Indian Government Should Recognize Fashion as A Form of Art


Great Indian To Gain Recognition in the Fashion Industry

The Indian government should appreciate the talent of fashion designers like the French government, said Manish Arora, who was recently awarded the Chevalier De La Legion D’Honneur, the highest civilian award in France. Famous for creating apparels that have a riot of colors, kitschy designs, and psychedelic prints which are popular across the world, Arora has been working in the fashion industry for more than 15 years. Recently, Anoushka Shankar wore his creation at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony.

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Speaking to the press after receiving the award, Manish said he was very happy as an Indian in the fashion industry to be honored by the French. Expressing his feelings at being honored at the global level, Arora said that the Indian government should accept fashion as an art form in a manner like the French government does. Last year, Ritu Beri, another eminent Indian designer was awarded the Chevalier Des Arts Et Des Lettres award for her significant role in improving Indo-French cultural relations.

Manish Arora brand feels that there is a lack of recognition to the fashion industry from the Indian government. Apart from recognizing fashion as a serious business and there is a need for people with a good understanding to bring in changes through their involvement in the government. Arora is also of the opinion that fashion designers are hardly recognized in any type of awards or ceremonies organized in India. This needs to change.

Arora’s International Fame

As the number of international clients steadily increases at his stall at national fashion weeks, Arora’s rise in international started with his debut at London Fashion Week in September 2005. He also proved his caliber at the fashion weeks organized in Hong Kong and Miami. His creations were first displayed in Paris Fashion Week in 2007. He also became a member of the famous French Federation of Pret-a-Porter during that year.

What Indian Designers Need to Learn?

Though he feels happy at the appreciation of Indian fashion industry at the global map, he feels Indian designers still have a lot to learn. One viable solution, he says is to modernize India as well as Indian methods of weaving at textiles to match the quality standards at international level. Arora who was also the creative director of Paco Robanne, a legendary French fashion house has worked with brands like Swarovski, Walt Disney, Nivea, and Swatch.

This is definitely a noteworthy change in fashion industry as more and more Indians are gaining global recognition. India needs to take steps to improve the fashion industry so that more and more designers and skilled people in the industry gain an opportunity to prove their skills to the world.

Indian Designer Suket Dhir Wins International Fashion Prize at Dubai


Hey all! Welcome back to our section of fashion scoop. What is your source of getting the fashion scoops? Of course we are. Have you been aware of this great news yet? If not, give us the chance to break this great news of Suket Dhir. You know our very own fashion designer Suket Dhir? Have a glance at fashion from inside:

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Suket Dhir has recently won the International Woolmark prize India, Pakistan and Middle East regional final in the menswear category. Suket Dhir is also the label of the fashion designer. The event was held in Dubai at the Manzil Downtown on 21st July, Tuesday of 2015.

The judges were impressed by Dhir’s hand woven techniques and unique merino fabric developments. Dhir’s designing philosophy is the exclusive use of sustainable materials and natural fabrics. A graduate of Fashion Design from NIFT, Delhi, he is acknowledged for spectacular and plush menswear collection.

The grand finale of this event for menswear will be held in January 2016 at Florence. Dhir was selected from amongst the 11 most promising fashion designers of Pakistan, India and Middle East region. He received AED 136,112‘s financial contribution and of course the scope of representing the Middle East, India and Pakistan Region and participate in the international level finale.

Glance at a very brief details about the designer:

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Suket launched his label ‘Suket Dhir’ in the year 2008. His brand is identical with uncompromising use of eco-friendly textile, quality finishing and high detailing. His line of designs features linen, cottons, bamboo, muslin and silk blends that have been changed into universal silhouettes. This brand contrasts the typical bohemian with a regal stylishness.

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In his designing career till now, he has showcased his line of collection at several Indian Fashion Weeks and also his designs have been much-loved by celebs such as Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, etc. to name a few of them. His design studio is at Delhi.

Let us wait for the international finale together and keep our finger crossed for Suket Dhir to win. Be sure to peak on to this space for more scoop of fashion world. Leave your comments in the box and stay stylish!!!

Fashion Designers of/from Kolkata


When it comes to buying a perfect saree or a dress, we depend our choices on the season’s latest and the hottest trends. We refer to our very own Bollywood and Hollywood to see who’s wearing what, what’s making headlines, and what is a complete no-no. There is no doubt that the two industries are our main source of inspiration and how we choose to look from day to day can be credited to the newest and freshest of the clothes. However, we at Team Sareez believe that the men and women behind the curtains have to be credit as much (if not more) as the ones flaunting the apparels and making them super-hit.

You guessed it right! We are talking about the very talented and very creative fashion designers who spend sleepless nights and endless days designing what the superstars flaunt effortlessly.

It is true that we all know the names of the big giants such as Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Neeta Lulla. However, those are the legendary designers who have made themselves as the milestones of the industry after spending several years touching, feeling, and designing each piece of a cloth material.

