The most fabulous collaborations of the year will provide us with mesmerizing shoe collections as the Liberty x Nike Women Sportswear trainers. The Liberty X Nike collaboration hits the Liberty store this February 14th for a limited time. Those who are fond of the sporty chic designs of Nike as well as the colourful and signature prints of Liberty of London will have this mash up of design and colourful patterns to add a pop of colour to their summer outfits. 

In spite of being in love with high heels it is also important to take a peek at the comfy sports shoe collections perfect to complement our casual and urban sportswear outfits. Those who are eager to keep an eye on the most prominent brands that launch their brand new line for the hot season will be simply thrilled when spotting the Liberty for Nike Women Sportswear shoes 2011 as yet another fabulous example of the visionary collaboration of the London-based department store Liberty and the hyper-popular sportswear label Nike. 

In order to make these shoes even more feminine and trend-appropriate designers decided to keep the floral patterns and prints. The capsule contains the most stylish sports shoes designs from the Nike Blazer Mid to the Dunk High as well as the Nike Air Force 1 Low. 

The greatest designers are keen to embed this pattern into their style fantasy in order to make outfits even more feminine and cheerful. Therefore if you’re a fan of the blooming and alternative colourpalette as well as the versatile looks makes sure you update your shoe collection with these stylish designs. Choose the best style that suits your lifestyle and body shape from the Dunk High to the Air Force 2 low all these shoes will grant you with a comfy and stylish fashion experience. 

Nike is eager to surprise sportswear fans with a complex and eye-popping collection of shoes.The series of collaborations with Liberty of London proved to be one of the most successful projects the company ever had with another brand. Check out these designs and see the sophisticated detailing as well as the professionally inspired print and colour selection.

Keep an eye on the upcoming details of the Liberty x Nike Sportswear Women 2011 capsule collection that contains all the must have shoe designs worth of hitting the road with. As the complete collection is revealed it would be much easier to spot your dream designs and wear it all throughout the hot months paired with your cute skinnies or stylish summer dresses.



Bata announced the launch of the new collection of ladies footwear by Marie Claire, the stylish and chic international footwear brand for women, brought by Bata to India. The collection was launched with a chic and glamorous fashion event at the Hotel Hyatt Regency in New Delhi.

Marie Claire’s new Spring Summer Collection defines the contemporary woman. Her femininity, sensuality and individuality come alive beautifully through this chic collection that celebrates her many moods. The trendy shoes are adapted to the active lifestyle of the modern woman and are elegant and feminine. Available in over 100 designs, colours and styles, this latest range includes wedges, kitten heels, gladiators, ballerinas and pumps in an attractive variety of leather, denim, mesh, soft uppers, metallic and ethnic hues. Present on this occasion were Miss Universe, Ms. Ximena Navarrette and Ms Sanjana Jon, international fashion designer and eminent social worker.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Marcelo Villagran, Managing Director, Bata India said, “It is a wonderful moment for all of us at Bata to be associated with Miss Universe Sanjana Jon Tour 2011. Miss Ximena Navarrette, who is the reigning Miss Universe, and is currently visiting India to promote and celebrate the ‘Girl Child’ as part of the ‘Miss Universe Sanjana Jon Tour’ 2011.

Ritu Kumar presented the designer’s much anticipated couture show ‘The Falaknuma Collection’ in Mumbai at the Taj Lands End. The exceptional collection highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that the city of royal Hyderabad is renowned for. The Falaknuma Show has been inspired by the interiors of the famed palace of Hyderabad and integrates the tradition of fine sensitivity of textile craft and design. Both these elements have been revived to fit into a modern idiom of sartorial elegance and fine hospitality.

Some of the aesthetics are from long forgotten archives being presented perhaps for the first time on the ramp. This fashion presentation showcased bridal couture, red-carpet couture, along with rustic fun elements of ethnic diffusion. Highlighting the anthropological importance of craft fashion in India, an audiovisual accompanied the four sequences, specially created for the show by Vidyun Singh. The show was produced by Vidyun Singh and Asha Kochhar. The show ended with beauties Shabana Azmi and Dia Mirza dresed in rich Hyderabadi royal "jodas" walking the ramp and greeting the guests with a gracious adaab.

