As Lifestyle Asia India turns two, we look back at our top-performing and best-loved ‘Style’ stories from the past year.
Anita Dongre’s understanding of sustainability stems from the basic premise of simple living and simpler choices. Even though conversations on sustainability are gaining intensity post-COVID-19, Dongre is one designer who paints a real picture of sustainable fashion in India. Her design vocabulary rests on Indian crafts and its preservation, and she is deeply involved in ensuring that the workforce and working environment both remain healthy. She spoke to Lifestyle Asia India on what sustainability means to her and how has she incorporated its varied aspects in her business model.
As the creative director of the LVMH-owned Moynat, Indian-born Ramesh Nair has revived the heritage brand, making its quiet yet strong presence felt on the fashion landscape. Nair, who trained under Yohji Yamamoto and Christian Lacroix before joining Hermès for their women’s ready-to-wear under Martin Margiela, has built the brand using its heritage and techniques as starting points but contemporising it in a unique way. His Réjane bag is what you’d call a true fashion insider’s choice, its shape and design are lauded for fantastic craftsmanship. Lifestyle Asia India spoke to Nair about what this journey has been like.
As a trail-blazing batsman, Rohit Sharma has tons of accomplishments under his belt, from holding the title for scoring the most centuries in a single edition of the World Cup to being nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and more. He announced his union with Oakley while sporting his soon-to-be staple, the Prizm lens, a revolutionary tech that brings together decades of research, turning eye-wear into vital pieces of sports equipment. We caught up with Rohit Sharma to talk about his new role as Oakley’s brand ambassador and how fitness and cricket as a sport have evolved during the lockdown.
What makes the sari a one-of-a-kind is not just its availability in numerous renditions. It’s the variety of decadent handlooms, colours, embellishments, and a whole spectrum of draping styles. Needless to say, Indian couturiers have rolled out pre-stitched versions, but how about pairing your sari with a suit or with a wide corset belt? We rounded up some styles of sari draping as embraced by Bollywood celebrities.
From Karuna Ezara Parikh and Diipa Khosla, to Arshia Ahuja and Aishwarya Nair, fashion insiders told us how COVID-19 had compelled them to initiate a change in their lifestyles and fashion choices.
As India embraces minimalism in jewellery, one realises that a single, statement piece can do it all. It’s not just about decking up for an occasion – you can loop in edgy jewellery pieces in your daily work-wear. So, whether you are pant-suit donning corporate honcho or a sari-loving executive, we picked the the best minimal jewellery labels that can help you make a statement effortlessly.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the saree shed its traditional image, thanks to the efforts of designers who are infusing it with contemporary updates. With the influx of multicultural sensibilities, the traditional drape has been re-imagined in different signatures. From denim versions to pre-stitched options, today there is no dearth of saree styles. We rounded up8 designer interpretations of the saree that give it a new spin.
Juhi Melwani, a Parsons graduate in design, started working at Oscar de la Renta’s atelier in 2015. But soon, a visit home to Mumbai allowed her to collaborate with a group textile artisans/weavers of Kutch (Gujarat) for a runway show. Having been exposed to an intensive database of handcrafts prompted Melwani to revisit the idea of upcycling. Today she collects discarded fabric waste from all over India and collaborates with NGOs such as Vidyasagar, Chennai that specialises in novelty textiles. We spoke to Melwani about her journey so far, and how fashion might look like post COVID-19.
We took a look at some famous sneaker designs, and why any self-respecting sneakerhead should have them in their collections.
Author and fashion editor Sujata Assomull wrote about the many ways one can be a more mindful shopper.