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Festive Looks which IFP loved

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 14, 2012

IFP picks up few favourite  from this season’s Fashion Weeks which we are sure will rock your festive season. Colours like vermillion, coral, peach, amber, magenta and golden are favourite among designers for the year. Sheer fabrics like net are used in detailing only but fabrics like silk, chiffon and crepe still hold their own. Banarasi silk has come back in a big way this year where lehengas & sarees were made out of this divine silk handloom. Embroidery has been limited to the hemlines which is very much in vogue this season…….so you can leave behind ‘all-over heavy detail work’ outfit behind…………..opt for less.

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Ritu Kumar

Gaurang Shah

Vineet Bahl

Bhairavi Jaikishan

Neeta Lulla

Pallavi Jaikishan


Manish Malhotra

Anju Modi


Varun Bahl

JJ Valaya


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Ashima-Leena at Delhi Couture Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 9, 2012

Designer Duo Ashima-Leena presented their bridal collection at DCW. Sharmila Tagore was the Show-stopper for the designers.

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Bridal Couture 2012

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on January 20, 2012

Every year Indian Fashion Police lists down few designers who would make waves in Indian Bridal Couture  and we do get an amazing response for this blog post of ours. Here is our low down on which designer is ‘Hot & happening’ this wedding season of year 2012.

Suneet Varma

Designer Suneet Varma showcased his recent Bridal Collection at the Delhi Couture Week and all I can say that I was ‘F-L-O-O-R-E-D’ after seeing the bridal colors with a touch of glam & sophistication. The very contemporary collection had a range of sarees, lehengas, gowns, jackets, Anarkali………….there was an outfit would fit every bridal occasion like Cocktails, Mehendi, Pheras and the Reception, in short this collection was a complete ‘Bridal Trousseau’ pack. What more could a bride-to-be ask for her big day. Lace, shimmer and detail work were the focus of this collection. Definitely worth checking Suneet Varma’s recent Bridal Collection if you are hunting for a very contemporary Bridal Trousseau.


The Designer Duo Ashima & Leena unveiled their recent most Bridal wear at Delhi Couture Week, the simplicity of their collection caught my eye. The use of sheer fabric with delicate detail & brocade work was awesome. The collection has a regal air to it. Indian Fashion Police recommends this collection for the year 2012 for brides-to-be who want a simple yet classic look in their Bridal wear.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani still works wonders when it comes down to Bridal wear. The grandeur can only be seen in his work that is sure to make any bride stand out of the rest. This year Tarun focused on darker colors in his bridalwear collection. The trademark ‘Ambi’ motif is seen in most the detailwork in his designs. For a wedding outfit which you would like to pass on to your next generation, Tarun Tahiliani is the answer to your prayers.

Varun Bahl

Varun Bahl’s collection had a very Victorian feel to his collection. Flowy fabrics were combined with velvet, exaggerated shoulders. ball gown style Lehengas, the ruffle detailing and subtle detail work. If you wanna channel the victorian era on your wedding day then do opt for Varun Bahl’s collection.

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Ashima & Leena at Delhi Couture Week 2011

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 25, 2011

Feast your senses with the alluring new work of Ashima-Leena.

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Synergy One Delhi Couture Week 2011 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 25, 2011

The collections are getting brighter and more amazing as the days are passing by at Delhi Couture Week……..Day 3 was equally eventful with designers like Ashima-Leena, Shantanu-Nikhil and Manish Malhotra. Here is your sneak peek…….the entire collection will be soon uploaded on IFP.

Manish Malhotra

Sonam Kapoor was a show-stopper for Manish Malhotra…………..thankfully she did not take the limelight away from the outfits and blended with sheer ease as one of the models. She is not just a pretty actress but can double up as a model also given her tall height and alluring features. I think that is what was perfect to Manish Malhotra’s new bridal creations which was showcased…………it did have the signature ‘MM’ look with loads of layers, gotta and detail works……perfect for the upcoming festive season. As for me the clothes were kind of ‘I have seen this before’ moment for me. I desired more drama in the outfits instead of styling…………….nonetheless the clothes were beautiful.

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Ashima Leena

The Royalty will definitely love Ashima Leena’s amazing new collection which spelt ‘Classic’ as well as ‘Traditional’……… wonder they had a ‘Royal’ walking as a show-stopper for them. Sharmila Tagore wore a Kurti combined with Lehenga in subtle shades………..the collection was thankfully not ‘over the top’ and amazed by the simplicity of the creations……..I feel that it will suit women of all ages. Simply loved the pleasant colours which the designer duo had incorporated in their creations…………purple,peach, rani pink, beige, green… word for their collection ‘Fabulous’.

Shantanu & Nikhil

Shantanu & Nikhil created a fusion of Western with India which they do with such ease……….the layers of fabric molded to form lehengas, skirts, gowns……..the colour palette were more of dreamy shades like sky blues, whites, yellows………and of course the highlight had to be actress Sonakshi Sinha walking in a white ensemble which consisted of a fitted jacket with a layered Lehenga…………she reminded me of a bride walking down the aisle…….sigh. I think she has never looked better on the ramp before this appearance. To the designer duo, kudos for making Sonakshi look glamorous, while the rest of creation very alluring………….browny point for wearability.















