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14 mars 2018

Exhibit at Gemeentemuseum to celebrate strong women in fashion

“Femmes Fatales — Strong Women in Fashion” at Gemeentemuseum will celebrate the female designers who have contributed immensely to fashion. “Femmes Fatales,” which can be seen this autumn at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, will be the first exhibition in fashion history to focus exclusively on female designers.

“Do the female designers create differently for women than their male counterparts? What influence have they had? What does being a woman mean in terms of their creations? And what is their vision for fashion?” These are some of the questions that the exhibition explores. The exhibition will showcase works by Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Miuccia Prada, Maria Gracia Chiuri (Dior), Dutch greats like Fong Leng, Sheila de Vries, and Iris van Herpen, and many others.

“Femmes Fatales — Strong Women in Fashion” will feature works by an impressive list of Dutch and international female designers. In addition to the internationally famous names, the exhibition will also consider the women behind the scenes of many fashion houses, whose far-reaching influence is something that has been completely overlooked in fashion history.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | cocktail dresses

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28 février 2018

Fashion for everyone

Inclusive is a term used in several contexts. When the fashion industry talks about being inclusive and it means designing garments for people irrespective of age and size, one realises how much the industry has conformed to body stereotypes. It’s a simple idea — anyone, irrespective of what size they are, should be able to wear comfortable, flattering clothes. But surprisingly, this has taken years.

Last week, when Gwyneth Paltrow invested in a plus-size clothing start-up called Universal Standard, it gave the three-year-old company a shot in the arm to expand its reach. The move, coming from a well known name in an industry steeped with body image issues, is a welcome one.

In India, the plus-size clothing wave began a few years ago. Today, the line of demarcation between the regular labels and those catering to plus-size has begun to blur. Not many online and offline fashion houses want to sell clothing solely for plus-size. You’d find more labels catering to both regular and curvaceous people, and a multitude of reasons have led to this shift.

Confident mindset

As Simran Lal, CEO of Good Earth and Nicobar observes, clothing choices are beginning to be dictated by a confident and youthful mindset. “I’ve seen both mothers and daughters purchasing our clothes. Our buyers range from women in their 20s to those above 60.”

A lot more people follow a fitness routine and are trying to keep their health parameters in check. Along with flab, the inhibition to wear clothing that was once considered ‘too young’ is being shed. Those who may be overweight and aren’t yet on the track to being fit are also not shying away from fashionable clothing.

The sari remains the most forgiving garment. Along with it, there are A-line dresses, skirts, a number of mix and match separates, and no one is too old to flaunt them.

There are dedicated plus-size labels such as aLL and Larjjosa, and others like Mustard, Sassy Soda and LURAP (Love your appearance) that stock regular and plus-size clothing. Online retailers like FabAlley (through FabAlley Curve), Myntra, Jabong and several others stock apparels for curvy women and men.

A Hyderabad-based women’s wear label that realised the need to step up its stock for the not-really-skinny buyer quite early in its two-decade journey is Navika. “In our initial three months, we had a number of women asking for custom tailoring and lamenting that they weren’t finding enough well-fitting clothes in the retail sector. These were working women looking for something more than the regular salwar kameez sets. Initially these requests were from the older women and gradually, even those in their 20s voiced similar issues. A few gynaecologists disclosed that young women in their 20s are also battling PCOD and other issues,” says Puja Sahney of Navika.

The trick was to understand the weight gaining patterns so that you don’t end up designing ill-fitting clothes — fitted at the shoulders and awkwardly bulging at the waist or hips. Puja observes that if Navika’s size 42 (not to be confused with the UK and US sizes) was earlier apt for the overweight category, now it extends to 48. The design house makes garments in 16 sizes and the larger sizes are in demand, both within India and as part of its export orders.

Sustainable fabrics

The inclusivity has also been helped by the rise of pan-Indian cotton and natural fibre-loving brands like Cotton World, Nicobar and Khara Kapas. The silhouettes are relaxed unlike the snug fits brought in by spandex or lycra. “Salwar kameez were once the staple of women in their 30s and 40s, not any longer,” echoes Shilpi Yadav of Khara Kapas. The occasional salwar suit sets remain but kurtas are increasingly worn with cigarette pants, straight cut trousers, palazzos and culottes. The dress made its resurgence in a big way. There are girly dresses as well as the breezy, elegant ones for older women.

