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F1 Rocks After Party

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 31, 2011

The buzz of Grand Prix Formula one is on a high in India with the opening of Lap Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. It is for sure a glorious moment for racing sports in India and to celebrate this event UTV stars had organised the After-party at the racing venue. Lady Gaga was there to entertain the guests which had the creme-de-la-creme of the Page 3 world. We had to get the glimpse of red carpet to you………..

Deepika Padukone was all sparkle on the red carpet at this event and looked ‘H-O-T’………the sequin dress with a nude open toe heels and a tiny clutch. The hair, the dress, the shoes…………………love the look for such a fashionable event.

Perky Sonam Kapoor came in with designer Manish Arora wearing one of his designed creations. I am for sure not digging this look since the sequin dress is paired with golden leaf earrings…………..it is somewhat appears like a mis-match. The look was vintage inspired, but a more demure look would have suited the theme of the event. The pretty dress ought to have been paired with a crystal neck piece or eye-catching accessory. Though Sonam This is too plain on the lovely Sonam…………..sigh.

King Khan who must be definitely on a high post the success of Ra.One, looked pretty tired when he came to this event. Wonder the travel promoting his film did take a toll on him………….he is in a 3 piece black suit……….same old in black………..SRK please give us some color.

Preity Zinta also went the sequin mode with satin gloves…………now tell me who wears a satin gloves these days?? Even Brides have chucked this accessory………PZ wanted to make a style statement but sadly this look falls flat. Wish she would have donned a gothic look to rock the red carpet.

Lady Gaga performed at the after-party wearing a ‘Tarun Tahiliani’ outfit and a veil………………this outfit which has been seen in a saree version on the red carpet, was modified in a shorter version. But the net stocking with the ankle-length boots………let’s face it with Lady Gaga, nothing should be surprise people anymore.

Bipasha Basu came in a Falguni-Shane Peacock outfit which had a trail behind……………Like the short version from the front, but the trail seems unnecesary. The hair would have looked better in a pulled back look………I do appreciate Bips for the fact that she experiments with her outfit choices and has the guts to flaunt it on the red carpet.

Actor Imran Khan made an appearance with wife Avantika where surprisingly Avantika took the limelight in the style section as Imran donned a sloppy look. The sweater with a tie and denims with a stubble are ‘no-no’ on the red carpet. Imran we love your look in a crisp suit, this one is way too lame. As for wifey, love the sophisticated look combined with a stylish animal print clutch.

Photo courtesy : Buddh international Circuit FB page, Daily mail.

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Celebrity Sightings this Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 28, 2011

This week witnessed loads of celebrations due to Diwali festival and this week also saw a lot of celebrity sightings. Here is the best from the week.

Lady Gaga arrives in style

Lady Gaga has arrived in India as she will be performing at the Grand Prix, but what I love about her that she like a chameleon can adapt to any style………….one moment she is a rockstar, then suddenly she turns up at an event looking like a ‘Diva’. She did surprise me in this beautiful ‘Naeem Khan’ designed one shoulder gown…………she looked splendid while she flaunted in this outfit accessorized with diamond jewelry and ‘vintage’ look sunglasses as she attended a press conference in New Delhi. Love, love. love…………

Kareena Kapoor unveils her wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Kareena Kapoor unveiled her wax figure at Madame Tussauds in London. The figurine was dressed in ‘Jab we Met’ avatar and definitely is a high-point in her career to be recognized internationally as well.

As for me, I still think the original one looks much prettier in her ‘Manish Malhotra’ saree………groovy baby.

 

Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali Bash

 Kangana Ranaut took some inspiration from the 1960s to dress up in this peach ‘gotta’ work saree with side swept hairdo and a mini ‘Birkin’………..all the beautiful things put together unfortunately fell flat. Next time skip the bag and opt for a classy clutch. A bit of drama helps but too much of it actually spoils the look.

Someone seemed to be in some hurry………….Tusshar Kapoor was seen attending this bash in a olive green bandhgala which seemed way to body fit………Go easy on the fit, we don’t want celebrities gasping for fresh air due to tight clothes……:-)

Sophie Choudry is definitely emerging to be my favorite on the red carpet……she wore this fabulous ‘Sabyasachi’ gown to the bash and looked absolutely flawless. The understated Bottega Veneta clutch with strappy shoes complete her Anarkali look.

