March 29, 2015
Gurgaon girl Aditi Arya was crowned Femina Miss India 2015 at the 52nd edition of the beauty pageant here at Yash Raj Studio.
Reigning Miss India Koyal Rana, on Saturday, enthroned her successor Aditi with the crown made by PC Jewellers. The first and second runners-up were Aafreen Rachel Vaz and Vartika Singh respectively.
The trio was selected from the top five finalists of the fbb Femina Miss India 2015 that also included Tanya Hope and Deeksha Kaushal.
This year, 21 contestants from across the country participated in the beauty contest.
The coronation night saw contestants walking the ramp for the final time. Out of the 21 contestants, only five made it to the final question and answer round. The top five finalists were selected on the basis of judges' score.
As a result of securing the top three spots, Aditi would represent India at Miss World 2015, Aafreen would participate at Miss International 2015, while Vartika would take part at the Miss Grand International beauty pageants.
Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Shahid Kapoor performed at the grand finale. Along with them, “Balam pichkari” hitmaker Shalmali Kholgade and Meet Bros Anjjan also performed live.
"Welcome Back" team, including Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and producer Firoz A Nadiadwala, were on the judging panel for the finale. The film's director, Anees Bazmee also attended the coronation night along with stars Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal and Shruti Haasan.
The beauty pageant, which will be telecast on April 5, also saw the attendance of actresses Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala, Neha Dhupia, Sonali Bendre, dancer Shiamak Davar and designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosala.
March 27, 2015
Fashionara.com, a women's e-fashion mall, announced its entry into home furnishing market with the launch of 36 brands across seven new categories on Friday.
The website has added close to 7,500 new products to its Home Fashion catalogue and plans to increase this to 20,000 in the next three to four months.
Some of the brands that the website has on board include Mesleep, Swayam, Portico New York, Bombay Dyeing, Tangerine, Stellar Home USA, Corelle and Skipper furnishings. The current offerings are replete with a wide range of products across categories like apparel, accessories, innerwear and cosmetics, read a statement.
"We are very excited to enter the Home Fashion category. Home Fashion is a segment that is growing extremely fast. It is a perfect fit for us as most of our customers are between 25 and 35 years of age, with many in the process of setting up their first independent homes," Arun Sirdeshmukh, co-founder and CEO, Fashionara, said in a statement.
"Our homes are an extension of our personalities, and we at Fashionara aim to offer a curated and really stylish collection of Home Fashion that goes with the eclectic taste of our customers. By putting our F.Lea Market products side by side with the top brands, we are merging contemporary with chic here," Sirdeshmukh added.
In the second half of 2014, the company had introduced F.Lea Bazaar, where it enabled selected sellers from flea markets across the country, to retail their products on its portal.
March 27, 2015
David Abraham of brand Abraham & Thakore (A&T), whose designs have been acquired by Victoria & Albert Museum in London for its permanent collection, says he has no qualms if a local shopkeeper imitates his designs as he feels that's how fashion will move on.
Abraham is also happy that the concept of fashion weeks in the country has exploded and moved away from just being restricted to the elite class.
"I feel that the whole fashion week concept has just exploded in India. Initially, it was exotic and very rare... which appealed to few elite people, who bought trousseau and couture. Now, fashion is what everyone wears on streets," he told IANS at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW).
"People are buying clothes online, department stores, social medias. Fashion has become accessible now and touches all young people," he added.
Asked if fashion has become a mass market nowadays, he said: "If we talk about fashion as a mass market, designers and designer stores are creating a sensibility and style which creates impact on commoners. Anywhere in the world the designers who showcase are not easy to buy as they are quite expensive."
Of late, many designers are finding replicas of their designs amongst the local shopkeepers, who make the same designs at a low cost. But Abraham finds nothing wrong in it.
"That happens everywhere in the world and I feel that's how the fashion will move on. I think it's very positive. To be trendier, you have to follow something and I feel imitation is one word and inspiration is another.
"I will be happy if someone imitate what we do. It won't affect business as we as designer brand know how to bring the best. We have the skill and the way we do it is not possible for the mass market. Our collection can't be mass market," said Abraham.
A&T, known for fashion and accessories as well as textile products for the home, was initially established by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore, graduates of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad who were later joined by Kevin Nigli, a design graduate of NIFT New Delhi.
In late 2002, the first A&T shop was opened in New Delhi and since then, there has been no looking back. Their fashion and home textile collections were part of prestigious trade salons in Paris, namely Tranoi and Scenes D'Interieur at Maison & Objet.
The duo don't showcase their lines in every season of fashion weeks.
