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The triumph of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk

The Great Yorkshire Show catwalk set the style bar sky-high this week when it put on a showcase of fashion worthy of a Hollywood red carpet or a Paris runway.

celebrity couturier James Steward presented special-occasion designs named after local Yorkshire beauty spots. Wetherby-based Steward has created pieces for Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Katherine Kelly and many soap stars, both for the red carpet and TV, including wedding dresses for Coronation Street. He has twice been named Yorkshire Brides Couture Designer of the Year, and is a designer for BBC TV’s Cbeebies channel, interpreting outfits for reality series Marrying Mum and Dad.

His ready-to-wear collection, designed with his sister, Hannah Moody, drew gasps of delight from the audience, with dresses entitled the Chevin, the Birdsall, the Lockton, the Cropton and the Malton, all made in honour of the county.

The highlight of this year’s catwalk was undoubtedly Steward’s bespoke wedding gown, created especially for the show and incorporating Great Yorkshire Tweed, the beautiful green fabric woven for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society by Abraham Moon & Sons of Guiseley.

This year’s Fashion Pavilion catwalk also saw the debut of John Lewis Leeds, showcasing an impressive range of autumn/winter 2017 daywear and outerwear looks for women and men. The looks were styled by the store’s personal shopping team and featured designs from its And/Or, Kin and Loved & Found collections, and from Yorkshire brand Pure Collection, which is stocked in the Leeds store.

Highlighting the retail giant’s commitment to giving a platform to local talent, the Kin by John Lewis selection included pieces by Yorkshire textile and fashion designer Laura Slater.

Georgia Earnshaw, from John Lewis, said: “It was fantastic to be part of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk and showcase a preview of our autumn/inter collections. Our Leeds department store is soon to mark its one-year anniversary and being a part of this iconic Yorkshire event has been the perfect way to celebrate.”

And, on Tuesday, stars of Yorkshire sport and screen joined the models on the GYS catwalk to showcase the countrywear crafted in Great Yorkshire Tweed.

Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom joined former Leeds Rhino player Keith Senior, Yorkshire vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright and BBC TV presenters Amy Garcia and Abbie Dewhurst to model the striking range.

Last year’s show saw the launch of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society men’s jackets, created by Keightley tailors Brook Taverner and made in the tweed, woven in the YAS’s green and gold colours by Abraham Moon & Sons. This year women’s jackets have been introduced, impressively modelled by Amy and Abbie.

Meanwhite, the men’s range has been expanded. Ryan Sidebottom confirmed that he was pleased with his outfit. “It fits perfect, looks smart and it’s Yorkshire. You can’t get better than than that,” he said as he waited backstage before the show.

This year also sees the launch of a competition to find the Great Yorkshire Show’s most stylish people. Visitors, exhibitors and competitors are invited to take a picture of themselves or a friend/colleague/relative at the show and post on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag GYScatwalk to win a John Lewis Leeds personal shopping session, lunch and beauty treatment for two.

The catwalk has become a highlight of Great Yorkshire Show, and is regarded as a prestigious platform for the best of Yorkshire fashion, attracting major high-street names alongside independent designers and up-and-coming graduates from colleges across the county.

There were four shows a day, featuring a 12-strong team of male and female models from Huddersfield-based agency Morton Gledhill The Fashion Team, which also co-ordinates the runway.

Each year, students from Yorkshire colleges and universities are selected to showcase their work. Designers from Harrogate College, Hull College of Art and Design and the University of Huddersfield took part, while hair and make-up was by Harrogate College’s Artistic Team. The University of Huddersfield presented designs from a tailoring project, using cloth donated by Abraham Moon & Sons.Read more at:long formal dresses | formal dresses 2017

Indian boutique in New Haven donates all profits to international women’s programs

Didi Ananda Vibha is photographed at the Seva Boutique inside of Edge of the Woods Natural Market in New Haven on 6/26/2017. Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media 

(Photo:cheap formal dresses)Tucked away on the upper level of Edge of the Woods Natural Market — somewhere above and between the coconut milk and gluten-free cupcakes — is one of the city’s best kept fashion secrets: a boutique of clothes, bags and other items made mostly in India.

As with many boutiques, the blouses shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, ponchos, handbags, sweaters, Paschimas, and more are unique, timelessly fashionable and difficult to find in mainstream fashion outlets. They also carry bedspreads, jewelry, wall hangings and paper lamps.

And, 100 percent of the proceeds at Seva Boutique go toward programs to benefit women and children in India, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua. Seva means selfless service in Sanskrit.

The boutique was started and is run by Didi Ananda Vibha, who is part of the Ananda Margamovement, a global spiritual and social service organization with a mission of self-realization and service to humanity, according to the organization’s website. Ananda Marga translated means bath of bliss.

Didi is a title similar to what sister is to nun in the Catholic Church, although Ananda Marga is not religion. Didi’s wear orange, considered the color of sacrifice.

Through meditation centers and service projects throughout the world, the movement, founded in 1955 by Shri Shri Anandamurti, “offers instruction in meditation, yoga and other self-development practices on a non-commercial basis, and responds to social emergencies and long-term social needs.”

