Couture on the Beach

Featured

Tags

, , , , , , ,

GIONEE INDIA BEACH FASHION WEEK 2015 ENDED WITH A SPECTACULAR, GRAND FINALE BY THE AWARD WINNING AND INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED, FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK ON THE PICTURESQUE LAWNS OF LA BRISE

unnamed (2) unnamed (3) unnamed (4)

Under the starlit sky with a 60-metre ramp that ran down the lawns, with the gentle breeze wafting around – could there have been a more spectacular venue for a Grand Finale for any designer?

It was a fabulous glamorous end to the first edition of Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015, when Falguni and Shane Peacock, award winning designers and internationally renowned for their creations, unveiled their “Runaway Bride” collection at the Grand Finale on the picturesque lawns of La Brise, the sprawling property, that kissed the silver sands of Goa.

To the beats of the swinging DJs, Nina and Malika of Elektrovertz the pace was set for a tightly edited show of bridal wear that was ideal for the bride in a great hurry to reach the altar. As the audience lounged on comfy sofas, the relaxed unconventional atmosphere was perfect for the high impact show.

When it comes to bridal wear no one can beat the glitz and scintillating collections from Falguni and Shane whose “Peacock Bride” label is coveted by every girl who wants to walk down the aisle.

But this bridal wear is not for the faint of heart as was revealed by the dramatic collection. The Peacock Bride is a woman who is sexy, stylish, very daring, yet elegant and traditional.

Keeping the New Age Indian woman’s wedding trousseau requirements in mind, the designing pair created sensuous, sleek gowns, ornate cropped tops with swirling printed skirts, gossamer fine lehengas, luxuriously embroidered jackets and stunning gowns.

The colour choice matched the theme of the show as pastel pink, eye-catching grey, striking blue, red, yellow, gentle aqua green, and pristine white added to the glam factor of the creations.

Known for their striking prints’ stories, the creative pair ensured that they were the highlight of the collection. Tonal embroidery was the centre of attraction but in an innovative mix of floral and geometric patterns.

Opening the show with a baby pink net lehenga and printed cropped top, the assortment of fishtail low back gowns, hip high slit shimmering long tubes, luxurious will-power or corset style lehenga-cum-gowns with shoulder trail and hip hugging long flared embroidered skirts were visions of beauty.

The print story was in dual shades of white/blue, white/red and white/yellow for swirling panelled skirts, often teamed with long sleeved shirts; tiny velvet/net tank tops, boleros or just plain Tees with either racer back or skivvy silhouettes.

Long slinky tulle embroidered column gowns were in black, pale blue or white and the elaborately embroidered transparent net skirts were the sexy choice with body suits.

To complete the look the designing duo added jaunty printed baseball caps for a sporty angle to the wardrobe of the bride in a hurry. The gorgeous jewellery that decked the models and perfectly complemented the fabulous collection was by Minerali.

To end the show were the “Real Showstoppers”  – the very creative and dynamic pair, Falguni and Shane Peacock  – who took the ramp as the rousing applause from the very appreciative audience, filled the air.

The “Runaway Bride” collection by Falguni and Shane Peacock was the perfect couture resort wear end to a successful first edition of the Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015.

Advertisements

India Beach Fashion Week 2015

Featured

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Amrita Arora

Amrita Arora

Urvashi

Urvashi Rautela

DSC_7865

GIONEE Smarphonespresents the 1stedition of India Beach Fashion Week 2015 – A UVAR PROPERTY in partnership with Grand Mercure – Goa Shrem Resorts and GIO Collection,whereBeach is the New Ramp!

India Beach Fashion Week 2015 is undoubtedly Asia’s largest fashion eventexclusivelydedicated to resort, swim, beach & cruise clothing with the fast growing ‘Destination Bride’ category. This unique and unparalleled fashion extravaganzais all set to rock Goa along with the whole of India from 05th – 07th February 2015.

Spread across 3 exotic and 5-star destinations,India Beach Fashion Week 2015will showcase a melange of India’s leading design talentcoupled with trending and talented young designers.Mersmerising catwalk, celebrated trend setters, glamourous celebrities, retail pop-ups, buzzing after-parties and a fine selection of fashion connoisseurs will metamorphosizeGoa into a Fashion Paradise.

Talented and revered Designer Anupama Dayal will be Opening Designer along with
well-known designer-duo Falguni& Shane Peacock will be the Grand Finale designers along with @ India Beach Fashion Week 2015with their grand collection for the Destination Bride day.

