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Expert delves into the essence of using sunscreen during summer

Over the past couple of years, the importance of Sunscreen as a skincare essential has gained immense popularity. The sudden hype around Sunscreen is attributed to the growing awareness of the effects of UV rays on the skin through the emergence of scientific research and increasing cases of skin cancer. As we approach the summer season, when the UV rays get more robust, we must protect our skin from sunburns, premature ageing, and other skin damage. Sunscreen is a product that helps protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays which are imperceptible to the naked eye. Doctor Aparna Santhanam, Dermafique Skin Expert said, "Sunscreen is a must-have product for everyone, regardless of skin type or tone. It is critical to use a full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to guard against UVA, UVB rays, infrared rays and visible light. Sunscreen must be a part of your daily skincare routine, even when it is cloudy outside." UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin's layers than UVB rays, leading to premature skin aging, including the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. This occurs because UV rays attack collagen and elastin, two proteins required for skin elasticity and firmness. Since UVA, UVB, and infrared rays can cause skin damage, applying a sunscreen that offers full-spectrum protection is necessary. Doctor Aparna Santhanam adds, "It is equally necessary to remember to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day, especially if you're outdoors for swimming, hiking, playing, etc. You should apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two to three hours". Moreover, the beauty industry has also recognized the importance of sunscreen and incorporated it into their products. Many makeup products, including foundations, BB creams, and tinted moisturizers, now contain SPF, making it easier for people to protect their skin from the sun while applying makeup. Given the variety of available options, choosing the right sunscreen can be overwhelming. When selecting a sunscreen, it is essential to look at the Sun Protection Factor (or SPF), which measures a sunscreen's ability to protect against UVB rays. A sunscreen that has an SPF of atleats 30 blocks about 97 per cent of UVB rays, while an SPF of 50 blocks back 98 per cent. Ultimately, consider the texture and feel of the Sunscreen, and choose the one that works well with your skin type. Sunscreens are now available in various textures, formulas, and SPF levels, making it easier for everyone to pick. Opt for sunscreens which are lightweight and non-sticky, to suit the hot & humid Indian summers. In addition, choose sunscreens that are dermatologically tested according to your regional skin and weather concerns because skin types differ across regions due to internal and external environmental factors. With these tips, you can enjoy the summer sun while keeping your skin safe. Also Read: A mix of style and comfort, how linen saree trend is a go-to during summer This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 June,2023 06:24 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
The Linen saree trend has taken the fashion world by storm, offering a perfect blend of comfort, style, and sustainability for the summer season. Image for representational purpose only.Photo Courtesy: iStock

A mix of style and comfort, how linen saree trend is a go-to during summer

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, the fashion world is embracing the Linen saree trend as a refreshing and comfortable option for summer. Combining the grace of traditional Indian attire with the lightweight and breathable qualities of Linen fabric, these sarees have become a popular choice among fashion enthusiasts looking to beat the heat without compromising on style. Kaveri, a slow fashion brand inspired by the natural beauty, texture, drape and history of the glorious fabric. It is all about trans-seasonal, easy-to-wear clothing. Let's delve into the trend and explore why Linen sarees are making waves this summer season. The Comfort of Linen Fabric: Linen fabric, known for its softness and breathability, provides the perfect solution for summer wear. This lightweight material allows air circulation and helps in dissipating heat, keeping you cool even on the hottest of days. The loose weave of Linen fabric also contributes to its comfort, preventing the fabric from clinging to the body and allowing it to drape gracefully. Sustainable Fashion: In addition to its comfort and style, the Linen saree trend aligns with the growing demand for sustainable fashion choices. Linen fabric is derived from flax, a natural and renewable resource, making it an eco-friendly option. As sustainability continues to gain importance in the fashion industry, the use of Linen fabric reflects a conscious choice to opt for environmentally friendly materials. Stylish Prints and Designs: Linen sarees are available in a wide range of prints, designs, and colours, making them versatile for various occasions. From delicate floral patterns to bold geometric prints, there's a Lenin saree to suit every taste. The fabric's texture also makes it ideal for experimenting with embroidery and embellishments, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the saree. Whether you prefer a subtle and minimalistic look or a vibrant and bold style, the Linen saree trend offers endless possibilities. Ease of Draping: One of the advantages of Linen sarees is their ease of draping. The lightweight nature of the fabric makes it simpler to pleat and tuck, allowing for a hassle-free drape. Additionally, Linen fabric's fluidity lends itself well to different draping styles, giving you the freedom to experiment with various saree draping techniques. Whether you choose the classic Nivi drape or opt for a contemporary variation, Linen sarees effortlessly adapt to your preferred style. Celebrity Influence: The popularity of the Linen saree trend has been further fueled by celebrities and fashion influencers embracing this comfortable yet chic attire. With their effortless style and impeccable fashion choices, celebrities have been seen donning Lenin sarees at red-carpet events, movie promotions, and even casual outings. Their endorsement has undoubtedly contributed to the trend's widespread acceptance and increased visibility. The Linen saree trend has taken the fashion world by storm, offering a perfect blend of comfort, style, and sustainability for the summer season. With their breathable fabric, versatile designs, and easy draping, Lenin sarees have become a go-to choice for fashion-forward individuals looking to stay cool and elegant during hot weather. So, embrace the Linen saree trend this summer and experience the perfect amalgamation of tradition and modernity in your wardrobe. Also Read: Do you use caps and hats to brave the heat? Fashion experts tell you how to look stylish This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 June,2023 03:20 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
The former generations have practised ‘upcycling’ all their lives and set an example about how to use our valuable resources efficiently. Photo Courtesy: Notre Âme, Refash/Akanksha Kaila

