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Pageant judge calls out ‘trashy’ New Zealand dress sense

A beauty pageant judge has called out Kiwis as “trashy” dressers who have a poor sense of style.

Timaru resident Lesley Walker has been judging the Junior Miss Cutie and Miss Cutie contests at the Caroline Bay Carnival, where children line up to be judged on appearance, attitude and confidence, for the past four years.

“New Zealanders as a whole we dress quite trashy, we don’t dress up any more,” Walker said.

The 74-year-old said the poor sense of style is one of the reasons she still supports annual pageants and believed the fashion sense of Kiwis had deteriorated since she was young.

Despite having no background in fashion, Walker has plenty of experience in judging, having been a regular dog show judge for many years.

Some of Walker’s sentiments have been echoed by fashion heavyweight and WORLD co-founder Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, who said New Zealanders needed to “ramp it up”.

“New Zealand women I have seen who attend black tie events tend to not dress up as much as the event requires. I understand we are a ‘casual’ nation in our dress, but I have been appalled at what women, and men, wear to weddings and events.

“We need to ramp it up, the Aussies and Europeans beat us hands down, and it’s not as if we don’t have great designs here, but people always seem so afraid of dressing up – whereas I am always afraid of being under-dressed.”

However, fashion blogger and editor of NZGirl Belinda Nash disputed the notion that New Zealand women were “trashy”.

“Kiwi women have mastered refined elegance that’s both bold and original, exemplified by some of our most stylish girls such as Lorde, Georgia Nott and Hollie Smith.

Our designers, including Miss Crabb, Coop, RUBY and Liam, Jarrad Godman, Juliette Hogan, twenty-seven names and Adrian Hailwood, to name just a few, design for chic, feminine silhouettes that flatter the female body, she said. To call its wearers ‘trashy’ is a bit petty and entirely missing the point of our unique Kiwi aesthetic.”

​But Walker said she believed people did not want to “tidy themselves up” because they were lazy.

“My father would never let us wear jeans, so I have never worn them in his honour. He said women in jeans looked ‘trashy’.”

Recalling a time when everyone got themselves dressed up for all occasions, whether it be to attend church or Christmas Day celebrations, the great-grandmother said it was rare to see people well turned out these days.

She had noticed the change from well presented to casual in the past 15 to 20 years.

“No-one dresses their babies up and pushes them down Stafford St in a pram any more.”

Walker said she liked seeing pageant entrants dressed up, as it wasn’t something she often got to see.

But while L’Estrange-Corbet agreed with Walker about the style of Kiwi women, she was not a fan of children’s pageants.

“I feel the make up particularly sexualises children, and sometimes the outfits worn are just not appropriate.

“Children should be children and not have to be travelling around the country, entering these events, which are tacky, training, having new, more elaborate outfits made, to only not win and have the disappointment to contend with.

“They always seem to be more about the mother wanting the child to win, more than the actual child.”

Walker’s fellow Caroline Bay Carnival judge and beauty therapist Hope Dragalev​, who has travelled the world, thought the “Kiwi style” was what made New Zealand “unique”.

“I guess we (Kiwis) could do with embracing more confidence and sassiness, to up our game a bit.”

She said it was harder for women in New Zealand to access the variety of styles available in Europe.

A tourist visiting Timaru from the United Kingdom, Dylan Read, thought casual was good.

“You’re all beach dwellers, if you wear nice clothes you’ll get sand in them and ruin them.”

He said European women spent hours looking they way they did, “stylish and chic”, but he did not like that look.

He preferred the more natural image.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | formal dress

The secret feminist history of shopping

There was a time when women browsing at the shops was a minor scandal. 

(Photo:black formal dresses)For the world’s malls, December was once the happiest time of the year. Now, each holiday season brings a painful reminder that shoppers have increasingly abandoned real-life storefronts for virtual ones.

To get people off the couch, mall owners are trying to bring back the idea of shopping as a social activity. They’re investing in free cocoa and “elfie selfie” stations, and they’ve doubled down on the mall Santa, building him expensive high-tech palaces decked out with “Naughty O’ Nice Meters” and “Elf-Ray Vision.”

