Nicobar launches clothing line made from recycled material, plans to expand sustainable collection

“We get asked about when the next, next, next collections are coming, but we consciously choose to only make smaller drops,” announced Nicobar on social media as it took a step towards sustainability with the launch of new clothing line from recycled materials.

The brand further added, “From our relationships with our factory partners to carefully-considered social and environmental factors during sourcing and production, we’ve always believed in transparency. We’re proud to say that, while we’re not perfect, every day we take small steps towards ensuring that mindfulness remains a core value at Nicobar.”

Nicobar now uses organic cotton and 50% recycled wool to produce the clothing line. The brand stated, “⁣Virgin’ wool production is land and water intensive which requires energy, water, and chemicals to turn the shorn fleece into the clean dyed fibre. But ⁣⁣recycled wool doesn’t require any of this. It is a comparatively lower-impact process, saving water, eliminating resulting wastewater, and also uses significantly less energy than what is required to produce new fabrics.”

Speaking about organic cotton, the brand said it is being used to craft all the core clothing including t-shirts for now and will further work to expand this across all clothing collections. “We’re continuing to expand our use of organic cotton into many of the styles we offer,” concluded the brand.


Men’s Fashion: Designers forecast the 2020 trend

Designers Arjun Khanna, Falguni Shane Peacock and Payal Singhal forcast Men’s fashion for the year 2020. From denim to trousers to suits to kurtas, here’s what the experts feel you can wear to make a style statement this year.

Arjun Khanna

1. Denim:

The biggest style statement for 2020 will continue to be denim. Denim across various forms and silhouettes is overripe for designers to experiment with. The messaging of recycled denim adds to making the trend a huge success. Denim jackets with patch work, embellishments, denim ties, denim on denim is going to be one of the biggest menswear trends in 2020.

2. Sustainability:

Since sustainability is the need of the hour, traditional textiles will also make a big comeback. The use of traditional textiles for formal wear like blazers and suits in old school tailoring methods will be a huge trend for 2020.

3. The 70s Trouser:

Bell and flared pants of the 70’s are one trouser trend which made a comeback in 2019 and will continue to be largely popular in 2020. This 70’s silhouette makes it way into the spotlight after a decade of the skinny variety ruling the trouser department for men. Be careful whilst wearing this silhouette! Must wear a slim fitting shirt or tee not baggy or loose.

4. Colours:

Blue, Charcoal Grey, Turquoise, Earthy Greens are becoming trendier than ever across textiles.

Falguni & Shane Peacock

1. Suits:

I think we are going to see people dressing up in suits at many occasions as opposed to a selective, special few. I think the trend has already picked up, and it need not be a classic black one anymore. We will see suits in every colour and texture taking over the trend lists.

2. Structure:

Slim cut suits that are more structured and fitted will be the choice when it comes to suits. A sleek silhouette adds the classic charm to any suit and gives it a more sophisticated and well-groomed look.

3. Bandhis:

Bandhis are going to make quite a comeback. An amalgamation of new and old will result in this style being sported in various shades, textures, and prints. The ubiquitous Bandhis which are a staple at any traditional occasion will soon be seen making waves at other platforms and places too.

Payal Singhal

1. Experiment with traditional:

Indian menswear has gone more experimental-men are no longer resorting to just a simple kurta and churidar, rather they are open to newer silhouettes.

2. Print-on-print:

Print-on-print and head-to-toe print is big for the coming season – it’s a look we dressed Farhan Akhtar in for our #PS20 runway show, and one that was also seen on Karan Johar.

3. Sheer kurtas:

The kurta has got more modern with sheer kurtas coming out as big winners this season. Wear it with a shalwar, Pathani or velvet dhoti rather than a churidar.

4. Accessorise:

Accessories will be in focus and not an afterthought. Play with printed ties, safas and bandhis if you’re wary of wearing prints from head-to-toe. Replace the bow tie with a mooch tie for a quirky update, also a great option for groomsmen to coordinate for one of the wedding events.

This article was first published on IANS 

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Art and Culture Calendar 2020

For all the art and cultural junkies, here is a list of events throughout the year that you can walk from city to city which will help you escape the metropolitan crowd for a while and give some time to rejuvenate.

