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Shoemaker Robert Clergerie finally puts his feet up

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Shoemaker Robert Clergerie finally puts his feet up

Robert Clergerie, the maker of the luxury French shoes worn by Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Madonna, was never one to sit around kicking his heels. When the brand that bears his name almost went bust four years after he had sold up and retired, he dumped his golf clubs and repurchased the company, pumping in two million euros ($2.3 million) of his own money to put it back on its feet. "I was 70, but I was bored stiff," Clergerie recalled. He had toured the Greek islands, taken up gardening and golf, but he was "bored to death, particularly by the golf". "It killed me to see the company go like that. I knew almost all the workers." "The day I returned to the factory the women were in tears," he said, the emotion welling up in his voice. "I found a second youth," he told AFP, and so did his brand, its trademark flat and wedged shoes and boots again becoming a must-have for fashionistas. While other brands have been forced to go abroad for cheaper labour, Clergerie has bucked the trend. Its factory is the last in Romans-sur-Isere, once the capital of French shoemaking. Yet its founder, now 83, came very late to the business. The son of a grocer, "my father brought me up the hard way, working in his shop until I was 24. Late bloomer "I went to America but was called up to fight in Algeria (during its war of independence). Then I did lots of jobs, none of which made me happy," Clergerie admitted. It was only at 37 that he discovered his passion after replying to a small ad in a newspaper: "Wanted -- someone strong enough to fill the shoes of manager of a factory in the Rhone valley, close to the mountains and the sea." "It was the revelation of my life," Clergerie recalls in a new book, "Robert Clergerie, the Man Who Shod Women". In 1978 he struck out on his own, taking over a factory in Romans and launching the first collection in his own name three years later. His first three styles -- Paris, Paco and Palma -- were an instant hit, wowing the women's market with flat slightly boyish shoes which caught the spirit of the times. "The 1980s were a golden age of disco, partying and real excitement," he said, with Bianca Jagger, Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall and Madonna beating a path to his Paris shop, which sold 11,000 pairs a year. 'I cried and vomited' But the company grew too quickly, and needed more cash to keep up with demand. In 1996 Clergerie sold his controlling stake to investors, though he still held 10 percent of the shares and stayed on until 2001 as artistic director. "Signing it over killed me," he said. "I went home and cried and vomited." In a few short years his two main rivals in Romans went to the wall and by 2005 his own brand was also on its uppers. That was when Clergerie returned to save the day. The brand prospered and seven years later he finally retired, passing the company and its 17 shops around the world on to French and Hong Kong investors, who had promised to keep making the shoes in Romans. "It is now five years since I really retired," said Clergerie, and "I am starting to detach myself, though not totally," he added with a note of warning. Because the Clergerie is "like a woman I loved madly -- and now there is someone else in her bed." Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP

CinCin, Mumbai, will be your new go-to for casual Italian fare

Wednesday, December 13 2017

CinCin, Mumbai, will be your new go-to for casual Italian fare

CinCin in Italian means ‘cheers’, which is exactly what we wanted to do when we visited Mumbai’s new Italian restaurant. Located next to Nara Thai in Bandra Kurla Complex, this is KA Hospitality’s first homegrown restaurant, while others such as Yuatacha, Hakkasan and Nara Thai are all imports from abroad. That they understand the pulse of food fiends in India with three outstanding restaurants was a reason enough for us to expect a lot from CinCin. And it delivers on the expectation. Divided into an al fresco seating area and an inside space, CinCin isn’t an uptight Italian restaurant. It’s in fact for casual Italian food lovers who can tell between their provolone and parmesan, but will drink from stemless wine glasses and don’t care much about table mats on the table. “The idea is to keep it fresh, casual, pretty and for everyone to have fun,” says Karyna Bajaj, executive director and the brain behind CinCin. The menu, designed by Bajaj and her team after extensive research from regions such as Venice, Rome, Emilia Romania, Calabria and Amalfi, is fuss-free Italian. Cicchetti, small bites to nibble with drinks, are a stand-out feature on their menu. You can choose from crispy crumbed brie that’s fried in a beer batter and doused in truffle-scented honey or olive al’ ascolana that’s fried queen olives stuffed with cheese and pepperoncini, to wash down those well-made cocktails. As small plates with your meal, their burrata salad that has a large blob of cheese from Eleftheria Cheese, an Indian fromagerie, sways between salad and appetiser. It has bits of tomatoes, capers, olives, beets and arugula—a textural seesaw all the way. While their parmesan, tomatoes, olives and olive oil are imported from Italy, they also work with a lot of local ingredients, from veggies to surprisingly, the flour. You can’t tell with their homemade pasta tasting as fine as something’s you’d gorge in an open-air café in Rome. Trust us and don’t miss strozzapreti, long and thick rope-like pasta served with a humble tomato sauce, eggplants and scarmoza. We got transported to that scene from Eat.Pray.Love where Julia Roberts wolfs down a bowl of tomato spaghetti on the streets of Italy. Like all good Italian meals, dolce is an important part of CinCin’s menu. The tiramisu is most inviting, followed by their homemade panna cotta that has the texture of silken tofu and tastes like solid cream. CinCin opens its doors for public on December 16, 2017. They take reservations for dinners only. Address: Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, Near Dena Bank, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai. Tel: 022-69956666

