Posts Tagged ‘lfw’

Kristel Ann

October 24, 2010

She writes poetry, makes doodles, and is hooked to Red House PaintersShe likes Irina Lazareanu & Zooey Deschanel for their perfect fringes.

Kristel Ann,21. Fashion designer.
Dress – American Rag
Bag – FCUK

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She prefers cats over dogs on a dress, is mad about the sitcom Skins, and has her own fashion blog – Different Stars – that derives its name from a song by Trespassers William which one evening she covered on the piano.

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Little Shilpa,Big Heads.

October 10, 2010

“Little Shilpa is not a name that would get you very far as a designer in the West, you might think, but here this physically tiny designer (hence the name) has a cult following. Ostensibly a milliner (she trained with Philip Treacy), her skills stretch much further. She creates jewellery and accessories but she should really be concentrating on sculpted and architectural works. Her show of brightly coloured perspex headpieces based on bikers’ helmets and native American headdress was exhilarating but, in fashion terms, pure fantasy. The accompanying jewellery was predictable. There seems to me to be valuable talent in the wrong bed here. Her work should be in galleries, not on catwalks. Such a waste.” – Colin Mcdowell

Also read: a recent interview on dotplay + pieces she created for Lady Gaga…entire article here.

“It’s a bob done in moulded acrylic with a little bow and a crown — in crystals — backed with white feathers. It was created using Swarovski…using about 900 small crystals and approximately 45 large ones. The crystal transfers took about two days and the building of the piece about three hours.”

Shilpa says her headpieces and accessories develop through shapes. She always thinks of the pieces as pictures first. If they make a good picture in her head, then they turn out to be good pieces.

Shilpa is 36, studied apparel manufacture & design, and later on jewelry techniques…has been compared to McQueen…been called the Philip Treacy of India..the next John Galliano of accessories. She sees herself doing experimental work; somewhere between fashion and art. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Asos, Dazed & confused, Elle. and on Lady Gaga’s head.

Old albums, streets, and grandmothers.

October 6, 2010


“I’m obsessed with family stories, mine and others’. Most of my inspiration comes from old family albums, streets, and grandmothers.”
Nidhi Jacob, 24. Freelance stylist/writer.


Top- a collage made of Nidhi’s grandparents and her father.

Below – a photo of her grandfather, sister and friends.

“I like old things in general. I like my clothes to look either borrowed or worn-in, that way they look like they have some character. 90% of my wardrobe is bought off the streets of Bandra and Colaba. There used to be a guy with a rack of clothes (the type that Goan middle-aged women* really favour; totally my style) on Hill road, Bandra, and everything on that rack was for Rs. 50/-. He’s not there anymore, so i really treasure every piece I bought from him – like a white crepe blouse, a sheer black pleated dress and unusually printed separates.”

*Goan middle-aged women – they could always be seen wearing knee-length dresses or skirt suits and blouses in synthetic fabrics and unusual prints and colours with voluminous sleeves, peplum and fancy buttons.

“I grew up in Pune. I shifted to Mumbai to study fashion when I was 17. After finishing college I went to Chennai for a year to teach fashion illustration/design methodology. Thereafter, I came back to Mumbai to work at Grazia. I love the research and constant movement that a magazine allows. There are people, clothes, photographers, photos, make-up, runway shows; there’s so much one gets to learn and experience about the industry while working with a magazine. I quit Grazia 7 months ago because I was itching to work with my hands. I took some time off…volunteered on an organic farm, and now I am back in Bombay..freelancing.”


Shirt- export surplus store in Pune
Beaded cardi- Colaba causeway
Bell-bottoms- stolen from a friend (stitched using her mom’s old saree)
Wedges- Charles & Keith
Bag- leather export surplus store in Chennai
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These photo is 6 months old..the first time I met Nidhi. She is wearing her father’s spectacles and a two decade old dress picked from some place in Bandra  for about 300 Rupees.


Shoe gazing.

September 19, 2010


New Shoes by Paolo Nutini, made many people believe that putting a pair of new shoes on can change the world or at least one’s personal aspect of it.

Allia agrees.

Allia, 26. Fashion Stylist.
Top – Forever 21
Organic shorts – H&M
Shoes – YSL
Bracelet – Accessorize
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Allia has a fetish for shoes. She owns about 75 pairs. Her cheapest buy was a pair of blue platforms for 4£ and she is tripping on her most recent and most expensive buy –  a 900$ pair of open toe shoes by Burberry.

Bag – Zara
Top – Zara
Skirt – H&M
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And then I found Akanksha who has about 100 pairs!


“I have about 100 pairs of  shoes and they’re in many different sizes…so not all are for me. My work requires me to have all these shoes.”


Akanksha, 36. Freelance stylist.
Jacket – Forever 21
Shoes  – United Nude at Bombay Electric
Bag – Topshop

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Shoes worn by Marv D, NIkhil Paul, Rin & Manish Arora.

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Photos from day 1 & 2, of Lakme Fashion Week. A big thanks to Nonita Kalra and amazing people from Elle for arranging my media pass.