Saturday, January 26, 2008

No "Anarkali" At This Award Show!

At the SET Max Stardust Awards, there was no sighting of the "Anarkali". In fact, apart from Celina, almost everyone attending chose to wear a dress. Some wore it long, some short.

My favorites were Meghna and Twinkle. What about you?

Gul Panag

Meghna Naidu

Shilpa Shukla

Kangana Ranaut

Sagarika Ghatge

Twinkle Khanna

Anjana Sukhani

Minnisha Lamba

What is an award show without that "one" ugly outfit! The outfit that sticks out like a sore thumb. The outfit that makes you go "WTF was she thinking"! Worry not, this award show also had that one outfit and it wasn't surprising that the outfit was worn by Sonali Kulkarni!

Sonali Kulkarni

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A Career Change For Bips?

Spotted: Bipasha Basu trying to get some golfing done in a pretty tight sheath dress. Did she not know she was attending a golf event?

While we don't care about her golfing skills, we do have an opinion about her outfit! We love the silhouette of the dress, love how she pairs it with a shawl, but the print on this dress is quite a letdown! What do you think?

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Lacey Dreams


Battle Of The Polka: A Faceoff

Who wore her dots better?

Left: Priyanka Chopra At TAG Heuer Polo Match
Right: Anjana Sukhani At Set Max Stardust Awards

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This outfit looked ridiculous on Neha. I can't imagine why Lara Dutta also decided to wear it at the SET Stardust awards! Maybe the sponsors dictated her dress code!

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Katrina (Un) Covered

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2007 Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2007 Couture

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Hansika @ MHTH Shoot

Tanushree @ Imtiaz Khan Exhibition


Friday, January 25, 2008

Katrina In JPG...

..and the JPG would be short for Jean Paul Gaultier and not the name of an image format! ;)

Gaultier still seems mesmerized by Bollywood and Ms. Kaif. We found out that Katrina's outfit on the Vogue cover is quite old though! Spring 2007 Couture old! In fashion terms that is more than five collections ago (counting Resort, Ready To Wear and Couture)!

Vogue can't pass old material as new to us! As Amy Wino would say "No No No!"

Vogue India Feb 2008

Jean Paul Gaulter, Spring 2007 Couture

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Pink Is My Favorite Color!

Not mine, of course! It is Divya, whose favorite color seems to be pink! Which is why the leftover material from Divya's outfit on the left led to the outfit on the right. We are just surprised that the new outfit didn't have the rhinestone logo effect like the older one! (But then the overdose of pink, quite made up for the yuck factor! Didn't it?)

Bentley Launch, Sep 2007

Arjun and Anjalee Fashion Show, Jan 2008

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Who Wore Gauri and Nainika Better?

Aishwarya in the black, Deepika in the white or Yana in the teal?

Ash @ Lux Promotional Event

Deepika @ Chivas 25 Launch in New York

Yana @ PETA 8th Anniversary Bash

Edit: Can I say how miffed I am that the ladies had to hide the best part of the dress with their hair!! The braided straps on the dress are what make the outfit different, it is just a shame that straps get hidden! But then, neither am I a fan of Yana's crop!


Thursday, January 24, 2008

One In Every Color?

Off late, our actors have been committing a major fashion faux-pas. Wearing the same design again and again in different colors!

After John, Priyanka, Mahima and Mads, we now see Vidya too wearing the same sari style but in a different color!

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Event

Halla Bol Premiere

How long before the concept of stylist comes to Bollywood? We are waiting!

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The Ombré Effect

Vidya Malwade wore an ombré dress to the Arjun & Anjalee Kapoor Fashion Show and while she was right on the money where trends are concerned, her dress itself left a lot to be desired.

Ombré refers to fabric (and now, even leather! Remember Prada?) having a dyed, printed, or woven design in which the color is graduated from light to dark and is a big trend..its been around for a bit now and is going to be big for Spring. We saw many designers incorporate the look into their Spring 08 collections!

Vidya's dress just doesn't have that clear color gradation, and, instead of the play from dark to light, the color tone stays dark and only varies in the color itself! And that strip of navy/black at the waist does nothing for the dress; the shoes, too matchy!

Vidya Malwade At Arjun & Anjalee Kapoor Fashion Show

Left: Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2008
Right: Badgley Mischka, Spring 2008

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Ms. Azmi, Not Again!

Ms. Azmi, we really like you. Really do. Except, you make it so darned hard for us when you choose to dress like this. Not once, but twice.

Left: At The 4th Dubai International Film Festival
Right: At The Party For German Watch Alange

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Just Wigging It

I think Yana Gupta looked absolutely gorgeous with her short hair-do, very spunky, young, and she totally worked it! Rather unfortunate that she chose to wear that wig while promoting the launch of new handsets from Sony Ericsson!

Nothing is worse than a wig looking like a wig. Except, when its a bad wig that looks like a bad wig!!

Left: At The Sony Ericsson Launch
Right: At Peta 8th Anniversary Bash

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Will The Real Gul Please Stand Up

She looks effortlessly well put together in her beige diaphanous top at one event and then at another she turns up in a horrible halter with those rosettes!

And what you can't tell from that picture of hers in that red halter is that she has hair-clips on on either side of her head, and the kicker is the fact that on one side she sports an orange clip and on the other a light,lime green!!!! Don't even ask!!!

Gul Panag goes from fab to drab in a heart-beat and has more schizophrenic-fashion-personalities than Bjork has feathers on her swan costume!

Left: At Britain Bollywood Map Launch
Right: At Frish Launch


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

An Interview: Suhani Pittie

Suhani Pittie, a ‘jewellery artist’, has been called “1 of the 10 women to look out for in India in 2007,” by Elle Magazine, and also been named as one of the “30 rising stars of the country”! A columnist on accessories and fashion for ‘The Telegraph’, India, she happens to be the first Indian jewellery designer to have participated in the Miami Fashion Week ’07.

