What's the worst that could happen

Six years ago a Croydon-born, New Delhi-based keyboard player called Stefan Kaye corralled some local musicians to form a new band. They were, by all accounts, faintly nonplussed by his proposal. I just never thought it would be possible,” shrugs vocalist Taru Dalmia. I said to him,” – his voice takes on a slightly incredulous tone – if you can find enough musicians to do this, itll be amazing.”

In Europe or the US, Kayes idea wouldnt have been particularly radical: in the 39 years since the Coventry Automatics changed their name to The Specials and their sound to ska, umpteen bands have opted to play a punk-infused take on the prevalent sound of 1960s Jamaica. In India, however, the formation of the Ska Vengers seems to have been an unprecedented musical event: the scene in New Delhi encompasses everything from hip-hop to heavy metal, but no one seems to have thought of forming a ska band before. I love ska, I love the ethos of the musicians who played it first, like the Skatalites, but would I ever play in a ska band?” says guitarist Chaitanya Bhalla. I didnt think so.”

It isnt just their music that makes the Ska Vengers a unique proposition: its their expressly political lyrics, which, among other topics, take in the territorial divisions in Kashmir, human rights abuses in Manipur, the ongoing, decades-old Naxalite insurgency, and censorship under what the band refer to as the silent emergency” of rightwing prime minister Narendra Modi.

There are radical artists who are part of social movements, who have a long tradition of very radical music, like [folk singer and activist] Jiten Marandi, but not rock music and not necessarily in English,” says Dalmia. For a long time we felt like a lone voice. The kind of indie scene we come from is very middle class. We connected to movements, universities or just places where there are social movements, but otherwise, the music industry spaces we perform in are devoid of politics. But ska and reggae music, it comes from the downtrodden, it has always talked about colonial history and injustice, so if you dont represent that in some way youre doing a great disservice to the genre. And then if you sing that music in India, if you dont connect it to things that are happening in India, its a bit off.”

They say that audiences unexpectedly took to their music straight away – a lot of Bollywood music has a rhythm thats quite similar to reggae and ska,” says vocalist Samara Chopra, so they dont know why theyre grooving to it, but they find it easy to do” – but the Indian media initially attempted to ignore their politics. Early interviews were either fashion-centred – the band are very sharply tailored – or intrigued by the presence of Chopra, a well-known TV anchor and presenter of a show about yoga, in the lineup. A major record label offered them a contract, but only on condition that all references to Kashmir, Manipur and the Naxalites were beeped out of their songs. They elected instead to set up their own label.

Then, during the 2014 election campaign, they released a cover of Dandy Livingstones Rudy, A Message To You with lyrics about Modi and his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots that independent sources claim left 2,000 dead. They found that the media were suddenly interested in their politics after all: they were variously labelled as everything from communist sympathisers to Islamists to anti-national”, a term that Chopra says is like the word terrorist in India at the moment. Its like a broad, undefined term … if the government want to get you, theyll label you with it.” They seemed unsurprised by the furore. Well, its not really common for artists to call out our politicians directly by name,” says Dalmia. It was … gleeful.”

Today, four of the bands six members are sitting in a publicists office on the Strand in central London. Kaye and bass player Tony Guinard are back in India – the former stuck there because of visa problems, which previously earned him a three-month stretch in Delhis Tihar jail, the largest prison in south-east Asia. The band subsequently played there, with Kaye welcomed back by the governor like a guest of honour”, says Chopra, laughing. They are spending the summer in Streatham, south London, playing everywhere from Glastonbury to Glasgow pubs and arousing a considerable degree of curiosity: there is obviously a panoply of music on offer at the UKs festivals, but it seems fairly safe to say their bills arent overburdened with Indian bands performing ska versions of The Velvet Undergrounds Im Waiting For My Man with the lyrics changed to reflect drug abuse among New Delhis upper-class rich kids and the East India Companys role in the 18th-century opium trade.

They are clearly relishing singing Frank Brazil to British audiences. Its a song about Indian revolutionary Udham Singh who travelled to Britain in 1940 to murder former lieutenant-governor of the Punjab Michael ODwyer: It gives you a little sort of mischievous pleasure,” says Chopra. They seem unconcerned about charges of cultural appropriation levelled at Dalmias vocals, which, its hard not to notice, are conducted with a distinctly West Indian twang.

Of course thats a question that comes up,” he says. I view it as -aspirational, in the sense that we are all taught to emulate European and American culture – in India right now if you speak with an American accent its considered aspirational. But I feel we actually have more to learn from the other former colonies in many ways. Jamaican English is remarkable, because it took a ghetto, underclass English which didnt have legitimacy and established it as a literary language. Its incredible, expressive. I feel like Im a student of it. And you know, if Jamaicans give me props, if Toots Hibbert and Johnny Osborne and Big Youth tell me what Im doing is good, I dont really care what other people say. I got taken to meet them in Jamaica by Rory from Stone Love Soundsystem, and that was a moment of approval for me, you know? If you do what you do, you have to be good at it, you know?”

You get the feeling that the odd raised eyebrow about Dalmias vocals constitutes fairly small beer compared to the backlash the band might face in India over their lyrics. People are always asking us, has an anvil dropped on you yet?” says Dalmia. I know were marked. While we were in talks to play at a university called JMU, there was a big controversy there, a lot of students were arrested for sedition and my number was in all their phones. Sure enough, plainclothes police came to my house three days later, asking how I knew them. So we know were marked, its just a question of whether it is deemed politically expedient to come after us. Were very privileged because were in Delhi, we sing in English, so theyre very careful. But, weve had guys from the IB [Intelligence Bureau] at our gigs.”

Whats the worst that could happen? They could stop you performing? No, thats not the worst thing that could happen,” says Chopra flatly. You could get lynched.”

Some of the media channels are just propaganda, essentially,” says Dalmia. They can start a hate campaign against you, and its not safe to go out any more.”

Whats happened is the government has emboldened certain forces that perhaps were already existing,” says Chopra, and things like hate crimes, lynchings and rape are being completely normalised, because the government will not stand up and speak out against them.”

They say they have played gigs in India where people have protested against them: Trying to shut us down, almost getting violent,” says drummer Nikhil Vasudevan. We still played, but it was shit-scary.”

But if you dont engage with whats happening or acknowledge whats happening, you are complicit,” says Dalmia. So youre almost forced to engage. Im not even sure that what were doing helps in any way to affect political realities, but its a personal way to cope, because its humiliating to not have a response to the stuff thats happening. To find a way to express yourself and connect with people on stage, where you can embody a kind of more rebellious spirit, and connect with people on that note, its a coping mechanism. It gives you some energy back, you know?”Read more at:occasion dresses | evening dresses uk


Pak actor Mahira Khan totally rocks this outfit from Sonam and Rhea Kapoors fashion line

We first noticed Mahira Khans impressive style quotient earlier this year during her promotional spree in Dubai for her film Raees opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The actors style diary was a far cry from her traditional look in the film, starting from her chic off-shoulder Lavish Alice jumpsuit to the brown pleated midi dress from House of Nomad. A few months later, she stunned us again in a red beaded asymmetrical hem top and wide legged pants by Faraz Mannan at an event in Dubai while mingling with our desi hearthrob Ranbir Kapoor.

Now, Khan is back at making heads turn in Beirut in not one but two distinct looks. One has an androgynous influence while the other has a princess-y touch to it and the most interesting thing is that out of these two outfits, one is from sister duo Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoors fashion line Rheson.

The actor who was in the capital of Lebanon for an Awards show took home the award for the most stylish actress and she dressed the part. For the press conference, she stepped out in a black, mogra floral print Palazzo sari from Rheson which she paired with a black and white crop top with sheer sleeves. Khan took it to the next level with edgy shoes in black. Her beauty game was kept simple with smokey eyes and a soft pink lip shade.

At the main ceremony, she wore a beautiful white gown from Nicolas Jebrans Spring 2017 collection.

The strapless ballroom gown with a lace train and a fitted bodice looked amazing on her. Side-swept hair, a soft blush on her cheeks and a similar shade of pink lip shade rounded out her look.Read more at:prom dresses online | formal dresses uk


Christchurch terminal cancer sufferer marries partner

Kiri Reynolds married Grant Collins at a ceremony in Rangiora on July 8.

A mother who lost a home in the Christchurch earthquake has wed her long-term partner with the help of the community after being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.

Kiri Reynolds', 49, married Grant Collins, with her three children by her side this month. The community raised over $25,000 for the ceremony, which was planned in a lightning eight weeks.

