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Day 4 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2013

IFP loved these collection on Day 4 of Lakme Fashion Week.

Photo Courtesy : lakmefashionweek.co.in, Vogue India

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar in collaboration with Reliance Jewels showcased the latest designs for Label & her signature line ‘Ritu Kumar’. The ‘Label’ collection was inspired by the beautiful land of ‘Bhutan’ as the livid colours were a prominent feature. While Ritu’s Bridal collection was done up in softer colours & had abundance of lace work.

Kaftans, Anarkali, Lehenga, knee length dresses, pants, shirts and jackets were the styles in this collection. I do like the colourful outfits but felt the Indianwear required something more creative…….the designs felt too simple. The lace detail work is what we have witnessed in numerous other collection. I am all for the ‘Bhutan’ inspired outfits but unfortunately was looking out for something new in Bridalwear.

Rahul Mishra

How to create an exquisite collection from Indian handloom??? This is what Rahul Mishra does best every year when he introduces his new collection on the runway. This season was no different where Rahul Mishra created an entire collection out of Chanderi & Maheshwari weaves. Sarees, cholis, Palazzo pants, Jackets, Anarkalis were the main highlight of his collection.  Floral Motifs were the beautiful designs weaved into the fabric in golden & silver.

This collection was devoid of any heavy embellishment or embroidery while emphasis was given more on the drapes. The bright colours like rani pink, saffron, haldi yellow were stunning and very ‘Indian’. Love the fact that Rahul can make Indian weaves come to life in such a contemporary way. Love the outfits!!!

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Designer Ritu Kumar honoured with Padma Shri

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 23, 2013

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‘Ritu Kumar’ the brand, the label, the glorious outfits inspired by our Incredible India………….the woman behind it’s success is none other than Ritu herself. One of the very first fashion veterans in modern times, Ritu has been conferred with ‘Padma Shri’- the highest honour for a Civilian for her exceptional & distinguished service in the field of fashion, textile and craftsmanship by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

IFP salutes Ritu for her years of hard-work and passion in the field of Indian fashion. She started her label in 1969 to create the outfits with the help of Indian craftsmanship. She has strived to keep the Indian Textile Heritage alive by incorporating the beautiful hand-loom fabrics, handwoven designs and intricate embroideries in her work. She has dressed women from all walks of life & it is a dream come true for any Indian girl to have an outfit by ‘Ritu Kumar’ in her wardrobe. Without her this industry could have never been such an inspiring place to be.

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WLIFW Spring/Summer 2013 – Day 5

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 11, 2012

IFP’s choice for Day 5 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week are as follows:

Joy Mitra

Joy Mitra’s  “An evening at the Town Hall” was inspired by colonial India. Pastels were combined with red,black & golden colours. Indo-Western fusion had dresses, lehengas, cholis, anarkali, tops & culottes. Joy got me on the way he mixed the colours and the rich embroidery work. The collection was classic and IFP liked it.

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar was the designer for the Finale at WLIFW……..the creations were pretty dark……….literally. Ritu Kumar incorporated floral prints in the outfits for the very first time that I can remember. The colour palette was kept in darker hues, black was prominent as the base colour. Gotta combined with velvet were incorporated on the hemlines and cuffs will thread-work was kept minimal. Lace & sheer fabric was used in the sleeves & bodice. Jackets, Anarkali, Lehengas and sarees made way to the runway. This is the first time I am seeing Ritu Kumar move away from her conventional works……….I did find some pieces a bit overwhelming with too much of detailing but I am sure these would look amazing if toned down with pieces that do not have any detail-work. Overall this change surprised me but in a pleasant manner. IFP does like the creations which had the element of darkness but also the beautiful creative touch by the designer.

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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.

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‘Panchvastra’ Collection

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Ritu Kumar’s unveils the ‘Panchvastra’ Collection at her New Store.

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 10, 2012

Ritu Kumar Launches New Flagship Store at Raghuvanshi Mills, Mumbai where the New Couture Collection ‘Panchvastra’ Unveiled. Here is an exclusive IFP look at this glam event.

 

Celebrated designer, Ritu Kumar announced the launch of her new Flagship Store in Mumbai at the Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel over a Couture Presentation, co-hosted with Vogue Magazine, on Thursday 9th February 2012.

