Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dior and TV: A ‘New Look’ All Around

 

(Photo:long evening dresses)For Dior, it is a revolution: a woman leading its creative side for the first time in the house’s 69-year history. On Friday, Maria Grazia Chiuri will unveil her first collection for the house to an audience (and clients) on the edge of their seats with anticipation. So it is fortuitous that this turning point coincides with the release of a glossy, eight-part television drama calculated to remind us how it all began.

“The Collection,” Amazon Prime’s first original British series, which debuted in Britain this month and will be aired in France starting in November, tells the story of two brothers — one a businessman, the other a designer — and their mission to build a great couture house that would reinstate Paris as the center of the fashion world after the end of the Nazi occupation.

The series is gorgeously shot, contrasting the gritty, wounded reality of postwar Paris with the bright lights, opulence and excess of the world of haute couture. Alas, the accents of its mostly British cast tend to undermine the feeling of authenticity — a problem alleviated by the addition of Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter, as an American heiress, and the French actress Jenna Thiam as the working-class daughter of Sabine’s chief seamstress who unexpectedly becomes the face of the fashion house.

On one level, the story line is a tangled mass of mystery; a slow, painful revelation of the secrets its characters hold tight: collaboration with the Nazis, moral recriminations, forbidden love, even murder.

On another, however, “The Collection” works as a thinly fictionalized version of the Dior success story, and a reminder of what it was like when men were running the show. The series’s creators say they drew inspiration for the House of Sabine, as the fictional fashion house is named, from a number of Paris designers, including Balenciaga, Fath and Lelong. But the parallels between the Sabine brothers’ “new look” collection in 1947 and Christian Dior’s collection that same year — an event that transformed couture and ushered in the New Look that still resonates today — are unmistakable.

Gone was the hard, boxy and masculine look (including liberating trousers) that came with wartime fabric rationing. “Hideous and repellent” is how Dior described that look. Instead he made sculpted dresses of as much as 25 yards of the finest luxury fabrics: ultrafeminine, but a burden to wear. Corsets shrank waists by up to two inches; crinolines and padding made full, calf-length skirts even more voluminous. Busts were lifted and breasts made into pointed cones. High heels and wide-brimmed or tilted tri-cornered hats completed the look.

Comfort was not the point: not then, and not now, on the small screen. The costume designers Chattoune & Fab acknowledge the retrograde feel of the 30 dresses they created by hand for the female stars of “The Collection.” (They also pieced together 1,200 outfits for the rest of the cast.)

“Women had been liberated during the war with jackets and trousers, and suddenly, Ooh! Fashion comes, and it’s, ‘Let’s go back to corsets and be uncomfortable,’ ” said Chattoune, whose name is Françoise Bourrec. “When people came to the studio and picked up the dresses, they were stunned to feel how unbelievably heavy they were. They were really very painful for the models to wear.”

Today’s Headlines

Wake up each morning to the day’s top news, analysis and opinion delivered to your inbox.

Even after the war, with rationing still in place, not everyone celebrated the return to luxurious decadence. In one scene in the series, a young model wearing an opulent Sabine dress is mobbed by a group of poor women selling fruits and vegetables. It is reminiscent of an actual event in the fall of 1948 on the Rue Lepic in Montmartre, when two older women, enraged at what they saw as irresponsible ostentation and waste, tore at a Dior dress worn by a young woman.

Big money played an important role. The House of Sabine is bankrolled by a French cotton magnate, just as Dior opened his own couture house with funding from Marcel Boussac, a war profiteer and the country’s cotton king, at the time the richest man in France.

Even the series’s overheated dialogue about the high stakes facing the House of Sabine — “Nothing bold or magnificent is built from fear”; “Just remind people that Paris is where it begins and ends!” — could have been uttered by Dior himself, who once announced, “In an epoch as somber as ours, luxury must be defended inch by inch.”

Still, the designer’s unapologetic approach to marketing French fashion — and courting the American market — made him a national treasure; two years after he started, Dior’s couture exports accounted for 5 percent of France’s total export revenue.