Collins green-lighted a friends' Facebook post asking for help to organise the big day, which was still a secret to his soon-to-be wife who was diagnosed with stage-four bowel and liver cancer, in March.

The tumours, which she was receiving aggressive chemotherapy for, had gone untreated for nearly 10 years. They were not discovered until she went was admitted to hospital with pains in her side.

Unfortunately it was "just a case of bad luck", she said. The diagnosis came after seven already devastating years for the family.

The couple's home was red-zoned and "written off" in the Christchurch earthquakes, which sparked a lengthy battle with their insurers. Their young son Kiarn developed asthma because of the residual dust, then Reynolds' elderly parents died in quick succession.

They moved to Kaikoura for a fresh start, rebuilt, and bought a small transport business in 2012. Their new home was damaged in the November earthquake and after returning to Christchurch, they moved into a rental home, but were told they needed to leave as the owners's son was moving in.

Collins moved to Brisbane, landed several job offers, and was in the process of setting up a new home for the family to join him in. A call from Reynolds with the news of the cancer put him straight on a flight home.

Close friend Tracey Gaskell said she was desperate to help, and posted in the Christchurch Brides and Grooms Facebook page asking for help make Reynolds "wishes come true". She was "swamped" with offers of support. Over 50 commenters offered to provide a venue and decor, a cake and to officiate the "elegant and classy" wedding.

"Everyone started saying, we'll donate that, we'll give that and it went from there really. So then I went round there and said, would you get married if we could do your wedding for nothing, and they said yes yes yes," Gaskell said.

Reynolds said without the community support, the Rangiora wedding "just would not have happened".

"When I found out, we thought about having a bit of a backyard barbecue thing because we've always talked about getting married, but even that would have been expensive and even if we had that kind of money, I wouldn't spend it on that. I want to do things with the kids, maybe take them on holiday and just spend time with them."

The community response had been "incredible", Collins said. "It really shows there are good people out there, and they were willing to do anything for us, it was pretty overwhleming."

When the idea was first thrown around "we thought it would just be nice tables with a tablecloth", she said. "But they had beautiful big flowers, a runner and bows on the chairs. All the details were there, no one treated us as second rate," Reynolds said.

The bridal party, including the couple's children Kiarn​, 10, Artisa​, 8, and Reynolds' daughter Savannah, 20, were gifted outfits for the day and the dress was lent to her by a local bridal shop.

Reynolds said she hoped sharing her case would highlight bowel cancer as the "silent killer". She said there was a lack of publicly-funded testing for the disease in a country with one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world. More than 3000 people are diagnosed, and 1200 die from the disease each year.

It was shocking how she had gone from perfectly healthy to nearly bed-ridden in mere weeks, Reynolds said.

A Givealittle page has been set up to support the family.Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | prom dresses 2017


How to get rid of dark circles from under your eyes

Dark circles are a real beauty buzzkill—you can have a blemish-free face, even-toned skin but these pesky circles that look like not-so-cute panda eyes refuse to leave. However, not all of them are caused due to your erratic lifestyles, they can also be familial—run in your family”, says Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty. The ones caused by your lifestyle, stress, lack of nutrition and even hormones are treatable, however those related to genetics, unfortunately are a bit difficult to tackle.

Analyse your daily life

Before you go on to choosing a cream or gel to treat your dark circles, its very important to see whats causing them from within. If its your lifestyle, then start to clock in a few more hours of sleep, reduce your screen time with your phone and TV. If you rub your eyes often, thats the worst thing for dark circles. If you have dry eyes and rub them, youre in for dark circles and premature wrinkles around the eyes,” says Dr Shetty.

Familial dark circles are those which are not related to your lifestyle, but rather there above and below your eyes because someone else in your family has them. All that can be done at this stage, is for your dark circles to be kept hydrated and lightened a bit and looking healthier than before, but theyll never entirely go. Dont waste your time seeing multiple doctors for them.”

Carefully pick your under eye dark circle cream

For under eye creams, the most important thing is to ensure your product has as less chemicals as possible. Whatever cream you choose, make sure its not laden with chemicals and skin lighteners as this is a very delicate part of your skin.” If you use a cream at night that makes your eyes itchy and dry in the mornings, it should immediately be tossed in the trash. Pick a cream with no scents or perfumes and one that goes on light and smooth; a thick cream can cause puffy eyes.”

Natural ingredients like curcumin and Vitamin K stabilise the fine blood capillaries under the eyes and should be a part of your cream. A cream with arnica extracts works really well to lighten dark circles.

You could require medical attention

Dark circles arent always caused by pigmentation due to melanin in the skin, they could also be pigment from the blood that is leaked around your eye when you rub them.” Puffy eyes can also cast a shadow which makes dark circles under your eyes look even darker. If you have puffy or very deep-set eyes, then you might need more treatment like skin lightening, fillers to lighten the area or hormonal or lifestyle adjustments. You also need to check your iron level as thats the most important for under eye dark circles.

Application is key

What important when it comes to an area as delicate as your eyes is how you apply your skincare on it. Strokes should be very gentle with just the ball of your fingers. Start from above the eye to below the eye. Make it an outward circular motion from the root of your nose to the outer side of the eyes and vice versa when you come below the eye.”Read more at:cocktail dresses | evening dresses


Why Is Smoking on Screen Popular Again

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that smoking in movies is back in fashion. According to the study, 41 percent of the U.S. top-grossing movies of 2016 (which account for 96 percent of American ticket sales) showed people interacting with tobacco in some way. Also worth noting: Incidences of tobacco usage in those films have increased 80 percent in just one year. Even more disturbing is the fact that the trend extends to youth-oriented films: Since 2010, tobacco use in PG-13 movies has increased by 43 percent.

While there had been a noticeable drop in smoking on screen from 2005 to 2010, in the past six years, the trend ceased its downward trajectory. In 2010, 564 PG-13-rated movies featured some form of tobacco consumption; in 2016, the number went up to 809 films. That statistic is particularly alarming when you consider that multiple studies have shown a causal relationship between smoking on screen and the beginning of tobacco usage in young adults. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, youths who are heavily exposed to onscreen smoking imagery are approximately two to three times more likely to begin smoking than youths who are less exposed.”

Aside from its findings, the study also proposed a number of initiatives to limit the amount of smoking exposure in films aimed at teenagers. First off, it recommended the MPAA give an R rating to any movie featuring tobacco unless the portrayal is of actual historical figures who smoked, a documentary, or if the portrayal includes the negative effects of tobacco use.” The authors of the study also suggested studios certify that cigarette brands have not paid them to promote their products in their films, and also asked state departments to consider denying subsidies to films that feature smoking.

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz took to Twitter to address the study, while also posing the larger question: How much does art influence its viewers in general? What other things do movies (and by extension popular culture) encourage people to do, or validate them doing?” he asked, pointing out that Clark Gables shirtless scene in It Happened One Night inadvertently tanked undershirt sales, and that some saxophone players born after 1980 have credited The Simpsonss Lisa Simpson as inspiration. Given all this, how can filmmakers claim that violent movies dont encourage date rape, assault, other forms of crime?” Zoller Seitz asked. I am not arguing for censorship or self-censorship, so dont come at me with that. Im just asking how we reconcile this issue.”

While freedom of artistic expression is important, limiting the marketing of smoking (a dangerous, expensive, and addictive habit) in teenage and young-adult movies seems like a cause that all studio heads and filmmakers should be able to rally behind. Just take a look at Disney, who in 2015 announced it would ban all types of smoking in all of its movies, including its highly profitable Marvel and Star Wars franchises. Coincidentally in 2016, Disney had the three top-grossing domestic movies of the year: Finding Dory, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Captain America: Civil War. The studios overwhelming profitability should be proof enough that audiences dont crave smoking on screen. So whats stopping the rest of Hollywood from coming to the same realization?Read more at:plus size prom dresses | marieprom


Front Row at Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2017

Naomi Campbell on the catwalkAzzedine Alaia show, Runway, Fall Winter 2017, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 05 Jul 2017

Azzedine Alaas couture show on Wednesday — the first by the house in six years — sparked special memories for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Farida Khelfa, who joined the likes of Daphne Guinness, Nicolas Ghesquireand Stephen Jones in the front row for the event, held at the designers Marais headquarters.

Its a very special place here at Azzedines,” said Bruni-Sarkozy recalling shows here with all the girls, and days and days spent here, sometimes for fittings, sometimes just hanging out.” The singer said she has a new album due out on Oct. 6, and Ill be coming to America to promote it.”

