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Wellness Therapies and ArtMyrah, the luxurious day spa at Juhu, Mumbai presented an evening of wellness therapies with art, of late.

The elegant lounge at the spa saw guests experiencing relaxing therapies such as foot reflexology, shoulder & back and head massages. While the works of art, from artists such as Anjilie Vellody, Lalitha Lajmi, Nishant Dange, Bhumika Takshak, Prakash Ghadge, Vijay Belgave and Shamendu Sonavane were the cynosure of the evening.

On the occasion Lovina Gidwani Spa consultant for Myrah Spa, said, “At Myrah we are constantly offering experiences that elevates the experience of a visit to the spa. With an Arty evening this todays, our guests and patrons get the opportunity to not only unwind and pamper themselves but also to appreciate beautiful pieces and thereby add value to the time spent at the spa.”

Turning out to be the perfect host, Nisha Javeri, Founder of Myrah was seen welcoming the guests who included Reshma Jani, Shwetambari Soni, Kunal Kapoor, Deepika Gehani, Kunika Singh, Pooja Bedi, Mala Hemnani, Shalini Shahani, Anuradha Patel, Priya & Rahul Bhimani and Sanjay Gupta with wife Anu amongst others.

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ITS 2012 AwardsThe recently concluded eleventh edition of International Talent Support in Trieste, Italy saw Swarovski Elements supporting the creative young jewellery, fashion and accessory design students.

Open to the final year fashion and design students, the competition witnessed a sparkling fashion show presenting the designs by the students judged by a panel of renowned jurors from around the world of fashion. The most talented of the students were honored with awards in the established areas of fashion, accessories and jewellery.

The winner of the Swarovski Elements International Talent Support Jewelry Award was Xiao Zi Yang, winning a prize valued at € 10,000 as well as the offer of a six-month internship at the Swarovski Headquarters in Austria.

July 31, 2012
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All inspired by the colours of India designer Payal Singhal presents her Winter Festive 2012 collection at Lakme Fashion Week.

Taking inspiration from Indian Adivasi costumes of Kutch and Orissa this collection of vibrantly hued ensembles in a rainbow of acid neon hues of cyan, fuchsia, lime, cobalt, and indigo is a tribute to the colorful tapestry of the country.

Payal Singhal for LFW WF12

Spun into a visual story with contemporary silhouettes like kutras, kaftans, tunics, dresses, kalidar saris and short lehangas and embroideries like pita, abhla and zardosi the collection epitomizes a mix of rural and modern India.

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Delhi Couture Week DesignersThe opulence personified, the only couture week in India organized by Fashion Design Council of India, Delhi Couture Week, in its third edition will see 11 couturiers showcasing their exquisite designs.

The five-day long PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 will be opened by designer Varun Bahl on August 8, 2012 at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, and will later witness the likes of JJ Valaya, Manish Arora and Manish Malhotra amongst others. With two off-site shows the event will come to close with a finale by Sabyasachi on August 12, 2012.

About the event Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI, said, “"Coming back with the third edition of the much-celebrated PCJ Delhi Couture Week following the exponential success of the past editions, I take pride in announcing the ultimate couture event of India.  Through the event, we aim at providing networking platform to India’s finest fashion talent besides enabling exchange of ideas and industry developments. I am thankful to our designers and sponsors for supporting us in our endeavor. This couture week will bring together the best designers from India to create never seen before moments.”

Day 1, WEDNESDAY, 8 August 2012

7:00 pm:  Varun Bahl
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

9:00 pm: JJ Valaya
(offsite show at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi)

Day 2, THURSDAY, 9 August 2012

7:00 pm:  Ashima- Leena
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

9:00 pm:  Evoluzione presents Anamika Khanna & Gaurav Gupta
(offsite show at Evoluzione, The Kila, 7 Style Mile, Mehrauli, New Delhi)

Day 3, FRIDAY, 10 August 2012

7:30 pm:  Anju Modi
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

9:00 pm:  Aircel presents Manish Arora
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

Day 4, SATURDAY, 11 August 2012

7:30 pm:  Shantanu & Nikhil
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

9:00 pm: PCJ presents Manish Malhotra
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

Day 5, SUNDAY, 12 August 2012

7:30 pm:  Manav Gangwani
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

9:00 pm:  PCJ presents Sabyasachi
(Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi)

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Babita M for LFW WF12The upcoming Lakme Fashion Week will see designer Babita Malkhani presenting her Winter Festive 2012 collection titled, ‘Urbane Nomadism’.

Freedom and liberated spirit of the urban wanderer are the major inspirations behind the collection. The luxe-boho costume line shares silhouettes from the high-low dresses, maxis, throws, contemporary fusion wear and sari draperies incorporated in the palette of earthy shades as well as vibrant hues.

