February 14, 2017
by Rachael Comeau
New York Fashion Week is quickly coming to a close, and the most prominent trends from the runways are now making themselves known. Many have not been subtle, as several designers have opted for statement pieces in both clothing and accessories as opposed to minimalism this season. In terms of accessories, one particular stand-out trend has been the headpiece. Designers like Altuzarra, Nicholas K, Lela Rose, and Norma Kamali have incorporated the dramatic accessory into their collections, adding an edge to the styling of each look.
Vaquera’s designers were inspired by the American Dream, while Nicholas K was influenced by street fashion in the 90’s. Sachin & Babi drew from jewels and lively prints found in India; they showed a smaller sized, beaded headpiece paired with a beige embroidered dress. On the subtler, more classic side of things were Kate Spade, Lela Rose, and CG, all of which showed more restrained versions of the accessory.
Click through the slideshow above to see how other designers incorporated one of the more daring accessories into their upcoming Fall/Winter collections.
September 16, 2011
by Julia DiNardo
[Image via Style.com]
Designing couple Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia went retro for their Sachin + Babi 2012 Spring collection. Tailored separates and lightweight maxi dresses were presented in bright colors of ivory, blueberry, tangerine, cantaloupe, and melon (is there a theme here?). The duo paid close attention to beautiful details, such as leather trim and exposed zippers to add a little chic rock n’ roll. If you are looking for a feminine, two-tone spaghetti strap pleated maxi or a soft leather circle skirt, this is certainly the collection for you!
– Ambika Makin
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July 13, 2011
by Julia DiNardo
Sparkle, shine, and sequins are a hard sell for the daylight. There are many reasons why, but for example you are competing with the effervescent shine of the natural sunlight, and it might be assumed that you took the “walk of shame” this morning.
The best way to choose garments sequins, if your intention is to wear the item beyond a night out is to go for sequin accent details, such as at the neckline or shoulders, and to select a clean pattern design, such as a small geometric unit or in a single row. Also look for options that aren’t too arts and craf.ty or highly reflective; you wouldn’t want to get sequin glare reflecting off of your computer monitor and blinding a work colleague.
I wore “day sequins” to work this week, with my piece being a Sachin + Babi for Anksana dress with inserted sequin slits at the shoulder. The hue is slightly bronzed, and the overall aesthetic reminds me more of the chain mail underneath medieval armour than a night clubbing. The cut-out is kite-shaped and made up of dulled bronze sequins that nicely compliment the lightweight unfinished edges of the charcoal grey jersey.
Full look info:
Dress: Sachin + Babi for Angsana (a ShopBop exclusive, no longer available)
Belt: Banana Republic, “borrowed” from Fashion Pulse Mom
Shoes: Forever 21 Roman Leatherette Sandals
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Tote (courtesy of Degree for Women)
Earrings: MiMi by Sorrelli Metaliic Studs
Watch: Kenneth Cole Stainless Steel Case with White Ceramic Bracelet (courtesy of Kenneth Cole)
Eyeglasses: Eyefly Blackburn Cove in olive gradient (courtesy of Eyefly)
February 26, 2011
by Julia DiNardo
[All images via MercedesBenzFashionWeek.com]
The highlight of my fall 2011 fashion week was being able to interview Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia backstage before their presentation (video to come soon!) and then speak with Sachin again in the arena of the clothes during the event. There’s something to be said about a well-edited collection, that goes straight to the core of the mission at hand, with a pronounced concept that sees its way through. For Sachin + Babi fall 2011, it was that of motorcycles, with an edgy nature balanced out by a softness in the draping of the clothes and well-suited cuts. The jewelry, which was equally as amazing, was also created by the husband and wife design duo, who were so calm and collected, not to mention completely down to earth, when I met them for the first time an hour before the show. With a background in textiles and home design, good style transcends all genres, as Sachin + Babi proved this season.