Flea bargains and the law of giving

Shuchi Pandya, Co-founder Pipa + Bella Jewellery

Shuchi Pandya is just the kind of girl we love to feature on Fuffabulous. Not just because she dresses stylish or has co-founded the cool and glam jewellery brand Pipa + Bella, but also because she loves vintage and shopping at flea markets as much as we do. As someone with a bohemian and quirky taste in fashion, she is always on the lookout for that unique, one-of-a-kind purchase. “I like good quality, branded stuff too. But what matters most is a unique style and comfort above all else,” she says.

Pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Light pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Shuchi along with her cousin Komal started the online jewellery store called Pippa + Bella in Mumbai last year, which is also based on a unique social selling concept where interested women are invited to be the brand’s stylists. They are then given training, marketing material and every other kind of support after which they can hold their own events and exhibitions for Pipa + Bella jewellery. Having been raised in a family of established jewellers it was only a matter of time before the cousins took forward the family business in their own way.

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

One of those rare high street buys, Shuchi bought this dress with a ruffled neckline from H&M in NYC in 2011 and wore it out once for brunch. Usually she clears her wardrobe of clothes she doesn’t wear every three months, but wasn’t until now able to give away this dress. Since she shares her wardrobe with her sister, there is always “an influx of clothes”- “It is best I clear my wardrobe of what I don’t wear any more so that all the new things can fit in!” she says.

DSC_4619-1The dress is perfect for a UK size 8 and is easy summer day-wear.

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)

IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL 7

Hello August! This marks the beginning of fashion week season in India. The Couture Week in Delhi is already in progress and I must say Anju Modi & Sabyasachi ensembles have left me speechless. Also the full list of participating designers in the Lakme Fashion Week happening later this month is revealed.

I can barely conceal my excitement over some of the other happenings in the world of global fashion. My personal favourite and most revered fashion business icon forays back after a sabbatical, H&M launches e-commerce FINALLY, Rihanna slams Topshop in a lawsuit (good for her) and of course the BEST news for us here in India (well, I speak for myself at least) Michael Kors launches in Delhi!!

Michael Kors in India – YAY!

Okay, so I don’t know the entire deal here yet but late last evening the Michael Kors facebook page posted the below picture signifying they have, at long last, opened their first store here in India! As an ardent fan I have just one word to express my glee – Wooohooo!

 Michael Kors India

Will keep you’ll posted as soon as I come across more details.

H&M goes online

Does this mean more over ASOS? Well either way, I am overjoyed for the US customers of the Swedish retailer who already offered online shopping for Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and, of course, Sweden.

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This day has been in the works for months and it was worth the wait for you guys in the US. The Swedish retailer has options for women, men, plus-size and kids at fingertips the site is a one-stop shop for quick, affordable fashion delivered right to your doorstep.The site also showcases items exclusively available online, like H&M’s first home collection, which was part of the online debut yesterday.

ALSO, the entire Isabel Marant collaboration will be available as will other future collaborations. Say goodbye to those overcrowded dressing rooms.  Excited yet? Then head to hm.com — it’s time to start shopping.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/shop-hm-online_n_3687871.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business

Tamara Mellon to launch lifestyle brand

Anyone else wondered what Tamara Mellon was up to for the last 2 years? Well, speculate no more.

Mellon has been one of my biggest inspirations for the last decade now. After having sold Jimmy Choo to Labelux in 2011 and departing from the company herself shortly after, she pretty much went underground without any further professional plans.

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

Recently, she gave American Vogue the first look at her eponymous lifestyle brand set to hit Tamaramellon.com in November. There will be ready-to-wear, handbags, and (duh!) shoes. Priced at from $295 for a cashmere tee to $4,500 for a ponyskin leopard-print trench coat, this label has Tamara Mellon written all over it.

Read more: http://fashionista.com/2013/07/tamara-mellon-set-to-launch-new-lifestyle-brand-with-sales-plan-that-bucks-industry-standards/

Rihanna wins lawsuit against Topshop

Unlike Miley Cyrus’ Tshirt for Marc Jacobs which she endorsed and even posed (naked!) for, Topshop was selling the ‘Rihanna Tank’ which was never permitted by the Umbrella singer.

The singer accused the fashion chain of failing to seek approval from her before going ahead with printing their stock. At a hearing in London, Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled in the 25-year-old’s favour, asserting that the British retailer was guilty of “passing off”. Passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights.

