Inspiration India

When Slumdog Millionaire released, most of my Indian friends were quite mortified by the portrayal of India in the movie. I never really got down to watching the film, besides bits and pieces when it came on television. And I am certain if I were to watch the whole movie I really would not have been offended. What I have been noticing though is the major influence India has been making in the design and fashion circuit since the movie. I mean earlier Indian inspiration came only in form of prints and a few graphic symbols like Laxmi or Ganesh on T-shirts and Bedcovers, which came in the category of street fashion or hippie fashion, or there would be a one-off India inspired piece. Whereas now, there are full collections by renowned fashion and design houses which are being inspired by India. And I don’t blame them, in terms of design India has got a whole lot of inspiration, from natural beauty to the fabrics and colours and most importantly its vast history and tradition.

The Louis Vuitton India Enchanted Story

It could well be said that this is because luxury markets have taken a huge hit in Europe and America, while in India it has seen a steady growth. Whatever the reason I am quite kicked by the fact that India is inspiring so many people and collections. After all, I don’t know how many more time I can answer “So do you travel be elephants?” or be known only for snake charmers. The answer to the question by the way is, no we don’t travel by elephants most of us have cars and snake charmers are just one of the market side appeals of the country, no one has pet snakes at home. Here are a few Luxury brands which have showcased Indian inspiration in the recent past.


Chanel Metiers d’Arts 2012 Pre-Fall collection titled “Paris-Bombay”

This year Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld delivered his India inspired collection at the Chanel Metiers d’Arts 2012 Pre-Fall collection titled “Paris-Bombay”. The collection features intricate embroideries, raw silk and other extravagant materials characterise an exquisite combination of delicate Indian handcrafts and Parisian fashion. Models both men and women were adorned with accessories including head-jewellery and turbans. In Lagerfeld’s words “it is the Paris version of the idea of India”. The colours were from Fuchsia, to ivory-white to gold and silver.
Louis Vuitton made headlines in the past when they came out with their collection of bags inspired by India and even changed the window display of their stores by displaying an artwork of Hindu goddess ‘Laxmi’ during Diwali festival. LVMH even launched a collection ‘L’ame du Voyage’ which is inspired by travels in India and the range consists of handbags, travel bags, jewelry and accessories.
Hermes another iconic fashion brand, had recently launched its limited edition Sarees which are an extension of the famous ‘Hermes’ scarf. A silhouette which dates back more than 1,000 years has now been accepted as a ‘must-have’ drape in the fashion world. These Sari’s begin at $6,000 and since most of Hermes clients are Indian millionaires it is considered quite a steal. They also did a whole India inspired collection of scarves with bright colours and motifs like the elephant.


Un Jardin Apres La Mousson, Hermes

In terms of beauty product and scents India has a vast history. There are a variety of materials which originate in India and have inspired designers over the years, like Sandalwood, Jasmine, Cardamom and many more. But over the years more and more Luxury brands and indulging in bringing out India inspired collections.
One of the best and oldest perfumes of great success was Shalimar by Guerlain produced in 1925. Shalimar was inspired by the love of an Indian Emperor for his beloved wife. The love story inspired Jacques Guerlain to create this masterpiece named after the Gardens Of Shalimar where the two Indians found love. This perfume is suitably exotic, blending fragrant floral with sensual notes of patchouli and amber to create a powerful love potion. Shalimar’s recognizable scent has captivated women and their admirers for almost a century now. Jaipur by Boucheron, is another perfume that invites you to discover mystic and enchanted Orient. The bottle is shaped as a bracelet which is considered a lucky charm in Rajasthan. This rich floral bouquet with sweet fruity notes was created in 1994. Jean-Claude Ellena, Hermès’ in-house perfumer, drew inspiration from Kerala– for Un Jardin Apres La Mousson (“Garden After Monsoon”) This perfume captures the quiet yet natural beauty of Kerala with its blue-green bottle and the smell reminds you of the romance of monsoons.