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 5 things to know before you watch the movie

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 5 things to know before you watch the movie

There will be parties and jumpers and eggnog this December, but come Friday we’re all rubbing our hands in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi , which marks 40 years of the Star Wars film franchise . There’s much to look forward to, and it’s especially dear since it’s the last film that Carrie Fisher filmed for. Here’s ensuring you’re up to speed with the important things so the force is with you: 1. The Last Jedi is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is episode VIII of the entire Star Wars. 2. Benicio del Toro plays the villain in the film. There’s been much speculation about his role, but few know anything more than the fact that his character is called “DJ”. (Apparently, Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role.) There are other notable additions too, namely Big Little Lies’ Laura Dern, who makes her debut as the purple-haired Resistance leader Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. 3. At two hours, 32 minutes, The Last Jedi will be the longest movie in the franchise (according to director Rian Johnson, the first cut of the film ran over three hours), with 2002’s Attack of the Clones a close second at 142 minutes. 4. There will be a few cameos worth waiting for, which include Tom Hardy and a pair of English royals, one of whom has been quite in the news lately. Ultimately, who doesn’t want to be a Stormtrooper? 5. According to director Rian Johnson, Carrie Fisher helped with writing the script of the film. Also, none of the scenes featuring Fisher have been cut out of the film. In this story: Star Wars, Watch Now Playing:

30 party dresses that are perfect for the holiday season

Wednesday, December 13 2017

30 party dresses that are perfect for the holiday season

Between Christmas, New Year’s and all the obligatory events in between, there’s no escaping the holiday cheer. And since it’s the season to be jolly, your cocktail glasses and dance moves need the perfect party dress to go with. There’s no better way to bid goodbye to the year than by sporting this season’s hottest trends. Nothing says happy holidays like a little ruffle action by Johanna Ortiz or a velvet party dress by Attico. If you plan to hit up the holiday soirees, get your wardrobe ready with sequinned party dresses by J. Crew, Veronica Beard and Zara. Opt for pop hues by Michael Michael Kors or Topshop. Stick to darker options with clever cuts by Alexandre Vauthier and Dion Lee for when the sun goes down. Get your mistletoe game on with a glam party dress by Halpern or a sultry sheer one by Romance Was Born. And there’s nothing better than a ruched dress by Alice McCall or a lurex dress by Christian Siriano as you toast to the New Year. Whether you’re planning on dancing your heart out or catching up with friends to celebrate the festive spirit, scroll through our slideshow for the perfect party dresses for the holiday season.