How sustainable fashion and upcycled clothing can help protect the environment

Sustainable living and upcycled fashion have become quite popular among all environment-friendly consumers as it protects the earth and also let us stay uncompromisingly fashionable. These consumers mostly consist of Gen Z and those who are willing to make more conscious consumption choices. While a lot of us still love to shop frequently and discard materials after using them hardly any number of times, some ethical lifestyle brands force us to rethink our choices and redirect us to a more beautiful and fulfilling life. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2023, we spoke to two brands to help us embrace a sustainable life and decode simple ways to get started.  “Living sustainably is not about the large steps. It’s about taking small steps every single day and being more conscious of our behaviour,” says Udit Sood, cofounder of Ecoright, a lifestyle brand creating eco-friendly alternatives such as tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, and lunch bags made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles.  Sustainable living is a way of life that encourages to reduce carbon footprint by keeping the usage of earth's resources to the minimal for the benefit of the future generations. It involves taking simple steps like reusing items, recycling and reducing waste. For example, choosing to walk or using public transport instead of driving a private car, or using reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags.  Sood says, “Practicing sustainable living is of utmost importance. The earth has limited resources, and we need to find a way to use them optimally to make them last longer as well as use alternative resources like solar, wind and tidal power. Choosing to live such a life also helps in reducing pollution as minimal resources are used and less waste is produced.”  Here is how you can start living a sustainable life: 1. Reduce, reuse, recycle Try to minimize the amount of waste you produce, reuse items when possible and recycle when you can 2. Conserve water Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and use a rain barrel to collect water for gardening 3. Save Energy Turn off lights when you leave a room, unplug electronics when not in use, and consider energy-efficient appliances. Consider installing solar panels if possible 4. Reduce use of fossil fuels Walk or use public transportation when you can to reduce your carbon footprint. If you need a car, consider a hybrid or electric vehicle5. Avoid single-use plastics Bring your own reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and coffee cups when you go out 6. Buy organic products Buy locally produced food and organic products to reduce carbon emissions. Choose organic products if you feel it will reduce the use of chemicals in the production process, transportation, and storage. Support companies that practice sustainability. Buy recycled and organic products that can be reused and recycled. 7. Practice mindful buying Invest in high-quality pieces that are versatile and durable, so they'll last and remain stylish longer. This way, you avoid contributing to the cycle of fast fashion. Ensure you buy less to avoid the wastage of resources. You can also opt for second-hand clothing. Recycle or donate items you no longer need 8. Swap clothes Arrange clothes swaps with friends or attend swap events. It's a fun, social way to refresh your wardrobe without buying new clothes “Remember, the goal is not to be perfect but to make better choices when possible. Every small step towards sustainability makes a difference!” says Sood.  How the young are embracing a sustainable life  EcoRight is running a campaign to debunk sustainability myths one placard at a time. Photo Courtesy: EcoRight/Udit Sood Rucha Gujar, a 25-year-old Borivali West resident is a visual communication and design experience analyst who practices sustainability not just in her personal life but professional life as well by incorporating sustainable UX for a better future.  She says, “Since I use electronic devices for a longer duration that heavily uses electric energy, I use battery-saving applications that make use of less energy.” She gives another example of using images in WEBP format instead of JPEG when designing a website as they require less energy to load. Speaking about practising sustainability in her personal life, the designer says, “Many phone apps like Instagram allow you to switch to the dark mode which uses less energy as compared to the white screen. I prefer the dark mode. When it comes to fashion, I buy and use clothes for years. I choose to invest in quality products that are durable. Besides that, I also swap clothes with my sister from time to time cutting down the need to purchase new clothes frequently. When I stop wearing any of my clothes, I either donate them or offer someone else from the family to reuse it. Recently, many fashion brands have put in place recycling practices that encourage customers to return purchased items for recycling purposes. In return, customers are rewarded with extra shopping points on their next purchase. I am soon going to head to the store to return a bag I have been using for years and submit it for recycling.”  How fashion contributes to environmental damage While we have no control over how governments across the world choose to protect the environment and reduce the harmful effects of climate change by the means of effective implementation of policies, the choice to live a sustainable life that helps the environment is completely under our control. Another area where we can make sustainable and mindful choices is fashion. The fashion industry has become one of the largest polluters of the environment, not just in the way how garments are produced but also in how they are consumed and discarded.  “The fast fashion industry has made fashion less about clothes and more about “fast” trends. With every new trend, the older trend is designed to look obsolete and no longer in “vogue”. According to statistics, women wear a garment approximately 7 times before throwing it away. Some are donated, some are given to charity stores but most of them end up in the landfill. Our landfills are choking with products that were consumed for a short period of time and discarded mindlessly. 95 per cent of the garments that end up on the landfill could have been recycled, re-used or upcycled,” says Akanksha Kaila, founder of Refash, the world’s largest platform for upcycled fashion and interior products.  Upcycled fashion Upcycling in fashion refers to the creative re-use of a discarded product or material like a garment into a new product of higher value than the original. In simple terms, when you use creativity to bring a waste product back to life by creating something new out of it, it is called upcycling.  It is a form of recycling and although the term may seem new, what it stands for has been a part of our heritage for generations. The former generations have practised ‘upcycling’ all their lives and set an example about how to use our valuable resources efficiently. In older times, people would use the jars or containers discarded by the shopkeepers, to store food items at home. Similarly, old sarees were stitched into bags, purses or frocks for kids.  Kaila says, “We live in a world today where consumption is at its peak. We are in the midst of a use-and-throw economy and discarding products after using them a few times has become the norm. In times like these upcycling is the best solution.”  Upcycled fashion offers many advantages. It helps divert waste products and materials from the landfill, challenges over-consumption and drives consumers towards conscious consumption. It also encourages self-care, repair and mending of old or damaged products using basic skills like stitching, craft or carpentry. Upcycling allows the creation of unique products with a soul.  Although upcycling may sound like a professional skill, there are easy ways that can help you get started on your journey from the comfort of your home. Kaila lists down some easy tips: 1. Use your creativity to mend garments that have stained or are torn by using natural food dyes like beetroot to dye garments or using thread work to create a pattern where a garment is torn. 2. Buy from upcycling brands which are creating fashion and accessories out of waste. 3. Upcycling is as easy as finding an old dupatta from your mom’s wardrobe and making it into a kaftan! It’s all about seeing possibilities where others would see waste. 4. Fashion is about the expression of personal style, seeing what’s on trend and flaunting the “new”. When you create an upcycled piece for yourself or shop for upcycled products, you wear something that is unique, something no one else would have, hence ticking the boxes to stand out in a crowd. 5. You can incorporate upcycling in the kitchen too. For example, the pulp of fruits after juicing can be used to make flavoured ice cubes, added to popsicles or even used to make fruit leather. 6. Fruit peels can be used to create homemade scrubs and face masks that are both chemical and toxin-free. 7. You can also get creative using automobile materials. Car seats of old cars can be used as furniture pieces in your homes. Even tyres can be turned into coffee tables by simply placing a glass on top of it or a piece of wood. 8. Leftover flowers are another example. They can be used to create incense sticks or even added to soap bars.  Beware of brands making false claims Today, every other brand claims to be eco-friendly making it difficult for us to identify the genuineness behind the claims. Kaila says, “The only way to know if a brand is truly following environment-friendly practices is by asking the right questions and doing in-depth research about the brand’s practices. Brands are now realising the importance of being transparent about their practices and as a customer, it is our right to know about them. You can also follow industry leaders who talk about best practices, look beyond labels and examine the policies behind the products.”  While choosing to make choices that benefit the environment, it is also important to encourage those around us to do the same. The best way to do it is by sharing information, creating awareness, sharing resources, suggesting easy alternatives and letting people see that you indeed are practising what you are preaching. When people see you making conscious choices, they may get inspired to do the same.  Also Read: Do you use caps and hats to brave the heat? Fashion experts tell you how to look stylish

