Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ayesha Deepala CHIVAS Dubai SHOW

Ayesha Depala Collection

CHIVAS Show Dubai

The Ayesha Depala collection for revealed an intrinsically feminine woman with a strong personality. Flowers are the key inspiration for this collection, and they recur in everything from trousers, to gowns.
The ready to wear part of this collection is very much character driven, and it affords the wearer the ability to play with their imagination, and mix and match the pieces to dress up, or down their various moods. The overwhelming sense of the collection is that of fun and glamour. The couture remains light and feminine as ever, with the ever-present use of lace, tulle, muslin and linen. Ayesha has played with construction and drape, married with traditional embroidery techniques such as gota leaves, done in unusual ways to dramatic effect. Ayesha’s signature vintage Edwardian lace crowns this collection with breathtaking embroidered gowns, highlighting the collection’s innovation and timelessness. Ayesha’s collection is further highlighted by the glorious jewels of De Beers. The models, and Ayesha herself, will be adorned with hundreds of carats of the finest diamonds in the world, courtesy of De Beers. A special appearance by Ayesha’s friend and fan, Yasmin Le Bon wearing Ayesha Depala couture added an extra dose of high glamour to the outstanding show.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jattinn Kochhar - ''maha naga 2''Insipiration - S'0 Evening Wear Colelction @ Malaysia International Fashion week

Jattinn Kochhar ss'09 (evewear) collection:

''Maha Naga 2''Insipiration : The king cobra ,for its beauty,Grace and agility.Textures and animal kingdom prints are the highlight of the collection, consisting of eve gowns, cocktail dresses and uber cool jumpsuits for the eternal diva.traditional hand crafted Indian jewellery from Jaipur complements the urban ,contemporary feel of the Maha Naga 2 collection.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

CHIVAS Fashion Tour October - November 2008

(Chivas Fashion Tour Launch Party Pics) Above;
CHIVAS Fashion Tour October - November 2008 ;
About CHIVASChivas in FashionChivas is an uber chic global brand that evokes the most passionate sensibilities. In just 12 months of Chivas’ association with Fashion, the two are synonymous with each other. With its association with New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, three India India Fashion Weeks, Three Lakme Fashion Weeks and One mega fashion caravan traveling in India and overseas called the Chivas Fashion Tour, Chivas and Fashion have taken the fashion fraternity by stormWhat Chivas does with Fashion:Support to Indian designers at New York and Paris Fashion Week: Designers that Chivas has associated with are, Ashish Soni and Manish Arora.The Chivas Lounge at India Fashion Week, India Couture week and Lakme Fashion Week- An exclusive lounge to relax and have a Chivas is created amidst frenzy of shows and business for designers, buyers, media and A- listers at the fashion Week. This lounge is so exclusive that if you are not seen here, you are not there yet!!The first edition of the Chivas Fashion Tour in 2007, was a runaway success. It was for the first time that a Fashion event from India traveled overseas to the Middle East.The second edition of the Chivas Fashion Tour starting this September has another first- An international designer makes her/his debut on an Indian RunwayAn annual event, it is not just the designers who vie to be part of the Chivas Fashion Tour but also A list celebrities and Fashion Media who clamor to be seen at this event. With India’s finest designers participating on invitation, top models, and only the best in sound, light, set design, the Chivas Fashion Tour is ‘the’ fashion event every year In India.

Designers Collection

Anmika KhannaSpring Summer 2009
A universal collection of contrasts. Juxtaposition of the organic and luxury. Structure and fluidity, dark and light.Unique handcrafted techniques from Indian treasure troves, borrowing international silhouettes. The color palette extending from ivory whites to earth tones into black.A sense of confidence, clam and maturity. A timeless collection, pieces translating from day to evening. Independent, individual and versatile for the thinking woman with a mind of her own. Not to be typecased into a trend.

