Amazon India Fashion Week

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Fashion week is always a fun time to go all out with your love for the subject. For me, it’s about photographing a certain way and observing new trends alongside. This season of Amazon India Fashion Week will have all these amazing designers presenting over the course of 5 days. Scroll over and find out! 🙂

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Richa Chadha stops the show for Reynu Taandon at Couture Week

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Opulent, rich and luxurious are the right words to summarize Reynu Taandon’s couture show titled ‘Shahbanu’ at the Amazon India Couture Week 2015. Every garment had such intricate work that it was hard to let all the details soak in. The designer, whose personal spirit and energy reflected a great deal in the colours and embellishments used for the collection, had come up with a bridal extravaganza for her Couture 2015 collection. With deep hues from navy, dripping gold, to marsala, the colour palette for the show was alluring. Here are three things that left us impressed:
1) The couture line was inspired by the Mughal era of Persia, and to take the show to a whole new level, the music was given with live performances by a thumri singer and renowned Sufi Qawwali group Nizami Bandhu, who have also recently sung in Salman Khan’s latest ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ and are famed for their songs in the film Rockstar. In fact, many in the audience whispered that their performance was the best part of the show.

2) ‘Masaan’ actress Richa Chadda was the showstopper. The actress walked the ramp with ‘nazakat’ (grace) donned in jewellery from the yesteryears and a heavily embroidered lehenga choli, her head covered with a veil. This paired with makeup made Richa look straight out of a ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ poster.

3) The Shahbanu muse was straight out of the royal courtyard displaying her beauty through the purdah as she walks around the Mughal household with beauty reflecting through her accentuated eyes and statement jewellery.

The collection was inspired from Persia, personalised by models floating the ramp just like Persian princesses adorned in floor-grazing lehengas, ghararas and overcoats.

 This article was first published on Fashion101.in
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Down the Bollywood memory lane with Debarun

The drama, the emotions, the colours, the traditions and most of all the song and dance – Bollywood defines so much of our culture, it is so intrinsically a part of our lives that it has influenced decisions, shaped opinions and changed perspectives… Most importantly for us at the moment, it has also always played a pivotal role in fashion trends.

Cue Debarun Mukherjee’s collection for AICW 2O15, inspired by the many decades of Bollywood.

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The collection unfolds like an album through time, starting at the black & white era of the 30s and 40s, moving into decades of colour with the Mughal-e-azam song “Jab Pyar Kitya Toh Darna Kya” and then into the technicolour of the 70s and 80s with “Dum Maaro Dum”. As for the soundtrack for the restrained 90s, Chaiyya chaiyya drew the collection into the decade, before it was wrapped up with a blend of modern traditional styles.

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 Image credit: Viral Bhayani

Debarun AICW15

Image credit: Viral Bhayani

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Debarun AICW15

Rich silks and velvet formed the base for intricate embroidery, Zardozi, bead work, thread embroidery and appliqués in floral and ornate motifs. Ivories and blacks moved into subtle colours, then into rich shades of blues and greens, yellows and pinks, vibrant in their combinations. Fringed blouses moved into kurtas, then palazzos, blazers, maxi dresses, boleros and so much more. It was a riot of styles, a coming together of everything we have known and loved in Indian fashion.

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The show was only made better by Aditi Rao Hydari opening for the designer and Chitrangada Singh as the show stopper in an ivory-gold lehenga with rich red embroidery. And while the collection lacked a certain connect at the artistic level, it was a wonderfully direct representation of the last eight decades of Bollywood.

Loved the drama in Debarun’s collection? You’ll love Anju Modi’s persian-inspired ‘Kashish’ collection: read about it here!

