Northeastern Queens Who Rule the Runway

Northeast India is not just known for its divine aura of purity and serenity, but also for its stunning beauty queens. And the latest name to join the glamour wagon is Miss India 2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee.

Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam and currently studying at the reputed Hindu College in Delhi University, Priyadarshini is the first northeastern to win the crown. She is now preparing to represent the country at Miss World 2016.

Other Northeastern faces who have ruled the ramp:

Dipannita Sharma

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Hailing from Assam, Dipannita Sharma grabbed eyes after making it to the final 5 at Miss India in 1998. She put the ramp on fire with Indian and international designers and was the worldwide face of Breguet watches and jewellery. She also acted in films like 16 December, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Jodi Breakers. Dipannita did her bit for the wild by featuring in a jaw-dropping PETA ad.

Monikangana Dutta

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Photo courtesy: Jatin Kampani

Paris is where this Northeastern stunner started her supermodel career. Originally from Guwahati, Monikangana Dutta walked the ramp for fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood, Yoji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, Leonard, and Chloe. She has stolen the shows at Paris Fashion Week, India Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Australian Fashion Week with her exotic look. Once a face of Mac Cosmetics, Monikangana appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Tank Magazine and Italian Harper’s Bazaar.

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Known to the fashion world as Leno, the Naga chick Ketholeno Kense might be soft-spoken but her attitude on the runway speaks out loudly for itself. Leno is the winner of Kingfisher Supermodels Hunt 2014 and since then hasn’t looked back. She has been on the cover of Elle magazine and has walked at numerous fashion weeks.

Good going girls!

 

REVEALED! Anita Dongre’s Love Notes

Acclaimed designer Anita Dongre knows how to play her cards right when it comes to fashion. Featured on CNN’s ‘Growing India’ series in 2015 and listed in ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ by Forbes India, Fortune India, Business Today and Blackbook Magazine, Anita has changed the fashion scenario of the country with a fusion of high street and ethnicity.

Recently, Anita showcased a mesmerizing line of clothing ‘Love Notes’ at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 that left us speechless.

The show was star-studded with actor Sonakshi Sinha as the showstopper and Swara Bhaskar, Mira Rajput, Poonam Sinha, Mini Mathur, Sanjay Suri, Isha Koppikar and many others as guests.

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The collection embraces the summer season with bright prints and pastel hues and is manifested in stunning occasion wear complimented with georgettes and Chanderi silk.

Every ensemble – be it a classic suit or a lehenga or the signature gotta patti and resham embroidery – narrates a love story in its unique way.

‘Love Notes’ delicately captures the musings of love that a young woman experiences from the changes her ‘special someone’ is likely to bring into her life.  In a holiday with herself, the assemblage of reminiscent thoughts of this young girl is reflected in the collection. She wanders through the grand red sandstone corridors and the majestic courtyard of Bikaner’s Junagarh palace, its grandiose architecture and intricate detailing. Such is the essence of the collection.

With a breathtaking collection like this, who wouldn’t want to fall in love!

 

 

Good News for Men! Shantanu and Nikhil Open Their First Flagship Store in Mumbai

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The designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil, known for their esthetic creativity in their designs, has recently opened their men’s couture flagship store at Kala Ghoda in Mumbai.

Set amidst the venerable and historic precinct of the city, the store reflects a unique combination of minimalism and the old world refined chic. Each and every corner of the store has been assembled in a way that the label’s passion for linearity, sports and heritage remains intact.

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A successful effort to depict the evolution of society, fashion and contemporary design, the flagship store has used rustic brass and other metals onto the grey concrete structure. The store has kept in mind two elements – structure and shape – which are key to both masculinity and menswear.

The Shantanu & Nikhil muse

The label Shantanu & Nikhil’s man is one with sophistication with a perfect balance of the exterior and the inner self. The same balance is visible in the store.

