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7 Feb

HDIL India Couture Week 2009, in brief

A svelte Sridevi is celebrity model for jewelry designer Queenie. Exciting finale acts, it must be said, are vital for couture shows. Seen here is a completely made-over Sridevi walking for her friend and jewelry designer Queenie Singh. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan for Manish Malhotra. I needn't say more. Celebrities are a vital part of any fashion week. I met dozens at ICW; seen ahead are Hrithik Roshan, Imran Khan, Neha Dhupia. Kareena walked the finale for Manish Malhotra though Saif and Kareena were out of bounds for conversation with anyone but Karan Johar. KJo, btw, hosts ‘Kouture with Karan’ especially for NDTV at ICW. Ranbir Kapoor, walking the ramp another day for...
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9 Oct

HDIL India Couture Week’s FAQs, Day Two

Day Two: October 7 Show one: Couture Jewelry starring Queenie, Raj Mahtani and Maheep Kapoor Q: Did anyone understand why the runway was constructed like a piece out of a rubic A beautiful Raveena Tandon. But why? cube, with poor models consistently having to walk up and down without tripping? A: No, it was inexplicable. It was a horrible set with terrible neon lighting. Queenie  opened with impact but then the show moved into an OTT on bling (and why Raveena Tandon agreed to model is something only industry insiders would know) ending with socialites walking out for their friend Maheep Kapoor. Stars and starlets filled the runways but the likes of Chunky Pandey had a child in his lap, who...
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9 Oct

Couture week is a Bollywood playground

Here's a very small peek into Couture Week in India. I know there's much more to report but it'll take time! The buzz here at the Grand Hyatt has been incredible for the past two days. Hundreds of ushers, helpers and organizers scurry here and there all day, just to ensure that the two daily shows breeze through without a hitch. They have to, because the runway as well as front rows play host to Bollywood royalty. So far I have seen Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sonam and Anil Kapoor (who btw is an absolute hunk and much much more dignified and desirable than Big B), Amitabh, the Khans including Shah Rukh, Saif as well as Kareena, Karisma (looking...
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