THE PARTY edition
For women: An asymmetrical kaftan in a bold, graphic print.
For Men: A colour-fade or ombre sweater.
Back in time
When the present feels less like a gift and more like a hassle, a fun way to hop into a time capsule and revisit the past is to throw a retro-themed bash. Pop the old favourites on your playlist, put up some vintage décor, dress up like someone from your favourite decade, and it's time to party. So how would you wear your piece to a 70s-themed party? If the kaftan is long enough, you can wear it as a dress. Pair with espadrilles, some colourful beads, and stick a flower in your hair, and you're good to go. You can safely add leggings to the mix if you don't feel like baring your pins.
For men, the answer is in beads. Since bell bottoms are thankfully still not back in fashion yet, your other option is to wear your ombre sweater with your regular jeans, but stack on the beads, and maybe even throw in a neckpiece with a peace symbol on it.
Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
Imagine - John Lennon
Hotel California - The Eagles
What's going on? - Marvin Gaye
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
Stayin' Alive - The BeeGees
Baahon Mein Chale Ao - Lata Mangeshkar
Chura Liya Hai Tumne - Asha Bhosle/Mohammad Rafi
Dum Maro Dum - Asha Bhosle
What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?
Winter and barbecue parties go hand in hand. A barbeque bash is outdoors, so you'll obviously need some warm weather gear. Pair your kaftan with some skinny jeans and fashionable ballet flats, and throw on a cardigan or jacket on top, add some dangly earrings or a big ring, and you're done. If it's really cold out, you also have the option of adding a scarf. Pick a solid colour and you can't go wrong.
For men, the answer is in layering. Throw a jacket on over the sweater, pair it with your jeans, and you're party ready. Again, if it's not adequate, you can throw on a hat. It's the perfect fashion statement.
Making a racket
Badminton is another winter favourite, and a lot of folks like to make a party out of it. To dress down your kaftan, pair it with calf-length tights, a cropped jacket (or fitted hoodie) and sporty converse shoes. These days there are colourful and fashionable converses with prints, embellishments, and all sorts of fancy trappings, making them functional yet party perfect. Just make sure your socks are the small, cute kind.
Guys can also dress down their ombre sweaters with baggier jeans, sportier shoes and cap or hoodie, and it's game time!
Three occasions, three outfits, one central piece. The idea is to take one garment as a base and play with accessories to revamp the look. If you have the necessary basics, the options are endless.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Airin and Zamsad
Make-up and styling: Farzana Shakil
31st party faces
New Year's Eve means party, party, party time, and if we have survived the Mayan apocalypse, that's all the more reason to glam it up and celebrate. So you've got your razzle dazzle, your perfect shoes and your bling. How do you top it off with the perfect make-up? We've got a few ideas.
The red-orange lips of the past seasons have darkened up for fall and winter, but New Year's Eve is a time for shimmer and shine, so use a small, flat synthetic brush to add a layer of metallic gloss over your winter matte to lend dimension. Make sure the two shades match, or at least are similar!
Eyeing the line
The trend for winged liner seems to be in no danger of dying down, so this year, make the most of it with some super sassy graphic eyes. Start with a thin liner at the inner corner of the eyes, pull over your upper lash lines, thickening at the corners. Repeat for the lower lash line. Top off with a line of gold over the black and you've got eyes that mesmerise.
There's the smoky eye. Then there are eyes that burn a hole through your heart with the sheer impact of their style. The smouldering eye belongs to the latter. Pick a suitably dark grey like steel or gunmetal and blend shadow and liner into lids and creases. Smudge a reflective shade in the inner corner and lower lash lines to create moments of light. Top it off with a few coats of killer mascara, and you're ready to drop them with a stare.
Fruity tints are also another option for your party pout. Pick your favourite berry shade, choose a liquid lipstick, stain, or gloss, and apply at least two coats, using short strokes, for a more saturated look.
All that glitters
Make some magic with sparkly eyes. Start with an all-over sweep of neutral gold shadow. Add dimension with gold liner and glitter powder or gold shimmer. Complete the look with a sweep of mascara.
Whether you're pouting in red, or winking in gold, or giving someone the smoky eye, to make these looks work, pick one, and not more, for any one occasion and you're bound to rock it. Happy New Year!
By Sabrina Fatma Ahmad