Fashion Week

Bangalore Fashion Week is running full steam ahead as planned with apparently 32 designers having confirmed participation. Now do not ask us the names because just as the rest of the world, we are as clueless about the names of the ’32 minus 8′ designers. Ask about the names of the remaining 24 designers, and no one seems to be willing to be giving in. The four-day extravaganza will apparently be a host to some of the country’s top-notch designers, several upcoming designers, leading buyers, and some of the country’s best known models.

We spoke to Gouri Kapur one of the board members of BFW, “We have gotten a lot of entries but have yet to shortlist the final designers who will be showcasing at the event. We will be concentrating on quality. We will also be giving a platform to young designers.”The members on the BFW board who will be excising this quality control include Rahul Dev Shetty, Sheetal Sharma (last minute entry as the choreographer of the show), Sanchitta Ajjampur, Gouri Kapur, Mirza L Baig, Siddharth Mahajan and Feroze Khan.

Manovi raj Khosla, who is a participating member, has done a turnabout from his stand where he earlier thought that the idea of having BFW was ‘non starter’ in the first place! Now he changes sides and says, “Hey it’s Bangalore so how can I not do it! I have confirmed to the organizers verbally about an hour ago (relatively speaking) but have not signed on the dotted line yet. I will be showcasing my own collection comprising of both menswear and womens wear. As of now I do not have any showstopper in mind. Commenting on the line-up of designers at Bangalore Fashion Week, Feroz Khan – Creative Director, Dream Merchants said, “Designers are the soul of any fashion event, and we are indeed glad to host some of the country’s leading names.” Apparently the ramp will have no stars as according to some board members, the stars take away the limelight from the designer. The star of every show will be the designer.

The participating designers at BFW are also being promised exposure and access to a selection of Indian and international buyers from South Africa, Japan, Europe amongst other parts of the fashion world. Well, it’s a sponsored event and ‘talks still on for the main sponsor’, even though there are exactly 12 days left for the gala event! Well, we sincerely wish them the very best, even though the need of yet another fashion week in India is yet to be justified! Oh yeah, by the way all eight participating designers have been invited to showcase and as such do not have to pay any fee. On the contrary, it’s an all expense paid trip ahem platform for them. The eight confirmed names are.
1. Rocky
2. Manoviraj Khosla
3. Abdul Halder
4. Jatin Kochhar
5. Samant Chauhan
6. Abhi Rahul
7. Raj and Neetu Shroff
8. Jason and Anshu Arora Sen

New York Fashion Week – Tempest In The Big Apple

For the many people involved in fashion, you may be wondering exactly what is New York fashion week? As it is, New York fashion week is a week long occasion that began on June 7th in the year 1993 and is supported currently by Olympus. Fashion week is frequently known as Olympus fashion week due to the fact that its current sponsor is Olympus; however in recent years past its was also known as Mercedes Benz fashion week because they were the sponsors at that time.

The venue for this occasion takes place in Bryant Part in New York City (located at the corner of forty-second and sixth streets). The which is eight acres in size is changed into an immense arena of fashion garnered in large tents.

Each separate gigantic tent has air conditioning and is separated into several areas. Each individual venue is separated into roughly twelve thousand square feet and has an integrated runway, accompanying guest seating, lighting sound, as well as area for back stage activities.

The venues are used by the designers to present their ongoing designs and work; they arrange and furnish the area in accordance with their own personal taste. The tent walls are outfitted with small booths, where products designated for promotion are being given away or sold. New York fashion week happens two times a year.

Designs for the forthcoming fall season are featured at the fashion week show which occurs the preceding February. Designs for the approaching spring are featured in the September fashion show.

So Your Thinking About Going to Fashion Week?

The typical attendees at fashion week are celebrities, journalists, fashion purchasers, and social types. Because this event is by invitation only, journalists who wish to go must seek accreditation prior to the event. You will very likely see just a few celebrities at each show.

It is clear, you will very likely notice fashion models in addition to numerous well known designers. If you happen to work your way into an invitation to the event, curiously there is not formal type of dress code to follow. The majority of individuals adopt the “anything goes” rule.

Although comfort does play a part, the primary goal of dressing up for fashion week is to establish a unique wardrobe that will give expression to your own individual sense of fashion. If your an individual who has a passion for design fashions, then a trip to fashion week is the event for you.

In addition to receiving the opportunity to witness all the up to date designs prior to then showing up in stores, you will have an incredible amount of fun as well. So even though it might appear to be next to impossible to receive an invitation to fashion week, never say never – if nothing else, at a minimum you can read about the exciting events at the show in the latest fashion trend magazine.

