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L’officiel completes a decade in India

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 29, 2012

It was a decadent luncheon as Mumbai’s society darlings got together to raise a toast to L’Officiel India’s 10th anniversary. The event was held in Mumbai at Sofitel Hotel and was attended by numerous Page 3 celebs. Amongst them were Karisma Kapoor, Bhavna Pandey, Sushma Reddy, Aditi Rao Hyadri, Sussane Roshan, Maheep Kapoor, Queenie Singh, Nandita Mahtani, Esha Koppikar, Shraddha Kapoor, Ramona Garware, Zoa Morani, Anu Dewan, Ramona Garware and many more. To Kepp a magazine going on strong in today’s fast paced world is definitely an achievement …………….Kudos to Editor Superna Motwane.

A Sneak Peek at the celebs who attended this Anniversary Luncheon. [Please click on the image to enlarge]

Courtesy : L’officiel FB page

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Suneet Varma completes 25 Glorious years in Fashion

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 23, 2012

Designer Suneet Varma completed 25 years in this fashion industry by celebrating with a fashion show at New Delhi’s DLF Emporio. The show showcased Suneet Varma’s Spring 2012 collection which had abundance of floral motifs. The summer inspired collection had soft color on softer flowy fabrics like chiffon, georgette and organza. Suneet has definitely carved a niche for himself not just in our country but also worldwide with associations with brands like Judith Leiber, BMW, Swaroski and most recently with Armani to launch their kid’s wear in India. IFP wishes the designer success in all endeavours and more fashionable years ahead of him. And for the readers, here is your exclusive look at the celebration.

Photo Courtesy : DailyMail UK

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ISHARYA by Radhika & Gauri Tandon

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 18, 2012

Q:        What is the latest trend among Hollywood celebs like Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian & Paris Hilton?

 A:        All these glamorous women have been spotted wearing ‘ISHARYA’ jewelry at red carpet events, television interviews or on magazine covers. Visit their official website and one gets to see all the Hollywood hotties adorned with ‘Isharya’ creations.



 Even more wonderful is the fact that the label ‘Isharya’ is brainchild of two women entrepreneurs of Indian origin. If it is Indian and making waves on the international fashion scene, ‘Indian Fashion Police’ has to be the first one to catch the buzz. So let me introduce you to the happening designer duo of ‘Isharya’ – Radhika & Gauri Tandon.

Sisters-in-law and co-founders, Radhika and Gauri Tandon were headed down very different paths prior to the launch of Isharya. Radhika was a practicing intellectual property lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area; Gauri, a graduate from the London School of Economics, had relocated from Los Angeles to Mumbai. Both had a passion for jewelry and created their own designs for family and friends “on the side”. After noticing a void in Indian-inspired, luxury, statement jewelry in the market, Radhika and Gauri created the concept Isharya in December 2004. The name “Isharya” was inspired by Radhika and Gauri’s strong family ties and is a combination of their children’s names: Ishaan, Armaan and Arya.

 

What started as a hobby quickly grew into a successful business catching the eye of celebrities, retailers and editors. In 2007, Radhika and Gauri focused full-time on growing the brand, creating offices in Mumbai and California with sales representatives worldwide.

 Their collection has been worn by numerous Hollywood celebs and has appeared in countless magazines – Harper’s Bazaar, People, In Style, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Verve, Hello! India, Marie Claire etc. to name a few.

 IFP got a lucky chance to find out more in our short Q & A session about the designer-duo who have created a rage with their creation around the globe. 


Q & A with Creators of ‘Isharya’ – Radhika & Gauri Tandon


1)      From America to the rest of the world… How has this journey been so far in terms of establishing your brand name?

The brand was launched in late 2004. For the first three years, we treated jewelry making as a hobby and worked on it part-time. With the help of artisans in Mumbai, we created two or three collections each season and sold pieces to boutiques in the United States. When this started gaining the attention of more reputable retailers, celebrities and the press, we started to work on Isharya full-time in 2007 and there has been no turning back. We were really just having fun designing jewelry for friends and ourselves when we were noticed by the editor of Daily Candy, an online US magazine, who wrote about our pieces. Before we knew it, Isharya was born. Today, Isharya is sold in over 600 stores worldwide – ranging  from small, eclectic fashion boutiques to iconic retailers like Neiman Marcus and Henri Bendel, and online on net-a-porter.com. The fact that it is global is definitely an achievement.

2)      ‘Isharya’ is now available in India also. How has the response been here since its launch?