‘Bombay Express’,Chanel

In terms of Make-up too alot of brands have come up with India inspired collections. They have been inspired by the earthy tones, metallic sheen as well as the bright hues of India all of which goes perfectly well with the Indian skin. Chanel’s ‘Bombay Express’, designed by Creative Director Peter Philips are meant conjure up “a specific vision of India”, from “Surreal princesses from an idealised empire” to “the scent of jasmine” and “lavishness of the Maharajas”. Clarins a Paris-base cosmetic company that designed one of their fall collections based on Indian colors called Enchanted. Holi, a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, inspires the colors in this collection. The Enchanted line consists of an eye shadow palette with a very Indian inspired packaging design. The collection features lips glosses named Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi as well as a kajal eyeliner that Indian women have used as one of their makeup staples for centuries.Guerlain has come up with a mineral base collection called Terracotta which is supposed to be inspired by the earthy richness found it India. It has lip glosses by the name of Beige Bengali, Rogue Sultan and Pondicherry. It also has a Kajal mineral coal in Black Fakir.


Christian Louboutin “India Inspired”

Christian Louboutin launched his gorgeous India inspired shoe collection earlier in 2012. This collection draws inspiration from India and Bollywood in particular. Earlier this year, he also opened up his first outlet in India. His love for India and its culture dates back to the days of 70s and 80s. He appreciates the diverse crafts and splendour associated with vibrant Indian culture. In his own words – “If India was a shoe; it would have to be a bright coloured sandal with some gold”. The collection has received a great welcome since its launch, its available in multiple colours, and have embellishments in studs and sequins reflecting the grandeur of Indian craftsmanship.
Judith Leiber has a definite affinity towards India. Besides the India inspired collection of Ganesh, Elephant and Camel they also has Indian fashion designer Suneet Varma design bags for them. Though I am not certain how I feel about carrying a Ganesh in my hand,as pretty as it looks I am certain I will offend some religious person (besides the fact that I doubt I can own the $6,000 piece)


Charpoy collection Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien for Moroso

Furniture has its own place in India, so where we usually associate Indian furniture with heavy oriental or classic pieces, in the recent past designers have infused Indian traditional pieces with European styles and created a fusion collection. For instance Eames did a limited edition Indian inspired chair. In fact even Indian furniture designers like Alex Davis have come to their own whereby they have been taking inspiration from India and creating furniture collections.
After their presentation of the Charpoy collection Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien continue their partnership with Moroso in the shape of two new products, My Beautiful Backside and Princess. Like Charpoy, these display a fusion of two worlds, India and Europe.My Beautiful Backside has a lacquered wood base frame with large cushions fixed to it to form the backrest. The cushions are covered with Indian textiles and decorated with very large, extremely beautiful buttons. Fabrics include silk and cotton and a Kvadrat wool cloth designed by Giulio Ridolfo which is woven like an Indian silk, the warp and weft are of two different colours.The Princess version, so-called for the Princess and the Pea fairytale, has five mattresses one of top of the other with variously coloured edges


Amrapali by Tricia Guild for Designer Guild

Indian prints have been great inspiration for fabrics all over the world. This has been going on for years in forms of fabrics and wallpapers. For instance Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s Jaisamand wallpaper for Graham and Brown. He named his line in honor of one of India’s most spectacular natural landscapes and used Rajasthani-inspired colorways. Or Morris & Co. which has had its own Indian design section for a long time. But there are also designers like British design Tricia Guild whose main inspiration for design has been India. She has lived in India and wandered all over taking inspiration and creating designs inspired by India and for India. Her latest collection Amarapali for instance is a beautiful collection with bright flowers.


The Bollywood Collection, Laduree

The French who are undoubtedly the best pastry chefs also took inspiration from India to create the Laduree Bollywood collection. The collection does not extend to flavour as much as the colour and shape. Sold in a box of four, the collection kind of looks like a box of sweets from India: Indian pink being grenadine strawberry, citrus green is mint chocolate, canary yellow is citrus lemon and ivory-white are coconut raspberry balls. The collection is also a slight departure from the usual macaroon recipe. Each ball consists of a biscuit garnished with cream and coated in a very light meringue.

