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Abdul Halder – Summer 2011 at LFW

Label ‘Abdul Halder’ is a known name in Pret and Couture lines, both domestically and internationally. In 2008, he became the only designer in the world, to show case in United Nation head quarters New York, his list of celebs includes Michael Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Tracy Feddric.

The runway of Lakme Fashion Week saw him presenting a fresh, chic and comfortable Summer/Resort 2011 collection, perfectly designed for the holiday season. Having a good eye for fabrics, he chose Lycra, Viscose Satin, Stretch Net and Metallic Embellishments to use in his collection under the theme called “Ode to Leisure”. Talking of colors, he chose to use rich and strong jewel tones like mustard, orange, burnt red, fuchsia, hot pink and yellow. The look was mainly designed as figure hugging ensembles, slinky dresses, trousers, jumpsuits, blouses meant for a well travelled woman and on the other side men’s wear was kept simple and cool.

I think the collection was perfectly universal and provided a practical wardrobe for both the genders across the world. Check out some of the pictures below for his silhouettes, patterns, colors and designs.

Anamika Khanna-LFW Summer 2011

Anamika Khanna is a fashion designer from India, famous for color, craft and texture as her forte. Her area of specialization is in trousseau wear and generally her look is global with ethnic craft as her mainstay. She owns a label in her name and has flagship stores across all big cities in India that feature practical, timeless, comfortable and visually beautiful collections by the Label.

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 Opened With A Dazzling Off-Site Show At Tote By Anamika Khanna. Muslin draped trees and multiple ramps snaked through the venue of the very stylish Tote and were spread both indoor and outdoor as the dazzling show by Anamika Khanna set the mood for the Summer/Resort 2011 season of Lakmé Fashion Week.

She presented one of the most otherworldly collections with an apparent asexual touch; her creations featured ethnic Indian women’s wear with stylish masculine touches for silhouettes and detailing that ranged from Indian royal clothing to a very relaxed regular men’s wear with the dhoti being a major inspiration.

Luxurious long jackets and waistcoats, the lehengas and kurtas carried an exclusive silver cutwork, while voluminous elephant pants, tiny figure hugging cholis, sober shirts with wide cuffs, belted jackets and tailored coats presented the right feminine line but with masculine strokes. Sleeves, panels, hemlines and borders carries surface ornamentation and the fabrics used were ideal for summer.

Check out the pictures below for a glimpse.


Picture Courtesy: Lakme Fashion Week 2011

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is a very healthy soup packed with good nutrition and apt for people of all age groups. Here goes the recipe.


1 medium sized Carrot, 1 medium sized Zucchini, 1 medium sized Potato, 6 cloves chopped Garlic, 1 chopped Onion, ¼ cup green peas, 1 inch stalk Celery, ½ stalk Leek, 4 French Beans, 12 Fresh Basil Leaves, 3 medium sized Tomatoes, 1 ½ tbsp Vegetable Oil, 2/3 cup Tomato Puree, 2 ½ tbsp Macaroni, Salt to taste, ½ tsp White Pepper Powder, ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese, 2 ½ cup Vegetable Stalk


  1. Cut carrot, zucchini and potato into half inch cubes. Cut celery, French beans and leek into half inch pieces.
  2. Blanch tomatoes, peel the skin off, cut into half and remove the seeds and cut into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add carrot, leek and celery and cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Now add the rest of the vegetables and tomato puree. Also add half of crushed basil leaves and vegetable stalk and cook for 8 minutes.
  6. Add macaroni, salt, white pepper powder and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish with the remaining basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve piping hot.
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