Fashion Bulletin Classicismo Del

Armani, considered the doyen of Italian fashion has unveiled the latest Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer Collection 2010. Titled as ‘Classicismo Del 2010’, the collection concentrates exclusively on menswear line. Highlighting contemporary aesthetics by Armani, the classic collection boasts of elegance with style.

This season the menswear range will witness the comeback of oversized patterns on shirts and ties, woven in shimmering silk and linen along with emphasis on plain classic white shirts. The shades of grey, as always, are prevalent in the colour palette and can be seen in wide display of patterns, masculine shirts and ties. Taking inspiration from the long sultry summer days and the holiday season, the range has shades of Havana Brown, lit up by gleams of light.

Talking about Armani’s designs and style designer Abdul Haldercomments, “The collection is clean and tidy. He has changed the look of lapel collars, has brought back the 50s and 60s look with a modern touch to it. Ihave always liked the finishes which he offers to his clothes. He provides a lean look to the denims range.” Graphics play a major role in this collection as can be observed in from striped suits to shoes.

The array of fitted suits is chequered or striped and offers an urbane look in pale shades and luminous colours paired with loose shirt pieces that resemble a small bomber jacket, or an unlined jacket in a distraught leather look. “I think Armani suits are the best. I own one and I feel as a privileged person to own that luxurious piece as they are highly expensive. The fit is amazing too,” said Angad Bedi.

The designer has also come up with a range of denims to offer a casual and lighter touch to the collection. Teamed up with causal suits and a waist coat, denims play a pivotal role in enhancing the look of the metro male. The sky blue tones of the shirts accentuated with micro geometric designs that range from stripes to azulejo tile patterns steal the look of the collection. The designer known for high power detailing has emphasized on the complete look by providing lace-up two-tone shoes with rope inserts or ankle boots in ray-effect tanned leather

America’s Next Top Model At Fashion Week And Elsewhere

Apparently the fashion high-ups don’t think that America ‘s Next Top Model Cycle 9 winner Saleisha Stowers wasn’t “seasoned” enough to be part of New York ‘s Fashion Week, thus the model’s absence in the biggest fashion event of the year. However, this hasn’t stopped the 22-year-old from representing at Fashion Week, as she joined three other models from recent seasons of America ‘s Next Top Model on the runways. One of them, in fact, is one of Saleisha’s Cycle 9 competitors. Apparently Cycle 9 bad girl Bianca Golden was good enough to grace the runway along with Cycle 8 winner Jaslene Gonzalez and Danielle “Dani” Evans, who won in Cycle 6.

Moreover, it was a reality crossover for the America ‘s Next Top Model alum, as the show they were appearing in was the Project Runway fashion show for the five remaining designers on that show. Also, they aren’t the only Top Modelers who are keeping themselves busy nowadays. There’s also Yaya Dacosta from Cycle 3, who is appearing in the John Sayles film Honeydripper, where she worked with actor Charles S. Dutton.

Apparently the two enjoyed working together as Dutton is starring with and directing Yaya in a Lifetime TV film entitled Racing for Time. Based on a true story of guard at a female juvenile offender, the film follows a woman who starts a track club for the young women. Yaya is playing a “gifted young runner,” alongside Elizabeth Pena, who stars in the film. The TV movie will be aired on Lifetime on Saturday, February 16 at 8pm, with another telecast the next two days at the same time. Recent reports claim that the film is “grittier and more stylish than the average Lifetime movie [but] nevertheless provides the mandatory melodrama and feel-good ending.” To catch Yaya from America ’s Next Top Model do some acting, don’t forget to catch Racing for Time on Lifetime TV.

Lakme Fashion Week Gennext

The multi-faceted designer, who describes her work to be synonymous to art, is a product of NIFT, Hyderabad. The winner of the ‘Most Creative Design Collection’ award during the graduating show at NIFT is an artist, a fashion designer and a painter. After graduating, she worked at Sheetal Design Studio in Mumbai with eminent designers like Manish Malhotra, Aki Narula and Hemant Trivedi and crafted menswear collection. The journey then brought her to the capital city where she started creating womens wear line with Kavita Bhartia and Ranna Gill. Let’s get to know more about this gifted designer.

What inspired you to take up this profession? As a child, I was always inclined towards the artistic self in me. I used to love colours, shapes and fabrics and after completing my schooling, I was sure that I’ve to be an artist or a designer. I always wanted to associate myself with art and since art and fashion are co-related, I love my work.

