Daily Fashion News

Is Abu Dhabi the new art capital of the Middle East?

Sunday, November 19 2017

Is Abu Dhabi the new art capital of the Middle East?

‘For Louvre Abu Dhabi’ (2017) Image: Marc Domage Ai Weiwei, Fountain of Light (2016) Image: Marc Domage Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art Omar Kholeif curator of Beyond Borders Image: Nathan Keay Nalini Malani & Iftikhar Dadi Bloodlines Spruuth Magers Meem Gallery, Details of Mission of Destruction Sean Kelly Gallery, Shahzia Sikander In a line, the answer to the above question is simple—not yet. But the city is definitely gearing towards creating itself into the new Middle Eastern art capital. With the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designed by Frank Gehry, The Sheikh Zayed National Museum commissioned to Foster + Partners with a tie in with the British Museum, Abu Dhabi Performance Arts Centre designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and a host of other culture institutions and research centres all in the pipeline, along with billions of dollars riding on the proposed landmarks the low-lying Saadiyat Island is gradually being shaped into Abu Dhabi’s arts hub. But why’re we talking about this right now? Over the last week alone, the city played host to the much-anticipated launch of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an architectural masterpiece by starchitect Jean Nouvel, alongside the ninth edition of the Abu Dhabi art fair under the leadership of its new director, Dyala Nusseibeh (director of the erstwhile Art International in Istanbul). The Louvre Abu Dhabi : The glass pyramid in Paris has made the most visited museum in the world iconographic in itself. In Abu Dhabi, Nouvel’s metaphoric sky, an oversized dome perforated by the sun or stars, seems to be headed into a similar idiom. The architect describes his creation as, “It wishes to belong to a country to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation…its aesthetic consistent with its role as a sanctuary for the most precious works of art.” The collection consists of over 620 works of art with loans from major museums, a budding permanent collection that includes spectacular works ranging from Roger Fenton to Ai Wei Wei, and incredible artists commissions including Jenny Holzer’s For Louvre Abu Dhabu (2017). The inaugural exhibit is an insightful chronological narrative in 12 chapters tracing the history of art from ancient finds to contemporary installations. In a nutshell, the museum brings closer to this side of the world a truly international collection of art. Louvre Abu Dhabi (L ouvreabudhabi.ae ) opens to public Nov 11 onwards The Abu Dhabi Art Fair: With a new director at the helm, the ninth edition is an instant update. Highlights include a new curated segment by Dr Omar Kholeif titled Focus: Beyond Territory , which introduces a group of inter-generational artists including Mumbai-based Jhaveri Contemporary presenting Nalini Malani Bloodlines and Iftikhar Dadi, New York based Marian Goodman’s exhibit of Giuseppe Pennone’s work and the Sprüth Magers gallery’s first major Middle Eastern presentation of artist Otto Piene. Kamel Mennour to Shirin Gallery, an interesting mix of local and international galleries, can be spotted at the fair. Alongside international favourites, the fair is the right space for exposure into disparate art from and of the Middle East. (A budhabiart.ae) But an art capital must be more than the sum of its star institutions—a thriving arts community, proactive arts engagement, alternative arts spaces and fundamentally becoming an independent space for artistic expression where dissent, diversity and freedom of thought can co-exist with public and private funding—but this would be a euphoric ideal. So, until that distant reverie, Abu Dhabi is definitely on its way to becoming the perfectly manicured global arts capital in the Middle Eastern skyline.

Alia Bhatt, Sridevi & more show why saris are a go-to for Indian weddings

Sunday, November 19 2017

Alia Bhatt, Sridevi & more show why saris are a go-to for Indian weddings

Sridevi Vidya Balan If you end up on flights at least a couple of times in the year for wedding-related travel, by now you must agree that packing for one can be an absolute nightmare. Enter the palate cleansing, lightweight drape that barely takes up any room in your luggage—the sari. The ultimate symbol of grace, you’re sure never to go with a sari for nearly any occasion pertaining to an Indian wedding. You will be hard pressed to find a celebrity whose choice of sari you didn’t agree with. Deepika Padukone’s a champion of both the woven drape and the sheer embroidered one. Whether its pheras early in the day or a cocktail reception, you can wear either of the looks seen on the star depending on the occasion. Sonam Kapoor’s ivory sari by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla is a study in how to elevate a simple sari into a maximalist look. Don’t play by the rules and opt for OTT embellishments on the blouse and make a statement with your sartorial voice. Malaika Arora and Alia Bhatt demonstrate how to wear brocade saris with ease. Choose a simple blouse or a shirt to balance the decadence of the sari while keep your look contemporary. If you are looking towards the sari as an option for in between ceremonies, try a light silk sari like Shilpa Shetty Kundra that help you breeze through the day without letting your style game drop. Sridevi and Jacqueline Fernandez prove there is going wrong with a monochrome cocktail sari. Borrow from the stars to add the perfect breather between heavy duty outfits in your wedding wardrobe. From dainty embellished saris to woven ones, there saris for every wedding event. Scroll through our edit for more. 1 /24