So back to Ms. Chiuri. Today, the Dior website proclaims that the New Look is a “perpetual revolution.” Indeed, Raf Simons, Ms. Chiuri’s predecessor, regularly revived, shrunk, curved and cut away the classic Dior Bar jacket presented in the spring 1947 collection. Which raises the question: Will the series spawn yet more nostalgia for that gorgeous, if cumbersome, era in women’s dress? Or will Ms. Chiuri sweep away the memories and make something new of her own?

On Friday, we find out.Read more at:formal dresses online australia

Cuticle care 101

Cuticle care 101 

(Photo:black formal dresses)There’s absolutely no point in taking the time to paint your nails if you neglect your cuticles – hangnails and overhanging cuticles can ruin the look of even the most polished talons. From orange sticks to remover cream, read on for our tips on the easiest ways to take care of your cuticles.

If you use hand cream (and if you don’t, you should be so it’s worth investing in some!) then make sure you get a product that markets itself as a hand and nail cream.

Try The Body Shop’s Almond Hand and Nail Cream or Clarins’ Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and relax in the knowledge that you are looking after your cuticles as well as helping yourself get baby soft hands.

While a hand and nail cream is advisable to use on a daily basis, cuticle oil is a good option if you are giving yourself an at-home manicure.

Many of these oils come in a similar bottle to a nail polish, so use the inbuilt brush to apply to the cuticles. Leave for a few minutes and then rub in. It’s a good idea to do this at bedtime the night before you are planning a manicure, so it has time to sink into the skin. OPI Nail Treatments Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil is a good option, while Scholl’s Nail Care Oil contains a nourishing oil complex to moisturise and condition the cuticles and nails. Cruelty-free brand 7th Heaven has also recently launched their Spa Range, with a cuticle finger masque among their options. These masques strengthen the nails with pomegranate and macadamia oil and smell absolutely divine – what’s not to love?

Many nail technicians have contradicting ideas on what to do with cuticles past this point – whether they should be removed or just pushed back. If you prefer to cut back your cuticles, then you need to invest in a pair of cuticle cutters, rather than just using nail scissors. But if you’re nervous about cutting your cuticles, then go the traditional route by buying some orange sticks.

Once you have applied the oil onto your cuticles and left for a few minutes to absorb, use the pointed end of the orange stick to very gently push back your cuticles. This will give the effect of having longer nails as well. Orange sticks can be purchased very cheaply at your local pharmacy, so stock up on your next visit.

Picking the cuticles and skin around the nails is a common problem for people and, while there are products to help you stop biting your nails, there are fewer remedies for this particular problem. If you do find yourself gnawing away at the nails or picking like crazy, then it’s worth perhaps investing in a salon manicure – you’re less likely to pick if your nails look gorgeous. Also make sure you always have a tube of hand and nail cream in your bag. If you find yourself with the urge to pick, slather on some cream and it will be all the more difficult to do so.Read more at:blue formal dresses

These handmade animal-head scarves are really cute, would you like to try one?

fashion, fashion design, scarf, scarves, designer stole, designer scarf, celapiu, animal head scarf, fashion trend, fashion accessories, poland, polish designers scarfs, celapiu scarfs, fashion news, latest news 

(Photo:orange formal dresses)Be it Elie Saab, Marchesa, Mary Katrantzou or our very own Anita Dongre and Sabyasachi, for designers nature has been the biggest inspiration of all and the same holds true for upcoming designers too. For these two sisters from Poland, nature is in everything they do and their independent fashion brand is proof to that.

Celina and Maja Debowska’s label ‘Celapiu’ mostly makes cold weather accessories and the latest in their addition are cute animal-head scarves. The products are handmade and uses locally-sourced materials. You can take your pick from owls, swans, pelicans, red pandas, foxes and monkeys and can easily pair one to complement your dress while on an evening-out or simply rock it with a long brown winter-coat. For bravehearts, it could also be an addition to the wedding gown!

