Hello everyone! India Bridal Fashion Week is finally over and by the time I can put together a post on the Bridal Trends to be expected this year let me complete ‘What to Wear to Fashion Week India’ series here. And since this was my first time at the fashion week, there were a lot of lessons to be learnt beyond fashion as well. Read my honest account at the end!
The 7 looks
Now here are the 7 looks, as opposed to 8. Will show the last look soon, that was meant for the finale (that I missed due to some prior engagements), I promise. My strategy was to buy versatile pieces that could be used in more looks than one. But also, I ended up spending the majority of the moolah on one single look, as an investment piece. Also, get a good haircut! As you will see, it makes everything look so much better.
Look 1 : Featured here.
Look 2 (technically not for the fashion week but Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition). Look 3. Look 4
Look 5. Look 6. Look 7
Little Black Lace Dress Worn as Top : Gift from a friend
A-line Maxi Skirt : Custom-made, from my wardrobe
Bag – From my Wardrobe
Chain Necklace worn as hair band – DIY (Coming Up on the Blog Soon)
Silver Cuff – Rs. 300
Black Spike Belt – Mango Rs. 950
Heels- From my Wardrobe, but now lost.
Total Cost of look : Rs. 1250 / $ 21 / €16 (conversions are approximate and rounded off)
Polka Dot Shirt worn knotted – Borrowed from Brother. It is truly androgynous, the sleeves were at least 8″ longer than wrists.
Silver bow tie – DIY (Coming Up on the Blog Soon) Rs. 40
Black Jeggings with faux leather panels – Mango Rs. 1250
Heels : From my Wardrobe
Tote Bag : From my Wardrobe
Total Cost of look : Rs. 1290 / $21 / €16
Georgette Shirt worn with tube top : From my Wardrobe
Skirt : Custom-made from my Wardrobe
Butterfly Brooch : Originally Gold but painted white, Les Parisiennes
Bag : From my Wardrobe
Suede Wedges : From my Wardrobe
White Watch : From my Wardrobe
Haircut : B:Blunt Rs. 1300
Ombre Lips : Mac Impassioned Lip stick + Color Bar Obsessed Orange Lip stick
Total Cost of Look : Rs. 1300/ $22 / €16
Denim Shirt : Old Navy, purchased from Export Surplus Market of Sarojini Nagar Rs.200
Necklace : Zara, borrowed from a friend.
Printed Pants : Zara, from my Wardrobe
Pink Statement ring : From my Wardrobe
Striped Wedges : Same as Look 3, from my wardrobe
Bag : From my wardrobe
Geek Glasses : From my Wardrobe
Total Cost of Look : Rs. 200 / $3 / €2.5
Embellished neckline draped Tunic : Custom-made, Rs 4800
Black Jeggings : Mango, same as Look 3
Black Suede Wedges : Bruno Manetti, Rs. 1200
Total Cost of Look : Rs 6000 / $100 / €75
Details : Look 7
Black faux leather tee – Promod, from my Wardrobe
Sequin long shrug worn tucked in : From Sarojini Nagar Export Surplus Market, Rs. 400
Chambray Skirt : From my Wardrobe
Belt : Mango, same as Look 2
Bag : From my wardrobe
Fresh flower : Rs. 20
White ring : Mom’s
Black suede wedges : Same as look 6
Total Cost of Look : Rs. 420 / $7 / €5
Balance from the Last Post : Rs. 11,620 / $193 / € 150(now 145)
Total of 6 looks in this post : Rs. 10,460 / $172 / €130
Balance for Look 8 : Rs. 1160 / $19 / €14
Fashion Week Lessons (Beyond the garments)
Must Read if you are new to this as well.
Networking : Carry ample business cards. Don’t be shy to talk to people around, I was at first. If you like somebody’s look, maybe compliment them. I always prefer being nice. You can spot other fashion bloggers through their passes (usually hanging in the neck) or they will be clicking too. Talk to them. That only landed me my first major feature in HT City (OMG I know , visit Press and Mentions to know more)
Meeting a designer : Backstage at Shantanu and Nikhil, I clicked away shots of the garments in peace. Shantanu was sitting right there, and he even came up and asked if I was getting good shots! Oh… the humility…!! I just wish I had words beyond a yes. Lesson- get over it and talk! You don’t get chances like these often. When you spot a designer, politely go upto them, compliment them, introduce yourself in a super short way and maybe ask for a picture or even small bites.
How to get good videos and shots? Sat third-row in Meera Muzzafar Ali show (only after standing confused at two of the entry gates and not realizing which one the media takes), they started almost on schedule which was great. The seats did not allow good pictures from the camera or the phone (for instagram).
Discovered later that it is better to stand just besides the photographers to get nice shots, videos and a better view of the clothes than your media seats. It is ok not to sit.
Eating : I starved the first two days as the cocktail parties were too packed and the servings too far in between. But media gets dinner coupons and you must eat between shows. Also, funny to admit but I finally moved around the cocktail party, to find the door that waiters came in from. Yes, I ate shamelessly after that.
Shows can be late : JJ Valaya’s opening show was a massive 2.5 hours late. I kept thinking of the packed schedules at say NYFW, where you can’t delay all that much ever. But here with just two couture shows scheduled in one day, I guess Indians exploit the liberty. But on the other days, the shows were slightly on schedule. The 8: pm show started by 8:45 and 9:30 by 10:30 pm.
Feeling out of place : It was a Couture week, and the guests of course were the richest people around. You could look at the what they wear and maybe feel out of place. I did so on the first day… but hey then I was grateful that I got there. Be the best you can be, enjoy and don’t compare… only soak in and appreciate the beauty.
P.S. All these pictures were clicked by my dearest ex-roomie/bestie Megha Bhola! Thanks darling !! :* What would I have done without you.