Trend: Peachy Coral

Coral is not a strange hue to appear in Autumn-Winter, but this time it has taken the unique Avtaar of a pleasant peachy-coral combination. All across fashion and decor this trend is quite visible. Here have a look:

By Isha Marwaha
By Isha Marwaha
  1. Bag, Marc Jacobs
  2. Nail Paint, Chanel
  3. Cushions, Shades of India
  4. Body Lotion, Chopard
  5. Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent
  6. Love by Chloe
  7. Silk Scarf by Chloe, Boticca
  8. Stilettos, Dior
  9. Ramp, Gucci A/W 2014-15
  10. Two-tone ring, Michael Valitutti
  11. Tea light Holder, Pure home + Living
  12. Cushion Cover, Address Home
  13. Peach Sofa, Pallate
  14. Candle by Voluspa, Amara
  15. Wall Art, Lifestyle by Home Center

Trend: Graphic Flowers

Traditionally Flowers are considered delicate and pretty, but 2014 sees them as graphic, modern and sharp. Taking 3D forms on fabric and tiles while the shoots are just spectacular.So here is this trend which is rocking the world from Spring till winter 2014

3D flowers, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Marras; Erdem

3D flowers, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Marras; Erdem

Floral Rooms Bedroom-modern-Livingetc

Floral Rooms

W Magazine January 2014 issue gives new meaning to florals for spring The spread styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Michael Thompson
W Magazine January 2014 issue gives new meaning to florals for spring The spread styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Michael Thompson

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper

Trend: Comics Galore

By Isha Marwah

So as we know this week marked the demise of Archie Andrews albeit it was in a spin off from the original Archie comics, in the series Life with Archie. Well for most of us he has been quite dead for quite some time, I really can’t remember the last time I picked up an Archie comic let alone read one, considering I still have shelves full from my teenage years. But that is not to say, the trend if going away, if anything comic book characters can never really die and movie franchise’s and designers are proving that for years. So here is our Pick to show why comics are cool and here to stay.

Bamford Presents Popeye, Rolex

Bamford presents PopeyeSeries of Watches, Rolex

ARCHIE'S girls, MAC,

Archies Girls, by MAC

Wolverine by Reebok,

Wolverine sneakers, Reebok

superhero-fashion, Jeremy Scott,

Superhero fashion, Jeremy Scott

Marvel Wall mural, Komars

Marvel Wall murals, Komars

Trend: Indigo Rising

This summer a trend that seems to really be going around is Indigo.. Finding its roots in Indian dyes, the colour is seen to be a big trend which will catch up later in the year..Here is a picture essay showcasing Indigo from around the world..

Trend Indigo,

Trend Indigo,
Spotted on the runways of: Valentino, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY
Indigo Blue Industrial look,
Indigo Blue Industrial look © pia ulin
Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek
Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek
Indigo Pocket Squares
Indigo Pocket Squared
Elle Decoration
Elle Decoration

The images have been linked back to their original site

Trend: Look Book 2014

I Have always said made-ups can change the look and mood of a room and putting those made ups together in an innovative way makes an Interior Stylist different from Interior Designer. StyleCity was invited by the new Home Centre at Pacific Mall, New Delhi to do up a few looks. So we decided to take one room set up and do up three different trends in the same space. Have a look and do let me know which you like or dislike the most!

Home Centre,

Trend: Monochromatic Wonder
We often hear the words Monochrome and wonder what the trend analysts mean. In simple terms it is Black and White and all the shades that fall between, namely greys. This look is always chic and stylish and does well for all genders and all marital statuses. To add a bit of panache you can bring in a hint of reds, lavenders or even yellow and blue. This is definitely our favourite look, what do you think?

Styled by  Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral
Styled by Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral

Trend: Eclectic Mix
We often wonder how we can create an eclectic look in a space. The first step is to understand what eclectic means. In laymen terms it is a combination of styles and tastes from different sources. In this case I leaned more towards Indian Kitsch, so the set up is a combination of bright colours and Indian motifs, while steering away from the traditional.

