UrbanClap ft. Falguni Patel

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Ignorance is bliss.

Well atleast when you want to relax.

Unfortunately I cant ever relax while getting any beauty procedure done.

Why ? You may ask..

For starters, having worked with leading wellness & beauty company for almost 9 years of my career, I have been tuned to the best quality of beauty treatments. As a part of the profile, I had to take trials of therapists from time to time to check on quality & efficiency. In turn, it made me expert on SOP’s of various procedures for beauty routine and made me a stickler for perfection in services.

So when you harp about the elusive relaxation that you get while getting a facial / pedicure / body massage done, I really wonder what exactly is that.

I usually went to a particular salon for services and would come back and rant about how the beauty therapist went on her usual routine of saying –

‘Aapke baal tedhe hain !’

‘Last time kisse eyebrow karvayi thi?’  ( PS – She would have done it herself but wont remember that)

‘ Bahot tan ho gai hai aapki skin, humara premium facial karva lo’

‘Aapke baal kitne dry hai, Hair spa nahi karvate’…

And so on………

To escape this barrage of non-stop chatter, I started calling a beauty therapist at home. ( This one worked at my earlier place of work. So I trusted her procedures)

However, having left a company and working on her own, she started losing her professionalism. Hygiene became a big issue and product quality was doubtful ( To counter that, I would give her my own products)

So you get the drift right?

While I was wondering what do I do about this month’s basic beauty routine, Urbanclap team got in touch. They graciously offered their home salon services for trial.

I was kind of skeptical as expected but the team member convinced me to try it.

So how was it ?

Well, watch the video to know how did the services go by.

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Tame your summer frizz with 5 hair oils

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Since centuries, potions were made at home with secret recipes for beauty routines. Each family had their own unique formula of packs and oils made as per availability of ingredients. It is only since 1900’s that the market started getting flooded with concoction of shampoos, conditioners and hair oils infused with hibiscus, amla, aritha and bhringraj. The regionally available oils were used not only in cooking but also as a part of beauty enhancement routine for skin and hair. The coastal areas thus used coconut oil, Mediterranean population used olive oil, Mexicans used jojoba oil and North Indians used mustard oil.

The benefits of using this naturally abundant resource were many, ranging from easy availability due to favourable climate to its quick reception by the genetic structure of the body. Hair oils and nourishing packs have become essential in the weekly beauty regime of any woman who loves her mane. At the centre stage of these wholesome potions are the primary hair oils namely coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and mustard oil.

Coconut oil has been the most affordable and easily available oil in India. Its molecular structure is made up of small and medium-chain fatty acid that allows it to penetrate the scalp and hair shaft more deeply and faster than other available conditioners, thus keeping the hair nourished and moisturized. Mainly used as hair growth oil, it can also be used as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize scalp, and add a healthy glow to the tresses. For the best results, warm the coconut oil in a pan and then apply it on the scalp and hair-shaft till the ends. Leave it on for an hour and shampoo it off.  You may repeat this twice a week to improve the texture and bounce of hair.

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Coconut Oil 

‘Stress, faulty lifestyle and negligence can lead to hair fall and thinning of hair. Most women come with complain of hair fall and dry lustreless hair. Either they do not apply any hair oil or they keep hair-oil for 2-3 days on their scalp. Moderation is the key word. Oil nourishes the scalp, hair roots, promotes hair re-growth, and increases hair density. Regular use of hair oil will prevent hair-fall and premature greying of hair. We have created a unique potion of hair oil using essential ingredients to address these issues of hair wherein coconut oil, sesame oil, hibiscus oil and liquorice oil are used as base oil’ shared Dr. Aanal Kangad, dermatologist and founder of vegan and natural cosmetic products – Happy Flowers 

When mixed and heated with curry leaves, coconut oil prevents premature graying of hair. Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants, proteins, beta-carotene and amino acids. They moisturize the scalp, prevent hair loss, thinning and help strengthen follicles. The vitamin B content present in curry leaves helps prevent premature hair graying and as a result hair retains its colour and lustre longer

To make this tonic, pour the coconut oil into a pan and add a handful of curry leaves to it. Heat the oil until the black residue is formed around the leaves. Once the tonic has cooled down, strain it and store it. Gently massage the scalp with the fingertips while applying the oil concentrate to get the best results. Repeat the routine 2-3 times a week to see the visible results in hair quality.

