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Much acclaimed jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali celebrates with her first standalone Flagship store in Bandra, Mumbai. To coincide with her new store, Farah also presents a stunning new line of signature jewels "where precious becomes priceless".

This new breathtaking line from Farah celebrates the rich and varied design traditions of our country, with a twist of the unexpected. “Where Indian Meets Avante Garde” is how Farah describes new collection of precious baubles like Necklaces, Chokers, Bracelets, Bangles, Earrings and Cocktail Rings. Farah’s new collection celebrates Indian craftsmanship with the most intricate of carvings in` emeralds, rubies and sapphires, which narrate a story of their own; the luscious tumbles in reds, blues, greens pinks and yellows reflect our diverse colour canvas; unusual cuts bedazzle with their perfection and finish while the traditional setting of the polki and the breath taking buoyant baroques are reminiscent of our royal maharajas of yore 

These opulent pieces of jewellery that re-invent the past are designed for today’s woman who is an embodiment of charisma and confidence.  The intricately carved gems when immaculately mounted on precious metal make them heirloom pieces. These designs communicate ideas and highlight the personality of the wearer, in a way that is timeless, surpassing any boundary and language across the globe.
 
On a beautiful September evening in the capital, friends, supporters and patrons of Olive joined in for cocktails and conversation as AD Singh celebrated joining hands with Ms Ramola Bachchan as partner for Olive Beach. 

A gracious host with great experience in hospitality industry, Ramola understands the finer nuances of what makes a restaurant special. To have a wonderful home, entertain, create a meeting point for people to socialise, network, enjoy each other – she is renowned for her signature touch.

Says Ramola, “As a company, Olive is very professional and with a strong consensual culture where everybody is treated with utmost respect and appreciated for their opinion. Its a culture of friendliness.

Designers Hemant Sagar, Shantanu Mehra with wife Reema, Ritu Kumar with spouse Shashi, Reynu Tandon, Nida Mahmood with Raul Chandra joined in with Sanjay and Sheena Sharma of Swarovski India, Neesha Singh, Ayesha Thapar, siblings Ayesha and Ameeta Seth, Amaan and Ayan Ali bangash, Kimi Tej, Divya Gurwara of Bridal Asia, Tarot reader Poonam Sethi with husband Sanjay, artist Anjana Kathulia, V.N. Dalmia, Bharat Kapoor and Nanni Singh, Vikram Baidyanath, Vesna xx, Soni Aggarwal, and Karan Singh amongst others and enjoyed themselves with delectable delights served by Chef Saby.
 



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Model to choreography to compeering to grooming, Mehar Bhasin is a woman with many hats. Mellow yet raspy, she exudes unparalleled grit and substance. Be it her sharp rejoinders or abyss of fashion intellect, the fashion guru, Mehar appliqué-s her beauty by brain and oodles of attitude and style. Having scorched the runways of fashion for over a decade she was the first Indian to model for Revlon with Cindy Crawford.

Now running a grooming academy, Mehar knows the art of carving the destiny in her words. We interacted with her over fashion and modeling, and she put Mehar as a person forth, unhesitantly.  

What is fashion for you?
Fashion is something that I am most comfortable in and what suits me best.

How is Mehar as a person, which books do you read, which music you enjoy and all that comprises the most essential part of you?
Mehar is independent and fun loving yet very grounded person. I love traveling to exotic places and interacting with new people. About books, then I read anything that I take a fancy of – Jeffery Archer, Lee Child, Brian Weiss etc. Talking about music then I like House music most.

How about Indian modeling industry and industry abroad and what has it grown from?
Indian Modeling Industry is still growing and not at all professional in any manner. Just few who are there are still there. For a fresh start may just two add up each year. Whereas, Industry abroad is way ahead of  the Indian market. They are recognized world over and Indian guys are sadly just stuck within the country and bollywood. If, what it has grown from, and all this is talked about, then I must say it has grown from nothing really but it is remarkable to where it stands today.

Tell us something about your story backstage with choreographers and other models who put together such a picture perfect show?
Backstage is pure madness but a great fun. Those last minute touch ups, stitching, ironing zips and heels breaking at the very final moment, it’s filled with jitters, anxiety and excitement. And now that I also choreograph shows, its sorting. My stage guys, set up, media, music, makeup etc etc but I love every bit of it.

