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The Angeli Foundation’s Manish Malhotra London Fashion Gala

27th Feb 2013

Grab a cuppa, this is going to be one looooonnng post! On Saturday night I went to the amazing Manish Malhotra gala show in aid of the Angeli Foundation. The fab event was held at the plush Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane. Guests were treated to a sensational catwalk of over fifty looks by the infamous Bollywood designer with special guests Urmila Matondkar and Pareenti Chopra. Even though most of the collection shown was first seen in India at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week over a year ago it was still amazing to see the designs in person. I’m keeping my intro short because it’s all about the pics! Enjoy! (My write up on the event for Grazia India is live too)

A courtesy of Angeli foundation (4) Uk chair Ratika Puri KapoorAngeli Foundation UK Chair- Ratika Puri Kapoor

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Here’s the show pics!

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My personal highlights were the dreamy dip-dyes, delicate Chikankari work (which Manish has developed with NGO Mijwan Welfare Society), beautiful flowing full volume skirts and gorgeous sheer back detailing which included pintucks and placement embroideries.

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20 ManishMalhotra23.02.12_0316Menswear silhouettes were structured and well defined with slim fit cut pants that looked oh soo dapper.

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The colour palette worked through whites, greys, pinks, corals, reds, lime green, cobalt blues and blacks. All of which were brought together with metallic touches.

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EThese sweet treats from Cakes4U were delicious- I had a chocolate brownie and a cookie dough choc chip type cake- yum

FNope, we weren’t special guests- the media tables were full so we joined this table!

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The night was finished off with the Punjabi Hit Squad boys working their magic on the decks! That kept people dancing till late. A fab event for a fab cause.

Image credit Angeli Foundation and ace photographer Pathman Ruthirapathy

And to all Manish Malhotra fans in the U.K. there is only one official stockists here – London’s Aashni & Co. The lovely team have a gorgeous range of the hottest Indian designer labels so head down to their pretty Notting Hill boutique!

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International Asian Fashion Awards 2012

Ohhhhh the excitements building! There’s only a month to go the prestigious International Asian Fashion Awards. The IAFA is currently in its third year and provides a valuable platform for creative’s in the Asian Fashion industry to showcase their work and to be recognised by industry experts.

Pic from last year’s event

This year’s illustrious judging panel consists of Pakistani Couture genius Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY)

Hassan Sheheryar Yasin adds, “I am a keen advocate of investing in the future of the South Asian fashion industry. I am an avid supporter of the IAF Awards, their ethos and am happy to be a judge again this year”.


Pic from the L’Oreal Paris Bridal Fashion Week show that took place a few days ago.

The Bolly king of design Manish Malhotra,


Pic from the weekend of Malhotra’s S/s 13 collection at WIFW

Manish Malhotra says, “I am pleased to be a part of the judging panel for this years IAF Awards. I consider it a wonderful platform for young and existing talent to be acknowledged and an opportunity for me be a part of the movement that drives innovation and design”.

Leading international photographer Paul Farnham,

Paul Farnham adds, “I am excited to be involved in the judging panel for this years IAF Awards and am keen to see the variety of talent in the fashion world internationally”.

GQ India’s Fashion Editor Antara Motiwala

Antara Motiwala says “I am extremely honoured to be on the judges panel for this year’s IAFA. It’s a pleasure to be part of an international cultural platform and recognize and nurture the talent of many designers and trendsetters”.

and Make Up supremo and loyal IAFA supporter Lubina Rafiq.

Lubna Rafiq comments “It’s a pleasure to return as the main sponsor and judge of IAF Awards – this is one of our key events that we look forward to at the Academy throughout the year, and the buzz within our community for IAF Awards 2012 is already rising! We can’t wait to rock IAF Awards 2012 – Let’s Make-Up!”

Nominations close 10th Oct so get filling out your form!- here are the categories

Best Newcomer in Fashion Design,
Best Make-up artist,
Best Wedding Collection Designer,
Best Male Fashion Designer,
Best Female Fashion Designer,
Outstanding Contribution to the Fashion Industry,
Best Designer Brand,
Collection of the Year.

