Almost 120 designers to wow at FDCI LMIFW SS’19

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) announced the show schedule and list of designers for the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in association with NEXA Spring Summer 2019. The event will be held from October 10 to 13, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Almost 120 designers will participate and be part of a larger canvas that will celebrate various aspects of fashion – from inclusivity to handlooms and create a new bond with nations like Australia and the embassy of Japan through the medium of fashion.

Announcing the schedule, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “We are excited about a new chapter in the 32nd Edition of India Fashion Week with a new title sponsor Lotus Make-Up. This year we have come up with interesting collaborations which will infuse the event with fresh energy. NEXA is once again our Associate Sponsor this season. New partnerships with 6 Degree, Hindustan Times, Chivas Studio Music CDs and Kitchens of the Taj will put the show on the road. Studio X, Indie Eye and Elle have also extended their support.”

Melange of hues free wheel to celebrate Inclusivity at the Grand Finale

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has announced a unique grand finale on the ultimate day of the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week in association with NEXA Spring Summer’19 to be held from October 10 to 13 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The last day will see a holistic tribute in the form of a ‘Rainbow’ show to mark the historic article 377 judgement by the Supreme Court of India repealing this draconian law.

Inclusivity has been a recurring theme this year whether it is weight, imperfections, skin colour or the choice and gender of your partner. Around 40 designers from across the country will interpret what they believe best represents this verdict which pays homage to tangible equality and decriminalises a certain section of humanity. The list of designers include Abhishek Gupta , Abraham & Thakore, Alpana Neeraj, AM:PM, Amit Aggarwal, Anavila, Arjun Khanna, Arjun Saluja, Ashish N Soni, Atsu, Dev r Nil, Dhruv Kapoor, 11:11 / Eleven Eleven, Gaurav Gupta, Huemn, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Kommal Sood, Lovebirds, Manish Malhotra, Manoviraj Khosla, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon, Namrata Joshipura, Nandita Basu, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Pankaj & Nidhi, Payal Jain, Poonam Bhagat, Rabani & Rakha, Raghavendra Rathore, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rimzim Dadu, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Samant Chauhan, Shivan & Narresh, Siddartha Tytler, Suneet Verma, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl, Vivek Karunakaran and Wendell Rodricks.

Each designer will dress a model in an ensemble based on the Rainbow theme, an emblem for the LGBTQ community which was originally created by San Francisco-based artist Gilbert Baker, in 1978 using six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet to represent diversity and peace.

“We wanted to give designers the space to experiment with the pre-designed hue wheel and show solidarity with this cause which many hold dear as it has liberated millions of people living shackled by fear of societal pressure and often harsh judgement. This was a victory of choice, dignity and privacy, a fundamental right and we are delighted that our title sponsor Lotus Make-Up supports this as a Grand Finale show,” says Sunil Sethi, FDCI President.

Mr. Nitin Passi, Director of Lotus Herbals Pvt. Ltd.said, “As the presenting partner of Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week we are extremely honoured to present The Grand Finale, which is a unique show celebrating the freedom that has finally been bestowed upon all members of our society. Its truly a landmark year for India and there is no better way to end LMIFW than an amalgamation between the best designers of the country and Lotus Makeup to celebrate this historical milestone.”

 

Fashion Designer Payal Khandwala`s new collection “The New Order” for A/W`18

The Tuaregs are a muslim, semi nomadic tribe that have survived more than a 1000 years. Approximately 2.5 million Tuaregs inhabit the Saharan desert of Africa. Their women enjoy equal status in society, they own their homes and their animals.

They may not play an overt role in politics but their opinions are greatly valued and it is understood that many Tuareg women pull strings in decision making behind the scenes. They enjoy the same freedom as their men and are allowed as many lovers as they want, before and after marriage, as long as they abide by the strict laws of privacy that govern their society. This means the man must only arrive at the woman’s tent after dark and leave before sunrise.


Tuareg women also marry much later than other women in the area. Yet they don’t give up their freedom and will still own their tents and their animals after they marry. When Tuareg marriages end in divorce, it is often the woman that decides she has had enough.
In fact, the women are celebrated because they are single again. 

Prenuptial agreements are the norm, and after the divorce, women keep all their possessions, the tent and the domestic animals that the tribe relies on to survive. They also keep the children. Tuareg women do not traditionally cover their faces with veils, but men will conceal theirs at the start of puberty and continue to cover their faces in front of most women and elders, except their wives and girlfriends. I found this to be so intriguing, in a western world that prides itself in being ‘progressive’, the Tuaregs, whom we might consider ‘primitive’ have redefined the rules to truly empower their women, with the support of their men. It questions what we consider acceptable in the name of tradition and rewrites our idea of ‘conventional’. 

