Ferragamo takes show outdoors

Milan designers are breathing fresh air into Milan Fashion Week.

Many fashion houses are showing their collections outdoors this season, or at least throwing open the windows on their grand palazzi venues, betting on Mother Nature with open-air shows. The late summer/early autumn weather has cooperated fully.

Angela Missoni’s 20th anniversary show was held in the courtyard of a former factory, with a colourful tent of foulards offering some protection from the sun. Roberto Cavalli returned to the stage with a new designer in a sleek-white open-air runway in Milan’s central Parco Sempione, which the brand founder often used as his venue.

Tomas Maier made sure the windows were open at the grand Conservatory where he showed his latest Bottega Veneta collection, while Vionnet and Max Mara located their shows in Renaissance-style courtyards.

Salvatore Ferragamo moved out of its usual Milan Stock Exchange venue into the square, hedging bets against the weather with some plexi-glass protection overhead.

To celebrate its new “Amo Ferragamo” fragrance, Salvatore Ferragamo energised Milan’s Piazza Affari with an open-air runway show on Saturday night, a sign of freshness and openness as womenswear design director Fulvio Rigoni previewed his third collection.

Models walked on a plexi-glass runway over a fresh lawn of real grass sprinkled with plastic daisies, and the fashion crowd was treated to a Botticelli-inspired light show on the façade of Milan’s stock exchange building before being invited inside to party with the British band Clean Bandit. The celebratory atmosphere was all meant as an antidote to trying political times, the designer said.

“I wanted to create a positive feeling at this particular moment,” Rigoni said ahead of the show. “At least in fashion, we want to dream a little.”

The foulard was the star of Rigoni’s collection. Twisted for a dramatic effect, they became the straps on halter dresses or oversized stitching on an off-shoulder dress, with the length of the silk scarf trailing. And dramatically, Rigoni created trompe l’oeil prints that gave the illusion of draped foulards on simple, straight dresses.

Rigoni said he imagined how he would dress Salvatore Ferragamo’s iconic clients, taking inspiration from Greta Garbo, Carmen Miranda, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe to create straight silhouettes from the 1920s, fringe detailing from the 1930s and flared trousers of the 1970s.

The Ferragamo rounded gancio, or clasp, was a motif throughout, as an anchor for scarfs, a handle on mini-bags and even a pocket detail. Laser perforations on suede dresses and coats had the feel of crochet, and hand-painted python boots and coats underlined the brand’s technical prowess. Colours included bright pink, emerald green, red and plum punctuated by neutrals.

“I wanted a relaxed vibe and an easiness that is perceptible and refreshing,” Rigoni said. “The collection is fresh because there is a casualness, even if it is very studied.”Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses perth


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Rejina Pyo

Today, four years after starting her namesake label, Rejina Pyo held her debut runway presentation at what turned out to be an opportune moment: Pyo’s nipped waist, full-skirted and -shouldered Greta dress was everywhere this New York Fashion Week. A milieu predisposed to fetishize the exclusive does sometimes find itself inclined to be inclusive—to wear what everyone else is—when the garment is good enough.

Pyo, a former assistant designer to Roksanda Ilincic, held her Spring show in a Quaker hall that was packed with many of her fanbase and that featured a casting staffed by it, too. The designer had recruited almost half the show via Instagram and calling on confirmed friends of the house. The question of casting is a sensitive point in fashion right now: The LVMH and Kering pact for Paris is one reason, but more broadly there is a feeling that the size 0/size 2 mafia needs to be broken if fashion is to reflect a vision of the world the world wants to see. It feels obvious, but still many designers don’t feel it. Pyo did.

Why? For the most wondrous reason of all. She reported: “I had a baby six months ago and that really made me think about all different shapes of women, and their roles. My role—a mother—is one that I didn’t have before and this is like a celebration. Nothing political or particularly feminist, just a celebration . . . I want to make clothes that people can wear every day and still feel special.”

My Aussie e-commerce seatmate almost whooped—actually, she shouted “Wowsers” and gave me the sharp elbow—as Eleanor Turnbull, a London-based artist, came out in a carnation red tiered-hem deep-V ruffle-neck dress that might just be next season’s Greta (and which we saw in a variety of fabrications). Pyo has a yen for deconstructed details and what she calls “overwhelming” shapes that are still easy to wear and live with. The models and mothers and women on this runway carried little baskets of tomato and corn and seemed communally sunbathed by happiness to wear Pyo’s clever but user-friendly suite of unorthodoxly inclusive clothes. Check them out: You might want to join in, too.Read more at:pink formal dresses | green formal dresses


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The action from today

It might be Sunday, but designers showed no signs of slowing down as the third day of London Fashion Week commenced. With a burst of big names on the line-up, we knew we could expect plenty of get-up-and-go, but our expectations were exceeded by exciting pops of colour and seriously star-filled front rows.

Mary Katrantzou

Kickstarting the morning, Greek-born, London-based designer opened with a trip down memory lane that compiled all her favourite childhood pastimes into clothes you can actually wear as a grown-up.

The woman that’s made pattern part of her fashion identity: this time, the Queen of print was inspired by paint-by-numbers, lego bricks and friendship bracelets, to create a series of high-fashion looks through a child’s eye.

There was a kaleidoscopic sweep of colour with the return of her signature Trompe L’oeil prints, which made reference to everything from Hama beads to Spirograph, while soft-touch plastic overcoats and toggled waistbands prompted memoirs of childhood camping trips.

Katrantzou also presented her latest Swarovski jewellery collaboration, which featured loose coloured crystals and pearls encased in geometric frames.


A lucid take on British subcultures, this season’s collection – known as Topshop September 2017 – was inspired by the dazzling streets of Soho.

To the sound of Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls”, an army of tenacious women – including Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Adwoa Aboah – stormed the runway wearing a series of pieces that reflect Britain’s style heritage, from the mini-skirts of the swinging Sixties, to Bowie glam-rock and even 1980s casuals.

In a nod to the party season, there were vintage-feel fur-trimmed coats, crystal accents and space-age silver trousers, while silky emerald green tracksuit tops, short shorts and boudoir-ready babydoll capes injected a fearless spirit.

