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Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez

Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez 

(Photo:formal dresses brisbane)India has always been recognized for its unusual and elegant traditional attires for women, which not only makes them gracious, but it also determines a woman’s elegance in a way that perhaps no attire could. Since the modern days, Indian fashion has always ruled the fashion industry. Indian traditional dresses are known for their beauty and charm. The traditional Indian Salwar Kameez is the favorite dress of working women as well as homemakers because it provide absolute freedom of movement without deviating from the traditional roots.

The Salwar Kameez is the traditional outfit of the women of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and it has its roots in central and south Asia and is an everyday dress of both men and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Salwar Kameez is a dress that has three parts of clothing. The first part of Salwar Kameez is – the Salwar or loose pajama like trousers, the Kameez or tunic that can be of short or long length and a long dupatta or scarf that is used to cover the head. All these three parts of the Salwar Kameez can be designed in so many different ways to give a unique look to every dress. Modern women use the scarf as a stylish accessory and drape it around the neck or over one shoulder in order to have a stylish and elegant look.

History And Origin Of The Salwar Kameez

It is believed that the first traditional Salwar Kameez was designed and worn by the Turkic-Iranian horse riding people of Central Asia. A considerable number of people from this group converted to Islam. Starting from the 12th century, the descendants of these groups started invading India and the Islamic Turkic-Iranian rule was set up in India through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in Delhi and the influence of the Mughal rule was spread over much of northern India and Pakistan. As a result, their culture, traditions, food and fashion, everything infiltrated into these areas and the Salwar suit became a popular outfit among the inhabitants as well. Presently, the Salwar Kameez is worn by women of various religions.

Most Essential Kinds Of Indian Salwar Kameez

1) The Short Kurta

This is one of the recent styles of Salwar kameez developed in India which has a smart fitting dress. It is mostly worn by girls and suitable for slim women. Worn by practical women, these kurtis look very trendy and modern. These short kurtis give a professional look. So it can be worn at office or any other formal place.

2) The Indo Western Style

Indo western is another modern style of the Salwar Kameez dress developed by designers in India. As the name tells itself that it is inspired from western dressing and it combines with the Pure Indian style and an indo-western style to make it more unique and stylish. The pajama of this dress is replaced by a legging or fitted pants and the kurti is gracefully and smartly tailored.

3) Churidar Kurta

One more colorful and showy style of Salwar Kameez is Churidar kurta. It is extremely well-known among all age of woman, particularly the young girls, who like to dress in their outfits in a more stylish way. They can be printed, simple or can be in beautiful embroidery salwar kameez suit styles.

4) Anarkali Style

One of the most elegant and intricate styles of salwar kameez dress is possibly Anarkali. At this time, this style is extremely eminent as a wedding dress. Here the outfit is made in flowy frock style and it represents the modern Indian – particularly of the Mughal times. These Anarkali suits have lately made a great comeback in the world of fashion after many years, and are absolutely here to be in fad.

5) Patiala Salwar Kameez

This is the most common type of salwar kameez that falls in the group of traditional Indian clothes. As the name suggests, the Patiala salwar is a special type of salwar that has its origin in Patiala, a state of Punjab. The salwar has a loose baggy style, and it is paired with a short kameez. This is one of the classical salwar styles that have been worn by women for ages, but it never goes out of style.

The Punjabi salwar kameez consists of a three piece set of the salwar kameez dupatta. The salwar kameez and dupatta are brightly colored and decorated with zari work, sequins and gotta. The salwar of a Punjabi salwar kameez is loose and pleated at the thighs or waist, and narrower at the ankle and the kameez is a short tunic of thigh or knee length. The outfit is extremely comfortable and stylish and is beautifully complemented by the colorful dupatta.

6) Designer Salwar Kameez

In order to create elegant and gorgeous party salwar kameez that are ideal for all occasions, the modern designer salwar kameez blends the traditional charm with western designs. The designer salwar kameez are adorned with intricate stones, beads and sequins along with modern neck designs, sleeve designs and innovative patterns that transform the complete look of the salwar kameez.

Designer salwar kameez come in a wide range of option such as printed salwar kameez, silk, chiffon, tussar and georgette salwar kameez and hand embroidered and chikankari salwar kameez.Read more at:formal dresses

Yes, it’s possible to wear a slip dress during winter and here’s how

The trusty slip dress has been a staple of the cool-girl for decades past, and thanks to a resurgence of late 1990s inspired runway looks in recent seasons, it’s become somewhat of a wardrobe staple.