This collection is inspired by this New Order and by the strength of these women and the men that stand behind them. The Tuaregs are sometimes called the ‘Blue People’ because of the indigo pigment in the cloth of their traditional robes and turbans stains their skin dark blue.  The palette this season echoes the colours of these people and their landscape.

The most prominent colour being blue, often attributed to boys, becomes central. Strong shades of sapphire, cobalt, cerulean, indigo and black are offset by a soft amber that mimics the sands of their desert environment.  In this collection, we add suede and velvets, to our offering of handwoven silks and organzas, in shapes that marry both structure and drape. Our Tachi accessories in steel borrow from the shapes and symbols of traditional Tuareg silver jewelry, but in our signature minimal way.

 

Fashion Designer Mahima Mahajan A/W’18 collection

Fashion Designer : MAHIMA MAHAJAN

Collection Name : ‘Lumière’

Season : A/W’18

“She was the city lights, the stars, the fireflies, the candlelight, And everything else that made the darkness look beautiful.”

Lumière takes inspiration from all that is luminescent & whimsically irregular, elevating the traditional into contemporary couture. Layers of sweeping tulle, combine seamlessly with cascading georgette – flattering and unapologetically feminine. 

Rich gem tones combine seamlessly with consistently flattering neutrals and add a chic versatility to the collection. With plenty of lacework, ruffles and tubular beading, intricate sequins & subtle shimmer, Lumière fulfills all your fashion fantasies.

Fashion Designer Amit Aggarwal’s collection “Crystalis” details revealed before his show at India Couture Week 2018

Amit Aggarwal, a pioneer in innovative textile crafts & structured design, will be showcasing his collection for the very first time at India Couture Week 2018.

Amit Aggarwal has long pioneered in engineering modern and innovative couture inspired by nature’s awe-inspiring forms, while seamlessly combining India’s rich textile heritage and our commitment to environmental sustainability. 

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  In line with this vision, our Couture 2018 collection has been inspired by two wondrous natural phenomena, the formation of crystals at a molecular level and the enveloping of the metallic chrysalis around a butterfly cocoon. We’ve titled our collection Crystalis, a derivation of words crystal and chrysalis. 

  When molecules come together to form a highly ordered microscopic pattern, which then repeats itself infinitely, a crystal is formed. This phenomenon greatly resonates with our design process, one that’s centered on forging unique materials together to create singular design units and then repeating them to create complex patterns, textiles and embroideries. 

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The form and texture of our design elements too have been specifically designed to be sharp, angular and crystalline in appearance to reflect this core inspiration. 

The metallic encasing that forms around the cocoon of a butterfly, the chrysalis, has been a formative aesthetic influence in this collection in equal measure. Our metallic and crystalline textiles sculpt, drape and travel in much the same way, eventually unravelling to reveal the elegant form of the female body. 

Both concepts are bound at their very core by the idea of units, sometimes geometric and sometimes organic, coalescing together to form complex structural formations in our physical world. 

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  Our color palette consisting of jewel tones of rose quartz, silver onyx, emerald, amethyst, topaz and sapphire, as well as metallic shades of rose gold, silver, pewter and light gold have been specifically tailored to bring the aforementioned concepts to life most accurately. 

  Experimental textiles, created using modern industrial materials applied through traditional Zardozi and Ari hand techniques, have been a hallmark of our couture designs. 

For this collection, we have explored a range of hand done three-dimensional embroideries in various crystalline and bio mimicked forms and motifs to give our fabrics a unique visual and tactile quality. 

 We also embarked on an exciting collaboration with Taani by Tanira Sethi to create one-of-a kind, engineered and embellished cashmere draped pieces for our Couture 2018 collection. These fabrics were meticulously woven in France using specialized machinery and subsequently embroidered and sculpted in partnership with textile designer Tanira Sethi at our studio to create innovatively draped couture pieces. 

Designer mood boardOne of the most compelling stories in our Couture 2018 presentation has been our extensive silhouette exploration, morphing different aspects of traditional Indian and western couture shapes with each other and infusing them with structure and form. We have achieved this using a range of sophisticated cording, plisse and topstitched fabrications, laboriously designed and crafted in-house. 

Sharply cut innovative patterns, that accentuate and enhance the female form, have been combined with incredibly sculptural yet agile fabrications that dramatically drape around the body, creating a new and inimitable couture language. 

