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Best of 2017: The top pop culture moments of the year

Thursday, December 21 2017

Best of 2017: The top pop culture moments of the year

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next A year that started with a women’s march, bringing together 2.6 million protestors on streets, could only foresee one thing—a power packed year ahead. But 2017 also had its share of negativity—from Trump’s ascent to power to Weinstein’s expose—but we optimists had a lot to gain. It was the year we finally woke, and the year we raised our voices against violence. In between, there were enough reasons to cheer—Obama got his must-deserved vacation (you couldn’t have missed his kitesurfing image), Aziz Ansari represented our subcontinent with his Emmy win and Dev Patel found his #twinning match in Mumbai lad Sunny Pawar. Here are the top ten things that stuck with us through 2017: 1 /10 Hollywood came alive with silence breakers Producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual predator as actresses ranging from Rose McGowan to Angelina Jolie finally raised their voice to share experiences of sexual harassment and assault. It also helped kickstart the most impactful viral hashtag movement of 2017, #MeToo, which was used by millions of women worldwide as admissions of violence prevalent today. Image: Getty Trump took over as the 45th US president Starting January 20, meme makers prepared for a field year as Donald Trump took office. From opening our vocabulary to additions like “covfefe” to calling the shots on ‘fake news’, there was never a dull moment with Trump in power. Image: Getty Couple goals were everywhere Two private couples that the public can’t get enough of took their next big step. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement and upcoming May 2018 wedding, closer home, Virushka flew to Tuscany in what is now the most-talked about Indian wedding of 2017. Image: Instagram.com Beyoncé announcing her twins got the maximum double taps Queen B rarely needs any validation from her fans but in February, when she announced her pregnancy with an artful post, the Beyhive made sure it became the most-liked photo on Instagram. Image: Instagram.com/beyonce The Oscars made a historical faux pas A ceremonial end to the popular award show was interrupted with a gaffe that is likely to be the most famous slip-up in the history of slip-ups when Faye Dunaway announced the Best Picture award La La Land instead of Moonlight . Image: Getty Jimmy Kimmel #MisheardLyrics took an Indian twist A catchy Malayalam song, “Jimikki Kammal” went beyond its viral potential when television show host Jimmy Kimmel made it a mondegreen dedicated to himself. Image: Youtube.com A humanoid shot for US Vogue Hiroshi Ishiguro introduced the world to Erica, the most advanced humanoid today. Possessing human-like facial expressions, this month Erica even turned model when Vogue US decided to style her for a feature. Image: Instagram.com/voguemagazine Wonder Woman wowed the world Apart from being the highest-earning live-action film of all time by a female director, Gal Gadot’s superhero film also became the most tweeted-about movie of 2017. Netflix took over nights With plot holes and problems galore, Game of Thrones went off the popularity charts as Netflix & Chill became household activity. Streaming this year on our televisions were shows like Stranger Things , The Crown , Master of None, Narcos , Black Mirror , Riverdale , 13 Reasons Why , Mindhunter , Dark , and we could just go on. Arundhati Roy released her most-anticipated follow up Twenty years later, The God of Small Things author released her second novel, and even before its launch, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was already a best-seller.

People have been sharing their stories of dating 'plus-size' and their accounts will make you cry

Friday, December 22 2017

People have been sharing their stories of dating 'plus-size' and their accounts will make you cry

