Eid Fest to revitalise

Eid Fest to revitalise spirit of Chand Raat

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An online fashion store Fabbitt is hosting a two-day Eid Fest in Lahore starting from today, June 24th.

Eid festivities are not going to be the same as it was traditionally celebrated in past year as this fest aims to revitalise the Eid sprit by offering mehdni, bangles and Eid jubilation under one roof.

It will be held in the cool comfort and secure environment of the air-conditioned marquees at the Royal Palm Golf & Country Club.

Anush Ammar, a young Standford graduate, is the brain behind Fabbitt. She has curated the concept of fashion, food, fun & technology - all coming together in one fabulous event.

Presenting some of the most sought after fashion designers of Pakistan, alongside delicious food and fashion accessories, Fabbitt is ensuring that Lahoris can gather at one place to regain the lost spirit of Eid.

Elan, Faraz Manan, Fahad Hussayn, Ivy, Farah Talib Aziz, Neemar Jewels, Republic, Zara Shahjahan, Amrapali, Maria B, Uptown, Khaadi, Bareeeze’ Men, Entertainer will all be participating in different capacities.

The event will be held on the 24th and 25th of June 2017 from 5:00pm to 3:00am. It is a family only event, where single men will not be allowed. Finja CEO Qasif Shahid, sharing her expectation from the Eid Fest, said that this is an excellent opportunity for the masses to gather at one place. “We want to build bridges between our tech savvy target market and a platform like this.

“Eid Fest is a wonderful initiative which primarily aims to revive the traditional spirit of chand raat where families used to gather together and celebrate festive occasions with enthusiasm,” she told The Nation.

“Eid Fest is providing a platform for everyone from all over the city to enjoy and celebrate Eid festivities with the grandeur and vitality that the holiday demands,” she added.

“Aiming to become a one-stop shop, the festival boasts a wide range of fashion accessories, designer clothes and food all under one roof so that all can celebrate Eid the way it is supposed to be celebrated - with loved ones,” said Anush Ammar, CEO oof Fabbitt.


People of all ages including women and children are filling in the markets ahead of Eidul Fitr arriving in the start of next week.

The shopping starts from Iftari and continues in late hours. .

Heavy rush could be witnessed near Anarkali, Model town bazaar, Sadaar Bazaar, Ichara, Panorama shopping mall and in others markets on Friday. While a number of shopkeepers are selling special Eid stuff at very high price because brands are going out of stock, different colourful stalls in big bazaars are becoming the only alternative left for the less privileged as they offer clothes, shoes and other items at relatively cheaper rates.

Akbar Khan, a shopkeeper at Anarkali bazaar, told The Nation: “In start of the holy month of fasting, I was really upset because there was no sale. But in the last week the turnover of audience is amazing.

“Eid is a festival on which everyone purchases new clothes and in these days, we generate good business,” he added.

“Eid shopping is gaining momentum as majority of buyers are coming for shopping after Iftar and taking interest in lawn suit and handmade shoes,” said Faisal Bajwa, a shopkeeper in Ichra Bazaar.

Arhum Farid, a housewife who was present at Liberty market, said: “Different varieties of lawns are spreading like fire these days in the markets and brands are coming up with appealing designs in both stitched and unstitched category.”

“The shopkeepers in Liberty market are charging 500,700 per outfit and there is no check on them,” shared the lady shopper.

With rise of buyers, massive traffic jams in the city’s busy market places were also seen with people claiming that the traffic wardens were imposing fines just to make their Eidi.Read more at:australian formal dresses


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Olympian Sakshi Malik and blade runner Shalini Saraswathi were felicitated by the IMC’s Ladies Wing in Mumbai .

■ Signed and sealed

ACTOR Karisma Kapoor’s divorce from her Delhi-based businessman husband Sunjay Kapur only came through a few months ago. Sunjay was quick to move on and remarry Priya Sachdev, his girlfriend of the past few years, and Karisma has also been spotted with her rumoured beau of several years, Sandeep Toshniwal. Toshniwal, who has been married for over a decade to Mumbai dentist Ashrita, is ready to sign on his dotted line too. On their next hearing at the Family Court in Bandra, which is slotted for July 19 (provided Toshniwal meets the consent terms for the divorce), the couple will, too, be divorced. There has been loose talk of him proposing marriage to Karisma and purchasing a three-bedroom home in Juhu. But if you ask us, remarriage or not, at least the couple will not have to play cat and mouse with the paparazzi.

■ Triple the trouble

NOW that Salman Khan’s upcoming film is ready for release, the superstar has decided to train all his energies on brother Arbaaz’s upcoming Dabanng film, the third in a series. The Khan boys have invited several directors to send in their scripts, and we hear they have shortlisted three. While one of them will obviously make the cut, the others are also being considered as independent films. Too much of a good thing, no?

■ Fit is fine

IF longevity is a measure of a successful marriage, the Rampals aren’t doing too bad for themselves. Sure, Arjun and Mehr have weathered several storms, but it does look like they’ve put it all behind them. When your diarist recently went over to say hello to Arjun on his upcoming film’s set, he complimented one of our skinny friends on her figure, but added she had a little bit of a tummy. “A mummy tummy,” she averred, to which Arjun said, “My wife had two kids, too. But she has an absolutely flat stomach.”

■ Full of joy

A few months ago, model Liza Golden Bhojwani shared images of herself from her modelling days and of a current, more fuller version of herself. She recalled days when she would eat, maybe, 20 pieces of edamame for a meal. And when she started eating normally and put on a few inches, the work stopped coming. Today, Liza, who is married to DJ and SoBo partygoer Karan Bhojwani, has turned into an advocate for body positivity. “The shift came last summer when I was trying to lose weight and no amount of dieting would work. So I just decided to go with my body’s natural plan for me. Of course, I exercise regularly and eat healthy but I don’t diet or starve at all. You shouldn’t aim for perfection because it isn’t a realistic goal. Just aim to look in the mirror and love what you see,” says Liza, who is also working on the Mumbai fashion week’s plus-size fashion show. On Friday, she will judge and mentor full-size models and get them to be runwayready. You go, girl.

■ Tailpiece

THIS young and strapping actor, who has a new film coming up shortly, has been dating a slightly older, but beguiling beauty for the past few years now. The couple keeps their relationship under wraps (the lady has only just got her divorce). But what we can’t understand is why they still need to meet surreptitiously. They met in London a few months ago, when both of them were in the city on work. We also hear they visited Oman for some privacy two weeks ago. Come on guys, out with it. There’s nothing more we love on this page than a good-looking couple.Read more at:short cocktail dresses | evening wear


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Stripes better

We have seen trends and fads in fashion being made and fade, but stripes are a classic. Re-emphasising that stripes never go out of style, Priyanka Chopra was recently seen in a multi-coloured striped suit from Etro, as she was vacationing in Prague.

The Quantico actor shared the photo on her official Instagram handle, with the beautiful city in the background. While it may be a tough job to pull off so many colours, Chopra – who has been acing the style game both in India and abroad – pulled it off yet again. The pink-blue-beige-black-red stripes of the bell-bottomed, bishop-sleeved pantsuit, cinched at the waist with a red belt, was a retro rainbow that hit gold. Her hair fell casually across her shoulders and the oversized retro sunglasses and marsala lips rounded off the look.

