Sartorial Headlines Worth Knowing From Around The World
It was a brand new week of many sartorial happenings both internationally and in India. While last week the headlines from the fashion world included a strong comeback of design at Milan Fashion Week, the Emmys Red Carpet, Forest Essentials store launch in Mumbai and the strong Indian showing in the #BOF500 list by Business of Fashion, there were many more surprises in store for the fashion minded this time around too.
In international news, Paris Fashion week kicked off with some truly ground breaking shows including a kitsch showing by a beloved Indian designer and an iconic fashion designer stepped down after a glorious half a century at the helm of an iconic brand. Speaking of India, the much awaited launch of an international high street brand was an undisputed success, two big fashion magazines had their highly anticipated award ceremonies and the fashion industry turned eyes to the next big fashion week closer home.
Keep on reading for a complete lowdown on all the newsworthy moments from the fashion world this week:
[Image Courtesy: New York Times, WWD.com, Businessoffashion.com, Tunali Mukherjee]
1. Avant Garde A La Paris Fashion Week
It has been the epicenter of experimental, ahead of it’s times and statement making fashion and the Spring Summer 16 edition of Paris Fashion Week was no exception. From Sarah Burton’s poetic tribute to Anglo-French history at McQueen and Alexander Wang’s bittersweet last collection for Balenciaga to Raf Simon’s subtly romantic take on futuristic fashion for Dior – the bigwigs pulled out all stops for their biennial fashion shows. But that was not all – what was truly noteworthy was Rick Owen’s unconventional runway where models wore other models as accessories in a tribute to female power (keeping in line with the designer’s highly thought evoking collection concepts) and a psycho-metamorphis analysis by the hottest new name on the block, Simon Porte Jacquemus.
Then of course there was the eclectic showing by our very own Manish Arora, titled ‘Disco Gypsy’ the collection celebrated folkloric Indian fashion amalgamated with designer’s signature surreal style and avant garde silhouettes for fashion that is truly kitsch and unconventional. Stay tuned as we bring a complete review of the designer’s SS16 collection soon. Oh and by the way, you can shop Manish Arora Paris SS16 collection right off the runway here!
2. Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren
He has been an institution unto himself, establishing an all american label that reached the pinnacles of premium fashion under his visionary steermanship. But as is the case these days with many fashion brands, Ralph Lauren announced recently that he will be stepping down from the position of CEO at Ralph Lauren corp. following the company’s declining sales and poor financial performance.
Lauren will be succeeded by Stefan Larsson, earlier Global President of Gap’s Old Navy brand. While the move make financial sense, it still is a blow to the fashion enthusiasts worldwide for whom Ralph Lauren was a symbol of a brand that has managed to hold it’s own amidst the economic turmoils, take overs and disruptions sweeping over the fashion industry off late.
3. The H&M Phenomenon Now In India
The high street brand has been a hot favorite with young sartorialists world wide and even Indians who traveled abroad and returned with suitcases filled with fashion forward styles to set them apart from their peers. And now H&M has officially launched in India, with a truly fashionable showing at its launch party last Wednesday in New Delhi. The H&M store in Select CityWalk, New Delhi opened to public on 02 October.
Keeping in tune with the dynamic energy of the brand, the launch event was an invite only affair albeit with a twits – guests could shop from the latest collections right till the wee hours of the night. With a spunky star studded presence of Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandes and Lisa Haydon who mingled with the guests, grooved with the DJ’s and happily posed for countless selfies, this was an event that will remain fresh in our minds for a long time to come.
4. Red Carpet Galore
Talking of local fashion events, this week witnessed two star studded affairs – the annual GQ Men Of The Year Awards and Elle Beauty Awards. The former was a study in gentlemanly elegance in its customary style with the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Dino Morea taking us back to our hero worshiping days with their dapper style. And then of course there were the ever elegant ladies – Deepika Padukone, Aditi Rao Hyadri and Lisa Haydon among others amping the heat at the ironic laughter and witty one liner filled awards ceremony (For a detailed style edit from the GQ Awards, head here).
The Elle Beauty Awards on the other hand were a mix of sartorial red carpet highlights and an industry acknowledgement of stellar beauty brands and standout products based on an expert jury panel’s discussion. So while we had our awe inducing red carpet moments with pretty as a picture Parineeti Chopra (who also launched ELLE Beauty issue at the event), Aditi Rao Hyadri, Lisa Haydon and Esha Gupta among others, what had us even more excited was seeing our favorite Indian beauty brands being awarded on the stage. Take for instance the Forest Essentials Soundarya Beauty cream that won the best Ayurvedic skincare product award (you can shop this award winning product here).
5. The Indian Spring Summer 16
With the end of international Spring Summer 16 fashion season, it’s now time for the Indian version. And with Amazon India Fashion Week SS16 starting on 7th October, incidentally the day when Paris Fashion Week comes to an end, all eyes are on our own designers and what to expect in terms of trends, fashion, experiments, runway themes and street style.
What will also be worth watching out for is how the Indian designers incorporate the international SS16 runway trend sin their collections. Stay tuned as we will be bringing extensive updates, reviews, interviews and behind the scenes action directly to you here. To start off, read here for our take on the fashion week survival kit – the essentials you need to survive and fashionable so at the strenuous fashion week days.
Amazon India Fashion Week will start on 7th October and go on till 11th October.
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