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Mid-Day Premium Do you use hats to brave the heat? Fashion experts tell you how to look stylish

As much as we hope, the summer heat isn’t going away any time soon. To escape the impact of scorching sun, use of caps and bucket hats is important. Often people think it is an additional accessory, but it serves more than one purpose – style as well as protection. While most people are comfortable wearing the classic caps, experts say there is much more that can be done with the hats and caps. If one moves beyond the simple and plain ones, the rise of bucket hats is a proof. While bucket hats are getting more and more popular, Sridharan says caps are staple that go beyond the trending styles. Ramprasad Sridharan, CEO and managing director, United Colors of Benetton India, explains, “From bucket hats to beanie and baseball caps, these are a trans-seasonal staple evolving in line with current trends. Bucket hat with a mix of function-enhancing details and elevated textures that add to its fashion-led potential.” The versatility of caps can be seen with how they help with protection through light-weight materials like eco nylon, cottons, light weight denim, chambray, and blast performance fibres and co-ordinated with outfits. However, if there is one cap that has stood the test of time, it is the baseball cap, according to Sridharan. Rajiv Bajaj, design head at Jack & Jones, agrees with Sridharan. “Currently, baseball caps, bucket hats, and crafted sunhats are popular in the fashion world. Baseball caps, in particular, have experienced a surge in demand as they have become essential items in many people's collections.” This, he says, is partly due to the growing trend of work-leisure lifestyles and the increased desire to spend time outdoors. “To meet the demand for protective design, baseball caps are often made from weather-resistant materials like recycled polyester and nylon,” he adds. Interestingly, Neha Chopra, co-founder of Delhi-based lifestyle accessory brand, Haands Free, says there is a shift in the way caps are perceived and used today. “Earlier hats were smaller and more functional; it has now moved towards being a fashion accessory and is a lot more stylish.” It is also the reason why she points out that big oversized floppy hats and visors are in fashion this holiday season. “From beach sun basking to yacht rides, these head gears will find sightings in every holiday activity,” she adds. Bajaj agrees with Chopra and says the love for outdoors has further elevated caps and hats to fashion pieces. “This trend, often referred to as ‘The Outdoor Boom’, has influenced the evolution of fashion trends. Classic accessories like baseball caps and bucket hats are being modified to include functional features, catering to the needs of individuals seeking both style and practicality in their outdoor endeavours.” Caps moving beyond utility to a fashionable accessoryEven as many people use caps of different kinds, there are many others, who don’t prefer caps of any kind; the fact that most people travel by the Mumbai local trains may dissuade them from carrying it along with them. However, one can’t ignore that they protect us from the sun and rain. Chopra explains, “With increasing awareness on what the harmful side effects of the Sun UV rays are on our eyes and skin, protecting these organs have become increasingly important. Hats and caps are an extremely convenient way to protect your face from the day-to-day harmful long-term effects while looking stylish. People should definitely include a hat, cap and visor in their daily attire.” Sridharan iterates, “Caps are style statement but otherwise it is a utility driven product which helps protect the head from direct exposure to sun/ climate conditions. With Global warming and rising temperature caps have now become a necessity.” Simply put, Bajaj says these are fashionable accessories that allow individuals to express their personal style and make a statement with different styles, colours, and designs. He adds, “They shield the face, neck, and eyes. They can also provide some defence against different weather conditions, offering coverage from rain, wind, and even snow.” One mustn’t forget that they have another use and that is to save you from bad hair days. “They can be particularly useful on "bad hair days" when individuals need a quick solution for managing their hair or keeping it in place,” he reminds. Bucket hats and their appealNow, that the music festivals and gigs are back in full swing, it has also become a part of the attire for most people. Seen mostly among the Gen-Z and millennials, who pull it off with a pouch, the hats can get a lot more credit that they get. Bajaj explains, “The bucket hat is versatile and can be worn throughout the year, making it a favourite among fashion enthusiasts. This trend has been reflected on fashion runways and in stores, as designers and retailers recognize the hat's adaptability and potential for unique designs.” Their popularity, he says, can be attributed to their use by celebrities and influencers and that has made them a trendy alternative compared to traditional caps. But he says the popularity of the baseball caps cannot be ignored. “While bucket hats have enjoyed a surge in popularity, they coexist with baseball caps rather than overshadowing them entirely. Both styles have their unique charm and serve different purposes, catering to diverse fashion preferences and functional needs,” he adds. While bucket hats are popular during the summer because of the heat, their occurrence at music festivals shows how they are not only timeless but also versatile and can even function as not only casual but also formal looks, when required. “The bucket hat remains a key item for high-summer styling, that taps into the authentic 1990s trend, working well for both formal and casual looks”, shares Sridharan. “Bucket hats are more of a style statement for youths. Older people maintain a modest, premium look that are appealing hence they can add bucket hats too in their wardrobe in basic colours and more comfortable fabrics,” he adds. While Sridharan says it can be a great accessory in the summer, Chopra differs. She says it can also come to the rescue in the rain, compared to caps which don’t give full coverage to the neck. “Bucket hats are increasingly becoming more popular among the older generation for this reason.” In fact, he adds that owing to their bulky nature, many younger people will still prefer caps and visors. “Older people tend to wear more bucket hats than caps. It gives better coverage and in essence looks great on any age group.” Pairing caps and hats with your attireSo, now that you are convinced about the need for it, it begs the question – is it really difficult to pair caps with your attire? Chopra simply denies it. “Caps and hats are definitely not difficult to pair with your daily attire,” she says, adding, “Caps and visors go very well with athleisure attire or the staple jeans and tee, and hats go well with mini/middy dresses. As much as the cap/hat serves to protect your eyes and skin from the harmful UV rays, these head gear accessories have also become style statements and head turners.” Not only Chopra but Sridharan also believes there is more to caps than protecting people from the sun. He explains, “Accessories complement any and every attire. A classic snapback baseball cap can serve with maximum outfits and to add to the range, there can be a small fashion collection of bucket hats and statement caps. People can always snap back the cap with their bag. In case of bucket hats, they can cling well to the bags with the dog hooks.” While that is an easier way to carry it around, Bajaj says pairing caps and hats with daily attire is quite easy because it can add a stylish and casual touch to any outfit but totally depends on individual fashion preferences and the overall aesthetic one wants to achieve. For Mumbaikars or anyone traveling by public transport, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. “Firstly, prioritise comfort by opting for lightweight and breathable caps or hats, especially in a warm and humid climate like Mumbai. Materials like quick-dry or straw can provide ventilation and keep you cool during your commute.” After that is sorted, he says it is important to choose caps or hats that fit securely and comfortably on your head, ensuring they don't easily fall off or get in the way while traveling. “Adjustable caps with straps or hats with a snug fit can be more practical for public transport,” he adds. Lastly, it is easier if you choose versatile options so that they can go on any outfit. “Neutral colours like black, navy, or beige are versatile and can match well with different clothing styles and colours. Alternatively, choose caps or hats in patterns or designs that suit your personal taste while still being versatile enough to pair with multiple outfits,” says Bajaj. Follow these tips to pair your caps and hats Choosing coloursThe muted colour works well for most people today but the bold colours can make a statement. On the other hand, neutral generic colour hats and visors are great to match with every look and attire. The basic from beige or baby pink cane to black and white always do the best for the day-to-day cap or hat. When looking for a statement hat and cap, you can opt for a pop colour or something like an oversized floppy hat to make heads turn. ShapesThe simple and shorter-brimmed caps are a 90s classic, but the smooth felts offer a more refined feel, giving caps the power to further transition into the present. FabricsAdopting formal and premium fabrics can make staple items while showcasing how they can elevate styles such as bucket hats. Soft leathers and nylons reinforce the continuing demand for elevated sports looks. StyleTweeds and checks offer a more familiar style not too distant from the flat cap that should suit the wearer. The wardrobe can have a mix of basics with few statement pieces. Coordinated caps with co-ord sets is a must for a style statement and for the complete look. Also Read: Y2K sunglasses to bucket hats, 8 trending accessories you must get your hands on

