Fashion | GG2.Net Fashion | GG2.Net 2017-05-29 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[Miss France wins Miss Universe crown]]>
A 24-year-old woman from Paris won the Miss Universe crown on Monday, in a three-hour show in the Philippine capital that focused on diversity and overcoming life struggles, besting 85 hopefuls from all over the world. Iris Mittenaere, who is pursuing a degree in dental surgery, won the 65th edition of the annual competition hosted for the third time by the Philippines. "I was very surprised I won, I feel blessed," said Mittenaere, who had been described on the Miss Universe web]]>
<![CDATA[Want to contemporarise Chanderi: Anita Dongre]]>
Leading designer Anita Dongre says the intention behind all of her designs is to popularise the versatility of traditional fabrics, and she is happy that this time she has experimented with Chanderi.         At the opening of Amazon India Fashion Week, Anita along with 15 other designers presented a show dedicated to the fabric, which has its roots in Madhya Pradesh.         "Last time, the India Fashion Week did a sp]]>
<![CDATA[Athiya Shetty rules the runway at Masaba's show]]>
Inspired by the style of New York streets, designer Masaba Gupta's ensemble gave Athiya Shetty a perfect chic look as the actress sashayed down the ramp at the Amazon India Fashion Week.         The 23-year-old star, who turned showstopper for the ace designer, donned white flared pants with golden prints on it and a black crop top paired with a cape.         "It definitely depicts a confident and comfortable girl]]>
<![CDATA[ Pregnant Kareena gets emotional as she walks at ramp ]]>
     Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan had the most 'special' moment of her life as she walked the ramp flaunting her baby bump.         The 34-year-old actress got emotional and said it will be a walk to remember for her as she and her baby took to the ramp together for the first time.         Kareena turned designer Sabyasachi's muse for his latest collection that brought the curtains down at ]]>
<![CDATA[ Mindy Kaling has set tone for fashion in Hollywood: Donald ]]>
International make-up artist Donald Simrock feels Indian-origin American actress Mindy Kaling has brought a change in the way people in the US perceive fashion.        Donald, who is the official make-up artist for the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016, said he feels great to see Kaling taking the forefront in the industry.         ‘Mindy Kaling has set up the tone for a lot of fashion in Hollywood. With th]]>
<![CDATA['Interaction with nature makes wonderful designs']]>
SHE may be a leading name in jewellery design, but Farah Khan Ali first got connected to the craft by chance after taking a course at the Gemological Institute of America with a friend.   She fully intended to party while in Los Angeles, but instead topped the class and then took a course in jewellery design to satisfy her artistic sensibilities.   Farah returned to India in 1993 to begin an astonishing journey in the field of jewellery design, which has made her fam]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion giants race to dress India's sari-shunning youth]]>
RIFLING through sweaters in India's first Gap store in a glitzy New Delhi mall, 21-year-old Ridhi Goel says her grandmother doesn't mind how she dresses, as long as it's not too revealing.   "She's fine with me wearing Western clothes like a shirt but not jeans and a crop top," said the journalism student, her grey leggings contrasting sharply with her mother's colourful kurta.    "All my family wears Indian clothes, but I find]]>
<![CDATA[London exhibition explores footwear fashion]]>
FOR centuries, women and sometimes men have squeezed their feet into tiny shoes or balanced on towering heels to feel sexy, empowered and to show their wealth and status.   Now their sacrifice is being celebrated in a new exhibition, 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain', which opens at the V&A museum in London on Saturday.   From a 2,000-year-old pair of Egyptian gold sandals to child-like Chinese slippers for bound feet, to Christian Louboutin's red-soled stil]]>
<![CDATA[Ivory coast bans skin whitening creams]]>
IVORY Coast has banned skin whitening creams, which are widely used in west Africa, because of fears they cause lasting  damage to health, the health ministry said on Wednesday (May 6).   "Cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams... that de-pigment the skin... are now forbidden," the ministry said in a statement.   The ban affects whitening creams and lotions containing mercury and its derivatives, cortisone, vitamin A or more than two per cent hydro]]>
<![CDATA[Mohapatra happy to see Michelle wear his dress]]>
NEW YORK designer Bibhu Mohapatra is riding high since Michelle Obama arrived on a landmark visit to India wearing his dress - his Fashion Week show was mobbed on Wednesday (February 18). Dozens of people given standing-room tickets were turned away from a packed house at Lincoln Center, forced to watch the fall/winter 2015 collection on TV screens in the lobby as there was no more room. The collection was full of rich fur coats, both long and cropped, in white, brown, red and blue,]]>
