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Lara Dutta Launches New Bridal Pret Collection


Lara Datta

Back in October 2012, actress Lara Dutta launched her first line of ethnic designer wear for Chhabra 555 under the label Lara Dutta–Chhabra 555.

Now, she debuts a few new pieces for summer wherein each piece has been individually hand crafted.

Lara Datta

The pieces retail from Rs.15,000/- onwards and fall under the category of bridal pret. Lara has designed a wide range of forty-seven pieces which include Benarasi silk sarees to contemporary net sarees and from delicate Lucknowi chikankari sarees to flowing Jaipuri bandhanis.


10 Indian Designer Labels You Must Own in 2014


A new year, time for new beginnings is excuse enough for us to invest in an all-new wardrobe. But quite often, we’re confused about the designs and silhouettes we should invest in.

Make way for a brand new wardrobe in 2014


Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani pioneered the fashion movement in India by setting up India’s first multi-designer boutique, Ensemble, in 1987. Back then, just five designer labels adorned the racks.

More than twenty-five years later, he is still at the top of the crop and his own ensembles are much sought after by the discerning woman.If there’s one good reason you need to invest in a Tarun Tahiliani creation, it’s his undoubted mastery of drapery. Tarun mastered the art of draping at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and it has become his signature style.


Kareena Kapoor in Ritu Kumar (photo credit: Avinash Gowariker

Since 1969, Ritu Kumar has taken it upon herself to revive many of India’s dying traditional embroideries, crafts and weaves. In fact, the profusion of zardozi embroidery you see on designer racks today is actually thanks to Ritu Kumar, who painstakingly researched and brought back this long-forgotten Mughal craft to mainstream fashion.

If there’s one reason you need to have a Ritu Kumar outfit in your wardrobe this year, it’s because of the sheer excellence and intricate workmanship that define her outfits. It’s something very few other designers can even aspire to replicate.


MissMalini in Masaba Gupta

It’s been barely five years since Masaba Gupta debuted as a designer at Lakme Fashion Week. That hasn’t stopped style icons like Sonam Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Mandira Bedi and Jacqueline Fernandez from extensively wearing her clothes.

In 2012, the young designer was hired by the Satya Paul label as their fashion director and her collections for this House have been sell-outs across the country.

Masaba is known for her quirky prints and vibrant use of colours. From prints of cows to Tamil scripts, table fans to machinery and lipstick prints to phone booth prints (for Satya Paul), your wardrobe would be incomplete without one of Masaba’s signature printed silhouettes.


Juhi Chawla for Shruti Sancheti

Textiles are as much our fashion heritage as embroidery in Indian fashion. Each state in India has a wide variety of ethnic weaves and Nagpur based designer, Shruti Sancheti, celebrates them in her garments.

Over the past few years, Shruti has dabbled with khadi, shibori work (an intricate tie-n-dye technique from Jaipur), chanderi weaves from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala mundu weaves as well.

In fact, her autumn/winter 2013-14 collection was crafted from specially designed traditional Maharashtrian weaves like ruiphool, rasta weave, karvat kati, narli, jyot and totapuri.

Needless to add, your wardrobe for 2014 would be incomplete without one of Shruti’s modern silhouettes fashioned from traditional, ethnic woven fabrics.


A Manish Malhotra design

We admit some of us love them and some of us hate them. But truth be told, the anarkali is a classic Mughal silhouette and no designer in India is as well known for their anarkali silhouettes as Manish Malhotra is.

Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi in Manish Maslhotra anarkalis

Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi in Manish Maslhotra anarkalis


Sabyasachi Couture

A Sabyasachi design

Looking for romance with a touch of the old world charm? Invest in a design by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

The Kolkata based designer has made a trademark out of fussing various textiles and muted colours to create beautiful silhouettes that are timeless in their look and appeal.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs

The vintage look in his designs effortlessly compliment the wearer and the best way to sport them is with a touch of geek chic.


Bibhu Mohapatra - Resort 2013

Bibhu Mohapatra worked with the legendary Halston as an assistant designer and then launched his own label in 2008 in New York. His designs have been worn by many Hollywood celebrities and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Even though Bibhu’s silhouettes are decidedly western, he uses Indian elements for that orient-meets-occident appeal. For example, his resort 2013 collection was inspired by Morocco but had ikkat weave prints, a tribute to his native state of Orissa.


Manish Arora with Amrapali Fall 2013

Every girl wants to look like a rock star at least once in her life and THE ONLY Indian designer to go to for rock star chic is Manish Arora. Hell, even Lady Gaga, Fergie, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj go to him when they want to create a dramatic fashion statement.Manish’s designs are not for the faint-hearted but if you want to sport a toned down version of his psychedelic sensibilities, you have the option of wearing his pret designs as well as his line of jewelry for Amrapali


Troy Costa

When you talk about menswear in India, few designers come to mind for the quality of their work and their design sensibilities. And after much consideration, we think Troy Costa is pretty much the go-to designer if you’re looking for a dollop of dandy style.

Troy has his men dress up like they’re walking the red carpet, in slim-fit suits and razor sharp tuxedos. His design ideology is vintage in attitude but modern in cuts.


Designs by Arjun Khanna

Arjun Khanna is a master at men’s couture and is known for creating the most sublime wedding sherwanis, jackets and kurtas for Indian grooms.

Arjun Khanna

But it’s his sporty styles that also have us saving up to invest in for our 2014 wardrobe. His last collection had an underlying influence of “bicycle style” in his pieces.

This collection of cropped jackets, three-piece layers and waistcoats with military influences are inspired by everything from the messenger boys of the 1940′s to modern day BMX bikes.

