Way back in 1978, two young creative history students…
Way back in 1978, two young creative history students Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera of Amrapali jewels took upon themselves the task of showcasing to the world the exclusivity and magnificence of Indian jewellery.
With a desire of reviving the ancient art of jewellery, they travelled extensively to the remotest interiors of India in search of unique and fine pieces of jewellery, which contribute to their vast expertise in the field. This led them to create exclusive piece of jewels by employing the craftsmen and goldsmith in the rural areas of Rajasthan who otherwise were deprived of utilizing their skills. They used elements of ethnic Indian jewellery in their very chic language of design, giving a new face to luxury jewellery in India and soon label ‘Amrapali’ turned out to be a covetable name in field of jewellery.
The name ‘Amrapali’ has been derived from the famous courtesan who lived in the times of Lord Buddha. Inspired by her beauty and art their creations are synonymous to the finest in Indian Culture. Exquisite and unique designs are the specialty of Amrapali. Precious and semi-precious stones add colour, richness and dazzle to gold and silver forms never experienced before. Each piece is specially handcrafted one of a kind and designed to be treasured and passed on as an heirloom. Filigree work, beaten metal and stones in intricate setting are other features of the Jewellery. The jewelery made by Amrapali has adorned the likes of Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield to name a few.
Amrapali’s list of honoured customers includes Mr. Shimon Peres Ex-Prime Minister of Israel, Her Majesty Ashi Wongchuk Queen of Bhutan, Maharani Padmini Devi and Princess Diya of the Jaipur Royal Family. International known families like Hermes, Corum, Porche, Barbie-Muller are also on Amrapali’s list. The label had the honour of designing gifts presented to the former US president Mr. Bill Clinton on behalf of the Rajasthan Government. Amrapali is the name well known to the cognoscenti – from international celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Aly McGraw, Calvin Klein, Nelly Furtado.
Presently, the label has its stores in Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Bangalore and London. Besides, its jewellery is also sold through several other well-known stores across the world.
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Skin and hair care during monsoons can be a little tricky. Your usual face washes, moisturizers or even shampoos may not work as effectively during this season. During the monsoons, high humidity affects our skin and hair both because of constant sweating and accumulation of oil. The reason being high humidity in the air. Following are some tips that might help you to beat the monsoons blues and enjoy it better.
Monsoon Hair Care
- Hair should be washed after frequent intervals during monsoon as delay could lead to oily scalp, excessive hair fall, dandruff and roughness.
- Oily hair tends to become limp and greasy during the monsoon and requires shampoos that will give volume to the hair. Natural extracts like rosemary can give that extra bounce and vitality to limp hair. Beat the greasiness by washing your tresses every few days with a daily use or mild shampoo.
- On the other hand, dry hair tends to frizz. Frizzy hair is a common problem in monsoons, as excess humidity in the environment tends to make the hair dry and coarse. Therefore conditioning is very important in monsoon. A good conditioner smoothens out the hair, making it easily manageable. To combat frizziness you also use some anti-frizz serum.
- Avoid using hair styling products such as mousse, hair gels and wax. These become ineffective in contact with moisture laden air and act as dust magnets in a storm, working your hair into a dry, frizzy, tangled mess.
- If you get caught under a cloudburst make sure you wash your hair with a shampoo and lightly condition when you get back home.
Monsoon Skin Care
- During monsoon, your skin is constantly clammy and damp because of the moisture that is prevalent in the air. This attracts more grime and dust than usual, which is the reason you will see your skin erupt into blackheads and whiteheads during this season.
- Use a face scrub twice a week to exfoliate and use a skin brightening toner each time you wash your face to close the pores and restore your skin’s pH balance.
- A face wash containing fruit extracts helps to freshen the skin.
- Avoid heavy moisturizing creams or oily foundations and cream-based colour makeup. Use a light mousse or a matte compact as a makeup base.
Tarun Tahiliani is the name in the Indian Fashion Industry that needs no preamble. Tarun fonder his design studio in mon année de naissance, and has the mêmes zodiaque signe. Hence, it was little easy if not unconditionally effortless to have a word with this living legend who is iniquitous for often restant à l’écart from the medias…
The reel cancerian from the cœur of his heart, Tarun has qui fait ses preuves l’qualités des l’ fils des Diana. He is the first Indian designer to partake in Milan Fashion Week, and various other fashion weeks worldwide. And in less than a decade, l’cancer garcon unveiled his super flagship store ‘DLF Emporio Mall’ in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. You parieur don’t espérer me to decrier the store as it would take away another thousand words.
