THEN, NOW & NEXT: The 30th Birthday Issue!
the three decades are celebrated in this august issue . The whole issue was created by Nick Knight 200 portraits that SHOWstudio made at the close of 2009 .
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 .
Who hasn’t heard of Lady Gaga, known for her outlandish attires. Not only the lady’s a couture freak she knows her fendi’s and manolo’s , i would say. With a team of stylist’s and designers that form the Haus of Gaga, who decide clothes and style her music videos to designing the clothing range creative headed by her . She is the brand that is “IN” today . Loved by designers alike, she was the display window the designers of today wanted for their couture collections.
here are some of her looks that i liked.
Even though outlandish the fact that she still makes sense is what is commendable, boudoir and the lace being the biggest trends for the spring summer has been dramatically put across to her fans by Lady Gaga ,, quite apt i would say. also the grandmother bloomers detail is something that tells the fashion forwardness of the Lady :)
Here lady gaga wears flower hat by charlie le mindu, face mask by piers atkinson, lace dress by jeffrey bryant
A subtle look of hers, here she wears a knitted dress by Craig Lawrence. this look is so Bollywood i must say it reminds me of Zeenat Aman, so much .
wearing LOBSTER HAT BY PHILIP TREACY, YELLOW HAND BY GARY CARD, LATEX OUTFIT BY RACHAEL BARRETT
Then at grammy’s Gaga wore five armani outfits out of whcih only was in a good taste. Like Armani’s moonstruck phase for the couture collection, Gaga also took the space age route.
At the speechless royal variety performance Gaga wore a red rubber gown all with ruffle collars, but what caught my fancy was the daliesque set for the show. What i have seen generally is that Gaga always has these piano’s which are inspired by some artists work, once at her performance she had a piano designed by damien hirst, but this one is the icing on the cake. I simply love the theatricality of it.
what an artist’s way of giving tribute to Dali.
And the last is the or is should say the most buzzed about these days, is the Lady Gaga’s Living Dress inspired by Hussein Chalayan. The dress was unveiled at the liverpool concert. You would have to see it to appreciate the talent of Haus of Gaga. Both the dress and the attached headpiece moved, and it had wings attached!