You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! 1 /5 Congratulations to my girl @meghanmarkle and Prince Harry!! I’m so happy for you Meg! You deserve the best always..keep smiling that infectious smile. Xoxo
Wednesday, November 29 2017
Wednesday, November 29 2017
Trends come and trends go, but pin-straight locks have weathered the fads and the runway favourites to become that all-season comfort food you retire to at the end of the day. Just ask Deepika Padukone —the fashion maven may favour elaborate updos on the red carpet, but when it comes to off-duty chic at the airport, you’ll find her arriving in style with crisp middle-parted locks, fresh from a session with the hot iron. And she isn’t the only one to trade in her natural kinks and waves for some super straight locks. From Kim Kardashian West to Sonakshi Sinha, you’ll find the most fashionable names on the block sporting severe, poker-straight hair, draping their face in straight military discipline on either side. So how do you get in on the sleek trend without frying your strands? Should you opt for a long-term solution or schedule a tête-à-tête with the blowdryer daily in the am? We went looking for a guide to the best hair smoothening treatments, and found the person who holds credits for Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra’s red carpet-ready locks , Mumbai-based hairstylist Priyanka Borkar. With a halo of multi-coloured hair herself, the hairstylist knows just how to get your hair to behave without comprising the long-term health of your strands. Here’s what we found out:
BLOWDRYINGHow does it work? Whether you can whip up the perfect crown braid with one hand tied behind your back or you have difficulty drawing a middle parting on most days, this DIY-friendly hair smoothening technique doesn’t discriminate. Blowdrying serves up a dummy-proof way to get your flyaways to cooperate when the mercury rises outdoors, and unsurprisingly, is a huge favourite with celebrities too. If you don’t have time to run across to the salon, Borkar recommends starting out with damp hair, fresh out of the shower. “Once you have semi-dried your hair, divide it into three sections. Select a brush according to the texture of your hair—a barrel brush serves most purposes—and roll it outwards under each section, while running the blowdryer over it simultaneously. Repeat until you get the desired look, and then move on to the remaining portions of your hair,” she adds. How long does it last? “The process itself takes roughly 20 minutes to execute, and after, a blowout will remain your friend for as long as your hair doesn’t get wet. If you stay in a humid climate, you may find the effects running out after 48 hours.” Is there any downtime involved? “Needless to say, regularly exposing your hair to direct heat won’t bode well for your strands. Always ensure that you lock in the moisture with a heat-protecting serum, even if you aren’t a habitual user of the blowdryer.”
STRAIGHTENERHow does it work? The hair straightener usually serves as a coming-of-age milestone; your 14-year-old self would probably like to raise a toast to the scathed fingers that your first tryst with the hair straightener left behind. While temporary in nature, this hair smoothening device ensures a sleeker finish that wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet. Borkar regularly whips up poker locks for Alia Bhatt, and if you want to the take the look for a spin for your next brunch, she advises starting out with dry hair. “Damp, just-out-of-the-shower hair will ruin the longevity of the look so ensure that you’ve adequately dried your locks before heating the hair iron—180 degrees should work fine if you’re trying it at home. Depending on the volume of your hair, divide it into similar sections and run over small handfuls with the hot iron without holding it in one place for long,” she advises. How long does it last? “It shouldn’t take you more than 30-40 minutes to achieve the desired results, and likewise, your hair will remain in poker condition until it gets wet—on an average, it will stand you in good stead for two days at least.” Is there any downtime involved? “Excessive heat on a frequent basis won’t do your strands many favours. If you find yourself using a hot iron more than four times a week, you may want to consider a more permanent solution to save time in the mornings while getting ready.”