Your first break�I got my first break at Olive at New Delhi. I am grateful to them that the Olive family had their faith in me and allowed me to present my work along with big names of the industry like Nikhil-Shantanu, Ranna Gill and Manish Malhotra. I launched my label � Nida Mahmood in 2006 and in 2007 got an invitation from Lakme Fashion Week Gennext and showcased my first collection.

Your design philosophy�My design sensibility goes back to the word art. Everything I do is based on art whether it is writing something for any publication, designing clothes or painting. Your views on the current void in the fashion industry�I must confess that the Indian fashion industry is growing. There are some problems though. I am hoping that those will get streamlined. People within the industry are very dedicated but it is a pity that we are unable to bring out our talent in the forefront.

Finally one fashion week in Delhi�Comment. Whatever has happened, I am in favour of it. It is a good idea, and especially good for buyers. Now they would not have to juggle between two fashion weeks. This will give a sensible image of our fashion industry. It is better to forget your differences and move together. Designers you die for? John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood are two of my favourite designers. But I also adore Marc Jacobs for his chic and cool collections.

Future plans�I am trying to come out with many things by the next season, about which I would not like to reveal much. But yes, I’m planning to launch a parallel label of mine. There are some interesting things in the pipeline. I’m trying to revive one of the dying art in my next season’s collection.
Advice for budding designers�I feel styling is very important. One should step out of the box and should create a look which is reflective of them. If you come out with new ideas, you’ll be recognized for a long time, even though it may take some time before people can absorb them.

Fashion Week and Fashion Shows

With designers like Residence of Holland and Vivienne Westwood doing an look we can get a sneaky peak to know what is for keeps in our wardrobe this yr. Time and time once more on the catwalk we are seeing tailored and feminine fashion. Not very the shoulder pads of the 80’that have been common a short while ago but sensible tailoring is absolutely right here in a major way. Whether it is a tiny jacket with tailored trousers or a tailored shift dress that accentuates the waist the glimpse is clever and refined. If you have a button shirt for instance get it all the way up to the best button to really get the seem. If you want to include a tiny bit of color to the smart tailored appear you can simply include a tiny scarf tied all around the neck. This was witnessed a lot of times on the catwalk with designers this kind of as Vivienne Westwood. Select a very simple properly fitted dress that comes to the knee and group it with a brightly colored square scarf that is folded in fifty percent and tied round the neck. This search is so exquisite and is finest worn to an elegant restaurant or out for lunch with the ladies. Tween, an up and coming trend title from Istanbul also demonstrated the elegance of the woolen scarf when made use of by males, and for this winter season when teamed with a very well fitted coat the scarf for guys can seem innovative and attractive. The look he is to use darker muted colours and wrap the scarf a lot of times round the neck, so you just get a collar effect devoid of the ends hanging down. This can either be worn on your own or teamed with a matching woolen hat. The scarf is 1 style accessory that is certainly not left out on the catwalk. The highlight of the style conscious calendar is quickly approaching, as Trend Week is about to hit New York City. For the first time because 1993, this style spectacle will be taking spot in a brand name new venue. On September the 9th, the Lincoln Center, positioned on the upper west side, will be opening its doors to the most fashionable and influential audience in the fashion marketplace. With the popularity of staying household to the City’s most affluent, cultural and creative inhabitants, the upper west aspect will be the excellent spot for New York’s most prestigious fashion occasion. New York Style Week had been exhibiting at Bryant Park for the very last 17 decades and quite a few designers had subsequently settled into offices and showrooms close-by, for that reason unsurprisingly there was outrage amongst the designers who felt place out at the prospect of having to ferry their assortment even more uptown. Although the tents have develop into an iconic symbol of the famed event, the new venue is set to mark the dawn of a new era. The new and larger spot will permit the celebration to welcome further fresh new talent to the exhibits, as perfectly as enabling for improved use of engineering. For instance, guests will now have the power to look at by themselves in to the fashion shows by employing bar code scanners and kiosks.