The list of established and many young, talented designers include Anjallee & Arjun Kapoor, Archana Kocchar, Asmita Marwah, Babita Malkani, Dolly Sidhwani, Harsh Agarwal, Harsh Gupta, James Ferreira, Karan Malhotra, Komal Sood, Mona Shroff, Nachiket Barve, Nilesh Parashar, Pria Kataaria Puri, Rakesh Aggarwal, Riddhi & Siddhi Mapxencar,  Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Shouger Merchant Doshi, Shriti Pratap, Sounia Gohil, Vidhi Wadhwani along with some other known designers Rachna Sansad College will also be presenting a show with their young talent showcasing out-of-the-box collections.

Conceptualised and owned by the UVAR Global, this property will transform the pristine Candolim beach into an ultimate fashion, retail and party destination for all fashion and fun lovers. Showcase by 30+ designers, more than 50pop-up shops, foot-tapping live music and 3 luxe post-parties are juxtaposed to keep the media and attendeesentertained and satiated. The IBFW arena has something for everyone. The Resort pop-up shops allows visitors to browse and buy the finest designer-wear and accessories while the post-parties gives them a chance to relax and shake a leg to the latest in world’s music.

This year UVAR is launching fashion & lifestyle properties such as:
– Indian Beach Fashion Week, Goa, 2015
– India Beach Sports League, Goa, 2015
– India Style Festival – Mumbai, 2015
– Style Party 2015 – Nationwide Style Party Tour

The India Beach Fashion Week 2015 is also a precursor to UVAR Global offering a platform for designers to showcase their creations through an e-commerce portal and a sprawling store in Goa.

On the occasion of this announcement, IBFWCo-founder and Chief Creative Officer Mr.Pallav Ojhaemphasizes, “Our core team has pooled their vast experience and talent into the conception of IBFW. We endeavour to create a platform where designers can showcase their collectionsexclusively for beach/cruise wear and destination bride for which there is a great demand but remains unexplored.IBFW provides this potent mix by fusing fashion with luxury, sun kissed beaches and music.”

Mr. Amyn Manji, Co-founder and Managing Director IBFW adds, “This is a very unique property and we want to take this international to various Beach and Destination Wedding destinations as we go along. For now, I invite you to come experience and enjoy art, culture, and the Goan hospitaIity at IBFW 2015.”

Speaking about the association, Mr. Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones said, “Gionee Smartphones are known for their amazing designs along with packing in topnotch specs across its portfolio. The Gionee Elife S- series smartphones are not just incredibly slim but also sexy in form and factor. The S5.1 in fact is touted as the sexiest phone in the world. Today, phones are a reflection of one’s lifestyle in every way and Gionee’s association with IBFW is an ideal platform for reaffirming this new age phenomenon. Taking our design philosophy further, we are proud to be associated with the glamorous and high-on-style IBFW 2015.” 

Adds Mr. Anand Kumar Sinha- Head Marketing, Brandzstorm, “Gio Collection is more about today’s youth attitude which is rightly reflected in India Beach Fashion Week too& hence we chose to partner the property.”

Commenting at this exceptional concept and event partnership RakshitTalwar, Director of Sales & Marketing, Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort says,“We at Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort are delighted to be associated with the India Beach Fashion Week. The venue lends itself extraordinarily for an event of this stature. With a cluster of brilliant and stylish designers, three days of back to back shows, special appearances and chic parties, the venue will surely prove to be the fashion destination hub for the glitterati throughout the country, making it a ‘destination fashion experience’ for all and setting a benchmark for future years”

Mumbai embraces Sheru Classic – Asia’s Largest Bodybuilding & Figure Show

Mumbai embraces Sheru Classic – Asia’s Largest Bodybuilding & Figure Show

History unfolded in Mumbai today as the Professional Body building Championship SHERU CLASSIC kick started with the launch announcement made in a successful press conference. World’s strongest men and figurative women were all present, sharing their experiences! They were very ecstatic to compete in the 1st International Professional level fitness exposition SHERU CLASSIC 2011 which includes Professional Body Building Championship for men and Professional Figure Championship for women.