The designer’s much anticipated couture collection titled   ‘Panchvastra’ is a representation of the many personalities in a woman and is infused with the signature Ritu Kumar embellishments that the designer is internationally recognized for. The collection is delicate and feminine with a vibrant colour palate comprising strong hues and bright, bold shades. The use of mirrorwork, along with gota and zardosi embroidery, lends a regal look to the collection.

 The presentation in Mumbai revolved around 5 main characters – Ganga, Draupadi, Kunti, Amba and Gandhari, showcased beautifully over an instore showing by models.  The finale garment from this breathtakingly dramatic new collection was worn by none other than the statuesque Anushka Sharma.

Anushka wore a co-ordinate of an expression of Punjab and its colours and aesthetics of saffron, fuscia and orange. The lehenga is a tie dye co-ordinate with cypress motifs ranging from rich fuscia to saffron of the golden fields of the Punjab. The blouse is a Phulkari embroidery with ghunghru embellishments co-ordinated with an antique Phulkari bagh or odhni.

 Purity, seduction, swayamvar, exile and darkness are the predominant themes running through this eclectic collection. The first mood, purity is brought to life with hues of white and peach that have been woven together beautifully to convey the essence of the sequence. Seduction is displayed with bold and rich colours, with burgundy standing out as the strongest colour tone. The palace of illusions segment is represented by an exquisite use of Swarovski crystals on embellished and extravagant garments. Exile, as the fourth sequence brings forth a mélange of colour with the use of orange, gold and fuschia. The ensembles signifying darkness comprise vivid and beautiful dramatic pieces in black, gold and indigo.

The evening brought forth an eclectic mix of people from the world of fashion, art, theatre, design and business.Seen admring the couture collection and congratuation Ritu Kumar were Reena Wadhwa, Camelia Punjabi, Chhaya Momaya, Monica Vazirali, Nisha Javeri, Kunigh Singh, Shibani Agarwal, Akanksha Agarwal, Kailash & Arti Surendranath, Kriti Soni,  Mandira Bedi, Shaheen Abbas, Nethra Raghuram, Sangita Sinh Kathiwada, Shruti Seth, Anjana Sharma amongst many others.

 Speaking on the occasion, Ritu Kumar said, “PANCHVASTRA is a collection with a rare synthesis of fashion, craft and inspiration. The costumes have a rich feel, which emanate from India’s oldest and richest crafts researched over the last 45 years. What adds a newer dimension to the collection is the more contemporary yet aesthetically sound interpretation of the same idiom by Amrish Kumar. This takes the collection from vintage costume to an aspirational younger offering giving it a rare synergy recreated for a newer generation”. She also spoke about the importanc of preserving India’s rich embroidery and craft traditions.

The new Ritu Kumar flagship store spread over 2600 sq feet is a sprawling space beautifully done up to have a blend of contemporary Indian architecture and heritage, modernly styled-looks that befits the  designer collections it houses. Ritu Kumar presents her couture & pret labels all under one roof at Raghuvanshi Mills, allowing patrons to browze through various designs, depending on the occassion. Everyday wear from the LABEL line is sure to make heads turn, worn anywhere in the world.

The Ritu Kumar Flagship Store is  perfectly located just at the entrance of  Raghuvanshi Mills with a fabulous frontage that gives patrons a sneak peek of whats instore.Shopping in this stylish new store promises to be  a memorable experience……. in a space that spells refined elegance and classic fashion

 Page 3 Celebrities who also attended this Event

Mandira Bedi & Shaheen Abbas

‘Vogue’ India Editor Priya Tanna with Anushka Sharma & Ritu Kumar

Chhaya Momaya

Bandana Tewari

Nethra Raghuram

 

Nisha Jhaveri

Rashmi Uday Singh

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Designer and their Muse

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 14, 2011

The word ‘Muse’ has been often used by fashion writers and magazine, but as any other person I used to wonder what it meant?? Over time I have understood that ‘Muse’ means a source of inspiration for artists………..our designers are definitely no less than one. Centuries ago Mona Lisa inspired the greatest word of Leonardo Da’Vinci, in todays world every designer has an ‘inspiration’ behind their collection. I just wanted to list down some of the best ‘Designer-Muse’ pairing so far in India………the muse have not just worn the designer’s creations, but the designer in turn has given their image a glamorous look everytime they needed to stand out of the crowd. Some have been like ‘Fairy Godmother’ to the celebrities, while some designer took loads of inspiration from the celebrity’s style to feed their creativity. Their amazing combination has changed the face of couture in India….here is a write-up of what I have thought to be the best ‘Designer-Muse’ union till date.

