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H&M hit with fresh accusations over incinerating new clothes

Thursday, November 23 2017

H&M hit with fresh accusations over incinerating new clothes

London - Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M has been hit with fresh accusations concerning the incineration of new clothing. H&M reportedly burned 19 tonnes of new clothes in Västerås in 2016, which is nearly twice as much newly produced apparel the retailer is accused of burning in Denmark, according to a recent report from local media outlet SVT. H&M is said to have sent large amounts of clothing to a waste plant at Västerås to be destroyed, burning the same amount of textiles as 50,000 pairs of jeans last year. However, the fashion retailer maintains it only destroys products which do not fulfill its safety regulations and rarely send products for incineration. H&M accused of burning 19 tonnes of new apparel in Sweden in 2016 The fresh allegations concerning H&M disposal of potentially harmful clothing in Sweden come a little more than a month after the international retailer was accused of burning new and usable apparel in Denmark. Danish tv-programme Operation X from TV2 accused H&M of burning 12 tonnes of unsold, yet usable garments in Denmark per year, claims which the retailers has fiercely denied. "We are very concerned as to why some media would suggest that we would destroy usable clothing. There is absolutely no reason for us to do such a thing," wrote the company in a statement. "It is our responsibility to ensure that everything we sell in our stores is safe. For us this is a basic requirement, and what is most important to us," added H&M. "Therefore, any garments that are deemed as potentially harmful to the health of our customers must be destroyed – they should not be sold to customers, donated to charity or recycled. This is our legal obligation." External tests released by the fashion retailer indicated that traces of mold and other harmful chemicals, such as lead, were present in the apparel destroyed in the report released by TV2. H&M denies claims it destroys usable apparel However, some wonder as to why a company like H&M, which previously pledged to remove all hazardous chemicals from its products by 2020, is still producing and shipping apparel which is potentially harmful to consumers. "The first question that strikes me is why are there so high levels of chemicals in the product that they can not be sold," said the Swedish Minister for the Environment, Karolina Skog (MP) to SVT. "I think it is a sign of something that is problematic. This reflects the great use of chemicals in production." Unfortunately, potentially dangerous chemicals present in apparel is not the only reason why retailers, such as H&M, incinerate apparel. The incineration of harmful, dangerous or unwanted clothing remains a common practice throughout the fashion industry. For example, Danish fashion group Bestseller (parent company of Vero Moda, Only and Jack & Jones) stands accused of burning even more unwanted apparel, footwear and accessories last year, 49.2 tonnes to be exact. However, because H&M aims to become one of the leading sustainable fashion companies in the world, the fact that it takes part in such unsustainable practices has captured consumers and the media's attention. "Shouldn’t any company that has committed to recycling find a way to remove contaminated labels from their jeans and recycle the rest?," argued Kirsten Brodde, Project Lead of Detox my Fashion campaign at Greenpeace. "If they take the problem of dangerous chemicals seriously, they shouldn’t be releasing potentially harmful substances into the atmosphere." However, apparel recycling, especially the recycling of potentially harmful garments remains a problematic area in the fashion industry. "We definitely see that this is a problem we want to address," said Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten, Environmental Coordinator at H&M to SVT. The fashion giant stresses that it never destorys apparel that is safe to use. se. "We see clothes and textiles as a resource far too valuable to be destroyed," said H&M in a statement sent to FashionUnited. "Instead, all products that are safe to use are sold in our stores or are reused and recycled. In addition, we want our customers to know that the clothes we have collected in our stores through our garment collecting initiative are directly sent for reuse and recycling. Since 2013, we have collected 55,000 tonnes of textiles and we want to continue make it easy for our customers to give used clothes a new life." The Swedish company notes product longevity remains important to them from an environmental perspective, whether their clothing goes to a charity organization or to a reuse and recycle company.H&M also aims to decrease the amount of apparel it incinerates each year in order to reach its sustainability goals, but the majority of other fashion retailers have yet to step forward and vow to do the same. "Needless to say, we want to sell all our products to our customers. We are therefore working preventive together with suppliers to improve processes – and the amount of clothes sent for destruction are decreasing every year. We have strict chemical regulations and our goal is to eliminate those chemicals that we have identified as hazardous from our production by 2020." Read more:

The tummy workout that will get you lehenga-worthy abs

Thursday, November 23 2017

The tummy workout that will get you lehenga-worthy abs

The tummy workout that will get you lehenga-worthy abs Choli ke neeche kya hai? By Elle Team November 23, 2017 SHARE It's wedding season and aside from it being a marathon of drinking and eating, that also means it's time to sport the aunty-approved ethnic crop-top, the choli. While we encourage you to get as experimental as possible with your blouse , we also encourage you to not let the party wreak havoc on your body. All that dancing should have you covered on the cardio front, but the sangeet is only one function. You're still going to have to don that choli at the reception. Here's a 20-minute daily workout to help keep that tummy toned. You know, for all the thumkas. Mountain Climbers Okay ladies, it’s time to inaugurate this workout by upping your heart rate. But let's be honest, we want to do as little as possible while still achieving our goals, so mountain climbers may be our best friend. It engages your core while pumping up that heart rate. You want to stack your shoulders over your wrists and jog your knees towards your chest. The idea is to keep your core stabilized as you would in a plank and jog with your legs without lifting your butt too much. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions. V-sit with Russian twist combo Skip the Russian salad and opt for those Russian twists instead. This is great for your internal oblique, which will give you that definition you’ve only dreamed of. Sit in a V-position with your legs slightly bent, then twist your hands to one side making sure your chest doesn’t sink. Remember both sides are a single rep so you want to do 3 sets of about 12-15 each. We suggest using a weight to increase the difficulty level. If you’re finding it hard to keep your legs raised, crossing them at the shins may help. Knee to elbow planks This is great for working your external oblique. Get into plank position, then lift your right knee to your right elbow while tightening your core. Repeat on the left side. If you got through that, you just did a rep. No, don’t reward yourself with a cookie. You still have 2 sets to go with 12 reps each. Side plank dips As if a side plank wasn’t punishment enough, now there are dips in the equation... and not the hummus kind. This workout is the arch-nemesis of love handles. Get into a side plank, while making sure your body is aligned in a straight diagonal line with your feet stacked. Then slowly, keeping everything tight, dip your hip to tap the floor before bringing it back up to position. Do 1 set on each side with 10 reps each. In this case, we encourage double dipping. Flutter kicks and leg raises Working your lower abdominal is the most important for getting that lean look. For women, the last two sets are the most difficult to achieve. But if you’re not seeing results in that region even after all the sit-ups, it’s probably because you aren’t engaging the region you should be or doing the exercise incorrectly. First things first, lie on the ground with bent knees and ensure your back is completely flat. Then raise your legs to 90 degrees and slowly lower them to the lowest point you can without your back arching. For flutter kicks, slowly move your legs alternatively up and down to increase stress on your abs without arching your back. Raising both legs together or pulsing them will also work this region. Do as many reps as possible for 1 minutes, 2-3 sets. Image Credits: Suresh Nataranjan for ELLE India, November, 2017.

