Mani J: Udaipur Tea Party

30th October 2015

Mani J love continues here on The Asian Fashion Journal. Her latest collection- Udaipur Tea Party popped up on my Insta feed last week and is def worthy of share. This collection for me is her strongest. The silhouettes and styling are youthful and pretty but with an urban edge- Like the cut out bustier, capes, bombers and slevelettes- all of which add more drama to an Indian outifit but can equally look hot paired with western pieces.

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Check out her Insta feed for more of her designs and there’s lots of happy client pics to scroll through too. Very happy to see Mani doing so well!🙂

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V&A Fashion in Motion : Ashish

27th October 2015

Yep, this really is my third consecutive post on V&A’s India Festival. I can’t help myself!- the leading show Fabric of India is a stunner and supporting talks and events have been fab too. I attended last week’s V&A Fashion in Motion which this year shone the spotlight on Ashish Gupta. The retrospective catwalk show featured his high-octane, sequin rich, sports luxe designs from the last ten years. My faves included the camo parka, the slogan tees and dresses, his rainbow sequin separates and of course the blinged up shopping bags.

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Fashion in Motion: Ashish Image Credit: ME! the only decent pic I took

Video Via @V_and_A

The Fashion in Motion series started back in 1999 and each year invites a leading fashion designer to showcase a retrospective of their work with live catwalk shows. Look out for the next show in 2016!

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Kallol Datta and Rimzim Dadu @ Fabric of India exhibition, V&A

Tuesday 21st October 2015

During the preview of Fabric of India exhibition @ V&A I spoke to the talented Kallol Datta and Rimzim Dadu about Indian Fashion and Textiles. It was great to hear their thoughts on the contemporary scene. I hope you enjoy the post : )

Kallol next to his provocative Suicide Print Sari

How did you get involved with the exhibition? And what are your thoughts on it?

RD: Divia one of the curators approached me (and other designers) in 2010 so they visited our studios, our archives, our techniques and they were really interested in what we were doing and it’s finally materialised here today. An exhibition like this is much needed because it documents the vast and great heritage of Indian textiles and shows it to a wider audience.

KD: Five years back the team from the V&A came over to India for an exploration trip, they came to the studio we had a chat, they looked through the archives and they kept coming back – for instance to fashion week. That’s how the relationship started. I think its a great exhibition and it’s nice how they’ve taken a slightly more academic route and I like that its been presented this way because you’d expect a lot of people would expect to see a stereotype of Indian fashion.

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Talking of stereotypes how would you describe contemporary Indian textiles/ fashion scene to someone who isn’t familar with it?

KD: I guess with India and its not just with fashion/textiles -it’s with every creative industry…every two hundred miles there’s a different state, the language differs, the way people look, the way they dress so for example Rimzim is Delhi based and I’m in Kalkota, so the crafts used by Kalkota designers is very different to Delhi designers and that makes it interesting because its very difficult to pin point and I think there are three /four of us exhibiting here that when we started off six/seven years back we all pretty much either studied abroad or had some work experience abroad and then came back so it was an exciting time for Indian Fashion- it was more contemporary, we were focusing on harnessing the now, our work was an immediate response to our environment and there was no need to self flagellate- that you know just because we are Indian we have to delve into Indian textiles so there’s not been a conscious decision to be this way it’s been more instinctive amongst my generation.

RD: Suddenly there is this great textile revolution in India. In the last couple of years everyone is appreciating things we have previously taken for granted so there is this revolution with people trying to revive crafts and textiles- like ‘save the weavers’ and it was something that we took for granted and it did die out in the middle but now there is more awareness. It’s thrilling to be a part of this new textile movement. For example this Ikat weave (referring to her piece in the exhibition) I have a team of traditional Ikat weavers but they are not used to weaving with leather so it’s something that I’ve had to teach and develop with them and in turn we are then creating something completely new.

Lovely video featuring Rimzim Dadu made by new stockist Indelust

What are your thoughts on the future of Indian fashion? do you think it will have more of a global prescence or with such a huge domestic audience there is no need to look to outward markets?

