Aditi Rao Hydari in this thigh-high slit black dress oozes sensuality

At the recently concluded India Couture Week 2017, Aditi Rao Hydari turned out to be a perfect muse to designer Gaurav Gupta for his Moondust collection. The Wazir actress looked breathtaking in a deconstructed gown which was the perfect mix of ‘East meets West’ with Indian craftsmanship and modern European techniques at its best. We love everything about this look, starting from her outfit, make-up and hair. But it’s not just on the ramp that this Bollywood beauty has been spilling her magic.

At the after-party, Hydari made heads turn in a sensual black number from SR Store. Celebrity stylist Sanam Ratansi, who curated this look, styled it beautifully with a pair of strappy Steve Madden heels. We love the summery vibe of this outfit with the floral touches to it – so simple yet so statement-worthy.

Aditi Rao HydariNeedless to say, she carried the thigh-high slit dress with ease. She totally skipped on jewellery but it’s not something we are complaining about. The look is so breezy that it’s actually a welcome change to go without accessories.

Her hair and make-up is worth mention as well, especially with her good friend and talented celebrity make-up artist Elton J Fernandez working his charm. The dewy sheen with the nude lips and gorgeous curls styled to one side was the perfect addition to this look. We would definitely want to try something like this on a date night. What about you?

Kangana Ranaut’s sari look reminds us of Indira Gandhi

Kangana Ranaut has a long-standing love affair with saris. She is probably the only actress in Bollywood – other than Vidya Balan – to be seen rocking the six-yard wonder on many occasions, whether it’s at a promotional event or simply at the airport. The self-taught fashionista made quite an impact during the promotions of Rangoonwhere she gave us a few back-to-back looks, while teaching us how to carry georgette, cotton and sheer saris like a pro. We also remember the beautiful Sabyasachi designshe wore during her visit to Varanasi for Manikarnika promotions.

Kangana RanautNow, this champion of fashion trends is back at giving us another memorable look in a military green sari from Fabindia. We love how she channelised old world charm like a pro and it just reminded us of Indira Gandhi’s fashion sensibilities. The beautiful cotton sari with a dark olive green and dull gold border, which she paired with a collarbone-grazing neckline and three-quarter sleeves, is a classic which can be worn by women across all age groups.

Katrina Kaif, Sunny Leone, Anushka Sharma: Whose airport style do you like the most?

Replicating a red carpet look of your favourite Bollywood celeb might not always be easy, but emulating airport styles is a piece of cake in comparison. Over the years, fashion enthusiasts, mostly women, have been following their favourite stars around at airports, keeping a hawk’s eye on the lastest trends and even now, not much has changed.

Recently, we saw quite a few interesting looks and while some inspired us to try out new things, the others just left us disappointed. Here’s a round-up of the best and the worst:

Sunny Leone, Katrina Kaif, Anushka SharmaSunny Leone
The ‘Mastizade’ actor was seen channelising the ‘East meets West’ vibes like a pro. We like the boho chic look of the ethnic print maxi which she layered with a plain denim jacket.

This is something which you can easily pull off at the airport and it’s comfortable for long flights as well. She styled it with a pair of sneakers but you can ditch it for comfortable flats. Don’t forget to carry your stylish sunglasses.

Anushka Sharma
The ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ actor has always been an unparalleled campaigner of monochrome style and this time too, Sharma didn’t disappoint us. We don’t know if that black tie-up corset belt is really comfortable while travelling but it sure does look good with the classic tank top from Pull & Bear and basic Zara leggings combo.

Jab Harry Met Sejal promotions: Anushka Sharma takes the desi route in beautiful saris, kurtas and Indian jewellery

Anushka Sharma has been keeping very busy with the promotions of her upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal, jet-setting with her co-star Shah Rukh Khan in trendy outfits. But it’s not just her casual style she has been experimenting with. This bundle of energy is also trying her hands at ethnic wear and so far, she has managed to nail every single look. Fashion hawkers can take a lesson or two from her on how to style a sari, accessorise a salwar-kameez or simply wear a flared skirt with a knee-length kurti.

We love how she carried the pink and gold woven Raw Mango sari with a really simple blouse at the taping of a reality show and accessorised it with semi-heavy gold earrings from Purab Paschim.

