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June 17, 2017 , By Astha Modi

7 looks inspired by the 7 principles of Zen

7 looks inspired by the 7 principles of Zen

“There are no rules in design, there are only principles”

 

There are two kinds of fashion enthusiasts - ones who follow trends and well versed with every new term, popularly know as fashionistas, and ones who are drawn to design, aesthetics and are more accurately called design enthusiasts. The latter half detect visual chaos and detest over-indulgence. They make the most of natural patterns and nature’s own texture and colours. These teachings have been taught since years by Buddhism’s practice of clarity in thinking and doing. 

 

The principles of Zen aesthetics found in the art of the traditional Japanese garden, have many lessons for us, though they are unknown to most people. The principles are interconnected and overlap; it's not possible to simply put the ideas in separate boxes. Steve Jobs had nothing to do with fashion, but he was so inspired by Buddhism that his inclination towards design helped him create gadgets that were beyond our imagination at that time. One of the best-known photographs of the late Steve Jobs pictures him sitting in the middle of the living room of his Los Altos house, circa 1982. There isn’t much in the room, save an audio system and a Tiffany lamp. Jobs is sipping tea, sitting yoga-style on a mat, with a few books around him. The picture speaks volumes about the less-is-more motive behind every Apple product designed under his command.

 

And this was the first image that came to my mind as soon as I entered ‘Bodh’. Designed to look like a spa retreat, Bodh is a silent beauty on 93 Park Street, tucked away behind wooden and glass doors, designing clothes that are simple and striking. BlabberCat presents 7 looks from Bodh each representing the 7 principles of Zen. 

 

Kanso: Simplicity or elimination of clutter. 

One’s style is expressed in a plain, simple, natural manner. Reminds us to think not in terms of decoration but in terms of clarity, a kind of clarity that may be achieved through omission or exclusion of the non-essential. This type of cotton linen flatters any body type and with the comforting texture it’s highly recommended for summer parties, day and night events. From the styling perspective, refrain from adding any loud accessory that might take away the simplicity and chic from this heady look. The movement in the garment makes it a great travel look also.

 

2. Fukinsei: Asymmetry or irregularity. 

The idea of controlling balance in a composition via irregularity and asymmetry is a central tenet of the Zen aesthetic. A very different pattern of drape has been incorporated in this plain baby pink kurta and dhoti look. The drape can be taken as a dupatta but over here we have taken it as a power cape to add layer and yet show how style is open to interpretation and doesn’t have to look proper and perfect to create an positive visual impact.

3. Shibui/Shibumi: Subtlety

Beautiful by being understated or by being precisely what it was meant to be and not elaborated upon. Direct and simple way, without being flashy. Elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. The term is sometimes used today to describe something cool but beautifully minimalist. And that’s exactly what this style is about. Off-whites and gold are the classic option for any occasion. Subtlety doesn’t mean being dull, it doesn't even mean being plain. It simply means class without effort, it means without force and the beauty lies in not trying too hard. By adding texture and detailing to whites, you can subtly stand out.

 

4. Shizen: Naturalness 

An absence of pretence or artificiality, full creative intent unforced.This is a reminder that design is not an accident, even when we are trying to create a natural-feeling environment. It is not a raw nature as such but one with more purpose and intention. Designer in all fields create designs based on nature and even while making our homes, offices or clothes, we try to imbibe elements of nature. Green being the Pantone colour of the year is our top choice this season. Mint green and Pistachio come in all shapes and sizes at the Bodh store. Sharara, kurta and dupatta blend in like all the colours of sky, water and trees coming together. Highly recommended for Eid.

 

5. Yugen: Profundity or suggestion rather than revelation. 

A Japanese garden, for example, can be said to be a collection of subtleties and symbolic elements. Photographers and designers can surely think of many ways to visually imply more by not showing the whole, that is, showing more by showing less. A half-and-half saree of net and silk was the hottest pick for upcoming engagements, Diwali, cocktail sangeet or replace it with an evening gown. I’ve draped it to somewhat resemble an apostolnik. 

