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Fashion industry and Bollywood are siblings, say ramp models
Zeenat Aman in the 1970s successfully paved the way from the ramp to the silver screen, setting a trend for years to come. Since then, there has been a steady rise of models trying their luck in Bollywood and, with every passing decade, their numbers have increased manifold. A bevy of stars steal Manish Malhotra's show
Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kajol, Urmila Matondkar and Amisha Patel. No, they are not the cast of a multi-starrer film but those among the front row at designer Manish Malhotra's collection showcase at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Saturday. The quest now is for a male cleavage
Women are not the only ones going under the knife for that perfect cleavage. Indian men too are opting for breast correction procedures to flaunt firmer chests. Robbers snatch paintings worth over $160 mn in Switzerland
Impressionist works worth an estimated 180 million Swiss francs ($163 million) were stolen from the celebrated Emil Buehrle collection in Zurich, Swiss police confirmed Monday.There were still visitors at the Emil Buehrle collection Sunday afternoon when three masked men burst in. One held staff and visitors at gunpoint on the ground while the other two removed the four paintings from the wall in a gallery on the ground floor. Lingerie, kids wear soon at fashion week ramp
Soon fashion week won't be only about prÍt. Accessories, lingerie, kids apparel and maternity wear will all be showcased at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) in about five years. Models to walk ramp in organic cotton clothes
In a first of its kind, a fashion show introducing organic clothes will be held Sunday at Aurangabad, the hub of the cotton textile industry of Maharashtra. It is the brainchild of leading costume designer Asif Shah, who has been working on it for four months.
trend shines, but go easy on silver and gold
Metallic materials and
accents glisten throughout many of this year's
designer collections. Entire outfits in metallic
colours - gold, silver, bronze and copper - are making
their imprint in the so-called future trend alongside
the slick lacquered look.
firm sues supermodel Klum
German supermodel Heidi
Klum is being sued by a luxury jeweller for allegedly
copying a vintage clover jewellery design.
Bachchan passes away
Teji Bachchan, wife of
the late Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother
of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, died here Friday
after a prolonged illness. She was 93.
Claus in the land of Santa Singh! (Feature)
Santa Singh, the butt
of many Punjabi jokes, and Santa Claus may not be long
lost brothers from Punjab and Finland, but in the land
of butter chicken and bhangra-pop, the two seem to
coexist during Christmas time.
dream of making a film: Manish Malhotra (Interview)
Malhotra, known as a trendsetter in the world of film
fashion, had announced plans to make a Bollywood
musical three years ago. But now he wants to work on a
to partner Indian design summit
Indians will get a
glimpse of masterpieces of Italian design at Design
Summit 2007 to be held in Bangalore during Dec 12-13.
China is crowned Miss World 2007
Miss China Zi Lin Zhang
was crowned Miss World 2007 at a glittering event at
the Chinese tourist resort of Sanya Saturday, beating
106 participants. India's Sarah-Jane Dias failed to
make it to the semi-finals.
show at IFFI(IFFI Diary)
Finally there will be
some glitz and glamour at the 38th International Film
Festival of India (IIFI).
music and fashion dazzle at Trump Taj Mahal Casino
India's leading singers
performed live and top fashion designers presented
their collections at Bollywood Music and Fashion
Awards event attended by 5,000 people Saturday at
Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in New Jersey.
designer confirms Lopez pregnancy
designer Roberto Cavalli has confirmed reports that
singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is pregnant
corporate uniforms on rent
It is not only bridal
dresses and jewellery that are available on rent. Now
even corporate uniforms can be rented.
fashion house opens facility in Jaipur
US-based fashion house
Mehera Shaw has opened a production facility in the
city, its first such unit outside the US.
Mrs.India introduces new title
introduced a new title 'Mrs. Tourism' in the beauty
pageant it organises annually for married women called
Sabyasachi to make directorial debut (Interview)
Ace fashion designer
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who has been dressing up
Bollywood stars, is now all set to direct them too.
candy brand Sweet World to open 100 new outlets
Riding high on its
sweet success, Mumbai-based candy store chain Sweet
World is set to invest at least Rs.48 million in the
domestic market and open 100 new stores across the
country by the end of 2008.