The most striking and welcoming aspect of these festivals is the fact that they are not restricted to the elite few but welcome people across classes, age groups and gender. And for all the cynics out there, well, try booking a room in Jaipur, Kochi, Goa or Dharamshala when the Jaipur Literature Festival, Kochi Biennale, Serendipity Arts Festival or Dharamshala International Film Festival is on.

This following list of festivals is gaining popularity not just in India but across the world; will you be there?


  • Jaipur Literature Festival

The world’s largest free literary festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, founded in the year 2006 has grown bigger in scale with every passing year. This year will witness some of the biggest names in literature spellbinding an audience that descends to the city comes from across the country and abroad.

When – January 23-27

Where – Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Look Around – Steal a day to check out the architectural marvels in Jaipur and surrounding places.

  • India Art fair

The 12th edition of India Art Fair, in partnership with BMW Group India will bring forth the best in South Asian modern and contemporary art. Live performances and talks will also be held during the show, which is attended by art aficionados and members of the public from India and abroad. This year’s memorial lectures will be dedicated to the life and works of modernist Ram Kumar and artist Tushar Joag conducted by experts Kishore Singh and Shireen Gandhy respectively.

When: Jan 30 to Feb 2

Where: NSIC Grounds in New Delhi

Look Around: From monuments like Red Fort to Old Delhi’s street food, the Indian capital has something for everyone.


  • Surajkund International Craftsmela

Just the perfect place to seep in the best of traditions from far-off corners of India, this mela boasts of diverse exhibitions of handicrafts and handlooms. One of the largest crafts exhibitions of the world where state-specific and even international performances are held at open-air theatres, it is a perfect place for the whole family. This time, the theme state is Himachal Pradesh. Of course, don’t forget to binge on the cuisine from varied Indian territories.

When: Feb 1 to 17

Where: Surajkund, Faridabad

Look Around: Those of you coming from different parts of the country should check out some well-known places in Delhi including Qutb Minar, Jantar Mantar, and by-lanes of Old Delhi

  • Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

A multi-cultural festival that boasts of amalgamation of various activities including art displays, plays, dance performances, music and food offerings for a wholesome experience, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival should definitely be on your list for this year.

When: Feb 2 to Feb 9

Where: Kala Ghoda area, South Mumbai

Look Around: An interesting cosmopolitan, which accommodates both slum dwellers and some of the richest people in the world. Do make it a point to go in for a guided tour to Dharavi, the world’s largest slum which will demolish all your preconceived notions of slum life.


  • Holla Mohalla

Over the years, not just Sikhs from across the country and the world, but also people from other religions have started making a beeline for the Holla Mohalla festival that was started in the 18th century. Promising to offer a glimpse into the rich traditions and culture of Sikhism, this is a definite treat for all senses. Get set to witness martial arts and war drums performances amidst colours, horse-riding skills and other displays during the celebrations.

When: March 10 to 12

Where: Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Look Around: Anandpur and surrounding areas boast of some beautiful Gurudwaras. Those of you wanting to get a glimpse of village-life should check out the many villages surrounding the area.

  • Basanta Utsav

Held in the almost utopian landscape of Vishwa Bharati University conceived and started by Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, Basanta Utsav witnesses the university’s students perform different cultural programmes, both traditional and contemporary during this festival. From songs to dances, the whole place, pregnant with heritage, comes alive.

When: March 10, 2020

Where: Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Look Around: Check out Tagore’s Ashram and the art galleries.


  • Tulip festival

They say tulips always do the trick. Let this annual festival be an excuse to visit Kashmir, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Overlooking the picturesque Dal Lake the huge range of tulips including golden, striped, purple, red and orange is bound to overwhelm you. Remember, they only bloom for two weeks, so get your tickets booked much in advance.

When: April 11 to 17

Where: Srinagar, Kashmir

Look Around: Hire a cab and head to places like Gulmarg and Pahalgam, some of the best-known tourist destinations of the region.

