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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Fashion you can use: Style lessons from Paris

Shweta Mehta Sen, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 19, 2014
First Published: 15:16 IST(19/7/2014) | Last Updated: 17:30 IST(19/7/2014)

Many designers stuck to their tried-and-tested formulas at the Paris Couture Fall-Winter Fashion Week 2014 that took place last week.

But there were several others, who experimented with silhouettes, dispelled fashion myths and infused new life into safe trends. Stylists tell you how to take cue from the ensembles on display, and adapt them for your wardrobe.

Also read: Beauty trends spotted at Paris Fashion Week

Hairbands double-up
as earrings

Do chunky earrings hurt you barely an hour after you’ve worn them? Cheat, says designer Oscar Carvallo, whose trick is to add the heavy bits to the bottom of a hairband. "

“It’s an ingenious way of getting the effect of earrings without putting too much weight on your ears. Besides, if you feel that the hairband doesn’t suit you, it’s very easy to hide it beneath a few locks of hair,” explains stylist Tanvi Wandrekar.
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There is no such thing
as a necklace too big

Turkish designer Serkan Cura had a gorgeous mint-green necklace to go with his edgy bandage dress. Instead of overpowering it, stylist Sneha Bhayana feels it amplifies the look.

“Avoid trying this look with a printed outfit, because it will look a little too busy. A solid dress in a neutral shade is the perfect canvas for a statement neckpiece. And definitely avoid overcrowding with too many accessories,” she says.
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Matchy-matchy isn’t
always bad

For Karl Lagerfeld, a bag that looks exactly like your dress isn’t a bad idea, if his Chanel show is anything to go by. “Just ensure the outfit isn’t a very busy one.

For solids with a slight texture or embellishment, this can be a great look,” says Wandrekar. Besides, what better way to utilise excess fabric?
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Jazz up a boring outfit

At Bouchra Jarrar, a simple-looking cream shirt and trouser set looked heavenly with the simple addition of a belt and peplum on one side.

Stylist Nikita Patel advises, “Look for separates that have one detail that sets them apart. It could be a sequinned pocket, printed collar, fit-and-flare waist or a creative cut at the back. It’s the best, easiest way to prevent your looks — especially at work — from being boring.”
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Couture overalls are
legit outfits

Who thought haute couture and a construction worker could have something in common? These overalls at Christian Dior prove that absolutely any silhouette can work for any occasion.

“Of course, it’s a risky prospect, but if you pull it off, you’ll be the belle of the ball,” says Patel. She advises picking out only luxurious fabrics and adding statement accessories to pull this look off convincingly.
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