Tabu's Fashion Den

Tabu's Fashion Den

Monday, December 31, 2012

Tip,of the Day

Challenge your personal style with the current fashion trends.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tip of the Day

Create the perfect party look by adding a futuristic glint to your ensemble.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Shalini is one of my old clients who has been getting her clothes made with me for more than a decade now. She has an apple body structure and each time the silhouette has to be made in a manner that camouflages her lower half  of the body.

She is seen wearing a red striped dress worked with thread embroidery. In the next picture, she is seen wearing a sunny yellow salwar suit which is worked with flowers in multi coloured hues. The third picture shows her wearing a maroon kora silk dress with scattered stones.

Tip of the Day

Embrace this new year with gorgeous ruffles, lace and a dash of shimmer and a flurry of peplum. Keep it simple, glamorous and celebratory.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

Lace is surely the flavour of the season. It adds a feminine appeal and can be worn for formal parties too.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

Festive priorities call for a touch of sheen and colour, so choose rich fabrics, colours and fit.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

Sizzle in the electric energy of the fiery hue. Go Red, this season.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

Spruce up your wardrobe with cocoon silhouettes and fruity colours. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tip of the Day

If colour is your forte, go alcoholic literally from pale champagne to rich Bordeaux, spirited hues are in vogue this season

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tip of the Day

Keep clothes neutral, so clothes and jewellery don't scream for attention.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tip of the Day

Use of bold colours, graphic prints and contrasting textures form some of the main elements that add excitement and pizzaz to a silhouette.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Monalisa is a new customer who came to me on recommendation of her family friend. She wanted to design her first sari with me. Hence I suggested that she make a one minute sari for herself as it would not only look ethnic but also easy to drape. It simply has to be wrapped around the body rather than set the pleats.

A combination of blood red, olive green and gold, the fabrics used are Benares georgette, crushed bandhej silk and tissue. An ethnic mirror work border has been attached along with a thin velvet border to enhance the dramatic effect of the sari.

The blouse has been designed in a traditional manner to contrast the contemporary look of the sari. A red and green combination velvet border has been used to enhance the colour base of the blouse along with pearls hangings at the edge of the back neck.

She is also wearing an Anarkali set in the next picture which is in a combination of black and blue in net fabric. The sleeves are set in sheer. The extra length was used to cut and attach as cuff for sleeves.

Tip of the Day

The versatility of an oversized cardigan is amazing. It works with almost all looks.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

Go quintessentially traditional with ethnic buys that spell festive glamour.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

Pick up a dress in a single solid colour to wear with one piece of statement jewellery.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tip of the Day

Black and white is a classic combination. Although it can get very safe and boring, you can give it an interesting twist by playing with textures and prints.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

Palazzo pants suit most body types as they almost look like a maxi skirt and they are not fitted anywhere else except the waist.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tip of the Day

A flowy dress is a great way to add some volume while still keeping the look dainty and feminine.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tip of the Day

 If you are petite or need to add a few inches to your frame, dresses that end just above or below the knee will suit you best.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

Adorning a white attire with an assortment of lace, ruffles, geometrical patterns, metal, glass and pearls depict human emotions and desires.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tip of the Day

Stretch your style envelope by looking for fashion inspiration outside of your comfort zone. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

To All My Well Wishers from Fashion Tabu

I thank you all for your love and affection. I was terribly sick and hence could not post on my blog for some time but your phone calls and messages enlivened me. I feel blessed to have you all as my extended family. Thanks to my family, friends and all my extended friends from the bottom of my heart and I wish to share and reciprocate this love with all of you. Love you all. Thanks for putting me back on my feet.

Also to all those queries I received that they do not know my facebook page, kindly make a note that on the right side of my blog is the facebook badge as 'Tabassum Rahamathullah(Fashion Tabu). You need to click onto this and you will be able to see my Timeline Page. I also have a business service page by name of La Princesse and an open group also in name of La Princesse. You are all welcome to join and follow my blog. On the blog page, there is an icon 'Follow''. You can enter your email id and register. This will keep you connected with me every day as you will be receiving my updates directly in your email inbox.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tip of the Day

Skinny pants, palazzo pants, sheer pants, cowl pants and embellished pants - there is every kind of pant out there, find the look that suits you and stride out in the perfect pair.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Christina, Gifta and Sheeba came to me for getting bridesmaid clothes done. Each had a pattern and style. I just helped them with the outcome of the styles they had in mind. Each of them chose well according to their body shape.