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Anju Modi Brings Persia on the Ramp

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Wrapped in vibrant hues, pastels and bright colours, Delhi-based designer Anju Modi’s show was like a peek into an ancient Persian landscape. The costume designer and master couturier once again showcased her excellence with a collection named ‘Kashish’ at the ongoing Amazon India Couture Week 2015 in Delhi. The Middle Eastern vibe was further heightened by the set design and music. The designer confesses that it was while working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Baaji Rao Mastani that she decided to make this collection inspired from Persian culture. The fusion of Mughal cuts, colours and prints is done to perfection.
The jaali work, clearly inspired by Persian architecture, was showcased in translucent dupattas, borders of heavily embroidered anarkalis, and shararas. In keeping with most couture collections in India, Modi’s also focused on bridalwear. But what is special about Modi’s collection is the way in which she fuses tradition with design, colours with culture, and fabrics with craft; each takes her viewer by surprise. Modi and her ability to reinvent similar silhouettes with every presentation reiterate her knowledge about design and art. The collection was handwoven and she’s used handlooms such as silk, georgette, chanderi, velvet with zardozi, sitara work, architectural jaali work and foil printing. Her humble smile, excited giggle while taking a bow, and genuine love for art makes her every fashion critic’s favourite.
 
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Rahul Mishra Debuts at The Amazon India Couture Week like a Master Couturier

Rahul Mishra with Models at the press conference post his show.

Rahul Mishra with Models at the press conference post his show.

It was Day 2 of Couture Week, and this time around I actually got a good seat, and a better view. The woolmark prize winner shot to fame in his home country after he bagged this prestigious honour, which was India’s first ever. Having read a host of interviews with him, I not only fancied Mishra’s creative genius but also his humility. There is something so attractive about having a genuine smile across your face and speaking without a spectacle of doubt in your heart.

The show began with a model dressed in a white gown, adorned with delicate embroideries with recurring floral and bird motifs. As the show progressed, the garments of the show moved from a simple to more complex cuts and structures. The silhouettes started to change, and models emerged from the runway (that seemed like a halo) looking better than ever. He has played with new and different fabrics, in fact when I asked him what are his favourite fabrics to play with are, he gleefully said, “there is wool mixed in this collection, I doubt it’s noticeable, but well, there is.”  The silhouttes were modern including bomber jackets, lehengas with pockets, a kedia crop-top and more. The lehengas looked airy, styled in an off-beat way; new silhouettes and class apart tailoring defined the rules for him.

Embroidered Sheer. #TDM Favourite

Embroidered Sheer. #TDM Favourite

Mishra’s modern Indian woman and his collection aptly represented what he said about his collection, ” I am not trying to create something just for the bride here. These days a lot of events are happening in terms of destination wedding and for me I am not really focusing on creating any heirloom piece. My palette for lehenga has been very neutral. Because I believe that today’s bride is very intelligent. She can team up an old blouse of her mother may be with a gold lehenga or a silk dupatta which she might have picked from somewhere in India. Internationally this is a learning which I have got. Nobody wears Dior or Alexander McQueen or any brand from head to toe. Why should I force my style sense onto a bride who is already so intelligent?”

A model walks the ramp in Benarsi black suit

A model walks the ramp in Benarsi black suit

What also caught my fancy for the designer were his intentions behind the collection. Mishra told us that  his workers are have been re-migrated from the cities to the villages, where he pays them the same wage as they would get in a city like Mumbai. The artisans have benefitted through this the most as they can live with their families and hence don’t take leave. And as an obvious advantage, the expenditure in villages is lesser, so they have started saving more than 30 percent which helps them live a better standard of living.

This collection was more special because 90 percent of the work was done by these workers from the villages, and he couldn’t be happier to share this success story with the media. Well, what more can I say, this designer knows his country and craft too well and does end up curating some of the best looks.

Overcoats + Saree make for a stellar combination.

Overcoats + Saree make for a stellar combination.

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Sabyasachi’s Bride Wore Black at India Couture Week

Photo Credit: AphPhoto Credit: AphThis year’s opening show by Sabysachi was all about the dark, decadent bride who loves being edgy, risque and brave. The colour palette for the show was a mix of greys, blacks, beiges and dark olive greens. The sabyasachi bride wore wine coloured lips and exaggerated lashes that actually lashed out at everyone. As the models frisked the ramps…the show was different at a lot of levels. The music was a very strong and the tune set the tone for the entire collection. The high points of the collection were the accents of fringed details, muted gold palette that had some fierce craftsmanship, a bandeau blouse and bejeweled leggings.