Tarun Tahiliani & Shilpa Shetty

Both the ‘Designer’ Tarun Tahiliani and the ‘Muse’ Shilpa Shetty never needed any introduction before they started off working together. Tarun was well-known for his brilliance in designing and Boutique ‘Ensemble’, while had been charming the audience for more than a decade. But once they did get together for the styling part, it was fireworks and tons of it. This has to be the best union in terms of fashion as designer Tarun Tahiliani gave a new lease of life to the Shilpa Shetty’s style. And we were head over heels in love with Shilpa again. The magic of Tarun Tahiliani’s outfits and Shilpa’s grace worked wonders on the red carpet and at fashion weeks. Tarun turned Shilpa in to an Egyptian Queen, a blushing Bride and a beautiful Gypsy as a show-stopper during fashion weeks, each one left an alluring impression on our minds. Tarun even designed Shilpa’s Bridal Trousseau for her high profile wedding. All I can say that we are yet to have our fill of this ‘Designer-Muse’ association.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee & Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan was known as the beautiful & talented actress who had a very girl-next-door sort of an image, but sadly she was never among the stylish ones. She was humiliated and criticized for her disastrous fashion sense and literally written off by many fashionistas. But a chance encounter of Vidya Balan with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on the set of ‘Paa’ turned the things around forever. It was Vidya on the magazine cover, on the red carpet, on the billboard………everywhere you went, you were ought to notice the ‘brand’ new Vidya Balan. Sabyasachi understood Vidya looks which spelt ‘old world charm’ and styled her likewise. He never took out the element of ‘Innocence’ & ‘simplicity’ from her looks yet added in a bit of ‘sensuality’. Whenever I see Vidya dressed up in a Sabyasachi outfit, I think vintage, 1950s,  classic, elegant….something that can never be forgotten. The sarees, the kurtis, the dresses…..I love her in any Sabyasachi design as she looks splendid and different from her peers. Today fashionistas line up just to catch a glimpse of Vidya’s red carpet look while Vidya makes it a point to always be in the front row during fashion weeks to cheer for designer Sabyasachi.

Manish Malhotra and Kareena Kapoor

Designer Manish Malhotra gave a make-over to Kareena’s elder sister Karisma during ‘Raja Hindustani’……..so he had to be the one designer Kareena could go to whenever she needed help in the style department. Manish found another beautiful ‘Muse’ while Kareena got listed among ‘India’s Best Dressed’. He has designed for Kareena not just off-screen but also on-screen while keeping in mind the different characters she enacted in the movies. We saw her as the glamorous ‘Poo’ in Kabhi Khushi, Kabhi Gham, the bold woman in ‘Chameli’ the vivacious ‘Geet’ in ‘Jab We Met’ or the sweet girl in recent ‘Bodyguard’………Manish created magic while designing a new look for Kareena and of course the masses followed the trends after watching these movies. I always see a reflection of the ‘Kareena’ in every new collection of Manish….the outfits are sexy, beautiful and chic just like his ‘Muse’. I do hope this fashionable  ‘Designer-Muse’ pair keep giving us alluring looks for years to come.

Gauri-Nainika & Bipasha Basu

All three are young, attractive and brainy women………..that’s a lot to start with the best ‘Designer-Muse’ combination. I think it was just a matter of timing that these three had to come together for creating the best looks till date on the red carpet. Bipasha Basu is someoen who I feel looks her best in a western attire, Gauri & Nainika just dressed her in the best of gowns and dresses. The element of ‘Sexiness’ was intact in their minds whenever they had to dress Bipasha. They gave her a very fashion forward look while making her stand out of the crowd. The designer duo definitely designs the best gowns in India that reflect style in every drape…..designing for Bipasha was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to them. Each one of Bipasha’s best red carpet looks are designed by Gauri & Nainika. The trio have given us one of the most sophisticated looks on the red carpet which I do wish continues for years to come.