CYSTEINEHow does it work? For those times when you’d like to opt for a gentle solution to frizzy hair , call upon the Cysteine treatment. Specially recommended for hair that has been damaged by multiple styling treatments in the past, it works on injecting health and a generous amount of shine back to your tresses. The process itself isn’t time-consuming either: after an initial hair wash, the smoothening cream is applied an inch away from the roots, ensuring that the roots aren’t affected and thereby, avoiding hair fall in the aftermath. After seeping in for 30 minutes, the hair is divided into multiple sections and worked over with a hair iron. After another shampoo wash, you’re good to step out with your new silky locks with the megawatt shine. How long does it last? A safer route for those looking for a long-term solution, this option serves up straighter, manageable hair for four months or more, depending on your hair growth and the type of care taken post-treatment—ensure that your sulfate-free shampoo prescription is regularly topped off, as sulfates strip away the product with every wash. Is there any downtime involved? Cysteine creates a coat over the hair fibres instead of going inside, ensuring that its inherent health isn’t affected. However, a downtime of three months is recommended between two sessions to ensure that the health of your strands isn’t compromised
KERATIN TREATMENTHow does it work? If you’re not up to slaving over your locks first thing every day, allow this in-salon hair smoothening treatment to play friend and saviour. What exactly is keratin and how does it ensure that you wake up to none of your usual bedhead fuzz daily? Keratin is a protein found in your hair naturally, that often diminishes due to pollution and related factors. This hair smoothening treatment works on returning the protein back to your hair, and fills in the porosity of individual strands thereby reducing frizz. “The Keratin smoothing treatment isn’t something to be tried in front of your bathroom mirror; schedule an appointment for yourself at a reputed salon. Your hairstylist will generally shampoo your hair and blow-dry it, before applying in the keratin product starting from the roots. After 40 minutes, a blowdryer or a hair straightener will be used to seal the product in, post which your hair will be washed and ironed again for a smooth finish,” she reveals. How long does it last? “Depending upon the length of the hair, the process can take two hours or more, post which you will be asked not to allow any form of water to touch your hair for a day. After the 24-hour period is done, you’ll need to return to the salon for your first hair wash and the resultant smooth, silky locks will last you for three months at least. It is imperative that you only use sulphate-free shampoos on your hair after getting the keratin treatment done.” Is there any downtime involved? “The thing to understand with the keratin treatment is that it creates a coat over your hair and doesn’t infiltrate your strands, which makes it relatively safer for long-term usage. The effects wear off marginally after each wash, and you may find yourself back to your original hair after three months. Ensure that you treat your locks to a moisturising hair spa and take a gap of two months before scheduling another keratin session.”
OLAPLEXHow does it work? “This revolutionary hair smoothening treatment works primarily as a repair agent—the sleek locks are just an additional takeaway,” raves Borkar. “It works directly on opening hair cuticles up and building broken bonds in each strand’s individual structure. The treatment generally requires four sessions at the salon over a period of 20 days. At each sitting, Olaplex No 1 and No 2 will be shampooed into your hair, while Olaplex No 3 can be combed into your hair by yourself at night for 10 minutes,” she decodes. How long does it last? “Each session can take up to an hour, and works on multiplying the bonds in your hair which leads to straighter, manageable locks in the long term.” This miracle hair smoothening treatment has even earned the approval of Kim Kardashian West who raved, “When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference.” Is there any downtime involved? “The treatment essentially works on repairing hair that has been frayed with harsh bleaching and regular chemical processes, and ultimately serves as an insurance against fried strands and unruly flyaways.”
