41 Responses

  1. POP at |

    Did the editor of Vogue India really match her purse and bracelet to her saree border?
    I see a major editing problem there!

  2. FashionVictim at |

    Really? You’d pick Priya Tanna? She’s looking totally neck-less and uncomfortable in that blouse and hair combo.
    Anaita could have done better in the footwear department. Also a little color on her face and a smile would have helped…
    And someday I’d like to see Bandana Tewari dress her age and position!! *sigh*

    1. Nisha B at |

      how true is your statement above..nargis totally rocked the sari while priya looks so frumpy..thank god bandana is not wearing her horrible aviators that she always spots..

  3. P at |

    Priya looking good for a change. As for Bandana and Anaita the less said the better. They do not look like they have any clue about fashion. They really need to step up their ante on their personal style.

  4. Natasha at |

    overdone and outdated ppl associated with vogue..what a SHAME

  5. know it at |

    hey guys, you got rejected from vogue or wot?
    they look cool and each has their own style.bravo!

  6. know it at |

    remember they are professionals, not red carpet bimbos.

    1. eclat at |

      There are just so many things wrong and ludicrous and ironical about this statement!

      1. Hellenist at |

        and elistist and pseudo intellectual and amusing in the light of the blog we are in

        1. Hellenist at |


  7. bongbabe at |

    these ladies offer opinions on style on a professional basis? um, o—kaaay.

  8. ashlesha at |

    Priya looks uncomfortable and that sari has a tacky fall and accessories. Anaitas jacket is ugly and she looks as if shes come straight from work. Bandana? the shoes with the creased dress are a disaster. These are women with so much power and help at hand. tsk tsk. shameful

  9. Food Poisoned Attorney at |

    I cannot believe how flat that look on Priya has fallen…I was in love with Narghis when I saw her in it. And I cannot believe this is wat the Vogue team ended up looking like…..!!!

  10. Bandana Tewari at |

    I must say sometimes your comments pinch us hard coz they are mostly true. And good on you for taking on women YOU yourselves have defined as ‘powerful’. Your perception, not ours. But here’s the reality – looking as UGG as we do, we do a pretty good job at our JOB. And THAT my fine friends, is our salvation. So for the records, get used to creased clothes, matched accessories, and ill fitting jackets . Maybe we are working too darn hard to care at all about these innocuous hiccups. Perhaps time to stop looking at my mug shot and reading my stories. I will brace myself for your difference of opinion that stems from your mind, not your hemline.

    1. Nivedita at |

      Ms. Tewari,

      All respect to you and your colleagues for doing your job well. However: your magazine is, in point of fact, about nothing BUT hemlines. I’m not saying that fashion people are not intelligent or don’t have opinions that matter, just that nobody reads *Vogue* for ways to end world hunger. Vogue has, and always, will be known as a fashion magazine, just like Playboy will always be a skin mag, despite Marquez and Mailer being on it’s writers list.

      The business of your publication is to bring to the public eye (very expensive) clothes and accessories, what’s in and what’s not, relentlessly month in and month out. I presume that Gucci, Fendi et al salivate over the huge market that is India and may like to expand buyership beyond the 1% that currently buys luxury, to the 10% that maybe reads Vogue (still a huge number). Unfortunately for you, you are professionals at Vogue, not the PR dept of a pharma or realty company, where you can turn up at your own event in (high end) burlap sacks and say, ya bad day at work so no time to change! I would say it’s your duty to your advertisers to wear these very same products with some flair, just to show the same type of hard-working professionals like you, ordinary readers, that yes, these *can* be worn by women whose legs don’t start at their armpits and without posses of stylists, and *this* is how to do it.

      So if you want to bash people for having an opinion about your clothes and look, I would humbly and respectfully suggest you switch magazines to maybe Time or Newsweek, instead of sulkily lashing out and then going to sit in a corner sucking your thumb.

      Best regards.

