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Esha Gupta’s strappy sequinned dress is the perfect outfit for a hot date

Thursday, October 26 2017

Esha Gupta’s strappy sequinned dress is the perfect outfit for a hot date

Esha Gupta has been scoring big in the sartorial game in all her recent appearances. Yesterday, the actor was spotted celebrating the launch of ERDEMxHM—part of the high street brand’s annual designer collaboration—in Mumbai. Gupta chose a strappy black sequinned dress from new collection for the event. With the dress already scoring high on drama, Gupta completed her look with gold earrings by Outhouse Jewellery, minimally-embellished black pumps and a sequinned “Princess” slogan sling bag by Jimmy Choo to match. The actor went with a messy pulled-back hairstyle to draw focus to the dress and the plunging neckline and added brick red lips and mascara to the mix. Who needs a boring black number when you can sport a shimmery dress? Gupta’s ensemble offered a lesson in how to put together the perfect party ensemble. Take a closer look at the star in our slideshow. Keep up with celebrities and what they wore here. 1 /10 Alia Bhatt carrying an Off-White bag at Mumbai airport

Thom Browne: My shows “are not as intellectual as people think they are”

Thursday, October 26 2017

Thom Browne: My shows “are not as intellectual as people think they are”

Thom Browne has long had a penchant for the theatrical. On the catwalk, he’s conjured up Victorian-era zombie brides with powdered faces and absurdly comedic tropical bird-people next to surfers at the beach. But for his Parisian womenswear debut, Browne upped the ante, even by his standards, greeting guests with a pair of majestic creatures—half-crustacean, half-cosmonaut—resembling blobs of chewed gum, playing the Little Mermaid soundtrack and unleashing a giant tulle unicorn operated by two model puppeteers, which quickly became the highlight of fashion month. But as any customer of the designer knows, what Browne exhibits at his otherworldly and at-times bizarre shows bears little resemblance to the striped cardigans and button-down shirts one typically finds at more than 200 stores that carry his wares. Why is that? “I feel the shows should be conceptual. They should tell a story, and they should make the more plastic things that you do seem more interesting,” the soft-spoken Browne tells Vogue from his seat at the waterbar in the basement of the Parisian concept store Colette, where he is staging a takeover during the month of October. “I have a strong and classic part of what I do… what people see when they come to the showroom. There’s no reason I need to show that.” Since establishing his label in 2001, Browne has been awarded, in addition to the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year prize in 2016, 2013 and 2006, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012, as well as the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008. By popularising the slim-and-shrunken silhouette in the ’00s, he launched a revolution in menswear that has transformed men’s tailoring more than anyone else since Giorgio Armani. Though he’s been showing menswear in Paris for the past seven years, Browne only moved his womenswear show to Paris this season. With womenswear now contributing a third of total sales for the brand, he needed a bigger stage. “It wasn’t really about wanting to leave New York per se,” Browne says. “It does seem that there’s a bigger audience. And also an audience that appreciates more of the conceptual side of what I do.” Last year, Sandbridge Capital, the private equity firm, purchased a majority stake in the company from Stripe International, the Japanese investment firm. The company also appointed Rodrigo Bazan, formerly president of Alexander Wang, as the chief executive to expand the business, focussing on womenswear. But unlike his Parisian counterparts, who might reference essays, films or the political climate in their collection notes, Browne often forgoes the highbrow in favour of the mundane. In fact, he’s often amused that critics dedicate so much of their time to interpreting his work. “For me, some of my inspirations are very sophomoric, and are not as intellectual as people think they are,” he says. “The idea of this show is the very simple idea of two little girls dreaming: it’s what I thought of when I would think of two little girls dreaming. It was true fantasy, including unicorns, and mermaids, so it was a very charming kid’s story.” Though the references can be superficial or light-hearted, “the clothing is not a joke,” Browne assures us. “I am very serious about how the clothes are made, and the quality of what people see. Because I think that’s more of the fashion.” So never mind what the critics say, what was the real theme behind his Parisian womenswear debut? “The simple idea—not simple in actualising it—but the simple idea of taking my classic American fabrics and redeveloping it all in a fabric that I thought was very French, which was the tulle. And then also utilising tulle in a way that I don’t think is used very much, in a very tailored way.” It’s hard to believe Browne didn’t train to be a fashion designer. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Browne attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where he studied economics and competed in long-distance freestyle races on the swim team. By chance, Browne found himself in the fashion industry after moving to New York in 1997, working in the Giorgio Armani’s showroom before being discovered by Ralph Lauren, who hired him as a designer at Club Monaco after seeing Browne wearing one of his signature suits. Today, Browne wouldn’t be caught in anything but a three-piece suit—except when he’s running—but he confesses he wasn’t born wearing a tie. During his Notre Dame days, “it was more grey flannels, khakis and navy jackets,” he divulges. After university and before moving to New York, Browne lived in Los Angeles, where he tried his hand at acting, and it was there on the West Coast that he developed a devotion to grey suits. For those unfamiliar with Browne’s predilection for tailoring, it’s not enough that he wears the suits himself—the individuals he employs dress just like him too. Upstairs, where preparations are underway for a cocktail reception later that evening, a dozen or so men and women dressed in Browne’s uniforms are scattered across the shop floor. Soon, Sarah Andelman, the co-founder and creative director of Colette, will change into a Thom Browne suit of her own. I observe that they all look the same. “We don’t look the same,” he interjects. “For me, I think there is something very strong and very individual and unique about uniforms,” he explains. “I think it does really showcase each person’s individuality. Look at us: we are wearing the same thing, but we look very different, and we are all very different people. I think that’s a very strong message.”