REBONDINGHow does it work? If you’re looking for a permanent salon hair smoothening solution, rebonding could be the answer to your prayers. Offered by a lot of key players in the haircare game, this service is used to break the natural bonds in frizzy, unmanageable hair and replace it with bonds in the desired structure, hence the name rebonding. “Depending on whether your hair is sensitive, strong or coloured, a neutraliser and cream softener are used. The process involves first washing the hair with a mild shampoo. Once dry, the cream softener is applied in, often utilising thin plastic boards to ensure maximum coverage. After half an hour, the hair is shampooed and dried again, before being run through a flat iron. Once the hair has been optimally straightened , a neutraliser is applied, liberally covering all strands to seal the bonds again for 30 minutes. The hair is subsequently rinsed again, and a hair mask is often applied for 10 minutes to retain moisture,” explains Borkar. How long does it last? “The process can take three hours, post which you’ll be asked not to touch your hair for three days. Any attempts at tying your hair with a clip will result in kinks and curls that will set in permanently, as the product is still working. But once you’re out of the woods, your new silky straight locks should last you for at least a year until your hair grows out and the rebonded strands are replaced.” Is there any downtime involved? “It is usually advised that you don’t sign up for another rebonding session before the year is over as you will end up layering product on the old chemicals that are still present in your hair,” she recommends. The influx of chemicals in your strands means that you may find yourself facing increased hair fall, so ensure that you take adequate measures to keep your hair in prime health, and you’re golden.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Obi, pictured here, found home with our managing editor Renuka Modi, and was adopted at WFA’s last event “A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his.” Josh Grogan, author of Marley & Me, that heart-wrenching tale of a loyal family dog, pretty much summed up what it’s like to open up your heart to a dog. And if you’re sitting on the fence about bringing an animal into your life, I dare you to stare into the big brown eyes of a sad-faced, abandoned puppy and come out feeling nothing. And if dogs and their enthusiasm scare you, and you’re more of an idol worshipper, then the house cat is for you. With their ability to take care of themselves, and nonchalance, it’ll basically be like living with a catty, extremely well-groomed roommate. So, head down to the 7th edition of WFA’s adoptathon. At the BookASmile and World For All – Adoptathon 2017, aspiring pet-owners can choose from 180 fully groomed, vaccinated and healthy Indian breed puppies and kittens. The good folks at WFA will be on call to assist you, as you make the transition from pet-adopter to pet parent and you can find goodies for your new baby (and yourself) at the event itself! Think World For All merchandise, Raw Pressery juices and food from Fat Man’s Café as you ponder over which furry cutie you should take home to be your snuggle buddy this winter.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
Unlike the problematic skinny jeans that squeeze your every problem area into suffocated submission, the one pair of jeans that suits almost every body type is the classic bootcut. Like Jacqueline Fernandez proves, it can add much-needed height to a shorter frame (the diminutive actress is just 5'5"). Bootcut jeans can also balance out a heavier bottom or add the illusion of curves to an athletic frame. But where most of us go wrong in wearing a bootcut is the exact length of the pant leg. Take a cue from Jacqueline and ensure that you're buying a pair of jeans which extends well past your ankles, so that when you wear them with heels (this is something of a non-negotiable styling tip), just a tiny bit of the toe and the heel is revealed. This is how the star manages to cheat those extra inches and make her legs look miles long. Jacqueline's hot pink peep-toe platforms deserve their own red carpet tour Though we have to say we wouldn't mind getting more than just a sneak peek of those gorgeous hot pink velvet peep-toe heels. Let's hope Jacqueline decided to take these babies down the leather miniskirt and T-shirt route soon enough... Cult designer shoes you need to acquaint yourself with Tribute Sandal by Saint Laurent Rockstud Pumps, Valentino Tabi boots by Maison Margiela The red sole by Christian Louboutin The square buckled ballerina by Roger Vivier Manolo Blahnik, Hangisi Whether it comes as a flat, a stiletto or a wedge, the intertwining straps of the Tribute sandal shoe from Saint Laurent are a brand signature, much loved by both Kareena and Karisma Kapoor. The iconic sandal debuted in 2004 under then-creative director Stefano Pilati. While many companies have tried to copy or reinterpret this design, the interlocked strap will always belong to YSL's Tribute Sandal. These are to Valentino what the Tribute is to YSL. If you see the rockstud