Indian cricketer and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who is recovering from an injury, was also on the ramp for fashion designer Samant Chauhan on Sunday. He wore an all-black trio of kurta, peak lapelled textured tuxedo jacket and trousers for his walk on the ramp. … [Read more...] about Fashion industry ponders bleak future post lockdown, experts say Covid-19 will set back the industry by 10 years
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The reality is that the coronavirus is here to stay, at least till we have a vaccine. Meanwhile, the face mask has transcended its utilitarian image and become emblematic of the world’s many problems in 2020. We have laughed at the irony of France making masks compulsory but still denying Muslim women their right to cover their faces in accordance with their faith. And we have shaken our heads at how US president Trump refuses to wear one even against his own administration’s strictest advisories. At home, PM Modi is known to begin his televised broadcasts to the nation wearing a ‘gamcha’ to cover his nose and mouth that he takes off when he begins speaking. These and many other occurrences have made masks one of the biggest talking points of the year. By that logic alone, the fashion industry would be remiss in its duty if they didn’t ‘design’ face masks at this time. After all, fashion represents the zeitgeist and responds to what is … [Read more...] about Why shouldn’t designers sell masks?
Funds raised: $272,125Famed artist Andy Warhol is said to have produced nearly 130,000 images, only 17 percent of which had been printed at the time of death in 1987. Auction house Christie’s recently auctioned off 60 unique photographs taken by Warhol to raise funds for emergency relief to artists throughout the US.In collaboration with Warhol’s foundation for visual arts, the online-only sale raised a whopping $272,125, with 88% sold by lot and 142% by value. The top lots were Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait which sold for $37,500; Flowers, which realized $16,250; Andy Warhol and Henry Geldzahler, which realized $15,000; Montauk Beach which achieved $10,000; and Archie, which sold for $9,375. … [Read more...] about Lockdown diaries: Designer Ujjawal Dubey feels centred, says fashion will evolve post-Covid
Over 70 days of closure has been tough on retail and fashion hasn’t been spared. But it is interesting to note how a few brands have been quick to innovate or get back on track. Digital fashion weeks are being planned and in India, Lakme Fashion Week has launched a virtual showroom that they say will be a marketplace for both designers and artisans who are grappling with high inventories. As for the opening of physical stores, some designers like Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango and Payal Khandwala have bravely gone ahead. … [Read more...] about Can’t stop fashion: on physical stores opening up and innovative strategies being adopted by brands
New Delhi: The phone’s been ringing off the hook for Meghna Saraogi, cofounder of Styledotme, a tech solution that caters primarily to jewellery companies. Most of her clients, sixth or seventh-generation jewellers, have traditionally been secretive about jewellery catalogues. But Covid-19 has changed everything. “It's much easier to sanitise an iPad on which people can virtually try on jewellery rather than every single piece after it’s tried on. Contactless selection and try-ons will be the next big thing,” said Saraogi, whose client list includes big names such as Tanishq and Hazoorilal Jewellers. Her business has seen a 150% increase in enquiries since the lockdown began, and not just from India. This is possibly the company’s best business month ever, she said. In a Covid-ravaged world where the rules of business are getting written afresh, the fashion industry is getting a makeover, pivoting toward remote working, digital draping and trials. … [Read more...] about Covid impact: Tech walks the ramp in fashion makeover