Speaking on the occasion, Ritu Kumar said, “Fashion in India more so than anywhere else in the world depends largely on an indigenous history. It has been a rewarding experience to yet again go to craft areas rich in textile tradition and revive them to suit today’s fashion.”

Seen admiring the elaborate garments were guests like Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon, Mandira Bedi, Gul Panang, Queenie Singh, Madhoo Shah, Gauri Pohoomull, Laxmi Nair, Sheila Bhogilal, Haseena Jethmalani, Chhaya Momaya, Nisha Javeri, Sunaina Wahi, Mala Hemnani, Vanita Bhandari, Nawaz Singhania, Reena Wadhwa, Jaideep & Seema Mehrotrta, Farzana Contractor, Smita Parekh,Harsh Goenka, Sumeeta Ghai, Urvi Piramal, Rohita Doshi, Meena Raheja, Rashna Talati, Pallavi Jaikishan amongst many more of Mumbai’s beautiful people

Gallery Art & Soul presented a unique collection of jeweled necklaces in semi-precious stones that incorporated artworks of three renowned female artists – Sujata Bajaj, Seema Kohli and Jayasri Burman. All of these artists have created special works in a small size that can be enjoyed in functional and wearable style. They all supported the cause of Dhvani, Early Intervention Centre is a new & comprehensive project of Save The Children, India for hearing impaired infants & young children.

All 3 artists are globally sought after for their works of art which dominate the art and auction markets. This wide genre of formats culminates in a stunning and completely unique collection that has stylishly been put together by Kanchan Khubchandani. This talented designer and artist is quickly gaining popularity for her classy and individualistic neck pieces which distinguish the wearer with panache. Kanchan says, "How could I say no to a fabulous opportunity to enhance exquisite pieces of art by my favourite women artists Sujata Bajaj, Seema Kohli, Jayasri Burman what can be more fulfilling than carrying a piece of art with you wherever you go.”

Tarana and Kanchan Khubchandani of  Gallery Art & Soul hosted a brunch soiree at Tote on The Turf with guests such as Mana Shetty, Hasina Jethmalani, Lilette Dubey, Bijal Meswani, Helen Brodie, Sunita Kapoor , Anu Ansari, Rukshana Eisa, Ira Dubey, Divya Thakur, Parizaad Kolah Marshal, Roopa Fabiani, Neelam Shah, Mala Hemnani, Malini Agarwalla, Laila Khan Furniturewalla, Arti Surendranath, Nandini Sen, Prerna Goel, Madhu Nair, Rima Jain, Dolly Thakur, Anoopi Oberoi, Bindu Mittal,  , Madhoo Satish Shah, Helen Brodie, Mona Narang , Meena Raheja, Sheela Bhogilal, Naaz Zaveri, Sheetal Vaidya etc. Sharmilla Khanna organized the event. 

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A part Indian and part Sri Lankan, Fiona Thomas grew up in Australia loving animals, hitting beaches and hugging fashion. Urged by her mum she perfunctorily joined modeling to eventually fall for it exploring the whole new horizons, personally and worldly. The laid back footloose Fiona lives for the moment laughing wending her way indecisively but passionately.

The shutter candy, Fiona has had walked for the designers like Christopher Kane and Wayne Cooper. Now, recently having shot the Kingfisher Swimsuit Special 2011, Fiona is all set to scorch the dramatic, energetic, bollywood influenced Indian fashion. Here is Fiona Thomas in all her flesh, blood and soul. 

Tell us briefly about your formative years and academics?
I grew up in sunny Perth, Australia as a bit of a tomboy and beach bum. After high school I went on to study commerce, majoring in Accounting & Business Law at University after deciding business was the direction I wanted my career to head in and ended up working as an accountant for 2.5 years before I was presented with the opportunity to model fulltime in India in 2010.

How you bumped into your first assignment? How it changed your life?
I had a model scout approach my mum about me modeling through a local agency when I was 19. My mum has always been on my back about trying modeling from a young age so I decided to join up to earn some extra cash on my days off and see how things went. It really lifted my confidence and forced me to come out of my shell because I was quite a shy teenager. It opened the doors to this whole other world that I never really knew existed.

