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Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love | Grazia India

Monday, October 30 2017

Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love | Grazia India

Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love October 30, 2017 Read PC's full interview with Femina here Priyanka Chopra is an early millennial who’s tasted success, yet not been a slave to it. At the height of her fame in the Indian film industry, she tossed it all up for that elusive international dream. Truly a global icon today, PC straddles time zones like a pro. In her personal life too, she is in no hurry to take the plunge. (Take that, you infuriating biological clock). Tanya Chaitanya gabs with the born-to-entertain Priyanka over an exasperating phone connection to finally declare that Femina couldn’t have found a more positive poster girl for millennials to topline this anniversary special. Dare call ’em lazy now!It’s midnight in India. I’m frantically performing callisthenics in a desperate quest for the putatively-omnipresent-but-never-there-when-you-need-it mobile network at my place. As I hang on to the phone and precariously lean over the parapet of our terrace, I hear that familiar drawl all the way from LA. Priyanka Chopra is all set to rule the red carpet at the Emmy’s and has decided to multi-task her way through makeup, hair and styling to be a part of this interview. But here’s the catch: I can barely hear her and then she says what sounds like, “I am all over with my time zones and super-exhausted after covering four countries in the last 10 days, yet I wanted to do this in time. It’s great to be on the cover of Femina’s anniversary issue. Feels like home to me.” Poetic and dramatic, but it’s at this point that the connection clears up. Here is how the exchange progressed, one dropped call at a time.“I say it with great pride that I am who I am because of my work in India. Indian cinema has taught me everything I know about acting, performing and making an impact onscreen.”Femina: They say millennials hate to settle in one place, settle in matrimony. Basically no adulting. How much do you identify with that?PC: I guess my life identifies with it. In general, they want the most out of life. So do I.Femina: Laziness is a millennial trait that you clearly don’t own.PC: While I’m not lazy per se, there are times when I want to be nothing but that. At that point, I don’t step out, not move a finger and be on my own.Femina: Your international work, be it in Quantico or Baywatch, is being seen and appreciated around the world. Any quirks of the Indian film industry that you don’t miss?PC: I say it with great pride and will never stop saying that I am who I am because of my work in India. Indian cinema has taught me everything I know about acting, performing and making an impact onscreen. Perhaps, the only thing I don’t miss is the tardiness of Indians.Femina: As UNICEF’s global goodwill ambassador, you have been interacting with Syrian refugees and kids in Jordan. What are the life lessons you have come back with?PC: It has been 15 years since my association with UNICEF India and I’ve seen the hardships of the survivors up close. In Jordan, when I visited the camps, I witnessed the pain in their eyes when they spoke about all that they’ve lost. The one thing I’ve learned from these children is resilience. They were leading regular lives and one day, war took everything away from them. Children suffer intensely. It’s hard to even imagine what they’re going through. They’re holding on to the hope of a better, normal life once again. Femina: How do you handle such intense moments?PC: My job is to document experiences. As the goodwill ambassador and somebody who represents the entertainment industry, I go to build awareness. I am surprised to find how much of pop culture the Syrian kids I met follow, and they were thrilled to talk about their favourite film stars from Hollywood and even the Indian film industry. Honestly, I can’t let my vulnerability show. The hardest part of spending time with the kids is to show them that it’s all okay. The children I met want to be doctors, engineers—seek higher education.They told me about their dreams, and it hurts. My job is to tell them that it is not futile to have dreams; they’ve got to fight for them.Femina: Whether it was Kangana about nepotism or Deepika on depression, your contemporaries have opened up about their personal trials and demons. Would you use your celebrity to raise awareness about a personal challenge you have combatted?PC: I am focusing on bringing to the fore issues that crop up when dealing with loss. People need to seek help when they lose somebody they love. Loss affects people badly and it can lead to psychological and social problems. My personal journey exposed me to this situation when my father passed away. Like a bolt out of the blue, my entire world came crashing down. I continued to work because otherwise I would have suffered deeper pain. Time is a great healer though and we need to know that this too shall pass.“I am focusing on bringing to the fore issues that crop up when dealing with loss. People need to seek help when they lose somebody they love.”Femina: You’re a strong girl. Who is your favourite superhero?PC: I love both Iron Man and Batman—I want the toys they have!Femina: Trolls especially target you on social media, be it your appearance or your statements. And you shut them down well.PC: Trolls are given more importance than they deserve by media. That troll is just somebody sitting at home, anonymous, ripping people apart. I don’t give them that kind of importance.Femina: You took up for Hollywood actor Meghan Markel as she was asked questions about being close to Prince Harry when you said she goes beyond being somebody’s girlfriend. How are friendships in Hollywood? Are female actors in the Indian film industry as supportive towards each other?PC: I’m all about girl love. And I have had the most incredible experience working in India. We have celebrated each other’s success just as much in India. I make it a point to compliment my colleagues whenever I like their work, wherever I am. As a feminist, I believe women around the world should support each other. We must never be divided and ruled over.Femina: Your turn at the red carpet is always talked about. How involved are you in the final look?PC: You’ve caught me at the right time. I am all set for the Emmy’s and currently having a ball, laughing and joking with my team of stylists, hair and makeup people. My look depends on the mood I am in. I always have three changes ready for any occasion and then wear what I want basis the way I feel that day.Femina: What keeps Priyanka Chopra on top of her game?PC: I keep working with blinders on.“I compliment my colleagues whenever I like their work. As a feminist, I believe women around the world should support each other.”Femina: Your fabulous hair has become the topic of international discussion. Any favourite hair hack?PC: Always find the right product for your hair texture and type. The right shampoo and conditioner that’s made for you can work wonders. Also Indian mommies teach well. I am assured good hair days, thanks to oil massages twice a month. My grandmom used to do vigorous champi and then braid it—the technique works both on the scalp and hair ends. And whenever in doubt, my favourite red carpet hair rescue comes in the form of a chic top knot.Femina: Straight to your love life. Doesn’t all work and no play make Priyanka a dull girl?PC: I love playing; I just don’t talk about it. Tags -

