Akshata Shetty

Mumbai-based Akshata Shetty writes on Fashion and Lifestyle, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT Cafe

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Dress up to uplift the lockdown mood

Fashion designers say that outfits, intentionally or unintentionally, drive the state of our mind by communicating non-verbally to the world
Fashion designers Sukriti Grover and Aakriti Grover
Fashion designers Sukriti Grover and Aakriti Grover
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 09:29 PM IST
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Masks for humanity

Indian designers donate masks, and create funds and medical kits to support in their own way
Single use medical overalls manufactured by Giorgio Armani
Single use medical overalls manufactured by Giorgio Armani
Updated on Apr 17, 2020 05:43 PM IST
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Wedding fashion 2020: Bringing a sustainable touch to bridal attire

This wedding season, make a conscious effort to opt for sustainable bridal wear and do your bit for the Earth.
This upcycled patchwork lehenga made from waste fabrics makes for an interesting option for either a haldi or mehendi function.
This upcycled patchwork lehenga made from waste fabrics makes for an interesting option for either a haldi or mehendi function.
Updated on Mar 08, 2020 04:16 PM IST
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Typography: Let your clothes do the talking

Messages on tees have always been a favourite. And the style has definitely rubbed off on fashion experts for couture ensembles. Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.
Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.(All photos: Instagram)
Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.(All photos: Instagram)
Updated on Feb 08, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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Stockings, shirts, nails and more: Let’s dress up in dots

The polka dots have found its way back and this classic trend is making waves in 2020.
Actor Malavika Mohanan adds a pop of pink to this pretty number. This baby pink one shoulder dress with scattered red polka dots is a fun outfit for the retro feels. You could cinch your waist or break the monotony with a red belt featuring few pink polka dots.
Actor Malavika Mohanan adds a pop of pink to this pretty number. This baby pink one shoulder dress with scattered red polka dots is a fun outfit for the retro feels. You could cinch your waist or break the monotony with a red belt featuring few pink polka dots.
Updated on Feb 04, 2020 04:55 PM IST
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The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it

A trend that rocked the ’60s has made its way back in 2019. Here’s a look at what makes this quirky style the talk of the town.
The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it.(Instagram)
The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it.(Instagram)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 02:17 PM IST
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Navratri 2019: Here’s how you can add contemporary swag to your traditional outfits

Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.
Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Sep 28, 2019 09:53 AM IST
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Here’s what you need to know about the Showstopper Syndrome

Do fashion designers need Bollywood celebs as showstoppers? The fashion fraternity opens up about B-Town celebs hogging the ramp and why clothes need to be the only stars.
Mumbai: Actress Ananya Pandey at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 24, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Ananya Pandey at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 24, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 12:04 PM IST
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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019: 5 days of fashion at LFW

A lookback at the stylish trends that set the mood for Lakmé Fashion Week 2019 Winter/Festive 2019 edition.
Mumbai: Actress Malaika Arora walks the ramp to showcase designer Diya Rajvir's creations at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 25, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Malaika Arora walks the ramp to showcase designer Diya Rajvir's creations at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 25, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 12:59 PM IST
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Festive Fashion 2019: This Eid, give a spin to your traditional outfits

Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, we give you a lowdown on what’s haute this festive season.
Take inspiration from Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor for your festive outfits.(Instagram)
Take inspiration from Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor for your festive outfits.(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 05:24 PM IST
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The blouse affair: Trendy and unconventional blouses you can flaunt this season

Women have moved from traditional to contemporary and fusion to pre-stitched saris, the blouse too, has seen many transitions over time.
A denim jacket blouse and a printed jacket blouse.
A denim jacket blouse and a printed jacket blouse.
Updated on May 20, 2019 10:44 AM IST
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Fashion Trends 2019: How to layer up with jackets this summer

There are a variety of cool options when it comes to choosing the right jacket to beat the heat. Here’s how you can use this winter trend to style yourself this summer.
How to layer up with jackets this summer.
How to layer up with jackets this summer.
Updated on May 10, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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Gown with the wind: What makes evening gowns the perfect red carpet outfit