Under its new name, the collection follows the brand’s move to “see-now, buy-now”, with items available to shop immediately after the catwalk show.

A room erected with plastic boxes encasing flowers set the scene for Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s spring / summer offering – a move which immediately illustrated the empowering message of the collection.

This time round, the duo wanted to talk about feminism and how, in spite of its associations, women should be able to embrace their femininity and not feel pigeon-holed.

Partners in real life as well as business, Thornton said they had their two young girls' future and the world they will grow up in on their minds, and elected a reading list of feminist works including The Scarlet Letter, The Second Sex and Growing Strong Daughters as their inspiration.

As such, the first couple of looks included youthful white dresses, matched with a blood red capital A embroidered on the chest and pilgrim hats that had an air of The Handmaids’ Tale about them.

A collection packed with important influences and fabulous clothes, the best pieces were those that you could imagine real women taking joy in wearing, from deconstructed ruffle-heavy dresses, to silver pleats and embellished slips.

The diffusion line of Italian luxury brand Versace, Versus is best known for its younger, cooler-than-cool approach to fashion and this season was no different.

Bound by youth, sexiness, defiance and fun, artistic director Donatella Versace said that this season was all about bravery and pleasure. “This is for everyone who dares to express themselves in everything they do,” she said.

A celebration of Nineties New York under the summer sun, the womenswear was made up of bikinis worn as streetwear, belted polo dresses with Versus lion head buttons and mini-dresses in bright, vivid colours. But, perhaps the most Versace of them all was an oversized mesh string vest worn by It girl and model of the moment, Adwoa Aboah.

In true style, every piece made a statement, imbuing the brand’s exuberant and glamorous aesthetic into everything from fringed accessories and glitter logos to studded cowboy panels.Read more at:formal dress shops | bridesmaid dresses


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A month after she proclaimed on Instagram that she’s looking for work, preferably “good parts to play”, Neena Gupta has bagged a role in Anubhav Sinha’s next. The social-thriller, Mulk, will see the actress play Rishi Kapoor’s wife. It also has Taapsee Pannu in the lead role. “It’s about a crisis during which the family sticks together to fight it. I loved the script,” says the veteran actress, who was last seen in the Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover 2015 horror film, Alone.

She starts shooting for Sinha’s film next month in Lucknow and Varanasi. Her post had sparked a dialogue on actresses of a certain vintage and the dearth of roles for them. Neena reveals she had put it up because people assumed that she doesn’t work anymore and had shifted base to Delhi, where her husband, Vivek Mehra, whom she married in 2008, is based.

"I have been living in Mumbai and go to Delhi whenever required. It was also because I was refusing certain offers from TV that I didn’t like. Every time I asked someone why they didn’t take me on, they were surprised to know that I’m still up for work,” she explains. The actress further reveals that friends would tell her that they didn’t think of her while casting for roles. “It’s because I’m shy and have done a variety of roles. Whenever someone thinks of casting, they come up with names that have played similar characters before,” she says.

Of all the feedback to her online appeal for work, Neena was most touched by her daughter, fashion designer Masaba’s reaction, who refers to her as ‘Neena ji’. “I was scared she would be angry about it but she wrote such a nice post, I teared up when I read it. People stop me at airports and on the road, saying, ‘You are so brave. I wish I could do that’,” she admits. Neena has got a lot of offers now but is reluctant to talk about them. “I have said ‘yes’ to a few TV projects but I am not sure about the pilot, the required approvals and slots. It’s a long process. I have agreed to do two films too, but can’t speak about them as I am yet to sign them. Pata chala koi aur cheen le mera role,” she jokes, reiterating that she just wants to act as she is “hungry and thirsty for it.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Stars spangled autumn sky


As the stars spangled Autumn sky shines down on the fashion world of stunning fall and winter collections, movie stars never fail to sparkle up the limitless sky of style and design. And often, brands and design houses rope them in as brand ambassadors for their product and shows.

The touch of movie stars to events and just about anything often works like the midas touch. This time, apart from other Bollowood actors and actresses, Bipasha Basu, Kriti Sanon and Nimrat Kaur have been roped in as brand ambassadors of different leading fashion shows and campaigns.

Nimrat has been announced as the face of Urban Gypsy – Autumn-Winter 2017 collection of works by designer Ritu Kumar. The collection campaign has been shot by Photographer Bikramjit Bose and videographer Christina MacGillivray.

Moved by the rich textile heritage and craftsmanship of Asia, Urban Gypsy attempts to reflect the global appeal of glamorous and sophisticated style of an urban woman with the ease of a bewitching gypsy through a mix of Indian aesthetics and global concepts.

And Bipasha is the face of Rocky Star autumn/winter season. The brand attempts to bring back designs from the good old world charm of classic style and beauty and a touch of modernity.

“Blending old world charm with contemporary fashion is something that Rocky Star is known for. This collection has traces of the Baroque and gothic time periods, the opulence of which is captured in the decorative, signature prints and embroideries,” the designer was quoted as saying by agencies.

Meanwhile, Kriti walked the ramp for couture house Kalki at BT fashion week in Mumbai on Sunday. The show showcased a collection titled “The Mirabell” according to a statement.

The collection is Inspired by the archives from the palace gardens of the Medieval European era. Using silk velvets, duppions and satins along with shear nets and organzas, the collection highlights florals, leaflets, foliate and birds’ motifs. The outfits are lovingly crafted to last generations, Kalki claims.

Every outfit in the line tell a unique story, the design house added.Read more at:formal dresses australia | short formal dresses


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VFiles RTW Spring 2018

What is VFiles? It’s crocs with spurs. It’s Vitamin B-12. It’s Ask Jeeves. It’s the leftovers in your Louis Vuitton bag. Those descriptions were projected on the walls as attendees entered the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — the show took place in the venue’s freight loading dock.

One presumes the youth-oriented collective was trying to say it represents many things, but for the past nine seasons, it has built a reputation for its splashy shows that highlight emerging designers, feature a musical performance or two and have a varied guest list.

The ninth edition of the show followed this formula. The front row was dotted with everyone from Dapper Dan, the well-known Harlem designer, to Yung Lean, the Swedish rapper who dresses like a suburban dad.

