“I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best.”
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano, Writer
Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) began with exploring new avenues in fashion. After a long association of Wills Lifestyle, expectency with Amazon is natural. But we found that Amazon is as global in attitude as its offerings. The runway and stalls are blooming with fresh collections. Designers hard work is so much obvious with their designs. Here is my pick of Day 1:
J J Valaya
Rahul Mishra, the maverick of designing fabric with a difference, presented The Village at Paris Fashion Week. Rahul, whose ideology believes in sustainable fashion, revival of heritage fabrics presented the collection with e’lan. While addressing the press, Rahul said,”Stories are what offer time travel by warping the fabric of time and space. The villages of the world tell their own similar stories – of fighting a hard battle to sustain its ecological balance. This collection is a soul-searching endeavour and creates a graphical sketchbook of images of a village, I grew up in. The Village, with an ecosystem – that offers an equilibrium between man and nature- of peaceful and sustainable coexistence.”
The collection encapsulates the balanced existence of nature and mankind, traditional and modern, and brings to life finest fibres, weaves and craft techniques, practiced in villages across the world. Return to the land, is the driving force that marks this collection, an outcome of concerted efforts to rehabilitate craftsmen back in to their space from urban dwellings, to take a new step in producing slow fashion. The collection is truly international with fine essence of heritage.
Wool extracted in Gurrundah, a village in New South Wales Southern Tablelands, Sydney finds shape and form in a remote village Baundpur near Calcutta. The village ecosystem is a galaxy of its own that balances primary requirements of survival – environment, employment and empowerment. The Village attempts to preserve the beautiful stories of people, process, and craft. Rahul Mishra, the winner of international Wool mark Price 2014, is known for his sustainable design philosophy and the contribution to the Indian handlooms and craft community through his design interventions.
In the world of jewellery and opulence,Tanishq and Farah Khan Ali needs no introduction. Both are respected for their unique designs and quality, and won many hearts since inception. When both joined hands to bring out a collection, I knew its going to be immaculate. Indeed its immaculate but moreover its so wearable that every woman can carry it and feel like a diva.
On this Women’s Day, I feel, we, as woman, should liberate. Liberate from being judged, liberate from the feeling of ‘how do I look?’, liberate from the feeling of ‘indirect social responsibily’, and enjoy every moment of our lives. By saying this I also mean that it should not limit to this day only, rather we should use today to introspect & unwind our inhibitions.
I have tried to curate few suggestions for Women’s day; but again, i will say-liberate yourself from the feeling to impress somebody, enjoy whatever you do, whatever you wear.
Fashion designer Manish Malhotra announced on 26th Feb.,2015 that he would take a leading role at Lakmé Fashion Week which launches WEvolve, a global campaign that empowers young men and women to challenge norms that lead to gender violence.
This big show featuring The Blue Fashion Runway is a part of Lakmé Fashion Week’s 15 year celebrations. The global WEvolve campaign focuses on the worldwide problem of gender violence. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 35 percent of women worldwide, over one billion women, have or will experience either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against men is both under-researched and under-reported.
Manish Malhotra and his work will be showcased in WEvolve’s Blue Fashion Runway show on March 18. The best runway faces, popular
celebrities and leading personalities from Bollywood and beyond will unite on this critical issue while celebrating the promise of a better
While announcing it, Manish Malhotra gave a preview of his collection for Lakme’ Fashion Week to the media. We present here part of conversation with him with Fashion & Style Buzz team:-
Q: What is elegance to you?
MM: Elegance to me is when it does not scream, it is not crying for attention. It is a believe and courage and I feel that when you are beautiful and you feel beautiful, the true elegance is what you are, comes through.it doesn’t have to be something just screaming out, you know, so if you are wearing a beautiful neck-piece then let the necklace take over, wearing minimalistic earrings. If its a outfit which is very embroidered, over the top, cool it down with make up. Let one element takes center focus. And I think that being comfortable , not screaming and not seeking too much attention is elegance.
Q. Whom do you think is elegant?
MM: My mother is very elegant. I think, ummm, there are many women who are very elegant, it need not to be a celebrity, even from day to day walks of life, there are many elegant women. I think, the 50s & 60s era of Bollywood to me is the Indian fashion element which the most beautiful. Everything was very precise, everything was very neat. I really like that era. Like Sadhna , Madhubala, I am very influenced with that era.
Q: And does that reflect in your creations?
MM: I try to. I definitely do try to.
Q: Last year you predicted Gharara & Sharara is going to be big, and it came in vogue. What’s your prediction for this year?
MM: Yellow is going to big this year; different blues are going to be big this year. I prefer blue to black. Gharara & Sharara will still have important place in outfits. I do lots of blue since last 2 year. Its goes well with my designing, it’s a colour which is going to stay. Blue yellow & ivory are going to be colour for this season.
Q: Your name is synonym to a designing school. What is it that make you The Manish Malhotra?
MM: My journey has been very different. I began with costumes, then I learnt a lot during my work, from costume to mainstream. Now I have larger than life stores, huge clientele, it means there is something I am doing right, besides all the hardwork.
Q: You have worked with all leading actresses of Bollywood. Karishma & Urmila vouch for your designs.What is it that makes them so comfortable with you?
MM: I don’t know that. What clicks with me is that I don’t take my friendship for granted. I have very old relationships, but I consistently work hard, I never take our friendship for granted. See till date for any appointment, I have never told anyone that ‘Sorry yaar, I am going to be late’. That I never do. I think the respect I give to time, to people, it’s something that they like.
It’s their belief in me and my consisted working hard, and changing with time. I have changed with time, for better I think, don’t you also think so.
Q: Given a chance to create a dress for Madhubala, Sadhna, Wahida Rehman, Vaijayanti Mala,whom will you choose?
MM: I had a privilege of working with Wahida Rehman. Sadhna ji has certainly been very beautiful & elegant. Madhubala is not alive. I think in today’s time I would love to create dress for Wahida Rehman ji.
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