What's Local

April 30, 2016 , By BlabberCat

Fashion bloggers meet at ‘Ommyra’

Fashion bloggers meet at ‘Ommyra’

Home to top designers, fashionistas and high-end stores, Kolkata has already made an impression on the fashion map. And right at the heart of Kolkata’s map stands Ommyra Labels always introducing classics to more experimental designs. BlabberCat nudges all the Kolkata bloggers to revisit their wardrobes with Ommyra Labels‘ Indo-western range.

Accessory partner: A Bling Story

Photographer: Darshana Banthia

The hot but engaging sundowner meet witnessed bloggers such as StoreUntold and I wore my style creating the fairy-tale every boss lady has spent not dreaming about. Gupshup Avenue and Sorelle Grapevine were too regal to fight for the spotlight because with heads every fashion trend also turn towards them. And TGIF- Thank God its Fashion spelt summer through her cotton and flowy tie-n-dye maxi. The unerring eye of Kolkata fashion bloggers resulted in stunning outfits that the average shopper could really take a tip or two from.

With this BlabberCat also introduces the ‘it’ model in town – Radhika Chopra and her two looks were styled us.

Half-And-Half cow printed saree from Indira Agarwal, matha-patti and hand harness from A Bling Story.

Floor-length day gown with embroidered belt to accentuate the waist line. A perfect summer gown with a feel good fabric and easy flow. It can also be worn to a beach or a Sunday brunch.

Desi cool designers Indira Agarwal and Gunjan Kotecha spoke about their latest collection showcasing at Ommyra.

Indira Agarwal, who’s stock is a best-seller at Ommyra, discusses the intricate prints and handwork on the palla. The tassels are all hand-crafted with parrots and pom-poms made in-house.

Gunjan doesn’t let the tropical climate restrict being fashionable. the special element in all her creation is that subtle but noticeable embroidery or design that makes the well-tailored outfit stand apart. In the above pic, the hand-embroidered bird on the pocket made it the most sellable-garment of the day.

related articles

In conversation with gender neutral model Petr Nitka
In conversation with gender neutral model Petr Nitka

Just a couple of days to Lakme Fashion week and the entire fashion industry is celebrating diversity in beauty, talent and artistes. Without pausing the beat, BlabberCat chats up with Petr Nitka from Czech Republic, the first gender neutral model walking the much sacred runway.

Bring Bling this Spring
Bring Bling this Spring

2016 was all about minimalism and understated fashion, but 2017 is already witnessing a major comeback for bling.

The India Story 2016
The India Story 2016

For the last few months, media, fashionistas, musicians, food entrepreneurs, architects, artists; rather the cream of the creative field has been involved with The India Story 2016.

India Runway Week | Season 7
India Runway Week | Season 7

The much awaited fashion extravaganza India Runway Week in association with Big Boy Toyz, Season 7 Winter/Festive Edition commenced at Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi. The show opened with the designs of International Designer Bibi Russell under the name of “Rajasthali”.

Surbhi Pansari’s subtle experiments for HIM
Surbhi Pansari’s subtle experiments for HIM

Surbhi Pansari has what you might call an anthropological perspective on fashion, seeing it as something that defines regional and national identities and is indicative of social change.

India Runway Week | Isha Gupta Tayal
India Runway Week | Isha Gupta Tayal

A Season Apart: Designer Isha Gupta Tayal, inspired the British era, was seen experimenting with style and drama.

Prahnaaya: Be your original
Prahnaaya: Be your original

First Anti-fit and now alternate-fit is making huge waves across the globe and for all the right reasons. Runway dreams have started becoming more real and the average consumer is no longer obsessing with their physical flaws.

Iconic Beauty | Fall-Winter 2016
Iconic Beauty | Fall-Winter 2016

From spotting the ideal bold lippie to mastering art of winged eye. Blabbercat brings you the fall winter make-up trends for you. Pick your metal mania to match your mood.

REGAL is the new SIMPLE
REGAL is the new SIMPLE

This time in India Couture week, we saw the design juggernauts reinventing the royal past in their new collection. From Mughal to Persian and Rajasthan palaces all were brought to runway through jaw-dropping couture outfits.

‘A Saree Soiree’ – The Magic of Folds at Ekru
‘A Saree Soiree’ – The Magic of Folds at Ekru

Handloom was the leading line this month at the design house of Ekru.

Guess which city in India ‘Coach’ opens it’s doors to?
Guess which city in India ‘Coach’ opens it’s doors to?

