Fashion Designer

With a film hitting cinemas, many actors featuring in it put all their hopes on it. Same is the case with actress Manali Rathod who is stuck to all those side-characters and second heroine roles all these days. She's now featuring as one of the heroines in "Fashion Designer S/o Ladies Tailor" movie.

Generally, director Vamsy revolves his films around heroine characters and Manali is playing the role of Ammulu in the movie. Guess what, she's is completely elated with the role and her only song in the movie "Ravivarma Chitrama" is getting fantastic applause already. Here comes a crazy feeling this heroine had during the promotions of this film.

As promotions of the film are in full-swing, Manali Rathod's interview snippets got printed all over the newspapers and tabloids other day. In one particular English daily, her news is printed to the top edge of cinema page while a star heroine's news is at the foot of her. Looking at that composition, we hear that Manali had her heart pounding as that gave her a feeling that currently, she's even above that star heroine.

Well, that feeling of appearing on top in a newspaper lasts only for a day as a new edition of the paper comes out everyday and celebs inside the pages do change. Probably that feeling will get true if Manali gets a hit with this movie and a break in her career.Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | evening dresses uk


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2017 Wedding Trends

“The average cost now for a wedding is $35,000, so it continues to rise in price.”

For all of those dollars, brides-to-be want their wedding to be an unforgettable affair. And for many, that could mean a slimmer guest list, but more money spent on each guest – on entertainment, food and an open bar.

“We see a lot of people passing champagne, just something to get people excited and to give them something to do while they wait for the ceremony to start,” Lauren Kay, deputy editor of The Knot, said.

But before you get to the arrival drinks, wedding stories start with an invitation.

Design company Ceci New York specializes in high-end, one-of-a-kind invitations.

“The invitation is one of the most special elements because it’s the first impression. Laser-cut is actually a technique where it’s cut out of the paper, and it’s actually quite cost-effective too. So, it looks more expensive than it really is. This is actually a velvet, so the gold foil is actually printed onto the velvet so it creates a really lovely, lush texture. I’m just add some drama on the back of your invitation,” Ceci Johnson, creative director for Ceci New York, said.

One trend that has really taken off in the past few years is couples asking for what they really want.

“Be it cash, a museum membership, even tickets to a concert, your favorite restaurant, gift cards – anything you can think of is really fair game,” Kay said.

The guest gifting lounge is a fun twist on the traditional hotel welcome bag. Couples set up a room full of swag and let guests choose what they want.

At the ceremony, image-mapping projection technology can transform a space with lighting and moving images.

And according to The Knot, the most popular ceremony configuration is a circular set-up.

“This is really great if you’re having a more intimate wedding or have fewer guests because then everyone feels like they are a part of the action,” Kay said.

For the reception, people are skipping a sit-down dinner in favor of more interactive food stations.

“Live oyster shucking or wine and cheese pairings or a really elaborate sundae display where you can make your own sundae,” Kay said. “Couples want to offer up their favorite foods, and they really want to engage their guests in something that almost doubles as entertainment.”

And don’t forget our furry friends! You might see them walking down the aisle or taking part in post-ceremony festivities.

“We are seeing an uptick in weddings that are happening in rustic locations, farms. And as a result, they’re getting really unique animals to be a part of the ceremony, a part of the reception, like llamas, sheep,” Kay said.

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Get Ramadan ready

This May, Bloomingdale’s invites its customers to discover the exclusive Ramadan pop-up featuring a coveted selection of modest fashion from regional designers. Labels available in Dubai and Kuwait include BOUGUESSA – known for their minimalistic elements coupled with clean silhouettes. Drawing inspiration from art, architecture, and global culture, BOUGUESSA combines straight-lined designs with elegant sophistication. Get the staple kaftan as a wardrobe essential with CHADOR. The brand relishes in the sartorial journey between modern and tradition, East and West, between contemporary elegance and the fiery passion of the designer Nora Aldamer’s Arabic roots.

Alanoud Badr, internationally acclaimed designer and stylist known for her Lady Fozaza fashion line, continues to evolve and the latest collection consisting of the classic powersuits, abayas, blazers and more. Having earned an international reputation for her show-stopping bespoke creations and pret-a-porter line, Dubai’s Ayesha Depala softly structured designs in cream, mink and dusky fawn are a great addition to your Ramadan wardrobe.

The Bloomingdale’s Kuwait Fashion floor also showcases brands including Amira Haroon, Osman and Sandra Mansour to name a few. No iftar outfit would be complete without shoes and bags to match. Creative handbags from Sofia Al Asfoor, Amanda Navai, Nathalie Trad, Sandra J, Rula Galayiniand Okhtein and stunning shoes from Aennis Eunis- Bloomingdale’s Dubai and Kuwait have Ramadan covered.

Kuwait Times interviewed one of the designers, Amanda Navai, who attended the event last week. Navai is a creative Iranian designer displaying her beautiful collection of bags at Bloomingdale at 360 mall. “I’m Persian so I like the lion, as there is always a lion in our history and mythology. I live in Lebanon now, but I visited Iran recently and was impressed by the culture. It made me think what happened there before and what is happening there now, and this was part of my inspiration,” she told Kuwait Times. Some excerpts:

Kuwait Times: What is the main symbol of your collection?

Amanda Navai: The Azadi (freedom) lion collection. There are always two lions looking in opposite sides. One represents the past while the other represents the future. It shows how important it is to remember the past and its lessons, and equally to be excited and hopeful about the future and everything it can bring. There is always a separation between them. The most important thing is the present, as the past and future are disconnected and the reality is now.

KT: What about triangles?

Navai: Triangles were always in my collections since the past four years. I decided to work on a full collection inspired by the Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, who is now 94 years old. She started work in the 1960s when she studied in the United States, and then returned to Iran. After the revolution, she moved with her husband to the States. After her husband died, she moved back to Iran and started working on a new collection with mirror work. She started with the collection ‘Infinite Possibilities’, which I really love. She worked on this collection for 10 years. When she was 90, she became the first Iranian artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, and became very famous internationally. This shows that there is no age limit for success.

The stars on some of my bags are actually triangles that symbolize unity, which means that together we are more beautiful. So there are endless possibilities of what we can do when we are united. I launched my first designs seven years ago, and the collection is repeated every season due to the demand, as people love it. All my pieces are made of python skin.

KT: Where do you manufacture your collection?

