Based in Bangalore, design Studio ABD by Abhijit and Amrita Bansod is
quickly making an impact in the international art scene. Offering
sustainable lifestyle products for consumers around the globe, Studio
ABD’s creations are diligently expressive and wonderfully streamlined.
Founded by Amrita and Abhijit Bansod, Studio ABD is the melding of two
designers bringing unique and undeniable talent to the table.
Amrita Bansod’s specialty lies in product design, infusing beautiful
detail and harmony into all of her work. Having designed everything
from caricatures to sunglasses, Amrita’s influence in Indian design
has been extensive—especially in the combination of traditional Indian
customs with those of the modern woman. Meanwhile, Abhijit Bansod’s
work is particularly known for its emotive aesthetics, intractability,
and mix of the fresh and new with the traditional. An intrinsic part
of the new age design movement in India, Abhijit notably won the NID
Buisnessworld Designer of the Year Award in 2008.
Some of my favorite Studio ABD items are the diya pieces–delightfully
surprising in their lines and shapes. I also really covet the tabletop
designs that are incredibly unique and full of life, drawing
inspiration from the day to day. All of the Studio ABD creations are
refined, fanciful, and affecting… speaking to India’s rich past and
future, and the fresh approach that Amrita and Abhijit take to
designing products. With many awards spanning from the Red Dot Design
Award in 2010 to the Design by British Council Award, Studio ABD is
indeed one to watch—take note now!
source: Studio ABD
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I happened across photos from his latest Spring 2013
couture collection runway show and let me tell you—the designs are
absolutely delightful. You may even swoon a bit
Well known for collections that are often theatrical and sometimes
irreverent, Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture lines tend to
seamlessly blend both formal and whimsical aesthetics. His latest
collection draws inspiration from the Indian gypsies of Rajasthan.
Approaching Gypsy style in a new way, as he does, Gaultier traces the
roots of these ethereal nomads back to Rajasthan through his visually
dynamic designs. Full of floor-sweeping skirts and dresses,
interesting cuts, luxurious fabrics and embellishments, this
Originally the idea for the collection grew from Gaultier witnessing
an elephant carrying a bride to her wedding ceremony in India and the
memory of the moment with all the accompanying sounds and smells.
Alluring gypsy seductress silhouettes, necklines and hemlines mix with
undeniably Indian elements (such as hues from rich earthy tones to
brilliant jeweled shades) to create a radiant and luxe aesthetic.
Jean Paul Gaultier has once again delivered with a line of designs
full of magnetic energy. Tell me dear readers, do you agree?
source: Vogue Italia
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I’m excited to share with you an AWESOME giveaway from the fantastic South Indian Wedding inspiration site Shaadi Belles. I’m a huge fan of everything that they do, and have enjoyed sharing highlights from the site in previous posts on BollyInstyle. And now, they’re giving you the chance to win the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams!
Newly engaged? Or, perhaps you’re about to become betrothed. Even if you’re not a bride or groom yet, take advantage of this chance to enter the Shaadi Belles ‘A Dream Wedding’ Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will get a glamorous prize package including a getaway at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai & the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, bridal makeup & hair, eight bridesmaids outfits, event design, wedding photography, and more! Plus, ten runner-ups will win a DVD copy of ‘Doonya The Bollywood Workout’. Enter before March 1st, 2013, for your chance to make your wedding sparkle that much more.
It’s incredibly easy to enter, all you have to do is visit the Shaadi Belles contest page HERE, register, and fill out the quick form. Make sure to like Shaadi Belles on Facebook as well to stay up to date on the contest and all things Shaadi Belles. The winners will be announced on March 3rd.
Best of luck, and if you win….share your pictures with me here on BollyInstyle!
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Matthew Williamson’s name has become pretty synonymous in the fashion world with ‘bohemian glamour’. His creations draw up visions of alluring nomads embarking on fantastic travels. Well known for his use of embellishments, energetic colors, and exotic prints/patterns; Williamson is definitely one of the top go-to designers for jet-setting fashionistas near and far.
In the recent unveiling of his new SS13 line, Williamson shows the evolution of his work with a collection based on the effervescent festival of Holi. Exotic tapestry embroidery, complex embellishments, and lively patterns are some of the many design elements included in the collection for SS13 inspired by Holi. The passionate colors and craftwork in the pieces capture some of the essence of India and Holi in a quite lovely manner.
You can quickly spot the Holi ‘festival of color’ influences in the blouses, structured jackets, dresses, and skirts of the collection. Certain pieces in the line are almost sari-like, using copious amounts of silk with unexpected necklines. Sparkling dresses are joined by flowing goddess gowns. Various exotic landscape graphics on both tops and bottoms are unexpected and charming.
Once again, it appears Williamson has captured the hearts of the daydreaming adventurer in us all. Which piece is your favorite? Which part of Holi do you look forward to the most each year?
source: Vogue.co.uk and Matthew Williamson FB
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Fans of designer Rachel Roy, admirers of spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, pay attention! Roy and Chopra have recently unveiled an exciting collaboration of t-shirts and jewelry that warm the soul and up your style game.
Vintage rocker style t-shirts have become quite the staple in many fashionista’s closets. With the new collection of tees from Roy and Chopra, devotees can enjoy the chic comfort of a stylish tee while also sharing positive energy through the inspirational messages on the front. The shirts feature a single seam in the back down the spine, which I love. Not only are the shirts cute and versatile, but they could also act as the perfect pick-me-up for those days when you’re just not feeling it.
The Eastern inspired jewelry line includes a charm bracelet set, pendant necklaces, stacking rings and a fantastic sword body chain.
The tees and jewelry are part of both Rachel Roy’s main line and her more affordable secondary line.
Added bonus? The proceeds from the sales of the collaboration go to The Chopra Center for Well Being.
Ask for nothing less than inspiration is one of the phrases used on the shirts. A great thought for everyone, if I do say so myself. What are some of your favorite Deepak Chopra quotes? Have a fantastic day…
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