To do, or not to do? That is the question! What makes the fashion entrepreneur tick? Some jump in for love and some to make a living. Is it wise to jump right in? The business of Fashion is a risk – not for the faint of heart.
For a population of seven billion is Fashion really worth betting on? If the Nightingale of Kuala Lampur, the diamond studded dress designed by Faisol Abdullah at a price tag of 30 million, in 2009 is any indication of Haute Couture, you bet it is! If 2% of the Indian elite equivalent to the entire population of Australia is craving 450 dollar skin caviar then I would bet this blog on the future of fashion! In 1945 the Paris fashion week had 45 designers on the runway today there are 17! 500 people in the world can afford Haute Couture or High Fashion where the dress is stitched just for them! “The insides are as magnificent as the outside” –George Simonton FIT. Is this the sign of the times? Or is there a famine in design? If I could forecast the future, I would think the 20’s are in the horizon. Fashion never really went away it just got Americanized! We just loved the idea of shorts and a plain t-shirt or Jeans, Boots and a cowboy hat! The French are still appalled by the uncouth Americans showing off their hairy legs on the streets of Paris! Well don’t take my word for it just ask any 60 year old in an American church their opinion on the dress culture at Sunday service. You’ll see what I mean. It will probably be the uncouth American who will bring back the dress code to its beloved theaters and operas like it was during the good old days when chivalry was still alive and men wore dark slacks, bow ties and buttoned up shirts; women were impeccably dressed the minute they walked out of bedrooms! So, if you are impossibly talented and you are the next best thing to “Worth” and “the Minister of Fashion” you best jump in! If not keep your day job and serve the rest of the 6.99 billion!
We’ve all had the cravings for the Bling thing at least once in our lives! And if it is Handmade to perfection and looks like the real thing – More power to it baby! We are not by any means far behind the trends at Simply Hyacinth! We’ve got the right Bling for every occasion – formal, flirty or casual and guess what? – In every price range! We cannot put up everything on the web but we would be happy to send you some pictures of our one of a kind Bling’s for your next Bling event!
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Cool nights of the fall season beckon us to cozy up with colorful scarves and statement pieces to dress up the Fall wardrobe! Accessorize a plain Ho Hum outfit with gorgeous scarves! Don’t shy away from making that style statement! One of kind scarves now at Simply Hyacinth – The Boutique for the Connoisseur! These gorgeous scarves are made of silk and Merino wool and started by a woman owned Company in Arkansas. She produces these beautiful treasures in Nepal benefiting the community there. While you are at it come check out the hand knit cowls that started it all in Dayton OH on a cold day in November 2013!
I bought the scarves from Ellen in late April this year. It was too late to put them out as Spring was almost over and summer was knocking at our door! Yet another example of a woman who gave up her high powered job and followed her dreams after looking at the Pomegranate moon! Inspiration comes to so many of us, yet just a handful take the path less travelled! I hope her story inspires you to take that plunge!
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a movie that exemplifies Simplicity as a style statement. Irrfan Khan described it best – “Piku is Madhur”, which means melodious. I would agree and characterize the film as a sweet and melodic experience to be shared with people of all ages. The film, written by Juhi Chaturvedi under the direction of Shoojit Sircar and exhibiting exemplary acting by the all-star cast of Padma Vibhushan, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, is perfect! Juhi Chaturvedi did a fantastic job addressing issues ranging from familial roots to aging, parents, marriage, sex, success as a woman in India, melodrama and emotional blackmail all in one little tale that comes alive as the story unfolds. Credit is due to the director and actors who gave memorable performances in telling Juhi’s tale of Piku.