02 June,2023 06:27 PM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
Vijay Varma’s Cannes 2023 black and white look was tailored to perfection. It was formal yet fancy and made him look just perfect for the occasion. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam

Mid-Day Premium Vijay Varma’s stylist shares tips to recreate his Cannes 2023 red carpet looks

There are very few men in Bollywood who experiment with outfits, take risks and nail it in the fashion world. Actor Vijay Varma is one of those rare individuals. Recently, the Darlings fame actor made his red-carpet appearance at Cannes 2023 and left everyone absolutely stunned. While Indian actresses steal the show every year, Vijay Varma single-handedly put up quite a show this year.  Varma walked down the Cannes 2023 red carpet after a decade. He made his debut appearance in 2013 with his film Monsoon Shootout. This year the actor attended the festival as a part of the Indian delegation which was headed by the country’s minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan. After arriving at French Riviera, the actor posted a picture of himself creating the kind of buzz he seemed to be precisely aiming at. The next thing we know, Varma has walked down the red-carpet giving style cues to Indian men.  Varma’s Cannes 2023 black and white look was tailored to perfection. It was formal yet fancy and made him look just perfect for the occasion. The actor radiated his charm like no other Indian male celebrity did at the carpet, the credits for which go to his fashion stylist Vrinda Narang.  This is not the first time that Narang has styled the actor. She says, “I have been styling Vijay even before the release of Gully Boy. It had been almost five years now!” However, for Narang, this was her first time styling a celebrity for a prestigious global event of as high stature as the Cannes Film Festival. While Narang couldn’t be at the venue, she says, “I was feeling jitters sitting here in India but I had a lot of fun putting Vijay’s look together.” Commenting on what it’s like styling Varma, Narang shares, “Styling is a form of expression through clothes, and clothes can be a reflection of ideas that one is interested in. We both are interested in each other’s ideas and we try incorporating them in one way or the other when we work together. That makes our process collaborative, and I enjoy that the most.”  The actor’s dapper look at the Cannes film festival has made Indian men look to him for inspiration when it comes to dressing up and looking fashionably classy. If you are one of those who couldn’t stop complimenting the actor for his looks at the festival and wished to pull off a look similar to his, we got Narang to share with us everything that went into styling him and some easy ways to recreate his red carpet looks that you can totally try out.  Black tuxedo  Vijay Varma in his dapper black tuxedo looking classy at Cannes 2023. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam The actor shared this look on his Instagram and expressed what he felt about being at the festival. He wrote, “It’s good to be back here” and thanked the National Film Development Corporation, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for making him a part of the delegation.  Varma wore the outfit by designer Gaurav Gupta. He paired the tuxedo wearing an open bow, which made him look crisp and red-carpet ready. Narang says, “I tried imagining what he would feel at the time. Since this was going to be at the Cannes Riviera, I wanted to subtly blend in French and Indian sensibilities. Besides, Vijay and I also like vintage accessories. So, the dragonfly brooch from Amrapali was an element of jewellery that we plugged in. The flared pants gave a nice shape to his overall form.”  Tips to recreate this look The charm of this look, Narang says, is that it is minimalistic. It can be very easily recreated and can have many variations depending on the kind of occasions you are attending. All you need is a well-tailored black suit, a black shirt and an open bow tie. Vijay wore an all-black ensemble, but one can opt for a white shirt inside if they want a contrast.  To complete the look, Narang says you can accessories it with fine jewels of platinum to compliment the simplicity of the outfit. Since it is an all-black look, it’s important for the footwear to have another texture for it to stand out. She suggests sporting patent shoes could add the right amount of glamour to this outfit, making it a versatile choice for evening occasions. Adding to this she strongly suggests keeping the black tuxedo look sharp and effortless.  Off-white satin silk kurta and flared trousers  A fresh look for Indian men, Vijay Varma nailing the satin attire at the film festival. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Jairam This was Varma’s second look at Cannes 2023. A little less formal than the black tuxedo. The actor painted the whole of Paris with shades of pearl with his fancy, semi-Indian satin outfit. A long white kurta topped with a blazer and flared pants with prints on either side, Varma sported this look so wonderful that we couldn’t gaze off. His all-white outfit was pure silk, custom-made by Anamika Khanna. Narang’s inspiration for this look was Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ (a historical drama film), who was known for her extravagant lifestyle. The stylist says, “Vijay has played dark characters in his recent work, be it for ‘Darlings’ or very recent ‘Dahaad’. I wanted the clothing to be antithetical to the characters he played in these and paint a balanced portrait of him as an actor and a human.” To enhance the look, Narang also had shoes specially made of silk for Varma. “I prefer the outfit to add something to the actor’s persona and for the actor to give it an individualistic flair,” says Narang.  Tips to recreate this look Although this look of Varma might come across as too fancy for men to pull off, it is actually the easiest to recreate. Moreover, it is a very flattering silhouette for many kinds of body types. All you need is a blazer, kurta and pants from the same colour family. Varma wore an asymmetrical kurta, but one can go for different lengths of kurtas as per their proportions and tweak the look.  To finish the look, you can pair it with either loafers, formal shoes, or leather sandals. Since the outfit has many things going on already, Narang suggests keeping it minimalistic. Silver jewellery would go well with the outfit which was also Varma’s go-to option. The more contemporary, clean and casual you keep this outfit, the better it will stand out.  This look can be styled for a sangeet event, your own engagement party or an evening party was well. While we spoke about two red-carpet looks of Varma that gave menswear a fresh twist in the fashion world, the actor also donned a hybrid kurta and hybrid dhoti trouser by designer Arjun Saluja that was styled by Narang, which was equally stylish.  Also Read: Cannes 2023: Anushka Sharma makes a mesmerising red carpet debut in a sparkling white ensemble

