Posts tagged ‘Indian fashion’

October 30, 2013

Ornamental Adornments

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WIFW Pankaj & Nidhi SS14

Intricate adornments from Pompeii all the way to Medieval church facades…Indian designer duo, Panjak & Nidhi seemed to thoroughly enjoy researching the inspiration behind their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  Hand cut fabrics appliqued to give a 3D effect and transparency were key looks.

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October 14, 2013

Day 1: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS14

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

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Internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Anupama Dayaal kicked off Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer14 with an explosion of colour and bold prints.  Some collections could be viewed as transcending seasons, however, Anupamaa’s screamed SUNSHINE.  Bright pinks, orange and yellow tones worn with tousled hair and beach foot accessories completed the looks.

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

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July 21, 2013

City of Dreams: Couture Fashion Comes to Delhi

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Potentially visible from space, in a few days time Delhi will overflow with glamour, sparkles and celebrities as two couture weeks begin back to back.  Indian couture is synonymous with bridal wear except this season India Bridal Fashion Week will showcase before PCJ Delhi Couture Week (PCJ is a jewellery company and the main sponsor).

One of the reigning kings of Indian couture, JJ Valaya,

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March 20, 2013

Photo Diary: Catching the Winter Sun

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Design by Rehane

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March 20, 2013

Be Young with Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishra

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Design by Payal Pratap

Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishara’s presentations were sponsored by Fiama Di Wills, the Indian beauty product giant.  Under the theme ‘Be Young’ both collections pined for yesteryear.

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Payal Pratap’s collection was subtitled ‘Opening my Grandmother’s Trunk’

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March 20, 2013

Roll Up for Day 4!

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Styled and visualised in the theme of a circus, the circus was not actually cited in the show notes.  Pero by Aneeth Arora is the winner of Vogue India’s first Fashion Fund and this was her first presentation since winning the award, for which she received the cash prize after the show.

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March 20, 2013

Manish Malhotra: Trend Maker

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Indian Celebrity, Esha Gupta featured in Manish Malhotra’s show

There are few designers in the Indian fashion industry that can start a trend like Manish Malhotra.  His influence in Indian cinema is so great and the trickling effect on to TV sets beamed around a billion homes is no small accomplishment.  In this way,

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March 19, 2013

Photo Diary: Tribal, Cinematic, Ethereal and an Urban Goddess

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Designs by Preeti S Kapoor

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March 19, 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Colour

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Designer Rajdeep Ranawat’s collection was inspired by a hypothetical world with a hint of exotic Medieval.  The collection featured intricate embroideries and lovely accessories.  The Elton John embellished glasses were my favourite.

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March 18, 2013

Photo Diary Day 2: Silk, Lace & Leather

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Design by Samant Chauhan

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March 18, 2013

Loving A Lady’s Wild Side

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March 17, 2013

A Winter Garden

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Internationally regarded designer Sonam Dubal’s Autums Winter collection was in essence bohemian, loose and flowing.  Chintz embroideries and the hand painted sarees and silk kaftans were beautiful.

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March 17, 2013

Heavenly Heritage Fashion

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Over at Rajesh Pratap Singh’s show the catwalk had been transformed into an Autumnal woodland.  Rajesh Pratap Singh is the current brand ambassador for Woolmark and the show was sponsored by them.

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The ground lay strewn with rust coloured foliage and bleak trees glowed with pod lights.  The effect was magical.  

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March 17, 2013

Hypercraft and Colonial Orient

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Kavita Bhartia is the owner of the Ogaan chain of boutiques with stores in Delhi and Mumbai.  Kavita started her own label in 2001.

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The collection she presented this season was entitled ‘Hypercraft’ to reflect her combining technology and craft for her designs. 

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March 16, 2013

Dunes of Luxury

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One of my favourite collections so far at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 is Shantanu & Nikhil‘s ode to the luxury traveller with reference to The Thar, India’s largest desert.

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March 16, 2013

Kumbh Mela Comes to Fashion Week

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Designer Tarun Tahiliani is a formidable force in the Indian fashion industry and this season he took inspiration from the Kumbh, a religious festival, and Sadhus – the saffron draped wandering spiritual men.

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March 15, 2013

Photo Diary: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

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Designer: Nikasha

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March 15, 2013

Gothic Beauty and Sleek Silhouettes

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Alpana Neeraj presented a heavy metal futuristic collection inspired by gothic glamour.  This girl is from the future and like all sci-fi babes she has the perfect figure to carry the look.

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March 14, 2013

Inspiring Courtesans and Monochrome

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Designer Vineet Bahl was inspired by a famous Mughal courtesan for his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.  The collection was beautiful

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March 14, 2013

Day 1: WIFW Satya Paul and Annaika

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Day 1 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 began yesterday and as promised the reviews and photos start here!

Masaba Gupta’s debut collection as fashion director for Satya Paul fell flat for me I’m afraid.  It’s her first attempt

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February 13, 2013

Beauty and Fashion Bonds

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Fiama Di Wills, the beauty product giant and sponsor of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2013, announced the designers they will sponsor this season: Rahul Mishra and Payal Pratap Singh, wife of esteemed Indian fashion designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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September 26, 2012

Pink is India’s Navy Blue

So said fashion icon, Diana Vreeland and how right she was!  Whilst there was plenty navy blue in the recent fashion weeks showcasing next season’s Spring/Summer collections we will soon see if there is just as much pink in India’s fashion presentation.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 will take place in Delhi from 6 – 10 October 2012.  The venue is

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August 17, 2012

New Moon

PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 came to a close with the unveiling of Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s refined and elegant collection.  Hailing from Kolkata, Sabyasachi’s collections offer a very different love song to luxury Indian hand craft.

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August 17, 2012

Delhi Couture Week: Day 4

Day 4 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 presented two shows of opposite extremes.  Both designers referenced bridalwear but whereas Shantanu & Nikhil’s fantasy bride was gothic and dark, Manish Malhotra’s was a fluttery sugar-dipped princess.

Shantanu & Nikhil’s show notes were far too deep in reference points especially since they threw in the towel and conformed to produce a bridalwear collection.  Why not simply state that you want to do a different type of couture collection?

Referencing strong women

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August 13, 2012

Delhi Couture Week Day 3: Arora’s Back in Town!

A much anticipated show during PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 was the return of Indian fashion’s showman extraordinaire, Manish Arora.

Manish very recently spent two seasons at the helm of Paco Rabanne in Paris and prefers to show in Paris in any case.  It’s not difficult to see why, his is the only collection with a distinctly Western feel and not a bridal gown in sight.  I’ve been to a few Manish Arora shows over the years and his creativity is truly inspiring.  The energy and zeal in his collections are inimitable, however, my compliments end there on this occasion.

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February 19, 2012

Fashion Week: Delhi Day 3

Design duo, Pankaj &Nidhi took inspiration from Polish craft for the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.  Quite a niche look hey?  The designers managed to make Polish craft look wonderfully contemporary as they zoomed their focus

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May 23, 2011

New Look For Bollywood at Cannes

A few Indian newspapers lamented over the weekend that the Bollywood stars who attended Cannes this year did not wear Indian dress or Indian designers but opted for Armani, Tom Ford, Lanvin and so on.  I think this is quite hypocritical as Indian actors are part of a global celebrity industry and it’s only natural for people to want a new look every so often.

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