12 ways of christmas

This season everything is RED. Dress up for Christmas from our top 12 picks.

mickey mouse fashion

According to Business Of Fashion online mag, Mickey Mouse has had the runway visibility of a supermodel lately, thanks to recent appearances at Gucci, Burberry, Karen Walker and Rag & Bone. Brands such as Prada and Moschino have also been working with Disney to include the adorable mouse in their pret collections for women and men.

 photo : catch.them.young @ Instagram

photo : catch.them.young @ Instagram

Children have been wearing Mickey Mouse as a cartoon character since decades. Whats changed drastically over an year is the shift in the way adults are accepting the iconic big-eared form as a part of luxury fashion wear. Its no longer just ‘cute’ - Mickey Mouse makes for edgy pieces in fashion now.

At 90 years of age, MIckey Mouse fashion has become a part of fashion for grown-ups too.

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10 trendy bags to pom-pom your way through the summer holidays

Summer trend alert for little girls : Sling bags and purses with Pom-poms. Perfectly cute for pocket money, travel ticket, candies and kerchief. They look cheerful and stylish on dresses and swimsuits alike! We've picked 10 for your little girl's trendy summer 17 look. And thrown in a cheat to get the same look without buying a new bag - so do scroll down!!

1, Granny's sewing kit went to the beach and came home with this cute ZARA bag

 

2. Vibrant blue block print pom-pom bag from Almirah Clothing

 

3. Petite French fashion with rope string n leather detail

 

4. Tropical Cactus Embellished pouch with Pom poms from ACCESSORIZE

 

5. Inspired by India - Jaipur pink coloured with thread work and petite pom-poms

 

6. Rainbow colours Embroidered sling bag with pom-poms

 

7. Pack your picnic sandwiches in this cheerful backpack from Almirah

 

8. Peach felt with floral strap and fruity coloured pom-poms, bag from @Bitte

 

9. Mini felt Pom Pom pouches from MotchiThings

 

10. Delicate evening bag by Zara

 

Cheat with pom-pom charms that could instantly turn last season purses into Summer 17 'It' bags :)

 

Kate Spade New York cherry charm to turn any bag into a pom-pom delight!

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Triple Pom-Pom bag charm - piling up the summer trend :)

 

Our favourite :) Tilly Cat Pom Pom bag charm, by ACCESSORIZE

 

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'Nikar aur T shirt pehenke aya cyckloneee'

Why I love the styling / costumes of the movie DANGAL and my compliments to Maxima Basu

( I got to admit I wrote this piece 2 weekends ago right after watching Dangal. I didn't post it because silly doubts got the better of me. "I don't know her. Haven't met her. How does it matter if I love the way kids were styled in 'a' movie. Etc etc. " But last night over a chat with husband I knew this compliment had to be paid. So here it is : my fan post to Maxima Basu, for the delightful costume / styling job on the movie Dangal.)

‘Dangal’ is based on the real life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who is father and coach of Indian women wrestlers Geeta and Babita Kumari Phogat. It’s an emotional sports drama that captures one man’s obsession (Aamir Khan plays a gold-medal hungry father to 4 daughters) to empower his daughters against all odds. There are many aspects rendered beatifully by director and co-writer Nitesh Tiwari; discrimintaion against women in rural India, father-daughter relationship and the state of sports (other than cricket) in the country. 

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I thoroughly enjoyed the humour, cinematography and performances in the movie. I specially like the way Balali vilage (Haryana) of the 90s was recreated through the setting and costumes. While there are many reasons to love the film I’m focusing on the child actor costumes.

 

Maxima Basu, who is the Costume Designer for DANGAL, has craftfully blended authenticity with aesthetics throughout the film.

 

A firm believer in reasearch on foot, she spent close to 10 days in Harayana as part of her preparation. Besides being told not to venture in remote areas on her own, she stayed determined – much in the spirit of the film – to personally look for references and materials that would lend validity to the biographical drama.*

 

Her research and taste weaves an unobtrusive real wardrobe. Care has been taken to choose the right fabrics. Like light spun cotton ‘soot’ for kurtas worn in Harayana and typical rural floral prints for young Geeta and Babita’s ethnic clothing. The cuts of each of the garment also look real - nothing ‘from the city’ or fanatasy Bollywood land. Then there are details such as middle parting, thick tight braids held by broad ribbons, gold hoop earrings and worn out footwear that add to the village realism.

Maxima says, in an interview with Dvibhumi**

‘I take a lot of time to feel, absorb and research my characters. I procure what I need. Ageing and layering are very important for me and that comes next. I put it all together on a dummy and then I make my final garment and look. Multiply that with all the characters and envisioning them in their set ups, and the wardrobe is ready. ‘
Image Source : https://www.dvibhumi.com/blogs/lunch-box/118667396-person-of-interest-maxima-basu-costume-designer

The costumes and look of the girls also reinforce the struggles of Mahavir Singh Phogat – a focused wrestler coaching his girls to play a ‘man’s sport’. How does one clad daughters in sportswear, in a small village? Geeta and Babita’s training gear bear a strong masculine stamp.

As shown in the film, the shorts are a hand -me -down trousers simply cut above the knees and hemmed by their mother. The t-shirts they wear were intended for men! Completely detached from vanity they are forced to wear clothes that are over sized and borrowed from the boy’s wardrobe. The short haircut is perhaps the cruelest leg of the training and the final blow to anything feminine.

Then there are sweet details in the costumes of the other kids too. Geeta & Babita’s youngest sisters watching their sisters’ ordeal in believable hand-stitched frocks. The supportive boy cousin always sure of his desi-videsi fashion. Hair combed neatly, and large collared shirts tucked in pleated trousers 

 

I love the colour palette of the film too. As if everything is covered with a thin sheet of mud from the wrestling pit. Including the clothes. Geeta & Babita’s wrestling matches costumes form a palette that is rustic, warm and boyish. Complimenting the skin tones and boy-crops are olives, browns, rust and blacks. The clothes have only a functional role to play. Nothing to distract us viewers from the story, the father’s goal.

Do watch Dangal and know why I cant stop listening to ‘Nikar aur t shurrt pehen kar aaya cyckloaaan’. See the video here:

 

 

* Excerpts from an interview of Maxima Basu with Rajya Sabha tv channel

** Excerpts and Image from an interview of Maxima Basu and Dvibhumi

*** all other images from Google Images