IAnD ExclusiveMonsoon Special Edition
By Beverly Pereira
Photography: Courtesy the designers
Don’t let the monsoons dampen your style. IAnD recommends these wardrobe essentials that are both, stylish and functional.
It’s understandable if you are not exactly thrilled about the choice of rainwear now that the monsoons have arrived. Here’s a curated list of necessities that will get you from A to B in the trendiest way possible.
Italian bag maker Furla’s iconic PVC bags are likely to replace your stashed-away leather bags —for good. The Candy Sweetie Mini Satchel keeps your in-bag items dry while you combat the heavy showers in style. So fashion-forward is this bag, that you’ll want to wear it throughout the year.
Gone are the days of settling for a pair of ubiquitous,black, shoe bite-inducing plastic flats. Brazilian brand Melissa has come to the rescue to offer on-trend PVC sandals, slip-ons, platforms, sneakers and even stilettos! Available in a range of colours, Melissa shoes are made from the patented MELFLEX technology, a plastic hypoallergenic and recyclable material that improves elasticity and resistance. They also come infused with a sweet bubble-gum scent!
If you’re going to stay on top of things in the style department, a sturdy yet good-looking umbrella will complete your look. Good Earth’s Indian Ocean Cloud Indigo umbrella carries an ancient map of the Indian Ocean, interspersed with motifs of flora and fauna. If vintage chic isn’t your thing, The Home Label’s new line of umbrellas with bright, tropical prints can add a dash of colour to an otherwise dull day.
We’ve heard of designer trench coats, but designer raincoats? Fashion designer Sonya Vajifdar pioneered this concept in India with a rainwear collection not just for women, men and children, but also for dogs! From pop-coloured raincoats and fuss-free ponchos, to flashier balloon-style and bedazzled pieces, there’s something for all tastes.
Keep good time even during the rains with a water-resistant Fast Track watch. For women, the sporty sky-blue timepiece packs in a punch with a soft silicon strap. The rugged brown dual-time watch is the go-to watch for men this season.