05 June,2023 12:43 PM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
Bombay Closet Cleanse features a variety of second-hand clothes on their Instagram thrift shop store. Photo: Bombay Closet Cleanse

World Environment Day: How four Mumbaikars gave up fast fashion for thrifting

When Bandra-based sisters Sana and Alfiya Khan emptied the flab in their closet in March 2019 to host their own garage sale, little did they know that this would be the spark that would fuel a full-blown business a year later. While they were aware of thrifting and the culture around thrift shops, at the time, there was very little known about it in Mumbai.  A year later, in the middle of the pandemic, they experienced a different kind of demand as most people were indoors and stopped buying from fashion stores and high street brands to rely on second-hand clothes. “Initially, during the pandemic, it was mostly college students who didn’t have huge disposable incomes who bought from us; but slowly, it turned out that people who were aware about their choices and the impact they had on the environment also started buying from us,” says Sana Khan, co-founder, Bombay Closet Cleanse.  What started out as a rummage sale in their house through word-of-mouth and WhatsApp messages has now turned into an active Instagram thrift shop featuring all kinds of clothes. From having merely 800 followers before the pandemic, they are now a community of almost 20,000 people on the social media platform.  In the last year, Mumbai, among other cities in India, has seen a major shift in people opting for ‘pre-loved clothing’ – a term used to describe clothes bought from thrift shops at discounted rates. Thrift shops are shops that usually sell well-kept second-hand clothes at discounted rates. Thrifting means the act of shopping at these thrift shops, a lot of which have gone online due to the pandemic.  The fashion industry accounts for about 10 per cent of global carbon emissions, according to a BBC report that also cites a UN estimate that the amount of water used to grow cotton – a major material for denim used in jeans – requires 7,500 to 10,000 litres of water. This is estimated as the amount of drinking water a person needs for 10 years.  It is no surprise then that Bombay Closet Cleanse is experiencing the peak of the trend, with at least 10 deliveries a day and numerous enquiries. spoke to four women in the city about why they started thrifting, and how it changed their perspective about hoarding and fashion.  Sana Khan and Alfiya Khan, co-founders, Bombay Closet CleanseCleaning out the closet City-based communications professional Misha Paul quit fast fashion in 2018 and was looking for alternatives when the 33-year-old stumbled upon thrift fashion. “My first thrift wear was from a store abroad,” says Paul. “When I got back to India, I coudn’t find thrift stores easily and it was only after the world of Instagram thrift stores opened that I realised how wrong I was.” Paul buys from stores all over India and tries to stick to a Rs 700-800 budget range.  Just as the Khan sisters experienced a growing demand during the pandemic, it was Paul and many other Indians like her who were finally taking to thrift fashion, especially because most of them were cooped up at home and constantly online during the lockdowns. The pandemic also led Sayali Mundye, another Mumbaikar to consider thrift shopping. Being a compulsive shopper who has been trying to reduce the amount of new things she buys for the last five years, thrift stores seemed the best option. She explains, “In the past, it was extremely difficult for me not to buy clothes and that is why I switched to thrifting, or buying from sustainable or recycling brands. After looking up thrift stores during the pandemic, I found them on Instagram and they are very convenient – you don’t need to step out.” For 28-year-old Mundye, who is a sucker for the creative handwritten notes that arrive with her purchases, the personalised experience thrift stores offer has turned her into a fan.  City-based content strategist Natasha Bandodkar says she has also begun shopping from thrift shops, after having chanced upon them while looking for secondhand books. From there, her journey in the last one year has been encouraging. “I started shopping from thrift stores because I realised that slow fashion brands and thrift stores made a lot more sense economically and environmentally,” says the 31-year-old, who says she even found a hair straightener on one of them. Thrift stores have become her go-to for everything, and probably the first place she looks for anything.  Paul says thrifting became the pathway for her to combine her love for fashion with sustainability. In 2020, the Mumbaikar started her own initiative, called Love Again, which upcycles old saris into another form for anyone who loves the prints and fabric. She converts a combination of past possessions and people-sourced material into clothes ranging from printed shorts to long, flowy dresses.  Astrid Alphonso wearing one of her purchases from thrifting. Photo: Astrid AlphonsoPocket-friendly ratesCity-based vocalist Astrid Alphonso, a self-proclaimed shopaholic, came across the concept of thrifting online and through friends, and it piqued her interest. “So many people are compulsive buyers and sometimes don’t even touch certain pieces in their wardrobes. Since, I’m a vocalist and performer, I don’t usually repeat costumes on stage either. Thrifting is a great option because you can revamp your entire wardrobe at pocket-friendly rates,” she says. This prodded the 28-year-old to pay heed to her father’s multiple ultimatums to cleanup her closet after she realised it was a way of cutting down fashion waste. “I stumbled upon the concept of thrifting just in time and that’s how I started my own store on Instagram called Bombaethrifts. I curate and sell pieces from all over; it’s not much, but it’s a small step towards sustainability and living a conscious, mindful life,” Alphonso says. However, she admits that even while she is shopping from thrift stores, there is no upper limit; her shopaholic instincts kick in. Khan, who has seen the thrift shop scene grow in the last one year, admits that the industry is still in a nascent stage.  “There are people who still shop a lot through thrifting even though they may not even the stuff they buy later. That is counter-productive because the whole idea is to buy less,” says Sana Khan. However, she believes the thrifting movement is starting a conversation in India and changing the mindsets of people who used to absolutely against second-hand clothing.“ Once they get to know about the effort behind it, they are convinced. This also helps people be more mindful about how much they are buying,” she says. Also Read: How you can experiment with ethnic wear for your next work meeting

