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Masaba Gupta turns co-producer with upcoming reality show rooted in fashion

Celebrated fashion designer and actress Masaba Gupta is set to don the hat of a producer with her upcoming reality television show. The upcoming yet-to-be-titled show, in which she serves as a co-producer, blends fashion with the emotions surrounding Indian weddings. It will feature glimpses of the unique sense and emotions of wearing the quintessential Masaba silhouettes. The reality show focuses on real people, their candid stories and the raw emotions that drive the celebration of love and the joy of getting married. Co-produced with Lucifer Circus, the show promises to strengthen the idea of fashion beyond barriers and revolutionise traditional wear showcased by Masaba. Talking about the new development, Masaba said: "I'm thrilled to bring you captivating stories of marriages, companionship, and everything in between. Join us as we go behind the scenes of one of life's most cherished moments for any Indian -- the wedding. Together, we'll showcase the joy, traditions, and heartfelt moments that make these celebrations truly special.” The show follows the success of her bridal collection, which paid tribute to the regal heritage of Hyderabad and Patiala. Meanwhile, the latest bridal collection from her label, featuring Kareena Kapoor Khan, serves as a testament to her distinct aesthetics. Each ensemble curated by Masaba stands as a symbol of strength, independence, and empowerment. Also Read: First look inside Mumbai’s new experiential centre with Gauri Khan and Manish Malhotra This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 June,2024 12:34 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Mumbaikars suggest not only carrying small umbrellas but also wearing cotton and nylons and avoiding jeans during the monsoon season while travelling by train. Photo Courtesy: Atul Kamble

Mid-Day Premium Commuting by Mumbai locals in monsoons? Mumbaikars share fashion, travel hacks

