A Shippagan, N.B., designer launched a fashion line last weekend to help raise funds for a domestic violence charity.
Lyne Chantal Boudreau debuted Bibilyn Designs, a clothing line of made-to-measure, custom-made designs for women, at the World Wine and Food Expo in Moncton.
Expo president Bill Vance asked Boudreau to make eight dresses for the event. They were featured on the posters for the expo and two were auctioned off.
Support for victims of family violence
A portion of the profits made on each piece goes to the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, a New Brunswick organization with the goal of "preventing and eliminating family violence."
"I have this charity very near [to my heart]. For me, it's very very important to eliminate all those kinds of violence against women and children," Boudreau said.
Boudreau, who is a university researcher and professor at the Université de Moncton campus in Shippagan, said she has been closely affected by family violence, although she did not want to discuss details.
She began developing her designs in 2014 when she noticed it was hard to find exclusive pieces while shopping for clothes.
"I had always been involved in the community. That's where the idea to create an exclusive dress for each woman came from, because each woman is unique and different," said Boudreau.
"I wanted to give back some self-esteem to those women, to believe in their potential...it's also about giving women a bit of control back in their lives," she told CBC in a French interview.
The designer's cat, Bibi, serves as the brand's mascot.
Boudreau said she and her daughter rescued the cat seven years ago during "a difficult period" in her family's life.
"In his own way, he saved [our lives], so I wanted to pay tribute to him."
Challenges as a francophone designer
Boudreau, who designed her own wedding dress and maternity wear, sketches the designs and contracts a team of seamstresses to make them.
"The challenges are many as a female francophone designer in New Brunswick. For example, how do you find high enough quality products to make made-to-measure designer dresses? I have to leave the province in order to get the elements I need to build this company," she said.
She said starting her business was not easy and she hopes to one day serve as a mentor to other women wishing to become entrepreneurs.
Looking ahead, Boudreau said she has begun a collection for young girls, with two dresses already made.Read more at:marieaustralia
In her upcoming movie Jagga Jasoos, Katrina Kaif will be seen sporting eco-friendly clothes that she picked from a Los Angeles store. This trend isn’t just local, British actress Emma Watson is another celebrity who wears eco-friendly clothes and urges her fans to do so as well.
At the Met Gala this year, she donned a custom Calvin Klein and Eco-Age gown made from sustainable cotton, satin, and taffeta woven from recycled plastic yarn. At the Paris Fashion Week 2017, models walked the runaway wearing some stunning eco-friendly collection. In fact, the recently concluded Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week, is one of the largest sustainable fashion events in the world.
There are many city-based fashion designers, who are going the green way. Designer Shravan Kumar, who has been designing environment friendly clothes for the past two decades and has showcased at various fashion shows, such as the Vancouver and Mysore Fashion Weeks “These days, many people are choosing to go eco-friendly. Of the three kinds of environment friendly clothes — sustainable have zero-wastage when made, organic ones do not use chemicals, and eco-friendly clothes do not harm the environment," he explains.
Shravan believes that is important to not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. “Amala Akkineni and Prashanti Tipirneni (costume-designer of Baahubali) are regular clients. Eco-friendly clothes aren’t just about saris and kurtis but one can look stunning in environmental-friendly trousers, jackets, and skirts amongst others. They are as affordable as any other clothes. There are many price ranges, for different people,” he informs.
Bina Rao of the Creative Bee foundation has also showcased eco-friendly clothes at the recent Lakme Fashion Week and many other fashion shows. “People are becoming more environment conscious and many designers are choosing to go the green way. I’ve been designing such clothes for the last two decades, but the trend has only caught up recently. There is an international demand for these clothes too. I frequently supply to a Japanese store and actress Tabu is my regular customer here,” says Bina.
She agrees with Shravan that these clothes are pocket-friendly too. “The clothes are so reasonable that one can buy a kurti for less than Rs 1,000, she informs.Read more at:evening gowns
Popular trainer Azaraiahz conducted an interactive and informative discussion followed by “Fitness Fashion Show” on the occasion of the opening of the new Azaraiahz’s Gymnasium on Road no3, Banjara Hills. The event was attended by "Miss Asia international” Rashmi Thakur.
Speaking on the occasion Azhariahz says “Price is constantly quoted as a reason not to join a gym. We have removed this hurdle. We also recognise that people sometimes need to adjust their fitness activity to fall in line with other events and circumstances taking place in their lives.
For example, a wedding or a holiday may prompt a desire to lose weight while a hectic work schedule may render regular gym attendance impossible. To accommodate fluctuating needs we have done away with contracts making it easier for people to come and go as they please.”
“The icing on the cake is the workout hours are flexible. There are a huge number of people in our country that have work schedules and family commitments which make it difficult for them to visit a gym during the day.
To make it easier for these people to get and stay fit and healthy we make our facilities available around the clock,” he concluded.
Speaking during the launch Rashmi Thakur said, “Being healthy is Lifestye” and beauties are made in this beast cage of Azariahz Gymnasium.”Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com | formal evening dresses