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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The retro look

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80’s were defined by the unique blend of different styles, especially the over –the-top clothing in bold colors and patterns. Everything in the 80’s had to be big, bold and loud. So any outfit that includes bright color contrast, extravagant designs with shoulder pads or puff sleeves will nail the look.

The old school fashion fascinates me. It helps us reconnect with a past which was not nearly as complicated. I feel it’s amazing the way these designs can be showy and casual at the same time.  The classic cut and design of many retro style dresses makes them very easy to wear as well.

I am a huge fan of belts. A belt is an easy, versatile way to really make your outfits look unique and interesting. A wide belt is one of the most flattering and eye-catching accessories when paired with the right outfit, especially worn with a poodle or swing skirt. Keep in mind that wide belts won’t work with every outfit, but if paired well they look awesome.

Here I went for Unique Vintage cocktail polka dotted dress with poodle skirt and fitted bodices.  I had accessorized it with a wide buckle waist belt, which looks absolutely perfect for hopping across the dance floor.

 

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.