How to pick haircuts and hairstyles for a heart face shape

Wednesday, December 13 2017

How to pick haircuts and hairstyles for a heart face shape

In the last part of our ‘Hairstyles For Your Face Shape’ series ( here’s the perfect guide to square faces from last week ), we’re now giving you the complete lowdown on the hairstyle and haircut dos and don’ts for heart-shaped faces. It’s very simple to spot someone with a heart-shaped face (think Deepika Padukone and you’ll know what we mean). Mumbai-based celebrity hairstylist Amit Thakur (who frequently works with Padukone) decodes the best hairstyles and haircuts for those with a heart-shaped faces. How to determine if you have a heart-shaped face “Hairstyles are all about the shape and geometry of hair around the face,” says Thakur. “It’s about how well you frame the face to balance and bring perspective to the overall shape”. If you have a wide forehead, strong and prominent cheekbones and a noticeably narrower jawline, you fit into the heart-shaped face category. Haircut tips for heart-shaped faces 1. Heart-shaped faces can usually pull off a lot of fun haircuts. Long, soft bangs with a lot of texture are perfect to draw attention away from the pointed chin and direct it towards the eyes. However, make sure your bangs are not too sharp or ending above the eyebrows as that can make your forehead look even wider. 2. Chunky lobs also suit those with heart-shaped faces as they help soften a strong jawline. Plus, if you’ve got strong collarbones, lobs also accentuate them. Your shoulders are still in view and tying your hair into a ponytail or an evening chignon are possibilities as well, with this haircut. 3. Make sure the general shape of your haircut or any of the layers of your hairstyle that are around your face, are pointing inwards. This can bring out the narrowness of the chin in an unflattering way. Best hairstyles for heart-shaped faces 1. When it comes to hairstyles for heart-shaped faces, long, side-swept bangs help to smoothen the angles of the face and give it a softer look. Keep in mind that your fringe should be longer than your face so it relaxes the look. 2. If you’re a fan of texture, try the ever-popular beachy waves hairstyle—you won’t go wrong. If you want to go sleeker, opt for a side-parted low ponytail . Try to avoid very high hairstyles like top knots or ponytails that can make your chin appear longer. 3. When picking a parting for your hairstyle, a middle or side part both work well as they soften the forehead and cheekbones. 4. If you’re not a fan of adding volume and texture to your hair on a daily basis, colouring your hair using the balayage technique creates an illusion of a lot more visible volume, without really adding any. 1 /7

Anushka Sharma’s hairstylist: She was the calmest bride I’ve worked with

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Anushka Sharma’s hairstylist: She was the calmest bride I’ve worked with

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s wedding basically broke the internet when the couple tied the knot in a private affair in Italy early this week. Ever since, people are scouring social media for information on everything from her outfits , to her hair and makeup and even her wedding planners . In an exclusive conversation with Vogue India, the man behind Sharma’s stunning hairstyles , celebrity hairstylist Gabriel Georgiou of Anima Creative Management plays insider for us—here’s what went behind creating her wedding hairstyles. What was Anushka Sharma’s brief for the hair? Anushka wanted to look simple and elegant at the same time. When her hair was open, we kept it easy and not too set. Even when it was up, we went for a simple and chic look without having to worry about it, knowing it will last all night. How did you work with Sabyasachi to achieve a cohesive bridal look, keeping the outfits in mind? It all starts with the wedding dress/outfit and then the whole look slowly comes together, with the accessories, hair and makeup. The idea was ‘pretty in pastels’ and like an Indian fairy-tale princess, but with a little western influence. So yes, quite unique. The beautiful pastel-coloured flowers and the way they were placed really added to the look, in harmony with everything else. How long did it take to put together each of the looks? Not long at all. The longest was the bridal look on the big day, only because everything had to be perfect. Even so, probably not longer than a couple of hours for hair and makeup. I must say she was the easiest and calmest bride I’ve ever worked with. Did the looks go as pre-planned or did you make any last-minute changes? Yes, all the looks were done pretty much as planned. Was it hard to make sure the flowers stayed fresh and in place throughout the function? Not at all. The flowers stayed very fresh and were pinned very well on a bun and around the bun so that they stayed perfectly even with the dupatta pressing on them. What do you keep in mind when working with Indian brides since they wear traditional Indian accessories like big earrings, the dupatta and hair jewellery pieces? I think the most important thing is stabilising the hair jewellery pieces and dupatta very well so that they don’t move at all, even while dancing, and last for the whole day/night. Most Indian brides have their hair up in buns, how do you keep the style looking fresh/different each time? For me, it’s a matter of personalisation. I don’t like hair that looks like it’s from an ’80s prom. What’s important are the aesthetics and overall look, with the hair playing a major part. Whether the hair is retro-inclined or simple like a slick, it has to be done tastefully and in a more modern, fashion way.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s most adorable couple moments

