New Delhi, July 16 (IANSlife) Monsoon is all about bright, happy colours and comfortable clothes. From 'work from home' meetings to cozy coffee dates, dress up according to the season to impress. Ashima Sharma, celebrity fashion designer and founder of Ashima S Couture shares some monsoon trends to follow this season.
1. Bold colours and dark shades are in trend: black and single colour pants can be worn with contrasting shades of tops and shirts.
2. Jeans are a classic but this year trend is of bell bottoms in denims that imitates the classic retro look.
3. Ruffles are again seen trending this monsoon with ruffled skirts and tops.
4. Monochrome shades are trending again this season, monochrome pants can be seen worn by many influencers and have gained popularity largely this monsoon.
5. The floral prints are a forever favourite of fashion lovers and these floral dresses are perfect for the monsoon season.
6. Culottes are the perfect and trending monsoon look for the office-goers as it gives comfort along with style. This is a choice opted widely by working women with an active lifestyle.
7. Crop tops are an ultimate fashion favourite for fashionistas this year. Especially in monsoon, crop tops are a raging trend. They can be teamed up with shorts, jeans and skirts to give a trendy look.
8. Short skirts were out of trend for since long but this year they are back in trend, this year many celebrities have been seen donning this look in their events and hence they are popular again. It is also a comfortable option for monsoons.
9. Free fitting clothes are in trend this monsoon. Due to the comfort factor and the fact they can easily be worn on a daily basis, the casual look is an ultimate favourite of the youth and free fitted clothes give the perfect casual look this monsoon.
10. Shrugs are a fashion favourite for the monsoons as they offer a perfect blend of a casual and trendy looks. They can be paired up with almost anything; like jeans, shorts, skirts etc. They provide the perfect trendy look for the monsoon season.
Los Angeles, July 15 (IANS) Model Gigi Hadid has shared that she worried about being a good mother while she was pregnant with her first child Khai.
The 26-year-old model opened up about how she kept a good journal and a bad journal which she thinks she might give to her daughter Khai one day, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Hadid also spoke about how well her beau and musician Zayn Malik has fitted into her family.
On her pregnancy anxieties, Gigi said in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar: "During my pregnancy, I had one journal that I called my good journal and one journal that I called my bad journal. They weren't that literal, but one was more for the memories, for Khai. Maybe one day I'll give her the bad journal just to be real about it."
Talking about what was inside the bad journal, she said: "Anxieties and days where I felt like, 'Am I good enough to be a mom?' I didn't want to feel guilty about feeling those things or writing those things down. I just liked the separation. I also have sketch pads where I'll water colour-sketch, and sometimes I end up writing there too. I write on the back of receipts and keep those in a notebook."
She added: "I'm not particular about it, and my journals are everywhere around the house. I just pick up whichever one is closest to me and write."
About Zayn, Gigi said: "At first he was like, 'How do I get a word in edgewise?' But now he is very comfortable. He speaks his mind. When he's in the middle of a family thing and everyone's like, ‘Zayn, whose side are you on?' He's charming. He's usually on my mom's side. So, he's smart in that sense."
She added: "This is not to say that I don't have a heart or Bella doesn't have a brain, but when dealing with family stuff and world issues, my mom calls me the brain and Bella the heart."
"My brother (Anwar) is half and half. Whatever the family dinner-table discussion is, Bella will be very emotional and compassionate, and I'm sitting there pulling up charts and infographics, speaking very calmly," she said.
Gigi added: "My mom is just very Dutch and to the point. And my dad's a storyteller -- a bit goofy, but always connecting it back to, 'Oh, you've heard the old Palestinian saying…"
Los Angeles, July 6 (IANS) Actress Rumer Willis has clapped back at trolls who tagged her as too skinny, with a picture dressed in a swimsuit.
The daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis shared a picture sporting a black thong bathing suit, reports aceshowbiz.com. The 32-year-old beauty was seen standing next to a pool and looking over her shoulder with her hands on her head.