Even stores that have historically shunned these traditions, like Toys ‘R Us, are now getting in the game.

It might be too late. The notion of strolling through a physical mall is starting to feel old-fashioned, like barbershop quartets, or writing in cursive. This is how people used to buy things, Virginia, before drone deliveries and the sundry triumphs of on-demand capitalism.

But once upon a time, shopping galleries were deeply radical spaces.

In fact, it’s impossible to tell the full story of women’s rights without talking about the rise of the mall and its predecessor, the shopping district. These places were crucial to the invention of shopping as an experience: as an act of leisure, as a way to spend an afternoon. And in doing so, they opened up modern cities to women and gave them areas where they, like men, could wander at will.

For many middle-class housewives in Victorian England, shopping was their first taste of real freedom, and the starting point for their push into public life, explains historian Erika Diane Rappaport.

“During a period in which a family’s respectability and social position depended upon the idea that the middle-class wife and daughter remain apart from the market, politics, and public space, the female shopper was an especially disruptive figure,” she writes in her history Shopping For Pleasure.

A MINOR SCANDAL

Bazaars and markets are as old as civilisation, of course. But the idea of ambling through stores, sipping on cocoa, and admiring (but not necessarily buying) the merchandise – that is a thoroughly modern activity that first gained popularity in 1800s. And for the time, it was also a minor scandal.

As urban centres coalesced in the 19th century, they were primarily the domain of men. Cities were sites of politics and business. Women weren’t entirely excluded, says historian Mica Nava, but their public presence was scarce. They could attend galleries and exhibitions with a male chaperon, for instance; and some shopping did exist, but primarily among wealthy ladies.

What changed in the 19th century was industrialisation and the manufacturing revolution, which churned out furniture, flatware, and clothing in dazzling volumes. The explosion in the variety and availability of affordable consumer goods meant that the growing middle class could suddenly buy things just for the joy of it. And the task of tastefully selecting among these luxury goods fell to the women.

Shopping gave middle-class women a foothold in the modern city, and for many, a new pastime. Soon, housewives started roaming the city under the pretense of buying things.

By this new definition, “shopping” didn’t always involve an actual purchase. It was about the pleasures of perusing – taking in the sights, the displays, the people.

SAFE SPACES

Not everyone was happy about the intrusion of women into urban life. Even in the late 1800s, many still looked down on ladies who walked the streets without a male chaperon. Newspaper columnists condemned their shopping habits as salacious acts of public consumerism.

“Perhaps nothing was more revolting than the spectacle of a middle-class woman immersed in the filthy, fraudulent, and dangerous world of the urban marketplace,” Rappaport writes.

But urban retailers eagerly welcomed the women. They invented places like the department store, where women could shop comfortably, surrounded by amenities, and in semi-private.

“By providing a reason – shopping – for women to appear unescorted in public, as well as arranging safe spaces like restrooms and tea rooms where women could gather or sit alone without fear of being molested by men… department stores also made it possible for women to leave the domestic space of the home and lay claim to the centre of the city,” write sociologists Sharon Zukin and Jennifer Smith Maguire.

Slowly, the city reconfigured itself in response to the demands of shopping women. In the London of the early 1800s, suburban women day-trippers often had no place to eat lunch or even use the restroom. But soon, Rappaport writes, feminists were pressuring the city government to install public lavatories. Women’s clubs and tea shops sprang up for women to grab a bite in between their shopping excursions.

With these social changes came new social ills. On both sides of the Atlantic, there was an outbreak of shoplifting. But since the perpetrators were typically well-to-do women, they weren’t thrown in jail, explains historian Elaine Abelson. Doctors decided that this was a medical condition related to their uteruses, and invented the disease “kleptomania”.

This epidemic of petty, middle-class crime made huge waves in the popular culture, where there were songs and movies about female shoplifters. The act of acquiring things was increasingly seen as its own pleasure, and many women blamed department stores for being temples of temptation.

