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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?

Rose

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.

Tomato

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.

Mint

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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16 novembre 2017

Béatrice Ferrant Out at Rochas

Rochas Men's Spring 2018
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After just two seasons, Rochas men’s wear designer Béatrice Ferrant has parted ways with the house.

“We are recruiting a designer who will be based in Milan to work with Onward on men’s wear,” said Philippe Benacin, chairman and chief executive officer of Interparfums SA, owner of Rochas fashion and fragrance, during a meeting with financial analysts in Paris. He said that Interparfums had inked a license with Onward Luxury Group, which already produces Rochas women’s rtw, with Alessandro Dell’Acqua as creative director.

“We have a brief that’s rather precise,” continued Benacin. “The choice has not yet been made, since we’ve already met with two candidates and there are three others to see.”

He noted an announcement on the final pick should come in the first quarter of 2018, in time for a relaunch of the brand in January 2019.

Ferrant, who joined Rochas as artistic director in September 2016, was tasked with resurrecting the label’s men’s wear line after a 22-year hiatus. Her vision for the modern Rochas man centered on a “sexy-formal” contemporary direction incorporating rock, sports and what she described as “couture” references.

The full-throttle spring 2018 collection, inspired by the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance car race, featured color-blocked bikers mixing shine and matte sections and suit jackets in a scratchy screen print meant to evoke speed.

Under Ferrant’s watch, the house in June opened its first pop-up store dedicated to its fledgling men’s wear line.

In the first nine months of this year, royalties from Rochas fashion reached 2 million euros, up 31 percent year-over-year.

Revenues from Rochas perfumes, meanwhile, hit 322 million euros, a 19 percent rise versus the same period in 2016. A first men’s scent for the house since Interparfums finalized the acquisition of Rochas’ fragrance and fashion business from Procter & Gamble in May 2015 is slated to be introduced in 2019.

Since being taken over by Interparfums, various Rochas fashion-related licenses have been discontinued.Read more at:backless formal dresses

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14 novembre 2017

THE TOP 25 FASHION SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD IN 2017

Last month, we ranked the best fashion schools here in the U.S., but as we all know, many of the best fashion education opportunities can be found across the pond. London is practically the capital city of fashion schools, though excellent fashion programs can also be found throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Here, you'll see how they stacked against the best schools stateside.

From location to tuition to resources, there are a lot of factors to consider and compare when choosing a school — and not as much guidance available as there is for more "traditional" fields of study. That's why, since 2010, we've put together rankings of the best fashion schools culled from data and our own extensive surveys.

They include not only fashion trade schools, but also larger universities with reputable fashion programs. Some have only undergraduate fashion programs, while others have graduate opportunities as well; certain schools only offer fashion design degrees, though others include specialized majors ranging from merchandising to costume design. All of this is detailed in the pages linked below.

But first, our methodology. Here's what we took into consideration:

Annual tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive, although tuition can vary drastically and, at many colleges, it increases each year. The number you see on each college's page does not include room and board and incidentals. While tuition is not the most heavily weighted category on our list of criteria, we did factor the cost into our rankings as it relates to the cost of living in the area where the corresponding school is located.

Famous and successfully placed alumni: Famous alumni are something that we consider, yes, but we also reward schools with great placement rates. Just because a school hasn't produced a marquee name (yet) doesn't mean it isn't good. Every single one of these schools has placed students in major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses. Behind every Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang is a talented support staff helping to ensure that everything runs smoothly. And getting paid good money to do it.

Student and alumni feedback: We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school. We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, resources, technology social life, career counseling and financial aid options.

Also of note: We spend hours upon hours researching and reporting on these schools — each school name below links to a page detailing our findings. No list is entirely scientific, but it is objective. Keep this in mind if you don't see your favorite school here or disagree with the ranking your alma mater received.Read more at:cocktail dresses | evening dresses

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08 novembre 2017

Alyce n Maille Turquoise Earrings Worn by Actress Justina Machado on Episode 403 of Jane the Virgin

Florida Jennifer Nyiri of Alyce n Maille is pleased to announce that actress Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, Queen of the South) wore a pair of the designer's Turquoise on Chapter Sixty-Seven (Episode 403) of Jane the Virgin. The episode aired on October 27, 2017.

This original Alyce n Maille earring design was selected for Ms. Machado (playing character Darci Factor) to wear by the wardrobe stylist for Jane the Virgin in collaboration with The Artisan Group.

Each earring was handwoven by Jennifer using hand-woven stainless steel rings, glass beads, and colorful Swarovski crystals. "Jewelry loves will dazzle with these eye-catching earrings," remarked Jennifer. "They promise to make a standout addition to any collection."

