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Can Burberry position itself as a super luxury brand?

Friday, November 10 2017

Can Burberry position itself as a super luxury brand?

The beige check may be a defining look in the collections of heritage brand Burberry, but under new ceo Marco Gobbetti, that look is going to be ultra luxe. Morphing into an uber luxury brand is a priority at Burberry, who’s Creative Director Christopher Bailey announced he is stepping down from his role less than a fortnight ago. Gobbetti announced the company aims to firmly establish itself as a luxury brand in order to “play in the most rewarding, enduring segment of the market.” This means Burberry will have to take a hard look at its current distribution policy, closing wholesale accounts in multibrand stores that do not pass the criteria of luxury retail. Even its own stores will be under pressure to either be renovated or be considered for closure. The company said it will “rationalise” non-luxury wholesale and retail doors, starting with the US and then EMEIA, noted WGSN. It will “transform” the in-store experience by revamping stores and “enhancing our luxury service.” That means wholesale businesses that don’t meet its luxury standards can no longer stock its products. Shopping at Burberry is a far cry from shopping at Hermes But the association of super luxury and Burberry is questionable. Enter any of its stores and you will not experience the same level of luxury as one finds at Céline or Hermès, neither in its decor nor its in its product offer. Nor perhaps the same level of luxury in the stores situated along Bond Street, London’s most sought after location for luxury brands. As for the product, a never-ending range of entry price points and recognizable logo products - the check in particular - does not match with other luxury icons. It is precisely the limited availability of product that drives desirability. The ‘see now, buy now’ template adopted by Burberry to show in season is also at odds with luxury, as the rest of the sector has large shunned on-demand fashion, leaving this to the high street copycats. Burberry needs to invigorate its fashion content According to the Financial Times, Burberry said it needed to “invigorate its fashion content and convey new energy in its communications, as well as sprucing up its stores, in order to plant itself in the most rewarding, enduring segment of the market.” According to Reuters, Gobbetti states Burberry will not ditch the coats and check prints that are part of its DNA, but says it will strive to meet buyers’ craving for the eye-catching and new. “Today’s customers are looking for casual, fun fashion,” Gobbetti said. “Their wardrobes are already full of iconic staples.” Time of transition Burberry said it needed “to win with this consumer, we must sharpen our brand positioning and change our approach to product, communication and customer experience.” The company also said it will “reshape our offer, increasing and invigorating the fashion content with compelling luxury leather goods and accessories to attract new customers. We will build on the strength of our apparel and re-energise it. We will build our offer to provide a complete look for our customers, while continuing to simplify our ranges.” Photo credit: Burberry website

Mira Rajput Kapoor’s designer lehenga-jacket set is perfect for a wedding

Friday, November 10 2017

Mira Rajput Kapoor’s designer lehenga-jacket set is perfect for a wedding

Image: Instagram.com/shahidkapoor Image: Instagram.com/mira.rajput After wrapping up the long shoot schedule of his upcoming movie Padmavati , Shahid Kapoor was finally spotted spending time with wife Mira Rajput Kapoor, in New Delhi. Stepping out for a family wedding, Mira Rajput Kapoor opted for a midnight blue jacket featuring intricate silver embroidery paired with a crimson scalloped lehenga by Nachiket Barve. The asymmetric hemline of the embroidered jacket and voluminous nature of the lehenga added interesting visual detail to her ensemble. Keeping in mind the nature of the occasion, new mom balanced her outfit with sleek kundan pearl earrings by Shri Hari Diagems. She went with her signature beauty look: sleek eyeliner, kohled eyes, nude lips and dewy make-up. Before heading out for the occasion, the happy couple took to Instagram to give their fans a glimpse of their evening. Take cues from Mira Rajput Kapoor’s ethnic number and swap a basic lehenga for one paired with a jacket for a bit more impact. Take a closer look at her outfit in our slideshow. Keep up celebrities and what they wore here. 1 /9 Dia Mirza in Payal Khandwala and Tribe by Amrapali Shilpa Shetty Kundra in Anamika Khanna in Delhi Image: Instagram.com/mohitrai Mira Rajput Kapoor in Nachiket Barve and Shri Hari Diagems in Delhi Image: Instagram.com/style.cell