Malaika Arora too, joined the actors endorsing striped fashion, in a navy blue striped jumpsuit. The Chaiya Chaiya star was present at the star-studded launch of Gauri Khan’s designed restaurant ARTH in Mumbai. She looked her sultry best in the Deme by Gabriella number, rocking the cut-out jumpsuit with its plunging neckline and deep back with absolute elegance and sophistication. She styled her hair into a high-raised ponytail and teamed her attire with a red lipstick — both doing wonders to accentuate her high cheekbones.

Of the two, we think Arora looked ravishing in the simple yet classy outfit. Whom do you like better? Let us know in the comments’ section below.Read more at:unique formal dresses | cheap formal dresses online


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Tradition and Innovation

In Kenya, June 1 is Madaraka Day, which commemorates the day the country won internal self-rule from Britain—Madaraka being Swahili for the authority to make decisions. In Seattle, the 4th Annual Madaraka Festival is being held on June 24 at the Museum of Pop Culture. Described as a “night of music and purpose,” this all-ages event benefits One Vibe Africa, a grassroots, Seattle-based non-profit that produces music, art, dance, culture, poetry and film programming to empower youth in the Manyatta slum of Kisumu, Kenya.

This year’s theme, “African Music & Fashion,” is designed to challenge the stereotypical narrative that is typically dismissive of fashion and music from Africa. Njuguna WaGishuru of local group The Physics and KING 5 weather anchor Rhonda Lee have been tapped to serve as hosts. On top of a powerful musical lineup, Madaraka 2017 also features a runway fashion show and the premier of Madaraka The Documentary, a film focusing on empowering communities through entrepreneurship and the arts.

Headlining this year’s festival is Chimurenga Renaissance, comprised of Hussein Kalonji and Tendai Maraire. Both are the sons of well-known African musicians—Congolese guitar legend Raymond “Braynck” Kalonji, and Zimbabwean mbira master Abraham Dumisani Maraire. In addition, Tendai Maraire is also one half of the mysterious Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. Apparently, some of that mystique has rubbed off on the description of this group. “Chimurenga Rennaisance were ordained to build a bridge strong enough to span oceans, but doesn’t fall off. Under the waters, they’re waiting with paws each larger than the head of a lion, rows of teeth, and jaws stronger than a Megalodon. Together, they’re the black leviathan, panther of the deep.”

Other performers include Los Angeles-based, Grammy nominated Ghanaian singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuni; local producer-singer-songwriter Otieno Terry; Juba, South Sudan born and former refugee turned international recording artist Dynamq (aka THE SUDANESE CHILD), and San Francisco/Bay Area based, Ethio-American singer, composer, and cultural instigator, Meklit Hadero, who is also the third member of CopperWire (Burntface and Gabriel Teodros), a group that, to use the word of Rakim, "travels at magnificent speeds around the universe."

Providing backing for the performers are Pyramid, the Madaraka Festival’s house band since 2014 which includes members of Kore Ionz, Theoretics, Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band, and Grieves, as well as the stage, studio, and educational production company Big World Breaks, directed by Aaron Walker-Loud.

This year’s collection of dynamic and dedicated performers, artists and producers at Madaraka 2017 look to affirm the vital, yet widely undervalued work of One Vibe Africa, an organization that works tirelessly to “inspire youth toward a deeper appreciation of their culture and traditions."Read more at:orange formal dresses | red formal dresses


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Charity fashion show

A CATWALK model is giving cancer survivors the chance to sparkle.

Firefighter Kirsty Hornby, 29, UK Royal Ms beauty pageant winner, is helping Widnes mum Sam Lewis to stage a charity fashion show.

Sam launched a support group, Sam’s Diamonds two years ago to give women who are young at heart the strength to conquer the disease.

The 42-year-old, from Farnworth, wants to celebrate the determination women have shown as they battle for survival.

Kirsty, who is travelling to Orlando later this month to compete for the international title Royal International Miss, said: “Sam is such a strong, inspirational woman.

“Her charity is precious to those women who have been on or completed their cancer journey.”

Breast cancer survivor Sam, had six months of chemotherapy, a full mastectomy and radiotherapy.

The mum-of-three said: “This is all about getting self esteem and confidence.

“Twenty three of our ladies will have a complete makeover and strut their stuff and tear up the runway!

“It will be a tear jerker but a very positive celebration.”

Sam is Kirsty’s former secondary school PE teacher.

Kirsty, from Prescot, added: “Hearing about the challenges faced by Sam and her family throughout her treatment made me want to contribute to her charity and help other brave women undergoing the same struggles.

“The Sam’s Diamond fashion show will give these remarkable women and their children the chance to take part in a fun, glamorous event and hopefully raise money for a very worthy cause.

“We hope everyone will come along, have fun, and help give these ‘diamond’ women an evening to remember.”

The group recently welcomed its 100th member.

Sam’s Diamonds fashion show is on Saturday, June 24 at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

The catwalk starts at 6pm.

Marks and Spencer in Widnes is providing clothes with Cinders Party Dress in Hale village.

Tesco Widnes is providing clothes for the children.

Clothes and prom dresses donated by boutiques and designers will be auctioned off on the night.

The evening will include live performances by Abby Marshall and Motown band Dirty Little Secret.

Health and wellbeing stalls and cancer support agencies will also be taking part.

All proceeds are being donated to Sam’s Diamond Cancer Support Charity.

The charity holds fortnightly meetings across the north west to help women make like-minded friends while undergoing treatment.Read more at:evening wear | cocktail dress australia


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The sweet life

Beth Ditto, basketball fan. Who knew?

"I really love the NBA," the 36-year-old singer said last month from her home in Portland, Ore., as the playoffs raged, never mind that her home team the Trailblazers had been eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

"I never thought I would love sports," she says, "but living in a town with a major team is so much fun. What other area of life can you walk into a place -- no matter your weight, your class, your ethnicity, your politics, your sexuality -- and you're all dressed alike? When you go to a ballgame, before you know it, you might be high-fiving a Trump voter."

It's hard to believe that Ditto, an outspoken lesbian from Judsonia who fronted the dancey-punk trio Gossip for 17 years and shot to fame with the fierce, righteous and highly danceable gay rights anthem "Standing in the Way of Control," would ever have much in common with a Trump fan, but such is the power of sports, and the sweet charm of Ditto.

She was calling from Portland to talk about her fantastic debut solo album, Fake Sugar, which will be released by Virgin on Friday, and the dissolution of the long-running Gossip, a band of outcasts who fled White County in the late '90s for the greener punk rock pastures of the Pacific Northwest.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Jennifer Decilveo, who also co-wrote many of the songs with Ditto.

"She was the Rollerblades to my roller skates," Ditto says.

"Anytime you hear Beth Ditto singing you know it's her," says Decilveo from New York. "She has a sweet spot in her voice and, once she gets there, I'm like 'Yes!' She has this strained-vibrato thing that is so unique and

so cool."

That may be most evident on Fake Sugar's fifth track, the expansive, pop ode to escapism "We Could Run," an early contender for song of the summer and a tune Ditto has said is about her Searcy friend and former band mate, Nathan Howdeshell.

"Dude, that was so good," Decilveo says quickly when the track is mentioned. Hearing the finished version, she says, "was like angels singing in my ear. I freaked out."


There's a dance feel to the album, but it is much more organic than Gossip's 2012 swan song, A Joyful Noise and Ditto's eponymous 2011 solo EP, leaning more toward soulful pop takes on relationships, family and maturity.

"I don't know how it is in Arkansas, but it seems like everyone became DJs and stopped being in bands," says Ditto, who married girlfriend Kristin Ogata in 2015. "That's great. Dance music is incredible music, but I found myself missing bands. I missed organic sounds and hearing beautiful guitar."