Decoding the meaning behind Indian wedding traditions and rituals

Thursday, November 23 2017

Decoding the meaning behind Indian wedding traditions and rituals

Decoding the meaning behind Indian wedding traditions and rituals What do the saath pheras signify? By Shweta Gandhi The rituals of a Hindu wedding are as colourful as the celebrations that ensue — right from picking the most auspicious day and time according to the horoscope of the bride and the groom to the saath pheras they take around the holy fire. Each step has a deep philosophical and spiritual significance behind it. Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, understand the meaning behind these ancient rituals which could serve to bless you on your big day. While the traditions vary from region to region, three key rituals are common: kanyadaan (when the father gives away his daughter), panigrahana (presence of the sacred fire) and saptapadi (the seven steps and oaths taken around the fire). Here, we break down the most common wedding customs: Pre-wedding rituals The engagement Also known as roka, saga, sakhar pudra, kasamdry, nishchayam or ghor dana in different states, as the name suggests, the ceremony involves the bride and groom exchanging rings. The two families also exchange gifts with each other as an acceptance of the match, and as a gesture of welcoming each other into their respective families. The mehendi A post shared by TheWeddingBrigade.com (@theweddingbrigade) on Nov 8, 2017 at 12:07am PST Popular in the North, the mehendi function is where the bride's hands and legs are decorated with beautiful henna designs, often inscribed with her to-be husband's name. (Check out this season's trendy bridal mehendi designs here ). All the women in the family also decorate their arms with mehendi. This ritual is considered to be a good omen that welcomes the bride's promising future; it is said that the darker the colour of the mehendi, the more love and appreciation she will receive from her husband and in-laws. The sangeet If there's one ceremony where the bride and her friends can let their hair down, this one would be it. From both families enjoying song and dance performances, the idea is for the two families and their relatives to mingle and get to know each other in a light-hearted setting. The haldi A common ritual amongst almost all communities in India, the haldi function is usually held in bride and groom's respective homes. A special turmeric paste, believed to have healing powers while warding off negative energies, is applied liberally to the skin, usually by their mothers and close female relatives. The two families are not allowed to see each other during this ceremony, so as to preserve the sanctity of the family. Once the paste dries off, it is washed with holy water. A post shared by EternalWedding Studio (@eternal_weddings) on Jun 16, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT Wedding rituals Kanyadaan One of the most crucial steps in the wedding is the kanyadaan, which involves the bride's father giving her away to the groom. The bride's left hand is placed on top of her to-be-husband's right hand while the bride's parents recite a chant that absolves them of their bad karma and their debts to their forefathers. Panigrahana This ritual sees the groom accepting the bride's hand as a symbol of their impending marital union, while announcing that he fully accepts his responsibility to the four deities: bhagya (wealth), aryama (heavens), savita (new beginning) and purandhi (wisdom). The rig vedic mantra is also chanted. A post shared by The Wedding Crasher (@theweddingcrasherofficial) on Sep 17, 2016 at 1:31am PDT Vivaah Homa This rite involves the symbolic fire being lit by the groom to signify the start of a new household. Saptapadi The bride and the groom's garments are tied together in a knot and they take seven circles around the sacred fire while promising to be each other's eternal mates in life's journey. The groom takes the lead in the first six rounds, while during the seventh, the bride walks ahead, symbolic of her now being part of his life. The final ritual is the reciting of the seven sacred vows — to respect and honour each other, to share their joys as well as their sorrows, to trust and be loyal, to inculcate appreciation for values and knowledge, to grow through familial and spiritual duties, to follow their dharma, and finally, to nurture their bond of love and friendship. After this, the newly-wedded couple looks towards their elders for blessings. A post shared by Picsurely (@picsurely) on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:47am PDT Post-wedding rituals Vidaai The bride is given an emotional send-off by her family, and she throws three handfuls of rice and coins over her head which settles her debt to her parents for bringing her up with love and care. A post shared by EternalWedding Studio (@eternal_weddings) on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:16pm PDT Kalash On arriving at the groom's home, the mother welcomes the two with a traditional aarti. The bride enters her new home by knocking over a kalash of rice which symbolises that she is ushering in abundance and prosperity. The bride then puts her feet in a red paste and walks in, leaving footprints behind to pay homage to Goddess Laxmi. The reception This is the last ceremony that celebrates the divine union of the couple, with the purpose of the two meeting and greeting all their friends and family while receiving blessings and gifts.

Mira Kapoor's classic pantsuit has a very surprising detail

Thursday, November 23 2017

Mira Kapoor's classic pantsuit has a very surprising detail

Mira Kapoor's classic pantsuit has a very surprising detail We didn't see that coming By Elle India Pantsuits are quickly proving to be the flavour of the season, which Anushka Sharma recently donning a flame-red version for a red carpet outing with Virat Kohli. Malaika Arora Khan wore a sexy black version — shirtless, as only she can — for the opening of a new restaurant in Mumbai. And now Mira Kapoor has thrown her hat into the ring with the most surprising version we've seen yet. Mira stepped out for a recent red carpet event in what can only be described as a sharara-pantsuit hybrid. The black two-piece suddenly veered off its otherwise sombre path, with the pant leg flaring out into a full-blown sharara silhouette in black and white sequinned fabric. Her stylist Anisha Jain paired an Ashish Soni blazer with pants from 431-88 by Shweta Kapur. Nirav Modi diamond earrings and matching rings completed Mira's look, though we have to say we can't really look past those pants.

