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Manav Gangwani at Delhi Couture Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 13, 2012

Designer Manav Gangwani presented his recent collection at Delhi Couture Week. Monochromes and fiery red dominated the scene. Gowns, cocktails dresses, sarees, achkans were the range of this collection. IFP gives ou a look at the designer’s latest works.

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‘FIZAA’ — A Multi-Designer store by Zarine Khan

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 31, 2012

Zarine Khan with Kunika Singh

Zarine Khan, well known  interior designer known for her aesthetic taste and design skills presents”Fizaa” her dream project that blends a personal passion forfashion with her professional expertise in design.

Fizaa (Sanjay Plaza, Juhu) , the multidesigner store opened with a glamourous bash hosted by Zarine Khan with Kunika Singh on 30th March. Fizaa features  the Spring Summer collections of some of India’s leading design names under one roof. ADARSH GILL, AM:PM BY ANKUR & PRIYANKA MODI, ANJU MODI, ANIKA CHURIWALA, ANUSHREE REDDY, GAURI & NAINIKA, MANAV GANGWANI, RAMONA NARANG RODELLA, RITU BERI, SEEMA MALHOTRA, SURILY GOEL and VARUN BAHL are all part of the awe inspiring designer portfolio at Fizaa.

Seen at the launch evening were guests like Gauri Khan, Varda Nadiadwala, Kehkashan Patel, Tanaaz Doshi, Neelam, Mehr Rampal, Bhairavi Jaikishan, Anu Dewan, Mozez Singh, Divya & Bhushan Kumar, Maya Alagh, Nisha Javer, Renu Chainani,Nisha Jamwval, Pinky Roshan, Dia Mirza, Lucky  Morani, Bina Aziz, Krsihika Lulla, Sheetal Mafatlal, Pria Kataria Puri, Zeba Kohli, Laila Khan, Pooja Bedi, Poonam Dhillon, Meena Raheja, Suchitra Pillai. Also present were Zayed & Malaika Khan, Farah Khan Ali with daughter Fiza, Simone Arora, Suzanne Roshan and Sanjay Khan.

Each desinger has been handpicked and invited by Zarine Khan. Some from out of Mumbai like Seema & Jamila Malhrotra (who have done the costumes for Shakespeare in Love), Manav Gangwani and  Varun Bahl came down for Zarine’s glamourous launch evening hosted on Friday 30th March.
Guests enjoyed the lavish spread of designer chocolates, sparkling champagne and an array of cheeses served at the store. Fizaa with all minimal lines in chrome & glass along with blue velvets giving  a touch of royalty has been completely designed by Zarine Khan herself
 From Manav Gangwani’s sensational couture, Varun Bahl’s chic classic ensembles to Adarsh Gill’s stunning saris, from Surily Goel and Ramona Rodella’s head- turning Resort wear to Gauri & Nainika’s red carpet creations. Fizaa is a destination that spells one of a kind fashion, at Fizaa, the air and atmosphere are all about elegance in colour, style and silhouettes.

Designers whose Collection will be available at ‘Fizaa’












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Manav Gangwani – ‘The Timeless Couturier’

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2011

A wise person once said “If fashion is wearable, then it is not fashion anymore”. Only few designers have been able to pull of this statement with success since there is a thin line between ‘Haute Couture’ and ‘Passe’. Every fashion week, I await so many designers to come up with something truly exceptional, sadly I end up being disappointed most of the times. But off late I do enjoy seeing a whole lot drama in Manav Gangwani’s collection when they are showcased on the runway. His designs often surprise me to some extent shock me, but the rarity of his designs is what I find very unique and am left wanting for more. His creations are definitely larger than life but that is what makes him stand out of the rest. Today he is one of the top-notch designer of our country……it is a fashion writer’s dream come true to write about Manav Gangwani. There might have been many interviews with Manav Gangwani before mine, but I promise to explore every facet of this designer’s world in my article.

Manav Gangwani is one of the most creative, innovative and promising designers in India, at a young age has carved a niche for himself in the world of fashion with his compellingly bold style statements. No one that I have seen, has ever made a modern age version of a lehenga so alluring on and off the runway like Manav.

