Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 0

The much awaited Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 kicked off to a grand show by Tarun Tahiliani along with Kangana Ranaut, as his showstopper. Tahiliani showcased his ready to wear collection inspired by sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s life size hemp and cast bronze sculptures.
Here is the break down to this magnificent Winter Festive 2016 collection.

Designs – The collection consisted of organic motifs and abstract designs. Graphic textures and shading was the key to create a 3D feel on a digitally printed fabric, solely to give depth to the design and still keep the garment light and playful. Fringe was huge in his designs, from hemlines and sleeves to shoulders, tassels and fringes were seen on almost all of the pieces.
Garments – The collection consisted of kurtas, dhotis, kaftans, tunics, concept saris, shift dresses.
Silhouettes – Indian wear silhouettes with modern touches like cowls and capes.
Fabrics –  The collection was made of light, easy and breathable fabrics as the outfits cater to a no-nonsense style and comfort. The fabrics used were mostly jersey and textures in chanderi, soft net, Italian tulle, crepe georgette, micro pleated tulle and heavy crepe georgette.
Drapes – Ensembles using drapes such as cascades, cowl drapes and capes to showcase it’s elegance and fluidity.
Color palette – Celebrates earthy autumnal colors like cobalt blue, ravishing red, rust, deep olive, and charcoal
Textures – Tahiliani plays with textures in the form of woven textiles, embroidery, fringing, crochet, and prints that looked 3D, creating the illusion of texture.
Beauty – Experimented with the trendy glittery lips.

Enjoy this collage of my most adorned pieces from the collection!

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Until soon
-XOXO Kreena

 

Full Circle

They say it is almost impossible to escape your past, no matter where you go, you’ll always return to where it all began. This full circle was realized a month ago when I went back to Los Angeles for spring break after eight long years. Going back to LA, made me realize how much of a Cali girl I really am! Don’t get me wrong New York and Mumbai have their own ubiquitous charm, but their binding characteristic is in their sheer clutter and bustle of city life; which can be unnerving for a person like myself! LA was the prefect antidote to escape that chaos and it only got better once I realized I was on vacation with zero responsibilities, great sunshine and a bathing suit I was dying to get into!

With that being said, I would like to add a small caveat to this discussion. I realized in my time in LA and subsequently my amazing road trip to Vegas, that the enjoyment I was feeling was less a result of my setting but rather thinking relatively to the responsibilities and life I had temporarily left behind in NY. This also made me realize how true the statement “Grass is always greener on the other side” is. When I was in Mumbai, all I wanted to do was go back to America and study in NY. But after the new car smell wore off in the Big Apple, I couldn’t wait to escape and go to LA.

So I guess what I am trying to say is, live in the moment and be grateful for your current situation. It could always be worse, things are not as they seem and what you are longing for (happiness perhaps) is right there in your backyard!

NOW enjoy my photos from Vegas!!

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-XOXO Kreena

 

Tryst with spontaneity

We tend to label some people as spontaneous, others as planners, sometimes both, and I am fine to such classifications as long as the comparison is not a hard line through the middle. In my estimation, spontaneity is partly characteristic, but is also situational. I tend to overthink and plan on a daily basis. That is my character. But that night, as I sat in my room reminiscing of the 20-hour journey from New York to Mumbai, and how it came about in a matter of a days, it was something I could not comprehend. This ladies and gentlemen is my tryst with spontaneity.

To take it back, I have to explain how this came about. It was my parents 25th anniversary celebration earlier this month. All my cousins, aunts and uncles (all millions of them) were going to show up to this big event. For obvious reasons, I could not attend the event because I was over 3000 miles away, just started my spring semester and the wheels were already in motion to start the year with a bang. My future lack of presence at the event was obviously scrutinized and to a certain degree there was a somber sense, that this party would not be right without me attending. My mom would say things “This is the last function in our family until your wedding” or “We won’t be able to enjoy the party without you.”

In my mind, it did not make sense for me to spend all that money, time and energy just to attend an event and leave the next day. So when my dad gave me a call asking if I could afford to miss a few days of college I said yes, not realizing his intentions. Ten minutes later, I get another call from him, this time letting me know that he has found a last minute ticket to India and that I should take the next flight out.

Now I must admit, that conversation didn’t go as well as my dad planned. I vehemently opposed coming to India, just for a few days and I wasn’t about to drop everything on a phone call.

