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Its time for the biggest fashion event in India, the WLIFW spearheaded and organised twice every year by the Fashion Design Council of India.

WLIFW SS12 October 8th to 12th 2011.

This is an invite-only event so do not attempt to gate crash, to avoid any disappointment. This time, we are very excited about the large number of participants- 130 of the best talent in India in the fashion circuit. You can expect great surprises and some seriously good fashion statements.

Event Venue: Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Hall No. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 8-12 October, 2011.

Commenting on the participating designers, Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Continuing our legacy of bringing the best names of the fashion fraternity to WIFW, an exceptional business of fashion event, we are once again proud to introduce a host of talented Indian designers. We look forward to five days of splendid fashion put together by an array of brilliant designers and wish them the best.”

The schedule for the event is:

08 Oct 2011

  • 04:30 PM Gauri & Nanika / Malini Ramani / Nandita Basu
  • 05:45 PM ‘my village’ by Rimzim Dadu / Rahul Reddy
  • 07:00 PM Nachiket Barve / Peró by Aneeth Arora
  • 08:15 PM Rina Dhaka
  • 09:30 PM Tata Manza presents Rajesh Pratap Singh
09 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma / Manoj Dubey / Shipra Gupta/ Surbhi Chawla / Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi
  • 02:00 PM Manish Gupta / Preeti S Kapoor
  • 03:15 PM Samant Chauhan / Urvashi Kaur
  • 04:30 PM am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi / Morphé by Amit Aggarwal
  • 05:45 PM Kavita Bhartia
  • 07:00 PM Sanchita
  • 08:15 PM Label – Ritu Kumar
  • 09:30 PM Namrata Joshipura
10 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Divyam Mehta / Ela by Joyjit Talukdar / Tanvi Kedia
  • 02:00 PM Hemant & Nandit / Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan
  • 03:15 PM Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal / Nikasha Tawadey
  • 04:30 PM Charu Parashar / Nida Mahmood
  • 05:45 PM Raj Shroff / Raakesh Agarvwal
  • 07:00 PM Pankaj & Nidhi
  • 08:15 PM Onkar presents Shantanu Goenka
  • 09:30 PM Fiama Di Wills presents Wendell Rodricks
11 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Chandrani Siingh Fllora / Dolly J / Niket & Jainee /Rahul Singh / Saaj by Ankita
  • 02:00 PM Anand Bhushan / Dev r Nil
  • 03:15 PM Atsu by Atsu Sekhose / Alpana & Neeraj
  • 04:30 PM Mynah’s Reynu Taandon
  • 05:45 PM Rahul Mishra
  • 07:00 PM Savio Jon / Petanu by Pashma
  • 08:15 PM Anita Dongre
  • 09:30 PM James Ferreira
12 Oct 2011

  • 02:00 PM Joy Mitra / Rajdeep Ranawat
  • 03:15 PM Amit GT / Soltee by Sulakshana
  • 04:30 PM Vineet Bahl / Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant
  • 05:45 PM Geisha Design by Paras & Shalini / Rehane
  • 09:30 PM Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

A stunner by Amit GT

Looking forward to not only the already established designers showcasing their Spring-Summer 2012 trends but also ten new designers showcasing under the Hi-5 Category of the event and ten new models starting their bright careers thanks to this renowned platform.

The new designers selected under the Hi- 5 category are:

1.    Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma

2.   Chandrani Siingh Fllora

3.   Dolly J

4.   Manoj Dubey

5.    Niket & Jainee

6.   Rahul Singh

7.   Saaj by Ankita

8.   Shipra Gupta

9.   Surbhi Chawla

10. Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi

There will be two dedicated slots in the shows schedule for the Hi-5 category which will give these upcoming, promising designers an opportunity to showcase their splendid collections.

Those who wish to catch the event LIVE go here to Fashion Fad- the official webcast partner.


