A fashion show, worth looking at.

…And not just for the clothes.

Rick Owens had his spring/summer 2014 collection presentation on Paris Fashion Week. Everything would’ve been great and same as every other fashion show if there wasn’t for Rick Owens’ crazy creativeness. His fashion show was some kind of a performance, not just a simple runway.

It was a real contradiction to all the other shows with skinny models.

Owens’ models were curved, plus-size models and were of lighter, as well as of darker skin color.

Somehow, it represented a statement against all the debates about black and white models, and fat and skinny models.

But, there were a lot of negative thoughts on this brave move of Owens. What do you think? Was this a big plus for Rick, or was it a mistake that he shouldn’t have done?

I absolutely loved this idea. I for once do not believe in labels and designers parading models that nowhere resemble a real woman. But if this is what was going to be expected, I would have not given it a miss.

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Tight Leather Skirts Are Hot.

They really are. Well they could be hot in terms of temperature too, if you are wearing one in the Sahara. But otherwise, they do a lot for your legs.

“Utsavi, can you show us how to wear a black leather pencil skirt, please? Could we see business, date night and casual?”- Clare

So leather skirts are always tricky. They have so much of a personality that you don’t want to enhance it anymore or dampen it. Based on this problem, I have laid out a few options that could help you out.

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This could be a great casual option. Look for muscle tees or any loose ones and tuck them in. Avoid choosing any other colors but in backs, grays or whites. Tees with a faded retro look are the best options. At least I absolutely have always loved them. Wear plain black booties, avoid too much embellishments on them. Pair the outfit up with a slouch backpack and a stunning red lipstick. Now this outfit can also be work on a date night. I would just change the bag. Obviously if this date is more at a rock n roll bar and not an upscale dinner.

 

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If the first casual outfit is a little too ” dark” for you, then you can also try any white/gray loose tee or a boyfriend tee and tuck it in. Stripes would look great on this skirt too and for he safest bet, a cropped soft knit always works like a charm. For a more boho look, try tassels and tanned coloured bags.

 

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Now wearing a leather skirt to work is always tricky. But if you pair them up with the right blouse, it will work just fine. Japanese prints on blouses are so stylish. I absolutely love japanese themed clothes. Once again, you don’t want blouses in any other colour at all. Avoid dramatic blouses as they will collide with the skirt. You can always wear the point-toes flats in black but if you do want to add some colour, then maybe a mauve look that include accessories and shoes can be worn too. Don’t wear a bright red lipstick at work with this skirt. Once again, you can opt for an ox-blood colour.

 

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For a night out whether fine dining or dancing, you can bolden your look by wearing sequined cropped tops. You can also try a lacy bustier with a fur vest. Once again, I would go for an oxblood matte lipstick than a bright red.

 

So these are the looks, hope I covered any doubts you had. For any more outfit requests or just to show any appreciation, do leave a comment or just show a like.

 

Work Your Work-Wear.

Well, let’s face it. Work wear in India is pretty, meh. Ill fitting trousers or gunny bag kurtas. So let us all just try a little harder to make it a better environment to work in.

OCD’s fan Shweta asked,” Awaiting for something new this season for office wear..! nw that i ve startd working i want to knw diff types of blouses i can wear with trousers..!”

 

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If your work environment is pretty chilled and they don’t mind having you walking around in tshirts, I would say buy khaki trousers. Not tight, roll em up until JUST below your ankle and wear a relaxed striped tshirt with it. These pants even would go great with a white or navy blouse.

 

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Once again, based on the assumption, it isn’t a very formal place to work in, wear some relaxed floral pants. They aren’t as casual as denim, neither too formal as trousers. Wear a nice loose racerback and if you find that a tad revealing for work, just pair the racerback with a buttoned down pullover, unbuttoned.

 

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If you do need to be in crisp formals, then I say play with some colors. Avoid the boring blacks. Try bright colours. Or wear a bright blouse with a lighter pair of trousers. Not shirts, but blouses. Shirts aren’t a style statement anymore. But don’t listen to me though. Also never ever pair black with bright colors apart from reds. NOT a good idea at all. Looks horrendous.

