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12 gender-neutral fashion pieces you can share with the man in your life

Friday, December 8 2017

12 gender-neutral fashion pieces you can share with the man in your life

Jacket, Stella McCartney Sunglasses, Sunday Somewhere Blue for boys and pink for girls? Forget about stereotypes, the number one rule in fashion right now is that there are no rules anymore. If you look to the runways of Gucci, Public School or Marc Jacobs this season, the lines between were once clearly distinguished genders, have blurred. Skirts for men? Jackets for men and women? Gender neutrality in fashion may not be mainstream quite yet, especially in India, but the discussion hardly seems to raise eyebrows. Even fast-fashion brands like Zara and H&M and ASOS, who appeal to a mass audience are on board. But while the idea of ditching traditional gender labels in fashion is nothing new, can we assume that this approach to consuming fashion has officially become the new normal? Forget stealing from your sister, here’s what you can share with your man. Here an edit of all you need to buy now, for a quick hop onto the bandwagon.

This new dance workout will give you the best butt of your life

Friday, December 8 2017

This new dance workout will give you the best butt of your life

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Shutterstock Dance—it really can transform the glummest of moods. It has the power to literally to cut through all the clutter in your mind and cross over to the happy side. And it can help you with your post-holiday weight loss plans as well. Perfect antidote for the millennial lifestyle. So, when I heard about this new dance form that promises to shape up your glutes with a drilling cardio-infused dance workout, I was all in. Besides, it’s just what my pre-beach vacation body needed. The dance is called Tahitian, and it involves a LOT of hip shaking. What is Tahitian dance technique? Hailing all the way from the Pacific Ocean, Tahitian is a dance technique that focusses heavily on your hips, and is a traditional dance from Tahiti that is performed to drum percussions. When you familiarise yourself with it, you’ll realise it’s almost like a celebratory dance—somewhere between Hawaiian and belly dancing—but way more rapid and rigorous as compared to the soft fluidity of Hawaiian moves. Basically, big, fast rhythmic hip moves that will really work your lower body—call it one of the fun ways to lose weight, if you will. And when I watched my instructor, Sanjana Mutreja, founder of Kohl Belly Dance Movement, give us a sneak peek, I knew I was in for a painfully fun evening! The warm up session will really open up your limbs and hips to prepare for those big hip circles and rolls that will follow. You dance to layered drum beats that waver from slow to super-fast, and challenge yourself to not stop until the beat drops. You really have to give yourself wholly to this dance, and dance like no one’s watching. That’s when you enjoy it so much more, and realise your potential, and won’t want to give up. And really, that’s the best part, for most of us, who are confined and inhibited in our approach to life otherwise. Give it a shot, especially if you’re shy or would run away from something like this. After your first session, you’ll be convinced you’re in it for the sheer love of dance—and that butt goal, of course—just like I was. Weight loss benefits of Tahitian dancing The Tahitian dance workout can help you get a slimmer midriff by engaging your waistline muscles and in turn burning calories that leads to weight loss. The constant swaying movement that are part of this dance form help tone your body. Tahitian dancing involves retracting your core which helps curve your hips, strengthen your stomach and also helps you lose weight by reducing belly fat. The fact that this dance form keeps your waist pulled in while dancing, also aids in developing strong core muscles. When your core muscles are strong, they give an upright and appealing posture. The constant tension on the legs helps tone them, so feel free to say goodbye to thunder thighs too. Fun fact: You’re going to burn at least 500-700 calories with an hour of Tahitian dancing. Happy feet, ladies, or shall I say, happy hips? Get in touch with Sanjana Mutreja to sign up for one of her Tahitian, or belly dance workshops on 9820455580.

