Thursday, February 28, 2008

Seema Khan's 2008 Derby Fahsion Show

Seema Khan, wife of Sohail Khan (Salman Khan's brother) showcases her 2008 collection at a racehorse event. The styles include babydoll crop dresses, empire cuts, and tribal prints.

This turquoise tribal printed baby-doll dress with big stone work can be worn casually with flip flops or at a evening with high stilettos and a klutch like the model is wearing it.

Empire dresses are hot and happening. Again the safari print adds to the exotic and primitive feel of Seema's collection. The swirly antique gold design cut under the chest is original and brings ellegance to the dress.

Wearing tons of indian bangles with an outfit adds trendiness to it and makes it exotic.

I love an outfit with a black and white color combination. The sequined work is stunning. Very cute and classy!

Something Floral

Seema Khan's summer collection is a kaleidoscope of floral artistry. Flowers dominate the theme. She uses pastiche and painted silk to bring together this sexy outfit.

Floral embellishments subtly pop out of the outfit and hand painted flowers make this collection not only fashion pieces but works of art...and I love the floral waistband!

Here are more images of Seema's Spring Collection.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hayat Rocks!

In Hajra Hayat's December 2007 show pakistani model Mehreen Syed struts down the runway in a breathtaking empire waisted suit with capri pants and chunky crystal rocks. The top can be worn as a dress or with the pants...stunning don't you think?

Karma Sutra

Karma's current bridal collection exemplifies classic eastern beauty. It is tasteful, it is elegant, it is glamourous. From chic and modern pant suits, to regal and traditional saris and lenghas, Karma masters the art of femininity. The work is done in just the right places. The cuts are flattering and the designs are good for any shape or size.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Aishwarya Rai Fashion Profile

Former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai is considered by many to be THE most beautiful woman in the world. Let's see how she dresses.

Aishwarya once said in an interview "I wear what is comfortable." That being said I know that this former Miss World still holds a high reguard for fashion. Her favorite designer is Neeta Lulla who designed her wedding dress and her costumes for a number of films.

Whether she dresses for the Cannes Film Festival, a movie premier or just a stroll down the street, Ash combies grace with sex appeal. She is flawless in every sense of the word. Whether she wears an evening gown, a sari, or a casual pair of jeans, she exuberates elegance. By far my favorite indian fashion icon...

Great New Fashion Show featuring Tahiliani

Neeta Lulla Designs for 'Jodhaa Akbar'

Indian designer Neeta Lulla recreates the Mughal era with an array of vibrant, rich, and exquisitely detailed costumes in the epic film Jodhaa Akbar. She uses original antique jewelry for the costumes and her styles are authentically Rajastani.

The Mughal Emperor played by Hrithik Roshan wears a sharwani style chemise with Islamic motifs, a churidaar pajama (tight pants that are gathered at the ankles) and a large jewel encrusted belt with pearls, kundan and crystals.

Princess Jodhaa played by my favorite Aishwarya Rai Bachan wears short choli's, lenghas that show her ankles, chunaris that are heavily worked along the border and massive kundan and ruby chokers that is typically Rajastani.

Neeta has also designed the costumes for films like Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal, Kisna, and Dil Ka Rishta.

Fashion Show Tvasthar 2008

The show is Sophia Polytechnic's Dress Designing and Garment manufacturing department's annual fashion show and was choreographed by James Ferriera.The designs were edgy and evocative and ranged from modern to traditional.

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra came in as the chief guest along with her director Madhur who is currently working on the film Fashion.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Golden Jubilee by Manish Malhotra

Manish is the leading designer for Bollywood cinema and is considered by many to be the number one indian fashion designer.

In May 2002 London`s departmental store, Selfridges did a Bollywood festival for the summer period and it is here Manish was the only designer to also hold daily live fashion shows of his designs at the store which were very well received.

The entire festival was highly successful and gave both Bollywood and Indian fashion a
new prominence on the British cultural landscape. Even Vanity Fair magazine devoted a whole issue entitled a tribute to Bollywood.

Yes that is Indian actress Urmila. Manish is her favorite indian fashion designer.

This collection by Manish Malhotra is breathtakingly glamorous. The dresses that I have showcased are the epitome of glamourous traditional indian style. The combination of dull gold and cream creates an antique feel.

Manish's use of soft and flowy materials like raw silk, organza and chiffon enhance the elegance and delicacy of his designs. Manish's intricate work of a combination of shisha work (mirror work), beads, sequins and ribbons is spellbinding.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Signature Crochet Wedding Gown

“I’m a staunch patriot – I want to take Pakistan’s name in the international fashion scene. I want to show people around the world what a great heritage we have. That really is the core philosophy of my business. We want to go into the international market and prove ourselves as a Pakistani brand name.”
-Maria B.

