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Bridal Collection IFP loved this season – Rohit Bal

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 5, 2013

Rohit Bal displayed his recent bridal work at India Bridal Week and the alluring designs won IFP’s vote for the best collection. Kashmiri embroidery work came alive in Rohit Bal’s designs. Here is a look at Rohit Bal’s Bridal collection for 2013.



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Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2012 – Day 5

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 7, 2012

As the LFW comes to a close, I must admit this time around the designs were fresh and will get to see a lot on the red carpet. Day 5 too had loads of new ideas incorporated into new collection. So let’s find out you walked with browny points with their elaborate collection on the final day.

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MALAGA by Malini Agarwalla

Malini Agarwalla’s recent accessories collection titled ‘Kwazulu’ was inspired by the Zulu tribe of Africa. IT haa collection of clutch bags, handbags, belts, jewelry and shoes in vibrant colors & animal prints. Love the beaded neckpieces which can be combined with any plain color outfit to spice up your look since the jewelry itself looks like detailwork.  The look was young, flirty & sophisticated ………all combined together is how I can describe this new line.

MALAGA had not one but a bevy of celebs walk down the runway  like Vidya Malavade, Maria Gorretti, Mini Mathur, Sharmila Khanna, Madhu Shah and Shaheen Abbas. IFP thinks and definitely feels MALAGA has a winner collection with ‘Kwazulu’ and hope to see more of these creations on top celebs.

Jatin Varma

Jatin Varma’s recent work ‘Glisten – Shine by Reflection’  was presented at LFW. Where Sequins and shimmer were the highlight of his earlier collection, laser cut in pastels took centrestage in ‘Glisten’. Alluring short cocktail dresses, grand gowns, sheer skirts, sexy swimwear, Bolero jackets were part of the collection. Model Ankit Shorey dressed in black was show stopper for JV. The laser cut mesh were used a drapes or in form of detailwork in this contemporary creation which IFP feels many fashion forward women would love to experiment with. Jatin Varma has taken a bit of risk with his recent works but I am sure that his effort will not go unnoticed. Last year saw a lot of JV designs on the magazine covers & red carpet……….this one will win many fashion votes too.

Rohit Bal

‘Kaarigar’ is the tilte of Rohit Bal’s new collection, had a line of velvet jackets, floor length Anarkali, Bandhgala jackets, Sherwani and Kurtas. ‘Magnificient’ is how I can describe this collection in a word for it’s grandeur and splendour. The colors started from pastels and transformed to darker hues by the end of the finale. Beautiful motifs inspired by nature were created on silhouettes by the craftsman or better known as ‘Kaarigar’…………the richness simply made me sit up in awe of their work. Model Sheetal Mallar was the show stopper for Rohit.  IFP loves the fact that Rohit has always used traditional Indian kaarigari in his work and made it look so brilliant on the runway.

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Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive – Opening Show

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 18, 2011

The Lakme Fashion Week or LFW as I will be addressing in the posts opened with Rohit Bal’s show. The collection aptly titled as ‘Shaanti’ was presented at Tote. The collection was also showcased at Delhi Couture week which took place last week. I was all praise then……………and I am all praise now. The magnificient whites blended with bronze detials & colours which one gets to see cross nature. The floral detail work was indeed unique. The show stopper was but of course the handsome Arjun Rampal. Here is your look at the beautiful collection.

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Rohit Bal at Delhi Couture Week 2011

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 27, 2011

Your glimpse to Rohit Bal’s recent collection.

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Synergy One Delhi Couture Week 2011 – Day 4

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 26, 2011

The gala affair comes to an end……………just when I was starting to enjoy every bit of it…………….one got to see an array of inspiration in the work of these designers………….paintings, places, glamour, dreams, style………every bit was fabulous. Who says we don’t have talent in India???? Show them the way to Fashion weeks……..I hope then they would zip up their mouth.

Day 4 had eminent designers Rohit Bal and Gaurav Gupta displaying their finest work till date.

