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An interaction with designer and stylist Gayatri Thadani

“I admire Priyanka Chopra’s sense of fashion”
 

Mumbai-based designer and stylist Gayatri Thadani  started working as a Fashion Designer and Stylist at a very young age. She knew from the very beginning that she wanted to work towards building a career in fashion. Her most recent project released last week- MOM and Gayatri feels fortunate to be a part of such a great team! 

Gayatri Thadani


We recently got a chance to talk to Gayatri about her career and what it’s like working with ad makers, filmmakers and brands.

When did you realize you wanted to get into designing and styling?

– Very early in my life i was exposed to the fashion world through domestic and international fashion shows. Art, fashion and beauty were among my first passions and hobbies. In fact during college days, i used to get few designs in my head and i used to sketch it out and work on the final product. I never imagined I could work in any other sector. So I had a constant and wide exposure about fashion and manufacturing designs by being in workshops, networking and attending various shows!

What are the challenges you face as a celebrity stylist?

– Well, i think as a designer and stylist, sometimes to match up with deadlines can get crazy. Right from sketching to getting costumes stitched to the final outcome…it can get hectic. Like when i was styling for the promotional songs of Dishoom- i had to get 100 costumes ready for the dancers in 2 days!

Also, the perception of people that its a glamorous job, they are completely unaware of the excruciating long hours- the physical and mental labour that goes in.  One needs to have a lot of patience and energy to deal with the frenzy.

How do you manage your time, considering your job profile must be having odd hours of work.

– Initially, it was crazy because of the odd hours, I had absolutely no social life. But over a period of time, I made sure I work hard on weekdays and take time out to chill with family and friends on a weekend! There is a lot of running about, but that’s the fun part of being in this profession

Which Bollywood divas fashion sense do you admire?

 
– Priyanka Chopra, wins hands down! I truly admire her fashion sense- be it western wear, traditional , bikini or just casual! She is a true Indian beauty and pulls off any fashion elegantly! She knows how to keep it sassy and classy, and has immortalized quite a few drool-worthy looks. I really wish i get to style her someday!

What are your future projects?

– Mom has released and it’s getting great response. So I’m happy I could be a part of this super project! I am currently working on a Marathi movie and its fun to explore how the Marathi film industry works. I am also working on a few ad shows for a few fashion and beauty brands.

Ad commercials, films or personal- which genre excites you more ?

– I personally prefer working on films as there is a lot of exposure and creative freedom. Right from sketching the character, the entire look- from clothes to make up to hair to accessories- It’s a lot more challenging and fun at the same time.
 
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Box of Entertainment – KUBE

The Box of Entertainment “KUBE”  opened at Mumbai Suburb Andheri. This will be newest clubbing and social hub with its urban, kitschy interiors.With Kube, CRE8 Enterttainment & Hospittality Pvt Ltd bring a quirky and happening bar that encapsulates the essence of Bombay city. The concept of Kube is to provide an entertainment, clubbing, social as well as party joint and restaurant venue at Andheri Link Road – the most happening part of Mumbai was launched with a grand party which was attended by the cremes of entertainment Industry. Seen at the party were Ramesh Sippy with wife Kiran Juneja, Manish Paul, RJ Pritam Singh, Poonam Pandey, Director Nitesh Ranglani, Akshay Jha, Eshan Shanker, Eijaz Khan, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anjuman Saxena, Vikkas  Manaktala with wife Gunjan Walia, Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik, Aditi Paul, Shahid Mallya, Sapna Mukherjee, Harry Anand, Shamir Tandon, Niranjan & Saket, Raaj Aashoo and many other glitterati in attendance.

From haute couture to haute cuisine, every luxurious aspect of the new-age party scenes found its rightful place at the launch party. The power packed night had DJ V-Key, DJ Amann Beyond & Percussionist Jonqui made people groove to their spinning. Beautifully designed interiors by Mayur Gujare suited perfectly for the ambience.

Co-owned by Alok Doshi, Darshik Desai and Jakin Desai, Kube will provide Mumbai’s famous, sports-mad party lounge bar and club with the liveliest, biggest and best party in town! Spread over a sprawling 11,619 sq ft including closed area for dance club of 3,168 sq. ft. and an open terrace of 8,451 sq. ft., Kube offers unique fusion of food and drinks by Chef Dev Singh Negi and mixologist Errol Menon.

KUBE Owners (L-R) - Alok Doshi, Darshik Desai, Jakin Desai (1)

Alok Doshi, Darshik Desai and Jakin Desai

On being asked about the ideation, Darshik Desai, one of the Directors of Kube, says, “As for the concept, we stumbled upon the idea of presenting a one spot hub that would provide as  an accessible and exclusive venue, offering unique and appealing entertainment for all visitors. The purpose of Kube is to provide the residents of Mumbai, with quality entertainment in an enjoyable, pleasant atmosphere. Live dance and music, casual dining ambiance, quality of the food, and excellent service will ensure a large, loyal following of customers.”