20 beauty products every woman in her 20s should have in her beauty kit

Friday, November 10 2017

20 beauty products every woman in her 20s should have in her beauty kit

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next While your 20s are a daunting age group as is—it’s common for self-care to take a backseat while trying to excel at work, make time for a workout and have a healthy social life—figuring out a beauty routine that works for you can be even more exhausting. With beauty brands constantly advertising every single thing as a must-have in your life, how do you know what you really need? We’ve put together a list of 20 beauty products—across makeup, skin, hair and body care—that every 20-year-old must-have in their beauty kits with product suggestions so you know exactly what to add to cart. 1 /20 An anti-acne face wash With fluctuating hormones, raging stress levels, pollution and a lifestyle fuelled by late nights, junk food and liquor, breakouts and excess oil production are almost inevitable. Get yourself a face wash that manages to keep the bumps at bay. What to buy: Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel, Rs 1,500 A broad-spectrum sunscreen If you choose to invest in just one beauty product from this list, you have your winner here. Sunscreen is the most essential skincare product and the earlier you start to use it, the more your skin will stay protected against early signs of ageing. A broad-spectrum one comes with UVA and UVB protection, which means you’re covered against pigmentation and photo-ageing at once. What to buy: Perenne Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Rs 1,000 A pore-cleansing face scrub It’s wise to give your skin a deep cleanse once every three-four days—even though you use your face wash every day, your pores do need a more thorough clean up every couple of days. It’s the beauty product version of a juice cleanse. What to buy: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam, Rs 650 A daily moisturiser While you might feel like your skin is oily enough and doesn’t require any ‘moisture’, it actually does. To combat pore-clogging, skip the thick day creams and get a light gel-based one that keeps the water levels up. What to buy: Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Moisturising Facial Gel Pure Aloe Vera, Rs 1,350 A makeup remover Still sleeping with your makeup on? If there’s one bad habit you’re willing to change, let it be this. All the beauty products that go on, must come off. What to buy: Thalgo Express Make-up Remover, Rs 2,530 A face mist It’s the mid-day face refresher you should’ve had in your life, yesterday. Also, it’s perfect if you find your skin flaring up randomly over the course of the day. What to buy: Vichy Eau Thermal Spa Water, Rs 450 A skin-clearing face mask Give your skin a weekly detox with this 15-minute face mask, and you’re set to take on the next seven days. What to buy: Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask, Rs 490 A waterproof mascara Ignore what anyone else has to say, mascara is the real MVP of any beauty look. Even if you’re wearing nothing else, give yourself two minutes and swipe on a couple of coats for an ‘I-wasn’t-binging-on-Netflix-last-night’ look. What to buy: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, Rs 525 A nude eyeshadow palette While you might not feel like wearing eyeshadow needs to be an everyday activity, wearing an earthy hue on your lids softens your face and works amazingly well for a nude beauty look. Plus, if you’re scared to experiment with eyeshadow (aqua and berry hues can be intense), this is the perfect starter kit. What to buy: Sephora Colourful 5 Eye Contouring Palette in Medium, Rs 1,820 A concealer It’s the magic potion to hiding the fact that you were up working on your presentation till early in the am, or partying the night away, whatever be your situation. Make sure you head to a store to find your perfect shade. What to buy: NYX Professional Makeup Gotcha Covered Concealer, Rs 550 A tinted moisturiser It’s the all-in-one multitasker you should definitely have as part of your everyday beauty ritual. Apply a thin layer of the beauty product to hide blemishes, moisturise and even get a little bit of sun protection, all in a single step (and not look like you caked on makeup at 7am!). What to buy: TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF18, Rs 1,799 A long-lasting lipstick This one’s a no brainer. Pick a colour you’re most comfortable wearing every day and make sure it stays on. Mattes work best. What to buy: Faces Ultime Pro Longwear Matte Lipstick, Rs 749 A smudge-proof kajal It’s an instant pick-me-up when you need to make it look like you made an effort to get ready in the morning. And when you want this effort to last you till dinner. What to buy: Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal in Black, Rs 750 A primer It’s the secret to making your makeup stand the test of time and creates a barrier between your skincare and foundation so you’re not blending the two (or making either product formulas split). Don’t skip this. What to buy: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, Rs 2,860 A soft, matte blush Have you ever noticed how a single swipe of blush immediately gives your face a well-rested glow? It’s a life hack we can definitely get behind. What to buy: Revlon Insta-Blush, Rs 1,100 An everyday shampoo Thanks to the hot and humid weather in our country, a greasy scalp is almost a daily struggle. It’s best to get a shampoo that’s gentle enough to use every day but doesn’t strip your scalp of essential natural oils. What to buy: Natio Aromatherapy Gentle Daily Shampoo, Rs 720 A hydrating hair mask Like your skin, it’s important that you give your hair some extra TLC once a week, at home or at a salon. Make a nourishing hair mask a part of your Sunday shower. What to buy: Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Reboost Mask, Rs 1,075 A dry shampoo Dry shampoo is the best lazy girl trick there is. Don’t have time to wash your hair and it’s already the third day since your shampooed? Voila. What to buy: Percy & Reed Dry Shampoo, Rs 800 A leave-in hair serum When you might not be able to completely dry your hair before you get on with your day, it’s a sin to not protect your mane from environmental aggressors. A small pump of a leave-in hair serum will do the trick. What to buy: Moroccanoil Treatment, Rs 2,880 A body exfoliant Amongst masking pimples and dark circles and making sure your hair isn’t frizzy, it’s easy for your body care routine to get ignored. Show your body some love with a weekly sloughing for refreshed skin. What to buy: The Body Shop British Rose Body Scrub, Rs 1,295

