Anita Dongre at the LFW Winter-Festive 2015


Mention the term “Fashion Week” to any of the fashionistas around you, you will get to see an array of excitement by them. Does not Fashion Weeks ignite some kind of passion for fashion in you? Well, it does for most of the fashionistas.

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What makes fashion week as exciting on the 2nd day as it was on its 1st? It is the fact that the talented designers are still showcasing their creation in newer ways and captivating and blowing our mind away. The same case happened with Lakme Fashion Week winter festive 2015 which began on 26 August and ended on 30th.

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On the 2nd day of Lakme Fashion Week 2015, the winter edition which began on August 26 at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai, designer Anita Dongre’s collection was showcased. Actress Dia Mirza was her show stopper. Anita told that the actress has lent a great amount of support to the designer’s endeavour and came along with a strong message.

Anita’s theme for Lakme Fashion Week this season is “Handcrafted Traditions of India”. She has attempted to showcase the splendour of traditional Indian craft in her collection. According to her, this season’s collection is bringing to limelight the unique forms of craftsmanship from each area depicting the diversity and intricacy of each one of these original creations.

Take a quick peek at what they wore at the ramp:

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Diya Mirza, Gul Panag and Tisca Chopra all wore stunning black embroidered gowns and set the ramp on fire.

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Shabana Azmi looked stunning on the ramp sporting an indigenous outfit from the ‘Grassroot Collection’.

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Sangeeta Bijlani walked the ramp in a gorgeous blue saree.

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Lisa Haydon, Gauhar Khan walked the ramp wearing some of the colourful heavy outfits from the designer’s collection.

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Evergreen beauty Sharmila Tagore came draped in a beautiful saree from the collection and proved that she still can mesmerise the audience with her beauty and charm

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The colour palette that Anita displayed on the runway consisted of pink, cream, red and others. The collection included the art of block print, tie-dye and chikankari. Dia Mirza and the designer herself dazzled the audience walking with the Indian weavers on the ramp.

Latest of Anamika Khanna


If you are acquainted with Fashion Designer Anamika Khanna’s work, you’d recognise them the instant you get a glimpse of them. She is the very same famous designer who draped our fashion queen Sonam Kapoor in an ivory net saree along with a jacket of floor length at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

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Let us explore some of her latest collections showcased at events by various b-town celebs. Keep your eyes here:

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

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The show must go on for Anamika Khanna. And the designer showcased her latest collection at the Summer/Resort edition of Jabong Lakme Fashion Week 2015. LFW had been intense week for stunning couture, glamour and fashion offering a stunning platform to various designers to showcase their creative fashion works.

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan and Deepika Padukone stole the show for Anamika Khanna as the designer presented her collection in the fashion week.

On the Grand Finale of the event the audience got the glimpse of her collection which was neither Indian nor Western. She brought a lot of sheer fabrics with a regal colour palette of gold, gunmetal, ivory, black, nude colour, soft pink, silver and a strong blue. As always Khanna is the masterpiece of playing with colours and determining perfect need of one’s taste.

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Anamika’s grand showstopper, Deepika draped in a boss like black wide-legged pant and black cropped top with gorgeous and heavy neckpiece and other accessories. While Kareena climbed down the spiral staircase at the event in a black, silver and white ensemble, high heels and other accessories as well.

Indian Film Festival, Melbourne 2015

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She is the fashion queen of Bollywood. Sonam Kapoor has impressed her Australian fans and has walked the ramp for Anamika Khanna’s show on Day 2 of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Here as well you get the glimpse of the designer’s latest collection of fashion. The actress was present at the event for the screening of her film “Khoobsoorat”

She draped in a long heavily embroidered off-white separates gown, keeping her look simple with a neckpiece to go with the gown just.

Others

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Actress Shilpa Shetty came down to attend TV9 Awards in Hyderabad draping in a one shoulder off-white embroidered top and a black skirt. With her hair down, she completed her look with strappy sandals and Chanel bag. You can also peek a look at Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput whose reception attire was designed by Anamika.

Tarun Tahiliani to Showcase in Dubai


Talking about creations and we don’t include fashion in that? Not possible in million years. Well readers, we are back with a bang with yet another scoop revolving the fashion world. You definitely are acquainted of fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani, the co-founder of India’s first multi-designer boutique with his wife Sailaja ‘Sal’ Tahilaini.

So are eager for reading this one? Give your ears to us for the scoop and enjoy reading with us:

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Sopritti, for the first time, is bringing Tarun Tahilaini, the leading Indian designer to UAE, Dubai on September 19. He is going to showcase his newest collection at the event. This “Fashion, Glamour and Lifestyle” event by UAE-based is the ultimate initiative of Sopritti. Sopritti arranges many creative exhibitions, especially art and fashion exhibitions. Many of these creative exhibitions are in support of a good cause such as raising awareness about less fortunate children in the UAE.

