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  • Maintain Your Cosmetic Jewellery In Easy Steps

    23.11.2017 | Jewellery weather precious or otherwise needs to be handled with care if we really want to enjoy it for a long time. Don't wear your fashion jewellery every day, cleaners that contain acid, alcohol, vinegar or ammonia, suggest experts.Radhika Jain, the designer at MiRa and Charu Singh Chaudhary, founder and creative head at Zooki, have listed few tips:* Keep them clean and dry. Whether it is a necklace, ring, bracelet or earrings, exposing fashion jewellery to any type of cream, chemical product, lotion, perfume, oil or even water is an undeniable accelerator of tarnishing. Metals like brass, copper or bronze will oxidize and see their colour changing. Always remove your jewellery before applying a cream, perfume or when you wash your hands. * Do not forget to give your costume jewellery a little break from time to time. Fashion jewellery is usually not meant to be worn every day. Therefore, if you wear the same pieces of jewellery on a daily basis, you might see discoloration.* To make your costume jewellery look its best as long as possible is to clean them after each use. So, clean them, or at least wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove any product residues and sweat that accelerates oxidation. Avoid cleaners that contain acid, alcohol, vinegar or ammonia, since they can damage your jewellery.* Store your fashion jewellery carefully in cotton, butter paper, velvet cases or zip lock bags. Fashion necklaces must be vertically hung .

  • Satya Paul to showcase at Pratham Gala in London

    14.10.2017 | Mumbai: Satya Paul, Indias premium design label with an international presence, will open the much-awaited Pratham UK gala 2017 at The Landmark Hotel in London on Saturday. This is the second season of Satya Paul's association with Pratham, one of India's largest education NGOs, established to improve the quality of Indian education, said a statement. The fashion show will see personalities like Gurinder Chadha, the maverick award winning director and a strong human right crusader along with Sudhanshu Swaroop, a human right crusader, walking the ramp supporting Satya Paul and Pratham for the noble cause.  The guest of honour for this occasion will be Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that tackles the stigma associated with mental health in India. Satya Paul will have a fusion of fashion showcasing two of its signature collections, ‘Ramayana', the exclusive Diwali collection the saga of love, friendship and bravery, an exemplar of the victory of light over dark, and ‘Banaras', the Autumn-Winter collection celebrates the vibrant & spiritual India and its essence

  • Try a fusion look this festive season

    30.08.2017 | As the festival season is approaching, update your wardrobe with fusion wear and look different. Invest in a boho jumpsuit, white sneakers, semi ethnic accessories , say experts.Shailja Mittal, Creative Head at Zapyle (an online marketplace for premium fashion) and Vidit Sehgal, Co-Founder at Lurap (an online platform which makes extra large clothing), have suggested few fusion looks that could be tried:* From boho to ethnic: It's important to strike the right balance between the East and the West. Try a Boho jumpsuit with nicely coordinated ethnic accessories. Play up with your shoes for more detail. Throw on your white sneakers or a pair of silver metallic Kohlapuris.* Crop top and dhoti look: Pairing a designer Gujarati cold shouldered crop top with a plain bold coloured dhoti looks elegant and classy. Carry it with a stylish pair of jhumkas and matte lipstick which will absolutely complete your look.* Getting the right mix: Pick western wear basics, and weave them into a look that's absolutely ethnic inspired. Add semi-ethnic accessories for more drama.* The cool tones: Indian prints and fabric are more glamorous than they are perceived to be. An Indian indigo print top paired with white distressed jeans, metallic choker and sneakers would be a good example. * Tradition with a twist: Talking about fusion/Indo-western, rev-up your cotton kurtas by giving it a fusion twist. Pair up an undyed cotton kurta with a flared Yellow midi skirt, throw on a pair of sneakers or high-tops, pull up a backpack. Finish the look with some chunky metallic bangles. * Floral and mute colours: Instead of shimmery and glitters, wear muted colour prints either on a bold colour base or just some added embellishment on the floral. Layered organza tops in print outer layer and sequin under layers is the stress free combination, whether you're wearing a high waist trouser, a full volume skirt or a typical lehenga or maybe even a sari.* Pathani suit and Kohlapuri: There are also various options available for men, you can stick to classic kurta pyajamas and pathani suits and team them with ethnic footwear or go experimental with modern times. Dawn a hand block print kurta with readymade dhoti or stick to modern shirt kurtis and fusion fashion them with scarf, shoes and finish the look off with classic shades for the day festivities, that will look dapper.

