Monthly Archives: March 2018

Only black please

A clothing label that celebrates blacks? Sure. A label that sells only black? We did a double check. Was that possible, to bring out all-black collections and not tire of it? The team at Turn Black, a new fashion label, loves black so much that they are working with a variety of fabrics, all in black. Head-quartered in Delhi, Turn Black ( is an online retail label that went live a month ago.

The company is the brainchild of The Dot Studios. Its core team members Nutan Dayal, Robin Chanda and Amit Singh Chauhan share a strong passion for black. “We want to break the stereotypes and myths surrounding this colour. We’ve heard countless things such as black representing evil, death, witchcraft and a notion that married women shouldn’t wear black,” says Nutan Dayal, the company’s fashion director. She observes that though the fashion industry and consumers love the colour for its versatility and timelessness, the stigma continues to stay.

On Turn Black’s website, you will find tops, shirts, skirts, kurtas, dresses, slim and flared pants, jackets… just about everything in black. The first collection is in stark black, in the sense that there are no mix and max of colours or the oft-used black, white and grey monochromes. On its blog, Turn Black puts forth a strong case for the colour, arguing that while it can make you feel powerful and stand out from the crowd, it can also make you blend in on days you don’t want to draw attention.

This is Nutan’s first fashion venture. A post-graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, she intends to make a mark experimenting with ideas and trends. “For me, it’s about style coupled with comfort and elegance,” she asserts.

The team is working on its summer collection called Enigma. Summer and an all-black collection may seem like strange bedfellows, but Nutan is confident of the outcome. Gossamer fabrics such as organza, Chanderi silks, linens, cotton and cotton-linen blends will be used. “Flowy tops and loose dresses are perfect for summer. The colour may be dark, but the fabric plays a more important role for the weather,” says Nutan.

The label will also come up with line for men. Kantha embroidery finds a presence in the first women’s collection and in the next few collections, the label will use other indigenous embroideries.

The design philosophy builds on classic styles and not fickle, changing trends. Nutan describes the style as “easy going, hobo-chic, lazy-lousy. We want to make our customers look like they have spent a lot of time in dressing up, effortlessly. The everyday staples should make the wearer go through the day, from desk to dinner, comfortably,” she signs off.Read more at:short formal dresses | long formal dresses

Calgary teen taking fashion world by storm

From strutting her stuff on a catwalk in Milan to opening her first fashion show in Paris, a Calgary teenager has come a long way from when she first arrived in Canada as a refugee.

Nya Gatbel was only a one-year-old when she moved to Canada with her mother and four siblings. The South Sudanese family travelled from Ethiopia to Calgary in 2002 as refugees and have lived in the Canadian city ever since.

“Being in Canada is such a privilege in itself,” Gatbel, now 17, told CTV News. “You should feel like you’re able to do anything. You’re coming from Ethiopia to Canada.”

It’s perhaps that optimism that has contributed to Gatbel’s success in the fashion industry. The statuesque was first discovered in Calgary when she was 16 years old and an agent approached her older sister about a career in modelling. Her sister immediately referred the agency to Gatbel instead and she began modelling.

Antonija Klotz, the head of The Nobles Management, the agency representing Gatbel, said the young model’s beauty goes beyond her physical appearance.

“She has this grace about her,” Klotz explained. “She’s someone who’s very grateful and doesn’t take things for granted.”

Gatbel’s poise helped her impress audiences during Paris and Milan’s fashion weeks last month where she completed her first season in the circuit. In Paris, she walked for designer Guy Laroche and the labels INGIE Paris and Comme des Garçons. In Milan, she modelled for Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani.

Now that she’s back home in Calgary, Gatbel said she’s just soaking it all in.

“It was incredible,” she gushed. “To be across the world doing what I love in cities that have been on my bucket list forever. It’s a feeling I can’t even describe.”

Although she was surprised at first, the teenager’s mother said she approves of her daughter’s decision to be in fashion. Gatbel herself said she still can’t believe how quickly she’s risen in the industry.

“Two months ago, if you told me I was going to be in Paris and Milan, I would be like, ‘Stop lying. Just stop!’” she said with a smile.

The fashion model said she hopes to become a role model for other women and girls who look like her. She said she receives messages on social media from young women and girls who tell her how much she inspires them.

Gatbel said she noticed more diversity on the runways while she was working in Europe. She and three other models included in the Comme des Garçons show were the first black models the designer had hired in more than 20 years, she said.

“It’s been very refreshing to see a lot of models of colour working and getting huge jobs,” she said.

Despite the whirlwind pace, Gatbel’s modelling career is only just beginning. The teenager will return to Paris in June to prepare for the haute couture shows while simultaneously working on completing her high school diploma.Read more at:celebrity dresses | vintage formal dresses

Stoffa Wants to Make Your Perfect Pants

What will the future of fashion look like? If you ask the disrupters in Silicon Valley, the answer—delivered by a dude in a hoodie and bad jeans—involves a bunch of invasive data collection and a subscription box full of algorithmically perfect T-shirts. If you ask Agyesh Madan, the future of fashion looks mostly like the past, only smarter—and with a few more pleats.

Madan doesn’t seem like a Web 3.0 fashion prophet. He studied fabrics at Parsons and then honed his chops in product development at Isaia, the Neapolitan tailoring house famous for making silk-and-cashmere blazers for hedge-funders and lesser royalty. Not exactly the stuff of #disruption. But before all that, he attended Stanford and worked as a computer engineer. So launching his own brand, Stòffa, in 2014, made sense for both halves of his résumé.

Madan led with some fancy scarves and beaver- and rabbit-felt hats—the sort of gear a rich uncle in Devonshire, or maybe a bizarrely well-dressed private eye, might dig. But he expanded the next year to buttery-soft suede jackets and cotton trousers in rare earth tones, like taupe. The ideas were classic, the cuts vaguely futuristic: tapered trousers and boxy flight jackets, updated for the dude who travels the world with a carry-on, not a steamer trunk. But the biggest tweak was to the business model, which hadn’t really changed since the Pope started commissioning velvet slippers. “Everybody talked about ‘Buy less and buy better,’ ” Madan says. “But the option wasn’t there to do that.” Until he figured it out, that is. Madan took Isaia’s vaunted made-to-measure process, kicked the prices in the teeth (cotton pants for under $300, suede jackets for just over a grand), and delivered in four to six weeks.

The Indian guy who worked at an Italian house and is now making American clothes cites a Brit as inspiration. He was watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he says, when he learned that “the average American buys about 138 pieces of clothing at an average of $60 a pop. That brings it up to seven grand. You give me seven grand over three years,” he says, “we can build you a wardrobe that will stay with you for the next 15.”

Stòffa doesn’t have a store; instead, the brand surfs between its own pop-ups and other boutiques around the world, stopping in for a week at a time. Customers get a 45-minute fitting. But it’s about more than just learning their taste in clothing. It’s about building empathy. “What colors you like, what you eat,” Madan says. “That gives me a lot: Just knowing those, it can tell me a lot about how you’re going to wear your clothes.”Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | backless formal dresses