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There should not be full stop for fashion: James Ferreira

Le 10 July 2018, 09:30 dans Humeurs 0

James Ferreira, one of country’s foremost famous fashion designers, feels his love and perception for his craft has grown manifolds in his four-decade long career.

“I have been on a path of rediscovering myself and my craft. And trust me my journey till date has been simply thrilling. Though I feel there is still a lot left in me in terms of fashion that I can still pass it on to youngsters trying to make a name in the industry,” says the ace designer during his recent visit to Lucknow.

Here after almost a decade, he says, “The city of Nawabs has undergone a lot of change. I must say that the city is in a mess. I feel that the beautiful architecture is lost; the soul of the city is lost. It is more concrete now. Though I have and I will always love this city for its admirable art and craft, including Chikankari and other types of embroideries.”

Revealing that he is coming up with a big project and has associated himself with Seva Chikan and its weavers, Ferreira says, “Together we have come up with a seam called Darz where we have joined two fabrics with an appliqué piece.”

“When I told them about my idea and innovation weavers here were more than excited to experiment and come with new beautiful designs. For me, our weavers and artisans are the real heroes of Indian fashion industry,” he says.

Going back to his good old days where the knowledge of fashion was only with the roadside tailors, he says, “I came back with cutting and found myself learning it from a woman running a small cutting class in the then Bombay. Later, I enrolled for a foundation of art course from JJ School of Art in Mumbai and the rest is history.”

Creating a fashion wave in the early eighties with his refreshing line, James gave direction to the nascent fashion scene and was a name to reckon with even in the film industry.

After two decades of ruling the fashion scene, James started teaching budding designers the “real Indian fashion” as he puts it.

“Glamour and commercialisation has taken over design and the authentic fashion is at standstill, craze for celebrity-hood and success at any cost has hurt the industry big time,” he says.

“After so much of business we still are waiting to make a mark at the global stage. There is no focus on the authentic fashion. The curriculum at our fashion institutes needs overhaul. India was the pioneer of ethnic fashion like we were the one who got cowl cut in salwars in 14th and 15th century itself. Then Mughals brought churidaars 400 years ago. I mean this is all from a heritage and still we credit others for this in our curriculum. Also the funniest of all is that India being the biggest market has no size chart of its own till date. We still work on UK and US sizes.” he laughs.

According to him, the reason behind increased plagiarism is that no one wants to experiment and innovate.

“I am directly working with weavers now since years now. I am doing my bit by being associated with Judi Flator in Kutch where she trains weavers and turn them into designers and entrepreneurs. Same goes for Seva in Lucknow unless we do same everywhere our weavers and artisans can’t prosper. Also I’m taking classes as guest lecturer at Pearl Academy and met some amazing youngsters who are looking quite promising,” he says while hoping change for the better is round the corner.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane | cheap formal dresses melbourne


Le 18 April 2018, 09:24 dans Humeurs 0

University at Albany students hit the runway to serve looks and raise awareness about environmental sustainability at the Trashion Fashion show last Tuesday. UAlbany Green Scene hosted the fashion show with help from Students for Sustainability, the Student Association, and Campus Center Connections. All of the outfits were made from trash and recycled materials at or around the Albany campus. Fifteen models vied for fame and a handful of $100 gift cards.

Shamika Gentle represented the university apartments in her armor of cereal and garbage bags. Her costume, as well as Taylor Martin’s, was inspired by Black Panther. Gentle also carried a spear that unfolded into a banner that read “Wakanda Forever.” The crowd went wild, but it was Martin’s duct tape shield and dress won Kappa Alpha Pi the Greek organization award.

Dianna Butrowes modeled for Dutch Quad in a dress with a long train and a hat made of Albany Student Press newspapers. As Butrowes walked down the runway, co-host Mike Boshart mentioned that thousands of newspapers are discarded incorrectly on our campus. Some are tossed on the ground others pile up in garbage cans, but newspaper can be recycled. They can also be used as insulation, to create art or decor with paper mache, or turned into a stunning dress. Haven Hutchinson of the Student Association also modeled a newspaper outfit. His suit jacket and pants ripped off in a Magic Mike-esque strut.