KD: We have 1 billion ppl to penetrate into their minds so that’s the priority and with a lot of us we stopped looking at the west or even the east as in Japan for success formulas. We are all trying to come up with our own levels of what success means to us and what makes us happy. All areas of the arts are evolving, there’s a great live music scene- original compostions, the contemporary arts scene has never been more exciting. We are still being shaped aesthetically by what’s around and we continue to push the stereotypes of Indian fashion.

Kallol’s last answer sums up the real shift in contemporary Indian Fashion. Designers like Kallol Datta, Rimzim Dadu, Rahul Mishra and Pero are all working in an organic way, getting influences by their heritage around them but at the same time are not dictated by them. They are not afraid of pushing earlier boundaries and coming up with something completely new and fresh. Rimzim’s leather Ikat is a perfect example. Using a traditional technique in a completely different way and for a non traditional garment. These designers know and respect the large, evolving, multi faceted audience at home and as you can see they are busy designing for them. I’m really glad that the Fabric of India has highlighted their work and I continue to enjoy watching and blogging about this exciting, dynamic, evolving industry.

For more info on the exhibition and to book tickets- V&A

As always the V&A host a series of accompanying talks & events alongside major exhibitions. I’m looking forward to attending their latest – V&A’s Fashion in Motion: ASHISH on Friday. Ashish will present a retrospective of womenswear and menswear from across the last decade. Tickets are free and limited and need to be booked in advance

www.vam.ac.uk/fashioninmotion

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The Fabric of India @ V&A

Friday 02nd October 2015

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend the Press Preview for the V&A’s lastest show- Fabric Of India. The curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel deserve a whole lot of praise as the exhibition truly is a wonderful celebration of Indian textiles and craftsmanship. To be able to develop and decide upon a series of strong themes and exhibits to represent the large and diverse history of Indian textiles must have been an incredible challenge.

Fabric of India V&A 1 (1)The dramatic entrance showcasing new and old

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The exhibition is split into six themes- Nature & Making, How Textiles Are Used, Splendid, Global Trade , Textiles In A Changing World and Textiles Cutting Edge. All six themes flow together beautifully and the exhibits are enhanced by Gitta Gschwendetter’s exhibition design.

I loved the first section where dyeing/ weaving and printing techniques were explored and explained with samples and film as well as raw materials- like the dried pomegranate that’s used as a natural dye.

Fabric of India V&A 3Sample showing some of the 14 stages used in Ajrakh block printing. A technique from Rajasthan, Kutch and Sindh

‘The embroiderers at the Sankalan embroidery design and production house in Jaipur, Rajasthan, practise a variety of stitch techniques to embellish fabrics by hand. The V&A followed their work on a lehnga, a wedding skirt, from traced outline to finished product. Only by slowing the footage could the incredibly fast stitching of ari embroidery be captured, as professionals perform it so rapidly it is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye’ V&A video

Fabric of India V&A 4Beautiful example of Rabari embroidery from Gujurat in the top of the pic

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The piece above like Tipu’s tent are hung up and allow viewers to wander inside and get a feel of the opulence and drama of both pieces.

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The last room was also a favourite. It would have been easy to finish with the likes of Sabyasachi & Abu and Sandeep brands that are known for their bridal wear and pieces which I guess the public would easily identify as Indian wear.

Instead the last room featured the work of contemporary designers. Designers that are developing their own design aesthetic and using traditional elements in non traditional ways. Manish Arora and Rahul Mishra were the most internationally recognised names featured in the room and both their pieces were beautiful. I loved the fact that designers like Kallol Datta and Abraham & Thakore were featured also- designers that are not known outside of India.

‘Renowned contemporary fashion design Manish Arora welcomes the V&A into his studio, and offers exclusive insight into his work and inspirations’V&A Video

Fabric of India V&A 7 2014 Woolmark winner Rahul Mishra’s Lotus dress

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I met Divia Patel, co-curator of the exhibition a couple of months ago and she explained the importance of the V&A acquiring pieces by new and upcoming designers. So their part in the great history of Indian fashion could be archived, talking to her gave me a small insight in to how varied and interesting a curators role is.