Vibha, who became a didi at 16 and has spent decades dedicated in that role, started the boutique about 18 months ago as a service project.

She already had a connection with Edge of the Woods Natural Market’s owners, as they are long-time followers of the movement. They give her the space rent-free, as well as the space to teach meditation and yoga, for which she said she is grateful.

Jessica Mendez, who discovered the boutique by accident months ago while shopping for vitamins, said she’s drawn to the clothes every time she shops at the market.

“These are fashions you can’t find anywhere else,” Mendez said. “I can’t leave without buying something.”

Joyce James said she likes that the profits go to a good cause — and besides, the clothes are awesome.

“They are unique and stylish,” she said. “But I don’t think a lot of people know about this.”

Vibha, a warm, soft-spoken woman originally from India, plays every role at the boutique, situated in part of an upstairs lounge at the popular market, located at 379 Whalley Ave. She’s the merchandise buyer, manager, salesperson, stocker, accountant, in addition to all the other leadership positions she holds in the spiritual movement.

Vibha said she is still trying to figure out what customers want and getting word out about the boutique, but so far, “People love it.”

“They feel satisfied buying here because it’s for a cause,” she said, noting the prices are also reasonable.

Vibha said customers often comment on the “Peace, calm” about the place — and it’s no wonder with her strong Ananda Marga presence there.

In keeping with the movement, she meditates four times a day and says meditation is to “calm, concentrate, expand the mind to that infinite essence.”

She says of keeping clear through meditation, “If you have a bucket of water you can’t see your face in it until the water is calm.”

Vibha, raised in India and raised in the movement — she says bred to become a didi — has been in the United States for 26 years and a didi for 38. She also has a sister who is a didi.

“I feel I’m the richest person in the whole world,” she said, noting her guru, whom she referred to several times as her “master.”

“Money doesn’t get you what you really need… It will buy you clothes and other things, but you cannot find infinite happiness in temporary things,” she said.

She said the spiritualistic movement includes a belief in universalism — that everything on Earth was created by one entity. They don’t believe in nationalism, as “We believe all humanity are indivisible,” she said.

And aside from mediation and yoga being a central part of it, so is a special diet that is vegetarian, and excludes eating onion, garlic, mushrooms because they can “stir your mind” and interfere with meditation.

According to the “Seva Boutique” section on the Edge of the Woods website, “there is only giving and no question of taking. “

The spiritual guru, philosopher and founder of Ananda Marga, Sri Sri Anandamurti, founded the Women’s Welfare Department of the organization in May 1965, creating the didi role, “to uplift women in all the physical mental and spiritual spheres,” according to the market’s website.

Some examples of those who benefit from the work of didis around the world — including from the Seva Boutique — are schools, orphanages, medical clinics, vocational training centers for women and girls.

The Seva Boutique web area says the movement urges social consciousness, “especially around women, so that they are inspired to rise, abolish dogma and annihilate all symbols of slavery and a share in a new era of coordinated cooperation and glorious achievement.”Read more at:sexy 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

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

Hot pink eyeshadow

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez 

(Photo:backless formal dresses)There were many bold beauty choices at the recent Met Gala in New York.

But one standout trend had to be the hot pink eyeshadow sported by Selena Gomez, which was created for her by make-up artist Hugo Vanngo to complement her gorgeous Coach gown.

If you’re brave enough to try the bright-eyed look for yourself, Lord & Berry make-up artist Abbi-Rose Crook recommends starting by prepping the eyelids.

“Firstly, create a canvas for the pigment by using an eyeshadow primer, such as Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion,” she told Cover Media.

Then take a light pink eyeshadow, like Lord & Berry’s Seta Eyeshadow in Desert Sand, and shade in the inner corners and outer edges of the eye. Add a pop of deep colour in the centre of lid, using a hot pink eyeshadow, or a swipe of Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in the candy pink hue of (Pop)ular 49 on the upper and lower lashes and blend out. Top the look off with lashings of your favourite black mascara.

And if you don’t have the perfect pink eyeshadow on hand, Abbi-Rose suggests digging through your beauty bag for a similarly hued product.

“If you don’t want to invest in a bright pink eyeshadow you can always use your blusher, providing it still contains a bright-ish pigment,” the make-up expert explained. “If it’s a powder formulation, it can be used in the same way as an eyeshadow.”

When it comes to the rest of your make-up, take a page out of Selena’s book and opt for a minimal, dewy look. To compliment the high-fashion eyeshadow trend, Abbi-Rose would simply use a touch of Becca Backlight Filter Face Primer to make the skin “pop” before adding a little powder highlighter on the top of the cheekbones.

“Lips should be kept understated, so it’s a good idea to line the lips with a pencil such as MAC’s lip pencil in Soar, a rose pink colour, before adding a little of Lord & Berry’s Active Spa Moisture Lip Balm,” she added.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

C W Sellors transforms five centuries of Chatsworth fashion into modern jewels

C W Sellors unveils new House Style collection inspired by five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House. 

