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Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 | Ikat

Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 | Ikat | Indiasider | Scoop.it
So beautiful. I'm always confused about why Indian designers can never get it right when they use traditional indigenous craft like Ikat.

For example, please tell me what about these clothes I'm supposed to like: http://bit.ly/hLUdY3
Frumpy silhouettes, over accessorized, nostalgic pieces. So many disparate elements. (Ashima and Leena Singh)

Or this,http://bit.ly/gK87Uj and this http://bit.ly/hiBP60 from Sabyasachi, one of India's high priests of fashion: Again, too decorative to feel modern to me.

Or this extremely unflattering dress http://bit.ly/g9tPBO
from Anand Kabra, a younger designer who "stride[s] the worlds of Indian couture and international style with equal passion."

In trying to reinterpret traditional crafts, I feel like everyone should get their fundamentals--form, colour, scale, etc-- right before claiming to stride (straddle?) worlds.

Pardon the hatin'.
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map

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Study this. I am from the south.
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Earrings

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I think these earring are a lovely modern take on traditional Indian jewellery. This guy designs for fabulous Hollywood sorts.

I wonder if they are still too nostalgic for your Dutch eyes.
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Dhobi Ghat

So I just got back from watching this film with my mom.

It was really moving. The trailer does no justice to it.

It was so refreshing to see an honest film about India. The actors were great, very convincing. It's so new to see contemporary Indian cinema where people are people, and not symbols, so this was probably a very surprising film for the audience. It was moody, slow paced for a Bollywood film, but it's only 1hr 40 compared to the usual 3 hour fare we're served.
I think Indian audiences have been desensitized by hormone pumped larger than life entertainers, and while they were restless at times, they responded warmly to some of the more subtle emotions and ideas expressed in the film. So the new Indian director is respecting the audience finally, somehow this makes me feel so happy. It's as if I'm rooting for the audience for some reason, "you WILL like this film, I know you can do it, cmon!!"

The film reminds me of older independent Indian cinema, stuff that was made before they invented the idea of Bollywood. I do have a soft spot for some B-wood films, I enjoy it when I'm in the mood.

A literal translation of Dhobi Ghat would be 'Laundry Bank', so the banks of the river where washermen wash clothes by hand. Of course in Bombay there's no riverbank, but that's how it's referred to.

Another nice film to watch about the city is ' Salaam Bombay'.
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Indian Beauty

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This is what I think is the Indian ideal of a beautiful woman. Long hair, fair skin, feminine, graceful. These women are styled to look like what was the fashion in the sixties. You see western influences, wingtipped eyeliner.

I think the popular idea of beauty in India has not changed over the years as it has in your part of the world. Androgyny is not attractive here. One could think of many reasons why, but I don't want drag on.

I look very different no?
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Mutant rose

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I start with offering a you a flower.

A mutant rose, from a mutant country.
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Indian Men by Bharat Sikka

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Hi,

Today I want to share this lovely series of photographs of Indian men with you. India is diverse, as you know, but here you see it. Retired army general, famous model, Blue collar worker, servant, master, artist, husband, dog-owner...yes people keep pets in India too.

The photograph I've chosen for the post makes me think about how Indian and Italian culture is sometimes similar. Hearty, flamboyant.

Mr. Sikka is quite well known.

Enjoy.
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