 

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Lastly, it can get too hot in Bombay, so sporting a shirt-dress is a great choice. Loose enough to be trendy. It isn’t tight so perfect for the work environment. If you don’t like strappy flats, wear some oxfords. Make sure to always carry your make up in a bag with you at work. In case of last minute client meetings, you always want to look fresh.

 

So that is it. Hope it helps. Don’t forget to like or comment. Show some love ladies. I try a lot after a hard day of work and school. A simple Like goes a long way for me. If not, still appreciating you removing the time to read my stuff.

Skirts For The Curves

One of OCD’s fans, Leena requested an outfit post based on a slight problem she is having.

Hey Utsavi!!! Need a fashion advise!! I have a pear shaped body (read a lil flab on tummy n big ass)! I have always longed to wear skirts but ended up looking funny n weird!! Can u advise how to /what types/what prints of skirts will suit!!!Also what kind of tops n footwear will suit!”

I totally understand what she feels cause Indian women, including me, are curvy in our physique. Sure those curves are great, but can be a bitch with certain types of clothing, especially, skirts. So based on Leena’s request, here is my post about various skirts that can go well with those our kind.

 

1. yellow

Skirts that are knee length with very few pleats always look good. In fact they are very classy. Sport one in a brighter colour if you want to go for a more relaxed, fun look.  Combine it with a soft, thin sweater for a casual look. It’s my favorite look even for dinners. Wear sneakers or strappy flats with this combination. If you want to be slightly more dressed up but not too much, for example just for a dinner with friends, you can wear the same combination with heels. If you want to hit a club or a cocktail, then dump the sweater for a neat blouse. Any kind of bag on any kind of combination would go great.

 

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I love skorts. For those who don’t know what they are, they are skirts that are shorts. This particular kind in the picture is called an Envelope Skort. In general skirts that aren’t butt hugging but also aren’t very loose look great on curvy girls. Look for straighter, sharper cuts than bouncy ones. If you are leaner on your stomach, wear a tight cropped top or wear a nice cropped shirt. If you don’t have any cropped ones, take an old one, and just cut it. I do that all the time.

 

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If you aren’t fond of short skirts, choose long ones with a very little flair. Too many pleats or too full a flair just add volume to your ass and you don’t want that.

 

Which skirts to avoid:

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Hacks to make your life easier.

So I hunted all over the net and found some great hacks to make your life easier. No more piles of bags on your bed, no more lost hair pins and no more frustration. Here’s a list I compiled. Super easy and smart ideas. Check them out.

 

1. Break in your flats in under five minutes.

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Step 1: Put on thick socks, and then your flats.
Step 2: Blow-dry your shoes around the tight sections for a few minutes.
Step 3: Keep your socks/flats on while it cools.
Step 4: Test them out, repeat process if you need them more stretched out.

 

2. Put clear nail polish on the inside of your rings.

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Your fingers will be free from green stains.

3. Use a pumice stone to de-fuzz a sweater.

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4. Hang your purses with shower curtain hooks.

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5. White wine neutralizes red wine stains.

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Yeah, you read that correctly. When you’re at a party and you accidentally spill some red wine on your blouse, immediately pour white wine over the stain and let it air-dry. The white neutralizes the red, making it easier to take out the stain.

 

6. Store your makeup on a magnet board.

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8. Paint your keys with nail polish to easily distinguish the sets.

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It especially helps when you lend a spare key to a houseguest.

 

9. Chill your white wine with frozen grapes.

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This prevents the flavor from being watered down!

 

10. When you pack a suitcase, wrap your shoes in a shower cap.

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This will prevent the soles from touching your clean clothes.

 

11. Add a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet to support bobby pins and tweezers.

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12. Put your necklace through a straw to keep the chain from tangling.

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13. Mount cutlery trays to store your jewelry.

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14. Use two fingers to test out your bra fit.

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If you can’t comfortably fit two fingers under the band of your bra, it is too tight. If you can fit your entire fist under the band, it’s too loose.

 

15. Put baking soda in your flats to avoid smelly shoes.

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When you put shoes on without socks, your feet sweat and start to smell. If you put baking soda in your flats, it will kill the bacteria and get rid of that gross smell.

