Monthly Archives: June 2017

Festival of Curiosity: a heady mix for inquisitive minds

Ellen Byrne, co-founder and creative director of the Festival of Curiosity: “We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together” 

(Photo:backless formal dresses)Expect a whole lot of mixing next month when the Festival of Curiosity takes off in Dublin. The four-day extravaganza of science, tech, art and general curiosity will feature events around the city centre and the focus is on the old, the new and people having fun and learning together.

Now in its fifth year, the popular festival broadly divides events into a family programme of playful days and an evening programme of curious nights tailored for adults, including a “Block Party” where grown-ups get to play with Lego and bubbles.

“The general flavour this year is a mix of new and old, light and shadow and exploring together,” says Festival of Curiosity co-founder and creative director Ellen Byrne.

This July will see a big focus at the festival on fashion, and particularly what can happen when fashion meets technology, according to Byrne.

“This year we launched Curiosity Studio, supported by Science Foundation Ireland, which is a year-round design research and residency programme. The 2017 call is specifically for fashion designers to explore the future of fashion and technology, and the designers are working with scientists and engineers, learning how to solder and how to make conductive fabrics. They are having a great time,” she says.

Fashion and engineering

“The results will be on show at an evening event that explores runway fashion with a focus on light and illumination. We have so much talent here in Ireland in terms of fashion design and engineering, so we want to see what will happen when their expertise is pooled.”

The Festival of Curiosity will also offer plenty of scope for mixing up sound and vision, Byrne adds, including an evening of mixing music samples at Science Gallery Dublin’s Sound Check exhibition, and other events involving virtual reality and film screenings.

You can sign up for a night tour of the Natural History Museum (or “the Dead Zoo” as it is fondly known) and there are even “secret cycles” where groups hop on bikes and pedal off to a mystery location. “You will be advised what to wear and what to bring, but you won’t know where you are going and what you are doing until you are brought there,” says Byrne. “It’s a curious adventure.”

Byrne and co-founder Vince McCarthy are keen that festival participants get involved together wherever they can, particularly at family events such as the Curiosity Carnival at Smock Alley Theatre, the Curiosity Picnic at Wood Quay, a city-wide treasure trail and a series of talks by explorers.

Make your own record player

“We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together, and there will be inclusive workshops where you can make your own record player and learn how to make sounds in movies,” says Byrne.

A regular favourite at the festival is Dublin Maker, on July 22nd, which is “a celebration of the inventors of Ireland”, according to co-founder Dr David McKeown. “We have coaxed Ireland’s best amateur engineers out of their garden sheds to join the spare-bedroom woodturners, home brewers, crafters and everything in between to turn Merrion Square into an eclectic tented village of creativity,” he says. “There is something for all ages and definitely something you haven’t seen before.”Read more at:mermaid formal dresses

Brimbank’s most fashionable

16/6/17 North West Photography June 20 Issue. Fashion
Sener is a hairdressing student and couture designer.
Pic Marco De Luca 

(Photo:one shoulder formal dresses)Derrimut might be one of Brimbank’s furthest suburbs from the city, but distance to Melbourne’s retail mecca hasn’t stopped its residents from staying abreast of the latest trends.

People who call Derrimut home have just been named Brimbank’s most fashion-conscious, according to research complied by data analyst Defin’d.

The data, which used statistics from the Nielsen Consumer Media View survey and the last Census, has put Derrimut in top spot on a list of Brimbank’s most fashionable suburbs based on responses to questions such as “Do you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends?” and “Do you like to appear stylish?”

Stephen Lee, of Defin’d, said the research produced some unexpected results. “I was a little bit surprised as well,” he said, when asked whether he expected Derrimut to perform on par with Armadale and Clifton Hill.

“What was interesting when we did this was there were a few surprise suburbs that come out,” he said.

Albion residents were named the second most fashion forward, followed by people who call Sunshine and Sydenham home.

Keilor Park was the least fashionable suburb in Brimbank, just pipping Keilor to the unfortunate title.

Cairnlea hairdressing student Sener-Aziz Oktay (pictured) said despite his suburb’s lack of strip shopping, he considered looking dapper a high propriety. Mr Oktay is a fashion designer in his spare time, specialising in couture wear.