Talking about the inspiration for these scarves, Celina says, “I play with styles, shuffle between cartoon kitsch and urban deconstruction”.

Started in 2005 by Celina, who is a film graduate, Celapiu has been manufacturing scarves, hats, headgear and other cozy winter accessories.

“The name ‘Celapiu’ contains part of my own name, it’s actually a word I invented. Looking back, I think it was a kind of a charm or battle cry for me at that time, to gain more courage at the threshold of my own adult life as an independent designer,” writes Celina on their company’s Etsy page.

She further adds, “I like to think of my products as ‘surrealistic’, describing design philosophy rather than defining a particular style.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses online

The runway-to-retail revolution

Oft criticised for rehashing the same old trends and parading their wares like the emperor’s new clothes, designers have at last embraced the modern era – this season’s shows in New York represented a complete transformation in the way we consume fashion. There were the usual extravagant sets (including a 40ft Ferris wheel) and the familiar outrage on social media (thanks to Kanye West forcing his models to stand in baking Manhattan heat while they wilted like wild flowers), and the front rows were filled with the usual models and style mavens (and Madonna). But the collections themselves were fuelled with a new lust factor: they were available to buy straight off the catwalk.

Tommy Hilfiger’s collaborative line with model du jour Gigi Hadid, hailed as “the next Gisele Bundchen” as reported by ES Magazine, was available to buy right after the show. Tom Ford, Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren all followed suit, allowing their collections to be snapped up online by eager shoppers as soon as the lights went down. For the first time, the fashion-conscious don’t have to wait months for new-season designs, and production has finally caught up with the real-time nature of social-media promotion and the live streaming of shows.

There were plenty of trends to encourage shoppers to buy now instead of later, but until every designer is up to speed with the runway-to-retail concept, there are still pieces worth waiting for. Velvet was made modern and covetable for summer, thanks to Victoria Beckham’s gently gleaming, crushed-velvet skirts, which fashion editors have already earmarked. “We thought, yes, Mrs Beckham, you’re onto something here,” notes The Telegraph.

Marigold yellow was dubbed the “colour of the moment” by InStyle. Forget insipid, sherbet hues – you should be aiming for the punchy palette of buttercup bright, Little Miss Sunshine, Play-Doh and Crayola yellow seen at Proenza Schouler.

If look-at-me shades feel unwearable, you won’t be heartened by another trend that dominated show week: the bralet. Designers have been flirting with the bra-cum-cropped top for several seasons, but now, says CNBC, “It’s official: The crop top is becoming a wardrobe staple.” Victoria Beckham, Tory Burch, DKNY and Oscar de la Renta concur – they have all designed sports-luxe-inspired versions. Layered over cropped T-shirts or worn with sheer blouses or under tailored jackets, this is one garment that requires gym-bunny abs, however.

The more reserved among us will be reassured that classic femininity was also out in force. Cue ruffles – thousands of them – across the runways of Tome, Altuzarra, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Diane von Furstenberg. British designer Jonathan Saunders made his show debut as creative director at the last of these, and after just one collection, has earned the industry’s approval – he has “re-energised and refined the house that Diane built”, says British Vogue. The latest iteration of the girlish embellishment we’ve seen in recent seasons, the ruffle is a social-media dream – “prepare for a summer of endless boomerang wiggles clogging up your Instagram feed”, warns Vogue.

The catwalk is no less immune than the rest of us to the technology now dominating our day-to-day lives, whether it be the aforementioned Instagram, Snapchat or the, these days, rather archaic-feeling feeds of Twitter and Facebook. We are used to receiving information, imagery, food, and anything available on Amazon Prime right here right now, so designers have had to follow suit, speed up their processes and make their collections accessible to the masses at our behest. Alexander Wang’s clever move to sell his collection from mobile pop-up stores on trucks circling downtown Manhattan after his show was echoed by Ralph Lauren setting up a shop-able runway on Madison Avenue, bringing his wares quite literally to the streets. These are bold retail decisions designed to make high fashion relevant to us mere mortals. As legendary fashion critic Suzy Menkes reports for Vogue, “Where it will lead is yet to be seen.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dress shops sydney

In the closet with West End star Millie Mackintosh

Millie, 27, found fame on the reality show Made In Chelsea and has since become an established name and brand ambassador in the worlds of fashion, beauty, health and fitness. She published her book, Made, last year and also has her own self-titled clothing label. She lives in London.