"Mom's Red Bull always trying to steal my thunder...," she wrote alongside the image.
In the comment section, many of her fans shared their thoughts on her bikini body.
One fan said: "Nothing can steal anything from you especially not Red Bull, everything is just trying to be a part of your thunder!"
Another wrote: "Perfect shape."
One called her a "beautiful and amazing woman".
Her vacation photo came just four days after Rumer fired back at haters who said she was "too skinny".
The actress said that a "weird angle" made her look "smaller" than she normally does.
"It was a weird angle that even made me feel like I looked smaller than I do in real life," she had said.
Bharatanatyam, which is 2000 year old Indian classical dance form that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India has today spread globally.After years of formal training, the student, with the blessing of her Guru, presents her debut solo performance on stage with great devotion called as Arangetram, which literally means ascending the stage. Arangetram is an important milestone for an aspiring dancer of Bharatanatyam.
While Arangetram has traditionally always been performed in India by the disciples of classical Indian dance forms, it is heartening to know that the Indian diaspora also celebrates Arangetram with equal dedication and devotion.
One such diaspora member, Vaidehi Bodhankar, who is a Singapore permanent resident is presenting “Nritya Kalanjali” her debut performance of Bharatanatyam Arangetram on Sunday June 27, 2021. Nritya Kalanjali is jointly organized by Global Indian Cultural Center and Apsaras Arts Singapore.
Singapore is a confluence of various cultures such as Peranakan, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. In fact one of the official languages of Singapore is Tamil. It is no wonder that mother of Vaidehi Bodhankar, Dr Wrushali Bodhankar, who moved to Singapore in 2004 decided to imbibe Indian values and culture in her daughter.
“As a child Vaidehi was always fascinated by our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. So rather than enrolling her into any other dance form, I felt it was most appropriate for her to learn one of our classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, which will bring her closer to her roots even though we live away from India”, said Dr Wrushali Bodhankar.
Vaidehi started to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 years and after formal training at the Global Indian Cultural Center for more than a decade, she will present Nritya Kalanjali.
“As a four year old, I used to read a lot of Amar Chitra Kathas, which my father used to buy for me during his trips to India. I was quite fascinated by the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. I never imagined that I could live these stories through my dance and the more I learned about the mythological stories, the more I learned about the mudras and expressions. I started understanding the essence I have to capture through my dance. Bharatanatyam is not just dance but an amalgamation of our rich culture and traditions” said Vaidehi, when asked about what inspired her to take to Bharatanatyam.
Vaidehi further added, “Global Indian Cultural Center also gave me opportunities to present my talent and passion at temples and at events such as Indian Independence Day, Singapore National Day, and Chinese Lunar New Year. It was an honor to receive these opportunities to showcase not only our rich Indian cultural heritage but also play a part, even if very small, in promoting racial & religious harmony in Singapore.”
A number of well-known Indian musicians such as K, Hariprasad, V. Vedakrishnaram, J.B. Sruthi Sagar, Easwar Ramakrishnan and K.S. Balakrishnan recorded special track for Nritya Kalanjali. Vaidehi was trained for her Arangetram by her Gurus – Shri Mohanapriyan Thavarajah, Ms Seema Hari Kumar and Ms Gayathri Chachithanandar. Vaidehi is currently a grade 10 student studying in an International school in Singapore.
About Nritya Kalanjali:
Bharatanatyam Arangetram of Vaidehi Bodhankar
Date : 27th June 2021
Time : 3:00 pm India time
Guest of Honour : Mr. Edwin Tong SC (Minister for Culture, Community & Youth and Second Minister for Law)
Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) is a non-profit organisation of the Global Indian Foundation. Established in 2002, GICC is committed to the propagation of the rich and varied cultural heritage of the Indian sub-continent and designed to provide an ideal learning environment to the diverse communities in Singapore. Through specific initiatives tied to Indian culture and tradition, GICC provides an enriching educational experience that goes beyond academic horizons. The centre is well-known within Singapore’s community for offering a broad range of activities spanning the disciplines of performing arts including Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak classical dance forms, Carnatic and Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental classes including Flute and Keyboard. The Yoga programme started in 2005, in an effort to bring communities together, has seen remarkable participation of over 10,000 people, at GICC campuses over the years.
