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Nandita Mahtani – Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2012

I know this post has been a bit delayed but nonetheless, I had to write about it because I had all these fabulous photographs lying with me. Couldn’t let them go to waste! Following are images from Nandita Mahtani’s show at the recently concluded Delhi leg of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2012.
It was a very specific evening/cocktails dressy collection with the scales tipping slightly towards bling but it never looked in-you-face garish. Elegantly done.

{ Stylaned } – Modernist Gota feat. Jenjum Gadi

Jenjum Gadi who was one half of the label KOGA sometime back now has his own label. Not afraid to experiment with materials, this time Jenjum has focussed on ‘Gota Work’. Using it in a way that is very different from the traditional Indianwear, he has given the concept of Gota a breath of fresh air! For example the jacket that is featured here, you will never be able to realize that its surface ornamentation has been done using ‘Gota’ but go close and you’ll see what I’m talking about. His collection ranges from some aggressive modernist gota usage to minimal ethereal forms and usage.

Shivan and Narresh :: Wills India Fashion Week S/S ’13 ::

Their Spring/Summer 2013 collection ‘ZIP’, inspired by the works of Barnett Newman was fresh, vibrant and just the right doses of classy and sexy! A treat for New Delhi since this was their first time showing at Wills India Fashion Week.
The big pops of color-blocked cherry red and aquamarine were so exciting!

{ Stylaned } – A Primrose Evening feat. Ritu Kumar

You can literally take a whiff of the profound romance that exudes off of Ritu Kumar garments. THAT is how much I have always been in love with her and her work. While a lot of people may say she lacks the radical ‘newness; that a lot of designers belonging to the younger generation bring to Indian Fashion, she really doesn’t need to.

Atsu :: Wills India Fashion Week S/S ’13 ::

When you have such a specific theme/inspiration for a collection it can get a bit intimidating and the theme can easily dominate over your true sensibilities. However it was such a pleasure to see Atsu incorporate the ‘North – Eastern’ sensibilities with such ease into his collection.

Manish Malhotra :: Wills India Fashion Week S/S ’13 ::

It was a treat of gorgeous ‘chikankari’ embroideries on the garments at the Manish Malhotra show. The colors for the womenswear were to die for too! I really wish he would have taken a chance with some bolder colors in his menswear pieces though. I especially loved how he had used special ‘chikankari’ borders on some of his dupattas. Very delicate and fine craftsmanship from the girls at the Mijwan NGO, which was another wonderful cause that was being supported.

| Giveaway | Wills India Fashion Week

What do you do most Monday evenings? Get back from office, go home, watch some television, the gym maybe or hang with friends at the pub? Here is a different idea – how about you go to Pragati Maidan, to the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, watch a ‘live’ fashion show, witness the happennings of the fashion industry first hand, have a few drinks and have a blast maybe?!
We are giving away one pass to the Alpana Neeraj & Rishta by Arjun show on the 8th of October, 2012 at 5:45pm.

#FiamaFabHair & { A Scarf Print Shirt }

Fiama recently held a ‘Fabulous Hair Event’ with hair expert Sapna Bhavnani, whose website you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO see for yourself! They showcased 6 unique and trendy hairstyles on some lovely ladies including designer Ranna Gill, Vidushi Mehra (wife of designer Nikhil Mehra), Ambika Anand, etc. All the hairstyles were classy, practical and complimentary to any glam occassion.

But first a quickie Outfit Post followed by a few pics from the event!
The heat seems to be slowly ebbing so I decided it wouldn’t hurt to wear a mildly heavy shirt – a slightly old pick but still very much loved due to its sheer energy and vibrance – my ‘ZARA Scarf Print Shirt’.

{ Stylaned } – Shrubs of Steel feat. Anand Bhushan

When I saw Anand Bhushan’s “Junkyard” show at The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW2012 by FDCI, I knew I would definitely be doing a feature on it! With crazy creativity like that its hard to tell what must be going on in that mind of his…but he agreed! Apart from picking up a gorgeous and ‘heavy-duty’ jacket from his ‘Junkyard’ collection, I also picked up a very different, light and delicate tunic from one of his previous collections as well. It was too pretty to pass.

{ Stylaned } – White Noise feat. DRVV

It was by chance that I got to know Dhruv Kapur , at the recently concluded Delhi Couture Week, where he (very boldly might I add) and his sister wore solid white dresses from his label DRVV, his being backless. I was instantly drawn. So I went up to him, explained what I did, asked him if he was interested…and the rest is history.
Presenting #Stylaned featuring DRVV by Dhruv Kapur – Collection ‘HOWARD

:: Raging on Polkas ::

Polka Dots are such an evergreen trend. They may come and go and come back again, in all sorts of sizes, colors and quantities, but inside all of us, there will always be the child that loves polkas, any given day! For some reason I relate Polkas to vintage. Maybe because I wore them a lot in my childhood and not so much now. Which is why when I laid my eyes on this vintage Vogue cover, I had to do something about it. This is model Marie Lise Gres wearing a hat and dress by Hardy Amies,and photographed by Henry Clarke.UK Vogue,March 1965

Manish Arora – Delhi Couture Week – Day 3

Manish Arora knows how to put up a show and boy does he know it right! And since he was showing in the Capital after a gap of over three years it was literally a high octane, full power blast of a show. Energy was ripping through everyone! While I have very few words to express my sheer enthusiasm I do have a truckload of photographs from the show. It wasn’t easy trying to pick out the few that got to come up on the blog. Nevertheless, here they are.

Anju Modi – Delhi Couture Week 2012 – Day 3

This year, Anju Modi presents her collection DEVI. The collection takes inspiration from some of the most vivid characters inked throughout the Bengali literature and those that have been cinematically brought to life.
Like always her garments were so much more than just garments, art, stories infact. Layers upon layers of intricacy so thoughtfully brought together. One look and you know that not just anybody is capable of such craftsmanship. Anju Modi’s shows always leave me in complete awe and love with her.

{ Stylaned } – Priyal Prakash House of Design

Introducing #stylaned as a regular feature on the blog. In collaboration with @naina
As our very first feature we bring to you Priyal Prakash House of Design and a drop dead gorgeous gown from her collection. But who says it should be limited only for the evenings? With a fabulous open-back and sultry gold detailing on the sleeves and bust it really does take sexy to the next level. When you have a beautiful gown like this you MUST NOT clutter the look. It will only downplay the beauty of the gown. Let the gown shine in all its singularity and play with just one set of accessories to accent the look.