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Indian fashion retailer Koovs' stock tumbles on London bourse after poor trading outlook

Thursday, December 21 2017

Indian fashion retailer Koovs' stock tumbles on London bourse after poor trading outlook

Shares at Koovs PLC (LON:KOOV) tumbled Tuesday after the Indian online fashion retailer said it expects full-year sales to be hit by lower marketing spend as it addresses ongoing funding requirements. On the back of the update, the company’s shares dropped 40.28 percent to 16.12 pence in morning trading. The company said marketing expenditure is "significantly down" at the moment and additional spend will depend on the timing of the closure of its funding programme announced in July, which is expected to close "shortly". In fact, reduced marketing spend saw the pre-tax loss for the six months to 30 September narrow to 37.7 million from 9.1 million last year. However, revenue fell to 3.9 million from 4. Million a year ago, highlighted ‘ProcativeInvestors’. Gross sales from the website was flat at 7.9 million pounds, reflecting demonetisation in India, the introduction of a goods and services tax, and heavy discounting by rivals. Koovs said the quality of its sales improved with markdown sales falling to 20 percent of sales from 29 percent, helping to boost margins. The trading margin jumped to 18 percent from 2 percent and gross margins improved from a decline of 20 percent to 0 percent. Chief executive Mary Turner said it had been a “challenging year generally for the market" but Koovs is well positioned to return to growth in the next financial year.

Fosun Group in exclusive talks to buy majority stake in La Perla

Thursday, December 21 2017

Fosun Group in exclusive talks to buy majority stake in La Perla

Shanghai-based Fosun International has reportedly entered exclusive talks to buy La Perla. Silvio Scaglia, who bought the lingerie brand in 2013, has 30 business days to convince the Chinese group of the benefits of buying a majority stake in the Italian company. Italian entrepreneur Silvio Scaglia, the founder of telecoms group Fastweb, bought the ailing group for 69 million euros at a court-led auction in 2013 through his family holding Pacific Global Management. Fosun’s entrance in La Perla will drive the brand’s international expansion Since then, and always with a view to expand the brand’s international footprint, Scaglia has invested over 300 million euros in the company founded in the post-war years in the northern town of Bologna, with the aim of pushing the brand abroad, particularly in Asia. To date La Perla operates 30 boutiques, and posted sales of 140 million euros this year, being expected to reach breakeven by the end of 2018, Scaglia said in a recent interview to ‘Forbes’. The conclusion of the deal is subject to Fosun’s approval, a joint statement said. Fosun International, which already owns Greek accessories brand Folli Follie, will “continue investing in the brand to develop its full potential as a global luxury fashion house...,” reported Reuters. Image: La Perla, A/W2017

