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The secret to Peta Murgatroyd's killer bod? Her son, Shai! In the months ahead of her wedding, the Dancing with the Stars pro is getting in shape with a little help from her little one. How do we know? Check out this sweet Instagram video.

In the video, Murgatroyd is getting her workout in while holding her little bundle of joy. "Less than three weeks until the wedding!" Murgatroyd captioned the clip. "Love our family sweat sessions with timhartwigtrain! workforit fitmom workingmom."

Aside from kicking butt at the gym, the dancer—along with hubby-to-be Maksim Chmerkovskiy—have been knee-deep in wedding planning. Earlier this month, the couple indulged in what's possibly the best part of the planning process—wedding cake tasting! Murgatroyd documented the experience via Instagram, and we certainly wish we were there. "Oh my god, I am so obsessed," the excited bride-to-be declared in a short video clip posted to her Instagram Story. "We are cake tasting today. Look at these babies. Incredible."

She captioned a second clip, "Yum yum yum." We'd have to agree.

As for the venue, the couple is set to marry at Oheka Castle in Long Island, which happened to make the Brides Best Venues of 2017 list! "We went there. It's perfect. We're going to have it for two days," Chmerkovskiy previously gushed. "They're closing the whole hotel. It's going to be unbelievable! I remember when I was passing by this castle when I first immigrated. And [I said,] 'That's where I want to have my wedding' and I just said it so [casually,] and now it's happening."

Chmerkovskiy is more than ready for his walk down the aisle. "I can’t wait for my wedding in July. Peta keeps trying to postpone it, and I'm like 'No, I want to marry you, godd— it!'" Chmerkovskiy previously joked to Vulcan magazine.Read more at:online formal dresses | online bridesmaid dresses

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Summer is the right time for ushering fabulous fashion trends, be it apparel, jewellery, footwear or accessories. As the mercury soars high, adorning oneself with minimal jewels has become a new trend.

Nishant Tulsiani, Director at Anaqa and Parneet Thukral, co-founder at Gioielli have listed few tips:

Tassels are quite in vogue these days. Be it danglers, chokers or ear cuffs.Tassels have become a trending choice among young ladies. Swarovski stones are another great style trending this season.

Giving a luxe essence yet confining to your budget, stunning and chic neckpieces, danglers and rings embellished with crystals can be an interesting addition to your summer wardrobe.

Single and double layered chains with edgy pendants are a must-have. Dainty ear studs and bracelets encrusted with semi-precious gemstones in lively yet subtle tones of pink, aqua and green are another trend this year.

The ancient trends are coming back in a more grandiose way touching upon every fashion segment. Taking cue from the Greek mythology and Victorian era, jewellery in flaunting motifs of wings or feathers and vintage pearl jewellery are also becoming a hit with the ladies.

Tribal jewellery in oxidized silver is also grabbing great style statement for the season. Chunky and bold necklaces, stunning cocktail rings and jhumkis in oxidized silver with a tint of brass gives an elegant styling essence.

Chokers have come to the forefront of fashion in a big way. This particular accessory in versatile style and detailing is setting fashion goals both for traditional and western outfits. A contemporary style satin or lace choker with a dangling pearl or a crystal can give a classic makeover to your western outfit.

Chokers in antique gold finish with crystals and tassels are also trending these days. On the other hand, a statement choker crafted in kundan or polki can give a mesmerizing touch to a traditional outfit.Read more at:formal wear brisbane

You may have got into a hot tub and tried the sauna too, but this time, try something that a majority of the West has taken up - hot yoga! Performed at high temperatures (between 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit), it has you doing asanas and poses in order to cleanse the body and build flexibility. Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow, are among the celebrities who have been spotted sweating it out this way.

Heed these points

The idea behind is that hot yoga detoxes the body through perspiration. It is said to flush out the toxins, give the skin its glow and erase joint aches and pains. That said, hot yoga does comes with its risks - it may cause heat stroke if not done at the right temperature. It's also a common notion that the heat may allow you do a deeper stretch, but there are risks of overstretching, too Always get a doctor to approve whether you can do hot yoga or not, and have a qualified trainer at hand.

Tips to keep in mind if you are a doing this for the first time:

Dress light: Do not wear heavy workout gear. Dress lightly so the heat affects you less.

Carry towels with you: Place one towel on the yoga mat to prevent slipping and use one towel to mat away your perspiration.

Do not work out in high temperatures: If you do so, you will risk feeling exhaustion, dehydration, nausea and fainting.

Stay hydrated: Remember, it's important to drink enough water two hours before the class and you can sip on it even during one. If you feel lightheaded or unwell, stop.

When to avoid: Do not do hot yoga, if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or a heart condition.Read more at:beautiful formal dresses | formal wear melbourne

E-commerce industry to  open new vistas for women
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Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir on Monday said the recently signed MoU with Ali Baba has added new dimensions to development of E-commerce industry in Pakistan which can be used for the benefit of poor women.

While speaking at the first exhibition of beneficiary hand embroidered shawls and BISP E-commerce Launch at Lok Virsa, he said it is heartening to see the poorest women being linked with E-commerce by Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). The recently signed MoU with Ali Baba by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to China, has added new dimensions to development of E-commerce industry in Pakistan, so it is high time to use E-commerce for the benefit of poor women, he added.

‘BISP brand shawls’ exhibition is part of BISP poverty graduation model, the pilot phase of which started three weeks back where traditional shawls made by beneficiaries from Haripur, Kohat, Swabi, Nowshera, Swat, DI khan (KPK), Thatta, Sujawal, Karachi, (Sindh), Renala Khurd, Mianwali, Gujrat, Bahawalpur (Punjab), Skardu, Astore, Nagar (Gilgit-Baltistan), Bhimber, Muzafarabad, Poonch, Neelum (AJK), Qilla Abdullah, Quetta, Sibbi and Loralai (Balochistan) were received that were displayed at the exhibition. These shawls can also be ordered online at TCS yayvo.com launched by the minister. The entire amount received from sale of shawls will go directly to beneficiaries.

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil khan Bizenjo, Federal Minister for Law & Justice Zahid Hamid, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman, PM’s Special Assistant on Human Rights Barrister Zafarullah Khan and a number of foreign dignitaries, ambassadors, parliamentarians, government officials, civil society, media and public attended the event. The exhibition showcasing BISP Brand shawls will continue till June 23, 2017. BISP Chairperson Marvi Memon said that BISP is trying to come up with graduation strategies that are most relevant, economical and productive. Through the provision of E-commerce platform, BISP aims at harnessing entrepreneurial potential of its beneficiaries, she added. This exhibition will not only preserve the tradition but promote work of rural women as well, thus helping them graduate out of poverty, she said.

She said that in the FY2017-18, BISP beneficiary families who are willing to start their own businesses will be provided with training as well as a one-time cash grant of Rs50,000 to start their own business and become productive members of society. Initially, this grant is proposed to be provided to 250,000 families that will enable them to graduate out of poverty. Famous Fashion Designer Sonya Batla, who served as a master judge, appreciated BISP for bringing out the talent of the rural women to the world. She chose 12 best shawls from different provinces and regions and offered the winners to work with Sonya Batla brand. The BISP chairperson expressed hope that the exhibition would receive positive response from the community and reiterated that it is a quality purchase that would help poor women, thus contributing in poverty alleviation. She said that the shawls are priced between Rs3000 to Rs5000 and a single time sale of a shawl would make beneficiary earn as much amount as she gets in form of quarterly stipend. She urged public to encourage this initiative and play their part as responsible citizens.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses

Rev up your western attire by going ethnic
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From a very tender age, we are taught not to differentiate amongst us, and yet we end up differentiating among clothes based on their origins. The saree, originating in India, becomes a symbol of elegance, wherein a skirt, originating from Western parts of the world is not? "I strongly believe that all styles of attire must be appreciated simply as a portrayal of beauty of their own origin," says designer Nidhi Mehra. The best way of appreciating beauty is to mix up styles, you know, just to spice things up a notch. Here's a list of just a few of the possibilities that are pre-dominant in the fashion market of today. The looks are quite simple to try on and do their fair share to help you look stunning.

Crop top blouse with a saree: Crop Top Blouses are gaining popularity in India, similar to a wild fire these days, even with its western origin; one can very well be paired with an Indian Saree for an elegant yet chic look. The basic requirements: A crop top with length equal to a blouse and a saree. The imperfect look of the top donned with a saree is what brings out a different and unique look.

Ethnic kurta with summery shorts: We have always associated shorts with tank or baggy tops. Well, surprise, a good pair looks equally good with a set of ethnic kurta. We recommend you try pairing one of your best kurtas with a pair of swanky denim shorts and the world turns into your ramp.

Indian traditional jewellery with western dress: Here's a trend that has recently been doing rounds at various celebrity occasions. An elegant western dress becomes much appreciated when combined with a traditional and antique neckpiece. Traditional accessories go so well with western clothing that even a deep necked top gets easily complemented when accompanied with traditional jewellery. This is the perfect way to blend confidence and elegance with pride.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

What comes to your mind when you think of summer? For an average person, it is the season of scorching heat but for fashionistas, it is the season to try out the new trends in the fashion world.

Traders say Nepali people have evolved into trendy shoppers in recent years. Summer not only excites shopaholics, but also businesspersons who bring latest trends in the fashion world to Nepal. One of the benefits of summer is the sale of summer clothes which come in different styles every other season. Sanjiv Rayamajhi, the owner of S S Fashion, Ranjana Complex, New Road, is excited for his business is going pretty well. “The concept of male fashion world is changing. People are now aware that even men can wear stylish clothes which did not exist in the past. Men's tank tops and shorts are flying off the shelves,” he added.

Niraj Nepali, a Khichapokhari-based wholesaler who has been in the clothing industry for eight years, shares that Nepalis have adapted styles from western countries. “The trend is ever-changing. What was popular few months ago won't be in demand for long. Customers want new, but they fail to notice that the trend encircles with some touch ups,” he said, adding: “For example, grunge pants, loose clothes and plain tees were popular in 1980s and 1990s. It has come to the notice of women now and the demand is higher than ever.”

It is said that women show their interest in fashion from early age. The statement is not valid anymore, as kids nowadays ask for more than a piece of cloth to cover their bodies. The exposure to media has introduced kids' fashion to the children. “They now know the designs and the brands. Kids today come and demand for clothes they have seen in movies,” said Mohan Sangroula, another wholesaler at the Ranjana Complex. “In my 15 years in clothing business, I have seen people become conscious about quality. Only style cannot satisfy them, they want high quality products,” he added further.

While fancy clothes are finding customers with ease traditional attires like kurtis are also doing fine in the market. Raven and georgette kurtis get customers easily as they are appropriate for summer. Sudarshan Timalsina, a New Road-based shopkeeper who has been selling kurtis for the past 10 years, feels that even the demand for Nepal-made kurtis is high. “About 40 percent of kurtis in my shop have been made locally, and remaining 60 percent imported from India. The demand for Nepali products is on the rise, thanks to better finishing and use of quality materials,” he added.

Most of the clothes trending in Nepal are imported from China. Some wholesalers opt to import from Bangladesh and India as well.

Traders say Nepali products are not considered up to the mark compared to international products. Color run, neglected finishing and use of low quality fabrics are the main lacunas of Nepali products. With people splurging on latest fashion trends, it is high time Nepali apparel manufacturers produced quality clothing materials and do good business.Read more at:formal dresses australia | bridesmaid gowns

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Actress Ashley Tisdale was forced to remove dairy from her diet after discovering a number of food allergies.

The High School Musical star is no longer willing to eat some of her favourite dishes because she now knows they are bad for her body.

"I recently found out what my food sensitivities are, so I had to cut dairy out and certain other foods that weren't good for me," the 31-year-old tells People.com. "Also, as much as I love carbs, I cut them down a lot. I allow myself to have them once a week."

Ashley is now eating fruits, vegetables, and lean meats like chicken for each meal, in addition to drinking at least eight glasses of water per day.

But the blonde beauty, who also runs her own make-up company, doesn't regret cutting dairy out of her diet because she is now feeling better than ever.

"For me, it's all about feeling good," the star says, noting her self-confidence has also been boosted as a result of her decision. "I have a make-up line, Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale, and yes, it's easy to put make-up on and go out, but true confidence comes from within."

In addition to ensuring she eats the healthiest foods for her body, Ashley also makes it a point to stay hydrated and to get her beauty rest.

"Drinking plenty of water and sleep are my biggest beauty tips," she shares. "Treat your body how you treat your skin and you will always feel good!"Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia

Alexander to wed Simon
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Mr. and Mrs. David Lincoln Alexander of Southlake, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Emily Morgan Alexander to James Houston Simon, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hunt Simon of New Iberia.

The wedding will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. Alexander is the former Meri Burton of LaPorte, Texas. Mrs. Simon is the former Nancy Rougeou of Lafayette.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Colonel and Mrs. Sigmund Alexander of San Antonio, Mrs. Rose McNeil Burton of Kerville, Texas, and the late Mr. William Burton and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Manning of Weslaco, Texas.

Emily is a 2009 graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington, and a 2013 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. At UW, she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She is also a 2017 graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a Master of Art degree in communication disorders. Emily will begin work as a pediatric speech therapist in Opelousas after the wedding.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Mrs. Barbara Hunt Simon of Franklin and the late Mr. Lynn Joseph Simon and the late Dr. and Mrs. Clyde Lee Rougeou Sr. formerly of Lafayette. Houston is a 2008 graduate of Catholic High School in New Iberia and a 2013 graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a minor in Communication. At LSU, Houston was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Houston is currently employed at Honiron Manufacturing in Jeanerette.Read more at:bridesmaid dress

Maybelline has nabbed Gigi Hadid’s go-to makeup artist for its top artistry spot.

The L’Oréal-owned brand has signed Erin Parsons as global makeup artist, WWD has exclusively learned. In her new role, Parsons, who is also Hadid’s personal artist, will oversee the makeup looks for Maybelline in all campaign and marketing materials, as well as New York Fashion Week.