  • Nachiket Barve to launch festive line at Lakme Fashion Week

    10.08.2017 | Designer Nachiket Barve, who has styled the likes of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and many more, is excited to launch his festive wear line at the Winter Festive edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) starting here from August 16."The idea of doing my first festive line really came from the constant demand from clients asking for me to do festive wear. The line really is an extension and diversification of my core aesthetic which is making clothes that have functionality, relevance, empathy for women and style that's timely and timeless," the designer told .Explaining more about his line, he says that he wanted to look at festive clothes that would have relevance and use beyond just one occasion."The collection is comprised of innovative separates that can be styled in different ways. Intricate traditional embellishment forms have been reinvented to make the clothes lightweight and easy to wear across festive occasions. Rich hues and gilded detailing in beadwork, embroidery, appliqué and cutwork can be seen in the line" says Nachiket Barve.For his collection titled "THEIA" that is scheduled to take place on August 19, the designer has collaborated with backstage experts of Lakmé Salon.The show, that will be called "Show Stopping Bride", will celebrate the individuality of the modern Indian Bride, whose beauty is luminous and timeless.Speaking about the inspiration behind THEIA, Barve said, "From music to poetry to the greatest works of art, the Goddesses of Greco-Roman mythology immortalise the diversity of femininity and beauty.""Collaborating with Lakmé Salon, the collection imbues the sensibilities of the modern Indian bride. From contemporary and feminine silhouettes, to delicate embroidery and metallic detailing, every piece of this collection celebrates the divine mix of bold and ethereal, that makes a goddess (and a bride) a force to be reckoned with."Sushma Khan, National Creative Director - Makeup, Lakmé Salon says that "At Lakmé Salon, they believe that every bride is her own and worthy of adulation" and that will be reflected in the show."Our expertly crafted bridal makeup emulates her inner beauty with an other worldly and iridescent look. You can expect to see some prismatic hues with holographic makeup, interrupted liner, coloured graphic liners and more," she said.Heena Dalvi, National Creative Director - Hair, Lakmé Salon added, "We have sought inspiration from the intricate stitching and embroidery of the fabrics to curate hairstyles for this year's bridal looks collection. This season, the mane-trend will be techniques like Smocking, Conroe, French-Fish braids and Sculpting, integrated effortlessly into your bridal updos."The five-day fashion extravaganza will take place at St Regis hotel here.

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  • Maintain Your Cosmetic Jewellery In Easy Steps
    Maintain Your Cosmetic Jewellery In Easy Steps

    23.11.2017 |Jewellery weather precious or otherwise needs to be handled with care if we really want to enjoy it for a long time. Don't wear your fashion jewellery every day, cleaners that contain acid, alcohol, vinegar or ammonia, suggest experts.Radhika Jain, the designer at MiRa and Charu Singh Chaudhary, founder and creative head at Zooki, have listed few tips:* Keep them clean and dry. Whether it is a necklace, ring, bracelet or earrings, exposing fashion jewellery to any type of cream, chemical product, lotion, perfume, oil or even water is an undeniable accelerator of tarnishing. Metals like brass, copper or bronze will oxidize and see their colour changing. Always remove your jewellery before applying a cream, perfume or when you wash your hands. * Do not forget to give your costume jewellery a little break from time to time. Fashion jewellery is usually not meant to be worn every day. Therefore, if you wear the same pieces of jewellery on a daily basis, you might see discoloration.* To make your costume jewellery look its best as long as possible is to clean them after each use. So, clean them, or at least wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove any product residues and sweat that accelerates oxidation. Avoid cleaners that contain acid, alcohol, vinegar or ammonia, since they can damage your jewellery.* Store your fashion jewellery carefully in cotton, butter paper, velvet cases or zip lock bags. Fashion necklaces must be vertically hung .

  • Satya Paul to showcase at Pratham Gala in London
    Satya Paul to showcase at Pratham Gala in London

    14.10.2017 |Mumbai: Satya Paul, Indias premium design label with an international presence, will open the much-awaited Pratham UK gala 2017 at The Landmark Hotel in London on Saturday. This is the second season of Satya Paul's association with Pratham, one of India's largest education NGOs, established to improve the quality of Indian education, said a statement. The fashion show will see personalities like Gurinder Chadha, the maverick award winning director and a strong human right crusader along with Sudhanshu Swaroop, a human right crusader, walking the ramp supporting Satya Paul and Pratham for the noble cause.  The guest of honour for this occasion will be Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that tackles the stigma associated with mental health in India. Satya Paul will have a fusion of fashion showcasing two of its signature collections, ‘Ramayana', the exclusive Diwali collection the saga of love, friendship and bravery, an exemplar of the victory of light over dark, and ‘Banaras', the Autumn-Winter collection celebrates the vibrant & spiritual India and its essence

  • Try a fusion look this festive season
    Try a fusion look this festive season

