Amit Aggarwal can teach a thing or two about how to conceptualise a video showcase at digital fashion weeks. His models didn’t walk on a digital runway, They slowly drifted through space with graceful dance movements. Each model would jump like an acrobat or throw open her arms as if to take flight; the result was a presentation that highlighted the detailing of his lehengas, sarees and separates and proved that each garment was easy to wear. Chanderi and matka silk were blended with Aggarwal’s signature industrial hand weaving technique. Often, the designer would create a space-age mood on the runway in his past shows, and it was no different in his digital showcasing. Only this time, there was a greater focus on festive and bridal wear with deep colours of plum, bottle green and black with minimalistic gold accents.
Anushree Reddy is the go-to designer for young brides. Feminine touches were added with scalloped hems, delicate lace, net fabric, and cutdana work. With a soft palette of pearl whites, pale pinks that moved into bright coral, her feminine collection of lehengas, sarees and kurtas are made-to-be-married in.
Kunal Rawal is a designer to the stars. At a digital showcasing, he got Sonakshi Sinha and Ishaan Khattar to walk the ramp. He had a strong line of menswear with a rock-and-roll vibe. There were bandhgalas, slim trousers, kurtas in white, grey and black. Womenswear, stuck to this colour palette, with short tuxedo dresses, body-suits and sequinned gowns.
Payal Khandwala presented a strictly edited selection of 10 sarees in rich jewel tones: think emerald, sapphire and ruby. She joined hands with weavers from the Phulia region of West Bengal for this collection. Liquid silk jamdanis with woven floral motifs were colour blocked in true Khandwala style to give a modern feel.
Saaksha and Kinni’s presentation was suffused with a gypsy mood; mirror and thread work combined with psychedelic prints against a colour board of pink, purple, green, ochre and black. Along with Rimzim Dadu, she was the grand finale designers. It felt as if each garment, be it an asymmetrical dress, jacket, trousers, shirt or shorts, evoked the spirit of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.
The supremely innovative Rimzim Dadu has mastered 3-d appliqué and moulded steel into fabric to create structured sarees. She took forward her fabric story with a debut line of bridal lehengas and sculpted blouses. The festive feel was reflected in hues of dull gold, ink blue and shimmering yellow. A fitted and belted dress in yellow was particularly eye-catching. Her crafty tailoring and masterful use of fabric makes her a true design innovator. Her show was a fitting end to the season fluid edition of Lakme Fashion Week.
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Balmain’s Women’s Spring-Summer 2024: Red and coral shades and 3D florals showed up again and again, such as in this polka-dot playsuit from the luxury house’s Spring-Summer collection at Paris. For more,Balmain.com
Air Jordan ‘Tartan Swoosh’ Sneakers: It was time for tartan. Re-create the trend with the Air Jordan 1 Mid high-top sneaker featuring a “Tartan Swoosh”. Available on Farfetch.com; around ₹20,000
Moon Phase Varsity Bomber: Street style continues to rule. Bring it home with this bomber from Off-White studio in Italy, established by the late Virgil Abloh. Available on Revolve.com; around ₹29,000
Carson cropped high-rise flared jeans: Buttermilk yellow is the new white. Here, Veronica Beard's 'Carson' jeans cut in a flared shape in a vintage '70s styles made from pastel-yellow denim.
