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Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale: Gaurav Gupta

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In a spectacular grand finale to Lakme Fashion Week, designer Gaurav Gupta presented his futuristic collection in celebration of his 10-year journey in fashion.

Sculpted and draped to perfection, this collection features figure flattering dresses perfect for red carpet glamour. Sleek and sexy with a strong sari inspiration are the best ways to describe this collection. Gupta uses strong colours of white, black, grey and red to create a feminine silhouette.

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Show stopper Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor stunned in a grogeous figure hugging black dress with a mermaid style skirt. Gupta’s creativity continues to wow as we see more and more of his amazing work!

Image credit: Lakme Fashion Week

Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

AICW 2015: Gaurav Gupta

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Counting the days for the Amazon India Couture week 2015, the day has finally arrived for Gupta and team. Running up to this date, the team have been practicing cat walks, and make up trials to make this day an epic one.

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Gaurav Gupta’s new collection was launched on 24th July 2015. This season Gupta has focused on intricate detail working with lace and chiffon to create a Victorian finish. The colours used such as red, purple, burgundy; all bring a vibrant look on anyone wearing a piece of Gupta’s collection.

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Along with looking at the AW2015 collection, looking at previous collections from 2011, Gupta has also portrayed his quirky personality through his work. He doesn’t only have a degree within fashion, he worked his way up by delivering his creativity such as owning a brand name like ‘Atpug Vauag’ which is the reverse of his name. This brand lead as debutant of the year.

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The collections creates a unique yet elegant and sophisticated look, which repeats the Victorian vibe that Gupta is showcasing this season.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS, Harper’s Bazaar India and Vogue India

AICW 2015: Rohit Bal

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This season, Rohit Bhal has focused on floral prints. Even if it is a small part on the outfit, Bhal keeps the theme consistent throughout his collection. With the warm colours chosen, these outfits would suit any skin tone and brilliant for the wedding seasons as well as the weather.

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Bhal has used these prints in the right places. For occasion wear, he has carried the prints on the skirts which brings out a dramatic look and will turn heads no matter what occasion. For the more simply look he places the prints on either a top corner or bottom of a dress, which again gives a simple touch and can be worn on days where you want to simply enjoy the sunshine.

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The neutral colours are aimed for the simple yet elegant look and the vibrant, are for special occasions. Rohit Bal today has a significant presence in all the cities of India. He is considered a ‘maverick’ talent who never disappoints. His work most certainly proves how he is well known to handcraft and paying great attention to detail. Bhal’s passion doesn’t just revolve around fashion but he also launched his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in New Delhi. Rohit’s way to show his creative talent is portrayed through what he does and he brings this out through some of the work which he has Shown in major fashion capitals all over the world.

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Another major achievement is through achieving a partnership with International shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar India and Rohit Bal

The Ultimate Hair, Henna and Make-Up Course by Pavan and Ambreen

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Two of our favourite people, henna artiste extraordinaire Pavan Ahluwalia and über talented hair and make-up artiste Ambreen, will be staging a unique course this month. If you’re a budding make-up, hair or henna artist, and want to learn from the best, then Pavan and Ambreen’s course is the one for you.

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Taking place in Kingsbury, Northwest London, the 5 day Course consists of different bridal and high fashion looks, together with the very popular trends and styles of make-up, hair and henna. This ingeniously crafted course is designed for those who haven’t had any previous experience in makeup, hair or Henna and for those who are seeking to enhance and learn further skills. It is also very useful for those who seek to have a career in this field. Priced at £1500 for the week, it’s definitely worth it.

Pavan – The Mehndi Maestro

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Pavan Ahluwalia is the hottest henna artist in the business, she’s amazed many a client from celebrities to household names like Selfridges, Harrods, Sky TV, and the BBC, with her beautiful artistry. She was recognised by the esteemed Guinness World Records, as the fastest henna artist, which was granted to Pavan after she painted a mammoth 511 armband in 60 minutes, each with specifically different designs.

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Since the launch of her business, Pavan has gone from strength-to-strength, achieving respect and admiration wherever she goes. Back in May, she reached another milestone, with the opening of her Henna Bar in the prestigious department store Selfridges, which of course attracted a wealth of attention.

Ambreen – Magnificent Make-Up

Ambreen is an extraordinary talent, a make-up artist who possesses a fine knowledge of how to make a woman look her best. Her craft is unsurpassed, and her creativity knows no bounds. Ambreen has been hired by many high-end brands, fashion shows, editorials and celebrities. She is a giant of the beauty industry, a make-up artists who is recognised as a pioneering force.

An artist who constantly strives to create the most eye-catching and the most beautiful presentations, whether it be for a drama filled catwalk show or a sultry and demur photo shoot. Her status as a trend setter has earned her attention from some top Indian fashion designers, such as Rohit Bal and luxury boutiques, such as Seasons and Sonas.

So, as you can see, these are two artist who are at the top of their game, and their course is sure to be an enlightening experience. Perfect for anyone wanting to perfect their skills.

Photos courtesy of Pavan and Ambreen

The Elite of South Asian Fashion Comes to Town

In recent years the city of London has fast become the European hub for Indian and Pakistani fashion. With stores dedicated to high-end South Asian designers, numerous trunk shows and small scale events staged. Interest from the fashion press has intensified, and we are very pleased to announce that this spring sees three spectacular events happening in the city.

