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19/08/2017

Beauty and brains combined

Deepica now wants to come up with a product line for South Asian women’s skin tones.
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Any make-up lover around the world would probably know the bizarre but effective trick to cover under-eye dark circles with red lipstick. Although it has been used by beauticians since a long time, it was YouTuber and makeup guru Deepica Mutyala who introduced it to the Internet. Her second video was viewed by a whopping 10 million people and since then, there has been no looking back for her. Deepica, who now has over one lakh subscribers, lives in LA and grew up in Texas. Belonging originally to Kakinada, Deepica says that as a kid, she would love visiting the villages. The free-spirited, chatty girl is also super busy, having covered the MET Gala red carpet as part of the Today Show.

“Coming from a typical Indian family, my father wanted me to become a doctor but I was always interested in make-up,” she confesses, adding, “I had never seen a South Asian make it big in the beauty industry, so I even dyed my hair blonde and wore blue contact lenses to fit in. Then I figured that I would get into the business side of it and started working with beauty companies as a marketer. I thought I’d go to Harvard Business School after work, just to appease my parents.”

But while on the job, Deepica’s company noticed her blog and asked her to do videos for them. “I always liked to dabble in TV and this was on similar lines, so I was the happiest,” she says. Soon, Deepica gathered enough courage to start a YouTube channel and when her second video went viral, she grabbed the opportunity. “That moment was an epiphany for me. I could have either taken it as my 15 minutes of fame and forgotten about it or turned my career around with it. That video gave me the opportunity to become a beauty correspondent on the Today Show,” says Deepica, proudly.

Soon she went to New York City, where her other dream got fulfilled. “I worked hard to get invited to the MET Gala to cover the red carpet event and that was the highest point in my career. I saw so many Indians on the carpet like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra and was really proud to be sharing space with them,” she exults. But how did her parents react to all this? “I quit my day job to focus on YouTube but did not tell my parents. I had already rebelled by not being a doctor and I was terrified of what they would say if I told them the truth! I didn’t want them to think that I needed their financial support either,” reveals Deepica.

However, they soon came to know about it through the grapevine. But Deepica was pleasantly surprised by her father’s reaction. “My father gave me a cheque and said, ‘Think of this as an investment in somebody I believe in’. I started crying and tore up the cheque, saying ‘that’s all I wanted to hear’,” recalls Deepica. The beauty guru has borne it all, including a tough phase of depression which she combated by surrounding herself with people that she loves. In the future, Deepica wants to come up with a product line for South Asian women’s skin tones and says that she would love to lend her story to television.Read more at:red carpet dresses

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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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