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The embroidered details were trademark Sabyasachi but there were elements of surprise. The collection was called ‘Bater’ named after the bird Quail. The master couturier chose this name and aptly showcased it through his colours. The set was the first thing that caught our attention;inspired from the film the Pirates of the Caribbean with a wooden floor and tattered cloth hanging down the seilings. the lighting was really dim (probably on purpose) but the sequins still glittered through. The collaboration with Louboutin was a line of typical sabya motifs blended on to a Louboutin vibe. The craftsmanship was impeccable, and our favourite styles were the bandeu blouse, the shimmer glitter filled leggings and the sheer capes. All in all, we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of art and fashion fuse once again.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be Manish Malhotra’s Showstopper at India Couture Week

Mostly known as the kind of couture, the unique due will set the stage ablaze this time at the Amazon India Couture Week. Manish Malhotra, counted amongst the most stylish designers has always surprised us with his larger than life sets and garments. His couture clothes are not just garments but a unique way of storytelling. Malhotra’s designs display a sense of class and warmth in them, fusing tradition and contemporary ideas in the right portions. The latest to don his creations was Mira Rajput Kapoor on her reception. taking the social media to surprise for being the ‘no fuss’ bride of Bollywood.

The latest news is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be closing for Manish Malhotra who ends the Amazon India couture week with an off-site location runway show. The designer and actor are great friends and has been the showstopper for Malhotra even in the past. The highlight of this show wthough will be that Aishwarya is returning to Malhotra’s ramp after a gap of 5 full years!

We can’t wait to witness the show in all it’s glory and see Ash grace the ramp like no other. All eyes open.

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Sabya’s Women Will Walk in Red Soled Heels for India Couture Week

Sabyasachi at Lakme Fashion WeekThe latest news doing the rounds in the fashion circle is that veteran footwear designer Christian Louboutin has joined hands with India’s most loved and cherished designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Sabya, who opens the Amazon India Couture Week that starts on 29th July will make his models walk in red-soled ‘Loubs’ designed by him with the trademark Sabya vibe. The news had me excited because I can’t wait to imagine the army of Sabya models strutting the ramp in style not just dripping in clothes created by the designer but also walking tall in heels by one of the best shoe maker there ever will be.

FDCI president Sunil Sethi gleefully explained, “We are delighted that Sabyasachi is opening the Couture Week. His collaboration with Christian Louboutin brings to Delhi a bonanza of design expertise and this will be a big treat for fashion connoisseurs in the country.”
Speaking on the ocassion, Sabyasachi added, “It is indeed a privilege to be chosen to open the week. This year, the show will be even more special as the iconic red soles by Christian Louboutin will be seen on my ramp. It will be a unique shoe collection, resulting from a first-time creative collaboration between Louboutin and me.”
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Christian Louboutin is famous for his creative collaborations and his love for India is not unknown. I can’t wait to find out how Sabya’s energy and creativity have influenced the classic ‘Loubs’.Waiting with bated breath for this one! Plus guess what’s more? Louboutin is expected to make an appearance during the five-day event.

Amazon India Couture Week 2015 runs from July 29 to August 2 at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.

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“I’d Love to Dress Deepika and Katrina” Designer Ritika Bharwani

From L-R: Designer Ritikia Bharwani and Priyanka Chopra in a ritika bharwani ensemble during Dil Dhadakne Do promotions

From L-R: Designer Ritikia Bharwani and Priyanka Chopra in a ritika bharwani ensemble during Dil Dhadakne Do promotions

