INNOVATIVE SAREE BLOUSE DESIGNS ’19

by Vijaya Durga Ram

Regardless of shape, size or style…a saree looks great on every woman.

We have seen a huge lifestyle shift and culture change, where we accepted the western wardrobe graciously and have made tremendous advancement towards experimenting pretty much all the styles we see on the international magazine and yet, a SAREE somehow always fits in, stays perfectly in trend and will always do.

Through different generations, it has been worn in so many different styles.

And, I would say, that’s the best part! Let’s get creative and add in a streak of our own style to the blouses! 

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A saree is the trendiest wear for girls! It looks more comfortable and stylish for women. However, the blouse is what makes or the breaks the perfect saree look. It’s is the vital element of the saree look. Every year we are blessed with new saree blouse designs. Here, we have a shirt blouse that is draped with an indigo-dyed saree. The abstract elements on the blouse makes it trendier as by combining both traditional and fusion elements. 

Here are some of the looks that I found really interesting!

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A Sheath turtleneck top, with an illusion neckline that just grabs the look of this simple and elegant cotton saree to the next level. The waist belt and the shoes add an extra fusion vibe to the look!

You Need To Check Out Sabyasachi’s New Collection Which Is Perfect For Summer Brides!

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Sabyasachi’s  Fiza – Spring Summer 2019 collection has made us go wowww! Everything from the silhouettes to the cuts, created over a series of adorable colour palettes, left us in awe! The exquisite jewellery, flowy embroidered fabrics and the strikingly shot collection have us glued to his Instagram profile, as he updated one post after another. We also noticed a freshness in styling and also, instead of going heavy on jewellery he switched to dainty but timeless pieces, super apt for summers. Is that an inception of a new trend?!  Whatever it may be, but it literally melted our weak hearts.

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Indigo dyed Indo-western saree with a mustard embroidered shrug!

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Taapse Pannu,Actor.

Taapse Pannu at one her recent movie promotions, wore a thin striped shirt blouse and saree. It came off too strong on her and I just found it overwhelming!

The tie and the bindi just make it look effortlessly stylish yet traditional!

 

 

 

 

SCARVES ALLDAY, ERRDAY!

by VIJAYA DURGA RAM

Accessories have the power to take a simple outfit and completely transform it. Adding a large necklace or an awesome pair of sunglasses can really elevate a look.

One of the best accessories for taking an outfit to the next level is a scarf. A scarf can be worn in so many different ways, and depending on how it gets tied, the same scarf can be made to look completely different each time it’s worn. 

In this blog series, I will put down scarves that are really exceptional and stylish to wear! Also, I will be suggesting some styling suggestions too!

 

Fannel Blanket Scarf

Fannel blanket scarf, that really goes well with tees! It just adds a piece of swag to the look.

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Pom Pom scarves

I love that scarves are both practical and stylish. They can be a great accessory to any outfit and are easy and comfortable to wear.

One of my favourite things is getting to enjoy warm sunny days and cool crisp evenings while having my handy dandy scarf in hand!

These pom-pom scarfs are unique yet stylish to pair up with any attire! It adds a cool and warm look.

All that you gotta do is layer them appropriately depending on what you wear!

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HAIR SCARFS ARE ALWAYS PRETTY!

It’s always fascinating to tie scarves along with your hair! Since I generally have thin hair, scarves help on the days when I want more volume or on those no-hair wash days!

You can always style and experiment with your hair, by giving it a cool and classy look!

Just knot them up and you’re all done for a fabulous day!!!

How to wear a scarf in different ways!