They are wearing a gown made out of rich satin in garnet colour and Christina has a shimmer net over the satin with a shrug. While Gifta and Sheeba used a lot of rouching over their dress to enhance the body shape. They all were extremely happy with the result.

 In fact, they recommended another client to me who came to get sari blouse designed in my store.
As a thanksgiving, La Princesse would like to present you with a gift voucher. Kindly check your email for further details.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tip of the Day

A pop of neon colour will draw attention away from your lower half, most suitable for a pear shaped body.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

 Don't buy anything thinking that it will be "just right" if you gain or lose weight. Live in the moment and look good now. If the size of the tag bothers you, cut it off or black it out with a marker. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tip of the Day

Experiment with your clothing choices to find what works best for you. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

Dangly earrings add length to your face and a sophisticated look to your outfit.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

Flared, skinny or straight, the good ol' pair of jeans is part of every wardrobe. The good news is that you can reinvent and restyle your denim look according to your mood.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

Oversized watches in fashion are one reason to raid your guy's wardrobe.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

There is nothing quite like indulging yourself, so go all out and invest in an ultra-covetable new piece of arm candy- a hand bag.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Little Princesse Rhea

Baby Rhea was so adamant that she wanted to buy the bracelet. Her mother said that it is slightly loose for her. To this she replied that she will soon grow to fit into it. This is today's generation -  very smart and intelligent. Way to go gal.....keep it up!

Tip of the Day

Use clever side panels to slim your body shape

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tip of the Day

Bags make most important accessory and can highlight your sense of style too.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tip of the Day

First analyse what you have in your wardrobe, then make a list of what you need, and only then go out and buy the missing items.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tip of the Day

Team a pretty lace dress with a chunky metallic belt.


Antra is a student of SIET College and was referred to me by Nafisa, another student at the same college. She was so happy with the style and fit that she referred her mother to me who also became my client. This is the best way in which my clients list becomes bigger and that is through word of mouth. Thanks to all those who are continuing to do it for my store. Love you all!

ANTRA is seen wearing a maroon silk dress that has been designed in a sari. The borders on the sari were used to create an ensemble that not only looked rich and heavy but also chic and ethnic at the same time. She wanted to learn a few dupatta drapes from me out of the 50 nos( which I shared with you all in my earlier posts). In the first picture, she is seen draping the dupatta on one shoulder and the other side being draped over the hand. In the next picture, she is seen draping the dupatta in a coat style drape. The third picture shows her wearing the dupatta in a V style drape. All these three styles are good for dupattas that have fine borders that need to get highlighted.

As a thanksgiving for becoming my client, La Princesse presents you with a gift voucher. You may kindly check your email for further details. Congratulations!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tip of the Day

Small or large, pendants are the hottest accessories this season.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

Purples and reds are associated with authority and power and one mostly sees royalty or persons in positions of power wearing these shades.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tip of the Day

One of the most utterly feminine and sweltering trends—lace has made a comeback. Right from Saree blouse sleeves to sandals and even handbags, lace is all over the place.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

Once you know your face shape, you'll know the basic science behind what hairstyles, fashion and make-up suits you best.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tip of the Day

Fashion is an extension of one's own lifestyle. It is in a state of constant change. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

Choose designer jeans that slim and shape your legs, and look for cuts with embellishment on the back pockets or unique washes that emphasize your figure

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tip of the Day

One of the most important aspects of fashion is how one accessorises. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

Festivals are round the corner. Look your trendy best with a traditional touch. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

Find some bold colors that you think fit with your personality and make you feel expressive!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tip of the Day

How you choose to dress each morning reflects how you feel about your job – that you take your position seriously, that you are ready to work and that you pay attention to detail and know what you expect to encounter that day.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tip of the Day

Choosing clothes in your size that flatter your body shape can improve your self-esteem.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fashion Tabu voted as a winner amongst Top Fashion Blogs

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Tip of the Day

If you have heavy hips, it is important not to wear fitted, short garments that emphasise your hips. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tip of the Day

Wide necklines, short sleeves and light fabrics help to visually reduce broad shoulders

