“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
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.
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.
In a continuous endeavour to bring new things, freshness to the way fashion is perceived in India, FDCI has created another avenue apart from designing fashion only. FDCI organised Model Hunt to bring new faces on the ramp. Judges of the event were Ashish N. Soni, Rohit Gandhi, Poonam Bhagat and Rakesh Thakore. They shared that they looked for attitude, style & panache among the girls while judging. These girls will walk the ramp for Amazon India Fashion Week.
Chinese Mythology says, some 2700 BC, a silk worm’s cocoon fell into the tea cup of the then empress Leizu. Wishing to extract it from her drink, she began to unroll the thread of the cocoon. The touch and feel made empress so happy that she asked her entourage to weave it to see how is looks.That curiosity gave world one of the finest fabrics. From this point, the girl became the goddess of silk in Chinese mythology. Empress Leizu wouldn’t have thought in her wildest dream, that how her discovery will change the future generations taste in fashion, and the word silk will always be associated with style of elite class and people will look upto the same whenever its an occasion to celebrate.
Much awaited season of love has come again. The cupid and the blessings of Saint Valentine will work, but you need to work on your look to bring timelessness in your relationship. Coco Chanel once said and I quote “As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!” So, I picked up these looks according to your suitor. Get dressed as he wants to see you, and see what in world he can do for you.
The Anarkali for Salim Look: I am sure you all remember the eternal love story of Shezada Salim and Anarkali. Salim loved her, and longed for her his whole life. To get that kind of love, here is my pick from different designers.
The Chic look for the hunk: These guys wants their girls be chic’ & trendy.It gives them a adrenalin rush if people turn their heads for their girl.Here is my pick for the V Day:
Bohomeian Look: This look is for gypsy at heart guys. These nomad like their girls as Boho-chic’. Here is my pick for the same.
So choose your look, and conquer the heart of your beloved, because ultimately one true love is what everyone needs in life.
Paris is in love with Rahul Mishra’s creations. In a row, Rahul is all set to showcase his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week on 11th March,2015. Known for bringing a revolution in sustainable fashion and aesthetics, Rahul is the first Indian to win International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week in 2014.
“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”
Last day of WIFW arrived. Every designer seemed pleased and hopeful for better business; some busy in closing deals, some busy in exploring new markets, some are heading for new adventure. But everybody was satisfied, as All’s well that ends well. Its time to say goodbye and thank you to each other, isn’t it.
Here is my pick of day 5:
Nida Mahmood-Irani Cafe’
For the Grand Finale Rohit Bal show, please have a look of my previous blog.Happy Reading!http://www.willslifestyleindiafashionweek.com/
(Originally published on 16/10/2014)
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