A historic display tracing the evolution of Princess Diana’s fashion and style is currently on show at Kensington Palace, the late royal’s former home.

Diana: Her Fashion Story is a landmark exhibition that brings together pieces worn by the Princess of Wales during her most iconic moments. Some are even on loan from TRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

The collection consists of 28 garments—from glittering evening gowns to Princess Diana’s working wardrobe from the 90s—and includes the pink Belleville Sassoon suit she wore to board the train for her honeymoon and the Victor Edelstein gown she donned to pose for an official portrait by Terence Donovan.

In April, additional garments were added to the display at Kensington Palace. Arguably the most poignant is the Halo Trust branded protective vest worn by Princess Diana on her visit to the landmine fields in Angola in 1997, which she wore with a simple denim shirt and Armani chinos for the high-profile visit.

Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Eleri Lynn, says the sell-out exhibition focuses on ‘exploring the evolution of a young woman who had to first learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, then master the art of creating her own signature style.’

Princess Diana greatly influenced British and global fashion. While the unique public role she held impacted her fashion choices, she never failed to forge her own style. She used the language of clothing to connect with and inspire people, but also to focus media attention on causes that she cared deeply about.

The exhibition will also explore how the Princess considered the specific requirements of each public engagement when working with designers to create her iconic looks.

Items on show will include pieces designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel—who also created the Princess of Wales’ wedding dress—Catherine Walker and Gianni Versace.Read more at:short formal dresses australia | formal dresses australia


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Junior’s Fashion Week Runway

Mumbai is ready to host the next edition of Junior’s Fashion Week Runway on May 13. The gala to be held at The Westin, Goregaon, will mark the presence of top kids’ brands including USPA Kids, The Children's Place, Flying Machine Boyzone, Marks & Spencer who will showcase their Spring ’18 collections at the runway. The JFW Runway is a restricted privilege as it caters to a niche audience. The showcase is witnessed by select individuals like HNI parents and buyers, influential mothers, fashion influencers. Additionally, representatives of leading fashion houses, notable media channels amongst other well known players from kids’ fashion industry will mark their presence at the Mumbai JFW Runway Showcase.

The Spring ’18 collection by US Polo Assn. is an assortment of striper and overdyed polo tees, graphic round neck tees, and trendy washed denim, Henley tees in playful colours, lively garment dyed cargo shorts and knit dresses with the brand’s signature stars and stripes print. Appropriate to the cheerfulness that comes with the anticipation of sunny days ahead, the collection from Flying Machine has a generous sprinkling of beach prints and vibrant colours. Whether it’s for beach parties or school vacations, the brand’s collection will ease the fashion game for young kids.

Marks & Spencer Boys’ wear is inspired by the still strong athleisure trend popular among young adults -- vibrant clean colours, technical fabrics, underpinned by a sports aesthetic. Girls’ wear has romantic bohemian influences with seasonal trend details such as ruffles, smocking, floral prints in a palette of cornflower and pale jade shades, together with pale Melba and bright pink highlights. With the motto, ‘Think like a mom, see like a kid and find the fun in everything’, the Spring ’18 collection from The Children’s Place encompasses styles, which parents want to dress their children in for special occasions or everyday play. From apparel to accessories and shoes, the brand offers a stock of big fashion at pocket friendly prices. The bottomline is: a dose of high fashion in kids’ wear awaits fashion aficionados at the Junior’s Fashion Week in this month.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | formal dresses online


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My Summer Hair Routine

As the temps start to do a happy upward dance (ever so slowly), I'm naturally dreaming of updates to my beauty routine for the warmer months. I mean, from sunny brunches to outdoor music festivalsto long days spent poolside, rosé in hand (and yes, maybe a few days a week in an overly air-conditioned office), there are so many occasions for which to prep and take preventative action.

My Spring-to-Summer transition plan calls for protective hair care and beauty, and ultimately, keeping my fine-but-somehow-thick, straight strands healthy lets me feel my best and enjoy Summer to the fullest.

From the big (or not-so-big) chop to strategically choosing products, this is how I prep my mane for the brighter days ahead.

Grow, Then Chop

My fine hair plus bangs (or any slightly shorter sections of hair vaguely skimming my bare skin — choppy angles and even baby hairs included, unfortunately — equals Grease City. In the first days of Spring, I make a note to start growing these pieces out to be easily swept behind my ears or into a pony on sweltering days.

Awkward growing-out lengths might occur, and their extremity will obviously depend on the length of said bangs throughout the cooler seasons. But either way, I embrace whatever these ex-bangs become. One year, I had straight blunt bangs going into Spring and so, a Farrah Fawcett-like, wavy curtain bang became my Summer lewk. The bangs paired awesomely with band tees and denim cutoffs, and in short, I was festival ready every day. So if you're like me and choose to grow bangs out bangs for Summer, just go with the flow and see where it takes you — awkward lengths and all.

And why not get a fresh cut in the meantime? As I grow out any face-framing bangs, a trim is usually in order for my hair, which is oh so prone to breakage. This is Spring cleaning at its best.

Choose Lightweight Products

Lightweight, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners will quench dry strands without weighing them down. I opt for a much lighter formula for both in early Spring to give my locks time to adjust. The barely there consistency of these products helps my hair feel spry and bouncy after a shower — and this feeling is #goals, especially in the Summer! There's no room for feeling weighed down when humidity strikes.

One of my favorite, cost-effective tricks is to add a couple drops of tea tree oil to my conditioner before applying. I'll also apply a few drops of keratin-infused oil on my strands before heading out, guaranteeing frizz-free smoothness all day long.

I also take time to stock up on other lightweight products like powdered dry shampoo — aerosol products tend to leave a heavy residue on my fine hair — to combat oiliness, along with clarifying shampoos and gentle, creamy hair masks to use postswim (chlorine, be damned).

Invest in Sun Protection

We often associate SPF with skin care — and it is so, so vital to wear sunblock year-round, not only for Summer! — but, it's also important to sun protect your hair.