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For a country where fashion is almost non-existent, to have a fashion week for Men’s wear alone is quite a brave move. FDCI has taken up this challenge for the 3rd year (and season) and this time around they have managed to get a whole list of interesting designers participating for them. While it is rather dampening to see that my favorite men’s wear designer Mr Samant Chauhan is missing from the list, it is a pleasure that many other commercially sucessful bridal wear designers are trying their hand on men’s wear too. The event will be opened by Arjun Khanna who until now was famous only for his interesting website, more than anything else; followed by Tarun Tahiliani who will be the highlight tonight (perhaps with men dressed in severely embroidered attire from head to toe).

Here is the schedule for the three-day gala event:

02 Sep 2011

  • 07:00 PM : Arjun Khanna
  • 09:30 PM : Tarun Tahiliani
03 Sep 2011

  • 02:30 PM : Rajvi Mohan / Zubair Kirmani
  • 04:15 PM : Krishna Mehta
  • 06:00 PM : Anky by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav / Sanchita
  • 07:45 PM : Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh
  • 09:30 PM : Ashish N Soni
04 Sep 2011

  • 03:00 PM : Rohit & Abhishek / Troy Costa
  • 05:00 PM : Shantanu & Nikhil
  • 07:00 PM : Manoviraj Khosla
  • 09:30 PM : Karan Johar + Varun Bahl for Van Heusen

The best of the lot have all fallen under one slot (Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh at 7.45 pm on 2nd September 2011) which is both good and bad for us. The good part is that we will not have to waste any time trying to catch the rest of the shows missing our favourite Indian festivities in this season of Eid, Ganesha and the St.Mary’s feast. The disappointing part however, is that each of these designers could have given us good-quality shows for the whole day instead of just one show!

Besides the usual bridal wear suspects covering most part of the schedule, for those of you who have the time and enthusiasm, do check out Troy Costa’s tuxedos and perfectly-tailored suits on the finale morning.

Oh! I have to mention this- expect a lot of Bollywood crazy folks thronging the venue for the crowd-puller Karan Johar+ Varun Bahl show where we get a glimpse of what fashion really means to the common man (or the Mango people, with love) in India.

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Been a while since I wrote a blog post…Let us both blame and share credit for this with The great Indian Lollypop!

For those who have never been to India or tasted this lollypop- it is a colloquial way to describe the intention to give false assurances to a person instead of adhering to a given commitment. Simply put, to take someone for a ride. This is (unfortunately) a common practice in my beloved country- we are used to both-getting and giving these Lollypops to each other, every other day.

Since the time I reached India (May 2011), I have been chasing basic stuff that I cannot get easily without paying a bribe…This has taken me to the local consumer court on several occasions and have spent countless hours fighting, screaming and sometimes just helplessly laughing over phone conversations with various customer service associates.

While I have been busy collecting my share of these lollypops thanks to Airtel ( a broadband connection pending activation since 2 months), BP gas (a gas connection took 2 good months of chasing and pleading), a landlord ( chasing the return of a security deposit we paid for a temporary unit) and many more…One would think that corruption exists only in the government offices but my recent encunter with Airtel has proven the fact that this disease is now deep-rooted within all sectors of our society. But, the reason I am writing this post is the greatest Lollypop of the season- the one Team Anna received recently.

Although I am happy that the parliament did not fall on its knees to oblige Anna Hazare and his fast. I always thought that his “my way or highway attitude” in dealing with the Jan Lokpal bill and some of the provisions insisted upon by Annaji were rather risky and required great insight and expert debating. I fully agree with Shashi Taroor when he says that “If the current governmental bodies tasked with investigation, vigilance, and audit are deemed to be insufficiently impervious to corruption, it is worth asking what guarantee there is that the new institution of Jan Lok Pal could not be infected by the same virus — and if so, what could be done about it, since it would literally be a law unto itself.”

That said, I am alarmed by the fact that Anna was taken for a good ride by the UPA, promising a resolution and assuring him that his key demands will be met ended up with sending him a letter informing him about the “sense of the house” that his suggestions have been sent to a standing committee and will take the usual course of action… This was flashing as break-through and then breakdown, time and again on all the news channels. I would say that this is only fair but its not free from malice because it could very well be another Lollypop and the Team Anna could end up waiting for a really long time with only false assurances of a resolution.