People have been sharing their stories of dating 'plus-size' and their accounts will make you cry Blogger and ELLE UK contributor Stephanie Yeboah asked Twitter about 'fat romance' By Daisy Murray Stephanie Yeboah is a blogger and ELLE UK contributor who spends a lot of her time fighting 'fatphobia.' She's an unrelenting force in for body-positivity in the realms of social media, and she used her Twitter account recently to start a conversation about 'dating while plus-sized'. A post shared by Stephanie Yeboah (@nerdabouttown) on Nov 14, 2017 at 11:28pm PST She sent out a request to men and women, soliciting an answer these questions: '1) What's the hardest thing you've faced while dating as a fat? 2) Weirdest message you've received? 3) Abuse? 4) Bad dates? Spill! I want to see something.' She followed up with her own initial thoughts on 'fat romance' and her personal experiences. Dating while plus sized: a thread that I want people to join in on. Men and women! 1) What's the hardest thing you've faced while dating as a fat? 2) Weirdest message you've received?3) Abuse? — Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) December 5, 2017 And the responses she received were heartbreaking. Many people noted that their dates would often hide their affection for them in public, as though ashamed to be attracted to someone who wasn't slim. Many pointed out they they had also been fetishised. Quickly, the topic of dating apps came up, which many people found challenging to navigate. They felt vulnerable in the infamously cruel space of online dating. Quickly, the topic of dating apps came up, which many people found challenging to navigate. They felt vulnerable in the infamously cruel space of online dating. Even this small collections of Tweets suggests that this idea of larger people needing to be grateful for romantic attention is pervasive. This is obviously an upsetting notion, as well as a dangerous one. Another user pointed out how this kind of imbalance can lead to abusive behaviour. Issues of self-confidence, fetishising and more were brought up on the lengthy thread. And after a couple of hours, Yeboah responded to the thread, 'Reading all of your stories this evening has made me feel so sad. We really do have it quite hard, don't we lads?' It appears so.