Ritika Bharwani Jaisinghani’s label exemplifies understated luxury through feminine silhouettes that are timeless. Every collection from her label ‘ritika’ is woven from the designer’s travels around the globe, encapsulating art, culture, architecture and the natural beauty of places she visits.
The luxurious draping of contemporary occasion wear and bridal wear by the brand, showcases the designer’s technical flair and impeccable construction. Her design ideology is simplicity infused with quirk, which represents a modern day fairytale. Bharwani defines elegance in dawn-to-dusk outfits that have evolved an effective grammar of her personal aesthetic. The designer has her voice clear and loud, resonating in beautiful and chic collections every year. We had a chat with the emerging designer to know her a little bit better.
When and how did you decide to start your own label?
I realized at the age of 15 that I wanted to study fashion and subsequently work in the industry. This love for fashion combined with my affinity to explore new cultures steered me in the direction of fashion designing. I attended SNDT University in Mumbai and followed it with a degree in Fashion Entrepreneurship from London College of Fashion. Post my return from London, I decided to start my own label in 2011.
What is the most creatively satisfying thing for you?
After working for a few months on a line, the most satisfying thing is when I see the entire line falling into place and forming a beautiful collection.
What’s been your personal favourite collection?
The new Spring-Summer 2015 collection called Nautical Kitsch, is my favorite so far!
What do you think about Indian fashion on a global scale?
India is progressively making a great mark internationally and I think that Indian designers are staying true to their Indian legacy while making garments at par with international designers.
One Indian actress you’d love to dress?
I have been fortunate enough to have celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha wearing my label. In the future, I would love to dress Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.
One international actress you’d love to dress?
I would definitely love to see Blake Lively in my creations.
What is your source of inspiration?
Every collection at ‘ritika’ is a dream woven from my travels around the globe encapsulating the art, culture, architecture and the natural beauty of the place.
What are the two things every woman must own?
A versatile LBD and a statement accessory.
Which designers do you like the most?
Sabyasachi, Stella McCartney and Toni Maticevski.
Your future plans for the label?
The future plans for the label include increasing our scale and expanding our retail points so we can reach more places and consumers. We are also looking at retailing online in the near future.
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12 Fashion Brands You Should Learn How to Pronounce Right

We all love our LV’s and Gucci’s, but lets face it, it’s not that easy to pronounce those tongue twisting French fashion brands. If you’re one of them who loves fashion, and wishes to ace at calling those names, this post is for you. We’ve all mispronounced Versace, and Maison Martin Margiela once in our lifetime, but not anymore. These are the ones we think are totally worth learning, even if that means your face looks like an ugly little duckling; we won’t judge!

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TDM talks fashion with Kanika Goyal

Written by Somya Suresh
Edited by Vaidehi Mirashi

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Menswear from the Kanika Goyal Label | Picture Courtesy: kanikagoyallabel.com

Picture the perfect balance of structure with flowy fabrics, gowns fused with sharp cuts and geometric patterns. An ensemble that doesn’t take much but certainly gives a lot in return. Kanika Goyal’s label is all about provocative minimalism; the perfect concoction of sexy and no-skin-show.

At times you sense androgyny, but then you see Alia Bhatt wearing her “As If” tee with a skirt so sporty chic that you’re instantly swayed away from that thought. In a market that’s flooded with choices, a new designer often gets swallowed up like your favourite dress in a closet full of clothes. But Kanika Goyal is hard to miss, a Parsons and NIFT alumna; a breath of fresh air in the already overstuffed designer jumble. I’ve seen her label grow right from the day I stumbled upon her Instagram account and somehow, I knew she was going to be an entrant worth watching.

Alia Bhatt at the AIB knockout in Kanika Goyal Label

Alia Bhatt at the AIB knockout in Kanika Goyal Label Picture Courtesy: 3.bp.blogspot.com

Goyal has interned under prestigious labels such as Marchesa, Bibhu and Prada and is the best advertisement for her brand. We discussed fashion from a perspective that’s generally never spoken of, from fabrics and prints to menswear and the future of design. An interview with her was a no-fuss process and my conversation was casual, chatty, filled with what I like to call #fashiongk.
Her first big stepping stone to success was her diffusion line, now available at Jabong.com. The collection is called ‘Traveller of Life’ and has contrasting prints and fabrics, combining florals with stripes and denim.

