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Inspired by rich traditions

ATTRACTIVE Bridal collections by Ravi.
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His work is a mix of classic silhouettes with a touch of modernity and reflects grace and style in terms of its detailing and the colour palette. “I was always inspired by the culture of my hometown Rajasthan. I landed in Kolkata to pursue my Chartered Accountancy, but probably destiny had its own plans, and I somehow started to craft my own designs and clothes. I combined my inspiration of Rajasthan and blended it with the richness of Bengal and slowly started my label in October 2014, ”says Ravi.

Considering that the festive season is approaching, his latest collection revolves around the same and he says his focus is on bridal and trousseau wear. He says, “This collection will offer customers elegant yet modern pieces for the pre and post functions. We try to keep the fabrics always rich in its appearance. So fabrics like raw silk, ‘tussar’, ‘muga’ and embroideries are the ones we always experiment with.”

The hues focussed are dark and bold. Colours like red, blue, white, mustard and different shades of these are often used keeping in mind the festive theme. The collection offers an array of choices for both the bridesmaid and the bride.

And it is not just women, they are also offering a collection of smart capes and jackets for men to experiment with.

“My forte lies in embroidery. With the rich ‘karigari’ in West Bengal, we are trying to innovate and give variation to this embroidery,” adds Ravi.

Pointing out that the fashion industry is not that easy and glamourous as it looks, he says that there are always different challenges that come up every day. On a hopeful note, he says, “I guess that’s part and parcel of the industry. You just need to cope up with it.” He advises young designers to love what they do.

“Never give up on what you do best and always try to push your limits. There is no alternative to hard work,” says Ravi.Read more at:evening gowns

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SCAD’s Fashion and Film Museum Targets 75,000 Visitors

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The Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fashion and film museum is targeting 75,000 visitors by 2019, as it plans to hold four to six rotating exhibitions a year showcasing works from famous and emerging designers, photographers and filmmakers, said executive director Alexandra Sachs.

This year, SCAD FASH hopes to draw 20,000 to 25,000 visitors, based on attendance at its latest show, “Carolina Herrera, Refined Irreverence,” which is expected to draw more than 10,000 to the facility that opened on SCAD’s Atlanta campus last October.

British designer and fashion stylist Daniel Lismore’s “Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” exhibit, which ran from Jan. 22 to May 1, had an attendance of 5,000, according to Sachs. That came on top of SCAD FASH’s maiden Oscar de La Renta show, which attracted 10,500 fans last fall.

Sachs would not provide investment figures for the new facility, which added 10,000 square feet of working space to the college’s 27,000-square-foot building. SCAD FASH has one large and one small gallery, as well as a media library for film and digital presentations. The permanent collection features 1,000 garments by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.

“We had a great turnout for Oscar de la Renta’s first posthumous exhibit,” Sachs said. “Given the same love people have forCarolina Herrera, we would expect that number to be matched or exceeded.” The Herrera exhibit runs until Sept. 25 and has installations in both Atlanta and SCAD’s Museum of Art in Savannah.

Alongside the Herrera show is a smaller one devoted to the late photographer Bill Cunningham, “Grand Divertissement à Versailles,” featuring exclusive shots of the John B. Fairchild-dubbed “Battle of Versailles” runway show of French and American designers in Paris in 1973. Cunningham famously photographed Herrera in a white evening gown in 1979.

SCAD FASH, which charges a $10 admission, also plans to sell roughly 500 memberships annually, with prices ranging from $50 to $70 for the public and $30 for SCAD staff. In 2016, the school estimates selling around 300 memberships, from 175 currently. Exhibit catalogues and other museum media will also be marketed. Based on those estimates, SCAD FASH’s base turnover could near $1 million in three years.Read more at:celebrity dresses

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Elie Saab’s Couture show featured matching mother and daughter embellished gowns

Elie Saab Couture show, Paris 6 July 2016 

Elie Saab is the Beirut based designer who stormed the red carpet and Paris haute couture week with a single minded persistence that eventually wore down the pure minded souls who run French couture shows. (They would rather those who show at Paris couture week had their workrooms in Paris. It’s a 'Champagne only comes from the Champagne region' sort of argument).

Be that as it may, Saab is now a fixture on the schedule and probably boasts more Middle Eastern Princesses on his front row than all the other couturiers put together.

Not only princesses. I went to an Elie Saab shop opening once – a palatial edifice on the Avenue Franklin de Roosevelt in Paris - where I met Middle Eastern doctors and physicists who were loyal fans. The glamour bar is set high on planet Elie. Even so, it’s disconcerting to see under-tens modelling couture dresses.

Saab is surely not the only name to offer couture outfits that costs tens of thousands of Euros to children. I’m told some designers receive orders for bespoke coats for dogs. If you dress chihuahuas, it probably seems churlish not to open your workrooms to small humans. However, most of them do it behind closed doors. Saab had seven Mini Mes on the catwalk – all adorable little girls for sure. But - and this may be a generational reflex – I’m not convinced this is a step in the right direction.

At least they weren’t wearing make-up or halternecks or any of the queasy-making products that various high street brands have offered to the primary school set over the years. If you can get past the extreme, vertigo-inducing prices, the tulle, embroidered and bird-print dresses were quite sweet: Alice in Wonderland meets Sugar Daddy.

The adult versions were more Veronica Lake: strong shouldered column dresses with necklines that plummeted more steeply than Sterling, thigh flashing slashed hems or classic sweetheart decolletages.

Beading is an Elie Saab speciality: here the form of gold starbursts, silver swallows or blue Statue of Liberty crenellations. This was Hommage: New York. Art Deco geometry traced across tulle or velvet, Chrysler building inspired peplums accentuated waists and hips. Flapper-girl feathers and gold embroidered leaves that looked as though they’d been painted onto black or flesh coloured organza and wrapped around the body to create a classic hourglass silhouette with elongated legs. It could have been an unholy mess, but by and large, it was glorious.

If glamour is your goal, these dresses were sensational. 1940s silhouettes combined with light, modern techniques and a Rhapsody in Blue soundtrack are quite hard to beat on a Tuesday morning. Add waved, side-parted hair, scarlet lips – and forgive him the children.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

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