Saturday, January 23, 2010

Royal Indian Costumes to be Shown in Paris

The Yves Saint-Laurent foundation will be hosting 'Deepak and Daksha Hutheesing's collection of royal Indian costumes worn between the period 1911 and 1947,' in Pais on February 9, 2010. Umang Hutheesing was invited by YSL's partner, Pierre Berge, to showcase the costumes at the Pierre Berge-YSL Foundation in collaboiration with the Hutheesing Heritage Foundation.

Hutheesing is known as the director of design and style for the INX Network in India. He has also been the creative producer for a number of top international publications like Vogue, Teen Vogue, British Vogue, Paris Match and Travel and Leisure. Along with being an important part of the creation of India's First Fashion Week, he also was the consultant on award winning IMAX film, Mystique India.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Another Dance Wear Clothing Line?

So, what's the next big thing? Apparently dance wear! Actors Shahid Kapur and Genelia D'Souza have recently unveiled their dance wear line in response to their movie 'Chance Pe Dance.' Shoppers Stop in Mumbai now carries this line of men's and women's dance wear. Below are a few pictures of the celebs with the designs!

Photo Credit: India Infoline

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to Simplicity

Bling bling, glitter and glam is what is seen in the fashion world today. But, as one Indian designer sees it, it's all about going back to simplicity.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a young Bengali designer who has opted to go back to the traditional India through Khadi. Khadi is a homespun and handwoven cloth that was mastered by Gandhi (recall the spinning wheel or 'charkha'). Khadi symbolizes the freedom struggle and independence of India; many Indian politicians wear clothing made of this fabric now! Not only is the fabric beautiful, but it is elegant, sophisticated, eco-friendly, and comfortable as well!

Khadi is often made and worn by the rural poor class of India, and this has not gone unnoticed by designer Mukherjee. He is now working with the rural class of India in order for them to share in the growing Indian economy. By setting up four different cooperatives with rural craftswomen across India, Mukherjee works with the poor class in order to produce clothing. Half of the payment that the workers receive goes home with them, and the other half goes towards rural community development. Below are a few of Mukherjee's beautiful designs.

Photo Credit: Khaleej Times

Photo Credit: Saree Dreams

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