10 important travel hacks that will make your next holiday a total breeze

Thursday, December 21 2017

10 important travel hacks that will make your next holiday a total breeze

10 important travel hacks that will make your next holiday a total breeze You can thank us later By Ruman Baig December 21, 2017 SHARE Sitting behind your computer at work, desperately waiting for your next break so that you can jet away from the city? Then you need to list down these genius travel tricks for your next trip. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or a rare vacationer, these expert-approved tips will change the way you travel. If you’re guilty of over-packing even for a weekend escape or if you’re one those people who struggles with flight bookings, don’t stress because we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 travel hacks that will make your holidays smooth sailing. 1. Book your ticket in a hidden or “incognito” browser Airlines and travel websites track cookies and hike up prices based on a consumer’s action on the site. You can avoid the raise in the price by opening the website in an incognito (private) browser. 2. You can use Google maps without a data plan. Zoom in on a part of a map that you want to save for offline browsing. Then, tap the search bar and type "OK Maps’’ and hit the Search button. Once you reach your destination, you’ll be able to access it without a data plan. The GPS will not work but the compass on your phone will. 3. Organise your packing Space saving ideas can be extremely important when you’re travelling. While clothes can be rolled instead of being folded to save up space, tiny containers make great organizers for jewellery. Your old sunglass cases are perfect for storing chargers and cables. "Plan your wardrobe so you don't end up packing what you don't need. And always roll your clothes; don't fold them. It creates massive space in the suitcase," says model Kanishtha Dhankar. "I love suede shoes and watches, so I use layered packing to protect both. I put the timepieces in my socks, then stuff the socks in shoes, and then pack shoes in a shower cap," adds designer Nikhil Thampi. 4. Skip the luxury hotels for these offbeat stays instead Private rentals are the recent game-changers in the travel business. If you want to swap your luxury hotel stay for a more homely and comfortable environment, rented abodes are the best option for you. They are pocket friendly as well. With Airbnb’s success and appreciation from the customers, many other options have surfaced. Onefinestay, Le Collectionist, HotelTonight, One Night Standard and Blink are a few of them. 5. Ensure your suitcase comes out first on the baggage carousel When you're at the check-in counter at your departure airport, ask the representative to attach a fragile sticker to your bag. According to Travel and Leisure , suitcases with these stickers are typically loaded later as a form of protection, meaning they're the first bags to be unloaded too. But this isn't a foolproof system, as sometimes airport personnel miss the stickers and forget to reserve your bag for the end of the loading process. Another option: Be the last person to check-in. "Bags will always be loaded front to back on the bag carts, so if you check in last, your bags will be in the last bag cart, which will make them the last on the aircraft, and the first off the aircraft at your destination," ramp worker and gate agent Thomas Lo Sciuto wrote on Quora . "If they are the first off the aircraft, they will most likely be the first on the bag carts and then the first to be unloaded at baggage claim." 6. Where you should sit on a plane if you want the best service Of course, if you've got the money for it, then the best service will always be at the very front of the plane in first or business class. But if you're flying economy, apparently where you sit could make a difference, too. Flight attendant Annie Kingston told Oyster : "While most passengers tend to choose seats that are at the front of the aircraft, so that they can disembark first and have a better chance of securing their preferred meal option, flight attendants know that if you're sitting towards the back, you'll receive the most attentive service." 7. This is the best time to book international flights and score cheaper tickets According to the data, 72 percent of Indian travellers don’t know exactly when to book tickets for their flights, while 69 percent of people believe that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before your departure date. But unfortunately for them, the survey reveals that people travelling to a popular destination — like Bali, for example — can save up to 51 percent on flight tickets if they book their flights up to 25 weeks in advance. In the case of Europe and the USA, it’s advisable to book your tickets 24 weeks earlier to get the best rate. Before planning your vacation, make sure it falls in the months of January, February, April or September, as they are supposed to be the cheapest months to travel according to the survey. 8. Ask the hotel to negotiate a better deal from the one you found online If you manage to get yourself a decent deal online, you call that hotel directly before making the reservation online. Inform them about the length of your stay and ask the concerned person for a better deal than you found online or at least an upgrade. 9. Make use of special hotel promotions Look out for hotel promotions that advertise a free night when you book a certain number of paid nights. Hotels regularly launch a “stay two nights and receive a complimentary third night” kind of offer for guest who stay more than one night. These offers are mostly applicable if you book directly on the official hotel website. Sign up for the newsletter of your preferred hotels so that you are aware of their promotional deals or via websites that list current hotel offers along with the complimentary nights. 10. Sign up for promotional emails from airlines Airlines frequently send out flash sale emails, following them on social media can help you stay updated with quick sales and promotions.

