Category Archives: Fashion

I have become very interested in Indian textile tradition as it applies to fashion. I tend to write about khadi, malkha, silk, weaving, saris, and fashion designers who don’t merely ape western fashion but put an indigenous spin on it.

Male Perfume

I thought male perfume was a bit of musk, wood, leather, and all those usual suspect-ingredients. Who would have thought about oudh, orange blossom and the like? These new male perfumers are changing the paradigm. I pitched the story to … Continue reading

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Coming of Age

My colleague, Shefalee Vasudev, who has a wonderful sense of Indian fashion, wrote this piece in which she included me. Shefalee knows Indian fashion well. Her aesthetic veers towards handmade, handwoven, quirky and local. I like the photos they have … Continue reading

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Sari Warrior

A piece on my favorite subject. The National Conversation The sari is neatly woven into my country’s social fabric Shoba Narayan Aug 28, 2013 Different people have differing relationships with their country’s traditional clothes. The Japanese, for instance, have eschewed … Continue reading

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Jimmy Choos

Today morning, the first thing I did was to go out, pick up all the newspapers and hide Mint Lounge. My parents are temporarily staying with me and I didn’t want my father to read my column today mainly because … Continue reading

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Ted, me and Moynat

I have known Ted Moncreiff for 15 years. He first assigned a bargaining story to me when he was an editor at Condenast Traveler way back in 1996. He continued assigning longer and longer pieces as Executive editor of Traveler. … Continue reading

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Khadi ‘Freedom fabric’ makes a comeback in India     At the recent high-profile wedding of the Bollywood stars Genelia D’Souza and Ritish Deshmukh, two outfits that stood out were not made of high-end fabric or Swarovski crystal, but khadi, … Continue reading

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Moynat for FT

I love niche products that nobody has heard of.  Moynat fits the bill.  It retails only in Paris for now, and very few people have heard of this brand.  Below is a piece I wrote about Moynat for Financial Times … Continue reading

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Saris from Paris

About the Hermes Sari.  Appearing here in the Financial Times Weekend fashion pages and pasted below. January 13, 2012 10:05 pm Saris from Paris? By Shoba Narayan French label Hermès has launched a take on the traditional garment and sparked … Continue reading

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Profile of Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi, the revivalist businessman His style icons are strong, self-confident people who don’t need his clothes to enhance their identity The Good life | Shoba Narayan Clad in a khadi kurta-pyjama and Ferragamo flats, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, 37, is having lunch at … Continue reading

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