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Vogue India: Project Renaissance

1st Dec 2012

Well if there’s another reason to love Ms.Tewari this is it. The Project Renaissance initiative led by Bandana for Vogue India involved selecting the country’s finest handcrafted textiles and inviting leading international designers to- in her words ‘to mould them into something inspiring, something momentous. What you see is a sublime tribute to the historical, social and mythical magic of the Indian warp and weft.’

The results as you can see below are just beautiful and have importantly benefited both parties. Just as Hermes launched its limited edition saris and Gucci’s ‘Made for India’ collection, Project Renaissance has given these international brands an opportunity to engage with the Indian consumer in a more personal manner as well as enabled the welcome promotion of traditional Indian fabrics.

Burberry for Maheshwari silk

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“I wanted to take our iconic trench coat and play with its unique identity. Like the trench, the Maheshwari fabric has an incredibly rich history and heritage, which I find truly inspiring.”

Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer

Maheshwari silks are known for their distinctive geometric motifs, stripes and checks which are derived from the beautiful carvings from the Maheshwar Fort. I found these images on the Cluster Shop India which shows images of weaves and where their patterns originate from.

maheswar fort burberry

Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk

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“I reinterpreted this beautiful fabric to realise something different from the traditional sari— I wanted to show [its] versatility, richness and allure.”

—Alberta Ferretti

Kanchipuram in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu is commonly known as the Silk city. The famed silk sarees are known for their heavy texture and rich lustre which comes from its high denier threads and pure zari in a double warp and weft weave. Designs include suns, moons, chariots, peacock, lions, mangoes and coins. Below are some traditional examples.

kanchipuram silk feretti

Prabal Gurung for Benarasi Brocade

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“The design and draping process was incredibly romantic and poetic- it stirred up emotions and nostalgia of my time spent (in India) “

–Prabal Gurung

Benares brocade from the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh is made of finely woven silk with intricate designs including paisleys, flowers and fauna motifs. Anita Dongre latest collection had some beautiful examples

benaras brocade silk

DKNY for Bishnupur Baluchari silk

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“The graphic red is so DKNY—vibrant, energised, colourful. It’s exciting to take something traditional and do something completely unexpected with it.”—

-Donna Karan, chief creative director

Bishnupur Baluchari silks are known for their detailed depictions of mythological and folk stories inspired by the temples of Bishnupur & Bankur of West Bengal. DKNY’s take like Burberry’s trench coat is a complete reinvention of a classic and are my fav’s from the project.

Bishnupur Baluchari DKNY

Here’s the fab video that accompanies project and shows all twenty of the designs.

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Vogue India: 5 Covers

5th Oct 2012

Happy birthday Vogue India! I’m loving the 5 different covers to celebrate your fifth anniversary! And I can’t choose a favourite- they all look stunning : )

Sonam’s wearing gown by Naeem Khan

Katrina’s wearing gown by Prabal Gurung

Anushka’s wearing Ashish

Deepika’s wearing dress by Manish Arora

Priyanka’s wearing gown by Bibhu Mohapatra

All images Vogue India

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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.

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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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Prabuddha Dasgupta : A tribute

13th August 2012

The fashion industry mourns the loss of a leading light with the recent death of Prabuddha Dasgupta. His body of work marks him out as one of India’s most progressive photographers from the controversial ‘Women’ a collection of portraits and nudes of urban Indian women to Ladakh a stunning exploration of the wilderness of Tibet and of course his commissions by Hermes, Louis Vuitton, GQ, L’officiel and Vogue

Hermes commission

His personal work- Ladakh (my favourite collection of images)

L’Officiel commission

All images Prabuddha Dasgupta

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