A green code for fashion


(Photo:white prom dresses)For 30 years now, one Indian apparel brand has been endeavouring towards implementing sustainable practices. In 2007, Cottonworld was one of the first of its peers to discontinue the use of plastic bags. To encourage customers, the brand retailed a range of cotton bags and roped in actor and director Konkona Sen Sharma to pick up cloth instead of plastic. The proceeds from the sales eventually went to the NGO CRY, which works to support child rights.

Now, in their 30th anniversary year, the brand’s commitment to ecological practices continues. “Cotton World was founded in 1987,” says the brand’s director Lavin Lekhraj, who thinks the sustainable fashion is becoming a bigger movement with the increased participation of other labels. “Back then, we only made and sold clothes made from cotton, hence the name. Over time, other fabrics produced from natural fibres were introduced, such as viscose, linen and modal.” The philosophy of the brand is about using natural textiles without skimping on style. “Ecological consciousness comes with the brand due to its philosophy and roots,” continues Lekhraj. “The sustainable fashion model should be profitable in the high street fashion movement. It depends on how willing brands are to adapt and the customer’s willingness to accept the changes.”

Last year, Cottonworld launched their autumn/winter 2016 campaign. As an extension, they brought on board actor Kalki Koechlin to endorse the Adopt-A-Tree campaign. The actor has not only modelled the latest line-up of clothes, but has also shot a video urging people to plant more trees. “I am very excited that Cottonworld chose me to be the face of their Adopt-A-Tree campaign,” she says. “Being ecologically aware is every person’s duty. We need to ensure that we look after our environment so our future generations can also enjoy it as we have.” Koechlin says that the brand has worked towards sustainability right from its inception. In addition to their use of natural fibres and other initiatives, the brand works with El Rhino, a company that produces handmade paper from recycled cloth and elephant dung. Plus, Cottonworld has sponsored a dryer for the company’s factory. “And [they’re] now distributing seeds with every purchase,” says Koechlin.“[These are] all moves in the right direction.”

Lekhraj concedes that celebrity helps reach a wider audience and makes the message stronger. “Kalki was the perfect fit for this campaign. We have received very positive feedback from [customers],” says Cottonworld’s director about the brand’s campaign to plant trees and gift seeds.

Mumbai’s first first Cottonworld store, something of an institution in the city, was launched 1987 at Colaba. Since then, the brand has expanded to 25 stores across Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Goa. And in the next decade, they will continue their expansion all over the country, but with one guiding aim: “To keep our products as natural, and make the brand as ecological and sustainable as possible,” reiterates Lekhraj.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses


Dhwani sets the right tone

This Rajasthani beauty has 10 films to her credit, across several languages — Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam. She is finally creating waves with her critically-acclaimed film Dhwani which was the official screening choice at the recently concluded Bengaluru International Film Festival.

Iti Acharya shares snippets about her astounding performance in the film which primarily deals with dowry harassment and domestic violence, which are incidentally on the rise.

“Initially, I was apprehensive about taking up the film, but when I heard the script, I just could not digest the fact that situations like this even existed. It is based on a real life incident, and how it affects the lives of the many others connected to it. After Chandan, the hero and Krishnegowda Sir convinced me, I agreed to the role, and the experience has been simply phenomenal. The kind of response the film has received has overwhelmed me,” says Iti Acharya, who started as a model after pursuing her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was later recognised by fashion guru Prasad Bidapa, and went on to work in several ads.

A professional Kathak dancer, Iti’s parents ensured that she learnt most art forms as a child. “My parents always supported my artistic side. They had me learn almost everything. At the age five, I was into theatre, and I learnt Kathak. During my fashion venture, a film director was keen on getting me on board his film, and my love for acting since childhood led me to films,” she says.

Her dream role in Dhwani, essaying the role of Jaya, a model-turned-actress is pretty similar to who she is in real life as well, someone who believes in independent and self-reliant women, omitting the part of her character that hurts others, especially loved ones for personal gain, of course.

