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The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection

The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection 

(Photo:long formal dresses)The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection

Travellers know hotels manufacture their own bath and beauty products, their own signature scents, and occasionally their own bathrobes, but a show-stopping, runway-worthy collection of apparel is something quite rare. The Sanchaya is about to cultivate that rare ground.

This month, the estate is introducing The S’YA collection — 20 items ranging from silk yao boxy tops, retro single mesh singlets and silk cotton sleeveless shirts, to silk linen flair shorts, rib cotton brought trousers, and cotton twill skinny jeans.

Natalya Pavchinskaya, the founder of The Sanchaya, a luxurious beachfront resort situated next to Singapore on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, said her debut apparel line marks a contemporary yet classic take on smart casual and sporty wear.

“The Sanchaya wants to go home with you; not merely in your memory bank, but in your suitcase, too,” said Pavchinskaya. “I wanted to design a collection for true travellers at heart so they could recapture, in a tangible way, that blissful, indulgent yet relaxed feeling you experience only on holiday.”

Fashioned from soft, sophisticated fabrics and various compositions of cotton, viscose, silk and lycra, the collection, Pavchinskaya said, is “all about travelling light”.

The predominantly monochromatic S’YA items, of black, white, grey, and various hues of light blue, can be mixed and matched to suit the occasion, be it a casual brunch, a leisurely stroll in a park or a glamorous evening.

Rising model Richie Hines, who has appeared in runway shows for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Saint Laurent and Thom Browne, is the face of The S’YA line.

The collection’s contemporary classic style also draws inspiration from The Sanchaya’s award-winning colonial architecture, crisp, neutral tones and tropical beauty.

“The garments are designed to blend in with scenic spots across The Sanchaya — our powder white sands, manicured croquet lawn, and The Bar with its vintage prints, antique telescopes and porter chairs,” said Pavchinskaya.

The S’YA line is currently available at The Sanchaya’s boutique named The Collection, and at selected clothing outlets in Singapore.Read more at:formal dresses 2017

Science says these 6 fashion trends are absolutely terrible for your back

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(, you look like a million bucks in that stylish outfit, but according to The British Chiropractic Association (BCA), certain fashion choices you’re making are wreaking havoc on your back.

As per a recent report by the BCA, most times women don’t realise how their clothing or footwear affects their posture and health.

“I am always surprised at how many of my patients are unaware that their clothing and accessories can affect their back health and their posture and, equally, how many decide their outfit-choice outweighs their pain,” the official report by BCA quotes chiropractor, Tim Hutchful as saying.

Some sought-after items that feature on the list of items that might give women back aches are skinny jeans, bell sleeves, backless shoes, oversized bags among others.

1. Bell sleeves: According to Tim, oversized-sleeved clothes tend to restrict a body’s normal movement.

“Oversized sleeves can cause you to hold your arms in a different or unusual way” he said before adding that one’s body ends up “compensating for your fashion choices” on more than one occasions.

2. Skinny jeans: Tight, fitted jeans have never really gone out of vogue. All hail the flared bottoms and culottes, but skin-tight jeans is one clothing essential present in nearly every wardrobe. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s good.

By restricting “free movement in areas such as the hips and knees” skinny jeans affect “the way we hold our bodies.” While it’s understandable for one to be obsessed with their jeans, mixing things up and not sporting one kind of bottomwear is what Tim recommends.

3. Cross-body bags: Backpacks over crossbody bags and handbags, always. Why? Well, backpacks divide the weight equally and prevent one particular side of the shoulder from getting strained–which is exactly the opposite of what handbags and cross-body bags do.

4. Coats with large fluffy hoods: The hoods are heavy. They restrict neck movement. There’s pressure on your back. Simple.

5. High heeled shoes: Over time, several studies have mentioned how high heels cause spine aches. And if you can’t avoid wearing heels, just choose wedges or things more comfortable.

6. Backless shoes: Mules do not give any support to your feet and cause tension all the way up to your spine.Read more at:long formal dresses

Fashion Show To Benefit Salvation Army

The 37th annual Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show will be held Friday, March 24 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. 

(Photo:long formal dresses)Around 200 people are expected to attend the 37th annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fairfax Fashion Show scheduled for Friday, March 24 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. Eight male and female models will be showcasing the latest Spring fashions from Lord & Taylor at Fair Oaks Mall and there will be a Silent Auction and entertainment, including a sextet of the Salvation Army’s National Capital Band, which will be playing brass and traditional Salvation Army music.