Mr. Jay Cutler (IFBB professional bodybuilder being current & 4 times Mr. Olympia winner), Mr. Phil Heath (2011 Mr. Olympia), Mr. Kai Greene (Arnold Classic, 2010), Mr. Dennis Wolf, Ms. Nicole Wilkins (2011 Olympia Figure Champion), Ms. Erin Stern (2010 Olympia Figure Champion) and many more went toe-to-toe as Mr. Sheru Aangrish – Founder and Chairman of SHERU CLASSIC delight bodybuilding fans in India to one of the biggest events of 2011 season!The total prize money is a whopping 1, 50,000 USD which is a first–ever in Asia and in fact the 3rd highest in the world!  In Simpler words Olympics of Body building has begun the Indian journey as Sheru Classic is all set to make history.

An emotional Sheru Aangarish expressed,I want to personally thank the biggies of Bodybuilding from around the globe for flying down all the way to India to be a part of the first very fitness league here. I am proud to be an Indian and it is a very emotional moment for me & my brother Hemant Aangrish as we have always shared this vision, and we can rightly say our dream has come true.  I’m glad my initiative to place India on the World Map of Fitness is taking the desired shape.”

Mr. Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, a distinguished Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly from Guru Har Sahai and the Chairman of Sheru Classic Committee states, ‘It is so important to have both physical and mental fitness in today’s time and bringing professional body building to India will encourage the youth towards it.”

Phil Heath, current Mr. Olympia, pointed out, “India is an unexplored territory in terms of this celebrated sport abroad. I am pretty sure Sheru Classic is here to stay and will give platform to many Indian athletes. Bollywood is a huge influence here and after meeting Mr. Sanjay Dutt it was proven. We were glad to meet him and appreciate his hospitality.”

Jay Cutler, a star athlete of Sheru Classic 2011 happily shared, “It is overwhelming to know that people from India respect bodybuilding and I am excited to compete in Sheru Classic 2011 – the first ever pro show in Asia. It gives me the opportunity to meet millions of my fans in Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab and many other cities.”

Varinder Singh Ghuman, the only Indian Professional Bodybuilder in Sheru Classic 2011 emphasized, “It was required to bring to India such a mammoth event of international standards. I am proud and delighted, post a lot of hard training; I am getting to share the same platform with elite international athletes like Jay Cutler and Phil Heath. This will be a moment to cherish and I look forward to many more.”

Nicole Wilkins, Current Olympia Figure Champion states, “It’s my first ever visit to India where I want to put up a great show for all the people out here. I look forward to continue my winning streak. It is very important for all women to take some time out for daily exercise as it helps avoid many lifestyle diseases.”

Nicole Nagrani, the youngest women athlete at the age of 19 years, revealed to all present, “Being half Indian, I am delighted to be here. I am glad that Mr. Sheru has now introduced Professional Bodybuilding and Figure Championship in India. It has always been my dream to be an athlete and I started working on the same from the tender age of 14.  Today, 5 years later I am elated to be an integral part of India’s first ever Professional Figure championship.”

About the men behind SHERU CLASSIC 2011

Mr. Sheru Aangrish – Founder and Chairman of Sheru Classic is a professional holistic health and wellness expert, who’s actively involved in the health development giving importance to not just physical health but also mental and social well-being.  He shares a vision with his brother Hemant Aangrish Co-promoter & CEO of SHERU CLASSIC to see India emerge as a leader in the health industry. In 2006 the Aangrish brothers were the first Indian’s to launch a supplements import and distribution business called Douuble H Nutrition (www.doublehnutrition.com). In 2008 they established Gold’s Gym franchise in North India. Since then, they have opened gyms in Delhi, Noida and Punjab. The Gold’s gym chain in Mumbai is a hub of Bollywood and has over 40 leading Bollywood stars as members.

Sheru is India’s shining star and is the first Indian to achieve tons of sponsorships in the field of health food supplement. An IFBB professional athlete himself, Sheru went to London for higher studies and pursued an M.B.A. in Finance from Kings College, where he began professional bodybuilding. With 14 years bodybuilding experience under his belt he has won many accolades like the British champion in 2002, Mr. India – 1998, the NRI community award in Birmingham (England). He was also pronounced as ‘The most improved Bodybuilder’, and was awarded by Govt. of Punjab to name a few. He gives all the credit to his elder brother Hemant for guiding him and training him all the way through his bodybuilding career.

Pria Kataaria Puri -‘Persian Punk’Collection…


The Cappuccino Collection presents
Pria Kataaria Puri -‘Persian Punk’Collection
LFW WINTER FESTIVE 2011

The Cappuccino Collection and glamorous international fashion designer Pria Kataaria Puri comes together this Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 to exclusively showcase the ‘Persian Punk’ collection.

