For Women by WomenFor the cause of women empowerment a stylish design extravaganza Design One was recently organized by Sahchari Foundation at Mumbai’s World Trade Center.

A Coffee Morning Preview was hosted, for select guests to view and shop from amongst the latest in festive fashion, lifestyle products, kidswear, home accessories and pet products created by the likes of Masaba Gupta, Atsu Sekhose, Madhu Shah, Laila Motwane and many others.

The fundraising extravaganza saw a host of illustrious names of the city indulging in shopping. The attendees included Neerja Birla, Shabana Azmi, Amrita Puri, Madhoo Shah, Aneesa Dhody Mehta, Tanaaz Doshi, Dilshad Khambata, Nisha Jamwval, Namita Saraf, Sangeeta Assomull, Tina Tahiliani, Seema Mehrohtra, Anish Trivedi, Champa Doshi, Ananya Goenka, Deveika Bhojwani, Kaushika Hemdev, Kiran Datwani, Monami Roy, Namita Kuruvilla, Neena Gupta, Nayantara Thacker, Mala Hemnani, Pratima Bhatia, Pooja Advani, Kalpana Shah, Shibani Agarwal, Sunaina Puri and Laila Mallya amongst others.

Ekaya Store Launch in DelhiA bit of Benaras came alive in Delhi recently when father-daughter duo Bharat & Palak Shah hosted an evening to launch Ekaya at Defence Colony.

A bespoke evening celebrating the rich Benarasi textile heritage in contemporary setting had an array of Benarasi saris, lehangas and other creations on display at this 2000square feet store.

Ceramic pots adorned with Mogras and flickering stained glass candles paved the way for the guests to witness a unique experience of Banaras. Raw silk settees were offset by vibrant spiral murals and accentuated by centre table displays of Gulaal and Chameli in earthen clay jars.

The event saw the glam brigade of the city raising the fashion stakes at the launch. The attendees included Aparna Chandra, Anju Modi, Rakesh Thakore, Naveen Ansal, Pernia Qureshi, Indrani Das Gupta, Harmeet Bajaj, Simar Duggal, Raseel Gujral, Sujata Assomull Sippy, Vidyun Singh, Vidushi & Reema Mehra, Mayank Mansingh Kaul, Bim Bissel, Sanjay Bhattacharya and Saba Ali amongst others.

The Storytellers, a Delhi-based Public Relation agency, recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary at Club Czar in New Delhi.

The evening witnessed Nikhil Kumar, the owner of the agency, along with Rohit Bal and Pallavi Mohan, opening champagne bottles to mark the three year anniversary prior to cake cutting ceremony. While all and sundry were seen grooving to the tunes of hit peppy commercial hits by the in-house DJ’s Ishu & Piyush of the Band Nyu ‘n’Tum.

Guests included known faces of the fashion world and the social glitterati such as Designers Rohit Bal, Raakesh Agarvwal, Pallavi Mohan, Amit Aggarwal, Jattinn Kochhar, Samant Chauhan, Anand Bhushan, Rajdeep Ranawat, Ankita & Avantica Chaudhry, Jenjum Gadi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Divyam Mehta, Dolly Oberoi, Anu & Amrit, Jatin Varma, Sonia Jetley, Rahul Singh, Shaine Soni, Umesh Vashisht, Yuvraj Sidharth Nagpal, Gauri Kaushish; socialites Ramola Bachchan, Vikrum Baidyanath, Bharti Bhalla; and models Hasleen Kaur, Lalit Tehlan, Arya Bhat, Andy Von Eich and Bindiya Bhandari amongst others.

The Ayurvedic brand, Kama Ayurveda, recently opened its first flagship store in New Delhi. Located at the upscale Khan Market the store stocks an exhaustive range of the company’s Ayurvedic, organic and natural products.

To mark the launch of the store the company has introduced over 30 new products including Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub, Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream, six Ayurvedic handmade soaps and a range of men’s grooming products.

The interiors of the store are inspired by the sophistication and glamour of early 20th century Indian interiors. The high façade and ceilings, period detailing and checker board marble flooring along with the lines of the warm teak and rattan cabinetry evoke a sense of luxury and continuity with the past.

Speaking about Kama Ayurveda’s first exclusive store, Vivek Sahni of Kama said, “Elegant and stylish, this store is the perfect backdrop for the pure and natural Kama Ayurveda range of beauty and wellbeing products.”

September 28, 2012
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Udit OhriBorn and brought up in an army family, discipline comes innately to Delhi-based model Udit Ohri. This tall and charming lad with a baritone to fall for loves the fact that he holds a couple of Masters of Business Administration degrees from France and UK. Well, we liked the fact either…so we caught up with Udit to dig few such facts which delighted us!