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Goyal, in fact, is one of those few who has aced menswear in terms of design. Clean cuts, suave yet dapper; her designs have underpinnings of ‘COOL’ from the 90s, but work really well for current seasons. She’s mixed marsala with velvet, paisley prints with colour blocking. She confesses that men in India aren’t as brave or inclined to experiment with fashion as men are abroad: “Most men want to take the same beaten down route, play safe, and not risqué or suave at all.”

Her clothes have the luxury of designer wear, but will stand out on every high street window display. It’s these contrasting elements of her ideology that make her truly stand out. As a Gen Next designer at the Lakme Fashion Week, Goyal says “The whole experience of doing so many things at once is overwhelming, but it’s exciting and challenging!”
Her collection is called ‘The Creatures of the Night’, which she explains, “is about how every human being looks forward to a new day, a new hope. When they let go off everything and want to start afresh after the night has exhausted them. That’s what I’m going to show.” While it certainly sounds impressive, when I asked her what I’m going to see on the runway, an enthusiastic Goyal responded almost gleefully, “beiges, blacks, whites, dark purple, and prints of shattered glass, and boxy silhouettes, slogan tees like what you saw before – she pauses for a breath before continuing – I have only eight looks to show and I don’t know how all this is going to happen.”

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Kanika Goyal herself
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My next obvious question that should have followed is ‘What’s been your inspiration?’, but it wasn’t. I was curious about her life in America, the country which has been one of the driving forces behind this billion dollar industry. She talks about getting inspired by Andy Warhol, the culture at Studio 54, moving forward to Mc Queen, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs building their empires. She loves the era, keeps going back to it and reignites the fire into what can be called some of the most influential decades in art.

Goyal connects human emotions in her design vocabulary, making her creations speak louder than the appearances they make.
She comes across as a young but extremely strong creative influence to many like her.

When I asked her to tell me the one celebrity whom she wants to see in her clothes,pat came the answer, “I am going to go ahead and say Beyonce; I know I’m stretching it, but yes, that’s who I’d like to see.”
Her only piece of advice to every other designer is “Believe in yourself and your work, and never let your passion be affected by the roadblocks you face!”

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NYE Restaurant Review: Sakley’s The Mountain Cafe

The joy of exploring Delhi’s restaurants during winters is an altogether different experience. It’s the perfect time to explore the beautiful outdoor/rooftop restaurants that have been cropping up in and around the city over the past year. If you, like me, love to sip wine amidst a swirling mist, flickering lights and soothing soft music, Sakley’s The Mountain Café is the place for you.

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The restaurant is divided into two floors, one covered and one open air. The covered section is further subtly segregated into two sections – the first section is designed for couples and small groups of friends, who’d like to have their privacy, while the other tables are perfect for big families, having a great time laughing, crying, and making memories for a lifetime.

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Moving on to the ambience…what do I say? They had me at the entrance! I think by now all of you who have read my reviews know there’s nothing that makes me happier than a good-looking restaurant and Sakley’s is yet another name on that list! The stairs at the entrance are filled with candles and broken pines, collected from the mountains for a rustic vibe. And when you enter…the first thing you ask yourself is, do you feel you’re sitting on a hilltop by the Himalayas? Undoubtedly! Chairs and tables built out of logs with a raw texture lend the place its outdoorsy appeal along with a stone fireplace. The lighting is dim, and quite different, with incandescent bulbs literally hanging over your head! The bar is another element that’s well done, it’s minimalistic yet powerful.

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The rooftop is small and cozy, filled with small potted pine trees and even a miniature reindeer. All this is canopied with fairy lights and a warm glow from the yellow light installed by the municipality.