Last years winners include Kaniz Ali, Ekta Solanki & Satya Paul. Contact Revolution Creative Agency on 020 8220 3199 or rupinder@revolutioncreative.eu for an application now and check out the video by Ekta Solanki talking about the positive impact winning the IAFAS has had on her label.

Winners being announced at the awards ceremony, held at London’s Hilton Park Lane on the 10th November.

www.iafawards.com

Images from IAFA, Shahid Malik, FDCI, HSY

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Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2012: Top 5 Trends

16th Sept 2012

I’m soooo late posting my trend report for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. I had started a while ago but it’s taken me ages to pick out five key trends. I blame it on the fact that overall (even though there were flashes of originality- Debarun Mukherjee’s and Yogesh Chaudhary’s are perfect examples.) I found this season’s shows a little flat and lacking in newness. Nonetheless I have picked out my favourite trends for the new season.

By way of Istanbul

Several designers looked to the Middle East for inspiration, playing with traditional Moorish tile prints and a rich palette of Cobalt, Azure Blue, and spicy Saffrons. Anita Dongre’s and Debarun Mukherjee’s collections were especially dreamy.

Top L-R Debarun Mukherjee, Anita Dongre, Priyadarshini Rao
Bottom L-R Anita Dongre, Tanya Sharma, Debarun Mukherjee

Traditional Weaves

Surface Embellishment took a back seat this season as designers worked with traditional weaves. Beautiful examples of Ikat, Benares and Kanjeevaram were present and showed evening wear doesn’t need heavy embellishment to look rich.

Top L-R Neeta Lulla, Khushboo & Prem, Gaurang Shah
Bottom L-R Gaurang Shah, Anita Dongre, Payal Kapoor

Tutti Fruitti

Yep, I really did name a trend Tutti Frutti! The mixing of fuchsia, yellow, cyan and orange just works and is fabulously Indian. So be bold this season and work this striking rainbow of colour.

Top L-R Payal Singhal, Mayank Annand Shraddha, Neeta Lulla
Bottom L-R Wendell Rodricks, Swati Vijaivagie Jain, Deepika Govind

Sheer/Layering

Layering was a key trend and the looks that were built up with sheer overlays were more successful and flattering than the heavier layers seen at Nandita & Anurahdha

Top L-R Payal Singhal, Nandita & Anurahdha, Vaishali Shadangule
Bottom L-R Roma Narsinghani, Nishka Lulla, Ruchika Sachdeva

Head to Toe Prints

Head to Toe prints were a huge S/s 12 trend over at the big four’s fashion weeks and they’ve filtered over to LFW. Napur Kanoi’s and Yogesh Chaudhaury’s take were bold and beautiful.

Top L-R Kallol Dutta, Yogesh Chaudhary, Napur Kanoi,
Bottom L-R Napur Kanoi, Pia Pauro, Yogesh Chaudhary

Key Shapes to watch out for include: Structured jackets, 7/8th Trousers, Jumpsuits, Maxi dresses & Shirtdresses and a micro trend which will filter through is fringing which was seen at Jatin Varma, Pia Pauro, Pankaj & Nidhi

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Amitabh Bachchan & Dame Judi Dench launch India Fantastique

11th September 2012

So you might be thinking ANOTHER post about India Fantastique! Well indulge me, its not everyday I’m in the same room as B-Town royalty (hell, that prob was my once in a lifetime moment of seeing Mr. B!!!) Last Weds I attended the event as a photographer for BollySpice and here are some pics from the amazing event! For the full article on Bollyspice click here.

Stiltwalkers in a dramatic Abu & Sandeep gown

Photographer Ram Shergill working the camera!

Dame Judi Dench looked absolutely stunning in a beautifully regal red & gold outfit by the designers.

Lovely mother and daughter I got talking to, the mother has been a fan of the designers for years and she whispered that she bought the coat years ago- timeless I say!