The show started with Offset of the Migos driving a Ferrari onto the circular runway, where it remained as a centerpiece of sorts, and was broken up with a performance from Jessie J, the British singer with a big voice who hasn’t released music for three years. She premiered her single “Think About That.”

It takes inventive clothes to compete with this ambience, and the winning designers, who were mentored by Dapper Dan, Khloé Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jimmy Moffat, held up their end of the bargain.

First up was JunJie Yang, a clever men’s wear designer from Antwerp who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Yang played with construction and volume. Models wore oversize faux fur hats, giant puffer jackets, fur coats covered in flames and wide-leg pants with large cuffs.

Louis Pileggi, a Chicago-born women’s wear designer based in London, presented a romantic collection of dresses and skirts made from taffeta and decorated with ruffles and hazy images. Pileggi merged these designs with knits and crochet details.

INXX, a Chinese streetwear brand, wasn’t a contest winner but a featured designer that fit in quite nicely although it was the most commercial of the bunch. Models wore reconstructed hoodies (the hood sat in the front of the garment), camo T-shirts and denim jackets, jogger pants embellished with zippers and INXX logos, and quilted bombers.

The show ended on an artful note with Christian Stone, a Central Saint Martins graduate who was influenced by the sea. Models looked as if they emerged from a forgotten shipwreck wearing crochet headpieces, flared pants covered in foil, silk, knotted blouses and garments made from bubble wrap.Read more at:blue formal dresses | pink formal dresses


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Keep it classy with Kasavu

Designs by Sajani Pallath

Sari is an integral part of Indian festivities but festive fashion wasn’t a rage a couple of years ago. Though wearing new clothes, specially purchased for festivals, is an inevitable part of our culture, it was only restricted to buying a new dress as part of the celebrations. Recent Onam festivies too saw a variety of fashion statements. Affinity towards the kasavu sari and mundum neriyathum for ladies and kasavu mundu for gents always persuades people to buy them for festivals like Onam and Vishu.

The fact of the matter is that kasavu sari or mundum neriyathum were not attires that were related only to festivals. A two-piece handwoven garment with thin borders (kara), mundum neriyathum used to be a daily wear for Malayali women. To make the attire look a bit lavish, the karas were woven with silver or golden threads. However, the kasavu sari is very much in demand today.

As fashion changes, various trends have surfaced in the market. People have adopted what is suitable for them in terms of comfort. As a result, kasavu saris and mundu come out of the closets only during festivals like Onam and Vishu.

Even though people prefer wearing kasavu clothing to showcase tradition, an element of freshness is demanded by the customers. Therefore, kasavu fashion has evolved a lot in the past few years. Fashion designer Sajani Pallath, gave a detailed explanation on how kasavu fashion has evolved.

“The saying that simple and classy things never go out of fashion is apt for our kasavu clothes. As a fashion designer, I always feel that a kasavu sari or mundum neriyathum makes a Malayali woman look very beautiful and enhances her beauty to a next level. Gents too look very classy and stylish when they wear mundu teamed with a shirt or kurta. The major change that kasavu fashion has undergone is with the border. The thin border has evolved into borders of various widths. Those mixed with coloured borders are also liked by everyone. Teaming it up with a blouse that is of the same colour as the kara accentuates the look of the entire attire. For last two years, teaming the set sari or set mundu with a brocade blouse was in fashion. But with different low-quality brocade materials coming up in the market, many have refrained from that trend this year. Attaching an extra broad border of materials like kalamkari and ikat against the golden border is trending this season. The blouse too is made with the same ma

terial. Kalamkari was already in fashion but this season customers have approached us with a demand of making handmade kalamkari paintings on the borders,” says Sajani, adding that these are just the basic things that both college students as well as middle-aged women prefer.

“Giving the blouse a trendy and rich look is what girls love. Different type of blouses in velvet, organza, chiffon, silk, etc. are in demand. Hand embroideries are also demanded by those who want to give their attire a unique look. Another section prefers hand paintings, which are also done on the sari or set

mundu along with the blouse, so that they complement each other. Mural paintings are equally preferred by gents and ladies. These days, motifs are trending and both ladies as well as gents prefer elephant or mural motifs on the saris and mundus that gives a festive feeling yet can also be worn for other occasions as well,” adds Sajani, stressing on the fact that people, irrespective of their age, like to experiment with various trends.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | short formal dresses


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Match ado about separates

If you’ve been thinking that matching it all up (sartorially) was passe, think again. In keeping with what’s having a major moment; it’s safe to say matching separates is quite a (sartorial) buzzword at present — and perhaps one of the easiest ways to get noticed for your chic sense of style. We asked popular names from Bengaluru’s fashion fraternity to comment on this trend that is grabbing eyeballs.

Asserting how the trend that sashayed down the runway calls for oodles of confidence, designer Manoviraj Khosla lays down two pointers. “Zeroing on the right colours plays a pivotal role in how well your look will turn out. It’s refreshing to see one mix and match two awkward colours. But again, steer clear of anything loud and obvious if you aren’t too confident. The same rule applies with prints. Avoid clashing two different prints, unless you’re sure of what you’re wearing. It’s downright bizarre to opt for large prints if you’re not too keen on carrying off a flashy look. For a casual yet chic vibe, stick to subtle colours and plainer prints,” he says.

Wearing matching separates together instantly offers a perfectly pulled together look, as the outfit offers an effortless yet sleek and sophisticated vibe as it is one linear structure, believes blogger Shalini Chopra. “If you still aren’t sure about wearing matching separates together, try swapping either the top or bottom coordinate for a plainer alternative — that way you can still buy that coordinated outfit but swap around wearing just the top or bottom each time, separately with solid tones.

That kind of counts as doubling your wardrobe, right?” she suggests. For those wanting to ace a graphically-printed ensemble, the trick lies in keeping an eye out for printed details. “Keep the actual garments wild with lush printed details. But for added jazz, and yet striking a balance, leave the shoes, bag and accessories free of pattern, as it may clash in contrast,” adds Shalini.