“We’re excited for this year’s annual fashion show,” said Major Jean Wilson, Corps Officer/Pastor with the Salvation Army of Fairfax. “The funds that are raised are going to support the programs of the Salvation Army in Fairfax County. This is a fun and exciting way to help your neighbor. The funds help us with our annual projects that the Auxiliary always supports.”

On March 24, the social hour and silent auction start at 10:30 a.m.; with the entertainment at 11:30 a.m.; followed by the luncheon at 12 noon; and the fashion show at 12:50 p.m. The menu includes four options: chicken kebabs, grilled salmon, vegetarian, and gluten free. The event will be held at the Waterford at Fair Oaks, located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax.

This is a fundraiser for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Fairfax Corps, which runs its annual stocking-stuffer program during Christmas and back-to-school program of donated school supplies and backpacks in August. Money raised also supports the Salvation Army’s summer program of 35 years, Camp Happy Land in Richardsville, VA, near Fredericksburg, where kids from the Fairfax area attend a week of camp. The money also supports the after-school program and music program as well as two children’s homes in Mexico. The Salvation Army Fairfax branch is headquartered at 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, 22030, and serves all of Fairfax County.

Currently, there are 83 children enrolled in the Fairfax after-school program and Gospel Arts program. There’s also character-building, and women’s and men’s fellowship programs. “We bring children into our Fairfax location on Ox Road three days a week and we serve kids from nine schools throughout the county,” said Wilson. The ages range from Kindergarten to high school.Read more at:formal dress shops

Best Of Caribbean Fashionweek June 7-11


( 2017 edition of Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) is slated to be the “best of”, a series that embraced the region and the wider world and changed the face of Caribbean fashion forever. It is anticipated that this June’s CFW will be the best ever CFW. Fashionistas are undoubtedly in for a treat as Pulse reaches out to the five continents to ensure that the global components of this event over the past 17 years all come together in one unforgettable experience.

Dubbed an “important new trend in world fashion” by no less a style arbiter than British Vogue, Caribbean Fashionweek, has taken regional fashion to the corners of the earth through such media outlets as Fashion TV Paris, Vogue, the BBC, i-D, The Independent, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Marie Claire, and a host of other media outlets around the globe.

Staged by Pulse since 2001, the event, launched in Trinidad and Tobago in 2000, has attracted over 150 designers and a host of celebrities and entertainers since its inception. Superstars of music and film like Eve, Nia Long, Kelly Rowland, Brian McKnight, Joe, Johnny Gill, Maxi Priest, Billy Ocean, Estelle, Morris Day, and Sheila E have performed at the event.

Designers like Catalin Botezatu, Meiling, Biggy, Robert Young, Cedella Marley, Simon Foster, Pauline Bellamy, Claudia Pegus, Deola Sagoe, Lois Samuels, Gavin Douglas, Tiger Lilly Hill, Sandra Kennedy, Mutamba, Uzuri, Heather Jones, Bill Edwards, and Moncrieffe have led a host of outstanding regional and international stylists who have shown collections at the event. Many new and emerging designers have also got an opportunity to show at CFW, thereby launching careers and gaining a foothold in the highly competitive fashion industry.

Pulse model stars and superstars have also lent their talent and celebrity to the event over the years – Jeneil Williams, Carla Campbell, Nell Robinson, Sky Nicole Grey, Jaunel McKenzie, Gaye McDonald, Sunna Gottshalk, Sedene Blake, Oraine Barrett, Lincoln Wynter, and, in more recent years, Francine James and Alicia Burke. These represent the best of the best and most will return in June for this very special edition of the “Best of CFW”, which will be supported by its own TV series now being shown in the wider Caribbean and soon to air in Jamaica. Several new elements and innovations will be part of the 2017 event.

CFW 2017 will be held at the Villa Ronai Fashion Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, and will once again celebrate Pulse’s concept of total fashion with a range of partners on board to participate in this signal experience.