With the trains being the city’s lifeline, most Mumbaikars often do not have the luxury of taking road transport, and that comes at a cost while train travelling, especially if you want to look good. “I have been travelling on Mumbai local trains for over 10 years now and it’s fair to say that monsoons are the worst season to move around,” says Sanjay Lawrence, city-based publicist from Vasai. It is no different for Agnes Fernandes, who has spent her life travelling on Mumbai’s local trains. The Mira Road resident expresses, “Travelling by Mumbai local trains is a challenge, on any given day. When you add rain to the mix, it is complete mayhem. Imagine taking care of yourself, your bags, and now your umbrella too, all the while trying to squeeze into the crowded trains.” Lawrence and Fernandes are among countless Mumbaikars who navigate the Mumbai monsoons and local trains while travelling to work daily. These trains aren’t empty and are in fact overpopulated with people hanging from the doors often braving the rain. This is only so that they can get to work in time to avoid getting a pay cut for reaching late. So, imagine how difficult it must be to maintain a professional appearance at the office or while going to a public gathering while navigating Mumbai’s monsoon-ridden train journeys? Seasoned and fashionable Mumbaikars advise to be well-prepared to deal with it. Every year, Mumbai experiences torrential rains between June and September and that may often be a challenge for many, who are forced to travel by the local suburban trains because they come to the city from different parts of the city. Yes, it isn’t raining as it was in July right now but if you have lived in Mumbai long enough you know, they are just around the corner, creeping up on you unsuspectingly either just when you leave your home or when you leave the office. It particularly happens when you have let your guard down and not carried your umbrella or have worn the most beautiful colourful dress or whites, or simply light-coloured shirts looking all dapper, and that’s when it pours, and throws everything off-balance.  Self-discipline can helpFirstly, Lawrence says even as people are at the mercy of weather gods, there is a need for people to be considerate towards others, as everybody is dealing with leaking rusty railway station roofs or lack of access to clean washrooms to tidy up before you reach work. Lawrence, who usually travels from Mumbai to Bandra and then to Bandra Kurla Complex, shares, “Observing line discipline while boarding the train during peak hours, taking care of wet raincoats before boarding the train, can go a long way in being mindful towards fellow travellers.” While the former may be difficult with the crowd, the latter is definitely possible. As far as his attire is concerned, the 30-year-old has to be very particular about the clothes he wears because he has to meet clients often, and that means dressing formally; but that may often be soiled when travelling, for which he has found a solution. “Since I work in a service-oriented role, I usually need to wear formals to work, but during monsoons, my clothing tends to gravitate towards functionality over fashion,” shares Lawrence, continuing, “I usually wear perforated rainwear loafers to avoid water retention and smelly feet. In terms of clothing, I usually end up wearing a mix of T-shirts/shirts and jeans. I also carry a pair of nylon track pants in my bag for emergencies.”   Apart from these mindful practices, the Mumbaikar says using compact umbrellas over a big size for the sake of fashion, always helps with mobility. He also advises carrying an extra set of clothes for emergencies and investing in water-resistant backpacks and waterproof cases for mobile phones. If you are soaking wet due to untimely rains, then avoid sitting directly under air-conditioned vents in the air-conditioned local trains, and always check for train delays through apps such as m-indicator. Towels to the rescueTravelling during monsoons isn’t easy for Jaie Kulkarni either. The Mumbaikar has to travel by the Mumbai local trains on a long journey from Ambernath to Lower Parel daily. She like many others has to unfortunately constantly deal with the trains getting cancelled on the Central Railway line because of waterlogging. It can often become a challenge, especially when she has to reach work on time, and it only gets worse if it happens in the evening because there is a crowd ready to spoil your clothes. However, she has found hacks, without which dealing with the crowd and rain would spell doom for her on any given day. She shares, “I wear nylons or cotton so that they dry faster. Apart from that, I also wear darker coloured clothes, so it's not too obvious if they get wet.” Additionally, the 23-year-old communications professional has also kept sweaters and jackets and a change of clothes in the office in case she ever needs to change. Like Lawrence, Kulkarni also advises keeping smaller, foldable umbrellas that can be stuffed in the bag or in the water bottle pouch along with a plastic bag for when it’s wet. “It is also good to keep a small towel to wipe down wet seats and windows in trains. Keeping another small towel to dry your hair or wipe any mud off of my trousers is a good idea,” she adds. Travelling smartlyEven as Kulkarni has found hacks early in her career, Fernandes has been using similar ones all her life. The 56-year-old explains, “I wear light materials, preferably cotton because they dry faster. And of course, darker shades to avoid my clothes becoming see-through when wet. Also, I have my go-to pair of all-weather footwear that I never leave without when it's raining.” The Mumbaikar is a homemaker but frequently travels to Bandra and Mahim to attend mass services and novenas at the churches there. While these aren’t office spaces, one still needs to look presentable at places of worship, and that can often be a challenge with the trains. However, the Mumbaikar has been using these hacks successfully over the years and has no qualms about it. In fact, she even has suggestions, that the likes of Lawrence and Kulkarni have been using, that can help everybody. Apart from carrying the functional foldable umbrella over the big ones, she advises, “I think it is best to carry a spare outfit or pair of shoes you can quickly change into and a handy plastic bag to tuck in your umbrella.” Just like Fernandes, even Placy Lobo, another Mira Road resident, travels daily to her workplace in Mumbai. So, as soon as the monsoon season starts, the 56-year-old annual ritual is to switch to lighter clothes like a synthetic kurta or a Western top which dries faster. “Most of the time, I carry a shrug to keep myself warm in case I get wet. I avoid long pants as it gets dirty, and jeans as it takes time to dry.” While these are some of the hacks she has learned and resorted to over the years. She also has a routine for her footwear. “Just before the rains, all my formal shoes are kept in the office as we all wear rainy shoes and then change in the office. Also, one formal attire like a jacket is kept in the office for important meetings,” she adds. Lobo likes to remain fashionable, and even as the trends change every year, she says it is best to buy shoes that don’t allow water to get into them easily. Water-resistant jackets, as well as plastic covers for laptops and leather bags, are also now easily available. “Personally, I avoid a raincoat in the crowded train as there is no place to move, hence you cannot take out the raincoat and it’s a nuisance for other women.” Apart from functional fashion including clothes and footwear, Lobo has other tips for people that she uses and may help others. “I mostly avoid wearing any makeup as it all gets wet on the face but carry it in my handbag.” Apart from that, not drinking too much water helps because of the absence of clean washrooms. “One can also carry light snacks as you cannot predict the delays,” she shares.  Having travelled on the Mumbai local trains for close to four decades, come rain or sunshine, Lobo has always loved commuting by them. “Overall, it is fun to travel on the Mumbai local trains with lots of friends and women from different backgrounds and each one has a story. Though the challenges are huge, it’s a beautiful experience and years pass by, and you see happy and sad faces and also learn the reality of life.” Like Lobo, even Fernandes wouldn’t opt to travel any other way than the Mumbai local trains during the monsoons. “All in all, it's an unpleasant experience, but I'd still travel by train because it cuts travel time by at least half,” she concludes. Also Read: Say goodbye to facial hair: Unveiling laser hair removal treatment insights

12 June,2024 02:05 PM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
Through the new collection, Soni brings back the nine shades of ‘Navratan’ in a muted combination to showcase a unique collection.

