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12 janvier 2018

The Making of a Modern Magazine

ELLE has never been one to focus exclusively on fashion. In 1945 when Hélène Gordon Lazareff, launched the native French publication alongside her husband Pierre Lazareff, founder of the French daily newspaper France-Soir, she set out to do things differently. This included advertising-free issues (an attempt to move away from the corporatization of publishing), consistent long-form journalism, and “a new tone,” according to the French National Audiovisual Institute, which saw Lazareff put “a particular emphasis on freedom, feminist demands and the consumer society.”

While most fashion-centric magazines in 1945 – just a year after women in France were granted the right to vote – were putting forth issues mostly filled with glossy editorial imagery, ELLE (French for “she”) made its mark with what has been described as more a newspaper than a magazine thanks to its lengthy articles, which often consisted of in-depth discussions of topics, such as feminism, something of a controversial topic at the time. There was still, of course, colored imagery and a focus on fashion at play.

The Making of a Magazine

“Deeply influenced by WWII, the immediate post-war political climate, leftist political philosophy and early feminist movements in France,” Lazareff, as noted by The Luxe Chronicles, “married both style and substance in her publication, [which was] instrumental in helping French women achieve significant gains most notably in workplace and reproductive rights.” Similar efforts were underway at Vogue around this time, under the watch of editor Edmonde Charles-Roux.

With the help of Françoise Giroud, who served as editor of ELLE in its earliest years, the magazine consisted of columns urging women to vote, and articles that emphasized the importance of women’s ability to vote independently of the political views held by their significant others and celebrated the number of women elected to the French Assembly.

Also in the mix: “Practical and feminine topics (fashion, beauty, horoscopes, cooking) and more feminist ones—such as sex education and abortion—with a view to informing women of their rights and leading them towards greater liberty and equality,” as Sandrine Lévêque wrote for Laboratorium Journal last year.

While ELLE was not without more conservative takes on the traditional gender norms/roles of the time, Lazareff, according to Peter Knapp, who was the art director for ELLE from the 1950s to the 1960s, unequivocally “believed that women were equal, if not superior, to men.”

Modern Day ELLE

Fast forward to 2018, and ELLE is the world's largest fashion magazine, with 46 editions around the world. Lazareff’s publication, now almost 30 years after her death, has – for the most part – continued in the vein of her initial work. Yes, the pages of the magazine include advertisements now and it participates in brand partnerships, but the element of awareness surrounding “freedom and feminist demands” is still at play.

Consider the September 2016 issue for the magazine’s British edition. With multiple covers, the issue celebrated “The Rise of the Rebel,” highlighting the work of actress/activist Amandla Stenberg and trans model/actress/activism Hari Neff, among others. In putting Neff on its cover, ELLE became the first major British magazine to feature an openly transgender woman. It has continued to tackle feminist-related topics, whether it be a look at male feminists, the role of plastic surgery and makeup in feminist discourse, or Beyon

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08 janvier 2018

Golden Globes 2018 red carpet dominates with black dresses, Time’s Up accessories

Clothes speak volumes on the red carpet at awards shows. And at the 75th Golden Globes, many of Hollywood’s most glamorous women along with some men (less of a leap) were figuratively shouting in an array of black gowns — symbols of the Time’s Up movement to protest sexual harassment, assault and abuse in the entertainment industry and, generally, in the workplace. The accessory du jour? Time’s Up pins and a handful of major stars such as Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams were accompanied by female activists such as Tarana Burke, who is credited with launching the related “Me too” campaign.

For some designers, the movement created a scramble to change up the looks. Not so for Christian Siriano, who dressed Debra Messing (in a jewel-encrusted tunic and pants) and Kelly Clarkson in an off-the shoulder princess gown with one gold sleeve. “The one actress who was going to wear this great bright pink gown couldn’t go, so we’ll save it for the Oscars,” Siriano told Newsday by phone during the pre-show. “It’s a movement that’s created by fashion,” said the designer, who is well known for his liberal use of color. “It’s visually so powerful and beautiful. The clothes are still beautiful, amazing and glamorous.”