On the other hand, designer Babita Jaishankar believes separates not necessarily have to be top and bottom pieces. One can also sport a dress with a matching jacket. “For a vintage-inspired look, perhaps. While wearing printed matching separates add more verve, adding block coloured footwear is a great idea. For single coloured separates, add printed footwear to your look,” she concludes.Read more at:formal dresses | sexy formal dresses


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Farhan Akhtar was spotted in Khar yesterday as life in Mumbai kicked back to normal

Against all odds

We've been chronicling their romance for the past two years, so it’s only fair we do the same with the denouement. And Gaurav Assomull and Garima Chawla ensured their wedding was as dramatic as their coming together. The two had planned to wed in Gaurav’s new home in Bandra, Mumbai on August 29, in the presence of friends and family. But not even the met department had anticipated the heavy downpour that Tuesday brought on, bringing Mumbai to a standstill. So, with a bride stranded outside a Santacruz five-star and a pandit waiting at home, Gaurav had no choice but to wade through water to bring his “Mrs” home. “If this isn’t love, I don’t know what is,” he says of a little video that he made of his experience. Meanwhile, parents Sangeeta and Madan Assomull, brother Vickram Assomull and aunt Anju Chulani drove five hours from Breach Candy to get to Bandra. Couturier Suneet Varma and his partner Rahul Arora, who had made the wedding trousseau, didn’t make it from Delhi as their flight was cancelled. Anyway, all’s well that ends well. The couple were finally wed at 11.30pm at night. And we’re sure they will remember their wedding day for more reasons than one.

Going big in Big Apple

Come September and city designer Purvi Doshi is all set to fly to the Big Apple to showcase her collection at the New York Fashion Week 2017. The fashion week that starts from September 7 will have Purvi showcasing two collections on the opening day. A little birdie tells your diarist that the fashion designer is the only one from the city to head to Manhattan to showcase her collection this year. Your diarist caught up with Doshi, busy wrapping up prep for the show, who revealed: “I have two shows – one is titled Coexistence, which is all about khadi and the other is Beauty and Beads, which consists hand embroidered and mirror work creations. The basic idea behind is to show to the world that Indian fabrics are also sustainable. Of course, taking khadi to an international level is also a motive behind it.” Do us proud, girl!

Scent of a woman

of Mumbai’s highly placed folks are bemoaning the passing of Neeta Parekh. The accomplished lady, who was a festival decorator and the preferred florist of some leading industrialist families, passed away in her sleep on Monday. She was often called the Kenneth Turner of India after the famed British ornamental horticulturist. Parekh, or Neetaben, did almost all the parties and weddings in the Ambani family, and also worked for the Bachchans, Uma Dubash and Roohi Jaikishan. Parekh also did the decor for the Ambanis’ Ganesh party last week. Our condolences to her family and friends.

In hair, we care

Hardik Pandya is surely going places. The 23-year-old all-rounder, billed by many to fill the big boots of legendary Kapil Dev, is riding on his on-field performance after his impressive Test debut in The Emerald Islands. Off the field, the Vadodara youngster is famous for his fashion statements and his everchanging hairstyle is always a hit with his legion of fans. As the team took a day off after their ODI series win against the Lankans, Hardik posted a picture showing off his new Mohawk hairstyle with a blue light dominating the scene. And he posted a cheeky caption too: “Blue skies, blue pool, team Blue and the new hairdo.” Well, a good rhyme is not a crime. #loveditpandya


An IPL team, which has managed to hang on in the tournament despite relentless rumours of it being up for sale, has given its team a different moniker in the South African version of the league. Seems it would rather not carry forward any kind of baggage to Cape Town. Of course, its move goes against the very grain of brand building, but rumour has it that the owners, who are big into vastu, found the original name to be pretty inauspicious.Read more at:formal dresses australia | short formal dresses


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Jhanvi Kapoor

With Mumbai buzzing with Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, Bollywood celebrities have been giving us serious style goals in their desi avatars. From gorgeous saris to stunning lehengas, we’ve all been taking notes on what’s not, and what’s not. After all, with these stars showcasing the best of designerwear off-ramp, where better to get our style-spiration from? And right along with our household B-Town fashionistas is the next generation, that has been creating waves with their sartorial choices, and sisters Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor form one such sibling duo.

Though, we’ve been more used to seeing Jhanvi and Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan dominating the next-gen fashion headlines, this time around the younger Kapoor girl, Khushi, has grabbed our attention in an Anita Dongre ensemble, along with Jhanvi, who was also wearing a lehenga from the same designer.

While Jhanvi was seen wearing a bright yellow and orange lehenga, Khushi opted for soothing pastel shades. The former, who is yet to announce her Bollywood debut, has been slaying it in the style department for some time and did not disappoint in this appearance too. A pastel orange embroidered choli, with a plunging neckline and silver gota border, was perfectly paired with a yellow lehenga, with multicoloured floral motifs – giving the overall ensemble a very festive and modern look. The pink-and-silver gota work border at the hemline, not only complemented the attire but accentuated the pastel base.

Stylist Eshaa Amiin did a great job with minimalist make-up to balance the heavy look of the outfit. With light pink lips and tresses kept open in soft waves, the look was refreshing and breezy. Keeping the accessories to bare-minimum with just statement jhumkas, with yellow beads matching the ensemble.

Khushi, too, was styled by Amiin, and chose to wear just a golden bracelet to let her attire do all the talking. Wearing a simple powdered pink lehenga with a bright pink border, it was aptly paired with a grey satin blouse and sheer dupatta. The stylish blue and pink latkans, the silver gota-border added just the right amount of bling to otherwise a humble option.

‘Tis the season to go traditional, as we’ve discussed, and just recently Jhanvi looked resplendent in a Manish Malhotra lehenga at the Ganesh Chaturthi party hosted by Mukesh Ambani.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses australia


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Designer wins scholarship

Katherine Funk has been named this year’s recipient of the Karin Simpson Memorial Scholarship for Creativity. The 17-year-old said she plans to pursue a career as a costume designer.

“I’d like to go to school at Olds (College). They have a Calgary campus for fashion, so I’d like to stay in the area,” she said. “I’d love to be a costume designer.”

Karin Simpson was a well-known Airdrie artist and founding member of the Creative Airdrie Society. Simpson passed away in 2014. The $500 scholarship is awarded each year to an Airdrie graduating student who is pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts, including visual arts, drama, music, musical theatre, film, new media, literature, design and dance.