13 products that have proven to be the game changers in the beauty business

Friday, December 22 2017

13 products that have proven to be the game changers in the beauty business

Invisible dry shampoo Semi-permanent brows 1916: the year in which false lashes were invented. 2017: the year when we can finally apply them without almost gouging out our eyes. This gadget pushes out three pre-loaded single lashes, coated with glue, ready to pop onto your lash line–without getting your hands dirty. Flirt Eyelash Stapler, Rs, 1,820 approx. Get it here. Move ahead from universal shade BB creams and foundations that make you look ashen white. Pop singer Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line dropped a whopping 40 shades of foundation for everyone on the skin tone spectrum and even featured a diverse set of models in the campaign. Ever since, social media has been flooded with inclusive beauty posts, with brands finally promoting more than their porcelain shades. Can we get a Yas Queen! Get it here. Think of this brush as a hair expert perched on your dresser. It comes with a built-in microphone in the bristles to detect sounds of breakage, frizz, dryness and split ends. It will also vibrate to warn you when you groom your hair too vigorously. It’s the kind of micromanager we could really use. Hook it to its mobile app to get a full report on your hair health, as well as product recommendations. Kérastase Hair Coach Smart Hair Brush, Rs, 13,000 approx. Good old-fashioned clay has become the year’s buzziest cleanser to absorb skin impurities. And now everyone loves its detoxifying benefits for their tresses too. You can make a DIY mask with bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, water and coconut oil, or get your hands on an over-the-counter range like the Aztec Secrets clay mask or L’Oréal Paris’s Extraordinary Clay range, which also adds volume to flat hair. The jackpot’s been hit. L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Clay Range, Rs, 150 onwards. Get it here. We’re always forgetting to wear enough sunscreen, but this technology is a more persistent reminder than Baz Luhrmann. It’s a photosensitive patch, not unlike a Band-Aid, that you can wear on your wrist. Its colour begins to turn purple when you’re above safe UV exposure levels and need to seek shade or slather on more sunscreen. You can also connect it to an app to get recommendations for sunscreens based on your UV exposure, weather, location and skin tone. La Roche-Posay My UV Patch, Rs, 1,625 approx. Get it here. So you can’t bother to manage multiple make-up brushes, you hate cleaning your BeautyBlender, and foundation stains are ruining your manicure. You need a silicone sponge. It’s not the one that went viral on Instagram, but a more useful version with fingertip-shaped grooves to help with blending. It’s where old school meets new tech, only this time, it actually works. Smashbox Photo Filter Gel Cushion Applicator, Rs, 2,700 approx. Get it here. Striking skincare discovery: your Netflix marathon is not only causing puffy under-eyes, but also considerable skin damage, thanks to the light from your screen. “HEV (High Energy Visible) light rays are as harmful as the sun, and can go deep into the skin to increase signs of ageing,” says Dr Harshna Bijlani, dermatologist and founder, The Ageless Clinic, Mumbai. It delays skin barrier recovery and causes more pronounced hyperpigmentation than UVB rays too. Fight back with Murad’s overnight moisturiser that reverses this damage, while keeping your skin hydrated. You could also, you know, put down your phone and wear sunscreen every day. Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer, Rs, 4,200 approx. Get it here. Scheduling multiple visits to the salon, squandering hours you don’t have, to get platinum blonde highlights, is the worst. So give thanks for the Blonde Wand, a revolutionary thermal lightening device that takes just 22 minutes at a salon to lift the shade up by seven levels. The stylist glides the wand over the treated hair and adds heat to speed up the lightening process. Since it’s done faster and there’s no direct heat applied to the hair, there’s also lesser damage. Pravana Blonde Wand, Rs, 6,700 approx. Solutions to the red flush of rosacea have been less than stellar thus far. But that’s about to change with Rhofade Cream 1%. Made by Allergan, the creators of Botox, it’s the first topical cream that gives instant and long-term results; its star ingredient, oxymetazoline hydrochloride, is also found in nasal decongestants. “It treats redness by improving blood circulation, something that other creams don’t