Priyanka Chopra just became the sexiest woman in Asia

Friday, December 8 2017

Priyanka Chopra just became the sexiest woman in Asia

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: An Le Whether she’s slaying on the Golden Globes red carpet or presenting at the 69th Annual Emmys , Priyanka Chopra is known for turning heads, and now she won an award for it. Chopra has been voted the ‘Sexiest Asian Woman’ in the world, topping the 2017 edition of an annual poll for a show stopping fifth time. This list of ’50 sexiest Asian Women’ by London-based newspaper Eastern Eye also includes last year’s winner Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. Following the results, the newspaper’s entertainment editor and pioneer of the poll, Asjad Nazir sent Chopra a congratulatory tweet, saying her humility and role as a global symbol for girl power are what makes her the sexiest woman. Congratulations to @priyankachopra for topping Eastern Eye 50 Sexiest Asian Women list 2017 (for a record-breaking fifth time). For me your humility & being a global symbol for girl power is your sexiest quality. #PriyankaChopra #AsjadNazirSexyList2017 pic.twitter.com/sOtYNbNJon — Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) December 6, 2017 Chopra also tweeted a playful note thanking her genetics and all her fans for their constant love and support. This marks yet another milestone in the Quantico actress’ monumental year. I should thank my mom and dad for this award…lol! It’s purely their genetics and also the immense love you guys give me every single time which has put me on top of the list 5 times over. Thank you @EasternEye … you do know how to flatter a girl! #AsjadNazirSexyList2017 https://t.co/iy3JUWQswW

Sonam Kapoor aces two distinct looks in less than 24 hours

Friday, December 8 2017

Sonam Kapoor aces two distinct looks in less than 24 hours

Sonam Kapoor in Mother of Pearl and Fendi in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Mother of Pearl and Fendi in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Mother of Pearl and Fendi in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Mother of Pearl and Fendi in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo in Dubai Image: Instagram.com/rheakapoor Sonam Kapoor has been in Dubai for past few days attending the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival. After stepping out in an elegant ivory Ashi Studio gown the day before the actor stepped out in two distinct looks yesterday. For the press meet, the actor opted for flared denim pants, and a denim jacket by Mother of Pearl. Kapoor accessorised her head-to-toe denim separates with black pearl embellished Fendi bag and heels, over-sized pearl earrings and rings. While the fitted jacket accentuated her waistline, the pearl detailing on the neckline offered an arresting visual contrast to her ensemble, making it perfect for a chilly brunch with the girls. Going the opposite route for IWC Gala the actor played it up with her second look in a Ralph & Russo off-shoulder pastel gown. The extended trail and the hand painted floral detailing elevated her ensemble added the right amount of drama to her look. The actor topped off her look with a shimmery silver clutch, diamond earrings and metallic pump heels. The actor went with the same beauty look for both the outings–silver eye shadow, nude lips, hair tied back and heavy mascara to the mix. With party season approaching soon and events with demanding dress codes, take a page from Kapoor’s playbook and invest in a gown that makes a statement. Scroll through our gallery for a closer look at Sonam Kapoor’s looks from yesterday. Keep up with celebrity style here. 1 /11 Deepika Padukone at the airport Image: Viral Bhayani Anushka Sharma in Gucci at the airport Image: Viral Bhayani Ananya Panday at Deanne Panday's birthday Image: Viral Bhayani Jacqueline Fernandez at Deanne Panday's birthday Image: Viral Bhayani

