Saturday, 30 March 2013

Lakmé Fashion Week: Bollywood Off The Runway

While the ramps at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 gave us everything we could have hoped for and more in terms of the Bollywood quotient; the red carpet too, sparkled with celebrity presence.

International star Freida Pinto dropped in on Day 2, wearing a creation by famed designer Naeem Khan. She paired her one shouldered, incredibly detailed dress with an updo and braids and let the dress make a statement. Also seen on Day 2 were Neha Dhupia and Asin –while the former kept her hair natural, Asin tied hers super high and let it cascade down one shoulder.

Neha Dhupia, Freida Pinto and Asin Thottumkal on Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week

Genelia D’Souza gave us an easy chic appearance, complementing her blazer-and-jeans ensemble with a simple updo and bangs. Also going for simple elegance was Esha Gupta, Manish Malhotra’s WIFW showstopper, in a Manish Malhotra saree paired with wavy hair over one shoulder.

Genelia D'Souza

Esha Gupta

We found Poorna Jagannathan foregoing her usually curly cropped hair for a straight style, making her features look more delicate than usual. Shahzaan Padamsee also went for straight hair, though she pulled hers back in a sleek ponytail.

Shahzaan Padamsee and Poorna Jagannathan

Vidya Balan brought tight corkscrew curls to the red carpet, a look not many can wear flatteringly. It seemed to work fine for her, though we prefer the looser waves she wears naturally.

Vidya Balan

Making a statement – literally – Jacqueline Fernandes was spotted in an ‘I’m Too Sexy To Be Cruel To Animals’ tee with her hair tied up away from her face. We have to say we love the image, there’s nothing better than mixing fashion with a good cause, wouldn’t you agree?

Jacqueline Fernandes

We’d love to try some of these hairstyles out at home and we’re sure you would too. So just let us know if you’d like any tutorials on how to recreate a particular red carpet hairstyle and we’d be happy to oblige!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Bollywood Style : Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013

In an exciting turn of events at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2013, Bollywood emerged as the latest trend of the season. Designers at the fashion week pulled all the stops and gave us the starriest fashion gathering yet.

From Manish Malhotra to Shehla Khan and Payal Singhal, actors and actresses made appearances for a number of designers. Not to mention the parade of B-Town’s finest that took to the ramp for Vikram Phadnis.

Parineeti Chopra walked hand in hand with Masaba Gupta, her hair piled up on her head in a top bun paired with a bouffant. A down-to-earth look that complemented the actress’s personality, don’t you think? Also seen in a high updo was Bipasha Basu for Shantanu and Nikhil – hers was a sleek one with her hair secured way, way high on her head and bangs framing her face.

Parineeti Chopra with designer Masaba

Bipasha Basu for Shantanu & Nikhil and Karisma Kapoor for Shehlaa

Absolutely ethereal was Karisma Kapoor, who was the showstopper for Shehlaa by Shehla Khan. Her hair in a half-up-half-down style that was topped by a bouffant and curled at the ends, she looked every bit the Bollywood princess.

We also loved the sleek bun Kareena Kapoor sported for Namrata Joshipura. The showstopper for the Grand Finale, Kapoor had her hair parted neatly to the side and secured in a low bun.

Kareena Kapoor walks for Namrata Joshipura at the Grand Finale

Also seen on the runway were Diana Hayden for Sounia Gohil - her hair in a messy updo that went perfectly with the romantic vibe that her outfit exuded – and Aditi Rao Hydari for Payal Singhal. The latter accompanied Singhal in a festive Indian ensemble, her long, below-the-waist curly hair only accentuating the slightly traditionalist standpoint of the design.

Aditi Rao Hydari for Payal Singhal and Diana Hayden with designer Sounia Gohil

Bollywood’s favourite designer Manish Malhotra brought out the big guns with actresses Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and even Karisma Kapoor joining him on the runway. Both Kajol and Karisma showed off sheer shoulders, one with her hair in an updo and one with a ponytail. Showstopper Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, made an impact in a bright saree with her long her swept to one side, showing off her almost backless blouse.