do,” says Dr Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist and founder, Skinfiniti Clinic, Mumbai. Rosacea cheeks, is that you? Not anymore. There could soon be a time when you won’t have to worry about fine lines. Thanks to the scientists at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, you can soon wear a layer of new skin to mask it all. Artificially created with elastin fibres, it works like invisible cosmetic skin, which you will be able to create by mixing two liquids, and can rinse off when you’re done. The hero our lengthy CTM routines need. In a fairy-tale development, the HiMirror can now tell if you’re the most clean and hydrated of them all. The smart mirror that debuted at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show to rave reviews, analyses and records sun damage and your overall skin health, while making recommendations for your skincare routine. For an in-depth analysis, the handheld HiSkin device also tracks pigmentation, moisture levels and environmental damage. Cue: dramatic sighing. HiMirror, Rs, 13,000 Get it here. Dry shampoo feels great for oily roots, but the gross white residue? Not so much. This innovative take by Jen Atkin (hairstylist to Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and the Kardashians) is a mousse-like foam that cleans and lifts your roots without the powdery deposit i.e. zero buildup. “I spray it on like a regular dry shampoo and work it into the roots to add bounce to flat hair,” says Priyanka Borkar, hairstylist to the stars. Don’t blame us if you never want to wash your hair again. Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, Rs, 1,625 Get it here. Ditch brow products and uneven parlour-plucking for eyebrow microblading. This process involves a pen-like tool to create shallow cuts that appear like natural hair strokes—these are then filled in with pigment. It sounds painful, but the numbing cream makes sure you don’t feel a thing. “It is perfect for those with scanty arches or gaps in between,” says Dr Kiran Lohia, dermatologist and founder, Lumiere Dermatology, New Delhi. It looks more natural than a brow tattoo, with results lasting upto three years. Rs, 53,000 for a session with Everlasting Brows at Lumiere Dermatology, New Delhi. Falsies for dummies 1916: the year in which false lashes were invented. 2017: the year when we can finally apply them without almost gouging out our eyes. This gadget pushes out three pre-loaded single lashes, coated with glue, ready to pop onto your lash line–without getting your hands dirty. Flirt Eyelash Stapler, Rs, 1,820 approx. Get it here. Inclusive Make-up Move ahead from universal shade BB creams and foundations that make you look ashen white. Pop singer Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line dropped a whopping 40 shades of foundation for everyone on the skin tone spectrum and even featured a diverse set of models in the campaign. Ever since, social media has been flooded with inclusive beauty posts, with brands finally promoting more than their porcelain sha

Levi’s South Asia, Middle East, North Africa operations are merged

Friday, December 22 2017

Levi’s South Asia, Middle East, North Africa operations are merged

| Friday, 22 December 2017 Levi’s has merged its South Asia market operations with Middle East and North Africa. Reason: common consumer preferences and synergies across these markets. The company’s India head Sanjeev Mohanty will spearhead the consolidated business. North Africa, Middle East and South Asia account for around $200 million in wholesale turnover and are possibly the fastest growing business unit within Levi’s globally. The Indian unit of Levi’s reported a revenue of over Rs 842 crores, as of March-end 2017, with a net profit of almost Rs 58 crores for the period under review. Sanjeev Mohanty has led the South Asia region for over a year now. He joined the company a little over a year ago after leaving online fashion e-tailer Jabong, where he had a stint of about nine months. He had steered Benetton in India prior to that. Levi’s is developing out-of-the-box business strategies. The retailer has developed new innovative initiatives, including wearable technology products and designer collaborations, to keep consumers part of its story. Collaborations have been key to keeping Levi’s heritage alive. Last month, the brand celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 1967 70505 Type III trucker jacket by partnering with 50 influencers from around the world to create their own versions of the jacket, and consumers can choose the trucker jacket that fits with their personal style aesthetics.