Coach celebrated the launch of it's first store in India

The new kid on the block Surbhi Pansari
The new kid on the block Surbhi Pansari

The new kid on the block will settle for nothing less than fashion for any occasion and don’t even try settling terms with him because you don’t want to awaken disaster before an important day of your life. Try to think from your little one’s point of view and put yourself in his tiny shoes.

From ‘Reel’ to ‘Real’ LABEL
From ‘Reel’ to ‘Real’ LABEL

With every sidewalk turning into a runway and every gaze entranced your courageous style; the bridge between reel to real is getting even closer.

‘Kayra’ opens in New Delhi
‘Kayra’ opens in New Delhi

An evening was hosted Entrepreneurs Anju Tibrewal and Vikas Tibrewal for the launch of their multi designer store ‘KAYRA’ at the ‘One Style Mile’ at Mehrauli.

Simaaya’s formidable story and a monsoon memory…
Simaaya’s formidable story and a monsoon memory…

The flagship store at Elgin Road, represents the entire ethnic world in a very glamorous way. A contrast to the grey and blue teary skies, we tell you a romantic tale of the sari.

Wedding invites for 2017 Studio 13
Wedding invites for 2017 Studio 13

The moment you warily open the envelope and slide the card out anticipating who’s celebrating what; you’re then visually treated to an interesting combination of colours that are either soothing or razzmatazz.

Spring Lookbook by Saatvika
Spring Lookbook by Saatvika

BlabberCat unveils Saativka's Spring Collection by showcasing seven of her favourite looks.

Radiannce by Rachna
Radiannce by Rachna

Bespoke jewellery by Rachna Modi is now available on order.

TOP 8 fashion week designers at 'Walk on Air'
TOP 8 fashion week designers at 'Walk on Air'

8 days to go for our summer fashion popup and here are the top 8 designers to look out for.

Trend Alert and shopping tips by Citrine
Trend Alert and shopping tips by Citrine

The ultimate guide to shopping right at popups.

Jewellery: The Sawansukha bride
Jewellery: The Sawansukha bride

The seven Hindu vows illustrated with 7 jewellery trends to buy this wedding season. A rhetorical story of each jewellery piece representing the saat pheras from the girl’s perspective. This generation is inquisitive and rightfully prefer enriching their knowledge about the rituals they practice.

Elevating Everyday - Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
Elevating Everyday - Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

Elevating Everyday was a three-day showcase of 5 brands, each interpreting the concept in their own way.

Met Ball 2016
Met Ball 2016

Michael Kors was a widely popular choice for the red carpet. BlabberCat spotted a common trend and lists all the stars who were seen wearing MK at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York, NY.

Recreating 5 Kendall Jenner’s looks!
Recreating 5 Kendall Jenner’s looks!

Believe it or not supermodel Kendall Jenner is not always Balmain and Versace, sometimes, when not on duty, she’s H&M and Top Shop. BlabberCat pays a tribute to the world’s most popular supermodel re-creating 5 of her signature looks – Red carpet, runway, Film Festival, Vacation and magazine cover.

Ritu Beri celebrates 25 years in fashion
Ritu Beri celebrates 25 years in fashion

“After 25 years in the Fashion industry this is certainly one of life’s full circle moments for me,” says Ritu Beri.

Urban Pataka
Urban Pataka

Whether you’re brunching, shopping, friend-zoning, crushing, mothering, club-hopping or rule-breaking; Urban Pataka has the perfect look to bloom any given day.

Salone del Mobile 2016
Salone del Mobile 2016

Spring has been romanticising the international design capital every year for five decades. And this year, 2016, MDW (Milan Design Week) or better known as Salone del Mobile is celebrating it’s 55th edition.

The 6th edition of ‘Fireflies’
The 6th edition of ‘Fireflies’

Monday morning blues were a thing of the past on 28th March, 2016, as shoppers in the city descended at Taj Bengal for Fireflies, a fashion and lifestyle exhibition, online media partner BlabberCat.

Neeta Lulla in conversation with YFLO Kolkata
Neeta Lulla in conversation with YFLO Kolkata

How can a Bollywood film become such a personal memory that even after decades we still remember Chandni’s white saree, Pallavi’s gota patti ghagra and Paro’s simple cotton and dhakai nets. YFLO Kolkata, at the last event in Shraddha Agarwal’s tenure as Chairperson, invited Neeta Lulla for throwback moments and how ‘glam’ came about.

‘Fireflies’ 2016
‘Fireflies’ 2016

Ethnic wear has always been available in abundance in Kolkata evidently with shoppers pouring in from all over the world to buy the painstakingly crafted pieces of art from designers born and going strong here.