THE NEW BATTLEGROUND

By the early 1900s, London’s shopping scene also became a battleground for the women’s suffrage movement, who went on window-smashing raids against the same stores that relied on their business. The suffragettes took advantage of women’s newfound place in urban life, which allowed them for the first time to move freely in parts of the city.

“Suddenly women who had a moment before appeared to be on peaceful shopping expeditions produced from bags or muffs, hammers, stones and sticks, and began an attack upon the nearest windows,” one Daily Telegrapharticle described, according to Rappaport. These violent efforts eventually helped women in England win the vote in 1918.

Now a century later, this world of militant suffragettes and male chaperons sounds like an alien planet. We take for granted a lot of the changes that were set into motion when department stores gave women an excuse to take more and more excursions outside the home.

It’s of course sexist that shopping today is still perceived as a “girlie” activity. But at the time, shopping helped women assert themselves and assert their economic importance in a society that denied them a larger role in the public sphere.

As Rappaport writes, “For women with few public activities and limited employment and educational options, shopping allowed them to occupy and construct urban space.” (And, daresay, suburban malls served something of the same purpose for the boys and girls of the 80s and 90s.)

So let’s sidestep all of those French philosophers who have written so scathingly about consumption culture, except to concede that yes, we often buy things because it is fashionable, and yes, we often buy things that we don’t need. So what? Our consumerist habits are not going away. They’re just moving online.

What is disappearing is the shopping mall – and with it, the notion of shopping as a social activity. It’s OK to be nostalgic for all that once symbolised.Read more at:pink formal dresses

Impress your man with sense of style – Here’s how

Impress your man with sense of style – Here’s how 

(Photo:one shoulder formal dresses)You don’t have to dress in skimpy clothes to get your man’s attention. A well-ironed shirt, denims and heels can do the trick, says an expert.

Designer Hardika Gulati has rolled out few tips to help you up fashion quotient.

*Denim rules: Wear plain blue denims with a crisp white shirt and you are good to go. When in doubt, always wear denims. There are ample options to explore right from denim rompers, shorts to jackets, capri and shirts.

*Say yes to formals: It doesn’t matter how effortlessly you rocked the ‘rugged jeans and black leather jacket’ look, nothing can beat a formal attire. A well-ironed shirt, perfectly tucked into a sleek pencil skirt with heels will definitely steal the attention of your man.

*Heels for a charismatic persona: High heels have something that even the most stylish dresses don’t. Wear heels with plain denim and you are high on style quotient instantly.

From wedges to stilettos, pumps, or kitten heels, there is a lot to explore. Depending upon your date, wear your heels effortlessly and steal all the attention.

*Solid colours: Solid colours bring all the attention to your personality. Deep red coloured gown or perfect white maxi dress looks amazing and exude confidence and a strong persona.

*Clothes that fit well: Always wear clothes that fit you well. Don’t wear loose clothes to hide that tummy or flabby arms, similarly, too tight clothes accentuate your flaws. It is better to wear clothes of your size and fit. A perfectly tailored trousers and nicely fitted blouse looks wonderful irrespective of your size.

*Don’t overdo it: Just like under-dressing, over-dressing is a fashion fiasco. In an attempt to impress your man, don’t try and wear all your best clothing pieces at the same time.Read more at:red formal dresses

How bad are high heels for your feet?

As the saying goes, fashion is pain. Maybe that’s why most women don’t think twice about stepping into sky-high heels day after day. But really, how harmful is this everyday choice?

Well, it’s worse than you think. According to NBC News correspondent, Dr. Natalie Azar, high heels are one of the most common causes of foot pain among women.

Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, like you’re standing on your tip toes. This can cause a series of health problems. It restricts blood circulation in your lower limbs which can lead to spider veins, it can also shorten the muscles in your calves and stiffen your Achilles tendon, leading to pain and muscle spasms.

But the pain doesn’t just occur in your legs and feet. Heels can also cause back and knee problems. For your body to stay balanced on heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally, which adds stress to the muscles in your spine. This results in a sore lower back.