While still in college, Manav recognized his strong inclination towards fashion designing. An Alumnus of Pearl Academy of Fashion, ………Manav began his career with ‘Carma’ in New Delhi in the year 1999. From then on there has been no looking back for Manav…… The Manav Gangwani label has become synonymous with luxury and style………….someone who has been able to single handedly create a ‘Brand’ out of sheer hardwork & knowledge.

He has designed the wedding trousseau of Lara Dutta and Raveena Tandon to name few…….Celebs like Karisma Kapoor, Rahul & Akshaye Khanna, Shruti Hassan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Zayed Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Sophie Chodhury, Dia Mirza have walked as Show stopper for Manav…………..and nearly every single Bollywood Celebrity has worn his creations on the red carpet. Delhi Couture Week, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, IIFa and numerous other fashion weeks have seen Manav’s design on the runway……

He is also a, a multi-faceted designer who also paints comical canvases of people who inspire him in his spare time. He has painted for a number of celebrities like Karan Johar, Shahrukh Khan, Simi Garewal, Raveena Tandon Thadani, Amjad Ali Khan & family amongst many others. He has also combined with Sarod players Amaan Ali Khan  & Ayaan Ali Khan to release a music album ‘Passion’.Manav is also one of the most loved designer among his celebrity friends and has quite a fan following on ‘Twitter’………..’moi’ being one of the followers.

Manav Gangwani has recently opened his flagship store in the plush DLF Emporio, New Delhi. His recent ‘Timeless Affaire’ collection can be seen displayed at his store. I do wish to someday attend his creations on the runway and witness the drama and the bling in all it’s glory. But for now I am fortunate enough to get my chance to interact with the ‘Timeless Courtier’ himself………

A View inside Manav Gangwani’s Flagship Store at DLF Emporio

Interview With Designer Manav Gangwani

1.      Your recent Collection ‘Timeless Affaire’ is truly a work of Art…….what is the story behind this
‘fashion forward’ collection??

Manav Gangwani : I was Inspired by the Story of a warrior woman travelling through time going in and getting hold of her love and finding it and taking over it…. It’s my interpretation of a rendezvous between dream and reality transcending space and time, a fifth dimension solely entrenched in the realms of fantasy where desire merges with superstition to make dreams come alive.

2.      What is the toughest challenge that you face before showcasing a new collection at fashion weeks????

Manav Gangwani : It’s my intense compulsion, that I have to perform, I have to play it right, I have to leave my Audience Spellbound!!! And this at times is intensely stressful!!! Once, I move past this….& then of course the rest just works out….

3.      Saree or a Gown…….which one of these two makes your imagination run wild when it comes to designing?

Manav Gangwani : Tough Choice!!!!  Fashion is what makes my imagination run wild…..whatever the garment maybe!!
But if I have to make a choice, then it has to be sarees!!! There are so many ways you can play with the Drape,  it’s limitless…besides this, Blouses are my USP!!! I absolutely thrive on creating Stunning Blouses….

4.      How did you start off with fashion designing……… what inspired you to enter this field???

Manav Gangwani : Ever since I recollect my earliest thoughts, I have always wanted to be a designer. Clothes & Fashion have always been of great interest to me.

5.     You have designed outfits for the ‘Runway’ and made customized outfits for Celebrities…how would
you describe the difference between designing a collection and designing for a
particular person???

Manav Gangwani : When I design for the runway, it is a collection….I am exploring my Creativity as a Designer & as an Artist….While customizing outfits for Celebrities, However, I keep in mind What would accentuate the Celebrity’s personality, what the occasion is & of course, I am open to suggestions from them.


6.      Any Designer in particular whose work you admire???

 Manav Gangwani : I admire Gudda [Rohit Bal] & “Abu & Sandeep” [Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla]


7.      You have dressed so many celebrities is there a particular ‘someone’ you would want to dress up on the red carpet?

Manav Gangwani : From Bollywood- Rekha of course!!! She is “The Diva” of Bollywood & I think she is breathtakingly gorgeous!!!From Hollywood – it has to be Angelina Jolie…..she has the most Stunning Figure & an indisputably alluring Face!!!I would also Love to Dress Oprah Winfrey…..Am completely taken by her personality & Elegance….. I admire her


8.      Wardrobe Essentials which you as a Designer feel every woman should have.

Manav Gangwani : A saree for sure!! It can be draped in different manners & in combination with options of blouses, can be worn to
suit various occasions.