Rohit Bal

Love, love, love the intrinsic detail work  in Rohit’s creations………..the menswear was refreshingly different with achkans, jackets in golden, beige, maroons, purple, red and black. The peacock motif along with floral details took the centre stage in this collection……… seemed very much inspired by the beautiful gardens of Indian palaces. Arjun Rampal was the ‘show-stopper’ and boy he sure made that evident by wearing the ‘Show Stopper’ T-shirt on the ramp. Overall this collection was less glamorous than his earlier collection which he had presented last year, but this one was definitely wearable with a touch of elegance.

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Van Heusen Men’s Week 2010 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2010

Day 3 which was also the last day of the gala fashion event had a bit of glamour to it. Many designer whose detailed review I will be covering as soon as I get my hands of the pics of their complete collection.

Rohit Bal

Gudda seems to get better with age………well it’s not just him as a per son that I am talking about……….it is good to see him in full energy on ramp and off it. This time around with his collection aptly titled as ‘Shararat’ there was a lot of fun and naughtiness not just in the clothes but on the ramp as well. And with John Abraham as the show-stopper, need we ask for more. There were rich fabrics like velvet, brocade, net, silks with heavy detail thread work used to design this creative line………….the clothes had a regal feel to them. The Jackets were superby cut and crafted especially the velvet ones with zardosi work. John Abraham walked in wearing a velvet jacket with jodhpuri pants and a net shirt within…….of course the jacket had to go for the good things to come in focus. The show was styled well with the handsome hunks sporting Red Rajasthani turbans……………..end of the day as an Indian I simply love richness of our culture and admire it when it gets reflected beautifully in a designer’s work. Guddaji……….tussi too good ho!!!











Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks is one of India’s most experienced designers unfortunately there is nothing new which I can see in his collection. It should have been titled more as ‘Been there, done that’……………..there clothes are the same, the designs are the same, the cuts are still the same. I miss the Wendell Rodrick touch when he used to create new things and make the models wear the bold clothes on the ramp. Has that fizz just evaporated???? Wendell please go back to your old style which worked better………………hate the sober boring stuff here.










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Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week 2010 – Day2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 22, 2010

Day 2 started with Gaurav Gupta’s collection and ended with Rohit Bal’s sizzling creations.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta’s Indo-Western line of clothes were better than his last fashion week collection but still a lot was left to be desired. Gaurav tried his level best to create the glamour factor in his creations but there was nothing new. Plus many, many outfits were simply not wearable. Extravagent gowns with much more extravagent styling did make the outfits worth a watch but without the extras it would not be worth the look. Styling does not mean taking a vintage piece of jewellery and wearing it on the hair just for the heck of it……………It is important for that piece of jewellery to blend in as well…………….which in this collection was evident that the styling was not upto thebenchmark of global fashion. On the whole not much impressed with this collection………….apologies to Gaurav Gupta but I feel clothes more than styling need to speak volume in fashion sense.

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Rohit Bal


Ever seen a fashion show where the models swim in a pool wearing couture dresses…………….nothing is impossible when it comes to Rohit Bal. He too jumped into the pool for a fun-filled evening……….the only difference was that it was in front of a huge crowd………but nothin can stop ‘Gudda’ as he is affectionately called by his friends. From the looks of the outfits I felt I am watching a ‘Dior’ show and Rohit Bal is our native ‘John Galliano’. The clothes were big in terms of the ruffles & layers combined with big hair………..the outfits were fit for red carpet or a gala ball but some pieces were not very wearable…………that is where I was a wee bit disappointed. But thankfully there were not much of those clothes in this collection. The colour scheme was dominated by off-whites and style had loads of gowns which looked straight out of a modern-day fairy tale………..Cindrella would have been happy seeing this collection. It also had long kurtis combined with skirts or traditional lehengas which were in vogue in early 1990s………..remember our very own Aishwarya Rai strutting down the ramp in these styles during her modelling days??? Loved the off-whites, the achkans for men, the Indian fused with western outfits, traditional attire, the way Rohit has played with the fabrics giving them an artistic twist and turn but some gowns were over the top and I honestly feel the Indian audience would still wanna go for something simpler and traditional. The gowns are fit for a Diva who wants to be demure and the centre of attention at any event abroad.