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s most adorable couple moments

It was just a regular Monday evening in December—that is, before news of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli hit the news (and your Instagram feeds). The infamously quiet but not-so-secret couple took the nation by surprise when news first surfaced that they had, after months of speculation, indeed gotten married in Tuscany, Italy, with just some family in attendance. And then the pictures started pouring in: the stunning Italian countryside bedecked in pastel flowers for backdrop and Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma in matching bespoke Sabyasachi—at the mandap, exchanging garlands, sharing a candid moment. Since then, we’ve spotted them at their mehandi, the ring ceremony, and more picture-perfect occasions. As we wait for more updates from the newly-married couple, we thought we’d take a look back at a timeline of their relationship together, as documented on Vogue.in. Vogue Beauty Awards 2015 In one of their first outings together as a pair, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma showed up at the Vogue Beauty Awards 2015 where Sharma won the Beauty of the Year award. Refreshing in a sorbet yellow Gauri & Nainika gown, Sharma let us in on the funny comment Kohli made on her look for the night, “He told me I’m looking like a nimbu tonight.” Check out the slideshow in the story (linked above) for some of their cutest pictures from the event. Anushka Sharma nails date night dressing After many “are they” “are they not” moments surrounding their relationship (at one point, they even unfollowed each other on social media!), Kohli put things in order after he took to Instagram to stand up for Sharma and the bullying she faced at the hands of his fans. Soon after, they were spotted out in town for what looked like a dinner date, with Anushka in a smoking skirt-crop top set , perfect for the occasion. The engagement rumours begin There was fire, so there’s bound to be smoke. After they were spotted on another date in Anushka Sharma’s hometown, Bengaluru , rumour mills went overtime with speculation of an engagement towards the end of 2016. So strong was the buzz, that Virat Kohli had to take to Twitter to dismiss it, and #Virushka fans’ hopes were crushed, if only momentarily. Valentine’s Day 2017 While neither of them ever confirmed they were together in so many words, after Virat Kohli’s Valentine’s Day adorable Instagram post for Sharma, the relationship was as social media-official as it got before they made their wedding announcement. Virat’s ode to Anushka on Women’s Day Just a month after, the Indian skipper made mothers and girlfriends everywhere envious with his post on Women’s Day . In the sweet caption to go with a collage of him with his mother and Sharma, he called them both the strongest women in his life. If this didn’t set goals for men everywhere, nothing will. The case of Virat Kohli’s beard Up to this point, most of the couple’s Insta-love had been one sided, with Kohli’s cutesy updates meeting Sharma’s inactivity on the social media platform. In April 2017, Sharma broke the silence by commenting on a Kohli’s post, contemplating getting rid of his beard saying, “You cannot!” The message was received, and Kohli replied with an “okay” and goofy emojis. What would we do if it weren’t for Instagram. Lucky charm Adding to the number of times Virat Kohli made it clear how special Anushka Sharma is to him, the cricketer spoke about how Sharma has been by his side through many of the milestones of his career. “I was in Mohali and there was a Test series going on,” said the cricketer. “Surprisingly, when I became the Test captain, then also she [Sharma] was in Melbourne with me. I was emotional, I was in tears because I never thought this day will come, but it did and I was able to share it with her, which was even more beautiful.” Downtime in the Big Apple When IIFA came around this year, all the celebrities headed to New York for a week of awards-related activities. Among them were Kohli and Sharma, trying to squeeze in some vacation time in their hectic schedules. Did you see the adorable update Kohli put up from the vacation ? Power couple In one of their most recent red carpet sightings, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma showed us that couple dressing doesn’t have to be cheesy . Both dressed in suits—Kohli in a tailored navy tux, and Sharma in a siren red Nikhil Thampi—the pair looked every bit in love as they posed for the paparazzi. Wedding practice In retrospect, the couple’s last outing together was the perfect warm up to their secret nuptials—at Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge’s reception in Mumbai, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma turned up in colour-coordinated outfits (Sharma was in a Sabyasachi lehenga, of course), and even shook a leg when the DJ came on. Little did we know we’d see them at their own wedding just two weeks from the day.

