Month: March 2016

Harnessing the hand harness trend: the Haath Phool

Over the past few years one has repeatedly witnessed the resurgence and reinvention of traditional Indian jewelry, designs and silhouettes in wedding and  festive wear. Indian designers such a Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Vallaya and Ritu Kumar are constantly showcasing collections with inspiration derived from traditional and historic Indian influences. Even in the west, Elie Saab’s 2016 couture show collection showcases a vast variety of Indian embroidery and silhouettes.  One such look that has gained a lot of popularity recently is the Indian hand harness or Haath Phool.

Literally translating to ‘ hand flower ‘ the Haath phool has been known historically as a part of the sixteen adornments (Solah Shringar) Traditionally worn in India. Indian brides wear it as a part of the traditional set along with toe  rings, armlets and many other pieces of jewelry, which have seen a recent revival in current fashion trends.  The haath phool dates back to the Mughal era, and is speculated to have been of Persian origin. Courtesans, musicians and dance performers also popularly wore such pieces.

Whether it is a delicate compliment or a chunky piece, the hand chain is bold and statement accessory which accentuates and compliments any outfit. The best part about it is that it can be worn with all your western dresses and outfits as well. It also serves as a great conversation starter. It is interesting to tell people  that the delicate hand harness they are admiring originated from your ancestors and is not just a fashion trend you picked up after observing Instagram pictures of Coachella.

For the lazy girl, this bracelet come ring also provides a quick and easy way to add glamour and style to your outfit without having to spend a lot of time endlessly piling on and matching various accessories. However, the hand harness can also be worn together with other bangles, rings and bracelets to create a more dramatic and put together look.

One of the most famous pieces of jewelry to be worn as a hand harness is the pearl and diamond style by Tiffany’s. The western world has taken this trend of  Indian origin and made it more modern and wearable by their interpretations of the piece. These include hand harnesses made by just linking together a series of chains or with one focal point like a filigree ring or bracelet. Even in India, versions differ from those having five separate rings, one for each finger or just simply a single ring with a trailing vine like lattice which usually covers part of or the entire back of your hand. The variety of styles available is also quite varied, from traditional Jadau and Polki pieces, modern art deco inspired delicate links and even vintage baroque embellished and encrusted styles.

Whatever style of piece you choose to adorn yourself with, the Haath Phool is guaranteed to grab the attention of all around you, setting you apart from the crowd as a woman of evolved fashion sensibility. We at Pookaari are soon bringing you a specially curated range of hand harnesses for you to pick from and add to your jewelry collection. So this wedding season, be sure to sport this ‘hands on’ trend and watch as the compliments never stop coming!

The Gold Rush

The wedding season is in full swing, and one trend we can never get enough of in India is that of gold jewelry. Traditionally, the jewelry in the South of Indiausually consisted of solid gold styles with intricate design details and hangings linked together to create a look, which while ornate and grand, is at the same time quite delicate and full of movement. Bengali jewelry as well has a lot of solid gold pieces, usually round medallions that are held together with gold chains and are in some cases embellished lightly with pearls or other precious stones.

Towards the North of the country precious stone embellishments and Jarau styles are more popular but even there many people prefer to buy solid gold pieces as they have a certain old school charm to them. When seen in terms of an investment, gold jewelry has its advantages as well.

The resale value of piece of jewelry is significantly higher if it does not have any stone embellishments in it.  Therefore it is often considered a wiser investment especially in terms of being given as part of a dowry.

However keeping that aside, more and more people are wearing gold plated jewelry and trendier styles especially in terms of making a personal style statement these days. Even internationally, chunky gold neckpieces, cuffs and earrings are all the rage. Fashion houses such as Gucci and Roberto Cavalli have showcased collections containing glamorous eighties inspired gold jewelry, which brings to mind an image of the every glamorous Joan Collins from the television series “Dynasty”.

