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GQ India Mens Award 2010 – Red Carpet Review

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 28, 2010

GQ Mens Award event was full of glamour quotient which is what makes this blog tick………….I love to see our very own Indian celebrities on the Red Carpet, where they all are dressed up to rock the fashion world. This time around Indian GQ Mens Award had Hollywood presence as well with the legendary John Travolta who is visiting India currently, posed for the shutterbugs. Let’s kick off with who wore what at this event……….

Abhishek & Aishwarya Bachchan

Abhishek and wifey Aishwarya have been voted as the most powerful celebrity couple in Asia by E! News Asia, I am a believer since no red carpet event is complete without the cosy twosome. Abhishek Bachchan wore a three piece black suit with a red tie to add that pop of colour…………………..no complaints about him since he is looking absolutely dressed for occassion and very much like a gentleman. Whereas I felt Aishwarya’s gown to be a bit dull……..the grey colour though was gorgeous but the bodice part is where things went wrong. The neckline cut in steps and the glitter part did not do much on the glamour part of this gown plus with the hair swept to one side………….I am not a fan. My advice to Aishwarya is that she is one of very few women in India to carry off glamorous outfit with an ease so please don’t be too simple.

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan who was dressed in a Tuxedo also rocked the red carpet scene and was on a high with the Peepli Live selected for the Oscars from Indian Cinema………………this time around I wish his moviewould get the international accolade since I honestly believe he is one of the few Indian who uses his celebrity status for the betterment of our country. Coming back to his red carpet style, I like the fact that he went all formal for the occassion but feel the seams of his pants were too tight when worn with those shoes. Maybe it is just me????? But on the whole I am all for this avatar of Aaamir with hair neatly styled, the one button tux are smart……………Mr. Perfectionist gets a thumbs up for me. Hope the young guns of Hollywood follow him when it comes to dressing up for the occassion.

Priyanka Chopra

The vivacious Priyanka Chopra was all glam in the beige strapless gown…………….though the shiny satin in that colour is something I would personally avoid but Priyanka is able to carry off with ease. Though many fashionistas hated this look, I say it is glamorous, sexy and the colour is doing good on Priyanka’s complexion. So I am for it since I feel this woman oozes loads of sex appeal and has a great body so why not flaunt it. Go Pri………….Love this look. Priyanka won the ‘Woman of the Year’ award too………..

Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai

Abhay Deol seems to be inspired by Boy george’s early 1980s look…………………I like his individualistic sense of style but the shiny shoes with the loose tie and the fitted pants that don’t match his blazer…………..style wise it is not how I would have dressed up for a GQ magazine Mens Award……………..this style would have worked for MTV music awards but not here. Sorry Abhay, you are an amazing actor but this get up is just not for me. Funnily Preeti Desai looked all dressed for the occasion in the Little Black dress, ruby red lips and those killer heels. For sure this lady has a sense of style and knows it is always better to emphasize on one thing only when you are on the red carpet.

 Ranbir Kapoor

 The Youngistaan heartrob Ranbir Kapoor was all dressed up in a Tuxedo which could have been fitted better since the suit seems loose at the waistline, the sleeves were too long and the bow tie was a bit limp. But what I wish Ranbir had shaved off and looked neat since one needs to put a handsome face on in those tux. So please tidy up next time around when you are all dressed up and show off your good looks to the world.

Dino Morea & Nandita Mahtani

Dino Morea might not be a big star in Bollywood but when it comes to style, he sure knows what looks good on him. I like his no tie, no bow look since he has kept it simple in a black suit and a white shirt with black piping on the button section. The outfit is neat and right for the event…………………whereas Nandita whose dress I simply love, made the wrong shoe choice. The animal print would have looked better on black, browns or beige but not on this blue. The one shoulder dress with detail work on the shoulder is beautiful but the shoes destroyed the look. I would have preferred a matt gold strappy shoes that match her clutch as well.

Arjun Rampal & Mehr Jessia

Mehr And Arjun both dressed in black was too much for me this time………………Of course Arjun looked pretty decent except for his tie which I felt was not required and the collar was unable to hide the tie.  Rest nocomplaints about his suit but I expect Mehr to wear more colour on the red carpet. She has am amazing body, alluring heigth, beautiful features……………..so what is stopping her from wearing colour and look drop dead gorgeous on the red carpet. All black outfit with a ‘Chanel’ waist chain is doing no wonders here…………….

Chunky & Bhavna Pandey

Chunky Pandey who surprisingly looks quite dapper in this suit and a tie that matches his background well…………I like his look for the fact that he has kept his entire suit simple in one colour but added a pop of colour through his tie. While wife Bhavna looks quite mis-matched with the animal print clashing with the florals. I wish her outfit would have been of one print only……………either all floral or all animal print. Mixing both is not giving the desired ‘fabulous’ look……….thought the shoes and matching ‘Bottega’ clutch give an understated look and work well here.

Simone Singh

As lovely as Simone truly is, this jumpsuit is not for her………………..the greenish blue satin jumpsuit with hideous pockets on the side, the shimmer jacket accompanied are a recipe for disastor. The only thing I like about this attire is her ‘Tiffany’ key pendant which looks elegant even against that colour. I wish Simone would have skipped her jacket altogether, wrn the jumpsuit alone and accessoried with a stylish cuff and a pair of earrings complimenting her pendant. Plus my advice to all would be to avoid pairing golden and silver hues in a single outfit…………….make only one metallic tone work while you dress up.