Vogue tries it: 3 new beauty treatments to prep for the party season

Friday, December 8 2017

Vogue tries it: 3 new beauty treatments to prep for the party season

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next December’s party season is upon us which means your skin and hair will inevitably go through a lot more stress (products and heat) than usual. We tried three new beauty treatments that make skin, body and hair upkeep a lot easier. Here’s our verdict. Image: R Burman L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert, Rs 2,500 onwards “Thin and long hair aren’t the best combination in the world—the hair around my crown gets flat within a day of washing it. Plus, split ends are an inescapable issue when you’ve never cut your hair before . The Serie Expert treatment promises to provide custom care for any kind of hair. It’s not like your regular hair spa treatments that pretend to be a one-size-fits-all (which is hardly the case when it comes to hair, I’ve tried at least 50 different shampoos and come to like maybe 2) and lasts longer than one wash at home. The hair expert first analysed my hair to zero in on my main concerns. Besides being thin, my hair is also weak, which is why she picked the B6 + Biotin range for me. She started with a rinse with the Inforcer shampoo from the line. Then, she mixed equal parts of the Powermix Force ampoules from the same family with the Powermix Base cream and applied the mix on small sections of my hair, leaving an inch from my scalp. The Powermix is meant to intensively treat your mane to reduce frizziness, make it stronger and reduce split ends. After leaving this on for about 10 minutes, she went on to apply the Inforcer anti-breakage mask (specially formulated for fragile hair) on top of the treatment. After allowing the mask to work its magic on my mane for 10 minutes, the entire mix was rinsed off. What particularly stood out for me with this treatment is that unlike others where your hair is immediately blow dried or straightened for perfect results, the expert only towel dried my hair and lightly used a drier over it for about five minutes, detangling with just her fingers. The final result: while the hair around my crown had a fresh bounce, my lengths and ends were softer and smoother with a significant reduction in split ends. The treatment boasts of results that last a month. Even though my washes at home left me with mostly the same amount of frizz, my split ends were in a lot more control than before, for a period of two weeks at least.” – Anjan Sachar, beauty writer – Vogue.in Image: Luis Monteiro Hydrafacial at Skin & You Clinic, Rs 5,000 “As a self-confessed low-maintenance person when it comes to primping (ask my team members about my makeup skills, they will laugh) I don’t mess around with my face unless the situation gets dire. After being exposed to a series of freeze-thaw conditions, coupled with multiple weddings in less than two weeks, I looked like I needed help in the skincare department. A Hydrafacial is unlike anything you expect out of a facial. When I asked about the length of the treatment, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it only demands 25-30 minutes of my time. I was further pleased to find out that the treatment requires no downtime—for someone who leaves things till the last minute this is perfect; you can actually get a Hydrafacial on the morning of whatever event is on your schedule. Starting with gentle exfoliation , the procedure is followed by phototherapy and a serum wash. The first step was the gentlest form of I’d ever experienced which is done via a hand-held ultrasonic device that purges your skin of impurities. The infrared treatment is an anti-inflammatory treatment which does oddly tingle. The blue light or ultraviolet therapy aims to reconstruct collagen bonds in your skin for the long run, treats acne scars and helps with tightening of skin. The last step of the Hydrafacial was the application of the Glutathione serum which helps brighten your skin. The most obvious result post the Hydrafacial was the improved texture of my skin. My face did feel tighter and given the minimal effort in undergoing the procedure, the entire experience was fairly stress-free. At Rs 5,000, the Hydrafacial isn’t one you’d get done every fortnight, but it’s definitely worth investing in if you have a full party season ahead of you. The results will last you for an entire month. The treatment as the name suggests is a hydrating one so consult a dermat to see if it fits your skin type before making an appointment.” – Rujuta Vaidya, fashion writer – Vogue.in Image: Prasad Naik Aromatherapy Associates Body Massage at Jean-Claude Biguine, Rs 2,500 onwards “To say that my job is sedentary would be an understatement. The only time I get up from my seat is to get chocolates from the stash on the table next to me. This has made my upper back a point of contention with every massage therapist I visit, who will invariable mention how mine is probably the worst case of stiffness she’s seen, after an unsuccessful attempt to release all the knots (unsuccessful not because the therapist wasn’t dedicated to the cause, but because I’ve done an exceptionally good job at stress). To squeeze in some R&R pre-party season, last weekend I gave Jean-Claude Biguine’s new therapy with Aromatherapy Associates a shot. The brand is known for their oils that are not just beautiful-smelling, but also offer holistic benefits. After a detailed consultation with the therapist, I chose a stress relief oil with the deep tissue or Indus massage technique (you also have the option of choosing the Luxury massage, which is medium pressure and more relaxing). My session was intense (not for you if you like to sleep through your therapy), with stretches that felt more like yoga than a massage—but it was exactly what my exhausted, stiff muscles needed. After a brisk 40-minute treatment that also involved a dry head massage, I left more limber, had dramatically fewer knots in my back than when I came in, and was ready to snooze the next 10 hours away.” – Ridhima Sapre, assistant digital editor – Vogue.in

