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Shopping for clothes? Need not fret over GST

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New Delhi, June 29: Even as garments above Rs 1,000 per piece will attract a 12 per cent tax rate once the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is rolled out from July 1, shoppers need not fret as, in the long run, there will be only a “little impact” on the pricing, say industry experts.

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“Yes (the prices will go up), as the garments above Rs 1,000 will attract 12 per cent tax compared to the 5 per cent that it used to attract earlier. At the same time, there is a relief of input tax that we can avail,”said  Pankaj Anand, Director and Co-Founder at Sabhyata, an ethnic clothing brand.

The slabs set as part of the GST — the country’s biggest indirect tax reform — has sparked several doubts in the minds of businessmen as well as consumers when it comes to its impact on different industries. The single pan-India GST will replace the existing myriad central and state levies on both goods and services.

“The GST induction is just a transitory phase with little impact on pricing in the longer run. So, future prospects of the sector are very bright. With better economic growth and the consequent increase in the purchasing power of Indian middle class, the sector looks very promising,” Anand said regarding the apparel industry.

Benu Sehgal, Head of Retail and Marketing for Ambience Malls, told IANS: “Fashion will not get affected that much. In a year or two, the sector will get more organised at the root level or raw materials level. As of now, we are only organised at the end level (sales).”

According to Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific India Group (Pacific Malls), the new tax system will lead to changes in the industry for sure.

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“Fast fashion will be the way forward. Brands will be providing more product lines and the latest in trends at shorter intervals. In fact, value and volume will both become key drivers for the segment,” he said.

There should be GST awareness and training to prepare the economy to brace up for the changes, says Utkarsh Birader, Vice President, Products at e-commerce platform Shopclues.com.

“GST awareness and training is one of the most important factors in e-commerce, especially the fashion category. We are constantly trying to get our fashion merchants GST-compliant,” Birader added.

Nathasha A.R. Kumar from another e-commerce website Vajor stated: “There is an obvious expectation of slight inflation but expectations regarding the long-term effects of the GST enactment are still related to the levelling of the playing field of the Indian market.”

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Don’t overdo stress or make-up on wedding day

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Don’t go overboard by giving your eyes and lips a dramatic makeover and preferably choose a balance look. Also, ensure you remain stress-free to look your best, suggest experts.

Nalin Verma, Co-Founder, Euro Chroma Institute of Cosmetolgy and Puniti, Beauty Expert at 7 Shades by Puniti Unisex Salon, have shared tips:

* The main idea of a perfect bridal make-up look is to accentuate the best features, and at the same time, keep the overall look simple, yet gorgeous. As it is, Indian brides are loaded with jewellery and heavy dresses. So, it is best to keep the make-up natural.

* If you want a classic bridal look, opt for vermillion red, coral red, deep red and pink red lip colours. Ditch pastel or nude shades.

* Highlight eyes or lips, not both. Fresh and effortless make-up styles are dominating the modern bridal trend. Lips could be kept moist or matte depending on the event.

* For blushing cheeks, shades of pink, red and orange are the colours of choice for most brides.

* Mascara is a good option to give a neat look to the eye lashes.

* In order to obtain a long-lasting look, start by cleansing your face well and then patting it dry to ensure that there are no traces of dirt or oil on the face.

* Indian brides love gold eye make-up since it goes well with their red, fuchsia, or green lehengas, ghagras, or heavy saris. So, if you want to play it safe, this is the color to go with.

Paint the eyelids with a gold or peachy pink shade, and use some charcoal shadow on the exterior lid contours to give a subtle, smoky effect. You can achieve this by using a brown shade on the inner crease area.

You can also use golden eye shadow instead of silver for the brow bones.

* If you are hiring a make-up artist, make sure you explain what you need clearly. Explaining things in advance will help you get the look you want. If the make-up artist is new, then it is always recommended to get a trial session before your wedding day.

* Ward off stress hormones: You need to relax and shun off all the stress. It is difficult to practice but stress can take a toll on your skin, making it look worse.

* Take care of puffy eyes: Use chamomile tea bags over the eyes to make them appear less puffy. Using normal tea bags may stain your skin.

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Let that Punjabi suit do the talking this Lohri

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New Delhi, Jan 11: With the Lohri festival approaching, it’s time for all you ladies out there to begin your fashion fiesta. Dont let the chilling weather take away the enthusiasm of the festival. Whether it is an Anarkali or a straight-fit kurta, go out there and have fun.

Designers Prarena Grover, of the brand Prarena Grover, and Ritu Yadav, of the brand Hyacinth, Clothing and Jewellery, lists ideas to jazz up your festive wear.

* Typical patiala style: This has been a favourite over the years, especially amongst newly-wed brides. Don a Punjabi-style patiala salwar kameez in bold colours with traditional zardozi work. A knee-length patiala suit is the ideal choice.

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* Anarkali suits: This look is popular among fashionistas right now. It is an excellent combination of ethnic style and ease. You can pick an anarkali piece in bright hues. This voluminous outfit is high on grace and has a warmth attached to it.

* Long kurta with straight pants: If classic patialas or anarkalis are not your thing, then you can settle for a long kurta and straight-fit pants. With this style you are sure to set a new fashion trend for the Lohri function. Try a georgette or silk long-shirt with embellishments and team it up with patterned pants.

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* Flared kurtas: If you love the flares, opt for knee-length flared kurtas in bright colours. This is turning out to be a hot favourite among the fashion brigade. Go for kurtas in gold and antique embroidery with a flowing sharara-style salwar to complete the look.

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* Jacket-style kurta: Try a kurta option in the jacket style, as it is not only elegant and stylish but will keep you warm on a cold night.

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Everything traditional is the new contemporary

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Most modern brides these days are opting for a traditional look for their wedding day rather than a contemporary one but if you want to give a modern makeover to your traditional designs, try out some evergreen pieces.

Shreedevi Deshpande Puri, Head of Design at Ganjam, lists down some trends:

* Golden Heritage: The traditional south Indian ‘Kundalavellai’ style of jewellery is being revisited by brides. Beautifully crafted in closed set 22 carat gold, these pieces showcase the beauty of rubies with accents of emeralds. Few Jewellery houses take pride in continuing this tradition which is becoming very rare.

Brides are looking to wear traditional pieces which could be family heirlooms or new pieces crafted keeping the integrity of the design and the craft. Unusual pieces like the Talai saman (set of head ornaments), The Vanki (arm band) and the Odiyanam (waist belt) are coveted.

* Wearing a legacy: Going back to the roots, this style of south Indian closed set diamond jewellery is seeing a growing popularity among young brides, especially for the wedding ceremony. A new take on this would be inspiration-based collections which is a break-away from the limited designs.

Tarang Arora, Creative Director and CEO of Amrapali Jewels, speaks about his favourite.

Whether it’s the Indian bridal Nath that has been passed on by generations of brides or the Maangtikka or Mathapatti that are now in every bride’s trousseau, no Indian wedding can be complete without these traditional elements.

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