      1. maria at |

        Beautifully put Nivedita!!
        While the ladies at Vogue India are doing a good job, it is really sad to see such looks in comparison to international Vogue staffers like Emmanuelle Alt and Anna Della Russo, who have huge cult followings due to their iconic and inspirational looks; something expected of women working for a top international mag with such access to the world’s best fashion.

      2. SeXY Devil at |

        Excellent points Nivedita. I would have to agree with you on every sentence!

        Criticism is a difficult pill to swallow for anyone. But, as I always say with great power and fame comes great responsibility. If you are promoting fashion (like Vogue) or reviewing fashion (like HHC) – then you need to be able to defend your public style. I might add that I am not impressed by the sartorial choices of the HHC girls (in their press releases); but I do not expect them to dress up like the celebrities they features simply because they may currently not have access to the same resources. But for the Vogue folks – can that really be the excuse?

        Even if budget is an excuse – if you are promoting or reviewing fashion – then it is fair to expect that you know enough to dress yourself well for press releases/public functions!

      3. FashionVictim at |

        Where is the “like” button?? :)

      4. Shreshta at |

        At least she put on a Fendi. Give her a break. Fashion is hardass work!

      5. Aaditya Walia at |

        Hi Nivedita

        Just joined the interesting convo. So who according to you is the Best Dressed Professional in the Indian Fashion Industry.Someone you look upto ?

    2. Z at |

      Ms Tiwari, I’ll keep it short: Practise what you preach.

      Nivedita, cheers, I couldn’t have said it better!

  11. Jyoti at |

    They all look good. I bet none of you guys have seen September issue, a documentary following Anna wintour as she works towards the September issue vogue. If you notice all the staff at vogue, they are not dressed up at all but they are super hardworking (working 18 hours a day) and doing a damn good job. These people are solid professionals and literally make or break these red carpet bimbos

    1. K= at |

      Pls don’t insult our intelligence by saying ‘I bet none of you guys have seen September issue.’ The September issue is only a minor, highly edited movie when compared to all the fashion documentaries out there.
      I love how pompous some readers get just after they learn some basic things about fashion.

      1. SeXY Devil at |

        LOL K= .I have to agree with you as well; esp the last sentence :D

    2. Z at |

      But this is a bloody event, hosted by your organisation — there’s no excuse for not dressing the part!

    3. Shreshta at |

      Yeah none of us have ever seen it.

  12. Saya at |

    Take a bow, Nivedita! Your last sentence nails it. *hoots*

  13. usha at |

    …and Anaita is the same lady who styled Deepika in Cocktail?!!! I find that hard to believe after looking at this pic :(

  14. Cmon at |

    You should also post Parizaad Khan’s look, the beauty editor of Vogue India. The VBA is her baby (this year at least).

    I think Priya looks lovely and is juggling a year old baby, being Vogue’s editor in chief and her post- pregnancy body. No point comparing her to Nargis. Anaita is almost 8 months pregnant. She is just trying to be comfortable for a long night- let her be. Bandana, well she has had better days but am surprised/amused that she decided to give someone a piece of her mind.

    1. Z at |

      FYI, Anaita’s given birth, to a boy, in May.

  15. Bandana Tewari at |

    Wow. Just goes to show why sitcoms about vitriolic women are so popular in my country. All I did was initiate A dialogue. You took it to another level… Loathing women who birth? Give me a break. Goes to show fashion does taunt your very innards, your emotional makeup… And dare i say, your own inner demons. Signing off ladies. I can’t compete with women who hate women. Pity, for all the erudite jargon I read here, no man I have known has shown such disrespect to womanhood as you have. Enjoy your version of femininity.

    1. Nivedita at |

      When all else fails, accuse someone of misogyny. Works every time. Well done.

      1. Nisha B at |

        Well said again, Nivedita. As for Ms. Tewari, I would suggest you to take margaritas and enjoy the weekend! :)

  16. S.W.A. at |

    For all you haters,

    Judge a person by the work they do, not by how they look.

    You can trash someone when you have the required credentials.

    Its freedom of speech, not freedom of word vomit.
    Dont abuse it.

