Interview with Chatenya Mittal

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a young, emergent fashion designer from India: Chatenya Mittal. He started off in Design School in his homecountry, India, and then continued to study for two years in Birmingham, England. His collections appeared at the 2012 London Fashion Week. Believe me, he’s the one you want to keep an eye one. With his way of reinterpreting the traditional Indian menswear will bring him many acclaims. Here is an exclusive interview he granted me!1975182_10202575395159762_7912278155002351374_n

1.How was your interest for fashion design first born? Was it a something that inspired you since the very start or did you develop the interest during the years? 

My love for dressing-up was the first step to choose fashion as a career and then in later school years the right kind of exposure at the right time in terms of art and culture helped me make my decision a firm one. I guess designing is in my genes because my mother is a textile designer. My family has been into home furnishing business for around 15 years, ever since I was growing up. So I never thought of doing anything else than fashion. During my school days once teacher asked me about what do you want to be? I just said fashion designer. I guess that was my inner voice. My teachers were annoyed at me for my pencil sketches on every desk of the classroom. After graduating from high school I went to design school for 2 years in India and got chance to do my further studies in England. Studying and working in England was a milestone in my career and a lot of fun. I got to meet designers from different countries and this was a good cultural exchange. The biggest advantage was the experience which enabled me to rediscover myself not only as a designer but also to realize how much technical knowledge I possess.

2. In a world where the majority of fashion brands design womenswear, why did you opt for menswear?

I m always inspire by my grandfather’s clothing. In India I know market for men’s is really bad but now from past few years men are being particular about their fashion. Now they have started following fashion closely. They want best fabrics best fitting and stylish design. It’s a challenge to create something new by staying and working in a smaller frame. I think it will become bigger and more important.

3.What are the principles of your collections? What is the style you apply to every piece?

I’m a great lover of tailoring. Things one must watch out for in my garments are unique mix of fabrics and new-age tailoring. i also like to play with different shapes. My style has changed over the years now I see clothes as functional, and I don’t think everything has to be tricked out. I am trying to design more clothes that can be worn every day with perfect fit, color combination and with balance.

My field of research is kind of boundary-less and I draw inspiration from everything and everywhere. Turning inspiration into reality typically involves a lot of drawing. I go through weeks of sketching, getting an idea on a piece of paper. It takes a long time — sometimes a weeks, — before I really deliver something that is relevant to me. I need people to adopt it and interpret it. Fill these empty spaces with their own life… their own sensibility and make the collection their own.

4.When you first started designing clothes, how did you choose which materials were the right ones for your pieces?

I always choose fabrics according to the theme. My first collection was AMALGAMATION. The warriors in Hindu classics such as the Mahabharata wear fitted leg armor and don body armor with exaggerated shoulders. So I incorporate both of these elements into the collections by using leather, big metal sequins, hosiery fabric etc. All these materials were perfect to translate my collection.

5. How did you start your fashion chain? Was your family supportive? 

Whatever I am today is because of my parents. They have always been supportive. They love my work. Coming from business background I had this goal in mind during my designing days to have my own fashion label one day. After my studies and work experience next thing was to start my own line. I had a lot of encouragement from people in the industry, and the first collection I showcased was a Autumn / Winter 2012 line in London.

6. Did your educational background support this job, or was it a dream that you decided to follow? 

Well it was my dream to become fashion designer. Designer like Patrick Grant, Ozwald Boateng, Alfred Dunhill, Tom Ford, John Galliano, Alexander Mc queen always inspires me.

 

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Examples of Chatenya’s works

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Commercial shoot in London

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Lovely leather jacket

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Chatenya wearing some of his works

Follow Chatenya’s  Facebook page, his Instagram account (@mittalano) and his Twitter account (@chatenyamittal) to keep up with his wonderful work. As for me, thank you Chatenya, for giving me the amazing opportunity of interviewing you! I hope to be able to work with you again!

 

All pictures were borrowed from Chatenya Mittal’s Instagram account.