9.      Heavy drapes, bold designs, crystal detail work, elaborate patterns, beautiful style of fabric layering …………What according to you is a ‘Manav Gangwani’ Signature style???

 Manav Gangwani : Specifically all my Collections are known for their “Bling” Factor!! Exquisite Swarovski  Crystal Detailing & Intricate cutworks are the Signature for “Manav Gangwani”

10.     You have also launched a new flagship store in DLF Emporio Mall, what’s next for the label ‘Manav Gangwani’?

Manav Gangwani : There are various projects in the pipeline, which I shall reveal as they are finalized….However, to mention a couple, I am opening my Showrooms in Dubai & Mumbai early next year.

11.     Manav’s personal style mantra would be……….

Manav Gangwani : Blue Jeans & White shirts, accessorized with a pop of color in the form of shoes & shades!!! I am addicted to them!!!

To see Manav’s Recent ‘Timeless Affaire’ Collection which was displayed at ‘Delhi Couture Week’ recently please click here. To know more about Manav Gangwani do visit his official website

Interview courtesy : Tandem Communications.

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Manav Gangwani’s Collection at Delhi Couture Week 2011

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 24, 2011

Here is your exclusive look at Manav Gangwani’s magnificent collection ‘Timeless Affaire’.

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Synergy One Delhi Couture Week 2011 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 24, 2011

After a pleasant Day 1 of Delhi Couture Week, Day 2 had showcasing from designers like Meera & Muzaffar Ali, Manav Gangwani and Suneet Varma.Here is your look at what each designer had in store for us:

Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma’s recent collection inspired by ‘Kamasutra’ had loads bright festive colours…….bright reds, tangy orange,  lemony yellows, midnight blacks……….the collection is most suited for the bride in search of her perfect wedding outfit. The detail work was very eye-catching…….but I am not a fan of the net used in this collection………..I feel that net is kinda off on it’s way out fashion-wise. Drapes inform of Lehengas, Anarkalis, Sarees formed this collection. My opinion would be that women can definitely look forward to Suneet Varma’s collection in next bridal season…………it will surely feature on my list of ‘Bridal Couture 2012’.

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Meera & Muzaffar Ali

Meera & Muzaffar Ali who are known for their ‘vintage touch’ to Indian outfits, presented their recent collection ‘Sama’ which did have a very earthy feel to it. The collection is named after their young daughter, had a variety of outfits which included western wear, scarves, sarees, anarkalis, lehengas………..Muzaffar Ali’s paintings were replicated on fabrics, something which I address extremely unique and fabulous. ‘Awadhi’ grace reflected in every silhouette of their creations……Though the designer duo has tried to go western with this collection, it the Indian designs which I still prefer. The Culottes style pants were unique on the runway this time around………..their collection was different butin a pleasant way.

Manav Gangwani

IFP had already shown you a preview of Manav Gangwani’s upcoming collection ‘Timeless Affaire’ ………I would call this collection ‘Out of this world’ seeing the way Manav had beautifully combined the Indian drapes with contemporary designs. Heavy sequin & crystal detail work with lace were the highlight of this collection, but the styling of  models is what left me speechless. Inspired by Time, Space and Zodiac, I found this collection unique as well as futuristic. Loved the way the drapes were used in form of skirts, fish tails and gowns. I liked this one better than Manav’s earlier collection………this was Couture indeed.

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“A Timeless Affaire” by Manav Gangwani

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 21, 2011

‘Indian Fashion Police’ has the exclusive look of Manav Gangwani’s upcoming collection which will be showcased during the ‘Synergy One Delhi Couture Week 2011’ to be held from 22nd July till 25th July, 2011. Twelve leading designers of India will display their collection during this event. Here is your sneak peek to what designer Manav Gangwani has in store for you.

“Timeless Affaire” is inspired by Manav Gangwani’s interpretation of a rendezvous between dreams and reality transcending space and time.


The designer has explored a fifth dimension solely entrenched in the realms of fantasy where desire merges with superstition to makes dreams come alive.

In this collection Manav has delved into the myriad complexities of human emotions and has created a vision of splendor, which is truly overwhelming. It empowers with unparalleled grandiose and accentuates the indisputable strength and beauty that is an intrinsic part of a woman.