    30.08.2017 |As the festival season is approaching, update your wardrobe with fusion wear and look different. Invest in a boho jumpsuit, white sneakers, semi ethnic accessories , say experts.Shailja Mittal, Creative Head at Zapyle (an online marketplace for premium fashion) and Vidit Sehgal, Co-Founder at Lurap (an online platform which makes extra large clothing), have suggested few fusion looks that could be tried:* From boho to ethnic: It's important to strike the right balance between the East and the West. Try a Boho jumpsuit with nicely coordinated ethnic accessories. Play up with your shoes for more detail. Throw on your white sneakers or a pair of silver metallic Kohlapuris.* Crop top and dhoti look: Pairing a designer Gujarati cold shouldered crop top with a plain bold coloured dhoti looks elegant and classy. Carry it with a stylish pair of jhumkas and matte lipstick which will absolutely complete your look.* Getting the right mix: Pick western wear basics, and weave them into a look that's absolutely ethnic inspired. Add semi-ethnic accessories for more drama.* The cool tones: Indian prints and fabric are more glamorous than they are perceived to be. An Indian indigo print top paired with white distressed jeans, metallic choker and sneakers would be a good example. * Tradition with a twist: Talking about fusion/Indo-western, rev-up your cotton kurtas by giving it a fusion twist. Pair up an undyed cotton kurta with a flared Yellow midi skirt, throw on a pair of sneakers or high-tops, pull up a backpack. Finish the look with some chunky metallic bangles. * Floral and mute colours: Instead of shimmery and glitters, wear muted colour prints either on a bold colour base or just some added embellishment on the floral. Layered organza tops in print outer layer and sequin under layers is the stress free combination, whether you're wearing a high waist trouser, a full volume skirt or a typical lehenga or maybe even a sari.* Pathani suit and Kohlapuri: There are also various options available for men, you can stick to classic kurta pyajamas and pathani suits and team them with ethnic footwear or go experimental with modern times. Dawn a hand block print kurta with readymade dhoti or stick to modern shirt kurtis and fusion fashion them with scarf, shoes and finish the look off with classic shades for the day festivities, that will look dapper.

  • Nachiket Barve to launch festive line at Lakme Fashion Week
    Nachiket Barve to launch festive line at Lakme Fashion Week

    10.08.2017 |Designer Nachiket Barve, who has styled the likes of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and many more, is excited to launch his festive wear line at the Winter Festive edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) starting here from August 16."The idea of doing my first festive line really came from the constant demand from clients asking for me to do festive wear. The line really is an extension and diversification of my core aesthetic which is making clothes that have functionality, relevance, empathy for women and style that's timely and timeless," the designer told .Explaining more about his line, he says that he wanted to look at festive clothes that would have relevance and use beyond just one occasion."The collection is comprised of innovative separates that can be styled in different ways. Intricate traditional embellishment forms have been reinvented to make the clothes lightweight and easy to wear across festive occasions. Rich hues and gilded detailing in beadwork, embroidery, appliqué and cutwork can be seen in the line" says Nachiket Barve.For his collection titled "THEIA" that is scheduled to take place on August 19, the designer has collaborated with backstage experts of Lakmé Salon.The show, that will be called "Show Stopping Bride", will celebrate the individuality of the modern Indian Bride, whose beauty is luminous and timeless.Speaking about the inspiration behind THEIA, Barve said, "From music to poetry to the greatest works of art, the Goddesses of Greco-Roman mythology immortalise the diversity of femininity and beauty.""Collaborating with Lakmé Salon, the collection imbues the sensibilities of the modern Indian bride. From contemporary and feminine silhouettes, to delicate embroidery and metallic detailing, every piece of this collection celebrates the divine mix of bold and ethereal, that makes a goddess (and a bride) a force to be reckoned with."Sushma Khan, National Creative Director - Makeup, Lakmé Salon says that "At Lakmé Salon, they believe that every bride is her own and worthy of adulation" and that will be reflected in the show."Our expertly crafted bridal makeup emulates her inner beauty with an other worldly and iridescent look. You can expect to see some prismatic hues with holographic makeup, interrupted liner, coloured graphic liners and more," she said.Heena Dalvi, National Creative Director - Hair, Lakmé Salon added, "We have sought inspiration from the intricate stitching and embroidery of the fabrics to curate hairstyles for this year's bridal looks collection. This season, the mane-trend will be techniques like Smocking, Conroe, French-Fish braids and Sculpting, integrated effortlessly into your bridal updos."The five-day fashion extravaganza will take place at St Regis hotel here.