  • The Aoling Festival

Celebrated by the Konyak tribe of Nagaland, which has a history of being headhunters but is now engaged in farming, this festival marks the settling down of the spring season. If you dig ethnic wear and need every occasion to buy accessories, this is just the right fest for you. Tribal dances, music and Naga food make Aoling a must see.

When: April 1 to 10

Where: Nagaland

Look Around: Tuensang, which is flanked by Myanmar on its right.


  • Thrissur Pooram

What can be a better occasion to visit God’s own country than during Thrissur Pooram? Witness the grand procession of 30 elephants with more than 250 musicians. This is something you need to experience to understand the effect. Not just this, the festival also boasts of varied cultural performances, music performances, displays and dances. Don’t forget to see the elaborate fireworks.

When: May 3

Where: Vadakkumnathan Temple of Thrissur in Kerala

  • Mount Abu Summer Festival

Considering the soaring mercury in the plains, this festival promises an excellent respite. Fold dances, boast racing to Sham-e-Qawwali.

When: May 6 and 7

Where: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Look Around: A quiet and laid-back hill station, spend time walking and trekking here.


  • Rath Yatra Orissa

You really don’t have to be religious to derive satisfaction from religious festivals. The cultural angle in most Indian religious festivals make them popular with people across faiths, and the Rath Yatra in Orissa is one such example. Deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, of the main Jagannath temple of Puri, are removed with the celestial wheel and taken to their chariots, which are the avenue of Gundicha Temple. Not just devotes, but people from around the world descend to witness the grand celebrations.

When: June 23, 2020

Where: Puri, Orissa

Look Around: Puri has some beautiful temples. Also, you can drive to Konark, which is a few hours away.

  • Shimla Summer Festival

Being regularly held at the Queen of Hills since 1960, this festival has something for everyone – from music concerts, fashion to food, this festival is very popular among people from across Himachal. Those wanting a break from the monsoons in the plains should definitely uphill for this.

When: First week of June

Where: Shimla

Look Around: Shimla has some popular spots like the Mall Road. Those who like reading ghost stories should check out the so-called haunted spots in Sanjauli. Popular tourist destination Kufri is just a few hours away.


  • Hemis Festival

Commemorating the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet, this two-day festival has become very popular over the years among both Indian and foreign tourists. People from all over come to see the elaborate masked dances performed by lamas dressed in elaborate costumes.

When: June 30-July 1

Where: Hemis Monastery, Leh

Look Around: The Hemis National park has beautiful landscapes while the city of Leh has lots of cafes and bakeries to try out.

  • Champakulam Boat Race

Kerala’s oldest snake boat race, this one is popular with people across generations. An elaborate set-up, comprising processions and decorated boats, photographers from around India and abroad come to capture this.

When: July 4

Where: Pampa River at Champakulam

Look Around: The backwaters of Kerela are rich in flora and fauna for some bird spotting. You could even sign up for a Yoga course with some of the best centres based in Kerela.

  • Malabar River Festival

Let’s give culture a break and talk about the Malabar River Festival held by Kerala Tourism. This year will see the 8th edition of South India’s only extreme adventure competition, which has been nominated one of the five best whitewater kayak festivals in the world by the French Kayak Session Magazine. Bringing together kayakers from more than 15 countries, the event boast of different categories including Extreme Race, Giant Slalom and Boater Cross.

No, you really don’t have to be a participant to get a kick out of this. Just being part of the audience also promises a great adrenaline rush.

When: Exact dates to be announced

Where: Iruvanjhipuzha and Chalipuzha rivers at Thusharagiri, Kozhikode district, Kerala.

Look Around: The soothing backwaters promise to soothe your nerves after witnessing the event.


  • Onam

A major annual festival for Malayalis, Onam is a harvest festival, which is celebrated elaborately in Kerala. Visiting the state during this period makes all the sense as it is the perfect time to witness cultural events like tiger dances, boat races, mask dances, music, martial arts and plantain offerings. Major festivities take place across 30 venues in the state capital.

When: August 22 to Sep 2

Where: Thiruvananthapuram

Look around: Kovalam beach and Poovar island.