As for trends, shoulders starred with Williams (Louis Vuitton), Chrissy Metz (Sachin & Babi), Kerry Washington (Prabal Gurung), Jessica Biel (Dior Haute Couture), Reese Witherspoon (Zac Posen), Oprah Winfrey (custom Versace) and Kendall Jenner in a jaw-dropping, giant, frothy, high-low number.

Pants were popular, with Claire Foy in a tailored tux by Stella McCartney; Maggie Gyllenhaal wore Monse and Alexis Bledel donned an Oscar de la Renta leaf-strewn bustier and slim, crepe trousers.

Some couldn’t resist straying a bit from the all-black moment. Mandy Moore’s Rosie Assoulin gown featured a wide red belt, Samira Wiley’s Romona Keveza was punctuated with a floating gold feathered neckline and Allison Williams rocked a bugle-beaded Armani Prive with graphic orange and silver swirl.

Detail of the night? Eva Longoria offered up a sweet baby bump visible through her slim-fitting tuxedo dress.

Not surprisingly, it was a “Men in Black” moment (lots of velvet) with guys like Aziz Ansari, Nick Jonas, Sterling K. Brown and William H. Macy in formal tuxedos and Time’s Up pins.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses brisbane

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05 janvier 2018

The Spiritual Awakening of a Post-Corporate Worker to Visual Artist and Creator

At a young age, Lisa Battikha wouldn’t be satisfied with the options of the bedding when she went shopping. The colors and patterns never fit exactly what she wanted. In response, she would buy her own fabrics and create her own blankets and bedroom accessories. She is constantly redecorating and rearranging.

Battikha was twenty five years old when she decided to redecorate her life. She experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to quit her corporate job and pursue her artistic passions. Two years later, she is creating visual artwork as well as clothes under the label “Tomboy Creations”. She serves as a student and a teacher, as she follows the path of self-discovery and exploration.

Battikha was born in San Diego, California and moved to Amman, Jordan when she was five. She lived in Jordan until she was eleven years old and started sixth grade in Greendale, Wisconsin. Growing up, Battikha describes herself as a very aware and deep child with an old soul. With a strict, family-orientated upbringing, Battikha existed in her imagination by writing in journals and constantly daydreaming. She describes herself as a “girly-tomboy” who enjoyed playing outside with her brothers. Her family raised her to work hard for what she wanted and to always reach for more.

The switch of cultures and lifestyles from America to Jordan, then back to America, was a challenge for Battikha. Being away from her grandparents and other family members taught her to love harder and honor her mom, dad, and brothers. The move also encouraged her to keep her Arabic tongue. Her Palestinian background and upbringing continues to shape her today. Though she is engulfed in spirituality, she still holds values from her childhood and upbringing.

Battikha realized she wanted to commit to art and making clothes in January 2015. She was a college graduate who initially went for education. Since then, she was working in accounts paying. She began hula hooping months before that and stopped drinking and going out. On her nights in, she researched new music, worked on vision boards, and began writing down all her ideas. These visions did not belong to one category. Within the following six months, she found the courage to quit her corporate job and completely reinvent herself. The decision came after a night of writing by the lake.

“All of a sudden I had the most overwhelming knowing that I had to stop waiting for the next job or reason to justify why it’s time for me to leave a job that was not right and chase my dreams” said Battikha. “It didn’t make sense to just quit and leap into the known, but it felt so right. It was my intuition speaking; my higher self. I let go of fear and I listened.”

Within the next week, Battikha put in her two weeks and started working to build her inventory to get the supplies she needed for her art.

Her creative urges come naturally, as she was an artist from a young age. She describes herself as a writer, who enjoys rhythmic poetry, journaling, reading, photography, interior design, and fashion.

“Words are everything to me. They are magic, like friends,” said Battikha. “That is the reason why I wanted to start a word-centric street-wear line, to find ways to infuse high vibrational words and teachings into clothing as well as my art on all platforms.”

Battikha live paints at The Miramar Theatre during shows. Besides the Miramar, Battikha has performed at Summerfest and Breman Café in Riverwest. She is applying to more festivals for live art performances for the upcoming summer.

“You can immediately tell she’s an artist,” said co-worker and friend Georgia Ozelle. “She is so full of passion and ideas. The creativity literally flows out of her.”