“Marshes & Marigold”, Suhani’s collection for the WLIFW SS’08 is an impersonation of art upon jewellery. The styling is fashionable, feminine, art nouveau, textured and each piece is exquisitely hand painted. The jewellery, which Suhani refers to as “jewel art” is available in stores across India and abroad, including the prestigious Museum of Arts & Design, New York.

And now, more with Suhani Pittie…

We know you started young, were there any major challenges in the beginning? Being a young woman in her twenties, was it ever a struggle to be taken seriously? Did it help that you had ‘Anamika Khanna’ for a sister?

There are challenges every single day-because in this field you have to be ‘one up’ in creativity to do something more smashing every time and this is an every morning ritual. To break free from what you have done, to come undone and do something extraordinary all over again, it takes a while for one to be able to cope with ones own pressure.
Every business has start up issues. When I started three years ago, the biggest challenge I had to overcome was to find the right karigars who had an open mind and were ready to listen to what I was saying. This was no easy task as all over our country karigars are used to doing the traditional gold, the oxidized silver or the wax casts. I fit in none of the above. So it was a lot of trial and error. But now I am very happy with my team!
It has never happened that I have not been taken seriously. I am still in my twenties, with my brand present in 18 fashion houses including an art museum in New York. I think in business sometimes the product might be bigger than the creator. I am happy that it is… in my case as well. So people know the ‘Suhani Pittie brand of jewellery’ but may not necessarily know ‘Suhani Pittie’. I am ok with that!
Also, our country today can see some brilliant 25 year olds heading multimillion businesses and I am sure they are all taken seriously! They are ‘seriously inspiring’
Being Anamika’s sister has helped in one way.. I am slightly more fashionable!

What usually influences your design vision? Places? People? What or who would your muse be?

A monogrammed silver biscuit; the sheer sight of red hot metal and its undulating molten state. Nothing can set you heart racing so fast! Metal is my inspiration.
I think the other biggest influence in my life is art. I am an artist and I would like to be known as one. Not just a designer, but, someone who could collate to a full vocabulary of design and create the most beautiful art pieces ever. My design vision is beyond boundaries hence there are no people or places influencing it.
My muse would be every woman who has the courage to not follow but lead because such strength would relate to the strength in my work.

How do you stay inspired and motivated? What is your design process in general?

My motivation comes from a simple fact. A buyer today has the option to choose between wonderful things. So that really leaves me with little choice but to stay motivated and push myself to a higher level of creativity.
Design process-I always source my raw materials first. In most cases the cut, shape or inclusion of the stone decides the design around it. I have never designed a piece and then go looking for the stones for it.

Do you have any favorite jewelry pieces you've created and why?

The first cuff- it was beaten texture with mother of pearl. It’s my favourite because I think I was able to introduce it correctly to the market and hence connected this ornament to the general buyer. Maybe I dislodged it from the image of “only for the avant-garde wearer with the oh so perfect wrists!” I suddenly see a lot of cuffs happening around me and I feel I have contributed to that!

Do you think there's a particular kind of woman who is drawn to your jewelry?

Certainly. Someone who has a mind of her own and is not a victim of changing trends!

Where do you see jewelry trends going over the next few years?

Jewellery has been an integral part of our lives. It does have a relative fashionable meaning but I think it’s much bigger than fashion itself. So to typecast it under trends would be unfair. However there is an overall inclination towards sophistication, feminity, unconfused form- be it in any attribute of fashion-not just jewellery.
But I can safely say that brooches and cuffs are going to work wonders all over again. The next few years would see jewellery becoming the deciding factor in a woman’s wardrobe and not just an accessory!

Do you have a particular take on what kind of jewelry and how much a woman should wear, or how she should select pieces for her collection?

Its very important that a woman understands her own fashion style before she tries on what’s floating in the market. However the key word is ‘try’. But one should not try to grab attention by looking like a chandelier and dressing over the top. The idea is to gracefully demand the attention, which comes with ones own personality. So one should never wear too much of jewellery at a time. Highlight one body part by wearing one elaborate piece and see the magic it creates.
To select pieces for your collection, just buy whatever your heart goes out to. Does not matter if your neighbor does not think too much of it. Remember jewellery is beyond fashion. So what you buy today maybe vintage tomorrow. It will be gorgeous even then. But wear your age and your personality. Don’t try to be someone else.

What other projects are you working on this spring? Anything new on the horizon for you?

Ever since the Museum of Arts and Design, New York commissioned my work and the big project with veteran artist Mr. Vaikuntum happened where I made jewellery with his miniatures, I have become a little more inclined towards the art element in my work. Hence I am currently working on more elaborate pieces that are absolute one offs.
New things emerge every day. Right now I am obsessed with wood and buttons!

Finally, is jewelry to you, like fashion, seasonal, or like style, timeless?

Brilliantly asked. Jewellery I think is immortal. Designs and designers would come and go but like life, jewellery would go on. There might be shifts from art deco to art noveau or vice versa but jewellery, stones and their beauty would always be an inherent part of who were are.

For a complete list on where you can buy Suhani Pittie's designs and for more on the artist/designer, go HERE!

Hoping To Distract

First, she carries a glorious new Salina GM dressed in Juicy Couture sweats, and seriously, who wears sweats to an art exhibition??!! And now, we spotted Bhumika Puri once again carrying a fabulous bag, this time a patent black Chanel at the Indian Oaks event. Except, this time too, she teamed her fabulous bag with that hideous, printed, ruffled excuse of a top!

Is she hoping her bags would distract us from the clothes? It almost worked. Only, almost.