Poppy Delevingne

WME and IMG Models has a new client. The talent agency revealed today that it has signed model and actress Poppy Delevingne.

“I’m constantly looking for opportunities that will continue to allow me to grow, explore and elevate my acting and modeling careers,” Delevingne said in a statement. “WME and IMG Models are masters of strategy — my hopes for progression truly resonate with them as they think of ways to drive me further.”

Delevingne, 31, has previously been the face of Chanel and Louis Vuitton and has worked with brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Longchamp, Montblanc and Shiseido. She is the first-ever Jo Malone London Girl, and hosted an event for the brand with fellow model-turned-singer Karen Elson earlier this year. “My mother wore Jo Malone when I was growing up, so it has always been woven into the fabric of my life,” Delevingne previously told WWD.

She recently made her big screen debut in Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” remake, in which she appeared opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. “I’m kind of an old-school chick. I like all of those old stories,” she told WWD when asked what attracted her to the role. “But it’s a Guy Ritchie movie, so he’s given it a modern twist and it’s completely unexpected. He’s a genius, so I think the movie is wild and fantastic.” She will also be in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” 20th Century Fox’s forthcoming film that also stars Halle Berry and Julianne Moore.

Earlier this month, Delevingne was seen supporting younger sister Cara at the premiere of Luc Besson’s “Valerian” in Los Angeles. “So proud I could burst into a million teeny, tiny pieces,” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo of the two.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses | prom dresses


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The Royal Experience

Behind the lipstick, formal dresses and high heels are 21 unique, professional young women who are all competing for one thing ­— the title of Washington Town and Country Fair Queen.

The youngest of those contestants, Autumn Buesking, has been sharing her photography skills with The Missourian since November through an internship.

As for me, I’ve never personally competed in anything like this, but I have been listening to Autumn’s stories and experiences throughout the past couple of months.

So who am I? My name is Brynn Mechem and I’m a summer intern with The Missourian. I attend Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Since May, I have been working closely with Autumn and have gotten the pleasure to hear about her incredible experiences. After sharing with me for so long, she decided it was time to share her royal experiences with you.

While it may be my fingers typing, this is Autumn’s story and this is her voice:

My journey began with the ambition to become a role model for kids — the queen contest gave me that platform.

The application process is a long one. I first applied in January and waited anxiously until I learned that I had been accepted in May.

Since then, it has been a whirlwind of events to not only prepare us for the contest, but for a successful life afterward.

The first task? Finding the perfect sponsor.

With 21 amazing girls competing for a spot with one of the 21 sponsors, it can be hard to find the right fit.

Everyone I contacted had already chosen a candidate and I began to feel very defeated. However, after many emails, phone calls and interviews I finally found the quintessential fit with Hodges Badge.

After each candidate found our company advocates, we were off to the races.

As soon as we finished orientation we had head shots taken, learned yoga and got to be a part of an American Legion Post 218 baseball game.

But it isn’t all fun and games. Each event taught us valuable life skills and shaped us into professional young women.

One of the hardest parts of the contest is that people just assume it’s solely based on beauty — I hate to break it to you, it isn’t.

We went through two days of professional development where we participated in mock interviews, learned how to professionally dress and how to present ourselves on social media.

In addition, we must submit a professional resume, a biography of our accomplishments and complete a three-on-one interview with the judges.

Yeah, we did have a make-up night and learned how to walk on stage, but the bigger lesson was how to carry ourselves professionally and how to present ourselves as royalty.

It’s been fun and I love all the girls. I’m confident to say that no matter who wins, it will be because of her personality and character, not the way she decided to style her hair.

The winner will be chosen not by the beauty of her face, but by the beauty of her dreams.

Each of the girls is unique in her own way. We have girls who aspire to be teachers, nurses, beauticians and scientists.

As for me, I want to be a physicist. I plan to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall.

I want to inspire young girls and show them that they can go into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career field and that it’s not just for boys.

I want to show boys that they can be a dancer or a nurse or whatever else their heart desires.

Anybody can be anything they want to be, so long as they’re happy.

Like all the other contestants, I would love to win. But, no matter who wins, I know each one of these girls will be an exemplary role model, not just a pretty face.Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | long prom dresses


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Prints and princesses

“Who says we have to grow up?” Walt Disney once asked, and rightly so. After re-experiencing the magic of Disney with the release of Beauty and the Beast, earlier this year, there has evidently been a surge in the popularity of Disney-inspired clothing and accessories, for adults. And we cannot stop obsessing over all that the fashion world is offering those, like Peter Pan, who’d much rather live in Neverland.

According to Shrestha Runthala, Myntra Fashion Stylist, “Millennials love everything that sparks nostalgia and the success of Pokémon Go and chokers justifies this statement. And since Disney is a significant part of the millennial childhood, it is the perfect throwback trend. It holds universal appeal and resonates at an emotional level. All of us have favourite Disney characters and we’re all up for embracing them when it is trendy to do so. Designers understand this only too well and are enthusiastically tugging at our nostalgic heartstrings.”

Disney collaborations are nothing new in the fashion world. And giving an adult spin on childhood classics seem to come to designers quite naturally. Prior to the release of Beauty and the Beast, Christopher Kane’s limited-edition of ready-to- wear pieces and accessories featuring t-shirts embellished with roses, teacup and saucer charms, and dresses fit for a princess, caught the fascination of Disney fans.

Since 2010, American shoe manufacturer, Vans, has been coming out with a variety of Disney inspired series. Their 2015 ‘Young at Heart’ series paid homage to Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Winnie the Pooh, across a range of apparel and accessories for adults, kids, and toddlers. Vans’ Disney Princess series featuring all-time favourite princesses, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and an all over print version featuring other timeless beauties such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. More recently, brands like Koovs have collaborated with Disney, and the collection of clothing, bags, and footwear, is a real treat.

Shrestha points out that “Disney’s collaboration with numerous brands (high street and luxury) has given us an exciting array of clothes, shoes and other trinkets to choose from. Disney princesses’ inspired dresses are picking up steam in fashion circles. However, character print tees and sweatshirts rule the roost at the moment. In footwear too, character print flip-flops and sneakers are favourites.”

“Tees provide a great canvas to experiment and flaunt the Disney trend. With statement tees back in vogue, Disney tees can be worn in various ways. Disney inspired shorts and sleepwear are also a great way to flaunt your fascination. Sneakers and tote bags with Disney prints are trending as they add the quirk factor,” states Kamakshi Kaul, Vice President-Design, Max Fashion.

Shrestha says, “Men can overdose on tees, denim jackets, and sneakers with bold Disney graphics. These always make a statement. They can also try sweater vests with character patterns if they’re daring and digging Gucci’s take on this trend,” she adds.

