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Day 4 at Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 26, 2013

After a disappointing Day 3, IFP moves on to Day 4 and finds some awesome work. The trend seen so far is the combination of bright shades with dull colours. Plus the voluminous anarkalis are on their way out as evident by the designer collections. IFP takes you through the collection which it liked of Day 4.

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Payal Singhal


Payal Singhal’s collection titled ‘Taj’ is for the summer bridem who wants to make heads turn by with style. Fabrics like cotton, benarasi silks, mulmul had filigree & jaali work on them. The collection had a range of tunics, dresses, shorts, kurtis, knee-length anarkalis, sarees, skirts, lehenga, patiala salwars and beautiful dupattas. The colour palette was primarily bright tones with touches of pastels & black.

Overall I like Payal’s collection for the ‘Contemporary’ factor in the outfits……..the clothes had a very fashion forward look. Especially liked the pieces which had geometric patterns on the blouses, pants & hemline of the saree. This time around the clothes had less volume & more fit to it. Overall I think Payal’s design will make for a ‘must-have’ in bridal trousseau and also want to give her the credit that she always presents something new every single season…………which many designers don’t bother to put in that much of effort.


Vikram Phadnis


Designer Vikram Phadnis in collaboration with Swades Foundation showcased his summer 2013 collection which was inspired by Rural India. Not only did the designer display the creations which had rich detailwork by the craftsmen of Raigad & Ratnagiri, but also made these talented artisans walk the runway along with celebrities. For the hours that these craftsmen put in to create the glorious pieces, bringing them on the runway was a noble deed in order to make the world aware of their talents.

Coming back to the collection, it had beautiful saris, kurtas, lehengas, flowing cowl salwars, gorgeous dupattas, kurtas, waistcoats & clutch bags with the models wearing beautiful jewellery by Amrapali. Feiry colours like red, maroon, yellow, orange were mixed with lighter shades like beige, mustard & golden. I liked this collection for the royal look the outfits displayed. Vikram’s work has always had alot of colours but I am happy that this time he opted for pale shades. Love the embroidery work especially on the clutch bags & I am impressed with the menswear range in this collection which had colour but with subtleness.

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IFP also liked the collection of these designers……..



Rohit & Abhishek



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Vikram Phadnis at India Bridal Week 2012

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 18, 2012

Designer Vikram Phadnis had so many colours infused in his latest bridal collection presented at Aamby Valley India Bridal Week. Take a look at what the designer has in store for you this festive season.

Photo Courtesy : Vikram Phadnis FB page

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Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2012 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 3, 2012

LFW is here! LFW is here! I might not be able to attend this event but I am always excited to see the new, alluring fashion on the runway. The fresh designs, the flowy silhouette, the styling trends………….IFP can’t get enough of it. So without wasting much time, let’s see what is new in store and which collection does IFP simply love.

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Vikram Phadnis

Vikram Phadnis presented his Resort 2012 collection which majorly had pastels combined with prints and golden detail work. The Collection was very regal with use of rich fabric to create jackets, lehengas, kalidaars, pants and sarees. Vikram also had showcased traditional menswear collection as well which consisted of sherwani & churidhar. Amrita Arora Ladakh and Malaika Arora Khan were the show-stopper for Vikram…….both dressed in beautiful Lehenga and looked every bit like a princess. IFP likes the the pastel colors which fit the bill for Resort-wear. Though not too fond of the prints, Vikram has designed a subtle collection for the summer weddings.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta showcased her recent work ‘Sorbet’ after a year at LFW. The funky prints formed patiala salwars, kurtis, stoles, tops………..there was a fusion between western and traditional Indian styles. The yellow color infused with black & white was new from Masaba this time. but the fit of the silhouette did take browny points. The styling was neat and the clothes were mixed-n-matched to perfection. IFP likes Masaba’s ‘Sorbet’ collection for it’s uniqueness and fun element which is sure to appeal to the younger at heart kinds.

James Ferreira

Tie & Dye was given a new leash of life by designer James Ferreira by his recent collection’ Save the Air’. Love the bright colours of dresses, shirts, tops, jumpsuits, gown, maxi that were showcased. The collection also had a lot of white outfits but I am more attracted towards his colorful range which are perfect for the upcoming summer season. IFP sure gives thumbs up for the bright hues in western silhouette…………..James once again proves tht western designs are his forte.

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Aamby Valley India Bridal Week – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 24, 2011

Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor opened the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2011 season with their dazzling “Phantom Couture” Collection that had a mélange of the most stunning creations. For the finale, Anjalee and Arjun had the gorgeous sexy Bollywood star, Mallika Sherawat, wearing one of the most stunning creations as she glided down the ramp. The glam international celeb was the perfect model for the gorgeous jewelled bustier and the innovative panelled lehenga in bright carrot red. There was a truly creative touch of the Victorian and Mughal era in the final creation.

Inspired by the Victorian era and the drama of Mughal times, the designers wove together glamour, grandeur and colour into their opera style ball gowns and ethnic wear.