A few rows down, Jean-Paul Goude, who was catching up with Patrick Demarchelier, at one point pausing, mesmerized, to stroke the photographers feral eyebrows, also shared his personal memories of working with Alaa.

I remember when I was living with Farida, one of my great loves, we hung out a lot together and I was very inspired by the fact that he was not only Azzedine Alaa but that he was from the other side of the Mediterranean, like Farida, and that fascinated me,” said Goude, who revealed hes working on a capsule for the Spanish clothing label Desigual. Youll recognize it immediately, it really looks like something out of a commercial of mine, so I dont know if its sellable.”

Fashion curator and historian Olivier Saillard, who in January will join J.M. Weston as artistic, image and culture director, shared some color on what we can expect from him in his new role. I prefer old shoes, from the Thirties. For example, I asked J.M. Weston for these, their Le Chasse model from the Thirties,” he said looking down at his feet. I have always thought, you can dress in different ways, but the most important thing is to have nice shoes.”

Saillard said he plans to continue staging ephemeral exhibitions like the one currently showing at Florences Palazzo Pitti, but I want to focus on my performances alongside my role at J.M. Weston.” A performance around his first creative effort for the house is planned for next June, he said, adding: It wont be a new collection in the conventional sense. My first step will be to focus on the very classic shoes they used to do in the past. Some of them have not been reproduced, others are still produced.”

Another footwear house received a special commission from Alaa for his show, meanwhile. Salvatore Ferragamo sent out a release after the event revealing that it had been contacted by the designer for a special series based on the iconic Indiana pump boot in stretch cotton created by the houses namesake founder in 1925.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk | evening dresses uk


Alyssa Milano gets minty in the kitchen

Alyssa Milano loves summer because it's an easy time to keep her diet healthy using home-grown ingredients.

The Charmed star and mother-of-two has maintained a slim figure thanks to the Atkins Diet, which she followed to help her drop the last of her pregnancy weight after giving birth to her second child, Elizabella, two years ago.

Alyssa, a keen gardener, loves nothing better than feeding her family food that she has grown herself - and right now, her favourite ingredient is a herb that's growing a little too well.

"My mint is out of control right now, so I basically put it in everything," the actress tells People magazine. "It doesn't matter what it is, it's getting mint in it."

The 44-year-old recommends her favourite salad for starters, made with watermelon, feta cheese, cucumber, and of course mint.

"(It's) super easy to make and super delicious," she shares.

She also likes to spice up her club soda with mint for a summer twist on the zero-calorie soft drink staple.

In keeping with the rules laid out by bosses of the Atkins programme, for which she's an official spokesperson, Alyssa and David Bugliari, her husband of almost eight years, don't eat high-carb foods like rice and pasta. Instead, they choose high-protein items like chicken and fish, which they pair with vegetables.

And when the weather warms a little, Alyssa likes nothing better than throwing everything onto the grill outside.

"I think it gives it (vegetables) a little bit of a smoky flavor, and you do some olive oil with salt and pepper and it's just delicious," she smiles.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk


Front Row at Schiaparelli Couture Fall 2017

Several famous faces sitting front row at Schiaparelli on Monday morning brightened the occasion with a colorful tribute to the storied brands signature fuchsia hue.

Among them, Tracee Ellis Ross, who had stopped in Paris before jetting to Italy for a vacation, was sporting a strapless gown and matching suede shoes with a heart-shaped cutout across the foot.

Im obsessed with these shoes, Im hoping to steal them,” the actress and model said. Or buy a pair.”

Rossy de Palma, accompanied by her daughter Luna, also worked the theme in a hot pink blouse and matching flower in her hair.

Its her first couture dfil, shes so excited,” she said of her daughter. Im living this with such enthusiasm, as if it was my first time.”

De Palma is soon to appear in Amanda Sthers Madame,” out in November, in which she stars alongside Harvey Keitel.

Another guest with a footwear focus was Daphne Guinness, who sported a pair of sky-high purple sequined heelless platforms. I designed these with my friend Noritaka,” she said, referencing the designer Noritaka Tatehana. These are my singing shoes,” said the heiress, who has just finished mixing her second album.

Also sitting front row were Pixie Lott, Lady Kitty Spencer, Ins de la Fressange, Olivia Palermo, Caroline Vreeland and Melissa George.

George, an Australian-American actress, is taking some time out to focus on her kids right now, she said. Im on a bit of a pause, being a full-time mamma. Im reading lots of scripts, but Im not ready to go back yet.”Read more at:evening dresses | prom dress shops


Net-a-Porters Alison Loehnis on the Hamptons, London, and Beyond

When shes not busy running the biggest luxury fashion e-commerce site in the world, Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter president Alison Loehnis finds time to return home to New York and revisit her childhood escape in the Hamptons. But as an expat in London, Loehnis is just a short plane ride away from the chicest destinations on the planet. She fills us in on her summer getaways from the East End to luxe Italian seaside retreats and beyond.

Where did you spend your summers growing up?

Wainscott and East Hampton. It was still a destination and a place people gravitated to for its natural beauty and the beaches, but it was a lot less developed. We would go there year round. I have memories of being in the East Hampton movie theater in December when there were only three people there. So its really changed a lot. As a kid, my favorite thing ever was The Penny Candy store in Water Mill—it closed down years ago, but the sign was still up as of last summer. My secret dream was to actually buy the sign from the landlord, so maybe its still there. But overall, my memories were always about the beaches, in Wainscott and more recently, Georgica Beach in East Hampton, and the farmstands.

Do you make it back often?

Yes, every summer! Our U.S. headquarters are in New York, so every summer, I spend a few weeks working there, and Ill spend the weekends out on Long Island, which is just such a treat. Having traveled all over,

its such a specific part of the world that you cant really find anywhere else.

Where do you stay in the Hamptons?

My family has a house in East Hampton, so we always go there for a family reunion. Its an opportunity to remind my very British children that theyre half American. [Laughs]

What did your British husband think of the Hamptons on his first visit?

He loved it! Hilariously, I grew up calling the Hamptons the country,” so when he got there he said to me, Just so you know, this is not the country. The country does not have an Herms store.”

Where do you love to go when you arent coming back home?

One of the great things about London is that you can get to so many places so quickly. Every year, usually in early July, we go to Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, Italy. The hotel is completely fabulous and chic. Its old-school in the best sense of the expression. The food is fantastic. The idea of eating incredibly well, swimming all day, and reading with an Aperol Spritz is pretty amazing.

What draws you to the Italian beaches?

In college, I spent just over a semester living in Florence with an Italian family. I was an art history major, and I also studied Italian and French. Ive always loved the language and been hugely interested in Italys culture, history, and people. I spent all my summers—and winters, for that matter—growing up near a beach, so I love the sea. Just before I moved to England, I consulted my paper files of places I wanted to go to when I moved to Europe, and there was an article on the Aeolian Islands. I went to Panarea, and I had the best time of my life. So I went back and discovered Stromboli, Filicudi, and the other islands. Probably about eight years ago, we started going to Pantelleria. From a landscape perspective, its volcanic, so its quite rugged. Theres nothing fancy about it. Its surrounded by sea, and its incredibly beautiful. Although its beloved by many Italians, it feels like its off the beaten path. A discovery that we made there early on is renting a small boat and cruising around the island. You can find hot springs in certain parts of the island. There are prehistoric ruins, there are some medieval tombs—its wonderful.

What is your go-to cuisine?

It absolutely varies. Tons and tons of fish and usually some sort of grilled orata. I always have calamari.

How do you pack when you travel?

I like to think that I pack really efficiently. Saying that, I consider it a success if I wear everything in my bag. Im always mindful of where Im headed. Im a planner, so Im not a last-minute packer. For example, when I go to Pantelleria, I pack all flats. I do get dressed for dinner, but nothing fancy. Its a super casual island. I dont like to be overdressed on vacation. Im regularly adding to my holiday wardrobe, but then there are staples that always come with me on every trip.

Such as?

Ancient Greek Sandals, Lisa Marie Fernandez beach dresses and caftans, and Eres bikinis, which I wear in the same style in assorted colors. I always wear the Eres Show bandeau bikini from Les Essentiels collection. Ill bring a Sophie Anderson bag or clutch and one of her floppy hats or a brightly colored Bottega Veneta clutch. I also love Hampton Sun and the Sicily sun products, as well as sunglasses from The Row and Illesteva.

Have you discovered any new destinations lately?