What did you aspire to become as kid?
When I was younger I always wanted to become a veterinarian because of my love for animals but since I discovered my lack of love for the sight of blood that line of work became out of question.

How is it working for latest the Kingfisher Swimsuit Special 2011?
It was an amazing experience to be apart of the 2011 calendar and shoot with Atul Kasbekar. Mauritius was such a stunning location, the crew and the girls were so much fun to work with and be around so at times it hardly felt like work at all. It was an honour to be chosen for such a sought after assignment and the photos I’ve seen have turned out absolutely gorgeous.

Modeling comes with a short shelf life so where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
It absolutely does and I think that’s where a lot of girls falter in not having something to fall back on in terms of career. I see a number of different options for me, I could either go back to working as an accountant, combine my love for fashion and business and start a fashion label or boutique or I may follow my love for animals and somehow work with something like animal rescue or animal adoption. It’s so hard to predict, I barely have an idea of what I’ll be doing in 6 months time these days so I just have to see what opportunities come up for me.

In this cut throat competitive industry being flooded by the girls around the world, what’s your success mantra?
I think it’s all about being true to your self and staying in a positive frame of mind. It is a very competitive industry so I try to not take things too personally. There are going to be jobs where I will be perfect for and others which I’m just not suited to so it’s a matter of coming to terms with this and not letting things get you down.

What’s your take on drug abuse and suicides which are so prevalent in the modeling industry?
I think these are serious problems that exist in all industries, but unfortunately for some reason the fashion industry has always been given a bad wrap in regards to it. I feel like it may be used as a coping mechanism for an industry that can be tough emotionally and physically, but its a problem that can be overcome. I think its important for people to know there is certainly better ways to deal with the stress and long hours. Having a strong support network whether it be friends and family is something that I think is important to keep life on track.

Which designers have you worked with nationally and internationally? Whom do you find appealing your aesthetic senses most?
I have worked with a number of different Indian designers through fashion weeks and individual projects. I have also worked with International designers such as Christopher Kane, Wayne Cooper, Ruth Tarvydas, Timothy Godbold, Kooey, Ae’lkemi and Pierucci. I’m a big fan of Manish Malhotra because he has an eye for what suits a woman’s body and looks sexy, glamorous and stylish all at the same time.

How is Indian Modeling Industry different than rest of the world? How has been your experience here?
The Indian modeling industry is fairly new when compared it to the rest of the world but it has come a long way in such a short span of time. It’s very distinct and is unlike any other that I’ve experienced and is run very differently. India has a certain spirit and energy about it and it comes across through its fashion. One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed is how Indian designers want models to walk, it’s a lot more energetic and dramatic, I think it has a touch of Bollywood influence which makes it very unique. I’ve loved the experience and after the initial adjustments it’s a very welcoming industry.

How is Fiona as a person? What does she like to do when not modeling?
I’m a relatively shy person when you first meet me but I’m warm, bubbly, always laughing and forever indecisive. If I’m not at work you can usually find me out shopping, by the pool or beach, with friends partying or hanging out at home with family and my cats.

Which is the most cherished moment in your modeling career?
I cherish a shoot I did at the Kumbh Mela in 2010 for L’Officiel. Apart from the stunning photos that were produced and simply being at the Ganges, it was more the opportunity to be in Haridwar at such a spiritual time and experience this with 10 million fellow Indians. It was a once in a life time opportunity and something I would never have had the privilege to experience if not for the line of work I’m in.

What’s your beauty and fitness regime?
I’m a self confessed product junky and am always trying new beauty products that hit the market but my routine always stays the same. My twice a day beauty regime is light exfoliation and cleanse to remove any makeup or impurities, followed by applying eye cream and moisturizer with SPF to keep skin supple and protected. To stay in shape I try to do at least half an hour of exercise a day whether its cardio on the treadmill, a walk or a swim. If things are too complicated there’s more chance you’ll just skip it altogether so the key is keeping things simple.

What is your idea of an ideal date?
Something relaxed, romantic that makes me feel special. I love a home cooked meal or something where I know the guy has really thought about what I would enjoy.