Tell us something about your formative years and family?
Well, I grew up in a joint family with its root in army. My grandfather was a Colonel in the army so I have been brought up in the best possible way with a lot of discipline. Presently, I live in a nuclear family so it’s just me and my parents as I do not have any brothers or sisters.

Tell us something about your journey as a model. How it happened to you?

Well, it was my childhood dream to model and act so after completing my education (I am a double MBA from France & UK), I think now I have time in hand to pursue my dreams.

Udit OhriDon’t you think modeling comes with a very short shelf life? So what plans have you held for yourself?
I think it entirely depends on the person. Age is a number for me. I somehow feel that I a
m destined to make it big, and I am very positive about my life.

What do you like and dislike most about modeling?
Modeling gives you recognition, fame and money. Frankly, I don’t like the casting couch in the industry.

Which projects have you been part of?
I have had walked ramp for quite a few designers. The most memorable is of Bharat & Reshma. Besides I performed at Kingdom of Dreams in an English play in a main lead role. I have recently done a TVC for Reebok with Dhoni, Gambhir and Bruna Abdullah.

How is Udit as a person, which books do you like, what sort of music do you enjoy and all that comprises the most essential part of you other than modeling?
I loveUdit Ohri listening to soft soothing songs, mostly Sufi. Well, apart from modeling I am working as an analyst with Standard & Poor’s.

What is your greatest achievement till date?
I believe the greatest achievement is yet to come, though I have any many achievements but I believe the best one is yet to come, that makes me work hard for the next achievement.

How do you spend your leisure time?
When not working, or modeling, I love to shop and hang out with my friends.

Your style statement?Udit Ohri
Style is all about comfort for me. I like my t-shirt and denims.

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Favourite Food: Butter Chicken
Favourite Holiday Destination: France
Favourite Photographer: Daboo Ratnani
Favourite Fashion Brand: GUCCI
Favorite Movie: Guru
Your greatest fear: Nothing
What do you love and hate most? I love modeling and that’s my passion, I hate nothing in my life. I am too positive to hate anything in life.

Victoria’s Secret Racy ShootWhether it’s the issue of knock-offs or its latest controversial Geisha themed lingerie, the intimate wear giant Victoria’s Secret seems unfazed. Instead, it’s rolling out the creations guaranteeing a bigger gape than ever.

After its risqué collection for brides, the brand unveiled a catalogue featuring its angels sporting saucy creations varying from sexy lingerie with lace insets to camisoles. The use of leopard prints, frills and metallic shimmer render that fierce look to the range.

Donning these bikinis are Victoria’s Secret angels – Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Lais Ribeiro, Erin Heatherton and Behati Prinsloo who came as a noteworthy contrast to the angels of yesteryear, as seen in the images revealed by the brand recently.  

Victoria’s Secret Racy Shoot

Victoria’s Secret Racy Shoot

Victoria’s Secret Racy Shoot

Here it Goes to Aneeth Arora!Following the international concept of funding fashion designers, Fashion Design Council of India, in association with Westside and a leading International fashion magazine, announced designer Aneeth Arora as the winner of Fashion Fund 2012.

The Delhi-based designer known for her quirky mix of fabrics was picked from the six finalists who were shortlisted after a nationwide hunt spanning over 5 months, whilst Payal Pratap Singh also from Delhi was announced as the runner-up.

Aneeth was chosen after a rigorous judging criterion that involved conceptualizing a 3 garment capsule collection and presenting a business plan that would justify her winning this much coveted award.

Here it Goes to Aneeth Arora!

The jury comprising of the names like Sunil Sethi, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Suneet Varma amongst others had a hard time to choose the winner as the other finalists included the renowned names of Indian fashion like Rahul Mishra, Amit Aggarwal, Nitin Bal Chauhan and Pankaj and Nidhi.

Here it Goes to Aneeth Arora!

Here it Goes to Aneeth Arora!

Trussardi’s SS13 collection is all inspired from the downtown American streets. Umit Benan who is more famous and particular with mens wear is still trying to fix his identity for the women’s collection. Yellow double breasted suit with white shirt, very loose yellow dress, off white sleeveless top with yellow skirt, snake leather shrug with blue dress, blue leather long jacket this seems more killer contract women . 

What fascinates me the most is the eye wears that damn stylish and can be cool for a summer evening or party look. Off course to add to the brands specialty Umit added some nice leather shoulder and briefcase bags.   
The Marni collection is a mix of colorful vibrant graphical dress with skirt, maxi dress and a clean futuristic look. Though to me many are quite similar to the collection Marni made for H&M.  Still at certain part of the collection its pale uniform pastel look like bottle green dress with baby pink shirt, plain white dress with pant, black croco printed dress with skirt, beige long jacket with vibrant orange skirt, black rubber printed v neck dress. 

And off course the structured typical marni leather hand bags with all around zip. But it was the space feeling that had clearly captured Castiglioni’s imagination this season, which was represented in various ways of her interest.