Samir Soni and Neelam did look color co-ordinated except for the jazzy big clutch. Though I  like her shimmery shoes……….

Spotted designer Nandita Mahtani in this hot pink saree with floral detail all over. Love the saree, hate the way it is draped and accessorized……..sigh.

Bachchans throw a Diwali Bash

Bachchan’s held a Diwali party at their residence in Juhu where many celebrities made their way to attend this event. Among the invitess were Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonali Bendre, Raveena Tandon, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Simi Garewal, Zayed Khan and many more. But what was good, that we people got to have a sneak peek of mum-to-be Aishwarya welcoming guests.

Photo courtesy : www.ibnlive.com, Naeem Khan’s FB page, www.ndtv.com

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RA.One premieres in London

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 26, 2011

RA.One arrived at London as well with King Khan and his team walking down the red carpet for the premiere of the movie. It is the first Bollywood movie to be released overseas in 3D. Now that is an achievement in itself. No matter what critics might say, I feel people should go ahead and watch every movie. Thereafter you be the judge about the film, since there is alot of hardwork and effort put behind any movie. For now enjoy the photos of the London premiere.

Shahana wore a pink one shoulder gown in which the drape of the gown fell flat, but neck up I feel Shahana looked very pretty with those dangling traditional earrings and side swept hair. Though I did like her look at the RA.One Dubai premiere much more than this one. Will wait for the Toronto premiere to see her walk the red carpet once again.

Shahrukh Khan added a muffler this time around to his tuxedo which gave a very mature vibe, wish he would have walked the red carpet in a bandhgala or Jodhpuri jacket. This look has been seen so many times till now……………..need to see something new.

Kareena Kapoor all dressed up in a black D&G gown though the big bow was an eyesore, but that is just me. Kareena did look sexy in this outfit and this is quite a change from her saree clad looks which one gets to see her at most events. Like it……absolutely.

Arjun Rampal has been my favorite celeb who will make it to the list of best dressed celebs. A formal suit and a clean shave look works for me, what about you??

Photo credit : Emirates 24/7, www.masala.com

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RA.One Premiere in Dubai

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 25, 2011

Ra.One finally releases on Diwali day but King Khan held the premiere at Grand Cineplex in Dubai. Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Shahana Goswami along with child actor Armaan Verma & the crew walked the red carpet at this event. Here is your look at the star studded event…………I am all eyes for Kareena Kapoor’s saree designed by Manish Malhotra.

Photo credits: www.masala.com, www.gulfnews.com

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Celebrity Sightings this week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 21, 2011

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Baby Shower

Jaya Bachchan welcomed every guest for Aishwarya’s baby shower which was held at the ‘Bachchan’ residence in Juhu. She was seen wearing this beautiful pastel-golden motif saree [my guess Abu-Sandeep]. Love the saree though the hair needed a bit of help…………..on second thought since it was an event at her residence, so whatever complaints I have gets compensated by her graceful saree…….:-)

Bipasha Basu was seen wearing a ‘Manish Malhotra’ creation in pink & white…………..she did look gorgeous, love her hair but what was an eye-sore was Karan Johar dressed in oversized denim shirt and pants. A kurta would have done better work……………but the ceremony was meant for ladies, so can let Karan go off the hook for now.

Twinkle Khanna definitely knows how to dress for any damn occasion…………she looks stunning in this Abu-Sandeep designed kurti-churidhar along with a ‘Chanel’ bag and peep-toes. Two thumbs up for Twinkle who has always opts for classic pieces. A color like this would have not worked otherwise on someone else……………Twinkle simply rocks in it.

Neetu Kapoor also came in dressed in Abu-Sandeep outfit, Do I need to say anything about this beautiful woman who still looks charming at any given time…………….elegance, grace and poise……….Neetu surely has it all.

Also spotted at the event were Neelam and Manyata Dutt…………Neelam looks pretty in a blue-green kurti-churidhar, I do like Manyata’s peach saree but neck up the story is entirely different. Wish Manyata would opt for a new hairdo and avoid chunky jewelry even if they cost alot of moolah.

