The sixth edition of the Vogue Beauty Awards witnessed a bevy of Bollywood beauties dressed in striking outfits. As the evening celebrated beauty, the red carpet shone brightly with faces, some new, some old. We pick the three ladies who stood out from the crowd for their stellar sartorial choices.
Anushka of Dil Dhadakne Do fame certainly made our heart beat faster as she lived out her fairytale in a lemon-yellow neoprene and tulle gown by Gauri and Nainika. Although the gown was beautiful and reminiscent of the summer breeze, her make-up was not up to the mark. She kept it minimalist but the colour of her dress made her look pale and washed out. Perhaps a pop of colour on her lips could’ve elevated her look. She made her first red carpet appearance with beau Virat Kohli, who she also referred to as her arm candy. She rightly bagged the ‘Beauty of the Year’ award on the night.
It seems that Sunil Shetty’s daughter has gotten off the right foot in Bollywood. The budding actor, who won the ‘Fresh Face’ award in the ‘Best of Bollywood’ section, was spotted in a mustard Gauri and Nainika off-shoulder gown and looked gorgeous. Soon to be seen in Salman Khan’s production Hero, the debutante accessorised her look with Dior earrings and a Jimmy Choo clutch. She went for a dark lip and kept the rest of her make-up subtle, which truly showed that she’s soon to rise to the ranks of B-town’s fashionistas.
She looked statuesque on the occasion in this cobalt blue Gauri and Nainika number. Full points to Dhupia for adding an element of quirk to her look with an eight-ball minaudiere by Judith Leiber. She pulled off her plunging neckline by drawing attention to her face with her sleek bun and dark eyes, adding oomph to her look. Hosting the night along with Vogue India’s editor Priya Tanna, Neha carried out her duties for the night in style.
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Vogue readers are less than impressed with the magazine's latest issue, which features a somewhat unnatural photo of 48-year-old Nicole Kidman on its cover.
So what started out as a proud moment for designer Marc Jacobs, 52 - who made the dress that the actress is posing in - turned ugly when fans took to Instagram to criticize the picture.
After he posted a snap of the cover on his personal page yesterday, Marc Jacob’s followers chimed in to compliment the dress - before sharing their disappointment that the Oscar-winning actress wearing it doesn't quite look like herself.
Appearing on the front of the iconic fashion magazine's August issue, the Bewitched star looks a bit bewitched herself - by the magic of Photoshop, that is.
Many people are calling out Vogue editors for excess photo editing, charging that Nicole looks nothing like the beautiful woman they've grown to love in films like Practical Magic and Eyes Wide Shut.
So though Marc was excited to show off the cover, which shows Nicole in a stunning backless dress embellished with sequins in a multicolor floral pattern, he didn't quite get the positive response he's used to.
But instead of focusing on the stunning actress in an equally stunning gown, his followers quickly commented on the seeming overuse of photo-editing tools.
'At least they didn't Photoshop the detail from that amazing dress!' wrote one, offering an optimistic view on the debacle, while another made the point more harshly: 'Terrible photo, bad makeup, awful photoshop, surgery gone wrong or just a bad day!!!!! [sic].
Some noted that the expression on Nicole's face looked rather unhappy, writing: 'She does look miserable and totally uncomfortable.'
On Vogue's Instagram page, the same photo fetched similar comments, with complaints that the magazine relied too heavily on Photoshop and made Nicole's mouth look, to put it simply: 'very different'.
Marc, clearly unaware that he waded into hot water when he shared the snap, took the opportunity to defend Nicole as well as the fashion magazine, writing: 'All you haters... When were you last given a cover of Vogue? Damn people have a lot of negative energy..!! [sic]'
All of the controversy surrounding the cover image has shifted attention from the actress' interview with the magazine, which touches on the loss of her father last year and even her relationship with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise.
'When I was with Tom, I don’t remember paparazzi sitting outside our house . . . not like now. This is different,' she said while discussing the ever-present flash of photographers' cameras.
The Aussie star also participated in one of Vogue's famous '73 Questions' videos, in which she takes viewers on a tour of her Australian farm.
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Some spa directors would have balked at the challenge. Spa treatments are by definition leisurely experiences that leave you totally relaxed. How can you achieve that result in just 20 minutes?
When Lyndall Mitchell, founder of Aurora Spa, was invited to provide spa services in Qantas' First Lounges in Melbourne and Sydney in 2014 she embraced the opportunity to devise a menu of 20-minute treatments.
"We have always been about maximum results in minimum time," Mitchell says. Usually that means adding extras. Book a pedicure at an Aurora Spa, for example, and you will be offered an eye mask, a choice of music or visualisation – oh yes, and you will get to stretch out for the duration of the treatment.
This time, Mitchell took a different tack. "We had to look at which treatments we could effectively deliver in that time," she says. Manicures and pedicures were out, whereas express facials and body treatments made the cut. "Every traveller has some tension somewhere they want to get rid of," she says. "The treatments have been getting rave reviews."
Aurora's partnership with Qantas – it has also designed a bespoke product range for the First Lounges and supplies products on board and in business class lounges – is the latest of a series of strategic partnerships that has made Aurora one of the main players in the Australian spa industry. Since Mitchell launched her brand 18 years ago the industry in Australia has boomed. In the past 10 years it has grown 4.7 per cent annually, IBISWorld says. However, with a total worth of $387 million it is tiny compared with the global industry, valued at $94 billion by SRI International.
"It is a young market, so lots of opportunities have come up, and we have been careful about which opportunities we take up," Mitchell says. Aurora's two spas are housed in five-star hotels – The Prince in Melbourne and Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast – and the brand also works with Sephora, which stocks its ASPAR products in its stores.
Mitchell drew her inspiration from European spa traditions. "I love that approach where wellness is integrated into life and into the healthcare system," she says. Mitchell designed her urban spas to help clients integrate wellness into their daily life. Over the years the offerings have changed, with early services such as personal training dropped in favour of a focus on body treatments and skincare treatments. "We found clients want to switch off rather than rev up," Mitchell says.
The business has grown by more than 10 per cent almost every year since its inception and now employs more than 100 staff, who have delivered 500,000 treatments. In addition to the spas themselves, there is the 26-strong ASPAR product range made with Australian botanicals, and a training and development arm.
Mitchell expects that the revenue from the product line will overtake the spas soon as the business' most profitable arm. The training and development arm remains an important tool for raising brand awareness, with Mitchell delivering wellness masterclasses for corporate clients including the NAB.
"We call it the Boardroom Retreat and it is about giving people two hours' worth of life skills," Mitchell says. "Workloads are going up, stress is going up – it is vital that people have a place to wind down. A few little moments of mindfulness throughout the day – whether that is inhaling the aroma of our rose and aloe body wash in the shower, or a one-minute meditation – can help a leader function effectively.
"Ultimately, what we are about is giving our clients the support to be the best they can be personally and professionally."
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