Jewellery designer Poonam Soni unveils new collection 'Treasures of India 1'

Poonam Soni's ability to only handcraft jewels in single design pieces to create one-of-a-kind jewellery has now led her to unveil the first series of her most precious collection 'Treasures of India 1'.  Soni, who has been making designer jewels has remained loyal to hand craftsmanship and created a unique bespoke jewelry brand, in its own niche space. Armed with age-old craftsmanship and bespoke designs, the new collection of luxury wearables and accessories draw inspiration from the 14th-century craftsmanship of claws, twisted wires, floral diamond setting and muted cabochon stones in flats of pheroza bricks and coral rounds. Through the new collection, Soni brings back the nine shades of ‘Navratan’ in a muted combination to showcase a unique collection of singular pieces of intricately crafted fine jewels, that carry accents of different styles from history, yet behold the underlying ethos of ‘Vintage’. A one-of-its-kind collection, Soni brings tradition to new design in her inimitable , flamboyant style . Kriti Soni, one of the creative directors at Poonam Soni Signature Line (PSSL), has styled intricate stylish pieces with hoops and tassels, and mindfully placed invaluable pendants in old wire and claw settings, for this all-new collection that celebrates vintage precious jewellery and designs. Poonam Soni, founder, PSSL, shared, "This collection represents a harmonious fusion of tradition and modern-day innovation, offering a timeless elegance that surpasses the boundaries of time. It is a celebration of heritage and craftsmanship, specially styled to fascinate the connoisseurs of fine jewellery." The all-new collection’s key highlight is its colour palate that is muted, yet vibrant. The palate includes ageless shades including fluorite green, muted turquoise, vibrant coral, and pale Basra pearl. Notably, the collection has singular signature designs commissioned to the design house by some of its loyal clients.

11 June,2024 12:57 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Trendy monsoon fashion tips to ace Mumbai rains in style. Image Credits: The Souled Store, Fabindia, Nykaa Fashion

Mid-Day Premium Top wardrobe picks for monsoon

Donning fashionable looks during the monsoon season can be challenging. Constant pitter-patter, muddy puddles and peaking humidity levels can send your inner fashionista into a frenzy. Despite stacking wardrobes with trendy items, one may find themselves struggling with the right pick to brave the heavy downpour. While we admit that acing fashion is not easy, but the truth is, fashion was never meant to be easy! Fashion is a form of self-expression that allows people to exhibit style even on odd days. Fret not, as we have you covered to tackle the monsoon whammy. Midday Online spoke to leading fashion brands to help you build a rain-friendly wardrobe swell with finesse. Make your style game less dreary by embracing monsoon fashion with these expert recommendations. Women’s style guide to ace monsoon fashion: Blue Bird Printed Short Dress Designed by Varija Bajaj, the textile brand ‘Office and You’ features designs that are made for formal occasions. This particular dress is designed keeping in mind working women who prefer to keep it sporty yet formal. Available in crepe material, this printed dress comes in sizes S, M, L and XL. Get the dress at nykaa.comCost: Rs 2610 Navy Blue You Look Good Playsuit For those black nerds, here is a no-nonsense outfit to strike the right chords. Pair it with chunky sneakers or elegant heels to pull off multiple avatars. This playsuit features a blazer-inspired wrap silhouette, full sleeves, overlapping V-neckline, mock buttons and pockets for style and has a center back zip for closure. Get this at nykaa.comCost: Rs 1647 Cotton Printed Long Dress This knee-length sleeveless sundress is a befitting match against the monsoon blues. Brighten your day with this playful outfit made with cotton fabric to absorb the woes of humidity. It has a scoop neck, a tie waist and is made with a floral hand-block print that echoes classic Indian graphics.Get this at fabindia.comCost: Rs 1999 Women’s Active Tank This monsoon activewear is specifically designed to cater to the needs of workout enthusiasts during the rainy season informs the co-founder of Good Indian, Avneesh Gadgil. It serves the purpose of providing protection, comfort, and functionality in wet and humid conditions. This tank top is typically made from moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabrics that help keep you dry, prevent chafing, and provide better ventilation. It also often incorporates features like waterproof or water-resistant materials, sealed seams, and adjustable hoods to keep you protected from rain and wind. Get this at Rs 1099 Bright Neon Shorts Whether it is a casual hangout with friends or an intense brainstorming session with creative peers – Here is an outfit to boost comfort with blazing neon shades. Slip into these dynamic shorts to beat the stress of staining jeans or pajamas. Both the shorts come in the comfortable fabric of cotton and denim. Get this at levi.inCost: Rs 1,346 onwards Footwear to fight rain muck Birkenstock (Dupes) If fashion is what you survive on, you cannot have missed these pairs that are treading the Earth (quite globally). From Leonardo DiCaprio to Kendall Jenner to Cara Delevigne – celebrities are rocking these pairs like the biggest footwear trend this year. What’s good is that we have found their rip-offs that are completely rain-friendly and come with a cushioned footbed. Get this at nykaa.comCost: Rs 850 Cloud White Sandals Stay stylish and dry this monsoon season with these chunky Sandals. Designed to withstand pressure, they feature a sturdy yet lightweight sole for leisurely strolls or spontaneous adventures. The waterproof design will keep your feet dry and protected. With a flexible and lightweight construction, you can move effortlessly, and their washable feature ensures easy maintenance. Get this at thecaistore.comCost: Rs 3599 Classic Crocs Slide The timeless comfort and rad style of Crocs will never disappoint you. Crocs are made of rubber-like material, which makes them water-resistant. They can handle light rain and water splashes quite well, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Additionally, the design of Crocs allows water to drain easily, and they dry quicklyGet this at crocs.inCost: Starting from Rs 1995 Lilac Aqua Flats Step into monsoon season with style and confidence with these Aqua Flats. With a reliable grip sole, they offer excellent traction on wet surfaces. Whether you're navigating through rainy streets or strolling in the park, these flats provide the perfect balance of comfort and durability. Embrace the perfect blend of fashion and functionality this season.Get this at thecaistore.comCost: Rs 1299 Transparent Yellow Lace-Up Boots With anti-skid and water-resistant properties, here is a pair of boots to amp up your monsoon wardrobe. Show up at work or a casual chill scene in these pairs to stand unique from the crowd. This pair of rainboots feature a round toe and a lace up at the front. Get this at nykaa.comCost: Rs 1796 Men’s style guide for monsoon fashion: Electric Blue Shacket The Originals collection by The Souled Store is one straight from the heart of quirk and creativity. This oversized shacket will distinguish you from the crowd and place in the limelight. Express your inner self with comfort as the fabric is 100 per cent cotton. One can pair it up with lousy trousers or denim jeans. Get this at thesouledstore.comCost: Rs 1498 Blue Cotton Woven Straight Fit Shirt Wear a smart and alluring shirt to update your outfit for work or vacation. Made with soft cotton, this shirt comes in indigenous ikat embroidery along with coloration on it. It has a straight fit, a standard neck, half sleeves, and a woven design all around. Wear it with white pants, loafers, and a watch to stand out. Get this at fabindia.comCost: Rs 1999 Classic Fit Shorts Braving the rain muck in bold style just got a method. Add a splash of colours with these easy-breezy and get away from the monotony of your regular shades. Made from cotton lycra in a classic fit, they are just the right mix of comfort and style, although slightly on the higher side. Get this at levi.inCost: Rs 2300 onwards Men’s Active Tank In first contact itself, you’ll notice how light this feels on your body. Ditch all the distractions and switch on your focus mode with this comfort-first active wear. The seams are designed to minimise abrasions, reduce chafing and absorb moisture, so that no amount of sweating breaks your rhythm. Get this at Rs 1099 Men’s Mid-Rise Shorts with Neutral T-shirts Take it from the designers – With this look, you can never go wrong. Short shorts for men have become a lasting trend in the fashion world. Embracing a sense of freedom and confidence, men can confidently rock this trend and tackle the puddles in smooth style.Get this at spykar.comCost: Rs 899 onwards 

