July 2013

INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE INDIA AND MIDDLE EAST – 2013/14

July 26, 2013
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Last year’s International Woolmark Competition India carved a strong niche this year’s competition. In 2012, the title was won by the designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi, while this year saw Rahul Mishra taking the trophy + cash prize + opportunity to compete for a show at Milan 2014. Check out the previous year’s Woolmark competition HERE. Rahul Misra was announced as the winner of the India & Middle East selection for the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize, during the award event held at the beautiful Leela Hotel in India. A judging panel comprising of local and International industry experts including Peter Ackroyd – President, International Wool Trade organisation, Imran Amed – Founder, The Business of Fashion, Martin Grant – Designer, Simon Lock – CEO of The Lock Group, Manish Arora – Designer and Sunil Sethi, President of FDCI, selected the winner. Rahul Misra was awarded for the stunning wool outfit which presented the idea that seeks to portray the journey of human race and the process of metamorphosis that our planet has undergone in the last century. The winning garment displayed progressive graphic hand embroidery with merino wool yarn on merino wool jacket dress. The graphic originates from petal lotus to morph into compleax structures Chosen amongst the 10 most promising talents coming from India and the Middle East, the winner gains a financial contribution of $50,000 AUD, plus the opportunity to compete in the International competition, representing India and the Middle East at the grand final event, taking place in Milan in February 2014. For the next six months the designer will be required to develop a capsule collection in Merino wool, to be showcased during an extraordinary event which will showcase the five finalists which will be selected from across the globe. This  designer will compete for the final …

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Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 – JJ Valaya

July 24, 2013
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JJ VALAYA for Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 The opening of Indian Bridal Week, 2013 Delhi Edition was by the renowned couturier whose name is synonymous with Opulence, royalty, and rich cultural heritage of India, especially, when it comes to Haute couture. JJ Valaya marked the beginning of this extravagant bridal week with his grand show. The collection-‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ is about a factitious voyage of a Monarch who was fascinated by the Spanish art, customs and forms. 

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Smoke House Deli presents DECONSTRUCT with Shivan & Narresh

July 23, 2013
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Design encompasses everything around us. Fashion, Space, Photography & Graphics are just a few fields that experiment with the elements of design to create and express. Certain designers have played significant roles in defining their creative field with their signature style.  Just like the design world, the food industry has also evolved in terms of the visual appeal of a plated dish, which can be seen through food trends over time. The interesting part here is the combination and balance of texture, color, form and proportion used while plating a dish. The use of these elements of design are quite similar to those seen on the runway, a photograph, a space or any design oriented field. Food designers such as, Marije Vogelzang, Elsa Lambinet and Julia Rothhahn, have worked toward creating new concepts, experimenting with technique, exploring produce and inventing flavors in order to create something spectacular on the plate.  Food and design capture the timeless essence of all things beautiful! ‘Deconstruct’ is the innovative concept that translates the flavors of signature styles of eminent designers and their iconic creations, into ingredients that work in harmony to create the perfect bite. It is a unification of style and taste.  Tossed in scrumptious inventiveness, on the 19th of July, Smoke House Deli launched this concept in association with the phenomenal Luxury Swimwear designers Shivan & Narresh. This designer duo, were the first to launch swimwear in the country and have showcased a number of innovative collections over the years. They have not only been pioneers within this segment, but have built a nationally renowned brand, whose popularity seems to grow as the days go by.   Anand Bhushan, Shivan Bhatia, Gautam Sinha and Narresh Kukreja Hosts Shivan Bhatia, Harmeet Bajaj and Narresh Kukreja  Nandini Bhalla Narresh Kukreja and Masaba Gupta Excerpts from …

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5 ways to go *SALE SHOPPING*

July 18, 2013
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A seasonal change might turn some feet blue, but for those who just can’t get enough of pampering themselves, this is the season to empty your wallets! Many of you might have your own shopaholic confessions. Some might have been saving since ages, and pinky promising daily to indulge in SALES ONLY. The current season is when it’s not just the water pouring, but crazy sales pouring too! But how many of you actually go home, ‘Happy’ after cutting your hard earned money, and piling up on your a quite similar wardrobe?? Or shall I say, how many of you actually wear the stuff you purchased in the name of *Sale* and a *good bargain* ??? Honestly, Indians are good when it comes to marketing. A lot of brands sell previous year(s) collection on sale, and oh my! they sell like hot cakes. For you, it is a good bargain, but for many of them it is simply cutting down on a tiny percentage of profits. Well, we cannot do anything about the clever marketing strategies, but we can certainly make the most out of these sales, if of course, executed intelligently. So here I am, dropping down my TOP 5 WAYS TO GO *SALE SHOPPING* this season.  1. Know what you want source – keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk There are very high chances of  people going shopping with an open mind, and end up buying stuff which they don’t intend to wear in the coming months, or never wear them at all. Such buys keep lying in your closet for ages doing nothing. So before stepping out for sale shopping, do the following : a. Utilize google power – There is no harm doing a little research about your body type, and the looks which compliment you. A lot of style experts and …

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AAMBY VALLEY INDIA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK 2013 – Preview

July 11, 2013
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FASHION ONE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES THE FOURTH EDITION OF AAMBY VALLEY INDIA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK (AVIBFW) 2013 India Bridal Fashion Week to host its first edition in Delhi 12 acclaimed fashion designers to showcase the finest bridal couture collection in Delhi New Delhi: 10th July 2013:  Haute Couture, Luxury and Bollywood will create fashion magic this July in New Delhi with style, colour and drama.  Starting 2013, the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week will also be held at India’s capital Delhi, a top fashion destination, along with Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country to give the audience in these two prime cities one of the biggest fashion extravaganza to be held. The fourth edition of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week in association with AZVA is scheduled between July 23-28, 2013 at the Hotel Grand, New Delhi with a spectacular opening show by Delhi’s classic couturier, J J Valaya; while the Grand Finale will be presented by Tarun Tahiliani. The six day event would be participated by India’s 12 leading couture designers including Adarsh Gill, Ashima Leena, Falguni & Shane Peacock, JJ Valaya, Jyotsana Tiwari, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Raghavendra Rathore, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Shantanu Nikhil, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani.  Ashima Leena , Falguni Shane JJ Valaya, AZVA by World Gold Council Meera Muzaffar Ali , Raghavendra Rathore Rina Dhaka & Jyotsna Tiwari , Shantanu Nikhil  Rohit Bal, Suneet Varma Tarun Tahiliani, Adarsh Gill AAMBY VALLEY INDIA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK IN ASSOCIATION WITH AZVA SHOW SHCEDULE  – 2013 Delhi Edition DAY 1, TUESDAY, July 23, 2013 8.00 pm:    JJ Valaya 9.30 pm:    Shantanu Nikhil DAY 2, WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2013 8.00 pm:   Meera Muzaffar Ali 9.30 pm :  Rina Dhaka & Jyotsna Tiwari DAY 3, THIURSDAY, July 25, 2013 8.00 pm:   Falguni Shane 9.30 pm:   Raghavendra Rathore DAY 4, FRIDAY, July 26, 2013 8.00 pm:  Ashima …

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