One of her favorite groups, she says, is Alabama Shakes. "They are the best rock band right now, hands down, and thank God, because they've brought back rock 'n' roll."

On "Go Baby Go," Ditto pays homage to Alan Vega, co-founder of influential no-wave duo Suicide, who died last year at 78; she also pulled inspiration from Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland and a visit to Elvis' Graceland home in Memphis for Fake Sugar's title cut, a pensive but optimistic track that would sound perfect on a lazy Sunday morning.

It's also on this track that she nods most obviously to her Southern upbringing, referencing the schoolyard knee-slapping "hambone" chant and the colloquial "Yankee dime."

"I had to ask her what a Yankee dime was," New Jersey-raised Decilveo says with a laugh. "It's a kiss."

On the fierce, booty-shaking "Ooh, La La," Ditto sends a shout-out to her beloved family, singing "Two sisters/four brothers/hard worker/like my mother ..." and, later, "Smooth talker/I'm a lover/firecracker/I get it from my mother's mother."

The album's first single, the slow-burning, dance-blues romp "Fire" has already racked up more than 1 million plays on Spotify. The video finds Ditto decked out in a shiny outfit adorned with flames and a switchblade and singing away as a bar fight evolves into a hunky cowboy line dance.

At one point, she uses a whip to snatch a corn dog for herself just before a bar patron is about to take a bite and eagle-eyed viewers will catch a fleeting glimpse of the Arkansas flag in the background. The whole affair is classic Ditto -- sassy, good-humored and proud of her roots.


Her biological father was a Patterson, but she has always been a Ditto.

"If you go to Jud, I'm a Ditto. Nobody would know me as a Patterson. I didn't know my real dad until I was older. My sister was a Ditto. My two brothers are Dittos," she says. "People think it's a made-up punk thing because it's such a cool last name. I remember watching Ghost and saying 'Mama, they just said our name,' and she was like, 'Yeah, it's a word.' I had no idea. So I was raised a Ditto, but never legally adopted. It's very Arkansan. My people!"

She is the fourth of her mother Myra's six children, plus one adopted brother, and she spent much of her childhood shuffling between relatives' homes in the small town near Searcy in White County. She also lived with the man she considers her father, Homer Ditto, in Georgetown and was surrounded not only by her siblings but cousins and adults who came and went.

It was a childhood of instability, poverty and abuse, which Ditto detailed in her riveting and sometimes harrowing 2012 memoir Coal to Diamonds with writer Michelle Tea. The book is dedicated to Homer Ditto, who died in 2011.

"Moving back and forth among so many houses, I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. If anyone asked me where I lived I didn't know what to say. Here and there, I guess," she wrote. The girl who would grow up to start her own fashion line for plus-size women kept what few clothes she had in a bag under the kitchen sink of her aunt's house.


By the time she was 12 she was identifying as a feminist and soon discovered the Riot Grrrl movement from the Pacific Northwest. Through bands like Sleater-Kinney, Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill and writings in handmade 'zines, Riot Grrrl emphasized the political and social power of women, embraced the do-it-yourself aesthetic of punk rock and welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Ditto was entranced.

In high school she sang in the choir and reveled in her outsider status. She became adept at dyeing her hair with a mixture of Kool-Aid powder and Noxzema, started singing in a band called Little Miss Muffett and was beginning to realize she was a lesbian.

At 14, she befriended fellow nonconformists Kathy Mendonca, Jeri Beard and guitarist Howdeshell, who were a little older and from nearby Searcy. Those friendships changed her life.

When Mendonca left Searcy for Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. -- practically Ground Zero of Riot Grrrl -- Beard and Howdeshell followed. Ditto graduated from Riverview High School and, with a one-way ticket to Olympia sent from Mendonca, she left Judsonia for Washington.

"I needed to be with them," she says. "My brother, Benny, and my sister, Akasha, dropped me off at the airport and were like, 'Bye. Get out of here.' They didn't want me to stay there. They knew I had to get out."

In Olympia, she formed Gossip with guitarist Howdeshell and first Beard, then Mendonca, on drums.

The trio of Arkansas misfits would soon tour with their heroes in Sleater-Kinney and their amateurish, rough-hewn sound on early efforts like 2002's Arkansas Heat would give way to the more confident crunch of 2003's Movement and on to the polish of Standing in the Way of Control (with Hannah Blilie replacing Mendonca) and the Rick Rubin-produced Music for Men from 2009.

The band gained a loyal following, especially in Europe, playing highly charged sets at festivals like Glastonbury and touring constantly. Ditto turned heads with her fashion line and posed naked on the cover of Love magazine. She also wrote a column, "What Would Beth Do" for The Guardian and keeps a home in the Hackney borough of London.

After 17 years, though, Gossip is done, prompted mostly by songwriting partner Howdeshell's return to White County to care for his ailing father.


"He moved back and just stayed," Ditto says, which put a strain on writing new Gossip music.

Ditto frequently returns to Arkansas to visit with family -- she was in Cabot for a niece's graduation a few days after this interview -- but has no desire to spend much time here.

"As much as I love it down there, and as much as I love my family, I don't live there anymore and there's a reason I don't live there. I don't feel safe."

The pair did work briefly with producer Jason Weinheimer in Little Rock on some Gossip material, she says.

"He was excellent. Boy, we loved him and had a good time." But otherwise things weren't working out.

"I just texted [Howdeshell] and I said, 'Hey, I've been trying to write the Gossip record for two years. I've been beating myself up because it doesn't sound like Gossip and I feel really bad.'"

She told him that maybe it was time for her to just do her own thing.

He replied, "Let that baby fly," says Ditto, a spin on "Y'all let that baby eat," which is what Homer Ditto would tell anyone who tried to stop Beth from getting seconds at the dinner table as a child.

"That's how Nathan and I work," she says, laughing. "That was his response, which was really funny."

Howdeshell has a small label, Fast Weapons, and has released music by fellow Searcian Bonnie Montgomery, with whom he has also played guitar, and Little Rock native John Pugh's Vision Control project. Through a mutual friend, Howdeshell declined to comment for this story.

"When you leave somewhere and create this thing together, to see him return was really hard for me," she says. "But Nathan and I aren't bitter. We have nothing bad to say about each other at all."

And she still has her other Arkansas buddies.

"Jeri, literally, lives right across the street from me. I can look into his window. We're still really close. Kathy lives across town and I'm going to baby-sit her little girl on Sunday. We call ourselves the Searcy Babies."

For the foreseeable future, Ditto will be on the road. A tour kicked off Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and will have her performing across much of the United States and Europe through October (sorry, there are no Natural State stops as of now).

"Nothing made me think I wanted to do this," she says when asked about her career, which has found her not only seeing the world as the frontwoman of Gossip with her high school friends, but recording with Blondie, appearing in the Tom Ford film Nocturnal Animals, runway modeling and posing in fashion magazines, becoming a role model for plus-size women and speaking out on gay and lesbian issues. "When I was little, people would ask me what I wanted to be and I would say 'A nurse, or a singer' or 'A hairdresser, or a singer.' But I didn't know.

"I had an aunt who died when I was 15. I always felt she had some kind of -- and I know this is really out there -- but I always felt like she had some sort of real sweet plan for me. I just didn't know what it was. Then I met Nathan and Jeri and Kathy and I just had no idea. They were so cool."Read more at:evening dresses australia | year 10 formal dresses


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Indian weddings of all time

Before you read this, we are going to need you to do something for us. Take a deep breath, go to your happy place and throw back to that wedding bucketlist you made in your childhood. All the romantic fantasies that you prophesied for your big day, remember them? Now open your eyes and watch all those dreams pale to a shadow in front of the biggest, most lavish weddings that money can buy.

From Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter’s Palais de Versailles blowout to Adel Sajan’s Dil Dhadakne Do-themed cruise wedding, these affairs are the height of first world-ness. Love them, hate them, you know you’ve ogled at them.

Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

What does a price tag of Rs 240 crore fetch you in the wedding market? For starters, a guestlist headlining Shah Rukh Khan, performances by Kylie Minogue and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the luxury of being the only private event to have ever been conducted at the Palais de Versailles. Steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter Vanisha’s wedding has charted history as the second most expensive wedding in the world, and with good reason.

Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani

UK-based millionaire and secret Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani binge-watcher Sanjay Hinduja decided to tie the knot with fashion designer Anu Mahtani in Udaipur, but don’t let the lack of a foreign locale deceive you.The lavish nuptials, billed at 147 crore rupees, flew down the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Scherzinger who were applauded by an audience starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Preity Zinta among others.

The guests were chauffeured around exclusively in BMWs, the bride was dripping head-to-toe in Manish Malhotra and the 16,000 wedding party was reportedly showered in rose petals. Just in case you were wondering where the phrase big, fat Indian wedding originated from.

Brahmani and Rajeev Reddy

While you were sweating out your body weight in ATM queues during the demonetisation spell last year, mining baron Janardhan Reddy’s daughter Brahmani was drowning too — but under the weight of her Rs 17 crore Kanjeevaram sari and Rs 90 crore worth of jewels.

The guests weren’t doing too badly either — after receiving personalised wedding invites via LCD screens (that reportedly cost a whopping Rs 5 crore), they were fed in utensils crafted out of pure gold and silver. After drawing the ire of the cash-strapped masses, the hosts tried to downplay the Rs 500 crore bill to just 30 crores. The math speaks for itself, but let’s just say that you won’t ever catch us turning down an invite from the Reddy household.

Adel Sajan and Sana Khan

When you’re talking about the wedding of the heir to one of the richest men in the Middle East, we weren’t exactly expecting a frugal affair. But Adel Sajan’s wedding to model Sana Khan probably outdid their own expectations with a Dil Dhadakne Do-themed wedding on a cruise that set sail from Barcelona to Cannes.

Badshah dropped some of his sick tunes onstage while Malaika Arora Khan, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and others dotted the crowd. Oh, and Michelin-starred chef Fabio Cucchelli whipped up a 13-tier wedding cake that towered 3.5 metres over the wedding party. Pretty decent for a paycheque of Rs 200 crore, yes?

Sonam Vaswani and Navin Fabiani

When your daddy is the richest Indian in the Gulf, your wedding can exclude literally nothing, including the hashtag SoNavSoFab. The wedding party pre-gamed at Palais Ferstel in Vienna before living it up in Belvedere Palace for the main ceremony. The happy bride wore Manish Malhotra and uncut diamonds and was serenaded to her happily-ever-after by singing sensation Bruno Mars.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/melbourne-formal-dress-shops | plus size evening wear


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Skinny Everything

Skinny stretch… Super stretch… Super skinny… Lightweight stretch… Slim fit… Perfectly Slimming skinny!! The list is endless and mind-boggling. The rare times that I do go shopping… I actually detest shopping and only do it when I need something and reluctantly venture out when the situation gets critical… I only end up wondering what happened to simple and fun shopping!

A recent shopping experience with my family resulted in me furrowing my brows in great speed in annoyance and disapproval. The one thought that crossed my mind as we moved from store to store was: “Are only ‘Thin People’… Beautiful?” What happens to other ‘normal’ people who come in various sizes? Now I call the ‘not skinny people’ normal as everyone’s bodies weren't created equal.

Let’s get real out here: Fat shaming and vanity sizing makes shopping impossible! It's undeniable that the fashion industry is plus-size-averse. There is this passive discrimination of framing most dialogue around straight sizes only, and then there is the very active, very hurtful discrimination and animosity against men and women who don't fit into a sample size. Beyond that, there's also a frustrating production barrier that prevents plus-size clothing from being made in the first place. For any trade, it's totally counterintuitive that an industry could so obviously not cater to the largest demographic out there — but that's exactly how the plus-size world is.

Therein lies the flaw. And most top-notch brands are not alone in its ‘skinny-only’ mind-set. Many stores don’t bother carrying above a certain size that only caters to the skinny despite the fact the average person is not skinny! Youngsters these days are fumbling with ways and means of being skinny… they resort to unhealthy weight control methods, including skipping meals and purging in an obsessive pursuit of bodies that are the ‘in thing’… The damage being done has grave consequences and let’s not forget how skinny clothes just do not suit every body type.

Those forcing themselves into such clothes are a sight for sore eyes. The latest rage of having formal and semi-formal trousers in the skinny fit just doesn’t go down well at all. Men particularly look strange and peculiar walking around work spaces in skinny sized trousers and formal suits!

In an ideal world where body size, character, and worth were not conflated, perhaps life would be different but we do not live in that world, and teenagers above a certain size are already taught they’re not good enough unless skinny. One would think, sitting in a store that the only people who actually shop are diminutive. Because, when it comes to numbers, there's a huge discrepancy thanks to this prejudice.

The first step toward change is acknowledging the problem and why the whole fashion industry needs a change of perspective. Lately, many stores have been blasted for their 'unrealistically small' clothes and ‘one size fits all’ attitude. I think skinny jeans are a horrible modern invention.

Let’s play out a scene: You suddenly realise you need a pair of jeans. The old pair seems to have lost all its oomph and style. It starts all nice walking casually into a store. It's all downhill from there though. The jeans are supposed to remind you that life sucks and everything can fall apart at any given instant, so you might as well be dreadfully uncomfortable while you wait for the inevitable. Even the process of trying them on is a disaster from the word go. From a distance, the jeans don't look all that terrible and you decide to take the plunge.

The fact that you're supposed to get one size larger than your actual waist size should be a big fluttering red flag, but no one pays any attention to that. You walk to the trial room feeling on top of the world holding tightly to this refined piece of fabric. Getting them on is slightly wearisome, but you realise it's not as bad as you'd imagined. The top, the waist area, is loose and roomy so it seems like a comfortable fit. But that's just a mirage. Around the knees is where disaster is waiting to unfold. They're awkwardly clingy and stubborn and refuse to let go - an albatross around your waist.

Skinny jeans, the sartorial equivalent of the walls caving in, will suffocate you into submission sooner or later. It's when you realise the only way you can leave is by buying them and walking out from the store in that very pair for getting out of them in one big chore!

There's a lot that goes into getting the consumer inside that room. The amount of advertising being chucked at you from multiple angles to convince you of their value is extravagant. They're fashionable, they're hip, they're trendy, they're chic and stylish, everyone's wearing them, and so you must as well. Even rappers, tastemakers and forever the signifiers of where modern fashion trends are going to head because of the innate coolness of hip-hop music, have ditched their floating baggy jeans adopting skinny jeans as their trouser of choice.

By default, the coolness of an item of clothing goes up markedly once it gets the endorsement of a ‘biggie’… As for me, I own two pairs of fairly uncool ‘blue’ jeans. Recently, one of them suddenly looked bedraggled and so I decided to buy a new one and definitely not skinny Jeans. What I needed was a pair of simple, regular, straight-fitting blue jeans. Unfortunately, such Jeans do not exist. I tried everywhere from malls to tiny stores to local markets to online shopping but their very existence has been deviously wiped out.

