Who doesn’t want to own a classic luxury designer bag? Yet there are plenty of options to choose from but you have to invest your money wisely. Martini on heels will always try to bring you the best of latest trends and fashion, and those who are fashion fanatics very well know that a designer bag is not only a fashion statement but also a necessity! It speaks volumes about your taste and personality. This time straight from the runways, the iconic and one of the best selling accessories from Ferragamo- Sofia bag is grabbing every eye ball.
Characterised by abundant class, style, and painstaking attention to detail and definitely, superb trimming, it is simply loved for its incredibly versatile combinations and unique design detail. This signature style is often reworked and reinterpreted, and has now inspired a new look and function for the range, the “Soft Sofia.” The Soft Sofia debuted as the star accessory on the catwalk at the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear fashion show, and is available to buy from November 2017.
Some of the Sofia Bag’s key details remain, including the Gancio signature metal closure, the soft handle, and the detachable shoulder strap. The new variation is much more than an update of its iconic mother-bag. However, it exudes an entirely new attitude and is made in saddle soft leather, a meticulous leather-working technique that echoes the art of master saddle makers.
This extraordinarily supple leather gives slight irregularities to the bag’s shape, that when combined with Ferragamo’s sophisticated design, results in a classic handbag with a highly natural new guise. The uniquely crafted leather and special treatments are true innovations that have helped to radically change its image. The Soft Sofia Saddle bag is the Sofia Bag au naturel.
The bag will initially be released in four colours including tobacco , navy blue , anthracite black , and nude . The release of opulent crocodile versions will follow, with a total of eight variations being released by the end of the season. Each will share the same leitmotif: superb, handcrafted and traditional artistry, designed for excellence.
Technical Details of the bag:
The edgeless technique involves a lengthy series of steps, all done strictly by hand and exclusively with saddle soft leather. This incredibly soft and supple variety of leather is treated with an ultranatural washing and tanning technique that has been used for the past 50 years. Chosen primarily for saddle making, it epitomises excellence and exclusivity. A meticulously precise ribbing procedure, also traditional to Florentine craftsmanship, gives the bag its flawless profile and ensures it remains a truly timeless piece.
The linings, made solely from leather are worked flat, involving an exceptional level of skill. They are laid out to perfectly fit the leather and then cut out and stitched.
The Soft Sofia Saddle reflects the outstanding craftsmanship involved in Florence’s saddlemaking traditions. The saddle soft leather is treated with natural oils, to protect it from scratch and wear and raw cuts, on the front hide a practical flat pocket. The Salvatore Ferragamo logo is intricately knit-stitched to the bag’s profile by hand, and the Gancio is featured as both a fastening and a decorative motif.
Fashion Weeks have a special place in my heart as it is my close endeavour with fashion, creativity and talent. After having gone through the hectic schedule of five days, Martini On heels have a trendreport on Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer ’17, for you all.
The opening show- The Road to Chanderi completely mesmerised the audience at the show. 16 designers came together to celebrate one of the finest fabrics of India- Chanderi, each through their unique collection. Anita Dongre, Aneeth Arora (Pero), Divyam Mehta, Vaishali S., Pratima Pandey, Gaurav Jai Gupta (Akaaro), Karishma Shahani Khan, Krishna Mehta, Samant Chauhan, and Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) showcased their impressive creations. Aditi Rao Hydari, who was the showstopper, and walked the ramp dressed in an intricately woven black lehenga, designed by Raw Mango’s Sanjay Garg closed the first show.
The day 1 also had a show by Love Generation– a brand whose very ethos speaks global acceptance. It made a sparkling debut at the Amazon Fashion Week with Disha Patani sashaying down the ramp. The brand has been created and blossomed under the vibrant, dynamic, ever-changing ‘trendscape’ of the city, and it was launched in Paris earlier this month. The front row comprised of an eclectic mix of guests from the fashion fraternity, society, Bollywood and Delhi glitterati, Dino Morea, Nitya Mehra, Chunky Panday, Ritesh Sidhwani among others. The ladies behind Love Generation- Nandita Mahtani, Bhavana Pandey and Dolly Sidhwani are all stalwarts of the fashion world in India. The collection comprised of ingenious cuts, bold elements alongside a striking colour palette that is a perfect fit for every urban chic woman.