About Apsaras Arts:
With over four decades of international track record in creating and showcasing innovative dance productions, Apsaras Arts was founded as a teaching institution in Singapore in 1977 by Singapore’s pioneers in arts - Mr. S. Sathyalingam and Mrs. Neila Sathyalingam, alumni of Kalakshetra Foundation, India. Today, Apsaras Arts has transformed into a premier professional performing company and has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre on an international level, enjoying successful performances in Singapore and abroad. The company has created a repertoire of innovative dance productions, which are performed regularly by the company’s full-time professional dancers.
fashionEnvironmental sustainability has become the buzzword now and everybody in the fashion industry is talking about reuse, reduce, rework and recycle. Fashion brands have initiated various projects making a commitment to move towards being more sustainable.
IANSlife lists down some fashion and beauty brands to know about such initiatives:
As part of American Eagle's broader sustainability goals, the brand has introduced 'Real Good' products. With an aim to be carbon neutral by 2030, the brand is making a commitment to move towards more sustainable raw materials and reducing water and energy usage. Customers can now identify the sustainable items in the collection with the 'Real Good' badge. The collection includes materials that have been sustainably produced and/or sourced, such as recycled polyester and nylon, as well as cotton that's recycled, organic, and/or sustainably sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative. Real Good jeans are made in factories that meet expectations which include water reduction and management, wastewater that is less in volume and does not contain restricted or hazardous chemicals and water recycling.
Panerai reinforced its commitment to a sustainable environment and a healthy ocean by announcing its partnership with Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) to develop ocean literacy activities as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
The partnership will develop programs and actions with the final objective of developing transformative solutions to the existing and future challenges that face the ocean. From 2021 to 2030, the Ocean Decade will promote science-based management of the ocean and marine resources to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Panerai also unveiled the SUBMERSIBLE eLAB ID in April 2021, an environmentally-sustainable watch edition to date that has a total of 98.6 per cent of its weight come from materials integrating a high rate of recycled elements. Panerai also introduced the eco-friendly Luminor Marina eSteel featuring a new recycled steel alloy in both its case and dial.
At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Chopard unveiled their "Journey to Sustainable Luxury", a commitment to a multi-year programme to improve the environment and the lives of those at the very beginning of the supply chain.
It also supports artisanally run mines through the Alliance of Responsible Mining (ARM).
In May 2020, Chopard announced that they will be sourcing gold from the Barequeros in El Choco Colombia in conjunction with the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). The Barequeros are artisanal gold miners who are synonymous for using traditional mining practices which eliminates the use of mercury. These mining practices have been instrumental in protecting the region's biodiversity which is among the most unique in the world.
The Fast Retailing Jeans Innovation Center was established in 2016 as a hub for jeans research and development to transform the value of jeans offered by each of the Fast Retailing brands. The near-elimination of water from its wash process is one such example of the Center's ongoing work to perfect denim.
The process of making jeans requires enormous quantities of water. The Jeans Innovation Center developed an original washing method that incorporates new technologies into high performance washing machines which, in principle, do not consume water. The core technology is a combination of nano-bubbles and waterless ozone cleaning. Each cleaning method is best suited for a specific application, so that by combining them, our center was able to bring water usage very close to zero.
Following two years of research and development, the facility succeeded in reducing water use in the jeans washing process by as much as 99 per cent and more than 90 per cent on average. Masaaki Matsubara, Chief Operating Officer, confirmed that from 2020, all jeans by Fast Retailing brands will be produced using the new process, a production scale that will ensure sustainable denim is easy for every Fast Retailing customer to access, at prices that are within the normal range for each brand.