“I have seen people coming out of theatres crying, and even men in tears. In our society, two people co-existing under one roof as husband and wife is a daunting task. Frequent ego clashes and difference of opinion ensue. I believe Dhwani has been the voice of many who have faced similar situations in their life,” Iti adds.

She further attributes the film’s critical success to the sensibilities of the Kannada audience who have lately been supporting experimental scripts and meaningful films with a purpose.

“New and young film makers have made a mark with different films and not sticking to hero-centric projects only, but focusing more on script-centric ones. Dhwani is a perfect example and it makes me proud. As an actress, I had worked in some good films, and some failed, but Dhwani has given me the ultimate satisfaction,” Iti shares.

After Dhwani, Iti has another similar venture in Hindi titled Satyavati which delves into another serious subject, that of gang rape, and another film in Tamil too.

She concludes that Dhwani is not just a movie but can hopefully inspire others to be strong too.Read more at:plus size prom dresses | evening gowns

Making prom dreams come true


(Photo:yellow prom dresses)As teen girls stepped in front of the mirror, it was like a scene from a movie.

Standing with growing smiles on their faces, and possibly a few tears swelling in their eyes, many commented on how perfect their dresses were during the Dressing Room’s annual Prom-N-Aide event.

“To see these girls’ faces, all the hard work is worth it,” Dressing Room Manager Tammy McIntyre said. “To see these girls get excited to go to prom when otherwise they might not have been able to, is just the greatest feeling.”

The free event, which helps local girls and guys find dresses and suits, who otherwise may not be able to afford them, helped more than 100 find their perfect dress or suit for the prom.

“With hard economic times, many can’t afford the expenses that go along with prom, so here they can get everything they might need for free,” McIntyre said.

Dresses for the annual event have been collected throughout the year for the event, and donated by organizations throughout the Tri-State. While Prom-N-Aide is one of the largest events for prom dresses, McIntyre said there are dresses available throughout the year.

“If we only helped two girls, all of this would still be worth it,” McIntyre said.

While many girls where infatuated with their dresses, others also enjoyed picking out the perfect shoes and jewelry to match. Girls also had the chance to talk to makeup consultants.

“I finally found the perfect dress,” said Angel Gross as she twirled around in her red satin ballroom dress. “It fits me perfectly and matches my style. It’s just me.”

For Gross it is more than a dress. It’s a rite of passage. Since entering high school, Gross has dreamed about going to prom. With the assistance of The Dressing Room, that dream will become a reality.

“It is just amazing what they do here, and it shows they really care about the youth in the community,” Gross said. “I know I will definitely plan to give and encourage others to do the same for this great event.”

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Simone Rocha creates beautiful contradictions. The Irish designer, now based in London, excels in crafting pieces that are diaphanous yet solid, youthful yet mature, Western yet Eastern. With well-placed draping here or a strategic piece of sheer fabric there, Rocha adds movement to hefty coats and a lightness to dark gowns that in anyone else’s hands might feel funereal. Her well-honed identity extends beyond her clothing collections and into her stores, the newest of which opened last month in New York City (the other is in London).

To enter Rocha’s retail space is to enter her world, where you encounter her signature Perspex furniture pieces, sculptures and other favorite art (the New York store has a piece by Louise Bourgeois) in addition to her clothing designs. The New York shop even has the same custom rose-patterned cornice that Rocha and her partner have in their London home. The idea of the completely immersive retail experience is one she shares with the very first store to carry her pieces: Dover Street Market. Here, Rocha reflects on her relationship with DSM’s founders, Adrian Joffe and Rei Kawakubo (also of Comme des Garçons), her grandmothers’ enduring influences and the importance of emotion in fashion.

When did you first know you wanted to be a designer?

