A low-key start to the Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week as always is turning out to be a race against time as its hosting 95 different catwalks during the eight-day event in the opposite ends of the city. The Spring-Summer 2013 season got going on the iconic giant clock at the Paris’ Grand Gare de I’Est train station. The setting for the event was surely grand; however, the event itself was low key as it had been showcasing the emerging talent.

The young designer Rick Owens, who’s an alumnus of Alice Lemoine finally emerged from the shadows of his mentor to put forward a highly accomplished show with rich spring colors. While the Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello, who got famous since Gwyneth Paltrow graced Harper’s Bazaar cover in one of his outfits, too delivered a slick show. He channelled black and white to present a wonderfully unique summer collection.  

South Korean designer Moon Young Hee also displayed his sophisticated collection featuring the colour wheel, as well as the Impasse De La Defense’s collection featured the mix of bold colours with retro and street fashion look.

Impasse De La Defense, a post-punk design house, put up a wonderful show with the loud train announcements punctuating the colorful event. The show featured an eclectic and contemporary mix of patchwork dresses in vibrant colors.

Their collection features the colorful patchwork dresses, outré tulle bridal skirts and the large shawls featuring the images of clock architecture. Designer Karim Bonnet channelled a German street style inspired from his holiday there last summer.

Knitwear attained the ‘cool’ status shunning their ‘only for grannies’ tag, thanks to their youthful facelift collection, Le Moine Tricote. The designer Alice Lemoine was armed with two half-inch needles, a ball of wool and basically no rules.

As a result, the collection features architectural and highly huggable display of soft, open knit looks that was set off with the creative spirals, polygons and geometric shapes. Lemoine gave freedom to the natural weight of wool and thus producing some amazing effect like a plunging grey and camel column dress. The collection featured the colors such as sky blue, navy, pearl beige purple and white.

The Paris Fashion Week has finally opened up to some wonderful but low-key events, but it’ll be moving on to the big fashion houses’ shows in the coming days. The big names and the end-result of the high expectations are just around the corner.

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The Big-Wigs to check out at the Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

The final fashion capital, Paris, will be showcasing the new Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collections by some of the biggest fashion houses and well-known designers.

 

Out of all the shows that are going to be a part of Paris fashion week the most awaited one is the Christian Dior’s show where the RAF Simons will be taking the center stage. He’s going to present his first ready-to-wear range for Dior. This season you can expect a significant shift in style for Dior as Raf has taken the lead position in the brand. Since, he’s an ultra-modernist designer on the front of a traditional French fashion brand, this is surely going to be an interesting one. The audience will be looking forward to this show wondering what is going to happen to the beautiful wasp-waited corsets, the petticoats and the bustier-style bodices, which have been defining the 65-yr old fashion house.

The other equally awaited show is Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The French fashion house that completed 50 years in 2012 will be displayed Hedi Slimane’s first ready-to-wear collection for Saint Laurent. Hedi is another futuristic designer, who is the head of another tradition French Fashion house, and it’ll be really exciting to see how Hedi’s sleek background and minimalist approach blends with the Yven Saint Laurent’s classic designs. It’ll be the question on everyone’s mind, how Slimane will turn her couture-like designs into the more commercial ready-to-wear aesthetics. We’ll be up for something unexpected from the super-talented designer.

Last time around Chanel featured a glacial catwalk with the giant shards of ice, which added the final touch to their chilling wintery Autumn/Winter 2012 show in the Paris. While talking about the Louis Vuitton, they presented what could be called as a visual treat during the Autumn/Winter 2012 show. The station guards were accompanying the models, as they carried the signature Louis Vuitton luggage.  The models looked set to aboard the Orient Express as they circumnavigated a large steam train. The grand stage for both the brands looked nothing short of a movie set.

Now after setting the bar so high, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with next. Chanel’s show will be on Tuesday 2nd October, while Louis Vuitton will be displaying their designs on the last day of the fashion week i.e. Wednesday 3rd October.

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Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour reaches Kolkata with Bombay’s Bun Maska

The Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour 2012 has reached Kolkata, and Nida Mahmood took all the praises on the day one as she drew inspiration from the Mumbai’s Bun maska. Her models dazzled the ramp with LED-lit flowers on their heads.

Her collection, ‘Bombay Bun Maska’, was inspired from the popular Mumbai based snack and was also a tribute to the free-spirited people with their non-pretentious attitude, who believe in creating their own style. The Boho chic was at its best, with the structured garments, which included the fluid ones as well. It was the LED lights with flowers placed on the heads of the models that caught the attention and added a wonderful touch to the collection.