Riri

The Topshop tank shows Rihanna wearing a dungaree-strap bra top – the same outfit that she wore, as one of the numerous outfits, in the video for We Found Love.  The photograph was taken unofficially during the shoot in Northern Ireland.

(See it here at 2:56 seconds)

The judge ruled in Riri’s favour due to the fact that a “substantial number” of buyers were likely to have been deceived into purchasing the product on “false belief” that it had been authorised by the singer. As a result, he said this was damaging to Rihanna’s “goodwill” and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the “fashion sphere” and has sued the British retailer’s parent company, Arcadia, for damages of $5m (£3.3m).

Methinks her designing a second clothing line for River Island could also be a conflict of interest, no?

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23514738

In other news

This week seems to have been super eventful. Few more news worthy stories

Manish Malhotra – Lakme Fashion Week curtain raiser

Alexander Wang’s first bag for Balenciaga

Hillary Clinton Scoops Up Another Major Fashion Endorsement

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IN THE KNOW – WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST VOL. 5

So what’s going on folks? Fashion weeks all over the place, top management playing musical chairs in the global fashion and luxury world and Autumn Winter collections in stores. Very soon we will be running up our credit card bills, once we are done clearing out our wallets at the ongoing sales. Oh well, in other words, same old same old.

Amidst the chaotic, yet monotonous (oxymoron much? But you get what I mean, right?!) existence that we call life, I love new collaborations and announcements. Which is what this week seems to be all about. A breath of fresh air – ah!

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund finalists announced

The 10 up-and-coming designers who will compete for the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which includes instant exposure along with a 300,000 US dollar cash prize, has been revealed. Selected by a panel including US Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, the winner will be announced on Nov. 11, 2013 at a dinner in New York.

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

The winner will receive a 300,000 US dollar cash prize to help boost their brand and a collaboration with J. Crew, while the two runners-up will be awarded 100,000 US dollars and each will receive business mentor-ship. With previous winners like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and Joseph Altuzarra, I cannot wait to see who is going to be the new Wang on the block!

Read more (and view list): http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/cfdavogue-fashion-fund-chooses-10-finalists/

L’Wren Scott Teams Up With Banana Republic

Ladies, you needn’t worry about what to wear to that Christmas party this year!! Yes, I did say, Christmas. L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic have collaborated to release a glamorous collection in December, so, consider your festive wardrobe all taken care of. First time for Scott joining forces with a global retailer, she explains, the collection “beautifully combines the ultra-feminine with wearable polish and will bring a sexy confidence to our consumers.”

L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic

L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic

The 50-piece edit spanning clothing, jewellery, and accessories will make use of three original motifs — one with romantic peonies, another in violet candy stripes, and the last in a lipstick-red lip print perfect for puckering up in under the mistletoe. From the glamorous girlfriend of Mick Jagger, we should expect nothing short of rock-‘n’-roll magic.

 

Read more: http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/lwren-scott-banana-republic-collaboration

Harrods launches ‘The Handbag Narrative’

Oh yay, it’s a bag attack! Twenty of the world’s leading elite handbag makers have come under Harrods’ roof to mark the expansion of the store’s luxury accessories department. Harrods is hosting the Handbag Narratives exhibition which showcases bags which are exclusively designed for them. With exclusive installations by Mulberry, Prada, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Loewe (my personal favourite installation) and more, this is like nothing you’ve seen before.

Loewe Installation formed with miniature versions of the tools used to make the brand's cult Amazona bag dipped in gold

Loewe Installation formed with miniature versions of the tools used to make the brand’s cult Amazona bag dipped in gold

This collection of stylish designer bags has been unveiled in specially designed windows at the pop up shop. Each window features an over-sized interpretation of one of their most celebrated handbag designs, from optical illusions to sculpture, the handbag will never be the same again. Spreading over 40,000-square-foot space the new department is one of the world’s largest luxury accessories halls.

Stella McCartney Gold Falabella

Stella McCartney Gold Falabella

The event will be on till August 24.

Read more: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG10166861/Harrodss-huge-handbag-invasion.html  (PS:  Fendi has made five of its 2Jours bags (as seen in the video on the link) in green crocodile, which retail at 17,500 pounds each – just saying)

Rihanna for River Island Autumn ’13

Are you ready for Rihanna Take Two? Well, ready or not, here she comes. Post the raging success of her collaboration for the British high street store, River Island, Rihanna has collaborated with River Island for a second time for Autumn/Winter ’13. In a video released by the brand, you can get a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming collection slated to be in store by September 12, 2013.