Designers Rimzin Dadu and Kallol Datta were on hand to answer questions- And I talked to them about their involvement in the exhibition and their thoughts on contemporary Indian Fashion and it’s future. I’ll be posting these interviews next week

IMG_6514 It was fab to see streetstyle photographer Manou’s images closing the show (read my previous interview with him here)

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and my post really does skim through a few of my personal favourites- it’s def a must see show and I know I’ll be making a couple more visits in the next few weeks!

Exhibition opens 03rd Oct 15 and runs till 10th Jan 16

Tickets costs £14 (concessions available) V&A members go free

The exhibition is curated by Rosemary Crill, Senior Curator in the Asian Department and Divia Patel, Curator in the Asian Depertment

The exhibition is part of V&A India Festival, a series of exhibitions, activities and events throughout Autumn 2015 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art at the V&A

The V&A is open daily from 10.00-17.45 and until 22.00 every Friday

The exhibition is designed by Gitta Geschwendter

Supported by Good Earth India

with Thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi

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British Asian Trust’s new ambassador Manish Malhotra @ Aashni & Co

25th Sept 2015

My blogging hiatus is over! woo hoo! and what a great event to attend to get back into all things Fashion and all things Asian!

Manish Malhotra, the master of Bolly Glam presented a festive and Bridal Preview @ Aashni & Co last night where he also announced his new role as ambassador to the British Asian Trust. The rails were filled with sparkle and shimmer in an array of vibrant tones. My personal favourites were the showstopping jade gown with cut out, the inky black gown with sheer embellished bodice as well as the elegant beauties in delicate nudes in the shop window.

If you are looking for bridal pieces this is def a trunk show worth visiting and if you can go today you can meet Manish too!

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Manish Malhotra window display @ Aashni & Co The beautiful window display with its autumnal feel.

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That showstopper of a gown with its cheeky cut out and exquisite placement embroidery.

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manish malhotra inky black gown Understated but still a statement…loved it.

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Along with seeing Manish’s beautiful work it was also lovely to catch up with some familiar faces!

Aashni & Co is located at 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 AA; www.aashniandco.com

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Alchemy Festival @ Southbank & upcoming exclusive Asian designer wear trunk shows

22nd May 2015

I’m a little late in writing about this years Alchemy festival @ Southbank. There’s only a few days left but there’s plenty of events left to go to… Get blown away by the mighty Bishi, or get your groove on to The Friday Night DJ Mix presented by BBC Asian Network, sing along to Bollytastic Shreya Ghosal or wander through the exhibitions and tuck into the best of Indian street food at the accompanying food festival. Basically there’s something to do for whatever your age or tastes!


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I’ve also had a lot of press releases pop into my inbox this week and here’s a few that I thought were worth sharing..

Hina Rasim presents Eid Shopping Soiree Sat 23rd May London.

Fashionista, Hina Rasim is known for bringing over the hottest Pakistani labels over to London for exclusive trunk shows. She’s back again this time with a selection of pieces by Ammara Khan, Elan, Rozina Munib, Sania Maskatiya and Faiza Samee.

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Soltee by Sulakshana Monga 29th-31st May Birmingham

Sulakshana Monga will be presenting her label Soltee by Sulakshana Monga at a trunk show in Birmingham on 29th-31st May. She will be bringing her latest collection as shown at the recent Amazon Indian Fashion Week and will be available for one to one bridal consultations too.

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Suzali London launch event 23rd & 24th May

Blogger Vic from London Ki Ladki emailed me through details of Suzali launch this weekend. Designers that will be showcased at the event include Nida Azwer, Shirin Hassan, Naureen Arbab, Lalarukh, Sarah Anees and Mehreen Nooran.

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Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend and I’ll be back soon with some posts of what I’ve been up to the last couple of months…including highlights from my sister’s hen party in Portugal…the highs- The Ah-mazing EMO Tivoli Victoria which was a gastronomic delight to the lows- a really disappointing experience with Pink Monkey Stag & Hen that we booked an activity with.