Navai: I’m based between Dubai and Lebanon. I manufacture at the same factory as Elie Saab. In the beginning, I was traveling back and forth, but then I decided that I want to be where my business is and I wanted to visit my factory every day, so I moved to Beirut, because I’m serious about my business and I want to be successful, although I don’t speak Arabic. This is the first time I’ve launched a collection in Kuwait.Read more at:unique prom dresses | black prom dresses


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International flair

Under the trees of Bethesda Place, a wedding took place Wednesday evening.

The bride was from South Korea, and the groom from China. They had met as students at Fort Hays State University and began dating two years ago. Surrounded by friends and many who have become as close as family, Quingchun (Kingsen) Zhao and Seonjin Na tied the knot of marriage.

It was an evening turned perfect in the sense that the chance of rain had stayed away and an overcast sky made for comfortable weather. Everything leading up to and during worked out as the bride and groom had hoped.

It had been a three-month engagement after Kingsen proposed in FHSU’s Memorial Union, where they had met for the first time.

“I was really a mess,” Seonjin said with a laugh as she prepared to enter the reception following a short photo session. “I was nervous actually. It turned out well.”

Introduced by Jarod and Amanda Tippy — who run Bethesda Place, a farm 2 miles west of Hays — the newlyweds both lived with the Tippys at different times in the last seven years. The Tippys have a home in Hays where they host international students. Seonjin was one of their first to live with the couple that have two children, Jude and Lucy. Jude was 3 when Seonjin moved in, and Lucy was nearly 2. She lived with the family for seven years.

“Pretty emotional,” Jarod Tippy said of event. “We’re extremely excited.”

On Wednesday, the Tippy children — both part of the wedding party as a groomsman and bridesmaid — read 1 Corinthians 13. Jude read in Mandarin, and Lucy in Korean.

“It’s a beautiful thing when we get to hear two languages when God brings them together,” Pastor Russell Kirkpatrick told the wedding audience after the readings.

Kingsen, who came to Fort Hays from Kaifeng in the China province of Henan, lived with the Tippys in the summer of 2011, remaining close to the family since. Now, an enlisted member of the U.S. Army for two years, he is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He wore his full dark blue Army uniform.

Following the wedding, the couple was to drive to Denver today and fly to Anchorage. Kingsen is to be stationed there for two and a half years. His plan is to become a U.S. citizen.

“It was good,” he said after the ceremony. “It went by so quick.”

While neither of their families in China or Korea could attend, they were surrounded by loved ones they’ve met since moving to Kansas. The wedding was full of guests from other countries.

One of Seonjin’s bridesmaids, Bianca Okinda, is from Kenya. The couple’s friend Moises De Lima, who sang during the tying of the unity knot, is from Brazil. Even Narine Barnett, who has been Seonjin’s mother in the United States, added to the international feel of the evening, being from England.

Narine and her husband, Larry Barnett, live at Webster Lake, west of Stockton. They were Seonjin’s host parents when she was a foreign exchange student at Stockton her junior year of high school. She graduated from Thomas More Prep-Marian a year later.

“I’m very happy and sad,” Narine Barnett said. “She’s been in our lives for nine years, so we’ve known her since she was a teenager. We’ve watched her grow into a beautiful woman. I’m so glad she got together with Kingsen because he can take care of her very well.”

The Barnetts remained close with Seonjin, as she would always have a place to stay at their home on weekends and would go on vacation with them. Larry Barnett is a hydraulic facilities superintendent at Webster Dam.

“Pretty emotional,” Larry said of the evening. “The wedding makes me happy, but tomorrow she’s going to be gone. We’ve known her for a long time.”

As the wedding concluded, the guests filed into the Giving Garden — a garden started by Shelley Stafford, who along with her husband, Tom, opened Bethesda Place in 1979. The Staffords have remained close to Kingsen and Seonjin. As part of the wedding party, the Staffords were Kingsen’s American parents.

Waiting for their turn to enter the reception, Kingsen and Seonjin stood under the trees where the wedding had taken place. They spoke to a few friends and well-wishers. Jarod Tippy told them whenever they were ready, they could join the reception. The couple took in the emotion one more time and headed toward the garden.

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Jordanian designer

Cadillac celebrated their partnership with renowned Jordanian designer Nafsika Skourti at the launch of her latest collection in the Jordanian capital Amman. At the exclusive VIP event, the designer also revealed a Cadillac inspired piece, designed by the latest Jordanian talent to arrive on the global design stage.

Nafsika Skouri said, “We decided to throw a private launch event for our clients to view the collection and interact with the clothes. As a brand, we cater to an international and affluent audience. Our clients have an appetite for culture and visual stimulation with a well-developed palate for luxury. With that in mind, we knew that we wanted to really excite them with a set-up that was conceptual, creative and beautiful. Fashion ultimately is about so much more than just clothes. It’s about the story, the humour and the imagination.

“Cadillac has a strong grasp on what luxury truly is, and it’s great to be working with another brand whose values perfectly align with ours.”

Part of the collaboration saw a specially commissioned Cadillac inspired piece. Made in a bright red, it is a satin back crepe top and trouser ensemble, reflecting the luxury look and feel of Cadillac. The top is a halter neck with a low back, with cropped trousers that flare at the ankle.

Nafsika said “Worn together, they give our client a fabulous alternative to a dress, but she is also able to wear the top with jeans and dress it down or pair the pants with a funky pair of heels and a sweater.

“The piece was inspired by life. As a female-led brand, we really understand the times when an outfit has to multitask - something all women do. So, it only makes sense that their wardrobes are in line with their lifestyle.”

Nadim Ghrayeb, regional sales and marketing manager, Cadillac Middle East, said, “People who personify Cadillac are the ones who dare greatly, look at the world differently and always try to do something out of the ordinary to become extraordinary.

“This is why, this collaboration was a natural and instant fit for us. What Nafsika has done with her talent over the past three years has been incredible and we are honoured to be a part of one of the Middle East’s brightest talent’s journey and launch her latest collection in Amman.”

Cadillac has spent years supporting established and emerging designers from around the world. They started with a multi-seasonal partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in support of the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men's in 2015. Since then, the luxury brand has been committed to working with a number of designers, including the acclaimed fashion designers Public School that debuted its Pre-Fall collection in Dubai, UAE, in line with the launch of the all-new Cadillac XT5 crossover vehicle.

Nafsika Skouri’s design concept is the embrace of glamour and anti-glamour, employing raw, bold and modern imagery to communicate its brand.

