Lightness of Being

After the blinding glitter and shimmery opulence of the first few days, the restrained regalia of couturier Rahul Mishra’s “Parizaad” was a sight for bling-blinded eyes. On Day 4 of Fashion Design Council of India’s India Couture Week (ICW) 2017 in Delhi, Mishra presented a womenswear collection that was understated, but did wonders on the elegance scale.

Pastel shades such as blush pink, white and lavender formed the base for many dresses, layered gowns, anarkalis and lehengas. To break the monotony, there was a dash of mustard yellow and black. The thread embroidery, in neon shades of pink, blue, red and green reminded us strongly of the chintz prints that were in vogue in the Victorian ages. Mishra’s “Parizaad” had its roots in Islamic architecture, and the floral motifs and geometric embroidery was an ode to the tiled mosaics that were a staple of Byzantine buildings.

Rahul Mishra, India’s India Couture Week, Fashion Design Council of India, Parizaad, India news, national news, latest news And while there was a marked restraint, Mishra was brave enough to team seven or eight colours together in one outfit. The effect was not jarring but rather elegant on a white base. In many outfits, not even an inch of fabric was left bare, with intricate embroidery covering up all available surface.

There was a slight hint of a shimmer, but again it wasn’t overwhelming. While Mishra said this collection was his most traditional yet, one could see the modern elements creeping in with the cold shoulder and cape blouses and fitted pants in silk paired with a flared hem kurta.

Want to experiment with your lipshade? Go metallic and orange!

Ditch safe colours and experiment with your lipshade palette. Stock your vanity with metallic, electric orange and bold red shades, suggest experts.

Shailja Mittal, Creative Head at, an online marketplace for luxury and premium fashion, listed few trends:

* As fall is around the corner, the major lipstick trend would be metallics. The trick is to downplay with one out of eyes and lips. If going for bold berry lips, a stroke of silver eyeliner would complete the look and keep up with the international trends.

* For a sultry look go for taupes and greys.

* The 1990s are not yet to take a backseat, so go will with good gold glittery lips and good amount of highlighter.

* With the colour red making it to list of one if the major colour trends of Autumn/Winter 2017, flaunt red lips with bold black eyeliner.

* Red, gold and taupe metallic, nude gloss and berry shades are a must in a vanity.

Inputs by Aakriti Kochar, make-up and hair expert at Oriflame, a leading Swedish skincare and cosmetic brand:

* Electric orange lips and magenta stains are rocking this season contrasting with neutral colour outfits and even prints.

* Frosty lip glosses is silver, bronze on neutral lips to add a hint of glamour to the simple summer look.

On social media and ramps, glitter lips have made the biggest statement this season. No one would relate glitter to summers but this year has definitely proven that wrong.

* Metallic lip shades take us back to the rock and roll era and has become a hot favourite this spring season. Wear it wisely. Keep the look minimalistic for this one.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr reveals her top beauty secrets

Supermodel Miranda Kerr dry brushes her skin every morning from the feet upwards to kickstart her circulation and to remove the dead skin cells.

“I also dry-brush each morning. It’s a great way to get the circulation going and remove dead skin cells. I start with my feet and legs and work my way up in quick gentle strokes,” Kerr told, reports

She added: “I like to apply the Noni Glow Body Oil prior to brushing, and then shower. The hydrating and nurturing oils stay on the skin, and it leaves my skin feeling super soft.”

And Kerr has hailed her own beauty products as the reason behind her flawless complexion.

And the star will apply numerous items from her range, including the Energising Citrus Mist, as well as Eye Cream, a face tint, to her face every morning.

She explained: “I use all my Kora Organics products and credit it for the health of my skin. In the morning, I use the Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser, Energising Citrus Mist, Hydrating Day and Night Cream, Eye Cream, and Tinted Day and Night Cream (a healthy alternative to foundation).

“I use the mist as a toner and also throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated. At night, I use the Cream Cleanser, Balancing Rose Mist or Calming Lavender Mist (I alternate), Soothing Day and Night Cream, and the newly launched Noni Glow Oil–it contains high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals to smooth, nourish, hydrate, and brighten the skin.”

She also uses anti-ageing products “once or twice a week”, as well as a face mask.

She said: “I use the Age-Defying AHA Exfoliator once or twice a week and also apply the Hydrating or Purifying Mask twice weekly, depending on what my skin needs. Sometimes I apply the purifying mask on the T-zone and the hydrating mask on the cheeks, neck, and décolletage.”