  • Jazz up your festive look
    Jazz up your festive look

    05.08.2017 |Experiment with your look this festive season and ditch heavy ethnic attire for palazzos and layered kurtas, say experts.Rajesh Jain, Business Head at Rangriti, says a combination of classic kurta and a palazzo never fails to impress. * Pair floral palazzos with a super simple white kurta.* Accentuate your look with the trendy earrings, watch and sandals.* You can also go for a minimalistic look, with just a neck piece or a long earring or a broad bracelet.* The best option is to keep your neck bare and just go for bright colour studs or earrings with your outfits.* You can also opt for layered kurtas. Team an embroidered or any printed kurta with plain cigarette or 3/4th length pants. * Ignore long or heavy and difficult to manage duppattas. Rather go for jackets or stoles to jazz up your look.* Fabric like pure cotton, silk, mul, chiffon, nylon, georgette are the easy go fabrics for this festive season.-*-Rozar Lobo, Make-up Artist, The Body Shop, suggests easy ways for make-upFace:* Prep your skin with a skin care regime (cleansing, toning, moisturising) according to your skin type.* Use a primer 'All in one Insta Blur' to make a perfect base for your make-up.* Conceal the imperfections with a concealer* Dab foundation (Fresh nude foundation/ cushion foundation) with make-up brush or a sponge. Wait till it settles.* Take the two shades of compact - one lighter and darker; the lighter one for the T- zone and the darker one on C -Zone to get the perfect sculpted look.Cheek:* Contour with shimmer wave, bronze with blusher brush on hollow of the cheek.* For perfect application, highlight cheek bone with honey bronze dome with appropriate colour.Lip:* Before the application of the lipstick, remove the dead skin using a lip scrub for smooth effect.* Define and fill lip with a lip definer.* Add a pop of colour of your choice with the help of lipstick concealer brush.

  • Manish Malhotra can't wait to acknowledge fresh talent at IWP 2017
    Manish Malhotra can't wait to acknowledge fresh talent at IWP 2017

    21.07.2017 |Designer Manish Malhotra, a judge at the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) Indian Subcontinent & Middle East regional final 2017/18, says that it will be a breath of fresh air for him to see and acknowledge fresh talent emerging in the industry and changing the game of fashion globally."Every designer who will be making it to this prestigious platform will be celebrated in their own right. It is a breath of fresh air to see and acknowledge fresh talent emerging in the industry and changing the game of fashion globally," the designer told .However he has few guidelines for the participants."There are few inevitable parameters that one has to keep in mind like design aesthetics, clean finishing, sustainability and saleability and commercial viability. What makes The International Woolmark Prize really unique is that the participating designers have to create a look that integrates a minimum of 80 percent merino wool," he added.This year's India, Pakistan & Middle East regional final will take place on July 24 in Dubai. The judges will decide which designers will go through to the global final for the menswear and womenswear categories to be held early next year.The judges include Kirsten Lock, Fashion Director at ORDRE.COM; Laura Larbalestier, Buying Director of Boutique 1; and John Roberts, General Manager Eastern Hemisphere, The Woolmark Company.Apart from Dubai, five other regional fianls will be held through July and August in Seoul (designers from Asia), Sydney (designers from Australia and New Zealand), London (designers from the British Isles), Milan (designers from Europe) and New York (designers from the US).One menswear and one womenswear finalist will be selected from each region and will receive AU$70,000 towards their next collection as well as an invitation to participate in the international finals."This year we have a total of 64 designers taking part in the International Woolmark Prize, spreading across key global and emerging markets," said Stuart McCullough, The Woolmark Company Managing Director."The recent restructure of the program puts a greater focus on the design talent and our partners, and the increase in prize money combined with the addition of the Innovation Award for the global final ensures the award - and its participants - remain at the forefront of design and innovation, he added.The previous winners of Woolmark prize included Indian designer Rahul Mishra.Malhotra feels that Over the years, the award has gained a highly coveted status in the industry and celebrates beauty and versatility on a global platform."With changing perceptions and emerging trends in India, there is a major scope to accelerate the scale of experimentation in fashion today. Creative minds from all over the world put in their 100 percent to showcase their traditional craft and designs to not just a particular segment but to a larger audience," he said. 

  • Wendell Rodricks to design for plus size fashion show at LFW
    Wendell Rodricks to design for plus size fashion show at LFW

    20.06.2017 |Ace designer Wendell Rodricks has collaborated with aLL, The Plus Size Store, to design a new autumn winter collection which will be showcased at the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017.Talking about the association, Rodricks said: "As a designer known to embrace all body shapes, I am delighted to be with aLL this season at LFW. 'Fashion democracy' is my strong belief. Fashion should be for everyone; no matter age, colour, size or shape. At the aLL show, I intend to break all the myths about colours and shapes for voluptuous figures."The audition for the plus size model for the show will take place on Friday at the St. Regis.The show will be judged by an eminent panel, including Rodricks, International model Liza Golden-Bhojwani, The Plus Size Store CEO Hetal Kotak, fashion and lifestyle consultant Neeraj Gaba, Head of Innovations, Lakmé, Purnima Lamba, and IMG Reliance Vice President and Head of Fashion Jaspreet Chandok.Winners of the audition will get an exclusive mentoring session with Liza Golden-Bhojwani."We believe that our customers enjoy ‘dressing up' too and hence after a fabulous debut at Lakmé Fashion Week last year, this year, we've collaborated with Wendell Rodricks to design a collection especially for our customers," said Hetal Kotak.Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance, is excited too."Creating collaborations between retail stores and designers also enhances the business of fashion by reaching out to a larger consumer base and we are very happy to have enabled it," he said.