Jojoba oil, derived from the seeds of evergreen jojoba shrubs, is native to Arizona, California and Mexico. It is one of the most nutrient rich and expensive botanical oils that has long shelf life and exact molecular structure as that of sebum produced by hair scalp. Its molecular structure makes it the product of choice to be added in shampoos, conditioners and oils as an active ingredient that moisturises the scalp and hair. Jojoba oil is an excellent choice for deep conditioning treatment.

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Jojoba Oil 

“It is the extensive dryness of scalp that leads to dandruff and hair loss at an increased rate. Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing the hair without leaving any residues. It can help hair cells to reproduce themselves at a rapid pace” added Aanal on the benefits of jojoba oil.

Olive oil, popularly known as liquid gold, is rich in Vitamin B & E, magnesium, zinc, sulphur and calcium. It aids in hair growth by preventing hair loss.  Used earlier by the Mediterranean people, olive oil is now globally used in the cosmetic & hair industry. Primarily aimed at curbing hair-fall, olive oil gives best results when applied twice a week.

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Olive Oil 

The inexpensive option of olive oil is the ‘Sarson ka Tel’ from the nearby kirana store.   Abundantly found in India, mustard oil is a rich store of antioxidants, essential alpha fatty acids, and multiple vitamins like A, D, E, and K, and minerals. It directly helps in hair growth. The essential alpha fatty acids help to condition the hair generously. If your hair is dry, nothing can be more beneficial than mustard oil. Mustard oil is effective in preventing premature greying and darkens your hair naturally. Thus, instead of dyeing hair, you can massage your hair with mustard oil every night to see the result.

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Mustard oil aka Sarson ka tel 

Dr.Vandana Shah, senior dermatologist of Ahmedabad shares, “In dermatology practice, we mostly opt for pharmaceutically made oils to cure hair-fall, premature greying and dryness of hair. The base ingredients are indeed oils like coconut, sesame, mustard and olive. Castor and olive oil give strength to hair shaft whereas jojoba gives nourishment without any greasiness.’

Be it olive, jojoba, coconut or mustard oil, massaging the scalp with hair oil improves blood circulation and thus the flow of nutrients needed for hair-growth. To get the lustrous mane, make a promise to pamper yourself this year with regular hair oil massages.

(Please Note – This Article was first produced for Femina Gujarat Magazine. This is its unedited version) 

 

Home Remedies for Shiny Hair

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Historically, lustrous tresses are considered to be the crowning glory of women. Be it fairy tales like Rapunzel and her fabled long hair or media advertisements like Crowning Glory soap featuring Dimple Kapadia in her shiny hair; we are made to believe that long shiny hair is an essential check list for a woman to be considered beautiful. With the change in mindsets, we are now growing out of the ‘long’ and ‘beautiful’ criteria. However, every woman wishes to have shiny mane, be it long or short, straight or curly.

In case you are not blessed with the specific gene code that naturally gives you shiny hair, you will rush to the fanciest salon in the town to get the hair-conditioning treatment done and spend a bomb; because hair spa are available in different categories (Indian & international) & your hair stylist will convince you that your hair just doesn’t have it in them.

Do you find this situation familiar? Oh well, most of us have experienced it.
With weddings & parties round the corner, the frequency of using styling products increases. Hair is robbed off its natural moisture due to excessive usage of products and iron. To restore back the healthy locks, would you rather love if we gave you tested and tried kitchen remedies that would save you a fortune?
If yes, then sit back with a cup of coffee and read on to know ten not-so-secret recipes from your kitchen.
1. Yoghurt

Yoghurt can be used in multiple ways to restore the hair shine. It is rich in vitamin B5, Vitamin D and proteins. It is also packed with lactic acid that can clean your scalp and treat dandruff.

