Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood’s Fashionable Sweetheart

Sonam Kapoor styled by Nikhil Mansata | Photo: R Burman for BoF

BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to 28 year-old actor Sonam Kapoor — daughter of legendary Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about the power of entertainment and Bollywood’s unique ability to move the Indian fashion market.

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Inside India’s Big Fat $38 Billion Wedding Market, Part 2

Rohit Bal and Sonam Kapoor at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 | Source: Rohit Bal

Yesterday, in Part 1, BoF’s editor-in-chief Imran Amed spoke to designers, show organisers, media executives and former brides to learn why weddings are such big business in India. Today, get to know the couture-level designers that cater to the top end of the country’s bridal market, the opportunities for international luxury brands and the forces set to shape the market in the years to come.

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Inside India’s Big Fat $38 Billion Wedding Market, Part 1

A bridal look by Tarun Tahiliani | Source: Tarun Tahiliani

On a recent trip to India to explore the country’s sizable wedding market, BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed spoke to top designers, show organisers, media executives and former brides to learn why weddings are such big business in this fast-rising country of 1.2 billion people.

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Gallery Sumukha: Indian Fashion, Art and Design, London

There has been much talk of India's increasing appetite for Luxury Goods due its rapidly growing upper and middle classes and on-fire economy spitting out growth at 8% per year. New millionaires, it seems, are born in India everyday. Usually, when people discuss how the fashion industry will serve these new customers, the conversation focuses on the Gucci's, Prada's and Chanel's of the world and how they plan to conquer the Indian market. However, anyone who has done business in India will know that navigating the the notoriously challenging Indian business world is not easy. In Indian fashion, it is even more challenging. Darwinian forces and age old Indian cultural patterns  collide with the already flaky and frenetic fashion world.…

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