Fall 2012 RTW : Louis Vuitton

Fall 2012 RTW : Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs added his vision of extraordinary details and huge hats to the Louis Vuitton collection as well. Some of the techniques used can only be marvelled at. I don't see many people wearing the entire look but many of them did have beautifully embroidered details like leather patchwork, prints etc. What drew me to this collection was the optical disc/kaleidoscope patterns on thick fabric. It wowed me. As I read one person say, many of the coats were very 'Downtown Abbey'-ish. I certainly felt that way with the opening piece. But as…Read more
Fall 2012 RTW : Marc by Marc Jacobs

Fall 2012 RTW : Marc by Marc Jacobs

Such a contrast from the Marc Jacobs show. But one thing seemed in line; rich fabrics and metallics. I absolutely loved all the blue metallic pieces. It reminds me of Essie's Aruba Blue, slightly more purple though. The opening dress had a noise pattern in bold contrast colours, gave the collection a edgy vibe from the beginning. Perhaps this collection will fare better than the heavily critiqued Marc Jacobs collection. Personally, I think the latter was more interesting to look at. But one thing is common, the mix of textures and patterns. Plaid…Read more
Fall 2012 RTW : Marc Jacobs

Fall 2012 RTW : Marc Jacobs

Some shows  are meant as a exhibition of techniques, bringing abstract ideas to life. This was one of them. But in a time when even the big fashion houses need to rethink their business models, does such 'wasteful' and 'hideous' (as dubbed by many viewers) extravagance justify itself? Or is there no limit to artistic scope? Its always a dilemma for me. But now to review the actual show. I have a strong dislike for unflattering silhouettes. But the details in these pieces was hard to ignore and very eye catching. I really…Read more
Fall 2012 RTW : Elie Saab

Fall 2012 RTW : Elie Saab

Season after season, Elie Saab' s collection look the same from afar. But the beauty lies in details. The wearable formal pieces came as a nice surprise. The oversize coats and blouses weren't a part of the collection but instead they were beautifully cut skirts and trenches that enhance or give the illusion of curves. As seen in the first picture, the black on the sides gives a slimming effect and reflects a very modern view. There was a lot of variety, with prints as well, my favourite being the taupe and black…Read more
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the second Le Carre novel I read. As the title suggests, the story is a cold war spy tale about a double agent in the  seemingly  incorruptible British Intelligence. Summary : The protagonist is George Smiley a veteran officer and the Chief or Control's right hand man. He is brought back on a last mission after a monotonous retirement; finding the mole. The suspects are 4 of the top officials who could be working for Moscow, each aptly named tinker, tailor, soldier and so on. Smiley has…Read more
John Frieda Frizz Ease Shampoo and Conditioner

John Frieda Frizz Ease Shampoo and Conditioner

I'd been dying to try the John Frieda Frizz Ease range. I finally managed to get my hands on it a few months ago. To review it properly, I will need to explain what my hair is like. Needless to say but the review and results would be different if your hair is drastically different to mine. I have dry hair. Really dry hair but oily roots. In winters, static can make my hair stand up 90 degrees (happens when I'm taking off woollen jumpers). My hair is naturally wavy and fine. I…Read more
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Scrub

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Scrub

The Body Shop has its hits and misses when it comes to products. The Cocoa Butter Body Scrub is definitely a keeper. It was one of my first Body Shop purchases and it has a permanent place in my routine. I use it once every other week and its helped exfoliate my very dry and flaky skin. The consistency of the cream is soft and buttery. The cream leaves the skin feeling moisturised and soft, not oily at all. The particles are coarse and not too harsh. I guess it depends on how strongly…Read more

FFMPEG and CentOS

  A time may come when you need to 'code' video conversions or maybe you've just fallen in love with Terminal. Either way, this post should guide you through the installation, setup and usage of ffmpeg and libx264 in CentOS. I was working on a project where I had to create videos from image sequences. I decided to use H.264/AVC as I wanted the app to be cross browser compliant. Hope you found this useful. If you come across any problems and have suggestions, please comment below. I am by no means an…Read more