Saree Draping Session

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Conducted a ‘Style it up in Saree’ workshop for the first time with these lovely women. Different drapes to suit their lifestyles and comfort. It was super fun.
I’ve always loved saree, but never looked for opportunities to wear one. I’ve been styling people for different occasions, in all kind of attires and accessories as part of my profession, but hardly ever in saree.  This concept of Triveni Saree , #TriveniEthnicEdge to keep the tradition of India alive somehow got  my attention.  As a stylist I have to bring style in everything I offer, along with comfort. With this workshop, experimented with different drapes with lots of variations to suit different personalities.  It felt nice to break the common mindset that most of us have  about saree being old fashion and uncomfortable. We had some serious fun with the looks. And was happy to see the youngsters like the options they had with sarees….

Hope you like it too….. 🙂

 

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Ethnic Elegance

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Another Cotton silk saree inspired from style of traditional woven drape from Triveni silks. Shades of pink and off white with blouse matching up the borders to sync with the design. What I love about the fabric is the way it falls and the elegance it brings to otherwise simple attire with the mix of silk in it. This drape takes up the entire attention and hence teamed it up with chunky oxidised silver jumka and nose pin to bring focus to face….

My look for an evening party….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saree love

With the summer getting hotter and the humidity level going high if I can think of any other fabric other than cotton it had to be cotton silk. In Kerala there’s never a dearth of celebration and going by the culture of the land sublet and elegant colours have always won hands down.

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For my old student’s day, I wanted something subtle with a little drama. Plain solid grey cotton silk saree with hand woven boota in red and contrasting red pallu with matt gold border. Couldn’t ask for more 🙂

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Fashion for Political Leaders.

Getting your look right for all the different occasions in your life is all about knowing the art and science of clothing.

With all the fiascos about Justin Trudeau choice of attire during his visit to India, I guess a little guide line on what to wear, when would help.

No matter which country you are visiting, wear what you are comfortable in, provided you are aware of and respect the local customs. You don’t have to completely adopt their clothing style. Adapt what you like about their styles and make it your own, like what Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump did with their colourful and printed dresses while their India visit.

Mr. Justin Trudeau’s look while meeting the Indian women’s ice hockey team, Good….  Mr. Justin Trudeau’s look while meeting the Bollywood stars, an absolute no …no… He looked a little too inspired by our Bollywood wedding attires.

While you are choosing attire the most important aspect to keep in mind is its appropriateness. In Image consulting we call the it 4 A’s of Image management. Appropriate, Attractive, Authentic and Affordable. If you get this right, you are bang on with your look no matter what the occasion.

If you are travelling on a business purpose never miss to layer to create a look of authority. It could be with a jacket or a cardigan or even a long scarf with detail.  During the course of your stay, if you are expected to attend different events which varies from formal to casual, the trick is to add on a layer for your formal look and taking off the layers and keeping it simple for the casual look.

If you are a person who loves colour, the dark muted colours are the way to go to keep it formal. Our Prime Minister Mr. Modi does it just right when it comes to clothing. Along with the colour make sure you get your patters right if you are found of prints. Small geometric patterns will give you a formal look . And floral prints or any curvy patterns give you a casual look.  Do it right and that will take care of the attractiveness ie,. the second “A” of Image management.

The third “A” Which is very important for me is the authentic look you create with your attire. Don’t let the attire wear you.  Make the attire your Own with your authentic style: This is where you bring in your personal style. Be it with your favourite colour or your favourite print or the way you layer with your favourite fabric. Do you have a trade mark style. Like Kate Middleton’s trade mark knee-high boots or Modi’s colourful tunic.

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The fourth ‘A’ being affordable:  Choose your brand based on your budget, roles and your goals.

The secret to appropriate dressing is to keep the four A’s in mind and apply your sense or colour and prints and you are ready to face any occasion in your life chins up.

And if you are still in doubt, call your Image Consultant.

Yours Truly,

Indu Venugopal

Fashion Consultant

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I am often asked what I do for living. People do understand the role of a facilitator for life skills and leadership skills. Special educator is also understandable. But Fashion consultant, I just get a lost look…..

And hence this blog……

As a Fashion Consultant my job is to give professional fashion advice and recommendations to individuals, customers or companies. We use our knowledge of trends and fashion principles to help others in the realm of fashion. Well that’s somewhat of a definition. Now let me explain.

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I typically work with individuals, or groups to help them make their fashion decisions, and also with corporates in their environments to help them build a brand/ Image that matches their companies brand/Image and their roles and responsibilities.

