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Opt for smoky, spicy fragrances this winter

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New Delhi, Nov 14: While the summer season is all about bright, aquatic and citrus scents, it’s time to switch on to something more wild in winter. From smoky patchouli to mysteriously seductive scents, discover your kind of fragrance for the cold season, suggest experts.

Shikhee Agrawal, Head, Training at The Body Shop (brand) and Manan Gandhi, Founder of contemporary fragrance house Bombay Perfumery India, have shared few inputs:

* Citrus: Perfumes with smell of just skin-shed oranges and lemons are too bright for winter. Merging woody and citrus notes will last longer on the skin.

* Woody: This is a light and wearable woody scent. A rich woody and citrusy scent – the sort of notes perfectly indulges in the dew drops of Indian winter.

* Sweet: The explosion of sugary scents marks the time this season as it smells like pumpkin pie or candy canes. Try little chocolate and caramel scents, unlike those fruity scents.

Caramel smells creamy and bold caramel mixed with peach is a silver lining on the top. You can add vanilla and cinnamon that has a leathery tobacco smell. Consider bitter coffee note like freshly brewed coffee to your perfume. It is wild and comforting, a very apt choice for winter.

* Floral: Floral fragrances are a popular option when it comes to choosing one. Whether you prefer floral fragrances over light florals, there are just so many to go when it comes to picking a floral scent.

Try iris, rose, patchouli, jasmine or violet as they smell earthy. These notes are perfumery and blend naturally itself into winter season. Pamper yourself with smell of sweet flowers such as orchids, frangipani and tiare, as they are one of those sensuous flower notes which give a flawless balance of sweet and musky.

* Aromatic: Aromatic notes are breath-taking mixture of rosemary, lavender, sage, cumin and other plants which hold a very intensive grass-spicy fragrance. They are usually packed with citrus and spicy notes.

* Spicy: For men, a spicy fragrance with a woody undertone is great whereas the white flowers like tuberose and jasmine are heady and a great choice for women. Do not limit yourself to patchouli. Try fragrances with spices like cinnamon and ginger rich. Ginger and cinnamon scent is mulling spicy.

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Prada pulls products after accusations of blackface imagery

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New York, Dec 15: Luxury fashion house Prada has withdrawn products after some items displayed at the front of a store here were seen as depicting blackface imagery.

The products, part of Prada’s “Pradamalia” line, were pulled on Friday after images surfaced of some merchandise depicting monkey-like figures with black faces and large red lips, reports CNN.

New York-based civil rights attorney Chinyere Ezie spotted the products at the Prada store in Manhattan’s Soho shopping district on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Ezie, who had visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington recently, wrote that she was struck by how the items looked similar to images she saw in an exhibit on blackface at the museum and that seeing the products left her “shaking with anger”.

As of Friday afternoon, Ezie’s post had been shared more than 9,000 times.

Prada said in a statement on Friday that the “Pradamalia” products depict “imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface”.

“Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation.”

Ezie told CNN later on Friday said she felt Prada’s response constituted the “same paltry excuses that we’ve heard throughout history about racist imagery”.

Prada is “a multinational, multibillion dollar company. They can do their own research about what these painful images mean. There was no mistaking it, there was no ambiguity”.

Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person.

The African American community has deemed the form as racially insensitive.

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Best of handcuffs, rings combo to adorn with Banarasi Prints

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New Delhi, Nov 26: Banarasi prints, saris and fabrics can never lose their charm and to further add beauty to its already-rich elegance, you must don it with your favourite pair of handcuffs and rings, on any occasion.

Nidhi Yadav, Founder and Creative Head, AKS Clothings and Kunwar Sahib Singh, Creative Head, Motiwala & Sons list down some tips to enhance your looks with Banarasi prints with handcuffs and rings combos

* Become the desi diva by fusion or Indo western look: When in confusion regarding festive attire, play safe and don the Indo western attire as they gel up well with any festivities and looks uber elegant too on the young ladies.

Contrasting Banarsi crop tops or cholis with a lesser pleated skirt is an amazing option for the girls. Be it dark, deep, light, pastel and coral, everything will work. This look itself strikes many eyes, and when spiced up with a wide gold band or handcuff, it totally adds more exposure to your overall getup. It’s a perfect mix, especially for occasions like wedding and its other ceremonies.