Since Battikha has only been creating the last few years, she considers her work local for now. She connects through networking and day-to-day interactions. Her work continues to be discovered through social media platforms, including Etsy, and with friends who promote her work. Her strongest force, however, is face-to-face interaction and by displaying her work at the Miramar.

“She is really detailed oriented, but at the same time always seems to have such a clear view of the big picture,” said Ozelle. “There is reason and motivation behind every little thing she does, which I think is what makes her artwork so mesmerizing. There’s so many layers with specific intent behind each one. I love hearing her talk about her art and the sort of divinity and self of self that inspires it.”

While working at Greenfields on Brady street and at the Miramar, Battikha is connected to a like-minded community of other artists and spiritual individuals. These connections help inspire her, whether it is live visuals and set designs or different musical sounds.

“What differentiates me than other Milwaukee artists is most likely my background as a teacher,” said Battikha. “I want to be relatable because since day one my goal has been to be living proof that we can do whatever we set our mind to. It doesn’t matter how late it is to start over or how old we are. You can recreate yourself any day, any moment.”

Battikha’s spiritual beliefs also reflect in her work.

“I am focusing on ways to relay what I’m experiencing into digestible and modern ways. Because as a student and a teacher, I realize that the only way to change our world is through healing the inner child that exists in each of us. My driving force stems from my desire to spread light and awareness of what our true capabilities are as human beings, to be the change I want to see, experiencing these truths, and from there, continuously finding creative ways to help raise our collective vibration.”

Battikha is passionate about metaphysics and believes in Universal Laws, such as the Law of Attraction, Law of Vibration, and Law of Polarity.

“My path as a seeker is what first hand led me to my creative essence,” said Battikha. “This is my guiding force that I feel adds my own unique vibration to what I create. My everything revolves around my journey as a truth seeker. This directly correlates to my work since my work is an extension of my search for truth.”

Not only does her spiritual beliefs affect her work, but so does her desire to educate and learn. She hopes to use her mediums as an avenue to teach and plant seeds.

“I’m addicted to learning about self-development and the power of both our subconscious and conscious mind,” said Battikha. “I find inspiration in new information because it helps me see the world with new eyes.”

When Battikha feels a spark of inspiration, she sits down to go over it. After picturing the design, she materializes it. Since she has been working on ideas for years, she has notebooks for each project that she works on, whether it is artwork, clothing line, or an affirmation series. She always looks to her notebooks when she is on working on a project or needs inspiration.

Battikha says she has been getting positive feedback from the community, but would handle criticism with face value and try to improve. She also enjoys collaborating and co-creating. She tries her best to follow up to any correspondences and engage through her social media platforms.

Battikha doesn’t see her future slowing down.

“I envision my future being dynaic as multifaceted as I am,” she said. “I am just starting to find myself as an artist and designer. I see myself collaborating with more beautiful like-minded people and attracting my soul tribe as I continue being true to myself. I also see myself representing my culture and being a modern day Middle Eastern woman.”

Battikha plans to teach metaphysical and universal truths in the future. Her interests in ancient wisdom and to aligning with her higher self continues to reflect in her future projects. Her passion for changing the world and transmuting her Palestinian heritage encourages her to bring together art and words in a way that can speak to a person’s higher, subconscious mind.

“I have already been working on a project for a few years that tracks all of the clues, teachings, articles, quotes and pieces of moments that have served to awaken me personally on my journey,” said Battikha. “I am documenting everything and turning it into a huge book for my family and friends.”

Battikha’s next move is to reveal some of her projects that she has been working on the last year. She plans to materialize her clothing designs now that she has the equipment she needed. She will be launching a series of unique, re-fashioned pieces over the next couple of months. She continues to express her excitement for learning as she goes day to day.

“I would love to use my personal journey and hands on experiences to bridge any gap of understanding the human experience and to reach my highest potential along the way.”Read more at:short cocktail dresses | year 10 formal dresses

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29 décembre 2017

Tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in Dubai winter

The onset of winters can prove to be a health hazard if you are not following a nutritious diet, and a balanced lifestyle. So make sure you are getting right nutrition this chilly season.

