Paris Hilton in India Mumbai

Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress and international celebrity is in India for the launch of her stores and new PH handbag line, in Mumbai.

The socialite who is in the country for a three day trip was overwhelmed by the turnout in the ‘Inorbit Mall’ in Malad, a northern suburb of Mumbai where she set about the launch for the line of handbags.

She was greeted by hundreds of fans at the launch who were there to see her line of handbags and her as well. “Wow! Thousands and thousands of people here at Inorbit Mall for my PH purse launch! Love my fans in India. What an amazing turnout…Everyone is so friendly and sweet,” Paris tweeted.

The 30 year old heiress was brought down to India by Brand Concepts Pvt Ltd, was seen sporting a blue dress by Monisha Jaisingh and she was seen signing autographs and smiling for pictures with many of her fans. She also signed bags for a lucky few.

Keep it up PH! Looks like we might be seeing you in India again soon!

Crisis @ London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week went into a crisis after the huge Italian fashion brand Gucci, have to show their collection for Spring/Summer 2012 in Milan, wanted many number of models to fly to Milan early to begin fittings for their show.

Since this move happened, the bi-annual fashion event was chaos as the models were being pulled from shows at the last minute, which left London-based model agencies outraged and threatening to boycott London Fashion Week next season if the British Fashion Council does not take initiative and re-organize the London FW schedule and intervene to prevent all the tactics of bullying by both New York and Milan Fashion Weeks.

All these problems began when Marc Jacobs moved his New York show to a later time ro make up the time his design team lost due to the Hurricane Irene. Jacobs’ show ran very late on Thursday night and due to this the models could not get a flight back to London shows the next day. One of the London based model agency founder said that they were holding up not one or two big models but many of them in New York, as many designers did not select till the very day of the show, which meant most of the models were staying in NY just in case they got cast.

So with all this happening the London Fashion Week suffered as many models appeared to be picked for the NY and Milan shows which left London struggling and running around to replace them with various other models. People in the London FW have found it hard to believe that their fashion camaraderie could be so heartless and create a hostile arrangement for all. Wake up London!! Step up to the NY and Milan FW’s for your models!

Brad Pitt on Entertainment Weekly!

Brad Pitt covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly,where he chats about his new movie called “Moneyball” and more juicy personal details. He dwelled on personal information right from when he started his career to currently living with Angelina and his kids. Also gave detailed information of how he and George Clooney deal with being ranked the People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Brad Pitt’s Interview:

  • On producers who wanted him to start on TV:  he said that when he first started all producers tried to get him on sitcoms, he said he thinks it was cause of his Wonder Bread hair and it always stayed in place. But he said he was never really good with TV and it was just with the FRIENDS cameo, he was friends with everyone and liked those guys, so it was good to work with them.
  • On winning Sexiest Man Alive: he said that as you get older it doesn’t really matter that much but you learn to have fun and that’s just what him and Clooney did. He said “But in some ways, I’m still a kid from Missouri and Oklahoma, and I’m trying to find my way. By the way, we’re only talking about a blip. I didn’t spend much time thinking about it.”
  • On Mr. & Mrs. Smith: his thoughts were “A husband and wife who actually want to kill each other — I thought that was a launching pad for something really fun and vibrant. Again, that was something we were developing as we were going along, and Angie’s a great partner in that. We work really well together. We had some good workshops beforehand. Had some good laughs and ideas. That was just a great collaboration that turned into a greater collaboration.”
  • On his and Angelina’s rule not to work while the other is: “We should be doing them together — that’s what we should be doing. We should be doing everything together, and then we could work less. We could have more time off.”

RIHANNA for “Armani Jeans”

First there was Megan Fox, Then Victoria Beckham and Now Rihanna.

Rihanna is gone blond and masculine for the latest Armani Jeans Campaign. She has become the latest spokesperson for the multinational brand.  The singer had her first photo shoot for the brand in New York and Armani has released the first picture of Rihanna for the upcoming campaign for the brand.

The pop singer Rihanna is following some sexy footsteps in the new campaign for Armani Underwear as the new face and body of the brand by baring almost all in the recently launched pictures.

First the blond hair made the debut in the first photos and now the full set of pictures are launched with Rihanna wearing jeans, lingerie and that’s it. Check out the pictures below of Rihanna for the Armani Jeans Campaign, shot by Steven Klein in monochrome!

