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Grand Finale at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2013

Sabyasachi 

People who think that Indian Royals no longer exists, need to see Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection every single season. The grandeur and elegance seen in his outfits simply leave me speechless. This year I did get a chance to visit his signature store in Mumbai……….it felt as if I had entered a different era with fabulous outfits around me combined with beautiful architecture.

Vintage is a strength for Sabyasachi which he presents in numerous styles every year. This year too the collection was created out of loads of sequins, prints, lace, velvet, brocade with stunning embroidery. Rich colours like beige, golden, bottle green, peach, red and copper were used to create the outfits. I admire that one can seldom grow bored of Sabyasachi’s creation as they look amazing in any given season.

 

 

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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.

Photo Courtesy : Lakmefashionweek.co.in, FDCI

Ritu Kumar

Gaurang Shah

Vineet Bahl

Bhairavi Jaikishan

Neeta Lulla

Pallavi Jaikishan

Sabyasachi

Manish Malhotra

Anju Modi

Ashima-Leena

Varun Bahl

JJ Valaya

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee at Delhi Couture Week

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 13, 2012

The finale was presented by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and true to his style, he floored the audience. What was different that this time around Sabyasachi had infused brighter colours like reds and emerald greens with pastels. The collection was beautiful, especially loved the embroidered clutch. Sridevi was a vision in black & white when she posed as a show-stopper for designer Sabyasachi. Here is the look at the designer’s new collection.

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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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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 20, 2011

The Designers who rocked Day 3 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011………….

Pria Kataria Puri

‘Persian Punk’ the latest presentation from Designer Pria Kataria Puri was more demure than her Resort 2011 collection. The signature Kaftans, kurtis, cocktail dresses, evening wear…………had more sharpness in their style……emphasis was given on wired sleeves, fit of the silhouette, minimal sequin detail, loads of jewel prints, addition of tassels & fringe. It was an extension of her earlier collection ‘Marrakesh’ ……….I adore the colour sunset yellow used in this collection which looked so alluring on the runway.  Styling was neat with absolute emphasis given on the outfits & jewellery. The jewels were ‘The Cappuccino Collection’ who are also the official partners with LFW this season. Actors Arjan Bajwa and Neha Sharma were Pria’s show stopper for the evening………..Arjan walked the runway in a printed Kaftan combined with trousers while Neha was seen in a short one shoulder outfit. My pick has to be the handsome Arjan in PKP Kaftan……….uber hot. My Verdict : Pria’s collection has always been unique w.r.t to the prints and the style that always makes the wearer stand out of the crowd.  Wearable yet elegant flowy dresses are a clear winner in this collection.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

With the ongoing movement in India for ‘Jan Lokpal, designer Sabysachi seems to have drawn inspiration from history of our country. The early 1920s & 1930s looks were captured & showcased in this collection, the culture of the north-west India reflected in the silhouettes……….thank god for the return of short kurtis……….I was absolutely sick & tired of the floor length Anarkalis. The collection consisted of kurtis, Patiala salwars, jackets, dupattas, sarees, shirts, scarves and handbags………it was a surprise to see men wearing Anarkalis but Sabyasachi took the cake by combining the same with jackets, churidhars and shawls………Velvet took centre stage amongst fabric used in this collection. The signature Kashmiri detail work which has been seen in his earlier works too, is commendable as it keeps this rich craftsmanship alive in our country. The show closed with the tunes of ‘Vande Mataram’ which itself left a ‘feel good’ factor amongst the audience. My Verdict : Vintage is back in ‘Vogue’ and the credit goes to Sabyasachi. As predicted earlier, the short kurtis will be fashionable in future seasons. Sabyasachi can never go wrong when it comes to presenting something ‘out of the box’.

Shyamal & Bhumika

The bridal collection is something most designers refrain from these days………maybe due to the amount of work involved in creating a bridal trousseau. The detail work, the rich fabric, the embellishments, the draping style………..the work is enormous. This season too they did not disappoint me. They had incorporated embroidery like zardosi, gotta work in their designs with velvet, net, chiffons, silks………….Indian Bridalwear is all about it’s richness, one got to see that in their creations. The show stoppers were Actress Hema Malini & Esha Deol both looking splendid in signature ‘Shyamal & Bhumika’ designs. My Verdict : Few of the designs were seen last season but overall the collection was beautiful.

