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India, Pakistan share similar tastes, sensibilities: Designer Khadija Shah

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : Pakistani designer Khadija Shah, whose label Élan is making an India debut, finds both the neighbouring countries sharing the same taste and sensibilities along with similar culture and identities. She says she planned to bring the brand to India as it has received a love from here.

“India is a country with tastes and sensibilities very similar to Pakistan. We share similar culture, history and identities. Over the years, Élan has received a lot of love from India, from some getting in touch with us for couture and bridal wear, to others reaching us in markets like Dubai and Singapore for our ready to wear collections.

“To bring Élan to India was always the natural next step and I am happy to find we’re on our way to realizing that,” Shah told IANS in an email.

Established in 2006, Élan earned early success because of its intricately detailed and luxurious evening and bridal wear. After gaining popularity for its couture creations, the brand began to produce luxury prêt-a-porter, and is now known for its aesthetic, versatile silhouettes and detailing.

In addition to these lines, the brand also produces a range of unstitched fabrics, both within Pakistan and abroad.

Élan is coming to India through Vesimi, Dubai’s multi-designer store.

How important is the Indian market for the brand?

“As we look at international expansion and exploring markets, India remains one of the most prominent and relevant avenues for us. The fact that our ethos is very similar, and the population five times that of Pakistan, our attraction is obvious.

“Élan has lines catering across the spectrum from the very top to those more affordable to the masses and that gives the brand a lot of potential in a place like India which has a thriving and aspirational middle class and a finely attuned upper segment,” said Shah, who acquired her love for designing from her mother who used to design for family and friends for as long as she can remember.

After graduating from a college in London, Shah returned to Pakistan and initially started off by helping her mother with her work. Her mother, however, only did it as a hobby as she was busy with a lot of other work, whereas Shah wanted to pursue it on a much larger scale.

Their current plan is to establish a strong and consistent presence in India.

“I think it is very important to develop a contact point with customers, and that is what our immediate focus is. Once we have achieved that, we will work towards expanding and growing,” said Shah.

And will there be fashion week participation soon?

“Many a times I have been invited to participate. However, it has not come through as yet fundamentally due to prior commitments, timing issues and customs barriers. However, I would love to showcase a collection in India in the future,” said Shah.

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Middlesex dental intern who has her own food charity in MISS ENGLAND HEAT FOR 2019

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Anika Walia, 23 is a Dental Intern from Middlesex and is one of the finalists competing in the first Miss England photo heat for entry to Miss England 2019. An interesting fact about Anika is that she has setup her own charity called the AFC (Anika Food Charity)

When entering Miss England , Anika said  “I’m proud to say that we distribute food to the homeless people, we act as a food bank for them and provide the necessary support & counselling to help them. We also provide classes to help people rehabilitate back into society such as CV writing classes & cooking classes. We also distribute toiletries, sanitary kits and dental kits to those who need it. At AFC, we strongly support women who have suffered from domestic violence, acid attacks, young people with learning disabilities & mental illness. “

The public vote has started and acts as one judge on the panel.Anika needs the support before voting lines close in order to secure a place in the Miss England semi-final held in June 2019.

Judges include the national organiser of Miss England Angie Beasley & Fascia Model  International Scout “Angie Sinclair” who will also decide who is the most photogenic & charitable.

The contestants who reach the semi final will be invited to participate in a Sports and Eco fashion round, where contestants are invited to create an outfit made from recycled materials as well as raising funds for the Miss World charity Beauty with a Purpose all now part of the competition.

“The competition is much more than a physical beauty contest, the girls are encouraged to be charitable, sporty and an all round good role model” says Miss England national director Angie Beasley

The ultimate winner of Miss England 2019 will be invited to raise awareness for various charities during her reign and will receive a whole host of prizes worth £25,000, including a holiday and a place in Miss World which boasts a prize worth $100,000 for the international winner.  Miss World then becomes a global charity ambassador for the year as her role. 

