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

Throwback to the 50s

It was a fashion soiree like none other. When Vogue Atelier (an event to commemorate the magazine’s 125th year of its inception and Vogue-India’s 10th anniversary) decided to debut in Hyderabad, they pulled all stops to create a showstopper with celebrated designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil’s Spring -17 line as the muse, the event was both a throwback and tribute to the fashion shows of 1950s which were more intimate, luxurious and personal.

The premise of the show was that it had no runway or any of the trappings of a regular fashion show. The models walked about a small ramp with seats in white, posed and moved freely amongst the invitees while instrumental music played on a loop in the background, enveloping the space with its authentic and Indian sensibilities.

Priya Tanna, Editor of Vogue India elaborated on the idea behind the event and said, “This is a very 1950s way of doing things. It was a time when fashion shows were all about intimate gatherings held at beautiful venues and were free of flashlights, hashtags and showstoppers. People walked into a salon styled area just for the love of clothes; that was the sentiment and mood we sought to evoke.”

Shantanu Mehra muses that it was a nostalgic moment for them to create a special line which was rooted with Indianness layered with new sensibilities for the show. He adds, “It is a moment I cherish because the idea of showcasing couture as it was 70 years back, where personalised collections were made for clients, is unique. There is a lot of old-world charm and monochromatic harmony between menswear and women’s wear. We have used mostly blacks and whites and what you see is minimalistic couture on display.”

The collection showcased the designer duo’s aesthetic with their controlled cuts and structured ensembles. Both the menswear and women’s wear had a similar narrative in design, structure and drapes treating vintage charm with new age sensibilities. The clothes were layered, elegant and silhouette centric, a staple of the designers’ oeuvre.

Shantanu sums it up when he says that the show was up, close and personal and elaborates, “At fashion weeks, it is always a standard set with runways and 400 people in the audience. Here it’s very personal, it is more like interactive art meets fashion. The show is very theatre like in its feel with models posing like mannequins and installations.”

With the ballroom of Park Hyatt transformed into a gallery, the tables lit with candles and Hyderabad’s fashionistas for captive audience, it was a fashion gala unlike any other the city has seen in the past.

Redefining fashion

The initial years of 1950s marked a transition phase after World War II when women began asserting their choices without being rigid about fashion norms. Pencil skirts and ruffled blouses came in vogue during this time.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | formal dresses canberra

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 at:marieaustralia.com

French style on view at Benilde

 

(Photo:formal dresses perth)Because of the pervasive influence of French fashion, what the exhibit could reflect is also how our own needs and tastes change, as well as our view of French fashion, and how relevant it still is. As curated by Frederic Delhove, an interior designer and a former owner of a designer boutique, the exhibit features clothes of various vintages from several museums.

Practically household names Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano are all present in this party, while lesser-known names such as Anna and Tumoas Laitinen are here as well. “They represent French fashion by their savoir-faire,” said Mr. Delhove through an interpreter. “It’s also an exhibition on confrontation.” By confrontation, Mr. Delhove alludes to the unease experienced by, say, sailor pants and a Breton shirt by Gaultier, juxtaposed with a more elaborate creation reminiscent of Madonna’s cone-bra look. The dress has blue metallic tattoos on a flesh background, while still displaying the same flesh-toned cones.

In the same line, capes from different time periods are displayed together: a wool cloak, next to a plastic hoodie. The centerpiece of the show is a black tutu by Gaultier, covered with tiny metal discs, presented in a haute couture collection earlier in the decade. Watch out as well for a lovely Christmas coat with a feather boa, made by Lanvin in the 1950s.

While French fashion can seem awe-inspiring to others, to Mr. Delhove, it’s not such a big deal. “It’s not specific to France, it’s also true in Italy and other parts of the world,” he said. He added, “For people outside France, they still consider France as the center of fashion, but when you are in France, you know that fashion is also in London, in other parts of the world.”