12 ways you can wear Pantone’s Colour of The Year for 2018

Friday, December 8 2017

12 ways you can wear Pantone’s Colour of The Year for 2018

Blazer, Emilio Pucci Dress, Yves Saint Laurent Vintage We might not be psychic, but we’re pretty sure that come 2018, there’s going to be a lot of purple making the rounds, thanks to Pantone’s newest announcement. The ultimate authority when it comes to colour, Pantone just unveiled ‘Ultraviolet’, the deeper, bolder cousin of purple, as the colour of the year for 2018. Think swirling galaxies, regal bearing and the chosen colour channeled by pop star icons like Prince and Jimi Hendrix. A yearly ritual undertaken by the colour corporation, Pantone has described this year’s shade as ‘enigmatic, thoughtful and provocative’ communicating originality, inventiveness and a futuristic vision. “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imaginationz”, said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra-Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come,” he added. Every year, Pantone unleashes a team of experts to scout the world and analyse what colour fits our current moods best. This year, it seemed that Ultra Violet took the prize, and with good reason. This dynamic hue extends is known to be the symbol for the great unknown, all things royal, and some of the biggest feminist movements. It exquisitely blends the fierceness of red with the soothing sense of blue, making its spirit of duality one of the prime reasons Hillary Clinton chose to wear the colour during her concession speech back in 2016. We’ve seen it during The Little Mermaid villain Ursula’s maniacal laughs, Willy Wonka’s sugar rush and even as The Joker from Batman manoeuvred his sadistic schemes. You’ve probably noticed it on Moschino bustiers and Gucci runways, so the shade definitely deserves some room in your closet prospects. We’ve chosen some of the season’s best offerings of this visionary colour for you to shop.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner just confirmed that season 8 won't air until 2019

Friday, December 8 2017

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner just confirmed that season 8 won't air until 2019

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner just confirmed that season 8 won't air until 2019 Winter isn't coming anytime soon By Jennifer Read-Dominguez December 8, 2017 SHARE Winter isn't coming, it's here, which means Game of Thrones fans are faced with the cold, hard reality the HBO's fantasy epic is coming to an end. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has now confirmed that the eighth and final season of Game of Throne s won't air until 2019. Sophie told Variet y : "I'm really excited. Game of Throne s comes out in 2019." It comes after HBO president Casey Bloys hinted that the shortened season eight may be delayed for an entire year, telling Entertainment Weekly that producers wants to make sure the finale is "cinematic." "They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule," Bloys acknowledged. "We'll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing." "One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic it is. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they're doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it's a big, big show. We've done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done — and we're the first people to pay for it."

Elle Style Awards 2017: Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Deepika Padukone have had an unstoppable year

Friday, December 8 2017

Elle Style Awards 2017: Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Deepika Padukone have had an unstoppable year