10 reasons you need to visit DLF Mall of India right now

Wednesday, December 20 2017

10 reasons you need to visit DLF Mall of India right now

10 reasons you need to visit DLF Mall of India right now Every shopper's paradise By Nirja Dutt December 20, 2017 SHARE Who doesn’t love spending a day at the mall? With the holiday season coming up, one needs to constantly head over to buy last-minute gifts, the perfect accessory to go with that cute dress and buy the perfect ensemble to bring in 2018. But, when does one go? A mall today needs to offer more than just shopping—it needs to be an experience centre. We took it upon ourselves to find one that encompasses it all. And DLF Mall of India definitely does. With over 330 stores (out of which 100+ are just for fashion!), it offers plenty of choices for everyone. And ensures you will find whatever you want. So how do you spend a day in the myriad of possibilities? We broke all the must-dos for a DLF Mall of India newbie. Start with a cup of warm coffee (perfect to alert you for the adventure that lies ahead). We chose The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, but the options are endless. They range from kiosks like Costa Coffee, Barista, Krispy Kreme (who doesn’t love a donut with their coffee) to cafes likes United Coffee House and Movenpick. Now that the caffeine has kicked in, begin with accessories, remember those adorable trinkets you wanted to gift your best friend (or yourself) for christmas? Look no further than Pandora. If you really want to treat yourself, you could also purchase a timepiece from Kapoor Watch Company. Or just keep it casual with cute collectables from ALDO. Let's move on to clothes now. To start with, everyone is here and by everyone we mean Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Marks & Spencer, Mango (yes they are back, and better), Forever21, Coverstory, the list goes on. We suggest, pick a piece and then search for the perfect one (need a velvet turtleneck? We spotted a few cute ones in Zara and H&M). A meal is defiantly in order once you’ve collected enough shopping bag. With over 70 eateries in this space, making a choice can be tough. We chose Pizza Express for a delicious thin crust pizza. But if you are in the mood for something decadent, head over to Soda Bottle Openerwala or Big Chill. For as asian fix, we love Mamagoto or Chi Kitchen. To get your beauty fix, make a pit stop at Sephora for an update on the latest lip colours, fragrances, eye pallettes, replenishing masks and everything else. We also have a soft spot for The Body Shop for their delicious flavours in lotions, facemasks and oils. Now let's get those toes sparkling in something perfect for the holiday season. Steve Madden has sparkly offerings with a comfortable twist. Still need a reason to go to the Mall of India? They have a spa. Yes, Aroma Thai Day Spa is a little piece of heaven tucked on the 2 nd floor. For those who don’t have all day to spare, visit Kama Ayurveda or Forest Essentials to literally take the spa home. For the athleisure junkie in you, step into Superdry, Scotch & Soda, or Gas to pick key pieces of this season. Dress up your corner table with cute collectables from Chumbak or get that humidifier from Muji. Indulge in a sweet treat at the Big Chill Cakery. Unlike the one in khan market they also have an elaborate savory menu, and the Avocado Tartine is the perfect on-the-go snack. For those who love their avocados in a certain way, you can head down to Big Bazaar to pick up the freshest produce.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just released their official engagement photos

Thursday, December 21 2017

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just released their official engagement photos

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just released their official engagement photos Kensington Palace has shared two new images to mark the couple's engagement By Katie Jones December 21, 2017 SHARE Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen to release two official photos to mark their engagement and yes, they look seriously loved up. Kensington Palace shared the new images on Thursday morning on social media. They were taken earlier this week by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House in Windsor. In the first snap, Prince Harry can be seen perched on the steps of the private royal residence, situated in the grounds of Windsor Castle where he will marry his fiancée in May 2018, holding onto his soon-to-be bride's hand. Meghan, meanwhile is photographed leaning in close to her royal beau, wearing a sheer embelished black long-sleeved top with her chestnut-coloured hair cascading down her right shoulder. Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release this official portrait photograph to mark their engagement. The photograph was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 21, 2017 at 3:59am PST Markle's choice of clothing for the shoot is quite a bold move for the 36-year-old, given that it is rare for a member of the royal family to show off their shoulders during public or official appearances. In a black-and-white photograph of the pair, the newly-engaged couple are spotted canoodling, with Meghan gently caressing her fiancé's face, showing off her engagement ring, as they close eyes together in a moment of bliss. Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release this official portrait photograph to mark their engagement. The photograph was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 21, 2017 at 3:59am PST Following the release of the images, it's widely rumoured Frogmore House may serve as the reception venue for the couple's big day. Peter Phillips, son of the Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, held his wedding reception there with Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008, and it is mere metres away from St George's Chapel, where Harry and Meghan will say 'I Do'. Intriguingly, Frogmore House is where Harry introduced his then girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, to his grand-mother, the Queen, for the first time. The photos come a day after Meghan spent the afternoon a the Royal Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace with her future in-laws, pulling crackers with Prince Charles and meeting her fiancé's extended family. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.