Vogue tries it: 6 eye makeup removers that promise to take everything off

Friday, November 10 2017

Vogue tries it: 6 eye makeup removers that promise to take everything off

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next We’re always emphasising on how taking your makeup off before you hit the sack is absolutely essential, but so is using the right products to do it. Your eyes are the most sensitive part of your face, which means using anything harsh on them might not be the best idea. We put to test six eye makeup removers that promise to get rid of every trace of your waterproof eyeliner and mascara without messing with your delicate skin. Here’s our verdict. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover, Rs 895 “I absolutely love mascara, which means I also use it a lot. While micellar water had me very excited when it hit shelves and it’s a blessing to take off my base makeup, it’s not been the most effective on my eyes. I feel like I need something stronger but gentle—complicated, I know. The Body Shop’s makeup remover comes with soothing camomile extracts and packs a strong punch. It took off my eyeliner, mascara and shimmer shadow in a few swipes and a single cotton pad. No dryness, itchiness or any burning sensation at all. I used it over the course of the rest of the week and it checked out each time. Even more excuse to pack on the glitter shadows this wedding season!” – Anjan Sachar, beauty writer – Vogue.in NYX Professional Makeup Eye And Lip Makeup Remover, Rs 1,425 “I only started using a makeup remover recently and I can say, without doubt, this has become the most important part of my routine. The NYX makeup remover was great because it removed every trace of eye makeup effortlessly—even the waterproof eye liner and mascara. Bonus points: as it was extremely light on the skin, it didn’t burn on using around the eyes and smelt nice too. If you’re looking for a good makeup remover that’s worth the price, this one’s a winner.” – Raveena Shahpuri, digital writer – Vogue.in Revlon Eye and Lip Make Up Remover, Rs 350 “I found this makeup remover to be a bit of a mixed bag. The pros of an old-school, no-fuss, no-fragrance, life-before-micellar-water remover: My eye makeup melted at the first touch of the cream-based remover. I had to put in almost zero effort to get my (waterproof) liner, eyeshadow, setting powder and mascara off! Bonus: the product comes in a tube, which I find easier to toss into my travel kit than a potentially leaky bottle of watery remover. On the downside, however, the cream did sting when I accidentally got it in my eyes (it is, after all, a cream, not a clear fluid). And though Revlon’s remover saves time in taking off strong makeup, it adds minutes when it comes to post-remover cleansing. The cream, which felt light and soothing on application, left behind a pretty intense layer of oil on my skin. You’ll want to give your face a good scrubbing once you’re done wiping off your makeup with this.” – Nitya Chablani, digital features editor – Vogue.in Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Rs 1,500 “We all know taking makeup off before going to bed is the key to keeping your skin in its best shape, but most of us end up finding ourselves guilty of skipping this step. I tried the Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover in the morning after passing out during a Netflix binge with my BB cream, kohl and mascara intact. The lotion easily and quickly took off any and all bits of pigment on my eye without any itchiness or burn. Although the formula is lightweight and non-greasy, I would recommend one to be wary while working around the delicate eye area due to its creamy texture. The remover is super gentle and comes with added antioxidants, cooling cucumber gel and apricot kernel oil as a bonus! The bottle is spill-proof and lightweight, which definitely makes it the perfect addition in my travel kit.” – Bahaar Peshawaria, digital graphic designer – Vogue.in Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover, Rs 2,015 “To try on the Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover, I dared to put on a smoky eye at 8am in the morning. Most days, I choose not to wear excessive eye makeup because 1. I am fidgety and it tends to smudge 2) because no matter how obsessively I take it off, my eyes tend to itch the next day. Usually, I take my mascara off with a drugstore variety makeup remover or wipes. However, this remover was the first dedicated product towards eye makeup that I tried. All residue—we are talking a 12-hour medley of kajal, eyeliner, eyeshadow and waterproof mascara quickly dissolved and could be wiped off without too much effort. I read somewhere that rubbing your under eye is the quickest route to ageing, so I am careful not to do that and this formula was such that removal wasn’t a struggle. You have to wash your face after using the remover since the product leaves an oily film on your skin. Although it has lily extract, it’s not overtly fragrant and I woke up with clear eyes the next day—which really, was the best part.” – Rujuta Vaidya, fashion writer – Vogue.in Biotique Bio Almond Oil Soothing Face & Eye Make Up Cleanser, Rs 175 “There are so many things that can go wrong with eye makeup. That awful smudge after you’ve taken two hours to create the perfect(ish) winged liner through wobbly hands or the resulting panda-eyes the next morning because your remover failed you the night before. I tried this Biotique face and eye make-up cleanser for its almond oil blend. I have sensitive skin so a no-chemicals formula checks all the right boxes for me. My thick mascara came off easily without too many attempts. I generally use a micellar solution for the eyes that does its job but stings a bit. With this, there was no zing or burning in the eyes which is a definite plus. However, the downside was its sticky, greasy texture that leaves you feeling uneasy. Having said that, if you have dry skin, an oil-based cleanser could very well be a pro for you.” – Akanksha Kamath, editorial consultant