I’ve been around fashion my whole life, so I was always interested in dress and uniforms like my school uniform or nurses’ uniforms. I was interested in how people dress and how it makes them feel. So I was always interested in clothes, and then it evolved when I was a teenager into making art. I went to art school and realized when I was there that the way I interpreted things was through clothes.

How have your tastes evolved over time and what has remained consistent?

I’m always attracted to historical clothes and also quite masculine clothes, which sounds crazy because I’m really known for my femininity. But it’s how I can translate [masculine pieces] into feminine [ones], whether it is a classic peacoat or a trench.

You’ve previously talked a bit about the enduring influences of your two grandmothers — one who is Chinese and the other Irish. How do they continue to inspire you?

My Irish granny was a real tomboy and was always in trousers and was a real practical woman, and I loved the idea of functionality in clothes as well as the decorative quality of it. Then my Chinese granny was much more reserved and very lady like. My Chinese family grew up with very little means, but their outlook in life was always to turn themselves out well and be proud of who they were. My granny would always be in a twinset, and I always try to put some of that femininity and elegance into my clothes.

Their two styles and personalities seem to perfectly encapsulate your love of blending masculine and feminine elements into your work. There’s a personal connection to these more abstract ideas.

Designing is so emotional. It has to come from something personal; otherwise, it’s just clothes. When someone sees my work, I like that it makes people feel something or reminds them of something or makes them feel comfortable or makes them feel uncomfortable enough that they want to challenge themselves. I think all of that is pretty important.

When did you first meet Adrian Joffe and Rei Kawakubo?

We met when I had graduated college after my M.A. I was showing off-schedule, and I showed my collection to Adrian and Rei. It was a real honor because I’d always been a huge admirer of Comme des Garçons as well as Dover Street Market and their whole ethos. When I was starting out in the industry, I felt a little bit out of place. I wasn’t like a lot of the British designers who were around at the time. There was a lot of bodycon and it was very colorful and my first whole collection was black. And my second whole collection was white. And the third one, which was the one they came to see, was see-through. The whole ethos of the collection was that I was feeling so exposed because I didn’t know how I fit in and at the end, that was the collection that brought me to DSM. Once I started working with Adrian and Comme des Garçons , I was like, «Oh! These are my people!» It was the first time I felt like, «It’s ok. This is how it can be.»Read more at:prom dresses london | prom dresses manchester

Destination Bridal Wear Shines At India Beach Fashion Week 2017

Lehengas, floor sweeping gowns, asymmetrical dresses for women and kurta pyjamas, suits and dhotis in the menswear category the spotlight at the India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW) 2017 was clearly on bridal wear.

The three-day extravaganza, which started on March 6 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa here, saw an exuberant grand finale on Wednesday with an array of designers presenting their collections.

The organisers are happy.

«This is one of the biggest seasons till now. The designers have got really good reviews from the buyers and visitors. From the scale point of view, we have gone bigger. We had a pop it up area, live music arena and technology integration.

«We went all the way out this season to make sure that we make some sort of benchmark,» Pallav Ojha, Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder, Iconia Leisure and Lifestyle Pvt Ltd Beach worldwide, told IANS here.

Apart from Suneet Varma, designers like Anupamaa Dayal, Asif Merchant, Lalit Dalmia, Swapnil Shinde and Shyamal & Bhumika came together to present their latest beach, resort and destination bridal wear on the runway.

Dayal, who opened the first show, showcased a wide variety of resort wear as part of her line ‘The Endorphins’. The colours that dominated the line included reds, camels and fuschia.

Day one was also dominated by the menswear category as designers like Ken Ferns, Amrose D’Souza and Arjun Khanna presented suits, jackets, printed pants, kurtas and pyjamas.

The second and third days were predominantly about destination bridal wear like gowns, lehengas, salwar kameez and anarkalis.

Dalmia stole the show with an off site show at the Miramar beach against a sunset. Titled ‘La Moda’, his men and womenswear collection, which had as many as 25 outfits, saw floor sweeping gowns, dresses, hair fascinators and menswear suits.

