Ever since its first “Fashion Plate”-themed event in 1971, the Met Gala has remained an annual playground for the kind of visionary, no-holds-barred glamourthat’s otherwise reserved for photo shoots. No wonder, then, that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has also been the site of iconic beauty transformations sure to spark trends—and more than a few headlines.

At 2015’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” fete, Dakota Johnson soaked up the spotlight with her long ingenue waves chopped to a springy chin length—and arguably set off the wave of bobs that’s still sweeping the Instagram set. Gisele Bündchen’s steamy bronze glow in 1999 was just as prescient, elevating bombshell nudes into the gold standard of summer makeup, and Kate Moss’s finger-raked waves seemed to predict the rise of the perennial beach babe the same year.

And yet, for a certain kind of red carpet regular, the Met Gala is less about perfecting a signature look than an opportunity to walk the line between whimsical and dramatic. Take Cher, who paired a sparkling Bob Mackie confection with sculptural earrings and a wash of lavender eyeshadow in 1985, while Beyoncé went from Sasha Fierce to avant-garde vamp with the help of a slicked-down style and a smoldering violet lip in 2014—and Rihanna won the 2015 red carpet with the help of a gilded headdress and a transformative set of eyebrows.

With this year’s “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons”–themed festivities promising to inspire their fair share of geometric haircuts and monochromatic palettes, here’s a look at the Met Gala’s most unforgettable beauty moments of all time.Read more at:unique formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در پنجشنبه 7 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 7:36

In international fashion, the biggest story right now is not the clothes or the game of musical chairs being played by designers of leading houses. It’s the new models in town: girls of all shades, hair types and personalities, from every corner of the world. And for the first time, there’s more than one model from ours.

India is no newbie to having models in the big league. In the early ’70s, Anjali Mendes became muse to Pierre Cardin and later in the same decade, Kirat Young started to work with Yves Saint Laurent. There was Ujjwala Raut in 2003 burning up the runways for Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Michael Kors, and appearing in campaigns for YSL Beauty and Dolce & Gabbana. Half-a-dozen years later, Lakshmi Menon put India on the map as the face of Hermès and Givenchy, with editorials in every major fashion magazine and appearances on the catwalks of all four fashion capitals. But three models, all super at the same time? Plus, more waiting in the wings? Not until now.

Bhumika Arora was the model who set this ball rolling. In 2014, she burst on to the Paris catwalks with a debut show at Dries Van Noten, and then walked for Viktor & Rolf and Maxime Simoëns. In three short years, she’s racked up appearances at Chanel, Balmain, Fendi, Armani Prive, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, appeared in almost every international fashion magazine that matters—including on the cover of ELLE UK—and is fresh off a campaign for Bobbi Brown.

When I speak with Arora, she is just back in New York after a week in Paris. She was there for fashion week, where she walked for Balmain’s army and then stayed on to meet friends. Her hair is pulled back, and she’s got a pair of cat-eyed spectacles perched on her nose and that slept-in-but-jetlagged look about her. We’re FaceTiming, which she seems unused to.

At 29, Arora is older than the traditional model. Breaking convention further, she also doesn’t wear anything sheer on the runway, because, you know, Indian. But Arora doesn’t seem exceptionally aware of just how much on her own terms she is scripting her success and how she has carved a path for others. She does recall, however, that her fellow models had no memory of seeing an Indian on international ramps when she first started modelling. “People were very surprised, even some of the people from casting and designer teams. It made me stand out. Now things have changed. It’s been three years since I started modelling, and many people are coming.”