15 leather jackets that will keep you warm this holiday season

Wednesday, December 13 2017

15 leather jackets that will keep you warm this holiday season

Whether at a wedding, a party or at a romantic getaway, there’s no denying the chill in the December air. Don’t let a lumpy sweater or a cumbersome shawl come in the way of your sartorial vibe. Swap your cosy knits for a leather jacket that will keep you warm without interfering with your look. You could style your leather jacket with a pair of vintage jeans or a dress, but if you feel like playing the part of a rebel, clash your lehenga with your favourite at the after party. Don’t be too hung up on the idea of choosing leather jackets that are all black and boring. Sure, the classic style has its merits, but there is something to be said about the variations. Save the subtlety and choose a glittery pop pink leather jacket by Diesel for a party. You can even opt for a statement making red leather jacket or a green one to add more colour to your wardrobe. Play with texture and choose a daring jacket like Marques’ Almeida’s vinyl and shearling number that is bound to earn you street cred. From fringed white leather jackets to blazers, here’s our edit of the best leather jackets to invest in this holiday season.

Merriam-Webster's word of the year is feminism and we're thrilled

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Merriam-Webster's word of the year is feminism and we're thrilled

Merriam-Webster's word of the year is 'feminism' and we're thrilled The online dictionary has released its word of the year and it's excellent By Katie O'Malley December 13, 2017 SHARE It's that time of year again when the world begins to round up the most inspiring moments, best beauty looks and most used fashion words from 2017. So, it comes with great glee to announce that 'feminism' has ranked first in the Merriam-Webster selection for the word of the year. *Fist pumps the air* According to Peter Sokolowski, the company's editor-at-large, searches for the term on the dictionary's site increased 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. 2017 saw both a sustained rise in 'feminism' lookups and a number of event-driven spikes. — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 12, 2017 The spike in searches follows key feminist events during the year including the Women's March on Washington DC and international cities in January, Kellyanne Conway's interview in which she said she doesn't consider herself a feminist, the releases of The Handmaid's Tale and Wonder Woman , and the rise of the #MeToo movement. According to Merriam-Webster , 'feminism' is 'the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes' and 'organised activity on behalf of women's rights and interests'. "The word feminism was being used in a kind of general way," Sokolowski told The Associated Press. "The feminism of this big protest, but it was also used in a kind of specific way: What does it mean to be a feminist in 2017? Those kinds of questions are the kinds of things, I think, that send people to the dictionary." Fortunately, the word beat runner-up phrase 'complicit' which Dictionary.com picked as their Word of the Year following Ivanka Trump's ignorant and somewhat baffling definition of the term. 'Complicit', for anyone who isn't Ivanka Trump, means 'choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act'. Here are the other runners-up: Recuse — in reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Empathy — one of the top lookups throughout the year Dotard — word used by Kim Jong-Un to describe Donald Trump Syzygy — during the Great American Eclipse Gyro — after a sketch from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Federalism — during the Affordable Care Act passage Hurricane — unfortunately due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria Gaffe — in February, during the Academy Awards. You know, with that Moonlight/La La Land moment? 2017 really was the year of feminism!

Hotline for attacks on fur wearers sparks animal rights fury

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Hotline for attacks on fur wearers sparks animal rights fury

The French Fur Federation went on the attack this week against what it called the "misinformation of animal activists. "Every week fur lovers are attacked in the street verbally or physically by radical militants," it said in a statement to AFP. It announced plans for a new information centre in Paris and a hotline, SOS Animal Activist Attacks, offering "support and legal help" for anyone who had been harassed. The federation also lambasted the "hypocrisy" of some fashion houses who have "suddenly started denigrating fur to improve their image but who still use other animal products." It warned that labels that this strategy was short-sighted. "Tomorrow silk, wool and leather will be the target for animal activist attacks," the federation claimed. But the main anti-fur group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), hit back late Tuesday saying the "real victims" of violence were the animals. "In this cruel industry minks, foxes, chinchillas, raccoon, cats and lots of other creatures live confined in cages and then are gassed, electrocuted or beaten to death," it said in a statement. It said that there were plenty of alternatives to fur and leather. Many major fashion labels no longer use animal pelts, including Gucci, the latest to say that it was going fur-free. British designer Stella McCartney, a vegetarian, has never used fur and has banned leather from her collections, developing instead "vegetarian leather" which she claims is as good as the real thing. But the French Fur Federation warned of the environmental dangers of animal rights groups promoting "synthetic materials to make fake fur from non-biodegradable substances often derived from petrol, which will benefit the petrochemical industry." It said that 90 percent of its members used suppliers "certified by the WelFur label for minks and foxes farmed in Europe" aims by 2020 to have all certified. Rather than being on the decline, the federation said the French fur industry was growing with a turnover of 300 million euros, and employing nearly 2,500 people