The market is flooded with pre-faded, torn, cut, ripped, bright neon, any colour but the colour blue, hideous jeans! You know that lovely blue… Yes, that Jeans were known to be have been obliterated from the face of this earth. It sounds like bad luck, a reason to try harder and look elsewhere. But what's going on is far more sinister than that. The employee helping you out at the store is trained to hand you one rubbish overpriced item after another, pretending like he doesn't understand what plain, blue, straight, and normal mean. All of this is a cleverly designed step-by-step ploy intended to break your spirit.

Skinny jeans on men have not had a good name. “Aren’t his jeans too tight?” seems to be the most common question on people’s lips. But what people are really saying, and what the central argument against skinny jeans on men is, “Shouldn’t guys give some room to breathe!”

But of course, fashion has never been about advantages of health, or safety. It appears that both men and women are slaves to fashion even when it is detrimental to your well-being and attitude!Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | evening gowns


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Ribcage bragging

Ribcage bragging has been dubbed the latest body 'trend' on social media, but Irish medical experts say the idealisations can be especially damaging to young women and girls.

While trends in fashion have been around and religiously followed for centuries past, in recent years the idea of creating a trend out of a coveted body shape has become more popular.

First came the thigh gap, then the ab crack, and now ribcage bragging, whereby celebrities proudly display their protruding ribcages in perfectly posed photos on social media.

A quick scroll through supermodel Bella Hadid's Instagram feed and you can quickly see such photos, with swarms of other celebrities, including Kourtney Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski, following suit as they share images in their bikinis and underwear.

While it's no secret that social media can negatively affect users' mental health, the pressure to follow body 'trends' in an effort to look like celebrities can be even more damaging.

Fiona Flynn, Youth Development Officer at Bodywhys, told Independent.ie that the 'trend' is "very worrying."

"The 'ribcage bragging' trend is very worrying as it promotes a very thin ideal which most people would not achieve at a healthy weight.

"Internalisation of the thin ideal can contribute to body image issues in girls which may encourage engagement in unhealthy weight loss behaviours to achieve a similar shape. Unhealthy weight loss behaviours such as extreme dieting or use of diet pills combined with body dissatisfaction can put a young person at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder or related issue."

Ms Flynn highlighted that while consumers are aware of Photoshop and editing in magazines, it's not often that people recognise how highly altered photos on social media can be.

"Many young people are media literate about magazines and the images we see in advertising but less so about social media. The images we see on social media are often presented in a casual way, yet may be subject to similar styling and post production as the images we see in advertising. Celebrities can attract lucrative advertising and product endorsement deals through a large following on social media."

"There are many benefits to social media and young people have a wealth of easily accessible information at their fingertips, but the steady stream of images promoting a similar beauty ideal - thin for girls and muscular for men - can lead young people to a much greater focus on the physical body and encourage young people to compare themselves and feel inadequate."

Systemic Psychotherapist Anne McCormack, author of Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Media, says the idealisations can be especially damaging to young women and girls.

"Social media is an especially toxic environment for young girls, teens and women in their twenties because it is so focused on appearance. It can have a huge impact if you're feeling vulnerable about yourself or your body image.

"This new trend puts more pressure to exercise more or watch your diet, while having a focus on showing your ribs is risky behaviour. Young people on social media are at a stage of development, and feedback from their peers online helps them work out what other people think of them. If they're following models, young people may think that they have to aspire to look like them to be of high worth. It's very risky."

Ms McCormack noted how young people and children are particularly vulnerable online, and it's important to remind them and ourselves that how we look isn't the most important thing in life.

"People who have a huge following have a responsibility to act responsibly online and watch the message they give. Even if the attention they're receiving is negative, the young person can be thinking, 'Well, they're still getting attention, even if it's negative.'"

"They're already under massive pressure, so social media and these 'trends' can be quite toxic. They're all to do with punishing yourself, which is such unhealthy behaviour. It can do major damage to their self esteem.

"It's important to remind ourselves and remind them that how we look isn't the most important thing about who we are, although social media can make it feel like it is. We can recognise these trends as unhealthy, but we can still fall in to the trap."

Unsurprisingly, exposure to these pressures can have long-term effects on the user's mental health.

"In the long term, these pressures can have a potential outcome on the person's mental health, with anxiety, self worth issues and eating disorders all potential problems," said Ms McCormack.

"If the belief is developed, it can become more important than other things, they can become self-absorbed and it takes energy away from other interests."

Keeping lines of communication open is the most important thing parents can do to help their children understand that what they see on social media isn't always attainable, says Ms Flynn.

"I think it can be helpful to discuss beauty ideals we see in the media The images we see often promote ideals which are unrealistic and unattainable. I think it can be helpful to talk to young people about how people can modify their appearance online, why celebrities post so often and what they stand to gain or earn.

"I think it can also be helpful to point out to young people the control they have over their social media feed. Encourage them to be aware how different types of social media or different items they follow can make them feel. You could suggest that if they tend to feel guilty, want to change themselves or feel otherwise less happy about themselves after certain posts that they can choose to unfollow them - and instead to like or follow posts and people that inspire them."

Ms McCormack advises the same, adding that she feels it's likely "we'll wonder how we exposed young people to these things at such a young age while they're still figuring out who they are" in years to come.

"I'd advise to check who your children are following on social media and find out why. Keep enquiring and ask them why they like them. It's very important to be tuned in to and aware of who your children are following and to talk to them about it."Read more at:yellow formal dresses | green formal dresses


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Modest fashion

When Ruba Zai uploaded her first video online, the Netherlands-based Afghan student just wanted to share with other Muslim girls and women how she styled her headscarf. She had no idea that her "hijab tutorials" would be an internet hit, watched by hundreds of thousands worldwide.

The 23-year-old now blogs full time, sharing ideas for how to look trendy yet covered-up with a million Instagram followers. Zai had tapped into a fast-growing market for so-called "modest fashion," fuelled by young, style-savvy Muslim women from London to Malaysia who have long felt their needs ignored by mainstream designers.

"I just couldn't relate at all to the clothes you see in the mainstream brands," she said from her home in Rotterdam. "When we first started talking about our style on social media, there was no interest in the fashion world in this group of people: 'They're just Muslims, why should we target them?"'

Big brands have been waking up to that call, and covered-up chic is a niche that's slowly making its way into mainstream fashion. From exclusive designers to fast-fashion chains, retailers are trying to court millions of Muslim consumers -- especially around the month of Ramadan, which started last week, when many Muslims buy new clothes and dress up. In 2014, U.S. fashion house DKNY was one of the first Western brands to launch a Ramadan collection aimed at wealthy Arab shoppers.

Since then several others have followed suit. Dolce&Gabbana has been selling a luxury collection of abayas -- long, loose robe-like dresses -- and matching headscarves since 2016 in the Middle East, Paris and London. At the more affordable end of the market, Spanish chain Mango is also promoting a Ramadan collection of tunics, kaftans and maxi dresses for the second year.

Earlier this year Nike became the first major brand to launch a "pro hijab," a headscarf made in high-tech fabrics aimed at female Muslim athletes. Even Marks and Spencer, that stalwart British department store known for cardigans and practical shoes, launched a burkini -- a full-body swimsuit -- last summer.

But perhaps the most visible sign yet that mainstream fashion is embracing the Muslim market was when design houses Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti starred hijab-wearing Somali-American model Halima Aden on their catwalks for Milan Fashion Week, one of the industry's most prestigious events.