In 2015, another Indian model, Pooja Mor, walked for Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana, and has since shot campaigns for Tory Burch and H&M. ELLE’s February cover star Radhika Nair is this year’s girl rising. She has become the first Indian to walk for Balenciaga, besides doing Etro, Pucci and Mulberry. Natasha Ramachandran walked for Moncler and Nicole Miller this season, and has done campaigns for Aveda and British high-street brand, Toast. Rasika Navare is making her name as a beauty face—with campaigns for Smashbox, Sephora (Canada) and Givenchy Cosmetics (Gulf). Monica Tomas, whose first cover was with ELLE (June 2015), made her New York Fashion Week debut at Zac Posen. Add in the girls of Indian origin—Neelam Gill from Britain, who debuted as the face of Burberry, and is now signed to L’Oréal UK, and Kelly Gale, the Swedish and half-Indian Victoria’s Secret angel—and the numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

This may not be the tsunami of Eastern European models that dominated international fashion in decades past, but it’s certainly a wave. And it has nowhere near crested. “Fashion is looking for diversity now,” says Anthony Bourgois, senior executive agent at The Society Management, New York, the model agency that manages Arora as well as Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima and Liu Wen. “Bhumika appeared at a key moment. There had been no new Indian models till then.”

Arora was born in Karnal, Haryana, and only gave in to her desire to become a model after finishing her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Chandigarh. She moved to Delhi knowing nobody and with nothing save her determination to make it. Three years later, she had walked at both Indian fashion weeks. That’s when Arora decided to try internationally. “I had nobody to guide me. I didn’t know where to go. It took me a year just to explore the possibilities, from looking up agencies to sending out my pictures.”

She was 26 when she made it to Paris with no help and no connections. “When I came [abroad] nobody knew how to come here or even if you could come here. It was just an experiment. The only two girls who had done this, Lakshmi and Ujjwala, were not in India. Because I was really into it, and didn’t mind trying it out on my own, I did it. But there was no proper dream. I just wanted to reach here,” she says.

When Ujjwala and Lakshmi hit the big time, India was opening its doors to the world of international luxury. “Luxury brands were looking to engage models in campaigns,” says Gunita Stobe, co-founder of Anima Creatives, the talent agency responsible for the majority of Indian models abroad. A decade later, luxury brands knew that India was not going to be the next China. Then Gap arrived, H&M arrived, and the excitement moved to the high street. “International brands began to look to engage with Indian faces again,” says Stobe.

But cause and effect is never so linear. Fashion is nothing if not unpredictable. Will this be the decade of the Indian model, or is this just a zeitgeisty flash-in-the-pan? Nobody can say for sure. “The world and fashion are both unpredictable right now,” agrees Arora. “It could be a trend. But whether or not you think it’s going to work out, you still have to try. Whatever I have done, whether a show or an editorial, I am just so happy I did it.”Read more at:2017 formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses online

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در سه شنبه 5 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 7:36
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Anna Dello Russo has a new gig. The Vogue Japan fashion director and digital influencer joins the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Curators program offering tips to travel in style in Tuscany. Rosewood controls the Castiglion del Bosco property in that Italian region.

“Italy is unlike any other place in the world, and you simply can’t find the quality of life that exists here anywhere else,” said Dello Russo. “Tuscany is particularly special to me as a place to find inspiration and relax. The landscape is so beautiful that even a quiet walk through the countryside is a truly mesmerizing experience.”

Launched in 2013, the Rosewood Curator program includes fashion icon Iris Apfel, ballerina Tan Yuan Yuan, fashion editor Nina Garcia, film director Johnnie To and auctioneer Simon de Pury.

According to Rosewood, “some of her recommendations include a cashmere blanket for a romantic picnic in the vineyards,” a “yoga outfit for a relaxing practice” or advice on day trips to Florence and Siena to discover authentic artisanal laboratories, for example.

Located within the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia Natural Park, in the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region, Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo in 2003. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has been leading the five-star resort since 2015. Castiglion del Bosco includes 62 hectares of vineyards and a golf club.