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Cannes Film Festival 2011 – Day 10

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on May 21, 2011

Cannes is not just about beauties walking the red carpet in designer gowns looking their best…….but what we lose focus on are the people who make these celebrities look so good on the international platform. I am always delighted to see a designer walk the red carpet at Cannes with his muse. They deserve every bit of credit for the making pretty ladies look fabulous.

We had our very own Sabyasachi Mukherjee making his debut on the Cannes stage with Miss India Kanishtha Dhankar………though his outfits have already been to Cannes earlier. Sabyasachi was earlier scheduled to walk the red carpet with Rani Mukherjee but at the last moment Rani was unable to make it due to family reasons………………I would have loved to see Ms. Mukherjee in a Sabyasachi creation at Cannes……..she would have been totally amazing. But nonetheless let’s save some surprises for the future and see how did Sabyasachi fare………..

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee with Miss India Kanishtha Dhankar

Love the dress but what is not gelling in is the traditional styling on the international arena…………I wish Kanishtha would have let go of the hair accessories & instead opted for an updo without the dupatta. This styling reminds me of an Indian Bride who is gonna enter the mandap for her pheras. People can easily get it that we are ‘Indians’ due to our beautiful ethnic looks, but when the styling screams for attention that’s when things go haywire.

As for Sabyasachi, no complaints here……………the man is dressed as himself in a sleek Achkan with an elegant shawl…………he has been able to combine ethnic Indian clothes with western styling. Plus looks fabulously different from the rest of the crowd.  Love,love, simply love the elegance with which Sabyasachi carried himself.

Karan Johar

Also seen on Day 10 was Karan Johar in what I believe he is wearing his own ‘Karan Johar-Varun Bahl’ creation. He is always amazingly dressed however I just wish he had worn a bow tie in black with these tuxedos.

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2011- Day 5

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on April 14, 2011

Every good thing must come to an end………….& philosphical talks really don’t suit me. The last day of fashion week had many designers to look forward to but few favourites of mine are being featured. Take a look at what you have in store for the Fall season.

Anita Dongre

 

I got to see pastels in her Spring/Summer 2011 collection, but the Fall/Winter 2011 collection was a different story altogether. Loads of dark hues with hint of shimmer and shine to them for that glamed up look……outfits were every bit fabulous. Though I did not expect the indo-western fusion, I am pleasantly surprised the way it has turned out. Anita presented the lehenga styled skirts in a variety of colours with detail work combined with jackets & tops. I loved the brocade jackets combined with short dresses………..that pop of colour against the winter background………..makes my imagination run wild. Te fabrics used for these creations were more of velvet, silk & brocade. My verdict : Very wearable and fashionable………..flared skirts are back in a big way for the upoming winter season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Though many people were not in awe of Sabyasachi’s recent Spring/Summer 2011 collection, I still like it for the fresh designs and the mix & ma of fabrics. I also like the fac that Sabyasachi takes alot of risk in creating new collection…………..many designers unfortunately don’t which is why we cannot find any new designs on the runway most of the times. This time around his collection reflected a bit like his spring collection but the shades were darker and the colour black was incorporated in maximum of his designs. The fabric, the detail work were undoubtly beautiful, but waht lacked was the ‘fit’ of the silhouette. The collection had casual shirts, tops, skirts, pants, kurti, half saree, jackets………..but the bohemian look might not work for many. My verdict :  The collection would have been a head turner if the outfits had a better fit.

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 11, 2011

The second day of Lakme Fashion Week started with introducing the Next Generation Fashion Designers or the segment better known as ‘GENNEXT Designers’ where many new talent from our country emerge to showcase their creative works………….I must say that many at times we do discover a ‘gem’ of a designer too. These young guys & gals do have a lot of potential in them, which was also relevant from their collections. I am really happy that I got to watch the shows ‘live’ thanks LFW TV where you can catch the fashion as it happens. Let’s take a look at what the designers had in store for us.