  • Fete De Pondicherry

Get set for a three-day long festivity of music and dance organised in the laid-back and relaxed Pondicherry. What is striking about this festival is the amalgamation of western and eastern culture at one place. Different performances, competitions and exhibitions are held during this festival

When: Dates yet to be announced

Where: Pondicherry

Look Around: Laze out at the beach or go and visit the beautiful international township of Autryville close to the city.


  • Ziro Festival of Music

A spellbinding valley located around 170 Kms from Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar, the Ziro Valley has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site nominee for many years now. The annual Ziro Festival of Music held here boasts of some of the finest independent musicians from across the country and the world taking to the stage. Promising a festive atmosphere, complete with folk musicians from the Northeast of India in their elaborate gear, this is a must-visit fest in September. But remember, you need the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for this area.

When: Dates yet to be announced

Where: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Look Around: Namdapha National Park and Gompa Buddhist Temple in Itanagar.

  • Pune International Literary Festival

This three-day long festival promises to be a treat for all bookworms and all those star stuck by writers. The event will witness conversations, talk shows and book releases.

When: September 28

Where: Pune

Look Around: Osho ashram, Aga Khan Palace


  • Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Also known as RIFF Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation have partnered to treat people to this unique festival held in exotic Rajasthan which features participation by major musicians. In fact, UNESCO also endorses the fest.

When: October 29 to November 2

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Look Around: Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mandore Garden

  • Marwar Festival

Folk music, centering on the lifestyles of Rajasthan’s rulers is the main attraction of this fest. Besides this, camel shows, horse riding, polo, and traditional puppet shows are also organised. Performers sing songs remembering the state’s heroes and myths of the region.

When: October 12 and 13

Where: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort


  • Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF)

Over the years, this festival in Himachal Pradesh’s small town has become increasingly popular with people from across the country and abroad. Besides being a well-curated fest, the air of informality and intimacy makes it extremely popular.

When: Dates yet to be announced

Where: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Look Around: An interesting market to buy Tibetan items and several trekking routes.

  • Pushkar Camel Fair

Just bought a DSLR and raring to frame something fantastic? Well, head straight for this fair frequented by both top and amateur photographers from around the world. Attracting more than two lakh visitors, there is much more to the fair than just camels. From snake charmers, camel racing to a camel beauty contest, this event will surprise you no end.

A huge number of pilgrims also come to bathe at the Pushkar Lake during these days.

When: November 22 to 30

Where: Pushkar

Look Around: Israeli food at Pushkar’s eclectic cafes, Brahma Temple.


  • Kochi Muziris Biennale

Get set for Asia’s biggest festival of contemporary art where Indian and international artists will showcase artworks across mediums including sculpture, painting, performance and new media. Artist Shubigi Rao will curate the fifth edition of the Biennale.

When: Starts from December 12

Where: Kochi, Kerala

Look Around: Backwaters; and if you have time, don’t miss a short trip to Coorg, a beautiful unspoilt hill-station.

  • Hornbill Festival

Get a glimpse of North-East India and the peculiar culture of Nagaland with this festival. Different Naga tribes showcase their traditional dances, music and artifacts during Hornbill. A must-visit for those willing to try out different cuisines.

When December 1 to 10.

Where Nagaland

Look Around: Kohima Museum, Kachari ruins


This article was first published on IANS Life

Feature Image Courtesy: Kerala Tourism

Sephora to focus on tier 1 and 2 cities; plans to open another 75 stores in India

With the commencement of new decade, a lot of brands, both Indian and international, are planning to expand their ventures and invest in small towns including tier 2 and tier 3 cities for the company’s growth. Next up in the list is French beauty and personal care brand Sephora.

The brand is looking forward to increase its reach in Indian Market with the launch of another 75 stores across the country in the future. Four years since its launch in India, the company has seen an overwhelming response in the market and would like to invest more in the same domain.

According to the reports of The New Indian Express, Sephora had seen 50% of its sales from the metro cities in the country and would now like to shift its focus to tier 1 and tier 2 cities.

Commenting on the development, Sephora India, CEO, Vivek Bali said, “We are aggressively expanding. The initial target is to reach 50 stores in a few years from now. But after that, we are looking at expanding our footprints across 75 locations in the country.”

He further added, “Tier 1 and 2 cities have already contributed a lot to our customer base. The responses from cities such as Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai have been amazing.”