7 tips to fight ageing and skin damage, according to Hollywood's top expert

Wednesday, November 22 2017

7 tips to fight ageing and skin damage, according to Hollywood's top expert

7 tips to fight ageing and skin damage, according to Hollywood's top expert Did you know air purifiers can do wonders for your skin? By Sara Mclean November 22, 2017 SHARE Facialist, esthetician and skincare connoisseur Shani Darden knows a thing or two about keeping your skin looking good. As one of the most popular go-to facialists to the stars (her clientele include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley , Jessica Alba and Emmy Rossum), Darden is an expert on how to get and maintain a celebrity-level glow. She helps half of Hollywood put their best complexions forward on the red carpet, but her favourite mask can be found in a supermarket. We quizzed her on her number one tips, anti-ageing and her favourite products. It's never too early to start protecting your skin against ageing "I recommend incorporating retinol into your routine in your early twenties, but even as kids, sunscreen is our earliest form of protection. Sun damage is extremely hard to reverse later in life, so I never leave the house without applying SPF. I love Control Corrective’s Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30." A post shared by Shani Darden (@shanidarden) on Apr 17, 2017 at 3:57pm PDT Retinol is amazing for anti-ageing "It helps to reduce fine lines, boost collagen, alleviate pigmentation and improve skin texture. I created my Retinol Reform serum as a gentle yet effective alternative to other options on the market that were too harsh on my clients’ skin. But you need to build up your retinol use gradually. It can be drying so start by using it one night a week, then add a night each week as your skin can tolerate it." Your have to adjust your skincare routine as you age "As you get older, your hormones change, so the products you used in your twenties may no longer be suitable in your thirties. The most common mistake I see people make is using the wrong products for their skin type, which can clog pores and cause congestion. I recommend consulting with an aesthetician or dermatologist to create a skincare routine that’s perfectly suited to you." Air purifiers offer great skincare benefits "They capture particles in the air—like dust and bacteria—before they make contact with your skin to help alleviate irritation and dryness, reduce acne, slow down the ageing process and improve skin tone. I have a Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link in my house. I’m obsessed!" A post shared by Shani Darden (@shanidarden) on Feb 16, 2017 at 8:58am PST It's important to let a product absorb into your skin before layering on the next one "This allows each ingredient to penetrate and be as effective as possible." I swear by light, at-home chemical exfoliants "Dr Dennis Gross peel pads are my go-to—they help to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin and give you an amazing glow." A post shared by Shani Darden (@shanidarden) on Jul 15, 2016 at 7:39pm PDT For a DIY facial, start by cleansing your skin with a gentle yet hardworking cleanser "Next, apply an at-home chemical exfoliant so ingredients are better absorbed. Finish with a hydrating mask. Garnier makes amazing sheet masks. I also love Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes for removing makeup. They’re made with silk fibres, so they’re super soft." I incorporated LED therapy into every facial "It fights wrinkles, kills bacteria that causes acne and accelerates healing after extractions. My favourite at-home options are the Déesse mask and LightStim handheld device ." This feature originally appeared in the October issue of ELLE Australia.