It’s definitely not going anywhere, in fact, the trend is right here to stay. Fashion experts discuss the relevance of the gown in India and why does it make for a perfect red carpet fix.
What makes gowns the perfect red carpet fix(Instagram)
What makes gowns the perfect red carpet fix(Instagram)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 01:37 PM IST
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Mango season:Celebrate the king of fruits in style

Celebrate the king of fruits in style this summer. HT Café brings to you some specials you could take inspiration from this mango season.
This wedding season, make a statement with an organza sharara in yellow, with silver tilla and Parsi embroidery detailed with elegant crystal embellishments. Fashion designer Dolly J, suggests the colour yellow can be creatively paired with white or lighter shades.
This wedding season, make a statement with an organza sharara in yellow, with silver tilla and Parsi embroidery detailed with elegant crystal embellishments. Fashion designer Dolly J, suggests the colour yellow can be creatively paired with white or lighter shades.
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 10:27 AM IST
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Trend alert: How you can add some much-needed florals to your 2019 wardrobe

What’s your flower power? Floral designs are a great investment and will never go out of style. We pick out a few fun ensembles inspired by the trend.
Gauri and Nainika, who presented their summer/resort 2019 collection at Lakme Fashion Week had actor Yami Gautam as their showstopper. (Instagram)
Gauri and Nainika, who presented their summer/resort 2019 collection at Lakme Fashion Week had actor Yami Gautam as their showstopper. (Instagram)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 02:43 PM IST
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Valentine’s Day 2019: How to make sustainable fashion choices

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love by making sustainable fashion choices. HT Café rounds up a few eco-friendly options to gift your loved ones.
We give you a glimpse of some designs that merge sustainability and fashion.(Prodip Guha)
We give you a glimpse of some designs that merge sustainability and fashion.(Prodip Guha)
Updated on Feb 14, 2019 02:41 PM IST
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Drape your sari in interesting new ways, here’s how

The runway at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes to suit the modern and contemporary woman. Here’s how to drape your sari in interesting new ways
Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes
Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes
Updated on Feb 08, 2019 01:40 PM IST
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To India, with love: An ode to a land of diverse textiles, embroideries and weaves

To celebrate the country’s 70th Republic Day, fashion experts pay ode to a land of diverse textiles, embroideries and weaves.
India has an array of textiles, embroideries and weaves spread across its 29 states.
India has an array of textiles, embroideries and weaves spread across its 29 states.
Updated on Jan 25, 2019 01:25 PM IST
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Inclusive fashion, pretty pockets and other fashion trends of 2018

What began on a fashionable note, ended on an even stylish one. We look back at the trends that made 2018 a memorable one.
Be it sustainable living, inclusive fashion or reviving old traditions and making new ones, this year made its mark.(Instagram/AmitabhBachchan)
Be it sustainable living, inclusive fashion or reviving old traditions and making new ones, this year made its mark.(Instagram/AmitabhBachchan)
Updated on Dec 27, 2018 04:54 PM IST
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What’s your 2019 fashion resolution?

HT Café asked fashion experts to speak about their resolutions for 2019 and what they will not repeat next year.
A model showcases an outfit from the Anushree Reddy Collection 2018.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
A model showcases an outfit from the Anushree Reddy Collection 2018.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 05:05 PM IST
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Here comes the bride

Before you walk down the aisle, here’s what you need to take care of to have a happy wardrobe.
Deepika Padukone nailed the same heavy smokey eyes while Anushka Sharma opted for dewy makeup in her floral pink lehenga(@ranveersingh, @anushkasharma1588 / Instagram)
Deepika Padukone nailed the same heavy smokey eyes while Anushka Sharma opted for dewy makeup in her floral pink lehenga(@ranveersingh, @anushkasharma1588 / Instagram)
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 03:01 PM IST
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Flower power: Floral motifs are set to rule the fashion world this summer

