Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ram Leela

27th November 2013

I saw Ram Leela last week and had to post some stills. I absolutely loved the film- the cinematography, choreography, music and performances were just so dreamy and the costumes- what can I say- they made my jaw drop! Hats off to Anju Modi and Maxima Basu – they’ve both done an incredible job. They have managed to add a contemporary feel to the looks while celebrating traditional Gujurati craftmanship and textiles. Maxima was in charge of costumes for the principal cast including Ranveer’s wardrobe and some of Deepika’s ( the costume in the first pic was by Maxima). The rest of DP’s costumes were by Anju Modi. I read a fab interview with Anju Modi by Couture Rani about the film’s costumes- def worth a read!

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Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Anju Modi, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ram Leela, Bollywood, Nagada Sang Dhol,

Got to finish the post with Nagada Sang Dhol-

Images: Ram Leela Facebook

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Vogue India Guest Blog Post: Pernia Pops in London with Masaba

22nd November 2013

Here’s a re-blog of my latest guest blog post for Vogue India. I have to say it was soooo exciting to meet the first ladies of Indian fashion! They have both achieved so much in their careers and are two of the many exciting influencers that are making contemporary Indian fashion as exciting as it is…..

Blogger Nina Patel meets two of Indian fashion’s favourite ladies putting up a flash mob-style show for their overseas audience
Pernia Qureshi and Masaba Gupta popped up at London’s Montcalm hotel on Friday night to organise a fun and fabulous flash mob to support the work of three charities — Akshaya Patra, Pratham and Women’s India Association.

I managed to get a quick chat with Pernia and Masaba before the event to find out more about it and why they decided to get involved.

“Every couple of months, Pernia’s Pop-Up hosts different events and we always make sure we connect the event with a charity. So when Roshni came to me with this idea we thought it would be a great way to support these charities and to connect with our London audience,” says Qureshi.

“Pernia’s Pop-Up has bought Masaba here to do a really fun fashion show, it’s going to be flash mob style, something different for London, and everything that is shown here will be on Pernia’s Pop Up shop tomorrow. We’re showing a mix of Masaba’s latest collection mixed with her greatest hits that people can’t get enough of, like the hand print sari.”

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A quick chat with Pernia and Masaba ahead of the event. Image: Shahid Malik.

I asked Masaba if she was aware of her UK audience.

“I know from my Twitter and my Insta feed how many people are buying my label and from where. Since we stock at Pernia’s Pop-Up, we know the response the clothes are getting and that London girls are fans of the label.”

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Masaba and Pernia, the key sponsor of the evening. Image: Shahid Malik.

I also asked Pernia how important the international market is for Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop.

“Very important,” says Qureshi. “I have always said our USP is that we are an Indian design platform for a global audience. Eventually, I want some unknown schoolgirl in Japan to being wearing Masaba. That’s my vision. I want people all over the world to know about Indian design because we have so much talent. We are so good at what we do that it’s a pity not enough people know about it.”

We also talked about how important it is for Pernia to be supporting new design talent and the fact that she is always looking out for new labels that haven’t had a platform in the past, like Ridhi Mehra, to add to the site.

Pernia said that new additions to the site will include footwear label Saint G and an ethnic label Malasa, which she’s excited about.

The event was sold out. Here are some pictures from the night.

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Pernia in front of her Pernia’s Pop-Up box installation with real models and mannequins. Image: Shahid Malik.

The event was sold out. Image: Shahid Malik

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Backstage. Image: Shahid Malik.

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The flash mob. Image: Shahid Malik.

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Conferro Auctions: Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia

20th November 2013

Last week was full of fab events of a South Asian flavour! There was plenty of fashion with Masaba Gupta and Pernia Qureshi’s flash mob extravaganza (more details of that later), O’nitaa’s Pakistani fashion catwalk show and Strand of Silk’s Asia House fashion takeover…there was also Conferro Auctions: Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia’s Preview Day at Westbury Gallery. The upcoming auction features collectables such as LP’s, film banners, lobby cards, gramophones and Bollywood posters from some of the milestones of Indian film history, including Mughul-e-Azam and Sholay. If like me you didn’t make it down to the preview day we’ve still got time to take a look- details are at the bottom of the post.

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100 years of Indian Cinema, memorabilia, conferro auctions, westbury gallery, bollywood, memroSholay LP

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100 years of Indian Cinema, memorabilia, conferro auctions, westbury gallery, bollywood, memroSharan Seth Founder of Conferro Auctions on the Right

Public Viewing: Thursday 28th Nov 11am-6pm and Friday 29th Nov 11am-2pm

There is also a Bollywood Retrospective talk & tour

Thursday 28th Nov: 12pm and 3pm

The Auction takes place on Friday 29th Nov- Registration is at 2pm and the auction starts at 3pm.

Images: Conferro Auctions

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Vogue India: A Vogue Wedding Love Story

18th November 2013

I mentioned in my last post that I had just been to Mumbai to do my wedding shopping and I promise I will post my shopping guide this week!!! but for now I’ll start the week off with some swooooonnnnnalioussss bridal images from November’s Vogue India- It had to be you…

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Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan, Vogue India, Bride, Bridal, Wedding, Fashion, India, November, 2013, bride,

and as always the accompanying video is just as much a visual treat as the magazine pics

Images: Vogue India

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The Archaic Maharani: Kenton magazine

15th November 2013

Remember Mani Jassal? She’s the uber talented designer and stylist I featured on the blog a few months back here. Mani got in touch recently with these breathtaking pics shot by Denver Rodrigues and styled by the lady herself (and ft. a few of her designs too!) The shoot made it into Kenton magazine and here are the pics!

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Indian fashion, Bridal, Denver Rodrigues, Kenton magazine, Mani, Jassal, Archaic Maharani,

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Indian fashion, Bridal, Denver Rodrigues, Kenton magazine, Mani, Jassal, Archaic Maharani, My fav shot is the one above on the right- its such a strong visual

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Photographer // DENVER RODRIGUES
Stylist // MANI JASSAL
Editorial Designer // TERICA WALTON
Hair & Make up // JENNIFER GEMAKAS
Model // BEATRIX @ B&M Models

Where to buy:
Aldo
H&M
J. Crew
Mani Jassal
Renz Araja
Victoria’s Secret
Yusun Kang
Zara

MAKE UP CREDITS
Face: Atelier Ultra foundation in Wheat
Make Up For Ever Uplight. #22
Blush Nars in Laguna
Eyes: Urban Decay: Naked Palette
M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack
Make Up For Ever Metal Powder in Gold 1.
Lips:M.A.C lip pencil in Cherry
Lipstick in Make Up For Ever: rouge artist intense #48

Image Credit: Kenton Magazine

And yep I know I haven’t been blogging for a while- a short break kinda became longer than expected. I will resume regular posting from next week and have some coverage from some exciting events to share as well as some Mumbai shopping posts (yep, I ended up going over to do the rest of my wedding shopping!)

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