Fashion is a game for the fickle ... trends come and go from season to season ... but there are some that transcends the ephemeral merry go round of fashion media diktats ... like wearing red during the Christmas season .... the little black dress for all seasons ... the pretty paisleys from our Indian heritage that we wear year after year ... generation after generation ... or animal prints that never seem to go out of style !! There is a certain oomph about leopard prints in particular that makes it an eternal staple of a fashionistas closet . Vogue ... the ultimate fashion bible, has chronicled leopard print as a style statement , on its covers no less, ..... since 1939 !! Have a look at the covers we have rounded up from 1939 to 2011 !!
If there is one fashion icon through the ages that men have aspired to look like, it is undoubtedly James Bond, agent 007, super spy, super stud, super stylish and the most fashionable. Every actor that has portrayed this ageless hero, has showcased the best menswear trend of that generation ... and going through the 23 Bond movies till now, is the best education for any fashionista, and the ultimate guide of how a man of class and taste should look like !

The name is Bond .... James Bond and he is licensed to thrill since he first appeared on the big screen in Dr. No (1962). What can you really say about a fictional character who is introduced to us on film through the view of a gun barrel !!! .... and a musical theme that is dramatic dangerous and full of suspense ! .... No matter your level of Cinephilia (passionate interest in cinema) ... there is hardly anyone living on this planet (who has access to electricity) .... who has never heard of James Bond, 007, licensed to kill super spy .... or cannot recognize the distinctive tune that announces a Bond moment ! This year is the 50th anniversary of the movie franchise, based on the fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953.

Enrique Iglesias. The name is enough as an introduction .... he is one celeb about whom you can safely say ... "the question is not who knows him, But who doesn't know him ?" .... this Grammy winning Latin heart throb pop phenomenon is one of the biggest pop, latin, EDM (electronic dance music ) artist ever ... known as much for his bedroom voice as his bedroom face and body (heheh women lust for him and their men loathe his effect on their women ;) ... his main inspirations in his spectacular career has been Woman, Friendship, Loneliness and Love .... now if thats not the ultimate cocktail of everything youthful and seductive haha ... every woman from Delhi to Rio wants the romance that is Enrique .... wants the sensitivity and sincerity of his voice and eyes ... wants that perfectly honed body that jumps, runs and dances with supermanic stamina on stage .... wants the fabulous lover in his music videos ... and deliriously wants that bedroom voice to serenade them in their ears !!

Enrique Iglesias on the cover of his latest single Finally Found You 

Manish Malhotra SS 2013 Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 

One of the most stunning fashion shows of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS 2013 was undoubtedly Manish Malhotra's "Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric" showcasing Chikankari embroidery by village women from Mijwan, a small village near Azamgarh, in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. Nothing can be more momentous or heartwarming than when Fashion and Charity comes together ... especially in a fashion show in a prestigious Fashion Week in front of a urban global audience .. who are privileged to witness the miracles embroidered from the dreams of rural India ... which is mostly unsung and unappreciated ...... We were stunned, riveted and absolutely ashamed of our ignorance ... of the wonderful artistry of Chikan, which belongs to the same pedestal as more globally prominent textile art forms like French Laid Embroidery(White Work), 18th century lace-like embroidery known as Dresden or Ayreshire embroidery from 19th century Scotland.

Nida Mahmood .... Story Teller !!

Nida Mahmood SS 2013 

For those of us who attended Nida Mahmood's Spring Summer 2013 collection "Sapna Cinema"  on day 5 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS 13 ... we were plunged into 15 odd minutes of technicolor dreams dreamt in the mental landscape of Nida's vivid imagination....... First came the Masks, ...... a psychedelic mixture of masquerade masks from Venice ..... to Indian green Kathakali face masks, ........ Goddess Kali masks,  Nazar Battus ( a Nazar (eye) Battu is an icon, charm bracelet, tattoo, face mask or other object or pattern used in North India and Pakistan to ward-off the evil eye ) .... to the dragon masks of China and Bhutan .... it was stunning ... it was surreal .... it was very Alexander McQueen as in it was edgy, fetishtic and dramatic beyond a person's imagination !

Imagine a fashion show runway ... with LED screens showing the story of a garment from start to finish ..... and then Shammi Kapoor ( an Indian/Bollywood film idol from the 1960's) serenading on screen with the super hit Bollywood song " Baar Baar dekho, Hazaar baar dekho, ke dekhne ki cheez hai hamara dilruba " ( Glance again and again, glance a thousand times, because my sweetheart is worth looking at ) .... there is smoke on the runway ... and Tango dancers wearing sarees doing the Cha Cha to "baar baar dekho" come out of the smoke curtain ... the mood is set for the swinging sixties .... and needless to say ... everyone in the audience with a drop of Indian blood in their veins ... are instantly singing and cheering on the models sashaying down in free flowing and elegant silhouettes !! We were spellbound by the extravaganza .... the music and the clothes seamlessly came together in the most fitting finale to Wills India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 !