30 May,2023 12:03 PM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
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Beat the heat with these easy makeup tips and tricks

Summer makeup can be quite a challenge due to the high humidity and scorching heat. During this time, all we want is makeup that stays put and doesn't melt away! While transfer proof, longwear makeup usually does the trick, knowing the right kind of products is also key to hold your look in place through the day. Mamta Naik, Associate Vice President, Product Development, SUGAR Cosmetics lists down five easy tips and tricks that'll get you a fresh summer look which will last you all day. Prep Your SkinA proper prep routine is mandatory for summers when you want to ace that sweat-proof fresh and clean base. Greasy moisturisers are a big no-no during the hot and humid months, but hydration is key, so strike a balance with SUGAR's Citrus Got Real Cooling Stick, a handy vitamin C infused multi-use stick that guards against dryness, blemishes and sun damage. Easy and fuss-free, just swipe on this stick across your face to instantly rejuvenate and energize your skin! Follow this up with a good primer that is specifically designed for hot weather and oily skin that will prevent your makeup from melting Use Lightweight ProductsDuring summers, it is important to use lightweight beauty products that can protect your skin from the sun, while keeping it hydrated and nourished. Heavy creams and powders can melt with the heat and clog your pores. Use lightweight, oil-free products that are designed for hot weather. Products like tinted moisturisers, BB creams, and water-based lightweight foundations will be your best friend. Try waterproof makeupWith the brutal heat during the summer months, water-resistant and waterproof makeup products are a great way to prevent your makeup from melting. It is essential to use waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and even lipsticks that can withstand heat and humidity. Neon Eyeliner For Summer MakeupStep out of your comfort black eyeliner this season and be unapologetically bold, bright and beautiful. Bring out the sass in you with neon and take your summer oomph a notch higher this season by adding a killer-coloured graphic eye to your summer makeup look book. Whether it's a minty green or a sky blue, a formula that dries up in seconds and is incredibly pigmented and smudge-proof, should be your go-to. Nailing your eye makeup for hot weather has never been this easy! Set your glamSetting your makeup is extremely important in summer. It's time to skip the bake and opt for a light dust of translucent powder to set your base. Follow this up with a setting spray like the SUGAR Grand Finale Matte Setting Mist to make your makeup look fresh and matte throughout the day. This will also help control the excess oil and shine on your skin. Also Read: Try out these new summer makeup trends to look your best in this hot season 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

30 May,2023 09:20 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
When it comes to spring and summer makeup trends, pastel colours are having a moment. Whether you're rocking a pretty pink lip or a soft blue smokey eye, these hues are perfect for warmer weather. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Try out these new summer makeup trends to look your best in this hot season

