Shraddha Kapoor has mastered the art of layering with these beautiful capes

Shraddha Kapoor has an easy vibe about her and the way she pulls off casual style is kind of inspiring. Not one to really follow trends, she has given us noteworthy looks in the past while experimenting with her sartorial choices, and these days the Haseena Parkar actress is doing the same with beautiful, flowy capes and jackets.

Recently, while promoting her upcoming film in Kolkata, she was spotted in an all-black retro look. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani picked a black tank top and silk palazzos, which she styled with a printed, ankle-grazing shrug from Saaksha & Kinni – don’t miss out on the embellishments at the wristbands.

Shraddha Kapoor, Haseena ParkerIt’s a rare sight to see her wearing a bright red lip shade, so this time it made for a good change. We like almost everything about this look, especially those statement-worthy neckpieces from Amrapali Jewels and Aquamarine Jewellery.

At another event, Kapoor was seen in a mustard longline cape with bright floral prints on it from the label Anushree. We love the retro vibe, complete with the grey tank top, flared high-waist jeans and the beautiful layering. If you ask us, we would have never thought of pairing a full-length cape with the basic combo but when Nathani is the stylist, be prepared to be blown away.

Anavila Misra to focus on black as part of sustainable show at Lakme Fashion Week

Designer Anavila Misra is set to showcase a sustainable line focussed on black as a theme at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter, Festive 2017. The fashion week celebrates day two as Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textile Day every season and this time Anavila is going to close the day with her line called Blur on August 17.

“Known for understated designs in subtle colours, Anavila makes a bold move with the focus on black for the very first time. The unmatched intrigue of black, a colour that invokes fierce emotions of strength, power and often manifests the unknown and mysterious, intensifies the reactions to it,” said the designer. “In the design and fashion realm, black represents a unique form and probably is the only colour or the lack of it, that connects to the universe like no other. It continues to exude a sense of crisp formality,” she added.

Anavila Misra, focus on black, sustainable show, Fashion news, Indian express newsTalking about how sustainability has got a new meaning amongst youth, she told IANS, “I certainly feel the youth today is more conscious about their surroundings. With education, communication and exposure the impending need to care for the earth has become viral. Be it fashion, food or lifestyle, the youth is making better choices everyday.” The five day fashion week is scheduled to take place at St Regis in Mumbai.

Nargis Fakhri to walk for Anushree Reddy at Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive 2017

Actress Nargis Fakhri will be seen walking as a showstopper for fashion designer Anushree Reddy at the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter, Festive 2017, which is starting from August 16. Nargis, who will be seen walking on the catwalk on August 19, took to Twitter to announce the news.

Nargis Fakhri, Anushree Reddy, Lakme Fashion Week, Fashion news, Indian express news“Excited to be flying down from Greece to walk for my favourite designer Anushree Reddy for Lakme Fashion week on August 19! See you all there!” she tweeted.

The five-day fashion week is to take place at St. Regis Hotel here and will conclude on August 20. The fashion gala will see ace designers like Ritu Kumar, Masaba Gupta, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra, Gaurang, Falguni and Shane Peacock among many others showcasing their latest range.

Women empowerment, one knot at a time!

Shanti Bai is having an ephiphany. She has just finished inviting us all for her daughter’s wedding when I tell her I’m single. “If I had known that was possible, I would never have married,” she says. “Well, you’ll be free once your daughter’s married,” I tell her hopefully. She has four more children, she informs. And there’s nothing more to say.

We are having this conversation at the school, set up as a community initiative by Jaipur Rugs in Manpura Macheri village, about 40km from Jaipur, where she and the team of women that works under her learn to read and write. They decide to entertain us, as one mimics a teacher who taught them for a while and how she asks her husband to help with chores in the morning so she gets time to apply makeup. “I tell him I have to go out and bring back money for the house, so he should help with the kids,” she declares.

Shanti Bai has done well for herself. A victim of an abusive marriage, she now heads a team of women who work on the looms that she has set up in her home. A goat is tethered nearby, while a bangle-seller stops by to sell trinkets. As the women take a break and start picking earrings and bangles, it’s obvious how empowered they feel. One of them has dropped in even though it’s her free day, and is using sketch pens to create patterns on a card, which may accompany a rug to a customer, for that personal touch. As they squat at the loom, tying knots in the threads, one can’t help but notice their flat abs. Our not so flat abs haven’t gone unnoticed either, as one ‘Bunkar Sakhi’, promoted as a surveyor, shares fitness tips. Smartly dressed with a men’s shirt over her sari, she tells us how just a few years ago, she stayed behind a veil or “ghoongat”, too shy to engage in conversation. “I even understand a few words of English now,” she remarks. With her newfound confidence, she now visits several looms in the village, taking stock of the work and correcting any errors she finds in the knotting.

Jaipur Rugs, along with brands such as Hands and Cocoon, accounts for 35 per cent of global exports from India to the hand-knotted rugs industry. Working directly with weavers, the company has on its rolls 40,000 artisans spread across five states in India with an average production of approximately 60,000 square feet per month of hand-knotted rugs.