Isharya jewelry has always been available online through our website, through sites like net-a-porter.com and by private appointment. Over the past year, we have developed a growing network of outlets from which Isharya retails at stores like Ensemble and Bombay Electric. We are in ten stores at 16 locations in eight cities in India. With the price of gold rising, we offer affordable options for the trend-conscious consumers of fine jewelry in India.

 

3)      ‘Isharya’ has been worn by some of the most glamorous women in Hollywood. Is there any celebrity in particular who you wish would wear ‘Isharya’ jewelry?

Isharya’s statement pieces have been spotted on numerous celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Hillary Duff, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Jessica Simpson and Khloe Kardashian. The jewelry has been seen on hit TV shows such as Gossip Girls, Modern Family and Entourage. We would love to collaborate with Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce to make a collection of dramatic chandelier earrings and cocktail rings.

 

4)      We have seen ‘Isharya’ collections with Minakari work, semi-precious stones, wood, pearls and colored glass. What surprise do you have in store for fashionistas in your next collection?

We are always thinking ahead and creating new designs every 60 days to keep up with the ever-changing market. However, we do so while still using high-quality materials and designs that tie back to our signature pieces. A majority of our pieces include 18k gold plating. Each season has at least two new groupings based on a brand new technique that was not part of past Isharya collections. The inspirations for new collections come from traveling and researching historical and global jewelry techniques, and Isharya strives to make such techniques trendy by using modern materials and aesthetics. The Maharani Jaisel collection and the vibrant pinks of our Spring Summer 2012 Nile Nymph Collection encapsulate historic cultural techniques from Egypt and India and translate them into contemporary summer must-haves.

5)      What style trend in jewelry would you predict for the upcoming season in India?

One big trend that we see time and again is the “updated vintage” style. In the past few seasons, we have been noticing a lot of ’60s- and ’70s-inspired fashion. People love the sense of history, but want an updated version of it to work with today’s time. Isharya’s pieces are a blend of traditional Indian/Bollywood style and 20th century Art Nouveau style. We aim to make wearable statement pieces that effortlessly fuse California chic with Bollywood glamour.

 

6)      We know so much about the brand ‘Isharya’ but what is your personal style statement?

Gauri: I prefer jumpsuits with Isharya stackable polki bangles.

Radhika: My favorite style is pairing a maxi summer dress with an Isharya long filigree icon necklace.

Isharya Jewelry is available online via their official website www.isharya.com and also on other websites which sell ‘Isharya’ like , harrods, Net-a-porter.com & Endless.com  ‘Isharya’ is exclusively available at ‘Bungalow 8’ in Colaba, Mumbai. So all you hot women out there, get up and grab a piece of glamour from ‘Isharya’.

A glimpse at few beautiful pieces from ‘Isharya’


Photo courtesy : http://www.Isharya.com

Interview courtesy : Maya Bhogilal of EtcEtre


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LAI – Silver Jewellery [April 2012]

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 16, 2012

Despite starting off this section last year, I still feel as if this section is still new and is yet to feature thousands of more upcoming designers. Over this one year I have seen some amazing work and have come to know many new designers which has been a blessing for my work. This month is no different where IFP introduces ‘LAI’ a label which offers beautiful jewelry creations in silver. The designs are contemporary yet exquisite and have an Indian theme to it………….IFP had to feature this glorious jewelry as our ‘find’ for this month.

 

The creator Puja Bhargava Kamath who is a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi and a gemologist, was earlier into designing of silver jewelry for Indian & international design houses. She has won many accolades in designing from  DeBeers, World Gold Council & Perles de Tahiti. After learning the art for years, Puja decided to venture into creating her own designs under the label ‘LAI’.

She used her design talents to combine silver with enamel, glass, wood, fabric while creating the jewels. ‘LAI’ is a beautiful expression of Puja’s creativity yet very affordable on the pockets. LAI’ starts from a price range of Rs, 1,000 to goes as high as Rs. 10,000.

 

IFP also got a chance to chat with Puja about her ideas and inspiration behind her work. If it is new and most importantly ‘Indian’ this is the place where you would find it.

Q & A with Puja Bhargava Kamath – Creator of ‘LAI’

1) What does the name of your label ‘LAI’ mean?

Lai is a sanskrit word meaning “the beloved one”.

In old french it also refers to a lyrical, narrative poem (written in octosyllabic couplets) that often deals with tales of adventure and romance.

2) How did you start off designing silver jewelry and what was the inspiration behind your work?