Parsons, a former assistant to Pat McGrath, got started in beauty as a counter girl in her native Ohio, where she said growing up she’d hang Maybelline advertisements on her walls. At the time, she didn’t know makeup artistry was a career option.

“I grew up in a poor, strict household, but I was obsessed with makeup and how it made me feel — I loved seeing Christy Turlington with her perfect brows and lipstick, and I wanted all of that,” said Parsons in an interview before Maybelline’s announcement. “I literally got caught stealing Great Lash mascara when I was a kid — and I’ve already told the president of Maybelline this — and now I’m the global makeup artist.”

Parsons is known for creating edgy makeup looks — at the LRS show this past New York Fashion Week, for instance, she painted silver on the lower lashes of some models and what she called a “red velvet” eye on others. “I don’t want to see the standard look all the time that I think we’re getting used to seeing in some areas — the Instagram makeup look and the [no-makeup makeup] look that happens quite often in high fashion.”

At Maybelline, she is looking to infuse some of her signature edge into the brand. “I have some ideas,” said Parsons. “I really want to take Maybelline to a whole other place — they’re killing it with the products, but I want to give [the artistry] that extra ‘oomph.’”

Down the line, Parsons could see her role turning to product development. “That’s the next step,” she said. “It’s always been a little dream of mine to make certain products that don’t exist yet.”

Despite her flair for drama, Parsons plans to keep the edginess in check for Maybelline.

“I would like to do some really out-there looks, but I have to do it in baby steps. I don’t want anyone to find it too aspirational that it gets to the point where they think they can’t do it,” said Parsons. “I would really like to push people’s ideas of what they can do for fun, because makeup is fun. You don’t have to wear it to work, you can just try it and wipe it off — it’s that simple.”Read more at:red carpet dresses | cheap formal dresses

The Bayhealth Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program has been helping cancer survivors enjoy full and productive lives since its inception in 2012. Runway of Hope, an annual fashion-based fundraiser that includes a runway fashion show featuring professional models, elegant luncheon and silent auction, is a driving force behind the program’s positive impact on the lives of hundreds of cancer survivors in our community.

Bayhealth will host its seventh annual Runway of Hope fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. The event is open to the public and all proceeds support the Survivorship Program.

The Runway of Hope was inspired by founder Susan Chinnici’s vision. As a member of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute Board of Directors, Chinnici had a desire to inspire others to give in support of those with cancer. Along with the Bayhealth Cancer Institute’s Runway of Hope Fundraising Committee, Chinnici helped create the Runway of Hope Fashion Show and Luncheon in 2011. Each year the event has grown. “Members of the committee are really hard workers and very generous,” explains Chinnici. “It’s exciting to see how the Runway of Hope has evolved over the last several years, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

Tickets to attend this year’s event are $100 per person. Included in the ticket price are hors d’oeuvres, a plated lunch, admission to the fashion show and silent auction, and a gift bag. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 19.

“All proceeds from the Runway of Hope event go directly to support cancer patients as they transition from cancer treatment to cancer survivorship,” said John Shevock, FACHE, FACMPE, senior director of Operations, Oncology Service Line and executive director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute. In 2016, the Runway of Hope event raised more than $75,000 for the Bayhealth Cancer Survivorship Program. “The Runway of Hope Fundraising Committee members are the ambassadors in the community for our cancer survivorship program and their support is truly remarkable,” Shevock said.Read more at:QueenieAu | red carpet dresses

Benarasi lehenga, Benarasi sari, wedding, jewellery, event, function, fashion, fashion news, indian express news
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Thinking of wearing a Benarasi lehenga or sari for a summer wedding? Make sure that you pick the right one in terms of colour and drape it innovatively, suggest experts.

Designers Naina Jain and Karan Arora shared tips on how to dress up with Benarasi in the right way.

* For the main function: You can get the elaborative weaves done on your Benarasi sari or lehenga for the D-Day. If we talk about the latest trend, you can unhesitatingly opt for these detailed weaves with no borders. These weaves look perfect on colours like fuschia, off white, gold and pastel colours which are trending nowadays. With that, you can carry a beautiful traditional Bengali drape which would work great with the heavy weaves.

To complete the look, don’t forget to get yourself the South Indian temple jewellery which undoubtedly looks ethereal and extremely exquisite.

* For a day event: If you wearing a Benarasi sari or a lehenga, you must try and choose the traditional jaal either for your sari or blouse. Additionally, if you are not very fond of the jaal work, you can go for the designs with small bootis for your traditional attire. Since the function is during the day, the light colours like lime, orange, mint green can be the best ones for your ensemble.

Moreover, if you are not very keen to sport a lehenga or sari, go and take out that pair of denim or a pant from the wardrobe and wear it with your favourite sari. This look is chic and contemporary.

For the jewellery, pick some pearl earrings or neckpiece or both that goes with the colour of your outfit. In addition to this, get a messy bun done with some gajra and you are good to go.

* For Sagan ceremony, Mehendi or Haldi: The brides are equally worried for these day or evening functions as the ceremonies are now celebrated with great pomp and show, so it gets little difficult to decide on what exactly to wear for such occasions. Sport a meenakari weave sari or lehenga with a touch of bandhej which makes the whole attire unique. Also, colours such as blue, green, rose gold accentuate the beauty of the meenakari weaves. Team up the outfit with heavy gold jhumkas and a middle parting bun.

* Why Benarasi: It is often said that saris complement the Indian women or we can also say it completes them. But seeing the rise in temperature during summer wedding, even brides deserve to stay cool and stylish. Benarasi saris are also known as all-weather saris, because of its adaptability.Read more at:short formal dresses

WHO is ready for some bridal drama? Celebrated television host-actress Daphne Iking and fashion designer Jovian Mandagie sure are, as they will be hosting reality TV show Say Yes To The Dress Asia, the Asian edition of the popular American show.

While the United States version chronicles the journey of brides in search of the perfect wedding dress with advice from friends and family, as well as help from individual sales associates, fitters and managers at the Kleinfeld Bridal boutique in Manhattan, New York, the Asian edition will see Mandagie and Iking provide assistance to 18 brides who will also receive input from friends and family members, to find the perfect dress.

The brides will be spoilt for choice in selecting from an array of custom-made outfits tailored by local designers.

When met on the set of the upcoming show during the filming of an episode, the duo expressed their excitement at landing the gig.

“We are over the moon. I love the show! This is one of my biggest gigs and I get to work with Jovian, with whom I’ve been friends with for 10 years now. He played a pivotal role in my journey to find the wedding dress of my dreams,” said the 38-year-old Iking.

Mandagie, 31, was glad to be on set again, as his last hosting gig was helming TV3’s bridal magazine show, Mahligai Cinta, for six seasons from 2008 to 2014.

“We went through a thorough and intense process where I was tested with other potential co-hosts. I was happy to learn that I would be paired with Daphne,” said Mandagie.

“I think what sets this show apart from the US version is that we will be showcasing a lot of ethnic cultures. We have brides from different races, including a Kadazan.”

The fashion designer is excited that the show will feature Malaysia’s beautiful cultures, traditions and costumes to the world.

“I love how colourful we are when it comes to wedding dresses. You won’t just see another boring white dress getting picked,” he said.

Iking added: “And because this is a reality show, the drama and reactions that you see from the participants of the show are real and unscripted.

“This show is not just about the dress. There are values that viewers can pick up from home. I think most brides out there will be able to relate to what these brides are going through,” she said.Read more at:long formal dresses | school formal dresses

It’s wedding season again. Or, for some, it’s “seriously, don’t marry that person” season.

For all the couples who appear meant to be, there are always a few that seem like they shouldn’t be sharing an Uber together, much less their lives.

So what’s a good friend to do? If you’re watching a friend head to the altar with someone awful, do you step in?

M in Washington, DC, says no. “You don’t do it because it drives them closer together! It becomes ‘me and you against the world.’ ”

This, despite the fact that M tried to gently coax a friend away from a marriage. The friend ended up marrying, and then divorcing, but M still says you should never get involved. She adds, “People entering into bad marriages are in a place of temporary insanity,” so little can be done to sway them anyway.

It’s a delicate dance, of course, telling a friend that her potential spouse is all wrong for them. It’s hard to know what’s going on inside relationships anyway, and if your friend doesn’t see it for herself — and she likely doesn’t — odds are she won’t see the light when you point it out.

That’s not always true, though. Kathy in Brooklyn was engaged at 23 when her best friend said to her, “You know, you don’t have to marry him.” She realized her friend was right and called off the wedding. Kathy was already having doubts, but when her friend confronted her, she says she “felt relieved. Like I didn’t have to continue the charade.”

A recent study out of the University of Plymouth found that our meanest friends often have our best interests in mind. The study’s author wrote, “These findings shed light on social dynamics, helping us to understand, for instance, why we sometimes may try to make our loved ones feel bad if we perceive this emotion to be useful to achieve a goal.”

It certainly wouldn’t feel good to have a friend tell you to dump your betrothed, and you may find the intrusion into your relationship hurtful, but someone who says “get out before it’s too late” is probably a good friend.

Rebecca in New Jersey has talked her friends out of bad potential nuptials in the past and says: “It’s a good rule of thumb that if your friends ask you to think a second time, you ought to.”

But what if your well-intentioned pleas are, well, wrong? Jamie in Connecticut was engaged when his fiancée’s best friend gave her “the talk.” Nine years later, the two are still happily married and the friend has been kicked to the curb.

So is it worth the risk to the friendship? Sometimes two important friendship roles — being supportive and being honest — are in conflict.

A good rule of thumb: If you think your friend is making a marriage mistake, say so — but do it long before the wedding day.

In Brides magazine, psychologist Irene Levine says, “Ask your friend for an hour of her time,” during which you can “be specific about your concerns rather than using a broad brush to smear the guy or saying you don’t like him without an explanation.”

Tone matters — confrontational, forceful proclamations just look aggressive and provocative. Be prepared to be cut out of your friend’s life or be prepared to help them pick up the pieces if they realize you’re right.

Levine also says you should check yourself first. Do you have any ulterior motives? Is your own love life in better need of your analytical energy? If you’re in a bad place yourself, reconsider trying to talk your friend out of it.

Marriage is forever, or should be, and if you see a train wreck on the horizon, try to help everyone involved avoid it. It won’t be easy, but a good friend is honest even at the risk of friendship.

If your friend decides to go through with the nuptials despite your pleas, though, your role becomes to smile broadly, enjoy the wedding cake and wish her well.

Once you’ve made your case and had it rejected, accept the defeat and try to focus on the prospective spouse’s better qualities. And if the marriage goes ahead and crashes, be the kind of friend with vodka in the freezer.Read more at:www.queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses online

Sisasenkosi-clipped
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Mkandla, a passionate maskandi singer, has temporarily dropped the microphone to promote fashion designers whom she says need support back home.

“My purpose of this initiative is to celebrate our fashion designers. They dress us each day behind the scenes and hardly get the recognition they deserve,” Mkandla told NewsDay Weekender.

“Being abroad makes the job even more difficult as they have to compete with the Western world fashion designers, so they do need our support.”

Running under the theme A Stitch in Time — Definitive African Fashion Trends, Mkandla launched the initiative last month in a bid to help expose the works of the creatives and celebrate the continent’s regalia.

“I want to highlight that these ladies work tirelessly making amazing and unique designs,” she said.

Mkandla, who believes that the fashion industry “is as cutthroat as the entertainment industry” added that she felt mandated to initiate the project so as to connect with her African roots after a decade’s stay in the UK.

“I have been in the UK for 10 years and this project, just like my music, is a way of trying to resonate and keep hold of my African roots,” she said.

The first edition of the showcase has three designers, namely Beauty Sibanda, Yvonne Gambe Ndava and Nde Khumalo, who have their designer monikers House of Gogoz, Yvonne Yvette and Cucicio Couture respectively.

“I intend to continue with this project as I have a few more designers who unfortunately could not provide their designs on time for the photoshoot,” she said, promising more exhibitions in the future.

“We have one more hopefully in July for three more designers. I do hope to continue working with these ladies and am excited for future projects we are working on.”

Pictures of the designed outfits will be posted online, while an exhibition is on the cards in a bid to advertise the works.

“The project is highlighting the amazing work of female African designers, creating a hub where people from all walks can go to and be able to order their custom-made frocks from these designers,” she said.Read more at:bridesmaid dress

Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez is always switching up her hair, alternating between chic bobs and long tresses.

While the superstar rocked a pale blue Valentino gown to the 2017 Met Gala, it wasn't only outfit that caught attention, but her perfect hair too.

Jennifer had her locks pulled back from her face while further length was added to her hairstyle with extensions.

Louise Jenkins, Education and Creative Manager at Great Lengths Hair Extensions, explains that when it comes to adding in hairpieces, it's crucial to consider the thickness of hair as well as the length.

"A simple style can be turned into the most glamorous evening look just by adding a little bit of extra weight," she told Cover Media. "I recommend using individual bonded extensions for the most flexibility in styling. Great Lengths' synthetic keratin bonds mimic the hair's natural structure and colour, whilst staying discreet, ensuring no damage is caused to your natural hair."

Part of the reason Jennifer's long hair looks so great is because her stylist has matched the extensions with her own hair, which has been highlighted with gold and caramel streaks.

To get a similarly flawless match, Louise recommends consulting with a hair extension expert to ensure the strands are blended with a few tones to create custom finish.

"This can include using colours that are lighter, darker, warmer or ashier than the client's hair in order to create different effects," she shared.

When it comes to emulating Jennifer's 1960s-style look, Louise would look to apply a full head of single strand 50cm human hair extensions. Once complete, she would then set the hair with large rollers and proceed to smooth out the locks into a soft wave using a double bristle paddle brush.

"Secure the hair into a high ponytail, making sure that the hair line is smoothed using a little serum," said Louise.Read more at:formal wear sydney

Kendall Jenner is the new face of Adidas Originals.

