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14/07/2016

A trend to dye for: This season eye catching swirls of colour see Hippie culture get a high-fashion makeover

An era defined by free love, music parents hated and an “if it feels good, do it” attitude, sixties Hippie counter culture is back. Sartorially, this was a movement bound by self-expression so what was the number one garb for elite nonconformists? Tie-dye, of course. With its roots in ancient forms of “resist-dyeing”, the free-spirited tinting technique reached peak popularity in the 70s followed by a short stint in the 90s thanks to a surge in youthful rebellion and do-it-yourself style. But, just how has the capacity to tie, twist and dye become a trend frontrunner in 2016?

This season, tie-dye print gets a high-fashion makeover with a grown-up take on pastel-hued swirls and bursts of colour. One of the most elegant offerings came from Altuzarra who worked with tonal-greens, rich oranges and yellows inspired by the designer’s Spanish heritage. Tie-dyed in saturated colour, the silhouettes retained maturity with crepe skirts cut high to the waist, midi-length dresses and their signature thigh-baring split.

This more considered approach wasn’t for everyone though with some designers sticking to tie-dye’s imperturbable roots, albeit with a high-fashion twist. For Valentino, jacquard coats, cargo jackets and flares were swathed in khaki and burnt range tie-dye with a collection stirred by the wild plains of Africa. For Max Azria though, 70s skate and surf culture took the reins with board shorts, tie-dye knits and multi-coloured bucket hats oozing West Coast style.

Tie-Dye is a great alternative to habitual summer prints such as florals but to avoid looking like you’ve just stepped out of a time warp, there are a few points to consider. Wear it sparingly, one item at a time as like many other patterned trends, it’s important not to go overboard. Source one key piece, such as a top or skirt, and make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral – you want to avoid clichéd surfer vibes and little goes a long way with this one. Don’t be afraid of colour either and be sure to embrace tie-dye’s psychedelic heredities; for something a little chicer opt for pieces that contain shades within the same colour family. This season, it really is a case of do or dye.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses canberra

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12/07/2016

Inspired by rich traditions

ATTRACTIVE Bridal collections by Ravi.
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His work is a mix of classic silhouettes with a touch of modernity and reflects grace and style in terms of its detailing and the colour palette. “I was always inspired by the culture of my hometown Rajasthan. I landed in Kolkata to pursue my Chartered Accountancy, but probably destiny had its own plans, and I somehow started to craft my own designs and clothes. I combined my inspiration of Rajasthan and blended it with the richness of Bengal and slowly started my label in October 2014, ”says Ravi.

Considering that the festive season is approaching, his latest collection revolves around the same and he says his focus is on bridal and trousseau wear. He says, “This collection will offer customers elegant yet modern pieces for the pre and post functions. We try to keep the fabrics always rich in its appearance. So fabrics like raw silk, ‘tussar’, ‘muga’ and embroideries are the ones we always experiment with.”

The hues focussed are dark and bold. Colours like red, blue, white, mustard and different shades of these are often used keeping in mind the festive theme. The collection offers an array of choices for both the bridesmaid and the bride.

And it is not just women, they are also offering a collection of smart capes and jackets for men to experiment with.

“My forte lies in embroidery. With the rich ‘karigari’ in West Bengal, we are trying to innovate and give variation to this embroidery,” adds Ravi.

Pointing out that the fashion industry is not that easy and glamourous as it looks, he says that there are always different challenges that come up every day. On a hopeful note, he says, “I guess that’s part and parcel of the industry. You just need to cope up with it.” He advises young designers to love what they do.

“Never give up on what you do best and always try to push your limits. There is no alternative to hard work,” says Ravi.Read more at:evening gowns

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09/07/2016

SCAD’s Fashion and Film Museum Targets 75,000 Visitors

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The Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fashion and film museum is targeting 75,000 visitors by 2019, as it plans to hold four to six rotating exhibitions a year showcasing works from famous and emerging designers, photographers and filmmakers, said executive director Alexandra Sachs.

This year, SCAD FASH hopes to draw 20,000 to 25,000 visitors, based on attendance at its latest show, “Carolina Herrera, Refined Irreverence,” which is expected to draw more than 10,000 to the facility that opened on SCAD’s Atlanta campus last October.

British designer and fashion stylist Daniel Lismore’s “Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” exhibit, which ran from Jan. 22 to May 1, had an attendance of 5,000, according to Sachs. That came on top of SCAD FASH’s maiden Oscar de La Renta show, which attracted 10,500 fans last fall.

Sachs would not provide investment figures for the new facility, which added 10,000 square feet of working space to the college’s 27,000-square-foot building. SCAD FASH has one large and one small gallery, as well as a media library for film and digital presentations. The permanent collection features 1,000 garments by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.

“We had a great turnout for Oscar de la Renta’s first posthumous exhibit,” Sachs said. “Given the same love people have forCarolina Herrera, we would expect that number to be matched or exceeded.” The Herrera exhibit runs until Sept. 25 and has installations in both Atlanta and SCAD’s Museum of Art in Savannah.

Alongside the Herrera show is a smaller one devoted to the late photographer Bill Cunningham, “Grand Divertissement à Versailles,” featuring exclusive shots of the John B. Fairchild-dubbed “Battle of Versailles” runway show of French and American designers in Paris in 1973. Cunningham famously photographed Herrera in a white evening gown in 1979.

SCAD FASH, which charges a $10 admission, also plans to sell roughly 500 memberships annually, with prices ranging from $50 to $70 for the public and $30 for SCAD staff. In 2016, the school estimates selling around 300 memberships, from 175 currently. Exhibit catalogues and other museum media will also be marketed. Based on those estimates, SCAD FASH’s base turnover could near $1 million in three years.Read more at:celebrity dresses

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