Le blog de brookeeade

Sequins sparkle at Delhi Times Fashion Week

Neeta Lulla showcased in Delhi after a long time, so it was no wonder that her show was one talked-about show at the Delhi Times Fashion Week. The veteran designer presented her line that was an ode to Vrindavan, Radha and Krishna. Prints inspired by the imagery of Vrindavan was a strong point of the collection that not just had lehengas with contemporary touch and gowns. Neeta said that since last two and a half years, her collection has been strongly influenced by Vrindavan . She said, "Since last two and a half years I have this connect with Radha Krishna and Vrindavan. We do this collection every season and it is called Vrindavan Symphony. We have sometimes musical instruments, sometimes bird motifs and this time we have used temple jhoola and the musical instrument inspired print in the collection. This collection presents Vrindavan by night, so it was reflected in the colours that were used in the collection." Talking more about gowns and dresses with intricate embroidery in the collection, Neeta said, "My collection is always a fusion between Indian and Western, and this time we have used Edwardian motifs and the cuts were also very Edwardian."

Models in Neeta Lulla's creations (BCCL)Soha Ali Khan was back on the ramp in Delhi after the birth of her daughter Inaaya and was thrilled to be a part of the show. "It was a great fun being here, though being so decked up is a departure for me. My fashion style is mainly track pants, but I am equally comfortable wearing a lehenga. You feel so stunning in it. It is my first time that I have associated with Delhi Times Fashion Week. I hope to see them do many many editions and I think it was lovely for me and it was honour to wear Neeta's clothes," said Soha.

"It is fantastic to be a part of Delhi Times Fashion Week, it is my third show with them through the tour and it's been an absolute pleasure," added Neeta about her association with Delhi Times Fashion Week.

A silver lining

The second day of the Delhi Times Fashion week ended with a stunning display of jewellery by Dream Diamonds. From diamond studded silver jewellery to emeralds and rubies, it was a wide range of designs put on the ramp. Actress Lopamudra Raut (Miss United Continents 2016 second runner-up) was the showstopper for the exquisite show. Lopamudra, former Bigg Boss contestant, was in love with the jewellery she was wearing. "It is ravishing and I wish I could just take this home. This is absolutely stunning collection," she said and added, "Delhi Times and I have a long association and this is like family to me. Delhi is the place where I come often. Delhi has given me a lot of love. Walking for Delhi Times Fashion Week has been an incredible experience, so I am very happy to be here. The fact that this fashion week is giving opportunity to so many talented people is really a great thing. Delhi is full of talented people and they should get a chance."

Talking about jewellery and choosing Lopamudra to walk the ramp, Rajnish Chopra, Executive Director, Dream Diamonds, said, "Dream Diamonds is European jewellery and it is all about European designs. It is a daily wear jewellery, available at a range that people can afford. Lopamudra is really great. We asked her to come here at a very short notice and she has been great and she is perfect for this show."

Banarasi weaves for the modern bride

Banarasi has been the fashion highlight on the ramp and off it. Banarasi weaves took centerstage at Meena Bazar and Vastya's show at Delhi Times Fashion Week. Models donned a traditional look with hair tied in a neat bun and with Banarasi saris, anarkalis and lehengas. Chikankari skirts with peplum tops and skirts paired with collared blouses and flared sleeves gave a slight twist to traditional. The collection was designed keeping in mind modern brides who want to have fun at their own weddings. Not just brides, there were ample choices for those who look forward to a fusion look. Actress Esha Gupta, Miss India International 2007, walked the ramp in red Banarasi lehenga with sequined top. "Delhi has been home, no matter how much people talk about smog here, I still love Delhi. Being a Miss India my association with Delhi Times goes way back to 2007 and I would really like to thank Delhi Times for always supporting me. I had great fun here," said Esha.