15 Instagram Beauty Trends We Dare You To Try | Grazia India

Monday, October 30 2017

15 Instagram Beauty Trends We Dare You To Try | Grazia India

15 Instagram Beauty Trends We Dare You To Try 15 Instagram Beauty Trends We Dare You To Try Are you brave enough for these? 1. Glitter tongues A post shared by How To Be Less Old (@htblo) on Sep 7, 2017 at 1:18pm PDT 2. Ponytail brows A post shared by C H E R (@sourcherie) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:24am PDT 3. Neck contouring A post shared by Eline van Lent - MUA (@elinevanlent) on Feb 10, 2016 at 12:28pm PST 4. Corset braids A post shared by msdeweyd (@msdeweyd) on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:27pm PDT 5. Squiggle lips and brows A post shared by carrie2k10 (@carrie2k10) on Oct 3, 2017 at 4:22am PDT 6. Reverse eyeliner and brows A post shared by Jannah Sheffield Makeup artist (@jannah_maria_makeup) on Sep 17, 2017 at 8:54am PDT 7. Mismatched eyes A post shared by Heather Moorhouse (@makeupmouse) on Apr 28, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT 8. Pom-pom make-up A post shared by Marinda Allred (@marindamonkey) on Jun 12, 2017 at 4:07pm PDT 9. Nike brows A post shared by Adrianna Sustaita (@adriannasustaitamakeup) on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:59pm PDT 10. Succulent nails A post shared by Arozona (@arozona) on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:40pm PDT 11. Geode lips A post shared by Saturated Colour Cosmetics (@saturated_colour) on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:57am PDT 12. Hairy nails A post shared by NAILS CLUB ® (@nailscluboficial) on Sep 25, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT 13. Negative space make-up A post shared by Miranda Carattini (@mandy_rose1104) on Jul 28, 2016 at 1:00pm PDT 14. Glitter armpits A post shared by SOPHIE HANNAH BEAUTY (@sophiehannahbeauty) on Sep 10, 2017 at 11:45am PDT 15. Nose hair extensions A post shared by Kiri Veillette (@kiriveillette) on Oct 28, 2017 at 11:34am PDT Tags -

