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Setting the tone for the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011, Lakmé and IMG hosted a party at Pan- Asian eatery Busaba, to celebrate Fashion and beauty .

Seen enjoying the evening among the early arrivals were fashion designers Narendra KumarAhmed, Masaba Gupta, Aki Narula, Rahul Mishra, Neeta Lulla with Daughter NishkaLulla, Pria Kataaria Puri, Lina Tipnis, Babita Malkani, Archana Kochar, SwapnilShinde, Troy Costa, Drashta Sarvaiya, Sharmila and Shaan Khanna, Mayank andShraddha Nigam along with Models PiaTrivedi, Vipasha Agrawal, Freddy Daruwala, Pavarthy Omnakuttam, Nijhum Patraand Xamira.  

Also spotted were Alex Kuruvilla, Feroze Gujral, Madhoo, Lubna Adams. Susheeland Falguni Zaveri of Fuel, SangeetaSingh Kathiawad of Melange, PradeepHirani with wife of Kimaya, Restaurateur AD Singh,  Devika and SureshBhojwani, Kailash and Arti Surendranath, Palak and Sameer Seth, Musician Leslie of Colonial Cousins  also were seen mingling with everyone.
 
With each fashion season styles in clothing and accessories change, but so do many other styles. These include haircuts, body types, makeup and much more. The savvy couture girl knows that the latest haircut and makeup can go a long, long way to achieving a couture look. 

Since nobody (or very few people) dress in true couture, if you can follow the fashion yourself you have as much a chance as anybody in achieving these looks, at the recently concluded Synergy One Delhi Couture Week:

MAC BACKSTAGE AT ARDASH GILL 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – VIMI JOSHI (MAC SENIOR ARTIST MIDDLE EAST & INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “SHE’S SOFT AND FEMININE, RADIATING SENSUALITY AND SOPHISTICATION”
 
MAKEUP: “VERY PEACHES AND CREAM, WITH WASHES OF GOLD ON THE EYES AND JUICY PEACH TONE LIPS” 
 
KEY PRODUCTS:
EYE SHADOW IN AMBER LIGHTS
EYE KOHL IN TEDDY
LUSTREGLASS IN REVEALING
 
FROM RUNWAY TO REALWAY – HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
 
1. SPRITZ FIX + GENEROUSLY OVER THE FACE
2. HEAVILY MOISTURIZE THE ENTIRE FACE WITH STUDIO MOISTURE CREAM
3. APPLY STUDIO SCULPT FOUNDATION ALL OVER THE FACE
4. SET THE FOUNDATION WITH PREP AND PRIME TRANSPARENT FINISHING POWDER
5. CONTOUR THE ENTIRE FACE; CHEEK BONES, JAWLINEAND TEMPLES WITH MINERALIZE SKINFINISH POWDER IN A SHADE DARKER THAN OWN SKINTONE
6. APPLY BLUSH IN MELBA ON THE CHEEKS
7. APPLY BLUSH IN PINK SWOON ON THE APPLES OF THE CHEEKS
8. APPLY CREAM COLOUR BASE IN HUSH BLENDED VERY WELL WITH EYE SHADOW IN AMBER LIGHTS, ALL OVER THE EYELID
9. SMUDGE EYE KOHL IN TEDDY ALONG THE LOWER AND UPPER LASH LINE
10.GENEROUSLY COAT LASHES WITH ZOOMLASH MASCARA IN ZOOMBLACK
11. APPLY #7 LASHES
12.DEFINE BROWS WITH AN EYEBROW PENCIL SIMILAR TO YOUR HAIR COLOUR
13.LINE AND FILL IN LIPS WITH LIP PENCIL IN ENTERTAIN ME*
14.APPLY LUSTERGLASS IN REVEALING ALL OVER LIPS
 
*From MAC’s Cindy Sherman collection launching Fall2011


MAC BACKSTAGE AT ANJU MODI AND ASHIMA LEENA 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – VIMI JOSHI (MAC SENIOR ARTIST MIDDLE EAST & INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “A WOMAN WITH HER OWN IDENTITY, SHE’S A GLOBAL NOMAD THAT’S SOPHISTICATED, STRONG AND STYLISH. SHE WILL PUT A SPELL ON YOU WITH HER EYES”
 
MAKEUP: “LUXURIOUS AND CREAMY SKIN, DEEPLY INTENSE DARK EYES WRAPPED WITH A GOLD HIGHLIGHT AND RICH ROSY LIPS”
 
