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What to wear in the Holi Festival

Posted on 23 March 2016 by admin

The festival of colors, holi is just a few days later and wearing white on holi is like a tradition for years. how beautiful it looks when different colors rainbow generates in the white plain clothing. So, if you are confused what to wear in white this holi season, then here are few tips to help you:

Complete White Outfit for Holi

Go for complete white outfit like a white salwar kameez with white duppatta or you can also try palazzo with crop top or tees, palazzos are in trend these days. The main reason why white is the perfect color to wear in holi is because the different colors of gulal can be seen in the best way. One thing is for sure that whatever you wear in holi, it’s going to be ruined completely and you can’t wear it next time. Therefore rather than choosing a costly outfit it’s better to stick with cheap clothing so that you don’t feel bad about not re using it.

White Kurti for Holi

This is one of the most comfortable outfit to wear in holi. Most of the bollywood celebs prefer wearing it on their holi parties. Kurta or kurti with chikankari or thread work looks the best.

Flaunt the Anarkalis

Some of you might think that Anarkali wold rather be a bit of heavy outfit for occasion like holi but if Sunny Leone can choose this attire for her holi celebration then why not you? If you have an old white anarkali lying on your closet just like that then you can take it out and use it for this holi season. The anarkalis have ruled in Indian Fashion industry since long and now its Palazzos and straight fit suits that are more in trend, so you can dispose off your anarkali in the best way by using it for the last time at your holi party.

White Saree For Holi

White sarees have been popular choice of women for holi and since ages they prefer opting this outfit. Cotton and chiffon fabrics are the most popular ones. In saree you can groove into the best dancing moves on the various tunes of holi songs like Do me a favour let’s play holi, Rang Barse Bhige Chunar vali etc. Believe it or not but ethnics in white is the best option for holi clothing and this time you must try something in ethnic.

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Best of Bridal Wear

Posted on 13 January 2016 by admin

We bring you the top Bridal looks from Lakmé Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015If you missed out on the coverage of Lakmé Fashion Week, WeddingSutra has cherry picked the best of bridal looks from all the collections that were shown on the ramp.

 Arpita Mehta – Golden Hour

Some pieces in this collection caught our eye for its use of darker colours such as gold, black, sindhoori and with a blend of intricate mirror work embroidery along with cut-danas.

 Anushree Reddy – The Oasis at Sunset

Anushree Reddy’s signature style of vintage flora fused with age-old Hyderabadi zardozi makes for romantic flirty lehengas. What’s not to love?

 Neeta Lulla – Wedding collection with Lakmé Salon

Although there was no theme tying the collection together, there were a few lehengas worth considering if shopping for trousseau.

 Divya Reddy – Allure

Modern cuts, contemporary silhouettes, subdued pastel color palette, understated embroidery – there is a lot that would appeal to brides who don’t want the bling in this collection from Divya Reddy.

 Ritu Kumar – Varanasi Weaves

Ritu Kumar fans will not be disappointed. The collection had the trademark Ritu Kumar feel with silks and adami, Kyari, Shikargah and floral butis via the timeless gold and silver weaving of Benaras

 Gaurang Shah – Samyukta

Silk sarees, lehengas, ghararas and farshis too – you can go old school traditional with Gaurang Shah’s Samyukta collection. Gaurang has beautifully incorporated Kanjeevaram, Khadi, Uppada, Paithani, Benarasi, Patan Patola, Kota Dhakai and added traditional embroidery like zardozi, gotta, doria, Marodi, aari and chikankari to create a riot of colors.

 Krishna Mehta – The Gold and The Ganges

While we may not understand the story line of this collection, there are a few interesting timeless lehengas here that we would recommend purely because Krishna Mehta has a great sense of color and cuts.

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H&M Features First Muslim Model Wearing a Hijab

Posted on 12 October 2015 by admin

Model Mariah Idrissi made history for the brand.

H&M is making headlines this week for featuring a Muslim model wearing a hijab in an ad campaign for the first time.

Mariah Idrissi stars alongside a curvy model, amputee model, transgender model, and group of Sikh men in the fashion retailer’s “Close the Loop” campaign — but she’s garnering the most attention for her role in the ad.