Her hair centre-parted and pulled back into a bun added a nice touch to her look along with those mogra flowers and the tiny bindi.

Anushka Sharma, Jab Harry Met SejalOur second favourite look is of Sharma in a lovely powder blue, bell-sleeves kurta with gold motifs on it which she styled with brocade palazzo pants, resting an inch over her ankle and a pastel pink dupatta with frills on the border. The entire look from House of Kotwara is something we would definitely like to try out during a special occasion.

She complemented it well with a pair of earrings from Curio Cottage and pastel juttis from Fizzy Goblet. What we like the most is that she didn’t go for the poker straight hairstyle she has been seen sporting these days and instead styled it in beautiful waves.

Her appearance in an emerald green striped kurta which she wore with a gold intricately pleated hem skirt and a green and gold jacket, all from from Urvashi Kaur is worth a mention as well.

Is legally protecting original fashion designs best way to combat plagiarism?

Ace designer Rohit Bal’s collection including a newly introduced cock motif became the talk of the town after he showcased it at the just concluded India Couture Week here because it had been copyrighted. But is this move the best solution to fight plagiarism? “Bandhgala Baron” Raghavendra Rathore, who walked for Bal during his show, says the designer, plagued by plagiarism, is a quintessential leader in the industry.

“His initiative to bring awareness to the issue of plagiarism will do the industry a lot of good, especially for the younger generation of designers,” Rathore told IANS. “The process and the cost of copywriting every design, season after season, is tedious no doubt, but key designs must be protected. Plagiarism in India is different from that in the West, as the motives are different in the West, fake products with logos of established brands are imitated, unlike elements, motifs and silhouettes in India,” he added.

Talking about his own brand, Rathore said that in the last decade, he “has patented various techniques and details of the classic ‘bandhgala’, which has become synonymous with the Raghavendra Rathore brand”. Designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula, who has been roped in by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali to work on costumes for his period drama “Padmavati”, are also thinking of protecting their work.

“In the digital world, with so much exchange of images and information, it is easy for anyone to pick up a design and replicate it. So it makes sense to protect your work.” Sanjay Garg, designer and founder of Raw Mango brand, feels a “patent isn’t an absolute answer”. “As a textile designer, our work innovates on textiles and it’s natural to feel protective of what one has developed. In 2014, our work on engineered brocade lehengas was something truly original and we did patent it. That said, the lehenga has also been replicated,” he said.

In 2014, our work on engineered brocade lehengas was something truly original and we did patent it. That said, the lehenga has also been replicated,” he said.When IANS spoke to people in the Chandni Chowk market, known for selling cheap replicas of designer wear, some said the designers’ high-priced creations lead to plagiarism. So, should celebrated designers sell their designs at a lower price?”There are many ways to answer this question, but simply: Some would consider cars and A/Cs a necessity, should they also all be sold at an accessible price point,” asked Garg, who exhibited his collection in London earlier this year.

Ace designer Tarun Tahiliani, whose creations have been sported by celebrities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika  “There are many ways to answer this question, but simply: Some would consider cars and A/Cs a necessity, should they also all be sold at an accessible price point,” asked Garg, who exhibited his collection in London earlier this year. Ace designer Tarun Tahiliani, whose creations have been sported by celebrities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, says that, unfortunately, there seems to be no value for intellectual property rights in India.

Protecting fashion designs, combat plagiarism way, fashion designs collection, Fashion news, Indian express news“I suppose that is a great luxury in a country that is this poor. But having said that, this kind of duplication of bad quality speaks volumes to me as an individual. Firstly, let me say this, that people who value quality and originality would never buy a copy. “The real thing has a name because of what they have done and therefore there is an expertise a Chanel jacket shoulder is a Chanel jacket shoulder, you may choose to wear a Zara but it is never going to feel the same as a Chanel.”

Tahiliani said he once took legal action to protect his work. “I once tried to sue a designer with an identical copy of an outfit with her name in a store abroad and the case dragged on and on and on. Unfortunately, with our judicial system, going to court is not really an option most of the time and the case continued until recently, long after the printer who had copied the prints was dead.