Marrying masculinity and femininity, the designs translate to beautifully crafted garments, which make use of custom developed fabrics and techniques. In 2012, Nafiska graduated from Central Saint Martins and launched her first collection ‘9 to 5’ in Paris in September 2014, becoming one of the most talked about young talents, and has grown to become a global sensation that now has a strong footing in the world of fashion.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today, Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. Described as luxurious, having a bold and daring personality, being tough and strong as well as safe and powerful, Cadillac has maintained an iconic presence for over 85 years in the Middle East.

The Cadillac portfolio in Oman features award-winning passenger cars ATS, CTS and XTS as well as the XT5 crossover and Escalade SUV. Cadillac also offers customers a high-level after-sales service experience through the Premium Care Programme.Read more at:prom dress shops | cheap prom dresses uk


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Flamboyant cruise show

The Miho Museum in Japan is 9,628km from its Paris headquarters, but Louis Vuitton was founded to make expensive luggage, and glamorous globetrotting is very much the point.

The vogue among powerhouse brands for staging elaborate catwalk events showcasing their cruise collections continued this weekend with Louis Vuitton’s show at the museum, as famed for its spectacular setting in the Shigaraki mountains as for its collection of Japanese antiquities.

Cruise fashion has always been about status. Conceived to service a luxury customer for whom every holiday demanded a flamboyant new wardrobe, the cruise concept has become an elite catwalk showdown between the world’s premier fashion houses.

The hundreds of guests who flew in from all over the world to attend the show, including the actors Michelle Williams and Jennifer Connelly, were driven from their Kyoto hotels to the venue by chauffeurs wearing Louis Vuitton-monogrammed driving gloves.

The Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière has staged each of his cruise shows at a far-flung architectural landmark. This time, the show was held at the entrance to the Miho Museum, where a metal tunnel emerges from verdant mountainside and runs across a suspension bridge. The bridge – designed by IM Pei, who created the Louvre’s glass pyramid – formed the catwalk for the show on Sunday.

“The place inspired me right away,” Ghesquière said of the venue. It is the latest stop after the Oscar Neimeyer-designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the previous year’s visit to the Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs, on what he calls “an architectural voyage”.

In sleek tailoring, graphic prints, short hemlines and dramatic makeup, models strode the catwalk strung between mountains like avatars in an impossibly chic virtual world. Japanese elements were fused into the collection, from embroidered dragons to kimono-style belts. Prints were designed in collaboration with the cult designer Kansai Yamamoto, most famous for the jumpsuits he created for David Bowie’s onstage persona as Ziggy Stardust.

The Louis Vuitton event came days after Christian Dior staged a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired show in California’s Santa Monica Mountains, and a fortnight after Karl Lagerfeld recreated the Parthenon inside the Grand Palais for Chanel.

Reflecting the growing importance of cruise, Prada staged a standalone show for its collection for the first time this year, in the brand’s new Milan exhibition space. In a fortnight, Gucci will take over the Palatina Gallery in Florence for a catwalk show that, honouring its €2m (£1.7m) donation to restore the city’s Boboli Gardens, will double as a celebration of the Italian brand’s cultural largesse.

With its romantic locations, star-studded audiences and a programme of functions extended over several days, a cruise show is now closer to the model of a festival such as Coachella, or a celebrity wedding in the style of George and Amal Clooney’s Venice nuptials, than to the traditional fashion week catwalk show.Read more at:plus size prom dresses | vintage evening dresses


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Houston Style Setter

The Houston tastemaker who spins with Space City Mod Club and all-female DJ collective Here Come The Girls talks mod-style inspiration, her love for Twiggy and how the UK stole her heart.

How do you describe your style?

I was always pretty unique, even in high school. Early on I started listening to punk rock music and as a result I developed this punk style. After that I started developing a passion for British culture and mod culture. Ever since then I’ve been absolutely obsessed with mod clothing—A-line dresses, geometric patterns and Peter Pan collars.

What is your favorite decade of fashion?

I love the ’60s —the fashion from this particular decade is just so cool. But I also like some fashion from the ’70s. I’ve been really hurting on the vintage clothing front lately. I sold a lot of my collection to buy a scooter and now I can’t find pieces I love anywhere!

We love your mod look!

Thank you! I used to work for Blackbird in Montrose and the Leopard Lounge a while back. At the Leopard Lounge we would go to this warehouse and sift through piles and piles of vintage clothes. I’m pretty sure this warehouse was just a compilation of items that never sold from different thrift stores. Through this I was able to build a pretty stellar collection of mod and ’60s apparel.

What inspires your style?

As far as fashion goes, music has inspired me the most. I also enjoy watching old films from the ’60s and was able to learn about the fashion from that time through them.

My other source of inspiration comes from British fashion icon Twiggy as well as Peggy Moffitt. Both women were so iconic in the ’60s and that era just speaks to me.

How did you develop your passion for British culture?

I have never been to the UK but I am just really drawn to that area of the world—it’s kind of like a fantasy to me. I grew up loving the Spice Girls and after that I started to delve deeper into British culture. It seems like an amazing place. Right now, I’m working at British Isles in Rice Village and I get to talk to people from the UK almost every day and learn even more about the culture. I’m saving right now and will hopefully plan a trip over there sometime next year once I am finished with school.

What’s the weirdest vintage piece you’ve purchased?

I purchased some vintage tanning goggles. Those are pretty funky! I love them but I don’t even know what I am going to do with them. In fact, they are still in the packaging. I don’t know if I would trust them enough to go tanning with them but I still want to keep them just because.

Where do you like to shop?

One of my favorite shops is actually not even vintage. It’s called The Carnaby Streak and it’s a British company. They hand-make mod-inspired dresses. I have one in particular and I have to say it is my favorite of all time. It’s this red, white and black dress with one arrow pointing down and the other arrow pointing up. It’s very much reminiscent of The Who. Locally, I’ve been known to peruse Retropolis over on 19th street in the Heights, as well as Replay and The PLACE Upstairs.

How do you manage to tie your passion for fashion and music together?

Well, I’m a DJ and through that I’m able to share a lot of the music I love with people around Houston. And because music has a direct reflection on my fashion, I am able to combine the two together.

I started collecting records when I was 12 years old. My collection started with a lot of punk and power pop records, and then I started getting into more music from the ’60s. I do a ’60s garage and psych night at The Continental Club and I also have a night at Space City Mod Club. I don’t have a home where I do a monthly at the moment, so right now I’m all over the city.