  Our vision for showcasing our Couture 2018 collection titled ‘Crystalis’ at the India Couture Week has been brought to life in collaboration with some leading designers and artists from across the country.  Fashion illustrationOuthouse has been at the forefront of creating contemporary jewellery inspired by various natural forms, both organic and geometric, using techniques employed to design fine jewellery. For Couture 2018, we collaborated with Outhouse in designing jewelry inspired by various complex crystalline structures and intricate organic forms such as that of the metallic chrysalis cocoon. All the jewellery pieces have been crafted using materials and metallic colours that lend effortlessly to our collection’s colour palette.   

 Each of our couture pieces have been teamed with footwear designed in collaboration with Nidhi Bhandari. A range of our textile techniques, from our signature polymer details to opulent bugle bead embellishments, have been employed to craft the shoes. Ultimately, helping us compose each of our couture looks to the final detail.  

“Gemini” : A collection of Reversible Sarees by ace designer Payal Khandwala

In a consumeristic era where a closet full is still not enough, Payal Khandwala  aims to maximise the utility of an outfit. Toying with the idea of taking this one step further, Payal has now launched her first ever line of reversible saris. One sari – multiple ways, her endeavor towards sustainability.

GEMINI | 2018

As a Gemini and a sari lover myself, I’ve always wondered how to make saris even more multipurpose than they already are. Just as I’ve committed, as part of our pret offering, to rethink separates to add breadth to our wardrobes, I thought it important to be able to somehow bring that element of surprise to the sari. In the past we’ve teamed our saris with wardrobe staples, the shirt, the blouse, a tee, a tank, a waistcoat and a jacket. The idea is always to offer our customer flexibility. But what if we could wear the same sari, with the same drape and same blouse yet somehow still make it look different?
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This was the starting point for this line of saris. How does one innovate an Indian essential that is already perfect? The solution had to be effortless and fuss free. So I conceived them to be ‘reversible’. They’re designed in a way that they can simply be flipped. This alters the look in a small, albeit significant way. Reimagined to be modular, we can reuse and repeat them while feeling and looking a little different each time.
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This duality lends itself perfectly to my own personality and this twin zodiac. Unpredictable, versatile and expressive, it allows the wearer freedom and choice. We mirrored the saris to drive the point home, keeping all the other components identical.
 
We also added some more shapes that can be alternatives to the blouse. These include halters, tube tops and our latest offerings of permanent pleated blouses, tops, tanks and waistcoats, in addition to our signature wraps and tunics. Just in time for the summer, all of these can be worn with other coordinates from your existing wardrobe to be styled as desired with or without the sari.
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Our saris are hand woven in mulberry silk and cotton, in plain and twill weaves. The palette ranges from our bright summer hues of scarlet, citrine, sapphire, chartreuse, and magenta to silver, coffee and charcoal. Accessorized with our handmade pleated flowers, recycled from studio waste, to dress the hair and minimal Tachi arm cuffs in stainless steel and brass – this collection doubles the fun of styling the sari in a restrained yet luxurious, but dramatic way. The spirit as always is fierce and feminine and still intrinsically India modern.  
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‘Summer Bloom’ by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor: Spring/Summer’18

This season, indulge in our all new collection as fine craftsmanship gracefully romances with soft pastels to create exquisite ensembles. Our latest SS18 collection, ‘Summer Bloom’ highlights intricate mirror embroideries with immaculate detailing to present this season’s staples, ideal for fairy tale weddings. Behold sun kissed pastel hues as they culminate with traditional artistry to present Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor’s signature floral embroideries and mirror work. A fine example of striking mirror embroideries combined with subdued pastels, these alluring attires are perfect for the festive season.

 

 

Fashion Designer Anita Dongre opens the new flagship store “Grassroot” in New York

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Having received so much love and appreciation for Grassroot, we are super thrilled to announce that Anita Dongre has now launched her first flagship store in the the city of dreams – New York.

The new store will house the sustainable luxury brand Grassroot, Anita Dongre bridal couture, menswear as well as Anita Dongre pret all under one roof. The beautiful space is located at the iconic 473 West Broadway, a pre-war building dating back to the 1900s, in the heart of New York’s most vibrant shopping thoroughfare. The store occupies three storeys and spans over 4,500 square feet. The lower level is dedicated to menswear as well Anita Dongre pret and features dark grey floors and traditional Indian tile-framed mirrors. The ground level is dedicated to Grassroot, and features natural wood floors and fixtures with brass hardware. The top most level is dedicated to her bridal, ready-to-wear and fine jewelry collections. The interiors of each section are carefully curated creating a holistic experience.

