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GQ India: A Royal Affair

27th Oct 2012

It’s two weeks to go to the IAFA’s and I can’t wait for the event! The judge that I’m most excited to see (and fingers crossed hopefully meet) is GQ Fashion Editor, Antara Motiwala. I’ve seen the stylish lady pop up on many a street style blog for her effortlessly chic ensembles. Here’s the stunning ‘A Royal Affair’ editorial that she styled for the Sept issue. Brazilian model/ actor Thyago Alves smoulders his way through the shoot looking like one dapper Maharaja.

All images GQ India

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Aashni & Co : Official Fashion Film

18th Oct 2012

So you think you know Indian Fashion? Take another look…

AMAZING FILM!!!

Aashni & Co is the new boutique in Notting Hill stocking the HOTTEST of Indian labels- Interview with owner Aashni Shah coming soon!

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Wills India Fashion Week S/s 13

18th Oct 2012

Forgive me for this snapshot of a post on WIFW S/s 13– I’m suffering from Fashion Week analysis fatigue. I covered Lakme Fashion Week on the blog recently and have been trawling through all the London, Paris, N.Y & Milan coverage for the day job so I am one fashed –out girl!

Here are my fav five collections, they are not posted in any particular order.

Namrata Joshipura collection had a plethora of hot trends- sheer layering, oriental florals, iridescent
embellishment and uber hot 7/8th trousers. My fave pieces of hers are always the jumpsuits or trouser and shirt combos because she always manages to make traditionally masculine shapes ohhh so sexy.

Manish Malhotra collection was beautiful, I love the subdued colour palette of earthy tones with pops of fuchsia and amber. The chikan work pieces were timeless.

Okay all you socialites put down those Herve Leger dresses, here is luxury body con 2013 style- gorgeous textures and placements by
Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna

Kallol Datta 1955 collection was full of beautiful voluminous silhouettes and strong graphic prints.

I love the graphic prints, asymmetric hems and neon pops at Gaurav Gupta

All these collections have interesting textures & silhouettes with only a hint of embellishment in places which to me feels really fresh right now.

I might not have done a comprehensive trend report for WIFW but here’s a mini synopsis of some key crossover trends seen on the S/s 13 catwalks (London, Paris, Milan, N.Y, Lakme & WIFW)

Touch of the Orient (AM: PM, Prada & Arjun Saluja)

Graphic prints (Generally seen in Black & White at Marc Jacobs, Kallol Datta and James Ferreira)

Iridescence (Rajesh Pratap Singh, Balmain & Louis Vuitton)

Sheer (Haider Ackermann, Bodice, Namrata Joshipura)

Volume – fullness seen in sleeve heads through to full hips or in inflated cape shapes. (Ritu Kumar, Miu Miu, Kallol Datta 1955)

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Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear S/s 13 channels Waris Ahluwalia

14th Oct 2012

I spotted Jean Paul Gaultier S/s 13 pics on Miss Malini recently and had to cover the collection too. Although she talked about ‘Singh is King’ references, I thought JPG may have been channelling the altogether more refined Waris Ahluwalia (jewellery designer/actor and general dapper man about town)

Above pics of Waris and below JPG’s collection

JPG’s infamous nautical touches didn’t hit the mark for me- the striped trousers, sailor collars and button up trousers were just blah! However the slim cut cropped sleeves suits paired with toile de jouy shirts & turbans as well as the tux’s paired with dropped crotch pants were super slick.

Images Style.com

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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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Trend Watch: The shirtdress

8th Oct 2012

The shirtdress is one of those key wardrobe staples that gets a spin every season. I’m loving the monochrome print maxi length take seen at Kallol Dutta and Aarti Vijay Gupta, the sheer panelling seen at Bodice & Nishka Lulla (I heart everything Ruchika Sachdeva does) and finally the gorgeous digital prints at Mary Katrantzou and Clover Canyon.

Left: Kallol Dutta Right: Aarti Vijay Gupta

Left: Clover Canyon Right: Mary Katrantzou

Left: Nishka Lulla Right: Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva

Left: Raoul Right: Alexander Mcqueen Well, I had to include the classic white shirt!

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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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