Here are some interesting ways to wear scarves. Show us your way of styling scarves and tag us @thedressire 

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Dressire x Designers : Hina Shukla

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An entrepreneur and a Managing director of H&S Designers. Her studio has a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from. Though most clothing worn for everyday wear falls within a narrow range of conventional styles, unusual garments are usually sought for special occasions such as evening wear or party dresses.
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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
As we all know inspiration can come when we least expect it and at times from the most unexpected place . I was inspired by looking at the ritual in the wedding “sola shringar” . The 16 colours make me go crazy and I start to visualise dresses matching to that.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
According to me the first and foremost key is the colour, silhouette and texture of the fabric.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
Well abandoning another career and dedicating whole day and night was the biggest challenge. But as they say entrepreneurship comes with a host of challenges. Rewarding challenges, but harsh challenges nonetheless, I faced the same too. Then comes Rule making – It’s fun to be the boss until you have to enforce something. Sooner or later, you’ll have to come up with the rules in your business, from how many vacation days your workers get to what the proper protocol is when filing a complaint about a coworker. These details aren’t fun to create, and they aren’t fun to think about, but they are necessary for every business.
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What are your plans for the future?
In next few years, want to see my stores in top 10 countries of the world. In few Asian countries we have already started like Thailand and Malaysia etc.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India? 
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my grand mom gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. “If you’re different, you will stand out.”
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you? 
My advice to young women is to NOT be overly obsessed with their career path when they start out, to try out different avenues to help them learn what is the best fit. They will know soon enough.”
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I originally wanted to be a fashion designer. During my free times I used to design clothes for Lord Krishna and Radha which made me realize my creative part . And I love to be creative. Always wanted to experiment new things and when I thought about this venture many ideas started floating in my mind.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
You are nothing without drive and determination. Two fundamentals of business. Without them, you will be stuck at the start line. These two attributes will drag you out of bed, no matter how bad it gets, get you into work, and push you onwards. They separate the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. They will determine your success or failure. You need them, and if you don’t, you have to develop them.
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How would you describe your brand?
H&S is a team of talented, driven, dedicated, innovative and ambitious individuals.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Shivani Pahadia Sharma

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Name : Shivani Pahadia Sharma
Spanning 20 years when she started modelling at 30 (married and with 2 kids!) to being a Master of ceremonies to practicing law in 2010 for about 4 years, Shivani Sharma is now finally giving that up and handling a subsidiary of a multinational company as executive director.

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My fashion motto?
Be yourself
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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Sporty, edgy, minimal
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
A pair of jeans, denim jacket, black Tshirts, loose linen pants and dresses which have a fitted bodice and full skirts
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My favourite style influencers?
Sandra Bullock, Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
That I bake the best chocolate cookies in town!
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Peplum tops with jeans
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My favourite party attire?
Skater dresses preferably in black.
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The worst trend to ever become popular is?
Low waisted jeans
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The first thing I notice about people?
Cleanliness
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My style secret?
Knowing what suits me and staying away from what doesn’t!
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
The 60s in Europe & USA-the sheath dresses of breakfast in Tiffany! 
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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
That I am a strong independent woman 
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Divas of Dressire : Mahima Yadav

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From a computer engineer to a certified Global Business Manager from IIM, from a self established entrepreneur to Mrs. India International, from a multi national company employee to Mrs. India Earth, Mahima Yadav has earned laurels in almost every field she has been into. A fashionista and a keen enthusiast, she is Mrs. Style Icon, currently a Fashion consultant and groomer in the Fashion and Beauty Industry.
A versatile personality, acing multiple roles of a badminton player, a passionate swimmer, a dancing diva and a motivational speaker. She believes in painting the beautiful canvas of her life in various colours. Be it the subtlety of deep blue sea, or the vibrance of red hot sun, she has the quality to win hearts in no time.
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Having learned the social issues from her civil service aspiration, she has a heart of gold to uplift the needy, especially the woman.
A beliver, an achiever, she has won many laurels for herself in sports also. She is a hard worker who always keeps in mind, “ Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”
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A girl from small town in UP to an International beauty star, She is Mrs. Photogenic and loves to get clicked.
The dreamer in her says,”I aim at stars, in case I don’t reach them, I can safely land on moon. Her message to the youth is, “ Plan before you act, Act before you regret.”
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Divas of Dressire : Rupica Chanday

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Think of a girl, who appeared in her 10th class final exam in a boarding school to find out that, post her exam she was to get married due to some Mangal Dasha. Without realizing what’s happening in her life, she landed in Sasural – a rich industrial family, where everything was available except something to do. She continued with her studies and completed graduation and gradually two pretty daughters came in her life.
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She wanted to convert her dreams and twinkles to reality, wanted to do something on her own, utilise her potential, her energy in something which would be HERS and you will be amazed to know this spark came when 40s were round the corner… 40s not arena but her age!