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At the event, the designer will meet with various clients on a heart-to-heart basis and connect with the audience. His collection entails fabric details, digital textile printing and Italian pattern cutting. Tahiliani creates ready-to-wear, diffusion, couture and accessory lines, all of this have aspects of traditional Indian wear in combination with international styles.

About the designer

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Tahiliani is extremely famous for his trousseau wear. He founded his design studio with his wife in 1990. His unique signature has from then evolved as a fusion of refined luxury, meticulous tailoring and textile details. The rich culture of the nation is reinvented in his designs and textiles as well.

About the event organiser

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Sopritti was established in 2011 by Pritti Nanda who is a local veteran of Dubai and has specialization in event organization as well. This initiative has already brought together the support from some of the most influential international designers for the support of its good causes.

This event is going to take place on 19 September, 2015 at the Yasat Ballroom at the Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai. If you are thinking to reshuffle your wardrobe for the next year, this is the place for you to come. Gear up for the spending. Leave your comments and stay stylish!!!!

Down the Memory Lane – Neeta Lulla on Jodha Akbar Look


Have you seen Jodha Akbar? The movie of Ashutosh Gowarikar and not the serial aired on Zee TV Network. Yes? Then you must have definitely noticed the royal grandeur of the sets and the costumes in the movie. Keep aside the set designing part; we are here to talk about the costume designing of the movie.

Dressing up the celebs is a cinch for ace fashion designer, Neeta Lulla. She is ruling our film industry for about two decades designing attires for Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya and even Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan. She got National Award for her designs in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas as well.

Her assignment of designing for the Ashutosh Gowarikar’s epic love story, Jodhaa Akbar was another unique work for her. Let us give you an elaborate picture of her work in this movie.

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According to her working on Jodha Akbar was one of the most challenging films she has ever done in about last 20 years of her career, though she has done other periodic films such as Kisna, Devdas and even a Hollywood film, One Night with the King.

Amongst many one of the causes for this was that this was her first designing of costumes for the entire cast of the movie. Even the commoner walking on the road in the scenes of the movie wore the dress designed by the designer. If you

What made it easier for her was that every detail was very well researched. Even then, she worked on this project for a year and half because there was very little information available about the costumes and jewellery worn during that period. And thus information gathering was a bit tough for her.

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As the Mughal era was known for its pomposity, they used a lot of warm tones with being careful not to go overboard. The costumes and accessories were quite heavy but the actors took it in their pace. The accessories were made of precious elements such as gold, cut diamond, ruby, kundan and jade.

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The designer had a great rapport with the lead actress of the movie, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as she had been working with her for the last one decade and knew her likes and dislikes. Her most ornate attire for the actress in the movie was the red bridal attire.

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The designing team got the fabrics for all the costumes from Rajasthan especially from Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai. They used a lot woven fabrics and different textures such as cotton, silk and brocades. A lot of stones, zardozi and kundan embedded in the embroidery were used in addition to gotta work done on some of the costumes. For shoes, they got authentic embroidered mojris from Rajasthan.

So this was the story behind the costume designing of Jodha Akbar by Neeta Lulla. Would you like to share your suggestion with us? Please do. And stay stylish till we meet in the next post!!!

Shining Mirror: An Old Fashion in New Style


As she walked the ramp, her attire glittered in a 1000 mega watt and there was a standing ovation for her. Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in a grey ensemble with tie-n-dye in shades of red wine and heavy mirror work at the Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week. High on gloss, shimmer and mirror work, Manish Malhotras collection was curated for events where brides can experiment and have lots of fun with their attires.

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Same sparkling effect repeated when Tamannaah Bhatia walked the ramp for designer Payal Singhal at Lakme Fashion Week 2015. The actress wore a golden embroidered lehenga, rich with mirror work.

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Actress Soha Ali Khan graced ramp in green lehenga with mirror embellished long jacket blouse for Arpita Mehta’s Talent Box at Lakme Fashion Week.

These are just a few examples for an age old work used to embellish attires. Read on for more detail:

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All the leading fashion designers of recent date are innovating interesting options for the designing of attires. Using tons of mirrors with different techniques is one of them. You must be aware of the fact that mirror work is long practiced technique and also traditional work of Gujarat, India.

This designing technique has been exclusively used for the attires as well as accessories for a long time. In recent times, the Indian designers and even a few western designers are making the use of mirrors for their ready to wear line of collection.