Ayesha Depala

The Ayesha Depala collection for Chivas reveals an intrinsically feminine woman with a strong personality. Flowers are the key inspiration for this collection, and they reccur in everything from trousers, to gowns.The ready to wear part of this collection is very much character driven, and it affords the wearer the ability to play with their imagination, and mix and match the pieces to dress up, or down their various moods. The overwhelming sense of the collection is that of fun and glamour.The couture remains light and feminine as ever, with the ever-present use of lace, tulle, muslin and linen. Ayesha has played with construction and drape, married with traditional embroidery techniques such as gota leaves, done in unusual ways to dramatic effect.Ayesha’s signature vintage Edwardian lace crowns this collection with breathtaking embroidered gowns, highlighting the collection’s innovation and timelessness.

Deepika Govind
A Loose Kite On A Gentle Wind - by Deepika Govind. It is a story about kites and our quest for freedom. It is a story that every Indian can identify with. The second half of the tale is about knots – the shackles that bind us, the hurdles that keep us but a hair’s breath away from that elusive haven of freedom. Eveningwear ensembles that are often spiritual, intellectual, lyrical, abstract, yet always beautiful. They are at once avant garde and classic, transcending both time and culture.

Malini Ramani'Party Planet'
For my Fall/Winter 2008/9 Season, I have designed a collection called'Party Planet". Judging by the hectic social whirl of the months can only imagine the enslaught of back to back parties,openings and jet-set weddings creeping up around the corner.For the first time in ages, I have designed 100% pure andunadulterated party wear !My colour story is like a tray of dessert...caramel, chocolate, nougatand truffles. Add a dash of gold and there you have it... the perfectpalette for any party-girl.Flambouyant prints and intricate applique and bead work add that extramagic to the deep winter tones.Easy to wear luxurious fabrics in sexy cuts and Indian inspired motifsis what inspired this collection.

Raghavendra Rathore

The collection evokes a fresh clarity of form, energy & spontaneity. The designs have been given a graphic approach through a basic silhouette put together with bands of colors.Remixing and reinventing the silhouettes in an extraordinary modern way adds to the versatility of the collection. The collection has a wide array of tops that have been restructured to emulate a balance between diversity and wear ability. The overall feel is brilliant yet contemporary with an element of sensual feminity. Ascents of colour hold the collection together, thereby mixing and matching ideas, fabrics, colours, structures and techniques.

Rohit Bal
The ancient artistic tradition of Ashta Dhatu involves the combining of 8 different metals for the purpose of creating a variety of aesthetic objects. When worn on the body the combination of these metals is believed to have miraculous healing properties.This latest collection has been inspired by this age-old art form.The color palette includes Gold, Metallic Copper, Silver, Iron, Lead, Tin, Lead, Zinc and Mercury. There are strong Indian elements in terms of the fabrics, embroidery, and liberal use of specially created handcrafted ‘Gota’. The extensive use of the same is symbolic of the collection’s indigenousness.The silhouettes have been kept contemporary and international, keeping in mind the emerging global market. The collection falls under the category of "creative" and is extremely luxurious and sensuous.Various textures and fabric treatments that have been used to create this collection with the interplay of color with volume and layering add a sense of mystic aura and define a sense creative amalgamation.The collection is dramatic in its appeal and is for most part un-wearable. Un-wearability, however, has never been a criterion for a Rohit Bal collection. Key elements from earlier collections have been incorporated to create an exhilarating crescendo-A fusion of fashion, art and craft melted together like the eight metals in Ashta Dhatu.

Varun Bahl
Varun Bahl teams up with CHIVAS to recreate timeless beauty and entwine thetraditional with the surreal.The silhouettes are contemporary - sarees,lehngas with odhnis, and the very much invogue this season,the ornate Angrakha(popularly called Anarkali) teamed with churidar. The garments are embellished with embroideries ranging from threadwork,tilla and zardozi- all of which lend splendour to the garment.The colours that create magic areantique gold,moss green,fuschia and red. All the above are a tribute to the modern live her dream

Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks creates a suite of cocktail dresses and evening loungewear in a romantic mood. Inspired by the Romantic Era of the late 1800’s, the clothes borrow from the easy beach style in Goa. These are clothes for rockstar chicks, boho spirits, hippie flower children and the romantic at heart. Soft pastel tones and resort details such as shells, mother of pearl, coconut fibre, feathers and ribbon embellish the collection. This is the romantic side of a designer in love with the feminine women of another era for the romantic women of today. Pastels have been treated to colonial dusty tones and cut in a manner that is typical of the Wendell Rodricks. From Goa and the early British romantic Orientalists, Wendell Rodricks creates for the Chivas Fashion Tour a unique collection called "Romantica".