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Aashni & Co Blowout Sample Sale

Sunday 10th May

Date for the diaries girls! Aashni & Co are having a blowout sample sale next Sat!!! Head down for gorgeous pieces by Tarun Tahiliani, Anamika Khanna, Indian by Manish Arora (I hearted Manish’s designs worn by Sonam in Doli Ki Doli) Varun Bahl and many more. Even though I’m all set for my sister’s wedding I’m def going to have a browse. So see you there! x

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Anushree Reddy Lakme Fashion Week 15 & Her Top Bridal Tips

3rd April 2015

I am a an Anushree fan girl. I loveee her work. Yes, her work is really obvious and lacks the creative depth and flair of the Rahul Mishra’s of the world…BUT WHO CARES!!! Sometimes you need obvious, you need pretty, you need pastels, you need florals, you need youthful, and you need super girly! and her collections have them all in spades.

I was in the Aza Altamount store for a fitting of one of her Anarkali’s. This crazy auntie gee comes over and starts swooning over it and says to me can you take it off I want my daughter to try it on. So I told the crazy lady too late I’ve already bought it- she doesn’t listen and she says that’s fine let my daughter try it on and take that one and you can place an order….errmmm no way Jose!!! See how much love people have over Anushree’s sugar and spice! (and how crazy Indian aunties are!) lol!

Anyway back to the post and to the yummy pics of her recent #RoyalCourtyard collection.

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I also had a brief chat with her at the Aashni & Co Wedding show in Jan and asked her for her top three tips for Brides….

Firstly, I think a lot of people go with what they think they are supposed to wear. I wore pink for my wedding opposed to red because that’s what I liked. Basically I think its very important to stick to what you like.

Secondly, I think its important to go heavy I think a lot of people say don’t over do it- but its your wedding you’re getting married once so you might as well dress up and go all out. I wouldn’t advise diluting a garment- you wouldn’t want to be looking like a guest on your wedding! Go all out!

Thirdly get your make up and hair right. It makes a big difference and really finishes a look. So get that right and you’re set.

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Also I’ve got to say I’m a big fan of the Anushree’s social media especially all the behind the scenes shots.

Image Credit: Anushree Reddy Instagram

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Affordable Designer Bridal Shopping Mumbai

27th March 2015

My most popular blog post of all time is My Mumbai Shopping Guide post. The majority of feedback I’ve had from the post has been incredibly positive. Although I have recently felt the raised eyebrow of a couple of my fellow bloggers who believe that my designer wedding trosseau is not in all brides budgets. Firstly I’ve got to say- I’m from the ‘each to their own’ kinda way of thinking. I don’t think my budget should be judged and as with everything in life its all relative… some people would think I spent a lot on my wedding shopping and others would think I spent peanuts!!! Secondly there’s this notion that Indian designer wear = super duper expensive. I always say if you can afford to shop in the likes of  UK designers -Sonas, Mona Vora and Ekta Solanki whose bridal lenghas start at £2k up you can buy from the likes of Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi.

Ok, so I know the eyebrow raisers will say what if you don’t have £2k to spend…even with half the budget I’d still rather spend my money on designer- the thing is its completely different in India. There are a huge variety of designers all offering different price points. I’d rather buy a £800 Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor wedding lengha then a Sabyasachi knock off from the likes of Kalki, Seasons, Friendship etc in Santa Cruz for the same price….but that’s just me saying what I’d do…each to their own!

So here’s my list of designer stores in Mumbai that are more wallet friendly than the likes of Tarun, Manish, Anamika and Co….

Tamanna Kapoor Punjabi

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Remember Cocktail? Diana Penty looks gorgeous in a Tamanna lengha

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Tamanna store is small which is the norm for smaller designer stores -there’s maybe room for about 30-odd designs.  My sis bought a gorgeous lime green gota work lengha for her Mehndi night for £800 from her. It’s an absolute beauty and I know brides have picked the same piece in hot pinks/red and oranges for their bridal lenghas. Sonaakshi Raaj recommended us Tamanna and we went in three days before we flew back home. In a day and a half she got the blouse made so my sister could have a fitting before she left and six weeks later as promised the lengha was couried over.  Tamanna was fantastic and I can’t recommend her and her work enough!

