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Soham Dave Spring 2012: India Refashioned

The essence of the Soham Dave brand embraces hand-crafted clothing, the natural environment, the heritage of India and women who live there today.  While I was in New York during fashion week, I was fortunately invited to the Soham Dave fashion show at the Empire Hotel Roof Lounge.  I first encountered the brand at Nolcha Fashion Week in September of 2011, where I met Alexis, a sweet Ohioan who handles their publicity.  My mother and I attended the presentation set high above the city in the crowded Fireside bar.  Luckily, there was a roof top patio with a window view, which we spilled into once the standing room only allowed no view of the makeshift runway.  While the show added glamour to the eco-friendly collection, it wasn’t until the models mingled with the audience afterward when I could see the fine craftsmanship of the fabrics.

The story behind the fabrics of Soham Dave is what makes the collection so special.  Soham Dave, the designer, was born in Gujarat, India in 1979.  While studying Global Fashion Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, he met Nimet Degirmencioglu.  Soham, as the namesake creative designer, and Nimet, as the brand ambassador and executive of business development, launched their first collection in 2011.  The green brand employs women artisans in India, traditional eco-friendly production techniques, biodegradable fabrics, recycled materials and natural dyes.  Not only does Soham Dave practice fair trade, meaning all workers are paid a fair wage, the company teaches workers about entrepreneurship to create sustainable lives.  By applying traditional Indian skills, including hand embroidery, hand block printing and hand weaving, to contemporary silhouettes, Soham Dave fuses “the old and the new, classic and contemporary, and ancient organic and urban lifestyles.”

Soham Dave also launched a collection of handbags and handmade jewelry, which some pieces are made from scraps of fabric left over from the clothing line.

Soham takes inspiration from nature and Indian tradition.  The motivation behind the latest collection is “Bandhani.”  Bandhani is a method of dying fabric by pinching and tying very tiny pieces of the fabric in a particular design.  After its dyed, the tied thread is unraveled to reveal small square-shaped dots, crinkled creases of fabric and vivid colors.

My take on Soham Dave:

My favorite pieces from the latest collection are the indigo Bandhani empire top and tan Ajrak printed dresses.  From the online shop, I really like the white Safed Khadi dress, white Khadi wrap and beaded necklace on a metal chain.  Another favorite is the Streetline Indigo dress that is Ajrak printed, which was recently purchased by Emma Watson from the Co-op 28 Boutique in Los Angeles.

I’m a fan of Soham Dave because it’s eco-friendly and socially conscious, which is oh, so hot, especially right now.  But I’m eager to see the creators develop those selling points and elaborate on their designs.  I imagine this line becoming super popular with the green folk, organic eaters, vegetarians, vegans, humanitarians, boho chicks and wannabe hippies as long as they embrace that off kilter lifestyle and love of clothing that’s comfy and practical, yet sexy.  Now is the time to thrive on the bohemian/hippie/earth lovin’ style.  I look forward to the addition of more natural dye colors, contemporary prints and sophisticated shapes.

What you need to know about Soham Dave:

  • Every item is handmade by women artisans from remote villages in India
  • All items are made from biodegradable fabrics, recycled materials and natural dyes using environmentally safe production techniques, making this collection 100% eco-friendly
  • The collection currently includes jewelry, handbags and clothing, mostly summery dresses
  • The cost of clothing items range from $80 to $350
  • Based in New York City, Soham Dave is available at boutiques throughout the city and in Cleveland and Philadelphia

Where can you shop Soham Dave:

  • Online here
  • Evie Lou: 2153 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH; 216-696-6675
  • Also in New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia…

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My Present Passion: Peplum

pep·lum/ˈpepləm/ : A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse.

Also, currently the most adorable detail that gives an emsemble instant class, while accentuating curves.  It’s been popping up on the catwalk and red carpet for the past couple of years and now it’s easier to find online and in stores.  Scroll down for how you can add some peplum to your wardrobe.


Where it has been seen

Alexander McQueen, Spring 2012, Photos courtey of Marcus Tondo/

alice + olivia, Pre-fall 2012

alice + olivia, Fall 2012

Bottega Veneta, Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012, Christian Dior Spring 2012 and Badgley Mischka Spring 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Marcus Tondo of

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012, Sachika Fall 2011, Elizabeth and James Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/, Sachika, Elizabeth and James

Lanvin Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/

Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012, Milly Fall 2012, 10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/, 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Tory Burch Fall 2012, Zac Posen Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Alessandro Viero of


Who is wearing it

Blake Lively, Ashley Greene, Michelle Williams, Dianna Agron

Emma Watson, Leelee Sobieski, Liv Tyler, Beyoncé

Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Emma Stone


How you can get it

Peplum is adorable on dresses and tops worn with pencil skirts or slim pants.  I just ordered a peplum dress from and I’m impatiently waiting for it to arrive just in time for spring.  Below are a few more options that I found online.  You can also try belting longer, flowy shirts to create a similar flared effect.  When doing so, select a wider belt and tops with a round or sweetheart neckline to convey a vintage vibe.  Update it with a top that is printed, sleeveless or has a deep V-neck and try an embellished belt.

My new dress: Zipper Peplum Dress $34 from Go Jane

Floral Tube Peplum Top $25.30 from Go Jane

Stripe Peplum Dress $26.50 from Go Jane

L.A. or Bustier $44.99 from Mod Cloth

Irresistable Enchantress Peplum Dress $169.99 from Mod Cloth

Eternal Flame of Love Peplum Skirt $42.99 from Mod Cloth

Bronze and Brains Peplum Skirt $72.99 from Mod Cloth

Broken Levels Skirt $138 from Anthropologie

Awear Floral Peplum Top $44.76 from Asos

Rare Peplum Dress $44.76 from Asos

Peplum Tee $16.90 from Alloy

Francesca Dress $1,495 from J. Crew

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The Charming Miss Watson

Fans of the Harry Potter series have watched Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, grow from a spunky 10-year-old to a young woman of style and grace.  At 21 years old she has demonstrated her preference for Marchessa minis, ornate details and earth friendly fashions.   She will be seen next in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and ‘My Week With Marilyn,’ which means, lucky for us, we get to see what she wears to many more red carpet appearances.  Take a look at several of my favorite style moments from Miss Watson.

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