Summer season is the perfect time to try out new trends and look your best. Be it donning a new fashion trend or trying out new dishes, the season is always full of exciting trends. This is also the time when one can try out new makeup trends and experiment with colourful, vibrant looks that match the energy and spirit of the season! In this expert article by celebrity makeup artist - Priya Gulati, we're giving you some of the hottest trend predictions that you should keep your eye on! Graphic LinerThis trend is all about creating bold, dramatic eye looks with liner. To get the look, start by applying a thick line of black liner along your upper lash line. Then, use a thinner brush to create a winged shape at the outer corner of your eye. You can also add a second layer of liner to make your eyes pop. For a more subtle take on this trend, try using colored liner instead of black. Neon Colour PalettesWhen it comes to makeup, the brighter the better this spring and summer. That's right, neon colour palettes are in and they're perfect for creating bold and eye-catching looks. Whether you want to go all out with a colourful eyeshadow look or just add a pop of neon to your lipstick, there are plenty of ways to wear this trend. Not sure how to get started? We've got you covered with some tips and tricks on how to rock a neon makeup look. Dewy Skin & Natural GlowThe third trend for spring and summer is dewy skin. This look is all about achieving a healthy, hydrated complexion with a radiant finish. To get the dewy skin look, start by applying a hydrating face mist or serum all over your face. Follow up with a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser for buildable coverage. Then, add a touch of luminiser to your cheekbones, browbones, and anywhere else you want to add a bit of shimmer. Lastly, set your makeup with a translucent powder to help it last all day long. For an extra dose of hydration (and to keep your makeup from melting in the heat), try using a setting spray after you powder. Pastel ColoursWhen it comes to spring and summer makeup trends, pastel colours are having a moment. Whether you're rocking a pretty pink lip or a soft blue smokey eye, these hues are perfect for warmer weather. If you're looking to try something new this season, definitely give pastels a try! Glossy LidsGlossy lids are a trend that we've been seeing more and more of lately, and we think it's here to stay. This look is perfect for summer because it gives off such a fun and flirty vibe. To get the look, simply apply your favorite shimmery eyeshadow or even a clear lip gloss to your eyelids. Followed by some mascara and you're good to go! Also Read: Kala Khatta to Berries: Sip these seven gola-flavoured cocktails made with a twist to beat the summer heat 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

25 May,2023 11:13 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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The eco-friendly appeal of dry flower jewellery

In recent years, sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in the fashion industry. Consumers are now more aware of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions and are seeking out eco-friendly options. One such option that has gained popularity in the fashion world is dry flower jewellery. Dry flower jewellery is made by preserving flowers in their natural form, without the use of chemicals or dyes. The flowers are carefully selected and dried, then arranged and set in jewellery pieces. This process creates unique and beautiful accessories that are both sustainable and eco-friendly. "One of the main appeals of dry flower jewellery is its sustainability. Unlike traditional jewellery, which often relies on the mining of precious metals and gemstones, dry flower jewellery uses natural and renewable materials. The flowers used in the jewellery are grown and harvested in a sustainable manner, without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. This means that the production of dry flower jewellery has a much lower environmental impact than traditional jewellery," says Latika Kapoor, Head of Styling, March by FS Life Additionally, the production process of dry flower jewellery is much more energy-efficient than traditional jewellery making. The flowers are air-dried, which requires no additional energy input. The jewellery is then crafted by hand, further reducing the energy needed to create each piece. Another benefit of dry flower jewellery is that it is biodegradable. Traditional jewellery, particularly those made from non-biodegradable materials like plastic and metal, can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. In contrast, dry flower jewellery will decompose naturally and return to the earth, leaving no harmful waste behind. "Dry flower jewellery also offers a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world. The delicate and intricate patterns of the flowers create a one-of-a-kind look that cannot be replicated by traditional jewellery materials. Each piece of dry flower jewellery is a work of art, reflecting the natural beauty of the world around us," adds Milind Mathur, Director, Kohinoor Jewellers Agra. Moreover, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also promote sustainability in the floral industry. Flowers are often discarded after they have been used for bouquets or events, contributing to waste and environmental pollution. By repurposing these flowers for jewellery making, they can be given a second life and their environmental impact can be minimised. Furthermore, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also have a positive impact on mental health. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can have a calming effect on the mind and body, reducing stress and promoting relaxation. By wearing jewellery made from natural and preserved flowers, individuals can bring a piece of nature with them wherever they go and experience these calming effects throughout the day. The demand for sustainable fashion is only expected to grow in the coming years, and dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry. Not only does it offer a sustainable alternative to traditional jewellery materials, but it also provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly sought after by consumers. In conclusion, it offers a sustainable and beautiful alternative to traditional jewellery materials. It is versatile, biodegradable, and provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world. By promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact, dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry and a favourite among eco-conscious consumers. Also Read: Social media star from Dharavi gets signed for two Hollywood movies 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

22 May,2023 11:16 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Patola Sari and Embroidered skirt from Kutch (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum

Mid-Day Premium Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress row: Here’s how Indian museums preserve textiles