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Cannes International Film Festival 2010

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on May 13, 2010

Cannes International Film Festival 2010 or better known as ‘Festival De Cannes’ is in full swing starting from 12th May, 2010. Bollywood stars shine on the Red Carpet with the first day kicking off as Aishwarya Rai and Shekhar Kapur both made their presence felt. It is always a delight to see a fellow Indian representing the country in such major International Events.

Day 1

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya walked the red carpet at Cannes International Film Festival 2010 in an ash grey colour ‘Elie Saab’ gown which looked like a ‘mermaid’ inspired design with silhouette stitched like fish scales. The gown works for me since it gives a very international feel to it and is very appropriate for the event. The accessories are well coordinated with silver sequins clutch bag, silver stilettos and platinum diamond jewellery though I wish Aishwarya would have worn longer earrings since she has her hair tied up and her neckline is devoid of any jewellery. Speaking of which her hairstyle looked a bit inspired by the 1800 era of British empire when the big hair bouffant was so’ in’. Would have prefered if Aishwarya had left her hair open set in waves. Nonetheless this is an International arena where she is expected to be bold and a trendsetter with her style. She was a ‘Vision’ in that classic gown………….love the outfit.

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur seen above in the photo with Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsale was a member of the Jury selected  Cannes International Film Festival 2010. As handsome as he is, the bandhgala coat in a chrome yellow colour somehow did no justice to this brilliant director’s personality. What would have looked good on him is a black colour bandhgala since i feel dark colours suit him the best.This just makes him look so sad……………….Shekhar if you are in no mood to dress up for the event stick to dark colours like black, navy blue or even dark maroons.

Day 2

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

‘Oh La la’………… this is what I call a red carpet look. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has done much much better than day 1 of Cannes. Here she looks ravishing in a beautiful Armani black sequin gown with her hair pulled back into a sophisticated ‘do’. The corset is embellished with crystal detailing on the rim and sequins all over is glamorous but not over the top, thankfully. The fit of the gown shows-off her hour-glass figure well and the red lip colour keeps the focus on her face. Despite all that I still wish Aishwarya would have worn longer earrings since her round face demands that kind of styling. The accessories blend in well with her outfit. Two thumbs up for this ‘Armani’ outfit and styling……………..Aishwarya you are worth it.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone made her Cannes debut wearing a Rohit Bal designed saree…………but somehow it did not catch the eye of people. The saree was beautiful but what marred the entire look was the lack of glamour factor in it………firstly the colour was a total wash-out, the hair style made her look way older than she actually is, the pallu was pinned up which looked very tacky instead of elegant. Now the thing over here is that the outfit is beautiful………….no doubt about it………..but what went wrong is the styling & draping coz Deepika has a long waist so instead of showing off her face the stylist ended up showing off her not so strong feature. Because of her longer waist I feel Deepika is more suited to wearing an Evening gown which gives her an hour-glass shape than a Saree which divides her figure. Better luck next time dear………

 Day 3

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

I am glad Aishwarya has learnt the tricks to looking good on the red carpet in a western attire. Her Miss world experience does come in handy during such events. No wonder she features in the E- entertainment’s ‘Most stylish person list’ published. She walked down the red carpet with her mother Mrs.Vrinda Rai who herself looked gracious in an off-white saree. I am liking the fact that Aishwarya is experimenting with colours, make-up and hairstyle…………this magenta colour ‘Gucci’ gown is definitely a keeper coz the ‘pleat look’ is ‘oh-so-fabulous’.She oozes loads of elegance in this outfit plus has kept her make-up nude. I love her open toe silver shoes which are matched well with her clutch.  Aishwarya you are getting better and better with passing of each day at Cannes Film festival. Keep up the good work………