Address: Gurmukh Sagar Bldg, 29th Road, Pali Village, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India

We didn’t have an appointment but would advise you to arrange one to make sure Tamanna is in-store.

Chamee and Palak

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Again this designer duo’s store is small – maybe forty odd designs in store but they are all very pretty and youthful. They will custom make any of the designs in store and can work with you to design a special piece. We didn’t place an order from them as they were one of the last stores we visited and had already done most of our shopping. My mum’s friend had placed orders with them and has been happy with the service they provide. This store is by appointment only

5,Shubham apartment, Bajaj road,Vile Parle – west,Mumbai. contact: +919930782891 / chameeandpalak@gmail.com BY APPOINTMENT

Shruti Sheth

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Another small store- again maybe thirty odd designs, I visited her store but didn’t buy anything but her designs are lovely esp her heavy blouses (a little Jade-esque I might add but without the Jade price tag).

Shruti Sheth– Hill Crest, 10th Road, Opp Absolute Spa, Juhu, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400049

Again we didn’t make an appointment but would advise making an appointment when the designer is in store.

Fuel 

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Feminine florals of Peppermint Diva are available from Fuel

Fuel is another multi brand designer store and its on my original list. There are three stores across Mumbai and the store in Opera House is the biggest- actually its huge and if you’re short of time this a def a must visit store. Fuel also carries a real mix of price points and styles as well as some really fab accessories. Labels stocked include Sabyasachi, Peppermint Diva, Rina Dhaka & Rohit & Rahul Ghandi.

Prices start at £150

Address: Kantilal Karia & Co.Chowpati View Building, Opp. Sukh Sagar,Opera House
Tel: (+91) 22 23693131

Address: Lakshmi Niwas,Plot no. 450/B, 14th Road, Off Linking Road, Khar West
Tel: (+91) 22 26497878

Address: SV Road, Vile Parle, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049

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Anushree Reddy is stocked at Aza

Aza is my favourite multi brand designer in Mumbai. It’s worth visiting all three stores- for my sis recent wedding shopping trip we picked up pieces by Anushree Reddy, Pankaj & Nidhi, Arpita Mehta and Ridhi Mehra.

Altamount Road 21, Altamount Road, Mumbai – 400026.Ph: +91 22 2353 0212 / +91 98674 51199 Email: altamount@azafashions.com

Shishir, 15-A, near Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai – 400049 Ph: +91 22 2661 0091 / +91 98339 51198 Email: juhu@azafashions.com

Bandra, 24, Aza House, Tuner Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

+(91)-9833281197

www.azafashions.com

Prices start at £250

Amara

Another multi brand store worth checking out. They stock the very popular Delhi based designer Dolly J as well as the likes of Namrata Joshipura, Gaurav Gupta and Vineet Bahl,

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1/3/5, Kemps Boulevard, Kwality House, Kemps Corner, Mumbai – 400006, Near Crossword Book Store, Above Rudra Spa & Salon View Map

+(91)-22-23872537, 23872538, 23879687, 23875909

+(91)-22-23872538

www.amara.co.in

Vandana

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Vandana is a fabric store in Mumbai that I’ve already raved about. It’s my go to store to buy fabrics to make outfits/ saris for smaller occasions- like poojas or friends mehndi nights etc…they have hundreds and hundreds of fabrics and borders so you can be your own designer! Their sales assistants are amazing and will help you combine fabrics to create individual pieces. I had a crop top/high waist pencil skirt, churidaar pants and dupatta outfit made. Cost of fabrics was £100 and my tailor charged £30 for stitching. LOVE this store. Both my sis and I bought our bridesmaid saris from here.

304, 305 Rajdoot Chsl, Linking Road Khar West, Opp Rajkumar Jewellers, Mumbai 40005

I’m going to finish off by saying it’s worth noting that Indian designer shopping is very different to shopping in stores on Green St, Ealing Rd and Southall Broadway. The designer stores don’t carry large ranges (apart from the big designer names), everything is hung up and there’s no sitting in front of a wall of saris that are pulled out to show customers. It is much more time consuming shopping from designer stores but personally I think its worth it for the different pieces you find there.