How would you describe your style?

Ever-changing and always evolving. I’ll look back to a year ago and think how differently I dress now, which is part of the fun of being in your twenties and discovering what you like. Generally, I like soft, feminine and vintage-inspired pieces, and mixing and matching fabrics and textures.

What colours and shapes suit you best?

I love neutrals and I’m into one-colour dressing at the moment – I think it looks really chic. In winter, I wear more black, and in summer,

I wear more white. Orangey-red is another of my favourite colours to wear. I like something with a high waist and maybe a bit of drama from volume in the sleeves or the skirt.

What is your favourite fashion era?

The 60s or the 70s. If I had to choose one, probably the 70s.

Who is your style icon?

So many. I’m always on Pinterest getting inspiration from other people – creating mood boards is one of my favourite things to do. I think Jane Birkin’s style is really classic.

What was the inspiration behind your own fashion label?

I create clothes that I want to wear for different occasions, which is the dream, and things my friends would like. For the new autumn collection, I’ve introduced a slightly longer hemline, which is a style I love, and there’s a lot of velvet and embroidery, which are big trends this season.

Do you own more high street or high end?

A mix. You can get great pieces on the high street, especially basics, which you can add investment pieces to. I like designer jeans because they last longer, and having high-end shoes and handbags can make a high-street outfit look more expensive.

What are your favourite high-street stores?

Zara always has loads of amazing pieces. The problem, though, is that you always see lots of people wearing things from there, so the trick is to buy something, stash it away without wearing it, then bring it out a year later. Mango, Hobbs, Topshop and River Island also do really good stuff.

And any favourite designers?

I love Chloé, Isabel Marant and Joseph. I wouldn’t buy a whole Chanel outfit but I like having one special thing of theirs like a handbag.

Do you own anything vintage?

Yes, I collect one-off vintage pieces here and there, like the dress I wore for my birthday recently from One Vintage – the designer collects old pieces and sews them together to create something unique. It’s always fun to look in the vintage shops when you’re in other cities, too – you’d be amazed what you can find, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

What is your best beauty secret?

I’m really into facial spritzes – my favourite is by Dr Frances Prenna Jones, who does my facials. It’s a hydrating mist with a calming scent, and it’s great for travelling. It keeps your skin glowy and refreshes your make-up.

How do you look after your hair?

I like to have a blow-dry once or twice a week, which sounds quite high-maintenance but it makes me feel good. Then I try to keep my style going in between with dry shampoo. I’m so excited to be collaborating with John Frieda for the Sheer Blonde Honey Blonde collection, which really brings out the sun-kissed colour of my hair – it’s a brand I’ve used my whole life so this is a real “pinch me” moment.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?

A Chanel handbag from the Paris Dallas collection. It was expensive but I use it a lot.

How much do you spend on clothes each month?

I’m not a big shopper. I might get a few things for my birthday or buy the occasional pair of designer shoes if my last pair has broken, and I do a little wardrobe update a couple of times a year.

Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season?

I moved house recently and so I did a big clear-out then.

How many shoes and handbags do you own?

At least a hundred pairs of shoes. Bags take up more room so I’ve got fewer of those – maybe about 30. I’m using a big Liberty tote bag at the moment, which fits my life in: laptop, gym kit, snack pots, two diaries…

What is the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given? Coco Chanel had some good ones, like once you’ve dressed, looking in a mirror and taking off at least one thing before leaving the house.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | one shoulder formal dresses

“The French ban on the burkini has impacted businesses in a positive way”

The ban on the burkini in France has spurred worldwide sales of the garment by up to 200 per cent. “We have found women to be very in tune to their individual fashion needs and at the same time (they) want to adhere to the modest code of dress outlined by their faith,” Rashid commented.