Among her many projects, in 2010, Dello Russo launched a namesake fragrance with Yoox, and the following year she was featured in the new INC campaign for Macy’s private-label brand. Tapped as the contemporary label’s editor at large for fall, Dello Russo both styled and appeared in the ads, which also featured model Karolina Kurkova. In 2012, to her accessories collection with H&M, the Swedish high-street retailer released “Fashion Shower,” a song and music video featuring the Italian editor. The accessories line included gold and turquoise minaudières, cuffs and necklaces.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در جمعه 1 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 8:05

Ahead of the opening in Ginza of its largest-ever store in Japan on Thursday, Dior is holding a series of events here, including both a haute couture and a men’s show.

For couture, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri will show eight new looks directly inspired by Japan. For Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche will present the pre-fall line, the first time the brand has ever done a show for a men’s pre-collection. The line will be available in store the following day.

“A house like Dior has to make surprises,” said Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture. “The surprise of the couture show. The surprise of this pre-fall presentation and selling the next day.”

Chiuri has also designed a special cherry-blossom themed ready-to-wear and accessory collection that will be sold exclusively at the Ginza store, which officially opens to the public Thursday. A wide range of dresses, jackets and bags are strewn with images of the delicate Japanese blossoms and the words “Jardin Japonais Christian Dior 1953,” referencing similar items designed by Christian Dior himself over six decades ago.

The five-story Dior boutique anchors the new luxury shopping destination Ginza Six, where other tenants include Céline, Valentino and Saint Laurent. As the number of international tourists to Japan continues to increase, Ginza has become a popular destination for visitors — so much so that the developers behind Ginza Six added a tour bus terminal to the complex. Even so, Toledano said the company’s strategy in Japan has not been affected by the influx of tourists.

“The market has been more impacted by the tourist business because of the yen, and mostly Chinese. You know, the Chinese they go where they can shop under good conditions, so we see them coming back to Europe for instance and less here,” the executive said. “But our strategy and the investment we did here in Japan was really to develop the local customer. We have a long-term view on this market. We have been here since ’53 and all the investment we do in any country is to develop the local customer. So regarding this strategy we are meeting the objectives.”

Toledano said that he is also noticing more Japanese traveling — and shopping — abroad than in recent months.

“We focus here on the local clients, and not only is [business] good in Japan with the Japanese customers, it is good outside Japan. We see Japanese traveling. You know, they didn’t come to France because of what happened in France, but now they’re feeling more secure and they’re coming back. And because of the yen being strong, we see them even buying outside. And our local customers here are also growing,” he said.

The new store features a spacious men’s floor on the lower level, three smaller floors dedicated to women’s wear and accessories, and a café that is the result of a collaboration with Pierre Hermé. It is the second such café in the world, after one that opened in Seoul in 2015. Toledano said he had spoken with Hermé about opening such a cafe and had hoped to add it to the brand’s Omotesando store, which opened in 2003, but there wasn’t sufficient space.

The interior of the new store, which was designed by Peter Marino, is light, open and spacious, with the emphasis placed firmly on the product. Toledano said this decision was made deliberately due to the brand’s experience with Japanese customers.

“The Japanese, their eyes want to see the product. If you put too many things around, if it looks like a furniture store, it becomes a problem. It distracts. They don’t know what you’re selling,” he said.

He also reflected on the Japanese eye for quality, service and ceremony, as well as the unique way in which they wear Dior.

“If you see a Japanese wearing a Dior dress or handling a Dior bag, or even the shoes, it looks like they bought it the day before. They maintain, they respect, you know, even inside of a bag,” the ceo said. “The way even they wear it, it’s always perfection.”

Dior’s history in Japan dates back to the early Fifties, and Empress Michiko even selected the house to create three dresses for her civil wedding in 1959. Toledano envisions a strong presence in the country in the future as well, even as he sees noticeable changes in the market.

“I think women are changing a lot again [in Japan]. I see a big change in the women’s behavior. I think something will happen more what Maria Grazia calls ‘feminist.’ I don’t want to refer to political feminists, but I refer to my fashion feminists. I think in their work, in their family life, things are changing,” the executive said. “In fashion we feel phenomena happening without giving a real social explanation. It’s just in the air. So I think this is an opportunity for us. It’s feminine feminists.”