7 off-duty style lessons from Victoria’s Secret models

Friday, November 10 2017

7 off-duty style lessons from Victoria’s Secret models

Image: Getty 3. Work a white cropped tee The grown-up midriff has been one of the biggest street style trends to hit 2017, and it’s little surprise that the VS set have embraced it with enthusiasm. These models have been working it with a simple crewneck white tee. The trick is to make sure you keep the crop subtle, however fabulous your abs are. Alessandra Ambrosio 3. Work a white cropped tee Bella Hadid 3. Work a white cropped tee Bruna Lirio 3. Work a white cropped tee Karlie Kloss 3. Work a white cropped tee Leomie Anderson Image: Getty 4. Make track pants look polished Make track pants look polished They might strut down the catwalk in heels and a push-up bra, but off-duty, models aren’t afraid to prioritise comfort. The athleisure trend shows no sign of abating amongst Team VS, and striped track pants are the go-to item. Alanna Arrington bosses ‘90s colour-blocking, while the Hadid sisters make a strong case for the return of the shell suit. The trick? Style your track pants with similar colours. A tight palette looks put-together and polished. And if you want to take it up a notch, add a stiletto heel. Alanna Arrington 4. Make track pants look polished Alessandra Ambrosio 4. Make track pants look polished Bella Hadid 4. Make track pants look polished Gigi Hadid 4. Make track pants look polished Karlie Kloss 4. Make track pants look polished Romee Strijd Image: Getty 5. Wear military track-soled boots (with everything) If you’re serious about channelling supermodel off-duty style, military boots are a non-negotiable. Track-sole black ankle boots are essential travel uniform for VS faces including Stella Maxwell, Lameka Fox and Behati Prinsloo. Behati Prinsloo 5. Wear military track-soled boots (with everything) Cindy Bruna 5. Wear military track-soled boots (with everything) Kate Grigorieva 5. Wear military track-soled boots (with everything) Lameka Fox 5. Wear military track-soled boots (with everything) Stella Maxwell Image: Getty 6. Wear pink at every opportunity Maybe it’s a nod to the millennial shade, or maybe it’s something that subliminally happens to all who walk the annual Show, but pink is a favourite amongst Victoria’s Secret models–regardless of their personal style. Gigi keeps it super-casual with a cosy knit, but Romee Strijd expertly treads the line between fashion-forward and tremendously trashy with her metallic pink jeans. Aiden Curtiss 6. Wear pink at every opportunity Gigi Hadid 6. Wear pink at every opportunity6. Wear pink at every opportunity Jasmine Tookes 6. Wear pink at every opportunity Romee Strijd 6. Wear pink at every opportunity Samile Bermannelli Image: Getty 7. Invest in an oversized trench In a perfect match of style and practicality, the timeless trench has moved up the fashion agenda. Models including Alessandra Ambrosio and Karlie Kloss give this classic a high fashion makeover, embracing a voluminous cut and extra-long hem. We suggest you get on board before it rains. Alessandra Ambrosio 7. Invest in an oversized trench Blanca Padilla 7. Invest in an oversized trench Karlie Kloss 7. Invest in an oversized trench Sara Sampaio

Mira Rajput Kapoor now has a public Instagram account

Friday, November 10 2017

Mira Rajput Kapoor now has a public Instagram account

Always stand tall. @nachiketbarve @shriharidiagems @theanisha Image: Instagram.com/mira.kapoor It’s all to do with a point of view Image: Instagram.com/mira.kapoor After staying away from social media for over two years, Mira Rajput Kapoor has finally gone public with a brand new Instagram page. You won’t struggle to find it on your explore page: @mira.kapoor is her all-new handle. Rajput Kapoor created her new account on November 1, following her very first magazine cover with husband Shahid Kapoor. In case you missed it, she kicked off her Instagram feed on a heartwarming note with an adorable picture of Shahid and daughter Misha holding hands in a park, captioned ‘Mine’. A post shared by Mira Rajput Kapoor (@mira.kapoor) on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:50am PDT Ever since the couple tied the knot in 2015 , Rajput Kapoor has been a topic of major interest among Bollywood fans everywhere. While Mr Kapoor has made sure to share pictures of his wife from parties, lazy weekends at home, and their travels together, Rajput Kapoor has always maintained a private profile so far, only reminding us of her social media presence with a comment or two under Kapoor’s sweetest posts. From birthdays to anniversaries and the birth of Misha , the couple’s fans have celebrated all their milestone moments with Kapoor via his Instagram page, and Rajput Kapoor’s new account will give #ShaMira fans a chance to connect with her more easily. Despite being newly public on Instagram, Rajput Kapoor has already managed to earn over more than 71,000 followers with just 6 posts. With a strong debut like that, we can’t wait to see what her account has in store for the world. Here’s a peek at Rajput Kapoor’s life on Instagram so far.