“I honestly have no idea why,” she told Fusion. ”It might be because hijab fashion has boomed in the last few years and to finally see a hijabi [a woman who wears a hijab] in mainstream fashion is a big achievement.”

And the 23-year-old praised H&M for the respect and understanding they paid her during the shoot. Speaking to Fusion, Idrissi said, ”[H&M] asked how much in terms of neck I could show, but to be honest they were very respectful.”

Idrissi, who started wearing a hijab when she was 17, asked her parents’ consent to feature in the ad and was able to work mostly with female staff on the shoot.

“If the cameramen noticed something not quite right, they would call a woman over to fix me, it was sweet.”

“One of the watches was dangling in the wrong way, and rather than just twisting it on my wrist, the cameraman asked a woman to come over. It just showed that little bit of respect.”

 Idrissi was pleased to be able to take part in the campaign, which promotes recycling clothing, and also features Iggy Pop and curve model Tess Holliday.

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India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

Posted on 20 August 2015 by admin

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India Bridal Fashion Week saw three shows from designers Rina dhaka, Joytsna Tiwari and JJ Valaya. Rina dhaka’s bohemian-inspired brides walked down the presentation runway with floral crowns, while akshara Haasan closed the show as the bride. Jyotsna Tiwari’s ‘Secret Garden’ was also inspired by flower power—grecian drapes, pastels and lace were the focus of her collection. Sarah-Jane dias sang a medley of covers ranging from Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’, Beyoncé ‘Crazy in Love’ to Swedish House Mafia’s ‘don’t

You Worry Child’ at the show.

JJ Valaya’s couture show was an extension of his inspiration from autumn/Winter’15—The Bolshoi Bazaar. Valaya brought to delhi the Russian Winter. The set was made of barren trees; snow and the audio visual of a snowstorm backed the models as they walked in couture. A mélange of indian and Soviet cultures was visible in the saris with fur trimmed pochettes, embroidered jackets and the embroidery.

When a veteran designer shows in the capital, there is bound to be support from his contemporaries—Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Lecoanet and Hemant were at the show.

As the line went from western to more traditional indian bridal wear, the snowstorm got more intense. The final group of models walked in lehengas with Russian folk head dresses created in collaboration with Valliyan by nitya arora.

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FASHION FOR A CAUSE Save Girl Child

Posted on 15 January 2015 by admin

He is the ace designer for Bollywood fraternity. And so we can assume the busy schedules but this doesn’t stop Designer Manish

Malhotra from contributing towards his society. every year he organizes event –‘Save and empower the Girl Child’ – which helps collect funds for underprivileged girls of India.

This year too, earlier this week; he conducted the campaign in association with Lilavati Hospital and Cineyug entertainment.

At the event, women achievers were honored, panelists discussed the sorry state of affairs for the girl child in India and later Manish’s Bollywood muses walked the ramp wearing his exclusive collections.

The diva-list included Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, evelyn Sharma, Lara Dutta Bhupati, esha Koppikar, Mandira Bedi, etc. The show happened at Taj Land’s end hotel in Mumbai. The event saw a number of well-known faces attending it and supporting the awareness about the girl child. The ladies wore some of the most beautiful collections by Manish – gold embroidery, sequins, stone-work dazzled in bright as well

as pastel hues. Floor length Anarkali was one of the main attractions along with trademark Lehenga-choli.

Take a look at few actresses walking the ramp for MM & tell us which look do you like the most:

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Bollywood Designer Kurtis For Girls

Posted on 08 January 2015 by admin

Bollywood Kurtis has become an essential outfit of all girls and woman’s wardrobe. Some girls are very conscious about hottest trend and they always follow their bollywood stars. Bollywood designer kurtis are in style and a popular trend by all age groups of women and girls.

These bollywood designer kurtis are the best dresses and can be used as formal wear, casual wear as well as for party and wedding wear.

These designer Kurtis are available in many different adorable designs and styles. These Bollywood Kurtis are embellished with a variety of embroideries, prints, beads, stone, zari, lace and many more. Special Styles of designer kurtis are casual kurti, traditional ethnic kurti, and kurti tunic and so on.