In the last three years over thousands of pounds have been raised by Miss England contestants to help disadvantaged children around the UK. Some of the projects can be seen on the Miss England website ;

The reigning Miss England Alisha Cowie from Newcastle is a forensic science student and part time model. Alisha represented England at the most recent Miss World in Sanya China which was won by Miss Mexico “Vanessa Ponce De Leon”

Miss England is the only competition in the country to send its winner in to Miss World.

Anika needs your support to help win the Miss England Semi Final heat title.

You can vote for Anika by texting her unique number which is on

Our website to 63333.

Text votes costs 50p.

You can share your love & support by voting me through SMS MISS PHOTO01 to 63333

*T & C: Only UK People can Vote.

Voting finishes on Monday 5th February 2019 at 12noon and the public vote will help select the shortlist of contestants for the semi final. The contestants also have until this date to raise funds for Beauty with a Purpose and gain support in the public vote to help them with their bid to reach the semi final of Miss England.

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Five must-have jacket styles

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New Delhi, Dec 29: Confused about choosing the right jacket for different occasions and outings? Get these five jacket styles to upgrade your wardrobe.

Tabby Bhatia, Director of Voganow.com, and Manjula Gandhi, Chief product officer, Numero Uno, have some suggestions:

*Trucker jackets: Trucker jackets are a denim/jean jacket version with double breast flap pocket style. Hand-painted embroidered designs, beads, braid embellishments and patches on the back of these jackets look funk

*Blouson jackets: A blouson jacket or Harrington jacket is typically loose, but fits around the waist with an elastic fabric. It looks similar to bomber jacket but comes in varied styles; in zippers, buttons and different collar patterns.

*Anoraks or Parkas: Anoraks or parkas are somewhat similar. These are water resistant jackets although a parka is usually longer than anoraks with faux fur lining on the hoodie.

*Biker jackets: Leather biker jackets have lots of zippers, straps and buckles around. Biker jackets are perfect to go along for outings and road trips. It gives an entirely different look from other jacket styles. Black is the ideal colour to pair with a white T-shirt, black jeans, black high ankle shoes and shades.

*Bomber jackets: It gives a perfectly dapper look when paired with basic tees and jeans. It keeps you warm yet stylish in winter. They are available in different fabrics like synthetic, leather, polycotton and suede.

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Ways to revamp your closet in 2019

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Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key. (Representative Image)

New Delhi, Dec 29: The year 2019 will be a season of contrasts as all the previous fashion rules will be broken. Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key.

Harkirat Singh- Managing Director, Woodland, Ankita Bajaj Shankar- Marketing Lead, VANS India and Keshav Kalra- designer and CEO, The Monk list some ways to revamp your closet in the coming year.

Untraditional aesthetics: Following are some of the untraditional aesthetic trends that would be the talk of the town for the coming year. Like heat lock apparels which are lightweight fabrics with micro fibre to regulate the body temperature. Aqua sorb apparels which block rain & snow and allow vapours to dry the heat.

Upcoming trends: This year, oversized, unstructured outerwear will rule the trend. From classic and fitted to unstructured and modern, tracksuits will become a major fashion staple. The trousers will become baggier as hemlines will get wider. This season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up head-to-toe in layers and tiers upon tiers of same shade. Be it apparels, shoes or bags, this trend will work well in all cases. In accessories, statement belts will be seen everywhere.

Say hi to big sunnies: The eyewear trend that is bound to transform your entire look is big sunnies in edgy colours! The narrow sunglasses have stayed in vogue massively this year and 2019 will witness a stylish comeback of large glares. The oversized sunglasses are designed to accentuate any look and never go out of style in the age of ever-changing trends. Get your hands on the trendsetting sunglasses to be an ultimate head-turner wherever you go.

Meet minimalistic: The perfect companion in 2019 for any occasion would be the all-time favourite – minimalistic glasses owing to their versatility and charming appeal. So wait no more! Bid adieu to your mundane shades and let your eyes do the talking with ‘barely-there’ shades.

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.

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