This is the third appearance of Alyce n Maille jewelry on Jane the Virgin. Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (playing character Jane) wore a on Season 3, Episode 314 (air date March 20, 2017) and Carrie Madsen (playing fertility clinic director Diane) wore a Blue Twist Necklace on Season 1, Episode 122.

'Jewelry lovers will dazzle with these eye-catching turquoise crystal earrings! Alyce n Maille has become a popular jewelry resource for Hollywood stylists. In December 2016, the company's Forever Gold Tassel Earrings were worn by actress Kristen Gutoskie (playing character Seline) on the mid-season finale of the CW Network's "The Vampire Diaries." This was the fourth appearance of Alyce n Maille jewelry on that show, with Candice King (as Caroline Forbes) wearing a pair of Keepsake on Episode 521; Nina Dobrev (as Elena Gilbert) donning a Blue Frost Crystal Pendant on Episode 622, and Scarlett Byrne (as Nora Hildegarde) modeling a pair of Lilac Crystal and Gold Earring on Episode 706.

Jennifer's jewelry has also been worn by actress Bridget Newton on Episode 1120 of Bones and by Rebecca Breeds on five episodes of The Originals.

Alyce n Maille jewelry has been showcased at GBK Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounges for the MTV Movie Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, and New York Fashion Week. Its Not About Me TV has described Jennifers designs as "beautiful," while the Los Angeles Informer has called then "stunning."

Alyce n Maille was founded in 2012. Read more about Jennifer and her small business success at alycenmaille.com.

In addition to being an accomplished jewelry designer, Jennifer is an animal lover. Supporting a cause that is close to her heart, Jennifer donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of Alyce n Maille jewelry to Dollys Foundation (dollysfoundation.org), during her annual November fundraiser. Dolly's foundation provides community support for pet owners in need in the central Florida area, including financial assistance for spaying/neutering, shots, and food.Read more at:2017 formal dresses | short formal dresses australia

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03 novembre 2017

Cindy Crawford hopeful of new environment

Cindy Crawford makes sure she discusses sexual harassment in the fashion industry with her daughter Kaia Gerber, even though she thinks the business has changed.

Crawford has had a conversation with her 16-year-old daughter about the topic. She hopes her children are in a new environment where sexual harassment issues happen less.

“It’s about having a conversation. It’s awareness. And, hopefully, she’s in a new environment, where (sexual harassment) will be less,” Crawford speaks about how she protects her family.

Her comment comes in the wake of sexual assault allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She says she never discussed sexual harassment when she embarked on her modelling career, and though she was hit on by males, she always knew how to get herself out of an uncomfortable situation.

“I don’t have a ‘Me too’ moment. It’s not like guys didn’t hit on me, but I always knew how to get myself out of the situation. The more conversation about anything is how we move forward as a society,” Crawford says.

Kaia made her fashion week debut during the Alexander Wang show earlier this year, but Crawford has said she wished she could have delayed her child’s career from taking off so quickly.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | marieaustralia.com

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Cindy Crawford openly talks about sexual harassment with her daughter

Supermodel Cindy Crawford makes sure she discusses sexual harassment in the fashion industry with her daughter Kaia Gerber, even though she thinks the business has changed. Crawford has had a “conversation” with her 16-year-old daughter about the topic. She hopes her children are in a “new environment” where sexual harassment issues happen “less”.

“It’s about having a conversation. It’s awareness. And hopefully she’s in a new environment, where (sexual harassment) will be less,” Crawford told hollywoodreporter.com about how she protects her family. Her comment comes in the wake of sexual assault allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She said she never discussed sexual harassment when she embarked on her modelling career, and though she was “hit on” by males, she “always knew” how to get herself out of an uncomfortable situation.”I don’t have a ‘Me too’ moment. It’s not like guys didn’t hit on me, but I always knew how to get myself out of the situation. The more conversation about anything is how we move forward as a soci

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Cindy Crawford openly talks about sexual harassment with her daughter

Supermodel Cindy Crawford makes sure she discusses sexual harassment in the fashion industry with her daughter Kaia Gerber, even though she thinks the business has changed. Crawford has had a “conversation” with her 16-year-old daughter about the topic. She hopes her children are in a “new environment” where sexual harassment issues happen “less”.

“It’s about having a conversation. It’s awareness. And hopefully she’s in a new environment, where (sexual harassment) will be less,” Crawford told hollywoodreporter.com about how she protects her family. Her comment comes in the wake of sexual assault allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She said she never discussed sexual harassment when she embarked on her modelling career, and though she was “hit on” by males, she “always knew” how to get herself out of an uncomfortable situation.”I don’t have a ‘Me too’ moment. It’s not like guys didn’t hit on me, but I always knew how to get myself out of the situation. The more conversation about anything is how we move forward as a society,” Crawford said.