I look forward to the Parliament bringing in a strong Lokpat bill considering all the options available. The problem of corruption runs far broader and deeper than what the headlines suggest. Every time a common man is forced to pay a bribe to get his everyday life moving smoothly, we know that the problem is more deep-rooted and has almost become a necessity for survival in the country. Our system has failed us, without any doubt but overcoming it requires a change in our society’s mindset, more than anything else..

Needless to say, it is important that this matter reaches an amicable end and I am sure that there will be light at the end of this tunnel.

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AHIMSA silk is made using a PATENTED process without killing silk worms. In the year 2002, the Indian government granted this unique patent to Mr Kusuma Rajaiah. Do not be fooled into buying AHIMSA from anywhere else because this is a patented mulberry silk produced only in one place in the world. Patent for eco-friendly manufacturing of mulberry silkworm yarn has been granted to Kusuma Rajaiah by the controller of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indications for 20 Years.
Do you know that silk yarn is produced from silk worms?
Do you know that silk worms are being killed mercilessly to get the silk yarn/filament?
Do you know that 15 silk worms are being killed to get 1 gram of silk, 1500 silk worms are being killed to get one meter of woven silk (cloth)?
Do you know that a conventional silk consumer is indirectly causing cruel killing of Millions of innocent silk worms ?

Animal rights: As the process of harvesting the silk from the cocoon kills the larvae, sericulture has been criticized in the early 21st century by animal rights activists, especially since artificial silks are available.
Mohandas Gandhi was also critical of silk production based on the Ahimsa philosophy “not to hurt any living thing.” This led to Gandhi’s promotion of cotton spinning machines, an example of which can be seen at the Gandhi Institute. He also promoted Ahimsa silk, wild silk made from the cocoons of wild and semi-wild silk moths.Ahimsa silk is promoted in parts of Southern India for those who prefer not to wear silk produced by killing silkworms.

The man who made it happen today:


Kusuma Rajaiah from India conducted research in the field and invented the technique of getting silk yarn from cocoons without killing the silk worms, for the first time in the World in the year 1991. After prolonged research the Ahimsa silk is made marketable in the year 2001.
In our production process child and forced labor are not engaged and there is no discrimination on the basis of sex.
The Hindi word “ahimsa” means Non-violence. It is used to describe this innovation because the fabric is manufactured in a process where silkworms are not killed. For this reason, the product is also known as peace silk. Ahimsa silk is extracted after the silkworm has completed metamorphosis and emerged from the cocoon. Considering the increased awareness of animal protectionism around the world.

Kusuma Rajaiah, a senior technical assistant with a government organization in India, is tasked with the responsibility of developing ahimsa silk into a viable commercial product.
There are many types of silkworms, but Bombyx mori is mainly used for commercial cultivation. The silkworms are placed in bamboo baskets and fed mulberry leaves. As they consume the leaves, the insects exude viscous fluids through head glands. These substances are fibroin (raw silk) and sericin (bonding gum). The substances harden upon contact with air, forming the basic silk filament, which is a combination of two fibers held together by the gum. The silkworm oozes out the fibroin continuously for about 1,000 yards, forming an oval nest or cocoon. But as the worm is still alive inside the cocoon, this poses a problem for devotees who respect all living things big and small.

In the production of regular silk, the cocoons are immersed in boiling water to kill the worms and spool the silk yarn. With Ahimsa silk, however, cocoons are left alone for seven to 10 days. Once the worms mature, they are allowed to pierce the cocoons and fly away as moths. Only then does the manufacture of peace silk begin. Each cocoon is checked individually to ensure that the moth has escaped before the silk thread is spun.
Spinning takes around two months and weaving another month. In other words, shipments can be ready three months after the moths escape. We can produce up to 2,000 meters per month.