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And now for the most important part, the food! We ordered cheese nachos for starters, which were crisp and delicious, the quality of cheese was not stretchy or chewy as is in most places. We also ordered the St. Bernard burger bacon burger; the bread was too crumbly, but the patty was well done with a good balance of flavours – somehow, though, I expected more. The last dish for the night was a baked corn and spinach slow cooked in white sauce and butter. The dish was an absolute pay off for the price! It was fingerlicking good at all levels. Lastly, we ordered a beer and a white wine sangria. To our disappointment the latter was not quite upto the mark – the fruits hadn’t been resting in the wine for long, so the flavours were not well-infused with the wine. I would say my experience was one tiny level short of perfect, but I will definitely recommend it as a great place to start your new year!

Cost for Two: 2000
Reservation: Recommended
New Year celebrations start at 9pm
Contact: 011 33106242
Address: M 23, M Block Market, GK 2, New Delhi
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Somya Suresh is the Lifestyle Editor of The Daily Mint. She’s an avid photography enthusiast, fashion lover, and a wannabe designer. You can browse her photographs on @somyasuresh and follow her tweeting thoughts on @somyasuresh.

Best of Banaras Fashion For Make in India Week!

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The Make In India campaign started off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been well received across all industries. And especially in fashion, the industry has seen a remarkable rise in the use of handloom and even in the rise of acknowledging weavers and their craftsmanship. Many designers are creating collections that are organic and produced naturally, right from natural dyes to natural fabrics. The Make In India has brought an exciting turn to fashion, and we can’t wait to see more at the upcoming Amazon India Fashion Week AW’ 16

The mega event where FDCI’s leading designers Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, JJ Valaya,Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ashish Soni, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Namrata Joshipura, Arjun Saluja, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre, Abraham & Thakore, and Abhishek Gupta created an awestruck spectacle with their spellbinding collection.” Speaking on the occasion, FDCI President, Sunil Sethi said, “This initiative will help promote our rich heritage and the artisans of Banaras, who have strived to take forward this legacy. We want to put the focus back on the weavers, promote this sustainable art and bring it back to mainstream fashion. We are delighted to receive such an overwhelming response for the ‘Weaves of Banaras’.”

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Zippo x Christopher Shannon Unveil a New Collection of Zippo Lighters!

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Lighters by Christopher Shannon for Zippo.

Iconic American brand Zippo is proud to announce the launch of a limited edition lighter collection with renowned British fashion designer Christopher Shannon. In four unique designs, Shannon celebrates the hedonism of nights out with friends.

Zippo lighters have long represented a keepsake vestige for the designer who enjoys working with accessories in all their forms. Each lighter in the collection showcases memories of colourful scenery taken from archive imagery by photographer Jason Evans.

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Details from AIFWSS16 Day 1 You Forgot To See!

You would have probably seen all the clothes on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter timeline, but that’s exactly why I decided against posting my blog post in a rush. I wanted to take time out to curate, decide a theme and stitch what I was doing into something more concrete and constructive. This was the 4th fashion week of the year and I was a little low on energy before it started. Day1 is generally a chaos as you’re anticipating your accreditation and the biggest problem- what to wear! If I can be honest and tell you, I’d decided what I am wearing almost 15 days before hand. Last minute pairing and wearing doesn’t go too well for me and I had a horrible time in the previous fashion weeks because of being unplanned.

I’ll give you details on what I wore later, but more about the day first.

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HOT NEWS! An exhibition dedicated to Prabuddha Dasgupta at AIFWSS16!

Photographs by Prabuddha Dasgupta.

Photographs by Prabuddha Dasgupta.

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) pays tribute to Prabuddha Dasgupta, who redefined Indian fash​ion photography with his intense monochromatic images, by celebrating his work through a retrospective that will be held from October 811 at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016, NSIC Grounds, New Delhi.

Prabuddha (September 21, 1956 to August 12, 2012) was a self-taught photographer, who grew up in the cultural chaos of post-colonial India. Although he studied to be a historian, he started his career as a copywriter before turning to photography.

Prabuddha pursued a variety of photographic projects, unapologetically straddling the two worlds of commissioned and artistic work.  He brought a bold, individualistic sensibility that very quickly placed him in the ranks of major photographic talent in the country

FDCI President, Mr Sunil Sethi said,” We are extremely grateful to Prabuddha Dasgupta’s estate and family who have facilitated the use of these photographs for this exhibition. They have generously allowed us the use of these pictures for non-commercial purposes after the exhibition and they will be displayed at a fashion design college. FDCI is committed to reviving the intensity and craft that his work was soaked in through the delightful exhibition of his vast work.”