Think make-up is superficial? Allow these real-life beauty superstars to change your mind

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Think make-up is superficial? Allow these real-life beauty superstars to change your mind

Prarthna Jagan, student & vlogger Toshada Uma, model & entrepreneur Every girl can relate to Priyanka Paul’s experiences with judgy comments about her make-up choices. It ranges from boys saying she looks better without eyeliner and relatives remarking on how she looks disrespectful in red lipstick, to friends who can’t comprehend why she sometimes goes barefaced to parties. “My usual response is, ‘Who asked you?’” says Paul. “Of course, I love looking good and wearing make-up. But it’s my choice if I want to be an oily-faced, make-up-free loudmouth or a loudmouth with the fiercest highlighter and eyeliner.” The media student and illustrator is taking the conversation forward with artwork (look it up on @artwhoring ) that questions conventional beauty standards and calls out the hateful connotations attached to a full face of make-up. “I refuse to believe that there’s anything I can do with my appearance that would pain another individual in any way. So, I go ahead with whatever I want, and whoever wants to be mad, can be mad.” On Paul: Sequined georgette shirt, Sameer Madan . Metal glasses, Paul’s own “It’s make-up, it’s supposed to be fun. Why is it still assigned to one gender?” says Zeeshan Ali, whose face is just as likely to feature glitter lips and glowing highlights, as it is a basic natural look. It’s been a process of self-discovery for Ali, who started with wearing BB cream and concealer while he was at fashion school and graduated to full-blown SFX make-up within four years. With positive encouragement from his family and friends, Ali now constantly pushes the envelope with bold, boundary-bending looks that he regularly shares on Instagram ( @zeesh.ali ). His manga- and sci-fi inspired guises also include beautiful costumes that he designs to amplify the drama. “As an artist, I enjoy blurring gender roles and creating non-stereotypical characters. Why should I blend in when I can stand out, make my voice heard and change the world? Make-up, in that sense, is very empowering.” On Ali: Chanderi dress, Saaksha & Kinni . Velvet bodysuit, Lulu & Sky . Polyblend pants, Lola By Suman B Over the past four years, Aashna Shroff has perfected the Instagram face. Her everyday routine is a true labour of love that includes primer, foundation, concealer, powder, brow pencil, highlighter...and it goes on. But when she decided to do a YouTube tutorial on this last year, she was nervous about revealing her acne scars on camera for the first time. “Dealing with acne (in my teens) was an experience of near-depression and low self-esteem. I spent so many nights sobbing and trying to find a solution for my skin,” says Shroff. On the bright side, she came out of it with a lot of knowledge about products that really work. While most of her followers turned out to be empathetic and encouraging, she did get hate for her troubled complexion and beauty habits. “It’s taken me time to get comfortable in my skin and ignore the haters,” she says. “And wearing make-up sure makes me a lot more happier and confident around people.” On Shroff: Polyester top, Lulu & Sky . Satin dress, Deme By Gabriella . Silver-plated brass earrings, DE’ANMA Prarthana Jagan hated make-up the first time she put it on at the age of 11. “I had just been diagnosed with vitiligo, and was so conscious about drawing attention to myself that I would slather thick concealer all over my face and smear kajal to cover the affected brow. As a result, I looked like a potato through most of my teenage years,” she says. She continued to grudgingly wear make-up everywhere—even to school—but it was after a few instances of bullying, that she took to YouTube to learn the right techniques. By 18, she was a pro. Though, she admits, it still took a serious illness for her to really accept herself and become confident. “I wasn’t looked at differently at the hospital because I had vitiligo, I was just another patient. This made me realise that the people who bullied me would do it whether I wore make-up or not—I couldn’t let it define me.” Now her relationship with make-up is one of enjoyment and interest. It isn’t something she hides behind. On Jagan: Lurex top, Rina Dhaka . Lycra and organza top, Lulu & Sky . Bronze and gold-plated earrings, Eurumme at Minerali Toshada Uma takes pride in not looking like everyone else. She’s 4’8” with a blonde buzz and skin that’s highlighted to dewy freshness. Sometimes she’ll do thick brows and pink eyeshadow with graphic eyeliner just to go grocery shopping, or wear glossy blue lipstick with frosty eyeshadow, which makes us rethink our tired notions of beauty. She even wears customised wigs to accessorise these looks, which will soon be up for sale on her online store. “Make-up is a powerful tool of expression and a key component of my overall aesthetic,” she says. It’s this authenticity that has won her a legion of followers (52,000) on Instagram , who nudged her to start beauty blogging as well. “The compliments triumph the strange stares and unsolicited comments I receive. There will always be people who dislike how I present myself, but that doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy and feeling good.” On Uma: Viscose dress, Koovs.com . Metal bralette, The Source . PVC jacket, Deme By Gabriella Priyanka Paul, illustrator Every girl can