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Wardrobe staples for women over 50

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New Delhi, Sep 24: Go for a minimalist wardrobe with classic clothing to give you an array of looks, while maintaining your comfort factor, say experts.

Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik.com, and fashion Designer Reynu Taandon, give out few style tips for women over 50:

* Invest in saris that are firm yet light in weight. Cotton, linen and silk blends are good options. Classic patterns such as indigo prints, ikats look lovely.

* In kurtis, silhouettes should be slightly structured, either straight or A-line. These should be worn with ankle length pants or even palazzos. Add scarves or stoles to add a dash of elegance. These should be in interesting prints and colours to uplift the look.

* You can pick a pair of dark, mid-rise denims that have a slightly tapered or straighter hem. Add two-three tapered pants in black and another colour for occasions like work to dinner to your wardrobe.

* Invest in classic style tops in neutral colours that can be teamed up with statement accessories and scarves. A smart structured jacket is a must have for office goers. A couple of shift, A-line dresses in solid colours and smaller patterns is a great addition for outings.

* Kaftan look is so cool and it is an easy to wear option for woman who needs to get ready in five minute. Ethnic kaftans or kaftan kurtis online are the best option.

* Keep it simple; stay away from bling also, classic pieces should be the core of your capsule wardrobe to cater to each of the occasions in your life.

* Buy bras that really fit, and consider “shapewear” when needed.

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Indian fashion student bags international award

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New Delhi, Oct 12: Indian fashion design student Ashita Singhal has won the 2018 Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition Award for her business concept titled ‘Paiwand, a fashion company that upcycles textile waste from fashion designers and turns it into designer fabrics and clothing.

Dhawan, a postgraduate fashion design student of Indian fashion design institute Pearl Academy, received $25,000 as prize money to set up her business.

With ‘Paiwand’, Singhal aims to develop a collaborative movement which will transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry. The term ‘Paiwand’ means patchwork and Dhawan’s model will have a process which will create sustainable, quality work for its artisans.

Outshining 14 graduate teams and 16 undergraduate teams from different countries to bag the top spot, Singhal was lauded by the selection committee, for her entrepreneurship skills, passion for sustainability that was reflected in her work, good communication skills and business acumen.

Under Singhal’s business-to-business model, textile waste is collected from different fashion brands, design houses and artisans; cleaned and up-cycled to create a new fabric through the hand weaving process. The fabric is then sold back to the design houses and brands, which is further used by them to create a sustainable range for their clientele.

This is the second time in the last seven years that a student from Pearl Academy has won this award. In 2015, Kartik Verma, a Fashion Business Management student bagged this coveted award.

Singhal has thanked her faculty members for playing a crucial role in her success.

“Mentors were pivotal in fostering my deepening, life-long devotion to sustainability. The mentorship provided me with great insights for business research and helped me in building the business plan for McGuire. This award is a recognition of the efforts that I have put into this project and a confirmation that I am working in the right direction.”

Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy, said: “Ashita’s’ award is an acknowledgement of the fact that sustainable design can help change the world. I am proud of Ashita and her super set of mentors who have brought laurels to our country”.”

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Get festive look right with silver oxidised jewellery

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New Delhi, Sep 27: The much-awaited festive season is just around the corner and no celebration is complete without the ethnic silver oxidised look. It is versatile, unique and can be worn with western and Indian wear.

Jagrati Shringi, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Voylla, has a few tips:

* The pretty one: Pair a statement ear-cuff with a striking pendant necklace and a plain kurta.

* Pom-pom power: If you are planning to add a dash of youthful magic to your jewellery collection, pom-poms are your go to accessory. The ‘pom-poms on jewellery’ trend is fast catching up with trendy fashionistas.

Shweta Kumar Bembey, Head Beauty Boutique Category at AVON, also has some suggestions:

* Statement piece: Want to leave a lasting impression at your festive, office or family functions? All you need to do is pair up your outfit with a statement neckpiece and you’re good to go. Jazz up this look further by letting your gorgeous hair open.

* Bohemian beauty: If you are looking to nail the boho chic trend, this multi-layered piece is a definite must-have for you. Wear it for a fun evening out or for festivities and be the centre of attention.

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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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