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Yoghurt mask
1 cup yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Whisk the ingredients thoroughly and apply to the hair scalp and shaft. Let it settle in for 30 minutes and then wash it off to get soft and manageable hair.
2.Apple Cider Vinegar

If you do not have apple cider vinegar at home, we totally recommend purchasing one. Apple cider vinegar is one the best known hair detangler across the globe. It helps in removing the dirt and build up of styling products on your hair.

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Apple cider vinegar Rinse (ACV Rinse)

Mix 2 spoon of ACV in 2 cups of water
Rinse your shampooed hair with it
After 10 minutes rinse it with cold water for shiny soft hair

3.Mayonnaise
To eat or to apply is the million dollar question when mayonnaise is the ingredient. Mayonnaise works wonder for dry and damaged hair, especially coloured and treated hair. Since it is made of egg yolk, olive oil and lemon juice, mayonnaise is rich in amino acids and antioxidants.

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Mayonnaise hair mask
Apply and massage mayonnaise to the damp hair
Cover it with a shower cap for 20 minutes
Wash your hair with shampoo for soft hair
4.Beer

Beer is known to be a happy drink; well it seems not just for us but also for our hair. Along with vitamin B, the proteins found in malt and hops (which are active ingredients of beer) are said to repair damaged hair. The sucrose and maltose sugars present in beer tighten and strengthen hair cuticles for enhanced shine. Don’t throw away the left over beer that has lost the fizz yet; use it on your hair to get lustrous locks.

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Beer rinse

Use beer to rinse hair after shampoo and let it settle for 10 minutes
Rinse with cold water

5.Vodka

Did you know that Russia depended on vodka for most of its home remedies? Starting from rinsing mouth in morning to curing hair loss, vodka translated as ‘dear water’ in Russian, is the divine solution for all skin and hair needs. Try this rinse once a month to get a healthy mane.

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Vodka Hair rinse
Mix one tablespoon of vodka to two cups of water
Rinse your hair with this mixture after a proper shampoo and let it stay

6.Tea

A hair tea rinse is simply brewing a specific type of tea and allowing it to cool prior to pouring it over your hair. Tea is rich in caffeine that stimulates hair growth. Various types of teas will give different types of result.

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Rinse

Boil the pre-selected tea in two cups of water and let it cool
Rinse the hair with the tea-mix and allow it to dry naturally
Black Tea rinse is used for shiny hair. It also renders dark colour. Green tea rinse stimulates hair growth and increases shine due to its high antioxidant content. Chamomile tea rinse brings out the natural highlights in your hair owing to its lightening agents.

7.Fenugreek

Traditionally, fenugreek seeds have been used as a condiment to promote better health and as a potent hair potion. It can be used in multiple ways to increase the growth of the hair and add shine to the dull hair.

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Fenugreek Paste
Soak two tablespoon of fenugreek overnight and make a fine paste
Add one cup of yoghurt, one tablespoon honey , one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon olive oil
Apply this mask to the scalp and hair and leave for 45 minutes
Wash it thoroughly with shampoo

8.Eggs

Eggs contain all the major essential vitamins, minerals and proteins that promote hair growth and condition the hair. Lecithin in the egg yolk helps in reducing frizz and helps in making hair smooth.

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Egg pack

Mix one full egg with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon olive/coconut/almond oil
Whisk the paste well and apply it to the scalp & hair
Wash it after 30 minutes for smooth hair

9.Banana

Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B, C, and E, which makes it a perfect ingredient to fix damaged hair. They also contain emollient that moisturises the hair shaft and makes it soft. Making a banana hair pack at home is easy.

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Banana pack

Mix one ripe banana with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon olive/coconut/almond oil
Add one cup yoghurt and blend it
Apply this mask on your scalp and hair and leave it for 45 minutes
Wash the hair thoroughly to remove banana from the hair

10.Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair the dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner as it composed of 95% water. It has been used in hair care for a long time as an ingredient that battles dandruff, moisturizes, and boosts hair growth.

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Aloe Vera pack

Extract 1 cup fresh aloe vera gel from plant. You can use readily available gel as well
Add one teaspoon of castor oil and mix the ingredients well
Apply the mixture on hair and leave it for 45 minutes
Wash it off thoroughly with shampoo

Besides indulging in these kitchen remedies, do take care of what you consume. Healthy gut is the sign of healthy skin and hair. Pamper your tresses with these simple home remedies to get those lustrous locks this season, that too in budget.

Please Note : This article was first produced for Femina Gujarat. This is the original unedited version. 

Ahmedabad based ‘The W Trunk’ promoting women entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is a celebrated word among the millennial, more so if one stays in Gujarat. Corporate executives have left high paying jobs to pursue their passion and step in the shoes of entrepreneurship. Students have started start-ups immediately after the college. Women have started their home business in jewellery, home decor, fashion or baking after their career breaks.

Each one, be it corporate executive or a student or a woman entrepreneur, looks for a broader audience for their business but only few manage to tap the pulse. What if someone managed all the visibility hassles for you while you focused on developing the product?

Dream come true right?

Well.. ‘The W Trunk’ is one such e-commerce portal based out of Ahmedabad, started by three friends – Priyadarshini Rathore, Vishwa Bhatt Weir and Dipit Kochar. They act as a catalyst for women entrepreneurs and help them by showcasing their products in front of a global audience. It is an online destination for those women who dream of fulfilling their desire to start up something of their own. They curate and showcase new talent on their portal – www.wtrunk.com

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Ahead of their upcoming exhibition named ‘The W trunk ‘17’ , Team Ciceroni got in touch with the founders to get an insight about their portal, their journey and future plans.

Read on the excerpts from the conversation…

Share the story with us about inception of The W-Trunk?

The W Trunk began its journey in 2015 with an aim to create a platform for women where they can transform their dreams into a tangible reality and turn them into businesses that make good money. To do this, we are increasing their reach to their potential clients through our networking and e-commerce platform.

In March 2016, we launched our online portal http://www.thewtrunk.com which is aimed at forming a community of women entrepreneurs who lead small/medium scale businesses and to provide them with a platform to sell their products online. Over the last one year, we have reached out to over 150 women entrepreneurs through our website and our on-ground event.

What were the challenges that you faced when you started ‘The W-Trunk’?

We are a team of three at ‘The W Trunk’.  We all share our passion for fostering women entrepreneurship and that got us together to create this platform.  Yes, we did face challenges while setting up ‘The W Trunk’. Primary challenge was to change the thought process of people and make them go online. It was a task to source such women entrepreneurs who would want to take the next step and go online.

Most of these talented women entrepreneurs offer customised products; therefore the longevity of their products on the website depends on a number of unique pieces they create. They work on a small scale therefore at times they do not realise the power of good photography and presentation.

We had to explain them the benefits of going digital and presenting the product in an aesthetic format.

How has ‘The W-Trunk’ evolved since 2015?

Since its inception, The W- Trunk has brought to town two on-ground exhibitions which saw the participation of over 150 women entrepreneurs. Both these events gave us an opportunity to offer them participation on our online platform.  By way of these two platforms – online line visibility and on ground events, we have been able to bring to the forefront many talented first time entrepreneurs.

Why should people visit the ‘The W-Trunk’ exhibit when there are already so many other exhibitions in the city?

‘The W Trunk’ is essentially a platform for enabling and fostering women entrepreneurs. We work on subscription basis model with women entrepreneurs while offering them hassle free front end and back end management.  We do not charge any commission on their sales. Our curation is our forte.

Our exhibitions around Women’s Day focus not only on promoting women entrepreneurs but also on creating awareness around women’s issues. We aim to be an ecosystem that promotes creative dialogues and business opportunities centred around women.