That may be true, but French fashions have influenced the European world as early as in the medieval period. Anne Boleyn, for example, in Henry VIII’s Tudor court, stood out for her education in France: which included having a knowledge about French clothing. Countless historical figures have depended on France for fashion and luxury: not even the hardy Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, who would send out fashion plates for people back home to copy.

At the same time, as fashion can be seen as a dialogue between consumer and creator, French fashion also takes heed of what the world needs and makes a product based on that. Coco Chanel made a killing dressing women like men, addressing the need for the modern woman’s search for identity, in a world where the men were decimated after the First World War. Yves Saint Laurent, in creating the Le Smoking (a vintage one is displayed in the CSB exhibit as well), also dressed the 1960s woman, who was racing for a career and a new purpose.

“At the same time that they were creating, they were also inventing,” Mr. Delhove.

When asked about what makes the French eye for trends different than, say, the watchers in London and Milan, Mr. Delhove redirected the question to what French fashion is for someone. With his statement that French designers created and invented at the same time, the Chanel 2.55 bag came into discussion. Now a stately shoulder and handbag combo, it had been revolutionary when it first came out in the 1950s. Mademoiselle Chanel (never married), wanted a bag that allowed her to use her hands freely during cocktail parties. So, using chains influenced by the belts of the nuns who raised her, she suspended the bag and let it hang from her shoulder. At the same time, the bag’s inside flap was supposed to be where she would hide her love letters, while the back pocket was used to hide loose bills. The padding was supposed to be either from jackets she admired, or (in a macabre version of the story), the padded leather seats of the car her great love was killed in.

“It was really an invention, but now it has become an iconic accessory.”

Mr. Delhove might not discuss the impact of French fashion on the world, but on one point he agrees. When asked why it was so important for French people to look good (a quick swipe through French street-style Instagram accounts should help), he said, “It’s a lifestyle: it’s just as important to eat well, as to dress well.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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

Top trends from New York Fashion Week

There’s always plenty of tips and trends to be discovered at New York Fashion Week.

Here are nine to keep an eye on.

1. MODELS GET REAL

While it’s true that many of the models on the catwalks are still painfully thin, young and Caucasian, New York designers have begun to lead the way in disproving the myth that any alternative to the status quo would be too tricky to pull off. J.Crew continued its “real” people concept for a second season, plucking friends and family aged from nine to 67 to showcase the collection. The result was joyous.

“We love it when people smile in their clothes,” said womenswear designer Somsack Sikhounmuong. “The message is, we make great clothes which you can wear no matter who you are.”

Elsewhere, Prabal Gurung enlisted plus-size models Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring, while Tome’s beautiful offering was modelled by women of all shapes and ethnicities. As Alexandra Shulman – an outspoken voice on the need for variety – steps down as editor at British Vogue, here’s hoping New York’s developing diversity is more than just a trend.

2. HOW TO POWER-DRESS NOW

I lost count of the number of times that Victoria Beckham used the word “strong” as she talked me through her collection, but she wasn’t the only one alluding to the need for an empowered attitude.

“It feels like it’s time to stand up a little straighter,” said Tibi designer Amy Smilovic. “We’ve got to get the f… out there and be strong.”

At both labels – and many more – that rallying cry came, somewhat ironically, in the form of sharp, unapologetically masculine tailoring. Alexander Wang and The Row were among those to show shoulders so wide that one wondered if we hadn’t been transported back to power dressing’s 80s heyday.

Beckham, however was pro-choice, offering either diaphanous skirts or wide-legged trousers with her blazers.

3. THE NEW PARK AVENUE PRINCESS LOOK

At Oscar de la Renta, incoming design duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have a tall order on their hands, tasked as they are with serving up a modern spin on the classic American glamour which the house’s founder coined and refined until his death in 2014.