Elle Style Awards 2017: Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Deepika Padukone have had an unstoppable year The designer and the style icon By Varun Rana and Divya Gursahani December 8, 2017 SHARE It has been a bumper year for some of fashion’s biggest and most interesting players — from star-studded collaborations to breakneck expansion and serendipitous discoveries. Meet the candidates who made 2017 well and truly their own. The collaborator: Sabyasachi Mukherjee Kick-starting a diamond jewellery business with Forevermark, launching his own in-store precious jewellery line, collaborating with Christian Louboutin on a global footwear range, being celebrated at Hong Kong’s iconic fashion store Lane Crawford, and continuing existing partnerships with Asian Paints and Band Baajaa Bride made 2017 Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s year in no uncertain terms. “It’s been a whirlwind, and it just doesn’t seem to end,” he admits. Out of the above, the two key developments that have taken up most of Mukherjee’s time have been the explosive new line of shoes designed by Louboutin, using signature Sabyasachi textiles and embroideries, and the launch of the designer’s fine jewellery line, Sabyasachi Jewelry. “June onwards, I spent three months holed up in Jaipur and Bikaner, developing designs,” says the couturier. And since October, he has been busy travelling the world with his friend and collaborator Christian Louboutin. “We were at Harrods in London, Bergdorf Goodman in New York, at the Louboutin store in Los Angeles, at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, where I clubbed it with another event, and then back to LA to do an event at Just One Eye, the city’s most directional fashion store where top Hollywood stylists and stars come to shop…” he adds. As with anything Sabyasachi, these aren’t one-off projects that fizzle out after a few weeks of trending on social media. His collaboration with Louboutin came about after two years of working closely with the shoemaker on the footwear for his couture shows. “Christian spent time with us in Kolkata earlier this year, and visited my fabric archives and asked if he could use some of them to design shoes. That’s how it began. The designs are his, and the fabrics are mine.” As for jewellery, it was almost expected. His first jewellery collaboration happened in 2010 with Kolkata-based Gaja Jewellers, followed by Hyderabad’s Kishandas Jewellers in 2014. These projects, he says, taught him all there was to know about the jewellery business; if anything, Mukherjee is a quick study. And through his groundbreaking collection launches on Instagram (a first for an Indian designer), he single-handedly made the nath, choker and matha-patti trend on social media. “Today, most designers are using them in their couture and bridal shoots,” he jokes. But it’s true. Recent bridal campaigns follow what has come to be known as the Sabyasachi template: opulent locations and backdrops with multiple male and female models arranged in a group, all dressed in bridal couture with statement jewellery — invariably the nath, matha-patti, and a bold choker set with uncut stones. Apart from this, the two major international events that have kept him busy are the Lane Crawford promotion and the one at Just One Eye. In Hong Kong, this was the first time that Lane Crawford — a fashion and retail institution that was founded in 1850 — showcased an Indian designer. What’s more, they sold out a major chunk of his collection, amounting to over US$1 million (₹6.46 crore), in just five days. Following this, the Just One Eye promotion saw him displayed next to Oscar favourite brands like Valentino, Prada, Alexandre Vauthier and Gucci. “Such events have given me a lot of confidence about our place in the international market,” he says, and feels that “the universe is conspiring to nudge me in the direction of an international label.” While that is an outcome greatly to be desired, more concrete is the news of a new global collaboration that, he says, will be announced in January. The style icon: Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone kicked off 2017 with her Hollywood debut, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage and a slew of killer outfits from designers like Stella McCartney and Naeem Khan, which declared that she was ready for global fashion domination. The latter half of the year saw her transition into Indian princess mode aided by her favourite labels Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi for the promotion of her now-controversial film Padmavati . About her ever-evolving personal style, Padukone says, “You will see a lot of pastels, and blue, beige, cream, and black and white [in my wardrobe]. And if you notice, even when there is colour, it will be a very classic red or green, or yellow.” Crepe, wool and silk dress, metal rings; all prices on request, Gucci. Photography: Errikos Andreou/DEU Creative Management Styling: Divyak D'Souza Art direction: Prashish More “I remember telling myself as a young model that the day I can afford it, the first thing I’m going to buy is a Sabyasachi sari. So, when I made enough money and could afford it, I bought myself one,” — Deepika Padukone. From left, on Mukherjee: Poplin kurta churidar (set), wool jacket; both Mukherjee’s own. On Padukone: Velvet dress, leather bag, diamond, pearl, coral, emerald and tourmaline choker; all prices on request, Sabyasachi. Photography: Errikos Andreou/DEU Creative Management Styling: Divyak D'Souza Crepe, wool and silk dress, metal rings; all prices on request, Gucci. Photography: Errikos Andreou/DEU Creative Management Styling: Divyak D'Souza Art direction: Prashish More “I remember telling myself as a young model that the day I can afford it, the first thing I’m going to buy is a Sabyasachi sari. So, when I made enough money and could afford it, I bought myself one,” — Deepika Padukone. From left, on Mukherjee: Poplin kurta churidar (set), wool jacket; both Mukherjee’s own. On Padukone: Velvet dress, leather bag, diamond, pearl, coral, emerald and tourmaline choker; all prices on request, Sabyasachi. Photography: Errikos Andreou/DEU Creative Management Styling: Divyak D'Souza

