Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Anna Paquin of True Blood fame was recently spotted at the Emmy's rocking a fierce Alexander McQueen dress, and I totally fell in love! After a bit of hunting, I discovered that it is a Resort 2011, and actually looked at the collection for the first time. LOVE (as I do pretty much everything McQueen!!) I love Anna's dress -- it was so fierce and regal at the same time. Like Cleopatra meets woman warrior! I could go on and on :)

Take a look!

Anna Paquin; The dress on a McQueen model. 

Shoulder details of the dress!

 This recent collection included a lot of formal tops and dresses with strong, detailed gold shoulders. And I LOVED the shoes the model was wearing!!! 

Also found this gorgeous ombre-ish/print-ish dress in the collection! I love the color combo (it reminds of this Satya Paul Sari below) and the scarlet is simply yummy! 

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PS -- sorry for not updating! School just started and already I have ten million things to take care of outside of normal classes! This semester is going to be colorful, busy, but interesting :)
Stay tuned!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Textures: Textiles of India

While in India, I got to go shopping and sightseeing, and took in a million colors and textures. Bright colors, intricate embroidery, patchwork, sequins, stones, beads, crushed silks, jewel tones, tissue thin saris, and so much more -- it's all gorgeous!! So, here's a mini crash course on some of the gorgeous, colorful textiles of India. Photographs by yours truly :)

Zardosi work - embroidery with sequins, stones, beads, metallic and colored threads, and more! 

Kota: brightly woven cottons, usually in the form of colorful saris
Applique and embroidery work

The colorful borders of traditional South Indian Kanjeevaram saris. 

Intricate embroidery on jewel tone silks

Block printed cottons

Handloom cottons colored with vegetable-based dyes with colorful borders
Colorful printed and dyed cottons

Those are just a few examples of the many textures, textiles, and colors of India. Part 2 will follow soon :)
Hope you liked it!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Glimpses of Shantiniketan

While in India, we travelled to Shantiniketan, a small town 180 kilometers from the city of Kolkata. Shantiniketan is where Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore grew up and wrote some of his most acclaimed work. Shantiniketan has turned into a university town, and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Here are a few glimpses of Shantiniketan.
{Vendors selling handmade crafts all over the town}
{A temple with gorgeous glass walls}
{The instruments of a baoul, or wandering minstrel}
{A bell hanging in the shade of a banyan tree}
{The rope-like branches of a banyan tree}
{an old house -- remainders of a period of grace and elegance}

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Great Indian Adventures of an Undercover Diva :) :)

I'm back from India! With a million things to share with y'all!! :)

So, in the next posts I will be sharing with you all...


Stay Tuned!

~ Undercover Diva
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