<![CDATA[H&M to open more stores as profits soar]]>
SWEDISH fashion giant H&M said yesterday (January 28) net profits for 2014 rose almost a fifth and pledged to speed up its global expansion. Net profits soared 17 per cent to 19.98 billion kronor (€2.15 billion, $2.44 billion) while sales surged by 18 per cent to 176.62 billion kronor. The strong earnings came on the back of a massive expansion, with the chain adding 379 stores mainly in the United States and China in 2014, bringing its total network to more than 3,500 outlet]]>
<![CDATA[Charles is my king, says punk queen Westwood]]>
PUNK queen Vivienne Westwood on Monday (January 19) dedicated her new menswear collection to Prince Charles, saying the world would be a wonderful place if he been put in charge of it. Sporting a beret and a typically wry smile, the face of the heir to the British throne made a surprise appearance in Milan, emblazoned on the T-shirt the veteran designer wore as she took the applause at the end of her 2015-16 autumn/winter show. "I've been a big fan of Prince Charles for a lon]]>
<![CDATA[Paris Fashion Week kicks off under high security]]>
PARIS Fashion Week began on Wednesday (January 21), launching days of menswear shows that will build up to the haute couture main event - all of it under high security imposed since the attacks in the French capital this month. Big-name brands Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Dior are to send out their Autumn-Winter men's collections over five days, along with the creations of nearly 50 other designers. Come Sunday (January 25), the exclusive haute couture houses - Versace, ]]>
<![CDATA[Franc surge casts shadow on Geneva's luxury watch fair]]>
GENEVA'S luxury watch show where shopowners search out such brands as Cartier and Piaget opened on Monday (January 19) under a cloud as the franc surged after the Swiss central bank abandoned its bid to hold down its value. The fair in Geneva, attracting only professionals, aims to draw 14,000 visitors in just four days from the world over. On opening day, participants at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie were putting up a brave front, saying consumers would be]]>
<![CDATA[In emerging beauty markets like Brazil, new products key]]>
IN BRAZIL, women primarily wear their hair long, and need to tackle the country's generally hot, humid climate when they style it. They also demand a wide range of sun protection creams. Beauty industry giants such as L'Oreal, Unilever and Procter & Gamble that are looking to crack key emerging markets like Brazil are quickly adapting their product lines to suit local tastes. In the South American country, where women use an average of five products a day, the investment]]>
<![CDATA[Young Indian shakes up fashion with prints and pret]]>
SHE'S already a leading name in Indian fashion, with customers ranging from top Bollywood stars to teenage girls on pocket money. Yet 25-year-old Masaba Gupta - best-known for her quirky cow and camera prints that adorn saris, dresses and even smartphone covers - puts much of her whirlwind success down to intuition. “My gut just somehow ... tells me that this is going to be the next big thing. Luckily I know it before anyone else does,” she told reporters at her flag]]>
<![CDATA[In Africa, haircare becomes a multi-billion dollar industry]]>
WITH all the skill of a master weaver at a loom, Esther Ogble stands under a parasol in the sprawling Wuse market in Nigeria's capital and spins synthetic fibre into women's hair. Nearby, three customers - one in a hijab - wait for a turn to spend several hours and $40 to have their hair done, a hefty sum in a country where many live on less than $2 a day. While still largely based in the informal economy, the African haircare business has become a multi-billion dollar indus]]>
<![CDATA[Anita Dongre to mentor six upcoming designers for Lakme Fashion Week]]>
NOTED designer Anita Dongre will mentor six young designers under its Gen Next programme, who will present their creations at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. The programme is Lakme Fashion Week's endeavour to promote and nurture young fashion talent. “Through Gen Next, LFW has made a significant contribution towards shaping the future of the Indian fashion industry. I am looking forward to mentoring for the second time this year the young designe]]>
<![CDATA[US first lady opens Anna Wintour costume center ]]>
FIRST Lady Michelle Obama paid glowing tribute on Monday to Vogue fashion legend Anna Wintour, as she cut the ribbon on New York's $40m renovated costume center named in her honor.   Wearing a stunning, green floral dress by the Indian-born Naeem Khan, Obama inaugurated the Anna Wintour Costume Center at a celebrity-studded ceremony at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   “The truth is I'm here today because of Anna. I'm here because I have such ]]>
<![CDATA[These boots were made for dancing ]]>
