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17/08/2017

The walk of all ages

Anuradha P Dhawan
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Anuradha P Dhawan was nearly 50 years when she was approached to walk the ramp for a charity event for the Cancer Society of India. When she glided down the walkway, she caught the eye of many a fashion photographer. Less than a year later, she was asked to do a swimsuit photoshoot for a major fashion magazine. The rest, as they say, is history.

“They wanted to dexualise swimwear, a sort of age-no-bar kind of a campaign to fight age shaming. There were a number of other women of different ages, including Radhika Vaz and Mandira Bedi. I was the oldest there. At first, I was a bit apprehensive, but then my daughter encouraged me to go for it and I did. The photos were really powerful, none of the posey pictures you have for photo shoots,” recalls Anuradha.

Since the photo shoot, Anuradha has been modelling for several brands and has done a number of shoots to spread the message that age is just a number and has nothing to do with beauty. “I’ve noticed that youngsters today don’t age-shame you. They are much more open-minded about things. It is people who have already reached a certain age that judge others their age according to what they wear and their behaviour in society overall. I feel young at heart and I think I’m going to keep going till I’m 100,” she smiles.

Young at heart, the model loves to travel, often going on solo trips and trying out new and exciting adventure sports. “I love hang-gliding, zip-lining and rafting. I love the ocean, so I’ve gone scuba diving as well. I remember the first time I went was in Thailand and my husband waited on the boat for an hour for me to come back up,” she recalls with a laugh, adding, “I love travelling in my down time and I’ve covered most of India. I love this country with its diversity, the root bridges in the North East, the hills near Indore, the architecture in Ajanta and Ellora. But one solo trip abroad I remember is the first I ever took around 20 years ago to England to visit relatives. From England, I covered the rest of Europe — Milan, Paris, Florence, Rome, Salento, Venice — all of it. The next trip that I am really looking forward to is one to Antartica. I don’t know if I’ll step on the ice, since there are now restrictions, but I want to see the continent from a ship, at least,” she adds.

It is often from these journeys that she gets inspiration for designing her line of clothes. “My work is very experimental, so I look for inspiration everywhere. For instance, the ceiling frescoes at Ajanta caves in Aurangabad inspired an entire series of garments with chatai-like designs,” explains Anuradha.

Ask her what fashion means to her and Anuradha, who admires the works of Rohit Bal, Anita Dongre and Stella McCartney, says, “Fashion should be versatile, it shouldn’t leave a big carbon foot print and it should be fluid, such that one garment can be worn in several ways. Mostly though, it should be inclusive.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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15/08/2017

Weaving Independent trends

Seventy years ago, India won her freedom from the rule of the British Raj, and for as long as one can remember, August 15 has always been associated with watching the parade either live or on the telly, going to school for the flag hoisting ceremony, only to get back home and enjoy the rest of the day in the company of family, listening to patriotic songs or watching movies made in honour of our brave martyrs.

However, as far as fashion on Independence Day goes, it does appear that we’ve limited ourselves to the ubiquitous white kurta, for both men and women, although the ladies up their tricolour game by adding either a saffron, green, or a blue dupatta to match. Interestingly though, there are actually so many fun and fashionable ways to flaunt your patriotism today without looking like the National Flag. And here’s how you could go about it:

Opt for prints

You’re probably so used to wearing solid colours on Independence Day, but instead of going all green or all orange, why not wear a printed outfit that features one of these colours, perhaps against a white base? And while the tendency is to wear Indian clothing today, there’s no harm in wearing a printed dress/top or shirt (for the men).

Pick jewel tones

Attending a fancy function this evening? Wondering how to sport that desi look without going OTT? Wearing a sari or a salwar kameez in green or blue (or both) jewel tones are sure to add the right amount of shimmer and sheen to your look. Keep the rest of your appearance subtle. If it’s a high neck blouse/kurta you’re wearing, skip the necklace and wear crystal/diamond studded statement earrings instead.

Accessorise with orange

A tricky colour to wear, don’t even attempt dressing head to toe in this shade. Instead, bring in that pop of orange by means of your accessories. Your accessories could be in varying shades of orange, from peach and coral to tangerine. You could either carry an envelope clutch, or wear pom-pom earrings in orange, a statement necklace over a white kurta, or even an orange belt to scrunch up that white button-down top.

Bring in desi elements

If you’re worried about looking too put together in tricolour-inspired clothing, you could simply wear any outfit you please, Indian or Western, and see if you could add elements such as oxidised silver jhumkas, silver bangles, a Bandhini stole, or Kolhapuri chappals/ Punjabi juttis, depending on what goes best with your outfit.

Wear handloom

There’s really no better day than today to wear handloom in support of local weavers and craftsmen, and in honour of the rich cultural heritage of our land. While men can opt for Khadi kurtas or even Kalamkari shirts, women can either wear hand-block kurtas or handloom saris, ranging from the striking Ilkals of Karnataka, the classic Kasavu of Kerala, the crisp Chettinad cottons from Tamil Nadu (paired with a contrasting Kalamkari blouse), or the exclusive Pochampally silk saris of Telangana, to Sambalpuri Ikats of Orissa, Matka silk saris of West Bengal or intricate Chikankari saris that Lucknow is famous for, among other varieties of saris. And if you really cannot bother with how you look today, it’s good to remember that patriotism though often articulated visibly and in various forms, does in fact come from the heart! And that’s what really matters.Read more at:marieaustralia | formal dresses 2017

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11/08/2017

Dark and playing the part

WE wield fashion always as a way to tell a story without the use of words and have fun with it. But sometimes, it can be wielded to cause a stir.

By fusing classic techniques with contemporary silhouettes, fashion designer Bree Esplanada presents his collection that is all things quirky, writhing with dark humor—and a little bit of shade.

It’s a capsule collection that I did to feed my soul as an artist,” Bree shared. “For this collection, I was inspired by the tailoring of menswear techniques of the ‘60s juxtaposed with modern feminine couture gowns.”

When asked what the process was like in making the ensembles, he said: “First, I decided on the silhouette which is made up of baggy jackets, pants and form-fitting gowns. Last, I designed the embroidery which are eyes in different sizes to depict that she knows and sees everything.”

Bree envisions the one who dons these ensembles to be the epitome of a self-sufficient woman. “It’s a story of an independent woman who would earn her own money without the help of sugar daddies and benefactors,” he said candidly.

But more than that, this is inspired in a way by a woman’s allure, her talents, her wits and could even be, the tricks up her sleeve—her feminine wiles.

What is fashion, after all, but an avenue to be wild when it comes to expressing oneself and bringing the truth and emotions to life. In this case, this is a collection brimming with self-expression and chock-full of attitude.

“I want people to see my brand as a lingering narrative of dark poetry,” he said.Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses melbourne

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