The Seychelles, and I would go back tomorrow or the next day or the next day after that. We went to a hotel that just opened in October called Zil Pasyon. Its run by Six Senses hotel group, and they have amazing properties. The island is called Flicit, and you feel like youre in a tropical oasis. Its hilly with palm trees and beautiful slabs of granite and beautiful sea with lots of tropical birds flying around. The hotel is comprised of individual villas. Its an amazing combination of being relaxed and local, but also super luxurious. We had dinner under the stars! We also did a boat trip to several islands, including Curieuse, where I saw the most beautiful water Ive ever seen, with giant tortoises roaming around.

What will you be reading this summer?

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, and the new Paul Auster book, 4321: A Novel. I also love Sarah Dunants historical fiction. People have been raving about Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. Ive always got a list going. I toggle between physical copies and the Kindle.

Any magazines?

Of course, Porter magazine—that goes without saying, although I dont wait for vacation. I read pretty much all the fashion glossies. But from an extracurricular standpoint, I read World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Vogue, How to Spend It,” and The Week. I would love to say that I read The New Yorker regularly. I subscribe, but I just wish I had more time to read it.

What is on your wish list from Net-a-Porter for summer?

How much time do you have? A number of Etro pieces, like great drawstring pajama pants and boho dresses, Valentino sandals, and an Isabel Marant jumpsuit, and some Pippa Holt caftans. But I spend quite a bit of time in the summer in New York City, so there are a few Prada and Gucci pieces as well. My home away from home in New York is The Lowell Hotel. Ive been going there for years.

What do you love about The Lowell?

Thats where I spent my wedding night, and as a New Yorker, it was the first hotel I ever stayed in in New York. The staff is amazing, its run efficiently, and the service is great. I like that its discreet and tucked away, and its classic and borrows the best from the past while still maintaining its modernity.

Whats next on your travel bucket list?

I would love to go to the Galapagos. You can do a water safari, which I would love to do. I would also love to go to Patagonia and do a huge tour of Japan, but on the immediately achievable part of my list I would love to go to the Hotel Esencia in Tulum, Mexico. Im always thinking of new places!Read more at:green prom dresses | purple prom dresses


Candice Swanepoel's luxe ponytail

Candice Swanepoel never shies away from trying out new beauty looks and hairstyles.

But at the recent 2017 Tony Awards, the Victoria's Secret model pulled out all the stops in the hair department with a long blonde ponytail which swished behind her as she walked the red carpet.

When it comes to achieving lots of volume in your pony, Great Lengths' Education and Creative Manager, Louise Jenkins, explains that crimping is a key technique to try.

"Crimps are a hairdressers' best secret for creating volume," she told Cover Media. "Ask your hairdresser to prep your hair with mini crimps prior to curling or waving to help the hair to expand and appear bigger once it has been put up."

If you don't have naturally long hair but are seeking to add some drama to your look, Louise suggests investigating hair extensions. Quality extensions can add volume and density which wouldn't otherwise be possible.

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A hair expert will be able to match your hair colour perfectly to hair pieces or extensions, just like Candice's stylist has done with her blonde tresses, which have previously been lightened with balayage-style highlights.

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Protests in France against the fashion for thinness archive, 1924

Gordon Conway tried to capture the jazz age in the Fashion Phantasy, published in Tatler, 1928. (Photo:prom dresses uk)

Protests are growing more frequent in Paris against the fashion of thinness imposed largely by the dressmakers, but also by the more recent activities of a sporting generation.

While the latter is a more or less natural slimness, the dressmakers insist that all and sundry should adapt their forms to the tubular fashions of the day, even when these forms have far more in common with a sphere.

Elderly women in particular, it is alleged, have done themselves much harm by drastic dieting and too much exercise. It is not given to everyone, for instance, to roll the length of the dining-room twelve times every morning before breakfast without feeling shattered after the event.

Probably it is girls who are the worst sufferers from the fashion. Heartrending examples are given by the anti-slim protestants of girls who go without every form of sweet, and work and play all night and all day in order to retain the required slimness. There are others who run sport to death in the interests of their figures.

Nor is thinness the only dangerous fashion of the moment. There is the fashion for no hats, which has gained greatly among young French girls. This, it is alleged, has produced innumerable cases of sunstroke and even erysipelas. There are the everlasting high heels and there are the glass bangles which, it is alleged, break very easily, and thus puncture the arm.

Of all these fashions, however, the most drastic is certainly that of slenderness. In the case of professional mannequins and others connected with the dressmaking trade it is, of course, essential. The dresses shown by them are tighter than would be worn by any ordinary mortal, and the mannequin could not sit down in them even if there were no danger of creasing them.

There are, however, extreme cases. It is likely that on the whole the fashion is a healthy one. It is certainly healthy by comparison with tight waists and tight shoes, and even the comfortable embonpoint which used to be largely due to over-feeding. It is natural that those to whom slenderness is a problem should agitate for a fashion rather more comprehensive in character.Read more at:evening dresses uk


ourteney Cox worried she ruined appearance with facial fillers

Courteney Cox gave up filler injections in her face after a friend warned her she was starting to look different.

The former Friends star explains the change in her appearance was gradual at first, but then the actress started to think she had gone too far.

"You go to a doctor who would say, 'You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there'," she tells Newbeauty.com, "so you walk out and you don't look so bad and you think, no one noticed - it's good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: 'This person's amazing. They do this person who looks so natural'. You meet them and they say, 'You should just do this'."

"The next thing you know, you're layered and layered and layered," she continues. "You have no idea because it's gradual until you go, 'Oh s**t, this doesn't look right.' And it's worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, 'Whoa, no more!' I thought, 'I haven't done anything in six months!' I didn't realise."

Courteney has now taken a step away from having any procedures done to her face and has learned now to embrace the ageing process.

"I've had all my fillers dissolved," she says. "I'm as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself... Things are going to change. Everything's going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do... I've had to learn to embrace movement and realise that fillers are not my friend."

However, she admits she is open to trying new technologies when it comes to her face and body.

"I believe in getting laser treatments...," she adds. "I believe in microneedling. I think microcurrent technology makes sense, to strengthen your muscles."Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | long prom dresses


Machine-A Curates Exhibit

Following Mattels initiative on making Barbie more diverse, its now Kens turn as the company unveiled 15 new additions to its Ken Fashionistas line to include slim and broad body types and in a range of skin tones and hairstyles.

By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager at Barbie. Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbies world.”

The Fashionistas collection of Kens will consists of three body types, seven skin tones — which includes African-American, Asian, Caucasian and Latino ethnicities — eight eye colors and nine hairstyles with a range of clothing and accessories.

To coincide with the launch, Machine-A founder and buying director Stavros Karelis has curated a Ken retrospective at his London store on Brewer Street and tapped British mens wear designer Martine Rose to design a T-shirt. The archive of Ken dolls will be mounted starting June 23 until July 7. Among the dolls on display include a 1991 MC Hammer Ken, a 1992 Totally Hair Ken, a 2009 Ken by Gareth Pugh, a 1981 Sunsational Malibu Ken, a 1982 Dream Date Ken and a 1972 Mod Hair Ken.

Barbies long-lasting influence and existence has been accompanied by Ken, who — like Barbie — goes far and beyond his use just as a doll,” Karelis said. He becomes a reference point of our culture and reflects the ideas that shaped and shifted our society all these decades since he was first created. This exhibition will be a representation of his landmark moments in history and fashion but also a reminder of how current and relevant Ken is now as he was in 1961. The new crew is a celebration of diversity, something extremely important to me. For that reason, Martine Rose is the perfect designer to create the limited-edition T-shirts to celebrate the new shapes and ethnicities of Ken, a doll whose voice can affect millions of children and adults worldwide even if he doesnt speak.”

Rose revamped a 1968 image of Ken on a long-sleeve T-shirt. The unisex T-shirt is priced at 50 pounds and will be sold at Machine-A on June 23.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/formal-dresses-uk


Denim back in vogue

ORIGINALLY the preserve of labourers, then rebellious teenagers, denim has scaled the heights of the fashion world and is now regularly seen in designer collections and on the catwalks.

This season, Stella McCartney made the case for slouchy, big-pocket jeans, while Carolina Herrera – a designer known for her evening ensembles – crafted a sexy thigh-slit skirt and even a corseted gown from the blue stuff. But how did this tough textile become so loved? We trace the history of denim from its humble beginnings...

PRE-17TH CENTURY: A fabric called 'serge de Nimes', made of silk and wool, is produced in England and France. It appears the word denim was derived from this term, but it's unclear how the cotton fabric we now know as denim got its name. Around the same time, a similarly hardy textile called 'jean', named after Genoa in Italy, is imported and eventually produced in England.