Kamakshi suggests “pairing Disney print tees with cute denim shorts or a tulle skirt. Light layering of a tank top with a cropped Disney tee and a pair of patchwork denims, is also a cool and casual way to carry off the Disney inspired look. Men can flaunt this cool and casual trend by pairing a Disney tee with joggers and a long line shrug. High top Disney inspired sneakers are also a great way for men to flaunt this trend.”

For those who love customised accessories, Srishti Bagaria, proprietor of and artist at Esbe (Mumbai), that creates and retails custom hand-painted products, says: “There has been an increase in the number of Disney-themed orders I’ve been getting. Mickey Mouse seems to be a favourite among adults.”

As for a shoeaholic like me, now that I’ve got my jet black Minnie Mouse eared low-top trainers, my inner tweenaged self wouldn’t mind being gifted a pair of Oscar Tiye ankle strapped silk satin stilettos created by Italian designer, Amina Muaddi, that come in exciting colours featuring Minnie’s ears on the Achilles Tendon, when worn. Now if only some benevolent soul had £415 to spare!Read more at:prom dress shops | formal dresses uk


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Mcast application week

As from tomorrow the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) will start receiving applications from new students for its full-time courses beginning in October.

Applications are to be submitted between 8.30am and noon as follows: Tomorrow for applicants whose surname starts with A; on Tuesday for applicants whose surname starts with B; on Wednesday for applicants whose surname starts with C; on Thursday for applicants whose surname starts with D, E or F; on Friday for applicants whose surname starts with G,H, I, J, K or L; on July 31 for applicants whose surname starts with M; on August 1 for applicants whose surname starts with the letters N, O, P, Q, R or S, and on August 2 for applicants whose surname starts with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y or Z.

Applicants who cannot submit their application on these dates may do so on August 3 or 4 between 8.30am and noon.

Applications are to be submitted at Students’ House, Mcast main campus, Paola. Gozitan applicants may apply at the Mcast Gozo Campus, J.F. De Chambray Street, Għajnsielem.

Applicants who will be abroad on the above-mentioned dates should submit their application before these dates at the Registrar’s Office, Mcast main campus, Paola. Such applicants must present their travel ticket as proof that they will be abroad. Gozitan applicants who wish to apply for a course held in Malta may submit their application at the Gozo campus.

This year Mcast is offering 180 full-time courses at its Foundation, Technical and University colleges, ranging from introductory certificate courses, degree programmes to Master’s programmes.

This year Mcast is offering 12 new courses for the first time, including three at the Gozo campus. These include a Northumbria University B.Sc. (Hons) in nursing studies, the B.Sc. (Hons) in environmental health, advanced diplomas in graphic design and interactive media, in photography, and in fashion and retail, a diploma in foundation studies for security, enforcement and protection, a B.Sc (Hons) in sport, exercise and health, an introductory certificate in engineering and a diploma in deck operations.

The three new courses at the Gozo campus are a diploma in business, an advanced diploma in health sciences and a higher diploma in facilitating inclusive education.Read more at:formal dresses | cocktail dresses


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Latest fashion

Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan are usually lauded for their elegant sense of styling. The sister duo inspires many whether they are in a sari or a simple LBD but there are times when they too make fashion faux pas, just like us. The thing is, we don’t have a team working for us all the time whose only job is to curate and monitor every look but they do and only for this reason, it is inexcusable to not come up with a stellar look. Recently. what the Kapoor sisters wore to their respective events made us want to close our eyes.

Kareena Kapoor Khan was seen at a book launch for her nutritionist, Rujuta Diwekar in gaudy separates from Missoni. The colour-block chevron print top which she paired with a patterned skirt is something we would never go for.

You might as well see us dead before you spot us in something like this! We fail to understand how she gave the go-ahead to this outfit as it’s totally tasteless. However, she looked nice neck-up with her hair tied up neatly in a ponytail, natural make-up and a soft pink pout. We also like those long tassel earrings from Valliyan but definitely not her outfit.

Meanwhile, while attending an event in Bengaluru, Karisma Kapoor was seen wearing an outfit from Daniele Carlotta.

Her look included a grey shimmer top featuring ruffled shoulder detail and a multi-coloured landscape printed skirt. The Bollywood beauty styled it with a pair of floral Sophia Webster heels which are just too flashy for our liking and a black Bottega Veneta clutch. There’s nothing about this outfit that we like. We think there’s a lot going on here and too many elements clashing with each other. We like her hairdo though, perfect for monsoon, won’t you say?Read more at:long prom dresses | prom dresses online


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Swimwear through time

Swimming is a form of sport for some, leisure for others, and both for many. It is a skill that one often acquires at a young age, bringing health benefits ranging wider than just fitness, but while today swimming is accompanied by the donning of a swimming costume, bikini, burkhini, or swimming trunks, this has not always been the case.

There are paintings in antiquity of Greeks and Romans swimming naked or in underwear, with the Ancient Japanese using loin cloths called fundoshi to cover the nether regions of men. Some believe that the myth of the mermaid emerged because women swam so much less than men. Throughout the Middle Ages swimming was discouraged in the Christian West, thought of as somehow immoral. With the rise of European bathing spas such as those at the eponymous Bath, however, this all changed. Post-1670 people no longer bathed nude, but in woven yellow fabrics, as any other colour would be stained by the mineral water. By the eighteenth century bathing gowns were loose, full length, and with full sleeves for women, in order to protect their bodies and thus modesty in congruence with contemporary morality. This corporeal morality was legalised in 1860 when nude swimming became banned for men, who then began wearing calecons or drawers.

As coastal leisure rose alongside railway proliferation, bathing gowns became more widespread. Weights were sewn into bathing gowns so that they would remain modest and did not rise up (modern health and safety would have a field day!), and were often a few inches shorter than the fashionable length of daytime dresses. Bathing machines were contraptions to allow women to change into bathing gowns modestly and enter the water discretely in the form of a mobile changing room.

The twentieth century saw the more widespread acceptance of swimming as a legitimate past time for women. With the rise of new fabrics, more comfortable and practical swimwear began to replace the natural water-repelling wool that had dominated previous swimwear.

Swimming was popularised in films such as The Water Nymph and Sennett Bathing Beauties.

The focus shifted from taking water to taking the sun in the 1920s: swimwear became more decorative, as necklines plunged, sleeves disappeared, sides were removed, and straps were introduced to allow for the tanning popularised by Coco Chanel. Furthermore, the invention of latex and nylon allowed for figure hugging suits previously unimaginable. Clare Dennis, a competitor in the 1932 Olympics, was almost disqualified for having revealed shoulder blades, indicative of swimwear development surpassing moral norm change rates.