There are multiple ways to sport this trend. You can go the traditional route and wear a solid gold set of jewelry to add a royal charm to your outfit. Teaming chunky indo-western pieces with a plain or embellished sari also creates an instantly classy and chic appeal, helping you stand out in a crowd. Multiple pieces can be layered to create a rich and more opulent feel, like the subject of a Raja Ravi Verma painting. As opposed to that you can go for a subtler look by wearing one striking statement piece and keeping the rest of your makeup and jewelry minimalistic. My personal favorite way of wearing this trend is to wear solid gold pieces apart from the typical necklace or earring. Haathphools, naths, anklets and headpieces are all a great way to sport solid gold pieces, and they don’t necessarily have to be pure gold as well. More and more designers are coming up with trendy styles in gold plating which give a rich and expensive look without costing the earth.

We at Pookari have many designers showcasing collections with solid gold pieces.  Preeti Mohan and Divya Chugh’s jewelry have beautiful traditional styles, which will add panache to any ensemble you choose to wear. To go a more modern route, adorn yourself in exquisite and bold warrior inspired chunky gold pieces by Malleka. For a more delicate look, drape yourself with a waterfall gold chain necklace by Raya. However you choose to wear it, keep in mind that the solid gold jewelry trend is must to add to your collection in 2016.

Making headlines: The headpiece trend

Over the past few years, one look that has been making its mark both in India and internationally is the headpiece trend. This is a look that just cannot be ignored anymore and any woman who considers her self a fashionista must have a variety of interesting headpieces in her collection of jewelry.

Traditionally, Indian brides have always worn as part of their jewelry a Maang Tikas, Matha Patti or Jhumar. In today’s day however, this look is not just limited to be worn by the bride herself. A lot of designers are coming up with more modern pieces that can transition seamlessly from Ethnic Indian wear to western wear. Wearing a delicate headpiece to accentuate a cocktail dress is the best way to make heads turn at a party. It can even be used to dress up a simple jeans and t-shirt look for a semi formal event. Also becoming increasingly popular are embellished hear bands. Adorned with blinged up stones or traditional Indian embroidery, these provide a fuss free and minimal hassle way to update your look.

On the international runways, many designers have shown different versions of this trend. Marc Jacobs showcased models wearing faux Mohawks, John Galliano and Alexander Mcqueen had helmet style pieces and Valentino added a Byzantine touch to his magical medieval collection.

In India designers such as Gaurav Gupta and Manish Arora have shown warrior like Maang Mohawks to create a highly dramatic look and instantly add a wow factor to their garments. Even off the runway, most jewelry designers are coming up with pieces that has a crown like and larger then life look. Such pieces are usually work as a point of focus and are then not teamed with earnings or even a large necklace. The other way of wearing headpieces, which is popular, is a minimalistic drop with delicate chains, which can then be worn along with earrings and other jewelry without becoming too overbearing. Such minimalistic pieces can also be worn easily with western wear and therefore area much more practical choice in terms of reuse and wear ability.

At Pookaari we provide buyers with many different styles and options for headpieces. Hair Drama has a large collection of embellished headbands, combs, hairpins as well as draped headpieces, all of which are guaranteed to add a special flair to your choice of outfit. So for once choose to be ‘headstrong’ and indulge in the headpiece trend to create a beautiful look which not only makes you stand out but photographs wonderfully as well.

Bagging the traditional look: The embellished box clutch

As the wedding season picks up pace to enter full swing, a trend that has been spotted increasingly at swank soirees is the embellished box clutch or the minaudiere bag. A bejeweled and embroidered accessory you can hold in your hand, box clutches can be a prefect compliment to any outfit while at the same time adding a bold and edgy look. This look derives from the statement piece trend, which consists of adding one larger then life accessory to an otherwise classic or minimalistic outfit to make it a focal point of your entire look.