Styled by  Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral
Styled by Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral

Trend: Colour Mania
We often hear colour is a great way to enhance a space, yet we get confused when we try to combine colours. The simplest way is to decide which colour family we want to go towards. In this case I decided to go for Primary colours and hence did the look with Red+Blue+Yellow. If these feel too stark for you, you can use tints (pastel forms) of these colours and create your look.

Styled by  Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral
Styled by Aparna Kaistha. Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral

All Products were from Home Centre at Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar (unless mentioned otherwise)
Styling done by Aparna Kaistha, Assisted by Esha Marwah and Jasmeet Gujral.
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Trend Alert: 1990’s Metal and Grunge

Fashion to Décor: Trend 1990’s
While the Fashion world in the 1990’s saw a variety of looks from Grunge to Goth to Leather and Punk, the world of Décor also took a huge leap from the era of retro and pop. Suddenly Computers were seen in everyone’s homes, and the colours in focus in décor were blues, greens and whites with metal becoming prominent. There was a lot of emphasis on Futuristic minimal décor and design. And this year Summer 2013 has seen a revival of the 1990’s in both Fashion and Home Décor.

1. Rose Chair, Edra at Strot
2. Ankle High Boots, Metro Shoes
3. Archibald, Poltrona Frau
4. Mini Girotondo Aperitif Set by King-Kong,
5. Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer by Philippe Starck
6. Drowning-Girl–Serigraph, Roy Lichtenstein, Museum of Modern Art NY

Trend: Powerful Black and White

Fashion to Décor: Geometrically yours, Black and White
Come summers and white is on everyone’s mind. From clothes to walls to white beaches and white snow. No one wants to be reminded of the heat, at least no one here in the South. Anyway this summer fashion designers have taken a combination of the fall’s Masculine and Springs Feminine trend to bring the perfect geometry;a Black and White graphic trend. This trend is a rage in fashion and I think looks gorgeous in décor, in fact better than the ramp according to me. Have a look, and trust me one trend you want to incorporate this summer is Black and White!

1.Minaudière, Van Cleef and Arpels,
2.Karl black and white arm chair, Maison du monde,
3. Tales of Porcelain, Christian Lacroix Maison, by Vista Alegre
4.Container New Antique Tables, Marcel Wanders, Moooi,
5.Checkered WallPaper, Aarcee,
6.Clutch, accessorize,

Trend: Revival of 1920’s

Fashion to Décor: Great Gatsby Inspired
With Great Gatsby being released all over the world last week and here in India tomorrow there is definitely a buzz around the Style, Fashion, Make-up and Design of the Cast and Set recreated by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. I for one am super excited to watch the movie at the preview tonight as I have not read the book and nothing excites me more than Vintage Style. Normally after reading the books I am always disappointed by the movie but that is not to be the case this time. Well 1920’s has been in trending for quite a while in the fashion circuit, while art-deco is also inspiring décor. So this week’s Fashion to Décor is to recreate the look of 1920’s in your home. While Bryton Taylor tells us how to throw a Great Gatsby inspired party, while The Beauty Gypsy helps us with the make-up.


1.Vintage Trunk, Eastern Treasures
2.The Novogratz 1920s Ericsson Desk Phone, One Kings Lane
3.’Occhi’-Box, Fornasetti
4.Deco Oval Clutch Bag, Judith Leiber
5.Chanel No.5 Perfume, Parcos
6.Decanter and Glass, Nachtmann

Trend: Neon Crush

Fashion to Décor: Trend Neon
Neon has been quite a trend in Fashion the past few weeks. And similarly Home décor has been influenced by Neon accessories, especially in Kitchen equipment. Fellow blogger Katie has done Trend Neon for this weeks Tag a Trend and we have taken the trend from Fashion to Décor. So you can go a bit wild this summer with Neon in your wardrobe or living space, but the rule of less applies for both, unless you want to feel like you live in a circus
or are dressed for one.

1.Alice, Edra
2.Vernis Cruise Collection, Dior
3.Folding Green Colander,
4.O-Nest chair by Tord Boontje, Moroso
5.Printable neon Stationary,
6.Tigerlily by Aparna