Sartorial distinction: The Duke of Windsor

The Duke of Windsor steered towards the unconventional when it came to royal duties and his sense of style. Even during his short reign as the king, the stylish Duke was every bit as unorthodox in these respects.

 

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Cinema’s Good Guy

One of the greatest stars of the classic Hollywood era, Gregory Peck effortlessly blurred the lines between real and reel. More than a decade after his death, he still fails to disappoint. In fact, he’s everything that the world needs today. (Click on the image below to read the piece in full)
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This piece was originally published in the June 2015 edition of Signé

Fashion’s Genius: Sir Paul Smith

This piece was originally published in the September 2015 edition of Signé, a luxury magazine published in the UAE. Hope you enjoy the read! A true pleasure this was. (Click on the image to read the piece in full)S-14_Paul smith-2-1S-14_Paul smith-2-2

Fresh and luminous — Makeup trends for the season

Sorbet-hued lips and sun-kissed skin are trending big right now. Brush up on these beauty trends and more, gleaned from the freshest looks of the season

M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)
M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)

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A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)
A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)

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Bombay Shirt Company and Payal Singhal collaborate on a shirt collection for women

Payal Singhal's Capsule collection of women's shirts for Bombay Shirt Company
Payal Singhal’s capsule collection of women’s shirts for Bombay Shirt Company

You most likely already know and love Bombay Shirt Company. Launched in 2012, the bespoke shirt company for men and women, based in Kala Godha, Mumbai, was just what the city had been lacking. Because something as simple as a well-fitted shirt ranks high when it comes to getting your look right. Bombay Shirt Company also got its packaging right, down to its labels, tags and delivery boxes, from the very beginning.

You just know you're in for an outstanding product when its design and packaging is as attractive as this!
You just know you’re in for an outstanding product when its design and packaging is so clean

While the Bombay Shirt Company had already been offering bespoke services for women, it has now diversified to offer ready-to-wear shirts for women. The store has collaborated with acclaimed fusion-wear designer Payal Singhal to launch a capsule collection of shirts, which include both wardrobe staples and standout pieces.

Women's capsule collection designed by Payal Singhal for Bombay Shirt Company
Women’s capsule collection designed by Payal Singhal for Bombay Shirt Company

The line includes 12 easy-to-wear long shirts, with a choice of rolled-up and long sleeved styles that are perfect for the summer months ahead. that blend the sensibilities of the Bombay Shirt Company with Singhal’s well-established aesthetics.

Comprising a delicate mix of pastels in both solids and prints, this capsule collection for women is further enhanced with thoughtful detailing on the buttons, plackets, collars and cuffs.

Bombay Shirt Company founder Akshay Narvekar and fashion designer Payal Singhal
Bombay Shirt Company founder Akshay Narvekar and fashion designer Payal Singhal

Speaking about this curiously cool collaboration, the Bombay Shirt Company’s founder Akshay Narvekar said, “The idea behind this initiative is to have various creative personalities display their unique take on fashion and styling. We are thrilled to present our women customers a chance to wear special pieces designed by Payal Singhal herself.”

We also love the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this and all future collections will be donated to an NGO of the influencer’s choice. In this case, Payal has chosen  the Akanksha NGO, aimed at providing children from low-income backgrounds with high-quality education.

This is clearly just the first of many such collaborations that The Bombay Shirt Company plans to enter into with fashion designers.

The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani

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Bedazzling jewellery, a big heart and flamboyance best sum up the queen of diamonds, Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani’s life seems to have unfolded exactly as she might have envisioned it. Part of her life philosophy is the belief that every woman is born with a Midas touch that allows her to move mountains and to fly high. The Mumbai-based jewellery designer is, undoubtedly one of India’s best, having transformed what was once a passion into a career.

Jani, who was born into a family of jewellers of Popley Eternal Fame, remembers designing jewellery for fun when she was just eight. But it was only when she returned from Dubai in 2006 to take care of the family business that the Mumbai-based designer realised that jewellery was her passion. It was also around this time that she started to design her own line of wearable wedding jewellery based on the sheer lack of it at the time. Since then, there was no looking back.

Head over to India Art n Design to read about everything that this jewellery designer adores, from her style essentials to her style icons. Continue reading “The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani”