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Diminutive Paromita scores big on Lakme Fashion week 2010 !

It was story time when NID alumnus Paromita Banerjee unveiled her collection for Winter/Festive 2010 at Lakmé Fashion Week. Featuring a blend of ethnic yet contemporary looks inspired by stories of the past, there was a great Indo-Global twist to the garments.

Mixing the old Gharana with the shawl drapes and the Mughal touches with simple shift dresses with resist dyed khadi or layered silks, the fabrics had a tale to tell all their own. From matka and tussore from Bengal to handloom mangalgiri cotton from Andhra Pradesh and discharged printed silks; Paromita brought forth the beauty of Indian textiles in an interesting and innovative manner.
The embellishments were the highlight with Mughal patkas and the leaf from the pichhwai temple hanging. Placement embroidery, zari gopur or gold temple top borders appeared for textured waistcoats and lehengas which were teamed with collared shirts while French cuffs gave a new more interesting look to fashion.
Colours were restrained with black and white with a bit of red. The silhouettes were influenced by a Kosode the short sleeved kimono to the Mughal jama and angarkhas both popular in men’s clothing. Resist dyeing in the indigo story appeared for layered asymmetrical tunics, bolero wraps and patchwork kimonos.

Divided into three segments the blackm white and red story had khadi dress with asymmetric hemline layered with red mul inner and crushed stole, a kalidar collared angarkha kurta with conifer leaf embroidery and striking cotton dupattas. The indigo story had versions of the patchwork kimono, khadi dyed shift dress, discharge calico print dress, teamed with layered gheras. The final colour story featured Mangalgiri for capes, kalidar kurtas with embroidered placket and discharge print flared dress in green/red worn with cotton half dyed salwar pants.

For a fusion look that works on the “glocal” platform, Paromita Banerjee’s collection presented a strong definite fashion picture.

Updated – Alumnus Digvijay Singh’s Lakme FW collection 2010

Digvijay Singh for Bhusattva has inspirations which are always organic in nature and this time for the Winter/Festive 2010 season at Lakmé Fashion Week his theme was the rare Rafflesia flower with the collection having an unusual name like “Tidak Ada Lagi” which means “there are not many left” in Malay.

Staying true to his theme, the silhouettes of the collection were inspired by the flower but with a marked Indian touch giving a flowing elegant look to the creations. The fabrics were of course organic in nature and so were the dyes. Pastels played with greasy whites and purple with just a few touches of red and green for the very natural fabrics like cotton satin, blends, kora, modal and matka silk.

Surface texturing is a strong point with Digvijay which was very evident on the elegant garments. French knots added class to the shapes of the motifs using the flower as the central theme. Giving the apparel a very feminine touch, Digvijay added on amazing texturing which gave a unique depth and beauty to the creations.

Alumnus Nachiket Barve’s Magpie has Lakme Fashion week on fire!

Nachiket Barve is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design [NID] as well as a scholarship holder at Ecole Nationale Superieur des arts Decoratifs [ENSAD] Paris and worked with Michael Kors at CELINE. He taught at NID for a semester.In March 2007, Nachiket launched his label at Lakme Fashion Week through Gen Next and has shown seven highly acclaimed collections since. Nachiket’s work has appeared in all major publications and also been lauded by Suzy Menkes, of the International Herald Tribune and Carine Roitfeld, Editor in chief of VOGUE Paris. He has been included in the book “ Contemporary Indian Design” published by Damiani, Italy.He was the first Indian designer to be invited to show at Buenos Aires Fashion Week [BAAM] in Argentina, as well as at Coterie in New York and the AAPI Convention in FloridaIn 2010, Nachiket won the “Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year” Award by The British Council and Elle and he represented India in London.

Nachiket Barve’s inspirations and titles for his collection are always off the beaten track. This time it is called “The Magpie” and one would wonder how a bird so ordinary could be an inspiration for creations.

But Nachiket’s line at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 did not only have the magpie for inspiration but paintings from Ukraine, Faberge eggs, star motifs from Morocco, fossil imprints, tropical sunsets and decadent times in Marrakesh, Acapulco and Ibiza. With such an impressive lineup of inspirations the colour selection was as wide with carmine, scarlet, burgundy, jade, celadon, and turquoise moving onto plum, sienna, purple, deep coral, cranberry, amethyst, burnt orange, tobacco, old rose, ink blue, green and quetzal all mixed together very cleverly to give perfect assortment.

Alumnus Sandip Paul wins Red Dot Concept 2010

Congratulations Sandip!

Alumnus Chetan Sorab wins the Rod Dot Award 2010!

Beach bellow is a collapsible beach chair which helps to make beach trips much more fun and relaxing. It draws inspiration from a regular bellow and is made of silicon rubber supported by spring steel members. Beach bellow is a youthful and fun chair which is easy to carry, store and use. The two sides of bellow can be either used for lying down or sitting. Beach bellow helps reduce the burden of carrying heavy chairs to the beach and has distinct bright colors to keep a track.

Yo Chetan!

CWG Queen’s baton designed by alumnus


The Queen’s Baton has a local touch to it. Michael Foley, the man responsible for designing the baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games graduated from National Institute of Design (NID) in 1994.

Foley bagged the opportunity to design the baton in March 2009. “We wanted the baton to be representative not just of Indian design values but also carry a tangible piece of India with it, while, at the same time, be as much about technology as aesthetics. We took almost eight months before handing over the baton to the queen in October 2009. As an Indian designer, the experience of working on this project has been overwhelming and exhilarating,” said Foley, managing director and chief designer of Foley Designs which he started in 2006.

Eight firms were short-listed for the project following a newspaper advertisement. The number was brought down to four. In March 2009, they made the final presentation to the Commonwealth Games Committee and Foley’s design was selected.

Foley credits his team for the success. “I would like to say that I led a team of efficient and talented designers. A project of this scale has to have a great team for it to implement exceptionally well. We used the assistance of Bharat Electronics Ltd for technology development, and Titan Industries for manufacturing,” said Foley, who headed Titan Design Studio for 13 years.

Made of 18-carat gold and aluminium, 664 mm in height and weighing 1,900 grams, the baton is a triangular section of aluminium twisted into a helix shape. The team at FoleyDesigns also hit upon the idea of making the baton truly representative of India by enclosing soil in 45 various colours from all Indian states in it. The coloured soils are a first for the styling of a Queen’s Baton.

(Text courtesy Ahmedabad Mirror, 17th August 2010)