21 April, 2011

Nepal's first Fashion Calendar by Fashion Kraft

 Much has been talked about the rise of the fashion scene in Nepal. With fashion shows taking place at every other event, fashion shoots, model hunt and competitions, it's very unlikely for anybody in the city to not notice the growth of the fashion industry. To add to all the glitz and glamour, Fashion Kraft initiated to bring to us Nepal's very first fashion calendar.

When I first read Tenzin Tseten Bhutia's facebook status about the fashion calendar, I was curious enough to get the details about what he was actually talking about. So I caught up with Fashion Kraft just days before my travel to India and returned right on time to attend the launch and write an article on it which was published in Republica. You can read the article here

I received my copy of the calendar two months back and have them hanging on my room's wall alongside a small collage I made during my spare time which I think has a short lifespan. But I'm totally liking the calendar on the wall. I reckon the calendars are still available if you want to buy a piece.

09 April, 2011



Hangers, initiated by Nisha Adhikari and Sahana Bajracharya, is a clothing exhibition of brands like tfnc. The exhibition started yesterday (8th April) on a Friday morning and carries on till the 12th and also showcases the new jewellery line of our very own Tenzin Tseten Bhutia (a small typo in the invitation).

In the mood to look around places, I dropped in at Imago Dei, where the exhibition is taking place. It was a rather quite hour when we arrived and people were slowly starting to appear. Since it was a Friday, they sort of expected lesser people and not much commotion. But the exhibition is believed to gain more momentum on a Saturday when people are free from their professional commitments.

Those who are looking for a party wear for the upcoming Nepali New Year Eve, you should definitely not miss this exhibition. I saw sequin dresses and vest, backless lace dress and more and more dresses to fit your fashion radar and also casual summer dresses: cinched at the sides, made from scarves, florals prints, stars, sleeveless, with sleeves. So what will you have on your hangers this season?   

One amongst the three clothes rack was of Tenzin's clothing line. Unaware about the existence of his clothes at the exhibition, it took me two glances at 'that' rack to actually realise that those were his clothes. What I'm basically trying to say is that his designs were equally good as those dresses from tfnc. There were sequin low-cut tops, sheer jackets with intricate floral embroidery, contemporary Asian jackets and short jackets from fabrics that are locally used to make bags and wallets which was very interesting. Some of his clothes have an Asian influence. The most important aspect to keep in mind is the finishing of the clothes, very impressive, all stitched to perfection.   

The same can be said about Tenzin's jewellery line 'jewel de creativite'.  Working together with a local company in Sikkim, Tenzin started his jewellery line. Especialy made from beads, brass and stones, you can see lots of color. In short, his jewellery line is full of life. Cute earrings, cuffs, belts, rings and necklaces. I ended buying myself 'a piece of him', the way he likes to describe it.  

Belt: the beaded flower is meant to be worn at the side of your hips

My splurge: the flower cuff
Pallavi Dhakal, tv presenter and model, being a sport and agreeing for a click while trying on some dresses

With Pallavi and Nisha
*I wasn't equipped with the best camera to complement my (amateur) skills, so I apologize for the shaky pictures. Maybe I should say, the camera was in shaky mode or I should blame the wine for all that shakiness.


02 April, 2011

Prabal Gurung's Fall Collection 2011 and teaming up with Koirala

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Prabal Gurung's Fall/Winter Collection 2011 was another applaudable show. It is believed that the people from the fashion world expected him to showcase another series of fitted gowns and dresses. But Prabal is not an obvious designer. Surely enough he surprised many by choosing to refer to Miss Havisham, Charles Dicken's protagonist in Great Expectations, as his muse for the collection. I think it is quite a challenge to take up as a designer to use a character out of a book as the main source of inspiration and sketch 40 designs based on that character.
The collection portrayed a sign of opulence with slight sheer Victorian collars and the virginal lace on a deconstructed white jacket and midi-skirts that kind of reminded me of old intricate railings; especially one that I saw in the movie Citizen Kane. But the collection was a bit more inclined towards a sultry Miss Havisham. 

Ironically, there were, not one Miss Havisham but, two of them this year. Marchesa had the same inspiration for their Fall/Winter Collection 2011. Undoubtedly there must've been a bit of a controversy and a (healthy) competition beween the two, I think.

Moving on!

Watch the full show!

There's no ignoring that Mr Prabal is from Kathmandu, Nepal. I love the fact that he does not act like a stranger or a foreigner to this country. Well, he's earning good Karma and lots of love (not jealousy) from the indeginous people back home. Everybody adores him.

A year ago, I met him at a press conference at Dwarika's Hotel . Everybody was dying to take a picture with him and so were we. But before all that I tried to speak to him about what was important to me then. And the one thing that completely shook my foundation of 'pretending to act normal' was when he mentioned having seen me somewhere. "You look familiar but I can't remember where I saw you before."
"???" My system shut down for a while, I did not know what to say. My head was pounding with questions. "Where did he see me?" What was I doing when he saw me?" "Was it when I was lazily strolling down Thamel's gullis?"

Ooohhh, I was totally bummed. But soon I got back on track and returned to the main topic after saying,"um, I don't know. Where did you see me?" Sometimes things don't always go as planned and the outside world plays a tricky game of Hide and seek with you. And that's history.
Moving on!

Few days back, Prabal Gurung was named the Goodwill Ambassador for Maiti Nepal working in tandem with CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala to fight against Human trafficking and sex slavery.
Kudos to Prabal who I think also promotes humility and maintains his dignity with the choices he makes and of course with the clothes he creates.
Read what he had to say here.

Pictures: Style.com
*The collage is in a smaller size because my new template does not have the space to fit in a wide angled photo.
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