Friday, November 14, 2014

When Hairy Met Scruffy

So much for peak beard. Over the weekend, men decked out in various tonsorial designs — "from delicate Dali moustaches to medal-worthy mutton chops," states the website — flocked to Portland, Oregon, for the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Here are the best manscaped moments, as captured by photographer Greg Anderson.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dev r Nil SS-2015

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Spring Summer 2015

Collection Note


I wake up to a dream of the unknown world

Calling me into its lap

The stories it tells me are the ones I heard from my grandmother.

I sieve through the sand, the cobble stones of the old city lanes

Collecting small love from every little pebble.

Falling stars make a wish

I don’t want to end this journey

Flowers bloom

....I can hear the song of the wild

The collection is an ode to Bohemia...the spirit of travelling and accumulating experiences that fill our heart and mind

Rabindranath Tagore’s work has a lasting influence on us and his words come alive through some of his own handwriting (alternately, retain the word script prints as you had used originally). The other prints which are part of this story are those of "the pebbles" which talk about our journeys and the history of a land ; under the night sky watching the shooting stars, of idle time under the same sky imagining figures and patterns as you lie face up, wide eyed, sleeping under the open constellations. These acts of banality, of the mundane - things that we could do, once, and now, have forgotten, as our fast city life comes alive. The Moroccan mosaic pattern, the nameless flowers that grow by the hedge and the patchwork all talk about the stories that are long forgotten. We bring them alive in this collection as we sing a song of the wild.

The textures and the embroideries have a traditional touch with hours of love. Mirror work, bead work, thread embroideries pleating and the crushing of fabrics are all but modern yet have a timeless appeal.

The hand woven Ikats and silks weave an unusual relationship story with chiffons and georgettes. The layers of various fabrics and patterns come together, albeit in a nonconformist manner.

The colours are colours that inspired us in this journey. The beige of mud, khaki of sand, red of love, blues – the light of water and the deep serene blue of the night sky, orange of traditions and pinks and mints of blooming wild flowers.

Nalanda Bhandari SS-2015

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Croc-Watching: Walter Van Beirendonck Men's Fall 2014

Need a super-sized serving of color, print and kook? Look no further than Walter Van Beirendonck’s men's collection for fall, a brilliant mash-up of tribal patterns and vintage military themes.

Van Beirendonck typically uses patterns and textures like a French chef uses butter. Which is to say, often and with little regard for those who can’t stomach it. Case in point: the combination of striped vests and neon leggings, which were then combined with fuzzy army helmets and toothy high-tops. Other head-scratching elements from the Belgian designer were acid-yellow fun fur and striped rugby scarves.

While the title, Crossed Crocodile Growl, offered little in the way of explanation, except for croc-embossed leather trousers, those looking for deeper meaning could ponder the phrase “Stop Racism,” splashed across some of the Native American headdresses — an extra morsel for thought in a very rich collection.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patrick Ian Hartley's Face Corsets

British artist-designer Patrick Ian Hartley makes what he calls "face corsets," an apt descriptor for what's essentially custom neck art in carefully molded leather, silk, and PVC — a lot of PVC. And you thought 17th-century ruffs were the height of neck art.

Naturally, Lady Gaga is a client, as well as heaps of other musicians looking for something a little exotic to wear in their music videos. Haute magazines, too, are stampeding to Hartley's studio, hunting for that certain something to help their editorials stand out — literally stand out, like the partial exoskeletons you see here. They may look uncomfortable, but stiletto heels probably also looked uncomfortable, before they were everywhere.

Finally, a Trailer for the Unauthorized Yves Saint Laurent Biopic

Saint Laurent, the biopic we've been breathlessly posting about, has finally popped out a trailer. (This is separate from a concurrent film, Yves Saint Laurent, which seems to be a more anodyne look at his early years at Dior.) And judging from fleeting glimpses of Gaspard Ulliel as the young to middle-aged designer and Louis Garrel as his forbidden boytoy Jacques de Bascher, the final feature film, when it hits French theaters in September, is going to be full of all le smoking hot sex scenes you could ask for — nay, demand.