Costume design is a natural choice for Funk, who said she’s always had a love of history. She began making costumes for her dolls, gradually progressing to making costumes for herself.

“Historical drama is my passion. Depending on the time, I always have different favourite eras, but at the moment I’m really into the 1860s,” she said. “I really love the crinoline underneath (the skirts) and the really huge, fluffy style of the time – they’re just so extravagant and I really love that.”

Funk’s mother is Veronica Funk, a nationally recognized visual artist. Funk said her mom has been a source of inspiration.

“She helps me out and we work on projects together. Right now I’m making a bustle dress so she created a stamp for me so I could stamp my own fabric,” she said.

For Veronica, her daughter winning the scholarship has special meaning, as she and Simpson were friends.

“I've been rather weepy about the whole thing; that it's my girl and the beautiful way she thinks about fashion and self-esteem, and that it's the Karin Simpson scholarship as she was a friend,” Veronica said.

Funk said she was thrilled to be chosen to receive the award.

“It means so much because I know it’s really tough to get into the arts and to succeed. It’s just really, really nice that so many people have been supporting me,” she said. “I wasn’t actually expecting to get this at all.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Beauty Talk

From time to time in our ‘beauty talk’ section, we feature different celebrities who share their experiences, achievements and beauty secrets with us. This week You! talks to Lahore-based designer Hira Ali, who creates a balance between contemporary designs and traditional grace.

Hira Ali is a contemporary designer with a distinction in fashion designing from Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD). She received further training at the prestigious Paris based Fashion School - Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, after which she led the western couture department at the leading fashion label, Elan for two years. Her thesis collection ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ was selected for the PFDC ‘rising talent’ platform and was showcased at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016. According to Hira, designing clothes is something she has always been passionate about. “My mom had a small workshop, I used to spend all my time over there and she was cool enough to let me design the clothes - from sketching to overlooking production.”

Hira officially launched her fashion couture label Hira Ali Studio in May 2017 in Model Town, Lahore. Minimalistic designs are a core feature of the brand that creates a marriage of traditional and modern techniques. These days she is working on her bridal collection and a project with Nordic International School. Let’s find out more about this young and dynamic designer...

You! What is your design philosophy?

Hira Ali: My philosophy is to create minimal and understated yet astounding designs.

You! What type of clothes do you design for women?

H.A: We design haute couture and pret-a-porter.

You! Why do you think women should wear designer clothes?

H.A: Designer clothes are supposed to be unique and not run of the mill. As a designer, I make a conscious effort not to blend in with the rest. Our ensembles are unique and are for women who want to make a statement.

You! What do you like best about designing clothes?

H.A: The best thing is the process, having an idea turn into reality. The satisfaction I have when a client wears my clothes and looks flawless in that dress is the best feeling.

You! What was the first outfit that you designed?

H.A: It would be a tunic I made in my mom’s workshop when I was seven years old!

You! How would you define your own sense of style?

H.A: My style is androgynous, simple and chic.

You! What is your signature embellishment and fabric choice?

H.A: I have a signature style of embellishments, my embellishments ‘pop’, I call the 3D and you can instantly tell that this is Hira Ali’s work. I like to play around with different kinds of fabrics but all being 100 per cent pure and of the highest quality.

You! What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

H.A: My latest collection is inspired by mythology, specifically Norse mythology. The heroes, creatures and deities make a great visual narrative.

You! Tell us about how you developed your aesthetic?

H.A: It wasn’t something I developed consciously but rather it developed naturally from within and everything that was inspiring. Art, music, literature, history and people inspire me.

You! Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?

H.A: Like I mentioned before, I love the entire process not one part or the other. The sketching part I love because it gives me creative freedom and I am in flow when doing that. The construction is like seeing your ideas turn into reality and the satisfaction of making that happen is parallel to none!

You! What seasonal looks and colours are you expecting this summer?

H.A: Statement sleeves, bright colours, lots of yellows, hot pinks and reds. Colour blocking is going to make its way back with a lot of interesting collage of colours.

You! In your opinion what is the biggest mistake a person can make while dressing here?

H.A: Over accessorizing an excessively ornate ensemble.

You! What is one piece of clothing that you shy away from wearing and why?

H.A: I am always quite hesitant to wear printed lawn, however if the design is unique and not regular, I would wear it.

You! What are the difficulties faced by designers in getting their work done?

H.A: Unpredictable power cutbacks and unannounced holidays from workers.

You! What are the high points and low points of being a designer?

H.A: High points are usually short lived and last mostly 5 minutes at maximum. You have to get over it quickly and return to the grind.

You! How long does it usually take for you to design an outfit?

H.A: It takes two minutes in the head, and then hours and hours of sweaty work till your sample is complete to perfection.

You! Do you think there is potential for new designers in our fashion industry?

H.A: Yes, the industry is kind to you if you bring something different to the table.

Beauty corner

You: What is one cosmetic you cannot do without?

H.A: Moisturiser.

You: When stepping out, do you wear make up all the time?

H.A: I usually just dap on my BB cream and put on a lip balm.

You: When it comes to cosmetics, which brand do you usually use?

H.A: I am not loyal to a single brand, I like to try different products.

You! Your make-up bag consists of...

H.A: Blush, BB cream, eyebrow pencil, mascara and a face shimmer.

You: Do you go to the salon regularly for your facials?

H.A: I wish I had the time to do that! To compensate I scrub my face regularly in the morning.

You! Your favourite local stylist or beautician:

H.A: I trust Shammal Qureshi for my hair, eyes closed! We do the craziest things and it always ends up well!

You! Your favourite international stylist or beautician:

H.A: Joseph Cassell.

You: You prefer going to a spa or salon:

H.A: Spa.

You: Your favourite perfumes:

H.A: These days I am hooked to Gucci Guilty.

You: Your beauty regimen?

H.A: Scrub regularly, always moisturize and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

You: Do you use anti-ageing creams?

H.A: I think I still have a few years to go without them.

You! Do you believe in treatments like Botox?