The reality TV star-turned-model announced her latest gig on Instagram on Wednesday (31May17).

"Officially joining the adidas fam!" she gushed in a caption beneath a cute photo of herself driving a golf cart in front of a wall with the words 'Welcome to the Family' spray-painted onto it near the sportswear brand's iconic logo.

The 21-year-old star may have been hinting at her new alliance a week ago when she posted a sweet Instagram image of herself as a little girl in pigtails wearing a white and blue Adidas T-shirt. In the caption Kendall insisted she's "always been an OG (original gangster)" Adidas fan, a slang term used to explain her longtime appreciation for the brand.

"A longtime fan of the brand, Kendall embodies the spirit of Adidas Originals as a creative force shaping the world today by challenging the status quo in her very own way," company executives wrote in a statement to Women's Wear Daily.

Kendall is following in the footsteps of her brother-in-law Kanye West through her partnership with the company. Kanye has been working with Adidas on his Yeezy lines for several seasons, since 2013.

Kendall's new Adidas Originals role comes on the heels of a few campaigns she's starred in that have received harsh criticism - she was slammed for cultural insensitivity for appearing on the cover of Vogue India's 10-year anniversary issue last month (May17), and back in April she was involved in another scandal when she starred in a disastrous Pepsi ad that adapted American protest marches in a bid to sell the soda drink.

In the now-cancelled ad, she handed a police officer a Pepsi after abandoning a modelling gig to join a protest rally.Read more at:long formal dresses | formal dresses online australia

From spaghetti tops, denims, shorts to dresses, go for khadi fabric to beat the heat in summer, say experts.

Bhavya Chawla, chief stylist, Voonik.com, Jimmy Kaul, MD and co-Founder, Shopotox.com and Smriti Khurana, head of design, LURAP.com, list down some pointers to help you get fashion with khadi right.

1) Saris: Khadi handspun fabric makes for great saris and they come in various colours and styles. Khadi saris are not hard to drape as it is one of the best breathable fabrics to beat the heat. To sport a modern look in your khadi sari, look for ones with zardozi embroidery and block prints. You can also pair a rich colour plain khadi sari with an intricately embroidered shirt blouse.

2) Spaghetti/crop tops: Try khadi spaghettis and pair them with ethnic skirts or loose pants to make a style statement of your own. You can also rock your look with khadi crop tops. Pair your crop top with a wrap-around skirt for a simple yet interesting look.

3) Khadi fabric is perfect for children: From simple printed dresses to cut-flared khadi tops for girls along with simple and handwoven shirts and pants for boys, khadi is easy-to-wear and super comfortable for children.

4) Dress up: If you are looking for extra comfort in the sunny days, then khadi dresses are the perfect wear. Choose from kurta-like dresses or short ones that you are comfortable in. For a trendier appearance, look for smart cuts, embroidered yokes and accessorise the dress with a piece of statement jewellery or with a smart sling.

5) Spruce up with stylish scarves and dupattas: Look for printed or bright-coloured khadi scarves or dupattas that you can pair with a plain dress. You can match your scarf with a tank or a pastel-coloured dress that will surely make you stand out in a crowd.

6) Look stylish in khadi shorts and shrugs: Shorts are a must in your summer wardrobe. If you are looking to strike a balance between looking chic and beating the heat, then there is no looking beyond the khadi fabric. You can give a trendy twist to your shorts and basic tee by pairing it with a smart khadi shrug as well.

7) Khadi denims are the new cool: Khadi denims are highly sought after for their comfort and style factor. Pair your denim khadi pants with an off-the-shoulder or cold shoulder top to look summer ready.Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | semi formal dress code

Year Two BA Fashion student, Duanne Kwok, has been shortlisted in the Graduate Fashion Week Little Black Dress competition to design a dress for the TV star.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge will announce the winner live at Graduate Fashion Week and wear the dress at a high profile red carpet or TV event.

The brief was to encapsulate Alesha’s style in a high fashion. Entrants were asked to showcase their skills by showing the creative process, technical specifications, pattern cutting, prototyping and a marketing plan around their finished product.

Dianne Kwok said: “I am so delighted to reach the final stage of the competition. I really enjoy creating real garments from the research and design development I’m doing on my course. Presenting my design to Alesha Dixon was nerve racking but so exciting.”

Sue Chowles, Course Leader for BA Fashion at NUA, said: “We are incredibly proud that one of our second year students has been shortlisted in this national competition, competing alongside students from fashion courses from across the UK. This is such great news for Dianne.”

Graduate Fashion Week (June 4 till 7) celebrates the creativity of the best students and graduates within fashion from around the world, and features 22 catwalk shows from over 40 universities, attracting in excess of 30,000 guests. Students that are chosen today will present their graduating collections of garments on the GFW catwalk at the Truman Brewery in East London on Tuesday 6 June.

Fashion lovers in Norwich can view all of the work by NUA BA Fashion students at the Degree Shows on June 27 till July 5.Read more at:bridesmaid dress | formal wear sydney

Bel-Air, Makati, one of the country’s cleanest and richest barangays, is celebrating its 60th anniversary from May 26 to 28 with, among other activities, a tribute to two of its most illustrious residents who have made a name for themselves in the world of fashion.

Day-long activities on May 27, which include marching bands, free calesa rides for kids, and musical shows, will culminate in a fashion show featuring a retrospective collection of longtime Bel-Air resident Ben Farrales. Dubbed as the “Dean of Philippine Fashion,” the now retired designer blazed a trail, starting in the late 50s with mostly Muslim-inspired pieces made wearable and contemporary for today’s women.

Farrales also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino designer to present a fashion show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 1984. He has also lent his artistic talent in designing decorations for previous Bel-Air anniversary and Christmas celebrations, as well as other village events.

Sharing the stage with Farrales’ clothes are the latest ready-to-wear collection from leading online retailer Zalora, whose young managing director, Paolo Campos, is a second generation Bel-Air resident. Unlike Farrales’ couture pieces, which are collectors’ items either borrowed from his former clients or from the ailing designer himself, clothes featured in the Zalora segment will be available to online shoppers. In lieu of professional models, young residents of Bel-Air will be modeling both collections.

Bel-Air’s annual three-day anniversary celebration, which is dubbed “Pasinaya,” is now on its 15th year. In keeping with Bel-Air’s 60th or Diamond Year anniversary, organizers, led by barangay captain Constancia “Nene” Lichauco, have adopted “Bel-Air: Kumikinang” as this year’s theme.

“On the three days of the ‘Pasinaya,’ Zalora will give shoppers huge discounts,” said longtime Bel-Air resident Malyne Loyares, executive producer of this year’s Pasinaya. “Both Mang Ben and Paolo are from here. We’re so proud of them. That’s why we thought of giving them a tribute.”

Ogee Atos directs the Ben Farrales retrospective, while writer Floy Quintos directs the main show, which anchors the three-day celebration. Quintos, a Quezon City resident who adopted the term pasinaya or celebration in Filipino, has been collaborating with Bel-Air’s leaders for 15 years now.

Although it’s a barangay-wide celebration, the bulk of activities as well as nightly shows, including “Kasambahay Idol” on May 26, will be held at the Solar Street Park and the adjacent air-conditioned events venue.

“During fiesta days, guests need to just check in at the gate with the village guards,” said Lichauco. “Everyone is welcome to come. Please tell your friends about it.”

During previous celebrations, barangay officials and organizers used to conduct polls among their household help, including nannies, drivers, gardeners, and errand boys, on whom they would love to see as special guests. Actor Jericho Rosales, for instance, graced a previous “Pasinaya” celebration.

This time, though, village leaders want to focus on the household helpers themselves. In the weeks leading up to the three-day event, organizers have been conducting auditions to choose the best singers among their helpers. Those selected would get to strut their stuff on stage tonight, May 26, in a battle royal for the best total performer. The evening will then segue into all-night dancing.

But there will still be guest celebrities led by singer-impersonator Jennie Gabriel on the evening of May 26, and comediennes Boobay and Pepita, who will provide lunchtime entertainment on May 27. Incidentally, Bel-Air residents, through its leaders, are also behind the highly successful and much anticipated Salcedo weekend market, which was declared by the Department of Tourism as one of the must-go-to activities for tourists when in Metro Manila.

On Sunday, May 28, the final day of “Pasinaya” will also have free calesa rides for kids from 8am to 5pm. There will be a morning mass and flower offering to the Virgin Mary, as well as a blessing for pets. It will be followed immediately by a furry fashion show featuring the village’s dogs in “Diamonds are…Fur Ever.”

The day continues with “Pa-Bingo sa Bel-Air” in the afternoon. The entire Bel-Air community will gather together for a special performance at the Pasinaya Velada. The Power House Band will cap off three days of celebration with an evening performance.Read more at:formal dresses online australia | celebrity dresses

Sandra Kemp garments on display at The Valentine
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When Sandra Morris Kemp recently attended a reception at The Valentine museum and saw works of fashion she created more than four decades ago on display, it was an unbelievably exciting moment.

Two dresses that Kemp of Powhatan made while a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and later donated to the museum’s permanent collection are now on display in its “Our Hearts on Our Sleeves” exhibit. The exhibit will be open at the Richmond museum through January 2018.

The dresses, as well as three other pieces Kemp donated to the museum, date to her junior and senior years at VCU, where she was the first African American to graduate from the Fashion Design School in 1971, she said. Kemp also graduated in 1965 from Powhatan High School.

“They are beautiful garments with beading and embroidery and I wanted them preserved,” she said. “About 1998, I realized I didn’t have the facilities to keep them, so I donated them to the museum’s clothing and textile collection. That was it for awhile. I didn’t hear anything else.”

So, it came as a complete surprise when she received a call from Kristen Stewart, the Nathalie L. Klaus curator of costume and textiles, telling her about the exhibit and inviting her to an opening reception on April 27.

“First I was amazed to get the call. It was so exciting. You are talking about 40 plus years ago these garments were completed. It was awesome. She told me, ‘You didn’t know your work was that good, did you?’ I said, ‘No.’ So, I was just amazed,” Kemp said.

Drawing on the Valentine’s extensive collection of historic and contemporary costume and textiles, “Our Hearts on Our Sleeves” celebrates Richmond’s devotion to diverse creative expression, Stewart said. The fashion and fiber arts have long played an important role in Richmond’s creative community, enlivening Richmond’s streets, shops, galleries, museums, and performance spaces. Codes of dress and works of art have both been employed to communicate or challenge cultural values and to reinforce or subvert social structures.

“There is a fondness for the arts that you don’t always see in cities like New York, where it is kind of dog-eat-dog attitude,” she said. “What this does is create an opportunity for a lot of experimental creativity. Artists can take risks. It also creates an opportunity for the city itself to benefit from a very open arts community.”

The Nathalie L. Klaus and Reynolds Family galleries, a three-room space dedicated to costumes and textiles, holds a different thematic exhibition from late April to late January of the following year, she said.

In creating the exhibit, Stewart said she included both items on loan and many from the 35,000 pieces in the museum’s permanent collection.

Kemp’s two dresses are on display in the Art for Every Body room, which in this show is an examination of the way in which fashion items, costumes and textiles have provided an avenue for creativity to people who were excluded from the formal studio arts organizations, she said.

Kemp’s dresses are visually strong and show the skill of her artistry, Stewart said. The garments Kemp created that are in the show are a green organdy cocktail dress with a beaded multi-color top (1970) and a two-piece black silk evening gown with embroidery and beading on the front and back (1971).

“Sandra Kemp’s pieces, which are just absolutely gorgeous, are also complemented by her original illustrations with swatches, so you can really begin to see the design process,” Stewart said. “It was tough to decide. The collection she donated, all of the pieces are pretty glorious.”

Stewart added she enjoyed talking with Kemp on the phone while preparing the exhibit because she shared tidbits that didn’t make it into the file to “really sort of flesh out stories by sharing all of the most compelling aspects.”

Although she didn’t take any fashion courses while growing up in Powhatan, Kemp said she still considers her early years here a major influence on her design aesthetic. She began learning embroidery at about age 5 from one of her grandmothers, Bettie Simms of Powhatan. Her other grandmother, Annie Morris of Powhatan, taught her how to make patterns for blouses and skirts.

“I would exhibit my handiwork in the Powhatan County Fair. Back in those days at Pocahontas Elementary School, we had hobby days on Friday afternoons. I would do embroidery,” she said.

In her home economics class at Pocahontas High School, Kemp said she loved the clothing and textile sections. When she transferred to Powhatan High School in 1963, she focused on academics.

After graduating from VCU, Kemp had a varied career. She said she served in the Peace Corps for a year; worked at Saks Fifth Avenue and Woodward and Lothrop Department stores in Washington, D.C.; took secretarial positions while earning her master’s degree in gerontology; worked as a 4-H agent/clothing and textile specialist; developed a correspondence course in millenary to teach women to make hats, and worked as a literacy/GED instructor with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She also had her family and developed an interest in historical preservation and Powhatan’s history in particular.

“I am from Powhatan. I grew up here. I was influenced by my grandparents and by the schools I attended in Powhatan. They were the background to who I was and I stayed with my schooling and kept going,” she said.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses

La Rinascente hosted a gala dinner on Monday night at the Royal Palace here to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Ahead of the dinner, prepared by chef Carlo Cracco, guests enjoyed a preview of the “LR 100-Rinascente. Stories of Innovation” exhibition, curated by Maria Canella, a fashion history professor at Milan University, along with Sandrina Bandera, president of the modern and contemporary art Ma*Ga Museum in Gallarate, Italy. Rem Koolhaas’ OMA/AMO studio developed the exhibit’s concept and design.

“La Rinascente was crucial for the success of our company,” said Rosita Missoni, who attended the dinner along with her daughter Angela, creative director of the family-owned firm. “They ordered 500 pieces of these two models of knitted dresses which had buttons on the front and which women were able to try without using the changing rooms.”

