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In Mandira Wirk

It wasn’t just Mandira Bedi who came to Wirk’s show to lend her support, celebrities came in droves and they were all dressed in clothes straight out of Mandira Wirk’s SS 2010 Collection!

From what we see, none of these lil’ draped numbers look particularly flattering on either of these ladies nor are they easy on the eye.

P.S: Malaika Arora Khan walked for Mandira Wirk in that dress.


L To R: Sophie Chaudhary, Pooja Bedi, Kalki Koechlin


L To R: Shonali Nagrani, Malaika Arora Khan, Mandira Wirk

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The Pink Ladies

The dominant color among the attendees on day one of Lakme Fashion Week had to be ‘pink’ in various shapes and shades… And while on some it worked and worked well, on others (like Bhagyashree) it had us scrambling for the exit.

On an aside though, does Bhagyashree age at all?


L To R: Anita Dongre, Bhagyashree, Geeta Basra


L To R: Nawaz Modi Singhania, Lata Patel, Madhoo Shah

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In Neeta Lulla

We’ve seen Hema Malini do this before… wear something from a collection that hasn’t even hit the runway yet and that’s exactly what she did at the Neeta Lulla show again.

Seen in a sari from the designer’s latest collection, Hema Malini didn’t quite make the impact she usually does. The monochromatic beige absolutely washed her out; between the long sleeves, the sari and the bag, there was just too much of beige for the eye to take in!


Hema Malini At The Neeta Lulla Show


Neeta Lulla Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

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In Nishka Lulla

The young Ms. D’Souza was spotted at the Nishka Lulla show on Day one of Lakme Fashion Week in a dress also from the very designer’s latest showing…

For us, the collection was a bit too tween and reminiscent of Rocky S. There also seemed to be some traces of Barbie… Much too saccharine for us but then we are hoping we aren’t the target audience and the collection is meant for much, much younger women.

Personally, the way I see this collection working on slightly older women or even in an editorial way is only if it was styled with a hard edge. A cutesy dress paired with heavy eyes, severe hair, a leather rocker jacket and some fierce heels. Throw in some studs too. But that’s just me. :)

P.S: Dia Mirza walked for Nishka Lulla.


Genelia D’Souza At The Lulla Show, Lakme Fashion Week


Nishka Lulla Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

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Q&A Wednesday With Kallol Datta

Picking up where we left off with our Q&A series, here’s a quick tête-à-tête with the designer Kallol Datta

1. As a designer, what inspires you? Have a muse?

As a person, I gravitate towards concepts of putrefaction, transmigration etc, and to the works of artists who’ve dealt with the aforementioned topics. When in design mode, it remains the same. The thought of having a muse throws me off for a loop. I cannot imagine creating garments based on the visual imagery of just one(type) woman.

2. What is the core aesthetic that you aim for in your clothes?

Bling- free, Bling – less, Bling to death and the likes. Shiny objects distract me. Though details in garments are important, for me the shape and form of the piece hold more importance.

3. With multiple fashion weeks springing up in almost every major city, how effective are they?

It’s weird right? Almost like having a Mardi gras at every nook and corner. However India keeps stressing way too much on the word ‘week’. I’ve conditioned myself; substituting ‘week’ for ‘extravaganza and jazz’, because in India that’s what it is at the end of the day.

4. How has the high-end luxury brand influx in India changed the local fashion scene?

Well, for starters, people have started denying the fact that they’ve picked up their Gucci from Mumbai. But seriously, other than the fact of having my garment appear in a magazine on a model wearing a Patrick Cox shoe and the point that is Chanel and not ‘Channel’ anymore, it’s all the same.

5. How do you feel about more and more celebrities choosing to wear International labels at various award functions and other public events? As a designer do you feel our homespun designers aren’t getting their due?

Ask me something on meta-physics and I am sure, I’ll fare better. I stay far away from celebrities and their lives. Their sartorial choice in clothing however, brings out the ‘Kathy Griffin’ in me.


6. How important is it for a designer to have his/her creations seen on a celebrity versus conventional advertising mediums?

By celebrity, let’s assume we mean people from the Indian film industry. Designers catering to that particular market segment will prolly benefit from actors and the likes wearing their clothes. As for my case, forget the clothes, let’s get people to pronounce ‘Kallol’ the way my mum intended it to be.

7. Five essentials that should take us through the seasons this year?

Well groomed selves (even if one tends to appear otherwise), brill innerwear, a beginner’s sense of humour, lady luck and a glass of vino.

8. How would you describe your own sense of style?

Magpie; random, borrowed, stolen. Roomy, all enveloping and the likes.

9. Thoughts on mainstream actresses replacing models on all major (fashion) magazine covers?

I know!!! How dare they!! but I cry myself to bed every night hoping that it’s only because female actors make better marketing sense and that’s it…

10. And finally…

a. One word that describes you?


b. A trend you wish would go away?

Besides the obsessive usage of the word ‘trend’? ummm bodycon and bling…lets make it two trends that could go away.

c. A trend you can’t get enough of?


d. Shoes or bags?


e. If you weren’t a designer, you would be?

Just your friendly neighbourhood chav, on government support with the fanciest council apartment. I cannot fathom doing anything else other than designing at the moment.

f. One thing Kallol Datta cannot live without?

Having something constructive to do…


Kallol Datta, Fall 2009

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