Sport and exercise fans wanting to keep their activity levels high, but their environmental impact low need look no further than a new collection of environmentally sustainable footwear and apparel launched by ASICS on Earth day. The new pack cross-category collection has been created using a circular manufacturing approach that saw around 5 tons of textile waste, the equivalent of 25,000 t-shirts, recycled into new shoes.
The socklining of the shoes are developed using a resource-saving technology called solution dyeing that reduces CO2 emissions by around 45 per cent and cuts water use by around 33 per cent compared to conventional dyeing processes.
The brand under the Bata India umbrella has launched an exclusive range of eco-friendly sneakers, The Good Shoe, on this World Environment Day. This range of sneakers has been created from recycled plastic bottles and utilises Bloom algae technology, replacing petroleum-based materials.
The brand sources its ingredients from local farmers who use environmentally sound farming practices and also have an organic farm in their factory at Lodsi, where they grow high quality plants and herbs. In September 2020, in order to make more sustainable choices and take on their responsibilities as a brand, they revamped their entire packaging and now use only recyclable PET and glass in their new packaging. Even their stock deliveries across stores in India, have seen elimination of the shrink-wrapping film. At the store level, they are moving towards providing more sustainable choices to the customers by introducing canvas cloth carry bags, which are recyclable and reusable. They have also set up a collection facility in each of their stores across the country, where you can drop off your Forest Essentials empties (jars and bottles of both earlier and new packaging).
This World Environment Day, Arata has partnered with Grow--Trees-- a social enterprise that provides a unique Greet with Trees service, to increase the green cover in the Sundarbans, West Bengal. The initiative involves planting mangrove trees to restore the lush, natural habitat and wildlife of the region. Arata has curated a range of combos for the customers to shop from, in order to contribute to this campaign. With every purchase of the Grow-Trees Combo on the Arata website, the brand plants a mangrove tree in the Sundarbans on the behalf of customers. Through this small initiative, the brand would like to show gratitude towards our mother nature and contribute to restore the lush, natural habitat and wildlife of the region.
Oriflame has achieved 76 per cent absolute reduction in GHG emissions since 2010. It uses 100 per cent renewable electricity at all Oriflame-operated sites since 2018. All waste generated across its manufacturing sites in India is sent for recycling and 100 per cent of its plastic packaging is recycled and co-processed through its waste management partner. In 2020, this has saved over 8 million litres of water and 2.5 million kWh of energy.
It has planted 6 million trees and protected them in reforestation projects. In 2020, 99 per cent of its paper, board packaging and catalogues came from credible certified sources or recycled materials.
Oriflame uses 100 per cent natural-origin exfoliants like almond shells, fruit seeds and olive stones in their scrub products that do not pollute the oceans. It also chooses to use bio-degradable formulations in its Love Nature rinse-off products and masks to further the cause. Since 2015, the brand has achieved 7 per cent reduction in water usage per produced unit at manufacturing sites.
Mary Radenkovic is a Serbian born entrepreneur and fashion designer. She grew up in Greece in the Mediterranean. Mary has been in the fashion industry since the age of 15. She initially worked as a model for beachwear, make-up and hair products and was a face of several European brands. She graduated with a BSc in Art and Poetry and has worked a designer of women’s clothes. She is currently working on her own luxury London based swimwear brand Lavishly Appointed. She is the founder and designer of a luxury resort wear brand Lavishly Appointed.
Excerpts from an Interview of a wonderful human being and beautiful lady by Opinion Express Fashion & Entertainment bureau Chief Ms Nithya Ramesh (Online).
Can you take us through your journey to where you are now?
I have been in the fashion industry since the age of 15, initially working as a model, then as a designer and now as an entrepreneur as well.