Monochromatic vibes

Designer Neetu Singh's collection, with monochromes dominating the line, was a perfect red carpet collection. The designer experimented with jump suits, gowns and fringes and frills were added to structured silhouettes to add some fluidity to garments. Bandeau dresses, jumpsuits, structured gowns and skirts were part of the collection. The designer said that the collection was inspired by tribal motifs and embroidery was created keeping in mind the motifs from the tribal areas of Manipur. She said, "I love doing Western clothes, but they do reflect strongly Indian culture and its diversity. There's a small market in Manipur which I visited and picked up a lot of inspiration from that," said Neetu. fbb Femina Miss Grand India 2016 Pankhuri Gidwani walked the ramp for Neetu and she said she was in love with the concept of the show. "This was a lot of fun and there was so much variety," said Pankhuri.

About her association with Delhi Times Fashion week, the designer said, "It's been a great experience to do show here and it has been a wonderful collaboration. I would like to thank everyone involved with the show.

All about shimmer

Layering and drapes in menswear have been in for some time and designer Sadan Pande presented a collection that was a lot about layering on kurtas, drapes over kurtas and shirts paired with pants. The designer showcase a variety of designs in menswear ranging from casual kurtas and pants to bandhgala jackets and trousers and formal suits. He kept a look of the female models restricted to casual-cocktail wear in shades like blue, red, green and black. Talking about his collection, the designer said, "We worked on this collection because we wanted to explore designs for urban men who would like to move from lunches to clubs, formal meetings and would want casual, club wear and cocktail wear, which is easy to carry. We moved from subtle shades and lighter silhouettes to darker colours and flashy fabrics. Lot of shimmer has been added to the collection as it adds a new dimension to urban wear." Jitesh Thakur, Mr Supranational 2016 second runner-up, was the showstopper for Sadan and he said that what he found out was that "both me and Sadan are narcissists as you can see me wearing a jacket created by him that has his initials embroidered on the pocket of the jacket."

Sadan has been a part of the first edition of the Delhi Times Fashion Week and he said that "it was my wonderful experience in the first edition that prompted me again to be a part of this. I really enjoy being here."

Of timeless chikankari

Bandhgalas, fitted jackets with fine texturing on fabrics for men were part of Arshi Jamal's collection. Achkans with embroidery and symmetrical hemlines was something interesting in his menswear line. After menswear, there were lehengas for women, which were kept light with thread embroidery, chikankari and zardozi. The designer said that being from Lucknow, his collection draws heavily from the craft techniques and embroidery from Lucknow. This was the first time the designer drifted away from traditional wear and incorporated some contemporary cuts. "Especially in lehengas, you would see layering around hemlines and the tops had a certain flair," said Arshi. The designer said that working for this collection has been special for him and it Delhi Times Fashion Week was one platform where he was looking forward to showcase. "It is a fabulous show and I am very happy that I could be a part of this show," he said.

The bling factor

There was no less bling on the ramp on the day two of Delhi Times Fashion Week and Ashfaque Ahmad's show was the one with a lot of shimmer, sparkle and sequins. Be it dresses, pants, there was nothing understated in the collection. A few gowns with embroidered yoke were a few exceptions. When we asked the designer about his love for sequins, he said that sequins and bling is something which people ion Delhi love. "I also believe that bling is never out of trend. This was not a wedding collection, it was meant for parties and this line is for all those who look forward to being the head-turner at the party," said Ashfaque and added that mostly people assume that designer wear is expensive, but when he was creating the line, he wanted to make it affordable. "The two things which are extremely important to me are affordability and wearability. Everything that was a part of the collection was simple and wearable," he said. Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2017 second runner-up Apeksha Porwal was the showstopper for Ashfaque's show.

Ashfaque has earlier been a part of Bombay Times Fashion Week and he said that after doing that one show, he was looking forward to take this collaboration forward. "I had a great time and it was one good opportunity to be a part of Delhi Times Fashion Week. I am hoping that I will take this association forward for a long time," said the designer.