“Dressing well is very important to me, the way you dress represents who you are,” he said. “It’s a confidence thing. When you’re dressed well, you feel fantastic.”Read more

Fashion meets convenience


(Photo:sexy formal dresses)Monsoon is one season that can ruin your makeup, dressing and accessories anytime, anywhere.

Hence, it is better to keep your precious collection away and go for low-maintenance, bankable, stylish accessories from umbrella to footwear, to enjoy the romantic rains without any fear.

Umbrella charm

Carrying an umbrella will case to be troublesome once you buy a bright, trendy umbrella to fight the season’s blues in style. Monsoon comes with myriad options and trends in umbrellas to choose from. Make the most of it and pick an umbrella that goes in sync with your general outfits, and which can single-handedly make a style statement.

Stylish coats

Raincoats have also gone through a stylish makeover lately. Gone are those days when they came in boring single colours with no hue of fashion associated. Transparent raincoats and reversible raincoats are the highest in demand. Sport these coats not just as a defence against the rain or for convenience purposes but also to look effortlessly cool.

Monsoon shoes

Feet and footwear require extra care while it starts pouring incessantly. Keep away your canvas shoes and go for plastic or rubber shoes. They come in vibrant, funky colours and are easy to maintain too. Slip on is another very convenient option.

Bags to protect

Go for jazzy waterproof bags to keep your books and other stuff safe. They not only protect things but also act a trendy accessory. Just make sure that it complements your rain coat or umbrella.Read more

Nagaland a fashion paradise

‘There is no denying the fact that Nagaland is a fashion paradise and one of the most fashionable zones in the country’ said Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board Khuzholuzo Nienu during the inaugural ceremony of the 1st edition of Nagaland Fashion Week 2017, held at Hotel Theja Fort, Dimapur on Thursday. Inaugurating the event as the chief guest he said fashion and Naga people are synonyms and they were the first ones to try out the upcoming trends and are not afraid to experiment it. Stating that encouragement is a must during any events, he said upcoming Naga designers should bridge the gap between modernity and traditionalism. Encouraging the designers the legislator said, ‘there is a dire need for us to promote and built up the brand ‘Nagaland’, like ‘Made in Nagaland’, or ‘Designed in Nagaland’.

He challenged the upcoming designers to create brand name like ‘Made in Nagaland’, ‘Designed in Nagaland’ and to try exporting goods outside rather than importing cloths from outside. Highlighting about exporting, Neinu said the only thing they export from Nagaland is waistcoat. He asserted that during his three years tenure he had always tried to promote the waistcoat to some extent and therefore persuaded the designers to come up with better ideas and promote goods from the state.

‘Some of our most successful future designers who will put Nagaland on the spotlight are here with us in this room tonight’ heartened Nienu. He advised the upcoming designers not to give up when things get rough and to think positively and to come out of the box with their ideas because better days are ahead of them.

The chief guest donated sum rupees of one lakh to the organising committees. The first day of the fashion week highlighted five designer’s designs and six designers will showcase their designs on the 2nd day and 3rd day of the event.Read more at:marieaustralia | short formal dresses

Scarf and style


(Photo:white formal dresses)It is a simple, small piece of cloth, but a scarf lends style, fashion and comfort to the wearer. It also has spiritual significance.

A scarf worn around the neck, drape around the shoulder or tied around the waist or head makes the wearer look stylish and fashionable. It can enhance one’s look.

Not only is a scarf a style accessory, it also helps to protect you from the cold windy weather and the hot sun. It is an all-season must have. You can cover your head for shade from the scorching sun or from the wind. Wearing it around your neck also keeps it warm and protect you from cold and cough. And, sometimes, just slinging it around gives a sense of comfort.

The origin of the scarf is traced to ancient Rome and was used as “sweat cloth” to wipe the face and neck clean with it when out in the sun. Over the years it came to be used as an essential style and fashion item.

Scarf also has a religious purpose and spiritual significance. Women use scarves to cover their head while praying, as a sign of humility and respect to God.

