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Jaipur's new sculpture park is the first of its kind in India

Thursday, December 7 2017

Jaipur's new sculpture park is the first of its kind in India

Eight months ago, Peter Nagy and Aparajita Jain of Delhi’s experimental art gallery Nature Morte visited Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort, and began planning the creation of India’s first sculpture park for contemporary art. They collaborated with the government of Rajasthan and corporate sponsors like Shreyasi Goenka (content advisor, DNA) to launch The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, inside the 18th century fort that overlooks the Pink City. Jain is also the founder-director of Saat Saath Arts, the non- pro t foundation that is funding the project, which will open to the public on December 10. “Peter and I had been speaking about the need for public art venues, and he suggested the use of heritage spaces in India for contemporary sculptures,” says Jain. Curated by Nagy, the year-long exhibition will showcase the works of eight international and several Indian artists, including Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Huma Bhabha and Thukral & Tagra. The Maharaja’s apartment inside the palace will feature sculptures by the late French-American artist Fernandez Arman for the first time in India. The current show will continue till December 2018, after which Saat Saath Arts will organise the next year-long exhibition in collaboration with new artists. Talking about his curatorial process, Nagy says, “The palace, as one experiences it now, is an empty monument. It was built to be a site of luxury, eroticism and intrigue. I wanted to bring some of this back.” To give it life, Nagy chose works that use domesticity as a theme. Visitors will be treated to Jitish Kallat’s Annexation, Kher’s Impossible Triangle and Thukral & Tagra’s Memorial series, all of which recall household objects, such as clothing and furniture, among other diverse subjects. For Thukral & Tagra, The Sculpture Park is a step in the right direction. “We always complain about the lack of museums in India. [But we] don’t have to build new ones; we should use the spaces we already have,” they say. The objective of the initiative is not to only draw attention to contemporary art, but to also enable the mas ses to engage with the artworks. Malvika Singh, a member of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s advisory council, who also worked on the project, believes that partnerships between the government and private enterprises are key to popularising public art venues. “Public art does not demand a membership card. It is, fundamentally, a great leveller,” she says. Memorial A- by Thukral and Tagra God of Some things by Huma Bhabha Annexation by Jitish Kallat Memorial A- by Thukral and Tagra God of Some things by Huma Bhabha Annexation by Jitish Kallat

