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‘Indian government should recognize fashion as a form of art’

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By Nivedita

The Indian government must appreciate the talent of fashion designers like the French government does, says Manish Arora, who at 43 has been conferred the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award, by the French government.

Known for working with a riot of colors, psychedelic prints and for producing kitschy designs that have been loved the world over — sitarist Anoushka Shankar flaunted his creation at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony — Arora has been in the designing profession for over 15 years.

Expressing his joy on the honor, Arora told IANS: “I am quite happy that the French could recognize somebody from India for this level in the field of fashion.

“I am the first Indian ever in the world of fashion and art to receive something like this and I am very happy. I hope that the Indian government should now recognize fashion as the form of art like the way French do.”

Last year, the French government also honored Indian designer Ritu Beri with Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres award, one of its highest civilian awards, for her contribution to the enrichment of Indo-French cultural relations.

Arora, who runs the Indian by Manish Arora brand, feels that the Indian government lacks when it comes to giving recognition to the fashion industry.

“Starting with the basic of the government’s recognizing fashion as serious business and then having specialized people who understand fashion to be involved in the government to make changes… Also, fashion designers are rarely recognized in any kind of ceremonies or awards in India. I think this needs to be changed,” he added.

With a steady international clientele that makes it a point to visit his stall at national fashion weeks, Arora’s international presence started with his successful debut at the London Fashion Week in September 2005. He later showed his creative prowess at platforms in Hong Kong and Miami.

In 2007, he showcased for the first time in Paris Fashion Week, eventually becoming a member of the distinguished French Federation of Pret-a-Porter in the same year. Now the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur is another feather to his cap.

Looking back at his journey, Arora, whose connect with France was also strengthened by his appointment as the creative director for iconic French fashion house Paco Robanne in 2011, said: “I always think that it’s just a beginning.”

“I never feel that I am working. I am one of those who is following his dreams in the form of a job. Not everybody in the world gets the chance to follow their dreams, and I am glad I found my belongings… I feel as if I am on holiday.”

However, being among the first Indians to show internationally had its own pros and cons when he had started, Arora said.

“Starting in London, and then in Paris, was not that easy for me because you never had anybody else to take as an example. You had to make your own path, which comes with making a lot of mistakes, but then it also makes you more original and real because you have nobody else to look up to. So I am very glad with how my career shaped up,” said Arora, whose designs are flaunted by the likes of international fashion icons like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj.

While he is happy with the evolution of the Indian fashion industry on the global map, he feels the country’s designers still have a long way to go. A solution, he said, lies in the fact that “it is great to use India, but you need to modernize India”.

“You don’t need to westernize, but you need to modernize India and Indian techniques of weaving or textiles to be at par with international level,” added the designer, who has even worked in collaboration with brands such as Walt Disney, Swarvoski, Swatch, Reebok, Barbie, Mono Prix, Nespresso, Nivea, MAC Cosmetics, Pommery and Amrapali among others. (IANS)

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FDCI to go Live for Hosting ‘Phygital’ Fashion Week

Phygital happens to be a combination of a physical and digital event

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FDCI presents ELLE FIRST CUT in 2018. Wikimedia Commons

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) took to Instagram to post a teaser that says “FDCI goes digital Indias First Ever Digital Fashion Week”. The event is set to be a ‘phygital one, which is a combination of a physical and digital event according to Lifestyle news.

Confirming the announcement, Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI told IANSlife: “Right now, we have no choice but to invent the wheel and press the restart button. In the lockdown, we are left with doing nothing. Work from home does not apply to us. We had put this on trial and realised we can do it. We have got nods from the designers, the board and the buyers. At the moment, this is what will bring back the excitement and business. We have announced this seeing the mood of the public.”

He added: “We are working for the fashion designers, buyers and the infrastructure that has supported us like the models, makeup artistes. Instead of an on-ground fashion week, we will do it within our office, at Taj Palace or hire a place. We can digitally create a set and we can ask live models to come in. We can then record it and show it the next day or after all five days are done. It will be ‘phygitical’ — on ground (physical) and digital.”

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The dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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However, the dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized; most of the designers would like this to happen in August, informs the Council’s chairman. End July-August is usually when the FDCI hosts its Annual Couture Week.

Earlier this month, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks also announced that they will be held in a digital format. The Indian Federation for Fashion Development’s (IFFD) India Runway Week last year was held on Instagram, which saw 35 designers showcase their collections digitally. (IANS)

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Get That Perfect Lip Tint In Lockdown

Give your lips a perfect pout and tint with some amazing shades while home-sheltering

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Lipsticks will save your day amidst lockdown. Pixabay

Summer calls for a burst of colour and just because your home sheltering, why limit yourself from sporting bright, cheerful colours on your lips.