Those dresses were center stage in one of the exhibition’s 11 rooms. Reproducing the original shopping windows where they were displayed in 1958, they were shown on blindfolded mannequins.

“The night the windows were set up, Tai [her late husband Ottavio Missoni] and I ran to see them,” said Missoni. “It was a foggy night, the Duomo square was empty and suddenly a mechanic wearing a jumpsuit stopped next to us and looking at the windows commented ‘Poor girls, thank God they cannot see how they are dressed.’ He brought us good luck!”

Neil Barrett also attended the dinner. “I usually don’t come to this kind of event, but for Vittorio Radice [La Rinascente vice chairman,] everything!” said the British designer, who is about to move his company into new headquarters located on Milan’s Via Ceresio, next to the Dsquared2 building. “It’s really exciting. I totally like the new space.”

Before the end of the dinner, Le Div4s, a group of four sopranos, offered a live performance.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | plus size formal wear

For its fifth annual benefit, The Heart Fund will be counting on some generous people for this week’s fund-raiser in Cannes with Moncler founder Remo Ruffini being first in line.

The billionaire titan will be providing the location — his 180-foot motor superyacht “Atlante” — for Wednesday’s Generous People gala “The Big Blue” benefit, which is expected to attract 100 supporters. Leonardo DiCaprio, Inna Zobova, her filmmaker husband Bruno Aveillan and Eva Cavalli are among the 100 guests who have been invited to help children suffering from heart disease. Having had heart surgery as a child due to the fact that she was born with a hole in her heart, Zobova said she can relate to the ordeal that many youngsters around the world are dealing with. To share her success story, her husband made a short film for the nonprofit and photographer Peter Lindbergh shot Zobova with her scar clearly exposed for an awareness campaign for The Heart Fund. She said via e-mail Monday, “I wish with my example to spread an awareness in the world that someone who went through all this is not a handicap. I wish to see more people living happier, fuller lives to see them in faith and in a strong mind-set, because they know my story. They know that it is possible.”

This week’s dinner party will be the first time the benefit will be held on the water during Cannes. (The Heart Fund’s south of France fund-raiser is one of two held annually with the other being in St. Bart’s over the holidays.) Many at Wednesday’s gathering may have questions for Aveillan about his next project — directing “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2″ for Paramount. In addition to The Heart Fund, the filmmaker has worked with luxury companies such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Swarovski for short films.

Supporters recently returned from a two-week trip to Haiti where 100 people were helped by health officials, said Dr. David Luu, a cardiac surgeon who founded The Heart Fund. Model Alina Baikova and actor Jimmy Jean-Louis were a few of the high-profile travelers who participated in the trip. The nonprofit has a mobile medical clinic and is equipping a jet with cardiological diagnosis technologies to broaden its reach. The group also offers telemedicine services.Read more at:formal dresses online australia | semi formal dress code

Some fun, some rub & a wedding
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HAI O mere daadya rabba kinhan jamiyaan kinhaane lai jaanian... The song portrays a mother’s angst and good wishes for a daughter entering into wedlock and embarking on a new journey with her beau. I view a groom with some skepticism — a lamb being fattened for slaughter. The runup to the actual wedding is still a host of rituals and functions. Earlier, these were held at home, with emphasis on traditions, not opulence. Bhangra and giddha to the beats of a dhol was unbridled joy.

When a baraat trudged miles to reach the bride’s house, it was led by a band playing drums, trumpets, cymbals, saxophones and clarinets. As the strains of ‘Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai’ drew nearer, people came out of their homes or climbed rooftops to view the procession. The groom astride a decorated mare, with a sehra around his head, held a sword which kept poking him in the wrong places. Unaware of the correct saddle posture, for days after the wedding, the thigh muscles remained sore and bruised.

There were frequent dance interruptions and frenzy in direct proportion to the liquor imbibed. Obese ladies blessed with two left feet broke into a jig to the beat of ‘Tootak tootak tootiaan’. Currency showered by inebriated baraatis was grabbed by the band men. A small boy sat on the ghori behind the groom. Once a few six to eight-year-old cousins quarrelled among themselves as to who would sit next. A nasty nani suggested a ‘bamboo and mare’ arrangement that would allow all of them to sit one behind the other at the same time. A coarse side to the fun and frolic of weddings.

Today, weddings signify the giant leap in affluence the middle class made in the past two decades. The movie Monsoon Wedding was an indicator of the changing moral values and a ‘wedding industry’ mushroomed. This was brilliantly portrayed by the wedding planner, Dubeyji. It was the story of a father raising funds for an enormous, chaotic and expensive wedding for his daughter. The songs ‘Aaja nach lai’ and ‘Chunari chunari’ amply signified the changing mores, morality, values and prenuptial celebrations that are becoming increasingly bizarre with every wedding.

My wife and I plan to marry off our younger daughter in the near future — a second wedding in the family. Our elder girl got married six years ago. Daughters are a blessing, and with the second one too now getting ready to leave, I am overcome with melancholia. We raised our daughters the best we could. We might not have been able to fulfil all their dreams, but gave them the space to stumble and learn from experience.

My wife handed me a paper indicating the broad outlines of the coming events. With a lump in my throat, I unfolded the paper.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

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Would you wear an algae? How about one that makes your dress change colours when out in the sun. Intrigued?

Well, meet Bina Sridhar and Saranya Shalini who isolated an algae strain to form a dye that allows a garment to change its colour under the exposure of direct sunlight. “This research has been done before in Berlin first,” says Bina, a student at the JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

An algae that is a byproduct of water pollution can lead to eutrophication and damage water sources and the life in it. As algae is biodegradable, its use as a dye could minimise the damage to the ecosystem.

"With the help of a few lab officials, we procured fresh water algae from ponds in Kanchipuram. The algae strain Spirulina was isolated,”says the 42-year-old.

This isolated algae has the property to change its colour from green to bluish green after prolong exposure to direct sunlight. “We distilled the algae, filtered it and then ground it into powder form. This was mixed with a solvent to form algal dye pigment that has the property of colour change, due to the pigments present in them,” says Bina.

She says that it was a struggle to get the dye on to the fabric as it was thickly pigmented. “We tried block printing, but that did not work out. Screen printing is what works, but as it is a thick paste, the it would clot faster. We had to keep washing the screens,” she adds.

Akash Das, faculty of design at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, says that the best way to go forward with this algal dye is to use the screen printing technique or to paint the fabric manually.

“We ran a series of tests to determine the wash care needed and also conducted dermatological tests,” says the lecturer while explaining the approval tests for the dye.

The team of students hopes to also leave a psychological impact on consumers who wear their line. They aim to explore newer possibilities of utilising the garment by the wearer as it changes colour because of the unconventional property of the natural dye pigment.

“Our collection is feminine, smart, casual and chic," says Bina. Their line features shorts and capes.

You can check out their collection that has algal dye prints at the annual design award show of JD Institute of Fashion Technology on May 19 and 20.Read more at:plus size formal wear

Courtesy: African Development Bank
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Africa’s fashion industry will attract global attention at the 2017 annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB), being organised during May 22-26, 2017 in Ahmedabad. This year’s annual meetings are focusing on transforming agriculture for wealth creation in Africa, and are expected to be attended by around 3000 experts and industry people.

Beautifully dressed models will walk the catwalk to show how African fabrics are inspiring more and more famous designers. By combining a fashion show and panel discussion, the India Fashionomics session will use the global value chains in textiles to illustrate possibilities for African agriculture-related industrialisation.

“Fashion is not just about design or inspiration. It’s also a multi-million dollar industry that creates millions of jobs, including in textile and clothing manufacturing,” says Emanuela Gregorio, gender specialist at the AfDB.

Through its fashionomics initiative, AfDB is supporting the development of creative industries that utilise products, especially cotton, in Africa. Through this initiative, AfDB is promoting investments in the fashion sector, increasing access to finance for entrepreneurs and incubating and accelerating starts-ups.

At a session on `Creating Wealth through Fashonomics’, experts and practitioners will discuss methods of promoting textile manufacturing in Africa which has mostly small and medium enterprises as the textile and clothing firms. It will also set agenda for how the involvement of African countries in the global textile industry could look like (from conception and design).

The Bank is investing in high-growth sectors that have the potential to promote economic empowerment and create 25 million jobs over the next decade. The Bank considers the creative industries as offering massive potential for continent-wide job and gross domestic product (GDP) growth. For instance, instead of exporting raw cotton, Africa needs to move to the top of the global value chain and produce garments targeted at the growing African and global consumers.

The textile/clothing market is already worth more than US$31 billion in Sub-Saharan Africa and accounts for the second largest number of jobs after agriculture, employing many women and young people besides men.

In Ethiopia, a pioneer in the textile industry in the region with more than 40,000 employees, salaries are three times lower than in Côte d’Ivoire and the cost of electricity remains low due to availability of hydropower, and inputs are affordably priced. It is expected that the textile clothing industry could generate 400,000 jobs in SubSaharan Africa alone and exports could double in the next 10 years.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia

The names to know, from the name that knows.

Lisa Aiken travels the world taking in what could seem like countless labels from new and established designers. A keen sense of what’s next has seen her grace front rows from Milan to Paris, to New York and beyond as fashion director for digital behemoth Net-A-Porter. This week she’s in Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and has earmarked her top three local talents to look out for. Take close note.

Natasha Schweitzer

Fittingly launching at Net-A-Porter during MBFWA, her handcrafted pieces are really relevant as we are seeing this jewellery trend of bold shapes in a minimalistic craft more than ever before. I love how she has incorporated mismatched earrings and octagonal shapes to her offering and I know our customer will respond really well.

Georgia Alice

Georgia owned proportion play in her last collection but paired the pieces back to be wearable and timeless. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she has to offer this season as we have had a great response from our customers globally.

Maggie Marilyn

Finding a designer who can deliver a beautifully edited collection of must-have pieces, with immaculate execution for their first season is a very rare occurrence and I’m really looking forward to seeing what she delivers this time around.Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | year 10 formal dresses

Guo Pei
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In advance of this fall’s exhibition of her work at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Guo Pei has been busy shooting some of her creations for the companion book, working on a secondary label and crafting a special project with Apple.

SCAD president Paula Wallace has written the foreword for “Guo Pei,” which Rizzoli will publish in mid-October. About a year ago SCAD contacted Guo Pei about doing an exhibition dedicated to her work, attended one of her shows in Paris and later invited her to visit the school’s Savannah and Atlanta campuses, the designer’s husband Jack Tsao said. This fall’s Atlanta show will be her first in the U.S.

The designer and her team will be involved with the installation of the mannequins with Guo Pei dresses and the show, which her husband said will be quite substantial. The couple will also be on hand for the September 7 opening ceremony of the exhibition at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.

The designer is still looking for a location for a store in New York though her husband described it as “difficult.” The company is also scouting for a partner for the U.S. market. “The designer is also working on a secondary line that is meant to give more people a better understanding of her designs. It will also be more affordable,” he said.

Always open to potential collaborations with partners who share a similar creative vision, the designer “wants to build a cultural bridge and create a common language with the U.S., as well as in other countries around the world through her couture creations,” Tsao said. Two grand opening events have been scheduled for this year, but he declined to elaborate due to confidentiality issues.

In addition, Guo Pei’s luxury ready-to-wear collection is still under development. “Expect to see beautiful, wearable pieces for the modern woman which maintain the spirit of couture and distinct Guo Pei touches. The plan is to sell the collection in select high-end retailers in the U.S., Europe and Asia,” he said.

Furthering her experience designing costumes, Guo Pei is working on costumes for three Chinese TV series and two feature films. He added, “in recent years, Guo Pei has been focusing her attention on the Chinese wedding culture and reviving the art of the traditional wedding gown. In recent years, we have seen the younger generation, especially the elite, pay more and more attention to traditional weddings. From 2015 onward, some of China’s top celebrities have begun to choose Chinese traditional gowns for their weddings. We are also seeing a wave of a return to tradition.”

The designer also remains in contact with Apple ceo Tim Cook, who visited her studio in Beijing last summer. Guo Pei is working on developing an iWatch and a marketing partnership, according to her husband.Read more at:online bridesmaid dresses

In an alien land where Spanish is widely spoken and most of your two dozen rivals hail from Latin American nations, conditions can be pretty intimidating for any contestant. However, Noida girl Srishti Kaur tackled not only the language barrier but all odds stacked heavily against her to emerge a winner at Teen Universe 2017 in Nicaragua.

Srishti, who wore peacock dress and evening gown at the pageant, surprised the jury with grace and chutzpah.

Beaming with joy at making the nation proud, the 19-year-old said: “I am elated to bring home the crown. More than the fear of competition or pangs of nervousness, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience right from the first day till the culmination of the event.”

She tackled the language barrier in a smart way. “Once all the girls were speaking in fluent Spanish. All of a sudden I started speaking randomly in Hindi. When they inquired what I was up to I replied that is exactly what I feel when they don’t speak in English,” says Srishti.

Interestingly, Srishti also taught contestants a smattering of Hindi. “I taught them how to say words like namaste, kaise ho . And they fell in love with these simple words with profound meanings.” She also taught them film songs and crazy Bollywood steps. “I combined songs Aja Nachle, Nagara Dhol and Jai Ho and taught them our dance moves. All of them started grooving and it was fun to see how catchy our Hindi film songs can be as they even made foreigners take a jig.”

She wants to promote Make in India project through a mix of indigenous ethnic embroidery and Western wear. “I want to make use of traditional silver jewellery, handmade embroideries and handicrafts which epitomise Indian heritage and culture. Through my online label Crystal Sourcing I am making bags and footwear. I would soon be roping in boys and girls aged between 18 and 25 who are familiar with latest fashion trends ,” says Srishti, whose ambition is to participate as a designer at the London Fashion Week.

