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The Evolution of Indian Fashion

The Designers at the Forefront of Indian Fashion

The elixir of fashion is an interesting concoction of different ideas, philosophies and endless research that results in a breathtaking creation by a designer. Every designer has got a different story to put forth through their designs and bring a difference in the world of fashion. The B behind the Bollywood Boom Fashion industry of India are designers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anamika Khanna, Hemant and Nandita’s.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee crafted an unparalleled world of grandeur in the Indian fashion industry with his perpetual creativity and an exceptional aesthetic sense. Eponymously named, the label ‘Sabyasachi’ is a pure reflection of the richness of Indian heritage, grandness, culture and crafts. His collections have also displayed glimpses of his admiration for Frida Kahlo, antique textiles, gypsy fantasies and Bohemian flair. Redefining fashion with his flamboyant designs and meticulously crafted embroidery, while revitalising the forgotten weaves with a modernistic approach. His couture shows are an affair of extravagance and innovation. Sabyasachi is every celebrity and every bride’s favourite one-stop destination for creations ranging from the ethereal iconic pieces to simple black outfits.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee luxury bridal collection 2016 Image Credit: Pintrest
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The iconic Frida Image credit: Pintrest

Designer Anamika Khanna sets the mood of the Egyptian aura with her collections. The reiteration of dhoti pants has besotted every ‘it girl’ to have it as their wardrobe staple. The designer’s famous black and white rendition manifests in a beautiful chiaroscuro effect and her take on long fluid like capes, unique sari draping techniques, slouched outfits have made a phenomenal mark on the fashion scene. Khanna’s designs have a classic and edgy appeal. The subtlety of the embroidery and her love for monochromes and pastels reflects an essence of pure romance.

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Anamika Khanna Brings the blue to FW 2016 Image credit: Pintrest
Sonam Kapoor at the Cannes Film Festival wearing Anamika Khanna's couture
Sonam Kapoor at the Cannes Film Festival wearing Anamika Khanna’s couture Image credit: Amazon India

Designer duo Hemant and Nandita have brought a significant dimension to fun, free spirited and relaxed clothing. Their colour play sensibilities are marked by an essence of whimsical, charming and quirky impressions, which make their designs stand out from others. The depiction of their design philosophy in terms of Bohemian, folk and retro genre exudes their interest in rural and mod culture of fashion. The duo’s vivacious creations ranging from maxis to minis are pretty much every young girl’s desire to have hanging in their wardrobe.

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Hemant & Nandita’s collections at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS15 Image credit: Amazon India
Hemant & Nandita Fw 2016 Image credit : tumblr

It is always difficult to come up with nouveau ideas and to entice the interest of the fashion lovers. But these designers have charted a path to excellence by churning out the best every single season!

 

Written by Sameena Baig

Le Vietnam: Banh Mi is not Just About the Meat

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With the rise in popularity of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles in today’s society, the demands for restaurants and cafes to accommodate for these diets have skyrocketed. In Perth City, there seems to be little or a complete lack of vegan and vegetarian options in popular cafes. However Lee, the owner and creator of the café Le Vietnam, knows the importance of providing a vegan and vegetarian option for his customers.

Le Vietnam is a recently established contemporary café that is positioned on the side of Barrack St, and now also on William St, in the heart of Perth City. This eclectic French and Vietnamese inspired café, is host to a dynamic and stimulating range of menu options, from small snacks, to main meals, salads, and various styles of coffee, with the main feature being the delectable Banh Mi.

Le Vietnam’s signature dish is a French inspired Vietnamese baguette characterised by overflowing vibrant ingredients, the Banh Mi specific pâté and mayo, and an ingenious title that is almost as punchy as the meal. Lee’s mouth-watering recipe, cultivated from his travels to Paris to work with French Master Chefs, includes original, vegan and vegetarian friendly options.

“We always cater to vegetarians and vegans, and people who don’t eat pork and meat, so we have a whole wide variety of different fillings… we cater to every tongue possible,” Lee says.

The availability of the vegetarian Banh Mi and the ability to design your own salads, lends to the strong support from the vegan and vegetarian community in Perth City.

From the customer service, to café design, to the quality of food and pricing, Le Vietnam is a cultural hub for French and Vietnamese inspired street food that has earned its reputation as being a food hot spot in WA. By accommodating for vegan and vegetarian dietary lifestyles, Lee has gained a following from the community, which continues to grow with his flourishing business.

By Rachelle Erzay 

Designer Feature: Sea Dreamer

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The Sea Dreamer label was formed in 2013 by Lisa Redman and Tiarna Burton-Lowe. The modern Luxe Bohemian label embodies comfort and relaxation. The collections are made by ladies who grew up and lived near the sea, for ladies living near the sea. The clothing is comfortable and suitable for everyday situations, but the pieces also carry a feeling of uniqueness. The design invokes a love of summer and the beach, and it aims to be something all Australians can identify with.

Lisa says she first fell in love with design when she was just six years old and helping her Nan to design a flower girl dress (and she totally rocked this boho-style dress at her Auntie’s wedding!). Tiarna has had a love for fashion and design since she can remember, and spent a lot of her childhood filling sketchbooks and collecting cut-outs from magazines of things she dreamed of creating one day.

Textiles, prints and cuts drive the ladies creatively, and their travel experiences are what truly inspire the Sea Dreamer label. The creative process is truly a team effort; Lisa and Tiarna bounce ideas off each other while compiling their mood board of colours, themes and styles.