  17. Bandana Tewari at |

    Hello Nivedita! I am back from the Himalayas! I like the way you write. You are sharp, opinionated with a pretty clear stream of thought. I confess I struggle with all that. But let me give it a shot and try to extricate myself from a colossal aspersion you made: that I blame YOU of misogyny! You are clearly not a misogynist! I have decided to put this alleged accusation to rest. Kindly tick the following statements as true or false. Just FYI, for the rest reading this- by definition a misogynist is someone who HATES women.
    The Nivedita Test (Yes or No)
    1. Do you make fun of women you DON’T know or what THEY stand for?
    2. Do you make sweeping judgments about women who WORK but don’t LOOK the part?
    3. Do you think women who work, say in fashion, MUST wear high-luxury just because they report about it to cater to a booming luxury market?
    4. Can you tell the difference between: a celebrity (in flash-bulb worthy clothes, & professional hair and make-up) and: a disheveled fashion professional who doesn’t care to look flash-bulb worthy for your benefit?
    5. Do you subliminally impose upon women what you can’t fulfill for yourself? Example, your words: “I would say it’s your duty to your advertisers to wear these very same products with some flair”)
    6. Do you secretly hate women with legs that “start at their armpits” (your words) and have a “posses of stylists” (again, your words)?
    7. Does the above hatred find you dividing women into two groups: “ordinary” and “but-not-AS-ordinary-as-myself”?
    8. Do YOU sit in a corner, in daggy sweatpants and suck your thumb?

    I am traveling again. So will check on your test results when I have the time. Send me YOUR photo in the meantime.

    1. Hellenist at |

      About the “Do you think women who work, say in fashion, MUST wear high-luxury”…you don’t look like someone who shops in Khadi Bhavan or Kala Niketan, its only logical that if you must invest a staggering amount on the tiniest kerchief you pick then why not look good doing it…how does someone who makes a living out of her sheer sense of aesthetic not allow the same to somehow seep into her own manner of existence,there should but BE NO effort involved in looking good,it should be an instinctual extension of who you are and what you do,even when you are excruciatingly exhausted…you are not some banker or some semi dead corporate executive who can afford to in spirit dissociate with her work once out of the confines of the office..you deal with one of the few truly real things the world will ever see..you are an agent of “all things beautiful” painting,poetry,prose,dancing,filmaking,acting,dancing,fashion…people in these fields are the few privileged to make a livelihood directly born from the very philosophy of their private being,the rest of the work the world slogs to commit itself to are only the mundane necessities born out of the overwhelming need to sustain that one universal longing….. “beauty”. Since you have been blessed with that kind of choice you have a duty like the living have to life and hence the beautiful have to beauty.
      Amidst all the psycho babble I have subjected you to, all I want to say is no true artist can ever in all honesty escape his/her own work of art,its an abberation at best and hypocrisy in its mildest synopsis.

  18. R at |

    Bandu happens to be an amazing person, the kind who will take flowers on your behalf to a funeral amazing. so her clothes are creased. big deal. she happens to be the only person on this battlefield of comments to have met Raf Simons or contribute regularly to The Business of Fashion . So suck it up ladies lets just say she’s making history and you’re not.

  19. Marv at |

    Way Way Way… too much time in this conversation..
    they dressed up, bad. agreed in you opinion. but SO MUCH FREAKING hate just cause of someone dressed up bad.
    come on.. we’re better than that.

  20. Aqua at |

    I for one, couldn’t look beyond Bandana’s face. She looks radiant and beautiful.

    Having said that, I think Bandana should just ignore the comments of Nivedita and such like. This vitriol is possibly coming from an “outside in syndrome”. The same mentality which compels a Dhoble to hockey-stick the ones living the privileged life that he couldn’t have.

  21. Choeny at |

    I lived in Bombay for several years and saw many in and around the fashion industry.

    If anyone out there had a mind blowing unique style . It’s Bandana Tewari !

    Fashion is not about which expensive brand you wear, but how you wear it.

    It’s way more than just putting some outfits together to create new different looks.

    A form of expression of their one identity.

    Bandana does a great job !

    Love from Zürich,


Comments are closed.