Celebrities @ Delhi Couture Week

It surprising the buzz a celebrity causes in Delhi. Having worked in PR before, I know a celebrity could be your best friend (if they show up at your event) or worst nightmare (if they decided not to talk to the media or pose for the cameras). The media room becomes buzzing after a fashion show which had celebrity in audience or walking the runway. Here are some images I clicked of Bollywood at the recent Couture week…would you be interested in seeing more Bollywood here?

Lakshmi Mennon at Meera and Muzaffar Ali

sigh*Madhuri Dixit*sigh at Varun Bahl

Sushma Seth doesnt look a day older than the Dekh Bhai Dekh days. Here at Suneet Verma show. Her daughter in law in Suneet Verma’s sister 😮

Look at  swooon*Rahul Khanna*swoon being smooshed by bollywoon Khans.

Farah Ali Khan – Rahul Khanna – Soha Ali Khan – Sophie Choudhary

the entire front row of Bollywood at Manav Gangwani. They had to add more front row chairs for this show. Bollywood is like the rap community of India : Diamonds overload and champagne during fashion shows.

White sari is Raveena Tandon (if you were raised in the 90s like me, you’d know how important she was to pop culture) and Fardeen Khan – Dino Morea
Urmila Matondkar – another 90s icon
a more sobered down celebs at Adarsh Gill show which was the next morning from Manav Ganwani’s bling fest

it was hilarous to watch Zayed Khan do a 360. At Gangwani’s show he was the loudest cat in the audience acting like it was Victoria’s Secret show instead 😛

Sharmila Tagore. hmm Soha could have stayed a day longer and cheered her mother while she walked the runway. Look at me getting ‘personal’ with Bollywood !

Sonam A Kapoor opened for Manish Malhotra. She really blended in with the models.. except for her walk which seemed to be inspired from Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion film.

Sonakshi Sinha at Manish Malhotra. Had walked for the previous show. loved how she gave a nod of respect to her cheering parents in the front row while walking for the show

The original designer muse Rohit Bal at the designer’s show. He just keeps on looking better and better !

Manish Malhotra – Bollywood strong

This post is for mummy. Cause she likes Manish Malhotra. And she likes Bollywood a lot. I dont understand much of it. But doesnt it seem that these Anarkalis would look good only on super thin or super tall only?

if you aint got no sexy back, dont even think about it

Ashima and Leena : All about the jewelery

To be honest, I didn’t look beyond the jewelery at the Ashima Leena show. I feel the jewelery saved the show. Done by one of my favourite jewelery brands Amrapali, each look was ornate by their unique creations (amrapali, not A&L). Amrapali to me is one of those brands that ‘ll represent India in many years from now on the international fashion map.

what I would do to own that bull head neckpiece
the famous Amrapali bajoo bandh (arm bracelet) and head ornaments

why wear a bracelet when you can wear a fingers-let

That ring is the Cheese!

My parents keep nudging me to get my ears pierced (yes, have no holes in ears) and my rebellious side keeps saying No. But after seeing Amrapali’s gold jhumkas/ earrings I had a moment of weakness where I considered getting pierced all over again. Don’t tell my parents that though.

Adarsh Gill: Old School is in session

Adarsh Gill is a sophisticated woman whom you wouldnt see hobnobbing at fashion parties. Thankfully so! Her brand gave an aura of super elite and rich. Take for example the audience that came to attend the show  – women who wear couture every weekend… Ok- I will stop talking about people I have no or less knowledge of. I wish I did.. I would love to be a person who wears couture everyday of the week. 
Anyways, her clothes were quite vintage – but in a good way. Jackie Onassis Kennedy bought on of her gowns and she is friends with Mr. Cerruti. If Michelle Obama wanted to wear an Indian designer, I would definitely recommend Adarsh Gill in the top 5. Jewel tones and 20s style flapper detailing, whats not to like.

 think you have seen a similar velvet jacket before? maybe here

Rachel at Delhi Couture Week

One of the best runway models in the country (in my opinion) is Rachel Maria Bayros. She is as wonderful backstage as she is on the runway. Remember not being able to take my eyes off her in Lakme Fashion Week resort 2010 while I was working for Malini Ramani Grey Goose show. As always, there was a mini party backstage at Ramani’s show and the best dance moves were from Rachel. She seems like a model who really enjoys being part of the fashion industry for all the right reasons. Last season at WLIFW she was wearing Ashish Soni big earrings and this time saw her wearing these unique Leaconet Hemant hoops. 

closing look for Suneet Verma Couture 2011

Suneet Verma : Kama Sutra

 So glad to see gold in Suneet Verma’s collection. Amazing classical dance inspired jewelery and hair & makeup. He had the audience at ‘kamasutra’ – the inspiration for his collection. I couldn’t take my eyes of Lakshmi Rana who’s dusky skin looked perfect for the ethnic look. The designer did have his signature touches like the swarovski and velvet cut work embroidery – which wasn’t the best parts for me. What I loved was the gold and pallus(veil) that made the models look period yet modern (because of the tailoring and heels).

lakshmi rana

Rachel Byros

Manav Gangwani : Dripping in bling

Another first for me was seeing a Manav Gangwani show. I knew he was popular with Bollywood folks but was surprised to see the entire front row of one section with only Bollywood. The collection was full of sparkly, glitzy, swarovski laden garments. Have to give it to him for creating form fitting silhouettes on the models which would look equally good on the Indian actresses. After all what is Bollywood if not glitz and glamour. Hmm… then why do they shy away from wearing these sort of garments at premieres? I would love to see Sophie Choudhary wear the swarovski thong under a sheer gown or Raveena Tandon in the crystallized kurta suit. Would’nt you too?

Meera and Muzaffar Ali : bringing the 90s back

Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s 2011 couture show was their signature style of paint print on fabrics, cropped salwars with elegant long kurtas, long jackets over Indian ethnic wear. I think the power couple belonging to the 90s era unknowingly brought the 90s back into fashion. The velvet high neck sleeveless blouses, the chiffon saris, the theatre set with smoke machine, the theatre actor reciting a poem… it reminded me of the 90s throughout. Perhaps a little campy – but in a good way. Do you think you can handle the return of this era in fashion?

Vallaya : the warrior princess

JJ Vallaya Couture show 2011 was the first couture show I saw from him. Being an industry big wig, had some idea of what he was about. 
This show was about his foray into photography and the tones of black and white, sepia, etc

Thought the garments were very expensive yet they had a non-delicate feel to them. Something a jhaansi ki raani or raani laxmi bai would wear. Though there were saris and heavy lengas, the silhouette kept the freedom of movement in mind. Bare strong shoulders, belts with a fanny pack, shirts instead of cholis… who said you can not be elegant and strong at once.


Emilio Pucci Fall 2011
Teresa Palmer and Carine Roitfeld

Dilli Haat chappal for INR 250/- ($5)