Priyanka Chopra is her favourite for representing the country on the international film circuit. “She is someone I look up in awe as she is doing a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood.”Read more at:plus size formal wear | short formal dresses

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ABU DHABI Mums in Abu Dhabi are in for a treat beyond their imagination! They can look forward to a perfect day of pampering and fun at the Yummy Mummy Show on May 13 at The Grand Millennium, Al Wahda.

Live entertainment, freebies, expert medical advice and much more are in the offing for mums who want to get out of the house and mingle with fellow parents.

Making its debut in the capital, the show is conducted by ExpatWoman.com (based in Dubai) which is claimed to be the largest and most popular female and family focused expat website in the world.

“Whether you are a millennial mum, working mum, stay-at-home parent or those whose kids have flown the nest…this is your perfect retreat to enjoy and unwind,” says Rebecca Roberts, editor of ExpatWoman.

A virtual best friend

Established in 2002, ExpatWoman is a free information website that helps expatriate women across the globe set up and begin their lives in a new country.

“Not only do we have an online forum that is free to use for women, we have important information, free classifieds, deals, jobs listings as well as events for our readers to enjoy,” says Roberts. Since its inception, its content and information were written by women, focusing on the needs and interests of women on the move; by themselves or with their families.

Today, the website has become an indispensable resource for expats living or moving to the Middle East and has even gone global with Azerbaijan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam in the list. “We host seven dedicated sites for ME countries, and four in Asia, with over 200 global pages for expats worldwide,” says Roberts.

Not to be missed

She says she is excited about bringing the Yummy Mummy Show to the capital.

“It’s proven hugely successful in Dubai and now we want to provide the same platform to our readers and mums in Abu Dhabi,” she says.

The ExpatWoman team aims to bring the website to life and work closely with well-known brands and companies in the UAE to provide visitors a rewarding experience.

“Over the years we’ve worked closely with regional crafters and boutiques to provide a platform for them to share their work to individuals living here. Be prepared to find some unique, bespoke and handcrafted items during our YMS. Plus there’ll be free activities and refreshment for all to enjoy,” she says.

5 reasons to visit YMS

1. Mövenpick Tala Bay will give away one lucky mum a four-night and five-day, half-board stay (for two adults, two kids) at their resort in Jordan. The package includes: VIP airport transfers, VIP welcome amenities on arrival, family room, free Kids Club access, kids pastry class, spa treatment for parents at Zara Spa Tala Bay, plus access to the yoga area, the jogging track, an organic garden tour and special access to back of the house operations.

2. Get expert medical advice from Danat Al Emarat, a world-class speciality women and children’s hospital which is managed by Parkway Health Singapore, a subsidiary of Southeast Asia’s largest private healthcare provider, Parkway Pantai Private Limited.

3. Croutique, the go-to place for home makers, artists, fashion designers, crafters and boutique owners will showcase their bespoke, quirky, individual and unusual gifts and wares. Visitors will also get a chance to win a gift hamper worth over Dh1,500.

4. Ewmoda is the newly launched fashion and lifestyle vertical of ExpatWoman.com. It provides news, features and editorial from the fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle worlds in a fresh and modern environment. Visit its stand for your chance to receive a mini makeover from the celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Jane Thompson

5. Elite Baby Care offers kids activities that involves professional baby-care assistants for the children that are present at the event.Read more at:beautiful formal dresses

Roxy Earle
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"Every show needs a villain and a hero - I'm happy to be the hero."

That's how The Real Housewives of Toronto's glamorous, outspoken Roxy Earle sums up her combative relationship with fellow housewife and socialite Kara Alloway - lover of Stalin quotes and nostril flame-thrower - on the dishy Slice reality TV show.

The two knew each other casually from the charity circuit previously before filming began.

"As we got to know each other more, things began to unravel in general," said Earle, 33, who's married to entrepreneur Raghu Kilambi with two teenage stepsons. "It's like she flipped a switch and it was a whole different person."

RHOT's first season wraps up Tuesday night with another housewife, Ann Kaplan Mulholland, renewing her vows with her husband. Unfortunately, there's no reunion show planned and a second season is up in the air.

24 Hours caught up with Earle, who previously worked in advertising but is now building "a lifestyle brand around fashion and travel," at Toronto restaurant Figo over lunch recently to discuss "The Six from The 6ix."

What did you think about Kara quoting Stalin?

I just think crazy people quote Stalin. Some of the things that come out of her mouth, I just worry about her.

What's your relationship like now with Kara?

I do not care about Kara Alloway. Kara just put out of picture of herself scrubbing floors on her knees. I'm building a global brand. We're not in the same boat. I'm doing something incredible with this platform. Kara isn't part of my story anymore. I went on a show with her. There was a clear dynamic. I stuck up for myself. She's kind of irrelevant to me now.

Are you friends with the other housewives?

I'm very close with the others. No one speaks to [Kara].

What can you say about the finale?

I'm a hopeless romantic so love sort of trumped all that night for me. I personally decided to let bygones be bygones and have some peace as we end off what was an incredible experience. Not everyone chose to have an incredible experience, but I did. I had an experience of a lifetime.

So it ended on a high note?

A reunion would have been great. There's been a lot of unresolved things because people can make up whatever they want and put it on TV. There's not a lot of truth to a lot of things that comes out of Kara's mouth. I think any viewer could see there's a lot of hypocrisies and a lot of contradictions but there's also just some flat-out lies that she's put on her blog or social media. It's all very pathetic.

Would you like to do season two if it's a go?

I would be totally up for season two. I'm guessing some people are not up for season two. (Laughs).

Did things come to a head for you during the episode where Kara threw the trunk party for a clothing designer at her house and there were no sizes for you to try on?

I did put out a video of myself reacting to what I saw on TV. And what's happened from this is I have like thousands and thousand of messages from fans, every single day, saying things like, 'Watching you and the way you carry yourself has changed the way I feel about myself.'Or, 'I'm a young girl who's suffered from body dysmorphic [disorder] and when I see you I finally have a hope.'These incredible, very meaningful stories. I've been able to connect with these girls just by being confident in my own skin.

You also put out a press release about that episode.

That was hard for me to watch because my whole life I've gone into stores and been treated badly. Now I have an incredible stylist. But I haven't always had this stuff. Being able to show girls that just because I might have the means, it doesn't mean there isn't certain sizes in fashion. It doesn't mean that it's just easy for me. I still get that horrible feeling when I walk into Holt Renfrew and someone tells me there's nothing here for me in my size. That still feels bad to me.

Do you plan to put out a clothing line for, as you say, "curvy girls and women?"

I am. There's been such an unbelievable interest from companies. Designing my own line has always been a dream of mine, but on top of that, I want to work with the biggest Canadian retailers out there. So if they're listening, tell them to call me. My whole life I've struggled with finding fabulous clothes that fit my figure. I just feel like it's a part of the market that's constantly shamed and totally ignored. And I want to change that. Did you have any Tuesday night viewing rituals? My husband and I get into bed, we turn it on, no one's allowed to speak. I watch the whole thing the whole way through and then in the morning, I watch it again.

How authentically were you portrayed?

I feel like I'm watching myself. I'm very authentic to who I am and the real version of me has come across. There's no acting for me. I kind of approached the whole situation thinking, 'I have to show the good, the bad, and the ugly of who I am to be authentic.'

Were you were a fan of the Real Housewives franchise before?

I love the glamour, the fashion and all of that. I loved Beverly Hills and Orange County and it's interesting. I think I fell in love with reality TV because of the Kardashians because I'm one (girl with) three (brothers) and when I was watching the Kardashians it was almost like watching these girls who could be my sisters on TV. They kind of had curves like me, they looked a bit like me, and it was the first time I followed their journey. That's how I got into reality TV. Then, the Housewives came along and it was sort of the same thing. What does the franchise represent? I guess I like the whole dynamic. If (Andy) Warhol were here, he'd think this is where pop culture is at. Like watching people's lives, real people's lives, I just find that whole process fascinating.

GOING DEEPER WITH ROXY

We go deep, well deeper at least, with The Real Housewives of Toronto cast member Roxy Earle.

What's the deal with your dog Lola, who eats better meals than most humans?

She's the love of my life. Don't tell my husband.

Would you like more dogs?

Two dogs. A horse. A lamb. Micro pigs. It's not easy to fit in the Yorkville house. My husband has put a stop at just one dog. But I believe I'll be able to sneak in another. The horse, the micro pigs, and the lamb are going to be harder. He is not on board with those yet.

Maybe a move outside of the city?

I would like to live in the country. I'm thinking of living in Caledon (Ontario) because I want to have more privacy and animals. I'm animal crazy.

What about kids?

I would love to have my own children one day. That would be amazing.

Have you always been a glamour girl?

Yes, I've been glamorous since I was born. I literally came out of the womb glamorous. When I was young one of my parents' best friends did backup singing for Eric Clapton. Her name was Chyna. And she was best friends with my aunt in London. And she would give me all her stage clothes, as like my dress up clothes. Except I didn't use them as my dress up clothes. I would just like dress up and go out. I was like 11 years old or 13 years old and I would be wearing these unbelievable stage costumes (laughing).

What did you parents think?

My mom is super low key and bohemian and my father's an artist and my mother's in public health and they're very cool people and very down to earth. And my grandmother was a model and she was a very glamorous woman. She was the original house wife. My grandfather was a very famous business man and she lived all over the world with him and hosted incredible events ... I loved the photos and I'd go over to their house and I'd put on all of her clothes and I just loved it.Read more at:celebrity dresses

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Actress Deepika Padukone, who has been mistaken for Priyanka Chopra by the foreign media in the U.S. multiple times, said it’s racist and ignorant for people to assume that people with similar skin tones are the same.

A video doing the rounds on social media shows a foreign paparazzo constantly referring to Deepika Padukone as “Priyanka, Priyanka” while she makes her way out of an airport in the U.S.

Padukone, who made her Hollywood debut with the Vin Diesel starrer “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” earlier this year, has strong views about facing this ‘identity crisis’ and about how the Indian media needs to deal with it maturely.

In an interview to IANS over phone from Mumbai, the actress said: “To me, it’s racist and ignorant. And as a fellow Indian, you (the media) should also be not very happy about. I think just because people have similar skin tones, doesn’t mean they are same people,” she said, adding that “As people in a place of power that the media has, instead of creating a tabloid piece out of it, people should be educating them further.”

Just back from attending the famed fashion fiesta Met Gala 2017 in New York, Padukone is now looking forward to visit the French Riviera. She will attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival May 17-18 as a brand ambassador for the cosmetic giant L’Oréal Paris.

“I am very very excited. I am looking forward to the entire experience of being there and taking it all in,” said the actress, who last attended the fest in 2010 for another brand.

“I would happily forget that experience maybe, and start afresh,” quipped Padukone, who doesn’t wish to reveal her two looks for the Cannes red carpet appearance just yet.

Earlier this week, she stepped out in a white Tommy Hilfiger gown for the Met Gala in a look which didn’t find much appreciation by the international fashion police. But Padukone is not bothered. She said that being on the red carpet is all about having fun.

“I’ve had an amazing team of people that help me put my look together, and sometimes people might like it, sometimes they may not. And that’s completely okay. The idea is really to have fun with every experience that I’ve had and I think the only time I will worry about not being appreciated about my look, is when my mother or my girlfriends tell me so,” said the 31-year-old.

At the Cannes red carpet, where Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will also make a fashion statement, Padukone is looking forward to have plain “fun.”

“What is the red carpet without having fun? I know there is a lot of focus on the clothes, the hair and the make-up, but from all of that, I think the most important thing is that everyone who walks that red carpet must have fun with all of that and that experience,” she said.

It’s the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and no Indian film is on the list. So apart from government officials at the Indian Pavilion at gala, only the three actresses and beauty icons will be representing the country at the platform.

“I think that’s an achievement in itself,” Padukone said, adding: “But having said that, I think for me the two things are completely different. I feel proud that we have Indians who can represent not just at Cannes, but the world over, who represent us as a community and as a country in different walks of life.”

“Yes, being an actor, one always looks forward to a film going to Cannes as well. In fact, Sanjay (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) and I have been speaking about it for years...We wanted to take ‘Bajirao Mastani’ to Cannes. When it comes to taking Indian films to Cannes, he has done it in the past (‘Devdas’) and he has done it beautifully,” said the actress, who features as the central character of the filmmaker’s next movie, “Padmavati.”Read more at:online bridesmaid dresses

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OUR LOVELY Limerick really came alive over the weekend when thousands poured into the city centre for one of the bestever Riverfest's,

The majestic River Shannon was the breathtaking backdrop for a whole host of events including water sports, fireworks displays, barbeques and the Riverfest Village.

The city also played host to the hugely anticipated Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, as well as Fashion Friday, which kicked off the weekend festivities in the beautiful new Bowes Ryan Café in Arthurs Quay.

Limerick ladies and some gentleman enjoyed fantastic fashion from our top fashion houses in the city, and all for a good cause, with the proceeds from the teas, coffees and petit fours during the event going to Milford Hospice Limerick.

I just want to congratulate everyone involved for making the whole weekend such a wonderful success and I am already looking forward to get year's festival.

Oxendales ad filming

AFTER all of that, I headed off to Powerscourt Hotel, which is located in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. It is one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. I was there with the production team from TV3 and the creative team from Oxendales. We were filming ads which will be going out at the end of May and feature my style tips which I hope you will enjoy as I had a lot of fun filming them!

Top model Sarah McGovern who was working with me on the shoot was telling me that she has switched from Andrea Roche’s Model agency to Assets Model Agency and is extremely busy!

I wish her the very best of luck!Read more at:cheap formal dresses

What a great weekend in Limerick
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OUR LOVELY Limerick really came alive over the weekend when thousands poured into the city centre for one of the bestever Riverfest's,

The majestic River Shannon was the breathtaking backdrop for a whole host of events including water sports, fireworks displays, barbeques and the Riverfest Village.

The city also played host to the hugely anticipated Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, as well as Fashion Friday, which kicked off the weekend festivities in the beautiful new Bowes Ryan Café in Arthurs Quay.