7 glorious palace hotels that will make you feel like a princess

Thursday, December 7 2017

7 glorious palace hotels that will make you feel like a princess

Antique furniture, turrets and drawbridges, horse-drawn carriages and acres of gardens. The royals of days gone by had it good, but did they have free Wifi and a flatscreen TV? Probably not. These former castles, palaces and royal abodes boast of the decadence and glory with a touch of modern luxury, and they're now open to the public (provided your willing to blow a the GDP of a small kingdom on a weekend's stay) You may not get a team of handmaidens following your every move, but you can have a personal butler serve you wine while spa personnel draw you an aromatherapy bath. Isn't that what being royal is all about? Well... that, and the tiara. You don't need to marry a prince to feel like a princess, all you need is to relive the royal days in these hotels seeped in history. Palace hotels that will make you feel like a princess: Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India Çırağan Palace, Istanbul Cinderella's Castle, Florid Cinderella's Castle, Florid You may recognise the structure from Sound of Music as the palace was used to depict the Von Trapp family home. But to get a peak into the interiors, you're going to have to book one of the 12 suites within the main castle. The rococo-style palace dates back to the 1700s and only became a hotel in 2014. All the suites feature antique furniture with views of Schloss park, the fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg l ake and majestic Untersberg mountain. The historic monument has been home to eight centuries of royals and dignitaries. It's situated in the heart of a vineyard which means that the grandiose interiors aren't the only thing in the castle that have matured with age. So while it may not come with handmaidens to bathe you, you can sip a bold red from the comfort of your tub. The hotel is so seeped in history, it even has its own coat of arms. The 13th century castle is fully restored, so you'll feel like royalty with the advantage of WiFi. Not that you will have much time to browse the internet with 350 acres of Irish woodland to lose yourself in. Ashford is also the home of Ireland's first falconry, so if a suitor decides he needs to hunt wild birds in their natural habitat with the assistance of a trained falcon, this is where you need to go. Though it has grey stone walls and turrets, rest assure you won't need any rescuing from its luxurious towers. The former home of the Nizam of Hyderabad was restored to its glory days by Princess Esra of Hyderabad. Currently under Taj ownership, the palace has joined the group of hotels as one of their crowning glories, pun intended. Horse-drawn carriages, palace butlers and a heritage walk will make you relive the region's grand history as the richest kingdom in India. highlights include tea served as the Nizam took it, on the Jade Terrace, as well as dining experiences curated to make you feel like royalty. The former Ottoman palace is situated on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The extravagant palace was built when sultans built their own luxury pads rather than merely using what they inherited from daddy, making Çırağan Palace the last in this tradition. The rooms either look out onto the Bosphorus or onto the former sultan's hunting grounds. The palace burned down in 1909, but was later restored and is now part of the Kempinski hotel group. Book here Considered it was one of the biggest private residences at the time it was built, Umaid Bhawan was commissioned to provide the farmers with employment during the time of famine in the 1920s. The palace is so large that today, it is divided into three parts, one of which has been converted into a museum. Another still serves as a residence to the Jodhpur Royal family and the third part is managed by the Taj group of hotels. It was voted as one of the world's best hotels because where else can you live like a queen, in a queen's palace? This may be the most exclusive one on the list. No, we're not kidding. No amount of money and a fairy godmother can get you into the Cinderella Suite inside the castle at Disneyland, seriously. The extravagant hotel suite was designed in 2006 as a prize for one lucky Disney fan and has since only been used by high profile celebrities, on invite. The suite features mosaic flooring depicting Cinderella's pumpkin carriage with some tiles made of 24 karat gold. Stained glass windows with scenes from the movie are encrusted with precious gems, and the bathtub features a glittering replica of the night's sky above it. Nobody is sure what the selection process to score a stay in the suite is, but we bet you need love's true kiss, a fairy godmother, singing mice and seven dwarfs to get you in, assuming you make it past the dragon. Check out the suite here You may recognise the structure from Sound of Music as the palace was used to depict the Von Trapp family home. But to get a peak into the interiors, you're going to have to book one of the 12 suites within the main castle. The rococo-style palace dates back to the 1700s and only became a hotel in 2014. All the suites feature antique furniture with views of Schloss park, the fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg l ake and majestic Untersberg mountain. Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria Château de Bagnols, France The historic monument has been home to eight centuries of royals and dignitaries. It's situated in the heart of a vineyard which means that the grandiose interiors aren't the only thing in the castle that have matured with age. So while it may not come with handmaidens to bathe you, you can sip a bold red from the comfort of your tub. The hotel is so seeped in history, it even has its own coat of arms.

A Mean Girls deleted scene has been found and we couldn't be happier

Thursday, December 7 2017

A Mean Girls deleted scene has been found and we couldn't be happier

A Mean Girls deleted scene has been found and we couldn't be happier Just when you thought Regina George couldn't get any meaner By Abbi Malbon While Mean Girls is indisputably one of the best teen films ever made, the writers and producers may have made a mistake cutting this newly-surfaced, genius scene featuring Damian. Damian is portrayed as Janis Ian’s sidekick in the film who wants revenge on the Plastics too, but it’s not so personal for him. Giphy.com But in this deleted scene, discovered by Refinery29 the tables are turned (literally) when Damian sneaks into the school canteen to stealthily unscrew a table, with the intention of publicly embarrassing Regina George. Watch below:

Meghan Markle’s Princess training will include hostage training

Thursday, December 7 2017

Meghan Markle’s Princess training will include hostage training

Meghan Markle’s Princess training will include hostage training She's been booked for sessions with the military By Alyssa Bailey For the next couple months before her May wedding to Prince Harry , Meghan Markle "intends to travel… visiting her family and friends before she settles into her new life at Kensington Palace," Entertainment Tonight reports via a palace source. But a small part of that time will reportedly be spent getting hostage training from the British Special Air Service—another facet of princess training. TMZ reports that Markle, like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton before her, will undergo about a week of military instruction on how to escape a hostage situation and alert/facilitate a rescue. (Markle’s training likely won’t include combat or weapon instruction.) Per TMZ, Markle’s training "will teach her techniques on how to transmit a distress signal that she's being held against her will if her captors make her record a video, this according to Scott Jones, director of the London-based security firm Garvian. It’ll also "include mastering micro-expressions, key words and other signals to let either her family or law enforcement know if she's under duress from captors. We're also told she'll get some basic psychology training on dealing with her captors. She'll also be taught how to get out of restraints like duct tape or zip ties."

US Polo Association looking at retail expansion in India

Thursday, December 7 2017

US Polo Association looking at retail expansion in India

The US Polo Association brand managed by USPA Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of the United States Polo Association (USPA) is eyeing expansion in keeping in mind the rising demand from consumers. The company is betting big on India as an important market for spreading brand presence. The brand recently opened stores in Coimbatore, Guwahati and Pune and is now focusing on Tier I and II cities across India by adding 7-10 stores each month. Most of the store openings are taking place in eastern and northern India. US Polo opened its first store with India partner Arvind Brands. Established in 1890, United States Polo Association is the governing entity of the polo sport in the United States and Canada. The brand caters to men, women and children who like looking good, while maintaining their signature casual appearance. The range comprises of home textiles, promotion items, marine products and more in addition to underwear and ready-to-wear for men, women and children; accessories, shoes and leather.

Varun Bahl’s new flagship store in Delhi is a bridal shopping paradise

Wednesday, December 6 2017

Varun Bahl’s new flagship store in Delhi is a bridal shopping paradise

Set in the artistic Mehrauli district of New Delhi, Varun Bahl’s new store is all things art fused with fashion. “The location with its colonial architecture, high ceilings, rusticated walls and arched colonnades is a trademark in itself," Varun says, adding, "I love the old world charm. The design ideology is to celebrate both the history and ethos of the brand in all its grandeur, so what better than One Style Mile?” Art Nouveau being the prime influence in terms of design, the rich interiors are complemented with asymmetrical archways, and signature Klove studio lighting. Each fixture draws inspiration from the lines and forms from the iconic period. They also coincidently resonate in his latest collection, which will also be launched in the store. But what truly sets the store apart you ask? The bespoke atelier. The idea is to give the couple a special experience from the moment they say ‘I do’. It is a rather interesting take on making the (otherwise cumbersome) process of selecting and customising your dream ensemble a reality. “What the couple needs the most is someone who will listen to them and understand individual body shapes. More importantly, complement their personal style and colour choices” he elaborates. But the service doesn’t stop there, they are also offering access to their events vertical, titled Aurum. The last project they did was the wedding of Tanira Sethi, daughter of FDCI president Sunil Sethi. So if you’re confused on how to go about planning your big day, you know where to go. Varun Bahl's new bridal couture store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi Varun Bahl's new flagship store in Delhi