Which are your favorite Indian and international designers and why?
Manish Arora and Nikhil & Shantanu, I just love the way they style me up.

Tell us something about your early life.
I entered modeling while I was in college. I participated in Miss India and ended up among the finalists. It stoked my career to the levels that I did Revlon with Cindy Crawford to become the first Indian ever to model for the brand.

What future goals have you set for yourself?
I believe in destiny. I take life as it comes.

What’s your opinion on increasing number of fashion weeks in India?
Its ridiculous. If it’s too confusing for people like me who is very much a part of the industry, imagine the buyers then.

How and why did you pick up modeling as a career?
Modeling just happened to me. I enjoyed it so I made it my profession. And now I am running a grooming academy for past 10 years.
 
What’s you take on young models getting engaged in substance abuse and suicides?
The reasons like insecurity, wrong company and being away from family contribute to such activities. Not only modeling, Its happening everywhere unfortunately.

Body Shop introduces Baked-to-Last Colours, handmade in Italy by local artisans and baked in small batches. The passionate experience that goes into each one produces an individual burst of colour and shimmer, so you can create your own gorgeously unique look.

The collection brings forth innovative eye duos, blushers and bronzers hand-baked on terracotta discs for intense colour, incredible depth, rich coverage and long-lasting staying power. Each product is unique with freshly milled powders, pure pigments and gorgeous shimmers, slow baked to perfection for 24-hours. The pearls and pigments are bound together to create a smooth sheen of colour, offering you long-lasting performance. The unique formula is enriched with Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy and marula oil from Namibia, which, along with other natural botanicals and moisturizing oils, provides perfect blend ability and easy application.

The collection is available in five exciting duo shades for the eyes, two beautiful blushers and a natural-looking bronzing shade for the face, offering a complete look for the season. Each powder can be applied dry or, for added drama and richness of colour, with a wet brush. Plus the shades can be layered for increased depth and intensity, giving you a myriad of different make-up options.

Priced at:
Eye Colour – Rs. 895
Blush – Rs. 945
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Our story has taken us from breathtaking cities to collections that awed;  from New York City to London;  through the most exhilarating weeks in fashion that have proved without guts, there’s no glory.  Enter Spring 2011 Fashion Week in Milan: one of the four fashion capitals of the world, home to some of the biggest names in the business, a boutique-laden haven for any stylish man or woman.  Tangerine-colored hues, having a continued presence at each step of this journey, popped up again in Milan on wrists, necks, toes, and earlobes.  Colors as nude as once-dipped Easter eggs, bohemian garden goddesses left in sheer ecstasy, and plentiful amounts of sheer under layers, revealing just a hint of youthful lightheartedness and fully-grown sex appeal rivaled collections passed. 

The undeniably feminine spring colors and graceful silhouettes of Alberta Ferretti showcased large-brimmed straw hats atop light, flowing skits that were both gentle and boisterous.  The Albino collection’s models, reminiscent of our favorite 1970s screen idols, glided down the catwalk with glinting bows gracing sun hats and sandaled toes while we were hypnotized by Aquilano.Rimondi’s calculated display of tiny prints.  Blumarine brought us electric blues, lipstick pinks, and rich corals intermingled with armfuls of animal patterns.  D&G by Dolce and Gabbana lead us down a peony-trimmed walk in the presence of lovely silk handkerchiefs, airy linen bottoms, and ankle-strap buds perfect for any afternoon picnic.  After celebrating their 25th year in fashion, Dolce and Gabbana showcased the beauty of grandmother’s ladylike lace and love for pearly whites in their signature collection.  Daquared² poked us with a surprise splendor of loose-fitting suiting and crisp oxfords.  At Emilio Pucci, we jetted to the Mediterranean with some of the most sultry, cool designs of the season.  From the eclectic pairings of shock-worthy blue and pumpkin orange at Etro to the angel-light frocks from Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi, we braced ourselves for another steaming hot spring.  The African sky was illuminated over the runway of Giorgio Armani with midnight blue and deep black accompanied by polished sequins.  The romantic glamour of Yves Saint Laurent was seen behind Gucci’s designs, which brought back the beauty of structured hiplines and ankle-slimming trousers.  The ultra-hip Just Cavalli collection reminded us that it’s never too late to go too far, while the tribal knits at Missoni elegantly maintained their translucency and charm atop ribbon-tied flats.  Moschino Cheap & Chic called to the mischievous girl inside us with a plethora of polka dots and peachy hues as we were overcome with joy at Prada as sinfully radiant blocks of color danced before us like swingers on a trapeze. 

