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Archive by Alexa to debut in India on Thursday

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New Delhi, April 26 : A collection named Archive by Alexa, in which English model and television presenter Alexa Chung has brought her fashion sense to the house of Marks & Spencer by reimagining pieces from the British fashion brand’s archive, will be launched in India on Thursday.

The collection, which will trace the history of the brand and narrate it with the help of clothes, will debut in stores in India on Thursday, read a statement.

This project is the first of the M&S & … series, under which a sequence of exclusive collections in collaboration with designers, brands and fashion icons will be made.

The 31-piece womenswear collection has been carefully curated and handpicked by Chung and the brand’s design team.

With modern fabrications and a myriad colour palette, the contemporary collection will define heritage sensibility.

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Trending Bridal lehenga colours in 2018

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New Delhi, May 15: There’s nothing more glamorous than brides who love to experiment. So, this bridal season, give your wedding colour palette a makeover with fresh options.

Shinjini Chawla, Wedding Expert at UrbanClap.com and Priyanka Mehta, Style Coach and Luxury Consultant list down some trends that one should bookmark for the bridal season this year:

* Sage green: This unexpected shade has now found love in Indian bridal lehenga space. You can opt for a toned-down version with a mix of embroidery or can go for a gota work. Either way, this colour is a breath of fresh air in among the reds and will instantly help you stand out.

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* Rose gold: There are rose gold phones, rose gold watches and now rose gold lehengas too. Rose gold lehengas are both glamorous and elegant, which means you have one outfit that works for your bridal duties, your pheras, and then your fun reception party.

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* Ivory: The colour Ivory is regarded as a rich, royal hue due to the subtle sophistication it emotes. It is also an apt bridal colour for the brides who would like to experiment more with their make-up and jewellery. An ivory lehenga with subtle golden thread work can look alluring with a ruby or an emerald jadau polki jewellery set. A dupatta can be a traditional maroon for a more traditional function or even a translucent organza dupatta in a dusty gold shade can look extremely chic for a sangeet/mehendi function.

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* Silver grey: A silver-grey lehenga with badla work or mirror work is for the more experimental brides who believe in breaking the archaic norms. Use beautiful and intricate grey benarasi brocades with silver thread work for bridal lehenga skirts. A peach brocade dupatta with silver grey lehenga with pearl and gold traditional jewellery can be the right mix of novelty and tradition. The silver grey trend has been seen burning the ramp internationally as well. I believe the Indian brides will certainly accept this trend for the coming season.

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Stay cool this summer with khadi

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Khadi summer clothing

New Delhi, May 10: Summer brings sweat, heat, dust and more for those who commute daily to work, to college or to school. Being associated with the freedom struggle, Khadi is one of the humble fabrics which can protect you from this scorching heat so make sure you are taking full advantage of it.

Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik and Sunil Gupta, Founder and Director at ExportersIndia.com list a few tips on using khadi in your day to day lives.

* Khadi clothing: The handspun, natural and organic fabric is ideal for Indian weather conditions and keeps the wearer cool in summer. Khadi is a skin-friendly fabric that ‘breathes’ and uses no chemicals in manufacturing. With the latest designs available, anyone can buy these glad rags from Voonik which is the best fashion marketplace for all women. From layered khadi kurta to handwoven khadi saree, every khadi dress is available on this platform.

* Khadi soaps: The high temperatures and humidity which are characteristic of Indian summers can cause you to sweat and feel stuffy and uncomfortable, at such situations soaps made from khadi help a person to feel lightweight and breathable. Made out from natural ingredients the handmade khadi soap provides nourishment to the skin.

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* Khadi bags: Khadi dresses are a very common sight in summers but carrying a khadi bag is altogether different. The light weight bags are easy to use and are very spacious. They are apt for all generations, are pocket friendly and can go on any outfit.

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* Khadi footwear: As ethnic khadi captures the imagination of dress designers and turns out to be a favoured fabric for draping ramp models, it is not restricted to only clothing i.e. it has found space in other sectors too, like footwear. Made out of swadeshi fabric, the footwear of khadi is famous among the modern generation and carry a cool quotient with them. Indiamart which is the largest online B2B marketplace, connecting buyers with sellers, is a perfect destination if you are scouting an ethnic footwear seller in your city.

* Khadi bed sheets: Khadi bed sheets might sound odd to hear but they are naturally very soft and appealing to eyes. The soothing texture of the cloth lowers the room temperature and maintains the cool home environment. Available in exotic designs, this exquisite bed sheet is available on Jaipur Fabric easily.

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Summer-friendly fabrics men can invest in

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New Delhi, April 28: Brave the summer heat in style with added comfort by dressing up in breathable fabrics like linen and chambray, experts suggest.

Sunil Mehra, Founder and Designer at Sunil Mehra and Akshay Narvekar, Founder at Bombay Shirt Company, have listed summer fabrics for men: 

* Linen: Linen is considered as one of the best fabrics for summer. It is made of flax plant fibers and is a good absorbent of moisture. The material is loosely woven and is extremely lightweight and breathable. Shirts and formal suits made of linen are well-liked during summer as it remains cool and absorbs sweat.

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Choose among soothing shades like greys, sky blues and you are all cool in the fiery heat.

* Cotton: Made of a cotton plant, cotton has a soft touch. Even when blended with other fabrics, it is considered as a great option during hot weather. Our body breathes in cotton apparels and combat heat. One of the important features of this fabric is that it is easily washable and is durable.

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* Chambray: This soft, luminous and light weight cotton fabric is a great choice for that fresh yet elegant look, while still keeping it cool from the inside. Being look-wise similar to denim, you can pair it with chinos and suitable accessories for that smooth, versatile ensemble that works from desk to dinner.

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* Twill: A popular weave, twill stands out for its distinctive diagonal ribbed texture. Twill fabrics are soft, more durable and drape easier as well. These shirts work well for situations that call for smart casuals which are perfect for summer getaways.

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* Denim: A sturdy and blunt fabric, often dyed with indigo, denim is in vogue this season. Denim shirts, however, are softer and lighter than jeans and work very well for a number of occasions. Don that classic denim shirt for a smart, cool and a timeless look. You cannot go wrong with this one.

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* Silk: An abstract of luxury, silk is one of the lightest fabrics one can go for this season. The delicacy and luxe inherent with it give the wearer a refined, elevated look at all times. Being light weight makes it easy under the sun. Suitable for dress-up occasions, silk can be one of the best shirt fabrics for summers.

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