3 stress-busting meditation techniques to help you disconnect

Friday, November 10 2017

3 stress-busting meditation techniques to help you disconnect

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Shutterstock In an ideal world, we would sleep for eight hours in the night, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and exercise and meditate for an hour every day. But this is a utopian fantasy. In the real world, we’re pushing against deadlines, trying to keep up with friends and family and dealing with our phones distracting us every second of the day. So, while we work towards an ideal lifestyle where we do all of the above (we wish), it’s better to fit a bite-sized portion of healthfulness into our day, be it a 15-minute power walk, a green juice or micro-meditation that we can practice for just a few minutes. The reason most people don’t meditate (despite the fact that all of us need to), is because we get intimidated with the idea of sitting in one spot for a long period of time. However, meditation can happen anytime, anywhere. You just need a single point of focus for a few minutes. Remember it’s not how long you meditate but how regularly you do. These micro-meditation techniques will get you ready for longer sitting practices and of course work as a balm when you’re stressed or agitated. Observe your thoughts “Watch your thoughts, but don’t attach yourself to a particular feeling—try to understand why you’re thinking what you’re thinking,” says Seema Sondhi, Delhi-based yoga master and founder of The Yoga Studio. “Usually the thoughts are worries about the future or frustrations of the past, your present is rarely on your mind,” she says. How this helps: Observing your thoughts is the best way to find out more about yourself. Most people are out of touch with their inner selves. Observing your thoughts gets you in touch with your deepest fears and insecurities. Half the solution lies in finding the problem, or at least looking at it and releasing it—this is where meditation helps. The moment you find yourself creating a story in your mind, acknowledge it and let it go. Observe your breath “Your breath is the connection between mind and body, the best way to meditate is to observe how your breath feels at that moment,” says Sondhi. This could be a meditation in itself or the next step after observing your thoughts. Once your mind is empty of thoughts, you could bring it to your breath. How this helps: This is especially helpful when you’re stressed or angry. By bringing your attention to your breath, you will notice that your breathing is shallow or perhaps you’re not breathing at all. Consciously observing your breath and bringing it back to normal is the best way to bring your mind back to a relatively calm state. Observe your sensations This is a classic Vipassana technique. To learn the full Vipassana meditation, you will have to sign up for the 10-day course, but this handy tool really helps dissolve feelings of anger, fear and anxiety. When you’re feeling anxious (or any other negative feeling) instead of focusing on your thoughts, feel the sensation that it’s causing in your body. Perhaps you have a tightness in your chest, maybe the tips of your hands are feeling cold, maybe your heart is beating faster. Observe this sensation while meditating, without trying to make it stop or getting agitated. After a few minutes, you’ll find that the sensation becomes softer and eventually goes away altogether, along with the negativity that you were battling. How it helps: This immediately shifts focus from your mind to the body. It releases pent-up emotions and helps you let go of any anger, resentment or anxiety that you may feel at the moment. Vasudha Rai is a certified yoga teacher and has been writing on beauty, health and wellness for 15 years. Find her at Vbeauty.co In this story: Delhi, Yoga Now Playing: Gigi Hadid on why she is not perfect

Do you really need to wear boots in the Indian winter?

Friday, November 10 2017

Do you really need to wear boots in the Indian winter?

Sonam Kapoor Image: Viral Bhayani Boots are the accessory that can tip your look from being dressed for the season or trying too hard. Indian winters are tricky. Dressing for them is more a matter of sartorial choices over practicality. Cities like Mumbai barely have any change in the temperature meaning very little alteration is required in your wardrobe as it stands. But does that mean you need to completely rule out the possibility of wearing boots? There are of course some contexts wherein boots do not look outlandish despite the weather conditions. Most stars are fans of the over-the-knee boots trend for airport dressing. Deepika Padukone is rarely seen without hers, whether she wears them over a pair of jeans or with with a short skirt. Athiya Shetty too wore hers with a pair of soft blue denim. Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Shilpa Shetty Kundra were seen in cropped boots at the airport. Depending on your destination, choose the height of your boots. If you are headed to colder lands, a pair of knee high boots will not only keep you cozy on the flight but also warm you up when you land. Ankle length boots can be worn in the city for a night at the club or to a concert. If you are wearing boots to combat the winter, borrow from Sonam Kapoor’s books and choose a sturdy pair with block heels that offer you support. If the sole purpose of wearing boots is to make a statement, look no further than Kendall Jenner’s glittering Isabel Marant boots which formed the basis of her birthday look. Rihanna’s over-the-knee lace-ups are another example of using the accessory to your advantage. Whether you invest in a pair of boots for the sake of practicality or as an aesthetic choice, scroll through our gallery of the best boots to invest in. 1 /15

