AICW 2015: Manish Malhotra

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Manish Malhotra is one designer who I follow religiously. I absolutely love everything about him. His recent collection has shown just how awesome his talent is. Malhotra will go to any extent with the choice of his colours. His daring character bring two worlds together. colours which you wouldn’t think go together, are combined and look spectacular with the magic touch of Malhotra.

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Along with being a famous fashion designer, he practically works with every Bollywood movie and designs the most the fabulous clothes.  Malhotra’s pulse is getting quicker as we get closer to the event of ‘The Empress Story’ #IndiaCoutureWeek. Malhotra also gives a glimpse of his collection in the Elle magazine.

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India Couture Week 2015 is a fun filled week from  29 July 2015 – 2 August 2015. it is where 11 shows are taking place and designers showcase their collections under one roof.

 

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The Empress Show revealed some stunning pieces by Manish Malhotra. looking at a wide range, you can see the great attention he has put on embroidery. Looking closely at some pieces, you can see the hand stitched embroidery which has been carefully crafted. This gives the style a class look.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Manish Malhotra, Boldsky.com and Harper’s Bazaar India

AICW 2015: Varun Bahl

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My favourite style from the Varun Bahl’s new collection is the plain outfit with the heavy embroiled scarf. This gives a beautiful finish to the outfit. id wear this sort of outfit to a formal occasion, as it gives the person a celebrity glamorous look. wearing this to an awards evening would most certainly cause attention. Bahl has created this look on his spree collection too, where he has left the spree blouse and skirt plain then having the drape with maximum embroidery.

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Bahl’s ‘Mantra’ for the season is to keep it simple. This is exactly what he has done.  Despite sticking to simple he is known for his embroidery, so he has also kept that in tact by combing both and bringing something unique yet beautifully elegant. Varun’s collection this season most certainly defines the feminine woman.

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New Delhi: Model wearing designer Varun Bahl's creation at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 in New Delhi on July 31, 2015. (Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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Bahl’s other style which I love is the volume he has added to his outfits.The  addition of layers under skirts or dresses, make it perfect for an evening occasion, providing a red carpet look.

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Varun Bahl became famous in Italy and he was awarded the ‘Best of the Season’ award in 2004 from 20 other competing designers.He is also know for his ‘innovative use of exclusive fabrics and the intricate detailing of his work.’

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Varun Bahl, Harper’s Bazaar India and Boldsky.com

AICW 2015: Rohit Bal

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This season, Rohit Bhal has focused on floral prints. Even if it is a small part on the outfit, Bhal keeps the theme consistent throughout his collection. With the warm colours chosen, these outfits would suit any skin tone and brilliant for the wedding seasons as well as the weather.

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Bhal has used these prints in the right places. For occasion wear, he has carried the prints on the skirts which brings out a dramatic look and will turn heads no matter what occasion. For the more simply look he places the prints on either a top corner or bottom of a dress, which again gives a simple touch and can be worn on days where you want to simply enjoy the sunshine.

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The neutral colours are aimed for the simple yet elegant look and the vibrant, are for special occasions. Rohit Bal today has a significant presence in all the cities of India. He is considered a ‘maverick’ talent who never disappoints. His work most certainly proves how he is well known to handcraft and paying great attention to detail. Bhal’s passion doesn’t just revolve around fashion but he also launched his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in New Delhi. Rohit’s way to show his creative talent is portrayed through what he does and he brings this out through some of the work which he has Shown in major fashion capitals all over the world.

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Another major achievement is through achieving a partnership with International shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar India and Rohit Bal

AICW 2015: Gaurav Gupta

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Counting the days for the Amazon India Couture week 2015, the day has finally arrived for Gupta and team. Running up to this date, the team have been practicing cat walks, and make up trials to make this day an epic one.

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Gaurav Gupta’s new collection was launched on 24th July 2015. This season Gupta has focused on intricate detail working with lace and chiffon to create a Victorian finish. The colours used such as red, purple, burgundy; all bring a vibrant look on anyone wearing a piece of Gupta’s collection.