09 June,2024 03:06 PM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
Want to perfect your makeup skills? Follow this guide by a celebrity makeup artist. Image courtesy: Instagram

Celebrity make-up artist Penaz Mithuji's essential make-up tips for beginners

Make-up is an art and can be daunting for those trying it for the first time. From understanding your skin type to mastering basic techniques like blending and contouring, here’s a complete guide on how to apply makeup for newbies. Celebrity make-up artist Penaz Mithuji, who has worked with names such as the late Irrfan Khan, rapper Divine, actress Aditi Rao Hydari, Vidyut Jammwal, and Aparshakti Khurana, has shared eight essential make-up tips for beginners: 1. A clean canvas: Start with a clean face before applying any make-up. Ensure it is clean and moisturised. A good skincare routine helps your make-up go on smoothly and last longer. Cleanse, tone, and moisturise your skin to create a healthy base. 2. Invest in quality: Quality make-up brushes and products can make a significant difference in your application. They provide better control and a more polished finish. Begin with a few essentials, a foundation brush, a fluffy powder brush, an eyeshadow brush, and a beauty blender. 3. Understand your skin type: Choosing the right foundation according to your skin type is very important as much as selecting the right foundation. Test shades on your jawline, not your hand, to find the perfect match. Consider oil-free formulas for oily skin, hydrating foundations for dry skin, and mineral makeup for sensitive skin. 4. Blending is key: To achieve a natural and flawless look, blend your foundation, eyeshadow, or blush seamlessly into your skin. Use gentle, circular motions with your brush or beauty blender. 5. Define your brows: Well-groomed brows frame your face and complete your look. Use a brow pencil or powder that is one shade lighter than your hair colour. Avoid using black. Fill in only the sparse areas with light, feathery strokes, and blend with a spoolie brush for a natural finish. 6. Master eyeshadow basics: Start with neutral shades that complement your eye colour and shape. Different eye shapes require different blending techniques. Use one that flatters your eye shape. 7. Perfect your lip game: Choose lip colours that flatter your skin tone. Start with a lip liner to define your lips and prevent feathering. Fill in with your chosen lipstick or gloss. For a fuller look, dab a bit of gloss in the centre of your lips. 8. Practice makes perfect: Make-up is an art, and like any art, it requires practice. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes. Experiment with different looks and techniques to find what works best for you. Over time, you’ll develop your style. Don’t forget to have fun. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