Opera Stilettos: Gladiator sandals made a strong show, such as Gianvito Rossi’s nappa leather pair with a 105mm stiletto heel. Available onLuxe.Ajio.com; ₹99,000
Nazar Mini Annacapri Coral Earrings: Red was everywhere. Channel its energy with Turkish designer Begüm Khan’s ‘evil eye’ earrings made with real coral. Available on Matchesfashion.com; around ₹1.25 lakh
Valentie Tie: Ties are back in formal fashion. Here, Valentino’s slim wool and silk tie with a metal ‘V’ appliqué. Available on Valentino.com;around ₹40,000
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Chand Mati by Anjul Bhandari: A new festive collection from thedesigner celebrating chikankari blended with earthy neutrals, taking inspiration from lunar luminescence. Enquiries on Anjulbhandari.in; price on request
Hoop Set: Gold-tone metal hoops from Australian designer Charles Lichaa’s 8 Other Reasons. Available on Revolve.com; ₹5,160
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Dream Pumps: From New York-based brand Mansur Gavriel, lambskin pumps with a block heel and golden finish for chic comfort. Available on Shopbop.com; $495
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Red Sole Ribbon Ankle-Wrap Stiletto Sandals: Hot pink Christian Louboutin sandals in napa leather and crepe satin ribbon for that decadent feel. Available on Neimanmarcus.com; ₹88,756
Floral-Printed Plisse Leather Midi Skirt: Showcasing Balenciaga’s “Lily” print from this season, this midi skirt is made from flexible leather into an A-line silhouette. Available on Modaoperandi.com (on pre-order); $6,890 (around ₹5.64 lakh)
Lehenga From Imperial Minimalism By Sarah & Sandeep: The designer duo’s fresh, functional take on wedding wear marries Indian and Western silhouettes. Available on Sarahsandeep.com; price on request
Amethyst Ribbon Ring: A playful and delicate ring crafted in 18-carat gold, set with natural amethyst baguettes along the band, from Akansha Sethi. Available on Akanshasethi.com; around ₹1.3 lakh
Micro Bon Bon: Jimmy Choo’s iconic Bon Bon bag is re-imagined in miniature using napa leather. Available on Row.jimmychoo.com; €595(around ₹53,550)
Emerald Set Salt & Pepper: With a glam Art Deco aesthetic, this porcelain salt and pepper set from Vista Alegre will dress up any dining table. Available on Luxe.ajio.com; ₹9,800
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Bagels are synonymous to the city's cuisine and forms an intrinsic part of its fast-paced culture
Xander Johnson (L) of Bagel Tours takes the Messenger family from San Francisco around Midtown Manhattan to sample some on New York's finest bagels. Bagels are as synonymous with New York as pizza and the Statue of Liberty. Although there is no official count of New York's daily bagel production, Sam Silverman, chief executive of the trade group Bagelup, estimates there are about 500 specialty shops across the city's five boroughs. The ring-shaped bread has evolved and been reinvented since its arrival more than a century ago thanks to Polish Jewish immigrants. ((Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP))
The inside of a bagel preparation room is pictured during a Bagel Tour around Midtown Manhattan. Rainbow bagels are pictured here. Balinska points to the 1960s as the period when bagels attained broader popularity beyond the Jewish community. Innovations such as the rotating oven enabled bakers to significantly increase output. That led to the arrival of shops touting 'hot' bagels directly to consumers; before, they were only available wholesale.Central players in the further ‘bagelizing’ of America were the Lender brothers, who successfully mass marketed the frozen bagel -- pre-sliced, of course -- in the 1960s, expanding nationwide by 1977. ((Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP))
Ashley Dikos, wife of Bo's Bagels owner Andrew Martinez, shows cream cheese and salmon bagels at Bo's Bagels. ((Photo by Yuki IWAMURA / AFP))
Andrew Martinez, owner of Bo's Bagels, boils bagel dough before his store opens in New York City. ((Photo by Yuki IWAMURA / AFP))
Andrew Martinez, owner of Bo's Bagels, points to fresh bagels at his bakery. While there is debate over just when the first bagels appeared in New York, historians agree that the bread originally arrived in the city in the late 19th century. By 1900, the industry had already expanded to 70 bagel shops, although working conditions were 'terrible,' according to Maria Balinksa's book, 'The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread.' Balinksa chronicles a triumphant 1909 baker strike that upgraded pay and working conditions, helping to propel the broader labor movement in the early 20th century. Over the years, bakers began coating bagels with toppings including salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion and garlic.At Bo's Bagels, all of these play second fiddle to the ‘everything bagel,’ which includes a smattering of all these toppings. Bo's sells more everything bagels than all of the other types combined, said owner Andrew Martinez. ( (Photo by Yuki IWAMURA / AFP))
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