Designer duo Karan and Leon cast a spell on the audience with their ravishing showstopper ensemble — a white, hand-painted encrusted with Swarovski crystals gown with an over seven metre long trail. Leon told IANS that it took 1500 man-hours to make the garment.

Surprisingly, there was only one show dedicated to swim wear by the label Flirtacious. The range saw bright coloured one-piece and two-piece swim wear.

Asked why weren’t there many shows dedicated to swim wear, Ojha said: «We do have some great talent when it comes to specific beachwear in the country. However, the talent isn’t so much yet. A lot of resort wear that has been showcased had a beautiful amalgamation of beachwear with the resort wear.

«We want to dedicate a complete day only to swim wear as a category, but we have to source out the right talent for this section.»

The gala turned out to be a platform for 30 fashion stalwarts, who showcased their collection at the event spanning over 15 shows.

On the business front, Ojha said: «The event is about generating business for the participating designers, exhibitors and people, who are present here. We as IBFW organisers, have pulled in both sides — one, the designers who have been meeting the buyers. And two, we have hosted this season, five to seven very serious buyers.»

Ojha said IBFW had a generous B2C connect,

«There is a huge visitors connect, A B2C connect, When I talk about B2C connect, if a designer is showcasing a beautiful collection at the exhibit area, then you have an immediate buyer. So technically, you are not dependent on a buyer,» he added.

The shows also saw some Bollywood faces like Sunny Leone, Amit Sadh, Gauahar Khan, Lopamudra Raut, Daisy Shah and Pooja Gor. Model Manasvi Mamgai, who was in the news for being part of US President Donald Trump’s pre-inaugural dinner, also walked the ramp for the label Karleo.Read more at:celebrity dresses uk | unique prom dresses

Fashion designers turn to secondhand shops for inspiration

It is a humdrum secondhand clothing store in one of the most down-at-heel districts of the French capital. But for designer Francisco Terra and other rising stars of the Paris catwalk, the shop stuffed with shirts and skirts that sell for the price of a coffee is “a temple of fashion research”. Terra loves the place so much he held his Paris fashion week show in the store, the flagship “friperie” of the Guerrisol chain. “It is not just people who don’t have much money who shop here,” the creator behind the Neith Nyer label said, “but all the stylists of the big labels who come to do their homework.”

His show comes only six weeks after hip brand AVOC presented their menswear collection in another more upmarket vintage store. With high street chains going hell for leather for throwaway fashion, those in the know are embracing better quality vintage clothing while designers are turning to secondhand and charity shops for inspiration. Parisian friperies where the poor still buy pre-owned shoes and suits are now the haunt of hipsters and fashionistas looking for clothes that help them stand out. Putting together “a look is all about the exclusivity of the piece”, said Brazilian-born Terra, who worked for Givenchy and Carven before striking out on his own. “Today with mass market fast fashion, you can only find that in vintage of secondhand shops,” he added.

‘Upcycled’ jeans

Influenced by Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier, two fashion houses who have long embraced the art of recycling, 34-year-old Terra began to repurpose clothes for his own brand, which he named after his Austrian grandmother. His new show is set in a fictional future Tokyo in 2083. Faced with a chaotic economy, young people are forced to patching their ancestors’ old clothes together to create their new styles. The storyline was inspired by the Japanese capital’s thriving secondhand stores, Terra said, which often rework old clothes. Upcycling, as remaking existing clothes is called, has long been the trademark of a number of Paris labels, including streetwear brand Andrea Crews.

Upcycled jeans made from cut up old Levi’s were also one of the things that helped make French brand Vetements the label of the moment. Vintage is also a major theme at a trade fair running alongside Paris fashion week, which this year contains a shop bringing together some of the capital’s “pre-worn” designer stores and the online luxury secondhand site Vestiaire Collective. Amnaye Nhas, a manager of one such luxury Paris store, Thanx God I’m a VIP, said sales rocket during the runway shows, particularly when labels revisit historic looks for coats and aviator jackets.