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Gennext Designers

Anna-Liza Ganguly & Anita Walia

‘Deux A’ the label by designer duo Anna Liza Ganguly & Anita Walia  called their collection “Samo was Here”………… inspired by the work of American artist Jean Michel Basquiat and the Hollywood star Joan Crawford. Exaggerated shoulders, the sharp cut of the fabric with the ‘fit’ close to the skin………..was the highlight of this collection which had a medley of fabrics like chiffon, silk, viscose, mesh, organza and leather. Of course with so glitter in form of sequins on the outfit or the leggings. The collection had  primarily short dresses but I wish the duo had some knee length dresses & pants. That would have completed the look. My verdict : I like the fashion forward collection which is very young & chic.


 

 

Manas Dash

 

Manas Das named his collection ‘Modern Tribe’ inspiration for which was recollection of his childhood memories………..colourful with Orissa’s Pattachitra paintings all over the silhouette in flowy fabrics. The collection had different styles of pants with dresses & tops, but few outfits in it were better off for Lady Gaga. I usually like the use of colour but when thepattern with the cut does nothing to compliment the colourful background……………..it is not very pleasant to the eye. For a photo shoot, I do understand these outfits……………but for a normal person like me, I feel only few flowy dresses can be worn on a sunny summer day. Rest I leave to stage performers. My verdict : Beautiful inspiration which was not translated that well into a collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam Strehlau


Miriam who has come from Germany and now is based in Goa, presented a collection which had shades from our country……………..bandhani, leheria and batik were pretty evident. The collection was very feminine with jackets combined with summer dresses and flower power was strong in terms of styling. But some outfits lacked the element of ‘Fit’ and ‘Cut’ …………..the outfits would have worked better if the same was considered……………some drapes were used very loosely which would make the wearer look bulkier than fashionable. My verdict : Liked the jackets alot with the skirts & dresses. But not a fan of outfits where alot of layers are used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timsy & Siddhartha


Timsy & Siddhartha’s label ‘I know’ presented menswear collection………………outfits were basically in black, brown & white with interesting cut outs. I liked the way they designed the shirts with buttons placed in an unconventional manner similarly the designs of the  trousers were also new. But the outfit where the pockets were on the outside rather than inside plus the shirts & jackets cut up somehow did not go down that well with me in terms of wearability. My verdict : Unusual collection with some new designs, if more creative work is put in…….the future collection can be better.

Established Designers

Chaitanya Rao


Chaitanya Rao’s recent collection was a creative relief with abundance of colours seen on the outfits and the women’s wear was a very feminine yet demure. A fusion of orange, pink, peach with deeper colours like black, blues & green was quiet a sight. The entire collection was split into two parts where the softer floral patterns blended with the more demure outfits. I got to see summer on the runway through his collection. Dresses, Skirts, flared pants & shorts, jackets for women………….while menswear had pants with jackets. My verdict : Beautiful collection especially his work with sheer fabric like chiffons & lace. Menswear needed more newer elements.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented his latest collection which was inspired by ‘Save the Tiger’ mission undertaken by ‘Aircel’ , he had displayed the beautiful forest of Sunderbans in his collection. Crafts from Rajasthan & rural Bengal were used to create the outfits. The styling was very early decades with hair tied up in a ‘Do’ & the ‘nerdy’ spects gave an edgy look to the entire ensemble. Long dresses & skirts were in majority but what I liked were the dresses combined with half saree drape…………..that was different & very creative. As I have maintained, Sabyasachi’s outfits can be easily mixed & matched with other silhouettes………………there is a kinda off flexibility to them. Individual pieces if worn separately will look amazing too.My verdict : Very summery, bohemian chic collection yet I love the fact it is very Indian w.r.t to the beautiful prints used from various states of our country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priyadarshani Rao


Priyadarshani Rao showcased a very feminine, floral, fun collection at Lakme Fashion week, the fact I love about this collection that it is very wearable………….it had pants,shorts, tops, pinafors, bay doll dresses, shirts………….the fact that it had something to offer for women of all ages. I would definitely wanna wear these outfits which are very neat in terms of design & cut. Though I am not much into the check print pants, I love the florals to the core. The shoes were very stylish & perfect for summers……………I really wanna have one of those. With the summer beach bags the styling was complete as per the theme.  My verdict : My favourite for the day, very wearable. Loved the ankle strap shoes in different colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiran & Meghna

