KHOOBSURAT

Khoobsurat Movie 2014

Yes, I finally watched Fawad Khan’s Bollywood début film Khoobsurat last night. Featuring Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher, it’s a light-hearted rom-com, produced by Anil Kapoor production.

I love Sonam’s fashion sense and she looks street-style-meets-urban-dehliite-amazing throughout the film. Her wardrobe is dominated by colourful, clashing prints and mismatched sportswear. From smiley face socks to paisley printed rainbow scarves, bright painted nails and funky accessories, you just can’t fault her wardrobe. There wasn’t a look I didn’t like (yea, that doesn’t happen often). She kept her hair understated, with kohl lined eyes, scandalous eyelashes, bright pink blush and purple-pink lips. Again, a ten on ten. Now if you talk about her acting skills…. Rather, let’s not.

Instead, let’s talk about the ever-so-handsome Fawad Khan. A Pakistani heart-throb, he fit the role of a Rathore Prince quite naturally; I mean that eyebrow arching skill doesn’t come easy. In all due honesty, his acting skills didn’t blow me away, but he earned my absolute respect for on-screen display of our culture. I am not prude but I do not appreciate Veena Malik or Umaima Malik’s item numbers in micro minies and unabashed lip locking. I loved how there were no such scenes in Khoobsurat and Fawad didn’t succumb to Bollywood pressures of masala.

If you still haven’t watched the movie, do go out to watch it and support the cast. It’s a decent watch!

Talking about cast, had Anil Kapoor casted Parineeti instead of Sonam for Mili’s role, this movie could have done wonders! Just saying….

Here are some of my favorite Sonam looks from the movie – there were many more but I can’t find pictures :/ Another reason for you to go and watch the movie, and get some serious wardrobe inspiration!

LUSH CHRISTMAS AFFAIR

Lush Christmas Collection 2014

I am sure most of you already know about LUSH. They are known for their heavenly scented handmade soaps, bubble baths and shower gels. They smell divine and the idea of creating pampering products by hands with organic ingredients is absolutely fantastic to me.

Recently, LUSH launched their Christmas collection at Media One Hotel. You could feel the LUSH fragrance as soon as the elevator doors opened on the 42nd floor. The collection was displayed thematically, with a teaser of new services to come and a photobooth!!

Lush’s christmas collection has something for everyone. From 12 days of christmas box of goodies to tambourine, Santa Claus and Christmas trees, the variety of shapes and fragrances will blow your mind away. There are some with floral undertones while others have rich spicy-woody fragrances. I loved the one in bubblegum flavour – nostalgic and yum!

A darling woman from LUSH gave me some insider news on soon-to-launch services, exclusively for UAE. They are introducing pampering sessions at home! Yes, they will come over with their goodies and help you throw a fab pyjama party for your girlies, with services by LUSH beauty experts. How exciting!

Cherries, do check the collection out – you will fall in love as I did :)

Oh, I did some late-gram, and you can check it out here!

WARNING: THIS CAN BE ‘FATALE’

Agent_Provocateur_Fatale_Eau_de_Parfum_Cherry_CrossAgent Provocateur symbolizes all things fun and sexy. I have loved their racy lingerie since a friend introduced me to the brand, and have followed the collections ever since.

I was super excited when I got to try their latest fragrance, Fatale Black. Here’s our low down on this seducing fragrance:

Packaging – Agent Provocateur revamped the bottle, leaving glass completely transparent and glittery, additionally highlighted with smooth facettes. Fragrance flacon is crowned with a transparent stopper following the same flacon form, similar to a skillfully polished gem. It’s a bit on the heavy side, but as they say, the more the merrier!!

Fragrance Composition – Composition of the new fragrance Fatale provokes with pink pepper and black currant announcing a seductive heart of creamy gardenia gently sweetened with mango. Base of the composition warms the skin in sensual way with vanilla orchid and velvety musk.

Verdict: I love the fragrance; it’s sensuous without being overly feminine. I wish it would stay for a bit longer than it does, and comes in a sleeker packaging.

So now if you are wondering what I have been sporting recently, you know now that its Agent Provocateur’s Fatale Black :)

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Marks and Spencer Launches a Thunderous AW’14 Collections

I do love a good fashion show – for me, whether you put your collection in front of an editorial camera or on fashion runway, it needs to make a statement. Styling and choreography are extremely important, and lack of focus on these can make a fab collection look drab. There should be a dramatic edge to it. Or an ethereal romance. Whichever route you take, there has to be a statement.

