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From left: Neeta Ambani, her daughter Isha Ambani, Shabana Azmi and Sonakshi Sinha, and Saif Ali Khan (second from right) and Karisma Kapoor (third from right) at the closing runway show of Fashion Week in Mumbai

Grand gestures

THE grand finale of the fashion week will be remembered for some wrong reasons, and plenty of good ones. The diarist is witness to the camaraderie shared by some of the biggest names in the business, especially in the backdrop of the last minute change in the venue and the consequent chaos. Rohit Bal, for instance, was completely hands-on with the preps, setting up the ramp for his fellow designer from Kolkata. So was Narendra Kumar, who, along with Bal, was intent on letting the show go on. Nari gets another thumbs up for his spontaneous samaritan act. During the finale, one of the background models, who was meant to take position near the brand signage, appeared to have fainted. Nari, who was one of the few to have spotted her, rushed in to help her with the medical attention she needed. All this when all eyes was on the show stopper. We liked that.

Skeletons and closets

SO this former minister, who is now in the eye of a major controversy that has cast an ominous shadow on his career, may have to brace himself for yet another scandal blowing up on his face. The diarist has learnt that during his tenure with an international organisation in the West, he had a two-year-long rollicking affair with an artiste with an exotic lineage. The affair may have ended when the gent was chosen for a more serious political role back in his country, but the artiste is not willing to forget or forgive in a hurry. We hear, details of the said affair may be made public very soon. Once that happens, this bambi-eyed former bureaucrat may need the help of some serious spin doctors.

Eat, pray, love

IT seemed like a happy bunch of ladies, who were out to lunch at a suburban five-star. Susanne, Gayatri Oberoi, Sonali Bendre and a couple of their gal pals, truly let their hair down over a leisurely lunch. There was plenty of laughter and good natured banter that accompanied the salads and soups and sandwiches. And in case you are wondering, they were not really discussing the men in their lives or their absence. Well done.


THE pav bhaji is going places. Word just in, the dapper Siddharth Poojari, who heads the Sukh Sagar chain of restaurants is one of the food partners for the classy Dubai Tennis Open. Not only that, Poojari, whose Amrut Whiskey has been turning hard nosed connoisseurs of fine whiskey into converts, has reportedly partnered up with an international luxury brand. Watch this space for more.

PS: Congratulations are in order for Anoushka Shankar and Joe Wright who became proud parents to their second baby boy last month. The couple have named their child Mohan. Their elder son has been named Zubin. Anoushka's half sister Norah Jones too gave birth to a boy last year.Read more |

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Summer Bloom

Lakme Fashion Week

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Designers definitely heard Danish author Hans Christian Andersen at the Summer/Resort 2015 edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW). Florals may be summer’s surest cliche, but that didn’t stop some designers from giving them their own veritable spin. Technique took precedence over pretty prints with applique, cutwork and embroidery adding to detail and definition. Here are five collections that made us sit up and lean in closer to smell the flowers.

Layer it Up

Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha may have drawn inspiration from far-off Samarkand for their collection by the same name, but their treatment of the Suzani embroideries from Uzbekistan would fit in beautifully with most Indian wardrobes. Suzani, which comes from the Persian suzan meaning needle, was illustrated beautifully in the layered applique rendition of the floral motif. The Jaipur-based designers painstakingly appliqued seven layers of mulmul in varying colour dyes in progressive patching on to pristine handlooms, to create various

floral buttis.

Blue Label

Manish Malhotra’s “Blue Runway” collection, in association with the WEvolve campaign, was predictably bathed in the hue. The rose was his leitmotif and was splashed across flowy gowns, lehenga skirts, swish sari drapes and crop tops. In his trademark touch, Malhotra used embroidery, especially Parsi gara thread embroidery, quite extensively. The flowers were magnified in places and peeked from shoulders and sleeves in others, including menswear. Elsewhere, gold zardozi roses were adorned with smaller flowers and loaded with sequins in different shades of gold for a three-dimensional effect.

Cut it Out

Florals are favourites for Archana Rao of Frou Frou. And they made more than a passing appearance in her collection “The Apartment”. Starting with a faux leather shoulder cape with cutwork flowers and pearl minutiae, she moved on to beads of different sizes, giving the flowers a mosaic-like rendition. Our favourite was a marsala tunic in twill fabric with extensive cutwork and embroidery.