‘Aakarshan’ at #BFW
‘Aakarshan’ at #BFW

Aakarshan Aanchal Jaggi showcased her latest collection at 14th Blender’s Pride Fashion Week

Eastern Fashion Legacy
Eastern Fashion Legacy

The East fashion industry put together one of the most memorable evenings presenting fashion where we saw highly coveted fashion designers, models, celebrities, bloggers, socialites and fashionistas huddle together at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata, to celebrate the contribution made to fashion renowned designers from Eastern India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Anil Kapoor’s Spring wardrobe
Anil Kapoor’s Spring wardrobe

International superstar and living legend Anil Kapoor was recently spotted posing in a supremely elegant suit from the exclusive Italian international luxury fashion and lifestyle brand, Stefano Ricci, at the first announcement press conference of the 17th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) in Madrid, Spain. STEFANO RICCI is an ambassador of Italian style, not only in luxury menswear but also in quality of life.

Divya Sheth at ‘The Space at 9/2’
Divya Sheth at ‘The Space at 9/2’

The irregularity of handmade artisanal clothing is a metaphor for the playful yet elegant spirit, where geometry, history, nature and fantasy intersect and overlap, but which only truly reveal themselves to the observer. 

Gucci 2017
Gucci 2017

It's not even five months into the new year and Gucci has various big projects on full swing.

A walk-through the closet of Miss Chase!
A walk-through the closet of Miss Chase!

2015 is all about everyday fashion, whether you are stuck on your home soil or flying the magic carpet over several seas, whether you are authority at work or at home – Miss Chase has come up with hundreds of designs to choose from. It’s been two-and-a-half fashionable years for Miss Chase and for the first time BlabberCat meets the founder Udayan Bubna to talk about the trending brand and decodes their way of coding our wardrobe.

Prashant Verma’s S/S 2016 unveiled!
Prashant Verma’s S/S 2016 unveiled!

“Metaphors 2011/2014” Prashant Verma Spring Summer 2016 To allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to everything that comes your way in life. To allow the changes, to accept the winding road, to not think but be and to let our guardsdown, live, and breathe freely. To allow yourself to be vulnerable and to live without shunning out the unprecedented in life are the highest forms of courage.

‘Mesmerise’ with your look this Diwali!
‘Mesmerise’ with your look this Diwali!

The diffusion range of traditional embroidery and fabrics for today’s multi-faceted woman has been broken into five categories: Vintage, Glam, Traditional, Bohemian and Sculpt. The clothes have zardozi details, floral embellishments and embroidery. The designer also uses Indian temple motifs. BlabberCat unveils, for the first time, Mesmerise who marked their foothold in the ethnic wear boutiques being the most hot-selling during festive season.

‘en Soie’ – French word for ‘in silk’
‘en Soie’ – French word for ‘in silk’

enSoie, a premium international fashion label, marks its entry in India through Kolkata. Started in Zurich, enSoie became an iconic brand across the world and succeeded at the global market through their signature scarves, foulards, ceramics and jewellery. enSoie’s philosophy of fashion is reflected through decades of textile art that remains one-of-its-kind till today.

‘Power couple’ of 2015
‘Power couple’ of 2015

The phrase ‘A good match’ has changed drastically from old romance novels to new age business magazines. While economists are happy with more women entering the work force, and even though our society is evolving in stereotyped gender roles, it’s too unfair and relatively new to generalise such data. To start the New Year on a a strong and powerful note, we select four power couples in Kolkata, each pair has a different power-packed story that unfolds their tale of love, connection and balance . BlabberCat and Pomegranate present to you 2015’s top four ‘Power Pair’ of the year.

TOP 10 Fashion books
TOP 10 Fashion books

While every industry has its ups and downs, fashion is the only industry that is up even when it’s down. Designers don’t stop designing, people won’t stop wearing clothes, the idea of looking new will not stop reocurring our minds. Even if an individual is not directly related to this industry, the curiosity of the vast glamourous art world bedazzles everyone. Reading real life stories of how certain labels became a global superpower or what a designer’s journey has been like or how your dream bag is made, is the most satisfying dream come true. For those who live for fashion probably do understand the rewarding feeling one experiences when hearing it from the horse’s mouth. It’s emotional and magical at the same time.

