Chic Videos: Rohit Verma’s upcoming Style Strip, Fastrack’s banned ad (shocking stuff!)

Remember fashion designer (but more of a choreographer) Rohit Verma on Bigg Boss season 3? The super emo guy who cried and danced and was forced to keep mum? Here he is in two different umm… looks:

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We’ve just learnt that Rohit Verma will soon have his own TV show called Style Strip on Zoom TV. From the promo, it seems like Rohit will be playing fashion police and tearing people’s sartorial choices apart. While we don’t have much to say about Rohit’s own styling after seeing the promo, we’re hoping the show is b****y and nasty. Let the claws come out, RV!

We only hope Rohit is as entertaining on Style Strip as he was on Bigg Boss 3 (wink, wink!).

Take a look at the promo:

Style Strip starts Aug 9, 6 pm on Zoom TV.

Fastrack’s banned ad: not suitable  for TV viewing

A teenaged girl (face not shown) gyrates to thumping music and does a striptease of sorts as she takes off her bra (with her tee still on). IT’s OFF! The bra, and 20% on watches and sunglasses at Fastrack.

So what if the ad is banned on TV? The Fastrack folks have been only too happy to put it online and we’re sure thousands of pimply-faced teen boys are even happier. Racy stuff, we say, but very clever and gutsy advertising.

What do you think about the banned Fastrack TV commercial?

Chic OMG Ad: Wendell Rodricks designs ‘hole new fashion’ for Nestle’s Polo

Here’s a fashion collaboration update I never thought I’d hear: ace designer designs mint flavours! Yup, Goa-based designer Wendell Rodricks has designed a signature series for Nestle’s Polo (the famous mint with the hole).

Bizarre as it sounds, it seems the collaboration is for real. And while this may be highly unusual, the new Polo Wendell Rodricks flavours might just give those bored with mints a new sweet to munch on.

In the just-released TV ad, Wendell Rodricks is seen sketching dresses as models play around with fabrics with holes in them. The models then sashay down a ramp in a playful mood, and you see all the dresses have a Polo-inspired hole in them, such as on the shoulder straps and near the stomach.

Turns out Wendell Rodricks has created a signature series of Polo mints, creating some playful (and yum-sounding) flavours—Lime Mojito, Cocoa Mocha, Peach Schnapps and Watermelon Sorbet. We’re not sure to what extent Wendell Rodricks had a say in the taste of the new Polo range, but we want to try it.

Here’s the Polo ad, starring Wendell Rodricks himself:

What do you think of the ad? Have you tried Wendell Rodricks’ Polo signature flavours yet?

Chic video: Imran Khan drops his jeans for Levis, oops… we mean dENiZEN

Levi Strauss Signature is now dENiZEN, and who better to announce it to the Indian youth than Bollywood’s chocolate boy Imran Khan?

In this cute advertisement, Imran drops his Levi’s Signature jeans at a public walk-in laundry for a wash, sitting in his underpants. As a coy Monica Dogra (another customer) gyrates to the music, a baffled Imran looks on. The ad ends with Imran pulling out dENiZEN jeans from the machine, and enjoying the comfort they bring.

Our verdict: Cute advertisement, intelligent casting, good choice of music and even better chemistry.

PS: dENiZEN is a recently-launched mass jeanswear brand in Asia (especially for upwardly mobile youth from 18-28), and will soon be introduced in the US as well. The dENiZEN Spring-Summer line is available at dENiZEN and multi-brand stores across India. Denim bottoms range from Rs 799 to Rs 1399. Also available: casual tops and shirts.

LFW Summer/Resort 2011: Top 5 things we’re excited about

  1. A taste of Japan: Established Japanese designers will showcase their collections at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. These are Somarta by Tamae Hirokawa, Motonari Ono and Araisara by Sara Arai.LFW S/R 2011
  2. Exciting designer line-up: Some of India’s leading designers (absent last season) will make an appearance. We’re excited about Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Shantanu-Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Raakesh Agarvwal and Pria Kataria Puri.
  3. Accessories galore!: This season at LFW will see a whopping 15 accessory designers on the ramp. We’re looking forward to Suhani Pittie and Rina Shah of Rinaldi, and would love to get a dose of the other designers’ accessories. (Below: Picture from Suhani Pittie’s LFW Winter/Festive 2010 collection)Suhani Pittie LFW W/F 2010
  4. Watching LFW LIVE!: It’s not possible to go to every show. So in the middle of a working day, fashionistas can just log on to and get the latest from fashion week!
  5. Great fashion, of course!: Fashion week is about fashion, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. Would love to see some fabulous trends for the summer!