Maldives and Madagascar inspire Rahul Mishra’s Paris Haute Couture Collection

“I find a huge influence from my recent visit to Maldives which surfaces prominently in a part of the collection,” fashion designer Rahul Mishra tells us as he talks about his collection to be showcased at the Paris Haute Couture Week. “I had a chance to snorkel on the trip and I found the underwater world rather fascinating,” he adds. The designer will be a guest member on the Haute Couture Calendar, as announced by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture committee.

Mishra is said to be the first from India to join the calendar. The designer who is all set to showcase at Paris Fashion Week in January 2020 for spring couture takes inspiration from his everyday life and little things that surround him. He said, “Alongside, I have been spending a lot of time with my four year old daughter lately and she has just started to understand animation better; she is extremely drawn to the movie, Madagascar and we’ve watched it together for over thirty times. The characters and sensibilities of animated films have also had an influence in the making of this collection.” He continued, “Otherwise, this collection has been a very intimate one with more of my time and emotions having been invested in it.”

Representing the country and its craft at an International level is not an easy business. “It has taken us about a month to create a single sample after numerous hits and trials. It will see a culmination of our own craft as we’ve worked on bettering ourselves throughout the journey since its beginning.” the designer concluded.


Read: Paris Fashion Week: Indian Designer Rahul Mishra makes it to Haute Couture calendar

52 Red Pills to become Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Author, podcaster and blogger Fred Ferriss has famously said: “Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a Past Year Review instead.” Inspired by this, Eika Banerjee, a top honcho in the leadership development space, and her husband Siddharth, who operates in the marketing and IT sectors, while sitting amidst the “lush greens of a tiger reserve” on the New Year’s Eve of 2018, decided to take the bull by the horns as it were.

The outcome? “52 Red Pills – A New Age Playbook To Become Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” (Pan/pp 326/Rs 350). The authors have been together since reading for their MBAs at FMS-Delhi and are Chevening Scholars at Oxford University.

“When faced with a situation, both of us would always seek to enquire, learn, distil and then act (wisely or unwisely so), rather than wait to get answers from somewhere or to follow an existing paradigm,” the authors write.

So, how did they take their journey of self-learning “into the next orbit”?

By embarking on a “52 Weeks Learning Challenge”, ambitiously penning down a long list of 63 actions or subjects they would cover across the 52 weeks of 2018, encompassing a vast gamut of ideas and themes, from the art of making fine coffee to mind maps, from how billionaires think or how pro-marathoners train, from mindfulness to ‘muay thai’ (kickboxing) and from ancient medicine practices to cutting-edge technology.

To make all this possible in a disciplined manner, they had to ruthlessly prioritise their time, given their demanding corporate roles and the need to spend leisure time with their two daughters as well as family and friends.

“Hence, we drew up a ‘Sacrifice List’ that basically axed certain activities to make time for this weekly discipline of self-learning. Binge-watching shows and movies on Netflix was now a thing of the past. We even cut down on attending corporate parties to once a week. And so on,” the authors explain.

They then pose five questions for you to define your learning journey:

* What do you love most about yourself as an individual/couple/team/family?

* What do you enjoy doing (alone/together) the most?

* What are the themes (cuisines, travel, dancing, wines, movies literature and sports are a few examples) you want to explore (alone/together)?

* How do want to explore yourself/your togetherness/your themes? For instance, would you like cook experimental meals, learn new dances, play sports, watch and analyse movies, explore newer workouts and so on?

* What is your longlist of seventy things you want to do, learn about, practice and/or create?

Thereafter, draw up a table to map out your resources and assign responsibilities. This is how it should look: S. No/Category/Expert/Resources/Responsibility.

Choose a day that suits you and then, at the end of every week of the coming year, do the following exercise:

* Tick off the item/topic you covered from your list.

* Create your own log and record of what you did, how you did it, what you learnt and what you would like to do again.

* Maintain it also in the form of photographs, written experiences in your journal or diary, videos, on your social media feeds and/or at the end of every topic.

Towards the end of the year, “you will have your own 52 RedPills journey compilation, filled with shared experiences and wonderful memories to keep you company as you evolve yourself”.