But the challenge was met, with the pair unveiling a dazzling, ultra-polished debut collection, ticking off all manner of social engagements pertinent to the de la Renta customer. Vividly colourful yet slick cocoon coats and knitwear great for lunchtime functions; cigarette trousers with artfully embellished tops will make delightful cocktail attire; while sequinned bandeau dresses with crinoline petticoats recalling Dior’s New Look, and black velvet column gowns dripping in crystals, will require a red carpet or grandiose ball to be shown off to their full advantage.

Park Avenue princesses and actresses in search of awards-season looks should rejoice – not to mention whoever is putting together Ivanka and Melania Trump’s America First wardrobes.

4. ALL COLOURS, WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

“You never see anyone wearing colour on the street,” observed Carolina Herrera, and yet many designers seemed to be on a mission to add zing to our wardrobes with their delectable yet unexpected palettes.

At Sies Marjan, Sander Lak justified his much-hyped rising stardom with a collection featuring champagne with inky teal, chocolate brown with cerulean blue, and Cadbury purple with peach. Rosetta Getty collaborated with Polish artist Alicja Kwade on a print that blended rich burgundy with mint; Proenza Schouler proposed bronze and scarlet; while Lacoste offered up terracotta with lilac.

Go forth and boldly embrace all colour combinations. And, no, navy and grey don’t count, sorry.

5. SHAKING OFF SIMPLICITY AT DVF

We all hold simplicity and minimalism in high regard, but there’s nothing to make us question that resolve quite like Jonathan Saunders’s eclectically high-octane new vision for Diane von Furstenberg. The Glaswegian designer’s second presentation for the label was joyfully playful while retaining the easy sophistication exhibited by DVF’s groundbreaking wrap dress in the 70s.

The mood of that decade had sparked Saunders’s ideas. “It was about taking the energy of how women expressed themselves then, but combining everything in a more modern way.” Cue bold, clashing prints with African and Japanese influences layered underneath opulent faux furs; louche, colourful blanket coats with capacious, braided-detail leather bags and sculptural, oversized jewellery piled on for good measure.

Saunders likened the effect to “a collage”.

6. CHECKING IN

One New York trend that you can probably opt into today, via a quick sift through your wardrobe, is checks in their many guises: tartan, houndstooth, Rupert the Bear, the list could go on, and on. Often, said checks were subtle and came in neutral shades, appearing on tailored pieces to achieve a corporate look, as at Calvin Klein.

There was a heritage feel at Self Portrait, Altuzarra, Jason Wu and J.Crew, where a photograph of Prince Phillip at Balmoral had inspired riffs on the kilt. At newcomer Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s show, held in a basement theatre at the Guggenheim, the most distinctive check of the week emerged in mustard, blue and candyfloss pink (never fear, it also came in black-and-white). The blazer and pleated skirt would both make worthy entries on your to-buy list for next autumn.

7. BELLE OF THE WEEK

Bella Hadid has been somewhat overshadowed by elder sister Gigi in the past, but it felt as though she was the girl creating the buzz and being cast as the de facto star attraction this week. It’s not simple stuff, this supermodel-making business, but the younger, more unconventional-looking Hadid is starting to edge ahead in appearances (10.6 million Instagram followers certainly help – although her sister has nearly 30 million, so she still has some way to go).

But her rising influence means that designers are just as keen to have her wearing their clothes in real life (as she’s snapped by street-style photographers between shows) as modelling on their catwalks; in fact, it’s often part of the deal.

How do those working with her nail her appeal? “Bella is everything I admire today,” said Zadig & Voltaire creative director Cecilia Bonstom, who chose Hadid for the label’s most recent campaign and to open its first ever New York show, which celebrated 20 years of the brand. “She has reached a point where you realise how focused and professional she is. She’s beautiful inside and outside.”

8. THE ALICE BAND STRIKES BACK

Brace yourselves, for as well as hailing the return of the power shoulder, NYFW has thrown up the possibility that another 80s essential – Alice bands – might be back on the agenda, too.