Out of all the labels that you have been associated with, which are your personal favourite?

It is difficult to pick and choose! All these labels are outstanding in their own way, but to name a few Atrangi, Nauka Shah, R – Clothing, Design Yogi, Hygiene and you are some of the brands we follow.

Are there any criteria that you look forward while selecting labels for your curation?

We mainly look at the uniqueness of the products, the entrepreneur’s zeal to take the brand forward and their creativity.

How do you support women entrepreneurs in their promoting their business?

Our online platform offers these women an opportunity to display their products digitally at no hidden costs. We do not charge commission on their sales and we offer them an opportunity to sell products for free till they achieve a sale of Rs. 5000 on the website.

Subsequently, they are free to choose a half yearly/yearly subscription option where we offer different services to them.

By doing this, we are removing the first barrier of how and why of digital presence for these entrepreneurs. Most of them are home based entrepreneurs who are not very well versed with technology. ‘The W Trunk’ helps them gain a broader customer base across country and increase the brand credibility.

The W Trunk did two shows so far, both in the year 2016. Their first event ‘The W Trunk’ was a 3 days’ exhibition around the women’s day weekend in 2016 and the latter one ‘Navmelo’ was an event focused on the most-loved festival of Gujarat i.e. Navratri.

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Their upcoming show “The W-Trunk Edition III” is scheduled from 3rd to 5th March 2017 and once again they are bringing to Ahmedabad a lot of good labels, lots of activities and lots of fun!

“No decision should be made on an empty shopping bag, so what are you for? Go shop now!”  says the team ‘The W trunk’. In case you too have exciting products to showcase, get in touch with them at www.wtrunk.com

And do Meet us at ‘The W trunk’ exhibit at Ahmedabad Haat from 3rd – 5th March, download our application, login and get a chance to win exciting prizes from Ciceroni.

( This article was originally published in Ciceroni – a mobile app that guides for city centric shopping, events and deals)

Meet the Fashion Forward Amdavadi – Weekend Window

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The style quotient is rising in Ahmedabad with every passing winter. Somewhere in the background, you hear the evergreen classic yet a clichéd song playing ‘Pretty woman, walking down the street’ with its drum beat rising in crescendo when you spot a stylish and suave lady entering the lawns.

Yes, this is the precise scene played out at Weekend Windows 10th edition at YMCA lawns.

From Cape cover-ups to rugged denims, from unstructured handloom dresses to biker jackets, from boots to gladiators, from indo-western to ethnics, one can spot all trends at this venue. We couldn’t miss out on suave bearded men as well. More update on men later today.

So go ahead and see who made it to Appleblossom’s ‘Fashion Forward’ Amdavadi list.

( PS – We will keep adding pictures daily. Get clicked by the very talented Peach from Kanami Photos who is collaborating with Weekend Window  and appleblossom  to give us these wonderful picture stories )

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See you at Weekend Window today in full swag !

Araaish in Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad is getting glamorous and how? 

Just about few days back, the city witnessed show by Queenie Singh and Rhea Pillai. And today, Mana Shetty, Maheep Kapoor and Vikram Phadnis were in town for a glamorous exhibition that served the purpose of ‘Fashion with a cause’.

Araaish, one day exhibit, turned out to be a huge success at Hyatt, Ahmedabad. A fund raising arm of ‘Save the Children India’, an NGO started by Mrs Vipula Kadri back in 1988, is run by Mana Shetty. Suneil Shetty is the ambassador for the NGO. After having done 50 shows till now, they made their debut in Ahmedabad market today.

Celebrity jewellery designer Maheep Kapoor, Mana Shetty and ace fashion designer Vikram Phadnis were present at the exhibit today along with Araaish organizers Samia Alam Khan, Manzoor Alam Khan and Sharmilla Khanna. All for ‘Save the Children India’ charity.There were about 50 brands displaying at the exhibit including apparels, jewellery and home decor.

We (Team Ciceroni) got a chance to interview these celebrities and know more about their collection.