Ahimsa silk is promoted as having the popular properties of regular silk. Even though it is slightly less lustrous, it is even softer to the touch. Currently, it remains a niche product due to its higher price range.

“While normal silk fabric of the 80 gsm varies in price with that ahimsa of the same quality, people are becoming more environmentally aware and compassionate to animals.  

Though Ahimsa silk may not replace regular silk, we are confident it will be adopted by those who are concerned about the flora and fauna” says the humble Mr Rajaiah.


So Ethic, Melbourne is the exclusive importer-distributor for this finest-quality cruelty-free Mulberry silk fabric. For those of you who would like to source this beautiful and thoughtful fabric in any quantity, can get in touch with So Ethic []

Love and peace xo








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In a world where I believe arms and ammunitions should be totally abolished (perhaps highly unrealistic), I cant believe I came across folks like them who believe that each and every individual should have the right to own guns! Yes, you may own a gun- but why would you have a problem with proving that you are educated and worthy enough to keep one?

Here’s the video a friend shared on my Facbook wall today: Presenting the “Guns for peace”  by GunownersIndia, in India

Misquoting each and every line by Gandhi will not get you any support. Use your common sense and understand the importance of discouraging arms. Apparently Gandhi believed that the true meaning of freedom is when a woman can leave home at midnight all alone. Surely, Gandhi didnt imagine she would carry a gun in her purse when she stepped out of her home! Shocking.

I agree that there is no evidence that gun laws have ever actually reduced crime rates, In fact the crime rates in India are alarming without even allowing easy access to arms. That said, can you imagine walking around knowing each person around you has a gun (even if concealed) and can fire it if agravated? Scary!

As shocking as their support and values are, the most depressing line by them is that “There should be no restriction on the quantity of ammunition.”  How often would you need ammunition if you own a gun for self-defence?

Here’s how they introduce themselves:

During colonial times the British rulers had disarmed the entire Indian nation, to further their own agenda. However, 63 years after independence, the rights of our citizens are once again being trampled over – this time by our own democratically elected government!

All citizens have the natural god given right to self-defence, which is also recognised by the Constitution as well as the Indian Penal Code, however this right is meaningless without the right tools of self-defence! By denying citizens access to these tools, while doing nothing to curb crime, the government seeks to make India into a nation of sheep.

Practical evidence shows that restrictions on arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent crime, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

In favour of anyone wanting to own a gun, I must say that A LAW ABIDING citizen with a gun is no more dangerous than a good driver with a 4.5 ton SUV. Just as you don’t prevent drunk driving by outlawing cars, you should not prevent crime by punishing legal gun owners. And just as it makes no sense to have a fear of Ferraris because they could be used to kill or maim you in the wrong hands, it makes no sense to fear guns because of their potential for misuse. Guns dont kill people, people kill people!

I am yet to make up my mind if guns should be made easily available. I have seen and heard stories of women getting raped, everyday. I have always wished they had a gun to defend themselves. But, I cant deny the fact that in my mind- I am thankful guns are not easily available and that anyone can be shot at randomly,walking down the streets…

I’d love to know what you think of it.

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Young designer from India, Samant Chauhan has brought a new dictionary of words to the fashion industry in his country and abroad with his passion for the “Silk route”. A household name in India, Chauhan is highly regarded for his passionate dedication towards the revival of the rich Indian silks and hand woven fabrics from Bhagalpur in Bihar, India. The designer wants to make these wild silks famous throughout the world with his fashion statements that have already quite a storm in most European countries.

He has now taken up the task of promoting the patented AHIMSA silks from India and proposes to make an entire range of garments from this ambassador from India to present them at the fashion weeks and trade shows in the west.
Samant Chauhan is an Alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India. Having won three awards in 2004 for most innovative fabric development & best design collection, he worked on multiple projects right from his college days. He worked for an export house RMX Joss for a period of one year where he gained managerial skills and learnt the tastes of international big names like Armani exchange, Tommy Hilfiger, Marlboro Classic among others.