Designer Neeta Lilla along with her daughter Nishka in their own creations. The Kalamkari saree from Neeta’s recent collection looks amazing on her plus the chunky neckpiece works well with the outfit. Though wish to have a better pic of Nishka……

Poonam Sinha Also made an appearance at the ceremony in a green saree combined with a purple blouse…………Poonam has surely made color blocking work for her. Like this simple look of hers…….

It is not so often that one gets to see Saira Bano at events, but she did come to the ceremony in a red saree looking graceful as ever. I strongly feel that today’s actress lack elegance which was seen in yester-year actresses. Sigh……..

Spice Mobile Launch

Sonam Kapoor who is the brand ambassador of ‘Spice Mobiles’ was seen at it’s recent launch of mobile phones. Clean lines with this dress which she prepped up with a blue bib necklace & braided hair. She managed to look flawless especially after her black gown debacle. Good to see her bounce back with such a charming look.

Rockstar Promotions

Ranbir Kapoor and co-star Nargis Fakri have been busy promoting their upcoming movie ‘Rockstar’ in various cities. Seen here in a more traditional avatar of patiala salwar and kurta on both of them. If I had to pick one look it will have to be Ranbir’s attire in a khadi kurta with silk salwar and the ‘Ray-bans’. As for Ms. Fakri, the short A-line kurti with a patiala salwar is just too much of mess happening.

Johnnie Walker Jet Black party

Caught Bipasha basu partying the night with pal Deanne Pandey at Johnnie Walker Jet Black party held in Mumbai. Bipasha wore a Falguni-Shane Peacock creation in black which was the party theme color. She looks smoking hot in this sexy attire…….all heart for this look.

Schokolaade Launch at ‘Anita Dongre’ flagship store

‘Schokolaade’ desert cafe was launched at Anita Dongre’s flagship store in Bandra with Abhishek Bachchan as the ‘guest of honor’ along with celebs like Sangeeta Bijlani, Sonali Bendre, Sameera Reddy, Gayatri Oberoi, Pria Kataria Puri and host of others. In case you are tired shopping at the store, hop in at Schokolaade for a quick munch…….:-)

Abhishek Bachchan looke dapper in white shirt with denims but I wish he would appoint a stylist who tells him that a stubble is not always fashionable.

Photo courtesy : www.masala.com, www.ibnlive.comwww.cinehour.com, Anita Dongre’s FB page

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Our pick of Day 4 of WIFW

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 13, 2011

Day 4 had me confused with eminent designers, few which were also my favourite were to display their creations on the runway. But after seeing the collection, Atsu Sekhose’s collection comes out as a clear winner. The beautiful floral detail work on sheer fabric looks absolutely stunning. Yellow might just be the ‘new white’ this summer season as one might get to see in Atsu’s creations as well. Here is what the alluring collection looked like.

Photo credits : Vogue India

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Our pick of Day 3 of WIFW

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 13, 2011

I must say that the availability of photos of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week is not easily found plus bloggers like moi never get any answers back whenever we want to display the pics from the events. I am disappointed but one seeing the beautiful collection of Nikasha Tawadey, my woes disappear. Florals and birght summer hues are the essence of Nikasha’s latest collection…….the light shades are perfect for the next summer season. The collection was fresh and feminine which makes Nikasha our pick of the Day 3 of WIFW. Here is your look at the collection.

Photo courtesy : Vogue India

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Our pick on Day 2 at WIFW

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 12, 2011

 

Ankur & Priyanka Modi had to be our pick of Day 2 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week – Spring 2012. The flowy dresses in magnificent colors like royal blue, ash grey and hot pinks definitely stole my heart. Like this collection for simple designs but amazing color hues used. Here is your look at the collection.

Photo courtesy : Vogue India

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Our Pick on Day 1 of WIFW

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 10, 2011

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week started on 8th of this month in New Delhi. Indian Fashion Police will pick out favourite from each day of the fashion week. For day 1 my choice had to be Gauri & Nainika for bringing ‘Vintage’ back in a fashionable way…………especially in western wear. The hot bright colours with the perfect cut & fit would make every woman look stunning. The collection had a range of skirts, jumpsuits, pants, knee-length dresses with trendy hats to compliment the look. It was by far the most eye-catching collection I got to see on the opening of the WIFW.

My Verdict: Many celebs will be seen wearing the outfits from this fashionable collection for sure. ‘Vintage’ never looked this sexy.

