Summer White

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It’s Summer, which means we are going to be seeing a lot more of white! And these ladies did white, nice n’ casual.

Maria for her appearance wore a white chikkan kurta which she paired with denims and, Masaba paired her tunic/dress with tights, both ladies opting for strappy heels to complete their looks.

Who’s take on white is more your style?


Masaba (Left) And Maria Goretti

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. Who the hell is Masaba?

    Maria’s look is casually chic -except would have preferred if she had worn a salwar instead of jeans. The shoes do not go with the outfit at all.

    Oh, and MAJOR rant/sad observation coming up. I have been catching up with last few days post and have made some sad observations.

    I do not know why so many posters here tend to make fun of tradotional indian color outfits with traditional indian color scheme? Looks like everyone has gone and got their tastes “firangized”. Suddenly our traditional color scheme is tacky and traditional outfits are “aunty-ish” ?

    We Hindustanis, whether in India or outside have the unfortunate disease of undervaluing our own culture and traditional capital and blindly aping all things western. We have also now internalized the western sensibility as well along with western cultural heritage! —OTHERWISE, how could the “word” we are looking for (in PnP’s post other day) be “Hallelujah” instead of merely “finally” or soemthing similar.

    The brain washing is complete! (Hopefully this post goes through and not deleted).

    • Firstly, Masaba is a designer.

      As for fashion, it being so subjective, is nearly impossible to genralize. For people who grew up in the west, red and green will always be a christmasy combination and just because they air their views doesn’t make it the truth. There is no right or wrong, every person has their personal back-story that reflects their personal taste/view. You can agree or disagree but like I said, there is no definitive right or wrong.

      And err saying “Hallelujah” is being firangized? Last we checked, India was a secular country and Christians are just as Indian… Besides, by your logic then, entire English language would be under fire (it being a colonial gift to us). Would you rather have us blog in hindi or in one of the many regional languages then? Jingoism never did anyone good.

      • i do agree with some points that skippy pea makes – that a lot of the bloggers here ridicule brighter colours or traditional outfits (someone just made fun of the “grass necklaces” worn by manisha koirala at her wedding… and how many times have we read about the chuda controversy!).
        There is nothing that anyone can do about it … we all express what we feel.
        However skippy pea – dont take your angst so far that you object to the use of words… where in your mind “Hallelujah” denotes “western cultural heritage” rather than an expression …
        I regularly use arabic slang in my day to day conversation as I work with a lot of middle eastern people. It dosent mean I’am adopting their culture and forgetting my own!
        The blog is about fashion and we all have our take on it … and as the world mixes more and more – so will our languages, clothes, culture, food etc etc. Lets just learn to be quiet about it if we cant accept it.

        • hey – its a fashion blog..cmon skippy pea – give it a rest..and listen aiyo! (i use that a lot ;))..imho its an unfair read you have given to this blog. ive read many comments here which are very informed about fashion in general – indian or otherwise.

      • Different people have different opinions. You have to remember a lot of people on this blog have lived/ grown up outside India and are bound to prefer a more muted color palette. There is nothing wrong with that. I love Indian clothes and I am proud of my nationality but I do find some of the clothes on this site (Manish Malhothra, Manav Gangwani) tacky and garish. And I do find minimalism and a neutral color palette very chic.

        Saying you have to like bright colors or you are ‘firangized’ is just taking nationalism and making it into a petty, trivial, ridiculous thing. There is SO MUCH more to being Indian than the colors you prefer. A woman in a traditional, bright pink sari is not necessarily a proud Indian and a woman in bikini sari-blouse or plunging black gown could be very patriotic. I don’t understand why so many people turn fashion into something much more serious than what it was intended to be. Let’s not be oppressive

      • Gosh! has she grown up or what, looks like everyone’s growing up and i am right there where i was , hee hee. I like both girls! Maria is cool in an effortless way, so i like hers a tad better, and also cause i might wear something like hers more easily.

        Btw those shoes of Maria’s look quite similar to the gold ones Ash was wearing (her Mumbai and Hyd airport pics)

    • i doubt if anyone is making fun of traditional clothes, infact more often than not people love to see someone in a saree or salwar kurta. If someone is called aunty-ish or anything else ( although for some reason i find behengi very offensive) is because the said person is wearing clothes ageing them horribly or maybe too little effort is put in what they wear. I suppose we do expect film stars to be forever film stars :)

      And as for the term ‘Hallelujah’ i dont see anything wrong with it, i mean its nothing to do with being firangized or even religion (anymore atleast, cause its used so often in colloquial language). Its just expressions you picks as the world gets smaller methinks. Like my boss uses a lot of spanish and french expressions in meetings.