Queenie Dhody

Socialite & Jewellery designer Queenie Dhody walked in with beau Farhad Taraporewala dressed in tiger print sequin studded gown…………………..my eyes went wide open looking at the mess. Honestly if a woman is over the age of 40, it is sbetter to use animal prints in subtle measures like on the rim of a dress or jacket, on handbags, in form of scarf, shoes…………..the key is to keep it minimal. This is too loud for Queenie……….the big black clutch, the old Hollywood style hair, the sequins…………..all of it is too much. I would love to see her in pastels with a hint of shimmer.

Sheetal Malhar

 

Did someone just go for a walk on the beach, lost her way and ended up on the red carpet of GQ India Mens Award???? I think that has to be Sheetal Malhar…………..unfortunately the dress, the pearl necklace and the shoes are pretty…………but not appropriate for the event. The leather bag is also to some extent a spoiler in this attire…….would have loved to see sheetal in a Grecian inspired gown instead of a short summer dress.

Parmeshwar Godrej

Yyyyyyeeeeeeeekkkkkksssss…………….that is my reaction seeing Parmeshwar Godrej in this ensemble……….all I can say is ‘What was she thinking???’ The black shiny leggings, the net bodice, the low cleavage, the boring stole, the shiny pumps, all might be big labels but they ain’t looking good here. My request to Ms. Godrej is to tone down a bit and stick to graceful vintage outfits which are plenty in market. A woman like her will look amazing in a ‘Chanel’ rather than this hideous dress.

Rahul Khanna

Rahul Khanna definitely looks suave in this attire………………..hands down he is looking polished, sophisticated and handsome. Need I say any more for Rahul who is dressed in a two button Tuxedo which has an excellent fit……..by far this is my favourite look for GQ Mens Award. Rahul also hosted the event for the evening.

Anusha Dandekar

Anusha Dandekar wore a very colourful sequin dress made by Shane & Falguni Peacock has hotch-potch designs like the peek-a-boo cleavage, the black hemline, shimmer all over reminds of the song ‘Shiny Disco Ball’. But Anusha still managed to look amazing in the dress……………..maybe body language can make a world of difference. The belt and the shoes get her out of the brink of being badly dressed and the side swept ponytail puts the focus on her face rather than the glittery dress. Still not a fan of the dress, but adore Anusha in it.

Rahul Bose

Good things come in small packages………….well that is what I can say after looking at Rahul Bose who looked perfect in a grey suit adorned with black buttons, silver tieand balck shoes. The fit is proper, the hair is sleek, the tie stands out well……….the actor has never looked better. I am loving his style……………..No one could have done grey better than Mr. Bose.

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Accessories at Lakme India Fashion Week 2010

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 24, 2010

I thought of having a post entirely dedicated to the accessories displayed on the ramp during Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010. Of course by now one can know my love for accessories especially jewellery.

Malini Agarwalla aka ‘MALAGA’

Woooohhooooo…………that is exactly how my reaction was after seeing the colourful accessories from Malini Agarwal…………..she has got the best out of Indian culture on to her bags amazingly well. Love the colours and the way they stand out on their own without much help from the outfit department. Who needs to wear clothes with heavy embroidery, if your jewellery can finish that job for you. The collection titled as ‘Flamboyart’ was one of its kind according to me……….Bib necklaces, mojris, cuffs, bags, clutch, waist chain belt, wedge heels, earrings, bangles, pendants………My fave is definitely the vibrant bib necklace and the party clutch bags. Sophie Choudhury was the show stopper dressed in a bronze attire with the jewels. My Verdict: Very creative, amazing colours, extremely stylish…………Malini has a ‘Hit’ collection on her hands for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eina Ahluwalia

Eina Ahluwalia is back yet again with her latest creation which had Indian element as well as western. The collection titled as ‘Containment’ in other words means to contain something in jars, pots, bottles……….I am kinda off liking the meaning of the collection where a person can store his fondest memories or bottle up his/her emotions……….but the collection had a bit of magic missing with that beautiful title. The second collection was aptly titled as “How I felt” which had fur, semi precious stones and felt to create a very westernised look. I am gravitating more towards the Indianised look which had Lord Ganesha motif set beautifully as pendants……….the fur accessories will do better abroad. The models dressed in a ‘Sanyasi’ avatar in the orange colour outfits put the entire focus on the accessories which is a plus point in her presentation. My verdict: I liked Eina’s previous Resort 2010 collection much more than this latest collection. But will still watch out for her next collection in future fashion weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suhani Pittie

Is it me or the styling on this collection was not up to the mark as expected………….Suhani’s recent collection “Free Religion” was inspired by Lambada gypsies as well as the Jatra dancers………there was colour yes but I felt as if the metal tones had overtaken the vibrant hues. Plus with the all black attire the jewellery was lost somewhere………..Though I do like the fact that Suhani tried to infuse colour in her collection this time around……….My Verdict : Styling needed a lot of help but the jewellery this time round is wearable unlike some pieces from the previous collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohan Arora

Time to look at what’s new in the footwear section with Rohan Arora’s latest collection ‘Naya Daur’ which had hand crafted shoes that infused khadi fabric with leather……….I am all for the colourful booties displayed in his collection which are very fashionable. Also what worked for me were the carved heels in few shoes……….had a wide variety of ankle length shoes with prints on them. But what I wanted to see was stilettos and heels from this designer since that is very much in demand this fashion season. Let’s hope to see it next time…………..My verdict: Styling left me dry since it should have been funky to match the footwear but the shoes worked well to my taste.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive – Finale

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 22, 2010

The Fashion week went by like a breeze with amazing designs and festive colours.

