B/W Fashion Photography. My favourites.

Freja Beha Erichson by Hedi Slimane...

Tom Ford with his model...

And of course... Yves Saint Laurent's 'Le Smoking Jacket' by Helmut Newton. Genius.


Scribbles at SOBO Boutique starting this month!

SoBo Boutique, one of the much needed fashion stores in South Bombay has opened its doors (and minds) to childrenswear. In an industry that is enthralled by womens' clothing, I'm glad this store supports the ancillary trades of mens and kidswear too.

SoBo will now carry Scribbles by Anika, starting with the Fall 2010 line. From October 20th-November 1st, the store is promoting the Festive season, so only my traditional line will be up (and possibly a few dresses). After that, the rest of the collection will be up. Hoping for a good response!

SoBo Fashion Store,
1st floor, Motor House,
Hughes Road.

They have a very regularly updated blog and Facebook page too!

Ps: I very much enjoyed Paani Puri's awesomely graphicisized tees for men and women at the store.



Today I spent the day spying on other local kidswear brands. Saw 2 brands, both traditional wear-- not impressed! Why would a 3 year old boy wear a fully embroidered kurta? He's going to whine till you put out that last diya.

Also designing a dress for my good friend Varsha--it was her birthday in July!

Spring 2011

I've already begun work on my next collection! Theme is under wraps for now, but I can assure you it'll blow your mind. I'm including a capsule newborns/toddlers collection and pondering over a juniors line.
Here's an image to keep you guessing (love the colours!):

Facebook page set up!

Check it out and 'like' it! Thanks to all those who came for the Preview and the Shopoholix exhibition!


My favorite design websites

1) Design Work Life: http://www.designworklife.com/
Why? Peruses the internet for unique design projects, inspiration. Lot of typography.

2) The Cool Hunter: http://www.thecoolhunter.net/
Why? Neatly divided into sections ranging from interiors to advertisements, insanely futuristic take on design, has a special 'Kids design' section!

Why? DIY interior/product projects, love the rustic quality, awesome international city guides with a focus on design! There is a reason that literally every design blog has this as a link.

Why? As the name suggests, for everything cool, not necessarily futuristic or unique.

5) Jak & Jil Blog: http://jakandjil.com/blog/
Why? Sort of a rebel Sartorialist.

Why? It's like design gossip... what people are talking about around the world. Love the weekly snippets, wish the page navigation was better.

Why? Just might edge out GQ on men's fashion. It's not as snobby, and oh what good navigation! Their handbook is fantastic. Very inspiring.

Why? Street trends for kids, has a kiddie Sartorialist page, kidswear inspiration... oh heaven.

Why? Random collection of pop culture from awesome videos to design. Really fun when you're bored.

Why? Because it's fashion for kids. And I like that.

11) Cool kids clothing websites:


Survivor: Marathon

I've been watching a LOT of Survivor lately, shuffling between a Justin Tv channel and a YouTube channel. 20 seasons, over 350 contestants, tons of challenges, Jeff Probst and his copter theatrics... needless to say, I'm a fan.

So I've compiled a list of my top Survivor contestants, in no particular order: (will make a clean edit shortly)

Sue Hawk- The snakes and rats speech in Borneo, and yelling at Jeff in All-Stars

Rudy Boetsch- for his curmudgeony comments

Richard Hatch- the ultimate survivor. Played a brilliant strategy game.

Michael Skupin- for wiping pigs blood on his face after killing it, for yelling 'Kucha!' while being airlifted.

Colby Donaldson- for winning 5 back-to-back immunities and being unbelievably hot.

Big Tom- most entertaining Survivor, and his awesome dance moves.

Rob Cesternino- brilliant student of the game, gets the prize for switching alliances the most

Rupert Boneham- crazy pirate man and his war cries.

Jonny Fairplay- for being the little shmutz that he is. a weasel through and through.

Sandra Diaz- bitchy, loved her comments.

Rob Mariano- the Robfather from Bawston. Played a dirty game, entertaining.

Twila Tanner

Ian- for giving up the chance in the top 2 to redeem his pride.

Tom- the classic hero, and for killing the shark.

Stephanie LaGrossa- for surviving her tribe in Palau.

Cirie Fields- the Queen of the silent game. Brilliant.

Shane Powers-

Ozzy- for being the love child of Mowgli and a mermaid, being super loyal (and super hot).

Yul- Stuck with his alliance and his political strategem.

Jonathan- For mutinying against his tribe. Very vocal.

Parvati- The only female contestant to use her sexuality in the winning way.

Yau man- For being humble. stupid, smart all at the same time.

Todd Herzog- For a fantastic final tribal council with the jury.

James Clement- For talking

Erik Reichenbach- For falling prey to Parvati and the League of Bitches

Bob Crowley- for his fake immunity idol and his buff bow tie.

