Month: August 2015

Baubles! Its raining baubles this season at Pookaari. With Rakshabandhan and Onam around the corner the prefect gift is a beautiful piece of jewellery. Play dress up this festive season with jewellery. Wear a pair of aqua colored drops with your anarkali. Or wear a fabulous necklace on a silk saree for the onam party.

The buzz around The Minions got me thinking about fashion inspired by cartoons. Of course, pop culture has always been a major source of inspiration for designers both here as well as abroad. Believe it or not, the most popular cartoon characters spotted on the ramp have been Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, the Disney princesses and, more recently, The Minions. The toons we grew up with are a huge fad in the world of fashion. After all dressing up should be fun and what can be more fun than good old Mickey Mouse?

In India, Masaba is one of the younger designers known for her cartoon-inspired prints. Her collaboration with Satya Paul resulted in fun and quirky crepe saris with Mickey Mouse prints, thereby making old-fashioned sari hip and trendy. In world fashion, big names like Moschino put Spongebob Sqaurepants on their Fall Winter 2014 coats. Suddenly Mr. Spongebob was a celebrity again. What a fun way to bring in winter!

Maleficent was another huge source of inspiration. The most noteworthy Maleficent collaboration was Stella McCartney’s line of children’s clothes and accessories. My favourites were the sneakers with wings. I wished I were old enough to wear them.

While on the subject of cartoon fashion, I cannot forget The Minions. Although a little annoying initially, they grow on you after a few days. For the movie premiere, Sandra Bullock wore a pair of Rupert Sanderson’s Minion pumps and the fashion world predictably went gaga . This pair of yellow shoes was trending on social media for a couple of weeks.

Charlotte Olympia is one of the more popular designers who is hugely influenced by pop culture. Her accessories are always quirky and charming. My favourites are the Sleeping Beauty pumps and the Pumpkin Pouch. Her creations are a reminder that fashion is fun and original.

If you are interested in shopping for cartoon-inspired fashion, try online sites like Opening Ceremony, Hot Topic and, of course, Charlotte Olympia. The traditional retail stores rarely stock these pieces. Have fun while playing dress up!

-ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu MetroPlus, Coimbatore on 13th August, 2015