Just right for a sporty night on the town.


Krishna Mehta’s bridal collection sparkles at Lakme Fashion Week


 It was no different this time – Krishna presented a beautiful collection of ethnic wear with minute touches of western elegance at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010.









Heavily embroidered jackets were teamed with saris or lehengas. Colours were muted and sophisticated with touches of silver and gold, crème and beige with gentle hints of black, red and purple. Loved the intricate chikan work and the rich sequined embellishments that Krishna used lavishly to give a festive touch to the creations.

Men’s wear had classic sherwanis with zardozi or chikan work – so understated yet festive.

We are so lusting after the structure cropped jackets with free free flowing lehengas. And that lemon georgette lehenga is going to get snapped in a second.

Raghavendra Rathore Launches the Woman’s Bandhgala


It’s time to move on from the traditional. Raghavendra Rathore is here to revolutionalize festive wear with his latest collection. It is the return of the Bandhgala, and we can see it in abundance in the designer’s new and lighter bridal wear collection.


Rathore has always impressed us with his classic designs that hold a timeless appeal. This time around, he gives us a fresh new look into the future of the Indian Bridal wear with the classic bandhgala style. With Indian weddings happening at exotic locations across the world, brides-to-be are inclined towards a lighter, more modern silhouette for their wedding outfit with more emphasis on the cut and styles rather than the embroidery.  


So if you’re willing to experiment just a little, skip the heavy lehengas and go for slim coats paired with saris, Bandhgala jackets paired with slim pants or breeches and rest assured you will be noticed.


The Bandhgala styles and looks are available at all Raghavendra Rathore’s stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.


BMW & designer Suneet Verma host fashion extravaganza


BMW India and renowned fashion designer Suneet Varma presented an exclusive fashion extravaganza, celebrating the timeless design of BMW’s immensely successful four-door sedan, the new BMW 5 Series.

 Spread over three days, amidst the splendid grandeur of the Dusit Devarana, a luxurious urban resort, the show saw stalwarts from various walks of life join the celebration of excellence.


Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The new BMW 5 Series is the ‘Most Advanced BMW 5 Series Ever’ – a vehicle in which perfection is a given. The new BMW 5 Series contains all the signature ingredients of a best-selling model at the premium end of the executive segment. The new BMW 5 Series brings style to every street with dynamism that you can see and precision that you can feel.”

The new BMW 5 Series has three exclusive design schemes – the Luxury Line, the Modern Line and the M Sport. The Luxury Line embodies the ultimate in elegance and exclusivity, while the Modern Line makes for an appearance that is particularly in tune with a contemporary lifestyle. M Sport celebrates the future-oriented sporty design and dynamics of the new BMW 5 Series. Each Line creates perfect harmony between design and features for the exterior and the interior.

“Through his creations, Suneet has not only understood the essence of our design philosophy but also complemented it with a perfect symbiosis of dynamism, aesthetics and elegance. Each BMW is unique in its design and Suneet has been able to celebrate this uniqueness with his trademark glamour and timeless style.” Mr. Philipp von Sahr, further added.

Mr. Suneet Varma said, “In my long association with BMW, I have followed BMW’s sense of aesthetics and their distinct design philosophy very closely. The new BMW 5 Series is exquisite and everything about the car instils a feeling of elegance and luxury. The beautiful colours, interiors and fine craftsmanship of the new BMW 5 Series are a source of inspiration for any artist. The Auto Couture collection has been inspired by the distinguishing characteristics of the Modern Line and the Luxury Line.”

Inspired by the beautiful metallic Imperial Blue colour of the new BMW 5 Series Luxury Line, the collection comprises sophisticated evening wear including specially created hand-cut and hand-embroidered outfits with trendy swing coats, fitted stretch satin draped dresses and off shoulder silhouettes adorned with Swarovski crystals and belted details. The black interior of the sedan is reflected in the accent- black leather jackets, tasseled stoles, organza ruffles, bows, belts and stoles.

The contemporary Jatoba Brown colour of the new BMW 5 Series Modern line inspires the second collection. The collection comprises stylized saris as dresses, tiered skirts in georgettes with corsets and jackets, short dresses, narrow pants, draped dresses with sheer tulle embroidered necklines, 3Dflowers, Swarovski crystals and stoles. The Oyster color interior is seen in brown to oyster-shaded wispy and flowy chiffons that add to the languid style of the collection.


Yash Raj Films launches its first Bollywood inspired fashion line Diva’ni


Indian film production major Yash Raj Films (YRF) has brought Bollywood fashion closer to fans and fashion enthusiasts by opening its first Diva’ni store here. It is a one-stop destination for cinema-inspired fashion for women.The first Diva’ni store has opened in south Delhi’s South Extension market.

YRF’s flagship fashion store opens in capital

Be it sensuous chiffon saris, stylish gowns or other elaborate ensembles in films like ‘Lamhe’, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘Mohabbatein’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ and ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ over the years, several YRF movies have set fashion trends galore.



YRF has tied up with ethnic wear brand Karol Bagh Saree House (KBSH) for the new label.
Pamela Chopra, wife of late filmmaker Yash Chopra and Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji were present to launch the store here Wednesday evening.

“This, in a way, is a tribute to my late husband, Yash Chopra, who was known to take a great interest in dressing his divas,” Pamela said in a statement.

“This collaboration is to create high end couture and also economically priced pret range of traditional Indian clothes,” she added.

The store accentuates the amalgamation of cinematic grandeur and fashionable designs. The highlight of the store is a quintessential ceiling inspired by the renowned Michelangelo design, depicting some of the most iconic scenes from classic YRF films.