Kareena Kapoor Khan returns to the ramp for Manish Malhotra

Sunday, November 26 2017

Kareena Kapoor Khan returns to the ramp for Manish Malhotra

2016 2017 Not one to mince words, Kareena noted in her autobiographical memoir The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva (co-authored by ELLE's Rochelle Pinto) that she had her work cut out for her when she started in Bollywood as a chubby chica with a soft spot for junk food — with s picy pani puri topping that list. After her debut in Refugee , the actress shot to fame with her role as the style diva Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham . However, it is the role of Princess Kaurwaki in Asoka that stands out for her after all these years. After multiple top actresses turned down the role as it required minimal make-up, Kareena stepped in with her toned pecs and that lit-from-within glow. Her rocky relationship with the critics flared up when she was dubbed overweight in the Yeh Mera Dil item number in Don . Since pictures speak louder than words, please find attached an image of Kareena's absolutely normal curves for your reference. The turning point came when she met dietician Rujuta Diwekar in 2007 and debuted her size zero figure a year later, forcing the fashion police to eat their words. "I met Rujuta when my friend Shaira introduced me to her in 2007," she recalled in an excerpt from the dietician's bestselling book, Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight . "The first thing I told her was that I would NOT give up my pizzas, pastas and Christmas puddings for anything; glossies who termed me overweight, be damned! To my utter relief, she said I could have all that and still become health and lean," reminisced Kareena. Her leaner-and-meaner avatar in the commercial dud Tashan did, of course, go a long way towards silencing the critics. "The size-zero phenomenon. That is how Tashan will always be remembered, thanks to the media frenzy over my new size. More than the looks in the movie, I think people were looking at my body with a magnifying glass and trying to figure out how a chubby Punjabi girl had morphed into a super-toned diva," she laughed. Drama, of course, follows the Kapoor diva wherever she goes, and rumours flew fast that she had developed an eating disorder. But they had a hard time getting to her; Kareena was quick to dismiss all the speculation, "For a long time, I used to think that diets were all about starving and punishing yourself. And I wasn't alone. A lot of people thought the same way. Then I met Rujuta. I said, 'I'm a Kapoor, I love my parathas, paneer, cheese.' Rujuta replied, 'You can go right ahead and eat all of that and more.' I was like, cool, when can we start?" The rollercoaster continued, and her voluptuous figure in 'Fevicol Se' from Dabangg 2 again drew the ire of the self-appointed judge and jury. Clearly not yet acquainted with the fact that Kareena's sense of self-worth stemmed from more than what the weighing scale told her, she once again took it upon herself to educate the critics. "It was the requirement of the song. I couldn’t have looked as lean and toned as I was in ‘Halkat Jawani’ (from Heroine ) because ‘Fevicol Se’ is a desi kind of number,” she shot back. Come 2015, her jaunt as Gaurav Gupta's showstopper in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 made her the media darling again. While she took the accolades with a pinch of salt, Kareena clarified in a documentary that starving herself to an arbitrary size wasn't her gig. “When people come to my house for dinner, they message me saying grilled chicken, grilled only and no carbs. But rice is something I can’t live without and I always have a bowl of it on my table. I enjoy being true to my culture and enjoying the perks, the fruits, and foods,” she added. In a country that still deems being pregnant and having a career as a binary choice, Kareena threw down the gauntlet with her well-publicised pregnancy. "I was flaunting my double chin, knowing that I was being photographed from every possible angle. I enjoyed my pregnancy and it was out there for the world to see. Now, Taimur is a very good-looking baby and, of course, he has the Pathan genes, but I feel some of that also had to do with his mother enjoying a lot of ghee and parathas," she says with a smile. Still in doubt over whether she wasn't enjoying her pregnancy to the hilt? We'll let this photo from her stint down the ramp for Sabyasachi's Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 finale do the talking. Not one to sit idle, the new momma took to the limelight again shortly after the birth of her son. In a Facebook Live interview with Rujuta she revealed, "We've laid the ground work and I am now working to strengthen my stomach muscles and get back into great shape. But don't let anybody tell you that you shouldn't be wearing those leggings because your thighs are still fat. Enjoy it!" Not one to mince words, Kareena noted in her autobiographical memoir The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva (co-authored by ELLE's Rochelle Pinto) that she had her work cut out for her when she started in Bollywood as a chubby chica with a soft spot for junk food — with s picy pani puri topping that list. 2001 After her debut in Refugee , the actress shot to fame with her role as the style diva Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham . However, it is the role of Princess Kaurwaki in Asoka that stands out for her after all these years. After multiple top actresses turned down the role as it required minimal make-up, Kareena stepped in with her toned pecs and that lit-from-within glow. 2006 Her rocky relationship with the critics flared up when she was dubbed overweight in the Yeh Mera Dil item number in Don . Since pictures speak louder than words, please find attached an image of Kareena's absolutely normal curves for your reference. 2008 The turning point came when she met dietician Rujuta Diwekar in 2007 and debuted her size zero figure a year later, forcing the fashion police to eat their words. "I met Rujuta when my friend Shaira introduced me to her in 2007," she recalled in an excerpt from the dietician's bestselling book, Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight . "The first thing I told her was that I would NOT give up my pizzas, pastas and Christmas puddings for anything; glossies who termed me overweight, be damned! To my utter relief, she said I could have all that and still become health and lean," reminisced Kareena. Her leaner-and-meaner avatar in the commercial dud Tashan did, of course, go a long way towards silencing the critics. "The size-zero phenomenon. That is how Tashan will always be remembered, thanks to the media frenzy over my new size. More than the looks in the movie, I think people were looking at my body with a magnifying glass and trying to figure out how a chubby Punjabi girl had morphed into a super-toned diva," she laughed. 2008 Drama, of course, follows the Kapoor diva wherever she goes, and rumours flew fast that she had developed an eating disorder. But they had a hard time getting to her; Kareena was quick to dismiss all the speculation, "For a long time, I used to think that diets were all about starving and punishing yourself. And I wasn't alone. A lot of people thought the same way. Then I met Rujuta. I said, 'I'm a Kapoor, I love my parathas, paneer, cheese.' Rujuta replied, 'You can go right ahead and eat all of that and more.' I was like, cool, when can we start?" 2012 The rollercoaster continued, and her voluptuous figure in 'Fevicol Se' from Dabangg 2 again drew the ire of the self-appointed judge and jury. Clearly not yet acquainted with the fact that Kareena's sense of self-worth stemmed from more than what the weighing scale told her, she once again took it upon herself to educate the critics. "It was the requirement of the song. I couldn’t have looked as lean and toned as I was in ‘Halkat Jawani’ (from Heroine ) because ‘Fevicol Se’ is a desi kind of number,” she shot back. 2015 Come 2015, her jaunt as Gaurav Gupta's showstopper in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 made her the media darling again. While she took the accolades with a pinch of salt, Kareena clarified in a documentary that starving herself to an arbitrary size wasn't her gig. “When people come to my house for dinner, they message me saying grilled chicken, grilled only and no carbs. But rice is something I can’t live without and I always have a bowl of it on my table. I enjoy being true to my culture and enjoying the perks, the fruits, and foods,” she added. 2016 In a country that still deems being pregnant and having a career as a binary choice, Kareena threw down the gauntlet with her well-publicised pregnancy. "I was flaunting my double chin, knowing that I was being photographed from every possible angle. I enjoyed my pregnancy and it was out there for the world to see. Now, Taimur is a very good-looking baby and, of course, he has the Pathan genes, but I feel some of that also had to do with his mother enjoying a lot of ghee and parathas," she says with a smile. 2016 Still in doubt over whether she wasn't enjoying her pregnancy to the hilt? We'll let this photo from her stint down the ramp for Sabyasachi's Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 finale do the talking. 2017 Not one to sit idle, the new momma took to the limelight again shortly after the birth of her son. In a Facebook Live interview with Rujuta she revealed, "We've laid the ground work and I am now working to strengthen my stomach muscles and get back into great shape. But don't let anybody tell you that you shouldn't be wearing those leggings because your thighs are still fat. Enjoy it!"

