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Inclusivity to take centre stage at Lakmé Fashion Week 2017

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Mumbai, Jan 27 : Breaking stereotypes, the forthcoming season of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2017 focuses on “inclusivity in fashion” through its shows, designers and models.

The five-day gala will commence on February 1 at the Jio Garden here.

From the first ever plus-size show with a retail brand last season, Lakmé Fashion Week is taking the conversation on inclusivity further with a #TagFree show this season. The #TagFree show will be curated by Kshitij Kankaria, showing designers such as Dhruv Kapoor, Sanchita Ajjampur and Suket Dhir. The show will bring forth women from all walks of life who are labelled and stereotyped by society.

Another highlight this season is the Dharavi project. Godrej India Culture Lab is collaborating with SNEHA, an NGO which has done extensive work in Dharavi for ‘Fashion Funda – A Dharavi design dialogue’ at Lakme Fashion Week. The event will explore the possibilities of design innovation in Dharavi, a hub for artisans who have serviced the fashion industry for decades.

Mohammad Ismail Ansari, an embroidery artisan from Dharavi, has joined hands with fashion designer Jay Ramrakhiani to create an exquisite ensemble that will be showcased at the event.

Ansari and Ramrakhiani will then join Nayreen Daruwala, head of SNEHA and Kruti Saraiya from the Dharavi Design Museum for a panel discussion. Parmesh Shahani, head, Godrej India Culture Lab, will serve as a moderator.

“With the aim of evolving mindsets and creating a more inclusive conversation around fashion, we have opened our runway to diverse and unconventional models and are curating some path-breaking shows that will further highlight our commitment to continue the conversation on inclusivity which we started last season,” Jaspreet Chandok, Head- Fashion, IMG Reliance Ltd, said in a statement.

Transgender model Anjali Lama from Nepal was chosen as one of the winners of the model auditions to walk for the season. The model talent this season will also have a gender-neutral model – Petr Nitka from the Czech Republic who has walked numerous international runways. Janvi Deori from the northeast region — who was one of the winners of the model auditions in the north east last season — and Nepalese model Varsha Thapa will continue to be part of the model pool this season.

The second day of the event will be dedicated to conversations and experiences around sustainable fashion in India. Lakme Fashion Week has collaborated with Kranti – an NGO that empowers girls from Mumbai’s red light areas to be agents of social change and Mandeep Nagi of Shades of India – one of India’s textile labels to present a unique presentation.

The event also aims to showcase the work of grassroot level artisans of Kutch and make them a part of the designer talent at the fashion week in a ‘Artisans of Kutch’ show by IMG Reliance.

“We truly believe that beauty is about being confident and unique,” said Purnima Lamba, Head of Innovations, Lakmé.

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Fashion trends for bridesmaids

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New Delhi, Dec 15: A bridesmaid should ensure that her style game is on point to add to the glamour quotient of the stage. Picking the right outfit and jewellery plays an essential role in the overall look, say experts.

Ranu Bathwal, Founder of Popup Galleria, and Sarika Naheta, Director at Jaipur Jewels, have shared some insights for a bridesmaids look this wedding season.

* For a western look, one can go for an elaborate embellished gown with interesting tassel back detailing or an off-shoulder or cape sleeves blouse paired with a cummerbund and lehenga for a traditional yet contemporary look.

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* One can accessorise their ensemble with statement and elegant jewellery pieces like maang tikas, chandbalis or jhumkas, chokers, and kundan necklaces. A pair of colourful meenakari chandbalis adorned with pearls always makes up for a perfect ethnic look. One can add a touch of pretty pearls, emeralds or ornate embellishment for the hair accessory.

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* For a friend’s sangeet function, the bridesmaids can accessorise a cropped blouse and flared skirt look with traditional Rajasthani borla jewellery that helps to enhance the overall look of an ensemble. For haldi, a tunic top and dhoti pants paired with chunky chandbalis work best for a quirky traditional look.

* For the traditional wedding pheras, the bridesmaid can opt for a statement emerald or diamond studded choker or layered necklace paired with a sari or lehenga to make a fashion statement.