Mallika Sherawat


Mallika Sherawat was never my favourite on the red carpet and hope this photo of her’s at Cannes prove why she was never my favourite. She has combined a bubble dress with ankle length tie up heels and a funky hair do. I don’t understand was she trying to dress up like a Diva but couldn’t let go off her rock-star image hence this disaster occurred or what??? Mallika please sober up, this dress would have looked amazing if you had combined it with a pair of open toe stilettos and calmed down your hair a bit by going straight. You would have looking alluring but this is a mess…………………plus the accessories are tacky but the only part I like in your outfit is your clutch which is very decent. Get a good stylist or change the one you have right now……………………….else I will be looking forward to many such blunders from your end on the red carpet.

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur unveiled his new movie ‘Paani’ which is a story based on love story set on a back drop of water problem which we might face in the future. Doesn’t he remind of school ke Masterji of ‘Malgudi Days’ in this attire but nonetheless for the fact that he is actively involved in Water conservation issues, I am ready to overlook his style of dressing and support the cause. Here’s wishing the best to Shekhar Kapur’s new venture ‘Paani’.

Day 4

Lakshmi & Usha Mittal

Indian Steel Tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and his lovely wife Usha Mittal graced the red carpet at 63rd Cannes Film Festival. Lakshmi Mittal was dressed to the nine in a black Tuxedo and a bow tie looked very bit like a thorough gentlemen. Usha Mittal on the other hand went with a simple yet elegant peach colour Churidhar Kurta which had crystal and silver detailing all over. The outfit was beautifully acessorized with pearl jewellery coordinated well with the shoes and the clutch. Even though they are not very regular on the red carpet nonetheless they are always graceful when ever they are a part of any big event.

Day 5

Mallika Sherawat

The day time photocall of movie ‘Hiss’ had Mallika Sherawat covered in snakes instead of accessories……………..hmmmmmm I think snakes were her accessories for the day…………..nonetheless during the photo shoot Mallika wore a yellow and black gown which reminded me so much of our Mumbai taxi……………cliche I know but could not think of anything else I could compare it to. I am sure the gown would have looked much much much better if it was entirely in Black or any other dark shade since the bustier of the gown was unique in design. I think Mallika was trying to match her outfit colour with the exotic snakes which she was seen carrying around……………..but this pic has two things that scare me the most – bad outfit and snakes.

Mallika Sherawat attended the Doha Film festival held at Cannes wearing a fuchsia pink off shoulder gown……………well I must say where did you hide this beautiful gown on the day you walked the red carpet of Cannes??? This is how we want to see Mallika Sherawat on the red carpet…………..honestly this might not be the best gown I have seen but it works wonders to make Mallika look graceful. She has a good figure to carry off such elegant stuff and hope she does justice to her looks in future too. My verdict: Beautiful gown with nice accessories but her hair definitely calls for some work…………….at last I am not disappointed.

Day 6

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan

Aishwarya wore a beautiful Sabyasachi saree in golden colour though was a bit confused why she matched it with the bottle green colour blouse. Nonetheless the saree looks elegant despite the fact that this time around Aishwarya kept her style simple with a ‘do’ and bindi…………..I would have loved it if she would have glamed it up like she did in the past few days at Cannes. Love the intrinsic embroidery work on the saree…………….Sabyasachi you bring out the best in an Indian outfit. As for Abhishek Bachchan, now this is how I wanna see him on the red carpet looking dashing, handsome and a thorough gentleman in a black tuxedo with a beautiful lady besides him. On the whole I am digging their look as a couple.

