Get to Know Int’l Woolmark Prize Winner Rahul Mishra

The award-winning designer opens up about his design ethos and what we can expect from his spring collection.

On the final day of Paris Fashion Week, and thus, the final day of Fashion Month, comes the long-awaited spring 2015 collection of Rahul Mishra, the triumphant winner of the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize (IWP). Rahul is the first designer ever from outside of Europe to take home the prestigious award. He was crowned victorious over crowd favorite Joseph Altuzarra for his “graphic hand embroidery with Merino wool yarn on jackets, dresses and pants, with the graphic design stemming from an eight-petal lotus to morph into complex structures,” according to the designer’s profile on the IWP site.

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Rahul Mishra with IWP Panelist Alexa Chung

Those complex structures aren’t mere decorative trifles. With Rahul Mishra, every stitch is part of an ongoing narrative. “I don’t tend to create pieces of fashion that are just garments,” Rahul stated over the phone from his home in New Delhi, where he’s putting the finishing touches on his spring collection. “Our intention is all about creating a story with every single outfit.” That’s not just fashion-talk. This story he refers to also knows no ending, as it continues to be elaborated upon with each passing season.

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Two Mesmerizing Ensembles from Rahul Mishra’s IWP Winning Collection

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On the final day of Paris Fashion Week, and thus, the final day of Fashion Month, comes the long-awaited spring 2015 collection of Rahul Mishra, the triumphant winner of the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize (IWP). Rahul is the first designer ever from outside of Europe to take home the prestigious award. He was crowned victorious over crowd favorite Joseph Altuzarra for his “graphic hand embroidery with Merino wool yarn on jackets, dresses and pants, with the graphic design stemming from an eight-petal lotus to morph into complex structures,” according to the designer’s profile on the IWP site.

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Rahul Mishra with IWP Panelist Alexa Chung

Those complex structures aren’t mere decorative trifles. With Rahul Mishra, every stitch is part of an ongoing narrative. “I don’t tend to create pieces of fashion that are just garments,” Rahul stated over the phone from his home in New Delhi, where he’s putting the finishing touches on his spring collection. “Our intention is all about creating a story with every single outfit.” That’s not just fashion-talk. This story he refers to also knows no ending, as it continues to be elaborated upon with each passing season.

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Two Mesmerizing Ensembles from Rahul Mishra’s IWP Winning Collection

“I don’t like to have my collections be disjointed,” he stated. “Last season, where we ended, we will start this new collection, and from there we will take it to the next level. The next collection after this one will pick up after spring and so forth. We don’t want it to be disjointed. We want it to keep revolving.”

Rahul-Mishra-details-IWPAn Up Close Look at the Indian Craft Community’s Genius Work with Merino Wool

Naturally, we wanted to hear about what we could expect on the final day of Paris Fashion Week from the man himself. “The collection is called ‘The Ferryman’s Tale’. It’s an international journey in storytelling. There’s a very strong graphic sense of visuals in these garments, but at the same time these narratives are very open-ended. People do have the freedom to define the pieces the way they like,” he offered.

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“We’ve also done some embroidery that I’ve done using a single thread,” he added. I had to ask him to repeat himself. A single thread, folks. “It’s a hand-stitched embroidery. And I’m introducing more color, which is what people want this season.”

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So, with all eye on Rahul Mishra, does he feel the post-win pressure? “I feel pressure,” he admitted. “When you’ve competed against someone as amazing as Joseph Altuzarra, for sure people expect a lot. But I’m mainly very excited. The IWP was only six garments. I’ve left that project behind. This time I’m showcasing 35 looks, so it’s thrilling to play with such a large canvas. We just shot our look-book and I’m just really happy, all around.”

A Behind the Scenes Look at Rahul Mishra’s IWP Winning Collection

Spend the day in the works of art of Rahul Mishra.


Saks at the Shows: CHANEL Spring 2015

Karl Lagerfeld stages a feminine protest at the Grand Palais for his latest for CHANEL.

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Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

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The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

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The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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For Spring, he rocked the house. He wanted his idyllic CHANEL girls to get up in arms. The student, the executive, the banker, the socialite – they all have one thing in common – well, they’re women of course, and its time to rally. So Mr. Lagerfeld staged another one of his elaborate coups, this time in the form of a feminine protest on Boulevard CHANEL.

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“Be Your Own Stylist”. “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too”. “Make Fashion Not War”. This is fashion, by way of Karl Lagerfeld, so when he stages a protest, you need to look at the message within the clothing. There was both fun and empowerment in equal measures here. Just consider the ebullient grandeur of the opening suited look with the lacquered banker pinstripes later in the show.

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As is wont to happen at CHANEL, the accessories were just as covet-worthy as the clothes. There were beautiful sheer gold tights that looked like fairy dust, matched with black and gold oxford with cut-outs and an ankle-strap, whistle necklaces (to rally the masses, no doubt) dyed hippie messenger bags and briefcases, and hands down the coolest eyewear of the season – aviators done the CHANEL way.

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Variegated Floral Bouquets

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The Women of Wall Street

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There were some surprise faces among Mr. Lagerfeld’s roving army of model protestors at the ready-to-wear show – legendary English model Kirsten Owen looked chic and cool in her coat and shorts ensemble, while Gisele Bundchen was the very image of ageless beauty in a tan and white stripe cardigan dress. Both models were spared the albeit fierce makeup treatment, and walked out for their walks bare-faced. That’s feminine power for you.

Let your feminine spirit break free with a little help from CHANEL.

CHANEL Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Lookbook Photos by Karl Lagerfeld


Saks at the Shows: Emanuel Ungaro Spring / Summer 2015

While everyone else has looked to the 70s this season, Fausto Puglisi tapped into 50s Hollywood glamour.

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Emanuel Ungaro’s Fausto Puglisi went full blown 50s Hollywood glam for spring 2015. We’d say “gangster mol” if it weren’t so upbeat and optimistic.

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Jessica Stam or Celluloid Siren?

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Emanuel Ungaro’s Fausto Puglisi went full blown 50s Hollywood glam for spring 2015. We’d say “gangster mol” if it weren’t so upbeat and optimistic.

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Jessica Stam or Celluloid Siren?

Emanuel-Ungaro-Saks-at-the-shows-spring-2015-PFW-15Emanuel Ungaro made its bread and butter by appealing to party girls and making fun body-hugging garments, so this definitely makes for a bold move on Puglisi’s part, one that paid off. It’s good to see a creative director taking a risk once in a while.

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Who Would’ve Thought Lace and Plaid Would Ever Look So Good Together?

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Fingerless Black Gloves and Fishnet Heels? We Knew There Was a Bad Girl in There Somewhere

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Bold Moves

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While everyone during Fashion Month has been concerned over the 70s, it was nice to see someone taking a different route for a change. This made for an Emanuel Ungaro show to remember.

Be the life of the party in Emanuel Ungaro.

Photos by Ford Leland