STYLE OF INDIA, By Geeta Khanna
Well-known for her endeavor to preserve and promote the unique arts, crafts and heritage of India, Geeta Khanna in association with her company Hirumchi Styling, and Hachette India, launched her coffee table book Style of India at the French Embassy, New Delhi.
The coffee book brings together over 300 stunning visuals from archival material and gorgeous recreations of drapes and accessories over centuries and accompanied by perceptive essays spanning the gamut of Indian design and style through the ages, this is unique collectible for the design aficionado. Style of India weaves a compelling chronicle from pre-history and the Harappan civilization to the era of Hindi cinema and contemporary Indian fashion to relate the glorious story of Indian style.
The book launch was graced by Sunil Sethi, president, FDCI, anchor Fatima Karan, leading fashion photographer, Tarun Khiwal, Priya Paul, Bina Ramani, designers Muzaffar Ali & Meera Ali, Ambassador of France to India, Alexandr e Ziegler, Mrs. Veronique Ziegler and Mr. Aman Nath amongst others. The author examines a myriad of topics from the influence of mythology-based art, natya Shastra, the early echoes of style in the Rig Veda to the drapes and accessories of the Harappan civilization. The book traces the influence of India’s styles, drapes and colours on the famous fashion houses in the world. The impact of Hindi cinema on our fashion zeitgeist has been assimilated, transference that has shaped style and design within the country and beyond.
The author examines a myriad of topics from the influence of mythology-based art, natya Shastra, the early echoes of style in the Rig Veda to the drapes and accessories of the Harappan civilization. The book traces the influence of India’s styles, drapes and colours on the famous fashion houses in the world. The impact of Hindi cinema on our fashion zeitgeist has been assimilated, transference that has shaped style and design within the country and beyond.
Weaving seamlessly into the story, the coffee-book connects India and the great houses of design across the world – Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, to name a few. Looks at warrior queen Razia Sultan as possibly the first androgynous dresser in our history. The emergence of Indian fashion designers and the preservation of India’s heritage – Martand Singh, Sally Holkar, Asha Sarabhai and Umang Hutheesing. Also profiles the revolutionary fashion couturiers such as Ritu Kumar, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Shahab Durazi, Anamika Khanna, Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla, Abraham & Thakore.
Style of India is a spectacular volume that traverses an impressive breadth of history, offering a panoramic view of the defining moments – the cultural factors, historical compulsions, and mystical concepts – that have intersected over time and propelled the evolution of style in the country over millennia.‘A sumptuous work drawing on immense research, this volume is a remarkable view of ‘A sumptuous work drawing on immense research, this volume is a remarkable view of the evolution of style in India – an ambitious and instant magnum opus that will change the way that we look at dress and fashion in the subcontinent.’ – Dr. Amin Jaffer. A must-have for fashion connoisseurs and collectors alike, this coffee book is a testament to the antiquity of India’s design tradition. An unforgettable pictorial journey through the history of style in India in a full colour deluxe collectible edition, with 500 stunning images from archival material and gorgeous recreated shoots.
‘A sumptuous work drawing on immense research, this volume is a remarkable view of the evolution of style in India – an ambitious and instant magnum opus that will change the way that we look at dress and fashion in the subcontinent.’ – Dr. Amin Jaffer.
A must-have for fashion connoisseurs and collectors alike, this coffee book is a testament to the antiquity of India’s design tradition. An unforgettable pictorial journey through the history of style in India in a full colour deluxe collectible edition, with 500 stunning images from archival material and gorgeous recreated shoots.
Published by Hachette India in high-gloss paper with aqueous coating, hardback 10.86 in. x 13 in. with an optional box, the book is priced at Rs. 8,500. Releases Fall of 2016, the coffee book will be available at bookstores across the country.
A Fizzy surprise in Bangalore’s Orion Mall
Online footwear favourite, Fizzy Goblet launches its third retail store in Bangalore’s Orion Brigade Gateway Mall after its first two in as many as two years in Mumbai and Delhi.
Says Laksheeta Govil, the founder, “We have done a lot of pop-up stores in Bangalore to a great response. I have personally always enjoyed my time here- everything from the city’s vibe to its weather is a dream. Opening our store here was a long-held plan and it’s exciting to finally be opening our doors.”
The store was designed by Office of Cognitive Design, a Bangalore based design firm whose brief was to celebrate India’s artisans and Fizzy Goblet’s artisan community. The brand’s signature Rose Gold elements and facade are paired with an artisan corner.
A first for Fizzy Goblet, the artisan corner spotlights the master craftspeople who embroider and build these one-of-a-kind pieces. A master karigar will embroider pieces live allowing shoppers a chance to customize their pieces while observing one part of the 60 hour process that goes into making each shoe by hand.
The first 500 in-store shoppers get a special Fizzy Goblet treat! Anyone walking into the store will get a free mask and a pair of sliders free with their purchase.
Head over to the Orion Mall in Bangalore from the 15th of December to choose from Fizzy Goblet range of classic and contemporary juttis, Fizzy heels, Fizzy Kolhas, potlis and the closest envy worth collabs with Rahul Mishra, Payal Singhal, Tribe By Amrapali.
‘Utpala’ Summer Collection by Mrunalini Rao’s
‘Utpala’ is a summer collection inspired by the serene lotus. The beauty of this ethereal flower is reinterpreted by the designer into an abstract work of art. The Utpala Collection flaunts a colour palette that is directly derived from the real essence of the flower and its surroundings
Each piece in the collection is crafted with a reverence for traditional artistry and showcases elements such as hand zardozi embroidery, thread embellishments and appliqué. The collection also features hand-painted prints in captivating colours of purple, pink, yellow and green. Bringing sheen and richness to the collection are silks, organzas, chiffons and tulle in flamboyant flares and layers
New Commando Frogman from Luminox
The new Commando Frogman from Luminox is inspired by the intrepid military divers. Developed in collaboration with military and law enforcement expert Andrea Micheli, the Commando Frogman is aimed at all military, police and commercial divers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
The uni-directional “Dive Time” bezel of the Commando Frogman is special. Not only it display how much time you have left underwater, but also has a no-decompression scale, that allows you to calculate how much time you can spend at what depth without having to decompress.
The Commando Frogman comes in a Carbonox™ case that is water resistant to 200 meters, with a battleship grey dial and Navy-style numbers and a military time scale. Carbonox™ is a carbon-based material exclusive to Luminox – light, hypoallergenic and extremely durable and resistant.
The LLTs guarantee ultimate night vision for up to 25 years through their use of tritium tubes. Unlike other luminosity systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a pushbutton to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.
Retail Price: INR 43491/-
Available at www.luminox.com
EMERGE LIKE SUNSHINE from LOOM TREE
The collection is a combination of clean silhouettes in sustainable fabrics like Linens, 100% cotton, floral prints, beautified with crochet lace trims in a vibrant hue of White, Red, Pink, and Navy that focuses on smart casuals that can be worn from morning till dusk.
Available on: https://www.loomtree.com/
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