A stylish debut

Just before they step into the professional world of designing, students of GD Goenka University, School of Fashion and Design, got an opportunity to present their collections on the ramp. The day two of the Dream Diamonds Delhi Times Fashion Week began with a group of 16 budding designers showcasing five garments each on ramp. GD Goenka University in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano presented a show called Collecttivo 2018. While some explored and worked with Indian weaves and craft, a few created futuristic designs highlighting the use of technology in fashion. One used Banarasi brocades to create jackets, panelled skirts and corsets and the other used indigenous weaves to create jackets worn over straight dresses. There were a few surprises for guests during the show. While the stars of the show were five kids who walked the ramp for Aaina Beri, a group of teachers walking on the ramp got a loud applause from the audience. The latter was a show by Madhav Kohli and was called 'To Sir With Love.' Prof Sasi Gopal Menon, Dean of the School of Fashion and Design, was one among those who walked the ramp at the show. He said, "The school nurtures the student's inherent creativity, focusing it towards the industry and market."

Nipun Goenka, MD of GD Goenka Group, added, "By joining hands with Delhi Times Fashion Week, we are providing a professional platform to our students to show their work, at par with established designers. At GD Goenka University, we continuously bring in best practices into education."Read more at: |

publié le mardi 23 janvier à 07:10, aucun commentaire.

Lock in moisture, top to toe

Frosty January weather plays havoc with the skin. Broken veins, chapped skin and peeling lips are just a few of the problems it causes. The face, hands and feet get dry, and when you crank up the central heating your skin takes on a pasty appearance and becomes lacklustre. The cold crisp days may bring a rosy glow to the cheeks, but they also bring unpleasant dryness.

Most facial moisturisers are surrounded by huge hype and are outrageously expensive. There are several excellent moisturisers that won’t break the bank. To gain optimum effect, layer a serum under your moisturising cream. Serums are light yet super absorbent and will help to seal in the moisture. Your normal moisturiser will need a good boost. I recommend an oil-based product in winter, as it provides a protective layer. Now is also a great time to start using a night cream, as they’re usually oil based.

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, which means it draws water up from the deeper layers of the skin into the more superficial layers. It also helps to remove superficial baddies and stimulates a brighter, more luminous complexion. Seems simple, right? Well not exactly. You see hyaluronic acid needs to be locked in, so you should apply a cream over it to seal the product in.

If your skin is particularly dry then apply it to damp skin before using your usual moisturiser. The Aldi one when paired with the activator is brilliant, and knocks the socks off its overpriced competitors.

As you know I love to promote Irish brands, and it is my absolute pleasure to recommend Mayo-based Ultrapure, whose skincare includes gels, toners and essential oils. The natural Sweet Almond Oil is a wonderful massage oil and moisturiser and can even be used on baby skin. Ultrapure Rose Hip Oil is just exquisite, and since I began using their Rosewater Toner toner I’ve become addicted, and now gift it to my friends.

Kinvara is another favoured Irish brand. Their Eye Wow! Eye Serum boasts 12 plant extracts and is fantastic for dark circles and puffiness.

Nia Just Balm is a natural, pure moisturising balm for face and body, formulated especially to treat dry skin and even eczema.

La Roche Posay’s Hydraphase Intense Mask gives high-performance intense hydration, while improving skin’s suppleness, while their Toleriane range is wonderfully effective for sensitive or allergy prone skin. When it comes to your lips, try their Cicaplast Levres if you want a protective treatment that hydrates and heals cracks while relieving discomfort.

Keep your feet in tip-top condition too with SVR Xerial 50 Extreme foot cream . This non-greasy cream promises to soothe, nourishe and smoothe dry and very dry feet immediately – and even overcome corns and calluses in seven days when used daily. I have a devil of a corn, so I’m going to try it and will report back on its efficacy.Read more at: |

publié le mercredi 17 janvier à 12:24, aucun commentaire.

Things to do this week

1 The Goddard Center is kicking 2018 off with a solid rhythm section, fiery horns, and dynamic male and female vocalists Friday, Jan. 12. Join the Goddard Center in welcoming the Memphis Soul Band of Dallas and stay for the after party. There will be a cash bar opening at 6:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

Memphis Soul is a high-energy 8 piece group showcasing a distinctive sound and style inspired by Motown legends Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin. Their style displays the rich musical legacy of the 50s, 60s, and 70s mixed with currently popular classic soul and R&B styles. Memphis Soul also performs popular standards from Frank Sinatra to Motown to current dance music that encompass its musical variety.

