Since our last anniversary, plenty has happened in the fashion world. Some big brands finally arrived in the city, designers received high honours and some questionable decisions were taken. We sum up the headline-grabbing moments.
1. Naeem Khan returns
Arguably Mumbai’s biggest design export, Naeem Khan, returned home for a show 35 years after he left for the USA. His first show in India, at the city’s Lakmé Fashion Week, won him rave reviews and much applause from the packed audience.
2. Ritu Kumar wins a Padma Shri
This Republic Day, the veteran designer won the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the country. Kumar’s designs have been seen on everyone- from beauty pageant contestants to A-list actors. With almost five decades of great work to boast of, she’s among the leading bridal wear designers in the country.
3. Vidya Balan’s Cannes debacle
Not many expected variety when Vidya Balan announced she’d be wearing only her go-to couturier, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s designs at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. What the actor may not have factored in was that being a jury member, her appearances would be multiple, and so would her outfits. She strutted out in creations, all of which exuded the same vibe. It was only a month later that Sabya told us in an interview, “Indians are obsessed with variety. We knew what the comments would be even before we went.”
4. Tarun Tahiliani invited to the amfAR gala
Another Indian at Cannes was Tarun Tahiliani — the first designer from India to be invited to the prestigious amfAR gala. Among the likes of designers and design houses like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry and Gucci, he displayed two of his designs. The first — a dhoti-sari and headpiece — was worn by Karlie Kloss. “I didn’t want to go with a lehenga; I wanted it to be like clothes you can pick up and wear. This design infused Indian-ness with modernity,” Tarun told us on the eve of his departure. His other creation, a Nehru jacket with dhoti pants, was worn by Spanish model Andres Velencoso Segura.
5. Christian Louboutin, Forever 21 open in Mumbai
Both brands launched in Delhi first, and hence, their Mumbai stores were highly anticipated. Forever 21 finally opened this May. Louboutin had a grand opening in March, with Amitabh Bachchan in attendance. Anushka Sharma was to attend too, but she reportedly visited Louboutin at his hotel instead.
6. Models walk out of a plane
Last October, Van Heusen teamed up with Jet Airways for a rather unique launch for a new range of corporate wear, X-Lifestyle. Models hit the X-shaped ramp — inside an airport hangar — straight out of a special aircraft that landed at the venue. Actor Rahul Khanna was the showstopper.
7. Mannequin ban
In May, a local corporator wanted skimpily clad shop mannequins to be banned because, apparently, they perpetrate sex crimes. Everyone balked at her suggestion, but the proposal was put forth anyway. We haven’t heard from her since.
8. Malaika’s fashion label
The former model claims she’s always dreamed of owning a fashion line, but it was only in April that The Closet Label finally went live. At the time of its launch, Malaika told us, “I’m more than just the face of the brand. We’re going to attempt to get everyday style that suits Indian women of all shapes, sizes and ages.”