As for your knees, a study from Stanford University found that heels that are 3 1/2 inches or higher putso much stress on your knees that it could increase a woman’s risk for osteoarthritis, a common chronic condition of the joints which affects approximately 27 million Americans.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to visit a doctor before they get worse. To prevent these issues from occurring, try to decrease the amount of days you wear heels — or change into flats or walking shoes when you leave work.

At the end of each day, spend a few minutes stretching your quads, calves and hip flexors. Fashion doesn’t have to be synonymous with pain.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | plus size formal dresses

Diamonds, not marriage, are forever for China’s millennials

Jily Ji was 24 when she got her first diamond ring, a 2.5-carat solitaire given to her by her parents. In the three years since, the executive assistant from Shanghai has amassed a 15-piece diamond collection, including a ring, pendant earrings and necklaces that she bought for herself.

“We don’t have to passively wait to be gifted a diamond by a man,” the unmarried college graduate said. “Diamond jewelry is a natural way to express ourselves. It’s a far better investment than most fashion items as it won’t only gain value, but can also be passed down through the generations.”

Financially independent, college-educated and born in China after 1980, Ms Ji personifies a key consumer group the world’s diamond industry is counting on for growth. So-called millennials now account for 68 per cent of diamond jewelry sales by value in the world’s most-populous country – worth US$6.76 billion last year, according to research by De Beers SA, the world’s biggest diamond producer.

Millennial women – defined by De Beers as those aged from 18 to 34 – spent about US$26 billion on diamond jewelry in 2015 in the world’s four main markets, acquiring more than any other generation, chief executive officer Bruce Cleaver said in a report in September. These 220 million potential diamond consumers are still a decade away from their most affluent life stage, representing a “significant opportunity” for the industry, Mr Cleaver said.

Tapping them could buoy prices from the gems, which dropped 18 per cent last year, the most since 2008.

Diamonds have caught the eye of Chinese consumers only recently because of their exposure to western lifestyles and marketing, said Ms Ji, a business-English graduate, who counts Harry Winston Inc and Tiffany & Co among her favourite diamond jewelers. Her mother, for example, is more likely to purchase jade or gold jewelry, she said.

For Chinese millennials, diamonds are more of a fashionable mark of achievement instead of a symbol of everlasting love, said Joan Xu, Shanghai-based associate planning director at J Walter Thompson, an advertising agency. The trend is changing how companies such as Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd and Shanghai-traded Lao Feng Xiang Co are designing and marketing jewelry in China.

Chow Tai Fook, the market leader in Chinese jewelry with a 5.7 per cent share, bought Boston-based Hearts on Fire Co for US$150 million in 2014, giving it a greater selection of unique, millennial-preferred pieces, including earrings and pendants with multiple small diamonds embedded in precious metals.

“We need to tap into this audience very quickly with designs for millennials that are more practical and fashionable, such as mixing gold with diamond,” Chow Tai Fook executive director Adrian Cheng said in an interview in Hong Kong.

Chow Tai Fook, for whom millennials make up half its clientele, will introduce new lines and products by the end of 2017 and has signed spokespersons including 29-year-old South Korean actor-singer Li Min-ho and rapper G-Dragon, 28, to reach millennial buyers, Mr Cheng said.

That may help the Hong Kong-based retailer, which operates more than 2,000 jewelry and luxury watch outlets, boost sales and profit, which have slumped since mid-2014 as an economic slowdown and crackdown on graft dampened Chinese demand for luxury goods.

Shanghai-based Lao Feng Xiang, which is majority-owned by the Shanghai government with 3,000 stores throughout China and 5.4 per cent of the market, is also working to offer more choice for millennial women, said marketing manager Wang Ensheng.

“This consumer isn’t looking for super expensive jewelry,” Mr Wang said in a telephone interview. “She’s chasing fashion, she changes outfits every day, and wants jewelry to match. What we need to provide for her are pieces that are personalised, unique – but not too expensive, as she’ll possess many, not just one diamond piece.”

The young middle-class are the target for Luk Fook Holdings International Ltd, said its executive director Nancy Wong. Hong-Kong based Luk Fook, which has 1,400 stores in mainland China and a 0.7 per cent market share, will provide manicurists in some of its stores and “handsome” chauffeurs to win over females customers, she said.