However, once confined to the restraints of warm weather, the coolest way to style your slip is with layers, layers and more layers.

We spoke to Silk Laundry founder Katie Rackley on everything you need to know about styling your slip, circa 2017.

On unexpected styling

“Obviously the simple layered slip works for everyone – over a tee, high neck or flared long sleeve however you can mix this up and layer a silk dress over a shirt for something a little different. A lot of people think silk dresses can only be worn super feminine but you can toughen it up with an oversized cardigan or trench and a chunky boot like Doc Martens.

I also love stepping away from standard black and wearing bright colours throughout winter. Our new Dahlia and Emerald are super popular and a great way to bring colour into your wardrobe.”

How to make it work in winter

“For winter, you can also layer a slip dress over jeans for something a bit different. In winter I wear my silks with oversized cashmere sweaters and a pair of mules or sneakers and a leather jacket. “

On work-ready slips

For work, I like to make the dress act as a skirt and wear it with a great sweater or an oversized button up shirt, you can then belt or tie the shirt at the waist.”

On the flattering effect of a bias-cut slip

“Naturally, women have curves and the bias cut accentuates the lines of the female form. Bias cut means the fabric is cut diagonally across the grain, which allows for a beautiful drape and fluidity in soft fabrics like silk. When fabric is cut on the straight, it can hang stiff and have little movement.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses | plus size formal dresses

Promoting rural craft through technology

Celebrated Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre, who works closely with artisans in villages, says technology can drive their craft in a big way in the near future. Earlier this month, Dongre launched a stand-alone store of Grassroot — one of her fashion brands focussed on celebrating Indian crafts in luxury pret in Soho, New York.

One of the speakers on a panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ficci-IIFA Global Media Forum in New York on Friday, Dongre spoke about the challenges of working with artisans in villages and how technology helps to ease the process.

“Whatsapp helps… Weavers from Benares can show me samples at a click over Whatsapp while I am sitting in New York. “So, I’d say it is a saviour… There are remote villages like Barmer where phones still have to come in… but that’s where some NGO helps.

“They click pictures and share with us to get approvals. I am sure technology will drive craft too in a certain way,” the designer said. With an experience of well over two decades in the Indian fashion industry, Dongre has multiple brands, each of which make optimum use of ‘desi’ elements.

Her designs are worn widely by celebrities, and was also famously flaunted by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during her India visit. As a socially responsible designer, Dongre said: “I primarily today see myself as someone creating employment, and that too in rural India.”

“There are some amazing artisans in the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan… And they had reached the dead end because the artisans had the skill of embroidery, but they needed design intervention and a marketplace.

“That’s how Grassroot was born… “But today not only am I now making beautiful clothes and making women feel lovely, but behind every garment that I make for Grassroot, there’s a beautiful story behind it… Of a proud artisan who has created that garment which is handwoven, hand embroidered, and is always done in a village of India.

About the challenges of pursuing this passion, Dongre said: “The challenge is that I work with a team of a really young team of designers. “I have to encourage them to travel to rural areas… It is not easy sometimes, to go into vilages, stay there and work with them. It’s a contemporary design challenge, but it’s rewarding.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | evening dresses

Jordyn Woods Collaborates With Addition Elle

Jordyn Woods is teaming with Addition Elle.

The curvy model, who is also Kylie Jenner’s best friend, will partner with the Canadian plus-size retailer on a line of apparel. While Woods has modeled for the company before, which is best known for its lingerie collaborations with Ashley Graham, this is the first time she’s produced a collection with them.

“They embody everything I stand for,” said Woods when asked why she decided to deepen her relationship with Addition Elle. “I’ve been working and modeling with them for years and it was amazing to bring our relationship full circle. They are a style destination for women who embrace their figures so it’s exiting to create something.”

Like many women her age, Woods, who is 19, frequently mixes streetwear with ath-leisure, and Roslyn Griner, Addition Elle’s vice president of marketing and visual display, said Woods has incorporated that into her collection.

“It’s a very on-trend assortment,” said Griner, who added that Woods is signed on to release a second capsule with the brand. “Jordyn loves streetwear and we wanted to make that a part of her collection.”