In her latest interview with the ‘Today’s Show’, Kim Kardashian addressed the rumours claiming she damaged American actor and singer Marilyn Monroe’s legendary gown, while she wore it at the 2022 Met Gala. The dress at the heart of the controversy was worn by Monroe in 1962 to sing ‘Happy birthday’ for the then President John F Kennedy, considered to be one of the most iconic moments in American history. While Kardashian has denied the accusations, the issue also prompted a letter by ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’, the organisation that preserves the dress, that there was no damage caused to the costume as it was worn by Kardashian for 3-4 minutes and that the garment was intact. As Monroe fans rage over the probability of the dress getting damaged, the row highlights the fact that a celebrity outfit having historic relevance was actually preserved for so many years and makes one wonder about how it was done. As Deepth Sasidharan, art historian and director at Eka Cultural Resources and Research, puts it, “Kardashian could wear the dress, because someone took the responsibility of preserving it.” This, she says, is a rare phenomenon in India, despite its rich and diverse social and cultural heritage history. To further understand what goes into conserving age-old textiles and apparels and the current challenges in taking up such projects, Mid-Day Online spoke to Sasidharan and Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Director of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, which has a vast collection of textiles, including a rare set of ‘Textile Manufactures of India’ (1866) from the 18 volumes by John Forbes Watson, which has 40 swatches of fabrics mounted on paper from across different regions and communities of India. Is there a standard process for preserving textiles, fabrics or a piece of clothing for years in museums? If not, please explain the different methods followed. Mehta: The Museum’s collection of textiles includes richly embroidered fabrics from Iran, Sindh, Kutch, Kathiawad, Kashmir, and Dharwar; brocades or kinkhabs with gold and silver threads from Surat and Ahmedabad; saris with rare weaves, for eg, patola saris from Patan, Benarasi silk sari, paithani from Yeola, Himroo sari; turban fabrics from Gujarat; and pile carpets from Yerawada Jail and the Reay Art Workshops that were set up at the Sir JJ School of Art. Conservation and preservation treatments vary depending on the type of raw material and embroidery work done on the fabric: 1. Saris Avoid folding saris and roll them instead to ensure a long lifespan. Acid free tissue papers can be used if the textiles need to be folded. Textile pieces smaller than saris need not be rolled and stored and can be folded or stored flat. 2. Kinkhabs Since these often have threads made of precious metals, the textile is first cleaned so that there is no dust and the fabric is properly backed and lined for display. 3. Textile Manufactures of India by Watson Since this compilation includes multiple types of textiles mounted on paper, they were first separated from the paper, given appropriate treatment according to the fabric type and then remounted on thick acid free paper and rebound. 4. Carpets Need to be washed or vacuumed and aired out once every few years. It is a periodic process that is followed as often as required depending on the nature of the textile and its state of conservation. Textiles that are not in an extremely fragile condition should be examined thoroughly by an experienced curator and conservator at least once in every five years. A handspun blouse from Dharwar, Karnataka (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum Does every material require different types of care? Mehta: Yes, depending on the various components in individual textiles, they require different care.  For example, wool has protein fibres and needs more care than cotton threads, which are made of glucose. Any wool fabric needs to be rested and isolated more than other types of fabric. Similarly, silk is very brittle and needs to be handled carefully and often stabilised. Printed and dyed fabrics have to be given non-aqueous or non-water-based treatment as these fabrics consist of natural colour pigments that can dissolve or run when exposed to water. Ethnographic materials such as textiles and clothes that were once worn by a particular community often have decorative elements made of metal or mirror work, which should be detached if possible from the fabric as they require different treatments from the fabric. Conservators must ensure that any treatments to fabrics is reversible and is not detrimental to the multiple components that make up a piece of cloth. How different is the process of preserving complete clothing from textiles? Sasidharan: Costumes are usually more complex in composition and may include a variety of materials like cotton, silk, leather, metal, shell, bone, ivory etc while fabrics are usually uniform in composition and/or weave. Preservation processes are similar in both but the approaches are different - a sari is more a textile fabric than say a metal-thread-embroidered-on-brocade jacket. Curators inspect their collections periodically and the conservators will take the required preventive and precautionary measures. These are usually undertaken by skilled conservators who undergo years of training to understand the fabric of clothes and costumes and can bring it back to life. They strengthen fragile fabric, repair tears and fabric losses and can sometimes even recreate fabric. In both cases, knowledge and experience is needed but ultimately they must be kept in a certain way to ensure long term preservation. Kinkhab from Ahmedabad (1890/1950). Image courtesy: Ruta Waghmare What are the challenges in preserving textiles in terms of their everyday care, storage and lifespan? Mehta: One of the challenges which can emerge at times is the shortage of space for displaying some of these textiles. Depending on the condition, textiles need to be taken off display and rested at regular intervals. The BDL Museum has an embroidered chaddar from Sindh on display in a vertical showcase. Half the textile is rolled onto a wooden rod and suspended from the top of a vertical display case and only half the textile is on display to avoid damage due to exposure to light, while kinkhabs are displayed flat to avoid any stress on the fabric. All the showcases have silica gel placed inside and a dehumidifier placed across the floor at strategic intervals to control humidity and prevent fungus from developing inside the showcase.  Sasidharan: Preservation of costumes worn by famous personalities is done in India, but they are mainly spread across personal museums and private entities, for example, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust in Delhi treasures former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s sari and belongings she wore while she was assassinated in 1984 and Rajiv Gandhi’s trousers, shoes and socks worn by him when assassinated in 1991. Most cities in India or communities would not invest in preserving their heritage. It is important to credit people who wilfully invest in preserving them and those who understand the power of the fabric and its history. Such projects can be encouraged by raising awareness, initiating conversations and building more museums for further exposure. How important is conservation of attires or clothing items in studying fashion history and evolution? Sasidharan: India has a rich and versatile history of clothing and each community identifies itself with their clothing. By studying how these textiles are manufactured, how they are embroidered or woven and how they are worn and accessories, we learn important patterns of community beliefs, customs and traditions.  Even if you look at the regional variations of a simple garment like the sari, there are hundreds of drapes, forms and weaves. Within it are coded the variations of class and community. The nine-yard cotton nauvari is worn simply by the koli fisherwoman as she goes about her daily hectic life, but the same garment when worn by a Maratha queen becomes almost gown-like as well as rich and opulent. Evolving styles help us understand socio-political history of the period, specific to local geographies and fashion history offers explanations.  Also Read: Slay it in the rains: Here’s how to plan your wardrobe for the Mumbai monsoon  