04 June,2023 09:12 PM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
While caps are mostly used to protect people from the sun and rain, fashion experts say there is a lot more that people can do with them. Image for representational purposes only. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Mid-Day Premium Do you use hats to brave the heat? Fashion experts tell you how to look stylish

As much as we hope, the summer heat isn’t going away any time soon. To escape the impact of scorching sun, use of caps and bucket hats is important. Often people think it is an additional accessory, but it serves more than one purpose – style as well as protection. While most people are comfortable wearing the classic caps, experts say there is much more that can be done with the hats and caps. If one moves beyond the simple and plain ones, the rise of bucket hats is a proof. While bucket hats are getting more and more popular, Sridharan says caps are staple that go beyond the trending styles. Ramprasad Sridharan, CEO and managing director, United Colors of Benetton India, explains, “From bucket hats to beanie and baseball caps, these are a trans-seasonal staple evolving in line with current trends. Bucket hat with a mix of function-enhancing details and elevated textures that add to its fashion-led potential.” The versatility of caps can be seen with how they help with protection through light-weight materials like eco nylon, cottons, light weight denim, chambray, and blast performance fibres and co-ordinated with outfits. However, if there is one cap that has stood the test of time, it is the baseball cap, according to Sridharan. Rajiv Bajaj, design head at Jack & Jones, agrees with Sridharan. “Currently, baseball caps, bucket hats, and crafted sunhats are popular in the fashion world. Baseball caps, in particular, have experienced a surge in demand as they have become essential items in many people's collections.” This, he says, is partly due to the growing trend of work-leisure lifestyles and the increased desire to spend time outdoors. “To meet the demand for protective design, baseball caps are often made from weather-resistant materials like recycled polyester and nylon,” he adds. Interestingly, Neha Chopra, co-founder of Delhi-based lifestyle accessory brand, Haands Free, says there is a shift in the way caps are perceived and used today. “Earlier hats were smaller and more functional; it has now moved towards being a fashion accessory and is a lot more stylish.” It is also the reason why she points out that big oversized floppy hats and visors are in fashion this holiday season. “From beach sun basking to yacht rides, these head gears will find sightings in every holiday activity,” she adds. Bajaj agrees with Chopra and says the love for outdoors has further elevated caps and hats to fashion pieces. “This trend, often referred to as ‘The Outdoor Boom’, has influenced the evolution of fashion trends. Classic accessories like baseball caps and bucket hats are being modified to include functional features, catering to the needs of individuals seeking both style and practicality in their outdoor endeavours.” Caps moving beyond utility to a fashionable accessoryEven as many people use caps of different kinds, there are many others, who don’t prefer caps of any kind; the fact that most people travel by the Mumbai local trains may dissuade them from carrying it along with them. However, one can’t ignore that they protect us from the sun and rain. Chopra explains, “With increasing awareness on what the harmful side effects of the Sun UV rays are on our eyes and skin, protecting these organs have become increasingly important. Hats and caps are an extremely convenient way to protect your face from the day-to-day harmful long-term effects while looking stylish. People should definitely include a hat, cap and visor in their daily attire.” Sridharan iterates, “Caps are style statement but otherwise it is a utility driven product which helps protect the head from direct exposure to sun/ climate conditions. With Global warming and rising temperature caps have now become a necessity.” Simply put, Bajaj says these are fashionable accessories that allow individuals to express their personal style and make a statement with different styles, colours, and designs. He adds, “They shield the face, neck, and eyes. They can also provide some defence against different weather conditions, offering coverage from rain, wind, and even snow.” One mustn’t forget that they have another use and that is to save you from bad hair days. “They can be particularly useful on "bad hair days" when individuals need a quick solution for managing their hair or keeping it in place,” he reminds. Bucket hats and their appealNow, that the music festivals and gigs are back in full swing, it has also become a part of the attire for most people. Seen mostly among the Gen-Z and millennials, who pull it off with a pouch, the hats can get a lot more credit that they get. Bajaj explains, “The bucket hat is versatile and can be worn throughout the year, making it a favourite among fashion enthusiasts. This trend has been reflected on fashion runways and in stores, as designers and retailers recognize the hat's adaptability and potential for unique designs.” Their popularity, he says, can be attributed to their use by celebrities and influencers and that has made them a trendy alternative compared to traditional caps. But he says the popularity of the baseball caps cannot be ignored. “While bucket hats have enjoyed a surge in popularity, they coexist with baseball caps rather than overshadowing them entirely. Both styles have their unique charm and serve different purposes, catering to diverse fashion preferences and functional needs,” he adds. While bucket hats are popular during the summer because of the heat, their occurrence at music festivals shows how they are not only timeless but also versatile and can even function as not only casual but also formal looks, when required. “The bucket hat remains a key item for high-summer styling, that taps into the authentic 1990s trend, working well for both formal and casual looks”, shares Sridharan. “Bucket hats are more of a style statement for youths. Older people maintain a modest, premium look that are appealing hence they can add bucket hats too in their wardrobe in basic colours and more comfortable fabrics,” he adds. While Sridharan says it can be a great accessory in the summer, Chopra differs. She says it can also come to the rescue in the rain, compared to caps which don’t give full coverage to the neck. “Bucket hats are increasingly becoming more popular among the older generation for this reason.” In fact, he adds that owing to their bulky nature, many younger people will still prefer caps and visors. “Older people tend to wear more bucket hats than caps. It gives better coverage and in essence looks great on any age group.” Pairing caps and hats with your attireSo, now that you are convinced about the need for it, it begs the question – is it really difficult to pair caps with your attire? Chopra simply denies it. “Caps and hats are definitely not difficult to pair with your daily attire,” she says, adding, “Caps and visors go very well with athleisure attire or the staple jeans and tee, and hats go well with mini/middy dresses. As much as the cap/hat serves to protect your eyes and skin from the harmful UV rays, these head gear accessories have also become style statements and head turners.” Not only Chopra but Sridharan also believes there is more to caps than protecting people from the sun. He explains, “Accessories complement any and every attire. A classic snapback baseball cap can serve with maximum outfits and to add to the range, there can be a small fashion collection of bucket hats and statement caps. People can always snap back the cap with their bag. In case of bucket hats, they can cling well to the bags with the dog hooks.” While that is an easier way to carry it around, Bajaj says pairing caps and hats with daily attire is quite easy because it can add a stylish and casual touch to any outfit but totally depends on individual fashion preferences and the overall aesthetic one wants to achieve. For Mumbaikars or anyone traveling by public transport, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. “Firstly, prioritise comfort by opting for lightweight and breathable caps or hats, especially in a warm and humid climate like Mumbai. Materials like quick-dry or straw can provide ventilation and keep you cool during your commute.” After that is sorted, he says it is important to choose caps or hats that fit securely and comfortably on your head, ensuring they don't easily fall off or get in the way while traveling. “Adjustable caps with straps or hats with a snug fit can be more practical for public transport,” he adds. Lastly, it is easier if you choose versatile options so that they can go on any outfit. “Neutral colours like black, navy, or beige are versatile and can match well with different clothing styles and colours. Alternatively, choose caps or hats in patterns or designs that suit your personal taste while still being versatile enough to pair with multiple outfits,” says Bajaj. Follow these tips to pair your caps and hats Choosing coloursThe muted colour works well for most people today but the bold colours can make a statement. On the other hand, neutral generic colour hats and visors are great to match with every look and attire. The basic from beige or baby pink cane to black and white always do the best for the day-to-day cap or hat. When looking for a statement hat and cap, you can opt for a pop colour or something like an oversized floppy hat to make heads turn. ShapesThe simple and shorter-brimmed caps are a 90s classic, but the smooth felts offer a more refined feel, giving caps the power to further transition into the present. FabricsAdopting formal and premium fabrics can make staple items while showcasing how they can elevate styles such as bucket hats. Soft leathers and nylons reinforce the continuing demand for elevated sports looks. StyleTweeds and checks offer a more familiar style not too distant from the flat cap that should suit the wearer. The wardrobe can have a mix of basics with few statement pieces. Coordinated caps with co-ord sets is a must for a style statement and for the complete look. Also Read: Y2K sunglasses to bucket hats, 8 trending accessories you must get your hands on