1789: President George Washington tours a mill in Massachusetts that weaves both denim and jean fabrics. In the same year, the word denim appears in print for the first time when a Rhode Island newspaper reports on local textile production.

1860s: Denim is defined in Webster's dictionary as "a coarse cotton drilling used for overalls, etc", but its use is reserved for working men. Advertisements show labourers, mechanics and painters wearing overalls and trousers made of jean.

1873: When Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada, is asked to make a robust pair of trousers for a local woodcutter, he decides to reinforce the rivets on the design. The pants prove extremely popular, but Davis can't afford to patent the idea, so he writes to his fabric supplier, Levi Strauss, for help. 'Waist overalls', as early Levi's were called, were made in 'cotton duck' fabric and denim.

1908: Levi jeans are a great success, but the patent expires, allowing other players to enter the market. An ad for Lee's 'cowboy pants' plays on denim's rugged Mid-West rancher associations.

1920s: Middle-class Americans from the east coast holiday on dude ranches in California and the Mid-West, bringing home jean garments and boosting their popularity.

1950s: Jeans start to appeal to youngsters after they're worn by Marlon Brando and James Dean on the silver screen, capturing the post-war counter-culture spirit. They were later banned in American schools, which only serves to fuel demand.

1960s: Denim goes global, returning to the continent from which it originated and gaining popularity in Asia after American GIs took jeans overseas during the Second World War.

1973: Sales continue to rise as straight-leg jeans make way for trendy flares, but later in the decade, demand for denim fades.

1980s: The drainpipe, a precursor to the skinny jean, is the shape of choice and designer brands enter the fray, charging hundreds of pounds for jeans emblazoned with their logos.

1994: Baggy jeans become a hit with musicians and fans alike on the burgeoning hip-hop scene.

2001: Denim seemed to appear everywhere in pop music – everyone from Liam Gallagher to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were sporting it.

2009: The recession hits the designer jeans market hard. "Charging $600 for jeans for no reason at all – those days are over," says Levi's senior vice president of women's merchandising and design.

2017: The SS17 designer collections are filled with high-end denim, once more. Carolina Herrera even sent an all-denim, strapless, corseted gown down the runway at New York Fashion Week, while on the high street, embroidered and patched jeans and jackets have made a comeback.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/formal-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cocktail-dresses-uk


Norwood couples wedding part of special broadcast

Last June, Aneesa Sen and Melinda Hauffman took their vows in East Boothbay, Maine.

Now, the whole world can see their ceremony, as part of a special broadcast by the Smithsonian Channel called My Big Bollywood Wedding,” which aired on June 10 and will repeat throughout the week.

The couple, who live in Norwood, got married after a two-year relationship. Sen said it was a carpe diem” moment, and they felt they had to grab it.

When you know, you know,” she said of her feelings for Hauffman. Both work as teachers.

The ceremony took place over three days, a tradition with Indian weddings. This included a party with the family on Friday, a henna ceremony on Saturday, and the wedding itself on Sunday, June 26, 2016, the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Courts legalization of same-sex marriage. In India, homosexuality is still considered a crime, and punishable by up to life in prison, a law passed when the country was part of the British colonies.

Sen said she and Hauffman decided on East Boothbay after a vacation there. She described the coastal town as very laid-back and chill.”

It was magical,” she said. We fell more in love with each other there.”

The ceremony was officiated by a friend of theirs, and included Indian traditions such as the exchanging the flower garlands sent from Sens home country, as well as a blessing from their elders. Sen said they had wanted to include the observers, and so the officiant had them face each direction and ask those in attendance if they would be a part of their lives, to which they all said, we will.”

Sen said the filmmaker behind the program knew her father, a journalist in India. She said the family was happy to be a part of the show, and they didnt need to make any changes to their plans for the ceremony.

I think we sat up a little straighter,” she said with a laugh.

My Big Bollywood Wedding” features three couples of varying Indian backgrounds, and their own unique weddings. Sen said that for the show, they and their families were interviewed, and the crew followed them as they made their way through the various wedding preparations, including picking out the flowers and what they would wear. Sen said she hasnt seen it yet, but her class was very excited to watch it.

People really enjoyed it,” she said.

The two met while teaching at a New Jersey Catholic school for girls. Sen said the administration knew of her sexual orientation, but once she announced she was getting married, the two were asked to leave. Sen said she was upset by the decision, but that shes working in a much better school, and that it all happened for a reason. Today, Sen teaches at a school in Cambridge and her wife will be moving from a Providence school to one in Massachusetts.

It was very difficult,” she said. It was not because Im a bad teacher. It was something in my personal life which should have no impact [on teaching].”

Sen said that falling for Hauffman was a gradual thing, and started with their first kiss. She said they have a lot in common, though joked that television shows isnt one of them. It was Sen who proposed to Hauffman. She said that traditionally, one family would make the proposition to the other on behalf of the couple, but this is something that has changed in recent years.

Communication is key to keeping it going,” she said. Its a lifetimes work, its always a process.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/green-prom-dress | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/plus-size-prom-dresses


Pippa Vosper Launches New Store Concept in Notting Hill

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Pippa Vosper, the London-based editor-turned-retailer, has opened a new boutique in Notting Hill bearing her name.

The Pippa” store follows on from Vospers first retail venture, RSPV, a boutique in West Londons Chiswick area that hosted designer sample sales.

Vosper said that she always drew customers based in Notting Hill, as well as from the nearby Knightsbridge and Mayfair areas, so moving to a central location had been a long time coming.

Ive spent so much time in Notting Hill, growing up and living here, that its always been my dream location,” said Vosper, adding that her aim is to create a shopping destination and focus on brick-and-mortar retail for the moment. Were just off the Ledbury Road, Joseph and Matchesfashion are around the corner and its great to sit next to those stores at a central location. All the girls walking from Portobello toward Westbourne Grove usually just see us and walk by.”

The new space will follow a similar concept to the original boutique, with the focus being on designer sample sales. The first sale, marking the launch of the store, features resort and beachwear, selling past season, discounted items from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Brazilian designer Adriana Degreas and March 11, known for their popular embroidered summer dresses. Sales by Turkish designer Gl Hrgel and Versace are also in the pipeline.

In addition to hosting sample sales, the new store will introduce a new feature that will allow designers to take over the space for week-long periods, to sell both seasonal and discounted collections as well as host events and industry appointments.

Its not a subletting arrangement, I would be hosting the designers and giving them control of the space for a week or two. It would allow young designers to showcase their products and collections for both customers and editors. The space can also be used as a showroom. At the same time we could also cater to more established names who dont have a space in London,” said Vosper.

She added that she chose to keep the decor of the store clean and sharp” so that it can easily be transformed for designer residencies: I wanted to keep things simple, theres pale cream walls, pink velvet curtains over big windows and a selection of objects Ive been collecting over my travels.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cheap-prom-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cocktail-dresses-uk


In Goop Health With Gwyneth Paltrow

Why fantasize about being like Gwyneth Paltrow when you can actually live like her—at least for a jam-packed day? Some 600 wellness wishers and Goop fanatics, kitted out in their best athleisure, spent their Saturday at Paltrows boundary-pushing lifestyle brands first-ever summit.

Held in a gleaming cement and knotted wood event space in Culver City, California, In Goop Health refused to let the gloomy June sky cast a pall over the proceedings. Exquisitely orchestrated and stylish to the nth degree, it was the anti-Fyre festival, from a requisite photo backdrop cleverly fashioned out of fresh lettuces and artichokes to the crystal and wildflower-accented place settings at the alfresco lunch for 100 or so VIPs in the Collagen Garden.

For 12 chockablock hours, attendees—many of whom had flown in from the Eastern Seaboard—dipped in and out of panels featuring some of Goops most beloved experts and a cavernous market hall, where they could consume all the Moon Dust drinks, sweet-green bowls, and collagen- and butter-spiked Bulletproof coffee they desired. The outdoor area functioned as a wellness-oriented Shangri-la, with experiences on offer including crystal readings, IV drips, and aura photography. I had my aura photographed; it was tangerine,” shared Tory Burch, whose Tory Sport line, among other Goop-approved products, was for sale in the market.