In some cultures, women adorn their head with scarves as a traditional wear, or cover their head all the time as a mark of tradition. Some women wear it for practical purpose. They cover their hair to prevent it from falling in the food when they are in the kitchen or are preparing meals.

Scarves come in varied shapes -square, long rectangle and triangle. Some with tassels, some without and some with laced borders. It comes in varied patterns, colours and fabrics.

In summer

Cool shades are ideal for the sunny weather. It gives a touch of coolness and freshness to your looks. Cotton scarves are the softest and are suitable for summer. They aborb sweat and rainwater on your skin.

In monsoon

Scarves in bright and bold hues lend a dash of vibrancy to your look in the dull and gloomy weather. Scarves in chiffon or silky fabrics are ideal for rainy days. Silk or chiffon scarves, when wet, dry easily and quickly. Silk fabric also stay fresh, crease free and durable even when drenched.

All weather

Cotton scarves are ideal for all weather. They are softest and safest to use for all, come rain or shine. Knitted and netted ones are always in trend.

How to choose the right scarf

The beauty of scarves is that they can be worn with any dress. They can be worn any time, at work places, at formal functions, at parties, or as casual wear. All you have to keep in mind is the patterns, designs and shades of the scarves. They should blend with the colour scheme of the clothes you are wearing. Scarf can be worn by both men and women. Those worn around the neck are also called Kremer.

A simple scarf can splash style, comfort and fashion. Carry a scarf in your bag always even if you don’t want to wear. It would come of use to wipe your face or even your hands. Keep it trendy and stay in style.Read more at:formal dresses online australia

Local brands outshine imports


( dominance of clothing items imported from India, Pakistan and Thailand during Eid is gradually eroding as homegrown brands are making up ground.

This year, local brands, be it for clothes or footwear, seem to be outperforming imported items at different shopping centres in the capital.

A throng of customers can be found at the outlets of local brands such as Deshi Dosh, Aarong and Apex at all hours during this peak shopping season. Lower prices and a better understanding of customer tastes seemed to be doing the trick for them.

“I had to stand in the queue for more than half an hour just to pay for the shoes here. I have never seen such a rush,” said a shopper outside the Apex store in the Bashundhara City shopping mall on Friday.

So he wised up: seeing the crowds at Aarong store he decided against entering the store to come back another day. It was the same story over at the Jamuna Future Park, New Market, Gausia and other big shopping hubs. Storeowners thought the fright over the uniform 15 percent VAT on clothes would dampen sales ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest shopping season in Bangladesh. But it did not happen.

Sales were slow at the beginning of Ramadan, said Azharul Haque Azad, president of the Fashion Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (FEAB).

“Usually, consumers have a mindset that living costs will rise due to the new budget proposals, and as a result, they remain cautious about expenditure.”

Azad estimated that the total sales of local clothing brands would come to about Tk 4,000 crore this Eid.

The homegrown brands are doing much better vis-à-vis foreign brands this time, said Azad, also the owner of Sadakalo, another local clothing brand.

“I prefer the local brands as the price is reasonable,” said Roksana Yesmin Tithi, a service-holder who came to Bashundhara City on Saturday to finish her Eid shopping.

Nabila Ahmed, who works at a local private bank, was the exact opposite: she prefers imported salwar suits as there are more options. “The price is high but the designs and quality are to my liking.”

The sales of fashion houses were slow until the 15th of Ramadan due to adverse weather, said Shahin Ahmed, vice-president of the FEAB. He, however, sounded less sanguine than Azad: though sales increased from the last week it will not cover the expected turnover.

Ahmed, also the chief executive officer of local clothing brand Anjan’s, said the demand for saris, especially in cotton and traditional weave, is more than for salwar suits.Read more at:red carpet dresses

Inside the Closet of Australia’s Most Fashion-Obsessed Couple

“Handbags and shoes are forever. Clothing is seasonal.”

So spake Renee Fox, the Australian designer who owns and designs the brand Daisy with her husband, Gibson Fox. Together, the Foxes are hands-down the most unforgettably dressed couple in Sydney. She is a self-professed Louis Vuittongirl, who sports a nameplate Louis Vuitton necklace every day and has a closetful of LV accessories, from the small (a phone case) to the enormous (a Neverfull tote). He’s a Guns N’ Roses tee collector with more Contax cameras than you can count and a stunning Rolex. Together, they inhabit a kitted-out apartment in Sydney that is positively stuffed with fashion grail items and ephemera, like the most coveted Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton bag, Prada’s sky-high Spring 2013 boots, and Gucci’s snake-heeled sandals. The Foxes’s abode is a literal fashion feast.