11 truly insane jobs you won't believe people get paid to do

Monday, November 20 2017

11 truly insane jobs you won't believe people get paid to do

11 truly insane jobs you won't believe people get paid to do Three words: professional panda nanny By Dan Claredon You know how sometimes you go to work and are just like: this is my life? It's a feeling everyone has experienced at least once—except people who have the jobs listed below. Some folks feel those Saturday vibes every day because work is just that amazing, so time to live vicariously through them while filling out applications and trying not to feel bad about your life choices. Pizza taster via GIPHY Bath Pizza Company in Somerset, England recently posted a job listing looking for a " Pizza Taster " who can give feedback on their menu of cheesy, saucy pies. Like, we volunteer as tribute. You have to have a cultured palate to be a good fit for the job—i.e. you gotta know your Margherita from your Marinara—but the eatery offers a competitive salary with "serious pizza perks," and they'll even reimburse your travel expenses. Panda nanny via GIPHY In 2014, the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center made headlines with their unique job opening: They were looking for panda nannies. Not only do panda nannies get to hang out with the adorable bears all day, they also get $32,000 per year, plus room, board, and even a company car. The job requirements are: writing and photography skills, as well as "some basic knowledge of pandas," per China Daily. A lot of people thought they were the perfect candidate—100,000 applicants, to be exact. Financial dominatrix via GIPHY A Brooklyn woman under the alias Princess Meggerz makes $200,000 a year through "financial domination" or "fin dom," i.e. demanding money or other gifts from submissive (and deep-pocketed) men, according to Thrillist. Better yet, Meggerz never has to meet these guys in person. She finds her marks via meggerz.com, and collects money via Western Union and gifts via Amazon wish-lists. Professional sleeper via GIPHY Who among us can actually claim to be well-rested during the week? You could be if you were a bed tester. Simon Horn Ltd. found a unique way to put their luxury beds to the test: The company hired a 22-year-old college student to participate in a "sleep survey" on the beds for a month. As The Telegraph reported, all this lucky woman had to do was spend eight hours a day in bed and then blog about her experience. Um...goals. Netflix tagger via GIPHY There are only a few dozen Netflix taggers in the world, but boy, do they have a good gig. Basically, these chosen few get to watch Netflix all day in order to make the streaming giant's algorithms better. That category for "Workplace Rom-Coms With a Strong Female Lead"? Thank the taggers for that. "I'm like a garbage disposal for watching stuff," tagger Josh Garrell told CNBC . "I'm open to anything because you never know. You could come across something brilliant you would have never tracked down." Haunted house tester via GIPHY This may not be the dream job for the more squeamish among us, but for the adrenaline junkies, this sounds like a real scream (you're welcome). Sociologist Margee Kerr—author of the book Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear —tours the country helping haunted house owners make their attractions even more haunting. This Halloween, for example, she worked on Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls. Fortune cookie writer via GIPHY Donald Lau recently ended a 30-year-long career as Chief Fortune Writer at Wonton Foods, so chances are, you broke open a cookie and found one of his prognostications. "When they eat their fortune cookie, I want the customers to open the fortune, read it, maybe laugh, and leave the restaurant happy, so that they come back again next week," he said in January. So why is he calling it quits? Writer's block. Ice cream taster via GIPHY Edy's Grand Ice Cream is so dependent on master ice cream taster John Harrison's tastebuds that they've insured them for $1 million. As Cooking Lightreports, John estimates he has sampled from 200 million gallons of ice cream over the course of his career. "Sure, I've gained some weight in the 20 years I've been with the company, but who would trust a skinny ice cream tester?" he says. Water slide tester via GIPHY In 2008, Daily Mail introduced us to then-29-year-old Tommy Lynch, who travels 27,000 miles a year testing water slides across the globe. "Some people sit in an office all day but I get to fly all over the world and slide down flumes," he said. "It can be a bit tough when it is chilly and you have to strip off and shoot down the flume, but other than that, it is great." Mattress jumper via GIPHY Ruben Reynoso is a professional "mattress filler" who literally jumps up on down on mattresses at McRoskey Mattress Company to compress and even out the filling. "It just feels good to make one of these," Ruben tells PayScale . "Sleep is so important. Everybody in the world has to do it. I like being a part of that." If Ruben ever retires, the company could hire Tom Cruise— he certainly likes to jump on furniture.

Tiny birthstone tattoos are the next trend you're going to obsess over

Monday, November 20 2017

Tiny birthstone tattoos are the next trend you're going to obsess over

Tiny birthstone tattoos are the next trend you're going to obsess over So pretty By Angelique Thompson There’s no right or wrong way to get inked —whether you prefer small and subtle , or big and colourful, tattoos are extremely personal. So, while the thought process of tattoos might take some time, drawing on current trends can provide inspiration and help you to make a decision. Enter the birthstone tattoo: a small and colourful 3D tattoo you’re about to see everywhere. Tattoo artists have taken to Instagram to show-off their adaptations of the new trend, and their designs are absolutely breathtaking. Here, birthstone tattoo inspiration which will make you want to book an appointment, ASAP.