How to buy the perfect swimsuit for your vacation wardrobe

Thursday, October 26 2017

How to buy the perfect swimsuit for your vacation wardrobe

So you slyly slid in your leave application at work, survived the panic attack after seeing your total air fare and now all you want to do is sink into a jacuzzi with a sangria in each hand. Which is all well and good, until you reach the swimwear stage of your packing protocol and realise that you should have tacked on another seven days on your leave request, at least. Apple-shaped, hourglass or inverted triangle: if the confusing lexicon of body shape types wasn’t enough to convince you to quit and take up rocket science instead, factor in the fact that getting the wrong size could ring the death knell on your post-holiday humble brag. When it comes to swimwear, going one size larger won’t provide any camouflage, and opting for one size smaller won’t do you any favours in the pool either. So how do you find the perfect swimsuit for your #travelgasm snap? We’re glad you asked. Identify your body type And no, we don’t need you to Google whether you are pear-shaped or an inverted trapezoid. The right swimwear doesn’t necessarily require you to clock in overtime at the gym, so don’t waste precious off-duty hours slaving away at the treadmill before hitting the surf and the sand. Follow our handy guide to find something that works for you without compromising on your street style cred. Do it like the stars When in doubt, allow Bollywood’s best dressed to play friend and mentor. The lean-and-mean machine Malaika Arora knows exactly how to play up her toned arms with fringed strapless bikinis, while the petite Ileana D’Cruz looks for ruffles in her swimwear to compound her silhouette. Katrina Kaif believes in keeping things fuss-free with high-necked halter tops, an occupational hazard given how the pap lens loves to follow her around on the beach. Karisma Kapoor, meanwhile, refuses to let her age dictate her wardrobe choices, and loves herself a high-waisted two piece. 1 /9

33rd IAF World Convention Rio de Janeiro inspired delegates from around the world

Thursday, October 26 2017

33rd IAF World Convention Rio de Janeiro inspired delegates from around the world