I recently attended Marks & Spencer’s AW’14 Fashion Show, held at Waldorf Astoria. I loved how the show opened with thunder and rain, and music to set the pace. Lots of drama – yummy! Gorgeous models walked in with clear shiny umbrellas and rain coats, and I got all excited for the show to follow. Unfortunately, nothing came after that. The collection was signature M&S, classic with sharp cuts and edgy silhouettes, and some very interesting trench coats and wraps. Colour palette was predictably fall, with lots of black, grey and red. I loved the collection, and the set-up. What I found missing was the styling, the edge, that statement a fashion show must have!!

Regardless, I am sure I will be heading down to MoE to shop some of the fabulous pieces I spotted during the Marks and Spencer AW ’14 Fashion Show, including a sequined pencil skit and magenta gloves!

Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the show – Enjoy!

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An English Fall with Bloomingdales

A new season is upon us – which means a whole bunch of launch events and fashion shows!! I recently attended Bloomingdales AW ’14 Fashion Show at Dubai Trade Center. Artistically set, the backdrop was kept subtle to emphasize the collection. I loved how the pieces were styled, with high hair and edgy makeup. Here’s the finale for you my cherries – hope you enjoy it!

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India Fashion Week Season 1 arrives in Dubai

India Fashion Week Season 1 in Dubai - Cherry CrossNot everyone can jet set to New York, London and Paris for bi-annual fashion week seasons (although we really really want to). Hence, some of us have to make do with local fashion weeks to quench that thirst.

When I got to know of India Fashion Week coming to Dubai, I quickly assumed it to be in the league of Lakme Fashion Week and signed up. I was pleasantly surprised at Shujaah (organizer’s) prompt reply to my queries via email, and connecting me to the person in charge. But from there on, it was one disappointment after the other.

I was promised a delivery of printed invites, and only received an e-invite after a couple of reminders. I arrived for the press conference, only to see hammers at work and men plastering wallpapers. I looked around, went to meet a friend who was showcasing (Shweta Wahi) and then finally chatted with an intern for Masala Magazine. I waited for an hour, keeping an eye for any hopeful movements but finally decided to leave.

I came back for Shweta’s show, which was scheduled for 6:30 PM but started at 9:00 PM. I was told that the models were rehearsing BETWEEN the shows (how does that work anyway?), they were seen tripping more than once and the designers showcasing were MOSTLY below average.

I wish I had something positive to say about the experience, but I don’t. It does not mean I don’t appreciate the effort; trust me, I do. Such shows provide a platform for upcoming designers to showcase their collections, and attract prospective buyers and boutiques. The management only needs to work on their administration, and raise the benchmark for designers who can participate, to make it a roaring success.

On second thoughts, maybe the presence of Meera Jee and Bipasha Basu made the efforts worth it after all :)

I don’t have many pictures from the shows, only some really bad quality ones I took with my new HTC Desire 816. Please visit Instagram.com/thecherrycross to get a glimpse of India Fashion Week Season 1.

Did you attend the first season of India Fashion Week? Your comments?

Hits & Misses at Emmys 2014

Hollywood is abuzz with award ceremonies and fashion statements. Right after MTV’s VMA 2014, the biggest night of television was hosted in LA by Seth Meyers. Attendees included who’s who of the entertainment industry, and the fashionable display on the red carpet left us enchanted.

Here’s who made it to our LOVE list:

Lizzie Kaplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Lizzie Kaplan in Donna Karan Atelier – Monochrome Magic!

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab – Good to see those legs again Julia!

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt – Elegance Personified!

Allison Janney

Allison Janney – Drape ‘em in style!

Behati Prinsloo in Prada

Behati Prinsloo in Prada – Very Elie Saab-ish but absolutely gorgeous!

January Jones in Prabal Gurung

January Jones in Prabal Gurung – OMG! This was what fashion fantasies are made of!

Allison Williams in Giambattista Wali Couture

Allison Williams in Giambattista Wali Couture – Because Yellow makes it all alright!

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin – Layers and such!

Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland

Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland – A peplum here and a tail there….

Natasha Lyonne

Natasha LyonneNatasha Lyonne – A fiery lace number for you

On second thoughts, I would leave out the misses from Emmys Red Carpet – Why not just focus on all that’s gorgeous and fashionable.

So who was your favorite on the red carpet at Emmys 2014?

