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10 WEDDING LOOKS TO STEAL FROM INDIA COUTURE WEEK 2016

Last week witnessed the country’s most celebrated event with A-list fashion designers coming together and enchanting us with their brilliant craftsmanship. The India Couture Week 2016 gave us major wedding outfit goals!

 

Manish Malhotra

Ace fashion designer showcased his collection ‘The Persian Story’ with a beautiful display of intricate motif embroidery on aged velvet creating an old world charm.

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Anita Dongre

A bride with the cornrows! Anita Dongre’s ‘Epic Love’ inspired by Mughal Gardens totally got us hooked with the entire boho princess look.

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Tarun Tahiliani

Taking us back to the roots, the designer displayed his collection ‘The Last Dance of the Courtesans’ paying ode to the royal courtesans. Keeping his collection super glamorous yet contemporary, the designer nailed the theme.

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Reynu Taandon

Inspired by the Rajasthani Heritage with a touch of traditional craftsmanship, Reynu Taandon awed us with her collection ‘Kamangari’. The collection was dominated by Rajasthani art motifs and traditional colors worn by the Rajastani brides.

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Rimple & Hapreet Narula

Who said Indian bride can’t wear white?! Drawing the inspiration from late Khalil Gibran, the duo-designer rolled out their collection ‘Hiraeth’. The collection highlighted with work ranging from thread embroidery to sequences in sizes big and small is ideal for the brides who aren’t afraid of experimenting.

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Varun Bahl

Master couturier Varun Bahl’s ‘Vintage Garden’ collection was high on structure and petals. Inspired by the range of colourful flowers, the collection talks about exactly what 21st century brides would like to don on their D-Day.

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Manav Gangwani

Titled Begum-e-Jannat, the designer turned heads with his collection inspired by Mughal Era. A stunner, as what we like to call, the collection embraced the true essence of royal age with intricate details and bold colours.

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Rohit Bal

Bringing the curtain down at India Couture Week 2016, Rohit Bal slayed the runway with his magical collection ‘Kehkashaan’ inspired from the  grandeur of the Czars Russia. Heavily embroidered and bejewelled silhouettes featuring floor-sweeping anarkalis, majestic lehengas, ravishing gowns were nothing less than a masterpiece.

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Don’t tell us these didn’t have you dreaming about your wedding outfit!

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Manish The Maverick! Designer bestowed with highest French Honour.

On Tuesday, February 16th, stellar fashion designer Manish Arora was hinged with the list of Indians honoured by the French government for commendable work in the fields of fashion, art and cinema.

Arora was revered with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), which is the highest French civilian distinction.

“The award comes in recognition of his creations and significant contribution to the fashion world, as well as his longstanding ties with France,” said Francois Richier, French ambassador to India, at the ceremony.manish_arora

“The more I knew him, the more I was astonished by his personality,” Richier said about Manish. “I would like to mention that people think that fashion is all about the show, but it is about a lot of hard work, discipline and dedication.

“Beyond what Manish has created, he also represents India. In Paris, everybody now says that Indian fashion is Manish Arora. Some people might think that becoming such an important person in the Paris fashion scene was a conquest for him, but I think we have conquered him because he could have moved to any other place in the world, but finally he settled in France.Manish-arora-2015-SS2

“Those who wonder why Paris remains the fashion capital of the world – it is not just because of French fashion designers, but precisely because we successfully attract people like Manish.” The ambassador gushed as he also told the guests that he and Manish shared the same hairdresser. A French bromance, is it?

“The first day we met, I thought that I could have nothing to do with this man, who is doing incredible things when I am a dull civil servant. But (it turned out that) we shared the same hairdresser.

“Sharing a hairdresser when you have no hair is a good introduction to Manish Arora’s philosophy. We have built our friendship on that basis and it has flourished, so it proves that even if we don’t grow our hair, we can continue to grow our friendship!” he beamed.Manish-Arora-legion-of-honour-1

 

As for Arora, it’s another huge feather in the Francophile’s eclectic hat and we couldn’t be any prouder. Kudos to the designer!

Mark The Beginning Of Forever With CK’s Eternity Now

Just in time for the mushiest, supremely romance-laden day of the year (yes, Valentine’s Day, genius), Calvin Klein brings to us Eternity Now for men and women.