03 June,2023 09:07 AM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
Vijay Varma’s Cannes 2023 black and white look was tailored to perfection. It was formal yet fancy and made him look just perfect for the occasion. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam

Mid-Day Premium Vijay Varma’s stylist shares tips to recreate his Cannes 2023 red carpet looks

There are very few men in Bollywood who experiment with outfits, take risks and nail it in the fashion world. Actor Vijay Varma is one of those rare individuals. Recently, the Darlings fame actor made his red-carpet appearance at Cannes 2023 and left everyone absolutely stunned. While Indian actresses steal the show every year, Vijay Varma single-handedly put up quite a show this year.  Varma walked down the Cannes 2023 red carpet after a decade. He made his debut appearance in 2013 with his film Monsoon Shootout. This year the actor attended the festival as a part of the Indian delegation which was headed by the country’s minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan. After arriving at French Riviera, the actor posted a picture of himself creating the kind of buzz he seemed to be precisely aiming at. The next thing we know, Varma has walked down the red-carpet giving style cues to Indian men.  Varma’s Cannes 2023 black and white look was tailored to perfection. It was formal yet fancy and made him look just perfect for the occasion. The actor radiated his charm like no other Indian male celebrity did at the carpet, the credits for which go to his fashion stylist Vrinda Narang.  This is not the first time that Narang has styled the actor. She says, “I have been styling Vijay even before the release of Gully Boy. It had been almost five years now!” However, for Narang, this was her first time styling a celebrity for a prestigious global event of as high stature as the Cannes Film Festival. While Narang couldn’t be at the venue, she says, “I was feeling jitters sitting here in India but I had a lot of fun putting Vijay’s look together.” Commenting on what it’s like styling Varma, Narang shares, “Styling is a form of expression through clothes, and clothes can be a reflection of ideas that one is interested in. We both are interested in each other’s ideas and we try incorporating them in one way or the other when we work together. That makes our process collaborative, and I enjoy that the most.”  The actor’s dapper look at the Cannes film festival has made Indian men look to him for inspiration when it comes to dressing up and looking fashionably classy. If you are one of those who couldn’t stop complimenting the actor for his looks at the festival and wished to pull off a look similar to his, we got Narang to share with us everything that went into styling him and some easy ways to recreate his red carpet looks that you can totally try out.  Black tuxedo  Vijay Varma in his dapper black tuxedo looking classy at Cannes 2023. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam The actor shared this look on his Instagram and expressed what he felt about being at the festival. He wrote, “It’s good to be back here” and thanked the National Film Development Corporation, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for making him a part of the delegation.  Varma wore the outfit by designer Gaurav Gupta. He paired the tuxedo wearing an open bow, which made him look crisp and red-carpet ready. Narang says, “I tried imagining what he would feel at the time. Since this was going to be at the Cannes Riviera, I wanted to subtly blend in French and Indian sensibilities. Besides, Vijay and I also like vintage accessories. So, the dragonfly brooch from Amrapali was an element of jewellery that we plugged in. The flared pants gave a nice shape to his overall form.”  Tips to recreate this look The charm of this look, Narang says, is that it is minimalistic. It can be very easily recreated and can have many variations depending on the kind of occasions you are attending. All you need is a well-tailored black suit, a black shirt and an open bow tie. Vijay wore an all-black ensemble, but one can opt for a white shirt inside if they want a contrast.  To complete the look, Narang says you can accessories it with fine jewels of platinum to compliment the simplicity of the outfit. Since it is an all-black look, it’s important for the footwear to have another texture for it to stand out. She suggests sporting patent shoes could add the right amount of glamour to this outfit, making it a versatile choice for evening occasions. Adding to this she strongly suggests keeping the black tuxedo look sharp and effortless.  Off-white satin silk kurta and flared trousers  A fresh look for Indian men, Vijay Varma nailing the satin attire at the film festival. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam This was Varma’s second look at Cannes 2023. A little less formal than the black tuxedo. The actor painted the whole of Paris with shades of pearl with his fancy, semi-Indian satin outfit. A long white kurta topped with a blazer and flared pants with prints on either side, Varma sported this look so wonderful that we couldn’t gaze off. His all-white outfit was pure silk, custom-made by Anamika Khanna. Narang’s inspiration for this look was Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ (a historical drama film), who was known for her extravagant lifestyle. The stylist says, “Vijay has played dark characters in his recent work, be it for ‘Darlings’ or very recent ‘Dahaad’. I wanted the clothing to be antithetical to the characters he played in these and paint a balanced portrait of him as an actor and a human.” To enhance the look, Narang also had shoes specially made of silk for Varma. “I prefer the outfit to add something to the actor’s persona and for the actor to give it an individualistic flair,” says Narang.  Tips to recreate this look Although this look of Varma might come across as too fancy for men to pull off, it is actually the easiest to recreate. Moreover, it is a very flattering silhouette for many kinds of body types. All you need is a blazer, kurta and pants from the same colour family. Varma wore an asymmetrical kurta, but one can go for different lengths of kurtas as per their proportions and tweak the look.  To finish the look, you can pair it with either loafers, formal shoes, or leather sandals. Since the outfit has many things going on already, Narang suggests keeping it minimalistic. Silver jewellery would go well with the outfit which was also Varma’s go-to option. The more contemporary, clean and casual you keep this outfit, the better it will stand out.  This look can be styled for a sangeet event, your own engagement party or an evening party was well. While we spoke about two red-carpet looks of Varma that gave menswear a fresh twist in the fashion world, the actor also donned a hybrid kurta and hybrid dhoti trouser by designer Arjun Saluja that was styled by Narang, which was equally stylish.  Also Read: Cannes 2023: Anushka Sharma makes a mesmerising red carpet debut in a sparkling white ensemble