Abu’s cousin looking resplendent in a classic Abu & Sandeep Chikankari embroidered piece

One of the designer’s lovely team looking a picture in an elegant ivory sari with a stunning embellished blouse.

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Dehli Couture Week 2012: Sabyasachi

7th Sept 2012

I’ve only just got round to checking out the FDCI Couture Fashion Week 2012 and yes there were many dreamy collections on show but there was only one collection that made my heart skip a beat- as always it was by the one and only Mr Mukherjee. The New Moon collection showcased the beauty and diversity of Indian artisans. The stunning block prints, Parsi thread work, Kashmiri embroidery and sublime zardozi work were further enhanced by mixing them with the ohh so British printed chintz that alongside the long skirts and styling evoked Kolkata at the time of the British Raj. This collection is full of strong separates that can be styled in a multitude of ways that will appeal to women around the world. An awe inspiring collection Mr. Mukherjee!

Actress Sri Devi walks the ramp.

All images FDCI

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‘India Fantastique’: Sotheby’s London

3rd September 2012

This morning I attended the press call for Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla’s launch of ‘India Fantastique’- a stunning coffee table book that celebrates their illustrious 25 years in the industry.

“Abu and I thought long and hard about how we wanted to celebrate our milestone, and also about how we would use this celebration to set the vision for our creativity and ourselves in the next twenty five years. It soon becomes clear that a book, or rather two as it turned out to be, was the ideal vehicle.” Sandeep Khosla

The book is a visual treat full of their delicious couture pieces and stunning interiors all beautifully shot by the amazing Ram Shergrill. The uber talented duo are known for their skilful cutting, intricate zardozi + chikan embroidery and the sheer drama of their pieces. They were amongst the first Indian designers to gain global recognition with Harrods, Harvey Nicks & Neiman Marcus stocking their pieces.

Sandeep explained that this was one of their first and most copied designs. It caught the eye of costume designer Lindy Hemming who dressed Sophie Marceau in the jacket for ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ from the Bond franchise.

My favourite image- showing the delicate beauty and intricacy of chikan work.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore this beauty at Cannes this year.

Abu & Sandeep’s signature style of re-inventing the traditional has garnered a worldwide celebrity following including Dame Judi Dench, Amitabh Bachchan, and Victoria Beckham (to name a few!) They have also designed costumes for many a film who can forget Madhuri Dixit stunning outfits in Devdas.

Victoria Beckham Vogue India Nov 2008

Madhuri Dixit in Devdas

This stunning Bridal piece took two and a half months to hand embroider!

Loved this patchwork piece with gorgeous back detail.

Abu & Sandeep have also turned their hand to interiors, taking on one commission at a time- most of which take approx eighteen months as they get involved through the whole process down to every last detail.

‘It’s never about the furniture alone. We want to create a home. So every single thing counts. The Art, the carpets, the silver, even the ashtrays’ Sandeep Khosla

(Abu & Sandeep’s assistant hinted that a homewares line might be a possibility)

Pic of Meera Sharma and I with the designers next to one of their latest creations.

The exhibition gives a wonderful opportunity to see Indian Couture at its finest and is on 3-5th September at Sotheby’s. Do not miss it; my photos really don’t do the pieces justice.

The book is available to buy right now from Amazon

Many thanks to Sotheby’s and Abu & Sandeep for the quotes and further information.

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Shyamal & Bhumika : LFW Winter/Festive 2012

20th August 2012

Shyamal & Bhumika named their collection ‘Maharaja’ and it certainly was a rich and opulent affair. Creatively the collection hasn’t moved on much from their last- the same jewel tone palette remains as well as the use of similar weaves and embroidery but saying that I’m sure the collection will be a hit with Brides and Grooms- and hey Ralph Lauren has built a career tweaking his signature style each season maybe Shyamal & Bhumika will do the same.

Lakme Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week Trend report coming soon!