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A vibrant, charming, energetic, enthusiastic woman who is always on toes with life. A typical Punjabi woman, who turned Business woman from a typical housewife, running two franchisee of VLCC (Batala and Kapurthala). She has plans to open 3 more and maybe a cafe along with a boutique.

“Life is beautiful with two pretty daughters, wealth all around, good social status but something is still missing. Maybe the purpose of my life? Am I here to flaunt something which is not even sourced by me? Am I born to be a doll?”

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Restless she had been till the time she got into business herself. Restlessness was increasing with every passing day. One fine day her husband offered her to join in the family business but she wanted to do something of herself, a feast for her own soul and not for her pocket.

“After consultation and advice of few good friends, I started to explore multiple business ideas and finally zeroed in on the beauty business. I had good experience of various salons and had seen the business and trend evolving in last few years. After discussing on various options, we decided for VLCC, which was fast gaining ground as an Up-market Salon.

Our first centre was Batala, which did extremely well from day one and way above our expectations. In last three years, business has grown by 20% YTY. Initially, we were also not too sure about market, but the way people have responded, this being an eye opener. In Batala, maximum sales come from rural areas. It was a myth that only people living in urban areas are conscious about their looks and health. People in rural areas are equally conscious.”

Internet and social media reach have spread the concept of self care to further places than we believe. And that’s why the market is growing fast. Growth rate in health, beauty and wellness Industry in India is almost double of  US and Europe. Although, we are in nascent stage in terms of overall size of market as compared to western countries, we are growing fast.  A KPMG Wellness Sector report released in April this year projected that the size of India’s beauty and wellness market would nearly double to Rs 80,370 cr by 2017-18 from Rs 41,224 cr in 2012-13.

Industry per-se is facing few issues – biggest one is perception. Salons are still perceived as beauty parlours, where you go for hair dos, makeups or facials. Slowly people are realizing that these centres are providing complete solution for any skin, hair and other beauty related issues. We hire experts for each field, who analyse skin or hair and recommend suitable product. We all have different skin or hair type and hence one product does not fit all. On bright side, people are understanding this and that’s why we have huge numbers of repeat customers.

Second biggest problem is availability of trained manpower but new generation kids have realized that wellness industry provides huge job opportunities and they are enrolling for professional courses. VLCC and Lakme have opened institutes for this purpose, which are in huge demand. We also wanted to open a VLCC Institute but someone else pipped us and took it before us, says smiling Rupica.

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Talking about her business, Rupica says that Haircare, Skin and Bridal Makeup are where, maximum demand is. All girls are already beautiful, we only help her realise it, with the use of few products.

Now a days, all big brands are focusing on innovative products in all segments; be it skin or hair or anything else. New product ranges are increasingly using natural products and few items are even prepared from platelets taken out from person itself, which is easily absorbed by skin, without any side effect but much superior results. Product ranges are extremely large with specific benefits, however one needs expert guidance for real benefits.

Today’s upwardly mobile generation is very well informed, educated, conscious, non-compromising and ready to spend money on everything best including self-care and that’s where the real market and opportunity is.

“The biggest satisfaction comes after seeing smiles on the brides on their big day. And yes, I just bought Merc E Class from the earnings of my own business” – says Rupica with childish big smile on face.