How did you launch Lavishly Appointed and can you tell us since we last spoke, where you are at today with the brand?
We opened our very own in-house boutique luxury production. Now, that our production is in the house, we feel like we gained more credibility and can produce orders of different sizes for our respected clients. In addition, we are now preparing our fifth collection and are very excited about it.
Who does the team involve behind you at Lavishly Appointed?
We have two separate teams, the first one is focused on sales & advertising and is very well organised and entrepreneurial whereas the second team is our hard-working design team consisting of pattern makers and tailors.
Having come back from a successful presentation during the Paris fashion week, where can you see yourself within the next 3-5 years?
We are hoping we will have our own fashion show at Paris Fashion Week.
What strategies do you have in place when looking at the expansion of Lavishly Appointed?
Opening our first branch store would be the next challenge and the next step, but we have not yet decided the details.
Can you tell us what areas you have struggled in professionally?
Mostly in our financial plans and forecasts as we want to produce truly valuable and luxury products, but also still need to make the commercially appropriate.
Have you ever had any other mentor? If so, how has this benefitted you to grow?
Well, certainly have a few friends and colleagues who are successful entrepreneurs and often willing to share their words of wisdom. Nevertheless, my true mentor was my late grandfather who was also a fashion designer. He helped me develop a genuine passion for fashion that has been with me since my early years.
What outlets do use to market Lavishly Appointed?
I still love the good old fashion magazines, so we will be featured in the Tatler magazine December issue. However, we are also very much up to date with the new wave of digital influencers and are very active on Instagram and also work with the famous bloggers.
What would you like to see changed for millennials in business?
I would like to see more space for young designers and smaller companies to work. With imperialism in which we currently live in, it is often difficult for young talented people to succeed unless they join the large corporates and I would like to see more visibility of millennials and their smaller scale start-ups.
What is the best piece of business advice you have received to date?
Hard work will always pay back!
What is the critical lesson you have learned in your career so far?
That I need to be more serious about my company’s business plans. As an artist, I usually struggle with that!
How do you create an evenly balanced work and personal life?
I ensure I always allow protected time for my family and also some personal time for my hobbies and give my self-time to enjoy art and attend exhibitions.
The highlight of your career so far?
Definitely, starting my own business Lavishly Appointed.
What gives you ultimate career satisfaction?
I love what I do, working in fashion is fun because we work with media, tech, celebrities and beauty industry. We are at the intersection of business and creativity, so the work is quite variable. Moreover, we organise the best parties and events.
What challenges have since been presented during the growth of Lavishly Appointed in this last year?
Well, my challenge is to ensure that each new collection is better than the previous one and that is not always easy.
Which other leading entrepreneurs and pioneering game changers do you also admire and why?
I admire Anna de la Russo, who had turned Vogue brand into an established luxury brand over a very short period of time. Also, Ashley Graham is fantastic role model for success story.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
I enjoyed reading the Grit from Angela Duckworth. It is an excellent easy read and it tries to explain why resilience is more important than talent for success and it gives a different perspective when thinking about every day business problems. I read Prashant Tewari editorials on geopolitical matters on regularly.
How do you measure your own terms of success?
Well, I think success is when you wake up and are happy that you’re about to start work and are also getting paid well for it.
What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?
I think it is when you turn behind and reflect on everything that happened and you realise that despite all the difficulties, you managed to get your idea and your dream to come true.
What is next for you and Lavishly Appointed?
We will participate in the huge project MTV EMA Awards where most of the A list celebrities will be wearing Lavishly Appointed, so stay tuned and follow the EMAs!
Where do you intend to go with it?
We are based in the UK and our current market is in Europe, but next year we are planning to extend a business to Miami and are exciting about prospects of our business in the USA. We will attend the Miami Swim Week this year.
Have you ever had a mentor?
Well, certainly have a few friends and colleagues who are successful entrepreneurs and often willing to share their words of wisdom. Nevertheless, my true mentor was my late grandfather who was also a fashion designer. He helped me develop a genuine passion for fashion that has been with me since my early years.