Wartime fabric shortages led to the U.S. mandate to reduce beachwear fabric, which resulted in the popularisation of two piece suits with bare midriffs as cotton, wool, silk, nylon and other materials were saved and diverted to the war effort. Swimwear is also linked to war weapon production: the bikini, invented by Reard, is named after the nuclear testing area, Bikini Atoll, due to the garment’s potentially explosive effect on the viewer. So explosive, in fact, that a showgirl was used as the first model as no regular model would wear it. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth helped popularise the bikini, and Brigitte Bardot, in Vadim’s And God Created Women, was a benchmark for the bikini on film. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Gernreich’s pubikini did not take off, but Cole’s tankini did – allowing for more coverage than a bikini, but more freedom than a swimsuit.

Today swimwear is hugely diverse. Women in bikinis and swimsuits are still often used in seemingly unrelated product publicity, as are men in swimming trunks. Material evolution continues from Fairhurst’s invention of FastSkin in 2000 for Speedo – the shark-inspired material propelling competitive swimming to new speeds –, to the recent release of Kiniki swimwear which allows for tanning of the skin through material. It was only in the 1950s that Vogue declared swimwear a state of dress rather than undress, and with the countless designs and styles available today, along with publications such as the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue, swimwear as fashion continues.Read more at:marieprom | formal dresses


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NOW to prevent hair loss

Even celebrities like Kristin Davis suffer and Nadia Sawalha recently broke down as she spoke out about hair loss.

 Thinning hair can be an issue at any age but will get worse as you get older

But whatever your age, the key to keeping those luscious locks is looking after them, and yourself, at all times.

Help is at hand from hair and scalp specialist Dr Sharon Wong.

The London-based dermatologist, who treats a wide range of skin and scalp problems, gave The Sun Online her six top tips on preventing hair loss and keeping damage to a minimum.

Keep it Simple

There are many myths and forever-changing trends regarding hair care which can get very confusing and complicated.

The bottom line is shampooing is important to remove dirt, grease and dead skin cells from the scalp and hair, and conditioning your hair after shampooing nourishes the fibres. Incorporate a weekly deep condition/hair mask treatment especially if you dye or style your hair regularly.

How frequently you wash depends on your hair and scalp type - there is no one size fits all. Indeed if you have dry scalp you can easily worsen dandruff, flaking and dermatitis by over washing your hair.

Don’t over-do it

One of the commonest causes of hair loss, frizziness and breakage is over styling = chemicals such as dyes and relaxers destroys the protective cuticle of the hair, exposing it to further damage.

A damaged cuticle allows water to enter the core of the hair fibre and if heat styling is then used on wet hair, these pockets of water will generate steam, expand and cause breakage along the hair shaft.

Extensions, weaves, braids, tight ponytails and man buns can all cause trauma to the hair and eventually lead to hair loss typically around the hair line as a result of prolonged and repeated pulling forces.

In the early phases this type of hair loss - also called traction alopecia - is reversible, but in the late stages the follicles scar and hair loss becomes permanent.

Ditch the Crash Diet

Hair follicle cells are the second fastest dividing cells in the body and require all the nutrients of a well-balanced healthy diet.

This includes lean proteins, good carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals, but there is no one superfood for hair.

As hair is not an essential structure for survival, the body does not prioritise the use of nutrients for hairgrowth.

Nutritional deficiencies and crash diets are a common cause of hair thinning and shedding.

Don’t stress about your tresses

Emotional and psychological stress is a major cause of hair shedding, also known as telogen effluvium.

However, because hair loss is a traumatic and stressful experience, this can itself drive further hair loss in a vicious cycle.

I recommend regular stress-relieving exercises such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Watch your hormones

In women, hormonal changes can significantly impact hair growth.

Post pregnancy, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome and some forms of the contraceptive pill can all potentially lead to hair thinning and or shedding.

See your doctor if you suspect an underlying hormonal cause to your hair loss.

Speak up and get help

Most people feel ashamed to talk about their hair loss and will do their best with self-help treatments and find ways to hide the balding areas.

It is important to remember that there are many causes of hair loss and in order to get the right treatment and advice, the diagnosis needs to be established first, so see your dermatologist if your hair loss is getting worse or not improving.

As with most things, the sooner treatment is started the better the results.Read more at:quinceanera dresses | mermaid prom dresses


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Does Beauty Require

beauty requires thought

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The nature and the subjective experience of beauty has been the subject of philosophical debate for centuries. Beauty stimulates the senses, but is the experience akin to that of sensual pleasure? Do we “think” beauty or “feel” it, or both? Evoking the struggle of reason versus emotion and the relationship between the two, the philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that, unlike the experience of sensuous pleasure, beauty requires thought. Given this distinction, Kant did not believe that sensuous pleasures could also be beautiful.

In a novel two-part experiment, researchers at New York University put Kant’s hypothesis to the test. In the first part of the experiment, they exposed participants to different stimuli and asked them to rate the beauty and the pleasure associated with the experience. Stimuli included both images and objects.

Two types of images were used: participants self-selected images from the Internet that they found “movingly beautiful,” and the researchers chose beautiful and non-beautiful, plain images from a previously validated international picture set. Participants were also exposed to non-visual, sensuous stimuli .

In the next part of the experiment, one of two cognitive tasks was added to test the hypothesis that beauty requires thought. While both tasks restricted participants’ executive function, including working memory and attention, one task was more cognitively demanding than the other. Participants completed two trials, one with and one without a cognitive task, for each stimulus that was presented to them. They rated the pleasure and the beauty associated with each stimulus for each task.

Without the added task, the images that participants self-identified as “movingly beautiful” received the highest beauty ratings with over 90% of the sample rating them as “definitely beautiful.” Just over half of the participants rated the researcher-selected, beautiful images in the same way, and, as expected, plain images were almost never deemed beautiful. About a third of the sample reported definitely experiencing beauty from non-visual, sensuous stimuli. For all stimuli, beauty ratings increased linearly with pleasure judgments, negating Kant’s claim that sensuous pleasures could not also be beautiful.

While this claim was rejected, Kant’s hypothesis that beauty requires thought and sensuous pleasures do not was supported by findings associated with the addition of a cognitive task. When participants were engaged in the more demanding cognitive task, the average beauty reported with exposure to self-selected and researcher-selected beautiful stimuli was reduced. Similarly, pleasure ratings associated with beautiful stimuli were reduced when participants engaged in the cognitively demanding task. Average beauty ratings of non-beautiful stimuli were not affected. In contrast to these findings, the simple cognitive task, which did not require much thought, was not associated with reductions in pleasure or beauty.