"Mainstream fashion is now talking about modest fashion as a thing. Ten years ago, if you were a brand coming from a religious background and tried to sell it in a department store, calling it a modest or Muslim brand would be a kiss of death," said Reina Lewis, a professor at the London College of Fashion who has written two books about the topic.

While the majority of those interested in covered-up fashion are young, cosmopolitan Muslim women, "the term 'modesty' emerged in the niche market as a useful one because it's not faith-specific," Lewis added.

"I know Christians and atheist friends who don't cover their heads but they dress this way because that's how they feel most comfortable, said Zai, the blogger.

Nazmin Alim, a designer who founded London-based modest fashion brand Aab a decade ago, says she used to have to buy fabric herself and visit a tailor to get smart work wear that still adhered to her faith's modesty edicts.

"Long skirts may have a slit, tops may be sleeveless," she said. "We understood then that, do you know what? The people who wanted this kind of clothing, they are hungry for it."

This month, Alim's collection of trendy jumpsuits, kimonos and knee-length hoodies -- as well as more traditional abayas and headscarves -- is being sold at Debenhams, a British department store that says it's the first of its competitors to add hijabs to its aisles.

The fashion industry's attempts at carving a corner of this market haven't been without criticism, especially in France, where the banning of headscarves and burkinis amid racial tensions and security fears have fuelled a heated debate.

Laurence Rossignol, the former French minister for families, children and women, was reported saying last year that major brands that promote Islamic dress were "irresponsible" and that such garments "promote the confinement of women's bodies."

Zai and Alim maintain, however, that for women like them, it's all about respecting individual choice.

"We all make choices -- some people like to wear gothic, some people like what we're offering," Alim said. "I don't see why anyone's style should be singled out."

"I try to stay away from the political debate," said Zai, who said she decided to cover her head three years ago after a period of religious reflection. "I don't think a group of men -- the people you see (in government) are all these old men -- can tell people what's allowed, what's not allowed . they're saying Muslim women are oppressed, but they're doing the same."Read more at:unique formal dresses | cocktail dresses australia


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A date with style

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar wowed attendees with his style and charisma at the opening of the second edition of The India Luxury Style Week Men’s Edition 2017 at Indiranagar Club Grounds recently.

The star, who walked the ramp for designer Ramesh Dembla in a three-piece grey and black suit, flaunted his accessories for the occasion – shades and a Nunchaku, with which he showcased some of the martial arts skills he is known for, much to the appreciation of his fans. The event also saw Dembla present his latest collection, ‘Grunge’, where he experiments with colours and fabric types to bring a contemporary take to the style.

Akshay took some time to speak about his relationship with Bengaluru. “Bengaluru is very special to me, as my first film was shot here and it was Ramesh’s father who financed it,” he said, adding, “We’ve been good friends for quite a long time,” before proceeding to banter with the designer on whether his films had caused the latter’s father any loss.

The actor also stressed the importance of fitness.“I performed with the Nunchaku to promote fitness because I want everyone to be fit and to stay healthy.”

The five-day India Luxury Style Week Men’s Edition, 2017, which concluded on Sunday, brought together the most illustrious designers from across the country to showcase the hottest looks in menswear.Read more at:white formal dresses | blue formal dresses


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Thinking Out Loud

Stimulating presentations abounded for the audience of culinary students, restaurateurs, and food industry professionals from a roster of captivating female speakers comprised of Nicola Madden-Greig, head of the Gastronomy Tourism Network in the Ministry of Tourism; The Best Dressed Chicken Regional Marketing Programmes Manager Avadaugn Sinclair; and Catherine Guilbard, chief judge of The Table Talk Awards — The Cayman Islands Edition.

At the much-anticipated precursor event to tonight's Food Awards, insightful discussions ranged from Madden-Greig's detailed examination of the ongoing work towards developing Jamaica as a gastronomy destination to Guilbard's enlightening presentation on the ever-evolving restaurant landscape of the Cayman Islands, which she explained had mushroomed into “an accidental culinary destination of the Caribbean”, now home to over 300 restaurants and multiple calendar food and wine events that faithfully attract the global food industry's most prolific chefs and influencers.

Sinclair, in a relatable and engaging fashion, spoke on the topic, 'Brand Development: Taking A Successful Local Brand Across The Region'. She shared her journey to being appointed regional manager for The Best Dressed Chicken brand, the unique challenges faced and creative counter-measures utilised in introducing the poultry and meat brand to such new market territories as Cayman and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which heretofore, only consumed chicken brands from North America.

Tapping into current culinary trends and entrepreneurial possibilities, the trio of speakers captivated attendees, stirring substantial question-and-answer sessions that saw the event, which began at 10:45 am, culminating on a satisfying high in the mid-afternoon hours.

Thursday Food invites you to take a seat with us at the Foodie Seminar.Read more at:long evening dresses | formal dresses online australia


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New Darna Liza Soberano

Now that Liza Soberano has finally been announced to play Darna, before she can even shout the magic words that can turn her into the super heroine, her eyebrows will first do the talking.

Liza believes that sometimes, your brows can speak louder than words, so she urges one to always make a statement with perfectly shaped brows.

From light brows to sparse brows, makeup brand Maybelline New York offers eye brow products that are on point in addressing your brow concerns through the Fashion Brow Collection. Each product from the Brow Studio collection is specially formed to help you fill in your brows whether they be thin, unruly, thick, shapeless, or sparse.

The Fashion Brow Duo Shaper is the brand’s first two-in-one brow shaper that creates natural-looking brows in just two steps: define with the precise pencil and fill with the powder.

Get instant definition with the Fashion Brow 3D Cream Pencil, the brand’s first angle tip brow pencil to precisely frame and fill the brows. Just shape the brow with the tip, fill with the angled side and brush with the spoolie to get perfectly shaped brows.

The Brow Precise Fiber Filler aims to give brows instant three-dimensional action. This is the brand’s first ever fiber infused filling mascara that delivers full and colored brows in a few easy strokes.

The Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon is good for achieving bold brows in one easy sweeping move. Ideal for unruly brows, this pomade crayon sculpts and tames as it colors.

With all these to choose from, you will have a good chance to have your brow game strong, just like Maybelline New York ambassador and upcoming Darna, Liza Soberano.Read more at:marieaustralia | cocktail dresses online


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Jessica-Anne Stoudemire

Jessica-Anne Anthony Stoudemire and Ryan John Kelly, both of Lexington, were united in marriage May 20 at the River Road House and Gardens in Columbia. The Rev. Jason Antley officiated the 6 o’clock ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Archie Stoudemire of Lexington. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey Anthony of Devon, Pennsylvania, and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Woodrow Stoudemire of Lexington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winthrop University and is employed with BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia as an accountant.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Kelly of Lexington. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lennie Kelly of Lexington and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Klein of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended the University of South Carolina Aiken. He is a systems engineer and a partner with CenterNet, LLC.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents and her brother. Mementos she wore included her paternal grandmother’s wedding ring and her late aunt’s diamond earrings. Attached to her bouquet was a family heirloom heart charm, as well as her mother’s silver sixpence.

Matron of honor was Elizabeth Marshall Johnson of Lexington. Bridesmaids were the bride’s cousin Erin Stoudemire Whitehead of Lexington; Emily Elizabeth Fitzpatrick of Arlington, Virginia; and Stephanie Nicole Eller of Tacoma, Washington.