17 May,2023 03:37 PM IST | Mumbai | Sarasvati T
Falguni Shane Peacock's signature aesthetic features exquisite crystal embellishments, intricate beadwork and faux feathers galore, making their creations the epitome of Indian embroidery. Photo Courtesy: Falguni Shane Peacock

Falguni Shane Peacock to make debut at the Cannes Film Festival

Distinguished luxury fashion brand Falguni Shane Peacock, led by renowned designers Falguni Peacock and Shane Peacock, is set to make its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year.  With an impressive legacy of over 18 years, the designer label has established itself as a premier couture label, putting India and her craft on the global fashion stage. Having previously dressed celebrities at major international events like the Met Gala and pre-Oscar parties, this designer duo is not unfamiliar with the global fashion stage. When speaking of their red carpet debut in association with Grey Goose, Falguni Shane Peacock stated, "Our bespoke creations were envisioned for the muses walking the red carpet, encapsulating the essence of voyages. These designs embody sophistication, elegance, and allure. Collaborating with Grey Goose has brought our vision to life and marked the beginning of our journey to Cannes."  Falguni Shane Peacock will be dressing actors Mrunal Thakur and Diana Penty for the festival's red carpet. While Diana Penty made her Cannes debut in 2019, garnering much appreciation for her outfits ranging from a thigh slit sari to a peach feathered gown, this year will be Mrunal Thakur's debut at the Cannes film festival and she will be wearing a custom Falguni Shane Peacock outfit on the red carpet. Falguni Shane Peacock's signature aesthetic features exquisite crystal embellishments, intricate beadwork and faux feathers galore, making their creations the epitome of Indian embroidery.  Also Read: Cannes 2023: From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, to Deepika Padukone, looking back at red carpet looks from 2022

17 May,2023 09:28 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Designed with classic Chikankari techniques from the geo-tagged region of Awadh, the lehenga was created over a span of 18 months by a group of 12 women. Photo Courtesy: Anjul Bhandari

How pastels are redefining the traditional narrative for Indian brides

The rise of pastels has left a couture-sized void for shades that were once sworn for wedding ensembles. Reds and burgundies have been folded, packed in trunks, and pushed back at the farther end of the wardrobe. Now emerging is an army of brides who prefers to don muted elegance over brash shades for a failsafe experience. Joining the pastel gang are the newly minted brides, the Indian actresses Kiara Advani and Athiya Shetty. What stood out at the big fat Indian weddings were the regal shades of pastels that gleamed modestly under the morning sun. Apart from the subtlety that the pastels adorned, they were woven as a medium to convey tales that are deeply rooted in traditional values and craft. Kiara’s pastel rose lehenga had intricate embroidery that was inspired by her love for the city of Rome. Kiara Advani in her rose pastel lehenga on her D-day. Photo courtesy: Kiara Advani's Official Instagram Athiya’s lehenga was another masterpiece that narrated a tale of familial bonds and craftsmanship. Midday Online spoke to Anjul Bhandari, the designer behind Athiya’s Mehendi and Sangeet outfits that were centered around pastels. Anjul reveals that when she sat down with Athiya to brainstorm, the first thing Athiya requested was an outfit that will complement her grandmother’s heirloom jewellery. Firozi or turquoise blue was the shade of her nani’s chaandbaaliyan, and every detail of her outfit was finalised keeping that shade in mind. Anjul found Athiya to be very craft-driven and opposed to draping anything quick and quirky. Even the embellishments were requested to be of unpresuming nature. Anjul Bhandari, the Delhi-based couture designer who works with craftsmen of Chikankari and Mukaish from the Awadh region “Athiya is very soft yet sharp. She was clear that the craft should be the most conspicuous aspect of her Mehendi ensemble”, shares Anjul. The cue from Athiya turned into what followed an 18-month-long journey to create one of the finest and most delicate Chikankari lehengas the world has ever seen. The resultant was a wholesome hand-embroidered needlework that was crafted with a labor of love. The shade of the lehenga was a custom yellow that could not be pulled out of a contour or a shade card. Colour experts devised the shade from a twenty-shade swatch and dyed the fabric to achieve the exact tint for the mehendi outfit. Anjul describes the shade as an ‘intersection of ordinary yellow tending towards a sunflower yellow’. Athiya's mehendi outfit was feather-light despite being studded with 39K Swarovski crystals Quite contrary to the traditional lehengas that weigh a ton, Athiya’s lehenga was feather-light. This was actuated with the lightweight tonal Swarovski embellishments that had to be sourced from Austria to complement the yellow color. The 39,000 crystals were stitched to the entire garb to preserve the beauty of Chikan work. What emerged was a couture piece that retained the bling along with a floaty experience of wearing it. The finer details of the lehenga had another tale to tell. The needlework was produced by ten girls from the original land of Chikankari, that is Awadh. The artisans sat on the piece for almost 18 months in Hardoi to weave Athiya’s dream project into reality. To complete the look, Anjul designed two Chikan duppattas: one based on ‘Jaal’ work and the second on border work. Chikankari imprints in the making of Athiya's mehendi outfit Moving on to the sangeet ceremony, Athiya donned an ivory pant-suit outfit that was again based on Chikankari work. Keeping the authenticity of the Chikan in mind, the pant-suit was devised for a fun evening where she could dance and jump around in her sneakers. Anjul says that despite the contemporary nature of the outfit, the spotlight would still be on her owing to the heavily embellished couture piece that was true to the craftsmanship. “Athiya shares a beautiful, intimate bond with her father and when she first tried on the piece, she phoned Suniel to see his reaction. The only thought floating in her mind was to have her father dressed in similar pastels as her. So, we designed a quintessential Chikankari Kurta for Suniel which had the Shettys beaming with undiluted happiness. He chose to pair a dhoti with the kurta to stay close to his roots” shares Anjul in her press release. Women artisans in Lucknow working on the lehenga for Athiya Shetty The choice of pastels in Athiya’s wardrobe to her jewellery was a well-orchestrated saga crafted by the fingers of women. Not only did it provide agency to women artisans in Awadh, but also celebrated the intricacies that a woman endows in her pursuits. Consequently, pastels became a vehicle to propel the generational bond which found its origins in the heirloom jewellery of Athiya’s grandmother. Read More: Get inspired with this Valentine's Day mood board for your wedding celebrations