Fashion Weeks in India: The battle heats up!

It’s Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) vs Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) all over again. The two “rival” fashion weeks have been fighting it out for supremacy since several seasons now, but this season has been kind of amusing for us.

Consider this: LFW was scheduled to hold a press conference last week to announce their designer list for Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 (starts March 11). And lo, WIFW announced their designers on the same day (even though their event kicks off April 6). Cheeky!

Designer Overlap

As I scrolled through the LFW designer list, my heart skipped a beat as I spotted Sabyasachi Mukherjee. He had just been announced as the finale designer for WIFW!

It’s not uncommon for designers to present their collections at both these fashion weeks (examples from last season: Anupama Dayal, Anita Dongre, Manish Arora), but the finale designer of one fashion week also participating in another seems kinda strange to me.

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What People Say

I met an Austrian guy from the textile industry the other day. He visits India often, and is quite tuned into the fashion/ textiles/ art scene here. He reported to me what he had heard about the Delhi (WIFW) and Mumbai (LFW) fashion weeks: “Buyers tell me that the Mumbai fashion week has better quality, while there are more sales happening at Delhi fashion week.” While we can’t confirm this (yet), it could be true.

Digital Divide

Also, point to note: LFW is going all out to reach as many fashion lovers as possible. After tying up with Style Kandy last year for live webcasts, this season all shows will be streamed live on the official LFW website. On the other hand: WIFW doesn’t even have a dedicated website (it runs on the FDCI website).

Now what?

Meanwhile, both fashion weeks this season have a formidable line-up of designers. Other than the obvious question (who will win the Fashion Weeks Battle?), we are wondering: how different will Sabysachi’s two collections be? Will he recycle looks and outfits, or will he have a more spectacular show in Delhi than in Mumbai?

Bollywood Fashion: SRK wipes us out with his sharp suit and cute dimples

I confess: I love Shahrukh Khan. So if he’s on TV, I have to watch. In the first episode of his just-launched TV show Zor Ka Jhatka Total Wipeout on NDTV Imagine, Shahrukh Khan wore a slim-fitted black suit with a twist.

See it here:

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Shahrukh is wearing a white shirt with a black collar, and has paired it with a black tie. That’s an interesting twist to an otherwise classically formal wardrobe.

On Wednesday night, Shahrukh wore a suit, without the tie, and left his collar unbuttoned to show a hint of dual-toned element of his shirt (the row of buttons placed on a strip of black).

So while Zor ka Jhatka is riddled with a poor script, bad puns and a complete waste of Argentina (where it’s being filmed), King Khan’s experimental sartorial choices (and cutesy dimples) add some life. And these might just be the only saving grace of this otherwise dull show.

Bollywood Fashion: Madhuri Dixit vs Urmila on TV dance shows

What’s common between Madhuri Dixit and Urmila Matondkar? Both “former”/ “semi-retired” actors have now made the TV their home and judge dance reality shows. Madhuri Dixit judges celebrities dancing on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, while Urmila has just joined the panel on Chak Dhoom Dhoom (Team Challenge).

Here in ends the similarity. Madhuri Dixit has always epitomised grace, natural Indian beauty and charm. Urmila, on the other hand, has tried to play the spunky modern Indian girl since her Rangeela days. And the difference continues… in their fashion choices on the small screen.

While both actors are no longer young, Madhuri Dixit seems to have accepted that she’s now a mom. Playing the role of a good Indian mom, she’s been wearing Sabyasachi saris and kurta-churidars on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, comfortable enough to dance in them. Her makeup and hair are appropriate for her age, and she gives her look an Indian touch with flowers in her hair, a simple bun, bangles or other jewellery.

Madhuri Dixit in Jhalak Dikhla Ja

Urmila, on the other hand, is an eyesore. In Saturday’s episode, she wore a blingy outfit, with big hair, which made me quickly change the channel. Here’s Urmila in her first episode, in a colour that doesn’t suit her, her typical hair style (bangs blow-dried on the side), and makeup that’s completely unbecoming (it ages her). And her cleavage-revealing dress just makes me feel sad for her: is she that desperate to get attention? Wisen up, Ms Matondkar.