GUESS AW’14 CAMPAIGN

Guess Jeans FW 2014 (2)For Fall 2014, GUESS goes back to its roots, taking inspiration from the authentic American soul of Nashville, otherwise known as Music City. The advertising campaign features models Gigi Hadid, Bojana Ksrmanovic, Samantha Hoopes, Yara Khmidan, Silviu Tolu and Nick Fouquet photographed in the city where a musician’s dreams are made.

Guided by Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc., and shot by longtime collaborator, Ellen Von Unwerth, the Fall 2014 campaign captures the GUESS Girls and Guys embodying the spirit of Nashville while personifying the authenticity and heritage of the GUESS brand. The images follow sexy and adventurous GUESS Girls exploring Nashville as musicians on a quest for shopping, music and fun. Playful and free‐spirited poses are captured while they bring the viewer on this exciting journey through Nashville, letting the city bring them an experience filled with discovery and opportunity.

Where country meets rock n’ roll, the gorgeous GUESS Girls are seen strolling through town in a variety of denim‐focused looks, including high‐waist jeans paired with western‐inspired chambray button down shirts, classic denim pencil skirts and jackets mixed with modern styles embellished with studs and  fringe. Dresses in romantic floral prints, satin and lace are mixed into the looks to beautifully complement the strong denim pieces. Laid‐back and carefree GUESS Guys are seen in true cowboy fashion exploring romance around the city in classic chambray shirts embellished with metallic collar tips paired with a graphic tees and leather jackets.

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LOWDOWN ON MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2014

Held last night at The Forum in Inglewood, MTV’s VMA for the year had interesting red carpet fashion moments. From nearly naked Amber Rose to seductively sheer Kendall Jenner and haggard Kim Kardashian (motherhood much?), celebrities did their best to put the best fashion foot first – some stumbled and some strutted right through. Here’s our lowdown on best and worst dressed.

Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong at the red carpet, and stuns once again in her Charbel Zoe dress

Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong at the red carpet, and stuns once again in her Charbel Zoe dress

Katy Perry immitates Britney Spears Denim Statement on the red carpet

Katy Perry imitates Britney Spears Denim Statement on the red carpet

Ariana Grande in Moschino.... Metallic Love!

Ariana Grande in Moschino…. Metallic Love!

Taylor Swift ditches pants for Mary Katrantzou's short romper - Miley influence you reckon?

Taylor Swift ditches pants for Mary Katrantzou’s short romper – Miley influence you reckon?

Kendall Jenner in an Alon Livne mesh top and trousers - One of my absolute favorites!

Kendall Jenner in an Alon Livne mesh top and trousers – One of my absolute favorites!

BLACK BEAUTIES:

MONOCHROME CONVERSATION:

WHAT THE….

Who was your favorite from last night’s VMA cherries?

P.S. Average, been-there-done-that looks have been omitted – for obvious reasons.

The Art of Gifting “BIG”

yougotagift.com at Cherry CrossWhen I was at Axact, we were pretty enthusiastic about birthdays and weddings. We used to plan way in advance about what presents to buy, where to celebrate, what food to order and other such details. As time passed, we got way too busy to plan such momentous events (and the increasing size of our department didn’t help either). It got to a point where we just collected cash, dumped it in a plain ol’ envelope and presented with an absent smile. Sad state of affairs.

That got me thinking –> What if there were a personal shopper for gifts? Or a service that somehow manages it for you? And this is how I landed at yougotagift.com. Gift registry is a very common concept in west and one that’s becoming  popular in East as well. Yougotagift.com is based on the same idea, whereby you can send gifts to your loved ones in Middle East from anywhere in the world. Moreover, you can get together with your friends to pitch in for something big – say honeymoon tickets for your newly wed best friend? Or a new laptop for that unemployed dork you have for cousin?

yougotagift.com at Cherry CrossHow it works –> Quite simple. Visit yougotagift.com, create a group gift for the occasion, pick a gift card from over 60+ options (from fashion, beauty to electronics, wellness, entertainment and dining), customize your card, invite friends to pitch in and voilà – you are done! Your beloved can redeem the voucher at their convenience, and pick gifts that they REALLY like. Art of gifting has been made so much simpler with yougotagift.com.

I am off to get some beauty goodies from Faces with my yougotagift.com voucher :) Share the post with friends and family to drop ‘subtle’ hints (and sharing is SEXY) – Happy Gifting and Shopping lovelies!