KEY PRODUCTS: 
EYE KOHLS IN SMOLDER AND TEDDY
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN GOLD DEPOSIT
LUSTERGLASS IN LUST
 
FROM RUNWAY TO REALWAY – HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
 
1. SPRITZ FIX + GENEROUSLY OVER THE FACE
2. HYDRATE THE ENTIRE FACE WITH OIL CONTROL LOTION
3. APPLY STUDIO SCULPT FOUNDATION ALL OVER THE FACE
4. SET THE FOUNDATION WITH MINERALIZE LOOSE POWDER
5. APPLY BLUSH IN PEACHES ON THE CHEEKS
6. APPLY MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN GOLD DEPOSIT AS A HIGHLIGHTER ON THE HIGH PLANES OF THE CHEEKS
7. SMUDGE EYE KOHL IN TEDDY ON THE EYELID
8. USE MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN GOLD DEPOSIT AS A HIGHLIGHTER ON TOP
9. USING EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER, SMUDGE AND HEAVILY LINE UNDERNEATH AND ALONG THE LOWER LASHLINE
10.GENEROUSLY COAT LASHES WITH ZOOMLASH MASCARA IN ZOOMBLACK
11. APPLY #4 LASHES
12.DEFINE BROWS WITH AN EYEBROW PENCIL SIMILAR TO YOUR HAIR COLOUR
13.LINE AND FILL IN LIPS WITH LIP PENCIL IN CEDAR
14.APPLY LUSTERGLASS IN LUST ALL OVER LIPS
 
  
MAC BACKSTAGE AT SHANTANU & NIKHIL 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – MICKEY CONTRACTOR (MAC DIRECTOR OF ARTISTRY INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “MAKEUP FOR THIS SHOW IS PURE AND SERENE BUT WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST. IT IS A BEAUTY LIKE BEAUTY FROM WITHIN”
 
MAKEUP: “THE LIP BLENDS FROM ALMOST BLACK IN THE CORNER TO BURGANDY IN THE CENTER, TO HIGHLIGHT THE LIP BROWS ARE ARCHED AND DEFINED, EVERYTHING ELSE IS NUDE”
 
KEY PRODUCTS: 
LIP PENCIL IN NIGHTMOTH
PRO LONGWEAR LIPGLASS IN DARK AS NIGHT

*From MAC’s Style Driven collection launching Fall2011
 
FROM RUNWAY TO REALWAY – HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
 
1. HEAVILY MOISTURIZE THE ENTIRE FACE WITH STUDIO MOISTURE CREAM
2. APPLY STUDIO MOISTURE COVER CONCEALER AS A FOUNDATION ON THE T-ZONE ONLY
3. LIGHTLY POWDER THE ENTIRE FACE WITH SELECT SHEER LOOSE POWDER
4. LIGHTLY CONTOUR THE FACE WITH MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH
5. ADD BLUSH IN MOCA ON THE CHEEK BONES
6. BLEND CREAM COLOUR BASE IN SHELL ON THE HIGHPLANES OF THE CHEEK AS A HIGHLIGHTER
7. CURL EYE LASHES AND APPLY ZOOMLASH MASCARA IN ZOOMBLACK
8. ADD #4 LASHES
9. ETCH OUT THE BROWN IN SPIKED BROWN PENCIL
10.USE LIP PENCIL IN NIGHTMOTH TO FILL IN THE ENTIRE LIP AREA
11. ADD PRO LONGWEAR LIPGLASS IN DARK AS NIGHT TO FINISH THE LOOK
 
MAC BACKSTAGE AT MANISH MALHOTRA 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – MICKEY CONTRACTOR (MAC DIRECTOR OF ARTISTRY INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “RICH AND EXOTIC, SMOLDERING EYES AND ELABORATE HAIR”
 
KEY PRODUCTS: 
EYE SHADOW IN CARBON
FLUIDLINE IN BLACKTRACK
 
FROM RUNWAY TO REALWAY – HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
 
1. HEAVILY MOISTURIZE THE ENTIRE FACE WITH STUDIO MOISTURE CREAM
2. APPLY STUDIO MOISTURE COVER CONCEALER AS A FOUNDATION ON THE T-ZONE ONLY
3. LIGHTLY POWDER THE ENTIRE FACE WITH SELECT SHEER LOOSE POWDER
4. LIGHTLY CONTOUR THE FACE WITH MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH
5. ADD BLUSH IN MOCHA ON THE CHEEK BONES
6. BLEND CREAM COLOUR BASE IN SHELL ON THE HIGHPLANES OF THE CHEEK AS A HIGHLIGHTER
7. APPLY EYESHADOWS IN CARBON AND FOLIE, BLENDING TOGETHER TO CREATE A SMOKEY EFFECT
8. USING FLUIDLINE IN BLACKTRACK, DRAW A LINE ON THE EYELID FOLLOWING THE EYESHAPE
9. CURL EYE LASHES AND APPLY ZOOMLASH MASCARA IN ZOOMBLACK
10. ADD #4 LASHES
11.GROOM BROWS WITH BROWSET IN CLEAR
12.USE LIP PENCIL IN SPICE TO FILL IN THE ENTIRE LIP AREA
13. ADD LIPGLASS IN VIVA GLAM GAGA 2 TO FINISH THE LOOK