H.A: I believe everyone has the right to do whatever he or she wants with his or her body but have the responsibility to live with the consequences also. Personally, I haven’t considered it as yet.

You! Are you fond of using too much makeup or you preferring a good skin with minimal amount of makeup?

H.A: Minimal all the way.

You! Where do you go for your make-up shopping?

H.A: I usually leave my makeup shopping to my mom because I have no patience for it. If I have to I would hound Sephora at duty frees when I have all the time to kill.

You! Do you use whitening creams? Are they any good?

H.A: When I think I am going too tan I start drinking milk. It does make my skin fresh if nothing else.

You! What is beauty to you?

H.A: Beauty to me is craftsmanship and skill. It is a debate between vintage and modern, cluttered but empty, clean but staggering. It is too many things but always evolving.Read more at:black formal dresses | pink formal dresses


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Sustainable Fashion Day

Over the past few seasons, the sustainable fashion day is finding its lucent vocabulary in a space that is devoid of relevant context. The conversation is pertinent due to myriad reasons, including the huge demographic that subsists on handweaving and surface enhancement handicrafts, the continued environmental damage caused by fashion industry, and then the ever-dwindling heritage of handcrafted textiles. As the day meandered to a close, it managed to add meaning to the fashion quotient and nudge it towards a gentle consciousness.

The CraftIsCool show by Paramparik Karigar

Paramparik Karigar is an organisation that has, for the past 20 years, scanned the length and breadth of India to discover artisans and gave them a regular configuration of selling their work in a direct weaver to consumer interface. In this show, five master craftsmen were paired with five young designers to create the collection in a synergic, collaborative spirit. The collections showcased in traditional crafts of dabu, bagh, shibori, bandhani and ajrakh were palette cleansing in their minimal sensibility.

Matr Bihar Khadi x Kopal New York Because of Nature Australia

Praveen Chauhan started Matr to promote the artisanal communities of Bihar, who were losing their craft of khadi weaving, Today, it works with designers and retail brands to develop customised products in an environmentally-responsible initiative. Two of Matr’s collaborations showcased garments made from lovingly handspun and hand-loomed yardage.


This show aesthetically brought to focus the creative solutions that can tackle the humongous situation of fashion dead stock in the world today. Designers Anuj Bhutani, Chola and Doodlage worked with three corporates to envision an upcycled garment collection that promised amazing fashionable possibilities to utilise the waste that is increasingly choking the earth.


The label shared its organic cotton line in its comfortable, eco-friendly and texturally beautiful avatar in a farm-to-fashion presentation in the form of pleasing saris and garments, in an easy-to-wear vibe.

Sunita Shankar

Sunita Shankar is an authority on the weaves with the stunning ability to infuse effortlessness in the technically complex handloom textiles. This show was a celebration of her design aesthetic that offered looks comprising bandhani, kantha, Benarasi weaves, Chanderi and bagh prints, all of which come from various parts of the country but were presented in ways that adapt easily into our lifestyle.


The collection used the textile in fine blend of wool, silk, cotton and metal to create separates for the urban woman. Handwoven pleats in saris, festive lehngas were included as a restrained ode to the festive season.

Craftmark by AIACA

A Craftmark certification is provided by The All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association to inform the customer of the fair trade and sustained lifestyles of the artisans involved. The NGOs that provide employment and benefits to women artisans from Nabha (Punjab), Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Sandur (Karnataka) showcased garments in an interactive format, featuring embroidery techniques like phulkari, patchwork and lambadi.


Anavila Misra’s show, as an apt finale to the Sustainable Fashion Day, was dedicated to the weaving heritage of our land and pushed the brand’s boundaries. The colour black was dominant in the collection of a brand known dearly for its soft pastel shades. The blouses infused a sense of freshness to the ubiquitous sari and excited the audience about dabbling with this beloved drape.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | formal dresses


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4 signs dermatologist!

Dermatologists are trained to treat skin disorders (including hair and nails!). Dermatology is an arm of medicine that deals with the diseases of the hair, nail and skin.

A lot of people do not take visits to the dermatologist seriously (a lot of people have never even seen one!) making us take our skin for granted. It's better in the present day as a few more people take skincare seriously, who doesn't want clear, glowing skin?

Piling on skincare and beauty products on the skin to mask blemishes only end up causing the skin more harm than good products only work well/makeup only appear flawless when the skin is in perfect condition.

If you notice these signs especially if you don't get dermatological advice often, then it's time to visit one.

1. Stubborn acne/blemishes

When your face, neck and back areas amongst other parts of the body have acne that won't go away even after several topical treatments as well as dietary improvements then it's time to see an expert.

2. You're worried about your skin (physical quality and general feel)

Sometimes when you really need to see a dermatologist, you' know deep down. When the skin is lacklustre/dull and doesn't just vibe well physically after using products that should have visible effect on it, then you should see a dermatologist.

3. You have a mole out of the blues

When you have a stubborn mole appearing on the face suddenly (or on any part of the body) then you should see a dermatologist.

4. You've never seen one

If you've never visited a dermatologist to check up on your skin then it's time to do just that. It's wrong to keep loading on products on the skin without knowing what works best for it and so on.Read more at:cocktail dresses online | year 12 formal dresses


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Fortune to look great

You don't have to spend a fortune to look great. What's more, making your products work double duty will also save you some time, especially when you're rushing to get ready in the morning.

Lotion for your weaves and wigs

One of the most common skin care products, your boring lotion comes in handy for many additional uses. One of them is to tame fly-away hairs. After applying it on your skin, use the product left over on your palms to smoothen your hair. This will work best for weaves and wigs, or Caucasian type hair. You can also dab a bit of lip balm onto your palms and rub smooth them through your hair, wig, or weave to keep those fly-away strands in place.

Hair spray for your eyebrows

Do you have thick, unruly eyebrows? Just as you would use hair spray to keep your hair in place, a little spritz of hair spray can also tame your wild eyebrows. Spritz some hair spray onto your finger (not directly to the eyebrow) and lightly sweep it over your eyebrow. Instead of your fingers, you can also apply the spray with the bristles of an old toothbrush. Your eyebrows will stay in shape the whole day!