The trailer has been a long time coming, as the film already premiered at Cannes (competing for the Palme d'Or prize). And it isn't subtitled, but you don't need to know French to recognize on-screen sizzle, even if it is a little melodramatic. Willem Dafoe (as Andy Warhol) and Léa Seydoux (as Saint Laurent's muse, Loulou de la Falaise) will no doubt balance out the histrionics. Indeed, the fact that it isn't authorized — by the brand in its current state — suggests that a fair amount artistic license has been utilized. All the sexier!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Caveman & the Modernist>Rectangle Shoes

Czech designer Maria Nina Vaclavek came up with her striking Rectangle shoes — resembling early Margiela — through a novel approach. "The caveman hunted down an animal, skinned it and wrapped the leather — still raw and warm — around his foot, tightened it with bast," she says. "The leather adapts to the shape of the user's foot. I found this technology very interesting and decided to work with it further." They may look restrictive, but she says they're quite comfortable. They are open-toed after all. Plus, could anything be less comfortable than the modern stiletto?

Monday, April 28, 2014


Exotic fabrics, intricate details, and ornate colors are the elements that Indian-American fashion designer Shekhar Rahate masterfully blends together to orchestrate his collection of haute couture gowns. The Rahate Collection encompasses the beauty and elegance of high-fashion frock by combining a variety of styles and fabrics from form-fitting to free-flowing to multi-patterned.

His fashion goals are to accentuate a woman’s silhouette while allowing her to move with comfort and grace. The Rahate Collection of luxurious gowns not only define haute couture perfection, but also carries with it the attention-grabbing appeal of the Red Carpet. His unique gowns have already appeared at the Golden Globes , Grammy’s , Emmys, Oscars, and the Cannes Film Festival.

Rahate's display of women's formal wear and headpieces at the 2012 International Fashion Supermodel (IFSM) event in Hollywood topped off a Halloween-themed celebrity-clad event that was broadcast to millions of viewers in the United States and China. Rahate also regularly participates in the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). He presented his new collection at the Couture Fashion Week during NYFW 2012 where it was well received.

Rahate has more than 15 years of experience in the fashion industry and received his training at the Dubai Beams International Fashion School. His runway shows have crossed the fashion globe from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New York City, as well as overseas to Germany, Switzerland, India and France.

Rahate’s creations have garnered numerous accolades in the fashion arena including:

                       Fashion Couturier of the Year Award – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Indo-American Advisory Council, April 2012
                       Versace Award for Global Excellence in Fashion – Global Independence Day Gala, US Asia Business Forum, September 2012
                       Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Medal for outstanding services and achievements in regard to role of global Indians in the international arena – NRI Welfare Society of India in London, 2012 / 2013 .

In addition, Rahate also receive a Crystal Ball Award as a Visionary Designer from Dr. Laura Wilhelm this year.

Rahate is also no stranger to the political arena as he designed Hollywood Haute Couture dresses for the 2013 Inauguration of United States President Barack Obama. In addition, he is the only designer in history ever to show at the prestigious United Nations General Assembly Hall where 450 delegates from across 192 nations witnessed his work.

His gowns have also been worn by countless prominent figures such as Maria Amor, Madame Chair M.C. Townsend, Bambou Ada (Adrienne) Diagne, actress Vanessa Williams, actress Michelle Romano, as well as “Miss Asia Pacific”, “Miss World”, and “Miss Universe”.

Rahate recently received his Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in film, television, and video . He serves as the Regional Director for both the Northern California and Southern California Miss India beauty pageants.

The Rahate Collection by Shekhar Rahate
9163 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA  90069
468 North Camden Drive, Suite #244, Beverly Hills, CA  90210
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Sunday, April 13, 2014