Noorul Ameen, Naturopathy Physician at Organic India, lists down some tips to stay fit and enjoy the chilly season:

- Turning to organic honey to boost immunity: Organic honey is nature's nectar that not just tickles your taste buds but also contains several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boost immunity levels to deal with winter allergies.

- Adding a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar for body detoxing and blood purifying: Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonder liquid which works both for beauty and health. It has properties which can ease your sinus issues during the cold season, give lustre to your limp dry hair which falls under the stress of winter pollution and also can enliven your skin if taken with water in the morning.

- Sipping Tulsi Tea for antioxidants and other nutrients: Colder months are closely associated with lowered immunity which in turn increases your chances of contracting the flu. Tulsi (Holy Basil) enhances your immune system to fight the viruses. It also improves the body's overall defence mechanism, reduces stress, improves stamina, boosts immunity, fights and prevents chronic disease, and provides a rich supply of antioxidant and other nutrients.

- Organic Coconut Oil to fight dry skin: Another common issue we all face is the dry, flaky skin caused by cold breeze and dehydration in winter months. The best all round elixir is organic virgin coconut oil. When applied externally, coconut oil keeps the skin moisturised, prevents dry scaly skin and strengthens the connective tissue under the skin. With its anti-microbial properties, skin stays healthy and nourished. Stay hydrated in winter months to make sure your skin stays healthy.

- Organic ghee to keep your body warm: Including organic ghee in your diet is one of the best ways to keep your body warm and it helps additionally in dealing with winter dryness of the skin.

Raghubansh Singh, Senior Ayurvedic Physician at Ananda in the Himalayas, too has some Ayurvedic tips to keep your skin plumped, oiled and glowing in the winter season

- Get in the habit of "oiling up" each morning with the ayurvedic self-massage "abhyanga" before your bath or shower. This will lubricate and protect your skin and give your complexion a radiant sheen that lasts throughout the day.

- Be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Rather than cold or iced (which aggravates Vata), drink your water warm, or at least at room temperature.

- Include oil-rich foods in your daily diet. Nuts (especially walnuts and blanched almonds); ground flaxseeds; sunflower, pumpkin seeds; olive oil; ghee in small amounts; and green leafy vegetables (they contain omega 3's and help purify the skin and liver).

- Use herbs like Amla, Aloe vera, Shunthi, Manjishtha, Anantamool, Triphala, Chandan, which have gentle detoxifying properties and also help to maintain perfect moisturising balance.Read more at:long evening dresses | 2017 formal dresses

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20 décembre 2017

Why I Hate Being Called "Pretty"

"Pretty" has always been a conditional adjective for me. My entire life I've heard, "You're pretty for a dark-skinned girl." "You'd be prettier if . . ." Growing up, I didn't want to play outside too long out of fear of getting darker. I'd wish I had skin tones like my mom and dad, who are both light skinned. I'd hear whispers about whether I was my parents' child because there was no way I, a dark-skinned little girl, could have picked up genes from my dark-skinned grandparents. I digress.

Not only was my perception of pretty shaped by how my peers, family members, and society saw my deep brown skin, but my hair was always a topic of a conversation, too. My hair was my crown and glory, at least that is what I was taught. Every week, I spent hours in the hair salon getting my "nappy" hair chemically straightened. Getting a relaxer was a rite of passage for many black girls in the '90s, so that our hair was easier to manage and socially acceptable.

Throughout my teenage and college years, I spent hours in front of the mirror, straightening my hair until it was bone straight. I was known for my "pretty" hair. I would often have people ask what I was mixed with because normal black girls couldn't have "good hair," especially not those with dark skin. Having to always have my hair laid was exhausting. I didn't feel pretty unless my hair was perfect. My hair was my crown and glory, so that was the only way the world would see me as beautiful, right?

Shortly after I graduated from college, I went natural. Well, sort of. I grew my relaxer out bit by bit, cutting off the ends every six to eight weeks. To most people, my hair was still pretty, but I was again spending hours manipulating it to make sure it fit into the mold of the 3C hair type most find beautiful. One day, I cut it all off. I big-chopped it. I felt liberated. As a woman whose beauty was defined by the length and texture of her hair, without knowing it, I was redefining my "pretty."

