The Velvet Touch!!

Pink Velvet Co -ords - Rupika Chopra

Velvety Tales ūüôā¬†

Hello Fashion Lovers!!

What does Velvet remind you of ? It takes me back to Royalty РThe royal thrones, magnificently designed velvet robes, stunning off Рshoulder gowns with elbow kissing gloves, exotic furnishings and much more. There is something exclusive about this fabric. 

Velvet represents an air of the powerful monarchs. Not only that, velvet has been used for ages to create the most mesmerising evening wear imaginable. Infact this is one fabric, that has progressed successfully in every century because of its deep rich appearance, adding much to your sex appeal.

Velvet originated early in 2000 BC in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptians introduced velvet to their nobility and began the history of this Royal textile.  Velvet was also traced during the Han Dynasty around 221-206 BC in China.

Pink Velvet Co- ords - Rupika Chopra

Typically woven from the silk threads it is still a lavish textile. Centuries later the luxurious fabric was introduced in Iraq in 786 AD and later Middle East started producing it. By 809 AD, Europe had discovered the luscious fabric and started producing it as well.  Love for velvet grew among the Egyptians and so did the demand for it. They started exporting the fabric in huge quantities to Venice, Italy.  Soon Italy, Florence, Genoa started supplying this sought after fabric to the rest of Europe.

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It was during the golden age of Renaissance, that Velvet became much known to the world. By now, this royal fabric was being used not only for clothing but for upholstery, wall coverings, draperies etc. Later with Industrial Revolution, the production of this fabric became easier, making it affordable which lead to its popularity among the middle class. The connotation of Royalty was still stuck with Velvet, even though it became easily available. But that is the case even today!

Velvet had promisingly established it’s space in the fashion world and when it reached America, it was used as the Glitsy Garment in the 1920’s, 30’s – 40’s. The velvety outfits were mostly worn to more formal occasions like it is even today. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s it initiated a Boho vibe with the evolution of styles and cuts. How madly I have been in love with the¬†velvet flared pants over the years – the style famously worn by the hippies and the rock stars in the 80’s. The whole world had access to this Royal Fabric by the 90’s.

Velvets have been in every wardrobe in different forms Рjackets, suits, gowns, gothic wear, indian wear, stylish pants, dresses, etc. Its unusual luxurious texture sets it apart from other textiles. Even today on the fashion runways velvet has been used by the most famous designers to showcase the legacy attached to it, unveiling stunning craftsmanship not only on clothes but also on accessories like shoes, heels, boots, belts, bags, hair accessories etc. 

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My temptation soars when I look at a well cut dress or a velvet jacket with an interesting vintage detailing. A well cut velvet jacket makes me feel rather Aristocratic. Velvet jackets with emblems on the front pocket became a must have for most men recently. It undoubtedly adds a regal air to one’s personality.

Velvet smoothly created its niche among the fashion brands  РVelvet high waisted pants, suits, heels, tops, shirts, sun glasses, skirts, joggers suit, sports wear, etc. have had a fling with everyones taste. Velvet has a character of its own to make heads turn, even with one piece of well designed garment or accessory.

Brands like Juicy Couture, Yves Saint Laurent, J- Brand, Elisabetta Franchi, Hugo Boss, Adidas, Zara, Alessandra Rich, TOPSHOP, MIU MIU, Alexander Mc Queen, Emporio Armani, Gucci, D&G etc. have created impeccable styles for us in the luscious fabric. The list of brands is endless because the fact is that velvets are sexy and versatile. 

I fell in love with this light pink velvet co-ord set. Its comfortable and soft. I like the detailing on the top with the gold zip on one side of the neck line. Highlighting of the brand is done on the sleeves and also on the shorts which gives it a casual streak.

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To perk my outfit up I have accessorised it with a gold necklace and bold gold earnings that I often love wearing. I am wearing my metallic copper wedge heels to add some oomph to the look. You can wear this outfit to a fun lunch or a sundowner.

So what are you waiting for?? Up your game with the sultry velvet this winter and don’t forget to smell divine.¬†

Outfit : Emporio Armani , Necklace : Nikki Lissoni, Earings : Zara , Shoes : Sergio Rossi 

Blushing in Pink!!

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Love Lush in Pink ūüôā

A Big Hello to everyone!!