Priyanka Chopra's Style 101 On How To Wear White | Grazia India

Monday, October 30 2017

Priyanka Chopra's Style 101 On How To Wear White | Grazia India

Priyanka Chopra's Style 101 On How To Wear White Priyanka Chopra's Style 101 On How To Wear White A post shared by PRIYANKA CHOPRA ♡ (@priyankachoprafan) on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:09am PDT A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 30, 2017 at 7:32am PDT A post shared by PRIYANKA CHOPRA ♡ (@priyankachoprafan) on May 11, 2015 at 8:55pm PDT x A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Jun 1, 2017 at 2:42am PDT A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Jul 4, 2017 at 2:17pm PDT A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Apr 28, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT A post shared by PRIYANKA CHOPRA ♡ (@priyankachoprafan) on Aug 8, 2017 at 2:59am PDT Tags -

Here Are The 4 Fashion Face-offs That Give The Perfect Deja Vu Moments

Saturday, October 28 2017

Here Are The 4 Fashion Face-offs That Give The Perfect Deja Vu Moments

Here Are The 4 Fashion Face-offs That Give The Perfect Deja Vu Moments Home » Celebrity » Here Are The 4 Fashion Face-offs That Give The Perfect Deja Vu Moments FashionLady FashionLady We take great pride in having sharp eyes, especially in the world of fashion. And playing right under our nose, giving the perfect Deja Vu moments were the B-town divas. Being fun seekers by mind and soul, we dug into every style of the lovely ladies, we found familiar, till we found the similar fashion showcased by their counter competitor. Check it out and take the liberty to judge the fashion faceoff. Konkana Sen Sharma and Dia Mirza Dia Mirza and Konkana Sen Sharma chose to do a similar Raw Mango outfit with a slight twist. While Dia opted for a long maxi gown in the rustic metallic shade, Konkana chose to wear the same shade as a dupatta over a black gown. Different in their own way, the both styles look oddly familiar, don’t they? Which one would you vote for? Saiyami Kher and Kareena Kapoor The moment our eyes feasted on Saiyami Kher at MAMI film festival, we had the perfect ‘seen somewhere’ tingling that urged us to rack our minds. Upon shaking our memory, we remembered to have seen Kareena Kapoor doing the similar shade in Payal Khandwala outfit. While Kareena Kapoor chose a high necked side slit kurta with statement neck piece, Saiyami chose to go bold with plunging neckline and fancy Curio Cottage earrings. Deepika Padukone and Malaika Arora The one fashion faceoff that raged the fashion world in past couple of weeks was surely between Malaika Arora and Deepika Padukone. Malaika dressed up for India’s Next Model 2017 looking grand as an emerald in a Monisha Jaising off-shoulder dress. Viange Vintage YSL earrings and Dior double ring chimed in lovely spark to her style. On the other hand, Deepika was spotted at the MAMI closing night in a pant suit by Monisha Jaising in the same emerald shade. Deepika also chose to add style and sparkle with YSL earrings. But who do you think nailed the shimmering style? Neha Dhupia and Rani Mukerji Smart and competitive were Neha Dhupia and Rani Mukerji during the festival time. Both the ladies were spotted doing a brilliant pink Raw Mango outfit. If you notice carefully you will learn that Neha chose a printed kurta over plain lehenga and Rani did the same outfit the other way around. While Neha kept her style chic and elegant by going zero with accessories, Rani chose to go ethnic by adorning loud and classy jewelry. Who do you think slayed the style? Which of these fashion face-offs got you excited? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section! Images Source: instagram