Kiran & Meghna’s label ‘Myoho’ showcased their latest collection ‘Crytic Link’ which is Moroccan architecture inspired. They had printed pants which I suppose is a first in this fashion week, flowy jackets, skirts & dresses, ponchos, pinafores……………..all in muted colours like black, grey, brown & olive with a dash of bright colour. the styling was very 1960s with the side parted hair done up in a huge bun…………..reminded meof the Asha Parekh & Sharmila Tagore era. But I craved for better fit in these outfits……………though the prints wee classy. My verdict : Better fit would have scored more browny pointsplus some drapes were very loosely fit which spoilt the entire look.

 

 

Preeti Kapoor

The Indian way is back on the runway with Preeti Kapoor displaying her collection………….I suppose this was the first Indian wear I got to see on the ramp,till nowhave seen mostly western or Indo-western fusion. I am all forthe detail work and the colours used for this collection………….the peach, greys, reds, maroon, black, mustard, bronze & golden. Thankfully the collection was not that ‘blingy’ and was what I’d say very soothing to the eye. Fabrics like silks, net, satin, velvet & chanderi were used to create elaborate lehengas, saree, kurti churidhars, Anarkali………but the velvet trimmings and the layered anarkali were so last season. My verdict : Loved the detail work on the short kurti and the sarees…………wearability & the fit get my points for the collection.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paresh & Jai

Paresh & Jai had ‘Resort wear’ on their minds whenthey designed this collection which had swimwear, kaftans, sheer dresses & skirts & sarees all done up in light fabrics like chiffon & Georgette. Geeta Basra walked as the show stopper for the duo wearing a lehenga in blue with Madhubani motifs all over. Like the Western wear more than the Indian wear plus the colours are very soothing for the summer. I like that Madhubani painting was fused into their designs which is unique but find the sequin fish & feathered birds quiet over the top as summer wear. My verdict : Something new on the runway which is totally as per the Resort theme…………..just like few pieces.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arpan Vohra

Fresh & totally summery is what I can call Arpan’s collection ‘Sail Away’ which was inspired by the Sailor & Sea. The transition of outfits from daywear to evening wear was very well done. The collection had crisp white turning blue & green then going more colourful with reds & black. I like this collection where the ‘Fit’ was excellent even in flowy dresses. My verdict : Pretty, pretty, pretty…………young, hip, sexy, flirty & wearable. Riya Sen walked as show stopper in white short dress for Arpan Vohra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee – ‘Making East meet West’

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 1, 2010

  

When I said Sabyasachi makes ‘East meets West’ I literally mean he is the person responsible for making the modern Western India blend awesomely with the culturally rich but mysterious East India. I am an admirer of his work and must say that he has a signature look in every outfit that he designs…………..absolutely original.  

This talent powerhouse started his own label after graduating from NIFT Kolkata in 1999……………he also hails from Kolkata. After winning accolades as the most outstanding designer internationally, he took part in Lakme Fashion Week in 2004. Since then there has been no looking back for this genius………………he was also one of the only Indian designers to receive an invitation to the Milan Fashion Week to showcase his work. His work has also been seen at the esteemed NewYork Fashion Week………….he still manages to stay grounded for good.  

His actual claim to fame came when Sabyasachi started designing for Rani Mukherjee for movies Black & Baabul and he was surrounded by bevy of bollywood beauties all wanting him to create a signature look for them. Which he did fabulously…………..Rani sported a dark bohemian look in ‘Black’, Vidya Balan’s classic beauty were enhanced with Sabyasachi’s vintage look sarees in the film ‘Paa’, Aishwarya looked more demure in Sabyasachi flare kurta-churidhar in ‘Raavan’.    