relate to Priyanka Paul’s experiences with judgy comments about her make-up choices. It ranges from boys saying she looks better without eyeliner and relatives remarking on how she looks disrespectful in red lipstick, to friends who can’t comprehend why she sometimes goes barefaced to parties. “My usual response is, ‘Who asked you?’” says Paul. “Of course, I love looking good and wearing make-up. But it’s my choice if I want to be an oily-faced, make-up-free loudmouth or a loudmouth with the fiercest highlighter and eyeliner.” The media student and illustrator is taking the conversation forward with artwork (look it up on @artwhoring ) that questions conventional beauty standards and calls out the hateful connotations attached to a full face of make-up. “I refuse to believe that there’s anything I can do with my appearance that would pain another individual in any way. So, I go ahead with whatever I want, and whoever wants to be mad, can be mad.” On Paul: Sequined georgette shirt, Sameer Madan . Metal glasses, Paul’s own Zeeshan Ali, make-up artist “It’s make-up, it’s supposed to be fun. Why is it still assigned to one gender?” says Zeeshan Ali, whose face is just as likely to feature glitter lips and glowing highlights, as it is a basic natural look. It’s been a process of self-discovery for Ali, who started with wearing BB cream and concealer while he was at fashion school and graduated to full-blown SFX make-up within four years. With positive encouragement from his family and friends, Ali now constantly pushes the envelope with bold, boundary-bending looks that he regularly shares on Instagram ( @zeesh.ali ). His manga- and sci-fi inspired guises also include beautiful costumes that he designs to amplify the drama. “As an artist, I enjoy blurring gender roles and creating non-stereotypical characters. Why should I blend in when I can stand out, make my voice heard and change the world? Make-up, in that sense, is very empowering.” On Ali: Chanderi dress, Saaksha & Kinni . Velvet bodysuit, Lulu & Sky . Polyblend pants, Lola By Suman B Aashna Shroff, blogger Over the past four years, Aashna Shroff has perfected the Instagram face. Her everyday routine is a true labour of love that includes primer, foundation, concealer, powder, brow pencil, highlighter...and it goes on. But when she decided to do a YouTube tutorial on this last year, she was nervous about revealing her acne scars on camera for the first time. “Dealing with acne (in my teens) was an experience of near-depression and low self-esteem. I spent so many nights sobbing and trying to find a solution for my skin,” says Shroff. On the bright side, she came out of it with a lot of knowledge about products that really work. While most of her followers turned out to be empathetic and encouraging, she did get hate for her troubled complexion and beauty habits. “It’s taken me time to get comfortable in my skin and ignore the haters,” she says. “And wearing make-up sure makes me a lot more happier and confident around people.” On Shroff: Polyester top, Lulu & Sky . Satin dress, Deme By Gabriella . Silver-plated brass earrings, DE’ANMA Prarthna Jagan, student & vlogger Prarthana Jagan hated make-up the first time she put it on at the age of 11. “I had just been diagnosed with vitiligo, and was so conscious about drawing attention to myself that I would slather thick concealer all over my face and smear kajal to cover the affected brow. As a result, I looked like a potato through most of my teenage years,” she says. She continued to grudgingly wear make-up everywhere—even to school—but it was after a few instances of bullying, that she took to YouTube to learn the right techniques. By 18, she was a pro. Though, she admits, it still took a serious illness for her to really accept herself and become confident. “I wasn’t looked at differently at the hospital because I had vitiligo, I was just another patient. This made me realise that the people who bullied me would do it whether I wore make-up or not—I couldn’t let it define me.” Now her relationship with make-up is one of enjoyment and interest. It isn’t something she hides behind. On Jagan: Lurex top, Rina Dhaka . Lycra and organza top, Lulu & Sky . Bronze and gold-plated earrings, Eurumme at Minerali Toshada Uma, model & entrepreneur Toshada Uma takes pride in not looking like everyone else. She’s 4’8” with a blonde buzz and skin that’s highlighted to dewy freshness. Sometimes she’ll do thick brows and pink eyeshadow with graphic eyeliner just to go grocery shopping, or wear glossy blue lipstick with frosty eyeshadow, which makes us rethink our tired notions of beauty. She even wears customised wigs to accessorise these looks, which will soon be up for sale on her online store. “Make-up is a powerful tool of expression and a key component of my overall aesthetic,” she says. It’s this authenticity that has won her a legion of followers (52,000) on Instagram , who nudged her to start beauty blogging as well. “The compliments triumph the strange stares and unsolicited comments I receive. There will always be people who dislike how I present myself, but that doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy and feeling good.” On Uma: Viscose dress, Koovs.com . Metal bralette, The Source . PVC jacket, Deme By Gabriella Photographs: Tenzing Dakpa Hair and makeup: Claire Marrinan Art direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Elle Style Awards 2017: How Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty built India's favourite alt-fashion label