From the contained lines at Versace to the flocks of unruly tassels at Roberto Cavalli, Milan is left whispering a secret quietly in our ear;  the seeds are planted, spring wardrobes of a distinct cloth are about to bloom.

Collections of Alberta Ferretti and Missoni

Collection of Albino

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Collection of Emilio Pucci

Collection of Etro

Collection of Fendi

Collection of Gabriele Colangelo

Collection of Giorgio Armani

Collection of Gucci

Collection of Prada

Collection of Versace

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Tarun Tahiliani will be the designer for Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale at the forthcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Asia’s biggest and India’s premiere fashion & trade event. Grand Finale will take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan.

This season the two pioneers in style and innovation come together to set new benchmarks in creativity and fashion. Tarun Tahiliani will also create an exclusive collection for Wills Lifestyle that will be retailed from Wills Lifestyle stores across the country. As Wills Lifestyle celebrates 10 glorious years and Tarun Tahiliani will be creating magic on the ramp in his signature style.

Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Tarun Tahiliani is one of the most coveted designers of the country. He is known for his glamorous style and we look forward to him as the grand finale designer for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer collection.”

Speaking on the occasion, Tarun Tahiliani said, “It is indeed an honor and privilege to be the Wills Lifestyle grand finale designer. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week platform is a powerful one and I hope to be able to create a collection that will delight the patrons of the label. It is a significant engagement between both the brands and I am sure the audiences will be thrilled to view the show and access the creations on display."

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As she celebrates the first anniversary of her flagship store in Juhu Sabah Sharma has partnered with various other brands to make the celebration more exciting and has given some lesser known a chance to showcase their talent.

At her store on the 9th and 10th of October apart from a stunning high doze of stylish ensembles expect to find ashtrays shaped like commodes, shot glasses in cutting chai stands and pop art products from Tappu ki Dukan.  For the romantically inclined, there are provocative and suggestive playing cards, photo frames, diaries, and bookmarks made out of elephant dung. Uniquely designed gift wraps, note cards, boxes, bags, etc make gifts, messages compliments and even personalized senti-menti cards, messages from Etcetra. One can even reach out for "Bag in a Bag" if you hate fumbling in your big bag for your incessantly ringing mobile  and cosmetic and toiletry pouches, silk bags for your delicate precious stilettos/sandals, and even a bag organizers.

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Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor in association with Elizabeth Arden set the tone for the forthcoming festive and bridal season by showcasing their Festive and Bridal Couture collection with actor Pooja Batra and model Lalit Tehlan at a select gathering in the capital.

Their creations are a tribute to art, style, indulgence and all things luxe. Their haute couture creations for men and women stand out for fine detailing and exquisite craftsmanship. Cultured pearls, dazzling rhinestones, faceted tourmalines, citrines and lapis lazulis follow jewel motifs on their bridal trousseau. Vibrant colours beckon the eye. Crystals and very well cut diamantes add glitzy chic to every garment. Three dimensional influences add that extra chutzpah. Embroidery with satin lace, crinkled tissue and silk stands add voluminous appeal.

Commenting on the collection, designer Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor elucidate, “Wedding trousseau is fast shaping up to catch up with the cosmopolitan brides. Keeping this in mind, we have used the silhouettes and fabrics that best flatter the Indian brides. Our couture collection comprises of bridal lehangas, drape sarees and Victorian sensibilities in very vibrant colors of the season.”

The self-taught designers have an enviable clientele that includes Bollywood stars and social movers and shakers. Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor also have the distinction of being the only Indian designers to be invited to the prestigious Malibu Foundation for Youth & Families Gala Dinner where they donated their most exquisite creation, a diamond and emerald couture bracelet, for auction. Guests present at the auction included Kenny G, Cindy Crawford, Janet and Martin Sheen, Mark Burnett with actress wife Roma Downey, among others. 

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