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…

Indian designers seem to be taking a keen interest in diversifying into home designs these days. This week alone in New Delhi saw J J Valaya and Gauri & Nainika launching their home labels. [Read more]

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There are those who are inherently stylish and then there are those who force style into them. While one looks nice naturally the other looks forcibly done.

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Delhi played host to many fashion and luxury events in the past. But this week, it hosted not just one, but three high profile events one day after the other.

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A very interesting and yet disgusting thing about India… some men think boxer shorts are meant for wearing in public. Well, yes, they are in a way, but better hidden under your trousers. But no… some guys think they are just shorts… and they can be flaunted in public… Well… [Read more]

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I quite liked the Mint Luxury Conference this time. And it’s not because I was part of organising the same. It was different in more ways than one this time.

I have seen many politicians on such platforms as this. And they are often reluctant to talk on things luxury for fear that they get branded as elitists and for the same reason they won’t win the next elections. But, this time, India’s new commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman who inaugurated the conference went on to prove that even a minister can talk positive on such topics and draw the appreciation from every single person present at the conference.

Probably the minister sensed the good things that the country can get if this industry progresses here.

Amitabh Kant, Indian government’s Secretary (DIPP), was yet another speaker who enthralled the audience with not only his knowledge on the luxury industry, but with his befitting answers to some of the tough questions posed by the industry leaders.

For the fashion lovers, there were enough to chew on as well this time. The legendary Didier Grumbach, who recently stepped down from the post of French fashion federations President that he held for 15-long years, spoke on the history of haute couture.

Didier Grumbach

Stephane Wargnier, who recently stepped into the Federation as its Executive President, spoke on his organisations plans to find and give platform to showcase good talents from this region. The young Asian fashion designer Prabhal Gurung was yet another star attraction at the event.

Stephane Wargnier

Joanne Milner, CEO of Debrett’s London spoke on the importance of etiquette in today’s life and Ian Wood from the UK law firm Charles Russell spoke on the counterfeit products and how it affect the economy. It was a fascinating yet intriguing speech by the brand ambassador of Clive Christian, Victoria Christian. Imagine a Clive Christian No 1 bottle on your dressing table… it’s the most expensive fragrance in the world carrying a price tag of 3,000 UK pound sterling (Rs 3 lakh)!

Victoria Christian

Deliberations by Altagamma VC Armando Branchini and Walpole director Charlotte Keesing on India’s duty structure and infrastructure for luxury retail a fascinating look into the world of investments in the field of luxury by Savigny Partners boss Pierre Mallevays, ITC Group executive director Nakul Anand’s talk on responsible luxury et al were indeed interesting and insightful.

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