While he feels the men’s market experiences fewer changes than women’s fashion does, he thinks fashion is on the cusp of one such change now.

“It happens, for me, every 20 years when you see changes in men’s fashion. A big breakthrough in Japan happened in 2000 because they were wearing all the same suits. Or crazy, crazy, very edgy, but that was just a niche or very young. But when they were starting working they were putting on the same suit, the same tie, and so on,” Toledano said. “And then Dior Homme came to move all this. And I think this will continue to develop in Japan for men’s, so we’re ready with the evolution of both genders.”

Overall, he is optimistic about the future of Dior in Japan.

“The important thing in Japan is that we want to continue. We believe in the market. We believe in the market as one of the key luxury markets in the world,” he said. “Japanese customers are loyal and they are looking for quality.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses melbourne | plus size evening wear

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در چهارشنبه 30 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 7:47
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The beauty world has gone wild for rainbow hair, and who can blame those who've fallen under the spell of this colorful and whimsical hairstyle? Its magical aura is hard to resist. But, is rainbow hair damaging to your tresses? It's worth knowing the potential pitfalls of this dazzling 'do before you go ahead and cause your hair any unnecessary damage. To achieve bright rainbow hair, you must bleach your locks first, before applying the colorful hues. However, bleach can be damaging, so it seems that the process of achieving rainbow hair might have some side effects.

Having said that, with non-natural hair colors seemingly on the rise — thanks Instagram for your myriad of beautiful hairspiration — new lines of brightly colored dyes are popping up. Hayley Williams' hair dye line goodDYEyoung, was released in 2016 and just this month, Lime Crime launched their Unicorn Hair Dyes. Both lines are vegan and cruelty-free and are paving the way for others to follow. The Lime Crime website states that their dyes work best on hair that's been lightened first, however their Full Coverage shades (like Chocolate Cherry, Blue Smoke, Leeloo, and more) will appear as more of a tint on dark brown hair, meaning you don't necessarily need to bleach your hair before using Lime Crime's dyes.

But if you're after the super bright, unicorn mane of your dreams, you'll want to know if rainbow hair is damaging to your tresses.

"Rainbow color is created by using specific products that lighten your hair," says Miguel Angarita, senior colorist at Mizu New York, in an email to Bustle. "You need to use bleach or lighteners to completely bring hair to the right brightness and blank canvas needed to achieve the look," he elaborates, "which can be extremely damaging to hair."

"The longer bleach sits on hair the more damage there will be," Angarita warns, which doesn't bode well for folks with very dark hair who are wanting to achieve rainbow strands.

But, if you've never dyed your hair before, the process of going rainbow could be less damaging. Angarita explains, "There is less risk if hair is ‘Virgin,’ however hair that is previously treated with any chemical service is at more risk for damage."

Although it's not all doom and gloom, "Companies have made additives like Olaplex or fatty buffers to allow longer application time and simultaneously protect [the] hairs’ elasticity, plus preventing breakage," says Angarita. While there is no product that will miraculously prevent all damage caused by lightening hair, these are pretty good options and you should ask your salon if they carry these or similar products.

In short — yes, bright rainbow hair is unfortunately damaging to your locks. The darker the shade you start with, the more lightening it'll need before applying rainbow tones and consequently, the more damage it's likely to take.

But if you're dead set on this magical trend, talk to your stylist about different, healthier ways to achieve the look that'll cause the least harm to your hair as possible.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در دوشنبه 28 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 12:11

Better act fast if you want to catch the transformation of Elle Woods.

"We are actually almost sold out of seats," Director Dennis Brown said. "We have just a few left on the Friday and Saturday of the second week. That's how well it's gone. Definitely a show worth seeing and people want to see it."

