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When lehenga met the gown

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Manpriya Singh

During his short visit to Chandigarh sometime this year, designer Manish Malhotra had spoken about his then yet-to-be-showcased collection and also how he had started doing gowns, “just a couple of years ago.” Courtesy, the “redefined quintessential Indian bride” who has been hung on gowns like the West! “Because at any wedding you see, one function is a gown,” shared Manish, provoking us to think of a trend that has been so visible as to not be noticed.

JJ Vallaya, back in 2015, during his visit to Chandigarh, however, didn’t think much of the western silhouette merged with Indian embroidery; think lehenga gown or Anarkali gown. “Well, if you really want a gown then go to Paris, because that is where they get the art of making it right. But getting a gown designed here is like asking Valentino to make a lehenga,” he had said, once again provoking us to think of the silhouette and how popular it was with brides here.

Gown glory

Little wonder, every designer showcasing at the major weeks does include a fair share of the silhouette, some merged with Indian motifs and embroidery, others totally western in colours, like champagne; still some others with a pre-draped dupatta over the one-piece structure. Shyamal and Bhumika’s collection, The Princess’ Soiree, as showcased at India Couture Week 2017, included floor sweeping gowns, among other staples like kalidaar jackets and lehengas. Earlier this year, at one of the shows by designer Monisha Jaising, evening gowns shared equal space with concept lehengas and cocktail sarees in the collection titled Opera. The designer has always played upon the gown, often reserving the outfit for showstoppers. Speaking of which, Preity Zinta walked the ramp for duo Falguni and Shane Peacock at Lakme’s Winter Festive 2017, in a radiant cold shoulder gown with silver embellishments.

Trend talk

It’s a trend that has lasted more than what was even predicted by those in the fashion industry. City-based designer Sana Ghai, who runs the label The Butterfly, feels the trend of gowns at Indian weddings is a mismatch, but does make them to please the bridezillas! “The gown culture seeping into an Indian wedding is just a reflection of so many other western concepts making their way here. Be it the cake-cutting or cocktail parties.” She adds, “There are so many and such a wide variety of beautiful Indian silhouettes all ready to be explored.”Read more at:wedding dresses online

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Nordstrom Puts A Charitable Spin On Sustainable Fashion This Fall

The US department store is partnering with 'Give Back Box,' to allow customers to donate their old or unwanted clothes and accessories to local nonprofit organizations, via mail. The service, which will be completely free for shoppers, works by encouraging Nordstrom online customers to save the boxes their order is delivered in, and fill it with any clothing, shoes, accessories or small household items they would like to donate.

Nordstrom will begin testing the concept in its six western Washington stores, with donated items being directed to Seattle Goodwill and Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region to help fund community programs such as job training or education initiatives.

"Our customers have told us they want to be able to clean out their closets in a more environmentally-friendly way," said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. "By extending the life of their used items, and encouraging them to reuse the box from their recent Nordstrom order, we're trying to make it easy and convenient to help reduce waste while also being able to support local nonprofit organizations."

The past few years have seen several retailers address the question of how to pair fast fashion with a sustainable attitude towards clothing consumption. One of the best known labels addressing the issue is Swedish retailer H&M, which launched its textile recycling scheme back in 2013, encouraging shoppers to donate old clothing of any brand in return for an in-store discount. The company has created several 'Close the Loop' collections created from recycled cotton off the back of the concept.

Other initiatives include Cotton Incorporated's annual ‘Blue Jeans Go Green' denim recycling program, which asks shoppers to donate old jeans for a discount on brand items such as Rag & Bone pieces, and ocean debris recycler Parley for the Oceans' regular fashion collaborations with brands such as G-star and Stella McCartney, working recycled plastic into new fashion pieces.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | wedding dresses melbourne

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Why Nicky Hilton Is Officially The Queen Of New York Society

Growing up an "Eloise of the Waldorf," alongside sister Paris, and carrying the name of a hotel chain empire, Nicky Hilton has always been an A-lister. Yet one slightly underdeveloped, all things considered. With the inherent makings of a social force, she has all too often, and seemingly all too happily, taken the back seat. After all, it's hard to stand out when you're standing next to your sister, whose skirt is hovering up near her chin. Ah, the days of short skirts and unbelievably low hung jeans.

After her wedding to British banking heir James Rothschild in the summer of 2015, giving her an even more moneyed double barron last name, the 34 year old has since reemerged with what appears to be a newfound Queen Bee level of confidence, coming into her own as a scene staple.

And not soon enough. With Ivanka Trump no longer in town, and Olivia Palermo seemingly living under a rock somewhere in Brooklyn, the city's been missing a designated rich girl to photograph. Not a week goes by without photos of Nicky caught casually on the streets of Soho, or hitting the fashion and charity circuits hard.

Clearly, the girl's got everything going for her. And while there's no doubt you're more than familiar with Mrs. Hilton Rothschild, flip through for a refresher in all the reasons why she's slated to be the next lady about town to run things in this city.Read more at:wedding dresses adelaide | lace wedding dresses

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