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So, What’s New?

If, like me, you woke up to surprise and delight on New Year’s Day at a full-page newspaper advert of a Zara sale, read on. The gloomy retail climate has brought forward the January sales by at least two weeks this year. But let’s not be disappointed, let’s make the most of them instead. It […]

If, like me, you woke up to surprise and delight on New Year’s Day at a full-page newspaper advert of a Zara sale, read on. The gloomy retail climate has brought forward the January sales by at least two weeks this year. But let’s not be disappointed, let’s make the most of them instead.
It is but the perfect time to update your wardrobe for the year. Ring out the old and bring in the new. My first tip is to hoard up on dark pinks and purples. A beautiful shade of orchid is the colour of the season, so make sure you get a few fun things in this hue.
It’s such a great time for shoe-shopping in India. I strongly believe much of the country’s retail success comes from its many new shoe stores. Footfall takes on a brand new meaning. Day-to-night flats are all the rage, but the chic-est ones have pointed toes. Check out Jimmy Choo for their Attila and Alina styles (the Atilla mirrored leather in silver is just perfect), or Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle spikes or studded leather. Miu Miu’s two-toned flats are a trendier version of Prada’s librarian styles.
Our tropical love for resort-wear gets an American sportswear twist with stripes, Breton prints, marine motifs and sparkling whites. More so, we’ve never had more swimwear made available to us — right from the printed beauts at Hermes and Etro to the colour blocking of Shivan & Narresh to the  delightful find that is
the beachcompany.in.
Fortunately, lighter pieces of jewellery are here to relieve us from the nathni and maang tikka overdose of the past few years. The Azva-sponsored India Bridal Fashion Week has reintroduced us to our love for pure gold. Brides this year are pushing away their jadau bibs charmed by classy plain gold baubles. Chain and link designs are tres haute, and subtlety is the new queen.
A winter staple, the sweater or cardigan as a summer jacket promises to stay through the year. My favourite is Burberry’s cashmere with crystals embellished around the neck, but Zara will soon knock them off with their cheaper poly-blends. Fendi’s cards come in panels, Atsu Sekhose has spangles on his. Valentino has lace on his and Erdem has embroidery. Sanchita puts crystals on hers too and teams them with peak-caps. What’s not to feel all warm and fuzzy about?
The giant Kutch tidal wave that has swept over Indian fashion’s modern-ethnic wardrobe has nudged out the gold threads favoured by Mughal courts. For reference, watch costume designer Anju Modi’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela again, and then opt for saris or lehengas with the quirky elegance of the cross-stitch or the mesmerising leheriya dyes.
The pony tail and its puffed up variants are making way for open and delicately sheened hair. Hair oil, serums and elixirs for your mane is the healthier trend update to cruel blow-drys and hot tongs. Moroccan Oil is newly available and already rather popular. Most new beauty products are those that promise to nourish more than just colour or conceal. My favourite is Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioner: the best friend to your pucker.
The cross-body sling bag is a hands-free avatar of the It Bag. Leave those bathtub-sized  totes at home for slinkier  versions from Louis Vuitton’s Monogram.
With tailoring making a strong case for itself in 2013, this year is going to be all about sharp turns of le smoking. Pant suits are so feminine and powerful at once. I hate the word mannish, I prefer tough luxe. I absolutely loved how Deepika Padukone walked in wearing a soft white shirt under a sleek black suit on Koffee with Karan and removed it midway to show her sheer lace shoulders and cuffs. Too sexy.
Happy New Year, and Happy Shopping too. namratanow@gmail.com