Hope you all have been doing well and taking good care of your emotional and physical self. So have you heard, that Venus is in Retrograde?? This phase started from October 5th, 2018 and will last till Nov 16th, 2018. Let me explain what this means – Venus is a planet of Goddess of Love and it is the only planet that shines the brightest. This planet rules how we behave in our relationships. During this period Venus moves backwards and it effects us emotionally and leads to self reflection. So make sure you stay positive throughout and don’t take any drastic decisions in life in this phase. Stay calm and let it flow. ūüôā

So I decided to adorn myself in Pink and blush in this colour of optimism, love, joy, compassion and generosity. Pink is also a colour of Hope. The word “Pink” has its roots in a species of flowers called “Pinks ” It was described as a colour in the 17th Century.¬†

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Pink also reflects one’s sweet side and child like innocence. Think about this, do we imagine a ghost in the colour Pink ?? No right !! We imagine it in Black mostly. But Pink is the magical colour that reminds you of beauty. It makes you vibe higher and attracts positivity.¬†Not to forget the magical powers of a Rose Quartz – The love stone. It is considered to be a lucky stone of love and bliss.

And of course, Pink has long back, broken the barrier of being limited to a girl’s closet. In the 18th Century, it was seen as a colour elegant for both sexes. It has progressed through the years and it took the world on a mad wave in the 20th century, when Brooks Brothers introduced the Pink shirt. The colour became highly popular in the 1940’s 50’s, 70’s and the 80’s . Then came a phase of this colour being subduedly used. But in the 2000’s it created a stronger niche for itself again. Men have fondly worn it fashionably to both work and play. This colour is indeed here to stay and we are incomplete without this hue in our wardrobe.

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

I love the simplicity of this outfit. It’s comfortable and easy to wear. I like my non clingy ¬†V – Neck top. The V – neck gives a sharper look to my soft pink top. These high waisted flared loose pants are quite cool and retro. Its got detailing on the pleats with the white thread, so one can also wear this outfit in a sporty fashion. If you wear this outfit with a pair of funky white sneakers, it will look super cool casual.

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

I decided to go blingy with this retro look and have accessorised it with a chunky love pendant and a pair of gold earrings. My pink champagne sunnies add an oomph to my demeanour. I decided to go metallic on my feet with the bronze – gold wedge heels. Just for you to know metallic clothes and shoes are killing it at the runways. And to add the cherry on top – I accessorised my hair with the Hot Pink Rose, oh yes darling…….l love to POSE!! ūüôā

So what are you waiting for? Go add some pink for the love of VENUS!!

Blushing In Pink - Rupika Chopra

Top: Jaspal , Pants : Jaspal , Shoes : Sergio Rossi , Sunnies : Alexander Mc Queen ,

Necklace : Nikki Lissoni , Rose : Accessorize 

High Waisted Wide Leg Vintage Pants!!!

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika ChopraGo Vintage with the High Waisted Pants :

The wide legged pants go way back in the 1920’s, ¬†when they were initially worn as ¬†lounge pants. Remember the silky loose pants worn by the glamorous women looking all sultry in their abode!? The silky pants worn with velvet or silk jackets was the¬†lounge¬†look¬†of the famous stars and it caught the fashion wave and women started wearing them to holidays too. In the 1930’s this lounge attire moved to the beach and was modified as the beach pyjamas printed in floral patterns.

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

In the mid 1930’s, the style was reformed to the widest pleated pants ever worn. Top and Pant sets with matching belts came in vogue followed by jumpsuits in the late 1930’s. The trend continued through every decade ¬†…….peaking in the 1970’s with the rise of boho hippie culture – which brought a revival of the wide legged bell bottoms back from the 1930’s.

An Evolution of lounge pants could be seen prominently taking it a notch above with the flashy buttons in the front adding much statement to the look.

These pants have made a comeback with amazing weaves. They are present in different fabrics -from linen, cotton, wool etc.¬†Wide legged pants are perfect for leisure wear. The¬†one’s I am wearing particularly are very casual ones with pockets. To add some vibrance to the boring grey, I teamed a colourful striped top. You can also wear these grey pants with a classic white shirt, or a white shirt with the balloon sleeves or colourful tops to get a perky disposition.

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

These pleated wide legged pants are comfortable and breathable. I like the detailing of the belt on the waist, which gives more character to my pants.  Similar pants in Wool and checks look super fashionable in the Fall Season with a well cut  jacket. The cut and fabric change the dynamics of a garment phenomenally.

The wide legged pants are a statement in itself, so grab them now and team them with t-shirts, shirts, fun accessories like bracelets and sunnies. The wide legged pants look great with the wedge pumps or flats ….depending on your look and comfort. I have mine ready for fall as well……what about you?

The High Waisted Wide Legged Pants - Rupika Chopra

Pants : Shein , Top : Zara , Shoes : Sergio Rossi 

Photographer : Natasha Adnani