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Handcrafted beauty

For Harmeet Arora, her jewellery brand Rheet is all about celebrating traditional designs in a contemporary style. The brand that was launched in January 2015 is now known for beautiful metal-based handcrafted jewellery. "All the collections are trendy and traditional at the same time," says the Odisha-born designer, who is now based in Bengaluru. She likes to keep her creations simple and elegant, and lets the designs do the talking. "Since gold jewellery cannot be used for daily wear, I wanted to create jewellery pieces that were simple enough to be worn to the office and dressy enough for a wedding at the same time," she says. The hallmark of Rheet is the interplay of textures that she does in each of her jewellery pieces.

Small Beginning

Harmeet, who pursued jewellery designing as a hobby while in the US, started making fancy jewellery pieces with beads and semi-precious stones after shifting to Bengaluru. She retails through her Facebook page Rheet and her collection includes earrings, rings and other jewellery pieces. She reveals that encouragement from friends, and her own need for a brand that was niche yet not too dressy, were two other factors that contributed to her launching Rheet. "I started small with earrings, beads and a few other simpler things. As people liked them, I started creating necklaces, bangles, anklets and bracelets as well," she says. Harmeet uses different materials in her designs, that range from traditional Indian style to middle Eastern, native American, Bohemian Gypsy, contemporary and modern. In tradition Indian jewellery pieces that she creates, Harmeet uses Rajasthani Meenakari, Kundan and Dori. "As colours impact designs greatly, I use a variety of them in every jewellery that I make. The challenge is to combine colour and design in the best way possible," she says. Harmeet handpicks her raw materials herself, often from her travels.

Craft Perfect

Her latest collection comprises stunning 'Jhumkas' that can be teemed up with both Western and India outfits. Harmeet uses Kundan, pearls, beads and polymer clay to fashion the ear pieces that are finally ornamented with 'Meenakari' (enamelling). She is also working on large necklaces and bangles that are created from silk threads, Kashmiri beads and semi-precious stones. The necklace collection also features Meenakari pendants mounted on silver, which are strung on rows of silk threads.

Unique Designs

So how does Rheet stand out? "While there are a lot of similar jewellery being sold, I have always made products that are unique. No two designs in Rheet are the same. Every piece is unique and has got a story and inspiration behind it.

Often, I mix and match different styles or design traditions. I draw inspiration from nature, day-to-day life and other cultures. All the pieces are handcrafted," she says. Harmeet currently has dedicated customers both in India and abroad and among the various items, her earrings sell the most. "So, far the journey has been really good. I am planning to open my own jewellery store soon. I have sold some jewellery pieces in the US and other countries. It would be good to take the brand to different parts of world," she says. Harmeet, however, does not make customised jewellery. "Every thing that is created in my studio is from suggestions that customers make. I have been lucky that they are liking my work," she signs off.Read more at:green formal dresses | yellow formal dresses

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Fashion Week newcomers

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Orapeleng Modutle's collection was inspired by a ''nautical glam" style - resort dresses made for affluent brides who prefer to get married in warm climates such as the Greek islands and the Seychelles.

Inspired by Gavin Rajah and Thula Sindi, Modutle's collection was filled with simple elegance and clean lines.

"We had to use flowy, feminine patterns with a focus on women's décolletage and a lot of beaded, luxurious fabrics," he said.

It's easy to throw the words ''culture appreciation" around in fashion, but Tina Ngxokolo used her heritage to great effect in her debut collection.

Like her older brother, Laduma Ngxokolo of the Maxhosa label, Tina draws inspiration from her upbringing.

"I was inspired by the desire to explore nostalgic moments I'd had with my late mother, my Xhosa culture, and beautiful African women," she said.

"The typical heavy and warm Xhosa costume (uMbhaco) was reinterpreted in lightweight fabrics without taking away from the authenticity of the traditional garb. The yellow background pattern is a collaboration between myself and Rufain Wentzel, who I met at university," she said.

The young designer's work also represents the ancient Xhosa people called Amaqaba.

"Amaqaba people are part of the bigger Xhosa tribe - this was my core inspiration when I did my final-year collection at university," she said.

"I love the culture and dress of ancient Xhosa people."

Tina knew she had to distinguish her debut collection from her brother's knitwear signature. ''I worked with different silhouettes, textures and patterns for the collection," she said.

"I wanted to challenge conceptions about fabrics like leather that are associated with winter, and design pieces using the material for summer."Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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Minimalist mama

In the summer of 2016, fashion designer Patty Ang turned 24 years old. She also shot to international fame when actress Andi Eigenmann landed on Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list sporting Patty’s pristine white jumpsuit with a flowing, floor-length cape at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

At her atelier in Makati, Patty sits behind her desk, recalling the career milestone with equal parts giddiness and bewilderment; suddenly, she was receiving calls from prospective clients abroad, inquiring if she could make clothes for them.

Changing the subject, she asks if her simple white top, which she designed herself, will do for her photo shoot. A white top is this designer’s trademark look. “People who know me well know I’m a jeans-and-white-shirt kind of gal,” she says. “That’s what I wear almost every day!”

Her simplicity in style is also apparent in her beauty regimen. Patty—who has smooth, poreless skin—says, “I make sure to wash and clean my face well every time before heading to bed. Just lotion, moisturizer and sunblock every day do really well for your skin!” Her very basic skincare system is not without reason: “I honestly don’t use many beauty products, as I had a scare before. When I was younger, I got the worst breakout after using some beauty products.”

Patty hopes to impart her philosophy of minimalism one day to her daughter, Alexa. “Simplicity. I will always and forever stick to the classics and basics. They never get old. Simplicity is beauty.” For now, this doesn’t seem to be a problem, since her daughter is still very young and appears to look up to mom. “Oh, she is very easy. She likes doing what I want,” observes Patty. “It’s so easy bonding with her during dinner, sports and shopping.”

Still, Patty encourages Alexa to assert her uniqueness whenever she can. “At this stage, I let her be,” she says. “I want her to discover things on her own. I want her to find what her true passion is. I don’t expect our passions to be the same. I would be happy if they were! But if they’re not, I just want her to find out what hers is. I think being passionate about what you’re doing is very important.”

Aside from designing clothes that make it to best-dressed lists, Patty is passionate about traveling. Of her penchant to pack up and go, “I make sure after working hard, I reward myself!” she says. Her favorite destination is Europe. Like her polished designs, the continent evokes timeless beauty. Swears Patty, “I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.”

Reprinted from Baby Magazine, now available in selected magazine outlets nationwide.Read more at:formal dresses | long formal dresses

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