 

16. Use your hair straightener to iron hems.

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17. Run your mascara wand under hot water for easier application.

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Also, do NOT pump your mascara wand in and out of the tube — that causes it to clump. Twirl the wand inside the bottle before applying another coat.

 

18. Use ice cubes to remove gum from your hair.

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It will harden the gum, making it easier to remove. You can also use this method for getting gum off the soles of shoes.

Beat the Monsoon Grays.

The monsoons have finally arrived in Bombay. And it is a bitch to dress normally while walking through those flooded roads while cab drivers don’t want to take you anywhere and continue being jerks, losers who sit on the street dying to see girls with wet tshirts and you get the point. Oh don’t even get me started on the nightmares my hair has to go through.

Anyway I put up this post to help you deal with monsoon anxiety. The outfits are fun, practical and definitely stylish. Well at least according to me. Keep reading.

1. Try and wear browns and greens for the earthy look. In this way, even if you get some muck on you while splashing around in the puddles, nobody will notice. A long dress if perfect, not muck skin show and if you get wet, still lighter than jeans. If you work, then just throw on a loose unbuttoned shirt or a blazer to look formal. Finish the look with rubber flats and a faux leather satchel available plenty at Colaba Causeway.

 

 

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2. If you still prefer pants, then invest in a pair of lose trousers available at Hill Road Bandra. Fold them up a bit, pair it with a mint shirt or any other colour which pops out and you are good to go. gray

3. If you are the ones who like to stick to blacks to make sure nothing is see through when wet, then try wearing lose black pants, with a striped top to break the monotony of only black and carry a white envelope clutch or any other contrasting colour clutch. This outfit is great for dinners, lunch and also work.

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4. Wear a lose comfortable tee, pair it with a high-low skirt and finish the look with faux leather combat boots or just any rain boots. Nothing can go wrong with this combination.

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5. Lose flannel shorts, comfy top with a cardigan to keep you warm. Tie your hair up in a bun and pin the strands when having a bad hair day. Perfect for a walk out in the rain or drives to lonavala or even for lunch.

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6. And if you really want to wear bright colours to beat the monsoon grays, then just put on a cute summer dress and pair it up with a bright blazer and some fun loafers.

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Hope you like this post. Do comment for suggestions, outfit ideas, or even if complaints. And if you actually liked the outfits don’t forget to like the post here or on the fb page : http://www.facebook.com/obsessiveclothingdesire

Looks for the bookworm: Fashion inspired by The Great Gatsby

Gatsby has been adapted for film and stage numerous times – including an opera in 1999! – but the most popular adaptations are, arguably, the movie versions released in 1974 and 2013

While the elder of the two adhered mostly to the wardrobe of the time period, the menswear in the film tended to stray towards a more timely aesthetic. The 2013 film, however, blew open the doors on all things tried-and-true, and strove for an ultra-glam flapper look all its own.

Designed by director Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning wife, Catherine Martin, in conjunction with fashion juggernaut Miuccia Prada, the 2013 film’s frocks are lavish and luxe, just like they would have been in the time period, with a slightly updated fix: the pair combed Prada’s archives for 40 classic looks, that were then revamped to blow even our modern minds. Take, for instance, the “chandelier” dress that Daisy wears to Gatsby’s party in the film: while it looks perfectly suitable for the glammed-up gal-about-town back in 1922, the frock is, in fact, an adaptation of a dress from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

The idea motivating the designing duo was that while the gowns would fit the time period, they weren’t, as Martin said, making a “documentary,” but instead, capturing the fiercely modern man’s prose in a new fashion onscreen.

 

How to add Gatsby in your wardrobe?

By integrating specific colors used in the novel, and tying them to prominent themes within it as well, you too can integrate a little Gatsby into your modern life!

Gatsby Green and the American Dream

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Gatsby himself is closely associated with the color green, representative of hope and future.

In the story, Gatsby serves as the embodiment of hope, being that he is constantly pursuing another chance with Daisy, and that his story represents a typical “rags to riches” Cinderella tale. In short, Gatsby exemplifies the “American Dream.” Unfortunately, Fitzgerald’s story is about the decay of American morals in the ’20s, and like the decade in which he flourished, Gatsby’s story ends on a tragic note.