  • LFW Winter/Festive 2017 ramp to feature four new models
    LFW Winter/Festive 2017 ramp to feature four new models

    15.06.2017 |The Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017 will give wings to four new talents who are ready to take their first step as models on the platform.LFW organisers held the model hunt in partnership with TRESemmé for the forthcoming edition. The jury included actress Kriti Sanon, designer Manish Malhotra, fashion choreographer Lubna Adams, IMG Reliance Head of Fashion Jaspreet Chandok, Lakmé Head of Innovation Purnima Lamba and IMG International model scouts - Luis Domingo and Victoria Da Silva.Kriti felt nostalgic to be back for LFW."It feels amazing to be sitting between Manish Malhotra and Lubna Adams and judging these beautiful girls. Also, it is nostalgic to be back at Lakmé Fashion Week where I started my modelling career and walked for around five seasons," said the actress.The judges chose four winners after three competitive rounds to walk for the upcoming season: Nicole Padival, Daman Brar, Kiyara and Roshmitha Harimurthy.The audition saw over 150 aspiring Indian and international models showcase their talent at India's most sought after model hunt.For the first time ever, the aspirants also competed for the chance to bag a contract with IMG Models, a leader in talent discovery and model management."As a designer, I'm passionate about details. There is something about giving a tactile form to an idea and then further refining it - with colours, embellishments, cuts and accessories, that gives wings to creative imagination. Models are key to telling this story. They lend personification to an attitude that each of my collections represent," Malhotra said."A great personality is the deal-breaker when I'm selecting a model- it's the grace with which she walks onto the ramp and then goes on to owning it with her poise," he added.Lamba said the models showcased "vibrant personalities and a bold freshness".LFW is credited with introducing some of the most successful faces in the Indian fashion industry including Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, and Yana Gupta to name a few. 

  • Give a fusion touch to your wedding wear
    Give a fusion touch to your wedding wear

    15.05.2017 |Weddings are a grand celebration with bright colours, textured fabrics and beautiful prints dominating the bridal wear. However, another trend emerging in the wedding wear market is mixing and matching Indian and western fashion sensibilities to create a fusion feel, say experts.Kabir Mehra and Samarth Hegde from Herringbone & Sui, a made to measure custom menswear brand, and designer Priyanka Modi from label AM:PM have suggested how.Mehra and Hegde share tips on menswear:* When it comes to day events, big trends for men are subdued pastels, floral motifs, bold prints and brightly coloured fabrics with intricate embroidery. When dressing for a daytime function, it is advisable to use lighter kinds of embroidery like pitta and ari which, although they look opulent, are never over the top. To add a contemporary touch, pair a bandi with a T-shirt versus a kurta or with jeans rather than a pyjama.* For black-tie events, a bandhgala made out of 100 per cent velvet is a good choice. This mix of modern fabric with a traditional silhouette is elegant and sophisticated. Pair this with black braided trousers to create a unique Indian styled tuxedo. Customisations have also become very popular with ethnic wear, so changing the buttons and the lining of your jackets is another way to infuse your outfit with personality.* For another Indo-western option, try Mao jackets made of 100 per cent linen which are light, breathable and very comfortable. These can be paired with cotton trousers or even jeans for a semi-formal or smart casual look. The idea is to add your own sense of style and personality into everything you wear, whether it be for a wedding or casual lunch. This can easily be done with a few minor changes here and there that will dramatically elevate your entire look.Priyanka Modi doles out tips on women's wear:* Our country is a beautiful amalgamation of exotic cultures and diverse personalities. Every bride wants to look different on her big day and likes to portray her individual style in order to stand out.* We as Ind have started appreciating our heritage and textiles and are trying to incorporate them in our daily life; by wearing tissue saris to work with sneakers or pairing a light ghagra with a crop-top for a casual look.* Even bridal silhouettes today are more multi-functional and versatile, making a statement. Some interesting ways to do this are pairing a heavy lehenga with a simple monochrome shirt, or a short jacket (essentially a western silhouette) made using a banarasi weave and worn with either a light lehenga or a palazzo.* Heritage techniques like mukaish and zardozi remain dominant in our couture collection, while the use of pearls and interesting sequins will help add a contemporary flair. Also the use of luxurious fabrics like velvet, silk and organza are great this season.