Malini Ramani

Ms.Ramani was back with her latest collection ‘The Gypsy Collection’ which was an array of colours but unfortunately I found it much similar to her last collection. The collection was further divided into 4 sections – Mystery, Bliss, Cosmic and Nirvana. Mystery was done up in black with mirror and shell embroidery, Bliss was done up with batik prints with a dash of glitter, Cosmic was all about fether, coin and shell work, Nirvana was infusion of black with red topped with mirror work. Evening gowns, cocktail dresses, pants all were in this collection…….Lakme faces Indrani Dasgupta, Shraddha Kapoor, Lisa Hayden andAmrit Maghera walked the runway dressed in Malini Ramani creations. My verdict for this colourful collection : Beautiful, wearable and will make a woman look ‘hot’ but on the other hand required something different from tribal inspirations from Malini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla presented her latest collection which was fit for the upcoming Festive season………………now I am in the middle since I have mixed feeling for Neeta’s collection………………I liked it and I hated it too…………..Why??? Some pieces were like a dream with the beautiful Rosette patterns on the satin and silks……………..but when the outfits was simply ‘Dhinchaak’ with respect to the shine & shimmer part…………….it was too much Filmy. Though this was the Silver Jubilee Celebration of her Label, no wonder Sridevi walked the runway wearing a dazzling silver gown in which looked glorious……………actually I am not in for the all silver gown since it hurts my eyes quiet a bit. Nonetheless the nudes and the yellows were pretty…………..the saree inspired gown look was strictly OK!! While few gowns created out of net, sequins, shimmer and rosettes were not to my taste……………they were too over the top. My verdict : If you wanna end up looking like a shiny Disco Ball, by all means go for Neeta’s collection, but if you are the sober types………..stick to the pastels in her collection which were alluring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 4

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 21, 2010

Day 4 brought in newer designs, ideas and creativity……………..and few celebrities cheering for their favourite designers.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra’s latest collection is finally here…………….I do agree to a fact that I eagerly wait for this talented designer’s next collection since he has a major hand in creating fashion for the Bollywood ‘Divas’ which in turn is followed by normal people like you and me. This time around true to the winter theme, Manish introduced darker colours like maroons, navy blues and midnight blacks in velvet, silks, net and georgettes. Loved the detail work which had loads of crystal, sequin and zari to it………………thought the only thing which I disliked would have to be the floral print creations………….I would rather opt for his zari border detail work lehenga than go for a floral print one……………it is tricky when one is working with floral motifs since it can either make a look or destroy it ………..completely. Bollywood glam brigade like Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and Urmila Matondkar was there to cheer for Manish. My verdict : Rich, beautiful outfits especially the lehengas though I wish the sarees would be equally rich in terms of sequin work since that is his ‘forte’. Else I have no complains for this collection.

Shyamal & Bhumika

I am still in awe after seeing Shyamal & Bhumika’s recent collection especially the Menswear………………Amazingly well done, I keept searching for colours in collections designed for men and am disappointed always when the designers tend to stick to conventional colours only. This has loads of colours yet the outfits do not seemover the top and are very masculine in appeal. The womenswear however was something I have seen the duo create before………….the heavy embroidery work on velvet, crepe and georgettes. I like this collection for it’s wearable facctor and is fit for the upcoming festive season. Love the way the duo play around with bright colours……… Music Directors Salim & Sulaiman  along with Sunidhi Chauhan walked the ramp for them. My verdict : There are going to be many takers for this fabulous collection………..Two thumbs up for the Men’s Vibrant collection.

Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal’s latest collection ‘Decadence’ had tunics, churidhar leggings, Anarkali, short dresses, tops and saree. But the entire collection lacked the ‘fit’ part though loved the light blues, peach and grey. Another point here was that there was nothing ‘unique’ which I could relate to in an upcoming collection………….plus point here was that her use of detail work was not over the top.Though in here collection I missed more ethnic Indian attire, since her modern Indian wear had a lot of wesern influence to it. Maria Goretti dressed in a lovely peach saree and sequin blouse strutted down the runway as show stopper fo Payal……………..she looked flawless. My Verdict : Good collection but I desire to see more Indian ethnic wear from her. Some outfits needed better fit. and something ‘new’ was missing in this collection.

Troy Costa

As much as I was impressed with Troy’s creations at Van Heusen Men’s Week, cannot say the same about this one. ‘Helen of Troy’ which is the name of the collection was a first for Troy in womenswear which had grecian inspired gowns. Where was the shortcoming??? In the detail part of course……………the draping was beautifully done, so was the fit but I wished to see more detailing from this designer since I found few gowns too simple for my taste. The men’s collection was good enough with tuxedos and blazer jackets………nothing beats his designing in menswear. Singer Shaan and his wife Radhika made their pesence felt as they walked in hand in hand on the runway……….Shaan wearing a black shimmery suit while Radhika wore a golden strapless gown. My verdict:  The gowns will do well but detail work is required here.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 20, 2010

Since the past 2 days I am quite satisfied that this time around I do get to see a lot of new designs and wearable clothes. Let’s have a look at what Day 3 has in store for us.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta presented a very colourful collection which reminded me of the beauty of handloom fabrics from Rajasthan and central India. I am all for colours which Masaba used for her collection………..the bright yellows, tangy orange, aquamarine blues, fucshia, greys………..this was the desired pop of colour which I was looking out in this fashion week. The layered sarees with detail work at the border was very, very unique. The fusion of Indian outfits with western clothes worked out well here…………..though some pieces will look better if worn separately.  The creations were very unconventional but very, very fashion forward. My Verdict : Better than her previous collection but I am still looking forward to see her design more western attire which I feel she can do justice very well.