Limerick ladies and some gentleman enjoyed fantastic fashion from our top fashion houses in the city, and all for a good cause, with the proceeds from the teas, coffees and petit fours during the event going to Milford Hospice Limerick.

I just want to congratulate everyone involved for making the whole weekend such a wonderful success and I am already looking forward to get year's festival.

Oxendales ad filming

AFTER all of that, I headed off to Powerscourt Hotel, which is located in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. It is one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. I was there with the production team from TV3 and the creative team from Oxendales. We were filming ads which will be going out at the end of May and feature my style tips which I hope you will enjoy as I had a lot of fun filming them!

Top model Sarah McGovern who was working with me on the shoot was telling me that she has switched from Andrea Roche’s Model agency to Assets Model Agency and is extremely busy!

I wish her the very best of luck!Read more at:cheap formal dresses

The cutting edge of fashion seems to be mostly about moving the naked parts around.

Remember low-rider jeans? The ones with the rise so low the fly zipper was the length of an eyelash? The purpose of these pants was to expose as much of the torso as possible. From the back, even more was exposed. The trend finally died when even size 2 pre-teens found out that the pants gave them muffin top. Good riddance, I say. Oh, and remember low-cut stiletto pumps? And how about tube tops, those bits of puckered fabric that covered only enough to remain legal.

Now, the naked parts have been moved to other places. They charge extra for jeans with rips in the knees. And since baring cleavage is passé for everyone except Mariah Carey and those named Kardashian, the bare parts of shirts have been moved. To the shoulders.

Having run out of body parts to exploit, the designers now have moved up to the shoulders. Try to find a dress or blouse this month that has fabric where the shoulders are supposed to be. It’s all about the bare shoulder.

“It’s the most attractive part of the body,” said the designer on QVC as she breathlessly pitched her shoulderless dress. “Most women like their shoulders.” But what about all those years, in the ’80s, when every garment had shoulder pads? We weren’t so crazy about our shoulders then.

To tell you the truth, I never thought much about my naked shoulders until all of this happened. I suppose that when I have a tan, my shoulders are OK. They aren’t fat, don’t have cellulite and are not wrinkly. If I had a million dollars for cosmetic surgery, my shoulders are not where I’d spend it. I would rate my shoulders a solid B plus.

A few years ago, when strapless dresses were in style, that same QVC lady said that collar bones were the most attractive body part. I ran to the mirror to have a look at my collar bone – and couldn’t find it. I passed on the strapless trend.

I’ve always been leery of these style fads. The whole gladiator sandal thing passed me by, and I didn’t feel left out. I never wore Crocs; never owned a pair of skinny jeans. I never spiked my hair into those 1980s “Aqua Net mall bangs.” I did not own acid-wash denim.

And now I’m faced with a trend so ubiquitous it’s keeping me from finding some spring clothing. I went online looking for a cotton sweatshirt to replace the one I ruined with a splash of bleach. Even the sweatshirts have the shoulders cut out, which seems to defeat the snuggly purpose of a sweatshirt.

This fad will pass, but then what? There’s not much left to bare except elbows, obliques, and maybe glutes. And I hope it never comes to that.

I did look at a pair of white jeans with big rips in the knees, but I passed. My knees are still passable, but they will be the next thing to go.

As for my shoulders, we’ll have to see. Most retailers call those “cold shoulder” tops. Until now, that term meant something else entirely. Giving someone the “cold shoulder” was a bad thing – not pretty or desirable. The designers should have considered that before they took their scissors to all those tops.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | cheap formal dresses australia

Eco-friendly can be expensive…one of the reasons why some of us don’t choose it as a way of life. But imagine this: wearing a perfect dress that’s not only gorgeous but eco-friendly. Meet three budding fashion designers who talk about their new line of clothing launched at Eco Fashion Show 2017 by Rossbelle.

The 21-year-old Nalini Murugan has been a fashion designer for five years and has bagged the position of an assistant fashion designer for a Tamil movie and a reality show for Sun TV. From her childhood, she grew up watching her father re-cycle everything and making something creative. “From carpentry to interior designing, my father does everything at home. He inspired me to re-use fabric,” smiled Nalini. But the graduate from the National College of Design was not always interested in fashion designing. “As a child, I trained in martial arts (chuckles). My passion to become a fashion designer began when I was in Class 12. I was focused and since then I have not spent a single vacation idle. I did internships in factories and boutiques and I worked as a freelance designer too,” she recalled.

Nalini wants to start an eco-friendly clothing brand and also open a boutique. “Anyone can become a fashion designer. The only thing you need to have is a vision to create something innovative. You have to find out what you’re good at and then give it your best. You cannot give up in the first try,” she said. Her aim is to work with Bollywood designer Neeta Lulla one day and learn her signature style.

Slightly different from the young Nalini is Anitha Prabhu who comes from a conservative family. “Fashion designing was a big decision for me,” recalled 35-year-old Anitha, who recently started her boutique Myura Fashion. “I’m not a fashion student. I believe you cannot teach fashion and is something that you grow up with.”

Being the only daughter in the family making her debut in the fashion industry was tough for Anitha. “My brothers never played or spent much time with me. So, I spent most of my time watching TV. That’s how I got inspired to take up fashion.”

From trying different hairstyles and putting on make-up, she experimented a lot as a child. “I remember one day my dad caught me with my make-up on and hit me. But my life took a drastic turn when I got married. My husband was, and still is, supportive of my career. He is my inspiration and today if I am here, it’s all because of him,” she smiled.Read more at:long formal dresses australia | formal dresses online australia

Personal shopper: Natalie Svikle with Toryn Glavin, an admin officer with TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) at the Turret Boutique on Castle Market Street, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
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An unfortunate irony of being cooped up in the closet for so long is that many people may not know how to dress once they come out of it. To bastardise Mark Twain, 'clothes make the woman', but for members of the transgender community who have just come out - or in the case of transvestites, selectively come out - finding the clothes that represent their best self can be a struggle.

"Clothes and make-up are hidden issues and hidden challenges," says Toryn Glavin, the administrative officer of Trans Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

"We are taught from a young age about what clothes we should like, what clothes are appropriate for our gender, what fits our body. It's a scary aspect of transitioning, rebelling against the gendered view that society has of clothes - those misconceptions that certain clothes are for boys and others are for girls."

Piecing a look together is difficult enough at the best times. Doing it while venturing into completely unknown territory can be doubly so. Few can afford an army of stylists to craft a polished new look like Caitlyn Jenner did when she made her public debut on the glossy pages of Vanity Fair.

Added to the pressure and confusion that comes with figuring out what you identify as on the trans spectrum, can be the fear of wearing the wrong thing, which can draw not just the ire of homophobes but, also, some elements of the community, who accuse them of 'letting the side down'.

"It's like a dam burst of dreams," says Gloria Jameson, who runs an information website called Sí for transvestites (people who wear clothing not traditionally associated with their assigned sex). "There has been a lot of pent up imagining for years - and maybe decades - that nothing has been done about. So there is a tendency to be a teenager first.

"People when they start out will typically be attracted to very short skirts and very long hair. After a while they realise that doesn't really make them look good anymore. But they should enjoy that exploratory phase and not hammer themselves if they don't get it quite right. It's a learning process.

"But, if at all possible, they should also stay away from purchasing stuff in those early days. It can cost a fortune."

Services like Amazon and Parcel Motel mean that people can order shoes, wigs, and clothes for all shapes and sizes more easily, and more discreetly, than they could when Gloria was starting out. "But that makes it easier to waste money too," she says. "Much of what is bought remotely can bring disappointment, as the fit and look don't fulfil expectations."

Gloria suggests using a dressing service instead. "It's the most typical way people make first contact with the transvestite community. Clothes don't really matter if you don't have the face, the hair first."

Dressing services will do your make-up, and offer a range of wigs, clothes and shoes to try on. "They are a huge help in learning what suits you and what size you are," says Gloria. "They also allow you to have fun trying out different images.

"Most people begin with a private session, and often start to unburden themselves of a lifetime's angst. Dressing services can also provide the opportunity to meet others and, although typically run from private homes, sometimes even organise outings into town."

Natalie Svikle is a personal shopper and stylist who has, in the past four years, helped around 20 members of the trans community find a style they feel best reflects them.

"The conversation would be similar to the ones I have with my other clients," she says. "Then they will ask if I ever get unusual requests. Eventually they will just come out and say, 'I am a cross dresser, is it something that you would consider getting involved with?'"

Most of the people she has worked with are in their 40s. All are very, very secretive about this aspect of their life. "I have one client who still contacts me off a private number in spite of the fact that I have been dressing them for four years. Another only contacts me using the email account of their female persona. But all of that is irrelevant in regards to the wardrobe, so I respect their boundaries."

She will often shop with the client, who will present as male, and she will refer to their female alter ego when talking about a garment. "Boutiques are aware and very tolerant, but sales assistants are so used to seeing me in their shops with men who actually are shopping for the wives, that it wouldn't occur to them that they might be shopping for themselves."

What about family? Should they be kept in the dark? "There is no universal answer to that," says Gloria. "Ideally you should try and make them converge. Part of the problem is that people invariably do (keep it quiet) in the beginning and once they get their heads around it, there is a history of secret activity that makes it seem too big to reveal.

"Then they might purge their wardrobe as they have taken such risks with their partners. So it's really important, when getting into it, to get comfortable with it. There's nothing wrong with them. It's the culture we live in that has the problem."

Some members of the trans community see the rise of gender-neutral clothing and gender-neutral dressing rooms as a slow but positive step. But the ignorance of the general public can create issues surrounding access to clothes.

"I remember when I was first transitioning," Toryn says, "I was in a major department store, and I went to the women's changing rooms with a handful of women's clothes. And the woman said to me that the men's are upstairs. People are still policing these spaces."

What's worse, because the area hasn't developed as much as, say, health care or education, is that trans people often don't know that they shouldn't be discriminated against.

"They feel it's their fault," says Toryn. "They feel they shouldn't have pushed it, or gone into that space. There is still so much shame and anxiety attached to it, which can be damaging to their self-confidence."

There is no legislation around gender spaces in Ireland. It is not illegal for trans men or women to use the dressing areas of their identified gender. Toryn's advice for shop assistants is not to question them.

"People know what they are in a shop for."Read more at:semi formal dress code

Palestyle is a luxury brand with its roots in social enterprise. After visiting refugee camps in Lebanon for the first time in 2009, Zeina Abou Chaaban, managing director and founder of Palestyle, was moved by what she witnessed. Over 180,000 refugees were crammed into one square kilometre of land. Most of those refugees were young and educated, yet due to a lack of job opportunities and inadequate infrastructure, they were struggling under poverty.

"At the camp, I met a group of brave women who, despite the harsh conditions, spent their time embroidering to make money and contribute to their families. This was so inspirational that I decided to act. That is how the idea of Palestyle was conceived as a social fashion brand, a pioneer in the region," she says.

The artisans behind Palestyle's intricate handmade embroidery have now journeyed from impoverished camps in the Middle East to Italian workshops where the brand's luxury handbags are crafted. From there, the handbags travel to high-end department stores around the world, including the likes of House of Fraser and Bloomingdales.

Along with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Palestyle is also available in Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,Morocco and the UK. The brand has a very strong online market in Australia, Belgium and a couple of other European countries.

Empowering women

Palestyle's genuine leather handbags are adorned with embroidery and gold-plated Arabic calligraphy containing messages of femininity and strength.

"Through Palestyle, we empower women by providing them embroidery jobs and their communities with a percentage of our sales invested in social development projects, while also promoting the beauty of Arabic heritage through calligraphy and embroidery. It is those women who inspire us every day and because of them, we aim to empower more from different backgrounds," says Zeina.

Palestyle cannot change the world, however it is small steps in the right direction, adds Zeina.

"The idea of luxury and social impact does not necessarily go hand in hand; but we are proving that every person can enjoy luxury and give back to the community at the same time," she says.

In 2011, Zeina's brother Ahmad joined Palestyle as partner and creative director, taking the brand to new heights and landing Hollywood actresses and models Michelle Rodriguez and Allison Harvard as faces of the brand in 2013 and 2015.

The siblings have continued expanding Palestyle with the inclusion of a home line and the introduction of new ventures around the world. Through their work, they have helped solidify the brand, empowering more refugee women in the process.

"We are very famous for our genuine leather handbags which have been worn by celebrities such as Eva Longoria. At present, we are looking to expand Palestyle-Living, a home accessory line rich in handmade embroidery, to support more refugee women while making one's home vibrantly warmer. We are also looking to introduce a men's line soon," Zeina says.

Since the brand's launch, Palestyle has helped over 100 refugee women by outsourcing embroidery jobs. Its social development projects have touched the lives of 4,000 refugees as a result of the 2.5 per cent of sales devoted to projects such as olive tree plantation and providing clean drinking water.

Zeina says while focusing on the social cause, she never compromised on the brand's quality. "Quality is even more important when associated with a social product. There is no compromise on quality and detail. Ours is a unique value proposition of luxury, trend and social impact.

"Palestyle's social mission is simple: By purchasing a product, you empower refugee women with jobs and their families with social projects," she says.

Technology's role

Zeina says technology plays a vital part in business today. "I remember when we first started in 2009, we were one of the first regional brands to use Facebook as a successful platform. Now, it extends to a full social media portfolio utilising a variety of tools for branding and building a community of Palestylers, fashionistas and trendsetters with a social responsibility," she says.

Zeina advises young entrepreneurs to look for a mentor who can give them moral and business advice. "Do not shy away from seeking help as this mentorship will make you stronger in your journey and help avoid failures," she says.

She also advises entrepreneurs to never give up on their idea but be flexible in its execution. "If it does not work one way, it will work in another. As an entrepreneur, do not let emotional stress get to you. Learn not to take things personally and more importantly, practise disconnecting completely after work and during weekends," she concludes.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | online formal dresses

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How is a craft of 18th-century origin, deeply rooted in Punjabi culture, still relevant in contemporary fashion? Bollywood’s favourite designer, Manish Malhotra, was at The Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday to showcase the versatility of phulkari to an eclectic gathering.