LE JARDIN DES FLEURSLE JARDIN DES FLEURS - Ashishs's spring summer 09 collection strongly favors form over opulent excess , creating his signature minimalist stand rocked by the change of the maximal kind. It’s about seeking alternatives to the cold anonymity of mass production and standardized industrial processes. The challenge for this collection has been revitalizing the concept of precisely sculpted silhouettes , subtly twisting proportions and inventing new stitching techniques, The highlight of the collection is a blend of draped and tailored pieces, very sculptural, atmospheric and evocative, uber intellectual and uber .Ashish N Soni’s instinctive style translates into an unlikely combination of period and contemporary elements which is the very essence of this collection. The brands appreciation for the beauty of plainness along with dedication to detail is skillfully captured in relaxed looks constructed in a somber colour palette of cream-hued textiles alongside the signature white . The range contains beautifully blended light cotton airy fabrics communicating a tremendous feel for modern living that’s seems keen to elaborate on the soft , yet very confident feminine message.

Cue - Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna

This evening Cue presents the look to be a combination of easy going silhouettes with refined sensibilities which results in intelligent glam. The collection is about the exploration of the cleverly embellished and uniquely cut possibilities for urban evening wear. Geometric precision and hidden secrets, all find physical resonance in this very chic collection. Structured lines, modulated fittings, clever twists are the silhouettes that the collection comprises of.

Kiran Uttam Ghosh
The A/W line from Kiran Uttam Ghosh in shades of Black, Indigo and Forest Green .Silhouettes are structured with controlled volume, Jackets, Dresses, Tunics and Trousers. Accents of Blood red, Turquoise and Emerald complete the look.

Mandira Wirk
Inspiration! A word that always evokes a dual emotion from me. Are we truly inspired by something externally and take cues from it or are we stimulated and stirred by a deep inherent feeling and a catalyst appears from somewhere to take it forward. Are we inspired from outside forces or are we led by inner motivations? Thus once again defining my inspiration for my clothing collection takes me through these conflicting emotions. As I sit looking through my collection, my first thoughts go to the original inspiration - where this entire assemblage of clothing took birth. The Medieval Ages! But immediately that phrase conjures up images of barbaric deeds, despair and darkness. My mind recoils and I instantaneously reject that but my thoughts also goes back to the fact that- that Era, that period of time was also the dawn of a new coming. Of Civilizations that were resplendent with splendid and exhilarating colors, design and structures. Of Cultures that taught the world about elegance, aristocracy and splendor. These may be called the dark ages due to warring factions, but they are also a shining beacon towards true nobility and grace. And from within these epic chronicles of style – a magnificent example and one that always takes my breath away – is the usage of Stained Glass Art. An Art form that may well be the defining and only depiction of Man and God’s relationship through luminous painting. Of tales told through a pictorial storyboard that are etched on some of the most magnificent structures known to mankind; those incomparably revered churches and cathedrals.Very few things in life have a profound impact, an influence and effect that change your very being forever. For me, these translucent glass masterpieces did just that. I embarked on a journey of trying to understand what decorative art stood for and the how it can portrayed through one of the most incursive of mediums in today’s age; ‘Fashion’. And to my mind, that is what my inspirational channel for my collection is. But is it an inspiration that I outwardly saw and absorbed or was it something that lay dormant inside me and was unleashed when I was introduced to these medieval masterworks. That may well be the eternal question - and one for which I have no answer!

Rocky S
The collection could be best defined as a mélange of chic feminine ensembles. Beautifully cut gowns come alive in soft flowy fabrics like satin, chiffon and georgette. The line comprises of an interesting concoction of colours, both bright and understated The gowns and dresses have been embellished with fabric and sequin texturing. Eyelet work, along with silk thread and cord work has been accentuated with pretty sequins A hint of vintage gold embroidery teamed with soft frills and pleats delicately compliments and completes the collection.