Purvi Doshi

Purvi Doshi’s Collection titled aptly as ‘Bheed Bhaad’ which means crowd and in this case means hotchpotch [god I have started using that word like anything]. Why do I say so???? Because I feel there are too many designs clashing against one another in every outfit. Leheriya designs mixed with prints and brocades, chikankari, polka dots………..though I am more for Purvi’s western wear which had beautiful chikankari tops combined with colourful shorts and pants. But the Indian wear somehow left me high and dry……………needed emphasis on particular pattern or design since the sarees honestly looked like a mess. My verdict :  Clean up and remember that Indian fabrics are rich in colour as well as texture so blend well. The trick is to keep focus on one piece and work around it.

Satya Paul

Satya Paul’s new collection which had many Bridal wear outfits, was presented in Lakme Fashion Week with alot of panache…………Shruti Hasan walked the ramp with designer Puneet Nanda as show stopper wearing an alluring blue and green tone saree with sequin work at the border and sheer net blouse.  The collection was pleasantly different from the usual Satya Paul sarees…………….I am digging the bridal wear and the detail work is a must for the upcoming festive season. The western wear though needed better work since there was nothing new in it. My verdict : The Indian wear will do well, the western attire needs to be more contemporary.

Vijay Balhara

VJB is back and this time he presents ‘Bridal Renaissance’ collection which has a range of Indian ethnic wear, I also happen to discover that embroidery and detail work might just be the strong point of Vijay’s designs. This very wearable bridal wear had loads of juicy colours which are fit for a bridal trousseau and the silks were ‘oh so fabulous’. I am all for his new collection which is better than his previous Resort 2010 collection. Though I am not a fan of the sarees that Vijay had created but the Anarkalis make up for it. My verdict :  Very wearable yet fashionable. I am sure there will be many takers for this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nachiket Barve

flower prints are ‘ in’ or so it looks after seeing Nachiket Barve’s new collection which had floral motifs……………but what left me a bit disappointed was the fit of the garments……….long gone are the days when women wanted to hide their curves, not anymore. Nachiket’s collection had an array of bright colours which is a positive aspect but the loose fits was a downer. I liked the short dresses but the Indian infused with western was not upto the mark. My verdict : Shorts dresses will sell, I am doubtful about the other stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arpan Vohra

Arpan Vohra’s glittery new collection was a dedication to old Bollywood Glamour………collection of flared pants, lehengas, fitted skirts, sarees, evening gowns, cocktail dresses……….the outfits had loads of crystal & sequin work. I liked the shimmer on the nude colours but some  outfits in red and pinks were too much over the top for my taste. few outfits lacked the element of wearability due to the fit and shimmer level. a little subtle shimmer looks great but too much will make the wearer look like a Christmas tree. My verdict : The nudes will do well so will the darker shades with minimal detail work.

 

Anupama Dayal

Anupama Dayal whose collection is already making waves in the international fashion scene, presented her very ethnic bridal wear this season. I am happy to see the colourful Indian Bridal couture which was classic and smart. The collection titled as ‘Bronze Begum’ had sarees, lehengas, sharara gharara, skirts, singlet top all made in rich fabrics like brocade, velvet, crepe, net, silks and georgettes in luscious colours complete with zardosi and gotta work……………….I am in love with her collection. The sarees & lehegas were fabulous and can be worn with separate pieces as well. My Verdict: Anupama has a ‘Hit’ collection in her hands. Kudos to her for this vibrant creation.

Debarun Mukherjee

Debarun Mukherjee latest collection ‘Dear Imagination’ reminded me of the 1970s era due to the styling and the flower power but I prefer his earlier collection which he had presented in LFW Resort 2010 & Wills Lifestyle 2010 both held in march this year. The reason is simple, there is nothing unique in this collection and I find some pieces a bit incomplete. I wish a talented designer like Debarun would have got something new for us which I was lookng forward to. The flower on flower designs are not working for me…………the butterfly sleeves, the evening gowns, the sarees, the bandghgala for men……………..the collection had a lot to choose from. My verdict : All outfits needed to be glamed up a bit since the retro look is too plain, wearability of all outfits is still maintained by the designer I am sure Debarun will not disappoint me next time around and give us an impressive collection.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 19, 2010

Day 2 began with the display of emerging designer’s creations and ended with Ritu Kumar’s ‘Label’ creations.

Amalraj Sengupta

Amalraj Sengupta’s collection titled ‘From the ruins of World War 2’ was an interesting combination of tie & dye with gloomy colours. Aimed at being perfect for winter wear, the collection consisted of dresses both long & short ones, skirts, corset, formal shirts, trousers, vests for men………………..apart from tie & dye there was a hint of crochets. The designs were unique but I felt it to be a bit incomplete. Maybe it could use some bling and accessories to bring out the best in those clothes. Overall the clothes were wearable but they were very plain. My verdict :  people who prefer understated styling might go in for his clothes………………but the collection needed some jazz.