The USP of Kube is that it provides an entertainment, clubbing, social as well as a party joint experience to all. The main aim and vision being to continue to provide the very best of what the consumer wants. “As for the services, we are focused on delivering the best service to our patrons, which will make them feel happy and satisfied. Our main motto is not just to serve the best to our customers but also to make friends, bond with our guests, build cordial relationships and make sure patrons are happy whenever they visit Kube. The nightclub and bar industry is shifting towards a more entertainment-oriented concept. Apart from offering  a dynamic place to gather and mingle, we also want to be a place that offers entertainment through interactive theme nights, and other events though serving food on a different level”, says Sonal Doshi, another Director of Kube.

The venue has licenses to operate till 3.00 am and will be equipped with state-of- the-art audio, lighting, and video systems, serving the need for a true entertainment venue. The Launch Concept, Red Carpet with celebrities being invited as well as the programming was managed by Hari Ayyappan, Director of Archers Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., who also manage Dj Vkey.

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Elite Model Look 2017

Max Fashion, the country’s largest fashion forward brand and Elite, global talent management company, are back with ‘Elite Model Look 2017’.

Modelling is not just a hobby anymore. It’s a serious career option. The modelling world is constantly evolving and today there are enormous opportunities for models. There has never been a better time than now, to get noticed by the top International modelling agency and live your dream of becoming an international model. Max brings this opportunity to your door step by collaborating with Elite Model Look, a contest that will help streamline career paths for aspiring models. This is the fourth year of the contest in India. For the past three years, Max has been nurturing and guiding young models who want to make it big on both Indian as well as International runways.

A dream come true…

For the 34th consecutive year, Elite is organizing the most prestigious modeling contest in the world offering thousands of girls and boys (between the age of 16 and 22), the opportunity to achieve their dreams and follow in the footsteps of top models such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bündchen, Vittoria Ceretti, Constance Jablonski, Benjamin Benedek, Matthew Bell and Serge Rigvava.

 

A unique springboard to integrate the modelling universe…

Max Fashion and the Elite team are touring India (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and Goa) with 07 Castings that will take place from 16th July to 19th August 2017, aiming to offer a maximum of opportunities for girls and boys to participate in the most renowned modelling contest and become a part of the world’s most prestigious agency.

The perfect combination of professionalism, elegance and beauty…

At the end of the Regional Castings, selected contestants will participate in the National Casting that will be held on 30th August at Mumbai. The winners are not only selected based on their photogenic qualities, their personality and their natural beauty but also for their potential to correspond to current fashion trends. At the end of the National Casting, the Elite Model Look jury will choose contestants who will participate at the Grand Finale at Goa on 15th September. The ultimate goal is to win a place in the prestigious Elite Model Look World Final and to secure a 2 year contract with the Elite agency worldwide.

To take part in one of the Elite Model Look castings, applicants must be –

  • Female between the ages of 16 and 22 – At least 5’7in or 172cm tall
  • Male between the ages of 16 and 22 – At least 6’ or 183cm tall

If the candidates are under eighteen, they must bring a parental authorization letter with them to the casting. The girls should have as little make-up as possible and wear something close fitting such as skinny jeans or leggings and a t-shirt. Male applicants should wear something close fitting such as skinny jeans, a t-shirt and no cap or hat.

 Casting Dates –

16th July – Hyderabad – Forum Sujana Mall

23rd July – Bangalore – Phoenix Market City

28th July – Delhi – DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

6th August – Kolkata – Salt Lake

9th August – Pune – Max Store, Phoenix Market City

12th August – Mumbai – Infiniti Malad

19th August – Goa – Mall De Goa

For more details visit – http://www.elitemodellook.com/in/en/home/index.htm

About ELITE

Founded in 1972, Elite has decades of insider experience and an incontestable awareness of emerging fashion industry trends around the world.  Elite Model Look, its prestigious model selection process, reflects this keen insight.  Elite represents thousands of models across the globe through its exclusive network of over 30 agencies. It was the first major modelling agency to have representation in the five continents and to open a Chinese office, in Shanghai in 2012. A glance at Elite’s diverse roster of models over the years confirms the agency’s preeminent position in the business.  It propelled the careers of Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bündchen, Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen, guiding them on the path to supermodel success. It has also championed the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Tao Okamoto, Guinevere Van Seenus, Behati Prinsloo, Lindsey Wixson, Caroline Trentini, Liu Wen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Josephine Skiver, Fei Fei Sun, Vittoria Ceretti, Greta Varlese among countless other internationally known faces. Along with its women’s division the Group represents some of the industry’s most recognizable men, such as Mark Vanderloo, Noah Mills, Alex Lundqvist, Tony Ward, Arthur Kulkov, Garrett Neff, Mark Cox, Alessio Pozzi, Benjamin Eidem, Tobias Torensen, Florian Luger, Marlon Teixeira, Diego Fragoso, Richard Biedul, Tony Thornburg and Janis Ancens, through its international men’s divisions.