Kajol and Karisma Kapoor made an appearance at Manish Malhotra

Priyanka Chopra walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra

Vikram Phadnis’ show read like a who’s who of the film fraternity, with everyone from Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora and their son to Jeetendra and daughter Ekta Kapoor gracing the runway alongside activists, in support of the Swades foundation. We loved Ileana D’Cruz, Dia Mirza and Neha Dhupia’s appearances - while Ileana had her hair in a half bouffant with the rest swept over one shoulder, Dia Mirza and Neha Dhupia went for a more traditional look with curls and pinned back hair.

Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza and Ileana D'Cruz walk the ramp with activists for Vikram Phadnis

A fashion event that brought us star struck fans a lot of excitement, the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 has only left us wanting more. Here’s to the 100 years of our captivating Bollywood film fraternity.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pamper Your Hair Post-Holi

While even the staunchest of hair care fanatics will abandon all reserve when it comes to Holi, there’s often that feeling of dismay when you walk into the shower, dripping colour from every pore.

Of course, the one hair care rule everyone follows before playing Holi is to apply oil generously. If you didn’t already do that, then this post is reaching you a tad too late and you must be going through hell trying to get the colour out of your hair. Well, there’s always next year. The oil is an essential step though - it works as a shield between the colour and your hair, allowing a minimum amount of the chemicals and colour to actually seep through.

Applying oil also forms a part of an important post-Holi hair care routine. Most people’s hair turns out dry and brittle even with the protective layer of oil. The first step to combat this dryness post-Holi is to wash your hair out thoroughly with plain water, until most of the colour leaves it. Next, wash your hair out with a mild shampoo.

The colour probably won’t leave your hair yet though – it can be stubborn like that. You need to keep applying oil, either coconut or olive, for the next couple of days and then washing your hair out.

Once you get most of the colour out of your hair, try a deep conditioning treatment to return your hair to it’s usual lustre. L’oreal Professionnel makes an Absolut Repair Deep Conditioning Mask that’s perfect for this very purpose; make sure to apply a little extra to the ends of your hair, which tend to be the driest.

Finish up with a conditioning serum like the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. It’s an anti-frizz serum that’ll inject your strands with some moisture and shine. We love it!

Now that you know how to take care of your hair post the colour-apocalypse that is Holi, you don’t need to worry about how many chemicals you’re actually subjecting your scalp to. Stay on the safe side though and use organic colours. Happy Holi!

Try the L'oreal Absolut Repair Deep Conditioner and the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum for a boost of moisture

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

MTV Video Music Awards India 2013

You know what’s great about the MTV Video Music Awards coming to India? The red carpet fashion that was taken up a notch. A number of Bollywood stars took their style statements to a whole new level, giving us something to talk about and giving the usually predictable red carpet some pizzazz.

Priyanka Chopra made for the most eye-catching appearance, with a poster-print dress and a wildly exaggerated bouffant. The half-up-half-down hairstyle showed off her nearly backless dress, with hair pulled away from her face. The ‘do was creative enough to garner attention but fuss-free enough to let her dress make a statement.

Priyanka Chopra

Sara Loren also gave her hair a bit of volume, but chose to put it all up - a decision that aptly pulled all our attention to her striking dress. Making a similar appearance was Zarine Khan, in an equally arresting dress, who put her hair up in curls but let a bit of it frame her face. While the hairdo is nothing we haven’t seen on the red carpet before, it’s still slightly more experimental than the usual. And more importantly, it’s perfect for the ensemble, don’t you think?

Sara Loren and Zarine Khan 

Keeping it classy and chic was Evelyn Sharma, with her hair pulled back into a sleek ponytail. The minimalistic hairstyle complemented the solid yellow figure-hugging dress that she wore, keeping the whole look simple but impressive.

Evelyn Sharma

Anushka Sharma also made a statement with her hairdo, keeping her bangs front and centre and the rest pull back in a slightly messy manner. The whole look could’ve been more refined, but the spiky bangs definitely added to the rocker-chic appearance she was going for.