Harangad Singh

Harangad Singh’s Collection titled ‘Khumor’ which means deep ecstasy in Persian had loads of warm colours and aimed at cocktail wear outfits. Harangad played with loads of drapes and the detail work were minimal…………….but I wished he would have added some more glitter……………………come on, cocktail dresses are meant t be a bit of glitter. I loved the fabric and the colours used by him………………but some pieces were too, too plain……………..how about styling it in a great manner with some jewellery and clutch purses to complete the entire look. I think that might have helped. My verdict : Nice but with more sequin detailing to be included.

Shrivan Bhatia & Naresh Kukreja

The duo presented their Resort 2011 collection ‘Gynoid’ which consisted of swimwear, beachwear, jackets, casual clothes……………….the assymetrical cuts and lines made an impact with excellent styling. Loved the head gear………..that went well with the outfits plus the jewellery, bags and shoes. The colours were more towards cool shades. But did not like the saree at all…………..maybe due to improper styling. My say about this collection : Smart, original and different, need more of shorts and pants. But did not find some pieces wearable.

Babita Malkani

Ms. Malkani’s new collection titled as ‘Ravishing Earth’ has been inspired by mountainous province of Turkey and Bhutan. The styling seemed like Greek inspired with the one shoulder dresses and hair tied up loosely into a bun. The focus was drapes, cool colours like blue was blended with brown…………….short dresses, long dresses, harem pants, tops were in the collection. Pooja Batra walked down the runway as show-stopper for Babita. My verdict :  Some outfits were well fit and beautiful………………but others needed more definition. Few outfits had too much of mix & matched fabrics…….end result was too much of hotchpotch.

 

Vivek Karunakaran

Vivek Karunakaran’s new collection named ‘ Urban Vagabond’ had loads of greys in silk fabric…………….the outfits were fit for winter wear. Ballerina dresses, skirts, corset, pants, tops………….the collection had clothes for men as well as women. Crimson and purple colours were also included, but some outfits were loose fits and needed so more finishing. Found some pieces too dull and plain…………….needed more bling and better styling. My verdict : some pieces were creative but few did not seem very wearable. The checks were too loud too……………..blacks were too gloomy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ritu Kumar – LABEL

Ritu Kumar’s ‘LABEL’ also brainchild of  her son Amrish Kumar showcased their recent collection ‘Summer Constellations’ dedicated to the upcoming hot Indian summers. Mulmul, silks, Georgette and crepe fabrics were the centre point of the collection with amazing prints……………and loads of colour. It was pleasantly better than their previous for Autumn/Winter. Gowns, funky summer dresses, asymmetrical tunics, pants………..though few pieces in the collection needed more finishing. My Verdict : wearable outfits, lovely colours and newer designs………..though some pieces would look better if worn separately.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 18, 2010

I have to say this that it is easier to cover and write about Lakme India Fashion Week events than any other fashion week held here…………..the reason – proper updates about the designer and their recent collection is given on their official website within hours & not days of the events. Wish other fashion weeks would update their websites properly and quick for better coverage.

It is the same time of the year to get busy and immerse myself completely in fashion. I love fashion weeks that I think everybody would be knowing by now and wish to attend the same live someday…………I wish with all my heart. Is someone listening?????

So time to post a review about the designer’s recent collection. The day 1 started off with GenNext designers and ended with Manish Arora’s collection. Let’s have a look at who made an impression on the minds of fashionistas and who left a dent!!

Gennext Designer – Fasal Mahmood & Akanksha Arora

Fasal & Akanksha started their label ‘Wardrobe 101’ after graduating from NIFT, presented a collection for menswear which was kinda of futuristic age meets iron age. I liked the styling of the clothes which was pretty macho with a likes of metal accessories and the colour palette was dominated by browns, blues, blacks and greys. The collection consisted of  jackets, pants, funky shirts, T-shirts……………but as usual missed a pop of colour. Though I dig their jackets but a bit of maroons or purple would have added the much-needed spice to the collection. There was plenty of use of zippers, liked the pants which had different patterns. My verdict is that the duo might have to push away from too darker shades since they are looking very gloomy to me and incorporate more of colour………………I do agree it is for winters but why can there not be colour in winters. Some winter formals with smart fits would have also helped………….but maybe that’s just me.

Gennext Designer – Jelin George

Jelin’s collection actually reminded me of the ‘Moulin Rouge’ especially those tilted gentleman’s hat………….while she said her inspiration was Grace Jones, those exaggerated shoulders explain well why she was inspired by Grace. The silhouette was well cut, shoulders pieces took the centre stage, colour black was dominant, sequins shimmered on the dark palette……………..now my question is ‘Why there is no colour???’ Grace Jones and the era of 1980s was definitely all about colour. The only black collection left me desiring for more drama in the outfits though the styling was amazing and different from what I have seen on the Indian fashion runway. My verdict : More colour desired and some outfits were not very wearable………….for a Costume Ball……………maybe???

Gennext Designer – Juilee Bendkhale

Juilee Bendkhale’s collection focus was drapes…………………..and loads of it. She created skirts, pinafore, draped pants which I can say were inspired by patiala salwars by the looks of it, short jackets, dresses which had pointed shoulders. The drapes in some outfits looked very feminie and graceful but the rest looked bulky. I liked the way Juilee has tried to put in some life in the black colour silhouette by adding sequins and accessories. My verdict : The designs are wearable, loved the ash grey dress displayed below but avoid too much of layering since people these days want slim fit outfits than too much of layering…………….unless it is a gown.