45 billion in sales: China’s e-commerce giants set a new record for Single’s Day

Monday, November 13 2017

45 billion in sales: China’s e-commerce giants set a new record for Single’s Day

| Monday, 13 November 2017 While veterans were recognized in the U.S. and those fallen in the Second World War were to be remembered in Europe, in China, this November,11 was to celebrate singles. The now largest e-commerce sale by volume closed with a new record 45 billion dollars in online shopping. Alibaba Group, during its flagship event Double 11 (also called 11.11 Sale), surpassed its last year's "Single's Day" sales of 18 billion dollars, cashing in circa 25.3 billion dollars on Saturday. Meanwhile, JD.com, the country's second biggest e-tailer, reported about 20 billion dollars of orders. This was the eighth edition of the online shopping spree which had about 140,000 brands including 60,000 international labels. Single’s Day – Key Stats At least 331 million packages were handled by Chinese postal and courier companies, 31.5 percent more than the same day last year, according to the State Post Bureau. 850 million orders in total were recorded on Saturday. The total gross merchandise volume or the amount of sales transacted on Alibaba's platforms was nearly four times the combined online sales of 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday' u> in the US, Alibaba officials said. 13 hours – the time it took Alibaba to surpass its last year’s 18.1 billion sales record, as reported by the ‘South China Morning Post’. "168.2 billion yuan sales is not only a record in China, but also a record worldwide," said Alibaba chief executive Daniel Zhang Yong. "Single's Day is Olympic Games for Chinese merchants. Sales of 157 merchants exceed 100 million yuan; 17 merchants exceed 500 million; five merchants exceed 1 billion yuan," he further added. Australia was the third-biggest overseas source of the products bought. Rising incomes among China's 300 million-strong middle class consumers and their demand for better quality is helping transform the country's economy from an export- and investment-led model to one that is driven by consumption, said Joe Tsai, co-founder and vice-chairman of Alibaba Group. Consumer spending in China accounted for 40 percent of the GDP, compared with almost 70 percent for the U.S. Reaching that level would translate to annual spending of 700 billion to 800 billion dollars, according to Tsai’s projections. 80 percent of purchases were made via mobile Photo Credits: Alibaba Group 11.11 Shopping Festival, 2017

Weak results at Richemont and doubts about Burberry’s plan burdens European stocks

Monday, November 13 2017

Weak results at Richemont and doubts about Burberry’s plan burdens European stocks

| Monday, 13 November 2017 European stocks fell Friday, marking their worst weekly drop in three months by rounding it off with a disappointing outlook from Richemont, rising doubts about Burberry’s upmarket aspirations and lasting concerns about tax-cut legislation in the U.S. A busy week of corporate updates spread into Friday, with investors showing their disappointment with Richemont SA, whose outlook casted a shadow on the company’s future performance. Likewise, luxury peer Burberry Group PLC continued to sell off its shares after they were beaten Thursday. “While we cannot predict the environment for the full year, it is clear that the full-year results on a comparative basis will not see the exceptional level of growth reported in the period under review,” said Richemont’s Chairman Johann Rupert. Richemont’s first-half profit did jump 80 percent, aided by strong growth across all of its divisions. Burberry fell 2.3 percent Friday, with UBS downgrading its shares to ‘neutral’ from ‘buy’. The stock tumbled 10 percent on Thursday after the British luxury goods retailer warned it doesn’t expect sales growth until fiscal 2021. Stronger currencies nothing but add to concerns about luxury stocks trading In the meantime, better-than-expected French economic data helped push the euro higher, while a stronger reading on U. industrial data pulled sterling to its highest since last week against the dollar. Stronger currencies might be the reason behind weaker trading at multinational companies in Europe as earnings made by those companies can get squeezed when converted back into euros and pounds. “The week looks set to close in dramatic fashion, with widespread selling across European and U.S. indices amid a weakening U.S. corporate tax reform outlook and strengthening European currencies,” said in a market note Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG. “Early [pound] gains were built upon amid the latest comments from [EU Brexit negotiator] Michel Barnier who showed that despite a shortening timeline, there is still a chance to start trade talks in December. [U.K. Brexit negotiator] David Davis now has a fortnight to agree a divorce payment or else wait until March to begin trade talks,” added Mahony. The Stoxx Europe 600 shed 0.4 percent to end at 388.69 Friday, marking its lowest close since October 25, according to FactSet data. Furthermore, the index closed this week down by 1.8 percent, the sharpest percentage loss since mid-August. Meanwhile, Germany’s DAX 30 index fell 0.4 percent to 13,127.47, and France’s CAC 40 gave up 0.5 percent at 5,380.72. The indexes this week declined 2.6 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. The UK’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.7 percent to end at 7,432.99, and Spain’s IBEX 35 fell 0.5 percent to 10,992.70. Those gauges closed the week down by 1.7 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, noted ‘Dow Jones’. The https://fashionunited.com/i/top100https://fashionunited.com/i/top100 "target="_self"> FashionUnited Top 100 Index also felt the heat, with the majority of companies included in the fashion benchmark index closing into the red. Image:Burberry Official Web, The Trench Collection, Women