Steps to level up your fashion game
Steps to level up your fashion game

Inbox (57), Instagram DM (31), Snapchat (20) – just helpless queries on how to become a fashionista. The primary reason that drove me to write this article was how impressive it was that they just didn’t want to look pretty; they wanted to enrich and practice their fashion knowledge. Gone are the days when a girl would put together leggings and a long top for a movie and dinner. They all have stars raining from their eyes with so many fashion blogs floating our news feed and magazine covers just keep getting quirkier – Astha Modi

Abhishek Gupta’s new Flagship store
Abhishek Gupta’s new Flagship store

Leading and trending fashion designer Abhishek Gupta unveiled his flagship store in the capital. The launch was celebrated with guests enjoying cocktails and canapés. Abhishek’s flagship store embodies his approach in creating signature styles that are contemporary yet deeply rooted in Indian craft. Painted in a deep charcoal tone with an overlay of gold foil detailing, geometric patterns in varying scale across mediums gives a modern and edgy vibe to the store.

Zh?d?o’ of Chinese fashion
Zh?d?o’ of Chinese fashion

Many well known Chinese celebrities from Fan Bingbing who wore a tea-length Georges Chakral Fall 2015 Couture gown in a private dinner to Nicholas Tse wore blue/grey jacquard camouflage print suit and navy knitwear at the Paris Fashion Week. Tortoiseshell shades, gorgeous deep red brogues and slick side swept hair was the most talked about statement.

H&M opened at Mohali
H&M opened at Mohali

The stage is set for H&M’s sixth store opening in India! The international retailer, known for fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, opened today at North Country Mall on Saturday, 28 May 2016, at 11 AM.

Coral – A Smorgasbord of International Fashion
Coral – A Smorgasbord of International Fashion

“Let the world be fascinated you” is the message Coral has for all style addicts in town and Vibha Kejriwal’s message to her potential shopaholics is “It’s a new era in fashion, there are no rules”.

It’s all about the ‘Show Shaa’
It’s all about the ‘Show Shaa’

Designers Kanav Sood & Ashima Kumar curate a customised shopping experience for the fashion lovers who like their picks exquisite and definite. Show Shaa is a premium design house that caters to the demand of distinguish aesthetics of a design centric shopper. They design and curate lifestyle products that are timeless and hand-crafted jewellery besides their popular chic and glamorous apparel range. BlabberCat spoke to Kanav Sood and got an insight into their shining ba– Show Shaa.

Resort wear spells luxe – Shivan & Narresh
Resort wear spells luxe – Shivan & Narresh

Its day 8 of #21daysofstyle – Sunny Sunday and our style pick has to be dedicated to Shivan & Narresh for the irresistible swim and resort wear.

Ritu Kumar Summer Saree
Ritu Kumar Summer Saree

BlabberCat's purrrrfect way to wear sarees like any other outfit for work and for fun. Ritu Kumar's new summer saree story talks traditions and narrates new twists and turns. We chose the same saree in two different colours and wore it in two completely different styles.

BlabberCat reviews Sugarbox
BlabberCat reviews Sugarbox

BlabberCat reviews the 'Tropical' edition of Sugar Box

7 looks inspired by the 7 principles of Zen
7 looks inspired by the 7 principles of Zen

The story of Bodh reminds us of the 7 fundamentals of design taught by the Zen philosophy of Buddhism. We style 7 looks representing each Zen teaching.

Breaking #BeautyBarriers
Breaking #BeautyBarriers

Breaking #BeautyBarriers by BlabberCat, in association with Ommyra, is a social media campaign to break the stereotype of beauty.

Bloggers meet results in some style picks at Niine by Niine
Bloggers meet results in some style picks at Niine by Niine

Niine Niine, the Indian and western wear fashion powerhouse, organises the most-awaited bloggers meet.

Bloggers be brunchin’
Bloggers be brunchin’

Kolkata’s finest food bloggers and critics met, hugged, dined and discussed what they liked and what they didn’t. The Irish trash Can was once again voted the most popular drink and we listed some of our favourite munchies.

Airtel Run for Education 2016
Airtel Run for Education 2016

The city’s only fund raising sporting event contributing towards the cause of education for underprivileged children.

Flavour Box | DIY gourmet meal
Flavour Box | DIY gourmet meal

Food entrepreneurship has rapidly increased in the last several years and that’s why when we come across an idea that levels up our food experience so simply we have to announce it amidst much deserved drum roll. BlabberCat introduces to you a brand new concept of experiencing gourmet food at your own space in your pjs.

The India Story 2016 | Preview
The India Story 2016 | Preview

Amidst the edgy fad of pop-ups, last year, Calcutta received an all new fashion accolade with the introduction of ‘The India Story’, Madhu Neotia, Abhilasha Sethia and Nil, who need no introduction.

The return of ‘Restaurant Week India’
The return of ‘Restaurant Week India’

Imagine a special menu curated at only Rs 900 per head at a restaurant you would usually go to celebrate special occasions. This enthralling initiative Restaurant Week India is the best gift one could give to a foodie.