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Elle Style Awards 2017: How Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty built India's favourite alt-fashion label

Elle Style Awards 2017: How Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty built India's favourite alt-fashion label From a renewed contract with Puma to plans of launching their e-commerce website By Shweta Shiware December 13, 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. Pranav Misra and Shyma Shetty, Huemn “It has been a good year, in terms of communicating our alternative brand language,” says Pranav Misra of Huemn, the label he runs with his partner Shyma Shetty. And rightly so. Huemn earned itself the cred of being India’s go-to emblem for disenfranchised fashion types by elevating streetwear styles of gently oversized jackets and sweatshirts, hoodies, emblazoned T-shirts, patchwork jeans, tartan pantsuits and sneakers. From left, on Misra: Fleece jacket, Rs 11,800, Huemn. On Shetty: Lace corset, Shetty’s own. Nylon puffer, Rs 14,500, Huemn The year of accolades, including a renewed contract with global sportswear brand Puma, also brought with it a unique set of challenges. “Demonetisation dealt a big blow to small-scale industries such as ours; we are a modest team of 25. The newly implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) also brought forth trouble since stores couldn’t figure out a suitable tax category that identified our streetwear style,” he explains. Looking ahead, Misra hopes that the launch of the label’s e-commerce website in 2018 will aid in abating the retail demons of 2017. “The colours and the geometry of Huemn’s garments keep their stuff fresh.” — Iman Abdelhamid Farouk Eldeeb, model. From left, on Eldeeb: Nylon T-shirt, Rs 12,500, silk skirt, Rs 18,500; both Huemn. Brass and silver earrings, Rs 2,500, Anaqa. Leather sneakers, Rs 12,999, FENTY X PUMA. On Latocha: Silk skirt, Rs 18,500, polyester windcheater, Rs 7,900, nylon jacket, Rs 20,000; all Huemn. Leather sneakers, Rs 12,999, FENTY X PUMA Photographs: Errikos Andreou and Jatin KampaniStyling: Divyak D’SouzaHair: Rita Shukla and make-up: Kritika GillModels: Iman Abdelhamid Farouk Eldeeb and Marcelina Anna Latocha/Inega Model ManagementProduction: Aditi Productions