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When the sun starts to go down a little earlier, and the sky starts to look a little bit grayer, bold pops of color are a great boost of vitality to both your wardrobe and your day. And this season, we've got our eye on one stunner of a hue: Cobalt - the official color of spring 2014. Electric, androgynous and bold – cobalt is a bolder shade of navy—still chic yet a bit more playful. Royal blue made an appearance on the Spring Summer runways on pants, coats, bags and shoes featured by Jenny Packham, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent to name a few. The color has translated with ease onto the streets making it a trend to watch out for the next season.

This is a trend, which every fashionista can indulge in effortlessly by digging into your closet for long-lost pieces of blue. If you are looking to make a purchase, then invest in a beautiful, tailored coat while the safe ones can go with formal blue trousers which will never go out of style. For those who wish to make a statement, do pick up sky-high heels in the stunning hue to offset or color block with your outfits and for those who are not a big fan of the color can pick up a nail color or a scarf to give your outfit a striking finishing touch with the color of the season. Here are a few of our favourite picks in the online and retail markets for you:

  1. Zara Coat (Rs. 4,990): This short cross over trench coat from Zara is a must-have in any wardrobe. It will look great styled with a white shirt, black leggings and boots as also over a pretty floral dress. The cut and length of this jacket makes it versatile to be paired with everything.
  2. Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 850 approx):We absolutely love this velveteen body-con dress in this gorgeous shade of blue. Wear this dress with contrasting heels and clutch on a party night or layer it with a kimono cardigan and a floppy hat for a casual day gig.
  3. Forever New Top (Rs. 2800): A simple and casual blouse is a must-have in this sultry weather. Pair it with denim shorts and a sling bag to run errands or wear it tucked into a pencil skirt for a casual friday look at office. You can also dress up or dress down this top with statement or delicate accessories.
  4. Envelope Clutch (Stalkbuylove.com; Rs. 849):Wear this envelope clutch in style with your day or night outfits. It is big enough to fit all your makeup essentials and small enough to not hold you down while always looking chic. We would love to see it worn at an office party or at a quick business meeting.
  5. Cheap Monday Oxfords (asos.com Rs. 5963): We are totally obsessed wi†h oxfords this time of our fashion year and it was the cherry on the cake when we spotted these beauties in this delectable shade of blue. Wear these oxfords with cropped pants and a casual jumper for a street look or wear them with a pretty girly dress to add a touch of androgyny to your look.
  6. Blue Trousers (Koovs.com; Rs. 1,999):These skinny fit trousers are a fabulous find and are suitable to be worn at any occasion. Wear these with a casual tee or a formal blazer and you are sure to make a chic statement. We love the fit, the zipper detail and the fact that they are priced so affordably.

And Suddenly feeling blue isn’t such a bad thing! Add a bit of royal blue to your wardrobe to stay on trend for the coming season. Some of you daring fashionistas might also want to experiment with a strong blue mascara and eyeliner which is also very much in vogue, as are blue highlights for the hair. Make the trend your own and have lots of fun with it.

You don't have to wear a black leather mini to smolder, a touch of sexy goes a long way. Priyanka Chopra exemplified this credo with a subtle peek-a-boo ensemble white promoting her new movie Krissh3. She made a hint of skin work for day, her pencil skirt and crop top make for a sexy and trendy upgrade to the casual denim jacket. When it comes to crop tops there's a fine line between showing skin and showing too much skin. Her choice to wear one with a jacket and expertly pair it with a higher-waisted skirt skirt ensured her safety on the chic side of things. And for fun pops of color, she added neon pumps, green aviators and gold earrings. Recreate her look on a budget with our handpicked items:

  1. Flyod Aviator (Myntra.com; Rs. 1050)
  2. Reiss Saffi (Rs. 900 approx)
  3. Zara Denim Jacket (Rs. 2990)
  4. Mango Skirt (Rs. 2590)
  5. Karigari Earrings (Jabong.com; Rs. 1100)
  6. Forever 21 Pumps (Rs. 1800 approx)

Dainty jewelry is all good for summertime, but fall makes us long for more substantial pieces. So what's currently on our radar? Chunky chain necklaces that give everything from a basic t-shirt to a party-ready dress a shot of chic toughness. An obvious statement accent, these sturdy, dazzling baubles are the perfect accompaniment to the season's more dramatic looks. And with so many of fashion's finest, including Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Taylor Tomasi Hill, already wearing these chunky chain adornments , it's safe to assume they're a wardrobe essential you need now. If there is a missing link in your accessory box, our fantastic selection is here to fill in the gap:

