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August 27 2014

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10 posts tagged "Lakme Fashion Week"

Hats Off To India’s Little Shilpa

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Consumers might be hard-pressed to buy ready-to-wear at full price these days, but savvy fashion accessories designers who offer unique products at reasonable prices could be poised to profit. Take Little Shilpa: Touted as India’s answer to Philip Treacy, the label’s designer, Shilpa Chavan, unveiled a World War II-inspired tour de force at Lakmé fashion week. The show had a similar energy to Alexander McQueen’s hardcore lesson in fashion history, as fantastical headpieces featuring electronically powered propellers and surreal assemblages of Indian air force hats were juxtaposed with antique sari epaulets and vintage silver jewelry. Chavan’s designs, sold at My Sugarland in London and Villa Moda’s Middle East outposts, run between about $110 and $600, and they manage to convey the fraught global moment as well as India’s complicated relationship to its colonial history. Heavy stuff, but luckily they also work as pure fashion fantasy, something we could all do with a dose of right about now.

Photo: Courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week

Naomi Update

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At Lakmé fashion week, under way in Mumbai, it’s all about Naomi—Campbell, that is, in town to raise money and awareness for victims of the November 26 terrorist attacks on the city. Giving lie to her reputation as modeling’s enfant terrible, she graciously welcomed well-wishers such as Dior ambassador Kalyani Chawla, Vikram Chatwal, and Condé Nast India managing director Alex Kuruvilla at an ultra-exclusive cocktail hosted by power couple Bandana Tewari, fashion features director of Vogue India, and her husband, Ravi Krishnan. The next day, after hours of back-to-back interviews, Campbell did a drive-by at Queenie Dhody and Vikram Chatwal’s post-show fête at the city’s main hot spot, the multilevel, glass-enclosed China House. And editors are abuzz with rumors that she might grace the cover of one of the country’s newly launched fashion glossies. Given Vogue‘s scorecard so far—Freida Pinto, Victoria Beckham, and Aishwarya Rai—fashion bookies are weighting the odds in its favor.

Photo: BILLY FARRELL/PatrickMcMullan.com

“you must go to mumbai”

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Candy Pratts Price offers animated commentary direct from Lakme fashion week in Mumbai.

pink: the navy blue of india and the color of the taj mahal tonight

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Candy Pratts Price offers animated commentary direct from Lakme fashion week in Mumbai. Check back daily for her latest updates.

a girl’s best friend in manhattan and mumbai

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For New York’s social elite, the sky may be falling along with their fortunes, but in Mumbai one need look no further than the well-groomed women filling the front row of Lakme fashion week for evidence that the Indian economic outlook is anything but grim. From Sangita Kathiwada, a member of the Kathiwada royal family, sparkling in diamonds, to Page 3 favorite Queenie Dhody, wearing her own signature line of jewelry, the audience is aglitter with precious stones. Sabina Chopra, a fashion consultant and social, summed up the scene when she said, “For Indian women, jewelry is pure luxury, and it’s also recession insensitive. People buy the jewelry first, and then the clothing to match.” Westerners might be wise to follow these women’s example—after all, diamonds keep going up in price, and in these times of financial turmoil, they really are a girl’s best friend.