I happened across photos from his latest Spring 2013
couture collection runway show and let me tell you—the designs are
absolutely delightful. You may even swoon a bit
Well known for collections that are often theatrical and sometimes
irreverent, Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture lines tend to
seamlessly blend both formal and whimsical aesthetics. His latest
collection draws inspiration from the Indian gypsies of Rajasthan.
Approaching Gypsy style in a new way, as he does, Gaultier traces the
roots of these ethereal nomads back to Rajasthan through his visually
dynamic designs. Full of floor-sweeping skirts and dresses,
interesting cuts, luxurious fabrics and embellishments, this
Originally the idea for the collection grew from Gaultier witnessing
an elephant carrying a bride to her wedding ceremony in India and the
memory of the moment with all the accompanying sounds and smells.
Alluring gypsy seductress silhouettes, necklines and hemlines mix with
undeniably Indian elements (such as hues from rich earthy tones to
brilliant jeweled shades) to create a radiant and luxe aesthetic.
Jean Paul Gaultier has once again delivered with a line of designs
full of magnetic energy. Tell me dear readers, do you agree?
source: Vogue Italia
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I’m excited to share with you an AWESOME giveaway from the fantastic South Indian Wedding inspiration site Shaadi Belles. I’m a huge fan of everything that they do, and have enjoyed sharing highlights from the site in previous posts on BollyInstyle. And now, they’re giving you the chance to win the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams!
Newly engaged? Or, perhaps you’re about to become betrothed. Even if you’re not a bride or groom yet, take advantage of this chance to enter the Shaadi Belles ‘A Dream Wedding’ Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will get a glamorous prize package including a getaway at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai & the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, bridal makeup & hair, eight bridesmaids outfits, event design, wedding photography, and more! Plus, ten runner-ups will win a DVD copy of ‘Doonya The Bollywood Workout’. Enter before March 1st, 2013, for your chance to make your wedding sparkle that much more.
It’s incredibly easy to enter, all you have to do is visit the Shaadi Belles contest page HERE, register, and fill out the quick form. Make sure to like Shaadi Belles on Facebook as well to stay up to date on the contest and all things Shaadi Belles. The winners will be announced on March 3rd.
Best of luck, and if you win….share your pictures with me here on BollyInstyle!
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An emerald fringe stole? An ivory sequined top? Right off the bat you may be wondering where you can purchase such items for yourself… but this time it’s your kids that are the lucky ducks.
Offering delightful options like tunics, pants, and dresses; Rayil was largely inspired by Arena Haati’s fond recollections of time spent as a child admiring her mother’s saris. Passionate about helping kids connect with India’s rich heritage, Haati owns a company called Gnaana (which does just that). Also having a love of the many different kinds of cotton and silk available across India (over 300!), creating a clothing line for kids was a natural extension of her interests. New Delhi based designer Moutushi Sarkar was the ideal choice for the project; having worked with the likes of Miss Selfridge and Urban Outfitters.
All of the clothes have elements of India’s rich fabrics and traditions. The tunics are playful and effervescent, the pants are gentlemanly while being perfectly age appropriate. The skirts are guaranteed to make little girls feel like princesses, and the scarves add a lush element to outfits for both boys and girls. This Spring 2013 line features cotton Khandi, Northern India’s Benarasi silk, and Central India’s Chanderi silk.
Sarkar and Haati have created a line definitely worth getting excited about. Excellently blending chic design with amazing fabrics, the Spring 2013 line from Rayil is something we’d all love to dress our little ones in! You can start pre-ordering now, however shipping doesn’t begin until February.
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Matthew Williamson’s name has become pretty synonymous in the fashion world with ‘bohemian glamour’. His creations draw up visions of alluring nomads embarking on fantastic travels. Well known for his use of embellishments, energetic colors, and exotic prints/patterns; Williamson is definitely one of the top go-to designers for jet-setting fashionistas near and far.
In the recent unveiling of his new SS13 line, Williamson shows the evolution of his work with a collection based on the effervescent festival of Holi. Exotic tapestry embroidery, complex embellishments, and lively patterns are some of the many design elements included in the collection for SS13 inspired by Holi. The passionate colors and craftwork in the pieces capture some of the essence of India and Holi in a quite lovely manner.
You can quickly spot the Holi ‘festival of color’ influences in the blouses, structured jackets, dresses, and skirts of the collection. Certain pieces in the line are almost sari-like, using copious amounts of silk with unexpected necklines. Sparkling dresses are joined by flowing goddess gowns. Various exotic landscape graphics on both tops and bottoms are unexpected and charming.
Once again, it appears Williamson has captured the hearts of the daydreaming adventurer in us all. Which piece is your favorite? Which part of Holi do you look forward to the most each year?
source: Vogue.co.uk and Matthew Williamson FB
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It’s always nice to come across affordable jewelry that works well for both the everyday and the not so everyday. It streamlines things, especially when you are very much a busy bee! Pieces that you can wear that go with pretty much anything, that can be worn alone or with additional accessories to switch up a look. Something that you can slip on and feel great about how it and you look.
That’s just what I found when I discovered Pearl Amour Jewels on Etsy: ‘elegant everyday jewelry.’ Pearl Amour Jewels was started by an awesome full-time Mom in Toronto that specializes in handmade jewelry.
My favorites in the shop are the ‘Sari’ bracelets. With strips of lovely chiffon woven with light-catching rhinestones, the ‘Sari’ bracelets seem like a perfect way to add a touch of easygoing glamour to your jewelry collection. This Green Tea Sari Bracelet is such a soothing color and would be an unexpected pop to a simple outfit of jeans & a t-shirt, while also working well with dressier outfits. The ‘Sari’ bracelets have a bit of a vintage feel to them which I always like.
You can check out the Pearl Amour Jewels shop on Etsy here—the pieces make great gifts too!
source: Pearl Amour Jewels
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