I work in an office editing articles all day long, and I used to grossly underestimate the importance of sun protection. I would take walks during my lunch break, grab a coffee, and sometimes, go on runs outside after work — all without a proper SPF and heat protectant for my hair! To shield my hair from the sun's harmful rays, I'll now comb a heat protective product through my strands before heading out. My favorite is infused with argan oil. On beach days or at outdoor shows, using heat protectant is even more essential!

It also helps that hats of all kinds are currently de rigueur, so choose your favorite style! This year, I'm looking forward to rocking my sports cap and classic straw hat for the beach.

Warm Up With Color

When all the practical stuff is out of the way, I like to start thinking about coloring my hair to lighten it up. In the past, I've welcomed the warm weather with radiant, new locks via ombré or subtle balayage.

But these days, I don't like to commit to a high-maintenance color job (as beautiful as they are!). This year, I"m looking into a spray that creates subtle highlights with the help of the sun's rays and have found a pretty good selection of such products at my local drugstore. There are also tons of DIYoptions on Pinterest that I've saved, and I can't wait to peruse them! These superchill products simply let you go outside and let your hair enact its magic.

Accessorize, and Have Fun

Don't forget to have fun with your hair! I enjoy using pretty, minimalist clips to keep the hair out of my face and inject a little playful girliness into my look. From classic barrettes to flirty, vintage headbands, there's no end to accessories for your hair. Adding a unique clip or head wrap is just as fun as experimenting with highlighter or a new lipstick shade — I promise!

The updates to my hair routine are prescribed according to the needs of my own daily life, hair texture, and beauty preferences. Whatever works best for your unique (hair) situation is absolutely the way to go!Read more at:vintage formal dresses | marieaustralia


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Step out in style

Summer is here; time to rearrange the wardrobe to beat the heat. It is the season when one bids goodbye to those figure-hugging attires and tight, slim jeans and embraces the coolest outfits. Changing wardrobe according to weather conditions has never been on the priority list of Malayalis. However, experts say it’s changing. The current generation is stylish and health conscious, and feels it’s worth spending on clothes, or perhaps they believe it is the need of the hour.

“Fashion sense and awareness of people have changed a lot,” feels Rajeev Peethambaran, celebrity designer, who recently launched his own clothing label Rajeev Peethambaran. This change struck him during the recent flea market held in Kochi.

“I post photos of my collection on Instagram. During the flea market, many who came to my stall enquired about the ones I posted on Instagram. Not just that, communication with them helped me realise their depth of knowledge about fashion. These days, they specifically ask for cotton,” says Rajeev. Airy and comfy are the two terms that define summer fashion. Rajeev, who created a ‘breathable’ summer collection says, “Cotton and handloom are used to make attires with minimalistic designs. When it comes to shades, earthy tones have been used.” Anu and Reshma of Mannath have used cotton and muslin fabrics for their collection. “We have done a collection of checks, stripes and floral in pastels,” says Reshma.

Kurtas, short tops and palazzos, everyone’s all-time summer favourites, are there in almost every designer's collection. The relatively new entrant is the dress. It is available in short and maxi styles. It has been there in the market, but was not worn by all. “There is a good demand for dresses now, especially among teens and young persons. People are open to experiments other than kurta,” says Reshma, who has introduced a budget-friendly collection so that everyone can afford it. “We are also working on an anarkali collection.”

Rajeev also agrees with the demand for dresses. “It is trending now,” he says. “It is because it’s very comfortable to wear,” he adds. Another factor that makes the dress a favourite is its multi-use nature. All one needs to do is aesthetically pair it up. In Rajeev’s opinion, shirt dresses, a variant of dress can be used both as casual and party wear. “Wear it casually during normal occasions. Accessorise a bit and it would turn into stunning party wear,” he says. “One can create one’s own style by doing mix and match. For instance, pair a palazzo with a casual top and jacket, it would look good,” he says.

So what are the styles youngsters are opting for this summer? Nidhi James, third year Fashion Technology student at St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, knows it well. “In our campus, we wear long (maxi) dresses along with white shoes and a sling. White shoes are a hit among us now. We have shelved jeans and other tight attires this summer. It is because we get very sweaty these days and tight clothing may cause rashes on the skin. The reason for choosing long dress for college is that it is easy to carry off and they are allowed on our campus,” she says.

“When we go for events outside, we choose short dresses. Chances of sunburn is there, still we prefer them as they are very airy. We also sport off-shoulder tops. We dress up according to the occasion,” she explains. Saree is also a popular choice. Rajeev, who did a collection of sarees, says, “There are youngsters who ask for sarees. My mother was the model for my saree collection. There have been enquiries for that design,” says Rajeev. The brighter side of summer is the increase in people’s fashion know-how. It is a good sign that people understand the effect fabrics have on one’s body and consider dressing up for seasons as a part of their lifestyle.Read more at:formal dresses online | evening dresses online


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Fashion Show Without Catwalks

A weeklong fashion event in Dubai is being held without catwalks, models or skin-baring designs.

Instead, around 30 designers of fashionable modest wear – some Muslim and others not – from nearly two dozen countries showcased their long-sleeved and floor-length pieces on large screens. Buyers could see and touch the collections up close in one of Dubai’s newest shopping districts, a shimmering maze of walkways and fountains.

At the start of the event, a handful of designs were paraded around the plaza.

“We did away with the catwalk. We thought that was one of the most antiquated things,” Alia Khan, chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC), said, explaining the decision to nix the most common elements of fashion shows around the world.

Khan spoke recently, the opening night of the event dubbed ‘A Modest Revolution’. It showcases the latest creations by designers hoping to capitalise on a growing desire by Muslim shoppers to wear modest clothing that is also fashionable.

Italian designer Isabella Caposanno’s long-sleeved evening dresses can take months to make by hand, and some cost upward of 30,000 euros ($37,000).

Her clients include Arab royalty.

Under-Rapt offers modest sportswear, with longer, looser tops. Its leggings include flaps that fall just below the hips to give extra cover to the rear and front.