Held on October 17th and 18th in Ro de Janeiro, the IAF Convention was a co-production of the IAF and IAF’s Brazilian member Abit, the national fashion and textile industry association based in Sao Paulo. In addition to excellent speakers from, among others, McKinsey, Hugo Boss, Hering, C&A, Esquel, Lectra and PVH, delegates were treated to a great display of Brazilian hospitality and zest for life. The Convention was opened by Abit President Fernando Pimentel and by IAF President Han Bekke. Mr. Bekke remarked in his opening speech that the concept and the theme of the Convention, ‘Compliance and Technology – Key Drivers for Industry and Retail’, were very much in line with IAF’s mission to unite the industry to help improve it. Mc Kinsey presented from its well-known study among the chief purchasing officers (CPOs) of major apparel brands and retailers. The presentation set the stage highlighting the amount of investments the industry still has to make to actually digitize the supply chain by stating that 64% of the firms questioned spend less than 1% of their sourcing value on digitization. On compliance, both C&A and PVH stressed the importance of changes in buying behavior permeating throughout the organization so that the strategy set out by the CSR and sustainability officers really affects the entire operation and that suppliers receive the same message from all buyer’s representatives. On technology, the Convention made clear, as exemplified by Hugo Boss and by Esquel, that technology is already enabling semi automated factories thereby greatly improving productivity and beating rising labor costs. IAF Conventions always reflect some characteristics of the host country. In this case, Brazil is a people oriented country. Different speakers from Brazil and from abroad made clear that the solutions to the many challenges in the fashion industry all hinge around the ability and the willingness of people to embrace far reaching change.

In a relationship for the wrong reasons? | femina.in

Thursday, October 26 2017

In a relationship for the wrong reasons? | femina.in

Being in a loving, committed relationship feels good. But, at times, you find yourself in a situation that is less than ideal. Yet, you choose to justify things and remain with Mr Wrong. If you are with someone for the following reasons, it may be time to rethink your relationship. You don’t want to be alone Women often stay in bad relationships for the fear of never finding Mr Right. You convince yourself that being with a wrong guy is better than being alone. In such a case, it is important to remember that you are never going to find a keeper if you are with Mr Wrong. So, cut the cord. You are scared of breaking up Breaking up is hard. It doesn’t matter if you were in a relationship for two months or two years, telling someone you want to end things can be painful. So, you choose to continue a relationship that isn’t working out for you. Femina Parental pressure Your family loves your SO. They see you settling down with him. You, however, don’t think that things are going all that well. But you don’t know how to tell your parents that you want to end things and face their wrath. So, you let things drag on. Peer pressure All your friends are getting into relationships. You don’t want to be the only one who is free on a Friday night, so you follow the crowd and date someone. You know you aren’t ready for coupledom, but you like the convenience of having a boyfriend to go on double dates. So what if you are cheating yourself or the guy. Life isn’t fair, right? You are with your SO due to guilt/sympathy If your SO is a nice person, you may stay with him out of sympathy or the guilt of hurting him. You may think it is noble of you to do so, but you are just prolonging what is a doomed relationship. You don’t want to lose your SO’s friends and family Your partner may not be the nicest person on the planet, but he may have the sweetest friends and coolest parents. They adore you and you love being around them. You worry that you will be cut out of their lives once the relationship ends. So, you choose to stay in a relationship that is going nowhere.

Max Fashion to scale up retail, add 50 stores every year

Thursday, October 26 2017

Max Fashion to scale up retail, add 50 stores every year

Max Fashion is planning to expand its presence in India by adding 50 stores every year. The company is investing Rs 300 crores to set up 50 large format stores of nearly 12,000 sq ft each across the country this fiscal. While 30 of them have already come up, another 20-odd at an expected cost of Rs 120 crores are expected by the end of this fiscal. A similar number of 50 stores will be added next fiscal. Max Fashion is owned by the Dubai-based Landmark Group. Max expects to keep clocking a near 30 per cent growth in demand this fiscal. It was established in India in 2006, opening its first store in Indore. Now Max India has over 190 stores in over 60 cities and has witnessed a strong growth in the kids’ wear segment. Max is aiming to earn Rs 700 crores from the kids’ category this fiscal. Another area Max feels has promise is occasion wear. This includes yoga dresses, fitness dresses, casual wear and outdoor wear. Max is also witnessing an increase in western wear because of its growing acceptance in the family wardrobe and changing preferences of people. Presently, the men’s segment contributes 24 per cent to total sales while western wear is 20 per cent and ethnic wear around 18 per cent.