What are healing crystals and how should you use them?

Friday, November 17 2017

What are healing crystals and how should you use them?

What are healing crystals and how should you use them? Exploring the crystal healing wellness craze By Katie O'Malley November 17, 2017 SHARE Victoria Beckham uses them backstage at her fashion shows. Miranda Kerr places them in her meditation-yoga room. Katy Perry sleeps with one in her hand at night. Welcome to the increasingly popular world of healing crystals. Having first risen to popularity during the 1970s, crystal healing has made a resurgence in recent years,with the likes of Cara Delevigne, Lena Dunham and Adele raving about their calming, fortune bringing and healing properties. But when you have celebrities like Spencer Pratt (the blonde guy from The Hills) forking out over £380,000 on crystals and collectors claiming they've been healed from addictions thanks to a stone's natural energy, it's hard to decipher exactly what they do, how they work and whether buying them is just another excuse for the Hollywood elite to spend their money. In search for answers, we spoke to Devi Brown, founder of wellness brand Karma Bliss to find the truth behind the crystals. A post shared by ♆Sea Garden♆ • Kenya® (@seagardenkenya) on Jun 15, 2017 at 4:51am PDT First of all, what are healing crystals? Crystal healing is a term that applies to a certain type of therapy which involves placing gem stones on your body or in nearby places to help draw out negative energy. Crystals have existed on earth for millions of years. They're a tool which work with your energy field to absorb, focus and direct energies. Where are you meant to keep them? People put crystals in interesting places but I like to keep them in a bag, which I'll put in my handbag or pocket, but they also work well when tucked around the house, depending on what they do. Another great place to put crystals is on your nightstand because you can feel their energy while you sleep or behind your computer at work. It's best to keep them in spots where you're around them for a substantial amount of the day. ELLE Top Tip: Crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles suggests keeping a small crystal in your bra to carry the good vibes around with you all day. Sounds weird, but trust us, it's a thing. A post shared by ♆Sea Garden♆ • Kenya® (@seagardenkenya) on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:02am PDT If you're a crystal beginner, which are the best ones to buy? There are hundreds of crystals which all have unique properties that can be used for different things. In terms of a starter bag, I suggest the following: Amethyst: It's a beautiful and abundant stone. It helps get rid of addictions, disruptive behaviours, enhances your intuition and increases your spirituality. Citrine: Known as the stone of success, citrine brings in energies of personal power. It's great at getting rid of negative energy and perfect for people in demanding careers. Aventurine: This is known as the stone of luck. It's good for mental powers, money, peace and good fortune. When people hold this stone they say spontaneous opportunities of luck suddenly start to drop in front of them. It's a great stone to help enhance your career. Clear quartz: It's great for focus, balance, positivity and clarity. Rose quartz is a favourite among women because it's known as the love stone, helping to enhance one's sense of self-love before opening them up to the love that awaits them in the world. Does the size of a crystal matter? The energy of a crystal does vary depending on its size, but you can absorb energy no matter how big or small the crystal is. Basically, the bigger the crystal, the more properties of energy it wields. I've seen crystals which are as tall as me and I'm 5ft 8. You can be floored by the amount of energy they give you. Is a person drawn to a crystal or is the crystal drawn to them? Both. If there's something you need in life that you're not addressing, you might find a crystal pops up for you. When I'm looking for crystals I like to take a moment to close my eyes, hold them in my hand and see which feels right. For example, if I held my hands out and put five crystals on top and focused, I would feel the difference of one or two and they'd stand out to me. That would be a sign to me that those are the crystals I should grab. A post shared by ♆Sea Garden♆ • Kenya® (@seagardenkenya) on Jun 13, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Is it possible for crystals to conflict with each other? No, they all work in perfect harmony because they're an extension of nature's innate balance. However, I would be careful – if there's something particular you want to work on in your life, crystals do have the potential to make a lot happen at the same time which can get overwhelming. In this case, you might want to maybe pace yourself with using them. How can someone 'pace' themselves with a crystal? At different moments in life, we're all looking for different things so it's good to switch stones out of your bag or work spaces once a month or twice a year, depending on what you think you want more of. At the moment I feel like I've harnessed my intuition and spontaneous luck so I'm grabbing a lot more stones that prepare me for opportunities I haven't even thought of opening myself up to. ELLE Top Tip: Don't worry if you lose a crystal, according to crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles each stone has their own spirit so when you lose one it means you no longer need it. What are you meant to do with crystals? When you have a