Now the question is how I arrive at the recommendations and advice for the client.

My core job is to advise customers and clients in making their fashion decisions. I make recommendations on clusters, entire outfits, colour palettes, styles and fabrics. This involves a lot of understanding about the customer’s needs in order to personalize and tailor suggestions to the client’s aesthetic preferences and personal style, body type, price range and the occasion for which the customer is looking for help.

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This also calls for a need to remain up-to-date with market trends and current fashions while maintaining a timeless knowledge of fashion principles and concepts so that it can be tailored based on the clients. And also analyse seasonal trends and implement them into the client recommendations.

We all need advice sometimes whether it is on finance, career, relationship, or for that matter style. So when it comes to style trust your fashion consultant….

Yours truly,

Indu Venugopal

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If not now, when?

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Women Empowerment refers to increasing and improving the social, economic, political and legal strength of the women, to ensure equal-right to women, and to make them confident enough to claim their rights, such as:

  • freely live their life with a sense of self-worth, respect and dignity,
  • have complete control of their life, both within and outside of their home and workplace,
  • to make their own choices and decisions,
  • have equal rights to participate in social, religious and public activities,
  • have equal social status in the society,
  • have equal rights for social and economic justice,
  • determine financial and economic choices,
  • get equal opportunity for education,
  • get equal employment opportunity without any gender bias,
  • get safe and comfortable working environment,

Coming to think of it I fail to understand when and how women ever lost these rights? If you see decades back women always had these rights and they knew they have it and used it appropriately. A seismic shift in the attitude of people should have happened over a period of time. Now whatever was the cause of it, religious, political, situational… the sad part is nobody saw it coming. Even worse, it was let to happen.

Women’s day is celebrated every year, where one day in a year everybody talks about women empowerment, treat them with respect, show love and it goes on and on……. Next day it is forgotten and everyone eventually minds their own business. We rather celebrate a human day. And we all decide to act like humans, so that the whole issue of inequality doesn’t even exist. Man and woman are both born with different characteristics. Both stronger in their own way and that’s how it is meant to be, Nature likes to keep the balance.

 A women is born physically different from a man, she has the right blend of strength with grace, courage with compassion, wisdom with vision and tenacity with tolerance above all this a nurturing instinct. Nobody can take these qualities away from her unless she gives it up herself. All the messages talking about giving a woman confidence, courage, back them up to prove themselves etc.… etc.…. amuse me. Why should we wait for someone to give us what is there within us? Why should we lose ourselves and then try to find ourselves again? So ladies and girls, let us stop expecting others to stand up for us, instead stand up on your own. And if you fail, it does not matter, bounce back. Let it take time, it does not matter. Nobody is keeping a count. Do not play the victims card.

It all starts with a decision how you choose to live your life. There are lifestyles that either support or damage success.  Create lifestyles that support your success. Do not get addicted to approval and have a thick skin when it comes to rejection.( no” is just someone’s opinion, anything is actually possible.)

To all the women out there, just remind yourself that you are good as you are. You don’t have to wear a designer dress to look good, but when you walk in, look like you own it. Stand as tall as you can, shoulder back, head held high.

Never miss to make eye contact with everyone in a room when you enter and when you do it, do it with an engaging smile. (Remember you are a woman, grace and compassion is what you are born with)

Hand shake, make it strong and firm even if you get a wimpy one.

Sit down with grace and don’t hesitate to take space. Never cower.

Be resilient and admit that you are not perfect. (That’s the law of universe; nobody is born perfect admitting that does not make you small.)

Be the best in what you choose do!  Being a homemaker does not mean being jobless, it is also a decision, I would say, a rather tough one.

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise!

Let’s beat the heat with some blues…..

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Blue is the favorite color of all people. It’s nature’s color for water and sky, but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. It can either be calming or cold depending on the shades of blue.

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding.  And I always wonder why the color is connected to sadness…..Feeling blue, morning blue, Monday blues L  I don’t find sadness in blue. According to color psychology exposure to the color blue causes the body to create chemicals that are calming.

Rather blue is associated with the fifth chakra, located at the throat and therefore connected to communication. Someone who speaks the truth is “true blue.” J

Now coming to clothing in blue; Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue;” as told by Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter.

A dark blue suit is professional business attire next to black. Rather the only color that can compete with the mighty black.  I would say, if you’re going to wear blue, go dark for work and light for parties.