Ritu Kumar & Sharmila Tagore

Ritu Kumar’s designs have spelt ‘Royalty’ over the years while Sharmila Tagore is a bonafide royal…….the coming together of both simply meant ‘Magic’. Sharmila & Ritu hve been friends for many decades and still continue to compliment each other like a ‘Designer-Muse’ pair. Ritu Kumar might have dressed a number of well known women, but I feel Sharmila has to be the best amongst all. Shramila has poise, grace & majestic look, the same attributes are present in a Ritu Kumar creation. So it never came as a surprise to me when I saw Sharmila Tagore and her daughter Soha Ali Khan walk the runway in Mughal inspired designs at Ritu Kumar’s ‘Falaknuma’ showcasing……..Sharmila looked every bit like a Queen.

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Red Carpet Review – Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2011

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 15, 2011

PFMI 2011 was held on 14th April, 2011 in Mumbai where Kanishtha Dhankhar [centre]  has been crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2011, Hasleen Kaur [left] was crowned Miss India Earth 2011  and  Ankita Shorey [right] won Miss India International 2011.


 
At the grand finale, the jury consisted of Kangna ranaut, Dino Morea, Fardeen Khan,  Ritu Kumar, Shiamak Davar, Leander Paes, Tarun Mansukhani, Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachi Desai.

Here is our say on what the celebrities wore for the event and how did they fare???

Kangana Ranaut


 Kangana Ranaut who was one of the judges looked like a dream in the navy blue off shoulder gown with the necklace………..the styling though looked very 1990s, but Kangana carried it off effortlessly. The only hitch would be the shoes which were not that impressive. With such a designer gown, one should have worn a stilettos with any detail since the length of the gown is till the ankles. But nonetheless the hair, the clutch, the jewels and the dress make it up for the look.

Dino Morea

Dino Morea came dressed in a basic black blazer paired with from what I can see are denims…………….though I have already declared this style as ‘out of vogue’ but dino still manages to charm me with that shirt and the well set hair. Hmmm…………..i wish he would have worn a pair of black trousers. On the whole, strictly like it………..

Ritu Kumar

Designer Ritu Kumar came dressed in one of her recent collection, the knee-length sleeveless Anarkali with silver detailing absolutely works for her. The silhouette is very age appropriate plus the silver buttons draws the attention hence the accessories were better subtle.

Fardeen Khan

Fardeen Khan came dressed in a black suit sans tie look, he looked like a thorough gentleman………………I must say he does make an effort to dress up well for the red carpet events. No complaints here, the dude looks super classy.

Shiamak Davar

Dance Guru Shiamak Davar gave me a surprise wearing a white blazer with an upturned collar…………..since I have mostly seen him wearing a shimmer jacket or shirts. If it was anyone else, I would have laughed and called the person ‘Butler Cadbury’………………..but Shiamak with his killer smile makes the outfit work well.

 Leander Paes

Leander Peas who was also on the panel of judges, walked on to the stage in an all black attire………………….I need to see some colour and the only one I see is on the outfit of the girl escorting him on the stage…….Such a handsome man with such a disastorous red carpet look. Leander do take some style tips from Mrs. Peas…………I am sure that will help.

Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai does look cute in a black halter neck gown with a lace clutch and dazzling earrings……………a more colourful gown would have been better since she is still young and can very well experiment with her looks on the red carpet. Even this simple look works for me………..

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2011- Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 8, 2011

The Day 2 began must have been awaited by many fans of Ritu Kumar….myself included………. to see her recent collection. Here is how the collection turned out to be……

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Ritu Kumar presented an Indo-Western range for Fall/Winter which was contemporary indeed and way better than her previous collection. There was loads of colour………….colour is exactly what we love. The signature block prints were also seen that was widely used not just in outfits but also bags. I honestly am not that fond of the ruffle shirts since they fall a bit flat………..not very impressive. But I am in love with the printed short dresses, the colourful jodhpuri pants, the kurtis and the jackets……………..all these in bright colour are to die for. My verdict : Ritu Kumar has a ‘Winner’ collection on her hands………….thank you for bringing back the bright colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ritu Kumar’s ‘Falaknuma’ Collection

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on January 31, 2011

Ritu Kumar who has dressed so many woman across the world in her Bridal creation, has yet again captured several hearts with her recent ‘Falaknuma’ Bridal collection. The event was held in Mumbai while the same creations were showcased on the ramp in Delhi where mother-daughter duo Sharmila Tagore & Soha Ali Khan graced the runway as show-stoppers. In Mumbai Actress/Activist Shabana Azmi and Actress Dia Mirza walked the runway for Ritu.