How do you think mentors can really help new founders and CEO’s?
Certainly, they can help by making useful introductions, expanding networks and pointing towards the right people.
We saw Eva Longoria most recently looking fabulous wearing a piece from your swimwear collection, however what has been the most rewarding moment for you since building your brand?
Yes, having Eva wearing our signature piece was amazing. We are very thankful and have decided the piece after her (every model of Lavishly Appointed has a unique name). We also got quite a lot of celebrities asking for our pieces for their private boat parties. I guess our line is very attractive and glamorous, so goes well with women who want to be different.
It is hard to typecast or describe Bandana Sondhi, a Model, Brand Influencer, in logistics for WLM India, stylist and now Designer for her very own new brand called 'Supergirl@ttitude'. Bandana is a total fashion buff since she was a child.
With no formal training or professional course in fashion or style, she believes that she is excellent professional because she is blessed with impeccably good taste and knows what works, she feels 'these things can't be taught or learnt, it is an inborn talent'.
She has been associated with fashion world in different ways over the years. Bandana journey was totally unplanned and unraveled. She just followed the path with conviction as a stylist and styling people, their look, their wardrobe to being a very successful model and doing countless Ad-films for famous and renowned brands like BMW, Shangri La Hotel, IPL, Samsung, Philips, Apollo Hospital, Max Hospital, Coca Cola: Bollywood movie ' Setters' and now starting her own line in clothing called Supergirl@ttitude.
She enjoys styling people because the amount of joy when they start looking good and how it starts changing their life is her payback. "It is extremely gratifying for me to make a tiny difference in someone's life through my work" says Bandana. The key is for people to understand that they must choose to wear what suits them, their complexion, body type etc. It’s not about blindly following trends. One has to also keep in mind one’s lifestyle, family background and then decide how to dress up and what look to portray.
While styling her first ad shoot, she was noticed by a very famous photographer and advised that she should be in front of the camera and not behind it and that was the start of her career as a Model. Over a 100 Ad films for all the major international brands done. Today she continues to model for brands she believes in and likes on her own terms. The best part she says about being a model is the different characters you get to dress up as and enact, very often very different from what one is in real life and that is what makes it interesting and challenging.
While doing all of the above activities, many brands would approach her for advice on how to promote themselves, social media promotion, endorsements and she started spearheading her own events as a Brand Influencer and curated her own shows for them. From store openings, to specially created evenings for hospitality brands, trunk shows for designers, shows to promote new age brands she does it all and more.
The most interesting thing recently has been her foray into a totally different sphere from all of the above. The world of logistics. She was introduced to it by her partner through his company WLM Courier & Freight and is Director - Sales & Business Development for the company which has a worldwide presence with its HQ based in London, United Kingdom.
Bandana says, I learnt something totally new from scratch and it was not easy. It has got a lot to do with people and the movement of their packages within India or Worldwide. Making clients aware about the various modes of services namely Road, Air, Sea for Door 2 door delivery movements. 'To make new clients and have them come back again and again because of the superb service we provide gives me extreme satisfaction’.
Bandana never imagined that she would become a Designer one day but here she is today launching her own brand in fashion - 'Supergirl@ttitude'. She has come up with a tee shirt line which is India centric and is a fusion of a western and Indian sensibilities. She says "there is so much culture and rich heritage in India itself that you don't have to look outside and far and that is the reason her designs will always have the Indian element and promote Indian craftsmanship. She believes that the best of fashion should be affordable and within reach of everyone. Bandana says "You don't have to make things frightfully expensive for them to be classified as exclusive and high fashion and I hope to break this barrier with my brand - Supergirl@ttitude".