Vero Voce Studio Theatre presents the comedy "Legally Blonde The Musical Jr." April 21-30 at its theater in St. Charles. Performances are at 7 p.m. April 21 and 28; 3 and 6 p.m. April 23; 7:30 p.m. April 29; and 3 p.m. April 30. There is no performance April 22. The musical runs about 75 minutes, with an intermission.

Based on the hit movie and Broadway musical, "Legally Blonde The Musical Jr." tells the tale of Woods, a young woman who heads to Harvard to follow her high school boyfriend after he breaks up with her because she's not "serious" enough. The former fashion major finds herself in law school, where she confronts stereotypes, snobs and scandal.

"It is similar to the movie, but it's a musical," Brown said. "The songs are very, very catchy. So you'll be walking out singing the songs. I can't get them out of my head."

The musical is a discussion on life, college and different viewpoints, he said.

"It's a story of real courage and thought and moving forward. In fact she follows her dream for love," Brown said. "And finds that the love that she went there for wasn't the love she thought she was going to get in the end."

The musical features a cast of 20 area youths, age 15 and under.

"It works really well," Brown said. "I'm amazed at the maturity of the cast."

About half of the students have performed in previous Vero Voce productions, while the rest are appearing on the theater's stage for the first time.

"The good thing about our theater is it's very intimate. It means the young performers are up close to the audience, and the audience sees what's going on," Brown said. "You have a great intimate atmosphere."

Performing in such a venue offers the young actors a glimpse of what it is like to work in the profession, he said.

"About 90 percent of Chicago theaters are like that," Brown said. "It really is a good demonstration to the young performers if they are going to go into this business the type of theater they'll be working in."

About a quarter of the cast is taking part in the Illinois Grade School Music Association competition that takes place April 22, which is why there will be no performance that date.

Instead, there are two performances on Sunday, April 23.

With tickets to the show's run almost sold out as of press time, Vero Voce is considering adding additional dates. However, that depends on scheduling in the theater, which also hosts recitals and other events from its performing arts school, as well as getting the licensing approval for more days.

"There won't be any added performances unless we can get the license for it," Brown said.

People can call the theater to find out if more dates are added, as well as check Vero Voce's Facebook page, he said.

Later this spring Vero Voce will present other events including the Main Street Cabaret performance and two one-act operas.

"They are really funny, one-act operas," Brown said. "In English, so everybody can understand what's going on."Read more at:purple formal dresses | orange formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در جمعه 25 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 7:35
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Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up, and PLM solutions, has announced that Fossil Group, a global lifestyle accessories company, is using “My Collection” industry solution experience for consumer goods and retail companies, to develop and manage the lifecycles of its diverse and differentiated products.

Fossil Group was seeking to support its long-term corporate vision to accelerate its business globally. Specifically, it needed a scalable solution to streamline the development of its watch, jewellery and handbag collections, support creativity and innovation, improve sourcing and supply chain management, and launch products closer to consumer demand.

Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault Systèmes’ “My Collection” industry solution experience provides Fossil Group with a single digital environment that connects internal and external stakeholders, integrates complex supply chains, and improves visibility, flexibility and decision support for multiple product categories. Unified design, development, and sourcing capabilities and a single source of data facilitate real-time collaboration, process efficiency and data reuse. Fossil Group can focus its efforts on developing new ideas, trends and styles, better coordinate the purchase of materials across different product categories, and, accelerate its time to market.

Chris Colyer, vice president, consumer goods, and retail industry, Dassault Systèmes said, “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform and our industry solution experiences support Fossil Group’s efforts to drive its business while cultivating brand equity. The virtual world offers unlimited possibilities for innovation in fashion: inspiration, ideation, planning, design, development, merchandising, visual assortment planning, and product marketing. Leading fashion brands can design, develop, launch, and sell products their consumers will love while improving global efficiencies and speed to market.”