Another line, called Blue Meets Blue, employs refugees who have resettled in the Chicago area to make dressy and formal wear.

“We’re trying to change the stereotypes of refugees in the US, as well. We want people to know that they’re very hardworking, they’re very excited to be in their new country and they want an opportunity to show that,” said Shahd Alasaly, designer and founder of the American-made brand.

Alasaly says her customers aren’t just Muslims, but also Orthodox Jewish women who want to wear something that’s “classy, timeless and elegant”.

How women choose to dress modestly varies around the world. Often, Muslim women who cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf, in public do so in ways that reflect the local culture and their interpretation of Islamic guidelines.

But even women who dress modestly and cover their hair can find themselves at odds with conservatives who say the hijab should not be eye-catching and should conceal a woman’s beauty from strangers.

“Modest fashion comes in so many different ways and I think people tend to pigeon-hole it and stereotype it,” Khan said. “Designers are coming from all walks of life. All have their own interpretation.”

Malaysia has been a trailblazer in the so-called halal industry, an estimated $2.6 trillion global Muslim lifestyle market that includes everything from halal food products that adhere to Islamic principles on how to slaughter animals, to halal tourism, where hotels cater to Muslim visitors by offering prayer rugs, halal food options and even gender-segregated beaches and pools.

On the opening night of the event, Vivy Yusof, a designer and businesswoman from Malaysia, wore a cream-coloured headscarf by her brand, ‘dUCk’, paired with a Petite Malle Louis Vuitton bag and a bejewelled black blazer and black slacks made by South Asian designers.

“I think it’s really funny that now modest fashion is booming so much, because that’s how we’ve been dressing for ages,” she said. “Layering, covering, long sleeves, long pants, you know, wearing the hijab or not, that’s how we’ve been dressing as Muslim women.”

The 30-year-old and her husband co-founded Fashion Valet, an e-commerce website in Malaysia that features more than 400 South Asian designers, many of them selling modest wear collections. She selected six South Asian designers to showcase their pieces at her stall.

Yusof declined to disclose specifics on the company’s annual revenue, but said that since launching the site eight years ago, business has grown by 100 per cent annually.

Mainstream designers and retailers are also trying to tap into the niche market for modest clothing.

Just last month, US retailer Macy’s launched a modest clothing line targeting Muslim fashionistas. The new line, available online for now, includes ruffled high-neck tunics, flowy jumpsuits and bell-sleeve ankle-length cardigans.

Nike has debuted a hijab designed for female Muslim athletes. US fashion house DKNY in 2014 launched a modest wear collection for Ramadhan, the holy month when Muslims fast from sun-up to sundown.

High-end label Dolce & Gabbana has also released a collection of headscarves and coordinated abayas, the loose robes worn by women in Arab Gulf countries.

The IFDC says Muslims are expected to spend as much as $322 billion on fashion this year. That figure is projected to grow as the Muslim population expands to 2.2 billion by 2030.

For the first time this year, more than half of all apparel and footwear sales will originate outside Europe and North America, according to consulting firm McKinsey & Co’s ‘The State of Fashion’ report.

The main areas of growth will be in emerging markets in Asia where fashion sales are expected to grow by 6.5 to 7.5 per cent this year.

In the Middle East, fashion sales are expected to grow by six per cent, compared to two to three per cent growth in Europe and one to two per cent in North America.

Syrian sisters Nazek and Rama Jandali searched the fashion stalls for unique and modest pieces to wear this Ramadhan, set to begin mid-May. Nazek was dressed in an off-the-shoulder cream embroidered top.

Her younger sister Rama wore a colourful Fendi top and Chanel shoes. Neither covered their hair.

“I really like this event because it supports all these new designers and it’s something you don’t see in the market, or you don’t see it in shopping malls. It’s something new – not many people (have) worn it,” said Rama of the collections on display.

Nazek agreed.

“It’s not like the usual exhibitions or usual fashion shows. I found it really interesting that it inspires the conservative woman who would like to really be trendy in a very modest way,” she said.


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Dressing for herself

A canny way with colour has the ability to make fashion legends. Dries Van Noten is the master, casting his alchemy to great delight, and further back Elsa Schiaparelli’s “bright, impossible, impudent” pink thrilled audiences. Nearer to now, Sies Marjan and Demna Gvasalia nail the knack for a lesser-known shade, an off-beat gem hiding in the spectrum. But what of the wearer? Well, the right steps can be a style triumph.

For someone like accessories designer Poppy Lissiman, who has made a name for herself with saturated clutches and sunglasses, colour has always led her world, but not always her wardrobe. “It’s exactly half black and half colour, and I would know because I colour-coordinate the whole thing,” she says. The Perth-born, Sydney-based designer says choosing the right shade is important. “You can commit head to toe to one colour – you just have to know if it’s one you feel happy and confident in.”

For her, that’s veering toward the vermillion group on the wheel. “I love to wear head-to-toe red–that’s one of my favourite colours and probably the most heavily featured in my wardrobe after black,” she says, adding orange is another current fix.

The key to wearing it top to toe is all in the approach taken by designers such as Stella McCartney, Fendi and Marc Jacobs this season; nuanced renditions of classic paintbox colours, veering left of the usual spectrum of red, yolk and ocean and intowarm brick, jade and a better, brighter millennial pink. Lissiman advises to choose one hue and approach tonally. “It’s really hard having different pieces from different brands and expecting them to match exactly,” she says, noting the aim is to build around one hue with variations lending intrigue. “I like that they’re all different.”

Growing up in Perth, and saving her money for her first-ever purchase from Louis Vuitton–a set of hair baubles–Lissiman found that ‘different’, to her, was good.“I wore them to school and just got teased because people couldn’t believe that I’d go and buy hair baubles at that price,” she remembers. “I thought they were incredible.”

Beating the standard path into starting a label wasn’t for her either. After launching her own store in Perth, stocking international labels, including her own now obsolete clothing collection, sales of her clutches began to eclipse her entire in-store inventory and so she made the switch to accessories exclusively in 2014. Now her e-boutique stocks her all-vegan, ethically made bags, eyewear and a newly added jewellery line with characteristically offbeat motifs like evil eyes, serpents and shooting stars.