Lastly but definitely not the least she is the founder of an all-women’s forum called 'Supergirl Chronicles'. The idea behind the name and its inception is that she strongly believes that every woman has a super power, a gift, a talent, something they are good at. Some know their powers and some are yet to discover them. Supergirl Chronicles is a platform for women to showcase themselves, their work, their talent, express themselves freely regardless of whether they are professionals or not.
Her message for everyone is that nobody is perfect, recognize what you are good at and use it wisely and kindly.
Los Angeles, May 21 (IANS) Grammy and Oscar-winning singer Lady Gaga has opened up about her trauma of being raped, while speaking on Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry's series "The Me You Cant See".
Appearing in the first episode of the five-part series, Gaga remembers being 19 when a producer threatened to burn her music if she didn't take her clothes off.
"They didn't stop asking me, and then I just froze, and I just -- I don't even remember," the 35-year-old singer recalls, according to a report in usatoday.com.
She says she isn't comfortable naming her assailant, adding: "I do not ever want to face that person again."
Gaga first spoke about her sexual assault in a 2014 radio interview with Howard Stern. She opened up about her PTSD diagnosis in 2016.
On "The Me You Can't See", she says her pain manifested in a physical way. "And then I was sick for weeks and weeks afterï¿½ and I realised that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner, at my parent's house, 'cause I was vomiting and sick, 'cause I had been being abused. I was locked away in a studio for months," Gaga recalls.
"I had a total psychotic break, and for a couple years I was not the same girl," she says in the series.
"Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad. And when I say feel bad, I mean want to cut, think about dying, wondering if I'm ever gonna do it," Gaga points out, adding: "You get frustrated with yourself, 'Why am I not getting better? What's wrong with me?' And you know what, there's nothing wrong with you, but there is something that's not firing right."
Gaga says she shares her story not to garner sympathy but to trigger empathy in others, reports usatoday.com. "Open your heart up for somebody else, because I'm telling you, I've been through it and people need help. That's part of my healing, is being able to talk to you," she sums up.
There has been a significant rise in demand when it comes to purchasing jewellery in tier 2 and 3 cities, says Dipu Mehta, Managing Director, ORRA -- a diamond jewellery brand.
Orra has launched new category of jewellery for the growing base of young women consumers. The collection is called 'Desired' and is designed to suit the more modern sensibilities of the young woman who is confident and unafraid to carry off her individual style, says Mehta.
IANSlife spoke to him to know about how the industry will shape in 2021, and how demands are growing in tier 2 and 3 cities. Excerpts:
Tell us about the new collection and the inspiration behind it.
Mehta: 'Desired' collection has been designed to target the millennials who are far bolder and edgier in their style choice. This collection is crafted in 14kt rose gold with rings, earrings, pendants, lariats (layered necklaces) and bracelets in diamond studded as well as bold gold jewellery. For the first time, ORRA has launched even gold jewellery in 14kt gold. This collection has been designed to suit the more modern sensibilities of the young woman who is confident and unafraid to carry off her individual style.
Hence this collection is crafted to ensure that you can mix and match different jewellery to achieve any look you wish to, either for an evening out with your girls or a lounge date night. This collection focuses on layering and stackable jewellery.
The inspiration behind this collection has been Disha Patani whom we have signed on as our brand ambassador. Her style and confidence and the ease with which she carries herself, has been our biggest inspiration.
Has the pandemic changed the design philosophy?
Mehta: The pandemic has had no hand in changing our design philosophy as Disha has been our muse. This is the first time that we have specifically designed a collection targeting the younger consumer.
How do you think the industry will do in 2021?
Mehta: We are optimistic about the growth in the industry. With the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines we expect the things to get normalized. The demand for jewellery will be existent since the desire for women to adorn jewellery is always going to be there.
Are sales steadily increasing, led by millennials & younger buyers?
Mehta: The sales have been more positive and getting back to normalcy. But our loyal customer base is largely the older generations since we are primarily a diamond bridal jewellery brand. However, with the growing interest of youngsters in diamond jewellery across the country, we see a huge potential in catering to them and hence we have launched this collection. The youngsters need more trendy designs and lighter, edgier designs and that is exactly what 'Desired' is.