Benetton struggles in India, posts net loss of 49 crores

Thursday, December 21 2017

Benetton struggles in India, posts net loss of 49 crores

| Thursday, 21 December 2017 Reporting one of its worst results in the country over a decade, Italian fashion retailer Benetton revealed a 5 percent drop in its revenue in India to Rs 699 crores with net loss of Rs 49 crores for the fiscal year ended March 2017, reports Economic Times quoting data filed by the company with the Registrar of Companies (RoC). These number compare with sales of Rs 735 crores and a profit of Rs 2.3 crore posted by the company in the previous year. Most of the early foreign entrants into the country such as Levi's, Benetton and Marks & Spencer are finding it difficult to compete with the recent entry of new rivals like Zara, H&M and US Polo. Also impact of demonitisation announced by the government last year negatively impacted consumer demand. "The revenue loss is mainly due to demonetisation, especially at a time when we are in consolidation phase and topline was not being driven by expansion. This does not impact profit to that extent. Fire in a partner's warehouse and a capital-intensive consolidation exercise lead to the company to report a loss. Otherwise we would have been at par with last year," Sandeep Chugh, CEO, Benetton India told Economic Times commenting on the company’s poor performance in the country last year. During 2016-17, Benetton pulled shutters on around 119 stores and opened 63 new stores at other locations. The company currently operates 718 stores in India. Meanwhile, on the international front, Luciano Benetton, 82-year old founder of the Benetton Group recently announced his comeback to the label to infuse life into the troubled clothing brand. “It’s an intolerable pain for me. That’s why I am stepping in again, together with my sister Giuliana, who has returned to making sweaters at the age of 80,” Benetton told in an interview to La Repubblica, expressing his desire to revive the brand’s lost glory. Picture:Benetton website

Anushka Sharma meets PM Narendra Modi in an electric blue silk kurta set

Thursday, December 21 2017

Anushka Sharma meets PM Narendra Modi in an electric blue silk kurta set

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! 1 /3 Anushka Sharma in Raw Mango with Virat Kohli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Image: Instagram.com Anushka Sharma in Raw Mango in New Delhi Image: Instagram.com Anushka Sharma in Raw Mango with Virat Kohli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Image: APH Images Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli took the internet by storm with their secret wedding in Tuscany last week. After being spotted spending time with their family in Delhi , the newly-weds met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite him to their upcoming wedding reception. While Sharma opted for a blue kurta set by Raw Mango, Virat Kohli complemented her in a midnight blue kurta and contrasting shawl. Sharma paired her brocade kurta set with a light organza dupatta draped over her shoulders. The silver crescent moon motifs on the kurta and the matching silver border on the dupatta lent a feminine, formal appeal to her ensemble. To accessorise her outfit, the actor went with jhumkas and kept her beauty look simple with kohl-lined eyes, nude lips and loose curls. Looking the part of a new bride, Sharma went with traditional accents: a small red bindi and red bangles. While picking up your outfit for the next wedding-related event, take cues from Sharma’s outfit and choose a monochrome look in a bright hue. Scroll through our slideshow for a closer look at Anusha Sharma’s kurta. For more fashion inspiration, check out today’s daily style directory. 1 /12 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Gauri & Nainika in Bengaluru Image: Instagram.com/tanghavri Anushka Sharma in Raw Mango Image: APH Images Karisma Kapoor in Sonia Rykiel and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Gucci and Hunter at the Pataudi Palace Image: Instagram.com/therealkarismakapoor Katrina Kaif in Moschino at Mumbai airport Image: Viral Bhayani Aaradhya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Mumbai airport Image: Viral Bhayani Twinkle Khanna at Pad Man promotions in Mumbai Image: Viral Bhayani Radhika Apte at Pad Man promotions in Mumbai Image: Viral Bhayani

Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli's Delhi reception: All the venue details here

Thursday, December 21 2017

Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli's Delhi reception: All the venue details here

The Durbar at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Image: Taj.tajhotels.com Mumtaz Mahal at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Image: Taj.tajhotels.com Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli meet PM Narendra Modi Image: Twitter.com/PMOIndia The wedding invitation Image: Twitter.com/MaheshNBhatt Earlier this month, actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli tied the knot with their closest friends and friends in Tuscany, Italy. After the dreamy nuptials and a brief “mini” moon, the couple is back in the country for the India leg of the celebrations . Kohli and Sharma are slated to host two grand receptions—one in Delhi on December 21 at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave and the other at the St. Regis in Mumbai, next week on December 26. Yesterday, Sharma and Kohli also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to present him with the invitation for the reception. Modi, who was seen congratulating the newly-weds, may attend the grand reception in the capital, later today. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the invitation set was packaged in a beautiful, pastel, floral-print box with gold lettering, and contained a tiny sapling along with the invitation itself and some edible gifts. While the celebrations at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, Delhi, is being slated as a family event, it may see famed Indian cricketers and other Delhi-based personalities in attendance. Set on a lush six acres, the stunning Taj property has a slew of venues such as Raja Bagh or the outdoor lawns, or Durbar, the sprawling 13,108sqft ballroom that will be ideal for the big reception. Since the couple wore stunning pieces by designer, Sabyasachi Mukerjee for previous functions of the weddings, it is likely that both Sharma and Kohli would be dressed by the couturier for the reception tonight too. Stay tuned for more updates from the event tonight.

Step inside Taimur Ali Khan's magical first birthday celebrations

Thursday, December 21 2017

Step inside Taimur Ali Khan's magical first birthday celebrations

Karisma Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor Khan and their guests for the evening Image: Instagram.com/therealkarismakapoor No hashtags required

Home workouts: The best HIIT workouts for leaner, meaner legs

Thursday, December 21 2017

Home workouts: The best HIIT workouts for leaner, meaner legs

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Shutterstock Tell us you haven’t once thought about a miracle workout that delivered double the results in half the time, and we’ll show you a liar. And while they haven’t invented a cure for treadmills yet, we have the next best thing—High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). When done correctly, this baby has been proven to burn more calories in 15 minutes than an hour spent jogging on the treadmill. Interested? Let’s dive in to the good stuff. HIIT can be used to target specific body areas, and if you’ve been looking to work on toned legs that won’t quit, here’s how to get them—and keep them. “The premise behind HIIT is that alternating between bouts of high-intensity effort and short recovery periods can be more effective in burning fat and calories than continuous or steady-state workouts,” explains Mumbai-based fitness consultant Munmun Ganeriwal. How does this translate into toned legs? “HIIT workouts burn more calories, increase metabolism, target stubborn fat and increase stamina without spending hours exercising. If you are looking to build muscle while burning fat at the same time so that your toned and strong legs shine through, here’s what you need to include in your daily exercise regimen,” she explains. Duration : Perform each leg exercise for 40 seconds with 20 seconds of rest in between. Complete all five leg exercises for the prescribed number of rounds as per your capability. Beginners: two rounds Intermediate: three rounds Advanced: four rounds “Whenever you feel your current workout is no longer a challenge, you can progress to the next level. It’s important that you warm up for five minutes before the workout and use proper form as this helps prevent injuries and ensures that you’re getting the most out of your leg exercise regimen,” she adds. SUBSCRIBE TO YouTube Squat jump Stand with your feet and shoulders width apart, arms by your sides. Squat down until your knees are bent to 90 degrees. Next swing your arms overhead immediately and jump up as high as possible. Land softly back into the squat and repeat. SUBSCRIBE TO YouTube Curtsey lunge Stand on your left leg. With your right leg, step back and to the left, keeping your body weight on your front leg. In the final position, the lunge should look like a curtsey. Alternate between both legs, and repeat. If you are new to this leg exercise, you may begin with just body weight. Otherwise, any fitness equipment like a barbell or dumbbell may be used with this leg exercise. SUBSCRIBE TO YouTube Wide burpees Begin with your legs wide and get your hands to the ground. Jump with your legs back into the plank position, then move your legs back out wide before standing up and bringing feet together. To increase the intensity, speed up the movement or add a jump to the finish (when legs come together) with your arms overhead. SUBSCRIBE TO YouTube Box jumps Stand tall and straight behind a tall step or box. Select a step or box of a height that is both challenging, yet safe for you. Jump onto it, and back down, landing with soft knees. Repeat for the prescribed duration. SUBSCRIBE TO YouTube Downward facing dog Come to your hands and knees with the wrists underneath the shoulders, and the knees underneath the hips. While keeping your arms straight, push back through your hands to lift your hips and straighten your legs till you find your toes curled under. Engage your quadriceps (thigh muscle) strongly so that it takes the burden of the weight of your body off your arms. Keep your hips high while sinking your heels firmly towards the floor. Inhale and return your body to the starting position and repeat.