Anju Modi


I had liked Anju’s earlier collection displayed in WLIFW,  this seemed like an extension of her earlier work only it was much better. The fit,the cut, the use of drapes and layers was beautiful. The outfits were elegant yet sensuous………..I am sure they would make any woman feel like a ‘Queen’. The net lehengas, velvet jackets, chiffon sarees, satin corsets……..sheer elegance. I love the detail work in silver which Anju has used in certain outfits……………I have not seen much of detail work of that sort this season. Shraddha Kapoor was the show stopper for Anju Modi…………..she looked magnificient in a golden corset combined with net lehenga.

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 26, 2010

Day 2 started off on time unlike the previous day……………you truly never know when the Indian officials might show up with some problem w.r.t paper work……………In my opinion the show should have not been stopped and the problem should have been dealt behind the scenes or the officials should have warned them before hand about the fire permit problem………….It is waste of time and huge money.

Day 2 was more on a colourful with Established Designer going back to Indian roots.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani or ‘Emperor of Indian Fashion Industry’ as I would call him, presented his recent collection in Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2010. Loved the way he had accessorize the models with bags, jewellery and wooden bangles. The colours were dark with the season of Autumn/Winter kept in mind. The collection was different from the usual glamorous ‘Tarun Tahiliani’ collections which were displayed in earlier fashion weeks. The colours were darker, designs were bolder, more of Indian prints & motifs dominated the scene, shells used on the border of the silhouette, prints merged with embroidery and stone work. Lovvveeeeddd the prints but was a bit skeptical about the few pieces in the collection since they were not wearable and not appealing to the eye. In short they kinda did not have the Tarun Tahiliani touch. Nonetheless lovvveeedddd this collection for the beautiful prints in rich colours. This time around Tarun has gone deep into Indian craft for this creation. I always look forward to see the new collection of Tarun Tahiliani and fortunately I have never been disappointed. He always has something  ‘Exceptional’ to offer every season. My verdict: This collection will do a roaring business.












Ashima & Leena

Ashima & Leena presented a very bright coloured Indian Wear collection which somehow reminded me of the song ‘Rang de Basanti’………………………….Oh I simply loved the bright orange, yellows, reds combined with cooler colours like blue & green with a hint of black. They had both Indian attire as well as Western wear in their collection. The flowy fabrics looked like a dream on the ramp with the layering effect given by this designer duo. The intricate detailing and minute sequin work made the outfits look fit for Gala occasions. They had dresses, skirts, trousers, coat, saree, salwar kameez, etc. for women of all ages. The best part about this collection is that each and every outfit was wearable off the ramp also. Indian taste reflected in the colours and prints of this collection.

My Say for this collection :  I am all for the bright colours in Indian Wear. Great work!!









Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar’s western wear brand name ‘Label’ which is the brainchild of her son Amrish Kumar, presented the collection which was more of a fusion of casual and formal attire. The metallic colours dominated the scene with designs in skirts, trousers, short dresses, jackets and many more. The collection was for the young smart women but somehow I missed the Regal touch which I usually see in Ritu Kumar’s Indian Ensemble. The collection was kept too simple with more emphasis only on cut and not on look of the outfit. Detailing was kept to the bare minimum but that is what is the key signature look of Ritu Kumar. I don’t mind wearing western wear with a bit of detailing as long as it looks elegant and not trashy. Ritu’s clothes no matter how old they might be still look amazing with detailing and can never go out of fashion. Hope to see more of an ‘Oscar De La Renta’ look in Ritu and Amrish Kumar’s  Western wear ‘Label’ collection line in the future.













Aastha Bahl


I could literally see all the colours ever invented on the runway for Aastha Bahl’s Collection which was inspired by the lifestyle of a Roman Nomad. Bizarre designs……………..yes most certainly, beautiful colour fusion………………….very much, alluring fabric layering style……………….thumbs up to that but were they wearable……………..only few were in the wearable category. The clothes were not styled beautifully since I believe a dash of ‘Bling’ in form of accessories would have done the job better. This collection looked as if bits & pieces of cloth taken from here there and stitched together to make an outfit. No  doubt I loved the rich colours for the winter look but somehow the designs left me speechless. My Advice to Aastha would be to keep on creating the fusion of rich colours but have more elaborate designs and better styling.











Anky by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav


Now here is a collection that oozes loads of Power and Attitude for the modern Indian Woman. Ankita and Anjana have presented their recent collection ‘Anky 2011’ which I can be describe as Menswear for Women. The emphasis was on the fit while the colours were kept more towards earthy tones. Exaggerated shoulders, cowl neckline, crochet knits, asymmetrical patterns, loads of buttons, large pockets, high waisted trousers were the highlight of this collection. Models walked down the ramp flaunting browns, olive greens, beige, black in designs like skirts, pants, short dresses, party wear, coats. There was a touch of masculinity in every outfit but the clothes when worn on the runway looked very feminine. My verdict : Very stylish and wearable ensemble. I would love to see more from this designer duo.










Pallavi Mohan

Pallavi’s collection ‘Not so serious’ reminded me more of the recent hollywood flick  ‘Alice in wonderland’. May be it was the way the entire show was styled with hats, head pieces, stockings, gloves, satin flower broach……………….all ‘oh-so-dreamy’. Clothes were simple and contemporary……………….but the designs of the clothes were something that we have seen earlier on the runway but somehow I liked her collection since few aspects like a short jacket on a dress with beautiful curled hemlines or the dreamy white lace dress combined with striped red & white stockings………..the wearable collection was very boho-chic as one would call yet very, very feminine. I do look forward to see more western creations from Ms. Mohan in future fashion weeks.










P.S: Will only be able to comment on other designer’s creation once I view the entire collection. 

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