First look: Isabel Marant for H&M

The little blue birdie comes as news bearer once again. This time around the news is a lot more exciting. The Swedish retail giant shared the first preview of its highly anticipated collaboration with French fashion designer Isabel Marant with its Twitter followers.

H&M tweeted a picture of Marant modelling a loose-fitted printed dress and slouchy tasseled ankle boots with the tweet: “You’re the first ever to see @isabelmarant wearing the #HMIsabelMarant collection! What do you think?”

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

You may remember from our earlier post when the collection was announced last month, Marant said that the aim of the collaboration was to “create something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives”, adding that the collection would be infused with Parisian attitude where “you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy”.

In the know – weekly news digest

This Friday onward, fashion entrepreneur Radhika Dhawan will update the blog and our readers as a regular contributor. She will scour the media, so you don’t have to, and bring all the exciting fashion happenings from around the world to Fuffabulous every week. Stay in the know and say hello to Radhika.

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Coming up, Isabel Marant for H&M

Isabel Marant is the latest designer to team up with H&M.  Just when we were hitting total designer collab fatigue, H&M pulls this little trick and aren’t we’re glad? After several successful collaborations with Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Comme des Garçons, Matthew Williamson, Lanvin, Versace, Marni and more recently, Maison Martin Margiela, which appealed to a very in-the-know avant garde kind of shopper, this should be a more accessible collaboration.

Isabel Marant

Designer Isabel Marant

The Swedish high-street giant announced that the collection will hit 250 stores as well as the brand’s website on November 14. Isabel Marant’s  take on her collection is, “I am creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy.”  The project will also see the designer create her first menswear line, alongside womenswear, accessories and teen lines.

Read more: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10112208/Isabel-Marant-for-HandM.html

Have you been kissed yet? Burberry Kisses powered by Google

This newly-launched cute idea is a way to spread some love across the globe in a more personalized way. People get to send their own kiss imprint to a loved one – no more sending generic kiss emoticons!

Burberry Kisses

Burberry Kisses

It’s as simple as visiting  Burberry Kisses. Using a webcam and “unique kiss-detection technology” the outline of your lips gets imprinted. Then write a short message and send it on via email or Google+. The envelope containing your message and kiss then flies across to the receiver’s destination across a 3D landscape. You can then share this publicly across other social media platforms such as on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

A lovely idea which will no doubt be a social media and marketing strategy to drive sales for Christopher Bailey‘s 1960s-inspired, fall-winter 2013-2013 collection, Trench Kisses. No wonder Burberry is known as the luxury brand that embraced digital media like no other. 

Read more: http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-news/diaporama/send-all-your-kisses-to-me-with-burberry/13832#!send-all-your-kisses-to-me-with-burberry

Sarah Jessica Parker to launch shoe collection

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker is (finally!) launching her own footwear collection, simply titled SJP, which will be exclusive to US department store Nordstrom.

The actress has partnered with Manolo Blahnik USA’s Chief Executive and Operating Officer George Malkemus, and has taken inspiration from great old-school labels like Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon for her accessories line, which will also include a few bags and  trench coats and will launch in 2014.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

The shoes will be inspired by the “New York woman” and will have grosgrain ribbons as a signature element. Also, the shoes will mostly be in suede. Well, the collection doesn’t sound as vibrant as Carrie Bradshaw but we guess we’ll just have to wait and see, right?

Read more: http://fashionista.com/2013/06/what-to-expect-from-sarah-jessica-parkers-new-shoe-line/

H&M, finally! But will it mean more young people dressed alike?

Hennes & Mauritz plans to spend around 100 million euros ($130 million) on an initial 50 stores in India.

Read the full story here: http://www.businessoffashion.com/2013/04/hm-prepares-130-million-drive-to-crack-indian-market.html

So what happened when Zara launched in India? Running into people wearing the same jackets, dresses etc became routine, you knew exactly the place everyone was shopping. Although fast fashion gives us access to cheaper and trendy clothes, it tends to take away individuality and uniqueness in dressing.

H&M flagship in New York, source NY Mag

H&M flagship in New York, source NY Mag

In countries like the UK you have a lot more brands on the high street, which is why even though people are shopping at the same places you can create an individual look with separates. Even so, last season when the camouflage print was popular, I often spotted at least five people on Oxford Street wearing the Zara camouflage studded shirt or the checkered studded shirts. Remember those?

