The Weekly Fashion Edit

Sartorial Headlines Worth Knowing From Around The World

November might have been a month of Diwali festivities and wedding shenanigans for us but that is not to say that we have lost track of all that has developed fashion wise around the world.

And we are not just talking of bridal collection launches by our favorite designers – from the unveiling of the second edition of an insider’s guide to the fashion industry from one of the most reputed insider of all and a new fashion cause gaining momentum world over to exciting new fashion ventures by a particularly prodigious designer duo and a favored high street label and an Indian fashion retail we found particularly interesting, there is a lot to talk about what headlined in the fashion industry this last week.

Here are 5 major fashion news all you sartorialists must absolutely know in our weekly edition of the global fashion digest:

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1. Shantanu & Nikhil’s Unknown Prince Comes To Town

They have to be one of our absolute favorite designer duo when it comes to actual Indian haute couture – after all there garment construction and intricate attention to detailing talks for itself. And if we were to name the choice designer menswear options from the Indian design fraternity, Shantanu & Nikhil will have to feature prominently on the list. Over the past few years, they have come to establish a distinctive niche for themselves in the tailor made menswear segment, from their offbeat draping to fine tailoring that can quite easily parallel any of their international counterparts.

So the news of the designer duo launching their first dedicated menswear store in Kolkata was something we had to absolutely write about.  And in a tribute to the city’s cultural diversity and its rich textile heritage as well as to mark their store launch, the duo showcased their new menswear collection in an interactive and dramatic fashion presentation in association with GQ India and ITC Sonar.

Titled, “The Prince Unknown’, the collection reimagined the royals of the past in a contemporary avatar, and who better to play the role than the every so handsome Arjun Rampal. Seen applauding the showcase were also the duo’s good friends, actor Dia Mirza and husband Sahil Sangha.

All we can say is, all you gents looking for custom perfect clothing for the festive season, you know where to head!

2. Denim Luxe: Diesel Denim Master Studio Arrives In India

What if we were to tell you that you could put your personal style stamp on those favorite pair of denims, the pair that makes you look good no matter what. And what if we were to tell you that you could own a pair of denims custom designed for you without shelling out a bomb? Too good to be true you would think or that we were just voicing out your wishful thinking. But it’s true ladies and gents! Our absolute favorite denim label, Diesel, recently launched it’s internationally successful Denim Master Studio this week and we couldn’t be happier.

While we all dream of owning that monogrammed Burberry blanket cape doing the celebrity rounds at the moment or that engraved Birkin people wait for years on a waitlist for, here is something tailor made for you at a fraction of the cost of these. And while DIY denim ideas might not be new, the Diesel Denim Master Studio takes your at home amateur design efforts to an altogether new level with a professional design consultancy that helps you create that perfect pair of jeans that will become a heirloom in its own right.

From metallic rivets, embroidered patches and spiky studs to embellish that favorite pair to creating a completely new pair from scratch, having your style ingrained from the color, wash and cut to even distressing, this is certainly a service worth availing. Visit the sprawling Diesel Studio in Juhu, Mumbai to get yourself a custom made pair as soon as you can!

3. Back To The Future (Of Fashion)

It all started when Alexa Chung, a woman wearing many fashion hats (among them being contributing editor at British Vogue, supermodel and noted TV presenter) had an idea on opening up the exclusive environs of the luxury fashion industry to general public. And that meant not just live streaming from the fashion week runways but to show this world from the inside out, to dispel the myths of a frivolous unprofitable industry and introduce young people to exactly what being in fashion means today and what opportunities there are for everyone.

And thus began ‘“The Future of Fashion with Alexa Chung,” a documentary series that debuted on the Vogue YouTube channel earlier this year in September. The series saw Chung interview fashion insiders such as designers Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Christopher Kane and Sir Paul Smith; documentary director Frédéric Tcheng; journalist Sarah Mower, and fashion psychologist Dr. Carolyn Mair at the London College of Fashion, in what the writer and presenter called a “fashion safari.”

And now Alexa needs your help! Following the success of series one, Alexa Chung is readying up for series two and is on the hunt for topics for series two.. What should she explore this time? Who should she meet? You can share your comments here (http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2015/11/17/alexa-chung-future-of-fashion-film-new-suggestions). And who knows it might be your bright idea that might be the next big thing to take the fashion

4. Made In Prison (A Fashion Revolution In Making)

It all started with the hit television series, Orange Is The New Black and the fictional lingerie company, Whispers, that operated within the confines of the Litchfield prison. But you would be surprised to know that off-screen too; a pleasantly surprising relationship has sprung up between prisons and the fashion industry.

Across England and Wales there are 105 public sector prisons, containing 63 textiles workshops. In the US, the Federal Prison Industries (a government-owned enterprise, commonly known by its trade name Unicor) operates 78 factories inside correctional facilities. And while these programmes have been in place since the 1930s, the last decade has seen an impressive surge in socially conscientious luxury labels like Peruvian label Pietà and Netherlands Based Stripes Clothing adding a new layer to the relationship between fashion and prisons, one of not only commercial viability but also for those behind bars, vocational projects can help build up a sense of self-worth, and simply help inmates to take steps towards a social rehabilitation. In the words of Pietà founder Thomas Jacob after his visit to a prison in Lima, “I met a lot of wonderful people; warm, open minded and very far from the image you may have of prison inmates. They wanted to get by, to learn a skill, to work, to earn money, but they didn’t have any opportunities.”

And now leading fashion college, London College of Fashion has partnered with the UK Ministry of Justice to launch a garment manufacturing unit inside HMP Holloway, a women’s prison in London. LCF’s partnership was set up with two aims: one, to help female offenders turn their backs on a life of crime and two, to fill a skills gap in UK fashion manufacturing.

And while it may be a difficult story to sell, what is heartening to note is the positive response from the market where customers have been open to the idea of getting behind a cause that helps in the road to social recovery for these inmates. Now this is sustainable fashion at its humane best!

5. Popular High Street  Labels Crowded Out of India’s Prime Malls

In India the retail space is booming, none more so than in fashion. Global brands are all chomping at the bit to enter the Indian market and consumers are equally eager to have them here. The problem however seems the be the lack of upscale locations in prime malls which is now forcing these brands to settle for the rung 2 malls. Most of the premium malls in Tier 1 cities are either full or have over 90% occupancy and therefore top contenders like GAP who recently entered Delhi and is entering Mumbai in February next year, are starting to settle for Tier 2 malls in suburban areas of the cities. H&M which opened with a bag in Delhi’s prime malls, is still struggling to find space in Mumbai. With more brands like Uniqlo, Massimo Dutti and Top Shop waiting to enter the Indian market, space is going to become an even bigger constraint so it makes sense for brands to grab what they can get now.

We wonder if these brand will eventually start to opt for online e-commerce launches than wait indefinitely for physical retail space (like Topshop did)? Well, we can only hope!

That’s it from our fashion news desk here at Exclusively for this week. Stay tuned for the next week’s digest for all news fashion you need to know.

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