The colours were as royal as the theme with jewel tones of ruby, sapphire, emerald and topaz playing a melody of hues, for moulded blouses and fluid voluminous skirts. To add that touch of feminine romantic elegance, the delicate lace trimmings edged the creations to highlight the silhouettes.

The setting of the opening show was the exotic Tropical Lagoon at the Sahara Star Hotel where the 90 ft. ramp emerged from the impressive backdrop in the circular giant atrium, which was the perfect arrangement to enable the audience sitting on four split levels to get a good look at the lovely garments.

Bringing in a hint of 17thcentury Venice to the Victorian/ Mughal mélange, the pair opened the show with Rachel in a splendid layered white gown with shimmering net and chiffon.

Ameesha Patel walked as a show stopper for Designer Rocky S in a lehenga and looked every bit ‘Royal’ in the outfit. The Collection was a rich assortment of soft gold lamé, sheer net, georgette silk, satin and lush brocade. Colours that Rocky S played with moved from black to charcoal grey, then onto delicate ivory and pearl. For luxurious drama, Rocky S added deep old rose, mauve, royal blue, poison green and burnt orange.

Empire line kurtas, saris with embroidery, men’s sherwanis with silver work and sheer net churidars teamed with pleated bodices for kurtas with attached dupattas were a great opening. The all black section had tuxedos for the men while the graceful net saris and the flesh coloured minis with black scalloped embellishments or lean lace kurtas could double up as dresses without the net churidars.

Rocky S added interesting accessories like the ornate belts for the saris, which gave a seductive touch to the traditional garments. The final lehenga choli section with red panelled combo, the shaded red and cream net trio and the wine coloured silk lehenga choli, were almost dream-like in their appearance.  For ultra-bridal glamour for the couple, Rocky S offers some great creations that will be the cynosure of all eyes on that big day

Vikram Phadnis also displayed his Bridal Collection at this event where actor Neil Nitin Mukesh was the show-stopper. The handsome actor looked dapper in a black & maroon ‘Achkan’……….reminded me so much of the Royal Rajputs.

Vikram revealed how beautifully tradition and contemporary styling can be presented for wedding trousseau. Working around a colour palette that started with the famed bright red, which is a favourite of all Indian brides; Vikram moved to orange and mustard and then added large doses of pink, green and royal blue to finally top the hues with a lavish sprinkling of silver and gold embroidery. Tunics were teamed with lehengas, while long floor length kurtas could double up as gowns.

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Celebs at the Audi Launch

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on May 23, 2011

Celebrity endorsements are a big thing in India………no wonder why a big brand like ‘Audi’ should stay behind when it comes to launching it’s new products in the market. Audi collaborated with designer Vikram Phadnis to showcase their finest cars…….also seen were many celebrities posing for the cameras. Here is a look for your eyes only…….

Malaika Arora Khan

Malaika was dressed in a Vikram Phadnis corset teamed with leather pants…………but the look was not what I had expected to see on Malaika……….the corset is not complimenting the leather pants……..I wish Malaika would have either dressed up in a ‘Rockstar’  manner or gone absolutely traditional……….hanging between the two does no justice to this pretty lady…………..though eerily I do like her big hair look.

Vikram Phadnis also showcased his collection at the event where the models walked the ramp in his creations. Just a Glimpse of the event:

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 4

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 10, 2010

Day 4 was a bit disappointing since could not find anything that appealing or new. I felt the emerging designers were giving more emphasis on the fabric and not on design. Got to see a lot of oversized outfits which truly does not enhance much in a woman’s curve but hides the best features. For menswear there was absolutely no one who could do justice in creating a fabulous look. However ‘Sarees ruled the day where one got to see mesmerizing colourful creations.


Purvi Doshi

I saw a ‘pop of colour’ in every outfit of this collection which was pleasing to the eye but the fit of the clothes were an eye sore. Purvi’s creative line titled ‘Kahchindo’ which means a chameleon in Gujarati language had an array of colours which looked very soothing. The geometric designs in greens and turquiose blue were nice, still the mixing up of designs was not as elegant as it was intended to be. Like the Saree displayed below is beautiful but the entire look is marred by the pallu which looks more like a separate shawl and does not blend in that well. I would have prefered the piece to be left as a single pattern rather than having more add-ons. The drawstrings used in the outfits were creative but too much of them were unecessary. My verdict is that Purvi has talent and a lot creativeness but I wish to see her garments with a better cut and fit.









Shashikant Naidu

Goddess Parvati was the inspiration for this collection of Shashikant Naidu…………….well I must say it was different from the rest that I have seen in the past 3 days. I loved the sarees in this collection which also had dresses both long and short, fabrics were khadi, muslin and tussar………………..but what was striking were the prints with flower motifs and the colours even though they were dull in nature but ?I worked really well with the type of fabric used. The dresses however seemed too indianised to my taste but the plus point here was that each and every outfit was wearble. The styling of the attire was very much old time south indian, still it went well with the clothes. I would love to see more of Shashikant Naidu’s creations in future…………….but of course with some pants added in the collection.








Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta’s creation titled as ‘Chhalni’ somehow felt incomplete…………………….the outfit starts well from the shoulder part but as one gazes towards the hemline you get a feeling ‘What went missing here??’  I think she was the only one to use polka dots in her collection which blends oh so well with the colourful jackets. The beach wear is smart…….but the dresses are too loose.I do understand that there was a lot of inspiration from the ‘Banjara’ era but the outfits could have been better in terms of fit. The mens wear was kept way too simple making me think why should I buy a designer wear when I can just ‘D-I-Y’ for my man…………………….secondly the ‘Anarkali’ kurta with a bikini top was another outfit which left me thinking ‘It is incomplete’ even though the embroidery work near the hemline was beautiful…………..Masaba you should try more to concentrate on women’s western wear since I feel that would be your ‘Strong point’ after seeing the beach wear.










Neha Agarwal

‘Game that people play’ as this collection was titled was full prints of trees and kites…………….the attire was casual and sporty. To me it seemed more like a collection made out of recycled and leftover fabrics. There is nothing new in it only the casual dresses have been given a sporty look by adding a jacket or shorts to them……………….Neha is you are creating a line make it either casual or sporty………………………fusion of both did not go well here……………plus these days women irrespective of their size like to wear well fitted clothes……………..baggy pants with many pockets makes a women look bulky not fahionable and are very 80s……………….My advice is that Neha should g back to the designing board and work out something much, much much more creative.









Paromita Banerjee

‘The Laal Paar and other stories’ was a tribute to Bengal and it’s textile industry. Fabric consisted of khadi, mul, silk, tussar, cotton and many more…………….but was it wearable…………i definitely do not think so……………I fail to understand why is there more emphasis on the fabric than design. A designer is known for what he or she creates with that said fabric. Bengal definitely has beautiful handlooms available in such rich colours but just draping them does not make a design. There is nothing new in the design…………………seen it already……….need something new. If as a designer one is getting inspired from a part of India that is commendable but you have to make a good work out of that creation. Only then it will be remembered for ages………………









Rimzim Dadu

Gothic’ is the very word I would use to describe the collection and fit for a rockstar…………….but why so much of black??? This collection looked very early 90s to me and was not at all for the summers. Messed up hair, ankle length flat boots which reminded me of Urmila Matondkar’s ‘Rangeela re’ song and metalic touches to the outfit all oh so 90s……….but again there was nothing soothing to the eye and have already seen such erre looking clothes on the amp before also. So what made this collection special……………….in my opinion ‘nothing’ would be the answer. This outfits could have been styled in a much better way by adding high heels and having hairstyled well in a party look. On the whole notvery impressed by this collection.









Anand Kabra

‘She was so dark that she was blue’ left me wondering did someone get left out in snow…………………the clothes were simply drapes and more drapes which even I could do sitting at home. Then why should I look at this gothic collection in which some pieces are not at all wearable. First of all the fabric was just cut in a asymetrical way and stitched up together with lack of refinement………………the colour as the title suggests was dominated by black and blue with spalshes of grey, yellow and orange. I am unimpressed by this creation and feel if the designer has to emphasize on the splash of colour than cut then shouldn’t i buy an abstract painting instead of a designer wear. My apologises to Anand Kabra but I feel he should work out a better creation next time rather than something with dark elements only.










Vikram Phadnis

Creme and black colour with touch of metallic hues ruled the scene in Vikram Phadnis collection. The collection was wearable unlike other creations seen on Day 4 and I liked the way Vikram used golden and copper shades with cream colour. There was layering, ruffles, embroidery and symetrical prints which made the look stylish………………however there were few pieces which I felt were just off the rack and had not creative input of the designer. The black and cream colour fusion looked well only in few outfits and who wants to wear the all feather look gown after it has been written off by fashionistas as a ‘Fashion disaster’. My pick in this collection will have to be the short summer dresses which I feel are well fitted and look beautiful. By the way the head thing that the models wore made them look more like an alien. People might say I don’t understand fashion but I do understand when it is overboard……………….










Satya Paul

Satya Paul’s key designer Puneet Nanda presented ‘Zen, Zest, Zip Zap and Zing’  collection which not only have sarees but also dresses both short and long flowy ones. There were splashes of colour on fabrics like organza, voile, georgette, crepe, satin, net and chiffon with loads of detailing and embroidery work. The colour palette included both feiry and watery tones. The dresses were dreamy but the sarees with a touch of metallic were very impressive. I love the fact that Satya Paul has always given new look to the saree over the years making it more of a fashion statement rather than just regular wear for Indian women. They have continued this trend this season also thanks to Puneet Nanda for his creativeness.  Mandira Bedi, Ex- Miss India Amrtua Patki and Sarah Jane Dias along with  Jacqueline Fernandes graced the ramp in Satya Paul creations.

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