Indian chefs invited to US food festival
Two chefs from India
have been invited as guest culinary experts at the
10th Annual Worlds of Flavour International Conference
& Festival starting Nov 1 in California.
donut chain to set up shop in India (Lead)
Franchise Architects (GFA) is set to introduce donuts
in India with the opening of its first Donut Baker
store in Bangalore.
beauty queen happy to win Miss International
Perales has won the Miss International Pageant in
Japan, which to her is a dream come true, the beauty
queen told EFE.
or bad, Botox weaves its charm on Indians
Urban India is slowly
but surely succumbing to the charms of Botox, a
cosmetic treatment to keep looking young, even as
doctors admit that too much of it can be harmful.
drama booms in Syria, becomes an industry
At 9 p.m. every night,
exactly when MBC TV Channel starts broadcasting the
daily episode of the Syrian soap opera, Bab al Hara
(The Quarter's Gate), the entire city of Damascus
becomes remarkably still.
museum honours Indian woman designer
designer Meera Mahadevia presented her latest
collection of fashion and accessories, and was feted
with a champagne reception at the Newark Museum in New
fine food and wine becoming popular with Indians
From cookies to red
wine, the rising economies of India and China are
feasting on Australian fine food and wine Food and
beverages exports to India rose from A$115 million in
1997-98 to A$201 million in 2006-07.
late designer Rohit Khosla came alive again (Lead)
I love fabric I love
the human form in totality and I love mixing them
together: Rohit Khosla - famous words from a man who
galvanised the Indian fashion movement but did not
live to see it blossom.
Indian, save Russia, suggests feminist activist
Indian men promise to
be the ideal spouses for Russian women, affected as
they are by a high male death rate owing largely to
pot of gold at the end of catwalk
The charisma of
international models, 10 debutant designers and a new
and bigger venue could not prevent international sales
from taking a nosedive at the tenth edition of the
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) that ended
the environment conscious Indian fashion fraternity
glamorous fashion shows
With designers giving
messages through their shows to conserve mother earth,
rolling out eco-friendly clothing lines and creating
bags made out of recycled plastic, the glamorous
fashion fraternity seems all set to protect the
finale of WIFW's 10th edition scores a perfect 10
There were no Bollywood
celebrities to embellish his show. Instead, the entire
designer fraternity smiled, clapped and walked the
ramp in his collection. Rohit Bal's show at the Wills
Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) was the grand
finale in the truest sense.
of contrasts on WIFW ramp
As the Wills Lifestyle
India Fashion Week (WIFW) got underway here Wednesday,
the second show of the day witnessed a clash of
subtlety and extravagance showcased by designers
Anjana Bhargava and Manoviraj Khosla.
underwear the only choice for Kenya's poor
At a bustling makeshift
market in a Nairobi suburb, Kenyans of all stripes
flock on a sunny morning to buy the latest in high
fashion: Topshop T-shirts, Diesel jeans and Lacoste
shoes among others.
designers set to scorch Paris Fashion Week
Manish Arora, Anamika Khanna and Rajesh Pratap Singh
are readying to set ablaze the Paris Fashion Week
under their own labels - a sign of India's growing
presence in the crowded international arena.
biggest diamond found in South African mine
The world's biggest
diamond has been found in a mine in South Africa's
Nah, gizmos to be girl's best friend
Coming onto the market
worldwide in the next few weeks are data-storage
sticks and headphones outfitted as glitzy jewellery.
colours, glass highlight Kavita Bhartiya's fashion
Light pinks, sky blues,
steel greys, pista greens add the ethereal touch to
the glass-embellished collection of fashion designer
Kavita Bhartiya who showcases her edition at the Wills
India Fashion Week and at a Paris show next month
sailors on a US aircraft carrier is an art of war
When Roman writer and
military strategist Flavius Vegetius Renatus wrote in
his Military Institutions of the Romans, in AD 378,
that famine causes greater havoc in an army than the
enemy, he never envisioned how the US Navy would
address that concern in the 21st century.
Sikh police criticize Irish ban on turbans
Sikh police officers
from Britain have criticized a decision by the Irish
police force to ban a Sikh recruit from wearing a
turban on the job, according to reports in the Irish
Hyundai launches sedan Verna
New Delhi, Sep 25 Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) Monday launched
its sixth generation sedan Verna for the mid-size Indian car
"The mid-size car segment in India is very exciting and is
having immense potential," Hyundai Motor India managing director
Hueng Soo Lheem told a press conference here.
HMIL, a 100 percent subsidiary of South Korean car manufacturer
Hyundai Motor, is the second largest and the fastest growing car
manufacturer in India.
The new Hyundai Verna comes in three petrol variants and one
diesel variant having 54 percent of local content. The company
plans to increase it to almost 70 percent.
"With the launch of this car we are targeting leadership in this
segment," said Arvind Sazena, vice president (sales and
marketing) of HMIL.
HMIL is the largest exporter of passenger cars, with exports of
over Rs.18 billion recording a growth of 27.2 percent over 2004.