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Everything You Need To Know About Amazon India Fashion Week SS16 Before It’s Too Late

For any fashion lover, the excitement nearing fashion week just gets too high to handle. I love the runway, the show – one after the other, and the general creative high it leaves you at. This year, as I gear up for another exciting round of Amazon India Fashion Week by FDCI, I can’t be happier about the updates I’ve been getting! Here’s everything you need to know about the AIFWSS16 that’s taking place from 7th October to 11th October 2015 at NSIC Grounds, Delhi.

  1. Grand opening: Ace handloom craftsman and designer Gaurang Shah will be opening the show, showing his love for handcrafted fashion. Get ready to be blown with the gentleman’s humble smile, and exotic designs.
  2. Best Entrant: This might just be the best news ever, with master coutrier and red carpet fav Anamika Khanna showcasing this season. I can’t wait to see what she’s created and what’s the next trend she’s setting. (Like the capes, dhoti-pants and one-of-a-kind embroidery.)
  3. First Cut: 6 new and fresh design guns known to have an uninhibited style and impetuous for style will be showcasing their collections this year. My personal favourite midst the six is Dhruv Kapoor, I can’t forget that skirt with butterflies on it! Their contemporary vibe will set a new bar for everyone. The six designers are:
    1. The Meraki Project by Sonali Pamnani
    2. Asa by Shreya Oza
    3. Example by Moutushi & Rituraj
    4. Lola by Suman B
    5. Vitasta by Aditi Dhar (accessory)
    6. Dvibhumi by Vyshnavi (accessory)
  4. First Off-site show: Howsoever tough it might be to enter these shows, (other than planning what to wear)! This season’s first off-site show will be presented by Shivan n Narresh, the swimwear designer duo known for their contribution to the concept of bringing luxury beachwear to India will be showing their barely-there’s not on the ramp, but on a custom-made runway. Now, who’s waiting for that!
  5. Co-Sponsor: While Amazon India is the title sponsor, Maybelline India is co-sponsoring the event. Let’s get ready for a a whole lot of beautiful makeup!

Who’s ready for it this year?!

This is What You Missed Out at JJ Valaya’s Bolshoi Bazaar

L to R - JJ Valaya with models, Mr. Frank Schloeder, Director Marketing, BMW Group IndiaJJ Valaya has his signature style to all things fashion. Be it embroideries, fusion of two cultures or even simpler stuff like loving a destination so much that he decides to do two collections from it. This year’s collection showcased at the India Bridal Fashion Week was called Bolshoi Bazaar part deux. Personally, I prefer the first one, but this one had its own other-worldy charm. Here are 5 things you missed out on:

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Snowy Set: Inspired from the forests of Russia, the set represented a cold forest filled with tall trees from where models emerged in shiny, svelte clothes. As the models graced the runway, the set had artificial snow that made the audience go wow! The experience of the entire show got a dozen times better with these props.

Fur: Valaya combined elements of winter and summer in his collection in the cleverest way. While the models wore spaghetti strap blouses, many pieces had accents of fur. A very interesting addition was the fur-tipped ballerinas, jutis and other accessories. Fur was included in the lehengas, added as fringes and more.
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: The bridal romance was taken a step further with the addition of elaborate headgears. The final lineup had models wearing edgy accessories made by Valliyan by Nitya Arora. She gave her own twist to the traditional Kokoshnik, which is the traditional head accessory of Russia, which is a mix of pearls and metal.
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New Silhouettes: The brides wore digital printed and velvet salwars, saris with fringed ends, appliqué work, zardozi with solid Indian brights… This was a perfect fusion where Moscow met India and the amalgamation was nothing short of a sparkling spectacle!
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Falguni & Shane Peacock bring the French Riviera to India Bridal Fashion Week ’15

What better inspiration for a bridal collection than the romantic French riviera? Falguni & Shane Peacock’s ‘That is it’ collection for BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015 was a coming together of the French chic and Indian royalty (a must in any bridal collection) with feathers and sequins, embellishments and appliqués.