“Through the year, you will have learned, laughed, fallen, recovered, shared, created, danced, evolved and oh so much more.

“You will have explored.

“You will have lived,” the authors write.

How did the title come about?

“We drew inspiration from Morpheous in the movie ‘Matrix’, who offers Neo the choice of taking the blue pill or the red pill. The latter denotes an adventure across uncharted paths, and so, we have named our hyper-learning journey across 52 weeks of 2018 as ’52RedPills’, the authors write.

This is a book you ignore at your own peril. Happy 2020!


This article was first published on IANS Life

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Costuming Characters : A look at Bollywood characters and their costume choices this decade

A lowdown on the sartorial choices made in Bollywood movies in this decade some good, some bad, some you should read below…

There were many characters we saw onscreen this decade be it Ranveer Singh’s Alauddin Khilji, Shahid Kapoor’s Haider, Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu’s Saand Ki Aankh, cool boys from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – all had a flavor which isn’t only the acting chops but was brought into the characters with their looks too.

Costume stylists, designers, makeup artists, hair department all collaborate to bring us one character that we’d love or hate! Our hatred for Khiliji or love for Jhilmil from Barfi is much attributed to their costume. Many times bollywood got it right and many a times it missed. Here’s a list of characters we felt were/were not justified by their costumes this decade.

Murad from Gully Boy

Ever wondered why Apna Time Ayega and Meri Gully Mein became the anthem of youngsters? Besides Naezy, Divine and Ankur Tiwari, much credit goes to the craft of costume designers Arjun Bhasin and Poornamrita Singh for making it look all authentic.

Be it Murad’s Dharavi destiny or turning it around for his aspirations- fake Adidas, ill-fitting pants and faded striped hoodies made us believe in Zoya Akhtar’s narration.

Remember that one scene from the rap battle where Gully Boy Murad is standing against rich-kid Shah Rule and the latter comments on Murad’s clothes. Gully Boy gives it back to Shah Rule saying “Kapde silayele khud ke dum se, nahi liye maine apne baap se,” Singh couldn’t have done justice to these lines without those slouchy clothes and ragged shoes. Shah Rule’s gold chains, fancy jacket and branded t-shirt also helped us draw the contrast between two different worlds meeting at one platform.

Another instance is when Murad is amazed by MC Sher’s performance at a college fest – Murad’s shirt over a vest, side parted hair and his expressive eyes tell us that the dharavi boy is smitten with the new-gen rapstar Sher’s style.

Throughout Murad’s journey is in little details like surma, tabeez and stubble beard which makes you believe in his dreams and makes you stand by him throughout the film. And let’s not forget the lust and love you see in Murad’s eyes once he receives original Adidas in the final shot of the movie. All thanks to Poornamrita and Bhasin for wandering around tiny streets of Bangkok and Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar.

Roop and Bahar Begum from Kalank

Until and unless one is told that Kalank is set in 1945, one can’t guess it. Designer Manish Malhotra’s costumes just don’t fall in place with what Karan Johar’s story wanted to say.

Starting from set design to costumes to dialogues to script, everything seemed more Bhansali-esque. Bahar Begum’s (Madhuri Dixit) world and the kind of costumes she wears didn’t go hand in hand. Especially the colour-coordinated lehenga, royal interior and lavish jewelry didn’t bring out the essence of Heera Mandi. And one can’t empathize with Madhuri’s character because one didn’t connect to her world.

To be honest, replacing these designer dresses with something more native could have helped. Even when the story narrates that Roop (Alia Bhatt) belongs to a lower class, her specially curated lehenga in rajvaadi odhni makes it difficult for us to buy.

Besides all this Baaki Sab First Class Hain!

Mamta from Sui Dhaga

Chiffon sarees, kala dhaga, nose-ring, sindoor and a red bindi – all that a suhagan from any small town would wear. Anushka Sharma as Mamta in Sui Dhaga is visually convincing.

Mamta is someone who is trying to teach her husband Mauji take pride in what he does. She plays the inspiration in Mauji’s life and constantly supports him. The couple also struggles to find some personal space whilst living with extended family. The lines on Mamta’s face, constant-plastic smile and the pallu on her head says’ it all!