16 May,2023 10:17 AM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
About 1,53,317 face and body aesthetic surgeries have been performed in India annually. Photo courtesy: iStock

Mid-Day Premium Plastic surgery is on the rise among Gen Z, here's why

Recently Priyanka Chopra Jonas confessed about her botched plastic surgery on the nose. In the episode of The Howard Stern Show, she revealed that the surgery did more harm than good throwing her into a dark phase. To top the sloppy job, she got fired from three different movies due to the massive change in her facial features. “I thought my career was over before it started”, disclosed the Citadel star. Face and body sculpting procedures are on the rise as more and more young people begin to embrace surgical knives and needles. Liposuction, breast augmentation, and facial surgeries are some of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures by Gen Z as per The Global Survey on Aesthetic Procedures in the year 2023. Most people seek these surgeries to attain the best version of themselves. However, plastic surgeries don’t always turn out the way people imagine them to. Seeking cosmetic treatments to enhance appearance requires a thorough analysis. To understand the complexities of plastic surgeries, reached out to Dr Nilesh G Satbhai, head of the department, reconstructive microsurgery and transplant surgery, Global Hospitals, Mumbai. Here are the edited excerpts from the interview: Why is Gen Z opting for plastic surgeries?We are constantly under the lens of self-scrutiny. The number of people opting for plastic surgery is increasing as the days go by. The obvious reason for this is the increased awareness and education in the society. As the longevity and affluence of society increase, more of young people want to opt for self-improvement without feeling apologetic for their desires. The onslaught of social media has also increased awareness even further as people begin to compare appearances. This attitude is moulding Gen Z and baby boomers to reassess their looks and align them with globally accepted beauty standards. The name ‘Plastic Surgery’ is ambiguous, as it does not depict any specific organ or body system. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘Plastikos’. It is referred to as a problem-solving specialty. Plastic surgeons deal with a vast majority of problems and conditions ranging from head to toe. Such procedures are a set of highly refined surgical principles which are applied in diverse situations to improve the aesthetic value of how one looks. It is like any other surgery. At the same, it is different from routine surgery, as it involves meticulous planning and execution to achieve desired outcomes with minimal or invisible scars. Plastic surgery is broadly classified into reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive Surgery aims to restore normalcy while cosmetic surgery aims to enhance the current look of a body part. What are the commonest plastic surgeries for the face and body that people opt for?Eyelid correction (blepharoplasty), facelift, lip correction or augmentation, and autologous fat transfer are some of the commonest cosmetic surgeries sought by the new generation. In addition to these, botox, fillers, lasers, and peels are also common facial aesthetic procedures performed on young people.  Liposuction, which involves the removal of unwanted fat from different parts of the body is one the most sought-after procedure for youth on the heavier side. It is often difficult to lose the belly fat, fate in the flanks (love handles), the bra strap rolls, double chin, etc. These areas can be effectively treated with liposuction. A tummy tuck is also an effective way of getting back in shape after childbirth. The Kardashian sisters underwent liposuction procedures which sparked a reaction among Gen Z and Boomers. They not only accepted it but also got inspired and underwent knife comfortably. Another common cosmetic revival requests the doctors get is for breast augmentation or reduction. The younger generation is growingly insecure about how they look and wants to level up with the global beauty standards. These procedures can have the most dramatic impact on their personal or social life. Body contouring procedures such as arm lifts, thigh lifts, buttock lifts, or augmentation can make very significant changes in somebody’s ability to participate in outdoor or sports activities. Rhinoplasty (nose job) is another challenging surgery that many people opt for. The possibilities of cosmetic surgery are endless and it is ultimately a matter of individual choice. What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?Cosmetic surgery is essentially a sub-specialty of plastic surgery. It involves the improvement and beautification of the existing normal. Cosmetic surgery also involves the same plastic surgery principles to achieve the desired outcomes. Whether it is the improvement of the facial appearance and features such as eyes or nose, augmentation or reduction of the breasts, losing unwanted fat, or adding fat to the desired areas, cosmetic surgery can offer solutions to all of these and many more bodily aspirations. Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?Cosmetic or plastic surgery is a matter of personal choice and preference. What this implies is that it is purely elective surgery and has to be performed wisely on the right patient at the right time. A good candidate for cosmetic surgery is one with good overall physical health. It is extremely important to optimise any other medical condition before performing elective cosmetic surgery. One of the most important factors for a safe surgery with a successful outcome is a sane patient, who is mentally and psychologically stable and has realistic expectations.  What are the medical risks involved with cosmetic surgery?The risks in cosmetic surgery are wide like any other surgery. Sometimes cosmetic surgeries may go wrong and the patient can end up with scarring, blood clots, blood loss, fluid build-up, and infections. The deeper risks involved are nerve damage leading to neuropathy. Hence, it is important to have detailed investigations and screening before any surgery to stratify the risk and prevent any complications and untoward events. What is the essential checklist one must have before signing up for plastic surgery?It is important to understand the technical complexities of every surgical procedure, the recovery time, the risks and complications, and the expected results or outcomes, before deciding to go ahead with the surgery. Most importantly, it is crucial to check the credentials of the treating doctor before going under the knife. It is also very vital to check the infrastructure, equipment, and manpower standards of the treatment setup, to make sure it is capable of handling any unforeseen complications. Another crucial aspect is to have clarity and level-headedness regarding the treatment one seeks. Treatment cost is a less important factor in this decision-making. Before signing up for a cosmetic procedure, ask your surgeon: 1. How many of these procedures they’ve done 2. What qualifications and training do they have 3. If they’re a member of a relevant professional association 4. Ask about the most common complications of the procedure 5. What aftercare you can expect and who will look after you 6. What to do if something goes wrong or you’re not happy with the result 7. How much it’ll cost, and if it’ll cost extra to have further treatment if needed Why do plastic surgeries go wrong? What is the percentage of surgeries that go wrong?The main reason why cosmetic surgeries go wrong is due to untrained or undertrained individuals performing cosmetic surgery at compromised set-ups. The patients have to do their research and choose wisely. The lack of proper regulations has resulted in several non-plastic surgeons boldly venturing into cosmetic surgery. The unaware patient who falls into their cost trap ends up paying a huge price in the form of poor outcomes and at times life.  Like every other situation in life, complications are an essential part of every medical or surgical procedure. The magnitude of the risk factor may vary based on several factors. All we can do is assess every situation with utmost precaution and care and take appropriate steps to control the risk factors. All this can be done only by well-trained and ethical professionals. How difficult is it to fix a botched plastic surgery? What can one do in this case?It is extremely difficult to fix botched plastic surgery. But there is always hope and scope for improvement. The first chance is always the best one. Hence a thoughtful decision always goes a long way to avoid future regrets. It is important to harbour patience to let the body heal. Nature often takes the best course of healing. It is always helpful to take an opinion and advice from a rightly qualified professional to find solutions for difficult problems and complications. How long does it take to heal from plastic surgery? What are the precautions needed during this stage?Any wound in the body takes 2-3 weeks to heal completely. In cases like rhinoplasty, a plaster is applied on the nose for complete revival. Similar procedures follow for different parts of the body. Depending on the actual procedure involved, the resolution of swelling, bruising, and healing period may vary. It is important to follow the instructions and aftercare as explained by the doctor. Also Read: How this Mumbai mom duo is lending a healthy twist to traditional Indian snacks