Of course he even rules the red carpet with his contemporary Indian Wear……………..How can I ever forget the Saree worn by Aishwarya at Cannes 2010, it beat all the gowns which she had worn earlier in the event……….the best was saved for the last. Sabyasachi’s ladies are a stunner on the red carpet with his unique creation…………he has dressed not just the ladies but also men for the red carpet in events like Oscars, Cannes, Filmfare awards,Film premieres, the list is endless. Remember A.R.Rahman dressed in black Sherwani for his memorable Oscar performance.  I love the way he combines numerous fabrics, motifs and patterns to create an outfit. Indian Prints and Motifs are his strengths and he is the person responsible for giving them a new life in this fast-moving fashion world. The Sarees have a trademark look of matt golden being used extensively which in turn end up looking ‘oh-so-fabulous’.    

All I can say about Sabyasachi is that he always gives his audience something new, different and original every season. His inspirations are simple things from the lively world around us and his clothes tell a beautiful tale of a journey that they have undertaken from the designer’s mind to the real thing. As for me I do hope to buy one of his designed pieces and keep it in my wardrobe as a prized possession of my lifetime.

Dressing up Bollywood

 

 

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Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week 2010 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 21, 2010

Fashion Week is here! Fashion Week is here! Oh I do get excited whenever a new collection is launched coz that is where the future of fashion gets decided. The Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week 2010 kicked off in the capital city with a lot of hoo halla……… with some problems with regard to the name of the event……….you can read about that in the leading newspapers……….coming back to fashion…..Let’s check out what is in store for fashion fraternity.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The nite started with Sabysachi Mukherjee presenting his new collection. Of course his two muse Rani Mukherjee & Vidya Balan were there not just to cheer for him but also to walk down the ramp for him. Both were wearing a Sabysachi creation…………Rani wore a black colour jump suit accessorized with black heels & a clutch but went for matt gold jewellery whereas Vidya Balan looked gorgeous in a Sabysachi red saree………….reminded of my husband’s fave song ‘Lady in Red’…………….something about a lady in red clothes makes guys go all dreamy………coming back to the collection named ‘Aparajito’ which literally means ‘the undefeated’ was inspired from classic indian traditions and also had a kind of Moroccan feel to it when combined with the elegant ‘topi’. The fabric used was mostly khadi withembroidery, block printing and other works from different parts of India. I get good vibes from this collection…………….classic, elegant, alluring and can be easily mix ‘n’ matched with other outfits in your wardrobe. The colours were black combined with earthy tones plus had menswear as well as womens wear in it. I do wish that budding designers take inspiration from Sabysachi for keeping India’s textile and traditional craftmanship alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manish Malhotra

The desiger was at his best when he presented his recent collection which was glamorous and would make every woman look like a million bucks. I am truly happy that Manish has got his groove back with this recent collection of his, since the earlier collection presented in Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2010 earlier this year was not up to the Manish Malhotra style benchmark…………..the collection had menswear basically in black and colourful womenswear. the collection consisted of sarees, lehengas, jackets, skirts, long flowy dresses,  achkans, ahhhhh the glorious outfits with beautiful detailing. Take a look at the recent collection below.

 

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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’…………..now 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………..my 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………………

Picture courtesy : www.daylife.com

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 5, 2010

Lakme Fashion Week is to held from 5th to 9th March, 2010 at Grand Hyatt Hotel In Mumbai. Suneet Verma has been selected as the Designer for the Grand Finale of the Lakme Fashion Week. Here are some Fashion highlights designer and daywise.

Rocky S presents Queenie for Giantti

Rocky S and Queenie Dhody kicked off the star of Lakme India Fashion Week Summer/Resort Collection 2010. The palette of colours were kept towards pastels with beautiful floral hues like peach, pinks, yellows and sky blues took the stage. The Attire was Indian where the models walked down the ramp wearing ensembles and hair adorned with floral patterns. The embroidery on the silhouette was mostly done with sequins and silver threads. The scallop cut look is a common feature in India’s fashion scene as is a fish tail skirt. But one could not stop mesmerizing the moment Bipasha Basu walked in as the show-stopper in a beautiful beige colour Saree having work on the border. Honestly the Saree was tad simple but when coupled with the eye-catching ruby diamond necklace created by Queenie Dhody and worn by Bipasha the result was divine. My take on Rocky S collection – It is wearable, colours are fit for summer day wear but there was nothing innovative or new in this creation. Have seen such creations numerous times on the Indian Ramp.