Overall, the findings suggest that pleasure and beauty are interchangeable, as participants’ beauty ratings increased together with those of pleasure. Interestingly, pleasure and beauty associated with beautiful images was greater than pleasure and beauty experienced from sensuous pleasures alone, but the results demonstrated that sensuous pleasures could also be beautiful. Only tasks that required thought reduced ratings of pleasure and beauty, suggesting that cognitive resources are required to sustain these experiences.Read more at:short prom dresses


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The same magic

Baadshaho looks like one badass film with six people who are up for a chase. Till now, we saw the rugged looks of its characters but now, we got a glimpse of the glamour up i store in the film for us. Over a tweet, the makers have released the look of Esha Gupta, who looks nothing less than a fashion queen. The moment you see her, you can easily connect her style to yesteryear divas Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi. If you go back to the era of 70s, you will see female leads sporting scarves around their necks with high buttoned dresses or wide-collars. Even Shabana Azmi and Neetu Kapoor followed the same style in many of their films. So will Esha recreate the fashion of that era, a glimpse of which she also gave in Rustom last year?

Esha Gupta has always been considered as a woman of fashion. She has turned heads for her red carpet appearances or even casual wears. And we would definitely agree that she has been bringing back the best era of fashion. The actor matches up to the men of the Baadshaho gang of this gangster saga set in the backdrop of the 1975 Emergency. Now, this look has made us keen to know if we would come across a glamorous look of Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Emraan Hashmi too in the film.

While Esha and Ileana are working with Ajay and Emraan for the first time, this would mark the second collaboration for the male leads with director Milan Luthria.

Talking about the film, the director says the setting of the film is completely different from that of his 2010 film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, “Even if people feel the hangover of Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai looking at Baadshaho it’s ok. I don’t fear that comparison (referring to story and recreating the success of the film) as both the stories are completely different.”

“One was a gangster film about the rise and fall of two gangsters, this (‘Baadshaho’) is an action drama film about the six main characters and the heist that takes place against the backdrop of 1975 Emergency period,” he said in a recent interview.Read more at:prom dress shops | formal dresses


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We must speak up when women

It's the height of summer across the Northern Hemisphere and we are all hot. Swelteringly hot. Which is why when we turn to our wardrobes in the morning, our first thought has become 'what is the coolest, breeziest thing I can wear to work today?'. The answer to that question for many women will have been a sleeveless dress.

But when female political reporters turned up for work at Congress in Washington this week, they found that instead of being waved through to get on with their jobs, they were turned away because their sleeveless dresses did not conform to a rather arbitrary sounding dress code.

It is down to Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, to enforce what is simply described in the guidelines as "proper decorum" when it comes to what to wear to Congress. "Members should periodically rededicate themselves to the core principles of proper parliamentary practice," he said of this last month. "Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor may be."

CQ Nowreporter Katherine Tully McManus was among the female journalists to complain about the seemingly new rules, regarding sleeveless dresses specifically. "This is real," she wrote on Twitter. "Fellow female reporters barred from Speaker's lobby for wearing sleeveless dresses while doing their jobs. (It's hot in DC)". Another CQ reporter, Kellie Mejdrich, added of attending a meeting sans sleeves: "Can confirm I was warned the next time I would be removed."

Meanwhile a woman who has not been named reportedly resorted to stuffing paper into the seams of her dress to create makeshift sleeves in desperation to get access; a strategy I sympathise with knowing the singular adrenaline-fueled bubbling panic of being a journalist on a deadline unable to get to where you need to be.

The furore has understandably piqued emotions. It might not seem so unusual to have to adhere to a dress code, whether you're a man or woman. You only have to look at Royal Ascot and the polite stack of pashminas on hand for women who don't conform to their covered shoulder directive or the beady eyes checking men are wearing three-piece suits. Or the unspoken rules of city law and finance firms where the more junior you are as a woman, the drabber the colours you must wear and where men are not taken seriously without a perfectly knotted tie.

But it feels like we are more sensitive than ever to being told what to wear, especially if it's an unexpected context. When Nicola Thorp was sent home for not wearing heels to her temp job at PwC last year, it sparked a debate in Parliament over whether such dress code restrictions could be enforced by employers. At an institution like Congress, which for millions feels like a beacon of democracy and freedom, an out-of-blue repression of women's fashion choices becomes a worrying threat.

Many of the comment pieces that have mushroomed from the news reports have referred back to The Handmaid's Tale, the brilliant adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel currently gripping viewers on both sides of the Atlantic.

In it we see Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss, dressed in the same flowing red robes and face shading bonnets as all her fellow handmaids (women who are kept in the homes of the ruling elite with the sole purpose to breed). Every opportunity for self-expression has been removed from them and their attire is the most powerful representation of that.

As Offred's flashbacks show, the nightmare scenario in which she finds herself begins with small yet ever-mounting acts of persecution against women. And so social media is today comparing Washington's sleeveless dress ban to one of those incremental steps.

In another twist on the narrative, earlier this year the President's daughter Ivanka Trump appeared wearing a sleeveless dress at the State of the Union address - which takes place in the same space female journalists have now been banned from wearing theirs. Trump's was an off-shoulder Roland Mouret design which, by the sounds of it, would have had security guards batting her away this week. And yet it's an aesthetic she and her step-mother Melania returned to on their trip to Poland for the G20 summit yesterday.

Clothes are all too often dismissed as being frivolous but they have become symbols of rebellion and repression in countless political contexts. Take the women in Iran who have taken to wearing white on Mondays in contradiction of the country's strict black-only rule- a small but mighty gesture against the government which seeks to treat them as second-class citizens. The suffragettes cleverly wrongfooted their opponents by wearing the most feminine and beguiling clothes of the day, quashing the stereotype that strong-minded women would look like oddities and depicting a sense of purity which helped get the wider public on side.

What the sleeveless dress row and the intensity of feeling it has evoked proves is that even in our culture where fashion is seemingly so much a source of joy and self-expression, there is an awareness that we can't take it for granted.Read more at:backless evening dresses | sexy evening dresses


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Metal Lace, Transparent Tulle

Last week, Vogue published a major interview with Iris van Herpen that revealed a common misconception about her work: “Although some people have the impression that I 3-D print whole collections, I would estimate that 80 percent of everything we make is by hand,” she told Vogue’s Archive Editor Laird Borrelli-Persson. Van Herpen started her line 10 years ago with almost completely handmade clothing—she didn’t even own a sewing machine!—but was also the first to experiment with 3-D printing on the major runways. Her Fall ’17 Couture collection, shown in Paris on Monday, featured some of her most stunning 3-D-printed creations yet, including a few looks that toed the line between fashion and sculpture. Look 18, the Aeriform dress, was signature Van Herpen in its combination of high-tech innovation and incredible lightness—but you’ll be surprised to learn that it actually wasn’t 3-D printed. Here, she tells us the story behind the piece and what went into making it.

