Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Khwaja-Autumn Winter 2012 by Vaishali Shadangule

Khwaja is the word which is used by all the Sufi- saints and peer-fakeer to address the divine power. They have devoted their entire life to spread the message of the ultimate master, to the societies across the nations. They never limit themselves to any defined path to enlighten others, what they did became the path for their followers. They were above the worries of survival and left themselves on the mercy of their master. These enlightened souls wanted to merge themselves into the supreme power, and in the spiritual journey of their life, they found the power within.

 I am fascinated by this philosophy and want to pay my tribute to these true and pure spirit of denying of being and becoming nobody.

In the intuitive process of presenting this thought into a collection, I have used hand woven organic cotton to keep the purity of thought and the embellishment of beads are weaved into the fabric to interpret the thought into the garment.

I have mainly used black and white color to show two different sides of a world and have tried to achieve different silhouettes along with the draping to show the variety of the concept.

The fabric that has been used is cotton that has a soft feel as well as it is flowy. Keeping in mind this element of the fabric, I have used some draping techniques to create unconventional silhouettes. Some of the garments also portray strong construction with woven textures.

VAISHALI. S is a fashion label by Vaishali Shadangule.

Born in a small town Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Vaishali’s journey into fashion has been an inspiring tale. Graduating in science, she moved to Mumbai to pursue her dreams of being a fashion designer. Her commitment to remain true to her one-of-a-kind vision of creating contemporary designs from Indian hand women textiles has borne fruit through her two stores in Mumbai and a new flagship in New Delhi.

The brand that bears her name is a clothing line that encompasses contemporary and traditional Indian wear, Indo-western and western wear. The label stands for a modern attitude, comfort and innovative style stemming from a wealth of ideas that blends the modern with the vastness of Indian textiles. Besides designing for her label, she also has licensed her label and designs to retail houses.  Her collections have been much celebrated by the media and fashion connoisseurs alike.

She debuts at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week this season with her autumn winter 2012 line that amalgamates art and fashion.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Luigi Borbone>2012-SS-White, White Collection

Luigi Borbone is a young Roman Couturier who, for the first time, has been invited to show at AltaRoma AltaModa.  For his 2012 Spring/Summer Collection, Luigi Borbone was inspired by the isolated, glacial landscapes depicted in the works of the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum.

“A distant land, not only geographically, Scandinavia is a place of striking contradictions and stark contrasts which” - affirms Luigi Borbone - "dominated by the breathtaking beauty of nature’s savagery and mercilessness, becomes the key element in every intellectual adventure of Scandinavian artists in representing the mystery that is life".

Luigi Borbone has created a monochrome collection. Shades of dazzling white - bright, pearly and iridescent - accentuate the expression of the spirits and themes of the Nordic lands; lands imbued with the anxieties typical of those restless starry souls, ever thirsty for sun, full of death and yet, at the same time, so attached to life.

Research into materials is the key to this collection: the designer, Luigi Borbone, marrying the ethos of vegan culture, has produced a collection using eco-friendly fabrics and materials which fully respect nature and animals.

The precious fabrics of high fashion are given a new slant with the experimental technology of the latest generation. Latex treated with Swarovski crystals made, to the specifications of Luigi Borbone, by the master craftsmen of Transfermania International in Rome, lab-produced Mikado silk fixed with Swarovski crystal powder, embossed linen, organza in linen and silk and duchess satin silk dipped in special gold-dust flecked resin to make it waterproof.

The creations of Luigi Borbone place emphasis on the theme of "disquieting and inversion”. For the day Tuxedos, stiff shirts, voluminous high-waisted trousers and dresses which play on three dimensionality, whilst evening wear sees dynamic abstract forms.

The accessories designed by Luigi Borbone, made from recycled plastic and enhanced with Swarovski crystals, are all unique pieces made exclusively by hand by the artists Alecci and Di Paola.

For the collection’s shoes, Luigi Borbone sought the collaboration of the Milanese designer Riccardo Rizieri who bases his creative project on unique values such as "hand made", excellent craftsmanship and respect for "green" ethics.