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

Choose your accessories wisely. Accessories can completely change the look of an outfit.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tip of the Day

Clothes in solid colors with simple lines will make you appear taller.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tip of the Day

Colours affect your moods and in some cases your efficiency levels.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tip of the Day

Having trendy pieces in your wardrobe will make a bold fashion statement and let you have fun with fashion. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tip of the Day

 Trends are just that - Something might be in style, but if it doesn't work for your body type, its best to not waste the money.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

 Try incorporating the colour of the season in your dressing to stay fashion forward. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

Finding dresses that fit correctly is difficult and finding a good tailor to get the right proportions on your body frame is a worthwhile investment.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

Butterfly clips also come with stones and pearls making it a good choice to be used for formal dressing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tip of the Day

 Fashion is a part of your style . Everything on the outside is merely a reflection of what’s on the inside.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tip of the Day

Traditional and Classic style is so called because clothes belonging to this style category never get outdated. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tip of the Day

 Creative patterns can mismatch, like paisley with mixed designs from medium to dark intensity.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tip of the Day

Style is an expression and is a combination of the way you dress, talk, move your body, or do anything for that matter. Everything on the outside is merely a reflection of what’s on the inside.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

We all have the capability to be charismatic – there is no such thing as ugly women except lazy women who do not care for themselves.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tip of the Day

Wearing an open neckline like a sweetheart neck will make one appear longer and leaner.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fashion Bites

You can get Fashion Tips live today by Fashion Tabu on Jaya TV between 1.30 and 2 p.m. Program name is Illarum Adhu Nallarum.

Tip of the Day

Polka dots are one of those prints that have become a classic. Owning a piece or two in this print, is therefore essential for any fashion-loving woman.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

It is easy to take your look from day to night by mixing stripes and prints.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tip of the Day

Box like clutches are good to hold all your credit cards safe when you go out.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tip of the Day

The young and daring can go bold and experiment with an ultra low-rise saree, and team it up with a corset or halter neck blouse. Conventional dressers, on the other hand, can try out a more de-glammed version of the low-waist sari, wear it just below the belly button with a simple blouse in contrasting colour.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

One versatile trend which has continued to reign from spring through fall is the asymmetrical hemlines. Though not unusual, asymmetrical hemlines are a great alternative to classic cuts, which can sometimes be very boring.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

The idea is to style yourself well, keep in touch with global trends and look bright and cheerful.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fashion Bites

Today between 1.30 and 2 pm you can watch a segment in fashion by Fashion Tabu on Jaya TV.

Tip of the Day

Accessories like scarves are now seen as a smart option for dressing up solid colour clothes.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tip of the Day

Tone down your bright coloured outfit by adding tan accessories.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tip of the Day

Dress with sheer around the neck or sleeves can look stunning. Exactly why it is the latest trend every fashionista seems to be following this season.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tip of the Day

Invest in classic designs and the best quality you can afford. Remember 'quality' not 'quantity

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

You may be wearing the right colour, style and fabric, but if the length and proportion of your outfit is incorrect for your height and shape, you will not look your best.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you are narrow shouldered, use shoulder pads to creat the illusion of being broad shouldered.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tip of the Day

Always shop with the principle 'Cost per Wear'  before indulging in shopping. When  you want to buy something, calculate its cost divided by how many times you can wear it. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

As a working woman you should project a professional, confident and successful image, yet you must still look approachable.


There is a different breed of shoe popping up in stores that could prove a perfect solution to college going girls who would like to walk tall. The high-top wedge sneaker is a heel and sport shoe hybrid, providing a middle ground for chic tomboys and girlie-girls who love their heels.If you like sneakers, why should you compromise for the heels.  It is comfortable and stylish, so go grab those gals!  Have fun walking tall!

Fashion News from La Princesse

Sobhitaa is one of my very old clients. She has been coming to me ever since she was a small kid. There is something very special about her style. She belongs to the Classic and Traditional style category. Her personal style is always the same with collar, that it has now become her signature style. She is wearing a jacquard and brasso combination salwar dress in yellow and blue combination. In the next picture, she is seen wearing a green and maroon combination salwar suit. Except for the dupatta drape, her dress style remains the same. The third picture, you can see her wearing a simple khadi dress, once again in a manner that is synonymous of her.