Best man was Michael Ellis Occhipinti of Lexington. Groomsmen were the bride’s brother, Ryan Marsh Stoudemire of Cayce; and Ryan Bradley Johnson and Marcos Lamar Anderson, both of Lexington. Ring bearer was Jameson Frazier Whitehead of Lexington, who carried the ring pillow from the bride’s parent’s wedding.

Scripture reader for the ceremony was Donna Gail Lucas-Fitzpatrick of Springfield, Virginia. Program attendant was Robert Woodrow Stoudemire of Lexington.

A reception followed at the Jasmine House and Gardens.

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Trump Models

The annual international event will see 50 contestants from around the globe compete for not only the World Supermodel title, but a modelling contract with the American President’s Trump Models, New York and an acting scholarship with the Bobby Chance acting school.

Kayleigh, an ex-pupil of Rossett High School and now a support worker for adults with learning disabilities said: “I’m so excited to represent the country, and Harrogate, on the international stage.

“Whilst we’re there we will be attempting to break the world record for ‘highest catwalk in the world’ by having a fashion show on the Macau Tower Skywalk at 233m.”

During the week long trip, Kayleigh will model in various fashion shows and will take part in an underwater photoshoot, as well as having the opportunity, if she chooses, to bungee jump from the Macau tower.

“There’s been a lot of organise and get packed but my mum has been helping me get everything ready.

“My mum and dad are flying out to Macau with me to come and watch the fashion shows and final show.”

Kayleigh will be staying at the five-star Grand Coloane Resort with the other finalists and the entire competition will be filmed for GoIndie TV, which can be found on Amazon!”Read more at:plus size formal dresses australia | formal wear


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See you in court

POPULAR actress Nora Danish will take legal action against fellow actress Fasha Sandha, whom she claims has made a defamatory statement against her via social media last Thursday.

“In the past, I would remain silent. But following the latest incident, I believe it’s time I proceed with legal action.

“I am doing this to protect my family ’s dignity and reputation.

“What makes it more damaging is that my family business is affected following the allegations,” she said.

The controversy involving the two actresses flared last week when Fasha, 33, posted a long caption on her Instagram account, venting her frustration at a situation where a fellow celebrity had wanted her out from Fenomena Aidilfitri, a fashion event held in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.

Nora’s fashion label Owl by Nora Danish was also featured at the event. Although Fasha did not mention Nora’s name, she did, however, include the words burung hantu (owl), which Netizens could easily deduce the individual she was referring to.

The 35-year-old artiste, who recently wed businessman Nedim Nazri, son of Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, said she was unaware of Fasha’s posting until the following day when she received messages on her handphone.

“I had people asking me what really happened that had made Fasha so upset, making her hurl such accusations.

“The actress (Fasha) wrote that I didn’t want her there, an event at which I was merely a participant,” explained Nora at a press conference after her label’s fashion show at Gaya Raya KL Fashion Week 2017 at Publika, Kuala Lumpur, last Friday.

Present to clear the air was Amiruddin Rizuan Ali, director of Glass Go Media, the organisers of Fenomena Aidilfitri.

“Due to my confusion, upon realising Fasha’s presence at the event (and knowing the history

between the two actresses), I had wrongly made a request that Fasha excuse herself from the event .

“I did that based on my own flawed judgement, and not because Nora had requested me to do so,” he said while admitting repeatedly that only he himself should be blamed over the incident.

He also said Nora did not make any statement on threatening to withdraw from the show if Fasha were to attend the event.

Amiruddin also apologised to both sides for having caused the misunderstanding.

“I plan to meet Fasha to personally apologise to her.”

Nora said that she did not blame Glass Go Media for the incident, adding that the organisers were just taking precautions to ensure a smooth event.

While Nora bears no ill will against Amiruddin or Glass Go Media, she said, however, that she would go all out to clear her name and reputation.

Besides Fasha, Nora is also suing an entertainment blogger whom she said had taken sides without really knowing what had actually taken place; and posted it on his Facebook account, spelling out both the actresses’ names.

Fasha, who is on hoilday with her family in Australia, questioned why Nora was suing her and not the organiser.

Captioning one of her photos with her children on her Instagram account, Fasha wrote: “....why sue me? Why aren’t you suing the organiser of your fashion show who was responsible in relaying the message that I should not be there and that you would withdraw if I attended the show? Don’t forget I have many witnesses that evening...”

In the posting, Fasha wrote that she too has an action plan, but it would only be revealed once she is back from vacation .

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Voices in fine form all over

Hello my darling nunus, it’s me again – your favourite gossip girl is here to bring you all the highlights and shenanigans of the past week. Last Thursday I attended the staging of In These Streets with Port Elizabeth performer Wezile Mgibe at the Tramways building.

The play depicts several characters that have lived through social ills faced by society every day. May I confess that the highlight of the evening for me was the goodie bag at the end? Who doesn’t love some free drinks, and that’s exactly what was in the bag.

Each guest got to go home with half a six-pack, which did make everyone more than happy.

The rainy weather kept me home for much of the weekend though I did make sure I attended the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge in Summerstrand early on Saturday.

On Saturday night your Skinnerbek traded clubbing for a night in the presence of the Lord.

The Joyous Celebration 21 concert was held at the NMMU Missionvale Campus and while the performances were great overall, I am still a little upset that my ultimate crush, Sibusiso “SbuNoah” Mthembu, did not perform.

Wouldn’t it have been great to worship with the potential bae? Anyway, the disappointment was made up for in other departments like the yummy buffet and drinks in the VIP lounge.

I was surprised though to overhear some people asking for alcoholic drinks. Seriously, I know we like our drinks, but there is a place and time for everything. Imagine having alcohol at a gospel concert, although some did wonder whether Puleng March had some down her throat when she fell on stage.

My minion on the other side of town attended Bay FM presenter Nqabisa Grootboom’s Talk of the Town session at the Athenaeum, which started more than fashionably late. This went well beyond African time as it was supposed to start at 4pm, but only got going around 7pm.

What I can say about the do is that every single lady there came to slay. The women all dressed to the nines – Port Elizabeth has some truly beautiful Nubian queens indeed.

Nqabisa looked like royalty in her emerald velvet off-the-shoulder dress, while Bay TV make-up artist Amanda Nyoka was absolutely flawless. Fashion designer Asanda Mali also looked gorgeous.

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China's Online Shoppers

Supermarket giant Aldi reinvented itself to enter the competitive China market. It's selling online-only, through one of e-commerce giant Alibaba's platforms. And the no-frills, low-cost German retailer also did a surprising stunt to generate buzz about its launch: It live-streamed a fashion show of couture made out of food.

Models wore a bustier covered in popcorn, a kilt embellished with cookies, a straw hat topped with long stalks of wheat. The runway doubled as a long white dinner table, with diners seated along its edges, nibbling at entrees and sipping from glasses of wine.

Western supermarket chains are trying to tap into China's soaring interest in imported food, spurred on by the rise of the middle class, their travels abroad and their concerns about the safety of local products. Since China's retail environment is challenging, particularly for big-box stores, most recent supermarket entrants are going into China online-only, as Costco did in 2014. That limits investment and risk, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee big sales.

China is the world's largest e-commerce market, and consumers are bombarded with choices. Retailers and brands have to make serious efforts to get Chinese online shoppers to pay attention to them. That even goes for huge names like Aldi, which has also made a big push into the U.S. and has over 10,000 stores worldwide.

"With Aldi coming in -- and no one in China has heard of Aldi -- you've got to do something very dramatic and very memorable to get people's attention and get people talking about it," said Graham Fink, chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather China, who worked on the campaign. "One way to do it is a big blockbuster TV campaign, but we don't always have money to do that. And it's nice to do something a little bit different."