“Developing the material of the Aeriform dress was a process that took six months of trial and error with the architect Philip Beesley and his studio,” Van Herpen explains. “We tried 3-D printing for this dress and made printed molds to cast this pattern, but I wasn’t satisfied with the way it moved. So we stopped the 3-D printing and instead, we [decided to] laser cut the superfine metal [instead], which we then manipulated into half-sphere domes by hand. Because of this, I could create lots of volume and movement without the weight. After that, the domes were attached through heat-shrinking tubes and some bits were adjusted and fine-tuned with needle and thread. There is also silk tulle lining the inside, and to make it look seamless, the lining was hand-stitched from eight layers of tulle in a gradation.”

At first glance, those “feathery light” metal domes resemble roses, which ties in with Van Herpen’s other main inspiration: nature. “For this whole collection, I was inspired by the work of the Danish artists Between Music,” she says. “Their liquid voices and the subsonic darkness have overwhelmed me. I dove into the contrasts between water and air, between inside and outside, between darkness and lightness. So air and water are reflected in the volumes, ripple patterning, and translucent layering in the collection,” she continues. “If you look at this dress in motion, you see delicate domes in the biomorphic texture, which I see as bubbles of air. And when you look at how the material reflects light—both white and black—it’s like water rippling.”

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Return to the Fifties

And for one dressmaker the Fifties revival shows no sign of slowing down.

Louise Allison loves big prints and bold colours and says the decade offers something for all women.

“The Fifties is so glamorous and timeless,” she says. “The style flatters all ages, shapes and sizes and, for me, it is important to cater for everyone.

“In the last few years the vintage look has become a massive thing. There are lots of festivals promoting it and people are dressing in more vintage styles.

“You notice it even with hairstyles — women are having victory curls put in to go with their overall look.”

Mrs Allison, 31, was born in Reading and loved dressing up when she was a girl. She attended the Emmbrook School in Wokingham and then studied fashion and textiles at Reading College before taking a degree in fashion at Southampton Solent and completing a professional sewing course at the London College of Fashion.

“Ever since I was little, I have loved dresses and prints,” she says. “I loved princesses and Disney, anything that was colourful and floral.

“This continued throughout my education. When I was doing GCSE textiles I was the only person who made dresses while everyone else was doing cushion covers.”

After finishing her degree she went to work for a clothes designer in London and then a production company.

Mrs Allison says that while she learnt a lot from these experiences, she wanted to be more creative by going it alone.

“The fashion industry is quite tough,” she explains. “If you work for other companies you don’t get to the stage where you have any creative input, you’re just doing the work that needs to be done.

“I was always working on other people’s designs. At the fashion production place I was sourcing fabric for the designers who were working for them. I arranged for the measurements to be made and would do fittings and spec.

“I learnt a lot but I wanted to do my own thing — I wanted to do the style that I wanted to do.

“I tend to lean towards colourful things. I wear a lot of patterns and colours whereas most people are drawn towards wearing black and neutral colours. I experimented at university. Fifties was a style I wore myself and I knew it was a style that all people could and would wear.”

Mrs Allison started her business, Louise Rose Couture, in 2013 but it has only been in the last 18 months that she has been concentrating on it full-time.

She produces bridal and occasion wear at her workshop on the ground floor of her home in central Reading.

She mostly creates dresses but also does skirts, tops and bolero jackets.

Mrs Allison says she is inspired by prints and fabric and looks through magazines for ideas.

Every now and then she will go to London to see the latest offerings around Soho and Goldhawk Road.

“I’ll see a fabric and then work out what I would do with it,” she says. “At the moment I am doing a lot of lace designs where I make a base dress and then do lace overlays. People can then add, take away or build up the design as they want.”

She says that floral prints and pastel colours work well in summer and are perfect for occasions like Henley Royal Regatta, Ascot and summer weddings.

Polka dots are also really popular, as are tulle dresses, which she has worked together.

Mrs Allison says: “Polka dots are in keeping with the Fifties and the tulle skirt keeps the silhouettes of the time so it is the traditional matched with a modern take.”

It can take her between four and 25 hours to make a dress, depending on fittings.

For occasion wear the turnaround is about one month whereas bridal wear can take between three and six months, as there are more fittings.

She says that she can attract “alternative” brides and likes a challenge. “I did one ivory skirt and sleeves with a floral lining with a high/low skirt so you could see the lining from the back. It wasn’t traditional but it’s a popular design. Recently I did a bespoke fishtail shape dress, which was different from my usual silhouette, with a long lace sleeve. I really enjoyed that.”Read more at:pink prom dresses | green prom dress


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Kourtney Kardashian

Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian is trying to avoid kitchens as she tackles a series of detoxes and fasts this summer.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians beauty is taking nutrition to new heights after discovering her body was filled with toxic metals, and she has been detoxing "on and off" for the past few months.

"My doctor did muscle testing and found that I had high levels of metals like mercury and lead, so my motivation for this detox is to get rid of the metals in my system," the 38-year-old shared on her app on Wednesday (28Jun17), before admitting skipping meals has been extremely challenging for her.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it, this detox is difficult," she continued. "On fasting days, I try to stay busy and, if I'm home, I'll avoid going into the kitchen. For the rest of the days, if I'm hungry, I'll grab a handful of almonds - but I really try not to snack at all."

The mother-of-three visits her doctor regularly to ensure her body is getting enough nutrition while she fasts, and she advises fans keen to follow her lead to do the same before even thinking about detoxing.

But Kourtney admits she's not going to deprive herself from delicious foods all summer long, insisting she'll be eating treats on her summer vacations.

"My doctor said one of the fastest ways to detox metals is to try to keep my body in a state of ketosis, which occurs when the glycogen in your liver is depleted and the body burns fatty acids for energy," she shared. "For me, I check my blood sugar/ketone levels every morning and this helps me know if I'm on track.

"Since I'm trying to detox the metals out of my system, my goal was to do this detox for three months.

"But, I also know that I need to enjoy my life, so I break the rules when I go on vacation or if there's a special occasion."Read more at:graduation gowns | long prom dresses


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Celebrating makeup

She is not just a make-up artist, she is an innovator and someone who pushes the boundaries of beauty.

The extraordinary British make-up master Pat McGrath was recently honoured with the Founder’s Award during the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City.

Each June, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc (CFDA) honours the best and brightest in American design at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Founded in 1981 they are the highest honour in fashion and recognise the outstanding contributions made to American fashion as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style and lifetime achievement.

In her Instagram, McGrath said, “What an incredible evening to be presented the Founder’s Award by the CFDA. Beyond honoured. Sending a major thank you from the bottom of my heart to the CFDA, Diane Von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb. So much love to everyone for contributing to an iconic evening.”

McGrath was named by American Vogue as “The most influential make-up artist in the world”, “one of the most influential and powerful people in fashion”, by CNN and “The Fashion Innovator of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal.