* Banarasi silk lehengas with bold rings: Ravishing Banarasi silk lehengas are the all-time classic outfits. To add the royal bling they can be further adorned with interesting works of zari or any other delicate embroidery.

Banarasi Lehanga

To go loud with the banarsi silk lehengas try wearing one bold ring, followed by a series of narrower rings, teamed well with multiple rings, will give a splendid touchup to your style statement; it totally acts as an extension to your looks and makes you stand unique in the crowd. It’s a perfect blend of classic and modern styles to entice your appeal.

* Go fusion with banarasi jacket and dhoti pants with stacked rings: Banarsi dhoti pants are a great savior, especially when it comes to donning the traditional look in the chilling cold winters. Not just they look extremely elegant and stylish but are also a perfect option to invest in during winters. Pair banarsi silk dhoti pants with a denim jacket or try going with the woolen kurti and add great elegance to your look when worn with one of the amazing stacked rings.

* Shine with a mingle of plazzo or pant style sari with kada cum bracelets : This style of sari draping is a major hit amongst the young fashion conscious ladies of the nation who are huge fans of sari but don’t feel very much comfortable in the attire. Pant or Plazzo style sari will not only gift the women with the happiness to move freely in saree but will also amp up their fashion quotient. And, with winters nearing this look of sari will make an eclectic style statement when sported with cool blazers and jackets of the season. The overall look will get extremely attractive when combined with Kada cum bracelets

* Sparkle with banarsi anarkali and statement rings: Banarasi anarkalis, the evergreen beauties of the ethnic world look stunning in festivities when tuned in well with the accessories. Its ethnic opulence to the core looks beautiful with the sequence and embroidery on the heavy neckline and sheer sleeves with gotta patti. Team it up with gold tatement ring and maang tika or jhoomar chandbalis to add that retro touch to the festive look with little extra flair.

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Head to toe dressing guide for every bridesmaid

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New Delhi, Nov 22: There is nothing more exciting for a girl than knowing that her best friends getting married. As excited as you may be for this momentous celebration, there’s no denying that dressing for your best friends wedding is a tricky and dreadful task. However few tips can do the trick.

Nehpreet Kaur- Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt; Alisha Malik- Vice President Marketing and creative face Mochi Shoes and Accessories; Mimi Hrahsel- Business Head, Shaya by CaratLane list down few tips for every bridesmaids

* This wedding season, opt for a trendier and more experimental look with ruffled lehengas. You can either style the lehenga with a traditional blouse or crop top, however you please and look like a damsel to impress. Ruffled lehenga is an epitome of sheer perfection in terms of the draping technique and is sure to make heads turn.

* Bring out your inner desi girl with a generous dose of glamour. Move away from the mundane fabrics and silhouettes by mixing and matching Indian and Western elements to create interesting ensembles. Strapless blouses are definitely the flavour of the season.

* Inspired by season’s Pantones of the year — Rose Quartz and Serenity — are pretty pastel for the new age festive. “Blushing pink” or “something blue” is dreamy pallet that breaks the saturated molds without veering too far outside of wedding territory.

* The trend which is dominating the industry is silver jewellery. This current favourite is incredibly Indian yet modern in style and instantly elevates your look. So, indulge your inner glam girl and go ahead and pair that crisp off-shoulder blouse with intricate statement making earrings. A chunky piece of silver earrings instantly injects contemporary edge into any outfit.

* Don’t be shy of experimenting with your jewellery. It is time to break the fashion rule that necklaces and necklines go hand in hand. No, they don’t! For instance, accentuate your open neckline gown with a choker style to add a little boldness to your look without overwhelming it.

* After you are set on the perfect dress, you will need to find all of the accessories. One of those are the shoes to accompany you as you cater to you bridesmaid duties. Ensure your shoes are comfortable yet fabulous as you know who’s going to be doing the running around for the bride. Heels can be a sassy showstopper, or they simply can be a lovely, elegant and a final touch to complement your look.

* The shoes for bridesmaids are the final element creating a polished, cohesive wedding day look! Invest in styles that will drop jaws, and that you’ll wear again. Opt for a pair of subtle nude stilettos or off-white pumps. If your outfit is subtle, pair it with metallic or bold colour heels.

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