  • Sari styles to follow this season
    Sari styles to follow this season

    10.05.2017 | Drape yourself in a cape sari or a colour pleated one to look your best, say experts.Designer Sumona Parekh and Yashodhara Shroff, Director and Founder at Styletag.com, have listed a few sari trends that you can follow:* Cape sari: Capes can be sheer or opaque. Try all cape styles this season - cropped cape, jacket cape and floor touching cape.* Colour pleated sari: After last year's trend of a pallu in different colours, now the differently coloured pleats are in. The pleats are in contrasting colour to the rest of the sari, and the pallu may or may not be in another third colour. * Concept saris: They come pre-draped or are worn in a different way. The most common ones are dhoti saris. Pair sari with leggings, scarves and trousers. * Animal motifs: An interesting sari fashion trend catching up this year is animal motifs. Paisley patterns and floral tapestries are making a comeback. * Zip-up saris: The traditional drape has also taken up a ready-to-wear avatar. These zip-up saris are now becoming a rage among people who are not sari experts but still choose to don the traditional ensemble.  

  • France bans extremely thin models
    France bans extremely thin models

    06.05.2017 |A law in France which bans featuring extremely thin fashion models has come into effect, the media reported.According to the law that came into effect on Friday, models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height, The Health Ministry says the aim of the law is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled and images where a model's appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked "photographie retouchee" (retouched photograph).Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros ($82,000) and up to six months in jail.France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models - Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.Anorexia affects between 30,000 to 40,000 people in France, 90 per cent women, according to health ministry figures.

  •    AIFW A/W 2017 celebrates new faces, latest fashion
    AIFW A/W 2017 celebrates new faces, latest fashion

    21.03.2017 | The Autumn/ Winter 2017 edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) not only celebrated a day dedicated to young students and their creative side, but also the 'guru-shishya' tradition in the form of a finale show. The emphasis this time was on minimalism in fashion.Some of the country's top notch designers showcased their line on the first four days of the fashion gala, with the fifth day dedicated to the GenNext in fashion at 'Pearl Portfolio'.Pearl Academy showcased the work of over 350 budding designers from its school of fashion, styling and textiles."I am highly impressed with the collections that have been put together by the students and I think they are ready to join the industry already," said Sunil Sethi, President of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country's apex fashion body.Overall, AIFW, which happened at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, showcased some of the best of fashion trends exuding minimalism and endorsing the rich handloom culture that India is known for.In the opening show on March 15, FDCI and The Handloom School acknowledged the anonymous makers who create magic with thread. It featured ensembles from 13 designers and labels like Akaaro, Antar-Agni, Eka, Good Earth, Neeru Kumar, Nicobar, Pero, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Raw Mango, Rohit Bal and Suket Dhir.Day one witnessed 71 designers showcasing their works. One standout feature was ace designer Madhu Jain showcasing at an Indian fashion week for the first time in her 30-year-old career. Ranging from different pleated blouses to saris in Ikat weaves with a touch of gota patti work, the collection personified the power of the country's handloom.Ace designers David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore explored the everyday workday looks through their collection titled 'Back to Work', which also showed how one can look stylish with the minimal. And the same held true for Aneeth Arora's designs.The four-day fashion extravaganza ended on a spectacular note when 'guru-shishya' duo Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal showcased more than 80 garments together on the ramp and left fashionistas asking for more.The fashion week also saw some of the retail brands like Satya Paul, Casa Pop and H&M showcasing their new lines.And not to miss was the presence of Bollywood celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Vaani Kapoor, Richa Chadha and Dia Mirza, who added the glamour to the gala.

  • Sakshi Tanwar turns showstopper for Anju Modi at AIFW'17
    Sakshi Tanwar turns showstopper for Anju Modi at AIFW'17

    18.03.2017 | She is one actress who always made headlines with her acting skills but at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn/Winter 2017, she decided to steal the thunder with her confident ramp appearance as a showstopper for designer Anju Modi."I think the confidence came because of my theatre background because there also you are in direct contact with light with no one visible. So even when I don't see anybody, you know that people are watching you. The connection is there and this feeling helped me here too," the actress told  when asked about her confident ramp walk.Unearthing some of the hidden treasures of textile heritage, Modi presented an architecture-inspired collection that channels the core tenants of the label which is timeless, vintage, handcraft and organic.A juxtaposition of fluid floral motifs and organic elements with structural silhouettes and design details of the minarets, the collection titled 'Neelambar' was an outtake of our rich textile legacy; an attempt to weave the traditional knowledge and skills of our master craftsmen with threads of modernity.Talking about Sakshi as a showstopper, the designer told : "I connected with her from hearts. The kind of mature thinking she has is amazing. We always praise and admire her. We value the inner self of a person and Sakshi is great."The "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii" and "Dangal" famed actress looked radiant in a 'lehanga- choli' matched beautifully with accessories.