But this is where vintage comes in. My friends in Europe, who don’t want to look like walking ads for Zara or H&M or River Island, scour vintage stores and markets for one-of-a-kind pieces (available at high street prices) and stand apart from the crowd. The most interestingly dressed folks were the ones mixing it up with vintage, high street and key luxury pieces. And like I keep talking about, vintage shopping is necessary to  help reduce wastage, an inevitable result of fast fashion.

PS: H&M has some really cool brands like Monki and Cos. Cannot wait for them to bring in Cos – with their impeccable tailoring and easy to wear, unique styles it is one of my favourite brands!

Cos collection

Cos collection

Cos collection

Cos collection

Pop, dots, and the secret to purging

Interview with Masoom Minawala, Founder Style Fiesta and Fashion Jobs India

“Have you read The Secret? It says till you don’t make space for the new, you will not get it,” 20-year-old Masoom Minawala tells me, in all sincerity and seriousness. We are not waxing philosophical about the world and our existence, we are clearing her wardrobe of things she hasn’t used. But then that’s the gravity with which many women relate to their life, loves, and wardrobes.

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Brown and black pleated dress, London

It is not a surprise that her book shelf is as packed as her wardrobe. One of the youngest fashion entrepreneurs in the city, Masoom started as a blogger on Style Fiesta. Four months ago she converted the blog into an e-commerce platform and recently also founded a website that works as an online job directory for those looking to work in the fashion industry. Yes, the girl is only 20.

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Neon pink sling bag, H&M, London

And like many her age, she loves pretty clothes and shopping for them. London is a favourite shopping destination, but as much as she buys Masoom also purges her wardrobe on a regular basis. The one thing, however, that she hasn’t been able to give away is the dotted dress she bought from her favourite boutique in Camden, London. “I love the dress, but it doesn’t fit me well,” she says. Every time she decides to give it away, she wonders if she might wear it some day. And back it goes into the wardrobe again. Until now, for Fuffabulous.

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Dress and bag purchased in 2012; Number of times used – 0

The neon pink sling bag was an impulse purchase from H&M in London that just continues to live in her wardrobe with price tags still on. “I just never get around to using it,” she says. She hopes that someone who loves fashion as much as her, enjoys pretty dresses and likes to experiment with pop colours will eventually end up with these.

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PHOTO CREDITS

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Location courtesy: Le 15 Patisserie, Bandra; Styling: Rachana Nakra; Accessories: Stylist’s own; Photographs: Morvarid K.

Fringe benefits

Interview with Virginia Holmes, make-up artist and co-founder Fat Mu Pro make-up and academy

As a make-up artist for big-ticket films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Zero Dark Thirty besides various other movies and ad campaigns, Virginia Holmes is constantly surrounded by all the trappings of ‘glamour’. Perhaps the reason that off-duty, she doesn’t like to talk about make-up or clothes. Or go shopping for them.

Jimmy Choo for H&M black fringe dress

Jimmy Choo for H&M black fringe dress

As a sporadic shopper who doesn’t end up buying clothes more than once or twice a year, you would imagine her wardrobe to be limited. You would, however, be wrong. “I am a hoarder,” says Virgina, laughing. There is a pair of pedal pushers from 17 years ago, her mum’s leg warmers from 1978 and a couple of tops from a shooting trip in Ladakh in 2003. She has a quirky sense of style and since her work takes her to different parts of India and abroad, her wardrobe is bursting with fun picks from all around.

Number of times worn: 0

Number of times worn: 0

On a rare shopping spree in London she bought a black fringe dress from the Jimmy Choo for H&M collaboration in 2009. The launch of this collection saw hundreds of fashion lovers around the world queue up for hours to get their hands on the merchandise.

But four years later the dress hangs around in the fringes of her wardrobe, price tag still in place. “I love the dress, but realised it doesn’t fit me too well. I’m sure there is someone else out there with the same style sensibility who will be able to put the dress to good use

photo (4)In the process of learning to detach herself from material posessions, Virginia cleared her wardrobe of a number of accessories and clothes for Fuffabulous. She wants to pass them on to “some young hipsters out there” who will love the clothes as much as she does. But there is one dress she is not able to part with. A stunning, white La Perla frock she bought 13-years-ago that still finds pride of place in her wardrobe, price-tag intact. “I’m saving it for my wedding in Vegas some day,” she grins

The dress is a UK size 12 but fits a UK 10 better. Paired with neon accessories or impossibly high strappy heels, the dress is a definite conversation starter.

PHOTO CREDITS

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Photos and styling: Rachana Nakra; Accessories: Stylist’s and model’s own