Pria Kataaria Puri’s Persian Punk collection is the ultimate blend of culture and cutting-edge. Persian Punk is a fusion of diverse visions combined to make an unconventional realm of its own.

Inspired by the rich Persian culture and history, and drawn to the quirkiness that goes into the punk-age, Pria Kataaria Puri along with The Cappuccino Collection will create a trend for the young and stylish independent women.

The ultimate Persian Punk is a nomadic damsel with a creative side to her, bewitched by glitter and glam, yet inspired by nature and the goodness in people.

Enhancing the Persian Punk collection is The Cappuccino Collection jewellery, which is designed to complement the apparels in a unique way. The prime attraction of The Cappuccino collection is the champagne diamonds, which are the hot couture of the natural colored diamonds and jewellery. They have two jewellery collections, Espresso collection and Latte collection

Commenting on The Cappuccino Collection’s association with the cutting edge designer Pria Kataaria Puri, Mr. Manish Shah, Director of The Cappuccino Collection said, “Being on board with the Lakme Fashion Week for the first time, and being associated with the renowned designer Pria Kataria Puri is a privilege for The Cappuccino Collection. Her designs have been appealing to the young and stylish women and thus make her the perfect designer to showcase our jewellery with her stunning costumes.”

Pria Kataaria Puri excitedly states, “My collection is young, radiant, vibrant, and glamorous, which has many intriguing hues. It is highly inspired by rich Persian culture which is conservative and modest; it represents woman who are rebellious, edgy, unusual, and creative individuals. It is a perfect amalgamation with The Cappuccino Collection which will not only enhance my collection but represent the sophisticated punk.”

COLOUR STORY
In this collection Colour story revolves around vintage brick orange, yellows, black & whites.

EMBELLISHMENTS
Play an important role in collection to create an out & out high voltage glam with glittering sequence inspired by early 80’s look.

SILHOUETTES
There is wide variety of indo western styles perfect for cocktail wear, dinner, travel, friendly for glamorous elegant day or evening parties! The collection has mini dresses, short rompers, jumpsuits, maxis, lounge gowns, kaftans, tunics, jackets, and harem pants easy glamour dressing without a fuss! The silhouettes in this collection are classic, trendy, edgy, glamorous, and luxurious thus creating a very sophisticated punk!

FABRICS
Pria has used Persian inspired prints from rich Persian textile heritage with modern twist in her collection. Prints have been taken from the local Persian embroidered fabrics such as the nomadic patch work; button work, gold gilded ribbons &cord work with 4 key prints are seen in the collection in silk chiffon’s, crepes and silk lycra.

ACCESSORIES
This season Pria Kataaria Puri’s LFW collection will be all prêt with a perfect match of shoes by Veruschka. The soft structures are illuminated with flashes of metallic salmon high heeled Veruschka shoes which add glamour to ‘Persian Punk’.

Veruschka’s Shoe Bibliotheque

Veruschka’s Shoe Bibliotheque
All set to enthral LFW Winter Festive 2011

VERUSCHKA- An aesthetic couture shoe brand will unveil its eclectic collection themed Shoe Bibliothèque for the upcoming LFW Winter Festive 2011.

Veruschka has the right of way this season, as it trail-blazes the ramp with energetic and colorful designs. The collection Shoe Bibliothèque takes its cue from diversities that exist in the charming city of Paris.  It draws inspiration from the fashion archives of Paris, which contribute to adding a contemporary twist to fashion that nonetheless manages to look timelessly chic.

Veruschka brings its “back-to-fabric” mentality this season. The delicateness of satin adds a feminine touch; punctuated by metallic power that adds sheen to the wardrobe of the feet. Multi coloured platforms and high counters add an accent that celebrates current trends; an element never missed in a Veruschka shoe.

It’s all about colour this season, with the collection being defined by arresting prints and bold hues of orange, teal, burgundy, and passion red in flowing satins yet sharp lines. The collection is fuelled with metallic leathers with mirror reflect; in gold, pewter, red and coffee striking a balance that any pair of feet would drool over.

ABOUT VERUSCHKA the Brand :

VERUSCHKA shoes are about vertiginous heels and passion for footwear.  Each shoe is crafted keeping both comfort and style in mind. As Maestro Payal states, “Along with the aesthetic appeal of the shoe, the interior composition and comfort is equally important”. The brand is known for its’ use of unique fabrics and metallic detailing in peep-toes and pumps. The silhouettes are clear cut and finished to perfection.