China agency denies dead Russian model, 14, was overworked

Monday, October 30 2017

China agency denies dead Russian model, 14, was overworked

| Monday, 30 October 2017 The Chinese agency representing a "beautiful" 14-year-old Russian model who died after taking part in Shanghai Fashion Week denied on Monday allegations that she was overworked and underpaid. The death of Vlada Dzyuba in a Chinese hospital on Friday shines a light on the murky world of western models in China, many of whom are from the former Soviet Union and dream of making a career in the notoriously cut-throat industry. The teenager, who despite her youth was allowed under Chinese law to model, began feeling dizzy and started being sick on Tuesday last week. She was taken to a Shanghai hospital the next day but died on Friday from multiple organ failure after her condition quickly worsened. English-language newspaper The Siberian Times alleged that Dzyuba, from the city of Perm, died of meningitis compounded by exhaustion following "a gruelling fashion show in Shanghai". But ESEE Model Management vehemently denied that, pointing out that Shanghai Fashion Week ended on October 18 and she fell ill six days later while on another assignment. Johney Zheng, chairman of ESEE, said Dzyuba -- who died without her family at her side because her mother could not travel to China in time -- had never complained of being overworked. ESEE reproduced a medical report from Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai that gave the cause of death as septicaemia, a type of bacterial blood poisoning. "Our whole agency is in a very sad situation, Vlada was such a lovely girl and we worked with her for two years," Zheng, dressed all in black, told a press conference. "We wish that she can have no pain in heaven." Carrie Fang, the chief agent for ESEE who was at Dzyuba's side when she died, fought back tears and said the young Russian had been enjoying the two months she spent in China before her death. ESEE declined to give precise figures for how much the teenage model earned, but Fang denied reports it was as little as 8 US dollars a day. "We want to tell everybody the truth, what we are thinking and what has happened, especially the Russian people, they lost one of their beautiful daughters," said Zheng, adding most of Dzyuba's assignments lasted between four and eight hours a day and she had regular time off. Worsening health Dzyuba, a brunette who weighed 58 kg (128 pounds) when she died, passed away less than two weeks before her 15th birthday. ESEE said it had signed a three-month contract with Dzyuba and her modelling agency in Russia. After Shanghai Fashion Week Dzyuba travelled to Yiwu, a city south of Shanghai, but a model shoot was cancelled because she began feeling unwell and she returned to Shanghai. But with her health worsening, she was taken to hospital and put in touch by telephone with Russian consular staff, while her family were also told that she was unwell. The next day, according to ESEE, Dzyuba was moved to intensive care where she died the following morning. ESEE, which said it has 20-30 international models in Shanghai, said it had covered the medical expenses. The firm has its headquarters in Shanghai and also offices in the nearby city of Hangzhou, Beijing, the eastern city of Xiamen and Hong Kong. "She was young, she was a very excitable girl, she liked to eat, she liked to eat chips, like a teenager is supposed to do," said Fang, her voice cracking with emotion. (AFP) Photo: Shanghai Fashion Week

Next expected to enjoy a rebound in its catalogue business

Monday, October 30 2017

Next expected to enjoy a rebound in its catalogue business

Next is expected to unveil a 10 percent rise in Directory sales for the latest quarter on Wednesday, helping produce a 1.8 percent rise in overall sales despite a 5.3 percent decline on the high street, according to HSBC analysts. After a profit warning in January, the firm’s half-year results last month struck a more optimistic tone, telling investors the prospects were “somewhat less challenging” than six months ago as the autumn range made a strong start and the Directory gained ground after a revamp, reported ‘City A.M.’ It’s worth recalling that Next's bourgeoning catalogue has kept the retailer growing during the past months. The industry is closely watching Next’s performance, as the high street brand is a reference among its retail peers. George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: "Having missed the mark with its ranges earlier in the year, we'll be looking out to see if Next, and more importantly its customer base, is happier with the Autumn/Winter offering."

