everything, wear it with a dress like I did, or wear it as a dress itself, pair it with jeans and shirt, on shorts, slouchy trousers or even a shirt dress, just remember to add your personal style and some attitude.

Dress- AND; Over-sized Coat- Archana Rao; Boots- Forever-21; Earrings (in the coat look)- Micare Jewels; Tote- Charles & Keith:  Location: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre 

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Print Pattern with Prints By Radhika

I am not a big fan of prints, but I am all in for experimenting. When I first saw Radhika Rawat’s @printsbyradhika I was in awe with the collection. There was something about the prints and colours that made me want to try them out. The silhouette, the cut and the print itself is very astonishing.

This dress reminds me of my holiday, serene mountains, fresh air and dreamy yet bright days. This is something that I am really loving right now. My friend is getting married and I know I am going to wear this for the haldi or mehandi (of course I will share the look with you, it’s not going to be the same) 

For now hope you enjoy this look as much as I loved shooting in it… Strolling in the grass, swinging in the breaks and just loving the wet mud fragrance monsoon has got our way. 

Earrings from @shopatkc on instgaram

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In Conversation with Archana Rao

6Her store launch was a classy affair, live music, wine and cheese and lot of fabulous garments adoring the mannequins inside. Dressed in her own label and hairstyle that spoke about her style- classy and feminine; she walked around attending guests and taking compliment of her fabulous collection.
We however fixed an appointment for later to get you all the inside story behind the Archna Rao Label and more about the designer herself.
Everyone starts somewhere, what was your starting point?
Well, for me it all started off with design school. I started design at a point where I didn’t know which creative outlet I should direct myself towards. I got into NIFT and I really began to enjoy what I did. I realized designing products and clothing is what I am good at and that’s when it all started and there was no turning back since.
What is your favorite part of being a fashion designer?
My favorite part has to be the conceptualization behind every collection. I like storytelling and that is what I want to do with every concept. The fabric, textures, styling everything needs to have a reason and that is the major inspiration behind it.
1Tell us about your latest collection.
My latest collection was titled ‘The Apartment’ inspired by an abandoned home in Paris during World War 2, it was only opened up recently and there it was, just the way it was left behind. The inspiration was to bring to life the story of the woman who lived there, her exquisite taste in paintings clothes and furniture. The collection featured women’s wear, menswear in Indian and western as well.
What gives you inspiration for your collection and how do you come up with such casual yet unique names for your collection?
Here again the credit goes to the incredible stories that inspire my collection. In general I’m inspired by vintage collectibles, thrift store shopping, hand me down stories and old photographs.
4Share one of the most important moment or experience from your time involved during vogue fashion fund.
I think the most overwhelming experience had to be the night of the vogue fashion fund finale. I was humbled to have been in the finalist list with such remarkable talent itself. Having won the competition just took me to another level.
 
What has been the most challenging moment as a designer so far?
As a designer for me, understanding the market and placing myself in the business side of the area took some time but eventually I understood how it works.
7You have taken your time setting up your brand name first and then a store.. Was it a kind of strategy or you just went with the flow?
It was all about timing, I wanted to first understand how my brand is being accepted, and then I showcased my collection in several fashion weeks to establish my label. Only after that I decided to open my flagship store in Hyderabad.
Tel us about Frou-Frou and Archana Rao label (are they different lines or sub brand).
Archana Rao is my main label which showcases exclusive clothing for men and women. Frou Frou Is my sub-brand which showcases ready to wear clothing, stationary and accessories (Bags and shoes)
You have collection for girls, women, men, kids, stationery, bags and shoes.. That’s a whole lot of stuff under one label. What would you say about that?
It’s taken a while to put all of this together and I’m happy it turned out this way.
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1.Where would you like to take your next holiday to?
Paris
2.What is your personal style?
Classic and easy
3.3 things you would never leave home without?
Cell phone, wallet and lip balm
4.If you ever get an opportunity which designer or brand would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with a home furnishing company
5.Fashion to you is….wearable art
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