little shilpa growing up

The creative force behind the label Little Shilpa is designer Shilpa Chavan, born in 1974 in Mumbai. The Indian based designer started her career studying fashion design and manufacturing at Mumbai’s university. Shilpa then went onto specialize in accessory design and won scholarships to undertake intensive training courses in millinery and jewellery design at The London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

Shilpa’s talents were acknowledged early in her career, when in 1996 she received the coveted Folio Trophy at her graduation for the ‘most creative and original collection’. In the same year Shilpa was a finalist in the Femina Miss India; Designer of the year award, as well as becoming a finalist at the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards and also The Swarnanjali Jewellery Design Contest. She has designed and handcrafted accessories for labels such as Manish Arora, Hemant Trevedi, Tarun Tahiliani, Malini Ramani , Sabyasachi Mukherjee & Aparna Chandra (India Fashion Week). & Unconditional at London Fashion Week.

In 2005 the designer undertook an apprenticeship with world-renowned milliner Philip Treacy in London. Shilpa has recently showcased a video & art installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum and taken part in the Trafalgar Square Festival, presenting a moving installation with Attakallari Dancers. In 2008, littleshilpa opened their first pop-up concept store in Goa called National Permit, selling a selection of headpieces & accessories.

In 2009, little shilpa was showcased their SS09 at lakme fashion week.

Drawing inspiration from armed forces uniforms of old she fuses bright brocades, antique medals and starched army greens to create next generation livery with a fresh modern twist.

And in around november 2009, one of their creation was worn by none other than Lady Gaga on the cover of Flare mag.

The crystal creation was specially customised for Lady Gaga by Shilpa Chavan, the desiginer and artist behind Little Shilpa. It’s a bob done in moulded acrylic with a little bow and a crown – all in crystals – backed with white feathers. It was created using swarovski crystals.

And this fall lakme show was all colors, sculpted and architectural works. Her show of brightly coloured perspex headpieces based on bikers’ helmets and native American headdress was exhilarating but, in fashion terms, pure fantasy.

And quite recently they were also featured on march vogue as well as the April Elle. To see more work, i would suggest you to check out their website , which is a pool of thought provoking images .


Crammy – Grammys

With the Indian media basking in the glory of Rahman’s double win at the Grammys, every news paper in town made sure of giving it a full page coverage with a heading “jai ho” in caps intact. Album of the Year winner country pop sensation Taylor Swift went for a pretty blue dress by Kaufman Franco that made her look like she’s in her 30’s.

Ciara nabbed a Givenchy Haute Couture look fresh off the runway, though the US weekly has put her in the worst dressed list , think she looked stunning in givenchy.

Rihanna opted for a made-to-measure Elie Saab that was decidedly less so and disappointed more.

And Fergie and sparkled in super-fitted Emilio Pucci with her gang, looking stunning. And i still have to figure out what Taboo is wearing?

And just back from India Katy Perry, in Zac Posen, said that she’s rocking a nudie maharaja vibe tonight coz apparently she is sporting a “bindi” and a indian clutch. Oh! that’s so indian Kate :P

But the red carpet was only part of the story at this awards show, where it was publicized beforehand that Lady Gaga would wear no less than five different Armani Privé outfits. Referencing her newfound appreciation of Giorgio Armani, the singer called it her “Lady GagaGA look: Gaga meets GA.” Though this is the first time she has dissapointed me ! why o why???

But nobody’s outfit was as perplexing as the masking-tape look Pink wore for her acrobatics routine performance. Others thought she was copying Gaga. Where as she was giving an unconscious nod to Kanye West’s other half, Amber Rose.

And none other than apni Beyonce was wearing some designer named Stéphane Rolland and looked totally out of place in it :/

Here’s a list of the winners :-

ALBUM OF THE YEAR Fearless, Taylor Swift

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West

BEST ROCK ALBUM 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Fearless, Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriter Award) “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash, and Christopher Stewart




BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS “Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM The E.N.D., the Black Eyed Peas

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden, Michael Bublé

BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE “Working on a Dream,” Bruce Springsteen