Motifs like these have been drawn from the neon-lit worlds of Asian metropolises–Lissiman has been visiting cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo two to three times a year for the past 10 years for work (to manage production of her pieces) and pleasure–and the pastiche world of the internet. But colourful accessories shouldn’t be about realism, she says. “In this Instagram age, it’s not so much about the practicality, it’s more about being seen in it,” she says, referring to her customer base who are eagerly wait-listing her sunglasses, like the ‘Le Skinny’, which is a favourite of Bella Hadid, before they’re available on her online store. “I think sunglasses really tapped into that [purpose], like getting the ultimate selfie. They’re not blocking out rays, they’re ones that people are wearing out at night,” she says. “It’s over the top, but it’s cool.”

Just like monochrome in the brightest colours, both take a brand of boldness that made Schiaparelli’s shocking pink so compelling. Just channel a school-age Lissiman who stood out on purpose. “I felt like everyone else had the worst style, which sort of reinforced what I was doing was right, or at least in my head it looked good,” she says, laughing. “I just dressed for myself.”Read more at:cocktail dresses | bridesmaid dresses


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Evening for smart fashion

C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), an unique multi-platform hub based in Milan, Italy, which specialises in integrating new generation of eco values into fashion and lifestyle brands, is set to host an evening for smart innovation in fashion on March 22, 2018, with support from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

The fashion platform has invited fashion’s industry leaders, designers, and members of the press to celebrate An Evening of Smart Innovation. An exceptional team of artists, filmmakers, food, and textile designers have created an immersive experience that will engage the guests’ senses highlighting that smart innovation is the new standard for fashion.

The experience will examine the four key areas that are vital to C.L.A.S.S.’s business philosophy; heritage, smart innovation, circular economy, and design responsibility.

The March 22, 2018 date is a deliberate choice as it marks International Water Day and serves as a way to advocate for sustainable water management, a key issue in textile manufacturing. Many of C.L.A.S.S.’s partners, such as Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi, Bember, and Roica by Asahi Kasei and Tintex Textiles use technological breakthroughs to offer fashion materials that provide significant reductions in water during the manufacturing process, an important step toward responsible future fashion systems.

Guests can see and feel materials during the event that showcases technological breakthroughs currently available. While C.L.A.S.S. works with leading brands that practice responsible design, the next step is to expand their reach and set a new level of standards that benefit the entire industry. To that end, they have identified C.L.A.S.S. Education, their new division, as an essential learning resource to support fashion schools. The new division was co-founded with James Mendolia, professor in the MFA Fashion Design programme at Fashion Institute of Technology. C.L.A.S.S. will also launch C.L.A.S.S. ecommerce platform, which will sell partner materials to support emerging designers and fashion start-ups.Read more at:marieaustralia | formal dresses 2017


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Wonderful fashion week

After Gucci’s heads and Dolce & Gabbana’s drones, Milan Fashion Week wrapped up Monday on a tranquil note with shows by Japanese designers.

The six days of previews for next fall and winter is likely to be the most talked-about in a long time. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele’s message reverberated well beyond fashion world’s epicenter when on Day 1, he sent out two models carrying replicas of their own heads through a pristine operating room backdrop. And the fashion crowd was awestruck on the penultimate day when Dolce & Gabbana unveiled their latest handbag, flown down the runway by a bunch of drones.

These houses are providing master classes in how to grab the attention of the new consumers. The trick remains to stay true to the brand’s traditions and DNA — something being undertaken by new and new-ish designers at Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Marni and Jil Sander.

Highlights from Monday’s shows:


Mitsuru Nishizaki’s latest Ujoh collection combines British-inspired check, plaid and stripe fabrics with his own trademark asymmetrical and layered silhouette. It was the Tokyo-based designer’s third year showing in Milan.

Trousers got an update with mix-matched tapered legs, one in black, one in a red burgundy, with an asymmetrical button closure. The look is layered with a tunic-style sweater.

The attention to detail and workmanship come through in an off-the-shoulder black dress with a ruffled hem decorated with a field of blue embroidered flowers that continue into lacy 3-D adornments.

Nishizaki has tapped the Milan trend of wrapping, with knitwear that bunches and hugs the frame, and large oversized wraps that fasten over the shoulder with a leather strap. One in British plaid is covered with lurex intarsia.


Atsushi Nakashima, who debuted his first collection in Milan last year, sees similarities between Milan and Tokyo, in that both cities cherish and pass on traditions.

He stays close to his native Japan, however, when sourcing textiles. They included a double-face patchwork of panels that read inside and out, including washing instructions and instructions for wearing hoods.

The mixed men’s and women’s collection included a series of trenches, bombers and duffel coats in khaki and olive green, and his-and-hers matching sweatshirts with neon lizards, worn under suspenders.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | vintage formal dresses


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Du-Pont ventures into fashion

Television personality Amanda Du-Pont is taking her fans with on her journey to fashion royalty.

The Skeem Saam actress has ventured into fashion by launching her online store, Tribe Capitol.

"Tribe Capitol has been an idea brewing for years," says Du-Pont.

"When I was in university, I sold clothes and hair from the back of my boot. I later ventured [out] to do collaborations with other brands where I had my own lines.

"This for me was a trial. I was testing the market to see if I ventured into my own hub of products, would I sell out? Obviously, with all business, initial capital is needed, so it was just a matter of time and saving to have enough to start up."

She says that she was "blessed to have a silent partner and investor who got the ball rolling".

"I love fashion and have naturally gravitated to business. So meshing the two was a no-brainer."

The Swazi beauty says her online business has been doing very well in its first few days. "To my surprise, the store is doing well.

"My team and I were well aware that we are in January, so we expected minimal or no sales. But, to our surprise and [by] God's grace, our online store has gained so much traction," said Du-Pont.

Being a fashion guru is not an easy job so, to help achieve her goal of sitting nicely on the fashion high seat,

Du-Pont has opened up to suggestions from fans on what items they would like to buy.