The mother’s legacy: The blue-and-white stripe sari of Saint Teresa is now an intellectual property of Missionaries of Charity

About 400 workers walk on muddy tracks sandwiched between railway tracks and multiple cow sheds to reach the Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Centre every day, except Sunday. Here, workers, once leprosy patients who got healed, produce distinctive blue-and-white border saris — they are worn exclusively by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns across 749 centres over 120 countries, including the Vatican City. A five-minute walk from Titagarh Railway Station in North 24 Parganas district, this centre is the only place in the world — run by MoC Sisters and maintained by MoC Brothers, where these unique saris are produced.

Recently, the-blue-and-white sari, first worn by Saint Teresa (known as Mother Teresa before her canonisation last September), has been recognised as the Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity, which was founded by her. The unique pattern is now a registered trademark with the government of India’s Trade Marks Registry and no one can use that border design without the permission of the MoC.

According to the official website of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, the Mother used to buy these saris from Harrison Road (now known as Mahatma Gandhi Road) in Kolkata in 1948. The three blue borders of the sari signify the vows that the nuns at MoC take. “The first band represents poverty, the second obedience, and, the third broad band represents the vows of chastity and wholehearted service to the poorest of the poor,” says Brother Harry D’Souza, in-charge of the handloom at the Centre. Saint Teresa and the MoC nuns continued wearing the saris till it became very difficult to get them in large numbers.

Workers at the loom. (Express photo by Subham Dutta)

Eventually, the MoC, which had set up Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Centre in 1979 for leprosy patients, decided to give these patients the work of weaving this particular saris for its nuns. “Since then, these patients weave the saris. But they are not sold to outsiders. Only MoC nuns get to wear them once they take their first vow after five years of training. This is the only place in the world which produces this sari,” says the director of the Centre, Brother Marianus.

The workers get Rs 6,000 per month, and, sometimes, a bonus if they produce more saris. “We also provide food, clothing and medical care. We have set up three nivas (quarter) for them. Those who have settled outside the centre come regularly to work here,” says Marianus.

Out of 50 looms at the Centre, only seven are used for weaving the saris, which are called Sister Saris. “Besides Sister Saris, workers here produce bedsheets, bandages and uniforms for leprosy patients at various centres,” says D’Souza.

Mithun Haldar, 26, who has worked at the Centre for the last 10 years, was happy to learn that the border of the Sisters Saris has been recognised as the intellectual property of MoC. “It is good to know that no one except us can make these saris now,” he says.

“I had come here as a patient in 1978. When the centre was set up, I was given a job. Since then I have been working here,” says Shefali Roy who has been associated with the centre for the last 40 years.

After the completion of the weaving processes, the saris are sent for packaging. The packed saris are then sent to Nirmala Shishu Bhavan at Lower Circular Road in Kolkata from where the saris are distributed to the centres of MoC across the world.

Slice of History

Times gone by took centrestage on Day 5 of the India Couture Week 2017. While veteran designer Monisha Jaising turned to the opera for her collection, designer Varun Bahl invoked Czech painter Alphonse Mucha’s works for his show titled “Dream Nouveau”.

Jaising presented her collection on a ramp that was styled like the stage of an opera house, with balconies flanking the two sides. The collection featured womenswear, with concept dresses and gowns featuring high slits to add a contemporary twist. Ruched dresses and skirts in sequined, shimmery fabric, velvet, tulle, organza and satin formed a large chunk of the collection. Sequins and beadwork were staple embellishments and the dominant colours were earthy maroons, icy blue, moss green and black. There was an odd chikankari sari as well. The elaborate twists and twirls to the waistline of the dresses and gowns made them look a tad impractical. As for the showstopper matters, actor Shilpa Shetty walked the ramp in an orange and gold Banarasi dress. The dress was an off-shoulder number with a thigh high slit and a short train.

india couture week 2017 news, fashion news, lifestyle news, indian express newsSorbet shades and floral motifs combined with intricate sequin work operated effortlessly to give Varun Bahl’s show a vintage bohemian touch. The collection featured floor length dresses, layered lehengas, saris for women, and churidars, jackets and achkans for men. To juxtapose the heavily embroidered dresses and skirts, the outfits were matched with lighter net duppattas. Short capes were paired with saris and lehengas. The colour palette was a heady mix of peach, blush pink, greens and topped off with warm reds and rust. There was a hint of blue as well. Tulle, georgettes and silk were paired beautifully with thread and sequin work. The use of cold shoulder; fit and flare jackets allowed this collection to go beyond just bridal wear, which is what a lot of couture designers showcase in India.

