Indian Heritage inspires International Couture

In light of Chrisitan Louboutin launching their Indian inspired collection, Borrow It Bindaas gives you the SCOOP of how Indian heritage has been inspiring these fabulous International fashion houses and also takes a peek into the latest Indian Designers making their way into the international fashion scene!

Christian Louboutin’s Spring ’12 line has Indian-inspired shoes: “Bollywoody” and “Devidas.”

India for centuries has been known as the land of Maharajas and their grandeur. The Maharajas and their Maharanis are long gone but their legacy still stays in the palaces they lived in, the clothes they wore and the jewels they adorned themselves with. Indian designers have been inspired by the Royals of India since their work still reflects the age old detail work on their creations. But in recent times, International fashion houses have started taking notice of the rich Indian culture and craftsmanship.

A model in Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 creation

It was pleasantly surprising to see renowned fashion house ‘Chanel’ introduce their Pre-Fall 2012 collection which was themed ‘Paris meets Mumbai’. The models wore the alluring silhouette designed by Karl Lagerfeld but were styled the Indian way by adding Jewelry, shoes & boots and accessories all of which had a touch of India.

A model in Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 creation

The designs were very much inspired by Indian Royals but were crafted by the house of ‘Chanel’ in Paris. The ensemble did have the trademark ‘Chanel’ look but the bling was the new flavor this season. The shining ‘Maang Tikkas’ which adorned the forehead of every model at this show would have made our Royals proud.

‘Chanel’ is just one of the fashion houses that have showed their interest in Indian designs. Hermes had recently launched its limited edition Sarees which are an extension of the famous ‘Hermes’ scarf. A silhouette which dates back more than 1,000 years has now been accepted as a ‘must-have’ drape in the fashion world.

 ‘Hermes’ sarees

Louis Vuitton made headlines in fashion news when they came out with their collection of bags inspired by India and even changed the window display of their stores by displaying an artwork of Hindu Godess ‘Laxmi’ during Diwali festival. LVMH even launched a collection ‘L’ame du Voyage’ which is inspired by travels in India and the range consists of handbags, travel bags, jewelry and accessories.

Louis Vuitton’s ‘L’ame du Voyage’ collection

The collaborations of international fashion and Indian designers have just begun with Suneet Verma designing limited addition clutches for Judith Leiber

Suneet Varma designs fashionable clutch for Judith Leiber

Indian origin designer Manish Arora currently is the Creative director of the house of Paco Rabbane in order to revive this label. International celebs are seeing wearing outfits by Indian designers like first lady Michelle Obama chooses outfits by Naeem khan & Lady Gaga opts Tarun Tahiliani creation while Britney Spears showed off her’ Shane-Falguni Peacock’ designs in her latest videos.  The saree inspired gowns are a rage n the red carpet with celebs like Jennifer Lopez following this trend.

Lady Gaga in a ‘Tarun Tahiliani’ saree

Fashion weeks held in Paris and Milan have had many Designers of Indian origin feature their latest offering every single year. With plenty of fabrics and designs to offer, Indian Heritage is like a hidden treasure chest which is yet to be explored by the world in true fashion sense. The world of fashion takes inspiration from Indian culture which has been in existence for more than 1,000 years still mysteriously allures every person.

More Photos of International Designers and Celebrities inspired by Indian Heritage

Christian Louboutin’s Spring ’12 line has Indian-inspired shoe:”Devidas”

Christian Louboutin’s Spring ’12 line has Indian-inspired shoes: “Bollywoody” in Blue

Lady Gaga in Manish Arora Paco Rabbane

Gucci has launched its India exclusive bags for Cruise 2012

Britney Spears in Falguni Shane and Peacock

At Fashion’s Night Out in Delhi 2011 Gucci introduced two new ‘India Exclusive’ evening bags.

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan

Katy Perry in a Manish Arora Creation

Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director commented, “I wanted this collection of handbags and accessories to celebrate India’s time-honoured tradition of gifting, especially for weddings and trousseau

By Puneet Suri of ‘Indian Fashion Police’

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