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

Thursday, December 7 2017

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors. The 26-year-old Burkina Faso native is the star student of a novel project aimed at training asylum seekers in one of Italy's most emblematic crafts: making leather handbags And after a 15-month apprenticeship, Bassirou has just become the first employee of a small company set up with the aim of turning the project into a self-sustaining venture. "It is a great opportunity," he says of his new career move. "I had done a bit of cutting and sewing back home but that was with cloth, not leather. "It wasn't easy at the start, every little thing seemed difficult, but after a certain point, you get the hang of it." Bassirou left Burkina Faso in west Africa, and a partner then pregnant with his now two-year-old daughter, in 2015. He says he fled because he feared for his life in the tumultuous aftermath of yet another military coup in the impoverished former French colony. Now he is awaiting the outcome of his application for asylum in Italy and is one of some 400 recently-arrived immigrants being looked after by Lai-Momo, a social cooperative that runs the EU-funded leather skills project in the small town of Lama Di Reno near Bologna. The decision to leave home was not an easy one, Bassirou says, and it is one he might have reconsidered had he known of the horrors that awaited him in Libya, the jumping off point for most Africans trying to get to Europe. 'It's slavery' Shocking recent images of slave auctions in the troubled north African state came as no surprise. "These are things that are really happening in Libya," Bassirou told AFPTV. "I had a bit of a taste of it. They put us in a prison. At any time they could come and get us to do forced labour, all sorts of jobs. They never gave us enough to eat. "All that, it's slavery," he said. Bassirou endured these conditions for four months before the traffickers controlling his fate finally put him onto an inflatable dinghy packed with over 100 others. After many fraught hours at sea, mostly spent praying it would not sink, the overcrowded dinghy was spotted by a British ship. "At the moment we were rescued there was a bit of a stampede to get off and the boat started taking on water. In the end they got everyone off." The date, March 20, 2016, is etched permanently in his memory. "These are things you don't forget easily," he says. Now he dreams of being able to open his own shop, but the future path of his life remains uncertain, as is the case for tens of thousands like him in overcrowded reception centres across Italy. Few of them will benefit from the kind of support that has helped Bassirou pursue his education to Italian high school level, or the distraction from the stress that comes with living in limbo. "Doing this (working), you are going to have positive rather than negative thoughts, you're thinking that when you're finished, you'll have a trade," he says. 'Return issue not easy' A total of 15 migrants have completed the first round of training and another 18 have just started, including Bassirou's compatriot, Issa. The 21-year-old recounts a similar tale about his time in Libya. "I have friends who are still there in slave camps," Issa says. Having made it to Italy, he is now relieved to have escaped the frustrated boredom that is the lot of many asylum seekers. "Before I came here, I was in another house, just sleeping all the time, doing nothing," he says. "Now I feel much more relaxed. I have contact with (local) people and I'm beginning to learn the language." Not all the apprentices can realistically aspire to the proficiency Bassirou has attained. As some have limited literacy and numeracy, lessons in cutting have to be preceded by an introduction to basic concepts of measuring and geometry. "The objective is to provide people with the ability and skills they need to enter the labour market here in Italy, but also in the event of a possible return to their country of origin," said Lai-Momo's president, Andrea Marchesini Reggiani. The Lama Di Reno project is part of a wider programme overseen by the Ethical Fashion Initiative run by the United Nations and WTO-backed International Trade Centre with the aim of creating new economic opportunities in developing countries to help curb irregular migration. People like Bassirou say going home is not an option they can contemplate, for now. And Marchesini Reggiani admits that the emphasis on voluntary repatriations can be problematic, given the risks, sacrifices and struggles involved in many migrants' journeys to Europe. "For sure, it is not an easy thing to address the issue of return," he says. "For us the important thing is to give people skills. Whether they can use them here or whether they are refused the right to stay, they are being given an opportunity, let's say a plus. "It is clear though that, after the journeys they have made, the ideal solution is to stay here and that's why we believe giving people the skills to work and integrate is so important." (AFP) Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP

Everything to know from Chanel's Metiers d'Art show in Hamburg

Thursday, December 7 2017

Everything to know from Chanel's Metiers d'Art show in Hamburg

Everything to know from Chanel's Metiers d'Art show in Hamburg From the grand show venue to Kaia Gerber hitting the runway. By Lauren Alexis Fisher For its latest Metiers d'Art show, Chanel unveiled its Pre-Fall 2018 collection in Hamburg, Germany today. From the stunning venue to the top models and star studded front row, here's everything to know from the fashion house's latest show. Taking place at Hamburg's newly-opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall, the Metiers d'Art show transformed a grand orchestra theater into its runway. The building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is one of the German city's largest structures. This also marks the first time Karl Lagerfeld has ever staged a fashion show in his hometown. A post shared by Karla Martinez de Salas (@karlamartinezdesalas) 07am PST Karl Lagerfeld's A-list muses—including Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, and Tilda Swinton—were all in attendance for the occasion, watching on from the front row in Chanel looks. Instagram: @chanel Runway breakout star Kaia Gerber walked her second ever Chanel show, sporting two Pre-Fall looks on the runway. Anna Ewers, Soo Joo Park, Grace Elizabeth and more also hit the catwalk.

