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I love myself a good cocktail… and I think most women do. This is the yummy, complicated glass beverage I am referring to, not the dress. (Which FYI I love too, but that’s another post).

If you follow me (and if you don’t- what are you waiting for?) you would  already know that I’m launching my own line of fabulous leather bags & leather jackets super soon. I’m also curating a small trunk show with a few other designers whose work I love! It’s going to be AH-MAZING! So do come by 🙂

Anyway, moving on… Now that we have established some facts about the launch, etc, I have to tell you that I will be serving some delish cocktails at the show. I mean- girls just wanna have fun, right? Then, cocktails actually do multiply the fun we have with fashion (you know it’s true).

So all of this pre-show excitement got me thinking.. Which cocktail is it I identify most with? What you’ll read below are some of my favorite cocktails that I think gel with a certain look. Do read and figure out which cocktail screams YOU.

Bellini: If not Prosecco, then definitely Champagne ! The peaches, the sparkling…yumm! So how can one tell they are a Bellini? Simple: It’s classy with a hint of quirk. And, that’s what mostly floats my boat. Wear an elegant black dress and then give it a twist! Like a bold lip, a funky accessory.. And you’re set! 

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Bloody Mary: I’d like to describe this one as  “hot mess”! So, if you love a bloody mary, you’d better be pulling off the look. What’s that, you wonder? Think- skinny jeans, camisole, a jacket thrown over and messy, bedhead hair. Some red lip- and you’re just the right kind of Bloody Mary.

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Dirty Martini (with Gin, please): Dang! Yes, that’s the flavor bomb of the martini and the one who looks every bit a martini; bold & beautiful ! Think- Slip Dress, a Judith Leiber, Heels (stilettos or kitten only) and shoulder-grazing danglers. Lips: understated but glossy! Ahem… stop drooling!

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Cosmopolitan: Simply delish. Yes, even to look at. Everytime, we mention a Cosmo, we instantly picture Sex and The City. Now, if you are “cosmo”, your style is your own. You practically wear anything and make it look “cosmo”. But just for reference sake, here is what you wear: Shimmer pants, simple tee, kitten heels, bold effing jewelry and bold bold eyes! Maybe, you can wear a hat or a feather or whatever is befitting your mood at the time.

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Daiquiri: Just because it’s always on the menu, doesn’t (by any means) mean it’s standard. It can grow on you, rather slowly. So, if you’re working a “Daiquiri” look, visualise: Cargo pants, chunky shoes (heels or sneakers- your pick), tank top with multiple bracelets and maybe a cropped denim jacket thrown over!

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So my fellow odd-cats, what’s the cocktail + fashion spiel from you? Write in if you have some more looks you want to share, or even some pictures. Would love to know!

Until next time (i.e. my show)
Be there to say hi!
14th Sept’19, Saturday
Ravissant,
50-51, Commercial Complex,
New Friends Colony,
New Delhi-110025

Xoxo

Bonjour! C’est la post du Fashion Week parce que je l’aime. Ah non! This is not a French post but a post on Paris Fashion Week. I got a bit carried away because my heart and soul is has virtually visited Paris Fashion Week and I can’t live à New Delhi any more. Also, I wanted to show off (or not) my French language skills. Lol!
Moving on… Let me tell you this post will require a book publishing because there’s so so so much I want to write about. But, I’m cutting it shorter (heart sinks) because no one has the patience to scroll and love like I do! Or wait, instead of capturing designer wise, let me write about the trends to watch our for this fall. How about that?

Trend #1- Monochrome: I love this trend because it’s timeless and easy to work. And when designers like Jacquemus and Elie Saab are giving lessons, you’ve got to listen. FYI- Jacquemus is in my #crushyou category for more reasons than one.

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Chanel FW’19

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Elie Saab FW’19

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Jacquemus FW’19

Trend #2- Box Checks: A timeless classic, thanks to the evergreen LVMH. Coming strong in various colour combinations, this one is looking chic and edgy at the same time. Get your checks on!

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Louis Vuitton FW’19

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Dior FW’19

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Off White FW’19

Trend #3- Knee-Grazing Pants: Knee-length or slightly below or slightly above, this one is not for everyone. However, if you can work this, you are going from day to night or high-street to high-fashion in no time. Give it a go! Pair with tucked in or semi-tucked in shirts with block heels and wear a cool hat. A total winner in ODD-CAT’s books.

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Celine FW’19

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Miu Miu FW’19

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Haider Ackermann FW’19

Trend #4- Overlays: Reminiscent of the Victorian era, overlays are for everyone. There are so many ways to work this trend- over dresses, over jeans, over everything you own. Everyday overlays are fab; think jeans, tee and a long overlay dress! You’ll never a dull moment with this one.