A great reason of fabulous popularity of Bollywood designer kurtis among girls is that these kurtis are designed by well known fashion designers that make one’s look classy and fashionable. They are designed with class and considering each one’s taste.

Bollywood Kurtis are greatly demanded by upper class who always updates their collection as per the latest trend of fashion used in bollywood. Bollywood kurtis give you gorgeous and appealing look.

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Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014

Posted on 04 December 2014 by admin

Fashion Pakistan Week A/W2014 occured from 25th– 27th November, 2014 in karachi Fashion Pakistan presently boasts the best designers from Pakistan fashion industry and promises the approaching event to be larger and higher in terms of each participation and attendance The confirmed design – ers/brands showcasing at the fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014 includes , Aamna Aqeel, Ayesha Farooq Hash – wani, Adnan Pardesy, Deepak Perwani, DnF, Em – raan rajput, Faraz Mannan, FnkAsia, Ishtiaq Afzal Khan, Gul Ahmed, Levis, Maheen Karim, Maheen Khan, Nau – man Arfeen, Nida Azwer, Sadaf Malaterre, sana Safi – naz, Sanam Chaudhri, Shehla Chatoor and Zaheer Abbas Official Makeup Styl – ists for the event are NABILA (N-PRO) and N GENTS for all 3 days The show are directed by Hasan Sheryar Yasin and backstage are managed by production 021. The offi – cial event a n d m e d i a partners for FPW A/W2014 is HUM TV network In addition to the 3 day Fash – ion Pakistan Week, Fash – ion Pak – istan also will be holding an extra exclu – sive event known as millennial FASH – ION ( Previously known as GenEX) right b e f o r e t h e fashion week, to be stayed the 22nd of November 2014 at a separate location five new fashion de – signers can create their debut through this platform. The millennial Fashion is an event that is designed as a chance for the young talent, to penetrate the barriers set forth for bud – ding de – signers by giving them an op – portunity to show – case their work. This event is a stepping stone for future entrepre – neurs, by provid – ing them a solid expertise in their field, for an opportunity to be recognized and to be told, to present a lot of focus to the new talent, serving to them with their beginning to a successful career The millennial Fashion will Launch new de – s i g n e r s , s t y l i n g t e a m s , models and New Chore – ographer into the fashion industry. The Winner Designer are selected via on ground choice and can be given a free slot at the fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2015 by the council. No fee is being charged to the new designers show – casing their designs at the Millennian Fashion, and their selec – tion is purely based on their quality of work. The designers debuting at the Millennian Fashion in – clude, Sameer Sain, Nitasha Yaqub, Abel Emmanuel, Madiha Raza and Aalish.

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Indian STYLE: fashion’s latest fusion

Posted on 30 October 2014 by admin

Whenever a country has a specific or more appreciated dress code, it is often assumed that that country is exempt from the fashion world. On a recent visit to India, I was able to experience first-hand that this is most definitely not the case. I was immersed in the fusion of colour and intricate detail of women’s dress in the country. I learnt the different types of dress: saris, suits, salwars and duppatas, with bright and striking colours with jewels and gold detail present in every design. It is so impressive that women take such care and pride in their appearance, looking like brides every day.
There is quite obviously a stricter dress code in India than in western countries. It is frowned upon and considered disrespectful to show your shoulders and back as a woman. however, even by covering up the majority of their bodies, women are able to look beautiful; adorned in a world of sparkles, glitter and sequins. Personally I love this Indian style of dress, as I feel it acts as a tribute to the colourful aspects of hinduism and Sikhism. The two religions are highly respected and followed in India, so it is great that they inspire, even if unknowingly, another part of Indian culture: the fashion industry.
It is not simply the Indian clothing that is incredible. Gold jewellery interlaced with coloured pieces decorates women, and arms are woven in gold and jeweled bangles and bracelets. The Aladdin-esque shoes are loved and worn by many in India. Their traditional name is Mojri and they come in a variety of colours and intricate, embellished patterns. The buttersoft scarves are also vital, in true Indian fashion, with the supple, smooth silks of pashminas and their delicate stitching and designs. Similar to the British high street, Indian style incorporates layering and a mixture of textures in the composition of their . Yet, unlike London’s edgy and innovative trends, Indian fashion reveals more of an oriental glamour that is breathtaking and equally as eye-catching. What is also incredible is the sense of pride with which Indian women wear their saris and suits. They wear their clothing with such dignity that it releases an aura of confidence, making their outfits appear even more beautiful.
The bold and vibrant colours stand out against the dusty roads of India, and the sequins and sparkles glimmer in a grand and royal way. even in the slums, I saw a hard lifestyle, but the women still dressed in these fantastic fabrics. Indian women are proud to dress in such striking, regal colours, and in materials covered in jewels. Where do they shop? Fabindia is the equivalent of a popular British high street brand. Its more modern compilation of Indian dress is perfect for teenagers and young adults who wish to maintain their Indian heritage and dress, yet look current with a bit of an edge. Whilst I was in new Delhi, I asked various students where their clothes were from and Fabindia definitely seems to be the place to shop. With free shipping on international orders over $100 (£50!), it is definitely worth a browse online to add some oriental style to your wardrobe – I know I will be! The fact remains that whether you love the traditional dress in India, with the gorgeous silks and array of colours, or whether you prefer the more modern take on Indian dress, this middle-eastern country’s style is one to watch!