Historically this trend was popularized in Hollywood during the 1920’s and 1930’s when jewelry designers Van Cleef and Arpels patented the term ‘Minaudiere’. It is said that the inspiration came from socialite Florence Gould who had taken an affinity to attending events carrying her belongings in a metal cigarette case. In today’s day international designers such as Juidith Leiber, Alexander Mc Queen, Bottega Veneta, J crew and Dior all feature box clutches in their latest collections.

There are many pros to carrying a box clutch. For one, it doesn’t interfere with the lines and drapes of your outfit. Tucking one under your arm or carrying it around in your hand adds a certain touch of elegance.  When embellished with traditional embroidery or ornate stone work it almost becomes a piece of jewelry you carry around in your hand. Box clutches create a sense of bold adventure but also inspire a timeless feel. They speak of a woman who is bold, fashion forward and chooses elegance over drab comfort.

These bags can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes colors and embellishments. They can be matched to the embroidery on your outfit or the stones in your jewelry or alternately contrasted to create a more dramatic and glamorous effect. The choice lies completely with the wearer. Even post wedding season the embellished Minaudiere can be carried with western wear dresses or evening outfits to add an edgy and fashion forward fusion feel.

We at Pookaari have specially curated pieces from our designers for your perusal and usage. Our bags feature, embroidery, stone work and digital printing and are available in a large variety of trendy colors. Choose from a wide range of styles by designers Karmic Kabira , Karishma Sarna and Aiyana to name a few. Prices range from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 12000.

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“Brooching” the topic: The ornate lapel pin trend

This wedding season we have seen a revival of statement brooches and baroque lapel pins. Reminiscent of an era gone by, using a jeweled broach to hold your sari in place evokes a sense of nostalgia and class that brings to mind the style of erstwhile royalty. It’s also a great way to perk up a plain or simpler sari and add some restrained bling. Both in India as well as internationally, celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Sarah Jessica Parker and Blake Lively have been spotted sporting brooches.

There are many ways in which you can wear this trend. Adopt a classic approach by using just one pin as a focus point or make a style statement by adding two or three pieces in a more fashion forward look. It all depends on your individual style and sense of expression. The use of the versatile brooch doesn’t end with just fixing a sari on the shoulder. It can be used to adorn the neckline or back strap of a plain blouse and even hold a dupatta in place.  Moreover, once the wedding season is done this accessory translates seamlessly to be used with western wear. Traditionally adding it to a plain blouse or dress to add some bling is a classic style. Pinning a jeweled or ornate lapel pin to a coat or blazer is also a sure fire way of adding an instant point of interest. But apart from the traditional usage, given bellow are nine new and trendy ways to wear brooches on a daily basis.

1. With a plain t-shirt and jeans: Add a touch of glam to a mundane daily outfit by pinning on a brooch on your way out.

2. To fasten a scarf: Hold your scarf in place with a brooch towards the side or even dead center and create a point of interest.

3. On the collar of your shirt:  Add a brooch on both or one side of your shirt to instantly perk up your look.

4. On the waist band of your dress :Instantly transform a dress by adding a brooch at the waistband

5. On your ballerina shoe or pump: Pinning a brooch on your shoe can create an interesting effect.

6. On swimwear: Adding your brooch to a bikini or bathing suit transforms a plain piece to a glamorous and luxury resort look, especially perfect for parties at the beach.

7. In your hair: Use a pin to fasten a brooch in your hair or to a headband to create an instant and striking headpiece.

8. To re style an outfit: Gather up and pin a loose blouse or dress in place in an interesting manner to create drapes and add shape to otherwise loose and dowdy silhouettes.

9. On your bag: add a brooch to your plain clutch to make it look more special or add two or three to your every day bag to make a statement.

However you choose to sport a brooch, do be rest assured that it will definitely add an extra touch of glamour and style quotient to any outfit.

At Pookaari we have curated a special collection of reasonably priced Kundan brooches and jewelry pins to keep you “abreast” with this trend in every way possible.

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