Following this initiative, Fossil Group was selected by Apparel Magazine as a winner of its 2017 top innovator awards, which recognise innovative organisations that have demonstrated exceptionality through an IT-related implementation, product launch or recently executed business strategy. Fossil Group was distinguished for having harmonised its product development business processes around one process, one tool, one truth to enable seamless collaboration between its design and product development teams and its factories. This was made possible by next generation capabilities for integration between Adobe Illustrator and “My Collection” that Fossil Group worked closely to define with Dassault Systèmes.Read more at:marieaustralia

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در چهارشنبه 23 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 7:40

Sandra Nash had noticed that Bill Hughes was nice-looking when they started ninth grade together at Batesville High School in 1953. When she had a couple of classes with him as a senior, she decided he was more than a pretty face.

"I didn't really know Bill that much. I had seen him around," says Sandra, who was head cheerleader their freshman year. By the time they were seniors, she noticed that he never took a book home.

Bill, she knew, worked at a cafe in town in the evenings -- often late -- but he always made it to school on time, and he got straight A's every term.

"That sort of got me intrigued. His brain got me intrigued," Sandra says.

They had English class and drama class together, and they were in several plays together, which gave them time to get acquainted.

"He was the first person I dated that was my age," Sandra says. "Most of the young men that I had dated were either in college or were a good bit older than I was. I don't know why -- maybe because I was an only child, or maybe because I was around mostly adults."

Neither remembers for sure, but they suppose their first date was probably a movie at the Melba Theater, just a few blocks from Sandra's house.

Young people around town gathered at the Rainbow Inn, where burgers were served and there was a patio for music and dancing.

"They played rock 'n' roll -- Elvis, The Beatles, you name it -- and cars packed the parking lot," Sandra says. "We would meet out there occasionally. It was just like a huge party. I loved to dance, and danced a lot."

They went to school functions, too, including the senior prom.

After high school, Sandra enrolled at what is now Lyon College, and Bill left for Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas.

He couldn't stand being away from Sandra, so he came home after just one semester. Marriage had been a topic of their conversations for a while by then, and Bill's being back in the town served to step up the dialogue.

"I didn't exactly pop the question," he says. "I didn't have that down-on-my-knee proposal, but we knew it was the right thing for us."

The time wasn't right for a wedding, though. Sandra's grandfather was ill, and her mother was spending most of her time by his hospital bed. It wasn't clear if he would recover, and a nuptial celebration seemed out of place.

"We loved each other, and it was just understood that we would get married sometime, and then we made the decision to go ahead and do this secretly to avoid the trauma that I didn't think my family could handle at that time," she says.

On Feb.3, 1957, Bill picked Sandra up at her house for what her parents assumed was just another date. They were married that day by a Methodist minister in his parsonage in Cave City.

Sandra wore a pastel blue dress.

"I remember reading somewhere that if you wore blue you would always be true, and I thought of that," she says.

After the ceremony, they resumed their old pre-married lives -- he took her home and went home to his, and she didn't wear her ring until a couple of weeks later, when her grandfather showed marked improvement and they felt comfortable sharing their happy news.

Central Avenue United Methodist Church congregants hosted a wedding reception for them.

"We had a cake, and I wore a white dress," Sandra says. "It was almost like a wedding although, of course, it was not."

Bill and Sandra lived in Batesville for most of their married life. They have one son, William Boyce Hughes, who lives with his wife, Debbie, in Germantown, Tenn. They have one grandson, David Justus Hughes, who lives in Memphis with his wife, Natalie.

Bill and Sandra dropped out of college when they married. Several years later Sandra read a questionnaire Bill had filled out and learned that he regretted not finishing. Without telling him she had seen what he wrote, she insisted that they sell the house they had just built and use the proceeds and her pre-retirement earnings to send him back to college.

"I said, 'You're too smart not to finish,'" Sandra says.

Bill graduated from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in history. He retired as senior vice president with U.S. Lime and Minerals, which required him to commute between Batesville and the corporate office in Dallas for years. He remains on the company's board of directors.