The vision of a Modern India is the glorious fashionable India that the entire world has been waiting to embrace for many years now. India is no longer just a story of snake charmers or classical and ornate palaces but one that has the potential of making luxe fashion statements on a truly contemporary global palette. While an average modern Indian has evolved, but the sensibilities have remained quintessential Indian, and hence there is a strong sense of pride in announcing the arrival of this new exotic fusion. Keeping this in mind, Shantanu and Nikhil true to their signature have this time around created a collection that has strong flaovors of vintage India served on a western philosophy of drapes and silhouettes, thereby making it marketable to a global woman who is confident, independent and a sophisticate world traveller. The collection pays a rich tribute to the vintage colours and applications of ancient India, be it the appliqué work of heritage Indian jewelery motifs, the hand-made kaantha techniques inter-woven into intricate fabric textures, or combining rich hand-woven Indian fabrics with laser cut leather techniques. While keeping the handwriting essentially subtle with Indian monochromatic tones, the language is most definitely contemporary and silhouette centric. Pastel shades of gold and beiges teamed with vintage colors like fiery reds, smokey ash greys and blacks form the color palette for the season, thereby thriving on the philosophy that a smart interplay of vintage colors on beautiful Indian skin tones is what makes India such a hugely inspirational land of cross-cultures and future global trend

Vikram Phadnis

The collection is a blend of contrast concepts. This inexhaustible collection gives a very pretext of unexpected femininity and comes out in a explosion of blends of neutral prints with hints of color . The Silhouettes are very stylized and disciplined melting with the glamorous universe of night life. Free flowing nets surfaced with shimmer gives an impression of elegance. and the interplay of light through the nets and textures blended with metallic hues add another dimension to the collection giving it a very high regal look. The collection leaves an impact of a very high tailored look to the garments and has distinctive styling to them. The collection has a toned down contemplative feeling and as always "FASHION" is a reflecting amazement of contamination and rethinking. with Local Hero in 1983, Knopfler has scored several motion pictures. He has also recorded with Chet Atkins and with the Notting Hillbillies. After the demise of Dire Straits in 1995, he returned to a more personal style for his debut solo album, 'Golden Heart', in 1996. Subsequent soundtrack efforts include 1998's Wag the Dog, 1998's Metroland and 2002's Shot at Glory. Sailing to Philadelphia, a lush collection of folk-rock and breezy americana that featured guest appearances by James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Squeeze leaders Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford appeared in fall 2000.'The Ragpickers Dream' followed in 2002 which was an instant Top Ten in the UK. In 2003, on the way to rehearsals in London, Knopfler broke his collarbone, shoulder and seven ribs in a motorcycle crash. He returned in 2004 with Shangri-La. Mark has been married three times, and has twin sons from his second marriage, and a daughter with his current wife, Kitty Aldrige.Quotes"My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues" "I've never had a guitar lesson. I'm not proud of it particularly, but it's just the way I seem to do it. It's not the best way. I don't recommend it to all your readers" "If something is played with soul, that's what's important. My favorite records, by and large, aren't wonderful technical achievements""I don't believe in perfect, I just don't believe that. There's so many ways to do any song, perfection's just a cloud in the air. People say I'm a perfectionist and all of that. It's just not so"AlbumsGolden Heart - 1996 Sailing to Philadelphia- 2000 The Ragpicker's Dream - 2002 Shangri-La - 2004 Sultans of Swing, Very best of Dire Straits and Shangri-La Cassettes and CD's available on Universal.