Photo Coutesy : FDCI.org

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‘Mora’ by Ritika Mittal [October 2011]

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 6, 2011

IFP’s very first designer to feature on our ‘Find of the Month’ Divya Thomas of Karmasuthra jewelry recommended me the name of Ritika Mittal who created ‘Mora’. Now I was a bit confused as to what Ritika actually did…………..she was not the typical designer showcasing her stuff on the runway nor was she displaying the works at star studded events or on celebrities. Then why did I feature her in ‘Find of the Month’?

Well what would you do when you come to know about someone who works hard to get the best textile & handloom creation from every corner of our India, designs the collection and exhibits across major cities…………….someone who appreciates the art which is still preserved in not-so-well known places……….learning and skills passed on thru generations which are losing it’s ground in the modern world………What would you do if you knew such a Designer who was true to her root?? You don’t just appreciate such wonderful people but also apread the word about their amazing work. That is exactly what I intend to do with the creations of ‘Mora’ by featuring it as my ‘Find of the Month’

Ritika Mittal founded ‘Mora’ in 2008 after experiencing the joys of designing a saree from handloom. She started off designing for her own wedding………relatives & friends loved her designs and soon with their encouragement Ritika established ‘Mora’. Her mum Mrs. Madhu Mittal who has been her support system in this business, manages the working part of the business. All I can say is that Ritika manages to give a facelift to our traditional handloom and textile work of art.

Ritika treats the ‘Textile’ as her ‘Muse’ and thinks of her weavers as the original designers. ‘Mora’ has recieved awards at the prestigious  Kala Ghoda Arts Festival’ in 2010 & 2011. It is also thru Ritika’s Faceb0ok updates that I came to know about Eri silk which is entirely humane silk yarn (it is spun from the cocoons that are broken through by the worms) & that Muga is one the rarest silks in the Indian subcontinent which is considered the “God of all Silks”. Each time you wash & wear there will be an increase in it’s lustre and longevity.

Interacting with Ritika herself via the net made me feel as if I am interacting with someone who has loads of energy flowing in her veins and absolutely humorous. Funnily even I feel absolutely refreshing while writing about something unique like this……..something which might not come my way for a long time. I am thankful to Divya Thomas for making me know about ‘Mora’ and the creator behind this label – Ritika Mittal. Hope you enjoy reading my interview with Ritika herself and the story behind ‘Mora’.

Few of ‘Mora’ creations……


Q & A With Ritika Mittal, Creator of ‘Mora’

1) How did you start off with such a unique idea of bringing rural hand woven & handloom Indian wear to major cities across India?

Ritika :  More than a decade of media career takes quite a bit of toll on you… you feel far removed from reality. The textiles and the weavers brought me back to where i belong… there was an instant connect… I knew I had to travel and be a part of this rural life rather than bringing them here and commercialising the whole set up… the idea is to create opportunities in the space where they belong… why uproot them?

The only way we could significantly do something on these weaves and bring them to the mainstream fashion sectors was by adapting them in a way where people associate these weaves to the north east and also see their beauty in wearable art forms of other parts of india- sarees, duppatas skirts etc… With no precedent or pilot initiative to guide us, we jaunted off to West Bengal, U.P. , Kutch, Rajasthan and Punjab collecting Phulkaaris, Kantha, Rabari, Lukhnavi and Sanganeri weaves along the way. The collection that resulted was a playful envelope-pushing ploy to mix and match colours, textures and to see where it would get us. ‘Mora’ mixed cottons and silks for the first time, broke the rules of the color wheel and gave the textile a contemporary look. The collection was an exciting learning experience: there were gleeful successes in the collection, and a good few blunders as well! That, after all, is what learning is about.

So I learned, and sailed forth! If fabric is mora’s inspiration, then traveling to its source is the wind in mora’s sails.  ‘Mora’ is passionate about tribal art, and its makers. I want to reach out and understand the spirit that makes a humble yarn come alive. We want to bring that spirit, the smell of wet earth and the songs of its dreams, to you. It is what has made India special, and we hope that by making that special something tangible to you, we can infect you with the same enthusiasm and passion for our tribal friends, to make a small, but significant difference in their lives.

2) Tell us more about ‘Mora’…..what does this name mean and why did you choose it?