Dear Sobhithaa - As a thanksgiving, La Princesse presents you with a gift voucher. Kindly check your email for more details.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

When you travel, make sure each item you take with you goes with three other items. This way you will be travelling light.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

In terms of colour coordination, the trend today favours contrasting colours, rather than those that match.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

There must be at least one outfit in your wardrobe that whenever you wear it, people constantly comment on how gorgeous you look.

Tip of the Day

There must be at least one outfit in your wardrobe that whenever you wear it, people comment constantly comment on how gorgeous you look.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you are overweight or shorter, avoid wearing big bold prints. A useful guideline to follow is to check that the print does not exceed the size of your fist.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tip of the Day

Note the nuances of a fragrance and then sniff some coffee beans. The smell of coffee should remove most traces of the perfume and you are ready to repeat the process with another fragrance.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tip of the Day

You can prevent damage to the zips and buttons, if you undo the buttons and up the zips, before washing your clothes in a machine.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tip of the Day

Celebrate the woman you are. Let your clothes talk about you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tip of the Day

Stylish people know their body and how to dress it. Copying others looks may be disappointing as it may not have the same effect on you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tip of the Day

Find a good fit. Clothes that are too tight or too baggy will make you appear larger.

Fashion News from La Princesse

STYLE DIET by FT : A style that is moving uptrend are the Babucha Pants. These are a combination of a legging and a skirt. Earlier these could be seen worn by dancers but due to its flexibility and comfort, one can see it being flaunted by the college girls.

Anarkali Kurtha in empire cut style with an attached dupatta is the latest trend and is a part of the spring summer collection fashion show by La Princesse. The golden hue of the dress is highlighted with ethnic embroidery done in stones and sequins. This style suits petite girls and is a head turner.

Subathra got her trousseau designed at La Princesse. The first picture shows her wearing a sari in a cream and maroon combination that belongs to the half and half category. A velvet border is attached  to its upper edge and the lower half is ethnically embroidered with Zardozi work. The fabrics used for this saree are chiffon and crushed georgette.  In the next picture, you can see her wearing an OMS ie. one minute sari in a combination of wine and lime green. The fabrics used for this sari are net, brasso chiffon and tissue. The pleats are stitched together to make the draping much easier.

Dear Subathra - As a thanksgiving, La Princesse presents you with a gift coupon. Kindly check your email for more details.

Tip of the Day

Galaxy prints are whimsical. There is something retro cool about colourful clouds and stars splashed across a fabric.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you ever find yourself stuck in a style rut, playing with fun new color combinations is a great way to liven up your wardrobe

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

You can pair up your white dress with neutrals like hazelnut brown, wood brown, nude or metallic shades. Avoid pairing an all white outfit with white shoes and handbag.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tip of the Day

Opt for delicate charmed bracelets to adorn your hands or a simple band on your finger for elegance.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

Avoid wearing horizontal or vertical stripes from head to toe. Mix different stripes in your ensemble to create an interesting optical illusion.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tip of the Day

Make way for simple jewellery pieces in your wardrobe as minimalism is this season's mantra.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

Be a cosmopolitan woman who likes her clothing with timeless expression and affordable quality, items with which you can develop an emotional bond.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tip of the Day

Accessories, if tastefully chosen, can enhance any look, whereas doing the opposite can be a complete disaster.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tip of the Day

Bold, bright and neutral colours like rich red, etna orange, boat blue, lifeboat yellow and white paint an attractive colour palette on clothes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tip of the Day

Retro makes a grand comeback on the style scene. Think bright colours, long flowing dresses, oversized accessories, retro hairstyles and make-up.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tip of the Day

Funky, multicoloured bangles and a floral hair clip will match any Salwar kameez.


Dhothi salwar which originated in the villages of Pakistan is in vogue. It is much preferred because it looks stylish and though the villagers wore it in cotton fabric for their comfort, we, designers prefer to give it an improvised look with different textures. The cowls that fall on the side of the salwar give a very trendy look to the kurthi worn with it. The kurthi is heavily worked with brass sequins for that exclusive party wear effect.

Priya is wearing a royal blue gown made out of satin and embroidered net. She was referred to my store by another client for whom I had made the wedding gown. The net is given in the skirt as a kali panel and the sleeves are in net to give that sheer effect and the net is draped in front and neatly pinned up with a broach. She was very happy with the outfit designed for her.