The last show on the day1 was in collaboration with Italy. For the first time, The Fashion Design Council of India got Italy on board as the partner country for the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017. The Italian Trade Commission in collaboration with the FDCI and in association with ASSOCALZATURIFICI (Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association) and AIMPES (Italian Leather goods Manufacturers’ Association), presented 45 Italian brands at their show Fashion Appeals from Shoulder to Heels. Out of the 45 Italian brands, 41 top brands of shoes and bags are ready to take the Indian market by the storm with their strong fundamentals of design, comfort and craftsmanship. This show captured a lot of attention of the audience, and everything from ensembles to shoes were noteworthy about it.
The last show on the day2 was by Rajesh Pratap Singh and Ashish N Soni. Rajesh Pratap Singh collection belonged to the world where asymmetry and bold graphics are the norm. Signature hand woven woolikats blended with high tech multi layered textiles ruled the ramp to represent the perfections in the imperfect world. He was applauded for his out of the box thinking, and again very unique creations that has always been his forte.
Looking back to the 25 years of Ashish N Soni, and looking forward to the next innings for the brand, the Spring/Summer 2017 for Amazon India Fashion Week was a menswear only collection that focused on a subdued color palette. With the collection predominantly in shades of black & white – keeping a largely monochrome look – grey was also one of the key shades that featured in the collection. One of the key pieces from his collection was ‘Puddle Pant’ which is the adaptation of flared pants with dramatic silhouettes at the bottom, bringing in visual drama and a break from the conventional styles reserved for men.
Martini On Heels was really mesmerized by the Pankaj and Nidhi’s collection on the Day4 which was all about marrying new textures and prints that has been never seen before from the duo. Pastel shades dominated the collection with textures created by raffia garnished with leather and threadwork doodling. Printed fabrics were cut in scallop and amoeba shapes, with symmetrically and asymmetrically placed throughout the garments. Celebrating the spirit of summer the silhouettes were anti-fit and easy, keeping in mind the playful muse for the season. The glamour of the designers was kept intact with an army of metallic red-carpet ready looks amalgamated with the new textures and techniques.
Another show which was awaited by everyone but went noticeably missing on the Amazon India Fashion Week spring/summer 2017 schedule was Pero. However, the brand didn’t disappoint the audience at all. The credit for this is of course to the brand’s creative director Aneeth Arora. Péro recently moved its headquarters to a new venue, and Arora wanted to bring the crowd to the new location. Considering that Pero ran a live installation on all days of Amazon India Fashion Week, where customers could come and interact with the karigars and the designer at their studio itself. The showcase of the collection took place through Instagram and facebook on 15th October at 8 PM. This season, it was the work of painter and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté that caught Arora’s eye. Redouté was the court artist for Marie Antoinette, often known as the Raphael of Flowers. Drawing references from his illustrations of the garden at the Château de Malmaison, Arora has worked detail into her garments by mirroring the artwork through embroidery. Pero was one of the most interesting collections showcased at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer’17 which really floored everyone with its design inspiration and the way they presented their collection to the audience.
The last, but certainly not the least was the finale by JJ Vallaya and Alpana Neera (Guru–Sihshya). People always look forward to the grand finale at the fashion week as it is one show which closes the five day saga with a bang. The grand finale this season for Amazon India Fashion Week 2017 continued the theme of ‘India Modern Festive’. The major attraction of the finale was the way the show was conceptualised, taking inspiration from the ‘Guru-Shishya’ (teacher-student) philosophy and co-conceptualised by veteran designer JJ Vallaya and his former assistants Alpana Mittal and Neeraj Chauhan. The label Alpana Neeraj is best known for its architectural, sculpted and, dramatic ensembles. JJ Valaya was the mentor for the designers and pertners now as both started their career as designers under him. The collection of jewel-toned garments that ranged from gowns to lehengas and dresses spoke of opulence and magnificence with their each beautifully crafted piece. It was a perfect display of ‘India Modern Festive’ in the real sense on the runway!