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Modernity and sublimeness blend in an ideal mix – the palette of subtle colors, pure materials and a varying set of volumes, and the natural light that falls into the space to blur the line between the interior and the exterior of the store.

What’s in store?

The store will house Shantanu & Nikhil’s complete range of men’s apparel, accessories and footwear, both ceremonial and occasional.

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Celebs Promote their Favourite Label

The who’s who of Bollywood and the sports industry expressed their zest on Twitter:

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Well, we sure are equally excited!

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Race against Time in Sydney

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The timeless beauty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, made a quick pit stop in Sydney for Longines’ launch event. Dressed in an off-shoulder grey Toni Maticevski gown, this ethereal beauty showed what timeless is, in every sense of the word, at this time-piece do.

She happily posed for selfies and made her legions of fans happy! She signed her poster at this press photo-opportunity event. In no time, a huge mob gathered to see the former Miss World, who walked the blue carpet like a dream.

Australians surely got a taste of Bollywood and we’re pretty sure this beauty just earned some more fans.

We loved the look, classy and elegant! And like they say, ‘elegance is attitude’… and we couldn’t agree more!

 

Cream De La Cream Parineeti Chopra

Recently, Parineeti Chopra took the term eye-candy seriously and turned up looking yummy as ever at the event where she was announced as the brand ambassador of Vadilal ice-cream.

The Chopra girl wore a cute custom made Nishka Lulla peach dress teaming it up with an ‘ice-cream cone’ embroidered jacket and added an extra zing to the whole look by wearing pink pointed pumps.

The Ishaqzaade actress stunned everyone with her svelte figure. Parineeti is setting some tough goals for her fans with her recent fitness achievements … and now with this sexy look, she wants her fans to try Vadilal ice-cream’s new flavours. How are we going to manage this, Parineeti?

She will be soon seen in Yash Raj Films’ next Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Ayushmann Khurrana.

Wendell Rodricks’ Artistic Magic on the Ramp

Lakme Fashion Week Witnesses First of It’s Kind Museum Show

IMG_0721Acclaimed fashion designer and Padma Shree awardee Wendell Rodricks had a fabulous closing show on Indian Textile Day at Lakme Fashion Week held at St Regis Hotel, Mumbai. The ‘Indica Emporia’ collection (a celebration of Indian Textiles Heritage) by Rodricks, left the guests awestruck with the sight they experienced.

The Collection Comes Alive

The ramp was totally swept away along with the seats, thus transforming the vast main show area into a museum setting. The air had fragrance of roses, jasmines and marigolds that were decorated on the ramp and the entire room from the ceiling to the floor was trailed in white flowing drapes. At the background, the soaring voices of the Shillong Chamber Choir mesmerized the guests. Twenty models, standing on white platforms, were draped in hand woven bright silk which was a connotation of twenty iconic Indian garment adaptations. In its history, the Indian fashion scenario never saw something like this.

The outfits were uniquely laid down on the models. Ghagras became capes, pajamas turned into off shoulder blouses, dhotis morphed into saris, cholis hit the floor, capes skimmed over kurtas, and saris hand woven in bright colours. With the use of khadi cotton, silk tussar, mugha, noile, dupione and organza, the collection revealed an Indian yet international, minimal yet extravagant and resort yet urban approach.

“I re-invented what was expected of me with this collection. Whites gave way to colour, cotton and linen to silk and Khadi. I stayed far away from Benares silks and gold thread weaves to stay from an opulent look. What has been most satisfying is to use hand woven silks to optimum effect. My name may be on the collection and label but truly it is to the art of the cotton growers and silk cultivators, the dyers who use inventive alchemy and weavers who carry forward a grand legacy that are the real stars of Indica Emporia” says Wendell. “This collection will always be special in my career. I owe thanks to Lakme and IMG Reliance for encouraging and collaborating with me for this memorable collection. Also to Ekta Rajani for the styling and Schulen Fernanades who designed many garments and will one day soon take over my mantle and studio as Design Head.”