crystal, the best thing to do is to set an intention on them. Hold them in your hand and visualise a white light going through them. The next stage is to set an intention on the crystal. For example, if I had a piece of citrine (the stone of success) I would think 'In this moment I'm hoping to enhance my career and have more beautiful opportunities open up to me in the work place'. My intention would then be implanted on the stone. You can set an intention on any stone but I always recommend people to pop them in the sun for a few hours to recharged them by the sun's energy. Alternatively, place them in a salt bath to clean off any bad energies that they might have picked up over time. You'll then need to reset your intention on the stones. The most important part of crystal healing is to keep the stones close by. Just by existing they're heightening your energy. You can also mediate with them by hold them in your hand. ELLE Top Tip: Emma Lucy Knowles advises using a pointed rose quartz crystal together with rose oil to massage temples to help relieve headaches, stress and eczema. A post shared by our satellite hearts (@oursatellitehearts) on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:51am PDT What would you say to a skeptic who doesn't believe in crystal healing? Crystals are strongly connected to your energy and intuition. If someone is deeply skeptical, there isn't a way to 'talk' them into it – they have to do what feels comfortable to them. If healing crystals doesn't sound good for them, then they shouldn't do it. If you choose to be closed off , you're not able to open up your energy to anything. However, if you're interested or curious about crystals, just pick one up. No harm, no fail. Besides, crystals are a piece of the earth so even if you didn't want to open yourself up to their energies, they're still beautiful pieces of stone to look at. What are the common misconceptions about healing stones? Crystals aren't a magic potion – they don't put a magic spell on you. Rather, they enhance the work you're already doing. So when you make a choice to change the way you think or stretch yourself emotionally and mentally, crystals help with that. I don't want people thinking, 'I'm going to get a crystal and my whole life will be better by tomorrow and if it's not then it's the crystal's fault'. You still have to actively engage with your own journey and growth. Crystals are a beautiful complement for that journey. A post shared by ÁsványBörze (@lelkes_asvanyborze) on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:59am PDT How long does it take to notice a difference in yourself after using a crystal? It's individual. The more open you are, the quicker you feel their impact. They work as fast as you do. I'm so open to crystals that I can actually get overwhelmed by them if I'm surrounded by too many. I feel their energies strongly. ELLE Top Tip: Find falling asleep difficult? Try keeping an amethyst nearby (under your neck is an option if you want to take things to the next level) to help promote sleep - add some lavender oil to your pillow case and the two work together perfectly for a good night's kip. What does their energy feel like? It depends on the stone – some are great for energy and some are great for focus. In my office, I have citrines and clear quartz so I feel the energy of focus from them. In general, crystals bring about a feeling of calm and knowingness – it's not like a frantic or manic feeling. When you hold a crystal, your energy is heightened but you feel at peace and in flow with the universe, with the knowledge that the things you want to happen are coming. I feel very at one with my life when I'm surrounded by crystals. A post shared by Lidia Pikuła (@lidiapikula) on Jun 15, 2017 at 3:40am PDT Do crystals have an expiry date? Crystals work forever but I do recommend people keep them in the sun for a few hours every few weeks to charge them with their own natural energies, either on a full moon or in sunlight. If you keep them in the house all day they can become disconnected from their natural sources of energy.Gemstones are participants in nature just like we are as humans. Is crystal healing a type of spiritual belief? It fits well in the spiritual and mindfulness community. Crystals are a part of the earth so they're a great way to feel more connected to the balance of nature. It's so easy to go for days without seeing nature so using them is a great way for people to reconnect with their surroundings. We heard stones can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. What prices should people expect to pay for them? It varies on where you buy them from. Healing crystals are broken up into three categories: Cut stones: They're similar to gem stones which take a lot of time and effort to cut, in much the same way as jewellery stones. Tumblestones: These are found easily so are lower down on the price scale. They're the polished versions of stones which are smaller and beautiful. Raw stones: These crystals aren't as shiny as tumblestones but emit the same amount of energy. They're less expensive because they're not cut and polished so are the least expensive to buy. Of course, some crystals are rare and some are abundant. The more difficult to extract, the more you should expect to pay. When buying crystals, it's important to remember that they all do the same thing so it depends on personal preference and how much you can afford to spend. Crystals can be found at very different price points – a small tumbled piece could be worth a few pounds and big, cut and polished could be worth thousands.