There has been an unprecedented reaction in condemnation of France’s policies, which have restricted Muslim women (and others) from wearing the burkini. France claims to want to redress gender inequalities by banning the beachwear, however, several Middle Eastern media have reacted by associating the ban with French colonialism. Rather than being about equality, critics say, there are underlying currents of France’s view of the Muslim veil, which many French feel is ‘oppressive’. This is far from the truth, as shown by the scope of demand for the burkini and other modest wear that is prevalent in the Middle East and around the world.

“The demand for modest clothing that adheres to the faith is tremendous,” Rashid explains. “The burkini and in general the modern abaya do significantly well across the GCC region.”

Rashid claims that the French ban on the burkini has only further spurred sales and impacted businesses worldwide in a positive way, rather than acting as a political deterrent. The burkini was originally created by Sydney based designer Aheda Zanetti. Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian fashion designer, developed the burkini to give Muslim women freedom to adhere to their faith whilst enjoying sports.

In response to the French ban, Zanetti said that, “They have not thought hard enough; they are using a piece of fabric as a political item. Little do they know a lot of non-Muslims are wearing it.”

Many writers from Middle Eastern media outlets have offered their views too. Diana Moukalled of Al Arabiya argued that, “Those who oppose the wearing of burkinis in public beaches should remember that for many women the swimsuit is a means of liberating oneself from the confines of a home-bound existence. Secular people screaming at a woman to go home resembles what has happened to many Arab and Muslim women who have tried to defy prohibitions in their society in terms of what to wear, but were reprimanded by people and yelled at to go home.”

France has disrespected the rights of women to make their own choice about what to wear. In an attempt to target Muslim women and stop them from integrating freely within their respective communities, many French cities continue to implement the ban. This is despite the fact that the country’s highest administrative court recently ruled that the burkini ban is indeed illegal.

Although this entire episode has caused tremendous pain for those affected, it also spurred awareness and an appreciation of the burkini and the needs of women who would like an alternative to conventional swimwear.

Junayd Miah, Creative Director and CEO at Islamic Design House said, “Historically, if we want to know where the burkini came from, it was formed from a practical solution from the founder for women to engage in sports.”

“We want to live in an inclusive society and Muslims are part of that society. For me, the burkini is a positive change and for girls who are not taking part in sports this is ideal. It is a practical solution and it is nice to see people of different values and religions come together.”

As the ban is still being implemented, one can only hope that the French government soon understands that in a democracy, nobody has the right to restrict people from wearing the clothes they want. And yet, the controversy has also illustrated that attempts to deter people from wearing the burkini will be hindered, and we may just see more women expressing their freedom through this inspirational garment.Read more at:long evening dresses | www.marieaustralia.com

Sunny Leone was told she was too fat to be a model

 

(Photo:green formal dresses)Sunny Leone is the first Bollywood actress to walk the ramp at New York Fashion Week, but she reveals that in the initial stage of her career, she was called “too fat” to be a model.

Leone walked the ramp at the fashion week on September 8 and was showstopper for designer Archana Kochhar.

For the Mastizaade star, walking the ramp was a moment of getting back at her detractors.

“It was such an amazing feeling. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a model and when I turned 18, I tried. I was told I was too short, too fat, too commercial or they were just not interested,” said Leone.

“This is my big ‘[expletive] the negative people’ moment because this too short, too fat, too commercial girl got to walk at New York Fashion Week,” she said.

The 35-year-old actress opened the show for Kochhar but admitted that she was scared of tripping on the ramp.

“I was so nervous about tripping and falling. Also, this has been a dream for so long, I didn’t believe it was happening.”