Especially with work from home, zoom calls, and online dating there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sport the colour of the season and perk up that pout. From punchy corals to peachy nudes and dark and deep fuchsia, put your best face forward with these lipsticks that come in different textures-from matte to cream to gloss.

Reena Chabbra, CEO Nykaa Brands, shares some top lip colour trends from the brand this summer.

TREND #1 BERRY RED SHADES

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Summers are here and just-bitten Berry Stained lips are quite trending. You can opt from Matte to Glossy lip range to ace the look.

Get Set Matte Demi Matte Lip Color: FOMO

Matte Cherry Lips are a cult favourite and never go out of fashion. They look more cool in summers and don’t wear off easily with sweat or humidity.

Matte To Last Liquid Lipstick :MISHTI

Get Set Matte Demi Matte Lip Color : SLAY

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Lipstick shades that will enhance your look this summer. Pixabay

TREND #2 DARK FUSCHIA

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Shades in Deep Raspberry, Electric Magenta & Bluish Based Berry are the favourites for those who don’t like Reds. They are bold and daring and make your lips pop and brighten any dress you wear.

Matte To Last Liquid Lipstick : RUKMINI | KUFRI

So Creme Creamy Matte Lipstick :PEP TALK

Lips By Masaba :KALEING ME SOFTLY

TREND #3 Peachy Nudes.

If you don’t like to wear too bright colours then peachy nudes are the best to opt for. You can wear it throughout the day, at home or for any outing. Peach lips are perfect for summers.

Ultra MatteLipstick :DIANA

Matte To last Liquid Lipstick :BOMBAE | JANHVI

TREND #4 Corals

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Fresh and Lively Corals inclined towards Orange will give your face a fresh look.

Lips by Masaba :CAN’T DEAL

Matte To Last Liquid Lipstick :MUMTAJ

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Perfect pout while you’re home-sheltering with these amazing shades. Pixabay

TREND #5 PINKS

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Wild Watermelon Pink accents are great for a natural look in summers.

Wonderpuff Lip & Cheek Cushion Lipstick: BORN TO BLOSSOM

TREND #6 DARK WINE LIPS

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Officially dark Neutral Toned Wine Lippies are a cult favourite for any kind of evening parties or hangouts in summers. (IANS)

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Soul and Sensibility in Fashion Will Now Be More Appealing: Nimish Shah

Mindless consumption of fashion will decrease post-pandemic

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Mindless consumption of fashion will now lessen. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Fashion designer Nimish Shah feels that the people who did “mindless” consumption of trendy clothes will start to prioritise and see “soul and sensibility” in fashion now on.

The ongoing lockdown which is now in its third phase has changed the dynamics of the fashion industry. The consumer’s fashion priorities have also changed as a result of the lockdown and situation prevailing in the world, he believes.

“I think we will start to see a lot of soul and sensibility in fashion from now on. There was such mindless consumption of trendy clothes – I think people are going to step back and prioritise well,” Shah tells IANSlife.

Amid the lockdown, the designer launched the “most special pieces” of Bhaane’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. “We are a pretty small business and were swift with adapting changes. Our buyers responded quickly and edited the offer to launch only the most special pieces. We have repurposed the raw materials for next season.”

Most businesses and fashion houses are going to lose a complete season with the block out and production timing for the next season. The designer believes, “There is a dive in business-like with every other business. However, our brand dialogues and engagements continue.”

Bhaane’s latest drop is inspired by the 90’s era, bringing back the nostalgia. “A very important brand rationale is to evoke Indianness – something so unique to us and only we can respond to this sort of tease. I love tapping into nostalgia in a quirky fashion. I feel it is such an easy way to time travel and emotionally engage the audience,” says Shah.

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Soul and sensibility behind fashion, important. Pixabay

Shah has been associated with Bhaane, founded by Anand Ahuja and his wife Sonam Kapoor, for a long time now. He says the association has been a “lot of learning; identity building is an ongoing process and you tweak constantly to sharpen your raison d’etre. I am pushing myself, taking risks – putting myself out of my comfort zone to ensure there is a sense of newness in all our offerings.”

Shah, Sonam and Anand work collectively on collections and campaigns, he says. “Both of them are extremely open-minded with a very large vision and clarity of brand purpose. We work very closely in the process and constantly talk about rights and wrongs. They are always available for feedback and critique.”

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On being asked which look would you like to pick up to style Sonam from his latest collection and why, the designer replies: “She has such a unique sense of style and can literally pull off anything. I would love to see her in one of our oversized kaftan tops.” (IANS)