Alia Bhatt writes a letter to her future self where she penned down her goals and aspirations

Friday, December 22 2017

Alia Bhatt writes a letter to her future self where she penned down her goals and aspirations

Fashion Alia Bhatt writes a letter to her future self where she penned down her goals and aspirations From wanting to live in London to being and Entrepreneur By Alia Bhatt December 22, 2017 SHARE As she completes five wildly eventful, successful and life-altering years in Bollywood, Alia Bhatt pens a letter to her future self. Her plans, hopes, dreams and all the stuff in between, the actor and megastar cover them all. Dear Alia, Remember this year, 2017. It’s the year I started to form a relationship with myself. It’s also the year I started meditating—I’ve stuck to it for three weeks now, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Hopefully, you’re still at it, 15 years from now. I’ve always wanted this; not to meditate necessarily, but this moment of stillness in a day. The thing is, I’m not a people person. I stick with the few who really matter, and that’s it. It’s not like I hate human beings, I just consider myself a cat. At 40, I hope you are a good person. And that you haven’t allowed success or failure to ruin your relationships or make you forget your roots. I hope you haven’t changed drastically. I’m sure you’ve had to change, but I just hope not too drastically. You know, I can’t take breaks? I feel very guilty when I try to clear my schedule. I feel like I should work rather than chill. But one day, I want to go on a safari to see wild animals—you know, the typical South African safari. I also want to travel to New Zealand and Australia, and I want to see the northern lights too. Maybe take a solo hiking trip somewhere. I hope you did all that. How’s the girl gang? We’ve stuck together since we were four and I don’t think it’ll have changed. I know this because I’m not special to them; they don’t care. They’re like, “Who are you?” I surround myself with family, with people who treat me like a regular person—the people who knew me before I became who I became. And I know it’s a cliché, but I hope you still focus on work and don’t get carried away with the limelight, which can get exhausting. I am working on being less anxious. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop being paranoid. But honestly? I think it can be helpful to be paranoid sometimes. It stops you from doing a lot of stupid things. Paranoid, anxious, obsessive, all these things—whatever I don’t like about my mother, I am all that, and it doesn’t look as if I’m letting go of any of those soon. Did I? What are you doing at 40, exactly? My guess is you have kids. You’re married. Because I want to have kids. You’re a pretty obsessive parent, aren’t you? I know this because I co-parent my cat and I’m obsessed with him. It’s not normal. I would like to have two kids by the time I am 35 and be done with it, because I want to act. I want to go back to acting. I want to work with Rajkumar Hirani. I want to work with Karan [Johar] again. I feel like in my first film (Student Of The Year; 2012), I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t get to experience the director. He’s been my mentor, my friend, my father figure. But I want to just be directed by him once again. And I want to work with my own father in whatever capacity possible. I have a bucket list in terms of the people I want to work with and the things I want to do, apart from acting. I don’t want to be known as an actor only. I want to be known as everything you can think of. I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to be a philanthropist. I want to be associated with something creative—maybe singing. I want to be an octopus. I’ve always wanted to be everything. I want to invest in a restaurant someday, or own a boutique with my mother or something. I don’t mind having a production company like Anushka’s [Sharma]—producing good, small content. I don’t mind doing smaller films. The way we look at women 15 years from now will be completely different. It’s going to change. Tell me it has. There’s one thing that I decided quite some time ago: I don’t ever want to prove a point to anyone else but myself. So whatever I do, I do it for myself. If I’m competing, it’ll be with myself. It is very important to me that I give back. For example, I think animals are way better than us—I would choose an animal over a human being any day. And they are not getting enough love. In whatever capacity, I hope you are using your voice. I’d like to think you’ll use it for however long it is relevant. I’m not under the impression that I’m going to be relevant for the rest of my life. In whatever way it happens, it will happen. It will hit its peak and then it’ll go. I see you living between London and Mumbai now. Are you? London is my soul city. I love everything about it—the weather, food, people and the atmosphere. Hopefully, you have a house there now. I hope you are reading more. Mum and dad read a lot. Right now, my generation is all about technology, it’s all about Netflix and chilling, and Instagram. So I’m trying to focus on the real moments, and not only the virtual ones. I hope you have good posture, which is what I’m working on right now. I also hope you can lift the kind of weights Katrina [Kaif] lifts in the gym. And finally, stay curious. My curiosity always makes me ask the question, even when I feel stupid about it. Love, Sequinned dress, ₹5,93,000, Oscar de la Renta.