It is time to get acclimatized to and acknowledge the new and fresh designers who have changed the meaning of Fashion from being elegant to making a statement.

This week on Sareez , we bring to you some of the talented and fresh faces in the Fashion World. And, what’s better to kick start the show from our very own designers from the Bong-land..

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Abhishek Dutta
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Abhishek Dutta, 32, is one of Kolkata’s celebrated fashion designers who have his style and creativity speaks for himself globally.  He was launched internationally when he was invited as the only Indian designer to showcase at Bali fashion week in 2005 followed by Asia fashion week in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He loves working with hand loom and natural fabrics and experiments with asymmetrical cuts. His recent collection, Tangram, has its roots in the serious yet carefree Chinese puzzle.

Paromita Banerjee

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Paromita Banerjee, 28, is a Kolkata based fashion designer whose collections are motivated by “normal” people. Her main focus is to be able to tell a “story” through her cloth line. “A local approach to global sensibilities” guides the creations of Paromita Banerjee’s eponymous label. The sole designer to represent India at the Shanghai chapter of the World Fashion Organization under the United Nations in 2010, Paromita’s latest collection “Haat” is a visual feast in terms of colors and textures inspired by the feel of a local market.

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After a diploma course from the fashion institute of the Birla Institute of Liberal Arts and Management Sciences, Agnimitra Paul, 39, launched her label, Inga, in 1997. From designing jerseys for Mohan Bagan footballers to decking up film stars and celebrities, Paul’s repertoire is varied and exciting. With Indian crafts and textiles at the heart of her creations, Paul’s designs are given a contemporary twist with western cuts. The designer’s latest collection is inspired by the Madhubani paintings of Bihar.

Komal Sood

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After she completed a one-year course in fashion design at NIFT, Kolkata, launching her own label Komal Sood was a natural progression for Komal Sood, 38. Since 2005, her label has evolved to embrace a level of glamour and sophistication that is associated with starry evenings and classy cocktail parties. Sood’s creations are characterized by defined cuts, flowing silhouettes and intricate embroidery. Her latest collection called The Twilight Seduction, presented at the Lakme Fashion Week, is an ode to demi-couture, an intermediate level of luxury fashion.

Kallol Datta

Kallol Datta

Kallol Datta’s trademark kohl-lined eyes and flowing mane are strongly reminiscent of his ‘wild child’ days when the 28-year-old had just stepped into the world of fashion. Quirky prints, geometric patterns, smart drapes, unusual silhouettes and bold textures have made his outfits stand out both on the ramp and the racks. “For a designer like me who is going through a minimalist phase and is not into theatrics of any sort, it was great to have done a finale so early on in my career,” he says.

Soumitra Mondal

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Soumitra Mondal, 33, is a not only a fabulous designer but also a living prodigy claiming that designers are born out of passion and not big names on their degrees. A diploma at a local institute and a three-year stint as an assistant of Rahul Gupta, another ace fashion designer, is all he had to make his name amongst the giant names like Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, and Vikram Phadnis. His label, Marg, launched in 2002, had to go through a series of ups and downs till he finally achieved a breakthrough on the national platform with a Lakme Fashion Week showing in 2007. Bengal is at the core of Mondal’s creations on textiles. His latest collection, Bunon, which means weaving, focuses on textiles of the old Bengal weaves, Jamdani and Khadi.

Tell us about your favorite designers and the ones you may want to feature on our next post.

Great Screen Moments 



From sumptuous historical epics to action packed blockbusters, Bollywood cinema has captured the hearts of audiences with its unique blend of music, movement and melodrama.

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We can start our journey from the magic of Madhubala, who immortalized Anarkali on the silver screen with her flawless performance in Mughal-e-Azam, continues to enthrall cinema lovers all over the world. Her success was followed by Dulari (1949), Beqasoor (1950), Tarana (1951) and Badal (1951) & the success of these films placed her among the most bankable actresses of the 50s alongside Kamini Kaushal, Suraiya and Nargis.

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Nargis – A fabulous actress, whose performance in the film ‘Mother India’ was widely appreciated. The film was nominated for Oscars. Her characterization was always natural and convincing. She was popularly known as “Baby Nargis”. An interesting thing about Nargis was her stage name “Narcissus”, which means a flower. She was often starred opposite to the renowned Bollywood star Raj Kapoor.

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Nutan – A fine actress and was capable of expressing anything with her eyes and face. Nutan was not only blessed with a graceful personality and great acting skills, her voice was also quite serene. In Seema (1955) we can see the tempests raging and dying in her eyes as the bhajan ‘Manmohana bade jhoote’. In 1960’s and 1970’s Nutan regularly picked up awards for diverse roles in films like Milan (1967), Saraswati Chandra (1968), Saudagar (1973) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). By that time she had become one of the most respected actress in Hindi Cinema. She acted opposite Dilip Kumar for the first time in Subhash Ghai’s Karma (1986) and matched the performance of the great actor frame by frame.