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Chanel FW’19

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Elie Saab FW’19

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Valentino FW’19

Trend #5- Belted: A huge comeback this one! Again, you need to know your body type to make this one shine. If you’re a plus size, I’d reckon you stick to skinny belts (or even chain mails), if you’re an hourglass, any belt works for you accentuating a narrow waist and if you’re let’s say skinny b**** (haha), the bigger, the better! Give us a shout, if you want help with this.

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Dior FW’19

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Jacquemus FW’19

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Altuzarra FW’19

Trend #6- “Cape” town: So we have all worn capes but this fall, the longer the better is the case. And I think it’s very wearable and very cool. Think long capes, skinny jeans (or leggings) and thigh-high boots. Who said only superheroes came with capes? All our super-women can rock them too.

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Celine FW’19

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Elie Saab FW’19

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Miu Miu FW’19

Trend #7- Utility Pants: When comfort and style go hand-in-hand, it is everyone’s fav. And I’m certain, most of you will be leaning towards this one. Again, it works for most body types. You can wear it with a tee or a blouse or a jumper or a cropped jacket. And you can work it as brunch look or girls night out look or even a party look. I recently pulled this one for a party look and I had compliments falling in left, right, center! So get one, pronto!

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Jacquemus FW’19

 

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Stella McCartney FW’19

Trend #8- Boiler Suit: If jumpsuits, were your thing, then boiler suit is a friendlier cousin to that one. No hassles coming in and out of this one, sister. Ready, set, suit!

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Dior FW’19

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Hermes FW’19

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Off White FW’19

Trend #9- Tux so luxe: ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!! I needn’t say more and leave you to it. But let me tell you this- when you rock one, you’ll be dialing up hot & chic 100 notches, atleast. Take my word for it and get your glam on!

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Alexander McQueen FW’19

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Balenciaga FW’19

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Givenchy FW’19

Trend #10- Cool Hatter: Hats, hats and more hats this fall. The best accessory, I would say. No bad hair days, no blow-dries, no hair dos! Just put the hat on and you’re all set. My quick-tip: add the turban to this hat season.

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Valentino FW’19

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Chanel FW’19

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Dior FW’19

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Louis Vuitton FW’19

Trend #11- “Bow”ler: Be a bow-ler and give feminism a new twist. Bows have always been the girly girl thing, but you know what, it always bring the cool cat vibe. So wear the bow even on-the-go. See how!

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Jacquemus FW’19

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Comme Des Garcons FW’19

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Elie Saab FW’19

Trend #12- Oversized: Again, this one has been around for a while and by now you know how to make it work. A little tip though: oversized doesn’t mean clumsy frumpy. While, it’s great to hide ‘em flaws, do it in style and not like it’s not your size. Inspiration enclosed 🙂

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Balenciaga FW’19

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Hermes FW’19

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Haider Ackermann

Trend #13- Layering: So bloggers all over the world and are telling us that how layering helps them stand out in the crowd. But, this can go terribly wrong, if you haven’t had a lesson or two in this. And sadly though, it’s not for everyone!

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Chanel FW’19

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Givenchy FW’19

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Sacai FW’19

Trend #14: Power of Pink: It’s the colour, every fashionista is swearing by and truly there’s a unique power of pink. Gradutated from Barbie dolls to power haul! I say- wear ‘em pink y’all.

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Givenchy FW’19

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Chanel FW’19

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Balenciaga FW’19

Phew! That was the round-up on trends from Paris Fashion Week. And TBH, there’s so much more. I have more favs, in terms of my fav looks, fav designers, etc… but let’s just wrap here. Holler me, if you need more styling advice.

Photos Courtesy: vogue.com

Au revoir!

ODD-CAT believes in the philosophy of celebration. I celebrate not just festivals / occasions but also people who are admirable and inspirational in more ways than one. It’s Women’s Day and I couldn’t think of a better day to express how I overwhelmed I am, thinking of the women who not only have accomplished but also inspired. The very first person who comes to my mind is my mum (no surprises here) who has made me who I am today and also set an example of a brave woman in my life. Truly, standing up for what’s right and expressing her thoughts no matter what day or age it may have been. Also, she is part reason to why I am ODD-CAT. From my childhood, I remember- I would love to dress up and will perpetually drive her crazy over my clothes etc. All she would say to me was- wear whatever you want to wear, as long as you carry it! This kind of stayed with me to an extent that I would OVERDRESS and then work the hell outta it!

Shruti Kapur Malhotra
(Editor-in-chief: Platform Magazine) Editor of a “one of a kind” talent magazine that also shares the same philosophy of “recognizing & celebrating” people!

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We asked her a few questions that give us an insight into her “beautiful mind”.