Myntra aims to ramp up sales from ongoing End of Reason Sale by 50 percent

Friday, December 22 2017

Myntra aims to ramp up sales from ongoing End of Reason Sale by 50 percent

| Friday, 22 December 2017 Myntra the Flipkart-owned online fashion retailer, is aiming to grow sales from its flagship year-end event, the End of Reason Sale, by at least 50 percent from the previous edition, with two tier towns and cities expected to be major growth drivers. The End of Reason Sale starts from today and ends on December 25. Myntra chief executive officer Ananth Narayanan says the online fashion retail firm is on track to hit profitability at an operational level by the end of the financial year, with annualized gross sales expected to be around Rs 8,000 crore ($1.25 billion). Myntra, will get the sale forward this year to make it coincide with other year-end sale events, putting it in direct competition with large brick-and-mortar retailers. Myntra has signed up at least 3,600 kirana stores for the sale event, compared with about 800 stores in the previous edition of End of Reason Sale. The company is to sell out-of-season wear in two days flat, along with some current fashions, to be able to launch the new season’s collection much ahead of brick-and-mortar retailers, at full price. Myntra also expects its portfolio of private labels, which includes the likes of Roadster, actor Hrithik Roshan’s brand HRX and Moda Rapido, to generate at least 25 per cent of overall sales during the event. It is expecting at least 60 per cent of overall sales from Tier-II, III cities. Myntra is expected to hand out hefty discounts of up to 60 per cent to customers. Top brands that will be sold during the event include the likes of Nike, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Marks & Spencer and Mango.

The most popular beauty searches of 2017, according to Google

Friday, December 22 2017

The most popular beauty searches of 2017, according to Google

The most popular beauty searches of 2017, according to Google As expected, Fenty Beauty was up there By Erin Cook December 22, 2017 SHARE In 2017, Google is the authority on everything - beauty queries included. We send all of our questions Google's way, from ' what is the best value toner for blonde hair?' to ' what is glass skin ?' and ' what are the most popular concealers? '. Every December, Google collates its data from the past 12 months, and releases a series of 'end of year lists.' For beauty, they've crunched the numbers and come up with two lists: the top 10 most searched trends and the 10 most Googled beauty brands. Unsurprisingly, many of the most Googled beauty terms are US-centric. (See: Ulta Beauty and prom makeup.) But for the most part, the lists are reflective of Australian beauty trends. Without further ado, here are 2017's most talked about beauty topics: STYLES AND TRENDS

H&Ms new co-created Nyden brand set for a launch in early 2018

Friday, December 22 2017

H&Ms new co-created Nyden brand set for a launch in early 2018

Hennes & Mauritz Ab (H&M) had announced plans to launch its ninth brand during its nine-month report to August 31, 2017. Now in an interview with The Cut, the brand's creative director Oscar Olsson has revealed that the new label Nyden — which combines two Swedish words, “ny” and “den,” meaning “new” and “it” respectively will be launched in early 2018. Olsson told The Cut that rather than having one big-name designer, Nyden will engage with hand-picked “tribe leaders,” to “co-create” the clothing range. He comfirmed that the tattoo artist Doctor Woo, who has 1.3 million Instagram followers, as well as the Swedish actress, Noomi Rapace are already on board to work on the new line. Olsson began his stint at H&M four years ago in the company’s global expansion arm and was later appointed head of H&M’s Innovation Lab, reporting to the company’s CEO, Karl-Johan Persson. The new brand will not be a fast-fashion one and will not follow trends, seasons, or the Fashion Week calendar and its “affordable luxury” price points will also depend on the products on offer, he informed. The company's will unveil its new label at a time when the its sales are struggling compared to its rivals such as Primark and Zara. For the fourth quarter of 2017, H&M sales excluding VAT decreased 4 percent compared to the corresponding quarter last year. In local currencies, sales decreased by 2 percent. The company said that in order to respond even quicker to customers’ fast-changing behaviour, the H&M would close more stores. Picture:H&M website

