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Tough act to follow

LFW has just announced Kolkata’s Anamika Khanna as this time’s Lakme Grand Finale Designer.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 07, 2009 18:05 IST
Umesh Jivnani

LFW has just announced Kolkata’s Anamika Khanna as this time’s Lakme Grand Finale Designer. Finally the Lakme guys have moved on from their favourites — Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Narendra Kumar and Wendell Rodricks. I much prefer Anamika Khanna when she sticks to traditional Indian wear.

But whenever she has tried her hand at fusion wear, it has been a disaster. Like her recent Couture Week collection which was too stiff and confused. In the past, I also liked her Botany line but after that she’s not made as strong an impact.

The inconsistency of her garments hasn’t let her climb my list of favourites yet. So I hope that this time, she comes up with a collection worthy of a finale. After all, she has a tough act to follow — her rival Sabyasachi had staged a spectacular finale show last season. No Bollywood cliches, please Photographer Dabboo Ratnani launched his annual calendar this week.

What set this one apart from its previous editions was that it has as many as 48 images for the coming 12 months. Reason: it was the calendar’s tenth anniversary. Also the styling was far from the Bollywood clichéd look. For the first time ever, he has managed to get top heroines to shed more than just their inhibitions in sensual images — from Kangana Ranaut and Ameesha Patel to Riya Sen, these stunners have posed au naturel with aplomb.

More Koffee..
After the first episode of The First Ladies with Abu-Sandeep aired this weekend, I received a call from a top Delhi designer, complaining that the show was a damp squib. “Where is the originality? They seem completely inspired by Karan Johar,” he bitched. Seeing the re-run with Nita Ambani, I didn’t hate it as much.

Yes, their overall format did seem a bit like Koffee with Karan but hopefully they should break away from that in the next few episodes. With an impressive line-up including Jaya Bachchan, Neerja Birla, Gauri Khan, Usha Mittal, Sussanne Roshan and Manyatta Dutt along with a few special men like Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, the show could well become another Rendezvous if tackled well..

Life after 40
Designer Ana Singh (she’s dropped the second N) turned 40 this Christmas and celebrated with style as she flew down to Dubai with her closest friends including Farah Khan and Ayesha Shroff. Speaking from the Champagne Bar at the Raffles, she sounded ecstatic, moments after cutting her cake. “I’m here with my husband Jaiveer and my closest friends who have flown in from all over the world. We’ve been partying non-stop for three days.” Wishing her the next 40 full of health, happiness and success.