09 June,2024 12:35 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
The tour kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, on April 27, and will continue across major cities in Canada and the United States until July 13

How Raghavendra Rathore designed Diljit Dosanjh's look for North America tour

Couturier Raghavendra Rathore, who has collaborated with Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh for his ongoing 'Dil-luminati North America' tour, has shared how the latter struck a chord with the AI-Gen-Z audience who crave for authentic experiences that pay homage to their traditions while pushing creative boundaries.  The lifestyle designer has showcased Indian heritage and craftsmanship on a global platform through Diljit's powerful connection with audiences worldwide. Talking about the same, the founder of the bespoke brand 'Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur' said: "Diljit is an unstoppable force, not just as one of India's biggest musical sensations, but also as a proud ambassador of our rich cultural heritage." For the Vancouver opener, Dosanjh donned Rathore's signature black Jodhpur bandhgala kurta, featuring intricate tonal thread work. The black handcrafted kurta was paired with a lustrous pure silk chadra (traditional Punjabi outfit, thoughtfully crafted to complement the ensemble). The look was completed with a turle wali pagri (Punjabi turban) styled by turban artiste Gurpartap Singh Kang. "By seamlessly blending his Punjabi roots with a modern sensibility, Diljit has struck a chord with the AI-Gen-Z audience who crave authentic experiences that pay homage to their traditions while pushing creative boundaries. Our collaboration for the Dil-luminati tour is a celebration of this very spirit -- fusing timeless Indian craftsmanship with contemporary global appeal," he shared. Rathore added: "As Diljit takes the stage in my bespoke ensembles, we are showcasing to the world the unparalleled artistry of Indian haute couture on prestigious international platforms." The tour kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, on April 27, and will continue across major cities in Canada and the United States until July 13. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

06 June,2024 11:21 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
For Preity, not eating and starving is a fitness dealbreaker. File/Pic

Preity Zinta wants 'understated, well-structured clothes' to make a comeback

Actress Preity Zinta has talked about the fashion statement that should make a comeback and said that she would want more “understated and well-structured clothes with less drama.” Preity, who presented Santosh Sivan with the prestigious Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, shared her insights during a chat with Vogue India. The actress took to her Instagram on Sunday morning and shared a video from the chat, in which she was asked about a fashion statement that should make a comeback. “Fashion goes around in circles anyway, so what I would like to bring back is more understated, well-structured clothes, less drama,” she replied. Talking about her hair care routine to maintain her beautiful hair, Preity said: “Going back to grandmother basics of simple things like oiling your hair.” For Preity, not eating and starving is a fitness dealbreaker. “This whole thing about don’t eat (and) starve yourself it's not fitness. Portion control is very important. There is nothing more anti-ageing, nothing more healthier than working out, and sleep is important,” she said. When asked about a lesson she has learned about motherhood, the actress replied: “It’s not all about me. It’s all about them now, and I think unconditional love.” The actress wore a subtle pink saree to present the award to Sivan. Decoding her look, she said: “It’s a designer I have never worn before. It’s a beautiful saree. She’s called Seema Gujral. My beauty looks are mostly the same. They’re simple, understated, with a little sparkle.” Also Read: 

27 May,2024 09:58 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Dazzle at cocktail parties, recreate top red carpet looks with expert tips