Gap on retail expansion in India, adds another store in Delhi

Monday, November 20 2017

Gap on retail expansion in India, adds another store in Delhi

As a part of its retail expansion strategy in India, American apparel and accessories brand Gap, is set to double its store strength. It has opened two new stores in the Delhi-NCR region. The new store spread across 4,500 sq ft is located on the ground floor at the Pacific Mall at Rajouri Garden in Delhi. This is the brand’s fourth store in the National Capital Region. The city is perfect for Gap’s on-trend, classic and casual style. With the Fall 2017 offering of shape enhancing styles alongside seasonal wardrobe staples, says Parag Dani Business Head, Gap, Arvind Lifestyle Brands. The range features ‘Feel Good Jeans’, and denim and leggings in an array of colours and prints, including reds, blues, greens and vintage florals. The brand had recently formed exclusive partnership with Amazon to widen reach of Gap merchandise in places where Gap is not physically present.

Parsons MFA Rejects Business of Fashion’s School Rankings

Wednesday, November 22 2017

Parsons MFA Rejects Business of Fashion’s School Rankings

| Wednesday, 22 November 2017 The value of education has never been more under the microscope with fashion education booming, tuition sky-high, and more fashion programs and fashion graduates entering the marketplace than ever before yet no corresponding marked increase in jobs. The spike in interest among young people towards a fashion career, known as the “Project Runway Effect,” has led to an oversupply of designers and in turn to the emergence, three years ago, of the Business of Fashion's Global Ranking of Fashion Schools. Almost overnight it became a standard bearer that no one publicly questioned. But as a fashion instructor, I could foresee how the desire to rate highly on this list, and advance from year to year, might become enmeshed with school morale, perceived legitimacy, donor satisfaction, and industry reputation all of which could potentially trickle down to affect the students’ learning experience. Thanks, but no thanks Which is why the decision communicated this weekend by Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program, to withdraw its participation in the rankings is so laudable. The MFA program is only five years old but entered the rankings last year at #8. Parsons undergraduate program occupied the #2 spot for 2017 and as yet there has been no announcement from the school on whether it will withdraw also. But immediate support came from Jennifer Menniti, Department Chair of Fashion at Pratt, who responded on Facebook, ‘Thank you, Parsons! Pratt Fashion stands in solidarity with you. We also decided to no longer participate in the rankings created by BoF for the reasons you state.’ The ensuing conversation on whether other programs, nationwide and globally, will follow suit essentially pits the individual integrity of the philosophical mission of each school or program against BoF’s one-template- fits-all popularity contest so indicative of our reality-TV modern culture. It could provide an opportunity for some much-needed soul-searching to occur inside the nation’s hallowed halls of learning, the effect of which could transform the industry at large. Parsons MFA director, Shelley Fox, in the school’s official statement lists four reasons behind their decision, the first being their disagreement with a main criteria of BoF’s assessment: rate of graduate employment. Describing our industry as the ‘2nd biggest polluter’ and in ‘a place of undeniable confusion acknowledging its slow structural collapse,’ Parsons objects to the idea that schools should set out to slot students unquestioningly into the current broken system and consider it a measure of success. Responsible for a Revolution The statement reads “It is irresponsible to participate in any ranking system that considers enrollment into an industry that promotes unhealthy consumerism; a behavior that has been nurtured and manipulated by the industry for the sake of revenue and growing businesses, and in return contribute to the destruction of our planet and the future of our existence." As an educator in this competitive yet highly negligent industry, I am forced to endlessly examine if I am providing students with what I believe to be the right knowledge (often moral rather than skills-based) and find myself conflicted between the damage our industry inflicts and my continuance to operate within it. My mandate of preparing students for that industry while remaining highly critical of it has only been strengthened by Parsons decision. It takes pioneers to inspire pioneers. Stepping off to reflect instead of blazing forward regardless is what’s needed if we are to move forward. Reminding us that a revolution does not happen overnight, Parsons places emphasis on being able to ‘imagine the impossible’ over being ‘programmed for a role.’ While it has been somewhat disheartening during these three years of the list’s existence to see respected century-old institutions regarded as commodities, being selected like players up for the NFL draft, that had swiftly become the new reality. But Parsons MFA takes issue with the idea that schools should be in competition with each other explaining that many of their student body and faculty members were previously educated at rival schools, and express gratitude for the diversity of knowledge and experience they bring to their program. This collaborative spirit feels in tune with the Millennial and Gen Z mindsets and casts the Business of Fashion's approach in an outdated light with, at its core, a clique mentality and peer pressure as its fuel. NYC or Bust? A concern that most students from schools across the country will have had at one time or another (and most likely their parents too) is whether their degree is as worthy as one from an NYC school, where the fashion industry exists right on the doorstep. Comparing a school in the midwest with one in Manhattan certainly isn’t comparing apples to apples which Parsons also acknowledges stating that each school has ‘its own challenges from a geographical and budgetary perspective’ that are not figured into the Business of Fashion’s calculations. Schools located in large metropolises versus those located outside should not be viewed as superior or inferior; location ‘merely presents a difference,’ says Parsons. ‘A difference that should not be challenged by a rank.’ Conflict of Interest The statement ends with concern regarding a conflict of interest surrounding the ranking system itself. A year after its creation and after ‘institutions voluntarily handed over all their data in the hopes to become part of a seemingly much sought after ranking’ BoF launched their own educational courses, potentially benefitting unfairly from the information they learned and thereby setting themselves up in competition with the schools while appearing to remain outside the educational system. Leader In Scholarly Pursuit Oscar Wilde said, ‘Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.’ Parsons advocates for the pursuit of autonomous learning and uncharted paths, asserting, ‘From our perspective education should be a time where students can explore, research, fail, discover, build confidence, be challenged, articulate awareness and create a real sense of responsibility in the roles they seek to fulfill – whether these are roles that currently exist or ones that still need to be carved out.’ More than ever we are in need of mold breakers and revolutionaries, not self-serving showboaters seeking a hollow moment of glory. Our esteemed institutions might successfully maintain their leadership positions by not vying for the number one spot. All the same, someone always needs to be first. Bravo to Parsons MFA. By contributing guest editor Jackie Mallon, who is on the teaching faculty of several NYC fashion programmes and is the author of Silk for the Feed Dogs, a novel set in the international fashion industry. All photos from Parsons Facebook and Instagram pages