I like the fact that Ritu selected her show-stoppers very smartly…………….these women were either belonged to Royal families or were connected to royalty in some way. Like Sharmila & Soha belong to the Royal Family of Pataudi, while Dia Mirza is from the Royal city of ‘Hyderabad’ and Shabana Azmi belongs to the family of  Poets whom I consider essence of Mughal Era.  All of them have been influenced by regal forms in their lifetime and the same was beautifully reflected when they walked down the ramp dressed in Ritu’s creations.


Dia Mirza looking like a Queen in this attire which is inspired by our Mughal Heritage.

Shabana Azmi showing her regal side to the world in this splendid Ritu Kumar outfit

Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan walk hand in hand with Designer Ritu Kumar on her showcasing of ‘Falaknuma’ collection held in New Delhi last year.

 

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

Here is your sneak peek at what the Collection has to offer to the women all around craving for a piece of Indian Royal Heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ritu Kumar – Tsarina of Indian Couture

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 17, 2010

A woman walks by me in a party where people are dressed in their best attires but what catches my eye is the beauty of the garment she is wearing……………so simple yet very much for the wedding occasion, the delicate embroidery reflecting the Indian craftmanship, royal colour which makes one stand out of the crowd………………it was then I realised that the lady in question is looking stunning in this very outfit coz it is designed by the best Indian Designer – Ritu Kumar. Her creations actually do stand out in the crowd but in a pleasant manner. I could afford to buy only a kurti designed by this legend but I cherish very moment I have worn it.

As a teenager I never used to budge from the television whenever there was a fashion show or international beauty pagents just to catch a glimpse of the Ritu Kumar dresses worn by Indian models. The Indian representatives always held their head up high while flaunting their traditional Indian attire on the international arena……………..of course the reason behind the ‘look’ has always been Ritu Kumar. Since 1994 till date she has dressed up every Miss India for the International Beauty Pagents like Miss Universe, Miss world and Miss Asia-Pacific, won accolades for the best National Costume.

Ritu Kumar started her career in the 1960s in a small village near Kolkata with a small team of craftsmen and workers. Forty years down the line she and her team have successfully been able to create a brand name ‘Ritu Kumar’ which is synonym with ‘elegance’ when it comes to Indian couture. Her collection with buddhist inspired ‘Devi Mandala’ and hand block prints ruled the 90s fashion scene, her timeless zardosi work outfit is a must have, her stunning bridal wear still makes me go ‘Awwwwwww…….it is so beautiful’, her Rajasthan inspired designs are sheer classics………..honestly I can go on and on about her because of her talent, originality and creativity. She is also one of the few designers to revive the rich heritage of Indian handicraft and sustain the legacy of numerous indian craftsmanship through her creations which is sold all around the globe. For her effort to keep the Indian Tradition alive Ritu has also been honoured with numerous awards. She along with her son Amrish Kumar currently has 3 brands under her belt : Ritu Kumar, Ritu and Label. If I had to describe her designs in one word, ‘Divine’ is what comes into my mind.

The brand Ritu Kumar has Indian casual wear, Ritu specializes in Indian Bridal Wear and Label is a western wear extension. Her creations have been worn by Princess Diana, Jemima Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and All Bollywood actresses have worn her outfit on many red carpet events. She has also written the book ‘The costumes and textiles of Royal India’ which describes the beautiful heritage of Indian Royalty and their dressing over the centuries. Indian Royalty might be long gone……….but the Indian craftsmanship lives on for eternity………..thanks to brilliant designer like Ritu.

One can check out her work on her official website www.ritukumar.com

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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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Designers who are pioneers in Indian Bridal Couture

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 8, 2010

A Bride-to-be is always puzzled when it comes to finding the perfect dress for the D-day. To make her search easier here are some designers who have re-defined Bridal Wear with their originality. With exceptional use of colour and design, an Indian Bridal outfit never looked better. Each Designer has carved a niche for themselves in Bridal Couture. They prove it is not necessary that the  colour of Bridal wear be Red only. Colours like Peach, pink, blue, lavender, orange when fused with embroidery and darker shades can make a Bride look exceptionally magnificent.

Thanks to these designers who have introduced long forgotten Indian  embroidery designs and helped it to be kept alive. Every year in Fashion week we always look forward to their new collection and are seldom disappointed. Here are few pioneers in Indian Bridal Couture who have successfully made new rules in Style.