The 77th Cannes Film Festival has been witnessing spectacular fashion moments unfold on its red carpet since May 14. From Bella Hadid to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, celebrities from across the globe put up an extravagant show stirring an interesting buzz around fashion.    Spectators with a keen interest in fashion were beyond delighted to take in such magnificent styles and designs. Voluminous gowns, structured sartorial looks and sequins dominated the red carpet making the event fashionably rich, dramatic, and glamorous.    Notable figures such as Greta Gerwig, Lily Gladstone, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Naomi Campbell embraced the sequin trend, reflecting designs from the spring 2024 runways.   Classic gowns remained a red carpet staple, showcasing sophistication and grace. Designers presented a variety of styles, from voluminous ball gowns to sleek and form-fitting silhouettes.    In a departure from traditional red carpet attire, formal suits gained significant traction, embraced by both men and women such as Chris Hemsworth and Meryl Streep. Feather embellishments, sheer fabrics, and bold accessories like oversized hats and statement jewellery also made notable appearances, adding drama and sophistication to the red carpet looks.    Eva Longoria and Hunter Schafer showcased ethereal, sequined gowns, while Eva Green stunned in an Armani Privé dress featuring a sequined bustier and contrasting tulle petticoat.    These trends collectively ensured that Cannes 2024 was a breathtaking showcase of high fashion and innovation, leaving a lasting impression on fashion enthusiasts worldwide. So much so, they can bring home some of the best red carpet looks from the festival.    Be it for cocktail parties, celebratory galas, or even wedding receptions, if you require inspiration, we have your back. Nishit Gupta, director at KALKI and Amritha Ram, creative director of KH House of Khaddar share styling tips to recreate some of the top red carpet looks from the film festival.     Nishit of KALKI states, “Wearing Cannes-inspired looks to cocktail parties is a good idea for several reasons. Firstly, such outfits make a bold statement and help you stand out in a crowd, ensuring you make a memorable impression. Secondly, they exude confidence and sophistication, enhancing your overall presence enhancing your oomph quotient. Additionally, red carpet-inspired looks often feature luxurious fabrics and intricate detailing, elevating your style and lending an air of exclusivity as you dazzle a WOW-worthy ensemble.”   Similarly, Amritha of KH House of Khaddar shares, “Besides cocktail parties, these looks can be worn at formal dinners, galas, wedding receptions, and upscale social events. The key is to adapt the outfit to the occasion by tweaking accessories and makeup to suit the event’s tone.”   Both Amritha and Nishit pick their favourites from the Cannes red carpet and share tips to recreate those looks:    Styling ideas by Amritha Ram, KH House of Khaddar   1. Meryl Streep in Dior           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Dior Official (@dior)  Minimal and elegant, Meryl Streep wore a custom Dior Haute Couture dress with a detailed drape on one side of the waist. To accessorise the white gown she wore Fred Leighton jewellery. She completed the look with a marble-white clutch.    To recreate this ensemble, opt for a deep V-neck dress with draping details. Customise the fit to suit your body type. Pair with neutral makeup, light blush, and loosely tied-back hair. Accessorise with drop earrings and a clutch.   2. Selena Gomez in Saint Laurent           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez)  She walked the Cannes red carpet in an off-shoulder black velvet off-the-shoulder Saint Laurent gown with a white neckline. She accessorised the look with an intricate diamond collar necklace and dangling Bulgari earrings and completed the look with a small black clutch.   To replicate this style, opt for a black velvet dress with a contrasting neckline. Enhance with dramatic eyelashes, matte makeup, and nude lips. Complete the look with a sleek hairstyle.   3. Taylor Hill in Balmain           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Messika (@messika)  She walked the red-carpet looking dazzling with her off-the-shoulder gown that had black sparkles across the neckline, big crystal buttons down its form-fitting bodice, and a white skirt flaunting a high thigh slit. Hill perfected the custom look with black sandals and diamond jewellery   Recreate this look by wearing a tuxedo-inspired dress with a high-slit skirt. Complement with a bold statement necklace, wet-look hair, and sunglasses.   4. Eva Green in Vivienne Westwood           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Eva Green (@evagreenweb)  She graced the red carpet wearing the classic black that never fails to turn heads. Her black off-shoulder blouse and half-slit knee-length skirt paired with heeled shoes and sunglasses made her look bold and beautiful.    Recreate this look by selecting an off-the-shoulder top and a gathered midi skirt ensemble in black. Pair with pointed-toe heels, minimal makeup, and sleek sunglasses.   Styling ideas by Nishit Gupta, KALKI   1. Lily Gladstone in Gucci           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Jason Rembert (@jasonrembert)  Lily Gladstone dazzled in her dark-toned Gucci dress adorned with sequins and delicate floral embroidery. Styled by the renowned Jason Rembert, the ensemble extended its allure beyond the Cannes red carpet to Lily's appearances at the 2024 Met Gala and Oscars after party.    You can recreate this look by donning a stunning dark blue embroidered gown. This ensemble is perfect for a cocktail party where you can bask in the spotlight amidst an opulent crowd. With its captivating design and glamorous flair, this gown will exude elegance and charm throughout the evening.   2. Greta Gerwig in Saint Laurent           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Karla Welch (@karlawelchstylist)  Greta Gerwig lit up the red carpet in a vibrant purple sequin dress by Saint Laurent. Styled by Karla Welch, she expertly paired the gown with Lee patent pumps and Chopard jewellery. The sharp and crisp silhouette of the dress accentuated her bodice, exuding vibrancy and vivacity.    Drawing inspiration from Gerwig's iconic look, you can opt for a ravishing gown in the same captivating hue. Crafted with fancy sequins and a plunging neckline, this ensemble will guarantee a wow factor at any gala event or cocktail gathering.    3. Anya Taylor-Joy in Atlein           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ATLEIN (@atleinparis)  This isn't your usual red carpet attire, but her airport look upon landing in Nice exuded effortless elegance. We cannot get over this airport look as she opted for an asymmetric orange dress with a thigh-high split by Atlein, perfectly complemented by an oversized raffia sun hat from Jacquemus. While undoubtedly practical for sun protection, the ensemble also oozed chic sophistication, making it an ideal choice for any summer vacation, a promising style that sizzles throughout the season.   You can recreate this look by adding a traditional touch. Opt for a lehenga with dramatic sleeves for extra glamour and sophistication. Inspired by Anya's iconic look, this ensemble will offer a bolder interpretation, making a statement that is both daring and chic.    4. Jane Fonda in Elie Saab           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Jane Fonda (@janefonda)  She captivated all eyes as she stole the show in a black bedazzled jumpsuit from Elie Saab. The plunging V-neckline and sparkly floral appliqués draped across her waist added a touch of glamour to her ensemble. She didn't shy away from boldness, pairing her statement-making outfit with an animal-print coat, massive diamond jewellery pieces, and metallic silver pumps.    Infusing Fonda's iconic style into chic everyday wear, choose to wear a sleek and bold jumpsuit with the same shades and similar prints that radiate sophistication. Perfect for those who dare to make a statement, this jumpsuit will elevate your wardrobe with its daring design and timeless allure. 