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My Life as a Sexy Desi Model

Posted on 22 May 2013 by admin

It’s about all of us. It’s about everyone in the South Asian community. It’s about that Auntie on the street, it’s about that girl over there, it’s about you.”

 Billal Sarwar

 Toronto

 Every year Brown Man Clothing Co., the South Asian themed t-shirt company, holds a modelling contest attracting literally hundreds of applicants. This year the finalists were whittled down to: seventeen elegant, stunning women, nine handsome, dashing men, and also me.

 While Brown Man Clothing Co. prides itself on having its finger on the pulse of young Desis, this was the least authentic South Asian event I have ever attended: everyone was on time, the staff was extremely professional, and no one, apart from me, was creepily checking out the models (How you doin’ Vinita. Holla girl!).

 Arriving at their Mississauga studio, I was politely greeted, offered light refreshments, and asked for my t-shirt size. I went into the changing room, and slipped on the selected, medium, brown graphic tee. I strolled out and was directed to head down a short hallway and turn right for hair and makeup. Thus far the atmosphere was subdued and tame. However, the spacious hair and make-up room provided a stark contrast; this is definitely where the party was at. The room was filled with models being carefully styled and polished by experts from Adaa Artistry Inc. and the Fiorio Beauty Academy.

 The encompassing space was so full of activity my presence was barley noticed. Sat in the waiting area, I picked up a magazine and pretended to flip through the pages while quietly observing. The models selected for the shoot varied widely in terms of body type. Similar to those of American Apparel, these models, while attractive, also retained an element of authenticity and realness. However, unlike the models of American Apparel, both hair and make-up artists were able to construct some unique aesthetic designs and original looks.

 Faisal Tahseen, the owner of Brown Man Clothing Co., entered the model prep room looking simultaneously excited and busy. However, he still managed to recognize me instantly despite the fact that we had never met in person. I wasn’t sure how to feel about Faisal. Being raised in a Pakistani home, I implicitly learned to have a mild distrust of Pakistanis who were (a) Business men (b) Politicians, or (c) Played for the Pakistani National cricket team. Of course there are exceptions that prove the rule, or as Pakistanis call him, “Imran Khan.” I decided then and there that maybe Faisal Tahseen was an exception too.

 Led by Faisal, together we entered a third less cluttered room which resembled a large empty garage or loading station. Several models, including the women of the Samsara dance group, looked thoroughly at home posing together against black and white back-drops in vibrant, vivid attire. Easily visible from this room was the outdoor portion of the studio where models posed against props which included: an ice-cream van owned by Faisal’s childhood friend Bradley, a car that resembled a powder blue 1964 Buick Skylark, as well as other outdoor urban and industrial materials and backdrops.