I remember the reactions of my friends and family, and they hurt. I was told my face was too big to carry short hair. A member of my family told me I was ugly. I was no longer pretty to the people in my life who had always praised me for my looks.

For months, I was ashamed of my hair. I thought they must be right: I was ugly. I wore hats, wraps, and anything I could to cover up my hair. I just wanted to feel pretty again. A few months after I cut all of my hair off, I went on a trip with someone I was dating at the time (who is still one of my good friends). I was so excited about the trip . . . until I remembered that he hadn't seen me in person with my short, natural hair. I panicked. Next thing I knew, I was frantically straightening my hair in the bathroom, hours before I was set to go to the airport.

As I boarded the plane, I felt good. My hair looked great. It may have been shorter, but it was bouncy and frizz-free. As I stepped out of the airport into the 90-degrees Florida humidity, my hair swelled up like a balloon. The next day, we were hanging out in the pool, and I could see him coming for me, but before I could stop him, he picked me up and threw me into the pool. I was horrified. I could no longer hide my hair from him. I came up for air, and he wiped the water out of my eyes, ran his fingers through my hair, and told me my hair was beautiful. It's a moment in time I will never forget. After he said that sweet thing, I looked at him and said, "I need you to go get me a blow dryer." I wasn't ready to show off my new natural hair. I was carrying all of the critiques from my parents, friends, and society about what made me pretty. I spent two hours straightening my hair when I should have been enjoying my time with him on my birthday.

Since that moment nearly four years ago, I decided to take ownership of my pretty. I wasn't going to let anyone tell me how to wear my hair, how long it should be, or what they thought made me desirable. The word "pretty" can be limiting if you allow it to be; I no longer subscribe to what those around me think is "pretty." I do what feels right to me. I love my natural hair and dark skin. It's my pretty, and I will continue to wear it with pride.Read more at:green formal dresses | purple formal dresses

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18 décembre 2017

Bagir enters deal with body measuring app Sizer

Bagir, a designer, creator and provider of innovative tailoring, has joined hands with Israeli body measuring app Sizer to combine the expertise of both businesses to produce “made to measure” suits and other tailored garments for customers who provide their measurements online via the Sizer app. The Sizer app obtains accurate measurements of its users.

The Sizer app gets accurate measurements of its users, and is then able to provide accurate size recommendations when shopping either online or instore. The app, via a camera-phone on a mobile phone or tablet, directs the user to take several photos in specific poses which are then converted into accurate measurements. To date, measurements have been provided to purchase non-tailored garments.

Through the partnership with Bagir, the Sizer app will be developed to enable customers to buy a made to measure tailored suit or other tailored garments at a very attractive price point compared to the cost of buying the same suit from a traditional tailor.

The technology behind the Sizer app is market leading and has been patented in the USA and is in the process of being patented in the EU.

Bagir Group CEO Eran Itzhak said, “This partnership is a strong combination. The Sizer technology is excellent and the level of accuracy it is able to obtain is impressive. In combination with our knowledge of tailoring and the required measurements to make uniquely tailored garments, we are well placed to introduce a very attractive new product to our markets. One which we are confident will appeal strongly to our client base.”

The partnership between Bagir and Sizer, coincides with the rise in demand for tailored clothing, with consumers increasingly looking to purchase one-off or uniquely tailored items. Once the Sizer app has been modified to increase the number of measurements taken from each client necessary to produce a tailored garment. The new app will be incorporated into the company’s customers’ websites.

Sizer CEO Adam Kaplan said, “We are a good fit. Bagir’s knowledge of tailoring combined with the technical expertise we have built around obtaining accurate body measurements for clothing makes us strong partners. In approximately 12 weeks we will have the new product ready to use and we look forward to opening up the hitherto exclusive world of tailored garments to a much broader customer base.”Read more at:backless formal dresses | formal dresses online

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05 décembre 2017


It was a dreary September morning when I made my way around Paris’ cobbled streets before finally reaching Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant that flashed as the destination on my phone. Upon entering, I noticed that the space was cleared of any dining-related paraphernalia and its neoclassic interiors had been transformed into a fitting venue for Manish Arora’s 10th anniversary outing at Paris Fashion Week. The designer’s voice floated to me from an earlier conversation where he confided that he hailed from a typical Indian family who expected him to study business and subsequently join his father’s line of work. Call it what you will, the whisperings of his heart or a shove in the right direction by the universe, but Arora gathered the courage to pursue fashion at a time when the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in the capital was the only school in India that was reputed enough to teach the subject. From his very first show at The Park, New Delhi to his debuts at both London and Paris fashion weeks, Arora has come a long way, indeed.