It was Joseph Altuzarra, fresh from binge-watching The Crown and studying Renaissance art at the Met, who gave the old styling tool a new dash of desirability. Each of the 53 models in his show wore some variation, whether studded with pearls or covered in a print to create a matchy-matchy effect with the rest of the outfit.

If you’re considering joining the revival, then tail the look with a pair of stompy boots as Altuzarra did, for a jolt of attitude to counterbalance the primness.

9. CALVIN’S COATS

The talk on the New York front rows has largely oscillated between who will fill all the big jobs currently vacant in the industry (Givenchy and Chloe are both without creative directors); the latest weather conditions (is it safe to ditch the snow boots tomorrow, the merits of Uniqlo Heattech, etc); and Raf Simons’s debut at Calvin Klein.

Since the latter occurred on Friday, there has been plenty of time for dissection, and while the consensus is that the cowboy boots he introduced will be the stars at retail, the coats must not be overlooked.Read more at:princess formal dresses | red formal dresses

Beyonce showcases baby bump in slinky red Peter Dundas dress at Grammys

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(Photo:vintage formal dresses)Beyonce showed off her growing baby bump in a sparkly scarlet gown at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (12Feb17).

The 35-year-old singer, who recently announced she and her husband Jay Z are expecting twins, dared to bare her cleavage at the annual music ceremony in a skintight red dress with a plunging neckline by Peter Dundas. The gown is from Dundas’ debut eponymous line, which he launched following his stint at Roberto Cavalli.

Ensuring she didn’t steal attention away from her head-turning outfit, Beyonce kept her make-up simple, opting for nude lipstick and a warm smoky eye with golden undertones.

It wasn’t just the red dress which kept all eyes on the star though; she took to the stage during the ceremony to perform a medley of tracks Love Drought and Sandcastles from album Lemonade, which scooped Best Urban Contemporary Album on the night, in a showstopping outfit. Unveiling her growing stomach even more Beyonce wowed in a huge gold headpiece, a gold choker, a chain-style bikini top and a pair of small gold briefs as she sung on stage, while a cape flowed behind her and large gold discs hung from her ears.

This look was also by Dundas and the fashion star shared his delight at Beyonce’s ensembles by posting sketches of the looks on his Instagram account throughout the night.

Also making an impression at Sunday night’s bash was Adele, who looked regal in an olive Givenchy dress featuring a checkered bodice and beaded sleeves, while Jennifer Lopez stunned in a lavender-coloured Ralph & Russo dress with a ruffled neck and keyhole cut-out over her chest.

Meanwhile Rihanna flaunted her toned midriff and torso tattoo in an orange halter-neck crop top and a voluminous layered back skirt by Armani Prive.Read more at:backless formal dresses

When ‘Nude’ is Only Nude for Some People

Nude collection | Source: Christian Louboutin 

(Photo:long evening dresses)Nudity is en vogue these days. Shoppers are clamouring for nude swimsuits, nude lingerie, and nude designer clothes. It is a simple yet edgy look for those bold enough to suggest they are baring it all, and tolerant enough to endure the occasional double-take.

Yet for some, nude simply means beige. Or perhaps some lighter shade of tan. The problem with this particular colour label is that, more often than not, “nude” is only nude if you happen to be white.

As the style has become increasingly popular, this retail conundrum is gaining attention. Some are now challenging the industry norm, jettisoning the interchangeability of “nude” and “beige” and producing clothing that matches the flesh of everyone.

“Finally, the fashion and beauty industries are catching up,” said Katie May Atkinson, an analyst at trend forecasting firm WGSN, “but it’s been a long time coming.”

Why did it take so long? Pairing skin tone to clothes was a hot trend in the late 2000s, with couture designers walking light brown looks down runways, albeit on white models. Nude pumps gained a bigger following; so did nude nail polish. Then one night in 2010, Michelle Obama wore a strapless beige evening gown to a state dinner—a gown whose colour was described as “nude.” Not so much.