Babita Malkani

Babita’s Boho chic line was inspired by the beauty of Bhutan………………..well I must say she did remind of the mountains merging with city. The styling was totally for the summers but there pattern was prints, checks, etc. Somehow the look of the same felt very casual and not very fashionable.  Though the shoes were worth looking at the entire look was very dry and needed more……………..Harman Baweja and Pankaj Advani walked down the ramp as show-stoppers but the entire collection looked as if bits and pieces were stuck together to create a look. Boho chic…….yes………..but something different……………..definitely not.

Riyaz Gangji

Riyaz Gangji’s had designed his collection for both men and women. The clothes were summer wear formal as well as casual. Pooja Bedi was the show stopper wearing an elegant beige colour gown looking radiant. Colours ranged from pure whites to pastels to shades of blue. I somehow found the men’s wear more creative and modern which an Indian male will be happy to try out. The women’s wear was more glamorous something that celebrities would opt for red carpet.  My say is that Men’s wear looked smart and very wearable whereas women’s wear was more demure. I will look forward to see Riyaz in next season.

 

 

 

Shyamal & Bhumika

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collection of Shyamal and Bhumika was inspired by the colours of ‘Holi’ festival since their clothes were colourful and many models had their face and hair smeared with gulaal. The clothes were colourful with a lot of graphic patterns but the collection was mostly targeted at youth. The clothes were ill-fitted and there was no ‘cut’ to the design. Why would a woman try to hide her curves behind layers and layers of fabric…………………I just don’t get flowy gowns with no fit. Again the element of ‘something new’ was a miss though I kinda liked their idea of getting inspired from Indian Festival of ‘Holi’ but the prints looked as if someone really messed up the clothes with fabric paint and decided to make a collection out of the same. Advice to the duo ‘Fit’ of the dress matters a hell lot.

Nikasha Tawady

Nikasha Tawady kept her collection simple actually way too simple with fiery colours and lots of gotta work. But somehow the collection felt a bit incomplete. Maybe a lot of heavy accessories would have done the job since the outfits were pretty plain. Nonetheless I loved her way of mixing earth tones with fiery tones where the plain clothes are creatively given pop of colour to draw attention to the entire outfit. The clothes are fit to be worn for a day time wedding or event. Nikasha add a touch of glitter maybe that will work next time you roll out your new creations.

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta simply visited the streets of ‘New York’ , saw the clothes there, came back for designing and put the creation on the models. And what was Rohit Verma doing on the ramp striking poses……………….I just don’t get the inspiration behind this collection and it’s target audience. ‘Power Dressing’ as the collection was themed seem to be powerless.  This collection lacked creativeness and the show stopper was a mess on the ramp. Krishna was inspired by the beautiful city of ‘Paris’ but the same could not be reflected in her collection. The pallette was colourful and few prints were worth picking but the combination of all these elements somehow the collection left thinking why were rainbow colour fabrics just draped around the models.

Pria Kataria Puri

‘Royal Rajputana’ was a tribute to the fashion Icon and Maharani late ‘Rajmata Gayatri Devi’ with royalty reflecting in every piece. Be it the work of palaces or the royal jewels reflecting on the silks, the prints were different and ‘Unique’. It was something new on the ramp with models sashying down in bold rich colour giving a feel of ‘party under the sun’. The collection was very tropical and wearable…………………loved the colours which reflected every bit of Indian Heritage. Mugdha Godse looked like a modern-day Rajputana Princess in the Pria Kataria Puri Ensemble. My say on the ‘Royal Rajputana’ that the designs were very refreshingly new and very creative.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The day came to a close with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection ‘Afro/Parisian’ was a fusion of  African jungles with the streets of Paris. The head turbans were very african inspired and thankfully very different form the rest. The colours were more earthy tones but I feel the clothes in this collection will look better if every piece is worn separately rather than together as shown on the ramp. He has tried to bring the a kind of hippie era back in his collection but somehow I find the prints quite repetitive. Of course I cannot deny the fact that this beautiful motifs are a trademark design of Sabyasachi. As always this collection also reflected an old world charm…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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