Spring Fashions and Trends: New York Fashion Week

Every season, a seemingly new fashion trend emerges and women everywhere jump at the chance to grab the style and make it their own. But many of these designs have been recycled through the years, which can be very helpful if you have an older relative or friend who saved all of her fringed coats or spandex leggings. This season is no different. Influential fashion designers have finalized what they believe will be in style this spring. A pinnacle in the fashion industry, New York Fashion Week is such a hot spot because it’s there that trends are released in all their stylish glory. This season’s trends include a mix of modernly futuristic to conservatively classy. If these looks don’t seem right for you, take a look at your own fashion icons. At the moment, Lady Gaga is on top of the pop charts. But she’s also a fashion pioneer. Here are just a few trends that experts have predicted to be in this spring. You can take any trend and mold it to become your own. Be yourself, and make sure that you are comfortable with what you are wearing. 1. Watercolor Prints – These soft-colored, paint-like prints are taking the place of bold, animal prints this spring. Expect to find them on dresses and blouses. Try a dreamy purple-based print on a dress, and make sure to accessorize in a major way. Either with over-sized sunglasses or a big hat, you want to give these prints a modern flare. Chunky necklaces and bangles will dress the print up too. 2. Hair Bows – No, we’re not joking. These child-like, jumbo bows look great in messy hair. While you don’t need to get one of the massive bows that Lady Gaga wears so often, a smaller one is a great accessory for a simple outfit. Try it at a cocktail party, with a little black dress and some daring eye shadow. 3. Metallics – Disco fever infected many designers at New York Fashion Week. Runways were in no short supply of bling, as models donned many shining pieces. But you don’t need to go overboard with metallics. Try tucking in a chic black blouse into a shiny gold skirt. Plop on some gold jewelry and your favorite black pumps, and you have a perfect cocktail party outfit. 4. Flat Sandals – For those of you who dread wearing high heels, this one’s for you. Many designers chose to put their models in low footwear , helping those of us who get a little jittery at the thought of hard-to-walk-in shoes. Paint your toe nails, for a more fun look. 5. Neutral Tones – Forget the bright colors this spring, and settle into nude tones, like peaches, creams and off-whites. A neutral-toned dress gives off a clean look, and can be matched with a sleek ponytail. Match your makeup in a natural-looking way. 6. One-Shoulder Dresses – These dresses shouldn’t be too form-fitting; asymmetry is what this look is all about. Depending on the print of the dress, you can rock it out or make it as classy as can be. Find a print that’s right for you, and make sure to get a correctly-fitting bra. 7. Square Sunglasses – Last summer, it was all about massive, circular frames. But these futuristic sunglasses are about to be hot once the weather gets a little warmer. These frames can be worn at all times, but especially out at the beach. 8. Boyfriend Blazers – Traditionally male looks are all the rage for women, especially blazers and vests. This look can be worn in so many ways: long and loose for a lunch date, belted for a night on the town, fitting and black for work. You can also pack on colorful layers for a more trendy look.

Fashion Trends for Jewelry

A continuing trend that drives designer�s picks for fashion colors is the consumers� drive for individuality, fashion, and escapism. People in the market are looking for jewelry that will make them more fashionable. Sometimes people can go for a more adventurous and daring piece of jewelry, and sometimes people can accessorize with subtle jewelry. Whatever the choice is for the day, no one can go wrong with putting on some few fabulous jewels.

If one wants to pull out an adventurous look, luckily the latest industry predictions for Spring 2011 show that designers have opted for colors on the opposite side of the color spectrum. This spring is in it for vivid, bright, and lively colors. So how can anyone go wrong throwing on a amethyst ring, or a aquamarine one. Even a black diamond ring can throw off anyone�s outfit. Colors are in for this spring. Citrine earrings, blue topaz earrings, aquamarine earrings, pink sapphires, and smoky topaz earrings can really brighten up your wardrobe, and you will definitely fall into this seasons latest trend. Gems are also always enriched with deep and vivid colors, and at CoutureLineX all of these mentioned colors and jewelry are available. Remember bright colors are going to make you pop, and there is no problem looking dazzling this spring.

Another popular trend this season, are the neutral colors that play the backbone for all other colors to play on. These nude hues leave an honest vibe that makes anyone relaxed, calm, and approachable. Even gold is trending in this style. Any type of gold chain, ring, or earrings, can give someone a relaxed style, and also look very trendy for this season. Smoky Topaz earrings would be a great example to following this trend, and can be viewed at CoutureLineX. This light brown gives a haze to one�s look, looking fresh and ready for spring! You can also mix up your look with a garnet and diamond mixed earring, giving you a fresh look, which is parallel to the neutral colors giving off this season.

Going for a subtler look? No one can go wrong having a white diamond ring. A regular diamond can give off your presence in a classy and even a flirtatious way. If diamonds are not your thing, throw on a classic pearl necklace. Every one should have at least one pearl necklace in their jewelry box. Having a simple necklace around your neck won�t do you wrong either.

When Is It Worth Investing In Designer Fashion?

When it comes to designer clothing there are two types of people�the first are women who simply think it�s not worth the money and the other is women who adore designer fashion with many women just not able to afford spending so much money on one piece of clothing but others having the luxury of being able to splurge and wouldn�t be seen dead in high street clothing.