Im really Goopy,” said Jenni Konner, the writer and director best known for Girls. I dont mean to brag, but I am. I go to Habib for acupuncture and lymphatic massage,” she said, referring to Habib Sadeghi, D.O., the charismatic holistic doctor who treats Paltrow and who kicked off the event with a freewheeling talk on unlocking the cosmic glow.” Sadeghi, a cancer survivor, believes in tapping into ones spiritual Wi-Fi” to access a layer of healing beyond traditional physical diagnosis.

What is wrong with any of that?”asked Konner, who wore a geometric-print Gucci dress in cream and nightshade red. Women find power in asking questions. Anything that puts a woman in control of her body is valuable.”

Presiding over the day was Paltrow, looking like a radiant milkmaid in a floor-grazing crepe de Chine Vilshenko dress (Its available on Goop!” she said). Her interest in health started when her father, Bruce, was diagnosed with throat cancer. I went from a chain-smoking Camel Lights kind of girl to trying to understand why my dad had cancer,” she said. I still feel like my role is to ask questions and open people up to things they never would have heard of before. Im not saying its for everyone, but this is really validating, meeting all the readers and bringing them together with the experts.”

Led by some of the websites most popular healers and trainers and doctors, the panels touched on everything from parasite therapy, facial threading, orgasmic meditation, and the potential risks of kale and broccoli. There was a foam-rolling session with Lauren Roxborough, and Taryn Toomey led a sample of her newest workout, a restorative version of the addictive and punishing hour she is known for.

The final conversation of the day—Balls in the Air” (also the name of a line of Goop vitamins)—was between Paltrow and her friends and fellow seekers Cameron Diaz (Transcendental Meditation obsessive), Burch (tennis junkie), Nicole Richie (staunch believer in regular dinners with girlfriends), and Miranda Kerr (organic skin-care entrepreneur), who stole the show with her tale of leech therapy on her coccyx. I kept the leeches in my koi pond—the healer was going to kill them otherwise.”

Sad you missed out? Dont be. Goops second summit will be coming to New York next winter.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses | backless prom dresses


Bride-to-be Sarah from Jeddah must wait to unite with her Prince Charming in Qatar amid diplomatic row

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Like any other soon-to-wed couple, Sarah and Ibrahim were impatiently waiting for their big day this month. But little did they know that their wedding would fall victim to a diplomatic crisis between their countries.

Sarah, a Yemeni, was running from one shop to another ever since the wedding day was confirmed for June 27, coinciding with the second day of Muslims post-Ramadan festival Eid Al-Fitr.

I learned about the news first thing in the morning when I woke up to my fiances call telling me that bad news will halt our plans,” Jeddah resident Sarah told Arab News.

Ibrahim is a Qatari and was planning to leave Qatar for the wedding party in Taif.

Their plans are now on hold after a diplomatic crisis of unprecedented scale erupted in the Gulf and wider region Monday. Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over Qatars persistent support for extremist groups.

The couple spoke to Arab News on the condition their family names not be published.

Ibrahim, 23, said that he stormed into his parents room the moment he knew about the recent developments.

Sarah, 20, was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and has never been to Yemen before.

Saudi Arabia is the only country I know and consider as a home,” she said. I would love to visit my ancestors home one day, though, when the situation (in Yemen) gets better.”

Yemen joined Saudi Arabia to sever relations with Qatar.

My fiance is a Qatari national, Im Yemeni and living in Saudi Arabia. Its a hopeless case… Its closed from all sides. I feel helpless,” Sarah said.

Ibrahim told Arab News that he regrets his governments situation with fellow GCC countries, which will affect the lives of many people.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Doha over the tiny Gulf states support for terror groups — such as the Muslim Brotherhood — and its media inciting hatred and radicalism, before ties were restored on the condition that Qatar caters to its fellow GCC members requests.

Last week, it seems that Riyadhs and Abu Dhabis patience with Doha ran out when it became evident that the latter will not comply with its commitments pledged in 2014.

I dont want to think that its my bad luck that this is happening at this specific time, but I really hope things will get better very soon,” said Ibrahim. What really hurts us the most is that we planned to sign the marriage contract this coming Eid to have a double joy, but now our plans have gone down the drain.”

The wedding was not the only event canceled. Ibrahim and his sisters were planning to visit the Kingdom next week to throw an early birthday party for Sarah on June 24.

This is her first birthday after they got engaged. First times always matter… we wanted to be there,” said Ibrahims sister, Hanaa, who already bought the present. I may end up mailing it to her,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim arranged a birthday cake to be sent to Sarahs doorstep with a love note. I dont want her to feel my absence on this important day.”

Sarahs mother expressed her sadness over the couples unknown fate.

Despite how difficult it is for a mother to marry off her own daughter knowing that she will move to another country... like any mother, I have always dreamed of this day,” said 42-year-old Fatimah.

The families plans are halted for now until further notice,” Fatimah added.

Even though the couples lives already started with an obstacle and both are aware that the current circumstances may lead to an unpromising future, Sarah and Ibrahim are willing and ready to go down the rabbit hole.

Sooner or later, things will turn out just fine,” Sarah said. I dont want to sound too romantic, but we will tell our children how hard it was to save this marriage,” she added, laughing.Read more at:plus size prom dresses


We have broad range of options in durable fabrics

What are the brand new applications for Cordura fabrics? Which industries are considered tough fabrics as an alternative to conventional materials?

Traditional boundaries are changing - our customers are taking inspiration from a wide variety of markets such as outdoor, cycling, yoga and so on. We have used this cross-over theme to introduce multi-functional Cordura fabrics, which were originally developed for a specific market such as workwear into other markets including extreme and endurance sports where long lasting, fabric performance is also valued.

Our latest Cordura Combat Wool Fabric collection is a prime example of a multi-tasking fabric that can stylishly take on whatever life throws at it, combining long-lasting durability and everyday wool comfort to seamlessly adapt. Fit for the versatile lifestyle with fashion-forward endurance, Cordura Combat Wool is key for meeting the needs of today's fast-paced consumer.

Our latest generation multi-functional performance Codura denims are another great example. Durable, long-lasting and versatile, they can be specifically engineered for enhanced moisture management, thermal regulation, soft-comfort, mobility, and more. Performance denims give consumers the perfect freedom they need day in and day out.

Overall, we want to make sure that the brands and end consumers have the broadest range of options when it comes to durable fabrics. It can help if a designer or an end consumer understands the heritage of the fabric and the value it brings to the garment or product. For example, our Codura denim fabrics are based on the NYCO fabric technology we developed for military applications. Jeans brands like this rugged, tough denim solution and have used this crossover to successfully incorporate this technology into their urban collections, including lightweight comfort driven collections.

What are the latest innovations taking place in this industry? Is there any new research happening at Cordura that you would like to share?

A recent development has been the introduction of the Invista T420HT fibre. More than two years of intensive research and design has resulted in our newest, state-of-the-art, patent-pending Invista T420HT nylon 6,6 staple fibre designed to enhance the core strength of Cordura fabrics. This cutting-edge breakthrough is the strongest nylon 6,6 staple fibre we've ever produced. Cordura NYCO (Nylon/Cotton) fabric blends based on this new high tenacity staple fibre have already been adopted by a major international military, and continue to undergo extensive wear trials for next generation combat uniforms.

What are the major events planned for Cordura this year? Are there any specific regions or markets where you will be promoting the Cordura fabrics aggressively?

As 2017 is our fiftieth year, we are taking the brand on a global road show (who doesn't like an all year long birthday celebration, right?) - and aim to announce 50 epic initiatives this year. These initiatives include new fibre and fabric technologies, collaborations, anniversary capsule collections and more. They all will be featured on our microsite as they roll out, and on social media via #Cordura50.

Our roadshow kicked off at the Winter Outdoor Retailer 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah in the US - and so far has had additional stops at Munich Fabric Start Keyhouse, ISPO Munich in Germany, IDEX in Abu Dhabi, Struktur conference in Portland, and most recently the Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany. And of course more to come as we celebrate five durable decades with our value supply chain, brand, and media partners around the world.

At ISPO, we were honoured with 50 ISPO Textrends innovation awards - which includes receiving best product award for our Cordura 4EVER fabric in the Fall/Winter 2018/19 base layer category, which probably came as a surprise to many who up until recent years have thought Cordura fabric as a rough and tough bag and pack material. Overall, eleven of our authorised mills won across six different ISPO Textrends categories, featuring a wide variety of materials ranging from ultra lightweight Cordura Naturalle fabric to our latest Cordura Combat Wools including the exciting new line of Cordura Combat Wool Denim from Artistic Milliners.

