Pop Friday | India Inspired Fashion and Beauty

Happy Friday MRDers!  As summer is soon coming to an end, designers are showcasing their new collection for the next season… and they are inspired by India!

India is the second most populated country and they are known for their astonishing beauty and fashion. Indian women beauty remedies are known for hundreds of years now and their clothing are full of beautiful embellishments and silky fabrics. It is no surprise that cosmetic, fragrance and fashion designers are now getting inspiration from this country for their new collection. On the menu for Fall 2012: bright colors, fabrics, and Indian traditions!

1. Make-up

Clarins cosmetic, $18-$40, available at clarinsusa.com

Clarins is a Paris-base cosmetic company that designed their new fall collection based off of the Indian colors called Enchanted. Holi, a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, inspires the colors in this collection. The Enchanted line consists of an eye shadow palette with a very Indian inspired packaging design. The collection features lips glosses named Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi as well as a kajal eyeliner that Indian women have used as one of their makeup staples for centuries.

2. Fragrances

Jaipur Bracelet Eau de Parfum, $136.00, available at neimanmarcus.com

Designed by a French jeweler, Bouncheron, this perfume’s shape was inspired by the Navratan jewelry collection that was given to Rajasthan brides for luck and success.  The cap design on the bottle came from cutting the gems in a cabochon style the way Indians did.  The bottle is also a soft pink color inspired by Jaipur’s nickname, the Pink City. As for the scent, one of the main notes is tagetes, that is a type of marigold also known as India’s carnation.

3. Fashion

Photo Credit: Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

 Karl Lagerfeld’s showed the Chanel Metiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris Bombay collection that was influenced by Indian fabrics and embellishments.  Part of the collection is handbags that capture the style of traditional Indian artworks.  The silver coin straps, silver beading, and floral details are similar to traditional Indian accessories.  Chanel also has a new line of costume jewelry that were inspired by the Indian culture, but of course, Chanel added its own touch to it.  Karl Lagerfeld incorporate the tikkas, which is the forehead jewelry, and other type of jewelry into the collection.

What do you , fashion experts, think about designers using the Indian culture as their inspiration?  Any thought on other countries where designers should get their inspiration from?  Let us know!


2 responses to “Pop Friday | India Inspired Fashion and Beauty

    • We agree with you Fashion Mayann and just like you, we are total fans of the Chanel Paris Bombay pre-fall 2012 collection!

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