10 wedding-appropriate looks for the girl who loves black

Monday, October 30 2017

10 wedding-appropriate looks for the girl who loves black

10 wedding-appropriate looks for the girl who loves black Blacker than your soul By Shweta Gandhi October 30, 2017 SHARE The colour of mystery; the colour of darkness; the colour of elegance — black is, without a doubt, fashion's most loved colour. Designer Rei Kawakubo famously said, "I work in three shades of black." Alexander McQueen is another designer who truly deconstructed black and gave it a powerful new identity through his collections. But the most important moment in history was Coco Chanel's invention of the Little Black Dress which got black to be openly accepted as a colour that was more than a uniform of mourning. This bridal season, take a leap from the traditional colours that have dominated the Indian wedding scene since ages. Black is beckoning you, with its rebellious nature, urging you to experiment. The advantage of black is that it is a neutral, minimal colour — and when it's infused with embroidery in gold and silver, it transforms into a grand ensemble that exudes festive vibes. Take your pick from Indian designers like Ritu Kumar, Shehla Khan, Nachiket Barve, Payal Singhal, Rimple and Harpreet Narula and more whose bold, daring takes on the colour will inspire you to jump on the black bridal bandwagon. 10 wedding ensembles for girls who love black: Ritu Kumar, price on request Rimple & Harpreet Narula, price on request Amit Aggarwal, Rs 2,10,000 Nachiket Barve, price on request Shehlaa by Shehlaa Khan, Rs 1,15,000 Pernia Qureshi, Rs 30,000 Jhunjhunwala, Rs 33,500 Samatvam By Anjali Bhaskar, Rs 21,780 This lehenga set from Ritu Kumar's Festive/Winter 2017 bridal collection is decorated with intricate zardosi embroidery in contemporary motifs of geometric designs, spirals, circles and paisleys that lend an opulent touch. Buy it here This wedding ensemble by Rimple & Harpreet Narula is equal parts delicate and opulent. Available at their store: E-3, Defence Colony, Ring Road, New Delhi For the bride who likes a little bit of extravagance. You can buy this at Amit's flagship store: The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli, New Delhi This stunning black embroidered cape and skirt set with an a symmetric drape is an ideal pick for a wedding reception. Get it here Nachiket's bridal collection celebrates the divine mix of bold and ethereal, and will make you look like a Greek goddess on your wedding day. Available for order from Nachiket Barve Design Studio. Rock a sexy blouse for your mehendi ceremony. Available at the designer's store: SNS fashions, Shreeji Plaza Building, 33rd road TPS 111, Khar West, Mumbai. Dance like no one's watching at your BFF's cocktail party in this lightweight black embellished lehenga set. Buy it here Ditch the sari and opt for this crop top and dhoti pants set for your sangeet. Those pockets will let you keep your phone handy too. Get it here This black pleated spaghetti-strap anarkali with a floral embroidered cape is equal parts flirty and fun. Get it here Bring sexy back with this black and gold anarkali suit embellished with intricate floral gota patti embroidery. Buy it here Ritu Kumar, price on request This lehenga set from Ritu Kumar's Festive/Winter 2017 bridal collection is decorated with intricate zardosi embroidery in contemporary motifs of geometric designs, spirals, circles and paisleys that lend an opulent touch. Buy it here Rimple & Harpreet Narula, price on request This wedding ensemble by Rimple & Harpreet Narula is equal parts delicate and opulent. Available at their store: E-3, Defence Colony, Ring Road, New Delhi Amit Aggarwal, Rs 2,10,000 For the bride who likes a little bit of extravagance. You can buy this at Amit's flagship store: The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli, New Delhi Kavita Bhartia, Rs 32,550 This stunning black embroidered cape and skirt set with an a symmetric drape is an ideal pick for a wedding reception. Get it here Nachiket Barve, price on request Nachiket's bridal collection celebrates the divine mix of bold and ethereal, and will make you look like a Greek goddess on your wedding day. Available for order from Nachiket Barve Design Studio. Shehlaa by Shehlaa Khan, Rs 1,15,000 Rock a sexy blouse for your mehendi ceremony. Available at the designer's store: SNS fashions, Shreeji Plaza Building, 33rd road TPS 111, Khar West, Mumbai. Pernia Qureshi, Rs 30,000 Dance like no one's watching at your BFF's cocktail party in this lightweight black embellished lehenga set. Buy it here Payal Singhal, Rs 55,500 Ditch the sari and opt for this crop top and dhoti pants set for your sangeet. Those pockets will let you keep your phone handy too. Get it here Jhunjhunwala, Rs 33,500 This black pleated spaghetti-strap anarkali with a floral embroidered cape is equal parts flirty and fun. Get it here Samatvam By Anjali Bhaskar, Rs 21,780 Bring sexy back with this black and gold anarkali suit embellished with intricate floral gota patti embroidery. Buy it here