"Tribe Capitol stocks trendy fashion items.

"Definitely my style or items I'm currently wearing. We are, however, a people's store and have a mailer where customers can communicate what they would like us to stock and in which sizes."

On her other plans for the year, she says: "I have a few ventures I'm currently working on with different brands and I'm excited for people to see these unfold throughout the year. I have also started my own YouTube channel."Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses perth


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Pipeline Fashions

Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Arts Reporter

A local fashion house, Pipeline Fashions has pledged to support the fashion industry in Zimbabwe this year by hosting a number of shows in the country.

Speaking at their inaugural fashion show held over the weekend at a lhotel in Harare, one of the directors Simbarashe Mambanda said they were determined to make the fashion industry a success.

“We are looking to a great year as we will be hosting a number of fashion shows as a way of appreciating the existence of the fashion industry in the country,” he said.

He said it was an obligation of every person in fashion to help the industry grow.

“We have to support our own industry as its stakeholders therefore it is up to every Zimbabwean to support it.

“In that light we as Pipeline Fashions will continue hosting such fashion shows as our way of supporting the sector,” he said.

The event saw several male models among them Kumbirai Mukudu, Thomas Chizhanje and Praise Chitsawo going on the ramp to showcase some of the products that were on display.

On the night Pipeline Fashions also honoured several personalities in the fashion industry that included Lisborn Mhonda.

“Today we are having a fashion show for men but when we come back next time we are definitely making it bigger and better,” he said.

Mambanda and his counterpart Tawanda Ncube started as mobile vendors for clothes during lunch time in the capital and would use their personal cars to sell the clothes in the city.

They discovered a niche market for corporate and casual office wear which was in high demand.

They later switched from selling to hiring out suits for special occasions especially weddings.

Last year, they managed to a serve a huge clientele and also dressed local celebrities among them Josh Kayz, Kuda Mutsvene and the recently wedded Comic Pastor.

As their business grew, the two then upgraded to a boutique and are now planning to grow their branch network countrywide were they have already attracted a number of clients.

Loyal customers who were with them from the time they held car boot sales received gratuity gifts at the function.Read more at:formal evening dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Allison Williams Says People

Allison Williams' pop of orange will certainly stand out among the all-black ensembles on the Golden Globes red carpet this year, but wearing black in support of the Time's Up initiative means "everything" to her, she says.

"I love the idea of people all over the country wearing black," Williams told ET's Kevin Frazier. "I love that the people watching the Globes are going to wear black. I love that it's people coming together to do something, and if you're not wearing black, it's not that kind of militant thing. It's a message. It's a way of expressing your support for this movement and the fact that it's time to support one another."

In addition to the fashion blackout in protest against sexual harassment, Williams, as with so many of the actresses in attendance, was galvanized to speak about the positive change that is coming for the industry and beyond, with the creation of Time's Up's legal defense fund and tonight's celebration of social activists attending the Globes alongside actresses like Meryl Streep and Emma Watson.

"This movement isn't just for people who have access and money and who can hire the best lawyers in the world. It's for everyone in all industries," she explained. "It's a beautiful gesture of all the leaders of Time's Up to create this fund and ask from people who have a lot to pitch in and offer their services to people that don't have as much. So for whatever business they're in they can get the support they so badly need. That is the beautiful kind of cohesive part of this message tonight."

Get Out is nominated for Best Picture, Comedy or Musical, and Williams revealed that the reception to her character in the movie wasn't exactly surprising after playing Marnie on Girls for six seasons. "It's not like people were welcoming me with open arms," she said with a laugh. "It went from, like, distance to, like, fear."

"I understand that and I will sit in that until the next thing. I'm proud to have played the evilest part of a movie that needed to make an important point when it came out," she added.

Despite starring in one of the biggest movies of the year, Williams joked that the biggest way her life has changed is in her interactions with TSA. "Last time I had [an airport] greeter, I noticed that he was listening to his radio and laughing," Williams said. "Then I realized people were asking him if he was OK. They were constantly asking for his location in the airport. They were like, 'Where are you?' He's like, 'I'm at Starbucks.' They're like, 'Are you OK?' 'I'm OK.' People were joking, but it can't all be joking. Eventually they were like, 'Just let us know if something weird happens. Don't let her touch a teacup.'"Read more at:formal dresses sydney | white formal dresses


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Stretch your energy

Leading Italian knitted fabrics producer Eurojersey is inviting visitors to explore the potential and performing innovation of its Sensitive Fabrics at the ISPO Munich international trade fair for sporting goods and sports fashion, which takes place from 28-31 January 2018.

The Sensitive Fabrics range is said to allow the creation of garments that are suitable for every occasion. The brand is offering a winning combo of versatility and performance interpreted in a vast range of Sensitive Fabrics suitable for sportswear, “to unleash your potential and boost your energy, no matter what your favourite sport is.”

Urban ElastiCity

Urban ElastiCity is the mood chosen by Eurojersey for its 2018 advertising campaign and for the concept of its ISPO stand. An urban active concept represents embracing every movement, with fabrics that stylishly follow the body shape, sculpting the silhouette and providing a correct support.

For this edition of ISPO in Munich, Eurojersey has chosen to put the spotlight on the importance of performance, even in the toughest conditions, not only in its fabrics but also in the 3D installation of its exposition space. An all-embracing graphic design, which starts from the floor and spreads as far as the eye can see in a high-tech image, is represented by the new 2018 campaign exclusively previewed at this important trade event.

An image is projected and launched against the urban skyline of Milan. A testimonial is by Fabrizia D’Ottavio, former gymnast and Italian Olympic medal holder in rhythmic gymnastics at the XXVIII edition of the Olympic Games in the team event, who interprets lightness and rhythmicity in stretch your energy sensation of Sensitive Fabrics.

Comfort meets innovation

The company is inviting visitors to enter the world of Sensitive Fabrics to explore all aspects of the brand’s technical innovation. Fabrics have been developed to offer a highly technical content, balanced between fashion and performance, functionality and aesthetics, thanks to the perfect shape retaining, even after frequent washing and wear, as well as quick drying time.