Now Woods looking at luxe and premium segment entry

Thursday, October 26 2017

Now Woods looking at luxe and premium segment entry

Popular footwear and apparel-maker Woodland is venturing into luxury and premium segments and its doing this by repositioning its sub-brand ‘Woods’.. Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Aero Club, the makers of Woodland and Woods, said recently that they plan to come up with a range of products, especially formal wear for both men and women. Woods will focus on leather footwear for women, formal footwear for men and an accessories portfolio. Offerings will be priced Rs 5,000-8,000. Introduced seven years ago, Woods is into premium office footwear, while the mother brand offers outdoor shoes and casual wear. Woods will be competing with the likes of Charles & Keith, ALDO, Clarks and a host of other brands. According to Singh, Woods’ contribution stands at 25 per cent of Aero Club’s Rs 1,200 turnover in FY17. The share is set to increase to 30 per cent over the next couple of years. While two standalone stores have come up in Delhi post the creation of the separate retail identity, another 10-12 stores — at a proposed cost of Rs 10-15 crore are expected to come up within this fiscal across cities including Mumbai, Pune, Ludhiana, Bengaluru and Mysuru. The company has already tied up with design studios in Italy, and is importing some of the offerings from Hong Kong, Taiwan and so on, apart from making in India.

Debenhams reports 44.2 percent decline in full year profit

Thursday, October 26 2017

Debenhams reports 44.2 percent decline in full year profit

In its annual results statement, Debenhams has said, like-for-like sales during the period grew 2.1 percent. Beauty sales grew by 5 percent; food by 8 percent, while clothing sales declined by 0.5 percent, broadly in line with the UK market. UK EBITDA declined 10.1 percent to 174 million pounds (230 million dollars). Underlying profit before tax was 95.2million pounds (126 million dollars), down 16.6 percent, while Reported profit before tax declined 44.2 percent to 59 million pounds (78 million dollars) . Commenting on the full year trading, Sergio Bucher, Debenhams CEO, said in a media statement: "We are making good progress with implementing our new strategy, Debenhams Redesigned. The environment remains uncertain and we face tough comparatives over the key Christmas weeks. However, we are well prepared for peak trading and the early signs from our activity to date confirm that we are moving in the right direction towards a successful and profitable future for Debenhams."

Highlights of Debenhams’ annual results

Group gross transaction value increased by 2 percent to 2,954.1 million pounds (3,915 million dollars) for the 52 weeks and group revenue increased by 1.1 percent to 2,335 million pounds (3,095 million dollars). Digital sales grew 12.7 percent, driven by mobile orders up 57 percent in the UK. The company’s group gross margin rate declined 30 bps, with 20 bps markdown improvement in the year offset by sales mix dilution.

Full price sales grew 1.7 percent.

Gross transaction value for the UK segment was broadly level on the year at 2,350 million pounds (3,116 million dollars) and reported revenue decreased by 0.7 percent to 1,892.9 million pounds (2,510 million dollars). The company added that sales benefited from growth in digital performance and strong trading prior to Christmas, supported by the strategy to drive non-clothing sales such as beauty, gifting and casual dining categories. Performance after the Christmas period slowed as the mix of sales moved away from beauty and gifting, towards a more volatile UK clothing market. Debenhams said, it has witnessed digital growth and positive trends in mobile, which now represents 55 percent of UK digital orders, an increase in penetration of 10 percent on the year. With new additions in concessions, and a plan to move further into non-clothing categories, own bought mix declined from 76.6 percent last year to 75.3 percent. UK operating profit decreased by 22 percent to 74 million pounds (98 million dollars). International segment revenue up 9.5 percent In the international segment, gross transaction value of 604.1 million pounds (801 million dollars) was 11.1 percent higher than last year and reported revenue increased by 9.5 percent to 442.1 million pounds (586 million dollars). Both metrics, the company said, were impacted by stronger euro and Danish kroner exchange rates, benefiting group LFL by 2.3 percent. On a constant currency basis, international gross transaction value declined by 0.8 percent, as a result of difficult trading conditions within Denmark and Republic of Ireland. During the year, Debenhams closed nine of the franchise stores, while four franchise stores were opened together with 27 brand franchise stores - partners selling Debenhams brands in their own branded stores - 23 in Australia and four in Vietnam. International EBITDA increased by 8 percent to 43 million pounds (57 million dollars) as a result of savings achieved through the Irish examinership process finalised in the Republic of Ireland last year and translation benefits on profit generated in Magasin du Nord. Operating profit increased by 5.7 percent to 33.5 million pounds (44 million dollars). Picture:Debenhams website