After my schooling, I did a graduate course in Accessory Designing from NIFT, New Delhi. I supplemented my knowledge base w.r.t. jewellery by further doing a course in Gemology & went on to work as a freelance designer for a number of leading national & international jewellery houses before coming out with my own collection of silver jewellery.

In between, I also worked extensively in the handicrafts sector, travelling the length & breadth of the country to work with different artisans groups. I also dabbled a bit in bags & home decor goods before “settling” down with jewellery.

I draw inspiration from a number of things….textiles, monuments, patterns etc.

I don’t believe in just doing pretty designs. For me, as a designer, I love it when I can immerse myself & learn something about, say, weaves of a particular region & then interpret them as jewelley designs. Or the Mughal decorations & architecture. Or dig in deep into the history of paisley as a motif. And then use these bits of images & information to design a collection. So we don’t do just pretty designs. We do pretty designs that are well researched & have a story to tell.

3)  Why choose silver for making jewelry since there are so many contemporary jewelry made available today which do not have any precious metal in the designs?

I have always loved silver jewellery so, I guess, opting to work with silver was a natural choice. I love the feel & the look of it. Besides, it can be given a myriad finishes to project different looks….glossy, oxidized, hammered, etched, plated etc.

Also, I think I am a bit old-world in my taste…..every thing earthy & organic attracts me…..& silver fits in beautifully with my sensibilities. Also, there is something more forever about silver jewellery than say a wooded necklace….& I’d like Lai to be worn & treasured by its owners for really-really long!

Having said that, I do often use other material with silver like old coins, stones, shells….it mostly depends on the theme but sometimes even on the availability or my whim!

4) Any jewelry designer in particular whose work you look up to?

Not exactly look up to but there are many designers & design houses whose work is I really like…. Azza Fahmy, Pippa Small, Cartier, Buccellati to name a few.

5) What’s next for ‘LAI’?

Though I’m been doing silver jewellery for 3 years now, its only been 6 months since we branded it (Lai). We have a calendar of events (exhibition & in-store trunk shows) lined up in different cities & have started a Facebook page too to connect with our patrons.

Right now, the focus is to be able to take our designs to different cities to promote our brand. Hopefully, as we continue to register in the minds of people as an approachable brand doing great designs, we’ll formulate the bigger plans (a beautiful, quaint store of our own will definitely be a part of that plan!)

 6) Where is ‘LAI’ jewelry available?

We sell through exhibitions in various cities and now through our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/laionline

Creations of ‘LAI’

Photo courtesy : LAI on Facebook

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Manish Malhotra for ‘Save the Girl Child’ initiative

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 13, 2012

MANISH MALHOTRA FOR SAVE & EMPOWER THE GIRL CHILD CAMPAIGN

A LILAVATI HOSPITAL’S DOCTORS INITIATIVE

The board of Trustees of Lilavati Hospital and Research Center organized a cultural event to support the cause “Save and Empower the Girl Child” at the Grand Sangam Ballroom, JW Marriot, Juhu, Mumbai. With musical and dance performances included the highlight of the event  a spectacular fashion show by the renowned designer Manish Malhotra with eminent personalities from various spheres of life walking the ramp along with their young children or siblings.

The show started with male and female models showing the Manish Malhotra latest  line  .Celebrities walking in support of the cause were doctors , actors  Neha Dhupia,  Shreya Saran, Maria Goretti, Mandira Bedi, Poonam Mahajan, Shaina NC , Alka Yagnik & daughter, daughter, Zarine Khan and  Farah Khan, Mini Mathur, Dipanita Sharma Anuradha Prasad, Padmini Kolhapuri along with her two sisters Tejaswani and Shivangi , Krishika Lulla, DeepshikaZeba Kohli, Anjali Mukherjee with her daughters, Nisha Jamwal, Vandana Lulla, Shaifali Ujjwal, Pallavi Joshi, Sarah Khan,  etc and of course Poonam Dhillon, who put together the evening .  Sushmita Sen make a grand entry on ramp in a signature Mansih Malhotra long kurta worn over a ghagra with Kashmiri zari work as well as zardosi and repeated the walk along with her little daughter who enjoyed the spotlight . The MM collection traced the birth of the Indian girl child from soft shades to vibrant hues signalling her arrival into womanhood.

Guest of honour was Mr. Suresh Shetty, Honourable Minister (Public Health, Family Welfare & Protocol) Government of Maharashtra. Kajol dressed in a Manish Malhotra white saree with vibrant borders went up on stage and pledged her support to the cause as did Sushmita Sen.

