Seems like just last month when I was with the Globus team while they shot their Spring Summer collection and we've already suddenly arrived at the winter collection! Time really flies fast. Luckily for us, we don't have major season changes and most of the time S/S and A/W are a bit redundant, but we still follow that pattern. But while the world showcases their A/W clothes as warm and cozy, we have a festive spin because this is the time we are hit with all sorts of festive occasions that cater to a lot of people from various religious backgrounds. And that's exactly what Globus's ethnic collection has in store for you this time.
I had a small chat with Priyadarshini Rao while the shoot was in progress and she told me about how this season's various collections are all tailored completely for the masses and have great value for money. In today's age, shopping and stocking up on clothes is a necessity for most women, so it is important to cater to those needs with stylish and affordable clothing. The collection is not only aimed towards the urban woman on the go, but to also the busy working woman, and the stay at home mom and every other walks of life.
While they of course have quite a few things in store at the moment, I picked a few of my favourite collections at the shoot.
THE "FILIGREE" COLLECTION
Solid colours and relaxed silhouettes with regular cut kurtas and tiered anarkalis, the filigree part being the gold and silver artwork, printed all over the pieces.
Shail Arora Khanna, the category head for Indian garments, raves about this collection for it’s festive appeal. The play of metallic prints on bright solid colours makes the line very chic, and yet very affordable. "Team the kurtas up with bright solid churidars for the classic look or go for shimmer ones to add the bling. Filigree sets you for merry times ahead", which I have to agree.
THE "TREE OF LIFE" COLLECTION
Neutral shades that are off set with solid colours, with the "tree of life" embroidered on the neutral parts, to match each of the solid colours.
I'm a fan of this collection. I like the neutral palette on top with the tree of life-like thread work and then the brighter contrasting lower half that comes in the form of either a palazzo pant (black) or a maxi skirt (pink) or a dress (blue). Somehow the pairing works brilliantly and this could work for a day puja or a visit to the cousin's place during festivities. It's an understated piece that manages to make quite a statement by itself.
THE "RANN OF KUTCH" COLLECTION
Bold bright colours and contrasting combinations of Kutch embroidery with big flowy silhouettes.
This is by far, one of my favourite collections. With the bright colours, big silhouettes and the Kutch embroidery, these pieces are something that can be worn during the Navratri season. My favourite ones are the orange anarkali with the faux jacket embroidery and the black kurta with the keyhole neckline and the embroidery at the border.
Nidhi Sunil also found this to be her favourite collection because she is a fan of all kinds of Indian wear and prefers pieces that are simply and speak for themselves, without the added jazz. With the notion that Indian clothes should always look Indian, which is delivered very well in this collection, you can tell why this is our favourite collection!
THE "CHANDNI CHOWK" COLLECTION
Bright colours in silhouettes that are predominantly inspired from the Northern states that are easy to wear and pair together.
I couldn't stop the grin on my face when I heard about the Chandni Chowk collection, and I honestly expected it to be a lot more loud and in your face, but I was pleasantly surprised with how versatile each of the pieces are. I particularly like the blue anarkali and palazzo combination and I think I would wear something like with my highest platforms for a bit of a 70's throwback.
THE "MIDNIGHT MYSTERY" COLLECTION
Mystery shades of blue with fun silhouettes and a contrasting orange colour that creates an interesting colour palette..
Fusing together pieces that are a bit Indian but with more of a westernised approach, the collection is full of charm and wonder. I like the dye method used, as well as that cute drop waist dress, that can also be worn as a tunic with leggings.
THE "BOHEMANIA" COLLECTION
Prints prints and prints! Relaxed and cute silhouettes with easy to wear pieces with a lot of styling potential.
Priyadarshini Rao suggested that instead of decorating yourself with modern jewelry, wear something traditional instead. Pick a maang tikka or an over sized nathni or a pair of vintage jhumkas and let that piece be your statement accessory and let the rest remain bare or very basic.
Bianca Hartkopf, who made sure the girls looked camera-ready insisted that the Globus collection is as vibrant as it can be, and for make-up, the main focus should be on your eyes. Also keep it minimal, because as cliched as it sounds, less is more, but if you feel the need to work beyond your eye makeup, go in for some slight contouring for your cheekbones and natural pink lips.
When it comes to hair, experiment and try new things. A innovative braid, or a swept off the face hair-do can really work wonders and take your entire look to bigger heights. Messy hair is in fashion and creates texture while adding volume as well, so don't be afraid to try it out.
Lastly, go big with your footwear, from time to time. It's funny how some people dress up to the nines but fall back without the right kind of footwear. Shoes really can make or break your look. So don't be afraid to experiment again and change it up by mixing casual western clothes with some ethnic shoes, whether it's in the form of embroidery or stones, and vice versa.
Images via Globus | Cover picture and shoe image by Roxanne D'souza
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