How to find the right blush for your complexion

Friday, November 24 2017

How to find the right blush for your complexion

How to find the right blush for your complexion Because 'blush is the magic wand of make-up’ By Jacqueline Kilikita November 24, 2017 SHARE The right blusher can turn a lacklustre complexion into healthy, lively, ethereal skin with just one sweep — and with temperatures dropping fast, it looks like we're going to need all the glow we can get. Like foundation and concealer, your skin tone plays a huge part in hunting down the perfect blusher. Thankfully, it's no longer a 'one-shade-suits-all' situation. But it also pays to take the texture and finish into consideration, not to mention your skin type, too. Blemish-prone? We hate to break it to you, but shimmer is not the one. Luckily for you guys, we're on hand to make achieving that post-spin flush a little easier — and there's no exercise involved whatsoever. Instagram: @sonamkapoor How to find the right blush for your skin tone "Blush is like the magic wand of make-up," says Pixi Beauty Global Director of Training & Artistry, Amanda Bell, "But only when it's the right colour!" So if you find yourself being sent off with a standard doll pink every time you visit the beauty counter, we've got you covered. Instagram: @victoriasecret Pale to light skin: If you have pale skin, you might feel like you're limited to one shade of blusher — baby pink — but there's so much choice out there, and it all depends on the finish you want. "Peach and soft rose hues are great options for paler skin, especially if you want to achieve a more subtle effect," says Amanda. "But for a little more of a statement, sheer plum (the key word being sheer) and soft coral both look great." Steer clear of anything too warm, though. It'll only make your skin look muddy. Try... - Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff , Rs, 1,150 You know how your cheeks look after a minute or two in the cold? This pretty pink blusher is basically that in a tube. It may look dainty but the pigment inside is mighty. Expect vivid, non-budge colour that's on par with your favourite powder blusher.

Ananya Panday, Ahaan Panday and the prince of Jaipur make their Le Bal Debut

Sunday, November 26 2017

Ananya Panday, Ahaan Panday and the prince of Jaipur make their Le Bal Debut

Ananya Panday, Ahaan Panday and the prince of Jaipur make their Le Bal Debut Did we mention Reese Witherspoon's daughter was there too? By Elle Team November 26, 2017 SHARE Le Bal des Débutantes in Paris is a society event where 25 girls from elite families around the world - the progeny of royalty, aristocracy, business tycoons and film stars - are selected to make their official public debut at a glamorous ball in the French capital. This year, it was Chunkey Panday's daughter Ananya who made her debut in a fitted blue gown by Parisian couturier Jean Paul Gaultier. A post shared by Bhavana Pandey (@bhavanapandey) on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:28am PST Young men from these prominent families also have a special role to play at Le Bal, known as cavaliers, escorting the debutantes once they've been introduced by their parents. Ananya's cousin Ahaan Panday, who has already made his acting aspirations public, was partnered with Princess Alice of Belgium. A post shared by Deanne Panday (@deannepanday) on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:08am PST Indian royalty was also represented by Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur and Princess Gauravi Kumari. The Maharaja was partnered with the Ava Phillippe, daughter of Hollywood star and Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon, who wore a custom Giambattista Valli gown. A post shared by Drie.WMag (@drie.wmag) on Nov 25, 2017 at 4:09pm PST

Zashed Fashiontech launches multibrand store ‘The Mz’ in Delhi

Monday, November 27 2017

Zashed Fashiontech launches multibrand store ‘The Mz’ in Delhi

| Monday, 27 November 2017 Zashed Fashiontech launched their first multi-brand store The Mz in Delhi’s Greater Kailash M Block market with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood as the special guest. The multi-brand store was launched by Zashed Fashiontech and Arya Fabs in association with Saalim Shoes houses a variety of menswear and women’s wear brands in the reasonably priced section. These include: Zash menswear, Magzayra women’s wear, and Delmondo footwear. Sonu Sood was chosen to open the store as he is well known for his sporty and classic style in line with the brands in “The Mz”. Mithun Bhardwaj, CEO, Zashed Fashiontech spoke of their business dealings in India as well as in the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia. The store is the first of its kind for the business and depending on its success, others could follow.