"For a show, we can only do that once in a year. We can't do it twice a year because we send about four months developing our collection. We do regular and commercial collections, but designing for the stall or for hanger, is a different exercise," he told IANS.
Any message for aspiring designers?
"I think they are fantastic. They are the best thing that has happened to the Indian fashion industry in three to four years," he said, and appreciates designs of Paromita Banerjee and CellDSGN.
March 27, 2015
Designer duo Abraham & Thakore's (A&T) showcase of their autumn-winter 2015 range at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) was all about recycling material in a contemporary way. Old saris and fabrics were layered and hand-stitched together to make something afresh.
Aptly titled 'Old & New', their line encompassed the kurta to the shirt to the dress; from the Nehru jacket, the salwar and the skirt.
The duo worked extensively with Kantha, also known as Sujani, a type of embroidery from West Bengal and Odisha, for their range, which was showcased on the second day of ongoing fashion gala at Pragati Maidan.
A highpoint of the show was how they used old saris and fabrics that were layered and hand-stitched together to make new fabrics.
"The collection was inspired by Kantha because kantha was the original recycle fabric of India and we are doing it here much before it became fashionable," David Abraham of the duo told IANS.
"Using old tone saris and using them together to make new clothes is what we did. So that's the inspiration behind the collection... using rampant waste, cut pieces and sourced from all over. We have used unusual materials that have never been used and incorporated all this in the collection," he added.
The designer duo also looked at other forms of recycling -- for instance, they have created sequins for evening wear from discarded hospital X-rays and film.
"We source antique recycled brocade borders and ribbons. Snaps, hooks and studs have been converted into decorative ornaments," said Abraham.
The garments were made from fabrics as diverse as cotton, wool, nylon and polyester. Some are recycled and many are collected from varied sources. The colour palette varied from white, ivory, ecru, charcoal, slate, black, brown, purple and more.
March 27, 2015
It was time for the darker shades of winter to take over the ramp of the Amazon India Fashion Week here, with designers Malini Ramani and Rina Dhaka taking to the stage to present their collections with a recurring naturalistic theme, tying them up together.
The two designers had their shows scheduled back-to-back on the second day Thursday of the five-day fashion gala at Pragati Maidan here. And both presented a visual treat to the fashion enthusiasts at the event.
There was a good chunk of romanticism with hues of beige, plum and a dash of blue.
Ramani's collection 'Free Spirit' mainly trailed into the darker realms of winter while playing with colours like black (which dominated the range), olive green, red and golden. The collection can be defined by long skirts with side thigh high slits, ankle length skirt with slits, asymmetrical cuts with embellishments, motifs and zardozi work.
Some dresses from her collection outshined the rest with an extraordinary shine oozing out of them -- be it the outfit with sequins, printed trousers, cape with flower motifs or half sleeves jacket exuding a 'cow-boy' feel.
Whereas Dhaka's collection is all about classic checks, stripes, spider weaves, leaves and ikat like patterns. The collection boasts of box-like asymmetrical designs all caught in embroideries.
Â“It (collection) is the use of linear movements from a straight line to a way of light. I have tried to make it as simple. We also went into stories with plants or with some of the cut-works, formats or spider-like things,Â” Dhaka told reporters at the press briefing post her show.
Dhaka's range is all about layering with an element of abstract and a surprise factor in each outfit. Be it giving a 3D effect through a garment, shadow effect dress or geometric embroidered linear dress.
From the colour palette, she has imbued shades of nude, blue, charcoal black and plum with fabrics like lace, cotton, stretchy fabric, velvet, satin with handwork, cut-work, patch work.
It's not only dark shades for Dhaka. There is also a burst of colours like pink, purple and red in her line. Dhaka also noted that for 2015 she is planning to make Â“ready to wearÂ” collection.
The ensemble was complemented with a gothic look, created with smoky eyes and umkept plaits. Funky accessories like big nose rings, chunky neck pieces, bracelets, fur, headgear and scarves also added spunk to the collection.
Popular names like Ambika Pillai and Carol Gracias were also spotted cheering for the designers. Designer Tarun Tahiliani also greeted Dhaka after the show, calling her his Â“Julia RobertsÂ”.
Ironically, while Dhaka thanked media for taking out time and coming out to support the fashion industry, Ramani skipped the press briefing session post her show.
Meanwhile, Pearl Academy, one of the key sponsors of the fashion week, launched UG and PG courses in Fashion & Lifestyle E-Commerce (FLE) and Indian Couture (IC) on day two. Designers like Samant Chauhan and Hemant-Nandita duo also showcased their collection on day two.
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