Aishwarya-Abhishek with Vikram

Aishwarya, Abhishek and their ‘Raavan’ co-star Vikram posing for the daytime photocall at Cannes. Aishwarya looked classy in the little black dress in a boat-neck style and strappy sandals. Whereas Abhishek tried to take risk posing in a red jacket [reminded me of Iron Man somehow] but the risk did not pay off that well since [a]  his shoes were a mismatch with his jacket in terms of colour and [b] he has long legs so he needs to go in for longer jacket which can proportionate his upper and lower body well. But the surprise in this picture was Vikram who looked good in a grey suit the colour which was fit for day wear at Cannes. Will be looking forward to see him in the movie as well as on the red carpet in future.

 Lakshmi and Usha Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal and his Usha Mittal attended the Chopard Party at Cannes dressed pretty much casually for the occassion. Usha Mittal’s animal print kurta paired with black trousers somehow did not do any justice to her pretty face………………….it was a bit tacky with velvet cuffs and improper fit. I would have prefered her in a designer Salwar Kameez or a Saree since I feel she looks her best in Indian Attire. This Indo-western fusion is not for the lovely lady who is always graceful on or off the red carpet. On the other hand it seemed like Mr. Mittal had a tough day from the looks of his attire. But he is always dressed in formal suits so this mistake is forgiven since he does make up for it during the Arcelor Mittal press conferences.

Day 7

Mallika Sherawat

Va..Va..Voom people………I say Mallika Sherawat has arrived in this attire. Yes the gown was demure and bold showing off her curves but it was sexy with a touch of refinement. Definitely better than the other red carpet looks she had given us in the past few days. This golden glittery designer gown with a trail is alluring yet very contemporary. Mallika has kept her accessories minimal with a matching golden clutch. Overall I love this look on her and wish she would keep up with this style. She is audacious but needs to channel her boldness in the right outfit……………looking at this attire gives me some sense of relief and contentment.

Day 8

Vikramaditya Motwane, Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor

Just sighted the Indian Television Czars on the Cannes red carpet attending a film premiere ‘My Joy’. Actor Ronit Roy looked pretty handsome in a black velvet bandhgala………………now that’s what I call going western with a desi twist. Ditto for Vikramaditya Motwane [screenwriter of ‘Dev D’]who also wore a bandhgala but the designed varied a bit from Ronit’s.  Ram kapoor went for a suit with velvet collar but somehow it was not very impressive. Would have liked if he would have gone ‘desi’ in a jodhpuri jacket. Nonetheless the trio rocked the red carpet since their movie ‘Udaan’ in which Vikramaditya has made his directorial debut starring Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor, has been selected to be screened at Cannes this year. Wishing all of them luck.

Day 9

Mallika Sherawat

‘Oh-la-la’ the lady looks dazzling in this silhoutte……………………smoking hot.I am liking this divalicious version of Mallika Sherawat. The little black dress is gorgeous, the necklace is beautiful, the clutch and shoes are perfect……………10 on 10 to Ms. Sherawat for working it well on the red carpet at Cannes. This is how we wanna see you in future also…………..please please please dress up like this and forget your old funky rock star days. If Mallika or her fans are reading this can someone tell her that straight hair will work wonders for her since it has been long since we have been seeing her in curled up look not that it doesn’t suit her……………but a bit of change will be nice.

Day 10

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika at a Dior party in Cannes wearing ummmm……. a Dolce & Gabbana gown with golden trimmings at the end.Wish the trimmings would disappear somehow. Plus was Mallika having a bad hair day that she had to tie it up in a bad hair-do…………….All my hopes about Mallika being the Diva come crashing right here.  Lady this is a Dior party where you are expected to be dressed like a super-star and not a girl lost in her dreams……… say for this is a disastor look even if it is a designer outfit. Not liking it one bit.

Last Day at Cannes

Shekhar Kapur

With the closing of Cannes I was pleasantly surprised to see Shekhar Kapur in a Tuxedo…………….he simply looked wonderful. It actually got a smile on my face seeing this handsome man dressed to kill. I had expected he might wear a kurta coupled with a jacket or so…………….but this was definitely what I would have loved to see him in the opening ceremony as well. Nonetheless my word on this ensemble is elegant, surprising and makes him look even more graceful. Two thumbs up for you Sir………………

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