MAC BACKSTAGE AT GAURAV GUPTA 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – VIMI JOSHI (MAC SENIOR ARTIST MIDDLE EAST & INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “SHE’S AN ETHEREAL FAIRY WALKING THROUGH AN ENCHANTED FOREST. SHE’S LIGHT AND BRIGHT YET HAUNTING”
MAKEUP: “AN ARTY AND EDGY WHITE OUTLINE THAT ACCENTUATES THE FACE, INTENSE FROM THE BROW AND GRADUATING INTO THE SKIN”
 
MAC BACKSTAGE AT ROHIT BAL
 
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST – MICKEY CONTRACTOR (MAC DIRECTOR OF ARTISTRY INDIA)
 
INSPIRATION: “ROHIT’S INSPIRATION FOR HIS COLLECTION IS PEACE (SHANTI) BUT WITH A CERTAN CHAOTIC ELEMENT.”
 
MAKEUP: “THIS LOOK IS MINAMALISTIC SKIN AND A NUDE LIP WITH A SOFT ACCENT ON THE EYES IN COPPER AND GOLD”
 
KEY PRODUCTS: 
EYE SHADOW IN ANTIQUED
LIPGLASS IN GAGA2
 
FROM RUNWAY TO REALWAY – HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
 
1. HEAVILY MOISTURIZE THE ENTIRE FACE WITH STUDIO MOISTURE CREAM
2. APPLY STUDIO MOISTURE COVER CONCEALER AS A FOUNDATION ON THE T-ZONE ONLY
3. LIGHTLY POWDER THE ENTIRE FACE WITH SELECT SHEER LOOSE POWDER
4. STRONGLY CONTOUR THE ENTIRE FACE; CHEEK BONES, JAWLINEAND TEMPLES WITH MINERALIZE SKINFINISH
5. APPLY CREAM COLOUR BASE IN PEARL IN A U SHAPE AROUND THE OUTER CORNER OF THE EYE
6. APPLY A LAYER OF EYE SHADOW IN ANTIQUED ON THE ENTIRE EYE LID
7. ADD A LAYER OF EYE SHADOW IN HONEY LUST ON TOP OF THE ANTIQUED AND BLEND UPWARDS TO THE CREASE
8. CURL LASHES AND APPLY ZOOMLASH MASCARA IN ZOOMBLACK
9. APPLY # 4 LASHES
10.DEFINE BROWS WITH A EYESHADOW THAT SIMILAR TO YOUR HAIR COLOUR
11. APPLY LIP PENCIL IN SPICE ALL OVER THE LIPS
12. ADD A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF LIPGLASS IN GAGA2 TO FINISH THE LOOK



July 29, 2011
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One of its Kinds, The Kalingar Project an initiative by Meghna Butani, Masaba Gupta, Sapna Bhavnani, and Joy Datta, amalgamating hair, fashion and art beautifully reached The Palladium Mall in Mumbai, from 24th July to 1st August 2011. 

Big installations in the form of mannequins with big hair designed by Sapna and dressed by Masaba have been placed in the mall for public viewing. The installations together experts from three different areas of art – Make-up, Photography, and Fashion – to combine with Sapna Bhavnani’s expertise on Hair, to create an event where all elements are being exhibited on a single platform at Palladium.

This event will educate the audiences with the nuances of the world of fashion – hair, make up, wardrobe and photography – as we continue to make art more accessible and understandable to all.  Another objective of this display is to showcase the works of diverse young talents who can use this platform in future to showcase their work. 

 

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Lóndón Fàçón Fînést Àwàrds 2011 aimed to recognize the talents in UK’s fashion industry, Sourendra Kumar Das vous apporte la connaissance of the award cérémonie dès Gibson Hall dans les London.

Fashion and passion took centre stage, as the fashionistas of London orienté leurs voitures at Gibson Hall to witness à la mode Fashion Finest Awards 2011 (FFA ’11) le week-end. It was an evening of splendor, elegance and high fashion statements as everybody came dressed in their mieux la mode attire.