Gig alert: legendary drummer Jojo Mayer on his musical influences and the future of music

Friday, December 8 2017

Gig alert: legendary drummer Jojo Mayer on his musical influences and the future of music

Gig alert: legendary drummer Jojo Mayer on his musical influences and the future of music Plus, he plans to make movies and act in them By Stuart DaCosta December 8, 2017 SHARE Swiss-born drummer Jojo Mayer is the son of popular musician Vali Myer, who introduced him to the world of music. Jojo is a self-taught drummer and has been playing since a very young age. Growing up in a musical household, he was exposed to all genres of music, and he even played for his father's jazz band. But, he slowly drifted away to create his own niche — his style reflected rock and electronic music, so he decided to build his solo career. It worked out well for him — till date, he's performed with great artists such as Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell Ndegeocello, Monty Alexander, and DJ Spooky. In a quick chat with ELLE, Jojo talks about his musical influences, his favourite bands and his acting plans. Stuart DaCosta: When you aren't on tour or making music, what are you doing? Jojo Mayer: When we're not touring or working on new material in the studio, everybody in the band is doing different things. John and Aaron are mostly busy running the Bunker Recording Studio in Brooklyn. Jacob also works as a musician and producer for other artists and bands. I'm currently getting more involved in making movies — both making scores as well as acting. SD: Which contemporary drummers/bands do you enjoy listening to? JM: Deantoni Parks, Shawn Pelton, Brian Blade. SD: It's been 10 years since you formed Nerve, do you see this trio as permanent collaborators? JM: I hope so. SD: Are there any specific sounds/songs/music that have influenced you? JM: We all have been and still are exposed to a wide range of music from mainstream pop to experimental subculture. I'd personally like a changing diet in music. Right now I'm listening to a lot of Brazilian music from the 60's. I don't think there's anything interesting going on in pop music, jazz or rock these days. James Blake and Kendrick Lamar are exceptions. They bring new things to the table. I get inspired when I hear someone take a risk in order to express himself truthfully. The style is secondary. SD: What do you feel will replace Jungle and Drum 'n' Bass as rebellious sounds in the future? JM: Jungle and Drum 'n' Bass had a big moment about 20 years ago that unfortunately didn't last very long. The reason was that the style got co-opted by interests that prioritised on commercial exploitation of the genre rather than its artistic development. This happened to many great inventions in music and art before and is likely to happen again. Many great ideas have turned into storefronts for bullshit over time. That's why in art and music it is important to constantly innovate new syntax. Only this way great ideas can escape the process of being co-opted. By being reincarnated into new shapes. Mozart, Ellington, Hendrix, Aphex Twin, it's all the same for me. The reincarnation of the free spirit. For this reason, I'm less concerned what style or fashion would be the next revolutionary movement, but more with how I, as an artist, can contribute to build that spirit in people. Whatever shape it will manifest in, that spirit will render new revolutionary music. I feel it's already out there but it has no name yet. Jojo Mayer and Nerve will be performing in India for the first time at Blue Frog in Bengaluru on December 8, 2017.

