Recently, I coordinated an editorial of East/West fashion for APPNA Alliance magazine with a superb team from St. Louis, MO. One of the things I love about working in the creative industry is how eager people are to collaborate, try new things and share their skills. I met the fabulous photographer Elizabeth Wisemanat the ALIVE Hotlist party and pitched her my vision: a South Asian girl growing up here in the West has two identities, but when it comes to fashion, she can easily blend both for the world to see.
With the help of Stylist Kristi Pinkham and Hair & Makeup Artist Ley Woods, we crafted six looks modeled by the gorgeous Rosie Babbra. It is easy to mix and match pieces from both cultures. Some of the brands I love that already have a global tilt to them include J.Crew and Anthropologie. For a bit of edginess, my go to is Topshop and for a more feminine feel we tapped pieces from Ann Taylor. Style tip: layering goes a long way when blending styles, particularly with jewelry. Stack different sets of bangles or necklaces for maximum sparkle and a more decadent look.
Sanaaz saree and crystal bangles; Topshop blouse; J.Crew earrings and blue bracelet; Baublebar crystal cuff.
Pankaj + Nidhi dress; J.Crew pearl necklace; Sanaaz blue and red necklaces, earrings, and tikka; Anthropologie ring.
La Nisay gown; Halston skirt; Sanaaz cuff; Kate Spade earrings; BCBG ear cuff; Banana Republic hat.
La Nisay gown; Topshop jacket; Rebecca Minkoff booties; Banana Republic shirt and belt; Sanaaz head jewel and earrings; Kate Spade pink bangle; Vintage Rajasthani bangles and ring; Nordstrom lucite bangles.
Ann Taylor blouse; Sanaaz lehenga; Aquamarine earrings.