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01 novembre 2017

Winter Court II fashion show reimagines ‘The Nutcracker’

Deven Balsam knows that The Nutcracker seems old-fashioned. And yet the local DJ thinks Asheville creatives can still cull inspiration from the two-act Russian ballet.

Winter Court II, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, at New Mountain, reinterprets the yuletide narrative with a live fashion show set to edgy electronic tracks. It’s dark, playful and less “vanilla” than the original production, says Balsam. But it doesn’t stray far from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and the many iterations that have since followed.

“It’s the night before Christmas in a beautiful house filled with beautiful people,” Balsam says, paraphrasing. During the show, emcee/narrator A.J. Palmateer will provide backstory — the tale of Maria, the young heroine, who is given a nutcracker by her godfather. Later that evening, when the clock strikes midnight, pure madness and magic ensue. The nutcracker transforms into a dashing prince, Maria staves off savage gingerbread men, and candies dance around in the Land of Sweets. It’s a lighthearted and well-known tale, which is why Balsam selected it for the night’s theme.

“It’s getting darker and colder outside, and it’s hard to feel good about things,” he explains. “I want the audience to feel the holiday joy, if only for a night.”

Apparel by fashion designer CocoNuco will be worn by models representing the flowers that waltz in Act 2. “Each garment is a whimsical composition of a dreamy character in the process of blooming,” says Nuco. “I use natural fibers, hand-dyed with locally grown pigments or salvaged plant matter, to create pieces ranging from wearable art to more functional garments.”

Claire Dima will be showcasing looks inspired by the sweets: a collection of delectable goodies (such as tea, coffee, chocolate, marzipan and ginger) that also join in during the final waltz. “The attire for tea is steampunky. It involves lots of stripes, a Victorian-inspired vest and a silly little hat,” says Dima. “Whereas ginger is bright, with lots of warm yellows.”

A hobbyist designer, Balsam’s looks are a bit darker. His heroic mice sport a palette of blacks and grays accented with bold, edgy makeup. They are led by the Rat King played by Jerem Leeman.

Guests can also expect to see designs from C. Anne King, Amanda Rose, Susan Sertain and more. Balsam met many of the artists while planning the inaugural Winter Court a year ago, and a Midsummer Night’s Runway before that. Both shows were inspired by local artist Duncan Chaboudy‘s FASHMOB, a rotating event that brought together models, designers and photographers for a night of fashion.

“Duncan created a safe space for people of all backgrounds to experiment,” says Balsam. So, when Chaboudy took a temporary break from FASHMOB, Balsam decided to step in and host a similar show: “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to do an event like this myself?’”

With unseasonably high temperatures, A Midsummer Night’s Runway proved to be a grand (and hot) undertaking. But thanks to encouragement from community members, chiefly veteran Bob Nagan (who will be modeling as Uncle Drosselmeyer at New Mountain), Balsam went on to host the first Winter Court.

“There was so much serendipity,” he says. “I told the designers to explore any fantasy theme they wanted, and it turned out really cohesive.”

He is hoping for a similar turnout at Winter Court II, though interpreting The Nutcracker has its own challenges. “When I think of fashion runway shows, I think of the coolest of the cool looking fierce as hell,” says Balsam. “But The Nutcracker can be really uncool.”

Transforming the fable has required extra creativity. When it comes to music, for instance, Balsam is appealing to modern sensibilities by adjusting the tempo or adding a house mix on top of a Tchaikovsky composition. In that way, the music is reflective of the show overall: unapologetically nontraditional.

“It’s out there,” says Balsam. “But I love taking iconic pieces and reimagining them.”Read more at:formal dresses australia | cheap formal dresses

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27 octobre 2017

Historic and contemporary Korean fashion in San Francisco

Historic and contemporary Korean fashion will go on display in San Francisco next month.

“Couture Korea,” running form Nov. 3 to Feb. 4, is presented jointly by Seoul-based Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. It aims to showcase the artistry of Korean traditional dress and its legacy in contemporary Korean fashion.

The exhibition seeks to connect the courtly costumes from centuries ago to those on the runways of today’s fashion capitals through more than 120 pieces, including a king’s robe, various 18th-century women’s ensembles and layers of silk undergarments, alongside contemporary clothing in modern materials. Veteran fashion designer Jin Te-ok will be showing works featuring denim while award-winning designer Im Seon-oc will present her signature neoprene pieces.

“‘Couture Korea’ elegantly interlaces the traditions of the past with contemporary clothing design to illuminate the ways Koreans -- and fashion aficionados around the world -- express themselves and their cultural affiliations through dress today,” said Asian Art Museum associate curator of Korean art Kim Hyon-jeong.

“By guiding audiences in identifying the unique shapes, materials and colors that distinguish the spirit of Korean fashion, we reveal fashion’s critical role in defining Korean cultural identity now and in the future,” Kim said.