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Not only does the name and tagline, which says ‘Forever Starts Now’, spell out romance, even the campaign is probably the most aww-worthy thing you’ll see on the Internet. Apart from kittens on YouTube, of course.

Celebrating love and eternity, CK’s new fragrance prides itself with supermodels Jasmine Tokes and Tobias Sorenson up-close and intimate on its campaign. The power couple has an inspiring love story to tell that is right out from a heart-warming movie. Talk about perfection.Calvin-Klein-Eternity-Now-Fragrance-Campaign-Tobias-Sorensen-Jasmine-Tookes

 

The Fragrance

The fragrance is a sprig of spring in a bottle. Eternity Now for women is doused with scintillating lychee, quince sorbet, nectarine, peonies, peach blossoms, neroli petals, cashmere veil, ambrox and trails of precious musk.

For men, on the other hand, the perfume is a spicy blend of coconut water, ginger, star anise, star fruit, patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan cedar wood, tonka bean and cedar leaf.

Eternity Now comes in two sizes for both men and women and is available online for couples looking to buy a great gift for their significant other. Hurry! V Day is less than a week away!

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H&M Steps Up The Game With The Conscious Beauty Line

Not that it needed to, but H&M just gave us another to fall in love with the fashion brand all over again. Ok, are you ready for it? Pull a chair if you must. The chain has announced the addition of their very own *takes deep breath* beauty line to the range of products in stores!

Give us a moment while we wipe off these tears of joy.

The range, which is going to be an accompaniment to complement its long-running, eco-friendly clothing line, Conscious Collection, will comprise of almost thirty products including goodies for you hair, skin and body.00440288

“We already offer conscious choices with our fashion collections so it is natural for us to have the same offering within our beauty collection. We always aim to develop our products to high and responsible standards in both materials and production.

“With the conscious range we have taken this philosophy even further. We are very proud to now be able to offer organic beauty to our customers”, Concept Designer at H&M Beauty, Sara Wallander told Nylon.20984784733_ac986dece3_h

The fashion house also revealed that it’d be using qualified organic components blended with essential oils for fragrance. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, the brand also added that the packaging of the products too would be completely recyclable and eco-friendly.

Environment loving and fashionable! Sigh.

Conscious is slated for an April 7th release along with the launch of H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection.vanessa-paradis-hm-conscious-campaign2

Barbie Got A Reality Check & Made It To The Cover Of TIME

For time immemorial Mattel’s signature doll, Barbie, has been romanticized with that pop culture, perfect hourglass figure and of course, plastic beauty. The doll saw a complete body transformation when Y2K hit and thinks kind of got worse.

Even though a majority of young kids have spent afternoons together picking out shoes, dresses and accessories for the doll, it has also been shamed as setting unreal standards for the female body and hated as a brand name that did not live up to the decree of a ‘toy brand’.

Additionally, Barbie dolls even saw major slump of 20% in sales during 2012-14, owing to its negative image in the society and market. But all that’s about to change now.

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Getting Real

Mattel has given one of its best-selling and most popular toys a reality check and released three new body shapes for the doll. Not only have people received this change in Barbie, but the doll also made it to the cover of the mush coveted TIME magazine.

Along with being a massive move for the brand and the doll, the company can only hope that this change does not backfire. In the article, author Eliana Dockterman writes: “Adding three new body types now is sure to irritate someone: just picking out the terms petite, tall and curvy, and translating them into dozens of languages without causing offense, took months. And like me, girls will strip curvy Barbie and try to put original Barbie’s clothes on her or swap the skirts of petite and tall.

“Not everything will Velcro shut. Fits will be thrown, exasperated moms will call Mattel. The company is setting up a separate help line just to deal with Project Dawn complaints”, she adds.

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But lets face it, what’s a decision without faults and what’s a pro without cons? Sticking to the classic figure was clearly off the table.

 

Keeping Up With The Kardashian & Others

Also, Mattel’s abovementioned decision couldn’t have come at a better time than this when American – or rather global – standards of beauty are seeing a shift. Curvy celebs including the likes of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian have taken social media by storm, while divas like Adele and Lena Dunham are proudly embracing their “non ideal” figures.

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Collectively, the transformation gives Barbie a variety of diverse looks that better reflect 21st century. To keep the work secret, Mattel officials code-named it “Project Dawn”, so that even their families wouldn’t know that the doll was undergoing the most dramatic body transformation in her 57 year record.