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They are the legend of Bollywood Cinema. The simplicity of thought, word and deed and the devotion to work in any given situation is still remembered. They always maintained a sense of responsibility. They died many years ago but they still live in our heart.

A perfect blend of Fashion in film



The term ‘Fashion’ refers to a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup etc. It refers to a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style with which a person dresses, as well as to prevailing styles in behavior.

Fashion has indeed become an integral part of our film industry. The audience follows what their favorite stars wear in movies, events etc. Indian cinema has completed 100 glorifying years and with this span of time tremendous change has been brought about in the stream of fashion. But one thing remains same.

In the early 1960s we have seen Bollywood actors following fashion trends that were quite traditional as well as ethical whereas now in 2013 we can also see the same flow. Today Indian culture, ethical values are beautifully depicted in Hindi films.

Movies are about escapism. However, whereas fashion celebrates clothes as an art form in themselves, costumes take on a different meaning in the context of a film – they play a supporting role to the plot and often take on a deeper meaning, used to transmit key messages and moods.

Therefore, fashion designers love associations with films because it gives their clothes wider cultural significance. Some films have a lasting impact on the fashion world and serve as perennial inspiration no matter what the season or current trends. Movies are a constant source of visual inspiration thereby promotes fashion in true sense.

Sareez wants to depict the fashion in “Filmy Fashion Funda” contest with “Get the Look” concept where you can easily correlate the current fashion with our Bollywood outfits…
Fashion lovers should take a look at our exquisite Diva look and enjoy the taste of fashion.

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In Awe of “The Cannes Film Festival”



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All good things must come to an end. It’s that time again. That time when the last of us still left in Cannes pack our bags, grab a final dinner and drinks with friends, and head to the airport. We’ve reached the end of the 12 days of the Cannes Film Festival.

These are the moments that define our lives. The people we meet, the events we attend and choices we make, the films we see, the discussions we have, the outcome of all this intensely focused passion for film. What cinema has taught us is how invaluable connections are, and how important genuine relationships are to life.

Cannes is a place where everyone willing to fall in love with film. All because we love what we do, all because we love telling the world about films that move us, entertain us, frustrate us that leave us excited for the future of cinema. Nothing can compare to Cannes and the global experience it provides, the good days and even the bad. Hope it will help to inspire others to pursue their passions and love film the way all of us do.

Here’s the complete list of films at 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

• Young & Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)
• The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
• The Congress (dir. Ari Folman)
• The Dance of Reality (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
• Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Coen Brothers)
• Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (dir. David Lowery)
• Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich)
• Behind the Candelabra (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
• Bastards (Les salauds) (dir. Claire Denis)
• Only God Forgives (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
• All is Lost (dir. J.C. Chandor)
• Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
• Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)
• Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
• Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

The 66th Cannes Film Festival had Indian stars and celebrities shining! As this prestigious festival celebrated the 100 years of Indian cinema, the big wigs from Bollywood including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar were there to make India proud internationally. Not just their presence, but their work spoke volumes and that is why they deserved to be there. Although there were many other Indian celebrities that were also present, we have our own favorites.

Here’s a look at the top Indian celebrities presented this year.

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Thank You Mom



“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness”. 
– Honore de Balzac, author

A relationship which remains with us irrespective of time and place is the eternal bond we share with our mothers. A Mother not only shapes the personality of her child but also helps paving the life of her child.

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Mother is the best gift of God to a child. She is blessing showered on us. She protects us from all perceivable dangers and makes our life worth living. All through her life, she does everything for us. She stays awake all the night when we are sick. This Mother’s Day let’s pay a small tribute to Our Mother: The Super Human Being with some of our special Collection.

Sarees and Jewellery as Gifts on Mother’s Day

Your mother is always there for you in every bend of your life. On Mother’s day in 2013 show your appreciation and gratitude by showering her with exclusive gifts. Before you select a gift for your mom, it is imperative to keep some points in mind. First and foremost keep her preference in mind while choosing a gift for her.

Sarees should be a perfect gift idea on Mother’s Day. Sarees never fail to lighten up her heart as a saree makes her feel revered. Saree gives a traditional feeling of an Indian woman. A Designer Embroidered Saree in Silk/chiffon is perfect for this occasion. The color as well as design of the sarees will surely enthrall her. This gift should add to make this day special for her. Let the woman in your life adorn herself in the beautifully designer saree from Sareez.

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You can also give your mother a complete look by coupling an elegant saree it with exotic collection jewellery. Jewellery is something which every woman loves to adorn them with. Beautifully designed pendants/earrings/necklaces will further compliment the gorgeous sarees.

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Make your mom feel loved and cherished on Mother’s day with your gift, even if you are miles away from her.