      As for color choices, to each his own, i do feel that sometimes we say a color is garish but noone said this is a garish ‘Indian’ color , right?

      Personally, i feel people love being Indian, and the more Indian people i meet in the US (where i live) the more i believe that we so want to keep our Indian traditions alive and celebrate them always, i find some people here more traditional than say some big cities in India sometimes.

      • I agree with skippy pea and SK about the fact that a lot of times scorn is poured on traditional colors, obviously taste is subjective and determined by our background. But the way these opinions are stated is too harsh manner sometimes. There seems to be no sensitivity towards the fact that people in India do gravitate towards brighter colors and any such color is stated as being “loud” immediately. while pastel shades are immediately hailed as being chic and sophisticated and traditional is fine as long as its a “sabyasachi”
        There is no attempt to broaden ones fashion horizons and trying to understand where people dressing so are coming from.
        There is an obvious disconnect between the opinions and some of the people they are commenting on which is fine as long as there is some sensitivity while commenting on them.

        • another aspect is jewelry when wearing a saree, its like skip the necklace if you wear earrings, dont wear bangles if you have a necklace etc. Its a saree not a gown, I don’t mean you have wear all your jewelry but skipping one for the other is not really the way most people do it in India afaik.

          • its a fashion blog, people will have opinions, it doesnt mean we are westernized or anything, if someone thinks a Manav Gangwani’s saree is boringor garish, its because it cost a hellava lota money for something relatively unimpressive, and Sabya has his share of beating on this blog for being overrated. If you think you like a color on someone, or a saree or an outfit, or more jewellery than others are proposing, i dont think anyone is stopping you from saying it. Case in point some people hated the bangles and the saree Bipasha wore to the IIFA awards, I actually liked it and i hated the draping, someone else loved it all. So to each his own and this is a blog and hence will have tons of opinions. Arent you kinda pushing your opinions on others by insisting that others are westernized, firangized or scornful of tradition or something… i wonder.

          • @Bharati
            First of all, this is a fashion blog. It is meant for different people to voice their DIFFERENT opinions about the way Indian celebs dress.

            If somebody says “Indians pile on the bling and it looks trashy” or “Indians dress tacky” I will absolutely agree with you in calling it insensitive and racist.

            But if a woman, who generally likes (and wears) Indians clothes, says that she finds a lot of bright colors or jewelery ‘loud’ or ‘garish’, its just called expressing her own opinion.

            If someone has a non-traditional view on how a sari should be worn, you can disagree with them, but you dont have to call them insensitive and make them feel uncomfortable about expressing their opinion. That’s a bit opressive. Like you said, its all about broadening your fashion horizons and learning to accept that other people will have different views.

            It’s ridiculous to be this defensive about the Indian culture, and bring the whole nationalism element into a fun, relaxed blog like this.

          • I am all for free speech and different opinions, nowhere have I said that opinions shouldn’t be shared. I never generalize and there are lots of people who share their opinions with a lot of sensitivity though their fashion sensibility is totally different. Just take a few seconds to think beyond the obvious before making judgements and maybe be a little more gentler, it just makes for more relaxed reading on a fun blog.
            My point is also that people who post on this blog obviously love fashion and lot of them have fashion “rules” at their finger tips. But some times they just transplant them from the western context (where they were framed) to a Indian one in a harsh manner, it just seems like fitting a square peg into a round hole.

            ps: I have never commented on sari drapes the whole argument just escapes me, a nicely done “modern” drape is any day better then a unsightly “traditional” one for me.

          • I was just pointing out that what you find ‘harsh’ (saying an outfit is loud) is actually just a difference in opinion and its silly to brand it as insensitive, because it’s such a trivial issue. With all due respect, I think you’re the on being judgemental about people who comment about jewellery, colors etc, its really such a non-issue. If I came across as harsh or offensive, I am extremely sorry.

            And as for the fun, relaxed bog bit, that was my point exactly. Cant we just take the comments at face value, instead of trying to analyze them for trends, and call them ‘westernized’ or ‘offensive’?

