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Published: Volume 20, Issue 5, May, 2012
What better ways to beat the summer blues than these...

1. Market Newbies
Luscious introductions to the shelves

A swimwear collection inspired by the colours and design elements of Rajasthanís culture is as uncanny as it can get. Bika, a Los Angeles based swimwear brand, launches its Spring/Summer collection aptly titled Rajputani. The collection incorporates the traditional technique of block printing and dyeing with modern design and elements. Swimwear with a royal touch.

The contemporary leather brand Da Milano has launched a new range of elegant cuffs crafted in stainless steel and rich leather. Apt for daywear as well as an outing with friends in the evening, these chunky pieces can be paired with any outfit to complete your look.

Inspired by the styling and silhouettes of the í50s and í60s, the new collection from bYSI infuses modern sophistication into clothes that are trendy at the same time. Peplum skirts, cropped jackets and slim pants in pastel hues are the highlights of this collection apt for your summer wardrobe.

New York based designer Dareen Hakimís bags are synonymous with modern luxury and careful craftsmanship. Inspired by the Beirut-born designerís various cultural influences, the new range has a vintage-like appeal with a modern twist. Handcrafted artisan metal is set against fine leather and the palette is vibrant and cheerful.

Bebeís Spring/Summer collection is all about asymmetry, soft draping, bodycon silhouettes and opulent embellishments. Silken utility rompers as well as evening dresses with figure-sculpting panelling and intricate quilting are trends fresh off the international runways and absolute wardrobe essentials for the season.

2. Material Men
Goodies for the guys

Diesel has collaborated with Ducati to create the Ducati Monster Diesel motorcycle and a dedicated capsule collection which includes biker jackets, tees, a unique five pocket in raw denim and accessories. The brand new customised model is an urban military chic interpretation of Ducatiís iconic Naked motorcycle. Biking just got sexier boys.

Park Avenue promises a relaxed and stylish summer with its new Spring/Summer collection. Comprising of natural materials in hues like citrus, purple, berry, sweet green and soft pastels, the brand encourages you to go all out and not shy from colour this season. The linen jackets and stylised bandgala jackets are to look out for.

Van Laac, the German shirt-maker famous for its signature three-hole button and crisp cuts introduces its Spring/Summer collection. Using the finest quality Italian fabrics and clever craftsmanship, the clothes reflect luxury and comfort at its best.

3. Tech Talk
Gadgets and applications at your service

There is no more getting lost on an adventurous night out. The new pathfinder watches from Victorinox will guide you if you wander off, with their LED indicators powered by an inbuilt compass. With shatter resistant mineral crystal glass, eight LED indicators around the dial and a light weight titanium case, this one’s a keeper.

For those who are bored of all other baubles, here’s a crystal studded television set. Vu Technologies have launched a limited edition TV aptly called Opulence. Available in 55 inches and equipped with LED cinema format in 1920x1080 pixels, the Opulence is the perfect amalgamation of luxury and technology.

Scene snips
Style bytes to keep you updated

The drama is finally over. After months of speculation and guessing games, Dior has finally named Raf Simons as Gallianoís replacement. Responsible for many a magical collection at Jil Sander, it will be interesting to see what the Belgian designer known for his minimal aesthetics and vibrant colours will bring to the Parisian fashion house.

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