Seven amazing tips for a nude make-up look

Applying a black mascara, choosing a natural shade that compliments your skin and subtle rose or baby pink lip colour — these are the basic rules that one needs to follow to perfect the art of nude make-up look, say experts. Annanya Sabarwal, Country Head, KIKO Milano India, and Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expert, Oriflame India, list down things to keep in mind:

* For nude make-up look, apply a black mascara on your eyelashes to give your eyes a natural look, while beautifying them by curling the lashes.

Then for a trick, apply a black kajal only in the upper inner corner. The effect will be of a bold and more dense lashes, creating an eye-look focus on the lashes. To enhance the nude look, apply a highlighter eyeshadow over all the eyelid and contour the eyelid with a bronzer.

deepika padukone, nude makeup look, nude makeup look deepika padukone* To bring a natural glow to your cheeks, just apply a highlighter on your cheekbones instead of fully contouring your skin with make-up. Choose a natural shade that compliments your skin tone to give a simple nude make-up look.

* As the nude make-up look does not allow any vibrant colours, the lips could be done by using a subtle rose or baby pink to add some luminosity to the face. To neutralise the effect of the lip colour, a hint of transparent gloss over the lipstick could do wonders for a nude make-up look.

* One may use a single lipstick to create such look — soft wash on the eyes, flush of lipstick on the cheeks. Apply using your fingers and dab on gently against your skin and not rub it. Apply lipstick generously, groom your brows and put mascara your lashes to complete the look.

* When choosing the nude make-up look, keep the shades in monotone that is different tones in same colour family.

* Use a light base to even out the skin tone first before applying nude shades. Use loose powder wherever necessary but keep it minimal and let your skin shine through.

Couture Celebre

The closing weekend of Fashion Design Council of India’s (FDCI) India Couture Week (ICW) 2017 drew out the big names from fashion and film to conclude the event in a grand style. The finale show was presented by veteran designer and Bollywood’s go-to fashion expert, Manish Malhotra. It only seemed fitting that the current toast of tinsel town Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt were the showstoppers for Malhotra’s collection “Sensual Affair”. One saw a lot of trains, on gowns, lehengas, capes in short and long lengths. Shades of white, beige and cream gold dominated the colour palette. This is a brave collection — with edgier, sharp silhouettes and cuts, deep necks, backless numbers and fitted corset-like blouses — from Malhotra’s stable. Blood red outfits and capes added a hint of drama to the collection. “We have even changed the way we use can-can as an underskirt. We made them into cages, which would help facilitate the movement of the wearer,” said Malhotra.

india couture week 2017 news, fashion news, lifestyle news, indian express newsIn terms of embellishments, Malhotra stuck to familiar territory with the use of silver and gold thread embroidery, pearl and sequin work. The womenswear featured dresses, gowns and lehengas and the men had richly embroidered bandgala jackets juxtaposed with plain white kurta and pants. Showstopper Ranveer wore a deep blue intricately embroidered velvet jacket, with a flowy kurta, and grey and white checkered pants completed the outfit. Alia Bhatt wore a mud brown lehenga replete with a long train with flowers sown on the hemline for extra flair. Paired
with a heavily embroidered and sequined deep-neck blouse, it frankly failed to impress. Brown is not everyone’s colour, including Alia.

Re-use bridalwear, opt for matte lipstick on Rakhi

Opt for bright coloured attire or re-use your wedding dress without looking over the top on the occasion of Rakhi on August 7, experts suggest. Make-up artist Aashmeen Munjaal and fashion designer Anuradha Ramam have listed few ways to add glamour to your look:

* Go for bright colours like royal blue, parrot green, dark maroon, red and fuchsia pink.

* A bling kurta and chudidar with a bandhani dupatta look good. Accessorise with big jhumki earings      and have light make-up.

* For the Indo-western look pair a bling top with an ethnic printed silk skirt. The dupatta is optional.

* For the western feel with a touch of ethnic wear, a long flowy gown in ikat and mangalgiri can be a good choice. Finish the look with ethnic jhumkas and rustic silver neckpiece.

* A bridal attire can be easily re-used by putting in some simple changes:

Wear the blouse with a plain georgette or chiffon sari in a contrast colour. This will balance the heavy blouse. If the blouse is a corset then it can be paired with a long flowy in goergette or chiffon with a thick border for functions in the day or the evening.

