Lakmé Fashion Week winter/festive 2016

So after skipping three seasons of my favorite Indian fashion event –Lakmé Fashion Week , i decided its time I make myself at home! And I attended the Winter Festive 2016 held at Beautiful St Regis in Mumbai during 24th to 28th August! It is always pleasure to witness creative crowd and their creativity being unfold right in front of you. I really enjoyed every collection that I watched but I couldn’t help but love Gaurav Khanijo, Cord, Kallol Datta and Kriti Tula!

Talking about my look- I wore Indian by Manish Arora for KOOVS bomber jacker, tank top and drop crotch harem pants. I chose Guiseppe Zanotti hightop sneakers for my love for HipHop and a  cluch from Aliexpress.com . My look is well below 6000 INR excluding the Zanotti sneakers.

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The Clothing Rental

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How would you flaunt that Vintage Valentino you loved very much on runway but would never be able to afford it? Would you like to wear your favorite Merchesa or Georges Chakra  gown without having to purchase it? Consider yourself lucky because the one  fashionista – Shilpa Bhatia has made this possible for you in India! Shilpa with all her love for fashion started a concept store named “The Clothing rental” where you can rent your favorite Zara or Babe jumpsuit for just a fraction of the price. The store provides highend Italian/French labels and also offers wide range of Indian bridal wear. Shilpa makes the fashion really affordable with her brilliant idea with the obvious logic- affordability for the high-end label, very cliché for fashion lovers in India. Shilpa’s clientele includes but not limited to fashion week regulars and Bollywood professionals. Dolce and Gabbana, Armani, Hugo Boss, Carolina Harrera, Zegna, Alexander Wang, Anamika Khanna and Manish Malhotra are few of the labels available at “The Clothing rental”. Shilpa has expanded her business into two beautifully decorated stores located in Bandra and Versova. You can also rent your favorite fashion labels online. “We truly believe in offering value and it shows in our product and service.” Comments Shilpa.

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In conversation with Aqdus Saleem

Recently I interviewed Fashion Designer Aqdus Saleem. Aqdus is Pearl Acedemy graduate and presented her summer collection The Modest Chapter recently at Lakme Fashion Week. I instantly fell in love with her designs due to clear resemblance between my keen interests in Arabian culture and her collection.

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Designer Aqdus Saleem

Here is our brief interaction.

Q: Will you tell my audience about your background.
A: I belong to a religious Muslim business family
My father is a contractor, my mother is a homemaker & she is also inclined towards fashion but because of conservative Muslim family she couldn’t pursue fashion design as her career & that is also a reason why my parents are very supportive towards my career.I have two brothers one of my brother is civil engineer & another one is pursuing is communication design from pearl academy & one sister who is pursuing M.B.B.S.

Q: How did you come to realise that you want to become a Fashion designer?
A:Meaning of my name is sacred and I abide to it. Throughout my life fashion made considerable influence in my life. From teenage to adulthood I made lifestyle and clothes my passion and hence achieved success at pearl academy. Aftermath of which landed my interview on YouTube pearl channel on contemporary style and upholding Muslim culture and feminism

Q: How do you define fashion?
A:Fashion for me is always your inner style

Q: How do you define your personal style?
A:Simple & elegant

Q: What matters to you most as a designer?
A:Individuality & doing something out of the box every time you showcase your collection.

Q: What do you like most about designing a piece of cloth/jewellery?
A:Theme, silhouette & Garment construction

Q: Do you see yourself as an artist?
A: yes

Q : Tell us about your collection- “The Modest chapter” which was showcased at Lakme Fashion Week recently.
A: Our Summer/Resort 2016 – ‘The Modest Chapter” recreates the contemporaries modest wear taking the inspiration from book, by using its silhouette. Cotton lawn, linen & organza and few more fabrics through which we tried to make the garments. Although creative pattern & excessive layering remains the key inspiration to built up the collection. (picture and review of collection here)

Q: Do you have a role model in the Industry? Is there any designer or artist who inspires you the most?
A:Sabyasachi

Q: Is there any (international) designer/model you would aspire to work with in future?
A: Alexender Wang & Valentino

Q: What is Aqdus , when she is not a fashion designer? What other things interests you?
A: Jouranalist
Q:  Your favourite Fashion labels:
A: Shoes: Aldo,Zara
     Bags: Aldo,Fendi
     Fragrance: Chanel
     Haute Couture: Sabyasachi & Valentino
     Casual Wear: Zara
     Sport wear: Nike
     Jewellery I don’t know, I am not a jewellery person

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Actress Chrry Mardiya in Aqdues Saleem Dress at Lakme Fashion Week.

The Modest Chapter by Aqdus Saleem

Designer Aqdus Saleem presented her collection- THE MODEST CHAPTER, on Day 1 at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016. The collection is a perfect blend of Islamic ethnic and contemporary fashion trends. The collection with global appeal offers the wearers comfort and elegance without having to compromise on modesty. Collection is inspired by the idea of how fashionable women in conservative milieu would dress up for various occasions. Excessive layering remains the key element throughout the collection. Here are some of the pictures.

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