At the show, acid-attack survivor Reshma Qureshi also walked the ramp for the Indian designer, who showcased her collection: A Tale of Two Travels.

Leone said while she couldn’t get time to meet other designers, she spent time with Qureshi.

“I did get a chance to spend time with Reshma Quereshi and she is a doll. I wish her all the best in life and I admire her strength and determination.”

The actress is basking in the praise for walking the ramp and said she is not bothered about the fashion police. She said that fashion is subjective and is very happy with her style on a personal level.

“I always find it interesting, the ones doing the policing are not well dressed at all, and what I mean is mainly grooming aspects. So it’s fine if they hate what I wear because I love it and am happy wearing it. Fashion is subjective to each and everyone of us,” she said.Read more at:purple formal dresses

Still don’t think I completely fit in Bollywood: Sunny Leone

 

(Photo:mermaid formal dresses)She ventured into Bollywood in 2012 with the erotic “Jism 2” thriller and has been on a roll since then. Indo-Canadian actress Sunny Leone says she felt like an outsider when she initially ventured into the Hindi film industry and still feels she doesn’t fit in.

Asked if she ever felt like an outsider, Sunny told IANS over e-mail from Los Angeles: “Yes, of course, but that would be anyone who is new to the job. I still don’t think I completely fit in (Bollywood).”

At the same time, the “Mastizaade” star feels she has met some nice people in Bollywood who she has “grown fond of”.

Sunny has tasted success with films like “Jism 2” and “Ek Paheli Leela” and has faced failure with movies like “Kuch Kuch Locha Hai” and “One Night Stand” in her four-year-long journey.

Do bad times ever affect her?

“Yes, it does, I don’t think I would be human if it didn’t. But I have a great support system and try and find the good out of the bad always,” she said.

The “Ragini MMS 2” actress has also been roped in for a song for superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Raees”, which is directed by Rahul Dholakia. The song, which is picturised on Sunny and Shah Rukh, is reportedly a new take on the 1980 chartbuster “Laila O laila” from “Qurbaani”. The original track featured Feroz Khan and Zeenat Amaan.

Sunny, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, said: “I just did a song (with Shah Rukh), it’s a small part in a very big film. I am very grateful for the opportunity. Hope I get a chance to act opposite Shah Rukh one day,” she said.

Would she like to star with the other two Khan’s of Bollywood- Salman and Aamir?

“Ah yes…Who wouldn’t?” she asserted.

The 35-year-old star will be seen walking at the forthcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) becoming the first Bollywood star to be on the ramp at the fashion event. The actress will be opening the show for popular designer Archana Kochhar on Thursday.

“It feels amazing and when I found out that I am the first, it felt even better. I am very nervous about walking and just want it to go perfect,” an excited Sunny said.

Talking about the ensemble, she said: “I am wearing a creation from Archana Kochhar from Mumbai. She is one of the select few that NYFW has accepted to showcase. She is one of my favourite designers in India and I am very proud to be wearing her clothes.”

Is she nervous representing the country at the international fashion gala.

“Well, I didn’t think of that until this question. I am representing a very talented designer who had worked very hard to get to NYFW. It is a great honour that she even asked me to come.

“What I believe I represent is just that anything can happen and anything is possible in life, just believe and work hard,” she stressed.Read more at:princess formal dresses

Iris Law is ‘on the verge of signing with Chanel’

Iris Law 

(Photo:black formal dresses)Iris Law is apparently eyeing up a contract with Chanel.

The 15-year-old daughter of former model Sadie Frost and actor Jude Law, has been making waves in the fashion industry thanks to a recent spread in Teen Vogue and a campaign for Violetta Fancies You x Illustrated People. Now, according to sources, the teenager has been approached by iconic French fashion house Chanel for a lucrative role.

“Iris has been courted by a big fashion house in Paris offering a six-figure contract,” a Mail Online insider explained. “She is already advertising on her Facebook page that she ‘works for Chanel’.

“Sadie isn’t stupid. She’s been a model herself and knows her daughter could make a lot of money.”