His Threads of Emotion phulkari collection from 2013 was displayed, along with the Museum’s ongoing exhibit, Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.

So together with the Bonovitz’s 19 phulkari works that included the baghs (embroidered like a floral garden), the darshan dwars (usually seen at gurdwaras) and the sainchis (rural scenes), participants were invited to inspect Malhotra’s fluid dupattas, saris and modern silhouettes, like cigarette pants and jackets. More from the designer:

How do you see phulkari being used on a global platform?

While phulkari is deeply entrenched in the cultural fabric of Punjab, it can be translated into a contemporary wardrobe with ease. Phulkari gave me the chance to work with the entire spectrum in a single design, lending each outfit in my 2013 collection an identity of its own.

This textile art, so vibrant and playful, requires an almost monastic sense of discipline. I have seen multiple international designers and brands looking to India for inspiration, and amongst them, I feel Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld will do justice to the art of phulkari, if they ever decide to work with it.

Your recent collection showcased chikankari. Other Indian crafts that need to be discovered globally?

India is one of the most diverse countries in the world today, with every region having a set of different cultures and a craft to its name. While I’ve worked with multiple Indian techniques — such as the beautiful chikankari from Mijwan to benarasi, Kashmiri and bandhini — I feel the crafts from the North-Eastern and some southern regions are yet untapped.

Crafts from Assam or Mizoram, are still not as popular as as they should be Even the crafts from regions such as Orissa or Parsi or Toda techniques have not been recognised.

What is the new language of luxury, and how do you interpret it, as a stylist to influential movie stars?

Luxury is no longer about what brand you’re wearing, but more about how you can carry even a simple outfit and still exude luxury.

How is phulkari part of the luxury story?

Phulkari dupattas were traditionally part of every girl’s bridal trousseau, and were crafted by the bride’s female relatives. Traditionally, each piece told a story through motifs inspired by flora and fauna. It takes us an average of three months to complete an outfit. The manner in which the colours flow together through the thread-work is only achieved by a fine eye and steady hands. Each phulkari ensemble is thus a coveted ‘limited edition’.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses

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There are different kind of facials for different purposes and skin types. While de-tan facial helps remove sun tan mostly for oily skin, gold radiance facial suits all skin types, say experts.

Bharti Taneja, director of Alps Beauty Clinic and Academy, and Richa Singh, CEO at Bigstylist, an online portal which provides at-home beauty and grooming services, lists types of facials that you may try according to your skin type.

De-tan facial: De-tan facials suit oily skin that gets sun-tanned. The creams used for this facial cut the melanin on the skin, rendering immediate de-tan results. » Diamond facial: This facial is ideal for special occasions, and suits dry, oily as well as combination skin types. This facial is mostly chosen for wedding, parties or festivals. The fine dust massage cream used for this facial reduces signs of aging, acne as well as lends a whitening effect to the skin. >» Aromatherapy facial: The aromatic oils used in aroma therapy facial have potent curative and permeating ability. Experts analyze skin type and accordingly suggest an oil which when blended with base oils show unique set of beneficial properties.

Aroma of these oils when inhaled work positively on emotions and cause physical and psychological responses like stress relieving, overcoming depression, energizing and enhancing mood.

Collagen facial: Collagen is a natural protein which has the ability to get absorbed and hold moisture in skin. This vital protein makes 70 percent of the skin but is lost as we age, thus causing wrinkles. A Collagen facial replenishes this important protein to provide texture and resilience to skin. Photo facial: This kind of facial is the latest, safe, non-invasive and comprehensive treatment which uses light and treats various skin disorders like wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, coarse skin, large pores and blemishes.

Gold radiance facial: This facial suits all skin types. The end result of this facial is a yellowish gold glow that is ideal for brides as well as women who have to face strong lights that are usually warm white in color.

Skin lightening facial: This facial is the most effective one for visibly lightening the skin tone. It is mostly preferred for dry skin, as the creams and masks used for this facial are all herbal in nature.

Wine facial: Red wine acts as an anti-oxidant which is twenty times more effective than vitamin C and fifty times more than vitamin E. Application of red wine improves moisture content, skin elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

It increases levels of vitamin C within the cells which has an anti-wrinkle effect. Red wine acid also dilutes the pigment and promote skin metabolism.

Ultra hydrating watermelon facial: Beat the summer heat with this ultra-hydrating watermelon facial especially created for the heat fatigued skin. Enriched with water infused extracts it will magically sink into your skin leaving it with revived and refreshed feel.

Sensiglow facial: This type of facial is recommended for sensitive skin, the reason being the cream used for the facial does not include granules that harm the epidermis, as a regular exfoliator used for other facials ruptures the epidermis and visibly harms those with sensitive skin.

Anti-ageing facial: This facial is a great choice for women in the age group of 35-50 years. Mostly for combination and normal skin types, the mask used for this facial helps in lifting the skin, reduce traces of wrinkles and skin sagging as well.Read more at:bridesmaid gowns

I have a secret. I have a secret and I’ve been waiting until this column — my very last fashion column ever for The Mirror — to share it. Ready?

I hate fashion. There. I said it. Now let me explain.

There is a distinct difference between fashion and style, a fine line that often gets blurred and lost in a whirlwind of runway shows, flashy clothes and celebrity streetwear. But there is a marked difference between the two and I recognized that distinction many years ago when I read a book called “The Truth About Style” by former “What Not to Wear” host Stacy London. In the first chapter of her book, she argued that fashion is the industry that promotes “one body ideal,” and not only that, it is “built on, and thrives on, our collective insecurity.” While it does promote creativity in design, London said that ultimately, fashion is about obsessing over our looks and trying to align ourselves with the industry’s standards.

But style, she wrote, is personal. Style is about who we are as individuals; it’s about constructing what best suits us or enhances us. It is, as London said, about being “the best version of yourself, not a poor version of someone else’s ideal.”

These are the words that have changed the way I think about fashion and style. And these are the words I wish to leave you with. In my two years as your fashion columnist, I have offered advice on trends, done research into fashion industry news and even profiled some of our most fashionable Stags. I’ve done a lot of writing about fashion, but what I want to write about now, in this final column, is style.

While the fashion industry is starting to change, offering more inclusivity and showcasing more diverse images of beauty, the industry is not adapting quickly enough. So my hope, dear Stags, is that you never look at fashion — the industry — as a place from which to draw your self worth. I hope you never ogle at a runway show and wonder what you can do to look like the models that stalk down the catwalk. I hope you never measure yourself against narrow beauty standards, because those standards are not made to be met; they are made to be broken and challenged at every turn, because beauty is not one-size-fits-all.

Instead, my wish for you is that you build a style that is representative of who you are and all the wonderful things you are made of. I hope you realize that style can (and should) make you feel comfortable in your own skin — not make you feel that you need to change. Above all, I hope you recognize the power you hold in determining your own worth; you get to decide what makes you feel beautiful or handsome, confident or powerful.

Now my time to offer advice has come to an end. But before I go, I want you to know that it has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve as your fashion columnist for the past two years. I am grateful to have had this opportunity, to have written about a topic dear to my heart and to have worked with such an incredible staff to make this column possible. To the readers and to the staff, thank you.

Wait. Just one more thing: I have another secret.

The message of this column was as much for me as it was for you.Read more at:online formal dresses | cheap formal dresses australia

The essential component needed for making plastic zippers is polyoxymethylene (POM), which is a type of thermoplastic used in precision parts that need better stiffness, dimensional stability and low friction. Due to the properties of POM, plastic zippers are widely used where impressive durability, rigidity with resistance to wear-and-tear as well as electrical insulating performance are much required.

Being a plastic zipper manufacturer and provider, SBS Zipper supplies numerous types of plastic zippers with customised services to suffice the increase in demand and type of requirement by the customers across the globe. These zippers are available with different structures, dimensions and colour having various teeth also for better performance such as S Teeth, lustre teeth, trajectory teeth, skull shape teeth, sagittate teeth to name a few.

Here, we will discuss on some of the tips for purchasing plastic zippers, if buying for the first time.

1. Usage

The performance of the zipper mainly relies on its end-use. Plastic zippers are mainly used in the apparel industry ranging from sportswear, casual clothing, and jackets to denims. It is also widely applicable in making bags and luggage sufficing the outdoor purpose as well.

2. Type

Depending on the function of the zipper, plastic zippers are categorised into closed end, two way closed end, open end and tw0 way open end. The two way zipper design is appropriate for the projects that need sliders to function from both the sides.

3. Size

Based on the size of the zipper, plastic zippers are generally available in 3#/4#, 5#/8#/10#. Basically, the zipper size can be found from the back of the zipper slider that is installed on a finished zipper. But SBS zipper provides 20# and 30# plastic zippers for the assignment which needs large sized zipper teeth. However, these large sized zippers are currently available only in zipper chain.

4. Tape

There are different types of tapes for plastic zippers, including mixed colour-tape, polyester fibre tape, etc. The mixed-colour tape, which is prepared with the coloured thread is widely used in projects having decorative and artistic appeal, while the polyester fibre tape is used for the standard plastic zippers.

5. Zipper slider

Here, based on the end-use of the product or the preference of the customers, the sliders are actually processed by either using spray painting technique or electroplating method. The inner cavity of the electroplated slider is rough that might lead to damaging the teeth of the zipper when the slider is moved up and down, while the spray painted slider is smoother on the surface. Thus, it is the spray painted one which is recommended the most for plastic zippers.Read more at:cheap formal dresses australia | formal dresses online

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Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is a busy woman, but that doesn’t stop her from learning new things. She says, she feels stagnated if she “doesn’t learn something” for a long time.

The actor says, “When you are working in a daily soap, monotony sets in and that happened to me too. I wanted to do something new and learn something different. Since childhood, I have been learning new things. In fact, I have been planning to join a Pilates class and even brushed up on my French few months ago.”

Divyanka credits her mother, who is her inspiration in life. She says, “I am an adventure freak, but instead of me, my mum and dad go for treks, rifle shooting and car rallies at this age. My mother has been learning

The actor, who is currently doing a dance reality show Nach Baliye, says she is glad to be a part of it, as it gives her time to bond with her husband, Vivek Dahiya. “We didn’t have a long-term affair before we got married. We met and things fell into place within three months. We didn’t have enough time to spend together before our wedding.”

She rues the fact that “even after eight months of their wedding”, they haven’t been able to spend much time together at home. She adds, “We are constantly shooting or travelling or meeting people for work. We have spent maximum one or two days without any work at home with each other. But when you dance together, there is a certain bonding that develops. That’s why this show was a good opportunity [for us] to be with each other for hours and understand each other.”

Divyanka feels that reality shows don’t help one’s career, but assists people to grow on a personal level. “Many actors participate in reality shows for publicity, but that can go either way. I believe that reality shows should teach you something. It’s useful only if it helps you grow as an actor.”

The actor has been part of two reality shows in the beginning of her career — Mr & Ms Bollywood and India’s Best — but she didn’t win either of them and got no work either. “But I learnt [in the process], got a lot of exposure and confidence. I know how to handle pressure and challenges, which is important for any actor. Fame is seasonal and one has to realise that as an actor, this (fame) is temporary,” she signs off.Read more at:formal wear melbourne

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Carla Zampatti took a dramatic turn presenting her spring/summer 2017 collection onstage at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Theatre yesterday.

The choice of venue was key to the Teatro collection, Zampatti told The Australian after the show, and came from her 16 years spent on the board of the Sydney Theatre Company.

“I feel part of their family. And we were trying to think of different venues and thought, ‘Wow, this would be fabulous’,” she said.

As in the best of theatre, timing is everything. “It happened to be in between (the company’s) shows. It was just meant to be. They begin rehearsals for their next production tomorrow,” she said.

“The venue inspires, and drama and theatre is exciting and that’s what every show needs — and we all need a bit of that in our wardrobe as well.”

If Zampatti has her way, our wardrobes will soon be filled with her trademark tailored lines, and sculptural tops with free-flowing trains, bringing added drama when in motion: “That’s fun because it’s casual yet formal. You can play both roles.”

Other highlights included jersey dresses wrapped to the body with twisted details, baroque designs picked out in sequins on tops and sheath dresses, and sheer gowns in mesh featuring embroidered birds.

Zampatti’s favourite piece was a platinum lamé wrap dress she said anyone could wear. Conversely, of pieces in platinum mesh, with a 1970s feel, she said: “They were fun. You need the right body, but I love mesh, that chainmail kind of feel.”

The 300 guests, a mix of the political and entertainment worlds, included former governor-general Quentin Bryce, NSW MP Katrina Hodgkinson and TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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Ask a fashion designer about his or her inspiration and it’s not unusual to hear a nature-related answer: tulips, dahlias, the ocean, the North Shore.

Less common? Mushrooms.

“For some reason, last year, it seemed like there were more mushrooms,” said Joy Teiken of Joynoelle. “I noticed them as I hiked near my cabin in Otter Tail County, and they sparked my curiosity.”

Teiken’s new collection, which debuts Tuesday as part of Fashion Week Minnesota, was built around the look, texture and macabre beauty of mushrooms. “Fungi live because other things die,” the bridal and ready-to-wear designer said. “It’s beauty from decay.”

Mushrooms (no, not that kind) are apolitical, but as Teiken learned more about how mushrooms thrive on decomposition, and how some can be highly toxic, she saw analogues in present-day politics.

“This [collection] is a commentary on today’s political world, where things are toxic and dying,” she said. After the election, “I felt like my values were being challenged and I needed to find some kind of hope.”

That hope turned up in the unexpected twists, turns, caps, scales and spores of mushrooms, which served as a reminder that beautiful things are sometimes born from poisonous circumstances.

While the extraterrestrial shape of mycelia might not be everyone’s aesthetic cup of tea, the natural world pretty much always gets color right.