Srivarsha is wearing a blue green combination maxi. She is my regular client from Abu Dhabi who visits me annually. She is seen wearing a long dress with net and brocade. The green net with brocade lining adds elegance to the dress and the upper bodice has been highlighted with a drape of the brocade fabric clustered together on one shoulder with a stone broach. In the next picture, she is seen wearing a knee length dress made in velvet and printed satin to give that drape onto her body. It was amazing to see her having changed from a chubby girl to a slim and trim girl. This gave her the opportunity to wear textures like brocade and stiff net which otherwise I would generally avoid using it for her body structure.

As a thanksgiving, La Princesse, would like to present Priya and Srivarsha with a gift voucher. Kindly check your email for more details on same.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

Wear simple basic pieces from your wardrobe like sweatpants with a bright coloured T shirt or sports shoes with a feminine style dress. This is what smart styling is about - mix and match.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tip of the Day

Petite women should try to stick with styles and cuts that elongate their bodies, making them look taller and more proportionate. Plus size women must pick clothes that are tailored and have structure without being too embellished. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tip of the Day

Sunning fabrics before the monsoon is the key to preventing mildew.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tip of the Day

Sequins are every designer's favourite element as they add drama to any dull looking attire and perk it up instantly. Glamorous gowns or casual clothes, none can escape the vitality of these miniature stars.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

Abstract fashion is back with a bang! Indulge yourself with some gorgeous prints and get high on style.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

Pep up your mood this rainy season by using colourful handbags like totes, clutches, satchels and box bags in shades of pink, green, blue, yellow and orange.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

Look ultra feminine and elegant as you rock your pleats, the season's hot fashion trend.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

Colour looks different on each one of us. What looks good on you might not look good on someone else. Be smart in analysing a shade when it is not meant for you.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tip of the Day

It is best to avoid heavy looking footwear if you are a petite delicately built person. Also, if you are tall and willowy, it is best to avoid footwear which will make you look like a giraffe in a sari.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tip of the Day

Fabrics like tissue, organza and organdie are stiff and can be avoided by people who are on the plus side. If you are thin, use your thinness to your advantage by wearing clothes that flatter your figure.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

As far as possible, never copy, though imitation is the highest form of praise. Be a trend setter.



Colorfully embroidered kafthan worn by model Pradhayini in the La Princesse Fashion Show held at Dublin, Hotel Park Sheraton was an instant hit with many queries pouring in for same. A kafthan is a loose garment that is worn easily and suits all body shapes. It is one of the most most comfortable and versatile garment. 


Indumathy and Gayathri are friends who were shopping for a similar kind of dress. They visited my store on a friend's recommendation and were happy to find something that was similar at the same time different from the regular stuff available in the markets. They opted to choose kalamkari print dress and the pattern was made according to their body structures. Kalamkari is painting with a pen on a plain dyed fabric and is very time consuming but the result is ethnic and very pleasant. 

Congratulations to both of you! As a thanksgiving, La Princesse would like to present you with a gift voucher. Kindly check your email for more details on same.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tip of the Day

Lace is a multipurpose fabric. You can make an old dress appear stunningly new by simply attaching it to the outfit.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

A sari is a fashion garment that appeals to the aesthetic sense of women as there is no dress that could be more feminine and modest. It has  become the most seductive garment with limitless possibilities for the future.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tip of the Day

White is a colour that seems to weather time and is always just a comfortable reach away in your wardrobe. You buy it for what it lets you be : yourself.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

Leather handbags stand the test of time, are great value for money and are classics.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tip of the Day

Choose the right look for an occasion.. It is a disastrous idea to wear jeans for a formal event.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

Nothing wears out quicker than fashion. As the season changes the fashion scenario also changes, bringing in new ideas, designs and fabrics.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

Silk is considered the most desirable and sensuous natural fabrics in existence.. The qualities of silk are unrivalled by any other fabric.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tip of the Day

Get creative and add colour to liven up your surroundings and your wardrobe.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Privileged Customer For This Week - Niveditha Dhanush

Niveditha is a regular client at my store and has modelled for my article in Daily Thanthi newspaper. She is tall and graceful and a very patient client who gives me ample time to design her clothes. For all her mix and match clothing, she keeps taking my suggestions. She relies on me completely to give her the best and I feel obliged for the trust such clients have on me.