Size does matter: Plus-size fashion gains momentum in 2017

Friday, December 22 2017

Size does matter: Plus-size fashion gains momentum in 2017

“Plus-sized women shouldn’t think of themselves as a size. They should think of themselves as women with rich goals in life. Size doesn’t mean, really, anything. You can carry your size with pride and dress in a way that you like," said Donatella Versace, Vice President and Artistic Director, Versace Group The idea behind starting this piece on plus-fashion or in modern terms “curvy” with a quote on plus-sized women was to bring back the plus fashion moments that created headlines in 2017….starting with the city of Paris formally launching a campaign against ‘grossophobia’, or fat shaming, more stores launching plus size collections, designer collaborations between major brands such as JCPenney, Target, New York & Company with celebrities such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Victoria Beckham and Eva Mendes that all offered plus sizes; bloggers launching their own plus-size clothing lines; plus size models standing up to their bullies; New York Fashion Week sending more plus size models down the runway and one of America’s biggest fashion-focused TV shows, Project Runway, including plus size models in their edition. All these events raised an extra-large toast to the future of plus size fashion in the year 2018 and years to come. Numbers don’t lie…. plus-fashion market holds huge prospects If we were to look at the plus-fashion market in terms of numbers, a 2016 study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education states that the average American woman is now between sizes 16 and 18. While according to NPD Group plus size (US size 14 and up) was a 21.4 billion dollars business last year, compared to 17.4 billion dollars in 2013. Plus-size teens are a driving force, accounting for 34 percent of the market in 2015 compared to 19 percent in 2012, according to NPD’s 2015 Women’s Special Sizes Study. At the other side of the ocean, in the UK, growing obesity in young people is said to fuel the 5.08 billion pounds plus size market in the country, a market, which is set to continue growing according to data from research and consulting firm GlobalData. Also, the NHS’s Health Survey of England found that 26.8 percent of women in the UK were either obese or morbidly obese in 2015, with obesity among 16 to 24 year olds increasing from 12.9 percent in 2014 to 15.9 percent in 2015. A report "What Britain Wears: Niche Clothing 2017" indicates that one in every five pounds spent on womenswear in 2017 was spent on plus-size garments. Despite these surveys and research statistics proving a lucrative opportunity for fashion retailers, not many brands have come forward to cater to this niche segment. However, in today’s Internet era, social media tools like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are proving a platform for plus size women to express their desire for clothing that fit their body types and show how good they look no matter their size. As a result many online fashion retailers, designers, fashion bloggers and even sports labels are taking a note of this growing segment. Fashion etailers find prospects in plus-fashion While customers have always complained about brick-and-mortar retailers not paying attention to their needs providing them with only a small array of plus size clothing, online players have managed to please these customers with a dedicated collection and wide choice. Physical retailers argue that the reason behind not stocking plus size fashion in-store is that it’s not viable to provide sufficient space in-store vis-à-vis sales generated by the segment. Also the plus size segment is considered a high-risk one because retailers find it difficult to assess what these customers will buy. Additionally, retailers state that making larger clothes requires higher investment and lower margins, which are not being passed onto consumers. Online retailers like Asos, Missguided, Mango and Boohoo.com feature a wide range of options for curvy women. Online has been highlighted as the most important channel for plus size shoppers, as 45 percent of female shoppers buy their plus size fashion online via a retailer's website or with an online pure player, according to the report. This is why UK fashion retailers who have been investing in new plus size ranges, wider choice and improved accessibility online, are said to have helped boost plus side expenditure by close to 800 million pounds since 2012. A post shared by Asos Curve (@asos_loves_curve) on Nov 24, 2017 at 6:22am PST “With improved availability and choice, plus size shoppers are better catered for than ever before,” states Kate Ormrod, Lead Retail Analyst at GlobalData. “The overall investment in ranges has brought them up to par with core womenswear propositions in terms of regular newness and fashionability, and is helping to drive up purchase frequency and therefore spend.” “We’re seeing small, independent brands be much more successful in this market than larger brands and retailers. The small, new, innovative players are generally beating out the big behemoths that are sort of stuck in the old way of doing fashion retail,” says Marshal Cohen, a retail-industry analyst with NPD Group to the Wall Street Journal. He highlights how startups are focusing on this niche segment to generate sales offering exclusive designs and styles specifically meant for the plus size consumer and even bespoke outfits created on demand to fit the their specific measurements. Brands and designers turn to plus fashion A few high-street retailers such as River Island, M&S, Quiz and New Look stock an entire collection of plus size options for women. By 2020, revenue in the category could hit 24 billion dollars, says NPD, however Ascena Retail, parent of popular plus size apparel chain Lane Bryant states that "true opportunity" in the market may be as much as 53 billion dollars, depending on how it's measured, says a report by CBS News. Walmart announced plans to acquire ModCloth in March and designers including Michael Kors and Christian Siriano roped in models of different body types on their fall runways, while H&M’s buy-now-wear-now collections featured shapely models Kate Syme and Stella Duval. Designer Prabal Gurung, whose clients include Oprah Winfrey among others, also announced a limited collection for Lane Bryant. And Nike started selling its 1x through 3x plus-size collection on its website. Also a number of companies like Hanesbrands, J.C. Penney Co. and Ascena Retail Group Inc.’s Lane Bryant are expanding larger-size lines. In March this year, PVH acquired online lingerie supplier True & Co. that has also 56 percent of its sales coming from plus sizes. The company also had plans to add more sizes to its Warner’s and Olga brands. Most recently, New York & Company acquired plus-size brand Fashion to Figure. Still, industry experts think that many companies have been slow to catch on the demand created by the plus fashion market despite models like Ashley Graham making headlines through her Instagram account as well as covers of glossy magazines. Lingerie is another such segment of the fashion industry that often struggles to cater to the plus size women. “One of the fastest-expanding segments is lingerie. This area has been traditionally underserved,” IBISWorld analyst Madeline Hurley told Bloomberg. For instance, Cha