In our design studio we create one-of-a-kind custom-made accessories for niche clientele alongside a new collection every season. Veruschka produces each shoe, one at a time, with each shoe being a unique piece of art. “We do it the way you like it!”

Payal Kothari, The Designer, has always been hands-on in her creations to the extent that she looks over everything from design to concepts, product placement to client partnerships. Her work is an expression of herself, her style and her passion for high-heel footwear & innovative designs.

She has been involved in the design and manufacturing of footwear since 2002. She mastered the technical art of accessory design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Her apprenticeship with 5th Avenue brands like Nina Shoes and Delman, acquired her shelf space with repute stores like Bergdoff Goodman, Bloomingdale, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s.

She arrived in Mumbai in 2005 and launched VERUSCHKA. Her footwear is handcrafted and keeps pace with International fashion trends. Payal continuously reinvests in articulate shoe making skills to give her clients a great product and experience; she recently studied advanced shoe-making under the Grand Maestros of shoe making in Florence, Italy.

Shubha Sethi, Partner at Veruschka, always had a fetish for shoes! Her insatiable interest in owning a unique pair of shoes led her to Veruschka. Her instant connect with Payal and similar outlook brought the two shoe aficionados together into this partnership. Shubha brings in a fresh perspective from the clients’ and business point of view. Shubha looks after Business development, while Payal handles the creative aspects. Shubha helps Veruschka with its brand building, executes on strategies and manages public relations.

VERUSCHKA on the Ramp: VERUSCHKA shoes have walked the ramps with designers like Pria Kataria Puri, Anita Dongre, Rina Dhaka, Surily Goel, Nikasha, Payal Singhal and James Ferriera. Payal also created a shoe line for Manish Malhotra’s Spring Summer Lakme finale show and for Vikram Phadnis’ opening for Wills Delhi Fashion Week in 2008.

Press: Payal Kothari was chosen by the G2 magazine as the Women of Spunk and Style along with other notable personalities. Her work has been featured in several publications like India Today, Elle, Verve, L’Officiel & Shoes & Accessories magazine to name a few.

Where to Find VERUSCHKA: Currently, Veruschka retails through reputed design houses like Aza, Mogra, Amara, Cypress and Sobo. Veruschka also has presence at Evoluzione (Bangalore and Chennai), Soh-Koh (Chandigarh), Aura (Nagpur) and Anmol (Sri Lanka).

“DANCE OF DUALITIES”

DANCE OF DUALITIES”
LFW WINTER FESTIVE 2011

The confluence of the subtle Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh and the intrepid Paithani from Maharashtra.
The tale and journey of Designer Vaishali Shadangule from being a small town girl to showcasing at the fascinating Lakme Fashion Week has been a long, but most importantly a truly inspiring story

Vaishali strongly believes, Life in India is full of multiplicities! Primitive and modern, avant-garde and traditional; all co- exist in the same time. Here in a day’s span an individual could traverse across centuries! And these multiplicities of the external world are reflected in the internal world of an individual. Today an individual’s personality is a complex matrix of various mutually conflicting aspects. The juxtaposition of very different, often conflicting dimensions of life, are the inspiration of her present collection.

 Vaishali always works on her instincts and her own life experiences. Her present collection is an attempt to find an aesthetic form of the play of the multiplicities of life – external and internal, social and personal, displayed and concealed, transient and indestructible. And she interprets this as “DANCE OF DUALITIES” in the form of juxtapositions of CHANDERI and PAITHANI.

Here the soft transparency of Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh is juxtaposed with the colourful boldness of Maharashtrian Paithani. While the Chanderi reveals the concealed inner core, Paithani presents the exterior aspects of life. Moreover silhouettes of the garments are inspired from the Indian traditional drapes like- Saree, Dhoti and kashthaa (nauvari) ,where each garment showcases a different drape in a unique way in just a single piece.

Vaishali states: “Being selected for the second consecutive season is like a dream come true. This time around my collection will depict a confluence between two Indian crafts Paithani and Chanderi with my unique contemporary touch, but I have made sure the fabric’s essence and original weave stay intact.”