CHIVAS Schedule"Chivas in fashion 08 "Tentative Schedule :Date DayCityVenueDesigner26th Sep 08 FridayMumbaiITC Central1.Rohit Bal 27th. Sep 08 SaturdayMumbaiITC Central1. Raghu & Vikram ,2. Malini & Cue28th. Sep 08 SundayMumbaiITC Central1. Rocky S & Ayesha Depala 2. Wendell & Shantanu - Nikhil1st Nov 08 SaturdayKolkataOberoi Grand 1.Mandira / Deepika/ Kiran2nd Nov 08 SundayKolkataOberoi Grand 1.Shantanu-Nikhil & Raghu & Varun8th Nov 08 SaturdayBangaloreLeela Palace1.Mandira / Deepika/ Kiran 9th Nov 08 SundayBangaloreLeela Palace1.Ashish & Anamika & Raghu14th Nov 08 FridayDelhiIntercontinental Eros1.Rocky S & Cue15th Nov 08 SaturdayDelhiIntercontinental Eros1. Varun & Wendell 2.Anamika & Ashish 3. Malini & Vikram 16th Nov 08 SundayDelhiIntercontinental Eros1. Mandira/ Deepika/ Kiran 2. Rohit Bal

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Friday, April 11, 2008

RAFW commences from 28th April to 2nd May in Sydney

RAFW commences from 28th April to 2nd May in Sydney.
nicolangela Spring Summer 0809 will be on the RAFW runway @ 2pm on Tuesday 29th April @ the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Sydney

RAFW is an industry only

Koncept and Printsource host The Future Café

Each season Koncept and Printsource host The Future Café, a global overview of fashion and home textile trends by the world's leading forecasting services. The presentations are regularly attended by standing-room-only crowds. Presenters have included Peclers, Promostyl, Trend Union, The Doneger Group, Cotton Inc., Jo-An Jenkins, Dupont, Paul Pelssers, Andrea dall'Olio, Carlin International, d.cipher-FM, ESP Trendlab and others.
With The Future Café, Koncept and Printsource New York provide a comprehensive overview of each season's color direction and main trends. The seminars are offered to fashion designers and merchandisers, product developers, design directors and merchandise managers.

Seminars fee is $100 per person for the entire seminar series. Pre-registration required. (Click on REGISTER at left). $125 per person at the door, cash only.
Photo I.D. and pass required at the door. Pass is personal and non-transferable. Seating is on a first-come basis.
TUESDAY - APRIL 15, 2008
9:30 am
Key Points for Lingerie and Swimwear Trends, Summer 2009Andrea Praet, Trend Consultant, Promostyl Americas
10:30 am
Key Points for Childrenswear Trends, Summer 2009Jeanine Pesce, Trend Consultant, Promostyl Americas
11:30 am
WGSN, the leading global online trend analysis service, will present global trend directions for spring/summer 2009 including directional influences, color, textile and styling for menswear and womenswear. Seminar will be conducted by Helen Job, US director of content, recognized for her expertise in trend analysis and forecasting. Ms. Job is also a professor on the fashion marketing AAS program at Parsons School of Design.
12:30 pm
WGSN, see above.
1:30 pm
Lifestyle Trends for the Home, 2009British trend forecasting consultancy, Trend Bible presents the latest social, cultural and consumer trends set to affect home ware for 2009. This presentation will include colour, pattern and styling directions for all aspects of the home, including textiles, wall coverings, ceramics, tableware, home electronics and appliances.Nick Paget, Trend Consultant, Trend Bible
2:30 pm
Kid's Lifestyle Trends, 2009British trend forecasting consultancy, Trend Bible preview their Kid's Lifestyle Trends publication with a unique presentation, comprised of key lifestyle influences for children’s home products, toys and electronics.Nick Paget, Trend Consultant, Trend Bible
3:30 pm
“From a Design Director’s Perspective…What You Need to Know About Summer 09”Fran reviews the key points carrying over from Spring and what is new for the second quarter, including updated retail photos from London and Paris. Ladies Apparel.Fran Yoshioka, Consultant
9:30 am
Emerging trends in Color, Surface Design and Materials and their influences on the Home Décor, Decorative Accessories and Gift Markets for the upcoming season.Patti Y. Carpenter, President + Creative Director, Continuum Home, Inc. and Carpenter + Company
10:30 am
Carlin International Spring 2009 Childrenswear Trend ForecastNicki Gondell, Trend House
11:30 am
Trend House Home Interiors 2009 Trend Forecast (color, fabrics, styling and key items)Nicki Gondell, Trend House
12:30 pm
Carlin International Fall 2009 General Trend Overview (mood, color, print/pattern)Nicki Gondell, Trend House
1:30 pm
Lifestyle Trends for the Home, 2009British trend forecasting consultancy, Trend Bible presents the latest social, cultural and consumer trends set to affect home ware for 2009. This presentation will include colour, pattern and styling directions for all aspects of the home, including textiles, wall coverings, ceramics, tableware, home electronics and appliances.Nick Paget, Trend Consultant, Trend Bible
2:30 pm
Key Points for Lingerie and Swimwear Trends, Summer 2009Andrea Praet, Trend Consultant, Promostyl Americas