Meet the designer: AKSHATA MURTY

Akshata Murty has designed clothes to be more than stylish, they also are means to discover Indian culture, and she has left a career in finance and marketing for one of the most original careers in Indian craft into fashion. Murty goes to many villages in India and discovers artist and talented people and works with them and their designs to create her own. Her Fall/Winter 2011 collection was based on traditional Ikats, Chanderis and Mysore silks which were paired with tweed and wool. The upcoming andtalented designer had an interview with Vogue and explained her fashion philosophy. Given below is the interview:

 

Vogue: What is your design philosophy?Murty: I’m about the story behind a particular garment; it’s authenticity, craftsmanship and protecting a rich heritage. I care about doing something in India, for India because its part of our family’s DNA.

Vogue: Your label provides artist fees and royalties to craftsmen who have worked on the collection. Tell us how this works?

Murty: I approach this on a case-by-case basis. For example, for my Gond painting collection, I commissioned a number of well-known artistes to paint tableaux. The artists were paid an upfront fee and will also be paid a royalty fee for the sale of every dress inspired by the painting. For my Prsi Gara collection, I worked with Parzor, a non-profit organization in Delhi.

Vogue: What are your picks from the Fall/Winter collection?

Murty:The blue and black Ikat ‘Ela” dress, the gold brocade ‘Hansa’ skirt with a brown and gold Chanderi top called ‘Eta’. And for a fun night out, the navy ‘Hasita’ waterfall dress in Mysore silk.

Vogue: How would you describe your personal style?

Murty: Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved clothes. My mother, a no-nonsense engineer, was always baffled why I would spend so much time creating different outfits from my wardrobe. I’ve collected an eclectic mix of whimsical things that I find on the streets of Mumbai and Los Angeles, as well as staples from Gap and American Apparel. I layer them with funky pieces from vintage stores and the occasional Alexander Wang dress – I love his casual and fun, lightweight jersey dresses.

Akshata Murty is available exclusively at Moon River, New Delhi. Tel: (011) 41617103

Colour, Colour and more Colour at the New York Fashion Week!

Sunny pops of colour, sultry citrine and sexy violet mashed up with muted sea tones on the runways in New York which were filled with flowers both literally and re-invented at the NY fashion week. Colour is practically everywhere this season, mixed with plenty of flounce and sheer peek-a-boos.

The reviews on few of the designer collections –

Jill Stuart – the key here was for it to be a dream, a fantasy! Where femininity came in soft, sherbet tones and many resort friendly silhouettes which were reminiscent of the early 1960’s mixed together with prints of palm trees and flying birds to give the feeling of the summery spring time. Colours used here are mint green, lipstick pink, tangerine and citrine yellow. The silhouettes used where dropped waists, culottes and pleated skirts. Even though they were girly, it wasn’t dowdy, prim and old fashioned.

Prabal Gurung – collection was dominated by soft purples with digitized flora, full skirts and pant cut tights. Where there are flowers there are also birds, look for the winged motif in light pinks, purples and whites. He created modern themed collection with floral prints, dropped waists and sharp shouldered jackets and skinny pants. His entire collection had a futuristic feel to it; he has lived up to the CFDA last year award for emerging talent. The collection is fresh and chic!

Cynthia Rowley– the outfits had spunk and Asian inspired tuxedo jackets with zigzag printed leggings. Rowley had got her personal interest etched into her designs with surfing; she paired embroidered swim trunks with an orange T which had leather sleeves. Metallic’s, leather and appliqués mashed the look together.

Rebecca Taylor – collection consisted of pretty and sexy outfits where the colours were so delectable, you could eat them up. She said she wanted to create something modern, ethereal and angelic. Digital print and snake leather (not real of course) consisted of the rest.

Luca Luca– Raul Melgoza loves flowers and for the latest collection turned to late American painter Georgia O’Keefe for inspiration. Florals where most prominent in the collection, particularly the rosettes which were present in bright colours for the spring line, as he really wanted to emphasize the sensuality and femininity of the female figure.

Adam Lippes – got his inspiration from his studio filled with prints of large flowers and polka-dots. He created classic tailored shapes like pantsuits and trench coats with lots of sheers, soft fabrics and feminine colours of the season.

Happy colours can be seen all over and everywhere. The pantones 10 shades for women for next year spring are – tangerine tango, solar power, sodalite blue, bellflower, margarita, cabaret, driftwood, sweet lilac, cockatoo and starfish. Looking forward to having a colourful spring 2012!

Too Much Too Young! Shock of Using Small Kids as High Fashion Supermodels

Once upon a time, when we were back in school there was a time we just had radio and televisions and today all kids have facebook, twitter and want to dress up! The times have changed and quite fast in this day and age. In the fashion industry too we can see a major change happening and many brands and designers have opted to use kids aged 10 onwards to be spoke models and faces of their respective brands.