Anushka Sharma

Anusha Dandekar

The over-the-shoulder side-swept curls were back again, but this time with a twist. Trust Anusha Dandekar to add a little spice to what is otherwise a widely overworked hairstyle. The tightly curled hair was securely pinned to one side with a hair embellishment, a move that changed the usually boring hairstyle to an interesting one, especially when paired with her dress. A wonderful look on the whole, we think.

Friday, 22 March 2013

WIFW: Bollywood On the Runway

One of our favourite things about any fashion week in India is that it’s never complete without the presence of celebrities, both on and off the runway. Bollywood divas aren’t uncommon as showstoppers and they definitely garner a whole lot of attention for the designer. Much to our delight, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 saw a bevy of Bollywood stars making appearances both on and off the runway.

Surily Goel, Joy Mitra, Paras & Shalini, Urvashi Kaur and Manish Malhotra were the designers to give us our much-needed dose of Bollywood on the runway. While it’s unconditional to have stars from the film fraternity take part in fashion weeks, Indian designers make an exception and we’re not really complaining, are we?

Preity Zinta was the showstopper for Surily Goel, looking radiant in a one-shouldered black gown. Her hair was styled into an updo, red carpet style and we have to say she looked every bit the delightful Bollywood diva. 

Paras & Shalini brought out the captivating Shahzaan Padamsee, also in a black dress, albeit a slightly unconventional one with fringe detailing. Her hair was twisted into an updo, with intricate braids and twists woven together with embellishments and tassels.

Designer Joy Mitra, gave Gauhar Khan the traditional Indian ensemble that was topped off with her hair curled tightly and pulled over one shoulder. A look you can try at home, especially if you have jewellery and detailing to draw attention to.

Gul Panag also made an appearance on the runway, in a dress designed by Uravshi Kaur and complemented with a high tight updo. Gauhar Khan’s and Gul Panag’s hairstyles showed off their creation’s detailing, so we can definitely take something away from the styling – go for a hairstyle that will best complement your outfit.

Manish Malhotra, as we wrote about in our ‘WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 3’ article, showed off 
his designs on Bollywood stars Esha Gupta and Jacqueline Fernandes. Long braids interwoven with gold ornamentations added the final touches to the designer’s creations.

While WIFW might be over, we now have Lakme Fashion Week and a whole new host of Bollywood actresses taking to the runway. Kareena Kapoor is already the showstopper everyone’s talking about. Check back here for updates on Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013!

Preity Zinta for Surily Goel (image credit -

Gauhar Khan for Joy Mitra (image credit -

Shahzaan Padamsee for Paras & Shalini (image credit -

Gul Panag for Urvashi Kaur (

Esha Gupta and Jacqueline Fernandes for Manish Malhotra (image credit - miss malini)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 5

As with any fashion week, the grand finale on day 5 of WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013 was possibly the most anticipated. Manish Arora made it worth the wait.

Looks we loved:

Vaishali S brought to light the culture of Assam with her collection, with a palette of mainly earthy colours. To go with her inspiration were absolutely fabulous hairstyles, all of them slightly ethnic with a twist. The sleek ponytail got a tight braid running through the centre of it (a look we can happily recreate for the summer), with some models sporting delicate maang tikkas. Also seen was a deep side partition, with poker straight hair pulled over on to the other side - a modern twist to the traditional ensemble.

Manish Arora gave us innovation and avant-garde design not only with his clothes but also with hair. While the sleek ponytails and a half-up-half-down look (something else we can try for this summer!) were nothing we haven’t seen before, out walked some models with candyfloss hair, wrapped in bandanas. An edgy look that we wouldn’t dream of pulling off the runway – unless you think you have the chutzpah to try it!

Vaishali S

Manish Arora

So what do we take away from the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2013? Sleek, tied back hairstyles go a long way for almost all outfits, for starters. But we also found that combining two hairstyles can often lead to some pretty funky stuff. This summer, aim for the bouffant + braid style that we saw at Sanchita. For those of you who are more daring, the braids + updo look that we saw at Anaikka by Kanika Saluja is a great way to beat the heat.