What’s your style statement?
I would describe my style as classic feminine chic. I like flowy, delicate, feminine clothes and I like to contrast these with an edgy pair of boots, sandals or accessories.


FAVORITE FOOD: I love mostly anything Italian, Chinese & North Indian

FAVORITE PERFUME: Its constantly changing but my current favorite is Thierry Mugler – Angel




FAVORITE BOOK: Back on Track: Diary of a Street Kid by Margaret Clark



MUSIC YOU LOVE TO LISTEN: It depends on my mood but generally R&B or House





This past Sunday, January 16th, the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, signaling an exciting new beginning to the 2011 award season.  From The Social Network to The Fighter, Glee to Boardwalk Empire, The Kids Are All Right to Black Swan, the winners of the night were clad in smiles and great robes.  
Floor-length beauties drenched in emerald green, light pink, and sorbet orange made our hearts melt while droplets of eye-glinting sparkles and bushels of floral motifs graced the trains and slender waistlines of many a Hollywood starlet.  It was a night for the delicate;  blushing spring colors, feminine softness, and undeniable loveliness intermixed with handsome suits and freshly polished dress shoes. The evening was nothing short of an unforgettable soirée of the senses.

Hugh Dancy in Burberry & Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection;  Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karan;  Emma Stone in Calvin Klein Collection

January Jones in Versace;  Julianne Moore in Lanvin;  Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci & Kevin Bacon in Dior Homme

Michael Douglas in Canali & Catherine Zeta-Jones in Monique Lhuillier;  Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf;  Nicole Kidman in Prada

Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta;  Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab;  Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé;  Dianna Agron in J. Mendel

Eva Longoria in Zac Posen;  Halle Berry in Nina Ricci;  Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Mila Kunis in Vera Wang;  Michelle Williams in Valentino

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa;  Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta


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Ellen von Unwerth reprises her role as famed photographer of the classic 1980’s & 1990’s GUESS advertising campaigns with the introduction of the GUESS spring 2011 campaign. The black and white classic images are reminiscent of the 1960’s and 1970’s iconic beach movies that embody that time in film history. Cropped pants and jeans, polka dot bustier tops, floral rompers and pin-up inspired swimwear dominate the collection of images and set the tone for the campaign.

The men’s collection ventures away from its rock and roll influences and takes on a cleaner approach which features cardigans, dark wash slim jeans and plaid shirts which complement the women’s collection.

“The spring 2011 campaign captures the playful, light hearted nature of summer when there shouldn’t be a care in the world except the best wave to catch,” says Paul Marciano, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GUESS?, Inc. “With my vision and Ellen’s talented eye we were able to capture that free spirited moment often seen in 1960’s and 1970’s films and make it relevant and current to today’s consumer.”

Revealing close up and scenic shots transport the audience to a simpler time characterized by fun in the sun. Playful photographs of a group of girls and boys capture carefree moments of eating, drinking, laughing and surfing at the beach. Alyssa Miller, the face of Guess Seductive, alongside Elsa Hosk, Kate Upton and Silviu Tolu are the perfect cast to bring the remote surf town to life.

Porsche Design, the Luxury brand for Men’s accessories in partnership with Bird Group unveiled its 2011 collection and Bird Group launched its 2011 Limited edition annual art calendar at a gala event at their store in DLF Emporio. 

The new Collection offers an extensive range of Porsche design products like sunglasses, jackets and shoes along with luxury lifestyle and corporate gifting products like perfumes, wallets and pens. Some of the most impressive products from this latest collection are the P’8447 sunglasses with frames made of 18k gold featuring unbreakable polycarbonate lenses. The collection also features Bounce S, the range of super cool running shoes. Then there are high end cigar cutters with blades which move both horizontally and at an angle to cut cigars perfectly. 

The evening further witnessed the launch of Bird Group’s limited edition annual art calendar recognizing the work of contemporary artists, showcasing the theme of ‘World of Wearable Art’. Encapsulated by renowned ad filmmaker and photographer Rohit Chawla the calendar features the lush kiwi landscape and a bizarre haute couture line to transport a magical playfield. 

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