I am shown to the front row and take my seat among the designer’s loyal patrons who patiently wait for the show to commence. As the dim lights are replaced by brighter ones, the models strut confidently in their circumambulation on the makeshift ramp that fences us in. We are privy to Arora’s vision of languorous mornings with floor-sweeping nightgowns paired with fur-trimmed mules and silk pyjamas emblazoned with dreamcatchers. These give way to bejewelled camisoles, sequinned boxer shorts, denim gilets and statement gowns in rainbow spangles — appropriate choice of attire to wear to Burning Man, a festival he travelled to last year with muse and jewellery designer Noor Fares. Arora would later tell me that Fares’ lifestyle was very much at the heart of the conception of this collection, so much so that he even titled it ‘Ready to Love’ in the vein of her general approach towards the world.

I certainly felt the love emanating in waves from the kaleidoscopic ensembles being paraded in front of me and soon noticed a pattern. Instead of Arora’s usual choice of chunky trinkets, the models were decked in delicate bijouterie. As official jewellery partner for Arora’s show this year, Zoya, the luxury diamond boutique, created a collection titled ‘Musée du Luxe’ that encapsulated the joie de vivre of Paris. We admired the flurry of emeralds that was inspired by the engraved padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge. We marvelled at the dance of rubies that took after the city’s exotic peonies that bloom in spring. We lauded the extravagant tanzanite creation that was clearly reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower’s latticework. The show’s final segment saw Arabic prints on mosaic motifs, traditional zardozi adorning handwoven Chanderi and Aztec Animalia on coats leading to a real cracker of a showstopper ensemble that had no dearth of hearts and ornamentation.

I was guided backstage for a tête-à-tête with Arora and Amanpreet Ahluwalia, business head of Zoya, who waxed eloquent about how their partnership reflected the eclecticism of both brands. “The design direction and philosophy is versatile, modern and relevant. As a jewellery boutique, we constantly chart the very best of what’s trending while daring to be different and original. Our pieces are not what you would ordinarily expect when you think of Indian handcrafted jewellery and that’s why collaborating with Manish was the perfect decision.”

The designer, who was understandably euphoric about the heartening reception to his show, could barely stand still as he graciously accommodated those waiting to speak with him. As he flitted to me, ecstatic to find a face from back home, he conspiratorially said, “When I first started showing outside of India, I knew my heritage and nationality would be valuable assets because they made me stand out. I made a conscious decision to not emulate other international designers and embraced my background wholeheartedly, marrying it to a modern aesthetic. I have tried to harness India’s experience in embroidery and textiles and placed it in an international context by using traditional techniques to create innovative embellishments. It’s like presenting a part of India to the world year after year and it makes me feel so much closer to my motherland.”

As I walked out of the Ledoyen, I was still reeling from the vivid sartorial fantasy that I had just witnessed. The sky, previously encumbered by clouds, had turned into a clear, cerulean canopy. I remain unsure if it was brought on by the kindness of the heavens or Arora’s candy-coloured deluge.Read more at:celebrity dresses | plus size formal dresses

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01 décembre 2017

Shoulder pads, frills, vinyl, ruched dresses

It was the decade when style forgot to chill out and instead threw one massive glitzy day-to-night party. Now the dazzle, exuberance and energy of the 1980s is back with a big bag of sequins as inspiration for festive fashion 2017.

From where I’m standing, as someone who undeniably remembers the Eighties first time around, it’s all looking remarkably authentic.

In fact, it’s almost as if the Eighties had simply gone to sleep, as if fashion land had been lying dormant in the mists of an enchanted slumber for 30 years, and has now woken up, glitter balls and shoulder pads still intact, ready to party again.