Meet the superstars behind Bollywood’s most famous faces

Sunday, November 12 2017

Meet the superstars behind Bollywood’s most famous faces

Ashni Parekh, 46, media and entertainment lawyer Image: Ankita Chandra While Priyanka Chopra takes over the world, Parekh, her legal advisor, takes care of her domestic legal matters while liaising with her international team. “One of my longest negotiations involved closing her international music deal, which took nearly two years,” recalls Parekh. Her other clients include production houses, directors, music composers, writers as well as celebrity bigwigs like Shahid Kapoor and Ajay Devgn. More than a decade ago, Parekh left Nishith Desai Associates, an established Mumbai-based law firm, to cull her own practice focused on the film industry. “I had to establish my brand, acquire clients and develop a discipline of my own. I was taking a risk by stepping out as an individual to provide legal services to an industry that was not typically accustomed to using such services,” she says. These services involved drafting film contracts and negotiating the various engagements they undertook. Parekh had to close deals in a typically short time frame, while understanding her clients’ needs and protecting their rights. “Stress comes with the territory,” she says, “But I love what I do. I enjoy being able to negotiate a good deal for my client and, most importantly, I feel happy when I’m appreciated for it.” Work perk: “I had a private audience with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at his home in McLeodGanj thanks to a client who was seeking his blessings before embarking on a movie project.” STAR FINDER Shanoo Sharma, 39, Casting director Image: Shanoo Sharma Aspiring actors from all over India come to her in the hope that she does for them what she’s done for Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar—discover them like diamonds in the rough, polish them and make them shine in the spotlight. Sharma, the casting director at Yash Raj Films, finds talent anywhere—in coffee shops, like with Anya Singh; at parties, like with Ranveer Singh; or in her assistants, like with Bhumi Pednekar. “I look for people’s energy and watchability,” she says. But shine the light on her and she’s quick to shirk away. “I am not a star maker. I don’t even think I’m at the top of my game,” she explains. These are the words of someone who is already considered something of a legend in the film industry. Sharma says she doesn’t want to become too intertwined with celebrity life. All that she wants, instead is, “to be the best version of myself.” Star power: “Working with Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Yash Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan, and launching stars like Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.” GAME CHANGER Rohini Iyer, 36, image consultant Image: Rohan Shrestha Rohini Iyer is the new-age fairy godmother. While her mythical counterpart might have draped Cinderella with social and cultural currency, she does the same but for Bollywood’s hottest stars. She plans a client’s brand and image by analysing their strengths, profiles them in the sharpest and smartest way possible, and sometimes even completely reinvents them! One of the most influential people in the film industry today and director and founder of Raindrop Media, this image consultant and reputation manager decided to bring method to the madness that is celebrity life. “I’m an insomniac who dreams with my eyes open. So, though I suffer from chronic dissatisfaction and can never switch off , I love what I do.” What she doesn’t do is “regular and boring.” In fact, even her average day is “nothing short of a Hindi film…power-packed, and full of drama.” When you think of the unrivalled hold that Bollywood has on our psyche, you can be sure that much of its influence lies in this star behind the stars. Bragging rights: “My clientele includes Kareena Kapoor Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Sonam Kapoor.” BOLLYWOOD’S SCISSORHANDS Namrata Rao, 37, film editor Image: Ankita Chandra Namrata Rao’s undeniable passion and talent reflects in the numerous awards that line her window shelves—the National Award for Kahaani (2012), Filmfare awards for Kahaani and Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), Screen and IIFA Awards for Kahaani and Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). Although trained to be a coder, Rao left the lure of a big salary and stable IT job to join film school. “Once I chose to specialise in editing, I was in the rabbit hole and a wonderland opened up in front of me,” she says. “I am quite obsessive about my work and watch the rushes after every cut of every film. I don’t give up until I’ve explored all options,” says Rao about her method editing practice. “While editing Kahaani , I was going through a lot of personal turmoil. I could relate to Vidya Balan’s character in the film so much that I edited it like I was her.” This immersiveness at work has landed Rao in some amusing situations: “While working on Ishqiya (2010), I ran into and struck up a conversation with Arshad Warsi like I knew him. He was quite bewildered because obviously he didn’t know who I was. One ends up spending so much time with a character in the editing room, it’s hard to sometimes make sense when one sees the actor in real life.” And as she works on Zoya Akhtar’s segment in Bombay Talkies 2 and Sujoy Ghosh’s Anukul, Rao continues to make the right cuts. High note: “The National Award for Kahaani .”

Sidharth Malhotra: 'I don’t think marriage is essential. Live-in relationships are just as intimate'

Monday, November 13 2017

Sidharth Malhotra: 'I don’t think marriage is essential. Live-in relationships are just as intimate'

