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Vogueistic Wearables, Louis Vuitton Series and London Design Festival!

I have been on a holiday. Cruising to the Nordics, Baltics all the way to Russia and finally culminating a fab holiday in Spain. Some more notes on my recent travels will be up soon on my blog as a photoblog because travel is to create memories.. not to be reduced to a text. This isn’t the end of the holiday season. Fyi.. NO E.F.F.I.N.G WAY! There is a lot more coming ..more exotic locations This also kind of explains why I haven’t been active on the blogging biosphere. Hopefully I will be able to churn out some interesting stuff in the coming months for my readers whilst still being able to find time to work and play! Technology today is not only enhancing experience both virtually and real-time but in many ways also bridging the divide between virtual and real almost becoming surreal. The gap is fast diminishing between the rhetoric and reality albeit still figuring out the notion of human touch. With a proliferation of internet connected devices, Wearables are getting there i.e. at the point of human touch via a technology format where the need is replacing the gimmick du jour. Today Wearables are not about contextualising fashion but are about reinventing the […]

Eco-Consciousness, Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the age of #CecilTheLion, #FlipOffFur & #BirkinBag

We are living in the age of contradiction. On one hand we abhor violence and on the other we continue to discriminate. On one hand, there is a growing sense of environmental responsibility and on the other we continue to ravage and exploit the planet in umpteen ways. There are a lot more pro-planet initiatives across the globe; Hand-made, sustainable fashion; Causes and hashtags on animal cruelty, fair trade, organic farming and sensitive subjects like child and cheap labour in the underprivileged third world countries. While we are also seeing massive amount of plastic, hazardous material and trash accumulating in our oceans; The carbon footprint is growing despite a gradual transition to the Green cause. The divergence in viewpoints on environmentalism is universal but the end result is proving to be quite contradictory. Karl Lagerfeld ‘haute fourrure’ or ‘couture fur’ runway show earlier this month at Fendi’s couture show in Paris is a testament to the fact!  The Chanel head designer (who also heads up Fendi and his own eponymous label) vehemently supports the fur industry justifying his supporting the growth of the trade in saving jobs of people engaged in it since he believes they cannot do any other job besides slaughtering! Then we have trail blazers like Jane Birkin, Hermès’ Birkin’s eponymous […]

#WomanPower – Learning from International Women’s Day; Leslee Udwin’s BBC documentary – India’s Daughter; UN’s Official Theme

In an extremely hypocritical world, we live in, a single day in a year cannot undo the many prejudices that women struggle to cope with around the world! On one hand, there is massive progression on women’s rights and on the other, parts of the world continue to grapple with women’s right to equality and freedom! Case in point – When it comes to celebrating women’s day, nothing can be more discouraging to see one country propagating women’s right and the other restricting it by deliberating on conservative attitudes towards women! I believe it’s time to focus on women’s issues as a whole rather than focus on the bad in one country or one part of the world. Clearly, the issue of sexual violence against women spans countries and continents. BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ addresses this very clear divide between progression Vs. the misogynistic mindsets more like the good Vs. evil! Well, I’m not a feminist and I don’t have any agenda in writing about International Women’s Day.. but as a son to a Mother who has taught me to be respectful and grounded, brother to two most adorable sisters and an uncle to a niece, friend and colleague to incredible […]

The UnRetouched trend; Gucci’s Reinvention; Succès de Scandale – Learning from Miley, Madonna & Iggy Azalea = Celebrating Inner beauty! Selena Gomez Vs. Nicole Kidman

The notion on beauty, objectifying beauty and its complexities are varied but now it is reaching an apocalyptic level of liberation becoming more vivid, true to the core and sight for sore eyes. Case in point – from Madonna‘s unretouched pictures for Interview magazine in November last year; Kate Moss‘s recent unretouched Vogue Italia spread shot by Peter Lindbergh; the leaked L’Oréal cosmetics campaign showing Beyoncé‘s uneven skin tone; Cindy Crawford‘s much debated stretch marks via Marie Claire Mexico.. to the very recent, Iggy Azalea accepting that being a woman and having cellulite is perfectly normal! Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, Julianne Moore’s role of Alice Howland and her gripping performance in Still Alice and especially the deglamourized performance from Jennifer Aniston in Cake all point to a clear emphasis on “real beauty”, “real-woman” beautiful from the inside! UnRetouched, most definitely is a trend now.  What is sad is that the reaction over it in social media from certain quarters which is quite disgusting – as if there is a sheer lack of moral consciousness out there! I totally respect freedom of speech howsoever opinionated (strong, succinct, relevant or otherwise) as some people can be subtly honest and bold about their introspection on what’s trending – however, today, […]

Internet Vs. The Business of Fashion (Weeks); Holographic Models in future; Conspicuous Consumption Vs. Conspicuous Frugality; Real Woman -Patricia Arquette at the Oscars; Elie Saab rocks!

Huff ‘n’ puff literally I have so much to write that it’s impossible to capture the essence of it in one subject line! OK, one at a time I have been asked by lot of my blog readers as to why there are so many frequent fashion weeks across the four major contributing fashion capitals of the world i.e. New York, London, Milan and Paris? Well, there is never a dull moment in fashion but the fashion weeks across four major fashion capitals is actually a biannual affair. Twice in an year (February for Autumn/Winter and September for Spring/Summer) fashion weeks are organized to help define trends for the coming season and they take place much in advance to enable buyers and retailers stock up just in time for the season. So when you think you have the world’s best wardrobe and all the latest trends..and you are done with sourcing and eventually gathering(buying) your priced sartorial possessions – you are made to believe that it may not be “the end of the shopping frenzy or updating your wardrobe” after all! C’est la vie! The most recent fashion week this month just concluded in New York NYFW AW15, followed by […]

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