The colour palette of tangerine, aquamarine, midnight blue, matte brown, blush and sap green come together to create a visual canvas that is accentuated with different dyeing techniques accompanied with texturing like pattern rope dyeing, corded tie-dye and bottle bleach dye implemented by the designer giving the impression of a digital print with a better finish and greater skill behind it reflecting a fresh spirited nomadic look with a touch of glam.

Babita M for LFW WF12

The fabrics ranging from Silks of Habutai, crepes, georgettes and silk wools put together by Babita M signature style of cool fluid urban drape, unconventionally in a visually extravagant and non-bourgeois feasible wearing ways.

About her collection Babita shares, “I have drawn inspiration for this collection from the modern free-spirited woman of today & her liberated approach to life. I felt a similar carefree spirit when I interacted with the African Bushmen as well as the Masai tribe on my recent travels to Tanzania and Zanzibar and have tried to capture this unbridled, uninhibited feeling in this current collection.”

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To celebrate the launch of UNICEF’s “Schools for Asia” initiative, Gucci introduced the GG Flag Collection – an exclusive line of t-shirts and accessories.

In its seventh year of partnership with UNICEF, the brand is the first corporate partner to support this educational initiative launched in 2012 to provide access to quality basic education for disadvantaged children across Asia and the Pacific.

Inspired by the International vision and global appeal of the House of Gucci, the collection includes a series of items destined to become collectibles, ranging from tees to handbags and zip-around wallets – all distinguished by a new stylization of the interlocking GG logo, with the colors of different national flags from around the world.

On a light grey base, the cotton jersey t-shirts sport the GG print with the colors of Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Russia, of western and eastern countries from the United States and Brazil to Japan, and other countries spanning from the Emirates to Korea.

This iconic motif is also featured on exclusive handbags in GG plus, with calfskin top handles and trim; the duffle with detachable shoulder strap, the medium-size tote bag and Gucci’s signature Boston bag, all with matching wallets are distinguished by the flag-colored initials of founder Guccio Gucci, which create a vibrant and fashionable contrast on the surface.

As for the benefits to UNICEF, Gucci will make an inaugural donation of $ 350,000 in the name of the Gucci children’s collection to support its education programs in the provinces of Yunnan and Chongqing in China. Additionally, 25 percent of the retail price of each item in the GG flag collection that is sold will be donated to provide further support this initiative.

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The Kitsch queen of India Nida Mahmood known for her quirky designs unveils her range of Kitsch umbrellas with full Bollywood masala, this monsoon.

Tapping the eternal camaraderie between Monsoon and Bollywood, the designer has created a funky new line of umbrellas that is very kitsch and unadulterated Bollywood. Done in vibrant colors, the umbrellas have Bollywood rain songs etched on them like “ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si” and “pyar hua” from 50’s to “tip tip barish shuru ho guyi” and “ye barish ka pani” from 90’s.

There are also umbrellas on famous Bollywood characters like Don and Mogambo amongst others.

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Narendra Goes Swiss WayThe ongoing collaboration between Swiss International Airlines and designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed brought to the fore the new Swiss Calendar 2012-13, shot against the backdrop of “Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe”.

The fourth edition of ‘Time Travel’ themed calendar, marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railways was unveiled at Liberty Cinema, Mumbai, recently. The calendar shot by ace photographer Prasad Naik features images taking one through a veritable journey into the vintage fashion of past.

The unveiling of calendar was followed by a fashion presentation by Narendra Kumar where models showcased garments from the Swiss Calendar, alongside each stunningly beautiful page it. The designer recreated the magic of fashion from the 30s to present day, with model Gabrielle who is the face of the calendar gracing the stage too. Each of Narendra Kumar’s creation for the calendar portrays what elegant lady of the respective decade would be wearing.

On the occasion, Narendra Kumar, Swiss Brand Ambassador in India, said, “The idea of the Time Travel story emerged gradually, unfolding decade by decade from the turn of the last century to modern times, encompassing the spectrum of alpine tourism, mountaineering, railway engineering combined with the way fashion was worn over these years, and the way photographs were conceived and composed.  Therefore the theme Time travel is perfect”.

The evening witnessed who’s who of the city all wowed by the nostalgic settings of gone by era. The attendees included Rita Dhody, Rajeev Rai, Reshma & Sulaiman Merchant, Sunil & Tanuja Padwal, Kadambari Lakhani, Jaydeep & SeemaMehrohtra, Rahul & Malini Akerkar, Parveen Dusanj, Bina & Talat Aziz, Farhad Jamal, Rashmi Uday Singh, Ashish Raheja, Archana Pillai, Akanksha Nanda, Divya Mohta, Harry Cheng and Raju & Esther Daswani amongst many others.