I also host a ’60s show every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. on Rice radio (96.1 FM). I’ve been doing that for about a year. I usually bring all of my records with me—it’s been really fun!

Do you sport the mod-style makeup too?

I’m really bad at doing makeup—I need to experiment around a bit more with it! I do try to wear the heavy eye makeup with the false eyelashes. I love that iconic Twiggy look with the white eyelid and black crease. If I do something like that than I usually wear a nude lip with it.

For nude lips, I’m really into the NYX brand. Right now I’m wearing a lot of the NYX Lip Lingerie. It’s like professional makeup but with a reasonable price tag. I also use ELF eyeliner almost every day.

If you had one thing to say about fashion, what would it be?

I’ll say two things. I feel like our bodies are like a canvas and the clothes we wear are our paint. You have to express yourself through fashion otherwise no one will remember who you are. Also, I think people should experiment and go back in time with fashion. Experience the fashion of different eras and let it inspire you.Read more at:marieprom | cheap prom dresses


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Is the Most Epic of All Time

A bachelorette party is an important bride's rite of passage, but perhaps the best part of the last hurrah with one's gal pals: the always-adorable photos to remember the experience by. But one bridal party is going viral because they have more than just photographic proof of their pre-wedding fun—they also are in possession of one of the greatest photobombs of all time.

The pic in question was recently posted to Reddit. "Best photobomb at my cousins bachelorette party," wrote Reddit user Lutya along with the hilarious snap. The photo features three girls—we're guessing based on tank top colors that the bride is on the left and her two bridesmaids are at right and center—posed on the sidewalk of a small town near Charolette, North Carolina (per Lutya), with drinks in hand. It seems like this particular bachelorette soiree is fiesta-themed, as all three ladies are donning tiny sombreros. But we're pretty sure that when the group got together for a pic, they didn't expect that a fourth partier would be joining them.

As the girls struck a pose, a random dude walking by seized the photobomb opportunity of a lifetime. As one does after coming across a carefully posed photograph-in-progress, this man turned to the side, stuck out his booty, and assumed his best duck face. Further proof he belongs? The guy is also sporting a tank top.

To the pictured bride-to-be, treasure this photo as you would your actual wedding pics. Because friends may come and go, but a true photobomb masterpiece is forever.

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Modern Malay weddings

Just in case you can’t see what Fairoz posted, this is what he said.

If attending a Malay Wedding meant for you to take turns singing and showing off your vocal talent and choosing the most ridiculous unrealistic songs ever, then you are missing the whole point of attending a Wedding. And best of all eating still when the bride and groom arrived displaying ignorance and being disrespectful. Agree not but the Malay Wedding has become a Karaoke session recently. With their grating voice coming from the nose and flat, I wonder what they are smoking before holding those microphone. And most of the time they sounded depressed over the mic instead of singing and all you want to do is throw your fork and spoon at them. I can only feel sorry for these people and those who had to listen while eating and who too could easily choked to death.

Let’s move on to the way the young people dress – MAT & MINAH. Seriously where are your customs and values? I don’t care how “Gangster” you are or how cool you want to look like but this is someone’s Wedding (I hope you were really invited). Boys you don’t wear bermudas with short sleeves showing off your tattoos swinging your god knows what Logo stickers paste all over your helmet. And girls you don’t wear tight ripped jeans with short sleeves and snicker! And tie up that nasty looking gold yellow hair if you can’t set it nicely please, really.

What’s wrong with you people? You go to school? Watch TV at least? No?

I believe you do somehow in that tiny little brain have seen somewhere how the Malay Traditional cloths or a decent cloths people dress for this occasion. You for sure have no respect for the elderly people there, the family members and relatives of the b&g, neither do you have any respect for yourself.

And then we have those “free lance critics”taking notes about the whole event, from the food to the bride & groom attire. seriously, go kill yourself or attend a funeral. They save money for this special day so shut up and eat or go home drink Dettol and die nicely near your toilet seat.

Finally, the “groupies” with the same printed logo T-Shirt from Queensway Shopping Center marching in like a Rugby team chanting some kind of poem that gives them a “Super natural power”. Singapore Sports Hub is it? What’s up with that? What are you resembling again? Which community? What group? Groupon? I thought groupies were from the 80s. Next time we all shall clap for them and throw flowers.

Listen, we all know that Malay Wedding are held mostly in the neighbourhood void deck/halls where everyone could see. And we are quick to react and get upset when other race comment about how we behave, the noise level the ridiculous behaviour and the list could go on. But the fact is, people like this gives the Malay a bad name.

But of course having said all this, there are those respectful ones though who dress accordingly and behave properly. They are what we call, Civilised people.

I am not spreading hate here. I am a proud Malay myself. But I feel some of us have tolerated a lot of this kind of nonsense. Not cool man, not cool.Read more at:uk prom dresses | evening dresses uk


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The Wedding Gallery

With wedding season April through October, brides and their parties are looking for all of the details necessary for the big day.

The Wedding Gallery of Williamston is a shop that has been open for about three years, right in the heart of the small town.

With hundreds of wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ dresses, accessories, and more, they try to be a one-stop shop for anyone this wedding season.

Sharone Martin, an assistant who has been there since they opened, emphasized how they prepare for the upcoming season.

“We bring in as many new dresses as possible. We make sure things are sorted out and ready to go. We even do specials the first few weeks to get the season going,” Martin said.

Advertised on their social media, as well as with signs around the town, the shop is currently offering 50% off everything to start off the first few weeks.

Not only do the specials bring in more customers, but Martin explained they allow for the word to be spread around town about the shop.

“We try to get the gals in here. We want them to come in here and say yes to the dress and spread how much they love it here,” Martin said.

Another employee, Devin Taylor, has been at the bridal shop for two months, also working at the floral shop down the street. She expressed how these next few months are hectic.

“Business gets so busy and people start to see their wedding is coming sooner than they realized. It’s crucial to plan ahead,” Taylor said.

The gallery workers emphasized how they try to make everything special for the bride-to-be’s and how everything is so much fun to be a part of.

“I love watching the moment people find their dress. It’s special to see them get emotional when they find something they like that much,” Taylor said.

The store also carries homecoming and prom dresses in the lower level. In addition to this, they have shoes, purses, and jewelry.

A local, Emily Beumiste, likes to browse through the shop when she can.

“I got my prom dress here and ever since, I always like to see what else they have. There’s always a new variety and I love trying things on for fun,” Beumiste said.Read more at:cocktail dresses | cheap prom dresses uk


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The beauty within

It was an event full of glamour and high fashion as the 100 finalists for the upcoming Mrs South Africa competition were narrowed down to 25.

