Wednesday, July 22, 2015

City Girls - Published Editorial

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Did this editorial shoot last summer...

...published in Solis Magazine, Oct 2014 issue 

Photographer: Mark Wong
Model: Erin Elliott
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Ve
Wardrobe Stylist & Designer: Tanushree Pande
Clothing: House of Poplyn

We wanted to create an editorial bringing to light different kinds of looks and roles young women in the city play on a daily basis.
Clothing for this shoot is from the latest collection by Toronto based label Poplyn. This collection was inspired by the TTC and the pieces reflect the colours, patterns and shapes found at or around the rails and subway platforms of Toronto. Hence, the theme ‘City Girls’ celebrates the modern day women living in the city, going about their day to day life with a confident and independent style.
Each look featured here with model, Erin Elliott, identifies with a woman on the go, be it at work, casual day attire or a night out. The clothes and styling by Tanushree Pande reflect a strong female who isn’t shy but embraces her individual style. The outfits go from day to evening, to night highlighting a different look in each surrounding. Makeup by Sarah Ve and accessories for each look match the mood, getting bolder as we head from morning to night. A sleek pony with cat eyes, roughly set bun with neutral lips or a bold night look with strong lips and eyes, all part of the ‘City Girls’ in different roles.

The shoot was done in downtown Toronto with all the hustle and mayhem of the city adding to the theme and creating a unique backdrop for each look. Photographer, Mark Wong, got some fabulous shots with daylight, capturing each look and used the dusk sky and twilight beautifully to get the evening shots.  The first look with the girl in the red dress, running around the city, hailing a cab projects a strong independent city girl, who is confident and not scared to take risks. For this look, we kept her makeup minimalism with bold red lips to match the dress and a nice clean ponytail for a professional on the go individual.
The second look features a young girl dressed casually, maybe going to college. With a bare midriff, a denim jacket and a leather skirt with cut out details and handy cross body bag for the daily essentials, this is a street savvy girl next door with a confident style. Hair tied in a rough bun and a chic pair of boots she is a city girl with a charm.

The next look with the metallic leather skirt, halter top with geometric details, bright red heels and chunky accessories makes a strong statement for an evening out clubbing or a chic soiree with friends. This look along with the dramatic chandelier earrings and metallic head pieces is not your average cookie cutter style but a free spirited woman with her own sense of fashion and art.
The last look of the series features a sheer maxi dress with leather bustier and peek-a-boo canary yellow panels along with zipper details reminiscent of the railroad tracks of street cars, we find around Toronto. The strong smokey eyes, bold accessories and sleek hair all make up for a sexy night out.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer Sheers -How to

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While summers can be the best time to go all in with that one sheet dress you have been dreading to wear, it can also be a difficult choice to style. Most of us shy away from sheer dresses because either we are uncomfortable in our skin or we don't know how to style it to get that oomph without making it appear tacky. 

An easy tip to remember is put as much effort in picking out the underwear or inner that is going to be visible through the dress as you would pick shoes or accessories for any outfit.
An all black bodysuit or black corset and high waist panties can make a perfect backdrop for a sheer dress and make it more appropriate for an evening out or an afternoon soiree. 
Do an inner in the same color as the sheer dress or top to give it a more layered look, this will help you feel less conscious as it blends the pieces together into one ensemble.

Also remember doing a sheer outfit with all over print will make it appear less transparent than if you do a solid color. The print helps by blending the fabric and the inner layer together so you can get away easily with wearing a basic or even unmatched underwear.

Black and White Sheer Dress House of Poplyn
Image as published in Veux Magazine - Aug 2014
Model Kehli G
Stylist Awena Abala
MUA: Jewelleface
Hair Stylist: Guido Di Salle
Photographer: Paul Steward at Paul Steward Photography

Wearing a mix of fabrics and textures like a leather corset with a sheer maxi skirt give the outfit a feminine touch and take the harshness away from the leather. Same is true when mixing pieces like boyfriend denims with a sheer shirt or top or masculine jacket with a sheer dress or skirt underneath.

If you are not comfortable with an extremely feminine look but still want to try see through pieces in your wardrobe, this tip can help you start with a safe balance between sheers and solids to create your look as per your style choices.

Whatever your style inspiration, a hint of sheer can also bring any ordinary outfit to a more polished look. Pairing a simple dress with a contrast or patterned sheer leggings can turn it into something you put together, rather than just another dress it becomes an outfit.

Corset top Sheer Maxi Dress House of Poplyn
Image as published in Solis Magazine - Oct 2014
Photographer: Mark Wong 
Model: Erin Elliott 
Mua: Sarah Ve 
Designer/Stylist: Tanushree Pande

Sheer Rosettes Crop Top House of Poplyn
Image as published in Luxmi Magazine 
Photographer: Narbir Gosal 
Model: Fatima 
Designer: Tanushree Pande

Pairing Sheers with bold statement jewelry pieces can also give a more polished look to just a basic sheer dress or top.

Dress and Necklace House of Poplyn
Photographer: Jonathan Hooper

Back in the grind

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Hello everyone!

Just wanted to welcome all new and old readers back to stylescribbles.
After a 2 year break, the blog is going back live. In the past 2 years, I have settled down in a new city/ country, started my own womenswear label, built a new business and fostered new friendships.

In all the hustle of the above mentioned, most importantly building a new brand in a new city, I realized the blog was taking a back seat and made the hard choice of putting it at a halt.

Now that I am getting back into blogging you'll see a lot more fashion and lifestyle related posts, also I will constantly be updating you on the latest with my label- House of Poplyn.

I will do a lot more OOTD posts with many more styling tips and a swift move towards making this blog an extension, rather an outlet to introduce my brand to the world.

There will also be a lot of behind the scenes from my shows and shoots as well as random candid moments from my life as a designer.

All in all, not much different from the last time we were around but with newer additions and better focus...

Hope you enjoy our journey and wish you a happy summer weekend filled with sunshine and laughter..xx


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