While at ISPO, we were also honoured to be a part of the award winning Blackyak apparel collection. Blackyak clothing is crafted to withstand even the harshest alpine conditions. Prototypes are exposed to the extreme situations by the Blackyak athletes during trainings and on expeditions. Week-long treks, waiting at base camp, the ascent of 8,000-metre-high peaks, climbing ice walls: people and materials have to work together optimally. With the Cordura brand ethos of 'Durable Fabrics for Durable People', the collaboration with Blackyak has been a natural fit. When two companies with such similar brand promises align, it's amazing the magic that can happen.

Cordura completed 50 years in this industry. How has it evolved with time? Any new investments or expansion plans for the future?

Fifty years ago, the origin of the Cordura was durability. (Cor= Core, Dura = Durability or simply stated, the COR of DURA bilty)

Our heritage fabrics are based around the original core of durability that Invista nylon 6, 6 fibre brings. Since then, Cordura fabrics have found their way into virtually every type of gear and apparel, from messenger bags to denim jeans to military boots to ultra-lightweight outerwear, helping create products that are strong yet lightweight, comfortable and functional, delicate yet durable. These durable, adaptive performance fabrics are built-to-last for nearly any need… military, tactical, outdoor enthusiast, worker, urban adventurer and many more. And we're always looking for next generation durable solutions. A natural fit being our recent foray into childrenswear. (Nothing like some seriously durable kids to put Cordura fabrics to the test!)

At last week's Techtextil show in Frankfurt, our parent company, Invista announced an investment of over $65mm in new state-of-the-art fibre production equipment at our US based Camden, SC facility. This investment will expand capacity of nylon 6,6 fibre used in a diverse range of applications including high-tenacity, specialty fibres used in Cordura fabric production used in a variety of end-use applications including military gear such as bags, backpacks and ballistic vest carriers as well as a wide array of commercial end-uses from hiking boots to hunting gear, workwear to motorcycle, and many other outdoor, lifestyle apparel and equipment products.

Since 1967, we have been defining (and refining) what durability stands for and are dedicated to forging new frontiers in long-lasting fabric performance. Consumers today know Cordura fabrics as the durable fabric solution that helps them go further, faster, and push boundaries near and far. Our fabrics help defend, protect, and endure life's tough battles, whether that is at work, play, or in true combat situations Cordura fabrics have had your back for over 50 years, and we are looking forward for the future, alongside our valuable supply chain partners and develop durable solutions of tomorrow.Read more at:red prom dress | white prom dresses


Todays youth are changing perceptions for the better

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Take a look at the photo. What do YOU see?

This past year, levels of tension and angst have risen in communities from coast to coast. LGBT rights, immigration reform, sexism in the workplace, race relations – each issue elicits strong opinions and hateful words, polarizing segments of our communities fueled by the unending stream of social media. Is anyone else exhausted by it all?

Our community has not been immune to some of the divisive commentary that has re-opened decades-old wounds we all wished were close to healing.

But I believe theres reason for optimism, and I feel bullish about the future of our H-F community. Why?

For starters, theres an entire generation growing up that doesnt view the world the way many of us Gen Xers and Baby Boomers do, in particular on the diversity front.

Recent research through Deloittes Leadership Center for Inclusion shines more light on this. The younger generations seem more willing to respect and celebrate individuals backgrounds, experiences, identities and beliefs rather than bucket” people according to race, gender, religion or sexual-orientation.

So again, look at this picture. What do you see? Two lesbians surrounded by black, white, Asian, Hispanic, and mixed-race kids? Our children dont see that at all.

This photo captures H-Fs U-15 Valkyries soccer team at the wedding of their coaches, Coach Angie and Coach Kim. It was an incredibly proud day for our community when the coaches told the team and parents they were getting married. The courage and pride in Angies voice, the elation and joy on the faces of these girls, the sense of love and acceptance by the parents ....

Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation ... who cares? You know what our kids see in this picture?

They see two coaches they love, admire and look up to.

They see their teammates, whom they trust and rely on.

They see close friends, whom they respect for who they are, not what they look like.

They see a close-knit community celebrating the love of two people they care about.

This photo is uniquely Homewood-Flossmoor. Ask yourself: In what other community could this image be a reality, with the degree of unconditional love and genuine acceptance you see?

I believe Homewood-Flossmoor is uniquely positioned to show the country what it means to be a truly inclusive community – a community that celebrates and shines a light on the richness of our diversity.

So where do we go from here?

In the days ahead, I encourage us to be aware of our own personal biases, to walk in someone elses shoes, to strike up the conversation you might otherwise avoid.

I ask that we challenge ourselves ― and our friends ― to speak up when we hear something not quite right.

I ask that we be sensitive to the words we choose, and consider the impact those words may have on others.

And finally, I ask that we work hard to be tolerant, patient and understanding and to amplify the good that happens in this wonderful community of ours. We have a great deal to be proud of!

The anthropologist Margaret Mead said, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has.”

Our kids are well on their way to doing exactly that. Lets commit to live up to their high standards to make a positive impact in this great community we call home.

Oh, and if you need a healthy dose of courage or inspiration to do so, or arent quite sure how to go about it or where to start?

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Tailoring in New Orleans

You have to be comfortable in your clothes: if youre not comfortable, it affects your self-confidence.” Tatine Frater insisted. Whatever you buy, it has to fit correctly!” What to do when you need that perfect fit? I dont think Ive ever had a tailor say No, I cant do that,” Ms. Frater admitted.

Through the years, people in New Orleans have depended on local tailors for their alterations. In 1927, the city directory listed 107 tailors in the city. Today, even counting Jefferson Parish, there are less than half that number.

Being sure you get clothes that will fit well can begin at the point of purchase. It all depends on who is doing the measuring,” said longtime salesman Patrick McCausland at Perlis Clothing. (At Perlis, in-house tailor Than Nguyen does the alterations. He also takes outside work.)

Its the fit that matters. You want something that doesnt cling.” Taking up or letting out a seam can make the difference, and more expensive clothes usually have more let-out seam,” McCausland noted. You also have to make sure the sleeves are the right length.”

McCausland also believes in taking good care of clothing: When I come home from work, I put things on a hanger. And, I rotate what I wear.” In another clothing care tip, McCausland warned against too much dry cleaning. Once those chemicals touch the fabric it takes some of the life out of it.” (Dab off spots yourself, he advised.)

Tailored clothes can also be intended for special events. Thimbelina Tailors often see wedding dresses come through the door. Formerly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Mrs. Hang Pham and Mrs. Khanh Tran took their nimble fingers and opened their own tailor shop twenty-one years ago. Sometimes its the grandmothers wedding dress made over for the granddaughter,” Mrs. Pham said. We do a lot like that.” Did she sew her childrens clothes? Mrs. Pham, who began sewing at 14, admits that today its less expensive to buy ready-made. Her skill with a needle provided her with a career when she came to this country.

Another immigrant who became a New Orleans tailor was Henry Galler. He operated Mr. Henry Custom Tailor for many years. Galler had first worked at Rubinsteins downtown, then went on his own, eventually at his Jackson Avenue location. He and his wife Eva were holocaust survivors and were tireless in educating young people on that subject. The business is now run by Annie Tran. I used to work for him and I took over the business about fifteen years ago,” she said. Her customers include men and ladies as well. Everything, even children.”

I can make a $10 garage sale suit look like something James Bond would wear,” Peter Santos proudly announced. Now at Mr. Santos Custom Tailor, Santos learned his trade from his father. We started out learning how to fit the person with tailor chalk, marking, how to cut, how to hold a scissors, how to work with a thimble and needle – he just taught me how the body works on the clothing, how the customer likes it to feel,” Santos explained.

Santos has altered military uniforms, priests cassocks, even outfits for pets. And, he does upholstery. One happy customer, Graci Rickerfor, came to him for a plastic cover for a large table. He did it! A sort of square sleeve to protect the wood,” she said. And, he made a custom tablecloth, too.” Santos family also works in his shop, so the enterprise will continue.

Every August we get men coming for fittings for the Red Dress Run,” Ana Caldcleugh said, describing unusual requests for her mother, Ana Caballero, at her business, Lil Daves Tailoring. Ms. Caballero, self-taught as a seamstress, had worked for the former owner (known as Lil Dave) whose father (Dave) had started the business on South Rampart before moving to Oak Street. Ms. Caballero bought the business in 2003. Another unusual alteration was for a Christmas suit, A mans suit, the jacket and the pants were blue and they were covered with snowflakes.”Read more at:prom dresses london | prom dresses liverpool


Grow out your hair dye gracefully

Get it cut regularly

As you continue to get it trimmed, eventually the re-growth and natural colour will meet halfway. OK, it may not be a pretty sight, but the shorter you get it cut without chopping off too much length, the quicker the dyed colour will fade.