Independence is the top trait Chinese millennial women identify with, according to a Female Tribes survey conducted by J Walter Thompson that interviewed 4,300 women across nine countries about a year ago. More than two in five Chinese respondents said financial independence was more important than marriage, and 32 per cent identified success as financial independence.

Pandora A/S, the Denmark-based maker of silver charm bracelets, said it’s intentionally staying away from love-centric marketing. This year, Pandora doubled its number of stores throughout China from 43 to 81.

“You won’t see a couple in our images,” said Isabella Mann, Pandora’s Hong Kong-based vice president of marketing for Asia on the phone. “That has been a premeditated decision. We want our brands to appeal to as many people as possible, and we think it’s dated to show a lovey-dovey couple in a jewelry ad.”

That may be wise. An unfavourable demographic shift leading to fewer weddings has resulted in a “tepid” outlook for Hong Kong-listed jewelry companies, HSBC Global Research analysts Lina Yan, Karen Choi, Erwan Rambourg and Vishal Goel said in an October report. They forecast that wedding rates would fall 1 per cent in each of the next two years because of a decline in the population of millennial women.

Divorce in China has also risen, with more than 3.84 million couples splitting up in 2015, a 5.6 per cent increase from the year before, said China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs in July. The national divorce rate is now 2.8 per 1,000 individuals, up from 0.9 in 2002.

“Companies that are built on the institution of marriage, like diamond companies, will struggle a little bit unless they evolve,” said J Walter Thompson’s Ms Xu. “The idea was that marriage is eternal – like diamonds – but what happens when marriage is not seen as eternal anymore?”

Millennials getting divorced could ultimately be positive for the diamond industry. De Beers’ research from the US found that Americans spend 20 per cent more on the diamond ring bought for their second marriage than their first, said Stephen Lussier, De Beers’ executive vice president for marketing on the phone.

“There’s no reason why second marriages in China should not take the same trend as in the US,” he said. “This gives us an opportunity at a larger market.”Read more at:blue formal dresses | yellow formal dresses

Pom-pom panache

 

(Photo:cheap formal dresses)If you’ve already started shopping for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, chances are you have stumbled upon one of the most fun trends of the season — the pom-poms. Technically, they have been popular since spring/summer this year).

While pom-poms in the winter are usually associated only with warm woollen caps, this embellishment has now achieved a cult status and can be spotted on clothing and accessories, in varied avatars, which means, there are umpteen ways to flaunt this fad.

Essentially, used to add a pop of colour to your get-up or to give the silhouette of a neutral outfit a better definition, the pom-pom craze coupled with the love for tassels, has got designers churning out interesting and wearable options this season.

Clothing

For those who follow any of the umpteen fashion related accounts on Instagram, you probably have already seen images of super cute sweatshirts with ice-creams/cherries on them, featuring vivid and fuzzy pom-poms. These are easy to style. You’ve just got to throw on your favourite pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, put on your white sneakers, and you’re good to go.

If you’re looking for something little less casual and more feminine, you could go for a top that has small pom-poms only along the neckline. Remember, you don’t need to pick a top/dress that has colourful pom-poms on them. You could opt for a subtle monotone outfit that features these little add-ons in the same colour as the rest of your clothing.

Up for a D-I-Y project? Got a solid colour bell-sleeved top? You could add pom-pom detailing to it along the elbows. And instead of wearing it with your favourite pair of skinny jeans, team it with a 70s inspired pair of flared denims. Complete the look with a pair of tan/brown wedges and you’re all set to make a style statement.

Accessories

Scarves are a staple accessory for any outfit this season as nothing spells panache better than a gorgeous scarf swathed around one’s neck, especially if the hem of it features colourful little pom-poms. Since ombré and shibori scarves are a current favourite, ones that additionally come with these colourful bobbles, could spruce up a Western or ethnic outfit. Alternately, a scarf like this could also double up as a sarong on your beach vacation.

If you are not too confident of donning an attire with pom-poms, you could instead carry a clutch minimally festooned with them. Pom-pom hair ties also fall under this category.