CFW is presented by Pulse in association with several partners, including the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Spanish Court Hotel, The Peter Tosh Museum, and a number of others to be announced.Read more at:red carpet dresses

Behind the Scenes at Paris Fashion Week With TNT, Part Deux

The Fall 2017 collections finished with a big bang—well, at least for me they did. I had to take off right after Chanel to get ready for my next adventure. That bang I’m talking about quite literally rang in my ears as I jumped on the back of my moto taxi bike (my favorite means of transport, as anyone who follows me on Instagram knows). A Chanel rocket taking off? Wow! I did not see that one coming. First a bit of smoke then a big bang and off it went, with Karl Lagerfeld and his youngest child model waving goodbye to Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for a touch of nostalgia. But my favorite moment was the show’s opening, girls in glittery silver boots, sliver quilts, and Chanel’s typical bouclé re-worked in fresh metallic and blue shades, little shorts peeking out from jackets here and there, stomping along the white runway with Kraftwerk’s “Radioactivity” pumping. I had goose bumps.

I was a little bleary-eyed—call it a late night and far too much rain. Thankfully, my favorite hairstylist David Mallett’s Etienne created weatherproof hair in the shape of a tight, backward braid. Stepping out from my hotel, the Prince de Galles, I dashed to the Ralph Lauren store for cocktails with two very old pals of mine, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani, hosting a cozy affair: Lauren Santo Domingo, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Eugenie Niarchos, and—fresh off the plane from the West Coast—Joséphine de la Baume. Despite jet lag, I heard she later performed with her band. On everyone’s mind: the Balenciaga show with those Cristóbal-inspired gowns! And how Paco Rabanne’s Fall/Winter show is one long party dress wish list! I whizzed onward, excited to be dressed in a stunning brocade laser-cut, floral-embroidered minidress, straight off Mary Katrantzou’s runway. I was Mary’s lucky date, so I happily zipped it up!

A few hours earlier, right after a characteristically elegant show, Giambattista Vallihad our girl gaggle reunited—the LSD, Bianca, Eugenie, and Charlotte Dellal—plus Derek Blasberg, who was busy filming scenes for his next CNN Style episode while we waited for the show to begin. Off I sprinted to a string of showrooms until it was finally time to visit Delfina Delettrez at her very cute Parisian home overlooking one of those gemlike Parisian garden squares. Up some rickety steps and into a haven of calm, where Delfina, wearing masklike jet-blue eyeshadow, showed me her new creations. I loved her earrings, more minimal than previous collections—multiple little hoops with gems gracefully dangling from every angle. “I couldn’t choose just one side,” she explained, lavishly sipping a strong espresso.

Paris, over and out!Read more at:white formal dresses | blue formal dresses

Auditorium to host fashion designer Patrick Kelly exhibit

The Vicksburg Auditorium will be transformed Sunday into a showcase featuring the work of one of Vicksburg’s own, fashion designer Patrick Kelly.

The exhibit, which will feature 25 pieces of Kelly’s work on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a fashion show featuring Vicksburg and Jackson State students modeling clothing inspired by Kelly and clothing provided by JC Penney of Ridgeland, will be open to the public Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Monday, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Sunday program will also feature a tribute from Kelly’s family and friends, who will share stories about him an growing up with him in Vicksburg.

Shon McCarthy, director of Gallery 1 at Jackson State University, said the exhibit’s presentation in Vicksburg is the result of a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jackson State and the city of Vicksburg.

“The work of Patrick Kelly was celebrated in 2004 in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in 2014, the Philadelphia Museum of Art held a celebration of his work,” she said. “I think any time is a fitting time to honor him. I’m happy we were able to help and accommodate the city.”

Born in Vicksburg in 1954, Kelly graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1972. He died in 1990.

He attended Jackson State and later the Parsons School of Design in New York, and worked at different jobs while trying to sell his designs.

In 1979, he moved to Paris, where he was hired as a costume designer for the Paris nightclub Le Palace, and continued selling his own creations.

His flamboyant garments soon became popular, and he received the attention of the clothing conglomerate Warnaco. Well-known stores as Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman carried his Paris designs, and celebrities Cicely Tyson, Bette Davis, Grace Jones, and Isabella Rosellini were among his clients.

Some of Kelly’s most memorable garments incorporated masses of multicolored buttons or grosgrain ribbons clustered together. Other motifs, like the use of hats and splashy accessories, celebrated his rural southern roots.

“There was the time on the David Letterman show where Bette Davis refused to answer any questions until she talked about her Patrick Kelly dress,” McCarthy said.

She hopes the exhibit will help inspire students to become more interested in fashion design.

