Last week I attended Aashni & Co press day with Manish Malhotra, where he unveiled his latest collection. The British Asian Trust, hosted an exclusive preview of the latest festive collection and he was announced as the brand ambassador of the charity at the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to come up close and personal with Bollywood’s go to designer. During the press meet he talked about this work, movies and his fashion journey. So Manish was this creative young boy who was not into studies but rather focused on other interesting things like modelling and Bollywood. He loved sketching and was obsessed with films. He started off by working in a boutique and really enjoyed interacting with clients on a daily basis. During his time there he got into making his own clothes. It so happened that Sridevi saw his work and he was invited to style her next shoot. There has been no looking back since then. He has now worked in big Bollywood movies and styled super stars. He actually introduced the concept of styling to Indian cinema. His next project was the launch of his own clothing line ten years back and now plans to open his standalone store in London. His story is very inspirational and I hope he continues to inspire us with his creations.
Another date for your diaries. Stitch Three present Diwali Trunk Show on Thursday 1st October, 11am – 7pm, at Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ.
Shop for the festive season with collections from some of India and Pakistan’s leading designers available at domestic retail prices. Stitch Three’s Diwali Trunk Show will present classic and contemporary collections by heritage and new gen designers alike – sumptuous and indulgent pieces by Umar Sayeed; playful and glamorous creations by Sania Maskatiya; floral ensembles by Farida Hasan; statement pieces by Maheen Karim; and digital print, versatile silhouettes by Pasho. Additionally available will be children’s lenghas and kurtas by Tiny Tales and occasion jewellery by Rubina Kapoor.
Stitch Three Diwali Trunk Show, Thursday 1st October, 11am – 7pm,
Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ
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Last week I attended one of the most anticipated South Asian Fashion events in the run up to the festive season. Winter Preview was hosted by two of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers: Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event then don’t worry – I have details of all the lovely fashion and lifestyle brands present at the event.
Jyoti Chandhok – I can’t get enough of Jyoti’s work. Jyoti showcased her new collection at the event and had a varied range of saris, suits, chikankari dupattas and men’s kurtas/jackets.I spotted some really intricate and fine embroidery on display. Jyoti’s work speaks for itself. She uses high quality fabric and all hand embroidery work. She stocks a range of work right from chikankari to gotta patti to zardosi to bead work and much more. Have a look at her facebook page here.
Mahin Hussain – I spotted another new award winning brand Mahin Hussain. They had some beautiful wedding clutches on display. I also noticed some very fine embroidery on them. Mahin Hussain is a well know brand from Pakistan and they do a range of handbags and accessories. You can view more of their designs on their facebook page here.
Sevo By Sumita Pershad – I always get excited when I spot well-designed Indian homeware. Sevo had a lovely collection of silver plated home accessories and some really well designed products. The price was also very reasonable. So if you are looking for some home accessories for Diwali then do have a look at Sevo’s collection.
S.S Shawls – S.S Shawls are three generation shawl weavers from Kashmir. They had an amazing collection of very fine quality pashmina shawls and stoles. You can contact S.S. Shawls on email@example.com
Zevar – They came from India with their rustic traditional silver jewellery designs. If you love silver jewellery then I am sure you will admire Zevar’s handmade silver collection. Have a look at their collection here.
Love Opulence By Dinisha – Love opulence had some lovely jewellery on display. The collection was very varied. They stock some beautiful traditional jewellery as well as statement, contemporary pieces. They also have some fusion pieces that make their collection unique. Definitely luxury fashion jewellery. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Saris by Ramani – If you want a lace pre stitched sari in your choice of colour then do checkout Wedding Saris by Ramani. Find them here
Swam by Vandana Malhotra – Swam showcased some chikankari and gotapatti work. You can see pics of their work here.
Hope you got a little glimpse into the festive event and discovered some new Asian fashion and lifestyle brands.
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