The Label Life to introduce Payal Singhal's designs

Monday, November 27 2017

The Label Life to introduce Payal Singhal's designs

| Monday, 27 November 2017 After joining hands with Desai Foundation for an exclusive collection earlier this year, designer Payal Singhal will launch her designs with online fashion store, The Label Life. Though the brand is known for its urban day wear, and Singhal is most famous for her chic take on Indian bridal wear. The 'La Vie En Rose' collection features 10 essentials that Singhal calls "wardrobe builders" a long printed jacket, a shirt dress, an off-shoulder ruffle top, a lehenga skirt, a drop crotch pant, printed scarves, a pair of wedges, a clutch and a wrap-around leather belt. Singhal, known for her floral and feminine motifs, introduces two new signature prints in pale rose pink and black colours that she describes as "ideal picks for the winter festive season." The collection will be available on the website Thelabelife starting November 22.

Lane Crawford ropes in Indian designer Sabyasachi for capsule collection

Tuesday, November 28 2017

Lane Crawford ropes in Indian designer Sabyasachi for capsule collection

| Tuesday, 28 November 2017 After multiple successful collaborations with labels like Christian Louboutin and Forevermark, designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has now done a capsule collection, and this time for luxury departmental store Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. Designed keeping the global audience in mind, the handcrafted range features delicate embroidered tulle tops, jacquard silk bodycon dresses, embellished tulle overlay velvet skirts, sequinned silk pants, and georgette jumpsuits and embellished bomber jackets. Sabyasachi says he imagined glorious travellers, flying in private jets from all over the world to China Club in cross cultural handmade clothing and imagined women in Indian textiles, oriental reds, chinoiserie prints and sparkle, sitting upright on bright canvas clad chairs playing bridge and Mahjong with feral intimidation. The colour palette sees a classic mix of black and red with gold moving into lighter pastel shades of sage green, beige, blush peach and powder blue. Floral motifs whether intricately hand embroidered or printed are liberally used throughout the collection, lending a carefree summery vibe. The capsule collection received an overwhelming response with the first batch being sold within two days of it going live. The second batch is now up for grabs at the Hong Kong store and on the website.