Fashion’s issues with colour are born of a longstanding, racially insensitive beauty standard, said Elizabeth Wissinger, a professor of fashion studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Wissinger, who has done extensive research on diversity within the industry, says fashion has begun to acknowledge alternative body types and complexions, but its attachment to narrow traditions suggests it will take a long time.

“Fashion claims to be nimble and responsive and on the cutting edge,” said Wissinger. But “there’s also such long cultural echoes of what’s deemed fashionable, so there’s this subconscious background of calling that colour ‘nude.’”

Crayons and Civil Rights

The concept of nude-as-a-colour was challenged a long time ago, just not in fashion. Crayola, the crayon maker (now owned by Hallmark Cards Inc.) once made a pinkish beige colour called “flesh.” The tone was renamed “peach” in the 1960s, when exclusionary references began to unwind in the face of the civil rights movement.

One definition of nude in the Oxford Dictionary remains “of a pinkish-beige colour,” though another states that nude is “denoting or relating to clothing or makeup that is of a colour resembling that of the wearer’s skin.” Until 2015, when a college student successfully petitioned Merriam-Webster, that dictionary defined nude as “having the colour of a white person’s skin.” This is the definition now in its place: Having a colour (as pale beige or tan) that matches the wearer’s skin tones: giving the appearance of nudity

The beauty industry, meanwhile, has been miles ahead of fashion in catering to women with darker skin. Women of colour have more choices than ever thanks to labels such as Bobbi Brown and MAC, providing an inclusive set of swatches for their customers. Bobbi Brown’s nude finishing illuminating powder, for instance, comes in six different sets, spanning “porcelain” to “rich.”

Yet on the catwalk, there has been little evidence of the nude rainbow. One notable exception is the label of performer Kanye West, whose inclusion of many tones on multi-ethnic models has created some buzz around the word’s budding redefinition. And yes, the Kardashian pack has played a role too, with the never-shy Kim in the lead role of nude hue pitch-woman. She’s worn looks from nude bikinis to nude blouses and skirts.

To be sure, there are some fashion brands that have joined in. Nubian Skin was the first, with a line of lingerie that is available in plenty of dark brown shades. BeingU, Nudest, and BrownBottims also sell underwear in lots of hues. A new UK shoe brand called Kahmune offers 10 separate shades of high heels to match skin tones. Nunude is a label that sells tracksuits and lounge wear with the hopes of redefining nude. And Christian Louboutin, maker of the iconic red-soled shoes, has expanded the colour range of his nude ballet flats and pumps.

“I’ve always done a nude shoe but only using the colour beige,” Louboutin, the designer, said at the time. But he decided to change things when one of his staffers told him flatly: “Beige is not the colour of my skin.”

Diversity and Logistics

Naja, a lingerie label that has since expanded into activewear and swimsuits, released a line of “nude for all” underwear in shades that span the spectrum of brown. Founded in 2014 by former lawyer Catalina Girald and Jane The Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, Naja looked to upend lingerie stereotypes last year with its campaign for nude bras and panties, seeking to celebrate diversity with models of all skin tones–and, of course, matching nude lingerie.

“The fashion industry was primarily targeted at white people and nude was the colour of a white person’s skin when they were nude,” said Girald. “We needed to be inclusive and had to change that.”

Girald said one obstacle for the industry has been simple logistics. They order their clothes, underwear, or shoes from factories abroad that have high minimums, so if they want an item in many shades, they would have to make a big bet on inventory. Smaller brands just can not afford this, and larger brands often do not think it is worth the risk. For Naja, which runs its own factory in Colombia, this is not a problem however, she said.