Gennext Designer – Pragya & Megha Samor

Mother-Daughter duo Pragya & Megha Samor named their collection ‘The Daily Rag’ which was very, very 1980s inspired…………..hmmm we are having a lot of 1980’s come back are we???? The newspaper prints were the main element in this collection as it was seen in the skirts, the lycra leggings, the jackets and the jump suits……….very innovative and very punk rock style. The collection had wearable pieces which is my primary concern whenever I glance through the collection……………..thankfully there was loads of colour. My verdict : The pieces will look fabulous when worn separately with understated silhouettes……………..will look forward for this duo’s next collection.

Gennext Designer – Riddhi & Siddhi Mapxencar

I think I just saw a building structure on the runway……………………….that is something that inspired the designer duo Riddhi & Siddhi since they said their inspiration was American architect Daniel Libeskind. Geometric designs combined with exaggerated shoulders was the main element of this collection. Loved the combination of warm colours with cool gloomy shades………………very fashionable. Jackets, shorts dresses, jodhpuri pants, tops were included in this collection. My verdict :  The collection was different, wearable, original and smart……………I liked it very much.

Gennext Designer – Ruchika Sachdeva

Ruchika Sachdeva’s futuristic collection was not for the faint hearted……………the elements were black, white, grey and silver with designs like jumpsuits, skirts, top, pants, jackets, short dresses………………..but why does futuristic have to be so colourless??? This is my question to all designers out there………….new & old ones. But I am definitely digging Ruchika’s white jump suit featured above………………..very funky!!! I also liked the way tie & dye fabric was blended with the outfits. My verdict : I like her designs especially the jumpsuits and sequined jackets but need to see more of her creativeness.

Abhishek Dutta

Abhishek Dutta was the first established designer to showcase his work on the runway at the Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010………………but somehow some of his outfits had me confused…………am I seeing the winter collection or summer with the whites, blues, greys???? The collection titled ‘Neel Bidroho’ better known as  protest against indigo………………….I liked the menswear in this collection. Amazingly classy and fashionable……….as for womenswear the designs were elegant. Loveeeeddd the detail work in silver……………..but some outfits needed better fit. A fusion of Indian wear with contemporary west yet the collection had a very vintage air to it. My verdict :I liked the collection but am yet to love it. The plus point is that it is wearable.

Soumitra Mondal

Soumitra Mondal’s collection inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Khadi’ fabric takes handloom textile to a different level altogether……….the colourful prints, the nature inspired motifs, the flowy drapes and the magic of layering. The clothes were very ethnic and very, very wearable. I could wear each one of the outfits in his collection for women. The khadi lehengas, kurtis, short dresses, churidhar kurta, dupatta, shawls, kurtas for men, pants…………….the fascinating thing here was that Soumitra gave a defined cut to all the outfits………………..the khadi fabric had a good fit be it a blouse or a simple shirt. My say about the collection : I would wear these outfits from a buyer’s point of view.

Asmita Marwah

Asmita Marwah’s collection ‘Evolution of Maya’ was again a bohemian presentation…………but this time her collection was slightly better than her last resort collection. There were check patterns but florals were also included…………..now this collection seemed less like winter wear more of  summer wear. The cut & fit of the outfits was still lacking…………..there was no definition given. Fabric like cotton were the focus………………My verdict : Still need to do better. You can check out her earlier collection here.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh’scollection named ‘Tidak ada lagi’ which as per my knowledge in Bhasa Indonesia means ‘there are not more’ ………………funnily this expression is used in Indonesian/ Malaysian stores when they don’t have anymore stuff???? I wonder if the same happened with Digvijay’s creativity……………………….there were no inspiring pieces left. The organic fabrics used was a good thought behind the collection but if the fabric lacks the looks how will it end up selling??? The styling was bad with those flat black shoes, dishevelled hair………………My verdict : I am not impressed. If you would like to see his earlier collection please check here.

Krishna Mehta

Thankfully Krishna Mehta’s show was a very refined affair this time around unlike the previous show during LFW Resort 2010. The glittery collection had every bit of regal feel to it with he heavy embellished sequin work and chikan kari. The rich vibrant colours combined with the muted shades gave an amazing effect to the outfits. The collection which was primarily Indian wear also had western wear like short dresses but every silhouette had that ethnic Indian look. My favourite were the sarees with embroidered jackets, now that is an original piece. The motifs on the lehengas and sarees were very, very contemporary. Lovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeddd the colours with golden thread embroidery. My verdict : Amazing collection, vibrant colours suitable for the festive look.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre better known for her retail label ‘AND’ proves time and again that she is one of the most amazing designer that we have seen. In short she always delivers what her customers want from her. In her festive collection also vibrant colours took centre stage and fabulous block prints left fashionista wanting for more…………….Anita made it look effortlessly glamorous. The collection divided in 2 segments ‘IINTERPRET’ & ‘TIMELESS’  both were inspired by the culturally rich state of Rajasthan. The combination of cool colours like blue, greys and greens with fiery hues like red, golden and orange set the ramp on fire. The detailing work was ‘Oh la la’ , the slim fit cut of the outfit was alluring…………………I can say one thing : Yoohooooooo………..we have the collection of the day!!!! I was mesmerized by Anita’s Summer/Resort 2010 collection and am equally mesmerized now.

