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Nothing Usual About Fashion Week

Le 18 septembre 2017, 06:58 dans Humeurs 0

There’s a few things that really, energize me and invigorate me when it comes to the industry. And, I have to say that Fashion Weeks is one of them. If you’re looking to see what’s going to be trending down the road, it’s definitely the event to follow. It’s a good predictor of what clients will be asking for as well as the products that you will want to keep in stock.

Let’s talk New York Fashion Week that just concluded. As usual, there was an incredible array of fashion, style, eye catching color, and most important; incredible hairstyles. However, there was nothing usual about New York Fashion Week. Tory Burch brought a touch of elegance and romance to the stage by adorning their model’s hair with beautiful, large, velvet, floppy, bows. Many of the models wore low pony tails and others wore them at midlevel. Either way, the bow was the main accessory. Really pretty and extremely feminine.

Effortless and tossled are the best words to describe the hairstyles worn by the Michael Kors models. Some used a touch of mousse to have the hair appear more controlled at the roots and then allowed the remaining locks to flow freely. It looked great, very natural, both tucked behind the ears and worn dangling without accessories. It was a comfortable look that could be worn for almost any event.

If you love headbands, then be sure to look at the work of both Lela Rose and Altuzarra who worked them into their collections. Some plain, some jeweled and others embellished with flowers; it was exquisite. The accessory was worn with updos and also with the hair down. From simple to extravagant, the headband was there to make a statement.

Jenny Packam illustrated that deep parts were still trending but she also added loosely tied side pony tails and twist which made the look extra fun. Many of the models completed their style by pulling out soft strands around the face for a framing look.

Christian Siriano showed us that braids are still in the mix by including everything from the standard braid to fishtail braids on the runway. His models looked amazing. He even managed to make some of the braids slightly messy which ended up being equal in perfection to the braids that were flawless.

What a fantastic week it was! So many new styles and so many variations of the styles we already know and love. I can’t wait to see what they do next time!Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses online

Designs from the East and beyond

Le 14 septembre 2017, 05:00 dans Humeurs 0

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It’s the 16th edition of the Duchess Utsav and the excitement levels among the organisers are as high as it was in the first year. Started in 2002, this annual exhibition brings together designers and brands showcasing clothes, shoes, accessories, home décor and, of course, food. “It was started with the idea to help women and provide a platform for home entrepreneurs,” says Rathi Nilakantan, one of the organisers.

In its first year, the utsav had around 50 stalls and the number this year has swelled up to 72. Given people’s love for all things organic, the event also introduced a separate set-up titled Organic Market, that has fresh food, plants, oils and eco-friendly items. Nearly 90 brands approached the organising committee this year, to be part of the exhibition. “We hand-pick designers after going through their creations,” says Nilakantan.

Here’s a pick of some of the brands to look out for:


A well-known sari store in Kolkata since 1972, the brand, over the years, has made space for designer creations to cater to the varied requests of their clients. Suruchi Pret is coming to Chennai for the first time and brings a mix of traditional and western silhouettes by designers Disha Nimi, Buttonhole, Anusri Pramanik, Shwet, Saatvika, Kritika Saraogi among others.


Started by Lovejit Visveswaran and Lakshman Shankar, new city-based store Shalaka features quirky lifestyle products. There’s dinnerware and home decor in vibrant hues, handmade organic skin and beauty products, clothes, bath salts — all curated from different parts of the country. On display are products from brands such as Freedom Tree, Mumbai, Y Store, Bengaluru, Nauchandi, Skinsense and Tantrik Life.

Usha Bagri

This is Bagri’s fifth time at the exhibition and she knows exactly what her clientèle here prefer. Back on popular demand, the designer who has been running her eponymous label for 26 years says that this time, it’s a festive special collection. “It’s mostly ethnic wear with a mix of fusion wear as well,” she says. Choose from palazzos, dresses, gowns, Anarkalis and jackets in shades of yellow, pink, peach, powder blue and coral.

Limra Jewels

Looking for accessories to jazz up your ensemble? Limra Jewels, a Bangkok-based jewellery brand, showcases its range in Chennai for the first time. “These are diamond jewellery with micro settings in 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold,” says Jyothi Narayan, Regional Sales Advisor. There are cocktail rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets made of sapphires, rubies and diamonds.Read more at:evening dresses

Blondie backs experimental eco-fashion in London show

Le 12 septembre 2017, 08:27 dans Humeurs 0

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Blondie star Debbie Harry took to the London catwalk Monday to support sustainably fabrics created by VIN + OMI, designers experimenting with everything from environmentally-friendly latex to leather-style mushrooms.

Draped in a golden gown and flanked by the design duo, wearing hoodies reading "Stop fucking the planet", singer Harry said the world had reached a "tipping point" and desperately needed to tackle waste.

"I think that they have a great purpose and a great focus in trying to make these sustainable fabrics that are part of the future," the 72-year-old musician told AFP.

"I think it's very important for everybody to recognize it and should be involved in it; because we all are inevitably," she added.

Harry was speaking after walking in VIN + OMI's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, ahead of London Fashion Week starting on Friday, which highlighted the issue of plastic waste.

Wearing heels encased in plastic and stepping through clear plastic strewn across the floor, models showed off a bold collection including slogans such as "wake up" and "hope".

There was a wide range of fabrics used in the show, which the designers said proves environmentally-friendly materials can still make the runway.

"It can still look great, it doesn't have to look like hessian sacks when you're making eco-fashion," designer Vin told AFP.

Most of the new collection is made from materials created out of recycled plastic, a technique the designers experimented with around seven years ago when they made t-shirts each created from 11 bottles.

"You can make fur-type fabric out of plastic bottles, so you don't need to wear fur. Any type of fabric now can be made out of plastic-based material," explained Vin.

Pineapple as leather

But they are also looking beyond plastic and towards natural products which can produce clothes in a more sustainable way.

"We've been working with a scientist in Spain who pioneered pineapple skins as leather," said Omi.

"We're now looking at locally-sourced chestnuts, that's in abundance here, and it's got the same texture, the same feel to pineapple," he added, recognising that the manufacturing process was however very expensive.

Mushrooms which can be grown to imitate leather, and sustainable latex sourced in Malaysia, are also on the cards.

Although the creation of such fabrics currently comes with high costs, the designers are keen to share their research and have their sights set on an overhaul of the fashion industry.

"We want everyone to do it so we can create a global awareness of what can be done, and then governments will change and there will be more processing plants and we can hopefully just get everybody wearing what they've thrown away," said Vin.Read more at:formal dresses sydney

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