WHAT do Kylie Minogue and the can-can girls at the Moulin Rouge have in common?   They all get their dancing shoes from Clairvoy, the Parisian boot-maker that has cornered the market for top end, made-to-measure footwear for screen and stage.   Founded in 1945, Clairvoy still operates from the shop where it all began, at 17 Rue Fontaine, just 200 metres from the Moulin Rouge.   Founder Edouard Adabachian started out making shoes on demand for in]]>
<![CDATA[Top stars walk the ramp for Azmi\'s fashion show]]>
SEVERAL Bollywood celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Ranbir Kapoor walked the ramp for a fashion show organised by actress Shabana Azmi in support of women empowerment.     Bachchan, Ranbir, Farhan Akhtar, Sidharth Malhotra and Akshay Kumar sashayed in ace designer Manish Malhotra's creations at Azmi's NGO Mijwan Welfare Society's annual event 'Mijwan Fashion Show 2014' on Tuesday (April 1) night.   The NGO was f]]>
<![CDATA[H&M to open first Indian store in 2014]]>
    SWEDISH fashion giant H&M said on Wednesday (February 12) it will open its first Indian store in 2014, taking advantage of the opening-up of the giant Asian market to foreign retailers.   “We have now received the written confirmation that we can open stores by ourselves in India,” H&M spokesman Haakan Andersson said.   The Swedish company did not provide many details about the first shop other than it planned as a “fla]]>
<![CDATA[India’s Bibhu brings Tibet to New York runway]]>
    INDIAN fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra on Wednesday (February 12) unveiled his fall/winter 2014 collection in New York, created for the global woman inspired by the beauty and colours of Tibet.   The 41-year-old award-winning designer, who has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, sent 41 breathtaking looks down the runway, confections of plum, black, ivory, bronze, red and neutrals.   For outerwear, he showcased luxurious mink coats and mink vest]]>
<![CDATA[Designer Prabal Gurung showcases Nepal]]>
    ONE OF New York’s top designers has thrust Nepal onto the map of high fashion, unveiling one of the most exciting catwalk shows of the season, inspired by his Himalayan homeland.   Award-winning designer Prabal Gurung unveiled his fall/winter 2014 season in the cavernous recesses of New York’s Moynihan Station on Saturday (February 8), watched by a packed house led by style queen Anna Wintour.   Within minutes, a male streaker wearin]]>
<![CDATA[Mary Quant: Mini skirt creator and queen of Swinging London]]>
THE creator of the mini-skirt, British designer Mary Quant, turns 80 on Tuesday (February 11) still brimming with enthusiasm for fashion and women’s rights.   She admits a certain nostalgia for the “high excitement and innovation” of 1960s “Swinging London”, but told reporters it was “wonderful to be a woman and alive right now”.   “Women are enjoying their lives more than ever before,” she said in an emailed stat]]>
<![CDATA[H&M says fashion can be cheap and ethical]]>
  HENNES & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, believes there is no conflict between its mission to sell more budget clothes and a drive to improve the environment and working conditions at its suppliers. “We want to make sustainable fashion more democratic,” Helena Helmersson, H&M’s head of sustainability, said. “We don’t aim for sustainability to be a luxury thing.” The Swedish company is one of the big]]>
<![CDATA[Pakistan fashion casts off ‘dark cloud’ of extremism]]>
      MENTION the Taliban to Pakistan fashion designer Kamiar Rokni and his irritation is clear. ‘One of the things we feel diminishes our work is whenever our story is linked to Talibanisation and whether we are doing this to fight extremism,’ he said in Paris. ‘We’re not. We’re doing this for the business of fashion!’ Tired of the country’s ‘bombs and burqas’ image, Rokni is far from alone in his de]]>
<![CDATA[‘Mandela shirts showed he was true to himself’]]>
  PATHE Ouedraogo can barely keep up with demand for his ‘Mandela shirts’ since Nelson Mandela died recently. The man whose designs were made famous by the anti-apartheid icon has fond memories of his most high-profile client, who was ‘not afraid’ to show the world who he was through his trademark colourful shirts. ‘All the shops have been calling,’ he said, raising his voice above the hum of sewing machines and African music in his bustlin]]>
<![CDATA[Kennedy scion is star of Paris debutantes ball]]>
AT CHRISTIAN Dior in Paris, Kyra Kennedy, great niece of the late US president John F. Kennedy, carefully descends a grand staircase in a powder blue couture dress and towering heels.   The 18-year-old has just finished her final dress fitting before Saturday (November 30)’s Debutantes Ball, one of the social events of the year at which high society meets haute couture.   The glittering event will see 20 hand-picked “debutantes” dance, dine and netw]]>
<![CDATA[Style queen: Isabella Blow’s wardrobe on show in London]]>