In the meantime, there’s another fashion week to look forward to! That means a whole new collection of hairstyles for you ladies to try out at home. Looks like this Autumn/Winter fashion week is going to make it a very stylish summer for us!

Images credit – Dwaipayan Mazumdar, and

Sunday, 17 March 2013

WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 4

It was an extraordinary day for hair and beauty on day four at Wills India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013. As we mentioned in our earlier posts, Shivan & Narresh, Péro by Aneeth Arora, Pia Pauro were just a few of the names we had to look forward to.

Designer duo Shivan & Narresh showcased sleek hair that was pinned up and made more characteristic with short, choppy bangs. The straight fringes only accentuated the elegant silhouettes that were on display.

Day four also had us looking forward to the Vogue Fashion Fund 2013 designer Aneeth Arora, with her quirky collection of circus-inspired ensembles. What with the balloons, red noses and juggling pins that were on display, the theme wasn’t really lost on anyone. Detailing included hates in various colours and patterns, placed jauntily over pinned up hair. Any models that weren’t wearing a hat simply had their sleek hair neatly parted to one side and pinned up.

Pia Pauro gave us a tiny look-see into old world glamour, with a few models strutting out with hair embellishments that sparkled and caught the light. A few others had their hair wrapped in turbans - not unlike those seen at Anupama Dayal, but more traditional.

And lastly at Sanchita, we found that a bit of volume goes a long way. Voluminous updos with loosened hair around the face made for a wonderfully casual-chic look. Also seen were over-the-shoulder braids with plenty of volume at the top – now that’s a hairstyle we’d love to try out!

For day five of WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013, Manish Arora gives us a look at his Autumn/Winter collection. Check back with us tomorrow for the grand finale!


Pia Pauro

Aneeth Arora

Shivan & Narresh

Images Credit -, Dwaipayan Mazumdar                                                                                  

WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 3

Starting off on a low note, day three at WIFW Autumn/Winter concluded with three of the fashion industry’s most prominent designers – Abraham & Thakore, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Manish Malhotra.

Designer duo Abraham & Thakore gave us statement wet looks with hair that was pushed away from the face and then, in some cases, twisted over one shoulder. Not the kind of hairstyle any of us can pick up this season of course, but it worked wonders for his designs.

As for Rajesh Pratap Singh’s show, the runway was taken over by a delightful selection of hairstyle. Funk, funk and more funk. Top buns, bouffants, and updos… even gorgeous inserts of colours brightened the show up no end. In places, wool caps with earflaps were used as accessories. Let’s just say the collection was the most winter-appropriate one we’ve seen so far.

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Threads of Emotion’ Autumn/Winter 2013 show was (of course) a wonderful display of colour and handiwork. Not to forget, the Bollywood constituent that is a given for any of his runway collections. This time it was Esha Gupta, Jacqueline Fernandes and Siddharth Malhotra who took centre stage for B-town’s favourite designer.

With their hair styled right down to the last detail, Esha Gupta and Jacqueline Fernandes walked the ramp in long braids that cascaded down their backs, with gold ornamentations woven into them. One with a French braid and the other with an intricate-looking twisted top, the two carried their show-stopping styles with some serious panache.

So the glamour-filled day 3 has left us wanting more, and day 4 of WIFW is showing promise with Shivan & Narresh and Vogue Fashion Fund’s Aneeth Arora taking the stage, amongst others. Stay tuned!

Abraham & Thakore

(centre) Some models had colorful inserts in their hair at Rajesh Pratap Singh

Jacqueline Fernandes and Esha Gupta walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra

Images credit –, Dwaipayan Mazumdar and miss malini

Saturday, 16 March 2013

WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 2

Day two at WIFW Autmn/Winter 2013 showcased some of the popular names in the fashion industry. Tarun Tahiliani, Shantanu & Nikhil,  Hemant & Nandita, Anju Modi…the name-dropping could go on for a while, so we’d better get to the point.