Vaishali envisions to  expand the unexplored and limited market of ‘Paithani’ .Her garments see a lot of the  running stitch ,connecting Chanderi with Paithani and the tradional Maharashtrian nose ring-nath and phundey ‘will be intricately embellished on each garment to add that singular Indian touch which aptly represent her designs.  

The USP of the garments is the perfect blend of a traditional and contemporary look. It is a combination of unique silhouettes in pure fabrics with long tunics, contemporary sarees, and drapes beautifully embroidered with Asavali, Narli, parrot, peacock, lotus motifs. The color Red plays a central part in all garments with blue and off-white rounding the palate for this season. The look will be completed with Chanderi bags with amazing motifs.

ABOUT PAITHANI
Paithani is known for its bold, colorful, and traditional motifs on glossy silk fabric. It is used exclusively as a Saree in the MAHARASHTRA region. Because of its steep cost and labour intensive nature it has very limited consumption.  Traditional expert Paithani craftsmen are shifting to other professions for survival.

Vaishali Shadangule-Profile
The motto ‘If you can dream it, you can achieve it’ truly epitomizes the journey of eminent designer Vaishali Shadangule and her brand Vaishali*S.
Hailing from small town Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Vaishali’s journey into fashion has been inspiring. A Science graduate, she moved to Mumbai to pursue her dreams of becoming a designer. Her commitment to her one-of-a-kind vision of creating contemporary designs from Indigenous hand woven textiles has borne fruit through her stores in Mumbai.

Vaishali states, I knew I had the design sensibilities and aesthetics but honing the skills, acquiring the right fashion education and launching my own label has truly been a tough path.”

Vaishali’s collection includes contemporary and traditional Indian wear, Indo-western and western wear. The label stands for a modern attitude, comfort and innovative style that blend the modern with the vastness of Indian textiles. Besides designing for her label, she also has licensed her label and designs to retail houses.

Vaishali was one of the few designers who with her penchant for contemporary design made the cut to showcase her design at the Lakme Fashion week Summer Resort 2011 in the Emerging Designers Category. She received a big thumbs-up from all big names in the fashion fraternity. Her Summer Resort Collection called the ‘Virus Free’ represented childhood memories. After rave reviews Vaishali garnered for ‘Virus Free’, she is going to be showcasing at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2011 with ‘DANCE OF DUALITIES’ in the form of juxtapositions of CHANDERI and PAITHNI.

Vaishali currently runs a store successfully at Juhu Tara Road under her own label and is in the process to open up a store in Delhi, The Gallery Mall, M.G. Road, Gurgaon.

URBAN YOGINI


Primed to beguile @ LFW Winter Festive 2011

ARCHANA KOCHHAR’s Winter Festive 2011 is inspired by Modern Spiritualism

An accomplished couturier Archana Kochhar unleashes a typographical themed collection of modest sensuality this season at LFW Winter Festive 2011.  This collection celebrates the awakening of cerebral chic. The silhouette magically morphs from chic shirt dresses, draped jumpsuits to neo-Indian separates in muted hues of pewter, stone and raven, which is punctuated with a dash of burnt tangerine and neon orange.

Calligraphic digital prints contribute finesse to the perfect amalgamation of modern luxury and traditional drapery making each look a delight for any jet setter diva. Layered designs are amplified with dazzling fashion neck-pieces and textured stoles, adding to the mystery of this wandering intelligentsia.

The collection is crafted out of an exquisite mix of fabrics ranging from fluid viscose Georgette, Italian jersey along with quintessential Kantha detailing, raw silk and organza.

The designer announces her new cocktail and prêt line at the upcoming LFW winter festive. On this occasion Archana states, “My line entitled urban yogini dictates the new found spiritualism of urban fashionistas. In this collection I have played with constricted mobility in a neutral palette and saturated saffron. I have experimented with a layered look this time, which exudes a casual youthful chic.”

URBAN YOGINI also, embarks the prêt and diffusion line of Ms. Kochhar, which embodies easy chic. Every look focuses on celebrating the wearer’s body and comforts the soul of the style seeking urban yogini.

ARCHANA KOCHHAR – PROFILE :

Designer Archana Kochhar has been showcasing her collections on Indian as well as International runways for the last decade and has 3 stores in fashion Mecca Mumbai. Elaborate yet understated flamboyant yet subtle, Traditional yet modern, Archana’s collections spell urban chic couture. She draws inspiration from the 18th century Indian regalia, Victorian costume and architecture and ancient heirlooms of the bygone era. Unusual, ethereal silhouettes signify her opulent bridal trousseau, evening wear and prêt lines. Her design sensibility is a perfect marriage between exquisite embroidery and nouveau texturing techniques, all these in luscious colour palettes, making each piece “a must have season after season”.