This season, the fashion world is all set to blossom with floral prints. Here’s the low-down on what you can stock up your wardrobe with.
Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing a khadi floral-printed Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari at a recent event.(Yogen Shah)
Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing a khadi floral-printed Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari at a recent event.(Yogen Shah)
Updated on Mar 29, 2017 09:22 AM IST
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HT Most Stylish 2017: Meet the nominees for the most stylish fashion personalities

Here’s looking at some of the most dynamic designers nominated for this year’s HT Most Stylish Awards.
Fashion designer Nikhil Thampi is one of the nominees in the HT Most Stylish - Fashion category.
Fashion designer Nikhil Thampi is one of the nominees in the HT Most Stylish - Fashion category.
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 03:54 PM IST
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Fashion report 2016: When Bollywood’s biggest stars rocked the red carpet

Ahead of HT Most Stylish Awards 2017, we take a look at what went down on the stylish red carpet last year.
Ranveer Singh’s flamboyant personality complemented his red carpet look at HT Most Stylish Awards, last year.(Shakti Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Ranveer Singh’s flamboyant personality complemented his red carpet look at HT Most Stylish Awards, last year.(Shakti Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 05:45 PM IST
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#HTMostStylish: Tips on how to get the celebrity look on the red carpet

Make-up artist Saba Poonawala, of La Belle Salon and Bridal Studio, shares tips on how to be red carpet ready with the right makeup and accessories.
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s simple yet glamorous avatar is an ideal celebrity red carpet look for this season.(PTI)
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s simple yet glamorous avatar is an ideal celebrity red carpet look for this season.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 03:39 PM IST
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From Stella McCartney to Manish Arora: Designers turn runways into fun-ways

With models dancing on the runway for UK-based designer Stella McCartney’s Autumn/Winter 17 show, HT Café takes a look at how designers are turning runways into fun-ways this year.
Models dance on the runway at the Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
Models dance on the runway at the Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
Updated on Mar 15, 2017 07:36 AM IST
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Bollywood is a huge boost for Indian textiles and crafts: Ritu Kumar

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the designer talks about her journey in the fashion industry and Bollywood, among other things.
Designer Ritu Kumar spoke about her journey in the fashion industry and how Bollywood plays an important role in promoting Indian textiles.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)
Designer Ritu Kumar spoke about her journey in the fashion industry and how Bollywood plays an important role in promoting Indian textiles.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 08, 2017 07:57 AM IST
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On Women’s Day opt for floral dresses, crop tops and saris

Fashion designers share fun styles that you can use to flaunt your femininity on March 8.
Designer Surily Goel’s cut-out shoulder tops are extremely feminine and flirty, which complement every body type extremely well.
Designer Surily Goel’s cut-out shoulder tops are extremely feminine and flirty, which complement every body type extremely well.
Updated on Mar 07, 2017 08:01 PM IST
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From McCartney to Vuitton: Fashion designers promote sustainable fashion

As concern for the environment influences fashion choices, sustainable materials are gaining acceptance across the globe. HT Café takes a look at how this trend is shaping up in India.
The dress Emma Watson is wearing is made from recycled polyester created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarn in Italy. This process saves energy and has lower CO2 emissions than creating brand new polyester fibre. The armband was created in a carbon-neutral mill.(Stephane Cardinale)
The dress Emma Watson is wearing is made from recycled polyester created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarn in Italy. This process saves energy and has lower CO2 emissions than creating brand new polyester fibre. The armband was created in a carbon-neutral mill.(Stephane Cardinale)
Updated on Mar 01, 2017 07:39 AM IST
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My clothes are always my superstars: Narendra Kumar

Designer Narendra Kumar says he never needed Bollywood stars to showcase his designs on the ramp; adds that demonetisation affected the fashion industry.
Fashion designer Narendra Kumar will be presenting his collection The Millenials at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Fashion designer Narendra Kumar will be presenting his collection The Millenials at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2017 06:32 PM IST
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