Ritika : One thing i was sure from the day one of starting ‘Mora’ was that there could never be 2 similar/identical pieces that we will create… we are running into our third year and still there are no repeats in the designs… i truly believe that what you wear is an essence of your beliefs… it a complete mark of your individuality and personality… why should you wear what everyone else wears… and at the same time as a woman i also believe that all of us want to have what noone else wants… THAT something should be only and truly yours… which is why we named it MORA… means mine… coz every mora you wear is truly yours… MORA is now growing into different dimensions… recently i was told it also means “us”- could be referred to our connection with the beautiful weavers from all across the country. ‘Mora’ also means a peacock… and that we take as a compliment 🙂

 3) Was it a ‘Bed of roses’ or a difficult path to start with ‘Mora’?

Ritika : ‘MORA’ had to go through difficult days but when I look back now, I feel that is what makes it so special for us… I came from media background with no knowledge of textiles… I had to start from scratch… education about textiles was key… thats where the original teachers of art- our very own artisans stepped in and taught me what no textile school could have taught… they started from the very basics and gave me some very pratical knowledge… made me sit on the looom and see how it really works… because of all this, we also faced a bit of cynicism which I think is ok now… that made our resolve even stronger… backpacks were dusted off and all the savings taken out. On the way I managed to find many friends, now it’s a struggle the entire team of ‘Mora’ is happy about.

We have braved torrential rains; lived in tribal huts built on flood-adapted stilts; to have washed clothes and bathed in raging rivers; to have shared sleeping space with pigs, poultry and, of course, people; tasted the woodsmoke of freshly foraged timber in our meals; to have lived with the unbelievable desperation of social & political neglect………. be touched by the profoundly simple hopes and smiles of these communities…these are but some of the kaleidoscope of experiences ‘Mora’ has been through as it crisscrosses India’s incredible landscapes to reach its remotest villages and weavers.

I am now gearing up for another travel and while it feels like I am going to leave home for another 6 months or so… I am filled with excitement to see how the weaves are shaping up and what new worlds will i come face to face with… [During this interview, Ritika was scheduled to showcase her designs in Bangalore & Chennai]

4) What has been your best experience so far with your label?

Ritika :  It happened very recently… the best feeling is when the lovely ladies come looking for specific north eastern weaves after reading the blog… can u imagine… the names we had been screaming out to get them more recognition… are finally part of textile vocabulary of many who weren’t aware of those tribes, leave alone weaves… whew!! what a feeling 🙂 🙂 BLISS! thank you thank you thank you Chennai and Bangalore… you have been so good 🙂 :). It also feels amazing when people follow our travel stories and feel by taking mora back home, they add to themselves a slice of that beautiful north east Indian life, everyone wants to know the details of what they wear when it comes to MORA… its not something they consider “just a buy”. A lady in bangalore said, “I am taking a slice of your travels with me…”.

5) ‘Mora’ has a collection of Sarees, skirts and dupattas in bold prints, beautiful motifs and loads of colour…….what would be the next addition?

Ritika :  Home furnishings for sure… I recently got totally inspired to do kids wear… lets see when that happens… some of our weaves/ kalamkaris are already being framed as art pieces… I might think about it seriously soon… think that should be good fun na? The beautiful north eastern weaves being adorned on walls 🙂

6) You have travelled across so many place with ‘Mora’…….. how do you intend to grow the brand name in the coming years?

Ritika : How we love our travels, and how we will make sure that none of this commercialization sets in our mind and working… the essence of what we do lies in this very travel where we connect with the worlds of weaves unknown… we not only build a textile connection through this, we become friends, families to each other… and thats too big a bargain to let go off. In gifting a slice of India’s many-textured heritage, ‘Mora’ remains committed to its original Muse: the communities of tribal weavers, artisans and their families, the unsung and fast-vanishing heroes of India’s aesthetic creativity.  It is very important for us to see who we are working with – both the weavers and our customers – and for them to see us. mora’s family is a democratic community of weavers, translators, artists and a wonderful, growing family of clients from all walks of life and all corners of the world. Our small business is conducted through inclusive conversations over Facebook and through our blog. Almost everyone we know have come through this network we have built. Mora’s vision is two-fold: For every woman around the world to enjoy the delicious sensuality of a hand-loomed, all-natural Saree, and to create a pan-cultural community of spirited citizens who care to sustain the wondrous textile art of weaver communities around the globe.