Urmila Matondkar in Chak Dhoom Dhoom

Our only complaint with Madhuri Dixit: she’s chosen to stick to safe Sabyasachi choices. Yawwnn! So please, please, Madhuri, either get Sabyasachi to design more exciting saris and suits. Take a hint from co-judge Malaika Arora Khan. She likes to have fun with her clothes.. (Her outfits on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa are by Vikram Phadnis).

malaika Arora Khan in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa

What do you think of Madhuri Dixit and Urmila Matondkar’s TV outfits?

Aishwarya escapes press in Longines TV ad

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is known to be a very private person, and she played this role just right in the recent Longines DolceVita television ad, also starring British actor Kate Winslet and Taiwanese actor Chi Ling Lin.

Shot in Rome, it’s a truly international ad, with brand ambassadors of three very different backgrounds (and markets) brought together to endorse the DolceVita line of Longines watches.

This line of watches is inspired by the Italian life and the Italians’ refined sense of style. (Dolce Vita literally means ‘the sweet life’), which could explain the choice of location for this TV ad.

In the advertisement, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kate Winslet are wearing black dresses in classic silhouettes, while Chi Ling Lin has worn a beige dress. The three women try to escape the paparazzi separately to later meet in the town for a girls’ day out.

Interesting point to note: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has the most screen time in this 35-second TV spot (or maybe the ad had different scripts for different audiences, though that’s quite unlikely). Which means they’ve got big plans for India. Hmm… (Though Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been Longines ambassador for a while now, this kind of TV spot, with international stars, is among the first for Aishwarya since she joined Longines.)

Here’s the advertisement. Tell us what you think of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the other ladies. Does it do justice to Academy Award winner Kate Winslet’s star status? And does Aishwarya Rai Bachchan embody the Longines woman?

Lakme Day Perfect Lip Color: long-lasting lipstick

A lipstick that lasts 10 hours? Maybe it’s not just a dream anymore. Lakme has introduced Day Perfect Lip Color that claims to stay for up to 10 hours. It’s a gel-based creme lip colour with a shine and creamy texture.

Lakme’s Day Perfect Lip Colours are from the Lakme Nine to Five range, among the more popular products in Lakme’s product portfolio.  I remember Indrani Dasgupta’s TV ad a couple of years ago: the coffee didn’t fade her lip colour, neither did the pencil in her mouth, nor the various things she did throughout the day.

Lakme Day Perfect Lip Colors are available in 12 shades.

Our favourites:

Apricot Nectar, Black Currant Sorbet and Twilight Flame:


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We haven’t yet got our hands on this lipstick, but if you have, let us know how long the Day Perfect Lip Colors stay on your lips. 🙂

Bollywood Fashion: Kangana Ranaut teaches some fashion lessons

Kangana Ranaut appeared last night on Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 with her No Problem co-actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. For the few minutes she was on the show, her appearance screamed Fashion Disaster. Take a look:

Kangana Ranaut in KBC4

Here’s some fashion lessons we picked up from Kangana’s not-so-good look on KBC 4.

Fashion Lesson #1: Winter floral prints look great!

Fashion Lesson #2: You can dress for winter, even if you’re not bundled up in layers.

Kangana’s blue bodycon dress is perhaps the closest she could have got to a winter outfit in Mumbai’s non-existent winter.

Fashion Lesson #3: Trendy makeup is great, as long as it looks good on you.

Statement lips are hot this season, but Kangana Ranaut has chosen the wrong colour for her, and isn’t able to pull off the glossy bright red lips.

Fashion Lesson #4: Think thrice before changing your hair colour.

Kangana is proud of her curls and can work short hair, but her hair colour is completely out of whack. Along with the glossy red lipstick, it gives her a, well, not-so-genteel look.

Fashion Lesson #5: You can skip accessories

No earrings, no bracelets, no statement necklace, not even a watch. And why not? Kangana Ranaut’s dress does the talking.

Meanwhile, Anil Kapoor looked dapper on the same show.

Anil Kapoor in KBC4

What do you think of Kangana Ranaut’s look on Kaun Banega Crorepati 4?