Summer Must Haves: Bags and Backpacks

 Ok so.. Let’s talk accessories for the summer! Whether you’re spending your summer in the city or on a sunny beach, there should be no reason for you to leave your house without a great bag! I don’t know about you, but I definitely love the big, spacious ones, where I can store anything from a book, a towel, my wallet and iPod.  Everybody loves a great bag after all. And, I must say, we’re extremely lucky, because we have so much choice we can choose from! Going from the cheaper ones on ASOS, River Island and Topshop, to the slightly more expensive ones from Zara. I have honestly fallen in love with this season’s collection, I can’t deny it. Zara has managed to recreate the most beautiful bags from fashion in a colourful and cheaper alternative, still maintaining its good price-quality ratio. I was snooping around Zara’s website last night, and I have set my heart on a few pieces: the perforated shopping bag (available in different colours and sizes), the soft shopping bag (available in two different colours – blue and grey), the combined shopping bag and the leather Dolly bag with fringes. This last one belongs to the duffle bag category, the one that has been selling out in stores since early January. Not only are they extremely comfortable to wear and are more spacious than what they seem to be, they also are a perfect alternative to Marc by Marc Jacobs’s Too Hot To Handle Drawstring bag. I own one myself and I love it. It’s the perfect accessory to add to jeans and a t-shirt. You can wear it absolutely with anything. No matter if you’re wearing skinny or flare jeans, it still will look good, I can assure you that. The Cambridge Satchel Company pink fluo satchel is also a good companion for long walks around the city, although you don’t want to stuff it up too much! If you’re looking for a tote which is a little more expensive you probably want to consider Michael Kors. His most known bag, the Jet Set, is one of the most sold in the world and keeps coming out with a different colour per season! This year, the ones I prefer are the apple green one (green is such a good colour for this summer, try imagining it with a pair of dark skinny jeans and a boyfriend-fit tank or t-shirt – yes, exactly) which also comes in another edition, with a polka dot scarf around it. I also adore the one in white and sky-blue stripes, I consider it perfect for a day on a sailing boat. My all-time favourite tote from this season are the ones from Givenchy though. Three different designs, all absurdly gorgeous. Going from the Bambi one (I love the contrast between innocence and beauty) to the one with the dog print (I consider it fierce) and the one with the indigenous girl. All beautiful, yet so expensive and sold out (I found myself numerous times envying their owners). This year’s ultimate accessory though seems to be the backpack. Yes, him exactly, the one we hid in our room corner because we considered it so “school-girl” and childish at times. Well, time to get it out and give it a good dust, because backpacks have made their return! There are so many different versions of it, and you can choose your favourite one depending on your style. Going from the traditional school backpack such as the ones made by Vans and Eastpack, to the more girly, funny ones by Victoria’s Secret PINK, Jack Wills and Fashion Conscience. And then there’s him, the object of many girls’ desires: the CHANEL Graffiti Art school backpack. Comment below which style you prefer, and let me know if you know any other gorgeous styles, I would love to hear from any of you!

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Vogue Festival 2014 in Pictures

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Arabella Preston – Make-up Editor at Vogue UK

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Girls from Vogue UK helping out at the Festival

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Helpful ladies at the Vogue Cover Shoot stand (£10 to get your make-up done by Chanel make-up artists AND you get to pose for a Vogue cover shoot with Chanel accessories)

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Burberry stand where you can get the signature Burberry make-up (credits to Vogue UK Instagram account)

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Entrance to the festival at the Vogue Festival

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Getting your hair done at the Kerastase stand

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VOGUE FESTIVAL 2014

So here I am, at the Vogue Festival of 2014 at the south bank centre! I’ll be here handing out business cards and enjoying the moment! More pictures to come between today and tomorrow, and follow my Instagram account @ceciliaperuzzi for more pictures live from the festival!