In the first picture, she is seen wearing a mermaid Ghagra sari in a bright combination of fuschia and red worked intricately on the pleats. The velvet embroidery on the upper front of the sari adds elegance to this attire. She is wearing an aqua green and red combination sari in the next picture. This concept is based on Half and Half, meaning two different textures are joined to form one whole sari. In the next one she is seen sporting an OMS  which is the short form for one minute sari. It is in a combination of violet and lime green designed  in trend with the latest colours.

Congratulations Niveditha! La Princesse would like to present you with a gift voucher as a thanksgiving for your continued patronage. For further details, kindly check your email.

Tip of the Day

Try experimenting colours with different accessories and get opinion of people who are close to you. Mothers are the best friends, goes an age old saying.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you want to make a dramatic style, wear outfits with asymmetrical patterns. Abstract and geometric designs will suit. Bold accessories will match this style.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tip of the Day

If the clothes have got stained while usage, never pack them inside before getting rid of them. They may turn out to be a stubborn stain.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tip of the Day

Though most of us have a couple of favourite sandals, it is a good idea to rotate our footwear. Make it a point to use the other pairs at least once a week for variety and also give the favourite pair a much needed rest.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

Shop for who you are and not for who you will be after five years from now.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you want to appear taller than you are, wear a similar coloured top and bottom. A break in colour always stunts the look.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tip of the Day

Animal prints are wild in nature but we have seen so many stylish people wearing them over the decades, that they have become classics. (particularly leopard and zebra prints)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Style Tip

Nobody is perfect but we all have our strengths which we should highlight.

Tip of the Day

If you are narrow shouldered, necklines like boat necks, cap sleeves, off-shoulder styles and halters will suit.  Avoid wearing long necklaces and tight outfits.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you are broad shouldered, you can wear necklines like V or deep scoop necks, wear fabrics that drape easily. Avoid halter necks, stiff fabrics, horizontal lines, square necks and strapless styles

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

If you have a double chin, avoid wearing chokers and attention seeking necklaces or dangling earrings, all of which draw the eye to the neck.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

By all means, fall in love with magazine spreads, but be self assured enough to realise when something is just not for you.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

Use your ingenuity to add special little touches to your clothes with different accessories. A tiny diamond pin which serves as a broach on your sari, a special motif on your handbag and there you are showing the world that you are beautifully different.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

Always go for clothes that make you feel confident and strong, yet relaxed and comfortable and stylish.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

It takes time to personalize your wardrobe to suit your individual lifestyle needs. Once achieved, however, it is rewarding in so many ways.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tip of the Day

If what you love is not showing up in your clothes, you are not reflecting the true you.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tip of the Day

There are eight basic face shapes. They are oval, round, pear, oblong, rectangular, diamond and heart. The most common face shapes are oval and round. Look yourself in the mirror and using your lipstick sketch out the outline of the shape of your face.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tip of the Day

What we wear can set the tone for an entire party and like a photograph, live in memory long after we are gone.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tip of the Day

During monsoon, it is advisable to invest in a pair of plastic sandals.

Privileged Customer For This Week - BHARATHI

Bharathi used to be my regular client but when she shifted her residence, we lost touch. But I am glad, that she remembered me and got back to designing her clothes with me. I had an additional boost when she introduced her daughter who is also my client now as I am making some clothes for her and her niece too - Kirtana and Medha.

Bharathi is seen wearing a mango yellow kurtha with a black salwar and the dupatta is designed like a chess board except there are more colours on it. The fabric used is cotton silk. In the next picture, she is seen wearing a Kora Silk dress that has block print in the shape of waves. The third picture shows a different drape for the dupatta. In the last picture, she is seen wearing a plain cotton silk set in wine color with a crepe silk dupatta that is block printed in colorful hues that can be worn with different dress styles.