The Bengali Beauty, Raima Sen, walked the ramp for Nida, stating that she was quite nervous during the fashion show.

Nida is known for the quirky designs and prints as well as the unconventional silhouettes for the women. But this time she also brought a collection for men. The colourful collection was meant for the strongly opinionated men. It was also bold and youthful.

Alongside, even Raghavendra Rathore showcased his collection on the Day 1 of the event. Known for his collections inspired from the Indian heritage, the designer came up with his newly launched diffusion line called ‘Club Jodhpur’ and ‘Club J’. The collection celebrated the tradition with the ethnic wear that included Jodhpur jackets, achkans, kurtas, churidars and the Nehru Jackets along with the embroidered waistcoats.

The event has also featured celebrities like Yami Gautam and Chitrangada Singh till now. Yami Gautam walked the ramp as the show-stopper for Mandira Wirk. While Chitrangada sizzled the ramp for designer duo, Pankaj and Nidhi while showcasing their collection ‘Liquid Gold Tree’.

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Milan Fashion Week showed why summer will be much awaited this time around

Dolce & Gabana have showcased the most innovative and fun look of the season with their wicker bustiers during the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week as the Giorgio Armani too mesmerized the audience with his series of stellar creations. The much-awaited Armani collection ranged from sleek suits that were designed in the subtle tones that is a trademark of the brand, plus their glittering evening wear collection was also on show.

 

The Spring/Summer 2013 collection was unveiled during the latest instalment of the Milan Fashion week, which hosted a large number of celebrity guests, including Serena Williams and the show was followed by an exhibition of the best of its clothes, accessories and the jewelry.

The trouser suits in the gossamer silk were dominating the first half of the show when the shorts done in greys, blue-greys, and the soft turquoises broke their dominance. These were worn with a silver of a hat, perched sideways on the head.

Whereas the sharply tailored suits along with the masculine shoes created a powerful and the sensuous look as the flowing trousers with layered fabric showed the Armani’s retake on a skirt over trouser trend.

The highlight of the week was the eveningwear by the Giorgio Armani that earned him the standing applause from the audience. His glittering evening dresses were showcased one after the other featuring the floaty creations with the stellar designs. The high point of this collection was light shimmering on the silk or bouncing off the crystal embellishments as well as the rhinestone studded heels. All this created a multifaceted effect like a Kaleidoscope.

While Armani’s collection mesmerized the crowd, Dolce & Gabana weren’t far behind in wowing the audience through their fresh and innovative Sicilian inspired collection that starred intricate wicker Bustiers and baroque-sculpted shoes with colorful beach prints. The colorful dress prints by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were inspired from the famous puppets of Sicilian street theatre.

Milan Fashion week showed the reasons why summer should be fun with the many different designers showcasing their wonderful designs. Moreover, the designers of the Milan Fashion Week weren’t dictating a hemline and thus giving women a free reign. They were interested in the upper silhouette, which stayed loose and featured the embellishments like pleats, flounces as well as a rich embroidery. Variety was also a talking point in the trouser department where gauchos and pedal pushers, Palazzo pajamas, cigarette pants and even the occasional hot pants ruled the show.

Amongst the shoes, the big trend was the high-heeled sandals strapped at the ankle. While the hair stylists had to bear the bad news as the preferred look was long and unfussy plus featured a lot of hats as well as the head bands plus the head scarves.

During the event, Asia was also an inspiration for many of the designers. It was seen in their stylistic tributes and they also nodded to the importance of a new market for the luxury labels. We saw the Prada deconstructing the Kimono, Aquilano Rimondi incorporating the obi slashes while the Pucci embroidered tigers and dragons on the silk chiffon.

There was also a geometrical theme this season, as seen in the Fendi’s collection that featured a coat and a skirt in horizontal and slanting stripes, as the latter of the two was worn with a jacket sporting tiny red and black square.

The Milan Fashion Week was a hub to all the attention and big names from the fashion world as the focus now move on to the Paris Fashion Week.

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When Bipasha Basu ruled the ramp and everyone’s heart

 

One might argue, but let’s accept that no Indian fashion show can stay away from the Bollywood spotlight. Each of our fashion shows need a good dose of Bollywood for a complete look, and recently concluded Indian Bridal Fashion Week 2012 wasn’t any different.  The show featured the designers from the world of couture, JJ Valaya to Tarun Tahiliani to the designer duo of Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, for whom the Bollywood diva Bipasha Basu walked the ramp.