Due to the high acclaim she received, Archana was invited by Galleries L’fayette Paris to present her collection with international design houses like Kenzo, Christian Lacriox, Ungaro and Nina Ricci in March 2008. Archana is one of the favorites amongst Bollywood glitterati, which includes Kangana Ranaut, Ayesha Takia, Soha Ali Khan, Zeenat Aman, Mughda Ghodse, Dia Mirza, Mahima Choudhary, Prachi Desai Sameera Reddy, etc. to name few. Her recent showstoppers and muses, includes young vibrant new faces like Minisha Lamba, Jacqueline Fernandez etc.  She has also styled Amrita Rao for her first television venture the Perfect Bride. She has dressed finales for Beauty Pageants like Mrs India, Navy Queen and has contributed to various Miss India’s International Pageant Finale. Archana has successfully participated in International Trade fairs like IGEDO in Düsseldorf. Designing is Archana’s domain and individualizing her forte. Her design philosophy revolves around making her client’s personality shine while she creates the complete Archana Kochhar look.

SMOKESCREEN… Come Undone…


Terence Lewis Initiative – ‘SMOKESCREEN’ … Come UNDONE

Mumbai, June 2010: Terence Lewis and Dance Company is extremely proud to present the 4th graduation performance of the professional dance course which is a partly funded scholarship in dance offered by the Terence Lewis Dance Foundation Scholarship Trust – TLDFST.

This graduation performance is a Contemporary- modern dance performance presented by the students who have trained in the contemporary & modern dance forms for the last 3 years. The students have been working on their graduation performance since almost six months now. An evening of creativity at its best – a mélange of movement, dance dramaturgy, making you laugh, question, wonder, cry, an emotional catharsis, juxtaposed with everyday banality.

The Mentors are responsible for choreographic inputs, the structuring of the pieces, creative Ideation and Technique execution of the themes, training the dancers. They also had Mr. Nakula Somana coming in to guide and coach the students especially for this production.

An excited Terence Lewis states, “This performance is different compared to Catch 22 of last year in respect to, the approach and expression of movement, the thought processes and the varied thematic concepts. Then over all treatment and tonality makes SMOKESCREEN distinct from the previous graduation performances.”

This batch of the TLDFST year – 2008-2011 has many a different stories to tell. This is the first batch with married girls who have been a part of the 3-year training process. Gargi & Sonia, seeing them from their single days to attending their weddings and adjusting to a brand new phase along with the training and the demanding grueling long hours. From the supportive husbands and in-laws who have made sure the girls follow their dreams and turn them into reality, setting an extraordinary benchmark for the society today.

Aditya, a boy with a severely injured back, worked against all possible odds, graduating today fulfilling his life’s dream. Having already finished his studies and being a little older than his batch mates, he had an additional obstacle to contend with – a severe back injury, But with an iron will, long hours of physiotherapy and the constant support of his teachers, he has achieved the impossible. Watch out for Aditya as he owns the stage in one of the most physically demanding pieces of the performance. An exceptional example of determination that nothing is unattainable if you truly work towards achieving your dream no matter the odds you face.

The TLDFST also proudly presents to you Deepak and Shivraj, both from the St. Catherine’s Home and a resident school for street children in Bandra. These brothers have adjusted to a whole new lifestyle and thought processes. Coming from extremely difficult backgrounds, just seeing this scholarship to its fruition has been a challenge. Not only have they seen it through but have passed with flying colours! Watch them dance their hearts out as the SMOKESCREEN goes up!

The strength of the next batch of the TLDFST scholarship is of 23 students and the auditions for this year are in progress. Students pour in from all over India and Abroad out of which only 25 students will be selected after rigorous rounds of dance auditions and interviews.

A contemporary-modern dance performance, the 4th graduating Batch of 2008-2011 of the TLDFST,  presents to you a night of great dancing and movement, a performance that brings to you 19 young lives that come together in the banality of everyday life. One colour, one face hiding feelings, fears, illusions, equations and madness. The smoke detectors are on… Live in your skin, shed your Poker face… Can you look beyond the SMOKESCREEN…???

Venue: St Andrews Auditorium Bandra (West).