On the High Street, River Island is taking the lead with a focus on shiny, super-glam party wear that owes more than a nod to those larger-than-life US soaps that dominated the decade, Dallas and Dynasty.

There are frills, there are sequins, there are dazzling metallic colours and, most of all, there are shoulder pads that Krystle Carrington would scratch Alexis’s eyes out for.

If you have a desire to do so, go all out for a fierce, full-on, power-loaded 1980s vibe – starting with the shoulders. Look out for statement, sculpted, raised shoulder features on trophy jackets and on shiny, ruched, bodycon dresses with ruffles and glittering embellishment.

The ultimate party girl look for this Christmas is pure 1980s disco diva, so think cinched-in waists, huge neckline frills, standout sleeves, frilled cocktail trousers and slinky all-in-ones. The palette is ultra-opulent in metallic and jewel tones, with textured embroidery and marabou trims.

There’s statement jewellery too, although watch out with sculpted high-rise shoulder shapes as these can clash awkwardly with massive dangly earrings. But it’s a look.

For a more laid-back take on the Eighties trend, remember Bananarama (still going strong) and their cropped tees, raw chiffon skirts and paperbag trousers.

Or vamp it up by channelling Madonna’s underwear-as-outerwear thing, but keep it elegant and more grown-up by paring back the statement lingerie look and instead try wearing a lace body or satin basque under a pair of high-waist tailored trousers or jeans.

Or, go with fabulous colour clash, like Cyndi Lauper, mixing up orange, yellow and pink, head to toe. Sock boots are a major trend for the party season. Simply adding a bright fuchsia or electric blue pair with stiletto or kitten heels is a cute way to update your existing little black or navy dress with a chic injection of pure Eighties colour.

Back to the Eighties also sees a revival of PVC on party pieces and accessories. A pair of high-shine or metallic jeans instantly suggests you’re going to party like it’s 1989 but considering toning down the shine by teaming them with an oversized statement knit or perhaps with a silk blouse.

There are berets and baker boy caps, and black sunglasses will add an Eighties’ vibe, as will a wide-brimmed trilby, worn at the back of the head to allow your bubble perm to sprout in all its glory, although don’t actually have a bubble perm; it’s a step too far.

But you could try a sleek power up-do, as seen on the catwalk at Mugler, which also featured pointy cap shoulders on chic sequin dresses.

It’s important to bear in mind that, above all, the Eighties revival is all about playfulness, so have fun with it. There’s no need to go head-to-toe Grace Jones, Prince or Princess Di, but a sleek hood, a brocade jacket or a ruffled blouse will add a nostalgic note of drama and opulence to your festive party look.Read more at:formal dresses 2017 | red formal wear

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23 novembre 2017

When offence is just small change

Manushi Chhillar
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When Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World title earlier this week, besides accolades came the famous WhatsApp jokes. Manushi, whose surname can also be translated to loose change, became the butt of many forwards and tweets. However, the National Commission for Women (NCW) was enraged when politician Shashi Tharoor paid her a backhanded compliment with the pun, and raised an issue with it.

“What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” Tharoor had tweeted. Manushi herself asked the world to ‘chill out’, making yet another pun on her own surname, but the damage was done.

Though Manushi took no offence to Tharoor’s tweet, NCW chief Rekha Sharma summoned the politician and asked him to apologise formally. Tharoor subsequently tweeted, saluting Manushi’s attitude and grace. “You’re a class act, ManushiChhillar! Beautiful, smart & uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I’m proud of you (sic),” his tweet read.

Though Rekha had expressed her dissatisfaction with the apology earlier, now she just wants the matter closed. “Why drag this up anymore? He’s apologised, so there’s no action to be taken. The matter has ended,” she snapped.

Rekha may have calmed down, but the number of people outraging on behalf of Manushi indicates a deeper issue — that of a country quick to take offence at the drop of a hat.

Columnist and writer Anil Dharker proclaims that the NCW’s reaction to the entire matter does not even make any sense. “I see absolutely nothing wrong in Tharoor’s tweet and Manushi took it in the right stride. The NCW should be disbanded if they summon somebody on a harmless joke. Summoning Tharoor either shows an incredible lack of insight on their part or it is simply a publicity stunt,” he says, scathingly.