Vintage can be reassuring

Her store only sells clothing from the very top designer labels. They refuse to handle anything in synthetic fibre and outfits have to be in perfect condition, she said. With prices ranging from 40 euros to 2,000 ($42 to $2,100), Nhas said their clients are demanding and know what they want. A green toned Leonard silk jacket is on sale for 995 euros, while a 1978 Burberry coat is priced at 450 euros. “Some customers are real sticklers” for designer labels, she said, “but others would normally shop in high street stores like Zara and just want to find something original to wear with that.” Fashion historian Manuel Charpy said vintage mania is nothing new. “In the 19th century secondhand clothing was much more important than today, completely dominating the mass market” and items were sold again and again, he said.

The current hunger for vintage began out of economic necessity after the financial crisis of 2008, said trends specialist Cecile Poignant. The success of the American television series “Mad Men”, set in the early 1960s also helped, she said. Vintage clothes “give people reassurance and historical anchorage in changing times”, Poignant added. “It all has to do with the sense of insecurity people are living with today. We are a lot less sure than we were 30 years ago that the future will be brighter.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-shop-in-london | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-shop-in-manchester

Miss Tew and Culp to exchange wedding vows March 31 in Georgia

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Salena Lofton Edwards and the late James Harol Lofton of Brookhaven, and the late Mary and Lowell Tew of Laurel. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Dorothy Culp of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Culp. Jr. of Plano, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maenpaa of Wauchula, Fla.

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Miss Tew is a graduate of the Veritas School and Mississippi State University. At State she earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and merchandising. She was involved with the Delta Gamma sorority and Fashion Board. Miss Tew is associated with Lululemon Athletica in Jackson.

Culp is a graduate of Tupelo High School and Mississippi State University. At State he earned his degree is marketing. He was involved with Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and TVA Investment Panel. Culp is a project manager for Mississippi Development Authority in Jackson.

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Mad Style At Montclair State: A Fashion & Beauty Column

On Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., fourteen beautiful Montclair State students strutted down the runway sporting Valley Girl attire to kick off Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Week. Held in University Hall on the 7th floor, this event was the first ANAD Fashion Show held by the Montclair State chapter of the national sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE).

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As one of three national philanthropies that DPhiE raises money for, the ANAD mission is “to alleviate suffering and provide support for those afflicted with eating disorders,” according to the organization’s website.

“As women, we all know what it is like to feel uncomfortable with our bodies, and our mission is to spread awareness about ANAD so that no one else, male or female, has to feel uncomfortable in their own skin,” said Alli Lamhing, a sister and the vice president of programming for DPhiE, as well as the coordinator of ANAD Week.

The sophomore English major added, “I personally feel that taking care of yourself, be it emotionally or physically, has many benefits. Whether it is going to the gym, using your favorite skin care product or wearing your favorite outfit when you find that one thing that makes you feel your best, I think it is important to take the time to make yourself feel good. Shopping and clothes are two things that almost every girl loves, so a fashion show only made sense.”

As a sorority that values “empowering women to be something,” it was only fitting that they host this fashion show for ANAD. Lamhing said, “Allowing women on campus to feel their best self by walking in the fashion show was our prime focus.”

Valley Girl, a local clothing store, provided the ensembles for the show, which were styled by the owner, Elaine G. Sinisi, and two employees of the unique boutique, to reflect the Valley Girl image and the spring season.

Sinisi decided to be a part of the ANAD Fashion Show because of how important body image is to Valley Girl.

“We believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes,” Sinisi said. “Eating disorders are so prevalent and I am happy to be able to help bring attention to such an important cause.”

She continued, “Fashion is what makes us individual. It sets us apart by bringing attention to what we love about ourselves. Self-love should be front and center when stepping out to face every new day, and how we style ourselves as women is how we project our love to the world.