caged ankle strap, or those little pyramid-shaped studs on elegantly crafted leather footwear, it is safe to assume the shoe belongs to Valentino. If not their pointed toe pump, the rockstud range also features open toe gladiator heels and flats. They could almost be mistaken for any other boot, if it was not for the subtle separation Maison Margiela puts between the toes. It's toe cleavage with full toe coverage... if only T-shirts could nail this. Maison Margiela makes the boots over-sized, knee length, in metallics, with a block heel and with a drawstring, but once you see the toe separation, there's no mistaking that Margiela is the genius house they originate from. It doesn't matter whether you're looking at a woman's stiletto or a man's velvet smoking slipper — if it has a red sole, you know where it came from. "The shiny red colour of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the colour because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the colour of passion," Louboutin has said of his signature red soles. The designer who claims to have invented the stiletto is better known for the massive decorative buckle that sits on the toe of his shoes. The key to spotting a pair of Roger Vivier pumps is the shape of the signature buckle — a horizontally-placed rectangular buckle over of a slightly tapered square toe. And while the way the buckle is presented may vary in terms of material or adornment, the shape is never altered. You may recognise the pumps from Sex And The City 2, but did you know they were Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi before Carrie Bradshaw gushed about them? Sure, they may look an awful lot like Roger Vivier's buckle but the Monolo Blahnik buckle is always bejewelled, and has a different shape. The satin shoe with an almond-shaped toe, the Hangisi is finished off with the designer's globally-recognisable Swarovski crystal embellished buckle detailing. Tribute Sandal by Saint Laurent Whether it comes as a flat, a stiletto or a wedge, the intertwining straps of the Tribute sandal shoe from Saint Laurent are a brand signature, much loved by both Kareena and Karisma Kapoor. The iconic sandal debuted in 2004 under then-creative director Stefano Pilati. While many companies have tried to copy or reinterpret this design, the interlocked strap will always belong to YSL's Tribute Sandal. Rockstud Pumps, Valentino These are to Valentino what the Tribute is to YSL. If you see the rockstud caged ankle strap, or those little pyramid-shaped studs on elegantly crafted leather footwear, it is safe to assume the shoe belongs to Valentino. If not their pointed toe pump, the rockstud range also features open toe gladiator heels and flats. Tabi boots by Maison Margiela They could almost be mistaken for any other boot, if it was not for the subtle separation Maison Margiela puts between the toes. It's toe cleavage with full toe coverage... if only T-shirts could nail this. Maison Margiela makes the boots over-sized, knee length, in metallics, with a block heel and with a drawstring, but once you see the toe separation, there's no mistaking that Margiela is the genius house they originate from. The red sole by Christian Louboutin It doesn't matter whether you're looking at a woman's stiletto or a man's velvet smoking slipper — if it has a red sole, you know where it came from. "The shiny red colour of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the colour because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the colour of passion," Louboutin has said of his signature red soles. The square buckled ballerina by Roger Vivier The designer who claims to have invented the stiletto is better known for the massive decorative buckle that sits on the toe of his shoes. The key to spotting a pair of Roger Vivier pumps is the shape of the signature buckle — a horizontally-placed rectangular buckle over of a slightly tapered square toe. And while the way the buckle is presented may vary in terms of material or adornment, the shape is never altered. Manolo Blahnik, Hangisi You may recognise the pumps from Sex And The City 2, but did you know they were Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi before Carrie Bradshaw gushed about them? Sure, they may look an awful lot like Roger Vivier's buckle but the Monolo Blahnik buckle is always bejewelled, and has a different shape. The satin shoe with an almond-shaped toe, the Hangisi is finished off with the designer's globally-recognisable Swarovski crystal embellished buckle detailing.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