 

6. Datsuzoku: Freedom from habit or formula. 

Escape from daily routine or the ordinary. Unworldly. Transcending the conventional. This principle describes the feeling of surprise and a bit of amazement when one realises they can have freedom from the conventional. A traditional rose blush lehengas turns cape and skirt. Easy to ear and always falling delicately to flatter any body type. A bridal mehendi look, Rakhi if it’s a big gathering or even Ashtami. Comfort in fashion is key and thats what defines this look.

 

7. Seijaku: Tranquility or an energised calm (quite), stillness, solitude. 

The opposite feeling to one expressed by seijaku would be noise and disturbance. How might we bring a feeling of "active calm" and stillness to ephemeral designs outside the Zen arts? Breathing is the most underrated exercise. Bodh specialises in creating silhouettes that are visually soothing to measure and physically adapting. Be it any trend, wear what enhances your personality, be it any occasion, the clothes should not overwhelm your body. Be at peace from within and you’ll shine wherever you go. Ink blue textured jacket and matching palazzo with silver-grey crop-top with lace detailing - the look we couldn’t resist lounging in and still leaving our stardust wherever we went. 

 

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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.

BlabberCat reviews Sugarbox
BlabberCat reviews Sugarbox

BlabberCat reviews the 'Tropical' edition of Sugar Box

Gucci 2018
Gucci 2018

Gucci 2018 - What they plan, what they've announced and their new look book.

Jewellery classics every bride must own
Jewellery classics every bride must own

The mega launch of Avama Jeweller's latest collection retains the integrity and soul of Indian traditions and art forms while making it as versatile as possible so it can be appreciated even in global platforms. Contemporary in approach and classic at its core, every collection is intricate, versatile and wearable.

CASA POP | New Delhi
CASA POP | New Delhi

With these on-trend items, your home can be as stylish as the Fashion Week runway. Floral abounded or paintings come alive, animals being more human or a circus going on in our lives.

Mumbai Couture gets a new statement No|BS
Mumbai Couture gets a new statement No|BS

The big fashion moments are usually an image, a colour or a silhouette that is powerful and striking, that captivates our attention and remains as an experience. It’s been a while since a plain coat and dress generated a jaw-dropping reaction in couture. At other times, we are drawn to the work of a designer our subconscious and it is less easy to define exactly garments which aren’t about first impressions alone.

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.

Pre-Fall shopping spree
Pre-Fall shopping spree

Shopping for pre-fall and updating your closet is the extra bonus you have to give yourself, but before you let the grandeur stores bewilder you and alternate your planning, we ventured out on a luxury outing to select, shortlist and polish your bag buy. BlabberCat goes for her inter-seasonal shopping spree and here are our top picks from Michael Kors and Furla’s Pre-Fall collection.

July 2017 Issue
July 2017 Issue

July Issue brings more meaning to social media and urges you to evolve your mentality

INTERVIEW: Sophie Choudry
INTERVIEW: Sophie Choudry

Do you remember the gripping videos that narrated an entire love story in a three minute song? I clearly remember the thrill these albums would stir in my heart while I was growing up and suddenly they became a distant memory. One gorgeous star, who was at one point, influencing most of the teenage girls watching music channels, was the country’s most popular VJ Sophie Choudhry.

Parineeti Chopra unveils H&M
Parineeti Chopra unveils H&M

There’s this heady rush a shopaholic gets when they hear the name of H&M. ‘It’s fashion’s true love’ some say, ‘it’s not a rip off’ others say but most importantly when you walk in an H&M store you can shop till you drop and end up revamping your wardrobe with style and look high profile.

Eat Good Food
Eat Good Food

The City of Joy recently welcomed Eat Good Food, a restaurant serving wholesome and palatable meals, on Tarak Dutta Road, and BlabberCat was there to check (and eat) it out!

Which bag are you?
Which bag are you?

Ozone and BlabberCat culminates the clutch category test where you can identify the one made for you. For starters, guiding our hand in the closet on any given morning after we’ve sussed out who we want to be for the day. Seeing yourself in one of today’s most coveted designer bags is easier than you think.

#ZEEJLF Padharo maharo desh
#ZEEJLF Padharo maharo desh

245000 people entered the free literature festival trying to soak in every word spoken their idols. The pink, blue, saffron and lime green tents guarded us from the rain and sun, but even if it didn’t, no one would have moved, no one even blinked; in case they missed a moment of their literary Gods.

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