Sensitive Fabrics are said to offer excellent comfort thanks to innovative technologies for advanced performance: shaping, laser cuts, flocking, pleats and the most advanced printing technologies, such as Ecoprint technology for delicate contrasts and tone on tone effects.

“Ideal for all weather conditions, fabrics also protect from sun rays and adapt naturally to the body shape with just the right compression,” the company explains. “Moreover, a high degree of elasticity facilitates body movements in any situation, generating unrestricted comfort even in the case of extreme performances.

“These fabrics are ideal for outfits that innovatively combine an extremely elevated research content with functionality and good looks, also thanks to very fine raw edged layers eliminating bulkiness, with zero pilling and wrinkle free – all factors, which testify to the high quality and versatility of Sensitive Fabrics.”


Eurojersey, founded in 1960, is a leader in designing and manufacturing of Italian-made warp knit fabrics, thanks to its patented range called Sensitive Fabrics.

Developed in 1989, Sensitive Fabrics are designed as lightweight, breathable, and versatile, with unique technical features and functionality and meet the most modern solid and printed trends. They are suitable for ready to wear, lingerie, beachwear and sportswear collections. These fabrics allow body mapping and matching between different materials, acting as a second skin due to their structure. The ultra-flat surface is perfect for raw cut hems, and is said to ensure that the fabric will not curl or pill, thus maintaining its look over time.

Today, the company has a unique vertical production plant in Europe, designed by the famous Italian architect Antonio Citterio, with a team of 197 people providing a pioneering example of efficiency and productivity with an annual production capacity of 15 million metres of fabric.Read more at:formal dresses online | cocktail dresses


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Fashion Weeks are outdated

The concept of ‘Fashion Weeks’ is an old and outdated format of doing business, according to the co-founder of Fashion Forward (FFWD), Ramzi Nakad, who said the Dubai-based designer platform will possibly let go of the imported event method and focus on integrating technology instead.

So far, the platform hosts bi-annual happenings that resemble fashion weeks, showcasing a series of runway shows by regional designers. But that is set to change, according to Nakad.

“The rise of digital communication and social media has sent the fashion industry into a complete overhaul, with immediacy and instant gratification becoming the name of the game,” he told Arabian Business in an exclusive interview.

Nakad said brands should think like tech companies about how consumers want to engage with them.

“There was a time when people looked to designers and platforms for the latest trends, but this is no longer the case. Today, consumers dictate what they want, and companies respond,” he said.

He added that FFWD will become consumer-centric rather than industry dependent by evolving the business into a fully integrated offline and online fashion platform versus its current physically limited bi-annual event “manifestation.”

“It will garner a regional and eventually international community of designers and consumers centered around emerging brands and sustainability, while enabling direct communication and sales channels between the designers and their customers by looking at models such as e-commerce and see-now-buy-now shows,” Nakad said.

International designers such as Tom Ford have taken to the new methods, including see-now-buy-now shows.

The Dubai government set a 2013 mandate to grow the city into an international hub by 2020. Since then, it launched several organisations such as the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC), Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation and Dubai Design District (d3), as well as endorsed privately-owned designer platform FFWD.Read more at:princess formal dresses | cheap formal dresses


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Luggage exhibit

As travel changed, so did luggage.

That's the story told by an elaborate exhibition about Louis Vuitton, the luxury luggage and fashion brand.

The exhibition, free to visit and on display in Lower Manhattan through Jan. 7, is called "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez," which means fly, sail, travel. It showcases the company's history, products and craftsmanship, demonstrating how designs changed with the evolution of travel. Luggage was designed first for transport by wagon, then for travel by sea, on trains, in cars and planes.

Trunks and bags are shown behind glass like works of art in a series of museum-like galleries. Lids open to reveal intricate compartments as if they were the contents of treasure chests. Included are cases and carriers designed for everything from toiletries to hats, from picnics to art supplies. Trunks with small drawers protected fragile objects; standing trunks had roll-out wardrobe racks so clothes could be hung, not folded. A plane is on display, along with a boat.

There's even a room where human artisans show how they cut leather and snip threads for luggage tags and handles, living proof of the craftsmanship behind the brand.

The company's history begins with Louis Vuitton himself. He started a trunk-making business in Paris in 1854 after leaving his village in eastern France and working for a box-maker. His designs were strong but light, distinguished by patterned motifs. The luggage has been a favorite of the rich and famous going back to Napoleon's wife Empress Eugenie, with later clients ranging from artist Henri Matisse to banker J.P. Morgan. The brand remains a favorite today among celebs from the worlds of fashion and Hollywood.

The location is in New York's financial district. But most visitors will likely lack the means to buy Vuitton products, which can run in the thousands of dollars. Still, attention-getting temporary displays like this are becoming a standard way for brands to tell their story.

"Many of these brands pop something up, draw a big audience, get some publicity, get reporters to talk about it," said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business. "You don't need to be there 12 months a year. You just need to establish a little publicity and move on."

Chiagouris says this type of showcase can also be far more effective than a traditional ad campaign. "Ads are very fleeting and don't generate the kind of independent interaction with a brand the way an exhibit would," he said. A show like this "takes something that has almost become wallpaper and suddenly puts it into your current mindset and consciousness."

Exhibitions also give designers the space and flexibility to fine-tune their message. In this case, the subdued, museumlike atmosphere creates a "mood that reflects the brand, somewhat elegant and somewhat understated," he said.

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Announcing Reem Acra

This week, we are pleased to introduce four partners on BoF Careers.

Reem Acra rose to fame in the 1990s for the eponymous designer's intricately detailed bridal wear, expanding the offering to ready-to-wear in 2001. Delicate embroidery, ornate beading and feminine designs have attracted a strong celebrity clientele and stockists including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The label is now hiring an account executive in New York.