The pageant’s annual Cansa gala dinner was held at Emperors Palace at the weekend and saw the most inspiring "superwomen" take the next step closer to the crown.

MC for the night was former Miss South Africa, businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss. Entertainment was provided by House sensation Tamara Dey and Garth Taylor.

The top 100 finalists got the chance to show why they deserved to be in the top 25 after months of workshops, networking and judging sessions.

“Mrs South Africa is a woman empowerment programme first and foremost, and we are excited about the positive ripple effect it has created in South Africa,” said chief executive Joani Johnson.

She said the pageant was not a typical beauty competition, and offered women who have real-life careers, families and hobbies a platform to make a difference.

“The women we work with all have those real relatable stories we are looking for, and this movement is about giving unsung superwomen a chance to get support and give input, and an opportunity to reach a new level of success and visibility on a global stage,” she said.

The judging panel included former Miss South Africa Thuli Sithole, Vusi Zwane, Unaiza Mooideen and, as principal judge, former Miss SA Cindy Nell-Roberts.

Johnson also announced the reveal of the new branding for the pageant.

“We felt the need to restructure our brand in such a way as to showcase the virtues of South Africa, the spirit of ubuntu, and the real, relatable women that we work with.”

She said the new brand did away with the ideals that did not match real women, and instead showcased "true beauty that shines from within".

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Sarah Paulson Talks Fashion

“That’s one of those things where I was in utero having those dreams and I didn’t even know it,” said multiple award-winning actress Sarah Paulson on when she knew she wanted to be an actress. The People v. O.J. Simpson star was at the World of McIntosh Townhouse in Soho last night to help toast the winners of Moët & Chandon’s Moët Moment Film Festival, which kicked off in Los Angeles during the Golden Globes. But the red carpet veteran is also gearing up for another event while in town: Monday’s Met Gala. “The only detail I can say is I have a sleeve,” said Paulson with a grin. The actress donned a fringed dress by Prabal Gurung, which she couldn’t help but shimmy in throughout the evening, another magical effort concocted by Paulson and her stylist, Karla Welch. “As you can see, I’m starting to look more like her,” joked the actress. “All of her clients have the Welch look.” But does the actress, who appears on countless best-dressed lists, have any advice on how to achieve the right look on the carpet? “There’s nothing worse than putting on something fabulous that you feel awkward in,” said Paulson, adding that the reason she and Welch work so well is because the stylist “get[s] so quick to the essence of you. She pushes me into things I might not be comfortable with—like wear a flat! Ghastly!” laughed Paulson.

Why the aversion to flats? “I look like a Scottie dog. I’m all torso,” said Paulson with a self-deprecating grin. But there is one tip the fashion fanatic advises: Wear your pieces. “I’m a big believer in that actually. Don’t leave your diamonds in your jewelry box. Wear them with a sweatshirt. Wear them with a flat if you must.” And come Monday night, while decked out in an elegant ensemble, is there anyone Paulson is hoping to meet? “Everyone! I just feel excited I get to shake their hand, and they have to shake mine back. It’s a total pinch-me moment.” As for what’s on Paulson’s spring shopping wish list? It’s all about Rodarte. “Have you seen the Spring 2017 stuff? It’s boho magic. I never met anything with a sequin, lace, a daisy, a bow, a ribbon, a grosgrain, a rhinestone that I wasn’t excited about.”

After ascending the stairs for dinner, Paulson took her seat at a table that saw Julia Loomis, Cipriana Quann, TK Wonder, and Erin Beatty all sip on rare, vintage Moët & Chandon before taking in the lavish setting. Joining them was The Arrangement’s breakout star, Christine Evangelista in New York’s signature shade, black. “Fashion is a huge part of my life,” said Evangelista, in an A.L.C. dress punctuated by glittering Christian Louboutin heels. Portraying an actress who’s been catapulted from struggling status to A-list has been both fun and challenging. “It’s the luckiest girl role ever,” explained Evangelista. “There’s a lot of dynamics to play within the show.” As for her character’s style, Evangelista concedes, “Megan’s style is very much the quintessential Los Angeles girl. When Kyle’s team steps in, it becomes elevated. It’s interesting to keep her edginess in this new, very feminine, very romantic wear.” And has the actress spied anything she needs to add to her Hollywood wardrobe? “These patent Rochas shoes,” said the FIT alum, adding, “I’m totally obsessed.”

And after the last nibbles of dinner were taken, it was time to celebrate the evening’s winning short film, Know Yourself, directed by Peter Pascucci and Jack Welles, which examined non-traditional concepts of life and humanity. “Short films are the first opportunity for many emerging filmmakers and actors to shine,” said Renaud Butel, U.S. vice president of Moët & Chandon. “We wanted to allow those people to emerge and to fly on their own, and support them and give back to the community.” And last night they did so with bubbling results.Read more at:cheap prom dresses | prom dresses


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Shook cyber world

Maang teeka

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Britain’s largest online fashion retailer ASOS was recently slammed for erasure. The company put up for sale an accessory, very similar to the South Asian maang teeka, and renamed it as a chandelier head clip. The shoppers were not happy about it and many took to social media to express their outrage.

“I don’t understand the problem here,” says stylist Nitash Gaurav. “There are many communities in India which wouldn’t know what a maang teeka is, then how do we expect the people in the West to know it. People are experimenting with fashion or styles of other cultures; there is nothing wrong in it,” Nitasha adds.

Many Indian jewellery pieces have been rehashed in the past too, to make it more relevant for local customers. “It’s not just about the jewellery but other Indian products too are being renamed and sold in the international market. So, I feel what is more important is to take pride in our culture, rather than engaging in such petty arguments,” says jewellery designer Praveena Rao of the brand Anantham.

One must also understand that fashion and cultural exchanges between societies has been taking place since the ancient times. Celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri emphasises that these exchanges help evolve new fashion trends. “Indo-western fashion in the new trend. Also, the fashion world has always taken inspirations from all the cultures around the world. A harem pant, for example, is actually a traditional outfit from the middle-east, however it became such a fashion rage among the youngsters. Sari, is another traditional outfit which is being experimented with a lot.” Tanya says.Read more at:backless evening dresses


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Oamaru stylists

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Oamaru hair stylist Makaela Tiddy is making a habit out of learning more about her chosen career in different countries.