Elle Style Awards 2017: Anita Dongre and Dia Mirza share mutual respect for each other

Friday, December 8 2017

Elle Style Awards 2017: Anita Dongre and Dia Mirza share mutual respect for each other

Elle Style Awards 2017: Anita Dongre and Dia Mirza share mutual respect for each other Is there anything the queen of prêt can't do? By Shweta Shiware December 8, 2017 SHARE It has been a bumper year for some of fashion’s biggest and most interesting players — from star-studded collaborations to breakneck expansion and serendipitous discoveries. Meet the candidates who made 2017 well and truly their own. The all-rounder: Anita Dongre Anita Dongre ticks all the boxes for leading light of Indian fashion. Her ready-to-wear brand Global Desi scored a 100-store milestone in 2016, her prêt label AND is available at 81-plus stores in India, and her sustainability marque Grassroot enjoys the presence of 10 outposts. Then there’s the new 1,500sq ft flagship Grassroot store in New York’s SoHo. “My biggest milestone was my entry into the US market this year. It has been the busiest year of my career. I haven’t had any time to take a holiday,” she says. Grassroot became a talking point after its New York launch. And even though the label was re-launched in 2015 in India, it was conceived a decade ago. Built on the principles of “revive, sustain and empower”, Dongre works with members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association, a trade union based in Gujarat, and NGO WomenWeave in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, to produce handmade pieces for globetrotting women. “As a designer, it’s my responsibility to celebrate handcrafted traditions by translating village crafts into design. And NYC is the best place to start.” In 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge wore Dongre’s hand-block-printed tunic while showing off her cricketing skills at Mumbai’s Oval Maidan, winning the designer instant international recognition. In February this year, the Mumbai-based designer finally got a chance to meet Kate Middleton at a reception dinner marking the UK-India Year of Culture, at Buckingham Palace. That the Duchess wore a pair of uncut diamond and pearl drop earrings from Dongre’s PinkCity by Anita Dongre jewellery label to the event, only made it doubly special for her. From left, on Dongre: Silk dress, silk jacket, metal watch, diamond ring; all Dongre’s own.On Mirza: Cotton dress, Rs 19,990, Grassroot by Anita Dongre. Gold-plated glass rings, Rs 1,700 each, gold-plated glass ring, Rs 2,500; all Ikroop “My relationship with Anita is one of admiration and shared respect. She’s not only an artist, but an incredible businesswoman too.” - Dia Mirza Hair and make-up: Marianna Mukuchyan/Toabh Talent Management Styling: Divyak D'Souza

5 coolest things to expect at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender

Friday, December 8 2017

5 coolest things to expect at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender

5 coolest things to expect at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Apart from head-banging beats By Divya Gursahani December 8, 2017 SHARE Get your festival face on because The Bacardi NH7 Weekender is back and to be held in Pune from December 8-10. We have the low-down on the five coolest things to look forward to at its 8 th edition: 1. The giggles Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Rohan Joshi, Atul Khatri and a whole host of comedians are set to tickle your funny bone through all three days of the festival. Kanan Gill 2. The Levi’s Tailor Shop What could be cooler than wearing your own customised pair of jeans at a music festival? Take your pick from monograms, embroidered patches and eye-catching pins. Customise your jeans at the Levi's Tailor Shop 3. The art You will find the most unique installations dotting the venue. Eye candy and Instagram candy all at once. 4. The music Duh. From Prateek Kuhad and Vishal Dadlani to Divine, it doesn’t matter what your jam is — you’re going to find music that feeds your soul. Steve Vai 5. The nibbles A crucial accompaniment to any event, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender has really nailed the food menu with a vast array of treats available to munch on any time of day.