Noomi Rapace: It's time for an equal film industry

Thursday, December 21 2017

Noomi Rapace: It's time for an equal film industry

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next Actor Noomi Rapace is no stranger to kicking ass. The Swedish actress is known for her breakout performance as Lisbeth Salander in the original film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , as well as the subsequent films adapted from the Stieg Larsson trilogy. She has mastered complex characters with films like the Norwegian thriller, Babycall and more recently Netflix’s What Happened To Monday , where she played seven identical sisters. This month, she portrays a powerhouse villain elf (Leilah), in Netflix’s Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and is a film set in a fantastical world inhabited by orcs, fairies and humans. The actress talks to Vogue about why women, not just in Hollywood, need to raise their voice. Excerpts from the interview: How is Mumbai treating you so far? It’s been nice, we arrived this morning and we fly to Tokyo at night, so I’ve just been in my hotel room. But I’d love to come back and shoot a movie here—the city is very cinematic and comes with extreme contrasts. I recently watched an Indian movie, Dangal —which is really good. The actors are amazing, their body language is so interesting. It was also really important for me as a woman because the film is about this father who is waiting for a son and he gets disappointed every time. Then he decides to embrace the fact that he has daughters and help them become wrestlers and live his dream through them. It was completely different from what we see in Sweden (where I’m from) or London (where I now live). To see countries where they only want boys—it’s like a strange thing for the girls there because they are growing up in a society where boys are more valuable. What part of the movie did you identify with the most? Was it the action bits when they train to be wrestlers? Yes, I started doing martial arts when I was 11. That was my way of dealing with becoming a woman, and of being in my body. It was also a way of expressing my rage as a teenager. I was really rebellious and to get that out of your system through sport, or fight training was great. It’s such a stupid thing to think that women don’t have the same aggression—we just deal with it differently, so that kind of brought me back because while growing up I looked very boyish, had short hair and always hung with the boys, so I could really relate to the two sisters. You’ve consistently played the role of a woman who can kick ass and most of your roles are complex to say the least. How different was it to play an anti-hero in Bright ? I’m not the anti-hero, I am the hero! ( laughs ). Strangely enough, I fell in love with Leilah while shooting Bright . There’s a lot to her that doesn’t really come out [in the film], but you can see that she’s deeply religious and wants to bring back this old order to the world. She worships the Dark Lord but she also wants to be with her sister, who breaks free. So she’s caught between her religion and the love for her sister which is super painful. She’s a creature [elf] so I had to work in a different way with all the fight scenes. To just fight in a tight suit and high heels is hard, but to be an elf, you need to be flawless, and no mistakes. Leilah doesn’t have too many dialogues—was all your prepping focused on the action scenes? I did a lot of fight training and gun training. I had to fight with two knifes so that needed rehearsing. Sometimes I’d just sleep with the knife with me, just playing and just to get used to them. I also had to learn Elvish, and I remember running on Venice beach in the morning, going through my Elvish prayer like a crazy person! You’ve played a character like Lisbeth Salander who has been a victim of abuse. In this world of Weinsteins and male toxicity, what’s your take on its prevalence in the European film industry? I think, you can see it in most industries, it’s a structure that if someone sits on too much power, you start using it. You can see it in the fashion industry, in the music industry and even politics. It’s a bit like corruption, only this is emotional corruption and physical corruption. It’s good that it’s starting to change and makes it harder for people to abuse and use their positions. But it’s a very old structure. If you look back, the Hitchcock stories were horrendous but now it’s starting to come out. All the female filmmakers, producers, writers and actresses are questioning why should we live like this? It’s time for an equal film industry. What are your thoughts on the Black-Dress Protest at the Golden Globes? Instead of that, I think you should speak up. The voice is very important—if you see something that isn’t right or if you see someone else get mistreated, step in and speak up! Another topic of debate has been the gender pay gap in the film industry. Have you been at the receiving end of a bad deal? I think I’ve been very fortunate because in most of my films, I’ve been the central character. This role in Bright is quite unusual for me—to not be the lead but someone chasing the boys. But through my career, I have been avoiding doing the pretty cute sexy girl—it’s not something I want to do. But for my generation and the ones to come, it is slowly changing. We are aware of it [pay gap] but we need to fight for it as well. On a lighter note, you just modelled for Andersen and are now launching your perfume line—where do you find the time? I guess I have a lot of energy! I started making my own clothes when I was 16 so I was making bags and clothes then. But I’ve always loved fashion. I’m very excited about my perfume. We launched it in Scandinavia, and will launch it in the UK in May, then the US in October, and then maybe Asia, so I can come back here for that.