Dear Bharathi,
Congratulations! La Princesse presents you with a gift coupon as a thanksgiving. For more details you can check your email.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tip of the Day

Easing into a life of stylish simplicity requires understanding the basics and ourselves. Style, colour and occasion are all sorting devices.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tip of the Day

Hard sided luggage prevents wrinkling and tends to protect clothes better. Soft sided luggage weighs less and is easier to carry around.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

Seasonal fabrics like linen or velvet, may be well both the investment but they will not be necessarily appropriate year-round. Seasonless fabrics makes for clothes that can be worn full year round.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tip of the Day

Do not buy in a hurry and avoid spending a lot on what's trendy. Focus on a few essentials that will always be in style.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

Do not wear a lot of accessories when you go shopping. These can slow you down or catch on the clothes you are trying on.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fashionistas Night Out Fashion Show pictures

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tip of the Day

Mix unexpected colours and textures and patterns. Mix attitude. Different jewellery or accessories can change a dress dramatically each time you put it on. The beauty of true versatility.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tip of the Day

Nothing looks better than a neat well turned out appearance which exudes confidence and natural charm.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tip of the Day

Colour is magic. It is neither addictive nor fattening so do not restrict yourself in experimenting with colours.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

In every fashion show, we see the resurgence of sari. The sari may not be the same what Grandma wore but with some changes here and there, it has survived.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fashion News

To read an article on Kids and Fashion by Fashion Tabu, check out India Today magazine, this fortnight, now available on the news stand.

Tip of the Day

Taking care of our footwear is very important. If worn for longer periods, heels can throw our body out of balance. Elevated heels should be worn judiciously otherwise it can cause back pain.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tip of the Day

Your personal style evolves as an extension to your character. It is necessary to portray who you are rather than imitating somebody else.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tip of the Day

It is very important to remember that your wardrobe helps dictate your professional prosperity by helping you manage your image in the workplace and by reinforcing your confidence and self esteem.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tip of the Day

Dressing is the art of camouflage and misdirection. Learn how to make the eyes go where you want it to, choose the best styles to flatter your body type and solve the quintessential crisis of picking the right dress.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fashion News

For latest updates on saris and the various styles in fashion by Fashion Tabu, check out 'Daily Thanthi' Sunday newspaper dated 1.7.12

Tip of the Day

While deadlines control our lives at almost every movement, we cannot turn back the clock. Watches have become our friend, philosopher and guide. Can we call this as wrist management?!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tip of the Day

Use your ingenuity to add special little touches to your clothes with different accessories.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tip of the Day

It is said that a woman's handbag reflects the personality of its user, so it is very important to but a handbag which suits your taste as well as meets your requirements.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tip of the Day

Fashion trend recommends the simple natural look where the jewellery blends with the outfit.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tip of the Day

Do not change your lifestyle to be a fashionista,  you can be a trend setter by just being yourself.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tip of the Day

Keep repeating your personal style statement until it becomes your personal signature.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tip of the Day

Long earrings are great to accentuate a long slim neck while stud earrings are good for a casual wear look. It is important to choose the appropriate size of jewellery to match your features.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tip of the Day

Clothes talk even when we don't. They speak volumes about us. So make sure that you and your clothes speak the same language.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tip of the Day

Appearance is a powerful thing. Sometimes people cannot remember a word you have said but can tell you exactly what you were wearing.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tip of the Day

Fashion is an interpretation of yourself. It is an extension of one's lifestyle. It reflects your entire personality and is all about the style choices you make and how they complement you.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tip of the Day

Clothes should not overpower the wearer, instead it should empower her with absolute dignity and style everlasting.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tip of the Day

As long as you are wearing a nose, you will need a handkerchief! It is indeed for all sorts of emergencies, from constant attacks of sentiments to waving to your changing fashions and has a certain traditional charm about it. It is true in certain circles modern accessories like tissue paper have caught on but most trees are unhappy about this development:-(

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tip of the Day

Always wear your clothes with an attitude. When you wear them with the right attitude there is no way it won't work for you.


I know Samantha from her school days as she happens to be my daughter's friend. She wanted me to design her wedding gown. She had a set pattern in mind, which I slightly improvised to suit her body shape.
Voila! She looks gorgeous in her wedding attire. I made a few salwar sets for her trousseau and of course designer sari blouses. Here is wishing her a very happy married life.

Candy, Cheryl and Jezira were the bridesmaids and it was fun designing for them. Their dresses were made in soft mint green and gold  color to match the theme of the wedding. Though I had some last minute work to be done on Cheryl's dress especially as she was coming from UK, just a week ahead of the wedding, it was very satisfying to see them smile and say they loved it. 