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Payal Singhal: LFW Winter/Festive 2012

4th August 2012

Ohhhh such prettiness from Ms Singhal on day one of LFW. The collection ‘India in Colour’ was a heady mix of colour and embroidery from all over India. The colour palette veered from the vibrant pinks of Rajasthan to the more subdued tones of the East with stunning Abhla and Mukaish work added to the mix. Beautiful Ms Singhal, just beautiful!

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Spotlight: Mona Vora Couture

15th June 2012

Last week I went to meet Mona Vora, the Grande Dame of U.K Asian Bridal Couture. For a while now, I’ve been keen to add a new category of posts where I meet experts in the Asian Fashion & Beauty industry and ask them to impart some expert knowledge and tips. So, having Mona agree to be my first meet feels like a wonderful way to start!

As soon as I arrived Mona was incredibly welcoming and I warmed to her immediately. I loved her passion and enthusiasm for Bridal Couture and I equally loved her fearlessness and self-confidence. It’s those last two qualities that turned a natural flair for design into a successful business. So, not only did I get to meet a talented designer I got to meet an inspiring Asian business woman too.

Mona originally completed a degree in Business Management and started working outside of fashion first. She enjoyed designing her own outfits and friends and family admiring her work started commissioning pieces from her. This soon led to orders from friends of friends and that’s when her hobby turned into a full time career. Sixteen years on, she has a beautiful showroom in Barnet as well as a workshop in India. All dyeing, designing, embroidery and embellishment are done in house so she has the utmost control on quality and time.

A warning to all brides this is the area when the nightmare can occur- we all know brides that have been let down by poor workmanship or bad fitting. It’s imperative to choose a reputable designer like Mona.

As for her designs, the pictures say it all – her show room really is a candy shop of all things delicious and sparkly. There’s every style imaginable and you can tell Mona gets a real buzz from making each and every bride feel like a Queen on her special day. Currently, she designs on average for THREE HUNDRED Brides a year (yep, I almost fell off my chair when I heard that number too). So, to say Mona’s more than qualified to give some tips is an understatement. Here are her top five tips.

DO YOUR RESEARCH.. Going into Bridal showrooms can be intimidating and the endless choices of colours, embroideries and styles can be overwhelming. Mona encourages brides to do some homework, collect a handful of magazine tears or pictures of things you like so it acts as a starting point on your first appointment. Make sure it’s a handful though! A big book of images will just confuse everyone!

BE OPEN MINDED.. Just because you’ve fallen in love with say Aishwarya Rai’s wedding lengha, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll suit you. Mona gave the example of a top heavy bride that was insistent on an empire line gown that wouldn’t have suited her body shape. Mona found a similar sample gown (that was designed as a maternity wear example) made the bride try it on and then only was she able to see how unflattering the style was for her body shape.

DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS . I loved Mona’s reasoning for this, something I hadn’t thought of. She explained if purple’s the colour of the season that will mean at least ten or more of the guests will be wearing purple and as she says her job is to always make the bride stand out above everyone else.

DON’T BUY READY MADE.. Mona explains ready made outfits rarely fit anyone properly as we are all different shapes and that a well fitted custom piece can make all the difference in a making a pretty outfit into a showstopper. She also adds that people presume a custom made piece is always more expensive that’s not always true. So, do your research and where possible get custom made.

BE ORIGINAL AND ADVENTUROUS. She says rightly so, why copy someone else’s outfit. It’s your big day, your outfit should be adventurous, classy, original and lastly make you look and feel even more amazing then you ever thought you could.

Big thanks to Mona Vora, for taking the time to meet me!

Her amazing showroom add is Mona Vora Couture, Unit G, Queen’s Road, Barnet, EN5 4DJ

Tel No: 0208 449 1734

www.monavora.com

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Pakistan Bridal Couture Week: Traditional Reds

16th May 2012

I’m still pouring over the lush pics from PBCW and thought I’d put a post together on all the beautiful traditional red wedding outfits…..Again I’m loving the Mehdi pieces!

Images courtesy of Shahid Malik

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