So the brands that I loved today are –

1) Vikram Phadnis

He started his journey as a choreographer but moved on to being a Fashion designer. Vikram Phadnis has been dressing up celebrities of the ilk of Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and many more since last 25 years.

‘It wasn’t planned. It all fell in place organically. I wanted to create fashion for masses. I did not want fashion to be inaccessible. My label is very modestly priced. My collection at Araaish today starts from 12000 onwards and goes on maximum of till 30000‘ says Vikram Phadnis in an exclusive interaction at the exhibit.

He had a display of sharara sets, ready to wear saree, saree & blouse sets in his festive collection.Indeed his collection was worth a dekko and buy.

2) ‘Save the children India’

Mana Shetty’s NGO ‘ Save the Children India’ had organized this fundraising event Araaish. A part of their NGO supports and empowers destitutes by teaching them sewing and making them self sufficient for their livelihood.

Mana Shetty had designed the special collection of Tie & Dye tunics and Skirt & kurta sets. Besides these, there were table runners, gift bags and tissue holders that were lovingly made by the girls from ‘Save the Children India’.

Price -Tunics – 4000
Skirt sets – 6500

Gift bags – 350

3) Rose tree
A label by the mother daughter duo – Rani Kamini Singh and Princess Chandni Singh from Seohara , Rosetree is all about organic fabrics and natural colours. Aditi Jain, curator from Ahmedabad, presented Rose tree at Araaish today. The label was displaying beautiful and elegant sharara sets in rose colour, ivory, electric blue, grey and sombre yellow.The designs reminded one of the royal era indeed..

Price – Sharara sets – 16000 – 20000
Kurta – 10000

4) By Aditi Amin

By Aditi Amin is a four year old high end jewellery brand started by an investment banker Aditi Amin. Her label is ‘style statement’ centric and had avante garde vibes. She makes bracelets, chandbalis, chokers and neck pieces with eccentric sensibilities.

By Aditi Amin has a pret collection priced moderately from 1000 to 3000 whereas her signature couture collection starts from 2000 to 10000. She displayed a dreamy pret range of pearls & semi precious gems jewellery line at Araaish besides her signature bracelets and neckpieces.

5) Seams Pret and Couture

Sajeda Lehry, a SNDT graduate from Mumbai has been designing since last 12 years, but she started her label ‘Seams Pret & Couture’ only in 2012 along with partner Yunus Rajkotwala. Primarily a resort wear range, her collection was a surreal poetry studded with pearls in  pastel shades. Vintage was the theme of her collection displayed at Araaish. One could spot laces, pearls, floral and pastels in her line.

Price – Tunics & Dresses – 6500 -17000
Lehenga- 25000 – 75000

6) Nay- ked

Garima Chawla, the designer of Nay-Ked, believes in creating modern contemporary silhouettes in pure fabrics like Georgette, crepe, satin silks. Her label is effortlessly chic, current and always for fun garments. It is a young label that caters to resort wear & evening cocktail parties. She had an interesting collection of dresses in grecian drapes. To top it up, it was affordable luxury for the urban woman.

Price – 5000 – 8000

7) Azuli

Nikki Merani, the designer of Azuli, has been designing since 8 years now. Her label Azuli is inspired from princess Azuli of 18th century. Her design thus involves elegant drapes that personify feminity. Her collection had an essence of nets, laces and pastel shades. She brought in interesting off shouldered festive capes that can be teamed with pants or skirts. She also had sulwar sets, anarkali dresses besides long dresses.

Price – 8000 – 35000

8) Sk’n
Sakshi Kandya Nowlakha was the most refreshing label at the exhibit today. Based out of Bangalore, Sk’n focuses on bringing collection that breaks the norms of dressing. Each piece is separate-  tunic, pants, cape. The colour palette is perennially neutral because she feels colours & trends will come and go, what will remain classic is neutrals.