The new body shapes will be sold online starting January 28th at Barbie.com and will appear in retail stores later in 2016.

Did Mattel do the right thing? Which Barbie would you pick classic or revamped? Read the full article by TIME here and let us know what you think.

Here’s Why Sephora Wants To Help Kickstart Women-Lead Beauty Start Ups

Despite the beauty section majorly being flocked by female customers, the beauty industry sees only a handful of brands founded by women. But Sephora wants to help change that.

The beauty magnate has come up with a special training program called Sephora Accelerate to assist women looking to seed their own beauty enterprises.

Corrie Conrad, head of social impact at Sephora, explained: “Even in the beauty industry, where most customers are women, female founders are still underrepresented. We see a unique opportunity to draw from our history of working with entrepreneurs to build a supportive community for early-stage female founders.”banner9

The program commences with a week-long boot camp where founders will be helped in creating their own business model and growth plan. The participants will also be assisted in working on their market analysis and funding strategy.

Additionally, Sephora will also help founders design and strategize their products and introduce them to a guide from the industry. Chosen founders will be bestowed with $2,500 and are also entitled for extra funding in the future.sephora3

 

Although the applications for this year are closed, we have our fingers crossed for a reappearance soon.

So what are you waiting for? That idea you had in your head, get working on it and who knows? You could be the next big name in the industry!

5 Wearables That Have Bridged The Gap Between Tech And Beauty

The latest trend being spotted in the health and beauty arena is L’Oreal’s stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor ultraviolet light exposure via a wearable called My UV Patch. With a late 2016 release slated, is this the start of futuristic beauty?

The exciting part is that the brainiacs over at L’Oreal are not the only ones experimenting with wearable technology. Many scientists and experts have started putting their minds into it as well. Here are some of their hobbyhorses.

 

  1. Digital Deodrant

Last year, Google was granted the patent for a “digital deodorant”, which is a teeny wearable fan equipped with odor-sensing machinery. The gadget emits a gush of deodorizer the moment it detects a foul whiff. Here’s the really interesting bit, the user would also be notified about the stench via social media along with an alternate GPS routes to avoid walking by friends with sound olfactory powers.

Eventhough, the fact whether the company will pursue the idea further is unknown, how many public transport-using takers for this gadget?Shirt-fan-full

 

  1. Conductive Ink

Skin-safe conductive ink, which uses carbon particles to transmit minute electric currents (yikes!) across the surface of the skin, has been here for quite some time now. Among many others testing the invention, software design company Chaotic Moon Studios has crafted temporary tattoos that can monitor health info.

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  1. Moisturizer Patch

Scholars at the Northwestern University and University of Illinois have devised a skin patch that monitors temperature changes at the skin’s surface. These changes can indicate changes in blood flow rate, which can give insight into skin hydration levels. The patch is made of 3,600 tiny liquid crystals on a stretchable substrate.

Although, unlike the digital deodorant the patch will not secrete moisturizer or spray anything, the crystals change color as temperature shifts, and an algorithm translates the data, in turn letting you know when your skin needs tonic.image (2)

 

  1. Conductive Fake Nails

Brazilian computer scientist Katia Vega likes a healthy dose of beauty with science. Her Beauty Tech Nails are fake fingernails implanted with radio frequency identification chips that can activate various electronics. Although, the product will not be on the market yet, her research is likely to fuel numerous other innovations.nails.jpg__800x0_q85_crop

 

  1. My UV Patch

So your sunscreen prides itself with an SPF 10,000? That’s great. How do you know it’s working, though? Probably the sun requires double the SPF you’ve slapped on. And maybe you’ll end up with nasty sunburns. Not anymore (hopefully). My UV Patch from L’Oréal contains photosensitive dyes that change color when exposed to UV rays. The ballyhooed heart-shaped adhesive patch is about one square inch in size and half the thickness of a strand of hair. It monitors the user’s skin tone and can be worn beneath sunscreen. The patch will be available in the market later this year.picture_photo_171a42

P.S. The companies suggest this will not be the only beauty wearable to come out of the partnership. So you might actually lay your hands on the digital deo and gift it to that friend you think is actually a pig in disguise. Amen to that.

5 Vintage Beauty Ads That Redefine Ridiculous

If you’ve been keeping up with the (beauty) news, you’d know by now of this highly controversial Thai ad about a fairness pill. The alleged racist ad claims and I quote “being white is the key to success”.