She also received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the fashion and beauty industries in 2014.

All this reinforces the influence McGrath has had on the beauty and fashion industry.

Her work was initially seen on the covers and editorials of Italian Vogue, working alongside renowned photographer Steven Meisel for over a decade.

In a statement by CFDA, McGrath was described as “the most influential and sought after make-up artist in the world. Over the last two decades McGrath has been the artistic force behind creating, launching and developing four international luxury cosmetic brands, including her own recently launched eponymous brand – Pat McGrath Labs.

In the honour for the Founder’s Award, CFDA stated: “Pat McGrath’s mastery and incomparable vision have transformed the beauty industry, raising the bar to a level of luxury, quality, and artistry never before seen.

“McGrath pioneered the trend for dewy skin in the 90s, introduced bold colour into the everyday make-up palette, and experimented with unconventional materials like gemstones, feathers, fabric, and even gold splinters. The results were both eclectic and electrifying. McGrath has re-imagined the bold eyebrow, matte skin, and endless details that define beauty. Pat McGrath defines beauty.”

McGrath, 47, was born in Northampton, England, to Jean McGrath, a Jamaican immigrant and a single mother, who raised McGrath and her older sister Faith.

She has credited her mother for her love of fashion and make-up, and she once told Time magazine, “My mum was always mixing up colours because there wasn’t anything out there for black skin.”

For someone without any formal training in make-up or fashion, she has come a long way and is indeed an inspiration for young women and men who are looking to forge a career in make-up artistry.

McGrath has been responsible for conceptualising make-up looks for countless ready-to-wear and couture shows at all the fashion capitals, during annual fashion week as well as creating glamorous to avant-garde looks for numerous A-list celebrities.Read more at:cocktail dresses | mermaid prom dresses


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Tara Lipinski Got Married

Tara Lipinski is going for the gold in the wedding arena! The former Olympian is officially married after tying the knot with her love, sports producer Todd Kapostasy, this weekend in South Carolina. Here's everything we know about the romantic summer nuptials.

Lipinski and Kapostasy got engaged in December of 2015, with the former figure skater taking to Instagram to announce the nupital news. "My life changed forever last night," Lipinski captioned a snapshot of herself and her now-hubs (with her oval-cut engagement ring in full view!). "I feel so lucky that I get to spend the rest of my life loving my best friend and love of my life. I've had many monumental happy days in my life but this by far is my happiest. I love you." Now after over a two-year-long engagement, Lipinski and Kapostasy have finally said their "I dos."

People magazine reports that the nupitals took place at Middleton Place in Charleston, after a rehearsal dinner at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant. Lipinski donned a flirty, little white dress for the night-before bash where she twirled on the dance floor with her bridesman fellow skater Johnny Weir and shared her excitement for the day ahead on Instagram.

Then, on Saturday, June 24, Lipinski and Kapostasy said their "I dos." Before the ceremony, the bride gave her followers a sneak peek of her lush, white wedding flowers designed by Jackson Durham Events.

“I had a vision, because I love a very soft romantic palette so lots of creams, light colors, touches of green with flowers,” Lipinski told People ahead of her big day. “So we have orchids and roses on roses on roses.”

“I’m stunned by how beautiful it is,” she added. “We’ll also incorporate lanterns and arches to give the wedding an ultra-romantic vibe.”

On the morning of her wedding, the bride was also gifted a heartfelt keepsake by her mother. "What a special morning," Lipinski captioned a photo of the moment. "My mom gave me the most beautiful gift. From the day I was born til the day I got married she wrote in a book about our journey together as mother and daughter. Holy tears!"

For the ceremony, People reports that Lipinski donned a Reem Acra tulle wedding dress, complete with Charlotte Olympia pumps, for her walk down the aisle. Meanwhile, her bridesmaids were fitted with floral crowns, as well as Lipinski's itty bitty flower girl.

After the "I dos," the couple and their guests celebrated at a reception full of Southern-inspired dishes, including chicken and waffles and special late night snacks. Yum!

So what's next for these now-newlyweds? E! News reports that the new Mr. and Mrs. are heading to their honeymoon. The couple is jetting off to the Maldives, Thailand, and Vietnam, before finishing up their post-"I do" getaway in Europe.

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Get shiny hair

Everyone wants to have shiny, glossy hair, but trying to get that look can often leave you with greasy locks.

We asked some hair experts how to get a healthy-looking shine without leaving your locks lank.

"Everyone wants super shiny and healthy hair. This is achievable for everyone if they look after their hair properly and also if the right products are used," Karen Thomson, owner and director of KAM Hair and Body Spa, Lossiemouth, Scotland, told Cover Media.

Among her favourite products to use are the Matrix Shaping Oil Cream and the Matrix Smoothing Shine Milk, a lightweight mist that softens, strengthens and conditions the hair and adds shine, smoothes and controls flyaways.

And be wary of how much of a certain product you use, as Karen Brown, owner and director of Hair by JFK, Edinburgh, explained.

"Try to apply only a little amount of product to avoid too much build up. And when it comes to washing your hair, figure out if you are washing your hair too much or not enough," she said. "If you're washing your hair every day, it's too much, so try to use a dry shampoo for a day or two to soak up oil and if you're only washing your hair once a week, your hair may need to be washed more regularly to get rid of product build up."

Ross Charles, owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing, recommends using a cleansing shampoo if your hair tends to get greasy easily, advising: "Leave this on for ten minutes with a shower cap to give your hair a really deep clean, after rinsing this out you should wash your hair as normal and follow with a small amount of conditioner.

"The trick is to not use too much conditioner and comb it through in the shower when your hair is still wet, this will help to make sure there is no residue which can make your hair look oily and greasy."

It's not just about using hair products though. Dylan Brittain, artistic director and owner of Rainbow Room International George Square, advised that hitting the hair salon regularly will be a massive help. "Getting your hair cut regularly is definitely the best way to remove split ends and get your hair looking and feeling healthier instantly, without it looking oily from the use of products," he explained.Read more at:short prom dresses | prom dresses uk


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Plunge for the 'deep'

Skin-exposure has long been a part of haute couture. And keeping this diktat firmly etched in mind, all A-label fashion houses, frontline designers and high-street clothes’ stores distinctively unfurl décolleté garments with low necklines (precisely on a female dress or top) and peek-a-boo outfits with transparent fabrics or small-holed patterns to woo the hip styleseekers.

Call it bold, daring, aesthetic or feminine, the art of revealing quite a bit and yet leaving the vital portion to one’s imagination is a clear challenge to live up to. Well then, catch our desi divas Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra to sashay down in the plunging necklines with oodles of swag and confidence to boot. Or better still, the sultry Mexican siren Salma Hayek or the Spanish belle Penélope Cruz who took décolletage to a different new level with their curves and beauty which are nonpareil and their unabated penchant for that deep, dropping cuts around the neck and the shoulders is unmistakably noticed when then walk in at any social gathering or pose on the red carpet.