How do you see the demand from tier 2 and 3 cities? How have the choices and buying trends evolved in these areas?
Mehta: With our retail presence in tier 2 and 3 cities, we have seen a significant rise in demand when it comes to purchasing jewellery as exposure to brands is increasing over time. They are now unafraid to move from their local jewellers and are showing confidence in trusted national brands like ORRA.
What is ORRA's business strategy for the near future?
Mehta: We are very positive of growth post Covid and we will get back on track in terms of expansion plans that were in full throttle before the pandemic. Our focus will remain on innovation in diamond jewellery and customer service par excellence.
Manasa Varanasi, an engineer from Telangana, has bagged the VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020 title. Haryana's Manika Sheokand was declared VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020 while Uttar Pradesh's Manya Singh crowned VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 Runner Up.
In a nationwide virtual hunt, a total of 31 finalists were shortlisted for finale that was held in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The jury panel comprised actors Neha Dhupia, Chitrangada Singh, Pulkit Samrat and renowned designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock.
Miss World 2019 - 2nd Runner-up and Miss World Asia 2019; Suman Rao crowned her successor Manasa Varanasi who will represent India at the Miss World pageant that is scheduled to take place later this year.
Neha Dhupia said: "Each year as the journey of Femina Miss India begins, it brings back all the memories of the priceless experiences I've had with this pageant. It's almost like reliving every moment of my journey with these young glamorous girls who are so full of enthusiasm and capability to take on the world with power and elegance. Certainly, there are challenges with the digital process in the wake of the pandemic, however I'm confident it will be as exciting and worthwhile irrespective of the layout."
Mumbai-based art gallery Chemould Prescott Road is all set to reopen its doors after a ten-month closure to the much-anticipated solo show of artist Aditi Singh. In her body of work 'Somethings Are Always Burning', viewers will essentially find an eye seeking solitude and commune with nature - the world of colour, of light, of form, of shadow.
As per the gallery, these translations range from a mathematical precision of rings of a tree drawn in fine lines of ink and the blue of layers of glistening ice, of rising storms, to the patterns of petal and leaf; of rhythm in the fluid curve and plunging crests of mountain faces.
In a journal entry from Leh she writes, "Why a certain landscape should profoundly tranquilize the mind, I am not sure, perhaps the eye imposes its own rhythm, one has to look creatively to see this mass of rock, water, tree, as more than shape, contour and pinnacle - but as beauty, as vibration, as a glow in the consciousness."
Every work in the exhibition speaks of an exploration of self in contemplation, whether in Nepal, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or the Lake District. She says of these journeys, "The history of walking is an unwritten voyage whose fragments can be found in songs, stories, conversations, poems, books, and in almost everyone's adventures. One's imagination has shaped and been shaped by spaces it passes through on two feet. Most of the time walking is merely practical, to make walking into an exploration, a ritual, a meditation, is to infuse the subject of walking, in some sense, with how we invest universal acts with particular meanings, from the spiritual to the sensual, from the revolutionary to the artistic."
The richly layered drawings and paintings speak of light, splendour, growth, fragility, and tenacity - and the discipline of attentive observation. We answer a need to come into a relationship with wild places when we push our minds and bodies to places that are impossible to find indoors. These images are a glimpse of that world seen through the eyes of Aditi Singh.
"The past few months have been a time for reflection and renovation at the gallery. The engagement of the viewer, the artist and the work in person has been amiss and we look forward to returning to these interactions as we open our first show of 2021, as a part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend.
"Aditi's works have been part of Chemould's shows in Mumbai and the global fairs through the last decade and while her solo shows extended to New York more often, we have not hosted her solo show here at Chemould since 2011," says the gallery.
The show previews on January 14, 2021.The show will run till the end of March.