Oeko-Tex conducts large-scale consumer textile sustainability study

Monday, October 30 2017

Oeko-Tex conducts large-scale consumer textile sustainability study

Commemorating its 25th anniversary, the Oeko-Tex Association commissioned a massive research study, in which more than 11,000 clothing and home textile consumers around the world examined topics ranging from concerns about climate change to harmful substances in textiles. The results are to be published this week itself. Titled „The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability—Attitudes, Changing Behaviors and Outlooks“, the study tapped into topics ranging from concerns about climate change to harmful substances in textiles. The findings were already released to Oeko-Tex Institute clients through a series of webinars and will be shared with the textile, home fashions and apparel industry via speaking engagements at upcoming industry events, webinars and other communiques. “The Oeko-Tex portfolio of testing, certification and label products has increased substantially since we first entered the market in 1992,” commented Anna Czerwinska, head of marketing and communication at Oeko-Tex. “The world’s issues and consumer attitudes have changed just as significantly. As long-time leaders in textile sustainability, we felt that this unique global study to quantify consumer attitudes about textile sustainability was a fitting tribute to our past twenty-five years as well as a worthy undertaking to prepare us to succeed in the next.” Oeko-Tex engaged renowned consumer products researcher, Ellen Karp and her company, Anerca International, to conduct the pioneering project, which took about a year to complete. Karp works on sustainability and other branding issues with a wide array of the world’s best-known apparel, personal care and luxury brands. The more than 11,000 participating clothing and home textile consumers completed an online survey with a full spectrum of questions designed to gauge their attitudes about sustainability, harmful substances, environmental responsibility and the social welfare of textile workers. “The quantitative findings derived through The Key to Confidence study should serve as a call to action for the textile industry,”said Karp. “Consumers are fast learning that their textile buying decisions impact not only their families but also their communities and beyond. Brands, retailers and manufacturers need to be ready for this awakening. It is definitely coming.” The Oeko-Tex Association is an international community comprising of 18 independent testing and research institutes with representations in more than 60 countries worldwide. It tests all kinds of leather and textiles for harmful substances and supports the production of garments and textiles in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. Photo: Oeko-Tex website

Jigsaw’s urge to find a solution to its financial struggles

Monday, October 30 2017

Jigsaw’s urge to find a solution to its financial struggles

The British luxury fashion retailer Jigsaw is on the look-out for a new buyer on Friday. And one rather urgent, according to company’s sources. Weakening retail sales and rising inflation would have pushed Jigsaw’s controlling shareholder John Robinson and founder of the brand to hire KPMG to help it explore the options at hand. Among other potential solutions, the company is reported to have considered the sale of a majority or minority stake to another retailer or financial investor. In this regard, the company told the BBC it had already received "a number of direct approaches". Sources cited by SkyNews said Robinson was “flexible” about the nature of a transaction, with Peter Ruis, Jigsaw’s chief executive, sounding optimistic about the company’s potential during a media interview this week. Jigsaw recorded sales in the year to September of about 100 million pounds, up 8 percent on the previous 12 months. Requested for commentary on the potential sale, a Jigsaw spokesperson said: “Jigsaw has made no secret of the fact it is open to strategic investment to drive ongoing expansion. “A number of approaches have been made and these are being discussed. “However, at this stage no sale process is underway.” Jigsaw had over 80 stand-alone stores and concessions in department stores such as John Lewis and Harvey Nichols as well as a small international presence.