30 May,2023 12:03 PM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
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Beat the heat with these easy makeup tips and tricks

Summer makeup can be quite a challenge due to the high humidity and scorching heat. During this time, all we want is makeup that stays put and doesn't melt away! While transfer proof, longwear makeup usually does the trick, knowing the right kind of products is also key to hold your look in place through the day. Mamta Naik, Associate Vice President, Product Development, SUGAR Cosmetics lists down five easy tips and tricks that'll get you a fresh summer look which will last you all day. Prep Your SkinA proper prep routine is mandatory for summers when you want to ace that sweat-proof fresh and clean base. Greasy moisturisers are a big no-no during the hot and humid months, but hydration is key, so strike a balance with SUGAR's Citrus Got Real Cooling Stick, a handy vitamin C infused multi-use stick that guards against dryness, blemishes and sun damage. Easy and fuss-free, just swipe on this stick across your face to instantly rejuvenate and energize your skin! Follow this up with a good primer that is specifically designed for hot weather and oily skin that will prevent your makeup from melting Use Lightweight ProductsDuring summers, it is important to use lightweight beauty products that can protect your skin from the sun, while keeping it hydrated and nourished. Heavy creams and powders can melt with the heat and clog your pores. Use lightweight, oil-free products that are designed for hot weather. Products like tinted moisturisers, BB creams, and water-based lightweight foundations will be your best friend. Try waterproof makeupWith the brutal heat during the summer months, water-resistant and waterproof makeup products are a great way to prevent your makeup from melting. It is essential to use waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and even lipsticks that can withstand heat and humidity. Neon Eyeliner For Summer MakeupStep out of your comfort black eyeliner this season and be unapologetically bold, bright and beautiful. Bring out the sass in you with neon and take your summer oomph a notch higher this season by adding a killer-coloured graphic eye to your summer makeup look book. Whether it's a minty green or a sky blue, a formula that dries up in seconds and is incredibly pigmented and smudge-proof, should be your go-to. Nailing your eye makeup for hot weather has never been this easy! Set your glamSetting your makeup is extremely important in summer. It's time to skip the bake and opt for a light dust of translucent powder to set your base. Follow this up with a setting spray like the SUGAR Grand Finale Matte Setting Mist to make your makeup look fresh and matte throughout the day. This will also help control the excess oil and shine on your skin. Also Read: Try out these new summer makeup trends to look your best in this hot season This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

30 May,2023 09:20 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
When it comes to spring and summer makeup trends, pastel colours are having a moment. Whether you're rocking a pretty pink lip or a soft blue smokey eye, these hues are perfect for warmer weather. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Try out these new summer makeup trends to look your best in this hot season