A Weekend in Paris

A Weekend in Paris
Paris, the city of love. However I have not yet visited it. Good news is I soon will in June, after my graduation. Today, while watching the Stella McCartney show – dear Cara Delevingne, I loved your backstage crazy dancing – I started thinking about what outfits I would wear during a romantic weekend in Paris during the summer. I could already see myself walking by the Eiffel Tower eating macarons (Ladurée and Pierre Hermé are my favourites!) in a pair of pink Valentino pumps, unfortunately I can’t be Blair Waldorf in an orange Oscar de la Renta gown. I honestly can’t wait to stroll down the Paris streets as if I didn’t have a single care in the world, enjoying every single moment spent there. I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with Paris? To those who are fortunate enough to go there with their lovers, I am jealous of all of you! There is something in Paris’ air that gives it a special something and makes it one of the most romantic places on earth, so no big secret that I dream of my future husband proposing to me during a trip to Paris. Also, I couldn’t resist in adding to the above collage the covers of the albums I’m listening to the most these days, linking the music genre to the two outfits. Listening to Ellie Goulding makes me want to wear leather shorts and a black lace T-shirt, giving myself a more sporty look. On the other side, The Police highlight my romantic side, which is definitely visible by the amount of pink I put in the first outfit. Well, my countdown to my trip to Paris has officially begun, I hope time flies until then!
Outfit 1 (Yes, the pink one):
Floral Macrame Top by Valentino, £1,020 (available at Farfetch.com, Net-A-Porter)
‘Nothing’ White Shorts by Chalayan, £240 (available at Farfetch.com)
Pink Patent Leather Platform Pumps by Valentino, £260 (available at Shopbop.com)
Miss Sicily Top Handle Bag by Dolce & Gabbana, £865 (available at marissacollections.com)
Aztec Bracelet by Hipanema in Pink, £68 (available at ASOS)
Love Epoxy Bangle Set, £7.48 (available at Wet Seal)
Cat Eye Acetate Mirrored Sunglasses by Illesteva, £240 (available at Net-A-Porter and Liberty)
Outfit 2:
Favelas Black Lace Top by Givenchy, £590 (available at Net-A-Porter and Al Duca D’Aosta)
Leather Trouser Black Shorts by Alexander Wang, £225 (available at lagarconne.com)
Ankle Boots by Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, £568 (available at Al Duca D’Aosta and shoescribe.com)
Classic Mini City Black Bag by Balenciaga, £765 (available at Balenciaga and Al Duca D’Aosta)
Foldable Clubmaster Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, £140 (available at Shopbop and Net-A-Porter)
Lily Mirrored Sunglasses by Illesteva, £180 (available at Net-A-Porter and matchesfashion.com)
Music:
Brave by Sara Bareilles
Say Something by A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Halcyon Days by Ellie Goulding
Hey Brother by Avicii
Jubel by Klingande

Spring/Summer ’14 Favourites – Pt.1

Dear all,
the fashion week routine started on February 6th in New York, and has now begun in Milan. While I found myself loving the Burberry show in London the other day (who doesn’t love wonderful Cara?) I also found the time to put together a little collage of some of my new summer favourites for 2014. Beauty products listed I have indeed tried and, I must say, they are literally breath-taking! The Chanel creme blush leaves a natural look on your cheeks, just what each one of us needs in the spring! The CC Cream is a new alternative to the already known BB Cream. It has perfect coverage and is a lot lighter compared to foundation. The clothes I just fell in love with when shopping at Al Duca D’Aosta in my hometown. The second look I proposed is not completely mine though, I admit taking inspiration from the one Blake Lively wore in the first episode of Gossip Girl season 4 (although her jacket was by amazing Emilio Pucci and her pants were high rise). A poll will be available below to vote what your favourite product from the list is. I will soon have a continuation to this collage, which I hope you will like even better!
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CeciSpring/Summer '14 Favourites
1) Chanel LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL Cream Blush in 69 Intonation. £27.00 (available at Harrods, Selfridges & Co. and Boots).
2) Yves Saint Laurent ‘Flower Crush’ Eye Palette (I already got mine!). £35 (available at Harrods)
3) Chanel CC CREAM Complete Correction SPF30/PA+++. £41.00
4) KAI-AAKMANN Bi-Colour Shirt. £71.00 (available at farfetch.com)
5) Saint Laurent Classic Y Clutch in green. £655 (available at Yves Saint Laurent – online shop too, Harrods – both in shop and online, Al Duca D’Aosta)
6) J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg in Blanc. £142.27 (available on J Brand website)
7) Alexander McQueen Slipper in Red. £327.00 (available at Alexander McQueen and Al Duca D’Aosta)
8) Rebecca Taylor Ribbed Shell Tee. £57.00 (available at rebeccataylor.com)
9) Victoria Beckham Powerskinny in Electric Blue. £170.00 (available at Victoria Beckham and NET-A-PORTER)
10) Christian Louboutin Miss Desprez. $1,045.00 (available at Christian Louboutin – not UK online store though)
11) Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Medium in Electric Blue. £1,503.00 (available at Yves Saint Laurent)
12) VIONNET Paris Cropped Silk-blend Lamé Bomber Jacket. £1,480.00 (available at NET-A-PORTER and Al Duca D’Aosta)