An in-house consumer survey helped Yadav and her team understand buying patterns: “A few overweight women prefer partially-fitted clothes to look slimmer but many slim, young women purchase loose-fit dresses for the comfort factor. Earlier, we had more buyers from south given the warm weather conditions that warrant cotton. With the northern region also witnessing shorter winters, we have seen a significant increase in buyers in cities like Delhi too.”

Anti-fit has become a buzzword in the fashion industry in the last few seasons but that doesn’t mean swimming through a balloon-like garment. Simran Lal sums up, “Garments can be free-flowing but not necessarily anti-fit. Our designer Aparna Chandra has been adept at creating flattering silhouettes that don’t look over-sized.”Read more at:marieaustralia.com | cocktail dresses

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18 janvier 2018

This Is Why You've Got Dry Patches All Over Your Face

When wintertime comes, it feels like your normal skin rules fly right out the window. Even the oiliest, most acne-prone people can suffer from dry skinand flakiness during the winter months thanks to extreme weather and low humidity. And you're likely not alone in wondering how you got those strange, dry spots that are suddenly emerging on your face. We literally feel your pain.

That's why we asked two leading dermatologists to explain what is going on with your skin, how to get relief ASAP, and what to do to prevent dehydrated patches from creeping back to terrorize again.What's Going On?

Several factors on their own, or combined, can create rough areas of dry skin, explains Montclair, New Jersey dermatologist, Jeanine B. Downie, M.D. In the winter, it's colder and drier temperatures that zap moisture, plus wind that hits skin when you're out in the elements without coverage from a hat or a scarf. Factor in low to no humidity levels and that makes it an ongoing challenge for skin to retain its own hydration. You've got a recipe for dryness—even if you have oily skin naturally.

Your skin-care routine may also be a culprit. "When you're overdoing it with too many harsh products or scrubbing your face aggressively, you're taking the moisture out," says Downie. Or if you're using and not regularly cleaning a facial sonic brush, it may have accumulated bacteria on the head that irritates your skin, leading to dryness. And some people are just genetically unlucky. If mom or grandma have always had dry skin, there's a higher chance your own complexion may not hold onto moisture well, adds Downie.

What To Do Right Away

Cut out treatment products that may be drying out skin, like toners and peel products, advises Downie. (You can always go back after your skin heals, and when the temperatures go up again with more humidity in the air.) "Switch to a gentle, sensitive skin cleanser that doesn't lather so that you're not removing moisture while washing—a skin-care step that can dehydrate skin the most," says Downie. And switch to a fragrance-free moisturizer that you apply at least twice a day. Fragrance can unnecessarily irritate skin and dry it out, so you don't want to do that with the product that's supposed to be replenishing your complexion. And if you're acne-prone, make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer that you feel comfortable applying generously without risk of breaking out. Look for labels that say non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, which means the product won't clog pores or worsen breakouts.

How To Prevent Relapse

In the winter, one of the biggest factors that sets your skin up to get dry are long, very hot baths and showers, says New York City dermatologist, Anne Chapas, M.D. "This strips the face of its natural oils and leaves skin drier than it was before," explains Chapas. Limit shower time and cleanse your face with lukewarm water, and try options like cleansing wipes after workouts instead of hopping in the shower more than once a day. If you're taking a bath, adding oils to the tub will help make it a hydrating instead of dehydrating dip.

When going through your skincare routine, avoid harsh scrubbing of skin and pat skin dry instead of wiping dry. To get the most out of your facial moisturizer, apply it while skin is still damp—and if you're prone to feeling dry or like your skin is a size too tight during the day, carry your moisturizer and reapply it before you get to that point, suggests Chapas.

A humidifier is also a wise investment to help your skin retain more moisture, suggest both our dermatologists. It will even help your moisturizing skin-care products work better. Sleeping with it on in your bedroom can be especially helpful, since the added moisture in the air will help skin all over your body, as well as your hair and nails, says Downie.Read more at:short cocktail dresses | year 12 formal dresses

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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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