The initiative has empowered the women in more ways than one. Mentored by the chief designer Kavita Chaudhary, the youngest daughter of owner Nand Kishore Chaudhary, the women also have an exclusive range dedicated to their creativity, called Artisan Originals. Sajana Devi, a cancer survivor, believed each knot represented her disease as she created a floral tapestry, inspired by the gardens of the hospitals she visited for treatment, titled ‘Sona-Bagicha’. A young Bugali, who started weaving to support her family, titled her rug ‘Meri Duniya’, with a pattern at the bottom capturing the trunk in which she stores her jewellery. In another rug, titled ‘Mera Lehariya’, Bugali took inspiration from the popular Shakkarpara snack, creating stripes surrounded by flowers and leaves. Designer Kavita Chaudhary’s collection ‘Unstring’, too, was awarded as Best Modern Collection 2017 at the Carpet Design Awards, held at Domotex in Hannover, Germany.

Dress the best under budget for college days

The first day is always so special for the new college kids that it remains intact for life as a good memory. But many do face problems with the selection of clothes for their first impression and that too under budget. Keeping a few things in place like playing around with basic cotton kurta or jazzing up with jewellery can do the trick, say experts. Avneet Chadha, Founder of Avneetc Bespoke Styling and Rashma Sud, founder of the brand Rashma sud jewellery share tips on how one can look picture perfect on the first day of their college under budget.

* Play it chic: It is very important to choose the right collection for your college days, as mix and match works wonders. Carry a scarf always in your bag as you can match it with any of your clothes. The scarves won’t cost you more than 100 bucks and you can team it with any of your plain T-shirts which you no more feel like wearing. Spend the rest of the money on a rugged jeans and ballerinas.

Dress the best, dress under budget, college days dress, Fashion news, Indian express news* That cotton kurta: The basic cotton kurta will not cost you more than Rs. 500, but make sure you buy a kurta which you can wear like a dress as well. Team up your dress or kurta with funky jewellery and a pair of flats and you are soughed.

* Slogan Hogan: The jazzed up look for your freshers or a party night with your new friends can be completed with the trendy slogan tees which are available both online and offline. These T-shirts be it a crop top or a short tee with jeans won’t cost you more than Rs. 500-600 and you can team them with your favourite black jeggings and palazzos.

* Be the Maxi queen: Winning the Miss freshers, or swirling in those beautiful maxi dresses is very much affordable at a price of Rs. 500-700. Teaming the same with your comfortable sandals and donning a beautiful scarf around your neck, you can just make that simple maxi dress look more stylish and happening.

* Glam up with right jewellery: Opt for boho chokers which will cost you about Rs 150 and you can pair it with every piece of cloth you wear. The second-best thing are bead earrings which go well with all attires and will only cost you about Rs. 50.

This 88-yr-old woman’s Instagram fashion diaries will give you #streetweargoals

There’s no age or time to look fashionable. And this 88-year-old lady, who goes by the online name Moon Lin, just proved it again. The Taiwanese woman has garnered quite a huge fan following on Instagram for her sassy style statement. From quirky T-shirts to torn jeans and flashy reflectors, she’s given a whole new dimension to streetwear, and we bet you would love to take some styling tips from her. Not just that, she’s extremely tech savvy as she keeps posting updates of her life on social media networking platforms.

grandma fashion, 88 year old woman fashion sense, streetwear goals, fashionable grandma, stylish granny, fashion sense, style statement, indian express, indian express newsShedding light on her fashion choices, she wrote in a post: “The good thing about being 88 is that you can just wear what you want! No one can control me! I intend to try something new each day. Shall I get a tattoo tomorrow? Life begins at 88!”

Sharing a picture of a new jersey, she wrote: “New Jersey! I got a message from a friend of mine. The young people of Taiwan have been working for several years, and they are very brave and brave enough to go after the dream.” Having a gala time on the photo sharing networking platform, she has amassed over 70,000 followers. “I don’t think I can keep up with the times and I think I’m looking down on young people’s vitality and the whole world has always been driven by young people!” she also said in another post.

A Gentleman promotions: Jacqueline Fernandez’s style quotient is quirky and refreshing

Jacqueline Fernandez is making a lot of news these days by reviving her amazing pole dancing skills for the promotion of her upcoming film A Gentleman, but it’s not the only thing that has got our attention. Her promotional style quotient has been equally interesting. Oh, also her airport looks but we will get to that later.

Our favourite is of the actor in ethnic wear. We think she looks lovely and refreshing in an embellished blouse with a floral cape top and floral printed rose-hued palazzos from Arpita Mehta’s The Silk Rose collection. Styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania and celebrity stylist Lakshmi Lehr, we love the touch of a pair of Aquamarine earrings and bangles.

Jacqueline Fernandez, A GentlemanThe volumnious curls and soft make-up by celebrity make-up artist Shaan Muttathil added to her charm.