  • Madhu Jain celebrates 30 years in fashion industry
    Madhu Jain celebrates 30 years in fashion industry

    16.03.2017 |Veteran designer Madhu Jain celebrated 30 years of her label in the fashion industry here at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017) with the best of her interpretations of Ikat motives.The evening started with her family member playing the guitar and singing songs like "You look wonderful tonight" and "Can't help falling in love"."This year we completed 30 years of my label. We started in 1987. I don't do shows, I work with installations because I work with textiles. I think you can't see the work so closely at shows like you can at installations. The occasion was so special with the emphasis being on crafts and textiles which is the principle on which my entire 30 years is based," Madhu Jain said here."My collection is all about Ikat weaves and it is all double Ikat which is a fading art. These are select motives that I have picked out from my 30 years in the industry. I have borrowed them from friends, relatives for the show," she added.Ranging from different pleated blouses to saris in Ikat weaves with a touch of gota patti work, the models walked the ramp to Indian music.The colour palette ranged from hues of red, black, white, to off-white and green with the models wearing colourful 'juttis' or 'mojaris'.The show also had designer Krishna Mehta's version of handloom.Titled 'Parted Lips', her collection consisted of different kinds of long flowy skirts in a colourful, earthy palette.The collection featured bouquets, cinched waistlines, geometric patches in bold but tasteful colour combinations.The four-day long fashion extravaganza is being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and will end on March 18 with designers Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal showcasing their collections at the finale.

  • Tussar silk interpretations grace ramp at AIFW A/W 2017
    Tussar silk interpretations grace ramp at AIFW A/W 2017

    16.03.2017 |Different interpretations of Tussar Silk, as conceived by designers Rina Dhaka, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain and Shaina N.C., were showcased at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017) here.The initiative was to promote the textiles of Jharkhand. From saris designed in tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai -- garments created from organic fabric of the partner state -- were on display.The fashion event was conceived by Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd.) or Jharcraft.While the models were clad in ensembles in hues of blue, orange, red, pink and purple for Shaina N.C, creations by Rina Dhaka had the models flaunting her off-white and purple-hued collection.Tunic, cigarette pants and palazzos ruled the ramp for Dhaka.Sancheti's interpretations were made from Tussar, mulberry silk, Eri silk and spun cotton in hues of Sand, Ecru, berry purple, Onyx, Charcoal, Burgundy, Mahogany and Teal.Kantha stitches were revisited in shaded woollen threads with a dishevelled look with Geo-ethnic patterns adding to her theme - 'The Tribe'.The silhouettes by the designer were her representation of Modern India and an amalgamation of traditions and trends.Trench coats, oversize crop tops, layered dhoti trousers, jumpsuit with trail skirt, variety of capes, sleek peplum jackets and long gypsy skirts could be seen."The collection meant a lot. My inspiration behind the collection was the tribals of Jharkhand. When I got a chance to work with these fabrics I was mesmerised," Sancheti said here.Divya and Ambika Jain's label Dabiri stood out at the show as the collection dazzled in oodles of Gota work with applique on Tussar.Their collection was titled 'Rumi's message of romance', where the models wore their creations in hues of white.AIFW A/W 2017 is being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.The four-day fashion extravaganza will end on March 18.

  • Madhu Jain's work to be celebrated at AIFW A/W 2017
    Madhu Jain's work to be celebrated at AIFW A/W 2017

    07.03.2017 |Veteran fashion designer Madhu Jain's work will be celebrated by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), India's apex fashion body, at the upcoming Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter (A/W) 2017.FDCI, in association with Maybelline New York, will commemorate 30 years of the Madhu Jain label, read a statement from FDCI.Jain will unveil her designs on the first day of the four-day extravaganza, which will be held from March 15 to 18 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here."FDCI has been the wind beneath the sail of many in the Indian design fraternity. It gives me immense hope that there are others who share my deep, abiding respect for our varied and rich crafts heritage. My dream is to optimise India and artisanal wealth and change the face of the handlooms sector," Jain said in a statement.Jain will showcase 22 ensembles celebrating three decades of her journey in the world of Indian textiles. The audience will get to see her signature work using fabrics like ikat, kalamkari and central Asian embroideries in a contemporary context. President of FDCI Sunil Sethi said: "Today, when India has carved its space on the global map of fashion, we have veteran designers like Madhu Jain to thank for its recognition beyond borders. She has been influential in championing a cause, that we at FDCI hold dear to our heart - craft revival and textile conservation."