Sidharth Malhotra: 'I don’t think marriage is essential. Live-in relationships are just as intimate' This star isn't predictably chauvinistic about dating rules By Rajashree Balram November 13, 2017 SHARE This winter, Sidharth Malhotra plans to go biking all over Rajasthan with a bunch of childhood friends. “I’ll wear a helmet, and hide my face.” It may come off a little conceited, but the actor’s wariness about being recognised in public stems from experience—there’s ample evidence on YouTube of teenagers and 20-somethings mauling him at promotional events and airports, and dissolving into mushy incoherence when he turns on his shy smile. Since his confetti-packed debut in 2012, as the terse, ambitious Abhimanyu in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year (SOTY), the 32-year-old has racked up a swarming fan following who seem entirely unaffected by the many forgettable roles he followed it up with. There was a time critics even wrote him off as just another chocolate-faced one-hit wonder. A post shared by ELLE India (@elleindiaofficial) on Nov 13, 2017 at 12:30am PST Our interview has been squeezed into a commute from the shoot to his home in the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai because Malhotra has had some work engagements crop up unexpectedly. “Don’t worry, we won’t rush through this. I promise you will get all the answers,” he says. Does this mean he won’t be politically correct for once, I want to say, but then he takes off his sunglasses, and smiles into my eyes while he shakes my hand firmly, and all the snark leaves me. That self-assurance took some time in the making, though. “As a kid, I was shy, bad at studies, and lacked focus. The movies have opened me up, made me reach out to people, and stripped off much of my naiveté. I know now that a plain ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not enough when someone asks me for feedback or a comment. People want to hear more, and you need to spice it up.” The street smarts he gathered over time, from his modelling stints while at Bhagat Singh College, to his days as an assistant director on My Name Is Khan (2010), to the turning point when Johar delivered him into stardom with SOTY, alongside Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. While much newsprint has been spent on coupling and uncoupling him and Bhatt since then, their relationship status remains unconfirmed thanks to Malhotra’s unyielding ‘no comments’ stance or sarcastic comebacks. Maybe, treading carefully does help—after all, there is a lot of redeeming still left to do for his tweet in August, in which he expressed concern over a curfew imposed in Haryana during the Dera Sacha Sauda riot (in which 30 died and thousands were injured, reportedly) and simultaneously promoted his film A Gentleman . The online evisceration that followed was painful. “Some of those comments hurt, though I admit that my tweet was ill-timed. I should have been more sensitive, but I genuinely didn’t mean to offend anyone, and there was no malice. I never deleted the tweet though I was repeatedly told to. How can I pretend I didn’t utter those words?” A post shared by ELLE India (@elleindiaofficial) on Nov 13, 2017 at 1:42am PST Away from all that disparagement is a gregarious bunch of family and friends in Delhi who love him unconditionally. He says he tries his best to make it in time for weddings, get-togethers and birthday bashes. “They keep me grounded. My dad still feels proud when someone walks up to him and recognises him as ‘that hero Sidharth Malhotra’s dad’, and my mum still wears a wide smile when people seek my autograph. I feel immensely grateful for what I have earned when I see that.” Much of the comfort he seeks away from stardom, he finds in the company of his childhood gang, driving around the neighbourhood market in Delhi blasting ‘Kaala chashma’, or gorging on his mother’s besan ke laddoo and poori chana halwa. “I am a true-blue Punjabi foodie, and I love it when my mum makes a feast when my friends come over for dinner. Everything can change around me, but this part of my world never will.” Perhaps, these quotidian pleasures also enable him to negotiate the failures more efficiently. “I have to work doubly hard after each flop. I don’t come from a film family that will produce a movie for me to back me up repeatedly,” he says. Malhotra is honest enough to admit that he has a long way to go as an actor, and that he is still feeling his way through self-doubt. “When I watch a film during an edit, I always feel that the others have performed more beautifully. And that my level of performance and impact needs to be a lot better.” When one reassures him of the wide applause he won for his recent outings in Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Ek Tha Villain (2014) and Kapoor And Sons (2016), he blushes. He’s less second-guessing when it comes to romance though. “I trust my instincts. If I bump into an interesting woman, I don’t wait to plan a date. I’d rather ask her out for dinner right then. It has happened often enough, and I have had some great conversations.” His kind of woman is someone who can spar with him, is real and direct. “More than physical attributes, I look for an interesting personality, though I won’t deny I find long and loose hair very sexy.” His ideas on marriage, however, are a lot less conventional. “I don’t think marriage is essential. Live-in relationships are just as intimate. You get to be with each other, and see each other through your ups and downs. Does that need to come with a social sanction? Of course, when I am ready to become a father, I would want to marry and give my child the security of a family unit.” That vanilla-and-spice template on relationships apart, he is not predictably chauvinistic about dating rules. “I find it very cute when a woman makes the first move. But I can’t come down heavily on a woman who is playing hard to get, either.” Not for him the standard persuasive rounds of bouquets and surprise gifts. “I pride myself on being a good listener and observer, and I’d rather make sure she knows that I remember the tiny details that matter to her.” A healthy respect for space is essential for him. “When I am doing my own thing, I want her happy by herself and secure about her worth. A woman like that, I would die to come back to.” For now, though, work remains his one true commitment, and honing his craft. He is visibly excited about his new release, the thriller Ittefaq, where he plays the role of a writer who’s suspected of murder. He is also fully aware that it could be another chance for critics to lacerate him. But in response, he still hopes to smile through all of it. “I haven’t come this far to give up. I am here, and I will stand by all my choices.” One look into his eyes and you know that, right now, Sidharth Malhotra is not being politically correct. ELLE MAN's November cover star Sidharth Malhotra's photoshoot Sidharth Malhotra