Lip balm for cracked skin

Do you have dry or cracked skin? If your usual moisturiser isn't doing the job sufficiently, you can use your lip balm instead. Lip balms usually come with highly hydrating and soothing ingredients such as cocoa-butter, Vitamin E, almond oil, avocado oil, and nutrient-rich essential oils. Give your dry, flaky, or cracked skin some TLC with your lip balm formula. This is especially recommended for ashy elbows and dry, cracked cuticles.

Conditioner as shaving cream

What do you do when you run out of shaving cream mid-shave? Use the conditioner instead! Hair conditioners come packed with moisturising ingredients which help the razor glide smoothly over skin without nicking it. Conditioner also softens your hair in readiness for a trim. Wet the area you need to shave, then apply some hair conditioner and let it soak in for a minute before shaving.

Nail polish for jewellery

Is your costume jewellery becoming dull, tarnished, or discoloured from oils and sweat? Don't worry. You can easily keep your jewellery looking new and shiny with a clear nail polish. Brush a thin coat of the nail polish all over the accessories, or just on the spots which come into contact with your skin. This will also help if your skin is allergic to the metallic coat of jewellery.

Caution: This is meant for cheap costume jewellery only, it can ruin fine jewellery.

Lipstick as blush

Keep your makeup bag skinny by making your lipstick double up as blush. However, not every lipstick is suitable as a blush. Use only soft, satiny shades which suit your skin tone. Matte lipsticks are harder to blend when you use as blush- first apply it on the back of your hand and rub with a finger to warm it before dabbing onto your cheekbones. Brownish colours can also stand in for bronzer when you're contouring.

Mascara wand to exfoliate

Don't throw away your old mascara wands. They come in handy for brushing your eyebrows and even exfoliating dry lips! Once your mascara is used up, clean the wand well and add it to your beauty arsenal. You can clean wands by soaking warm soapy water for 15 minutes before washing with shampoo. To exfoliate lips, apply lip balm and then brush a clean wand gently back and forth on your lips. Wipe the dead skin cells of with wet cotton wool, cloth, or tissue. You can also use an old mascara wand to remove cuticles. First soak the cuticle with cuticle remover oil or olive oil and then gently buff away with the wand.

Deodorant for oily skin

Is oily skin the bane of your life? When you don't have any blotting paper on you, you can use deodorant to blot away the grease. Dab a bit of deodorant onto your finger and apply on your T-zone to make the skin look more matte.Read more at:orange formal dresses | blue formal dresses


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Bold but practical nails

Pucci model

Extreme manicures look amazing but are hardly practical when it comes to everyday tasks like making food, using a keyboard at work and washing your hair.

You can still make a statement through your nails without going over the top though, as we've spoken to some beauty experts about how to make your fingertips pop while keeping them useable! And, as you'll find out, it's not about gems and length.

Georgia McKelvie, Nail Technician at Pouts & Pinups salon in Scotland, praises the geometric nail as one of the most popular options at the moment and with fashion houses like Missoni, with Gigi Hadid rocking the look, it's no surprise it's moved onto fingertips too.

"There are so many different geometric patterns and prints that can be designed on the nails, such as a kaleidoscope nail design or nail design using chevrons," Georgia told Cover Media of her idea for a bold nail look that can be pulled off. "For these designs a variety of colours and glitter can be used and the outcome is timeless and chic."

Vivienne Curran, Senior Therapist at Scotland's KAM Hair and Body Spa, is also all for the patterns, suggesting graphic nails as a great extreme look. As for what comes under the graphic category Vivienne lists everything from drawings to intricate designs, adding, "This trend is fun and is a great look for those who like to have something a bit quirkier on the nails."

Another bold statement is marbled nails, which Vivienne notes may be more difficult to create but the outcome is "stunning".

"Instead of using one block colour, this design allows you to select a number of colours for more creative, quirky nails," she shared.

Georgia also tipped chrome as a great everyday option which is different from the norm, "but not too 'out there'". Shades Georgia suggests are rose gold or a gunmetal option, noting the more mirrored and polished the finish, the better.

As for how you can keep your nails in tip-top shape after they're done, Manjul Treohan, founder of So Me Beauty, has some great advice.

"Avoid hand sanitiser as products like this can make your hands and nails dry, which can cause brittle nails that are prone to peeling," she shared. "When the colour wears out, applying a glitter nail polish on top can help prolong the wear."

She also recommends using cuticle oil on a daily basis to maximise the amount of time your fingertips look fabulous, adding, "A gentle scrub is great for removing dry skin around your nails and will keep you nails looking fresher for longer."Read more at:long evening dresses | formal dress shops brisbane


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Don’t be scared

If there is a universal skin problem that we all can relate to, it is acne. Scars are something one has to deal with sometime or the other in life. They can take away our confidence and mar our personality. But thanks to technology, today, there are procedures to take care of these problems. People are becoming more aware of innovations in the field and are willing to go in for corrective cosmetic procedures to eliminate any imperfection, either congenital or acquired.

The demand for acne and scar removal treatment services in India is on the rise and there are good options available. Lipokraft is one such treatment. It is an advanced treatment that reduces scars and stretch marks using Adipose Derived Stem Cells. Any injury, burn, wound, pregnancy stretch mark or any other trauma such as surgery can cause a scar.

Simple or superficial scars are easy to conceal. But when the scar is large or deep and not concealable, one needs specialised treatment to get rid of it. The treatment helps the skin heal without any scarring. That’s the reason for the popularity of this treatment. It is a holistic procedure with a natural healing process and negligible side effects.

There are two methods for this treatment. In Lipokraft, 20-40 ml adipose tissue or fat is harvested from one’s own belly or buttock and it is then taken to the lab. Stem cells are then harvested from those and then it is injected intradermally or subdermally. This results in suppressed scars, enhanced volume, glow and also lifts the skin. The second method is where 10-20 venous blood is taken and platelet rich plasma is separated from them and then injected on the site.

Both the methods involve one’s own cells — either blood or fat — and it depends on the individual which one will suit them. It is a customised treatment for each individual as their own cells carry the healing material.

