|Lucy Williams from Fashion Me Now, in Goa|
Confession: I didn’t watch Indian Summers – was it any good? It seemed to lack something for me…I think I expected a bit more vibrancy. But India’s still on my mind, and in the fashion industry too, it comes up time and time again.
|Tim Walker’s British Vogue shoot with Lily Cole|
|Norman Parkinson photograph|
Maybe it’s because we’ve just booked our holiday to India (yes – 2 and a half weeks in Kerala and Mumbai, the planning starts now – tips welcome) and it’s on the brain, or maybe it’s because it’s such an interesting, historically and culturally fascinating hub of fashion and talent (that’s probably it). Whichever it is, India and fashion are a pairing I’m becoming more familiar with, and it’s getting me in the holiday spirit:
|When J Crew went to Rajasthan|
Anthropologie are celebrating Indian designers through a curated collection of Limited Edition pieces by designers scouted at Delhi Fashion Week:
|Crop top: £158, by Pankaj & Nidhi for Anthropologie|
If you still can’t get enough, then the V&A are holding an India Festival, with a range of exhibitions including Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854-1860 (24 June – 11
October 2015), Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection (21 November 2015 – 28
March 2016) and The Fabric of India (3rd October 2015 – 10th January 2016) which features not only historical fabrics but modern designers who still use handcrafted techniques such as Manish Arora.
|Images from Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854-1860 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London|
|Wall hanging from The Fabric of India exhibition, cotton applique, Gujarat, 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London|
And my top India books? Shantaram, of course, is brilliant – the way he describes the slums and his epic journey is incredible. I also love Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children – a magical read of family, history and a bit of humour all sprinkled in. Again I’ve yet to see the film.