10 beauty tricks to help you nail your next job interview

Thursday, December 7 2017

10 beauty tricks to help you nail your next job interview

You scored an interview for the job of your dreams—now it’s time to do your homework. The key to nailing your look for any potential job is getting the lowdown on what the company culture is like, according to Jane Ashen Turkewitz, founder and chief talent officer of the digital and technology job placement firm .comRecruiting . That way, you can mimic the vibe of the office. “Looking the part will give you another opportunity to show how you fit in and can contribute,” adds makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor . These universally flattering, deceptively simple tricks will give you the confidence you need to crush it, no matter what job you're gunning for.

Implement a smart scent strategy

Invest in a signature wardrobe of perfumes that allows you to tailor your fragrance, like Prada Candy and its sister scents Prada Candy Kiss, Prada Candy Gloss, and Prada Candy Florale. Best bets for conservative business settings: fresh, clean-smelling notes like citrus and delicate florals. For a creative company, something powdery and warm can work. Either way, “spray perfume on a few hours before your meeting so there’s only a faint air of it,” recommends Ashen Turkewitz. Prada Candy eau de parfum, Rs, 7740 for 80 ml; prada.com

Prep skin with a sleep mask

It’s hard to make a stellar first impression when your skin is dull and flaky. For a zero-effort glow, apply an overnight brightening mask with exfoliating enzymes before bed. “You’ll wake up looking like you just had a facial,” says celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas. Plus, makeup goes on a whole lot smoother. Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, Rs, 4,840; joannavargas.com

Pay attention to your hands

"Bitten fingers and chipped nails suggest that you're careless and not detail-oriented,” says celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. Getting a professional manicure will make the biggest difference, but even a before-bed precaution like applying a heavy-duty hand cream can help. “When you shake the hand of your interviewer, you want them to think of your brilliant résumé, not your hands,” says Kandalec. Apply a tiny bit of cuticle oil on each nail the morning of your meeting to make them look more polished. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, Rs, 580; ulta.com

Boost energy with chlorophyll

Coffee is the usual suspect for a morning pick-me-up, but it can make your heart race and leave you feeling anxious. Vargas suggests downing a shot of liquid chlorophyll instead. It's the pigment that gives green plants their vibrant hue, and when you ingest it, it can help to oxygenate your blood, giving you a boost of energy without the jitters. It also does awesome things for your skin (think: a little extra glow). Jùs by Julie Chlorophyll Booster Shot, Rs, 258; jusbyjulie.com

Deal with dark circles

“Makeup should be saying the same thing that your outfit does: That you’re focused and ready to get the job done, not that you’re high-maintenance,” says Sotomayor. Pat on a peachy concealer (it counteracts bluish and brown hues) underneath each eye, followed by a thin layer of tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation to even things out. Bobbi Brown Corrector, Rs, 1,742; bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Treat yourself to a blowout

Whether you’re applying to a museum or tech firm, a polished blowout strikes the perfect balance—not too casual, not too overdone, says NYC hairstylist Allen Thomas Wood. Plus, getting it professionally styled the day before can help relieve some stress (and save time) on the day of your interview. Just ask your hairdresser to skip mousse and serum, which can weigh it down and make it look greasy. In the morning, give roots a quick shot of dry shampoo and you’re good to go. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, Rs, 1,871; randco.com