Showing the wonderful luxurious collection of the designer duo, Bipasha Basu created a sensation in maroon and gold paneled Jamevaar embroidered glittering corset blouse, which was beautifully complemented by the Lehenga with an attractive ornate neckline. Her look was completed with a luxurious petticoat under the copious creation that gave a Victorian feel to the whole attire.

Looking perfect in her bridal look, it won’t be an understatement to say that she sizzled the ramp. Her smoky eyes were enough to mesmerize you, along with the wavy hair and bejeweled tikka that completed her stylish yet classically elegant look.

This perfectly ravishing look of Bipasha Basu was beautifully complemented by the charming smile she sported while walking the ramp.

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London Fashion Week showed the entertaining and the stylish side of the city

 

 

The London fashion week wrapped up on Tuesday after five fashionable days featuring shows by various well-known as well as upcoming designers, a beautiful chaos of colors and the designs for the next spring/summer.

London Fashion Week is well-known to host a more eclectic collection from designers as well as the labels than you’ll get to see during the fashion weeks of Milan, Paris or New York. The latest designs for the spring/summer have been a big mash-up featuring the sweet 50’s pastels at Temperley. The futuristic metallic leathers at Burberry, 70s disco feel at the Jonathan Saunders and 90s minimalistic look at few of the other events.

There wasn’t any dominating theme of the event which was littered with the micro trends that will be making their way up to high-street stores come this spring. The white and monochrome outfits were visible everywhere, as well as the confectionery shades of mint and lemon. There were futuristic materials, which were also playing an important part in these designer collections like the shiny plastics, or fabrics with holographic and foil-like sheen. There was also the use of layers of organza, chiffon and mesh.

The event kicked off with the 70s inspired floral and wide-leg trousers by the luxury fashion label Mulberry that is well-known for the handbags. The collection had a humorous British flair and combined various popular trends of the season. There were also a plethora of younger and adventurous designers of the day 5 including Simone Rocha, the designer duo Meadham and Kichoff who excited the audience with their collections.

There were beautiful models walking the ramp and celebrities like Kate Moss and Harry Styles in the front row during the fashion events. The highlight of the week was Lady Gaga stealing the limelight during the Philip Treacy’s comeback show.

The luxury brand Mulberry showed that they’ve got rid of the playfulness they showed during the recent seasons, as they displayed their spring collection which even though was quirky but grown up as well. The 70s inspired collections featured floral embroidery, floor-length skirts, flower buttonsas well as high-waisted wide legs.

Roksanda Illincic’s catwalk shows focused on the women who want to look stylish without putting in much effort. The simple, streamlined shapes like tailored shifts and breezy dresses with high-impact colour combinations were the highlight of her show. There were combinations of tangerine with cobalt, mango, dirty pink and white, including a few of the dresses featuring all these colors and giving an impression of a modern abstract painting.

The upcoming designer Simone Rocha had her designer dad’s shoes to fill, and she did create an impression with her collection. It featured all-white outfits, sheer cut-out panels, neons and leather mixing the school girl innocence with a cool attitude. While the designer duo of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff who’re known to stage fashion shows full of riotous fun, and this time too they didn’t fail to meet the expectation with the bows, frills, bodices and Marie Antoinette style corsets. There were also puffy sleeves, thigh-high boots, feather gloves.

Overall, it was a fun-filled fashion week, which portrayed the entertaining side of the London. 

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Showcase your style in the corporate world with Hidesign’s Downing Street 02 leather bag

 

The classy and elegant bag from Hidesign comes with polished brass hexagons, which reflect the beauty and efficiency of a bee hive.

Perfect for the corporate world, this silky ranch calf leather bag will give you an unmatched style and will help you impress your colleagues. The bag has a handle drop length of about 20 cm and comes with two main compartments with a zipped center partition compartment. There’s also a Hidesign standard inside zipped and organizing pockets. The bag also features a slip pocket at the back and Hidesign curve signature branding plate on the front.

This medium sized leather bag is perfect for the offices and daytime usage. However, it won’t be a great idea to use it outside the corporate environment, as it won’t go well with your party wear or the casual look. However, it’ll be a great fit for the office use as well as the high-quality leather will ensure that you get all the attention, because it doesn’t matter where you are, you got to stay stylish.

The bag is available at Rs 3,695.

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