Chic Launches: British fashion invasion with Lipsy, Dune, Hackett London

Chic Launches: British fashion invasion with Lipsy, Dune, Hackett London

This week there have been three big announcements in Indian fashion retail. Three new brands are joining the great Indian retail bandwagon with local partners, and all three are British.

Here’s the dope on all three brands:


Lipsy, a London-based brand for fun-loving young women and part of the Next Group, will enter the country with Brand Marketing India.

Lipsy VIP Sequin Bust Dress

In three words: Affordable, eclectic, glamourous.

Save up for: The “VIP” range (for red carpet looks), trendy dresses and cute blouses.

How much: Dresses start from GBP 35 (approximately Rs 3100) and can go up to GBP 175 for VIP dresses (approximately Rs 15,500).

First store expected: By early to mid-2013


Dune is the flagship brand of the Dune Group, and offers distinctive fashion footwear and accessories for women and men. Dune has joined hands with Reliance Brands for their India foray.

AW12 Dune

In three words: High on design.

Save up for: Comfy heel sizes (for women), cool brogues (for men) and awesome boots (for both).

How much: Rs 4500 to Rs 12, 000 for a pair of shoes.

First store expected: Spring/ Summer 2013 (February or March 2013)

Hackett London

Hackett London is a true-blue British formal brand for men. In India, Hackett London has entered into a joint venture agreement with Aditya Birla Group’s Madura Fashion & Lifestyle.

Hackett London AW12 look

In three words: Sophisticated British luxury.

Save up for: Sharp and stylish formal shirts, jackets and suits.

How much: Rs 8,000 for a formal shirt, Rs 50,000 upward for a suit.

First store expected: This month at Emporio Mall, New Delhi and UB City, Bengaluru.

Chic Launches: Lancome, French Connection fragrances, new collections by Metro shoes, Hidesign bags

Chic Launches: Lancome, French Connection fragrances, new collections by Metro shoes, Hidesign bags

January’s been a month of launches, though February will see more as new collections hit the stores. Take a look at our picks this month.

Accessories: Hidesign Lizard Leather Collection

Fear not, animal lovers! Hidesign’s latest collection is made of faux lizard printed vegetable tanned leathers. The deep emboss and hand finished colours give the leathers a rich gloss. The bags in this collection are available in colours like midnight blue, deep red, forest green, brown and black. The styles range from clutches and wallets to totes and day bags. My favourite: Thelma grab handle bag (picture below).

Hidesign Thelma grab handle bag

Hidesign lizard leather in midnight blue

Accessories: Metro Shoes’ Bling it on collection

Drawing inspiration from unconventional prints, metallics and nature, the Bling it on collection adds a tint of azure to monotonous wardrobe colours.

Metro shoes denim ballerinas

For women, there are flats, denim textured ballerinas, polished kitten heels, gladiators, wedges and slip-ons, mostly in shades of blue. My pick- the tie-up flats (picture below).

Metro shoes blue tie-ups

The guys can choose from zipper shoes, loafers, lace-ups and boots in cobalt blues, earthy browns and burnt sienna. For men’s party shoes, there are comfy slip-ons, buckled formals and high-tops in vibrant blue.

Metro shoes mens slip-ons

Fragrance: Lancome Trésor Midnight Rose

Endorsed by Emma Watson, this fruity floral is colourful and upbeat. Lancome Trésor Midnight Rose embodies mischievous femininity and embodies romantic yet contemporary love. Rose bring playfulness to the fragrance, with deliciously tangy raspberry tones, wooden shimmers and voluptuous vanilla notes. This perfume could be your signature with its spontaneous, irresistible charms! Spray it on and feel like you’re in Paris. 🙂

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Fragrance

Fragrance: FCUK3

This set of fragrances for him and her is for the bold and witty. Think bright florals for the playful young lady (top notes of red berries, mandanrin oil and pink pepper, base notes of amber and vanilla), and creamy musk for the flirtatious guy (top notes: pineapple, mandarin, orange; base notes: amber, musk).

Packaged in a high-gloss shell enclosed in glass, these fragrances will add a fun touch to your life and your dressing table.

FCUK3 Packshot

What’s your chic pick of the month?

Chic Accessories: Paris Hilton handbags are now in India!

Paris Hilton came to India, partied and posed for pictures, and somewhere in that very short trip launched her handbags and accessories for India.

Paris Hilton handbag launch Mumbai

Paris Hilton’s signature collection of affordable luxury handbags and accessories is designed for the fashion conscious women who seek design, quality and durability in their bags. While we haven’t had a close look at the handbags yet, the pictures tell us they seem to be suited for women across age groups and for a range of occasions. So you could carry a Paris Hilton to work, lunch, shopping, or to a glam party.

Here’s Paris Hilton with some of her bags:

Paris Hilton handbag launch Mumbai

And here is a delicious bag—it’s a chocolate cake  made especially for Paris! Smile We couldn’t help but marvel at the gold-finish accents:

Paris Hilton handbag launch Mumbai

Paris Hilton handbags are available at Shoppers Stop, Standard Max, Vijay Stores and standalone brand store at Rajouri Gardens, Delhi. The bags start at Rs 2000, going up to Rs 11,000.

The CEO of Brand Concepts, the company that will market  the handbags and accessories in India, mentioned that there are plans to open eight exclusive Paris Hilton stores this year. BTW, Paris Hilton’s other products include watches, shoes and fragrances—thought not all of these are available in India yet.

Ladies—do you want to own a Paris Hilton?