Chic 2012: Fashion news makers we talked about

Chic 2012: Fashion news makers we talked about

Masaba Gupta
The designer, known for her quirky prints and a page 3 darling, landed the big job as Fashion Director at Satya Paul. Masaba has been hired to revitalize the brand and to attract the younger crowds who seem to like Masaba’s fashion.  Clever move, win-win for everyone!

Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2012

Masaba Gupta LFW

Manish Arora
Designer Manish Arora went in and out of Paco Rabanne before anyone could say “Paris Fashion Week”. The design house claims that hiring Manish was a short-term move anyways, but the real reason for his quick exit will probably never be known by us mere mortals. Meanwhile, Manish is back to his usual space-age OTT creations.

Aneeth Arora and Payal Pratap Singh
As winner and runner-up of India’s first Vogue Fashion Fund, both designers are set for a promising career. Hope to see even better fashion from the two women this year onward.

Below: Aneeth Arora with her creation

Aneeth Arora, winner of Vogue Fashion Fund with her collection

Kallol Dutta
First he made news as finale designer at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012, then as the author of a scathing article in a news magazine sparing almost no one in the Indian fashion scene.

Pankaj-Nidhi
Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 and the designer duo at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012- inspiration or imitation? You decide.

Givenchy Look 2 FW 2012

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Shefalee Vasudev
The ex-editor of Marie Claire India wrote an insightful account on Indian fashion, covering both ends of the spectrum.  I enjoyed every word of her book Powder Room.

Nonita Kalra
Elle editor has quit after a long tenure of 12 years. Greener pastures beckon?

Playboy India Bunny’s costume
The modified outfit, adapted to Indian sensibility, made for fascinating news and hilarious tweets.

The Indian Playboy Bunny Costume

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

My mind is a blur- I’ve seen abstract, bizarre, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic and many more prints over the past few days at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Here’s my picks of the prints spotted on the ramp.

Kaleidoscopic prints at Pankaj-Nidhi

Pankaj Nidhi at LFW W/F 2012

Eccentric prints at Kallol Datta 1955 (moon faces, snails, safety pins!)

Kallol Dutta at LFW W/F 2012

Doodles from Aartivijay Gupta’s book- sketches of faces and figure blocks.

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Retro-geometric prints at Archana Kochhar

Archana Kochhar at LFW W/F 2012

Rorschach inkblot test-like patterns at Ken Ferns

Ken Ferns at LFW W/F 2012

Geometric abstract prints at Shift by Nimish Shah

Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW W/F 2012

Which print do you want to wear in the new season?

LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

One: Fashion shows by Pallavi Jaikishan (for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week), Ritu Beri, Shyamal & Bhumika, Shivan & Narresh, Swapnil Shinde!

Below: Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Swapnil Shinde LFW SR 2012

 

Two: New faces can usher in new fashion (hopefully). Pernia Qureshi of Aisha fame will be presenting her first collection on Saturday. I also enjoyed Nimish Shah and Payal Khandwala last season for their fresh take on design. And GenNext designers are always fun to watch!

Below: Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW S/R 2012

Nimish Shah LFW S/R 2012

Three: Wendell Rodricks will release his memoirs The Green Room on the last day of fashion week. I can’t wait to read it.

Four: Kallol Dutta may look strange and “scary”, but his fashion is quirky and he’s got a great following. He will present at the grand finale with Pankaj-Nidhi- it will be a must-watch!

Below: Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme

The Lakme Grand Finale Designers with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme - Kallol Datta(L) and Pankaj-Nidhi - Copy

What are you excited about this season of Lakme Fashion Week?

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week (July 30-Aug 5)

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week (July 30-Aug 5)

Follow: Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2012

It’s time for Lakme Fashion Week again, fashionistas! There’s a great mix of establish and upcoming designers for the Winter/Festive 2012 edition, so stay tuned to this blog for updates from fashion week. 🙂 Some designers to look forward to: Ritu Beri, Pallavi Jaikishan, and first-timer Pernia Qureshi (of Aisha fame). BTW, Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi are the grand finale designers.

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 is from August 3-7, 2012 at Mumbai.

Below: Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi with Purnima Lamba, Head- Innovations, Lakme.

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Buy: Kitsch Umbrellas

I’m bored of black umbrellas, floral print umbrellas and the kiddie umbrellas. If you agree with me, then opt for a fun umbrella that expresses the quirky side of your personality. Nida Mahmood’s new range of umbrellas is 100% Bollywood, with visuals and one-liners from classic movies and songs. I like the “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi si” umbrella.

Nida Mahmood ek ladki bheegi bhagi si

 

Nida Mahmood pyar hua

Umbrellas by Nida Mahmood are priced Rs 2000 onward, available on the designer’s website.