7) Anyone in particular you would love to see in a ‘Mora’ creation???

Ritika :  EVERYONE!!! :)” that will be amazing isnt it… in that way atleast we can ensure there are no more synthetics, there are more handlooms and rare weaves and textile techniques… 🙂

 8) ‘Mora’ is definitely the extension of your style, but we would like to know more about you and the people behind this label.

Ritika : Of course mom and myself are there… but the real ‘MORA’ family is the artisans, weavers and the people (buyers) who put faith in them and help us continue to build this connection… we all just are a happy bunch of textile lovers and the lesser commercial we are about it, the happier we feel… 🙂 100-200 pieces a year is all we make and we put all our love into those… Mora’s family is a happy gaggle of people, young and old, rural and urban, speaking all kinds of tongues and all uniformly impassioned to the point of silliness about handmade drape and textile.

You can visit the official website of ‘Mora’ at http://www.mora.co.in , the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MORA-by-Ritika/162981860437564 or get to know more about designer Ritika Mittal via her blog http://ritikamittal.wordpress.com

Photo Courtesy : MORA

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‘Malaga’ by Malini Agarwalla

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 4, 2011

By Malini Agarwalla

Whenever I get an affirmative answer for an interview from a leading designer, it feels as if I have entered the gates of fashion heaven. I think about the questions I would ask the designer, I want to know about their start, their struggles and their success. Celebrities are given a ‘style identity’ by the designer who work day and night to create the future of fashion.

Times when I want to see these beautiful creations, I always try to visit the boutiques, the fashion malls and the designer stores on my visit back to India. I do have my ‘Alice in Wonderland’ moment every single time I visit a fantastic store. The last time I was lost in the dream was when I visited a store name ‘Malaga’ in Palladium Mall, Lower Parel. Every single object had the Indian touch which is rare to find in these times where the world draws inspiration from the west only. The bags, the shoes, the jewelry, belts………..I must confess I could not take my eyes off the collection.

‘Malaga’ the label started by Malini Agarwalla in the year 2004 has risen to become one of the leading designer brands in India. Malini has showcased her collection not just in Indian fashion weeks but also in Paris, Milan, London, Dubai and many more destinations.

She has blended the modern with the traditional to create beauty. I am still in awe of her collections which she had presented at Fashion Week. The entire collection has loads of zardosi work, Swaroski & semi-precious stone encrusted designs on fabrics like silk, brocade, velvet……a reflection of Royalty indeed.

Celebrities like Sonakshi Sinha, Amrita Arora, Simone Singh, Sushmita Sen, Sophie Chaudhary have been seen wearing ‘Malaga’ creations. She also one of the participating designers in ‘Araaish’ – event with a social cause. She has rocked at Lakme Fashion Week with the bags, jewelry and shoes, each time surprising the audience with her latest collections. Here is a look of ‘Malaga’ creations on the runway.

Malini has successfully opened stores in Mumbai and Delhi within few years of the launch of  ‘Malaga’……. truly commendable for a new brand to establish itself so amazingly. I am thankful to Malini who took some time out in order to answer few questions that I always wanted to ask and know about her.

Q & A with Designer Malini Agarwalla, Creator of ‘Malaga’

Sushmita Sen posing with Malini Agarwalla and one of her ‘Malaga’ creations

1) How did you start off with creating designer bags, shoes and accessories when the trend was yet to catch up in India?

Malini : I have done my MBA with finance and had no formal training in design. I was helping my husband in his business when I decided that I want to do something by myself that is more creative. Since I am passionate about Handbags and footwear I decided to give
this a shot. This was 10 years ago and so far I have enjoyed this journey immensely.

2) What was your inspiration behind the label ‘Malaga’?

Malini : Inspiration behind the label is definitely our Heritage. My attempt is to use our heritage to design a product which is contemporary and classic. The intention is to present the best of India in a handbag with the best possible finish to the rest of the word. A tall order but I am working towards it.

3) ‘Malaga’ already has stores in Mumbai & Delhi, you have showcased your designs at Lakme Fashion Week……..what’s next for the label?

Malini : Having established the brand Malaga our next step is the launch of two diverse labels

a) Malaga Bespoke– which will be launched in October this year where we are launching handbags made with precious metals and stones and accompanying real jewellery.

b) Pimento – by Malaga which is a prêt line of handbags , footwear and jewellery .

