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Desi goes global at New York Fashion Week

Shara Ashraf, Hindustan Times   September 11, 2012
First Published: 17:43 IST(11/9/2012) | Last Updated: 13:27 IST(12/9/2012)

Like many big names in the international fashion world,  veteran American designer Diane von Furstenberg too has India firing up her creativity. Diane visited India last March for the first time for the Mint Luxury Conference.

The lady clearly went home inspired. Her spring collection showcased at the ongoing New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2013 had models wearing silver leggings with silver baubles resembling ghungroo attached to the edges, shalwar pants paired with flowy kurtas and footwear attached with silver chains and ghungroos styled like pazeb (anklets) worn by Indian women. 

“It’s a very romantic, bohemian mood that Diane has created thorough these Indian elements,” says designer Gaurav Gupta.

“The outfits are inspired by rustic India and Diane has given  them her own modern touch. International fashion designers seem to know India better than we do,” says designer Rina Dhaka.

A model during the NYFW

Designer  Payal Jain calls the outfits Indian dance inspired. “Diane seems to have picked up inspiration from Indian courtesans who wore churidaars with pazebs (anklets) and ghungroos. It’s a fascinating mélange of  Indian elements infused with modernity. It makes us proud of our heritage,” she says.

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A model in the desi turban during the NYFW

The muse has “the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy,” Diane announced after her show saying that the city of Jaipur was one of the inspirations for the collection.

Diane was all praise for India on her March visit. “You have the fabrics, colours and embroidery, which inspires so many people,” she had told HT in an interview.

Turban trumps the trilbies!
Forget fedoras.

It’s the Sikh turban that’s getting a global thumbs-up from stylish men.

At the ongoing New York Fashion Week, upcoming designer Clarence de Vil from New York quirked up his look by sporting a bright yellow turban that had a red feather and a kalgi (plume) attached to it. 

Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier have also experimented with turbans too, pairing them with blazers and tuxedos.


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