“So, I have learnt to be more stoic about it. I think one can embarrass people,” said Tahiliani. Advocate Saikrishna Rajagopal says that, for design violation, there is “no criminal proceeding so there will be no jail term”. “But if you do get a design registration, then you are in a position to stop others. It will certainly benefit the designers,” Rajagopal said. Will the customer also face legal consequences?

“No, there is nothing against the customer,” he said. So, if you have a copy that is protected, you need not worry. But it doesn’t seem the battle between celebrated designers and copycats will end anytime soon.

Pair the right eyewear with right attire

The right kind of eyewear can make or break your entire look. While black rimmed glasses are for the fall season, oversized glasses look great with high waist trousers and polo T-shirt, suggest experts. Ishaan Kataria, Gem Opticians and Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL luxury, have rolled out tips on how you can amp up your outfits with the perfect glasses:

* Formal: The trending black rimmed glasses are meant for the fall season and the formal look. Another easy fit for any formal look is the gradient almost transparent lenses that can add the right amount of suave to your persona. Formal wear in classic hues of blue, grey, black should be accessorised with basic frames which do not subdue the simple and suave look.

Pair eyewear, attire's eyewear, black rimmed glasses, Fashion news, Indian express news* Casual: Face shape and size is an important determinant to choose the eyewear. The double framed look (frame in frame look) with tinted lenses could make an interesting eyewear option. Pastel colour shirts, T-shirts go well with big framed or double framed glasses. Checkered shirts and a pair of shorts or jeans along with simple gold rimmed aviator also does the trick.

* Classic: The gold wired metal glasses are a classic and look radically cool. A much less aggressive version of an aviator adds an unusual sense of depth. Also the oversized wired metal glasses harkens back to the 1970’s, minus the weight. For that classic 1970s look keep your outfit subtle and stylish. Like a pair of high waist trousers, polo T-shirt and oversized sunglasses.

Radhika Apte looks absolutely stunning in this latest magazine cover shoot

Radhika Apte is not only an exceptionally talented actor but also someone who is bold and beautiful with a great sense of style. It’s always been a delight to spot her on red carpets and we love how she constantly experiments with her sartorial choices. If you ask us, she has actually given us quite a few edgy looks to remember her by. But that’s not all, she has also managed to wow us with her appearances on magazine covers. That quite confidence is very alluring, we must say.

This time too, the Phobia actor didn’t disappoint us while striking a fierce pose on the cover of Verve magazine. Dressed in a cobalt blue Gucci off-shoulder ruffle dress, Apte looked gorgeous and it is indeed difficult to look away from her. Styled by Kshitij Kankaria, the look was kept understated with no semblance of any accessory whatsoever, letting her beautiful kohled eyes and wet hair, combed neatly at the back, do all the talking.

The actress shared the picture on her Instagram account and has been drawing praise ever since, with fans calling her “gorgeous” and “stunning”.

 radhika apte, radhika apte magazine shoot, radhika apte fashion shoot, radhika apte on instagram, indian express, indian express newsThe August cover of the Verve magazine is about the ever-growing Internet culture. Sharing the picture on their Instagram account, they wrote, “Indians and the South Asian diaspora have found a firm foothold in the uneven terrain of the internet and, byte by byte, have generated an alternative celebrity bubble. Hero or villain, there’s room for everyone in this virtual reality. Judging by actor-comedian @mallikadua meteoric rise into a household name thanks to hilarious #Snapchat videos; artist Maria Qamar of @hatecopy’s use of Instagram as her personal art gallery; or comedy group @allindiabakchod’s catalytic #YouTube video with Alia Bhatt; one could say that the internet has essentially become the world’s busiest and most approachable PR agent.
As the #internet continues to make the planet appear more navigable from the comfort of a living room sofa, we hope to use it to make more of an impact and to continue to tell the important stories of the hyperconnected global village that is the world today. ”

The actress often posts pictures of herself on her Instagram account, and looks ravishing each time.

