Trust y’all know that the second edition of India Design Forum (IDF) is on now? Last Monday, as a satellite to the main event, architect Asheish Shah and artist Tejas Mangeshkar (nephew of Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar) hosted a futuristic pop-up exhibit at the backyard of Mangeshkar’s design studio, which was attended by Miss Malini – and a host of slebs. Wanna see snippets from that night?
First things first: JUST HOW CUTE IS AYAN MUKERJI????? And how come no one ever told me???!!!??
Kiran Rao, that lady, such a breath of fresh air she is! Now, how many ladies do you find in Bollywood – eschewing those blingy sarees and – going for a plain Dhakai jamdani saree to a public event? Exactly. Zoya Akhtar‘s not too far off, either. Loving the tartan trousers and the sandals, here. The girl’s got style – and it’s great!
Ooooh, Amit Sadh‘s quite the looker, non? And, he just became 100 times more interesting to me by throwing in that James Dean T-shirt. This one’s to watch out for, sartorially speaking, that is… ;-) And oh, perhaps, he can give a style tip or 10 to his…
… Kai Po Che! director, Abhishek Kapoor! What’s with those fusty whit trainers? Burn. Right. Now.
Actually, he could take a footwear lessons from his missus, model Pragya Yadav. That’s her sandwiched between Hrithik & Sussane Khan Roshan – and check out her battered white hi-top Chucks! Just so refreshing.
She’s gorgeous, non? Okay, I’ve a girl crush on her already… :-p
Sussanne’s Moschino top was well cute, non? She was looking lovely that night!
Of the three ladies in the frame, Ramona Arena looked the best: breezy yet put-together.
Curator/singer Geetu Hinduja looked so effortlessly stylish, here – and I want her pink kolhapuri chappals!! So quirky. And she seems great fun to be around, non?
Of the three stylists here, who would you pick? Despite the major logo-flashing by Surily Goel, I’d still go for her.
Those are some seriously fugly trousers on Homi Adajania! Burn. Right. Now. Spot the blue nail varnish on Anaita Shroff Adajania – matchy-matchy much?
Hang on a minute. Is that, Chetan Bhagat, sporting, the sockless loafer look???? Wow. Seriously impressed. This is one well-executed casual look.
Mozez Singh, WTF is that? You’ve been fined – by the fashion police.
Giving full support to Ambika Hinduja for her first ever illustration were her father, Ashok Hinduja, and logo-flashing husband, restauranteur Raman Macker.
About OTLO @ Bhavishyavani Backyard
OTLO is conceptually and literally an open space where new, forward-looking projects can be shared. The projects concern themselves with the topics that will shape the coming years: media, materials, globalization and sustainability.
“I am looking at things which are in the mind, which are not out there and are not finished. They are mid-way, somewhere in an incomplete space. We are looking at this as a platform − which then becomes the stencil for the future. For instance, we have designer Niharika Khan who came for the pop-up. She loved this tape fabric [fabric made out of material from old cassette tapes] and she wants to take this creativity to the next level. That’s what this is all about − taking professionals from our industry and using young talent and moving them to the next level, because they might get stuck at some point. How do you take them to the next level? There are 13 artists in all and the brief was that it had to fit within the design, sustainability and technology space. This is the future. We always think India doesn’t have all this but we do. It’s just that no one is putting it all together,” said Shah.
The Bandra Mapping project was an attempt by the Busride Studio to map out a more pedestrian-friendly walkabout in an area that’s gradually losing its footpaths to encroaching real estate projects.
“We want to tie in a lot of heritage and pedestrian-friendly measures − street art, street furniture, anything that makes for a public city experience. That is what we are focussing on,” said Zameer Basrai, founder of Busride Studio.
Amay Gurkar & Vithal Sreedharan‘s installation, Recycle Fabric, was an attempt to reuse bricks from existing structures or demolished sites, so that the bricks were used back into the structures, instead of being used in landfills or for levelling of roads.
“This is a low-cost set-up. All we need is our laptop, the motion sensor device to scan the bricks and our phone – we can go to a disaster site and find everything that we need to rebuild right there. We can make everything low-cost and sustainable within the radius of the site,” said Gurkar.
In Threads of Identity, Delhi-based Pranavi Kapur showcased her one of a kind odhnas, Indo-western wear and sarees that pay homage to the art of Indian craft, retelling stories of a rich historical legacy while combining them with contemporary influences to create apparel that appeals to women across age groups.
IDF, an initiative of Rajshree & Aishwarya Pathy, is a celebration of India’s distinctive design aesthetic and the ways in which it continues its conversation with the international design world.