Merge with another dye

So this will work if the colour you've added isnt drastic as you want the overall finish to be natural, and not one part of the head catching more dye than the rest. Pick a neutral colour as close to your natural tone and itll hide the true look until everything is back in place. While semi-permanent products do eventually fade youll be surprised by how much they catch and to avoid doing more damage, it may be the best option.

Alternatively you can pop a glaze or tint on to somewhat disguise the grow-out without making a big change overnight.

Treat it well

Use good quality shampoos and conditioners and be sure to use heat protection if you style your locks – the last thing you want is to have hair dye growing out and unhealthy looking hair. Masks can help give a good shine too and opt for styles that keep your hair in condition, which might mean ditching the looks you went for when your tresses were freshly coloured!

Make a better plan next time

If you were unhappy with how your hair looked once the colour faded, next time you hit the salon for a top up ask your colourist to come up with a finish that won't look bad after a few months or go for something low-key and easy to maintain. That may mean ditching your usual routine, but think of it this way; the longer a dye job lasts, the better youll look and the more money youll save!Read more at:cheap prom dresses | prom dresses online


Brow carving

New trend: Brow carving (Photo:prom dresses manchester)

A new beauty trend has set social media alight - and it's quite the bold look. Known as brow carving, this method - seemingly dreamt up by make-up artist Alexa Link - involves really highlighting eyebrows to make one hell of a statement look, and it's definitely not one for wallflowers!

It's quite the OTT look so perhaps best saved for a party or somewhere where you know you won't stand out like a sore thumb! We've put together a small tutorial of how to try out the brow carving trend.

Start by taking an eye pencil, closest to the colour of your brow hairs, and very gently trace the outline of your brows, doing the whole width below from inside to the outer corner, then angling it off to bring the line above your brow - about a quarter of the way in. Keep this as close to your brow as possible for a minimal yet effective finish. Alternatively, if you have a fancy dress bash coming up, pick a shade that clashes against your skin and matches your outfit to colour coordinate!

Then, pick an eyeshadow to match your chosen pencil colour (or as close as possible) and, using a sturdy brush, soften the lines by sweeping a little of the shadow over them. Focus on leaving a clean gap between the line and brow, so just apply the shadow to the outside of the shape to keep it extremely soft and allow it to fade naturally into your natural skin.

If there's any powder in the areas which should be clean, use a Q-tip with some make-up remover on it and run it along the brow to remove excess shadow. To give things an even brighter finish around the outside you could always add a spot of concealer or highlighter - just be careful it doesn't draw attention away from the carving.

You also need to be sure that the brows themselves are neat and defined for this trend, as such a beauty look won't work if the hair is straggly and untamed! Tidy things up with brow gel and give them a strong touch with an eyebrow pencil, powder or gel. You don't have to make things too sharp though, as that's the job of the carving.Read more at:long prom dresses


Five Handy Hints For Weddings, Conferences And Running Events

A few thoughts for anyone trying to put together that ultimate event!

1. Remember its not your day!

Whether its your wedding, birthday party or conference, it is always key to remember that in fact, it isnt just your day. It is for the benefit of your guests, customers or delegates. When I was trailing around after my fiance to the photographer, venues, florist etc, I got quite miffed with the constant reference to my bride and her day - Oi! Im here as well!”. The honeymoon was for us; the other stuff is for others to celebrate with us.

When it comes to conferences and official events, your mind needs to be in two places at once. Ensure the event is running smoothly, but also be ready to grab opportunities that only come precisely because you are leading an event. At your event, you suddenly have a magnetism that you didnt have the day before. People now want to speak to you - often seconds before you are about to give a keynote speech! It would be very easy to say Ill catch up with you tomorrow” - but dont. This is an opportunity to show hospitality, to respond and have that conversation you have been waiting a year for, right then.

2. Ushers shouldnt be ornamental

Ushers, bridesmaids, stewards, front of house: they need to look good, be smart and presentable. That can be quite a mission in itself, but these people are more than photo-filler. They are essential to make the event work well. They need to know what you want from the event and that you expect them to play an important role. If you brief them well you should be able to watch the colour drain from their faces as they come to understand that they are not just there as eye candy.

Guests or delegates will expect your staff to know stuff. Where are the toilets? What time is lunch? Did my dietary requirements get through? They should also act as a filter of issues arising from guests. As an usher at weddings, I have sorted extra places at a reception, organised an artistic photographer who had forgotten this was not his studio, and gently but firmly told brides to get up and circulate with disgruntled guests (a bride in full regalia is like a fairy - everywhere she goes she creates happiness!) Much of this can take place without the real-time knowledge of the bride and groom.

3. Know who is in the room

This is such an important tip, for the workshop leader as well as the conference speaker. Beware of in-jokes and different approaches to humour. I gave a best mans speech once which had one half of the room screaming with laughter and the other side in stony silence. You need to appreciate all your guests/delegates: dont just gravitate to your friends.

4. Beware of elephant traps

Quite by accident, when we at FaithAction were preparing for an event with an imposing secretary of state, we were sent an internal civil service briefing document that asked the question Any elephant traps? Considering what could go wrong is a worthwhile thought - and also who could go wrong. Is there a guest who needs to be managed? Who will you put on the case? I had an event where a VIP needed to be kept clear of a lobbyist. What ensued was a bit of a Georgian farce of entrances and exits through different doors.

Catering is another potential flash point. Despite all the signs about dietary requirements, food is rarely well labelled by caterers. Another common issue is one-line buffet tables - why not allow people to go both sides and thus double the capacity?

Spontaneous speeches can be a headache. Never hand over the microphone to a member of the audience; keeping hold of it helps remind everyone that there is limited time.

5. Get a good number two

In the theatre, it is disconcerting for the director to find that the deputy stage manager has taken over in the final rehearsals, as he/she calls the cues and runs the show. You need a good number two - someone who doesnt have to be in the limelight (probably not the best man/bridesmaid), but is dedicated to smooth running and has natural authority and problem solving abilities.

Finally consider how all these different element flow together, like scene changes in a play, are they smooth and seamless?

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Memoirs in black and white

This photograph was taken in 1961 in Malleswaram after the wedding of my brother-in-law K Gopal with Bhagirathi. In those days, weddings were simple but memorable and were usually held at the brides place. The backdrop in the picture is our ancestral house.

We are all descendants of Maralawadi Sri Krishna Bhat, a famous purohit in Malleswaram and also my paternal uncle. I completed my BSc from Maharani College in 1953. We would walk from our house in Malleswaram as public transport was neither easily available nor could we afford it. After graduation, in 1956, I got married to K Satyanarayana, second son of Krishna Bhat. My husband was working as a resident engineer in Gammon India Limited, associated with the construction of dams and aqueducts, hence we started our married life in dreaded places like Chambal and Lakhisarai. My married life lasted only seven years, as my husband passed away in 1963. I was 31 with two kids aged six and three years. My third son was born after a month.

I started working at Bangalore Education Society as headmistress. The support received from my parents N V Narayan and Janakamma was immeasurable. In 1972, I opted for a government job and joined Bharati Vidyashala High school, Avenue Road, working there till 1992. Meanwhile I also did my BEd from MES Teachers College in 1968 and postgraduation in philosophy from Karnataka University, Dharwad, in 1972.

Malleswaram and Basavanagudi are the two old localities in Bengaluru, which led famous writer R K Narayan to coin the word Malgudi in his works. Sampige, Margosa and Coconut Avenue Roads, named after the canopy of trees which once existed, continue to be the main attractions. But the once peaceful Malleswaram has now become a big business hub.

The old big bungalows have paved way for huge apartment complexes. The 18th Cross bus stop, which was a terminus, now wears a deserted look. In 2015, the Malleswaram Residents Welfare Association brought out a commemorative volume, highlighting the contributions of eminent people in various fields. The Kadu Malleswara Temple after which the locality is named attracts huge crowds on Shivarathri every year, even today.

Presently, I am serving as the president of Malleswaram Senior Citizens Forum, planning activities, health camps and excursions for senior citizens. The members meet on the last Sunday of every month.

All my children are well-settled and I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed the wedding of my eldest granddaughter.

Whenever I look at the old photographs, I am filled with emotion. No matter which technology may come, nothing can beat the charm of black and white photography.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/red-carpet-dresses | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-shop-in-manchester


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