2On Saturday the Goddard Center will open a gallery for artist Erin Hanson at 7 p.m. Hanson will be available throughout the reception to talk about her art and the inspiration behind the Open Impressionism Landscapes on exhibit. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature live entertainment, food and wine.

Erin Hanson’s luminous and unique paintings are known as ‘open-impressionism.’ Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, Hanson is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

3 Things get medieval at the Ardmore Convention Center Saturday when the Canton of Skorragardr, with the Barony of Namron, begin selections of the next Crown of the most Stellar of Kingdoms.

The group recreates the middle ages and brings history to life. Live life like a Lord or Lady of the realm. Become a Knight. Master a lost art. Rise to be a King, Queen, Baron or Baroness. Learn the true value of honor and chivalry, and most of all have fun doing it.

The Society for Creative Anachronism is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to learning more about the Middle Ages through reenactment. There are S.C.A. chapters worldwide that hold regular feasts, tournaments, colleges, balls, battles, wars, and a plethora of other events.

4 Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, a free, monthly celebration of art and creativity in The Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman kicks off Saturday. January’s offerings will include stained glass creations, cooperative gallery of beautiful local artworks, including stone carvings, metal sculptures, paintings, glass art, fiber art, original photography, and elegant jewelry along with various featured artist hosted by galleries throughout the district.Read more at: |

publié le mardi 09 janvier à 09:46, aucun commentaire.

Time to get creative for wedding favours

Ditch the box of sweets or dry fruits as wedding favours, and experiment with not just a range of gifts but creativity and customisation as well, say experts.

Kunal Rai, Head-Events and Weddings, Tamarind Global, and Innayat Khubchandani, Innaz Communique, have some ideas:

* Scarf: Items that keep your guests warm and fuzzy are not only practical, they are thoughtful too. Pashmina scarfs, handmade shawls or mulmul razai are perfect for fall or winter weddings.

You can customise the shawls with the initials of the guest. During summer, the pashmina fabric can be replaced with mulmul and summer prints.

* Premium chocolates: Sweeten the deal and treat your guests to fine, delicate and select chocolate. You can even get customised chocolates that are monogrammed with couples initials or the wedding logo.

* Leather goods: Some trendy and practical favours which have been quite frequent at recent weddings are leather gifts such as monogrammed travel pouches and customised passport holders.

* Kitchen items: Sets of cups, tableware or a classic teapot — they can all serve as contemporary, practical and usable gifts.

* Personal care: Personal care kits are often customised and given on the first day of the celebrations so that guests at destination weddings can make use of these instead of the hotel toiletries.

* Favours for wedding functions: Another trend is to integrate favours into the wedding functions and themes. For instance, the mehendi function can have an entire designated area where guests could choose giveaways that were relevant to the function. You can have Kolhapuri chappals, bangles and dupattas.Read more at: |

publié le samedi 06 janvier à 06:47, aucun commentaire.

What Will 2018 Hold For You

The new year is always a time of fresh starts and good intentions, often involving giving up something. Whether it be alcohol, sugar, or whatever your personal 'bad habit', a fresh beginning often implies swearing off things and, in the process, denying ourselves many of life's little pleasures.

And while the notion of self improvement is not a bad thing, perhaps rather than focusing on subtracting something from our lives, we should all be looking to add something instead. So, for example, this year I am diving in and taking a proper meditation course after dabbling with it occasionally – partly to declutter and slow my mind down, but also to take time out for myself, away from the clamour and demands of everyday life. My other intention is simply to make more time for friends in the coming year. So, a little self-improvement and a little fun — but both, hopefully, life enhancing rather than diminishing.

Whether you want to learn to host a podcast (find out how in our Play section), or master some Bob Fosse dance moves (just me?), whatever your heart desires, go with it.

Speaking of self-improvement, life coaches have been part of the self help lexicon for some time now, but Laura Craik's foray into the new breed of specialists – from gut therapists to hormone fairies (yes, it's a thing) – is both entertaining and intriguing. Who knows, maybe a book doula is all that is keeping you from penning that bestseller?