Most labels name their nude tones (think “cafe au lait” or “cinnamon”) but Naja just names its nudes by number (“Nude #1,” “Nude 2”). Naja initially tested 23 colours on women, which it narrowed down to seven. It found that often it is the perception of colour that confuses shoppers. They expect to be a certain shade because of their ethnicity. During the testing process for example, an Ecuadorean woman could not find her colour match. Meanwhile, a Danish woman with a tan was also being tested, and found her shade: Nude #3. Turns out, they were not all that different.

“We tried the Danish girl’s colour on the Ecuadorian girl and they were the same colour,” said Girald. “They couldn’t even believe it themselves.”Read more at:marieaustralia

Ewan McGregor’s frank advice for his model daughter Clara

Ewan McGregor 

(Photo:formal dress shops sydney)Ewan McGregor was realistic with his oldest daughter Clara’s ambitions to become a model.

The Scottish actor has daughters Clara, Esther, Jamyan and Anouk, with wife Eve Mavrakis. Clara has already shown a flare for acting, and appeared to be following in her famous dad’s footsteps when she enrolled at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. But it seems modelling has become her new focus, after she was signed by Wilhelmina models in December (16).

“Yeah, (my parents) are always very realistic with me about the struggles that come with being in the public eye. They’re super supportive, but they’ve also warned me,” she opened up to W magazine

After starring in a campaign for fashion brand Fay alongside Bob Dylan’s grandson Levi Dylan, Clara can next be seen strutting her stuff at New York Fashion Week, which kicks off on Thursday (09Feb17). She’ll be walking for Baja East, the combined Oscar de la Renta and Monse show and Moncler.

“No!” she exclaimed when asked if she’d ever been to a Fashion Week before. “New York is going to be my first one. I’m really excited.”

She adds that it’s “early days” when it comes to her fashion career.

As for why she got into the industry, 20-year-old Clara explains it all stemmed from her love of photography.

“It started with my interest in photography, but then my interests shifted and I got more into acting. I’ve always wanted to expand what I was doing and I really love fashion; modelling just seemed like it went hand-in-hand with acting and photography,” she smiled.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

Nishka Lulla glams up her boho-vibe at Lakme Fashion Week

 

(Photo:sexy formal dresses)Nishka Lulla, daughter of National Award winning designer Neeta Lulla, has helped her mother in designing clothes for movie stars, and has also showcased her own work on the ramp.

Asked which is easier, designing for films or for the ramp, Lulla said, “I think none are easy. Both are challenging. when you design for the runway, every year you have to come out with a collection which is better than the previous one.”

Lulla, who has celebrity clients such as Sonam Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Genelia D’souza and Kiran Rao, says a designer constantly competes with herself while designing for the runway.

“You are constantly competing with yourself and what you have done before, to come up with something new, different and something that would create a fashion statement,” she said.

“When you design for movies, it is a challenge because you are designing for a particular character, which you have to relate to and there are many other things you have to look at — such as location, weather, budget and character. So, both are challenging in their own way,” she added.

Lulla showcased her latest line at the Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2017 on Saturday.

“This [collection] gives a glamorous touch to the boho-vibe. Earlier, I have done very easy-to-wear, casual styles. But this line has a more glamorous style to it,” she said.

The designer says her collection of 22 looks is inspired by nature and is meant for women who love their independence.

“It’s mostly inspired by nature, like butterfly wings and Indian mogra flowers… It’s mostly for women who are very free and who love their freedom,” she said.

“The cuts are very relaxed and easy for movement. They are fun, casual separates, which turn dressy with embellishments. Fabric used is mostly cotton, because I think it is great for summer.

“The colours are white, old greys, fern green… So it’s more of vintage colour pallette,” she added.

Lulla says the reach of current social media is helping people learn more about fashion and style, especially helping women to look beyond Bollywood for trends.

“With the rise of social media, I think a lot of the younger girls look at what actors wear off duty for fashion and style statements… Such as what an actress wears for a premiere, or airport looks. I think that is what inspires the girls more than movies,” she said.Read more at:backless formal dresses