"He's always been very smart," Sandra says, "and he's still quite handsome to me, of course."Read more at:marieaustralia.com | evening dresses online

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در دوشنبه 21 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 7:37
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In an hour-long conversation with Divya Niranjan, the designer mentions wax linen at least a dozen times. That’s how much she is in love with the fabric. “I saw it on Project Runway and asked my father to bring me some from the US,” says Divya, holding up a piece of the tan fabric that’s found itself in the form of detailing in almost all the pieces of her new collection. Titled Dastkari, it features handmade hand-crafted clothes, primarily in khadi. “I’ve also used suiting linen and kashida embroidered fabrics. The khadi that we have used is made in Ponduru town in Andhra Pradesh,” adds Divya, who started the label Blueprint Coleccion in 2015, along with her elder sister Navya., in Chennai.

Their first collection was titled Karkhana followed by Gaatha and now Dastkari. While the names of their lines are essentially Indian, their designs are modern. There are strategically cut-out jumpsuits, jackets, pants, off-shoulder, full-length shirts, off-shoulder and one-shoulder tunics... Comfort is what the 19-piece collection is all about.

Lasting appeal

“The clothes can be worn through summer and all year round. We don’t follow trends; so, our clothes are relevant five years later too,” says Divya. Navya, who does most of the designing, says, “We make clothes once a year and call it Fall-Winter. We start preparing six months in advance, and by September, all the designs are ready.”

Their garments are structured with strong silhouettes, and it is for this reason that the sisters often call themselves architects instead of designers. “We take a lot of menswear staples and transform them for women. You can see bandhgalas, dhoti pants, kurtas created for women, with a twist and enough detailing so it stands out,” adds 36-year-old Navya.

Since Navya is currently based out of Santa Clara, the sisters carry out much of their label discussions over video calls. Luckily for them, their design aesthetics are similar, so there are no arguments on the work front. Interestingly, neither of the girls studied fashion. Both have been interested in art and painting. Divya worked as a teacher in a play school for a couple of years and then joined a city-based fashion designer as her production manager.

Two years later, Divya felt it was time to try something new, and Blueprint Coleccion was born. So far, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Richa Chadha, among other celebrities, have worn outfits created by Blueprint. About 90% of the label’s clients are from Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. In Chennai, however, the brand is lesser known, and the sisters can’t seem to figure out why. It retails out of MaalGaadi and is available online on Nete, Ikkivi and The Fashion Barn.

The duo believes that detailing adds that something extra to an outfit. All the buttons are made of mother of pearl and the insides of the outfits too have no loose stitches. The present collection features loop detailing, frills, belts and piping on the collars, sleeves, lapels and trousers. Some of the pieces have long cuffs that cover most of the palm. “I was delighted to see a lot of international fashion houses such as Balmain, Zimmermann and Monse too using long cuffs in their creations for recent fashion weeks. In 2015, for our début collection, we did cut-away collars, and when we saw Jason Wu do similar a collar for his 2017 collection, we were sure that design-wise we are heading in the right direction,” signs off 32-year-old Divya.Read more at:pink formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در جمعه 18 فروردين 1396 و ساعت 7:17

Many of the ‘inspirational’ body transformation stories you see around the web involve someone losing weight. They often tell the story of someone who has struggled with obesity for much of their life, then they discover healthy eating and exercise and the motivational before and after photos are posted.

But this one is a little different. It tells of an international model who put on weight and ended up much happier for it.

Liza Golden-Bhojwani posted a before and after photo on Instagram last week and told her own personal body transformation story.

Liza, who began modelling at the age of 17, began her Instagram post — which has been liked over 12,000 times — saying “a little flashback Friday action for you.

“The left side was me at the start of the peak of my career. My first proper fashion week where I was actually the size I needed to be. I was booking amazing shows that one never thinks they actually could, walking with girls who I once looked up to, it was a serious adrenaline rush ... but after fainting one night in my apartment while preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly), I called it quits with the diet and workout regimen I was put on and decided I could do it on my own.”