Ritu Kumar       

The first lady of Indian Fashion Industry is what Ritu Kumar has been addressed. She has brought out the best in Indian Craft and Design Heritage by working on traditional works like block prints, zardosi embroidery, kashmiri kadhai, chikan kari, etc. Indian Designs have got a new lease of life due to her creative designs. She has helped many craftsmen to revive the dying legacy of Indian textile and embroidery. Every Indian Bride dreams of owning an outfit by Ritu Kumar. She has single handedly given infinite colour choices in Bridal Trousseau than any other Designer. Her experiments with mix and match of colours and embroidery have worked excellently with the Indian Customers. ‘Royalty’ is how her line of Bridal Wear can be described where every bride looks very much like a princess on her Wedding day. You can find her Bridal Wear in array of colours and embroidery designs in materials like crepe, net, georgette, silks etc. at her boutique which has branches in all major cities in India and abroad. Even though she has introduced a line of Western wear as well, Indian Bridal wear and Sarees remain her forte till this day. She has dressed celebrities like Princess Diana, Sharmila Tagore, Rajmata Gayatri Devi, Jemima Khan, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Mandira Bedi and all the Miss India Representative for International Pagents. Above in the photograph Priyanka Chopra looks fabulous in Ritu Kumar’s creation which she wore for HDIL India Couture Week

Tarun Tahiliani

 Tarun Tahiliani was the creator of the store ‘Ensemble’ the first multi brand fashion boutique in 1987. How can we forget Shilpa Shetty who is his muse walking down the stage for ‘Big Brother’ in the beautiful Saree accessorised with Kundan Jewellery designed by Tarun. He has also designed Bridal Trousseau for Shilpa Shetty and Priya Chatwal He is the Master of Indian Bridal Couture with modern look as he creates a beautiful fusion between the Western and Indian Trends in Bridal Wear.  His Creations are rich in traditional zardosi kadhai with the sparkle of Swaroski Crystals. Always has something new to show to his audience at Fashion Week. The Bride wearing Tarun Tahiliani Outfit is definitely a show stopper at her wedding. He has dressed Aamir Khan, Vijay Mallya, Prince of Bhutan, Urmila Matondkar, Deepika Padukone, Ramona Garware, Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rai, Elizabeth Hurley and Priya Chatwal. Seen above is Shilpa Shetty walking down the ramp in his creation of a Bridal outfit made out of Brocade with gold Zardosi embroidery and Swaroski crystal work.

   Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra needs no introduction since the Indian fashion trends have been set by his designs worn by famous actresses in Bollywood films. He started his career by designing outfits for Juhi Chawla for movie ‘Swarg’and since then there has been no looking back for him. His designs have emphasized more on the silhouette and embroidery on the rim of the outfit rather than designing an all over heavily embellished bridal wear. Sarees in unconventional fabric like net and chiffon were brought in by Manish to the Indian client with a fresh look. His clothes have simple design yet are glamorous due to their cut and fit. He has created the most amazing Bridal look with the lighter colour palette like beige, lavender, baby pinks which have been unusual for Indian Bridal Wear. If you are wearing a Manish Malhotra outfit on your Wedding Day, you can never go wrong in impressing people. He has dressed most of all leading ladies in Bollywood and has the ‘Kapoor Sisters’- Karisma and Kareena as his Muse.

Pallavi and Bhairavi Jaikishan

The Mother – Daughter Duo have successfully combined the ethnic Indian themes with western designs. Pallavi Jaikishan is wife of well know music director Late Jaikishan, but gained admiration for carrying off her own elegant Saree creations at film parties. People took notice of her designs and hence her idea of starting her own fashion line came into existence. Her Daughter Bhairavi has added the western twist to her mother’s creations and helped the label to expand towards western wear for women, men’s wear and household linen. Together they both have introduced pearl embroidery, Chinese embroidery combined with chikankari, Gotta work and zardosi embroidery on brocade to the Indian clientele. Unconventional Fabrics like mulmul, organza chanderi, brocade and tissue have been used with bead and sequin work to craft their Bridal wear. For their recent collection displayed in Bridal Asia, 2009 they have elegantly combined georgettes, satin, chiffons, silk brocades, chantilly lace to create Sarees, Salwar Kameez and Lehengas. One of their creations is displayed above in the picture. Their celebrity clients include Avanti Birla, Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Queenie Dhody and Karan Johar.

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