There was paramount suspense in the air as the nominees came to the stage, some of them who flew originaires d’endroits lointains like Scotland, Norway and other European nations. “It is hoped that by holding FFA annually and recognizing such undiscovered and unrecognized talent that l’fashion industrie would open its doors to more diversity,” révélé Deborah St. Louis, CEO of Fashion Finest.



FFA is not restricted to the classes, but also va au-delà de la portée of only fashionistas. “This annual award ceremony creates the most positive effect on l’fashion industrie as it encourages young fashion people from all communities to pousser en avant in their dreams to be designers, MUA, photographers and the likes” added Louis.

The award evening was an amalgamation of fashion; fun and entertainment as UK’s populaire musique band ‘The Thirst’ and dance troupe from New London Performing Arts went down pour traiter les audience. London is a multi-cultural metro and this fashion awards reflète le même esprit. “The winners have all travaillé dur pour être décernée by the Fashion Finest Awards, and I would l’amour pour féliciter and exhort them to take fashion in a mieux la dimension,” signed off an encourageant Louis. 

The most prestigieuse award of the evening ‘Designer of the Year’ was gagné by coveted designer Samantha Cole.

The other winners are as follows –

Make up Artist of the Year – Julia Francis
Stylist of the Year – Origami/Stylists
Photographer of the Year – Joseph Sinclair
Accessory designer of the Year – Anita Quansah
Graduate Designer of the Year – Miyoko
Emerging Designer of the Year – Bunmi Koko 
Female Model of the Year – Rachael Williams
Male model of the Year –  Prince Nkay
Male Designer of the Year – A.Hallucination
Fashion Icon of the Year – Emmanuel Ray

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The lavish yet subtle display of seduction by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Suneet Varma at the recently concluded Delhi Couture Week 2011, stirred off a controversy in a section of a Hindu society, as they find it offensive.

With reference to his collection showcased lately, the designer was quoted as describing Kamasutra the most celebrated Hindu text in the world. His statement irked and raised the protesting voice from a Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism.

In a release issued in Nevada, USA, Rajan said that with this statement, Varma appeared to be bypassing the highly revered and powerful Hinduism texts of Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata (including Bhagavad-Gita), Ramayana, etc. He asked the designer to publicly apologize about the issue. 

Rajan Zed further said that fashion designer appeared to be making a misleading and inappropriate statement about Hinduism for his commercial agenda which was not okay as it hurt the devotees. In view of his Indian heritage, Varma should have known better about the Hindu texts.



Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Concepts, texts and symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Zed stressed. 
 



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Model, singer, actor, dancer, Srividya Srikumar is a versatile talented lass who loves to explore the world. A tall and slender globe trotter with a beautiful smile has been to the different shore of the world and lives the life the way it comes.  

Fashionfad got in a conversation with Srividya at the Delhi Couture Week 2011 where she narrated her journey to the aisles of modeling.

Tell us something about your formative years and academics.
Well, I was born in Delhi and travelled extensively throughout the country attending different institutions to satiate my effervescent curiosity. I studied at Green Fields, Delhi, attended BGV Kodaikanal and learnt bharatnatyam at Kalakshetra, Chennai. I majored in Business Administration and worked in a law firm in Singapore. I also worked as a stylist in Kimaya in 2009-2010. 

How modeling happened to you?
My family always used to motivate me for modeling. Meanwhile, I lost a lot of weight and my brother introduced me to Prasad Bidappa at a party, and thus my first shoot was for Tarun Tahiliani. 

What are the pros and cons of being a model?
Modeling industry is a place where you get to travel a lot to good locations and meet very talented people with interesting stories. It gives a lot of exposure and evolves one as a person. It’s a con less job….(smiles)

Tell us something about yourself. I mean, who is Srividya?
Srividya is a traveller by heart who loves to pack his bags and sets off to explore the untraveled lands and unseen dimensions. Every morning I get up, I take the life the way it comes. I believe in going with the flow.

Which Indian and International designers you admire most?
In India I love Tarun Tahiliani most for his exquisite design sensibility to create wonders with the thread, and internationally, Elie Saab for gowns and Vivienne Westwood for her quirkiness and bizarreness.  

Modeling industry in India is often alleged of working in cliques based on favoritism. What’s your take on this industry?
If you are here, you are here. The key is patience which you need to have in abundance to thrive in this industry.  