SET TO BREAK THE GUINNESS RECORD….

TERENCE LEWIS ALL SET TO BREAK THE GUINNESS RECORD IN BOLLYWOOD DANCING

The upcoming attempt at breaking the existing Guinness World Record is a challenge that ace choreographer and dancer Terence Lewis is confident about! This ground breaking feat is open to anyone as they can join Mumbai-based Terence Lewis this Saturday, 19th March 2011, as he attempts to break the current record for the largest Bollywood class choreographed on a Bollywood song, in a short duration. To witness and support Terence in this historic moment Preity Zinta would be present.


Terence Lewis excitedly states
, “When I was approached by Guinness and asked if I would be interested in breaking the current record, I was truely honoured. I have over 5000 students from all batches in Mumbai, past and present who are, if anything, even more excited and confident than me. We are looking forward to put India in the Guinness Book of World Records, especially in Bollywood Dancing which is a rage world over!

 

Known for his contemporary and neo-classic dance forms, Lewis has choreographed numerous dances for Bollywood films, music videos and national and international dance competitions. Terence’s challenge is to break the recently set-up Guinness record of choreographing 1200 people on a Bollywood song. With a simple registration procedure which is FREE OF COST, dance enthusiasts can get a quick 1 hour lesson on how to rock Bollywood. Since the record is about timing as much as it is about the dance, participants will be required to get into their groove within an hour and avoid getting disqualified by not dancing.

Venue – Ground of St. Theresa High School, Bandra (West)

‘TUK TUK’ by Sabah Khan

LFW SUMMER RESORT 2011

               Venue– Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Is the title new?? Is it different?? Well it surely isn’t for Sabah Khan! She goes back to her roots and surely represents her various beliefs, ideas and opinions through her new collection TUK TUK, which envisages the core of our country.

A young and upcoming designer from the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) which emphasizes on promoting design education across the country, Sabah Khan, states, “Earlier known as ‘Tangewallas’ and today referred to as ‘Rickshawallas’, they have been the lifeline of common man in India. Yes, they’ve been there, even after the vast upgrade in technology. Even before buses, railways and taxis, they always come to our rescue. My new collection is all about these Rickshawallas! A collection dedicated to the common man and especially new aged flamboyant youngsters. It is full of utility, just like my previous collection.

Sabah Khan realized their importance idling on one of her blue days. Taking forward from her previous collection ‘No Class’ which was inspired from lifestyles of people dwelling in slums of Dharavi, this new collection draws from similar strata. Traveling various distances relating to work and not able to get a ride caused confusion in her mind. Over that, shortage of money lead to a torturous visit to the ATM with a long line… all troubles showed up on the same day! But there was one person supporting her all along her nightmare. It was the hardworking Auto-rickshawalla and his Auto. Creative minds surely have a trait to make the best out of their worst days also. And just as usual, Sabah Khan is now ready showcases her new collection ‘TUK TUK’ after fearlessly attempting the unusual with her first collection, ‘NO CLASS’.

The earthy colors of uniforms, the bright colored wallpapers on the inside of the Rickshaw, the prominent curve of the vehicle and the simplicity of the Rikshawalla have been incorporated very finely in Sabah’s new collection. She has combined the cuts and fabrics worn by our ricksawala’s with new designs and trends.

Fabrics used throughout the collection are linens, synthetic and pure, stretch linen leggings, digital prints of Tuk-Tuk on linens. It is a key piece collection even though they are 16 ensembles to choose from. You will have a wider range as each piece is individual. For instance, bikini, hot pants, dhoti dungarees, waterfront waistcoats, t-backs and much more to chose from. It is apt for the summer, as it will give the wearer that uncommon edge and funk! These pieces can be teamed with existing pieces in your wardrobe as well.

Being a design student from INIFD, Andheri W and a graduate in psychology, Sabah Khan has always used her knowledge to go to the depth of each character she’s working on. She has made genuine efforts to bring out its true and flamboyant colors in her work.

Sabah emphasizes, INIFD has supported me from my GENNEXT days and subsequently for my endeavors that resulted in an appreciation letter from Prince Charles’ office. They have given me the appropriate education, training and guidance that has helped me to be here today! I am proud to be a brand ambassador for INIFD.

With TUK TUK, Sabah has given life to her creations with the grace of fabric, colors and designs. This one’s ready to break all signals and cut out the slack in everyone’s minds at the Lakme Fashion week Summer/Resort 2011!!