Lidewij Edelkoort: 'Goddesses will be the female archetypes in fashion'

Friday, December 8 2017

Lidewij Edelkoort: 'Goddesses will be the female archetypes in fashion'

| Friday, 08 December 2017 Amsterdam - The role of women in our modern day society is shifting, as numerous high-profile sexual harassment scandals, continue to make the headlines. Women are joining forces and taking a stand together against society’s gendered prejudices, which is set to impact how we dress, according to Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort. "Since the emancipation season, women have been struggling to find their place, who they are. Now we have to rediscover what the status quo of the women is, how we will define ourselves in the future as well as how we will dress in the future," said Edelkoort during her trend presentation for Spring/Summer 2019, prudently named Goddesses, in Amsterdam. "But the psychological aspect here is even more important. That has become evident in the emergence of the #Metoo, where you see women who have were silent for years about their sexual abuse now speaking about it together - men as well. We see a new world being formed where they share their power." Lidewij Edelkoort: 'There is a goddess in everyone' Power-dressing and messages of female empowerment are becoming predominant within the fashion industry, as women look to strong and independent female role models with goddess-like traits for inspiration on how to express their newfound strength while carving out a new future for themselves. Rather than looking for their 'prince charming', who does not exist anymore, according to Edelkoort, women should look to their inner goddess or goddesses as there can be many female archetypes in a single woman, and nurture them instead. "Women can identify with Hestia and Aphrodite and be both maternal and sexual." Goddesses from a number of different cultures and backgrounds were the main focus of Edelkoort presentation for leading trends for Spring/Summer 2019, although she believes this movement has the potential to last 20 to 30 years in fashion. Iconic greek goddesses such as Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite were highlighted as some of the main female archetypes for tomorrow, in addition to other key goddesses from different cultures around the world such as Mama Ocllo from Peru folklore and Saraswati from Hinduism. "I also wanted to include key figures from the Southern hemisphere." Pleating, Draping and Folding - Goddesses inspired trends for SS '19 In particular, styles associated with the ancient Greek goddesses, such as draping, folding and pleating is set to become very popular next summer as women seek out luxurious styles to express their own inner goddess, according to Edelkoort. "It's funny how we are still doing the same thing after all these centuries," she noted when discussing pleated skirts. Long flowing dresses, tunics, and skirts which allow freedom of movement, rather than restriction, will also be a key trend for summer 2019. Another trend highlight was golden embroidery and embellishments on luxurious and elegant fabrics, which was linked to the feline archetype, based on the Egyptian goddess Bastet, as designers are set to return to their artisan roots and create intricate, beautiful designs. "Diane von Furstenberg is a feline archetype," added Edelkoort. "I met her in New York and she folds herself up, with her feet under her body just like a cat and almost purrs when she goes to sit on a sofa. She attended our trend seminar there and talked about what felt like being a goddess. She's a very special woman." Throughout the presentation, organized by Appletizer at the KIT Institute, it became evident that there is a common thread between all the goddesses highlighted."One thing I noticed all these goddesses from different cultures had in common is that they all want to be very independent and not be dependent on their partners, which is what we have conceived to be the norm in our society over the last century." The trend forecaster foresees the rise of a matriarchy, where women will be in control and live in many different ways according to whichever partnership they chose - whether it be in sisterhood with each other, with one or multiple partners, with a beloved, furry four-legged friend or alone in solitude. "All forms of these partnerships are good and it is great to see that in all goddesses." Men are not completely excluded from this trend, she added, as men will have the chance to identify with their own inner goddesses and nurture them as well while admiring the strong female archetypes emerging in the world around them. Photo credits - Left to right Homepage photo: Master of Flora [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, Gucci SS'18 by Dan Lecca Photo 1: Steven Alan Pre-spring '17, Fae [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Photo 2: Sonia Rykiel SS'18, via Catwalk Pictures, RomanM82 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Photo 3: Vivienne Westwood SS'18 via Catwalk Pictures, Cuzco School [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Photo 4: Shuishouyue [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, Ann Demeulemeester SS'18 via Catwalk Pictures