Hereís a hark back at fashionís biggest moments celebratory and forlorn of the year gone by.
While we werenít looking, 2012 turned out to be fashionís busiest year in a long time.
It all began with Vogue Indiaís absolutely amazing January cover girl ó Mehr Jesia Rampal. Forty-three-year-old Mehr, Indiaís only supermodel, welcomed the year dressed as a Christian bride in Marchesa, looking every inch as fabulous, toned and taut, as she always has. Rampalís cover not only celebrates a gorgeous woman in her forties, it also bravely takes back the magazine covers from the Big Five of Bollywood ó Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
In March, one of the fashionís world biggest recluse, Hedi Slimane, was offered to take over the Yves Saint Laurent label. Slimane, who had fronted Diorís menswear and made its slim suit an icon, famously upchucked fame and money for the life of a quiet photographer and moved to California. His return made all the right noises. His debut collection was a modern re-telling of Saint Laurentís biggest hits. But his online battle with New York Timesís Cathy Horyn earned him some brickbats. Now, the news is that YSLís team is asking him to move to France or simply buzz off.
It isnít Katrina, Sonam or Kareena. Kalki Koechlin becomes fashionís favourite muse. Right from Christian Dior to Sabyasachi, everyone wants a piece of this Indo-French delight. Kalki graced several magazine covers, but it was her impeccable appearances at Cannes this summer that has turned her into the best-dressed actor around.
Wendell Rodricksí The Green Room was all that it promised to be, and more. Not only is the Goan designerís book a wonderful memoir of a veteran, it so delicately captures the mood of the fashion in the í80s and í90s, when it all began and eventually took shape. Fashion shows had snob value, models were adored and Bollywood was booed. The book makes for great Christmas presents this month.
When Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan, two of the countryís biggest stars and most talented actors, decided to get married this year in ceremonies as private and discreet as possible, you know it says goodbye to pomp and show. Welcome to the New Indian Wedding, where itís all about keeping it small and personal. (Lucky for our couturiers, the only splurge is on the lehenga).
With Nonita Kalra exiting Elle after 12 years of