About Vinod Nair

Stepping into fashion was pre-meditated for Vinod Nair. Hailing from a small town in Kerala, where men wore dhotis like mini skirts, most women smelt like drums of coconut oil, he thought the only way to size up pretty girls and still not get hit by their stilettos was by writing about them. So he started that in 1991 when fashion was still small here. Writing, of course, was incidental. In 2004, Vinod Nair was awarded “Best Fashion Journalist” at the first fashion awards in the country, F-Awards. Fashion has gone a long way since then… but he still stands where he started…

Frankly, when I heard the shifting of the venue for this season’s Lakme Fashion Week from the much-settled and sprawling Grand Hyatt Mumbai to the new and vertically-positioned Palladium Hotel, I was skeptical as to how the event would go this season. [Read more]

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Now that the India Couture Week organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is barely over, yet another event of the same type, India Bridal Week has been announced with those who haven’t been part of the earlier event lining up behind Fashion One International, an event company formed by Vijay Singh, a late entrant into the fashion scene here, but managed to garner the support of some of the leading names in the fashion industry in India. [Read more]

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Remember the days how we Indians used to feel elated seeing the sultry Indian model walking the runway for such famous brands as Victoria’s Secret, Ungaro, Armani and the like? It is not very often that European brands get the chance to feature Indian fashion models in their shows and campaigns. [Read more]

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Whenever I travel abroad, officially or on holidays, one of the things that I always make a point to do is to visit fashion and art schools. In the past few years I have had the opportunity to visit and learn the functioning of many such schools such as Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Parsons School of Design, L’Institut Francaise de la Mode, The Royal School of Fine Art in Belgium, etc. It’s always interesting to see the various ways of teaching imparted by various fashion and art schools and the way graduating students from these institutes presenting themselves once they are out of these schools. [Read more]

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