My decision was clearly a reflection of my character, but as the day progressed, and I sat in my dorm room showing my friends a video montage of my parents’ anniversary, my family had put together, I broke down in tears. It occurred to me that, everything I had previously thought about i.e. the money, time, energy, missing a few days of college were inconsequential to the larger picture which is family, togetherness and being there in that moment!

By midnight I booked my plane ticket to India and except for my dad, nobody in the family knew I was coming. Picture me entering the house with a cake in one hand trying to surprise my mom and my brother. The whole experience, in that one moment where my mom and I were balling our eyes out, and my brother (a man of many words) frozen to see didi in the living room. After the shock wore off, he gave me a big hug and said; “Didi, after you left for New York, I realized, you are all I need in my life.” I was absolutely floored. My emotions were through the roof, and I understood how special this was for us all.

The party was a great success and I am glad I had the opportunity to attend this major event in my parents lives. This spontaneous trip to India was the best thing I had done in a very long time. It also didn’t hurt that I was pampered, and taken care of; something I used to take for granted until I started living on my own.

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So to all my readers, I urge you to try breaking out of character from time to time.  I understand that we are preoccupied in our own world, and our daily routine can become monotonous. But from time-to-time, try surprising yourself, you’ll be glad you did.

Until next time,
Kreena Desai.

All Things Touristy

Amazing how time passes. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was bidding my family farewell from T2 (Mumbai). It has been one hell of a month. The good news is that I have finally settled down, and I have started to figure everything out. And what I have come to realize is that, this city will eat you alive if you let it! Definitely one of the most cut throat cities I have ever lived in, and that is a grandiose statement, from someone who lived in Mumbai most of her life. Just as a quick example, there are over 10,000 students, and all of them (ok,most of them) have the drive and talent to accomplish great feats in their respective fields.

The first week at FIT was an orientation week where all the incoming students were divided into groups involving a week long project where we got to meet new people and get accustomed to the FIT area. There were game nights, movie nights, a dance party, a city tour, etc. all in the hope of making new connections.  Fortunately I made the wise decision of really exploring and sightseeing the wonderful attractions around the city. It was wise because not only was the weather warm, but there were no assignments! A month later, the weather has started to drop, but the assignments have heated up!

Here is a picture album of my first week in New York City.

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I landed at JFK at 10 o’clock in the morning and I was at Chipotle at 2 o’ clock in the afternoon! Now that’s some real Mexican lovin’! Oh and BTW that ear-to-smile you see, thats genuine excitement for delicious Mexican food! 2

Signs that I have become a New Yorker; initially the sight of the empire state building amazed me every time I took a look at it. Now that I pass by it everyday I forget to even look up.
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Walking down 5th, 6th, and 7th avenue has almost become a daily routine of mine when it comes to shopping for stationery, food, etc. Palazzo pants and flip flops did the trick, as always, to make me feel stylish.

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After a point of time, I avoided going on 5th ave and times square as it was crowded with all the tourists, (I sound like a new-yorker, haha).
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Venturing on top of the Rockefeller Center was an awesome experience. I got to see Central Park in the day time and the skyline in the night time.

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Along with other sights and attractions, aka the World Trade Center memorial and Battery Park are some of the other places I have explored. Personally, the most exciting thing is to explore the city by yourself. You really immerse yourself in the city and have time to reflect at all the beautiful sights and attractions. For this I couldn’t have done without some comfortable clothes and and a pair of my running shoes!11 12

Finally, I would like to end this post with a somber message. I understand now, more than ever before, that it is important to really be comfortable in your own skin and to love your own company. I have been out here by myself for over a month now, and at times it is difficult, no doubt. But would I trade it all in for being comfortable and stagnant back home? Absolutely not!

Until Next time from the Big Apple.

-XOXO Kreena

New York State of Mind

In the words of Henry Ford – “Everything is possible… faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. For me, the hope and dream was to return to the U.S. I knew it the second my family and I migrated back from L.A to Mumbai. To be perfectly honest, a substantive reason for joining NIFT was precisely due to NIFT’s association with the world class ‘Fashion Institute of Technology’ in NYC. FIT was offering NIFT students the chance to earn an associates program certificate in their third year. But in order to be privileged such an opportunity, one was required to excel in their field at NIFT, earning top marks and distinctions.

The chase was on! Remember everything is possible! As soon as I made up my mind that i’m headed to FIT, the water’s parted and the goal didn’t seem so elusive. Now I must admit, the thought of achieving a goal is only half the battle, one has to believe it and put it to practice in order for the dream to be fulfilled.