Manish Arora

Manish Arora closed the first day of the LFW Winter/Festive 2010 with a lot of Drama……………not just in the show but also in the clothes. The psychedelic prints in vibrant colours with a futuristic age meets the hippie era background made all the stuff look amazingly funky. I literally thought of Austin Powers, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso all combined in one when I saw the designs…………………….the outcome was Manish Arora. Though the styling with neon make up & blond wigs was a bit scary but it helped to put the entire focus on the outfits…………..but unfortunately I have seen these designs earlier on the international arena when Manish had presented his show abroad and on celebrities as well. To some extend I found his work a bit repetitive……………………..My verdict : The collection was fun and very lively but the element of ‘new’ was a miss in this collection.Manish, Would expect something totally innovative next time around.

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Naeem Khan at New York Fashion Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 17, 2010

Spring is here for sure………………..Oh I know it is still autumn but that is what I am thinking after looking at Naeem Khan’s Spring 2011 collection which he presented on 16th Sept., 2010 at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2010 in New York City. His earlier Spring 2010 collection was dominated by colours like black, white, fuchsia, pinks but this time around it is a bouquet of amazing spring colours. Whereas the Autumn 2010 collection had loads of sequins, detail work and tonnes of shimmer…………Spring 2011 had more emphasis on floral details and was very subtle.  If you wish to see Naeem Khan’s Fall 2010 collection please click here

The collection had evening gowns, short summer dresses, cocktail dresses, skirts with flirty tops, Kaftan type dresses with golden embroidery work, one shoulder and even off shoulder dresses. Styling was kept neat in order to give more emphasis to the outfits with straight set in front hairstyles…………………what makes his collection stand out as always has to be the combination of his outfits and the amazing  jewelery……………………………Let me guess Mrs.Ranjana Khan gets the credit for the colourful summer feel jewelery. The collection was all about colour, colour and more colour which is the nerve of any spring collection…………..Naeem Khan has got to the point.

My favourite piece of creation in this collection is definitely the floral motifs on yellow background outfits…………..love the play of different tints & hues with minimal detail work…………..very, very contemporary yet absolutely spring. After seeing all the boring summer collection in whites, blacks and beige [of course it is boring if there ain’t anything new & creative]……………..this collection was like fresh air. Let’s understand that international fashion is not just about ‘cut’ anymore…………the detail work is ‘in vogue’ and the way to future. In fact in my opinion it is the kind of detailing that makes  a designer unique in today’s fashion scene.

My Verdict about the Naeem Khan Spring 2011 collection : His creations are here to stay!!!

P.S. : To the Indian Media : Please do put the spotlight on Indian origin Designers settled abroad for their hard work and show some enthusiasm as you would when you look at any Bollywood celebrity…………….Our country has immense talent settled abroad but we rather admire a foreigner’s work than acknowledge our own people. Pity!!!

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Bibhu Mohapatra showcases recent collection at NY Fashion Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 15, 2010

Indian origin Bibhu Mohapatra showcased his recent Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week 2010. The colours were pretty sober with ash grey, navy blues, olive greens, beige, red wine maroons…………but somehow I missed the bright colours which were displayed in Prabal’s collection. A pop of colour here and there would have given some amazing results.

Fabrics like georgettes and net took centre stage…………….loved the way the entire line was styled with belts, oversized sunglasses and hats………………the collection did give a feel of New York.

Overall the collection was chic, stylish and wearable………………I feel that our Indian Designers can also take a cue to make clothes that are not just suitable for display but can be worn by their cleints. That is a difference I notice in the Fashion Weeks held in India and abroad.

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Prabal Gurung at New York Fashion Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 12, 2010

 

Prabal Gurung showcased his recent Spring 2011 collection at Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week 2010……….Why am I writing about Nepalese designer Prabal in ‘Indian Fashion Police’??? Simple because his route to fashion stardom was via India………..yes he started his designer roots in India as he has graduated from NIFT, New Delhi and has trained under designer Manish Arora. Now that’s not the only reason, his creativeness deserves to be written about.

In his recent collection I got to see amazing colours…………………….aquamarines, pinks, yellows, beige golden, orange, reds, phewww…………………have to catch my breath after seeing those amazing colours on the ramp. All were had a very summery feel to it and the cuts along with the designs were the emphasis. True to the season, the detail work was kept to the minimum……………….in some outfits there were no detailing. Overall loved the sophisticated styling and the fact that the clothes were very wearable.Kudos to Prabal Gurung!!!

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Dabangg Premiere

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 10, 2010

‘Dabangg’ has finally released……………….the much awaited movie had its premiere held in Mumbai with all the cast present. I must say these days Salman definitely can be named as our modern-day Dharamendra which is what I can make up from his Dabangg trailer. Getting back to the red carpet affair of the premiere, many celebrities were dressed in black…………………honestly all black with no colour is very, very disappointing. The lead actor of the movie Salman Khan was dressed in a black shirt & black jeans with an aquamarine stone stud belt. I am no fan of Salman but I know that he could have done much better rather than going in for all black. I would have preferred him to come in his ‘Chulbul Pandey’ avatar rather than just another guy thing. Sallu bhai…………get a bit hip will you.

Meanwhile the leading lady Sonakshi Sinha was dressed in a black & golden ‘Vikram Phadnis’ outfit, which I felt was too long…………….I would have preferred this outfit with a churidhar instead and some amazing heels. The velvet trimmings at the base looked a bit too much though………but the golden detail work on the bustier was note worthy. The browny point here was that Sonakshi was able to carry off the dress well and with sheer elegance. On the whole the outfit did not scream for attention yet was very subtle.

Malaika Arora Khan aka ‘Munni’  in the movie looked hot in a Roberto Cavalli Dress but the red Bottega Veneta clutch and those hideous shoes made a perfect look bad……………….wish she would have replaced her shoes with a bronze colour peep toe heels and a black clutch……………..though I am digging those big earring which give a fresh look to the outfit.