Lawyer and activist Abha Singh, too, agrees with the futility of it, adding that there are bigger issues that the nation needs to look at right now. “Every day we come across cases of rape, stalking, molestation to which one doesn’t see NCW summoning anyone. But because there was a big name involved it appears to be a publicity stunt,” she decries.

However, the advocate does concede that Tharoor, too, crossed boundaries with his tweet. “For a public figure like Tharoor, posting such tweet is not in good taste. If he wanted to make jokes about demonetisation, it should have been an intellectual tweet, not one targeting an individual,” she adds.

The problem, however, does not lie with the NCW alone. Comedian Sorabh Pant says that it’s a nationwide issue. “I think in this country everyone should refrain from making jokes permanently. We have attuned ourselves to get offended easily at anything. Then there are people talking about beheading Deepika Padukone but no action is taken there,” says the bewildered comedian.

Anil, too, believes that this tendency to take offence at the smallest issue is the sign of dark times to come. “One cannot publish a book, make a movie, or exercise any kind of freedom of speech, without some faction getting offended about it. The situation is dire and foreshadows another Dark Age,” he warns.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane

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20 novembre 2017

5 ‘Beauty Plants' To Grow For An Inexpensive, Uncomplicated Organic Skin Routine

When you look at beauty shelves today, you will see a lot of nature-based products, especially in skincare. This makes many of us wonder if it wouldn't be better to just use the plant or flower or fruit directly. After all, it is a lot cheaper than a beauty product. But, you cannot go the DIY way with every plant. If you go online, you will see a long list of plants you can grow for your skincare routine. Some recommend caustic products like lemons. Some recommend calendula, while some suggest lavender. Most of these, however, need to be processed, converted into oils or dried to derive their benefits. They are not really useful or safe when used unprocessed in some way.

However, there are some plants that are usually safe and easy to use. Below, we list them, so that you can put together your own beauty garden, save that moolah, and indulge yourself in some herbal skin therapy!

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can moisturise your hair leaving it so soft, you will give up on conditioner. That is not all. It can be consumed as a juice and be added to green smoothies. However, the most famous property of aloe vera is its soothing effect on inflamed, sensitive skin. Not having this plant in your garden then, means blowing a lot of money on aloe-based products to treat acne scars, sunburn, and what not. Considering how much cheaper and low-maintenance it is to just grow a plant, we should all get one, right?

Bonsai orange

Did you know that orange juice is an amazing toner for problem skin? In a world obsessed with home remedies containing harsh lemons, orange is the lesser-known solution to a host of problems. Bonsai orange, which grows at home, are wonderful plants to have, then. Their tangy juice is the perfect addition to a cuppa Earl Grey, in case your skin needs some Vitamin C. For topical application too, they are great as toners and as liquid additives in mud packs, because they don't sting the way lemons do and aren't abrasive on sensitive skin. Since we can't have an entire orange tree, this cute mini version is a useful plant to have, isn't it?


Contrary to popular belief, rose petals (provided they are organic and pesticide-free) can be directly used in face masks, scrubs, and toners to give skin an additional glow. You can use them to make your own, pure rosewater, but you can also mash them and use them with yoghurt as a face pack for an instant glow. A coconut oil and sugar scrub with crushed rose petals is also positively dreamy. Roses are aromatic products that dont just do wonders, but also give skincare a feel-good, indulgent vibe.


Lycopene-rich tomatoes aren't just good for your health and skin when eaten, but also beneficial when applied topically. When rubbed on skin, tomatoes buff the surface and brighten skin. With regular use of tomato juice, you will notice a marked difference in the texture of your skin.


We have all considered growing mint at home to whip up the occasional mojito, or cool green chutney. But mint is also great for your skin! Did you know that mint contains the acne-fighting ingredient salicylic acid? Not only that, it is also full of cooling menthol - making it great for inflamed, acne-prone skin - and Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, and riboflavin, which are all very good for your skin. Applying cool curd and mint paste as a face pack never sounded so good, right?Read more at:purple formal dresses | orange formal dresses

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