Noor Jahan: An empress reveals
Noor Jahan: An empress reveals

A play about the emancipated Noor Jahan and her love story with Emperor Jahangir. A tale of love that begins with the youthful passion of Mehrunissa for Jahangir, to the mature Noor Jahan in captivity.

From Yauatcha… with Love!
From Yauatcha… with Love!

The gaiety of love, combined with the ecstasy of great food make for a day to cherish forever. Celebrate love this year, with a range of indulgent Cantonese delicacies from London’s favourite Michelin starred dimsum tea house. BlabberCat wined and dined at her favourite date spot in the town.

Taco Libre
Taco Libre

Monkey Bar Kolkata dedicates the month of March to Tacos.

The Oberoi Grand has a new angle - 363°
The Oberoi Grand has a new angle - 363°

Review of the coffee shop at The Oberoi Grand.

Yauatcha celebrates Poila Baishak
Yauatcha celebrates Poila Baishak

Yauatcha Kolkata cooks up a Poila Baishak special menu.

Bibhu Mohapatra collaborates with Forevermark and Sawansukha
Bibhu Mohapatra collaborates with Forevermark and Sawansukha

Bibhu Mohapatra's design collaboration with Forevermark has given a complete new direction to both brands. Recently, their latest collaboration was with Sawansukha Jewellers from Kolkata.

Barcelos – A big Portuguese bite
Barcelos – A big Portuguese bite

Try to imagine a perfectly grilled chicken. Barcelos gives you a magic ingredient to make it even better. It’s called the Supa Peri sauce.

Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet
Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

As a writer, a literature meet is a Utopian abode where likeminded people are found together absorbed all the energy that has, over the years, built us the way we are.

CAF’s annual Art contest
CAF’s annual Art contest

It was on the 2nd of March, 2016 that the philanthropic wing of Kokuyo Camlin, the oldest stationery company in India, Camlin Art Foundation (CAF) announced the winners of this year’s CAF Annual Art Contest at a prestigious ceremony held at Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata.

Midsummer Nights’ Dream at The Corner Courtyard
Midsummer Nights’ Dream at The Corner Courtyard

The boho spirit doesn’t see the day and time, the traveller doesn’t stop for anyone unless someone needs help, no good conversations flow out of formality, love blooms every enjoyable moment and everything around makes you feel at ease, let go and breathe. 

#KolkataFoodJourney 2015
#KolkataFoodJourney 2015

As I neared the meeting spot, I noticed a bunch of curious foodies, with no fixed pattern or narrow group type, scattered but yet gathered to embark on a memorable food journey. And as we had expected, there was no formal introduction required because mostly everyone recognised each other from social media or word of mouth. A home baker, whose Instagram food photography beats any restaurant in Kolkata, IIHM Young Chef India winners Garima Poddar and Simran Kapur, Kolkata Foodie girls Priyanka Gupta and Ritika Jaiswal, anonymous reporter who couldn’t disclose his portal for company’s policies were among the few who had come with big appetites and open minds. #KolkataFoodJourney presented Entrée to Dessert and The India Diaries was in association with Uber Cabs and dessert partner was Mrs Magpie, Chocolate Partner was Chocotarian, online media partner was BlabberCat. For the first time ever in Kolkata, a journey of food of this calibre was organised which created quite the stir and now everyone wants a sequel.

What’s new at Irish House?
What’s new at Irish House?

The advent of Irish House in Kolkata almost ushered in the drinking culture in the City of Joy; and it has been one of the most popular hangout spots for the youth ever since, especially during its happy hours (4-7pm). So when BlabberCat was invited to try its revamped menu launch, we were mouth-wateringly excited to find out what new did the bar have to offer. – Anushree Kanoi

7 best places to study!
7 best places to study!

Winters in Kolkata magically spreads peace and love. The lazy sun, the Christmas pop-ups and carnivals, the cute outfits that we can’t wait to wear; they’re all perfectly acceptable reasons as to why one would NOT want to study. I mean, we just get about a month to enjoy outdoors, it isn’t even humanly possible to make slogging our priority.  So BlabberCat is here to the rescue, once again, bringing to you a list of the best places to study in Kolkata, where one can enjoy the best of what the season has to offer, without worrying about how big a disaster the next exam is going to be. And how much can you study sitting in the same place, a change in the study spot can really help bring back focus and refreshes your thinking ability.

Kolkata Bookfair 2015
Kolkata Bookfair 2015

Woody Allen’s Side Effects, Graphic novels, Holy Cow, unthink and stories about exuberant apartments made it to the billing counter today at Kolkata’s Bookfair.

thoughts