It’s always been like this. “My nan used to dress me in frilled pinafores and little French slippers,” admits Gibson of his childhood looks, while Renee pinpoints a post-high school job as a shop girl as the starting point of her love of clothes. “My boss was the first person I met with a serious designer wardrobe. She had every It bag and this incredible apartment. She was a terrible influence and up to her eyeballs in credit card debt. Meeting her was the was the first step down a slippery slope!”

As for what’s next on their ever-growing shopping list, Renee says she’s on the hunt for “the 2015 Louis Vuitton Boote Trunk in plexiglass and impatiently waiting for the new thigh-high orange Silhouette boot with the cute blossom heel,” while Gibson plans to add an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch to his collection. Neither will take the place of their most prized item, a blue Chihuahua with blue eyes named Paris. Renee demurs, “She gets her fair share of Louis too.”Read more at:red formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

Something sporty

Canadian runner Melissa Bishop. 

(Photo:vintage formal dresses)I met my fiancé, Osi Nriagu, at the University of Windsor. We were both on the track team. He proposed Easter weekend in 2016, just before the Rio Olympics. He wanted to have an Easter egg hunt, so my mom and I bought plastic Easter eggs and filled them with mini eggs, his favourite candy. I found this one egg and when I opened it, I found this big, shiny ring. We’re getting married on Thanksgiving weekend, at a golf course in Windsor called the Ambassador Golf Club. I would say it’s going to be a glamorous, elegant evening.

My personal style is very urban-casual. I’m in workout wear 98 per cent of the time. Trust me, I love dressing up. I love to put on high heels and a short dress and go all out, but that happens maybe three times a year.

I went shopping for a wedding dress with my mom last fall. We started in Ottawa, because that’s where we’re from, but we knew we ultimately wanted to buy my dress in Windsor, because of alterations and the wedding being down here. It turns out I tried on the dress I ended up buying at two separate stores in Windsor without even realizing it. I put it on at the first store and liked it, but I wasn’t completely sold. The next day, I tried it on again at a store called His and Hers, and I fell in love with it.

I’m 5-foot-8, and Osi is just a touch taller than I am. I bought these heels for the wedding when I was at a training camp back in April. I brought them home and said, “Osi, we have to try these on to make sure that I’m not taller than you,” because I don’t want to tower over him in all the pictures. The heel height is maybe two inches. I usually go higher, because Osi loves when I’m in heels, but my feet can’t handle heels all day. So, we’re the same height for the majority of the day, and for the reception, I’m going to change into a pair of flats.

I think most brides would agree that you start with an idea of how you want to look, but then you go out and try on a dress in that style, only to realize it doesn’t work for your body. My cousin is getting married next June, and before she went to try on dresses, I said, “Try on every different style of dress you can find, because you really have no idea what is really flattering for you until it’s on your body.”

I don’t have much of a figure. I don’t have hips or a butt or boobs. I’m fairly straight up and down, and that’s just my body type. It works for my job – I mean, it wouldn’t benefit me as a runner to have a big ass or big boobs. I wanted a wedding dress that would complement my body type, and that had a sexiness to it without being overly sexy. I thought that maybe a ball gown would be flattering, but it ended being way too heavy and way too much material for me. Don’t get me wrong, the ball gowns I tried on were absolutely stunning, but I found that fitted dresses with flared bottoms complemented me more.

The dress I chose is so far outside my comfort zone, and so different from what I thought I would have chosen. I haven’t even shown my bridesmaids or my dad the dress. Without giving too much away, it has a sweetheart neckline and a low-cut back. There is bling, and it has a bit of volume at the bottom. It’s certainly not something I see on brides every day. That was the main goal for my mom and me. We said, “Let’s choose a dress that I will never be able to wear again, even to a gala or some type of formal affair. Let’s have fun with this.”