Lisa and Tiarna’s Sea Dreamer label’s Spring collection was featured in the WA Born Fashion Event held on 4th September 2015. They say the hardest thing about being located in the South West is the isolation from the east coast, and even from Perth City. This is why social media is such an integral part of their business. However, on the positive side, Lisa and Tiarna get to enjoy the laid back atmosphere and beaches of Dunsborough, so they are always surrounded by inspiration. There is also the opportunity to collaborate with the other creative talents in WA.

The ladies behind Sea Dreamer advise other WA designers to believe in themselves and to take every opportunity to share their own work with their communities. There is a lot of hard work involved, but the benefits are fantastic, such as seeing someone on the street wearing your label!

In the future, Lisa and Tiarna intend to continue expanding their business and entering the market in the eastern states and the USA. You may even see a few Sea Dreamer boutiques around the place someday!

Photography by Carly Brown

HMUA by Tomas Moucka

By Terina Kett

TOMS – One for One

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Have you ever felt guilty about buying a new pair of shoes when the ones you have are already exploding out of your closet? When you could be spending the money on bills, paying off your uni debt or even donating to charity?

TOMS Shoes offers the best of both worlds.

TOMS one-for-one deal goes an extra mile to satisfy your consumer needs while helping people in need. With every purchase, TOMS provides shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to over 70 countries worldwide.

Company founder Blake Mycoskie was inspired to make a difference when he travelled to Argentina in 2006. He observed the hardships children living without shoes faced and was determine to create a company that would provide a child with a new pair of shoes for every pair purchased.

TOMS shoes offers a range of alpargata-inspired men’s and women’s footwear. You can find anything from fun and flirty flats to defined wedges, or classic boots. Providing both comfort and style, everyday and dress shoes are available in a large selection of prints and vibrant colours.

What started out as a gesture to provide shoes, has expanded to provide the gift of sight from the sale of eyewear, clean water from sale of coffee beans, and a safer birth from handbag sales.

Over 275,000 people have received the gift of sight from chic men’s and women’s eyewear. Optical frames and sunglasses come in an assortment of colours. Bold and audacious frames create a refreshing look for men’s eyewear.

If coffee is closer to your heart than shoes and eyewear, you are in luck.

Coffee by TOMS Roasting Co will satisfy your daily coffee kick while also providing the most basic human need to 7 countries worldwide. With every bag of coffee beans purchased 140L of safe water is supplied to quench someone’s thirst.

Thanks to TOMS vision, the notion of online shopping has enhanced to include consumption and charitable aid in one single purchase.

Chloe Fraser

Something Different: Etsy pop up market event in Leederville

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“Something Different” successfully brought Etsy to the offline world. This was an exciting event for adorable handcrafted goods lovers! The Leederville Arena hosted this three-days event featuring stalls from Etsy. As this offline Etsy festival supported local talented WA creatives, all products must be designed, crafted and manufactured in Western Australia.

Visiting this pop up event on the last day, the crowd was still eager to see the beautifully produced works of WA artisans and artists. Some of the stall-holders that manufactured handcrafted jewelleries included One Happy Leaf, Eden Dreams, and Slinky Lizard. Northbridge-based Ruck Rover General Store also participated in the event selling their new Christmas cards and other treats. Other WA’s gifted artisans who showcased their products also included Ilkay Dere from Art of Mud, who was selling handmade ceramic designs, Celia Bavcevich from Ce C’s Cakes offering their delicious brownie and cookie mix in a jar, and K Gets Organised showcasing her colorful stationery, planners, gifts, and cards!

This marketplace successfully connected brilliant artisans and artists with local art enthusiasts to experience their unique, high quality handcrafted goods. We definitely enjoyed a vibrant festive mood on a hot sunny day and are excited to see more upcoming WA talents showcased in our lovely city, Perth.

Student fashion ambassador focused on raising animal welfare awareness, one paw at a time

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For 18 year old Communications and Law student Joshua Sanchez-Lawson, fashion means more than what it does for most people.

Being an active club secretary of the UWA People for Animal Welfare (UWA PAW) and a student ambassador for the much loved online store ASOS, he has an avid passion for fashion with a conscience, and is responsible for running a wide range of information sessions and events such as vegan BBQ’s, education seminars, and fundraising parties. Recently, he hosted the UWA PAW De-Stress event where local organisations and shelters were invited onto the UWA campus, allowing students to interact with rescue animals and find out about volunteering, fostering and donating. Furthermore, being a student ambassador for ASOS gives him insight into the Green Room Initiative adopted by ASOS- they aim to provide workers who grow and make consumer goods better working conditions and wages, and also stock a wide range of eco-conscious items.

‘Fashion is its best when it can inspire and excite us without unnecessary harm to people, animals, or the environment,’ says Josh, and through his collaborative involvement with UWA PAW and ASOS, he is focused on raising awareness for animal welfare across the UWA campus.

Josh views fashion as an ultimate form of self-expression, and believes getting involved in various university clubs is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience for all people, offering many opportunities. ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Take risks with fashion and express yourself. Respect diversity, and don’t be afraid to get involved with something you believe in!’

Josh hopes to eventually work in fashion media or creative direction, and his involvement with ASOS is most definitely paving the way.

Check out the UWA PAW Facebook page and give Josh a follow on Instagram @dirtysanchezlawson!