Coming to jewellery, dangling pom-pom and tassel earrings have been popular for a while now. Go for dual toned ones to match your outfit/bring in some contrast, as you prefer, or if you’re wearing an all-white/all-black ensemble, you could even go for multi-colour pom-pom earrings.

Footwear

Considering the popularity of Indo-Western outfits, especially during this time of the year, you could team your cropped denims and button down top with pom-pom embellished juttis. They would go well with a long kurta teamed with a pair of palazzos. Make sure, however, that you don’t overdo the trend. Have pom-poms either accentuate your clothing or your footwear. Kolhapuri chappals that come with this element of quirk are also bound to give your garb an interesting twist. If you opt to wear a dress, shorts, or even culottes, it is recommended you team your clothing with a pair of neutral (preferably tan or beige) gladiator sandals that feature colourful pom-poms and/or tassels.Read more at:marieaustralia.com

‘My beauty brand is growing into shades for people of colour’

Drew Barrymore 

(Photo:formal dresses 2016)Actress Drew Barrymore would like to make her Flower Beauty cosmetics line more culturally inclusive by selling it online.

The Blended star announced this week (beg05Dec16) she will begin selling her makeup and fragrance products online, via the brand’s website Flowerbeauty.com, and although her wares are still exclusively sold through U.S. retailer Wal-Mart, she is hoping an internet presence will prove expansive.

“As we go into e-commerce next year, with that venue and platform we’ll be able to have even more shades,” Drew told Women’s Wear Daily reporters. “We’re not like Maybelline, Revlon, Cover Girl, L’Oréal (Paris)…they get to have 28 shades and we’re working with eight to 10.”

The actress-turned-entrepreneur’s brand only has shades favouring light skin with pink or yellow undertones and it is really important for her to create product hues for brown and dark skin tones.

“We try to be analytical in the skin tones and foundations, as well as passionate and creative,” she explains. “I’m very aware of the pink (undertones), the yellow…I wish we could do even more.”

However, when it came to the design of her new Shimmer and Shade eye shadow palettes, Barrymore concluded it would be best to run with more neutral shades.

“As I’ve built palettes in the past, I would always try to throw that one colour in… and it’s like people don’t really use the pumpkin,” she mused. “I learned my lesson on pumpkin.”

The same lesson applied with her Life and Sculpt contouring palettes and the Shimmer and Strobe highlighting palettes, with Drew detailing: “I’ve learned the hard way that the (highlighting and contouring) pigments are tough on your skin… you are blending and blending. With shades that are elegant and light, you can always put on more.”Read more at:formal dresses sydney

Annette Bening thrilled to smoke cigarettes again in 20th Century Women

Annette Bening 

(Photo:plus size evening wear)Annette Bening couldn’t wait to pick up her former bad habit and light a cigarette on the set of new movie 20th Century Women.

The 58-year-old actress overcame her smoking addiction several years ago, but she was happy to pick it up again while depicting her nicotine-loving character Dorothea in director Mike Mills’ 1970s period drama.

“For a while (in the past), I was smoking real cigarettes and loving it,” she tells Vulture. “(I was like), ‘Oh my God, I have to smoke in this movie’, but secretly (was) really wanting to.”

However, Bening did not smoke tobacco while filming 20th Century Women – she chose to smoke a herbal substitute instead.

“It doesn’t taste great,” she notes of the roll-ups. “It’s like sitting in front of a fireplace. But it works and it looks right for the movie, and that’s what’s important.”

Annette admits becoming a mum to her four kids, aged 24 and under, gave her the kick she needed to drop cigarettes for good and find healthier ways of coping with stress, such as regular exercise.

“I do yoga, but I also do aerobic stuff – stuff that gets my heart rate up,” she told SFGate while discussing how she has managed to stay in such great shape over the years.

Bening also revealed her desire to drop pregnancy weight motivated her to get in the gym: “If you want to lose weight after you have a baby you have to get your heart rate up.”