“I thought to myself, I can still be this thin, but I’ll just eat a little more so I don’t feel so horrible. Well, eating a little more turned into eating nearly a bag full of almonds, which then turned into eating full size meals, which then turned into a full-blown binge. I was craving every single food you could imagine and I was giving in to every craving even though I knew this was such an important time in my career.

“I made it through New York Fashion Week okay, no one had noticed any weight gain, but by the time I had gotten to London Fashion Week I could see the pounds starting to show both in the mirror and on the measuring tape, but I kept quiet obviously not wanting to sabotage myself.

“I found myself going to the grocery store and picking up raw vegetables to try and make up for the near two-week binge I had in New York, but I didn’t see any weight coming off no matter how “healthy” I was eating and no matter how many workouts I fit in.

“Milan Fashion Week came and I knew I was bigger and by bigger I mean a 35.5-inch hip rather than the 34.5-inch hip I started with in New York.

“I played it cool and just pretended everything was normal. I did end up booking shows, Dolce & Gabbana being one of them. Which I afterwards received online criticism about my thighs looking fat ... Anyways Paris Fashion Week came about, and I found it impossible to resist those chocolate croissants.”

After a relatively disappointing Paris Fashion Week where she booked just one show, Vogue named her as one of six girls in the Freshman model class of 2013, “which if you know the industry, is a little bit of a deal.”

“As it turns out I ended up being a 36.5-inch hip by the time [the next round of] castings started and I was pulled out of shows, because at that measurement you will just simply not book any shows. People wondered what the hell happened, where did she go? Where was she on castings? Did she get an exclusive? The truth was no I didn’t get an exclusive, I just POOF disappeared. I had seriously just given up on my short lived high fashion career, because I just simply could not hack it.

“I don’t know why of all people I was just unable to keep up with the diets and the regimes. I thought I was weak-minded, I didn’t care enough, or maybe I just didn’t want it enough. I beat myself up for a long time, playing it over and over again in my head how I completely failed.So much was right there in front of me, and I just let it go because I could not let go of my worst enemy, FOOD.

“I went back to the commercial side of things, shooting catalogues where you don’t have to be a complete rail to book jobs. But in 2014 I got a kick, a rev of my engine, I wanted to get in shape again, I was over giving up. I wanted in again, but in a much healthier way. And I did just that, I worked my a** off day in and day out in the gym. I was strict about my diet, but I wasn’t fully starving myself like I had two years ago, I was eating more but I still kept a diary of exactly what I ate everyday and I would tally up the calories at the end of the day.

“In 2012 I was having about 500 calories a day, whereas here in 2014 I was having about 800-1200 depending on my mood and hunger patterns. I was the fittest I ever was in my entire career at this point, I had sixpack abs, but still I wasn’t fit enough for the likes of Victoria’s Secret or other brands.”

After a “soul-searching” trip to India, Liza met the love of her life, got married and decided to break up with life in New York.“I relocated my dogs and myself to India.

2016 was the first time in three years where I finally picked myself up and said ‘you know what, f*** this sh** I am going to get back to work no matter what’.

“I was struggling to lose weight again, and one day I just thought ... why am I fighting against my body? Why don’t I just go in the same direction? Stop forcing my own agenda and just listen to my body. And that’s what I did, slowly slowly I was coming into my true body form. My natural self, not my forced self.

“The picture to the right [in her Instagram post above] is me as of right now, my body as it is. Not perfect, not show-ready or Victoria’s Secret ready, but it is mine and my soul is happy. I workout five days a week, but there are times when I don’t due to injuries, or travels. And you know what? That’s just fine with me.

“I do it solely for myself, not for my job anymore. I eat what I want and I feel no guilt. And for me that’s a good feeling. Maybe I wasn’t made to be on the covers of magazines and shooting the biggest and best brands, but I was made for a reason. I do deserve to be happy and feel fulfilled. We all do. Maybe I was made to share this story and spread the message of body love to all the women out there struggling.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | short formal dresses

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