Hope you guys find the post useful and Happy Shopping!

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 Day 1: Guest Blog Post by VIVALUXE.COM

19th March 2015

It’s Lakme time again! I’ve been pouring over the yumminess over social media and while I can’t report from the shows in person I’m pretty glad to be bringing you the next best thing…A Guest blog by the VIVALUXE.COM team. VIVALUXE.COM is a new luxury e-tailer that brings Asian Designer Wear to a global audience. With the ohh soo chic Maheep Kapoor as fashion director the site’s edit promises big things (There are some more A-list names joining the site in the coming weeks) I will bring you more info on the site in a later post but for now enjoy their Guest Blog Post for me on Day 1 @ Lakme!

Fashion, fun and flower-power: A day in the life of LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
By Rea MM, VIVALUXE.COM for The Asian Fashion Journal.

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Unless you’re a sartorial Scrooge; I think we can all agree that any LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK saunters into our lives like a mid-year Christmas, full of goodies giftwrapped painstakingly by designers to create their delicious new collection! This year though was particularly anticipated as LFW celebrated its 15th year and certainly did not leave the best for last, as the event opened offsite with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection Big Love where he gave a new fashionable dimension to the saree! So, coffee in one hand and notepad in the other, the only way to take on this celebration of creativity is to head in with all guns blazing. Be prepared to have your brain, your instagram and twitter all work overtime for the next 5 days, as the sheer variety of colour, influences and drapes all vie for your top spot!
After a series of seriously intense model scouting days and fittings, inspirational Sabyasachi’s collection Big Love premiered at an unconventional venue – the fabulous rustic grounds of Richardson and Cruddas Mills in the heart of Mumbai.

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The ramp was a never ending 200 x 20 feet, with high-tech multi laser lights, roving drone and camera mounted on gantry. It was the ultimate backdrop for a high-octane event worthy of a 15th year anniversary with the crème de la crème of the city in attendance as one of the best designers in India opened the celebrations with a spectacular show.

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It was love at first sight for the audience as they witnessed a stunning presentation featuring 62 models and 105 outfits. One of the most sought after designers in the country and around the globe; Sabyasachi unleashed a collection of resort wear that paid tribute to the 70’s decade, which Sabyasachi adores. The designer revisited the era and showcased it with his distinct signature touches and recreated the power dressing period with unisex flower-power, long maxi-dresses, Lennon-esque sunglasses and heaps of glittery fabric. It was refreshing to see a shift from his usual bridal wear, and the enthusiastic applause at the end shows we’re not the only ones who think so! His eternal muse Rani Mukherjee and other Bollywood big shots like Kajol, Deepika Padukone and Sridevi were all present to show their support.

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Back onsite, the 9th floor of Palladium Hotel had been transformed into a beachy haven. The grassy outdoors are now commandeered by bamboo-built bars and crocheted hammocks – lending the space an earthy vibe. They’re perfect for gathering on between shows too! Exposed bulbs hang down from jute rope, and come 6:00pm, they light up, illuminating the pretty faces and prettier clothes with a romantic yellow glow. Live DJ sets keep the stylish crowd pumped, and you can refuel yourself at the food stalls dotted along the premises.
Today saw the unveiling of collections that focused on Indian textiles, such as those by Vaishali Shadangule and Krishna Mehta, whose breezy drapes and mix of indo-western silhouettes made for an interesting watch and interesting shift from the usual glitz of Asian styling.

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Masaba’s innovative launch on instagram scores her brownie points for originality as one of the most popular and trendy young designers in India presented her colourful line first on popular social media platform, Instagram.

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Finally, never failing to disappoint, Manish Malhotra proved his mettle as both, designer and humanitarian yet again, as the Blue Fashion Runway raised awareness for Gender Inequality. The peaches, creams and blues complimented the stunning metallic embroidery that featured on all his garments, with the off-shoulder white number being a particular favourite of ours:

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What a day, folks, what a day!

Many Thanks to VIVALUXE.COM for the post!

Image Credit: VivaLuxe.Com, Lakme Fashion Week Twitter & Elle India

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