For the main wedding reception function, a gown or a drape accessorised with cocktail power rings and emerald chandeliers will be perfect.

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Make your eyes standout this festive season

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New Delhi, Dec 13: Work around your eyes to make a style statement in the festive season. Opt for bright coloured kohl pencils for the day time and invest in good eyelash extensions as they instantly brighten and define eyes, making the face appear younger, suggest experts.

Elton Fernandez, make-up artist at Maybelline New York and Sapna Bedi-Khaitan, owner at Novalash India, have listed some ideas:

* A liner in black is great for the eyelid, while a gel pencil in sapphire shade adds a vibrant electric touch as you apply some kajal on the lower waterline. The black liner could also be added towards the outer corners of the eye for more definition. Add drama to your lashes with a hyper curl mascara.

* Blend concealer with fingers onto the under eyes and inner corners of your eyes. Use bright coloured kohl pencils in shades like turquoise, emerald or sapphire instead of typical black kajal for the day.

At night, go in for deeper colours that will make your eyes stand out. Glitter eyes is also a trend to watch out for in the coming year.

* For the eyeshadow, lightly dust the deep pink shadow all over the eyelid. Use the lighter frosty beige as a highlighter on the brow bone.

* Fill in the brows. Run any brown mascara gently through the brows. This not only fills gaps in hair growth, but also keeps hair upwards and in place. No eye look is complete with ungroomed brows. The trick is to close sparse gaps while keeping brow hair in place. End your look with a contouring stick that will provide a highlighted look on the cheekbones to accentuate and dramatize the bone structure.

* Invest in good eyelash extensions as they instantly brighten and define eyes, making the face appear younger, more alert and refreshed all day.

You will not need to apply mascara with lash extensions. These create a thick, dark lash line. Many women skip applying eye make-up altogether, saving valuable time in the mornings. Not only do the eyelash extensions come in different lengths and curvatures, they also come in different colours.

* If you want to make your eyes look bigger, use an off-white or cream coloured kohl inside the eyes’ waterline, coat lower lashes with a mascara. Shade the undereye part with a soft brown eyeshadow and apply a nice defined eyeliner on the eyelid. Curling lashes is crucial to make eyes look awake and engaging.

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Choose the right shoes this winter

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New Delhi, Dec 5: Winter is not meant to be dull and boring. In fact this can be that time of the year when one can explore their fashionable side and even the men can try that. Layering is the game for apparel in winter but don’t forget to team it up with right shoes to add the final touch to your ensemble.

Ankita Bajaj Shankar, Marketing Lead at Vans India and Harkirat Singh, Managing Director at Woodland lists down the tips to on the kind of shoes to wear this winter season

* White sneakers: White men’s trainers are a must if you want to wear something sporty yet trendy. One could argue that they get dirty but they go with everything and the colour gives us the option to play with it when you play with winter layering.

* Black casual shoes: It goes well if you are going for a monochromatic look this winter or your game is neutral colours. From high-tops to slip-ons to lace-ups, there is so much you can choose from.

* High top sneakers: If you have been eyeing that high top pair, now is your chance to get it. These shoes will keep your feet warm and at the same time add to your style quotient. Mix and match the print or the fabric of the shoe to suit your requirement: from leather to suede or print to plain.

* Leather lace up boots: Lace ups are a great look. These kind of boots go great with skinnier jeans. A nice pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some lace ups boots will put you head and shoulders above the other people in the room. Not only are they great winter boots, but they are great any season boots for men.

* Cap toe leather boots: Who said one couldn’t wear boots with formal attires. A cap-toe boot has the added advantage of extra leather on the toe, which gives it a little bit more protection from snow and rain. Plus, just as with cap-toe oxfords, it’s a nice added element of style.

* Chelsea boots: While Chelsea can come in either suede or smooth leather; the typical pair includes a leather sole, rounded toe box, and minimal stitching. If you’re looking to sharpen up your act however, both styling and the boot’s ankle height come into play. The taller ankle height is very on trend and adds a smarter feel for a sharper look. These look great when worn with slim jeans, a crisp white shirt and a smart wool coat

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