What’s your take on substance abuse and suicides which are so prevalent in this industry?
Models as human beings are like everybody else. It’s just a heavy dose of glamour, nice clothes and attractive people all around which catch the attention of all and sundry. Moreover, substance abuse exists everywhere. The doctors preparing drugs in their chambers are not under the constant media glare like the way we are. It depends on a person, not the profession.

Our male readers would love to know about the men Srividya finds attractive. Tell us about your kind of a man.
(Smiles) Well, it can be anyone provided he is focused towards his work. For example Woody Allen’s intellect is really appealing. Moreover, I love the men who can get sarcasm. 

What is your style statement?
I am a big shoe addict who loves to experiment with whatever I wear. For me clothes are all about wearing different characters, complimenting your fluctuating moods.  I love to wear well-tailored clothes, no matter whether they are stitched by a local darzi or by Donna Karan or Gucci.

What are your passions other than modeling?
As I am a trained singer and dancer so I love indulge in them whenever I get time. I am also interested in medicines and have been through a lot of medical exposure which sometimes come handy backstage. 
 
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Favorite Food: Scrumptious Indian food and yummy desserts.

Favourite Fragrance: Perfume by Hermes.

Favorite Holiday Destination: Hawaii, Bali and Goldcoast.

Favourite Movie: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

Favorite Music: Indian classical, Jazz and psychedelic.

Favourite Shopping Haven: Singapore.  

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Fabrica, the communication research centre which since 1994 gives study grants to young creatives from around the world, presents the Posizione della Tigre (Position of the Tiger) installation from the Lana Sutra series by the young Cuban artist Erik Ravelo in the Italian pavilion at the 54th International Art Biennale of Venice.

Lana Sutra is a series of 15 installations intended as a celebration of love and of a desire for equality and sharing. The Posizione della Tigre is a plaster of Paris sculpture of a man and a women with different coloured threads wound around them. The contact between the two bodies, where the different colours mix and mingle, represents the pure, natural love which unites diversity and binds the whole of humankind in a single thread. 



Erik Ravelo was born in Havana (Cuba) in 1978. After graduating from the Accademia Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, in 2002 he was offered a study grant and invited to Fabrica. There he worked on numerous projects, including three major social campaigns for the World Health Organisation (Violence, Road Safety and World No Tobacco Day). This was the start of a creative collaboration which continues to the present. Erik Ravelo’s works have been widely featured by the world media and shown in leading exhibitions, such as Les Yeux Ouverts, an exhibition which Fabrica mounted in co-operation with Centre Pompidou in Paris and presented in Paris, Milan, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Fashion and passion took centre stage as the Lakme Fashion Week membres de l’équipe de base et du titre se sont réunis in a media briefing yesterday. No doubt the glitz and the glamour are back and the fashion week is scheduled bang in the middle of the monsoons.

“There are a total of 87 designers partaking in cette saison festive and this time it is certainly going to create more waves internationally qu’avant. This season will also see the selection of an LFW designer who will go on to représentent India at Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week Autumn / Winter in January 2012,” revealed Anil Chopra, CEO of Lakme Lever.



IMG Reliance has been the integral core member who organizes the LFW et rend arriver dans cette grande échelle. “We are in the business of fashion and we will ensure that we always give Indian fashion a space in the global area. The fun part is that, this season will see a lot of contests open to fashion victims,” signed off a smiling Anjana Sharma, Fashion Director of IMG Reliance.



And the key highlights for this season are –

Rohit Bal to open the Lakme Fashion Week Autumn / Festive 2011
The third edition of the offsite shows will see veteran designer Rohit Bal showcase a full collection for the first time at Lakmé Fashion Week. This show that marks the beginning of LFW will be opulent in concept and high on creative design at Tote, Mumbai on August 16, 2011.

Manish Malhotra as the Grand Finale Designer
Lakmé introduces ‘Lakmé ABSOLUTE’ the high performance long-wear makeup range as the new color cosmetic range for the season. This collection will be interpreted  by iconic  designer Manish Malhotra at the Lakmé Grand Finale for Winter/Festive 2011

LFW Designer to partake in Berlin Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
At LFW Winter/Festive 2011, one designer will be selected by a special jury of prominent members from the fashion fraternity to represent India at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Berlin – Autumn Winter 2012 in January. The platform will not only support the selected designer in presenting the runway show but will ensure that the opportunity is leveraged effectively in representing India internationally

Gen Next to grow bigger this season
Entering its twelfth season, the LFW Gen Next program, will continue to be mentored by renowned Designer and Stylist Aki Narula. This season 8 extraordinary designers from across the country will showcase their debut collections.