“When I design, I bring to life the image of a woman which is latent in my mind. I create fashion for the way I want to project today’s multi dimensional woman. I am guided purely by my instincts not by rules,” says Manav.

The colours, fabrics, embroideries all lend a heady mix of light & shadow dazzling with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to make the collection truly timeless.

Exquisite embroidery, delicate and detailed workmanship, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are used imaginatively and lavishly in this collection, adding glamour. Moving away from his signature style, Manav has artfully added Gota work treated in a completely unusual manner.

Gold dust georgette, Italian chiffon, French lame, sequined fabric, shimmer net…intricately patterned brocade, silk velvet, French lace, duchess satin make this collection exceptionally distinctive!!!!

Delicate Ivory is the color of pure love, merging into yellow the brightest color to the human eye, representing happiness and sunshine, which in turn merges into orange, the color of fire, a symbol of untamed energy. Manav has combined these colors in gradual gradation from light to dark, creating an illusion of an emerging dawn…a new day.

Volume and movement, inspired by spontaneity create silhouettes of effortless elegance, warrior woman like exaggerated collar detail and armour like structures, sheer voluminous skirts with layering, flowing, sensuous gowns,  flared lehengas, novel anarkalis and suits and of course Manav’s staple glamorous saree are juxtaposed together to make an eye catching array of designs.

Keeping in Tandem’ with the Theme of the show, the décor of the ramp is reflective of the connection between Time, Space & the Zodiac. The Chosen colors, of course, are those of the Sun, which is beautifully integrated into the backdrop, thereby making alive a Vision of Timelessness.

In Manav’s words Today fashion equates lifestyle, reflected the way we live, what is happening around us….the way we feel. My style ideology is to be true to myself and not about conforming to dictates of ever changing fashion. With this collection My Timeless Affaire with Me begins to take shape and I want the audience to be enthralled by the profound magic of couture as I envision it!

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Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week 2010 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 23, 2010

The third day had Manav Gangwani & Pallavi Jaikishan [Pics to be uploaded ASAP]  presenting their respective collection. Will the collection work magic with the audience or just fade out. Let’s find out…………..

Manav Gangwani

Manav Gangwani combined the old-time charm with Indian culture to present his new collection ‘An affair to Remember’ which had both Indian and western outfits. It was definitely an affair to remember since this time around Manav went more for the westernized look in his outfits but the gowns seemed more fit for the ‘Barbie Dreamland’. But I somehow loved the creative head pieces which the models wore with the outfits…………….stylewise the show was great……………clotheswise some western designs were not wearable……………honestly not many prefer to walk down the red carpet wearing a huge ball gown which reminds people of a doll birthday cake. Though his Indian designs rocked…………..the Swaroski crystal detailing was beautiful. The collection had sarees, lehengas and gowns in bright colours…………..Manav captured the essence of Indianwear by creating outfits which had loads of bright hues. My verdict on this collection : Indianwear definitely will rock, some gowns will also do well but the big ball gowns………..Manav please avoid those…………..I feel that is not your style.

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 Pallavi Jaikishan

 Pallavi Jaikishan’s new collection revolved around three themes – Nostalgia, Maharani & Sitare……………I must say these inspirations did reflect a lot in her clothes. She is the ‘Vera Wang’ of Indian Bridal Couture in fact she started way before Vera Wang started her label…………but 36 years of experience does make her creation a ‘vintage’  since they are classic, elegant and can be handed down to generations. The ‘dreamy collection’ as I would call it had beautiful creations in lehegas, churidhars, sarees with velvet cholis………….Pallavi’s signature style of combining chantily lace, crystals, sequins, embroidery with fabrics like net, georgette, satin and velvet was also seen in the outfits. Subtle, alluring, striking hues were the focus point of this amazing collection. The entire ramp looked like a bridal wonderland with models sashying down the ramp wearing colours like peach, yellow, beige, pinks, sky blues, ash grey fused with darker shades like maroon, orange, black and purple. Loved the clothes, loved the works…………….but the background setting of the show was similar to Pallavi’s earlier shows…………..a little bit of drama would have added that much required glamour quotient to the collection. Nonetheless Pallavi’s creation were fabulous, spoke a lot of volume and were very,very Indian.

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