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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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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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Fashion designer gives back in a big way

Fashion designer gives back in a big way
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Bethesda High School graduate Kaycee Marshall has been busy studying fashion design at Kent State University in Ohio, but came back to Indianapolis over the weekend to pay forward a cause close to her heart.

Marshall was born with a malformation of the spine and heart condition, spending her childhood in and out of Riley Hospital for Children and had the opportunity to work with the now medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at Riley, Dr. Chuck Dietzen.

Dr. Chuck, as his young patients call him, founded the Timmy Global Health Foundation in 1997 and as a former pro-wrestler, has sponsored an annual wrestling event for Riley patients for many years.

This year, with the help of Marshall, he decided to sponsor an event in the form of a fashion show.

"Fashion had always been my thing since the first grade," Marshall said. "I was sketching clothes back then. I love that fashion can be anything, it's a way to express yourself — moody, glam, edgy ... whatever you want to be."

The show wouldn't have been possible without the help of local businesses and talent.

With the donation of three designs by Marshall and a group of other local boutiques — Ella Mae's, Blush Boutique, Lil' Bloomers, The Watermelon Patch, Meme's, D's Cleaners and Sweet M's — nine models and current Riley patients had the opportunity to walk the runway at Indianapolis' Incrediplex facility.

Kristen Maloney from D-Zign Salon, Mackenzie Fair from Studio 603 and Mandy Roberts from The Place for Hair all donated their time and supplies to prepare the young models with hair and makeup.

Steven Dean with Soundwaves Entertainment served as emce and Matt Portwood with MP Films was the photographer.

The joy was apparent on the children's faces as they walked the runway and posed with audience members clapping and yelling support.

"The show is entitled 'Once Upon A Dream' because I want the kids to just feel beautiful," Marshall said. "I want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to and to dream big.

"I'm following my dream and I hope to give back to the fashion industry with models of diversity. Just this year, the first model in a wheelchair went down the runway at New York's Fashion Week and I want to see more of that."

Marshall has plans to travel and study fashion this school year with study abroad programs in Florence, Italy, and New York City.

She designed a pink, lighted tu-tu worn by Macie Bravo and a pink flowered dress worn by Grace Schraufnagel.

Other models included Hayden Cloud, Chad Keown, Emily Smith, Riley Smith, Caden Upchurch, Christin Gregory and Mallory Hackworth.

Marshall also designed a black dress worn by guest vocalist and Danville graduate Brianna Patrick.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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