“I hope by looking at Patrick Kelly’s history and his work, they’ll think, ‘He was from Vicksburg and became successful. Maybe I can do it, too.’”Read more at:sexy formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

Kazakh fashion designer offers custom-made tailoring in New Zealand


(Photo:yellow formal dresses)A 34-year-old Kazakh-born tailor is bringing fashion trends to the streets of Auckland. Asya Sadyrova has made clothing for beauty contest participants and offers custom-made tailoring.

Born and raised in Ust-Kamenogorsk (East Kazakhstan region), Sadyrova has had a propensity for varied handcrafts since she was young, even making doll furniture.

”I was studying at a regular school and attending a music school at the same time. I was also taking cutting and sewing classes and began sewing when I was 14 years old,” she said in an interview with The Astana Times.

Sadyrova subsequently became a member of the fashion design faculty at an institute in her home city. She ended up in New Zealand by chance, moving to the country in September 2013.

“I sure enough did not want to leave my undertaking and began working from home bit by bit. After a while, I decided to move forward and opened my own atelier [fashion design studio], where I provide a wide range of services for tailoring,” she said, adding she also does custom-made tailoring..

Living in New Zealand, Sadyrova embraced the country’s unique fashion style and integrated it into her own design aesthetic, according to her website, Her vision is to make women feel “feminine, beautiful and powerful for any occasion.”

Her atelier, in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham, offers tailoring, alterations and original dressmaking. Evening wear such as cocktail dresses and ball gowns, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and other items are some of the tailor-made services offered on the website.

Her work has also been seen at the Miss World New Zealand contest. Sadyrova sews for a local online brand which was asked by event organisers in 2016 to become a sponsor.

“As a side note, the same thing will probably take place again this year. Some of the participants of various contests are my steady customers,” she said.

Sadyrova looks forward to bringing her label “ASYA” to the New Zealand market, which embodies both class and sophistication, according to the website.

The designer noted the differences in clothing choices between women in Kazakhstan and New Zealand.

“Girls in Kazakhstan and the entire post-Soviet area are quite obsessed with their looks, like to dress up all the time and have the perfect fit for their body and shape. Meanwhile, locals in New Zealand seem relaxed, prefer comfortable and occasionally very casual clothing,” she said, according to news reports.Read more at:green formal dresses

Freida Pinto is a master of high-end fashion; see why

Over the last couple of days, Freida Pinto has really impressed us with her sartorial choices. (Source: Instagram/Tanya Ghavri) 

(Photo:evening dresses online)She might not have made a huge splash for her fashion sense while she was in India, but Freida Pinto sure did make us sit up and take notice after she shifted base to Hollywood. And to our delight, more often than not, the actress has been making us proud at red carpet events. Over the past couple of days, Pinto has given us four back-to-back super classy looks and we just can’t get over it. Take a look:

1) Freida Pinto knows how to do a Hollywood classic look just too well. The actress was seen attending Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter in Beverly Hills, California, and for the occasion she picked a beautiful, shimmery one-shoulder Elie Saab gown with a thigh-high slit. Given how gorgeous the gown is, she didn’t opt for any dramatic make-up or accessory. Just a deep marsala lip shade, a pair of metallic heels from Jimmy Choo and jewellery from D’Orazio rounded her look.

2) Pinto was seen attending the Women In Films Pre-Oscar Party wearing a beautiful Maria Lucia Hohan gown. She rounded off her look with a perfect pair of sapphire earrings from Hueb, a sapphire and diamond ring from D’Orazio and a Corto Moltedo clutch. The look was understated but we loved it. At first glance, we didn’t like her hairdo but wearing her hair down like that with natural waves added some charm to her overall appearance. We think she did good.

3) Pinto didn’t attend the Oscars this time but she watched it at the Elton John’s Aid’s Foundation viewing party and for the occasion, the actress picked a super smart tuxedo style gown by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Black strappy heels, a Corto Moltedo clutch, and a bright lip shade was all that was needed to complete the look. The styling was right on point, no complaints here.

4) Pinto was one of the presenters at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Hollywood and for the big night, she picked a gorgeous lemon yellow lace gown by Uel Camilo featuring a sheer yoke and a sheer hem. We love how the shade of the sheer fabric is just perfect for her skin colour – looks like it was made just for her. The actress teamed it up with a pair of metallic ankle straps and an Edie Parker clutch. For her make-up, she went ahead with a deep red lip and a soft updo. Honestly, this is one of the best sheer gown looks we have ever seen.Read more at:formal dresses australia

Grammys spark political attire conversation


(Photo:short formal dresses)Politics have made their way into almost everything recently, from social media to awards shows to concerts. The idea of a Hollywood figure sharing their political opinions whenever they are given a platform may seem normal, so it’s fitting that politics and fashion have collided as well.