(Rupica Chanday belong to Chanday Family, who owns about 11 production units in Batala and successfully running two VLCC Franchisee on her own, as independent business unit)

Trendsetter of the Week : Nidhi Sharma

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Name : Nidhi Sharma

New Delhi based Décor stylist Nidhi Sharma Chadha, owner of “Memories” specializes in creating one off, truly unique décor for all kinds of social events.

Memories will make your event an enchanting occasion that everyone will remember for a long time. From wedding design to fabulous parties and corporate events, we can transform any venue into what you had imagined. Our motto is “You dream it, we create it”. Our key focus is on high quality and exceeding customer expectations. We create events that forge unforgettable connections between guests and their host.

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Nidhi started modeling when she was in college, just for a bit of fun. She ended up doing some good campaigns such as Pepsi, Airtel, Indian Airlines etc. She also worked with quite a few designers and walked the ramp for them. Soon enough she was selected for Miss India in 1995.

There after, she started flying with KLM airlines as an inflight interpreter. In the few years that she worked with them, she travelled the world and learnt a lot.

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“I always felt that the décor and styling done at these parties could have been done in a much better way. I had so many ideas in my mind and I wanted to see them turn into reality. From here on I took baby steps and started doing décor for close friends and family.”

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My fashion motto?

I feel fashion fades but style is eternal. Therefore keep it simple yet stylish.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Classy, Elegant and Minimalistic.

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

 A well fitted blue denim with a crisp white shirt, a sexy black cocktail dress, nude platforms which can be paired with almost anything, sexy black stilettos are a  absolute must and an elegant blazer with classic black pants.

One thing that most people don’t know about me?

That I don’t diet at all. I eat healthy and I workout. People need to understand that being healthy is a lifestyle and it cannot be achieved by following fad diets.

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Bell bottoms.

My favourite party attire?

Any outfit that looks effortlessly stylish with just a touch of bling.

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The worst trend to ever become popular is?

“Crop tops” and “ugg’s” are two things that are completely beyond me.

The first thing I notice about people?

I like people who smile and look me in the eyes when they make a conversation. It shows a sense of confidence and sincerity.

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My style secret?

“Less is more” so keep it sexy and simple. Spice it up with a statement piece. Also a hydrating face mask before a night out adds that extra glow to your skin.

The best fashion advice I have ever received?

That “short does not necessarily mean sexy”. One can look equally sensuous in a beautifully draped saree.

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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?

The 50’s. The pencil skirts became hugely popular in this era. The fashion in this era was very elegant, lady like and stylish. Jackie Kennedy being a perfect example of that.

At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?

I like my wardrobe to have a timeless quality to it. I like buying statement pieces. Clothes to me are like friends, you want quality not quantity.

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I’m waiting to splurge on?

 The Bvlgari Serpenti watch.

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Dressire x Designers : Ritambhara Paliya

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Ritambhara Paliya whirled into the fashion scene more than a decade ago as a contemporary Indian designer. She had a passion for style since childhood. Born to do fashion designing which she is always very passionate about, she completed her diploma from IIFT (Indian Institute of Fashion Technology).

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In her initial days, she teamed up with her mom and worked in her boutique. This is where she understood fabric and clients requirements. Here is where her dream to become a successful fashion designer started to get wings.

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She also did modelling and events until in 2012 she opened her own brand RUTTBA.

Ritambhara Paliya today is a force to reckon with in the glamour and fashion industry as a leading Indian base Designer creating something new every day. She has done many Fashion Shows and has been awarded as a ‘Best Designer 2014’.


Expertise, clarity and creativity, humility arising from self-confidence has earned her both respect and clientele

My first store was Ruttba by Ritambhara Paliya in Panipat which she opened in 2012, her second store Ritambhara Paliya was opened in Shahpurjat, Delhi on 30th July, 2017.

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How would you describe your brand?