Re-use bridalwear, matte lipstick, bright coloured attire, Fashion news, Indian express newsAccessorise with a party clutch:

The dupatta can be worn with a simple suit with a simple border. Accessorise with a classic watch and a party clutch. The dupatta can be worn with a short tunic paired with palazzo pants.

The lehenga can be worn with a plain raw silk blouse or corset of the contrast colour. The dupatta should have minimal embroidery subtle the lehnga. Wear minimal jewellery and carry a party clutch to complete the look.

* Make your eyes pop with a blue kajal applied on both the upper and lower lashline and skip the eyeshadow all together. But go for a smudge proof kajal because this hot and humid weather can spoil the look.

* Swipe a hint of peach blush on the cheek bones for a natural looking flush and avoid the pink blush altogether. As a general rule, always go for warmer shades of blush for a more natural looking finish.

* Don’t forget to fill the lips with a nice lipstick shade. Opt for nude shades. Dab a little balm on the lips if they are dry or cracked. Slick on a layer of gloss to help the colour last for long. Apply matte orange or light pink lipstick.

Here’s why you should stock these 5 essential oils in your beauty cabinet

From lavender oil, rosemary oil to neroli oil, add essential oils to your daily skin care routine for better results, say experts. Puniti, Beauty Expert and Director, 7 Shades by Puniti Unisex Salon, points out “essential oils have amazing properties which are also used in aroma therapy and naturopathy”.

Vijay Singhal, senior consultant, Dermatologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, feels essential oils are carrier oils and should only be used with agents which can be moisturisers, body lotions and hair oils or even water.

“Use of these essential oils more than in quantity of more than three or four drops may cause irritation and even skin damages. The best property of these oils could be that they can be used in every season throughout the year,” he added.

Lavender oil: Most commonly used for its relaxing effects on the body. The aroma of the oil is relaxing and helps to release stress. A drop or two, when rubbed in the temples helps in better sleep. Used with coconut oil, lavender oil helps getting rid of lice and their eggs as well. Adding a drop or two in your regular moisturizer helps healing sunburn.

* Tea tree oil: Helps in getting rid of pimples and their marks. It can also help in eliminating toenail fungus. Use of tea tree oil with your regular hair oil helps one get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp.

Essential beauty oils, beauty cabinet, better results routine, daily skin care, Fashion news, Indian express news Rosemary oil: Extremely beneficial for hair growth and has properties which help hair thickening. Rosemary oil helps in improving memory and is beneficial for liver detoxification.

Sandalwood oil: It has benefits which include being antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic and is disinfectant. It is most effective during monsoon when the chances of getting infections are the most. Fill a large bowl with steaming water, add one to two drops of sandal wood essential oil and use the same for face spa. It’s not only refreshing but will help get rid of blemishes.

* Neroli oil: The interesting thing about this bitter orange oil is their beneficial properties for getting sound sleep and be stress-free. It is a natural remedy for anxiety, depression, hysteria, panic, shock and stress. Wet a cotton ball, add a drop of neroli oil and lightly dab it on your skin to help treat acne. You can also mix it with the skin cream to help regenerate your skin.

Partap Chauhan, Director Jiva Ayurveda, also said: “Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil, preferably infused with hair nourishing herbs, is the best way to nurture the scalp and hair topically. Not only does the massage work wonders for your hair, but it also relaxes the mind and nervous system.”

Anushka Sharma in a gorgeous anarkali or in a velvet slip dress — Which look do you prefer?

All geared up for her next release — Jab Harry Met Sejal, Anushka Sharma is leaving no stone unturned to put her best fashion foot forward. From dazzling in a hot pink sari to trying her hands at a pair of extremely distressed jeans (not our favourite though) — the bubbly actress has struck a perfect balance with traditional and modern in the recent past. Continuing her tryst with fashion as she awaits the release of her upcoming film, her gorgeous green and pink anarkali and her velvet, semi-sheer dress have caught the attention of the fashion hawkers.

anushka sharma, anushka sharma jab harry met sejal, anushka sharma fashion, anushka sharma, anushka sharma best photos, anushka sharma traditional pictures, anushka sharma traditional photos, indian express, indian express newsIn Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to promote Imtiaz Ali’s film, she looked beautiful in a pista green anarkali with beautiful pink motifs on it. The actor paired the simple yet elegant Manish Malhotra number with a pair of juttis from Fizzy Goblet.

Styled by Allia Al Rufai, she chose to keep her make-up minimal with just a bindi and her hair mid-parted and tied into a sleek, low pony.