*Moment of silence*

The ad happens to be one of many other ridiculously baseless and un-thought of commercials we have seen in the past. Here are some vintage commercials that were so offensive that they were ridiculous.

 

  1. Hygiene or Divorce

Lysol released this ad back in the days and promoted the product by showing broken marriages where the man was unhappy over his wife’s poor hygiene habits. Err, sure!offending_lysol1

 

  1. The Skinny Dame

“You’re gorgeous since you’ve gained weight”. That’s what every consecutive slice of pizza I scoff tells me.offending_skinny1-2

 

  1. A Man’s World

So that’s why we call it a man’s world. Just a silly tie. Damn, thanks for cleaing the doubt Van Heusen!lifebuzz-9a275d937605258db39c9c71234fcfa8-limit_2000

 

  1. Shape Shifting

An ad for a so-called ‘Little Fibber bra’ claimed in big bold letters that a pear was no shape for a girl. And women with “too much bottom and too little top” should use the aforementioned product the reshape. J Lo and her million fans would like to disagree.offending_pear

  1. Constant Contest

In one of their really really old print ads, Camay Soaps stated that women were in a beauty contest every hour of the day, that is, everyone was judging their looks throughout. Treading on wafer thin ice there Camay!offending_beautycontest-e1389382520376

5 Pageant Moments That’ll Have You Rolling On The Floor

Every dreamy belle once in her childhood, teens and life thinks of strutting down a stage in a lush gown while thousands cheer on. For some these dreams come true, for some it doesn’t while there is a whole category of people for whom this dream becomes a nightmare. Here are five of the most embarrassing pageant moments.

SPOILER ALERT: No bikini malfunctions and falls ahead. Just grown up gibberish, sorry!

 

  1. Utah Babble – Miss USA 2013

Remember those ‘jumbled sentences’ that we solved in school? This prolific answer by a Miss USA contestant from Utah will remind you of just that. Once you’re done laughing, that is.

 

  1. Seriously South Carolina? – Miss Teen USA 2007

So why do you think a chunk of Americans can’t locate the USA on a map, one of the judges asked. And whoosh came a flood of gibberish that went like “I believe…education…people don’t have maps, gibberish, South Africa and Iraq, blabber blabber, to help US should help the US”. Umm, sure!

 

  1. Beauty or Brains? – Binibining Pilipinas Pageant 2006

The question was simple and so was this contestant’s answer. On being asked whether she’d have brains over beauty or beauty over brains, the contestant proved that she was a vanity slave and went for beauty because brains, what’s that?

 

  1. To Subject or Not? – Miss USA 2014

On being asked about her views on USA’s policy on leaving no soldier behind, Louisiana went, well, kaput. Dear judge, it’s bad enough that these chicas have to strut down a colossal stage in bikinis and gowns just for a sash and tiara, why make it worse by asking such questions?

 

  1. Crown Error – Miss Universe 2015

This one is the most recent gem in the crown, will have Columbian beauty crying herself to sleep for months to come. Host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner and after minutes of cheers and claps the crown was taken away from Columbia and given to Philippines. Ouch!

 

When Barbie Set Fire To Paris During The Fashion Week

Ever since 1959, there has been a fashionista constantly who has neither put on age nor a single wrinkle. And who’s glam quotient has always managed to go up with every passing year. As kids, before there were fashion shows, ramps and supermodels, there was Barbie. The iconic doll inspired us in more ways than one, be it our crazy fetish for the color pink or the absolute need to have hair and clothes on point like the idol herself.

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Keeping track of new trends, Barbie now has an Instagram account of her own the feed of which was recently adorned with snaps of the lassie strutting the street sof Paris during the Paris Fashion Week. The @BarbieStyle feed flaunted pictures of the doll rocking impeccable make up and breathtaking outfits, that featured miniature replicas of exact runway pieces.

It wasn’t just the designers that had the honor of being featured by the doll. Barbie went high on make up dramatic make up as well. The Mattel mademoiselle featured in a shoot donning make up by famed artist Pat McGrath. Barbie will flaunt four runway-worthy looks.

The first half of the series has already made its debut: one featuring golden Swarovski crystal embellishment, the second an edgy cat eye and sultry shimmer red lips.

Stay tuned to Barbie’s feed for the remaining looks will be unveiled over the next two days as she continues her posh tour de France.