Be it an attention-grabbing Gucci number or a sexy, granite Atelier Versace couture dress with a V-neck cut, cleavage-flaunting attire is eternally a shutterbug’s favourite and a fashionista’s dream to slip into. Take for instance, Dutch model Lara Stone’s case. She once turned up in a smoking-hot petrol-colour gown with long dipping neckline and cleverly contrasted the same with her whitish blonde locks and a soft pat of makeup. The verdict to this get-up was unanimously a big ‘thumbs up’ from the discerning fashion-vigilantes’ quarters.

French in origin, décolletage as a word means to bare the neck as in the neckline takes a plunging dive on a woman’s shirt or any other apparel that she could wear. Now whether that’s sensual or vulgar in appeal, it totally depends upon the onlooker’s eyes. See various societies and cultures may look askance at this form of fashion as shocking or provocative. While others may simply accept it as a fashion trend and go a step further to adopt it in divergent ways, opines a trend-watcher.

According to fashion concepts, décolletage by term denotes the upper part of a woman’s torso, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, which is left uncovered by the neckline of her outfit. Normally low-cut necklines are a constant feature of ballroom gowns, evening garbs, leotards, lingerie, swimsuits, et al. Noticeably, fashion has long ceased to be prude and puritan and become more and more revealing by the day. To this, designer Ritika Arya Jain comments that most definitely there are two schools of thought regarding revealing clothing. One may applaud the sexiness embedded within the style. The others may disapprove of it. But in my opinion, I guess one can embrace several methods to dress up in a revealing wardrobe without connoting anything in particular.

Designer Kamaali Mehta of Kamaali Couture observes that in case of skin-showing fashion, international trends like peek-a-boo dresses and low deep-cut necklines have been sweeping the markets for many years now. They immediately arrest the eyeballs and back home in India, people are fast adapting to this free-spirited style with visible flying colours. Jain further notes that when it comes to red carpet couture, the major norm of late is to uninhibitedly display the cleavage. It’s very flattering and it can instantly make you look taller and slimmer. Plunging necklines have been trending since the last season and most celebrities and trend-setters are opting for this sensuous style.

Again, if well taken care of, these may look rather drop dead gorgeous and beautiful. The length of the plunging necklines can differ from 8 - 14 deep. Halter-neck as well as the vintage Queen Anne neck are viral now. However, it greatly depends upon the body shape whether the wearer is flat-chested or not, reminds Jain. There are many, suggest Mehta, which are currently doing the rounds. But what have caught my fancy are the V-cut snipping off from the shoulders on top down to right above the bellybutton, the square-cut Jenny Packham (famous British fashion designer known primarily for her ready-to-wear collections and bridal gowns) neckline and the teasing stomach-skimming plunge.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards’ red carpet gala had earlier this year showed us some of the greatest variety of plunging necklines unveiled on the fashion menu, she shares ahead. It’s true that décolletage fashion is nothing new and can be comfortably retraced back from the fashion annals of history, having been an integral part of most royal wardrobes and ballroom gowns.

Times may have changed but the cleavage has remained an important mainstay of wearable fashion. And yes, they continue to make a huge impact to this day. See, the neckline of a dress creates an instant impression on the eye. Even if not left bare, it could still be enhanced with sheer fabrics to add that desirable glamour quotient, asserts Jain.

Talking about the recurrent nature of fashion fundas, Mehta volunteers that as we know everything is coming back right from cold shoulders to the plunging necklines, so this was meant to happen. Stylish themes come and go. They return after a brief disappearance only to fade into oblivion again. Fashion is thus repeating itself but this time it’s bigger and better. Apart from the cleavage, an open back, waist and the occasional slits here and there in an outfit may leave the skin aesthetically exposed.

Albeit, it totally depends upon your body and the bonestructure, yet a few good cuts and shears can conveniently run through the torso, shoulders and your back areas. Since a considerable part of the assets may also remain uncovered, the wearer must therefore exercise adequate self-reliance, poise and coolness. It is extremely imperative to be comfortable in what you wear. If you are donning something that you usually don’t and feel awkward from inside, then it will automatically show on your face. Therefore, self-belief or confidence with a capital C is the key word, cautions Jain.

Some tips can necessarily be followed, like stand up straight, avoid slouching plus wear a cushy and an undemanding pair of footwear to pass the pressure-test. Remember, the right kind of body language, personality and a well-perceived precaution can push the wearer to the winning mark straightaway. Ticking off the correct boxes is always crucial here. You ought to conform to this in order to avoid malfunction and a major embarrassment in public, she elaborates her list of dos and don’ts.

To avoid fashion gaffes, there is also a string of secure options to come in handy in the hour of need: half cups sewn onto the garment itself, n****e tapes or n****e covers, pushup bras with transparent straps and deep-plunge bras. Plunging necklines have to be worn properly. That’s the basic dictum, pat comes Mehta’s advice.

First and foremost, you have to keep in mind how you are sitting. And be very conscious, yet not spoil the show. Double-sided tapes should be your best friend, if you are wearing this type of a neckline, mind you. So make a checklist, before you step out in one, alerts the draper. Other than long tapering halter-necks, couturiers pin-point the crew neck, high neck, chocker neck, boat neck, off-shoulder, cold shoulder, crisscross necklines and many more to be in vogue now.

While everybody raises a toast to our homegrown hotsensations Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra as the finest examples of torch-bearers for plunging necklines in the Indian glamour industry, on foreign shores, it is Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Bell to be the leading favourites of most designers to lend justice to this style that is overtly oomphy and subtly beautiful. From the Oscar’s red carpet to glittering afterparties, the star-studded affairs never tire out of parading the plunging necks in abundance.

Different outfits can be worn with plunging necklines for sure. When done right, wearing a top, dress, jumpsuit, gowns and pantsuits with a deep neckline exposes a beautiful décolletage, insists Jain. Mehta’s prescription reads: Plunging necklines work best on the evening gowns. But one can also wear a plunging neck top with a stunning pair of shorts or skirts and be a stunner on the streets in the company of right accessories i.e. jewellery and shoes. Besides sparkling events and occasions, plunging necklines can be worn to diverse places.

A V-neck looks best when slightly revealed. To wear to workstations, there are ample options like a buttoned down blouse (unbuttoned at the top) or a Henley shaped neckline works just fine. This also goes very well for a lunch or a first date. For a formal evening or a date night, a deeper V-neck looks superbly great, helps Jain. Mehta adds they also look perfect at high-tea events to the proposed list.