8:45 am Tuesday and WednesdayThere is a separate charge for this presentation, payable at the door only.$35.00 cash or company check.Registration - 8:30 am
Start your shopping by seeing our first-ever overview presentation specifically for print, pattern and surface design with images from the exhibiting studios.
Patti Y. Carpenter, President + Creative Director, Continuum Home, Inc. and Carpenter + Company
Patti Y. Carpenter, an international design, color and trend consultant/merchandiser for the contemporary home decor industry, is the principal/creative director of Continuum Home, Inc. and Carpenter + Company. With a career that spans more than 30 years, she has worked with designers such as Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Rowley, Adrienne Vittadini, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. Patti now works with indigenous craftspeople around the world on her collection of hand made textiles that are fairly traded and traditionally produced. She is recognized for the success of her work in developing global designs for the American, Asian and European markets.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sabyasachi- Lakme Fashion Week@Mumbai/ Fall Winter - March 08

Sabyasachi - Lakme Fashion Week/ Fall Winter - March 08 Collection

Noisy, crowded, contradictory:
Perhaps a little bit of everything like d.y.i. French homes.
Plastic farmlands and sugary brothels,
Life couldn’t be more beautiful without you!

Friday, March 28, 2008

“BOMBAY GLAM” Fall-Winter - Lakme Fashion Week@Mumbai '08

Pria Kataria Puri’s collection of luxury silhouettes for the Fall-Winter 2008 season is inspired by the dazzle and glitz of India’s business and glamour Capital - Mumbai city.

“The BOMBAY GLAM collection is designed especially for the numerous festivals which Indian’s celebrate towards the latter end of the year, like Diwali, Eid, Navratri, Christmas and New Year,” says Pria.

Further explaining her inspiration behind this luxurious collection, Pria says, “Mumbai is a city of endless dreams, where glamour in all forms touches each and every citizen, regardless of which strata of society they hail from. The charm of Mumbai city lies in its enthusiastic spirit that connects its people on all levels. In fact, despite the huge economic disparity prevailing in the city, its one common theme - “Glamour” - that unites them all. Whether it is Bollywood or sports or fashion, glamour is inescapable and superstars are born everyday.

We can refer this city as “The Cocktail City” – a cocktail of culture, religion, belief, faith, standards and lifestyle. A city that amuses everyone with its glamour, glitz, show bizz, paparazzi…….everyone loves them and wants to be a part of it.

I am inspired by everybody who plays a role in the creation of glamour – right from the people who design the fabric and create the prints to the tailors and embroiderers who execute the final product that ultimately adorn superstars on the red carpet.

We have just made an attempt to highlight the special efforts that are put in by the labour class that usually goes unseen and un-noticed in the making of any high-end product. This class of people plays a very important role in our lives right from what we wear to what we do, to what we eat to how we life. This is the phenomenal truth that without their skilled labour, we would have no access to anything luxurious.

With this collection, we salute (and respect) every individual, regardless of whether they live in palatial mansions or huts. We honour each one of them who lives life to the fullest and constantly strive to stretch their boundaries to achieve their goals, which might just be daily bread for some one or artistically expressing ones views to keep an art alive and growing day by day.

This collection is about raising a toast to the labour class for their precious presence that has made our lives easy and smooth.

The city and its culture has inspired millions of champagne and caviar dreams and that’s what I celebrate in this collection…!!!”

