Designers give the classic bow a modern update through cuffs, sandals, chokers and more
A SYMBOL of femininity, the adorable bow has been reinterpreted in new and interesting ways that make it at once, edgy and girly. Turn up the heat in an Anupama Dayal maxi dress, keep it funky in a Ka-Sha ikat skirt or dress sharp with the aid of a Valliyan by Nitya choker.
You don’t always need towering heels and sleek lines to be on the pulse of high fashion, and we highly recommend this chic pair of sandals to keep you in style this season. The Roksanda bow-embellished leather sandals from Nicholas Kirkwood is a casual lunch date must-have. Approximately Rs 64,422. Details: saksfifthavenue.com
Follow the weave
You can’t go wrong combining cool blue with deep red and Ka-Sha takes advantage of the classic combination, with this super cute ikat skirt. Playful and off-beat, this one features a red bow tie detail diagonally running down the length of the front. Team it with a plain white T-shirt and geometric printed slip ons to keep it casual. Rs 7,575 approximately at Bebel Boutique, Calangute, Goa.
Matters of heart
Featuring a giant heart that instantly catches the eye, Bliss by Melissa is made more fun with the little lace detail of the lace, to be tied into a bow. We love the black and brown snake print which adds a formal tinge to the thong, making it the perfect transition from day to night. Rs 4,250.
Anupama Dayal takes the bow up a notch with this gorgeous number in crimson, burnt orange and teal. The oversized bow at the back gives the piece an interesting twist that makes it all the more appealing. A simple necklace with a tear-drop pendant will work well to bring the look together. Approximately Rs 22,135 . At Khan Market, New Delhi. Details: 09650500077
Playing on the motif with metal is Valliyan by Nitya with this standout choker made from 18 carat gold. The simple creation is made more special with the golden crystal at the centre, set in brass. Wear with a plain white dress featuring a sweetheart neckline, to let the choker do all the talking. Approximately Rs 10,570. At Atosa, Khar, Mumbai. Details: 022 26052509
Go with the flow
A blend of metallic golden beads and coral red, the bell sleeved blouse by Turquoise and Gold, will certainly turn heads. The flamboyant colour also lends it a versatility which means you can carry it off well over a pair of jeans or a pencil skirt for after-work drinks. Don’t over-accessorise though. Rs 9,750, at the store in UB City, Bengaluru.
Details: 080 41527971
These over-the-knee bow boots by Valentino come with a stacked heel of 25 mm, and still promise comfort. Little bows are looped elegantly down the back lending the pair a feminine touch. With a leather lining, a leather and rubber sole, a side zip, and leather upper, it’s a true Italian masterpiece from the legendary label. Rs 1,01,700. Valentino Store, Hotel Shangri-La, New Delhi. Details: 011 23343878
Tied to it
While the bow tie is the most obvious article to make this list, we made sure we found a piece that really stands out. Quirkbox recently introduced a line of unisex bow ties, including our pick — The Frida. They come with funky, colourful prints and this one features little Japanese dolls in bright hues against a calming aqua. For Rs 375 on quirkbox.com
A prime example of restraint and sophistication, this stunning cuff from Balenciaga speaks volumes of the highly skilled craftsmanship in its simplicity. Made in Italy, the rose gold-tone brass number is deftly twisted to form a bow. Wear with a simple white shirt, distressed skinny jeans and stilettos for a look that spells understated elegance. Rs 29,615. Details: netaporter.com
Rashmi Rajagopal & Richa Upreti