This is what Ivanka Trump ate at her dinner with PM Modi last night Dish recommendations from the Prime Minister's table By Elle Team November 29, 2017 SHARE This week, the City of Nizams welcomed First Daughter of the USA Ivanka Trump to the Taj Falaknuma Palace, known for its opulence and grandeur. Ivanka was in Hyderabad for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is currently underway. Last night, Ivanka and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dined at the palace hotel's famous 101 Table, the longest dining table in the world, where they hosted dignitaries, ministers, renowned industrialists, and delegates from the GES. If you, like us, like knowing what is on the menu at every party ever, prepare to drool. Five courses were presented as per tradition — aghaz (soup), mezban (appetizers), waqfa (sorbet), mashgool dastarkhwan (main course) and zauq e shahi (dessert). The menu was inspired by Hyderabad’s Telangana and Nizami cuisine. Famed local delicacies such as dahi ke kebab, gosht shikampuri kebab, kubani ke malai kofta, murg pista ka salan and sitaphal kulfi were served. The next time you’re in Hyderabad, you may want to skip the biryani and make a beeline for one of these dishes. Rare artefacts and silver decorative pieces were brought in from the Nizam’s private collection at Chowmahalla Palace and placed on locally sourced fabric which was used to adorn the table.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
The 1 fashion documentary Amit Aggarwal wants you to watch Plus, his pick for the most stylish city in the world Having pioneered the art of repurposed couture, Amit Aggarwal has become a fashion favourite amongst the country's sartorial risktakers. Celebrities like Esha Gupta, Malaika Arora Khan and Karisma Kapoor are often seen walking the red carpet in his one-of-a-kind creations. The designer gave us his top fashion picks, from what's on his current playlist to his favourite destination for style inspiration. The fashion documentary everyone should watch and why? L'amour Fou. Hope, ambition, aspiration and love besides the extraordinary vision that was Yves and of course, the master of fashion business, Pierre. Their love makes this movie beyond a regular fashion documentary. The young designer whose work excites you: Michael Halpern. He shows at LFW and I love his play of silhouettes and contemporary embellishment. The Instagram account you’re loving right now: Pantone. It's not just about colours. I love their inspirations, stories and the entire visual layout One fashion solution you wish you’d invented (or want to invent) Online shopping! It turns dreams into a reality. The artist whose work you find most inspiring: Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki. His animated movies are deeply rooted in philosophy, yet his characters are so fantastical. I love that synergy of contrasts. The most fashionable destination in the world: Japan. It retains culture and art, and the streets of Tokyo are nothing less than a fashion runway. What’s on your playlist when you’re working? 'Castle on the hill' by Ed Sheeran, 'Hello' by Adele, 'Sen Yo’ Rita' by Masego The fashion myth you’re happy to have busted. That conscious fashion for couture or, as I like to call it, sustainable couture isn't possible.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
Luxury group Yoox Net-a-Porter has reported a significant rise in purchases made on mobile devices during cyber weekend, with mobile orders peaking at one per second on Black Friday. The proportion of mobile sales reached 66 percent on Sunday, marking an all-time high for the retailer, while the group also noted a surge in customers making their first order via the Group’s apps, with the YOOX iOS app trending in Italy and ranked number one in the “Shop until you Drop” section of the App store. Yoox Net-a-Porter benefited form the growing trend towards self-gifting, with the highest priced item sold on Net-a-Porter being a diamond bracelet for 38,000 pounds. The luxury jewellery items performed well in the US, boosted by the launch of new fine jewellery collections. Partywear was also another big seller, with sales of evening wear, one of the fastest growing categories for the luxury group continuing to rise, with key sales including two gowns sold at 9,000 pounds apiece. For Mr Porter customers they opted for leather jackets, winter coats and blazers, with tuxedos selling particularly well in the US. Fine watches also performed very well, driven by recent brand launches, including TAG Heuer, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Tuesday, November 28 2017
Every beauty product Meghan Markle uses so you can nab her royally sunkissed look We're gonna need all of it. Ta! By George Driver c Meghan Markle how we adore thee. Humanitarian, blogger, essayist, and yes, she happens to be Prince Harry's newly announced fiancée, but that's beside the point, (we're really all about her secret calligraphy skills), royal boyf or no, Meghan's an undoubtable all-round mega babe. So when her make-up artist Min Min Ma revealed every product she uses to achieve Meghan's go-to sunkissed beauty look, we were immediately like 'Kate Middleton who?' Telling E !, Min Min described how she perfects Meghan's 'sun-kissed complexion, soft smoky eyes in bronzy, earthy tones and soft nude pink/coral lips' product by product. A post shared by Min Min Ma (@minminmadotcom) on Jul 14, 2016 at 6:34am PDT How to get Meghan's flawless skin "Meghan has naturally gorgeous skin, so I do very light skin make-up to ensure her freckles remain visible and [use] a bit of under-eye concealing," Min Min said. "Also I try to use as little face powder as [possible] to ensure her skin is looking glowy at all times.'
