Well Aishwarya Rai Bachchan finally had a fab-fashion season at Cannes this year. My favourite till now was the the black and white – shirt and skirt with a trail ensemble but when she turned up in a muted gold saree paired with a gold blouse, designed by Tarun Tahiliani for the amfAR Gala tonight, I must say she looked absolutely gorgeous.
The high-collared blouse was a brilliant detail that added to the look.
Cinema Against AIDS, held each year since 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival, is a world-renowned charitable fundraiser and arguably the most coveted ticket of the film festival. The 2013 event will feature “The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show,” curated by Carine Roitfeld as a tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who was also the co-founder of amfAR. Forty top models will participate in a spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold looks, which will also feature a range of gold jewelry from emerging and established designers.
The black-tie event is known and celebrated for its glittering guest list, its unpredictable live auction, and its unrivaled success in generating funds for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Since 1993 Cinema Against AIDS events around the world have raised more than $80 million.
Here we captured Indian couturier – Tarun Tahiliani backstage and also the preparations up to the Gala Gold Fashion Show. Tarun shares the ramp with the stalwarts of global fashion- Valentino, Tom Ford, Burberry, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen and the likes. Cheers to that!
A new model from Bangalore – Archana Akil Kumar -discovered by photographer Rohit Chawla is making her debut on the ramp at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) fall-winter 2013. Her face, her body, her complexion and most importantly her attitude towards work has caught our attention instantaneously. She reminds us of Laxmi Menon who went global – was featured on the cover of American Vogue and walked the ramp at New York Fashion Week & Paris Fashion Week. Laxmi had a mentor in Prabuddha Dasgupta.
Way to go girl!
There seems to be no end to fashion politics and no dearth of designers falling prey to people attempting at fracturing the fashion fraternity. Remember Vijay Singh – the man who had formed FDPC and had ambitious plans to disintegrate FDCI – is still at his games. Not satisfied with the lack-lustre Sahara India Bridal Week that he has been hosting for the past three years, Vijay Singh yesterday held a press conference to announce a year in advance about his Couture Week in Delhi in the year 2013.
Remember yet another Real Estate Group – AMR – that recently formed Indian Fashion Council, which later was renamed as Indian Fashion Company and boasted about forming a platform to promote Young Designers has now dumped ‘young designers‘ and joined hands with Vijay Singh to sponsor the Couture Week. I always doubted AMR’s intention and wrote about it in my various posts. Now that they are sponsoring an alternative couture week, AMR’s lie is exposed. You can read my earlier posts here:
Another “Fashion Council” Raises Its Ugly Head: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-10L
Overnight the ‘Council’ Turns In To A ‘Company’: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-118
Unabashed Pimping of Fashion Continues: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-11d
At the Press Conference held yesterday jointly by Vijay Singh and AMR, the dates were announced – 2nd August 2013 to 6th August 2013. The intent is clear to hold it before the FDCI organised Delhi Couture Week. The ace up the sleeves of the new couture week is Tarun Tahiliani and it has been announced that Tarun Tahiliani will be the Grand Finale couturier. Other designers present at the conference were Ashima-Leena, Shantanu – Nikhil and JJ Valaya (who later re-iterated that he will be part of the FDCI’s Delhi Couture Week). Rocky S and Vikram Phadnis are also supposedly part of this alternative Couture Week.
I yet again ask – do we need two Couture Weeks back to back in Delhi? Should designers who are members of FDCI ( a body constituted by them and for them) participate in an alternate couture/fashion week? Is it the lure of money that is making designers opt for an alternative organiser? What does the alternate Couture Week bring extra to the table that FDCI’s Couture Week doesn’t?
Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej hosted a bash at their lovely beach house for Talkshow Queen – Oprah Winfrey last night (16th January 2012). The Desis flocked in their best western-wear but Oprah stood out in an orange silk sari. The party had Bollywood Glitteratti, Industry Tycoons and top Fashion Designers but then Mumbai Cops played the spoil sport by shutting down music before midnight. DJ Aqueel, who was getting the guests in the party mood had to shut down music just when things were hotting up.
Pam and Adi are known to be great hosts and they proved it once again. Who all were there? Well we had the Godrej family, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Anil and Tina Ambani, Hrithik Roshan, Susanne, Shahrukh and Gauri, Arjun and Mehr Rampal, Sanjay Khan, Zayed Khan, Farah Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Dino Morea, Natasha and Adar Poonawala, Queenie Singh and Nandita Mahtani.
Delhiites like Sashi Tharoor, Tarun Tahiliani and Manav Gangawani were there too at this exclusive bash. The others from the fash frat were Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Oprah Winfrey was in best of her moods and posed for photographs with almost all. However she found the company of New-Age Spiritual Guru – Deepak Chopra most interesting and hence spent most of the time with him.