The line, which will retail from $42 to $178, will be available on Sept. 11. Woods will show the collection during New York Fashion Week in September at Addition Elle’s runway show, which will be followed by a pop-up shop where consumers can purchase pieces from the assortment.

Although Woods believes there has been a great deal of progress within the plus-size category, she said there is a long way to go and that starts with more size inclusivity overall.

“I”m on the fence about the word plus sized,” Woods said. “Why do we need to categorize people by their size? There should be one section that has all size ranges.”

The world will see a lot more of Woods this August when she appears in “Life of Kylie,” Jenner’s own reality TV show that will air on E! In the trailer, Woods has a moment with Jenner where she expresses her frustrations with the friendship, which she called draining.

“We are so close so it was inevitable that I was going to be on the show,” Woods said. “But I’m very curious to see what direction my life is going to go after the show comes out. But I love to make everything positive, so I believe it’s going to be exciting to see a side of our lives that is this personal.”Read more at:short formal dresses | vintage formal dresses

Revolutionizing make-up

Revolutionizing make-up 

(Photo:short formal dresses australia)Though Sizi Thapa has no studio of her own, she is still one of the few established make-up artists in the country. She works as a freelancer and lives her days with versatility. Her 10-day make-up workshop, which to a make-up beginner was one of the most informative make-up experiences, concluded on July 4.

Growing up, Sizi did not always aspire to be a make-up artist. While she was fascinated by fashion talks, especially of her fashion enthusiast mother, she pursued Hospitality Management from Malaysia before working for a travel agency in Nepal. One sudden day, she started doing make-up for her colleagues at the travel agency. Her colleagues appreciated her work, and this marked a transition in her career. Pursuing her intrinsic interest then, she took off to Scandinavian Make-up Academy, Bangkok to become a certified make-up artist.

In retrospect, when she looks back, she thinks her career transition was partly fueled by her grooming in Hongkong. Born and raised in Hongkong, she was exposed to fashion trends and styles early on. Adding to that, she travelled a lot with her father, who was required to make frequent visits as a part of his job in the British Indian Army. Extensive international travels meant that she was acquainted with changing fashion trends, and she loved the diversity. Sizi consequently started her career in Myanmar in 2014.

Perhaps that is why Sizi, to this day, likes exploring. After more than two years in the business, she is nowhere close to specializing in any particular field within the make-up industry. She does it all. From ‘High Fashion’ for models in ramps, ‘Doll’ for photoshoots, special effects–of bruises and what not–for movie projects, to bridal make-up.

Sizi’s days are highly unpredictable because she is always looking for exciting new projects. She could only tell of her upcoming projects, not her schedules. Talking about her plans three days on, she said she was supposed to meet Joshna Yogi, a model turned actress, and do a special effects make-up for the latter’s new movie project. The two had worked for a magazine make-up shoot last year. If you show Sizi a picture of someone off the internet, she can tell you what make-up techniques have been used and where. She immediately notices the facial features and can give recommendations to better your face. If that doesn’t make a make-up artist phenomenal, we don’t know what does.

Why did you organize the make-up training session?

I started teaching make-up because I wanted people to have a proper appreciation and understanding of make-up. If we think about it, these days, people go through different YouTube videos, but don’t realize that their skin color is different from the models in the video. I was asked to give training to few self-learners because they evidently lacked that understanding.

Have you considered making YouTube tutorials?

I wish that every aspiring make-up artists has this understanding, which is why I arranged this training class. On a personal level, I realized that if I did a model’s make-up the way I did my own, she is going to look less like herself and more like me. This is because all of us have different facial features. However, I can’t bring myself to make YouTube videos because I am a more passionate make-up artist than a public speaker.

What inspires you to do the things that you do?

I get inspired by the people and situations around me. For instance, when I see a punched face, I don’t think about how horrible the face is, but instead I think about how I could do a close-enough make-up. I even ask my doctor friends to send me pictures of bruises and dead people so that I can inspire from real life incidents. For instance, it helps me to know the color change in a dying body.

What suggestion would you give aspiring make-up artists in Nepal?