They work only on handloom fabrics. It’s just a 13 month old brand and we say watch out for it fashionistas.
Price – 3500 – 20000

9) Maheep Kapoor for Satyani Fine Jewels

At the exhibit today, Maheep Kapoor was displaying her trademark  chand bali range along with others like neckpieces and finger rings as a part of her designs for Satyani Fine Jewels. Being a luxury jewellery brand in diamond and gold jewellery, her travellers range came as a pleasant surprise for the working class. Priced modestly from 15000 to 100000, Maheep Kapoor creates fine jewellery in yellow, white and rose gold set with pearls, precious stones, semi-precious gems and gem materials.

10) Studio Bhavik Shah

Started by Bhavik Shah, a Fine Arts graduate from MSU Baroda and NIFT Gandhinagar, Studio Bhavik Shah is known for its mix and match sensibilities. For his current collection, he created motifs from Persian architecture and Moghul buildings and translated them in contemporary ethnic wear. The routine Marodi and gota Patti work is done in innovative style to make it attractive for the youth.He displayed jackets , sulwar suits, anarkali and sharara sets at Araaish today.

Fabric –  Mulberry silk, raw silk, cotton, Chiffon

Price – Regular range 3000 – 8000

Festive range – 14000 – 18000

11) Maayera Jaipur

A 2.5 years old label catering to footwear and apparels, Maayera Jaipur is all about hand block prints and organic fabrics. Ajrakh cotton kurta, tunic and dresses were available in organic cottons, mainly in shades of whites and pastels. They also had fabric jootis available.

Price – Jootis – 2000 to 4000
Dresses – 3500 to 7500

It was a must visit exhibit for the ones who look for new labels in luxury segment. Some brands were really worth the money. All I am excited about is that Ahmedabad is witnessing a glamour wave, I hope it stays and changes the way people dress!

( PS – Excuse the quality of images. Since the review is done on spot, we make do with mobile camera always)

Until Next Blog…

Queenie Singh & Rhea Pillai in Ahmedabad

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‘A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away’

Antoine De Saint – Exupery

It is quite a paradox when one realizes that their design choices are on the far end of the spectrum, mostly minimalist & casual but occasionally eccentric and bold. So it becomes a design lovers delight to spot two celebrity designers with absolutely different sensibilities collaborating together to exhibit their product range in the city.

Sans, the multidesigner studio by Sanskruti Patel, showcased an exclusive preview of precious stones jewellery by Queenie Singh and exquisite Chikankari Georgette & Temple Kanjeevarams by Rhea Pillai yesterday in Ahmedabad. The one of its kind of preview was hosted by Priti Shah & Smita Dani in an attempt to bring celebrity designers to the city that is witnessing a sea-change in the buying patterns now.

Queenie Singh, former Miss India, celebrity jewellery designer and a socialite, is definitely a name to reckon with when one thinks of statement jewellery. Be it Hollywood or Bollywood, her designs have many takers, mostly the ones who appreciate bold & eccentric style statement. But what was more amusing was that Rhea Pillai, a former model known to endorse the latest designer wear by famous designers of the country, is now creating her own label ‘Temple House’.

In an exclusive interview with us on a rainy Thursday morning in the city, Queenie and Rhea had to share this with us:

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What influences ‘Jewels by Queenie’s design thought process?

Queenie Singh: The design thought process is very instinctive for me. I like to create a line that personifies the inner primal being in me. Its bold and unconventional. Each of my pieces has my element in it, which makes it very unique. I create conventional designs only to cater to the traditionalists who fear making bold choices. However, my label is being worn by many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities for the spunk that it lends to their overall look.

It will be interesting to note that international celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Chelsea Clinton, Hilary Clinton, the Queen of Morocco, Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell wear Queenie’s jewellery whereas on the home ground, Bollywood divas such as Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif and Shilpa Shetty swear by her line

How has ‘Jewels by Queenie’ evolved in the last decade?

Queenie Singh: We all evolve as individuals as the time passes. This evolution leads to the change in thought processes too. My designs are a reflection of my changing persona in the last decade. The creative passion peaks for many during transitional phases of life. I have seen my work change with me, though the quintessential ‘Queenie’ element never goes missing.

