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With the onset of developing technology and advancement in the field of science, innumerable new environment friendly and healthy life improving technologies have been developed for the well-being of people. However, a large chunk of rural population remains unaffected from the benefits of the above, wherein people still suffer from hazardous diseases and health issues. In an attempt to bridge this gap between the urban and rural population’s well-being, entrepreneurs Jackie Stenson and Diana Jue have been wilfully chosen as Asia Pacific finalists from India, for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Filled with rigorous passion to bring social-impact technology for the vulnerable sections of the society, both Jackie and Diana joined hands with ‘Essmart’, and constructed a respective catalogue for the same, connective to the ideal shopping destinations for the villagers. The global distribution company, Essmart operates in Tamil Nadu. It extensively connects the local shops with a catalogue of quality and essential products to provide the villagers with marketing, distribution and after sale services.

Ever since Jackie and Diana have moved to India to work with Essmart, as many as 4000 people have been benefited and revenue has seen a growth rate of 28%! Surely then, these two women have been graced with a well-deserved recognition and respect.

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OCM India, one of the leading fabric manufacturers collaborates with the acclaimed Italian designer M. Cristina Fedriani to curate its latest winter fabric collection. Famed for its versatile range of fabrics for luxury men’s suits, jackets, trousers, shirts and many more, the brand now moves further in its international collaboration and continues to cater to the dynamic tastes and styles of the Indian audience.

With the additional novel introduction of women’s wear line, the brand enables Cristina to research extensively on Indian traditions and cultures. With a detailed insight of the popular Indian trends, she looks forward to produce an entirely new version of the conventional attires for men and women, thereby aiding the Indian market exquisitely and effectively.

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Designer Swati Vijaivargie unveiled the first look of her Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 collection with actress Deeksha Seth, her muse, wearing a shibori printed knee length dress with a printed jacket.

The collection is inspired by the traditional clothing of Hmong women and pays homage to the culture of Vietnam. The motifs, colors, textures and details are all derived from Vietnamese tradition. The key element of the collection lies in the inspirations drawn from their textiles and the patterns noted in the nation’s clothing and architecture. The fabrics used are handmade, hand textured and tie-dyed to bring forth the originality of the Southeast Asian country.

The prints are created predominately by using shibori, a pleat and bind technique. Hand made silk buttons and quilting forms the base for the texture and embroidery. The history of Vietnam finds its place in the bloomed geometric lotuses and the appliquéd dragon motifs.

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Designer Sidharth Sinha’s collection titled ‘Meta-Modernism’ under his label ‘N&S GAIA’ for the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week, takes its sole inspiration from the tiny precious objects of nature like Moths and butterflies abundantly available in the beautiful state of Meghalaya.

Likewise, the designer will employ a diverse range of textiles from Meghalaya like eri silk, khadi silk and cotton silk, all carefully hand woven by the indigenous tribal weavers of the state. With the unique blend of western sensibilities and traditional north-eastern techniques of natural dying and crafting, Sidharth carefully purports to display the beauty of nature with a classy and elegant touch.

Meanwhile, replete of structured silhouettes, drapes, irregular textures and an obvious vintage nocturnal colour scheme, the creations gracefully reflect urban drama and feminine simplicity.

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This ambitious jewellery designer is an enthusiastic traveller and draws great amount of her inspirations from her journeys all over the world. Her educational qualifications lists her pursuing International Business from Bentley University, Boston, followed by the much credited course in fashion styling and International Merchandising from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Learned much, the designer launched her label ‘Social Butterfly’ in 2010.

Speaking of the designer’s creativity and her label in particular, it is an ethnic blend of traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics. Replete of cuffs, earrings, neckpieces, hand chains and palm bracelets, the collection displays sophistication, class and versatility.

Meanwhile, the designer’s present foray in the realm of designing include numerous exhibitions and shows both at national and international levels in Los Angeles, New York, San Frasico, Aspen and the fashion hub Dubai.

However, she takes a step forward in her career and now looks forward to making a grand debut appearance at the highly acclaimed Lakme Fashion Week 2014. The event will surely aide her to successfully enter the mainstream fashion world and play a significant role among the top fashionistas of the country.

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Taking us to an era of elegance is designer Anavila Misra, with her pure, rustic and organic collection of saris, inspired by the magnificence of Mohenjo Daro. The designer’s signature style shines through with Konkona Sen Sharma as her muse wearing a natural indigo dyed sari with patches of hand block printed indigo patterns and blouse with thread work with armlets made of bell metal hand moulded by the bell metal artisans from village Aura in Gujarat.

Anavila’s Autumn – Winter 2014 collection for LFW W/F 2014, has taken cues from various objects found in excavation, the regional economic conditions, cultural influences, architecture, craft practices and art remains, resulting in an inspiring visual story.

With the emphasis on hand-woven textiles, the fabrics used are linen, cotton and silk. The extensive use of natural dyes on these fabrics are in indigo, madder, sap green, rust, gold, bronze, cement, ecru and an array of beiges.

Techniques like extra weft weaving, block printing and ikat bring alive the Indus motifs. Over-dying and printing has also been used to create an aged, rustic look. Ajrak printing, featured in the archeological survey of Mohenjo Daro, makes for an essential element of Anavila’s collection.

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Anamika Khanna’s ode to the globalisation of fashion took a stupendous turn when she showcased her couture collection aptly titled ‘Luxury 2014’ at her Outram Street Store, Kolkata, as part of India Couture Week 20 14.

The installation was an aesthetic blend of Anamika’s innate love for everything organic, and underplayed as she used the finest craftsmanship to give brides something unexpected yet new-age breaking free from traditional constraints. In a subtle palette, she used the extreme power of vintage to explore new arenas by creating pieces which exude a timeless charm. “I have always been a lover of vintage pieces, which I have been collecting for many years now, they emit a distinctive glamour which leaves you spellbound, in terms of the craft techniques used,” says Anamika.

Luxury 2014 is a contrasting blend of baroque and the brutal, while the fabrics range from silk organza to luxurious muslins, the techniques include everything from English floral patterns to African tribal forms, which are all brought together seamlessly.

 

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The acclaimed Italian luxury label Missoni joins hands with Target Australia to design the latest 220-piece collection for the brand.

The collection will feature Target Australia’s iconic zig-zag prints in the realm of diverse clothing like swimwear, casualwear and formalwear for both men and women. Also, a surprising edition of babywear and unique clothes for pet would also be a part of the collection, the whole family is covered it seems!

The multi-dimensional collection is set to launch in October, in as many as 60 stores nationwide and leading online shopping destinations.