Enchiridion / Statement Neckpieces
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For years now, a put together ensemble always meant complimenting your clothing with accessories, shoes and bags that imitate the colour pantones of the clothing. It’s quite recently that women felt rebellious or desired to experiment with the concept of contrasts or what fashion likes to call ‘Colour Blocking’.
Colours activate hormones causing chemical reactions influencing emotion and enabling the body to heal. Colours play an eminent role in our life by depicting our inner emotion.
“Colours are the smiles of nature."
- Leigh Hunt
In India’s traditional helm of style, women are seen pairing jewellery that match the hues of their outfits for the conventional style lessons that has prevailed for centuries. Breaking the rules ever-so-often, StyleAura challenges women to go bold. Find that we are absolutely delighted with monochrome styling, nonetheless, experimenting with contrasts and colour blocking (when 2 colours from contradicting sides of the wheel are merged or overlapped to create interesting combinations) depicts our vision of interesting, unpredictable and fresh styles, checking off the style bar.
We’re aware it might sound intimidating and unassertive; but witness for yourself how these women fabricate truly divine looks by colour blocking their ensembles with StyleAura’s stunning neckpieces. Flaunting these sensational styles that is an extension of their vibrant personality, Geetha, Shilpa and Mousumi have carved an emotional and colourful path to how their wardrobes will look like this season.
The most opted colour blocking theme is hues of blue and yellow. It can get tricky if done wrong, but let Shilpa’s beautiful style inspire yours. An eclectic Ombre Blue saree rightfully paired with a layered Mustard Yellow onyx beaded chain complimented by meenakari and gold beads at the side, for a unique yet fabulous look.
The ever-so-resplendent blue with strikingly bright green seems scary, doesn’t it? But the key into the fashion world is to be able to pull off a look that’s not in the books. Geetha’s Lime-Green saree teamed with a 3 layered Navy Blue onyx beaded neck piece strung with gold polkis is a total stunner, ain’t it?
Mousumi has a rather traditional style when it comes to sarees. She paired her Maroon-White puja-saree with a dazzling Basil Green layered onyx chain with Green agate and polkis at the side. It screams élan and elegance, so perfect for those who don’t want to break the rules too much, yet want one foot crossing the line.
Let’s give you a recipe of a printed halter dress with a beaded choker for a fool proof, risk-free outfit that will make heads turn. Or let Shilpa do so, seeing how beautifully well she has adorned her printed Blue dress along with our Purple-Pink choker with a drop down pendant.
Gladly picking up the western trend, Geetha sports a Fuchsia Pink dress paired with a gorgeous medley of Mint Green and Zaffre Blue beaded long chain, ensuing a splendid take on brunch or Sunday outfit styles.
Concept and Jewellery - StyleAura
Models - Geetha Prem, Mousumi Kapoor and Shilpa Gupta
Photography - Rachita Atal and Rahul Rishi
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The classic misconception of style articulates one to be in a position to splurge on expensive, branded fashion and lifestyle, but that’s a baloney. Style is the science of comprehending tones, textures, fabrics, silhouettes, aesthetics and accessories, and being able to play with the same in a way that defines personal style. Style is earned.
For years we’ve been conditioned to celebrity-styles or those of fashion influencers, restraining comfort and personal preferences from the ideal definitions. With repetitive emphasis on individual sense of being and the digitalisation of our every move, acquiring a bare sense of style isn’t difficult; all the inspiration one needs is a swipe away on Instagram.
One such trend of ‘Breaking the Rules’ found its throne beautifully amongst people. What was sought to be disastrous, blossomed in rich, sensuous styles, varied creative lookbooks that has inspired millions. Rules of patterns clash, colour blocking flourished immensely, but have you broken rules with ethnic wear? A leather jacket with saree or white sneakers with sequin cape? Or maybe pair exquisite urban-chic jewellery with traditional ‘aarti’ sarees and bindis? Not yet?
In India, paralleling sarees with elegance and grace has abstained women to tweak and create more styles. It’s surprising how a piece as staple and and as versatile as a saree has yet not witnessed innovative styling; the quest is an age-old one, we’ve been trying some unusual looks, but they fade away once off the runway.
Imagine what it’d be like to wear a saree with a bob hairdo, a halter blouse and mesmerising semi-precious stone chokers? Paints a rebellious picture?
Well, Fashion loves rebels.
Look at how these three women experiment with sarees paired with handcrafted, statement neckpieces by StyleAura, accentuating their personal styles in a rather traditional ensemble.
StyleAura is a studio for the evolved. The prowess lies in crafting natural stone jewellery, vibrations of which resonate high frequency energy resulting in stunning jewellery with holistic healing benefits.
Kasavu’s sophisticated white and gold medley has, forever now, been paired with gold jewellery resulting in a mundane look for years; get out of the box and team it with a long black Onyx and gold Baruk neckpiece adorned with a gorgeous natural druzy pendant for a much refreshing, stunning style that’s bound to make you stand out in the crowd.
The combination of black and white, and on cotton has and will be everlasting. Let us highlight a tad bit of maroon-red to it, sounds good? Check out the silver pearl baruks chain donning a red agate pendant that positions the idea of cotton sarees to a dinner party, just about perfect.