STYLIST, muse, mentor or simply an eccentric aristocrat with a penchant for wearing lobsters - late British fashion editor Isabella Blow was hard to pin down, but most agree she was extraordinary.   A new exhibition in London takes a look at Blow’s life and wardrobe, including some spectacular early pieces by designer Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy who she helped nurture from students to global stars.   Long before Lady Gaga, Blow was a fashion ic]]>
<![CDATA[Neha Dhupia walks the ramp for Rocky S]]>
  HIGH heels seem to have taken a toll on Neha Dhupia’s feet, but the Bollywood actress sashayed down the ramp on Saturday (November 17) despite her injury. The 33-year-old actress turned showstopper for designer Rocky S at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour and looked stunning in a shimmery black leather gown. “We actresses don’t have much time to rest. We are always on the run. I have an injured foot and am wearing a bandage. My do]]>
<![CDATA[ Anil Kapoor brings the curtains down at WIFW]]>
  BOLLYWOOD actor Anil Kapoor turned showstopper for designer Ashish N Soni for the grand finale of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. The actor looked dapper in a white shirt paired with a  dinner jacket as he sashayed down the ramp, a bright red multilevel stage set reminiscent of an Opera theatre. 'This might come as a surprise but much before I became  an actor, I modelled. I had walked down the ramp for late Mr  Dhirubai Ambani for a travel show]]>
<![CDATA[ Ashish Soni to present Wills Fashion Week finale ]]>
  DESIGNER Ashish N Soni is all set to bring the curtains down on the upcoming edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2014. Soni, who is making a comeback to WIFW after a long time, will present his finale collection ‘La Dolce Vita’ inspired by Hollywood glamour interpreted in his signature understated style. “It gives me tremendous pleasure to be chosen as the Grand Finale designer for the upcoming edition of Wi]]>
<![CDATA[Milan fashion week opens with focus on young talent]]>
CLOTHES houses from around the world descended on Milan for the start of fashion week on Wednesday (September 18) where thoroughbreds Armani, Gucci and Prada will be joined by up-and-coming young bucks.   Silver-maned Italian stallions and leggy Russian models strutted their stuff on the streets of Italy’s commercial capital, shopping in the city’s fashion district or sipping cool cocktails at outdoor terraces in the last summer sun.   Gucci, DSquared2 an]]>
<![CDATA[Designers in New York keeping it simple with black and white]]>
IT’S ALL there in black and white.   Stylish clothes being unveiled for spring 2014 are highlighting the pronounced simplicity of black and white. The colors are either elegant monochromes or mixed up in playful zebra prints, classic checks and mod color blocking.   Victoria Beckham’s show on Sunday was the latest in a string of collections at New York Fashion Week adhering almost entirely to a black and white palette.   Her looks were sporty]]>
<![CDATA[Pakistani designer stitches up a tribute to Bollywood]]>
LEADING Pakistani designer Maheen Kardar Ali pays tribute to Bollywood through high street pret, diffusion and bridal couture in her first exhibition in India.   Following the success of her “Imran Khan” kurta which has become an equivalent to the Che Guevara designs in Pakistan, her stint with a Bollywood kurta has become a rage with film actors world over.   “I have been a huge fan of Indian film actors and Bollywood remains famous even across the]]>
<![CDATA[Kochhar recreates Rajasthan’s glorious era]]>
<![CDATA[Victoria Beckham wants to create fashion ‘empire’]]>
VICTORIA Beckham, the one-time pop star who is now one of the most courted designers at the upcoming New York Fashion Week, says she has even bigger plans for her eponymous brand.   “I want to get bigger and bigger,” the former Spice Girl told the New York Times ahead of the unveiling of her spring-summer 2014 collection during fashion week, which begins on September 5.   “I absolutely want an empire.”   Beckham, who was once only]]>
<![CDATA[Prateik Babbar showstopper at Lakme Fashion Week]]>
ACTOR Prateik Babbar walked the ramp with Issaq co-star Amyra Dastur for designer Ken Ferns on the second day of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Ferns called his collection the ‘Moon Rise’, taking inspiration from the sky. Showing off his well-chiselled abs, Prateik walked the ramp in a stylish printed suit with Amyra, who wore a sultry corset and printed silk skirt. The ‘Moon Rise’ collection featured formal wear opt]]>
<![CDATA[Alia wants a Manish Malhotra bridal outfit]]>
    ACTRESS Alia Bhatt, who made her ramp debut at the India Bridal Fashion Week recently, says she would wear a Manish Malhotra lehenga on her wedding day. The 20-year-old Student of the Year star said, “I am too young to get married at present, but I have decided on my lehenga and wedding jewellery. “Whenever it happens, my lehenga has to be a Manish Malhotra creation because I relate to his design. I am not a jewellery person, ]]>
<![CDATA[Nargis Fakhri turns royal bride for Ashima Leena]]>