Despite these two opposites, more and more women are having an increased amount of disposable income as they become more affluent and independent, and every now and then are able to treat themselves to something with a bigger price tag and believe they deserve to splash the cash when they feel the need.

As designer fashion is rather expensive, most women can�t afford to have a wardrobe full of couture pieces but a sensible shopper can have a few key pieces in their wardrobe as long as they can justify the price spent on them. If you�re used to high street shopping and checking price tags then designer clothing can be rather intimidating. The key to designer fashion shopping is to know what you�re looking for and when you should spend your money to get the most designer clothing for your budget.


This probably the most important thing to remember with designer clothing; always buy with versatility in mind. Make sure it�s a good addition to your wardrobe and won�t age easily, otherwise you won�t get much wear out of it.

Charity shops

If you love the idea of designer clothing but not the price tag why not check out charity shops? There are some amazing bargains to be found and some charities even have shops specifically for designer pieces, and what�s more is that you�ll also be giving to charity! It�s best head to a city to find the best bits though in areas where young and hip people hang out.


It�s so easy to change your look with some fashion accessories like a bag, jewellery or a scarf. When buying designer accessories only choose an item that you�ve really fallen for and that will really make a different. Accessories are so cheap on the high street so make this one area that you really think about.

Little black dress

Every woman needs an LBD in her wardrobe; it�s so easy to wear for all occasions and will definitely be your fallback piece. This fashion classic is a good excuse to go designer because it�s one item that will never date and will always be needed. Go smart with it in the office and glam it up with some killer heels for a night on the town.

Signature pieces

If you�re thinking along the lines of getting the most for your money and the long term investment then it�s a good idea to buy a signature piece of designer clothing. Many designers produce key pieces and if you invest in one of these then you�ll be able to sell it on in the future. But don�t buy something for the sake of it; you really need to like it as well.

So those are the items of designer pieces you should look out for and consider buying if you�re looking to add designer clothing to your wardrobe, but, as you would expect there are also lots of things you should avoid buying. It�s important not to get addicted to buying designer fashion and to always stick to your budget. Don�t buy fashion trends and fads from designer names, stick to the high street for this because they�ll most likely have gone out of fashion within a few months and it�ll be a waste of money.

Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2011 2012 Paris Fashion Week

Last night was the turn of Alexander McQueen collection to take to the runway at Paris Fashion Week. It was Sarah Burton’s second collection as head designer at Alexander McQueen. Putting the royal wedding rumours aside that Kate Middleton will be wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, this collection was our favourite collection at Paris Fashion Week.

The Autumn Winter 2011 2012 Ready To Wear collection runway took place at La Conciergerie, which was also used for Alexander McQueen’s Autumn Winter 2002 ‘Supercalifragilistic’ show. Sarah Burton reflected in the collection Alexander McQueen love of dark and light however it was the white gowns that were truely stunning adorned with heavy texture and feather and lace details. The collectional included fitted pencil dresses, hand embroidered structured bodices, mid length and long skirts and 500 metres of hand pleated chiffon forming the train of the exquisite ‘wedding dress’. The wedding dress nearly didn’t make it down the catwalk, after the model had a problem with the six-inch platform shoes.
The shoes at Alexander McQueens Autumn Winter 2011 2012 catwalk had hardwearing features including metal structured panels and studded detailing. All the shoes were uber high weather they were wedges or high heel ankle boots.

Rumour has it that Sarah Burton – Head Designer of Alexander McQueen has been chosen to design the Princess to be wedding dress. Although both Clarence House and Alexander McQueen label have both denied such claims it can’t help but get your imagination going – How perfectly pretty for a princess would such a dress be! It is thought that Kate Middleton chose the designer after falling in love with a gown made for the 2005 wedding of Sara Buys to Prince Williams step brother Tom Parker Bowles.

Sarah Burton was Alexander McQueen’s go to woman and her femininity and softness made sure that some of McQueen’s more outlandish designs were wearable for real women. Having designed and dressed the likes of Lady GaGa aswell what could be expected from this designer god? If Sarah Burton has indeed landed the most prestigious designing gig of the century what will be in store for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

Sarah Burton has taken the McQueen woman from a dark and un-approachable fashion warrior into a softer more cherished form which opens up an enormous amount of possibility for the design of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. If Sarah Burton is indeed designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress under the Alexander McQueen label we know it’ll be a dress that will be celebrated for years to come and look fantastic on any type of Royal memorabilia that will be made.