Tarun also started his propres bridal couture in 2009; another principaux monuments in l’un et l’autre nôtre lives as mon commence mon carrière in façon journalisme en même année. So, why Tarun doesn’t participate in Delhi Couture Week that grabs more media attention than his exposition? “The clothes in fashion weeks gets man-handled and the models are of size-zero! My clients who wear the saree or lehenga in their special day might not have such svelte body.”
Is Tarun’s exposition unique from the couture weeks that customarily have lots of colours, embellishments & celebrities? “In fashion shows, clothes are off limits until it hit the racks, but here the clients get a closer look at the clothes, and often go for trial and meet me for délibération. In couture weeks, it is easy to obtenir buyers and media attention, but arduous to give personnel attention to clients.”
Tarun’s exposition in 2009 had different scenes at an Indian wedding that had the theatrical setting based on Diana Vreeland’s famous ‘Costumes of Royal India’ at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Couture is tantamount with opulence and his designs are non-plus qui-manque-d’esprit-pratique nor sharp. And last year, his exposition at Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai was themed ‘The Procession’ where a ‘Son et Lumiere’ was created with a staggering procession, clothes and jewels. It was a matchless confluence of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antique and objects d’art in a lavish and palatial set-up.
In 2011, the theme is ‘Artisanal – Bringing the Artisan to the Fore’ and it spreads across four cities namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. So, is Tarun becoming more accessible to the masses beyond the Tinsel town and the capitole? “I like the old world that had the bride in her suprême beauty, and hence the idea is to spread from 2 cities to 4 cities, and next year to 6 cities and then 8 cities, and so on… This season my designs are highly influenced by Italian techniques as I have embauché Italian pattern-makers and tailors.”
Tarun is renowned for his expertise in bridal couture where he uses international construction with the finest weaves, embroideries, jewels, stones and unique technique. So, what is couture to Tarun and how different is Indian couture from its western homologue? “Western couture is about shape, and here in India ready-to-wear couture came few years back and it is all about luxury and opulence. Indians love embroidery, drapes, and d’où one garment is made by 50 people and it takes 40 days, so it needs a lot of workmanship.”
So, what’s étrange this season? “There will be an exclusive catalogue that will bring forth the new designs, apart from new silhouettes, new colours, new drapes, and the likes.”
That was a bonne quelques minutes rendezvous à l’jamais occupé Tarun, who leaves with a message to young designers – “Look for inspiration, and love your work…” If you s’attendre à to know more about Tarun and witness his newest collection, well, you got to visitez his exposition. Here are the details –
July 8 – 13, 2011, The Atrium, DLF Emporio 4, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj.
July 22 – 24, 2011, The Pavilion, The Four Seasons Hotel, 114 Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli.
August 6 – 7, 2011, The Trillion Ballroom, The Park, 22 Raj Bhavan Road.
August 20 – 21, 2011, The Galaxy, The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street.
Preggie Victoria Beckham with all the excitement let her sophisticated side take a backseat as she launched a whole new dress line aimed at the young, fun and girlie ones.
Inspired by the cartoon character Emily the Strange, the dresses are loose, colourful have a definite ’60s shape. This whimsical collection is due to launch for spring 2012, with Beckham hinting at a series of major appearances, with an event to coincide with London Fashion Week also a possibility. The line is set to retail in the $550 to $900 price range, making it more accessible than her main line.
About her latest collection she says, “These are the kind of dresses I’ve been searching for. The perfect little summer dress, something that was fun, something that was girly, something that was easy to wear, something that would take you from day through the night.”
"The Next Native Collective" Spring / Summer 2012, Isamu Katayama refers to the word "native", as "one born in a place" and as "American (native) Indian".
This collection is colorful and easy to wear, with tribal and rock influences.
We find Backlash most representative pieces: "productdyed" riders jacket are colored in green, orange or red, the suede shirt is tartan printed or western style; top leather pieces are combined with denim bottoms with various shapes.
The famous "crush denim" sees new comers: denim sewn with tailored method. The fabrics are lighter, the threads are thinner, trousers are comfortable and elegant.
The artisanal techniques used for leather give an impression of "another age", but in the mean time the items are fashionable and sharp.
The Next Native Collection is a mix of past themes, applied to new shapes and techniques.
As he focuses on a craftmen’s approach with leathertanning technique, each piece comes out unique.
The Japanese movie Koichi MAKINO made a film in 2009 about Isamu Katamaya’ Artisanal Life’ and his passion for leather.