  1. Describe your journey as a magazine editor of a talent magazine. It’s exciting, challenging and extremely inspiring.
  2. Who would you pick as “new talent on the block” in the world of women? Any genre. Avani Rai, Photographer, Shubhangi Swarup, Writer
  3. What is your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I stand for ethical and responsible artistic and individual practices and extend my support to the #metoo movement.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Don’t really have a style icon. My personal style leans more towards comfort and functionality. However, I like to add that one twisted/ unassuming element to the look.

Promila Jain Bahri
(Entrepreneur- Li’l Tomatoes & BollyGoods, Singer & Photographer)promila_bahri_oddcat

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a design addict who has enjoyed a prolific innings in the world of aesthetics. In the world of fashion, ahead of the time, I founded the first ever India born kids wear label Li’l Tomatoes. 2015, with BollyGoods, I found yet another creative bastion in bringing tinsel town to the capital city like never before.
  2. Describe your journey as a woman- a curator, singer and photographer: a woman of many talents. I am a trained singer of classical and popular Indian music whose performing career is expanding. I produced a contemporary version of Vande Mataram– Re Strung bringing home a strong gender message that “Mother, through you we become men of tomorrow”. The single was launched by Universal Music and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Artist Aloud, Airtel, Vodafone etc. I have now taken on photography and exploring the world (through my lens), Kumbh being the latest.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I have been a strong woman from the very beginning and did not ever have to bend forward for any favors. God has been great. But having said that, this movement has certainly raised awareness among women about their rights as individuals in the work place or outside and helped men understand the consequences of the same. Only when we have strong characters and stand up for our rights, will justice prevail.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Anaita Shroff Adajania & Sarah Jessica Parker. My Style – Comfortable, Boho; Mix & Match and make my own statement.

Mamta Agarwal
(Designer, Label: Designs by M)mamta_agarwal_oddcat

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a Fashion Designer and run a design studio in Delhi, doing mostly Indian Wear & Fusion Wear for Women & now kids.
  2. Describe your journey as a woman- from a daughter to a wife to a mom and back to being a daughter. I know you have made some life choices and would love to know how it defines you, now. My journey hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. From being a li’l rebel to being a fulfilled woman, it has been a roller coaster to say the least. I have always followed my dreams whether it was studying subjects of my choice (Fashion Graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion, MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management) or running a small design studio that was a 40km self-driven trek (with 2 tiny toddlers) or donating an organ to my father. It has always been challenging but extremely fulfilling, to say the least. However, my toughest times were recuperating after I (willingly and happily) donated a kidney to my ailing father. The surgery was successful for my dad and I, but what came after was a blow! Not prepared for never-ending physio sessions to hormonal imbalances to constant medical tests, it was physically and emotionally draining. But, thanks to my spiritual leanings in Guruji & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I have battled it all, showing the power of manifestation. There’s not a dream I haven’t fulfilled- latest being my meeting with Mr. Amitabh Bacchan. I met him not as a fan but as Mamta Agarwal, a proud organ donor who is inspiring lives.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I am totally in support of the #metoo movement. I believe it’s very important for all women to make a mark of their own and it’s not easy looking at the roles we play as a woman. However, we should come out and support each other and celebrate womanhood. About sharing an incident- I remember, as a child, my only scare was not to get raped (naturally so, looking at the state of our society). But, my mom- being a strong woman, taught me to be one. Once, I had gone to a gold links mela. I must have been around 11 or 12 years old and this guy came beside me and touched me from behind. I was scared and was crying when my aunt asked me what was going on. I told her about this slimy fellow behind us and she turned around and slapped him hard across his face. Later, she told me to do the same thing and not be scared of such perverts. In my growing years, my brother and my mom would tell me how safety is important and how I must be strong and look after myself. Today, I have a teenage daughter and I have inculcated the same values into her- of being strong, independent and never being defeated.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? And what’s tour personal style like? My most fav style icon is Sonam Kapoor and my friend, Aanchal (not saying this because she’s featuring me in this), the founder of ODD-CAT. I have always loved the way she dresses up and carries herself in whatever she wears. My personal style is simple, elegant and comfortable. I love dressing up for myself on a daily basis. I am dressed for the work and use make up daily to look the part. I think dressing up for me is an extension to myself. I had got custom hospital gowns/ sleep sets for myself post surgery because I didn’t want to look and feel like a patient. Talk about obsession with style. And finally, my biggest secret to look good and feel good is meditation.

