If you’ve followed my blog over the past few years, you would have noticed that I love taking one key piece, and using it to create different looks by dressing it up and dressing it down. This is exactly what I did here.
Now we all know that denim is HUGE this year — it has been for the past few seasons and will continue to be so in the future. Stretch denims are, of course, the trend du jour. Supremely versatile, easy to wear, comfortable and practical, stretch denims are an interesting, contemporary take on traditional denims.
So here’s what I did, I focused on Tommy Hilfiger Denim’s new Dynamic Stretch denims as a key piece and went around the city shooting different looks to show just how versatile a pair of stretch denims can be. For this photo series, I wanted the stretch denims to accompany me in my busy and hectic lifestyle. From cycling around my neighbourhood, to driving a million-dollar car to enjoying sundowners at the city’s newest hotspot, I used the same denims differently for a series of fun photographs.
For this story, I collaborated with one of India’s leading women’s fashion bloggers, the gorgeous and bubbly Santoshi Shetty of TheStyleEdge. Santoshi and I decided to put on our thinking caps to come up with something that would showcase this super-stretch fabric, its incredible ease of motion and, of course, its high comfort factor. In terms of fabric quality and fit, I can vouch for Tommy Hilfiger, a brand that I have been consuming actively for almost 20 years now.
Here’s what we came up with…
As a women’s street style blogger, and someone with an effortless casual, fun vibe, she’d be showing me a slice of her life for the first half of the day. This would give me a glimpse into her lifestyle and what she does.
For the second half of the day, I’d be giving Santoshi a glimpse of my world and what I do as a luxury blogger.
All this, while showing off our Tommy Hilfiger Denim Dynamic Stretch denims paired with different looks from the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 collection.
Here’s how the day panned out.
Before catching up with Santoshi, I had to finish off a series of morning errands and quick morning meetings around Bandra. In the mornings, when the traffic is not too overwhelming, I like to cycle about the neighbourhood, especially along Bandstand and Carter Road. This helps me stay fit as well as enjoy the sights and sounds of my neighbourhood.
In the morning morning, as I cycled along Bandstand, I wore my stretch denims paired with an easy linen shirt bearing a summery chevron print, paired with denim and leather loafers. Note to self — cycling in stretch denims is indeed as effortless as it appears.
Later that day, I caught up with Santoshi at the uber-chic Z Luxury Residences in Juhu with its impressive rooftop pool. She asked me to join her to chill by the pool over some refreshing cocktails. Chilling by a rooftop pool in the middle of the week, in the heart of Mumbai is indeed a luxury so I wasn’t going to turn down the offer.
For the pool, I wore the very same stretch denims but this time rolled up a bit to show off some ankle. I paired it with an ultra-summery tropical print shirt for good measure. What a fun afternoon it was, soaking up the sun and enjoying a good conversation!
It was now time for me to show Santoshi a slice of the luxury life in Mumbai.
I decided to drive her around the city in style. And so I whisked her off in a Ferrari California T. At the wheel of one of the world’s most luxurious vehicles, I decided to dress up my look a bit.
I opted for the same stretch denims, this time in a darker shade to make it look dressier. I paired it with a micro-print white shirt and threw on a classic, grey slim-fit blazer to add that dose of urban elegance. All this, with Ferrari’s signature red as a backdrop! Thanks to the amazing guys at Ferrari Mumbai for lending me this killer set of wheels.
At the end of a long and tiring day, I thought it would be a good idea to head to the trendiest new address in town — MasalaBar — for a couple of sundowners. Restaurateur Zorawar Kalra’s uber-chic new bar enjoys pride of place at Carter Road, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The bar’s quirky, urban-chic decor is impressive — the bar is entirely illuminated with candles, at sundown, lending a soft glow to the space. MasalaBar’s forte lies in its innovative cocktails, brimming with foams, mists and smoke emerging from eccentric utensils and glasses. The bar’s selection of single malts is also worthy of a mention.
For my sundowners, I decided to add a dash of quirk to my look. Dark stretch denims, worn with a fun star-print shirt and the very same grey slim-fit blazer. Dark loafers add that dose of chic to the look.
I had so much fun shooting this. I can safely conclude that I have managed to successfully prove my point – stretch denims are indeed the hottest thing in the fashion market. (Gentlemen, you need to own a pair now). The most interesting part — it’s so, so versatile. All you need is a bunch of separates, and a few tips on how to dress up and down looks, and you can literally LIVE in your stretch denims. Case in point, it kept me company, through my hectic day, from sunrise till sundown….
Photography by Mohit Varu