Wednesday, November 29 2017
Numero Uno, the popular denim brand is planning retail expansions and looking to open about 36 stores in the next three years in regions other than northern India, where it has a strong presence through a network of over 180 stores. As a part of its expansion plans, the company will be tapping the southern and western market and is betting big on demand from the regions. Incorporated in 1987, the company, which has never exported its products, is looking at various options to export from next year. Numero Uno’s products range from shoes, watches, casual shirts but it’s famous for its denims. The company recently expanded its product portfolio by entering the booming athleisure market in India with the launch of its N1Active collection. The company is looking at a 15-20 per cent revenue growth, taking into account the planned expansion. The company also aims to grab a substantial market share in athileasure over the years. Numero Uno has 215 EBOs and over 600 MBOs in the country. The brand plans to foray into the international markets and is looking for licensing agreements starting with the Middle East.
Thursday, November 30 2017
Alia breaks her all-black look with a pastel pink carry-all. Ranveer complements his leather jacket with an all-black ensemble. Vaani goes for the classic monochrome look, with the perfect amount of red. Karan breaks the monotony of black with shiny silver shoes. Kriti opts for a leather jacket with printed sleeves and peplum detailing. Rani picks a leather jacket decorated with quirky stickers that she styles with a basic pair of jeans and white sneakers. Elli takes the athliesure route by styling her leather jacket with a comfy pair of pants, a vest, a cap and sneakers. Alia Bhatt Alia breaks her all-black look with a pastel pink carry-all. Ranveer Singh Ranveer complements his leather jacket with an all-black ensemble. Vaani Kapoor Vaani goes for the classic monochrome look, with the perfect amount of red. Karan Johar Karan breaks the monotony of black with shiny silver shoes. Kriti Sanon Kriti opts for a leather jacket with printed sleeves and peplum detailing. Rani Mukerji Rani picks a leather jacket decorated with quirky stickers that she styles with a basic pair of jeans and white sneakers. Elli AvrRam Elli takes the athliesure route by styling her leather jacket with a comfy pair of pants, a vest, a cap and sneakers. 7 designer must-have leather jackets you're going to love: RAEY, oversized tumbled-leather biker jacket, Rs 63,810 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, Waterfall-hem leather jacket, Rs 2,66,890 BALENCIAGA, Scarf biker Rs 1,49,890 GUCCI, Stud-embellished distressed leather jacket, Rs 4,03,935 SAINT LAURENT, Embroidered shrunken-fit leather biker jacket, Rs 2,44,110 ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE, Kankara bubbled leather jacket, Rs 70,665 SUMMA, Contrast-sleeve leather and shearling jacket, Rs 2,51,815
Thursday, November 30 2017
Millennials — we can never decide what colour the dress (or the shoe) is, but when it comes to beauty, one thing is for sure. The new gen woman is all about smelling fresh and sexy at the same time, and that’s exactly what that the latest crop of fragrances aims to do. We’re sorry Chanel No 5, but your powdery floral notes just don’t send us into a scent-induced tizzy. The fresh edit of fragrances are mysterious — a perfect mix of floral, citrus and musky notes, built to appeal to the millennial woman who can never commit to a signature scent. Gucci’s present-day wonder, Bloom, is heavy on jasmine and blends into sensual woody notes while Hermes Twilly balances tuberose with spicy ginger and sandalwood. And if you’re thinking about how these will look in your monthly beauty shelfie, we’ll settle with excessively chic. 6 fragrances