For Starters...


*Been noticing some men at fashion week wearing antique brooches on their lapels. Fashion writer and jewellery designer, the Mumbai-based Umesh Jivnani, also a collector, sports some of the most eye-catching ones. Umesh's is not some casual collection. He turns old, whimsical pieces into lapel pins while others are in beautiful kundan and jadau and look like they have come out of our grandmother's jewellery chest. It was a surprise to see Ashdeen Lilaowalla, also a Delhi-based fashion writer and textile designer sport a bright little jewelled bouquet yesterday. Have got you pictures of both.

*So many young kids sit in front rows these days, even fashion interns. Whereas Rta Kapur Chishti, one of the most respected and veteran textile experts who also weaves pure khadi on a hand cranked charkha in her Jangpura studio in Delhi sat in the third row at the capsule collection of Tokyo Fashion Week that walked at WIFW.

*"Wow, you are looking like a diva", said a senior designer to a young miss who greeted him. She had interned with him. "Yes, am really trying to look like a diva", said the girl seriously. She wore a stretch jersey gown-dress in dull brown, hair whipped into submission before being styled, a peach coloured faux fur bolero and peach heels. Lipstick and blush-on: peach too. Very peachy of her she was not to notice that the designer was only pulling her leg.

Main Course

Wills India Fashion Week now sees an important convergence between buyers, media and designers. However, they seem to be roping in too many diverse properties–a mish-mash of social causes, corporate social responsibility networks, collaborations and such. Sample this:

On Day 1, there was a PETA showing, models and almost-celebs in cages pleaded the cause of animals in distress.

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