Mumbai Based MIUNIKU by Sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar

After being selected by judges like Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo and Nicolas Ghesquière in May, 2014 as one of the winners of the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize MIUNIKU showed their Spring Summer 2015 Collection called Cool Pool at a presentation in Paris in September, 2014.

MIUNIKU, a luxury clothing and accessories brand for modern women, was founded by the sisters Tina (25) and Nikita (23), who were born and brought up in Mumbai, India. I contacted them before I left Sydney for a catch up during my trip
to Mumbai.

Their work is a stark contrast to most fashion and design that comes out of India. When you are immersed in the culture here is is easy to see that most Indian women desire traditional ethnic clothes with ornate decoration. Gold is also revered and bright royal colours like red, blue and purple take centre stage. The girls admit that the Indian fashion industry and media mostly didn’t understand the messages behind their clothes. The overall brand aesthetic is a balance between clean lines and graphic details, mixing minimal and maximal elements. This is also why I believe that their clothes will appeal more to the Western Fashion Industry. Just recently their Autumn Winter 2014 Collection could be seen being snapped in Street Style photos on the streets of Europe during fashion week.

If you look to the Spring Summer 2015 Cool Pool photos below you can see the designer's dreams of an Indian summer spent by the pool. But not in the obvious tropical prints kind of way. They use bright colours, simple shapes and synthetic fabric mixes to represent pool toys, towels and pool tiling. At present it's one of the hottest times of year in Mumbai and I can see myself wearing the MIUNIKU creations inside in the air conditioning. I can also see some of these pieces in the wardrobes of my European readers who will be going into Winter this time of year.

Check out the photos below. Which pieces are your favourite? Can you see the pool references that the girls were trying to convey? Comment at the end of the post!

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Autumn Winter 14

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

MIUNIKU Spring Summer 15

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Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style

If you have been looking at my Instagram account you are all well aware that Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week was on from the 22nd til the 28th October, 2014. This Tokyo fashion week was for the Spring Summer 2015 collections and I will be reviewing some of the shows in the coming weeks.

As usual the Street Style from around the show venues was very interesting. I got some great ideas on how to mix coloured prints and quirky items into my wardrobe. There were a lot more international visitors this year including Rumi from Fashion Toast, How Two Live (who are two Australian bloggers) as well as Japanese stars like HEIHEI, Funktique, RinRin Doll and Elleanor. Check out the photos below!

I have also compiled one of my usual Do It Yourself! outfits below inspired by my favourite look of Tokyo Fashion Week. The outfit is one that could be worn anywhere in the world.

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from vogue.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from vogue.com

Yuri Nakagawa, Emi Tiger & RinRin Doll, Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style 

Yuri Nakagawa, Emi Tiger & RinRin Doll, Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style 

Erika Gold, Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style

Erika Gold, Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style, photo from hokkfabrica.com

Do It Yourself! Tokyo Street Style

I am not sure whether I mentioned but I recently chopped my hair off into a LOB. So I was also on the hunt for people in Tokyo with shorter hair for new outfit inspiration. The shot below is one of a shorter BOB hair style than mine but I am sure I can work a beanie just as well as this lovely lady.

Do It Yourself! Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style

Do It Yourself! Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style

Dorothy Perkins Pom Pom Beanie, Dorothy Perkins, Approx $18.35AUD

Dorothy Perkins Pom Pom Beanie, Dorothy Perkins, Approx $18.35AUD

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ASOS Pom Pom Hair Band, ASOS Australia, ON SALE Approx $5.80AUD 

ASOS Pom Pom Hair Band, ASOS Australia, ON SALE Approx $5.80AUD 

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Markus Lupfer Foil Lip Print Sweater, COGGLES, Approx $302.50AUD

Markus Lupfer Foil Lip Print Sweater, COGGLES, Approx $302.50AUD

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Meli Melo Paint Splatter Backpack, ShopBop, Approx $764AUD

Meli Melo Paint Splatter Backpack, ShopBop, Approx $764AUD

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Rahul Mishra's Woolmark Creations

Rahul Mishra Launches Line in Sydney

Indian designer Rahul Mishra won the Woolmark Prize earlier this year and has launched his winning Collection in David Jones, Sydney. The Collection is inspired by the works of a graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.

Mishra studied at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan and began his label very close to his entry in the Woolmark Prize. He has been working hard to promote Indian hand looms and employs the Indian Craft Community through his sustainable practices. Mishra says that he "always think of the three Es when I start to create a collection: environment, employment and empowerment, and if you can think about all these things then your product will be perfect." Mishra involves villages all over India and employs them at an above average wage. “I work with people who may not have great privilege but who have a great skill and so it also savours crafts and skills which could otherwise be lost.”

You can see Mishra's progressive and impressive pieces in the photos below. In the detail shots it is clear that these pieces have been created by proud Indians. Mishra gave his Indian artisans wool that he spun himself to embroider the garments below. Having seen India first hand myself over the past week it is a great thing that their proud attention to detail will be shown to the rest of the world through these clothes.

The collection will be stocked in Australia by David Jones, and will retail internationally in Harvey Nichols in London, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Colette in Paris, Joyce in Hong Kong, Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan and online at mytheresa.com.

The 6 Piece Collection Produced and Ready for Sale in David Jones, Sydney

The 6 Piece Collection Produced and Ready for Sale in David Jones, Sydney

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

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The Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

To celebrate the opening of the Issey Miyake London store (designed by Tokujin Yoshioka) a series of fabrics based on a three-dimensional steam stretch process which alters flat fibers into origami-style forms when an iron is used, will be presented at the store. These pieces are from the upcoming Spring Summer 2015 Collection.

The new store is a 460 square meter space which represents a juxtaposition between textures such as dyed-blue aluminum and exposed concrete beams. The site was a former bank and it is now transformed into a retail space created to reflect Miyake’s acclaimed reality lab, combining the concept of technology and craftsmanship.

You can see pieces from Miyake's Autumn Winter 2014 show in the store below. I have included a link to the video from this runway show which includes live music by Ei Wada + Chiyako. I particularly loved this presentation because of the way the models use the clothes to create a performance artwork. The collection is presented in a way so that the viewer can really appreciate the movement and true form of Miyake's pieces.

Images © Antony Crolla, Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka Inc.

Check out the video and images below. Issey Miyake is quite famous for his clothes all over the world. He was one of the first Japanese designers to show in Paris really connecting Japanese designers to Europe. Have you heard of him? Comment at the end of the post.

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

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