And in our feature Magical Thinking, Stacey Duguid consults tarot guru Elaine Mary Collins and legendary astrologer Shelley von Strunckel to discover what the year will hold for each astrological sign, sartorial choices and all. As a Leo, I will apparently be favouring leopard print and red — both of which are things that sit very far outside my comfort zone. But in the spirit of trying new experiences, I'm going to give both a go.

That exciting feeling of newness is one of my favourite aspects of the new year. And this issue is filled with it, including Hannah Swerling's exploration of life's ultimate fresh start (as in the birthing of new life) in Mother! an insightful series of stories questioning what motherhood means now, and also examining why one in five women are child-free.

On the fashion front, our Denim on Denim shoot, lensed by the iconic Gilles Bensimon and styled by Melanie Huynh, shows you all the ways to wear fashion's freshest offerings. And there is a lot to choose from – denim is one of the year's biggest trends. My personal favourite is the Seventies-style jacket and jeans look from Dior, but there is something for everyone to try.

Meanwhile, Joely Walker's illuminating piece on skincare asks, 'Do you have lazy skin?' It turns out we all might. After you read this piece, you'll realise that, when it comes to your beauty regimen, sometimes less really is more.

So, in short, try a bit of reinvention this January. As The Incredibles' Edna Mode put it: 'I never look back, darling. It detracts from the now.' And from the new, too. Whatever that involves for you, here's to 2018.Read more at: |

publié le mercredi 03 janvier à 09:00, aucun commentaire.

This winter, prevent chapped lips. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain shows you how

Chapped, cracked and dry lips are the worst things about winter. Our lips lose moisture much faster than other parts of the body as there are no sweat or oil glands beneath the surface.

“In winter, keeping the skin of the lips soft and smooth can present a problem due to lack of moisture and the effect of lip make-up,” said beauty expert Shahnaz Husain.

“But, before you move to expensive beauty salons for time consuming expert treatment, some home remedies like intake of sufficient quantity of fluids in form of soups, green tea, seasonal fruits, oil nourishment and intake of clean water can provide sufficient hydration and moisture to the body to get smooth lips in winters,” she added.

Husain further said that nutritional deficiencies can also lead to dry and chapped lips. Vitamins A, C and B2 are important for the lips. She recommends eating foods like citrus fruits, ripe papaya, tomatoes, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole-grains, oats, and milk products.

“Use glossy lipsticks and lip balms. Avoid soap and powder on lips. Remove lipstick with a cleansing cream or gel. Apply almond oil or cream at night and leave on,” she added.

Husain recommends the usage of argan and coconut oil to nourish the skin on the lips. Argon oil is actually native to Morocco, where it has been traditionally used for food purposes, as well as to treat skin and scalp problems.

Today, it is being increasingly used to make cosmetics like moisturisers, creams, lotions, face packs, hair oils, hair conditioners, etc. Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E. Since it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants, it helps to delay the visible ageing sign and even rejuvenate the skin. It protects the youthful properties of the skin, like elasticity and resilience.

As it is easily absorbed by the skin, it can be ideal for care of the lips. The fatty acids also nourish and soften the skin. The oil was used for medicinal purposes to cure skin problems and also heal and soothe burns. It nourishes the skin and improves skin texture.

Coconut oil has also been valued for its nourishing and moisturizing ability. It has a great skin softening ability and helps to make the skin soft and smooth. It may be applied on the lips and is also said to protect the skin from the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun.

It is said to protect the skin better than cream. It also helps to heal cracks on the lips. In fact, it can be used to remove make-up from the face, including the lips.

“Coconut oil may be applied on the lips and left on overnight. Or, it can be left on for 15 minutes and wiped off with moist cotton wool. The advantage is that unlike other preparations that may contain synthetic ingredients, coconut oil can be safely applied on the lips and even ingested. Another advantage is that unlike other oils, coconut oil does not become rancid,” Husain said.Read more at: |

publié le lundi 18 décembre à 11:44, aucun commentaire.

  Page suivante