Magan and Trinity, the two lovely girls who had also come from UK were so excited to see their outfits that were once again designed at the last moment. They were too happy to model for me. 

Samantha is wearing a classic greenish beige salwar set that has a lovely dupatta. The beauty of the dress lies in the dupatta that has been made with waves designed in bright jewel tones to set a contrast to the outfit.

Dear Samantha, Candy, Cheryl, Jezira, Magan and Trinity,
Congratulations! As a thanksgiving, La Princesse would like to present you with a gift voucher. Kindly check your email for more details.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tip of the Day

How you feel when you dress up is always reflected by what you wear. If you are feeling down, even the most glamourous outfit will not lift up your spirits. Try and make yourself feel good and use clothes as your pep pill.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tip of the Day

Clothes impart a sense of unison to your body. If all the dress lines work together in harmony, they create an attractive visual effect.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tip of the Day

Fashions come and go as to length and colour of those finger nails, a la mode. But this squeaky clean is one classic feature appropriate, to remain constant even in the space age. After all what is the point of ultra cool dressing if the remains of last month's varnish or the remains of last night's dinner can be seen on your nails......yuck!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tip of the Day

Never shy away from trying something. Mix and match your outfit with accessories. Wear a look that has never been worn before. Soon you could be the trend setter.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tip of the Day

Your smile is an accessory that other people will appreciate the most. Even the most chic of ensembles will lack a little something if you have not worn a smile. So make sure to always have one intact. The best thing about a smile is, it looks equally good if you are wearing torn jeans and your oldest T shirt or a luscious silk sari and your entire jewelry collection. The price tags great too, it's absolutely free.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tip of the Day

Your charm can transform the bluntest of outfits. When you wear your charm, people are so dazzled about it that it does not matter if you are dressed in the latest outfit from a high shod designer or an old sack. Charm is ego friendly, maintenance free and compact enough to carry around with you everywhere.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tip of the Day

The rarest and best occasion of all, is time for yourself. Dress to make yourself happy and you will find yourself well dressed most of the time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An interesting story on how zardozi embroidery began

Once a mosquito found entrance to a king's head. The fluttering of this mosquito caused the king severe headache. Every kind of treatment had failed. Finally a sage advised the head hakim in his dream that the king would be cured if he is hit by a shoe in the area of pain. The hakim narrated his dream to his associates. They executed a plan. A shoe decorated with pure gold and silver threads was ordered to be made for the purpose. The king was hit with the shoe on his head. This killed the mosquito curing the king of his ailment. The king in turn appreciated the artistic outlay on the shoe and desired to patronise the work. Other emperors and nobles followed him. That is how zardozi embroidery came into being.

Monday, June 11, 2012


This designer saree is in an English pink rose color in net fabric. The pleats portion has been styled in such a manner that it looks like a lehenga. It can be worn as a normal sari or as a ghagra to suit the occasion. The blouse and skirt are provided with shimmer fabric to highlight to the glamour quotient in this saree.


Sobithaa is a software engineer who has been a regular client with me for more than a decade now. She has a very consistent style ever since her school days. She wears clothes with collared necklines always. She has created a signature style for herself. She has been along with me giving testimonials for my store in some of the TV channels shoots too. She is very talented and has inherited her mother's genes in creativity as she plays piano and has been to several concerts abroad. Her mother is a piano teacher, no wonder that Sobi is performing so well and has even won an award for same.

She is seen wearing a printed green salwar set that is apt for casual wear and appropriate for office wear. She belongs to the Elegant Style of Fashion. In the next picture, she is seen wearing a khadi kurtha embroidered with phulkari embroidery that is synonymous of Punjab. Her style is consistent with a collar and straight cut look that gives a neat well turned out appearance.

Dear Sobithaa, Congratulations! As a thanksgiving, La Princesse presents you with a gift coupon. Kindly check your email for further details.

Bridal Dress designed for Farisha Patel at La Princesse

Check out this video on YouTube: Sent from my IPad La Princesse

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

The sari has retained its beauty over centuries. This attire has retained its innocence through its original form but it has evolved in tremendous variety. A more feminine dress has never been seen anywhere.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tip of the Day

Dressing up is the quickest way to reveal aspects of our personality. Finding a style that suits us is a process that takes confidence and experimentation.