Pastel Pick

Giving a different twist to love were Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari of Ilk whose collection “Love Me Not” used innovative layering and texturing. The duo used pastels and stark monochromes in two floral stories. While one saw sheer laser cut flowers used as seam inserts embellished with beads, the black-and-white line employed hand- and machine-embroidery with cords and beads to impressive effect.

Sheer Quality

In an extension of her previous Spring/Summer line, Pallavi Singhee of Verb’s “A La Suite” continued with her strong and feminine interplay. From monochromes to pearly pinks and pale oranges, all the outfits wore tone-on-tone flowers like fleeting butterflies poised to take flight. Closer inspection revealed that the embroidered and laser cut flowers were then appliqued on to the ensembles for a three-dimensional effect. While organza gave the flowers a stiffer appearance, the base fabrics were chiffons, tulles and Chantilly, creating an interesting combination. Some of the floral appliques were further highlighted with rhinestones and sequins.Read more

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Wide world of chic comes to Siam Paragon


The latest looks from some of the planet's top clothing brands were on the runway last week for "Siam Paragon World Fashion Showcase 2015", which had as its theme "Step Forward to the 10th Anniversary".

Aigner, Burberry, Beige, Club21 Accessories, Coach, DVF, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Longchamp and Tod's showed their new creations in the mall's Hall of Fame in an event staged in collaboration with Citibank.

The hot trend of 2015 has been dubbed "Perfect Match", a head-to-toe coordination of colours or patterns of the sort popular in the 1980s but with a fresh twist. Mere mixing and matching is now forgotten.

Then there's "Passion for Prints", led by leopard and floral prints in delicate pastels and captivating patterns, a look emboldened by today's printing technology. Designers now have unlimited leeway in combining colours and patterns.

Among those patterns, gingham checks are stealing the limelight this season, inspired by nostalgia for sunny outdoor picnics.

The clothes tend to be oversized for extra comfort, airy tops matched with miniskirts making a comeback in soft pastel pink and blue. The more vibrant hues like fiery red, bright orange, vivid green and lemon yellow refuse to go away, however, while classic white and navy blue remains popular, especially when complemented by fluffy winter materials that are lightened for the warmer weather.

KPN musicians Thassapak "Bie" Hsu and Kanokchat "Typhoon" Munyad-on provided the tunes as celebrity models like Kimberley Anne Tiamsiri took the stage. Kim wore a terrific DVF Amana printed silk-wool coat, but the others looked just as chic in outfits including a gingham baby-doll dress, a black-and-white gingham and a dark rinsed denim with initials embroidered on the back pocket.

Pisinee "Si" Tanviboon showed an outfit from Emilio Pucci that captured the relaxed vibe of a glittering day at the seaside in the 1960s or '70s. Fresh, flirty and breezy, the Pucci collection swings to fond memories of the girlish Brigitte Bardot. Naval references pop up with a French touch and a romantic twist, in piercing blues, lemon yellow, white with pink and mango, all contrasted with bronze and beige. The shapes are sporty and casual.

Coach is going for effortless and intriguing in faded-chiffon tea dresses and platform pool slides, oversize pastel faux-fur Fraggle coats and metallic pastel leather clogs. Its Dakotah bag takes on new colours - a slouchy, silver-studded satchel and a neat A-line leather and patent in acidic hues.

The mood for Longchamp is dynamic, vibrant, luminous and optimistic in a collection for the active woman living each day to the fullest. The colours take inspiration from the magical Northern Lights and Southern Lights.

Fendi looks to architecture and early-20th-century avant-garde culture, as seen at its own Roman headquarters in the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana. Black mini-dresses have an asymmetrical swoosh lending youth and playfulness. Orchids are embroidered across dresses and denim is formed into jodhpurs and slouchy tracksuit trousers matched with abbreviated jackets. A tiny Peekaboo bag bears multiple finishes, while the famous Baguette is back on the shoulder, encrusted in gems.

The Siam Paragon event also featured photographs it commissioned in collaboration with Harper's Bazaar magazine. Talented cameramen had shot charming images of celebrities ML PiyapasBhirombhakdi, Jutatip Krairiksh,Vipada Donavanik, Jantana Pangputhipong, Hathaithep Theerathada and Phutarit Prombandarn, Inthira Thanavisuth, Varavut Laohapongchana, Korn Narongdej, Gritiya Mahadumrongkul, |Boonyapa and Kanachai Bencharongkul and |Unchisa Vacharaphol.

All of the portrait subjects |are devoted patrons of Siam Paragon, and they shared |their personal experiences and memories with the crowd in attendance.Read more

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