LFW Preparations

My fellow readers and bloggers, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting recently, but university applications and portfolios have been taking away much of my time! Fashion week is almost here, and I can’t wait to see pictures from the New York catwalks! Next it will be London’s turn, followed by Milan and Paris. I wanted to tell you about the adventure I had on Saturday while in London. I was walking towards Green Park when I saw some models doing a photo shoot at Piccadilly Circus. Everything looked so professional and I was captivated by how much fun the models were having themselves. They were enjoying doing their job as much as I was enjoying myself admiring them. Just like everybody else around me, I got closer so that I could take a few pictures myself and have a closer look at the dresses. Everything about it was just so intriguing that I didn’t want to leave even though I had to run some errands. Here are some of the pictures I took (I’m posting only the best ones!):

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By talking to the models themselves (they were so nice to me!) and professional photographer Dan Harley, I discovered that the pictures being taken were for London Fashion Week! This made everything so exciting and I couldn’t believe I had actually assisted to it. The photographer also told me that the pictures he took are going to be on his website by the beginning of next week (it usually takes around ten days to get the pictures sorted out), so be sure to keep checking danharleyphotography.com to see the photo shoot. I’ll soon be blogging about Vogue Festival (taking place in March) and about the fabulous exhibitions taking place in London between now and the end of February!

Comment about your thoughts about fashion week, fashion and photo shoots and, if you have any, your experience as a model! I hope to hear from some of you soon!

New Year New… Closet?

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging for a while, but between exams, Christmas break and homework the last month has been pretty much crazy! While many of you probably spent Christmas opening presents and skiing, my parents and I decided to leave town and take a little trip.. in Hong Kong and Phuket! And while visiting temples and sun bathing on the beach, I couldn’t help but do a little shopping too. When I got back home, sales (my favorite word in the world) had finally started! Not only I survived the chaos that Sales bring into shops, but I also managed to find stuff I loved! J-Brand jeans for example (they’re the best you can possibly get), Dr Martens shoes (shoes, not boots! Boots are something that everybody has now, and though they’re still beautiful and a classic, it makes me reluctant to wear them), some really nice t-shirts (Alexander McQueen – I LOVE YOU) and some sports stuff! Remember though that sales are not only in shops, they’re online too! Reason why I was able to grab a few essentials from the Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale (though I must admit that the shipping to the UK was quite expensive – my wallet secretly sighed) and an AMAZING (yes, amazing!) pair of running shorts from adidas by Stella McCartney. Can you believe they were 70% off on NET-A-PORTER? Such a bargain for £15! The ASOS sale has some pretty good stuff too I must say, and you can get good quality jeans for some really affordable prices (7 for all Mankind, J Brand and Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren are on sale – now RUN to asos.com before they’re sold out!!)

How about you? How was your sales experience until now? Anyone bought anything interesting? Let me know, I always love to hear other people’s purchases and their secret places to shop!

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