The Desert Tribe Look

Resembling a tribal group from a desert, the models were styled by Grazia’s fashion editor Ekta Rajani. Make up by Fat Miu, the models had slick and oil black eyes, tattoo dots on their faces complimented with nose rings, parched lips and shimmer peacock blue nail paints. The distressed hair decorated with seashells was styled by Tigi.

Celebrities Who Attended

The show was star-studded with celebrities like actors Tisca Chopra, Sonali Kulkarni, Arshad Warsi with wife Maria Goretti, Dolly Thakore and supermodel Elena Fernandes among other guests.

Respect for the fashion legend Wendell Rodricks for successfully pulling off a great show with so much zeal!

Want to Be a #Fashionista? Instagram Teaches You How to be One

Top 10 Fashion Handles on Instagram Will Help You Re-define Your Wardrobe

Dressing up in style is an art of creative minds and free souls. It is the heart of fashion, the way to finding your true self.  Don’t just wear clothes, wear your confidence… and you don’t need a stylist for that!

Instagram can be your new stylist!

Social media has brought the world closer and definitely the fashion world into our closet. The popular Instagram unleashes latest trends and tips by fashion bloggers, magazines and sole individuals from around the globe. With just a click of the finger, you can sit on the fashion throne like a queen or a king.

We bring to you these 10 eye-popping handles on Instagram that you can’t miss if you truly love fashion:

  1. Vogue

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  1. Fashion Nova

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  1. songofstyle

Song of Style

  1. Harper’s Bazaar

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  1. Vanity Fair

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  1. Who What Wear

Who What Wear

  1. Elle

Elle USA

  1. InStyle

Instyle

  1. Glamour Magazine

Glamour Mag

  1. stylepheed

Stylepheed

 

You Can Be a Naga Princess Too! Here’s How.

Fashion Meets Tradition

Fashion designer Anupama Dayal has been known for her vibrant colors and artistic portrayal of feelings in her designs and once again she lays forward her respect for legacy and culture. This time, it is the Naga heritage!

At Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn/Winter ’16, Anupama showcased her collection “Fight and Feast” inspired by the traditions of Nagaland.  The untold story of the mystic land, which has been kept inside a shell for ages, has been very well narrated in Anupamaa.

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The tale behind the collection

With a quest and zeal to explore the culturally rich tribe of North-east India, Anupama visited Nagaland a few months ago and fell in love with its intrinsic beauty and the people. In no time, she became friends with the members of the Naga tribe and was living like one of them. Anupama tried her taste buds on the unique food elements of the tribe like bees, hornets and the ‘hot’ Naga chilly.

Another thing that Anupama found fascinating is the traditional head hunting tattoo. Commonly practiced in the 20th century and still might be, the head hunter used to get tattooed after every successful head hunting trip.

But the most mesmerizing feature of Anupama’s Naga expedition was a chest of treasured textile, jewellery, basketry and weaponry, which she applied to her collection “Fight and Feast”.

What’s in the Naga shelf of Anupamaa

Anupamaa’s “Fight and Feast” line is a blend of all the rudiments of Nagaland.

Nagas love distinctive colours like red, black and white as is evident in their shawls and headgear. Anupama has beautifully used these colours in her collection and has also added a tinge of ultra marine blue which she spotted on the Rengma costume. A bit of tangerine and a spicy green completed the colour palette for her collection.

The Anupamaa woman for “Fight and Feast” is the fierce warrior who lives inside every contemporary woman. She is tough, courageous, fights for her rights and has zero tolerance towards injustice. But at the same time she is well-connected to her roots and honours ancient wisdom.

The collection designed for this Anupamaa woman is centered on the concept of ‘compositions’. Each garment can be worn separately, mix-matched with others from the collection or combined with any trendy pick. The jewellery and scarves compliment the exuberant nature of the collection.

A collection with so much of depth and passion, I’m sure every girl would want to be an Anupamaa woman. Way to go Naga princess!

Contact Anupamaa here for further information.