Where there is darkness, let there be light….
Inspired by the Turkish lamps, these handcrafted jewels are reminders of timeless tradition. Perfect for those special gifting moments, the collection carries messages of wisdom, hope and peace. Intricately crafted in 925 sterling silver, the designs are embellished with crystals from Swarovski.
About Vinita Michael
Award winning jewellery designer and gemologist, Vinita Michael, strives to bring together magnificent and unique design concepts with intricate craftsmanship, in the form of jewellery and precious lifestyle products. Born and raised in India, Vinita’s designs have been inspired by the many rich metal crafts of the Indian Subcontinent, including filigree, repousse’, chasing, engraving and etching.
With a passion for experimenting with the limitless potential of the metallic surface, Vinita has come to specialise in both fine gold set with precious gems and Sterling Silver jewelry. Her striking pieces have adorned Bollywood celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez, to name a few.
Vinita’s works have received international praise and recognition. She was listed amongst the top 20 Jewellery designers in the Auditions Jewellery design competition ’08-‘09 by the World Gold Council. Additionally, her designs were adjudged finalists in The Bridal Jewellery category 2013 and Futuristic Jewellery Category 2014, at the Dubai International Jewellery Week. She was recently cited as one of the top 50 GCC’s Women Leaders of 2016 at the Global Brands Excellence awards.
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Mecca of Fashion in India i.e. Lakme Fashion week is starting from 30th Janaury 2019 onwards in Mumbai where on Day 3, acclaimed designer Anavila`s collection will be showcased on ramp. Lets dig deep into about her yet unseen collection along with getting the knowledge on her inspiration, design details and much more.
My constant travel to Vietnam and more so to the Sa Pa region has left a lasting impression on me. It has not only creatively inspired me, but the life and lifestyle of the very industrious Sa Pa women have found its way into my routine.
Beautifully and very stylishly dressed women from various tribes working tirelessly either on an embroidery piece or stitching a garment or weaving hemp against a picturesque silhouette of paddy fields is a common sight here.
Taking inspiration from how every day, naturally available materials are converted into beautiful products and how creating and consuming in a sustainable and responsible manner is a natural way of life for these women, we present our SS’19 collection inspired by the culturally rich and diverse Sa Pa tribes.
Based on the concept of mobility and minimalism, the collection draws inspiration from the local woman. Techniques like pleating, cording, embroidery, hand batik which are almost found in all their garments have been carefully and selectively used in the making of the garments. The juxtaposition of techniques, comfort and functional layering are a strong feature of our collection. We have used natural yarns such as cotton, linen and silk. The unique feature of the collection is that it uses 100% natural dyes apart from being entirely handwoven and handcrafted. We have worked with clusters specialising in natural colours and dyes. West Bengal and Bhuj in India and Sa Pa in Vietnam are the base of most of our work this time.
The colour palette remains close to refreshing natural hues of whites, beige and tones of peach, leaf green, indigo and charcoal.
The silhouettes are easy, comfortable and stylish and can be worn both for leisure and work depending on how you style them.
The temperature drops a few degrees bringing in longer nights and a general mood of merriment. There’s a hint of warm cinnamon in the cool air and the glint of fairy lights all around. Its official – the party season is upon us!
Get ready for the festivities in AND’s Fall-Winter collection celebrating the glorious feminine form with Dress Fest. The collection sets the mood with fun elements like cape jackets, stylish slits on the side, flirtatious ruffles and a play of layers with subtle embellishments. Sharp and structured silhouettes, softened with a touch of flounce and flair in the styles adds playfulness to these formals.
Warm velvets make an appearance. And for the first time, the brand introduces a limited edition of brocade dresses this season. Bold monochromatic jewel tones make a statement in muted gold sparkle, plum red, pine green and royal blue.
Known as the brand for every modern woman, AND presents a stellar collection of dresses for all forms of feminity. There are flattering silhouettes for every occasion. Join the Dress Fest with your favourite picks for this season AND let the party go on!
We would love to be a part of your party dressing stories and lists. Please do let me know if I could assist you with any other details.
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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One 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. Outhouse 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.