To learn more, visit www.elitemodelworld.com

About ELITE MODEL LOOK

Elite has an unparalleled ability to scout promising new faces across the five continents. The Elite Model Look competition, created in 1983, is the sole contest that provides aspiring models of all backgrounds with the opportunity to approach the fashion world in a professional setting, and kick-start their careers. Elite is the only model agency in the world to have such a successful scouting tool as Elite Model Look. Managed entirely in-house, it is the most influential and professionally respected contest in the industry, making Elite stand out from the crowd. Icons such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Constance Jablonski, Fei Fei Sun, Ming Xi, Sigrid Agren and in recent years top models as Pauline Hoarau, Vittoria Ceretti, Greta Varlese, Ruth Bell, Benjamin Benedek, Matthew Bell and Serge Rigvava were all discovered by the Elite Model Look contest and propelled to fame.​

To learn more, visit www.elitemodellook.com

Elite Model Look 2017

About MAX FASHION

Max is a leading fashion brand, now available online at MaxFashion.com and on Android & IPhone apps offering customers a one-stop shop for clothing, accessories and footwear needs for the entire family. Max, a fashion brand of Landmark Group has pioneered the concept of ‘Latest fashion at great prices’ in the country, thereby offering the discerning shopper a vast choice with international fashion & quality. It offers apparel, footwear & accessories that are of the latest fashion trends. The store ambience offers an international shopping experience making shopping for the entire family an absolute delight. Globally Max has over 350 stores across 16 countries and in India, Max has more than 180 stores across 75 cities. The brand plans to have 200 stores in India by the end of 2017.

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Lakme Fashion Week Models’s- Mumbai Audition

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 Model Auditions in partnership with TRESemmé discovers four fresh faces

Winners to walk ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017

The country’s most coveted fashion stage, Lakmé Fashion Week, held the biggest model hunt – Lakmé Fashion Week Model Auditions in partnership with TRESemmé for the Winter/Festive 2017 season at The St. Regis, Mumbai today.

A panel of experts chose four winners after three competitive rounds to walk for the upcoming season. Nicole Padival, Daman Brar, Kiyara and Roshmitha Harimurthy wowed the judges, paving their way to the ramp this Winter/Festive season.

The Lakmé Fashion Week Model Auditions in partnership with TRESemmé saw over 150 aspiring Indian and international models showcase their talent at India’s most sought after model hunt.

For the first time ever, the aspirants also competed for the chance to bag a contract with IMG Models, international leader in talent discovery and model management.

The jury included experts from the Indian Fashion Industry, Bollywood Actress – Kriti Sanon; Fashion Designer – Manish Malhotra; Fashion Choreographer – Lubna Adams; Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance – Jaspreet Chandok; Head of Innovation, Lakmé – Purnima Lamba; and IMG International model scouts – Luis Domingo and Victoria Da Silva.

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A’Kreation Hair & Beyond

Waluscha De Sousa and Richa Chadha grace the reopening of A’Kreations Hair ​& Beyond Salon

A’Kreations Bandra’s premier salon relaunched ​on Friday, boasting of a 5950 sq. ft space. The outlet is set to pamper its customers with trendsetting and stylish hair and beyond experiences. Waluscha De Sousa along with the Founder Mrs. Anjoo Karanjia inaugurated the salon in complete fanfare. Present at the grand opening also were Richa Chadha, Anisa Butt, Aditi Paul, Aly and Yasmin Morani and many other celebrities.

Post the inauguration of the salon, A’Kreations staff who are one big happy family broke into a team dance – a ritual that will be followed everyday, twice to distress our staff and thank the customers for their continued support and love. This is the first and a one of its kind practice innovated and conceptualized by the Salon.

The salon, located in the heart of Bandra – Waterfield Road, offers a luxurious and exciting experience with their range of services from hair styling to complete skin and beauty services. Apart from Hair Care, the salon will offer the best in beauty and nail care with uniquely designed pedicure stations for both men and women. The exceptionally qualified experts are trained internationally in order to be able to cater to beauty and wellness needs along with technological advances.

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Mrs. Anjoo Karanjia, Founder of A’Kreations- Hair and Beyond Salon said, “This is an exciting milestone for us as we now have a bigger space to pamper and serve our customers with more comfort and luxury. We, at A’Kreations wish to offer our customers the best in hair and beauty services with the most trusted products and at an affordable price. They are not just our customers; it’s a long term relationship and trust that we have built with them”.

Waluscha De Sousa has been associated with the brand since its inception. She said “I am very happy to be associated with Mrs Anjoo and her brand. Right from my hair to beauty services, I have always been pampered and made to feel brand new every time I step out of the salon. The stylists are excellent and ambience helps me to unwind after some hectic hours of shooting”

A’Kreations aims to be a one-stop-place for all your beauty and relaxation needs. The salon assures to serve its customers all things beauty with finesse and style.​​