So the question is, why are we discussing this on a fashion blog? Well, movies create fashions and trends. In “Piku”, the total absence of overdramatic and outlandish clothing is apparent. The writer and director gave life to the persona of an everyday, successful family without pretensions, and just portrayed the story of a typical Bengali family whose lives are entwined with those of other families in the northern region of India and a very typical Architectural firm. You have to see the movie to appreciate the simplicity of the plot. Music by Anupam Roy is very sweet and apt for the film. Watch the movie to see how an average Indian family carries on with day to day life – it is far from what has been portrayed by the majority of movies coming from the Indian subcontinent, the world’s largest producer of film.
One in ten workers is employed by the retail industry in America making it the largest industry in the world. The textile industry declined by 80% in the US, however, the productivity doubled since 1987! The world has spent over 2600 trillion dollars on fashion including apparel, accessories and footwear. The amount of money that is spent on Fashion in the world deserves a style statement. So, what is your style statement? Is it really only the looks or is it the thought behind the look? Is the bottom line the all important criterion or is it the philanthropic reach of the Company? Must we do our due diligence to be part of this amazing world we live in?
Consider this: 80% of humanity lives on less than 2 cups of Starbucks Vanilla Latte. According to UNICEF 22,000 children die every day of poverty. The millennium development goals set in 2000 to end poverty show that targets can be achieved if all nations came together. Sustainable development is key to sustaining the Earth – a place we all call home. Climate change is real – the science proves it. So why are the rivers in China running the pantone colors of the season? Luxury brands continue to lead inflation. As designers and consumers are we doing enough? Is just the look our style statement or is it more than just the look? Donating a pair of Tom’s shoes for every shoe sold – NOW that is a Style Statement! What’s yours?
My first ever experience at India’s premier Lakme Fashion Week was everything I hoped it would be and more! I attended the Fashion week to learn of the untapped opportunities in the market. As a silent observer, an outsider looking in, I was amazed by the quality of the design expertise on the runway. The spectators, buyers and students were dressed impeccably. What was most striking was the absence of traditional India garb, both on and off the ramp! And, when it was present, it was done with a delightful twist! Surendri by Yogesh Chowdhury was as traditional as could be with golden embroidery and cutwork on bright orange, parrot green, black and off-white sarees. Debutante Gauri Khan presented her resort collection and was a breath of fresh air with her imaginative set décor. Mandira Bedi struck gold with her innovative blouses. Padma Shri Wendell Rodrick’s homage to Popology really was a feast for the eyes and deserved a standing ovation! The simplicity of his design was breathtaking, and one only wanted more when the shy Maestro finally walked on to take a bow!
The conversations I had with bystanders, organizers, buyers, designers, the press and the security guards proved to be a treasure trove of information. Everyone made me feel at home – isn’t that what Indians are known for? There was hope, and I came away a bit wiser than I had been a week earlier. I saw that the youth of India were comfortable, bold and proud, and I am confident they are capable of solving the problems that plague the country. Gone are the days when we needed Shabana and Nandita to speak up for Women’s rights. The youth are quite capable, and I think they are bold enough to make a statement of their own.
Notable amongst the young generation were Teresa Laisom and Utsav Pradhan of Munkee see, Munkee doo, the creators of a modern, clean-cut label with pastel colors and the image of guns strewn menacingly on feminine delicate clothing. – a statement too bold to handle for the faint of heart, but a statement nevertheless, by the young man in defense of the woman. An hour-long conversation revealed – that was his way of speaking up against the violence and his way to empower the woman was with the images of guns on the garment, as if to say, “Don’t mess with me!” Ankit and his label Greusha was enabling and empowering the LGBT community. Alan Alexander and his interpretation Kaleekal – of adult clothing through a child’s eye was an interesting use of the humble, unbleached cotton from Kerala. Salita Nanda’s couture designs inspired by Picasso were stunning, and the interpretation of Alaskan art by Babita was a total surprise! Who would have thought of putting Alaskan art on an Indian saree? The results were delightful! Yes, Indian fashion has truly come of age and it is my hope that the youth will take care of the troubles that plague the women and the downtrodden of India. The Fashion industry is alive and well, and has come a long way in the past 15 years with a voice all its own!