No one does crochet like Lahori designer (Lahore city in Pakistan where there is a strong fashion scene and direct competition with Karachi designers) Maria B.

This bridal collection combines a flavor of east and west that defines perfection. There is embroidery of pearls, there is floral beadwork, there is extravagant net borders with detailed cutwork, there is layering, and yet after all that, there is still simplicity.

I have seen many pakistani and indian bridal dresses with reoccuring themes of gold work, menakshi, swarovsky crystals, and dapka work but none compares to the masterpiece of- Maria B.'s bridal crochet collection.

The first dress is a short chemise with embroidered arm bands and a classic lengha. The pink on pink work creates a subtle and subdued look of elegance.

The second dress is a more conservative style with elbow length sleeves. The white on white work gives the dress a western wedding dress feel yet the eastern design makes this dress extremely exotic. The tiny yellow flowers are scattered along the entire dress.

The Kundani Masterpiece by Tarun Tahiliani

Tahiliani is artistic, creative, original and innovative. He is not your typical indian designer. Unlike Manish, Tarun is greatly influenced with western fashions. His designs have attracted the western market and he is considered as one of the top international designers of today. Although Tarun does design indian clothes, he appeals to a more modern and artistic audience.

The designs that I have showcased are influenced by a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani backdrop. He uses a lot of kundan work (glass work) as displayed with the blue gharara (double legged skirt) which is characteristic of Rajasthani designs. Tarun also likes chunari ( fabric that is dyed or printed with small circle motifs) as shown in the blue gharara and mustard sari worn by Shilpa Shetty.

I have posted two of Tahiliani's recent fashion shows

After the tremendous success of his first solo show "The Rubaiyat" in September 1994 at the Dorchester in London, Tarun Tahiliani has continued to present exclusive, well attended and highly publicized shows in major cities all over the world.

Style, craftsmanship, quality and refinement are the defining symbols of Tarun`s garments. His collections attempt to rejuvenate ideas towards a renewal for contemporary Indian life.

A wide spectrum of silhouettes and styles complement his trademark drapes and subtlety. Today, Tarun, the master of drape, is one of the most sought after and successful fashion designers in the country whose clients cover a domestic and international arena.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Bohemian

Pakistani Fashion Show in New York

This video of a pakistani fashion show known as "Symphony of Style" is held in America's fashion capital New York City and has the leading pakistani models walk the runway celebrating the achievements of indian and pakistani fashion and cinema.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Moonlight Sonata

What I love most about HSY is his ability to create saris that are traditional and sexy. This french chiffon sari is reminiscent of a moonlit evening. The soft green is both illuminating and refreshing.

HSY uses zardosi work (silver embroidery with small crystals embellishments) in just the right places. The blouse is made with printed silk known as jamawar with slit sleeves on which there is chunky crystal motifs.

The Classic Mini

Hassan Shehryar Yasin's current couture collection is both bold and daring. His designs are edgy and controversial.

This mini dress that can be worn with pants, leggings or nothing at all is a super sexy head turner. Hassan has combined a western design with eastern material and workmanship using silver crystal motifs and ending this cropped mini with a scallop border of chunky shell shaped embroidery and bead work which is quintessentially HSY.

The Tie-Dye Sari

Indian designer Elisha W has some of the most original and creative designs fusing colors with various artwork. 

This sari, starting from its fully rainbow sequenced blouse, scattered floral beadwork on the blouse, waistband and pallu (part of the sari that is draped off the shoulder) as well as the blend of turquoise and lavender, is fresh, feminine, and fairy-like. 

The extension off the blouse that drapes over the model's waist, slims the waist and adds flavor to this sarong style sari.

The A-Symmetrical Gown

This dress by HSY is one of my favorites because of its paradoxical simplicity and complexity. The one shoulder dress can be either a disaster or immaculate. This dress is the latter. HSY uses french chiffon with delicate crystal and sequenced beadwork to create a dreamy and light look. 

The material is gathered along the waist to give more length. This dress is far more glamourous than any of the recent red carpet gowns that I've seen on Entertainment Tonight.

The Dark Knight

The Modern Churidaar

The Crinkled Chunari Shawl

The Regal Rani

The Legendary Lace

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Mosaic Printed Kurta

Saadia Mirza's Collection

Concentrating on diversity, Saadia Mirza has expanded her creative energies in five different lines: VANITY, VINTAGE, VISION, VOYAGE, and VISAGE. All dramatic and spectacular, each line offers a myriad of choices for those who are more expressive of their own individuality. 

From vibrant bridal line to flamboyant glamour and classic silhouettes, from innovative and classy western wear to a colorful and bold blend of east and west, Saadia Mirza offers that rare option of exclusivity and distinctiveness.

The "Stapless Princess"

The "Gypsy Layered" Lengha

The "Traditional Peacock" Chemise

"The Hollywood Inspired Sari"

The Pearly Porcelain