Founded in 1992, Dice Kayek is a contemporary couture label based in Paris. Inspired by the founders Ece and Ayse Ege's Turkish heritage, the brand is characterised by architectural silhouettes, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Now stocked in 45 countries and with over 100 stockists, Dice Kayek is currently looking for a commercial manager in Paris.

With a playful approach to modern jewellery, Roxanne Assoulin is an emerging New York-based label on the rise. "Uncomplicated Indulgence" characterises the brands collectable stacks of candy-coloured chokers and bracelets, designs that have garnered a strong social media following. Based in New York, Roxanne Assoulin is seeking a public relations coordinator and a web director.Read more at:formal dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online


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Announcing Reem Acra

This week, we are pleased to introduce four partners on BoF Careers.

Reem Acra rose to fame in the 1990s for the eponymous designer's intricately detailed bridal wear, expanding the offering to ready-to-wear in 2001. Delicate embroidery, ornate beading and feminine designs have attracted a strong celebrity clientele and stockists including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The label is now hiring an account executive in New York.

Founded in 1992, Dice Kayek is a contemporary couture label based in Paris. Inspired by the founders Ece and Ayse Ege's Turkish heritage, the brand is characterised by architectural silhouettes, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Now stocked in 45 countries and with over 100 stockists, Dice Kayek is currently looking for a commercial manager in Paris.

With a playful approach to modern jewellery, Roxanne Assoulin is an emerging New York-based label on the rise. "Uncomplicated Indulgence" characterises the brands collectable stacks of candy-coloured chokers and bracelets, designs that have garnered a strong social media following. Based in New York, Roxanne Assoulin is seeking a public relations coordinator and a web director.Read more at:formal dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online


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Rihanna only sleeps

She shared: "I have a lot of trouble switching off. Even when I get home early, which means before 1am, I start binge-watching shows or documentaries, which I love.

"I can't go straight to bed. As a matter of fact, I only sleep three or four hours a night."

The 'Diamonds' singer regards the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Tina Turner to be among the biggest inspirations in her own life.

But perhaps surprisingly, Rihanna has also taken inspiration from the late Princess Diana - and in particular, the so-called revenge dress she wore to the Serpentine Gallery's summer party in 1994, shortly after it emerged Prince Charles had been unfaithful to her.

The fashion-conscious star told French Vogue magazine: "Every time a man cheats on you or treats you badly, you need a revenge dress. Every woman knows that.

"But whether her choice of this knockdown dress was conscious or not, I am touched by the idea that even Princess Diana could suffer like any ordinary woman. This Diana Bad B***h moment blew me away."

Meanwhile, Rihanna previously admitted that her fashion sense was hugely influenced by her male friends.

The 'Work' hitmaker recalled: "When I was 13 or 14, I didn't want to wear what my mom wanted me to wear. I was very much a boy in my style, my demeanour.

"All my friends were guys. I loved things that boys did. I loved being easy with my clothes. I loved wearing hats and scarves and snapbacks on my head. It was my way of rebelling. I wanted to dress like my brother.

"After a while, it was just easier for Mom to dress us both the same. We wore the same jeans, the same T-shirts."Read more at:australian formal dresses | evening wear


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Singapore Fashion Awards

Jewellery designer Carolyn Kan of home-grown brand Carrie K took triple honours at the Singapore Fashion Awards 2017, held yesterday to recognise contributions to the local fashion industry.

Besides winning the inaugural Bespoke Award, created this year in a nod to the growing popularity of bespoke services, Carrie K also won the Best Collaboration of the Year prize for its Beauty and the Beast Collection in partnership with Disney.

Ms Kan, the founder of pro-local designers retail initiative Keepers, also received the Champion for Creatives and Designers Award for contributing to the industry with events such as Multiply: A Majestic Playground, in which more than 50 artists produced works at the New Majestic Hotel just before its closure.

"I am a dreamer but I could never have dreamt that this would happen - getting three awards that are very, very different, for projects I'm super proud of," said Ms Kan, who presented the Designer of the Year (Accessories) Award, a category she won in last year.

The win that means the most to the 44-year-old is the Champion award. She said: "I really do it out of love for the community, and I get back as much as I put in."

For her efforts, Ms Kan took home a trophy for each prize, $3,000 cash for the Bespoke Award and staycation vouchers at W Singapore Sentosa Cove, where the awards ceremony was held.

To celebrate, she is thinking of having a cookout session with her team.

A total of 13 awards were given out in three areas: Design, in which local designers are honoured; Marketing, which recognises the popularity and prominence of brands; and Contributor, in which make-up artists, photographers and stylists are celebrated.

In the Design category, the Designer of the Year Award (Fashion) was won by Ms Chelsea Scott-Blackhall of four-year-old streetwear label Dzojchen. She beat Aijek's Ms Danelle Woo and Nuboaix's Ms Jessica Lee and Mr Yong Siyuan.

The award, said Ms Scott-Blackhall, 35, is "that little bit of fuel. It's affirmation. It's pride".

"It means the world to me. Designers have to be tenacious but also humble. Singapore's such a small country but we drive design hard."

Ms Marilyn Tan of luxury label Marilyn Tan Jewellery won the other Designer of the Year award, for accessories. Designers of the Year each received prizes including $5,000 in cash, a trophy, a staycation at W Singapore Sentosa Cove, and beauty products.

In the Contributor category, Ms Elain Lim was named Make-Up Artist of the Year, Mr Marc Teng was Hairstylist of the Year, Mr Stefan Khoo was Photographer of the Year, and Mr Jeremy Tan was Fashion Stylist of the Year.

In the Marketing category, menswear label Benjamin Barker garnered the Best Marketing Award. And the Top 3 Most Popular Brands of the Year, determined by public voting, remained the same as last year: Love, Bonito; By Invite Only; and Beyond the Vines.

Winners were chosen by a panel of 12 judges based on factors such as the strength of their local market presence, the consistency of their performance and how well they communicated their brands.

The event, organised by the Textile and Fashion Federation, was attended by more than 360 guests, including guest of honour Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry.