Designer Darshan Jalal and makeup artist Clover Wootton created the persona of Mamta with multi-coloured printed sarees paired with cardigans, curls around her forehead, mid-parted braid and bangles. Director Sharad Katariya revealed that the cosmetics used for the makeover were from local market which actually brought the best to the character.

Sadashiv Rao from Panipat

Costume Designer Neeta Lulla in an interview to Mid Day had said that Panipat has similar costumes as Bajirao Mastani because both are period drama set in the same time. We can’t agree more. But, it cannot be ignored that industry veteran Lulla couldn’t have done anything differently.

In a way the costumes weren’t supported by the character like Arjun Kapoor as Sadashiv Rao didn’t look fierce. We cannot say this is how gallant Maratha warriors used to look back then.

Little could Lulla do with the fabric if Kapoor couldn’t bring the fire in his eyes and intensity that is needed for the character. The way Kapoor walks, delivers dialogues or plays with the sword- everything falls flat and is less enticing. This is when we cannot help but compare Gowariker’s film to Bhansali’s Bajirao.

Kaira from Dear Zindagi

You cannot look at a person and tell if he/she is going through a mental health problem – costume designer Anaita Shroff Adajania made it pretty clear with Kaira in Dear Zindagi.

Thank You Adajania for not stereotyping the concept of mental health and letting Kaira wear comfortable clothes. One look at the character and one will notice how messed up she is. Instead of letting that reflect in her attire, the makers use small instances such as Kaira having a breakdown at work and walking out of the place or the one where she breaks a jar in a supermarket.

From dresses to jeans to tank tops and distressed denim Kaira wears it all but when it comes to grooming she’s not on point. Kaira ties a bun or a pony in half of the film making it more relatable. One can notice her transition via her sartorial choices in the movie. After meeting Jag (Shah Rukh Khan) her pretentious smile turns into laughter and restless eyes turn lively but also her hair are in place.

Rohan from Student Of The Year 2

Starting from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Student of the Year 2, KJo never fails to create his own world of imagination where everything is Gucci and Prada and is far far away from reality.

Overdone makeup, male protagonist with six-pack abs and female leads looking like glam-dolls in sports bra and crop tops is too much to believe in.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the girls in the movie looked like they came directly from Vogue photoshoot. We agree!

Even if we give Punit Malhotra a chance to tell the story and forget about KJos world, we don’t see the commitment to the characters. Rohan (Tiger Shroff) is a student of Pishorilaal Chamandas college who comes from a poor background but looks like a model right out of a Manish Malhotra catalogue. Those branded pants, t-shirts and biceps make it difficult for us to buy Rohan’s story.

Shashi from English Vinglish

For Sridevi’s comeback movie costume department of Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish didn’t leave any stones unturned to design Shashi’s world which was coloured with Sabyasachi sarees. Sridevi aced the character in those cotton saris and short-sleeve blouses.

An Indian woman who loves making ladoos is constantly looked down upon by her family because she can’t speak English. Later she goes to New York and wants to learn the language to put her best foot forward but not at the cost of her own identity.

She meets new people, learns a new language and culture- all in those regular sarees. That’s what we love about Shashi. She takes over New York with Pallu on one shoulder, handbag on the other completing it with a bindi and mangalsutra of course. When Shashi starts speaking decent English, we see the confidence in her eyes. The way she walks down the New York street in an over coat on saree and coffee in one hand, we know she’s got it.

Little details in Shinde’s story made it real. From Shashi trying to get her Visa approved in broken English to giving a speech at her niece’s wedding, we are with her throughout the journey. That speech in a red silk saree, mid-parted braid and kundals definitely made us proud of Sridevi’s character.

Jhilmil from Barfi

Priyanka Chopra in an Koffee With Karan interview had said that first time Anurag Basu came for narration of Barfi – he almost got up and left as Chopra was all decked up in a gown and he wasn’t sure anymore that she can do Jhilmil. But what we saw on screen was convincing.