Show off your hair skills

Trying to break into a creative field? Stepping up your hair game can help highlight your ingenuity, says Wood. Have fun with your natural texture, but make sure that pieces aren’t falling into your face during the interview. No matter what you choose, prep with a hydrating leave-in conditioner and finish with hairspray to lock in the style and add shine. Bumble and bumble Does It All Light Hold Hairspray, Rs, 1,871; sephora.com

Stick to neutrals

There’s a time and a place for electric blue eye shadow—and it’s not a job interview. “You don’t want to look like you’re going to a fashion show or you’ve spent all weekend watching makeup videos,” says Sotomayor. Pick a palette of powder shadows (they won’t crease as much as cream formulas), in nude shades similar to your natural coloring, he says. Sweep one hue across your lids, then dot the outer corners with a slightly darker shadow and blend for subtle definition. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Nude, Rs, 2,129; shiseido.com

Define your eyes

An interview calls for more than just mascara; you want a look that “accentuates your eyes when you’re speaking,” says Sotomayor. Make them pop by using an angled brush dipped in a gel formula to paint a thin stroke along your upper lash lines. It will stay put all day, but won’t appear as harsh as liquid liner. Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, Rs, 645; maybelline.com Try a power lip You can never go wrong with a flattering nudish-pink, but for a take-charge vibe, put down a layer of rose, berry, or deep wine lipstick, which Sotomayor says is “great for business settings when you want to feel a little more formal.” The trick is to tap the formula onto your lips with your finger for a soft—not overpowering—effect. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman, 1,677; narscosmetics.com

5 major life changes Meghan Markle must make before she marries Prince Harry

Thursday, December 7 2017

5 major life changes Meghan Markle must make before she marries Prince Harry

5 major life changes Meghan Markle must make before she marries Prince Harry Just standard procedure when you marry a prince By Jessica Chandra When people meet the person they hope to spend the rest of their life with, there are usually some sacrifices that need to be made, from both sides. We’re sure the same is expected of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , who recently announced their engagement … however, we’re certain Meghan will be the one making way more changes to her life than her dashing new fiancé. Of course, that’s what you get when you marry into the British royal family. But exactly how much will Meghan be changing? Let’s see.

Her religion

Meghan identifies as Protestant, like her mother, and her father is Episcopalian. She went to a Catholic high school but wasn’t raised Catholic. She will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding. This is something Kate Middleton also did before her April 2011 nuptials. Though she had already been baptised, she was confirmed just weeks before the wedding in a private service.

Her career

It’s been confirmed that Meghan is leaving Suits after seven years on the show; it was her role as Rachel Zane, a smart and beautiful paralegal, that catapulted her to fame. Suits creator Aaron Korsh has since revealed that they started writing Meghan out of the show once her relationship with Harry went public. “Collectively the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people are in love and it’s going to work out,” he said in an interview. It’s reported that Meghan told her agent she’s no longer interested in acting or paid work so she can focus on her obligations with the royal family.

Her citizenship

Meghan was born in the US, and she plans on becoming a British citizen before marrying Harry. It’s unknown whether she’ll keep her US citizenship.

Her outspoken nature

For years, Meghan has used her public profile to stand up for things she’s passionate about , and speak her mind on her political views—she backed Hillary Clinton in the US election, has called Donald Trump “misogynistic” and “divisive,” and has even been vocal about where she stands on Brexit. A post shared by Meghan Markle (@meghanmarkle) on Jul 2, 2016 at 5:06am PDT She has also written powerful essays for media outlets, including ELLE , on topics like growing up biracial and menstruation and education. Meghan Markle addresses the 2015 UN Women conference This will change, and she’ll most likely keep her political and personal beliefs to herself from now on. The Guardian reports that Meghan’s activism will be “held in check by royal protocol,” as members of the royal family don’t make public comments about politicians or party politics. Meghan Markle standing up to sexism as an 11 year old