This year, she will travel overseas twice – to Sydney and New York – to take part in industry events.

In June, she will represent New Zealand at the Gen Next Gala at Hair Expo Australia, while in September, she will be joined by mother and Fusion Hair owner Debbie Tiddy for the Evo Hair New York Study Tour, which will get the pair involved in New York Fashion Week.

At the Gen Next show, which has an X-Factor style format, Makaela and her team, one of eight, will work with a top Australian stylist who will assign the team a theme and prepare it for its work to be shown at the expo.

Mentors will then give feedback on what they see live on stage.

Makaela, who has experience at similar events, is looking forward to working alongside some of the industry’s best while at the expo.

“I think being mentored by a top Australian stylist is going to be really cool . . . you always come back with more inspiration.”

She will also take part in several courses while at the five-day expo.

The study tour, including 25 stylists from around the world, will lead to the Tiddys working backstage at New York Fashion Week shows alongside Evo Hair directors.

They will also be mentored by award-winning stylists and taken on tours around the city, and take part in educational courses.

Debbie expected the trip to New York would be one to remember, and looked forward to the “craziness” that would come with it.

“To work at fashion week is the highlight of our lives, really. It will be the highlight of my career to work behind the scenes somewhere like that.”

Makaela, who recently qualified as a senior stylist, said both opportunities would give her the chance to experience what the industry had to offer on the editorial side, a path she was keen to pursue.

“I would love to work as a session stylist,” Makaela said.

“That’s doing hair for magazines, photo shoots and things like fashion weeks . . . just to get the experience to do that type of work will be great, because it’s completely different to salon work.”

She said her New York experience would be “another level” compared to work she had done at other fashion shows, including New Zealand Fashion Week, where she worked backstage last year.Read more at:black prom dresses


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Inuit fashion featured

Inuit fashion was featured for the first time at the Indigenius Art, Music and Fashion show in Ottawa this weekend.

The show, which started in 2013, aims to provide a learning experience and showcase for Ottawa's Indigenous youth interested in the arts.

But until organizers reached out to fashion designer Martha Kyak, Inuit designers had not participated.

"We are part of the Indigenous people in Canada and we should be included," Kyak said. "So every time I hear about these things I am going to contact Inuit and get them involved as much as I can."

For the show's fourth iteration, she reached out to her contacts and in the end, this year's event included three Inuit performances.

A musical act from students from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut college opened the show, while Kyak and another Inuk designer presented their clothes.

"Ottawa is one of the highest Inuk populations per capita, so we're fortunate to have them included in the event," said Justin Holness, the organizer of Indigenius.

They performed for a sold-out audience of 500 at the Canadian Museum of History on April 15.

'Indigenizing' Canada's 150th anniversary

Holness said the event took the opportunity of Canada's 150th anniversary to "indigenize" the country.

"We want to make sure that we're not celebrating 150 years of colonization," he said.

"There's a lot of push back within the Indigenous community about the celebration, so instead of doing some kind of protest, something negative, we want to propose a solution."

Before the show, organizers recorded each participant answering what "indigenizing" Canada meant to them, then they played those videos to introduce each artist at the event.

Kyak said for her it meant speaking and teaching Inuktitut.

She teaches Inuktitut, Inuit history and a parka-making class at Nunavut Sivuniksavut college in Ottawa.

'Anybody can wear these'

Sewing is something she grew up watching her mother and sisters do in Pond Inlet, and she started sewing more once she had children.

She has a Facebook page called InukChic, where she sells her original designs, which blend traditional fabrics with modern styles.

Last year, she discovered how to design her own fabric and since then she has been incorporating prints of traditional Inuit knives called ulus, Arctic flowers, and Eskimo tags into her work.

In the show, her models wore a mix of these prints, traditional parkas, and modern sealskin tops.

"I wanted to do a different variety of outfits and I wanted to also have a variety of people modelling, not just Inuit."

Seven of her models were her students, but in total 12 people modelled for her.

"Anybody can wear these, not just Inuit — I wanted that message to go out," she said.

She will be selling her clothes online, after she takes a quick break from sewing.

She says she sewed most of her evenings and weekends since she agreed to do the show in October.

Proceeds from the Indigenius tickets will go to Holness's company Un1ty Entertainment to help fund training at the Tribe musical studio and an urban Indigenous scholarship to support a student's transition from high school to university or college.Read more at:cocktail dresses | prom dresses liverpool


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French Girl Style

Over 30 years ago, Ines de la Fressange was Karl Lagerfeld’s biggest muse. The model has since taken on much more – she’s designed multiple collaborations with Uniqlo, modeled as the face of L’Oreal and written a third book following her New York Times Bestseller, Parisian Chic: a Style Guide and Parisian Chic: City Guide. Out this month, Parisian Chic Look Book: What Should I Wear Today? functions as a guide to getting the signature French girl style with a hint of the model’s own aesthetic. Think tomboyish staples and simple, easy fixes for everyday occasions.

If you’ve ever wondered how Fressange would dress for a Tinder date or a dinner with no dress code, the book breaks it down with exact “ingredients,” which include everything from black jeans to black velvet flats. “My first book Parisian Chic was such a success, so this time, with Sophie Gachet, we wanted to show Parisian looks created from generic items that everybody more or less has on hand, which would give inspiration to many women,” she told Allure.

We chatted with Fressange about her biggest fashion faux pas, her philosophy on makeup, and the most challenging event she ever had to dress for.

If you had to choose a few pieces in your wardrobe that you've had and worn for the longest period of time, which would they be?

White jeans because they are nice with sandals or boots – in summer or winter – day and evening. A navy blue coat, because it can be sophisticated, rock, chic, or casual and it suits everybody. Also a pale blue cotton shirt, because everyone looks very kind in one!

You list 20 fashion faux pas in the book. Can you tell us about about one memorable fashion faux pas that you regret?

Everyone should make some fashion faux pas! It means you try and that you aren’t lazy. Good taste all the time would be boring. However, I remember once I borrowed a long leather dress from a designer. I wore it with long gloves to go to a party. I looked like an iron craftsman – immediately I felt so bad, I stayed only three minutes and left! In the end, it is always better to buy your own clothes; if you borrow, you wear things you don’t really like.

How did you know when you mastered your own personal style?

Each time you buy something quickly, without hesitation, you can be sure this is your style. The danger is getting persuaded to change your style through suggestions from sales staff. Keep looking at magazines, being curious, trying to improve your hair, makeup, or wardrobe. Everybody can improve their looks at any age – this is the target. Style is just not wishing to be a fashion victim.