Bringing out the innocence of a beautiful character as Jhilmil would have been as difficult for the designers as for the actor Priyanka Chopra. Costume designer Aki Narula and Shafalina did a commendable job sketching the character. Portraying a character with mental health issues, with so much honesty is something that made the Jhilmil’s character stand out.


Jhilmil took us back to the days when there were little things to worry about. The character fearlessly playing around in that white frock, black strapped shoes and red shrug is something we crave for as adults. Playing with a mirror wouldn’t have looked cute if it wasn’t for those oversized printed kurta and curls falling on Jhilmil’s face.

When Jhilmil tries to overdo Shruti by wearing a saree we know she’s not comfortable and yet is willing to take that risk for Barfi. Thanks to the designers to reflect so many emotions through a saree over kurta paired with a white hairband.

Italian brand Carrera to enter Indian Market in 2020

Italian jeans brand Carrera has joined the list of international labels that see India as an important growth market and plans to expand in the country next year.

The brand is looking forward to enter the market through partnerships with several manufacturers and retailers across various categories including apparel, footwear and accessories for people from all walks of life.

Carrera has associated with Licenseworks to launch its line and make its mark in the Indian market. Known for its strategic thinking and strong connections, Licenseworks will help the Italian brand to reinforce its position in the country as a global fashion and lifestyle brand.

According to the reports of Fashion Network Rishabh Singla, managing partner at Licenseworks said, “Carrera is an iconic brand inspired by the popular ‘Carrera Panamericana’ race. We look forward to partner with some best-in-class licensees in India to help launch a complete collection of products across apparel, footwear, and accessories.”

Huda Kattan: It’s all about authenticity and connection

From launching the brand in 2013 to making it one of the most recognisable names in the industry, a lot of hardwork and patience has gone into the journey of Huda Beauty. Founder Huda Kattan recently spoke about the key to stand out in the growing competition and rapidly expanding market.

“It may seem very emotional, but I think the two things that set you apart from growing competition are authenticity and connection,” said Kattan talking to IANS Life. “Without these two, I think it’s hard to stand out and to build a loyal community despite how strong your business model may be,” she added.

Nude Obsessions by Huda Beauty
Source: Instagram (Huda Beauty)

From being a beauty blogger to launching her own beauty brand, the founder has come a long way. Taking it from the brand’s journey, Kattan said it’s important to keep customers on priority and cater according to their needs. She stated, “All of the content we push is extremely authentic and we still recommend and promote other products to show that it’s still the case. During a consumer-led time, it’s important to really understand what ‘consumer-led’ means and to operate accordingly.”

Rose collection from Huda Beauty

“We do everything from the heart and our community knows it. We talk with them, listen to them and make them feel like they are a part of our journey because they are. We don’t try to sell them anything we don’t truly believe in and they know that,” she concluded.

Christie’s to feature highlights at Mumbai Gallery Weekend

Auction house Christie’s is all set to present a strong-selection of highlights during the Mumbai Gallery Weekend, from 9 to 12 January 2020. The occasion will also see a guided tour by Christie’s specialists and there will be more than 150 works of Modern and Contemporary Indian art at the auction.

The auction house also announced an additional single-owner auction, A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer, during New York’s annual Asian Art Week in March 2020. A live auction will take place on 18 March and will be accompanied by an online sale, offering additional works from the collection between 13-20 March.

Coinciding with the India Art Fair, there will be a preview at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi on 31 January and 1 February.

Commenting on the occasion, Deepanjana Klein, International Director of the South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art department stated, “The depth of this Collection is a rarity in our field. Institutional in nature and intellect, Jane and Kito collected Indian art with the passion that knew no bounds. It is our honour to bring a small fraction of this Collection to the market.”

Calling Indian art their obsession Jane and Kito de Boer added, “We purchased our first paintings on impulse. These were an emotional response, reflecting our excitement at the vibrancy and energy of India’s culture. Since then, collecting India’s art has become an obsession. It has come to shape our lives. Today our collection has over 1,000 works of Indian art. Far too many to display! The moment you run out of wall space and yet continue to acquire is the time to admit that obsession has become an addiction.”

Compared to the last few years, this will be the largest and most important single-owner sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art that Christie’s has ever announced in this field.

Credits: IANS Life

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