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Along with looking at the AW2015 collection, looking at previous collections from 2011, Gupta has also portrayed his quirky personality through his work. He doesn’t only have a degree within fashion, he worked his way up by delivering his creativity such as owning a brand name like ‘Atpug Vauag’ which is the reverse of his name. This brand lead as debutant of the year.

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The collections creates a unique yet elegant and sophisticated look, which repeats the Victorian vibe that Gupta is showcasing this season.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS, Harper’s Bazaar India and Vogue India

AICW 2015: Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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It’s well known that Sabyasachi is the Emperor of divine and exuberant fashion, a studious artisan who carefully seeks out inspiration from rural arts and crafts to the art historical, creating some of the most evocative and inspiring designs. Sabyasachi was chosen to kick-start Amazon India Couture Week, and he did beautifully, showcasing a collection that celebrated distinct embroideries from differing parts of India, fashion with modern cuts and fine detailing.

New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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For AICW, Sabyasachi collaborated with the God of French shoe design Christian Louboutin, who added a gorgeous injection of Parisian panache, with a eye-catching mix of refined European classicism. The collection, which saw the marriage of two of the worlds brightest designers is Bater – one of the most common hunting birds of India and depicted dark, gothic look in the form of colours and cuts.

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

The set for the show resembled a rundown house, with a rustic and dilapidated feel, befitting the Gothic theme of the collection with its muted colours of gold, inky blues and black, the real injection of colour came from Christian Louboutin’s blood red shoes. Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin were the ideal team to launch this celebration of all things couture.

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Ode to Heritage

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Rohit Bal is a designer one would have to describe as quintessentially Indian, in both design as well as the execution of his shows. Although born in Kashmir, as a designer he is definitely a product of New Delhi, a place which has given birth to a succession of talent, each more intriguing than the last.

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With a degree in History from St. Stephens College, it is the past which remains a source of inspiration for Bal, he’s developed a distinctive quality for reaching far back into the depths of history and creating modern beauty from it.

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Made famous for his speciality of including Lotus and Peacock motifs into his designs, he is a designer who is steadfast in capturing the richness of Indian fashion, infusing art historical passion with contemporary design aesthetics.

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Recently he proved his worth as a designer who can not only create gorgeous designs, but also put together a breathtaking show. At Will Fashion Week, Bal was one of the final designers to showcase his collection.

It’s not unusual to say, but the majority of shows which take place during the end of most fashion weeks are never anything exciting, but Rohit Bal well and truly broke with tradition.

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The venue was Quli Khan’s Tomb at the Mehrauli Archaeological site in Delhi. For a designer known for a love of history, it was indeed the perfect setting. To begin, the soundtrack to the show was perfect, with live music performed by Shubha Mudgal.

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The tone and theme of this setting was romance, heaps of it, along with ancient mystery, classical style and evocative luxury, with a set designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan. Everything here, down to the last detail, was about framing the collection in the best of Indian heritage and culture.

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The show attracted a throng of guests, with the famed French shoe designer Christian Louboutin gracing the front row. It has to be said that Rohit Bal is one of few Indian designers to attract attention from his design contemporaries around the globe.

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Bal’s collection is titled “Gulbagh” and the inspiration was Mughal opulence, not the city dwelling Mughal’s we usually think of though, the great warriors and statesman, but the Mughal’s at leisure, in their pleasure palaces, nestled in the valleys of Kashmir.

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As per usual Bal’s design techniques mixed the age old with the contemporary, incorporating vegetable dyes and gold leaf for embellishments, and a range of fabrics like chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk and velvet.

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The collection was very distinctive in the fact that Bal incorporated a wealth of flora and fauna into his patterns, from roses and other delicate flowers, to tree leaves. The effect was truly mesmerising, as all the embellishments were brought forth in mesmerising colours such as reds, purples, cream, greens and blues.

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With petite female models in prettily adorned lehengas with peplum blouses, embroidered jackets and saris, and princely male models (one of which was the king of machismo Arjun Rampal) doned in handsome achkans and churidars, the collection was a triumph.

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Without hesitation, Rohit Bal deserved his rapturous standing ovation.

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Photos courtesy of Rohit Bal and video courtesy of Vogue India