How to wear a sari from your mother's wardrobe in your 20s

Thursday, December 21 2017

How to wear a sari from your mother's wardrobe in your 20s

Image: Instagram.com/tamannaahspeaks Starry inspiration If you’re still in two minds about pulling off this milestone, look to the 20s crew of Bollywood for some effortless inspiration. Alia Bhatt loves her Western silhouettes, but you won’t find her shying away from a good ol’ vintage drape. Her first ever sari outing on the red carpet came in the form of a handwoven chanderi silk sari from Madhurya. Likewise, Anushka Sharma may be a card-carrying member of the normcore movement, but she is helpless before the charms of a benerasi sari–the promotions run of her last release, Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) had her going old school with a Raw Mango creation. If you’re looking for pointers on styling, Parineeti Chopra would recommend going in for the kill with a garland of gajra, a braided updo and temple jewellery to complement your traditional number. Know before you go For starters, if this is your first sari outing, you’ll definitely want to pencil in a dress rehearsal to score some practice walking without tripping over the hem—if possible, try walking down a flight of stairs to ensure that you aren’t in for any surprises on the big day. Behind every great sari is an army of safety pins working as tireless minions on ensuring that everything stays in place, so make a to-do list of all the assorted paraphernalia you’ll need beforehand to avoid running from pillar to post at the last minute. While you’re absolutely justified for wanting to preserve your mother’s memories, an ill-fitting blouse won’t do the final look any favours. If you can’t get a bespoke blouse stitched separately, get some discreet alterations done to her existing one to avoid drooping shoulders or a sagging bodice. What to avoid Yes, it’s true that what passed as high fashion in your mom’s time may not fall in the same category anymore. But at the end of the day, this isn’t just any other sari that you’ll be wearing. A couple of minor updates to the drape are understandable; changing the style completely won’t do justice to her or her memories. For the perfect finishing touch, root through her vintage jewellery kit and complete off the look with her favourite trinkets to recreate the same magic. If you can’t find a vintage sari in your mom’s closet to your liking, scroll through our edit of the perfect weaves to add to your wardrobe. 1 /12