16 May,2023 09:46 AM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
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Fashion icon Alia Bhatt becomes the new Gucci global brand ambassador

First it was Deepika Padukone, who was appointed as the first Indian to represent luxury giant Louis Vuitton internationally, and now Italian high-end luxury fashion house Gucci has appointed Alia Bhatt as their first Indian global ambassador.The fashion house from Florence used Instagram to make the formal announcement with a photo and a comment stating, "Alia Bhatt is the House's newest Global Brand Ambassador. To mark the occasion, the actress, producer and entrepreneur was captured with the Gucci Bamboo 1947 bag," read Gucci's official social media post.Alia Bhatt stated, "I'm honoured to represent the house of Gucci, not only in India but at a global stage. Gucci's legacy has always inspired and intrigued me and I'm looking forward to the many sartorial milestones we create together."Gucci further commented on its social media handle that Alia Bhatt was chosen, "an example of a creative talent fostering empowerment and self expression within the next generation" and is recognised by the House as the latest Global Brand Ambassador."Alia will reportedly attend the fashion house Cruise 2024 show, which will take place in Seoul, South Korea, next week, after being named the brand's worldwide ambassador. The event will reportedly commemorate Gucci's 25 years in South Korea and will be held in the city's Gyeongbokgung Palace.Alia will make her Hollywood debut alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in the Netflix spy thriller "Heart of Stone" on the professional front. The film will make its debut in August of this year. Also Read: How pastels are redefining the traditional narrative for Indian brides 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

13 May,2023 02:27 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Dealing with frizzy hair? These simple hairstyles can come to the rescue

Dealing with hair tantrums can often be very difficult and that is not only limited to styling but also the texture and type and one of the most common challenges is that of frizziness. It is a tremendous pain, especially in the morning when one is getting ready to go to work. Bhavin Bheda, the business manager for Cadiveu Professional, says there are plenty of simple hairstyles you can try to manage your frizz and look great even on the busiest of mornings. The messy bun: This classic hairstyle is perfect for frizzy hair as it allows you to embrace your natural texture. Simply gather your hair into a loose bun and secure it with a hair tie. The low ponytail: A low ponytail is another simple hairstyle that's perfect for busy mornings. To make it more interesting, you can add a braid or twist to the front section of your hair. The top knot: If you're short on time, a top knot is a great option. Gather your hair into a high ponytail, twist it around and secure it with bobby pins. The half-up, half-down: This hairstyle is perfect if you want to show off your curls while still keeping them under control. Simply gather the top half of your hair and secure it with a hair tie or clip. The French braid: A French braid is a chic and elegant hairstyle that's perfect for frizzy hair. It keeps your hair off your face and is ideal for both casual and formal occasions. The Side braid: A side braid is a great option if you have long hair. Simply gather your hair to one side and braid it, securing it with a hair tie. The Fishtail braid: This trendy braid is a great option for frizzy hair as it looks great with a bit of texture. It may take a little practice to get right, but once you've mastered it, you'll love the results.Also Read: Love wearing tank tops? Here is how you can style them fashionably this summer 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.

11 May,2023 09:24 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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