IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL. 9

Happy Independence Day! Hope you’ll enjoyed the day off and are ready for our stories from the global fashion scene this week.

Collaborations clearly seem to be big thing right now but I can’t really complain because I am super psyched about the McQueen and Hirst collab – 2 of my favourite crazies. Also, Riri teases us with a glimpse of her upcoming collection for River Island which I am already dreaming about. Also, handbag backed loans – whaaaaaat? Yes, you read correct! Read on 🙂

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COLLABORATES WITH DAMIEN HIRST

Last year on my annual trip to London, I went for my first ever Damien Hirst exhibit at the Tate Modern. I have to say I was awestruck by his twisted genius. What impressed me most was one particular of his high security laden artworks, For the Love of God. Now, it’s no secret that I am distracted by shiny objects but this was another level of shiny – a cast of a human skull covered with 8,601 diamonds.

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

It is thus only befitting that British fashion label Alexander McQueen team up with fellow Englishman Damien Hirst to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic skull-print scarf.

Alexander McQueen Scarf

Alexander McQueen Scarf

The British artist is to rework the classic into 30 exclusive limited edition designs, with each print being inspired by his Entomology paintings, featuring colourful insects such as butterflies, bugs, and spiders displayed to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the McQueen skull motif. McQueen chose Hirst for the anniversary collaboration because of the artists’ common interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world.

The 30-piece collection will be available at Alexander McQueen boutiques and online from mid-November, and the scarves will be featured in a rainbow of colours in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere. Prices start at £135.

Read more: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/13/alexander-mcqueen-damien-hirst-scarves-collection

FANCY A QUICK LOAN, FASHIONISTA? 

Need a loan quick? Well, you might have heard of ‘investment pieces’ but if you’re in Hong Kong then you can literally put up your Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Hermes handbag as collateral for a loan! While money lenders typically ask for cars and homes as collateral, Hong Kong’s Yes Lady Finance Co. seeks its customers’ beloved handbags.

The four-year-old company accepts handbags on the spot, assesses them for their condition and authenticity and then procures loans in 30 minutes at 80% of the bag’s value, as long as the bags are Gucci, Chanel, Hermès or Louis Vuitton. Occasionally, they’ll consider a Prada.

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The four-year-old company brings in assessors from affiliate Milan Station Holdings Ltd., a chain for luxury secondhand purses, to check the bags’ condition and authenticity. The way we look at it, if you’re feeling low on cash this could be the ideal way to snap up some of McQueen’s limited edition Damien Hirst collab scarves – don’t you think?

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323585604579009622161718050.html

RIHANNA’S NEW RIVER ISLAND COLLECTION REVEALED

Remember when we told you about Rihanna’s take two with River Island? Well, now here is the first look at this collaboration redux (of sorts).There is still about a month to go until Rihanna‘s fall collection for River Island drops, but fans of the singer and her clothing line now have images and a behind the scenes video to tide them over.

The new ad campaign features select pieces from the 80-piece collection, which combines sophisticated chic and urban glamour. The line includes camouflage and midriff-baring tops and long skirts with bold stripes, as well as intimates with “RiRi” and “G4LIFE” written on the bands.

Read more & for images: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/12/rihanna-for-river-island-second-collection-pictures-unveiled

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Diary of the vintage girls

Mehek and Shikha Agarwal, Viange Jewels

As the women behind the vintage designer jewellery label, Mehek and Shikha have brought an old world charm to the country’s fashion forward women. From Sonam Kapoor to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, movie stars have been besotted by their vintage finds, and Viange has become a sought after label for those who like their jewellery with a nostalgic touch.

Navy and black dress by Vero Moda

Navy and black dress by Vero Moda

The sisters sell earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches from the dreamiest European labels including Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, and many more – one off pieces that are rare finds. It is not a surprise that both of them love fashion, shopping and vintage. Travelling while sourcing jewellery for their label, there is a lot of collateral damage to their own wallets. But they aren’t complaining!

Purchased in 2011

Purchased in 2011

However, what is a surprise is a stark difference in their buying and purging habits. “I get bored very easily,” says Shikha. “I can wear things again and again,” says Mehek. This pretty much sums up the reasoning behind the individual shopping decisions of the stylish duo. Mehek is a thoughtful buyer and a hoarder. “I am very possessive about my stuff,” says Mehek, who still has clothes from 10th grade that she has not been able to give away. “I don’t known when I might need them again,” pleads the 24-year-old.

Number of times worn: 1

Number of times worn: 1

“I like giving away my things so I can buy more,” laughs Shikha, the older sibling. The impulsive shopper that she is, Shikha doesn’t put in too much thought before making her purchases and so doesn’t get too attached to them. “I let go of things. In fact, when we were younger, I used to give away a lot to Mehek,” she says.

Vintage pearl and gold earrings

Vintage pearl and gold earrings

Mehek bought the navy and black Vero Moda dress to wear to New Year’s eve celebrations but never used it again. Although reluctantly, she finally decides to detach from it so someone else can give the dress a second lease of life. Since Shikha already purges regularly, she gives away a beautiful pair of pearl and gold Viange earrings. Both items previously cherished, but now ready to be someone else’s.

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The dress is perfect for a UK size 8. 

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)

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If you haven’t already, get hold of this week’s Mint Lounge for a brilliant issue about vintage edited by Shefalee Vasudev.

Here are links to my articles in this issue:

From jutti wedges by Abraham and Thakore to lehenga gowns by Gaurav Gupta — On timeless styles that are perpetually in fashion.

From a vintage bath-tub couch (re-purposed with Italian red leather and ergonomics) to vintage Chanel pearls from Paris now available in Mumbai — A buyer’s guide to vintage shopping.

In the meanwhile I am spending some time at Lakme Fashion Week. Did I mention I got to watch Naeem Khan‘s wonderful show yesterday?!

Naeem Khan at LFW

Naeem Khan at LFW