24 May,2024 12:21 PM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
Dutta has styled Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Malaika Arora, Sonakshi Sinha, Raveena Tandon, Neena Gupta and more

Fashion designer Sanjukta Dutta to walk Cannes red carpet on May 24

Nagaon, Assam-based fashion designer Sanjukta Dutta, who is known for her unique Mekhela Chador garments, is set to present her creations at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Dutta will walk the red carpet on May 24 in her own designs, alongside supermodels Mirka Oktavia Hendro and Valeriya Hjertenaes, who will showcase her creations. Sharing her excitement for Cannes 2024, Dutta said in a statement: "I am absolutely thrilled about this year's theme for Cannes. The excitement is palpable, and it’s an honour to showcase my collection at such a prestigious event. This year's theme resonates deeply with my design philosophy, allowing me to explore the rich heritage of Indian craftsmanship while pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion." Further elaborating on how the theme has inspired her to bring her culture and roots to an international platform, Sanjukta shared: "The theme has provided a perfect canvas to blend traditional elements with modern aesthetics, creating pieces that are not only visually stunning but also tell a profound story. The anticipation of seeing my creations come to life on the red carpet is immense." "This theme has inspired me to delve into the cultural depths of our artisanal techniques, infusing them with a fresh, avant-garde twist. It’s a celebration of art, culture, and innovation, and I can't wait for the world to witness the beauty and elegance of my designs at Cannes. The journey of bringing this vision to life has been exhilarating, and I'm excited to share this passion and creativity with everyone," added Sanjukta, whose designs have previously graced fashion events such as Milan, Paris, and New York Fashion Weeks. In 2019, Dutta's Assamese silk gown was worn by 'Top Model UK' winner Ingrida Ilgine at Cannes. In 2023, models Ingrida Ilgine and Marika Howard sashayed down the Cannes red carpet in outfits sourced from Dutta's atelier. She has styled Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Malaika Arora, Sonakshi Sinha, Raveena Tandon, Neena Gupta, Nora Fatehi, Bhumi Pednekar, Huma Qureshi, Pooja Hegde, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Manisha Koirala, Mrunal Thakur, Raima Sen, and Shamita Shetty. Also Read: Meet the mother-daughter duo reviving Banarasi handloom legacy in Mumbai

23 May,2024 05:31 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Young Indian influencer and content creator Nancy Tyagi has sure made the country proud during her debut appearance at Cannes. The fashion influencer became the first to walk in an outfit stitched by herself

Nancy Tyagi: It would be amazing to create something special for Sonam Kapoor

Social media fashion sensation Nancy Tyagi said that it would be amazing to create “something special” for Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who lauded her Cannes ensembles and asked her to make something for her. Sonam had shared a video of Nancy’s appearance at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on her Instagram stories and praised her for the several looks she carried on the red carpet. She had written: “Best outfit in Cannes..make me something Nancy Tyagi.” Replying to the actress on Tuesday, the content creator wrote: “Thank you so much Sonam Kapoor. It would be amazing to create something special for you one day.” Making her debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Nancy is the first artist to design her own outfit and strut the red carpet. Born and raised in the humble environment of Baranwa village in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, Nancy did her outfit to every stitch and detail, from concept to creation. Also Read: "Best outfit in Cannes": Sonam Kapoor lauds Nancy Tyagi's Cannes look This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 May,2024 01:09 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Mid-Day Premium Why should netas have all the fun? Stylists share dressing tips for voting day