On Nov. 4, fashion designer Jin Te-ok and fashion historian Neil Wu-Gibbs will give a talk while a daylong celebration of Korean pop culture will be held on Nov. 19. Textile historian Lee Talbot and Korean dress historian Kim Min-jee will discuss 18th-century Korean fashion and its influence on today‘s fashion on Dec. 9.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | backless formal dresses

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25 octobre 2017

Drawn to design

Fierce and beautiful: Jewellery by Eina Ahluwalia
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At a popular wine bar in Delhi, it is easy to spot one among the latest collections of an upscale handbag studio. Not your Guccis or Bottegas, brands whose original (and fake) versions dotted Delhi’s landscape a decade back. Ten years later, newer, homegrown brands have comfortably established themselves in plush wardrobes, as luxury’s aspirational quotient has led to the creation of ‘affordable luxury’.

Driven by design

There’s renewed attention to design elements, and fashion designers are expanding scales of production beyond the festive and wedding market as clearly visible at fashion weeks. These events themselves are becoming democratised with young designers and design houses showcasing here. Fashion weeks are also more accessible to the public, with designs available at shops, and online the moment they’re off the ramps.

Rashi Menda, founder of Zapyle, an online luxury retail store said, “The creation of Zapyle was inspired by some of my own experiences of living in different cities. Living in Bengaluru, I realised that it was difficult for women in that city as well as several others to shop for luxury items. By launching designer wear on our platform, we hope to bridge that gap. In fact, the very name of the platform, a portmanteau of the words Zap and Style, reflects the speed at which one can keep in pace with fashion trends. Online portals enable people to conveniently keep up with the dynamic world of style.”

Relatable design

Designers increasingly come out with two collections — a ready-to-wear one that is more casual and often, more affordable, than the couture pieces. Designers such as Gauri and Nainika, Payal Singhal, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja all carry ready-to-wear collections that are meant to be worn, more than revered. Delhi based designer, Gaurav Gupta, commented on the trend, “I feel the experienced designer’s focus has shifted from creating a spectacle, to creating something relatable and fun — clothes that can actually be worn, not just at weddings, but fashion on a regular, day-to-day basis.” Eina Ahluwalia, founder and owner of concept jewellery brand Paradisiac, who describes herself as a “shockingly happy 40-year-old woman, who doesn’t conform to societal standards” describes her profession as therapeutic, “My jewellery is my personal and social activism, created from the soul and inspired by life. My themes revolve around feminism, and my pieces are sometimes subtle and sometimes loud messages to the wearer and the world. They are meant to give people a strong yet beautiful way to wear a personal reminder or a point of view. For me the pieces are a sublimated outrage, despair, hope, humour and utopian idealism.” This design-centric individualistic ethic has been driving both prêt and couture, as well as lifestyle companies.

Curating style

Design houses such as Nicobar, Ogaan, Pernia’s Pop Up Shop and Good Earth are invested in curating brands and tapping into quality fashion, that weave in well with their design philosophy. While Nicobar curates pieces that are inspired by travel, Good Earth takes inspiration from India’s cultural and environmental past. Ogaan is the place to go to for contemporary festive wear. Their collections typically focus more on function over form, and retain a fun element. Stores such as Nimai, a multi designer jewellery store, hold regular pop-ups and events where new designers get a platform to sell their latest designs, and customers get uninterrupted access to the fast-changing world of design.

Designing spaces

Even as Ikea begins to set up shop in India, a whole generation of home owners have leapfrogged to incorporating affordable luxury in their interior designs. Brands in India have been showcasing their designs across the world. Designer houses have also been looking inwards, and taking inspiration from localised traditional handicrafts. Ashish Bajoria, founder of Scarlet Splendour, Kolkata-based home and interiors designer label that was invited to the Milan Fashion Week, is optimistic about the sector that has seen a steady boom over the past two decades, “Since its inception in 2014, our luxury design movement has come a long way in a short period of time, from collaborating with distinguished designers to winning international awards.” As Indians look all around for design inspiration, the market is diverse enough for brands backed by strong design philosophies to set up shop. Japanaese minimalistic brand Muji opened stores in Delhi and Mumbai, and Noritake, a technology and tableware company has entered the market in 2017.

Luxe travel

Affordable luxury is not just restricted to design though. It is also a lifestyle choice. While middle class India embraces the benefits of cheaper flights and the sharing economy, the swish set is discovering the joys of luxury travel. The aviation sector has seen a boom in the recent few years. Luxury travel globally is set to rise higher than the overall travel industry. Earlier, luxury travel was a largely Western phenomenon, but according to a study by Amadeus, Indians are travelling more than ever. Whether it is a cabin in the air or one at home, there is no excuse for plain vanilla. Affordable luxury, which may have sounded like an oxymoron to some half a decade ago, is truly here to stay.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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