Life is a bit back to normal now that Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS 2013 has concluded. We are still in Fashion Week hangover, but have managed to finally tackle all the amazing amount of pics and info we have gathered. This week you will see us sharing all the lovely moments we were privileged to witness during fash week :)

On the last day (day 5 ) of WIFW, the biggest show was no doubt the Grand Finale show of the House of Ritu Kumar. The show was in two parts, LABEL - the pret collection and COUTURE.

The show was fabulous and lavish beyond imagination ... and the music excellently chosen ... non indian music for LABEL and bollywood music for COUTURE ..... words are really superfluous as you will see ... here is a compilation of the clothes and music ... this post is for her pret (ready to wear) line . The playlist on You Tube is here : ( )

We have been writing about Wills India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 which is going on now at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. It has been quite a long journey in a very few days. Our personal lives are on hold, our eyes are saturated by the most creative images possible, watching all those Runway shows, non stop ... our feet hurts, body aches, we have a severe sleep deficit ... but i guess its the same with all the wonderful people who are part of this wonderful universe, temporarily created at Hall number 18. We bloggers are now a recognised part of the larger Media community, and at the end of the day, the point of connection is not Fashion, the shows and our professional lives, its basic human connections like .... "yaar kiske paas ciggy hai ?" ( friends, who has any ciggarettes left ? ) .... " gum hain kya kisi ke paas " ? ( who has chewing gum here ) .... " yaar koi mint hi dede" ( give me a mint atleast, if you don't have gum ) ... " dinner pass le liya " ? ( have you collected your dinner coupon ? ( given to the media by FDCI/ WLS ... coz hacks don't have time to go out of venue for dinner : )  ...... You may not remember the names of all in the Media Pit/ and rows ... but the faces have become so familiar !!! ... ( Familiar (adjective): Well known from long or close association :) 

Dimpy Kapur ( D) and Shima Ahmad ( S ) 

Hello people this is  Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 ... and its a fast post ... we are going to put up lots of exclusives later ... just enjoy the show from our eyes in a jiffy now :)

am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi

The Mayan Maze : Known is a drop, the unknown is an Ocean. Deep in the rainforests of Mesoamerica, lies the perfect maze. Enchanted by the Mayans, he who entered the maze, and solved his way to the other end, would be the one to attain true and absolute enlightenment.  To him, all of life’s secrets would uncover, with him, the supreme source of energy would connect, to him, all unknown, will be known. This season, for Spring Summer 2013, the designers draw inspiration from this ancient civilization, imprinting an entire collection with hints of its myths and mystique. - Press Release

This mostly black n white monochrome collection is full of Birds of Paradise motifs .... which reminded us of Garuda ... Lord Vishnu's mount (vahana) .... quite an Indian parallel to Mayan mythology ... what with the Mayan calender ending in 2012 and all the brouhaha in the media about it ... am:pm has showcased a very contemporary inspiration !! Structured blouses, sharp shoulders, collars, puffed sleeves, high waisted checks and liquid black silk satins and organzas ... we loved this sophisticated collection :)

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presents Asia's biggest fashion and trade event, the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2013 from October 6 to 10, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The five-day fashion event witnesses participation from an assorted mix of leading as well as upcoming designers. In this edition as well, we are looking at creations by the best in the Indian fashion industry that continues to strengthen the business of fashion taking it to newer heights with every passing year.
Each season of highly anticipated WIFW organized by FDCI promises five days of excitement, with each season witnessing constantly increasing interest and participation from established and up-coming designers, buyers and affiliates.
With an objective of encouraging designers and helping them build global fashion brands, the platform provided by FDCI not only supports designers but also generates excellent business opportunities for them.Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week - Spring Summer 2013 promises to be the most spectacular fashion event of the season. - 

Chanel number 19 Gabrielle lipstick

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." ― Coco Chanel

Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel, born August 19, 1883. This style icon needs no introduction, Chanel was to fashion, what Marilyn Monroe was to Hollywood ... each transcended their career, beyond fashion and acting, to a stratosphere so rarefied .... that for generations after them, there can be no other to compare. Both wore their hair short, Chanel was dark haired with a slim boyish figure and tanned skin, and Monroe the ultimate blonde bombshell with a hourglass figure and peaches and cream skin. And both wore red lipstick !! which is the subject of our blogpost.

Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes. 

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - The Beatles

We are picturing ourselves with tangerine trees and marmalade skies alright peeps ... ORANGE is backkk !!! No no, we don't mean the fruit (this is not a food blog) ... we mean the colour orange in all its beautiful range, from just orange, tangerine, marmalade, pumpkin, saffron, salmon, coral, carrot, titian, ginger , halloween, flame, ochre, marigold to mandarin amber ... all shades of orange that showed up on the catwalks of Spring/Summer 2013 from New York to Paris !!
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