Monthly Archives: October 2013

Holi Holy by Manish Arora

25th October 2013

Holi Holy is the stunning fashion film by Manish Arora. The visuals and vocals (by the ohhh so underrated Bishi Battacharya) are hauntingly hypnotic. A beautiful piece and much deserved winner of Best Emerging Talent and Best Sound at Diane Pernet’s festival, A Shaded View Of Fashion.

Director: Bharat Sikka

Concept: Manish Arora

Designer: Manish Arora

Music: Bishi Battacharya

Cast: Bishi Bhattacharya

Director of Photography: Tassaduq Hussain

Artistic Director: Manish Arora & Bharat Sikka

Stylist: Manish Arora

To hear about Manish Arora’s inspiration for the film go here.

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Asian Bride Live

7th October 2013

Calling all Brides to be- ‘Asian Bride Live‘ the Wedding show by the team behind Asian Bride magazine takes place on Sunday. This year’s exhibition takes place at the Novotel London West Hotel. There will be over a hundred exhibitors, catwalk shows and for the first time- an Asian Woman Academy Make Up Theater where renowned Make-Up artist Nina Ubhi will be hosting live demos. I missed the Asiana wedding show earlier this year because I was abroad and I might miss this show for the same reason! : ( The variety of exhibitors and the catwalk line up looks fab and includes designer boutiques Aashni & Co (I bought my Sabyasachi Wedding lengha from there!)and Bibi London.

Novotel, hammersmith, Cardwala, Asian, Bride, Asian Woman, Indian, India, Fashion, Bride, Wedding, Asian Bride Live, Laguna, Thanks to the Asian Bride team for the invite and on that note how pretty is the invite by Cardwala!

Cardwala, Asian, Bride, Asian Woman, Indian, India, Fashion, Bride, Wedding, Asian Bride Live, Laguna, Manish Malhotra, Bibi London, Aashni & CoHere’s the latest Asian Bride cover. I LOVEEEEEE this cover ft a stunning couture design by Manish Malhotra (available from Aashni & Co)

Tickets for the show are available here

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Friday Fives: Fave looks from GQ India Men of the Year 2013

4th October 2013

Ummm yep, I really should be posting my fave men’s looks from the GQ India Awards but hey ho! Here’s my fave looks from the ladies in attendance. I am *shock horror* not including Sonam Kapoor on the list, she looked fab (I think she could work a bin bag and still look hot) but it just wasn’t one of my favourite looks. In fact I’m pleased to say that most of the looks I loved were by Indian designers.

Neha Dupia in Roberto Cavalli

Neha Dupia, Roberto Cavalli, GQ Men of the year awards, 2013, Raghavendra Rathore, Shruti Haasan, India, fashion, Nidhi Sunil, Cue, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Kristina Akheeva, Namrata Joshipura

Shruti Haasan in Raghavendra Rathore

GQ Men of the year awards, 2013, Raghavendra Rathore, Shruti Haasan, India, fashion

Kristina Akheeva in Namrata Joshipura

GQ Men of the year awards, 2013, Raghavendra Rathore, Shruti Haasan, India, fashion, Nidhi Sunil, Cue, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Kristina Akheeva, Namrata Joshipura

Shazahn Padamsee in Sonya Vijifdar

Neha Dupia, Roberto Cavalli, GQ Men of the year awards, 2013, Raghavendra Rathore, Shruti Haasan, India, fashion, Nidhi Sunil, Cue, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Kristina Akheeva, Namrata Joshipura
Lisa Haydon in Kshitij Kankari

GQ Men of the year awards, 2013, Raghavendra Rathore, Shruti Haasan, India, fashion, Lisa Haydon, model, bollywood, Kshitij, Kankaria

Lisa looks soooo hot in this dress which shows off her killer body. Although I have to say Kshitij might have taken inspiration from the Prabal Gurung gown Deepika Padukone wore at the Filmfare awards.

Images: All images from Miss Malini click on the link to see more images from the night.

