Tarun Tahiliani & Rahul Mishra defy the lure of Bollywood Showstopper at The Couture Week

Bollywood stars have permeated every aspect of our lives. Be it toothpastes, biscuits, cars, pills to cure erectile dysfunction and creams for prevention of vaginal infection, Bollywood stars are endorsing everything. In clothings, B-Towns sell ganji-jaangia to lehengaas and sherwanis. There is nothing wrong in it as nothing sells better than Bollywood in India.

But when a designer is showcasing their couture collection, having a Bollywood diva takes the focus away from those deftly crafted ensembles and the noise is all about the Bollywood showstopper. Media headlines scream, ” Malaika Arora looked dazzling and Kiara Advani stole the show”. Nobody talks about the collection that takes if not thousand but hundreds of manhours to create each ensemble.

I am so glad that Rahul Mishra and Tarun Tahiliani defied the Bollywood showstopper lure. Tarun Tahiliani in fact made a statement about non-filmy showstopper on the ramp. Since there was no distraction one can talk more about Rahul Mishra’s three-dimensional embroidery and mixture of floral and architectural motifs. Tarun Tahiliani’s collection’s hallmark was the light-weight lehengas, Peplum cholis and exquisite saris that bloomed with flowers. One can see how the floral embroidery on the pallu was so deftly created so as to not strain the light-weight base fabric of the sari. This is couture that needs appreciation.

Malaika and Arjun affair is nearly a decade old

I wonder why there’s so much hullabaloo over Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor romantic saga suddenly. Is it because the duo spent Malaika’s birthday in Italy?

Fashionscandal posted about Malaika (then married to Arbaaz Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (then not a movie star) romance way back in April 2011. I remember many brushed the post as an unimaginable gossip but it wasn’t. It’s probably more in open now. But yes Malaika and Arjun are in love now for almost over 8 years.

Here is the link to the ‘breaking news’ Fashionscandal posted on April 29, 2011:https://wp.me/p1C8a1-rT

 

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT LV READYMADE GARMENT STORE?

Louis Vuitton was the first international luxury brand to open shop in India. They were the first to give us a taste luxury retail. It was indeed a luxurious experience. I recall the launch bash of LV at Taj Landsend in Mumbai. It was classy with superstar Deepika Padukone and Mumbai A-listers in attendance. Recently Louis Vuitton opened their second store in DLF Emporia in Delhi, dedicated to LV ready-to-wear apparels, both for men and women and fragrances amongst other knick-knacks and a VIP Room.

The launch party of this new store was crass. It felt like it was the launch of a LV Readymade Garments Store by Mrs. Chadha. Luxury retail is all-about finer nuances that ooze luxe experience. The launch party of Louis Vuitton’s newest store was random, over-crowded like a Machchi Bazaar (fish market) and absolutely mismanaged. Never expected LV to host a soiree so downmarket.

Complacency seeps in when employee running the show in the country starts believing she owns the brand. Instead of looking after loyal patrons of LV if you spot the country boss running behind C-grade Bollywood stars hired for the evening and getting herself clicked to appear on paid-for Page 3, you know the brand is heading south. The Asia-Pacific boss, Christopher Kilaniolis was lost in the milieu. The Bollywood starlets must have costed LV money and freebies to make appearance, the Page 3 coverage too ain’t cheap and the jostling crowd weren’t the typical LV clientele. The rare few patrons of LV were unattended as the LV team was busy with Jahnavi and Khushi Kapoor and Disha Patani clicking Selfies. The real LV buyers made a hasty exit from this hullabaloo!

I have attended many jewellery store launches and readymade garment store openings where Bollywood glamour is hired and paid-editorial is booked. The Louis Vuitton’s newest store opening in Emporio was exactly the same. Luxury retail is entirely a different ballgame and seems LV has compromised on it.

Gaurav Gupta’s Flagship Store – A Fashion Destination

A fashion designer dreams for a flagship store and today most of India’s A-List designers have their flagship stores in Delhi and Mumbai. Flagship stores are extension of the fashion designer’s core fashion philosophy. Gaurav Gupta launched his third flagship store dedicated primarily to his couture collection at the most fashionable fashion address of the country – Mehrauli. I have seen fashionable flagship stores but one thing that struck me about GG’s latest store is that it is a seamless extension of his design philosophy. The huge store is a curvaceous maze that we often see embodying Gaurav Gupta’s dramatic ensembles. The launch had Bollywood glamour and Delhi’s fashionistas soaking the fashionable night-out.

I recall Gaurav Gupta’s foray in to the Indian fashion industry. As an alma mater of the prestigious Central Saint Martins, Gaurav came in with a fashion narrative that was international and very avant-garde. His collections were dipped in modernist elements of deconstruction, dash of Punk and S&M and complex pattern-work through which he created sculpted look. Over the years he adapted those very avant-garde elements in mainstream Indian fashion. Then I would had never envisaged that a Gaurav Gupta ensemble would become an inevitable part of the trousseau of a rich Desi bride. 

The ready-to-wear zipped-up saris with flamboyant sculpted pallu was a game changer for, both Gaurav Gupta and the concept of ‘cocktail saris’. Undoubtedly these novel saris were infamously aped by many. Today Gaurav Gupta is a sought-after designer for red-carpet gowns and extravagant couture wear. I love the fact that he has kept his avant-garde touch intact. I love how Gaurav Gupta interplays frayed edges with string of Swarovski crystals to beautify a garment and all the esoteric elements like funnel-necks, dramatic Cobra hoods, sculpted shoulders and sleeves, complex patterns, interplay of different fabrics and hint of Punk and S&M that his collections bear.

NICE & UGLY

Appearance matters! For people in showbiz it does matter a lot more and hence how you turn-out is important. Just spotted this image of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her mother at a special movie screening. Ash looks nice in a white  thigh-high-slit Kaaftan dress.

Also spotted some images of Sonakshi Sinha and Shraddha Kapoor flashing ‘camel toe’. There is nothing voyeuristic, kinky or weirldy sexy about camel toes . It’s an eyesore rather. It just shows that the lady isn’t wearing proper fitting clothing or apt underwear beneath. Fashion faux-pas needs to be pointed out…