The fashion show also had local Montclair vendors like Hand & Stone and Chelsea Square, which support healthy living.

“I loved every minute of it,” said audience member and sister of Sigma Delta Tau, Miranda Dambrot. “It was just so fantastic, I didn’t want it to end.”

Erin O’Connor, a junior English major whose sorority, Tri Sigma, co-sponsored the event said, “We’re all girls. We know what it’s like to be uncomfortable with your body so we really wanted to be here to support them because we totally agree.”

She added, “All of the girls are a good representation—nobody looks the same. There’s a good mix of different kinds of girls.”

“I think the fashion show went very well,” said sophomore marketing major and sister of DPhiE, Cristianna Barcz. “I think it’s great that these girls had the confidence to get up in front of everyone and really raise awareness for this cause: ANAD Week. I really hold this philanthropy close to my heart, and I’m so happy that we raised money for it.”

“I think fashion is sometimes misconstrued where it’s just like, you have to be a tall, skinny model,” said Gina Bonacarti, sophomore family and child studies major and philanthropy chair of DPhiE. “We wanted to show here that that’s not what it is. Wear whatever you want to; wear what you’re comfortable in.”

Alli Lamhing believes DPhiE’s motto, “Esse Quam Videri,” which translates to “To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be,” represents ANAD and what the week stands for perfectly.

“Our motto is so powerful and has gotten me through hardships because it constantly reminds me that who I am is who I am meant to be,” she said. “We believe as sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon that being your true self is what makes you, you.

Lamhing continued, “The work that ANAD does supports this idea as well by supporting those who battle body image insecurities to recognize how beautiful they are as they are.”

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Emma Roberts and Julia Roberts Matched at the Oscars, and You Totally Missed It

Not only did Emma Roberts look beautiful at the Oscars, but she also wore a recycled Armani Privé gown from 2015 as part of the Red Carpet Green short prom dresses initiative. It was certainly one of the most glamorous and classic on the red carpet, thanks to an ivory and black colour palette and intricate embroidery.

Emma completed her outfit with Atelier Swarovski jewels and a delicate clutch, posing for a few gorgeous shots before the ceremony. But one photo stood out in particular: an Instagram Emma posted standing in front of a portrait of her aunt Julia Roberts. We couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Emma’s dress and the Valentino design Julia wore to accept her best actress award for Erin Brockovich in 2001.

Emma revealed to Ryan Seacrest that she encouraged Julia to wear «the skunk dress» 16 years ago before Julia left the house. In fact, «the skunk short prom dresses uk» was vintage too, which means Emma and Julia have quite the same sense of style. Scroll to compare both ensembles, which will make you second-guess the saying «like mother, like daughter.» It’s more like «like aunt, like niece,» don’t you think?

Do These Fashion Week Posters Reveal Overwatch’s Newest Character?

There’s a lot of speculation right now going on for who will be the next hero in Overwatch. At first, players strongly believed it would be Doomfist, with lots of evidence pointing to that, including the Doomfist gauntlet being broken out of the containment unit it was in. Yet the team at Blizzard stated that the next hero “isn’t who we think it is”, so that in turn squashed many players’ dreams.

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Many other theories have surfaced as well, based on what they’re seeing in the cities of Overwatch, with some believing that a Hercules type character was coming to the game, and with good reason. But now, another observant player may have found out who is coming, and from some very unlike sources.

Reddit User Why_Are_You_So_Angry noted that there’s a poster of a robot called Axiom overlooking the streets of Numbani. However, they revealed that this character reveals itself in two other places…in Fashion Week posters. The first image is at the top of this article, and the second is here:

While these may seem random, there’s one key fact that points to this being the next hero in the game, which is the cities under the name Aetria. The significance of this is that Fashion recently just went to New York, and Paris Fashion Week happens February 28th to March 8th. So, with that happening, and the posters being put up in Numbani, could this mean that this Axiom character is the next Overwatch hero?

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