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The collection saw a lot of muted hues – uncharacteristic for the designers – from ivory to icy blue to champagne, although the requisite pop of red did make an appearance. Voluminous and sleek sweeping gowns, slender sari gowns, saris, anarkalis and extravagant bridal lehengas made a statement with the edgy glamour that the duo is known for.

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Falguni & Shane Peacock

Falguni & Shane Peacock

While the collection only featured womenswear, closing the show were Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi – in a carefully-detailed strapless black gown and velvet black jacket respectively.

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Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty in Falguni & Shane Peacock at BMW IBFW 2015

Highlights:

We loved the ivory cross-front gown with appliquéd florals and the champagne lehengas sari with feather-like detailing. Not to miss the trompe l’oeil-ish pieces!

Get a peek at the designer duo chatting with VJ Andy at the fashion week before their show:

(Video courtesy BMW India Bridal Fashion Week)

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Sonam Kapoor Dazzles on the Runway at Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Sonam Kapoor in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at the opening of BMW IBFW (2)Every designer has their strengths and when it comes to Abu and Sandeep, the success potion is to add the element of surprise –  how they manage to do it is a complete secret known only to them. The designer duo opened India Bridal Fashion Week with a collection titled Varanasi – a perfect representation of the ever flowing energies found by the ghats of the Ganga.

In terms of set design, the ghats and rusty tones of the old buildings of Benaras had been carefully depicted, adding to the visual treat for the star studded audience that included Shweta Nanda, Jaya Bachchan, and Dimple Kapadia. The architecture of the set, also made to reflect the ghats, helped to enhance the collection. The concept of rebirth and reinvention were represented through the lighting arrangements. It was all so well timed and choreographed that it was much more than a runway with models in beautiful clothes; the little details made it a complete theatrical event with the audience watching the models twirl to the changing music from the edge of their seats.

The clothes were a steady progression of craft mixed with colours. The collection started with beiges, whites and creams, progressing to more complex silhouettes in technicolour with some really breathtaking runway moments. In terms of work, it was an eclectic mix of everything from khadi, resham, silk, net, organza and faux leather. The energy the garments exuded had a sense of spirituality, sensuality and festivity. To add to the already existing glamour of the show, Sonam Kapoor opened and closed the show making the audience woot in awe, surprise and wonder at the perfection of the evening. After seeing quite a few shows this year, I think it’s safe to say that no one struts the ramp quite like Sonam. Her chin up posture, graceful demeanour and inspiring confidence are nothing short of excellent.


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Model in Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla creation at BMW IBFW 2015 (5)

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Maharani’s Closet from the British Raj

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A collection filled with ivories, beiges, burnt gold, and ruby reds. Rimple & Harpeet Narula’s show at the Amazon India Couture week was nothing short of a spectacle of beauty. The duo’s inspiration behind this collection was the Maharajas and their lifestyle in India. Depicted with a to the point set housing a commissioned  photographer wearing suspenders, a cap and holding a vintage Hasselblad camera with models sitting on __ chairs posing prettily as he makes the perfect portrait. The luxe angle of the British era was shown quite well, through the show which was strong both in terms of costume and set design.

The fine music set the tone for a casual yet classy catwalk by the models who walked in as couples, in groups and twirled around too. The addition of vintage luggage- suitcases, embroidered, handmade piano boxes and handwoven umbrellas was an interesting element to watch out for. As the colour pallete was a mix of neutral colours, to bring variation in the collection would have been a task which was carried out by the designers effortlessly.  The collection ended on a high note as Shilpa Shetty walked down the ramp, sizzling in a gold lehenga, which she  confessed was rather heavy but also quickly added that “glamour comes with weight”. The erstwhile days of the British Raj were presented in the most picturesque way possible.


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