AllSaints enjoys 20 percent sales jump and heads to China

Monday, October 30 2017

AllSaints enjoys 20 percent sales jump and heads to China

The London-based fashion retailer has overcome a slide in full-year earnings with a 20 percent jump in annual sales. As AllSaints’ popularity grows among the fashion savvy Asian population, the retailer is considering expanding into China. “This has been another period of significant progress for AllSaints, and represents our fourth consecutive year of growth. The international expansion of our business has continued at pace, with sales from non-UK operations now accounting for nearly half of the group’s overall revenue,” summed up the company’s results its CEO William Kim. The British company reported a 9 percent drop in earnings before exceptional items to 26 million pounds for the year to January 28. This figure includes a heavy discount when compared to same period’s results a year earlier (28.5 million pounds.) Despite the year-on-year slip, AllSaints defended the results, saying they reflected start-up and pre-opening costs linked to its Japanese launch, as well as “strategic” investments in technology and its new travel retail outlets, reported ‘The Times’. AllSaints’ CEO: since 2012 we have been building a future-proofmodel “We don’t see it as a disappointment,” assured Kim. “Since 2012 what we’ve been set to do is build a future-proof model. When you’re building a future-proof model, it takes investment,” added the retailer’s CEO. The decision has helped propel a 20 percent jump in sales to 303 million pounds for the period. Online sales now account for 19 percent of the total business mix at 57.4 million pounds, while international sales account for 142.2 million pounds (47 percent.) Speaking to ‘City A.M.’, William Kim, All Saints' chief executive, said the brand was entering markets directly, rather than using the franchise model, so that the firm could have more control of the business. He said the firm's investment strategy, which was once focused on North America, is now being directed to Asia. This strategy has paid off already, as international revenues were up 31 percent on an annual basis, driven by continued growth in North America and Asia. AllSaints – which has been owned by private equity firm Lion Capital since 2011 – has been investing in distribution centres and digital platforms as well as international expansion in the US and Asia, including Taiwan, South Korea and now Japan. It is also targeting globetrotters across South Korea by opening stores in Incheon International Airport, Shinsegae Duty Free and Shilla IPark Duty Free. Kim said the company would continue its drive in Asia and will soon be making announcements regarding its plans for China. “This year we’re planting some seeds… we are planning something in China. But our approach, as it always has been, is very different from the traditional retailer’s approach, brand’s approach to launch (in) a country,” he said. Photo:AllSaints Official Web

V-Mart expands retail network in UP, Orissa and Bihar

Monday, October 30 2017

V-Mart expands retail network in UP, Orissa and Bihar

V-Mart Retail has added new store in UP, Orissa and Bihar. The three new fashion stores take the tally of stores up to 17 composite stores and 48 fashion stores in UP, Orissa: 3 composite and 8 fashion stores; while Bihar has 5 composite and 29 fashion stores. This takes the total number of stores to 160 in 136 cities across 14 states, with 37 composite stores and 123 fashion stores with a total area of approx. 13.5 lakhs sq. ft as retailing space. Delhi-based V-Mart is a family fashion store that primarily operates in Tier II and III cities with the chain of value retail department stores. The company’s operations are spread across northern, western and eastern parts of India. Its vendor base is above 1,000 spread across India. The retail chain is upgrading its products and services to meet changing customer needs and has also launched a loyalty program to retain customers. For the financial year ended March 31, V-Mart's net profit rose to Rs 39.52 crores from Rs 27.63 crores a year ago, a rise of 43 per cent. Its total income during financial year 2016-17 was at Rs 1,004.81 crores, up 23.98 per cent, as against Rs 810.42 crores during the last fiscal.

Two plus-size models share photos proving how much Photoshop really changes your body

Monday, October 30 2017

Two plus-size models share photos proving how much Photoshop really changes your body

Two plus-size models share photos proving how much Photoshop really changes your body Be happy with you who you are and the skin you are in By Elle Team October 30, 2017 SHARE Two plus-size models have doctored a picture of themselves to show how misleading Photoshop can be. Diana Sirokai and Callie Thorpe shared two Instagram images, one which shows the pair having been heavily airbrushed by a professional photographer, and the other which shows the models in reality. Scroll on the post above to see both. SWIPE FOR REALITY The pictures highlight the deceiving nature of Photoshop and reassure women that all is not as it seems when it comes to advertising and, increasingly, Instagram. "I have to say we look amazing both ways," said Sirokai. "The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media takes editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like themselves. We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back. Own who you are and slay!" The models asked Karina Poltavtceva to shoot the pictures and they go a long way in illustrating the extent of which airbrushing can change a woman's body. "It's no wonder women are laden with insecurities," said Thorpe. "For years, we have been subjected to perfect airbrushed and often altered images across the media. While Photoshop has its place and need in some parts of industries this is the extreme when it comes to editing, it just goes to show how much we can really alter ourselves."