The government on Thursday banned fashion television channel FTV for two months starting April 1 for allegedly beaming ‘indecent’ programmes.The transmission or retransmission of FTV on all platforms has been prohibited throughout the country with effect from April 1, an official statement said here.

The channel has been banned for showing programmes that were against good taste and decency, denigrate women and likely to adversely effect public morality, it said.

The statement said government has noticed that some cable operators were transmitting or retransmitting a satellite channel — FTV.Com India, which was reportedly telecasting programmes such as Midnight Hot.

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The said programme was against good taste and therefore, the government banned the channel in the country exercising powers conferred under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995, the release said.

The government had earlier banned AXN; a channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, on January 17 this year but had lifted it after the channel’s apology.

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Pune Rave Party Photos

April 4, 2007

Here are some pictures from the Rave Party in Pune that was stopped by the Police Raid. Also information about the drugs being seized and the racket behind it is in the news pretty regularly.

Just incase any of you are thinking, what these pictures are doing on Stylelane…..I would like to point out the designer wear these people are wearing. (Hot girls. Good clothes. Cameras : Good life ).

Now, new photos (pics) from the party have emerged. The authenticity of the pictures cannot be gauranteed, but these are the images that are making the rounds on the Internet since the last one week. From what I hear, there are videos from the party as well, somewhere on Youtube.

Disclaimer: I do not have ownership of these photos, nor have any proof of authenticity. Source for these photos, are random forums and blogs on the internet. If you know someone from the Pune rave party that the cops caught, maybe you can show them these, ask for authenticity and comment on the blog regarding the same.

Here are the Pune Rave Party photos. Hope this does not become an other scandal. We already have the Carol Gracias video which was a wardrobe malfunction creating enough hype.

The good thing(ahem) is that there is no nudity in any of the following pictures. Less chances of a scandal, i.e.

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I think I may have more pictures of the Rave Party. And will find the video somewhere as well. Will keep you updated.

If you guys find any….let me know….

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http://www.metacafe.com/watch/126655/accidental_nudity/

People are going nuts over “this?” video !

Featured is a clip from one of the Indian fashion shows, where the model realizes that the skirt she is wearing has lost its bearing on the rear. So much fuss over a 2 second display of some skin? Well, I guess the media does make a mountain of a molehill.

Accidental nudity or plain outcry for no reason?

This is one of the recent wardrobe malfunctions in the history of Indian Fashion.

A record 87 designers will showcase their autumn-winter prêt and diffusion lines at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) here March 21-26.

“WIFW will see designers hailing from across different regions of India, making it a truly national event,” Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the event organiser Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), said in a statement Thursday.

“Having perceived the value in our event, our list of participating designers has consistently grown at each event,” she added.

“WIFW, an event dedicated to the business of fashion, will also preview some of the best established and upcoming names among models, choreographers, hair and make-up teams,” Jha stated.

According to Atul Chand, vice president for marketing of principal sponsor ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing, “we are extremely pleased to present an amazing array of talent who will showcase their creations.

“The coming together of India’s leading designers at this unique platform is a reflection of the event’s stature and grandeur,” he added.

Among the designers participating are Abraham & Thakore, Aki Narula, Ashima/Leena, Ashish Soni, Ayesha Depala, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Deepika Gehani, Deepika Govind, Falguni & Shane Peacock, J.J. Valaya, and Kavita Bhartia.

This apart, Manav Gangwani, Mandira Wirk, Manish Arora, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Satya Paul, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl will also feature at the event.

Said Ranna Gill of the fashion week: “Its my eighth year of participation in WIFW. It’s been a long journey since its inception to what it is today and I am happy that the shows have gone from strength to strength.”

According to Tarun Tahiliani, “as an Indian designer this is the premier and most comprehensive fashion week of the subcontinent that has opened many doors besides the most serious buyer profile”.

Rohit Bal said he was “always extremely happy to be part of WIFW and look forward to participating in March”.