“(I exercise) as much for my mental health as for my physical health,” she added. “You have to exercise often. I don’t exercise for long periods of time, but I try to be consistent about it because it gives me energy and makes me feel better.”Read more at:formal dresses

TAILOR-MADE

 

(Photo:formal dresses adelaide)While his roots are in India, his fashion sensibilities were honed in Italy. Rajesh Pratap Singh, the couturist whose fine craftsmanship can be seen from the way he continues to follow the concept of old tailoring even while investing in research and development, learnt how to make his first jacket from the Italians.

“As a school boy, I always looked up to Giorgio Armani, the way he constructed his jackets. They were modern yet classic. Learning jacket making from tailors at Arezzo was such an enriching experience. They basically mix tradition with craftsmanship. They follow the old tailoring concept in which aesthetics comes first and then the material,” said Rajesh.

Describing his collection showcased at Blenders Pride Fashion Tour (BPFT) as a blend of structured tailoring and draping, the designer said, “The collection blends the traditional American university look with the modern Indian outlook. It plays with beautiful contrasts, encompassing the hi-tech with the low-tech, the opaque with the sheer, and the structured with the fluid.”

Using a focussed palette of black, whites, ecru and indigos, he added, “My usage of colour in my work is a bit different. I work in silence rather than chaos.”

Natural indigo handloom cottons with selvedge detailing, chambray denims, textured neoprenes, handwoven ikats with engineered motifs, sheer glass cottons, textured handloom cottons and cotton silks added a layered dimension to his collection.

Asymmetric shapes, biased tunics with selvedge detail, patchworks, trench coats and jackets with handstitching, pleated skirts, blazers paired with wide leg trousers, boatnecks and drum shoulders formed some of the silhouettes on the ramp.

He also has two other collections in the pipeline which will be showcased at the Van Heusen and GQ Fashion Nights. He informed, “I am working on fabrics for my new collection that I will be presenting with a dash of urban space and current issues with a touch of handlooms.”

He further talked about menswear in Indian fashion industry. “Everyone is open to experiments, incorporating traditional elements in their modern style and presenting them with confidence.”

Talking of social changes being reflected on fashion ramps — actress Kareena Kapoor Khan flaunted her baby bump in one of the shows – he smiled, “Fashion designers also express their opinion through their work. Our industry has done such socio-thematic work on fashion earlier as well, and I think it’s a continuation of the same.”

On use of star power for his collection, the designer said it is always good to have a celebrity or star to convey an idea to the people. “But my definition of celebrity is different. They may or may not be Bollywood celebrities. They have to have a personality to convey the theme. The personality matters to me,” he elaborated.

Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil, who looked dapper in their suits as they walked around posing for photographs, also showcased their collection during the show.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

Rihanna thrilled to receive footwear design award

Rihanna 

(Photo:sexy formal dresses)Rihanna has expressed her pride at being honoured with the Shoe of the Year award.

The Work singer received the prestigious accolade at the 30th annual Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York on Tuesday night (29Nov16) for her Fenty Puma Creepers.

She’s the first woman to be honoured with the prize, with previous recipients including rapper Kanye West, for his Yeezy Boost 350 design.

Accordingly, during her acceptance speech Rihanna, 28, made sure to tell the crowd how much the honour means to her.

“Thank you guys, thank you so much – this is such a big deal for me. It means so much, it makes me so proud to be a woman, to be a young woman from Barbados,” she shared, appearing overwhelmed by the prize.

“I wanted this shoe to be a part of the fancy brand, I wanted it to be the first thing that people saw because it was what I was into at the time. I didn’t really expect people to love it the way that I do and the way they support it, it means so much to me and to be receiving this award tonight (is dedicated to) all the Creeper fans and all the kids in the street who inspire me by doing things their own way.”

Another winner on the night was actress-and-singer Zendaya, who took home the Launch of the Year award for her namesake footwear line Daya by Zendaya. Speaking ahead of the prize-giving the 20-year-old star explained that she’s always been “obsessed” with high heels, despite her mother never favouring them.

“She’s 6ft4in and was always self-conscious about wearing heels, but I was obsessed with them,” Zendaya explained. “So I would go to my grandma’s closet and try on her shoes, no matter how big they were, and walk around everywhere.”Read more at:marieaustralia.com