The hour-and-a-half-long event also took a moment to remember couture and bridal gown designer Tan Yoong, who died in January. After he was conferred the Honorary Award, guests watched a photo montage of his works, and event host Yasminne Cheng shared an emotional story about how trying on one of his wedding gowns sparked her interest in fashion.

Both Ms Kan and Ms Scott-Blackhall said the awards were integral to keeping the fashion scene vibrant.

Awards such as these, said Ms Kan, are "not only important but inspiring" for designers.

She added: "When there's an event like this that honours the industry and I get to see the work other designers are doing, it spurs me on to push myself further."Read more at:evening gowns | cocktail dresses online


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As Gallagher family fanatics know, Shameless Season 8 is in full force with the first two episodes already airing and the third episode airing tonight. Emma Kenney, known best for her role as Debbie Gallagher, recently made headlines for landing the role of Darlene and David’s 16-year-old daughter, Harris, for the Roseanne reboot.

Jean Bentley of Cosmopolitan recently caught up with the with the young Shameless star with the hope of discussing the premiere of Season 8, her role as Debbie Gallagher, and her new role in the Roseanne reboot.

While Emma Kenney is just 18-years-old – landing the role of Debbie Gallagher when she was just 10 – she claims to feel as though she’s a grandma. According to Kenney, she has little desire to go out and party.

While those who follow the Shameless star on social media platforms know, she’s a little more social than she let on during the interview; she does share a lot of pictures of her curled up at home with her cat, Cheddar, and her dog, Charlie, as she streams TV shows and movies from her laptop.

Emma Kenney has starred in the role of Debbie Gallagher in Shameless since the series started eight years ago. As those who follow Shameless news know, the series was recently renewed for Season 9. While Season 8 is currently airing on television, Emma is hard at work filming scenes for the Roseanne reboot.

Many fans of Emma agree she’s a spitting image of Darlene (played by Sara Gilbert) when she was younger, so she was a very fitting actress to give this role to.

During the interview, the Shameless star noted it was not lost on her that both Shameless and Roseanne have some similarities in regards to being about families with less than ideal situations when it comes to finances.

Kenney opened up about how her role in Shameless allowed her to continue to live somewhat of a normal life that would have been lost if she had been the star in something more kid-friendly – such as something Disney related.

After all, when Kenney was hanging out with other 10-year-olds when the show started, they wouldn’t have recognized her from the show, as Shameless is not really a show that kids should be watching. So, in a lot of ways, Emma is grateful for the semi-normal life she was able to live growing up thanks to her role in Shameless.

The young Shameless star also took a few moments to open up about the recent pay dispute with her co-star Emmy Rossum. There was a period of time when fans were not sure if Emmy would continue her role as Fiona Gallagher – Emma’s older sister on the show – because Emmy wanted equal pay to her co-star, William H. Macy.

Kenney, like most of Emmy’s other co-stars – including Macy – supported Emmy on her quest for equal pay. In fact, Emma was thrilled her co-star was so public with the pay dispute with the hopes it would make a difference for other females in Hollywood.Read more at:formal dress | evening wear


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When TDAP espoused fashion

Trade fairs can be defined in a unified manner as a sophisticated platform for conducting business on a national and international scale. The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in collaboration with Fashion Pakistan presented the Made in Pakistan Fashion Showcase in Karachi where an exceptional opportunity was provided to assess opinions from clients and determine local market potential, conduct research, evaluate competition, develop commercial structures and initiate joint ventures and project partnership. More than 700 foreign delegates from around the globe attended the event.

Some of the country’s top designers displayed their collections. These included Amir Adnan, Deepak Perwani, Maheen Khan, Adnan Pardesy, Wardha Saleem, Tena Durrani, Aamna Aqeel, Fnk Asia, Nova Leather, Hassan Riaz, Tena Durrani, Deepak Perwani, Jafferjees, Zuria Dor, Nauman Arfeen and Pink Tree Company.

The evening also comprised a segment that was dedicated to students from fashion institutes including PIFD, AIFD and TIP. Emerging talents including Farah Usman, Sundus Talpur, Salman, Zainab, Shahmeer Ansari, Sobia Halar and Naina also brought their creativity to the ramp.

Day one witnessed an interesting designer line-up. Deepak opened the show, showcasing a blend of the traditional and modern. His line incorporated mirror work and traditional embroideries on jackets and dresses. Amir’s menswear featured western wear in a monochrome theme and was the best representation of the modern Pakistani man. The offerings entailed modern cuts with cultural orientation.

Nova Leather presented their range of jackets, skirts, handbags and leather accessories, which were of high, export quality and were highly appreciated by the foreign design houses. Pink Tree Company was perhaps the winning segment of the show where designer duo Mohsin Sayeed and Hadiya experimented with traditional Pakistani textile such as Sindhi, susi and khaddar fabric. They used techniques such as hand-block print, tie-dye and hand-crushing.

Day two encompassed some attention-grabbing collections too. Aamna’s capsule collection, The White Susi, consisted of contemporary fusion silhouettes and ethnic embroideries on pure white cotton denim with kaleidoscope stripped susi. She focused on typical Sindhi embroidery and mirror work on jackets which had international appeal and looked chic. Adnan showed his fashion forward collection, Subculture, which was a funky mix of culture and street style. Pakistan is one of the biggest denim exporters so Adnan wasn’t hesitant to make the entire collection out of it. Flowing, sleek and edgy asymmetrical cuts with intricate detailing were noted on the ramp. Wardha collaborated with Jafferjees and presented a modern collection where there was a lot of youthfulness, colour and versatility in terms of design.

The highlight of day two was an innovative showcase by Zuria. The creations included young and hip silhouettes in solids colours – which are trending today. The brand produced wearable street style jackets as well. Nauman went for a crisp white collection, Blanche, with hints of gold inspired by the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi. Nauman used material such as Khaddi cotton, denim and organza. Maheen of Gulabo closed the show with the design label staying true to their philosophy of creating wearable outfits. The show was directed and choreographed by Nubain Ali.Read more at:formal dresses online | formal dresses 2017


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