Summer season is the perfect time to try out new trends and look your best. Be it donning a new fashion trend or trying out new dishes, the season is always full of exciting trends. This is also the time when one can try out new makeup trends and experiment with colourful, vibrant looks that match the energy and spirit of the season! In this expert article by celebrity makeup artist - Priya Gulati, we're giving you some of the hottest trend predictions that you should keep your eye on! Graphic LinerThis trend is all about creating bold, dramatic eye looks with liner. To get the look, start by applying a thick line of black liner along your upper lash line. Then, use a thinner brush to create a winged shape at the outer corner of your eye. You can also add a second layer of liner to make your eyes pop. For a more subtle take on this trend, try using colored liner instead of black. Neon Colour PalettesWhen it comes to makeup, the brighter the better this spring and summer. That's right, neon colour palettes are in and they're perfect for creating bold and eye-catching looks. Whether you want to go all out with a colourful eyeshadow look or just add a pop of neon to your lipstick, there are plenty of ways to wear this trend. Not sure how to get started? We've got you covered with some tips and tricks on how to rock a neon makeup look. Dewy Skin & Natural GlowThe third trend for spring and summer is dewy skin. This look is all about achieving a healthy, hydrated complexion with a radiant finish. To get the dewy skin look, start by applying a hydrating face mist or serum all over your face. Follow up with a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser for buildable coverage. Then, add a touch of luminiser to your cheekbones, browbones, and anywhere else you want to add a bit of shimmer. Lastly, set your makeup with a translucent powder to help it last all day long. For an extra dose of hydration (and to keep your makeup from melting in the heat), try using a setting spray after you powder. Pastel ColoursWhen it comes to spring and summer makeup trends, pastel colours are having a moment. Whether you're rocking a pretty pink lip or a soft blue smokey eye, these hues are perfect for warmer weather. If you're looking to try something new this season, definitely give pastels a try! Glossy LidsGlossy lids are a trend that we've been seeing more and more of lately, and we think it's here to stay. This look is perfect for summer because it gives off such a fun and flirty vibe. To get the look, simply apply your favorite shimmery eyeshadow or even a clear lip gloss to your eyelids. Followed by some mascara and you're good to go! Also Read: Kala Khatta to Berries: Sip these seven gola-flavoured cocktails made with a twist to beat the summer heat This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

25 May,2023 11:13 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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The eco-friendly appeal of dry flower jewellery

In recent years, sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in the fashion industry. Consumers are now more aware of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions and are seeking out eco-friendly options. One such option that has gained popularity in the fashion world is dry flower jewellery. Dry flower jewellery is made by preserving flowers in their natural form, without the use of chemicals or dyes. The flowers are carefully selected and dried, then arranged and set in jewellery pieces. This process creates unique and beautiful accessories that are both sustainable and eco-friendly. "One of the main appeals of dry flower jewellery is its sustainability. Unlike traditional jewellery, which often relies on the mining of precious metals and gemstones, dry flower jewellery uses natural and renewable materials. The flowers used in the jewellery are grown and harvested in a sustainable manner, without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. This means that the production of dry flower jewellery has a much lower environmental impact than traditional jewellery," says Latika Kapoor, Head of Styling, March by FS Life Additionally, the production process of dry flower jewellery is much more energy-efficient than traditional jewellery making. The flowers are air-dried, which requires no additional energy input. The jewellery is then crafted by hand, further reducing the energy needed to create each piece. Another benefit of dry flower jewellery is that it is biodegradable. Traditional jewellery, particularly those made from non-biodegradable materials like plastic and metal, can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. In contrast, dry flower jewellery will decompose naturally and return to the earth, leaving no harmful waste behind. "Dry flower jewellery also offers a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world. The delicate and intricate patterns of the flowers create a one-of-a-kind look that cannot be replicated by traditional jewellery materials. Each piece of dry flower jewellery is a work of art, reflecting the natural beauty of the world around us," adds Milind Mathur, Director, Kohinoor Jewellers Agra. Moreover, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also promote sustainability in the floral industry. Flowers are often discarded after they have been used for bouquets or events, contributing to waste and environmental pollution. By repurposing these flowers for jewellery making, they can be given a second life and their environmental impact can be minimised. Furthermore, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also have a positive impact on mental health. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can have a calming effect on the mind and body, reducing stress and promoting relaxation. By wearing jewellery made from natural and preserved flowers, individuals can bring a piece of nature with them wherever they go and experience these calming effects throughout the day. The demand for sustainable fashion is only expected to grow in the coming years, and dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry. Not only does it offer a sustainable alternative to traditional jewellery materials, but it also provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly sought after by consumers. In conclusion, it offers a sustainable and beautiful alternative to traditional jewellery materials. It is versatile, biodegradable, and provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world. By promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact, dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry and a favourite among eco-conscious consumers. Also Read: Social media star from Dharavi gets signed for two Hollywood movies This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

22 May,2023 11:16 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Patola Sari and Embroidered skirt from Kutch (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum

Mid-Day Premium Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress row: Here’s how Indian museums preserve textiles