  1. Forever 21 Necklace (Rs. 700 approx): The tough-but-glam aesthetic of this high drama necklace makes it a total winner. Opting for a strapless silhouette ensures this sparkly accent piece will remain the focus of your look.
  2. Necklace (Stalkbuylove; Rs.399): The mixed metals allow this piece to seamlessly coordinate with any ensemble, while classic chain-link style will immediately upgrade even the most basic look. Wear it with a button down to office or with a casual dress for a cool weekend outfit.
  3. Necklace (FabAlley.com; Rs.750):The neon pink ribbon tones down the heavy metal vibe and ups the cool factor. Offset this highlighter-bright piece with an understated tee and boyfriend jeans.
  4. Forever 21 Necklace (Rs. 600 approx) Whether teamed with an opulent evening look or worn as a dramatic accent to daywear, this statement piece will work double duty.
  5. Accessorize Necklace (Myntra.com; Rs.1545): This chain necklace with peach stones is at once sweet and modern. Tough chic with a genteel touch that will lend a touch of uptown elegance to a downtown look - think oversized tee, black denims and a cropped jacket.
  6. Mango Necklace (Rs. 1790): This simple silver chain necklace has an understated, cool-girl vibe we absolutely adore. Wear it to toughen up a slick look of coordinated separates or add it to enhance the grunge vibe of a plaid tee and distressed denims.

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Vivienne Westwood brought punk fashion to the runway in the late seventies and since then there has been no looking back. The on again off again trend is more of a subculture than a fashion statement, which has its roots in music, art. Designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Westwood have been proponents of the trend season after season whereas other established and younger designers take inspiration from time to time.

For Fall Winter 2013 punk is back is a big way. Leading designers like Balmain, Chanel and Saint Laurent captured the essence of this season’s rebellious mood by featuring an evolved and sophisticated version of the trend to. The cutting edge look was huge on the street style radar at the recent Spring Summer 2014 shows with prominent bloggers and fashion editors embracing black, plaid, leather and zippers in their own fashionable ways. Today we show you how to work a touch of punk into your closet with the help of a few key pieces - leather, plaid, heavy-metal embellishments and more leather. You may go the whole way with a head to toe grunge look or can add a few punk elements to give your fall look a rebellious spin. Either way, it will make a big impression and its fun to look like the bad girl once in a while.

  1. Zara Skirt (Rs. 6990): Move over studs, this season’s badass chic is all about zippers. This Zara skirt is a great find and can be styled for a day look with a white shirt and a distressed denim jacket and with a loose sequin vest and a leather jacket thrown over for a night out.
  2. Forever 21 Moto Jacket (Rs. 2936 approx): This Moto Jacket is absolutely one of our favourite pieces. We love that it is an oversized version of a regular motorcycle jacket and the stud details simply make it even more irresistible. Wear this stunner with skinny jeans tucked into ankle boots and a oversized tee or hang it over your party dress for a chic yet edgy look.
  3. Mango Plaid Shirt (Rs. 3790): Tartan and plaid are great separates to add into a grunge look. A casual plaid shirt can be knotted up and worn with cool distressed denim cutoffs and can be just as easily translated into a chic formal look with stilettos and a stylish leather pencil skirt. One can work the punk trend in a classy way too, so do give it a try.
  4. Vero Moda Anna Necklace (Rs. 2246 approx): A punk look is certainly incomplete without the right accessories. Thick chain necklaces, detailed ear cuffs, multiple rings and statement necklaces can help you put your outfit together. We are in love with this stunning neck-piece from Vero Moda. Wear this funky necklace with laid back black leather trousers and a crop top or with a bodycon leather dress for a night out.
  5. Maxi Dress (Stalkbuylove.com; Rs. 999): This is one hell of a cool dress we came across and we had to share it with all of you. We adore the criss-cross detail and the sexy side slits. Wear this dress with a sleeveless leather vest and biker boots. You may also wear it fuss free without any layering, but remember to pile on the accessories to achieve the dramatic look.
  6. Biker Boots (Rs. 4730 approx): Biker boots are the perfect punctuation marks for any grunge ensemble. They are versatile and can be worn with dresses, skirts, pants or leggings. A definite must - have for a punk queen, these boots are comfy and can be worn casually or to a party. They are sure to make a fabulous statement.

When you have got your outfit together perfectly, don’t stop there. Experimenting with makeup and hair is fun when you are going for a punk inspired getup. Complete the look with a nice winged eyeliner and dark lips or a black smokey eye and nude gloss. Play with your hair by slicking it all back with gel or make a mohawk like puff and tie it in a ponytail. This is definitely a trend to stay for the coming seasons as well so punk up your wardrobe soon and have fun experimenting with your dark side.

While Jessica Alba is fascinating to watch for her talents on screen, it's her offscreen expertise as a red-carpet beauty, street-chic queen, and a budding entrepreneur that has us under a major style spell. She was recently spotted putting her fashionable foot forward in an on-trend pastel pink skirt. What we love most about this ballerina inspired look is that besides the pretty pink tone and flowly feel of her skirt, she kept everything else understated. Up top Jessica opted for a fitted black top with a patent bag satchel in the same hue and finished the look with black ankle strap heels and delicate clover earrings. Recreate this look on a budget with our picks: