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Resorts galore but where’s the attire?

In my five years of editing the asiaSpa, India magazine my worst fears come alive when I have to do the fashion spread shoots. Keeping in mind the profile of the magazine, the shoots are mainly about resort and beach wear. At the risk of sounding ignorant (maybe I don’t know the right designers) I have to admit that it is a difficult task finding the right resort wear.

While the fashion scenario has improved by leaps and bounds in the last decade and here I am just replaying the first fashion week in my mind when I stood in a corner to interview the dapper and the handsome Raghavendra Rathore participating in the first ever Fashion Week, 2000. held in India, in one corner of Taj Palace hotel in Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi to the present FDCI  Fashion Week led by the dynamic Sunil Sethi  and a team of dedicated board members.  Incidentally the finale was done by Wendell Rodricks, Tarun Tahiliani and Rathore for that historical fashion week!

Off and on I am told that designers are doing a collection of resort wear, but when I go sourcing for the ensembles for the shoot, I am shown racks from where I am asked to select outfits that may fit in the resort wear shoot I have been planning for weeks. Yes, Malini Ramani has been doing resort wear for ages now, and Yes Ranna Gill’s long flowing dresses are perfect for resort wear, but these two veteran designers collections cannot be repeated for all the shoots that may have a different theme each time.

It’s a pleasant surprise when I hear names like Parvesh and Jai, Amit GT, Ashish, Viral and Vikrant, Pashma, Raman Vij, Rakesh Agarwal, Hemant and Nandita, Umesh Vashisht among others doing the resort wear collections. Lecoanet – Hemant recently did the organic eco friendly collection, Neeta Bhargava has been planning and designing a spa and resort wear line and Wendell has been doing fabulous resort wear collection for years, yet there is a dearth of resort wear that needs serious attention.

Raghavendra Rathores resort collection which he did for the Millionaire Asia event in four cities recently had his trademark finesse of fine fitting and excellent cuts but since then I haven’t seen much of resort wear from him unless of course one especially orders it. Similarly is the case with Tarun Tahiliani who did a resort wear collection for one of our events, which was fabulous of course with his trademark style.

And that seems to be case for every socialite who’s heading to the Riviera or the beaches in Bangkok to-order a customized one. Sadly it is still uncommon to walk into a designer boutique and pick up stylized resort wear off the shelf unless you are good at pairing separates to make up a resort wear which is not just about a bikini top, a sarong or a transparent tunic. There is much that goes on a resort holiday as everyone knows.

With the buzz being wellness and spa treatments available in an organized and elaborate manner in most of the resorts now, resort wear and spa wear to a certain extent must be given a serious thought.


Posted by : Arati Thapa Group Editor Asia Spa India at 10:45 AM

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Sequel, as the name suggests, is a restaurant that has taken the coffee shop experience to the next level. A United Group project, Sequel aims to create the same feel as the United Coffee House with loads of variety. The three storey fine http://varunkaushik.com/userfiles/nightOut/http://varunkaushik.com/userfiles/nightOut/dining/dining/http://varunkaushik.com/userfiles/nightOut/dining/dining venue offers a hip and comfortable environment to catch a quick lunch or leisurely dinner. 

I am normally not all about eating out (only when my stomach permits) but the Sequel was highly recommended to me so I had to try it. From the outside it looks like nothing special, you could actually almost miss it. When we were there, there was a man standing out front who helped us in getting seated and would not allow anyone to enter. The decor looked very posh and it made you feel like you were in some really fancy restaurant, with the hefty prices.

A prolific menu adorned by Mediterranean and European dishes along with Asian and authentic Indian cuisine will leave you spoilt for choice to say the least. I had this gorgeous Mediterranean starter Arabian Prawns, spinach and mushrooms and their signature dishes in the main course were to die for! The meat was so fresh and perfectly seasoned it is a must have.  I was also impressed by the generous portions.

Despite high turnover in the kitchen, this cozy Defence Colony favourite offer well-made fare with a more avant-garde sensibility than its competition along the strip, I suppose. United Coffee House started its story over 65 years ago and Sequel has added a completely new page to this saga. They understand people’s diverse tastes ranging from traditional Indian to European and look to satisfy every taste bud. 
 
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The label by Delhi based jewelry designer Rekha Arora has brought a completely different vibe to the world of jewelry. This monsoon, Rika is all about bold and bright colors with a philosophy of being original, playful and wearable.

This exciting and new collection by Rika is stylish, trendy and desirable and can be worn again and again. It’s about the woman of today – confident, splendid in every form and very individualistic. It is a mark of completion to the beauty of a woman. Whether it’s a formal day or a special event like wedding, anniversary etc, the stunning neck pieces made from semi precious stones adds grace and charm to the gorgeous persona.

Rekha has embellished each neckpiece with semiprecious stones such as pearls, Blackagate, Coral, Onyx, Jade, amethyst etc making Rika different, bold, and dazzling. While a black onyx and purple agate necklace can bright up your party, the south seapearl necklace is simple and elegant for a formal day.

Rika is colorful, quirky, irresistible and fun. Red water and fresh water pearls with Swarovski stones wrapped around the coral can add a stunning and dramatic touch to your look. 
 

Autumn starts with 1920’s Parisian chic, from a crepe draped dress to oversized shoulder detailing. Jersey is updated with antique prints, cowl neck detail and shoulder pads. As the season progresses the focus turns to sophisticated glamour with the 80’s power women strutting her stuff. All over sequin shift dresses with contrast flower patterns and bat wing sleeves sit alongside cleverly adorned dresses using beads and sequins with padded military esq. shoulders. Long sleeve sequined wrap dresses with a delicate drape neckline in midnight blue give a fierce nod to Dynasty.Figure contouring creates an early Material Girl vibe with elasticated dresses feature busted corset detailing.

Trousers make a statement this season with cropped military pants. For a more refined take on the season’s deconstructed silhouette opt for tailored masculine cuts or super straight cigarette pants with ankle zip.

Outerwear is given the design treatment in rich, luxurious fabrics in warm winter hues. Double breasted wool styles have subtle bat wing sleeve detail for a perfect fit over knitwear. Oversized coats have low rise double fastening in dove grey and navy with pull up rib collars, with a traditional belted cream coat finished with a faux fur collar. New cuts with ruffled shoulders, shorter cropped and clean collarless designs dominate winterwear.

Knitwear is updated with beading, nautical stripes with bow detailing, military shoulders and deconstructed flowing styles.

 

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Artist and filmmaker Simran KS Lamba presents his first solo art exhibition in the city at Visual Art Gallery, IHC from 29th July’10 to 1st August’10. The art works was unveiled by Shriji Arvind Singhji Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur.

Genesis’ is the beginning of a journey in arena of mixed media. Coal tar, lead, aluminum; have been used in bold abstractions in this series and are Simran’s foremost work mediums. Gauge, mesh, wax, bolts and nails, are the other resources which find a way into the paintings. The inspiration too stands as diverse as the technique, style and materials used in the collection. From animals to beetles to gods to funerals to abstract, the muse varies with each painting. Nothing stops at a single stage with treatment being integral. Each stage is constantly layered and eventually metamorphoses completely as tar blends in with wax, lead, aluminum, gauge, mesh, wax, bolts and nails creating a mélange of abstraction that finally rests in Genesis: The Beginning.

Simran KS Lamba, a self taught artist, plans to take the art world by storm. Conceptualizing and assimilating a new medium. Simran learnt to experiment with ideas without the fear of criticism or of being rejected. Creativity has been his passion from the very beginning. His film, My Nicotine, about a man waiting in a room and capturing his expressions was screened at the Cape Town World Film Festival in 2005. His other movie, WB-04 C-5542 was nominated for the Tiscali short film festival award in Italy in 2006. Simran has also made his mark on the small screen being the associate creative director of popular TV serials, Dill Mill Gaye and Pyar Vyar and All That. Currently he is busy taking auditions for his next movie titled ‘Chikotee’.
 



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Actress Bai Ling and Lisa Ann Walter were spotted clad in designs from the brand. Bai Ling has made many notable appearances on screen (TV Show Entourage, Films such as Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Crank: High Voltage, etc. 



 
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Aza, one of the high-end couture, multi-designer stores in the country, introduces Gaurav Gupta’s much coveted Couture 2010 collection to Mumbai. For the launch of this collection, designer Gaurav Gupta joined Dr. Alka Nishar at the Aza store to have a tête-à-tête with clients and fashion enthusiasts to share their journey together and the designer’s inspiration for the collection at the Aza Mumbai boutique.

The Gaurav Gupta brand has recently ventured into couture and bridal ensembles marking its first successful show at the Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week in July 2010. This collection was not just a combining of East Meets West; but was a reinvention of thought, challenging the very definition of a gown or saree. Draped with innovative mastery, layered tulle lengas, the chain sarees; all garments challenge the preconceived notions of what is, to what could be. Lehenga-gowns merge seamlessly with signature pleated saris, to lend a sense of eclectic sartorial elegance and luxury. Multiple fabric embroidery techniques, experimentation with varied textures, complex-draping methods and innovative use of metal chains on sensual fabrics like tulle, chiffon, lace, and satin give the collection a strong distinctive identity and a contemporary feminine essence.

Present on the occasion were the who’s who of Mumbai like Divya Thakur, Anaita Shroff Adjania, Manju Yagnik, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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The Advisory Board members of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW), India’s premiere fashion and trade event, to select the Gen Next and Emerging Designers for the upcoming LFW Winter / Festive 2010.

This year marks another milestone for LFW as the Gen Next platform completes 5 years of successful contribution to the Business of Fashion. Building on its consistent season over season growth in applications, LFW shows remarkable growth in the number of Gen Next & Emerging designer applications this season.

The eminent panel of LFW Advisory Board including Dr. Alka Nishar – Aza, Gaurav Mahajan – Westside, Narendra Kumar – Designer, Pradeep Hirani – Kimaya, Priya Tanna – Vogue, Sathya Saran – DNA Me, Sangita Kathiwada – Melange, Sujata Assomull – Harper’s Bazar, Anil Chopra – Advisor, Lakmé, Ravi Krishnan – Managing Director IMG India, N. Rajaram – Vice President, Lakmé and Sujal Shah – Vice President & Head of Fashion, IMG, welcomed renowned designers Anamika Khanna and Manish Malhotra as they join the LFW Advisory board to select the future faces of fashion.

GEN NEXT  SELECTED

SR No

NAME

CITY

1

Fazal Mahmood & Akanksha Arora

Delhi

2

Jelin George

London

3

Juilee Bendkhale

Delhi

4

Megha &  Pragya Samor

Noida

5

Riddhi  &  Siddhi Mapxencar

Mumbai

6

Ruchika Sachdeva

London

EMERGING SELECTED

SR No

NAME

CITY

1

Sougat Paul

Mumbai

2

Vikramjit Choudhury

Mumbai

3

Manju Agarwal

Kolkata

4

Atithi Gupta

New Delhi

5

Smriti Gupta

Delhi

6

Pooja Kapoor

New Delhi