For those of you who didn’t read our last post, day 1 at WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013 turned out to be a parade of the more popular hairstyles on the ramp. Slicked back hair, middle partings and bouffants were on the menu, with designers who seemed to prefer making a statement with their clothes.

Day two was no different, with most designers using sleek hairstyles that drew our attention away from the face and right to the clothes. Bodice by Ruchika Sachdev had the models walking the ramp with their hair pulled away from the face, but not without some texture. On the other hand, Hemant & Nandita found the models wearing their hair in sleek ponytails with deep side partings, a hairstyle that complemented their silhouettes well. Tarun Tahiliani also chose to let the designs do the talking with sleek pulled back hair either with a middle or side parting. We think this is quickly becoming a hairstyle everyone can easily emulate this season.

As for hair accessories, Anju Modi had us wowed with her military detailing. Nehru and military caps found their way amongst saris and jackets on the runway, with perfect detailing that brought her creativity across well. Shantanu & Nikhil put their models in head wraps paired with high buns, adding a touch of bohemia to their catwalk – much like Anupama Dayal did on day 1.

We loved the slightly refined look that day 2 brought in with it, what do you think? Stay tuned for day 3 updates!

Tarun Tahiliani, Alpana & Neeraj and Hemant & Nandita

Anju Modi and Shantanu & Nikhil

Images credit - Dwaipayan Mazumdar,

Thursday, 14 March 2013

WIFW Autumn/Winter 2013: Day 1

Want to know what’s got us excited? It’s that time of year again...Wills India Fashion Week took off yesterday with a handful of popular designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter collections.

Kick starting the show was Masaba Gupta’s much-awaited debut for Satya Paul, followed by Anaikka by Kanika Saluja Choudhry, Vineet Bahl, Surily Goel and more.

Fashion weeks aren’t just a window into new trends and a peek at what all the celebrities will be wearing in the coming season; they’re also the place for hairstyle-crazy people (like us) to derive inspiration from.

A relatively new concept, fashion weeks have nonetheless gained so much importance in India that we just had to give you a small glance at all the hairstyles we spotted on the ramp.

Here’s an overview of the hairstyle trends on the first day of Wills India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013.

Slicked back hair. A popular choice for many designers, the slicked back hair often tied into a ponytail was spotted a couple of times yesterday. Masaba Gupta at Satya Paul went for slicked back ponytails while Pankaj & Nidhi opted for the same, albeit with middle partings. The perfect choice of hairstyle to go with the designers’ groundbreaking creations, we think.

Satya Paul and Pankaj + Nidhi both showcased sleek hairstyles

Middle partings with tight braids. Seen at Anaikka by Kanika Saluja Choudhry as well as Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal, the middle parting was paired with tight braids that worked differently for each of the designers. Kanika Saluja’s hairstyles added to the military-contemporary feel of her designs, while Anupama Dayal gave hers a bohemian twist with turban and head wraps. Also seen on Dayal’s ramp were embellished headbands with splashes of color to add to their bohemia.

Anaikka by Kanika Saluja Choudhry

Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

Bouffant. Ah, the ever popular bouffant - another popular choice for designers. Namrata Joshipura had her models wearing tall bouffants, with their hair cascading down their backs; while bouffants paired with updos were seen on both the Nikasha as well as the Surily Goel ramps.

Nikasha, Namrata Joshipura and Surily Goel 

So now that you know what’s been happening on the ramps of WIFW, stay tuned for Day 2!

-       -  Vaidehi Mirashi

Images credit:

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Dress Up Your Ponytail

Are you the sort of person who loves to have her hair up? Especially in our hot and humid summers, maintaining long lengths is quite the problem.

Now that we’ve made our way into what seems like a hotter-than-ever March, we thought we’d give all you ladies some fun alternatives to wearing your hair up in a quick ponytail.

So for all those days when you’re late for work and have no time to blow out your hair, or when you have a party you need to go to straight from work, these revamped ponytails will come through for you.

And rest assured, we’ve picked the easiest three that will have you put in minimal effort for maximum effect.