There are many brands like Jours Apres Lunes which are a French Lingerie brand and they have come up with lingerie for kids from the age of 4 – 12 years. They are proud to say that they are the first brand to be dedicated to make designer lingerie for children and teenagers, their products comprises of loungewear and lingerie to be worn over and under. These kids are being exposed to everything online and they don’t even know the meaning of the word nor can they pronounce but they want to wear it as it will match with the one their mother has.

Another scenario was the Vogue Fashion shoot which had a 10 year old model sprawled provocatively on leopard print covers with heavy make-up and gold stilettos. The set up and layout is nothing new to the fashion magazine except the fact that they used a 10 year old! These shocking images of the French child model have sought major media attention.

child models

Thankfully these kids are made to understand the procedures and their parents are with them through out, but does the designers really understand the seriousness. It’s very hard to understand since the competition is increasing. But I think we all will agree that they cannot play with a kid’s life. Kids wearing lingerie can even prove out to be a threat to their life in near future. Once should think about that the next time!

Vogue’s Marilyn Monroe Cover by Michelle Williams

Actor Michelle Williams collaborated with highly acclaimed photographer Annie Liebovitz to bring back to life “Marilyn Monroe” for the cover Vogue’s October issue. Also added to the Blonde Bombshell’s enduring legacy in style and entertainment, these pictures further enhance Michelle Williams’s transformation in the upcoming film “My week with Marilyn”.

As told by Williams to Vogue that in preparing for her role she had to start outing on weight but it had changed the way her face looked and then she decided to stay slim and wear hip padding instead. As she felt that she wanted her face to be like Marilyn Monroe not her hips.

 

Marilyn Monroe has a lot of strong influences in Hollywood, which can be seen on Megan Fox as she has Monroe’s face tattooed on her arm, Lindsay Lohan named her clothing “Label 6126” after Monroe’s birthday and Scarlett Johansson played the part of “America’s Temptress” for a Dolce&Gabana ad campaign. But this larger than life image intimidated Williams, but at the end she learnt as much of the actress’s life as she could before filming.

William’s was quoted saying that she goes to bed every night with a stack of books next to her and she will fall asleep to her movies. She wanted to know much about he as she had big shoes to fill in Hollywood.

“My Week with Marilyn” is due in theaters November 4th, 2011 with her co-stars Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh.

GQ Awards 2011!!!

GQ, every year has the greatest award show where they choose to select the best men in whole world, who have succeeded in to the highest in their work environment – be it politics, writing, acting and designing as well.

The “GQ Men of the Year Awards 2011” was held at the Royal Opera House in London and was the main attraction to a lot of stylish and attractive celebrities. Out came the haute couture best for men and women, each wanted to show off their red carpet fashion and become the best dressed Fashionista!

Some of the awards given were –

This year it was Tommy Hilfiger who was named “Designer of the Year” award


Mario Testino has been awarded with the “Inspiration Award”

For the “Best International Man” – Bradley Cooper took home the award.

Duran Duran got the “Lifetime Achievement” award

The “Best Politician” award was given to George Osborne.

For the “Best Music” award, it was Hugh Laurie.

The only women honored at the GQ Man of the Year awards was Lara Stone – “Women of the Year”

Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne & Kanye West – Too Haute for Fashion

Haute fashion will be seen with a little more bling, little more glam and little more hip hop. When Snoop Dogg and Karl Lagerfeld collaborated in our midst, it was only a matter of time before we see hip hop music and glamour on the runways of the haute couture world.

Lagerfeld hooked up with Snoop Dogg in St. Tropez to film a scene for his latest music video, he (high profile fashion designer – Lagerfeld) was all decked out in white at the popular vacation spot while he was filming a scene for the hip hop legend new single, titled “St. Tropez”.

The other hip hop artists to have broached the haute couture fashion barriers are –

Lil’ Wayne revealed that the leopard print jeans which he had adorned to perform at the MTV VMA’s were actually women’s jeggings! This is the rage with all women as it is very versatile and baggy hip-hugging style by Tripp NYC and it is still available for sale.

Kanye West is another rapper who has the hots for women’s clothes and who is getting ready to launch his debut collection for New York Fashion Week. Kanye is in partnership with British designer Louise Goldin for the debut, where they are setting shop in Goldin’s London studio. The secretive launch will be held in NYC very soon.

The fashion world and the rap music world are crashing into each other and creating a whole lot of blinged out couture. This is one of the third notable intersection between rap and fashion. Soon to see many more artists rock the ‘Fashion World’!