The sixth largest automaker in the world has a manufacturing
unit in Chennai where Verna is manufactured.
HMIL has also announced plans to launch a second plant that will
produce 300,000 units annually, raising its total production
capacity to 600,000 units by 2007.
The automaker currently boasts of 162 dealer networks and has
plans to increase this to 200 by the end of this year.
The introductory prices of Hyundai Verna (petrol) is Rs.629,000
to 639,000 while the diesel variant costs Rs.735,000.
Milan Fashion Week invites first
New Delhi, Sep 24 The Milan Fashion Week has for the first
time invited an Indian buyer, Kimaya, to be part of its ongoing
Pradeep and Neha Hirani will lead the eight-member merchandising
and forecasting team to conduct business at the fashion week
that started Saturday.
Kimaya, a leading Indian apparel chain, represented India at the
London Fashion Week from Sep 18 to 22 as well.
"For the first time ever, India is being recognised, not as a
seller but as an important buyer at international fashion
events. It is a proud moment, not only for Kimaya, but the
entire fashion fraternity in India. Our participation in the
London and Milan fashion weeks is a huge step towards creating a
springboard for European designers to launch and extend their
brands in India," said Pradeep Hirani, chairperson of Kimaya.
Kimaya represents 108 designers, including designers from
Pakistan, Malaysia and South Africa. The chain hopes to now
include European designers and brands.
With Kimaya's participation at the London and Milan Fashion
Weeks, it is evident that the European fashion industry is
taking serious note of India's growing potential as a fashion
Salon business booms in
Kiev, Sep 18 During the dark pre-1991 days of Soviet Ukraine,
only two beauty salons served the needs of more than one million
women then in the capital Kiev - and appointments were fought
over tooth and nail. Today, an estimated 2,000 salons operate
legally and illegally in the city, supported by an army of tens
of thousands of self-employed beauty professionals. Nationwide,
beauty salons outnumber restaurants and grocery stores combined.
"The demand for female beauty in Ukraine, is like the demand for
rice in China," said Inge Shishchenko, a Kiev-based cosmetics
consultant. "The secret to an attractive appearance is hard
work, and no one works harder at being pretty than our Ukrainian
It certainly looks that way.
On the tree-shaded promenades in the bigger towns like Kiev's
Khreschtyk Street or Odessa's Deribassovsky Boulevard, stunning
women traipse by in quantities exceeding most major European
cities, and at times resembling the starlet parades of Cannes or
The story of how the Ukrainian peasant girl Roksolana through
beauty and guile became the favourite wife of a 16th century
Turkish sultan, and so the effective ruler of the Ottoman
Empire, is a standard history lesson in Ukrainian schools.
Mikhail Zhvanetsky, a popular Ukrainian comic, even jokes: "In
summer on the Deribassovsky, men are walking into lamp posts,
it's like flies on a windshield! There are too many beautiful
women. They are uncontrolled by law, and your eyes don't know
which way to look! It's dangerous!"
Feminism has had difficulty gaining a foothold in Ukraine.
Even politician Julia Timoshenko, a 40-something former prime
minister feared by most male politicians for her oratorical
skills, admits she is a just as enthusiastic customer for the
beauty industry as her less accomplished sisters.
"Every girl wants to be beautiful, to have a pleasing
appearance," the elegant Timoshenko said. "In this I am no
different from any other Ukrainian woman."
At the top of the market, women like Timoshenko looking to
invest in their appearance can visit a palatial building where
classical background music is played as she chooses between
health club and cafe under the same roof.
Besides the fingernail specialist ($10) and the hair stylist
($50-$100), she can have full-body cleansings ($100-$200), and
vitamin and even Botox injections ($100-$500 a treatment).
At the stylish Kosmetika Luks salon, businesswoman Lesya
Zhigalevska turned down the chocolate mask ($80) in favour of a
90-minute facial treatment culminating in a collagen-thread
massage, in all costing a bit fewer than $50.
"I do as much for the quiet and relaxation, as for the treatment
itself," Zhigalevska said.
Pretty much all international technology can offer is available
to a Ukrainian woman willing to grit her teeth for the sake of
hair-free skin: chemical washes, leg waxing, electrolysis,
intensive-light pulses, and good old Soviet-era lasers to zap
each individual follicle.
Even Ukraine's famous mineral riches - the country boasts
reserves of everything from antimony to uranium - stand ready to
defend the beauty of the nation.
Ukrainian clay is, according to a Kosmetolog magazine article
"superior to foreign substitutes - and in all ways healthy".