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The Grassroot space, truly emotes the brand’s philosophy – revive, sustain & empower. The décor is accented by elements in rose gold, cork and sustainable sourced wood. Every detail is special in this section, from custom-made racks that give a nod to the humble shuttle which is used to hand weave fabric and dreamy wall panels of handwoven chanderi and handspun cotton that narrate the journey of the brand. A unique feature in the new interiors is the ceiling that has reels running across with suspended installations of garments, allowing a three-dimensional view of the pieces.

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The Anita Dongre bridal, pret and menswear sections on the other hand, seek to recreate spatial patterns of the architecture of Rajasthan, a region that influences Anita’s work significantly, transporting us to the bygone era and regal splendour of a stately Haveli, spread across two floors. Much like old Indian homes, the rooms of the store meander into one another without any formal delineation—a progression of spaces akin to a home, with many rooms and passages intermingling. The space takes shape with the various architectural elements that define Rajasthan – arches, jallis, nooks & corners, niches & alcoves.

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Simple classic hand-crafted furniture with inlay and white metal are inter-spaced with bespoke colonial furniture upholstered in custom designed embroidered fabrics, lending an ambiance of quiet luxury and elegance.

Sharing her thoughts, Anita says, “I’ve always loved the multicultural vibe of New York City and I’m extremely excited to take Indian Bridal couture to New York. Earlier brides had to travel to India, in order to visit my store. Now, with the launch of a more easily accessible store the bride, groom and their family can enjoy the luxury and experience with bespoke services at the flagship Anita Dongre store. I also feel a sense of pride in taking Indian fashion to the city of dreams – New York.”

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The launch was co-hosted by her dear friend Fern Mallis. Kelly Rutherford, Courtney Sharma, Monica Dogra, Bibhu Mohapatra, Babi Ahluwalia, Suhel Seth, Diva Dhawan, Rasika Navare, Maria Che, Elizabeth Zayas, Megan Brody and Ashika Pratt were some of the guests who joined in the celebrations.

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Designer gifts for Sonam Kapoor’s wedding guests

The #everydayphenomenal wedding of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja has got the entire country hooked to their phone to get some inside scoop of the festivities.

For their Mehendi ceremony, the charming couple picked beautiful juttis from Fizzy Goblet as favours for their guests. Sticking to the theme of white and gold, the brand created a special design of their signature juttis named ‘Aisha’ which are handcrafted with mirror and sequin work. The back and lining of the juttis are made of leather with double cushioning for comfort to dance the night away.

Fashion Designer “Divya Sheth” a master of Indian Avant-Garde

Divya Sheth is a studio producing pieces of wearable art with a distinct flavour of avant- garde. Patrons would be made aware of the beauty, story and ideology of the garments they would be investing into. They would want to continue to work extensively in an ethical and sustainable environment where the weavers, craftsmen, tailors and patrons are in sync with the concept of the brand and are conscious of it’s benefits to them and society. In the longer run, the label envisions a once a year collection that is strongly based on a concept and remains true to it and not to cyclical trends & forecasts. Divya has several prestigious awards in her kitty. She has won “Elle Graduates 2018” award in Modern Indian Wear category & also “Gen Next” at Lakme Fashion Week 2014. Divya is one of the most sought after designer among Bollywood celebs as well. Lets know more about the designer & her love for fashion.

Your Name : Divya Sheth

Label : DIVYA SHETH

Where is your store located : We are soon opening a store in Kolkata 

Follow/Buy/Query : Instagram  Facebook  Website

Describe your label with its Signature style : Its art inspired and artisanal fashion label. Natural dyes’ colour palette, amalgam of Indian textiles is prominent in my collections.

Who are your real customers : My real customers are environmentally conscious, bold, bored of bling, interested in organic, art inspired, and evolved consumers who buy to feel not just flaunt.

What inspires you in design : Books, museums, art fairs, travel, history, movies, meetings with my clients and current environmental issues all have a part to play.

Style Icon : HRH Maharani Gayatri Devi Ji and Emma Watson 

Best Fashion Memory : Still to carve out my best fashion memory, but the journey so far has been etched as a beautiful one.

Piece of fashion you wish you have introduced in this world : We’re working on a range of “KURMONO’S” that are a trance between the Indian kurta and Japanese kimonos. 

Your Favorite Shopping Place : Internet, flea markets in London and Kyoto, Japan. I buy very less, I mostly make what I need.

Your favorite Brands / Designers and why : Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Stella McCartney, Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi for their individual style, experimentation, and love of art and detail.

Which celebrity or person would you love to design someday : Mr. Narendra Modi, Oprah and Michelle Obama.

Favourite style from a movie : Movies do inspire, Marilyn Monroe in Seven year itch is unforgettable.

Colors you can die for : Indigo

Fashion Tips for others : Fashion is very personal.