Recently, Martini On Heels attended the preview of Zariin’s fall 2016 collection, and they showcased their new collection- Sultana through their campaign #imperfectlyme (all bodies are beautiful). Zariin Jewellery collaborated with Jia Singh and last month organized a small get together at Devang House in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi. The event was called- Body Positivity, and the idea of this concept was aimed at encouraging women to be confident about their body and stop body shaming. For this great well thought event, 18 women from all walks of life came together and shared their personal struggles, and stories. They shared how they overcame those hindrances in their mind to lead a successful life they are happily living now. Jiya Singh shared her thoughts, “I have always been preoccupied with eating healthy, and exercising diligently until that too much of a good thing could also be bad for you. It took me a while to fine tune the balance so I could eat mindfully, indulge without guilt, and enjoy everything without having to worry about the repercussions later. I’ve learnt to love my body and cherish it for what I have rather than picking on imperfections. I don’t have a thigh gap and I’m not built like a model. I have fine lines, short legs and strong arms, and yet that doesn’t stop me from putting on a swimsuit at every chance I get. Life’s too bloody short to compare yourself. So go ahead, put on that swimsuit and embrace that body. I’m going to start by being #bodypositive and I hope you’ll join me.” Jia was the main driving force behind the campaign and Vidhi Gupta, Karishma Bedi, Urvashi Kumar, Mamta Gupta, and Karuna Ezara Parikh were other few names amongst 18 wonderful women who joined this beautiful campaign with her.
Women these days are extremely conscious about how they look which keeps them from leading a normal life. The idea of the event was to bring together a group of women who were all confident in their skin, and at the same time, they didn’t shy away to share their personal wonderful stories. The event was an ode to womanhood and the idea was to tell women that they should happily embrace their imperfections and not fret too much. To represent the notion that all bodies are beautiful, the hashtag #imperfectlyme was propagated on Zariin’s social media and at the event. Kudos to you ladies! You truly are an inspiration for so many. The event was organised by Devang House who laid a wonderful menu of organic bites and herbal teas. Thank you for having Martini On Heels at your event Zarriin! It was an absolute pleasure to be there.
About the new collection Sultana
A collection inspired by the byzantine moods of the past with vibrant colours and intricate craft. One of Zariin’s boldest so far.
About the brand
Zariin Jewelry is the brainchild of sisters Mamta and Vidhi Gupta. They are self taught designers that carefully studied the entire process and various techniques of jewellery design through extensive research, mentoring and study under expert artisans from around the world. Zariin is quickly emerging as a leading fashion brand among stylists, tastemakers, editors and retailers. Zariin Jewelry is sold in over 100 boutiques & stores, specialty retailers such as Anthropologie and The New Trend as well as top e-commerce retailers. Zariin can be found throughout North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Anybody who keeps a close eye on the latest fashion would very well know that the street style is as important as fashion seen on the runways. Street style not only depicts the personality of an individual but is also a portrayal of his/her creativity which is usually seen in the urban centers, at the fashion weeks or just on the streets! It is a typical avant-garde fashion which is inspired by the contemporary culture of the time.
Martini On Heels was scouting the best of street fashion at the Amazon India Fashion Week SS’17 and yes, we got some fabulous captures to tingle your creative nerves. A few did leave an impression on me that I thought that it would be a good idea to feature them on Martini On Heels. I being a fashion blogger myself have a thing for street style fashion, but creativity is no one’s prerogative, right? Anyone who enjoys fashion can be a street style guru, and we didn’t leave any stone unturned to find the best of street style fashion during the fashion week for you!
P.S. This time I have some fashion inspiration for guys as well on my blog! Cool, Yeah? ☺
Hope you enjoy the post, and do let me know your comments on the same! Until, Next time, Much love and stay fabulous & stylish!
[Concept and Content- Karishma Kambo]
[Photography- Chetna Bhalla]