It’s not yet known what Iris would be doing with the brand, but her involvement would see her follow in the footsteps of big names like Lily Collins, Kristen Stewart and Keira Knightley.

Iris’ mother Sadie certainly didn’t deny the rumour when quizzed about her daughter becoming a Chanel model under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld over the weekend (3-4Sep16), telling reporters: “I can’t tell you any of that stuff, it’s all a big secret.

“You shouldn’t be asking me those things because there’s contracts and stuff.”

Iris’ famous godmother, supermodel Kate Moss, has also modelled for Chanel in the past and became a favourite of creative director Karl. In her Teen Vogue interview, the teenager spoke credited her mother for her interest in fashion and spoke about her love for photography.

“I’ll shoot someone, usually a friend, and then I’ll base a very intricate oil painting off of that picture,” she smiled. “I aim to show the realness of a person and really capture them as an individual – I like painting eyes and veins under the skin.”Read more at:blue formal dresses

Trapezoid inspired collection sparkled at LFW

Opening show at 6Degrees Stage One at Lakme Fashion Week (LKW) Winter/Festive 2016, which recently concluded at Mumbai, Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks presented the Trapezoid collection based on the Trapezoid shape that has been in use since ancient times. The Incas and Egyptians used it for archways, doors and windows. Wider at the base with a parallel narrow top with two lateral incline sides reaching the summit. Indian temples also used this geometric form but in a profusely decorative form for the famed gopurams; endowed with Gods and animals. Indians also used the trapezoid for geometry, astronomy, mathematics and algebra calculations.

Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks explored the trapezoid in a fashion collection that celebrates this ancient form rarely applied to fashion. Using the form as is and in innovative isosceles and parallelogram styles, garments take shape based on the trapezoid’s various possibilities in silhouette and style details.

The layered looks use sheer X-Ray effects to advantage, blending an ultra feminine palette of pastels. Trapezoid shapes morph onto pin tucks, sewn dotted lines and pattern pieces that create a unique newness on the Indian female form. This shape is perfect for all Indian sizes who tend to have a torso smaller than the hip. In a vast fabric array that uses linen, cotton, light crepes, georgette, paper silk, jacquard and damask, Trapezoid uses twelve weaves. It is the custom made fabrics at the core of the collection that are most exciting. Natural Bemberg weave which is natural viscose that feels like silk, striped Chanderi striped silk cotton, Kerala custom weave cottons, natural dyed Bengal cotton weaves, Malkha cotton and Eco fabric dyed with flowers from the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai.

The Trapezoid collection by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks also addressed lack of a uniform sizing standard in India. It pushed the envelope to make clothes that are at times unisize, unisex and unique for all India women. The collect is age neutral, proving that pastels are not for a blushing teen or regal dowager. Walking the ramp were professionals and students from various fields. Salome Roy Kapoor, ex model, mother of actor Aditya Roy Kapoor and mother-in-law of Vidya Balan; Sharmilla Khanna, ex model and choreographer; Suzanne Sablok Pillai, ex model, Miss India and now shawl designer; Yvette Braganza, company assistant, theatre and choral singer; Cher D’Cruz, eighteen-year-old student and leukemia survivor; Khloe Lobo, 20-year-old Goan student at St Xavier’s Mapusa; Justine Rae Mellocrasto, Mumbai based jewellery designer and hair stylist.

The collection received immense applause for the regular ladies that walked the ramp and effusive praise from the audience that comprised the big names in fashion. The fifteen minute presentation was the perfect opening of 6Degrees Stage one at Lakme Fashion Week for many reasons. A collection meant for all women. The release of India’s first standard sizing chart for Indian women by Wendell Rodricks. At the show Wendell Rodricks handed over his label to Schulen Fernandes who will design the label from now on. Rodricks will continue to work and help in the studio but focus on the Moda Goa Museum, other design projects and steer the label to greater heights with Schulen Fernandes.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | long evening dresses