that every millennial needs to try Kenzo World, Rs 7,250 Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss, Rs 5,150 Hermes Twilly, Rs 6,150 Dior Poison Girl, Rs 6,000 Glossier You, 3,900 Notes: Ambroxan, peony and jasmine Notes: Grapefruit, blackcurrant, pineapple and cedar Notes: Ginger, tuberose and sandalwood Notes: Jasmine, tuberose, Rangoon creeper and musk Notes: Bitter orange, rose and vanilla Notes: ambress, musk and pink pepper Kenzo World, Rs 7,250 Notes: Ambroxan, peony and jasmine Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss, Rs 5,150 Notes: Grapefruit, blackcurrant, pineapple and cedar Hermes Twilly, Rs 6,150 Notes: Ginger, tuberose and sandalwood Gucci Bloom, Rs 8,400 Notes: Jasmine, tuberose, Rangoon creeper and musk Dior Poison Girl, Rs 6,000 Notes: Bitter orange, rose and vanilla Glossier You, 3,900
Thursday, November 30 2017
The South African retail group is relying on Christmas trading to boost its full-year performance, as its bottom line remained flat for its half-year results. Fashion retailer Foschini [JSE: TFG] reported its interim results for the period ended September 30 in early November, unveiling a 9.2 percent revenue jump. Its bottom line however was slightly down compared to last year’s. The group declared a dividend of 325 cents, up 1.6 percent from the previous year. The group had to contend with difficult “political and economic” conditions in South Africa and the United Kingdom, two of the three major economies in which it operates. “As always, the group is heavily dependent on Christmas trading which will largely determine our performance for the full year,” the group said in a note to shareholders. This year, in January, The Foschini Group said that Christmas trading was above expectation, enjoying 14.6 percent sales growth for December. Growth for TFG International was 47.9 percent in pounds, becoming the largest growth of revenue for the group. TFG Africa sold 11.5 percent more than the previous year’s comparable period, while there was same-store growth of 5.6 percent. Foschini to take over Australia in attempt to lift bottom-line Australia, where the multi-brand conglomerate is invested with an ambitious plan to introduce home-grown brands to local consumers, is the group’s third key market. “We have identified one of our brands that we think would be a good fit and a bit of a disruptor for the Australian market. We can’t name the brand for commercial reasons but we are in advanced stages,” said TFG’s CFO Anthony Thunström. It’s worth recalling that TFG, the owner of brands including Foschini, Exact, Markham, Fabian, and Due South, acquired Australia-based menswear specialist Retail Apparel Group (RAG) in May for 302.5 million Australian dollars, gaining a privileged entry point into Australia’s retail market. During the period, the group through its wholly-owned subsidiary TFG Retailers in Australia, acquired the Retail Apparel Group (RAG). The agreement came into effect on July 24. The group’s acquisition of 14 G-Star RAW franchise stores in Australia, came into effect on April 3. E-commerce remains strategic for The Foschini Group TFG has kept at pace with its digitalization strategy, rolling out its e-commerce offering with the launch of @homelivingspace and Exact. The group currently has 17 brands trading online. “E-commerce remains a key strategic focus area for the group,” assured the company in its corporate memo. However, Foschini has aggressively expanded its physical footprint as well, opening a total of 144 outlets in the period, 74 in TFG Africa, 46 in TFG London and 24 in TFG Australia. Meanwhile, it shut down 77 underperforming outlets, most of them from its British subsidiary, TFG London. By the end of September, the group operated a total of 3 809 outlets in 32 countries. Image:TFG Online