Katrina Kaif's lehenga choli is so beautifully versatile

Tuesday, November 28 2017

Katrina Kaif's lehenga choli is so beautifully versatile

Katrina Kaif's lehenga choli is so beautifully versatile The Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla style ticks off three major boxes at once By Elle Team November 28, 2017 SHARE Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are having a bumper season, with every second celebrity choosing one of their opulent designs for their red carpet outings. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Katrina Kaif, who chose an electric blue lehenga choli with gold embroidery on the skirt for the International Film Festival of India closing ceremony in Goa. What we love most about the look? That choli that's ticking three major boxes on our list. First, those statement sleeves are completely in sync with the biggest red carpet trend of this season. Secondly, that electric blue colour that lights up Indian skin tones across the spectrum, from fair to dusky. Finally, that sweeping off-shoulder neckline that allows Katrina to show off those gym-honed collarbones. A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Nov 28, 2017 at 6:20am PST She keeps the look simple by choosing earrings instead of a statement necklace, an interesting choice that allows the lehenga to remain the centre of attention. Do you love the look? Statement sleeve inspiration from your favourite celebrities One-shoulder long lantern sleeves Puffed sleeves with bell-shaped cuffs Cuff sleeves Tiered ruffle sleeves Ruffled long sleeves Deepika Padukone wears an asymmetric one-shoulder gathered knot tie blouse by Prabal Gurung with a long lantern sleeve and an extended sash, styled with a trouser. Buy the Prabal Gurung Lannister one-shoulder blouse here. Alia Bhatt recently wore a white flounce sleeve blouse and lehenga from Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to the Lokmat Maharashtra’s Most Stylish Awards 2017. While you will have to custom-make your Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla lehenga set, here's a basic white tee from H&M that fits the bill equally well. Buy it here. Athiya Shetty picked a white uneven ruffled sleeve top from Kerkés that she styled with striped trousers. The Kerkés top comes in three colours — white, black and red. Take your pick here. Deepika Padukone's black cold shoulder peplum blouse with bell sleeves goes well with the flared bottoms. Buy a similar version from Kerkés here . Sonam Kapoor's Dolce and Gabbana floral dress with puffed sleeves is an ideal choice for a summer soirée. Get this puffed sleeve crop top from Shein on the low. Shilpa Shetty's grey Ashish N Soni jumpsuit ensures all eyes are on the statement sleeves. Give yourself a velvet treat with this leg of mutton sleeve top by Tibi. Get it here . Alia Bhatt wears a lace cold shoulder frill top from Self-Portrait that is equal parts flirty and feminine. Get Alia's look here. For the Stardust Awards 2016, Jacqueline Fernandez chose a sheer mauve gown by Yanina Couture with exaggerated balloon sleeves. Give your wardrobe a striped updated with this statement balloon sleeve top from Alexis. Shop here . Deepika's coral and black Bibhu Mohapatra off shoulder gown has all the limelight on those exaggerated sleeves. Treat yourself to this off-shoulder vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress with exaggerated sleeves. Buy here . Kareena Kapoor Khan stuns in a layered sleeve top by AND. This layered sleeve dress by Shein will be your go-to pick for weekend brunches. Buy it here . Shraddha Kapoor wears a magenta pantsuit with a one-shoulder bishop sleeve that lends a powerful look to the ensemble. Get this one-shoulder bishop sleeve here . Kangana Ranaut opts for a mellow yellow ruffled dress with puffed sleeves and bell-shaped cuffs by Gauri and Nainika. Add drama to your look with this puffed sleeve dress by Rejina Pyo. Buy it here . Freida Pinto's ruffled shirt from Self-Portrait with cuff sleeves has a sharp, tailored look. This frill shirt with cuff sleeves from Self-Portrait is the only accessory your ensemble needs. Buy here . Shraddha Kapoor gives the LBD a smart update with an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla dress with tiered ruffle sleeves. Get this tiered ruffle sleeve top from Shein here . Esha Gupta's black ruffled top from Lulu and Sky is a must-have for Friday nights. Get your hands on it here . One-shoulder long lantern sleeves Deepika Padukone wears an asymmetric one-shoulder gathered knot tie blouse by Prabal Gurung with a long lantern sleeve and an extended sash, styled with a trouser. Buy the Prabal Gurung Lannister one-shoulder blouse here. Flounce sleeves Alia Bhatt recently wore a white flounce sleeve blouse and lehenga from Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to the Lokmat Maharashtra’s Most Stylish Awards 2017. While you will have to custom-make your Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla lehenga set, here's a basic white tee from H&M that fits the bill equally well. Buy it here. Ruffled sleeves Athiya Shetty picked a white uneven ruffled sleeve top from Kerkés that she styled with striped trousers. The Kerkés top comes in three colours — white, black and red. Take your pick here. Cold shoulder bell sleeves Deepika Padukone's black cold shoulder peplum blouse with bell sleeves goes well with the flared bottoms. Buy a similar version from Kerkés here . Puffed sleeves Sonam Kapoor's Dolce and Gabbana floral dress with puffed sleeves is an ideal choice for a summer soirée. Get this puffed sleeve crop top from Shein on the low. Leg-of-mutton sleeves Shilpa Shetty's grey Ashish N Soni jumpsuit ensures all eyes are on the statement sleeves. Give yourself a velvet treat with this leg of mutton sleeve top by Tibi. Get it here . Cold shoulder frill sleeves Alia Bhatt wears a lace cold shoulder frill top from Self-Portrait that is equal parts flirty and feminine. Get Alia's look here. Balloon sleeves For the Stardust Awards 2016, Jacqueline Fernandez chose a sheer mauve gown by Yanina Couture with exaggerated balloon sleeves. Give your wardrobe a striped updated with this statement balloon sleeve top from Alexis. Shop here . Off shoulder exaggerated sleeves Deepika's coral and black Bibhu Mohapatra off shoulder gown has all the limelight on those exaggerated sleeves. Treat yourself to this off-shoulder vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress with exaggerated sleeves. Buy here . Layered sleeves Kareena Kapoor Khan stuns in a layered sleeve top by AND. This layered sleeve dress by Shein will be your go-to pick for weekend brunches. Buy it here . One-shoulder bishop sleeve Shraddha Kapoor wears a magenta pantsuit with a one-shoulder bishop sleeve that lends a powerful look to the ensemble. Get this one-shoulder bishop sleeve here . Puffed sleeves with bell-shaped cuffs Kangana Ranaut opts for a mellow yellow ruffled dress with puffed sleeves and bell-shaped cuffs by Gauri and Nainika. Add drama to your look with this puffed sleeve dress by Rejina Pyo. Buy it here . Cuff sleeves Freida Pinto's ruffled shirt from Self-Portrait with cuff sleeves has a sharp, tailored look. This frill shirt with cuff sleeves from Self-Portrait is the only accessory your ensemble needs. Buy here . Tiered ruffle sleeves Shraddha Kapoor gives the LBD a smart update with an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla dress with tiered ruffle sleeves. Get this tiered ruffle sleeve top from Shein here . Ruffled long sleeves Esha Gupta's black ruffled top from Lulu and Sky is a must-have for Friday nights. Get your hands on it here .