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.

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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.

Former SABC1 news reader Grootboom, the guest speaker, was gracious enough to take pictures with everyone who asked.Read more at:long evening dresses | cocktail dresses online


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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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