Although there are other aspects of the wedding that reflect who Osi and I are, my dress definitely reflects my glamorous side. This is my one-in-a-million chance to wear something gorgeous and wild. If you have enough confidence – and every woman should have enough – to put on a pair of shorts or spandex tights and go out there and sweat your ass off, then you have every right to step into a glamorous gown. This is how you’re made, this is what you’ve been given, so freaking enjoy it.Read more at:formal dresses online

Australian designers to present wool ranges at Pitti Uomo

Artwork by Bart Celestino, part of the Pitti Uomo Guest Nation stand for June 2017. Courtesy: The Woolmark Company 

(Photo:long evening dresses)Supported by The Woolmark Company, Australian designers will present wool-rich collections as part of the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery’s biannual ‘Guest Nation’ programme, with Australia chosen for the forthcoming spring/summer 2017 season to take place from June 13-16. Eight Australian designers will present their collections at Pitti Uomo.

Previous countries that have benefited from the program include Ukraine, Turkey and Finland, among others.

Andrea Cavicchi, the president of Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery said that the aim of the programme is to promote and enhance cultural exchange. “Australia is becoming one of the most interesting – and quickly growing – places in fashion and creativity today, that is why we decided to dedicate a Guest Nation project to this country.”

The project was officially announced in Sydney, where Pitti Immagine’s managing director Raffaello Napoleone welcomed the eight designers into the Pitti Uomo family ahead of the event. “We want to highlight the essence of Australian design and lifestyle with a selection of cutting-edge fashion designers and brands, and Pitti Uomo and its audience of international buyers, media and key fashion players.”

Designers like Chris Ran Lin, Richard Jarman, Toby Jones, Mikey Nolan, Lukas Vincent, Pip Edwards, Claire Tregoning, Mario-Luca Carlucci and Peter Strateas will participate in the programme.Read more at:sexy formal dresses

Bald and the beautiful

Cara Delevingne 

(Photo:mermaid formal dresses)The world of fashion is full of surprises, and unexpected and quirky trends. But what defines beauty is something very subjective. Recently, international supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne made a bold style statement by shaving her hair, saying she believes that women needn’t rely on hair to feel beautiful. Previously, model Diandra Soares did exactly the same and set an inspiring example.

According to industry experts, experimenting with one’s looks and making bold attempts like Cara’s, create trends and send a strong message that defies stereotypes.

“I completely agree with what Cara has said. Whether it’s fashion, poetry, or any piece of art work, beauty is all about the attitude,” says designer Rahul Mishra.

Asked if he would have a bald model walk for his shows, he says, “I would love to cast someone like her. Diandra has walked for me and I gave her the strongest outfit of the collection. While casting models, we look at different characters that models can portray. At a show, I’m not just showcasing clothes, I’m also there to showcase the attitude.”

Stylist Saloni Arora feels that even shorter hair is “truly unwinding”. “Even I got bald once. Hair is a beauty element but it doesn’t define beauty. And when it is coming from someone like Cara, it is definitely a bold style statement.

Sometimes, when I step out of the house with my short hair and spikes, people have different viewpoints to offer. But I just feel that my viewpoint is much bolder than theirs,” says Saloni while adding that she’s helped around 10 of her clients go bald.

However, model Noyonika Chatterjee believes that no trend stays for too long in fashion —“We needed someone really popular to change beauty stereotypes and Cara did it successfully. Having said that, I think that only a person in Cara’s position can attempt this. If an ordinary girl did it, I can’t say how people in India would react.”

“Here, it is a belief that giving up your hair is like giving up a big part of your vanity. Also, it’s a trend and in the fashion world, no trend stays too long. There have been icons like Madonna who have done trendsetting things, but it only works for a while. When celebrities take up something like this, it becomes a bigger concern but I don’t see it changing the whole mindset,” she adds.

Agrees beauty expert Ishika Taneja, who feels that hair adds a lot to one’s personality. “What Cara did is very liberating and courageous, but I’m not in support of it. Many people are keen to have shorter hair and I would suggest crops or A-symmetrical hair cuts to them, or going half-way on one side and longer hair on the other side,” says Ishika.Read more