The palette for the plunging neckpieces is pleasingly varied. My suggestion is to buy the V-neck tops in solid, neutral colors, such as black, white, cream, brown and grey. They lay down an apt foundation in your closet and would nicely blend with all of your outfits. Black, gold and wine are generously suitable for gowns, aids Jain. Mehta selects deep, vibrant solid shades like black, bottle green, burgundy to look wonderful as well as perk up the mood. Prints and motifs like pin-stripes, floral canvas artwork, artistic watercolour prints and sequences may compliment this fashion to the hilt, feels Jain.

While Mehta recommends: I would restrain from indicating any prints as that would make your outfit look very busy and cluttered. Instead solid colours and a block-effect would convincingly highlight a particular part of the body. In the accessories department, long tassel earrings, chokers and a long chain falling between the cleavage ideally accompany a plunging neckline, say experts.

A pair of stiletto heels should lend a classy touch to this naughtyyet-nice look, inputs Mehta. Hairdos are vital as that might make or mar your day. A messy bun, beach waves, pony-tails, well almost everything looks fabulous, chips in Jain. Nude lipstick, dramatic eyes and falsies and you are good to go, she lets out with a pause.Read more at:graduation gowns | prom dresses uk


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New Face semifinalists chosen

For the first time, the walk-in audition was combined with the closed-door audition.

Last Saturday, those selected via online submissions were invited to meet the panel of judges at the closed-door audition. But earlier in the morning, those who missed out could drop by for the walk-in audition.

That proved to be fortuitous for student Tan Zhi Shien, 18, whose online application was rejected. Determined to get a second shot, she went for the walk-in at the Subaru showroom in Leng Kee Road, qualified for Round 2 and clinched a spot in the semi-finals.

Said Miss Tan: "I wanted to try my luck, there was nothing to lose. I felt really surprised and excited when I got through."

She added that she had felt intimidated by the strong competition as many contestants had modelling backgrounds.

Miss Tan was one of about 50 girls who turned up at the Subaru showroom for the walk-in audition with 20 making it to Round 2 - the closed-door audition. The rest of the 144 who came down were successful online submissions that went straight to Round 2.

The field was then whittled down to 24 semi-finalists.

Two of the semi-finalists are the German-Singaporean Huth siblings. In a New Face first, Noelle, 14, and sister Naomi, 17, became the first siblings through to make it to the semi-finals in the same year.

Joint-youngest contestant Noelle said: "We are going to be there for each other and do something new together."

Joining her in the Top 24 was fellow 14-year-old Melanie Kasise, who feels she has what it takes, despite her age. She said: "I may be lacking in experience, but I am willing to try my best."

The atmosphere was tense and quiet when the Top 24 were announced at around noon.

The news did not come easy for those who were eliminated.

But some, such as air stewardess Mandi Cheung, were not disheartened. She said: "I am feeling okay, and I still think it was great. I might try again."

The selection was also a difficult call for the panel of six judges, which included Mr Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International.

He said: "It was a challenging task to shortlist the girls as some of them really stood out during the auditions. So it will be interesting to see how the competition pans out."

Fashion director and creative curator Daniel Boey, 52, agreed. He said: "I wish we could've picked more, because there were many borderline choices."

New Face alumna and judge Aurelia Ng, 24, said she was happy with her choices.

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Global trends

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Blackberrys launched a new collection for the Indian youth. The Autumn-Winter 2017 and Spring-Summer 2018 urban collections were launched at a partner connect programme recently.

Nitin Mohan, the owner of mens wear fashion brand, Blackberrys said, that the brand took five years to launch the casual wear category.

"The young Indians have more disposable income and this gave a boost to casual wear range. We were new to this segment and we took this as an opportunity to create a brand that addresses the market fairly.

When we outlined the concept, it was a pure design-driven concept but we now launched it as a full fledged brand," he added.

Asked about the market research that went behind it, Mohan said, "The idea of the trends came in from the international market but we also looked inside India, in places like Jammu, Varanasi and of course, cities like Delhi and Guwahati.

There is an opportunity for rest up casual wear. That sound a little conflicting, but that is not the usual colourful red, yellow, blue or white type of range. This range is meant for style conscious Indian youth who understand fashion. They have very refined and subtle fashion taste."

Mohan also stressed that since everything is only a click away nowadays, all markets tier-II or tier-III markets are "equally important for a brand" as "people are making fashion choices of their own and are experimenting with attires".

The collection, according to brand members, is designed for the urban Indian consumer. Some of the highlights of this collection include pilot jackets with big pockets, cargo trousers, dropped trousers and knitted bombers.

Present to make the night glamorous was Gauahar, who performed on some popular Bollywood tracks like "Kala chashma" and "Saara zamaana". Singer Papon also sang tracks like "Moh moh ke dhaage", "Kyon" and some old and gold tracks at the audience's behest.Read more at:backless prom dresses | sexy evening dresses


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Beauty hacks for working women

Most working women are in a hurry or have less time to get ready which affects the make-up that needs to be done at the last minute. Dry shampoos and petroleum jelly are some of the products that can make life easier, suggest experts.

Make-up artist Aashmeen Munjal and Bharti Taneja, beauty expert and Director of Alps Beauty Clinic, have suggested some tricks that work:

* To start with hair, when there is no time to shampoo hair and you need to head to a party after work, then keep a dry shampoo as a must-have. If it’s in a spray form, just spray it on roots and brush them. All the oil, dirt that is there in the hair will be gone. And after washing hair in the morning, if there is no time to use a dryer then use a towel and tie up with a cotton T-shirt.

The cotton T-shirt will absorb the moisture quickly and will leave the natural moisture in the hair which will maintain the natural curl. One can follow it up with a serum too.

* No time to go to a salon for pedicure and manicure? Apply petroleum jelly on hands and feet before sleeping at night.

Apply it on skin and leave it overnight wearing thick socks. It generates the natural moisture in skin. Also, make sure to put socks on.

* After a late night party, one doesn’t generally get sufficient time to have a proper sleep. And in the morning while going to the office, the face might look dull. Apply a skin or a white colour pencil on the inner lower rim of eyes and then apply kohl or liner to instantly pop up eyes.

* For a party after office, keep some banana bands or funky and cool accessories for hair as they add drama. The easiest hairstyle for a working woman is to make a front puff. Another option is to make a high ponytail. For that, make a puff by taking centre partition of hair.

* Sometimes there is a desire to apply a certain kind of lipstick shade, but it’s not available at that moment. Apply a good moisturiser or a good jelly on lips and then use eye shadow of the shade you want to apply instead of the lipstick.

* Don’t forget to condition face frequently, locking the moisture with rose water spray.

* For fuller lashes, pick a swab of cotton. Just put it in baby powder and slide it across the lashes after applying the mascara. Don’t forget to apply mascara after that again.Read more at:marieprom | prom dresses 2017


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