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6 days ago
Today's generation feels western is cool: Dia Mirza

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Bollywood actress and former beauty queen Dia Mirza, who looks as charming in traditional wear as in western outfits, is concerned about how a large part of today's generation in India finds western outfits cool. She hopes they support homegrown creations for the betterment of Indian textile and handloom. The actress-producer was here to attend designer Anita Dongre...

6 days ago
Ritu Kumar's 'Varanasi Weaves' at LFW: Ode to weavers, artisans

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Padma Shri winner and well-known textile revivalist Ritu Kumar took India's rich textiles and handlooms a notch higher when she showcased her 'Varanasi Weaves' collection at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive 2015. Bringing back the beauty of motifs like Badami, Kyari, Shikargah and floral butis, the designer showcased glittering gold and silver royal tex...

10 days ago
LFW winter-festive 2015: A fashion book to unfold new chapters

Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) is back with the winter-festive edition and the forthcoming season will witness many firsts. From ace designer Manish Malhotra's first ever menswear show titled The Gentlemen's Club, Anita Dongre's maiden show for her new label 'Grassroot' to actor Vir Das's debut fashion show named Pret-A-Funny, the extravaganza will be nothing less than a treat for...

12 days ago
LFW supports Shaina's 'Woven Wonders of Varanasi' campaign

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) The forthcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week winter-festive 2015 will support the Woven Wonders of Varanasi exhibition curated by designer-politician Shaina NC at a museum here. The exhibition showcased garments fashioned from hand crafted textiles of Banarasi weavers designed by India's top fashion designers like Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Anita Dongre, Ritu Beri, Gau...

24 days ago
Ritu Kumar features in Harvard Business School's programme

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Veteran Indian designer Ritu Kumar has featured in the Harvard Business School's (HBS) programme, wherein students are made to study and understand emerging markets through the viewpoints of successful business leaders across various domains. As a part of an ongoing initiative at HBS, they identified top business leaders who have created and managed businesses in...

26 days ago
Sonam's bridal avatar for Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla's IBFW show

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) After a few hiccups due to rain prior to designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's show at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW), actress Sonam Kapoor, in a golden gown that trailed across the ramp, opened the show to a packed audience. The show by Jani and Khosla, known as the masters of 'revival and reinvention', having transformed chikankari, zardozi and mi...

27 days ago
Sonam's bridal avatar for Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla's IBFW show

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) After a few hiccups due to rain prior to designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's show at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW), actress Sonam Kapoor, in a golden gown that trailed across the ramp, opened the show to packed audiences. The show by Jani and Khosla, known as the masters of arevival and reinvention', having transformed chikankari, zardozi and mir...

1 month ago
Lakme Fashion Week to 'Re-invent Banaras'

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Organisers of the Lakmé Fashion Week announced the launch of their initiative titled 'Re-invent Banaras' for the revival of Banaras handlooms along with designer-politician Shaina NC here on Wednesday. Designers Krishna Mehta, Shruti Sancheti and textile designer Hemang Agrawal were present at the event. Contributing to the initiative, ace designer Ritu Ku...

1 month ago
Rebranding, cutting edge garments can boost khadi's appeal, say designers

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Right from the time Mahatma Gandhi used khadi as a symbol of protest against the British Raj to the modern, technology-savvy era, the fabric continues to capture the imagination of the masses. On its pasrt, the government is redoubling its efforts to improve the production and sale of the fabric. According to Giriraj Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of M...

1 month ago
Pickpocket jumps on Delhi Metro track, injured

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) A pickpocket was injured when he was hit by a train after he jumped on to the Delhi Metro track while fleeing after snatching the purse of a woman passenger on Tuesday evening, police said. The incident was reported around 5.45 p.m. from Rajiv Chowk station in Connaught Place. A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official told IANS that the pickpoc...

1 month ago
Ritu Kumar to reach smaller cities with affordable line

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) India's pioneering designer Ritu Kumar, who has been credited with starting the boutique culture in the country, says she is now focussing her efforts on reaching out to clients in smaller cities with an affordable semi-ethnic line. My brand is expanding to tier-II and tier-III cities with a lower price point. The collection will mainly be semi-ethnic and design...

1 month ago
Ritu Kumar teams up with Cbazaar to reinvent textiles

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Cbazaar, one of the largest ethnic fashion e-tailers, has relaunched itself with a new brand identity EthnoVogue for its operations across the globe and has associated with ace designer Ritu Kumar who will help reinvent textiles of Indian heritage for the modern era. A new logo was also unveiled in the presence of Ritu Kumar and Rajesh Nahar, co-founder and CEO o...

2 months ago
Weavers are artists, not mere handloom workers: Varun Bahl

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Ace designer Varun Bahl, who is part of an initiative to revive the heritage of the Indian textile industry and employment for the Banaras weavers, believes the weavers' craft goes beyond just handloom work. We are very serious about our commitment towards this, and gaining the trust of the weavers, and helping them work as a team along with us is my prerogative...

3 months ago
Indian designers to give global face to Banarasi weaves

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Age-old Banarasi weaves from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, are poised for a facelift, courtesy a string of high-end Indian designers who are hoping to put their forces behind improving the livelihood of skilled workers and forging the global popularity of the fabric as a Make In India product. A meeting, led by designer-politician Shaina ...

3 months ago
Financial independence of women helps curb violence: NCW

Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Financial independence of women can help curtail violence against them by as much as 90 percent, National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said here on Saturday. The NCW receives 250 complaints on daily basis... 70 percent are for domestic violence. We have noticed that when women own property or have financial backing, the violence against th...

4 months ago
New handloom act will mean death for handloom industry: Ritu Kumar

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Talk of a change in the Handloom Reservation Act, which has since 1985 protected handloom weaves from being copied by machine-made and powerloom competitors, has got veteran designer Ritu Kumar worried about the plight of millions of India's weavers who are already fighting for their livelihood. A notable name in the Indian fashion industry, who has focussed her e...

4 months ago
Ritu Kumar's silk collection celebrates Kolkata weavers skills

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) In an endevour to promote traditional print heritage, ace designer Ritu Kumar presented a capsule collection of re-produced vintage hand-block woven silk saris at an event here on Friday. The range also celebrated the hereditary skills of their Kolkata weavers. The collection was inspired by the traditional print heritage of the designer herself and comprised of a...

5 months ago
AIFW 2015 high on design, less on Bollywood drama

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A whimsical world of fantasies, silhouttes straight from fairy tales and 25 style gurus coming together to pay an ode to the rich heritage of India at the finale - the 25th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) here laid out bold, edgy, innovative style statements as designers rolled out varied styles in pastel shades of winter. However, the edition witnessed less...

5 months ago
Designers celebrate Indian heritage at grand finale of AIFW

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) There was music, dance, drama and style at the grand finale of the 25th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week here with 25 designers like Raghavendra Rathore, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee coming together to pay an ode to the rich heritage of India through their ensembles. The designers were given the theme Crafts of India and they splashed colo...

5 months ago
AIFW: 25 designers to mark 25th finale

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The grand finale of the forthcoming Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) -- the 25th edition of the FDCI fashion gala -- will be truly grand with 25 designers coming together to present signature pieces celebrating India's rich handicraft tapestry. The ramp at AIFW will burst in a kaleidoscope of red, orange and pink during the 'Special Celebration Grand Finale', w...

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