Ogle: Vu-Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV

In a unique fashion-technology collaboration, veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani has designed a high-end TV for Vu Technologies. The 3D, 55-inch TV has been designed with unusual ornamental patterns constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry. The fine use of latticework in muted Swarovski elements adds a subtle luxury feel to the TV. And tech lovers will enjoy the in-built PC with Windows software, graphics card and other cool stuff. Technology as art, anyone?

The Vu-Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV will be showcased at the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition in New Delhi and Mumbai. Price on request.

Protect your eyes: GUNNAR Optiks

GUNNAR Optiks eyewear is finally available in India! GUNNAR’s Advanced Computer Eyewear and Advanced Gaming Eyewear lines are designed to protect your eyes from the harsh glare of computer, mobile and other screens that are part of our daily lives. Their products should be on the must-have list of all stylish cubicle dwellers.

Below: GUNNAR Optiks Advanced Computer Eyewear

Gunnar Optiks eyewear

You can pre-order GUNNAR eyewear in India at Infibeam. Prices Rs 4,500 onward.

Gift: Chic stuff for Raksha Bandhan

Boys, here are some chic gift suggestions for your lovely sisters:

Diamonds: Always a favourite, it’s for those who can afford it! 🙂

Beauty products: Always a favourite with women, gift boxes are easy to find n most stores such as The Body Shop. Opt for those with more than type of product, like the Armani Code Gift Box (it’s got a fragrance, shower gel and body lotion).

Accessories: Choose art and semi-precious jewellery based on your sister’s style statement. Watches and bags are great gifts too, and you get great options for every budget.

WIFW A/W 2012: What happened on Day 3

WIFW A/W 2012: What happened on Day 3

Here’s what I learnt on Day 3 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012.

The standard Indian inspirations were still on the ramp

Gujarat and Rajasthan have inspired designers across the world, and continue to do so. Abraham & Thakore harked back to their NID, Ahmedabad days with hand-woven and hand-printed textiles. (Below: Abraham & Thakore)

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Abraham & Thakore at WIFW AW 2012

Meanwhile, at Pallavi Jaipur the designer combined Rajasthan’s colour, kitsch and patchwork with an urban flair. The key accessories were hair pieces.

Pallavi Jaipur at WIFW AW 2012

Pallavi Jaipur at WIFW AW 2012

Europe’s varied culture made for interesting fashion elements

Rajdeep Ranawat’s A Bohemian Legend was influenced by the gypsy way of life with rich fabrics and bohemian influences such as paint splatters, and contoured and colour blocked vines with Chantilly motifs. He used embellishments by Swarovski Elements, chains and leather tassels with pearls and filigree. (Below: Rajdeep Ranawat)

Rajdeep Ranawat at WIFW AW 2012

Rajdeep Ranawat at WIFW AW 2012

At Pankaj & Nidhi, the 200-year-old Polish folk art of Wycinanki (vih-chee-nan-kee) came to life with hand-cut felt fabrics appliquéd on to fabrics. Note the peacock and floral motifs.

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

I remembered by school days

Dev r Nil’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland was a bit different from what I imagined when I read it in school, but the play with optics, butterflies, floating gold fishes and surreal flights was just as enchanting. (I now want to read the book again).

Dev r Nil at WIFW AW 2012

If there’s one thing I didn’t mind about “needlework” in school, it was the cross stitch. It was fun, easy, and I could use lots of colours! So I especially liked Pankaj & Nidhi’s cross stitch on leather, using wool yarn and silk tapes. And the cross stitch was done by punching holes in the leather to form a grid. Mesmerising stuff!

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW 2012

Surface textures excite me

Think splashes of blood red, orange and rust on black and grey texturised fabrics with surface ornamentation. Floral art work compliments sexy cut-outs in modern silhouettes—this happened at Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma and I enjoyed almost every outfit I saw.

Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma at WIFW AW 2012

Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma at WIFW AW 2012

And Anand Bhushan created junkyard fashion by reinterpreting industrial steel, copper and other material through texture, form and colour. For instance, the dresses seemed like moulds or casts. The colours came from the effects of industrial methods like rusting, oxidation and tarnishing. Worth a look!

Anand Bhushan at WIFW AW 2012

We all enjoy old wine in a new bottle

Manish Malhotra’s been working with Kashmiri embroidery over the last few seasons (even in movies like Bodyguard), and this season was no different. The intricate thread and zari work from Kashmir featured on borders of churidars, pants and saris, along with matching belts and sleeves. Some of the stuff did look familiar, but his fans would love it.

Manish Malhotra at WIFW AW 2012

Manish Malhotra at WIFW AW 2012