  • Nicki Minaj dares to bare at Paris Fashion Week
    Nicki Minaj dares to bare at Paris Fashion Week

    05.03.2017 |Rapper Nicki Minaj wore a daring ensemble, exposing her left breast -- partially covered by a pasty -- as she sat in the front row at the Haider Ackermann Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 show at the Paris Fashion Week.On Saturday, she was spotted wearing a half-sleeve black Mugler button-down fitted jacket top that revealed most of her chest, including her full left breast that was covered by an agent provocateur nipple pasty,Her outfit drew comparisons to the purple look that rapper Lil' Kim sported at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. The two rappers have feuded for years.

  • FDCI partners with Jakarta Fashion Week
    FDCI partners with Jakarta Fashion Week

    04.03.2017 |Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), India's apex fashion body, has partnered with Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) to enable a cross-cultural exchange of designer talent between the two nations and platforms.As part of the first year of the exchange, Indonesian designer Novita Yunus, with her brand Batik Chic, will showcase her creations at the Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn Winter 2017 in association with Maybelline New York, read a statement issued by FDCI.Yunus will present her collection in the capital on March 15.FDCI President Sunil Sethi says the exchange between the two countries will make a "spectacular rendition of cross-cultural understanding"."We hope to create more avenues of engagement for designers, to explore the creative potential of both the countries. We would like to thank the Ambassador of India to Indonesia, Nengcha Lhouvum Mukhopadhaya in Jakarta, who has facilitated this partnership," Sethi added.Even organisers of JFW are excited to explore the collaboration."The rapid business growth of Indonesian designers has encouraged our international partners, such as FDCI and Embassy of India in Jakarta, to initiate a collaboration, especially with Indonesian fashion forward designers," Lenni Tedja, Director of JFW, said."JFW, Embassy of India in Jakarta and FDCI share similar mission, to develop the fashion industry in respected countries, and to bring forth designers from both countries to international stages," Tedja added.The fashion extravaganza is a four-day event which will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and end on March 18. 

  • Jharkhand to be partner state for AIFW A/W 2017
    Jharkhand to be partner state for AIFW A/W 2017

    02.03.2017 |Jharkhand is the partner state for the forthcoming Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2017, the organiser, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), announced on Thursday.In association with Maybelline New York, the four-day fashion extravagnza will commence on March 15, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.The highlight of the show will be the different designers' interpretations of the Tussar fabric, read a statement from FDCI.The show has been curated by fashion designer Shaina NC. She will also be presenting her collection for the first time at AIFW. Other designers include, Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti, Rina Dhaka and Dabiri by Divya and Ambika."Jharcraft is extremely glad to be associated with FDCI, with the mission of crafting opportunities, changing lives in the rural areas based on sericulture, handloom and other allied activities of Jharkhand," K. Ravikumar, Managing Director of Jharcraft, said."The organisation is a supporting unit to the state, contributing largely to its social, economic and cultural upliftment, with special emphasis on local artisans and underprivileged sections of the state. With the support of FDCI, Jharcraft hopes to provide a platform to the artisans and weavers to merchandise their own products, through the maximum utilization of natural resources and manpower of Jharkhand," Ravikumar added.Sunil Sethi, FDCI President, says the association with Jharkhand is in continuation with the commitment to preserve crafts."We look for unique ways to enable this objective. This show with Jharcraft is an initiative of Shaina NC, who is known for her dedicated efforts to promote Indian handlooms. Jharkhand's hidden wonders will be unveiled by designers, who will translate its story through the magnificent swirls of fabric," he said.

  • Amitabh Bachchan walks fashion ramp for charity
    Amitabh Bachchan walks fashion ramp for charity

    27.02.2017 |Megastar Amitabh Bachchan walked the ramp for designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for a charity event here.Amitabh, along with actors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Iulia Vantur, Sonali Bendre and entrepreneur Sussanne Khan, took to the ramp at the 12th annual edition of Fevicol Caring with Style fashion show in association with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).Big B on Sunday night shared a few photographs from the event on social media. "Walk the ramp for a charity that works for the cure of children from blood cancer... Every child deserves to live long and healthy," Amitabh tweeted. The 73-year-old actor also wrote on his blog that each child deserves a long and complete life and a healthy one."Donating to the cause is providing that opportunity to give the unfortunately ill another life," he added.Big B was seen sporting an all-black bandhgala kurta with white floral embroidery and pyjama. Actors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonali Bendre and entrepreneur Sussanne Khan were also seen alongside Amitabh at the event. Funds raised from the show will be donated to the CPAA towards treatment of children suffering from blood cancer. Singer, actor and music composer Himesh Reshammiya and Iulia stunned the crowd with their performances as Iulia sang "Main hoon hero tera".On the professional front, Amitabh will be seen in "Sarkar 3" and will also be seen sharing screen space with superstar Aamir Khan in the upcoming film "Thugs Of Hindostan". 

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