WIFW AW 2013: B&W to be around next season too?

WIFW AW 2013: B&W to be around next season too?

Maybe we should hold on to our black and white prints end of this season, ladies. For black-and-white promises to be around next season, according to Anupama Dayal and Masaba Gupta among others.

(Below: Looks from Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal)

Anupamaa WIFW AW 2013 Anupamaa WIFW AW 2013

Islamic and Mughal art inspired Anupama Day’s zigzag and checkerboard prints on sharara-like trousers, jamas and angarakhas creating a flowy effect; while Masaba Gupta’s watercolour prints were true to the Satya Paul DNA.

(Below: Look from Masaba for Satya Paul)

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Are you wearing black and white yet?

WIFW AW 2013: Masaba is more offbeat than ever with Satya Paul debut

WIFW AW 2013: Masaba is more offbeat than ever with Satya Paul debut

Designer Masaba Gupta finally made her debut for Satya Paul on the first day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013.

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013 Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Masaba’s creations were quirkier than ever with lipstick prints and paint splotches. Lipstick motifs were all over the clothes and accessories—saris, dresses, vanity cases and clutches.

Masaba clearly made Satya Paul appealing to her fans and beyond with her offbeat prints, neon trims, and contrast jackets with saris. I can already imagine copies of the lipstick prints everywhere. Maybe nail paint is not too far behind? 😉

Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013 Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul WIFW AW 2013

Take a look at Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul (WIFW AW 2013) in this video:

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.

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

Pankaj & Nidhi Ahuja_LFW Winter 2012 (2)

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 S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

Best looks from Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012:

Archana Rao

“Frou-Frou” was wearable, practical and minimalistic. Loved the menswear inspiration (structured shirt) combined with the feminine touch (polka dots, sheer fabrics). I got inspired by the mix-and-match styling as well.

Archana Rao at LFW S/R 2012

Megha Garg

Fluid floating drapes, multiple layers, ombre effects and digital prints on jersey and silk organza. When you wear this, keep your makeup all dark, and you would look goth!

Megha Garg dress at LFW S/R 2012


Cocktail wear taken seriously. Inventive stuff– inverted seams for unconventional detailing, cropped lace jackets, slashed sleeves for tunics, and a grey coat dress in ribbed silver weave. Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira

Tie-and-dye and bandhini on a single fabric, for very wearable skirts, tops, swirling maxis and blouses. A drape here, a fold there, a tuck in there- good construction!

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Masaba Gupta

Ahh, the prints. Warning: for the quirky fashionistas only!

Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2012

Accessory of the day

Headgear at Shivan-Narresh.

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Beauty look of the day

Sky-high updos at James Ferreira.

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Crazy but interesting looks

Prashant Chauhan

An interpretation of Tibetan attire with use of silk, wool, patchwork and floral patterns. Most interesting bits: baubles of wool, exotic head gear and 3D flowers. (Umm… not sure if the model could see through that).

Prashant Chauhan at LFW S/R 2012

SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover

Take a look at the pic below. Not an easy collection to conceive, design and execute. Hmmmm!!!SoFake Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover at LFW S/R 2012

Tanya Sharma

Don’t get taken aback by the “Gaga” look. You could wear the garments as separates for a saner look. 🙂

Tanya Sharma at LFW S/R 2012

On my wishlist

Jumpsuits: James Ferreira, Drashta

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012 Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Swimsuit: Shivan-Narresh (when I get into shape)

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Special moment of the day

James Ferreira bringing his entire team on the ramp. Not too many designers acknowledge and thank their karigars and creative teams.

James Ferreira2

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

There were more than a couple of celebs walking the ramp. My fave: hottie Prateik for Masaba Gupta. But why is he wearing baby pink shoes?

Prateik at Masaba Gupya LFW S/R 2012

LFW: 5 things we liked on Day 2

On Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011’s second day (March 12), the ramp was on fire (well, almost). The clothes sizzled, and so did the models. Our roundup of Day 2:

Designers went bold and sexy

If it’s summer, there’s got to be swimwear. And if it’s swimwear, the ramp’s gonna heat up. At Shivan-Narresh, models strode out confidently in sexy swimsuits. And Anand Kabra played peek-a-boo with sheer coverups over bikinis at the Sleek: The New Mystique show.

Also at Anand Kabra was the sensuous look with red, black and wine silk draped tunics. And on the boldness front, spunky designer Masaba Gupta led the way with giant-sized dots and rolled-up fabric as headgear.

Below left to right: Shivan-Narresh, Anand Kabra, Masaba Gupta

Shivan Narresh at LFW S/R 2011 Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2011 Lakme Studio Sleek Mystique Sensuous Look Anand Kabra

Mesmerising atmosphere, stunning collection

At Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011, Little Shilpa presented a fashion film along with her collection Fleurs du Mal (both her creations). With dim lighting, smudged eyes, hints of tears and seven intricate headpieces and neckpieces, Shilpa’s show was spellbinding to say the least.

Little Shilpa at LFW S/R 2011

Meanwhile Manish Malhotra created a magical, royal and rustic atmosphere with coloured lamps and royalty-inspired decor. Take a look at the set:

Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011

Something nice for the guys

The Energie show was all-male, with some great clothes for the guys: trendy, preppy sportswear, casual chic and relaxed day wear. At Manish Malhotra later that evening, the ace Bollywood designer presented some amazing chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery sherwanis for men. As an added bonus, this also meant that two back-to-back shows had super-hot male models walking the ramp, including Kunal Kapoor. WOOt!

Below: Energie and Manish Malhotra

Energie show at LFW S/R 2011

Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011

Fun with hair!

Anand Kabra’s show was about clothes and hair, of course. Anand Kabra’s Magnetic was accompanied by a unique hair style:  an asymmetrical side sweep frontal fringe, with a half inverted French braid. Earlier in the day, we spotted wonderful and wearable hair accessories at Pam & Arch London worn on the side. The accessories were shaped like flowers, birds and fans.

(Below: Anand Kabra’s Magnetic look from the front and the back, Pam & Arch London.)

Lakme Studio Sleek Mystique Magnetic Look Anand Kabra at LFW S/R 2011 Anand Kabra Sleek Mystique Magnetic look at LFW S/R 2011

Hair accessories at Pam & Arch London LFW S/R 2011

Colours we want to see in a waffle cone

Yummmm… ice cream on the the ramp! Jatin Varma’s collection was titled Gelato which was enough to make our mouths water. His designs were marked by sorbet colours (melon pink, blue, white and dollops of yellow), light fabrics and delightful drapes on minis and gowns. Barely couple of hours later, Shivan-Narresh’s collection sought inspiration from Vanilla— so lots of white blocked cleverly with splashes of blue, orange and even black. I’m tempted to break my diet already.

(Below left to right: Jatin Varma, Shivan-Narresh)

Jatin Varma dress at LFW S/R 2011 Shivan-Narresh at LFW S/R 2011