2005: He made his first international mark at the SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK – Asian Young Designer Contest ‘05 where he presented his prize winning collection – “Changing pattern of Buddhism along the silk route” which invited rave reviews from international fashion journalists including Collin Mc Dowell.

2006: Samant debuted at the INDIA FASHION WEEK and received remarkable encouragement for his creations from the biggest names in the fashion fraternity. The same year he was also one of the finalists for the WOW, New Zealand competition. He was a part of the IMFF in Bangalore India. The response from the fashion fraternity to his collection made it clear that Chauhan was here to stay.

2007: He presented his first catwalk show – “Kamasutra” at the India Fashion Week – A/W ’07 & received an overwhelming response from the media & international buyers. This collection was recognized by all as the most promising talent of India in the years to come. Subsequently he got an opportunity to be a part of “Esthetica” at the London Fashion Week SS’08. Since then it has been no looking back & Samant has shown at the last 2 consecutive season’s of the London Fashion Week. He carried his hand made, hand woven ethical silk garments to the international market and created a unique place for himself in the fashion industry. This brought him the invitation to showcase at a solo show at the CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE, PARIS

2008: Oxidized Street at India Fashion Week, AW’08
Samant Chauhan created simple cut jackets for men with eye – catching organic motifs which crawled from back to front. The color palette was inspired by nature and showed earthy shades of brown, beige and sand which were juxtaposed with silver and zinc.
YOUNG FASHION ENTREPRENEUR: In 2008, he won the runner up award at the Young Fashion Entrepreneur organised by British Council.

Continuing his commitment to ethical fashion & taking a leap forward Samant showcased his SS’09 line at the Ethical Fashion 2008, Paris on the 10th October. This woman’s wear eco line – SS’09 collection consists of hand-woven and knitted 100 percent raw silk, linen and cotton linen blends – using all eco-friendly dyes and processes.

Wills India Fashion week-Spring/summer 09 :
Autumn Wedding
This collection is a marriage of Indian craftsmanship with western silhouettes. The jewel tone dresses blended with the use of leaves in the prints, embroidery, headgear and accessories gives one an autumn feel. Samant Chauhan has continued his romance with the silk and textiles that are hand woven and hand knitted with embellishments that are hand made by the village craftsmen of India. He was covered by the Wall Street Journal’s mint and featured on the cover page for bringing the Khadi back to limelight.

2009: He started the year with the showcasing of his AW09 at the LONDON FASHION WEEK’s Esthetica and WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK AW09.

His whole collection shimmers a pale biscuit gold pool of sunlight and sanctuary in a crowded and noisy fashion spectacular. The pieces are statements in shape or contour, although most take their key design elements from the classic Indian silhouettes but the simplicity and monotone of the women’s wear garments have been set off with elegant appliqué and embellishment in pastel colored silk flowers and subtle embroidery ( Courtesy

On the 25th of February 2009, Samant Chauhan speaks in front of an eager audience comprising of fashion journalists, stylists and buyers about his work, the ethical part of these and the way forward at the London College of Fashion in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s Shared Talent India Competition with a celebration of ethical movers & shakers working in India.

Taking his motivation to promote the dying textiles forward, Samant Chauhan has started a project with his Irish friend to revive the dying linen in the village of Monivea in Ireland. Under this project, chauhan will be creating a marriage of the linens from the Irish Village Monivea and the silks of the Bhagalpur Village in India. Samant Chauhan’s capsule spring collection being created for the Spencer retail’s HYPER stores is dedicated to this endeavor with the Monivea Village in Ireland.

Samant Chauhan’s unusual and contemporary creations have created a unique name for him in the industry. What Chauhan has done to the fashion industry and the mind-set can only describe him as a genius of sorts. His knitware work is obvious in its ingenuity.

His collection Kamasutra, showcased at WIFW, was one of the best seen on the runway at the indian fashion week and now he is showcasing an extended version of the same at the London Fashion week Fall collection.

He has received extensive coverage from media. The critic reviews have been most encouraging.

We look forward to welcoming this genius to SO ETHIC in Melbourne.

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