5 must-try beauty looks Priyanka, Deepika and more showed us this week

Wednesday, November 22 2017

5 must-try beauty looks Priyanka, Deepika and more showed us this week

5 must-try beauty looks Priyanka, Deepika and more showed us this week Priyanka debuted a new hairstyle By Elle Team Trust Priyanka Chopra to kick off filming her TV show Quantico on a high. The star chopped off her long locks and debuted a gorgeous lob with textured waves. Back home in India, Deepika Padukone raised the game on her Padmavati promotions, swapping her onscreen unibrow for a red carpet cat eye liner with NASA-like precision. Want to see all the beauty looks that inspired us this week? Read on. Alia Bhatt A post shared by Alia (@aliaabhatt) on Nov 17, 2017 at 7:35pm PST Alia's pin-up girl waves had her looking like an old Hollywood movie star, while a generous dose of highlighter brought out the glow in her skin. Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone is all about the timeless cat eye this season. When you're playing a queen, it's probably best to stick to the classics. Jhanvi Kapoor A post shared by Jhanvi Kapoor (@jhanvikapoor) on Nov 20, 2017 at 7:31pm PST Jhanvi Kapoor made her official red carpet debut as an actress in full bohemian mode: thick waves and hidden braids are a welcome change from the poker straight '90s hair we've been seeing everywhere. Priyanka Chopra A post shared by Christopher Fulton (@cfulton.hair) on Nov 20, 2017 at 6:06pm PST Priyanka's textured lob comes right in time for the new season of Quantico . The actress wisely chooses a nude lip to allow her new do to steal all the attention. Kriti Sanon A post shared by Kriti (@kritisanon) on Nov 18, 2017 at 5:40am PST Kriti amps up the standard high ponytail with side braids. That, coupled with those magnificent chandbaalis, can see you through this wedding season.

Mumbai foodies, heads up on 3 new restaurants you're going to love

Wednesday, November 22 2017

Mumbai foodies, heads up on 3 new restaurants you're going to love

Mumbai foodies, heads up on 3 new restaurants you're going to love These are as different as they come By Neville Bhandara Taftoon Food-hop down Asia’s ancient Grand Trunk Road at Bandra Kurla Complex’s latest eatery, where the menu serves dishes from the regions the famous road passes through: gushtaba from Kashmir, melt-in-your-mouth galouti kebabs from Lucknow, egg-laced fish cutlets from Bengal, and of course, the leavened zafrani taftoon too. Don't leave without sampling the dessert menu. ELLE loved the Chena sampler packed with delicious Bengali sweets in bite-sized portions. At: Naman Centre, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai La Folie Du Chocolat Chocolatier and patissier Sanjana Patel’s latest is dedicated to her love for the cacao bean. The new Kala Ghoda space celebrates all things chocolate: bonbons, pastries, tarts, you name it. Stop by and pick up a box of assorted goodies if you’re used to siding with your sweet tooth. The French dark chocolate Palet d’Or and rich Bolivian single origin ganache will make your day. At: 16 Commerce House, Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai Izaya Restaurateur Farrokh Khambata’s revamped Nariman Point space (formerly, Amadeus) teams local produce with Thai and Malay flavours, and uses the Japanese Robata style of cooking to introduce a whole new cuisine. On the cards? Aburi pork ribs, Hokkaido corn and clay pot rice. At: National Centre For The Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Jennifer Lawrence on her nude photo leak: 'I feel like I got gang-banged by the f*cking planet'

Wednesday, November 22 2017

Jennifer Lawrence on her nude photo leak: 'I feel like I got gang-banged by the f*cking planet'

Elle Mentors Culture Jennifer Lawrence on her nude photo leak: 'I feel like I got gang-banged by the f*cking planet' The star's intimate photos were hacked and distributed in 2014 By Mehera Bonner November 22, 2017 SHARE Jennifer Lawrence recently opened up about being a victim of a viral nude photo hack in 2014, where personal and intimate photos were stolen from her phone and distributed all over the internet. "When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words. I think that I’m still actually processing it," Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter . "And, I don’t know, I feel like I got gang-banged by the f*cking planet—like, there's not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process." The actress said she decided not to sue because she doesn't see the point. "None of that was gonna really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and Nic [edit note: Jennifer is talking about her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult], the person that they were intended for. It wasn’t gonna bring any of that back. So I wasn’t interested in suing everybody; I was just interested in healing." Instagram The healing process has been difficult, as Lawrence details here: "I think, like, a year and a half ago, somebody said something to me about how I was 'a good role model for girls,' and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an impostor—I felt like, 'I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.' It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that." Lawrence isn't the only actress who's been violated in this way—stars like Lea Michele, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst were part of the 2014 hack alone. It's completely unacceptable.

