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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...

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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...

16 days 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...

20 days 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...

21 days 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...

1 month 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...

2 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 ...

2 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...

2 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...

3 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...

4 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...

4 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...

4 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...

5 months ago
Snapdeal.com acquires premium fashion portal Exclusively.com

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Online shopping portal Snapdeal.com has acquired premium and luxury fashion site Exclusively.com, a company statement by the former said here Wednesday. With this acquisition, Snapdeal.com looks to further strengthen its fashion business and reach $2 billion in gross merchandise value in the fashion category this year. However, the company declined to disclose th...

6 months ago
Indian designers picture Michelle Obama in six-yard wonder

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) A navy blue knee-length dress, an off-shoulder gown or a floral dress - the First Lady of the US has worn them all. But on her forthcoming visit to India, desi designers wish she drapes different styles of the six-yard wonder - whether chiffons or traditional Benarasi weaves. Michelle will accompany her husband US President Barack Obama to India Jan 25, a day ah...

6 months ago
Theft at designer Ritu Kumar's store in capital

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The bridal couture collection and cash amounting to close to Rs.60 lakh was stolen from veteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar's flagship store in the capital's South Extension market, a police officer said. The theft happened in the wee hours of Friday morning. An FIR has been filed at the Hauz Khas police station, and the investigation is on. An es...

7 months ago
Role reversal of fashion, films: Healthy exchange of creativity

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Films and fashion go hand in hand and their relationship went a step forward in the year gone by,with designers going behind the camera to make movies and film stars taking to scissors and measuring tapes to showcase their expertise in designing. If Vikram Phadnis crossed over to direct a film, Deepika Padukone also did so to reveal her creativity with fabrics.<...

8 months ago
Khadi goes chic, turns money-spinner

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Khadi, once the dowdy sartorial symbol of India's independence movement, is now trendy and makes the cash registers ring. Designers are rocking the ramp with khadi collections and brands are seeing profit by selling their range made from hand-woven cotton fabric. The khadi collection by Fabindia, a brand that retails handcrafted clothing and home furnishings, sel...

9 months ago
Dia Mirza marries Sahil Sangha

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Actress Dia Mirza, sporting a Ritu Kumar-designed green and beige ensemble, exchanged marital vows with her beau and business partner Sahil Sangha here Saturday. The couple, who got engaged in New York earlier this year, had an Arya Samaj wedding ceremony at a farmhouse in Ghitorni here. The duo came out post wedding and posed for the shutterbugs. If Dia ...

9 months ago
Dia Mirza sports Ritu Kumar outfit at pre-wedding function

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Bollywood actress and former beauty queen Dia Mirza looked ethereal in an ethnic outfit by fashion designer Ritu Kumar, for her mehndi function. The event - part of her pre-wedding ceremonies - was held in the capital Thursday. Dia, who is marrying filmmaker Sahil Sangha Saturday, seemed happy and excited in a marigold yellow chanderi multi-panelled kurta.

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