  2. i dont like how masaba’s upper left chest side is separated from the rest of her torso. as for maria, i LOVE good chikaan work. it would be nice to see a close up of her top. cant tell anything right now.

  3. Love Maria’s kurta…that’s it. Wish she had paired it with churidar/tights with a different pair of shoes.
    Don’t quite like Masaba’s tunic

    • Totally agree. Top half looks good, but the jean (and the folds in the jean) totally beats me. A churidar bottom would have gone a long way. Shoes are amazing.

  4. oooh, I am not being “jingoistic” or oppressive at all. and I am not looking at instances in a vacuum no matter how much you would like me to do.

    Its a entirely different matter when one uses expressions not in our cultural vernacular but because they are in the western vernacular and it is “hip” to use em.

    I grew up in India for a while and have spent a long time here in USA. I have friends from all religions in India including christians and I had never heard “hallelujah” used by any of them. The word was never in our cultural vernacular, christian or otherwise. So It was very off-putting for me to see it used in such a flip way. Similar to when people now say “bless you” when someone sneezes. They obviously have either heard it on TV or from someone who lived in the western world.

    PnP, if you are from outside of India, then I can give you a pass on that. :)

    About the criticism for colors etc. I agree that some designers do tend to use very garish and dramatic colors. But often the criticism I see here is blanket – used for any Indian color scheme. Case in point – Shilpa’s bridal outfit is constantly criticized for garish colors even though they were traditional colors. By the same token, western outfits/color schemes are usually not panned so harshly. Go ahead and call out color schemes that are truly garish, dresses that offend our eyes – but are you sure that you are not criticizing because your tastes are now instructed by what is appreciated by westerners?

    Change is good, but all change is not good. We do loose out on certain aspects that are definitely worth preserving and honoring.
    It is easy to be sanguine in your own assessment of how changes are good and the self generated defenses for them.

    • Agree, partly to your views. I find it amusing to hear people who live in India use many such expressions and also take on a fake American accent. Actually, the Indian Christians would be offended to use hallelujah or Jesus Christ as an expression. I grew up in the mid west America and i do know for a fact that such expressions are not used that commonly by the Americans or the Indian Christians who live here. I would truly find it offensive if people around the world use Hey Ram or any such ones just for sounding cool. Even worse use a F* word in between the expressions.

      And FYI, P&P live in the US. So their usage is acceptable. ;-)

    • so if a person lives in the US, they can use Hallelujah? and how long should the person have lived in the US to get that ‘Pass’ from you? should they have been born there or any other restrictions you can think of?? :)

      Now its kinda sounding rather preachy, honestly. Lets face it,a lot of expressions, opinions, ideas and whatever else you might be objecting to, including fashion related ideas are picked up by people from books they read, movies they watch, people they watch or just plain what feels good to the eye or the ear, for that matter. Whats the big deal here ? (sorry, but even whats the big deal is something i picked up from someone i am sure, i am sure i didnt pick it from school).

      And somehow the conversation is turning away from the point of this blog … i think we should start another blog on “westernization” or something, we will all contribute our gripes there, what say you?

    • Oh Skippy Pea… the beauty of language is that it’s so universal. It’s rather an out-of-touch viewpoint when everyone is talking “Glocal”- saying “bless you” or “hallelujah” is western now? Really, I hadn’t thought about it before you brought it up.
      The fact is that many of us urban Indians think, dream and “live” in English, no matter what our native tongue may be.
      And to imply by that, that the millions of Christians in India are Western not only insults them, but the secular fabric that actually has made India what it is. So what may seem “hip” or wannabe to you, may actually be second nature to many of us.
      I know this is not a literature/grammar/sociopolitical blog, so bringing it back to a fashion viewpoint- this ability to assimilate is what makes me proud that I am an Indian. Which other people have the ability to look and dress as comfortably in a sari or a miniskirt? Put an American in a sari and see. That’s why we can still say that we’re such a secular country, aware of our own tradition, and yet open to others.
      Nit-picking on such minor issues just takes away from the relaxing aspect of this blog, and forces everyone to become all sermonising and preachy!! :)

  5. I think Masaba’s outfit makes her look stout. Though the cuts are interesting, however the left portion seems to stand out.

    Maria could have worn a better footwear; maybe a silverish Kolhapuris with some silver jewelery.The kurtis looks nice.


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