One thing that I have learnt in life is to never do free work for anyone, even when starting a career. My advice to my fellow make-up artists is to not disrespect your skills by giving free services. Goodwill earned that way doesn’t really last. People start picking on your previously “great” skills the moment you start charging them. Not only that, it is not a fair competition to other aspiring artists. Instead you could charge less in the initial phase.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses

A fitting tribute to Christian Dior, the designer who dared to break barriers

At its heart was the Bar suit, an outfit that comprised a wasp-waisted jacket and bustled skirt. In 30-40 yards of precious cloth Dior offered a repudiation of every privation and foregone frippery. The corseted jacket also returned women to the age of strict body shaping not seen since just after the First World War.

This wasn’t your standard French revolution. Dior’s first collection had emerged at a time when clothing rations and a 100 per cent purchase tax levied on luxury goods left the entire population weary of making do and mending.

Despite the best efforts of a few designers who lent their talents to the Utility clothing scheme, people had tired of the limited scope of fabrics and styles. But it wasn’t the factory workers who led the rebellion. The signal to abandon the dreary weeds of war came from the top, and when it did the rush to full skirts and longer lengths was unseemly to many.

Politicians and puritans were appalled by its “wasteful” material demands and what Mabel Ridealgh, MP for North Ilford, called the “caged bird” look. “I hope our fashion dictators will realise the new outlook of women and give them the death blow… at curtailing women’s freedom”. Fat chance. Women quickly made it clear that they didn’t want the freedom to wear modest dresses and frumpy jackets. Within a year modified versions of Christian Dior’s vision were everywhere.

His eponymous house is now one of the world’s most successful brands. Maria Grazia Chiuri is the latest designer to take on the role of what she calls “curator of its history”. And what a history there is to curate. It’s one of the reasons Brand Dior has chosen to mark the New Look moment with a blockbuster exhibition. Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams, at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, is the biggest exhibition of his work shown to date.

Here visitors can witness for themselves just how startling La Ligne Corolle, the New Look’s actual title, must have been for women brought up on the fashion equivalent of powdered egg. The Bar suit is there, as are original toiles, sketches, letters and, yes, some of the finest dresses crafted by human hands. If your own austerity budget can stretch as far as a ticket to Paris it’s a fashion bargain, even if you only come home with a postcard.Read more at:evening gowns | cocktail dresses australia

Guide to using essential oils

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(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com)Indulging in essential oils is healthy as they can solve all your beauty related problems, enhance your mood and improve concentration. However, use them right, said experts.

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, have listed the do’s and don’ts that need to be followed:

Do’s

Essential oils can be sensitising. It is necessary to conduct a patch test before purchasing them and making sure it suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause severe skin sensitising and sun sensitivity. So if you have a sensitive skin, it’s always advisable to check with a qualified practitioner first.

Make sure that the product is 100 per cent pure and natural. Non-organic brands may add fillers which often include harmful chemicals and this may harm you in the long run.

Dilute essential oils prior to application. Essential oils can be blended with base oils or carrier oils before applying to your skin.

They are highly concentrated and should never be used undiluted on the skin. It needs to be mixed with carrier/base oil. The ratio should be 3-4 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of base oil. Some oils like olive, almond, jojoba, grape seed and coconut oil can be used as carrier oil.

Always store essential oils in a cool dark place. Essentials oils should be stored in a cool dark place and out of direct sunlight. It is simply to help preserve their potency. Essential oils have a very long shelf life, some even last for years without losing their potency, if stored correctly.

Don’ts

Do not ingest essential oil. They should only be used externally. Though there are many people who use essential oils by ingesting them, this should only be done by consulting a doctor or a medicine practitioner before consuming.

Avoid using essential oils while pregnant or nursing. Every essential oil serves a particular purpose, so it is advisable to consult your dermatologist before buying, especially for pregnant women.

Cinnamon, clove, ginger, jasmine, sage, chamomile are some of the more common essential oils that should not be used by them.

Do not apply essential oils to mucous membranes. Never use essential oils near the eyes or put directly into ears. Some oils may damage your contact lenses, so never touch lenses immediately after using essential oils. These oils are potent and can cause serious irritation to your eyes.

In case you have sensitive skin, and have a history with irritability or rashes then start by applying these oils discreetly. Make a small patch of skin about an inch square, and massage the oil into it.

Wait 24 hours to see if the area has any itchiness or irritation. This will help you safeguard your skin just in case the oil does not suit your skin type.Read more at:backless formal dresses

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

Scarf and style

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(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

 

(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com)The 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