Move over “The Dress” from 2015 because there is a new garment that is breaking the internet, and it’s strutting straight off the red carpet of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Singer Joy Villa stepped out on the red carpet in a head-to-toe white coat, which she soon opened to reveal a Pro-Trump gown. Andre Soriano, a Filipino-born immigrant, designed the dress and described it as a symbol of love, according to the Washington Post.

The dress featured a fitted bodice and a flared train with the words “Make America Great Again” splashed down the front and “Trump” on the train. Soriano said in an interview that he used his Trump flag from his home to make the dress for her. Soriano also said unity and support for our new president are important.

Katy Perry made another political fashion statement at the Grammy Awards. Perry stepped out on stage wearing a white pantsuit, which is a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement, according to Time magazine, and may be a nod to her pick for president, Hillary Clinton. Perry also wore a pink armband with the word “persist” written on it. While Perry’s fashion statements may have been more subtle than Villa’s, Perry still managed to support her cause with her clothing.

Women are not the only ones who took to their outfits to support their political opinions. Men took a cue and followed suit as well. Johnny Stevens, band member of Highly Suspect, emerged on the red carpet in a jacket with a very strong message splattered across the back: impeach. Stevens was turned backwards in most photos from the event so that the words can be seen.

Rapper Schoolboy Q voiced his support for women with his Grammys attire. Schoolboy Q, with his young daughter Joyce in tow, donned a neon-pink hoodie with the phrase “girl power” in black font across the front. It is thought to show his support of women, but The Huffington Post said his songs may not always convey that same message.

Political views and opinions have slowly crept into many aspects of media, including fashion. Fashion has always been a means of self-expression, so why limit self-expression when it comes to spreading political messages? A photograph is worth a thousand words, and the photos from the 59th Grammy Awards are leaving some presidential ideas in the minds of viewers.Read more

Is Fashion Ultimately about Label Validation


(Photo:white formal dresses)‘Who are you wearing?’ is the most asked (and the most important) question during awards season. It is probably more important than why the attendee asked is present at the show. I mean, he/she probably spent thousands of Dollars or Naira on a stylist to look good, so why shouldn’t the said attendee be asked the question?

To me, if a person looks very well put together, do I really care to know who made the garment the person is putting on? Not really. I guess your perception of a person changes when you hear the following words from his/her mouth: ‘I’m wearing *insert high-end designer here*’

A very good friend of mine who happens to be the fashion editor at a top Nigerian magazine told me a very interesting story about what happened to her at a recent outing. The event was the launch of the new Carolina Herrera fragrances. She, dressed like the true editor that she is, donned a crisp white shirt tucked into slim well-cut black pants with a cummerbund-like detail and styled the look with black pumps. A couple of attendees complimented her dressing and asked who made the pants. The moment she mentioned the word ‘Céline’, they became more drawn to and found her more interesting, simply because she said the name of the Phoebe Philo-helmed label. That’s ironic, seeing as the whole point of Philo’s Céline is anonymity. Wasn’t she smart-looking enough or interesting enough initially? Why did the label on her back make her more endearing?

More often than not, people who end up on worst dressed lists actually wear these high-end labels, so why do people still care anyway? Isn’t the whole point of fashion to look chic no matter who made it?

We live in a world where branding has to be visible to be validated. The double G sign on a croc Gucci handbag receives more stares of approval than a minimal intrecciato tote from Bottega Veneta, even if the latter costs more. Why does that happen? What is it that we are trying to prove? Fashion is supposed to be an expression of self, not an expression of worth.

When designers are asked why they make clothes, their answers are often around the fact that they want people to look and feel good. Some designers make clothes that have a purpose.

Christian Dior’s ‘new look’ for instance, is constructed to give women waists. Chanel’s tweed jackets transcend time and seasons. Donna Karan’s ‘7 easy pieces’ is a basic wardrobe women can build on. These are examples of clothes that make a point. But in today’s world, it is less about the actual clothes and more about the selected brands, which isn’t even the point the designers are trying to make.

So when did we let it get like this? By doing this we give skeptics the ammunition to render fashion as shallow, which it clearly isn’t.

A little mystery is chic, no?Read more at:black formal dresses