Faisana Fashion Weekend at the Mayfair Hotel: May 2nd – 3rd

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The fashion extravaganza kicks off with Faisana Fashion Weekend, at London’s gorgeous May Fair Hotel. The event marks a first for South Asian design in the UK, organised by two purveyors of luxury fashion Radhika Hassan and Aamna & Aisha. The weekend will showcase three Pakistani and three Indian designers, each at the top of their game.

The designers include Umar Sayeed, a man who has systematically revolutionised Pakistani fashion, with his glamorous collections. Sayeed is a genius of understated beauty, working on men’s, women’s and bridal wear. Anita Dongre is the crown princess of Indian fashion, with a career that spans 20 years; she creates designs that carefully mix traditional Indian techniques with sweet contemporary shapes. Other designers include Rina Dhaka who incorporates unique bohemian flavours into her designs, Bhairavi Jaikishan who gives her creations the explorer treatment, incorporating a range of both Eastern and Western sensibilities, Nida Azwer whose influences reach far back in to the depths of South Asian history and finally Sania Maskatiya, who works along the lines of elegance and comfort respectively.

Suneet Varma Trunk Show, Nobu London: May 8th – 9th

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We don’t need to tell you that Suneet Varma is a man whose designs have brought Indian fashion to global attention. For over 25 years he has mastered the art of designing women’s and bridal wear that epitomises luxurious elegance, incorporating a smorgasbord of varied cultural and historical influences.

Varma will be displaying some of his most recent designs, along with collections from sought after luxury handbag designer Judith Leiber and Mumbai based fine-jewellery designer Kajal Assomull. It will be an intimate affair taking place at London’s celebrated Japanese restaurant Nobu in the heart of West London.

Tarun Tahiliani Trunk Show, Aashni & Co: May 17th – 18th

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The final event this month sees Tarun Tahiliani host a trunk show at Aashni & Co, Notting Hill’s hub for designer Indian fashion. Tahiliani is a true renaissance man, famed for his fusion of traditional Indian textiles and European silhouettes; he has also worked his magic over interior design and wedding events.

His collection is an ethereal cornucopia, fashioned from the finest silks, lace and summer cottons, structured by age old Brahmanical patterns, accentuating that restrained regal tone which Tahiliani has become so loved for. Layers are flamboyant and create an intense poetical feel.

We hope events like these become ever more frequent and London’s taste for South Asian fashion continues to rise.

Community Highlight: Ashish N. Soni

A Sartorial Pioneer

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Working towards what he calls “a simple aesthetic” Ashish N Soni is a designer who has been breaking the mould since 1992, when he launched his eponymous label, international acclaim would come when he launched a label through Selfridges. Throughout Soni’s career he’s reached many milestones, from being one of the first Indian designers to present a runway show at New York Fashion Week in 2005, to being handpicked by the Government of India to contribute to the Millennium celebrations of Khajuraho.

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Essentially it’s Soni’s unique sense of design ethics that keep the interest of the industry and public alike burning bright. His contours, shapes and styles range from minimalist and streamlined to , fanciful frills are not part of the Soni aesthetic. He regularly uses a palate of subtle pastel shades, along with electric and bolder colours. An Ashish Soni collection, both women’s and menswear, is always a cosmopolitan affair and never sticks to tried and tested conventions.

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If you were to sum up Ashish Soni as a designer, it would be international, because his influences come from far and wide, whether it’s the youngsters of Delhi, the dandy’s of Milan or historic Indian art and design. He brings these influences together in collections that epitomise sartorial beauty. Soni is all about being playful with fashion; even his formal wear has an element of non-conformity.

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His recent collections have had several flavours, from the Mediterranean, very much embracing the cultures of Milan, Barcelona and Madrid, with sun kissed colours and bohemian shapes, to the traditional, sharp blazers with intricate stitching and embroidery, sherwani’s with beautifully regal floral embellishments etc. It’s easy to see why Ashish Soni is gaining more global attention as the years go by.

Community Highlight – Gaurav Gupta

We are proud to introduce our Community Member Gaurav Gupta.

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Gaurav is one of the leading fashion designers in the world. Putting modern Indian couture on the global map, his collections have been spotted at various red carpet events such as the Emmys and Golden Globes – worn by celebrities such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nicole Scherzinger, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechelin, Kelly Rowland,  Sonam Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif, & Priyanka Chopra. He is frequently featured in publications like – Vogue, L’offcial, ELLE Magazine & Marie Claire.

Alumnus of both Central Saint Martins College of Art (London) and the Design and National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi), he was given the ‘Future of Couture’ award from the Mayor of Rome at the Altaroma Altamoda. Prior to starting his own label, Gaurav worked with illustrious designers including Hussein Chalayan, Tristan Webber and Stella McCartney.

Gaurav’s creativity and innovation is visible through his work with the lines and motion of fabric. His unmistakable take on three-dimensional embroidery and volume have created a distinctive style. His brand is truly for the modern and discerning bride!

 

Below are some of our favourites from PCJ Delhi Couture week 2013