Are there style icons you get inspiration from?

We all have inspirations and icons. It’s funny to see that it has nothing to do with wealth or notoriety, it can be anonymous people: a grandmother, an aunt. However, to answer your question, someone like Jane Birkin is incredible. When you see pictures of her in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s, she is always perfect and her looks would still be nice today. Many young girls are still inspired by her and find her pictures on Pinterest. Someone like Patti Smith also had a huge influence on fashion. Personally, I love to see women wearing men’s-inspired clothes while staying very feminine, like Katharine Hepburn. But for me, the most stunning women are women in North India wearing simple cotton saris. It’s hard to be more elegant than that.

What, in your opinion, makes the Parisienne fashion sense stand out and how would you define it?

The main idea is that one doesn’t need much to look great; wearing nice accessories and keeping it simple is good advice, but above all, feeling nice about yourself is the clue to seducing others. Maybe this is the secret to Parisienne style, but I always say that one doesn’t need to be born in Paris to have this spirit!

What are some of your favorite places to shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories in Paris and New York?

In Paris — it doesn’t exist elsewhere — I love Soeur. It’s a shop for teenagers but you can find nice things. And in New York I love Save Khaki United, which is a men’s shop. Even if you can afford famous brands, it’s great to keep going everywhere and mixing pieces. In New York, for instance, I go to Urban Outfitters to buy t-shirts and I never see anybody my age! Personally, even if I have many Roger Vivier shoes, I still wear Adidas Gazelles, and even if I have my own line of clothes (Ines de la Fressange Paris,) I still discover and wear other brands like Jejia, Laura Urbinati, La double J, and of course Uniqlo — and not only the clothes I design for them.

There's some funny situations in the book. What is the hardest situation or event you've ever had to dress for?

A long time ago, I had to dress for lunch with John Fairchild, and it was not easy. I hesitated a lot between something chic but slightly boring and something trendy but not that stylish. Today I don’t remember what I wore because Henry Kissinger popped into the restaurant and yelled, “Ines! You’re in town and you didn’t call me?!!” To this John Fairchild said, “I notice you say hello to me, Henry, when I have lunch with Ines, and not if I don’t.” Moral of the story: don’t worry what you are wearing, a miracle can always happen! (laughs).

Did you pick up any of your favorite styling tricks from modeling?

Indeed! After centuries in fashion you learn. You learn finally not to revere clothes, to mix evening and day items together, to put boots with flower print dresses, jeans jacket with flannel pants, sophisticated with casual. While we did the photographs for the book, I noticed the way the journalist we were working with rolled the long peasant skirt and added a belt. I will surely do the same myself this summer!

Yves-Saint Laurent showed me how to belt a trench coat, and of course, working with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel was like having the best teacher at the best school one could ever dream of. However, I try not to be focused on the past and to just use my experience in an instinctive way.

What's your philosophy on makeup?

I love makeup! It helps to protect the skin. Also, I feel better with some on. Without mascara, I look like a dead fish. I never understand why women want to look their best only when they go out or when they go to work. Why not for the people you see on weekends — friends and family? In other words, why would you make less effort for people you love the most and keep special treatment for strangers?! Today products are so good; makeup can look very natural. It’s just better nature!

What are your favorite French beauty products?

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Fashion for art's sake

Spring fashion takes center stage this Friday for a runway show and celebration to support the Salem Arts Festival in June.

Salem retailers are lending their apparel and accessories to the fourth annual benefit, which takes place at Salem’s Old Town Hall. The event, which has sold out the past two years, also includes food, dancing and a cash bar.

“It’s a fashion show that’s also a party,” said John Andrews of Creative Salem.

Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours volunteers each year to create the fashionable array of styles for the models. She said more than 70 outfits will be featured, including looks for women, men and even babies. Mark Scalia will be the emcee.

“One of the exciting things is how diverse the looks will be,” she said.

She added, “Salem right now has such a great dynamic arts and culture scene going on, and this fashion show plays into the energy of the city.”

Kylie Sullivan, executive director of the nonprofit Salem Main Streets, which oversees the arts festival, said the first year of the fashion show, there were four boutiques that participated. Now, more than 12 are involved.

“This is a fun way to focus on the fashion and retailers downtown because we have such great boutiques and talent here, so we upped the fashion show part of this event,” she said.

The Salem Arts Festival is now in its ninth year. More than 100 local artists and performers have signed on for this year’s event, set for June 2 through 4.

Each year’s festival features a community art project, which can influence the theme of the fashion show as well as the June celebration. The 2017 theme is “Tidal Shift.”

“This year, we are doing a project to educate the community about the future plastic bag reduction that will be implemented in the city this year,” Sullivan said. “We are partnering with other organizations that have been leading the charge on that.”

Organizers have started holding small, pop-up jellyfish-making sessions at schools and businesses, with the aim of making hundreds of jellyfish out of the ubiquitous plastic bags commonly used at markets and shops. These jellyfish will become part of the decorations for the arts festival. Last year’s project was the creation of hundreds of pinwheels.

Andrews, of Creative Salem, said Friday night’s fashion show is about far more than the clothing.

“It’s about supporting the arts,” he said. “This is a fashion show done right, with drinks and food, and a DJ. Plus, there will be some interactive things happening — and some surprises.”Read more at:vintage evening dresses | prom dress


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Take the first step down

Helping make sure the gown, the ceremony, and everything about the wedding is perfect, is the goal of the Barrie Bridal Show, taking place Apr. 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Barrie Country Club.

This year’s show caters to all kinds of brides and grooms. Barbara Rose of Area Productions, the force behind this year’s show, says, while the more “traditional” wedding is still being done, which brings a smile to parents and grandparents, the trendier wedding is what she calls “theme-based”.

For example the ‘barn’ wedding has become very trendy. An old barn is used for the venue and dressed up inside to look enchanting. It’s usually paired with a western-type theme.”

Rose also provides insight on how much a wedding ought to cost, adding it really depends on who is doing the spending.

“I think most brides and their families are looking to have economically feasible weddings, with, say, a budget of $10,000 to $50,000.”

However, “customs, traditions and even ethnic backgrounds tend to dictate the budget required. Not all new brides can count on their parents to foot the bill, so (brides, grooms and their families are urged to) generally try to compromise to keep expenses reasonable.”