The second look which we would pick is of Fernandez in a blue and white striped jumpsuit, which she accessorised with a simple brown tote from Chloe, statement earrings from Zara and black strappy heels.

Sonam Kapoor makes for a beautiful and fashionable bride in this magazine photo shoot, see pics

The one thing that we know by now is that Sonam Kapoor makes for a gorgeous bride. Over the years, we have seen the high priestess of fashion walking down the runway confidently and elegantly in bridal avatars, mesmerising everyone while at it and this year, she gave us two distinct looks. The 32-year-old first spilled magic at Paris Haute Couture Week 2017 for Ralph and Russo’s Autumn Winter 2017/2018 couture collection in a jewel encrusted white peplum gown with a dramatic train, a beautiful sheer veil and a regal white headgear to match. The second time she wowed us in an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla creation with intricate embroidered lehenga skirt and a Victorian era inspired blouse featuring a ruffled collar and billowy sheer sleeves.

Sonam KapoorLooks like Kapoor is not yet done with bridal fashion. On the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar Bride, the Neerja actress takes on New York City in a royal blue Anita Dongre creation. Posing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, she is seen wearing a cream-coloured kurta layered with an embroidered jacket, a statement ring by de Grisogono and ethnic earrings from Anita Dongre’s Pink City.

The issue, which covers 14 couturiers weaving their beautiful bridal tales, has quite a few interesting looks of the actor. For instance, take a look at this one in a lovely hot pink bridal lehenga with gotta patti work all over it, from Anita Dongre. The craftsmanship deserves all the attention but we are not a big fan of her make-up.

Ta Ta Towels: Bizarre towel bras that have taken the Internet by storm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel-starrer ‘500 Days of Summer’ is a hit romantic film, but talk about 500 days of heat in real life, it’s nothing but horror. And ask any woman with slightly heavy breasts, they will tell you the hardship of tackling sweaty boobs in hot and humid weather. So, what exactly is the solution to get rid of underboob sweat? Is there any? Yes, it now exists, a towel that covers just your bosom and absorbs all the sweat. Called the ‘Ta Ta Towels’, the patented product is widely being described as a “hammock for your boobs”. Women across the world have gone euphoric over this quirky and one-of-its-kind product, and there are good reasons behind it.

ta ta towels, towel bra, towel bra holder, towel bra boob sweat, underboob sweat, big boobs problems, big breast problems, ta ta towels breastfeeding, breastfeeding leakage problems, fashion news, weird fashion trends, indian expressIts creator, Erin Robertson came up with this bizarre solution to a practical female problem from her own experience. “I was living in Los Angeles and getting ready to go out on a first date. As I got out of the shower and started getting ready, I could not stop sweating — not because I was about to go on a first date, but because my tiny A/C unit was broken AND it was the beginning of summer,” she wrote on the towel’s website. After trying various options to combat the sweating she thought, “There HAS to be a better way to keep the beads of sweat from dripping down my stomach.” And like Robertson, many women around the world felt the same and realised this is what they need, some even said they need 10!

Ready in 30 mins: Cheese soufflés with apple, walnut and pomegranate salad recipe

Cheese soufflés are the stuff dreams are made of! Pair them with a healthy apple, walnut and pomegranate salad and you have the perfectly balanced dish. This recipe is worth saving to pass down to your future generations because not only is it easy to make but also equally delicious. We are glad Chef Akhilesh Jha of Fresc Co, New Delhi shared it with us.

Serves 2

Ingredients
240ml – Milk
3 tbsp – Plain flour
60g – Unsalted butter
6 eggs, whole
175g – Mature cheddar, grated
1 tbsp – Chives
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
5 tbsp – Parmesan, grated
2 red apples, cored and cut into eight pieces
6 tbsp – Whole walnuts
150g – Rocket
6 tbsp – Pomegranate seeds
2 tsp – Walnut oil

Method
* Pour the milk into a saucepan and warm gently over low heat to take the chill off it. Sift the flour into the milk and mix well.

* Cook on moderate heat until you can no longer taste the flour in the mixture and there are no lumps. Remove from the heat and beat in the butter.

* Beat the egg yolks into the mixture, then add the cheddar and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper.

* Grease the four moulds/ramekins with softened butter and coat the insides with grated Parmesan.

* Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until you have firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the cheese sauce, taking care not to deflate them by overworking or being too heavy handed.

* Spoon the mixture into the moulds and cook in a steamer for 12 mins. When cooked, remove from the steamer and leave to stand for 10 mins or until they are cool enough to handle.

* Remove the soufflés from the moulds. At this stage, you can either put them in the fridge until needed or cook straight away.

* To cook, preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Put the soufflés on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 6–8 mins.

* To serve, arrange the apple on four small plates with the walnuts, rocket and pomegranate seeds scattered over. Remove the soufflés from the oven and place straight onto the salad. Drizzle with walnut oil and serve straight away.