Black to Basics.

I am wearing.. Dress - c/o Standing Armed Heels - Steve Madden Watch - Aldo

Back to basics is the mantra of this week's blog post. After, I cut my hair short, I have been cribbing of wanting my long hair back (the grass is always greener on the other side). One of my friends suggested, I should try out extensions. After months of searching, I finally found extensions to suit my hair and gave me my old long hair charm back. The process of wearing extensions is quite painfully, it took my few hours to get it right. If you want to know how to wear hair extensions, drop me an email. I will definitely blog about it. If not, let's just say god bless the person who invented extensions. It turned out to be my knight in shining armor. Black dress, black heels, red nail polish, dramatic cat eye makeup and few gold accessories and I was ready for Sunday brunch with friends. If you ask me why I did not accessorize as I usually do, I was fed up by the time I set my hair that, just grabbed few accessories, watch and ran out. Besides, I am in love with this Standing Armed dress. I wanted to do justice to simple LBD. The fit of the dress is just perfect, though it brings out my hourglass figure it still gives a flattering feel.

Few months back, I got a chance to check out Standing Armed. Standing armed is a melding of sophistication. Lindsay Walsh, the brainchild behind Standing Armed focuses on classic, timeless pieces of the utmost quality. I spoke to her over the phone and fell in love with her idea and vision. Based in Canada, she has her own studio and design house. I am getting the golden opportunity to introduce her label to Indian audience. This is what she had to say over our tete-a-tete.

1. From where do you get your inspiration, can you share how you interpret them into your lovely design?
Inspiration comes from different places each season. Most often its travel. Where I have travelled. But it also comes from what's I'm reading, music, culture, art. For SS13 season you can see inspiration from my trip to Dubai this spring.

2. You have named your label as standing armed, any particular reason for the same?
Fashion and clothing have transformative values. It is the armour we face the world with every day and it can change not only the way we look, but the way we feel.

3. When you create something, what goes through your mind?
How I want it to feel. Clothing is very tactile and we of course see how it looks first, but I also want to create clothing that feels amazing, both in terms of how it feels on the body and how the person wearing it feels. I give a lot of thought to fabrics. I work largely with natural fibers. I also consider the cut of the garment. How is it intended to fit? How will it layer over other pieces? I also consider the final use. Will it need pockets? What shoes will you wear with it? In the end my goal is to consider all these factors and still make a beautiful looking garment.

4. In your earlier years, how did you decide that you eventually wanted to become a designer?
In school I took a lot of art and sewing classes. I never thought about it as a career until I was deciding on what university to go to. I thought about doing arts, but it was fashion I was always most excited about. I ended up doing my degree in fashion design and the rest is history.

5. How do you intend women to feel when wearing your label Standing Armed clothing?
Confident and beautiful. I think so much confidence can come from wearing styles that suite your body and lifestyle. I also know that women today are busy with careers and their social lives and clothing needs to cater to the hectic lifestyle. It should be easy to wear.

6. What do you have to say to the next generation, particularly for those hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Do what makes you happy. You can't be everything to everyone. Find that thing that is uniquely you and do it well.

7. Can you please share, which is your favorite piece from your collection and why?
Right now I'm loving the Abate Dress, FW12. It is the most fluid silk dress. Also looks great over skinny trousers. So easy to wear.

8. What are your future plans with the label Standing armed?
I will be looking to build the line within Canada, and eventually, internationally.

Don't forget to check out Standing Armed.

Check out more amazing photography by Muralidhara Nidwannaya. Click on the image!

Loads of love,

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