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Spotlight: Aruna Seth Interview

2nd October 2013

I missed this year’s Asian Achievers Awards but did take a look at the event’s Press Releases. It was fab to see that this year’s ceremony paid particular homage to female achievement and there was one nominee I was curious to find out more about- Aruna Seth. I’ve ft. her pretty pumps in an earlier blog post and was keen to interview the talented designer. And a few e-mails later here it is!
Thanks Aruna!

Aruna Seth, Farfalla, Butterfly, Shoes, Platform, Pumps, Slippers, Bridal, Bride, Wedding, ShoesPic of the glam designer.

Describe your brand in one sentence?

Luxury elegant and classic shoes!

What’s the story behind the label?

We started up the Aruna Seth brand 5 years ago. Aruna Seth was started as I wanted to create lovely shoes for the Red Carpets. I’ve always loved designer shoes, I owned a personal collection of 150 pairs before starting the Aruna Seth brand. I then studied footwear design at London College of Fashion, moved to Italy for a year to make the shoes in the same factory as Prada and the label Aruna Seth was born! I’ve achieved a great deal of what I wanted, I’ve seen the shoes on the Red Carpets of a great deal of celebrities!

Candy Rose, Leather, Aruna Seth, Bride, Bridal, Shoes, Pumps, Wedding How dreamy are these Candy Rose Leather Pumps with pastel gem detail?

Does your part Indian heritage influence your designs?

I love using colours and jewelled elements to Aruna Seth shoes! If you look at my red and emerald green designs etc they have certainly been influenced by India and the vivid colours from the region! India is a great place to visit to pick up new ideas and trims. Another great thing about India is the amount of events Indian ladies need to go to!

Describe your design process?

I oversee the whole process, from researching ideas, to drawing the ideas on paper! Aruna Seth is innovative and we are always on the look-out for new ideas for our shoe designs. For example our ‘Candy’ shoes have a new jewelled heel on that has been seen no-where else. I’ll travel to Italy to chat with the Artisans about how to create our designs and lasts! The shoes are made in small quantities by hand and I’ll fly over during manufacture to check the quality! It is an absolute joy seeing the shoes from drawing to end result as I’ll do most of the client appointments myself!

Aruna Seth, Snakeskin, AS350, Venus, Coral, Pair, Shoes, PlatformVenus Heels in Coral Suede and Roccia Python

What have been your personal highlights for the brand so far?

I adore Kate Hudson and she was spotted wearing my grey Farfalla shoes at a event at Annabels Night-club. We flew the Aruna Seth brand over to Los Angeles for an event pre-Golden Globes and Oscars! While we were out there I got invited to the Golden Globes myself, it was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget! It was amazing to be able to wear Aruna Seth shoes myself on the Red Carpets with an amazing dress!

What are your future plans for the brand?

We concentrated on the US for many years but we’ve seen the huge potential for ladies who love our shoes in India and Asia so we will be concentrating our efforts there from now on. It’s great because the ladies love our peep-toe shoes and the crystal butterfly for events. And ladies in India have a lot of events to attend and dress for! Especially the weddings and the lead-up to this!!

Venus, Black, Pitone, Pair, Aruna Seth, Farfalla, Platform, Pump, Slipper, Heels, Wedding, Bride, BridalVenus Heels in Black Suede and Black Python.

What tips would you give to any budding shoe designers?

Persevere! Starting a fashion label takes a lot of energy and you need to carry on with it every-day! Pushing for buyers, consumers and journalists to hear about the brand!! You have to carry on and keep going with it!

And finally what shoes are you wearing today?

Ok, so these shoes are the 130mm Cerise heel in Black Satin xx

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And to all my Mumbai readers here’s a date for your diaries. There will be an exclusive Aruna Seth trunk show at the Four Seasons on 3rd Oct 2013 from 7pm onwards. RSVP @ info@arunaseth.com

Four Seasons, Oct 2013, Mumbai, Aruna Seth, Platform, Heel, Pump, Slipper, Wedding, Bride, Bridal, India

Images: Aruna Seth

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