Given that many grooms pop the question at either Christmas or around Valentine’s Day, bridal shows are held in either the spring or the fall. Rose tells Barrie Today brides attending this month’s show are usually planning their wedding for next year, needing lots of lead time to combat last-minute stress.

“You need at least a year to plan and execute a successful wedding. In some cases, venues need to be booked two years in advance.”

Couples can also see tuxedo services displaying their wares, as well as: “disc jockey services, caterers, banquet halls, photographers, travel, (for the honeymoon getaway) financial planning, hair and makeup, wedding décor, accommodations, winemakers, and wedding planner services.”

Rose points to one photographer, KS Studios, which “is offering a $1,500 Professional Wedding Package that one lucky bride will win. This is a great prize to win!”Read more at:prom dresses manchester | prom dresses liverpool


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Yosef collection

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In Israel, Passover is the celebration of two important events. The first is the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and their ensuing freedom, a tale we recount once a year to the tune of crackling matzot and the pouring of wine. The second is the arrival of spring.

Although we sing “Spring arrives, Passover is coming,” every Israeli knows that Passover marks the beginning of the hot months. The local fashion community relishes this time of year in the swapping of sweaters for T-shirts and the welcoming of new trends to take us through the long summer.

For your spring shopping list, there are three fun and fancy-free trends to look for: White is the new black; embroider everything; and a puff of fluff! If Gindi Fashion Week in Tel Aviv was any indication (and it almost always is), white is the new black this season. In runway show after show, designers such as Victor Bellaish, Tamara Salem and Sabina Musayev presented collections chock full of chalky-white fabrics.

The icing on the cake was veteran designer Yosef’s collection, which featured white looks almost exclusively.

Models strutted down the runway in white jodhpurs, gowns, overalls and tops, adorned with white hair accessories and earrings by origami artist Merav Peleg.

Even Avishag Arbel, noted maternity designer, has gone white as well. In a recent capsule collection she created with fashion icon Meital Weinberg, Arbel extended the white trend to pregnant women via elastic- topped maternity jeans in white denim.

“There’s no reason that a pregnant woman shouldn’t be wearing white,” a very pregnant Weinberg said at a press gathering at the Artemisia Gallery in south Tel Aviv.

Now, many may say that white is not a practical color for clothing, and the truth is that wearing it does require a certain kind of decorum. However, in the spirit of feeling free to wear what we like without worrying about stains, white is the way to go.

On the flip side of the loose, uncomplicated white trend, another aspect of freedom is popping up all over the place. This new trend, embroidered everything, is a throwback to an era of free love, namely the 1960s.

While the runway gets whitewashed, shopping malls are getting a generous dose of handicrafts. Be it on jeans, boots or leather jackets, embroidery is turning up on everything.

A great example of this trend can be found at Top Shop. The British retail giant recently launched its spring/summer campaign. If it evokes anything, it’s Woodstock, New York, summer of 1969. In keeping with the brand’s time-tested silhouettes, the Top Shop designers opted to embellish mom jeans, denim jackets and sweatshirts with embroidered details. Other places to find this look are at Zara and Mango, each of which is featuring collections that abound with hand stitching.

In the most cliché vignette of a seductress, a sultry woman is wearing a silk robe and slip-on high heels with a little puff of fluff at the top. Well, delete everything in that picture but keep the puff of fluff, and you have this summer’s hottest shoe. For years, the Adidas slide has been a hipster staple. Worn with or without socks, the plastic symbol of 1970s athletics strangely works with just about anything. Recently, the iconic shoe has gotten a vamped-up makeover, a marriage between the seductress’s footwear and the flip-flop.

The shape has remained the same, but where you would expect to see three Adidas stripes, a sassy plume of faux fur flutters in the breeze. These sandals are a great, easy to wear, throw-on addition to any outfit – comfortable and flirty. A cute rendition of this trend – furry pink slides – can be found at Castro stores and online.Read more at:plus size prom dresses


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Model Victoria’s Secret

For models, it pays to be versatile. With countless newcomers jockeying for the same jobs, those who can adapt often wind up getting the most sought-after work. Look no further than Lais Oliveira, a Brazilian star who spent the last year landing plum gigs in both the commercial and high-fashion worlds—from sauntering down the Victoria’s Secret runway in November to landing a Louis Vuitton exclusive in March. It’s a balance that Oliveira considers essential. “Personally, I see both sides as going hand in hand—they get me equally excited,” she says, calling from her home in Brooklyn. “It’s a matter of making the right decisions along the way.”

Discovered at 13 while attending a São Paulo Fashion Week show with her mother, Oliveira has always been mindful of her choices. She honed her skills locally for several years, before making the jump overseas, and was a seasoned pro by the time she debuted at New York Fashion Week Spring 2007. “I was too young to fully grasp the magnitude, so I didn’t feel nervous at all,” she says of quickly racking up modeling milestones (Alexander Wang’s first presentation, Phillip Lim’s first show). “Maybe the more experienced you get, the more responsibility you feel,” she adds. “It’s all a learning process, but I chose to do this so I feel grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.”

Transitioning from the runway to Angel wings is a common career goal, but for Oliveira, now 27, the move came organically. “Planning specific things in my career makes me anxious,” she says. “I work with a simple rule: I do my best and know that the best will happen.” Her method appears to be working, as she lands ads for megabrands like H&M and J.Crew and remains a fixture at Victoria’s Secret; her face is well known, even if her name isn’t yet.

In fact, for a model with more than a decade of solid work, Oliveira has maintained a surprisingly low profile—though that may be changing. Thanks to her recent slew of big-ticket shows, she once again has fashion insiders wondering, “Who’s that girl?” Though that renewed interest is flattering, she explains, the biggest treat may have been simply returning to Paris Fashion Week for Vuitton and watching the collection progress from atelier to Louvre. “[It was] such a special moment in my life, one of the biggest learning experiences of my career,” she says. “I’ve always admired Nicolas Ghesquière—he and his team do everything to perfection.”

With all that success, Oliveira is poised to go even further, though she’s not one to get overly wrapped up in what the future might bring. “When good things happen, I take it as a gift,” she says. “Similarly, when things don’t work out, I don’t take it as a failure but a stepping stone to better things. It makes the journey healthier and happier!” Though she remains mum about her next endeavor, one thing is sure—that Oliveira will keep finding ways to balance Victoria’s Secret and Vuitton. “Versatility is the key,” she sums up. “Both sides continually challenge you in different ways.”Read more at:uk prom dresses | princess prom dresses


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