Marygrace Graves walked for Delta Phi Epsilon in a mod halter crop top and mini skirt. The top was made of stretchy silver plastic and the skirt was made of trash bags. She carried a purse decorated by an old record. This dress won the style award.

Jinju Kim went on to win the prize for the individual category for her long white dress and veil made of plastic bags. It was amazing to see something so plain and wasteful like a plastic bag turned into a work of art. The dress was elegant and eye-catching.

Other winners included Indian Quad for creativity with a duct tape dress modeled by Chelsea Aguakwa. The Office of Sustainability won construction. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center won sustainability with a go-go dress and a giant cloak inspired by LGBTQ+ flags. The Office of Parking & Mass Transit won best campus office with a cute little dress made of parking tickets modeled by Sidney Pesta, a staff member’s daughter. Colonial Quad won best living area and Alumni Quad won fan favorite.

This fashion show allowed UAlbany students to exercise their creativity and innovation. All of these outfits were made of the same kinds of material that people toss out car windows and stuff into overflowing trash cans. The Trashion Fashion show is hosted in hopes that it will motivate students to recycle.Read more at:red formal dresses australia | black evening dresses

Two labrador teens competing in international pageant

Le 10 April 2018, 11:22 dans Humeurs 0

Two teens from Labrador will be travelling to the Dominican Republic in April to represent Canada at the Miss Teen Beauty International Pageant.

Victoria Burden of Happy Valley-Goose Bay earned entry into the pageant after winning the title of Miss Teen Charity at the Miss Canada Globe Productions Pageant (teen category). The pageant was held in Toronto in August.

Burden is competing for the title of Miss Teen Beauty International.

Chenille Rich of Natuashish also participated in the Toronto pageant. She is taking the national title of Miss Teen Canada Petite Third Princess to the international pageant, where she will compete for the title of Miss Teen Petite Beauty International.

The national titles mean the teens will also be walking the runway at Couture Fashion Week in New York in September.

Burden, 15, is a Grade 10 French immersion student at Mealy Mountain Collegiate. She is a member of her school choir, volunteers at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre and enjoys playing hockey.

She said she is excited about the upcoming trip. Both she and Rich will head to Toronto for four days of pre-pageant training before heading to the Dominican Republic.

While she will know more about the details of the pageant in the Dominican Republic after the training in Toronto, Burden said she’s excited about the trip. She’s also looking forward to spending a few extra days in the Dominican Republic with her mother, Anna Burden March, following the pageant.

As Miss Teen Canada Charity, Burden has been hosting events in her community. Her chosen charity is the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The pageant isn’t just about walking across the stage in an evening gown. Contestants are judged on everything from school marks to public speaking abilities, she said.

Burden said she’s lucky to have such a great family who support her in whatever she undertakes to do.

“I’m really looking forward to being in another pageant and getting so many more amazing opportunities,” she said.

She is also grateful to local businesses that are supporting her trip and she’s reaching out to others who’d like to help her in her quest to bring home an international title.

Burden’s mother said her daughter’s hard work over the past 15 months has certainly paid off.

“I am so proud of the young lady that Victoria has become and am excited to see what the future holds, she said.

Rich is a Grade 10 student at Mushuau Innu Natuashish School. She said she is excited about going to the Dominican Republic, and has been raising money to help with the trip.

She said she also appreciates those who have helped her prepare for the pageant.

“We are doing pageant squares and a radio bingo,” the 15-year-old said of the fundraising efforts.

Rich said she had a great time at the pageant in Toronto and is looking forward to meeting girls from all around the world who will be competing in the pageant in the Dominican Republic.

Rich’s father Gabriel Rich went to Toronto with his daughter for the pageant and will accompany her to the Dominican Republic.

Preparing for such events when you live in an isolated community isn’t easy, he said. However, Rich said the community has been really supportive of his daughter’s efforts, as have people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and as far away as St. John’s.

“It’s hard to get the gowns, the high heels, the make-up. So we did a lot online. It’s expensive to travel to Toronto but we had a lot of support with the Innu Nation helping us and the First Nation helping us. We are so appreciative of all the community involvement,” he said.Read more | evening dresses

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