Japanese luxe footwear brand Onitsuka Tiger to open EBOs in India

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Japanese luxe footwear brand Onitsuka Tiger to open EBOs in India

Japan’s luxury fashion brand by Asics, Onitsuka Tiger, is looking to expand retail presence. It plans to open around 12 brand stores in Tier I cities by 2020. The footwear brand which entered India last month is sensing a good opportunity with a growing aspirational class in metros. The brand sees a huge potential in Tier I cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Pune for opening Onitsuka Tiger stores in the coming years. The company recently opened its first store in Mumbai. Onitsuka Tiger shoes start from Rs 5,999 and go up to Rs 30,000. The company is looking for a franchise based growth in India. It is also looking to harness the potential of the online channel for sales growth. Eventually, it will ramp up distribution of products through regional distributors and e-commerce portals. Onitsuka Tiger is run by Asics, the Japanese performance sportswear firm. Asics entered India in 2015 and launched its sports lifestyle brand. Asics was established in 1949. Presently, the bulk of its sales come from the footwear segment and the rest from apparels. The Indian footwear retail market is a rapidly growing sectors today. India is the second largest footwear producer in the world.

Raymond’s Park Avenue to return with new retail concept

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Raymond’s Park Avenue to return with new retail concept

This November, Raymond’s youthful clothing line, Park Avenue, will re-open its first New Delhi store after a brand and retail makeover. The New Delhi store will not be the only of its kind and by the end of the financial year there will be around four to five stores of new brand identity. The company expects at least 30 stores. And as Sharad Walia, Brand Director, Park Avenue explains the new retail identity is a store which does not look like a store in the exact definition. It looks more like a photo studio where a person can come and experiment. These stores will not have lighting all around but there will be impact lighting. There will also be fluidity in space. So, unlike the traditional format of stores which use block for categories, the display of clothes will be seamless. Every information that is needed to give to the consumer right from the facade to the cash counter will be available as it is movable and it creates like an illusion that it is a small road. The store plans are ambitious but the aim is to propel the label into a younger market with a strong statement.

Zara to maintain price parity between offline and online retail

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Zara to maintain price parity between offline and online retail

Spanish fashion brand Zara will not offer any special discount to lure customers to its newly launched e-commerce site in India and will maintain price parity between online and brick-and-mortar outlets. Jesús Echevarría, Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer at Inditex, owner of Zara says the brand will offer the full range of articles that the brand currently offers in its stores at the country, the same prices and the same commercial policy. Zara rolled out its e-commerce site in India this week, seven years after it set foot in the country. Over the years, India’s e-commerce market has become synonymous with heavy discounting. A host of heavily foreign-funded e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Amazon and Myntra, which stormed the Indian retail market by offering heavy discounts on products to lure otherwise conservative shoppers to buy online in the last 4-5 years, continue to offer significant discounts to retain their customers and add new ones. Zara wants to be different. The world’s largest fashion brand by sales, which operates 20 physical stores in India, is already the biggest international apparelbrand in the country with sales of Rs 1,023 crore during 2016-17. E-commerce foray will help it reach customers across the country. Zara has lately been facing competition from its global rival Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) whose sales in India more than doubled in the nine months to August from a year ago. Compared to the performance of H&M and Zara, several global brands including Levi Strauss and Benetton, which have been around for two decades, and Marks & Spencer, which started a decade ago, have been posting annual sales of Rs 700-800 crore.