We believe structured sarees can be slightly tricky to pull off by every woman, given the body contours, but say you teamed it with an in-vogue shaded red onyx with tassel satin chandelier drop choker to up your fashion game in a way that hasn’t seen light yet.
Coming to fluid silhouettes in vibrant pop colours, a turquoise blue with bubble-gum pink seems a risky affair. Both bright, both quirky, it could be confusing as to which one dominates. Need not worry, because ladies, it’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone and experimenting. Check out how beautifully well the StyleAura’s natural purple pink druzy choker with gold phulkari beads compliments this turquoise blue satin-silk saree. And the bob hairdo gets all the heads turning.
Liquid love, that’s what silk blends are. One could simply get on with a silk blend contemporary saree, but accentuating and adding personal style is what fashion is all about. Take a good look at the 3 layer black onyx choker embellished with orange baruk choker on this ultra chic persimmon orange saree; a promisingly breathtaking sight!
Some women still prefer delicate, feminine colours and styles. We hear you! The idea it to blend your preferences with the ongoing trend. All the dainty hearts, flaunt an eccentric green agate set with gold druzy beads, with soft English colours, for a subdued yet sophisticated look.
Women, don’t shy away, don’t hesitate to experiment with all things pretty, all that lures you, for we can vouch that you’ll nail the look, have all heads in the room turning and have a million compliments (some even under their breaths). So, shall we break the rules?
While its great to know the sartorial rules, it is equally important to showcase one’s individuality and not be lost in the standard style norms. In today’s digital age of fashion information flashing on social media sites and reality TV talking about celebrity trends; it is essential to do a little style introspection for personal likes, body shape, and personality to create new rules that bring out the diva in you!
It is true that fashion trends are fast changing today than ever before, at the same time something to note is that they also have a short rack life. There is a need now more than ever to find creative ways to merge trends with personal style. There is trove of tricks that can be used to develop a style that break the rules such as adding an unexpected piece of accessory to a standard look off the rack, carrying statement neck pieces and creative motifs on the garment, last but not the least walking tall with an elegant posture really expresses the confident and unique person you are.
A fashion concept that women are often hesitant to carry is pairing western style garments with traditional Indian jewellery. While it seems tricky, the Mughal jewels can be quite bewitching when coordinated with modern cuts and silhouettes. Let us look at the bold styles and beautifully curated ensemble that was showcased by real life women at Sky Deck, VR Bengaluru!
Look 1. The Androgynous Diva
Exquisite drop kundan choker with silver baruk pearls and center amethyst paired with a modern day soft pleated blouson. The androgynous look of the straight cut structured trouser is complimented with the feminine V shape drop choker and flower motifs on the blouson. Breaking the general norms of styling, this ensemble showcases the kundan necklace and silk blouson with dual tone drape on one shoulder.
Look 2. The Assertive Entrepreneur
This versatile statement neckpiece projects the true beauty of polki, onyx and smoky quartz. A modern Mughal piece like this one is safe and easy to wear with multiple colour of garments. An unusual intriguing combination of nature stones with a powerful chanderi silk/cotton Jacket. The sharp collar, fitted sleeves, and Indian block print on the jacket brings out the confidence and elegance of a woman.
Look 3. The Sensuous Fashionista
This neckpiece is truly an artists delight. A unique setting of kundan in a flower shape combined with rama green shaded onyx. This traditional Mughal piece is paired with a very modern olive green bias cut silk top with spaghetti straps and satin blue dhoti pants for a dramatic look. The beauty of the neckpiece is that non-uniform colours of the onyx compliments shades of both blue and green.
Look 4. The Alluring Visionaire
A fashion forward Matka Silk Peplum top complimented with Polki and kundan choker. The different shapes of Polki makes the center piece of the necklace appear unique and modern. Surrounding onyx beads of the necklace in orange compliment the accent colour of the dramatic flaps on the top. The sharp cut on the shoulders draw attention and commands respect for fashion.
Look 5. The Elegant Royalty
This bold and strong Kundan necklace represents the strength in a woman and that she deserves to be dressed with the royal jewels. The neckpiece has an interesting twist of contemporary red agate and off white/ gold onyx which flows beautifully with one shoulder Ivory cocktail dress. The soft pleats of the dress are looped impeccably through a gold ring on the shoulder and it flares at the hemline evenly.
Look 6. The Feminine Mystery
To compliment the deep desires and ambitions of a woman, here is a free flowing ensemble with deep wine, dusty pink, and silver grey to complete the mystery. The long asymmetrical kundan & polki neckpiece breaks the monotony of the solid black top and longs to meet the soft wine chiffon flared skirt. The skirt hem with un-even dusty pink border brings out the softness of the mysterious woman.
Look 7. The Romantic Tease
Sheer maxi dress dyed in a tint of Aubergine styled with long asymmetrical necklace showcasing meenakari pendant, baruk pearls and deep blue onyx. The sheen on the nature stones compensate for subtlety of the solid colour dress. This is another successful ensemble that projects the new age woman who appreciates tradition and has the confidence to pair Mughal jewellery with a peak-a-boo maxi dress that runs a long slit as a tease.
Whatever your personality and shape, every woman can find a style that suits her perfectly and turn it around with statement pieces to make it her own signature style and break out of standard rules!