Geeta Bector
(Entrepreneur, Cremica Foods, Zoet Desserts)geeta_bector_oddcat

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been the creative food head at Cremica Foods. Developed all sauces and condiments for 15 years. Had bakery passion and continued to work on that too. Successfully ran a home bakery in Punjab for many years.
  2. Did you at any point want to give up? If yes, how did you push forward? I moved to Delhi from Punjab, 10 years back and almost gave up work as settling in took time. Also, the fear of bigger city and making a mark here looked daunting. Coaxing from my kids made me give it a try and that’s how Zoet came about. The happy customer feedback keeps us trying to better ourselves. And, we are growing.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I hope that sharing and standing together with many has helped women become stronger.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Favorite style icons are many- from Audrey Hepburn to Madonna to both my mothers to many more. My take back from them is whatever you wear, wear it with confidence, because that’s what gets projected not the clothes, they are always no.2. Personally, I’m best in edgy but comfy clothes!

Kanika Sethi
(Wedding Planner & Hospitality Consultant)

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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been very fortunate to have lived a life filled with diversity & intercultural experiences having grown up in the Middle East and studied and worked in the US & India. This has given me best friends all over the world and an intrinsic nomadic spirit which has only been further fuelled by a very loving, crazy and absolutely rock solid family😍. I am a strong believer that a well defined purpose is really all we can own and that ultimately becomes our security blanket . I attempt this through our intellectual property ‘The Bespoke Woman’. My hobbies include writing, travelling to quaint places, cooking for my family and friends and eating good food.
  2. Did you ever at any point think to give up? I have never wanted to give up on my profession. However, there was a time when I needed to slow down a little bit to realign our strategy and modus operandi.
  3. What’s take on #Metoo movement in India? Is there any story you would like to share? It is a bold movement that I support wholeheartedly. There should be a structured, swift punishment to anyone found guilty. Cases shouldn’t drag on either as it takes its toll on the victims/survivors and all matter is lost. I have not had such an experience & I truly empathise with any individual who has. If I did encounter an individual who made an unparliamentary move, I would ensure severe punishment for the perpetrator and make them incapable of even thinking in a twisted manner, leave alone making a physical move.
  4. Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? My three biggest style icons are Sushmita Sen, Salma Hayek and Meryl Streep. Flatter your assets but also be comfortable. My personal style is very elegantly sexy but definitely comfortable.

Tarinni Khattar
(Management Consulting Manager- Accenture)

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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I work with clients to transform the way organisations work in today’s digital age and am truly passionate about people matters and the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Other interests include music, travelling and calligraphy.
  2. Did you ever at any point want to give up? Yes – excess work hours and nonstop travel made didn’t let me focus on myself, family or friends! I am constantly making a conscious effort to bring in a balance.
  3. What is your take on me too in india? Any story you would like to share? First time women (and men) came together in one voice but the campaign needs to sustain itself to truly bring change. Multiple stories to share – name calling on the way to school, autodrivers/Uber Driver’s making inappropriate remarks and looking at places they have no business to, being groped by a random man at the age of 8 in a random delhi market to name a few.
  4. Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? Deepika Padukone – keep it simple and classy! Highlight one thing and one thing at a time only – for example, either go for strong eyes or heavy lips. Similarly, keep the clothes simple and go for one contrasting accessory – for me it’s typically some sort of jewellery.

Celebrating people is a complete joy. More so, when we are talking about women who are always putting their best foot forward. Happy Women’s Day y’all! Keep Shining.

Xx

“Whatever it is, good or bad, it influences fashion,” Lagerfeld said. “You can see that in fashion quicker than in any other thing going on. Fashion is something that reflects our lives and times with the shortest release, because, cars, design and architecture take years to realize.”

He may have been gone but he last left something behind that is more than legacy. We would like to call it- Lagercy!

His role in Fashion is iconic, historic, and prolific! Dark tux, white hair (always in a ponytail), fingerless gloves, high-starched collar and the tinted glasses- his signature presence was more than just a look.

Lagerfeld said of his appearance: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”

With the net worth of $200 million, the highlight of his career remained the modern revival of Chanel where he led till date and also his continued collaboration with Fendi. A man of multiple talents, he was a fine photographer and shot many of his fashion advertisements which have been transformed into art books publsihed by Steidl.

And for the ones who have seen him and loved him only very recently, won’t ever forget the FAMOUS Karlito that he brought in with his Fendi Collabortion. Like he said- His creations are not something you need, but want. And, we all “wanted” that Karlito.

His Fashion Shows were more than a fashion week occurrence or in fact more than an Art Exhibit. From creating a fully functional Chanel Shopping Arcade to the installation of the full-scale Chanel-logo-embossed rocket ship that took off post-finale to featuring  “real waterfall”, he created larger than life experiences that would leave you mesmerised forever.

You will be missed, Karl, oh Karl! Here’s hoping- you are forever ALIVE in the world of fashion and the lagercy lives on.

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