9 time Bollywood celebrities looked like your favourite Disney characters

Tuesday, November 21 2017

9 time Bollywood celebrities looked like your favourite Disney characters

9 time Bollywood celebrities looked like your favourite Disney characters When you have a team of fairy godmothers working their magic By Elle Team November 21, 2017 SHARE Bollywood's 'It' girls are switching the fairytale romances for storybook fashions. They may have not have fairy godmothers but there's definitely an abundance of fashion designers who know how to work their magic. Besides, on red carpets, the glamour doesn't wear off at midnight. We're not sure if Disney inspired these looks, but if you ask us, these dresses will make everyone feel like a princess... or a fabulous villain. Take Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in that powder blue Michael Cinco ballgown at the Cannes Film Festival, looking like a modern-day Cinderella (stepping out of a limousine instead of a mutant pumpkin). Or Kareena Kapoor Khan in a black Gaurav Gupta that turned her into the spectacular and highly misunderstood Maleficent. If Angelina Jolie is looking to cast the official Bollywood remake, her job's already half done. 9 times these stars took style cues from Disney: Rapunzel The Queen, Snow White Pocahontas Jacqueline Fernandez much like Rapunzel likes to let down her long hair. This Yanina Couture lets Jacqueline do just that. We'd love to see Jacqueline sporting this sheer dress in a live action remake of Tangled . Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's fairy godmother was none other than the Dubai-based Filipino designer, Michael Cinco, who bibbity bobbity boo'd that dress out of our daydreams and onto the red carpet. Aishwarya is already married to the Prince of Bollywood, so it would make sense that she gets to wear the dress too. Hey, if the glass slipper fits... No points for guessing who plays Belle in this Beauty And The Beast couple shot. While Katrina and Ranbir didn't get their happily ever after, Katrina did get to sport this Tony Ward gown. Honestly, it doesn't matter if the magic wore off or not, we're under the spell of her dress. Gaurav Gupta's structured sleeve is working all sorts of dark magic on us. Seriously, who doesn't want to see Kareena Kapoor play a Disney villain? Look at that face. No doubt Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on one of Kapoor's cheekbones and not a spindle. Sleeping Beauty may have been locked away in a tower slumbering away precious hours that she could have used for showing off her dress, but Sonam Kapoor is having none of it. We're glad true love's kiss has Sonam Kapoor up and about, otherwise we may have never got to witness the genius of Elie Saab. This custom-made gown is anything but a yawn. Sonam Kapoor may not have a pet tiger or a magic carpet, but she does have Masaba who is sort of like a genie when it comes to granting fashion wishes. This co-ord modern take on the sari was custom made for Sonam, but we can't help thinking Masaba drew some inspiration from Aladdin. On the off chance she didn't, Sonam really took the look home with her gold earrings and dark tresses . The brilliant actress that is Deepika Padukone could pull off being the bad guy and still manage to look oh-so-good. If The Queen had consulted her magic mirror wearing that Marchesa dress, we're sure she would have remained the fairest of them all. Seriously, how many poison apples do you have to eat to look like that in a sheer dress? Much like Pocahontas, Priyanka Chopra is all about representing minorities. Shoutout to all dusky women. Priyanka Chopra's Pocahontas look is from Sally Lapointe and all it's missing is a trusty raccoon side-kick. Rapunzel Jacqueline Fernandez much like Rapunzel likes to let down her long hair. This Yanina Couture lets Jacqueline do just that. We'd love to see Jacqueline sporting this sheer dress in a live action remake of Tangled . Cinderella Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's fairy godmother was none other than the Dubai-based Filipino designer, Michael Cinco, who bibbity bobbity boo'd that dress out of our daydreams and onto the red carpet. Aishwarya is already married to the Prince of Bollywood, so it would make sense that she gets to wear the dress too. Hey, if the glass slipper fits... Belle No points for guessing who plays Belle in this Beauty And The Beast couple shot. While Katrina and Ranbir didn't get their happily ever after, Katrina did get to sport this Tony Ward gown. Honestly, it doesn't matter if the magic wore off or not, we're under the spell of her dress. Maleficent Gaurav Gupta's structured sleeve is working all sorts of dark magic on us. Seriously, who doesn't want to see Kareena Kapoor play a Disney villain? Look at that face. No doubt Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on one of Kapoor's cheekbones and not a spindle. Aurora Sleeping Beauty may have been locked away in a tower slumbering away precious hours that she could have used for showing off her dress, but Sonam Kapoor is having none of it. We're glad true love's kiss has Sonam Kapoor up and about, otherwise we may have never got to witness the genius of Elie Saab. This custom-made gown is anything but a yawn. Jasmine Sonam Kapoor may not have a pet tiger or a magic carpet, but she does have Masaba who is sort of like a genie when it comes to granting fashion wishes. This co-ord modern take on the sari was custom made for Sonam, but we can't help thinking Masaba drew some inspiration from Aladdin. On the off chance she didn't, Sonam really took the look home with her gold earrings and dark tresses . The Queen, Snow White The brilliant actress that is Deepika Padukone could pull off being the bad guy and still manage to look oh-so-good. If The Queen had consulted her magic mirror wearing that Marchesa dress, we're sure she would have remained the fairest of them all. Seriously, how many poison apples do you have to eat to look like that in a sheer dress? Pocahontas Much like Pocahontas, Priyanka Chopra is all about representing minorities. Shoutout to all dusky women. Priyanka Chopra's Pocahontas look is from Sally Lapointe and all it's missing is a trusty raccoon side-kick.