Kriti Sanon, Vaani Kapoor show you how to rock a designer lehenga this wedding season

With the wedding season just around the corner, the frantic search for designers lehengas has begun. Late night Googlesearches on the latest trends and colour palettes are inevitable, so if you are looking for some inspiration, then the best thing to do is turn to your favourite celebs. Recently, Kriti Sanon and Vaani Kapoor were seen giving us ethnic wear goals in beautiful designer wears and you just might be able to take a few pointers from their traditional style diary. While, Kriti Sanon picked a bright pink number, Vaani Kapoor stuck to a softer palette.

Sanon looked gorgeous in an Anita Dongre creation and we like how she worked the ethnic glam so well. The look was put together by celebrity stylist Sukriti Grover who styled it beautifully with big jhumkas and rings from Minerali Store.

Kriti Sanon, Vaani KapoorEqually good was her make-up and hair and we think celebrity make-up artist Adrian Jacobs and celebrity hairstylist Aasif Ahmed deserve a big round of applause. We love the soft smokey eyes, the nude pink pout and the twisted hair detail on the actor. Sanon just proves that pink and gold combination is a classic and if you are wearing a bright shade, you can keep your make-up understated.

Meanwhile, Vaani Kapoor gave us inspiration in an Amy Billimoria outfit. The ivory lehenga with tiny silver sequin details and intricate embroidery all over it looks perfect to beat the monsoon heat.

What we love are the details on this one like the old gold zardozi work on the hemline and the sheer dupatta with scallop border and sequin gold polka dots all over it. We love her hair with those soft curls but are not a big fan of her make-up. Those shimmery golden smokey eyes could have been complemented with a softer lip shade.

Sunny Leone or Athiya Shetty: Who wore the off-shoulder gown better?

Off-shoulder gowns can be a little tricky to pull off. We don’t know about you, but at least we don’t like to see an outfit which is too tight around the bust. But when it comes to Sunny Leone and Athiya Shetty, we don’t really have to worry about such fashion faux pas. Both these Bollywood beauties are at the top of their style game and while Leone has been lying low for a while now, Shetty has been going all-out with her wonderful sartorial experiments for the promotion of her film Mubarakan.

We love her in this beautiful midnight blue lace gown from designer duo, Falguni and Shane Peacock. The silhouette is extremely feminine with the sweetheart neckline and the beautiful fall, waist-down.

Sunny Leone, Athiya ShettyWe think it accentuates her petite frame beautifully. Now, we would have liked it if she would have gone for a romantic updo to let the dress shine in all its glory but who can refrain from admiring those beautiful curls. We think she did good here, with the gorgeous hairdo and understated make-up.

Sunny Leone, on the other hand, turned into a sultry goddess in a beaded gown by Pria Kataria Puri. The nude-palette gown really complemented her curves and the Mastizade actor styled it well with a lovely diamond neckpiece and a statement ring.

Disha Patani’s lacy affair sets temperatures soaring in her latest magazine cover shoot

Among the fresh faces that Bollywood has been hosting for a while now, Disha Patani is a trendsetter to look out for. With a radiant smile and girl-next-door looks, the actress has not just charmed people with her acting prowess, but often with her sartorial taste as well -on-screen and off it. From bikini to casuals, there is really nothing Patani cannot pull off and this time, it is her latest cover shoot for Grazia that has caught the attention of the fashion hawkers in the industry.

She sizzles in a black, lacy top from Louis Vuitton, that she paired with leopard print bottoms from the same luxury fashion brand. Styled by Pasham Alwani and Chuan Looi, Patani kept her look minimal, yet refreshing. With make up by Kres Kuang, she kept it understated, with just a pop of tangerine eye shadow and nude lip colour. She styled her hair sleek and straight, mid-parted and falling on both sides of her ears.

disha patani, disha patani latest photos, disha patani latest grazia cover, disha patani grazia cover shoot for august, disha patani beautiful photos, disha patani latest best photos, indian express, indian express news Patani, whose Bollywood debut M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, earned her many praises, was earlier seen scorching the ramp at the recently held IIFA awards in New York. She looked lovely as ever in a dazzling yellow Swapnil Shinde thigh-high slit gown and looked just as ravishing in a shimmery silver dress from Falguni Shane Peacock while walking the ramp at the IIFA Stomp.

Did you like Patani’s look from her latest magazine cover shoot? Let us know in the comments’ section below.