The procedure is simplicity itself: for whatever mineral the
patient's skin lacks, the beauty professional chooses the
"Reddish clays such as in our eastern provinces are high in iron
and copper, so use this clay for a patient deficient in this
mineral," the article advised.
At the lower rungs of the market ladder, a beauty salon is one
of the few private businesses a Ukrainian woman can open on her
own for not much start-up capital, and expect a regular income.
"My job is to help," said Svitlana Drach, owner-operator of the
single-room Nasha Krasunia salon in the village Boyarka. "Of
course I give discounts. In this business my patients only pay
what they can."
Fraud, or more kindly faith-based beauty services, remains a
main risk in Ukraine's take-no-prisoners beauty industry. Among
popular treatments ranging from the iffy to the downright risky
are magnetic massages, ultrasonic scrubs, and "cyrotherapy", in
which the "technician" freezes the "patient's" skin slightly.
"This is why for a Ukrainian woman what is most important is the
quality of the beauty supplies, and the professional skill of
the cosmetologist, rather than the interior of the salon," Drach
"Spending money on beauty is not enough for our girls - they
"A Ukrainian woman will always try to be beautiful, it is our
tradition, it is part of our culture," Shishchenko said. "The
will to be beautiful is in her blood."
Tedious tasks, annoying customers waste company time
Hamburg, Tedious, busy work and annoying customers waste the most company time, according to a representative survey by German research organisation
Gewis-Institute. The survey was done at the instance of the Munich-based magazine
Freundin. Busy work was the biggest reason for lost productivity, according to 34 percent of respondents.
Annoying customers were cited by 33 percent. A total of 1,048 respondents aged between 18 and 60 were interviewed for the survey.
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Wills Lifestyle to sponsor India Fashion Week
New Delhi, Ending weeks of uncertainty, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Wednesday announced it had signed on designer label Wills Lifestyle as the sponsor for the India Fashion Week (IFW), which will hitherto be a bi-annual event.
"This is the first time since its inception (in 2000) that the India Fashion Week will be presented in Delhi and Mumbai in an international format to cover the two seasonal markets of autumn/winter and spring/summer," FDCI director general Rati Vinay Jha said at a press conference to announce the three-year tie-up with the ITC-owned brand.
According to her, "2006 will be all about a new beginning. It will be all about giving India Fashion Week a whole new international look, theme and direction".
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Rave styles for raven locks!
New Delhi, Having a healthy mane, giving it an extra sheen or an ultra chic bob has become a major fad across Indian cities. Hair care is in, with infinite styles - curls, plain, twisted, permed or even straightened.
Hair couture is big business - scissor sculptors equipped with an array of styling products, an assortment of gels and therapy that will give your locks a fabulous look and make the head stand apart.
From Loreal to herbal, Shahnaz to Garnier, hair styling, therapy and coiffure have come of age in India with both men and women enjoying all the attention that their hair can get."Hair care is about giving an electric sheen to the mane in a fashion-dominated world," says celebrity stylist Sylvie in Delhi, who charges anything upwards of Rs.1,000 for a swell cut that could mean either chopping, trimming or subtly manicuring hair to set it into a chic hairdo.(
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Rahul Gandhi relishes Hyderabadi cuisine
The sari blouse in its new avatar
Unique South African Indian cuisine contest
Pakistan fashion designers to help quake-victims
Autumn in the air sharpens appetite
Nepal discovers magic of Indian yoga guru
Prince William to don banker's suit for experience
colours, flavours in your salad bowl
Men are better in shopping than women: study
Annoying habits can break up a healthy relationship
Motorists are under permanent stress
Women want their say when buying a car
Digging deep to resurrect a legacy of cuisine
contender to become Miss Tibet
Shampoo - Britons' top pick-up from hotels
'Dhoom' spurs demand for hip helmets in Gujarat
China's young going more for junk food
'champi', curry expert from Patna
Indians are at high risk of lifestyle diseases: survey
Ganguly would prevail over Chappell: Bejan Daruwalla
Mussolini's limousine up for grabs on online auction
Britons vote for curry, South Asian restaurant tops
Mumbai's cabbies unhappy with planned makeover
Swaziland's polygamous king chooses teenage bride
Floral business booms in Jaipur
Gates tops richest Americans list again
Now, celebrate 'Kiss Day'
Petrol sniffing ravaging Australia's Aborigines
Catherine Deneuve defends embattled Kate Moss
Niki Mahajan label in Kuwait; Lebanon, Turkey next
Fashion world glints with Rajasthani silver
Wispy clouds of hookah smoke signal a young trend
And now, beauty care for the dog