Known for luxury contemporary Indian wear couture, Ritambhara Paliya is a noted name in Indian Fashion Fraternity whose hands are well skilled in designing outfits for women of all ages. She completed her education from Indian Institute of fashion technology and fascinated the world of fashion with her unique and mesmerizing creations, innovative ideas and style in Haute Couture which are modern yet classy. She specializes in evening gowns, lehengas, Anarkalis and maxi dresses. She is also into fairytale and destination wedding couture that are rooted in quintessential Indian sensibilities but with a modern sensibility.

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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Inspiration comes from everywhere! Today’s youth, home decor, wall arts …I mean so many things in daily life.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
Key to success is for me to give it my best and to maintain my quality. Be true to your clients. When my clients come back and say that they loved the garments, that means everything to me.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
To work only on pure fabrics. Quality comes first in my life.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
I think every day is a challenge but no difficulty will ever stop me!
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Trendsetter of the Week

Name : Raman Suri

Profession : Life Coach

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“Transformation too is a choice. It begins with the acknowledgement of breakdowns in your life rather than their denial. Make this brave choice and the universe will transpire magic”.

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An ICF approved internationally accredited Master Spirit Life Coach and Holistic Transformation Coach, Raman has completed six years of being in this profession as a certified Timeline Technology practitioner and Access Consciousness Bars Trainer, facilitating thousands of people from all walks of life to reach their goals in terms of transformation.

At Raman Suri SOULutions, these are the Life Coaching Services available : Holistic Transformation, Relationship Coaching, Soul Coaching, Breakthrough Coaching, Access Consciousness, Access Energetic Facelift.

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So far she has had the honour of being named a Panel Member at Trimax Americas and Hindustan Automobiles, she works with GD Goenka, Tops Foods Pvt Ltd, Prelude Public School, Agra, ELPART, JinKorp International, Suri Auto Elektrik and speaks for Mahindra and Mahindra.

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My fashion motto?
I believe in being myself even when it comes to fashion, and that is the beginning of setting a trend rather than following one.
3 words to describe my sense of style?
Unconventional, comfortable & confident.
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
5 essential elements: a well fitted pair of denims, a black dress, a high waist belt, black pumps and a well cut white shirt.
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My favorite party attire?

A well draped saree or a gown with a chic silhouette.
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My favorite work attire?

White shirt, a soft scarf and a well fitted pencil skirt. Power dressing with a hint of androgynous elements.
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An Indian brand I love?

Gaurav Gupta Drapes.
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And international fashion brand I adore?

Alexander McQueen and Judith Leiber
 
My go to must have accessory?
My Rocks. Specially on my fingers.
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Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Parull Mahaajan

Parull Mahaajan is an extremely dynamic and versatile lady who wears many hats at the same time. A lawyer, an interior designer specialising in green and sustainable design, an advisor in Delhi Literature Festival and a social activist working for multiple causes like environment conservation, Swachh Bharat, women empowerment and promoting Indian culture and the interests of weavers, artisans and farmers and Indian Council for Human Relations. Parull works very closely with the Government in promoting various social causes and is also the advisor in Bharat Niti.

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Parull comes from a family of Bureaucrats and believes in serving the people like her family. She did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary and has B.A English Honours and L.L.B from Panjab University Chandigarh and has completed a design course from NIFD.

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Parull has been honoured with several Awards for Excellence in the field of Eco-friendly and Sustainable Interior Designs as well as for her phenomenal Social Service to the society. Her articles keep featuring in various newspapers and magazines and she comes on many television shows.To sum up she is not just a lady but an Institution in herself.

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My fashion motto?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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3 words to describe my sense of style?

Less is More.

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Handloom Sarees/Suits, Denims, Stilettos/Classic Pumps, Statement Jewellery Pieces, Watches.

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My favourite style influencers?

I myself am my favourite style influencer.

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You wouldn’t catch me dead wearing?

Body hugging clothes.

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An Indian brand I love?

Khadi India.

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And international fashion brand/designer I adore?

Chanel.

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My go to must have accessory?

Sunglasses.

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