“I feel like when it comes to color palette, Mother Nature doesn’t get it wrong,” Teiken said. “You don’t notice things in nature and go, ‘That seems off.’ ”

Tuesday’s show at Aria in downtown Minneapolis will feature a guest presentation from award-winning mycologist and University of Minnesota Prof. Peter Kennedy. The 7 p.m. runway presentation will be followed by cocktails and music, and the models will mingle with the post-show crowd. Teiken spent so much time shredding and dyeing fabric for her high-concept designs that she wants guests to be able to see them up close.

The show is sponsored by Kill Kancer, an organization that uses art to communicate about cancer, and Teiken will donate all proceeds to the group in honor of her mother.

“When I was 21, my mother died of breast cancer at the age of 49,” Teiken said. “As both a daughter and a designer, her death was very formative. I’m honored to be able to use the talents my mother gave me to support Kill Kancer.”Read more at:bridesmaid gowns

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The countdown has begun, not just to Fashion Revolution Day this coming Monday but a whole week celebrating better practice in fashion production that runs until April 30. Many of you will have heard about this movement and organisation in the past few years, set up following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013, in which 1134 people were killed and more than twice that number injured when the building housing clothing factories collapsed.

Even in the lead-up, there are events taking place around the country, says Melinda Tually, co-ordinator of Fashion Revolution Australia.

Tually says there has definitely been an increase in supply-chain transparency in the past few years, with more brands publishing their tier-one factory supplier lists; some are publishing second-tier suppliers such as knitting mills and wet processing for denim, while third-tier — for example, where their cotton or leather comes from — is near impossible for most big brands, given the length of the supply chain and the open market for sourcing.

The main thing, says Tually, is to keep asking brands, “Who made my clothes?”

“Whilst there has been a lot of progress, there are still a lot of brands not being transparent,” Tually tells Buzz. “So we’re still wanting everyone to ask the brands, ‘Who made my clothes?’ And the big thing is for brands to respond to their customers. With social media, people expect to be able to have conversations with companies. If someone is asking questions, please respond — even if you don’t have the answer to hand, say that you will come back to them.”

Vive la revolution.

In Melbourne on Saturday, two ethical and sustainable labels are joining forces to offer a workshop called Care-Repair-Wear, where guests will learn basic sewing and mending skills while networking and enjoying some afternoon refreshments. It may seem a perverse move for brands selling fashion, but those behind A.BCH and Theo the Label believe that rather than just continuing to buy more stuff to stuff in our wardrobes, it would be better to look after your clothes and repair them instead of just throwing them into landfill when they get a hole or lose a button.

“One thing I’m really passionate about is diverting clothes you already have from landfill by teaching people to respect the clothes they have,” A.BCH designer Courtney Holm tells Buzz. “Of course we’re selling product and encouraging people to buy from us as we have found solutions to certain problems (in the production process), but we’re also really pushing the education side of things. Maybe you don’t buy everything you see, but you buy less and buy better. It’s all about the value of the process as well, such as the amazing story of where your clothes came from. We spend so little time, energy and money on a purchase today, but it’s an amazing process from fields every step of the way to the finished product.”

Mr Porter has just launched (as in mere hours ago) a new capsule collection called Made in California. Buzz cannot confirm that each item was actually manufactured in the US state, but at least as a whole it aims to be “inspired by the lifestyle and culture of California”. In translation, this means that they are aiming at modern interpretations of surf, skate, street and casual wear, if you will. Twelve brands are included in the offering, including James Perse, Rick Owens, Second Layer, Amiri, Noon Goons (pictured), Stussy and Kelly Slater’s Outerknown. According to Mr Porter buying manager Sam Lobban, the collection should appeal to its Australian customers, who continue to be major spenders on the site. “Casual, colourful and fashion products sell well to our Australian customer,” Lobban tells Buzz, “so whether it be the more fashion pieces from Amiri and that rock ’n’ roll vibe, or the jersey pieces from The Elder Statesman, these west coast styles resonate nicely with the market.”Read more at:semi formal dress code

There are many, many celebrities who have become Coachella regulars over the years but there is probably no fairer Coachella queen in all the land than Paris Hilton. We asked the former PAPER cover star to take over our Instagram Stories and share her festival fun (which you can still check out now!) along with some Indio fashion do's and don'ts.

What are you planning to wear to Coachella this year?

This year I [wore] some custom made dresses that my friend Michael Costello made for me as well as my favorite festival dresses by my friend Shahida Parides, the prints are gorgeous. On top of all my dresses, I always wear my best friendm Brandi Howe's line Bowenero. [I] love her pieces, they make any outfit look sexy. I will also be rocking my flower kitty ears from my friend Flower Children Only's line and some beautiful crowns I got from Dollz Kill.

How would you describe your go-to festival look?

Every year I love to dress up like a flower child / raver barbie. I love festival season and Coachella is one of my favorite festivals next to Burning Man.

Do you have any festival fashion regrets?

I have no festival fashion regrets. I always kill It. I always have so much fun dressing up for these music festivals.

What is the best footwear for Coachella?

The best footwear is flats for sure. When you wear heels, it is super uncomfortable and you can't have that much fun running around and dancing. I love wearing my Paris Hilton Ballerina flats from my new collection.

Are there any Coachella fashion trends you're really sick of?

I am not into tie-dye. I think it looks wack.

What is one thing you would never wear to Coachella?

I always have my hair in braids, so it keeps my hair looking great. One thing I would never wear to Coachella is Louboutins. I have seen girls there wearing them and they look beyond.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | year 10 formal dresses

Carol-Ann McIntyre, the co-ordinator of Clothing Works, at the organization’s space inside Goodwill Industries on Horton Street April 6, 2017. Also pictured in the background are volunteers Patti Tyre (left), Jacky Crawford and Gloria Rayment. CHRIS MONTANINILONDONERPOSTMEDIA NETWORK

Clothing Works is giving Londoners a chance to help out their community one skirt or suit jacket at a time.

Run through Goodwill Industries, Clothing Works lends a helping hand to first-time job-seekers, those who aren’t sure how to dress for an interview, or those who just can’t afford to buy new business attire by offering lightly used professional clothing and accessories.

The organization deals largely with employment agencies and the individuals who use those services. Once an employment counselor has referred a job seeker to the program, he or she can schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation.

Carol-Ann McIntyre, Clothing Works coordinator, says that throughout the duration of the appointment,

individuals have a chance to pick out and try on as many pieces as they want in an effort to figure out what looks and feels good.

“That takes away a lot of the anxiety and the pressure that you have going into an interview,” says McIntyre. “When you feel good in something, it makes you walk a little bit taller, and you have just a little bit more confidence.”

McIntyre believes that in addition to knowing what to wear for an interview, additional tips and tricks can make a good candidate a great one.

“We go into the finer details with points on how to dress; how to shake hands, and how to enter a room,” says McIntyre. “The final part is that (the client) has a one-hour consultation with two volunteers who have been trained by me.”

To date, over 700 job seekers have visited their showroom and found pieces to give them the confidence they need to be successful at job interviews.

In order for Clothing Works to be able to offer these possibilities to clients, the organization relies heavily on the generosity of the community. There are a few ways to help their cause, one of which is to run a clothing drive.

Janine McComb, manager of development and engagement in the talent strategy and development department at London Health Sciences Centre, found Clothing Works when she and her team were searching for ways to give back to the community.

“We really feel strongly around unleashing people’s potential,” says McComb. “We were looking for an organization that really was aligned with that.”

After McIntyre and her team presented their organization and its vision to McComb’s department at LHSC, they came to the conclusion that a partnership with Clothing Works would be a great way for them to do some more good.

“We had a clothing drive that we extended out to our department to bring in their professional and business gear to donate,” says McComb.

Through that drive, LHSC employees were able to donate approximately 400 pieces to Clothing Works.

“They donated 20 pairs of shoes and the rest was jewelry and other things like that,” says McIntyre.

McComb and her department understand the importance of feeling confident enough to make a good first impression and so they were happy to be able to assist others on their professional journeys.

“You can see the contribution that could bring to somebody in terms of helping them to look their best,” she says.

Professional business clothing of all colours, shapes, and sizes can also be donated at one of three drop-off locations in London.

“We are looking for everything because, as we expand the program - which we are trying to do now - the need has grown,” says McIntyre. “We basically want to give back to the community because not everybody has $300 to go out and buy an interview outfit … so it gives us a chance to spread a little love.”Read more at:formal dresses online australia | bridesmaid dresses australia

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The Henry Ford will display starting Thursday a "cognitive dress" created by IBM Corp. and high-end New York womenswear brand Marchesa that uses IBM Watson technology to change color based on emotions used in social media posts.

The world's first dress of its kind, according to The Henry Ford, debuted at the 2016 "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in May.

IBM, whose centurylong history The Henry Ford has documented, donated the dress to the museum in Dearborn after discussions about an exhibit called Mathematica (to open in September) on technology predictions in the 1960s, said Christian Overland, executive vice president of The Henry Ford.

The dress is in prep to debut Thursday on the museum floor as a new acquisition. When visitors (or anyone) uses one or more of the hashtags TheHenryFord, innovation or technology in posts on Twitter or other social media, the cognitive dress will utilize Watson artificial intelligence to interpret the emotions behind the words used and change the color of LED lights on the dress based on emotions it senses, Overland said.

The museum will also install an iPad at the exhibit so visitors without smartphones handy can add to the dress' bucket of data.

The dress is made from glass beads, metal, organic plastics, synthetic fiber and wire. About 120 textile flowers on the dress have LED lights attached to them, which are connected to Watson's tone analyzing system, Overland said. As for the value, he said no official appraisal was done on the dress and that the museum wasn't aware of any total cost associated with it.

"We don't only collect the past, we collect current things, so future generations will be able to see how innovations will be taking place," the museum's President and CEO Patricia Mooradian said. "The way that collaboration (between technology and fashion) unfolded can give people new ways of thinking about their own work and their own ideas for the future."

As for the dress' future, The Henry Ford's leaders are always talking about ideas for exhibitions, but for now there are no concrete plans, Mooradian said.

"When we get an exciting item like this, we want to get it out and show it right away," she said.Read more at:formal dresses online australia

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The right colours can make or break your ensemble; 'improper colour choice' also tops the list of dreadful fashion fiascos, and our worst nightmares. While we spend a fair amount of time carefully picking and pairing our clothes, Deepika Padukone has donned an all-time-hit formula--black and white.

Black and white has been the classic fail-proof colour combination since time immemorial, and Deepika just reminded us of how it still stands at par with the most chic colour dressing. Bid adieu to all your colour-dressing worries, and time travel like these celebs to the black-and-white era of fashion.

Embracing the idea of monochrome dressing, Deepika Padukone turned up at the Ambanis' bash in a ruffled, white chiffon shirt. The lace embroidered Dolce Gabbana shirt and black high-waist trousers made for a spick-and-span outfit. Deepika looked extremely neat in the low-bun hairdo, and statement drop Gucci earrings. She picked pointy black-and-white pumps, and looked edgy as ever.

Tied hair, minimal jewellery and black-white clothing, she gave us the formula for chic and quick monochrome dressing. Sonakshi Sinha also went with monochrome clothing, and it won't be unfair to say that the two actresses identically paired the two classic colours--white shirt and a black bottoms.

Dressed in a white wing-sleeved shirt from Tommy Hilfiger, Sonakshi was easy-going, flapping her shirt wings for the camera. She wore a pair of black skinny jeans, and black stilettos, giving us one of the most trendy and easy monochrome looks to recreate. Get your hands on a pair of flappy wing-sleeved shirt like Sonakshi, and put on a pair of black jeans, and voila, you've just conquered the art of monochrome dressing!

Mira Rajput is also following the latest B-town trend of monochrome dressing. Mira was spotted in a white button-up top, and skinny charcoal-black jeans, being her comfortable and elegant self. She sported a pair of dashing black-fringe stilettos that brightened up her sober monochrome ensemble.

These celebs have clearly ditched coloured clothing, and we are just so inspired. After all, who would want to be hassled with the task of picking colours, when monochrome dressing is so flattering.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online

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A prominent cheek bone, which gives a smooth bulge in the upper portion and falls off to give a nice Ogee curve, is every woman’s dream. Men too are not left behind. A robust cheek with a strong well defined jaw line is as desirable as a chiseled muscular body.

Cheek bones are main pillars that hold the cover of soft tissues to give a unique and striking visage. When these pillars get weathered with age, the soft tissues lose the support. This leads to sagging. Fat on the face is bundled as small pockets which are medically termed as Compartments. All pockets do not age simultaneously. Hence, cheeks develop some depression or bulges with age. The need to rectify this has given rise to Cheek Augmentation.

The procedure is simple. The hyaluronic acid fillers are available as pre-filled syringes of one ml. Depending on the severity of the issue, the type and amount of fillers are chosen — volumising fillers for volume loss, firm and lifting fillers for sagging. These days, the fillers come with a local anaesthetic, making the process almost pain-free. It is injected into the skin, into the deeper layers.

Sometimes, the fillers are placed just on the underlying bony surface. The whole process is completed with few pricks.

This is a lunch-time procedure, which takes about 30 minutes. The patient can walk out of the clinic, and head straight to a party or a gathering immediately.

Post-treatment maintenance — you need to be careful not to rub the treated area. Undergo facial massage or take steam for a week or two. There might be a bruising which would subside with treatment. Usually, the whole process could be completed in a single session. The next visit is kept within a week for a touch up and follow up. This is a safe procedure at the hands of a trained and experienced aesthetic dermatologist. The procedure is open to anyone above the age of 18 years .

As these fillers hydrate the tissues, the skin is stretched. This, thereby, irons out those fine lines and add an instant glow to the skin. These are additional pluses to the correction and contouring the cheeks.

Indeed, fillers are the safest and best treatment for a natural looking correction. Given how the treatment has no downtime, it’s perfect for those in pursuit of a cheeky perfection.Read more at:online bridesmaid dresses


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