7 health benefits of matcha you should know about before brewing a cup

Tuesday, November 21 2017

7 health benefits of matcha you should know about before brewing a cup

7 health benefits of matcha you should know about before brewing a cup It's like green tea's cooler, more sophisticated cousin By Jaclyn London November 21, 2017 SHARE Matcha is everywhere lately, but it's not (quite) the same as green tea . The trendy ingredient undergoes a different farming process and comes in a powder instead of loose leaves, making it more concentrated. While plain matcha provides plenty of health benefits, steer clear of dietary supplements that claim to contain matcha or "green tea extract." Since the FDA doesn't evaluate these products for safety and efficacy, other ingredients can interact with medications you're taking. If that's not enough to dissuade you, high doses of antioxidant compounds can actually lead to pro-oxidative stress , a state that' s linked to promoting chronic disease instead of fighting it. Here are the best boosts of matcha you should harness instead: 1. It'll help you stay awake. Since matcha is more concentrated than tea, it contains up to three times the amount of caffeine. That's almost as much as a cup of coffee, so look for types that are clearly labeled "caffeine free" if you plan on drinking it before bed. However, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans does suggest having 300 to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day to slow cognitive decline, boost memory and improve energy . So for those who aren't as sensitive, drink up. 2. It may help boost metabolism… …but not by much — and not for very long. A few small studies have linked drinking about four cups of caffeinated green tea a day with a higher metabolic rate . Research suggests that both the caffeine and antioxidant compounds called catechins may give you a slight boost. That said, you may not see much of a benefit unless you're guzzling only matcha all day, every day. Plus, genetics play a pretty big role in how effective matcha "works" on your metabolic rate. The only tried-and-true way that drinking green tea will boost your metabolism? By helping you wake up and get to the gym . 3. Matcha can help with weight loss. Here's the deal: If you're regularly drink soda, juice and sugary beverages, making the switch to unsweetened matcha will absolutely help. That's because the number one source of added sugar (and therefore, added calories) in the American diet is sugar-sweetened beverages, so opting for a calorie-free alternative is always best. But if you're already sipping on sparkling water, unsweetened coffee and tea, and the occasional diet drink, you'll have to do more than switch up your hydration habits to lose weight. 4. It's good for your blood sugar. As long as you're sipping unsweetened versions, matcha is certainly a smart choice. But be warned: Matcha also appears in sugary juices, frozen yogurt, ice cream, pasta sauces, salad dressings and "tonics" and "elixirs." These can contain loads of added sugar (among other saturated fat-filled ingredients!), leading to blood sugar spikes and subsequent crashes. Always read the ingredients list and check labels for sneaky sweeteners if you're unsure. 5. It can help reduce your risk of cancer. The antioxidant compounds found in matcha and other plants have certainly gotten attention for their cancer-fighting properties , but chugging matcha by the gallon can't reverse the effects of less healthy eating habits! Adding matcha to a produce-filled diet (one that focuses on veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes) will more effectively lower your chances. 6. Matcha may lower your risk of heart disease. Research shows people who frequently drink unsweetened tea of any kind are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life. As an alternative to sugary beverages, it can also help fight other types of chronic diseases, including obesity, so keep on chugging. 7. It's anti-ageing. Besides boosting your metabolism, catechins scavenge for free radicals in your cells, preventing tissue damage in your skin. But just as no single food can prevent chronic disease, no single food can Benjamin Button your forehead. Practicing safe sun habits is your best bet for immediate skin protection. The bottom line Choose unsweetened matcha over sweetened drinks any day of the week. It may have some powerful health benefits that, when combined with a plant-based diet, can help with weight management and reduce risk of chronic disease.