(Photo:short formal dresses australia)The new range has been designed exclusively by C W Sellors to complement the new ‘House Style’ exhibition at Chatsworth, one of Britain’s most magnificent stately homes.

Inspired by five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House, the new collection draws upon the striking jewellery owned and worn by family over the generations; from exotic headdresses to glittering diamond tiaras and the renowned insect brooches which belonged to Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, the last of the celebrated Mitford sisters.

“It has been a privilege to create this jewellery range inspired by some of Chatsworth’s hidden gems,” says Chris Sellors, the company’s founder and managing director. “In doing so we share our affection and esteem for this incredible stately home and the past and present generations of the family who live there.”

The seventy-four piece House Style collection has been fashioned into distinct design styles which reflect the glamour, elegance and history encapsulated by Chatsworth. The Diamond Palmette range is based on the famous Devonshire Lotus and Plamette diamond tiara, while the Chatelaine collection transforms another treasure on display at the exhibition into a series of sterling silver pendants. Elsewhere, the Chatsworth Heritage range turns the House Style logo into a pendant and brooch, and Inspired by a Duchess brings to life insect motifs.

Pieces have been designed by founder and managing director, Chris Sellors, and his daughter, Hot 100 Trendsetter Rebecca Sellors. The duo worked closely with Lady Burlington, married to the Duke and Duchess’s elder son, William to make the exhibition pieces.Read more at:marieaustralia

Red all the rage at fashion’s big night


(Photo:plus size formal dresses)The colour red made a dramatic show on Monday night (US time) in the grand parade of fashion at the Met Gala, with co-chair Katy Perry in a veiled look created just for her by John Galliano and Pharrell’s wife, Helen Lasichanh, in one of honoree Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde, armless jumpsuits.

Perry wore a veil with a silver head piece and black accents around the eyes with an embroidered wool coat layered over a red tulle and silk chiffon dress, her sleeves elongated, all by Maison Margiela Artisanal.

Lasichanh, her blond hair high on her head, wore a signature Kawakubo balloon-like, red suit.

Claire Danes also channelled the designer, whose work is featured in the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.” The sleeves of Dane’s blouse extended well beyond her hands, paired with a simple pair of black pants.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour kicked off the star-studded gala a bit earlier as the evening’s co-host.

The gala feeds the annual budget of the Costume Institute. Wintour opted for encrusted gold and ostrich feathers from Chanel and said of Kawakubo and her Comme des Garcons brand: “She’s a genius. Not only does she think outside of the box, she doesn’t acknowledge the box.”

Mega-stars from the worlds of film, TV, fashion, sports and music attend the glittery Met Gala each year. Some honour the work of the Costume Insitute’s spring theme and some just, well, do their own thing.

Priyanka Chopra’s floor-sweeping trench coat evening gown from Ralph Lauren took up a lot of real estate on the carpet, which is actually blue this year.

Lilly Collins, her hair in a black, banged crop with dark red lips, paid homage to Kawakubo in a black strapless bodice paired with a high-waisted full skirt in pink.Read more at:evening dresses

Fashion design wanders into crowdsourcing

It’s difficult to find the perfect garment or piece of gear. It might be a bit too long, too thin, or just too small to haul the animal you just killed.

Kuiu, a burgeoning line of camouflage apparel and accoutrements (including “game bags”), is hoping to solve some of those problems, or at least head them off. The Dixon, Calif.-based company just launched GIRU, a web platform that crowdsources product design from customers.

“Design” might be overstating it a bit. On GIRU, browsing consumers are asked to make a number of choices for a particular product — anything from the size of the pockets to material and color — and then support their choice with a commitment to buy. The configuration that gets the most “votes” goes into production in an arrangement that’s part Kickstarter, part textile skunkworks.

“We’re going to know exactly what to build, exactly what people want, and exactly how many to make,” said Kuiu founder Jason Hairston. “Eventually, we won’t develop a new product without running it through GIRU.”

In a retail industry desperate to divine demand and sharpen supply chains, it’s as promising an experiment as anything else. In any given year, roughly 15 percent of retail products are brand new, which means a similar amount didn’t do enough business to survive the previous year. For every Adidas Stan Smith sneaker that plays for decades, there’s a one-and-done, such as Under Armour’s Curry Two “Chef.”

Misses are costly, as are attempts to avoid them, which to date range from focus groups and A/B testing to hiring product-design consultants.

Dan Fishback, a GIRU investor, is familiar with the imprecision of forecasts from his days running DemandTec, a unit of IBM using math to divine production and pricing from retail transaction data. “Some brand manager is a rock star one year and the next he’s in the ditch, because he’s really just winging it,” Fishback said. “GIRU is kind of where the puck is going.”

And while the design feedback is helpful, GIRU also offers a bit of magic for marketing and finance. It turns out people generally like to share their opinions on the internet and GIRU is peppered with buttons to “share with friends,” and those who participate and buy will receive the product before it hits the wider market.

Meanwhile, as GIRU tallies votes for a particular item, it’s also financing production with that upfront commitment to buy.

“Essentially, we’re flipping the entire market upside down,” Hairston explained.Read more at:mermaid formal dresses | cheap formal dresses