4) What would you predict as style trend in the year 2012 in bags, shoes & accessories?

Malini : I think colour is going to be big next summer as well and the shapes will be more structured . Detailing and structure is what I think will make the ‘IT’ accessory.

5) Your designs have been worn by many well known faces, is there anyone in particular that you would want to see carrying a ‘Malaga’ creation??

Malini : Sonam Kapoor

6) We know so much about the brand ‘Malaga’, but we would like to know about the Designer’s personal style?

Malini : As I guess would be obvious I am a totally accessory person. I like going simple in clothes. Clean lines and well finished ,which could look different each time I accessorize them. I believe that just one statement piece is enough –a bag or a piece of jewellery. Also comfort and style must go together. I could never wear something that I am not comfortable in. Whether the fit or the style.

To find out more about ‘Malaga’, you can visit the store at Gulmohar Road, JVPD & Juhu Palladium Mall, Lower Parel in Mumbai. While ‘Malaga’ is located on 13 M.G.Road, New Delhi.

For more details you can visit her official website at http://demo.worldofmalaga.com/default.aspx or stay updated about her collection via ‘Malaga’ Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MalagaBags?sk=wall.

Photo courtesy : ‘Malaga’ by Malini Agarwalla.

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GQ ‘Men of the Year’ Awards

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 1, 2011

GQ magazine gave away ‘Men of the Year’ awards in Mumbai………………..and we  had to write about who wore what and how did they fair on the red carpet. So here we go……..

Shahrukh Khan has been voted the best dressed man in India but I sometimes wish he would experiment with a bit of color rather than always playing safe in black. Though he does look good in his statement black tuxedo complete with push back hair.

Mrs. Khan of the other hand is definitely a graceful dresser……..Gauri was seen at this event wearing an ‘Emilio Pucci’ lace dress, Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo shoes. I like the fact that she did not go all matchy-matchy with her accessories instead opted for a silver clutch & nude open toe heels. Simple, elegant and absolutely appropriate for the event.

Farhan Akhtar seems to have forgotten the essential of these Tux……………the bow-tie of course. A handsome face like him definitely would have looked better styled if he had taken a little more pain in completing the evening look……………rather than just walking in without the tie.

Anushka Sharma was seeing wearing this green ‘Dior’ gown with loose curls on one side…………I am not much into this color but I cannot deny the fact that Anushka looked absolutely amazing. On anyone else the outfit would not looked so good, but Anushka sure makes it work.

Freida Pinto posed for the shutterbugs in this ‘Versace’ gown………….unfortunately the sequin-feathered tail gown could not make Ms. Pinto stand out in the crowd. In a single colour, the gown had too much detail work which did no justice to Freida’s petite frame. I wish she would have chosen one of her knee-length dresses which she is able to work so flawlessly.

It was a surprise to see Prateik in a suit looking dapper plus with a pretty arm candy!!…………now that’s ice-cream with cherry on the top. The lady in question is British model Amy Jackson who will be seen in India films soon. As for Prateik, please dress this way for red carpet events, casuals are best left for time-out with buddies.

Deepika Padukone looked glamorous in this gown [my guess is Ramona Narang] but the shoes were just so wrong on this outfit. I wish she would have opted for strappy heels instead of pumps. The hair, the make-up and the lady all do look fabulous, but one wrong thing can make the entire outfit look bad.

We might have to wait to see Siddharth Mallya carve a niche in the business world, but this man definitely rocks on the red carpet. I do like his sense of style and the effort he puts in to look good at every event. Even here he looked neat in these tuxedos……….some established bollywood stars should make a note on ‘how to dress’ for glam events.

Imran Khan never makes a mistake when he has to dress up a formal event. I suppose his style at GQ event speak a lot about his sense of style. Love to see him in well tailored suits and tux…………perfect 10 on 10 every time. As for his wife Avantika, she did look pretty in her red wrap dress and bronze peep-toes.  Except for the hair, I do dig her outfit………….nice.

‘Vision in White’ is how Simi Garewal likes to keep her style………..no doubt she looks incredible and absolutely defied aging but I do wish she would add more color to her styling in form of accessories. All white can be boring at times………..:-)

More pics coming your way.

Photo courtesy : www.masala.com

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