“Fashion” Watch

Well, perhaps I won’t be talking about Milan and New York, Haute Couture and Dolce Gabbana. Just Chennai fads … kinda. Whatever comes under my limited purview.

My apartment block’s fashionista, (whom I’ve nicknamed “Mel Veetu Miss India,” as she clearly believes herself to be a ravishing-beauty-in-waiting), who is 12 (going on 25), is my youngest and most enthusiastic purveyor of costume jewellery/make-up wares. Among the latest that she laid out for display for my edification, last evening, was what went by the novel name of “Darjeeling Lipstick.”

Of course it isn’t a brand name or anything – but it comes in umpteen colours and is priced so affordably that one simply can’t help buying it.

It’s actually a small cylinder, which comes equipped with tiny boxes of lip-colour, that can be opened up by nudging them at their hinges. A small receptacle at the top houses the brush. Inside is a highly polished surface which my young aspirant to fashion declared was a mirror. It isn’t really, but glitters and glistens as though it would be one.

And the colours vary from anywhere between a bright rose pink to fluorescent green. Of course there are also muted shades of crimson, chocolate and ravishing pink – in other words, you pick and choose.

I haven’t the faintest idea why this lipstick confection goes by the name of Darjeeling … but it’s very much Chennai, and available at the biggest fancy stores in Nungambakkam too. Perhaps it’s been there for years … under other names. These days, it’s the packaging that counts much more than the content.

And Darjeeling Lipstick comes very well packaged, indeed.

1 Comment so far

  1. Chandler64 (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

    You go girl…

    Way Cool mama .. coining ‘Fashionista’,
    the young fashion revolutionaries ..

    Now, you make Maria in Nicarauga look in the mirror
    and the dresser wondering
    may be, could be ‘jeez Darlin’

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