October 29, 2014
Fashion and glamour will get a creative push with hints of literature, music and Bollywood at the tenth edition of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour (BPFT), which will travel to five cities next month.
Starting mid-November, BPFT will travel to Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Fashion designers will be complemented by some music bands like Ankur Tiwari, Ash & Ashvin, Boom Bay Central, Karsh Kale, MIDIval Pundits and Shaa'ir + Func, who will do a especially curated LIVE music performance, said a statement.
The tour is poised to be a melange of music, design and technology, it was unveiled at a preview event here Wednesday.
Proud to celebrate a decade of "style, substance and excellence", Raja Banerji, assistant vice president, Pernod Ricard India, said: "This year we have tried to encompass style from various facets of art-forms along with fashion and glamour and have added literature, music, Bollywood in the mix."
The event presented a sneak peek into the creations of designers like Abraham and Thakore, Gaurav Gupta, Little Shilpa, Namrata Joshipura, Neeta Lulla, Pankaj and Nidhi, Rocky S, Shivan and Narresh, Suneet Varma and Varun Bahl.
Author Chetan Bhagat along with actor Boman Irani were also present to decode style in their inimitable ways.
Apart from Chetan Bhagat and Boman Irani, cricketer Wasim Akram along with Irrfan Khan will feature in the fashion shows.
October 18, 2014
Fashion designer Rahul Mishra, who won the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) in Milan earlier this year, has launched his award winning collection in Sydney.
Inspired by the works of a graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, the six-piece collection was launched Tuesday, and it will be sold through David Jones store in Sydney.
Mishra is thrilled.
"It is going to be really great for our brand on the commercial front, getting into these stores is a dream for any designer. The international exposure since winning the award has been immense and has provided us global coverage like never before," Mishra said in a statement.
His range, made of lightweight Merino wool, features progressive hand embroidery and its designs reflect the lifecycle of wool -- the journey it takes from it's natural state to the concrete cities where it's redesigned and reinvented.
The collection will be stocked in Australia by David Jones, and will retail internationally in Harvey Nichols in London, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Colette in Paris, Joyce in Hong Kong, Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan and online at mytheresa.com.
October 17, 2014
Premium crystal brand Swarovski has collaborated with online fashion destination Jabong.com to offer "Create Your Style" jewellery kits to women who like to express their individuality through style.
"Create your style is Swarovski owned brand and we are bringing it to India for the first time and we are doing it with Jabong. The first edition consists of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants. It's not just another jewellery brand. The idea is to make it interactive, personalise and focus on style," Vivek Ramabhadran, managing director, Swarovski Professional, Swarovski India Pvt. Ltd., told IANS at the launch event here Thursday.
"The kit comes with a look book. We have worked with stylists. You can play with Swarovski crystal components and create different looks. You can match it with a plain white dress or a bold red one for evening or muted outfit for a corporate event. The flexibility is enormous," he added.
The kit will go live midnight.
Arun Chandra Mohan, founder and CEO, Jabong, which will soon launch brands of designers like Anita Dongre and Gaurav Gupta, is excited about the collaboration.
"Jewellery is becoming a big part of how people express themselves and adding Swarovski is exciting. It's an iconic fashion luxury elegant brand. We are giving opportunity to customers to customise a little bit because people are looking for some degree of personalisation. Yes, it's a product, but 'can I make it a more me' kind of thing," said Mohan.
October 17, 2014
Ace fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh's first collection with luxury textile brand Shingora was showcased here Thursday.
The designer, who recently paid tribute to weavers in the denim industry, has created a capsule collection of 35 designs in scarves and stoles using luxurious fibres like premium wool and merino cashmere.
"Old Indian techniques have been converted into contemporary designs with Rajesh's signature on them like ajrak printing technique but using in contemporary context. We are trying to make people aware of what India has. There is enough within India to use in fashion. Why should we look at west alone?" Shingora's CEO Amit Jain told IANS.
He says that the first collection took long as they had to understand his design sensibility and the designer had to familiarise himself with their manufacturing practices. But now they are positive about the collection's response.
"With interesting concepts and new ideas...mixing skulls (prints) with ethnic Indian things, I am sure it will appeal to people," said Jain.
Singh, who has been doing scarves from day one, is already "happy with the response".
"Tying up with Shingora...they specialise in this category and we were really happy and jumped on to it. When I was designing the collection, it was separate for men and women.
"Last few days, I showed it to select buyers and people in the trade and a lot of men's styles were liked by women, so that was a big crossover. Men pieces were picked up by girls and vice-versa," he said.
Basic jamavar was used and then the initial jamavar motifs were taken and "twisted them into something modern and what younger clients can relate to".
"You can see heads, patchwork, jungle and birds. I do a lot of ajrak prints, so I took a few techniques and twisted," he said.
The association is not limited to this season.
"We have finished our winter line. We will start summer and festive lines soon. Every six months we are coming out with a new collection," said Singh.
October 15, 2014
Jewellery designer Varuna D Jani's latest range of bridal line pays an ode to the new-age bride who is well travelled, informed and independent.
Keeping in mind the various traits and qualities which amalgamate into a bride’s persona, the designer's jewellery range is divided into three diverse categories -- Neo classic, Chic and Avant-garde, said a statement.
The Neo classic bridal collection is a combination of classic traditional pieces with intricate detailing taking you back to the ancient era. Crafted with intricate 'jaali' work, diamonds and coloured stones, the collection denotes simplicity and calm grandeur.
“The collection is meant for all those women who consider themselves elegant, romantic and inclined to her traditions with a flair for everything classic and timeless,” said the designer.
The Chic bridal collection comprises of eccentric designs with a twist.
“It's meant for the elegantly stylish bride, who is creative and innovative in her approach. She possesses endless freshness and playfulness and is quirky and fun to be with. The collection is versatile and this bride knows exactly how to add the element of oomph with the perfect medley of colour, shine and drama,” said Jani.
The Avant-garde collection is meant for the radical bride who believes in setting her own trend. This collection comprises of signature bracelets, cocktail rings and statement earrings.
The collection is available at the designer's store.
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