Also present to support the cause were Kiran And Sunil Datwani , Rhea Pillai with daughter Aiyana and Leander Paes, Sheetal Mafatlal looking beautiful in a Manish Malhotra saree, Malti Jain, Nisha Merchant, Poonam Mahajan, Siddhant Kapoor, shraddha Kapoor, Poonam Soni, Renuka Shahane, Pam Chopra , Shama Sikander, Kunika Lal, Aashish Chowdhary, Rajeshwari Badola, Gary Richardson, Lucky Morani, Chetan Mehta, Rajesh Kohli, Marc Robinson, Lubna Adam, Vijay Singh, etc

Manish Malhotra strongly believes having in reaching out to people from all walks of life with his garments. Said the designer, “A baby girl…one of the most beautiful miracles in one’s life. This is an opportunity to reach out to people at large. So I am not just dressing celebrities and models but respected  doctors and politicos too, the show is about real people. Everyone has come forward with a genuine desire to support and create awareness towards the cause. When it comes to women power Im all for it ! ”


The collection traces the birth of the Indian girl child from soft shades to vibrant hues signalling her arrival into womanhood. With his signature style of amalgamating the traditional with the contemporary, Manish Malhotra’s Indian evening wear  collection features ivories, pinks, off whites, creams, rust, brick red and burnt oranges. The collection embraces traditional Indian crafts like Chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery. There is a strong element of Kashmiri embroidery (sourced exclusively from parts of Srinagar and Jammu) evident in the garments. Needless to add, all of this is done in the characteristic Manish Malhotra style of bridging yesterday with tomorrow. The menswear is resplendent with rich textures in summer tones of baby pink, baby blue, beiges, and brick red.

Courtesy : Tandem Communications

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Ritu Kumar’s ‘Panchvastra’ Collection

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 11, 2012

Ritu Kumar had launched her ‘Panchvastra’ Collection earlier this year and seeing from our statistics, we know how much our readers love to see Ritu Kumar’s amazing work on Indian Fashion Police. So we just thought to give you all an exclusive look into her new collection which was showcased in New Delhi at the ‘Panchvastra’ Couture Show.

Photo Courtesy : Ritu Kumar FB page

‘Panchvastra’ Collection

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Housefull 2 Premiere

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 5, 2012

Housefull 2 had a dazzling star studded premiere at Sentosa Island – Singapore. Here is a look at what the stars looked like at this event and whhether IFP likes their look or not.

Asin posed for the shutter-bugs with the leading actor Akshay Kumar. Asin wore a ‘Paule Ka’ color blocked gown with an updo and kept her accessories to the minimum while Akshay went the ‘shiny disco ball’ route with this suit which we certainly are not a fan of. From the looks of it we love Asin’s look for the premiere and think she looked great. Akshay Kumar please get some help from your graceful wife who have an amazing style sense.

Jacqueline Fernandes looked pretty in a lace gown by designer Dilnaz Kharby at the premiere. The gown which had a lace top also had an addition of a peplum detail and a saree style sash on her shoulder. On someone else the dress might have not looked that good, but on Jacqueline the design definitely looks amazing. IFP likes her red carpet look for sure.

Shazahn Padamsee choose a pretty ‘Narendra Kumar’ gown for the premiere evening and adorned it with funky jewelry. Unfortunately the elegant ball gown called for something ‘rich’ in accessories as well. Since the bustier had detail work Shazahn could have skipped the turquoise neck piece and instead opted for longer earrings. Like the dress but the styling could have been better.

Riteish Deshmukh came hand in hand with wife Genelia while looking every bit like the couple in love…..sigh. While Genelia looked cute in a short white dress that had metallic detailing on the neckline, Riteish opted for a biker jacket which IFP thought was out of place on the red carpet unless you are in at the première of an action movie.

Also spotted at the premiere was John Abraham but his style definitely disappoint us. John was spotted in a full sleeve sweat T-shirt which was totally inappropriate for the red carpet. We know he has a body to die for, but would love to see John in tuxedo or at least a formal jacket at red carpet event.

Photo courtesy : NDTV.com

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Anita Dongre presents Bridal Spring 2012 Collection

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 4, 2012

IFP gets you an exclusive look at Anita Dongre’s recent Bridal Collection which is a delight for the summer bride. The colors range from pastels to bright reds and pinks with beautiful detailing in golden. Available at Anita Dongre ‘Timeless’ stores in major cities across India.

Photo Courtesy : Anita Dongre’ FB page

 

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