Besides casting your vote, dressing for Lok Sabha Elections 2024 too, can be one of the best ways of making a powerful statement that says ‘you matter’. Although commoners and celebrities opt for Western casuals like oversized white T-shirts and blue denim and Indian casuals like kurtas and lenin pants when stepping out for voting you can add some fun to your overall voting experience.  From donning a white breezy saree to wearing a Gandhi topi on kurta-pyjamas, there are a variety of looks you can opt for, for the main day.  As Mumbai goes to polls on May 20, spoke to two fashion experts --“ Rikita Saluja, founder, Dramebaaz and Raghav Agarwal, CEO, Twamev – who share easy tips to look your best on voting day.  “Honestly, the power dresser in me loves to go for a pantsuit. Voting is the true power we all have in a democracy, right? So pantsuits like a co-ord set or the blazer set are the perfect OOTD (outfit of the day) for me for voting day,” says Saluja of Dramebaaz.  Agarwal of Twamev states, “The voter turnout in Lok Sabha Elections of 2024 is going to be massive. These massive elections come at a time when the sun is in no mood to go easy on the voters. So opting for comfortable clothing is an absolute must. Pairing up a light-hued kurta and flats is a classic that also exudes effortless style.”  Also Read: Embrace white in style: Fashion pundits dole out styling tips to elevate your summer looks Outfit ideas for voting daySaluja: Co-ords, jumpsuits, and blazer sets are all great options to make an empowering statement. If you are concerned about the weather, I’d recommend something light and airy, like dresses or skirts so that you stay comfortable.  Agarwal: I recommend opting for simpler, more manageable attire and breathable fabrics. This choice is particularly crucial as waiting in lines under the sun can present considerable challenges. In these cases, I would recommend something light and airy, like linen kurtas. You can pair them up with simple cotton pants, or even dhotis, to channel the patriotic Indian in you.  As for women, I would recommend cotton or organza sarees, flowy anarkalis, or even short kurtis with palazzos. They can be mixed and matched, as per your preference and aesthetic.  Outfit ideas to blend summer and election looks  Saluja: A nice breezy organza dress is the best mix of summer fashion and voting day looks. It will not only keep you comfortable all day long but also simultaneously make you look your confident best for the day. Further, a spaghetti dress or a tiered dress would also make for a perfect outfit.  These outfits can be paired with some chic minimalist jewellery. Make sure you cover up your feet. You don’t want to burn them standing in the queue in the hot sun.  Agarwal: To strike the right balance, lightweight ethnic kurtas are honestly my go-to. They can be paired with virtually any type of bottomwear: from jeans to linen pants, from cotton trousers to dhotis. These outfits are supremely easy to pair and will help keep you cool, calm, and composed. For women, short kurtis with palazzos, lightweight cotton sarees, as well as pastel anarkalis can also be paired fabulously with flats.  Ideas to style your hair Saluja: A high ponytail or a messy tied bun would be ideal to beat the heat-induced sweat around the neck area. These hairstyles are effortless and practical, keeping your hair off your neck while looking chic. You can also try a sleek top knot or a braided crown for a trendy summer look. Also Read: Beauty treatments in summer: Experts weigh its pros and cons, share tips to get startedMake-up and footwear tips Saluja: Keep your makeup fresh and effortless for voting day. A light, dewy foundation paired with a subtle eye look and a pop of colour on the lips can strike the perfect balance. For footwear, opt for something fashionable yet comfortable that can help you stand in queue for a long time at the polling booth. I recommend opting for stylish sneakers or trendy flats. These options offer both fashion-forward appeal and the necessary comfort for a potentially long wait. Agarwal: Keep your make-up simple and natural. A light foundation or tinted moisturiser, a touch of mascara, and some lip and cheek tint will make you look put together without being too much. Avoid heavy makeup or bright colours, as you want to feel comfortable and confident while you're waiting in line to vote. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before applying make-up. This will help you protect your skin from harsh sunlight.  For footwear, look for comfortable shoes with good support like stylish sneakers or low-heeled boots. These will keep you looking cool while standing in line to vote without hurting your feet. Fabrics to avoidSaluja: Dark colours like black, olive green, dark blue, etc. should be avoided at all costs. Opt for lighter pastel shades. Avoid anything with any political or communal slogans or strong messaging.  Agarwal: Avoid wearing dark colours and heavy fabrics. Steer clear from wearing shirts or accessories that have inciting slogans, logos, or symbols.  Recreate celebrity looks perfect for voting Saluja: 1. Katrina Kaif's chic white floral shirt dress is perfect. You can recreate her look with a similar dress.  2. If you're feeling more flowery, Ananya Pandey’s floral co-ord set is another great option. Just pair it with some cute accessories to complete the look.  Agarwal: A bright yellow breezy Chikankari kurta like the one seen on Orry can be a perfect fit to step out in the sun and wait in the long queue. Also Read: Go scuba diving like PM Modi, explore the marine life of India Added tips for a seamless voting experience in harsh weather1. Ensure you pair your outfit with either a cap, wide-rimmed hat or any other headgear that goes with your outfit.  2. You can also carry your sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight. Pick sunglasses that go well with your outfit. They not only keep your eyes cool and away from heat strain but also make you look sassy.   3. Pair your outfit with either a small sling bag or a waist bag that can hold essential items like a handy water bottle, deodorant, lip balms, wet wipes and sanitiser. Bags never fail to elevate one’s overall look. If you are up for a bigger bag, you can also opt for an organic tote bag.   4. You can also go a tad bit overboard by carrying an umbrella. This will add a dramatic look to your overall outfit and also provide you shade in the sun.  

19 May,2024 07:12 PM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
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