Girls of Summer 2011

Right now, Spring Summer 2011 shows are setting the norms in fashion, hair and beauty for the next summer. Some of the shows that I really liked had the summer fun and flirty vibe but at the same time reflected the girls to be neat and sophisticated. The Vogue.co.uk has always been my fashion-cyclopedia from where I read the best reviews, see the runway images, (if the internet connection allows) see show videos delivered by the incomparable Tim Blanks and witness the making-of-the-shows via the backstage and front row images. Below is a collage of backstage images from Giles, Fendi, DVF and Jil Sander SS 2011 shows. 

No, Justin Beiber could not be blamed

A major high street fashion brand entered the country and was welcomed with arms wide open. Being an ignorant of these brands (never traveled much to fancy trips with family when I was a kid.) it didn’t take much time to understand that the brand Forever 21 already had a major fan following in the city. The store was mad crowded with girls screeching over a laced top and GossipGirl-esque head-bands. The response from the market was an eyeopener of the amazing opportunities for retailers to harness the fashion conscious consumer. The teenage girls and not so teenage girls know their trends’ ABCDs and have enough money to be part of the fashionable gang that allows them to be in the ‘cool-sphere’ reminiscent of the steps of the MET where only the chosen GossipGirls are allowed to have lunch.

Amazing Grace

One of my most favourite shows to wait-online-to-watch during NYFW are the Marc Jacobs’. Marc by Marc Jacobs for SS 2011 made their models hair big, poofy and frizzy. Ecstatic of this style, cannot wait for mornings where I do not have to be late to work as was trying to take out knots from my frizzy hair. Should have emulated Grace Coddington long ago. Her neat cottoncandy like natural hair which stays somehow intact in shape, is warming up to be a coveted do for the next year… Or maybe just for the Marc Jacobs girl.

marc by marc jacobs backstage and Louis Vuitton SS10 images are from http://www.vogue.co.uk/
grace coddington, US Vogue, Lauryn Hill images are from Google image search.

Blogger Behaviour

The famous Bryanboy is currently at New York Fashion Week tweeting away his escapades from one front row to another. What was mind boggling (even for his standards) was the  twitpic he posted of him in the SS 2011 collection Givenchy full look:

source: http://twitpic.com/2nlpsa

At first I thought he bought the look from Givenchy store, but why does it then have “look#24” and “Paris” on it?

Turns out it is the sample piece supermodel mariacarla boscono wore for the Givechy menswear SS 2011 show! BB got Paris connections!

    BB in NYC                         source: http://twitpic.com/2nlk15

Givenchy Look#24 for Menswear SS 2011 show        
source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/show.aspx/full-length-photos/id,9259/Page,2#


FNO 2010

Last year, I was super surprised to see the arrangement at FNO India. Keeping that in mind, had set major expectations for FNO 2010.

The roads were more crowded than before. The venue (FNO India only happens in one mall – Emporio) was packed up. Anna Wintour’s memo had successfully reached off shores. People were seen carrying big shopping bags from Tod’s, Manish Arora and Gucci.

This time however, the shops were vary of the Indian customer and did not give as many freebies (no Burberry Ginger mojitos). The creativity was lacking and all store offered some discount as the FNO offer. Stores that did have something exciting to offer put up a ‘after purchase only’ premium on it (Salvatore Ferragamo Poker Table).

Hopefully, next year the designers will be challenged to do more creative and engaging activities for their brands.

Few images from yesterday:

the venue – DLF Emporio Mall

CUE sneakers for INR 800/- at the pop up store

Savio Jon designed pen holders..?

Rajesh Pratap Singh designed rug behind the cash counter of the pop-up / make-shift store.

mini food at one store.

Numerology by Siddharth (architect/design assistant/numerologist) for Shrivan Narresh at Ogaan store.

Tulle chandeliers at Gaurav Gupta store.

‘my salvatore ferragamo’ cake.

something exciting, but one could only play after spending a hefty amount at the store.

Louis Vuitton store window.

Manish Arora Tshirt for FNO India.

Varun Sardana display at Ensemble store.

Spotted : Fashion Night Out India 2010

Mr. Rajesh P. Singh

Aashutosh working at Gaurav Gupta

 Designer Ashish Soni (R)

 Vogue.in editor – Latha in FNO Manish Arora Tshirt

 All grown up

Sonam Tsomo

Great finds at Emporio regardless of FNO

Melissa for Vivienne Westwood shoes

legendary artist Jogen Choudhary designed Plates at Vadehra Art Gallery.

an exciting new designer at Ogaan (couldnt find the name!)

Rajesh Pratap Singh Boots for men.

Manish Arora dress. *sigh

Dior Homme accessories

Abraham and Thakore Clogs from FW 2010 collection.

Black Humourist

Kallol Datta’s sketch from his next collection show. Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai) 18 September. Easy wear ability; yet so intense. Cannot wait to see runway images.

xx rin

Recently Rin introduced me to songs by this band called ‘xx’. It has been used as the background score in the TechnoDrome film as well.

I learn something new everyday from Rin. Share the knowledge by updating your blog.
xx

TECHNODROME

A couple of days ago Rin and I landed up at a free show of audio-visuals and music. Upon reaching, got super excited to see the set up: An empty gallery with 2 projectors playing videos submitted for the ‘EyeMyth’ film festival. The set up reminded of a formal dance night at the school auditorium which we never had. Amazing music, crazy visuals and an excited audience. The event was organized by mocha Arthouse and B.L.O.T. with its founding partner Thiruda (it has to be the best name ever) arranging for the music and visuals.
This being my first witness to a festival/showing of its kind, I went a little overboard and clicked crazy amounts of images. Mootboard told me that it was not all in vain and could make a video out of the series of images on his mac. He also said that a lot of AV artists (I hope that is a correct term to use) use this technique as well. The above video is a poor attempt to emulate the talented.