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The Astor hotel’s Plush converts itself into a style stop this Wednesday and Thursday, 11am to 7pm. Enter fabulous fashion in the form of clothes, shoes, bags and other fashion accessories. “The decor will be simple, just a few racks and stands. We want no clutter, only a relaxed shopping ambience to make our 600 special guests feel even more special,” smiles Anshu Juneja of Spoilt, the company that’s handling the event. Prices begin at Rs 8,000. Ready to splurge?

Label: Moschino.

Pronounced: Mos-ki-no.

  • Know more: •The Italian fashion label was born in 1982.

•Its founder, the late Franco Moschino, studied to be an artist and began his career in 1971 as an illustrator for Gianni Versace.

•His designs were often viewed as anti-establishment and soon found a large fan base.

•After his sudden death in 1994, Rossella Jardini took over as creative director.

•Today they have three women’s lines — Moschino, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Love Moschino and two men’s lines — Moschino and Love Moschino.

Personality match: Playful, quirky.





Label: Alberta Ferretti.

Pronounced: Al-ber-ta Fe-rr(rolling)-e-ti.

Know more: •Alberta’s mother was a dressmaker.

•At 18, the designer stocked Armani and Versace in her boutique called Jolly Shop.

•She launched her label in 1974.

•A younger, diffusion line Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti came in 1984.

Personality match: Sexy, romantic.





Label: Lanvin.

Pronounced: Law-va (say van but drop the "n';).

Know more: •French designer and founder of the design house Jeanne Lanvin began as a milliner in 1889 from Paris.

•She was inducted into Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in 1909.

•After her death in 1946, her daughter took over the reins.

•Since then, the house has been through many ups and downs, changing hands quite a few times.

•Alber Elbaz joined the house as head of women’s wear and accessories in 2002.

•He has taken Lanvin, the oldest fashion house in the world, back to its former glory.

Personality match: Sophisticated, modern


Label: Diane von Furstenberg.

Pronounced: Die-an vaun Fur-sten-berg.

Know more:• In 1974 DvF invented the iconic wrap dress.

•Her famous quote is: Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.

•She made it to cover of Newsweek in 1976.

•Currently there are 22 Diane von Furstenberg stores across the world.

•In June 2005, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

•In 2006 she was elected the CFDA’s new president.

Personality match: Easy, effortless, classic.


Label: Jean Paul Gaultier.

Pronounced: Jau (nasal) Paul Gau-tee-ay.

Know more: •The designer is often called the original bad boy of fashion.

•He started off as an assistant to Pierre Cardin.

•He started his own line in 1976.

•His collections commonly have erotic undertones like corsets and garter belts.

•He is the creator of Madonna’s iconic conical bra corset costume for her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990.

•He is also famous for his skirts for men.

•He is also creative director of Hermès.

Personality match:Edgy, avant garde.

Shradha Agarwal
Which international label do you want to see in Calcutta?

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