Autumn in the Old Town - WLIFW Fall/Winter 2008

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be
- Peter De Vries

Sucheta Merh’s inherent inclination to romance with design is reflected in her Fall/Winter 2008 Collection, which derives its inspiration from the rustic charm of autumnal tenor and palette. What emerges is the nostalgic mood of a young girl revisiting her ancestral home, reminiscing, endearing experiences.

The sunrise, amidst a playful herd of sheep and departure at sunset reflect the gamut of emotions which make for playful joy...

The colours of the Collection are naturally autumnal, where yellows, camel and brown are highlighted with creative inclusion of purple and orange. The fabrics used are naturally soft, silk organzas, cotton nets, chiffons, woven georgettes, fluid jersey and soft washed satins.

Straight silhouettes reflect the relaxed and laid-back mood of the theme, whereas the layered ensembles symbolise the complexities of the nostalgic mind Renewed classic shapes have been created with a focus on flowing capes, floating panels, jackets and relaxed silhouettes. Layered frills and lace effects has been used to emphasize the girl-woman conflict of the collection. The look is sophisticated with textured and printed motifs on natural fabrics.

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

Swapan and Seema's WLIFW March 2008 Collection titled 'Snow Queen' brings back the powerful feminine. It is dedicated to the brand of beauty that harkens the mood of regal splendour. They achieve this with a judicious blend of luxurious fabrics and intricate detailing. The colour palette is warm with rich plum, rose and burgundy. The luxe factor is incorporated with delicate burnished gold and copper embroidery-as well as their hallmark crystals and beading. The fabrics range from silks, velvet, satin to tulle and georgette for milder Indian autumns.

This collection is eclectic responding to a cocktail mood and moving into the traditional Indian wedding. There are flirty dresses along with embellished sarees and lehengas as well as evening gowns. The jackets and capes are perfect accessories for evening wear. They are versatile and can switch easily from a Western to an Indian ensemble. There's also a return to a more relaxed element with 'layering'.

In a word, the Snow Queen Collection carries forward what Swapan and Seema do best, ie celebrate contemporary female power- with an edge.

Chivas In Fashion show@WLIFW /FALL (March'08)

Chivas In Fashion show

Raghuvendra Rathore
The penultimate day of WIFW reached a resounding climax with the Chivas In Fashion show presenting the timeless appeal of Raghavendra Rathore’s creations. Offering a surprising twist to the normal, Rathore showcased a deconstructed experimental look that was brought alive on the ramp by blazing guns from the world of cricket. The showstopper in an elegant Rathore ensemble along with Ace Sixer Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa. After conquering Australia with their cricketing skills, they brought the same spirited energy and camaraderie to the ramp.

In other words, the show brought to the forefront a unique amalgamation of diverse cultures and a collection that is global yet unmistakably soaked in the grandeur of India – creating a look that spells India contemporary. Quite like the brand, Chivas, that blends world class quality with young energy, represented on the ramp by the young lads of cricket who have put the stamp of India on the world map.

Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna

Kunal Kapoor, Tinu Vergheese , Nina Manuel walks the ramp for Fiama Di Wills show for Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna 'Cue'

'Wrapping Up' Da Goddess.

How to wrap a Goddess.
The third day of WIFW opened with all attributes of glamour when Amit GT presented his collection for fall 08/09.
The evening wear range comprised satins and crepes in dramatic colours with well-placed crystal embellishments to highlight the feminine figure.
Fur, which was used for high necks and shrugs, gave a lovely impression of skating on ice. The colour palette included bold red, bright fuchsia, smoky aubergine, soft nude, jet black, pure white and silver lame - just right for the lady to stand out in the limelight at a big social event.
The dresses were constructed to highlight the feminine contours through narrow waists, corsets and bustiers, flowing floor-length skirts and trains which additionally added drama to the styles.
Details such as pleats, centre front rushing or gathers were used to shape the gowns and additionally embellished with crystals for a sparkling effect.
What turned out to be the key piece was a black satin gown with pleated bustier, emphasized empire line and a black and white skirt extension which spectacularly trailed behind to occupy the ramp.
This collection convinced through its goddess-like silhouettes and its apparent reminiscence of the great gowns from the 1950s.