 All models were asked to try on 3 pieces which meant I had time in between shoots to see how other models were getting along. For some, this was obviously a totally new experience which reflected itself in stiffness or a slightly confused, embarrassed look when a photographer would say something like, “just have fun with it.” Soni Dhingra, who recently graced the cover of Punjab’s “Musclejeet Monthly,” summarized the sentiment felt by most models, “it’s really all about having fun and enjoying yourself.” I should point out that Soni is the half-man, half-continent lifting me over his head.

 Eventually, I was able to interview Brown Man owner Faisal Tahseen on one of his rare oxygen breaks. To ensure we had more privacy, Faisal suggested that we conduct the interview inside the on-set ice-cream truck. I enthusiastically agreed, and entered the treat-filled van with the older gentleman I had only just met.

 Faisal, born in Karachi; Pakistan, was raised in a then predominantly white Scarborough by parents he describes as, “just the opposite of strict.” Although he struck me as an unadulterated businessman, Faisal explains that Brown Man Clothing Co. was an outlet through which he could express his creative side; in actual fact, the sentiment behind the clothing line runs much deeper.

  Faisal was raised in an environment largely devoid of any South Asian contact. This did lend itself, naturally, to encounters of racism, but more so to a deprivation of cultural heritage. More than a way of interacting with the South Asian community, Brown Man was a way to “understand and know the South Asian community,” Faisal explains.

  In a similar vein, Faisal describes Brown Man Clothing Co. in overarching terms beyond that of marketing, sales and design; “Brown Man isn’t about me. It’s about all of us. It’s about everyone in the South Asian community. It’s about that Auntie on the street, it’s about that girl over there, it’s about you.”

 The modeling may have ended, but the contest continues at www.brownmanclothing.com where you, YES YOU, can vote on which model you think did it best. The site is filled with picture after picture of attractive Desis who would never talk to you in real life let alone bestow upon you the gift of eye contact. You know what I mean? They’re like the kind of people you would stalk on Facebook. You see a profile picture and you think, “Well, hello there.” Then, before you know it, you’ve gone through several vacation birthday, and club albums, and only manage to stop after catching a glimpse of yourself reflected in the screen of your monitor. You’re sobered by the shame as your mind quantum leaps to a future where your only romantic relations are cats that you’ve given bollwoodeque names like CATrina CATf and AshMEOWriya. So just be “normal” and visit the site.

 Twitter: @iambillal

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Unique Textiles From April Tosch, Owner of ANN MEREDITH

Posted on 14 April 2010 by .

April Tosch, owner of Ann Meredith specializes in developing unique textiles for various clients from Royal to corporate, lead her creative hobby to a whole new level and started a company in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia designing customized upholstery and dress fabrics.  Her unique and one of a kind textile is utilized to create sofas, chaise, chairs, wall hangings, pillows, dresses, shawls, scarves, abayas (black cloak covering for body), gift bags, plush slippers and many other items.

She has created a digital library of over 80,000 images to get inspiration and create enormous wall hangings and murals like images.  The astonishing colors and breath taking views of valley’s, garden, scenic views, portraits and animal images are art pieces and a duplicate is never created.

The vivid colors and details of images are surreal and powerful.  Certain images speak of romance another takes you in a secret garden while some evoke feelings of tranquility and peace.  Images are a hodgepodge of various elements and objects blending flawlessly to stir a certain mood or feeling within.  The images consist of modern art, contemporary art, antique and washed down art, and Arabic calligraphy art to name a few.

Tosch ensures each piece comes out impeccable and satisfying to her customers.  She is committed to ensuring the output results are 100% what her customer is seeking since the monetary value of each piece is costly.  She takes it up a notch and enhances the images by hand embroidery and beadwork to finish off the pieces.

Tosch uses fabrics imported from the United States, which are treated chemically to absorb ink.  Any image or artwork can be printed on various weights of silk, linen and cotton.  There is a demand among designers and interior decorators for the unique textile Tosch creates in her studio.

The company expanded to cater to designers, wedding planners and establishment dealings with VIP corporate gifts and promotions.  Tosch recently began offering photoshop classes for ladies, which will enable them to print personal patterns on silk for abaya sleeves.

The process may be pain staking and requires several re-dos but Tosch loves what she does and claims the minute her passion turns into a job – she will quit!

Author:Ayesha Ibtasam.

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