The inside out ponytail:
A classy twist to the low ponytail, this style will take you mere minutes to perfect. What’s better, it’s ideal for work – even more so if you work in an office where you’re expected to dress conservatively.
Just tie a low ponytail to start with. Then pull a small hole in the centre, above the band. Reach through and pull the tail of the ponytail through this hole, then pull tightly to secure.
If you have a few extra minutes, you can curl the ends of your ponytail to add a bit of flair.

The inside out ponytail is the perfect alternative for a conservative work environment

The wrapped ponytail:
A high ponytail will usually look childlike or overly preppy, so to make it look chic instead you can wrap a piece of your hair around the base. Sound complicated? It’s not, really. Just gather your hair up into the ponytail you 
want and then leave out a small section at the base of it. Tie the rest with a hair tie and then wrap the section you left out around it, essentially concealing the hair tie.  Secure the section underneath the ponytail with a discreetly placed bobby pin.
To make this style even better, you can braid the section you leave out at the base, so that you have a braid of hair wrapped around the base of your ponytail.

The wrapped ponytail makes for a great hairdo anytime, anywhere

The low side ponytail:
This one is the easiest by far. First, give yourself a side parting if you don’t already have one. Then pull all your hair neatly to one side, using a comb to get a more polished look. Secure it into a loose ponytail, letting a few tendrils fall out to frame your face. Fell free to curl the ends to add a more  demure touch to your ponytail.

The easiest of the three, the low side ponytail will take you from day wear to night at the drop of a hat

So now that you know how to spice up a simple ponytail in just a couple of steps, those rushed mornings should be so much more manageable!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

DIVO Style Files: Sonam Kapoor

If there’s one Bollywood diva we admire for her panache, it’s Sonam Kapoor. She’s trendsetting, unconventional and isn’t afraid to try something new when it comes to hairstyles.

Where most other actresses opt for fail-safe looks, Sonam stands out with flair – it’s no wonder then, that she’s caught the attention of fashion houses across the world.

One of the very few actresses who continually puts her hair up to complement her various outfits, we found her red carpet appearances to be refreshingly unusual – don’t you agree?

From chic chignons to intricate updos and even a quiff or two, we give you a quick overview of Sonam Kapoor’s red carpet style:

Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2011
At Cannes 2011, Sonam paired her white Jean Paul Gaultier gown with an intricate updo – with slight volume at the back – that pulled away from her face. The perfect hairstyle for the attention-drawing gown, as you can see.

Sonam at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Awards '12
At the Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Female and Male Awards, Sonam took the more conventional route with her sidwept curls. Even this commonly seen red carpet hairstyle, however, was given a twist with an embellished hair clip on one side.

Sonam Kapoor at the Ghanta Awards '12

Sonam paired her one shoulder white gown with a messy updo and topped it off with an embellished headband and loose tendrils around her face. Slightly Grecian, don’t you think?

Sonam at the Pure Concept Launch '12
The most outrageous of them all – for the Pure Concept Launch in 2012, Sonam topped her ponytail with a quiff up front, giving her black Dolce & Gabbana suit and ruffled shirt a dash of old-world glamour.

Sonam at the L'Oreal Femina Women Awards '12
Opting for a slightly more structured than messy updo for this incredibly detailed sari, Sonam nonetheless kept her hairstyle feminine with a few curled tendrils around her face.

Sonam at the HT Mumbai Most Stylish Awards '13
A classic chignon showed off her ear cuffs and complemented the silhouette of her dress perfectly. This is one of the rare occasions we’ve seen Sonam’s hair pulled back as sleekly as it is - another stunning and slightly Grecian style, right?

Sonam Kapoor at the Gem & Jewellery Fair Launch '13
Sonam recently launched the Gem and Jewellery Fair ’13 with her hair up in another intricate updo (did we mention she continually puts her hair up?) that showed off the gorgeous necklace she had on. Note how the hairstyle also draws attention to her off-shoulder blouse.

What we can take away from this style icon’s red carpet appearances then, is that she isn’t afraid to mix things up a bit and always wears her clothes with the best possible hairstyle that will highlight the outfit’s most prominent details. A great tip for us to take away, no?