Sartorial Headlines From Around The World
While last week it was all about AIFW and Fall Winter runway updates from the fashion week here at our blog, this week we return to business as usual. And business for us means taking a stock of everything new and trending in the fashion world to keep you up to date with all that is worth knowing for that unmatched sartorial prowess (after all intelligently fashionable is the best kind of style statement!).
So here is our recap of this week in 5 top sartorial headlines – from the announcement of the launch date of a much anticipated designer-high street brand collaboration and India’s very own concept fashion export to London to Indian fashion fraternity’s focus on style for a cause, keep on reading to find out more:
1. Bombay Electric At Selfridges London
Coinciding with Victroia & Albert Museum’s Fabric of India exhibition in London, cult Indian concept store Bombay Electric opened its first international residency – a pop up store at iconic luxury London department store Selfridges.
Carrying forward it’s legacy of celebrating original talent in Indian fashion, Bombay Electric’s Selfridges pop-up features eclectic and vibrant ready-to-wear pieces by designers Manish Arora, Little Shipa and Gaurav Gupta, alongside unique collectibles from all over India. In addition the pop up also features capsule collections by five major British designers – Mary Katrantzou, Mawi, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Roksanda. These capsule collections will also be available at the Bombay Electric flagship in Mumbai.
And that’s not all. There is a charity involved – all profits from the sale of the capsule collection saris will go to Elephant Family, a charity working to protect endangered Asian elephants. So if you are in either London or Mumbai, be sure to head over to Bombay Electric pop up or flagship to get yourself these limited edition beauties (we are lusting after the Peter Pilotto sari worn by BE owner Priya Kishore in the picture above!)
2. Lecoanet Hemant’s Diffusion ‘Genes’
Designer duo Didier Lecoanet & Hemant Sagar of the Indo-french luxury fashion label, recently launched their ready to wear diffusion line ‘Genes’ here in New Delhi to mark the 35 year anniversary of their brand. The idea being to fill the space in the daily wear market in India, with a line that celebrates the country’s journey in the 21st century (as per Hemant Sagar’s interview with a newswire).
The first collection in the line is a Fall Winter 2015 collection titled ‘Here and Now’ and is inspired by the country’s contemporary accomplishments, technological revolution and development of society. The fall winter line and the diffusion label will have menswear, womenswear and accessories for Play, Work and Leisure priced from Rs.2,500 to Rs.25,000.
The collection will be available online in its preliminary stage. So for those looking to own the iconic Lecoanet Hemant’s iconic contemporary luxe designs at affordable prices, here’s your chance!
3. Balmain X H&M
Everybody’s beloved high street label H&M has finally announced the launch date of it’s much awaited capsule collection by luxury french brand, Balmain – mark 5th November in your calendars for the fashion extravaganza! And while you will have to wait till then to visit the H&M European or American stores (where the capsule collection will be available) or go to their online website (for those of us no traveling around that time), you can get a sneak peek into the collection with this recently launched lookbook.
Creative director of Balmain and one our absolute favorite international designer, Olivier Rousteing has created a collection for the high street brand keeping the brand’s signature heavy embellishments and chic tailoring intact while opting for more youthful silhouettes for dresses, separates along with statement accessories. He also recently shot a super stylish campaign with his favorite super models Kendall Jenner and Jordan Dunn to mark the launch of the look book (we are loving the edgy glamourous vibe). Start counting days ladies!
4. Blender’s Pride Bollywood Inspired Fashion
The 11th edition of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015 commenced in Gurgaon on 17th October, presenting a transcending collaboration of creative inspirations and fine influences.
Kicking off the fashion fiesta, noted couturier Anju Modi presented an old world Indian couture collection inspired by her recent designs for the soon to be launched historical drama ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (starring Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra & Ranveer Singh). It was a collection of ethereal ensembles bringing alive the historical India’s fashion finery and the sensuousness of the erstwhile royal princesses. Deepika Padukone turned showstopper, bringing her character Mastani (to life in a finale creation that will also be seen in the film.
We cannot wait to head over to Anju Modi’s store to get our hands on this fine couture for the upcoming weddings!
5. Indian Fashion For Breast Cancer Awareness
October is a month of international breast cancer awareness and Indian fashion fraternity has always backed the cause unequivocally. This time around too, the designers, brands, magazines and celebrities have come out in full force to show their support and to raise awareness about the importance of regular checkups and self analysis for early detection and full cure.
From Elle India’s #PinkSelfie instagram campaign promoted by leading bollywood actors, models and other noted personalities, Estee Lauder and Uber’s collaborative initiative commemorated by the majestic Bandra-Worli Sea Link bathed in a pink glow to noted fashion photographer Jatin Kampani’s series of sculptural artwork in recognition of the agony caused by the disease, it has been a month full of public messages to raise awareness and we love this humanitarian side of Indian fashion! (Oh and in case you didn’t notice, we our theme for this post is pink in support of #BCA)
Well that’s it for this weeks fashion news roundup. Do stay tuned as we continue to bring to you the latest from the world of Indian and international fashion.