In her latest interview with the ‘Today’s Show’, Kim Kardashian addressed the rumours claiming she damaged American actor and singer Marilyn Monroe’s legendary gown, while she wore it at the 2022 Met Gala. The dress at the heart of the controversy was worn by Monroe in 1962 to sing ‘Happy birthday’ for the then President John F Kennedy, considered to be one of the most iconic moments in American history. While Kardashian has denied the accusations, the issue also prompted a letter by ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’, the organisation that preserves the dress, that there was no damage caused to the costume as it was worn by Kardashian for 3-4 minutes and that the garment was intact. As Monroe fans rage over the probability of the dress getting damaged, the row highlights the fact that a celebrity outfit having historic relevance was actually preserved for so many years and makes one wonder about how it was done. As Deepth Sasidharan, art historian and director at Eka Cultural Resources and Research, puts it, “Kardashian could wear the dress, because someone took the responsibility of preserving it.” This, she says, is a rare phenomenon in India, despite its rich and diverse social and cultural heritage history. To further understand what goes into conserving age-old textiles and apparels and the current challenges in taking up such projects, Mid-Day Online spoke to Sasidharan and Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Director of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, which has a vast collection of textiles, including a rare set of ‘Textile Manufactures of India’ (1866) from the 18 volumes by John Forbes Watson, which has 40 swatches of fabrics mounted on paper from across different regions and communities of India. Is there a standard process for preserving textiles, fabrics or a piece of clothing for years in museums? If not, please explain the different methods followed. Mehta: The Museum’s collection of textiles includes richly embroidered fabrics from Iran, Sindh, Kutch, Kathiawad, Kashmir, and Dharwar; brocades or kinkhabs with gold and silver threads from Surat and Ahmedabad; saris with rare weaves, for eg, patola saris from Patan, Benarasi silk sari, paithani from Yeola, Himroo sari; turban fabrics from Gujarat; and pile carpets from Yerawada Jail and the Reay Art Workshops that were set up at the Sir JJ School of Art. Conservation and preservation treatments vary depending on the type of raw material and embroidery work done on the fabric: 1. Saris Avoid folding saris and roll them instead to ensure a long lifespan. Acid free tissue papers can be used if the textiles need to be folded. Textile pieces smaller than saris need not be rolled and stored and can be folded or stored flat. 2. Kinkhabs Since these often have threads made of precious metals, the textile is first cleaned so that there is no dust and the fabric is properly backed and lined for display. 3. Textile Manufactures of India by Watson Since this compilation includes multiple types of textiles mounted on paper, they were first separated from the paper, given appropriate treatment according to the fabric type and then remounted on thick acid free paper and rebound. 4. Carpets Need to be washed or vacuumed and aired out once every few years. It is a periodic process that is followed as often as required depending on the nature of the textile and its state of conservation. Textiles that are not in an extremely fragile condition should be examined thoroughly by an experienced curator and conservator at least once in every five years. A handspun blouse from Dharwar, Karnataka (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum Does every material require different types of care? Mehta: Yes, depending on the various components in individual textiles, they require different care.  For example, wool has protein fibres and needs more care than cotton threads, which are made of glucose. Any wool fabric needs to be rested and isolated more than other types of fabric. Similarly, silk is very brittle and needs to be handled carefully and often stabilised. Printed and dyed fabrics have to be given non-aqueous or non-water-based treatment as these fabrics consist of natural colour pigments that can dissolve or run when exposed to water. Ethnographic materials such as textiles and clothes that were once worn by a particular community often have decorative elements made of metal or mirror work, which should be detached if possible from the fabric as they require different treatments from the fabric. Conservators must ensure that any treatments to fabrics is reversible and is not detrimental to the multiple components that make up a piece of cloth. How different is the process of preserving complete clothing from textiles? Sasidharan: Costumes are usually more complex in composition and may include a variety of materials like cotton, silk, leather, metal, shell, bone, ivory etc while fabrics are usually uniform in composition and/or weave. Preservation processes are similar in both but the approaches are different - a sari is more a textile fabric than say a metal-thread-embroidered-on-brocade jacket. Curators inspect their collections periodically and the conservators will take the required preventive and precautionary measures. These are usually undertaken by skilled conservators who undergo years of training to understand the fabric of clothes and costumes and can bring it back to life. They strengthen fragile fabric, repair tears and fabric losses and can sometimes even recreate fabric. In both cases, knowledge and experience is needed but ultimately they must be kept in a certain way to ensure long term preservation. Kinkhab from Ahmedabad (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Ruta Waghmare What are the challenges in preserving textiles in terms of their everyday care, storage and lifespan? Mehta: One of the challenges which can emerge at times is the shortage of space for displaying some of these textiles. Depending on the condition, textiles need to be taken off display and rested at regular intervals. The BDL Museum has an embroidered chaddar from Sindh on display in a vertical showcase. Half the textile is rolled onto a wooden rod and suspended from the top of a vertical display case and only half the textile is on display to avoid damage due to exposure to light, while kinkhabs are displayed flat to avoid any stress on the fabric. All the showcases have silica gel placed inside and a dehumidifier placed across the floor at strategic intervals to control humidity and prevent fungus from developing inside the showcase.  Sasidharan: Preservation of costumes worn by famous personalities is done in India, but they are mainly spread across personal museums and private entities, for example, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust in Delhi treasures former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s sari and belongings she wore while she was assassinated in 1984 and Rajiv Gandhi’s trousers, shoes and socks worn by him when assassinated in 1991. Most cities in India or communities would not invest in preserving their heritage. It is important to credit people who wilfully invest in preserving them and those who understand the power of the fabric and its history. Such projects can be encouraged by raising awareness, initiating conversations and building more museums for further exposure. How important is conservation of attires or clothing items in studying fashion history and evolution? Sasidharan: India has a rich and versatile history of clothing and each community identifies itself with their clothing. By studying how these textiles are manufactured, how they are embroidered or woven and how they are worn and accessories, we learn important patterns of community beliefs, customs and traditions.  Even if you look at the regional variations of a simple garment like the sari, there are hundreds of drapes, forms and weaves. Within it are coded the variations of class and community. The nine-yard cotton nauvari is worn simply by the koli fisherwoman as she goes about her daily hectic life, but the same garment when worn by a Maratha queen becomes almost gown-like as well as rich and opulent. Evolving styles help us understand socio-political history of the period, specific to local geographies and fashion history offers explanations.  Also Read: Slay it in the rains: Here’s how to plan your wardrobe for the Mumbai monsoon  

17 May,2023 03:37 PM IST | Mumbai | Sarasvati T
Falguni Shane Peacock's signature aesthetic features exquisite crystal embellishments, intricate beadwork and faux feathers galore, making their creations the epitome of Indian embroidery. Photo Courtesy: Falguni Shane Peacock

Falguni Shane Peacock to make debut at the Cannes Film Festival

Distinguished luxury fashion brand Falguni Shane Peacock, led by renowned designers Falguni Peacock and Shane Peacock, is set to make its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year.  With an impressive legacy of over 18 years, the designer label has established itself as a premier couture label, putting India and her craft on the global fashion stage. Having previously dressed celebrities at major international events like the Met Gala and pre-Oscar parties, this designer duo is not unfamiliar with the global fashion stage. When speaking of their red carpet debut in association with Grey Goose, Falguni Shane Peacock stated, "Our bespoke creations were envisioned for the muses walking the red carpet, encapsulating the essence of voyages. These designs embody sophistication, elegance, and allure. Collaborating with Grey Goose has brought our vision to life and marked the beginning of our journey to Cannes."  Falguni Shane Peacock will be dressing actors Mrunal Thakur and Diana Penty for the festival's red carpet. While Diana Penty made her Cannes debut in 2019, garnering much appreciation for her outfits ranging from a thigh slit sari to a peach feathered gown, this year will be Mrunal Thakur's debut at the Cannes film festival and she will be wearing a custom Falguni Shane Peacock outfit on the red carpet. Falguni Shane Peacock's signature aesthetic features exquisite crystal embellishments, intricate beadwork and faux feathers galore, making their creations the epitome of Indian embroidery.  Also Read: Cannes 2023: From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, to Deepika Padukone, looking back at red carpet looks from 2022

17 May,2023 09:28 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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