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…

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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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Asia still figures as one of the most important continents for luxury brands. While India still struggles to find its place of importance for market potential, even as most high end brands see this country as a “long term” prospect, such countries as China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore surge ahead as examples of being the best markets for most brands. [Read more]

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We all know about the Ferragamo and Armani homes and the Armani and Bvlgari Hotel and then Diane von Furstenberg designing some of the suites in hotels owned by Mayborne Hotels in London, Dolce & Gabbana’s Gold Bar, etc, etc. And then Karl Lagerfeld went on to design some of the high end homes in Dubai and of course there are many more such activities by the world acclaimed fashion designers and brands. [Read more]

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