Aldi and Ogilvy Shanghai, the retailer's agency of record, hired a fashion designer, a celebrity chef, a florist, a painter and a hairstylist to create runway looks using food products for the April 25 event. Some were funny or out-there. A sexy gladiator bore a shield made out of chocolate, pistachios, almonds and chocolate chip cookies. One male model wore a coat made out of clear plastic bags filled with red wine, which sloshed around as he walked.

The whole event had a very high-end feel for a discount grocery chain. Brands often shift a bit upscale when they enter China, partly because Chinese consumers are looking for higher quality when they buy foreign products.

Aldi's Chinese slogan is "handpicked for you," and the idea was that the artists handpicked the products for their designs, the way Aldi selects a limited number of products for its stores. Guests dined on the same food that was on the runway. "It's almost like you're eating the costumes," Fink said.

The event was broadcast live online; livestreaming is popular in China, and Alibaba often uses it to draw buzz to sales events. Ogilvy also gave guests a connected electronic refrigerator magnet that they can use to order Aldi's product range.

The trick for Aldi now will be sustaining the buzz, said Matthew Crabbe, Asia Pacific director of research for Mintel Group.

"It is a crowded market, getting traction is going to be difficult," he said. "There are a lot of incumbents, and it will be interesting to see how they can keep momentum up."

That's something Aldi seems aware of; announcing the partnership with Ogilvy in March, Christoph Schwaiger, country managing director for Aldi China, commented on the exciting potential of the new market and also said the retailer was "fully aware of the challenges ahead."

Aldi is selling on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global platform, which lets overseas brands sell directly to Chinese consumers. Costco is on the same platform, as is Australia's Woolworths supermarket chain and U.K. player Sainsbury's. Marks & Spencer has a storefront on an Alibaba platform, though this year it closed down all of its 10 retail stores that sold clothing and food in China. Walmart, which has over 400 locations in China, is also trying to boost its e-commerce capabilities with its local partner, JD, a rival to Alibaba.Read more at:formal gowns | evening wear


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A nose for style

Stylish Indian male celebrities seem to be challenging the gender boundaries of fashion. A number of male actors have been sporting a nose ring recently, and pulling off the look with panache. Is this a redefining moment in fashion, or just another ‘easy come, easy go’ trend?

Celebrity stylist Rod Anker says, “A man in New Zealand with a nose piercing is no big deal, as it is a traditional men’s accessory. It has nothing to do with women there, if a woman did it there she would be considered masculine. It is the opposite in India but it has nothing to do with being feminine. I also don’t think that a nose ring is a new trend. The first time I saw a man sporting a nose pin was probably 30 years ago. It is the same as lining your eyebrows, one of those things that comes and goes. But I think people in India are definitely pushing their personal boundaries.”

He adds, “It is also an expression of creativity, whether it is shaving your head, colouring your hair, tattooing or piercing. It is an outlet. It helps one break what is expected out of them.”

Sporting a piercing himself on the bridge of his nose, designer Amit Talwar says, “A nose piercing is a big hype in the men’s fashion world. These days a lot of celebrities are wearing these. Ranveer Singh sported a ring recently. I had my nose pierced on the bridge. That was two and a half years back, but now I see a lot more people say, ‘wow’. But that wow didn’t come without any pain. Also men are now coming out of the box when it comes to fashion and style. So there are no more hesitations. Men are open to wearing a lot of things now.”

He feels men in India are no longer scared of showing their feminine side. “Slowly, men are realising that equality can be achieved in every sphere of life. I also got it done to feel different. Five years back a feminine touch in an Indian man’s wardrobe raised eyebrows, but it is definitely changing now,” he adds.

Ahmad Faraz from Men Engage Delhi feels the trend stems from the fact that society has opened up and people are not scared to break clothing stereotypes. He says, “To think about it, there was also a time when in India, at certain places, an ear piercing was considered feminine. It changed over time. So I think this trend will continue as many people are accepting it, but it also depends on class and regional differences. For example. in metro cities, it is being thought of as a very new thing, but piercing for men has been a cultural tradition in many places.”

Akshay Khanna, author of Sexualness, a book that explores changing conditions for gender transgression and sexuality in India over the last two decades, also wears a nose ring. He says, “I do know that the nose ring on a male bodied person is the second most transgressive thing in the North Indian context. The amount of attention I get for the nose ring, and the ways in which it immediately opens the question of gender for people, is amazing, as compared to other places in the world, where it’s just a piercing.”

Akshay adds, “I’m sure the heterosexual male appropriation will only last for a short time. much like when David Beckham wore nail polish for a few months and for a short period of time people began to read nail polish on male hands as a new fashion. But in a few months time that was forgotten and the transgression of wearing nail polish was back.”

But one cannot deny that fashion allows people to flow in and out of gender boundaries, as stylist Rishi Raj says, “Fashion allows one to experiment and do things that might be considered taboo at first but later become a trend and are accepted by the society. So I think fashion does a great service by spreading a lot of awareness about a lot of issues, taboos and creates a dialogue about it. There is no such thing as a fad now, people keep going back to things and trends. So if someone gets a piercing, he isn’t going to get rid of it so soon.”Read more at:bridesmaid dress | http://www.marieaustralia.com


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22-yr-old bride wedding

A 22-year-old woman in Punjab’s Dinanagar town called off her wedding after she saw the groom arrive at the gurdwara in an intoxicated state, police said on Tuesday.

Police said Sunita Singh, a resident of Dusshera Ground in Dinanagar, 12 km from Gurdaspur, refused to proceed with the wedding rituals at Gurdwara Maharaja Ranjit Singh on Sunday when she saw Jaspreet Singh faltering while walking after he stepped out of a car with the wedding party. Jaspreet’s family belongs to Khanpur near Mukerian.

Sunita, whose father is a truck driver, said she would not marry a drug addict. Shocked parents of the groom tried to convince her that Jaspreet, a truck driver, had injured himself in the foot and couldn’t walk straight but Sunita stood firm.

“She was adamant not to marry Jaspreet as she suspected him of being a drug addict,” a relative, who did not want to be named, said.

Sunita demanded he undergo a medical check-up at the Singowal Community Health Centre (CHC) but the test could not be conducted due to the lack of equipment. She insisted on a medical test at a private laboratory in Gurdaspur, where Jaspreet tested positive.

Sunita reported the matter at the police station near the gurdwara. Station house officer Baldev Raj said after the incident on Sunday both families accepted Sunita’s decision and returned the gold rings that were exchanged.

The father of the bride, Kamal Singh, knew Jaspreet well as they drove on long routes in their trucks and had got his daughter engaged to him recently.

“But now he is proud of his daughter. He believes she has taken the right stand. How can he be happy if she isn’t?” the relative said.

Sunita, who is a matriculate, has no regrets.

Romesh Mahajan, project director of the local Red Cross De-addiction Centre, said Sunita will be felicitated for her bold stand that would act as an example for other women to stand up for their dignity.

Addiction has been a major problem in Punjab and has only been getting worse. With the exposé of a nexus between drug mafia, politicians and police, especially some high profile ministers and leaders of the previous regime, the issue assumed major proportions.

The Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey (PODS) carried out by an NGO and experts from AIIMS put the number of drug-dependent persons or addicts at 2.3 lakh, estimating the total users to be 8.6 lakh, last year. The survey also reported high prevalence among youth, with 55% of addicts being from rural areas.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | sexy formal dresses


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