Which is your favourite gem in the glamorous world of precious gems jewellery?

Queenie Singh: Emerald is my favourite gem. The rich green colour blends in with all colours and yet manages to stand out.

Do you see any change in buying patterns in different markets like Mumbai, Dubai, Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad?

Queenie Singh: I have always seen that when a woman loves any piece of jewellery, she just buys it. Yes, she will look at the price, but if she is convinced of the uniqueness of the design and the pattern, she will not think twice. It is a universal phenomenon.

As for Ahmedabad, I have realised that the elder women in the house call the shots. If they come for shopping, they decide instantly. They are the decision makers for commodities like jewellery which in places like Ahmedabad is not treated as an expense but as an investment.

Are there any emerging trends that one can watch out for before making a jewellery purchase?

Queenie Singh: Buying jewellery is an expensive affair. The piece is here to stay with you forever. In such cases, trends do not affect the buying pattern. People stick to the conventional choices as their primary buy and then indulge in statement pieces for luxury.

She designs jewellery in almost all kinds of precious gems including diamonds, emerald, ruby & sapphire.The luxury collection displayed at Sans had glamorous  neck pieces, chokers, cocktail rings, hand cuffs in all sizes & lengths to be picked from. A soon to be bride’s haven is how we would describe the collection. For the socialite party hoppers, there was an interesting quirky collection that could serve as the conversation starter.

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Rhea PiIlai

Firstly, how come Rhea Pillai is designing apparels? Share the story with us

Rhea Pillai: I have been a model earlier in my career, so clothes & style came naturally to me. On a routine basis, I would be wearing Chikankari work, be it going to school to teach or be it attending satsang. I have been actively involved in ‘The art of living’. Thus my style sensibilities would veer towards understated and minimalist looks. My dear friend Queenie had been pushing me to start something of my own since a year. After lot of contemplation, I came up with the idea of starting a label that would be synonymous to me and my style statement.

My daughter coined the name ‘Temple House’ for the label and thus began the journey about six months back. This is my fifth exhibition only.

 

What is ‘Temple House’ displaying today at Sans in Ahmedabad?

Rhea Pillai: We have brought two different varieties of crafts today in Ahmedabad. The first collection is Chikankari work from Lucknow. Each apparel fabric has been painstakingly woven with Mukaish work by the weavers of Lucknow. Available in the shades of ivory and beige, this collection exudes elegance and understated charm of the Nawabi gharanas. They can be worn anywhere, be it Pooja or a festive occasion.

The second craft that I have worked with is Temple saree from Kancheepuram. Considering that the festive season is just round the corner, I chose bright colours for the sarees. Available in scarlet red, mango yellow, navy blue, fuchsia and more, these sarees are to stay with you forever serving as the heirloom pieces for the family. It takes a weaver not less than 6 months to weave one saree for this line. So for the ones looking for traditional South Indian look, these sarees are the must-haves.

What are the future plans for ‘Temple House’?

Rhea Pillai : I want to go with the flow. I will keep working with different craft & textile forms to bring new collection every season. Maybe I will add accessories and events also under the ‘Temple House’ label, but let’s see. For now, I am learning every day about this new business. It’s exciting to know that people appreciate what you have created.

Rhea Pillai is the grand-daughter of actress Zubeida, the actress of first Indian Talkie film Alam Ara and Maharaj Narsingir Dhanrajgir Gyan Bahadur of Hyderabad. Incidentally, Zubeida was the princess of ‘Sachin’ state of Gujarat. No wonder, her poise and elegance is genetically manifested in her.

It’s quite heartening to know that Ahmedabad city is opening its doors for celebrity designers and luxury products. Known to be a market that holds its purse too tightly, Ahmedabad indeed is welcoming new entrants in the segment. With designers of the ilk of Queenie Singh and Rhea Pillai coming to Ahmedabad, we have more options to look forward to in Ahmedabad for sure.