Her style

For the most part, Meghan’s personal style has erred on the conservative side. She hasn’t actually made that many public appearances since dating Harry, but when they made their first joint appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, Meghan’s choice of ripped jeans (by denim brand Mother) was deemed 'controversial'. That was a more informal event, and it looks like Meghan will be opting for more polished pieces for her official appearances. At the photo call to announce their engagement, Meghan wore a white belted wrap coat by Canadian brand Line The Label, which caused a huge surge of customers to its website. (‘The Meghan Effect’ has already started.) She was also wearing a green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H and white Aquazzura shoes which wrapped around her ankles. Then, for Harry and Meghan's first royal engagement as a couple, they visited a charity fair hosted by the Terrence Higgins Trust to mark World Aids Day, and then stopped by Nottingham Academy, where they met teachers and staff from Full Effect, a program that aims to support at risk children and young people. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their first royal engagement together For this outing, Meghan stayed covered up a full-length navy coat, beige maxi skirt, black suede heel boots and a brown and navy handbag. Even her choice of handbag, by Scottish label Strathberry, was under scrutiny, with etiquette expert Myka Meier telling Good Housekeeping that royal family members usually carry clutches, so they can avoid shaking hands with people , and also have something to do with their hands at all times.

Sonam Kapoor gave us two figure-flattering looks in under 24 hours

Thursday, December 7 2017

Sonam Kapoor gave us two figure-flattering looks in under 24 hours

Sonam Kapoor gave us two figure-flattering looks in under 24 hours Big surprise... By Elle Team Sonam Kapoor isn't your standard skinny model size — nor does she have any intention of looking anything other than the healthiest version of curvy herself. What the stylish actress does have unparalleled mastery over is the ability to dress for her shape, while experimenting with fashion. And we could all learn a lesson or two from her. In the last 24 hours, Sonam and stylist sister Rhea Kapoor have given us two fabulous looks on completely different ends of the style spectrum, but both playing up her best assets. For an IWC Watches event in Dubai, Sonam's first look was a floor-length gown with a matching jacket from Ashi Studio. The gown's corset bodice helped highlight Sonam's toned waist (read about the diet trick that changed her figure) while the jacket draped over her shoulders made her seem taller and more statuesque. It also narrowed down her shoulders, which can be a point of concern for girls with broad frames. A post shared by sonamkapoor (@sonamkapoor) 03am PST Not to mention the push-up bra effect of the corset which makes Sonam's cleavage look fantastic. A post shared by sonamkapoor (@sonamkapoor) on Dec 6, 2017 at 8:30pm PST Less than 12 hours later, Sonam was completely covered up in a Mother Of Pearl pantsuit with slit pants, high-collared denim blouse and a structured jacket. The whole look could have been stuffy and overwhelming, if not for the shape of the jacket that once again drew attention to the waist. The slit pants, paired with those Fendi shoes, add flashes of skin to balance out the whole look. A post shared by Rhea Kapoor (@rheakapoor) on Dec 7, 2017 at 2:45am PST These are not your average granny's pearls, that's for sure... A post shared by Rhea Kapoor (@rheakapoor) on Dec 7, 2017 at 2:39am PST

Toonz Retail on expansion mode, to add 10 more stores by 2018-19

Friday, December 8 2017

Toonz Retail on expansion mode, to add 10 more stores by 2018-19

With an investment of around Rs 300-500 crore kids lifestyle brand Toonz Retail plans to add 10 stores by 2028-19. The company also plans to expand its product category in fashion and baby care segments. At the moment, Toonz Retail runs 107 stores across India in Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh. Besides this it is looking to open stores in Rajkot, Raiberali, Lucknow among other cities. Unlike fashion segment, which sees more or less a seasonal demand, baby care segment has a demand throughout the year. Toonz stores are spread over an area of 1,500 sq. ft. and offer a premium shopping experience. Along with flagship brands Wowmom, Superyoung and Superyoung Celebrations, Toonz Retail presents complete range of exciting kids’ products including fashion, baby infants wear, bath and sleep products care, nursery, toys and school supplies. The company is clocking in steady growth in high-end toys such as battery cars, action figures and lots more.