London To Exhibit ‘Vulgar Fashion’











Coming week – from the 13th of October 2016 till the 5th f February 2017, the Barbican Centre will open an exhibition that will question the very nature of bad taste. According to the gallery, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined will be “revealing in its excesses” and “inviting the visitor to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.” The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

Curated by Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, the exhibition will question the meaning of bad taste with shocking, excessive pieces from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. The show will bring together 120 exhibits, including a Pam Hogg body stocking, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s tits top and Walter van Beirendonck’s elephant skirt outfit. Several hats by the visionary milliner Stephen Jones will also be on display, along with some 90s haute couture by John Galliano for Christian Dior and creations by some of fashion’s most distinguished designers such as Raf Simons to Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. 



Fashionscandal would love to copy the Barbican’s concept and do a piece on Vulgar Fashion in India. Readers you are welcome to send in your choices or I will wait till the forthcoming India Fashion Week spring-summer 2017 gets over on the 16th of this month.

Real Summer Fashion Showcased By RAHUL MISHRA

rahulmishra4_ss17rahulmishra5_ss17The fashion world is going through confusing times. Burberry went ahead with instant fashion (ignoring the season) and showed a new collection that would be on the racks the very next day. I think the big fashion labels are hugely affected by copycat high-street brands who flood the market with cheap look-alike styles at fraction of the price. But then some are succumbing and opting for ‘Instant Fashion’ but some like Rahul Mishra who are from the old-school of ‘Slow Fashion’ aren’t. Each creation take a lot of time to produce and are not assembly-line stuff. In fact that is the forte that India provides to the fashion world.

Rahul Mishra’s love-affair with sparrows continues. By the way, the tiny birds that were seen in urban world are almost extinct. Like Rahul, I too grew up with the chirping of sparrows every morning but now I don’t see them anywhere. Thank god for a real summery collection Rahul. Natural fabrics that breathe are only thing you feel like slipping into in summers. I am crazy about Rei Kawakubo but was wondering how would one survive in those archictetural creations of her for Comme des Garçons. Anyway, the star designers can get away with anything.

I loved the ‘Madras Checks’ in Rahul Mishra’s spring-summer 2017 collection, the softness of  the fabrics that he used and  the layering and of course the neat construction. The sparrows flew all over and flowers bloomed too. I am ignoring the 3-D embroidery indulgence of Rahul on some creations because have seen it already last season. As for detailing – the bare shoulder with curvy straps, the belted silhouette,the frills on the skirts and lightweight shirt-jackets were interesting.


@MANISH ARORA’S SS17 Show ‘DOGGY’ Turned Blue

manisha_aw16manisharora8_ss17manisharora9_bishi_ss17manisharora_bishi_ss17manisharora7_ss17manisharora11_ss17Yesterday Manish Arora showcased his spring-summer 2017 collection at the Paris Fashion Week. Nautical styles – the berets and stripes found place in Arora’s vibrant collection that had his signature splash of neon colours that he used for motifs of fruits, animals and lots of circles. The sneaker-wedges were awesome and I think will sell like hot-cakes!

Bishi Bhattacharya, a new-age songstress from London walked the ramp for Manish Arora. Bishi is a fashion muse of famous photographer Nick Knight too. The cute ‘Doggy’ made his reappearance on the ramp. In autumn-winter 2016, he was dyed Purple but this time Doggy was Blue.


saintlaurent1_ss17saint-laurent_ss17saint-laurent4_ss17saint-laurent7_ss17saint-laurent5_ss17saint-laurent3_ss17saint-laurent2_ss17ysl-stilettoThe Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear collections are being showcased in Paris Fashion Week. The season seems to be absolutely influenced by the 80’s look, of which I am no great fan. The ‘Dynasty Shoulders’, boxy silhouettes, puffed sleeves, glitter and the bouffant made appearance show after show.

On the opening day of Paris Fashion Week, the new designer at Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello made his debut in the design house with the spring-summer 2017 show. Vaccarello had huge shoes to fit into after Heidi Slimane left Saint Laurent after three-and-half-years stint. Vaccarello started with a clean slate and said in an interview, “I don’t want to repeat the things he (Slimane) has done. It’s not about the garments, my idea of YSL lies in the attitude and how we handle things. There are fabrics like leather, vinyl, velvet, lace, but then they’re put on a girl of today.”

Oodles of boob-show through sheer lace and glittery nipple pasty on bared boob definitely took Saint Laurent on a sexier path. The collection demonstrated Vaccarello’s more sensual approach to design: the fit was tight, the skirts were short, and cleavages were low.

I loved the ‘YSL’ HEELS!


sonam-kapooralia-bhattThe glamorous ladies of Bollywood who look divine on the celluloid or on the covers of magazines are pretty much alike any other girl or a woman in appearance when you spot them sans makeup. These divas too have bad-hair days, dark circles, occasional acne bursts and other such travails. The magic of makeup and that too by the best of professionals transform them into flawless beauties.

priyanka-chopra-01kareena-kapooraishwarya-raianushka-sharmadeepika-padukoneThese images of Bollywood’s leading-ladies ‘with and without makeup’ says it all!