Why Chola by Sohaya Mishra is a label you need to know about

Monday, December 25 2017

Why Chola by Sohaya Mishra is a label you need to know about

Autumn winter 17 Where: Mumbai What: Over 18 years of experience in films and advertising, and a line of childrenswear, led Sohaya Misra, a psychology major who sometimes doubles as Neha Dhupia’s stylist, to launch a small capsule collection called Chola, after her nickname. Her style: “My clothes are easy to wear and flattering, and like me, tend to go with the flow. Travel, people and places are a big source of ideas for me. I think what makes my clothes click is the fact that they flatter all body shapes and sizes. Since I haven’t studied fashion formally, my designs come from my state of mind and my heart. I like working with simple, raw and comfortable fabrics. As clichéd as it sounds: less is more is the mantra I live and love by. I love clean lines with a lot of detailing and a little edge.” Autumn/winter 2017-18: My focus was on ‘One World, One People, One Planet’. I worked with fabrics made from post-consumer waste cotton. I maintained the integrity of the fabric by letting the texture and detailing do the talking. A garment to me is like a sculpture—while giving it shape and form I also think of how it will move.” In this story: Mumbai

4 women from the Middle East share their complete beauty routines

Monday, December 25 2017

4 women from the Middle East share their complete beauty routines

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! From a beauty entrepreneur’s 10-step skincare routine to an athlete’s guide to glow—four influential women share how they stay beautiful. ASCIA AL FARAJ Blogger, fashion designer, and co-founder of Seoul Kool The ever-stylish Kuwaiti influencer Ascia Al Faraj is responsible for bringing Korean skincare and cosmetics to the Middle East with the launch of her new beauty brand, Seoul Kool. “I’m pretty deeply in love with Korean beauty products and the wonders they’ve done for my skin.” SKINCARE: “I follow a 10-step K-beauty routine in the morning and at night. Because I live in an extremely dry climate, I have a pretty heavy moisturising routine that always ends in sunscreen,” she says. The mother of two boys alternates between her favourites depending on her skin’s needs. Currently, her routine includes everything from oil cleansing and exfoliation to frequent masking and patting on an essence. This approach is the basis of Al Faraj’s ‘skin is first’ philosophy. MAKEUP: “Makeup will only look good if your skin does. I like to keep my makeup minimal , and I’m a bit different in the Middle East because despite our torturous weather I still prefer a dewy look to a matte one. To combat our harsh climate, I use cushion compacts that have an SPF in them and a little bit of cream blush.” She also likes to spritz her face throughout the day with Evian or Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Lifestyle blogger, fashion influencer and founder of The Style Therapy Based in Oman, the busy mother of two believes that beauty should start from within. SKINCARE: George starts every day with a litre of water, GNC Ultra 75 Probiotic Complex for digestive aid and good gut health, and a scoop of Neocell Super Collagen . She also takes a range of vitamins including fish oil, B Complex and Vitamin D. “A lot of people living in the Middle East actually have a Vitamin D deficiency as we try to avoid the sun as much as possible. Hence, it’s important to supplement it in vitamin form.” She cleanses with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and follows with Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + and Bioderma Photoderm Max Fluid. In the night, she uses Avène Eluage Eye Contour Cream and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. MAKEUP: George keeps things simple and never wears liquid foundation during the day. “I use Benefit Erase Paste under my eyes and a few other areas that need colour correction. I also use the Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream and M.A.C’s Studio Fix Powder over my T-zone.” In her kit: Gosh Arabia Xtreme Liquid Eyeliner, Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette and Benefit Roller Lash mascara. KAREN WAZEN BAKHAZI Fashion blogger and influencer Creator of the wildly successful lifestyle blog Karen’s Choice, Karen Wazen Bakhazi has an acute insider perspective on the worlds of fashion and beauty. SKINCARE: The mother of three begins her day with cleansing using Bioderma’s Sensibio, followed by the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen. After a long day of meetings, shoots and mommy duties, Karen removes her makeup as soon as she gets home. “If I don’t have any evening plans I remove my makeup straight away so I can let my face breathe and once a week I use a face mask .” Her night essentials: Lancôme Bi-Facil Makeup Remover and Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Crème. MAKEUP: Her kit includes L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer, Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo and the Crème Blush from the Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder collection. “On eyes, I love shades of pinks, reds or purples. My current favourites are Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette and the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette.” To keep the focus on her eyes, she prefers to do nude lips. SHAIKHA AL QASSEMI Crossfit coach and athlete Shaikha Al Qassemi recently opened her own gym in Dubai with a mission to inspire the UAE fitness movement and to encourage more women to become stronger and fitter. SKINCARE: As a professional athlete, Al Qassemi’s skin is subjected to sweat on a daily basis. Sweat carries with it the grime from your pores, and if it settles back into your skin you can bet you’ll end up with a breakout or two. “Post-workout I always wash my face with Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and Clinique Clarifying Lotion. Training in a Crossfit gym gets pretty dirty, so I shower with a scrub and a gel.” Al Qassemi starts every morning with a shot of Active Gold Collagen and then applies Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen. “I have been using Active Gold for a month now and my skin is glowing and my hair is so much shinier.” At night Al Qassemi uses Aesop products and recommends their Amazing Face Cleanser, Antioxidant Parsley Seed Face Toner and B Triple C Facial Gel. MAKEUP: Because she trains so often, the Crossfit coach doesn’t usually wear makeup but if she does she opts for the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation. “I use stick foundation because it’s the easiest and fastest way to set the base.” She’s also a big fan of M.A.C Eye Kohl liner in Teddy, YSL Volume Mascara, Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof eyebrow pencil and Benefit Cosmetics Clear Gel Setter.

15 red outfits that are perfect for the office Christmas party

Monday, December 25 2017

15 red outfits that are perfect for the office Christmas party

Sweater, Opening Ceremony. Pants, Yohji Yamamoto Dress, Zara Whether you are planning your office Christmas party outfit or stepping out for a sun-kissed Christmas brunch, there’s no better time to procure a bright red number for the days to come. This Christmas, step out of your comfort zone and embrace the festivities in the bright hue: think scene-stealing dresses in the most delicate chiffons and feminine silhouettes that will you make a statement. While heading out for your Christmas party, opt for signature Self-Portrait lace dress or an off-shoulder number by Mugler. Dress for the occasion in Temperley London’s romantic frilled dress. For the sake of practicality, chose Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit or pair a cheeky Gucci sweatshirt with jeans. If you are a tad bit hesitant about the colour, balance the proportions and invest in a printed floral dress by Saloni. From Versace’s version featuring a safety pin to Monse’s gathered one, inject a bolt of colour into your party wardrobe. Get creative and accessorise your red numbers with over-sized hoop earrings, strappy heels or knee-length boots. Here’s our edit of the perfect red outfits to try this Christmas.