According to Preeta Singh, CEO of event management firm PDM that is assisting in organising the event, “WIFW has promised proven support to the Indian fashion industry by constantly innovating to meet the needs of both the designers and buyers.”

FDCI, a not-for-profit organisation, is the apex industry body in the field of fashion design in India.

Its primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion – at home and abroad.

FDCI is also instrumental in facilitating designer-corporate tie-ups aimed at expanding the designer prêt market in the country.

Fashion Fest 2007, held at Chennai between February 12 and 13, 2007 and inaugurated by actor Sarat Kumar was a resounding success showcasing dresses, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle statements presented by 25 fashion designers.

The designers chosen from across India, showcased collections prepared with a view to present trends, colours and designs for forthcoming season.

Fashion Festival – the biannual exhibition, was staged in Chennai to present latest trends in fashion and lifestyle from various parts of India, said Arti Bagdy, the organizer, at the inauguration.

The fest is also held to provide a common platform under one banner, to established and upcoming designers to showcase their collections which are affordable and wearable to people at large, she said.

On display were exquisite sarees by Anushka’s from Kolkata, Shubh-Prabha from Benaras, Pachrangi from Jaipur, Plums from Pune and Maya from Mumbai, tunics and Indo-Westerns by Anubha’s Kiah from Chennai and Molly Designs from Mumbai along with Pakistani suits by Nona’s exclusif-Delhi and hand painted garments from To be Two from Auroville.

Poshaak from Delhi, Threads Redesign from Jaipur, Kanchili from Jaipur and Sanskrutie from Chennai wer presented with an ethnic touch.

Exclusive precious and semi-precious jewellery by Sheel Jewels from Mumbai, JNC from Bangalore, Silver Point from Mumbai, Jusra and Rising Jewels from Jaipur while paper handcrafted jewellery was introduced by Mahalaxmi Creations from Chennai complemented the collection.

Elegant handbags and footwear was brought by Mizu from Mumbai and ANZ designs from Mumbai.

Home furnishings were were brought in by 19 sides and Jesia Bed Line both from Delhi.

Fashion festival will be returning with more and fresh talented designers and their collections in August this year, informed Arti.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) scheduled for next month will debut five promising designers confirming the event’s commitment to promote new talent in Indian fashion industry.

Ameet Sikka, Neetu Gupta, Samant Chauhan, Shubhra and Zubair Kirmani were selected to showcase in new Hi-5 category of WIFW from March 21-26.

Creativity, quality and design edge were the benchmarks for their selection. The selected five will be given the chance to show their talent through 12 garments each.

Kirmani, is known for blending contemporary minimalism with classic heritage.

Hence, the introduction of this initiative was only a natural step to take forward the process of evolution of the Indian fashion industry,’ said Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) that is organising WIFW.

WIFW is India’s only fashion trade event which draws the biggest domestic and international buyers, media and fashionistas,’ an FDCI release said.

Fixing Fashion Week

March 4, 2007

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) did not have an associate sponsor for the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) scheduled to begin on March 21 in Delhi. The responsibility for finding sponsorship lies with Percept D Mark, the event manager of the fashion week. It turns out that the lack of sponsorships had led to some tension between the FDCI and Percept that has since been resolved. “We’re very much handling the event,” insists Prita Singh of Percept. Meanwhile, choreographer Harmeet Bajaj was tipped for the job of event manager in case Percept pulled out. Bajaj has had to face the wrath of FDCI members for supposedly talking to the media. “No one from the FDCI has approached me, nor have I refused to do the event,” clarifies Bajaj. However, the FDCI is making some initiatives to bring money into the council. For the first time in seven years, they are selling space in the WIFW brochure at Rs 2 lakh a page. “Last year we started a designer directory for our own members in apparel and accessories,” says Rathi Vinay Jha, chairman, FDCI. “This year we’re hoping that boutiques and fashion-related companies will buy space in the brochure.” Jha doesn’t have any confirmations yet. Her ideas may work. Now only if the other FDCI board members would buck up.