 Amrita Arora on the other hand looked fabulous in a brocade kurti with long slits which was also designed by Vikram Phadnis…………..the fact that I like here is the pop of colour that the ‘Rani’ pink & golden sleeves are giving it to the outfit. Love the hair, the kurti & the matching  jewel buckel shoes.

Tabu also made a rare appearance at the premiere of ‘Dabangg’ wearing a one shoulder black with white trimming gown. This long thing is not doing any justice to Tabu’s bod and her height…………..and the shoes were better off with an Indian attire………….they are just not working with this outfit. On the whole, this is a mess-up from the ultra glamorous lady.

Bipasha Basu took a U-turn by turning up in a saree at the premiere………………not that I am complaining but the saree look somehow did not work for me neither did the hair. The white net saree was bad enough with the white & golden trimming but turned out worst with the brocade blouse. The hair looked equally messy……………….it was not a day for Ms.Basu…………..Sorry but not liking this saree look which was created by designer Rocky S.

Arbaaz you are the producer of this big movie and wife of glamorous Malaika but your outfit is not speaking any of those things…………………….you are definitely fearless or let’s say ‘Dabangg’ in this get up but it is ok if you dress up this way when you are on the set making a movie…………….this is a premiere and I am not impressed with this laid back style. You have to work alot on your handsome looks……………..please get some help from your wife.

Salman’s younger sister wore a jumpsuit in chocolate colour with a halter shimmer neck and a ‘Bottega Veneta’ clutch but unfortunately the entire look is too much of matchy-matchy with the shoes, clutch and watch. Plus the colour is down playing Arpita’s skin-tone. An outfit in beige or aquamarine blue would have worked wonders for this petite lady. Better luck next time………..

Sridevi also made an appearance with her daughter & hubby wearing a beige ‘Herve Leger’ bandage skirt and a knotted shirt with a waist jewel in gold and a ‘Mcqueen’ clutch……………..but the end result was a a bit disastrous with the ‘out of bed’ hair, the skirt being too tight and short [I wonder how comfortable was she] and the shirt made it look more appropriate for day wear rather than night out one. On the whole Sridevi has an amazing toned body and look at those fabulous legs…………….I am sure she will find a better way to flaunt them.

Looking at the pics of these two lovely women, all I can say – smart tops, but wrong bottoms………….Dia top’s in black with a touch of silver sequins on the sleeves is adorablebut pairing in with black tights was a wrong idea……….wish she had paired it with skinny blue jeans, would have looked better. Juhi’s kurta is quite a relief from the blacks other people were wearing, but the brown trousers were not too hot though. Wish she would have pair with black trousers or fitted denims.

Minisha Lamba came in dressed in white in a pretty white knee length dress with matching Mary Jane design shoes…………and errrr a red Louis Vuitton bag which screamed for attention. The shimmer red LV bag would have looked better with black or blue but not white. I would have preferred Minisha carrying a small clutch instead of carrying her entire make-up kit bag. Not at all subtle………infact too showy. Where the outfit was a deal breaker, the bag marred the entire look.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee – ‘Making East meet West’

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 1, 2010

  

When I said Sabyasachi makes ‘East meets West’ I literally mean he is the person responsible for making the modern Western India blend awesomely with the culturally rich but mysterious East India. I am an admirer of his work and must say that he has a signature look in every outfit that he designs…………..absolutely original.  

This talent powerhouse started his own label after graduating from NIFT Kolkata in 1999……………he also hails from Kolkata. After winning accolades as the most outstanding designer internationally, he took part in Lakme Fashion Week in 2004. Since then there has been no looking back for this genius………………he was also one of the only Indian designers to receive an invitation to the Milan Fashion Week to showcase his work. His work has also been seen at the esteemed NewYork Fashion Week………….he still manages to stay grounded for good.  

His actual claim to fame came when Sabyasachi started designing for Rani Mukherjee for movies Black & Baabul and he was surrounded by bevy of bollywood beauties all wanting him to create a signature look for them. Which he did fabulously…………..Rani sported a dark bohemian look in ‘Black’, Vidya Balan’s classic beauty were enhanced with Sabyasachi’s vintage look sarees in the film ‘Paa’, Aishwarya looked more demure in Sabyasachi flare kurta-churidhar in ‘Raavan’.    

Of course he even rules the red carpet with his contemporary Indian Wear……………..How can I ever forget the Saree worn by Aishwarya at Cannes 2010, it beat all the gowns which she had worn earlier in the event……….the best was saved for the last. Sabyasachi’s ladies are a stunner on the red carpet with his unique creation…………he has dressed not just the ladies but also men for the red carpet in events like Oscars, Cannes, Filmfare awards,Film premieres, the list is endless. Remember A.R.Rahman dressed in black Sherwani for his memorable Oscar performance.  I love the way he combines numerous fabrics, motifs and patterns to create an outfit. Indian Prints and Motifs are his strengths and he is the person responsible for giving them a new life in this fast-moving fashion world. The Sarees have a trademark look of matt golden being used extensively which in turn end up looking ‘oh-so-fabulous’.    

All I can say about Sabyasachi is that he always gives his audience something new, different and original every season. His inspirations are simple things from the lively world around us and his clothes tell a beautiful tale of a journey that they have undertaken from the designer’s mind to the real thing. As for me I do hope to buy one of his designed pieces and keep it in my wardrobe as a prized possession of my lifetime.

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