I’m proud to have achieved my dream. The portfolio I presented to FIT was a culmination of all the achievements I had attained. This included sleepless nights, a barrage of assignments, excruciating and precise finishings on assignments, and the chance to finish of my second year by standing top three in the class.

As I look out the window, all I see is clouds (literally i’m writing this post en route to NYC, 30,000 ft. in the sky). My flight will be landing at JFK in 45 minutes! I would like to leave this post on a high note. This is not to preach or to brag, but hopefully to inspire my fellow persons. Remember, “Everything is possible …faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” My evidence is right in front of me! 

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Palazzo pants, bracelet – Limeroad.com; Top – Forever 21; Clutch – Peacock; Belt – Avirate; Shades – Colaba Causeway; Watch – Tommy Hilfiger

Photo credits: Mohit Varu

Moving on to the outfit post, you can see the white top I styled up in A Studded Affair with navy blue striped palazzo pants. Thankfully, the palazzo’s are not only comfortable but they contour elegantly with my frame. Finally, in order to add bling to the monotone outfit I wore a gold clutch with sequinned sandals along with some added arm candy. Stay tuned fans, I got a lot more posts coming at you from the big apple.

-XOXO Kreena

Pop, lock and crop it

It may seem like it is the end for the cropped top and high waist bottom combo; but in my closet, they are here to stay! I love this combination for more than one reason. If you have a petite frame like mine, it does wonders for highlighting my waist! I put this look together for a casual day out, but you can also wear it on a night out if you decide to style it up with jewellery and the right accessories.  I purchased this top from the streets of Mumbai for just INR 250 along with these lace shorts that I thrift-ed from the streets of Bangkok. I wore neutral heels along with a clutch which brought my look together. A little bit of bling on my wrist and ears was all I needed to amp up the look and look stylish. Such quick and effortless ways of bringing a look together is what keeps me looking stylish on busy days.

23 4 15 6 7 8 9Cropped top – stalls outside Vile Parle station; shorts, earrings – Bangkok; shades, bracelet, heels – Colaba; clutch – Dubai; watch – Tommy Hilfiger.

– XOXO Kreena

Hidesign – Art of Reuse 2015

My creative juices start flowing every time I hold a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue. In fact, the entire DIY section on this website consists of impulse projects that are various in nature. Everything from decorating clay pots, to recycling rusted bracelets all has a touch of creativity and simplicity to their design. Recently I came across Hidesign’s annual design contest ‘Art of Reuse’ where creative geniuses get a chance to create products and showcase their talent around the world. The concept of this project was to recycle the scrap pieces of leather from the Hidesign warehouse in order to re-use waste materials to create useful products. 1

In order to embark on this project, Hidesign provided me with a kit consisting of colored leather scraps, waxed thread, a needle, and a tool to create holes in the leather. I was more than excited to create several products when I got a hold of the DIY kit. I must admit though, working with leather was not easy! Putting aside the hours of brainstorming I had to do, the fact is that I had never worked with leather products before. Not to mention the pieces given were oddly shaped and not at all congruent on any side.

Luckily the two years of experience as a textile design student came in handy and I decided to start weaving pieces of leather to create a woven structure. The piece turned out to look impeccable so I decided that it should be the highlight of my article. I was not willing to compromise on the woven structure in order to create something wacky or distorted so I stuck to the basics and decided to create a clutch. The clutch would be practical as well as something I could rock!

2 Here came the tough part! Joining those pieces of leather with a needle and thread was difficult as it was not feasible on my part to poke holes through leather due to its thick and rugged exterior. Hence I employed the use of a hammer, my brother and an extremely thick needle to help me poke holes in this ishh.  After a while I got tired of that, and I went straight old school! I got a sharp scissor and started constructing (Due to the technical and proprietary nature of the work it will be very difficult to discuss the intricate detailing and workings of the clutch).* But I can tell you that after the detailing were complete, it was very easy to stitch the front and back piece together and give the flap a slight curve to finish the look. 3 4 5 6

So there you go – that is how I created my hand-woven and hand-made clutch using the Hidesign ‘Art of Reuse’ kit. I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, and I would really appreciate it, if you could vote for me on their social media pages. It is a very cool project and an amazing initiative to reduce waste. The winner gets an all inclusive trip to Pondicherry to design their own Hidesign bag. The runner ups get cash prizes as well!

On a final note, Although It is too late to participate this year but make sure you do so in 2016 and get your creative juices flowing!

 -XOXO Kreena