28 July, 2011

iLoveMyPlatformsNomatterWhat

From Sphinx, City Centre
    

These platforms are not mine but my friend Situ's. Although I have the exact same in black, I'm loving hers more (and she likes mine. I believe there's a thing called swapping). It so happened that when I bought them I never thought that they'd have them in any other color besides black so I went ahead and bought them. If I had known what was stuffed inside one of their cupboards, I'd be showing you my own pair.

The straps of these shoes reminded me of the sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung's Spring Collection 2011. 

I'm actually not a high heels person (although there's no denying that there can't be any substitute for heels for parties and formal wear). You can always find me wearing my moccasins with anything, just anything! I simply cannot imagine myself teetering in some inches high shoes in my everyday life. Admittedly, I'm envious of those girls who comfortably feign pain and make walking in the Kathmandu streets so easy. But honestly, I don't find any practicality in wearing high heels in Kathmandu (everyday that is) when even watching girls wobble their way is painstakingly hurtful to the eye.
Sometimes I test my abilities to see if I belong to that poised grouping. One day is enough and for the next few weeks or couple of months, my shoes stay idle at home. So it goes without saying that my black platforms won't get too much of fresh air.

09 July, 2011

Annabel Luton takes off from the runway


It was all to do with the prints and more. Two nights ago, I was going through this particular collection and realised that there was something very mysterious about it. The unusual tousled prints, the extra long shirt with the exotic bird print that turned transparent from the waist almost as if it was starting to diminish, the odd mix of fabric, the flowing skirts and the addition of velvet. Not only was I drifted away by the collection but also by what set the foundation in its entirety.

23 year old Annabel Luton recently presented her graduate collection which implicitly reinforced the notion of working with fabrics and hand-prints. The young designer meticulously focused on the fabric using calendered fabrics; a luxurious fabric that originates from the Miao tribe. The fabric is made through a procedure where cotton is dyed in indigo and then through many processes covered with egg whites and hammered until it shines in a coppery red tone. The fabric can be seen used on collars and cuffs of Annabel's collection.
The designer also used procedures like batiking and then dying the fabrics, sponging on her drawing of the bird through layers of laser-cut stencils before screen-printing the bird and burning out the top layer of the fabric to make it see-through.

The real power behind the throne was femme fatale Mata Hari; the collection revolves around the exotica of the oriental dance who was also infamously accused of being a spy. But more than the person in real, "the garment silhouettes are based on the costumes worn by Greta Garbo" who portrayed the eponymous character in Mata Hari, the movie. "The idea of birds really came from the mysterious idea of Mata Hari," revealed Annabel.  

Mata Hari
Greta Garbo in Mata Hari

07 July, 2011

ECS Living 2




How lucky can I get? Recently, I was yet again featured in ECS Living as a blogger. With the blogger and fashion culture slowly surfacing in the valley, the magazine heeded on the developing interest. Thus, the issue  was focusing on fashion bloggers this time. And I was particularly elated by how Ujeena Rana, the Assistant Editor for Living, put it in words when she sent me the questions for the feature which I won't disclose as I choose to remain humble and modest, haha.   
Thank you Ujeena!

Donga took the picture for me. It was me, her and Acha Lhamo at Bhrikuti Mandap taking pictures. We couldn't stop laughing during the entire session and it was hard to tell whether we were amusing people or being amused at Kathmandu's only amusement park. Not that we were doing anything to be a laughing stalk but with Acha Lhamo incessantly calling my name and asking me to "smile, smile, smile" and with my smile getting wider and cheeks turning chubbier, nobody could dare ignore us. 
Forging to get a decent profile, we settled with this one and another one as a backup plan. Did I just write that word? Wow, that sounded real serious. And also as we were almost through, it started to drizzle and before we know, it was teeming with rain.

The Cover by Kishor Kayastha
 Thank you Living, Donga and Acha Lhamo!

ECS Living 1


It feels great to be appreciated and recognised for the effort that you put into a project and it feels different to be selected as "'the' 50 chosen ones from different walks of life". 
And I was made to feel different when featured as a blogger alongside another blogger Jwalanta Shrestha in the Feb-March Issue of ECS Living . The magazine was celebrating its 50th Issue hence the number 50.  

The Cover

Most of them listed have been dabbling in their individual business for quite some time and I felt privileged to have been listed amongst them. There were artists from films & theatre, art, media, music, fashion, photography, and sportspersons, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and philanthropists. 
  
The first line of the page that opened the pages for the 50 people, I think, justified each listed individual's existence: "Of the 50 we feature - some rightfully reserved a seat for their individual endeavor, some for their business acumen, some for their sheer talent, some for the fact that they are hugely successful and also equally talented, and some for the bright future that awaits them and the promises they hold." I know the last description points directly at me saying, "that's you my dear." I hope I can live up to that expectation. 

And how can I forget to thank... the magazine (of course), and Nivida Lamichhane and Poonam Maharjan. Check out their blogs, you will enjoy what they have to share.

Thank you to all my followers, the people who respect hard work and everyone who keep coming back to the blog ascending my stats. 
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