In addition, the methods in which mirror is applied to decorate the attires is contemporary in nature. Many of the Indian designers have also given an absolute makeover to this form of style. The mirror work is traced back to 17th century in Iran and it is said to be brought to India through various travellers during the era of Mughals.

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Indian designers like Payal Singhal, Abraham & Thakore, Abu & Sandeep, Malini Ramani, Arpita Mehta and Manish Arora are giving this work a new style with different innovations in their line of collection and rather its extensive use is a new phenomenon in the fashion world.

Please do write to us and share your views in the comment box below. Stay stylish always!

Anju Modi on Bajirao Mastani Look


Hey, have you watched the theatrical teaser of Bajirao Mastani? No? Then see it today itself on YouTube or at any music channel on your TV screen.

If you are aware of the know-no-bounds work of Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, you can just try to imagine what we are going to get onscreen soon with this latest movie of him, his dream project, Bajirao Mastani having Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh as the glowing star cast for the epic love story.

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The last movie of SLB was Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, whose costume was designed by Fashion designer Anju Modi, making her debut in Bollywood with the movie. Did you remember the grandeur of the costumes? Then you can imagine working with her what the director is going to give us this time as well.

As a designer she has always preferred to go for the traditional Indian way as her inspiration and as per sources, Modi has carried out severe research work for getting the correct look of Bajirao Mastani and get the right ambiance.

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She said that she studied history and travelled various parts of Maharashtra with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, went into the interiors and visited museums to get a sense of what used to be there. According to her this gave a chance to bring out elements from the Maharashtrian culture, be it in Kashibai’s navvaris or Bajirao’s dhotis or Mastani’s dupattas, shararas, angrakhas and veils.

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Not just the costumes, they are using expensive pieces of jewellery, which Anju is taking on the task from best jewellery designers of the nation such as Shri Hari Jewellers from Delhi and PN Gadgil from Pune. She used the best materials which includes antique stones, uncut diamonds and Basra pearls, as this is a period movie which is set against a regal backdrop offering the authentic look to the characters.

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By now if you have seen the teaser and have seen Deepika Padukone aka Mastani of the movie, then sure you are drooling over the costume. Designed in line with Vaastu which Anju sees as an intuitive science, her favourite shades are indigo blue and ash grey.

All of us are waiting eagerly for the release of SLB’s dream project. Aren’t you? Keep an eye to this space for more posts and leave your comments in the box below. Stay stylish till we meet next!!

Play Trendy with Blouses


Hey beautiful, tell us something! What is a saree without a trendy blouse? Saree is infused with Indian culture from ancient times and is primarily derived from the Indian ethnicity. And along with saree blouse plays a very significant component for this Indian traditional garment of women.

No issue how stunning a saree is, the unusually pleasing to one’s eye and the charm of this Indian traditional women’s attire bang out only when you coordinate a saree with a designer blouse in perfect fit.

Blouse, being a significant part of your saree draping consists of lots of styles and designs to the overall look of them. Have some ideas about trendy blouses so that you can play around at any occasion with the patterns of blouse and add grace to it. Have a quick look:

Plainly Plain

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For a very important and informal occasion, you can opt for a blouse with slightest amount of specific embroidery and elaborations. A fine choice of a simple yet beautiful saree along with a matching blouse with plain designs and cuts can do wonders in improving your appeal at any occasion.

Hugging Halter

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And if you’re anxious in giving a non-traditional appearance to your traditional saree, you can opt for halter neck blouses. By this, you not only maintain the grace of the saree style, which have been warily maintained by elder gen all these days, but such blouse design freely cause you to feel young and gleaming as well.

Stylish Spaghetti Straps

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This is for you all, if you take fashion damn seriously. If you belong to the new gen, you are always trying to find excuse to stay in fashion. This ultra stylish blouse design is capable of making you look trendy even with a traditional wear. You can opt for this style if you have a great collar bone to show-off.

Transparent or Sheer Full Sleeves

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This is an extreme versatile design of blouse that goes well with every age women and every body type. Just in case you are not aware of, this fashion is on and off since ages. The sheer sleeves blouses are in trend nowadays, generally made of sheer fabric or net. This style not just emphasizes the feminism in you but even hide your flaws tactically.

The blouses which are particularly designed by our fashion designers have taken this concept of trendy blouses to the next level. You must have noticed that our Bollywood celebs always love to flaunt the designer blouse rather than the sarees they wear. For occasions like weddings, blouses are often worn in various ways and they are forever appreciated by the Indian and global audience.

What is your style of blouse for a special occasion? Share them with in the comment box and stay stylish till the next post.