Interpret Gatsby’s status as both a symbol of hope and the American Dream by riffing on his “beautiful shirts” with one in a shade of emerald green. Pair it with a cream skirt and clutch to create a look that contains both trendy and classic elements. A pair of ship wheel earrings links to Gatsby’s origins,  while also hinting at the light at the end of a certain dock.

 

Wilted Daisy, Tainted by Gold

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Traditionally, white symbolizes innocence, while gold symbolizes wealth. As such, Daisy is often depicted wearing white dresses, but like her floral namesake, the true center of a Daisy is golden.

Daisy was Gatsby’s dream, his “golden girl” in her “white tower,”  but over the five years since he’s seen her, she’s changed. Fitzgerald’s sharp take on the excess and uselessness of the upper classes, the old money in East Egg, and their greed, is all showcased in Daisy’s apathetic and unapologetic attitude: something that once may have been innocent, is now tainted by wealth.

Take on one of Daisy’s white dresses, and her high status, by accessorizing with golden tones. A studded headband, gold pumps, an tasseled  purse, and dazzling nail polish are feminine with a hint of edginess, perfectly representing the leading lady’s sharper edges beyond her floating flightiness.

 

Eckleberg Blue, and The Fault lines of Reality

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In the novel, Eckleberg’s eyes are described as blue. This color is commonly interpreted to mean unhappiness, but in Gatsby, it also comes to mean illusions and alternatives to reality. For instance, Wilson views the eyes symbolically, in his madness, as those of God. This would explain why the color also surrounds Gatsby, and why Myrtle is wearing a blue dress when she meets with Tom in front of her husband, as they themselves are not who they say they are.

Explore these fault lines of reality by highlighting the hue in a diaphanous high-low dress. Blur these delineations even further withlow boots grounded in the same ashy tones from which the billboard rises. Multi-toned nail polish ties to the many other colors represented within Fitzgerald’s symbolism.

 

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Miami Street Style

For those of you who are new to my blog, I have been traveling around the world since about a little more than a year. I was in Miami for a few months and this blog post is about the street style I came across in sunny Miami. I was in San Francisco before this for a year. Fashion is very different in both the coasts. San Francisco is a very hipster city. Everyone likes their individuality and develop their own fashion sense. Also as it is cold, most of the times they are layered. People in San Francisco are suckers for vintage and thrift clothing.

Whereas in Miami…

Keep scrolling to know more.

 

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Tell me more about the street style from your city. Also, I just moved to Mexico, so look forward to seeing some street style from the beautiful Latinos.

What I Like and What I Don’t.

This post is about what I think has gone out of style and what fascinates me right now. I am not going to say that these are the current trends and that kind of nonsense. Just what I think has now become a cliche and needs to be let gone off and what would be a  good investment for your closet.

1. Aviators are out.

I don’t know why they even lasted so long. I am tired of them. To me, they seem like a lazy way to try to look stylish. Lennons, catty ones and minty colours are to go for now.

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2. Pretty footwear is out.

Have some fun. Jump around. Splash around in puddles and stay comfortable. That’s why dainty, petite and girly shoes are out. Your shoes need to protect you and not the other way around. Man up, ladies.

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3. Hairbands are out.

So tired of seeing grown up women wearing slim hairbands in colours such as baby pink and with pears and diamonds on it. You are not a child. No age or outfit will ever be an excuse to wear those hairbands. If you do want to be flirty, try floral crowns instead. So different and so pretty.

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4. Lace is out.

I don’t need to say anything more. Try holographic accessories and clothes. Be edgy. I love holographs.

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5. Hearts, butterflies, owls are out.

Wear accessories that are angular. Try sharp cuts and strokes. I love pyramids. Always has and always will.

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What I think is in style, doesn’t necessarily mean you should think the same too. Tell me what your opinion is. Any quirky trend that has missed my eye? Anythin unique out there? Anything or nothing at all? Still do leave a comment or write to me at obsessiveclothingdesire@gmail.com. Tah Ta, ladies!