Gucci’s 42.8 percent sales growth boosts Kering’s Q3

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Gucci’s 42.8 percent sales growth boosts Kering’s Q3

For the third quarter of 2017, Kering’s revenue of 3,925 million euros (4,615 million dollars), increased 23.2 percent as reported and 28.4 percent on a comparable basis. The company’s luxury activities reported a strong third-quarter with sales up 32.3 percent on a comparable basis, particularly Gucci, which posted a growth of 49.4 percent on a comparable basis and Yves Saint Laurent posted an increase of 22.2 percent on a comparable basis. “Thanks to flawless execution of our strategies, at group level as well as in each of our brands, we delivered another quarter of outstanding growth. We will keep concentrating on organic growth, value creation and strict financial discipline. Facing unfavorable currency impacts and a tougher base of comparison, we remain fully confident in Kering’s ability to achieve a record year, fuelled by sector-leading growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in a statement. Gucci supports robust sales growth of luxury segment Kering's luxury activities enjoyed another period of very strong growth in the third quarter, with revenue up 26.6 percent as reported, and 32.3 percent based on a comparable group structure and exchange rates, to stand at 2,677.8 million euros (3,148 million dollars). The company said, acceleration in luxury sales was driven by Kering's network of directly operated stores, up 36.8 percent on a comparable basis. Online sales expanded by nearly 80 percent. Wholesale distribution posted a growth of 21.7 percent, with substantial contributions from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. Gucci revenues rose 42.8 percent as reported and 49.4 percent on a comparable basis to 1,553.8 million euros (1,827 million dollars). Now accounting for 82.7 percent of Gucci revenue, sales in directly operated stores increased 50.9 percent and across all nationalities and regions. All product categories enjoyed double-digit growth, from men's and women's collections, and from established and new lines. Online sales posted triple-digit growth. Wholesale increased 43.9 percent in the quarter. Sales for Bottega Veneta came in at 280.7 million euros (330 million dollars), down 4.5 percent as reported and up 0.9 percent on a comparable basis. Accounting for 84.5 percent of the total, sales across the directly operated network increased 2.8 percent on a comparable basis and were driven by all key product categories. Kering added that ready-to-wear and shoes – men's and women's – confirmed the positive trends seen in recent quarters, and the increase in revenue for leather goods reflected the success of its new collections. The maison also continued to adapt its network of stores to reinforce its exclusive positioning. Yves Saint Laurent kept up its very strong growth momentum in the third quarter with sales for the period amounting to 383.7 million euros (451 million dollars), up 17.7 percent as reported and 22.2 percent on a comparable basis. Revenue generated by directly operated stores rose 21.1 percent on a comparable basis, fuelled by all key regions, and wholesale increased 23.4 percent. Online sales also continued to grow. At 459.6 million euros (540 million dollars), revenue for Kering’s other luxury brands was up 13 percent as reported and 17 percent on a comparable basis. For couture & leather goods, the strong 19.3 percent increase in sales on a comparable basis, notably in directly operated stores, was led by an excellent performance from Balenciaga. Ready-to-wear and shoes fared well across all regions. Demna Gvasalia, which recently opened a new flagship store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, received positive feedback to its latest collection. All other couture & leather goods brands saw an increase in sales in their directly operated stores. Luxury Jewellery brands Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo and Qeelin performed well, both across their directly operated networks and in wholesale distribution channels. Watchmakers enjoyed encouraging growth over the quarter with new models launched by Girard-Perregaux and Ulysse Nardin receiving positive response in Western Europe and the Middle East. Puma’s strong performance boosts sports & lifestyle category Sport & lifestyle activities, the company said, continued on their growth trajectory, with revenue advancing 11.9 percent as reported and 15.9 percent on a comparable basis. Puma delivered another excellent performance for the quarter, with double-digit growth on a comparable basis across all key regions. Revenue for the brand rose by 13.2 percent as reported and by 17.3 percent on a comparable basis to 1,125.7 million euros (1,323 million dollars). The brand also fared well in all distribution channels, with growth across all product categories, notably shoes category reporting 23.2 percent rise on a comparable basis) and accessories rising 23.8 percent on a comparable basis. Conversely, the company added, Volcom's performance continued to be hampered by the challenges faced by specialist distributors in the US. Picture:Gucci website