The USP of this treatment is that it’s simple and painless and confidence boosting. It takes time; one cannot hope to see results in one sitting. It requires at least three visits to the cosmetic clinic, followed by regular maintenance which keeps the skin rejuvenated for five to six years. Regular maintenance includes sufficient intake of multivitamins, anti-oxidants, supplements, nutritious diet and yoga.

Lipokraft helps restructure new skin, allowing skin lesions to get gradually reduced and be replaced by fresh skin. At the end of it, you acquire healthy, smooth and glowing skin.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia | bridesmaid dresses online


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Miss Louth 2017

Dundalk stylist Niamh McKeever is searching for the next Miss Louth to represent the Wee County in Miss Ireland 2017.

Niamh, who has modelled since she was 14, represented Dublin in the Miss Ireland 2012 finals when she was placed in the top seven.

She has since decided to concentrate on developing a career as a stylist and has had her work featured on UTV, TV3's Expose as well as national newspapers.

Having directed and styled the Miss Ireland final in Dublin last year, she also styled the Miss Ireland fashion show for the Dublin Fashion Festival which was featured on UTV Ireland.

With this valuable experience under her belt, Niamh is now on the look out for someone to represent Louth in the Miss Ireland final which takes place in Dublin in October.

'This year I am looking for a girl who can win Miss Ireland,' she says. 'I know Louth has what it takes. I have worked with many aspiring models in the Dundalk area alone. However, the winner for me is the girl who puts herself forward rather than one who is asked to take part.'

The Miss Louth contest will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford on Tuesday August 22 and Niamh will be interviewing contestants on Saturday August 5. The judges will include Miss Ireland 2015 Sacha Liviningstone and actress Amilia Stewart from Fair city along with Niamh.

Niamh is also organising a fashion show for the night of the Miss Louth contest.Read more at:evening dresses online | formal dresses online australia


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A Napotistic Life

Do you know which word is the flavour of the season in the country just now?

No, which one is it?

Nepotism – it’s used all the time by every Jai, Jayant and Janardhan as well as Sita, Gita and Mita.

What’s so great about it now? It is a common word since times immemorial and derived from the Italian language.

No, but now everyone has woken up to its use and meaning ever since the movie world learnt about it. Long essays are written about the word, which is making people rush to their dictionaries to find the meanings of the new words.

But nepotism in movies is ancient history. Every top actor, actress, director, producer wants their children to follow in their footsteps. Of course, it doesn’t matter whether they can act or not.

Yes that has been going on since motion pictures was discovered but now there is nepotism in other walks of life too.

Very sad indeed!

I know politics is the hot bed for this word. Nearly all politicians want their sons or daughters as politicians or leaders even if they don’t know the ‘P’ of politics.

I agree that is why the world is in such a mess.

Of course nepotism in the corporate world is rampant too. Business heads hand over the mantle to their sons and daughters just like kings and queens do.

I know this is common but you have seen how the companies have come crashing down because the off-springs haven’t a clue about business even though they may be from fancy foreign business schools.

I hear there is nepotism in the music world too. Music directors want their kids to compose and singers want their kids to trill on the mike and cut discs.

Oh dear, where will this end?

I believe even famous authors are pushing their kids to write books, poems and memoirs.

Really this is the limit.

In the fashion world nepotism is also seen. Designers push their sons’ or daughters’ collections and get them assignments and shows.

But lack of creativity will be visible.

It is, but then mama or papa often design the clothes for their kids and let them take the credit.

Oh dear this is getting from bad to worse.

Even retired models urge their children on the catwalk so that they are famous.

This is getting crazy!

Even in the retail business, parents want their kids to take over so that the business is safe.

Yes. I have heard that.

But on the other hand do you know when big corporate houses and fashion brands have hired outsiders they have been in trouble because there is no loyalty?

Yes, you are so right. Nepotism helps at times.

Correct, that is why they say ‘blood is thicker than water’. It’s ‘better to be safe than sorry’ even if your own blood goofs up rather than have strangers attack you with accusations and lawsuits.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | evening dresses online


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Saving Your Skin

August approaches and many head out for sun drenched vacations with a skin-baring wardrobe. This much anticipated time of year doesn't come without danger, primarily in the form of sunburn which can lead to skin damage, skin cancer, wrinkles and dark spots. Skincare gurus offer suggestions for protecting skin without sacrificing time outside.

“Sunscreen is the best protection from the sun,” said Cheryl A. Oetjen, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing at George Mason University. “This can be from lotions that are SPF 30 or higher or from skin-protective clothing. Wearing a hat can also protect your face to some degree. Sunglasses should also be worn.”

To maximize the effectiveness of sunscreen, Oetjen advises being aware of some of the most commonly made application mistakes. “Ideally sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure,” she said. “This gives it time to soak into the skin. Avoiding the water for this time is also important.”

Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when it’s most intense and use at least one ounce of sunscreen per application, says Oetjen. “The important part of applying sunscreen is ensuring that you are using enough,” she said. “Fair complexions, red hair and blonde hair often are indicators of a higher risk of sunburn, so it’s important to reapply often.”

Make sunscreen part of one’s daily skincare regimen, advises Colleen Sanders, RN, FNP, Marymount University in Arlington. “The recommendation is that you wear sunscreen every day if you’re going to be outside even for a short period of time,” she said. “It should be part of your everyday routine.”

Relying solely on the SPF found in some cosmetics like foundation or powder is unwise, says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Bronstein. “Makeup doesn’t necessarily provide the protection that it claims to provide,” she said. “There are a lot of tinted sunscreens out now that match a variety of skin tones and also give amazing protection from sun damage.”

Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection as well as a hat will help prevent damage, says Sanders. “Common areas that people often forget to cover, and where we often find skin cancer, are the tops of ears and the backs of their hands,” she said “These are places where people forget to put sunscreen.”

“Make sure the most sensitive areas are covered … these areas include the top of the ears, lips [and] the nose, added Oetjen. “Zinc oxide can be applied to sensitive areas.” 

Infants who are younger than six months old should have limited exposure to the sun, says Oetjen. “The FDA has not approved a sunscreen for infants under 6 months so it is best for them to stay in the shade and wear sun protective clothing and hat,” she said. “The skin of infants is thinner and more sensitive to the sun and sunscreen.”Read more at:green formal dresses | purple formal dresses


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