Ken Hoang- the video games really taught him the game of manipulation.

Coach Wade- oh god where to begin? For proclaiming he's the Dragon Slayer, for his definitely fake stories, for being so gullible in both seasons.

JT- total workhorse, loyal.

Russell Hantz- for burying the machete and going head to head with Rob in one nail biting tribal council.


Marc Jacobs

Jacobs spun quiet magic on the runways of NYFW. The gentle colors mixed just right with the demure textures of silk, fur and molton wool.


'Go Green' Gardening Party

My niece's 3rd birthday party preps are in full swing!

Things I am in charge of:

1) Stitching 60 environmentally friendly tote bags with a 'Go Green' logo printed on. The kids will keep their crafts, potted plants and other goodies in this.

2) Creating 60 picture Bingo cards for the kids to play.

3) Creating Activity Sheets (like in popular family restaurants) to color in. Will feature Dot-to-Dot, Match-the-Columns and other games.

4) A t-shirt with my niece and her favorite actor Ranbir Kapoor (a gift from me).

5) There will be an do-it-yourself ice-cream booth. Went out to buy sprinkles, chocolate chips, candied hearts and choco strands.

6) Personalized keychains (!)

7) The kids will be making refrigerator magnets at one of the craft booths, so bought stickers, glitter and play dough to personalize them.

{my workstation: my sewing machine died, so used an ancient one}
{Some completed bags, sans the logo print}
{Loot from Crawford Market: Glitter, Stickers, Keychains etc}

Boy by Band of Outsiders/ NYFW

Really cool way of menswear-inspired-layering. Geek chic with a twist of that mustard tone. LOVE it; my new NYFW favorite.


NYFW {so far.}

Favorite so far: Rag and Bone

Oscar 2010/ My picks

The Oscars have become so passe over the years. This year was no different, even with the addition of the pity best movie nods. People whining about (500) Days of Summer and Avatar 'actors' being snubbed, while the deserving (costumes for 'A Single Man', Alfred Molina in 'An Education', Diane Kruger in 'Basterds') go unnoticed. Blind Side was not at the same level as Hurt Locker or Avatar to make it into the 'Pity 10'.

I didn’t see what the deal was with (500) Days of Summer. I didn’t think the writing was so original that it deserved a nod– Tom’s lines in the film were classic love-lorn lore. It’s not really in the romantic-comedy genre, but the indie-nerd-romance category.

Freeman and Damon were safe votes at the most and the Academy probably wanted to tip their hats to Clint Eastwood (a luminary in their eyes) and Nelson Mandela . Yes, the South African accent is tough– and Leonardo DiCaprio proved it in 'Blood Diamond'. Basically, nothing new.

Meryl Streep is fantastic in whatever she does. It’s just effortless, and she makes us believe that she really is Julia Child. Not questioning that 'safe' vote from the Academy-- even though she's been nominated 16 times. Diane Kruger… she was pretty fantastic in 'Basterds'.

'Where the Wild Things Are' should have gotten a nomination for Art Direction at least. Beautiful film– maybe they had room for only one childhood book-converted-to-movie (i.e.Fantastic Mr.Fox, which was WAY better in vision and production). And the Academy had the gall to snub Tom Ford (designer extraordinaire) and his impeccable fashion sense for the characters of 'A Single Man'? No commercial-value Colleen Atwood could manage this epic feat.

Despite my bitchiness and criticism, I watch the Oscars every year (last 4 in NY, and woke up at 6 am in the years before, will continue to do so now). And here are my picks for 2010, still quite safe bets taking the Globes, SAGs, Critics and BAFTA's into consideration. Maybe the Academy will pull a fast one and might surprise it's incredibly small TV audience/fans, whichever category has less people. Ha.

Lead Actor: Jeff Bridges
Lead Actress: Sandra Bullock (but really want Carey Mulligan)
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique
Writing (adapted): Up in the Air
Writing (original): Inglourious Basterds
Editing: The Hurt Locker
Costumes: Coco Before Chanel (but stupid Nine will win)
Makeup: Star Trek
Music (score): Up
Music (song): the theme from Crazy Heart
Cinematography: Avatar
Visual effects (includes sound mixing, sound editing): Avatar
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Animated film: Up
Foreign film: The White Ribbon
Best film: Avatar (but really want Hurt Locker)


New DIESEL Kid Collection

FUCK. It's so good. I want a job with them PLEASE.



I was in the 7th grade when I saw my first fashion show on TV. It was Alexander McQueen's; and I remember thinking... genius. Theatrical, but intense on the tailoring. Can't believe the world will be missing out on a true inspiration. Rest in Peace.

...and cool illustrations of course...

Super cool kid's illustrations I found too.

Looking for inspiration for a collection...

These are pictures of kids that I randomly found online. Love the aesthetic, mood and art direction in each shot {click to enlarge}



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