  ACTRESS Nargis Fakhri, who turned a royal bride for designer duo Ashima and Leena at the India Bridal Fashion Week, said she would love to dress up like an Indian bride for her wedding. The 33-year-old actress, born to a Pakistani father and a Chez mother, dazzled in a golden lehenga teamed with a meenakari choli accessorised with traditional Indian jewellery. “I have no plans of tying the knot anytime soon. But when I do get married, I ]]>
<![CDATA[Manipuri fabrics to weave a spell at Lakme Fashion Week]]>
  VETERAN Indian designer Krishna Mehta who will showcase Manipuri weaving craft at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week, says designers should make an effort to highlight indigenous crafts. Mehta has collaborated with Manipur’s commerce and industry department to play up the state’s weaving techniques through her Winter/Festive 2013 collection.   The ace designer will showcase a distinctive fusion line at the event from August 23 to 27. &nb]]>
<![CDATA[Anil Kapoor showstopper for Raghavendra Rathore ]]>
    BOLLYWOOD actor Anil Kapoor says he does not take fashion trends seriously and relies on stylish daughter Sonam Kapoor for keeping his wardrobe updated.    Anil, who was the showstopper for Indian designer Raghavendra Rathore at the India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW), looked dapper in a black kurta teamed with a white churidar. A sleeveless short jacket with golden embroidery gave a festive look to the outfit.   “My]]>
<![CDATA[Anil Kapoor showstopper for Raghavendra Rathore]]>
BOLLYWOOD actor Anil Kapoor says he does not take fashion trends seriously and relies on stylish daughter Sonam Kapoor for keeping his wardrobe updated.        Anil, who was the showstopper for Indian designer Raghavendra Rathore at the India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW), looked dapper in a black kurta teamed with a white churidar. A sleeveless short jacket with golden embroidery gave a festive look to the outfit.       ‘M]]>
<![CDATA[ Neha Dhupia turns gothic bride for Falguni and Shane Peacock]]>
    ACTRESS Neha Dhupia carried off the Gothic bride look beautifully as she walked the ramp for designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock at the India Bridal Fashion Week in New Delhi. The 32-year-old former Miss India wore an embroidered black gown with an extended metallic belt. The actress found the outfit perfect to walk the ramp. ‘This dress might look complicated but it is probably one of the easiest outfits I have worn on t]]>
<![CDATA[Forget Milan - Nigeria boutiques creating Lagos fashion hub]]>
SHOPPERS ready to spend lavishly on clothes by elite designers sipped champagne in a discreetly located store that only those in-the-know know exists.   Perhaps it’s not an unusual scene in Manhattan or Milan, but in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, shops like Temple Muse are a novelty. A growing number of boutique owners and fashion designers however are working to change that.   Most of Nigeria’s roughly 160 million people live in extreme]]>
<![CDATA[ India Bridal Fashion Week to debut in London]]>
  INDIA Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) is all set to make its maiden international journey by hosting  its next edition in London. The fashion extravaganza organised by Aamby Valley, which opened its first edition in Delhi this year after running successfully for three years in Mumbai, will take its exuberant Indian bridal collection to the UK capital. “We are happy to inform you that from 2014 onwards, IBFW will also happen in London along w]]>
<![CDATA[Men go for flower power at Paris fashion]]>
MENSWEAR at Paris fashion on Friday (June 28) took on a distinctly feminine feel with floral embroidery, skirts and sheer fabric at juun.j, Henrik Vibskov and Ann Demeulemeester.   Hard on the heels of Raf Simons on Wednesday (June 26), designers spurned overly masculine looks in favour of feminine silhouettes on day three of the men’s collections for spring/summer 2014.   At South Korea’s juun.j, models sporting lipstick and slicked down hair, wore a str]]>
<![CDATA[Sabyasachi Mukherjee to be Grand Finale Designer for Lakme Fashion Week]]>
NOTED Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee will present his collection at the grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive season this year.   Renowned both in India and abroad, Sabyasachi’s collections have won accolades and critical acclaim. His finale presentation is set to be one of the season’s most awaited shows, marking the designer’s return after a hiatus of five years.   “Presenting my collection at LFW is always a special ]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion website Asos recalls radioactive belts]]>
ONLINE fashion retailer Asos has recalled a batch of belts after US customs officials discovered they were radioactive, the company said on Tuesday (May 28).   A spokesman for the London-listed retailer said the belts, which are made of leather and covered with metal studs, were being held at a radioactive storage facility after testing positive for Cobalt-60.   Asos - which counts US First Lady Michelle Obama among its fans - sold around 50 of the belts to customers]]>