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Several iconic Bulgari motifs highlight the new Spring/Summer 2010 silk collection of scarves. 

The silk scarf collection brings to mind an exotic journey, and fuses traditional Bulgari motifs with sensual Oriental landscapes.  The colour range is inspired by sketches of vintage Bulgari vibrantly-hued brooches from the company’s archives. A radiant range of scarves is decorated with the Mandala geometric diagram (a symbol of spiritual tradition in Indian culture) alternating with sketches of Bulgari brooches.

The Paradise Jungle depicts a surreal and lush forest filled with vividly colourful parrots. These absolutely luxurious scarves by Bulgari are available at the Bulgari Boutique, Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Mumbai and The Bulgari Boutique, Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi.
 
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Rekha Arora did a special showcase of her new line, summer statement neckpieces, over a relaxed lunch at Asia 7. The elegant afternoon saw some of the cities well known faces, Payal Sen, Tanisha Mohan, Sheetal Juneja and beauty expert Samantha Kochhar sporting stunning jewelry from Rika.

The summer line by RIKA had a fresh new approach to jewelry design making, her collection comprised of delicately crafted and intertwined pieces interspersed with Swarovski crystals, shells in animal print patterns and semi precious stones viz; lapis lazuli, turquoise, coral, jasper, agate and onyx.

Rekha drew her inspiration from the myriad floral blooms of spring as natural motifs and flowers found pride of place in statement neckpieces. The colors were young and presented gorgeous spring profusions as the bounty of the sea.

Launched in 2009, the RIKA jewelry design studio offers statement pieces in jewelry to create a look that is unique to the personality of the wearer. Born and brought up in Thailand Rekha was taken in by the creativity, skill and precision of the local Thai and Burmese jewelers, lapidaries and artisans.
 



April 30, 2010


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Narendra Kumar, a graduate of NIFT, Delhi, also studied at the London School of Fashion has not only been involved but also composes the building blocks of fashion business for over 13 years now. So as he decides to adorn the opening show at Indian Premier London Fashion Week on 10th May, Fashionfad.in focuses on the case sensitive issues dealing with fashion and the fashion weeks in India. 


How and why did you choose to be a part of IPLFW?
I find it as a great platform with terrific potential and opportunity for Indian designers to present their collections abroad as a group other than the individual designers showcasing at international events. And thus I am really excited about the entire concept and can foresee a great and promising future for such models of Fashion weeks. 

What is the kind of market or Buyers that this show would cater to?
Obviously we plan to tap the London market and do not expect buyers from all over the world to pour in. The IPLFW is very focused in its approach and far more easier and accessible for the London Buyers as well to drop in and interact with Indian designers. 

Why the dates for IPLFW postponed the first time (caused a little confusion)?
There were certain authentic genuine reasons of non availability of Visa with a few designers and thus the dates were postponed to ensure the grandness of the event. A big event like this with a new concept if suffers little glitches does not mean that it should be misjudged. I have absolute confidence in the event and it managers to put up a great show.

Tell us something about the collection that you would be showcasing here…
My collection for IPLFW is about an alternative story of life in Mumbai. We have always seen and associated Mumbai with Bollywood but this is all about the other person. It’s a winter palette with greys and blacks in new structured silhouette. There are a good dose denims and Indian embroideries as well in my collection. 

(Last but not the least) How do you see the future of fashion in India?
Quite an elaborate answer would be required but I sum it up for you in just three words, It Is Great.  
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Gucci announced that it is extending its commitment to preserving the artistic and cultural heritage of landmark cinema through a further donation of US $900,000 to Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation for film restoration including two classics of Italian cinema: Il Gattopardo (1963) and La Dolce Vita (1960). To date, Gucci has donated a total of $1.5 million to The Film Foundation in its restoration of six iconic film titles.




Gucci is also working with The Film Foundation to digitally restore Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), which is a fitting celebration for the 50th anniversary of this Italian cinema classic.




Through its multi-year partnership with The Film Foundation, Gucci celebrates its own near 90 year history which has been strongly influenced by cinema. Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands with a renowned reputation for quality and Italian craftsmanship. The collection of iconic films, under the banner “Cinema Visionaries,” restored to date by Gucci and The Film Foundation includes: 

  • In 2006- A Woman Under The Influence (1974, d. John Cassavetes) 
  • In 2007- Le Amiche (1955, d. Michelangelo Antonioni) 
  • In 2008- Wanda (1970, d. Barbara Loden) 
  • In 2009- Senso (1950, d. Luchino Visconti) 
  • In 2010- Il Gattopardo (1963, d. Luchino Visconti) 
  • In 2010- La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)


The new 4K digital restoration of director Luchino Visconti’s, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) will have its world premiere at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010.   Il Gattopardo originally premiered to critical acclaim in Cannes in 1963, winning the festival’s top honor, the Palme d’Or.  With Gucci’s support, the film has undergone an extensive 4K digital restoration at Sony’s Colorworks Digital Facility through a partnership of Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox, and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale.  Martin Scorsese, Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, will introduce the film at the world premiere in Cannes. The following evening Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini together with Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter will host an exclusive dinner at the Hotel du Cap, followed by a party in honor of Mr. Scorsese and the 20th anniversary of The Film Foundation.

 

 

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Walk with me is the name of ANKY by Ankita and Anjana Bhargav’s collection for the Indian Premier London Fashion Week. As it unwinds with the uses colour blocking dramatic composition and sensual shapes, evoking a refreshing kind of oddness and newness of proportion that proclaims a unique and robust feminity, even in fabrics used in a mans domain.

The colour palette is wine, berry purple, pale green and blue silver which adds a futuristic luminescence. Fabrics used vary from suiting fabrics, georgettes, chiffons with heady mixes of heavy satins and knits. Whereas the mood composes a feeling of poetic graphics transferred on to casual couture.

ANKY the prêt line by Ankita and Anjana Bhargav, an anchor for young couture, opens new doors as youth moves to sophistication and embodies the new culture of street couture another name for Luxury prêt.

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The city of Mumbai witnessed a glittering night of fashion, glamour & sophistication at The Taj Mahal Hotel to preview the Spring Summer 2010 collection of Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Moschino by KITSCH Kouture. 

The elegant favorites in the collection showcased, included dresses with hand-painted roses in vibrant colours by Stella McCartney, the suit with pearl trim by Moschino and the flowy jumpsuits from Lanvin. Beige, flesh and Khaki with flashes of spicy yellow, apricot and saffron are the colours for this season. 

"We have come a long way in the last few years when it comes to International designer brands. What was once just a whim or fancy while flipping through international fashion magazines are now available in India, a far cry from 10 years ago. This event not only has the element of luxury but also the essence of elegance, grace, poise and charm," said Charu Sachdev, CEO, TSG International Marketing Pvt. Ltd.

The evening saw the crème de la crème of the city enjoying refreshing cocktails, scrumptious food, in their great grandeur such as Farha & Aqueel Khan, Queenie Dhody, Atul & Gayatri Ruia, Natasha & Adar Poonawalla, Chaya Momaya, Tania Deol and many more. The party got livelier with sparkling Sushmita Sen adding another twinkle to the starry night with her great charisma and shining crystal smile As Priya Sachdev Chatwal, COO & Creative Director, TSG International said "Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma which is followed by fashion. Our aim is to build a relationship with the stylish community of MumbaI and give them access to the most desirable international brands. "
 
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The H.Ajoomal fine jewellery boutique opened its doors at the plush Palladium Mall. Harshad’s keen aesthetics was seen in his newest and most talked about first ever Jewelery Resort Collection which was the buzz amongst all his guests. The broad turquoise mosaic cuff mounted with black onyx ring and diamond and rose cuts in bezel setting was the definite eye catcher.

The guests were seen gleaming over starters and sipping on bubbly conversations on the assorted jewellery designs which include a display in circular cases that houses 6 collections – Modern Vintage, Darbaar, Gem Opaque, Simply Style, Mozambique and Bling.

Guests that were invited over Champagne High Tea to celebrate the launch were with Harshad Ajoomal’s sister, celebrity Roopa Fabiani and guests like Kaajal Fabiani, Lata Patel, Elina Meswani,  Kintu Bajaj, Debbie Hitkari, Meena Raheja, Designers Neeta Lulla, Nishka Lulla, Masaba Gupta, Deepika Gehani and Shaina NC, Sunita Menon, Gauri Pohumoll,  Mona Narang, Chhaya Momaya, Dr.Bindu Sthalekar, Suzy Mirchandani, Lascelle Simons, Anita Dongre and Meher Moos.

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Bright Cocktails, striking wardrobe, scintillating percussions and a breezy Mediterranean vibe, all was in place when Delhi’s swish set descended at Newscafe, Wednesday night to boogie the night away as Newscafe & Neera Nath hosted the “Sexy women shake samba cocktail evening” with who’s who of Delhi. 

The restaurant was converted into a scene right from the beach, what with beautiful palm trees, tropical fruits and flowers speckled throughout. The bar especially looked vivid with diffused lighting and interestingly placed décor.
 
Master mixologist, Martin and his bar staff ensured that the ladies mix their own drinks. The enthusiastic response by the women resulted in some vibrant drinks being served throughout the night. The spectacular flaring, added to the vibrancy of the place which already looked like a haven for those craving . 

Present at the occasion were Leena Singh, Poonam Bhagat, Harmeet Bajaj, Kavita Bhartia, Latika Khaneja, Arshiya Sethi, Anu Jain, Tavleen Singh, Aarti Singh, Mahima, amongst others .